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  North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:52:30 -0500

North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust SurvivorNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s mistreatment of political prisoners is at least as egregious as that carried out in World War II concentration camps, according to a former international judge who survived Auschwitz.



  Texts reveal two FBI officials in Russia inquiry had anti-Trump sentiments   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:22:25 -0500

Texts reveal two FBI officials in Russia inquiry had anti-Trump sentimentsPeter Strzok was dismissed from the Russia investigation when Robert Mueller found out about a series harshly critical text messages about candidate Donald Trump. The messages were made public Tuesday.



  DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:01:00 -0500

DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'Tom Perez suggested he agreed with Barkley’s view that Democrats have taken low-income and African-American voters “for granted.”



  'Dear Alabama' Goes Viral As Folks Make Heartfelt Pleas To Reject Roy Moore   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:20:38 -0500

'Dear Alabama' Goes Viral As Folks Make Heartfelt Pleas To Reject Roy MoorePeople online are issuing heartfelt pleas for Alabamians to reject GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election. The “Dear Alabama” term began trending on Twitter late Monday as celebrities and activists joined thousands of others in making the case for why the President Donald Trump-endorsed former state judge, who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, should not be elected to office. Instead, they urged voters to side with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.



  8-year-old Imani McCray may have hung herself after seeing report of another girl's suicide   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:47:42 -0500

8-year-old Imani McCray may have hung herself after seeing report of another girl's suicideAn 8-year-old girl from New Jersey committed suicide over the weekend, and sources close to the investigation are reportedly saying she may have been inspired by a story she saw on social media.



  Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of Misconduct   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:29:24 -0500

Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of MisconductMario Batali, who stepped down from his restaurant group on Monday after four women accused him of sexual misconduct, spoke out in support of women’s equality at an event in October.



  Doug Jones Built No-Holds-Barred Campaign   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:49 -0500

Doug Jones Built No-Holds-Barred CampaignRachel Maddow points out that in addition to other factors like African-American turnout and women voters, the Doug Jones campaign itself was well run and a testament to burgeoning Democratic political power in the South.



  Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:05:07 -0500

Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacreSirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. "China and Japan are close neighbours, neighbours who can't move away," said Yu Zhengsheng, a former member of China's top Communist leadership who now chairs a parliamentary body. China and Japan should build on their "long, rich history" of links to deepen "friendship", Yu said, avoiding reference to bitter disputes over the massacre.



  Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:55:04 -0500

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfireAn out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. The Thomas Fire, which broke out on Dec. 4 near the community of Ojai, has since traveled 27 miles (43 km) to become the fifth-largest blaze in state history. It has blackened more than 366 square miles (948 square kilometers) in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, an area larger than New York City.



  Haunting PSA From Sandy Hook Families Predicts 'Tomorrow's School Shooting'   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:45:51 -0500

Haunting PSA From Sandy Hook Families Predicts 'Tomorrow's School Shooting'Families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre released a powerful video this week, urging parents and teachers to help prevent another school shooting by taking action now.



  Trump says Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign cash after she calls for his resignation   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:14:14 -0500

Trump says Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign cash after she calls for his resignationPresident Trump lashed out Tuesday at one of the Democratic lawmakers calling for him to resign over the multiple allegations of sexual assault against him.



  Robert Mugabe flies to Singapore in his first trip since being ousted   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:25:47 -0500

Robert Mugabe flies to Singapore in his first trip since being ousted Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday. The 93-year-old, who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, resigned after the army and his ruling ZANU-PF party turned against him when it became clear that his 52-year-old wife, Grace, was being groomed as his successor. Until recently the world's oldest head of state, Mugabe had a reputation for extensive and expensive international travel, including regular medical trips to Singapore - a source of public anger among his impoverished citizens. He left Harare with Grace and aides on Monday evening, the official said. He is expected to make a stop-over in Malaysia, where his daughter, Bona, is expecting a second child. "He has gone for a routine medical trip to Singapore," said the official, who has organised Mugabe's security protection but who is not authorised to speak to the media. "He was due for a check-up but events of the last few weeks made it impossible for him to travel." The trip means Mugabe will not be in Zimbabwe when ZANU-PF endorses President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its leader and presidential candidate for next year's elections during a one-day special congress on Friday. The security official would not say how Mugabe was travelling although the privately owned NewsDay newspaper said he was on a state-owned Air Zimbabwe plane. Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured of his safety under his resignation deal, a source of frustration to many Zimbabweans who accused him of looting state coffers and destroying the economy during his time in power. Another government official told Reuters last month Mugabe had been due to travel to Singapore on Nov. 16 but was unable to leave because the military had confined him to his private home the previous day. George Charamba, a senior information ministry official, declined to comment. Under Zimbabwe's Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits Act, a former head of state is entitled to perks including limited foreign travel and medical insurance. "These are very standard features of a retired president," another government official said, trying to head off any controversy. "You are making a storm out of nothing."



