Houston Suburb Conditions Hurricane Relief Money On Residents' Vow Not To Boycott Israel
A suburb outside of Houston is requiring residents who were affected by Hurricane Harvey to certify that they do not boycott Israel in order to apply for grant money to rebuild their home or business.
10/20/2017 - 03:05 PM
Photos of the week: 10/13 - 10/20
Fallout from the October 4th ambush of U.S. service members in Niger made big headlines this week.
10/20/2017 - 10:01 PM
A liberal is a conservative whose house just flooded
Some Trump voters, after their towns were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, are beginning to reconsider their conviction that climate change has no scientific basis.
10/20/2017 - 05:00 AM
Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions
A convicted cop killer who sued Alabama over its lethal injection method was put to death Thursday night, but not before he cursed at the state and said: "I hate you."
10/20/2017 - 11:14 AM
These Are The Three Richard Spencer Fans Arrested For Attempted Homicide In Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― About five hours before his companion allegedly fired a bullet toward several protesters, and a day before police charged him with attempted homicide, Colton Fears, in an interview with HuffPost, laid out the grievances that had brought him to town.
10/20/2017 - 10:04 PM
The Latest: Navajo leader supported death penalty in case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a man charged in the killing of a Navajo Nation girl (all times local):
10/20/2017 - 06:09 PM
End of Australia auto-making sector as Holden closes doors
The last car rolled off the production line of Australian automaker Holden on Friday, marking the demise of a national industry unable to stand up to global competition. The closure of the Elizabeth plant in South Australia is the end of an era for Holden, which first started in the state as a saddlery business in 1856 and made the nation's first mass-produced car in 1948. The brand has long been an Australian household name, with 1970s commercials singing that "football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars" were part of the nation's identity.
10/20/2017 - 01:44 AM
Mom shares horrifying photo of legs after trip to pumpkin patch
A California mother is speaking out to remind autumn revelers across the country of a common danger that may be lurking in pumpkin patches.
10/20/2017 - 09:59 AM
Boy kicked out of Cub Scouts after challenging Republican senator accused of racism
Ames Mayfield of Broomsfield, Colorado, decided to do some research on Senator Vicki Marbles before she visited his Cub Scouts den, his mother says. “I didn’t, that was made up by the media,” Ms Marble responded.
10/20/2017 - 01:38 PM
Why This Church Is Providing 'Sanctuary' To Undocumented Immigrants
At a time when undocumented people nationwide are living in fear under President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, one church continues to lead the way in supporting them.
10/20/2017 - 05:01 AM
Trump US Attorney Interviews Raise Eyebrows
Rachel Maddow reports on Donald Trump meeting with candidates for U.S. attorney positions in the districts that would have jurisdiction over Trump's affairs, which isn't illegal but is unusually enough to draw concerned attention.
10/20/2017 - 06:22 PM
20 Sweet Pumpkins That Are Actually Cakes
10/20/2017 - 01:33 PM
Residents of shrinking US island reject 'climate victim' label
By Emily Flitter TANGIER ISLAND, Md (Reuters) - This summer, a delegation of Republican climate activists visited Tangier Island, a speck of grassland in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, to try to convince its 450 residents to take climate change seriously. At a dinner attended by island residents Aug. 2, the activists from RepublicEn headed by former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis laid out the stakes: The sea level is rising, and some scientists estimate that within decades the island, already suffering severe erosion, will need to be abandoned. The people of Tangier Island were used to this kind of message.
10/20/2017 - 11:11 AM
Tiger Kept At Truck Stop For 17 Years Dies, But The Legal Battle Isn't Over
The tiger at the center of a years-long legal battle between animal rights activists and a Louisiana truck stop owner has died, but the owner’s desire to get another tiger means the fight likely isn’t over.
