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Pope prays for merciful final judgement for Cardinal Law

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:53

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis prayed Thursday for a merciful final judgment for Cardinal Bernard Law, presiding over the funeral rites for a man who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding its own reputation at all costs.

Thousands in Syria's Aleppo mark one year since 'victory'

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:26

Jumaa Sabbuh lost his son in the violence that battered Syria's Aleppo for years. On Thursday, he was among thousands commemorating the one-year anniversary of the army's recapture of the city. Sabbuh carried a poster of his bright-eyed son, killed in 2014 while serving in Syria's army.

The Latest: All but 1 evacuation lifted at California fire

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:16

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

U.N. General Assembly Overwhelmingly Votes to Declare Trump’s Jerusalem Move ‘Null and Void’

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:07

The U.N. General Assembly has voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions to declare President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”

Watch Trump Apologize To Women In A Mashup We Wish Was Real

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:09

Donald Trump just apologized to women everywhere. Just kidding! 

Thanks to Net Neutrality, Comcast Gives Employees $1,000 Bonuses

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:35

Comcast is celebrating the death of net neutrality.

Steven Spielberg's The Post Is the Journalism Movie We Need Today

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:23

If you were a kid in the 1960s or ‘70s, perhaps even as late as the ‘90s, and your parents took a newspaper, you probably…

Tie-breaker name drawing, 1 more recount coming in Virginia

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:42

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As election officials set about to break a tie in one Virginia House race and recount the votes in another, it's far from clear yet whether Republicans or Democrats will have control of the chamber next year.

5 Things South Korea Can Do to Wrest Control from Washington

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:12

A glance at a map of the Korean Peninsula shows why the interests of Washington and Seoul diverge when it comes to preventive war. South Korea does not lack for savvy experts on statecraft, and he would, and should, turn to them. Ultimately, South Koreans must decide their country’s policies.

UN Jerusalem vote - as it happened: UN General Assembly rejects Trump's Israel declaration

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:07

The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 to declare US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void". The vote, while a victory for the Palestinians, was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for, with many forecasting at least 150 "yes" votes. There were a total of 35, while 21 nations did not turn up for the vote.

Jeff Sessions Reportedly Revives Probe Of Uranium One Deal

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 08:02

The Justice Department is reviving an inquiry into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the government’s controversial approval of the Uranium One deal, NBC News reported on Thursday.

Pope denounces 'cancer' of cliques, ambition in Vatican

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:30

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis once again used a Christmas greeting to dress down Vatican officials Thursday, denouncing the "cancer" of cliques and how bureaucrats can become "corrupted" by ambition and vanity.

First World War submarine lost with 35 British and Allied crew on board is finally found - ending 103-year mystery

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:26

The wreck of the first allied vessel lost in the First World War has been discovered 103 years after it vanished off the coast of Papua New Guinea following a search that has finally ended Australia’s oldest naval mystery. HMAS AE1, Australia’s first submarine, which had 35 British, Australian and New Zealand crew members aboard, disappeared near the Duke of York Islands during a patrol for German warships on September 14, 1914.  The submarine, which had only been in service for seven months, was captained by Lieutenant Commander Thomas Besant, a 30-year-old British officer who had been seconded from the Royal Navy. Despite at least twelve search operations over the decades, no trace of the vessel was found. But the wreck was finally found more than 1,000 feet underwater after an underwater survey captured an image of the vessel during a search involving the government and private backers.  Following the survey, searchers aboard the Furgro Equato dropped an underwater camera to the seabed to confirm that the vessel was AE1. The team of maritime surveyors, marine archaeologists and naval historians scoured the search area with a multi-beam echo sounder and side-scan technology in an underwater drone Credit:  REUTERS "Australia's oldest naval mystery has been solved," said Marise Payne, Australia’s defence minister. “The boat and her crew, who've been on eternal patrol since 1914 … have now been found. I truly trust that this discovery will bring peace of mind to the descendants of the families of the crew who lost their lives.” The cause of the sinking has not been confirmed but it is believed to be related to a technical failure during a practice dive. Peter Briggs, a retired rear admiral who led the search, said the loss was probably  due to a sudden “diving accident”, noting that the fin guardrails were stowed and the upper conning tower hatch appeared to be shut. He told The Australian newspaper that the submarine appeared to suffer a “high energy event” – possibly due to an explosion involving one of its torpedoes or a high pressure air cylinder – which may have occurred after it began to sink but caused it to quickly flood and accelerate towards the seabed. The search led by Find AE1 Limited, and was funded by the Royal Australian Navy and the Silentworld Foundation, with assistance from the Submarine Institute of Australia Credit:  REUTERS “When the end came for the men of AE1 it would have been very fast, they may well have not known what hit them,” said rear admiral Briggs, president of the Submarine Institute of Australia. “The submarine appears to have struck the bottom with sufficient force to dislodge the fin from its footing, forcing it to hinge forward on its leading edge, impacting the casing.” The location of the wreck has been kept secret to prevent salvage attempts. Timeline | Submarine accidents Following the discovery, the crew aboard the search vessel held a memorial for the dead officers and sailors. Australian and Papua New Guinean officials will consider ways to preserve the site and establish a lasting memorial. Rear Admiral Briggs said the discovery “opens the next chapter: learning exactly what happened to it”. “It will be quite a detective puzzle,” he added.

