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Parkland School Shooting: Here Are the Victims Who Lost Their Lives

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:59

Authorities have begun identifying the dead on the day after 17 were killed in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday.

Florida high school shooting victim's father: 'Hold your children tight'

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:46

The father of one of the victim's of Wednesday's deadly mass shooting in Florida penned a heartbreaking Facebook post after learning of his daughter's tragic death.

Tillerson in Beirut wades into Lebanon-Israel border dispute

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:26

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said there are "constructive" discussions underway on how to break a "stalemate" between Lebanon and Israel over gas drilling rights along the countries' disputed maritime border and maintain calm along the volatile frontier.

Donovan Mitchell Uses Footwear To Send Powerful Message About Gun Violence

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:00

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell sent a powerful message about gun violence during his team’s Wednesday night win over the Phoenix Suns. “A lot of people, we talk about it, and there’s a lot of so-called awareness of it, but there’s nothing being done,” he said.

Laura Ingraham Hosts Segment On 'Safe' AR-15 Hours After Florida School Shooting

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 03:22

Fox News’ host Laura Ingraham aired a segment on her show Wednesday night about the assault weapon used in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Alleged Shooter Stopped at Walmart and McDonald's After School Massacre: Authorities

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:00

Nikolas Cruz was on the run for about an hour before a police officer spotted him, authorities said

Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:57

The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan's 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against U.S. forces would go on. A more aggressive U.S. strategy in Afghanistan including a surge in air strikes introduced by President Donald Trump in August has pushed the Taliban back from several district centers and two provincial capitals. "Our preference is to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful dialogue," the Taliban said.

Trump responds to Florida shooting with tweets and speech

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 21:52

President Trump's public response to the third-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was a pair of messages posted to Twitter on Wednesday and an address to the nation on Thursday. For some, the extent of the death toll — and Trump's four-sentence tweets — made for an easy comparison with his predecessor.

Whoopi Goldberg Likens Adam Rippon Meeting With Mike Pence To A Jew Meeting A Nazi

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:25

Whoopi Goldberg came up with a poignant analogy while defending openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon’s refusal to meet Vice President Mike Pence before the Winter Olympics.

White House claims chief of staff John Kelly knew nothing about FBI background check of Rob Porter until media reports

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:24

During Tuesday's briefing, press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that chief of staff John Kelly had not seen the FBI report on Rob Porter because the White House personnel security office had not made its final recommendation for adjudication to the White House.

14 Blueberry Cakes To Eat All Day Long

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:25

Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:24

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned on Tuesday after admitting that he had lied about attending a meeting in 2006 at which he said Russian President Vladimir Putin had outlined a strategy for building a greater Russia. The incident has embarrassed Prime Minister Mark Rutte's four-party coalition government, which has a precarious parliamentary majority of just one seat. It risks undermining Dutch foreign policy at a time when diplomatic ties between the Netherlands and Russia have hit a low point, largely over the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine, allegedly by pro-Russian separatists.

Police investigate complaint after father accused of chopping off daughter's hair for getting highlights

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:21

Ohio authorities are investigating after a mother’s Facebook complaint that her ex-husband cut their daughter’s hair as punishment for getting highlights went viral. Tens of thousands of people have seen and shared Christin Johnson’s Facebook post, which features three photos: one of a smiling young woman with long hair, and then two of a short-haired person hiding her face. The Haskins Police Department has confirmed it investigated Ms Johnson’s complaint alleging that the daughter’s father and stepmother forcibly cut her hair.

Adam Rippon Talks Eating Disorders, Life As A Starving Figure Skater

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:17

U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon opened up to The New York Times about his fraught relationship with food, his lifelong journey to be “thin,” and the repercussions of starvation.

Chrissy Teigen Politely Explains Why Tweet About Mirai Nagasu Was Insensitive

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:51

After New York Times writer Bari Weiss stirred up controversy on social media with a tweet about figure skater Mirai Nagasu’s historic performance at the Olympics, supermodel Chrissy Teigen weighed in and set the record straight.

New Hampshire's Attorney General to Powerball Winner: You Can't Remain Anonymous

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:23

The winner is arguing that revealing her name would be an invasion of privacy

Exclusive: U.S. pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist - financing watchlist

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:12

By Drazen Jorgic and Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist with an anti-money-laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy. The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with Islamist militants, and last month President Donald Trump's administration suspended aid worth about $2 billion.

Let us remember how very bad presidential portraits were until the Obamas

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:47

The Obamas presidential portraits just came out, and they are amazing. SEE ALSO: The internet is enthralled by the Obamas' official portraits I want a print of each one for my home. Everyone wants a print of each one for their home. Barack Obama's portrait should be every album cover from now on. The Obamas portraits are made even better by the fact that until them, presidential portraits were either the most boring or the strangest creations of all time, and nothing in between. If I weren't from America and looked at these presidential portraits without knowing anything else, I would think it was a list of potential actors to be cast as the lead of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. So let us take a trip down memory lane at how presidential portraits past were simply nothing until the Obamas came along. George W. Bush Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionAh yes, George W. Bush. There he is. There he is looking like a tall Bilbo Baggins after he finished "There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale." The only thing helping this photo is the fact that there is at least a vase of flowers in the background. Otherwise, very boring portrait that looks like it was taking from my living room, as if I'm on the other side of that couch watching HGTV. And it's George W. Bush, renowned artist. They couldn't have let him paint his own portrait? John F. Kennedy Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionTo this I must say, what the hell. I mean, the guy was shot two years into his presidency and you memorialize him with this? This is an insult! It's as if he died and no one could remember what he looked like so they had a fourth grader who met him once scribble down their best effort. It's as if he testified in court but the courtroom sketch artist didn't have enough time so they just tried their best. If I were there when this portrait was unveiled, I would say "Ah yes, I can't wait to remember JFK as someone with a hamburger bun for hair and literally no feet." A stylistic choice perhaps, but whose? JFK's middle school bully? Didn't Jackie go through enough? Lyndon B. Johnson Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionAh yes, a portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson who historically walked to work every morning with one book in his hand, I guess. He looks like he's playing hooky but since he's not rebellious at heart is just going to take his homework to a Barnes & Noble and get work done there. This is one of the better portraits, but still. What's going on here? Harry S. Truman Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionI will say things got a little more exciting with Harry S. Truman, which is odd because his portrait was before all of these other presidents, so why didn't they follow his lead. Truman looks like he was placed in an enchanted forest just outside of Washington D.C. and handed some papers that look like they're right out of Harry Potter. But seriously? Three blank papers? I'm assuming they illustrate the fact that, as president, one must sign things?  Abraham Lincoln Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionThis just looks like no one would let Lincoln use the bathroom until they were finished. All I can say is, thank God for Obama, who will now be remembered as someone who always shoved a chair into a wall of bushes to watch cars pass by the White House, and looked great while doing it. WATCH: Trump threw shade at Obama during his first Thanksgiving turkey pardon

Bill Gates Warns Tech Giants: Tone It Down -- Or Get Regulated

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:41

From: Bill Gates Memo: Dial back the Silicon Valley hubris, or the government will do it for you.