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Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to countries over UN Jerusalem vote

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:39

Donald Trump has threatened to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries which vote in favour of a United Nations resolution rejecting the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump amplified Haley’s threat.

Trump says GOP has 'essentially repealed Obamacare' with tax bill

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:16

But while the Republican plan removes the individual mandate requiring all Americans to have health insurance, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.

Woman Who Accidentally Gunned Down Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:15

Monalisa Perez has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Pedro Ruiz III on June 26.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T AWD

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:35

The closest you'll get to a Giulia wagon.

Student Finishes College Final Exam While In Labor

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:07

Nayzia’ Thomas’ Twitter was still blowing up with interview requests and well wishes on Wednesday, because this young woman knows how to multitask.

Uber Now Classified as a Transport Service in the EU: Here's Why It Matters

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:56

Is it more than just an app?

The 50 Most Hilarious Tweets From Parents This Year

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:52

Every week, we round up the most hilarious tweets from moms and dads.

Saudi, Lebanon diplomats caught in diplomatic tussle

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:43

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's ambassador to Saudi Arabia and his Saudi counterpart are caught in what appears to be a diplomatic tussle over representation, with each country delaying accreditation of the other's diplomat, though both were named months ago.

Woman who shot boyfriend for YouTube prank pleads guilty to second degree manslaughter

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:34

Monalisa Perez of Halstad, Minnesota, shot her boyfriend through a book he was holding to his chest for a stunt the couple intended to upload to YouTube. Ms Perez said they did not believe the bullet would make it through the 1.5-inch tome. Ms Perez was pregnant at the time, and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter was standing nearby, authorities said.

Video shows car dragging office up to 60 mph

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:05

When Florida police officer Jon Cusak approached a man and woman sitting in a car, they quickly took off, and with Cusak clinging to the driver-side door. The whole incident was caught on his body camera.

Mexico Tour Bus Crash Kills At Least 12

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:43

A bus carrying cruise ship passengers on a tour of ancient Mayan ruins flipped on a highway in southeast Mexico early Tuesday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 18.

Larry Nassar Was Allowed To See Patients During Sexual Assault Investigation

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:18

Michigan State University reportedly allowed former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to continue working with patients in 2014 and 2015 while he was under criminal investigation for sexual assault.

Ivanka Trump surprise visit to Connecticut school prompts some parents to pull children from class

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:05

​Ivanka Trump’s surprise unannounced visit to a school in Connecticut has prompted some parents to pull their children from class. The US president’s daughter addressed secondary school students at the Norwalk Early College Academy about the importance of education in the sciences, technology, mathematics, and engineering. Ms Trump, who serves as an unpaid advisor to her father, said: "To see the passion and enthusiasm for bringing real-life skills into a classroom environment, but then coupling it with real-life experience through internship, creates this really beautiful virtuous angle”.

7 Ways to Find Part-Time Work in Retirement

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:55

There are many reasons to keep working after retirement. Of course, there's the money. But beyond that, it's something that gets you out of bed in the morning -- a place to go, a schedule to keep and a routine to anchor your life. You may also want the social interaction you find at work, and perhaps the sense of accomplishment for a job well done.

Chuck Schumer Warns GOP: 'You're Messing Up America. You Could Pay Attention.'

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:55

"We believe you're messing up America. You could pay attention for a couple of minutes" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asks for order during debate over GOP tax bill on Senate floor.— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 20, 2017

China outcry as Taiwan arrests pro-Beijing party members accused of spying

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:45

China has accused Taiwanese authorities of “persecution” after four members of a pro-Beijing political party were detained in connection with a spying case. Police in Taiwan arrested Wang Ping-chung, a prominent media personality, along with three colleagues from the pro-unification New Party on Tuesday. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office released a statement saying that Mr Wang and other people of interest were being investigated on suspicion of violating the National Security Act. Taipei prosecutor Lin Chun-ting, who is leading the investigation, is also in charge of the probe into Zhou Hongxu, a Chinese student convicted in September for trying to obtain classified information and recruiting people to a spy network.  According to the Taipei Times, Mr Wang was allegedly friends with Mr Zhou and played a key role in introducing him to Taiwanese government officials. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with Donald Trump Credit: Reuters Another detained member of the New Party, Lin Ming-cheng, told reporters after his release that he was questioned about the spying case and his relationship with Mr Zhou, but he denied the allegations. “It is absurd for them to make a link between Zhou and us all because they found a mention of us on Zhou’s computer,” Mr Lin said, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office praised the New Party for upholding the “one China” principle in a short statement released late on Tuesday. “Recently, the Taiwan authorities have shielded and connived with Taiwan independent splittists, and taken various moves to wantonly crack down on and persecute forces and people who uphold peaceful reunification,” it said.  “We strongly condemn this and are paying close attention to developments.” The investigation is the second in recent months into a minority party supporting unification with the Chinese mainland, and comes amid heightened tensions between the government of self-ruled Taiwan and Beijing.  Relations across the Taiwan Strait have deteriorated since the election of President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, whose ruling DPP rejects Chinese claims of sovereignty over the island of 23 million.   While parties which are strongly pro-Beijing have little traction with the electorate, the majority of whom identify as Taiwanese, there are growing fears among Taipei’s elite that China is seeking to undermine their country’s democracy from within.  In September, government agencies launched a probe into the Chinese Unification Promotion Party (CUPP), run by Chang An-lo, a former triad leader known as White Wolf, over concerns that Beijing was funding its activities. Mr Chang has denied the accusations. 

Sea turtle found trapped in cocaine bundles worth $53m

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 06:37

A sea turtle trapped among floating cocaine bales worth $53m (£40m) has been rescued by the US Coast Guard. The boat crew discovered the large loggerhead turtle entangled in blue rope connecting bales containing 800 kilos (1,800lb) of the Class A drug in the Pacific Ocean on November 19. The US Coast Guard helps rescue a sea turtle trapped among bundles of cocaine  Credit: US Coast Guard/Facebook Coast Guard Ens. Mark Krebs and his team noticed the injured sea turtle after launching a small boat to investigate a debris field. “They saw significant chaffing from the lines on his neck and flippers,” said the US Coast Guard. “They briefed the commanding officer and went to work, carefully cutting the lines wrapped around the sea turtle and then eventually freeing him. “The boat crew recovered over 75-feet of line to prevent further entanglement of sea life and returned to the law enforcement mission recovering over 1,800 pounds of cocaine valued at over $53 million dollars from international waters.” The struggling marine reptile was rescued during a 68-day counter drug patrol by the US Armed Forces branch in the Eastern Pacific along the Central American coast. By the end of the operation, the crew had seized a total of 6,755 kilos (14,800lb) of cocaine, 14 pounds of marijuana and arrested 24 suspected smugglers. The large sea turtle was entangled in $53m worth of cocaine Credit: US Coast Guard/Facebook The seizure was part of Operation Martillo, an international operation involving 18 countries targeting criminal organisations moving illicit cargo. In November, hundreds of dead sea turtles were found by environmental officials floating off the coast of El Salvador. The BBC series Blue Planet II recently highlighted the devastating effect plastic and human rubbish is having on the ocean.

18 Realistic Ways To Become A Happier, More Chill Person In 2018

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 05:46

Say goodbye to 2017 ― and some of the negative emotions that came with it ― by adopting a few of these expert- and research-backed habits in the new year. Research shows that negative news can poorly affect your mental health. Experts recommend this to their patients, and do it themselves to keep their own stress under control.

Woman gives birth to child conceived 24 years ago

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 04:52

A 26-year-old Tennessee woman gave birth to a child who was conceived and frozen as an embryo 24 years ago.