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Okla. Dad Claimed Ex-Cheerleader Daughter Killed Herself — But Now He Faces Trial on Murder Charges

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:47

An Oklahoma dad who claimed his ex-cheerleader daughter fatally shot herself will be tried for murder after a detective said the shot could not have been self-inflicted, according to several media reports


Donald Trump speaks at a fourth-grade level, the lowest of last 15 U.S. presidents, according to analysis

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:16

President Donald Trump connects with the American people by using a language that even a fourth grader could understand, according to a recently published analysis by Factbase on the speech patterns of the last 15 U.S. presidents.


Netanyahu: Israel helped stop terror attacks on planes in Europe

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:06

Israeli intelligence has helped stop terrorists from using civilian aeroplanes in Europe to carry out major attacks “of the worst kind”, Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.  The Israeli prime minister told a group of ambassadors from Nato countries that his nation’s intelligence agencies had “helped save many European” lives by passing on warnings of jihadist plots.  He did not give details of the thwarted attacks but said they “involve civil aviation”.  “We have, through our intelligence services, provided information that has stopped several dozen major terrorist attacks, many of them in European countries. Some of these could have been mass attacks, of the worst kind that you have experienced on the soil of Europe and even worse, because they involve civil aviation,” Mr Netanyahu said.  Israel has a formidable intelligence apparatus and Mr Netanyahu often uses his country’s intelligence gathering capabilities as a calling card as he tries to improve Israel’s diplomatic standing around the world. He speaks often about how countries that were once hostile to the Jewish state now seek out its help in the fields of both intelligence and technology.  Jihadist groups remain determined to try to smuggle bombs aboard civilian aircraft, according to assessments by both Western and Israeli intelligence agencies.  Perhaps the most dangerous bomb makers are Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  The group was behind a failed plot to smuggle bombs into printer cartridges and get them aboard cargo planes in 2010. One bomb was discovered at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire and another in Dubai.  The plot was foiled after Saudi Arabia intelligence chief tipped off the US.  A forensic officer removes a package from a UPS container at East Midlands Airport in Castle Donington in 2010 Credit: REUTERS/Darren Staples AQAP was also behind the failed “underpants bombing”, when a young Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab nearly blew up a flight to Detroit on Christmast Day 2009.  Mr Netanyahu said that Israel was helping Europe by preventing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) from setting up “an alternative territorial base” in the Egyptian Sinai desert following their battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria.  The jihadist group has a presence in the Sinai and has carried out deadly attacks against both Egyptian civilians and security forces. Israel has carried out strikes against the group in Sinai and shared intelligence with Egyptian forces as they battle the jihadists.  He told ambassadors that Israel was also working to prevent Iran consolidating its position in Syria. “This is dangerous for you too because the conquest of the Middle East by Iran would eventually effect all of your interests,” he said. 


Boeing logs record deliveries for 2017, upbeat on 2018

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:44

Boeing reported record commercial plane deliveries for 2017 on Tuesday and said cargo and customer passenger trends continued to look strong for 2018. The gains were fueled by global economic growth of three percent and an increase in overall passenger traffic that has outpaced historical trends, said Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth. Boeing shares jumped 2.7 percent to $318.36 and was the biggest gainer in the Dow in midday trading.


Teacher handcuffed, arrested and removed from school board meeting after challenging teacher pay

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:36

A Louisiana teacher was forcibly removed from a school board meeting and arrested after saying that pay raises for leadership on the board was a "slap in the face" to all teachers. Deyshia Hargrave, a teacher in the Vermilion Parish School System, asked questions regarding the board's consideration of a $38,000 raise for the superintendent of the school system. Ms Hargrave appeared to leave the meeting willingly after the officer approached her and asked her to do so, but in the hallway video showed that she was on the ground being handcuffed and asking "what are you doing?" repeatedly.


See Jupiter Looking Downright Gorgeous in These New NASA Photos

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:11

NASA's Juno spacecraft has taken stunning photos of the gas giant


Israeli air strikes, rockets hit Syria: Syrian army

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:01

The Israeli army carried out air strikes and fired rockets at targets in Syria overnight, causing damage near a military position, the Syrian army said Tuesday. Israel's military has carried out several attacks on the Syrian army and its ally Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011. The Israeli air force conducted strikes on the Qutayfeh area northeast of Damascus, causing the Syrian army to retaliate and "hit one of its planes", the Syrian army said in a statement.


