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Dec 15, 2017

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Dec 15, 2017

South Africa's ANC aims to announce new leader on Sunday
By Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) expects to announce Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday, a spokesman said, concluding a bruising leadership battle that threatens to tear it apart before a 2019 election. The race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former cabinet minister and ex-wife of President Zuma, the two frontrunners to replace Zuma, is too close to call. The stakes are high because the ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the party's top job is likely to become the next president of South Africa after the next national election.

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Dec 15, 2017

Trump Benefited From The ‘Chain Migration' He Blamed For Monday's Terror Attack
President Donald Trump used the attempted New York terrorist attack this week to renew his call to end 'chain migration.'

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Dec 15, 2017

93-year-old woman handcuffed and jailed after refusing to leave her care home
Juanita Fitzgerald, from Lake County, Florida, was arrested on Tuesday after she said the National Church Residences'' Franklin House housing community had decided to 'put her out' after blaming her for mould in her apartment. Police said she was given notice of her eviction on Monday, but refused to leave the building the next day, reports Florida TV station WKMG. A Lake County sheriff''s spokesperson said a deputy tried to connect Ms Fitzgerald with members of her family and other housing facilities, but she refused.

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Dec 15, 2017

South Africa's governing ANC to announce party leader on Sunday
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will announce current president Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday as it looks to conclude a bruising leadership battle and focus on policy, a party spokesman told radio station 702 on Friday. The ANC holds an election this weekend to replace Zuma as party leader in a closely fought contest whose winner is likely to emerge as the nation's next president.

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Dec 15, 2017

Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant
President Donald Trump''s statement on deregulation on Thursday is getting plenty of attention, but not just for his claim of killing off 22 regulations for every new one implemented.

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Dec 14, 2017

California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales
The state will allow people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of cannabis and grow six marijuana plants at home

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Dec 14, 2017

China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea
Tensions over China''s island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.

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Dec 14, 2017

Senate may put off most anticipated Russian probe findings
WASHINGTON (AP) — With no firm conclusions yet on whether President Donald Trump's campaign may have coordinated with Russia, the Senate intelligence committee could delay answering that question and issue more bipartisan recommendations early next year on protecting future elections from foreign tampering.

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Dec 14, 2017

Trump and Putin discuss 'working together to resolve' North Korea nuclear crisis
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Thursday evening about the threat posed by North Korea. A White House statement said the world leaders 'discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea'. The Kremlin said in a statement that Mr Trump and Mr Putin discussed bilateral relations and the situation in the Korean Peninsula.

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Dec 14, 2017

Ex-Today Staffer Says Matt Lauer Cheated on His Wife with Her: He 'Took Advantage of His Power'
A former Today show staff member is detailing an alleged in-office affair with Matt Lauer that transpired 16 years ago.

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Dec 14, 2017

Omarosa Calls Robin Roberts' 'Bye Felicia' Comment Petty: 'It's a Black Woman Civil War'
Omarosa Manigault Newman is firing back after Good Morning America''s Robin Roberts dismissed the former Trump aide with a terse, on-air 'Bye, Felicia' following her White House ousting this week

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Dec 14, 2017

The Latest: Omarosa: Trump's senior staff has no blacks left
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Omarosa Manigault Newman and her departure from the White House staff (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2017

Black women seek rewards from Democrats after Alabama race
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, black women showed up for Democrats, with nearly all of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months.

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Dec 14, 2017

Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children.

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Dec 14, 2017

Interior secretary addresses sexual harassment at agency
Ryan Zinke called for "culture change" at the Interior Department after it released the results of a survey of its employees.

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Dec 14, 2017

Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours
A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA's Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence, the US space agency said Thursday. 'Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star,' NASA said in a statement. The eight-planet system -- the largest known outside of ours -- orbits a star called Kepler 90 some 2,545 light-years away.

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Dec 14, 2017

El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered Stillbirth
A Salvadoran court upheld a 30-year jail sentence this week for a woman who was convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering what she said was a stillbirth.

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Dec 14, 2017

Anthony Bourdain Expresses 'Real Remorse' In Wake Of Mario Batali Allegations
In the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations coming out against celebrated celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Anthony Bourdain is again reflecting on his own time in the food industry.

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Dec 14, 2017

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Serious About Having Religious Wedding, Church Leader Says
St. George''s Chapel is a stunning, historic place.

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Dec 14, 2017

Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire
A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history.

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Dec 14, 2017

Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky lawmaker's resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero.

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Dec 14, 2017

Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to 18 years in U.S. drug case
Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday following their convictions in New York on U.S. drug trafficking charges. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty sentenced the two men, Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 32, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 31, at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan. The two are cousins, both nephews of Cilia Flores, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife.

