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The Best Food Processors, According To Amazon Reviewers

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:36

Food processors are often viewed as the underrated step-child of the blender, but they are so much more than a pint-sized smoothie maker. Blenders are better for puréeing liquids and frozen foods like soups, frozen berries and ice. Food processors, on the other hand, make quick work out of chopping rough foods like nuts and spices, and are better when dealing with smaller quantities of food like garlic and herbs for sauces, dressings, dips, and homemade flours.

Trump's NASA Pick Skewered For Climate Change Denial, Divisive Past At Hearing

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:00

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick to lead NASA was slammed by Senate Democrats during a nomination hearing Wednesday, while he waffled on the scientific consensus about climate change.

Trove of Bin Laden documents reveal Iran's secret dealings with al-Qaeda

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:35

A newly released trove of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound have revealed “secret dealings” between Iran and al-Qaeda.  Nearly half a million files found on the computer seized in the May 2, 2011, US raid on the al-Qaeda founder's hideout in Abbottabad were released by the CIA on Wednesday.  A never-before-seen 19-page document purportedly written by a senior member of al-Qaeda details an arrangement between Iran and members of the group to strike American interests in "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf."  In exchange, Shia Iran offered Sunni militants "money, arms” and “training in Hizbollah camps in Lebanon." Iranian intelligence facilitated the travel of some operatives with visas, while sheltering others.  The author of the file, described as "well-connected," explains that al-Qaeda's forces violated the terms of the agreement of the deal, however, resulting in several men being detained. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House Credit: AP Iranian connections to Hizballah and Palestinian militant groups, such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, are well-documented, but its ties to al-Qaeda have until now mostly been shrouded in secrecy. The timing of the release comes as US President Donald Trump is trying to decertify a bilateral deal agreed with Iran to end its nuclear proliferation programme, which was negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama and one which he has described as the “worst deal ever made”. Mr Trump has been keen to portray Tehran as America’s greatest threat and will no doubt seize upon the documents as proof of the Islamic republic’s support for terrorism in the region.  Speaking at a national security seminar organised by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington DC last month about the release of the documents, Mike Pompeo, CIA director, said al-Qaeda and Iran have always built "secret and open" ties. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo arrives for a closed briefing before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. Credit: Reuters Mr Pompeo attributed the relationship between the two parties to the fact that they view the West as a common enemy, referring to an "ideological consensus" of their cooperation against the West. He added that the two sides did not fight against each other because they considered the West a greater threat to them. Mr Pompeo stressed that CIA is still watching these relations, especially with the complexity of the situation in Syria, noting that US intelligence is tracking the terrorist organisations' loss of territories  in Syria and Iraq. His comments have raised alarm bells among critics of Mr Trump's new strategy to counter Iranian influence, wary that hawks like Mr Pompeo may be making a case for war. The documents also contained a log of bin Laden’s video collection, which included pornographic material, several Hollywood movies and three documentaries about himself.  Two newly-released videos also show scenes from the wedding of bin Laden’s son Hamza, the first picture of the heir apparent as an adult.  First video of Osama bin Laden's son Hamza as an adult 00:57 The images are not current, but they are much more recent than the photo al-Qaeda is willing to distribute.  According to Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, scholars from the foundation who were allowed to study the trove before it was made public, it provides new insights. “The Abbottabad repository confirms that bin Laden was anything but retired when US forces knocked down his door. He was not a mere figurehead,” they write in the Long War Journal.  “During the final months of his life, Osama bin Laden was communicating with subordinates around the globe. Recovered memos discuss the various committees and lieutenants who helped bin Laden manage his sprawling empire of terror.” With 470,000 files released in one trance, it will likely take weeks for journalists, academics, and other researchers to shift through the documents in the trove and contextualise their significance.

Trump Russia Collusion Plain, If Not Criminal

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:29

Congressman Adam Schiff talks with Rachel Maddow about the case for collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign as has been established so far by press reporter, court filings and admissions by members of the campaign.

In key step, Hamas gives up control of Gaza border crossings

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:27

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant group Hamas on Wednesday handed over control of Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, taking the first tangible step toward implementing a reconciliation deal with the rival Fatah movement.

Muslim countries push UN to speak out on Myanmar abuses

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:24

Muslim countries led by Saudi Arabia want the United Nations to denounce serious rights abuses in Myanmar and demand an end to the military campaign against the Rohingya, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP on Wednesday. In one of the worst refugee crises in decades, more than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state since late August.

Boyfriend of Woman Who Vanished 28 Years Ago Is Arrested in Her Murder

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:05

Michael Kufrin had long been suspected in the disappearance of Peggy Sue Case, his live-in girlfriend who vanished in July 1988.

Judge Asked To Block Trump Administration's Decision To End DACA

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:38

Several parties asked a federal judge in California Wednesday to block the Trump administration’s decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while several lawsuits move forward.

College Student Arrested for Smearing Bodily Fluids on Roommate's Belongings

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:36

A white college student has been expelled from school after reportedly admitting to smearing her bodily fluids on her black roommate's belongings.

Prince Philip’s nickname for wife Queen Elizabeth is actually baffling

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:31

Undoubtedly one of the cutest couples on the planet, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth have been married for nearly 70 years.

All Saints' Day observed

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:10

People around the world honor All Saints' Day by visiting the graves of loved ones.

Putin in Tehran hails Iran cooperation on Syria, eyes business

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:03

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Iran's leadership Wednesday, with the two Damascus allies pushing a peace deal on Syria and looking to boost business despite US opposition to a landmark nuclear deal. The Kremlin strongman's first visit to Iran since 2015 comes as Moscow seeks to turn its game-changing military intervention in Syria into a concerted push to bring a halt to fighting in the country with the help of Tehran, President Bashar al-Assad's other key backer.

Allergan assuages shareholder fears over losing Restasis patent

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:45

Allergan Plc on Wednesday reassured shareholders that it would return to earnings growth in 2019 after losing a major patent ruling last month on its second-most important drug, dry-eye treatment Restasis. The drugmaker, which also announced third-quarter earnings, said it will combat generic competition for the drug by expanding its base business, reducing costs and possibly buying back stock. "But rest assured, we will do it rapidly." Allergan worked hard in recent years to protect Restasis, which generated about $1.5 billion in sales last year, from generic rivals.

Senate Confirms Trump Judge Opposed By 27 LGBTQ Rights Groups

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:38

WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Joan Larsen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ― a nominee opposed by 27 LGBTQ rights groups with concerns about her views on civil rights.

Donald Trump Jr. jokes he'll take half his daughter's Halloween goodies to 'teach her about socialism'

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:25

In a tweet Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. marked Halloween by saying that he planned to take half of his daughter's candy to "teach her about socialism."

Death sentence upheld in Texas prosecutors slayings case

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:02

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court Wednesday upheld a former justice of the peace's conviction and death sentence for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors said was a revenge plot that left three people dead.

JetBlue Is Offering $49 Flights In An Awesome, 2-Day Flash Sale

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:20

JetBlue is giving travelers the gift of discounted flights this holiday season.

A Dog’s Life: Hilarious images of dogs enjoying New York’s iconic tourist hotspots

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:20

These hilarious images show dogs enjoying a day out exploring New York’s most iconic tourist hotspots Photographer Mark McQueen captured the canines hanging out near landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, on 5th Avenue and Times Square.

John Kelly slammed for Civil War comments

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:05

"The View" co-hosts discuss the White House chief of staff's comments.

Exclusive: U.S. pursues direct diplomacy with North Korea despite Trump rejection

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:04

The United States is quietly pursuing direct diplomacy with North Korea, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's public assertion that such talks are a waste of time.