10/20/2017 - 08:25 PM
Hikers May Have Died in 'Sympathetic Murder-Suicide' After Battling the Elements, Family Says
The family of a young woman who died in a murder-suicide in Joshua Tree National Park says they hold no grudges against her hiking companion
10/21/2017 - 03:18 PM
Sadness down under as final Holden marks end of Australian car industry
Shortly after midday today, a red Commodore marked the end of 69 years of Holden manufacture in Australia – and to countless enthusiasts, it was an occasion as sad as it was once virtually unthinkable. There is a select group of cars that transformed their respective nations' concept of mass motoring and the original 48-215 ‘FX’ certainly ranks alongside the Mini, 2CV or Fiat 600 in this regard. This was mass-market transport made in Australia, for Australia. Holden’s first involvement with the motor industry was as a coachbuilder and in 1924, it became the exclusive supplier of car bodies to General Motors. Seven years later it became a part of the GM empire and as early as 1936 the division’s MD Laurence Hartnett was planning a ‘wholly Australian car’ in place of the locally-built Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Vauxhalls. Towards the end of the Second World War, the government was keen to promote a locally-designed car and General Motors already had the basis of a suitable model in the form of a Chevrolet project that had been rejected as too compact for US motorists. A small group of prototypes were extensively tested and on the 29th November 1948 Ben Chifley, the then Prime Minister, unveiled the new 48-215. It was not a vehicle that represented a major technological advance and its list of standard fittings was low even by the standards of the day; no sidelights, carpet, door armrest, heater or even direction indicators of any form, one sun visor and a solitary tail lamp. Nor was the new Holden especially cheap as a price of £A675 represented nearly two years wages for the average worker but this did not deter 18,000 people from paying a deposit without having seen a 48-215 in the metal. Such was the demand that the company was soon obliged to issue a booklet entitled Holden Owners Give Reasons Why Holden is Worth Waiting For. Motoring picture of the day And perhaps the major reason for the impact of the FX on the post-war motorist was that it offered the ideal combination of advantages in a car that was launched at precisely the right moment. The brochures promised an engine designed for local conditions the 2.1-litre six-cylinder unit was capable of "80 miles per hour and 30 miles per gallon" with a smoothness not found in such rivals as the four-cylinder Austin A70 Hampshire. It was also flexible enough to propel the Holden from a crawl to cruising speed with the steering column-mounted lever in third gear. Holden intended that the FX would appeal to rural motorists and urban drivers alike, with suspension that could cope with the country’s many unsurfaced roads, and for the Sydney or Melbourne suburbanite, the ‘Aerobilt’ body was smart and offered room for a quintet of adult passengers: ‘you don’t climb in or scrabble out – you step in with ease and dignity. A great boon for elderly people and women." There was also a sense of robustness that was lacking in some of its competitors. Clive James once observed of the Standard Vanguard that it was a toss-up whether the ‘chromium trim would rust through before the exhaust pipe fell onto the road’. Above all, this was ‘Australia’s Own Car’, which automatically set it apart from any other car that bore an American or British marque and ten years later, the Lion and Stone badge adorned 40 percent of new models. The name of Holden had now entered the lexicon of a nation’s popular culture and the idea that in 2013 the company’s chief would state that ‘building cars in this country is just not sustainable’ would have been inconceivable. The moment when that last Commodore leaves the production line is not only the closing of a chapter in GM’s history – in many respects it is the end of a country’s automotive dream, one that began nearly 70 years ago.
10/20/2017 - 11:19 AM
Soda tax supporters try to pivot from Chicago setback
US public health advocates are hoping to pivot after a major setback in Chicago, where local lawmakers repealed a soda tax after only two months following fierce industry-backed lobbying. On October 11, the Cook County Board of Commissioners, which includes Chicago, nullified the penny-an-ounce levy, which was seen as a means to discourage consumption of sugary drinks that can lead to obesity, diabetes and other ills. "It's a setback," said Jim O'Hara, director of health promotion policy at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.
10/21/2017 - 01:46 AM
Off-duty officer killed in Vegas shooting left funeral notes
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A Las Vegas police officer and U.S. Army veteran who was among 58 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history provided instructions ahead of time for those at his memorial not to mourn, a pastor told the crowd at his funeral on Friday.
