Announcements

In The News

  • Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report Shows - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:06:43 -0500
    White supremacists in the United States killed more than twice as many people in 2017 as they did the year before, and were responsible for far more murders than domestic Islamic extremists, helping make 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence in America, a new report states.
    murders-u-white-supremacists-more-220643748.html

  • Japanese News Outlet Mistakenly Sends North Korean Missile Alert - 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.
    japanese-news-outlet-mistakenly-sends-134446421.html

  • Police issue warning about drugs cut with 'Rizzy' after man's skin is eaten away - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:22:00 -0500
    Police in Alliance, Ohio, issued a warning to other law enforcement officials after a man's skin was eaten away when he allegedly injected heroin tainted with a substance called "Rizzy" into his arms, according to WEWS. Narcotics officers who arrested the unnamed 25-year-old man last week said they immediately noticed his horrific injuries. WEWS reports that the man's forearm skin was blackened and peeling, and some of his flesh had been completely eaten away.
    police-issue-warning-drugs-cut-152200317.html

  • Steve Bannon has awkward Lawyer Conflict - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:40:34 -0500
    Rachel Maddow notes that Steve Bannon's lawyer also represents the White House counsel likely telling him not to answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee.
    steve-bannon-awkward-lawyer-conflict-214034417.html

  • Flashback 1997: Bob Dole cracks jokes during White House medal ceremony - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:25:39 -0500
    In 1997, Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) was invited to the White House and joked about having lost the presidency. Ten years later, Tim Russert asked him about the joke on Meet the Press
    flashback-1997-bob-dole-cracks-112539275.html

  • Trump enrages Palestinians by cutting aid to UN agency for Palestinian refugees - 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. 
    trump-enrages-palestinians-cutting-aid-082807210.html

  • Turpin family: Imprisoned children acted 'like they had never seen people before', neighbours say - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:49:00 -0500
    Neighbours of two parents charged with torturing their children and chaining them to beds have described the 13 siblings as acting “like they had never seen people before”. David and Louise Turpin each face nine counts of torture and 10 of child endangerment after police found their offspring, aged two to 29, malnourished in their darkened and filthy home. When Riverside County deputies arrived at the suburban house they found a number of the children chained and padlocked to beds in “dark and foul-smelling surroundings”.
    turpin-family-imprisoned-children-acted-124947359.html

  • Social Security Has Paid Benefits To My Dead Husband For A Year - 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.
    social-security-paid-benefits-dead-104636075.html

  • Bridge collapses in Colombia killing at least 9 - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:56 -0500
    At least nine construction workers have been killed in Chirajara, Colombia, after the partially-constructed bridge they were working on collapsed. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
    bridge-collapses-colombia-killing-least-100056459.html

  • Undocumented immigrant charged in slaying of 2 police officers says he wishes he killed more cops - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:20:54 -0500
    An undocumented immigrant who admitted to shooting and killing two Northern California police officers in October 2014 said in court on Tuesday that he regrets not killing more cops.
    undocumented-immigrant-charged-slaying-2-162054508.html

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appears Open To Striking Down Gerrymandered Map - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:11:19 -0500
    ― A plurality of state Supreme Court justices seemed open to the possibility that the Pennsylvania congressional map may violate the state’s constitution, but during oral argument on Wednesday seemed unclear as to how to remedy the situation.
    pennsylvania-supreme-court-appears-open-181119653.html

  • China planning to send robot sub to sunken ship - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:46:17 -0500
    BEIJING (AP) — China is preparing to send a robot submarine possibly followed by divers to explore and plug holes in a sunken Iranian oil tanker whose 32 crew members are all believed to have died, the Transport Ministry said Wednesday.
    china-planning-send-robot-sub-sunken-ship-095209082.html

  • How to protect your family against the spread of the flu - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:54:42 -0500
    This year’s outbreak is widespread in every state but Hawaii, and has gotten so bad in Alabama that the governor has declared a public health emergency.
    protect-family-against-spread-flu-155442329.html