  26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop For   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:10:52 -0500

26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop ForIf you thought buying a gift for dad was hard enough, try finding the perfect present for a teen.



  Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:17 -0500

Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraftA team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.



  MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:50:30 -0500

MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise CriticMSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.



  Why I Responded Live On The Air To A Viewer Who Called Me A Racial Slur   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:36:12 -0500

Why I Responded Live On The Air To A Viewer Who Called Me A Racial SlurEditor’s note: This piece includes the uncensored use of racial slurs and graphic language that may be disturbing to readers.



  Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:56:12 -0500

Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77Charles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.



  U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:14:34 -0500

U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to TrumpBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily. In October, Trump declined to certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement reached among Tehran, the United States and others in 2015. Congressional leaders have announced no plans to introduce a resolution to reimpose sanctions before Wednesday's deadline and aides say lawmakers will let the deadline pass without action.



  Pistorius injured in prison brawl over phone   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:03:39 -0500

Pistorius injured in prison brawl over phoneFormer Paralympic champion and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison brawl over the use of a public phone, a South African official said on Tuesday. The double amputee -- who is serving a 13-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp -- was left with a bruise after "an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone" on December 6, according to the department of Correctional Services. "Oscar Pistorius sustained a bruise following an alleged incident with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both offenders are detained at Attridgeville Correctional Centre," spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said.



  White House says Trump's tweet to Gillibrand was not 'sexist at all'   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:40:37 -0500

White House says Trump's tweet to Gillibrand was not 'sexist at all'White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump's tweet saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign donations.



  The Latest: Custer park fire in South Dakota grows larger   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:10:35 -0500

The Latest: Custer park fire in South Dakota grows largerCUSTER, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire at Custer State Park in South Dakota's Black Hills (all times local):



  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:02:01 -0500

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65San Fransisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday, a hospital spokesman told HuffPost.



  Keaton Jones: GoFundMe account for bullied child who went viral frozen after mother accused of racism   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:45:00 -0500

Keaton Jones: GoFundMe account for bullied child who went viral frozen after mother accused of racismThe fundraising page for the bullied child whose tearful video about being taunted by fellow pupils went viral has been frozen after his mother was accused of racism. Keaton Jones, from Knoxville, Tennessee, garnered widespread sympathy after his mother Kimberly filmed him tearfully asking why he is the target of school bullies.



  Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her Honeymoon   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:38:41 -0500

Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her HoneymoonSarah Illig’s dream honeymoon in the Bahamas turned out to be a nightmare after she was bitten by a shark.



  Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:05:29 -0500

Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlierNEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.



  Hopper From 'Stranger Things' Wore A Holiday Sweater And Became A Meme   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:37:58 -0500

Hopper From 'Stranger Things' Wore A Holiday Sweater And Became A MemeActor David Harbour is spreading the festive cheer with a holiday sweater snap, which is now going viral.



  Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:36:51 -0500

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosisWomen in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk. Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the law, which criminalizes abortion if the physician has knowledge that the procedure is being sought due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. Doctors would lose their medical licenses in the state and face a fourth-degree felony charge under the law if they were to perform an abortion with that knowledge.



  The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:42:32 -0500

The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited OutrageProtests erupted in the northern state of Haryana



  After NYC terror attempt, Trump says he will end chain migration   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:34:02 -0500

After NYC terror attempt, Trump says he will end chain migrationPointing to the New York terror attempt, President Trump says that he will end visa lottery and chain migration.



  US, EU and Japan up the pressure on China at WTO   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:07:40 -0500

US, EU and Japan up the pressure on China at WTOThe United States, European Union and Japan jointly rounded on China's "market-distorting subsidies" at the World Trade Organization conference in Argentina Tuesday. A joint statement from the three powers made no direct mention of China, but said "severe excess capacity in key sectors, exacerbated by government-financed and supported capacity expansion, unfair competitive conditions caused by large market-distorting subsidies and state-owned enterprises" were serious problems for international trade.



