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Americans Don't Really Understand Gun Violence

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

The massacre in Las Vegas this October earned a macabre superlative: the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, with 58 innocents killed and more than 500 injured. The outpouring of attention and support was swift and far-reaching. CNN published portraits of all 58 victims. A man from Chicago made 58 crosses to honor the fallen. Zappos offered to help pay for the 58 funerals. An anonymous man even paid for 58 strangers‚?? dinners in memory of those who died.

DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:01:00 -0500

Tom Perez suggested he agreed with Barkley‚??s view that Democrats have taken low-income and African-American voters ‚??for granted.‚?Ě

Sanders: Tax bill is simply a 'gift' to 1%

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:38:35 -0500

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks on the tax plan that the Republicans are expected to pass soon. He feels that the process to pass the bill has been a 'disaster'.

Arms supplied by U.S., Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:20:01 -0500

Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups frequently ended up in the hands of Islamic State, an arms monitoring group that analyzed weapons found on the battlefield said on Thursday.

Nikki Haley Slams Iran‚??s Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:54 -0500

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian ‚??fingerprints‚?Ě on Thursday while laying out what she called ‚??irrefutable evidence‚?Ě that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.

China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:01:43 -0500

Tensions over China‚??s island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.

11 Congolese Fighters Have Been Jailed for Life For Raping Dozens of Children

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:54:29 -0500

A spiritual adviser reportedly told the men raping infants would give them supernatural powers

Haunting PSA From Sandy Hook Families Predicts 'Tomorrow's School Shooting'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:45:51 -0500

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.

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch it

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:22:47 -0500

This week, stargazers will witness the peak of one of the year's best shooting star displays in the United States.

The Best Cars For 2018

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:27:04 -0500

Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:17:11 -0500

People around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses.

Native American Activists Create Spoof Website To Call For Redskins Name Change

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:23:28 -0500

For a few hours on Wednesday morning, a small group of Native American activists convinced the internet that Washington‚??s professional football franchise had finally decided to change its racist ‚??Redskins‚?Ě team name.

An airplane drew a Christmas tree on a flight tracker because why not

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:04:45 -0500

How far would you go for a Christmas gif? SEE ALSO: Budweiser is one step closer to developing beer on Mars Airbus A380 ‚?? the world's largest passenger plane ‚?? carried out a very festive test flight over Germany on Wednesday, as can be viewed on flight tracker websites. An early Christmas gif from the @Airbus A380.See how Airbus drew their tree at https://t.co/YQPtQ179tG pic.twitter.com/ah1eBzFGGY ‚?? Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 13, 2017 A spokesperson for Airbus told The Telegraph that this was a regulation test flight, of which there are hundreds every year. ‚??Thanks to the co-operation of the air traffic controllers (Eurocontrol and DFS), it was possible to fly that Christmas tree flight path," they said. ‚??It was the idea of test pilots and engineers ‚?? an Airbus greeting to all aviation fans during this Christmas period.‚?Ě Of course Airbus said it was their A380 that did the flight, but we all know it's really you, Santa. You're not fooling anyone. WATCH: This device transforms your ordinary bicycle into an e-bike in seconds

North Korean 'ghost ship' washes up on shores of Japan as problem grows

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:17:25 -0500

A new unmanned ship from North Korea washed Japanese shores this week with at least one dead body.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Serious About Having Religious Wedding, Church Leader Says

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:33:35 -0500

St. George‚??s Chapel is a stunning, historic place.

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:54:09 -0500

Smith, 59, will serve a one-year term concluding in January 2019, Governor Mark Dayton said at a news conference, and will run in a special election for the seat in November next year. Dayton said he listened to the views of many Minnesotans before deciding on Smith. Smith told reporters at the news conference that she will be a fierce advocate on behalf of the state, pushing for economic opportunity and fairness.

Forget Stealth Fighters: This Is the Plane China Needs to Take on America

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:35:00 -0500

China is looking to increase its air tanker fleet after its fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft conducted an ‚??island encirclement patrol‚?Ě of Taiwan earlier this week. As the People‚??s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) extends exercises in the Western Pacific, refueling will become a problem for its strike aircraft.

Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Withdraws Nomination

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:56:05 -0500

WASHINGTON ‚?? President Donald Trump is giving up on trying to confirm one of his most controversial judicial nominees, Brett Talley, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday to HuffPost.

Time Is Running Out For Syria's Besieged Communities

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:00:57 -0500

Nearly 745,000 men, women and children in Syria are trapped inside the war-torn country‚??s 33 besieged communities, living in desolate conditions at the mercy of President Bashar Assad‚??s authoritarian regime and its armed opponents.

Police hold 11-year-old girl at gunpoint and handcuff her

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:02:00 -0500

‚??It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,‚?Ě Honestie Hodges told local media. COWARDLY COPS DO IT AGAIN! 11- year old Honestie Hodges was handcuffed by the Grand Rapids Police Department for walking out her back door. The incident happened in the city of Grand Rapids as the girl was preparing to leave her home to go to the shops.