10/20/2017 - 06:39 PM
Betty Price Wonders If People With HIV Should Be Quarantined
WASHINGTON — Georgia state Rep. Betty Price (R) — the wife of Tom Price, who resigned last month as President Donald Trump’s health secretary amid investigations into his frequent use of private planes — wonders if isolating people with HIV would help stop the disease’s spread.
10/20/2017 - 07:04 PM
Trump blames rise in British crime on Islamic terror, surprising Britain
In a Friday morning tweet, the president correctly cited a figure from a new report on British crime but seemed to pin the entire rise on one cause, which the report doesn’t do. The president’s tweet caused confusion and pushback in Britain.
10/20/2017 - 09:52 AM
The Most Common Financial Mistakes To Avoid
Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or managing a healthy nest egg, there are certain classic money blunders you’ll want to avoid.
10/20/2017 - 08:46 PM
How North Korea Could Start the Unthinkable: War Between America and China
War on the Korean Peninsula is almost too horrible to contemplate. The last time that the United States fought North Korea, the People’s Republic of China intervened with destructive effect. While both China and the United States have worked hard to prevent a recurrence of this catastrophe, the two great powers remain at odds over the fate of North Korea, a disagreement that might yet lead to war.
10/21/2017 - 08:35 AM
25 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas
10/20/2017 - 04:59 PM
The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.
10/20/2017 - 09:52 AM
Man's fingertip torn off as wild boar rampage puts German town under siege
Two aggressive wild boars attacked and injured several people in the small German town of Heide on Friday morning, tearing through the town centre in a rampage which lasted for hours. Four people were injured, and one man’s fingertip was torn off, according to police reports. Others suffered leg injuries, as they were hit by the fully-grown animals in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein. The boars tore through the streets and ran through the market square, before making their way into a local bank branch, according to police, who issued a warning at around 9am urging people to avoid the town centre and to stay in their houses or in shops. One eyewitness saw a woman lying on the ground, screaming, after her trousers had been torn, according to German radio station NDR 1 Welle Nord. Another said they were "completely bewildered" and that the boars had come "out of nowhere". After a large-scale operation, during which police and hunters chased the boar with stun rifles, one was killed by huntsman Uwe Ingwersen at 11am - two hours after the animals were first spotted - with a targeted head shot. The second ran away from the centre and police say it is now outside the city area. Terror in Ditmarschen���� pic.twitter.com/mheLOKa5RK— Daggi (@danishkeks) October 20, 2017 Customers in the bank, which was invaded by the boars, were evacuated through open windows using ladders, according to police reports. Several cars were also damaged. Wild boar still roam the forests of Germany and are seen as a menace by much of German society. Marcus Börner, press officer at the Country Hunting Association, told the Schleswig-Holstein newspaper that it is highly stressful for boars, which have spread extensively in the state in recent decades, to be caught between walls and among so many people, causing them to become aggressive. Earlier this year, a herd of wild boars attacked several people, injuring three, near Berlin's Tegel airport. Local media reported that it took authorities 18 shots to down one 200-kilogram boar, while the rest of the herd escaped.
10/20/2017 - 08:52 AM
German prosecutors charge former Majdanek death camp guard
BERLIN (AP) — A former guard at the Majdanek death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has been charged in Germany with being an accessory to murder for allegedly serving there during a period when at least 17,000 Jews were killed, prosecutors said Friday.
10/20/2017 - 12:30 PM
Spain Takes Control of Catalonia, Pushing a Crisis Into Higher Gear
Spain has acted upon Article 155
10/21/2017 - 10:03 AM
Kit Harington Read The Final 'Game Of Thrones' Scripts And Couldn't Help Crying
Kit Harington knows everything about the final season of “Game of Thrones.”
