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Just What The Heck Is Trump Doing During His Hours And Hours Of 'Executive Time'?

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 05:04

President Donald Trump’s work days reportedly begin as late as 11 a.m., end by 6 p.m., and often contain hours of “executive time.”

Trump Spiritual Advisor Wants You To Send Her Up To 1 Month's Pay Or Face 'Consequences'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 04:52

Paula White, a prosperity gospel preacher with close ties to President Donald Trump, is calling on followers to send her donations of up to one month’s salary.

Philippines to protest to China over apparent airbase on manmade island

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 04:02

The Philippines will make a diplomatic protest to China, which the southeast Asian nation's defense minister described as having reneged on a promise not to militarize artificial islands in the busy South China Sea waterway. The United States has criticized China's build-up of military facilities on the artificial islands and is concerned they could be used to restrict free movement along the key trade route. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's comment followed a Dec. 30 broadcast of aerial footage by the official China Central Television (CCTV) showing Fiery Cross Reef, which appeared to have been transformed into an airbase.

'Ask This Guy.' Thailand's PM Leaves a Life-Size Cardboard Cut-Out to Answer Questions

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 02:50

Prayuth Chan-ocha has previously joked about executing journalists

China races to prevent environmental disaster from stricken tanker

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:58

China raced to contain oil leaking from an Iranian tanker stricken off its eastern coast Tuesday amid warnings the burning ship could spark an environmental disaster. The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil when it collided with a cargo ship on Saturday and erupted into flames 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai. If all the cargo from the Panamanian-flagged 274-metre (899-foot) tanker spills, it would be the biggest oil slick from a ship in decades and could kill marine life across a vast area, analysts have said.

Cliven Bundy emerges free, defiant after Nevada case tossed

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 22:05

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up his cattle in 2014 walked out of a courthouse in Las Vegas a free and defiant man Monday, declaring that his fight against U.S. authority is not over.

4 ex-fraternity members get jail in pledge's hazing death

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 21:46

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Four New York City men were given jail sentences Monday in the death of an 18-year-old fraternity pledge during a 2013 hazing ritual in Pennsylvania, with a judge saying she believes they succumbed to "brainwashing" and "indoctrination" that is rampant at fraternities around the nation.

Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Banned From Pennsylvania After 'Glass Ceiling' Hazing Death

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:59

The Pi Delta Psi national fraternity has been banned from operating in Pennsylvania for 10 years, a judge ruled Monday, over the 2013 hazing death of a 19-year-old Baruch College student.

Lawmaker Says Black People Can't Handle Marijuana Because Of 'Genetics'

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:55

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: A Kansas lawmaker thinks marijuana should be illegal because he said black people are genetically unable to handle its effects.

A few dozen protesters in cold rain outside the big game

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:49

ATLANTA (AP) — A few dozen protesters took a knee in cold, light rain on a sidewalk near the venue of the College Football Playoff title game Monday evening, shouting slogans against President Donald Trump.

Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in Israel

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:21

The nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was among three tourists repeatedly stabbed in the Israeli seaside resort of Eilat, it emerged Monday night.  The wounded holidaymakers, who have not been named, were found lying on the promenade last Wednesday after being targeted by a gang of Israeli men. It comes at a time of heightened tension between France and Israel, as President Emmanuel Macron and Mr Philippe refuse to accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. This has greatly angered many in Israel, and especially those who do not want East Jerusalem to be set aside as the capital of a Palestinian state.  Mr Philippe has also controversially backed the publication of anti-Semitic essays by the author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, better known as Celine, despite fury from France’s sizeable Jewish community.  UN vote to condemn Trump recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel By Monday night, Israeli news outlets were reporting the shocking Eilat crime, while French media ones generally remained silent.  According to the Israeli i24 news channel: ‘The French consul in Tel Aviv was rushed to the spot urgently. ‘Three French tourists, including the nephew of the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was on holiday in the seaside resort of Eilat in Israel, were attacked last Wednesday by a group of Israelis. ‘The municipal police found three young tourists lying on the Eilat Promenade with stab wounds on the lower part of their bodies. Two of them were slightly hurt, and the third more seriously.’ All were taken to a local hospital, where they were later joined by the French consul, who is thought to have contacted Mr Philippe immediately.  Two of those hurt were released from hospital on Thursday, while the third remained in a ward. It is not known if he is Mr Philippe’s nephew.  A criminal enquiry into the attack has been launched in Israel, with police attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. They are all believed to be Israeli men, according to detectives.  There was no comment on the incident from France’s Ambassador to Israel, or from the French foreign ministry.  On Monday, President Macron reaffirmed his country’s commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.   Leaders on both sides must continue ‘calling for calm and dialogue’, Mr Macron said during a meeting with members of the Palestinian Central Council. It follows American President Donald Trump plunging the area into renewed chaos by recognising Jerusalem as solely being the capital of Israel, and not Palestine too.  This shocked Western allies including France and Britain as much as it did Arab leaders, who insist that East Jerusalem must become the capital of Palestine.  On Sunday Mr Philippe said he was fine about the publication of Celine’s anti-Semitic essays. Referring to Celine, Mr Philippe said: ‘There are very good reasons to detest the man himself, but you cannot deny the writer’s central position in French literature.’ But CRIF, France’s main Jewish umbrella group, said in a statement that it opposed the publication of the three ‘racist, anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler’ essays.  Last year the Jewish Agency of Israel claimed that 5000 Jews emigrated to Israel from France in 2016, partly because of security fears, and an atmosphere of anti-Semitism condoned by those in power. 

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:56

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

The Weeknd Quits H&M Partnership Over Racist Ad: 'I'm Deeply Offended'

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:53

The Weeknd is ending his partnership with H&M following backlash over a racist posting on its U.K. website showing a black child model posing in a hoodie that read “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.”

Ex-Google engineer fired over gender memo sues for discrimination

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:20

A former Google engineer fired after he asserted in a memo that biological causes were behind tech industry gender inequality sued his former employer on Monday, saying he was discriminated against as a white man with conservative political views. James Damore last year caused an uproar in Silicon Valley and beyond when he wrote the internal memo, which later became public. Google said he had perpetuated gender stereotypes and fired him in August.

Donald Trump Renominates Court Picks Rated 'Not Qualified' To Serve

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:19

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Monday resubmitted 21 judicial nominees to the Senate whose nominations expired in 2017 ― including two rated “not qualified” to be federal judges by the American Bar Association.

Investors Urge Apple To Tackle ‘Growing’ Evidence Of Device Addiction In Kids

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:13

Two major Apple shareholders are calling on the company to do more to protect children from the potentially harmful side effects of excessive technology use.

The Latest: Rancher Cliven Bundy walks out a free man

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:58

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the federal criminal case against a Nevada rancher accused of leading 2014 armed standoff against U.S. land management agents (all times local):

'Game of Thrones'-inspired ice hotel opens in Finland's Lapland

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:22

A hotel forged from snow and ice has opened for fans of "Game of Thrones" in Finland where winter is at its peak. 

Watch for Falling Iguanas! Bomb Cyclone Drops Frozen Lizards

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:16

You know what they say: When it rains, it pours — and when it snows in Florida, it hails frozen iguanas. As a so-called bomb cyclone continues lashing the U.S. East Coast with historic cold temperatures, weird weather abounds. Photos posted on social media show the green reptiles lying belly-up and stock-still on lawns, seemingly dead.