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Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:27:28 -0500

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. Masri's detention, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdom's affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, where the billionaire has major investments. A Saudi citizen of Palestinian origin, Masri was detained last Tuesday hours before he was planning to leave after he chaired meetings of companies he owns, according to the sources.



Cow Escapes Live Nativity Scene Twice and Wanders the Streets of Philadelphia

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:44:25 -0500

Stormy was returned after two adventures on snowy downtown streets



'Fierce and formidable' Dlamini-Zuma eyes South Africa's presidency

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:11:04 -0500

By Alexander Winning JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a fierce campaigner against racial inequality whose hostility to big business has rattled investors in South Africa. The 68-year-old is vying to succeed her ex-husband, President Jacob Zuma, as leader of the ruling African National Congress at a party vote this weekend, an outcome that would make her favourite for the presidency after a parliamentary election due in 2019. A medical doctor and former chair of the Commission of the African Union, a pan-continental grouping, Dlamini-Zuma has pledged during her campaign to "radically" tackle the racial inequality that persists in South Africa 23 years after the end of white minority rule.



Candice Swanepoel Is Pregnant with Baby No. 2: 'Christmas Came Early!'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:42:05 -0500

The Victoria‚??s Secret Angel, 29, announced she is pregnant with her second child on Instagram Friday with a photo of her cradling her baby bump in an off-the-shoulder green gown



Landslides kill 26 in storm-hit Philippine province: local officials

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:37:37 -0500

At least 26 people were killed while several residents were missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, local authorities and media said on Sunday. Kai-tak cut power supplies in many areas, forced the cancellation of several flights, stranded more than 15,000 people in various ports in the region and prompted nearly 88,000 people to seek shelter in evacuation centers. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Biliran island said 26 residents had died, but the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has yet to make any official announcement about fatalities.



Somewhere in Las Vegas, there's a warehouse containing debris from UFOs

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:50:22 -0500

Let's be clear: "U.F.O." is an acronym for "unidentified flying object." It doesn't necessarily mean aliens. But it also might mean aliens. Sorry, Miriam. SEE ALSO: That interstellar asteroid probably isn't aliens, but the hunt continues A Saturday report in the New York Times lays out the details of a secret, Defense Department-funded "Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program," formed to investigate UFO reports. ¬†Among the more sensational details is the revelation that a number of buildings in Las Vegas were modified to house "metal alloys and other materials ... from unidentified aerial phenomena." It's a seemingly minor detail in a much larger story about a program that was established in 2007 under the guidance of then-Senate majority leader Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat turned an interest in space phenomena into a DoD-funded $22 million investigation. Reid confirmed the existence of the program, as did Pentagon officials, though the latter claim that the program ended in 2012.¬† "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change," Pentagon spokesperson Thomas Crosson told the Times.¬† Still, the Pentagon's engagement here is a big surprise: This is one of the few times ‚?? if not the first ‚?? that an arm of the U.S. government confirmed the existence of a modern program designed to look into extraterrestrial events. The Las Vegas storage location(s) were constructed by Robert Bigelow, a friend of Reid's and a NASA contractor who is currently working with the aerospace and aeronautics research agency on human habitats for outer space. The Times writes: Although the Pentagon confirms that funding for the program came to an end in 2012, former military intelligence official and program administrator Luis Elizondo claims that research efforts continue. The Times unearthed a great deal more information about this program and its beginnings, supporters, and operations. Definitely give that story a look if you're interested in learning more. (This is about UFOs, folks: Are any of you not interested in learning more?) WATCH: Here's a breakdown of the beloved 'Star Wars' character, the porg



Trump administration prohibits CDC from using certain words

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:05:45 -0500

According to a Washington Post report, the Trump administration is banning the Center for Disease Control from using certain words in their official documents including fetus, transgender and diversity.



Iowa justice blocks newspaper from reporting court records

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:16:23 -0500

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) ‚?? An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step of temporarily ordering the state's largest newspaper not to publish the contents of court records legally obtained by one of its reporters.



End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' scene

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:55:41 -0500

CINCINNATI (AP) ‚?? A ghoulish holiday tradition outside of Cincinnati will soon come to a close after an Ohio man said he won't put up his "zombie Nativity" scene after this year.



Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:50:35 -0500

Argentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance.



