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Doctor Dressed As The Joker Delivers Baby To Parents' Delight

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:10

One newborn baby will have an incredible story to tell when she gets older.

Joe Scarborough Says Washington Would 'Melt Down' If Shooter Were Named Muhammad

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:55

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough called out the problem with how U.S. leaders reacts to mass shootings, saying on Monday that had the gunman in Texas been named Muhammad, “Washington would be on fire this morning.”

Calls for Lenin's body to finally be buried ahead of 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution 

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:36

A debate over whether to bury Vladimir Lenin, whose embalmed body remains on display on Red Square, has risen again and even led to a stabbing ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. The ruling party has tried to play down Tuesday's centennial as the antithesis of Vladimir Putin's tenets of stability and traditional values. But in a newspaper interview on Wednesday calling for the anniversary to be observed without “confrontation”, Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, was asked about removing Lenin from his glass sarcophagus in the mausoleum next to the Kremlin. She suggested a referendum could decide the long-standing issue.  Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of Russia's Chechnya republic and an outspoken Muslim believer, responded on social media that Mr Putin should decide, adding that it was “not right that a coffin with a dead person is standing in the heart of Russia”.  Lenin's mausoleum is located next to the Kremlin walls in downtown Moscow. Credit: Vladimir Smirnov/TASS via Getty Images Other politicians soon chimed in. Natalya Poklonskaya, an MP with the ruling United Russia party and the leader of a crusade against a recent film about Tsar Nicholas II's affair with a ballerina, said the continuing display of the communist's cadaver was “inhumane”. Ksenia Sobchak, a liberal socialite and journalist who has announced she will run in March's presidential election, promised to bury him if she won.  But a final farewell to the revolutionary, who was revered as the embodiment of Soviet ideology even after Joseph Stalin's personality cult was denounced and abandoned, would anger the Communist Party, the largest minority in parliament. Party boss Gennady Zyuganov, who laid flowers at the mausoleum with an international delegation on Sunday, argued that since Lenin's late niece had supported his display, burying him would in fact be “unnatural and blasphemous”.  Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya, reignited the debate over Lenin this week. Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images It would also mean the closure of the “Lenin lab,” the purpose-built Moscow institute responsible for preserving him which has also embalmed other leaders like Ho Chi Minh and Kim Jong-il. Although Lenin's pale head and hands are all that's visible beneath his dark suit, the lab's secretive group of specialists reportedly continue to work full-time preserving every aspect of his corpse, from the flexibility of his knees to the hair attachment on his chest. A state tender revealed that some £140,000 was spent on maintaining Lenin in 2016. Given the array of dyes and mixtures applied, what's on display is “closer to a wholly constructed representation of Lenin’s dead body than to the original, once living man,” according to Alexei Yurchak, a University of California Berkeley professor who is writing a book about his preservation. A Communist Party supporter carries a portrait of Lenin during a memorial ceremony on Red Square in 2016. Credit: Kirril Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Nonetheless, the body remains an important symbol and the object of passionate debate. On Thursday last week, two drinking buddies in a town in southwestern Russia got into such a furious argument about whether to bury Lenin that one stabbed the other with a kitchen knife, local media reported.  A survey by VTsIOM, a state-owned pollster, earlier this year found that 63 percent of Russians favoured burying Lenin, but only a third thought it should be done in the near future.   Mr Putin, who has tended to dodge the issue since he came to power nearly two decades ago, has avoided entering the latest debate about what to do with Lenin. The presidential administration said on Thursday it was “not a topic on the Kremlin agenda”, and Moscow authorities have refused to allow an opposition rally next week demanding the corpse's removal. Proposed legislation to bury Lenin stalled in April after the government spoke out against it. A Russian Orthodox Church spokesman said while he should have been buried in 1991, now was not the time to “reopen old wounds”. A museum near Odessa has collected Lenin monuments dismantled under Ukraine's decommunisation law. Credit: Sergei Supinsky/AFP Photo/Getty Images According to analyst Masha Lipman, Mr Putin is unlikely to take a stance on the issue before the election, especially given the mass dismantling of Lenin statues by the pro-Western government in Ukraine.  “It's impossible to say Lenin is bad and we don't want the glorification of this cult that goes back to the Soviet days, because that's what the Ukrainians are doing,” she said.

Texas shooting: Up to 14 children killed or injured in church massacre, say police

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:50

At least 12 to 14 children are among the victims in the tragic Texas church shooting, the local sheriff has said as details of families losing loved ones continue to come out. As least 26 were left dead and 20 injured following the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Sheriff Joe Tackitt said “seeing the children, that’s what hurts the most” regarding the scene inside the small Baptist church.

Russia paid for Facebook and Twitter investments through Jared Kushner business associate

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:34

A business associated with Jared Kushner was used by Russian state entities to invest in Twitter and Facebook. The information was revealed in the Paradise Papers, a set of millions of leaked documents reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and media outlets. White House adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, Mr Kushner was also the co-founder of a startup called Cadre, according to the full report by The Guardian.

