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Ex-Trump Adviser Calls President's Claims That Informant Spied On Campaign 'Embarrassing'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:40

A former adviser to President Donald Trump on Monday fired back at the

Police Confronted Santa Fe School Shooting Suspect Within 4 Minutes and Exchanged Gunfire With Him

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:17

Police don't believe any of the victims were killed by police in the cross-fire

MSNBC Host Hugh Hewitt Suggests 'Trench Coat' Control, Not Gun Control

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:52

Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt has a novel idea to curb school mass

Maddie Poppe Wins 'American Idol' After Runner-Up Reveals They're Dating

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:28

Maddie Poppe won "American Idol" Monday ― and also triumphed in romance.

China rebuffs U.S. concerns about ties with Venezuela

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:50

China rebuffed U.S. concerns about its ties with Venezuela on Tuesday after Washington imposed new sanctions on the crisis-stricken oil-producing country following the re-election of its socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro, the 55-year-old successor to late leftist leader Hugo Chavez, hailed his win in Sunday's election as a victory against "imperialism". In response to the vote, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting Venezuela's ability to liquidate state assets and debt in the United States, the latest in a series of sanctions that seeks to choke off financing for the already cash-strapped government.

An egg a day may keep the doctor away, study claims

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 00:34

For decades, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. While outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study, its authors claimed that Chinese adults who ate an egg every day had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Risk of haemorrhagic stroke was 26 percent lower among egg-eaters, the Chinese-British research team reported in the journal Heart.

US moves to lift Obama-era curbs on killing hibernating bear cubs in Alaska

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:39

The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal rules in line with Alaska state law. Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou. These and other hunting methods - condemned as cruel by wildlife protection advocates - were outlawed on federal lands in 2015. Members of the public have 60 days to provide comment on the proposed new rules. "The conservation of wildlife and habitat for future generations is a goal we share with Alaska," said Bert Frost, the park service's regional director. A brown bear catches a salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska Credit: AP "This proposed rule will reconsider NPS efforts in Alaska for improved alignment of hunting regulations on national preserves with State of Alaska regulations, and to enhance consistency with harvest regulations on surrounding non-federal lands and waters." Alaska has 10 national preserves covering nearly 37,000 square miles (95,830 square kilometres). The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was "pleased to see the National Park Service working to better align federal regulations with State of Alaska hunting and trapping regulations," Maria Gladziszewski, the state agency's deputy director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation, said in an email to The Associated Press. If @Interior has its way, it will be perfectly legal for Alaska sport hunters to lure bears with greased donut bait piles to kill them. Or to crawl into bear dens to kill hibernating females and their cubs. #UnBearable— National Parks Conservation Association (@NPCA) May 22, 2018 She said the proposal is "progress in that direction, and we appreciate those efforts. Alaskans benefit when state and federal regulations are consistent." Expanding hunting rights on federal lands has been a priority for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman who displays a stuffed bear in his Washington office along with mounted heads from a bison and an elk. Ryan Zinke, Interior Secretary, has a stuffed bear in his office Credit: Reuters The Obama-era restrictions on hunting on federal lands in Alaska were challenged by Safari Club International, a group that promotes big-game hunting. The Associated Press reported in March that Mr Zinke had appointed a board loaded with trophy hunters to advise him on conserving threatened and endangered wildlife, including members of the Safari Club. President Donald Trump's sons are also avid trophy hunters who have made past excursions to Africa and Alaska. BREAKING: The @realDonaldTrump administration has proposed new regulations that roll back protections preventing extreme methods of killing predators & other #wildlife in #Alaska national preserves.— Defenders of Wildlife (@Defenders) May 21, 2018 Collette Adkins, a lawyer and biologist with the advocacy group Centre for Biological Diversity, expressed outrage at the rollback. "Cruel and harmful hunting methods like killing bear cubs and their mothers near dens have no place on our national preserves," she said. When bears attack | What to do if you are attacked by a bear The Humane Society of the United States said it would oppose the new rules. "These federal lands are havens for wildlife and the National Park Service is mandated to manage these ecosystems in a manner that promotes conservation," said Anna Frostic, a lawyer for the animal rights group. "This proposed rule, which would allow inhumane killing of our native carnivores in a misguided attempt to increase trophy hunting opportunities, is unlawful and must not be finalised."