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GOP Congresswoman Claims Many Mass Shooters 'End Up Being Democrats'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:54:48 -0500

WASHINGTON ‚?? Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) claimed that people who commit mass shootings are often Democrats during a Wednesday discussion about the Florida school shooting.

Israel's Syria Strikes Revealed Its Red Lines

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:22:00 -0500

The strikes in Syria demonstrate to Iran, Assad, Hezbollah and any other anti-Israel party that Israel has red lines it will enforce. During a trip to the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights on February 6‚??after commiserating with the Israeli military officers defending the frontier and inspecting the equipment‚??Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a warning through the press to the Iranians, the Assad regime, Hezbollah, the Islamic State and any other actor on the Syrian battlefield that sought to challenge the Jewish state.

School Shooting's Survivors Cry As Florida House Rejects Talks On Assault Weapon Ban

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:21:26 -0500

Survivors of last week‚??s school shooting in Florida were brought to tears as state lawmakers refused to debate a gun control measure in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:56:00 -0500

These Northern Lights ‚??rainbows‚?Ě have turned the sky greener than the Earth below. Vitaly Istomin, 26, spent several nights in freezing conditions under the stars in northern Russia‚??s Khibiny Mountains to capture the aurora‚??s ‚??rainbows.‚?Ě (Caters News)

U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:09:48 -0500

The United States urged Albania on Wednesday to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighboring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia. Serbia is sensitive to any talk of unification of its former province of Kosovo, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, and Albania. Addressing Kosovo's parliament on Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the country's independence from Belgrade, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said: "Kosovo and Albania will have a single foreign policy and not just the same embassies and diplomatic representations, but why not one president, a symbol of national unity, and one national security policy." Rama later complained that his comments had been taken out of context, but the European Union said they were "not helpful" and Serbia accused the Albanian premier of seeking to build a "Greater Albania" in the region.

Video of gun owner's assault on an AR-15 goes viral after Florida mass shooting

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:28:11 -0500

A video of a man cutting his semi-automatic weapon in half has gone viral following last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, prompting a social media movement decrying easy access to high-powered assault rifles. Scott Pappalardo of New York state is the star of a clip posted on Facebook that had been shared more than 360,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon. It shows him taking a power saw to the barrel of an AR-15 assault rifle, saying he wanted to make sure it would never be used in a massacre like the one in Florida that killed 17 students and faculty last week.

Mueller Catches Lawyer Lying, Brings New Charges

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:29:04 -0500

Rachel Maddow reviews recent Ukrainian political history by way of explaining new charges in Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation against a lawyer who is also the son-in-law of a Ukrainian-Russian oligarch, Alex van der Zwaan.

Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered Map

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:16:53 -0500

Pennsylvania Republicans again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania‚??s new, court-ordered congressional map on Wednesday, marking the latest in a series of attempts to halt a plan that would make congressional elections more competitive in the state by reducing the impact of gerrymandering.

'We Just Had a Gun to Our Heads.' The Florida Shooting Survivors Are Transforming America‚??s Gun Debate

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:53:08 -0500

The massive youth uprising is a shift from the typical gun violence debates

14 Mulled Wine Recipes That'll Warm You Up

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:40:06 -0500

The public role of psychoanalysts in the Trump era: 'We live in ominous times'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:03 -0500

Psychoanalysts Jonathan Lear, Kerry J. Sulkowicz and Jerrold Post addressed the ethical and psychological implications of commenting publicly on national figures, including President Trump, at the American Psychoanalytic Association's 2018 national meeting.

Secular and religious leaders pay tribute to Billy Graham

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:45:19 -0500

Leaders expressed admiration and respect for evangelist Billy Graham, who died at his North Carolina home Wednesday morning.

Missing man Joshua Thiede found at Los Angeles-area hospital, friends say

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:52:23 -0500

Joshua Thiede, an Uber and Lyft driver who had been reported missing for more than a week, was found Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital, his friends said.

Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:57:10 -0500

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ‚?? A federal judge sentenced a former Arkansas judge Wednesday to five years in prison ‚?? a stiffer punishment than prosecutors recommended ‚?? after he admitted giving young male defendants lighter sentences in return for personal benefits that included sexual favors.

Kushner Doesn't Want To Give Up His Security Clearance As John Kelly Cracks Down: Report

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:44:19 -0500

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner doesn‚??t want to give up the interim security clearance that gives him access to highly classified information, even though his current duties likely don‚??t require him to view top-secret material, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:47:00 -0500

Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:58:39 -0500

Jimmy Kimmel has absolutely no time for people who peddle conspiracy theories, including Donald Trump Jr.

FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:14:25 -0500

¬† A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Caribbean on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder over the death of Isabella Hellmann, 41, on May 15 last year. He was charged in a Miami court where, according to local television station WPTV, he was also sentenced to seven months in jail for transporting valuable rare coins. After his wife's disappearance Bennett told investigators she was lost at sea when their 37ft catamaran, Surf into Summer, was struck by an unknown object near the Bahamas. According to to the FBI Bennett said he had gone below deck and left Ms Hellmann above to keep watch. He described being woken up at 1am by a jolt and the vessel was taking on water. Bennett told investigators he could not find his wife and had to abandon ship on a life raft. In an affidavit FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau now believed Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Ms Hellmann. The FBI affidavit ‚??claimed ‚??Bennett‚?? ‚??‚??had damaged the inside of the boat causing it to flood. Isabella Hellman and her British husband Lewis Bennett. She went missing during a honeymoon sailing trip. When Ms Hellmann disappeared the couple, who had a daughter now aged 17 months, were sailing back from Havana, Cuba to their home in Delray Beach, Florida. The daughter was not on the boat. Bennett made an SOS call in the early hours and was later spotted by a US Coast Guard helicopter. He was rescued alone from the life raft. The search for Ms Hellmann was called off three days later and her body was never found. When Bennett was rescued nine plastic tubes of silver coins were found in the life raft. They included 158 English ‚??Year of the Horse‚?Ě one-ounce silver coins and 77 Canadian Maple Leaf coins, worth about ¬£3,200. The coins were among a batch that had been reported stolen from another boat in St Martin the previous year. Bennett had been a crew member on that boat. According to the owner of the boat the total value of the coins stolen in 2016 was around $100,000. After he was rescued Bennett said of his wife: "She is my soulmate. I thought we were going to be together forever. "I understand why they have to investigate and that is fair enough. I have got nothing to hide. They have to do what they have to do.‚?Ě‚??

Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:27:20 -0500

U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world, died at his North Carolina home on Tuesday. The cause of death was not given. Nathan Frandino has more.

Supreme Court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:01:08 -0500

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack. The justices, in an 8-0 ruling, upheld a lower court's decision in favor of Iran that had prevented the plaintiffs from collecting on the judgment, which Tehran has not paid, by obtaining antiquities held at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.

GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:50:08 -0500

A Florida state representative's aide was fired from his position on Tuesday after he sent an email to a reporter alleging that two outspoken survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were "actors."

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:34:01 -0500

BRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) ‚?? An off-duty police officer who answered a neighbor's request for help in a domestic dispute was shot and killed Wednesday in Maryland, officials said.

Florida Rep‚??s Aide Fired After Saying Parkland School Shooting Survivors Are Actors

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:46:23 -0500

The untrue conspiracy theory has been pushed by the far-right website, The Gateway Pundit.

The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:34 -0500

Need some travel inspo for your upcoming beach vacation?

Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for hidden treasure

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:31:06 -0500

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ‚?? A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels that has inspired thousands to hunt in vain across remote corners of the Western U.S., according to a report by park authorities.

Police officer shot dead by murder suspect during standoff

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:44:00 -0500

Officer Justin Billa, a former officer of the month, was fatally injured in the city of Mobile, after trying to detain a man wanted in connection with a murder. The dead officer joined the force in January 2016 and won the Mobile Police Department‚??s Officer of the Month award in June 2016, Mobile Police Department Chief Lawrence Battiste told reporters, according to the Associated Press. The suspect was identified as Robert Hollie.

Even Pat Robertson Is Calling For Stricter Gun Control Laws

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:23:59 -0500

Arch-conservative televangelist Pat Robertson appears to have had a change of heart about¬†gun control after last week‚??s mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.

Some Conservatives Are Trying To Discredit Outspoken Florida Shooting Survivors

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:30:46 -0500

WASHINGTON ‚?? After what seems like a never-ending stream of deadly mass shootings, many gun reform proponents fear that Americans have become too desensitized to bloodshed to demand action to end gun violence.

Miami Heat To Wear Patches In Honor Of Parkland Shooting Victims

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:21:13 -0500

The Miami Heat plan to unveil new patches they will wear in honor of the victims of last week‚??s deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Pakistan avoids financial watchlist over militancy funding: minister

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:47:22 -0500

Pakistan has narrowly avoided being targeted by a global watchdog over terrorism financing, the foreign minister said, after reports that the US had supported a motion to place its ally on the group's watchlist. The country was granted a three-month reprieve by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), according to a tweet late Tuesday by Khawaja Asif, after a meeting in Paris failed to reach agreement on the matter. "No consensus for nominating Pakistan," Asif wrote, adding that the forum instead proposed a three-month pause along with the submission of a new report to the body.

Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:27:05 -0500

Cora, a therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who‚??d lost his own pet the day before.

What to Know About the Closing Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics: When, Where and How to Watch

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:31:39 -0500

"We have created a show that looks towards the future," says Oh Jang-hwan, director of ceremonies

The Latest: Sweden, Kuwait call for UN vote on Syria

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:30:54 -0500

BEIRUT (AP) ‚?? The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):

At 'listening session' on school shootings, Trump urges giving teachers guns

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:55:54 -0500

In a White House "listening session," President Trump said his administration would look "very strongly" at allowing concealed carry weapons in schools, even though he knew "a lot of people are going to be opposed to it."

Sen. Marco Rubio Booed At School Shooting Town Hall As He Refuses To Reject NRA Funds

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:26:32 -0500

An audience of some 7,000 people booed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) multiple times during his appearance at a town hall event Wednesday where he refused to say he‚??d stop accepting donations from the National Rifle Association.

Trump Unleashes Tweetstorm Blasting Rachel Crooks, Who Accuses Him of Forcibly Kissing Her

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:27:22 -0500

He also ripped "The Washington Post," which featured Crooks on its cover Tuesday morning.

CNN Analyst Has A Reality Check For Trump Over 'Insane' Plan To Arm Teachers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:04:47 -0500

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin slammed President Donald Trump‚??s call to arm teachers.

Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:46:22 -0500

Vicky Cornell, the widow of rock singer Chris Cornell, believes a prescribed medication is the reason her husband of 13 years killed himself in a Detroit hotel room last May.

Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:37:50 -0500

Local leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, denied a request to host what would have been the town‚??s first gay pride parade.

Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:03:52 -0500

Emergency teams on Wednesday began recovering bodies from a plane crash in Iran's Zagros mountains but the operation had to be suspended due to bad weather, officials said. Search helicopters located the crash site after a break in the weather on Tuesday at a height of around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) in the Dena range. Helicopters were unable to land but officials said a recovery operation had begun on Wednesday, with emergency personnel carrying bodies on their backs to a road at the foot of the mountain.

Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:17:24 -0500

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ‚?? A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.

Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:30:55 -0500

Democrats flipped a GOP-held Kentucky state House seat on Tuesday, handing the party its 37th state legislative pickup nationwide since Donald Trump won the presidency.

7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:15:51 -0500

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) ‚?? An Ohio seventh-grader who brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a restroom just before classes began on Tuesday also had a device in his backpack meant to cause a distraction, police said.

Army Awards Heroism Medal To 3 Junior ROTC Cadets Killed In Florida Shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:43:27 -0500

Three Junior Reserve Officers‚?? Training Corps cadets killed during last week‚??s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have been awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.

Florida Massacre Survivor Describes Harrowing Experience Of Being Mistaken For Shooter

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:41:42 -0500

Lorenzo Prado, a student who survived last week‚??s deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, recounted the terrifying experience of being mistaken for the gunman.

Parkland Shooting Survivor‚??s Dad Escaped Earlier Las Vegas Shooting

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:33:06 -0500

When freshman Braden survived last week‚??s¬†shooting spree that killed 17 of his classmates, as well as adults, at his Parkland, Florida, high school,¬†there was one person he knew who could understand the horrors he experienced: his father.

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:18:37 -0500

Ten suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a Malaysian cell of a Philippine kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested in Borneo island, police said Wednesday. The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there, they said. The southern Philippines has long been a pocket of Islamic militancy in the largely Catholic country.

U.S. health officials reverse stance on AstraZeneca's flu vaccine

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:58:43 -0500

(Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc said on Wednesday an advisory committee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of its FluMist Quadrivalent vaccine in the upcoming flu season, reversing its earlier position. The announcement arrives in the midst of the most severe flu season the country has experienced in decades.

The Real Face of North Korea Is a Prison State

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:37:00 -0500

Millions around the globe gathered around their TVs beginning Feb. 8 to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a mountainous rural village, 110 miles east of Seoul. As the world turned its gaze to the Korean Peninsula, it witnessed North Korea and South Korea unified, together under one flag, during the opening ceremony. In 2017, the crisis in North Korea was the most underreported humanitarian issue globally.

White House Press Secretary Dodges Questions On Russia's Election Meddling

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:23:37 -0500

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders evaded reporters‚?? questions Tuesday about what the president is doing to address Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.