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Nelly rape accuser wants to stop investigation because she believes 'the system is going to fail her'

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 04:23

A woman who accused US rapper Nelly of sexual assault has asked police to stop their investigation, her lawyer has said. Lawyer Karen Koehler posted a letter on her website saying the woman “is telling Auburn Police Department and the King County Prosecutor's Office to put a halt on the investigation of Cornell Iral Haynes Jr”, the real name of the rapper. It goes on to say she will not testify in criminal proceedings against him, saying the woman “wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her” and she “wants this to end”.

Trump risks making US rogue actor as he condemns Iran nuclear deal

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 02:00

Donald Trump’s speech on Iran included misleading and false claims. The content, tone and style of Donald Trump’s speech about Iran on Friday was a reminder of how much the current president of the United States relishes conflict. With his domestic legislative agenda stalled and a federal investigation scrutinising his finances and his relations with Moscow, Trump has taken to finding enemies to rail against, including the press and black football players who kneel during the national anthem.

Philippines' Duterte warns of 'revolutionary government'

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 01:11

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to establish a "revolutionary government" to fend off alleged efforts to oust him, fuelling fears of a looming dictatorship. Duterte said he would resort to a revolutionary government, as opposed to martial law that would require congressional approval, if communists and other opponents tried to destabilise his rule. "If your destabilisation is taking place and there is chaos already, I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government until the end of my term and I will arrest all of you and we can go to a full scale war against the reds," Duterte said, in reference to communist rebels who have waged a nearly 50-year insurgency.

US mobile carriers Sprint, T-Mobile to merge: report

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 01:09

Japan's SoftBank has reached a broad accord to merge its US subsidiary Sprint with T-Mobile to create a rival to America's top two wireless carriers, a newspaper said Saturday. SoftBank and German group Deutsche Telekom, which holds 64 percent of T-Mobile, are considering a stock swap for the deal, which could be announced as early as this month, the Nikkei daily said. The Japanese telecom giant is also planning to begin procedures for the approval of the US Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Justice, the report said.

California wildfires are officially the worst in history with 36 people dead

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:55

A fifth day of desperate firefighting in California wine country brought a glimmer of hope on Friday as crews battling the flames reported their first progress toward containing the massive blazes, and hundreds more firefighters poured in to join the effort.  The scale of the disaster also became clearer as authorities said the fires had chased an estimated 90,000 people from their homes and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses. The death toll rose to 36, making this the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in California history.  In all, 17 large fires still burned across the northern part of the state, with more than 9,000 firefighters attacking the flames using air tankers, helicopters and more than 1,000 fire engines.  Helicopters dump giant buckets of water on California wildfires 00:53 "The emergency is not over, and we continue to work at it, but we are seeing some great progress," said the state's emergency operations director, Mark Ghilarducci.  Over the past 24 hours, crews arrived from Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Oregon and Arizona. Other teams came from as far away as Canada and Australia.  Drone footage shows decimated California town 01:10 Since igniting Sunday in spots across eight counties, the blazes have reduced entire neighbourhoods to ash and rubble. The death toll has risen daily as search teams gain access to previously unreachable areas.  Individual fires including a 1991 blaze in the hills around Oakland killed more people than any one of the current blazes, but no collection of simultaneous fires in California ever led to so many deaths, authorities said.  People remained on edge, worried about the wind shifting fires in their direction, said Will Deeths, a Sonoma middle school principal helping to supervise volunteers at Sonoma Valley High School, now an evacuation shelter.  "In the afternoons we start looking up at the flag pole and we start looking to see, is the wind blowing? Is the flag moving?" he said. "It's been really crazy."  Video was released of body camera footage on the first night of the fire, showing an unnamed deputy braving wild flames and thick smoke to clear out a community already being devoured by the flames.  "Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!" the Sonoma County deputy yells to drivers who are hesitating and moving slowly as they flee.  The deputy, wheezing and coughing, runs to several doors shouting "sheriff's office!" for anyone who may be in earshot.  He then comes across another deputy with a woman in a wheelchair right next to a house that is burning and lifts her into an SUV to take her away.  A helitanker drops water on Mt St Helena  Credit: The Press Democrat via AP On Friday dozens of search-and-rescue personnel at a mobile home park in Santa Rosa, also in Sonoma County, carried out the grim task Friday of searching for remains. Fire tore through Santa Rosa early Monday, leaving only a brief window for residents to flee, and decimated the park, which was known as Journey's End and was home to hundreds of people.  Workers were looking for two missing people who lived at the park. They found one set of remains, mostly bone fragments, and continued looking for the other, said Spencer Crum, Sonoma County sergeant.  To help in the search, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office near San Francisco sent specialised equipment, including drones with three-dimensional cameras and five dogs trained to sniff out human remains.  Resident looks through the rubble of a home in Napa, California Credit: Bloomberg Authorities have said that some victims were so badly burned they were identified only by metal surgical implants found in the ashes that have ID numbers on them.  The influx of outside help offered critical relief to firefighters who have been working with little rest since the blazes started.  "It's like pulling teeth to get firefighters and law enforcement to disengage from what they are doing out there," CalFire's Napa chief Barry Biermann said. "They are truly passionate about what they are doing to help the public, but resources are coming in. That's why you are seeing the progress we're making."  In addition to manpower, equipment deliveries have poured in. Crews were using 840 fire engines from across California and another 170 sent from around the country.  Smoke and haze obscure the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline Credit: AP Two of the largest fires in Napa and Sonoma counties were at least 25 percent contained by Friday, which marked "significant progress," said Ken Pimlott, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But he cautioned that crews would face more gusty winds, low humidity and higher temperatures. Those conditions were expected to take hold later Friday and persist into the weekend.  Smoke from the blazes hung thick over the grape-growing region and drifted south to the San Francisco Bay Area. Face masks were becoming a regular accessory, and sunsets turned blood-red from the haze.  "It's acrid now," said Wayne Petersen in Sonoma. "I'm wearing the mask because I've been here two or three days now. I live here. It's starting to really affect my breathing and lungs."  Fire officials were investigating whether downed power lines or other utility failures could have sparked the fires, but they say they are far from determining how the blazes began. 

