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Trump Lawyers Want A Second Special Counsel

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:04

President Donald Trump’s legal team says it’s fed up with the Justice Department and the FBI “witch hunt” into whether his campaign colluded with the Russian government.


China warns against livestreaming after 'rooftopper' falls to death

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:49

A young Chinese climbing enthusiast's fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 "rooftopping" dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming. Wu Yongning plunged to his death from a 62-storey building in central China on Nov. 8, the day he stopped posting videos of his skyscraper exploits on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter.


'Dear Alabama' Goes Viral As Folks Make Heartfelt Pleas To Reject Roy Moore

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:20

People online are issuing heartfelt pleas for Alabamians to reject GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election. The “Dear Alabama” term began trending on Twitter late Monday as celebrities and activists joined thousands of others in making the case for why the President Donald Trump-endorsed former state judge, who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, should not be elected to office. Instead, they urged voters to side with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.


Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:07

Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves. Nine of 13 volunteers trained by the group ran for office this year and won seats, ranging from New Hampshire state representative to city council member in West University Place, Texas. Fourteen more have already declared their intentions to run for office in 2018, seeking seats in Congress, state legislatures and local government, all running as Democrats.


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:02

San Fransisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday, a hospital spokesman told HuffPost.


5 Things That Truly Don’t Matter When You Buy Your First House

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:51

All those concerns you have about money are quite legitimate, and the mortgage process can be confusing.


Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists say

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:49

Scientists in Australia have mapped the genetic sequence of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, raising hopes of reviving the species, whose last survivor died in a zoo in the city of Hobart in September 1936. The landmark study of the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was based on examination of DNA from a female pup that had been preserved in ethanol at a museum since 1909. Andrew Pask, a researcher from the University of Melbourne, said that establishing a blueprint of the thylacine’s entire genetic code was the first step in trying to bring back the species through cloning. “As this genome is one of the most complete for an extinct species, it is technically the first step to ‘bringing the thylacine back’,” he said.  “We are still a long way off that possibility. We would need to develop a marsupial model to host the thylacine genome, like work conducted to include mammoth genes in the modern elephant.” Tasmanian tigers became extinct on the Australian mainland about 3,000 years ago but survived on the island state of Tasmania. The species was hunted by European settlers who believed the animals threatened their sheep and who were encouraged by a government bounty of £1 per carcass. Tasmanian tigers or thylacines photographed at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart in Australia's Tasmania state in 1918 Credit:  AFP / TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY The last known creature died in captivity in 1936, though the species was not officially declared extinct until 1982. But the genome study revealed that the sandy-coloured marsupial may have become extinct even if humans had not settled in Tasmania. The sequencing found that the thylacine had little genetic diversity, making it harder for it to survive changes in environmental conditions. "They were actually in pretty bad genetic shape and it wasn't because of their isolation on Tasmania. It was a longer-term decline in their history," Dr Pask said. “We certainly made them go extinct — there's no question about that. But we now know even if [thylacines] were still around today they'd probably be in the same genetic dire circumstances as the Tasmanian devil [a local species that is under threat]." The Tasmanian tiger has a somewhat mythical status in Australia and there is still frenzied speculation about whether it may have survived in the wild. There have been regular reported sightings, though most experts believe that the creatures that are spotted are probably feral dogs and that the thylacine is unlikely to have survived. Recent unconfirmed sightings in the state of Queensland prompted a fresh search which has so far proven fruitless. The study found that the genetic health of the thylacine became compromised about 70,000 to 120,000 years ago, an era which coincided with an ice age. The Tasmanian species became  isolated when the island was cut off from the mainland due to rising seas about 14,000 years ago. On the mainland, the species became extinct due to extreme weather and drought, according to a study released earlier this year. Experts said it could take some years – and billions of dollars - to revive the species. "We still have a way to go to get the technology and to get that at a reasonable cost," Christy Hipsley, from Museums Victoria, told Channel Seven. However, Dr Pask said he believed humans have a moral obligation to try to revive the species. "I think we were responsible for hunting [the species] to extinction - in that case, we almost owe it to the species to bring it back," he said. The findings were published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.


50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited.

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:50

On Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement, 50 world leaders planned to gather in the French capital to attend an invite-only climate change conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, the World Bank and the United Nations.


After NYC terror attempt, Trump says he will end chain migration

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:34

Pointing to the New York terror attempt, President Trump says that he will end visa lottery and chain migration.


Pistorius injured in prison brawl over phone

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:03

Former Paralympic champion and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison brawl over the use of a public phone, a South African official said on Tuesday. The double amputee -- who is serving a 13-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp -- was left with a bruise after "an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone" on December 6, according to the department of Correctional Services. "Oscar Pistorius sustained a bruise following an alleged incident with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both offenders are detained at Attridgeville Correctional Centre," spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said.


Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army Deserter Who Fled to North Korea, Has Died in Japan

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:02

Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, has died. He was 77.


Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:55

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday. Until recently the world's oldest head of state, Mugabe had a reputation for extensive and expensive international travel, including regular medical trips to Singapore - a source of public anger among his impoverished citizens. "He has gone for a routine medical trip to Singapore," said the official, who has organized Mugabe's security protection but who is not authorized to speak to the media.


The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:42

Protests erupted in the northern state of Haryana


The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:42

Protests erupted in the northern state of Haryana


Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges To His Death From Chinese High Rise

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:37

An incredibly agile Chinese social media star and fearless “rooftopper” plunged 62 floors to his death from a high-rise in the city of Changsha, police confirmed to Chinese media.


Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:42

The Tasmanian tiger was doomed long before humans began hunting the enigmatic marsupial, scientists said Tuesday, with DNA sequencing showing it was in poor genetic health for thousands of years before its extinction. Scientists genetically mapped the animal -- also known as a thylacine -- using the genome of a pup preserved more than century ago in a jar. The research revealed the creature began to undergo a decline in genetic diversity more than 70,000 years ago, leaving it less resilient to environmental change even before Aborigines are believed to have first inhabited the continent 65,000 years ago.


Jake Tapper Calls Out Trump's Hypocrisy On 'Fake News' Attacks

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:28

Jake Tapper responded to President Donald Trump’s latest attacks on the press spreading “fake news” with a bulleted list of the former businessman’s most egregious lies.


Alabama Voters To Decide Whether Accused Child Molester Becomes Their Senator

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:00

For many in the state, the special election has become a way to project a message to the rest of the nation on what Alabama is. Supporters of Democrat Doug Jones want to shed the stereotype of Alabama as a stagnant backwater. Jones is best known for his work as a U.S. attorney in the 1990s, prosecuting Ku Klux Klan members for blowing up a black church in 1963.


2 people killed after being stuck inside a burning school bus

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:00

Authorities are investigating why the student and school bus driver couldn't escape the burning vehicle.


Photographer, Now Facing Felonies, Had Asked News Site For Inauguration Work

Top Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:28

WASHINGTON ― A photographer currently facing trial on several felony charges after being arrested during a protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration had reached out to a Texas news outlet before Jan. 20 about photographing the protests, yet another indication he was working as a journalist that day.


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