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Here Are The Cities That Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day Instead of Columbus Day

Top Stories - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 07:00

More cities opt to celebrate it every year


Feinstein: Looks at Gun Victims and Asks 'Do We Want More?'

Top Stories - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 02:40

On Meet the Press, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) tells Chuck that the recurring sight of mass shooting victims should be enough to galvanize voters to action.


Scalise: Gun Rights are Unlimited Thanks to Founding Fathers

Top Stories - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 02:26

In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Chuck Todd that he would have potentially opposed gun control laws that are already on the books.


Gal Gadot Gets Help From Leslie Jones In Her First 'SNL' Monologue

Top Stories - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 00:23

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot hosted her very first “Saturday Night Live” episode and got a little help from another powerful woman, Leslie Jones.


Ghana's capital rocked by huge gas explosion leaving several casualties

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 22:38

A tanker explosion at a gas-filling station in Ghana late on Saturday, followed by a secondary blast, has left a number of casualties in the Legon suburb in northwest Accra, authorities said. Ghana’s deputy information minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said the fire has been controlled and firefighters are now controlling the second explosion. "It is early days yet to give any figures" on the number injured or dead, he said, adding there were casualties. Ambulances had been deployed, and those people who sustained various degrees of injury have been sent to hospitals, he said. More than 200 police personnel were also deployed to help to cordon off the area of the explosion, making it difficult to access. The filling station is near a transport terminal and close to some hostels for the University of Ghana in Accra. People run after a natural gas station exploded in Ghana's capital Accra Credit: Reuters George Agbey, who was close to the scene of the explosion said, "There was some panic and we all just moved away from the scene. It was like refugees moving away from a war-torn zone." Videos of the explosion posted on social media showed a blazing mushroom cloud. Legon is a suburb of the capital, and is also home to the main campus of the University of Ghana. Wreckage of cars are seen at the explosion site of a fuel station in north Accra Credit:  Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock In May, an explosion at a factory in the Western Regional capital of Takoradi occurred as a tanker was discharging liquefied petroleum gas at the Ghana Household Utilities Manufacturing Company factory. That explosion killed at least six fire service personnel at the scene, and injured at least other 80 people, according to Ghana’s state news agency.


Allies desert Syria jihadists before Turkey-backed battle

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 22:25

Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate was once a key ally for many rebels but they are now abandoning it as the jihadists face a Turkey-backed operation in its stronghold. The Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly known as Al-Nusra Front, is the most powerful faction in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, which remains largely beyond the control of the regime. It heads the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham coalition, which brought together an array of sympathetic rebel and jihadist groups and holds sway across Idlib after ousting rival factions earlier this year.


Gunman kills two guards at Saudi royal palace

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 21:47

A gunman shot dead two Saudi guards and wounded three others at the gate of the royal palace in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Saturday, the interior ministry said. Royal guards killed the gunman, identified by the ministry as a 28-year-old Saudi national armed with a Kalashnikov and three grenades. "An outpost of the royal guard came under fire by a person who got out of a Hyundai car," the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.


WHAT'S HAPPENING: Note might have had shooting calculations

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 20:37

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Investigators believe a note found in the Las Vegas gunman's hotel room contained a series of numbers that helped him calculate more precise shots, a law enforcement official said.


Richard Spencer And Fellow White Nationalists Return To Charlottesville

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 20:29

Less than two months after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists returned to Emancipation Park on Saturday evening to rally in support of Confederate statues.


'Rick and Morty' Fans Are Pissed At McDonald's Over Szechuan Sauce

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 19:48

McDonald’s is leaving a sour taste in people’s mouths that has nothing to do with food.


Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry reveal £2m funding to heal nation's mental health

