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  I Lost My Little Brother At Sandy Hook. Here's What's Different About The Florida Shooting.   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:11:50 -0500

I Lost My Little Brother At Sandy Hook. Here's What's Different About The Florida Shooting.Last week on Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he had been expelled.



  Bernie Sanders: 'Maybe [Obama] should have done more' on Russia   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:13:29 -0500

Bernie Sanders: 'Maybe [Obama] should have done more' on RussiaIn an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says that President Obama was in a difficult position when it came to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.



  Floridians Tell Politicians Who Do The NRA’s Bidding Their Time Is Up   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:42:05 -0500

Floridians Tell Politicians Who Do The NRA’s Bidding Their Time Is UpFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. ― Something powerful is happening in Florida.



  Scott Pruitt Cancels Israel Trip Amid Backlash Over Travel Expenses   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:48:02 -0500

Scott Pruitt Cancels Israel Trip Amid Backlash Over Travel ExpensesEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has scrapped plans for a business trip to Israel previously scheduled for this week, an agency official said.



  Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruise   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:18:44 -0500

Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruiseBy Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Carnival Corp , the world's largest cruise operator, said on Monday it was investigating the response of its security personnel to a brawl that broke out on one of its South Pacific cruises that resulted in 23 passengers being removed. The American-British company said in a statement that it was investigating "all aspects including the security response" of the incident, which was captured on video and posted on social media. The 10-day cruise to the South Pacific returned to the Australian southern city of Melbourne on Saturday, a day after 23 people were removed in the New South Wales (NSW) town of Eden for what the company described as "disruptive and violent acts".



  Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:53:09 -0500

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Iran’s foreign minister commented on its tenuous relationship with Israel as well as on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.



  Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:53:00 -0500

Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance’s kayaking death has argued that she was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. “I was in danger, too, just as much as he was.



  14 Indoor Swimming Pools with Incredible Designs   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500

14 Indoor Swimming Pools with Incredible Designs



  Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:52:37 -0500

Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency LandingA flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind.



  Parkland students slam Trump for tying shooting to Russia probe: 'He has already made it about himself'   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:01:18 -0500

Parkland students slam Trump for tying shooting to Russia probe: 'He has already made it about himself'Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Aly Sheehy and Giuliana Matamoros were astounded that Donald Trump would use their tragedy to push back against U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Moscow and his 2016 campaign.



  Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-Wives   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:48:35 -0500

Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-WivesSen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has reportedly apologized for defending his former chief of staff Rob Porter, who recently resigned from President Donald Trump’s administration following allegations that he abused his two ex-wives.



  Florida shooting: Days after Parkland massacre, activists rally for gun control while a nearby show hawks assault rifles   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:03:00 -0500

Florida shooting: Days after Parkland massacre, activists rally for gun control while a nearby show hawks assault riflesThree days after the massacre that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the rift between the pro and anti-gun camps in southern Florida may as well be a canyon. Cars packed into the fields on the Miami-Dade Fairgrounds on Saturday, where the Miami Gun Show was being held – an event that was held in spite of the shooting days earlier that has left the surrounding communities reeling with pain. Just an hours’ drive north, people packed into a courtyard outside the US District Court in Fort Lauderdale, and spilled over onto a terraced water fountain that had been dried up.



  Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:58:44 -0500

Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School ShootingA high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.



  Iran cannot confirm missing plane found, freeze hampers search   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:29:12 -0500

Iran cannot confirm missing plane found, freeze hampers searchThe wreckage of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board was found in central Iran, state media said on Monday, but aviation authorities could not confirm the report. It is believed to have gone down in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom. The deputy governor of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province was quoted by state media as saying the wreckage was found near Dengezlu city, in Semirom county, in Isfahan province.



  'Bachelor' Arie grilled by Becca's uncle during hometown dates   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:55 -0500

'Bachelor' Arie grilled by Becca's uncle during hometown datesOn the "Bachelor," Becca's uncle has been a father figure to her since she lost her dad as a child. And he has some tough questions for Arie about their relationship.



  Trump Says Russians ‘Laughing’ Over Election Interference Indictment   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:46:48 -0500

Trump Says Russians ‘Laughing’ Over Election Interference IndictmentThe president was critical of the Russia investigation on Twitter this weekend, writing that if Russia’s goal was to create discord, then the investigation and partisan divide show they succeeded.



  Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquake   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:16:04 -0500

Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquakeBy Jose Cortes SANTIAGO JAMILTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damage from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said on Saturday. The helicopter, which was carrying Mexico's interior minister and the state governor, crashed on top of two vans in an open field while trying to land at night in Santiago Jamiltepec after a tour of damage from Friday's powerful quake. The senior officials survived but 12 people at the scene were killed and another died later in a hospital, Oaxaca's attorney general's office said in a statement.



  Media, Democrats Have Created 'More Chaos' Than Russians, Says White House Spokesman   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:41:39 -0500

Media, Democrats Have Created 'More Chaos' Than Russians, Says White House SpokesmanJust a day after the the special counsel leading the investigation indicted 13 Russians and three Russian organizations, the White House deputy press secretary said it’s the media and Democrats who have “created chaos more than the Russians” for their coverage of the probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.



  Trump Joins Mar-a-Lago Disco Party After Visiting Survivors Of School Shooting   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:44:37 -0500

Trump Joins Mar-a-Lago Disco Party After Visiting Survivors Of School ShootingPresident Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended a party at Mar-a-Lago on Friday just hours after visiting first responders and wounded survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 17 people.



  Another fire sweeps through market in Haiti's capital   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:45:08 -0500

Another fire sweeps through market in Haiti's capitalPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A fire swept through a large clothing market in Haiti's capital on Sunday, days after another blaze destroyed a large part of the main market in Port-au-Prince.



  Putin’s shock troops - how Russia's secret mercenary army came up against the US in Syria   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:58:37 -0500