  • Larry Nassar’s Victims Get Their Day In Court: ‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever’ - 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.
    larry-nassar-victims-day-court-195739628.html

  • US border patrol routinely sabotages water left for migrants, report says - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:39:56 -0500
    Volunteers are said to have found hundreds of water gallons vandalised in a patch of Sonoran desert. United States border patrol agents routinely vandalise containers of water and other supplies left in the Arizona desert for migrants, condemning people to die of thirst in baking temperatures, according to two humanitarian groups. Volunteers found water gallons vandalised 415 times, on average twice a week, in an 800 sq mile patch of Sonoran desert south-west of Tucson, from March 2012 to December 2015, the report said.
    us-border-patrol-routinely-sabotages-080148529.html

  • California community reeling over Turpin 'house of horrors': 'I served them pizza while their children were starving?' - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:34:01 -0500
    The quiet California community of Perris has been left reeling after the discovery of 13 children  found chained and malnourished in squalid conditions in their parents' house. Matthew Alex Padilla, a 20-year-old former Marine, said he was sickened to learn that Louise Turpin, the woman he served pizza to near the Perris property, had a house full of starving children.  Mr Padilla has worked at Leonardi’s Pizza inside the WinCo supermarket for a year, and told The Telegraph he last saw Mrs Turpin a week or so ago. “Louise was in here every other day,” he said. “Sometimes with her husband, and a few times with a little girl, but never more than one. “We knew each other, and would chat – she was normal, if maybe a bit reserved. I had no idea she had 13 children, because she’d only ever order a slice of pepperoni, or a chicken club sandwich with no tomato. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested after the discovery of the 13 children Credit: AFP “I’ve seen her buy food and eat, and yet there were 13 hungry kids at home? That’s messed up. They should be sentenced to a long time in jail. To do that to your kids – it’s not OK.” Louise and her husband David forced their offspring to march around the house, drill formation, at the dead of night, one neighbour claimed. Mike Clifford, a 60-year-old aerospace machinist, lived opposite the family for three years in Murrieta, where the couple rented a six-bedroom home between 2011 and 2014. Described by their family as “deeply religious”, the Turpins home-schooled their children and the youngsters were rarely seen in the community. “We thought they were mentally handicapped kids, so they kept them in,” said Mr Clifford, who worked late shifts and would catch sight of them in the evenings.  “I never saw them play. What we did used to see a lot was on the second floor, the kids would be walking in circles like they were marching for hours at a time. It was military like.”  He told the Mail Online he would see the Turpins bundling their children into their minivan at least twice a month in the early hours of the morning as he arrived home. Neighbours stand outside the house where the children were found Credit: Los Angeles Times “They would load up the kids at about one in the morning,” he said. “The garage doors would just pop open and half a dozen kids would get into the van and then they'd drive off. “My weirdest thought was that they were selling the kids, sexually or whatever.” Despite his concerns, Mr Clifford says he never saw anything that would have warranted a call to the police and said the children appeared clean, if “robotic” when spoken to. In 2014 the family moved up the road to Perris, from where the alarm was raised by their 17-year-old daughter on Sunday morning. Inside the house, police found 12 more of the couple’s children, aged two to 29, begging for water and food, some shackled to the bed in a stench-filled room. Gabriela Del Toro, manager at the Primos Mexican restaurant in Perris, said that Mrs Turpin would come in several times a week to get takeaway food – but never in family-sized quantities. “She was pleasant enough – there was absolutely nothing out of the ordinary,” she said. “It’s mad to think that was going on just down the road.” The couple posted several pictures from family outings on their Facebook page  Mr Turpin’s parents were also left reeling by the news. James Turpin, who lives near Princeton, West Virginia, with his wife Betty, told his local newspaper that their son was “a fine person". David Turpin grew up in West Virginia’s Green Valley area and studied at Virginia Tech before moving away – first to Texas, then to California. "He did an outstanding job and worked in school, and the last time we were out there was about six years ago,” he said.  “The kids were fine. They were healthy and nothing was wrong. "I cannot understand. I'm going to talk to the kids as soon as they let me. I'm getting ready to make a call." Their other son, Randy, president of Valor Christian College in Ohio, said he was estranged from his brother and has taken leave to deal with the fallout. Yet on Mrs Turpin’s side of the family, a more damaging picture was presented. Elizabeth Jane Flores, her 41-year-old sister, appeared on US breakfast television on Wednesday and said her family tried "for years" to get in touch with her sister - but "she just shut us out of her life" for decades. "I want to reach out to the kids, I want them to know that for years we begged to Skype, we begged to see them, the whole family,” she said. The couple are being held on a $9 million bond Credit:  Barcroft Media Mrs Flores said she lived with her sister and brother-in-law for a few months when she was at university.  At the time, the couple only had four children and the eldest was in elementary school. "I thought they were really strict, but I didn't see any type of abuse," she said of the parents. "Now that I'm an adult, I look back, I see things that I didn't see then." She also said she had "uncomfortable" experiences with her brother-in-law but never told anyone because she was "young" and "scared." "He did things that made me feel uncomfortable," she said. "If I were to get in the shower, he would come in there while I was in there and watch me, and it was like a joke. He never touched me or anything." Mrs Flores said her mother drove for hours to visit the family in Texas at one point, but the Turpins didn't let her inside the house.  A few years later, Mrs Flores said, her father bought a flight to see the family but his daughter told him not to come, insisting she would visit them instead – which they never did. Another sister, Teresa Robinette, said that Mrs Turpin did not visit her parents even when they begged, on their death beds, to see her. “She didn’t even show up to either of their funerals,” she said. “So we have really no connection with Louise in a long, long time since we were young.” She said her sister had married Mr Turpin when she was 16. “We always thought she was living the perfect life. She would tell us they went to Disneyland all the time. They would go to Vegas.” But, she admits, in hindsight there were signs of neglect. “I always made comments to Louise when I talked to her about: ‘Gosh, they’re so skinny,’” she told NBC’s Today show. “And she would laugh it off: ‘Well David’s so tall and lanky, they’re going to be like him.’ “I can’t even say the words to you that I would like to say to her — I’m so angry inside.”
    california-community-reeling-over-turpin-183401194.html

