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A look at media coverage of the U.S. surveillance bill A look at media coverage of the U.S. surveillance bill
- January 16, 2018

The legislation, which needs to be reauthorized by Congress before January 19, 2018, served as the legal justification for the PRISM program, which was uncovered and revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013. House leaders hadn't expected much of a debate on 702 reauthorization and so hadn't done much in the way of whipping votes, with the result that Section 702 itself-an essential tool in the fight against global terrorism-appeared to be in jeopardy. (more...)
Abbas confirms Abu Dis offered as Palestinian capital Abbas confirms Abu Dis offered as Palestinian capital
- January 16, 2018

Abbas said that "Israel has ended the Oslo agreement", and therefore the Central Council needs to think of "where should we go from here?" Singling out one country that he accused of playing an underhand role, but chose not to name, he said: "Stay away from us". (more...)
Vehicle left dangling from office building in California Vehicle left dangling from office building in California
- January 16, 2018

Authorities say two people escaped serious injuries when the auto they were in went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a Southern California dental office. The vehicle crash caused a small fire at the place. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. A crane reportedly was to be used to extract the vehicle from the building. (more...)
United States discloses PKK/PYD-led army plan in Syria United States discloses PKK/PYD-led army plan in Syria
- January 15, 2018

Turkey's National Security Council, which advises on military actions, is scheduled to meet on January 17. Syria's main Kurdish groups have emerged as one of the few winners of the Syrian war, and are working to entrench their autonomy over swathes of northern Syria. (more...)
Central Pacific Coast of Peru under Tsunami Warning after 7.1 natural disaster Central Pacific Coast of Peru under Tsunami Warning after 7.1 natural disaster
- January 15, 2018

It injured 65 people. The last time Peru was struck by a massive quake was in November 2015, when a 7.6 natural disaster struck northwest of Iberia. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, tsunami waves are possible within 300 km of the epicentre along the coast of Peru. The center later issued a bulletin saying no such waves were detected and the threat had passed. (more...)
Palestinian fisherman dies of wounds in Gaza Palestinian fisherman dies of wounds in Gaza
- January 15, 2018

The Egyptian navy opened fire on a Palestinian fisherman at sea and killed him, the Gaza Ministry said on Saturday. The IDF demolished a terror tunnel late Motzoei Shabbos, the army announced Sunday morning. Terrorists from Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization, and from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, both died in the attacks. While Hamas claimed that the tunnel was used to pass goods into Gaza, the IDF said that it was meant to smuggle weapons and militants into the ... (more...)
MSUM student with Hawaii ties relieved missile warning was a false alarm MSUM student with Hawaii ties relieved missile warning was a false alarm
- January 15, 2018

But for more than a half hour, while the agency struggled to retract the warning, panicked Hawaiians scrambled to find shelter. A mistaken alert went out Saturday warning of a missile headed toward Hawaii , Jan. "This was purely a state exercise", they said. Miyagi said he meant to produce a report about the incident by next week. "This will not happen again", he added. (more...)
Nelson: Is Florida fully 'off the table' for offshore drilling? Nelson: Is Florida fully 'off the table' for offshore drilling?
- January 15, 2018

Offshore drilling is a lose-lose proposition, and the entire proposed 5-year offshore oil lease plan should be withdrawn. In addition to Florida's Scott, the Republican governors of South Carolina , Maryland, New Hampshire and New Jersey are all against opening the Atlantic to drilling, too, as are the Democratic governors of North Carolina, Delaware and Virginia. (more...)
India's top judges accuse Chief Justice of undue influence in hearings India's top judges accuse Chief Justice of undue influence in hearings
- January 15, 2018

In their letter, written by Retired Supreme Court judge PB Sawant, and high court judges AP Shah, K Chandru and H Suresh, they said that only "rational, transparent and fair" allocation could assure people that there was no "misuse of power" to "achieve a particular result in important and sensitive cases". (more...)
GM hopes to produce autonomous vehicle by 2019 GM hopes to produce autonomous vehicle by 2019
- January 14, 2018

