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A Way Forward in the North Korea Crisis

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:06

There is nothing the US can do to North Korea that will lead to its renunciation of its nuclear weapons program.

New fight in California water wars: How to update old system

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:03

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In California's long-raging water wars, pitting north against south and farmer against city dweller, the one thing everybody agreed on Wednesday was that the outdated method of shipping water throughout the most populous state needs a serious upgrade.

Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:44

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday.

Russia's Just Tested Its New ICBM Armed with "Experimental Warheads"

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:12

Russia’s strategic missile forces have conducted a successful training launch of a RS-24 Yars road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile. “A test launch of a Yoshkar-Ola missile division RS-24 Yars solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, equipped with a detachable warhead, arrived at the designated area on the Kura test range on the Kamchatka Peninsula at the state-owned Plesetsk Test Space Cosmodrome,” the Russian Defense Ministry told the TASS news agency.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:50

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

Powerball Winner Charged With Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting a Child

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:35

Pedro Quezada won $338 million in 2013

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:47

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Trump Uses RNC Funds To Pay For His Russia Defense -- Thanks To Hillary Clinton's Lawyer

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:43

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump, a billionaire, is reportedly using money raised by the Republican National Committee to cover legal fees associated with the Department of Justice investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has used over $230,000 in money raised by the RNC for his own legal defense, according to Reuters. The president is currently under investigation for potential illegal coordination with Russia ― which is alleged to have hacked the Democratic National Committee and intervened in the election to defeat Hillary Clinton ― and for possible obstruction of justice when he fired James Comey, the former FBI director, in May.

Will Barcelona secede from Spain? Catalan independence is up for a vote — and Russia is stirring the pot

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:21

At issue is a wave of Catalan nationalism culminating in a referendum on secession, scheduled for Oct. 1.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:51

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

John McCain Can Stop This Health Care Bill

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:51

WASHINGTON ― The fate of health care for millions of Americans may, once again, come down to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Woman in Kevin Hart Sex Tape Comes Forward, Claims She Didn't Try to Extort Him

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:15

Hart's heavily pregnant wife, Eniko, says "there is absolutely no divorce talk."

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:39

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

Why Woman Who Had Affair With Serial Killer Todd Kohlhepp Fears She Could Have Been Next

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:35

When she was rescued, Kala Brown said her abductor was planning to kill someone named Holly next, which gave Holly Eudy "a very unsettling feeling."

Montana must rewrite transgender bathroom ballot description

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:08

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court ordered the state attorney general to rewrite ballot language for an initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms designated for their gender at birth.

Trump To African Leaders: My Friends Go To Your Countries To Get Rich

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:43

Africa is a continent of “tremendous, tremendous potential,” U.S. President Donald Trump told African leaders at a luncheon on Wednesday.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:28

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

Target's New Home Line, Project 62, Is Way More Affordable Than You Think

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:03

Remember this moment, because you can’t go back to a time before you discovered Target’s new furniture and home line.

Muslims More Likely Than Americans Overall To See Discrimination Against Black People

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:53

Muslims are more likely than Americans overall to acknowledge the discrimination that black Americans face in the country, a Pew Research Center study suggests.

U.S. home sales hit 12-month low, Harvey weighs on Houston

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:42

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a persistent shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers. The third straightly monthly decline in sales reported by the National Association of Realtors on Wednesday came on the heels of data on Tuesday showing a drop in homebuilding activity in August. The reports suggest housing will probably weigh on economic growth again in the third quarter.