US admits to running secret UFO programme 

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:31:21 -0500

The Pentagon ran a secretive five year program to investigate UFO sightings, spending $22 million before it was shut down due to cost, it has been¬†revealed. For the first time, the Department of Defense has acknowledged the existence of the mysterious Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification¬†Program run from an office in a quiet corner of its sprawling headquarters. There, between 2007 and 2012, a team of researchers working with experts in Nevada probed reports of alien life form and strange sightings over¬†the US skies - a real life versions of the hit TV show The X Files. The enterprise was the passion project of Harry Reid, the retired Senate Majority leader. ‚??I‚??m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going,‚?Ě Mr. Reid said in an interview with the New York Times who first reported the¬†story. ‚??I think it‚??s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I‚??ve done something that no one has done before.‚?Ě Stock image of a UFO However, although some of the unit's work remains classified, it is not thought any convincing evidence of extraterristrials was discovered. ‚??If anyone says they have the answers now, they‚??re fooling themselves, Mr Reid said We do not know.‚?Ě But, he added: ‚??we have to start¬†someplace.‚?Ě Documents show how the unit, working with a Las Vegas aerospace company run by Mr Reid's long time friend Robert Bigelow, investigated¬†sightings of aircraft moving at¬†high¬†speeds with no signs of propulsion or that hovered¬†mysteriously. Officials with the program also studied videos of encounters between unknown objects and American military aircraft¬† including one released in¬†August of a white oval object, about the size of a commercial plane, chased by two US Navy fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Nimitz off the¬†coast of San Diego in 2004. Yet in 2012, the program was seemingly wound up to the frustration of many. Visitors to the International UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico examine a glass-encased alien prop used in the movie "Roswell" Thomas Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman said:‚??It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the¬†best interest of the DoD (Department of Defence) to make a change.‚?Ě Some say the shadowy work continues despite the funding being cut off. Fornmer¬† military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, who led the unit, claims he continued his research and continued to work from his office in teh Pentagon until October when he resigned in protest at what he descirbed as excessive secrecy and internal opposition. In his resignation letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis, he reportedly wrote: ‚??Why aren‚??t we spending more time and effort on this issue?‚?Ě U.F.O.s have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. In 1947, the Air Force began¬†a series of studies that investigated more than 12,000 claimed U.F.O. sightings before it was officially ended in 1969.¬† The project, which included¬†a study code-named Project Blue Book, started in 1952, concluded that most sightings involved stars, clouds, conventional aircraft or spy planes,¬†although 701 remained unexplained. Robert C. Seamans Jr., the secretary of the Air Force at the time, said in a memorandum announcing the end of Project Blue Book that it ‚??no¬†longer can be justified either on the ground of national security or in the interest of science.‚?Ě



Omarosa's exit highlights lack of diversity at Trump White House

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:00:29 -0500

Without Manigault-Newman, Trump appears to have no black senior advisers in public-facing White House roles. The departure of the former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Newman from the White House this week has placed the lack of diversity in Donald Trump‚??s administration under renewed scrutiny. Manigault-Newman, the highest-ranking black person to work in the West Wing under Trump, abruptly left her post as a special assistant to the president on Wednesday.



Soccer Coach Accused of Running Away With Teen Girl Returns to Florida

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:43:02 -0500

A Florida soccer coach arrested in New York after accusations that he ran away with a teenage girl has been returned to his home state



Check Out This Model S Wagon Rendering

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:14:18 -0500

One collector has commissioned his own custom Tesla wagon. Here's what it'll look like.



Third Sea Lion Attack in a Week Prompts Swimming Ban at San Francisco Park

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:35:12 -0500

"I haven‚??t had a single sea lion or wildlife attack like this."



Tips on Tipping This Holiday Season

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:45:00 -0500

Who should you tip and how much should you give during the holidays? Those are questions consumers grapple with every year, and there‚??s no clear-cut answer. But there are guidelines, depending on...



Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:37:46 -0500

VATICAN CITY (AP) ‚?? The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration.



The Myth That Urbanization Means Prosperity

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

When it comes to cities and urbanization, it is generally thought that bigger is better. But a pair of recent studies suggests that although industrialized nations may have benefited from larger cities, the same is not true for the rapidly urbanizing areas of the developing world. In these parts of the globe, there really might be such a thing as too much urbanization, too quickly.



British diplomat found dead in Lebanon

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:05:25 -0500

A young British embassy worker has been found murdered in the Lebanese capital Beirut after being strangled and reportedly sexually assaulted.¬† Rebecca Dykes, 30, from London, who had been working for the Department for International Development, was killed after leaving a bar with friends on Friday night. She had been out in the Gemmayzeh area of central Beirut for the leaving party of a colleague at the British embassy and had left just after midnight. She had been been drinking as she had an early flight to catch home early the next morning for the Christmas holidays.¬† She was abducted some time after and killed. Her body was found dumped on the Metn highway several miles away.¬† Police sources told the Telegraph the first autopsy revealed the cause of death as strangulation, however a second postmortem examination is to be carried out later.¬† They said they did not believe the attack to be politically motivated. One friend told the Telegraph: "It's horrific. We had no idea what happened to her until we got a call today to go to the police station to give statements." Miss Dykes had been working in Beirut as the programme and policy manager for the Department for International Development since January 2017. Beirut killing She had worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 2010, previously on Libya and Iraq.¬† She is thought to have grown up in Hong Kong, but attended Malvern St James Girls boarding school in Worcestershire before later studying anthropology at Manchester University and International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London.¬† In a statement her family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened." Hugo Shorter, the British ambassador to Lebanon, said: "The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news. My thoughts are with Becky‚??s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.¬† "We're providing consular support to her family and working very closely with Lebanese authorities who are conducting police investigation." A spokesman for the Department for International Development where she worked said: "Our thoughts are with Becky's family and friends at this very upsetting time. "There is now a police investigation and the FCO (Foreign Office) is providing consular support to Becky's family and working with the local authorities." Such incidents are rare in Beirut, despite the fragile security situation in the country.



Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Share Adorable 'Kid Approved' Holiday Family Photo

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:30:50 -0500

Happy holidays from the Consuelos clan!



Canadian billionaire couple found dead in their home

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:05:34 -0500

Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, one of the nation's wealthiest couples whose bodies were found in their mansion on Friday.



Plan released for dividing money to Vegas shooting victims

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:36:47 -0500

LAS VEGAS (AP) ‚?? A plan that will be used to divide donations for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting was finalized Friday with a significant change that allows injured people who were not hospitalized to seek some of the money.



Alyssa Milano Educates Matt Damon After His Horrid Response On Sexual Misconduct

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:12:46 -0500

Actress Alyssa Milano taught a master class on the problems of sexual misconduct Friday night.



Mystery swirls around powerful North Korea official as Hwang Pyong-so remains missing

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:55:35 -0500

A North Korean official widely deemed as the nation‚??s¬†second¬†most powerful figure has been missing for some time, raising speculation that he has been executed.



When The Fire Comes And There's No Home To Evacuate And Nowhere To Go

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:45:24 -0500

In some parts of Santa Barbara County, the Thomas fire has caused apocalyptic scenes.



Egypt Reopens Ancient Library Holding Thousands of Centuries-Old Manuscripts

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:59:16 -0500

The library holds thousands of religious and historical manuscripts



Lawsuit: 2 immigrant teens in US custody can't get abortions

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:49:42 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) ‚?? President Donald Trump's administration is blocking two pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody from obtaining abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday, a repeat of the situation that led to a high-profile court fight earlier this year.



Attorney General Sessions has lukewarm praise for FBI after Trump attack

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:37:35 -0500

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on Friday offered a tepid endorsement of the nation's leading law enforcement agency, which has been under attack by President Donald Trump and other Republicans. Trump said earlier this month that the FBI's reputation was in "tatters" after news came to light that an FBI agent on a team investigating links between Russia and Trump's election campaign had exchanged anti-Trump text messages with an FBI lawyer. Sessions on Friday defended the bureau, which is part of the Department of Justice that he leads, but it was not an enthusiastic endorsement.



Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthday

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:35:11 -0500

Pope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday Sunday with a hero cake and a message urging the world -- and children in particular -- to join in the holiday mood and be joyful. The Argentine pontiff thanked the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the Angelus prayer as they sang happy birthday, and was expected to slice into his birthday cake after lunch. The artist -- whose real name is Mauro Pallotta -- famously depicted Francis as Superman in 2014 and has since begun supporting Vatican charitable projects by selling T-shirts bearing the flying pope.



Being A Facebook Wallflower Isn't Good For You, The Social Site Says

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:20:03 -0500

Passively reading Facebook posts ‚?? without posting messages or responding to comments ‚?? makes users feel bad about themselves, some studies have discovered.



Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon Rolls

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:03:25 -0500

Mario Batali, the former host of ‚??The Chew‚?Ě who stands accused of sexual misconduct, issued an apology to fans on Friday through his newsletter and inexplicably ended it with a recipe for cinnamon rolls.



Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:28:52 -0500

Some passengers told local media they were happy to get off the ship



Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump From Rolling Back Birth Control Coverage

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:01:37 -0500

BREAKING: Pennsylvania won a nationwide injunction stopping President Trump‚??s order that eliminated women‚??s guaranteed access to contraceptive care.



Mexican Senate keeps military in policing role

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:37:50 -0500

MEXICO CITY (AP) ‚?? Mexico's Congress approved a law Friday that would give the military a legal framework to act as police, despite unanimous objections from human rights groups.



Russia and NATO: Headed for a Missile Arms Race in Europe?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:36:00 -0500

The NATO alliance is urging Moscow to return to compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces bilateral U.S.-Russia treaty, which bans land-based missiles that have ranges between 500km and 5,500km. ‚??Allies have identified a Russian missile system that raises serious concerns,‚?Ě reads a statement from the alliance.



