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78-year-old man in California claims he killed at least 90 people over four decades

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:51

A man now thought to be one of the most prolific serial killers in the US claims he killed as many as 90 people over four decades. Investigators have been able to close four unsolved murder cases because of the confessions of Samuel Little. The 78-year-old, also known as Samuel McDowell, was already serving a life sentence in California for three murders when he confessed to a Texas investigator.

Planning My Wedding Is Making Me Feel Like I've Stepped Back 50 Years

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:30

When I got engaged last year, I expected wedding planning to be fun, if a

China's Xi intends to visit North Korea next year, South Korea says

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:02

Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to visit North Korea next year after receiving an invite from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Saturday, which would make Xi the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005. Xi told South Korean president Moon Jae-in in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea that he would "make time" to visit North Korea next year. Xi added that China would continue to play a constructive role in building peace on the Korean peninsula, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for South Korea's presidential office, said at a briefing after the meeting between Xi and Moon.

In Khashoggi murder case, Trump is torn between 2 tyrants

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:00

The Trump administration’s Middle East strategy to isolate and contain Iran is jeopardized by Saudi Arabia’s brazen slaying of a dissident journalist and Turkey’s determination to exploit the crisis for its own gain.

Smoke from California wildfires smothers parts of the state

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 07:31

The death toll has risen to at least 71 in Northern California's Camp Fire. About 1,000 people are reported missing. That blaze is now 50 percent contained after consuming more than 145,000 acres. Just outside of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire 78 percent contained after burning 98,000 acres. Now, dense smoke from those fires is smothering parts of the state with what has been described as "the dirtiest air in the world." Meg Oliver reports.

Adopting Life: A Symposium

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:30

November is National Adoption Month and the Saturday before Thanksgiving National Adoption Day. Adopting and fostering children is a great public service and something that should be encouraged and incentivized in public policy and in law.

Eagle-eyed! Photographer captures stunning pictures of world's last remaining Mongolian eagle keepers

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:00

These stunning photographs of the world’s last remaining Mongolian eagle keepers show the incredible bond between man and bird. The images, taken last month by photography tour guide Daniel Kordan, 29, show a group of 10 eagle hunters traveling between West and South Mongolia and across the Gobi Desert. The hunters train eagles from an early age and look after the majestic birds until they reach the age of 12.

Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 04:36

Wallops Flight Facility (United States) (AFP) - An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship blasted off Saturday toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies to the astronauts living in space.

Facebook says steep rise in data requests from Indian gov't

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 04:26

NEW DELHI (AP) — Facebook says there was a steep rise in data requests from India's government in the first half of this year as compared to the previous two years.

DeVos wants to change campus rules on sexual misconduct

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 02:16

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate.

California's DIY firefighters battle alone as the richest hire private teams

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 02:00

As officials battled blazes elsewhere, residents of Cornell, California, chose to take on the fires rather than flee Roger Kelton searches through the remains of his mother-in-law’s home leveled by the Woolsey Fire, in Agoura Hills, near Cornell, California. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

Facebook asked to protect users in simmering Sri Lanka

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 01:33

Sri Lanka's largest political party Saturday asked Facebook to protect the identity of its supporters, fearing a crackdown by what it called the "illegal" government. It began on October 26 when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse. In chaotic scenes in parliament this week, Rajapakse lost two votes of no confidence but he is refusing to go and Sirisena has yet to acknowledge the motions.

California wildfire death toll reaches 71 as number missing rises to 1000

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 00:20

The death toll in California's wildfires climbed to 71 on Friday as the number of missing people surpassed 1000, while authorities continued the search for survivors and victims. However, Kory Honea, Butte sheriff, said the list of missing people was dynamic, and could contain the names of people who did not realise they had been reported missing. "We are still receiving calls, we're still reviewing emails," he said. President Donald Trump is expected to visit the area on Saturday to see for himself the grief and damage caused by California's most deadly wildfires. But he may face anger from locals for comments suggesting the fires could have been prevented or contained with better forest management. In an interview recorded on Friday and scheduled for broadcast on Fox News Sunday, Mr Trump said he was surprised to see images of firefighters removing dried brush near a fire. "This should have been all raked out," he said. Meanwhile, deputies found eight more bodies on Friday, bringing the death toll to 71. Authorities are trying to reassure an anxious public that the long list of missing names - jumping from 600 a day earlier - may simply reflect the difficulty in trying to account for everyone thought to be in the area. Some on the list have been confirmed as dead by family and friends on social media. Others have been located and are safe, but authorities have not yet marked them as found. An exhausted llama lays in a partially burned field in Paradise, California  Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP Tamara Conry said she should never have been on the list. "My husband and I are not missing and never were," she wrote Thursday night on Facebook. "We have no family looking for us. ... I called and left a message to take our names off." Authorities compiled the list by going back to listen to all the dispatch calls they received since the fire started, to make sure they didn't miss anyone. In last year's catastrophic wildfires in California wine country, Sonoma County authorities at one point listed more than 2,000 people as missing. But they slowly whittled down the number. In the end, 44 people died in several counties. Firefighters search a burned-out building in Paradise, California Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomber The wildfire this time all but razed the town of Paradise, population 27,000, and heavily damaged the outlying communities of Magalia and Concow on November 8, destroying 9,700 houses and 144 apartment buildings, authorities said. Firefighters were gaining ground against the blaze, which blackened 222 square miles (575 square kilometers). It was 45 percent contained and posed no immediate threat to populated areas. Crews managed to stop it from spreading toward Oroville, population 19,000. This patch of California, a former Gold Rush region in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is to some extent Trump country. The the Republican candidate beat Hillary Clinton in Butte County by 4 percentage points in 2016. But some survivors resent that Mr Trump took to Twitter two days after the disaster to blame the wildfires on poor forest mismanagement. He threatened to withhold federal payments from California. "If you insult people, then you go visit them, how do you think you're going to be accepted? You're not going to have a parade," Maggie Crowder of Magalia said Thursday outside an informal shelter at a Walmart parking lot in Chico.

Camp Fire’s Missing Person List Climbs To 1,011 As Statewide Death Toll Rises To 74

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:54

The number of names on the missing person's list for Northern California's

Fire Deaths Rise To 71 With More Than 1,000 Missing

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:35

CHICO, Calif. (AP) -- With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of

Trump Returns To Bashing The Migrant Caravan, Calling It A 'Big Con'

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:23

After a brief respite from attacking the migrant caravan traveling to the U.S.

Dem struggle over Pelosi bid, with no end game in sight

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 22:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House.

Number of missing hard to peg in deadly California wildfire

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 22:06

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 1,000 people are unaccounted for after a deadly Northern California wildfire, but authorities warned Friday that the roster is fluid and contains "raw data," including the names of people who are safe.

WikiLeaks' Assange faces charges; lawyer says he'd fight

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 21:58

WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said Friday, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel's Russia-Trump investigation.

Melania Trump's Hotel Charges Were $174,000 For A Day Trip To Toronto: Records

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 21:36

First lady Melania Trump's hotel bills for a day trip to Toronto last year