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America's Most Powerful Fighter Jet Ever Is Headed to Europe

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:25

The United States Air Force’s elite 27th Fighter Squadron—part of the 1st Fighter Wing—has deployed to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, with a detachment of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors. The stealthy fifth-generation fighters—which can cruise supersonically without using fuel-guzzling afterburners—are in Europe to train with locally based U.S. units and allied air forces as part of the Pentagon’s European Deterrence Initiative.

Ranking The Best Shows On Amazon You Can Stream Right Now

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:07

The more you stream, the more potential there is for you to click over to buy something on their service.

Ranking The Best Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 07:59

Netflix has become that friend who just won’t stop proposing outlandish new ideas.

Canadian says child killed, U.S. wife raped during Afghan kidnapping

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 05:21

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) - A U.S.-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. "Obviously, it will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home," Boyle told reporters after arriving at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, wearing a black sweatshirt and sporting a beard.

Canadian hostage reveals captors murdered his daughter and raped his wife during Afghan kidnapping

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 05:16

A US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week almost five years after being kidnapped have returned to Canada  where the husband revealed one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped by their captors. American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 34, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. Pakistani troops rescued the family in the northwest of the country, near the Afghan border, on Wednesday. The US has long accused Pakistan of failing to fight the Haqqani group. An emotional Mr Boyle speaks to the media following his family's dramatic rescue on Wednesday. Credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch  "The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani network in the kidnapping of a pilgrim ... was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorising the murder of my infant daughter," Mr Boyle told reporters in a statement at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. "And the stupidity and evil of the subsequent rape of my wife, not as a lone action, but by one guard, but assisted by the captain of the guard and supervised by the commandant." He did not elaborate on what he meant by "pilgrim", or on the murder or rape. Ms Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and their three children who were all born in captivity, were not at the news conference. Caitlin Coleman, Joshua Boyle and two of their children during their time in captivity Credit: Reuters "Obviously, it will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home," Mr Boyle added. Mr Boyle said the Taliban, who he referred to by their official name - the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - had carried out an investigation last year and conceded that the crimes against his family were perpetrated by the Haqqani network. Joshua Boyle at Pearson Toronto International Airport revealed his wife had been raped and his daughter murdered by their captors Credit: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP He called on the Taliban "to provide my family with the justice we are owed". "God willing, this litany of stupidity will be the epitaph of the Haqqani network," he said. His statement came after Ms Coleman's parents revealed they were furious with their son-in-law for taking their pregnant daughter to Afghanistan.  Patrick and Linda Boyle outside their home in Smith Falls, Ontario Credit: The Canadian Press via AP "Taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable," Coleman's father, Jim, told ABC News.  Linda Boyle said she had spoken to her son three times since his release. “I have not wiped the smile off of my face,” she said. Mr Boyle revealed dramatic details of their rescue to his family in phone calls. The five of them were crammed into the boot of the kidnappers’ car when a deadly shoot-out forced it to a halt. Five of the captors were shot dead by the Pakistani army and Mr Boyle suffered minor shrapnel wounds, he told his parents. An unknown number of the kidnappers, believed to be from the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, fled on foot. One of the three children was in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers, Mr Boyle told reporters. A still image from a militant video taken in 2013 showing Caitlan Coleman and her husband Joshua. Credit: Coleman family via AP “He knows who the people are and he wants to make sure that they’re all prosecuted,” said Ms Boyle. She added that her son views the Pakistani Army as “heroes” for securing the family’s freedom. In a video posted by the Toronto Star, Mr Boyle’s father Patrick expressed the couple’s “profound thanks for the courageous Pakistani soldiers who risked their lives and got all five out safely in the rescue.” Ms Boyle said she had yet to know the full horror endured by her son and daughter-in-law endured since they were kidnapped in early October 2012 when they crossed into Afghanistan during a backpacking trip through Central Asia. “They were held the entire time in an underground prison,” Ms Boyle said that Josh told her during one of their phone calls on Thursday. The couple's two sons aged four and two were born during the couple's time in captivity. Mr Boyle helped deliver the second boy, said Ms Boyle. There is also a baby girl, who was either born two months ago – as Mr Boyle told his mother – or four months ago, as her Canadian passport reads. “But maybe when you’re kept in an underground prison, you have no sense of time,” said Ms Boyle. She said the reunited family would live together in their three-bedroom home in the Ottawa area. The operation to free the family has raised fresh questions about Pakistan’s relationship with militant groups and whether any deal was done. North Americans held hostage by Taliban freed by Pakistan 01:11 Donald Trump’s administration has increased pressure on the country’s security forces to disavow groups such as the Haqqani network which it has used in the past to hold influence in neighbouring Afghanistan. Michael Kugelman, a South Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, said: "I don't think it's a coincidence that this hostage release was announced when you have a parade of top Trump administration officials in Islamabad to deliver strongly worded warnings to Pakistan.” For his part, Mr Trump credited Pakistan for “working in conjunction” with the US government in securing the release of the Boyle-Coleman family. Ms Boyle said she was unsure “what role Canada played” in extricating her son and his young family from captivity. On Thursday morning, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement in which she said that Canada “has been actively engaged” with the US, Afghan and Pakistani governments, but later told reporters that she was “not at liberty to describe the circumstances” of the family’s release. “We were not on the inside of anything and were pretty much kept in the dark,” said Ms Boyle.

