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German security service probes acid attack on energy CFO

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 19:30

Germany's domestic security service is investigating an acid attack on a manager of an energy company that has been in conflict with environmental protesters, police said Monday. Two unidentified males on Sunday hurled acid at the face of Bernhard Guenther, 51, chief financial officer with Essen-based company Innogy, the renewables subsidiary of energy giant RWE, said police. Bild daily reported that the attackers used sulphuric acid, badly injuring the victim's face and eyes, as he was walking back from a bakery though a park close to his home in Haan near Duesseldorf.

Russia's Big Military Buildup: Why Is America So Shocked?

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 19:28

What is noteworthy is that the bilateral relationship between Russia and the United States is clearly on a downward trajectory. Russia's Big Military Buildup: Why Is America So Shocked? American defense officials are not surprised by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s March 1 speech that highlighted a host of new strategic nuclear weapons that the Kremlin is developing to overcome U.S. missile defenses.

Florida Teacher Linked To White Supremacist Podcast Removed From The Classroom

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 18:49

A Florida middle school social studies teacher was removed from the classroom while her school district investigates a HuffPost report that she hosted a white supremacist podcast under a pseudonym, shared anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and suggested that Muslims be eradicated from the planet. HuffPost, in an article published on Saturday, revealed that Volitich was hosting a podcast titled “Unapologetic” under the name “Tiana Dalichov.” Volitich also used that name on a Twitter account and two Facebook pages, in addition to  several other podcasts and YouTube pages.

All The Gorgeous Looks From The 2018 Oscars Red Carpet

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 17:51

There’s no red carpet event quite like the Oscars. 

'Black Panther' Passes The $500-Million Mark At The Box Office

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 17:40

This weekend, Marvel Studio’s blockbuster “Black Panther” made another $65 million. The film has now raked in over $500 million after just 17 days in theaters, making it the 10th highest-domestic-grossing movie in history. The film is sure to eclipse the ninth spot on the list, 2017′s “Beauty and the Beast,” which made $504 million domestically. The superhero film could even pass “The Avengers,” which made $623 million domestically in 2012 and is the highest-grossing Marvel film of all time. It brought in $242 million domestically in its four-day opening weekend — just behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Those numbers make “Black Panther” the fifth largest opening of all time, and the top February opening weekend.

Report: Mexican man assumed American identity for 37 years

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 15:14

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican man who was deported twice and had a history of arrests was able to assume the identity of an American citizen and receive more than $360,000 in government benefits for nearly four decades, California court records show.

Tiger and Bear Battle it Out Over Territory in Intense Video

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 12:40

The bear fought back to protect her cub.

2-Year-Old Girl Dies After Mirror Falls on Her at Payless Shoe Store

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 12:36

The child was rushed to the hospital but did not survive

Four die in building collapse after explosion in Poland

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 12:20

Four people died and about 20 were injured in an apartment building collapse in Poznan, western Poland, most likely to have been caused by a gas explosion, state-run news agency PAP said on Sunday. The explosion on Sunday morning destroyed four of 18 apartments in the building, PAP said, quoting a local fire brigade representative. "Looking at the degree of destruction of this building, it was initially assumed that it could have been a gas explosion, but we do not have certainty yet.

DOJ Report To Knock Trump's Favorite FBI Foil Over Leak That Helped Trump's Own Campaign

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 12:19

WASHINGTON ― The Justice Department’s top oversight official is set to release a report slamming an FBI official President Donald Trump has portrayed as a Hillary Clinton stooge — for allegedly authorizing leaks of information that hurt Clinton’s campaign. Trump and his supporters have used the fact that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife ran for a state Senate seat as a Democrat to paint him as a Democratic partisan out to get Trump.

Swiss vote for public media

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 11:46

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a proposal that would have cut taxpayer funding to public broadcasters, after a campaign that stirred debate about the media's role in fostering national unity. The "No Billag" initiative -- a reference to the Billag firm that collects the media licensing fee -- divided Switzerland on political and generational lines. Rejection of the initiative was "a strong sign for the public service and for private regional radio and television," said the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SSR) director Gilles Marchand.

Kasich praises younger generation's gun-reform activism: 'Bully for them! I love them!'

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 11:44

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been impressed with the way millennials and Generation Xers have been demanding that politicians do something to prevent mass shootings. "I love the way that they are saying, 'Let's do the art of the impossible rather than the art of the possible,'" he said.

West Virginia teachers strike for better wages continues into another week

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 11:18

Teachers have been protesting inside the state capitol building as West Virginia’s state senate blocked a deal for a 5% raise that the governor and house of representatives approved. The state ranks 48th in teacher pay nationally.

Trump Mocks Kushner At Gridiron Dinner: 'Jared Could Not Get Through Security'

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 11:09

President Donald Trump pulled no punches in his gibe-filled remarks at the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday, joking about his top aides and opponents alike to the journalists and lawmakers in attendance. The president opened his comments by mocking the recent downgrading of Kushner’s security clearance. “Before I get started, I wanted to apologize for arriving a little bit late,” Trump began, according to pool reporters.

Michigan man cleared of murder now fights for compensation

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:47

DETROIT (AP) — David Gavitt spent 26 years in prison for the deaths of his wife and two daughters before a prosecutor agreed that the evidence behind his arson conviction was no longer credible. The case helped inspire a Michigan law aimed at compensating the wrongfully convicted.

227-year-old tree planted by George Washington pulled down by wind

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:44

Extreme winds have toppled a tree, believed to be well over two centuries old, that was planted by former US president George Washington on his Mount Vernon estate. The 227-year-old Canadian hemlock which collapsed on Friday was planted by the founding father and first American president back in 1791. Mount Vernon announced the tree had fallen over on its Facebook page on Friday evening.

Profits, doubts in equal measure at Geneva Motor Show

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 09:29

This year's Geneva Motor Show comes at a curious time for an auto world enjoying record profits yet also gripped by doubt midway through the grand transition from diesel to electric and self-driving vehicles. "Geneva really ought to have been a lovely salon," says, with heavy irony, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of German-based Center Automotive Research of Europe's first major car show of the year running from March 8 to 18. Adding to the worries is a new threat by US President Donald Trump to tax imported European cars "which freely pour into the U.S", if Brussels retaliates in response to his announced plans for tariffs on imported steel and aluminium.

Senate Democrat: Gun reform won't happen if Trump is 'not willing to lead'

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 08:52

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with one of the leading Democrats on gun control, Sen. Chris Murphy.

Trump Mocks George W. Bush, Calls Iraq Invasion 'Single Worst Decision Ever Made'

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 08:30

“Here we are, like the dummies of the world, because we had bad politicians running our country for a long time,” Trump said. As CNN noted, Trump has used this faulty assessment about the WMDs to question the reliability of the U.S. intelligence community, particularly regarding its conclusions about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

A Climate Change Litmus Test For Democrats

Top Stories - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 08:00

In April 2016, at a campaign stop on the campus of SUNY Purchase, just north of New York City, I filmed a short video of Hillary Clinton. The video quickly went viral, partly because of the outsized response from a famously tight-lipped politician, partly because it played so well into the Democratic primary narrative that pitted Clinton, buddy-buddy with Wall Street, against the people-powered challenge of Sen. Bernie Sanders. The furor that the video generated sprang from fissures in the Democratic Party that perfunctory resistance to President Donald Trump has only papered over.


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