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Dec 14, 2017

Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire In Southern California, Officials Say
A firefighter was killed battling the monstrous Thomas Fire in Southern California, officials said on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

Cards Against Humanity Tackles Wealth Inequality, Sends Money To Poor
The brains behind the game Cards Against Humanity have decided to 'tackle the biggest issue in the world: wealth inequality' by sending checks to 100 of their poorest customers.

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Dec 14, 2017

Arms supplied by U.S., Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say
Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups frequently ended up in the hands of Islamic State, an arms monitoring group that analyzed weapons found on the battlefield said on Thursday.

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Dec 14, 2017

Nikki Haley Slams Iran's Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian 'fingerprints' on Thursday while laying out what she called 'irrefutable evidence' that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.

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Dec 14, 2017

Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality vote
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is facing backlash online after the government agency voted  Thursday to repeal landmark Obama-era rules that were designed to ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape The plan had not been popular leading up to the vote, with at least one poll from the University of Maryland finding more than 80 percent of respondents opposed the proposed repeal of net neutrality rules ahead of the vote.

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Dec 14, 2017

The Latest: Firefighter working huge California fire dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2017

North Korea's envoy, Tillerson to attend UN meeting
North Korea's UN ambassador will attend a Security Council meeting on Friday where US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will address how to confront the North Korea crisis, diplomats said. The White House and State Department however stressed that the US stance had not changed and insisted North Korea must first show a willingness to halt its nuclear and missile tests.

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Dec 14, 2017

Man acquitted in pier shooting seeks new trial on gun charge
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Mexican man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman that sparked a national immigration debate on Thursday sought a new trial for his conviction on illegal gun possession.

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Dec 14, 2017

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Dec 14, 2017

Google crunches data to help NASA find two new planets
By Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google and NASA said on Thursday that advanced computer analysis identified two new planets around distant stars, including one that is part of the first star system with as many planets as Earth's solar system. The research by Google and the University of Texas at Austin that used data from NASA raised the prospects of new insights into the universe by feeding data into computer programs that can churn through information faster and more in-depth than humanly possibly, a technique known as machine learning.

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Dec 14, 2017

Texas Mom Allegedly Subjected Her Healthy Son, 8, to 323 Doctor Visits and 13 Surgeries
Investigators in Texas suspect a Dallas-area mom has Munchausen by proxy and they have charged her with allegedly seeking unnecessary medical care for her 8-year-old son

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Dec 14, 2017

These Are The Women Who Tried To Save Net Neutrality
The two Democratic members of the Federal Communications Commission are not sugarcoating how devastating they think the end of net neutrality will be.

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Dec 14, 2017

How To Know When Your Relationship Is Over
Who you choose to spend your life with is an incredibly important decision ? and sometimes, you realize the person you thought was 'the one' isn''t the right choice anymore.

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Dec 14, 2017

My Son Was Killed at Sandy Hook. I Can't Go Back in Time, But I Can Try to Change the Future
I can''t go back in time but I can try to change the future

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Dec 14, 2017

Indian minister warns Bollywood heavyweights over sexual exploitation
In a rare rebuke, an Indian minister on Thursday warned the country’s Bollywood film industry to comply with strict measures to combat sexual harassment, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Maneka Gandhi, India’s federal Minister for Women and Child Development, took the unusual step of writing to 24 powerful Bollywood film producers, demanding they comply with Indian sexual harassment legislation to ensure a "safe, secure and inclusive work environment” for all employees. The letter was sent to major industry players, such as actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, as well as director Karan Johar.  “The aim of this law is to ensure that no woman is sexually harassed at her workplace,” Ms Gandhi said in her letter. "It is to be followed in letter and spirit by all organisations in the country," she added. "Bollywood filmmakers are ethically and legally accountable for the safety of not only their direct employees but of all outsourced and temporary staff as well." Britain's Prince William shakes hands with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan Credit: REUTERS/Rafiq Maqbool/Pool It is understood that more letters will be sent to other film producers.  Bollywood remains hugely male dominated, with men making up the vast majority of directors and veteran stars. The small handful of female directors are mostly confined to regional cinema.  After the Weinstein allegations broke, people in the film business in India were unconvinced they would have a #MeToo moment.   "What can we do?" Mukesh Bhatt, who co-heads production house Vishesh Films said. “We cannot keep moral cops outside every film office to see that no girl is being exploited.” Alankrita Shrivastava, director of critically acclaimed film Lipstick Under my Burkha said a women's protest movement was unlikely to happen in conservative Indian society. “The way men are being called out in Hollywood right now, I don’t know if it can happen in India.”  “In terms of how our psychology is, how patriarchy functions, it is much more entrenched,” she added. However, Ms Gandhi's stark warning gives women in Bollywood hope that their concerns will be heard. Last month Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar told a Mumbai tabloid she had been turned down for "several roles" as she did not give in to "unwanted advances" by producers and directors. Ms Bhaskar, 29, urged aspiring actresses to turn down roles rather than resort to the so-called "casting couch" to exchange sexual favours to advance their careers. Thousands of young Indian girls and boys gravitate to Bollywood every year with the aim of becoming actors. Swara Bhaskar complained of Bollywood's casting-couch culture Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images They are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, not only by unscrupulous agents promising them roles which they never get, but also by lesser known stars, producers and directors making similar promises.   Hopefuls are fearful of reporting inappropriate behaviour in case it ruins their chances of breaking into Bollywood. “It is always very subtle,” Ms Bhaskar said this week. “People try to insinuate that there are 10,000 girls for one role – so what can you do?” In the wake of the #MeToo scandal, actresses including Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadha called on Bollywood to improve its record in standing up for victims of sexual harassment and exploitation.  Sexual harassment legislation was passed in India in 2013, in response to the fatal gang rape of

