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These are the 5 best holiday deals of the weekend

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:54

You've still got time to get your holiday gifts, and you can still find loads of sales.


Social Security notices showing cost-of-living increases available online for retirees

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:50

The Social Security Administration this week released its cost-of-living adjustment notices online. Paper notices are also being mailed to retirees.


UK nerve agent survivor fears poison will soon kill him

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:11

LONDON (AP) — A British man who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok said he is struggling with his eyesight and mobility, and fears the poison will kill him within a decade.


Key House Democrat Jerry Nadler Says Trump Payments May Be 'Impeachable Offenses'

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:05

Allegations that President Donald Trump directed his former personal attorney


Gavin McInness: Proud Boys founder and far-right activist ‘dropped’ by conservative US TV channel

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:53

A far-right activist linked with English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson has reportedly been ditched by an American television channel less than a week after he was recruited as a host. Gavin McInnes, the founder of right-wing group Proud Boys, which the FBI labelled an “extremist organisation with ties to white nationalism”, is no longer working with BlazeTV, the company announced. An FBI agent later denied having called the group extremist, saying it had been trying to characterise the potential threat from individuals in the Proud Boys.


Duchess of Sussex's father releases her handwritten letters and details of first wedding in latest bid to reconcile

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:38

When the Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father hoped to resume contact with her after he was caught colluding with the paparazzi, he claims he tried letters, text messages and family interventions to no avail.  His next step, it appears, is to release handwritten cards, photographs and extraordinary details of her first wedding to the world via a tabloid newspaper. Thomas Markle, who has not spoken to the pregnant Duchess in months, has produced a dossier of “evidence” he believes will prove their once-close relationship, from aeroplane tickets to a hospital form he says shows he suffered a real heart attack preventing him from walking her down the aisle in May. Mr Markle, who lives in Mexico, has already conducted numerous interviews with tabloids and on television, and has now released handwritten cards sent from his daughter over the years. One included $2,000 from the Duchess, then Meghan Markle, for Mr Markle to put towards a holiday, and another reads: “I love you with all of my heart now and forever.” Thomas Markle interviews on GMB earlier this year In lurid claims about her first wedding, to Trevor Engelson in 2011, he alleged guests had been given marijuana, insisting neither he or the bride had used it but that it was considered " no big deal in Jamaica".  Ms Markle, he said, had  “micro-managed everything”.   Asked by the Mail on Sunday about recent negative reports about the Duchess, he said: “I don't recognise this person. The Meghan I know was always sweet, kind, generous. She was always demanding but never rude.” Saying he had tried text messages, letters and a note via his ex-wife Doria Ragland, he confirmed he is no longer in touch with the Duchess or her new husband. Relaying an alleged conversation with Prince Harry while Mr Markle was in hospital receiving treatment for his heart, he said: “I apologised to Harry on the phone and all he said was, ‘If you'd listened to me [about how to deal with the media], none of this would have happened’. Thomas Markle did not attend the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Credit: PA “There are convicts in prisons who have murdered and committed all kinds of horrible crimes, and their daughters still visit them.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have never publicly responded to Mr Markle’s claims. Kensington Palace declined to comment. The intervention is likely to prove distressing for the Duke and Duchess, who are expecting their first child in the spring. Next year, they will move to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, and the search will begin for a new Private Secretary before Samantha Cohen, who has been in the role temporarily this year, departs. Ms Cohen, a former Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen, will oversee the recruitment process for a permanent member of staff, but may stay on beyond 2019 if her help is still required, sources said yesterday.


Marco Rubio Warns Trump: It Would Be A 'Terrible Mistake' To Pardon Paul Manafort

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:27

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday said it would be a "terrible mistake" for


UK PM May presses on with Brexit vote as lawmakers demand better deal

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:53

May's deal, which would see Britain keep close economic ties with the EU, looks set to be rejected by parliament on Tuesday. The Sunday Times reported May was expected to say on Monday that she was delaying the vote to make a last-minute dash to Brussels to appeal to the EU to improve the deal. "The vote is on Tuesday, that is what we are focused on," Brexit minister Stephen Barclay told BBC TV on Sunday.


Indian troops kill 3 rebels in 18-hour-long Kashmir fighting

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:29

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian troops killed three rebels on the outskirts of disputed Kashmir's main city on Sunday, ending a nearly 18-hour-long gunbattle, officials said.


