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Trump's Approval For Hurricane Response Plunges 20 Points After Puerto Rico StormsPresident Donald Trump’s approval rating for his handling of the response to hurricanes striking the U.S. has plummeted 20 points since Puerto Rico was devastated by back-to-back hurricanes last month, according to the latest CNN poll.

Posted: October 17, 2017, 10:53 am

Bomb kills journalist who exposed Malta's ties to tax havensVALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said.

Posted: October 17, 2017, 3:14 am

Why the battle over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk mattersBAGHDAD (AP) — Three weeks after Iraq's Kurdish region held a referendum on independence, Iraqi forces entered the disputed city of Kirkuk, forcing Kurdish fighters to withdraw. Here's what you need to know:

Posted: October 17, 2017, 2:57 am

Freed Taliban Prisoner Thought Trump Presidency Couldn't Be RealJoshua Boyle, the Canadian citizen who spent five years as a prisoner of the Taliban, didn’t believe his captors when they told him who the new United Sates president was.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 10:12 pm

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting deathWAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:44 pm

U.S. judge in Texas invalidates Allergan patents on RestasisA U.S. judge on Monday invalidated patents on Allergan Plc's dry-eye medicine Restasis on grounds that the patents cover ideas that are obvious, sending shares of the pharmaceutical company down 3.5 percent. Judge William Bryson issued the ruling in federal court in Marshall, Texas, in a longstanding dispute between Allergan and generic drugmakers Mylan NV, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Akorn Inc. Bryson said a group of patents Allergan obtained on Restasis, which are set to expire in 2024, should not have been granted because they describe methods of treatment that were obvious in light of earlier patents granted to the company.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:34 pm

Bodies Found Embracing in Joshua Tree May Be California Couple Who Went Missing in Park 3 Months AgoAuthorities are working to identify two bodies discovered in Joshua Tree nearly three months after a young couple went missing in the California national park

Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:23 pm

Netflix (NFLX) Stock Advances After Q3 Earnings BlowoutStreaming video leader Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) reported third-quarter earnings after the bell on Monday. Revenue, guidance and subscriber growth all beat expectations while earnings missed expectations, and NFLX stock added about 2 percent in initial after-hours trading. The initial rise continues an absolutely stellar run for Netflix shares, which, before Monday's earnings report, had gained 63 percent in 2017, 100 percent in the last year and over 2,100 percent in the last five years.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 8:46 pm

In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding StarsScientists for the first time have detected both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two dead, incredibly dense neutron stars.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 8:43 pm

Site of IS beheadings in Raqqa seized by Kurdish-led forceBEIRUT (AP) — Raqqa's infamous public square where Islamic State militants used to perform brutal executions and beheadings has been captured Monday by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force fighting the extremist group in Syria, as officials say they expect the city to fall "within a few days."

Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:46 pm

Alyssa Milano's #MeToo Campaign Prompts Thousands to Share Sexual Harassment and Assault StoriesThe initiative has brought responses from such famous faces as Lady Gaga, Debra Messing and Rosario Dawson.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:40 pm

Pink Gets Real About Her Sometimes-Sexless MarriageRaise your glass to Pink for getting real about the realities of monogamy.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:39 pm

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advanceBy Maher Chmaytelli and Mustafa Mahmoud BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. A convoy of armored vehicles from Iraq's elite U.S.-trained Counter-Terrorism Force seized Kirkuk's provincial government headquarters on Monday afternoon, less than a day after the operation began, a Reuters reporter in Kirkuk said.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:37 pm

McConnell Hits Back At Steve Bannon: 'Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home'WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday responded to reports that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is recruiting candidates to challenge GOP incumbents in next year’s midterm elections as a way to better advance the president’s agenda.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:27 pm

Everything You Need To Host The Perfect Thanksgiving DinnerWhether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or you’ve held this event for decades, there are certain pitfalls that are hard to avoid in Thanksgiving prep.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:10 pm

Just a miniature horse riding in the back of a carSometimes, you need to make do with what you've got. Hannah Waskel was driving in Altoona, Iowa, with her friends on Saturday when they pulled up to a red light and spotted something a little off. In the back seat of the compact car next to them, they saw a miniature horse, just chilling. SEE ALSO: Woman tests limits of pet-friendly motel with her horse This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me — Hannah (@hannahwaskel) October 14, 2017 “This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me," she wrote on Twitter. It's not clear where the horse was headed, but Waskel says that the people in the car noticed they were laughing at their unusual passenger, so they waved and rolled down the window for the horse.  Never change, Iowa. Never change. WATCH: This small army of robots will do your shopping for you

Posted: October 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Watch the Very Scientific Fidget Spinner Experiment NASA Performed in SpaceAstronauts put a new spin on the trendy toy.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 6:01 pm