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Dec 14, 2017

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Dec 14, 2017

US jets intercept Russian warplanes in Syria: Pentagon
A pair of US warplanes intercepted two Russia jets over a part of Syria they were not supposed to be operating in, the Pentagon said Thursday. At one point during Wednesday's incident, the American F-22 Raptor stealth fighters deployed chaff and flares to convince the Russian Su-25s to leave the area, and one US pilot had to 'aggressively maneuver' to avoid a midair collision, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said. The Russian fighters had flown into airspace controlled by the US-led coalition that is fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, crossing onto the east side of the Euphrates River near Albu Kamal.

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Dec 14, 2017

Dallas Firefighter Charged in Crash That Killed Pregnant Teen
A Dallas firefighter has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after he allegedly caused a crash last week while off duty that killed a pregnant 18-year-old woman, PEOPLE confirms

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Dec 14, 2017

8 Ways Divorce Attorneys Approach Relationships Differently
Married divorce lawyers have an interesting perspective on relationships.

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Dec 14, 2017

The Latest: Kentucky lawmaker's wife wants to replace him
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a Kentucky state lawmaker accused of sexual assault (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2017

FCC Meeting Takes Recess Following Security Threat During New Neutrality Vote
The Federal Communications Commission hearing was suddenly suspended on Thursday just as arguments were closing.

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Dec 14, 2017

'Bad news for our enemies': EU launches defense pact
By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defenses, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. European Council President Donald Tusk deemed the move 'bad news for our enemies'. First blocked by the French parliament in the 1950s and later by Britain, which feared creation of an EU army, the pact aims to end the squandering of billions of euros by splintered defense policies.

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Dec 14, 2017

Google discovers new planet which proves Solar System is not unique 
Google has previously discovered lost tribes, missing ships and even an forgotten forest. But now it has also found two entire planets. The technology giant used one its algorithms to sift through thousands of signals sent back to Earth by Nasa’s Kepler space telescope. One of the new planets was found hiding in the Kepler-90 star system, which is around 2,200 light years away from Earth. The discovery is important because it takes the number of planets in the star system up to eight, the same as our own Solar System. It is the first time that any system has been found to have as many planets ours. The Kepler-90 star system has weight planets, like our own  Credit: Nasa Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and Nasa Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Texas, Austin, said:  "The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer. “For the first time we know for sure the Solar System is not the sole record holder for the number of planets. “Maybe there are systems out here with so many planets they make ours sound ordinary. It’s very possible that Kepler-90 has even more planets we might not even know about. “There is a lot of unexplored real estate in Kepler-90 system and it would almost be surprising if there were not more planets in the system.” The planet Kepler-90i, is a small rocky planet, which orbits so close to its star that the surface temperature is a ‘scorchingly hot’ 800F (426C). It orbits its own sun once every 14 days. The Google team applied a neural network to scan weak signals discovered by the Kepler exoplanet-hunting telescope which had been missed by humans. Kepler has already discovered more than 2,500 exoplanets and 1,000 more which are suspected. The telescope spent four years scanning 150,000 stars looking for dips in their brightness which might suggest an orbiting planet was passing in front. The Kepler space telescope  Credit: Nasa Although the observation mission ended in 2013, the spacecraft recorded so much data during its four year mission that scientists expect will be crunching the data for many years to come. Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google AI in Mountain View, California, who made the discovery said the algorithm was simple that only took two hours to train to spot exoplanets. Test of the neural network correctly identified true planets and false positives 96 percent of the time. They have promised to release all of the code so that amateurs can train computers to hunt for their own exoplanets. “Machine learning will become increasingly important for keeping pace with all this data and will help us make more discoveries than ever before,” said Mr Shallue. “This is really exciting discovering and a successful proof of concept in using neural networks to find planets even in challenging situations where signals are very weak. “We plan to search all 150,000 stars, we hope using our technique we will be able to find lots of planets including planets like Earth.” Previously Trappist-1 had the most planets outside of our own Solar System Credit: Nasa  Before the new discovery, Trappist-1 was the star system with the most planets, with seven. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: “When we launched Kepler in 2009 we didn’t know if planets were common or rare. We now know every star in the night sky has a family of planets orbiting it. “The archive Kepler data is a treasure trove of information which will bring many m