Putin’s shock troops - how Russia's secret mercenary army came up against the US in SyriaIt was one of Isil’s biggest cash cows, a strategic prize crucial to the Kremlin and Bashar Assad’s plans to re-establish his rule over Syria. But the assault on Conoco oilfield near Deir Ezzor earlier this month ended in disaster, sparking the first deadly combat between Americans and Russians since the Vietnam War and embarrassing Vladimir Putin just weeks before an election.  It also cast an unwelcome light on one of the worst kept secrets of Russia’s war in Syria - its increasing reliance on unacknowledged and illegal mercenaries. “These were shock troops, and they would take any position, fulfil any task,” said Alexander Averin, a veteran of the pro-Russian militias in east Ukraine and friend of one of the Russians who was killed. Mr Averin said Kirill Ananyev, 33, was a fellow member of the radical “national Bolshevik” political party Other Russia and had also fought in eastern Ukraine.  He said that Ananyev, whom he had known since 2001, had been working for a private military company when he was killed. He would not name the company, but other casualties have been linked to the secretive Wagner group. Kirill Ananyev, a Russian private military contractor in Syria who was killed in US airstrikes on 7 February Credit: Twitter Russian media have published the names of nine Russian fighters who were killed in the assault on February 7, and the foreign ministry finally admitted on Thursday that five Russian citizens had died.  Some media reports have put the number of Russian casualties in the hundreds, however, and relatives and a former member of parliament have called for answers.  “I want everyone to know about my husband, and not just about my husband, but about all the guys who died there so stupidly,” Yelena Matveyeva, whose husband Stanislav was killed, told the regional news site Znak.com. “They sent them like pigs to the slaughter!” The debacle unfolded on the evening of 7 February, when hundreds of mysterious fighters began charging toward a Syrian Democratic Forces position near the oilfield under cover of artillery, tank and rocket fire, according to the US military. In response, US special forces embedded with the mostly Kurdish SDF called in artillery fire and strikes from fighter jets and B-52 bombers that effectively destroyed the “battalion sized force” they were facing. Mr Averin told the Telegraph that 500 Russians were in Deir Ezzor at the time, and that many of them were now dead and wounded. After Stanislav Matveyev, who was believed to work for the Wagner group, was killed, his wife spoke out against the Kremlin denials of Russian casualties Credit: Twitter It is not entirely clear whether the Russian high command authorised the attack, and some believe that Wagner mercenaries were working for local pro-Assad businessman to take the lucrative site. According to a Syrian government contract seen by Fontanka and AP, a Russian company linked to the Wagner group was to receive 25 percent of profits from oil and gas fields its contractors could capture. Others have suggested the Kremlin allowed the preventable defeat, which also saw Syrian troops killed, to happen as a warning to an increasingly independent Mr Assad as well as Iran, his other major backer.  “You need to be in line with our policies in Syria or you'll get bombed,” was Moscow's message to them, said Yury Barmin of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think-tank close to the Kremlin.  A US drone destroys a pro-regime tank near Deir Ezzor days after the airstrikes that killed numerous Russians Credit: CNN Ostensibly designed to support a long-time ally and defeat the Islamic State, Mr Putin's bombing campaign in Syria was supposed to be a television war, providing footage of impressive Russian airstrikes without any body bags to ruin the mood.  To assuage fears of a repeat of the disastrous Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Mr Putin said it would be solely an air operation lasting no longer than Mr Assad's counter-offensive But Syrian forces reportedly proved ineffective even with the help of Russian advisors and special forces. Kremlin-linked contractors allowed Moscow to run a covert land operation while denying it had boots on the ground. “The big battles, the intense battles with casualties, that's all Russian mercenaries,” said Ruslan Leviev of the Conflict Intelligence Team, a research group who track Russian military activity abroad.  A Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombs targets in the Deir Ezzor region in November Credit: TASS via Getty Images Some 3,000 Russians have fought for the Wagner group, the biggest of the private military companies, in Syria since 2015, according to documents seen by the independent news outlet Fontanka.  It said 73 of them had died before 7 February, exceeding the 46 official Russian military casualties. The US airstrikes against the Russian contractors have raised an alarming risk of direct great-power confrontation in Syria as external players vie to consolidate their interests following the defeat of Islamic State.  Within the last two weeks, al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels shot down a Russian jet, Kurdish fighters have downed a Turkish helicopter, Israel downed an Iranian drone and the Syrian army shot down an Israeli F-16. “Now that the fighting with ISIS is more or less over, every global player in the war is attempting to draw its own sphere of influence in Syria,” Sami Nadir, of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, told the Telegraph. “They used to fight each other through their proxies, now they’re just going head-to-head.” Benjamin Netanyahu holds up what he said was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday Credit: AFP PHOTO / MSC Munich Security Conference / LENNART PREISS America wants to limit Iran and keep the Kurds - its greatest ally against Isil - on side, while not agitating its Nato ally Turkey. Russia has been trying to keep a balance between its allies Turkey, Israel and Iran, to little avail. “The new phase in the Syrian conflict makes the anti-ISIS war look like a stroll in the park,” said Bilal Saab, an expert at the Washington-based Middle East Institute. “This has the potential to turn into a regional war.” Yet news of the contractors' deaths has remained largely unknown in Russia under a state television blackout: The website of the main state news programme published a report, only to delete it the same day. A Syrian pro-regime fighter wounded in the 7 February battle in Deir Ezzor Credit: AFP Photo/Getty Images “It's like the story with the Pskov paratroopers who died in Ukraine,” said Lev Gudkov, head of the independent Levada survey centre. “The information was blocked for a long time, then denied, and it spread only in close-knit circles, it didn't become a fact of public opinion, and I fear it will be the same picture here.” Nonetheless, Mr Putin, whose withdrawal announcement was welcomed by most Russians, finds himself in a bind: The Syria peace talks he sponsored in Sochi last month devolved into infighting and the conflict is edging toward what Mr Nadir called a “full-blown international crisis”. “The era of cooperation is over,” he said. “It’s a Cold War scenario.” The Wagner group | Russia's secret mercenaries in Syria



  6-Year-Old Boy Among Four People Shot Outside a Steakhouse in Texas   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:25:30 -0500

6-Year-Old Boy Among Four People Shot Outside a Steakhouse in TexasThe shooter is still at large



  Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:30:46 -0500

Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"Carnival has launched an investigation into a wild brawl off the Australian coast, that saw 23 passengers kicked off a cruise. Some on board accuse security of being heavy handed. Joel Labi reports.



  Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:11:40 -0500

Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloudIndonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) into the air, its biggest eruption this year. Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,900 km (1,181 miles) northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia's northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast.



  LeBron James Speaks Out on Laura Ingraham's 'Shut Up and Dribble' Comments   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:17:08 -0500

LeBron James Speaks Out on Laura Ingraham's 'Shut Up and Dribble' CommentsMSNBC's David Gura and panel discuss the LeBron James/Laura Ingraham feud.