Aerial images capture beautiful autumn landscape This beautiful autumn landscape comes to life as the leaves change color ready for fall. The aerial pictures, taken by Matt Benedetto, 28, from Burlington, Vermont, show the forests of his home state as they transition into their autumn foliage. (Caters News)

Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:42 pm

Trump Says There's 'No Such Thing As Obamacare Anymore' One Month Before Enrollment StartsPresident Donald Trump falsely claimed on Monday the Affordable Care Act no longer exists, a statement that follows a long list of actions his administration has taken to undermine the law.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:23 pm

Like You, This Giant Clock Is Counting Down The Remaining Hours Of Trump's TermIn June, a band of artists furtively installed a massive, red, digital clock on the exterior of a building on the Queens waterfront.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:18 pm

The EPA Is Ending an Obama-Era Practice That Conservatives Say Sped Up New RulesEnvironmentalists had used the practice to speed up the regulatory process

Posted: October 16, 2017, 4:54 pm

Young man shot dead during Kenya opposition protest: witnessA young man was shot dead in western Kenya on Monday as hundreds of opposition supporters again took to the streets demanding reforms ahead of a presidential election, witnesses told AFP. Police teargassed a large crowd of protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, who set tyres alight, blocked roads and pelted policemen with rocks as they kicked off daily protests just 10 days ahead of the election. One protester, Michael Odiambo, 21, said he had seen police gun down a young man, whose body was also seen by an AFP photographer.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 4:39 pm

Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot pythonShocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet. 

Posted: October 16, 2017, 3:56 pm

Kenya police killed 67 opposition supporters: Rights groupsNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya police shot dead a street vendor as opposition supporters held demonstrations calling for electoral reform, a senior police official said Monday, while human rights groups said police had killed dozens of people who protested after August's now-annulled presidential election.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 3:48 pm

A Groundbreaking Astronomy Discovery Gave Scientists Their Best Look Ever at How Gold Was Created"There are many, many extraordinary discoveries within the discovery"

Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:35 pm

'This Should Not Have Happened.' A Drone Crashed Into a Canadian Passenger PlaneBut everybody on board was OK

Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:22 pm

108 U.S. F-35s Won't Be Combat-CapableThe new F-35 program executive officer, U.S. Navy vice admiral Mat Winter, said his office is exploring the option of leaving 108 aircraft in their current state because the funds to upgrade them to the fully combat-capable configuration would threaten the Air Force’s plans to ramp up production in the coming years. Without being retrofitted, these aircraft would become “concurrency orphans” — airplanes left behind in the acquisition cycle after the services purchased them in haste before finishing the development process. If they are left in their current state, nearly 200 F-35s might permanently remain unready for combat because the Pentagon would rather buy new aircraft than upgrade the ones the American people have already paid for.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 1:54 pm

Wildfires burn out of control in Portugal and SpainWildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left others missing in the country’s second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, four deaths were reported. The fatalities in Portugal occurred in densely forested parts of central and northern part of the country after blazes broke out in “exceptional” weather circumstances, Civil Protection Agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar said.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 1:46 pm

Passengers Slam 'Hysterical' Airline Crew for Panicking When Plane Suddenly Drops 20,000 FeetPassengers on a Sunday AirAsia flight to Bali—which was forced to turn back to Australia following an apparent loss of cabin pressure—have criticized its flight crew for allegedly screaming when the plane plunged more than 20,000 feet

Posted: October 16, 2017, 1:22 pm

Toddler Drowns in Grease Pit at Ice Cream ShopA family in Alabama mourns the loss of a 3-year-old girl after she tragically died at an ice cream shop. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 1:12 pm

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride Bare-essentials big twin may be best of the bunch “Llibertat ,” is a word moto-journalists became pretty familiar with during last month’s Harley-Davidson press ride in Catalunya. The English version of the word –

Posted: October 16, 2017, 12:00 pm

Kevin James Explains Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Killed Off His WifeKevin James said his sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” killed off his on-screen wife after last season because “we were literally just running out of ideas.”

Posted: October 16, 2017, 11:35 am

Ruins of Jerusalem hall shed light on Roman-era gatheringsA small, half-built and roofed amphitheatre from 2nd-century Jerusalem has been unearthed during excavations below Judaism's Western Wall, the first such Roman-era find in the city, Israeli archaeologists said on Monday. The 200-seat carved stone structure was found underneath a passageway leading to the raised esplanade where an ancient Jewish temple stood until it was razed by the Romans as they put down a rebellion in 70 AD. Unlike larger, open-air Roman auditoriums, the amphitheatre was likely meant to be an odeon, for musical performances, or a city council meeting hall known as a bouleuterion, the Israel Antiquites Authority said.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 11:27 am

Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda execMazda is committed to the rotary, though whether the unique engine design is used to directly power a sports car or serve as a range-extender for an electric car remains to be seen. Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two. Now, though, a senior Mazda executive has hinted that both options could be on the table.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 10:30 am

Madrid set to impose direct rule on Catalonia as independence deadline passesThe Spanish government has warned Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont he faces his final chance to relinquish independence within three days or it would trigger Article 155, the so-called 'nuclear option' which would override Catalonia's autonomy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had set a deadline of 10am local time yesterday for Mr Puigdemont to clarify whether or not the autonomous region had made a unilateral declaration of independence last week. The Catalan president responded with a four-page letter that did not directly answer the question but instead stressed a mandate for independence and called for urgent dialogue.   The Spanish government had made clear that anything less than a “No” would set in motion Article 155, a never-used constitutional tool allowing it to effectively suspend autonomous powers and rule directly from Madrid.  Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has a set a deadline for overriding Catalonia's autonomy. Credit: Lavandeira jr/EFE  That is now set to be applied on Friday, if Mr Puigdemont does not reverse his position during a further three-day grace period. The Spanish deputy prime minister, Maria Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, said the government interpreted his response as a confirmation that declaration had indeed been declared. Demanding Mr Puigdemont retract this by Thursday at 10am, she insisted it was "in his hands to avoid the next steps". Mr Puigdemont, who had been under heavy pressure from independence hardliners to confirm an abrupt split from Spain, had called for an urgent meeting with Mr Rajoy in his letter. He said the banned independence referendum had returned a mandate for an independent state but insisted the regional government’s priority was a negotiated solution, eyeing a two-month period for dialogue. Carles Puidgemont delivering a speech at the Fossar de la Pederera Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters Mr Rajoy responded with a letter of his own, in which he told Mr Puigdemont he still had a chance to respond in a "clear and simple way” to Madrid’s request. If he did not do so, he “will be the only one responsible for the application of the constitution,” he said.  Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish foreign minister, said “the most radical influences had prevailed” in Mr Puigdemont’s decision. But the Catalan president’s letter did not go far enough to satisfy the CUP, the hard Left partner that is crucial to the Catalan government’s parliamentary majority, which is now pushing for a clear affirmation of independence on Thursday.  “The CUP would have sent a very different letter,” said parliamentarian Mireia Boya. Further adding to tensions yesterday, the Catalan police chief and the leaders of two major pro-independence groups appeared in court in Madrid to face allegations of sedition. The Spanish attorney general asked the judge to remand Major Josep Lluis Trapero in custody, with judicial sources quoted by La Vanguardia citing fears he could continue to give orders to the Catalan force to subvert Madrid's clampdown. Major Josep Lluis Trapero leaves Audiencia Nacional Court in Madrid Credit: Kiko Huesca/EFE The judge did not agree to the attorney-general's request to take Major Josep Lluis Trapero into custody, but imposed the conditions he surrender his passport and report to a court every 15 days. The same conditions were imposed on another Catalan police official.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 10:11 am

Philippines vows to crush pro-Islamic State groups after two leaders killedBy Neil Jerome Morales and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' military chief vowed no letup on Monday in hunting down and destroying extremist groups loyal to Islamic State, saying Marawi City would be retaken within days after the pivotal killing of two top rebel commanders. General Eduardo Ano said the successful operation to take out the two leaders was a "triumph of good over evil" and urged the 30 militants remaining in a shrinking combat zone to surrender and free hostages as troops stepped up their fight. "It will be just a matter of days before it will finally be declared that Marawi has been liberated from the clutches of terrorists," Ano told a televised news conference.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 8:55 am

Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia's deadliest attack in a decade. The death toll has steadily risen since Saturday, when the blasts - for which no organisation had claimed responsibility by Monday morning - struck at two busy junctions in the heart of the city. The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing," Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of the city's ambulance service, told Reuters on Monday.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 8:04 am

No verdict on 1st day of jury work in burning death trialBATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jurors deliberated more than four hours Sunday without reaching a verdict in the trial of a Mississippi man charged with burning a woman to death in 2014. The judge sent the sequestered group back to their hotel for the night, and court will be back in session for more deliberations Monday.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:05 am

Death Match: America's Stealth Zumwalt Destroyer vs. Russia's Big BattlecruiserZumwalt, unable to get close enough to target with guns and Kirov, unable to use its radar-guided weapons, both break off to fight another day. After more than a decade of supporting land wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, the U.S. Navy is reinvesting in the core mission of sinking ships. The U.S. Navy is expanding this capability but at the same time introducing a new class of ship, the guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, designed primarily to support land warfare.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 12:43 am

