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US Cardinal Donald Wuerl, accused over abuse cover-up, resigns

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:19

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of US Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who was blamed for not doing enough to deal with paedophile priests when he was a bishop in Pennsylvania, the Vatican said Friday. Wuerl, who has stepped down as archbishop of Washington, had announced last month that he planned to meet with the pope to discuss his resignation. A sweeping US grand jury report released in August revealed credible allegations against more than 300 predator priests and identified over 1,000 victims of child sex abuse covered up for decades by the Catholic Church in the state of Pennsylvania.


Canada makes final preparations before cannabis becomes legal

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:44

Canada will soon become the second country in the world to legalize cannabis -- with the provinces left to work out the details of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's landmark measure. From October 17, Canadians will be allowed to grow, possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes -- five years after Uruguay passed pioneering legislation on the issue. A $400 million tax revenue windfall is forecast as a result -- with the provinces, municipalities and federal government all getting a slice.


This Snapchat filter couple's costume is perfect

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:34

If you're still trying to figure out a couple's costume for Halloween, look no further, for we have found the perfect couple's costume: the filter/no filter. SEE ALSO: Want a super easy Halloween costume idea? This 'Jurassic World' dinosaur mask is just $16. A photo of the couple's costume shared by Redditor lackingprivacy quickly gained traction on the subreddit r/funny for cleverly poking fun at the transformative powers of Snapchat filters. In the photo, the person sporting a "#nofilter" sign, has a five o'clock shadow and is clearly sporting zero makeup, while the person sporting the "#filter" sign is expertly groomed, and sporting a butterfly headband that is now synonymous with Snapchat filters. The costume is so well-executed that I am now reconsidering my couple's costume idea. And, if you're not totally in love with this idea, or you're dressing up solo this Halloween, you can find a bunch of other awesome costume ideas here and here. WATCH: A deeper look at the Afrofuture costumes of 'Black Panther' and the women who brought them to life


Orange teams up with Google on Dunant transatlantic cable

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:45

Announced by Google in July, Dunant will be the first new submarine cable connecting the United States to France in more than 15 years and is a response to rapidly increasing demand for connectivity across the Atlantic. "Thanks to this partnership, Orange will be in a stronger position to support the development of new uses for its consumer and enterprise customers in Europe and America," it said in a statement.


Beto O'Rourke Fundraising Triples Ted Cruz's In Texas Senate Race

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:42

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Democrat challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in next


Royal wedding cake: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's 400-egg treat

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:04

As Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding guests mingle around Friday's afternoon’s reception inside Windsor Castle, the centrepiece is bound to be the five-tier cake. Designed by cook Sophie Cabot, the royal wedding cake features enormous quantities of eggs, butter and flour. To ensure it was ready on time, Ms Cabot began baking in earnest in Buckingham Palace's kitchens on Wednesday ahead of the big day. The giant red velvet and chocolate cake contains up to 400 eggs, at least 53 packs of unsalted butter, 15 kilograms of organic self raising flour and 20 kilos of sugar. Ms Cabot, 33, admitted she felt "very honoured" to be selected as baker for the royal wedding. Princess Eugenie's royal wedding | Read more She first met the couple in the summer, when she brought cake samples and said: "The couple were very relaxed, very comfortable. I got the feeling the cake was something they were very excited about. "It was a fun meeting as well because I don't think it's every day you have a meeting about cake and you get to try cake." The cake designer, who is based in Fulham, west London, has created a cake that consists of three tiers of red velvet and two of chocolate sponge cake. The cake is covered with buttercream, white icing and decorated with sugar work with an autumnal theme. Although the choice of cake is not traditional, Ms Cabot said the couple insisted on it. She said: "They were very excited about having red velvet, during the tastings red velvet and chocolate came out top. The wedding cake created by baker Sophie Cabot Credit:  MATT CROSSICK/ AFP "It's a lovely thing to have at this time of year as well - it's a nice rich cake. "Not one cake is ever the same and this was extra because of the time of year and they wanted to keep it so seasonal - it was a real joy." Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's royal wedding, in pictures After meeting with the couple several times to finalise the design, the professional baker began working on the cake in July, starting with detailed sugar flowers and foliage, from ivy and acorns to white flowers and maple leaves, which will decorate the five tiers of the cake. "With such a big cake, you need to start well in advance - especially with all the sugar work, so it was important to get going quite quickly." she added.


