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(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:15:39 -0500)


Most of the members of the National Park Service Advisory Board have tendered their resignation over frustrations with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, The Washington Post reports.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:18:06 -0500)


Chuck Rosenberg, former federal prosecutor, talks with Rachel Maddow about what it might mean that special counsel Robert Mueller served Steve Bannon with a subpoena instead of asking him for an informal interview like others in Trump's inner circle gave.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:14:22 -0500)


The man suspected of murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student from Orange County, California, told police he believed the victim had been hitting on him, according to a court document obtained by a local newspaper.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500)


The results of Donald Trump's first presidential physical were revealed on Tuesday during a White House press briefing and, for the most part, the Commander in Chief received a clean bill of health.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:44:46 -0500)


A Japanese broadcaster on Tuesday erroneously sent a mobile app alert announcing that North Korea had launched a missile.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:34:55 -0500)


MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:37:05 -0500)


The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UKIP Party said he had split with his new girlfriend after a newspaper published derogatory comments she made about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle and black people.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:52:00 -0500)


New political tensions and demands will create opportunities for Pakistan to build up other relationships in the region at U.S. expense. The United States is once again ratcheting up the pressure on Pakistan to fall in line with U.S. policy in Afghanistan by ending the Afghan Taliban’s enjoyment of safe haven. Unsurprisingly, Pakistan is once again pushing back.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:14:44 -0500)


Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines' most active volcano in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:53:11 -0500)


It’s a fact of life: Nice family photos never go viral, as one family in St. Louis, Missouri recently discovered.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:28:59 -0500)


The couple arrested in the alleged shackling and torture of their children had appeared before Kent Ripley three times to renew their vows.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:38:45 -0500)


The suspect was also wounded


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:12:28 -0500)


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump to reporters on Tuesday, saying that if he’s a racist, “why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?” Sanders was answering a question about comments made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday that the president could prove he’s not a racist by approving the DACA immigration deal a bipartisan committee has already worked out.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:52:00 -0500)


Scientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico’s Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, they describe how DNA extracted from the teeth of 29 skeletons buried in a cemetery in southern Mexico revealed previously unidentified traces of the salmonella enterica bacterium. The epidemic was one of several to hit the indigenous population soon after the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:26:41 -0500)


A man who had taken drugs before getting behind the wheel of his Nissan Sedan survived relatively unscathed after crashing his car in the second-floor of a house. Police in Santa Ana, California, say that the car, travelling at high speed, clipped the central reservation before launching into the air. It flew about 60 feet before smashing into the second floor of the building, which contained a dental practice. CCTV footage obtained by a local television station captured the moment, and showed the car flying through the air. Unbelievable new surveillance video shows a car hitting a median and launching into the second story of a Santa Ana dentist office. Driver and passenger transported with minor injuries. @NBCLA@ChristineNBCLApic.twitter.com/Yw4poZXUNR— Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) January 15, 2018 The crash, which happened at about 5.25am on Saturday, rattled guests in a motel next door but the dental practice was closed at the time. The Los Angeles County fire department used a specialized forklift and wrecker to remove the car, the police said.  Two people in the vehicle, although both were rescued suffering only minor injuries One of the two people inside the vehicle was able to exit on his own, but emergency workers had to remove the other person. The driver had minor injuries and remains in hospital, but will likely be charged with driving under the influence.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:45:16 -0500)


A state employee accidentally pushed the wrong button during a routine shift change drill on Saturday, broadcasting an incoming missile alert to the people of Hawaii.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:10:32 -0500)


The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8 p.m. local time and registered a 2.0 magnitude tremor about 4 miles (7 km) east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey said on its website. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed it was not a meteorological event but more likely a meteor. "The NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor," the NWS in Detroit said on Twitter.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:32:35 -0500)


LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:46:36 -0500)


Ann Brenoff’s “On The Fly” is a weekly column about navigating growing older ― and a few other things.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:18:14 -0500)


“The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” is an immersive, multisensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition chronicles the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:57:39 -0500)


Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor, listened to more than a dozen of his sexual abuse victims read impact statements in an East Lansing, Michigan, court on Tuesday.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:21:51 -0500)


North Korea on Tuesday denounced President Donald Trump's tweeted message that he has a bigger nuclear button than its leader Kim Jong-Un as the "spasm of a lunatic" and the "bark of a rabid dog". Kim used his annual New Year address to warn he has a "nuclear button" on his table, sweetening his remarks by expressing an interest in dialogue and taking part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South next month. In Pyongyang's first reaction to the tweet, the North's official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Tuesday dismissed Trump's "swaggering" as nothing but the "spasm of a lunatic" frightened by North Korea's power, and the "bark of a rabid dog".


