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Couple wins lawsuit over extravagant Christmas decoration display

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 19:38

The couple says bus loads of people came to their home to confront them about their display and that some people even sent them death threats.

Michelle Obama tells Meghan Markle: 'Don't be in a hurry' to launch ambitious projects

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 19:01

It is surprisingly prescient advice given the slew of recent allegations made about the Duchess of Sussex’s forthright demeanor and demands. And if there is any truth in the anecdotes that have been tumbling forth from behind palace walls detailing “ghastly” rows with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, temper tantrums over tiara choices and staff reduced to tears, she may well take note. Michelle Obama, the former American First Lady and a long-term friend of her husband, the Duke of Sussex, has suggested that the Duchess take her foot off the gas, slow down and remember she is in it for the long haul. Asked if she had any advice for the newlywed royal, Mrs Obama drew on her own experience of having every move subjected to public scrutiny. “Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel – from yourself and from others – can sometimes feel like a lot,” she told Good Housekeeping magazine. “So my biggest pieces of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work. Michelle Obama Credit: Good Housekeeping “I think it’s okay – it’s good, even – to do that…. What I’d say is that there’s so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that – and I think Meghan can maximise her impact for others, as well her own happiness, if she’s doing something that resonates with her personally.” Mrs Obama is in the UK today on a whistlestop tour to promote her new memoir, Becoming, and will meet children at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington before speaking at the Royal Festival Hall, London. She and her husband enjoy such a close relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they were rumoured to be joining the royal couple for a dinner hosted by George and Amal Clooney at their riverside mansion in Berkshire on Tuesday night. But Palace sources suggested that tales of the star-studded dinner party were wide of the mark. And Mrs Obama announced  on Sunday that she was cutting short her European tour in order to return to the US for the funeral of former President George HW Bush on Wednesday. Michelle Obama chats to Prince Harry at a Wounded Warriors wheelchair basketball game in 2015 Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Mrs Obama admits in the interview how she struggled to keep up with life in the White House. “Thankfully I get more (and more regular) sleep these days,” she said. “But it probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that sometimes it was a real challenge to keep up with the pace.” She said she, her husband and daughters, Sasha, 17, and Malia, 20, had a wonderful life in the White House but added that she was grateful they all “came out of those eight years in one piece”. Mrs Obama ruffled feathers at an event on Saturday in Brooklyn when she claimed that a prominent piece of feminist self-help championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, was “s---” that “doesn’t work.” She told the sold-out crowd that women cannot experience equality in both their professional and personal lives "at the same time," calling the idea a "lie" and arguing that "marriage still ain't equal, y'all." She added: "And it’s not always enough to ‘lean in’, because that s--- doesn’t work all the time" before quickly adding: “I forgot where I was for a moment.” Sandberg promoted the "lean in" concept in her 2013 book, "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead," which urges women to be more proactive at seizing career opportunities. Mrs Obama admitted that she thought in many ways, things were harder for young women today but said that they were not held back by “societal belief that girls and boys can’t do the same thing” as her generation was. “They’re charging forwards in sports and maths and science and technology,” she told Good Housekeeping. “They’re speaking up and speaking out, not just in classrooms but in the public arena at a young age. I find great hope in this generation of young women.” The full interview appears in the January issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale December 3

The Latest: Paris police chief says 112 cars torched in riot

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 18:24

PARIS (AP) — The latest on French protests against higher taxes (all times local):

Merkel protege suggests reducing gas flow through Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 18:16

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a top candidate to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democrats, told public broadcaster ARD it would be "too radical" to withdraw political support for the project, but Berlin could reduce the amount of gas to flow through the pipeline. Russia is resisting international calls to release three Ukrainian ships seized last weekend in the Kerch Strait near the Crimea region that Moscow illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow has accused the 24 sailors of illegally crossing the Russian border, which Ukraine denies.

Popular scientist Tyson rejects misconduct allegations

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 17:13

Well-known author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sunday denied allegations by three women of sexual misconduct spanning several decades. Tyson, 60, who has built a successful career on television and in his books explaining and popularizing science, had remained largely silent as three different women lodged complaints dating as far back as 1984. In the first case, a woman alleged that Tyson drugged and raped her when both were graduate students at the University of Texas in 1984.