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Dec 14, 2017

'I have seen things': Senior aide to Donald Trump goes public with criticism after resignation
One of Donald Trump''s most senior African American aides has gone public with criticism of the White House after resigning amid reports of a blazing row at a Christmas party.  Omarosa Manigault, who appeared on The Apprentice, said she saw things while working for the president that made her 'very uncomfortable' and 'unhappy'.  She did not deny claims she was concerned by Mr Trump''s stance on Charlottesville, where a woman died in clashes with white supremacists, and Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama senate candidate.  Ms Manigault even hinted at producing a tell-all account of her time in the White House, declaring she had 'a profound story that I know the world will want to hear'.  African-American voters were credited with the Republicans'' shock Alabama election defeat this week, in which Doug Jones, a lawyer who once prosecuted three high profile Ku Klux Klan members, became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in the state in a generation.  Omarosa Manigault, the White House aide and former Apprentice star  Credit: GMA/abc News He beat Mr Moore, a Republican who was accused of making remarks condoning slavery in the final days of the campaign and who had been accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls. Ms Manigault''s comments came after reports she was pushed out of the White House following a heated row with John Kelly, Mr Trump''s chief of staff, at a Christmas party on Tuesday.  One prominent US reporter said Ms Manigault demanded her 'full access' to Mr Trump be reestablished and even 'cursed' at Mr Kelly in front of other guests.  Ms Manigault admitted having a 'frank' conversation with Mr Kelly but denied rowing in front of others, asking: 'Where are the pictures and videos?' Omarosa Manigault and other Women for Trump members endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Credit: David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images Her departure brings to an end the tenure of one of Mr Trump''s most well-known advisers who boasted a 14-year friendship with the president and fans across America.  Ms Manigault has been described as 'the reality TV star everyone loved to hate' for her back-stabbing appearances on Mr Trump''s TV show The Apprentice.  She was appointed director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison after the election and appeared to have the president''s ear before a restructure limited her access.  But her behaviour irked some colleagues. On her wedding day, Ms Manigault reportedly arrived at the White House in her dress with guests in tow for an unannounced photo shoot. There were also claims of feuding with other aides.  Omarosa Manigault speaks during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. August 11, 2017 Credit: REUTERS/Omar Negrin/File Photo Some have greeted Ms Manigault''s departure, which comes into effect on January 20, with an eye-roll given her celebrity and the ill-defined role she had in the White House.  However the veiled criticism she gave during an interview on ABC News risks damaging Mr Trump politically given questions about his support among the African-American community.  Ms Manigault said that 'as the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and an assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has a

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Dec 14, 2017

Omarosa Calls Robin Roberts' 'Bye Felicia' Remark 'Petty' After Disputing Reports of White House Exit
The former "Apprentice" contestant claims she resigned, but didn''t do so in the White House.

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Dec 14, 2017

6 Parents Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victims On Moving Forward After Unspeakable Loss
Dec. 14, 2012, is a day that represents every parent''s worst nightmare.

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Dec 14, 2017

'All the Hard Work Was Worth It.' Watch This 16-Year-Old Lose It After Learning He Got In to Harvard
Ayrton Little''s friends burst into celebration with him

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Dec 14, 2017

Alex Jones Is Making Roy Moore Election Conspiracy Theories Even Nuttier
Alex Jones has piled on to a far-right conspiracy theory that out-of-state voters were bused in to steal Alabama''s special Senate election for Democrat Doug Jones, who beat Republican Roy Moore earlier this week.

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Dec 14, 2017

Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump's opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia relations would recover one day.

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Dec 14, 2017

How to Watch NASA's Major Kepler Announcement Today
This has us at the edge of our seats.

