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  Here's What's Happening With The Dreamer Program That Helped Lead To A Shutdown   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:36:24 -0500

Here's What's Happening With The Dreamer Program That Helped Lead To A ShutdownWASHINGTON ― There are a few massive disconnects as Congress and the White House spar over a plan to reopen the government, but one of the biggest is whether relief for young undocumented immigrants, which Democrats are demanding in a deal, is an urgent problem.



  'Grab 'Em by the Midterms': The Women's March on Washington rallies for the 2018 elections   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:04:42 -0500

'Grab 'Em by the Midterms': The Women's March on Washington rallies for the 2018 electionsThe Women's March on Washington returned, one year after President Trump's inauguration. This time, women came organizing for the 2018 midterm elections.



  Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:46:01 -0500

Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics“Can I pray for you?” a woman asked after I shared my abortion story at the Women’s March Convention in Detroit last year.



  Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators say   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:34:00 -0500

Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators sayA billionaire and his wife found dead side-by-side were both murdered, a report by private investigators has said.



  Student hospitalized after eating Tide Pods   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:10:49 -0500

Student hospitalized after eating Tide PodsUtah State University student ingested detergent.



  Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in Maine   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:44:38 -0500

Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in MainePORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Leaders in a Maine town said Sunday they will meet with their town manager, who has come under fire for espousing white separatist views.



  U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:15:18 -0500

U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official(Reuters) - A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said. An investigation is ongoing into the crash of the AH-64 Apache helicopter on the sprawling National Training Center at Fort Irwin in southern California, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Brown, U.S. Army spokesman, said in a statement emailed to Reuters. Another Army spokesman said that the pilot and the co-pilot were killed, but did not give their names, saying their families had yet to be notified.



  N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: Seoul   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:32:35 -0500

N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: SeoulNorth Korea has informed Seoul it will send a delegation on Sunday to prepare cultural performances during the Winter Olympics, the South's unification minister said, a day after Pyongyang abruptly cancelled the visit. The North had initially planned to send a seven-member advance team headed by the leader of a popular all-female Western-style band for a two-day visit from Saturday to inspect venues for proposed performances in Seoul and the eastern city of Gangneung. Hyon Song-Wol, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-Un, would be the first North Korean official to visit the South in four years.



  The Washington D.C. City Government Does Not Participate In The Shutdown   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:52:05 -0500

The Washington D.C. City Government Does Not Participate In The ShutdownWASHINGTON ― When the federal government partially shut down in 1995, the local city government closed recreation centers and suspended trash collection while then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich seethed over having having to sit in the back of Air Force One.



  House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:14:36 -0500

House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment SettlementA Republican tasked with fighting against sexual harassment in Congress secretly settled a misconduct complaint filed against him by a former aide, The New York Times first reported Saturday.



  The women who marched in 2018   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:37:28 -0500

The women who marched in 2018One year into President Trump's administration, another Women's March. Here are scenes from the New York City event.



  Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las Mujeres   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:29:17 -0500

Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las MujeresMiles de personas participan en la “Marcha de las mujeres, en Washington, EEUU. EFE



  Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:02:07 -0500

Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In CongressHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.



  Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:07:10 -0500

Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought"



  Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had child abuse images on his computer, police announce as they search for new person of interest   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:08:12 -0500

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had child abuse images on his computer, police announce as they search for new person of interestChild abuse images, snorkel equipment and handwritten notes were among the items found in the hotel room of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, police have revealed. Following a three-month investigation, Las Vegas Police released a 81-age report on the mass shooting which killed 58 people and injured at least 500 more in October. Paddock opened fire on a crowd of approximately 22,000 at country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the balcony of his 32nd-floor hotel room before killing himself.



  With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:17:55 -0500

With just 3 students, small-town high school closing downROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.



  Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:35:37 -0500

Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabetKazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe.  A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue.  This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan “real independence” and help it join the “information world”. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An “against apostrophes” hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a “No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!” Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.  “With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,” he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short “a,” or consonants similar to “s” and “sh”.  Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for “bottle,” pronounced “shisha,” is written “s'i's'a”, while “east,” pronounced “shyghys,” becomes “s'yg'ys”. Those are hardly the worst: The word for “skier” will be “s'an'g'ys'y” and that for “crucial” will be “s'es'u's'i”. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written “Qazaqstan Respy’bli’kasy”. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border.  “The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,” Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.  Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused “much discussion,” this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.  But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.  “From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,” said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to “work with the new alphabet” before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. “He wants to go into history … as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,” Mr Sarym said. “You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.”



