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California wildfire 'blast' kills teen, injures his family

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 12:11

When flames swept over the mountain like a "nuclear blast," Paul Hanssen ran from his burning home, a water-soaked towel around his head and dog by his side, and took shelter in a trailer. He waited nervously for two long hours as winds howled and embers flew by.


Michele Bachmann Offers Her Thoughts On Donald Trump Being A 'Man Of Faith'

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:53

At the annual Values Voter Summit (VVS) in Washington this weekend, former congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who serves on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, said in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress that Donald Trump is now a “committed believer” of Jesus Christ and “man of faith” who has “asked God for help and wisdom.”


Five Arrested in Connection to a Murder That Dates Back Three Decades

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:51

Two law enforcement officers were arrested with three other suspects in what investigators are calling a racially-motivated killing of a man in rural Georgia 34 years ago.


Syria demands 'immediate' withdrawal of Turkey troops: SANA

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:48

Syria on Saturday demanded the "immediate and unconditional withdrawal" of Turkish troops that have deployed in the country's northwestern province of Idlib, state media said citing a foreign ministry source. Turkish troops entered Idlib on Thursday night as part of efforts to enforce a so-called "de-escalation zone" agreed by rebel backer Ankara and regime allies Russia and Iran at talks in Astana earlier this year.


Ford Offers Fix to Prevent Possible Explorer Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:40

Ford said it would offer a limited-time-only free repair for about 1.4 million SUVs after a wave of public concern about Ford Explorer carbon monoxide leaks. The company made the announcement Oct...


Feds Foil Homemade Bomb in Plot to Attack North Carolina Airport

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:40

In a story that failed to get much attention last week, federal authorities say they stopped a plot to bomb a small North Carolina airport and will charge a suspect who allegedly said he was “getting ready to fight a war on U.S. soil.”


Mayim Bialik's thoughts on sexual harassment miss the point: It's men that need to fix this.

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:33

In the New York Times, actress Mayim Bialik weighed in on the Harvey Weinstein saga by detailing her own experience with the culture of Hollywood — one that differs from that of many of her peers. It's okay that Bialik's experience is unique. Every woman's is, and valid to boot. What's not okay is Bialik's fundamental misunderstanding of how harassment works — a misunderstanding that makes the piece careen into victim-blaming territory. SEE ALSO: This New York Times comment perfectly explains why women didn't speak up about Harvey Weinstein "I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise," Bialik writes. "I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy." She then connects these choices — as well as her refusal to adhere to Hollywood's beauty standards — with the fact that she "has almost no personal experience with men asking [her] to meeting in their hotel rooms" (an obvious allusion to Weinstein's abuses). Whether intended or not, the insinuation is clear: Bialik has evaded harm because of her own choices. It's a dangerous and irresponsible connection. Contrary to Bialik's implications, it's not just "doe-eyed" women with personal trainers who experience harassment. It's all of us. SEE ALSO: Samantha Bee on the Weinstein problem: 'This is about men' In the days since the Weinstein allegations surfaced, one of the narratives that's emerged is that nearly every woman has a story of harassment, abuse, or misconduct — even if she hasn't shared it.  This narrative hasn't emerged because it's a bunch of hot air. It's emerged because nearly every woman has a story of harassment, abuse, or misconduct. And to imply otherwise is to erase victims who don't fit the "Hollywood mold" — including women who made the same "self-protecting" choices as Bialik but were abused anyway. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with Bialik's lived experiences. She has the inherent right to dress, believe, and behave how she pleases. And she's certainly not responsible for the toxic, profiteering culture in Hollywood.  But neither is Asia Argento. Neither is Gwyneth Paltrow, or Angelina Jolie. Or Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. Or Rose McGowan. Or any of the women who are made to feel small by their abuse-ridden industries every single day. Misogyny's a monster — by now, that's as crystal-clear as ever. But the impetus to defeat it isn't on its victims. It's on the men. WATCH: Sorry, but you just can't erase yourself from the internet


Tampa opens arms to Puerto Rico evacuees

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:27

The city of Tampa is preparing for an influx of Puerto Rico evacuees following Hurricane Maria.