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:18:09 -0500)


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially named Russell M. Nelson as its 17th president.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:22:41 -0500)


The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects. Dozens of princes, senior officials and top businessmen were detained and confined in the five-star Ritz-Carlton Riyadh as the government launched the purge in early November. The some 200 detainees occupied half the hotel's 492 rooms. The rest was closed to business. The hotel's website now accepts bookings from Feb. 14, quoting a nightly rate for its cheapest room of 2,439 riyals (£480). Saudi authorities have said they expect the vast majority of suspects to agree to financial settlements of charges against them, and that Riyadh hopes to recover about $100 billion of illicit funds. A small number are expected to be prosecuted. Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official. Another top businessman who has been held at the Ritz-Carlton is billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman and owner of global investment firm Kingdom Holding. A Saudi official said this week that he was negotiating a possible settlement but so far had not agreed on terms. It has been rumoured, Mr Talal, one of the world’s richest men, could be forced to pay as much as $7bn. Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a massive political and economic shake-up, marked by the sudden appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince in June. The 32-year-old son of the king has spearheaded the unprecedented crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family, as he consolidates his grip on power in the kingdom.


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After he's hit by the vehicle, NYPD Officer Ian Wallace gets up and pursues the suspect on foot.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:19:02 -0500)


By Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday. "Oil spills in general can have a big environmental impact if they reach the coast, but we think that there is little chance of that happening on Japanese seashores for now," the official who helps oversee the marine environment for the ministry told Reuters by telephone. The tanker had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) on Jan. 6.


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Bernice King says those honoring her father on Martin Luther King Jr. Day should also remember another incredibly important figure in the civil rights movement: her mother, Coretta Scott King.


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YORK, S.C. (AP) — A man who was wanted for beating his wife ambushed and shot three SWAT officers searching for him in woods in South Carolina, leaving one deputy "hanging on to life,' a sheriff said Tuesday.


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A lot has happened in the midsized-pickup market since Ford stopped selling the Ranger in the U.S. in 2011. Chevrolet scored robust sales with its second-generation Colorado. Honda reintroduced t...


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:24:32 -0500)


Jorge Garcia, the man who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years and was deported to Mexico this week  despite having no criminal record, wishes the Trump administration was willing to look at immigration cases individually.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:58:38 -0500)


The Twitter accounts of two former Fox News hosts were hacked on Tuesday, resulting in both of their feeds being filled with Turkish propaganda supporting the country’s controversial president.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:44:03 -0500)


A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds. Ryan Brooks reports.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:16:58 -0500)


The UAE will lodge a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization after Qatari jets came within little more than three kilometres of Emirati passenger flights, its civil aviation chief said on Tuesday. "Today we will file our complaint to the International Civil Aviation Organization about the two serious incidents, along with the evidence that we've gathered, and ask for the intervention of the council to stop Qatar from repeating the act," Saif al-Suwaidi, head of the general civil aviation authority, told AFP. The United Arab Emirates said on Monday that Qatari fighter jets had "intercepted" two passenger flights headed for Bahrain, drawing a swift denial from Gulf rival Qatar.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:23:19 -0500)