Fyre Festival organiser jailed for six years after pleading guilty to fraud over disastrous event

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:23

The entrepreneur behind a luxury music festival in the Bahamas that collapsed in chaos in 2017 was sentenced to six years in prison by a US judge on Thursday after admitting fraud. Billy McFarland, 26, was the force behind the Fyre Festival, which billed itself as the ultimate upscale getaway amid a fast-growing market for music events. Hundreds of partygoers headed to the Bahamas, some paying more than $100,000 each, but instead found tents that wouldn't have looked out of place in relief camps and cuisine that was just rudimentary sandwiches. "Today, McFarland found out the hard way that empty promises don't lead to jet-setting, champagne and extravagant parties - they lead to federal prison," said US Attorney for Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman. The New Yorker admitted wire fraud, bank fraud and making false statements in a two-pronged plea in March and July. Had he gone to trial and been convicted, he could have faced 20 years in prison. In addition to his jail time, he was ordered to forfeit $26 million. Prosecutors said McFarland repeatedly misrepresented himself to build his Fyre Media tech company and the ill-fated festival. Tents and mattresses being set up for the festival Credit: Jake Strang He falsified statements to show investors that his company earned millions of dollars from April 2016 and February 2017 through talent bookings, which in reality has grossed just $57,443, prosecutors said. The US Attorney's office said that at least 80 investors fell victim to his scheme, losing more than $24 million. McFarland also falsely boasted about Magnises, a credit card and private club geared at millennials, prosecutors said. He told investors that he sold Magnises for $40 million while in truth no sale had taken place, they said. In the first damages awarded, a judge in North Carolina earlier this year handed two fans each $1.5 million in compensation, plus $1 million each in punitive damages, far more than the minimum sought. Seth Crossno and Mark Thompson said that they shelled out $13,000 with a promise of exclusive accommodation on a private island but instead wound up in a relief camp-style tent and left when they felt unsafe. Numerous festival-goers posted pictures on social media of shambolic scenes, leading to online mockery of the high prices many had paid. The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dressing. #fyrefestivalpic.twitter.com/I8d0UlSNbd— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017 The Fyre Festival was abruptly canceled and attendees evacuated, leading to online mockery of many of the young fans who had bought into the advertising of the event as a uniquely high-end music party. The government of the Bahamas, a country of more than 700 islands where tourism is the largest industry, apologized and assisted in evacuations - but stressed it was not involved directly in the event.


Best Bites: Overnight success overnight turkey chili

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:00

Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your


Unlimited Brexit backstop would leave UK trapped in unacceptable arrangements: DUP

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 07:53

A Brexit backstop which is not time-limited would leave Britain and Northern Ireland trapped in unacceptable arrangements until the EU decided otherwise, the deputy leader of Northern Ireland's DUP said on Friday. The backstop plan is designed to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and European Union member the republic of Ireland. "On many occasions both the PM and the Brexit Secretary said the backstop would be time-limited.


US military grounds entire fleet of F-35s in wake of crash

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 07:40

The Department of Defense said it was investigating a fuel tube in the planes.


