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A Zimbabwean Family Has Been Stranded in a Thai Airport for Almost Three Months

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 03:15

The family were reportedly refusing to travel back to Zimbabwe because of political concerns


AP PHOTOS: Jerusalem walls offer glimpse of city's richness

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 01:28

JERUSALEM (AP) — What would Jerusalem be without its walls? Poets have sung of them since ancient times, they are mentioned in the Book of Psalms, and they have shadowed conflicts past and present.


'I’m Not Giving up My Voice.' Sen. Al Franken Makes First Public Statement Since Resigning

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 01:21

Sen. Al Franken spoke to his supporters in Minneapolis Thursday evening after resigning due to sexual harassment allegations made against him.


At Least 15 People Have Been Killed in Mumbai After a Fire Engulfs a Building

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 01:21

A fire broke out early Friday in an upscale rooftop restaurant in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, leaving at least 15 dead and a dozen injured, officials said.


Deadly apartment fire in the Bronx kills at least 12

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 00:00

Officials said the blaze was started by a 3.5-year-old boy playing with burners on a stove.


Recy Taylor, who fought for justice after 1944 rape, dies

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 23:14

ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, died Thursday. She was 97.


China says U.S. should do more to cut its 'enormous' opioid demand

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:53

The United States should take action to reduce demand for the drugs fuelling its deadly opioid crisis rather than simply accusing China of being the major source, a top Chinese drug control official said. "The biggest difficulty China faces in opioid control is that such drugs are in enormous demand in the U.S.," Yu Haibin of the China National Narcotics Control Commission said at a news briefing, the China Daily reported on Friday.


Chicago board finds policeman's fatal shooting of two not justified: newspapers

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:41

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said no evidence supported the claims of Officer Robert Rialmo, who said student Quintonio LeGrier advanced at officers with a baseball bat in a threatening manner, the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune reported. Bettie Jones, a neighbor standing nearby, was accidentally killed by the officer's gunfire in the December 2015 incident that unfolded in a vestibule of a Chicago home.


Trump Administration Moves To Weaken Offshore Safety Rules Prompted By 2010 Spill

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:21

The Trump administration moved on Thursday to eliminate key offshore safety regulations adopted in the wake of the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the biggest in the nation’s history.


Trump Just Used Normal Winter Weather To Undermine The Science Behind Climate Change

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 21:07

President Donald Trump used forecasts for what could be record-breaking cold weather over New Year’s Eve to push a widely disproven talking point denying climate change.


Turkey's Erdogan seeks to mend strained ties with Europe

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 17:23

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signaled he wants to mend fences with the governments of several European nations he's quarreled with this year, saying Turkey must "decrease the number of enemies and increase friends."


Apple sued over slowing phones in France, where planned obsolescence is a crime

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 16:31

The legal fallout over Apple slowing down old iPhones could produce a criminal court proceeding after a French organisation filed a criminal lawsuit. Since it emerged that Apple slowed old iPhones to prevent them from malfunctioning due to poor battery performance, the company has faced a slew of lawsuits in the United States and Israel. In a statement, the organisation claimed Apple’s actions violated a 2015 French law that prohibits “the practice of planned obsolescence, which is defined by the use of techniques by which the person responsible for the marketing of a product aims to deliberately reduce the duration to increase the replacement rate”.


Van jumps Seattle sidewalk, hits pedestrians, at least 5 injured

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 16:22

The incident did not appear to be deliberate, a police official told local media. At least two people were in serious condition. The Seattle police and fire departments posted photos on social media of a white van with a dented left side that was stopped about a yard (meter) from the side of a downtown store.


Happy New Year From The Rachel Maddow Show!

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 16:22

Thanks very much to everyone who has watched the show this year. See you in 2018!


31 Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up New Year's Eve For Parents

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 16:17

New Year’s Eve festivities look a little different when you add kids to the mix.


Female Comedian From 'Last Comic Standing' Sued For Banning Men From Show

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 16:04

A man is suing comedian Iliza Shlesinger for waging a “War On Men” after he was denied entry to her November show, “Girls Night In With Iliza — No Boys Allowed.”


Claire’s Pulls Makeup After Mom Finds Asbestos In 6-Year-Old’s Kit

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:04

Claire’s, a store that sells accessories and makeup to young girls and teens, has pulled some of its items after it was found that cancer-causing asbestos was present in some of its products.


Trump opens up about Mueller, Russia probe

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:01

Michael Schmidt, national security reporter for the New York Times, talks with Reid about his impromptu interview with Donald Trump in which Trump discussed the Robert Mueller investigation, the Department of Justice, and his value to news media ratings


Alabama officials dismiss Moore claims of voter fraud; Jones certified as winner

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 14:47

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill laughed off the assertion by Roy Moore campaign spokeswoman Janet Porter that there is a "one in 15 billion" chance voter fraud did not occur in the state’s special U.S. Senate election.


Tehran Police Say Women Will No Longer Be Arrested For Violating 'Islamic' Dress Code

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 14:26

Police in Iran’s capital are loosening up restrictions regarding dress code after decades of pushback from women in the country.


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