  • Hackers Messaged Donald Trump With Former Fox News Hosts' Twitter Accounts - 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.
    hackers-messaged-donald-trump-former-055838016.html

  • Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands flee - 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.
    philippine-volcano-spews-lava-thousands-slideshow-wp-141444205.html

  • Teen fatally shot over iPhone was reportedly killed by a friend, mom says - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:31:54 -0500
    A New York woman claims her 15-year-old son was fatally shot over an iPhone by one of his own friends.
    teen-fatally-shot-over-iphone-153154157.html

  • Mystery over death of 15 million Aztecs may be solved after nearly 500 years, study suggests - 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.
    salmonella-epidemic-may-wiped-15-105216789.html

  • Blessing of the animals on St. Anthony's Day - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:29:06 -0500
    The feast of St. Anthony, Spain’s patron saint of animals, is celebrated each year. On the eve of St. Anthony’s Day, riders guide their horses through a bonfire in the village of San Bartolome de Pinares as part of the Luminarias ritual in honor of St. Anthony the Abbot.
    blessing-animals-st-anthonys-day-slideshow-wp-182906839.html

  • Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:39:09 -0500
    BURAYU, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government's recent pledge to free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all" after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century.
    ethiopia-releases-top-opposition-figure-prison-140945106.html

  • Mormon Church Confirms New Leader In Live Broadcast - 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.
    mormon-church-confirms-leader-live-001809698.html

  • Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:51:08 -0500
    By Madeline Chambers and Tom Käckenhoff BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term. After five days of talks, SPD leader Martin Schulz agreed a framework deal with Merkel and Bavarian conservatives on Friday. Many rank and file members accuse Schulz of selling out to Merkel and failing to win a signature policy to take to coalition talks, such as a major healthcare reform or tax hikes for the rich.
    split-social-democrats-could-sink-merkels-coalition-plans-152048656--business.html

  • Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crash - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:10:05 -0500
    An actress who appeared in Home And Away has died after being involved in a crash that killed several members of her family. Jessica Falkholt, 29, played Hope Morrison in the long-running soap and was considered to be a rising star in her native Australia. Her life support was switched off last Friday and Falkholt died at 10.20am on Wednesday, a statement from St George's Hospital in Sydney said. A spokeswoman said: "Jessica passed away from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 26 December, 2017. "The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time." Channel Seven, the Australian broadcaster that produces the show, said the cast were "heartbroken" to learn of her death. "Jessica's shining talent was recognised and respected by all her cast mates and crew and her beautiful friendship treasured," a spokesman added. "We send our sincere condolences to her extended family and friends during this difficult time." Scene of the car crash on the Princes Highway at Mondayong, New South Wales Falkholt's parents Lars and Vivian were also killed in a head-on crash - while her sister Annabelle was critically injured and died three days later in hospital. Jackson Heywood was among the soap stars who sent their wishes to Falkholt after the crash. Writing on December 27, he said: "Can we please send all our support, love and prayers to Jess and her sister Annabelle, fighting for their lives after their crash on boxing day. "Much love darlin. I'm with ya." Emergency services were called to Princes Highway at Mondayong on 10.45am on December 26 with three people pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car, Craig Whitall, also died.
    home-away-actress-jessica-falkholt-031005460.html

  • Pentagon Reportedly Weighing Using Nukes In Response To 'Large Cyberattacks’ - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:38:50 -0500
    The Pentagon is reportedly pushing a new retaliation tactic should the U.S. ever be hit by a devastating cyberattack: America could nuke the culprit.
    pentagon-reportedly-weighing-using-nukes-103850707.html

  • Glossier Just Dropped Its First-Ever Solution To Acne-Prone Skin - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:50:02 -0500
    The glossy-faced, dewy-skinned experts at Glossier just dropped a new addition to the skincare-as-makeup retailer’s collection that’s perfect for blemish-prone faces.
    glossier-just-dropped-first-ever-225002927.html

  • Flight from Denver to Hawaii Diverted After Toilet Troubles on Plane - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:18:40 -0500
    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.
    flight-denver-hawaii-diverted-toilet-185742925.html

  • Fears of serial child killer in infamous Pakistan city - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:44:23 -0500
    The rape and murders of a dozen children by a suspected serial killer have terrified parents in central Pakistan, and prompted soul-searching over how the country fails to protect its most vulnerable. The killing of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen became the tipping point last week when her body was found on a rubbish heap near her home in the city of Kasur. Candlelight vigils were held across the country and the hashtag #JusticeForZainab trended on social media, with celebrities, opposition politicians and outraged web users demanding action.
    fears-serial-child-killer-infamous-pakistan-city-084423120.html

  • Humpback whale entangled in 285ft of rope freed by rescuers off coast of Hawaii - 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.
    humpback-whale-entangled-285ft-rope-162300386.html

  • 'I Feel Horrible.' Former University of Alabama Student Apologies After Using Racial Slur in Video - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:55:23 -0500
    She was also kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority
    apos-feel-horrible-apos-former-005523173.html

  • Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile - 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.
    pope-francis-under-pressure-confront-sex-abuse-chile-050146606.html

  • Amid tension, China carrier group sails through Taiwan Strait - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:43:47 -0500
    By Fabian Hamacher and Jess Macy Yu TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from its giant neighbor but no unusual activity was detected, Taiwan said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension with Beijing. Beijing has taken an increasingly hostile stance toward Taiwan since the election two years ago of President Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. China suspects Tsai wants to push for formal independence, though she has said she wants to maintain the status quo and is committed to ensuring peace.
    china-says-does-not-taiwans-permission-open-air-034709257.html