Iran says it will continue missile tests after U.S. allegation

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 16:24

Iran said on Sunday it would continue missile tests to build up its defences and denied this was in breach of U.N. resolutions following U.S. allegations that Tehran had tested a new missile capable of carrying multiple warheads. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he called Iran's testing of a medium-range ballistic missile in violation of the 2015 international agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme, from which Washington has withdrawn. "Missile tests ... are carried out for defence and the country's deterrence, and we will continue this," Brigadier- General Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for Iran's armed forces, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

The Latest: Earthquake doesn't disrupt supply chain of goods

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:51

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a powerful earthquake striking near Anchorage (all times local):

Kamala Harris To Decide On 2020 White House Run 'Over The Holiday'

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:45

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Saturday she'll decide whether to launch a

Number of missing in California's deadliest wildfire drops to 25

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:31

The death toll from the Camp Fire that all but obliterated the mountain town community of Paradise in northern California stood unchanged at 88, the Butte County Sheriff Department said late on Saturday in a statement. The roster of those unaccounted for has fluctuated widely since the fire erupted on Nov. 8 and swept through Paradise, a town once home to almost 27,000 people about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. On Wednesday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said search and recovery teams had finished going through the ruins of some 18,000 homes and other buildings that were incinerated.

Macron surveys damage after Paris riots, calls for talks

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:25

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday surveyed the damage from a day of riots across Paris and led a crisis meeting that ended with a call for further talks with anti-government activists who have staged two weeks of protests. Macron met with the prime minister, interior minister and top security service officials to forge a response to the violence that left hundreds injured nationwide. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has been asked to meet protest organisers and party leaders as part of a "constant wish for dialogue," the Elysee Palace said.

Netanyahu's legal woes grow as police seek new bribery charges

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:08

Authorities allege Netanyahu awarded regulatory favours to Israel's leading telecommunications company, Bezeq Telecom Israel , in return for more positive coverage of him and his wife on a news website, Walla, owned by the company. Netanyahu has long denied wrongdoing. Now in his fourth term, Netanyahu dominates Israeli politics.

Comey Ends His Subpoena Fight, to Speak Behind Closed Doors

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 14:52

Comey had sued to block the summons last week, contending that the sealed testimony would be leaked and distorted by Republicans for political purposes. Early on Sunday, two days after Comey’s attorney conceded in court that no federal trial judge had ever batted down a House subpoena, the former Federal Bureau of Investigations chief -- who was fired by President Donald Trump in 2017 -- withdrew his request.

Damaging police report looms over Netanyahu re-election bid

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 14:43

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges, adding to a growing collection of legal troubles that have clouded the longtime leader's prospects for pursuing re-election next year.

George H.W. Bush Funeral Details Released

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 14:36

Former President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest on Thursday at his

Angry Democrats look to settle score in Georgia after 'voter suppression denied Stacey Abrams victory'

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 14:15

On a day when it felt the rain would never stop, John Barrow was rallying his team for the final days of battle. In a campaign office 20 miles north-east of Atlanta, he was talking like a high school American football coach in the movies, urging his team to believe in themselves. Mr Barrow, a Democrat running to be Georgia’s secretary of state, is desperate to win.

Ex-FBI head Comey drops challenge to U.S. House panel subpoena

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 12:44

Former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday withdrew a legal challenge that sought to quash a congressional subpoena.

Trump Had 'Informal' Conversation With Putin At G-20 Summit

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 12:00

Donald Trump had an "informal" conversation with Vladimir Putin at the G-20

Israel police recommend indicting Netanyahu in third graft probe

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 11:56

Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against the premier in recent months. Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down. The head of the opposition Labour party, Avi Gabbay, renewed his call for Netanyahu to resign.

Murdered British radio host laid to rest in Lebanon

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 11:27

British radio presenter Gavin Ford was laid to rest Sunday near Beirut in a ceremony that brought together dozens of fans, friends and family members days after his murder. Ford's lifeless body was discovered Tuesday at his home in Beit Meri, a mountain town east of the capital where his employer Radio One is also based. Ford had worked since the 1990s at the station, where hosted one of Lebanon's most popular shows.

Researchers say ancient ring may bear Pontius Pilate name

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 11:12

Israeli researchers say an inscription on an ancient ring discovered near Jerusalem may include the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman official who Biblical accounts say sentenced Jesus to death. It would be a rare example still in existence of an inscription with the name of the man believed to have sent Jesus to his crucifixion. The researchers recently announced their analysis of the inscription on the ring -- which was actually found some 50 years ago -- in Israel Exploration Journal.