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Pour One Out, Flavortown Fans: Guy Fieri's Times Square Restaurant Is Closing

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:57

“Flavortown” fans, put on your best flame shirt and prepare to bury your feelings in a whole lot of donkey sauce.

Bronx Fire That Killed 12 Is Latest in History of New York City's Deadliest Fires

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:46

Remembering the lives of others who were lost in deadly blazes throughout the city.

Israel retaliates to Gaza rocket attack, no injuries

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:25

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military retaliated to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on Friday with strikes on posts used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the territory. The exchange caused no casualties on either side.

Goldman Sachs says US tax reform to cut earnings by $5 bn

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:21

US banking giant Goldman Sachs said Friday the recently-enacted US tax reform will cut its earnings this year by about $5 billion, mainly because of a tax targeting earnings held abroad. The tax reform package is expected to "result in a reduction of approximately $5 billion in earnings for the fourth quarter," the company said in a statement. The one-time hit means a likely loss for the fourth quarter for the banking group when it reports quarterly and annual earnings January 17.

Here's the chilling reason some Disney hotels are getting rid of 'do not disturb' signs

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:13

Walt Disney World resorts are beginning to do away with one traditional hotel feature -- and the possible reason why is haunting.

Trump talks China, North Korea in impromptu interview

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:04

Speaking with the New York Times, the president acknowledged he’s “been soft” on China on trade, and decried the Russia investigation, but said he thinks Robert Mueller is “going to be fair.”

Nikki Haley seemingly tricked by Russian pranksters into commenting on fictional country 'Binomo'

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:30

A pair of Russian comedians appear to have successfully tricked the US’ Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, into commenting on a fictional Asian country. The two comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, known as Vovan and Lexus, posted a 22 minute audio clip of their conversation with the ambassador where they get her to comment on the situation in Binomo – a fictional country in the South China Sea. Posing as the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, they spoke to Ms Haley in the days after Poland was one of 35 countries to abstain on a UN vote to reject Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as “null and void”.

Apartment building fire in Bronx, N.Y., is deadliest in decades

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:26

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says investigators believe a Bronx fire that killed 12 was caused by a child playing with a stove.

Bronx fire that killed 12 people 'caused by child playing with stove'

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:15

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said investigators believe the Bronx fire which killed 12 people was caused by a child playing with a stove. The four-alarm fire – five being the highest level of alert – began on Thursday evening in a neighbourhood near the Bronx Zoo and by the next morning had turned into the city’s deadliest blaze in nearly 25 years. Mr De Blasio called it “an unspeakable tragedy in the middle of the holiday season” during a news conference at the scene, amid subfreezing temperatures in the city.

Report: White House intern appears to flash 'white power' hand gesture in photo with Trump

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:00

A White House intern appeared to flash a white power hand gesture in a photo with President Donald Trump, a signal that some far-right groups have adopted in recent months.

Some countries reverse free expression, seeing it as threat

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:39

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two Turkish journalists face possible life sentences on charges they sent "subliminal messages" on television encouraging a government coup. In Hungary, oligarchs loyal to the prime minister have gained control of much of the media after the leading independent newspaper was shut down. And in Poland, a reporter is being threatened with a military trial for writing a book critical of the defense minister.

Worst New York City Fire In 25 Years Kills At Least 12 Including 1-Year-Old Baby

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 08:20

The fast-moving fire unfolded overnight near the Bronx Zoo.