The F-22 Is the World's Most Lethal Stealth Fighter (And Its About to Get Better)Like the F-35, the latest F-22s have radar (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and data-links (F-22 has LINK 16), radar warning receivers and targeting technologies. Also, Air Force officials have told Scout Warrior that, by 2019, the service will begin upgrading F-22 functionality for the AIM-120D and AIM-9X Air-to-Air missiles as well as enhanced Air-to-Surface target location capabilities. The F-22 currently carries the AIM-9X Block 1 and the current upgrade will enable carriage of AIM-9X Block 2.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 12:13 am

More women accuse Harvey Weinstein of rapeThe Scotland Yard inquiry into Harvey Weinstein intensified on Sunday with detectives now investigating a further four  allegations of rape and sexual assault against the disgraced Hollywood producer. The latest investigations relate to allegations of assault in London in 1992, 2010, 2011 and 2015. The announcement came after two more women accused Weinstein of raping them. Lysette Anthony, the British actress, said he had attacked her in her London home in the late Eighties. A second, unidentified woman said she was raped in 1992. Weinstein, 65, has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.  More than two dozen women, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have come forward with allegations of unwanted advances, lewd behaviour or sexual assault. The scandal has exposed an industry in which young women, starting out in their careers, have had little choice but to keep quiet about harassment. On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists said its board had voted “well in excess of the required two thirds majority” to expel Weinstein. Oscars Academy expels Harvey Weinstein 01:21 The “era of wilful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over”, it said as it effectively banned from Hollywood a man whose productions garnered more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 wins. In France, President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he has begun the process of revoking Weinstein's Legion of Honor award. Police in New York have asked anyone with a complaint to come forward, and detectives in London confirmed they were looking into a total of five allegations made by three complainants. Lysette Anthony has reported an alleged attack to police A Met spokesman said: “Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating the allegations. There has been no arrest at this stage.” Anthony, who stars in the television soap Hollyoaks, told The Sunday Times she had told the Metropolitan Police about an attack in the Eighties. It happened after she had got to know the producer when she starred in the 1982 film Krull. She said it was a “pathetic, revolting” attack that had left her “disgusted and embarrassed”. More than two dozen women have levelled allegations at Weinstein Credit: EPA On Wednesday Anthony tweeted that she had just reported a historical crime, adding “feel sick … so sad”. A second woman told the Mail On Sunday she was raped by Weinstein in 1992 when she was working at his film company offices in West London. The woman, who described how she wore old clothes and chewed raw garlic to keep Weinstein away, said she had only confided in her husband about the attack within the past few days. “Even after all these years, I can still wake up screaming,” she said. “I wanted the opportunity to speak out, but I just couldn’t see how.” Woody Allen with Weinstein Credit: Getty Images Meanwhile, Woody Allen said he felt sad for Weinstein as well as the women who suffered from his attentions. “The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” he told the BBC. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. “There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that."

Posted: October 15, 2017, 9:16 pm

Woody Allen Says Harvey Weinstein Scandal Is 'Very Sad For Everyone Involved'Film director Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter, told the BBC Sunday that he was not aware of Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse, much of which has come to light in recent weeks.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 5:48 pm

Iraq says Kurds have brought in PKK fighters in 'declaration of war'The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities on Sunday of bringing fighters from Turkey's separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and said it considered the move a "declaration of war." Vahal Ali, a media assistant to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani, denied the accusation. "This is false, there are no PKK in Kirkuk, only Peshmerga," he told Reuters, referring to KRG military forces.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 4:49 pm

Deadly truck bombing in Mogadishu, SomaliaHundreds of dead or injured from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital, making it the deadliest single attack ever in this Horn of Africa nation.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 4:00 pm

Man Recounts Horrific Attack That Killed His Wife, Son and In-LawsHe was repeatedly stabbed in the neck, face and arms

Posted: October 15, 2017, 2:59 pm

More than just wine country is burning in CaliforniaREDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California's fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it's a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 1:30 pm

Catalan defence committees ready to take to the streetsWhen teachers, students, parents and activists turned up to defend polling stations against police in Catalonia's banned independence referendum, it became evident that a well-organised grassroots movement had emerged. Many were part of "committees to defend the referendum", or CDRs -- neighbourhood groups set up about a month prior, at times with the help of well-honed activists, to ensure the vote went ahead on October 1 despite a court ruling it unconstitutional. Now, scattered across Catalan town and cities, driven by their quest for independence, they are ready to take to the streets against Spain's central government -- and pressure their own regional separatist executive if they back down.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 1:17 pm

‘Art Of The Deal’ ghostwriter predicts President Trump will not finish his first year in officeTony Schwartz, co-author of Donald Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal,’ still says that President Trump will not finish his first year in office.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 1:13 pm

On 'SNL,' Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Can't Stay On Message EitherAlec Baldwin’s Donald Trump had a lot of ground to cover this week during “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open sketch.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 1:02 pm

Pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrsVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who often laments current persecutions of Christians, has given the Catholic Church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 12:19 pm