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Police still baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings

Police still baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings By Alan Devall and Bob Mezan PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents' squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under "horrific" conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb. "I wish I could come to you today with information that would explain why this happened," said Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. "But we do need to acknowledge the courage of the young girl who escaped from that residence to bring attention so they could get the help they so needed." The parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested at their darkened, foul-smelling house after the girl's 12 siblings were found there.


Zinke Pushes Two-Thirds Of National Park Service Advisory Panel To Resign

Zinke Pushes Two-Thirds Of National Park Service Advisory Panel To Resign Most of the members of the National Park Service Advisory Board have tendered their resignation over frustrations with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, The Washington Post reports.


Mormon Church Confirms New Leader In Live Broadcast

Mormon Church Confirms New Leader In Live Broadcast The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially named Russell M. Nelson as its 17th president.


3 Things To Know About The Cognitive Test Trump's Doctor Gave Him

3 Things To Know About The Cognitive Test Trump's Doctor Gave Him After speculation about President Donald Trump’s mental health escalated in recent weeks, White House doctor Ronny Jackson revealed Tuesday afternoon that the president passed a cognitive assessment during his Friday physical at Walter Reed Medical Center.


'The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains' arrives in Rome

'The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains' arrives in Rome “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” is an immersive, multisensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition chronicles the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.


Suspect In Murder Of Student Blaze Bernstein Claims He Was Hitting On Him: Report

Suspect In Murder Of Student Blaze Bernstein Claims He Was Hitting On Him: Report The man suspected of murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student from Orange County, California, told police he believed the victim had been hitting on him, according to a court document obtained by a local newspaper.


With charges dropped, man imprisoned for 23 years files suit

With charges dropped, man imprisoned for 23 years files suit NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Almost a year after charges against him were formally dropped in a 1992 crime spree, a man who spent more than 20 years behind bars is seeking damages from the New Orleans district attorney's office.


The 5 Vehicles That Stole the Show at CES

Donald Trump's physical revealed he might be obese — here's how much weight he needs to lose according to his BMI

Donald Trump's physical revealed he might be obese — here's how much weight he needs to lose according to his BMI The results of Donald Trump's first presidential physical were revealed on Tuesday during a White House press briefing and, for the most part, the Commander in Chief received a clean bill of health.


Elvis Impersonator Who Presided as David and Louise Turpin Renewed Their Vows Stunned by Arrest

Elvis Impersonator Who Presided as David and Louise Turpin Renewed Their Vows Stunned by Arrest The couple arrested in the alleged shackling and torture of their children had appeared before Kent Ripley three times to renew their vows.


Flight from Denver to Hawaii Diverted After Toilet Troubles on Plane

Flight from Denver to Hawaii Diverted After Toilet Troubles on Plane Toilet troubles caused a United Airlines flight from Denver to Hawaii full of passengers to divert back to land when they were halfway over the Pacific Ocean.


World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list

World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals.


DHS Secretary Says She Doesn’t Remember Trump Saying THAT Curse Word

DHS Secretary Says She Doesn’t Remember Trump Saying THAT Curse Word WASHINGTON ― Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified under oath on Tuesday that she “did not hear” President Donald Trump refer to African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting last week.


Trump’s Racist Comments May Actually Help Some Immigrants Stay In The U.S.

Trump’s Racist Comments May Actually Help Some Immigrants Stay In The U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments last week that the United States should try to attract immigrants from places like Norway instead of “shithole countries” like Haiti or El Salvador weren’t just racist.


This Is the World's Fastest Plane (And Its Rotting in A Museum)

This Is the World's Fastest Plane (And Its Rotting in A Museum) The SR-71’s JP-7 fuel—which also had to be carried onboard specialized KC-135Q tankers to refuel the Blackbird—was designed to be a safe, high-flashpoint fuel that would not vaporize or blow up under extreme heat and pressure. Capable of cruising at speeds in excess of Mach 3.2, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft to ever to see operational service.