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 19:01

When Prince Harry gave an extraordinarily frank interview about coping with his mother’s death earlier this year, he hoped to help “smash the stigma” and start a national conversation about mental health. According to a national study published on Sunday, he did: and in some style. Research into Heads Together’s campaign has showed an estimated 1.2million men spoke about their own mental health in May this year compared with three months earlier, all-but closing the gap with women who have traditionally spoken more freely. The findings, likened by the Duke of Cambridge to “exam results day”, showed the significant impact of the charities campaign, which included a series of videos showing celebrities speaking about their mental health, and the London Marathon. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry announce the next phase of their mission: a £2 million investment fund to help improve the nation’s mental health through technology.  Credit: AFP Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry announce the next phase of their mission: a £2 million investment fund to help improve the nation’s mental health through technology. Their Royal Foundation has confirmed its largest single grant yet, intended to develop a digital tool to help people find trusted information about their mental health and get help in times of need. The Duke said he hoped it would help create a “metaphorical barrier” to catch people who have otherwise missed sufficient mental health treatment, “to bring them into the fold and give them the help they need”. Speaking at the Data Observatory at Imperial College London, the Duke praised a research project to measure the success of the royals’ Heads Together campaign, which culminated in the London Marathon earlier this year. Hailing the results “fantastic”, he discussed how the information could now be used to help more people with mental health issues, moving beyond encouraging them to talk into practical solutions. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry reveal £2m funding to heal nation's mental health 02:08 The study, of 14,000 people by YouGov, noted a significant change in the public’s approach to mental health between February and May this year, when the Royals’ Heads Together campaign was in full swing. In particular, experts noted, the publicity arising from initiatives including the OK To Say videos and Prince Harry’s interview about his own mental health had almost closed the gap between men and women, with men catching up with the conversation. In February, 45 per cent of men and 52 per cent of women said they talked about their own mental health. By May, 60 per cent of men and 61 per cent of women had such discussions. At the peak of this change, Heads Together found, 1.2 m more men talked about their own mental health. The study noted a “slow and steady increase” in people talking about mental health in general, with a three per cent rise, or 1.5 million people, discussing it in May compared with February. Duke of Cambridge speaks at a briefing on the progress of the 'Heads Together' campaign. Credit: AFP Each of the Heads Together charity partners reported a significant rise in people contacting them following the launch of the Heads Together marathon , the Prince Harry interview, and the actual marathon. Mind experienced 58 per cent more calls than normal, with Best Beginnings seeing 105 per cent increase in app downloads and Place2Be noting a 148 per cent boost in downloads of their school resources. Of those surveyed, 68 per cent of people would now speak to a family member, 64 per cent to a friend and 25 per cent to a doctor. Just two per cent would choose to speak to their HR department, seven per cent to a work supervisor and 24 per cent to a colleague. Heads Together have now singled out several areas for particular attention in the coming months: men; the workplace; and the military. William, Duke of Cambridge listens to a briefing on the progress of the 'Heads Together' campaign  Credit: WPA/Getty Proclaiming the depth of the figures “amazing”, the Duke said there was a “lot to process”. Reading findings that three quarters of suicides in the UK are men, he added: “That’s still a worrying statistic though, it really is.” Pointing out the 68 per cent of people who said they can now talk to family about mental health, he said: “This also shows that support at home is quite key, isn’t it? “At the beginning, we were trying to understand why at home people weren’t sharing some of their problems. If we’ve at least made a big impression there we can work on the wider societal aspects. “But I think it all has to start at home. If you can’t even have a conversation with your loved ones,there’s no way you’re going to go to HR at work.” Prince Harry: My mother would be “incredibly proud” of our mental health campaign 01:11 He added: “The only thing, trying to extrapolate the data from this, is that these individuals who have spoken have probably got reasonably good support network around them. “Are we missing a whole set of people who have either been in case or who have had very bad experiences at young ages, who have bad mental health already? How do we affect that demographic?” Speaking of the future work of the Royal Foundation, which will include the £2m investment, the Duke said: “I suppose it’s finding a metaphorical barrier to get people towards. “I can imagine if you’re not in some of these categories you can spend your life missing opportunities to be helped. “We’ve got to somehow catch people in their daily life to bring them into the fold and give them the help they need.” After viewing a presentation, which included video footage of the Duke, Duchess and Prince Harry racing one another as they launched the Heads Together marathon, he asked experts whether they felt they had yet been enough impact in schools. “You’d struggle to find a parent out there who wouldn’t want the well-being of their child to be taken care of at school,” he said. Prince William and Harry: We haven't talked enough about our mother 06:45 Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of The Royal Foundation, said: “We wanted to change the conversation on mental health and to push further with an optimistic and inclusive campaign. “We’re so proud of what’s been achieved through the work of charities, Heads Together supporters and runners, and those who felt able to open up and tell their stories. “People have told us that this was so important to them and we believe the national conversation is changing. This positive response to the campaign has inspired us to take it to the next stage. “So far, we’ve been showing people why they should have a conversation. This funding will enable us to invest in practical tools to help people actually have those conversations.”


Turkey's president announces operation in Syria's Idlib

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 18:23

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president announced Saturday that the country has launched a "serious" operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, following international efforts for de-escalation in the war-torn country.


Death of Teen Who Was Found Inside a Hotel’s Freezer Has Been Ruled an Accident

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 17:35

The death of Kenneka Jenkins at the Crowne Plaza hotel has been determined an accident, the medical examiner’s office announced in a statement


Poles pray en masse at border; Some see anti-Muslim agenda

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 16:35

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Polish Catholics held rosaries and prayed together Saturday along the country's 3,500-kilometer (2,000-mile) border, appealing to the Virgin Mary and God for salvation for Poland and the world in a national event that some felt had anti-Muslim overtones.


More Than 100 Dogs Rescued From Cramped, Filthy Cages In Puppy Mill Bust

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 16:14

An animal cruelty investigation in Texas is shedding light on the disturbing conditions that can surround commercial pet breeding facilities.


Police probe letter calling on day care to fire black worker

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 16:08

WHITEHALL, Pa. (AP) — Police are investigating an anonymous letter calling on a Pennsylvania day care center to fire a black worker because of her skin color.


Man Lived With Decomposing Bodies of His Mom and Twin Brother for a Year

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 15:50

"I am not some nut ball," he said


Ken Starr Predicts Indictments Over Russia Probe

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 15:32

The former special counsel involved in Whitewater said he expected it.


Ivanka Trump Could Run For President

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 13:34

The first daughter has been involved in politics since her father took office.


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