Google discovers new planet which proves Solar System is not unique 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:23:53 -0500

Google has previously discovered lost tribes, missing ships and even an forgotten forest. But now it has also found two entire planets. The technology giant used one its algorithms to sift through thousands of signals sent back to Earth by Nasa‚??s Kepler space telescope. One of the new planets was found hiding in the Kepler-90 star system, which is around 2,200 light years away from Earth. The discovery is important because it takes the number of planets in the star system up to eight, the same as our own Solar System. It is the first time that any system has been found to have as many planets ours. Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and Nasa¬†Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Texas, Austin, said: ¬†"The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer. The Kepler-90 star system has weight planets, like our own¬† Credit: Nasa ‚??For the first time we know for sure the Solar System is not the sole record holder for the number of planets. ‚??Maybe there are¬†systems out here with so many planets they make ours sound ordinary. It‚??s very possible that Kepler-90 has even more planets we might not even know about. ‚??There is a lot of unexplored real estate in Kepler-90 system and it would almost be surprising if there were not more planets in the system.‚?Ě The new planet Kepler-90i is about 30 per cent larger than Earth and very hot Credit: Nasa¬† The planet Kepler-90i, is a small rocky planet, which orbits so close to its star that the surface temperature is a ‚??scorchingly hot‚?? 800F (426C). It orbits its own sun once every 14 days. The Google team applied a neural network to scan weak signals discovered by the Kepler exoplanet-hunting telescope which had been missed by humans. Kepler has already discovered more than 2,500 exoplanets and 1,000 more which are suspected. The telescope spent four years scanning 150,000 stars looking for dips in their brightness which might suggest an orbiting planet was passing in front. The Kepler space telescope¬† Credit: Nasa Although the observation mission ended in 2013, the spacecraft recorded so much data during its four year mission that scientists expect will be crunching the data for many years to come. Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google AI in Mountain View, California, who made the discovery, said the algorithm was so simple that it only took two hours to train to spot exoplanets. Test of the neural network correctly identified true planets and false positives 96 percent of the time. They have promised to release all of the code so that amateurs can train computers to hunt for their own exoplanets. ‚??Machine learning will become increasingly important for keeping pace with all this data and will help us make more discoveries than ever before,‚?Ě said Mr Shallue. ‚??This is really exciting discovery and a successful proof of concept in using neural networks to find planets even in challenging situations where signals are very weak. ‚??We plan to search all 150,000 stars, we hope using our technique we will be able to find lots of planets including planets like Earth.‚?Ě Previously Trappist-1 had the most planets outside of our own Solar System Credit: Nasa¬† Before the new discovery, Trappist-1 was the star system with the most planets, with seven. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: ‚??When we launched Kepler in 2009 we didn‚??t know if planets were common or rare. We now know every star in the night sky has a family of planets orbiting it. ‚??The archive Kepler data is a treasure trove of information which will bring many more discoveries. Today‚??s announcement is one such discovery. ‚??It shows what happens when new scientific methods are applied to archival data.‚?Ě Jessie Dotson, Kepler‚??s project scientist at NASA‚??s Ames Research Center in California‚??s Silicon Valley,¬†added: "These results demonstrate the enduring value of Kepler‚??s mission. ‚??New ways of looking at the data ‚?? such as this early-stage research to apply machine learning algorithms ‚?? promises to continue to yield significant advances in our understanding of planetary systems around other stars. I‚??m sure there are more firsts in the data waiting for people to find them.‚?Ě ¬†

8 Ways Divorce Attorneys Approach Relationships Differently

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:05:39 -0500

Married divorce lawyers have an interesting perspective on relationships.

Markets Right Now: Tax plan trouble sends US stocks lower

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:12:46 -0500

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:28:46 -0500

Joe Biden is offering another apology to Anita Hill.

Battlefield researchers uncover ISIS arsenal and weapons factory in Iraq

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:55:42 -0500

NBC News goes into Tal Afar Iraq with a team of weapons researchers as they discover an ISIS arms cache and munitions factory that reveals the terrorists group‚??s sophisticated weapons program.

Gift Card Scam: Crooks Can Drain the Money Off Your Cards

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:59:15 -0500

Gift cards are hotter than roasted chestnuts this yule season. Six in ten consumers have gift cards on their Christmas shopping list, according to a survey of 7,349 consumers for the National Ret...

Roy Moore Still Won‚??t Concede Defeat: ‚??The Battle Rages On‚??

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:15:18 -0500

Although Democrat Doug Jones was named the shock winner of Alabama‚??s Senate special election¬†on Tuesday, Moore refuses to admit that the campaign has ended.