Teen fatally shot over iPhone was reportedly killed by a friend, mom says

Teen fatally shot over iPhone was reportedly killed by a friend, mom says A New York woman claims her 15-year-old son was fatally shot over an iPhone by one of his own friends.


GM takes $7 bn charge due to US tax reform, sees solid 2018

GM takes $7 bn charge due to US tax reform, sees solid 2018 General Motors projected another solid year in 2018 as it ramps up investment in autonomous technology, in releasing its earnings report on Tuesday. The automaker also became the latest big company to announce a hefty charge due to the US tax reform. At a briefing with reporters, GM executives endorsed the US tax cut package enacted last month and said it expects to benefit the company in the long-term.


First price wars of 2018 include $69 airfares from US to Iceland, and $99 to Paris

First price wars of 2018 include $69 airfares from US to Iceland, and $99 to Paris Shopping for a travel deal for spring break or Easter? Iceland's ultra-low cost carrier WOW Air is back with a bargain basement deal that includes $69 flights from the US to Iceland, and $89 deals to Europe. 


California Volunteers Share Food With The Homeless, Get Arrested By Police

California Volunteers Share Food With The Homeless, Get Arrested By Police Volunteers in a Southern California city near San Diego face misdemeanor charges for handing out food to the homeless.


Activists hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches

Activists hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches Across the country, activists, politicians and citizens alike reacted to recent comments made by President Trump during a meeting on immigration that seemed to denigrate Haiti and African nations.


Nine dead after under-construction bridge collapses in Colombia

Nine dead after under-construction bridge collapses in Colombia At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said. The bridge, located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces, was to be part of the highway that connects the capital Bogota and the city of Villavicencio, and was not yet in public use. The cause of the collapse, which sent pieces of the bridge down into a canyon below, is under investigation, Reinaldo Romero, head of disaster response for Meta province, told Reuters. Half of the bridge fell into the valley in Chirajara near Bogot Credit: JAIME SALDARRIAGA/ REUTERS “Up to now there are nine dead and five injured,” Romero said. “We are doing a check to rule out other victims.” Transportation Minister German Cardona flew over the site of the collapse later on Monday and visited rescue staff on the ground with Dimitri Zaninovich, the head of the national infrastructure agency.


'Hanging On to Life.' 4 Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance Call

'Hanging On to Life.' 4 Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance Call The suspect was also wounded


Authorities Deport Man Who Had Lived In The U.S. For 30 Years

Authorities Deport Man Who Had Lived In The U.S. For 30 Years Jorge Garcia, 39, bid his family farewell Monday under the watchful gaze of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who required him to return to his native Mexico after living in the Detroit area for 30 years.


Casino company: Boat that caught fire had no past problems

Casino company: Boat that caught fire had no past problems TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A casino company said Monday it never had a problem with the shuttle boat that burst into flames off Florida's Gulf Coast, leading to the death of a female passenger.


Botched Photo Shoot Brings Viral Glory To Missouri Family

Botched Photo Shoot Brings Viral Glory To Missouri Family It’s a fact of life: Nice family photos never go viral, as one family in St. Louis, Missouri recently discovered.


Stealth and Speed: America's SR-71 Blackbird Might Be Old (But Still the World's Fastest Plane)

Stealth and Speed: America's SR-71 Blackbird Might Be Old (But Still the World's Fastest Plane) The Blackbird’s design reflected the fact that it was pushing the limits. The SR-71’s J58 engines could only start through use of two vehicle-mounted V8 starter engines, and the triethylborane used in the fuel would belch green flames during ignition. The J58s would switch to a partial ramjet mode at high speeds, such that the SR-71 actually became more fuel efficient when it went faster.


Pastor Blasts Trump's 'Shithole' Comments In Front Of Mike Pence

Pastor Blasts Trump's 'Shithole' Comments In Front Of Mike Pence Vice President Mike Pence reportedly got an earful at church on Sunday, when a pastor blasted President Donald Trump’s reported disparagement of Haiti and African countries.


