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7 Ways to Find Part-Time Work in Retirement

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:55

There are many reasons to keep working after retirement. Of course, there's the money. But beyond that, it's something that gets you out of bed in the morning -- a place to go, a schedule to keep and a routine to anchor your life. You may also want the social interaction you find at work, and perhaps the sense of accomplishment for a job well done.

Chuck Schumer Warns GOP: 'You're Messing Up America. You Could Pay Attention.'

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:55

"We believe you're messing up America. You could pay attention for a couple of minutes" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asks for order during debate over GOP tax bill on Senate floor. pic.twitter.com/NeGgV28qvV— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 20, 2017

China outcry as Taiwan arrests pro-Beijing party members accused of spying

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:45

China has accused Taiwanese authorities of “persecution” after four members of a pro-Beijing political party were detained in connection with a spying case. Police in Taiwan arrested Wang Ping-chung, a prominent media personality, along with three colleagues from the pro-unification New Party on Tuesday. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office released a statement saying that Mr Wang and other people of interest were being investigated on suspicion of violating the National Security Act. Taipei prosecutor Lin Chun-ting, who is leading the investigation, is also in charge of the probe into Zhou Hongxu, a Chinese student convicted in September for trying to obtain classified information and recruiting people to a spy network.  According to the Taipei Times, Mr Wang was allegedly friends with Mr Zhou and played a key role in introducing him to Taiwanese government officials. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with Donald Trump Credit: Reuters Another detained member of the New Party, Lin Ming-cheng, told reporters after his release that he was questioned about the spying case and his relationship with Mr Zhou, but he denied the allegations. “It is absurd for them to make a link between Zhou and us all because they found a mention of us on Zhou’s computer,” Mr Lin said, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office praised the New Party for upholding the “one China” principle in a short statement released late on Tuesday. “Recently, the Taiwan authorities have shielded and connived with Taiwan independent splittists, and taken various moves to wantonly crack down on and persecute forces and people who uphold peaceful reunification,” it said.  “We strongly condemn this and are paying close attention to developments.” The investigation is the second in recent months into a minority party supporting unification with the Chinese mainland, and comes amid heightened tensions between the government of self-ruled Taiwan and Beijing.  Relations across the Taiwan Strait have deteriorated since the election of President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, whose ruling DPP rejects Chinese claims of sovereignty over the island of 23 million.   While parties which are strongly pro-Beijing have little traction with the electorate, the majority of whom identify as Taiwanese, there are growing fears among Taipei’s elite that China is seeking to undermine their country’s democracy from within.  In September, government agencies launched a probe into the Chinese Unification Promotion Party (CUPP), run by Chang An-lo, a former triad leader known as White Wolf, over concerns that Beijing was funding its activities. Mr Chang has denied the accusations. 

Sea turtle found trapped in cocaine bundles worth $53m

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 06:37

A sea turtle trapped among floating cocaine bales worth $53m (£40m) has been rescued by the US Coast Guard. The boat crew discovered the large loggerhead turtle entangled in blue rope connecting bales containing 800 kilos (1,800lb) of the Class A drug in the Pacific Ocean on November 19. The US Coast Guard helps rescue a sea turtle trapped among bundles of cocaine  Credit: US Coast Guard/Facebook Coast Guard Ens. Mark Krebs and his team noticed the injured sea turtle after launching a small boat to investigate a debris field. “They saw significant chaffing from the lines on his neck and flippers,” said the US Coast Guard. “They briefed the commanding officer and went to work, carefully cutting the lines wrapped around the sea turtle and then eventually freeing him. “The boat crew recovered over 75-feet of line to prevent further entanglement of sea life and returned to the law enforcement mission recovering over 1,800 pounds of cocaine valued at over $53 million dollars from international waters.” The struggling marine reptile was rescued during a 68-day counter drug patrol by the US Armed Forces branch in the Eastern Pacific along the Central American coast. By the end of the operation, the crew had seized a total of 6,755 kilos (14,800lb) of cocaine, 14 pounds of marijuana and arrested 24 suspected smugglers. The large sea turtle was entangled in $53m worth of cocaine Credit: US Coast Guard/Facebook The seizure was part of Operation Martillo, an international operation involving 18 countries targeting criminal organisations moving illicit cargo. In November, hundreds of dead sea turtles were found by environmental officials floating off the coast of El Salvador. The BBC series Blue Planet II recently highlighted the devastating effect plastic and human rubbish is having on the ocean.

