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'Cowards & traitors': Vandals deface Confederate monument in North Carolina

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:33

A Confederate monument in North Carolina has been vandalized again.


U.S. Justice Ginsburg released from hospital after cancer surgery

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:25

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, has been released from the hospital after undergoing cancer surgery, a court spokeswoman said.


From delivery to eco-friendly packaging and tons of recalls: A look at 2018's food trends

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:22

Food recalls, green packaging and fast-food delivery were big industry news this past year, according to experts.


US holiday shopping season best in six years: report

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:59

Sales during the U.S. holiday shopping season rose 5.1 percent to over $850 billion in 2018, the strongest in the past six years, according to new data.


Poroshenko announces end to martial law in Ukraine

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:56

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday announced the end of a martial law in the country's border regions, which was introduced last month after Russia's seizure of three of Kiev's navy vessels in the Sea of Azov. "Today, right now, at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT) the martial law ends," Poroshenko said during a live streamed National Security and Defence Council meeting in Kiev.


5 Fitness Deals To Help You Get in Shape in 2019

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:53

Hit your New Year's fitness goals with these discounted workout tools and subscriptions.


Government shutdown forces couple to relocate wedding with just 7 days notice

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:49

A couple set to be married at the end of the month was forced to scramble and


Robin Thicke shocks April Love Geary with proposal: See the sweet moment

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:37

Singer Robin Thicke and model April Love Geary are now engaged. The two share one child and are expecting another in 2019.


Israel resumes airstrikes in Syria with attack outside Damascus

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:07

Israeli jets struck reportedly struck Hizbollah targets outside Damascus on Tuesday, reasserting Israeli airpower in Syria after several months of restraint following the accidental downing of a Russian military plane.  The air raid was the first since Donald Trump announced he was pulling US troops out of Syria, prompting Israel’s government to say it would continue and expand its fight against Iran and its proxies in the country.  The Israeli aircraft hit three Hizbollah arms depots south of Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian state media said three Syrian regime soldiers were wounded in the attack.  Israel’s military refused to comment, as is its custom with air strikes in Syria. However, it said that it fired air defence weapons in response to a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that was launched on Tuesday night. No injuries or damage was reported.   Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against Iran, Hizbollah, and occasionally the Syrian regime as part of its campaign to prevent Iranian forces and their allies from entrenching in Syria. However, Israel has been more muted in its attacks since September, when a Russian military aircraft got caught up in an aerial battle over Damascus and was accidentally shot down by Syrian air defence systems.  All 15 Russian servicemen onboard were killed and Russia blamed Israel for their deaths, accusing Israeli pilots of maneuvering behind the Russian aircraft when they were fired upon by the Syrian regime.  Israel denied that its pilots took cover behind the Russian plane and sent a senior delegation to Moscow to try to calm Russian anger over the incident.  Tuesday night’s attack was the largest air raid since the downing of the Russian plane. It was also the first attack since Mr Trump alarmed Israel by announcing that he was pulling US forces out of Syria.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, vowed that he would continue to fight against Iran and Hizbollah even after the US withdrew.   "We will continue to act very aggressively against Iran's efforts to entrench in Syria,” Mr Netanyahu said last week. "We do not intend to reduce our efforts. We will intensify them, and I know that we do so with the full support and backing of the United States." Analysts said Tuesday’s large strike was a sign of Israel’s intention to resume regular attacks in Syria.  “Israel is signaling that from its perspective, it's business as usual again: Despite Trump's announcement and despite Russia's fury about its Ilyushin plane getting shot down last September, Israel sees itself as free to continue attacking targets in Syria, when necessary,” said Amos Harel, a military analyst with the Haaretz newspaper.


How Student Loan Debt is Different From Other Types of Debt

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:00

Ignoring student loan debt does not make it go away. Student loans, like all consumer debt, are taken out with the expectation that the borrower will pay them back. All consumer debt can be broken down into two main types, either secured or unsecured.


Photos and DNA tests as Indonesians search for lost relatives

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:51

Grief-stricken Indonesians queued with photos or waited on DNA tests Wednesday, to find out if their missing loved ones were among bodies being held in a hospital morgue after a devastating tsunami tore families apart. "I'm scared," said Tubagus Cecep, 63, as he waited nervously at a hospital in devastated Carita for test results on a body he fears could be that of his son.


Amazon’s Alexa suffers outages on Christmas Day as device appeared to cope with onslaught of new users

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:11

Amazon’s Alexa suffered outages on Christmas Day as the smart devices appeared to struggle with the onslaught of new users. Owners took to social media to vent frustration at their malfunctioning gadgets, reporting the unsatisfactory responses they had been getting from Alexa. These included the virtual assistant, which can play music, make calls, answer questions and control smart home devices, saying that she was “having trouble understanding” and asking users to “please try a little later”. Amazon's customer services channels, which were inundated with messages from disappointed customers about the Alexa breakdown, explained yesterday morning that problems were an “ongoing issue” which could take 12-24 hours to resolve.    The tech giant did not state what had led to the mass breakdown, but customers speculated that the service was struggling to cope with thousands of new users who were given either Alexa or Amazon’s Echo Dot 2, the wireless smart speaker, as a Christmas present. Dan Green wrote on Twitter: “[It] seems that your servers weren’t ready for the massive influx of new Echo’s being registered today. “When the waiting list for new Dot’s is two months you’d have thought the geek squad would have been prepared” Others joked that “everybody deserves at least one day off” over Christmas, but “perhaps today was not the day” for the virtual home assistant to pick. By 12.50pm on Christmas Day, Amazon Help, the tech giant’s customer services Twitter account, said: “Hi, over the past two hours some Echo devices in Europe have had intermittent connections.” It added that the issues “have now been resolved and the Alexa Service is working normally”. An Amazon spokesperson said: "For a short period [on Tuesday] morning we had an issue that intermittently impacted some Alexa customers’ ability to interact with the service. The Alexa service is now operating normally."


