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2 lions from Mideast war zones reach South African refuge

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:44

LIONSROCK BIG CAT SANCTUARY, South Africa (AP) — Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria arrived in South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh conditions in captivity elsewhere in the world.

#BackfireTrump Will Tweet Every Gun Death At The President

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:30

A new gun-control campaign aims to show President Donald Trump the scale of gun violence via Twitter.

These Are The Real-Life Effects Of Trump's Obamacare Sabotage

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:26

Somebody has finally put some numbers on what the Republican effort to undermine Obamacare will mean for everyday Americans.

Doyle Lee Hamm execution: Repeated jabbing of death row inmate in attempted lethal injection amounts to torture, says lawyer

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:55

Convicted murderer Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, who has spent more than half his life on death row, was returned to his cell after more than two hours of effort by the execution team. Bernard Harcourt, who has represented Hamm for 28 years, claimed the “botched” execution attempt led to at least 12 puncture wounds from failed needle placements. “It was a gory, botched execution," he said.

Citigroup refunding $330 million to customers after overcharging interest

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:18

Citibank is promising to refund nearly 2 million credit card holders an average of nearly $190 dollars, admitting the bank failed to reduce some annual interest rate charges for cardholders in good standing.

Correction: School Shooting-Florida story

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:09

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In a story Feb. 22 about the Florida school shooting, The Associated Press misquoted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel in some versions of the story when he spoke about the families of the victims. He said, "I've been to their homes where they're sitting shiva," not "where they sit and shiver."

Johnnie Walker Whisky Bottles Have a Female Logo Now. Meet 'Jane Walker'

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:07

Johnnie Walker is rolling out a female version of its iconic logo, an attempt to draw more women to the world’s best-selling scotch

Trump says he would have run into Florida school without a weapon

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:05

Discussing the Parkland school shooting at a meeting with governors on Monday, Trump said: "I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.”

Monica Lewinsky: 'I'm Not Alone Anymore' Thanks To The Me Too Movement

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:45

“I’m so sorry you were so alone,” Lewinsky wrote in a recent essay for Vanity Fair, recalling a message she received from a leader of the Me Too movement. Lewinsky’s essay in the magazine’s March edition describes how she grappled with isolation and trauma after her affair with then-President Bill Clinton became public in 1998. “Somehow, coming from her ― a recognition of sorts on a deep, soulful level ― [those words] landed in a way that cracked me open and brought me to tears,” Lewinsky continued.

The 50 Most Delish Spring Soups

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:40

The February 2018 Air War between Israel, Syria and Iran Was Brief and Violent

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:06

Many of us woke up on the morning of Feb. 10, 2018 to news of air-to-ground clashes between the Israeli Air-Space Force and the forces of the Bashar Al Assad’s regime in Syria and its allies from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the IRGC was shot down over Israel. Then one of the IASF’s F-16s crashed – apparently shot down – over Israel.

Supreme Court Denies Trump Request To Hear Dreamer Lawsuit

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 09:53

WASHINGTON ― In a major setback for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a lawsuit over the future of an Obama-era program that protects so-called Dreamers from deportation.

Family Dog Walks Out Of Rubble After 5 People Killed in Tornado, Deadly Floods

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:40

Central U.S. through Appalachia experienced gale force winds and heavy rains over the weekend.

Dubai police: Bollywood's Sridevi drowned in hotel bathtub

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:25

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian actress Sridevi drowned in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai police said in a statement Monday, though two police officials said she was also under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Mother and daughter take on an armed suspect

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:05

Suspect shot multiple times during the robbery. Tina Ring details the violent robbery caught on camera.

Walmart Inc (WMT) Stock Is At a Crossroads

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:00

A disappointing fourth-quarter earnings report sent Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) stock tumbling 10 percent last week, as WMT had its worst single day of trading since January 1988. Now that the dust has settled on Walmart's horrible quarter, analysts and investors must determine whether the latest numbers are an aberration or the beginning of a new trend. Most of the headlines from the fourth-quarter earnings report focused on a dramatic slowdown in online sales growth, which dropped from 50 percent in the third quarter to just 23 percent in the fourth quarter.

