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Yo-Yo Ma Performs Private Concert For Siblings Rescued From Squalid Home

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:01

Seven siblings who were rescued from a squalid Southern California home earlier this year received a special treat last week: a private performance by Yo-Yo Ma. The world-renowned cellist reportedly performed for seven of the 13 siblings at a hospital in Corona, California, on Friday. The special visit came roughly two months after authorities said the siblings were found shackled and malnourished in the home of their parents, David and Louise Turpin, capping years of abuse.

'Bachelor' fanatics are sending Becca Kufrin money for vacation and mozzarella sticks

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:37

In case you’ve managed to avoid what nearly the entire country and internet seem to be obsessing over, last night finale showed bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. break off his engagement with his fiancé and winner of Season 22, Rebecca ‘Becca’ Kufrin, in pursuit of the runner-up Lauren Burnahm. Kufrin, a 29-year-old publicist from Minnesota, handled the situation with grace and class — and loyal ‘Bachelor’ fans were quick to commend her and condemn Luyendyk Jr. by offering Kufrin money for wine, chocolate, and anything that her heart desires via the popular money-sharing app Venmo.

Democrats turn up heat on EPA chief over contracts, moonlighting

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:30

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pressed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to explain how an agency contract was awarded last year to the business associate of a member of his personal security detail. In a letter to Pruitt, Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee raised concerns that the security detail member, Pasquale Perrotta, may have exercised improper influence in the awarding of the contract. Perrotta is also a principal at Sequoia Security Group.

Oregon passes ‘America’s first new gun law’ since Florida shooting

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:58

Oregon has enacted what its governor calls America’s first new gun law since a school shooting in Florida prompted a national push for tougher restrictions. First proposed shortly before a gunman killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the new law prohibits people convicted of domestic violence or stalking from owning guns. “I’m hopeful the tide is turning on our nation's gun debate, and that we now have the chance to enact meaningful change”, Oregon Governor Kate Brown said in a statement after signing the measure into law.

Kansas official says law halted up to 18K noncitizen votes

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:42

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach defended his state's voter registration law Tuesday in federal court, claiming the measure he championed has prevented between 1,000 and 18,000 noncitizens from casting ballots.

Michelle Obama meets girl in viral portrait photo

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:22

A 2-year-old girl who was seen mesmerized by portrait of Michelle Obama in a photo that went viral last week came face to face with the subject of that painting on Tuesday.

Police looking for suspect who assaulted man at Times Square subway station

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:14

Police are searching for a suspect accused of beating up a subway rider at a station in Manhattan.

Guatemala defends moving its embassy to Jerusalem

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:06

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel defended Tuesday her country's "sovereign" decision to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "We are doing the right thing in accordance with the foreign policy that Guatemala has had toward Israel over the past 70 years," Jovel said at a press conference. President Jimmy Morales told a cheering crowd at the annual meeting of the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby in Washington on Sunday that Guatemala's mission would be moved "two days after the United States moves its embassy" to Jerusalem.

Good Samaritan Helps Tackle Woman Trying to Stab Mother and Toddler on Greyhound Bus

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 14:11

The woman was delusional and trying to stab a mother and toddler aboard a Greyhound bus, authorities said.

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act, watchdog says

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:24

The Office of Special Counsel has reported that White House aide Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act twice last year, in TV interviews on "Fox & Friends" Nov. 20 and CNN Dec. 6, openly promoting the candidacy of Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate.

The 2019 Toyota Supra Will Sort Of Be a Turbo 86

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:00

The man behind the 86 is in charge of the Supra. And yes, he's heard your calls for more power.

Nashville mayor quits over bodyguard sex scandal

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:57

Democrat Megan Barry, the 54-year-old mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, had been fighting for her political life since admitting in January to the two-year extramarital affair with the chief of her personal security detail. Barry had been facing several investigations since the affair came to light. The officer, Robert Forest, resigned from the police department but Barry had insisted no professional misconduct took place -- and said she would not resign.

