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  • Ted Cruz shrugs off past feud and lauds Trump in Time essay
     

    Ted Cruz shrugs off past feud and lauds Trump in Time essayTed Cruz wrote an essay for Time magazine?s ?100 Most Influential People of 2018? issue, praising President Trump, who the Texas senator once described as a "bully," "narcissist" and "serial philanderer."


  • 2 Florida Deputies Shot Dead While Eating At Chinese Restaurant
     

    2 Florida Deputies Shot Dead While Eating At Chinese RestaurantTwo deputies were killed when a man shot at them through a window while they


  • Photos of the week: 4/13 - 4/20
     

    Photos of the week: 4/13 - 4/20The matriarch of the Bush family Barbara Bush died this week at the age of 92.


  • At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes
     

    At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security ChangesFour young protesters and a police officer were killed in increasingly violent


  • Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation 
     

    Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. Her owner, Jane Dickinson, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, feared the worst as she took her pet to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age. However, vet surgeon Nick Blackburn ruled out any fatal disease when he carried out the operation to remove Maisy?s spleen and found her stomach was full of soft toys. Maisy is now reportedly 'loving life' Credit:  Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com He said : "It's fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn't but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat. "I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard, so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.? Her owner said she had never seen the gentle giant chewing or eating toys, but that now the operation has been completed Maisy is ?loving life?. An x-ray showing the teddy bears within the stomach. Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com Ms Dickinson explained: "When Maisy went in I did think 'is she coming out?' but she is loving life now - it's like she's got her youth back. "The toys weren't even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas' toys and play with them but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. "I didn't even recognise one of the toys - my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog." Maisy has since made a full recovery from her operation and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.


  • Classic Recreations ready to churn out original Boss and Mach 1 Mustangs
     

    Classic Recreations ready to churn out original Boss and Mach 1 MustangsIt's been a while since we last heard from the folks at Classic Recreations, but they've been busy. It turns out the Oklahoma-based company has secured a license from Ford to recreate some of the automaker's most cherished Mustangs. It will be a Boss 429, a car CR says only it's allowed to build under license.


  • Kangaroo Dies After Visitors At Chinese Zoo Hurl Rocks To Force Her To Jump
     

    Kangaroo Dies After Visitors At Chinese Zoo Hurl Rocks To Force Her To JumpOne kangaroo was killed and another injured at a zoo in southeast China after


  • Two Florida sheriff's deputies ambushed at restaurant
     

    Two Florida sheriff's deputies ambushed at restaurantAuthorities in Florida are looking for answers after two sheriff's deputies were shot through the window of a restaurant. ABC News' Diane Macedo reports.


  • No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head
     

    No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth headLONDON (AP) ? Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for ? he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.


  • Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interference
     

    Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interferenceDan Fried, the former State Department diplomat who oversaw sanctions policy, told the "Skullduggery" podcast that he was ?extremely? frustrated when the Obama administration issued ?weak? and ?frankly inadequate? sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.


  • 'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Is Charged With Sex Trafficking
     

    'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Is Charged With Sex TraffickingActress Allison Mack was charged with sex trafficking on Friday in connection


  • Judge rejects Missouri governor's bid to dismiss criminal case
     

    Judge rejects Missouri governor's bid to dismiss criminal caseA St. Louis judge on Thursday dealt Missouri Governor Eric Greitens another legal setback in the sex scandal embroiling his office, refusing to dismiss a criminal invasion of privacy charge stemming from an admitted extramarital affair. The decision by Judge Rex Burlison paved the way for the single-count felony case against Greitens, a Republican under mounting pressure from both parties to resign, to proceed to trial even as he comes under scrutiny for unrelated accusations of computer tampering. Greitens' lawyers last week sought to throw out the privacy case on grounds of prosecutor misconduct, saying St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, had tried to conceal video evidence supporting the governor and his assertions that the affair was entirely consensual.


  • Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'
     

    Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in


  • All over the world! Couple capture their global dip-kisses at landmark locations
     

    All over the world! Couple capture their global dip-kisses at landmark locationsRob and Joli Switzer go on a minimum of four international holidays per year to ensure that they get their unique dip-kiss photograph.