Poles in shock as PM carries out sweeping reshuffle ahead of EU showdown

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:39

A number of high-profile ministers in the Polish government have been sacked in a sweeping overhaul of the country’s cabinet seen as an attempt to reform the country's international image left battered by a series of bruising conflicts with the EU. The ministers of foreign affairs, defence, health and agriculture were among those who lost their jobs in the shake-up, the extent of which caught many Poles by surprise. It also came just hours before Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, was due to fly to Brussels to meet Jean Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, to discuss rule of law proceedings against Poland. “This is a new government for a new and better Poland,” said Mr Morawiecki when announcing the changes. “For us the most important matter is to build a strong and safe Poland, both at its borders and within in borders.” Mr Morawiecki, an English-speaking ex-banker who only became prime minister last month, is also seen as part of a diplomatic offensive to enhance the country’s reputation. Poland has become the enfant terrible of the EU owing to numerous disputes between it and Brussels on matters such as rule of law, the environment and migration. The country became the first EU state to face the possible loss of voting rights after the EU triggered Article 7 owing to fears a government overhaul of the legal system threatened the independence of the judiciary. But despite the threats from the EU Warsaw appears happy to defy Brussels in its desire to put what it considers Poland’s interests first.  Yet the appointment of a new prime minister and Tuesday’s cabinet changes appear, in part, to be motivated by a desire to soften and lighten the tone of the Polish government abroad, although few expect its core message to change. Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki poses with his cabinet after a sweeping reshuffle. A showdown with the EU is looming Credit:  AGENCJA GAZETA/ REUTERS Among those to face the chop was Jan Szyszko, the agriculture minister. Mr Szyszko triggered an international scandal by overseeing increase in logging in the Bialowieza Forest, one of the last significant tracts of primeval lowland forest left in Europe. Despite the threat of financial penalties from the EU if the logging was not halted, and Mr Szyszko persisted with the policy. He will join Witold Waszczykowski, the former foreign minister, and ex-defence minister Antoni Macierewicz in the political long grass. Mr Waszczykowski had become known as gaffe-prone, while Mr Macierewicz, despite being a fierce ally of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice party, had clashed with the Polish president over the appointment of army commanders. Political experts in Poland pointed out that by dismissing the three ministers, Mr Kaczynski had removed figures who had become focal points of opposition criticism. By cutting out apparent weaknesses in the government Mr Kaczynski may also have one eye on the next general election, due in 2019.


Mom Kills Husband, Two Sons Before Fatally Shooting Herself at Upscale Texas Resort

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:31

Texas police believe a 37-year-old old mother fatally shot her husband and their two young sons before turning the gun on herself in an apparent murder-suicide in a high-end Galveston resort, PEOPLE confirms


39 Tweets That Sum Up Parenting Teens

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:21

Parents of young children often joke about the difficult teenage years ahead.


Record rain and mudslides hit California

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:01

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.


Boston company's kit makes plug-In hybrid Ford F-150 now possible

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:43

The Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck was once again the biggest-selling vehicle in America last year. Ford continues to exploit the popularity of this vehicle by introducing more and more variants and options all the time, with a diesel engine option being the biggest addition this year. Despite hybrid and electric propulsion systems becoming increasingly popular in American cars these days, they have yet to find their way into pickup trucks.


Top-Tier Gymnast Maggie Nichols Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her, Too

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:33

Gymnast Maggie Nichols alleged Tuesday that she was among the young women sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar.


Venue for Korea talks is potential flash point inside border

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:14

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The two Koreas' rare high-profile talks Tuesday took place at the jointly controlled area inside the world's most heavily fortified border — the same place where North Korean soldiers recently sprayed bullets at a colleague who was making a daring dash for freedom.


Barefoot Catholics throng icon in huge Philippine procession

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:31

A sea of heaving, towel-waving humanity swarmed a black statue of a cross-bearing Jesus Christ in the Philippine capital Tuesday as the Catholic faithful joined one of the nation's largest religious festivals. In a frenzied display of religious fervour, men, women and children climbed over heads and shoulders and flung themselves at the centuries-old Black Nazarene that they say performs miracles. Devotees pulled on stout ropes to move the carriage forward as the procession drew more than half a million people wearing maroon and yellow shirts and waving towels while chanting "Viva" ("Long live"), Manila police said.


Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:03

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.


Autonom Cab to launch in Las Vegas

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 07:42

The Navya Autonom Cab is making its debut in America at CES 2018, with live demonstrations being carried out in the downtown Las Vegas Innovation District. The Autonom Cab will be operated by Navya's valued partner, Keolis, which will be the system's first operator in North America. Unlike many of the driverless cars and taxis we see at the moment undergoing testing, Autonom Cab has been designed as a truly autonomous vehicle from day one.


Tuesday's Morning Email: Inside Alabama's Wild Championship Comeback

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 07:21

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Pizza Hut Plan To Bring 'Black Mirror' Prediction To Life Freaks Folks Out

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 07:17

Pizza Hut plans to turn a slice of the dystopian “Black Mirror” universe into a reality, and it’s too much for some folks online to handle.


One Of America's Key Voting Laws Is About To Face A Big Test At The Supreme Court

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 05:47

In November of 2015, Larry Harmon, a software engineer then in his late 50s, went to the polls to vote against an Ohio ballot initiative to legalize marijuana.


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