  China's top paper says U.S. forcing China to accelerate South China Sea deployments   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:59:41 -0500

China's top paper says U.S. forcing China to accelerate South China Sea deploymentsChina's top newspaper, decrying Washington as a trouble-maker, said on Monday U.S. moves in the South China Sea like last week's freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway. China's foreign ministry said the USS Hopper, a destroyer, came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan island, which is better known as the Scarborough Shoal and is subject to a rival claim by the Philippines, a historic ally of the United States. It was the latest U.S. naval operation challenging extensive Chinese claims in the South China Sea and came even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.



  This Is What The Future Of Legal Weed Looks Like   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:46:01 -0500

This Is What The Future Of Legal Weed Looks LikeThe green revolution is here ― and it’s mostly black, brown and female.



  Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:18:14 -0500

Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In OfficeDonald Trump has officially completed one full year as president, and holy moly what a year it’s been.



  Could the U.S. Navy Destroy North Korea?   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:17:00 -0500

Could the U.S. Navy Destroy North Korea?The navy can contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces. How can the U.S. Navy destroy North Korea should Washington give the word? What the navy can do is contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces.



  Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:23:21 -0500

Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry SeabornEd Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.



  Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:18:32 -0500

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife traffickingThai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.



  At Least 18 Dead in Kabul Hotel Siege   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:27:17 -0500

At Least 18 Dead in Kabul Hotel SiegeThe Taliban claimed the attack



  Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:19:28 -0500

Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trialMILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.



  With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:20:29 -0500

With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tallyThere were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed. Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.



  Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:06:48 -0500

Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest ReworkingA photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trump’s face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.



  Shutdown Stalemate As Immigration Negotiations Break Down   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:21:18 -0500

Shutdown Stalemate As Immigration Negotiations Break DownWASHINGTON ― Hours into a government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats appeared to be digging in for a long legislative standoff, with little sign that lawmakers and President Donald Trump are even talking at this point.



  'Snow Tornado' Blows Through Picturesque Alpine Village   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:43:16 -0500

'Snow Tornado' Blows Through Picturesque Alpine VillageResidents of the snow-covered Austrian village of Stall witnessed what's called a 'gustnado.'



  New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:41:44 -0500

New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into OrbitNew Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.



  Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realm   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realmIt's the fall of 2019 and America is paralyzed. A wave of cyberattacks have crippled America's banks, sent a blackout rolling across the East Coast, and disabled almost all U.S. internet infrastructure.  America's response is nuclear. A submarine off the coast of North Korea launches ballistic missiles at the tiny, reclusive country, marking the first use of nuclear weapons in battle since 1945. In response, China and Russia prepare for war, and the world watches as an all-out nuclear exchange is suddenly a very real proposition.  This scenario, previously impossible, would be just one of the many that the U.S. government would have to prepare for under the Pentagon's new proposals for how to respond to cyberattacks.  The recently released draft of the Pentagon's proposed nuclear strategy shows an administration bullish on nuclear weapons — even for "non-nuclear" attacks like a cyberattack or hack. This is the first time a U.S. administration has sought to enshrine in policy that cyberattacks against America could result in nuclear war.  Experts warn this is a dangerous, slippery slope toward a nuclear exchange that, once started, is difficult to limit or stop. Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism under President George W. Bush, said the proposed policy is, in a word, insane.  "I think it’s cavalier to expand the concept of nuclear weapons use," he said. "It’s insane, actually." Clarke was quick to point out that cyberattacks can never match the potential fatalities of a nuclear bomb. "I think there is a very dangerous policy move to expand the scope of things that would allow us to use nuclear weapons," he said. "Nuclear weapons is a last resort — not something we should contemplate doing unless we absolutely have to." On a strategic level it's also flawed, he said. It's too dangerous — the effects of nuclear winter are no joke — and it's not credible to believe the U.S. would respond to something like an infrastructure attack with nukes.  "It just makes no sense whatsoever," Clarke said. Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshare Fund, called the proposed strategy plans "absurd." In a phone call, the anti-nuclear advocate said a nuclear response  would be disproportionate to the threat of a cyberattack. "Under this policy, the Trump administration would feel justified in using nuclear weapons on (Russia meddling in the election)," he said. One part that stood out of the draft report, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, first published in a non-classified form on The Huffington Post, was the mention of "significant non-nuclear strategic attacks." This seems to imply that the U.S. could retaliate with nukes against an attack on U.S. infrastructure, such as the power system. Other methods of retaliation would still be considered, but this is the first time cyberattacks would trigger a nuclear response, as The NewYork Times reported. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump brags his 'nuclear button' is bigger than Kim Jong Un's The prospect of using nuclear weapons against a cyberattack appears extreme but also highlights just how seriously some experts are taking the prospect of modern cyberwar. Cirincione said cyberattacks can be extremely dangerous, but hacks on systems controlling trains, dams or power supplies don't warrant this response. He sees the plan as an attempt to justify more use of nuclear weapons.  "If the only tool you have is a nuclear weapon, every mission is a massive threat," he said. Jeffrey Knopf, professor of nonproliferation and terrorism studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, said in a phone call the proposal is a terrible idea that's "an excuse to keep and build new nuclear weapons." "Nuclear taboo" has kept nations from nuking each other for decades, but with this plan the U.S. is willing to break that over something like a cyberattack, Knopf said. This proposal is also telling about the administration's struggles to deter cyberwarfare. The Pentagon is essentially "throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks," Knopf said. The White House is still reviewing the strategy and a final version isn't expected for several weeks. The leaked version may change in coming weeks, and ultimately the review is a "wish list," as Knopf called it. For real policy changes to actually come from the updated nuclear guidance, Congress would need to pass budgets and funding. It's not a quick path to implementation. Clarke, the former White House cybersecurity czar, can't fathom how the Trump administration is using cybersecurity for nuclear justification. He says over the years this type of policy has been "rejected by everyone except the lunatic fringe." Maybe so, but like on many policy issues these days, it seems the lunatic fringe has crept into mainstream thinking.  WATCH: The most difficult kind of computer systems to hack



  Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:31:43 -0500

Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'Former Texan neighbours of David and Louise Turpin, the American couple whose 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished last week, have described a previous home littered with faeces, dead animals and a makeshift classroom. Ricky Vinyard, a tree feller from Rio Vista also told how one Christmas eight bikes arrived but remained untouched outside until they bleached in the sun.  And that one of the daughters once ran away from home, only to be returned to her parents by another local resident. “It was waist-deep in filth. There were dead dogs and cats in there,” he told the Los Angeles Times. He described how he found two Chihuahuas that had survived by eating waste from a mound of soiled nappies in a trailer behind the property where the children slept. “There were no beds, just mattresses." Inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home he said that: "There wasn’t a place that wasn’t filthy. “Everything had locks on it: the closet had locks, the toy chest, the refrigerator.” The Turpin parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of turture Credit:  Damian Dovarganes/ Damian Dovarganes Source: AP The couple, David 56 and Louise, 49, claimed to home-school their children, and the faeces-littered living room included eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall. The family lived in the rural neighbourhood, south of Dallas with eight children from approximately 2000 to 2004 before they abandoned the property and moved to Perris in California. There, last week, both were each charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, the abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment relating to the children aged from two to 29. They pleaded not guilty to all counts and are being held in custody on $9 million bail each. (£6.5m) David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison. Facebook photos showed the family visited Las Vegas and Disneyland The new revelations came as a California politician began drafting legislation to give greater oversight of home-schooled children, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the horrors. Jose Medina told The Telegraph: “What happened in the city of Perris was tragic, and it was horrific. And I would like to try to do everything I can to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.” The Turpins' 13 children, aged between two and 29, had all, except the eldest, been exclusively home-schooled - meaning that, under California law, there was no outside contact. “One of the reasons this went undetected was because the parents could keep the children hidden from the public,” said Mr Medina. “So I’m looking at what the state can do, so that kids can no longer be kept in captivity.”Two million children in the US are home-schooled, representing three per cent of all American youngsters, according to the Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). The trend began in the 1970s, he told The Telegraph, but has increased in recent years. By contrast, in the UK only 30,000 children were educated at home in the 2016/17 academic year, out of over eight million. 



  Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:45:42 -0500

Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militiaBy Dominic Evans AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkey's army and rebel allies battled U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, stepping up a two-day-old campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria's civil war. Amid U.S. calls for restraint, Turkish artillery pounded YPG positions, while rockets fired from inside Syria slammed into two Turkish border towns, wounding dozens, according to the local governor's office and a witness. Turkey began its push to clear YPG fighters from a northwestern enclave of Syria on Saturday when it launched artillery and air strikes against their positions in Afrin in what it called "Operation Olive Branch".



  Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:08:50 -0500

Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandalDETROIT (AP) — A Michigan State University trustee on Saturday called for the university president to quit over the school's handling of the sexual assault scandal involving former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.



  Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:39:01 -0500

Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotelGunmen attack Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as residents and staff flee. Grace Lee reports.



  Alison Brie Talks Allegations Against Brother-In-Law James Franco At SAG Awards   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:44:51 -0500

Alison Brie Talks Allegations Against Brother-In-Law James Franco At SAG AwardsAlison Brie addressed the sexual misconduct allegations waged against her brother-in-law James Franco during a red carpet interview at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, saying that anyone who “feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward.”



  WSJ Reporter: Trump May Have Reneged On Border Wall Deal To Hold On To Campaign Issue   Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:31:05 -0500

WSJ Reporter: Trump May Have Reneged On Border Wall Deal To Hold On To Campaign IssueWall Street Journal White House reporter Eli Stokols has a possible theory about why Donald Trump reportedly accepted a border wall offering from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — then reneged.



  Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:01:33 -0500

Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent CrimeThere's been a string of violent crimes in Montego Bay



  12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back Negative   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:33:28 -0500

12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back NegativeHis family is waiting for the autopsy results.



  Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:23:32 -0500

Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax LawJust days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report.



  Texas judge pushes jury for acquittal in child trafficking case, saying God told him to do it   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:26:00 -0500

Texas judge pushes jury for acquittal in child trafficking case, saying God told him to do itDistrict judge Jack Robison interrupted jurors’ deliberations to say they should not convict 32-year-old Gloria Elizabeth Romero Perez. Judge Robison then reportedly recused himself for the remainder of proceedings. Perez, of Buda, Texas, was convicted anyway on one count of continuous traffic of a person and jailed for 25 years, the site said.



  Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:45:36 -0500

Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election dateIraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi'ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution. Speaking after Saturday's session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed hope that parliament would be able to vote on an election date by Monday, state TV reported.



  Ex-Revel customers tell what they want in new Ocean Resort   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:37:07 -0500

Ex-Revel customers tell what they want in new Ocean ResortATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There were many reasons why Atlantic City's former Revel casino failed after little more than two years in business, including its choking debt, an oversaturated casino market in the northeastern U.S., and a fundamental misreading of their main clientele.



  S.Africa's ANC vows change as Zuma exit looms   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:24:19 -0500

S.Africa's ANC vows change as Zuma exit loomsSouth Africa's ruling ANC party said Saturday that it "must act decisively" to rebuild its reputation, as local media reported that President Jacob Zuma could soon be forced to leave office. Zuma has been under growing pressure to resign since he was replaced as head of the African National Congress (ANC) in December by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. Zuma's presidency has been engulfed by corruption scandals and a weakening economy, with the party losing public support ahead of next year's general election.



  Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto show   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500

Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto showUnlike rival Rolls-Royce, which may go directly to an all-electric model in future, Bentley has set its sights on plug-in hybrids first—and the Bentayga luxury SUV will be the first one from the brand. The plug-in versions of the Bentley Bentayga is expected to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and will be capable of running solely on battery power and producing zero emissions for short periods of time. A dedicated electric mode will keep the internal combustion engine at bay, though the big, heavy luxury SUV is likely to cover only a mile or so at lower speeds on electric power alone.



  Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Year After The First Women's March, Energy Is Still High   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:52:54 -0500

Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Year After The First Women's March, Energy Is Still HighNEW YORK ― Marsha Annon and Yong Lee didn’t attend the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.



  Jeanette Epps is not the only astronaut NASA has removed from their planned flights   Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:59:03 -0500

Jeanette Epps is not the only astronaut NASA has removed from their planned flightsOn Jan. 18, NASA announced that astronaut Jeanette Epps would not fly, as expected, to the International Space Station in June. The mission would have been historic, since she would have become the first African-American crewmember on the orbiting outpost.  The space agency hasn't released any information about why Epps was benched from her planned mission, saying only that "these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information," according to NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean. Epps will now work in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center and await another possible flight assignment. Epps' removal from her planned flight isn't without historic precedent. SEE ALSO: Astronaut expected to be the 1st African-American Space Station crewmember won't fly in 2018 after all NASA has benched astronauts before flights many times in its decades as a federal agency, and for many different reasons. "Flight assignments have been changed often in the past at various stages of training for a variety of reasons," Dean said via email. Specifically, quite a few astronauts have been removed from their missions for health reasons.  NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps.Image: NASANASA's Ken Mattingly was pulled from the Apollo 13 crew just a few days before their scheduled launch because he was exposed to German measles.  From the ground, Mattingly was part of the team that helped bring back the Apollo 13 crew to Earth after an oxygen tank exploded, putting the lives of the crew in serious danger and forcing them to abandon their planned moon landing.  Mattingly still earned a place in cinematic history, since he was portrayed by actor Gary Sinise in the movie Apollo 13. "Long before Jeanette Epps was pulled from her upcoming space station expedition, astronauts such as Ken Mattingly in 1970 and Don Thomas in 2002 were reassigned due to medical issues, while Mark Lee was pulled from a 2001 space station assembly shuttle mission for reasons NASA never disclosed," space historian and editor of collectSPACE.com Robert Pearlman said in an interview.  "To their crewmates' credit, despite the interruptions, the missions went on as planned (or in the case of Apollo 13, went awry but at no fault of Mattingly's replacement, Jack Swigert)." NASA also replaced Jeff Ashby in 1997 due to an illness in his family, and other astronauts have been removed due to other medical or personal issues. "NASA invests a lot of time, effort and money in training their astronaut crews, and stresses teamwork throughout, so the decision to remove an astronaut from a flight is never taken lightly," Pearlman said. Epps's 2018 mission was announced in 2017 and it immediately went viral.  News organizations profiled Epps and wrote about her expected upcoming flight, making the news of her reassignment all the more surprising.  She has not yet flown to space. Epps was chosen as part of NASA's 2009 astronaut class as one of 14 candidates.  Her path to NASA is different from many other astronauts, however.  Epps started off as a NASA fellow and then worked at Ford Motor Company before spending seven years at the Central Intelligence Agency.  Epps was inspired to become an astronaut after watching the first class of women become NASA astronauts decades ago. "It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and my twin sisters' grades and he said, 'You know, you guys can probably become aerospace engineers or even astronauts,'" Epps said in a NASA video. "And this was at the time that Sally Ride [the first American woman to fly in space] and a group of women were selected to become astronauts — the first time in history. So, he made that comment and I said, 'Wow, that would be so cool.'" WATCH: Here's how Virgin's space program is different than SpaceX



  Scientists Make Progress on Blood Test to Detect the Most Deadly Cancers   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:53:00 -0500

Scientists Make Progress on Blood Test to Detect the Most Deadly CancersThe blood test aims to detect eight types of cancer at an early stage



  The Chinese Are on the Verge of Dominating a New Domain: Near Space   Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:13:00 -0500

The Chinese Are on the Verge of Dominating a New Domain: Near SpaceIn November 2017, the Chinese conducted two flight tests of an operational prototype of a missile known as the DF-17. The successful tests marked the end of a concerted — and successful — Chinese effort to exploit and dominate a new operating domain: near space. The genesis of the Chinese effort can be traced back to the so-called Third Taiwan Strait Crisis.