Nelly rape accuser wants to stop investigation because she believes 'the system is going to fail her'

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 04:23

A woman who accused US rapper Nelly of sexual assault has asked police to stop their investigation, her lawyer has said. Lawyer Karen Koehler posted a letter on her website saying the woman “is telling Auburn Police Department and the King County Prosecutor's Office to put a halt on the investigation of Cornell Iral Haynes Jr”, the real name of the rapper. It goes on to say she will not testify in criminal proceedings against him, saying the woman “wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her” and she “wants this to end”.

Trump risks making US rogue actor as he condemns Iran nuclear deal

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 02:00

Donald Trump’s speech on Iran included misleading and false claims. The content, tone and style of Donald Trump’s speech about Iran on Friday was a reminder of how much the current president of the United States relishes conflict. With his domestic legislative agenda stalled and a federal investigation scrutinising his finances and his relations with Moscow, Trump has taken to finding enemies to rail against, including the press and black football players who kneel during the national anthem.

Philippines' Duterte warns of 'revolutionary government'

Top Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 01:11

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to establish a "revolutionary government" to fend off alleged efforts to oust him, fuelling fears of a looming dictatorship. Duterte said he would resort to a revolutionary government, as opposed to martial law that would require congressional approval, if communists and other opponents tried to destabilise his rule. "If your destabilisation is taking place and there is chaos already, I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government until the end of my term and I will arrest all of you and we can go to a full scale war against the reds," Duterte said, in reference to communist rebels who have waged a nearly 50-year insurgency.

US mobile carriers Sprint, T-Mobile to merge: report

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

Japan's SoftBank has reached a broad accord to merge its US subsidiary Sprint with T-Mobile to create a rival to America's top two wireless carriers, a newspaper said Saturday. SoftBank and German group Deutsche Telekom, which holds 64 percent of T-Mobile, are considering a stock swap for the deal, which could be announced as early as this month, the Nikkei daily said. The Japanese telecom giant is also planning to begin procedures for the approval of the US Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Justice, the report said.