The rise of anti-Semitism

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:27

As the faithful celebrate the festival of Hanukkah, hate incidents targeting Jews - involving vandalism, incitements to violence, mass shootings and online attacks - have increased dramatically. Correspondent Rita Braver talks with The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman, whose experience being trolled by anti-Semitic hatemongers online inspired his book, "(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump." Braver also talks with historian Deborah Lipstadt, and with Rabbi Jeffrey Meyers, who witnessed 11 congregants being gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh earlier this year.


Nobel peace winners demand action against sex abuse

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:12

OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses.


Yellow vests protests are 'a catastrophe for our economy' warns French finance minister

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:02

The French finance minister warned that France’s worst street protests in decades were “an economic disaster” as burned out cars and debris were cleared from the streets of Paris and other cities on Sunday. “It’s a catastrophe for trade. It’s a catastrophe for our economy,” said Bruno Le Maire, a conservative serving under Emmanuel Macron, the embattled centrist president who came to power last year promising to modernise France with sweeping pro-business reforms. Mr Le Maire promised that the state and insurance companies would foot the repair bill. Tax payments due at the end of the year will be postponed for retailers whose shops were ransacked only two weeks before Christmas, he said. Dozens of cars were torched in Paris on Saturday as protesters roared “Macron resign”. Clashes also broke out in Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon and Toulouse during the fourth consecutive weekend of protests. Tourism has suffered a blow, with Paris hotel bookings over Christmas and New Year, normally a busy period, down by at least 20 per cent.  Yellow vest protesters clash with police in Paris, in pictures Emmanuel Grégoire, deputy mayor of Paris, said the damage to property was worse than in the previous weekend’s riots. “The protests spread over a much larger area, so many more places were hit,” he said.  But there was less violence thanks to an increase in police numbers and more efficient tactics. Officers swiftly detained hooligans, arresting more than 1,700, a record for a single day in post-war France. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreign minister, rebuked Donald Trump for a provocative tweet in which he appeared to back the protesters and claimed they were chanting his name on the streets of Paris. Telegraph reporters, placed across the city, heard no such chants. “We do not take part in domestic American politics and we want that to be reciprocated,” Mr Le Drian said.  Thousands of protesters continued blockading petrol stations and barricaded roads across the country on Sunday. Thomas Lebrun, a 62-year-old pensioner demonstrating near Vierzon, in central France, said: “We won’t stop until our demands are met. We want action not words.” The increasingly unpopular president is expected to make a televised address to the nation on Monday or Tuesday. Under fire for remaining silent for the past week, Mr Macron’s approval ratings have plunged to record lows of below 20 per cent. With critics accusing him of being arrogant and remote, he faces an enormous challenge in trying to win back public support amid the most serious unrest since students and workers rioted in May 1968.  He has already scrapped increases in “green” taxes on fuel, but the protesters want further concessions such as tax cuts for people on low incomes and tax increases for businesses.  Such measures would mark a humiliating U-turn for the president, who has been trying to attract foreign investors and entice banks and finance companies to relocate from London to Paris by offering tax breaks. Benjamin Griveaux, the government spokesman, warned: “All the problems of the ‘yellow vests’ can’t be settled by waving a magic wand.” But he added that Mr Macron would make “important announcements”. According to French media, he may raise the minimum wage and pensions, and  introduce a tax-free bonus for workers on low incomes.   The “yellow-vest” movement, which takes its name from the high-visibility jackets worn by demonstrators, began as a  protest against fuel tax increases four weeks ago. It has since widened to encompass a range of demands such as 40-per-cent increases in the minimum wage and benefits, and the re-introduction of a wealth tax on high earners, scrapped by Mr Macron as part of a drive to promote investment. French intelligence is investigating claims that the movement, which began on social media, spread with the help of Russian trolls. Hundreds of social media accounts linked to Russia allegedly played a role in spreading disinformation, but officials said no evidence of Russian state involvement had been uncovered so far.


At scene of South Sudan mass rape, 'no one could hear me'

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:50

NHIALDIU, South Sudan (AP) — Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns.


Inside the Navy's flyover farewell for President George H.W. Bush

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:04

Navy pilots who participated in the 21 aircraft flyover at George H.W. Bush's funeral in Texas describe what it was like to be part of that historic tribute for the late president.


