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After defeat in Iraq, IS fights on in last enclave in Syria

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:22

BAGHDAD (AP) — A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces.

Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on Vatican

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:36

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has an unusual dilemma on its hands after nearly all the nuns in a tiny French religious order threatened to renounce their vows rather than accept the Holy See's decision to remove their superior.

Plundered 'Gypsy Girl' mosaics back in Turkey after decades in U.S

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:22

Missing fragments from one of Turkey's most striking ancient treasures, the haunting, wide-eyed "Gypsy Girl" mosaic, have returned home more than half a century after they were plundered and smuggled to the United States. On Saturday, the returned pieces went on display alongside the nearly 2,000-year-old mosaic of the girl, whose piercing gaze and dishevelled hair have become a symbol of Turkey's southeastern city of Gaziantep. Turkish archaeologists discovered the mosaic 20 years ago during an excavation of the old city of Zeugma, founded by one of Alexander the Great's generals, near the modern city of Gaziantep.

Iran's Rouhani says sanctions may lead to drugs, refugee, bomb 'deluge'

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:11

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani predicted a "deluge" of drugs, refugees and attacks on the West if U.S. sanctions weaken Iran's ability to contain them. "I warn those who impose sanctions that if Iran's ability to fight drugs and terrorism are affected ... you will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism," Rouhani said in a speech carried live on state television. Separately, Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying that the United States is selling more arms into the Middle East than the region needs, making it a "tinderbox".

Donald Trump Goes On All-Caps Twitter Rant About 'NO COLLUSION'

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 08:14

President Donald Trump went on an almost all-caps Twitter tear Saturday

Why you should buy an Escort Cosworth over a Ford Focus RS

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 08:13

The recently discontinued MK3 Ford Focus RS is destined to become a future classic, but should you buy an Escort RS Cosworth instead? We find out...

Afghan 'Messi boy' forced to flee home

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 08:01

The family of an Afghan boy who gained brief Internet fame after being photographed in a shirt improvised from a plastic bag in the colors of his hero, Argentine soccer idol Lionel Messi, has been forced to flee his home after a Taliban attack. Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged 7, grabbed world headlines two years ago when his brother made him a shirt out of a blue and white plastic bag, with Messi's name and number 10 playing number. "Murtaza became famous around the world and we are not able to walk free and go anywhere.

U.S. appeals court will not restore Trump asylum order

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 06:48

A U.S. appeals court handed President Donald Trump a defeat on Friday when it refused to allow his order barring asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally to take effect, while a court challenge proceeds. Trump cited an overwhelmed immigration system for his recent proclamation that officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at an official entry point. Civil rights groups sued, arguing that Trump's Nov. 9 order violated administrative and immigration law.

Pasta Dinners by the Numbers

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 06:02

A healthy pasta dinner isn't an oxymoron. A plate of pasta can be a good-for-you option; it all depends on what you top it with. Here’s how the nutrition profile of a cup of spaghetti and one-hal...

Porsche CEO Confirms Plan for $6.8 Billion Profit Boost by 2025

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 05:23

“On the cost side, it’s about reducing complexity in drive variants, more common parts between the different series, less physical prototypes and more digital development," he said. Blume said Porsche’s 32,000 employees would remain unaffected by the plans, and that the company plans to hire 1,500 more staff for its electric-powered Taycan model. Last month, Bloomberg reported the profit goal, saying the carmaker aims to increase earnings before interest and taxes by about 750 million euros annually through 2025 by increasing efficiencies, cutting costs and boosting contributions from new business such as digital offerings.

New Zealand police: 22-year-old British tourist was murdered

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 04:58

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Saturday that they believe a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing for a week was murdered, and they will lay charges against a man they detained earlier in the day for questioning.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell: ‘Donald Trump Will Be, Must Be Impeached’

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 04:17

MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell said Friday that President Donald Trump "will

Will This Russian Handgun Become ‘The AK-47 of Pistols’?

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 04:00

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Chrissy Teigen Sets Off Twitter Uproar Over Gummy Bears

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 02:33

Chrissy Teigen had Twitter users in turmoil Friday when she boldly said that

China launches probe to explore dark side of Moon - Xinhua

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 02:07

China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space programme, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The probe, the Chang'e-4, is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon, according to Xinhua. Previous spacecraft have seen the far side of the Moon, but none has landed on it.

Uber makes confidential filing for long-awaited IPO

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 23:34

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc has filed paperwork for an initial public offering, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, taking a step closer to a key milestone for one of the most closely watched and controversial companies in Silicon Valley. The ride-hailing company filed the confidential paperwork on Thursday, one of the sources said, in lock-step with its smaller U.S. rival, Lyft Inc, which also announced on Thursday it had filed for an IPO. The simultaneous filings extend the protracted battle between Uber and Lyft, which as fierce rivals have often rolled out identical services and matched each other's prices.

Military officials unveil damage from powerful Alaska quake

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 23:21

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Last week's magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage caused multiple problems at the sprawling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems, military officials said Friday.

Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 22:07

HONOLULU (AP) — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the attack that killed and wounded thousands unfolded.

More Evidence Of Illegal Activity Emerges In North Carolina Congressional Race

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 21:27

ST. PAULS, N.C. -- The day after their absentee ballot arrived in the mail in

Mueller accuses Paul Manafort of lying about his contact with Trump administration officials

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 21:04

Prosecutors with Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation revealed in a court filing on Friday evening that Paul Manafort lied to them about several contacts he had with senior Trump administration officials while he was under indictment.