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Slain Australian's family demands integrity in US probe

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:48

SYDNEY (AP) — The family of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer in July demanded a more rigorous probe Thursday after a prosecutor cast doubts on the investigation.


Al Franken rips Trump in farewell speech to Senate

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:34

The Minnesota Democrat, who is stepping down next month following allegations of sexual misconduct, used his final speech on the Senate floor to attack the president and his policies.


Raul Castro to step down as Cuba's president in April 2018

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:57

Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after his successor is chosen by a top governing council, according to a vote Thursday in the island state's National Assembly. Cuba's president is designated by a 31-member body called the Council of State. The new National Assembly will be elected at a date yet to be set.


Sean Hannity Appears To Bash CNN, NBC While Sharing NBC Story

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:56

Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared to criticize CNN and NBC News on Twitter on Thursday, calling them “fake news” and “conspiracy TV,” but then included an article published by NBC News.


'Kayak Killer' Released From Prison Just 6 Weeks After Sentencing in Boyfriend's Death

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:54

Angelika Graswald has been freed, much to the anger of Vincent Viafore's family.


Pope prays for merciful final judgement for Cardinal Law

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:53

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis prayed Thursday for a merciful final judgment for Cardinal Bernard Law, presiding over the funeral rites for a man who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding its own reputation at all costs.


RavPower's popular wireless phone charger is 34% off today

Macworld - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:28

Time is running out to get items shipped in time for Christmas—but with this gift idea, time doesn’t have to run out on your battery life. Today Amazon is selling the RavPower Fast Wireless charger for $33. This popular phone charger is usually $50, so you’re saving about $17—the steepest discount we’ve seen on this model so far.

The charger uses the Qi wireless charging standard and works with a variety phones including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Note8. The charger also supports fast charging for the compatible iPhone models, thanks to the charger’s maximum 7.5 watt output.

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Thousands in Syria's Aleppo mark one year since 'victory'

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:26

Jumaa Sabbuh lost his son in the violence that battered Syria's Aleppo for years. On Thursday, he was among thousands commemorating the one-year anniversary of the army's recapture of the city. Sabbuh carried a poster of his bright-eyed son, killed in 2014 while serving in Syria's army.


The Latest: All but 1 evacuation lifted at California fire

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:16

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):


U.N. General Assembly Overwhelmingly Votes to Declare Trump’s Jerusalem Move ‘Null and Void’

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:07

The U.N. General Assembly has voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions to declare President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”


Watch Trump Apologize To Women In A Mashup We Wish Was Real

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:09

Donald Trump just apologized to women everywhere. Just kidding! 


Thanks to Net Neutrality, Comcast Gives Employees $1,000 Bonuses

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:35

Comcast is celebrating the death of net neutrality.


Steven Spielberg's The Post Is the Journalism Movie We Need Today

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:23

If you were a kid in the 1960s or ‘70s, perhaps even as late as the ‘90s, and your parents took a newspaper, you probably…


Tie-breaker name drawing, 1 more recount coming in Virginia

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:42

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As election officials set about to break a tie in one Virginia House race and recount the votes in another, it's far from clear yet whether Republicans or Democrats will have control of the chamber next year.


5 Things South Korea Can Do to Wrest Control from Washington

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:12

A glance at a map of the Korean Peninsula shows why the interests of Washington and Seoul diverge when it comes to preventive war. South Korea does not lack for savvy experts on statecraft, and he would, and should, turn to them. Ultimately, South Koreans must decide their country’s policies.


UN Jerusalem vote - as it happened: UN General Assembly rejects Trump's Israel declaration

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:07

The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 to declare US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void". The vote, while a victory for the Palestinians, was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for, with many forecasting at least 150 "yes" votes. There were a total of 35, while 21 nations did not turn up for the vote.


Jeff Sessions Reportedly Revives Probe Of Uranium One Deal

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 08:02

The Justice Department is reviving an inquiry into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the government’s controversial approval of the Uranium One deal, NBC News reported on Thursday.


Apple in 2017: Grading my predictions

Macworld - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 08:00

January is the month for optimism, looking forward, and dreaming about what the new year might bring. But in the cold, dim light of December, it’s time to admit that the hourglass has just about run out on our hopes and dreams for the current year. Last year I wrote about my hopes for the Mac, the iPhone, and the iPad Pro in the shiny new year 2017.

While I am hard at work on building my wish list for 2018—hope springs eternal—it’s worth looking back and finding out just how many of my dreams were fulfilled this year, and how many simply didn’t happen. (Yes, this is the More Color column where I check my work.)

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Pope denounces 'cancer' of cliques, ambition in Vatican

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:30

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis once again used a Christmas greeting to dress down Vatican officials Thursday, denouncing the "cancer" of cliques and how bureaucrats can become "corrupted" by ambition and vanity.


First World War submarine lost with 35 British and Allied crew on board is finally found - ending 103-year mystery

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:26

The wreck of the first allied vessel lost in the First World War has been discovered 103 years after it vanished off the coast of Papua New Guinea following a search that has finally ended Australia’s oldest naval mystery. HMAS AE1, Australia’s first submarine, which had 35 British, Australian and New Zealand crew members aboard, disappeared near the Duke of York Islands during a patrol for German warships on September 14, 1914.  The submarine, which had only been in service for seven months, was captained by Lieutenant Commander Thomas Besant, a 30-year-old British officer who had been seconded from the Royal Navy. Despite at least twelve search operations over the decades, no trace of the vessel was found. But the wreck was finally found more than 1,000 feet underwater after an underwater survey captured an image of the vessel during a search involving the government and private backers.  Following the survey, searchers aboard the Furgro Equato dropped an underwater camera to the seabed to confirm that the vessel was AE1. The team of maritime surveyors, marine archaeologists and naval historians scoured the search area with a multi-beam echo sounder and side-scan technology in an underwater drone Credit:  REUTERS "Australia's oldest naval mystery has been solved," said Marise Payne, Australia’s defence minister. “The boat and her crew, who've been on eternal patrol since 1914 … have now been found. I truly trust that this discovery will bring peace of mind to the descendants of the families of the crew who lost their lives.” The cause of the sinking has not been confirmed but it is believed to be related to a technical failure during a practice dive. Peter Briggs, a retired rear admiral who led the search, said the loss was probably  due to a sudden “diving accident”, noting that the fin guardrails were stowed and the upper conning tower hatch appeared to be shut. He told The Australian newspaper that the submarine appeared to suffer a “high energy event” – possibly due to an explosion involving one of its torpedoes or a high pressure air cylinder – which may have occurred after it began to sink but caused it to quickly flood and accelerate towards the seabed. The search led by Find AE1 Limited, and was funded by the Royal Australian Navy and the Silentworld Foundation, with assistance from the Submarine Institute of Australia Credit:  REUTERS “When the end came for the men of AE1 it would have been very fast, they may well have not known what hit them,” said rear admiral Briggs, president of the Submarine Institute of Australia. “The submarine appears to have struck the bottom with sufficient force to dislodge the fin from its footing, forcing it to hinge forward on its leading edge, impacting the casing.” The location of the wreck has been kept secret to prevent salvage attempts. Timeline | Submarine accidents Following the discovery, the crew aboard the search vessel held a memorial for the dead officers and sailors. Australian and Papua New Guinean officials will consider ways to preserve the site and establish a lasting memorial. Rear Admiral Briggs said the discovery “opens the next chapter: learning exactly what happened to it”. “It will be quite a detective puzzle,” he added.


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