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Reagan-era OMB director reacts to current GOP tax plan

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 14:17

Jim Miller shares his perspective on proposed tax cuts.

Kremlin: no cooperation between Russia and U.S. on North Korea - RIA

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 13:44

MOSCOW (Reuters) - There is no cooperation between Russia and U.S. on North Korea for the time being, the RIA news agency cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Saturday. "There is no cooperation so far. Only periodic exchanges of views," he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump may meet at an Asian economic summit in Vietnam next week. Peskov said there was a "great probability" that the two would discuss the situation on the Korean peninsula if such a meeting was held. (Writing by Denis Pinchuk; editing by Andrew Roche)

Man Found Guilty of Murdering 16-Year-Old Who Identified as Both Male and Female

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 13:21

Investigators say bleach had been poured on the bullet-riddled body in an apparent attempt to destroy DNA evidence

Former NFL Player Named Prime Suspect in Wife's Stabbing Death

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:30

"She was such an amazing mother and such a beautiful humanitarian."

California Family Reveals to Police How They Made a Daring Escape from Alleged River Pirates

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:28

A California couple found safe along with their two daughters after being taken hostage by river pirates in South America detailed to police their hours in captivity on the alleged criminals’ boat

Florida Woman Arrested For Allegedly Riding A Horse While Drunk

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 10:39

Police in Florida arrested a 53-year-old woman on Thursday afternoon for allegedly riding a horse while drunk.

Typhoon slams into Vietnam, killing at least 15

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 10:23

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Typhoon Damrey slammed into Vietnam's south-central coast on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and leaving four others missing, officials said.

Hurricane Maria death toll 'much higher than officially reported', mayor in Puerto Rico says

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:55

The mayor of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan has warned the death toll from Hurricane Maria is far higher than the official figure. Carmen Yulín Cruz said the true number of deaths following the disaster could be as high as 500 rather than the official toll of just 54. Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island on the morning of 20 September and caused devastation to the country’s already fragile infrastructure.

Ranking The Best Shows On Hulu You Can Stream Right Now

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:46

While other services have gone more in the direction of original content, Hulu’s continued its strategy of maintaining partnerships with traditional networks to get streaming rights after initial broadcasts.

FSU Fraternity Suspended After Student Dies at Off-Campus Party

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:43

He was found unresponsive after an off-campus party

Lebanon's prime minister resigns, saying he cannot tolerate Iranian interference and fears assassination 

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:06

Lebanon’s prime minister resigned abruptly on Saturday, saying that he was stepping down in protest at Iran’s interference in his country and feared he would be assassinated like his father 12 years ago.  Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia and the move appeared to have been done in coordination with Riyadh, which sees Iran as an arch-rival to be countered across the Middle East.    "The evil that Iran spreads in the region will backfire on it,” Mr Hariri said in a televised address.  “Despite my efforts, Iran continues to abuse Lebanon.” He also said his life was in danger and he was believed he was being targeted like his father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, who was killed by a massive car bomb in 2005.   “We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri. I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” he said. Saad al-Hariri's father, Rafik, was assassinated in 2005 Credit: REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir Mr Hariri also lashed out against Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group which plays a major role in the country’s politics and is strongly supported by Iran.  Hizbollah’s armed wing is considered a terrorist group by the US, UK and most Gulf Arab states and new American sanctions imposed on the group may harm Lebanon’s overall economy. Mr  Hariri said the group’s actions had put Lebanon “in the eye of the storm”.  Mr Hariri had been in the role a little over a year and his resignation plunges Lebanon into uncertainty after what had appeared to be a period of progress in the small Middle East state.  In October, the parliament passed its budget since 2005 and last year it successfully elected a president, ending a standoff which had left Lebanon without a head of state for more than two years.   Under Lebanon’s complicated political power sharing system, the role of prime minister must be held by a Sunni, while the president is Christian and the speaker of the house is a Shia.  Hizbollah plays a major role in Lebanon's politics and its armed wing is beyond the control of the government Michael Aroun, the president, is closely aligned with Hizbollah and Mr Hariri’s resignation may remove one of the few anti-Hizbollah bulwarks inside the Lebanese government.  Mr Hariri announced he was stepping down after a flurry of visits to Saudi Arabia. He travelled to the Sunni kingdom earlier this week and met with the Thamer al-Sabhan, the Saudi minister for Gulf affairs, who takes a hawkish stance against Iranian influence in the region. Mr Sabhan called for the “toppling” of Hizbollah and days before Mr Hariri’s resignation he said he expected “astonishing developments”, suggesting he may have had advance warning of the Lebanese politician’s plans.  Mr Hariri quietly returned to Saudi Arabia later in the week and made his resignation speech from there. Minutes after Mr Hariri’s speech, the Saudi minister tweeted what appeared to be a warning to Iran: “Hands of treachery and aggression must be cut off.” ايدي الغدر والعدوان يجب ان تبتر— ثامر السبهان (@thamersas) November 4, 2017 Iran immediately cast Mr Hariri’s resignation as part of a US-Saudi plan for control in the Middle East.  "Al-Hariri's resignation was done in coordination with Trump and [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman to foment tension in Lebanon and the region,” Hossein Sheikholeslam, an advisor to Iran’s foreign ministry, told the Fars News agency, which is closely linked to the government.  Mr Hariri was born in Saudi Arabia and holds Saudi citizenship.  Saudi Arabia has taken a more aggressive stance against Hizbollah in the last two years, arguing it is an Iranian proxy force that is destabilising the Arab world. Hizbollah’s supporters say it is an organic Lebanese group that rose up to fight against Israel.  While Hizbollah is fighting in Syria in support of the Assad regime, it also maintains large stockpiles of weapons in southern Lebanon pointed at Israel.  Both Israeli and Lebanese fear that an eventual clash between Hizbollah and the Israeli military is almost inevitable and likely to be bloodier than the 2006 war, which killed around 1,000 Lebanese civilians and 44 Israeli civilians. 

