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Scott Pruitt’s Professor Regrets ‘Unleashing’ EPA Chief On 'Unsuspecting Public’

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:54

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is nothing if not lawyerly.

One month later, Las Vegas massacre is still a mystery

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:45

The world knew right away what was behind the terror attack in New York City, but a month after the Las Vegas massacre, the gunman's motives — and crucial details of what happened that night — remain a mystery.

New York terror attack: Suspect awake and ‘proud’ of killings as fears he was radicalised in America emerge

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:42

The alleged New York terror attacker who killed eight people when he ploughed along a bicycle path in a rented van has reportedly told police he is “proud” of his actions. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek, is awake in hospital after being shot in the abdomen during Monday's attack and said to be showing no remorse. FBI and police investigators are attempting to piece together his backstory after a senior New York politician claimed he was radicalised in the US.  Saipov was an Uber driver who moved to the United States in 2010 and has a wife and children, according to US media reports. Emergency crews attend the scene of a the terror attack in New York  Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly The New York attack was the worst terrorist incident in the city since 9/11 and took place close to a memorial for that atrocity.  Saipov mounted a bike path in western Manhattan and smashed into cyclists and pedestrians for around a mile before returning onto the road and hitting a school bus. He emerged from the rented white truck holding what appeared to be two guns - but turned out to be a paintball and pellet gun - and ran around before being shot by a policeman. The “hero” officer has been named as Ryan Nash, 28, who was only in the area after being called to investigate reports of a suicidal teenager. Saipov underwent surgery after he was apprehended and remains in hospital. As well as the eight people who died, 13 were injured.  As officers pursued leads in the first terror incident to hit America in Donald Trump’s time in the White House, the president was pointing the finger of blame at political rivals. The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017 Mr Trump criticised the scheme that reportedly let Saipov move to the country - the Diversity Visa Lottery Program - and the support for it from the Democrats. In particular he singled out Chuck Schumer, the New York Senator who leads the Democrats in the Senate, for criticism, calling the scheme “a Chuck Schumer beauty”.  Mr Schumer hit back, tweeting that it is never “too soon to politicize a tragedy” and calling on Mr Trump to scrap cuts to “anti-terrorism funding”. President Trump should be focusing on the real solution – anti-terrorism funding – which he proposed to cut in his most recent budget.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 1, 2017 Mr Trump also vowed to “step up“ his extreme vetting programme on border checks in a tweet, adding: “Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!” On Tuesday afternoon, Mr Trump announced that he wanted Congress to shut down the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, replacing it with a "merit" based system.  Uzbekistan, Saipov’s home country, is not on a list of nations on which Mr Trump has introduced automatic tighter immigration controls.  Saipov’s links to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are being closely examined. He reportedly left behind a note in the truck he used for the attack citing his support for the jihadist terror group. However a firm link to the group is yet to be established, leading to suggestions that Saipov was radicalised during his time in the US. Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor, said he "was associated with Isis" and "was radicalised domestically", using an alternative acronym for the group. New York terror attack, in pictures Meanwhile, chilling online postings from Islamic groups in the run-up to the attack have raised suspicions about the level of forethought. One photo posted on an Isis-linked Twitter page before the attack appears to have been taken in the same spot in Manhattan where the truck mounted the bike path.  The image, which shows the 1 World Trade Center in the background, was posted two months ago, according to the respected SITE group which monitors terror activity.  At a press conference, New York police and politicians gave fresh details about the attack and the suspect's links to jihadist groups. It took just four minutes for the attacker to mount the bike path, drive around a mile along the bike path and smash into a school van, according to a timeline from police.  A note was found in the truck written in Arabic praising IsiLl, with an officer saying the “gist” of the note was “the Islamic State would endure forever”.  An official said that the suspect “appears to have followed almost exactly to a tee” instructions Isil posted online about using vehicles for terror attacks. Bill de Blasio, the New York mayor, praised the spirit and resilience of the city’s people and urged them to go about their lives as normal.  He said: “We understand this was an attack on our values. It was an effort to break our spirit. But as an effort to break our spirit it failed.  Mr de Blasio added: “Be New Yorkers. Be strong, be proud, be resilient. Show the whole world right now that we will not be moved by terror.”

LinkedIn reveals top 50 startup companies for 2017

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:23

From stiff competition, to unpredictable markets and rapidly-changing consumer behavior, becoming a disrupter in any given industry can seem impossible.