Sweden is preparing to issue a public information manual on what to do in the event of war, as debate in the country grows over how to deal with the threat from Russia. The brochure, due to be sent to 4.7m households, will inform the public how they can take part in “total defence” during a war and secure water, food and heating. The booklet with the working title If Crisis or War Comes will also give guidance on dealing with threats from cyber attacks, terrorism and climate change, the FT reported. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military support for Ukrainian separatists, along with increased activity and exercises near the Baltics and Scandinavia have caused deep unease in Sweden. The neutral country has begun to reverse deep post war defence cuts and incursions by Russian planes and submarines have sparked intense public debate over whether to join Nato. Sweden has seen debate over whether to join Nato Credit:  Victor Svedberg / Regeringskansliet In September 2017, the country held its biggest military exercise in 23 years, with war games involving 19,000 Swedish personnel and allies from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Norway and America. The country last year voted to reintroduce conscription. “All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defence or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, leader of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:39:40 -0500)


By Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - A mostly Muslim county in western China has banned children from attending religious events over a winter break, an education bureau said in a notice posted online, as authorities step up control of religious education. School students in Linxia county in Gansu province, home to many members of the Muslim Hui ethnic minority, are prohibited from entering religious buildings over their break, a district education bureau said, according to the notification.


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U.S. officials warned Jared Kushner earlier this year that his friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch could be used as a conduit by the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.


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Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes accused of killing two California police officers interrupts first day of trial with profane outbursts.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:14:24 -0500)


PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on family members found shackled in a California home (all times local):


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:24:37 -0500)


Volunteers in a Southern California city near San Diego face misdemeanor charges for handing out food to the homeless.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:39:18 -0500)


WASHINGTON ― Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified under oath on Tuesday that she “did not hear” President Donald Trump refer to African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting last week.


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The animal expected to survive.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:35:26 -0500)


Airbus got an early jump on rival Boeing for 2018 with news Tuesday that low-cost Mexican airline Volaris has ordered 80 of its popular A320 planes for a total $9.3 billion. The planned purchase, which entails deliveries over the next eight years, comes after the European Aerospace giant overtook Boeing last year in terms of aircraft orders, booking 1,109 against the US company's 718. "The announcement of the investment in 80 Airbus aircraft by Volaris for a total $9.3 billion is very important," Mexican Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz said, accompanied by Volaris executives.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:49:04 -0500)


Turkey's president has called on Nato to take a stance against the US, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria. Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military offensive in Syria against Syrian Kurdish militias, which Ankara considers to be terrorists because of their affiliation with a outlawed group fighting an insurgency in southern Turkey. On Monday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Washington of creating an "army of terror" in Syria, along the border with Turkey, and vowed to crush the US-backed border force. Addressing his ruling party's deputies on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan questioned Nato's stance on the issue, saying: "Hey Nato! You are obliged to make a stance against those who harass and violate the borders of your members." Ties between Turkey and the US have deteriorated over the latter's support of the Kurdish militia, known as the People's Defense Units, or YPG, which Turkey says is a major threat to its security. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), at a rally in Yozgat, eastern Turkey. Credit: Presidency Press Service The US however has relied on the YPG - the backbone of a Syrian force that drove Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) from much of northern and eastern Syria with the help of US-led airstrikes. The coalition has said the new force, expected to reach 30,000 in the next several years, is a key element of its strategy in Syria to prevent the resurgence of Isil. Mr Erdogan on Tuesday reiterated that Turkey planned an imminent intervention in the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. Turkey has sent reinforcements to its border in recent weeks and Mr Erdogan said this week that Turkish troops were already firing artillery at Afrin from the border. Overnight on Monday, heavy shelling was reported in Afrin and the YPG reported the death of one of  its fighters.  Asked whether he planned to discuss the Kurdish-led border force with President Donald Trump, Mr Erdogan said he had no plans to call the US leader. "We discussed the issue before. He said he would get back to me. I won't call him as long as he does not get back to me," Anadolu quoted Mr Erdogan as saying.   


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:46:53 -0500)


Swedish mobile network gear maker Ericsson booked an impairment of 14.2 billion crowns ($1.8 billion) in the fourth quarter, related primarily to goodwill in its digital and media operations, hitting operating income but not cashflow. "The majority of goodwill originates from investments made 10 years ago or more, and has limited relevance for Ericsson's business going forward," Ericsson said in a statement. Once the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile network gear, Ericsson has been hit by competition from Huawei [HWT.UL] and Nokia , while telecom operator spending has slumped ahead of the roll-out of next-generation 5G technology.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:52:56 -0500)


Someone edited “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to remove almost all women from the hit movie and anonymously uploaded the result to The Pirate Bay website on Monday.


