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Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:48

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the U.S., Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too'," Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it also said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Protests turn violent in Tunisia over price hikes

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:13

Tunisia’s prime minister promised Tuesday to crack down on rioters after violent protests over price hikes left one person dead and raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The clashes earlier this week recalled the 2010-2011 protest movement that led to the ouster of authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked uprisings across the Arab world. Tunisia’s economy has struggled ever since.

Legendary French Actress Catherine Deneuve Decries #MeToo Movement As 'Puritanism'

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:48

French movie icon Catherine Deneuve thinks the #MeToo movement to hold sexual harassers accountable has gone too far, joining a group of other influential French women arguing that it amounts to “puritanism” and “a wave of purification” that has created “a climate of a totalitarian society.”

Supreme Court takes the wheel in 2 cases of vehicle searches

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's justices put themselves in the driver's seat Tuesday, hearing arguments in two cases involving vehicle searches, but it was unclear what routes the justices will take to resolve the cases.

New York Times Responds To Backlash From Mormons Over Late Leader's Obit

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:29

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition urging The New York Times to rewrite its obituary for Mormon leader Thomas Monson, who died last week.

Transgender Rights Advocate Found Stabbed and Beaten to Death in Her Home

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:10

She helped launch the first New England Trans Pride event a decade ago

Democrat Asks Judge To Block Trump Voter Fraud Probe From Deleting Or Moving Records

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:54

A Democrat on President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission is asking a federal judge to step in and block officials from deleting any of the panel’s records or transferring voter data.

14-year-old girl pulled from 'tangled mess of a house' after California mudslide

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:51

Firefighters in Montecito, California, were able to rescue a 14-year-old girl trapped inside her mangled home on Tuesday following a deadly mudslide that claimed the lives of at least five people, according to NBC News.

What's The Deal With Depression Naps?

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:27

Spend some time scrolling through your social media feed and you’re likely to come across the term “depression nap.”

Here's How Frozen Alligators Survived Last Week's Winter Blast

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:01

A viral video of alligators frozen in an icy pond at North Carolina’s Shallotte River Swamp Park has been the talk of social media, with many people wondering whether coldblooded crocodilians can survive in brutally cold temperatures.

Staples is selling a 28-inch 4K monitor for $270

Macworld - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:36

If you've been looking to upgrade to a higher resolution monitor, Staples has a nice deal on a 28-inch 4K model right now: The Dell S2817Q is $270 at the office supplies retailer. That's one of the lowest prices we've seen yet—$12 under the all-time low on Amazon.

The Dell S2817Q is a pretty good 4K monitor for everyday use. Though its design is fairly generic, its 3840x2160 resolution means you can cram a lot of information onto the screen at one time. It also has a fairly wide range of ports—two USB 3.0, two HDMI, one DisplayPort, and one Mini DisplayPort—so both desktop and laptop users will find it easy to connect to.

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Hyundai Nexo: A Bigger, Better Fuel-Cell SUV

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:35

The company's first dedicated fuel-cell platform makes its debut at CES.

Dianne Feinstein Releases Transcript Of Fusion GPS Co-Founder's Testimony On Russia

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:09

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office released a transcript Tuesday of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Turkey summons ambassadors over Syria's Idlib strikes: sources

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:04

Turkey's foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned the Russian and Iranian ambassadors to Ankara after accusing the Syrian regime of stepping up its offensive on key rebel-held areas, according to Turkish diplomatic sources. The strikes targeted moderate opposition forces in Idlib province near the Turkish border, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who warned it could torpedo talks aimed at ending the war. "Regime forces are striking moderate opposition with the pretext of fighting against Al-Nusra (Front)," Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the official Anadolu news agency, referring to the former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

Alabama Player Proposes After Game Because A National Title Isn't Enough

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:58

While many Alabama players will remember the Crimson Tide’s 26-23 national title game victory over Georgia as the pinnacle of a glorious season, center Bradley Bozeman may have a different recollection.

