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Dad Accused Of Killing Teen Son Opposed His Sexuality, Friends Say

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:38

A Nevada man charged with shooting his 14-year-old son to death last week disapproved of the teen’s sexual orientation and had threatened him over it, friends said.

Syrian troops encircle last Islamic State-held town

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:57

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops and allied fighters encircled the last Islamic State-held town on Wednesday after linking up with Iraqi forces, pro-government media and a Syrian opposition monitoring group said.

ASK A DESIGNER: Rethinking the holiday dining room

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:54

There's a lot of home decorating advice out there on how to create the perfect kitchen. But what goes into designing a truly great dining room?

Trump blasted on Morning Joe for plugging golf course during speech in South Korea: 'It's gross'

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:28

Both Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski blasted the president during "Morning Joe" on Wednesday over remarks he made during an official address in South Korea because he mentioned his golf course.

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Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:59

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Giant cruise ships to be diverted away from Venice's historic centre - but there's a catch

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:20

After years of see-saw debate between Venetians and the tourism industry, giant cruise ships are to be banned from sailing past St Mark’s Square, the Italian government announced. Passenger liners are currently allowed to pass within a few hundred yards of St Mark’s Square and Venice’s historic centre on their way to the lagoon city’s international passenger terminal. Campaigners have long argued that the huge vessels, which carry up to 5,000 passengers and crew, dwarf Venice’s cupolas, spires and palaces, while eroding canal banks with the waves they create as they churn down the picturesque Giudecca Canal. Under the new plan, they will be diverted well away from the World Heritage city and will have to dock at a terminal in the industrial port of Marghera on the mainland – a far cry from the romance of St Mark’s and the Grand Canal. Passengers will then be ferried to Venice in smaller boats, or in coaches, along the narrow land bridge that connects the city to the mainland. The new navigation route will involve big cruise ships entering the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic through an inlet far to the south of the one currently used.  Graphic: The new routes Smaller cruise vessels – those of 55,000 tonnes or less – will be allowed to continue to use the present route. But there is a catch – the new measures will not come into effect for three or four years. The move was announced by Graziano Delrio, the transport minister, after a meeting of a governmental committee tasked with protecting Venice’s delicate cultural heritage. “After years of study, we have found a viable solution for a sustainable route through the lagoon, without penalizing the tourism industry, which is so important for Venice,” the minister said. Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, hailed the plan as a sensible compromise that would satisfy the cruise ship industry whilst addressing the concerns of locals and preserving the lagoon environment.  “We want it to be clear to Unesco (the UN’s cultural heritage body) and the whole world that we have a solution,” he said.  “This takes into account all the jobs created by the cruise industry, which we absolutely couldn’t afford to lose, and we can start to work seriously on planning cruises.” Gianni Berengo Gardin, an Italian photographer who takes striking black and white images of cruise ships looming over Venice's canals and churches, said he was cautiously optimistic about the plan. "It worries me that it is going to take three or four years, because in that time they may change their minds. "But it at least seems possible that in future we will no longer see huge ships pass along the Giudecca Canal and in front of St Mark's Square," he wrote in a front page opinion piece for La Repubblica newspaper. The debate over the impact of big cruise ships has been going on for years in Venice. Credit: AFP In an informal referendum organised by a campaign group in June, nearly 99 per cent of the 18,000 Venetians who took part voted in favour of banning giant cruise ships from the city’s lagoon altogether, saying they disgorge too many tourists and damage the environment. They were asked: “Do you want big cruise ships to stay outside Venice’s lagoon and no new shipping channels dug inside the lagoon?” The organisers of the referendum support an alternative plan which would involve the construction of an entirely new cruise ship terminal at one of the three entrances to the lagoon. Called Venice Cruise 2.0, the terminal would consist of a 2,000ft-long pier capable of accommodating four large ships at a time.   Passengers would then be transferred to smaller boats which would take them to Venice.

Two Men Are Accused of Smuggling After 26 Girls Were Found Dead in the Mediterranean

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 03:19

Some of the dead were as young as 14

Saudis' bolder moves to confront Iran echo across region

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 01:25

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It's a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has failed to score any successes in stemming Tehran's influence.

Trump Bucks Usual Aggression, Opens The Door To Negotiations With North Korea

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:49

President Donald Trump took a far more measured tone during his address to South Korea’s National Assembly on Wednesday, touting the option of diplomacy with North Korea while delivering a strong message to the country’s leader that it must end its nuclear weapons program.

Democrats In Washington State Win Full Control Of The Government

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:33

WASHINGTON ― Democrat Manka Dhingra won Tuesday’s special election to a Washington state Senate seat ― a race that most people wouldn’t be paying attention to except that Dhingra just cemented her party’s full control of the state government.

Latest: New Jersey winner: Victory sends a message to Trump

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:11

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey (all times local):

Russia Rejects 'Mythical' Report Blaming Syria for Chemical Weapons Attack

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:11

Russia clashed with Western nations Tuesday over a report blaming Syria for a deadly chemical weapons attack, with Moscow dismissing its findings as “mythical or invented”

Republican Mayor Wins Utah's Special Election for U.S. House Seat

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:27

John Curtis, the Republican mayor of Provo, Utah, has been declared the winner of a special election to represent Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, filling a seat vacated by former House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who retired midway through his term and is now a contributor for Fox News.

Watch Out, Donald Trump. Here Come The Democrats.

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:12

― The Democratic Party romped to victories across the country Tuesday, gaining key state legislative seats, two governorships and full control of the state government of New Jersey, where they’ll have wide power to enact their agenda.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces $2.5 Million Relief Fund During Visit to Puerto Rico

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:01

About half of municipalities are still without power after Hurricane Maria

Stephen Hawking issues dire warning: We have less than 600 years until Earth becomes a sizzling fireball

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:00

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has issued yet another warning for Earth and this time, he says we have less than 600 years before the Earth turns into a sizzling fireball.

Democrats make huge gains in Virginia House

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:59

As of 9:30, Democrats had picked up 13 seats and had a 47-46 edge in called races, with seven contests still too close to call, putting them on the cusp of a majority in the 100-seat chamber.

Air Force: Racial slurs written by 1 person who was targeted

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:54

DENVER (AP) — Racial slurs posted outside the dorm rooms of five black students at the Air Force Academy were written by one of those students, the school said Tuesday.

Mary Jo Buttafuoco: Amy Fisher, Who Shot Her in the Face as a Teen, Is ‘Kind of a Waste’

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:06

Mary Jo Buttafuoco is speaking out in a new interview — and she has some choice words to say about Amy Fisher, the “Long Island Lolita” who shot her in the face on May 19, 1992

Virginia Democrat Wins Race For Governor, Handing GOP First Major Loss Under Trump

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:14

Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia’s gubernatorial election Tuesday, granting Democrats their first major victory, and Republicans their first big loss, since the election of President Donald Trump.