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Minnesota regulators postpone Line 3 meeting after protests

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 19:04

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators postponed a meeting Tuesday on Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement after pipeline opponents disrupted the meeting with a bullhorn and a boombox.

Lawsuit over Louisiana school's hair policy is dismissed

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 18:42

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Parents of two New Orleans-area school girls have dismissed their lawsuit against a Catholic school over its policy forbidding hair extensions.

U.N. chief pushes for protection of civilians in Syria's Idlib

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 18:09

The U.N. has described it as a "dumping ground" for people evacuated and displaced from elsewhere in Syria during the seven-year war. Assad has vowed to retake the region, backed by his Russian and Iranian allies. Syrian government and Russian warplanes began air strikes in Idlib last week in a possible prelude to a full-scale offensive.

Hurricane Florence Is Probably Going To Cost A Lot Of Money

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 18:00

At the risk of stating the obvious, Hurricane Florence is going to hurt.

As Hurricane Florence Nears, Trump Calls Puerto Rico Response An 'Unsung Success'

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 17:11

President Donald Trump praised his administration on Tuesday for its

The Latest: UN chief: A 'bloodbath' must be averted in Idlib

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 16:49

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

Heckuva job Trumpie: President hails 'incredibly successful' response to Puerto Rico hurricane

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 16:45

President Trump paused at a Tuesday briefing to reflect on his administration's response in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria.

Hungary's Orban vows to defy EU pressure ahead of unprecedented vote

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 15:52

Some momentum might have been building against Orban during the evening ahead of the Wednesday vote. Since sweeping to power in 2010, Orban has pressured Hungary's courts, media and non-governmental groups, as well as refusing to take in asylum seekers arriving in Europe. If approved, the motion would go to the EU's national leaders, theoretically opening the way for sanctions such as a suspension of Hungary's voting rights in the bloc.

Ending the Korean War Is Much More Than a Symbolic Concession

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:53

Pyongyang was able to write the Singapore Summit Agreement to its advantage. Washington needs to be ready for the next time.

More Than 500 Teachers And Other Educators Are Running For Office This Year

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:32

As massive teacher strikes swept red states around the country earlier this

The Latest: Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with US bishops

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:18

ROME (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican response to the sex abuse scandal (all times local):

Australian cartoonist hits back over criticism of 'racist and sexist' Serena Williams sketch

