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US eyes increased pumping from biggest federal water project

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from California's Central Valley Project, the largest federal water project in the United States, in what environmental groups called a threat to protections for struggling native salmon and other endangered species.

16 December Wedding Pics With Plenty Of Love To Keep You Warm

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:03

Big congratulations to all the wonderful couples who tied the knot last month!

Keepers Wrangle Ally the Alligator So They Can Save Her Record-Breaking 60 Eggs

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:50

The zoo's general manager Tim Faulkner explained the eggs wouldn't hatch in the Australian heat if they were not moved.

Venezuela opens new probe into former oil company chief

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:46

Venezuelan authorities said Friday they were opening a new investigation into Rafael Ramirez, the former head of state oil company PDVSA, who is already accused of graft. The matter, announced by chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab in a statement, relates to a PDVSA subsidiary created in Austria in 2006 to bill for oil sales. The subsidiary used a firm to help set prices, but they were allegedly lowballed to favor some clients.

The 25 Most-Read Inverse Science Stories of 2017 Are Wild, Wonderful & Strange

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:31

Psychedelics, flat-Earthers, and sea monsters abound.

Blue Apron Is Launching A Whole30 Meal Plan Just In Time For The New Year

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:54

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat cleaner and healthier, the challenge just got a little bit easier.

10 Winter Hats For Natural Hair That'll Protect Your Beautiful Curls

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:52

I know the struggle that is trying to find a winter hat or beanie that will stylishly fit over my massive head of hair ― which I recently transitioned back to its naturally curly state.

Disney World Guest Mercilessly Heckles Animatronic Donald Trump

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:51

A guest at Disney World got very, er, animated while attending the Hall of Presidents attraction on Wednesday.

Deadly Police Shooting May Have Been Result of Online Gaming Prank

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:27

The practice is known as "swatting"

Where deadly Bronx fire raged, an eerie, icy calm

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:19

There are barely any traces of fire on the apartment building's facade, no puddles of water on the ground, and only a handful of onlookers. On Friday, only two fire trucks, their lights still flashing, hinted at the drama that had unfolded the evening before in the Bronx.

What I Learned From Reading All The Media Safaris Into 'Trump Country' I Could Handle Before Wanting To Die

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:00

This was the year the political media couldn’t stop reminding us of the forgotten Americans.

San Juan Mayor Says Trump Lacks 'Good-Hearted' American Values

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 13:55

One-hundred days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Friday again slammed President Donald Trump’s response to a disaster the president says wasn’t a “real catastrophe,” even though it left at least 64 dead.

Battle Over Contested Virginia House Of Delegates Seat Will Drag On

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 13:29

The dramatic race for a Virginia House of Delegates seat that could decide which party controls the chamber — a race that’s come down to a name-drawing — is expected to continue into the new year.

The High-Tech Ways Authorities Are Keeping You Safe This New Year

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:55

Following a year of deadly terrorist attacks, security is going to be tighter than ever before.

Obama: Here are some inspiring 2017 stories

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:34

For the New Year, former President Barack Obama shared three uplifting news stories from 2017, encouraging Americans to look beyond the negativity that has seemed to dominate the news this year.

Luann de Lesseps Checks Herself into Alcohol Treatment Center After Palm Beach Arrest

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:22

Days after her headline-making arrest, Luann de Lesseps is heading to rehab

Mother Says Alabama Police Beat Black 17-Year-Old Son

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:17

Angela Williams shared a photo of her son's bloodied face on Facebook

Venezuela blames Portugal for sabotaging Christmas with ham delays as protesters urge 'pork revolution'

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:01

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused Portugal of sabotaging Christmas as a shorage of pork led to anti-government protests spilling onto the streets. According to Mr Maduro and his socialist government, the Portuguese authorities were pressured into preventing the delivery of two “giant boats” laden with government-subsidized ham, a favoured seasonal meat, due to an international conspiracy led by the United States. “So, what happened to the ham?” Mr Maduro asked in a televised Christmas address on Wednesday after hundreds of people took to the streets in poor parts of Caracas on Wednesday night in protest at the shortage. “We were sabotaged. I can name one country: Portugal. Everything was ready because we bought up all the ham there was in Venezuela, but we had to import [more] so I gave the order and signed off on the payments.” Some pockets of protests continued on Thursday morning, in what some social media users dubbed the “pork revolution”. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro took to state television to denounce a US-led conspiracy Credit: REUTERS Diosdado Cabello, the former speaker of parliament and a key figure in Venezuela’s ruling party, placed ultimate blame for the ham shortage at the feet of the "gringo" US government. “And why didn’t the ham arrive? Because of the blockage against us. The Portuguese made an agreement, then they were frightened by the gringos and they didn’t send the hams.” But the Portuguese government has denied any involvement in the alleged Christmas sabotage. “I know that ham to Venezuelans is as important as cod is to us at Christmas, but the fact that distribution has been delayed has nothing to do with the Portuguese government”, said Portugal’s foreign minister, Augusto Santos Silva. A bemused Mr Santos Silva explained that the only restrictions on trade with Venezuela are “sanctions against that country approved in the framework of the European Union”, naming the freezing of certain assets if found in Europe and the sale of some military material. As Venezuelans protest in Caracas demanding the government's prommised pork -the main dish of the Christmas and New Year's dinner-, President Nicolas Maduro attributes the shortage to international sabotage Credit:  FEDERICO PARRA/ AFP But on Thursday a statement by food company Raporal appeared to clarify the crux of the dispute, explaining that it and other Portuguese exporters had yet to be paid in full for last year’s consignment of meat products shipped to Venezuela. According to Raporal, a contract of €63.5 million was signed in 2016 for the supply of 14,000 tons of meat, but "€40 million remains unpaid". Venezuela’s acute economic crisis has led to shortages of many consumer products in recent months, including petrol, despite the country being a major oil producer. Street protests turned violent earlier this year after President Maduro stripped the powers of the opposition-controlled legislative, replacing it with a puppet assembly.

Hours after Afghan blast, confused families searched desperately for news

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:01

By James Mackenzie and Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi KABUL (Reuters) - Hours after the explosion that tore through a Shi'ite cultural center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, desperate families were still searching for news, as burned bodies were brought in and wards at the nearby Istiqlal hospital filled up. "Everyone was at the hospital but at first nobody knew where they were, they were lost," said Hasan Jan, whose nephews, Abdul Saboor Maqsoudi, 24, and brother Ali Paiman, 18, were among the dead. "Finally they recognized him because of a ring on his finger and his shirt and belt and his watch." The attack, claimed by Islamic State, was the latest in at least two dozen bombings on Shi'ite targets in the Sunni-majority country over the past two years in a brutal campaign by the movement that has killed and wounded hundreds.

Trump reportedly fired his entire HIV/AIDS council by FedEx letter

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:01

President Donald Trump reportedly fired the sixteen remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) Wednesday via a letter FedExed from the White House.