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
Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Of GOP Plans To Shutter House's Russia Probe
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee may be looking to prematurely shutter the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a ranking Democrat warned Friday.
12/15/2017 - 07:01 PM
Canadian billionaire couple found dead in their home
Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, one of the nation's wealthiest couples whose bodies were found in their mansion on Friday.
12/16/2017 - 11:05 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
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
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
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
Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You
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12/15/2017 - 07:33 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
EU gives itself June deadline for deal on refugees
By Gabriela Baczynska and Robert Muller BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders appealed for unity in a last-ditch effort to break their deadlock on sharing out refugees by June, telling reluctant eastern states they could otherwise be outvoted on a dispute that has shaken the bloc's foundations. Coming out from a fraught discussion among 28 EU leaders that went into the small hours on Friday morning in Brussels, rivals in the two-year-old dispute all stuck to their guns, hemmed in by expectations they have raised with their own voters. The Mediterranean frontline states Italy and Greece, and the rich destination countries including Germany, Sweden, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are demanding that all countries host some refugees as a way to demonstrate solidarity.
12/15/2017 - 12:13 PM
Pakistan court dismisses graft case against opposition's Imran Khan
Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed a graft case against cricketer-turned-opposition leader Imran Khan Friday, ensuring he will contest a general election due next year, just months after the same body ousted ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif. This petition has no merits and is dismissed accordingly," chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar said, reading from the judgement to a packed courtroom. Shortly after the judgement Khan held a press conference in Karachi where he told reporters "Pakistan's highest court has exonerated me".
12/15/2017 - 06:41 AM
Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon Rolls
Mario Batali, the former host of “The Chew” who stands accused of sexual misconduct, issued an apology to fans on Friday through his newsletter and inexplicably ended it with a recipe for cinnamon rolls.
12/16/2017 - 01:03 PM
This Couple Lost 8 Family Members in the Texas Church Massacre. But They’re Still Finding Joy at Christmas
"It won’t be long until we’ll be there with the rest of the family," Joe, 86, said
12/15/2017 - 01:00 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
Former on-air personality says ESPN was hostile workplace
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A former ESPN personality is accusing the network of trying to silence her and other women who assert they were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment.
12/15/2017 - 03:56 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
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
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
Does Pentagon still have a UFO program? The answer is a bit mysterious
The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities. The New York Times reported on Saturday that the hush-hush program, tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, ran from 2007 to 2012 with $22 million in annual funding secretly tucked away in U.S. Defense Department budgets worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
12/16/2017 - 05:31 PM
Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'
PLUS: See the larger-than-life birthday present Cardi B got fiancé Offset for his 26th birthday blowout
12/15/2017 - 10:12 AM
Mattis emphasizes diplomacy in dealing with Iran
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday he does not see the need for a stepped-up military posture against Iran, the day after a top diplomat said evidence shows Tehran is supporting Huthi rebels in Yemen. US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday presented missile fragments and other military gear that she said came from Iran and had been used against US ally Saudi Arabia. Mattis lambasted Iran for its support of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, "despite the murder of his own people on the industrial scale," and of its support for Lebanese group Hezbollah.
12/15/2017 - 04:17 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
Uber Driver Accused of Raping 16-Year-Old Passenger
Police fear there may be other victims
12/16/2017 - 11:58 AM
Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana
MANCHACA, Texas (AP) — When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it.
12/15/2017 - 06:25 PM
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
Donald Trump chats to Vladimir Putin for third time in six weeks, as internal battles over Russia policy are exposed
Donald Trump has conversed with Vladimir Putin for the third time in six weeks as the confusion at the heart of his administration over Russian policy was revealed in a report. The US president said the call was primarily about getting Russia’s co-operation on North Korea but added that Mr Putin made some “very nice” comments about his time in office. It came as The Washington Post published a 7,000-word expose on the internal battles over Mr Trump’s Russia policy in the last year. The paper reported that Mr Trump’s refusal to endorse the intelligence agencies' view that Russia hacked the election had undermined attempts to retaliate. It said that some officials downplay information about Russia in intelligence briefings with the president for fear of triggering his ire. Some aides have even adopted a “don’t walk that last 5 ½ feet” position, meaning do not enter the Oval Office amid fears Mr Trump could “erupt” or “overrule” decisions, it was reported. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mr Trump again dubbed claims he colluded with the Russians a “hoax” and said he wanted to “get back to running the country”. The president also declined to rule out pardoning Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser charged with lying to the FBI over his conversations with the Russian ambassador. Mr Trump called Mr Putin, the Russian prime minister, on Thursday to thank him for “acknowledging America’s strong economic performance” at a press conference. It is the latest in a string of recent chats, including meeting in Asia in early November and discussing Syria in a lengthy call later that month. Mr Trump’s first year in office has been overshadowed by questions about his campaign’s links to Russia, which are being looked into as part of an investigation into the country’s election meddling. Since taking office, Mr Trump has made a series of contrasting comments about whether he believes the Russians were involved in disrupting last year’s election – as America's intelligence agencies have concluded. In a lengthy piece based on interviews with more than 50 current and former US officials, The Washington Post revealed tensions at the very top of the administration over Russia. There has been no cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or how to hit back since Mr Trump took office, the paper reported, despite the seriousness of the accusations. The targeting of the election was estimated to have cost the Russians just $500,000 (£375,000), according to estimates quoted in the report. One unnamed source told the paper that if you mention Russian interference in Mr Trump’s daily intelligence briefing it goes “off the rails”. There has also been a battle over whether to return to Russian compounds in America that the US government seized as a punishment under Barack Obama. Mr Trump’s supporters note that he has signed legislation bringing in new sanctions on Moscow and closed three Russian diplomatic facilities as proof he has not gone easy on the country. Asked about his call to Mr Putin, Mr Trump said on Friday: “We would love to have his help on North Korea. China is helping. Russia is not helping." Asked if he would pardon Mr Flynn, Mr Trump said: "I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens.”
12/15/2017 - 11:53 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
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
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