  5 Things That Truly Don’t Matter When You Buy Your First House   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:51:19 -0500

5 Things That Truly Don’t Matter When You Buy Your First HouseAll those concerns you have about money are quite legitimate, and the mortgage process can be confusing.



  'Trump you failed to protect your nation', New York bomb suspect wrote ahead of failed attack   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:44:05 -0500

'Trump you failed to protect your nation', New York bomb suspect wrote ahead of failed attackThe New York bomb suspect wrote "Trump you failed to protect your nation" on Facebook before heading to a busy transit hub to set off a pipe bomb, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Akayed Ullah, from Bangladesh, has been charged with providing material support to terrorists and using weapons of mass destruction, following the failed suicide bomb attack on Monday.   The 27-year-old was arrested after setting off a pipe bomb strapped to his body at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs which left four other people injured.   He later told police that he carried out the attack "for the Islamic State (Isil)," according to court papers filed by federal prosecutors.   Ullah posted his message to Trump on his Facebook account on the morning of the attack.   Ullah's passport was found at his home covered in handwritten notes, including one that read: "O America, die in your rage."   pipe bomb suspect Akayed Ullah Credit:  New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission  Mr Trump has said he would end immigration provisions in response to the attack.    Speaking at the White House on Tuesday the president highlighted that two recent attacks in New York involved foreign nationals living in the US on immigration programs.   Ullah first arrived in the US in 2011 on a visa available to those with family connections in the country.    Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant who killed eight people in an attack in November, was living in the US under a diversity lottery program which gives permanent resident visas to around 50,000 applicants a year.    Five people were injured in the Isil-inspired attack Mr Trump said Congress "must get involved immediately" as he vowed that the two immigration programs "will be ended".   It is believed Ullah became radicalised after he began watching pro-Isil material online in 2014 and carried out his attack because he was angry over US policies in the Middle East, prosecutors said.   The bomb, described by authorities as a low-tech device, exploded inside an underpass leading to three train lines and the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square, the nation's busiest bus station.   Police respond to a report of an explosion near Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York Credit: AP He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terrorist threat, New York Police said.   US prosecutors also brought federal charges including using a weapon of mass destruction, which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.   Investigators found a nine-volt battery inside Ullah's trouser pocket, as well as fragments from a metal pipe and the remnants of what appeared to be fairy lights attached to wires.   Officials said Ullah told investigators he built the bomb at his Brooklyn home a week before the attack, filling the pipe with metal screws to maximize damage.     Meanwhile investigators in Bangladesh were questioning Ullah's wife - with whom he has a six-month old son - and her family, according to US officials.



  Goat Cheese And Roasted Garlic Beehive, The Best Appetizer Ever   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:36:05 -0500

Goat Cheese And Roasted Garlic Beehive, The Best Appetizer EverYou know a dish is a hit when guests come back after the party to ask if there’s any left over.



  Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western Iowa   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:43:16 -0500

Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western IowaOAKLAND, Iowa (AP) — A fire erupted on a school bus after it backed into a ditch in western Iowa early Tuesday, killing a student and the bus driver, investigators said.



  Woman admits letting three-year-old son freeze to death outside house while she slept off drug binge   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:06:00 -0500

Woman admits letting three-year-old son freeze to death outside house while she slept off drug bingeJamie Basinger pleaded guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Landyn Melton and he 24-year-old will be expected to serve 36 months of supervised probation and between 19 and 32 months of prison time, after cutting a plea deal with Prosecutors in her home town of Morganton, North Carolina. “She’s going to have a battle, we all are, she told the Morganton News Herald, adding that she still had unanswered questions about the three-year-old's death. Landyn was found dead on 15 March after a neighbour called the police when they spotted him laying on the porch.



  GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energy In Favor Of Fossil Fuels, Democrats Say   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:30:38 -0500

GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energy In Favor Of Fossil Fuels, Democrats SayThe Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday.



  China warns against livestreaming after 'rooftopper' falls to death   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:49:50 -0500

China warns against livestreaming after 'rooftopper' falls to deathA young Chinese climbing enthusiast's fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 "rooftopping" dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming. Wu Yongning plunged to his death from a 62-storey building in central China on Nov. 8, the day he stopped posting videos of his skyscraper exploits on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter.