Family laughs off epic Photoshop fail that left them looking like cartoon characters as sceptics cry fake

Family laughs off epic Photoshop fail that left them looking like cartoon characters as sceptics cry fake There have been any number of PhotoShop controversies over the years, from the almost routine retouching of images of models to photojournalists being caught doctoring their war footage. But this must be the most bizarre - if the pictures are to be believed. "Ok. This is NOT a joke. We paid a photographer, who claimed to be a professional, $2-250 for a family photo shoot," writes Pam and Dave Zaring in a Facebook post.  "Please see these FOR REAL photos she delivered to us...." The finished product must have come as something of a shock. Far from beautiful portraits of her family, the photos came out looking like something from a horror show. The photographer said the shadows caused problems on such a sunny day Credit: Facebook Imagine the plain features of a Sims family... only covered over in paper. The Zarings said the photographer had a ready explanation. "She said the shadows were really bad on the beautiful, clear, sunny day and that her professor never taught her to retouch photos," they wrote. At least they could see the funny side to their family being portrayed as cartoonish figures. "I literally have not laughed this hard in YEARS!!!!! You can't make this stuff up," they added with a cheery invitation to share the pictures. The photographer said she had never been taught how to retouch images Credit: Facebook The images have now been shared almost 400,000 times, setting off a viral discussion about whether they are fakes or if they might actually be real. Plenty of people expressed scepticism in the comments section with some suggesting it was some kind of marketing ploy. “This is not real,” wrote one. The couple insisted it was true and that they had a long battle to see the finished product. “This is not a joke. This is legitimately the final product I received in the mail yesterday," they wrote. "I passed my furious mark months ago when she wouldn’t send us anything. I was fully prepared to be scammed, money gone, and no final product!" The family's local newspaper, The St Louis Post-Dispatch, said it contacted the photographer involved who declined to discuss the images. The buzz even inspired one photography expert to offer an online tutorial in retouching to get the same effect.  


Whale Rescued After Being Trapped in 285 Feet of Braided Line

Whale Rescued After Being Trapped in 285 Feet of Braided Line The animal expected to survive.


We Thought We Were Going To Die, So We Fought Over A Tractor

We Thought We Were Going To Die, So We Fought Over A Tractor A state employee accidentally pushed the wrong button during a routine shift change drill on Saturday, broadcasting an incoming missile alert to the people of Hawaii.


Heart-Stopping Video Shows NYPD Cop Dragged by Car in Dramatic Times Square Chase

Heart-Stopping Video Shows NYPD Cop Dragged by Car in Dramatic Times Square Chase After he's hit by the vehicle, NYPD Officer Ian Wallace gets up and pursues the suspect on foot.


Saudi Ritz Carlton to reopen after being used as luxury prison in corruption purge

Saudi Ritz Carlton to reopen after being used as luxury prison in corruption purge The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects. Dozens of princes, senior officials and top businessmen were detained and confined in the five-star Ritz-Carlton Riyadh as the government launched the purge in early November. The some 200 detainees occupied half the hotel's 492 rooms. The rest was closed to business. The hotel's website now accepts bookings from Feb. 14, quoting a nightly rate for its cheapest room of 2,439 riyals (£480). Saudi authorities have said they expect the vast majority of suspects to agree to financial settlements of charges against them, and that Riyadh hopes to recover about $100 billion of illicit funds. A small number are expected to be prosecuted. Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official. Another top businessman who has been held at the Ritz-Carlton is billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman and owner of global investment firm Kingdom Holding. A Saudi official said this week that he was negotiating a possible settlement but so far had not agreed on terms. It has been rumoured, Mr Talal, one of the world’s richest men, could be forced to pay as much as $7bn. Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a massive political and economic shake-up, marked by the sudden appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince in June. The 32-year-old son of the king has spearheaded the unprecedented crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family, as he consolidates his grip on power in the kingdom.


