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Selma Blair Reveals She Has Multiple Sclerosis

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 16:39

Actress Selma Blair revealed to her Instagram followers Saturday that she has


Israel arrests Palestinian officials suspected of abduction: lawyers

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 16:32

Israel has arrested two officials from the Palestinian Authority over suspicions they helped abduct a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, their lawyers said on Sunday. The two men taken into custody by Israel were Adnan Gheith, who holds the largely ceremonial post of Palestinian-appointed governor of Jerusalem, and Jihad Al-Faqeeh, the head of Palestinian intelligence in the city. The Palestinian Authority condemned what it said was an "abduction" of the two Palestinian officials, but it did not comment on the specifics of the charges.


Dozens Injured After Floor Collapses During Party Near Clemson University

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 15:57

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- The floor of a condominium clubhouse near Clemson


US probe widens after 63 fetuses found at funeral home

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 15:43

Police in the US city of Detroit have found 63 fetuses at a funeral home during a widening investigation of alleged malpractice at such facilities, US media reported. "This is larger than we might know," The Detroit News quoted Police Chief James Craig as saying. Michigan state regulators suspended the home's license, a week after investigators found the remains of 10 fetuses in a false ceiling at another funeral home in the city.


LeBron James' First Lakers Home Game Turns Into A Brawl

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 15:03

LeBron James has been a Los Angeles Laker for all of two games now, and aside


Oreo Candy Canes Are Finally Hitting Shelves

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 15:00

Suddenly, we're SO excited for Christmas.


Special police force deployed in Nigerian state of Kaduna: Buhari on Twitter

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 14:46

A special police force has been deployed to flashpoints in the northern state of Kaduna on Sunday in the wake of communal violence over the last few days that has killed 55 people, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter. The Kaduna state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sunday after violence broke out on the streets of the state's capital city, also called Kaduna.


Democrats Hold Edge for Midterms With Turnout Unpredictable

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 14:34

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday showed Democrats have a 9-point edge among likely voters, 50 percent to the 41 percent who want Republicans to stay in charge. Among a wider pool of registered voters, the Democrats’ lead was a smaller 7 points. A key finding ahead of the mid-term elections, which are often marked by low voter turnout, is that Americans are more fired up than usual.


Rashida Tlaib: Meet the Democrat poised to be first Muslim woman in Congress 

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 14:15

Barring a freak result, Rashida Tlaib is set to be the first Muslim woman in Congress, and for this she has to thank the unlikely figure of Donald Trump.  "Trump was a bit of a Bat-Signal for women in general of being engaged," she says, talking while out on the campaign trail in Detroit. Congress as it stands is far from diverse - over 90 per cent of members are Christian, 5.6 per cent are Jewish and the Muslim members (both of them) are heavily outflanked by Mormons, of whom there are 13.  Despite the fact there are more women in the Senate and House of Representatives than at any other point since 1789, they still only make up 20 per cent of its membership.  Looking across the country, Ms Tlaib believes there is a "sense of urgency" driving Left-wing and female voters in the midterm elections, which will see seats in the Senate, House and state-wide positions up for grabs. "I remember when people came to vote for Barack Obama and there was kind of a waltz to it, it was like this confidence and people were excited to vote,” she says. "This time, people are marching. It’s like, 'move out the way I’ve got to do this.'" A police officer arresting Rashida Tlaib following a protest calling for higher pay Credit: AP Ms Tlaib's ascent came after five years in local politics, when a wave of grassroots support saw her win the Democratic nomination for the House of Representatives in her home district in Detroit, Michigan. A surge in first-time voters was credited with giving her the win. Now, since there is no Republican opponent standing in the deeply blue district, she is all but sure to win a seat in Congress on November 6. Ms Tlaib is just one of a number of 'firsts' that could come this year - the first Native American congresswoman, the first transgender governor and the first black female governor could all be elected at the midterms on November 6. Change is afoot, not just when it comes to gender. Around 90 Muslim candidates are running for elected office this year – the highest number at any point since the September 11 attack in 2001, according to political advocacy group JetPac.  Women candidates for the House if Representatives Born to Palestinian immigrants and the eldest of 14 children, Ms Tlaib first garnered national attention two years ago when she was arrested for heckling Mr Trump during a speech in Detroit. Ms Tlaib is not a particularly conservative Muslim but her faith is an important part of her life. The gruelling campaign schedule did not stop her from fasting for Ramadan this June, ahead of the Democratic primary vote. "It's not about just being out there and flaunting your faith," she told CNN earlier this year. "I always tell people that I'm exposing Islam in such a pivotal way, an impactful way, through public service." Her political rise has not been without fractious moments. Once, as a state legislature, she says the chair of a committee jokingly asked for her birth certificate. “He thought it was very funny,” she says. “I was very much seen by some of my colleagues as nothing but a Muslim and in their eyes that meant I was less than them I’m sure." The incident mirrored Mr Trump's repeated demands that Barack Obama reveal his birth certificate during his time as president, in a stunt that riled the Republican base. Women candidates for the Senate But Ms Tlaib says her experience of prejudice was largely a one-off. "The majority of my colleagues treated me very well," she says Her election success is part of a wider trend – a swell of women, people of colour and first-time candidates have won Democratic primaries. She points to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her friend and fellow member of the left-wing group Justice Democrats, who at 29 is set to become the youngest ever congresswoman. Rashida Tlaib celebrates at her campaign headquarters in Detroit after winning the Democratic primary race  Credit: NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  The group have been campaigning on a promise to shake up Congress with vows to abolish America's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known by its acronym ICE, refusing to take donations from corporations. Ms Tlaib believes a deeper momentum has been building for years, but she credits part of the surge to the Trump presidency. “I think he pushed us over the cliff,” she says. “I feel like we go through stages in the United States with all parties where a new group or generation - in this case a generation of women - who are running for office because they see injustice and they feel a sense of need to speak up and not be silenced”. She accepts that there is still Islamophobia, but she draws hope from the Muslim candidates now becoming politicians. “Muslims are now saying: ‘Okay we’re not going to be still’," she says.