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Shopping for a travel deal for spring break or Easter? Iceland's ultra-low cost carrier WOW Air is back with a bargain basement deal that includes $69 flights from the US to Iceland, and $89 deals to Europe. 


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:29:35 -0500)


SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said.


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A Californian couple accused of imprisoning their children in “horrific” conditions had no prior contact with authorities and the mother seemed surprised when law enforcement officers turned up at their door, officials said. After a 17-year-old daughter slipped through a window and called police, she led authorities back to a squalid Perris house where a dozen of her siblings were held, some of them shackled in chains. Records indicate that Mr Turpin had received state approval to run a private school at the property where the children were found.


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WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that she doesn’t know if Norway is predominantly white.


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President Trump needs to lose 10-15 pounds but is generally in excellent health and has no problems “whatsoever” with his mental ability, his official military doctor said Tuesday. Dr. Ronny Jackson predicted that Trump would stay in good health throughout his time in office, even if it stretches to a second term.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:14:22 -0500)


The man suspected of murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student from Orange County, California, told police he believed the victim had been hitting on him, according to a court document obtained by a local newspaper.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:54:07 -0500)


Two California parents were arrested over the weekend when police found 12 of their 13 children in filthy conditions, some chained to beds and starving.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:18:14 -0500)


“The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” is an immersive, multisensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition chronicles the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500)


Surveillance video showed parents David and Louise Turpin being led away in handcuffs.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:52:12 -0500)


Spectacular lava "fireworks" shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines' most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days. Lava spurting from Mayon volcano lit up the sky overnight Monday in what scientists said was a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for evacuation of areas under threat from a major eruption.


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A Japanese broadcaster on Tuesday erroneously sent a mobile app alert announcing that North Korea had launched a missile.


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A New York woman claims her 15-year-old son was fatally shot over an iPhone by one of his own friends.


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The U.S. is the largest donor to the agency that supports millions of Palestinian refugees


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:52:00 -0500)


Scientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico’s Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, they describe how DNA extracted from the teeth of 29 skeletons buried in a cemetery in southern Mexico revealed previously unidentified traces of the salmonella enterica bacterium. The epidemic was one of several to hit the indigenous population soon after the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:53:11 -0500)


It’s a fact of life: Nice family photos never go viral, as one family in St. Louis, Missouri recently discovered.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:37:05 -0500)


The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UKIP Party said he had split with his new girlfriend after a newspaper published derogatory comments she made about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle and black people.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:55:24 -0500)


After speculation about President Donald Trump’s mental health escalated in recent weeks, White House doctor Ronny Jackson revealed Tuesday afternoon that the president passed a cognitive assessment during his Friday physical at Walter Reed Medical Center.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:18:06 -0500)


Chuck Rosenberg, former federal prosecutor, talks with Rachel Maddow about what it might mean that special counsel Robert Mueller served Steve Bannon with a subpoena instead of asking him for an informal interview like others in Trump's inner circle gave.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:34:55 -0500)


MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:45:16 -0500)


A state employee accidentally pushed the wrong button during a routine shift change drill on Saturday, broadcasting an incoming missile alert to the people of Hawaii.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:52:00 -0500)


New political tensions and demands will create opportunities for Pakistan to build up other relationships in the region at U.S. expense. The United States is once again ratcheting up the pressure on Pakistan to fall in line with U.S. policy in Afghanistan by ending the Afghan Taliban’s enjoyment of safe haven. Unsurprisingly, Pakistan is once again pushing back.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:26:30 -0500)