A dream destination for every month in 2019

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:02

Whether you’re seeking warmth, airfare deals or a can’t-miss event, there’s a perfect vacation for you to go on any time of year.


Indonesian rescuers struggle against heavy rain to reach tsunami-hit villages

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 07:48

Clouds of ash spewed from the nearby Anak Krakatau, or child of Krakatau, almost obscuring the volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide on Saturday sent waves up to 5 meters (16 feet) high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands. Indonesia's meteorology agency (BMKG) said the rough weather could make the volcano's crater more fragile. "We have developed a monitoring system focused specifically on the volcanic tremors at Anak Krakatau so that we can issue early warnings," said BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati, adding that a two-kilometer exclusion zone had been imposed.


Guatemalan boy, 8, dies at border while in government custody, second to die this month

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:45

An 8-year-old boy is the second child to die this month after crossing the border and being apprehended by border agents.


Turkey Plans Meeting on Possible Patriot Purchase, Official Says

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:34

The Presidency of Defense Industries is expected to hold a preliminary discussion on a possible purchase of the American system, the official said, asking not to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to disclose the meeting plans. Turkey’s presidency confirmed the planned meeting but wouldn’t say what was on the agenda. Although a detailed assessment is unlikely at such an early stage, the discussion itself reflects the rapid detente between Ankara and Washington that’s currently underway after years of strain that culminated with since-lifted U.S. sanctions on Turkey.


NASA gets ever-closer to its encounter with a distant world 1 billion miles past Pluto

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:00

It's getting bigger. Last week, NASA released photos of the space exploration craft New Horizons gradually approaching an ancient, little-known object in deep space, called Ultima Thule.  Ultima orbits the sun one billion miles past Pluto, and NASA expects to swoop close to the far-off object soon after midnight, on January 1, 2019. It will be humanity's farthest-ever encounter with another world. "What will Ultima reveal? No one knows," Alan Stern, the NASA planetary scientist leading the deep space mission, wrote last week.  Ultima Thule getting bigger, and brighter.Image: nasaNASA suspects Ultima is a type of icy mass formed some 4.5 billion years ago, during the inception of our solar system.  But since then, hovering in the profoundly cold outer reaches of the solar system, Ultima is presumed to have been preserved largely in its pristine, primeval state — allowing scientists to see the distant past. "In effect, Ultima should be a valuable window into the early stages of planet formation and what the solar system was like over 4.5 billion years ago," said Stern. Ultima is formally classified as a "Kuiper Belt Object," which is a ring of icy worlds that encircles the solar system beyond the last major planet, Neptune. It is a "region of leftovers from the solar system's early history," says NASA. SEE ALSO: The secretive lab that built ‘the bomb’ now scours Mars for signs of life Ultima has already proven somewhat mysterious.  From previous images, scientists learned that Ultima probably has a weird, non-spherical shape. But as New Horizons travels closer, the pattern of light reflecting off off of Ultima, or its light curve, is inconsistent. With most other objects, these light patterns repeat as the objects spin.  "It's really a puzzle," said Stern in a statement. Other New Horizons scientists mused that a dust cloud or moons "tumbling" around Ultima might be producing the strange light curve. But, there is one thing that's almost certain.  On December 15, Stern's team concluded there were no obstructions between New Horizons — a triangular spacecraft 7 feet long and 9 feet tall — and Ultima Thule.  Images of Ultima Thule from Dec. 2, 2018.Image: nasaStern told NASA that the deep space probe is now "Go" to closely approach Ultima.  In the summer of 2015, New Horizons flew by Pluto. It captured unprecedented detail of the dwarf planet, its mountains, cliffs, and icy plains. The exploration craft flew 7,000 miles from Pluto's surface. But it will get much closer to Ultima Thule, swooping 2,200 miles above the little-known object.  The first images are expected back early on New Years Day, about 30 minutes after the ball drops in Times Square. "The Ultima Thule flyby is going to be fast, it’s going to be challenging, and it’s going to yield new knowledge," said Stern.  "Being the most distant exploration of anything in history, it’s also going to be historic." We'll be watching. To watch the images come in during Ultima's approach, tune into a livestream from NASA TV beginning around 12:15 a.m. ET, Jan. 1, 2019. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


Russia asks West to try to calm its Kerch Strait tensions with Ukraine

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 05:13

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday it hoped Western countries would not take part in any Ukrainian attempt to stage what it called "a provocation" near the Kerch Strait and dissuade Kiev from escalating tensions in the area. Ukraine said last week it planned to send warships to its Azov Sea ports via the Kerch Strait despite Russia's seizure of three navy vessels and their crews in the area in November. British defense minister Gavin Williamson visited Ukraine last week where he told his Ukrainian counterpart that the Black Sea did not belong to Russia and that Britain had sent a Royal Navy ship there to show Kiev did not stand alone.


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