Under the standards now in place, Hemmersbaugh said, "we can't achieve them without a human driver or without a steering wheel". "We believe the best way to bring self-driving technology to the world is to expose them to the same unique and complex traffic scenarios human drivers face every day". (more...)
Trump Won't Say Whether He Spoke With North Korea's Kim Jong Un Trump Won't Say Whether He Spoke With North Korea's Kim Jong Un
- January 14, 2018

Trump has said North Korea won't be allowed to develop a nuclear missile capable of striking the US, and has threatened war if economic sanctions and negotiations can't avert Kim's ambitions for such a weapon. "You'll see that a lot with me", he said, "and then all of the sudden somebody's my best friend". You give me 30. In another article on 38North, Alexander Vorontsov, the head of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russia Academy of Sciences, was quoted as saying that North ... (more...)
Announces transfer from Georgia Announces transfer from Georgia
- January 14, 2018

Clearly Fromm, who is a year younger, is Georgia's new starting quarterback, leaving Eason looking at being a backup. Huskies coach Chris Petersen and his staff signed two four-star quarterbacks in Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff for the 2018 season. (more...)
IRS rolls out new tax tables for promised bigger paychecks IRS rolls out new tax tables for promised bigger paychecks
- January 14, 2018

Congressional Democrats are concerned that in making those changes, the IRS may have caved to pressure from the administration to deliver immediate tax savings to workers' paychecks while exposing taxpayers to higher tax bills in 2019. And roughly three-quarters of tax filers are overwithheld because they take too few allowances. The W-4 is the form you filled out when you started your job in which you indicated the federal income tax you wanted withheld from your paycheck. (more...)
100% FDI in retail will harm shopkeepers, says CPI-M 100% FDI in retail will harm shopkeepers, says CPI-M
- January 13, 2018

Foreign airlines can now invest up to 49% in national carrier Air India under the Government approval route after receiving a green signal from the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs on Wednesday. In the financial year 2016-17, total FDI of U.S. $ 60.08 billion has been received, which is an all-time high, read the statement issued by the government. (more...)
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India next week Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India next week
- January 13, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host the Israeli delegation for lunch at Hyderabad House. India and Israel will reaffirm their already strong economic and defence ties, and Netanyahu will also emphasising the bond that the two nations, which celebrated the silver jubilee of their diplomatic relatons a year ago. (more...)
Watch Margot Robbie recall the awkward time she met Obama Watch Margot Robbie recall the awkward time she met Obama
- January 13, 2018

Upon arrival, it was raining so they chose to head to the gym to find an activity. When they did finally set out on their romantic Tahitian honeymoon, they stayed at a small luxury resort for part of their trip. Ellen gladly introduced the newlyweds to the former President, and the group finished their workout with a stretching class that consisted of Tom awkwardly trying to keep his dignity and not flash anyone. (more...)
Jessica Falkholt's remains in critical condition Jessica Falkholt's remains in critical condition
- January 12, 2018

The 29-year-old actress was involved in a Boxing Day crash while traveling with her parents and sister. Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt's life support has been turned off after she was critically injured in a horror crash. No decision is made without Jessica's wants in mind. Paul Ponticello, brother to Vivian and uncle to Jessica, said he "always thought we would grow old together". (more...)
Israel Launches Security Campaign in Nablus After the Killing of Settler Israel Launches Security Campaign in Nablus After the Killing of Settler
- January 12, 2018

J Street and its student affiliate, J Street U, launched a campaign a year ago to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes . The military said forces were conducting searches in a neighboring village for the suspect behind the shooting death this week of an Israeli man when Palestinians hurled a "massive" amount of rocks at them. (more...)
Ecuador gives Assange citizenship, seeks solution with Britain Ecuador gives Assange citizenship, seeks solution with Britain
- January 12, 2018

The UK Foreign Office has turned down a request from the Ecuadorean government to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange diplomatic status . In June 2012, Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy to avoid an extradition warrant over allegations of sexual misconduct and has remained there ever since. (more...)
GOP accuses Dems of holding budget deal hostage over DACA
- January 11, 2018

