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First Responders Reunite With Man They Saved After He Collapsed While Holding Infant Daughter

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:04

The gift of life has proven to be a present money cannot buy.

Sen. Hatch 'Grateful' for Being Named Newspaper’s 'Utahn of the Year.' But the Article Was Scathing

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:03

The Salt Lake Tribune named Senator Orrin Hatch “Utahn of the Year,” but he got the honor for all the wrong reasons.

Man's 'Christmas Vacation' Homage Has Neighbors Calling 911

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 13:58

A Colorado man’s homage to his favorite Christmas movie gave him the gift of laughter this year.

NBC issues hugging guidelines to staff in wake of Matt Lauer sexual assault scandal

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 13:31

NBC News has issued new guidelines to staff in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Matt Lauer, America's highest-paid television news host. Lauer was fired on November 28 after The New York Times reported allegations from multiple women about sexual harassment. He was the network's highest-paid star, earning $25 million a year. The broadcaster has now reportedly issued new behavioural guidelines, obtained by The New York Post. Employees have been ordered to report any inappropriate relationships in the workplace, according to the paper, and if they fail to do so, they could be fired for covering up for colleagues. Detailed rules also have been issued about conduct in the office, including how to socialise and even how to hug colleagues. “Romantic relationships at work are not exactly unusual, but now NBC says it is taking a zero-tolerance approach," a source told the paper. "Staffers have been told that if they find out about any affairs, romances, inappropriate relationships or behaviour in the office, they have to report it to human resources, their superior or the company anti-harassment phone line. "Staffers are shocked that they are now expected to snitch on their friends." The source added that there are also "a series of ridiculous rules" issued to guide office conduct. "One rule relates to hugging. If you wish to hug a colleague, you have to do a quick hug, then an immediate release, and step away to avoid body contact," the source said. “Also there’s strict rules about socialising, including [not] sharing taxis home and [not] taking vegans to steakhouses.” NBC News representatives have not commented. Matt Lauer with his co-host, Savannah Guthrie Earlier this month, NBC News said it would require employees to take anti-harassment training and conduct a “culture assessment” of the news division following Lauer’s firing. Andy Lack, the chairman of NBC News, said in a staff memo that a review of the “inappropriate sexual conduct” charges that led to Lauer’s firing resulted in interviews with at least 40 other employees. Lauer, a married father of three, has apologised for his actions in a statement read on his former show, Today, saying he was "truly sorry". He said that not all of the allegations that have followed are correct, but he admitted that "there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed." He said: "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC." His Dutch model wife, Annette Roque, is reportedly consulting divorce lawyers. The pair met in 1997 and married in 1998. Their first child, Jack, was born in 2001, followed by Romy in 2004 and Thijs in 2006. Ms Roque previously filed for divorce while pregnant with Thijs, but the couple later reconciled. On Saturday they were seen together at their horse farm in Sag Harbour, in The Hamptons, but with Ms Roque not wearing her wedding ring. Lauer was fired in the aftermath of the October 5 report into the behaviour of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood film producer. He was accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment, assault and rape, which he denied, and his downfall triggered a flood of similar accusations against politicians, media moguls and business titans, with a slew of resignations. Weinstein is currently in rehab in Arizona, and with his estranged wife demanding he pay their child support in advance for fear of him being bankrupted by law suits. Yet he is now a Hollywood pariah: on Christmas Day the rock band TENLo released a dark music video in which a Weinstein lookalike, played by former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond, is stabbed to death.  

Russia Demands To Know Why Chechen Leader's Instagram Account Was Blocked

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 13:13

Russia’s internet watchdog agency is demanding to know why Instagram and Facebook have blocked the social media accounts of Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed dictator.

Colombia records lowest murder rate in four decades

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:51

Colombia recorded its lowest murder rate in four decades this year in the wake of a peace deal with the leftwing FARC rebel group, the government said Tuesday. There were "a little over 11,000 homicides" in 2017, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said, equating to a rate of 23 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. The government's Forensic Medicine Institute has not yet released its data on recorded deaths for 2017.

Russia's Military in 2035: Killing the Enemy from Distance (With Cruise Missiles)

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:20

The shape of Russia’s military in 2035 will largely be determined by how successfully Moscow can transition from projects originally conceived by the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Russia is not the threat that the Soviet Union once was. Modern Russia has the means to strike back conventionally against potential threats.

Pennsylvania Woman Shocked By $284 Billion Electric Bill

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:49

You can’t blame Mary Horomanski for getting a little charged up when she saw her electric bill earlier this month.

