GOP Sen. Kennedy: Trump's nominee should have been able to answer my questions
Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said that he has supported nearly every one of President Trump’s picks, but that he doesn’t support them blindly: “I ask questions that I expect them to be able to answer. In doing so, I’m just doing my job.”
12/15/2017 - 02:24 PM
Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For Harassment
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke fired four senior staffers at the Department of the Interior for inappropriate conduct in response to a bombshell employee survey revealing widespread harassment within the agency.
12/15/2017 - 09:13 AM
Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You
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12/15/2017 - 07:33 AM
The best days to get Your Last-Minute Gifts
Consumer spending in November was more than double what was expected, but it was a tumultuous year in retail, so companies are tacking on last-minute deals to end the season on a high note.
12/15/2017 - 11:26 AM
This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs
Not many cats get to have a career as a dog trainer, but one Missouri feline is doing just that.
12/16/2017 - 06:12 PM
Roy Moore has a Jewish lawyer, so...
Rachel Maddow shares video of an odd boast by Roy Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, that couple employs a Jewish lawyer, so accusations that they are anti-Semites could not be true.
12/15/2017 - 05:28 PM
Billionaire and His Wife Found Dead in Toronto Mansion
Barry Sherman founded the pharmaceutical company Apotex
12/16/2017 - 02:16 PM
Mexican Senate keeps military in policing role
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress approved a law Friday that would give the military a legal framework to act as police, despite unanimous objections from human rights groups.
12/15/2017 - 09:37 PM
Tips on Tipping This Holiday Season
Who should you tip and how much should you give during the holidays? Those are questions consumers grapple with every year, and there’s no clear-cut answer. But there are guidelines, depending on...
12/15/2017 - 06:45 PM
UN 'shocked and appalled' at mass-execution in Iraq
The UN on Friday harshly criticised the mass-hanging of 38 men at a prison in southern Iraq this week, urging Baghdad to immediately halt all executions. Iraq on Thursday hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences at a prison in the southern city of Nasiriyah, according to provincial authorities. It was the largest number of executions in Iraq on a single day since September 25, when 42 people were put to death in the same prison.
12/15/2017 - 06:57 AM
Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald Trump
Jamie Oliver isn’t planning on cooking a meal for President Donald Trump anytime soon.
12/15/2017 - 11:11 AM
What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook
On the morning of Nov. 14, staff members at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, California, heard the sound of a single gunshot in the vicinity of the campus.
12/15/2017 - 02:43 PM
South Africa's ANC aims to announce new leader on Sunday
By Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) expects to announce Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday, a spokesman said, concluding a bruising leadership battle that threatens to tear it apart before a 2019 election. The race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former cabinet minister and ex-wife of President Zuma, the two frontrunners to replace Zuma, is too close to call. The stakes are high because the ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the party's top job is likely to become the next president of South Africa after the next national election.
12/15/2017 - 08:02 AM
Matt Lauer's First Accuser Lives 'In Constant Fear' Of Being Identified
Matt Lauer’s original accuser is “terrified” that her identity will become public.
12/15/2017 - 05:01 PM
Carrie Fisher’s final performance is Now on the Big Screen
Fisher’s force is strong as she gives her final performance "Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” playing the role that made her a star.
12/15/2017 - 11:09 AM
2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity Pageant
One eager Tennessee 2-year-old took matters into her own hands during her church’s recent Nativity pageant
12/15/2017 - 12:50 PM
Are the U.S. Marines Dying?
The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the best amphibious-warfare force in the world. The issue is that relentless overseas commitments have strained marine resources so badly that it can’t conduct the other training that it needs to maintain its combat edge. A review of readiness data from 2014 to 2016 revealed that “Marine Corps units were unable to fully accomplish training for other amphibious operations priorities,” according to the GAO report.
12/15/2017 - 10:41 PM
The Latest: Penn State says it promotes safety in Greek life
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury report on excessive drinking in Penn State's fraternity system (all times local):
12/15/2017 - 01:19 PM
Trump Says Roy Moore Should Concede Senate Race To Doug Jones
President Donald Trump said Friday that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should concede this week’s election to Democrat Doug Jones. “He tried,” Trump, who had endorsed Moore, told reporters outside the White House. Trump says GOP candidate Roy Moore should concede the Alabama special election.
12/15/2017 - 09:58 AM
93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior Housing
Florida authorities released an elderly woman from jail on Thursday after police arrested her for allegedly not paying rent at the senior housing community where she had lived since 2011.
12/16/2017 - 01:58 PM
Trump wraps up week with attacks on FBI and US immigrants: 'The worst people'
The US president also made the false claim that foreign countries send the “worst of the worst” to America through the green card immigration lottery system. Having recently claimed the FBI’s reputation is in “tatters”, Trump launched his latest criticism following reports that former an FBI agent watered down director James Comey’s statement – in the midst of the 2016 presidential election race – on Hillary Clinton’s private email server and text messages.