Russian Foreign Ministry says latest U.S. sanctions are 'grotesque'

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:10

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The latest U.S. sanctions imposed on five Russians and Chechens are grotesque and groundless, and Moscow will hit back with tit-for-tat sanctions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed the new sanctions on the five people, including on Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov, for alleged human rights abuses. (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alison Williams)

Car Brands Ranked by Owner Satisfaction

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 06:00

At our 327-acre test track in Connecticut, we evaluate dozens and dozens of cars each year, which we buy at dealerships the same way you do. In addition to testing them rigorously at our track, w...

China's Didi raises $4 bn to fund global turf war with Uber

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 02:10

Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing said Thursday it had raised $4 billion from investors, months after a funding round that made it Asia’s most valuable startup, as it presses on with a global battle with US giant Uber. Local and foreign groups contributed to the huge pot, which will be used to fuel Didi's global expansion and support new developments in artificial intelligence and new energy vehicles, the company said in a statement. Didi, which bought Uber's China operations last year, has nearly half a billion users around the world and handles up to 25 million rides per day.

South Korean Troops Fire Warning Shots as North Korean Soldiers Pursue Defecting Comrade

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 23:43

South Korea’s military fired 20 rounds of warning shots Thursday as North Korean soldiers approached a borderline after their comrade defected to South Korea, officials said.

Mistrial declared for Nevada rancher who led revolt over U.S. land dispute

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 22:31

A federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in a criminal case against four people, including Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, over a 2014 armed standoff with U.S. government agents, and rebuked prosecutors for withholding evidence from the defense. Bundy, two of his sons and a fourth man were charged with 15 counts of conspiracy, assault and other offenses stemming from the confrontation, which galvanized right-wing militia groups challenging federal authority over vast tracts of public lands in the American West. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro told federal prosecutors they had willfully violated evidence rules in failing to turn over pertinent documents to the defense, adding, "The failure is prejudicial," to ensuring a fair trial.

‘She’s in My Dreams’: How the Boyfriend of a N.D. Woman Killed for Their Baby Is Haunted by Her Death- HOLD FOR POST 12/21

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 21:09

Four months after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s killing, her longtime boyfriend and father of her only child remains haunted.

US aims to keep steep duties on Bombardier jets after Boeing complaint

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 19:51

The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday finalised steep anti-subsidy duties on Bombardier Inc's CSeries jets, setting up the next round of a fierce international trade dispute between the United States and Canada. The move announced by the department to impose duties of nearly 300 percent stems from a complaint by rival Boeing Co. The company claimed Bombardier had been unfairly and illegally subsidised by the Canadian government, allowing the planemaker to dump its newest jetliner in the U.S. market below cost. "Today's decision validates Boeing's complaints regarding Bombardier’s pricing in the United States, pricing that has harmed our workforce and U.S. industry," Boeing said in a statement after the department decision. Delta Air Lines, the second largest U.S. carrier by passenger traffic, has an order for 75 of the 100-to-150 seat CSeries jets. The aircraft starts at $79.5 million, according to list prices, or some $5.9 billion for the total order, but carriers typically receive steep discounts. Bombardier C300 Series Poster Credit: Bombardier If imposed, the duties would more than triple the cost of a CSeries aircraft sold in the United States, based on Boeing's assertion that Delta received the planes for $20 million each, well below an estimated cost of $33 million and what Bombardier charges in Canada. The Commerce Department's penalty against Bombardier will only take effect if the lesser-known US International Trade Commission (ITC) rules in Boeing's favour, as it so far has, in its final decision expected in early 2018. In its two-part complaint, Boeing called for countervailing duties of 79.41 percent to offset what it described as harmful Canadian subsidies to Bombardier. It also identified a "dumping margin" of 80.5 percent, based on the unpublished prices at which it claims Bombardier sold the CSeries planes to Delta. The department decision follows Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' pledge to aggressively police unfairly traded imports to help shrink U.S. trade deficits. The move comes as the United States, Canada and Mexico are involved in a three-way negotiation to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The rift between the two plane makers could, however, move to a larger stage as Canada weighs a complaint to the World Trade Organization or through NAFTA regarding the dispute. At a contentious Monday hearing of the ITC, Canada warned that a positive finding of material harm to Boeing by the group could represent a possible violation of international trade agreements and prompt a formal objection. Canada earlier this month scrapped plans to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets, underlining Ottawa's anger over the trade challenge. Boeing has said it considered all potential risks before deciding to launch its trade case. US-Canadian trade relations have also chilled recently over disputes over Canadian softwood lumber and U.S. milk protein products.