Chloe Kim, Patty Jenkins, and more get their own Barbie dolls for International Women's Day

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:20

This International Women's Day, Barbie is honoring accomplished role models with their very own dolls. From aviator Amelia Earhart to USA Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, Barbie created 17 realistic-looking dolls inspired by impactful women from all different backgrounds and occupational fields. SEE ALSO: 'A Wrinkle In Time' Barbies exist and we're sobbing tears of joy "As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest lineup of role models timed to International Women's Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see," Lisa McKnight, Barbie's senior vice president and general manager, said in a press release.  The lineup includes three historical figures and 14 modern-day women. In addition to Kim, the modern-day dolls include Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins, wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin, championship boxer Nicola Adams, windsurfer Çağla Kubat, chef Hélène Darroze, volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, and designer and entrepreneur Leyla Piedayesh. Image: BarbieProfessional golfer Lorena Ochoa, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, soccer player Sara Gama, actress and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan, ballerina Yuan Tan, and fashion designer and entrepreneur Vicky Martin also got dolls created in their likenesses.   "Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie, and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything,” McKnight said. In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, we are committed to shining a light on empowering female role models past and present in an effort to inspire more girls. Join the conversation by sharing your role models using #MoreRoleModels. — Barbie (@Barbie) March 6, 2018 The effort to inspire the next generation of women with modern-day female heroes is part of Barbie's Shero program, which began in 2015. Over the years, the initiative has honored history-making women like Ibtihaj Muhammad, Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay, Eva Chen, and Ashley Graham. "Sheroes are given the Barbie brand’s highest honor, a one-of-a-kind doll made in their likeness, in celebration of their roles in expanding the possibilities for girls everywhere," the company noted. In addition to the modern-day Sheroes, Barbie introduced dolls of three impactful women from history this year: aviator Amelia Earhart, artist Frida Kahlo, and mathematician Katherine Johnson. Image: barbieThough the 14 modern-day role model dolls are one-of-a-kind and not currently available for sale, the three dolls in the historical Inspiring Women line are currently available for pre-order, and will be available for purchase in the coming months. To participate in the call to inspire women around the world, Barbie is also encouraging fans to share women who inspire them on social media using the hashtag #MoreRoleModels. International Women's Day takes place on March 8. WATCH: This suitcase can transform into a stroller for your child

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigns, pleads guilty to theft following affair with security detail

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:13

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry agreed to resign on Tuesday as part of a plea deal regarding a felony theft charge, about one month after admitting to an extramarital affair with her bodyguard. The Tennessee politician had initially planned to stay in office following the revelation that she had an intimate relationship with Sgt. Robert Forrest, but an ethics review and special committee's probe into misuse of funds led the Democrat to cede her role. The 54-year-old Democratic mayor has served in her municipal position since 2015, and news of her extramarital relationship comes after Barry lost her 22-year-old son, Max, to a drug overdose last July.

U.S. to provide more than $533 million in aid amid African conflicts, drought

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:12

The United States will give more than $533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. Tillerson made the announcement at a speech in Virginia before departing for a week-long trip to several African countries. Tillerson contrasted the United States' work on the African continent, which he said promoted "sustainable growth," with that of China, which recently pledged $124 billion for its Silk Road plan to expand links between Asia, Africa, Europe and other places.

Lego sales tumble for first time since 2004

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:03

Lego’s sales fell last year for the first time since 2004 as the Danish toymaker cleared excess inventories and struggled with tough retail markets in Europe and North America. Laura Frykberg reports.

Trump denies White House chaos

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:50

US President Donald Trump insisted his White House was not in chaos Tuesday, despite a wave of resignations and FBI investigators circling his top aides. Trump decried reports of "CHAOS in the White House" as a "Fake News narrative" in an early morning tweet, which was designed to reassure supporters that his administration has not careened off the rails. "Wrong! People will always come & go," he said after his closest aide Hope Hicks and his staff secretary Rob Porter stepped down amid interwoven scandals.

Britain warns Russia over double agent's mysterious illness

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:49

By Toby Melville and Emily G Roe SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain warned Russia on Tuesday of a robust response if the Kremlin was behind a mysterious illness that has struck down a former double agent convicted of betraying dozens of spies to British intelligence. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson named Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his daughter Yulia as the two people who were found unconscious on Sunday on a bench outside a shopping center in southern England. "We don't know exactly what has taken place in Salisbury, but if it's as bad as it looks, it is another crime in the litany of crimes that we can lay at Russia's door," Johnson told the British parliament.

Dad forces son to run to school in rain as punishment for bullying other students

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:11

A video of a Virginia father's unorthodox punishment for his bullying son has gone viral. Bryan Thornhill shared a Facebook Live video on March 1 showing his 10-year-old son running to school in the rain as punishment after he was kicked off his school bus for three days for bullying another student. In the video, Thornhill says that he "does not tolerate" and "cannot stand" bullying, and refers to the unusual punishment as "old school, simple parenting." The father of two also claims that since his son has been running the mile trek to school every day, his attitude has vastly improved.