The Palestinians accused Donald Trump of “targeting the innocent” yesterday after the US announced it was withholding tens of millions of dollars from the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees. The row is the latest public eruption between the White House and the Palestinians and the relationship between the two sides has all but collapsed since Mr Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month.   The argument centres around the  the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which was created in 1949 to support Palestinian refugees and today gives aid to more than 5 million refugees in the Palestinian territories and neighbouring Arab countries.   The US has traditionally been the largest donor to UNRWA and last year gave $350 million to the agency (£254 million). The US had planned to give $120 million this year but announced this week that it was paying only $60 million and withholding the rest.   The State Department said there should be more “burden-sharing” of the cost of UNRWA and US officials said the agency needed to be fundamentally reformed.  Mr Trump complained on Twitter earlier this month that the US gives the Palestinians “hundreds of millions of dollars a year and get no respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel”. ...peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018 Chris Gunness, an UNRWA spokesman, said the shortfall plunged the agency into “the most severe financial crisis” in its 70-year history and warned that it could cause instability in the occupied West Bank and Gaza but also in Lebanon and Jordan.  “The potential consequences are nothing less than the stability of the Middle East. It could be catastrophic,” he said.   Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian official, said the decision showed the US “has no compunction in targeting the innocent”.  UNRWA is viewed with ambivalence in Israel. Politicians publicly lambast the agency, saying it perpetuates a victim mentality among Palestinians by passing refugee status from grandparents to parents to children.  Israel also accuses the agency of encouraging Palestinian refugees to believe they will one day be allowed to return to what is modern day Israel, something Israel will not allow to happen in any significant numbers. The UNRWA announcement came after a fiery speech delivered by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas But Israeli security officials privately acknowledge that the agency helps preserve stability in the West Bank and Gaza and provides services - like education and healthcare - that Israel might otherwise have to provide.  UNRWA said that for now it would be able to keep its schools and hospitals open but warned that services would have to be cut if more funding was not found. The agency plans to launch an emergency global appeal next week, asking states, charities and wealthy individuals for money.  Relations between the US and the Palestinians have been in free fall since Mr Trump ignored Palestinian and international objections and fulfilled his campaign promise to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said Wednesday he expected the US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem within a year - a faster timetable than the White House has suggested.   The US also closed down the Palestinian diplomatic outpost in Washington, a move that was deeply humiliating for Palestinian leaders.  The Palestinians have said since they will refuse to accept the US as a mediator in any peace talks. Palestinian officials are refusing to meet Mike Pence, the US vice president, when he visits Jerusalem next week.  The White House has intended to present a proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the spring as part of Mr Trump’s ambitions to seal what he has called “the ultimate deal”. It is no longer clear if the US will move ahead with releasing its plans. 


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:46:36 -0500)


Ann Brenoff’s “On The Fly” is a weekly column about navigating growing older ― and a few other things.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:57:39 -0500)


Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor, listened to more than a dozen of his sexual abuse victims read impact statements in an East Lansing, Michigan, court on Tuesday.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:23:00 -0500)


A humpback whale spotted off the coast of Hawaii entangled in 285ft of rope has been freed by rescuers. The animal was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing boat near Makena Beach, on Maui island. "On release, the animal immediately breached several times," the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:46:44 -0500)


After he's hit by the vehicle, NYPD Officer Ian Wallace gets up and pursues the suspect on foot.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:16:58 -0500)


The UAE will lodge a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization after Qatari jets came within little more than three kilometres of Emirati passenger flights, its civil aviation chief said on Tuesday. "Today we will file our complaint to the International Civil Aviation Organization about the two serious incidents, along with the evidence that we've gathered, and ask for the intervention of the council to stop Qatar from repeating the act," Saif al-Suwaidi, head of the general civil aviation authority, told AFP. The United Arab Emirates said on Monday that Qatari fighter jets had "intercepted" two passenger flights headed for Bahrain, drawing a swift denial from Gulf rival Qatar.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:10:32 -0500)


The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8 p.m. local time and registered a 2.0 magnitude tremor about 4 miles (7 km) east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey said on its website. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed it was not a meteorological event but more likely a meteor. "The NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor," the NWS in Detroit said on Twitter.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:18:09 -0500)


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially named Russell M. Nelson as its 17th president.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:32:35 -0500)


LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions.


(Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:26:41 -0500)


A man who had taken drugs before getting behind the wheel of his Nissan Sedan survived relatively unscathed after crashing his car in the second-floor of a house. Police in Santa Ana, California, say that the car, travelling at high speed, clipped the central reservation before launching into the air. It flew about 60 feet before smashing into the second floor of the building, which contained a dental practice. CCTV footage obtained by a local television station captured the moment, and showed the car flying through the air. Unbelievable new surveillance video shows a car hitting a median and launching into the second story of a Santa Ana dentist office. Driver and passenger transported with minor injuries. @NBCLA@ChristineNBCLApic.twitter.com/Yw4poZXUNR— Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) January 15, 2018 The crash, which happened at about 5.25am on Saturday, rattled guests in a motel next door but the dental practice was closed at the time. The Los Angeles County fire department used a specialized forklift and wrecker to remove the car, the police said.  Two people in the vehicle, although both were rescued suffering only minor injuries One of the two people inside the vehicle was able to exit on his own, but emergency workers had to remove the other person. The driver had minor injuries and remains in hospital, but will likely be charged with driving under the influence.


(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:15:39 -0500)


Most of the members of the National Park Service Advisory Board have tendered their resignation over frustrations with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, The Washington Post reports.


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(Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:24:37 -0500)


Volunteers in a Southern California city near San Diego face misdemeanor charges for handing out food to the homeless.


(Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:16:39 -0500)


Donald Trump has led the “most unethical presidency” in US history, according to a scathing report by a government ethics watchdog. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) accused the US President of conflating matters of public interest with decisions that “benefit his bottom line”. Authors said a “failure to address this crisis” could cause “lasting harm to the country”, one year on from Mr Trump’s inauguration.


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A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds. Ryan Brooks reports.


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By Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday. "Oil spills in general can have a big environmental impact if they reach the coast, but we think that there is little chance of that happening on Japanese seashores for now," the official who helps oversee the marine environment for the ministry told Reuters by telephone. The tanker had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) on Jan. 6.


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Former “Today” show co-host Ann Curry said Wednesday that she was “not surprised” by the sexual misconduct allegations that led to the firing of her former co-host Matt Lauer ― but was reluctant to elaborate on what she knew, saying she wanted to “move on” from her tumultuous time at the show.


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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said.


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U.S. officials warned Jared Kushner earlier this year that his friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch could be used as a conduit by the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.


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The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects. Dozens of princes, senior officials and top businessmen were detained and confined in the five-star Ritz-Carlton Riyadh as the government launched the purge in early November. The some 200 detainees occupied half the hotel's 492 rooms. The rest was closed to business. The hotel's website now accepts bookings from Feb. 14, quoting a nightly rate for its cheapest room of 2,439 riyals (£480). Saudi authorities have said they expect the vast majority of suspects to agree to financial settlements of charges against them, and that Riyadh hopes to recover about $100 billion of illicit funds. A small number are expected to be prosecuted. Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official. Another top businessman who has been held at the Ritz-Carlton is billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman and owner of global investment firm Kingdom Holding. A Saudi official said this week that he was negotiating a possible settlement but so far had not agreed on terms. It has been rumoured, Mr Talal, one of the world’s richest men, could be forced to pay as much as $7bn. Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a massive political and economic shake-up, marked by the sudden appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince in June. The 32-year-old son of the king has spearheaded the unprecedented crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family, as he consolidates his grip on power in the kingdom.


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US authorities said Tuesday they had arrested a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies. Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York. The Department of Justice said Lee, 53, grew up in the United States and served in the US Army before joining the Central Intelligence Agency as a case officer in 1994.


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LeBron James believes the best way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is to continue fighting for racial equality.