  • Brooklyn Postal Worker Hoards 17,000 Pieces of Mail to Focus on 'Important' Deliveries
     

    Brooklyn Postal Worker Hoards 17,000 Pieces of Mail to Focus on 'Important' DeliveriesHe now faces federal charges


  • Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 Checks
     

    Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 ChecksAt least some passengers aboard a deadly Southwest Airlines flight have


  • 'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in Syria
     

    'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in SyriaA Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US. News of his capture was first reported on Wednesday by the Kurdish group. The Pentagon had said it was looking into the reports before confirming Zammar?s arrest. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an alternate name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details," Pahon said. The 9/11 Commission report into the attacks in Washington and New York that led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people described Zammar as an ?outspoken, flamboyant Islamist? who ?had fought in Afghanistan and relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad.? According to the report, Zammar took credit for influencing people linked to the attacks including Mohammed Atta, who hijacked an American Airlines plane and flew it into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Zammar had come into contact with Atta and others linked to the attacks while living in Hamburg, in 1997, the report says. Seven foiled UK terror plots Zammar was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian authorities two weeks later. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was reportedly freed from prison in 2014 in a prison swap organised with Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham. The SDF, which has been a key western ally in the fight against Isil, has detained several high-profile foreign members of Isil as the jihadist group?s grip on Syria has collapsed. They are currently holding two alleged members of the notorious Isil torture cell known as ?the Beatles.? El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Kotey were captured by the group in February. The two are accused of being involved in the execution and torture of hostages. US officials believe there are hundreds of foreign fighters and thousands of Syrian Isil militants in SDF custody.


  • Gym employees accuse black member of not paying, call cops
     

    Gym employees accuse black member of not paying, call copsEmployees of an LA Fitness in New Jersey wrongly accused a black member and his guest of not paying to work out and called police, prompting an apology from the company.


  • Twitter Users Taunt Rudy Giuliani Over New Role On Trump Legal Team
     

    Twitter Users Taunt Rudy Giuliani Over New Role On Trump Legal TeamRudy Giuliani's decision to join President Donald Trump's legal team set


  • Fastest Production Cars to Lap the Nürburgring
     

    Fastest Production Cars to Lap the Nürburgring


  • U.S. says ex-official at PDVSA unit pleads guilty to money laundering
     

    U.S. says ex-official at PDVSA unit pleads guilty to money launderingA former official of a subsidiary of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] pleaded guilty on Thursday to a U.S. charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the U.S. Justice Department said. Cesar Rincon, a Venezuelan citizen who was extradited to the United States from Spain after his arrest there last year, pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the department said.


  • Prince Charles Voted Next Commonwealth Leader After Queen's Endorsement
     

    Prince Charles Voted Next Commonwealth Leader After Queen's EndorsementUPDATE: April 20: Commonwealth leaders voted Friday to formally make Prince


  • US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'
     

    US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others.


  • Man Chases Cyclist He Says Stole Neighbor's Package: 'I Got You!'
     

    Man Chases Cyclist He Says Stole Neighbor's Package: 'I Got You!'He followed the suspected porch pirate as she rode away on her bike.


  • The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
     

    The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest


  • Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves
     

    Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclavesBy Angus McDowall and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition's last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another. President Bashar al-Assad scored a major victory this month by retaking eastern Ghouta, the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus, putting his forces in by far their strongest position since the early months of the seven-year-old civil war. The United States, Britain and France launched a volley of air strikes on Saturday against three Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons strike during the Ghouta assault.


  • Iran president criticises violence by morality police
     

    Iran president criticises violence by morality policeIran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appeared to criticise the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country's strict dress code. "Some say the way to promote virtue and prohibit vice is... by going to the street and grabbing people by the neck," said Rouhani in a wide-ranging speech to government officials carried on state television. On Thursday, mobile footage went viral on Iranian social media showing a female member of the morality police violently beating a woman whose headscarf was not sufficiently covering her hair.


  • Trump asked about special counsel Robert Mueller
     

    Trump asked about special counsel Robert MuellerDuring a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Japan, President Trump was asked about special counsel Robert Mueller


  • 10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring Sale
     

    10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring SaleIt's probably the only time of the year when spending too much money on beauty


  • Fired FBI deputy chief Andrew McCabe faces criminal referral
     

    Fired FBI deputy chief Andrew McCabe faces criminal referralWASHINGTON (AP) ? The Justice Department's inspector general has sent a criminal referral about fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to federal prosecutors in Washington, his lawyer said Thursday.


  • Cynthia Nixon Would 'Rather Be The Good Nixon Than The Bad Cuomo'
     

    Cynthia Nixon Would 'Rather Be The Good Nixon Than The Bad Cuomo'New York gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon took a swipe at incumbent Gov.