This Man Who Can't See Past His Girlfriend's Weight Needs To Take Several Seats

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:50

Humans of New York’s posts are inspiring, thought-provoking and emotional.

Trump decries 'Schumer beauty' visa program after NYC terror attack

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:13

President Trump lashed out at a visa program that reportedly allowed the suspect in the deadliest terror attack in NYC since 9/11 to enter the U.S.

See The Celebrities Who Went All Out For Halloween This Year

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:08

Hollywood did not come to play this Halloween. 

Trump's Already Urging Policy Changes After NYC Terrorist Attack -- Without Waiting For 'The Facts'

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 09:58

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning was quick to call for policy changes in response to Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attack in New York City ― blaming one of his frequent critics, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and urging more stringent immigration measures.

Facebook, Google won't commit to stop taking foreign cash for U.S. political ads

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 09:49

Facebook and Google declined under repeated congressional questioning Tuesday to commit to stop taking Russian rubles and other foreign currencies as payment for American political advertisements, despite federal election law prohibiting payments from foreign nationals.

28 killed in rare protests in Eritrea, opposition group says

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 09:33

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 28 people have been killed in rare protests in the capital of Eritrea, one of the world's most reclusive nations, an official with the largest Eritrean opposition group said Wednesday.

Texas father 'forced abused daughter to brush teeth with faeces and wear shock collar'

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 08:51

A father in Texas has been arrested after he was accused of subjecting his two daughters to a campaign of horrific abuse. James Howard Chalkley is accused of making his five-year-old daughter brush her teeth with faeces and wear a shock collar, and flushing his 10-year-old daughter's head in a toilet. The 32-year-old from Converse, Texas has been charged with one count of injury to a child while his wife Cheyanne Chalkley, the children’s stepmother, has been charged with two counts of injury to a child.

Dell Black Friday Deals on TVs Launch Today

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 08:00

The Dell Black Friday deals kick off Nov. 1 and continue throughout the month, with lots of sales on personal computers, gaming and VR systems, smart home devices—and a few TVs. Among the TV deal...

Trump Blames NYC Attack On Diversity Visa Lottery Program

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:44

President Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets the morning after Tuesday’s deadly attack in lower Manhattan, blaming the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery program for allowing the suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, to emigrate legally from Uzbekistan in 2010.

Stephen Colbert Ridicules John Kelly's Take On The Civil War

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 06:23

Stephen Colbert is not happy with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s (mis)understanding of the Civil War.

Here's What You Need To Know About Obamacare Enrollment This Year

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 05:46

It’s open enrollment season again for Americans who shop on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges to buy coverage.

Police Fatally Shot a Parent Who Held a Teacher Hostage for Hours

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 05:35

Police in California have fatally shot a parent who held a teacher at his daughter’s elementary school hostage.

Pakistan airline sorry for forgetting two corpses in NY

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 04:56

Two corpses were left behind at a New York airport instead of being flown to Lahore, Pakistan's national airline said, apologising Wednesday for the latest embarrassing mishap to hit the troubled carrier. Following the mix-up, the corpse of Pakistani man Nasir Ali was delivered to Lahore Wednesday on a Etihad Airways flight, while the family of another man Nauman Badar has now decided to bury him in Maryland instead.

Saudi Arabia to begin issuing tourist visas

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 04:51

Saudi Arabia plans to start issuing tourist visas "soon", authorities said Tuesday, as the ultra-conservative kingdom seeks to attract international visitors in a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy. "Tourist visas will be introduced soon," Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, head of the Saudi tourism authority, was quoted as saying in a statement. Aside from millions of Muslims who travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, most visitors currently face a tedious visa process and exorbitant fees to enter the kingdom.

New York truck attack: First picture emerges of terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 02:31

The man accused of killing eight people by driving a truck down a busy New York cycle path was an Uber driver who may have lived in New Jersey after emigrating from Uzbekistan seven years ago. As New York City reels from its latest terror atrocity, police have issued the first picture of their suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. An Ohio marriage license shows a truck driver with one of Saipov's addresses and his name, spelled slightly differently, married a fellow Uzbek in 2013.

The Two Women Rescued at Sea Defend Their Account Amid Scrutiny

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 01:59

Discrepancies in their story gave rise to doubt