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Dec 14, 2017

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula
By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of 'sleepwalking' into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson's offer of direct contacts with North Korea was 'a very good signal' while warning that any U.S. strike on the country would have catastrophic consequences.

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Dec 14, 2017

Former press secretary shares heartbreaking memory of how Obama broke down over Sandy Hook shooting
On the fifth anniversary of the deadly massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, former President Barack Obama''s press secretary took to social media to remember the aftermath of the attack.

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Dec 14, 2017

US jets intercept Russian planes over Syria and fire warning flares
American F-22 fighter jets have fired warning flares in Syrian airspace after Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area, according to a US official. The official told Reuters that the Russian jets left the area, which was above the Euphrates river, after the two US jets sent the warnings. One official said that the aerial encounter lasted 'several minutes', as the Russian jets crossed the de-confliction line several times.

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Dec 14, 2017

Jesse Watters' Mother Is 'Distraught' About Her Son's Views
If you’ve ever been distraught by something that Fox News host Jesse Watters said, you’re not alone.

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Dec 14, 2017

Jesse Watters' Mother Is 'Distraught' About Her Son's Views
If you''ve ever been distraught by something that Fox News host Jesse Watters said, you''re not alone.

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Dec 14, 2017

Eric Trump Joins Attack On Kirsten Gillibrand, Says She Asked For Money 'Every 3 Days'
President Donald Trump''s son Eric has echoed his dad''s recent attack on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

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Dec 14, 2017

What's the Top Secret Discovery NASA Keeps Teasing? Scientists Have Ideas
Space mystery alert.

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Dec 14, 2017

Gift Card Scam: Crooks Can Drain the Money Off Your Cards
Gift cards are hotter than roasted chestnuts this yule season. Six in ten consumers have gift cards on their Christmas shopping list, according to a survey of 7,349 consumers for the National Ret...

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Dec 14, 2017

More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalition
Syrian opposition forces backed by a US-led coalition killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and took several others prisoner Thursday, military officials said. According to the coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, a vetted Syrian opposition group known as the Maghawir al-Thawra detected the fighters early Thursday in an area controlled by pro-Syrian regime forces in southern Syria, in the Al-Tanf border region. Supported by coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra 'quickly and professionally conducted an operation,' the coalition said in a statement.

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Dec 14, 2017

Hamas will reverse Trump's Jerusalem move, leader tells Gaza rally
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians including hundreds of gunmen rallied in Gaza on Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of Hamas's founding and its chief vowed to reverse U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Earlier in the day, Israel shut its border crossings with Gaza in response to daily rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled enclave since Trump's announcement on Dec. 6, which stirred anger across the Arab and Muslim world and concern among Washington's European allies as well as Russia.

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Dec 14, 2017

Trump's aides leave Russia out of intelligence briefings over fears it will upset him
White House officials have claimed they purposefully leave information on Russian interference out of Donald Trump''s daily briefings for fear it will upset him. Current and former administration officials told the Washington Post they frequently plan the President''s daily brief (PDB,) around his suspected emotional reactions. 'If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference - that takes the PDB off the rails,' a former senior US intelligence official told the Post.

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Dec 14, 2017

Keaton Jones Reveals He Hasn't Returned to School Since His Anti-Bullying Video Went Viral
Tennessee middle-schooler Keaton Jones is opening up about life after his anti-bullying video, revealing that he hasn''t returned to school since the footage spread across the Internet

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Dec 14, 2017

2 Police Officers Shot in the Chest Were Saved by Bulletproof Vests
The police were engaged in a standoff

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Dec 14, 2017

Astronaut Randy Bresnik Shares Heartwarming Final Photos on Board The ISS
Space dad comes home after a four month shift at the office.

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Dec 14, 2017

Defiant Syrian envoy blames West, Saudis and U.N. as peace talks end
By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari accused its opposition, backed by Western countries and Saudi Arabia, of sabotaging a round of U.N.-led peace talks that ended in Geneva on Thursday without any results. 'The Riyadh 2 Communique is blackmail of the Geneva process,' Ja'afari told reporters.

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Dec 14, 2017

Ex-fugitive lawyer facing more charges
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Charges are piling up against a Kentucky lawyer whose capture in Central America ended his six months on the run to avoid prison for his role in a massive Social Security fraud case.

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Dec 14, 2017

Omarosa's exit raises questions about White House diversity
The announcement that the controversial aide was leaving her White House post has brought with it new questions about diversity — or lack of it — in the Trump White House.

