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Is Trump about to repeat George W Bush's worst mistake? | Michael Fuchs

Top Stories - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:00

In 2002, Bush used his UN speech to argue for action against Iraq. Let’s hope Trump’s first UN speech isn’t the opening salvo in a preventable war with Iran ‘Why would North Korea deal with Trump if he doesn’t live up to US commitments?’ Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters


GOP Lawmaker In South Dakota Says 'We Can All Support' Running Over Protesters

Top Stories - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:59

A Republican lawmaker in South Dakota is coming under fire for posting a violent cartoon meme showing a car slamming into people along with the phrase “ALL LIVES SPLATTER.”


Mexico earthquake: Barack Obama sends a 'big hug for everyone' in Mexico City after devastating quake

Top Stories - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:10

Barack Obama has tweeted to say he wants to send a "big hug for everyone" affected by the devastating earthquake which struck Mexico. Twenty-two bodies were pulled from rubble at a school in Mexico City. President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school and said in comments broadcast online by Financiero TV that 30 children and eight adults were still missing.


Red Cross Struggles To Fulfill Promises Made To Hurricane Harvey Victims

Top Stories - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 01:52

“If you promise people something, you got to make it happen, otherwise, don’t promise at all,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said about the American Red Cross' failed efforts.


Tucker Carlson Had A Witch On His Show. It Did Not Go As Planned

Top Stories - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 01:47

While the interview was generally good-natured in spirit, Carlson wanted to focus on witch stereotypes while his guest ― witch and self-described “Oracle of Los Angeles” Amanda Yates Garcia ― wanted to talk about real issues. “I think the real problem is not whether or not eye of newt is an actual ingredient,” Garcia said. “The real problem is we’re about to have some kind of big nuclear extravaganza with North Korea. The real problem is that we’re punishing immigrant children.


First wave of refugees to US from Pacific camps imminent

Top Stories - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 01:41

A first wave of refugees will leave remote Pacific detention camps and be resettled in the United States in coming weeks, Australian authorities said Wednesday, under a deal that has rankled President Donald Trump. Canberra sends asylum-seekers who try to enter the country by boat to processing facilities on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, with those found to be refugees barred from resettling in Australia. The Australian government struck a pact with Washington under former president Barack Obama to resettle some of them in the United States in return for taking an unspecified number of asylum-seekers from Central America.


Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Top Stories - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 01:37

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.


Jimmy Kimmel Says Sen. Bill Cassidy Lied To His Face About Obamacare Repeal

Top Stories - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:10

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel rained criticism on Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Tuesday night over the Republican’s role in the revival of an Obamacare repeal bill currently making its way through the Senate. Cassidy aroused ire because of what happened in May: Kimmel tearfully told his audience his son was born with a congenital heart disease and had undergone open heart surgery that may not have been covered by insurance before Obamacare was enacted.


The Latest: Chinese expert says Trump speech sounded warlike

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 23:02

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):


DiCaprio Rips Trump's Climate Record, Says Hurricanes Should Be A Wake-Up Call

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 22:54

Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio said Tuesday that the recent string of devastating hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and now Maria — shines a light on the climate crisis and should come as a wake-up call for President Donald Trump and the world.


The Latest: Mexico declares a state of disaster in capital

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 21:48

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on the strong earthquake that hit Mexico City (all times local):


Should You Participate in a Class Action Against Equifax?

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:00

If your personal information is among the 143 million credit files compromised in the Equifax cyberattack, you might be wondering if you have any recourse against the company. As it turns out, yo...


A Credit Freeze Won't Help With All Equifax Breach Threats

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:27

If you’ve placed a security freeze on your credit reports at Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, and Innovis, that will help prevent fraudsters from opening new credit accounts in your name. But a fre...


The Sponsors Of Obamacare Repeal Are Trying To Fool America -- And Fellow Republicans

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01

The co-sponsors of new Senate legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act are misleading America about the effects of their proposal.


Suspect In Slayings Of 2 Black Men Reportedly Had Hitler Speech At Home

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:23

A Louisiana man accused of killing two black men in what may have been racially motivated attacks last week reportedly had a copy of an Adolf Hitler speech in his home.


Photos Show Destruction And Scramble For Survivors After Deadly Mexico Earthquake

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:45

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the central Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, less than two weeks after another powerful quake in the country killed at least 217 people.


'Shocking' disregard for safety in U.S. meningitis case -prosecutor

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:53

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Tuesday accused a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak of showing a "shocking" disregard for patients' lives, while his lawyer argued the man was no killer. Glenn Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at New England Compounding Center, oversaw the production in filthy conditions of tainted steroids, Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese said at the start of the man's trial in Boston federal court. Varghese told jurors that Chin, 49, recklessly failed to ensure the compounding pharmacy's drugs were produced in sanitary conditions in order to keep up with demand from hospitals nationally for its products.


For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:47

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Prudence Duchene will never forget the day she moved to Key West.


Grandfather hands stranger's toddler $20 bill in Target for most tragic reason

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:30

A mother shopping with her young son in Target was caught off guard when an elderly man gave the toddler a $20 bill -- but when he explained himself, she was reduced to tears.


Ryan Phillippe accused of brutally beating ex-girlfriend while 'drunk and high'

Top Stories - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:03

Ryan Phillippe is facing serious domestic abuse and drug allegations from his ex-girlfriend, who is going after the actor in a bombshell new lawsuit.


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