18 Realistic Ways To Become A Happier, More Chill Person In 2018

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 05:46

Say goodbye to 2017 ― and some of the negative emotions that came with it ― by adopting a few of these expert- and research-backed habits in the new year. Research shows that negative news can poorly affect your mental health. Experts recommend this to their patients, and do it themselves to keep their own stress under control.

Woman gives birth to child conceived 24 years ago

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 04:52

A 26-year-old Tennessee woman gave birth to a child who was conceived and frozen as an embryo 24 years ago.

Why Coinbase Halted Bitcoin Cash GDAX Trades, Just Minutes After Launch

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 03:22

The launch got off to a rocky start.

Cardinal Bernard Law, the Disgraced Archbishop at the Center of 'Spotlight,' Has Died

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 02:58

An official with the Catholic Church says Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86.

Democrats Express Outrage As GOP Tax Cuts Inch Closer To Completion

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 02:36

Democrats were quick to react after the Senate voted along party lines to pass a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code. The unpopular piece of legislation overwhelmingly favors big business and the wealthiest of Americans and adds a whopping $1.4 trillion to the national debt. Ahead of the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the Tax Cut and Reform Bill “a disgrace” on the Senate floor. “The bill that the Republicans jammed through the Senate tonight isn’t tax reform,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said.

Bitcoin suffers dramatic price plunge in Asia

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 00:35

Bitcoin prices plunged about 15 percent in Asian trade Wednesday before recouping some of the losses as investors apparently took fright at news that a South Korean exchange had been hacked. The unit, which hit a record $19,500 at the start of the week, took a hit as it emerged that South Korean exchange Youbit had been hacked, leading the firm to say it will close and start bankruptcy proceedings, according to Bloomberg News. The Crypto Company's share price had risen 1,700 percent between the end of September and Monday evening before the Securities Exchange Commission intervened to halt trades until January 4.

Latest: California fire now second-largest in state history

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 23:57

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

Official: Train brake automatically activated in fatal wreck

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 23:26

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training next to him in the locomotive, a federal official said Tuesday.

Kim Jong Un expands his war on Christmas with new ban on singing and drinking

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 21:57

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has upped the ante in his war on Christmas with a new rule that prohibits any "gatherings that involve alcohol and singing."

Lawsuit: Louisiana school district promotes religion

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 21:35

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Promotion of religion is "engrained" in a Louisiana school district, a parent said in a federal lawsuit, and her family has been shunned and criticized for objecting to religious activities.

North Korea's Secret Fortune: $10 Trillion in Minerals?

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 19:50

Kim might be sitting on a vast reserve of natural resources--if he can ever get it out of the ground.  North Korea's Secret Fortune: $10 Trillion in Minerals? While international sanctions and its own lack of resources have hindered the development of the hermit kingdom’s energy and resource sector, it can expect plenty of help from its friends should the barriers to extraction be removed. The estimated mineral wealth is from a South Korean research institute, which in 2010 valued the North’s resources at $10 trillion, some twenty times larger than the South’s. Another estimate from a South Korean mining company puts the figure at closer to $6 trillion.

I Tried To Keep Track Of Every Time I Felt Guilt About Eating For A Week

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 19:25

There are two types of people in this world: Those who eat to live, and those who live to eat.

The Ultimate Roundup Of Hundreds Of Holiday Gift Ideas

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 16:55

That person on your list who’s impossible to shop for?

Trump, likely to benefit from new bill, still refuses to release taxes

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 16:07

An analysis done for NBC News based on Trump’s leaked 2005 returns estimated he could personally save $22 million under the new bill.

House Democrats Push To End 'Corporate Culture Of Secrecy' Around Sexual Harassment

Top Stories - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:08

Democratic House members announced two new bills on Monday designed to combat the “corporate culture of secrecy” that helps protect workplace sexual harassers.

Mac Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple’s workstation

Macworld - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 14:00

The Mac Pro is Apple’s workstation. It’s designed for professionals who need a powerful and flexible machine, and is ideal for applications that use as many processing cores as possible—video-editing applications, image-editing software, 3D programs, and the like.

Here’s the problem with the Mac Pro: Apple hasn’t really done much with it since it was released in December 2013. It got a speed bump in April of this year, but that’s it. At that time, Apple acknowledged that they’re rethinking the Mac Pro, but it’s not coming this year.

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