  • Several members of migrant caravan have reached the US-Mexico border to seek asylum
     

    Several members of migrant caravan have reached the US-Mexico border to seek asylumAt least 50 members of a migrant caravan that has been travelling through Central America and Mexico has reached the US border and are seeking asylum. The group, which at one point reached a peak of 1,500 people from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, had prompted US President Donald Trump to call in the National Guard troops from Arizona and Texas in order to secure the border and continues on with plans to build a 2,000-mile border wall. The group dwindled as word of Mr Trump?s threats spread and Mexican authorities separated those who were legally allowed to stay in Mexico from those who were not.


  • 2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath Ceremony
     

    2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath CeremonyA colonel and a master sergeant were disciplined for using a hand puppet during a re-enlistment ceremony.


  • Victim of Berlin anti-Semitic attack was an Israeli Arab who 'wanted to see what it was like' to be Jewish
     

    Victim of Berlin anti-Semitic attack was an Israeli Arab who 'wanted to see what it was like' to be JewishOne of the victims of an anti-Semitic attack in central Berlin that shocked Germany this week is not Jewish, it has emerged. Adam Armoush told German television he was wearing a Jewish kippah skullcap in an attempt to prove it was safe to wear one on the streets of Berlin. But the experiment went wrong when he and a companion were set upon in the affluent neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg and whipped with a belt by three men who shouted ?Yahudi?, the Arabic word for Jew.  The main suspect in the attack, a 19-year-old Syrian named only as Knaan S, surrendered to police yesterday (THU). It is not clear whether he is a refugee. The 21-year-old Mr Armoush is an Israeli citizen of Arab descent. ?I'm not Jewish, I'm an Israeli, I grew up in Israel in an Arab family,? he told Deutsche Welle television. Mr Armoush filmed himself being whipped with what appeared to be a belt in a seemingly anti-Semitic attack A Berlin resident, he said he had worn the skullcap to make a point after being warned by a friend it could be dangerous on the streets in Germany. ?I was saying it's really safe and I wanted to prove it, but it ended like that,? he said.  Mr Armoush said he had grown up in an atheist family in the Israeli city of Haifa. He began to video the assault on his smartphone after the three men shouted insults at him and his companion. He suffered bruises and minor injuries in the attack. ?Honestly, I?m a little surprised a thing like this could happen,? he said in a separate interview with Israeli television. The incident is the latest in a series of violent anti-Semitic attacks which are causing growing concern in Germany. Angela Merkel described it as a ?horrific incident? and vowed that the German authorities would respond with ?full force and resolve?. Mr Armoush said he would not allow the assault to stop him wearing a skullcap. ?I?ll keep the kippah, no matter what others think,? he said.


  • Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history
     

    Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. historyWalter Moody was put to death by lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore and gave no final statement, prison officials said. It was the eighth execution this year in the United States. Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.


  • Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar
     

    Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing MyanmarBIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) ? Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.


  • Senate Confirms Climate Change Denier To Lead NASA
     

    Senate Confirms Climate Change Denier To Lead NASAWASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine


  • Engine maker urges rapid inspections after Southwest failure
     

    Engine maker urges rapid inspections after Southwest failureThe maker of a jet engine that ruptured during a recent Southwest Airlines flight, leaving one passenger dead, called Friday for rapid inspections of all of its engines powering Boeing 737 aircraft. About 680 engines are concerned, according to CFM, which noted that each inspection takes about four hours.


  • The Latest: Student: Confederate flag theft sparked protests
     

    The Latest: Student: Confederate flag theft sparked protestsAUBURN, Mich. (AP) ? The Latest on Confederate flag demonstrations outside of a Michigan high school (all times local):


  • These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1920s
     

    These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1920sThanks to the Social Security Administration, Americans can see which baby


  • Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't News
     

    Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't NewsEarlier this week, Fox News declared its "full support" for Sean Hannity after


  • A-Rod's Alleged Nephew Kidnapped Over Lamborghini Sale Gone Wrong
     

    A-Rod's Alleged Nephew Kidnapped Over Lamborghini Sale Gone WrongDon't go around claiming to be a celebrity's relative.