10/21/2017 - 06:43 AM
Five living former presidents appear together for first time since 2013 to raise money for hurricane victims
The five living former presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday at a concert to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered on stage in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, putting aside politics to try to unite the country after the storms. Texas A&M is home to the presidential library of the elder Bush. At 93, he has a form of Parkinson’s disease and appeared in a wheelchair at the event. His wife Barbara and George W. Bush’s wife Laura Bush were in the audience. The concert features the country music band Alabama, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ’Soul Man’ Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Earlier on Saturday, President Donald Trump recorded a video greeting that avoids his past criticism of the former presidents and called them "some of America’s finest public servants." "This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and devotion to one another," Trump said in the message. The last time the five were together was in 2013, when Obama was still in office, at the dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library in Dallas. At a glance | Atlantic hurricane names 2017 There is precedent for former presidents joining forces for post-disaster fundraising. George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton raised money together after the 2004 South Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina the next year. Clinton and George W. Bush combined to seek donations after Haiti’s 2011 earthquake. "It’s certainly a triple, if not a home run, every time," said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. "Presidents have the most powerful and prolific fundraising base of any politician in the world. When they send out a call for help, especially on something that’s not political, they can rake in big money." Amid criticism that his administration was initially slow to aid storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, Trump accused island leaders of "poor leadership," and later tweeted that, "Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes" while saying that Federal Emergency Management Agency, first-responders and military personnel wouldn’t be able to stay there forever. Former Presidents from right, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter place their hands on their chest for the national anthem Credit: LM Otero/AP But Rottinghaus said those attending Saturday’s concert were always going to be viewed more favorably since polling consistently shows that "any ex-president is seen as less polarizing than the current president." "They can’t get away from the politics of the moment," he said of current White House occupants. "Ex-presidents are able to step back and be seen as the nation’s grandfather." Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas’ Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25, eventually unleashing historic flooding in Houston and killing more than 80 people. Shortly thereafter, all five ex-presidents appeared in a commercial for a fundraising effort known as "One America Appeal." In it, George W. Bush says, "People are hurting down here." His father, George H.W. Bush, then replies, "We love you, Texas." A website accepting donations, OneAmericaAppeal.org, was created with 100 percent of proceeds pledged to hurricane relief. Hurricane Irma subsequently hit Florida and Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, while both affected the U.S. Virgin Islands.
10/21/2017 - 09:15 PM
KFC Is Only Following 11 People On Twitter For A Totally Genius Reason
In a marketing move that Colonel Sanders himself would have been proud of, someone on Twitter noticed the fast-food chain is highly selective about who it follows on the micro-blogging service.
10/20/2017 - 07:57 AM
Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks
By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad's army, Israeli officials say. Israel has been the only major power to endorse statehood for the Kurds, partly, say analysts, because it sees the ethnic group - whose population is split among Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran - as a buffer against shared adversaries. Iraqi armed forces retook the oil-rich Kirkuk region this week, following a Sept. 25 referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad, delivering a blow to the Kurds' statehood quest.
10/20/2017 - 06:21 AM
The U.S. Army Has a Deadly New Sniper Rifle
Heckler & Koch showed off its M110A1 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle this week. Despite a brief period of ambiguity wrought by budget-jousting among lawmakers in Congress, the Army’s new and improved sniper rifle is alive and well. Heckler & Koch showed off its M110A1 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle, selected for the Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) program on the floor of the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference and exposition in Washington this week, a first up-close-and-personal look at the lightweight rifle.
10/20/2017 - 09:37 PM
Corey Feldman Begs for Peers Who Witnessed Pedophilia in Hollywood to Come Forward
Corey Feldman is speaking out again about the alleged abuse he suffered as a child actor — abuses he claims are part of a larger problem of pedophilia in Hollywood
10/21/2017 - 02:54 PM
'Czech Trump' clinches election victory, eurosceptics boosted
With voters upset over traditional parties and orders from Brussels, billionaire populist Andrej Babis, dubbed the "Czech Trump", clinched victory in the Czech Republic's election on Saturday, while eurosceptics and an anti-Islam group backed by France's National Front made strong gains. State election officials citing results from 99.9 percent of polling stations said Babis's anti-corruption and anti-euro ANO (Yes) movement won with 29.7 percent support (78 parliament seats) followed by the eurosceptic right-wing ODS party on 11.3 percent (25 seats). Despite the country's economic success, analysts say many Czechs who are heavily in debt or working long hours for low wages feel they have been left behind and are turning to populist, eurosceptic and far-right anti-EU parties to vent their ire.
