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Man Locked In Beer Cooler for 6 Hours Helps Himself to Drinks Despite Court Order to Stay Sober: Cops

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:01

Jeremy Van Ert, 38, allegedly had 18 ounces of beer and several cans of Four Loko.

A Billionaire Bribed Doctors to Overprescribe Powerful Opioids 'Solely for Profit,' Prosecutors Say

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:39

Fentanyl is a highly potent and dangerous painkiller

Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) Stocks Sag

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:24

Oil majors Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron Corporation ( CVX) saw their stocks dip Friday, despite reporting solid earnings as the global oil market showed modest signs of improvement in the third quarter. Exxon stock dropped 1 percent after the company reported earnings per share of 93 cents on $66.1 billion in revenue for the quarter. Both numbers topped analyst expectations of 86 cents and $63.3 billion, respectively.

2 Women Lost at Sea for 5 Months Survived Shark Attacks and Storms

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:19

Two American women and their dogs were rescued this week by the United States Navy, after being adrift in the Pacific Ocean for five months.

Starbucks Is Launching Three New Bottled Coffee Drinks

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:17

Starbucks Is Launching Three New Bottled Coffee Drinks

South African farmers convicted of attempted murder for forcing black man into a coffin 

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:14

Two white farmers who forced an unemployed black man into a coffin and threatened to kill him have been jailed following a trial that has reignited debate about the legacy of apartheid in South Africa.  William Oosthuizen, 29 and Theo Jackson, 30, were found guilty of forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and then threatening to douse him with petrol and set him alight. Their leave to appeal was dismissed.  Judge Sheila Mphahlele, said the two men showed “no remorse"  and that she wanted the sentence to send a “harsh” message to those in South Africa who still practiced racism.  "The most appalling act of the accused was to put the complainant in a coffin against his will. Whilst in the coffin they threatened to set it alight. They asked him how he wanted to die - quickly or slowly,” she said, summing up. The two were also found guilty of assaulting the only witness in an attempt to stop him from testifying against them. The Magistrates Court in Middelburg after being sentenced to more than a decade in prison Credit:  GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/ AFP Oosthuizen will serve 11 years in jail. Jackson, a father of three, was sentenced  to 14 years.  Oosthuizen and Jackson had pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were arrested last year in the small farming town of Middelberg, 100 miles east of Johannesburg.  They claimed they wanted to “teach Mr Mlotshwa a lesson,” after they came across him trying to steal cables on their farm. They also claimed he threatened to kill their families and burn their crops.  Mr Mlotswha reported the farmers to the police only after a 20-second video clip emerged on You Tube and went viral on social media.  Victor Mlotshwa attending the sentence of the two white farmers convicted of attempted murder Credit:  WIKUS DE WET/ AFP In the video Mr Mlotshwa begs for his life as he is pushed into the coffin.   One of the men pushes the lid of the coffin down while the other threatens to put petrol and a snake inside. According Afriforum, a civil rights group, at least 70 white commercial farmers have been murdered in South Africa so far this year. 

New questions and searches greet travelers flying to the US

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:01

CHICAGO (AP) — Some were asked their hobbies and packing habits. Others were queried about what they do for a living. There were lines for security interviews and searches of carry-on bags.

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:59

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.

Trump lashes out after liberal billionaire funds scathing impeachment ads

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:03

After a wealthy liberal activist launched a national ad campaign Friday morning calling for Trump’s impeachment, which has run even on a conservative program, the president took to Twitter to ridicule the ad’s backer as “unhinged.”

How the World Is Marking the 500th Birthday of Protestantism

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:00

Many will mark the 500th anniversary of Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Luther started a revolution by posting his complaints about the Church

Mike Pompeo Could Stop Robert Mueller in His Tracks

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:00

The director of the CIA has extraordinary influence over all counter-intelligence investigations – and there are reasons to distrust his intentions.

Mika Brzezinski responds to ‘disturbing’ Halperin harassment allegations

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 08:23

After making a short statement on Thursday morning that left some dissatisfied, the “Morning Joe” co-host spoke at greater length Friday morning about allegations of sexual harassment against journalist Mark Halperin, who has frequently appeared on her show.

JFK files: Russia feared Lee Harvey Oswald would get them nuked by US

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 07:58

In the aftermath of President John F Kennedy’s assassination, the USSR was worried it would be blamed for putting Lee Harvey Oswald up to the attack, and that America could lash out in a state of leaderless panic. Previously classified intelligence documents depict turmoil on both sides of the Atlantic, as officials attempted to piece together what had happened and exactly who was to blame. Almost 3,000 newly released documents detail everything the US knew about the Russian reaction to the 1963 assassination and reveal the extent to which the Kremlin believed in conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s death.

Poll reveals stark divide in how the military views Trump

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 07:52

A new survey finds a big split in our military officers and the troops in general view their current commander in chief.

China's Aircraft Carrier: Just an Old Russian Ship That Can't Fight?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 07:35

You make the call.  China's Aircraft Carrier: Just an Old Russian Ship That Can't Fight? The Liaoning, Beijing’s first aircraft carrier, is a refurbished second-hand vessel. Party mouthpieces have all refrained from using the carrier’s former name, Varyag – no surprise, given that the Liaoning was a rusty, semi-scrap hull from Ukraine before it was given a new lease of life (and renamed after the northeastern province where the ship underwent a seven-year refit).

JFK Files Don't Make The Details Of His Assassination Any Less Mysterious

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 07:33

Tidbits revealed in newly released National Archives documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy suggest the investigation into what happened in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, won’t settle lingering questions.

Iraq sets deadline for Kurds to quit Turkey border post

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 05:50

Iraqi forces set a tight deadline Friday for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from an area on the Turkish border that is critical for oil exports, a government source told AFP. The senior security source, asking not to be named, said Kurdish peshmerga fighters were being given "a few hours" to pull out of the area around the Fishkhabur border post. Iraqi forces on Thursday mounted a new assault on Kurdish fighters in the disputed oil-rich Zummar area of Nineveh province, triggering heavy artillery exchanges.

This Is How Much Trump's Obamacare Sabotage Increased Health Insurance Costs

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 03:00

President Donald Trump’s decision to cut off billions of dollars owed to health insurance providers under the Affordable Care Act caused those companies to substantially increase premiums to cover their losses, according to an analysis published Friday.

A Fire Has Been Burning For Days At A West Virginia Plastics Warehouse

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 22:19

WASHINGTON — A fire continued to smolder at a plastics warehouse in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Thursday evening, nearly six days after it erupted.