US, Turkey to soon begin joint patrols in north Syria

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 13:56

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — Turkish and American troops could begin conducting joint patrols in a matter of days around the northern Syrian city of Manbij within the coming days, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Sunday.


Jordan wants Israel to return lands leased under 1994 peace deal

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 13:36

King Abdullah II announced Sunday that Jordan has notified Israel it wants to reclaim two small plots of territory leased under their 1994 peace deal. "We have informed Israel (that we are putting) an end to the application of the peace treaty annexes regarding Baqura and Ghumar," said the king, quoted by official news agency Petra. The land was leased to Israel for a 25-year renewable period under annexes of the 1994 peace treaty that lay down a one-year notice period, with Jordan retaining sovereignty.


Matt Gutman: Caravan is a 'mass of humanity' heading toward U.S. border

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 13:22

ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman reports from the Mexico-Guatemala border where hundreds of migrants are trying to move toward the United States.


538's Nate Silver: 'It's hard to find a clear path for Democrats' to win Senate

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 13:20

Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver joins "This Week" with the latest FiveThirtyEight forecast for the Senate and House midterms, just over two weeks away.


Credibility of Saudi explanation for Khashoggi's killing questioned by US, Europe

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 13:12

ABC News Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from Istanbul on the latest in the investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Blast kills five civilians at scene of shootout in Kashmir

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 12:34

Indian police said "leftover explosives" were responsible for a blast in Kashmir that killed at least five civilians Sunday as they protested against government forces shooting dead three alleged militants. Protesters had surged the site of a shootout in southern Kulgam town, chanting slogans against Indian rule and hurling rocks at troops as they fired at unidentified gunmen. Three alleged rebels were shot dead in the exchange but a subsequent explosion at the scene killed five demonstrators, said inspector-general of police Swayam Prakash Pani.


School Cook Fired After Serving Students Kangaroo Meat Chili

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:54

He argues that it's a lean, healthy meat.


Russia: U.S. Withdrawal From Nuclear Treaty Would Be A ‘Very Dangerous Step’

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:21

The risks to global security could be severe if the U.S. pulls out of the


UK, France and Germany press Saudi for facts to back up Khashoggi explanation

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:07

Saudi Arabia needs to provide facts for its explanation of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be considered credible, Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement on Sunday. After denying any involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, for two weeks, Saudi Arabia on Saturday said the journalist died in a fistfight at the consulate. An hour later, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold.


Train derails in Taiwan

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 10:47

One of Taiwan’s fastest passenger trains derailed Sunday on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 170 others, authorities said. The Puyuma express was carrying more than 360 passengers from a suburb of Taipei in the north to Taitung, a city on Taiwan’s southeast coast, when it went off the tracks shortly before 5 p.m., the government said in a statement.


AstraZeneca's Lynparza shown to put brakes on ovarian cancer

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 10:33

An AstraZeneca drug that blocks a cancer cell's ability to repair its genetic code greatly reduced the risk of ovarian cancer worsening in a phase III trial, underpinning its lead against two U.S. rivals in the same class. Given as a maintenance therapy to reinforce initial chemotherapy, Lynparza halted or reversed tumor growth in 60 percent of patients three years into the trial. At year four, the progression-free survival (PFS) rate in the Lynparza group was still above 50 percent, against 11 percent for chemotherapy alone.


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