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Putin's test missile failed and exploded in deadly nuclear accident

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 14:54

An Aug. 8 nuclear accident near Nyonoksa, Russia, was caused by a nuclear reaction that occurred while Russians were attempting to recover a nuclear-powered cruise missile submerged in the White Sea after a failed test last year.

NASA conducts spacewalk as world's 1st spacewalker dies

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 14:47

Astronauts replaced oversized batteries outside the International Space Station on Friday, as news broke of the death of the world's first spacewalker. NASA interrupted live TV coverage of its second spacewalk this week to announce Leonov's death at age 85. Leonov's 12-minute spacewalk on March 18, 1965, preceded the first U.S. spacewalk by Ed White by less than three months.

New fresco with gladiators discovered in Pompeii

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 14:36

Archeologists excavating what may have been an ancient Roman drinking den in the ruined city of Pompeii said Friday they have unearthed a well-preserved wall painting of gladiators in action, complete with realistically gory wounds. The 3ft by 4.5ft fresco is located in the Regio V site, in the northern section of Pompeii's archaeological park, in an area not currently accessible to visitors. "Very probably the fresco decorated a place used by gladiators, perhaps a watering hole .

In case you didn't have enough to worry about, there are now fish that can walk on land

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 14:32

As an invasive species that can outcompete native wildlife, Georgia officials are advising residents that find the fish to "kill it immediately."

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo issued an apology in the middle of the network’s town hall on LGBTQ issues

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 14:28

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo issued an apology in the middle of the network’s town hall on LGBTQ issues Thursday night after he joked he, too, used female pronouns.

A history of selling out the Kurds, people with 'no friends but the mountains'

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 14:08

When President Trump pulled troops from a region of northeastern Syria, it was denounced as a “shameless betrayal” of the Kurds, who were left on their own to fight off an invasion by Turkey. But Kurdish history is filled with such betrayals.

Tragedy marks Sabbath for Germany's Jewish community

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:37

Jews in Germany prepared to mark the Sabbath Friday with their confidence in the community's miraculous rebirth shaken by the deadly anti-Semitic rampage in Halle on Yom Kippur. Nearly 75 years after the Holocaust, the Jewish minority that had staked its faith in peaceful, democratic Germany found itself asking troubling questions about its security after the synagogue siege by a suspected neo-Nazi. "We have always been careful and now we will be even more careful," said Nina Peretz, head of Berlin's Fraenkelufer synagogue community group.

Pompeo says Orwell's '1984' coming to life in China's Xinjiang region

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:26

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday likened China's treatment of more than one million Uighur Muslims to George Orwell's "1984" novel, saying the Communist Party was detaining and abusing them in internment camps. Speaking at an American Association of Christian Counselors event in Nashville, Tennessee, Pompeo also said he wished the National Basketball Association (NBA) had acknowledged the situation in the Xinjiang region.

American Airlines passengers told they may have been exposed to hepatitis A by a flight attendant

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:32

Thirty-six American Airlines passengers were notified that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A by a flight attendant, Charlotte, N.C.'s WSOC-TV reported.

Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:11

A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday. The striking scene in gold, blue and red was uncovered in what experts think was a tavern frequented by gladiators, who fought each other, prisoners and wild animals for the public's entertainment. Gladiators were killed or shown mercy," Pompeii's director Massimo Osanna said.

Srebrenica massacre survivors want Handke's Nobel prize revoked

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:07

SARAJEVO/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre called on Friday for Austrian author Peter Handke's Nobel Prize for Literature to be revoked, saying it was "shameful" to recognize a man who has denied the killings happened. "We shall send a letter to the Committee to revoke the award," Munira Subasic, president of the Mothers of Srebrenica association which represents survivors, told Reuters. Handke could not immediately be reached for comment.

Protesters burn MAGA hats, police use pepper spray in tense hours after Donald Trump rally in Minneapolis

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:54

Protesters clashed with police and threw urine in the streets after President Donald Trump's campaign rally Thursday night in Minneapolis.

