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Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:18

(Reuters) - A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a five-month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The spacecraft brought back Randy Bresnik from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sergey Ryazanskiy from Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Italy's Paolo Nespoli with the European Space Agency. The capsule landed in the windswept and snow-covered steppe in Kazakhstan's central Karaganda region at 2.37 p.m. (0837 GMT). ...


Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:17

People around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses.


An airplane drew a Christmas tree on a flight tracker because why not

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:04

How far would you go for a Christmas gif? SEE ALSO: Budweiser is one step closer to developing beer on Mars Airbus A380 — the world's largest passenger plane — carried out a very festive test flight over Germany on Wednesday, as can be viewed on flight tracker websites. An early Christmas gif from the @Airbus A380.See how Airbus drew their tree at https://t.co/YQPtQ179tG pic.twitter.com/ah1eBzFGGY — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 13, 2017 A spokesperson for Airbus told The Telegraph that this was a regulation test flight, of which there are hundreds every year. “Thanks to the co-operation of the air traffic controllers (Eurocontrol and DFS), it was possible to fly that Christmas tree flight path," they said. “It was the idea of test pilots and engineers — an Airbus greeting to all aviation fans during this Christmas period.” Of course Airbus said it was their A380 that did the flight, but we all know it's really you, Santa. You're not fooling anyone. WATCH: This device transforms your ordinary bicycle into an e-bike in seconds


US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 06:35

The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed pariah state. General Wanlop Rugsanoah, secretary general of Thailand's National Security Council, told AFP the request was made during his meeting with US special envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun, who arrived in Bangkok Wednesday evening for a two-day trip to the kingdom. "The US asked Thailand to put more pressure on North Korea, put more trade and diplomatic pressure," Wanlop said after his sit-down with Yun in Bangkok.


Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa calls for end to Western sanctions

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 06:07

Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday called for the removal of Western sanctions on his government during a speech to ruling party officials and said elections due in 2018 were nearer than "you expect". Mnangagwa, 75, became leader of the southern African nation last month after the military and ruling ZANU-PF turned against Robert Mugabe who had ruled the country for 37 years and was seen grooming his wife Grace to succeed him. While the European Union removed sanctions on ZANU-PF officials, members of the military and some government-owned firms in 2014, the United States has kept a travel and economic embargo on several ruling party elites.


Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

Macworld - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 06:00
NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:45

Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires’ disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.


Another Woman Accuses Nevada Congressman Of Sexual Harassment

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:32

A second woman has come forward alleging that Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.)


Images from Newtown

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:07

A collection of photos taken in the weeks that followed the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.


Sanders: Tax bill is simply a 'gift' to 1%

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:38

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks on the tax plan that the Republicans are expected to pass soon. He feels that the process to pass the bill has been a 'disaster'.


Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality Check

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 03:30

Hours after Doug Jones upset Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election, the far right began cooking up conspiracy theories about busloads of voters being brought in from out-of-state:   I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote.


Dan Johnson: Who is the Kentucky Republican politician accused of child sexual assault found dead in apparent suicide?

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 03:23

A Republican state representative who denied allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl has died in an apparent suicide. Dan Johnson died of a single gunshot wound after stopping his car at the end of a bridge in a secluded area of Mount Washington, Kentucky, the Bullitt County Coroner said. Mr Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years.


Roy Moore Still Won’t Concede Defeat: ‘The Battle Rages On’

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:15

Although Democrat Doug Jones was named the shock winner of Alabama’s Senate special election on Tuesday, Moore refuses to admit that the campaign has ended.


Latest Monsanto GMO seeds raises worries of monopoly

Top Stories - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:54

The rapid growth of Monsanto's new GMO seeds resistant to the controversial herbicide dicamba has revived worries about the company's stranglehold over farming during a period of industry consolidation. Long a producer of dicamba, Monsanto last year introduced genetically-modified cotton and soybean seeds that can resist the weed killer. The products took off, amassing more than 20 percent of US soybean fields and 50 percent of US cotton fields in just two years, according to Monsanto data.


11 Congolese Fighters Have Been Jailed for Life For Raping Dozens of Children

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:54

A spiritual adviser reportedly told the men raping infants would give them supernatural powers


A Kentucky Lawmaker Who Was Facing Sexual Assault Allegations Kills Himself

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:35

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013


Weakened and divided, S.Africa's ANC to elect a new leader

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:08

South Africa's ruling ANC party holds a conference starting Saturday to elect its new leader in a hotly contested two-way race seen as a pivotal moment in the country's post-apartheid history. The winner will be well-placed to be the next president, but the ANC has lost much popularity since Nelson Mandela led it to power in the euphoric 1994 election that marked the end of white-minority rule. President Jacob Zuma, whose reign has been marred by graft scandals, will step down as ANC chief but remain national leader ahead of general elections in 2019.


Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:36

Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk. Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the law, which criminalizes abortion if the physician has knowledge that the procedure is being sought due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. Doctors would lose their medical licenses in the state and face a fourth-degree felony charge under the law if they were to perform an abortion with that knowledge.


David Cameron criticises Donald Trump for 'fake news' attacks on media

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:14

David Cameron has joined the chorus criticising US President Donald Trump for his tirades against the media, saying his attacks on "fake news" was undermining democracy.  In his first public speech since stepping down after his failed attempt to win a vote to stay in the European Union last year, the former prime minister said Mr Trump was corrupting society and diverting attention from real abuses through his attacks on outlets like CNN and the BBC.  “President Trump: ‘fake news’ is not broadcasters criticising you, it's Russian bots and trolls targeting your democracy, pumping out untrue stories day after day, night after night,” Mr Cameron said at an anti-corruption lecture hosted by Transparency International and law firm Clifford Chance in London.  “When you misappropriate the term fake news, you are deflecting attention from real abuses. Ignoring what’s happening on social media is facilitating a form of corruption that is undermining democracy.” Mr Cameron championed the fight against corruption and pushed through legislation strengthening the hand of law enforcement officials. At a glance | The rise of fake news Now, he said, the problem was worsening. Taking aim at Russia, he suggested underhand tactics had been used by the country to win the right to stage the 2018 Fifa World Cup. “I am sure (President Vladimir Putin) wasn’t completely surprised when Russia actually won the bid. You couldn’t make it up. In the years since, 10 of the 22 members of that Fifa executive committee were indicted or punished.” Speaking tonight at @TransparencyUK#TILecture17 - Britain was first G20 country to set up open register of beneficial ownership. We must keep promoting transparency and fighting the battle against corruption. pic.twitter.com/2mzqcDaaaC— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 13, 2017 He also said the EU had not done enough to fight Russia's attempts to interfere with Europe's democracies. “To be honest this is one area where, far from being too quick to act, the EU has been far too slow,” he added. “Barack Obama used to challenge European leaders over how we seemed to ignore or even tolerate Russian subversion of some eastern European business, energy, media or even political interests. He was bang on target.”  


Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:41

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.


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