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  • ISIS Losing Its 'Capital' Is A Pivotal Defeat For The Terrorist Group
     

    ISIS Losing Its 'Capital' Is A Pivotal Defeat For The Terrorist GroupThe self-described Islamic State finally lost its tenuous grip on the Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday as U.S.-backed forces retook the extremist group?s last major urban territory following a four-month military campaign.


  • White House slams lawmaker's 'disgusting' criticism of Trump's call to soldier's widow
     

    White House slams lawmaker's 'disgusting' criticism of Trump's call to soldier's widowThe back-and-forth dispute between the president and a Florida congressman over what Trump said to a soldier?s widow continued Wednesday afternoon. While not denying a remark that Rep. Frederica Wilson attributed to Trump, the White House criticized her for politicizing the issue.


  • Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen's Accused Killer
     

    Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen's Accused KillerA man accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in Sterling, Virginia in June may face the death penalty after a grand jury charged him with capital murder and rape on Monday.


  • Harvey Weinstein donated $10K to Bill Clinton's legal fund during Lewinsky sex scandal
     

    Harvey Weinstein donated $10K to Bill Clinton's legal fund during Lewinsky sex scandalIt?s been 20 years since the sex scandal between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky rocked the White House and the nation.


  • 'My god, 3.5 hours': Xi gives marathon speech, China listens
     

    'My god, 3.5 hours': Xi gives marathon speech, China listensAs Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered his three-plus-hour speech at the Communist Party congress, delegates ranging from men in suits to military officers and former presidents dutifully turned every page as they read and listened to his words. On the internet, government bureaus peppered social media with their favourite phrases from Xi's speech, while photos circulated of children watching Wednesday's congress in classrooms. The carefully orchestrated address was in keeping with the cult of personality that state media have crafted around the Chinese leader, who is expected to consolidate his already formidable power at the week-long conclave.


  • Woman Claims Delta Stopped Her From Singing National Anthem For Slain Soldier
     

    Woman Claims Delta Stopped Her From Singing National Anthem For Slain SoldierA Georgia doctor claims that Delta Air Lines prevented her from singing the national anthem to honor a slain soldier whose casket was on her plane.


  • Philippine President Declares Marawi City 'Liberated' From Terrorists
     

    Philippine President Declares Marawi City 'Liberated' From TerroristsPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Marawi City liberated from terrorists, signalling an end to almost five months of fighting in the southern Philippine city.


  • Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies
     

    Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodiesBy Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims. "There are still some concerns that if the west winds come up or we get some erratic winds they could push our lines, but as of right now we're looking pretty good," Steve Crawford, a fire operations chief, told reporters at a briefing in Sonoma County in the heart of California's celebrated wine country. Already 41 people have been confirmed killed in the fires, which erupted last week and were driven by dry, hot winds into Northern California communities, giving residents little or no chance to escape.


  • U.S. diplomat warns to be 'prepared for the worst' right after N. Korean official reportedly shuts down diplomacy
     

    U.S. diplomat warns to be 'prepared for the worst' right after N. Korean official reportedly shuts down diplomacyDeputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that while the State Department remained focused on quelling tensions with North Korea through diplomatic channels, that the nation and world must remain prepared for the possibility that those efforts will fail.


  • Freed Taliban Hostage Caitlan Coleman Reportedly Rushed To Hospital
     

    Freed Taliban Hostage Caitlan Coleman Reportedly Rushed To HospitalCaitlan Coleman, the American woman who spent five years as a hostage of the Taliban, was reportedly rushed to the hospital less than a week after her release from captivity.


  • McCain on Willingness to Work With Trump 'Dumb Question'
     

    McCain on Willingness to Work With Trump 'Dumb Question'Sen. John McCain chastised a reporter who questioned if he would continue to work with Donald Trump after criticizing him. Lawrence O'Donnell says McCain, who likely won't seek another term, has "nothing left to lose."


  • Deadly shooting at business park in Edgewood, Md.
     

    Deadly shooting at business park in Edgewood, Md.Three people have been killed and two were wounded during a shooting at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Md.


  • Georgia State Senator Offers Free Bump Stock In Wake Of Vegas Massacre
     

    Georgia State Senator Offers Free Bump Stock In Wake Of Vegas MassacreA state senator in Georgia who is running for governor is asserting his stance on gun rights by giving away a bump stock ?to one lucky winner? in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting.


  • Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second time
     

    Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second timeDENVER (AP) ? A Peruvian woman has sought sanctuary for a second time in Colorado rather than board a Tuesday flight to her native country as ordered by U.S. immigration authorities, supporters said.


  • Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving Bangladesh
     

    Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving BangladeshNearly four decades ago Fazol Ahmed returned to his native Myanmar with his family under a Rohingya repatriation scheme. Now he is back in the teeming camps of Bangladesh with his wife and children, a refugee once again. Ahmed is among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have crossed into Bangladesh since an upsurge in violence in neighbouring Myanmar in August that the UN has said amounts to ethnic cleansing.


  • Mom's incredible hack for getting her child to take medicine goes viral
     

    Mom's incredible hack for getting her child to take medicine goes viralNo matter the flavor, from orange to grape, we have vivid memories of being force-fed a spoonful, only to quickly chase it down with a glass of milk or a treat. England's Helena Lee was trying to feed her newborn Calpol when she remembered reading about this trick -- all you need is a bottle and syringe.


  • California Becomes First State To Legally Recognize A Third Gender
     

    California Becomes First State To Legally Recognize A Third GenderCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown signed first-of-its kind legislation over the weekend that enables residents of the state to choose a third, non-binary gender category on California state-issued IDs, birth certificates and driver?s licenses.


  • Kenya's Odinga pulled out of election to avoid defeat: deputy president
     

    Kenya's Odinga pulled out of election to avoid defeat: deputy presidentBy Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga decided not to stand in next week's presidential election to avoid defeat rather than for reasons of principle, the deputy president said on Tuesday. Odinga was due to face President Uhuru Kenyatta on Oct. 26 in a repeat of a presidential vote held in August but he withdrew his candidacy, saying the electoral commission had failed to institute reforms to guarantee fairness. Kenyatta won the Aug. 8 election by 1.4 million votes.


  • GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away
     

    GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Awayproposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.


  • Senate Candidate Roy Moore Says NFL Protesters Are Breaking the Law
     

    Senate Candidate Roy Moore Says NFL Protesters Are Breaking the Law'If we don?t respect the law, what kind of country are we going to have?'


  • Gunman on loose after Maryland shooting kills three
     

    Gunman on loose after Maryland shooting kills threeA police manhunt was underway Wednesday for a gunman who stormed a suburban Maryland business park, killing three people and injuring two others before escaping. With the shooter at large several area schools were placed on lockdown, officials said, while the nearby set of popular Netflix show "House of Cards" was also reportedly locked down. The suspect, 37-year-old Radee Prince, was associated with the granite business in Edgewood, northeast of Baltimore, where the shootings took place according to Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.


  • Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down Haters
     

    Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down HatersSouthwest Airlines on Wednesday celebrated its first ?unmanned? flight on the company?s new fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.


  • Confederate monuments vandalized in 2 Virginia cities
     

    Confederate monuments vandalized in 2 Virginia citiesRICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Two Confederate monuments in two Virginia cities have been vandalized this week.


  • Abedin Sent Government Emails on Weiner Laptop: Report
     

    Abedin Sent Government Emails on Weiner Laptop: ReportState Department officials have reportedly found more than 2,800 government-related work emails Huma Abedin sent from Anthony Weiner's laptop.


  • Billy Joel, 68, and wife Alexis Roderick are expecting a baby
     

    Billy Joel, 68, and wife Alexis Roderick are expecting a babyBilly Joel will soon have three Uptown Girls to worry about!


  • Mandalay Bay Security Guard To Appear On ?Ellen? After Ducking Other Interviews
     

    Mandalay Bay Security Guard To Appear On ?Ellen? After Ducking Other InterviewsThe security guard at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas who was among the first to encounter mass killer Stephen Paddock during his deadly Oct. 1 shooting spree has apparently broken his silence.


  • Obama administration approved nuclear deal with Kremlin after FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot
     

    Obama administration approved nuclear deal with Kremlin after FBI uncovered Russian bribery plotThe Obama administration potentially knew of corruption at a Russian nuclear supplier years before it agreed to sign over 20 per cent of US's uranium supply to the company, a new report has claimed. The Hill claims federal agents found evidence of illegal payments made to an employee at a Russian nuclear company years before the Obama administration allowed the company to make a major business deal.


  • Bill Cosby Accusers Demand Academy Kick Out Cosby And Polanski Too
     

    Bill Cosby Accusers Demand Academy Kick Out Cosby And Polanski TooTwo of the more than 50 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault are demanding he and film producer Roman Polanski be immediately removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures.