Okla. Dad Claimed Ex-Cheerleader Daughter Killed Herself — But Now He Faces Trial on Murder Charges

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:47

An Oklahoma dad who claimed his ex-cheerleader daughter fatally shot herself will be tried for murder after a detective said the shot could not have been self-inflicted, according to several media reports

Donald Trump speaks at a fourth-grade level, the lowest of last 15 U.S. presidents, according to analysis

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:16

President Donald Trump connects with the American people by using a language that even a fourth grader could understand, according to a recently published analysis by Factbase on the speech patterns of the last 15 U.S. presidents.

Netanyahu: Israel helped stop terror attacks on planes in Europe

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:06

Israeli intelligence has helped stop terrorists from using civilian aeroplanes in Europe to carry out major attacks “of the worst kind”, Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.  The Israeli prime minister told a group of ambassadors from Nato countries that his nation’s intelligence agencies had “helped save many European” lives by passing on warnings of jihadist plots.  He did not give details of the thwarted attacks but said they “involve civil aviation”.  “We have, through our intelligence services, provided information that has stopped several dozen major terrorist attacks, many of them in European countries. Some of these could have been mass attacks, of the worst kind that you have experienced on the soil of Europe and even worse, because they involve civil aviation,” Mr Netanyahu said.  Israel has a formidable intelligence apparatus and Mr Netanyahu often uses his country’s intelligence gathering capabilities as a calling card as he tries to improve Israel’s diplomatic standing around the world. He speaks often about how countries that were once hostile to the Jewish state now seek out its help in the fields of both intelligence and technology.  Jihadist groups remain determined to try to smuggle bombs aboard civilian aircraft, according to assessments by both Western and Israeli intelligence agencies.  Perhaps the most dangerous bomb makers are Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  The group was behind a failed plot to smuggle bombs into printer cartridges and get them aboard cargo planes in 2010. One bomb was discovered at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire and another in Dubai.  The plot was foiled after Saudi Arabia intelligence chief tipped off the US.  A forensic officer removes a package from a UPS container at East Midlands Airport in Castle Donington in 2010 Credit: REUTERS/Darren Staples AQAP was also behind the failed “underpants bombing”, when a young Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab nearly blew up a flight to Detroit on Christmast Day 2009.  Mr Netanyahu said that Israel was helping Europe by preventing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) from setting up “an alternative territorial base” in the Egyptian Sinai desert following their battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria.  The jihadist group has a presence in the Sinai and has carried out deadly attacks against both Egyptian civilians and security forces. Israel has carried out strikes against the group in Sinai and shared intelligence with Egyptian forces as they battle the jihadists.  He told ambassadors that Israel was also working to prevent Iran consolidating its position in Syria. “This is dangerous for you too because the conquest of the Middle East by Iran would eventually effect all of your interests,” he said. 

Boeing logs record deliveries for 2017, upbeat on 2018

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:44

Boeing reported record commercial plane deliveries for 2017 on Tuesday and said cargo and customer passenger trends continued to look strong for 2018. The gains were fueled by global economic growth of three percent and an increase in overall passenger traffic that has outpaced historical trends, said Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth. Boeing shares jumped 2.7 percent to $318.36 and was the biggest gainer in the Dow in midday trading.

Teacher handcuffed, arrested and removed from school board meeting after challenging teacher pay

Top Stories - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:36

A Louisiana teacher was forcibly removed from a school board meeting and arrested after saying that pay raises for leadership on the board was a "slap in the face" to all teachers. Deyshia Hargrave, a teacher in the Vermilion Parish School System, asked questions regarding the board's consideration of a $38,000 raise for the superintendent of the school system. Ms Hargrave appeared to leave the meeting willingly after the officer approached her and asked her to do so, but in the hallway video showed that she was on the ground being handcuffed and asking "what are you doing?" repeatedly.


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