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Woman Raises Over $300,000 For Homeless Man Who Gave Her His Last $20

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:21

After her car ran out of gas on a dark New Jersey highway last month, Kate McClure pulled over and tried to walk to the nearest gas station on foot.


The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:12

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom.


The Best Chance To Defeat Roy Moore May Be For The Democratic Party To Lie Low

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:12

Democrats are salivating at the chance to pick up a Senate seat in the Deep South.


Man Plans To Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket Funded By Flat-Earthers

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:00

A self-taught rocket engineer who claims he believes the earth is flat plans to launch himself nearly 2,000 feet in the air on a homemade steam rocket this Saturday.


'We must work together,' Zimbabwe's new leader declares

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:04

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed Friday he will work to reduce crushing unemployment and return the country to prosperity after years of decline, as the nation cheered a new beginning after the extraordinary exit of Robert Mugabe.


Black Friday: another US import the French love to hate

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:01

Having adopted hamburgers, Halloween and a host of English words, some in France are worried about the latest cultural import from America: the day of rampant consumerism known as Black Friday. Unheard of only a few years ago, the cut-price deals made the television news bulletins Friday as local retailers copied their American counterparts in trying to lure in shoppers ahead of the Christmas season. According to a survey conducted for online shopping giant Amazon by the CSA polling group, 52 percent of French people said they planned to take part this year, up from just 21 percent in 2016.


'A Country Within a Country': Inside the Navajo Nation in 1948

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:00

"How can nations which differ from each other in appearance and language and culture live peaceably together?"


Dem Lawmaker: Ethics Investigation Into John Conyers Allegations Is 'Not Accountability'

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:39

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) is standing by her call for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to resign amid sexual harassment allegations, arguing that a congressional investigation into the matter is too little, too late.


EU blames Russia for death of 5 in eastern Ukraine

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:21

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday blamed Russia for the deaths of at least five troops in eastern Ukraine in what appears to be the worst outburst of violence in months.


Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:59

A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers.


Missouri mall shooting: Teenager seriously injured ahead of Black Friday shopping

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:45

A 19-year-old person was reported injured at 11:30 pm the night before the infamous shopping holiday, according to a police report. The mall was open until midnight in anticipation of Black Friday shopping, according to its website. The mall opened on schedule for Black Friday, at 6 am, according to local reporters.


Reeva Steenkamp Can ‘Rest In Peace' After Oscar Pistorius’ Sentence Doubled, Her Family Says

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:07

Reeva Steenkamp’s family said she “can now rest in peace” after a South African court on Friday more than doubled Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ sentence for killing her.


China launches national kindergarten probe after 'needle marks' on toddlers

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 09:17

China launched a nationwide investigation into its kindergartens on Friday after parents at a Beijing preschool said toddlers had apparent needle marks and were given mysterious pills -- sparking outrage days after another daycare scandal. Security personnel installed a cordon at the gate of the RYB Education New World kindergarten on Friday after dozens of curious onlookers crowded outside the high-end, bilingual Chinese-English nursery, which was still operating. A day earlier, furious parents had gathered in front of the gate to demand answers from RYB, which is run by a company that started trading on the New York stock exchange in September.


Our Favorite Car Video Games

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 09:03


Russia's New Stealth Torpedoes Have a Neat Trick: They Can Pretend to Be Giant Fish

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:13

This is what U.S. ship captains will scream too late, if Russia has its way. Russia is promising to develop smart mini-torpedoes that are noiseless, leave no wake—and creep through the water at two to three miles per hour. The project is still in the conceptual stage, Aliyev told Russian news agency RIA Novosti [Google English translation here].


Six-year-olds show off bloody hunting trophies after minimum age scrapped in Wisconsin

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:07

Governor Scott Walker announced the change, in Wisconsin, which allows a youngster of any age to head into the wild to shoot game such as deer as long as they are in the care of an adult. Governor Walker revealed the shake-up in the rules just days before the state's new hunting season began. Locals head into the northern forests for days on end to kill animals including deer, bears and turkey in what is justified by some as population control.


President Emmerson Mnangagwa promises to pay compensation for land grabs and clean up Zimbabwe’s ‘poisoned politics’ as he is sworn in 

