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
Trump doesn't rule out Pardon for Michael Flynn
President Donald Trump said Friday that he was not yet ruling out a pardon for his ousted National Security Adviser, instead saving his sharpest words for a speech at the FBI National Academy.
12/15/2017 - 11:11 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
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
Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You
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12/15/2017 - 07:33 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Trump Speaks At FBI Graduation After Trashing Bureau's 'Worst In History' Reputation
President Donald Trump on Friday told graduates of an FBI training program in Quantico, Virginia, he’s a “loyal champion” of police, days after he attacked the bureau and claimed its “reputation is in tatters.”
12/15/2017 - 11:20 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
California Has Nearly Hit A Record On Wildfire Spending -- Halfway Through Its Budget Year
California’s state firefighting agency is within days of spending more to fight fires in a single year than ever before, and the fiscal year still has six months to go.
12/16/2017 - 08:00 AM
Check Out This Model S Wagon Rendering
One collector has commissioned his own custom Tesla wagon. Here's what it'll look like.
12/16/2017 - 12:14 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
Texas Senator Challenges Legitimacy Of Mueller Probe As Push For Firing Continues
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) slammed former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a tweet, and indicated that special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign will only be “legitimate” if Republicans like his findings.
12/16/2017 - 08:20 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
Uber Driver Accused of Raping 16-Year-Old Passenger
Police fear there may be other victims
12/16/2017 - 11:58 AM
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