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Cartoon Perfectly Sums Up That 'Back To Work' After Holidays Feeling

Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 07:08

A new cartoon expertly encapsulates the end of the holiday period.


India buys Israeli missiles ahead of Netanyahu visit

Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 06:53

India is to buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from Israel in a $70 million deal, the defence ministry announced Tuesday ahead of a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Barak missiles made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems are to be used for India's first aircraft carrier which is under construction. Netanyahu will lead a business delegation to India on a four day trip expected in mid-January.


Palestinian militant chief in Lebanon camp says he's moved to Syria

Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 05:35

A prominent Palestinian militant whose followers have fought other factions in a refugee camp in Lebanon has traveled to Syria, he said, removing one of the main combatants in one of Lebanon's most volatile settlements. A statement by Bilal Badr, who led a hardline Sunni Islamist faction against mainstream Palestinian groups in the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp at Sidon, did not say when or how he had traveled to Syria. The rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad has drawn militant Sunnis from across the region.


Tech icon ordered back to China sends wife instead

Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 03:29

A major Chinese tech entrepreneur has defied regulators' orders to return home, writing Tuesday that his wife and brother would deal with the debt woes plaguing his LeEco conglomerate. Jia Yueting, the 44-year-old head of a tech empire that has spanned electric cars and smartphones, posted a letter on social media to the Beijing branch of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, which last week ordered him to return to China before the end of 2017. The one-time billionaire is believed to be in the US, attempting to build up his Los Angeles-based electric car company Faraday Future.


Amber Alert Issued For Missing Daughters Of Slain Texas Woman

Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 03:20

An Amber Alert was issued on Sunday for the two missing daughters of a woman who found dead in her Texas home over the weekend.


Nine Inmates Dead, Dozens Escape as Riot Erupts in a Brazil Prison

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 22:52

Gang violence is common in Brazil's notorious prisons


Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 22:10

It's the first day that marijuana can be bought and sold legally in California, and store owner Nicole Salisbury's stock of pot edibles is already running low. "I'm so excited but I'm also a little bit nervous," says Salisbury, who has been in the marijuana business for a decade and opened Green Pearl Organics as a medical dispensary two years ago. "For the first time, I feel comfortable telling people that I own a marijuana shop," added the 35-year-old, who has vibrant blue-green hair.


In unusual step, victims told of destroyed rape kits

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 21:18

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room.


Days of deadly protests in Iran

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 19:56

Violent demonstrations have rocked Iran since Thursday last week, leaving more than 20 people dead, with protests that started over the economy turning against the Islamic regime as a whole. The wave of demonstrations that kicked off in the second city Mashhad on December 28 and quickly spread is the biggest in the tightly controlled country since unrest over a disputed election in 2009. A few hundred demonstrators gather in Mashhad and several other towns on December 28 to protest high living costs after a call reportedly goes out on the Telegram social messaging service.


The Latest: California girl killed in bus crash, 12 injured

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 19:55

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a fatal bus crash in rural Utah (all times local):


James Comey Expresses Hope For 'More Ethical Leadership' In 2018

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 19:39

In what appears to be a not-so-subtle dig at President Donald Trump, ousted FBI Director James Comey tweeted Sunday that he hoped the new year would bring “more ethical leadership focused on the truth and lasting values.”


2018 Is Already Off To A Violent Start

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 17:54

The cycle of violence in began anew Monday as millions of merrymakers around the country welcomed 2018.


Iranian protesters attack police stations, raise stakes in unrest

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 17:51

By Michael Georgy DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian protesters attacked police stations late into the night on Monday, news agency and social media reports said, as security forces struggled to contain the boldest challenge to the clerical leadership since unrest in 2009. Videos on social media showed an intense clash in the central town of Qahderijan between security forces and protesters who were trying to occupy a police station, which was partially set ablaze. There were unconfirmed reports of several casualties among demonstrators.


Bernie Sanders Holds Up New York City Mayor As Model For The Trump Opposition

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 16:19

NEW YORK ― At a ceremony to swear in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his second term, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held up his hometown as a bastion of progress and a template for what Americans should strive for in the face of the Trump administration’s policies.


Three big US cities saw homicides decline last year

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 15:26

New York, Chicago and Washington all experienced significant declines in homicides in 2017, though the murder rate rose in Baltimore, Maryland amid drug problems and lingering racial tensions. The homicide decline was dramatic in New York, which experienced 2,245 killings as recently as 1990 but just 286 in 2017 as of December 27, according to the New York Times. Chicago, which in 2016 suffered through its deadliest year in two decades with 754 killings, saw its murder total drop last year to 650, the largest year-to-year decline since 2004, the Chicago Tribune reported.


Hawaiian Airlines Flight Takes Off In 2018, Lands In 2017

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 14:44

It’s plane crazy: A flight that took off in 2018 ended up landing in 2017.


Chicago sees drop in homicides, shootings in 2017

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 14:38

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago ended 2017 with fewer homicides than the year before, but gang violence in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods kept the total number of killings above the 600 mark for only the second time in more than a decade.


Months Before Fatal Shooting of Deputy, University Had Warned Students About Suspect

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 13:47

A man fatally shot after reportedly firing on deputies in suburban Denver was the subject of a warning to University of Wyoming students


'Life is really difficult': Tehranis share economic grievances

Top Stories - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 13:35

The streets of Iran's capital have been relatively quiet as protests hit much of the country, but Tehranis still have plenty to complain about and demand action from the government. My husband is a government worker but his salary is no way enough for us to make ends meet," said Farzaneh Mirzaie, 42, a mother of two. It is a story heard up and down the country as Iran struggles to recover from years of poor economic management and crippling international sanctions.


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