Five arrested in Georgia, including two law enforcement officers, over 1983 murder

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:23

The body of Timothy Coggins, 23, was found on Oct. 9, 1983, in a grassy area near power lines in the community of Sunnyside, about 30 miles (48 km) south of downtown Atlanta. Investigators spoke to people who knew Coggins, but the investigation went cold, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said at a news conference.

Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Is Doomed

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:20

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the aging Admiral Kuznetsov, is in big trouble. This week, a Russian-language report in Interfax disclosed that Russia has cut in half funding for repairing and modernization its aircraft carrier. The same source said that the budgetary problems has forced Russia to abandon plans to modernize the carrier, and instead Moscow will only proceed with the previously planned repairs.

Investigator: Man charged with burning woman changed story

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:11

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A man charged with fatally burning a 19-year-old Mississippi woman acknowledged that he was with her on the evening she was set on fire after repeatedly denying it during interrogations, an investigator said Friday.

Striking images reveal wineries devastated by wildfires

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:10

Remarkable photos reveal how badly California's wineries have been damaged in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres of wine country since Sunday. SEE ALSO: How California's firestorm spread so mind-bogglingly fast: From 'Diablo' winds to climate trends Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California is just one of the dozens of wineries that was ravaged by the massive fires.  In the midst of the blaze, a large plastic wine container melted, releasing a boiling pool of wine, according to SF Gate. "I saw a pool of wine, and it was flowing lightly down the hill, and as I got close to it, I noticed that it was bubbling," photographer Josh Edelson told the news outlet. "At first, I didn't understand it, but then it dawned on me that the ground was hot, and the wine was boiling with all that stuff smoldering around it." Edelson captured pictures of the haunting scene at Paradise Ridge on Tuesday. A pool of wine boils beneath debris from the fire at Paradise Ridge Winery.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images A melted wine container leaks wine onto the ground at Paradise Ridge Winery.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images Charred fermentation tanks drip wine at a destroyed Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesParadise Ridge Winery owner Sonia Byck-Barwick told CNN the property is completely burned, and all of the grapes they had picked for the season have been lost. Byck-Barwick said she hopes to keep the business alive in the face of destruction by using a small building on the property as a tasting room for visitors.  Many other wineries have experienced varying degrees of damage, and at least a dozen have been completely destroyed, according to The Mercury Times.  Wine grapes are destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on October 11, 2017 in Kenwood, California.Image: EZRA SHAW/Getty Images The gutted remains of Paradise Ridge winery. #sonomafire #wine. Owner says he will rebuild. — Bill Swindell (@BillSwindell) October 9, 2017 Signorelli winery is gone — Karin Oconnell (@KarinO39) October 9, 2017 A mother hen and her (well-camouflaged) chicks scratch and peck for food in the burned earth at a Calistoga-area winery. — Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) October 11, 2017 Melted wine bottles are among the remains of the Signorello Estate Winery in Napa, California.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesFans of the wineries expressed their concern on Twitter.  This is where @aprilolanoff and I got married. I hope everyone is safe. — drew olanoff (@yoda) October 9, 2017 My wife & I were married there just a few weeks ago. That's extremely sad news. Such a happy, beautiful place. — Derek Gathright (@derek) October 9, 2017 The fires in Northern California have destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, and have displaced 90,000 people as of Friday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. At least 35 people have died, making these fires the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history.  The two deadliest fires — the Tubbs and Atlas fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties — moved quickly through wine country due to strong winds, making it difficult for firefighters to contain them.  WATCH: California wildfire victims returning to their destroyed homes is absolutely heart-wrenching

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Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:47

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The Latest: Couple who survived 6 days in Utah say

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:16

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2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Automatic

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:55

Zen simplicity with a side of sportiness.

