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Deadly shooting at business park in Edgewood, Md.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:55

Three people have been killed and two were wounded during a shooting at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Md.


Jeff Sessions Once Again Dodges Questions About Trump's Firing Of Former FBI Director

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:41

WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions once again dodged questions about his discussions with President Donald Trump about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.


Las Vegas Security Guard Breaks Silence on Ellen DeGeneres’ Show

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:39

“You being shot in the leg saved so many people’s lives,” said Ellen DeGeneres, Wednesday, to the Mandalay hotel security guard who was allegedly the first to confront Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.


Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:54

A wanted Michigan man has turned himself in after losing a bet he made with police on Facebook. Michael Zaydel had promised to give himself up to police if a Facebook post about an existing arrest warrant received more than 1,000 shares. The cocky 21-year-old even promised to bring Redford Township Police Department (RTPD) officers a dozen doughnuts if they were victorious in the challenge. “I’m not worried about it,” he wrote. “If your next post gets 1,000 shares I’ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that’s a promise. “And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools.” In a follow-up post, the department said he “may or may not be a man of his word,” adding, “it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.” The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel. “Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,” the department said. “He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.” Mr Zaydel was sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation. Is this the world's most meta mugshot? 


Freed Taliban Hostage Caitlan Coleman Reportedly Rushed To Hospital

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:43

Caitlan Coleman, the American woman who spent five years as a hostage of the Taliban, was reportedly rushed to the hospital less than a week after her release from captivity.


Top Syrian general killed by Isil landmine near Deir Ezzor

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:09

A senior Syrian commander and one of President Bashar al-Assad’s most trusted generals has been killed during an operation against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Brig Gen Issam Zahreddine, a field commander in the elite Republican Guard, died after a convoy he was travelling in hit a landmine on Wednesday morning as they drove through Hawija Saqr near Deir Ezzor province.  Zahreddine, who was in his late 50s and instantly recognisable by his full grey beard, had been leading 7,000 troops in the battle to retake the eastern city of Deir Ezzor from the jihadists.  He also led government offensives against armed opposition in the central Homs province and near the capital, Damascus, in the earlier days of the conflict. Issam Zahreddine addresses his troops in Deir Ezzor His death will be a major blow to the regime, which has lost huge numbers of high-ranking soldiers and generals over the course of the six-year war.  He was a controversial figure who was pictured last year posing next to hanging corpses which appeared to have been tortured before being cut into pieces.  In another, he is seen walking beside a line of bodies so long he and some of his troops stopped before they even reached the last one. He is named in a lawsuit filed by the family of the late veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed in an artillery attack in Baba Amr district of Homs.  Zahreddine had been in charge of an operation to root out rebels in the central city at the time in February 2012.  The Colvin family alleges that Zahreddine, after learning of the Sunday Times journalist’s whereabouts, ordered a targeted artillery attack on the makeshift opposition media centre where she had been staying.  The regime has denied the attack on the American was deliberate.  And last month the major gave an interview warning Syrian refugees not to return to the country, saying the army would “never forgive or forget”. "If you know what is good for you, none of you return,” he said in a Syrian state TV interview. The commander later apologised and said his comment was misinterpreted, and he was only referring to Isil and rebel fighters who had killed Syrian troops. He was remembered online on Wednesday by government supporters as a hero who gave his life for his country, but by opposition backers as a war criminal. Several top Syrian, Russian and Iranian commanders have been killed in recent months in fighting around Deir Ezzor.  The province is the last remaining stronghold of Islamic State, which has put up a tough fight to retain control of the strategic oil-rich region.  With the defeat of Isil in its former capital, Raqqa, this week, the battle against the group will now centre on Deir Ezzor where it has now largely been confined and under attack from both Syrian troops and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. 


Trump Freaks Out After FBI Confirms Comey Wrote Clinton Exoneration Letter

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:05

President Donald Trump still can’t seem to move past last year’s FBI investigation into 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.


First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:51

The world's first floating wind farm started operations off the coast of Scotland on Wednesday, opening up the possibility of turbines at sea depths that would avoid spoiling views from the shore. The 30MW Hywind farm, operated by Norwegian oil group Statoil in partnership with Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company Masdar, is located 25 kilometres (16 miles) off the Aberdeenshire coast. Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president of Statoil's New Energy Solutions, said in a statement that Hywind "will pave the way for new global market opportunities for floating offshore wind energy".


Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:48

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said. While there are often few assets to collect from the young men who typically carry out these killings, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, is thought to have had multi-million-dollar investments in buildings across Texas and California. "It definitely depends on the assets in the estate whether you pursue that claim," said Theida Salazar, a Los Angeles attorney who represented one of the victim's families in the 2015 shooting in San Bernadino, California.


American woman becomes princess after meeting a real prince in a nightclub

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:57

Most of us can but dream of rocking up to the club and casually meeting a member of a royal family. But, that's what happened to Ariana Austin on the dance floor of Washington D.C. nightclub Pearl back in December 2005 when she met Joel Makonnen, a.k.a. Prince Yoel.  The story didn't end there for Austin and Makonnen. Twelve years on from their nightclub meet-cute, the couple tied the knot, and Austin became a princess. SEE ALSO: Prince George's favourite film proves once and for all he just can't wait to be king Per the New York Times, Prince Yoel is the great-grandson of Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia, part of the Solomonic dynasty. Austin also happens to be of noble blood: she's the granddaughter of the lord mayor of Georgetown, Guyana. A post shared by Ariana Austin Makonnen (@chezariana) on Sep 15, 2017 at 7:14am PDT Enough about royalty, we want to know what went down in that nightclub on that fateful night in 2005. That night, Makonnen strolled over to Austin and her friend and said: "You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire," according to the NYT. It appears Makonnen's regal background didn't help him out in the chat-up line department. Apparently, it took Makonnen just five more minutes to tell Austin: "You're going to be my girlfriend." Well, he certainly didn't waste any time.  Official pics are here! All credit to the talented @dotunayodeji. Planning by @favoredbyyodit Dress @lazarobridal #AriJo #royalwedding #moretocome ❤️ A post shared by Ariana Austin Makonnen (@chezariana) on Oct 16, 2017 at 4:39pm PDT The couple were wed in an Ethiopian Orthodox ceremony in Temple Hills, Maryland, surrounded by family and friends.  And, in case you were wondering, the couple certainly don't sit on thrones all day long. Austin works at the Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and Makonnen works at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical.  Congrats to the happy (royal) couple! WATCH: Prince George looks beyond cute for his first day of school


In A Single Week, Plague Cases More Than Doubled In Madagascar

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:46

The number of plague cases has more than doubled to a total of 805 in Madagascar in the past week, according to Madagascar’s Office of National Risk and Emergency Management.


Aviation officers who dragged Dr David Dao off United Airlines flight are fired

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:26

Two aviation security officers have been fired for their roles in forcibly removing a doctor from an overbooked United Airlines flight. Dr David Dao, 69, was dragged off a flight from Chicago O’Hare airport to Louisville, Kentucky, to make room for four crew members on the plane. A third officer resigned after the incident and two other officers involved in Dr Dao’s removal were temporarily suspended, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.


Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:11

In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.


China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:26

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence. Addressing a twice-a-decade gathering of the Communist Party in Beijing, Xi warned that China has "the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form". "We will never allow anyone, any organisation, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China," he said.


China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:23

Rumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party's leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened on national television in Beijing's vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly "Frog" -- an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang's wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes -- marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis.


Bidding war heats up for $5 billion second Amazon HQ

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:26

It's the prize of a lifetime -- a $5 billion investment creating 50,000 well-paid jobs that everyone wants, but only one US city will get. From East to West, from North to South, metropolises across the United States are locked in a frenzied bidding war desperate to woo Amazon into favoring them as the site of the e-commerce giant's second headquarters. From $7 billion in tax breaks in Newark, New Jersey -- 50 years ago aflame by deadly race riots -- to a giant cactus shipped inter-state, bids range from the colossally ambitious to the silly before Thursday's deadline for submissions.


Mandalay Bay Security Guard To Appear On ‘Ellen’ After Ducking Other Interviews

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:43

The security guard at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas who was among the first to encounter mass killer Stephen Paddock during his deadly Oct. 1 shooting spree has apparently broken his silence.


Georgia State Senator Offers Free Bump Stock In Wake Of Vegas Massacre

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:27

A state senator in Georgia who is running for governor is asserting his stance on gun rights by giving away a bump stock “to one lucky winner” in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting.


Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving Bangladesh

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:02

Nearly four decades ago Fazol Ahmed returned to his native Myanmar with his family under a Rohingya repatriation scheme. Now he is back in the teeming camps of Bangladesh with his wife and children, a refugee once again. Ahmed is among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have crossed into Bangladesh since an upsurge in violence in neighbouring Myanmar in August that the UN has said amounts to ethnic cleansing.


Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areas

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:32

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk — a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories.


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