Norwegian Cruise Line Passengers Mutiny Over Changed Plans and Poor Conditions

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:43

It is not clear if the rebellion was sparked by the clogged toilets or the canceled visit to Scotland, but passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship had had enough. In recent days, travelers on the "mystical fjords" voyage in Europe have staged (and live tweeted) a veritable mutiny after inclement weather forced repeated changes to their itinerary and trapped them at sea.The ship, called Norwegian Spirit, departed from Southampton, England, recently for a 14-day voyage with planned stops in the Netherlands, Norway and Iceland. But those plans were scuttled by bad weather, forcing the ship to plan new stops -- some of which were then also canceled because of the weather. Passengers said they were stuck at sea for three days.By Monday, a fed-up -- and social media-savvy -- group of passengers rallied in the ship's atrium to vent their outrage at the crew, demand a refund from the company and post images and video of their revolt on newly created Twitter and YouTube accounts. They described the scene as a "riot" and "open rebellion.""Buddy, you're not a manager, we want the head -- who is driving the boat?" a passenger in one video asked a uniformed crew member, who stood flanked by security personnel in a crowd of angry vacationers. Nearby, a woman screamed."What you're doing right now is you're not helping the situation, you're getting people amped up," the passenger said to the crew member. Later, looking into the camera, the passenger said: "Nothing on this itinerary is the same. Nothing is the same. Not one thing."Passengers shared grim images of their trip on Twitter, including video and pictures of toilets that did not flush, a picture of a uniformed crew member in a scrum of angry passengers grabbing one of them by the wrist, and a receipt for a $79 tour of the ship that included a visit to the laundry room."After three days floating around the Atlantic the bathrooms are backing up, not flushing, and out of order today on Norwegian Spirit," one protester, Cody McNutt, wrote on a Twitter account he started to share updates from the protests. He said it "smelled like sewage in public areas on the ship."McNutt wrote that the ship was scheduled to dock in Southampton on Friday but that he had gotten off at an earlier port."Many passengers got off the ship when it stopped after 3 days stuck floating the ocean, fearing for their safety and health," he wrote.Another video showed crew members retreating up a staircase to escape dozens of angry passengers in the ship's atrium, many of whom could be seen holding their phones over their heads to record the mayhem. The man being booed was the captain, the passengers said."We don't want to be on this ship!" one man yelled, as the crew members clambered up the stairs. Another man agreed, yelling, "We want off the ship!"In another video, passengers at a reception desk can be seen angrily reacting to staff members who advised them to call the cruise line's Miami headquarters for information.Again, many of the passengers can be seen recording the scene with their phones. "It's a good thing we got this fancy new phone here for our trip," a woman quipped.A representative for Norwegian Cruise Line declined on Thursday to provide a day-by-day breakdown of events on the ship or to provide its original and modified itineraries. In a statement, the company pleaded for calm."We understand that it is disheartening when we are unable to call on ports that our guests have been looking forward to visiting," the company said. "However, we do ask for our guests' patience, cooperation and understanding that severe weather conditions are an act of God and cannot be controlled, influenced or remediated by the cruise line."A spokesman said that the itinerary was changed because of "severe weather conditions" and that the company had offered its passengers 25% off the cost of a future cruise.But on social media, the protesters said that offer was not enough.They held up signs in the ship's atrium and chanted: "Refund! Refund! Refund!"This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

Rudy Giuliani was reportedly retained for 'hundreds of thousands of dollars' by an associate's firm Fraud Guarantee

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:07

Giuliani was paid generously to work for indicted Ukrainian-American Lev Parnas at his firm Fraud Guarantee, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

Greta Thunberg's fans are upset she didn't win the Nobel Prize, but a peace expert says she should have never been a contender

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 09:44

Greta Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize after leading strikes that push leaders to address climate change. Here's why she didn't win.

Ford announces plans to display 6 Ford Ranger concepts at SEMA 2019

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 09:32

To show off all the customization possibilities available for the Ford Ranger, Ford is bringing 6 unique concept models of the pick-up to this year's SEMA show, taking place next month. What better place to display the breadth of customization possibilities available for the Ford Ranger than at one of the biggest automotive specialty products trade shows in the US? Ford is using SEMA 2019 as an opportunity to exhibit six concepts of the pickup with six distinct looks and purposes.

PHOTOS: California wildfires threaten homes in Los Angeles

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 09:28

The Saddleridge fire flares up near a firefighter in Sylmar, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo: Michael Owen Baker/AP) A wildfire fueled by Santa Ana winds has closed two freeways, is threatening homes and has forced evacuations around Los Angeles. Fire officials say the Saddleridge fire had consumed more than 4,600 acres by Friday morning. It broke out after 9 p.m.

GM appeals directly to employees as strike losses mount, riling UAW

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 08:56

While emphasizing GM's commitment to the collective bargaining process, the letter, signed by Gerald Johnson, executive vice-president for global manufacturing, circumvents United Auto Workers (UAW) leadership and points to frustration at a lack of progress on ending a conflict that has already cost the company more than $1 billion. The UAW strike began on Sept. 16, with the union's 48,000 members at GM seeking higher pay, greater job security, a bigger share of profit and protection of healthcare benefits. Credit Suisse estimated the loss could hit about $1.5 billion, and the Center for Automotive Research estimated the weekly costs to GM and the UAW strike fund at $450 million and $12 million, respectively.

How Big Of A Threat To NATO Is Russia's New PAK-DA Stealth Bomber?

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 08:11

Will it even get built?