  • Virginia's Governor Race Is Shaping Up To Be A Close One
     

    Virginia's Governor Race Is Shaping Up To Be A Close OneVirginians will head to the polls to choose a new governor in less than a month, and as three new surveys show, the race is shaping up to be a close one.


  • Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  
     

    Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  A wanted Michigan man has turned himself in after losing a bet he made with police on Facebook. Michael Zaydel had promised to give himself up to police if a Facebook post about an existing arrest warrant received more than 1,000 shares. The cocky 21-year-old even promised to bring Redford Township Police Department (RTPD) officers a dozen doughnuts if they were victorious in the challenge. ?I?m not worried about it,? he wrote. ?If your next post gets 1,000 shares I?ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that?s a promise. ?And I?ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools.? In a follow-up post, the department said he ?may or may not be a man of his word,? adding, ?it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.? The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel. ?Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,? the department said. ?He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.? Mr Zaydel was sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation. Is this the world's most meta mugshot? 


  • John McCain Is Worried the U.S. Is Going Back 'to the 1930s'
     

    John McCain Is Worried the U.S. Is Going Back 'to the 1930s'Senator John McCain, echoing the sentiments of his Monday night speech in Philadelphia, said Tuesday that he is worried the United States is reverting to the nationalistic tendencies that characterized the 1930s.


  • Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner
     

    Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partnerBombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.


  • Still standing: Photos capture abandoned buildings after years of neglect 
     

    Still standing: Photos capture abandoned buildings after years of neglect A Dutch photographer has released a series of photos of abandoned buildings throughout France that nature is slowly reclaiming.


  • The Latest: Iraqi PM calls for dialogue after Kirkuk
     

    The Latest: Iraqi PM calls for dialogue after KirkukKIRKUK, Iraq (AP) ? The Latest on developments in Iraq, day after Iraqi forces took back the disputed city of Kirkuk, forcing Kurdish fighters to leave (all times local):


  • Stunning Photos Show Faces Of Poverty That Are Rarely Seen
     

    Stunning Photos Show Faces Of Poverty That Are Rarely SeenA new portrait campaign asking people to think differently about people living in poverty appeared on billboards in New York City?s Times Square on Tuesday. 


  • China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party
     

    China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist PartyBy Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a "new era", using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.


  • Puerto Rico's floating hospital ship could be saving lives but no-one knows how to get to it
     

    Puerto Rico's floating hospital ship could be saving lives but no-one knows how to get to itA floating hospital could help desperate patients in Puerto Rico, but nobody knows how to get there. The ship, the USNS Comfort, is sitting right off shore with just 13 per cent of its 250 beds in use nearly two weeks after it arrived. The Comfort was deployed to Puerto Rico as a part of the US federal response to the storm, which devastated the island and left hospitals vulnerable to power outages, limited water supplies, and food shortages.


  • Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship is ?the largest in the world?
     

    Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship is ?the largest in the world?The ?world?s largest ship? comes with a giant water slide, zipline and other cool amenities


  • Gold Star Moms Blast Trump For Delayed Response To Soldiers' Deaths
     

    Gold Star Moms Blast Trump For Delayed Response To Soldiers' DeathsThe mother of a soldier killed in Iraq called President Donald Trump?s delayed response to the deaths of U.S. service members in Niger an abdication of his first duty as commander in chief ? ?to acknowledge the sacrifice of one of his military members.?


  • Woman Takes Insanity Plea in Death of Her 5-Year-Old Daughter Whose Body Was Found in Restaurant
     

    Woman Takes Insanity Plea in Death of Her 5-Year-Old Daughter Whose Body Was Found in RestaurantMingMing Chen was charged with murder, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, gross abuse of a corpse and two counts of endangering children.


  • Bidding war heats up for $5 billion second Amazon HQ
     

    Bidding war heats up for $5 billion second Amazon HQIt's the prize of a lifetime -- a $5 billion investment creating 50,000 well-paid jobs that everyone wants, but only one US city will get. From East to West, from North to South, metropolises across the United States are locked in a frenzied bidding war desperate to woo Amazon into favoring them as the site of the e-commerce giant's second headquarters. From $7 billion in tax breaks in Newark, New Jersey -- 50 years ago aflame by deadly race riots -- to a giant cactus shipped inter-state, bids range from the colossally ambitious to the silly before Thursday's deadline for submissions.