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:05

An Australian cartoonist has defended a sketch of Serena Williams described as racist and sexist saying "I don't know how you draw an African-American person by not making them look like an African-American person" Mark Knight faced a fierce online backlash over the cartoon, published in Melbourne's Herald Sun on Monday, showing a butch and fat-lipped Williams throwing a temper tantrum at the US Open.  Critics said the sketch drew on historical racist caricatures of African Americans, but in an interview with CBS News on Tuesday Mr Knight said:  "When I drew that cartoon, I wasn't thinking of racial politics in America. I simply saw the world number one player having a dummy spit." He added: "I'm not going to say I'm not going to draw that because it's a no-go area".  The Herald Sun's editor, Damon Johnston, leaped to his cartoonist defence saying the sketch "rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend". "I don't know how you draw an African-American person by not making them look like an African-American person." The artist behind the Serena Williams cartoon that many are calling racist is not backing down.— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 11, 2018 Mr Knight closed down his social media accounts on Tuesday after facing withering criticism from more than 20,000 online commentators over the image. British author JK Rowling added her voice to the chorus, tweeting: "Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop." The editor of an Australian newspaper has defended publishing a cartoon of Serena Williams after a fierce online backlash condemned the image as racist and sexist. Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 10, 2018 The cartoon, published in Melbourne's Herald Sun on Monday, showed a butch and fat-lipped Williams throwing a temper tantrum at the US Open which critics said deployed racist stereotypes. Damon Johnston, the paper's editor, defended cartoonist Mark Knight saying the sketch "rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend", adding "Mark has the full support of everyone". Mr Knight has denied the cartoon is racist or sexist but closed down his social media yesterday/TUES after facing withering criticism from more than 20,000 online commentators.  British author JK Rowling added her voice to the chorus, tweeting: "Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop." Williams sparked controversy over her conduct in Saturday's final against Haitian-Japanese player Naomi Osaka when she smashed her racquet and called the umpire a "thief" and a "liar". Williams was given three code violations, earning her a point penalty and then a game penalty which gave Osaka a 5-3 second-set lead that effectively gifted her the title.  The penalties stirred a debate in the tennis world over double standards toward men and women in the sport. In Mr Knight's cartoon, Williams can be seen jumping up and down with a broken racquet next to a baby's dummy as the umpire asks Osaka "can't you just let her win?". Mr Knight, who has a reputation for controversial cartoons, was pilloried from far and wide for his portrayal - including by a number of US media outlets.  In a searing piece, The Washington Post's cartoonist Michael Cavna said the "racist" sketch was reminiscent of the "vile imagery" popularised during the era of racial segregation in the US. "Knight draws facial features reflecting the dehumanizing Jim Crow caricatures so common in the 19th and 20th centuries," Mr Cavna wrote. Others pointed out that Osaka, who is mixed race, was portrayed as a petite and feminine white woman with jet blonde straight hair. In fact, Osaka has dark curly hair and is taller than Williams. America's National Association of Black Journalists called the cartoon "repugnant on many levels".  "[It] not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams' depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like," the organisation said in a statement.  The Story of Little Black Sambo was a 19th Century children's book which featured derogatory racial depictions such as characters with thick red lips. The cartoonist initially responded to the criticism by stating he had "no knowledge of those cartoons or that period", saying on Tuesday that "the world has just gone crazy". Serena Williams' US Open 2018 final umpire row He pointed out that he had drawn an unflattering portrayal of Australian male tennis star Nick Kyrgios "behaving badly".  "Don't bring gender into it when it's all about behaviour," he said, but by noon on Tuesday he had closed down both his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Mr Knight was also accused of racism last month for a cartoon on train station safety which showed faceless black figures fighting in a Melbourne subway. The publishers of the Melbourne's Herald Sun,  Australia's most-read newspaper, also defended the cartoonist saying "the world has gone too PC".

Iran seeks to avert disaster in Syria's Idlib: Iranian senior official

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:03

Iran shares the United Nations' concern about a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Syria's Idlib province and will seek to avert it, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, special assistant to Iran's foreign minister, told reporters on Tuesday. Iran and Russia are President Bashar al-Assad's main backers in Syria's seven-year-old civil war.

International court says it's 'undeterred' by US threats

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:49

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan rights workers warned Tuesday that a blistering U.S. attack on the International Criminal Court investigating war crimes allegations will strengthen a climate of impunity in Afghanistan, prolong the war and embolden those committing acts of violence.

ICC 'undeterred' after US sanctions threat

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:38

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday said its work would continue "undeterred" after Washington threatened to prosecute its judges if Americans are charged with war crimes committed in Afghanistan. France and Germany also weighed in to support the Hague-based court after White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said the ICC was "already dead to us". "The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law," the tribunal said in a statement.

Photos Show Residents Preparing For Monster Hurricane Florence

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:09

Residents of the eastern seaboard of the United States made preparations ahead

Tesla to drop some color options for cars to simplify production

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:01

Tesla currently offers seven colors for its vehicles that include top variant Model S, mid level Model X and its most affordable sedan Model 3. The company is trying to iron out production bumps after struggling to produce Model 3 sedans and failing to meet several production deadlines. "Moving 2 of 7 Tesla colors off menu on Wednesday to simplify manufacturing.

Twitter Eviscerates Trump For Extremely Minimal '17 Years' 9/11 Tweet

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:21

President Donald Trump has shown he's not so good at that empathy stuff, but

Bus accident in south India kills at least 55 people

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:03

A bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India plunged off a road, officials said.

6 Moments of Silence Held to Mark Anniversary of 9/11 Terror Attacks

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:59

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.