  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroes
     

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Sydney Invictus heroesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined the Australian Prime Minister at a London reception ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Harry and his bride-to-be will meet servicemen and women from both Britain and Australia, some of whom have previously competed in the international sporting event. The couple will also learn more about preparations for this year's games at the reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Australia House on Saturday. Harry and Meghan will meet Invictus competitors Credit: PA More than 500 competitors - made up of sick and injured military and veterans - from 18 nations are expected to compete at the Invictus Games in Sydney between October 20 and 27. It is expected Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, will travel to Australia for the event with Ms Markle, who will by then be his wife. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London Credit: PA When Toronto hosted the Paralympic-style event last year the former Suits star, who at the time was living and working in the city, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and visited competitors with Harry. The trip to Sydney is also likely to see the couple embark on their Commonwealth duties, meeting young Australians to discuss issues close to their hearts after Prince Harry was appointed youth ambassador.  Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull for the Invictus Games Credit: AP pool Servicemen and women at the Invictus launch praised Prince Harry for changing lives ahead of this year's Games in Sydney. Gareth Paterson, from Newcastle, who is leaving the army after 24 years' service, said: "You can't really fault the guy, he puts in so much effort. "He genuinely cares about everyone he meets and remembers who people are." Prince Harry talks to members of the Australian Defence Force Credit: AP Pool Mr Paterson, who suffers from an autoimmune disease which fuses the spine, competed at the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games, winning three gold medals in archery. Jo Hursey, 42, from Herefordshire, who knows Harry from her 23 years in the army, said: "I don't think he realises how many lives he's changed. "He's changed mine for the better." The 42-year-old said she tried to persuade Ms Markle - who wore a green dress by Self-Portrait and an Alexander McQueen blazer - to try out "sitting volleyball", saying the former Suits actress seemed keen. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaks at a reception Credit: Reuters In a speech, Mr Turnbull said the competitors would get the "respect and recognition they so thoroughly deserve". He said: "It will be a formidable contest. Five hundred athletes ... will all be competing in a country and a city which will applaud them for their service and cheers them on to greater heights." He said the spirit of the games was embodied by people like Curtis McGrath, a young Australian combat medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan before winning the canoeing Paralympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who taught cooking in the Women's Royal Army Corps for around 15 years, said: "It's absolutely fantastic what Harry is doing for disabled veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive Invictus Games jackets from Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and his wife Lucy Turnbull Credit: PA "It's brought them to the forefront despite what they've gone through. "I was at the first Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it was something I'll never forget." The prince recognised Ms Cole in the hall and stopped for a chat, with the 73-year-old later saying: "He's very charming and said 'nice to see you again'. I'm thrilled for him and Meghan." Asked if she would be flying out to Sydney, Ms Cole replied: "I've got to win the lottery first." Sydney is the fourth city to host the Games, after London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, and Toronto in 2017.


  • Lockheed to offer Japan stealth hybrid aircrafts
     

    Lockheed to offer Japan stealth hybrid aircraftsAmerican defense contractor Lockheed Martin plans to offer Japan a new hybrid stealth fighter jet. Two sources exclusively told Reuters the new plane would be based on Lockheed's export-banned F-22 Raptor and the advanced F-35. Ryan Brooks reports.


  • Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences
     

    Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentencesThe driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges. James Bradley, 61, could have faced the death penalty in the case, considered one of the deadliest human smuggling incidents in modern U.S. history. "This was the equivalent of torture," U.S. District Judge David Ezra told Bradley when he handed out two concurrent life sentences at a court in San Antonio.


  • Why Kris Kobach Was Found In Contempt For Not Clarifying To People That They Could Vote
     

    Why Kris Kobach Was Found In Contempt For Not Clarifying To People That They Could VoteKansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) was found in contempt of court on


  • South Sudan says military chief has died during Egypt visit
     

    South Sudan says military chief has died during Egypt visitJUBA, South Sudan (AP) ? South Sudan's military chief has died during a visit to Egypt and after a "short illness," the government announced Friday.


  • Kushner Companies Has Been Subpoenaed as Part of a Probe Into False Housing Paperwork
     

    Kushner Companies Has Been Subpoenaed as Part of a Probe Into False Housing PaperworkAP reported the company routinely filed false paperwork about its buildings with New York City


  • 15 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     

    15 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas


  • Marco Rubio Had An Odd Explanation For Changing His Position On A Trump Nominee
     

    Marco Rubio Had An Odd Explanation For Changing His Position On A Trump NomineeWASHINGTON ? Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) offered a curious explanation for his