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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. Masri's detention, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdom's affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, where the billionaire has major investments. A Saudi citizen of Palestinian origin, Masri was detained last Tuesday hours before he was planning to leave after he chaired meetings of companies he owns, according to the sources.
12/16/2017 - 12:27 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort
By Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings. In her order, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said to be released from home confinement, Manafort must execute documents agreeing to forfeit four properties, including two in New York, one in Alexandria, Virginia, and his Florida home. Manafort is charged with conspiring to launder money and failing to register as a foreign agent working on behalf of the government of Ukraine's former pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych.
12/15/2017 - 03:49 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
SitRep: Trump and Putin Chat; White House Staffers Rip Into Tillerson and McMaster
China keeps building islands, U.S. Army takes a hard looks at its Mosul operation
12/15/2017 - 07:48 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
France cautious over U.S. 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in Yemen
France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions. The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Houthis, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. The arms included charred remnants of what the Pentagon said was an Iranian-made short-range ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Nov. 4 at King Khaled International Airport outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, as well as a drone and an anti-tank weapon recovered in Yemen by the Saudis.
12/15/2017 - 11:10 AM
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
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
CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave
CSX Corp shares skidded as much as 10 percent on Friday, wiping out $4 billion in market value, as the No. 3 U.S. railroad by revenue sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress despite the unexpected medical leave of its chief executive officer. CSX stock, which has soared nearly 60 percent this year, tumbled 7.3 percent to $53.11 in midafternoon trading after earlier falling as low as $51.63. Most of the gains came after Hunter Harrison, 73, who led turnarounds of two Canadian railroads, was hired as CEO in March in a push by activist investor Paul Hilal.
12/15/2017 - 02:41 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
Venezuela government, opposition hold new round of talks
Venezuela's government and opposition concluded a new round of talks Friday in an effort to bridge deep and entrenched differences to find a way to end the dire political and economic crisis tearing apart their country. After eight hours of discussions at the foreign ministry in Santo Domingo, the two sides agreed to resume negotiations on January 11, Dominican President Danilo Medina announced. It will be followed by a meeting of foreign ministers on January 12.
12/15/2017 - 10:16 PM
'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
Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 death
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged in his slaying, more than seven years after his body was found in a field in his hometown of Memphis.
12/16/2017 - 03:56 PM
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
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
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
President Trump: Economy Will 'Start to Rock' After Tax Plan
Trump said the tax cut helps the the middle class and will grow the economy
12/16/2017 - 03:54 PM
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
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