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DNC Chairman Promises To Reform Party's Presidential Nominating Process

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 09:04

In a Saturday blogpost, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez vowed to enact reforms to the party’s presidential nominating process aimed at ensuring that “the new DNC will work to rebuild trust with the people we represent.”


1 family has survived 5 generations of Houston storms: Mine

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 08:29

HOUSTON (AP) — I returned to the city of my birth a few weeks ago, to a place that had drowned after a monster storm brought more than a year's worth of rain and sent its bayous and reservoirs overflowing. Hurricane Harvey had long left Houston, but its legacy lived on — in the ashy floors of Aunt Christine's home and the mold of Cousin Esther's house and the buckets that still sat scattered across the living room at Mom and Dad's to catch leaks.


Reshaping Iraq After the Defeat of the Islamic State

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 07:19

A post–Islamic State Iraq may prove more dangerous than an Iraq with an Islamic State presence. Iraq’s anti-ISIS war is quickly drawing to an end. ISIS fighters are routed and Iraqi sovereignty over territories, held by the Islamic State from June 2014, has been re-imposed.


America's Efforts to Subdue North Korea Will Fail—Unless China Gets Involved

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 07:15

The U.S. strategy of imposing “maximum pressure” and the Chinese strategy of addressing North Korean threat perceptions through engagement are mutually conflicting. President Donald Trump will visit Beijing on November 8, against the background of North Korea’s repeated threat to detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean and an increasing sense of cluelessness among the international community about how to deal with Pyongyang. One thing is certain when Trump meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing: he will push very hard for China to impose stronger pressure on North Korea.


Here Is Why the U.S. Marines Want Their Own Anti-Ship Missiles

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 07:11

The Marines want to be more than cargo for the Navy to transport—they want to help control the seas. The Marines have put just published a request for ideas on how to develop weapons for a coastal defense system.


Netanyahu associates grilled in German submarine graft probe: report

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 06:36

Two lawyers close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were questioned Sunday over their roles in suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines, media reports and police said. Police said they had detained "two senior lawyers for questioning as part of the (submarine) affair," refusing however to confirm their identity at this stage. Israeli media identified both as being close to Netanyahu, naming one as David Shimron, a relative of Netanyahu and his family lawyer who also represented German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp in Israel.


Smog blankets Pakistan, India, causing accidents, illness

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 03:59

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Smog has enveloped much of Pakistan and neighboring India, causing highway accidents and respiratory problems, and forcing many residents to stay home, officials said Saturday.


Larry David Goes To The Dark Side With Death Camp Pick-Up Lines On 'SNL'

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 03:28

“Saturday Night Live” host Larry David took a twisted turn to the shockingly macabre with a joke about picking up women at a concentration camp.


N. Korea warns 'instable' Trump against reckless remarks

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 02:59

North Korea on Sunday warned Donald Trump against making "reckless remarks" as the US president began a marathon Asian tour dominated by the nuclear threat from Pyongyang. Ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Americans were pressing for the president's early impeachment because tough remarks by a "spiritually instable" Trump could bring about "nuclear disaster to the US mainland". After arriving in Tokyo on Sunday, Trump warned that "no dictator" should underestimate the United States, in a thinly veiled reference to North Korea.


Perez: 'I Don't Know What Donna Brazile Fell For'

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 01:53

DNC Chairman Tom Perez tells Meet the Press that allegations from former acting DNC chair Donna Brazile calls her credibility into question, in an exclusive interview.


China to expand corruption supervision pilot scheme nationwide: Xinhua

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 01:00

China will expand a pilot project for anti-graft supervision reforms nationwide next year that will consolidate existing corruption agencies, state-run news agency Xinhua reported, as President Xi Jinping expands his signature policy drive. Xinhua said in a report published late on Saturday China's top legislature adopted a decision calling for new supervisory commissions to be set up by the People's Congresses at provincial, city and county-levels to "supervise those exercising public power". Xi's signature anti-graft drive has jailed or otherwise punished nearly 1.4 million Communist Party members since 2012.