10/21/2017 - 02:24 PM
Teenager stabs younger siblings to death 'so he could be alone in the house', say police
A teenager accused of stabbing his two younger siblings to death, told investigators he did it so he could be alone in the house, police said. Officers found the five-year-old girl and seven-year-old boy bleeding from their wounds at Malik Vincent Murphy's family home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 19-year-old had also turned the knife on his father Jefferson Murphy.
10/20/2017 - 05:52 AM
WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post
GENEVA (AP) — After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the World Health Organization said Saturday he is "rethinking" his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador."
10/21/2017 - 02:13 PM
Amber Tamblyn Says She Believes Woman Who Accused Husband David Cross Of Racist Remarks
Actress Amber Tamblyn reached out to the comedian who accused Tamblyn’s husband David Cross of racist behavior ― and said she believes her.
10/20/2017 - 07:48 AM
This Woman's Heart Actually 'Broke' After Her Dog Died. Here's How It Happened
If you've ever lost a beloved pet, you know how much it can hurt. In fact, the pain could be enough to break your heart, suggests a new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
10/21/2017 - 02:32 PM
Public Enemy's Chuck D: Donald Trump Is 'The Epitome Of A White Supremacist'
Chuck D did not hold back with his latest criticism of Donald Trump, calling the president “the epitome of a white supremacist.”
10/20/2017 - 05:27 AM
7 Misleading Things EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Said In His Interview With Time
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s tense look broke into a toothy grin at the end of a 22-minute interview with Time Magazine when the reporter called his response to a question “good, but lawyerly.”
10/20/2017 - 07:31 PM
Why Building 'Baby' Aircraft Carriers Would Be a Bad Idea for the U.S. Navy
The Navy can buy smaller, cheaper carriers rather than the $13 billion Ford-class behemoths it is currently constructing, according to a new study by RAND Corporation. The RAND study is a public version of a classified study conducted in 2016 at the behest of the U.S. Navy, which was ordered by Congress to examine cheaper options than the Ford-class carriers.
10/21/2017 - 08:31 AM
11 Pretzel Hacks That'll Rock Your Whole World
10/20/2017 - 06:34 PM
Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border. The projectiles crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the military said it targeted three Syrian artillery guns in response. No damage or injuries were reported in Israel.
10/21/2017 - 10:37 AM
Man denies raping stepdaughter he 'married' when she was 11
Henri Piette, 62, from Oklahoma, is accused of holding a then 11-year-old girl captive for 19 years and raping her until she escaped. The alleged victim, Rosalynn McGinnis, now 33, has spoken out about her ordeal. By the time she was 11, Piette had started to sexually assault her at their home in Wagoner.
10/20/2017 - 05:38 AM
Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era
BEIJING (AP) — In this summer's "Wolf Warrior II," Chinese action star Wu Jing portrays a tough super-patriot who rescues both fellow countrymen and oppressed Africans with help from the People's Liberation Army.
10/21/2017 - 04:23 AM
Maker of Bosch Expands Dishwasher Recall to 663,000 Models
The manufacturer of Bosch and other dishwasher brands today recalled 469,000 dishwashers because the power cord can overheat and catch fire. The recall is an expansion of a two-year-old recall th...
10/20/2017 - 06:15 PM
The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend. Here's What Time You Can Watch
It's one of the best meteor showers of the year
10/20/2017 - 08:54 AM
The White House Keeps Attacking Congresswoman Who Has Been Right All Along
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) took a victory lap in her feud with President Donald Trump after the White House was caught falsely maligning her for the second time this week.
10/20/2017 - 02:08 PM
Elon Musk to Start Hyperloop Project in Maryland, Officials Say
This is the first step to making the hyperloop a reality.
10/20/2017 - 01:36 PM
Lupita Nyong’o Says Weinstein Pushed Her To Massage Him: 'I Panicked'
Two weeks after investigative journalists exposed decades of accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has come forward with her own allegations against the disgraced producer.
10/20/2017 - 01:22 AM
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