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First few patients evacuated from besieged Syria rebel enclave

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:59

Aid workers have evacuated the first few ill patients from Syrian rebel bastion Eastern Ghouta under a deal struck after the UN said hundreds are in critical condition following a four-year government seige. Three children and a man were loaded overnight into ambulances bound for hospitals in Damascus before being transported out past government lines that have held the region's estimated 400,000 residents in a stranglehold since 2013. A total of 29 emergency medical cases are expected to be evacuated under a deal with the government that saw rebels release five workmen detained during fierce clashes with the army in March.


Man Arrested for Damaging ATM After It Gave Him 'Too Much Money': Cops

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:50

Michael Joseph Oleksik, 23, punched the touch screen in frustration, authorities said.


21 Of The Best Feminist Books Of 2017

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:18

From the Women’s March in January and the subsequent record number of women running for political offices, to the #MeToo movement, 2017 has been a remarkable year for women.


Ohio Teens Charged With Tossing Sandbag Off Overpass That Killed Man

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:59

Four Ohio teenagers have been charged with murder for allegedly throwing a sandbag off an overpass that struck and killed a 22-year-old man.


Pro-Trump Singer Says Corey Lewandowski Sexually Assaulted Her At A Party

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:31

Singer Joy Villa, who unironically wore a “Make America Great Again” dress to the 2017 Grammys, says she has filed a sexual assault complaint with police against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.


Mystery Dem-backed super PAC Highway 31 spent millions in Alabama race

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:24

A mysterious super PAC poured millions into the special Alabama Senate race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, and that group was reportedly funded heavily by the Democratic Senate Majority PAC.


18 Post-Holiday Sales On Clothes, Shoes, Accessories And More

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:13

The hustle and bustle of the holidays might have come to an abrupt halt, but that doesn’t mean the sales have.


Tillerson, Lavrov agree to continue North Korea diplomacy: U.S. State Department

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:45

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia have agreed to continue diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis over North Korea's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States and emphasized that neither accept Pyongyang as a nuclear power, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone on Tuesday, after Washington and the United Nations both announced sanctions against North Korea in recent days.


China Communist Party takes control of paramilitary police

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:13

China's paramilitary police force will soon be commanded by the Chinese Communist Party's armed forces, a report said Wednesday, the latest sign of the leadership's resolve to centralise power. The move puts the force, which maintains domestic security, squarely under the command of President Xi Jinping, who is also head of the military. It is currently under the dual leadership of the government's cabinet, the State Council, and the party's Central Military Commission.


Officer plotted to blackmail wife; she plotted his murder

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:03

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police officer has pleaded guilty to a plot to blackmail his wife over having sex with a 14-year-old boy while she has pleaded guilty to plotting to kill her husband.


North Korean Defectors Show Signs Of Possible Radiation Exposure

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:02

At least four North Korean defectors have shown symptoms consistent with radiation exposure, including chromosomal abnormalities, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Wednesday.


Obama edges Trump as most admired, Gallup finds

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:28

Former President Barack Obama was the most admired man among Americans in 2017, narrowly edging President Trump for the title, Gallup’s annual poll finds. Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman for the 16th consecutive year.


Obama Tells Prince Harry How He Felt After Leaving Office

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:20

Britain’s Prince Harry sat down with former President Barack Obama for his first interview since leaving office, discussing everything from how he felt on his last day in office to the role of social media.


Tokyo-bound Flight with Chrissy Teigen Forced to Return to Los Angeles

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:20

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen was live tweeting her flight that made a U-turn four hours in after the crew discovered an “unauthorized” passenger on board.


Nearly $60,000 Raised For 'Hugging Dog' And Owner Who Lost Home in Christmas Day Fire

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:19

Louboutina has a huge following on Instagram.


Mark Hamill Posts A Perfect Tribute To Carrie Fisher One Year After Her Death

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:24

Mark Hamill marked the first anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s untimely death with a beautiful tribute to the late actress on Wednesday.


18-year-old daughter asks stepdad to adopt her in the best Christmas gift ever

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 09:49

Some gifts are totally priceless. Makayla Dabney, an 18-year-old from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, gave her dad the best Christmas present anyone could hope to receive. SEE ALSO: At Christmas, these UNESCO protected botanical gardens turn into a living fairytale She wraps it really, REALLY well. (In the video, it takes him about five minutes to get through all the boxes and wrapping paper! If you're really impatient, skip ahead to about 5:30.)  There's a lot going on as she gives an emotional speech — the other kids playing around, with the excitement of Christmas. But when her dad, Stephen Dabney, opens it, he's moved to tears. It's adoption papers — an amazing thank you to the man who has helped raise her since she was 5. Her mother said he "stepped up when he didn't have to." Not a dry eye in the room.


Father 'found 13-year-old son and 44-year-old teacher having sex in car'

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 08:43

Police in Bay City, 80 miles south-west of Houston, have charged the teacher, Rachel Gonzales, 44, with online solicitation and having an improper relationship with the 13-year-old boy. During the investigation, police inspected the boy’s mobile phone and found texts from Ms Gonazalez indicating the pair had an inappropriate relationship prior to the alleged incident on 14 December, police said. At the request of the District Attorney, the Bay City Independent School District, where Ms Gonzalez is a teacher, have turned over the case to the local police.


#5 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2017: Dramatic aerial views of the flooding in Harvey’s aftermath

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:44

Neighborhood after neighborhood underwater. Submerged highways. The cities of coastal Texas in crisis.


Less than 1,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, coalition says

Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:00

Fewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, the United States-led international coalition fighting the hardline Sunni militant group said on Wednesday, a third of the estimated figure only three weeks ago. Iraq and Syria have both declared victory over Islamic State in recent weeks, after a year that saw the two countries' armies, a range of foreign allies and various local forces drive the fighters out of all the towns and villages that once made up their self-proclaimed caliphate. The United States has led an international coalition conducting air strikes against Islamic State since 2014 when the group swept across a third of Iraq.


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