3 tools for learning a new language, on sale for an extra 15% off with code

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:00

Wish you could give someone the world this holiday season? Well, now you can — (somewhat) literally — with the gift of language lessons. Whether your Secret Santa aspires to be a polyglot or just wants to brush up on their vocabulary so they don't sound like an idiot the next time they dine at their local Mexican place, they'll find it easier to navigate the world around them with a subscription to any of these three online language courses and apps. SEE ALSO: Learn Python for cheap: Shop online classes on sale Oh, and speaking of presents — we have a gift for you, dear reader: You can take an additional 15% off your purchase of any of these already-discounted programs by entering the coupon code MERRY15 at checkout. Mondly: Lifetime Subscription Mondly takes a fresh approach to learning a new language by integrating speech-recognition technology into its education. It actually listens to you when you speak, and only offers positive feedback if you correctly pronounce a new word or phrase. (Cool, right?) It's structured around short lessons that emphasize conversational tools in your choice of 33 languages but also lets you take part in chats with native speakers and supplement your learning with a dictionary and a verb conjugator. A $1,199.75 value, you can snag a lifetime subscription to training in five languages through Mondly for only $69.99 plus an extra 15% off using the coupon code MERRY15. Image: ATi Studios Mondly: Lifetime Subscription See Details uTalk Language Education: Lifetime Subscription  Take your pick from more than 130 different tongues and start busting language barriers through uTalk. Available on any device, its lessons emphasize practical vocabulary and verified translations that help you understand how native speakers actually talk. Valued at $64.99, you can purchase lifetime access to any one language's lessons through uTalk for just $19.99, plus an additional 15% off if you enter the coupon code MERRY15 at checkout. Image: uTalk uTalk Language Education: Lifetime Subscription See Details busuu Premium Subscriptions When it comes to learning a new language, "I'm too busy!" is no longer an excuse thanks to busuu Premium. Since it works both on- and offline, you can brush up on your learning from virtually anywhere with its advanced grammar units, vocabulary trainer, and other useful features. By the time you've completed 22 hours of training with busuu Premium, you'll have reportedly learned the equivalent of an entire college semester of language classes. A $69.96 value, you can get lifetime access to 12 different language courses through busuu Premium for only $34.99 — plus an extra 15% off with the promo code MERRY15. Image: busuu busuu Premium Subscriptions See Details


FBI investigated four Americans on Russia collusion suspicions: Comey

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 08:55

Comey also appeared to suggest the investigations were looking into ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign. "We opened investigations on four Americans to see if there was any connection between those four Americans and the Russian interference effort," Comey said, according to a transcript of the closed-door hearing held on Friday by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee. Trump fired Comey in May 2017 after taking office in January of that year.


Dem Sen: Mueller should 'show his cards soon,' give Congress findings in early 2019

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 08:54

Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz interviews Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. on "This Week" about the Mueller probe and the possibility of a 2020 presidential campaign.


Dan Abrams on Cohen court filing: 'Biggest legal threat we've seen so far' for Trump

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 08:45

Dan Abrams, Chris Christie and Asha Rangappa weigh in on the sentencing memo for Michael Cohen from the Southern District of New York and the special counsel's filing on Paul Manafort.


Instant Pots are somehow down to $45 today on Amazon

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 08:27

The hottest gift of the holiday season just got even hotter as one of the best-selling Instant Pot cookers on the planet drops down to its lowest price ever. The DUO60 and DUO80 have both been on sale off and on since Black Friday. In fact, the more popular Instant Pot DUO60 model is still on sale right now at a healthy $30 discount. But today our attention turns to the Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. Perfect for sides or for entrees for families of two or three people, this model does everything the larger versions can do but it's more compact. It's also somehow on sale today for just $44.96, and there's no way this deal is going to last very long. Here are some highlights from the product page: * All the features of the Instant Pot duo, the bestselling electric pressure cooker in North America now available in a 3 Qt compact format * The perfect companion to your existing Instant Pot, use it for side dishes, vegetables or other accompaniments such as rice * Generous capacity, great for smaller families or where space is at a premium. In a dorm, RV or boat? the Instant Pot duo mini Emits no steam, heat or cooking smells * Features fully automatic pressure cook programs, 3 slow cook heat settings, saute, rice cooking, steamer, yogurt making, delay start and auto keep Warm * 700W power to enable it to reach pressure quickly. All Stainless Steel internal components including lid and inner cooking pot. Lid and cooking pot dishwasher safe * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz * Included Components: Electric Pressure Cooker


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