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has shielded the immigrants, who entered the U.S.as young people, from deportation. "If you only build a wall, only a 'wall, ' without using technology, individuals, drones, observations, etc., you're not going to secure the border", Sen. (more...)
California Rep. Darrell Issa not seeking re-election in 2018 California Rep. Darrell Issa not seeking re-election in 2018
- January 11, 2018

Democrats had made defeating Issa one of their top priorities in the midterm elections. He presided over contentious hearings into the attack on the United States embassy in Benghazi , Libya, and on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups. (more...)
Winter storm watch issued for OH from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning Winter storm watch issued for OH from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning
- January 11, 2018

Temperatures will plummet into the single digits and teens late tonight which may cause a flash freeze on area roadways. In addition, rapidly falling temperatures will create icy conditions as the initial wintry mix of precipitation freezes to surfaces including walkways and roads. (more...)
Trump calls author of book on him 'a total loser' Trump calls author of book on him 'a total loser'
- January 10, 2018

In the book , Trump's advisor, Steve Bannon , describes a betrayal and the president's approach to a group of Russians, questioning his readiness for the post, and revealing how his wife cried during the election night. In his interview with the BBC, Wolff was asked if he believed that Bannon felt Trump was unfit to serve as president and would try to bring him down. (more...)
Cherokee Nation makes Martin Luther King Jr. Day an official tribal holiday Cherokee Nation makes Martin Luther King Jr. Day an official tribal holiday
- January 10, 2018

Dubbed the " BithEnergy MLK Unity 5K ", the event will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at Columbia Gateway Drive, and is in an effort to "unify the community" around the celebration of the civil rights movement, said Howard County Branch NAACP President Willie Flowers. (more...)
Mother, boyfriend sought in torture, murder of girl, 4 Mother, boyfriend sought in torture, murder of girl, 4
- January 10, 2018

On the morning of New Year's Day , police responded to a report of an unresponsive girl at a home in the Rawsonville Woods Mobile Home Community in Sumpter Township, Mich ., about 30 miles southwest of Detroit. Police say Fields ran away from the home. Both Diaz and Fields are being charged with murder. According to neighbors, Child Protective Services had been to the home several times over the years, but the children were never taken from the home. (more...)
Cong welcomes SC decision to revisit gay sex law Cong welcomes SC decision to revisit gay sex law
- January 09, 2018

In 2009, the High Court of Delhi ruled against the law, but in 2013, the Supreme Court set aside that ruling , keeping the law in place. A celebration of gay marriage outside the U.S. What is the present situation? Noting that the curative petition against its 2013 judgement is pending before a five-judge Constitution bench, the apex court said the present petition will also be heard by the same larger bench and that a finality could be attained whether gay sex between two consenting ... (more...)
Salvadorans to lose protected status in the US Salvadorans to lose protected status in the US
- January 09, 2018

Salvadorans make up the largest portion of individuals covered by so-called temporary protected status, which shields about 320,000 people in the US from deportation, according to the Congressional Research Service . But Ms. Nielsen said she was abiding by the letter of the law, which only allows TPS to be granted when the home country is not able to handle the return of its own people. (more...)
Fire reported on top floor of Trump Tower Fire reported on top floor of Trump Tower
- January 09, 2018

New York's fire department said the fire broke out before 7 am (local time), the USA news channel CBS reported . There were no evacuations and no one was reported injured, the spokesman said. The President in Washington D.C.at the time of the incident. There was an unconfirmed report that two civilians and one firefighter received non-life threatening injuries. (more...)
Trump says he's delaying 'Fake News Awards' until mid-January Trump says he's delaying 'Fake News Awards' until mid-January
- January 08, 2018

He added that the victor of such an award should get a "fake news trophy". The president gave an exclusive, 30-minute interview, with no aides around, to The New York Times' Mike Schmidt last week while at his club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. (more...)
Arctic Air, Bringing Dangerous Wind Chills, Settles in Following Snowstorm Arctic Air, Bringing Dangerous Wind Chills, Settles in Following Snowstorm
- January 08, 2018