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Dec 14, 2017

Police hold 11-year-old girl at gunpoint and handcuff her
'It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,' Honestie Hodges told local media. COWARDLY COPS DO IT AGAIN! 11- year old Honestie Hodges was handcuffed by the Grand Rapids Police Department for walking out her back door. The incident happened in the city of Grand Rapids as the girl was preparing to leave her home to go to the shops.

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Dec 14, 2017

Yamaha Wants Your Kid to Step Into the Victory Zone
Yamaha Wants Your Kid to Step Into the Victory Zone New model teaser videos got pretty popular this year, likely because they serve manufacturers as a quick and inexpensive way to grab consumer interest. Yamaha hasn''t overlooked the benefits of using their

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Dec 14, 2017

Haley displays missile as evidence Iran is violating UN resolutions
The Trump administration accused Iran of violating United Nations resolutions, unveiling what officials said was proof that Iran is exporting missiles and other military hardware to a rebel group in Yemen.

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Dec 14, 2017

Fierce winds to intensify as California wildfire grows
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighting crews may face strong winds on Thursday that could feed a volatile wildfire which has grown into one of the biggest in state history. The so-called Thomas Fire overnight grew to the fourth-largest blaze of its kind on record, at 242,500 acres (98,140 hectares) burned, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a statement on Thursday morning. The fire grew larger than the Zaca Fire of 2007, which, like the Thomas Fire, struck Santa Barbara County.

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Dec 14, 2017

Trying to predict tax bill winners and losers? Think again
NEW YORK (AP) — As a Republican-backed tax cut bill makes its way through Congress, some investors are scouring the market for potential winners and losers: companies they think will benefit the most, and those who'll be left out. But it might not be that simple.

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Dec 14, 2017

China, S. Korea eye warmer ties following tensions
The presidents of China and South Korea sought Thursday to repair ties strained over a US anti-missile defence system, but the beating of a South Korean photojournalist by Chinese security cast a pall over the summit. Relations between Beijing and Seoul have been icy since South Korea allowed the United States to install the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system to guard against threats from North Korea. China considers THAAD a threat to its own security, and has imposed economic measures against South Korean companies in a move seen as retaliation.

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Dec 14, 2017

GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold Will Not Seek Re-Election After Sexual Harassment Allegations
WASHINGTON ? Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) will not seek re-election to Congress following reports that he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint from a former staffer, whom he fired after she confronted him about his behavior.

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Dec 14, 2017

Israel closes Gaza borders after days of Palestinian rocket attacks
Israel sealed the entrances and exits to Gaza on Thursday after a week of rocket fire from Palestinian militants in the wake of Donald Trump''s announcement on Jerusalem.  Palestinian factions have fired rockets from Gaza on five of the seven days since the US president''s Jerusalem speech, prompting Israeli forces to use the Iron Dome missile defence system and carry out air strikes in retaliation.  Two Palestinian fighters have been killed so far, and the shooting exchanges have been the most serious in since the 2014 Gaza war and raised fears that the two sides may stumble into a full-blown conflict.    Israel closed the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings on Thursday in response the shooting, leaving the two million people of Gaza completely cut off from the world and halting deliveries of food and fuel.  As well as the two-Israeli controlled border crossings, Gaza also has a southern border crossing with Egypt at Rafah, which is almost always closed.   Palestinian Hamas supporters attend a Rally marking the 30th anniversary of Hamas movement, in Gaza City The crossings may open on Friday or else will stay closed until at least Sunday.  Israeli officials believe the rockets are being fired by Islamic Jihad, a smaller faction, with the tacit permission of Hamas, the Islamist militant group which controls Gaza.  Israeli policy is to hold Hamas responsible for any rockets from Gaza and Israeli strikes have targeted Hamas outposts.  Two Hamas fighters were killed last week and on Wednesday night Israel reportedly struck a naval site and a military base. 'The Israeli Defence Forces hold the Hamas terror organisation responsible for the poverty, destruction and despair amongst the citizens of the Gaza Strip,' a spokesman said.  One misfired Palestinian rocket struck a school inside Gaza, the Israeli military said.  Thousands of people gathered in central Gaza to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hamas'' founding. "We demand the Islamic world make every Friday a day of anger and revolution in every capital and city until we bring down Trump''s decision," said Ismail Haniya, Hamas'' leader. Head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, left, and Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar, wave during a rally. Credit: AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra While leaders of Islamic countries have put out strongly-worded statements on Mr Trump''s decision to recognise Jerusalem, they have taken little action and protests around the Middle East have been muted.  The Palestinians have said they will no longer accept any US role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process but the Arab world''s main powers - Egypt and Saudi Arabia - remain supportive of Mr Trump''s efforts to reach what he calls the 'ultimate deal'.   Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, said that Riyadh was still looking to the US to lead the efforts at brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace, despite Palestinian statements that they would refuse to accept any US role in the process.  "We believe the Trump administration is serious about bringing peace between Israelis and Arabs," said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister. The White House is expected to unveil its peace proposals early next year and it is unclear if the Palestinians will be able to resist American and Saudi pressure to return to the negotiating table.  Mike Pence, the US vice president, is due to travel to the Middle East next week for meetings with the Egyptians and the Israelis. The Palestinians have said they will refuse to meet him out of protest at the Jerusalem decision.  Mr Pence was supposed to