Virginia police identify suspect fatally shot by officer

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:24

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have identified a man fatally shot by officers while fleeing from police after a reported sexual assault and robbery in the area.


Bodycam footage shows harrowing rescue from California wildfires

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:43

The sheriff's department in Sonoma County, California released bodycam footage showing officers driving through a flame-ridden neighborhood on Sunday in search of residents trapped by wildfire. In the footage, which was taken around midnight, deputies shout "sheriff's office!" as they comb the area. At one point, they come upon a woman in a wheelchair outside her home and hoist her inside a police SUV. SEE ALSO: Raging California wildfires burned 80 cell towers, hampering evacuation alerts Later in the video, the officer wearing the camera drives through smoke, sparks, and at one point, what appear to be flames. "Gotta get out of here," he says to himself. The wildfires began late Sunday in California's Napa and Sonoma Counties, decimating neighborhoods often with little to no warning.  As of Saturday morning, the death toll from the disaster had risen to 35. WATCH: The science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating California


Freed Hostage Says Haqqani Kidnappers Killed His Infant Daughter

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:40

Former hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter and raped his American wife during the five years they were held in captivity.


Groom Reduced to Tears as He Sees Bride Walking Down the Aisle in Her Wedding Dress

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 09:01

"I've never seen him cry like that," bride Ashleigh said.


Police Change Timeline Of Las Vegas Mass Shooting Again

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 09:00

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has once again changed its timeline of the tragic mass shooting carried out by Stephen Paddock from a corner suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Oct. 1.


Is Iran's Navy a Threat to America?

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:41

Is Iran's Navy a Threat to America? Iran’s naval forces are some of the smallest but most aggressive in the region. Decades of sanctions and embargoes have strangled the navy’s attempts to modernize, leaving a smaller than expected naval force whose most intimidating features are homebrewed frigates, coastal missile batteries and swarms of fast, lightly armed fast-attack craft.


America's Killer M1 Abrams Tank Now Has Its Own Shields

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:31

The Trophy system is coming to one of America's most lethal weapons of war. On September 28, 2017 the U.S. Army announced that it would equip the M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams tanks of one of its armored brigades with Israeli-built Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS). Or to put it in plain speech: some of America’s 70-ton main battle tanks will now have radar-guided robotic shotguns that can shoot down incoming missiles.


America's Most Powerful Fighter Jet Ever Is Headed to Europe

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:25

The United States Air Force’s elite 27th Fighter Squadron—part of the 1st Fighter Wing—has deployed to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, with a detachment of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors. The stealthy fifth-generation fighters—which can cruise supersonically without using fuel-guzzling afterburners—are in Europe to train with locally based U.S. units and allied air forces as part of the Pentagon’s European Deterrence Initiative.


Ranking The Best Shows On Amazon You Can Stream Right Now

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:07

The more you stream, the more potential there is for you to click over to buy something on their service.


Ranking The Best Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 07:59

Netflix has become that friend who just won’t stop proposing outlandish new ideas.


Canadian says child killed, U.S. wife raped during Afghan kidnapping

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 05:21

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) - A U.S.-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. "Obviously, it will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home," Boyle told reporters after arriving at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, wearing a black sweatshirt and sporting a beard.