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Today's collective LOL at the expense of lawmakers came courtesy of Senator Orrin Hatch, who just reached for his glasses and, upon finding there were none there, decided to take them off anyway. SEE ALSO: This state senator wants to revive net neutrality in California The 83-year-old was deep in the middle of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when he made the gaffe. Of course Twitter pounced like a rabid fox on the nonsensical gesture. Here it is in all its glory. And here's perhaps the best of the inevitable jokes that followed. .@OrrinHatch we got you, dude pic.twitter.com/ymMhRuiiOS — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 16, 2018 Hatch’s communications director Matt Whitlock followed up the incident with a pretty boring explanation — “The senator wears reading glasses and normally reads over his notes one last time before questioning witnesses in a hearing” — before his official account made a slightly funnier joke on Twitter. Oh you mean his invisible glasses from Warby Parker? They're new, you've probably never heard of them. pic.twitter.com/pygTRwbJl7 — Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 16, 2018 The glasses episode was just a sideshow, however, to the most significant event of the hearing: New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker slammed Nielsen for refusing to corroborate reports that Trump used the word "shithole" to refer to African nations. "Your silence and your amnesia is complicity”: Sen. Cory Booker unleashes on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen after she says she doesn’t remember President Trump using the word “shithole” to refer to African countries at the DACA meeting https://t.co/tPCw1t4SSR pic.twitter.com/HY3ff6M637 — CNN (@CNN) January 16, 2018 "Why am I frankly seething with anger?" he asked her. "The commander-in-chief in an Oval Office meeting referring to people from African nations and Haitians with the most vulgar language ... that language festers." He finished with a devastating barb: "Your silence and your amnesia is complicit." WATCH: Someone shaved Donald Trump into the back of their head and it's frightening AF


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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A casino company said Monday it never had a problem with the shuttle boat that burst into flames off Florida's Gulf Coast, leading to the death of a female passenger.


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Toilet troubles caused a United Airlines flight from Denver to Hawaii full of passengers to divert back to land when they were halfway over the Pacific Ocean.


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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis flew in to Chile's capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church.


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Someone edited “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to remove almost all women from the hit movie and anonymously uploaded the result to The Pirate Bay website on Monday.


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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance programme, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up one vote short. The vote marked a disappointing end to a years-long effort by a coalition of liberal Democrats and libertarian-leaning Republicans to redefine the scope of U.S. intelligence collection in the wake of the 2013 disclosures of classified surveillance secrets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The legislation just cleared the procedural 60-vote threshold required to limit debate in the Senate and was expected to earn the simple majority required to officially pass through the chamber sometime later this week.


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“Stranger Things” star David Harbour will go to great lengths to please fans.


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A former Auschwitz death camp guard has launched a bid for clemency in a final bid to avoid serving his sentence as an accessory to murder, German authorities said on Monday.  Attorneys for Oskar Groening, 96, filed the appeal with prosecutors in Lueneburg, where he was convicted in 2015 as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but hasn't yet spent any time behind bars because of the appeals process.  His role documenting prisoners' belongings saw him nicknamed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz". Lueneburg prosecutors' spokeswoman Wiebke Bethke said her office would likely make a decision on the clemency request this week, in consultation with the panel of judges who convicted Groening.  She said she wasn't permitted to give details of Groening's argument for why he shouldn't serve his sentence.  A doctor has previously declared Groening fit to go to prison so long as there is appropriate medical care.  Groening exhausted his last chance at legal appeals in December when the country's highest court rejected his attorneys' argument that imprisoning him would violate his constitutional right to life and physical safety.  The Federal Constitutional Court noted, however, that German law allows for prison sentences to be interrupted if a prisoner's health deteriorates significantly.  Hannover prosecutors, who have been handling Groening's case, told The Associated Press that Groening hasn't yet been summoned to report to prison following the final court ruling, but that consideration of the clemency appeal shouldn't delay that process.  Groening testified at his trial that he oversaw the collection of prisoners' belongings and ensured that valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin. He said he witnessed individual atrocities, but didn't acknowledge participating in any crimes.  The court that convicted him ruled, however, that he was part of the "machinery of death," helping the camp function and collecting money stolen from the victims to help the Nazi cause, and thus could be convicted as an accessory to the murders committed there. 


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Jorge Garcia, the man who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years and was deported to Mexico this week  despite having no criminal record, wishes the Trump administration was willing to look at immigration cases individually.


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The United Arab Emirates accused neighbouring Qatar of "intercepting" two Emirati passenger planes en route to Bahrain on Monday in the latest incident between the Gulf rivals. Qatar denied the allegations as "totally baseless" and hit back that they came "one day after a C-130 UAE military aircraft breached Qatari airspace". Tensions have escalated in the Gulf since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting Islamist extremists and being too close to Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, Iran.


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