Police Investigating Possible Link Between Skeletal Remains Found in a Shed & 3 Missing Brothers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:30:54 -0500

Michigan police are investigating whether the partial remains of three children found in the shed of a rental home in Missoula, Montana, could belong to brothers missing for almost decade



63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia Probe

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:36:43 -0500

A new poll has found that 63 percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to ‚??impede or obstruct‚?Ě the investigations¬†into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible links between Trump‚??s campaign and the Kremlin.



American Airlines tried to charge a mother $150 for traveling with breast milk

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:55:48 -0500

How is it that airlines keep screwing up simple things like company policy and established TSA rules? The latest travel blunder belongs to American Airlines. When Sara showed up with her husband and young son for their flight from Boston to Arizona, the gate attendant stopped them for having too many bags and tried to charge them a $150 fee to check a cooler filled with frozen breast milk. SEE ALSO: Some jerk just diverted a flight by naming his hotspot 'bomb on board' Salow told ABC 15 that she and her husband had shown up with four carry-on items: a stroller, a diaper bag, a backpack, and the aforementioned cooler. "I'm like, 'This is a diaper bag, which I thought was exempt; [that backpack is] his personal item and we have the cooler ‚?? I didn't have a personal item,'" Salow told ABC 15. Most airlines ‚?? including American ‚?? allow passengers to travel with one carry-on and one "personal item," which for most people usually amounts to a small suitcase and a backpack, briefcase, or purse. Additionally, Salow told the news station that she'd looked into what she could bring with her ahead of time. American Airlines exempts certain items from the carry-on policy, including strollers, diaper bags.¬† Further, TSA rules exempt breast milk from the "no liquids" policy, and American recognizes that ‚?? though ABC 15's report notes that the airline's website didn't specifically list breast milk as exempt until Dec. 14. Despite all of that, Salow told ABC 15 that the gate attendant tried to make her pay a $150 fee to check the cooler. "We were pretty mad. I immediately started crying," she said. "It was humiliating, they kept telling us it was because we were basic economy passengers; it really felt demeaning." The couple ended up leaving their cooler behind. The airline later issued a statement in response to the incident, apologizing to Salow. WATCH: This suitcase can transform into a stroller for your child



Manchin: 'I wanted to be more involved' in crafting tax bill

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:32:19 -0500

Sen. Joe Manchin tells Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview that he believes Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) convinced the president to pursue a partisan strategy to pass the tax bill, rather than work with Democrats.



Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:39:41 -0500

An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. How many have gone elsewhere to fight?" said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. International counterterror groups are putting huge efforts into answering those questions, working hard to name, count and track IS foreign fighters.



93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior Housing

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:58:37 -0500

Florida authorities released an elderly woman from jail on Thursday after police arrested her for allegedly not paying rent at the senior housing community where she had lived since 2011.



Are the U.S. Marines Dying?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:00 -0500

The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the best amphibious-warfare force in the world. The issue is that relentless overseas commitments have strained marine resources so badly that it can‚??t conduct the other training that it needs to maintain its combat edge. A review of readiness data from 2014 to 2016 revealed that ‚??Marine Corps units were unable to fully accomplish training for other amphibious operations priorities,‚?Ě according to the GAO report.



Female Congressional Candidate Quits Race Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:13:29 -0500

Andrea Ramsey is accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate in 2005



10 Cordless Drills for the Do-It-Yourselfer

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:30:25 -0500

Cruising the tool aisle at a home center, not to mention countless avenues online, you‚??ll find an overwhelming array of cordless drills. CR is here to help narrow your choices‚??down to the 30-plus...



Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:25:55 -0500

MANCHACA, Texas (AP) ‚?? When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it.



Santa‚??s workshop comes to life in Brooklyn, New York

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:12:09 -0500

Fifty years ago, Lou Nasti gained fame when he built a robot that landed him on the front page of the New York Times. Now his skill can be seen in his detailed animatronic Christmas workshop in Brooklyn, New York and on display all around the world.



This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:12:22 -0500

Not many cats get to have a career as a dog trainer, but one Missouri feline is doing just that.



On the trail of London's serial cat killer

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:51:36 -0500

In what has become a grim ritual, Tony Jenkins examines the mutilated remains of a domestic cat -- and says the south London serial killer has struck once again. Nobody is surprised when Jenkins, the co-founder of Snarl, a local animal rescue and rehabilitation shelter, arrives at a veterinary surgery to confirm the grisly find. In the last two years, Snarl has identified more than 400 suspected victims: mostly cats, but also some foxes and rabbits.



NBC Paid Staffer Severance After Accusing Chris Matthews Of Harassment

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:43:49 -0500

A former MSNBC employee was given separation compensation after accusing host Chris Matthews of making inappropriate jokes and comments about her in 1999, which according to one report were sexual in nature.



Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Of GOP Plans To Shutter House's Russia Probe

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:01:59 -0500

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee may be looking to prematurely shutter the committee‚??s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a ranking Democrat warned Friday.




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