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Dec 14, 2017

JK Rowling mocks defeated Roy Moore: 'God is a black woman'
JK Rowling has ridiculed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore by suggesting he lost Tuesday's election because he was being punished by a black, female God. Mr Moore - a former state judge with strong support among evangelical conservatives - lost the Alabama special election by only a narrow margin, despite allegations of racism and sexual harassment levelled at him. Democrat Doug Jones claimed victory on Tuesday, meaning the conservative stronghold has its first Democratic senator since 1992.

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Dec 14, 2017

Patton Oswalt and His Daughter Introduce His New Wife to Her 'First Ever' Christmas Tree
Meredith Salenger shared a photo of the happy family wearing adorable gold crowns on social media

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Dec 14, 2017

Doug Jones calls on Roy Moore to concede: 'It's time to move on'
Fresh off his stunning victory in Alabama, Democratic Senator-elect Doug Jones says it''s time for his Republican opponent to concede.

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Dec 14, 2017

Forget Stealth Fighters: This Is the Plane China Needs to Take on America
China is looking to increase its air tanker fleet after its fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft conducted an “island encirclement patrol” of Taiwan earlier this week. As the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) extends exercises in the Western Pacific, refueling will become a problem for its strike aircraft.

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Dec 14, 2017

Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'
Joe Biden is offering another apology to Anita Hill.

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Dec 14, 2017

Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'
Joe Biden is offering another apology to Anita Hill.

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Dec 14, 2017

US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea
The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed pariah state. General Wanlop Rugsanoah, secretary general of Thailand's National Security Council, told AFP the request was made during his meeting with US special envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun, who arrived in Bangkok Wednesday evening for a two-day trip to the kingdom. 'The US asked Thailand to put more pressure on North Korea, put more trade and diplomatic pressure,' Wanlop said after his sit-down with Yun in Bangkok.

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Dec 14, 2017

Time Is Running Out For Syria's Besieged Communities
Nearly 745,000 men, women and children in Syria are trapped inside the war-torn country''s 33 besieged communities, living in desolate conditions at the mercy of President Bashar Assad''s authoritarian regime and its armed opponents.

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Dec 14, 2017

Nearly a third of all weapons used by Isil on the battlefield were manufactured in EU, report claims 
Nearly a third of all weapons used by Isil on the battlefield were manufactured in the European Union, according to the most thorough investigation yet into how the jihadist group acquired its vast arsenal.   Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants relied heavily on guns and ammunition produced by Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Germany, a report released on Thursday by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an international organisation that documents weapons trafficking in war zones, revealed. The only bigger producer of weapons used by the group was found to be China. The revelation sits uncomfortably with the EU''s effort to degrade the group''s military capacity, CAR researchers say, and highlights how easily weapons can end up in the wrong hands in "messy" conflicts. Their 200-page report provides the most comprehensive, verified study of the group''s weapons to date, presenting an analysis of more than 40,000 items recovered from Isil forces over three years. It concludes that international weapon supplies intended for rebel factions in the Syrian conflict ended up with Isil, 'significantly augmenting the quantity and quality of weapons in its arsenal'. Nearly a third of all weapons used by Isil on the battlefield were manufactured in the European Union Credit: Conflict Armament Research (CAR) In the early phase of the conflict, most of the group''s cache had been captured from Iraqi and Syrian forces. But from the end of 2015, CAR started to see another significant source - factories in Eastern Europe. The weapons and ammunition was being manufactured in Europe, sold to the US and Saudi Arabia, and transported across the Turkish border into Syria. They said supplies of weapons by the Washington and Riyadh to Syrian opposition groups indirectly allowed Isil to obtain a substantial amount of sophisticated anti-armour ammunition and anti-tank guided weapons (ATGW), which have then been used against coalition forces they support. "Time and again, states that seek to accomplish short-term political objectives supply weapons to groups over whom they exert little to no control," said James Bevan, the executive director of CAR. "These weapons often gravitate to the most organised and effective rebel and insurgent forces." In one case CAR tracked a number of advanced ATGWs. Using their production numbers they discovered they were manufactured in the EU, sold to the US, which supplied them to an opposition group in Syria, where they were then transferred to Isil fighters in Iraq. The 200-page report provides the most comprehensive, verified study of the group''s weapons to date, presenting an analysis of more than 40,000 items recovered from Isil forces over three years Credit: Conflict Armament Research (CAR) The full chain of transactions occurred within two months of the weapons'' dispatch from the factory. In another instance, in October 2014, Romania sold 9,252 rocket-propelled grenades, known as PG-9s, to the US military. The grenades were sent by the US to Jaysh Suriyah al-­Jadid, a Syrian militia armed and trained by America to fight Isil in the east of the country. But somehow, PG-9s from this same shipment made their way to neighbouring Iraq, where Isil experts separated the stolen warheads from the original rocket motors before adding new features that made them better suited for urban combat such as the battle for Mosul. It is not clear in each case whether the weapons were willingly traded by rebel groups, or plundered by Isil. CAR

