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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.


Ford Ranger Returns for 2019: Pickup Aims to Be Commuter-Friendly Workhorse

Ford Ranger Returns for 2019: Pickup Aims to Be Commuter-Friendly Workhorse A lot has happened in the midsized-pickup market since Ford stopped selling the Ranger in the U.S. in 2011. Chevrolet scored robust sales with its second-generation Colorado. Honda reintroduced t...


'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.


10-year-old dies after having flu-like symptoms in Connecticut

10-year-old dies after having flu-like symptoms in Connecticut Nico Mallozzi, a fourth grader at West School in New Caanan, was at a hockey tournament in New York but didn't play because he felt sick.


Californians launch bid to create new state after accusing government of 'failing' the people

Californians launch bid to create new state after accusing government of 'failing' the people A group seeking to carve out a breakaway state called New California issued a declaration of independence that asserted California’s existing government had “failed in their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities as representatives of 'We the People' to provide a republican form of government”. It accuses California politicians of “repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a Tyranny over the Counties of New California”. “After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the group said in a press release.


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

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.


26 Insanely Flavorful Ways To Cook With Lime

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. 


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.


Pineapple Casserole, The Southern Dish That's A Paradox Of Flavors

Pineapple Casserole, The Southern Dish That's A Paradox Of Flavors When someone dies, we instinctively possess the urge to find that person’s loved ones and fill their refrigerators with an absurd amount of food.


Jeep unveils new look and engine for 2019 Cherokee

Jeep unveils new look and engine for 2019 Cherokee When Jeep resurrected the Cherokee back in 2013 as a replacement for the little-loved Liberty, it's fair to say the styling wasn't exactly universally appreciated. It did have the Jeep signature features of a seven-slot grille, squared wings and the rest, but the front fascia was just a little too "out there" for some tastes. Now Jeep has gone some way towards taming the look of the Cherokee with the unveiling of a refreshed 2019 model at this week's Detroit Auto Show.


Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms

Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms Swedish mobile network gear maker Ericsson booked an impairment of 14.2 billion crowns ($1.8 billion) in the fourth quarter, related primarily to goodwill in its digital and media operations, hitting operating income but not cashflow. "The majority of goodwill originates from investments made 10 years ago or more, and has limited relevance for Ericsson's business going forward," Ericsson said in a statement. Once the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile network gear, Ericsson has been hit by competition from Huawei [HWT.UL] and Nokia , while telecom operator spending has slumped ahead of the roll-out of next-generation 5G technology.


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.


Shelby GT500 Will Return in 2019 With Over 700 HP

Shelby GT500 Will Return in 2019 With Over 700 HP Seven-hundred horsepower. We bet Carroll would be proud.


The United States and Pakistan: Best Frenemies Forever?

The United States and Pakistan: Best Frenemies Forever? New political tensions and demands will create opportunities for Pakistan to build up other relationships in the region at U.S. expense. The United States is once again ratcheting up the pressure on Pakistan to fall in line with U.S. policy in Afghanistan by ending the Afghan Taliban’s enjoyment of safe haven. Unsurprisingly, Pakistan is once again pushing back.


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.  


Officials Warned Jared Kushner About Friendship With Wendi Deng Murdoch: Report

Officials Warned Jared Kushner About Friendship With Wendi Deng Murdoch: Report U.S. officials warned Jared Kushner earlier this year that his friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch could be used as a conduit by the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.


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.


Several dead in operation to arrest rogue Venezuela pilot Óscar Pérez

Several dead in operation to arrest rogue Venezuela pilot Óscar Pérez Two police officers were killed outside Caracas as security forces closed in on a rogue pilot and former policeman who stole a helicopter and bombed government buildings in an audacious stunt that inspired protesters across Venezuela. Police traced Óscar Pérez to a run-down area near the capital on Monday after six months on the run following his air raid in June last year. According to the Ministry of the Interior and Justice, five members of the “terrorist cell” were arrested in a shootout that lasted several hours and left five injured.  Mr Pérez raised the alarm in typically dramatic fashion with a series of posts on Instagram showing him with a bloody face as he claimed to be under siege from regime forces. He was cornered by special security forces in his hiding place in El Junquito, a poor area 25 km northwest of Caracas, according to Venezuelan authorities.  "They are firing at us with grenade launchers, we said we were going to surrender and they don’t want to let us surrender, they want to kill us" Mr Pérez said in one of the videos published online during the siege. Police vehicles seen lining a street during a shootout between security forces and rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez Credit:  MARCO BELLO/ REUTERS Diosdado Cabello, President Nicolás Maduro's second in command, confirmed the gunfight on his Twitter account last night. “The terrorist Óscar Pérez and his band opened fire on the police, killing a policeman, wounding 10, three of them seriously” he wrote.  State television also confirmed the arrests, although Mr Pérez’s fate was last night unkonwn.  Mr Pérez, a former police pilot, has been missing since last June when he hijacked a police helicopter and tossed grenades on the Interior Ministry and Supreme Court. There were no injuries or fatalities.  He went into hiding immediately after the attack, but sent messages on social media calling for a rebellion against the government of President Maduro, whom he blames for the economic crisis that the country is facing.  Members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) patrol Caracas as an operation to capture Oscar Perez Credit: AFP/JUAN BARRETO The attack occurred in the midst of a wave of protests against Mr Maduro's as he dismantled the opposition-held legislative and replaced it with a puppet congress. The uprising left more than 100 dead last year. Accused of terrorism, for months Mr Pérez was the subject of "wanted" posters pasted across Venezuela as authorities attempted to calm simmering tensions. His group was also accused of breaking into a National Guard building on December 18 and stealing military weapons.  Mr Pérez's last video was posted at around 10:30am, local time on Monday. Some local media outlets say he was killed during the operation but The Telegraph was unable to confirm the claims. Aside from the five of Mr Pérez's group who were arrested, authorities also said  "criminals were killed", although the number of deaths was not confirmed.


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.


Mitt Romney: Trump's 'Shithole' Comments 'Antithetical To American Values'

Mitt Romney: Trump's 'Shithole' Comments 'Antithetical To American Values' Mitt Romney has joined the chorus of voices condemning the vulgar remarks that President Donald Trump reportedly made about Haiti and African countries, calling them “inconsistent [with] America’s history and antithetical to American values” in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tweet.


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.


Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born" By Ellen Francis and Ezgi Erkoyun BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies. The United States announced its support on Sunday for plans for a "border force" to defend territory held by U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters in northern Syria. The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad responded on Monday by vowing to crush the new force and drive U.S. troops from the country.


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.


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.


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.


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.


US moves ships, bombers toward Korea ahead of Olympics

US moves ships, bombers toward Korea ahead of Olympics TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. is beefing up its presence around the Korean Peninsula ahead of next month's Winter Olympics by deploying stealth bombers, at least one extra aircraft carrier and a new amphibious assault ship to the region.