California wildfires are officially the worst in history with 36 people dead

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:55

A fifth day of desperate firefighting in California wine country brought a glimmer of hope on Friday as crews battling the flames reported their first progress toward containing the massive blazes, and hundreds more firefighters poured in to join the effort.  The scale of the disaster also became clearer as authorities said the fires had chased an estimated 90,000 people from their homes and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses. The death toll rose to 36, making this the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in California history.  In all, 17 large fires still burned across the northern part of the state, with more than 9,000 firefighters attacking the flames using air tankers, helicopters and more than 1,000 fire engines.  Helicopters dump giant buckets of water on California wildfires 00:53 "The emergency is not over, and we continue to work at it, but we are seeing some great progress," said the state's emergency operations director, Mark Ghilarducci.  Over the past 24 hours, crews arrived from Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Oregon and Arizona. Other teams came from as far away as Canada and Australia.  Drone footage shows decimated California town 01:10 Since igniting Sunday in spots across eight counties, the blazes have reduced entire neighbourhoods to ash and rubble. The death toll has risen daily as search teams gain access to previously unreachable areas.  Individual fires including a 1991 blaze in the hills around Oakland killed more people than any one of the current blazes, but no collection of simultaneous fires in California ever led to so many deaths, authorities said.  People remained on edge, worried about the wind shifting fires in their direction, said Will Deeths, a Sonoma middle school principal helping to supervise volunteers at Sonoma Valley High School, now an evacuation shelter.  "In the afternoons we start looking up at the flag pole and we start looking to see, is the wind blowing? Is the flag moving?" he said. "It's been really crazy."  Video was released of body camera footage on the first night of the fire, showing an unnamed deputy braving wild flames and thick smoke to clear out a community already being devoured by the flames.  "Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!" the Sonoma County deputy yells to drivers who are hesitating and moving slowly as they flee.  The deputy, wheezing and coughing, runs to several doors shouting "sheriff's office!" for anyone who may be in earshot.  He then comes across another deputy with a woman in a wheelchair right next to a house that is burning and lifts her into an SUV to take her away.  A helitanker drops water on Mt St Helena  Credit: The Press Democrat via AP On Friday dozens of search-and-rescue personnel at a mobile home park in Santa Rosa, also in Sonoma County, carried out the grim task Friday of searching for remains. Fire tore through Santa Rosa early Monday, leaving only a brief window for residents to flee, and decimated the park, which was known as Journey's End and was home to hundreds of people.  Workers were looking for two missing people who lived at the park. They found one set of remains, mostly bone fragments, and continued looking for the other, said Spencer Crum, Sonoma County sergeant.  To help in the search, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office near San Francisco sent specialised equipment, including drones with three-dimensional cameras and five dogs trained to sniff out human remains.  Resident looks through the rubble of a home in Napa, California Credit: Bloomberg Authorities have said that some victims were so badly burned they were identified only by metal surgical implants found in the ashes that have ID numbers on them.  The influx of outside help offered critical relief to firefighters who have been working with little rest since the blazes started.  "It's like pulling teeth to get firefighters and law enforcement to disengage from what they are doing out there," CalFire's Napa chief Barry Biermann said. "They are truly passionate about what they are doing to help the public, but resources are coming in. That's why you are seeing the progress we're making."  In addition to manpower, equipment deliveries have poured in. Crews were using 840 fire engines from across California and another 170 sent from around the country.  Smoke and haze obscure the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline Credit: AP Two of the largest fires in Napa and Sonoma counties were at least 25 percent contained by Friday, which marked "significant progress," said Ken Pimlott, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But he cautioned that crews would face more gusty winds, low humidity and higher temperatures. Those conditions were expected to take hold later Friday and persist into the weekend.  Smoke from the blazes hung thick over the grape-growing region and drifted south to the San Francisco Bay Area. Face masks were becoming a regular accessory, and sunsets turned blood-red from the haze.  "It's acrid now," said Wayne Petersen in Sonoma. "I'm wearing the mask because I've been here two or three days now. I live here. It's starting to really affect my breathing and lungs."  Fire officials were investigating whether downed power lines or other utility failures could have sparked the fires, but they say they are far from determining how the blazes began. 

Five arrested in Georgia, including two law enforcement officers, over 1983 murder

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:23

The body of Timothy Coggins, 23, was found on Oct. 9, 1983, in a grassy area near power lines in the community of Sunnyside, about 30 miles (48 km) south of downtown Atlanta. Investigators spoke to people who knew Coggins, but the investigation went cold, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said at a news conference.

Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Is Doomed

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:20

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the aging Admiral Kuznetsov, is in big trouble. This week, a Russian-language report in Interfax disclosed that Russia has cut in half funding for repairing and modernization its aircraft carrier. The same source said that the budgetary problems has forced Russia to abandon plans to modernize the carrier, and instead Moscow will only proceed with the previously planned repairs.

Investigator: Man charged with burning woman changed story

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:11

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A man charged with fatally burning a 19-year-old Mississippi woman acknowledged that he was with her on the evening she was set on fire after repeatedly denying it during interrogations, an investigator said Friday.

Striking images reveal wineries devastated by wildfires

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:10

Remarkable photos reveal how badly California's wineries have been damaged in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres of wine country since Sunday. SEE ALSO: How California's firestorm spread so mind-bogglingly fast: From 'Diablo' winds to climate trends Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California is just one of the dozens of wineries that was ravaged by the massive fires.  In the midst of the blaze, a large plastic wine container melted, releasing a boiling pool of wine, according to SF Gate. "I saw a pool of wine, and it was flowing lightly down the hill, and as I got close to it, I noticed that it was bubbling," photographer Josh Edelson told the news outlet. "At first, I didn't understand it, but then it dawned on me that the ground was hot, and the wine was boiling with all that stuff smoldering around it." Edelson captured pictures of the haunting scene at Paradise Ridge on Tuesday. A pool of wine boils beneath debris from the fire at Paradise Ridge Winery.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images A melted wine container leaks wine onto the ground at Paradise Ridge Winery.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images Charred fermentation tanks drip wine at a destroyed Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesParadise Ridge Winery owner Sonia Byck-Barwick told CNN the property is completely burned, and all of the grapes they had picked for the season have been lost. Byck-Barwick said she hopes to keep the business alive in the face of destruction by using a small building on the property as a tasting room for visitors.  Many other wineries have experienced varying degrees of damage, and at least a dozen have been completely destroyed, according to The Mercury Times.  Wine grapes are destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on October 11, 2017 in Kenwood, California.Image: EZRA SHAW/Getty Images The gutted remains of Paradise Ridge winery. #sonomafire #wine. Owner says he will rebuild. pic.twitter.com/ubhofqQAIC — Bill Swindell (@BillSwindell) October 9, 2017 Signorelli winery is gone pic.twitter.com/rOHpqGNMn2 — Karin Oconnell (@KarinO39) October 9, 2017 A mother hen and her (well-camouflaged) chicks scratch and peck for food in the burned earth at a Calistoga-area winery. pic.twitter.com/E441QZgENt — Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) October 11, 2017 Melted wine bottles are among the remains of the Signorello Estate Winery in Napa, California.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesFans of the wineries expressed their concern on Twitter.  This is where @aprilolanoff and I got married. I hope everyone is safe. https://t.co/ViJB7u5ejN — drew olanoff (@yoda) October 9, 2017 My wife & I were married there just a few weeks ago. That's extremely sad news. Such a happy, beautiful place. — Derek Gathright (@derek) October 9, 2017 The fires in Northern California have destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, and have displaced 90,000 people as of Friday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. At least 35 people have died, making these fires the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history.  The two deadliest fires — the Tubbs and Atlas fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties — moved quickly through wine country due to strong winds, making it difficult for firefighters to contain them.  WATCH: California wildfire victims returning to their destroyed homes is absolutely heart-wrenching

The Latest: Chief: Officer fatally shot during struggle

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:47

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The Latest: Couple who survived 6 days in Utah say

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:16

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on couple who survived six days in a remote part of southern Utah (all times local):

2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Automatic

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:55

Zen simplicity with a side of sportiness.

22 Stunning Holiday Trifles

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:31

Teen Scares The Bejesus Out Of Neighbor With Her 'Creepy Window'

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:15

It looked like something supernatural is happening in Kellie Burkhart’s bedroom window.

Do You Still Not Know What Fenty Means?

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:35

She’s the ball-gown-with-sneakers-wearing crooner of catchy tunes we all know and love.


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