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Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counter-protest

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counter-protest A few dozen free speech advocates rallied peacefully Saturday on Boston Common but just like last summer's event, they were outnumbered by counter-protesters.


U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order

U.S. nuclear general says would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons. Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. "I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario.


Man Accidentally Shoots Self, Wife During Gun Safety Discussion

Man Accidentally Shoots Self, Wife During Gun Safety Discussion A Tennessee man accidentally shot himself and his wife Thursday during a discussion at their church about gun safety concerns.


Mom of 3-Year-Old Sherin Mathews, Found Dead Last Month, Charged With Abandonment

Mom of 3-Year-Old Sherin Mathews, Found Dead Last Month, Charged With Abandonment Her body was found in a culvert last month.


Vatican says investigating alleged abuser who became priest

Vatican says investigating alleged abuser who became priest The Vatican said on Saturday it had opened an investigation into reports that a former teenage altar boy, who allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have sex with him, went on to become a priest. The allegations concerning the St. Pius X Institute, known as a pre-seminary, were made in a recent book and in Italian television reports. The pre-seminary is a residence inside the Vatican for altar boys who serve at masses in St. Peter's Basilica mostly presided over by priests, bishops and cardinals.


Hero police officer saved 'many lives' by bear hugging suicide bomber  

Hero police officer saved 'many lives' by bear hugging suicide bomber   A 'hero' Afghan police officer saved “many lives” by putting a suicide bomber in a bear hug, authorities say. Sayed Basam Pacha died when he confronted the man wearing an explosive vest in the Afghan capital of Kabul on 16 November. His brave actions prevented the bomber from getting closer to a security checkpoint outside a hotel where a political meeting of supporters of an influential regional leader had just finished. The bomber killed 14 people, including seven more police officers, and injured 18, when he detonated his device, however the death toll would have undoubtedly been higher without the officer’s decisive intervention. “He’s a hero, he saved many lives,” Kabul police chief Basir Mujahid told the New York Times. “All seven of those policemen are heroes but especially him. “Just think if that suicide attacker got past the gate, what would have happened - well you cannot even imagine.” His father, Gen Sayed Nizam Agha, said his son “sacrificed himself to save other people”. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, with the Taliban denying any involvement. Harun Mutaref, who was at the gathering, told AFP, said he saw “many bodies including police and civilians lying in blood”. “After lunch as we were exiting the hall a huge explosion shook the hall, shattering glass and causing chaos and panic,” he said. In October, a suicide bomber thought to be as young as 12 killed five in Kabul’s diplomatic zone, with the Islamic State again claiming responsibility.  


U.S. destroyer slightly damaged in collision with tug off Japan: U.S. Navy

U.S. destroyer slightly damaged in collision with tug off Japan: U.S. Navy A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, USS Benfold,, sustained slight damage when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said. The U.S. Navy announced a series of reforms this month aimed at restoring basic naval skills and alertness at sea after a review of deadly ship collisions in the Asia-Pacific region showed sailors were under-trained and over-worked. Seventeen sailors have been killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels involving guided-missile destroyers, the Fitzgerald in June off Japan and then the John S. McCain in August as it approached Singapore.


Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings

Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc is evacuating spouses and children of workers from its giant Indonesian copper mine after a string of shootings in the area raised security concerns. The move follows efforts by Indonesian authorities on Friday to evacuate villages near Freeport’s Grasberg mine in the eastern province of Papua that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists. Freeport has asked family and household members of its employees to prepare over the weekend for a temporary relocation from the mining town of Tembagapura, about 10 km (6.2 miles) from Grasberg, company sources said.


The US and Japan must be open to talks with North Korea, Behind Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption drive, Analysts misunderstand Saudi Arabia’s transformation, The Paradise Papers are an opportunity to improve law, Kenyatta must heal Kenya’s wounds

The US and Japan must be open to talks with North Korea, Behind Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption drive, Analysts misunderstand Saudi Arabia’s transformation, The Paradise Papers are an opportunity to improve law, Kenyatta must heal Kenya’s wounds “The summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump may have been a success in demonstrating the solid Japan-U.S. alliance in the face of North Korea’s security threat...,” states an editorial. “A new [Saudi Arabian] anti-corruption committee was announced in the kingdom and immediately struck, detaining high profile business people and royals...,” writes Faisal Al Yafai.