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Dec 14, 2017

The Actual Rohingya Death Toll Is 22 Times Higher Than Official Estimate, Survey Shows
The outbreak of violence against Myanmar''s Rohingya Muslim minority has reportedly killed thousands more people than the government admits.

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Dec 14, 2017

Alabama bar erupts in celebration after Roy Moore's election defeat
Footage of an Alabama bar erupting into celebration at the news Republican candidate Roy Moore had lost the state''s Senate race has gone viral. Video shared posted via Twitter on Wednesday shows dozens of people cheering as they hear news Mr Moore''s Democratic Party rival Doug Jones is projected to win the special election. Mr Moore, 70, has refused to accept defeat despite his opponent''s 1.5 per cent margin of victory - triple the 0.5 per cent lead required in Alabama to avoid a recount.

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Dec 14, 2017

Patton Oswalt's First Christmastime With New Wife Is Pretty Adorable
Patton Oswalt appears to have this blended family thing on lock.

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Dec 14, 2017

Patton Oswalt's First Christmastime With New Wife Is Pretty Adorable
Patton Oswalt appears to have this blended family thing on lock.

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Dec 14, 2017

Royals join bereaved families in London tower fire memorial
LONDON (AP) — Britain's royals and Prime Minister Theresa May joined survivors and families of those who died in London's Grenfell Tower fire for a memorial service Thursday for the 71 people killed in the June blaze.

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Dec 14, 2017

Anti-Net Neutrality Video by Ajit Pai is Insulting to Anyone Paying Attention
It''s a garish diversion from the real reason everyone''s upset about net neutrality.

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Dec 14, 2017

Thursday's Morning Email: Why Millennials Are Facing The Scariest Financial Future Since The Great Depression
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Dec 14, 2017

Thursday's Morning Email: Why Millennials Are Facing The Scariest Financial Future Since The Great Depression
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Dec 14, 2017

Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV
(Reuters) - A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a five-month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The spacecraft brought back Randy Bresnik from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sergey Ryazanskiy from Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Italy's Paolo Nespoli with the European Space Agency. The capsule landed in the windswept and snow-covered steppe in Kazakhstan's central Karaganda region at 2.37 p.m. (0837 GMT). ...

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Dec 14, 2017

Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition
People around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses.

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Dec 14, 2017

The Latest: Turkey suggests opening embassy to Palestine
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fallout from the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2017

An airplane drew a Christmas tree on a flight tracker because why not
How far would you go for a Christmas gif? SEE ALSO: Budweiser is one step closer to developing beer on Mars Airbus A380 — the world''s largest passenger plane — carried out a very festive test flight over Germany on Wednesday, as can be viewed on flight tracker websites. An early Christmas gif from the @Airbus A380.See how Airbus drew their tree at https://t.co/YQPtQ179tG pic.twitter.com/ah1eBzFGGY — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 13, 2017 A spokesperson for Airbus told The Telegraph that this was a regulation test flight, of which there are hundreds every year. 'Thanks to the co-operation of the air traffic controllers (Eurocontrol and DFS), it was possible to fly that Christmas tree flight path," they said. 'It was the idea of test pilots and engineers — an Airbus greeting to all aviation fans during this Christmas period.' Of course Airbus said it was their A380 that did the flight, but we all know it''s really you, Santa. You''re not fooling anyone. WATCH: This device transforms your ordinary bicycle into an e-bike in seconds

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Dec 14, 2017

South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Thursday that Beijing wants to improve ties that have nosedived over China's objections to the deployment of an American anti-missile system.

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