  • Behold the first Polestar, a 600hp hyper coupé
     

    Behold the first Polestar, a 600hp hyper coupéIf every car that it builds is exciting as the Polestar 1, Volvo's decision to spin off its racing and tuning arm as a standalone environmentally responsible sportscar company could be one of the best it's ever made. Unveiled at a special event in China, where the new cars will be built, the Polestar 1 will go on sale in 2019 and is described by its creators as a 2+2 grand tourer coupé. "Polestar 1 is the first car to carry the Polestar on the bonnet.


  • Kenya vote chief says 'difficult' to have credible election
     

    Kenya vote chief says 'difficult' to have credible electionNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ? It is "difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election" in Kenya's fresh presidential vote just eight days away despite "full technical preparedness," the head of the election commission said Wednesday as another wave of uncertainty swept through East Africa's largest economy.


  • Donna Karan Apologizes Again For Victim-Blaming Harvey Weinstein Accusers
     

    Donna Karan Apologizes Again For Victim-Blaming Harvey Weinstein AccusersDonna Karan came under fire last week for comments she made in response to accusations of sexual assault and abuse leveled at disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.


  • From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel
     

    From Damascus, Iran vows to confront IsraelBy Ellen Francis and Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran's influence in Syria. General Mohammad Baqeri pledged to increase cooperation with Syria's military to fight Israel and insurgents, Iranian and Syrian state media said. Iranian forces and Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, including Hezbollah, have provided critical military support to Damascus, helping it regain swathes of Syria from rebels and militants.


  • Rose Leslie forced Kit Harington to wear a spectacularly embarrassing Halloween costume
     

    Rose Leslie forced Kit Harington to wear a spectacularly embarrassing Halloween costumeIf you happen to be Kit Harington, what's the most embarrassing outfit you could wear to a Halloween party? Well, there are probably a whole bunch of possibilities, but there's one costume idea in particular that blows all the others out of the water ? and it's something Harington actually has dressed up as. SEE ALSO: Kit Harington played an incredibly cruel April Fools' prank on Rose Leslie Harington shared all the glorious details in a recent interview with Heat magazine, BuzzFeed reports. According to everyone's favourite White Walker-slayer, the costume was for a "bad taste" themed party ? and the idea for it came from Harington's fiancée and former Game of Thrones co-star, Rose Leslie. "She pulled out a Jon Snow costume, and Rose just whispered in my ear, ?I won't love you if you don't wear it... You should do it,'" said Harington. That's right: a Jon Snow costume. And just to make things that little bit more perfect, the costume was apparently one of those all-in-one jobs you get from a Halloween shop. ?It was really embarrassing," Harington continued. "The people bringing around canapés were looking at me, thinking: 'You're sad, man! You've come to a party dressed as your character.'" Tragically we don't have an image of the costume itself, but we imagine it looked something like this: Image: halloweencostumesWell played, Leslie. After seeing footage of the April Fools' prank Harington pulled on his partner earlier this year, he almost certainly deserved it. WATCH: Kit Harington surprised his fiancé with a severed head


  • Infant Chimp Snatched and Cannibalized Moments After Its Birth
     

    Infant Chimp Snatched and Cannibalized Moments After Its BirthMoments after a wild chimpanzee was born, an adult chimp snatched the infant away from its mother and cannibalized it, according to a new study that is the first to document this macabre behavior. This new finding, along with additional prior work, suggests that female chimpanzees might often go and hide on "maternity leave" before delivery to avoid such infant mortality, researchers said. Scientists made this gruesome discovery while following a party of 21 chimps in the Mahale Mountains on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.


  • Trump tweets about California wildfires 10 days after they began to engulf state
     

    Trump tweets about California wildfires 10 days after they began to engulf stateTen days and more than 200,000 scorched acres later, Donald Trump has tapped out a Twitter response to California?s devastating wildfires. The president regularly uses Twitter to communicate with the American people, issuing 140-character policy proclamations or messages of support. Finally breaking the Twitter silence, Mr Trump wrote that ?Our hearts are with all affected by the wildfires in California?, praising the first responders who have been battling the blazes.


  • Delaware indicts 18 inmates in deadly prison riot
     

    Delaware indicts 18 inmates in deadly prison riotDOVER, Del. (AP) ? Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder and assault, and face life in prison if convicted in the death of a corrections officer during February's riot at Delaware's maximum-security lockup.


  • 51 Fresh Fall Salads That Will Take You From Summer To Fall
     

    51 Fresh Fall Salads That Will Take You From Summer To Fall