However, the winds made it feel like it was below zero most of the day. Problem is that tonight the winds won't subside that much, which will create dangerously cold conditions with wind chills anywhere from 10 to 25 below zero, maybe even 30 to the north. (more...)
Stephen Bannon apologies for calling Donald Trump jnr 'treasonous' Stephen Bannon apologies for calling Donald Trump jnr 'treasonous'
- January 08, 2018

Despite having " no knowledge " of the meeting, Miller said he was certain all of the allegations in Wolff's book are "a pure work of fiction" and "nothing but a pile of trash through and through". Growing frustrated as Miller began evading questions and repeating his talking points, and glowing praise of Trump, Tapper cut him off early and went to a commercial. (more...)
MI stores in new round of Sears & Kmart closings MI stores in new round of Sears & Kmart closings
- January 08, 2018

Liquidation sales will begin in mid-January. "In the process ... we will continue to close some unprofitable stores". Midland, Austin, and Houston will all see one Sears location close while Portland, TX will see it's Kmart close. In July 2015, Sears Holdings created New York-based Seritage Growth Properties , an independent real estate investment trust (REIT), to better manage its remaining assets and to take on the role of a landlord. (more...)
Amid Transport Strike, Tamil Nadu MLA Drives Government Bus Amid Transport Strike, Tamil Nadu MLA Drives Government Bus
- January 07, 2018

To give some relief to the passengers few buses including the private ones hired on the contract were operated by the government with police protection to prevent any untoward incidents. General Secretary of DMK-backed LPF, M Shanmugam, said they were not anxious about action from the government since any protest would attract action. (more...)
Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term
- January 07, 2018

The Special Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI ) court in Ranchi also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD ) chief. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", said Tejashwi Yadav , RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad. (more...)
Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died
- January 07, 2018

Forty-three years ago, Young - then a Navy test pilot - tuned in on a small, black-and-white television at the Naval Air Test Center in Florida as President John Kennedy addressed the nation. On Apollo 10 , in May 1969, Nasa performed what it called "a full dress rehearsal" for landing men on the moon two months later. Young was reassigned in 1987 as special assistant for engineering, operations and safety at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, a move he viewed as punishment for his ... (more...)
Trump shamelessly uses Trump shamelessly uses "Dreamers" as leverage for border wall funding
- January 07, 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the Senate Democratic whip, smiles as he heads for a weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Pro-immigration activists have pushed Democrats to use the threat of a government shutdown at the January 19 funding deadline in order to pass a "clean" DACA bill, with no concessions to Trump's demands. (more...)
Ice, freezing rain possible Sunday Ice, freezing rain possible Sunday
- January 06, 2018

Hall County's interim emergency management director, Casey Ramsey, put the word out to first responders on Friday , warning of a "very high probability" of freezing rain overnight Sunday and into the morning on Monday . Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 8 miles per hour in the afternoon. Friday: Sunny and cold, with a high near 3. SUNDAY: Cloudy, windy and mild with a 50% chance of showers or drizzle. (more...)
Trump's threat to cut Palestinian aid worries many in Israel Trump's threat to cut Palestinian aid worries many in Israel
- January 06, 2018

Tensions between the USA and Palestinians reached a breaking point after Trump's December 6 recognition of the Israeli capital, with the Palestinian leadership declaring that it would no longer accept Washington as a peace broker. "Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions!" "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine and it is not for sale for gold or billions", Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told AFP. (more...)
US warns Iran at UN US warns Iran at UN
- January 06, 2018

Iran has witnessed rallies in the past few days over price hikes and economic woes in some cities, but some suspicious rioters, who have been accused of being foreign-backed, have taken the protest so far by damaging public property and attacking police forces. (more...)
CAPTAIN MARVEL Adds DeWANDA WISE (Could She Be Monica Rambeau?) CAPTAIN MARVEL Adds DeWANDA WISE (Could She Be Monica Rambeau?)
- January 06, 2018