The U.S. Army Wants to Put Big Guns on Small Tanks

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 08:42

The Pentagon hopes to get a new lightweight armored combat vehicle. Recently, the U.S. Army has been putting forth a requirement for a new lightweight armored combat vehicle, under the project name of Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF).

Terminally ill woman gives daughter life advice in poignant farewell letter

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 08:32

An emotional letter that a mother wrote to her daughter before she died from terminal cancer has been shared by thousands online. Margaret Peggy Summers, 55, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer in June 2016 before passing away in October of the same year. Hannah, 18, a nursing student in Indiana, US, told how being in receipt of the letter so soon after her parent's death felt like a connection was still there.

Iran displays missile, calls Trump 'crazy' in marking 1979 U.S. embassy takeover

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 08:18

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran put a ballistic missile on display as thousands marched on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy, with a senior official accusing President Donald Trump of a "crazy" return to confrontation with Tehran. Turnout for the annual Iranian street rallies commemorating the embassy takeover, a pivotal event of the Islamic Revolution, appeared higher than in recent years when Trump's predecessor Barack Obama pursued detente with Tehran. Last month, Trump broke ranks with European allies, Russia and China by refusing to re-certify Iran's compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, reached during Obama's tenure.

Even Daniel Radcliffe Is Into This 'Harry Potter' Theory About The Dursleys

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 08:00

Dumbledore once said happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

No prison for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl, who Trump wanted dead

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 07:10

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Friday was spared prison for endangering his comrades in arms when he deserted in Afghanistan in 2009, a sentence swiftly condemned by President Donald Trump, who while seeking election had called for his execution. "The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military," Trump posted on Twitter from Air Force One as he flew to Asia at the start of a lengthy tour of the region. A military judge recommended that Bergdahl should be dishonorably discharged from the service, demoted to private and forfeit $10,000 in pay.

Poll: Americans oppose Republican tax plan by 17-point margin

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 06:00

President Donald Trump has been extolling the virtues of the Republican tax plan, but according to a new poll, the American public doesn't love the plan.

US special forces 'fought Niger ambush alone after local troops fled'

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 05:00

Johnson and three other US soldiers were killed in Niger on 4 October. The US special forces detachment ambushed in the Niger last month fought alone for hours after the local Nigerien forces they were accompanying fled in the first minutes of the engagement, retired and serving special forces officers with knowledge of events have said. Four US Green Berets and five Nigerien troops died in the incident, which has been the focus of an intense debate in Washington over the executive branch’s extensive powers to use military force abroad without congressional approval and with little oversight.

San Juan's mayor has a message for Moe from 'The Simpsons'

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 23:08

Moe the bartender and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz both know what it's like to have paper towels thrown at them.  At least, that's the message from The Simpsons, which released a video on Friday night announcing the show had raised $25,000 for the people of Puerto Rico.  Apparently, Cruz appreciated the message.  Thank you Moe for understanding how we feel. We have very little power but having @TheSimpsons in our corner fills our hearts with light. — Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) November 4, 2017 The show made an appeal for aid after the first episode of Season 29, which also got a response from Cruz. Looks like it's the start of a perfectly cromulent relationship.  Moe encouraged people to donate to several charities, including Unicef and One America Appeal, as much of Puerto Rico still doesn't have fresh water or power.   WATCH: This is the most fascinating fruit

Photos of the week: 10/27 - 11/3

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 22:14

The deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11 left people in mourning across the country.