MLK's Daughter Says We Must Remember Her Mother's Legacy, Too

MLK's Daughter Says We Must Remember Her Mother's Legacy, Too Bernice King says those honoring her father on Martin Luther King Jr. Day should also remember another incredibly important figure in the civil rights movement: her mother, Coretta Scott King.


Celebrities React To The Death Of Dolores O'Riordan, Lead Singer Of The Cranberries

Celebrities React To The Death Of Dolores O'Riordan, Lead Singer Of The Cranberries Celebrities reacted with a mix of shock and sadness after the sudden death of Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of popular ’90s band The Cranberries.


Top U.S. general says 'not giving up' on Pakistan ties

Top U.S. general says 'not giving up' on Pakistan ties The top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants. The United States has long blamed militant safe-havens in Pakistan for prolonging the war in neighboring Afghanistan, giving insurgents, including from the Haqqani network, a place to plot attacks and rebuild their forces.


What Bitcoin’s “80% Mined” Landmark Means for Cryptocurrency’s Price

What Bitcoin’s “80% Mined” Landmark Means for Cryptocurrency’s Price The cryptocurrency has hit a major milestone.


Torture investigation launched after 13 believed held captive in California home

Torture investigation launched after 13 believed held captive in California home Authorities launched an investigation into alleged torture and child endangerment after multiple children were discovered bound, shackled and malnourished.


China races to tackle expanding oil spill after tanker sinks

China races to tackle expanding oil spill after tanker sinks Chinese ships scrambled Monday to clean up a massive and expanding oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank off China, raising fears of devastating damage to marine life. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, went under on Sunday after a new and massive fire erupted, sending a cloud of black smoke as high as one kilometre above the East China Sea. The search and rescue effort was cancelled and a clean-up operation began after a fire on the sea surface was finally extinguished on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV reported.


Driver charged after going wrong way at high speed on Interstate: Police

Driver charged after going wrong way at high speed on Interstate: Police A Connecticut officer's dashcam video shows a wrong-way driver traveling northbound at high speed in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, police said.


Egypt says it does not want war as tension grows with Sudan

Egypt says it does not want war as tension grows with Sudan President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday Egypt is not conspiring against its neighbors and has no intention to fight, a reference to growing tension with Sudan. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks, including over a Sudan-Turkey naval agreement that angered Cairo and an ongoing dispute over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile river that runs through all three countries. In the latest move, Sudan recalled its ambassador to Egypt without saying when he might be back.


Erdogan says will destroy US-backed Syria 'terror army'

Erdogan says will destroy US-backed Syria 'terror army' Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to destroy a planned US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, describing it as an "army of terror". Turkey fears that the mooted new force will be comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, whom Ankara accuses of being terrorists and have been a constant bone of contention in Turkey-US ties. The new upsurge of tensions between Ankara and Washington also comes as Erdogan has repeatedly threatened that Turkey could launch a cross-border operation to oust the YPG from the Kurdish-held town of Afrin in northern Syria.


Senators who didn't recall Trump using vulgarity backtrack

Senators who didn't recall Trump using vulgarity backtrack Two Republican senators who had said they did not recall President Donald Trump using a vulgarity to describe African countries backtracked Sunday and challenged other senators' descriptions of the remark.


Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman

Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna.


Car Flies Into Second Floor Of Building And Stays There

Car Flies Into Second Floor Of Building And Stays There A cheesy action-film director couldn’t have staged this any better.


Embattled Israeli drugmaker Teva fined for foreign bribes

Embattled Israeli drugmaker Teva fined for foreign bribes Israel's justice ministry said Monday it had fined pharmaceutical giant Teva $22 million for bribing foreign officials in a settlement that spares the company a potential criminal trial. The deal signed on Sunday comes a month after Teva announced plans to cut 14,000 jobs globally, triggering strikes in Israel and pressure from the government and the powerful Histadrut labour union. Israeli authorities had launched their own investigation "to examine the ramifications of the affair in Israel", the ministry said.


