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Little boy asks everyone to help him find a forever home for his four-legged friend

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:50

This determined little boy just sent out an urgent PSA on behalf of a beloved four-legged friend.  Six-year-old Roman is calling on his followers to rescue Legend, a deaf and lovable Labrador retriever currently at Skagit Valley Humane Society in Burlington, Washington. The adorable video has more than 18,000 views, and counting. SEE ALSO: Rescue dog uses his smile to help find a forever home Roman's passion for rescuing canines began when he was just 4-years-old, according to mom, Jennifer McConn.  "He opted to forego receiving presents on his fourth birthday and instead asked for donations so he could give those to a local rescue in Texas," McConn told Mashable. "It's kind of taken off since then."  McConn said Roman typically enjoys interacting with dogs. He and his mom often make videos to spread the word about pups in need.  Now, for his latest mission, Roman is determined to find a home for Legend. Roman and LegendImage: jennifer mcconn Image: jennifer mcconn Image: jennifer mcconnLegend is just one of many dogs McConn and Roman have helped.  In fact, McConn runs her own animal rescue organizations, PAWS & Read and Project Freedom Ride, dedicated to caring for, sheltering, and rescuing dogs from kill shelters in Texas.  "We transport dogs up to rescues and humane societies such as Skagit Valley Humane Society or to our direct adopters," said McConn.  "Typically dogs that are in the humane society are our first priority to visit but there is always one or two non-Project Freedom Ride dogs that pull on our heart strings, like Legend."  Image: jennifer mcconn Image: jennifer mcconnRoman is a true example that you can be a hero at any age. WATCH: Calm your dogs down with this fabulous doggy leotard

Police try to exhume mob victim, but they can't find remains

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:44

HIGHLAND MILLS, N.Y. (AP) — The decomposed body was found decades ago in a rural area where several victims of mob hits were dumped. The man's remains were buried in a cemetery in the 1970s, still unidentified.

Catalan regional parliament declares independence from Spain

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:38

Catalonia's regional parliament passed a motion Friday to establish an independent Catalan Republic, voting to secede from Spain after an acrimonious debate.

The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:36

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom.

Your Personality Type May Be Sabotaging Your Exercise Goals

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:24

It’s no secret that your character traits directly affect how you interact with the world ― but you might be surprised at just how deep it goes.

Hamas security chief hurt in Gaza bombing

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:17

A car bombing Friday wounded the Hamas security head in the Gaza Strip, as the Islamist group and a rival Palestinian faction are trying to implement a thorny reconciliation deal. The explosion that wounded Tawfiq Abu Naim was immediately branded by the Hamas interior ministry as "a failed assassination attempt". Hamas chief Ismail Haniya pointed the finger of blame at Israel.

The Latest: Searchers describe finding 3-year-old's body

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:44

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance and death of a 3-year-old suburban Dallas girl (all times local):

Man Locked In Beer Cooler for 6 Hours Helps Himself to Drinks Despite Court Order to Stay Sober: Cops

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:01

Jeremy Van Ert, 38, allegedly had 18 ounces of beer and several cans of Four Loko.

A Billionaire Bribed Doctors to Overprescribe Powerful Opioids 'Solely for Profit,' Prosecutors Say

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:39

Fentanyl is a highly potent and dangerous painkiller

Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) Stocks Sag

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:24

Oil majors Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron Corporation ( CVX) saw their stocks dip Friday, despite reporting solid earnings as the global oil market showed modest signs of improvement in the third quarter. Exxon stock dropped 1 percent after the company reported earnings per share of 93 cents on $66.1 billion in revenue for the quarter. Both numbers topped analyst expectations of 86 cents and $63.3 billion, respectively.

2 Women Lost at Sea for 5 Months Survived Shark Attacks and Storms

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:19

Two American women and their dogs were rescued this week by the United States Navy, after being adrift in the Pacific Ocean for five months.

Starbucks Is Launching Three New Bottled Coffee Drinks

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:17

Starbucks Is Launching Three New Bottled Coffee Drinks

South African farmers convicted of attempted murder for forcing black man into a coffin 

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:14

Two white farmers who forced an unemployed black man into a coffin and threatened to kill him have been jailed following a trial that has reignited debate about the legacy of apartheid in South Africa.  William Oosthuizen, 29 and Theo Jackson, 30, were found guilty of forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and then threatening to douse him with petrol and set him alight. Their leave to appeal was dismissed.  Judge Sheila Mphahlele, said the two men showed “no remorse"  and that she wanted the sentence to send a “harsh” message to those in South Africa who still practiced racism.  "The most appalling act of the accused was to put the complainant in a coffin against his will. Whilst in the coffin they threatened to set it alight. They asked him how he wanted to die - quickly or slowly,” she said, summing up. The two were also found guilty of assaulting the only witness in an attempt to stop him from testifying against them. The Magistrates Court in Middelburg after being sentenced to more than a decade in prison Credit:  GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/ AFP Oosthuizen will serve 11 years in jail. Jackson, a father of three, was sentenced  to 14 years.  Oosthuizen and Jackson had pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were arrested last year in the small farming town of Middelberg, 100 miles east of Johannesburg.  They claimed they wanted to “teach Mr Mlotshwa a lesson,” after they came across him trying to steal cables on their farm. They also claimed he threatened to kill their families and burn their crops.  Mr Mlotswha reported the farmers to the police only after a 20-second video clip emerged on You Tube and went viral on social media.  Victor Mlotshwa attending the sentence of the two white farmers convicted of attempted murder Credit:  WIKUS DE WET/ AFP In the video Mr Mlotshwa begs for his life as he is pushed into the coffin.   One of the men pushes the lid of the coffin down while the other threatens to put petrol and a snake inside. According Afriforum, a civil rights group, at least 70 white commercial farmers have been murdered in South Africa so far this year. 

New questions and searches greet travelers flying to the US

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:01

CHICAGO (AP) — Some were asked their hobbies and packing habits. Others were queried about what they do for a living. There were lines for security interviews and searches of carry-on bags.

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:59

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.

Trump lashes out after liberal billionaire funds scathing impeachment ads

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:03

After a wealthy liberal activist launched a national ad campaign Friday morning calling for Trump’s impeachment, which has run even on a conservative program, the president took to Twitter to ridicule the ad’s backer as “unhinged.”

How the World Is Marking the 500th Birthday of Protestantism

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:00

Many will mark the 500th anniversary of Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Luther started a revolution by posting his complaints about the Church

Mike Pompeo Could Stop Robert Mueller in His Tracks

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:00

The director of the CIA has extraordinary influence over all counter-intelligence investigations – and there are reasons to distrust his intentions.

Mika Brzezinski responds to ‘disturbing’ Halperin harassment allegations

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 08:23

After making a short statement on Thursday morning that left some dissatisfied, the “Morning Joe” co-host spoke at greater length Friday morning about allegations of sexual harassment against journalist Mark Halperin, who has frequently appeared on her show.

JFK files: Russia feared Lee Harvey Oswald would get them nuked by US

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 07:58

In the aftermath of President John F Kennedy’s assassination, the USSR was worried it would be blamed for putting Lee Harvey Oswald up to the attack, and that America could lash out in a state of leaderless panic. Previously classified intelligence documents depict turmoil on both sides of the Atlantic, as officials attempted to piece together what had happened and exactly who was to blame. Almost 3,000 newly released documents detail everything the US knew about the Russian reaction to the 1963 assassination and reveal the extent to which the Kremlin believed in conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s death.