Canadian hostage reveals captors murdered his daughter and raped his wife during Afghan kidnapping

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 05:16

A US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week almost five years after being kidnapped have returned to Canada  where the husband revealed one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped by their captors. American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 34, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. Pakistani troops rescued the family in the northwest of the country, near the Afghan border, on Wednesday. The US has long accused Pakistan of failing to fight the Haqqani group. An emotional Mr Boyle speaks to the media following his family's dramatic rescue on Wednesday. Credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch  "The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani network in the kidnapping of a pilgrim ... was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorising the murder of my infant daughter," Mr Boyle told reporters in a statement at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. "And the stupidity and evil of the subsequent rape of my wife, not as a lone action, but by one guard, but assisted by the captain of the guard and supervised by the commandant." He did not elaborate on what he meant by "pilgrim", or on the murder or rape. Ms Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and their three children who were all born in captivity, were not at the news conference. Caitlin Coleman, Joshua Boyle and two of their children during their time in captivity Credit: Reuters "Obviously, it will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home," Mr Boyle added. Mr Boyle said the Taliban, who he referred to by their official name - the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - had carried out an investigation last year and conceded that the crimes against his family were perpetrated by the Haqqani network. Joshua Boyle at Pearson Toronto International Airport revealed his wife had been raped and his daughter murdered by their captors Credit: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP He called on the Taliban "to provide my family with the justice we are owed". "God willing, this litany of stupidity will be the epitaph of the Haqqani network," he said. His statement came after Ms Coleman's parents revealed they were furious with their son-in-law for taking their pregnant daughter to Afghanistan.  Patrick and Linda Boyle outside their home in Smith Falls, Ontario Credit: The Canadian Press via AP "Taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable," Coleman's father, Jim, told ABC News.  Linda Boyle said she had spoken to her son three times since his release. “I have not wiped the smile off of my face,” she said. Mr Boyle revealed dramatic details of their rescue to his family in phone calls. The five of them were crammed into the boot of the kidnappers’ car when a deadly shoot-out forced it to a halt. Five of the captors were shot dead by the Pakistani army and Mr Boyle suffered minor shrapnel wounds, he told his parents. An unknown number of the kidnappers, believed to be from the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, fled on foot. One of the three children was in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers, Mr Boyle told reporters. A still image from a militant video taken in 2013 showing Caitlan Coleman and her husband Joshua. Credit: Coleman family via AP “He knows who the people are and he wants to make sure that they’re all prosecuted,” said Ms Boyle. She added that her son views the Pakistani Army as “heroes” for securing the family’s freedom. In a video posted by the Toronto Star, Mr Boyle’s father Patrick expressed the couple’s “profound thanks for the courageous Pakistani soldiers who risked their lives and got all five out safely in the rescue.” Ms Boyle said she had yet to know the full horror endured by her son and daughter-in-law endured since they were kidnapped in early October 2012 when they crossed into Afghanistan during a backpacking trip through Central Asia. “They were held the entire time in an underground prison,” Ms Boyle said that Josh told her during one of their phone calls on Thursday. The couple's two sons aged four and two were born during the couple's time in captivity. Mr Boyle helped deliver the second boy, said Ms Boyle. There is also a baby girl, who was either born two months ago – as Mr Boyle told his mother – or four months ago, as her Canadian passport reads. “But maybe when you’re kept in an underground prison, you have no sense of time,” said Ms Boyle. She said the reunited family would live together in their three-bedroom home in the Ottawa area. The operation to free the family has raised fresh questions about Pakistan’s relationship with militant groups and whether any deal was done. North Americans held hostage by Taliban freed by Pakistan 01:11 Donald Trump’s administration has increased pressure on the country’s security forces to disavow groups such as the Haqqani network which it has used in the past to hold influence in neighbouring Afghanistan. Michael Kugelman, a South Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, said: "I don't think it's a coincidence that this hostage release was announced when you have a parade of top Trump administration officials in Islamabad to deliver strongly worded warnings to Pakistan.” For his part, Mr Trump credited Pakistan for “working in conjunction” with the US government in securing the release of the Boyle-Coleman family. Ms Boyle said she was unsure “what role Canada played” in extricating her son and his young family from captivity. On Thursday morning, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement in which she said that Canada “has been actively engaged” with the US, Afghan and Pakistani governments, but later told reporters that she was “not at liberty to describe the circumstances” of the family’s release. “We were not on the inside of anything and were pretty much kept in the dark,” said Ms Boyle.


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