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Weekend winter storm sweeping from Midwest to New England

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 20:59

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm started sweeping across the Midwest on Friday, leading to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow.

Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 Fleet

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 20:58

The Air Force’s F-16s that were in service since 1998 will retire soon after 2030, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post the same day. Singapore has an annual defense budget of S$14.76 billion ($10.9 billion), the Straits Times reported in March 2018.

Omaha airport reopens after Southwest Airlines plane goes off runway

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 20:11

The airport tweeted out a statement Friday afternoon about the incident, and followed up with several additional tweets.

The Latest: Canadian PM discusses China actions with Merkel

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:15

TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Canada (all times local):

The Latest: Police chief calls 14-year-old's death 'tragic'

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:59

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a 14-year-old burglary suspect in Arizona (all times local):

Winter storm disturbs travel as it rolls toward U.S. Midwest, Northeast

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:21

A major winter storm was expected to clobber a large swath of the northern United States with heavy snow, gusty winds and frigid temperatures making travel difficult and dangerous starting on Friday and through the weekend, forecasters said. The storm system will dump 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) of snow in the Plains and Midwest on Friday night and Saturday and as it moves east at least a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in several advisories. The system was expected to also bring freezing rain, wind gusts of 35 miles (56 km) per hour and quickly dropping temperatures that will to dip into the teens and even below zero Fahrenheit in several areas, the service said.

The Winter Show Modernizes the Antique Fair with Creative, Colorful Booths—and an App

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:21

Last night's colorful, lively opening party was proof of antiques' staying power

The Latest: Officer to plead not guilty after man's death

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:09

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against a white Nashville police officer who shot and killed an armed black man who was fleeing (all times local):

Kenyan authorities investigate local role in Nairobi attack

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:08

Officials have released few details about the five-man assault team that carried out Tuesday's siege at the dusitD2 hotel complex, an attack that killed 21 people and was claimed by al Shabaab, a Somalia-based al Qaeda affiliate. How did he get to where he is?" said a private security official in Kenya, who asked not to be identified for operational reasons. "If al Shabaab can replicate this model, then there is a fundamental problem." All five assailants were killed in Tuesday's attack, the country's president said in a televised address the next morning.

Students appear to perform Nazi salute in 'sickening' photo, superintendent says

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:53

High school officials in Indiana are investigating after a picture posted on social media appeared to show students using a Nazi salute.

Canada dismisses China's warning of repercussions over Huawei ban

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:38

Canada's government on Friday dismissed China's warning of repercussions if Ottawa banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to 5G networks, saying it would not compromise on security. China's ambassador to Canada issued the threat on Thursday as relations between the two nations continued to deteriorate after a senior Huawei executive was arrested in Vancouver last month on a U.S. extradition warrant. China has also detained two Canadians.

2020 Vision: Gillibrand's Franken problem, Beto's 'funk' and why Biden's history with Warren may come back to haunt him

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:36

Reminder: There are 383 days until the Iowa caucuses and 656 days until the 2020 presidential election.

Wall Street extends rally on U.S.-China trade optimism

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:34

The market was boosted after a Bloomberg report said China sought to raise its annual goods imports from the United States by a combined value of more than $1 trillion in order to reduce its trade surplus to zero by 2024. The news followed a report on Thursday that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was considering lifting some or all tariffs imposed on Chinese imports. A Treasury spokesman denied Mnuchin had made any such recommendation.

US prosecutors say criminals going free due to shutdown

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:58

Federal prosecutors in the United States said Friday that investigations are being disrupted and criminals going free due to the four-week-old partial shutdown of the government. "The government's capacity to secure justice is becoming compromised by the government shutdown," said the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys in a statement.

Donald Trump's week of living dangerously

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:57

From bad economic news to the ongoing government shutdown to bombshell reports that he directed his lawyer to lie to Congress, it has been a week to forget for the president.

Michael Cohen: What is the latest scandal and how does it impact Donald Trump?

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:08

Michael Cohen, a once loyal confidante of the president turned man who has done a plea deal over hush money payments made to two women on the eve of the election, is back in the news. BuzzFeed News set off a series of reverberations, when it reported that according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation, Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the negotiations.

Thousands join March for Life in D.C.

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:48

"We love babies, how about you?": Thousands of anti-abortion activists took to the streets of Washington, D.C. on Friday, advocating for the "right to life." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:46

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.

Sears bid challenged by creditors who say chairman stripped company to enrich himself

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:40

Saying Sears Holdings chairman Eddie Lampert engaged in a years long "scheme'' to strip the company bare, creditors are challenging his bid to buy it

Netflix tidying guru sparks charity shop boom

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:38

A Netflix tidying guru has sparked a charity shop boom, as branches of Salvation Army, Scope and the British Heart Foundation have said she has led to increase in donations. It comes as decluttering expert Marie Kondo has rapidly risen to fame with her "KonMari" household organisation method, which promises to provide not only a de-cluttered house, but also a clean mind.  Through her hit Netflix show she is teaching those with messy tendencies to get their homes in order by throwing out old and unwanted items to create a calmer home environment. Many people following the craze claim her various techniques have helped their mental health, and are adamant that a clean and organised home helps them feel calm.  Charity shops across the country said they had seen donations of clothes double over the past few weeks since Ms Kondo's show was released on the streaming service.  Marie Kondo, the author of the international best-seller, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," became famous for advising readers to transform their lives by sifting through all their belongings, one by one, embracing those that "spark joy" and bidding a fond but hasty farewell to the rest Credit: Natsuno Ichigo They say they are able to identify items which have come from people who have watched the show as they are folded according to her "signature fold", which sees items placed upright to reduce creasing. For example, according to the method socks should be lain flat as a pair, with one sock on top of the other. The toe is folded inward about an inch from the top, then into to the centre, and then in half so it stands upright. A branch manager for disability charity Scope also said she was able to recognize items donated by KonMari fans due to their immaculate presentation on arrival at the store, adding that the folding hack had led to more donations due to more space being available inside plastic sacks.  The Salvation Army said that although shops usually experience an increase in donations after Christmas, shop managers had seen a larger than usual volume of donations.   It comes amid a decline in charity shops across the UK with numbers down by more than 100 in first half of 2018, according to Third Sector magazine. Yorkshire and Humber was the only region that saw more charity shops open than close, it said.  Charity shops have come under criticism in recent years for pricing items for middle class bargain hunters, rather than the poorest people in society who rely on cheap second hand clothing to dress themselves.