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The Latest: Russia says Syrian army taken key IS-held town

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:51

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):


Coffey Park is Ground Zero for California fire devastation

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:41

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The warnings about impending doom came suddenly and in different ways. Frantic pounding on doors. Blaring fire alarms. Commotion outside windows.


Deadly truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:18

A huge truck bomb explosion killed at least 20 people in Mogadishul, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they'd heard in years.


The Latest: Bannon lays down markers for GOP incumbents

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 12:34

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Republican infighting (all times local):


Woman Dies in Husband's Arms While Taking Shelter in Swimming Pool To Escape California Wildfire

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 12:26

They waited in the pool for hours, but she didn't make it.


California wildfire 'blast' kills teen, injures his family

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 12:11

When flames swept over the mountain like a "nuclear blast," Paul Hanssen ran from his burning home, a water-soaked towel around his head and dog by his side, and took shelter in a trailer. He waited nervously for two long hours as winds howled and embers flew by.


Michele Bachmann Offers Her Thoughts On Donald Trump Being A 'Man Of Faith'

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:53

At the annual Values Voter Summit (VVS) in Washington this weekend, former congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who serves on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, said in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress that Donald Trump is now a “committed believer” of Jesus Christ and “man of faith” who has “asked God for help and wisdom.”


Five Arrested in Connection to a Murder That Dates Back Three Decades

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:51

Two law enforcement officers were arrested with three other suspects in what investigators are calling a racially-motivated killing of a man in rural Georgia 34 years ago.


Syria demands 'immediate' withdrawal of Turkey troops: SANA

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:48

Syria on Saturday demanded the "immediate and unconditional withdrawal" of Turkish troops that have deployed in the country's northwestern province of Idlib, state media said citing a foreign ministry source. Turkish troops entered Idlib on Thursday night as part of efforts to enforce a so-called "de-escalation zone" agreed by rebel backer Ankara and regime allies Russia and Iran at talks in Astana earlier this year.


Ford Offers Fix to Prevent Possible Explorer Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:40

Ford said it would offer a limited-time-only free repair for about 1.4 million SUVs after a wave of public concern about Ford Explorer carbon monoxide leaks. The company made the announcement Oct...


Feds Foil Homemade Bomb in Plot to Attack North Carolina Airport

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:40

In a story that failed to get much attention last week, federal authorities say they stopped a plot to bomb a small North Carolina airport and will charge a suspect who allegedly said he was “getting ready to fight a war on U.S. soil.”


Mayim Bialik's thoughts on sexual harassment miss the point: It's men that need to fix this.

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:33

In the New York Times, actress Mayim Bialik weighed in on the Harvey Weinstein saga by detailing her own experience with the culture of Hollywood — one that differs from that of many of her peers. It's okay that Bialik's experience is unique. Every woman's is, and valid to boot. What's not okay is Bialik's fundamental misunderstanding of how harassment works — a misunderstanding that makes the piece careen into victim-blaming territory. SEE ALSO: This New York Times comment perfectly explains why women didn't speak up about Harvey Weinstein "I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise," Bialik writes. "I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy." She then connects these choices — as well as her refusal to adhere to Hollywood's beauty standards — with the fact that she "has almost no personal experience with men asking [her] to meeting in their hotel rooms" (an obvious allusion to Weinstein's abuses). Whether intended or not, the insinuation is clear: Bialik has evaded harm because of her own choices. It's a dangerous and irresponsible connection. Contrary to Bialik's implications, it's not just "doe-eyed" women with personal trainers who experience harassment. It's all of us. SEE ALSO: Samantha Bee on the Weinstein problem: 'This is about men' In the days since the Weinstein allegations surfaced, one of the narratives that's emerged is that nearly every woman has a story of harassment, abuse, or misconduct — even if she hasn't shared it.  This narrative hasn't emerged because it's a bunch of hot air. It's emerged because nearly every woman has a story of harassment, abuse, or misconduct. And to imply otherwise is to erase victims who don't fit the "Hollywood mold" — including women who made the same "self-protecting" choices as Bialik but were abused anyway. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with Bialik's lived experiences. She has the inherent right to dress, believe, and behave how she pleases. And she's certainly not responsible for the toxic, profiteering culture in Hollywood.  But neither is Asia Argento. Neither is Gwyneth Paltrow, or Angelina Jolie. Or Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. Or Rose McGowan. Or any of the women who are made to feel small by their abuse-ridden industries every single day. Misogyny's a monster — by now, that's as crystal-clear as ever. But the impetus to defeat it isn't on its victims. It's on the men. WATCH: Sorry, but you just can't erase yourself from the internet


Tampa opens arms to Puerto Rico evacuees

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:27

The city of Tampa is preparing for an influx of Puerto Rico evacuees following Hurricane Maria.


Virginia police identify suspect fatally shot by officer

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:24

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have identified a man fatally shot by officers while fleeing from police after a reported sexual assault and robbery in the area.


Bodycam footage shows harrowing rescue from California wildfires

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:43

The sheriff's department in Sonoma County, California released bodycam footage showing officers driving through a flame-ridden neighborhood on Sunday in search of residents trapped by wildfire. In the footage, which was taken around midnight, deputies shout "sheriff's office!" as they comb the area. At one point, they come upon a woman in a wheelchair outside her home and hoist her inside a police SUV. SEE ALSO: Raging California wildfires burned 80 cell towers, hampering evacuation alerts Later in the video, the officer wearing the camera drives through smoke, sparks, and at one point, what appear to be flames. "Gotta get out of here," he says to himself. The wildfires began late Sunday in California's Napa and Sonoma Counties, decimating neighborhoods often with little to no warning.  As of Saturday morning, the death toll from the disaster had risen to 35. WATCH: The science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating California


Freed Hostage Says Haqqani Kidnappers Killed His Infant Daughter

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:40

Former hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter and raped his American wife during the five years they were held in captivity.


Groom Reduced to Tears as He Sees Bride Walking Down the Aisle in Her Wedding Dress

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 09:01

"I've never seen him cry like that," bride Ashleigh said.


Police Change Timeline Of Las Vegas Mass Shooting Again

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 09:00

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has once again changed its timeline of the tragic mass shooting carried out by Stephen Paddock from a corner suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Oct. 1.


Is Iran's Navy a Threat to America?

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:41

Is Iran's Navy a Threat to America? Iran’s naval forces are some of the smallest but most aggressive in the region. Decades of sanctions and embargoes have strangled the navy’s attempts to modernize, leaving a smaller than expected naval force whose most intimidating features are homebrewed frigates, coastal missile batteries and swarms of fast, lightly armed fast-attack craft.


America's Killer M1 Abrams Tank Now Has Its Own Shields

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:31

The Trophy system is coming to one of America's most lethal weapons of war. On September 28, 2017 the U.S. Army announced that it would equip the M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams tanks of one of its armored brigades with Israeli-built Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS). Or to put it in plain speech: some of America’s 70-ton main battle tanks will now have radar-guided robotic shotguns that can shoot down incoming missiles.


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