Rep. Speier on Alabama, North Korea and how Congress is not 'Animal House'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:38:44 -0500

Rep. Jackie Speier cautioned that Doug Jones‚??s shock defeat of Roy Moore is a ‚??unique‚?Ě result that may not apply to the 2018 midterms.

17 Gingerbread Cookies To Spice Up The Holidays

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:34:06 -0500

Dallas Firefighter Charged in Crash That Killed Pregnant Teen

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:11:59 -0500

A Dallas firefighter has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after he allegedly caused a crash last week while off duty that killed a pregnant 18-year-old woman, PEOPLE confirms

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

An 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.

Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire In Southern California, Officials Say

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:05:48 -0500

A firefighter was killed battling the monstrous Thomas Fire in Southern California, officials said on Thursday.

Dan Johnson: Who is the Kentucky Republican politician accused of child sexual assault found dead in apparent suicide?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:23:00 -0500

A Republican state representative who denied allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl has died in an apparent suicide. Dan Johnson died of a single gunshot wound after stopping his car at the end of a bridge in a secluded area of Mount Washington, Kentucky, the Bullitt County Coroner said. Mr Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Republicans criticize Mueller's probe, but want him to stay

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:36:28 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) ‚?? House Republicans ratcheted up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling Wednesday, questioning whether there was bias on his team of lawyers but stopping short of calling for his firing or resignation.

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:45:56 -0500

Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires‚?? disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.

Family Grows From 5 Members to 11 After the Birth of Sextuplets

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:03:35 -0500

The three boys and three girls are expected to remain in the NICU for the next month.

Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:17 -0500

A 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.

Thursday's Morning Email: Why Millennials Are Facing The Scariest Financial Future Since The Great Depression

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:54:34 -0500

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Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:31:16 -0500

By Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions. "Given North Korea's most recent missile test, clearly right now is not the time," a White House official told Reuters. Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was ‚??ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk," appearing to back away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

US states consider using powerful fentanyl to execute inmates

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:56:45 -0500

Fentanyl, a potent drug playing a major role in the US opioid crisis described by Donald Trump as a "plague," is now under consideration for use in lethal cocktails to execute inmates. The bid to use fentanyl as a capital punishment tool is due to a shortage of drugs normally used in lethal injections and is not grounded in scientific analysis, according to Deborah Denno, an expert on lethal injection at Fordham University. "The use of fentanyl by states greatly heightens the risk of a botched -- and therefore painful -- execution in the ways that past execution drugs have demonstrated," she told AFP.

Ex-fugitive lawyer facing more charges

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:21:52 -0500

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) ‚?? Charges are piling up against a Kentucky lawyer whose capture in Central America ended his six months on the run to avoid prison for his role in a massive Social Security fraud case.

Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality vote

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:00 -0500

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is facing backlash online after the government agency voted  Thursday to repeal landmark Obama-era rules that were designed to ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape The plan had not been popular leading up to the vote, with at least one poll from the University of Maryland finding more than 80 percent of respondents opposed the proposed repeal of net neutrality rules ahead of the vote.

Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A Terrorist

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:48 -0500

In 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.

Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality Check

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:30:39 -0500

Hours after Doug Jones upset Roy Moore in Alabama‚??s special election,¬†the far right began cooking up conspiracy theories about busloads of voters being brought in from out-of-state:¬†¬† I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote.

For captured ISIS fighters in Iraq, justice is swift and conviction certain

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:49:52 -0500

Yahoo News gets a rare look inside the courtroom where captured ISIS fighters are being tried in Iraq. The trials last about 20 minutes, convictions are virtually certain, and a lenient sentence is 15 years.

US House Speaker Ryan eyeing exit from Congress: report

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:09:17 -0500

Paul Ryan may be in his final term as speaker of the US House of Representatives and could leave Congress by year end, Politico reported Thursday, in a report that could set off a scramble for a successor. The news outlet cited several people who know Ryan, including fellow lawmakers, congressional aides, conservative intellectuals and party lobbyists, saying they did not expect him to remain in Congress beyond 2018.

Trump's aides leave Russia out of intelligence briefings over fears it will upset him

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:36:00 -0500

White House officials have claimed they purposefully leave information on Russian interference out of Donald Trump‚??s daily briefings for fear it will upset him. Current and former administration officials told the Washington Post they frequently plan the President‚??s daily brief (PDB,) around his suspected emotional reactions. ‚??If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference ‚?? that takes the PDB off the rails,‚?Ě a former senior US intelligence official told the Post.

Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her Honeymoon

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:38:41 -0500

Sarah Illig‚??s dream honeymoon in the Bahamas turned out to be a nightmare after she was bitten by a shark.

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:29:11 -0500

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson's offer of direct contacts with North Korea was "a very good signal" while warning that any U.S. strike on the country would have catastrophic consequences.

Goat Cheese And Roasted Garlic Beehive, The Best Appetizer Ever

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:36:05 -0500

You know a dish is a hit when guests come back after the party to ask if there‚??s any left over.