  In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:47:02 -0500

In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0



  Iran's Khamenei says progress needed on justice   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:02:30 -0500

Iran's Khamenei says progress needed on justiceIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that progress was needed in "the field of justice", acknowledging widespread criticism of the system in recent weeks. "Progress has happened in various fields... but in the field of justice we acknowledge that we have lagged behind," Khamenei said in a speech in Tehran, which was published on his website. Khamenei was marking the 40th anniversary of an uprising in the city of Tabriz that was a key moment leading up to the 1979 Islamic revolution.



  High School Students Lead Protest Against Gun Violence In Front Of White House   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:39:28 -0500

High School Students Lead Protest Against Gun Violence In Front Of White HouseDozens of students gathered in front of the White House on Monday to demand changes to gun laws, just days after a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.



  Former Trump Aide Rick Gates Will Plead Guilty To Mueller Probe Charges: Report   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:07:52 -0500

Former Trump Aide Rick Gates Will Plead Guilty To Mueller Probe Charges: ReportRick Gates, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, will plead guilty to charges related to fraud and is willing to testify against his longtime business partner, Paul Manafort, The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.



  Pit bull dog 'protects child from burglar' in Nebraska   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:37:01 -0500

Pit bull dog 'protects child from burglar' in NebraskaA pit bull protected a nine-year-old boy who was home alone during an attempted robbery in Nebraska. Shane Shafer's mother had left him to go and pick up her other children. While he was alone, a man with ski mask broke in and Shane called on his dog, Baby Girl, to help.



  Feds say woman on private jet to Philippines smuggled cash   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:38:41 -0500

Feds say woman on private jet to Philippines smuggled cashHONOLULU (AP) — A woman headed for the Philippines aboard a private jet leaving Honolulu lied about the amount of cash she had when inspectors found $335,000 in her carry-on bag, prosecutors said.



  Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers row   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:53:38 -0500

Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers rowKuwait has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, as the countries seek to settle their differences over allegations of extreme abuse of migrant workers in the wealthy Gulf state. After the body of a Filipino was discovered in a freezer in a Kuwait apartment, Duterte arranged free flights for workers wishing to leave - an evacuation that Kuwait said was an unnecessary escalation of a diplomatic rift. The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide.



  Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue And Scott Moir Break Their Own World Record   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:31:49 -0500

Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue And Scott Moir Break Their Own World RecordCanadian ice dancing power duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke a world record on Sunday at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earning the highest score ever in the short program.



  Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prize   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:55:21 -0500

Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prizeIt's not just cashed-up dads jumping on cryptocurrencies, juice companies are doing the same too. Australian juice chain Boost have launched a competition where customers can win one Bitcoin, if they can correctly guess the price of the cryptocurrency at 12 p.m. the following Monday.  SEE ALSO: Say hello to Buttcoin and the community celebrating Bitcoin's fall Only one person can choose a certain price, to ensure there's no splitting of the prize. At the time of writing, one BTC is equal to $10,569 (A$13,387.76), but as we've seen lately BTC's price has been fluctuating a lot in recent weeks. Boost will have one BTC a week to win over four weeks. Like any in-store competition you'll need to buy a juice to get an entry code, which you can enter in the chain's app and guess BTC's prospective price. As for people who might not be following the cryptocurrency rollercoaster, you can also get the app to pick a price for you. Boost's effort is the latest in a string of cryptocurrency-aligned competitions: There's a puzzle game which lets you win one BTC if you can successfully crack it.  Surely investing in cryptocurrencies is already enough of a game? [h/t CNET ] WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking



  Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:01:00 -0500

Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?How would Israel or America respond?  Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East? After gaining naval and air bases in Syria, Russia may now be setting its sights on Lebanon. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Russia's Defense Ministry to seek a military cooperation agreement with Lebanon.



  Rush Limbaugh reacts to Parkland school shooting   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:21:18 -0500

Rush Limbaugh reacts to Parkland school shootingConservative talk show titan weighs in on preventing mass shootings in America's schools.



  Netanyahu to Polish PM: Holocaust comment 'unacceptable'   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:35:11 -0500

Netanyahu to Polish PM: Holocaust comment 'unacceptable'Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday told his Polish counterpart that his remarks on "Jewish perpetrators of the Holocaust" were unacceptable and unfounded, Netanyahu's office said. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today spoke by telephone with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki," a statement said.



  Olympic Skier Ted Ligety’s Son 'Could Give 2 S***s That Daddy Sucked At Work'   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:45:41 -0500

Olympic Skier Ted Ligety’s Son 'Could Give 2 S***s That Daddy Sucked At Work'U.S. alpine skier Ted Ligety may have had a tough time on the slopes at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Sunday.



  Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:14:22 -0500

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter AfrinBEIRUT (AP) — Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.



  Texas roadhouse shooting: Six-year-old boy among victims in San Antonio restaurant shooting   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:33:00 -0500

Texas roadhouse shooting: Six-year-old boy among victims in San Antonio restaurant shootingIt happened at about 8.40pm on Sunday outside the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in San Antonio, police said. San Antonio Police Department chief William McManus told reporters: "We do not believe that this shooting was random. "The folks were waiting outside to eat when the shooting occurred.



  Chilean sexual abuse victim testifies before Vatican investigator   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:22:32 -0500

Chilean sexual abuse victim testifies before Vatican investigatorBy Alice Popavici NEW YORK (Reuters) - The key witness in the case of a Chilean bishop accused of covering sexual abuse said on Saturday he gave "eye opening" testimony to a papally mandated investigator and hoped it would lead to the truth. Juan Carlos Cruz met in a church on Manhattan's Upper West Side for about four hours with Archbishop Charles Scicluna, one of the most experienced and respected Vatican investigators of clergy sexual abuse. The Vatican announced on Jan. 30 that Pope Francis had appointed Scicluna to look into accusations that Bishop Juan Barros of the diocese of Osorno in Chile had covered up crimes against minors.



  Trump Blames Democrats For Lack Of Gun Control Laws   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:03:06 -0500

Trump Blames Democrats For Lack Of Gun Control LawsAs gun violence survivors and others demand stricter gun control laws in wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, President Donald Trump has found a scapegoat to blame for the lack of reform: the Democrats.



  This thread about women saying 'I think' will make you re-think your work communication   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:21:48 -0500

This thread about women saying 'I think' will make you re-think your work communicationWomen have a lot to contend with in the workplace.  If they're not getting mansplained, hepeated, or harassed, they're being told they need to think, talk, and act like men.  But, this Twitter thread by a software engineer has turned on its head the notion that men's workplace communication style is the example to follow. In fact, after reading this Twitter thread, men might consider communicating a bit more like women. SEE ALSO: 'Hepeating' is the new 'mansplaining' and it's definitely happened to you April Wensel—founder of software development company Compassionate Coding—wrote that women are "often told to avoid 'weak' language like 'I think,'" but that she found that, in reality, saying "I think" is "often more accurate."  "I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it's an undisputed fact," wrote Wensel. "We don't need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they're doing already." Women are often told to avoid "weak" language like "I think," but the truth is it's often more accurate. I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it's an undisputed fact.We don't need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they're already doing. — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 She wrote that she's heard countless male (and even female) engineers make declarative statements like "That won't work" or "That won't break," which were subsequently proved wrong.   "Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it's more effective!" she added.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard male engineers (and women who follow the aforementioned problematic advice) say, "That won't work" or "That won't break," and sure enough…Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it's more effective! — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 She said she had "a running bit of banter" with a male engineer she worked with, who loved to say "I'm 100% sure." "Let's just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level," she wrote.  I had a running bit of banter with one male engineer coworker because he loved saying, "I'm 100% sure," and let's just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level. — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 Honesty is always the best policy.  WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking



  Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:51:05 -0500

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across BritainLONDON (AP) — Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.



  Teens hold a 'lie-in' at White House calling for gun control   Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:59:47 -0500

Teens hold a 'lie-in' at White House calling for gun control

A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a “lie-in” outside of the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control.

“We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida,” the organization said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!”

Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday’s lie-in. More than 700 people RSVP’d for the event on Facebook.

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  Netanyahu brandishes remnants of Iranian drone shot down in Israel as he warns against 'dangerous Iran tiger'   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:59:15 -0500