Typhoon kills 27, leaves 22 missing along Vietnam coast

Top Stories - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 00:59

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A powerful typhoon battering Vietnam has killed at least 27 people and left 22 others missing amid extensive damage along the south-central coast, officials said Sunday.


Hawaii Protesters Troll Donald Trump Over His Obama Birther Lies

Top Stories - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 23:57

Trump visited Hawaii and they welcomed him with "Welcome To Kenya" placards.


At least 19 dead as Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam

Top Stories - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 23:44

At least 19 people have died and a dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said Sunday, just days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. The storm made landfall on Saturday and is the worst to hit the southern coastal region – an area normally spared typhoons which are usually hit further north – in decades. Heavy rains inundated communities with floods as 130 km/h (80 mph) winds blew off roofs and knocked down electricity poles, according to Vietnam’s search and rescue office. Coastal Khanh Hoa province, home to the popular white sand Nha Trang beach, was hardest hit with 14 dead and 10 injured, the government said. Fallen trees obstruct a street during a storm in Nha Trang, as Typhoon Damrey descends on southern Vietnam Credit: Social Media/Reuters More than 30,000 people, including foreign tourists, were evacuated from the area ahead of the storm. A dozen flights were also cancelled while railway services were suspended, while local authorities in Phu Yen province said Tuy Hoa city "has never suffered such devastation". There were also reports of minor damage around 500 kilometres north in Danang, the coastal city where Vietnam will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next week. The week-long gathering, which kicks off Monday, will bring together leaders including US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping. Vietnam has been pummelled by a dozen major storms since the start of 2017, with at least 240 people reported dead or missing in floods and landslides. In September some 80 were killed after Typhoon Doksuri battered central provinces with rain, destroying thousands of homes and triggering severe floods. The World Bank said natural disasters have killed more than 13,000 people and caused more than $6.4 billion in property damage to Vietnam over the past two decades.  


Neighbor Arrested After Rand Paul Is Assaulted At His Kentucky Home

Top Stories - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 21:48

A neighbor was arrested after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was attacked at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Friday afternoon, according to a police report.


Under Trump, Obamacare Shopping Is Even More Confusing. We're Here To Help.

Top Stories - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 21:43

Choosing health insurance can be a hassle under the best of circumstances.


Don't 'underestimate' US, warns Trump as he kicks off Asia tour

Top Stories - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 20:30

President Donald Trump Sunday issued a stern warning that "no dictator" should underestimate the United States as he kicked off an Asian tour dominated by the North Korea nuclear crisis. Speaking to cheering military personnel at Yokota Air Base just west of Tokyo minutes after landing, Trump donned a bomber jacket and said "no one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate... American resolve". It was not pleasant for them, was it?" roared Trump.


Saudi princes, ex-ministers arrested in anti-graft purge: report

Top Stories - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 19:34

Saudi Arabia arrested 10 princes and dozens of former government ministers on Saturday, reports said, in a major purge immediately after an anti-corruption commission was established. Separately, the powerful heads of the Saudi National Guard, an elite internal security force, and the navy were replaced in a series of high-profile sackings that sent shock waves in the kingdom. The developments follow a political crackdown in September as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, set to be the first millennial to occupy the Saudi throne, cements his grip on power.


Man who believes current air quality is 'too clean' named to US Environmental Protection Agency advisory board

Top Stories - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 17:46

A man who once claimed that the air in America was "a little too clean for optimum health", has been appointed to an advisory board of America's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Robert Phalen once claimed that children’s lungs need to breathe irritants so their bodies can learn to fight them. The former director of the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory at the University of California Irvine was appointed to the agency’s critical Scientific Advisory Board by ​EPA Director Scott Pruitt.


Missile from Yemen intercepted over Saudi capital

Top Stories - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 17:40

Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over Riyadh after it was launched from conflict-torn Yemen, with debris landing inside the capital's international airport, officials said. The missile attack claimed by Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels was the first aimed at the heart of the Saudi capital, underscoring the growing threat posed by the raging conflict in Yemen. Residents in Riyadh reported a loud explosion near the King Khalid International Airport just north of the city after the missile was shot down, but authorities reported no major damage or loss of life.


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