  Trump downplays Roy Moore loss   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:21:22 -0500

Trump downplays Roy Moore lossLosing the Alabama senate seat is a huge embarrassment for President Donald Trump, who endorsed Moore’s candidacy despite ongoing sexual misconduct allegations.



  US envoy Haley to present 'irrefutable evidence' on Iran   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:50:40 -0500

US envoy Haley to present 'irrefutable evidence' on IranUS Ambassador Nikki Haley will present "irrefutable evidence" that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. The United States and Saudi Arabia have accused Iran of supplying weapons to Yemen's Huthi rebels, who fired a missile intercepted near Riyadh airport on November 4.



  It Turns Out Legal Weed In Colorado Hasn't Led To Kids Abusing The Drug   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:32:46 -0500

It Turns Out Legal Weed In Colorado Hasn't Led To Kids Abusing The DrugOpponents of marijuana policy reform have warned that legalizing cannabis could give way to an epidemic of young people abusing the plant.



  Volkswagen releases 2019 Jetta sketches ahead of Detroit reveal   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:15:59 -0500

Volkswagen releases 2019 Jetta sketches ahead of Detroit revealIt might be hard to believe for anyone outside the United States, but the Jetta is still Volkswagen's biggest-selling model in America. Despite the continuing decline of sedan sales, the seemingly unstoppable rise of the SUV, the sheer quality of the Golf, and the age of the Jetta, it really is still VW's most important model in the US. It's therefore a pretty big deal that the German automaker has now released some sketches of the all-new 2019 Jetta ahead of a full reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.



  GM says former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton to resign from board   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:37:51 -0500

GM says former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton to resign from boardAshton was nominated to his GM board seat by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits trust, which administers funds that pay for health benefits for UAW-GM retirees. The trust can nominate a replacement for Ashton, but shareholders won't vote on the trust's nominee until the company's next annual meeting in the spring, a GM spokesman said.



  The Latest: Homeless camp fire sparked Los Angeles blaze   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:12:57 -0500

The Latest: Homeless camp fire sparked Los Angeles blazeLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):



  Family of 5-year-old boy shot in Texas church massacre ask public to send him Christmas cards   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:45:00 -0500

Family of 5-year-old boy shot in Texas church massacre ask public to send him Christmas cardsThe family of a five-year-old boy who was injured last month in a bloody Texas church shooting is appealing to the public to help them bring a bit of holiday cheer to the boy this Christmas. Ryland Ward, who was shot five times in the First Baptist Church last month, is still in the hospital after the shooting. “You got so many nice people that are sending a card and a dollar to Ryland,” Sandy Ward, his grandmother, told local news.



  The Sweet Ways Billie Lourd Honored Carrie Fisher At The 'Star Wars' Premiere   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:07:41 -0500

The Sweet Ways Billie Lourd Honored Carrie Fisher At The 'Star Wars' PremiereBillie Lourd found two beautiful ways to pay tribute to her late mother, Carrie Fisher, at the premiere of her mom’s last “Star Wars” film.



  Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:07:52 -0500

Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategyInstead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves. Nine of 13 volunteers trained by the group ran for office this year and won seats, ranging from New Hampshire state representative to city council member in West University Place, Texas. Fourteen more have already declared their intentions to run for office in 2018, seeking seats in Congress, state legislatures and local government, all running as Democrats.



  Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A Terrorist   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:48 -0500

Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A TerroristIn a video that went viral on Twitter, people wearing American flag-themed clothing, including one wearing a shirt supporting President Donald Trump, can be seen laughing at a Palestinian-American family who attended a pro-Palestine rally in Los Angeles on Sunday.



  South Korean leader starts fence-mending trip to China   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:24:52 -0500

South Korean leader starts fence-mending trip to ChinaSouth Korean President Moon Jae-In began his first state visit to China on Wednesday to soothe relations strained by the US deployment of an anti-missile system that has angered Beijing. Moon is also expected to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis during his four-day trip, which includes talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday. The US military installed the powerful THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the South earlier this year to guard against threats from the nuclear-armed North.



  The Latest: Homeland Security watching Alabama election   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:03:38 -0500

The Latest: Homeland Security watching Alabama electionBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):



  2019 Ferrari 488GTO Spied Honing Its Superiority   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

2019 Ferrari 488GTO Spied Honing Its SuperiorityMaranello's rebuttal to the latest from Lamborghini and McLaren.