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GOP Sen. Kennedy: Trump's nominee should have been able to answer my questions

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:24

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said that he has supported nearly every one of President Trump’s picks, but that he doesn’t support them blindly: “I ask questions that I expect them to be able to answer. In doing so, I’m just doing my job.”


Man dies after attacking Israeli troops with a knife in deadly clashes over Trump's Jerusalem decision

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:21

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. Medics said two protesters, one of them wheelchair-bound, were killed and 150 wounded. In the occupied West Bank, another area where Palestinians are seeking statehood along with adjacent East Jerusalem, medics said two protesters were killed and 10 wounded by Israeli gunfire. One of the dead was a man who Israeli police troopers said was shot after he stabbed a member of their unit. Reuters witnesses said the Palestinian held a knife and wore what looked like a bomb belt. A Palestinian medic who helped evacuate the man for treatment said the belt was fake. Palestinians -- and the wider Arab and Muslim world -- were incensed at Trump's December 6 announcement, which reversed decades of U.S. policy reticence on Jerusalem, a city where both Israel and the Palestinians want sovereignty. Mohammed Aqal, 29, stabbed a border police officer at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank while wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest, before being shot three times by police Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/ REUTERS Israeli border policemen stand away after shooting Aqal Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS Aqal later died, according to health authorities Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/ REUTERS Washington's European allies and Russia have also voiced worries about Trump's decision. Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists, which reject coexistence with Israel, called last week for a new Palestinian uprising, but any such mass-mobilisation has yet to be seen in the West Bank or East Jerusalem. There have been almost nightly Gazan rocket launches into Israel, so far without casualties. Israel has responded with air strikes on Hamas facilities, one of which killed two gunmen. The Israeli military said that, on Friday, about 3,500 Palestinians demonstrated near the Gaza border fence. "During the violent riots IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldiers fired selectively towards main instigators," the military said in a statement. Pictures from the scene show Aqal with a knife and what appears to be a suicide belt A military spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the wheelchair-bound protestor, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya. Abu Thuraya, 29, was a regular at such demonstrations. In media interviews, he said he had lost both his legs in a 2008 Israeli missile strike in Gaza. In the West Bank, the Israeli military said that about 2,500 Palestinians took part in riots, rolling flaming tyres and throwing fire bombs and rocks at soldiers and border police. Israel captured East Jerusalem, an area laden with Jewish, Muslim and Christian shrines, from Jordan in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move not recognised internationally. Palestinians hope that part of the city will be the capital of a future independent state and Palestinian leaders say Trump's move is a serious blow to a moribund peace process. Israel has welcomed Trump's announcement as recognising political reality and biblical Jewish roots in Jerusalem. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Israel, as well as Egypt, next week. (Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Catherine Evans and Hugh Lawson)


The Latest: Penn State says it promotes safety in Greek life

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:19

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury report on excessive drinking in Penn State's fraternity system (all times local):


Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest Appearance

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:56

The former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit — with a festive touch.


2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity Pageant

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:50

One eager Tennessee 2-year-old took matters into her own hands during her church’s recent Nativity pageant


Kelly Cutrone Says Russell Simmons Tried To Rape Her In 1991

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:12

Kelly Cutrone is the most recent woman to accuse hip-hop producer Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct.


Doctor accused of killing girlfriend's unborn baby by spiking her drink with abortion pill

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:57

A doctor has been accused of spiking his girlfriend’s drink with an abortion pill to kill their unborn baby. Sikander Imran had moved from Rochester, New York, to Arlington, Virginia, for a new job when he discovered his on-off partner of three years, Brook Fiske, was pregnant. “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into having an abortion, which I didn’t want to do,” Ms Fiske told local Rochester TV station WROC.


One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has Vanished

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:34

South Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Un’s side as recently as September.


The best days to get Your Last-Minute Gifts

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:26

Consumer spending in November was more than double what was expected, but it was a tumultuous year in retail, so companies are tacking on last-minute deals to end the season on a high note.


Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald Trump

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:11

Jamie Oliver isn’t planning on cooking a meal for President Donald Trump anytime soon.


Trump doesn't rule out Pardon for Michael Flynn

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:11

President Donald Trump said Friday that he was not yet ruling out a pardon for his ousted National Security Adviser, instead saving his sharpest words for a speech at the FBI National Academy.


Carrie Fisher’s final performance is Now on the Big Screen

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:09

Fisher’s force is strong as she gives her final performance "Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” playing the role that made her a star.


The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:56

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


Where's Barron? First son's absence from official White House Christmas portrait raises questions

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:48

The White House released the Trump family's first official Christmas portrait on Thursday -- capturing the president and first lady holding hands and smiling as they posed nestled between flags and Christmas trees.


Trump won’t discuss a pardon for Flynn – yet

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:45

With a single syllable in comments to reporters Friday morning, the president suggested he may have the last word in the matter of Michael Flynn. Trump also appeared to question the integrity of the FBI, even though he was on his way to a graduation at the bureau’s academy.


Even Sean Spicer Isn't Sure Why Donald Trump Hired Omarosa Manigault Newman

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:32

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday he doesn’t know why President Donald Trump hired Omarosa Manigault Newman.


Trump loved net neutrality once upon a time

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:17

You know the joke that there's an old Donald Trump tweet expressing the opposite of every single one of his administration's policies? Well, one exists for net neutrality as well. As the FCC voted Thursday to hand control of the internet over to massive corporations, it didn't take long for Twitter detectives to find out that President Trump used to be a pretty big fan of net neutrality. In a late 2014 tweet, Trump criticized Obama (shocking) for attacking the internet, and defended net neutrality as "the Fairness Doctrine." Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2014 Most interestingly, Trump claimed that a breakdown of net neutrality rules would ultimately attack conservative media. You see, he's probably right about that. As we wrote, the prospective ability for ISPs to pick and choose which content to throttle and which to prioritize might very well endanger smaller news sites like Infowars and Breitbart. It's entirely conceivable that Comcast, a major internet provider that also owns NBC, might prioritize access to NBC news at the expense of smaller, conservative media — especially if that media is publishing things that aren't terribly popular or accurate. In the meantime, Trump's family weighed in with their typical subtlety.  I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it in detail. I’d also bet most hadn’t heard of it before this week. #outrage — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 15, 2017 WATCH: This sleeping companion is your new best friend


Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:12

PLUS: See the larger-than-life birthday present Cardi B got fiancé Offset for his 26th birthday blowout


These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:03

― Sunnie Kahle used to think that if she promised to be good, she could go back to her old school.


UN Syria talks in doubt as Russia takes on dealmaker role

Top Stories - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:41

The failure of Syria peace talks this week has cast doubt over UN efforts to mediate a solution to the country's devastating war, while regime backer Russia has emerged as a key dealmaker, analysts say. UN mediator Staffan de Mistura acknowledged that "real negotiations" never took place during the eighth round of talks. "I am disappointed," he said, blaming the Syrian government for refusing to enter into dialogue and calling the round "a golden opportunity missed".


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