Rare Find at King Solomon's Mines: Ancient Pregnant Woman's Remains

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 06:53

The skeleton of a pregnant woman, dating back around 3,200 years, has been found near a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Hathor at a place that was once called King Solomon's Mines, archaeologists recently announced. Located in the Timna Valley in Israel, ancient Egyptians and others in the region used the mines for copper mining. Early archaeologists and explorers believed that King Solomon, an ancient Israeli ruler, controlled the Timna mines.

N. Korean suspects named in Kim Jong-Nam murder trial

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 06:49

Four men suspected of plotting with two women to murder the North Korean leader's half-brother were Monday named by police as North Koreans who fled Malaysia after the assassination. The pair, who were arrested days after the assassination and face death by hanging if convicted, pleaded not guilty to murdering the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong-Un when the trial began on October 2.

Watch As Donald Trump Totally Gives Up On Feeding Fish In Japan

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 04:31

President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia had a lighter moment on Monday when a photo opportunity went a little off-script.

People Fed Up With ‘Thoughts And Prayers’ Demand Action After Texas Church Massacre

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 00:26

President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

Saudi-led Coalition Closes Yemen's Ports After Missile Targets Riyadh

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 21:37

The Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world's poorest country early Monday after a missile targeted Riyadh, hours after an Islamic State-claimed militant attack in Aden killed 17.

15-year-old girl among Japan 'serial killer' mutilation victims

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 21:27

Three high school girls, including a 15-year-old, were among the nine people mutilated by a suspected serial killer in Japan, reports said Monday, as one woman described how she had a lucky escape. At least three of the victims were high school pupils from different regions and one of them was a 15-year-old girl who went missing in late August, several media quoted police sources as saying. Not all of the victims have been identified but some were tracked down via bank cards and other items left in the apartment room of Takahiro Shiraishi, where the Japanese man allegedly murdered and hacked up nine young people.

House weighing 'host of ideas' in tax bill revision, Ryan says

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 20:12

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that Republican lawmakers are weighing a "host of ideas" as the House tax-writing committee begins revising a tax bill this week, though he expects the broad outlines to remain the same. Ryan, a Republican, told Fox News Sunday that House tax writers are considering President Donald Trump's call to include in the tax package a repeal of an Affordable Care Act provision that mandates individuals buy insurance coverage. The tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee will on Monday begin considering revisions to the tax bill released last week, which would constitute the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax system since the 1980s.

The U.S. Army's Latest Armored Vehicle Could Have a Game Changing Upgrade

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 19:42

For the last century, the armored vehicles that have trundled onto mine-laden battlefields have all faced the same inherent trade-off: A M1A2 Abrams tank crew can withstand blast after blast while surrounded by depleted uranium mesh-reinforced composite armor, but what they gain in protection they sacrifice in visibility. A small group of Army engineers is working overtime to make this unfortunate fact of armored warfare an artifact of the past. The Army is currently testing a next-generation video-display system designed to offer “complete visibility” to a buttoned-up crew by integrating the video and sensor feeds from individual operator stations into a single, unified display, the branch announced on Oct. 27.

Devin Patrick Kelley Identified As Texas Church Shooting Suspect: Reports

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 18:13

Several new outlets have identified Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, as the suspect in Sunday’s shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Texas shooting - live updates: 26 people killed in church, says Governor Greg Abbott, with a 14-year-old girl among the victims

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 17:39

A man walked into a church in a small Texas church on Sunday and opened fire as the congregation were involved in weekly service - leaving at least 26 dead and a number of others injured. The mass shooting occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles from San Antonio, with witness saying that the gunman - who has not yet been identified - started shooting about 11.30am local time. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that 26 "innocents had been gunned down".

Texas shooting: First victim confirmed as Baptist church pastor Frank Pomeroy's 14-year-old daughter

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 17:31

The 14-year-old daughter of the pastor of First Baptist Church in Texas was killed in the mass shooting at the church on Sunday, reports suggest. Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, said her daughter Annabelle "and many friends" had been killed in the shooting, which left at least 20 people dead. Ms Pomeroy and her husband were out of town when a gunman entered the church in the small town of Sutherland Springs and opened fire.

Ducati Goes Big With New Scrambler 1100

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 16:03

Ducati Goes Big With New Scrambler 1100 Big L-twin produces 86 hp Something, something Land of Joy something something. Ducati has brought out the biggest bucket of superlatives it can find for the newly unveiled Scrambler 1100 – a big-boy version of the

Hezbollah: Lebanon PM forced to resign by Saudi Arabia

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 15:44

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's powerful militant group Hezbollah accused Saudi Arabia Sunday of forcing the country's prime minister to resign after less than a year in his post, as Bahrain ordered its citizens in Lebanon to "leave immediately" and banned travel there.

Jared Kushner Keeps Failing To Disclose Connections With Russians

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 15:42

WASHINGTON ― Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, failed to disclose business ties to a Russian oligarch whose deep pockets helped Russian government institutions invest in Facebook and Twitter.

United Airlines Flight Turns Around After Passenger ‘Initiated an Altercation’ with Flight Crew

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 15:32

A United Airlines flight heading to Washington, D.C. from Beijing was turned around during the flight after an altercation occurred between a passenger and a member of the flight crew, PEOPLE can confirm.