After holiday shopping, time for returns

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:07

The holiday shopping season was a win for retailers as holiday sales hit their best pace since 2011. Now, consumers are making their way back to the mall but this time to return their unwanted gifts.

Record-breaking snowstorm in Pennsylvania declared disaster emergency

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:06

With nearly 57 inches of snow in two days, conditions are so hazardous that the airport was forced to close.

Do Extroverts Get a Bad Rap at Work?

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:59

Fueled by Susan Cain's bestseller "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" and her TedTalk, which has pulled in more than 18 million views, "introvert" is no longer a dirty word or a personality type to try to conceal behind a facade of office chatter. While extroverts do need to be aware of whether they are monopolizing too much air time, their talent for thinking on the fly isn't a bad thing, particularly not in a business setting.

Philippines to sanction firms involved in deadly fire if safety skirted

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:44

By Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said on Tuesday it would investigate whether safety regulations were ignored at an office where a fire killed 37 call center employees, and vowed to impose sanctions if firms had not met standards. The remains of 37 employees of the U.S.-based Research Now SSI killed by Saturday's fire in Davao City have been recovered and a criminal investigation will be launched by the Justice Department. Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said he had instructed the government's workplace health and safety agency and the Labour Ministry's regional office in Davao, President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, to investigate if there were lapses in safety standards.

Report: UK government begs Prince Harry, Meghan Markle not to invite Obamas to avoid offending Trump

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:22

Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle reportedly want to invite former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to their wedding in May, but government officials in the United Kingdom are worried such a move could anger the current U.S. president. 

Former US ambassador says Donald Trump is weakening the State Department

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:18

The US State Department is being “weakened and sidelined” under President Donald Trump, a former American diplomat has claimed. Nicholas Burns, who served as a senior diplomat under both Republican and Democratic administrations, told The Los Angeles Times that Mr Trump’s foreign policy is “a radical departure from every president since WWII”. “Trump is weak on Nato, Russia, trade, climate, diplomacy,” said Mr Burns, the former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President George W Bush.

Get Ready, North Korea: Japan's Navy Has 'Aircraft Carriers'

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 09:59

Japan is now at a crossroads. It can also rely on the expertise of the U.S. Navy to restart a new carrier force. After more than six decades, Japan can once again count large ships with full-length flight decks and roomy, bow-to-stern aircraft carriers as part of its navy.

Russia's New Husky-Class Submarine: Everything We Know (And Want to Know)

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 09:44

If the Russians realize their vision for the Husky, the new boat should provide Moscow with a design the Kremlin can build in large quantities and replace the Soviet-era vessels that still comprise the bulk of their fleet. The Russian Navy is taking a page out of the United States Navy’s playbook as it develops its family of next generation nuclear submarines. Tentatively called Project Husky, the new submarines will be built in three variants—a basic attack submarine model, an expanded guided-missile submarine (SSGN) version and an enlarged ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) variant writes Ilya Kramnik, a defense reporter with Lenta.ru.

Syria rebels reject Sochi peace initiative

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 09:23

More than three dozen Syrian rebel groups, including influential Islamists, have rejected a Russian-led initiative for talks next month in Sochi on ending Syria's war. Russia and Iran, both key allies of Syria's regime, agreed with opposition backer Turkey on Friday to hold a "Congress of National Dialogue" in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on January 29 and 30. Syria's government swiftly said it would attend but rebels have pushed back, calling it a Russian bid to eclipse a United Nations-led process in Geneva.

'Forgive me' ex-Peru leader Fujimori says after pardon protests

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 09:14

Peru's ailing former leader Alberto Fujimori on Tuesday asked the public for forgiveness, two days after receiving a presidential pardon that sparked street protests. "I am aware that the results of my government were well received on one side, but I admit that I have let down other compatriots, and I ask them to forgive me with all my heart," Fujimori said in a Facebook video filmed from his hospital bed. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski ordered the pardon of Fujimori and seven other prisoners Sunday on humanitarian grounds, placing himself in the middle of a political crisis just days after he avoided impeachment.

Oman opens sprawling oryx reserve to ecotourists

Top Stories - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 09:05

The Gulf sultanate of Oman is looking to carve itself a new niche in ecotourism by opening up a sanctuary for one of the desert's most fabled creatures -- the Arabian oryx. Once extinct in the wild, the rare member of the antelope family famed for its elegant horns has been dragged back from the precipice in a sprawling reserve fenced off for decades from the public. On a recent outing, wildlife rangers in SUVs patrolled the sandy plains of the reserve in central Oman's Haima province, spotting groups of grazing oryx and other indigenous species.


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