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GOP Congresswoman Claims Many Mass Shooters 'End Up Being Democrats'

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:54

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) claimed that people who commit mass shootings are often Democrats during a Wednesday discussion about the Florida school shooting.

The Latest: Sweden, Kuwait call for UN vote on Syria

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:30

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:03

Things got extra freaky at Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show on Wednesday when designer Alessandro Michele sent models down the runway carrying replicas of their own heads.

Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:37

Local leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, denied a request to host what would have been the town’s first gay pride parade.

'Making a Murderer' case may go to Supreme Court: report

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:17

Attorneys for Brendan Dassey, 28, made a similar argument to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in December and failed. The judges voted 4-3 to uphold his conviction in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. Dassey confessed when he was 16 of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach, a freelance photographer, in 2005.

Supreme Court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:01

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack. The justices, in an 8-0 ruling, upheld a lower court's decision in favor of Iran that had prevented the plaintiffs from collecting on the judgment, which Tehran has not paid, by obtaining antiquities held at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.

Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:34

A fourth fortune hunter has died in the pursuit of a treasure chest containing more than $1 million worth of gold coins and jewels which is reputedly hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. He was looking for Fenn's Treasure and died after going hiking up a trail within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, and falling 500ft down a rocky slope. Fenn's Treasure is said to have been deposited in 2010 by Forrest Fenn, an eccentric, octogenarian millionaire art dealer and former Vietnam fighter pilot. Mr Fenn, who is still alive, has said he set the task of finding it in order to encourage people to "get off the couch" and see nature. According to him the bounty is inside a 22lb Romanesque bronze chest and includes 265 gold coins, diamonds, emeralds and ancient Chinese figurines. He published a 24-line poem which contains the clues to locating it. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. Over the last eight years tens of thousands of people are believed to have searched for the loot, mostly in New Mexico where clues have pointed. However, Mr Murphy, a vice president of the International Housewares Association, had headed for the Wyoming-Montana border area. When he went missing a huge search operation was launched including rescuers on horseback, others with dogs, and a helicopter. Erica Murphy, his widow, said he had first read about Fenn's Treasure in an airplane magazine. He then read Mr Fenn’s book The Thrill of the Chase, which contains the full 24-line poem. The poem includes lines like "Begin it where warm waters halt. And take it in the canyon down". Mrs Murphy told the Albuquerque Journal: "It was his pastime. He loved anything that caused him to use his brain, and he loved being out in nature." The death was expected to lead to renewed calls to end the controversial treasure hunt. But Mrs Murphy said she did not blame Mr Fenn, and her husband knew the risks. She said he "would not have wanted to hinder" others from searching. As rescuers looked for her husband Mrs Murphy emailed Mr Fenn to say: "I hope your quest won't be adversely affected by these current events." According to a report by Yellowstone National Park into his death Mr Murphy had also emailed Mr Fenn before setting out. When he went missing Mr Fenn then offered to pay for a helicopter to look for him. Mr Fenn also said he had never been to the area where Mr Murphy was searching, so he was looking in the wrong place. Last summer, fortune hunter Paris Wallace, 52, a pastor from Colorado was found dead north of Santa Fe, New Mexico after trying to traverse a river. Separately, Eric Ashby, 31 died after his raft overturned on the Arkansas River. In 2016, Randy Bilyeu, 54, died on the Rio Grande while looking for the treasure. His former wife Linda Bilyeu has called the hunt "madness". Mr Fenn has previously indicated the treasure is hidden somewhere not hard to reach and that, even at his advanced age, he could himself go back to the spot. Supporters of the treasure hunt have argued that it has achieved its aim of getting Americans into the Great Outdoors, and has led to people meeting spouses and parents bonding with their children.

Russia criticizes Western pressure to turn away from Moscow

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:30

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday criticized Western policies toward his country, blasting the European Union for failing to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the divisions over Ukraine and many other issues.

Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:27

Cora, a therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who’d lost his own pet the day before.

Walmart's selling a white Philips Hue lightbulb for $10 today

Macworld - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:25

Today's a good day to stock up on light bulbs for your smart home. Walmart is selling a single Philips Hue White A19 bulb for $10—or for 33 percent off the usual price. This deal is particularly nice since you can buy the exact amount of bulbs you want. Previously, the best price we've seen is a two-pack for $30.

The Philips Hue White A19 is a plain white LED bulb (read our review here). It doesn't have colors and doesn't come with a Philips Bridge. The Bridge is the go-between for the ZigBee-based Hue bulbs and a home network.

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Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:45

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic leaders called on Congress on Wednesday to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation $300 million to fight foreign efforts to interfere in congressional and state elections in November, amid growing concerns about potential Russian influence on the polls. Citing warnings from intelligence agencies that Russia is trying to influence the upcoming vote, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi asked that the additional funds be included in a bill to fund the government which Congress aims to pass by March 23.

School Walkouts Go Nationwide As Students Push For Gun Control

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:57

High school students across the country staged walkouts on Wednesday to demand that lawmakers tackle gun violence by implementing commonsense gun control.

iOS 11.3: Beta 3 has been released to public testers, fixing several bugs but removing AirPlay 2

Macworld - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:20

Updated 02/21/18: Apple has released Beta 3 to public beta testers. It primarily fixes a number of minor bugs, but also removes AirPlay 2 features.

Hot on the heels of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has started to release betas of iOS 11.3. And it’s going to have some pretty cool features on board, including the one we’ve all been waiting for: a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries.

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Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:03

A garbage truck was on the tracks despite lowered safety gates when it was struck by a train carrying Republican lawmakers in a fatal crash last month in rural Virginia, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. Data from a camera mounted on the front of the chartered Amtrak train showed the gates were down at the crossing at the time of the crash, according to a preliminary NTSB report on the Jan. 31 accident. A passenger on the garbage truck was killed and two others on the truck were injured.

The Sad Story of the Tucker 48 Killed in a Fire

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:00

Tucker 1023 was burned beyond recognition.

These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:53

European countries no longer top the charts

Parkland Shooting Survivor’s Dad Escaped Earlier Las Vegas Shooting

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:33

When freshman Braden survived last week’s shooting spree that killed 17 of his classmates, as well as adults, at his Parkland, Florida, high school, there was one person he knew who could understand the horrors he experienced: his father.

The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shooting

Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:01

In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, it happened again — conspiracy theories circulating claiming that it didn’t really happen, or that it was staged, with actors.


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