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:51

Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for national unity and promised compensation for dispossessed white farmers as he sought to draw a line under the Robert Mugabe era in his inaugural speech as president of Zimbabwe.  Mr Mnangagwa was sworn in as the second president of Zimbabwe with a 21 gun salute, marching troops, and dancing children just ten days after the country’s military launched a coup that led to the resignation of Mr Mugabe, who had ruled the country for 37 years, earlier this week.  In an address to 60,000 people in Harare’s national stadium, he praised Mr Mugabe as his mentor and a “founding father” of the nation, but in a tacit rebuke called on the international community to lift sanctions in recognition of the country’s “new start.” "For me personally he is a mentor, father, comrade in arms, and my leader," Mr Mnangagwa said of the outgoing president.  Emmerson Mnangagwa, centre, takes his seat at his presidential inauguration ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe Credit: AP "While we cannot change the past, there is a lot we can do in the present and the future to give our nation a different positive direction," he added.  Mr Mugabe, 93 did not attend the lavish inauguration ceremony in Harare's National Stadium on Friday morning. His spokesman said that he needed to rest.  Robert Mugabe kissing his wife and first lady Grace Mugabe during the country's 37th Independence Day celebrations  Credit: Jekesai Njikizana/AP Under overcast skies and watched by 60,000 spectators from the stands, Mr Mnangagwa swore to uphold the Zimbabwean constitution and defend the country's 16 million citizens. It was the first time since the independence ceremony of April 18 1980, that a crowd of all political parties, races, and creeds gathered to hear the speech of the leader of Zimbabwe.  Service chiefs including Gen Constanino Chiwenga, the armed forces commander who orchestrated the coup that ousted Mr Mugabe, lined up to swear allegiance to Mr Mnangagwa after he had taken the oath.  Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Credit: AP Edgar Lungu, the president of Zambia, and Botswana’s Ian Khama, who regularly criticized Mr Mugabe over the torture and mistreatment of opposition leaders, flew in to attend the ceremony.   Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, the most influential regional power, did not attend. Rory Stewart, the UK's Africa Minister, who is in Zimbabwe, was also absent.  The ceremony was attended by Morgan Tsvangirai, the former prime minister and leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, and Joice Mujuru, another opposition leader.  Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as president in Harare Credit: AFP Mr Mnangagwa, who became leader of the ruling Zanu PF party over the weekend, made explicit promises to fix both Zimbabwe's "poisoned" political environment and its dysfunctional economy. “I am not oblivious to the many Zimbabweans across the political and racial divide who helped make this day happen, and thus have legitimate expectations of the office I now occupy,” he said, in an apparent acknowledgement of the vast numbers of opposition supporters who marched against Mr Mugabe in Harare on Saturday.  He said “free and fair” elections will go ahead as scheduled next year when the current five year presidential term, which Mr Mugabe began in 2013, ends.  Timeline Robert Mugabe as leader of Zimbabwe Turning to the economy, he said he would invite foreign direct investment in an effort to stimulate "job job job creation" - a pledge that brought a loud cheer - and called for the EU and the United States to drop sanctions against top military and Zanu PF figures.  "All foreign investment will be safe in Zimbabwe," said Mnangagwa, addressing fears following moves by Mr Mugabe to nationalize the country's lucrative resources such as diamonds, platinum, gold and chrome.  He also said that the "redistribution" of white-owned farms would not be reversed but said his incoming government would be "committed to compensating farmers from whom land was taken."  Gunners fire a 21 gun salute at the inauguration ceremony Credit:  Anadolu/Wilfred Kajese Zimbabwe already runs a compensation scheme introduced last year that sees tenants on "redistributed" land pay rent to the state which is in theory used to compensate evicted farmers, but it has been criticised as effectively unaffordable for new tenants.  The ceremony came as troubling details emerged about the arrest of ministers in the previous government.  Ignatius Chombo, the finance minister in Mr Mugabe’s government, was admitted to hospital with injuries sustained from beatings while in military custody, his lawyer said.  New Zimbabwe President Emerson Mnangagwa is seen after he was sworn in Credit: Wilfred Kajese/ Anadolu Mr Chombo has not been seen since he was arrested in the military coup that unfolded in Zimbabwe on the night of November 14.  Human rights groups have expressed concern about the treatment of a number of  political allies of Grace Mugabe, the former first lady, who were arrested in the coup.  The families of Saviour Kasukwere, the regional government minister, and Jonathan Moyo, the tertiary education minister, have reported military raids on the their homes and arbitrary arrests in the days since the coup.  Mr Kasukwere and Mr Moyo themselves are believed to have left the country. The speech drew a mixed reaction on the streets of Harare.  Zimbabwe's new first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa  Credit: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/Reuters “It was ok. It was nice to see and watch. But let’s see what he does. We are very happy Mugabe has gone. But can he fix it? Today is a working day for us." said a vendor selling mobile phones at a traffic light in central Harare. ”We have no jobs, we have nothing to show for our years as Zimbabwe. Don’t believe our schools are ok - they are not. I have a child out of school because I cannot afford the fees,” added the man, who declined to give his name.   "We heard what he said. The hatred is not there any more. But where is the proof? Where is the money in the banks?” said Alice Mokwena, a part time job as a cleaner.  The first sign of optimism after Mr Mnangagwa’s speech was a drop in the black market rate for swipe cards and  phone credit, a defacto-currency for many in the country, against US dollars. The Zimbabwe dollar disappeared in 2009 when it lost all value after years of hyperinflation.  “The rate has been slipping the last few days and is now a further 10 percent down,” said a small currency trader. “I am not sure how long this will last."


Catholic officials warn ex-seminarians over sex claims

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:42

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic officials in Italy have threatened former altar boys of the pope with criminal defamation charges for having publicly accused an older seminarian of sexual misconduct when they lived together at the youth seminary inside the Vatican gardens.


Las Vegas Shooter Fired More Than 1,100 Rounds, Police Say

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:29

Gunman Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition during his attack on a Las Vegas country music festival last month, authorities said.


Oscar Pistorius' sentence increased to 13 years, 5 months

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:02

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence was more than doubled to 13 years and five months on Friday, a surprisingly dramatic intervention by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal in the Olympic athlete's fate after the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


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