Netanyahu brandishes remnants of Iranian drone shot down in Israel as he warns against 'dangerous Iran tiger'Benjamin Netanyahu opened a war of words with the Iranian foreign minister as he used a speech to brandish a piece of Iranian drone destroyed in Israeli airspace and warn that Iran was "greatest threat to our world". Holding what appeared to be a panel of the Iranian drone shot down last week amid rising tensions between the two powers, the Israeli leader asked Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister: "Do you recognize it? You should, it’s yours. Don’t test us." Speaking at a Munich security conference on Sunday, Mr Netanyahu appeared to threaten Iran with further retaliation, adding: "We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies, but against Iran itself." Mr Zarif, also speaking at the conference, later dismissed Mr Netanyahu's presentation as "a cartoonish circus, which does not even deserve a response". He accused the Israeli prime minister of attempting to revive anti-Iranian "hysteria". Sunday's gesture comes scarcely a week after military escalation in Syria raised questions about Israel’s mantle of military supremacy in the Middle East. Protesters hold up a heart-shaped sign at a demonstration during the Munich Security Conference in Munich Credit: MICHAELA REHLE/ REUTERS Last Saturday Israel claimed an Iranian drone breached its airspace. An Israeli Apache attack helicopter destroyed it, and in a retaliatory move, Israeli fighter jets were scrambled to Syria, where they attacked a series of high-value targets. It was the largest battery of Israeli strikes on Syria since 1982, during Lebanon’s civil war. It also carried a heavy price: one of the Israeli jets was hit by Syrian fire, downing the plane. The two pilots ejected over Israel and one is seriously injured. For Mr Netanyahu, who is fighting corruption charges at home and may welcome the opportunity to flex some foreign policy muscle, the Munich symposium provided an opportunity to sound the alarm on rising Iranian power and gather support to defeat it. In Syria, the Iran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah has played a pivotal role in supporting the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, all but ensuring his victory. Profile | Benjamin Netanyahu And in both Syria and Iraq, Iranian troops and Iran-backed militias have played a critical role in battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Mr Netanyahu warned that Tehran sought to exploit the gap left by Isil for its own advance. He said Iran was “trying to establish this continuous empire surrounding the Middle East from the south in Yemen but also trying to create a land bridge from Iran to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza". "This is a very dangerous development for our region,” said Mr Netanyahu. But Iran’s leadership scoffed at his claims. Mr Zarif, who also addressed the conference, called Mr Netanyahu's presentation "a cartoonish circus". Iran nuclear talks Mr Zarif denied that Tehran was seeking "hegemony" in the Middle East. He also accused Israel’s top ally the US of using the conference to "revive hysteria" against Iran. US President Donald Trump has frequently called the nuclear deal a bad one. That view is shared by Mr Netanyahu, who said the 2015 Iran nuclear deal must be scrapped or rewritten in order to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon capabilities. But signatories France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China say the deal cannot be revisited and Iran is holding up its end by allowing inspections. Former US secretary of state John Kerry also weighed in, saying it was wrong to assume Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon as soon as the 15-year scope of the deal ends. "If your house is on fire, are you going to refuse to put it out because you are concerned it will light on fire again in 15 years? Or are you going to put it out and use the intervening time to prevent it ever catching fire again?" Kerry said. In his 2012 United Nations General Assembly address, Mr Netanyahu held aloft a cartoonish drawing of a bomb to illustrate his concerns about Iran’s progress towards making a nuclear weapon.



  Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Contributor Gig   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:32:04 -0500

Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Contributor GigFans will have to wait to see Adam Rippon appear regularly on the small screen.



  Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message display   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:18:48 -0500

Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message displayPalmreading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body. Takao Someya, the University of Tokyo professor who developed the device, envisions it as a boon for medical professionals with bed-ridden or far-flung patients, as well as family living far from their relatives.



  Trump ex-aide Manafort accused of bank fraud in bail offer: document   Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:35:20 -0500

Trump ex-aide Manafort accused of bank fraud in bail offer: documentFormer Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has drawn a new accusation of bank fraud from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, according to court documents made public on Friday. The new accusation, related to a property Manafort owns in the Washington suburb of Fairfax, Virginia, comes on top of the indictment against Manafort last October for money laundering and failure to register as a foreign agent. In a court filing amid legal wrangling over Manafort's $10 million bail package, prosecutors from Mueller's office said Manafort submitted false information to a bank for a mortgage on one of three properties he is now proposing to pledge as security for his release.



  Fire-hit Jokhang temple streets reopen after blaze at Tibet holy site   Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:56:06 -0500

Fire-hit Jokhang temple streets reopen after blaze at Tibet holy siteStreets around Lhasa's fire-hit Jokhang temple, one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, were reopened to pilgrims Sunday after a blaze broke out the night before, Chinese state media said, but the extent of damage remained unclear. The official Xinhua news agency said the fire had erupted Saturday evening in part of the more than 1,300-year-old Jokhang temple, but was soon put out. Images posted on social media of the blaze showed the eaved roof of a section of the building lit with roaring yellow flames and emitting a haze of smoke.