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Texts reveal two FBI officials in Russia inquiry had anti-Trump sentiments

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:22

Peter Strzok was dismissed from the Russia investigation when Robert Mueller found out about a series harshly critical text messages about candidate Donald Trump. The messages were made public Tuesday.


DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:01

Tom Perez suggested he agreed with Barkley’s view that Democrats have taken low-income and African-American voters “for granted.”


Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch it

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:22

This week, stargazers will witness the peak of one of the year's best shooting star displays in the United States.


Battlefield researchers uncover ISIS arsenal and weapons factory in Iraq

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:55

NBC News goes into Tal Afar Iraq with a team of weapons researchers as they discover an ISIS arms cache and munitions factory that reveals the terrorists group’s sophisticated weapons program.


Rights group criticizes China for mass DNA collection in Xinjiang

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:29

Chinese authorities have collected DNA and other biometric data from the whole population of the volatile western region of Xinjiang, Human Right Watch said on Wednesday, denouncing the campaign as a gross violation of international norms. Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in the past few years in violence between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people, and ethnic majority Han Chinese, which Beijing blames on Islamist militants. Police are responsible for collecting pictures, fingerprints, iris scans and household registration information, while health authorities should collect DNA samples and blood type information as part of a "Physicals for All" program, the New York-based group said in a statement, citing government a document.


Volkswagen releases 2019 Jetta sketches ahead of Detroit reveal

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:15

It might be hard to believe for anyone outside the United States, but the Jetta is still Volkswagen's biggest-selling model in America. Despite the continuing decline of sedan sales, the seemingly unstoppable rise of the SUV, the sheer quality of the Golf, and the age of the Jetta, it really is still VW's most important model in the US. It's therefore a pretty big deal that the German automaker has now released some sketches of the all-new 2019 Jetta ahead of a full reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.


What is Next Gen TV and when will it launch?

Macworld - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:00
Next-generation TV is coming soon.

Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre

Top Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:05

Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. "China and Japan are close neighbours, neighbours who can't move away," said Yu Zhengsheng, a former member of China's top Communist leadership who now chairs a parliamentary body. China and Japan should build on their "long, rich history" of links to deepen "friendship", Yu said, avoiding reference to bitter disputes over the massacre.


Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 22:42

Crews battling wildfires ravaging southern California for a week have managed to slow the spread of the worst of the blazes, officials said Tuesday, as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage. Evacuation orders were in place for threatened areas in the Santa Barbara region about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Los Angeles. In the past day or so, the blaze figure has grown by around a thousand hectares.


The Latest: Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 22:26

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):


US, EU and Japan up the pressure on China at WTO

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 22:07

The United States, European Union and Japan jointly rounded on China's "market-distorting subsidies" at the World Trade Organization conference in Argentina Tuesday. A joint statement from the three powers made no direct mention of China, but said "severe excess capacity in key sectors, exacerbated by government-financed and supported capacity expansion, unfair competitive conditions caused by large market-distorting subsidies and state-owned enterprises" were serious problems for international trade.


Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:42

By Ben Gruber CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. The Thomas Fire, which broke out on Dec. 4 near the community of Ojai, has since traveled 27 miles (43 km) to become the fifth-largest blaze in state history. It has blackened more than 368 square miles (953 square km) in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, an area larger than New York City.


Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:06

Until Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose Figueroa did brisk business renting kayaks to tourists itching to see a lagoon that lights up by night thanks to millions of microorganisms. "We do not know if we will have any work tonight," Figueroa said.


The Latest: Safeway spokeswoman says workers will miss mayor

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (all times local):


Three Florida Men Charged With Animal Cruelty For Dragging a Shark Behind Their Boat

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:02

A video of a shark being dragged behind their speeding boat went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media


White House says Trump's tweet to Gillibrand was not 'sexist at all'

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:40

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump's tweet saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign donations.


U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:14

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily. In October, Trump declined to certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement reached among Tehran, the United States and others in 2015. Congressional leaders have announced no plans to introduce a resolution to reimpose sanctions before Wednesday's deadline and aides say lawmakers will let the deadline pass without action.


26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop For

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:10

If you thought buying a gift for dad was hard enough, try finding the perfect present for a teen.


Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:56

Charles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.


Why I Responded Live On The Air To A Viewer Who Called Me A Racial Slur

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:36

Editor’s note: This piece includes the uncensored use of racial slurs and graphic language that may be disturbing to readers.


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