12/15/2017 - 02:10 PM
Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?
An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. How many have gone elsewhere to fight?" said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. International counterterror groups are putting huge efforts into answering those questions, working hard to name, count and track IS foreign fighters.
12/15/2017 - 09:39 PM
Ex-'Today' Staffer Rips Matt Lauer In Tell-All About Their Affair
A former “Today” staffer has come forward to describe what she called a consensual affair with then-host Matt Lauer in 2000.
12/15/2017 - 11:41 AM
How Did a Google Engineer, 23, End Up Floating Dead in the San Francisco Bay?
A missing Google employee was found dead last week in the San Francisco Bay and authorities are investigating how she came to be there
12/15/2017 - 11:19 AM
Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest Appearance
The former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit — with a festive touch.
12/15/2017 - 12:56 PM
Fox News Women Furious Over Rupert Murdoch Comments On Sexual Misconduct
Current and former female Fox News employees say they are stunned, disgusted and “hungry for justice” after media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Thursday dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct at the network as “nonsense” outside of a few “isolated incidents” with former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.
12/15/2017 - 05:41 PM
Uber should have given court an ex-employee's letter about 'fraud and theft' in Waymo case
Ride hailing company Uber was obligated to turn over to a U.S. federal judge a letter from a former employee that told of the company's "fraud and theft" and mentioned evidence of stolen trade secrets nailed "like a scalp" to the wall, a court official said Friday. Special master, John Cooper, assigned to a lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc by Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit, Waymo, released a report on Friday stating the company should have produced the letter and was wrong in keeping it from the court. The letter, from former Uber security analyst Richard Jacobs alleging Uber engaged in illegal and unethical competitive tactics and had stolen trade secrets, is at the heart of Waymo's lawsuit against Uber.
12/15/2017 - 10:26 PM
Poland's senators defy EU warnings, approve judicial laws
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's senators approved legislation Friday that gives the government greater control of a top court and a key judicial body despite warnings from European Union leaders that the move could put the country at risk of losing its EU voting rights.
12/15/2017 - 05:47 PM
These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students
― Sunnie Kahle used to think that if she promised to be good, she could go back to her old school.
12/15/2017 - 10:03 AM
Even Sean Spicer Isn't Sure Why Donald Trump Hired Omarosa Manigault Newman
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday he doesn’t know why President Donald Trump hired Omarosa Manigault Newman.
12/15/2017 - 10:32 AM
Pentagon fears dangers of 'risky flying' by Russian pilots in Syria
The Pentagon is voicing growing alarm that the risky flying of Russian pilots in Syria could lead to a mishap – or even the nightmare scenario of a US jet shooting down a Russian warplane. Defense officials this week highlighted several recent close calls with Russian planes, including one Wednesday, when a pair of US F-22s intercepted two Russian jets over a part of Syria in which the Pentagon says they are not meant to be operating. The uptick in incidents comes as remaining operations by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria have shrunk down to an area of only about 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) around Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, by the Iraq border. Coalition forces are giving air support to local Kurd and Syrian Arab partner troops on the ground as they root out remaining IS fighters east of the Euphrates River. Under a verbal agreement, the Russians, who support President Bashar al-Assad, are supposed to stay to the west. FAQ | Russian strikes in Syria Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, an Air Force spokesman in the Middle East, outlined a string of instances where Russian fighter jets flew east of the Euphrates without notifying the coalition. On November 15, two US A-10 Warthog ground-attack planes nearly collided head on with a Russian Su-24 Fencer that passed within only 300 feet (90 meters) of the American planes – a mere whisker in aviation terms. One A-10 pilot had to "aggressively execute a defensive maneuver to avoid a midair collision," Pickart said in an email to AFP. Then on November 17, two F-22s intercepted an armed Russian Su-24 that flew over coalition and partner forces three times and failed to respond to radio call. "The F-22s intercepted this pilot and were in a position to fire," Pickart said. "Luckily our pilots showed restraint, but given the actions of the Su-24 aircraft could have reasonably been interpreted as threatening to US forces, our pilots would have been well within our rights to engage." Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said it was not clear if the incidents were a mistake due to inexperience, or the product of boisterous young pilots "dangerously feeling their oats." Jim Mattis, US Defence Secretary Credit: Matthias Schrader /AP "I don’t expect perfection, but I don’t expect dangerous maneuvers either and so we’ll sort this out," Mattis told Pentagon reporters Friday. "Right now, I cannot tell you if it’s sloppy airmanship, rambunctious pilots or people who are trying to do something that is very unwise." Since Moscow entered the Syria war in late 2015, Russia and the United States have been using a special "deconfliction" hotline to communicate about operations occurring in similar locations. Officials use the line constantly. A shootdown of a Russian jet, or a midair collision, could suddenly and dramatically shift the stakes in the knotted Syria conflict and open the door to a retaliatory measures by the Russians. "The coalition’s greatest concern is that we could shoot down a Russian aircraft because its actions are seen as a threat to our air or ground forces," Pickart said. "We are not here to fight the Russians and Syrians – our focus remains on defeating ISIS. That said, if anyone threatens coalition or friendly partner forces in the air or on the ground, we will defend them." At one point during Wednesday’s incident, the US F-22 Raptor stealth fighters deployed chaff and flares to convince the Russian Su-25s to leave the area, and one US pilot had to aggressively maneuver to avoid a midair collision, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said. During and following the encounter, coalition leaders contacted Russian officers on a special hotline to try to calm the situation and avert a "strategic miscalculation," Pahon said. More than 340,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Syrian war, and millions have been displaced.