22 Stunning Holiday Trifles

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:31

Teen Scares The Bejesus Out Of Neighbor With Her 'Creepy Window'

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:15

It looked like something supernatural is happening in Kellie Burkhart’s bedroom window.

Do You Still Not Know What Fenty Means?

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:35

She’s the ball-gown-with-sneakers-wearing crooner of catchy tunes we all know and love.

Las Vegas sheriff, in emotional press conference, admits he's still searching for answers

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:31

In the nearly two weeks since Stephen Paddock rained gunfire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has become the face of the ongoing investigation.

Trump tears into Iran, leaves nuclear deal hanging

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:24

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump reignited the decades old US feud with Iran on Friday, vowing to confront the "fanatical regime" and throwing a landmark international nuclear agreement into doubt.

'Soldier of Allah' avoids terror charge due to Facebook settings

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:05

A self-styled “Soldier of Allah” who threatened to blow up a hospital escaped terror charges because of his Facebook settings. Leroy McCarthy, 22, a Muslim convert, described murdered soldier Lee Rigby as a "white coward who invades countries and rapes people" and said he planned to leave the UK to “join my people's cause". However, he could not be charged under the Terrorism Act because his profile was set to private, meaning he was jailed for just 18 weeks. Muslim convert Leroy McCarthy, who also uses the name Abdullah Mahmood, escaped being charged with terrorism offences Credit: Ben Lack The case led to calls for the law to be changed. David TC Davies, Conservative MP for Monmouthshire, a former serving police officer, said: "I think this worrying case highlights why the law needs to be changed to be further tightened up to prevent terrorist sympathisers and people encouraging violent acts from spreading their hate-filled messages whatever their Facebook settings are. “He clearly intended to encourage and incite acts and should face the full force of the law to do so." McCarthy, from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, who also uses the name Abdullah Mahmood,  published a series of offensive, anti-semitic and homophobic posts on the social media site. In one post, he alluded to blowing up Furness General Hospital (FGH), and stated: "They wouldn't be able to evacuate all of FGH's patients in time before at least one of the three explosions." Another comment said "We are all martyrs of the Lord." Muslim convert Leroy McCarthy, who also uses the name Abdullah Mahmood, who has escaped being charged with terrorism offences Credit: Ben Lack McCarthy, who has 14 months left on licence after being released from custody in June after assaulting his partner, added: “14 months then it's passport and off to join my people's cause. I cannot wait to turn my back on the UK.” He also posted: “"A few months left and all my brothers are free. All them months of planning and it will be like a belated bonfire night for all those involved." When he was arrested last Saturday, he asked police from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit  what had happened to freedom of speech and said that  "if he was going to bomb somewhere it would be the Trafford Centre". However, McCarthy’s Facebook settings meant he avoided terrorism charges on a legal technicality. In order to charge an individual with encouraging terrorism, prosecutors must prove that the statement was intended to be seen by the public. McCarthy’s profile was set to private, meaning the posts could only be seen by his 340 friends, so he could only be charged with an offence under the Communications Act. He pleaded guilty to publishing a message that was “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character” when he appeared this week at Furness Magistrates Court. Leroy McCarthy, who also uses the name Abdullah Mahmood, described murdered soldier Lee Rigby as a "white coward who invades countries and rapes people." Credit: Ben Lack Maureen Fawcett, defending, said: "He accepts the postings would have been grossly offensive and upsetting, but they were taken out of context. "He had fallen out with his sister who works at the hospital. "He has also never been abroad on a lads' holiday and he wanted to leave the UK to get his life back on track." Ms Fawcett said: "He has pleaded guilty today and the officers who have been with him actually thanked him for how open and frank he has been. "He reverted to become a Muslim when he was released from prison in 2015 and he is more peaceful since then. He had taken about 20 Valium on the day he posted these. "He was homeless and struggling to get by." McCarthy was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £115.

There's Something Horribly Familiar About The Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:37

The accusations of sexual assault and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein are sickening.

Hair Tips And Tricks That'll Help Your Locks Live Their Best Life

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:29

We’ve gathered some of our favorite hair hacks to inspire your home beauty routine.