Fire breaks out in overhead storage on Chinese aircraft

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:42

A fire broke out in the overhead storage of a Chinese passenger jet moments before it was scheduled to take off. Flight attendants and a passenger threw water and juice over a bag in the luggage compartment as it was engulfed in heavy smoke and flames. The fire was thought to have been triggered by a power bank that was being carried in the bag, reports said. The owner was taken away by police for questioning. All the passengers were forced to disembark the Boeing 777 following the fire, which happened while the plane was parked on the tarmac at Guangzhou Airport in southern China. It was scheduled to fly to Shanghai. The passengers and crew were taken to a different aircraft which took off just after 3pm, three hours after the original flight was scheduled to depart. Fire caused by portable charger on China Southern flight in Guangzhou was put out promptly, while passengers were relocated to another plane— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 25, 2018 The power charger was not in use when the fire started, Chinese media said. The video of the fire was shared widely on Chinese social media, where many were commenting on why only bottles of water and juice were used to extinguished the flames. “Don’t they have proper fire extinguishers on planes,” said one comment on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. The fire on the aircraft Credit: Weibo However, other observers said the crew reacted to the fire correctly. “Using water is standard operation procedure,” said a Tweet from ChinaAviationReview, which tweets updates on Chinese aviation news.  “Water is actually better than… extinguisher in case of lithium battery fire.” Chinese airlines allow lithium batteries to be taken onto aircraft in hand luggage, but they are not allowed to be packed in checked-in luggage. Additional reporting by Christine Wei

Chinese censors move to block ridicule of 'Emperor' Xi Jinping's power grab

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:40

Beijing's vast army of online censors have been mobilised to stamp out the ridicule and criticism to the announcement that President Xi Jinping could rule for life.  China proposed to remove a two-term limit from its president on Sunday, in a move which would see the current Chinese leader rule beyond 2023 and perhaps indefinitely. The news was greeted in China by a wave of critical online messages, but moments later the comments were removed from the internet by censors. On Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, the search term “two-term limit” and other sensitive topics had been blocked. Many of the critical posts had likened China's future political direction to that of its neighbour, North Korea, where Kim Jong-un leads the country as an unelected third generation ruler. Other negative comments said that Mr Xi was presenting himself as a new "Emperor of China". Among the posts which could not be shared on messaging app, Wechat, on Monday, was an image of China's last Emperor, Pu Yi, with the words "Emperor calls: 'Is my Qing dynasty returning?'"  Censors were also busy removing pictures of Winnie the Pooh that had been posted. The portly bear has been compared to Mr Xi by many web users in China. Could've expected this, but still pretty creative. First images of "king Winnie" surfacing on Weibo in response to Xi's potential indefinite rule:— Manya Koetse (@manyapan) February 25, 2018 One of the posts showed Winnie hugging a pot of honey with the caption: “Find the thing you love and stick with it.” Some of the censorship appeared to have been lifted late on Monday, but state media outlets were ramping up their propaganda drive to promote the new changes to the constitution. The Global Times said any criticism against the move - which foreign observers predict will bring increased authoritarianism in China was due to “misinformation and external forces" and that the proposals were backed by "all Chinese people". An editorial said: “Since reform and opening up, China, led by the Communist Party, has successfully resolved and will continue to effectively resolve the issue of party and national leadership replacement in a law-abiding and orderly manner." Xi Jinping has cemented his position as China's strongest leader since Mao Tse-tung Credit:  GREG BAKER/AFP Official state news agency Xinhua drew a similar conclusion to the Global Times - that handing Mr Xi extended power was the will of the people.  "The broad part of officials and the masses say that they hoped this constitutional reform is passed," it said, in an editorial that was printed in The People's Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece newspaper, However, Jean Pierre Cabestan, a political scientist at Hong Kong's Baptist University, said scrapping the presidential limit was a result of the Chinese leader's supreme confidence in his own personal standing. Mr Xi became the strongest leader since Mao Tse-tung at the 19th Party Congress last October, when a second term that officially begins next month was agreed by the party. "The surprise is not the decision to drop the two term limit, but its timing," said Prof Cabestan. "Xi secretly decided to impose it on the Communist Party leadership at the beginning of his second term, when he is at the peak of his power, before too much opposition to his intentions appear in the Party nomenklatura." Prof Cabestan also said China's plan to give its leader extended rule was in contrast to global trends. "It shows that China is going backward as more countries have questioned life-long tenures," he said. Additional reporting by Christine Wei

Here's How We Say Goodbye To The Winter Olympics

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:12

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United Airlines flight from Newark suffers blown tire on way to Portland

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 06:54

United Airlines says the plane suffered a tire blowout when it was taking off at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday night.