12/15/2017 - 08:09 PM
6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island
A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late Friday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the capital. National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.
12/15/2017 - 02:44 PM
Chef Mario Batali Fired From ABC's 'The Chew'
It’s not looking good for celebrity chef Mario Batali, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women.
12/15/2017 - 08:54 AM
Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death
"No fraternity’s existence is worth more than the life of Tim Piazza"
12/15/2017 - 02:32 PM
Kelly Cutrone Says Russell Simmons Tried To Rape Her In 1991
Kelly Cutrone is the most recent woman to accuse hip-hop producer Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct.
12/15/2017 - 12:12 PM
Doctor accused of killing girlfriend's unborn baby by spiking her drink with abortion pill
A doctor has been accused of spiking his girlfriend’s drink with an abortion pill to kill their unborn baby. Sikander Imran had moved from Rochester, New York, to Arlington, Virginia, for a new job when he discovered his on-off partner of three years, Brook Fiske, was pregnant. “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into having an abortion, which I didn’t want to do,” Ms Fiske told local Rochester TV station WROC.
12/15/2017 - 11:57 AM
EU more unified on borders, but migrant divisions remain
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders ended a summit Friday deeply divided over how to get thousands of stranded immigrants out of Italy and Greece, with an eastern bloc of nations boasting it was resisting pleas to take in refugees in a "battle" with other EU member states.
12/15/2017 - 02:53 PM
Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.
12/15/2017 - 12:38 PM
Report: Music Promoter Offered To Set Up Putin, Trump Meeting During Campaign
A British music promoter offered to set up a meeting for then-candidate Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidential campaign, according to The Washington Post.
12/15/2017 - 07:14 AM
Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'
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12/15/2017 - 10:12 AM
A Republican Running To Replace Paul Ryan Comes With White Nationalist Street Cred
HuffPost asked Paul Nehlen three times by email this week if he considers himself a white nationalist.
12/16/2017 - 12:54 PM
Authorities Release Video Showing the Potential Hazards of Not Watering a Christmas Tree
Fire rescue crews also recommend making sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
12/15/2017 - 11:29 AM
Dutch test the water for subsidy-free offshore wind farms
By Bart H. Meijer AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands launched an attempt to fund an offshore wind farm without subsidies on Friday, hoping to capitalize on a boom in renewable energy. In the world's first ever so-called 'zero subsidy' tender for wind power, only companies that require no support at all can participate. The Dutch tender follows strong demand at wind farm auctions in Germany earlier this year - where some slots were granted without subsidies - although a Dutch official acknowledged that the Netherlands' move was testing new ground and it might not receive any bids at all.
12/15/2017 - 08:59 AM
The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.
12/15/2017 - 10:56 AM
Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bn euros to US giant KKR
Anglo-Dutch food and consumer giant Unilever said Friday it had reached a 6.8-billion-euro ($8-billion) deal with US private equity giant KKR to sell its margarines business. Unilever "has received a binding offer from KKR to purchase its global spreads business for 6.825 billion euros on a cash-free, debt-free basis," the company said in a statement. After spurning a takeover by US rival Kraft Heinz earlier this year, Unilever announced in April it would spin-off its margarines, which include such brands as Flora, Blue Band and Rama, as part of a restructuring plan.
12/15/2017 - 12:27 PM
The Trump Administration Wants to Block H-1B Visa Spouses From Working in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security announced its rollback of an Obama-era policy on Thursday
12/15/2017 - 08:02 AM
Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old man was charged Friday in the shooting of two suburban St. Louis police officers who were saved by their bulletproof vests.
12/15/2017 - 12:43 PM
Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy
The Communist Party is baffled — and angered — by the new activism across the straits.
12/15/2017 - 10:01 AM
'All Dogs Can Smell Marijuana, But Only A Few Of Them Are Snitches'
Separated from their cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.
12/15/2017 - 09:22 AM
What Does A Healthy Relationship Look Like? Experts Weigh In
A healthy relationship doesn’t just happen by accident.
12/15/2017 - 04:23 PM
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