Who is Gary Lee: Ex-Obama adie's tweets on immigration inspire

Who is Gary Lee: Ex-Obama adie's tweets on immigration inspire Gary Lee is a former Obama aide whose first-ever tweets in response to President Trump's comments on immigration went viral. Lee joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss his remarks.


Airbus to scrap A380 programme if no new orders

Airbus to scrap A380 programme if no new orders Airbus will have no other choice but to halt the A380 programe if Dubai's Emirates airline does not place another order, the European aerospace giant's sales director, John Leahy, told a news conference on Monday. Originally launched in 2007, the A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner. Orders from Emirates, the main customer of the superjumbo, have stalled over the past two years.


Brit Party Leader Splits With Girlfriend After Her Shocking Remarks About Meghan Markle

Brit Party Leader Splits With Girlfriend After Her Shocking Remarks About Meghan Markle #BREAKING: UKIP leader @_HenryBolton tells GMB he split up with Jo Marney last night over racist messages she sent about Meghan Markle and black people.


North and South Korea hold second talks in a week to discuss Winter Olympics

North and South Korea hold second talks in a week to discuss Winter Olympics North and South Korea met on Monday to discuss the Winter Olympics for the second time in under a week, in a diplomatic thaw that has raised hopes of an eventual de-escalation of military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Officials from both sides gathered at the Panmunjom “truce village” which straddles their heavily fortified border to hammer out plans to host a North Korean entertainment troupe at the South’s Pyeongchang Games in February, and decide whether to field a joint women’s ice hockey team. To date only two North Korean athletes, figure skaters Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik, have qualified for the Games, but Pyongyang is expected to send a delegation of hundreds after a diplomatic breakthrough early this year. The presence at the talks of Hyon Song-wol, lead singer of the Moranbong Band, fuelled speculation that the all-female group, known as North Korea’s answer to the Spice Girls, could appear at the sports event. Seoul has made no secret of its hope that North Korea’s participation in the Games could mark a turning point in relations after a year of sabre-rattling and growing fears of war over Pyongyang’s ongoing nuclear and missiles programme. The head of North Korean delegation Ri Son-Gwon (C) crosses a border line to attend a meeting at the Panmunjom truce village last week Credit: Getty North Korea on Monday offered another olive branch to its neighbour, proposing a third round of high level talks on Wednesday, although the agenda was not immediately clear. The negotiations, although the first in over two years, are still baby steps in the overall picture of military tensions between two countries who have technically been at war since the 1950s. The new thaw appears to have done little to mute Pyongyang’s animosity towards the United States. Speculation has risen that North Korea's all-female Moranbong Band may appear at the Games  Credit: AFP The North has made clear that denuclearisation is not on the table, and it castigated South Korean President Moon Jae-in for thanking US President Donald Trump for helping to push both sides to negotiations.   The US, despite agreeing to delay joint military exercises with Seoul until after the Olympics, is continuing to bolster its presence around the Korean Peninsula by deploying stealth bombers, at least one extra aircraft carrier and a new amphibious assault ship to the region. North Korea accused it of trying to put a chill on the renewed talks. “Such moves are an unpardonable military provocation chilling the atmosphere for improved inter-Korean relations,” Kim Jong-un’s party said in a commentary published over the weekend.


12,000 flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcano

12,000 flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcano Thousands fled from their homes as lava oozed out of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Monday in what volcanologists described as a "quiet eruption", warning it could lead to a hazardous explosion within days. Lava was slowly flowing out of the Mayon volcano's crater along with a spectacular 1,000-metre (3,280-foot) ash plume rising into the sky, the nation's volcanology institute said. It may escalate into a hazardous eruption," Paul Alanis, science research specialist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), told AFP.