  • David Turpin's Sister-in-Law Says He Would Watch Her in the Shower, Wouldn't Let Her Contact Kids - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:10:48 -0500
    Elizabeth Flores says she was creeped out by Turpin when she stayed with the family 20 years ago.
    david-turpin-apos-sister-law-191048727.html

  • Ex-Obama Staffer Reflects On Trump's 'Upsetting' Comment To 'Pretty Korean Lady' - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:14:59 -0500
    Gary Lee, who served as an assistant staff secretary under former President Barack Obama, has shared how President Donald Trump’s reported comments to a Korean-American intelligence analyst embodied the antithesis of his experience with his one-time boss.
    ex-obama-staffer-reflects-trump-231459669.html

  • Did Fox News Hide Story Of Trump’s Alleged Affair With Stormy Daniels? - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:31:56 -0500
    A new report says that Fox News killed a story about President Donald Trump’s alleged affair with ex-porn star Stormy Daniels.
    did-fox-news-hide-story-223156289.html

  • Turkey's Erdogan calls on EU to respond to US's 'terror army' in Syria - 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.   
    turkey-apos-erdogan-calls-eu-124904976.html

  • California Volunteers Share Food With The Homeless, Get Arrested By Police - 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.
    california-volunteers-share-food-homeless-142437130.html

  • Alligator and python captured tangling on golf course - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:50:33 -0500
    Several golfers had their games interrupted in Florida by a highly unusual sight on Friday: a python battling an alligator.
    alligator-python-captured-tangle-golf-145033643.html

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Is Bigger and Modernized but Keeps Its Off-Road Appeal - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:22:06 -0500
    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has received its most comprehensive update in decades, though you’d probably never guess it from the exterior of this rugged SUV. While the original G-Class started...
    2019-mercedes-benz-g-class-enlarged-modernized-keeps-172217874.html

  • The Latest: Murder charge filed in college student's killing - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:14:05 -0500
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a University of Pennsylvania student in California (all times local):
    latest-murder-charge-filed-college-students-killing-165115411.html

  • Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms - 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.
    ericsson-books-q4-goodwill-impairment-digial-media-arms-094653498--finance.html

  • Airbus gets early 2018 jump on rival Boeing with Mexico order - 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.
    airbus-gets-early-2018-jump-rival-boeing-mexico-193526691.html

  • White House appears to confirm Donald Trump 's***hole countries' comments - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 -0500
    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not deny that Donald Trump had called Haiti and some African nations "s***hole countries" on Tuesday, saying the President himself had never denied using harsh language on immigration. "This is an important issue, he’s passionate about it, he’s not going to apologise for trying to fix our immigration system," she added.
    white-house-appears-confirm-donald-150000507.html

  • Ashleigh Banfield Responds On Air To Insulting Email From Aziz Ansari Story Reporter - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:51:29 -0500
    HLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield on Tuesday criticized the woman who wrote an article alleging that actor Aziz Ansari had committed sexual misconduct, saying the writer had emailed her derogatory and anti-feminist comments.
    ashleigh-banfield-responds-air-insulting-225129978.html

  • Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with Russia - 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.
    sweden-tells-public-prepare-war-122319243.html

  • This Guy's Response To His Girlfriend's Selfie Is Extra AF - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:10:15 -0500
    Being a little bit extra paid off big for one boyfriend.
    guy-extra-af-response-girlfriend-231015591.html

  • ‘This Is a Highly Respectable Family.’ Grandmother Defends Couple Accused in California 'House of Horrors' - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:16:11 -0500
    “They were very protective of the kids,” David Allen Turpin's mother said
    highly-respectable-family-grandmother-defends-141611357.html

  • World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:20:23 -0500
    Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals.
    worlds-largest-sea-turtle-could-come-off-endangered-170955862.html

  • 'The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains' arrives in Rome - 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.
    pink-floyd-exhibition-mortal-remains-slideshow-wp-231814778.html