As for Monica Rambeau , she held the Captain Marvel mantle during her first appearance in The Amazing Spiderman #16 in 1982, but has come into her own and is now known as Photon or Spectrum. Captain Marvel - Marvel's first film to center on a female hero - is set to open March 8, 2019 . As a rising actor in the Hollywood system, Wise should be in great company for her first major blockbuster role. (more...)
North Korea hit its own city in missile launch blunder North Korea hit its own city in missile launch blunder
- January 05, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discussing weapons in Pyongyang. North Korea would eventually claim to have successfully tested the Hwasong-12 following another launch on May 14 , when the missile flew 430 miles, reaching an altitude of more than 1,245 miles before landing in the sea, 60 miles south of Russia's Vladivostok region. (more...)
Man Accused Of Sexual Assault On Spirit Airlines Flight Man Accused Of Sexual Assault On Spirit Airlines Flight
- January 05, 2018

The horrified passenger woke up and allegedly found her shirt and trousers unbuttoned, and the man's hand inside her trousers. She also said the couple had requested a flight attendant seat the woman elsewhere. He initially told authorities that he was also asleep, and that the woman had fallen asleep on his knee and he wasn't sure where he had kept his hand. (more...)
Storm forces dozens of flight cancellations at Ottawa airport Storm forces dozens of flight cancellations at Ottawa airport
- January 05, 2018

AirTrain service to JFK has been suspended and replaced by bus service. In NYC , the rapidly intensifying storm, dubbed a " bomb cyclone ", dumped as much as 13 inches. On Wednesday, states as south as SC and Florida saw some snowfall. On Wednesday, areas of the US that typically do not get large amounts of snow, such as Florida, Georgia and SC, saw accumulations of up to 5.5 inches. (more...)
Charge for coffee cups will help tackle packaging waste, say MPs Charge for coffee cups will help tackle packaging waste, say MPs
- January 05, 2018

In Gosport, coffee cup firm Huhtamaki - which manufactures coffee cups for Starbucks - is aiming to introduce disposal points for coffee cups in the town, working alongside Gosport Borough Council. "There is no excuse for the ongoing reluctance from government and industry to address coffee cup waste". If all disposable coffee cups are recycled by 2023 , that will require a lot of infrastructure - there are only three recycling facilities in the United Kingdom that can split the paper from ... (more...)
Egypt hot air balloon crash: casualties reported Egypt hot air balloon crash: casualties reported
- January 05, 2018

Officials in Egypt said the balloon crashed carrying the group of tourists, after strong winds forced the balloon off course. Other balloons had taken off around the same time but landed safely, the officials added, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. (more...)
U.S. warns North Korea against new missile test, plays down talks U.S. warns North Korea against new missile test, plays down talks
- January 03, 2018

Washington's Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley dismissed the utility of possible direct talks between North and South Korea, warning that a harder line is necessary in light of reports that Pyongyang might be preparing for more ballistic missile tests . (more...)
23 hurt, including firefighter, in Bronx blaze 23 hurt, including firefighter, in Bronx blaze
- January 03, 2018

It was also reported that at least 150 firefighters were battling the fire. A fire destroyed a building and injured 23 people in NY yesterday, just days after the city's deadliest inferno in a quarter of a century. The fire is believed to have started in the Beverly Hills Furniture store on the street level of the four-floor building. One resident escaped the burning building with his three young children. (more...)
Consensus eludes triple talaq Bill; legislation not tabled in RS Consensus eludes triple talaq Bill; legislation not tabled in RS
- January 03, 2018

Most parties are against the provision for jailing offenders - they say they don't want a civil matter to be criminalised. The Congress had moved amendments to certain provisions of the bill in the Lok Sabha , but did not press for a vote. (more...)
Mega Millions, Powerball Start New Year With Big Jackpots Mega Millions, Powerball Start New Year With Big Jackpots
- January 03, 2018

The cash value of the January 2 Mega Millions drawing will be $225 million. Furthermore, since theLotter stores clients' tickets in OR, it abides by the US Immoral Acts Law, which stipulates that one is "prohibited from importing into the United States from any foreign country any lottery ticket". (more...)
South Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation South Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation
- January 02, 2018

Professor Kim Hyun-Wook at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said the North was trying to use the Olympics to improve ties with the South despite tensions with the U.S. But North Korea has so far snubbed his overtures, including an offer to hold inter-Korean military talks about ceasing hostile activities along the border, as it tested missiles at an unprecedented pace. (more...)

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