Turkey 'has recordings of Jamal Khashoggi's torture and murder in Saudi consulate'

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 07:20

Turkish intelligence reportedly have audio and video recordings from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Jamal Khashoggi’s Saudi captors can be heard interrogating, torturing, and ultimately murdering him.  US officials have been told by their Turkish counterparts that the recordings prove beyond doubt that the Saudi journalist was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi operatives, according to the Washington Post.     Turkey has not released the recordings nor officially confirmed that they exist, although pro-government Turkish media has alluded to them several times in recent days. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied that it was involved in Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2 and has insisted that he left the consulate safely after filing paperwork related to his upcoming marriage.  However, as anger towards Riyadh mounted in Washington and Turkish officials claimed to have comprehensive evidence of Saudi guilt, there were some indications the Saudi position may be shifting.  Turkey announced on Thursday that it had accepted a Saudi offer to form a joint investigation into the case, a sign of a possible thaw between the two sides after more than a week of standoff.  The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Khalid bin Salman, also abruptly returned home for consultations. “We expect some information when he gets back,” said Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the US State Department.  The consul-general's residence, where police suspect the body may have been disposed of Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis On the recordings, the Saudi men can reportedly be heard questioning Mr Khashoggi in Arabic.   “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered,” one person told the Post.  The recordings also reportedly show that members of the 15-man squad went from the Saudi consulate building to the nearby residence of the Saudi consul-general.  Turkish investigators believe that Mr Khashoggi’s body may have been disposed of at the residence.  Turkish media reported that police were also interested in a Saudi diplomatic van which went for a long drive on the eastern side of Istanbul, where there is less CCTV coverage, on the day of the disappearance.   The fallout from the journalist’s disappearance continued to batter the reformist image of Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who has presented himself as a modernising force in the conservative kingdom.  Turkey has leaked CCTV footage of the Saudi team in Istanbul Credit: Sabah Newspaper / AFP Sir Richard Branson said he was suspending business dealings with the Saudi government until Mr Khashoggi’s fate is known.  “What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government,” he said in a statement.  A number of high-profile media figures have pulled out of Crown Prince Mohammed’s annual conference, nicknamed “Davos in the Desert”, amid the allegations.  A tech executive and a former US energy secretary both stepped back from an advisory board on a new high-tech city Crown Prince Mohammed is building. 


These are the best haunted houses in America

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 06:13

A new list of America's most terrifying haunted houses in the US has been released, featuring names like "Field of Screams" and "Terror in the Corn." 


‘Beautiful Boy’ Is A Cathartic Gift For Families Like Mine

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 05:45

In 2014, I found out my younger sister was addicted to methamphetamine.


Former Nigerian Leader Obasanjo Backs Abubakar for President

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 03:41

Obasanjo, an influential politician and former military ruler of Africa’s top oil producer, decided to support Abubakar “because the alternative is unthinkable,” he said Thursday by phone from the southwestern city of Abeokuta, where the two men met earlier in the day. “Politically it is a significant endorsement for Atiku,” Clement Nwankwo, executive director of the Abuja-based Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, said by phone. Abubakar, 71, easily won the presidential nomination of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Oct. 7.


Nevada Senate race could test Kavanaugh impact

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 02:16

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Many Republicans are breathing easier this week, confident that the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination fired up their voters.


South Dakota jury clears ex-nonprofit CEO in contracts case

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:49

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota jury late Thursday night cleared a former nonprofit executive accused of backdating contracts to try to avoid a potential audit in a case sparked after the organization's financial officer killed his family and himself in 2015.


No more taxi service to Space Station after Soyuz failure

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:47

The taxi service to the orbiting International Space Station is taking no passengers until further notice. Neither the United States nor Russia will be able to send astronauts to the ISS until investigators determine why a Soyuz rocket failed after blast-off Thursday, complicating an already tricky launch calendar for 2019. The only way to get astronauts from Earth to the ISS since 2011 has been aboard Russian Soyuz rockets.


China's September crude imports mark highest in four months

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:40

China's daily crude oil imports in September hit their highest level since May, customs data showed on Friday, as independent refiners looked to shore up their inventory ahead of winter. Total natural gas imports in September came in at 7.62 million tonnes, the customs data showed, dropping from 7.76 million tonnes in August.


Dina Powell Withdraws Her Name From UN Ambassador Consideration

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:12

Dina Powell, a former Trump administration official and an executive at


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