Situation Report: Russia Slams U.S. Missile Defense Sale to Japan

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 07:43

Saudi blockade of Yemen taking a toll, Turkey buys Russian military kit

Iran and Saudi Arabia race to pass gender reforms as Tehran relaxes headscarf arrests 

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 06:49

Women in the Iranian capital will no longer be arrested for failing to wear a headscarf, Tehran police have said, in a move which follows an unexpected raft of gender reforms in Saudi Arabia. Morality police will no longer automatically detain women seen without the proper hijab head-covering in public, a strict Islamic dress code in place since the 1979 revolution. For nearly 40 years, women in Iran have been forced to cover their hair and wear long, loose garments. Younger and more liberal-minded women have long pushed the boundaries of the official dress code, wearing loose headscarves that do not fully cover their hair and painting their nails, drawing the ire of conservatives. The announcement signalled an easing of punishments for violating the country's conservative dress code, as called for by the reform-minded Iranians who helped re-elect President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, earlier this year. But hard-liners opposed to easing such rules still dominate Iran's security forces and judiciary, so it was unclear whether the change would be fully implemented. Younger and more liberal-minded women have long pushed the boundaries of the official dress code, wearing loose headscarves that do not fully cover their hair Credit: Getty "Those who do not observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be taken to detention centers, nor will judicial cases be filed against them," General Hossein Rahimi, Tehran police chief, was quoted as saying by the reformist daily newspaper Al Sharq. The semi-official Tasnim news agency said violators will instead be made to attend classes given by police. It said repeat offenders could still be subject to legal action, and the dress code remains in place outside the capital. Iran's morality police - similar to Saudi Arabia's religious police - typically detain violators and escort them to a police van. Their families are then called to bring the detainee a change of clothes. The violator is then required to sign a form that they will not commit the offence again. Iran's arch foe Saudi Arabia, under similar internal pressure to liberalise, announced in September that it would finally allow women to drive. Saudis watch composer Yanni perform at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Credit: Reuters Activists had been arrested for driving since 1990, when the first driving campaign was launched by women who drove cars in the capital, Riyadh. Shocking the kingdom, one of the most repressive countries for women in the world, the young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced a tranche of liberalising changes. In 2018, women will also be allowed to attend sporting matches in national stadiums, where they were previously banned. Designated "family sections" will ensure women are separate from male-only quarters of the stadiums. The crown prince tested public reaction to the move when he allowed women and families into the capital's main stadium for National Day celebrations this year. And Saudi authorities this week allowed female contestants at an international chess tournament to play without the abaya, a long robe-like dress The ambitious 32-year-old heir to the throne upended decades of royal family protocol, social norms and traditional ways of doing business. He bet instead on a young generation of Saudis hungry for change and a Saudi public fed up with corruption and government bureaucracy.

Russian environmental activist hospitalized after beating

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 06:23

A leading Russian environmental activist said on Friday he had been hospitalized after being severely beaten by unknown assailants in the southern city of Krasnodar. Andrei Rudomakha, head of the Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus NGO, told Reuters he and a group of activists were assaulted late on Thursday upon returning from the Black Sea coastal city of Gelendzhik where they were documenting the illegal construction of a mansion for high-ranking officials. The regional branch of the Russian Interior Ministry, in a statement sent to Reuters, said authorities were investigating the attack by what it said were three assailants.

Fighting in northwestern Syria kills 66: monitor

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 04:34

Clashes pitting mainly jihadist and rebel fighters against regime forces backed by Russian warplanes killed at 66 people on the edge of Syria's northwestern Idlib province, a monitor said Friday. Among the victims were at least 19 civilians killed by air strikes, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that the casualties were over 24 hours of fighting in an area straddling Idlib and Hama provinces. The head of the Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said seven children were among the civilian victims.

2018 ISIS fight to rely more on general forces

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 04:09

Secretary of Defense James Mattis previewed what’s next in the fight against ISIS, telling reporters that the U.S. will rely less on special forces and more on general forces, especially in Africa. NBC’s Hans Nichols reports.

NYPD Officers Suspended After Witnesses Say They Didn't Check On Woman Later Found Dead

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 03:55

Two New York City police officers were suspended after witnesses said they failed to leave their car to check on a young woman who was later found dead at the bottom of a stairwell.

Trump shakes up diplomacy in first year

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 03:48

From "Rocket Man" to glowing orbs and all the awkward handshakes in between, take a look back at all the ways President Trump shook up global diplomacy in his first year in office.


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