Readers write: Thoughts from readers on columnist Ruth Walker

Readers write: Thoughts from readers on columnist Ruth Walker Following Ruth Walker’s passing, I wanted to pass on a sincere appreciation for a woman who made my day almost every time I read her “Verbal Energy” column. In fact, truth to tell, it was usually the first thing I turned to when my Monitor Weekly arrived. (No offense, all you serious reporters and bureau chiefs – I got to you eventually.) But Ruth had such a way with words (fancy that!) that she just brightened my day and often sent me into peals of laughter. 


Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproar

Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproar By David Shepardson and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold after a torrent of criticism from conservation advocates and across social media. Trump's reversal came hours after his administration released a rule on Friday to allow hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States, which had been banned by the Obama administration. "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts.


Trump says decision to allow big game trophy imports put on hold

Trump says decision to allow big game trophy imports put on hold WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of big game trophies on hold until he can "review all conservation facts." The rule released on Friday allowing hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States outraged animal activists. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)


Trump puts decision to allow elephant hunting trophy imports 'on hold'

Trump puts decision to allow elephant hunting trophy imports 'on hold' Despite Trump's statement, a Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed that the ban on elephant hunting trophies from Zambia had been lifted effective Nov. 7. And the ban on trophies from Zimbabwe was lifted on Friday morning, about 11 hours before Trump’s tweet.


Russia's Nuclear Submarine Force Is Back (Maybe)

Russia's Nuclear Submarine Force Is Back (Maybe) Russia’s Navy has a new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) patrolling the world’s seas. On Friday, the submarine, Knyaz Vladimir, set sail on its first venture. The sub is the first of five upgraded Borei-class submarines that Russia is building.


Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe: attorneys

Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe: attorneys By Karen Freifeld and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his re-election campaign or the Republican Party, his attorneys confirmed on Friday. Trump defense lawyer John Dowd said that following payments by the Republican National Committee, the president began paying the bills and now wants to make the party "even." The RNC confirmed it is no longer paying the bills.


19 Asian-Americans Arrested At Paul Ryan's Office Pushing For Dream Act

19 Asian-Americans Arrested At Paul Ryan's Office Pushing For Dream Act Nineteen Asian-Americans protesting outside Speaker Paul Ryan’s office on Capitol Hill were arrested Wednesday while calling for him to move the Dream Act to a vote.


Head Of Puerto Rico Power Utility Resigns As More Controversy Plagues Island

Head Of Puerto Rico Power Utility Resigns As More Controversy Plagues Island The head of Puerto Rico’s power utility resigned Friday while facing scrutiny for the slow progress being made on restoring the island’s power grid eight weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory.


Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ousted Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma said he plans to take his fight against Venezuela's socialist government to Europe after he escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia on Friday. The flight was an apparent embarrassment for security forces who had been keeping close watch over one of Venezuela's most prominent opposition leaders.


Florida men found guilty of illegally transferring money from Venezuela

Florida men found guilty of illegally transferring money from Venezuela The owners of a Florida construction equipment exporter were convicted of illegally transferring more than $100 million from businesses largely in Venezuela to U.S. and foreign bank accounts. Luis Diaz Jr., 75, and his son, Luis Javier Diaz, 50, were found guilty late on Thursday of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and of international money laundering by a jury in Manhattan federal court, court records showed. Prosecutors said some of the money was transferred into accounts belonging to Venezuelan government officials.


Ohio State suspends fraternity activities amid probes

Ohio State suspends fraternity activities amid probes The public university in Columbus, which has more than 45,000 undergraduate students, said in a statement sent to campus organizations on Thursday that 11 of its 37 Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters have been the subject of such investigations this semester alone. The university did not give details on any specific incidents.


Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases Sexual assault in the military, which is defined as anything from groping to rape, is believed to be significantly higher than the number of reports. The Pentagon said it estimates that, in 2016, less than a third of service members who experienced a sexual assault reported it. According to the newly released data, a collection of U.S. bases in South Korea had a combined 211 reports of sexual assault while Norfolk had 270 reports of sexual assault in the 2016 fiscal year, which began in October 2015 and ended in September 2016.


Keystone XL Opponents On 210,000-Gallon Spill: We Warned You

Keystone XL Opponents On 210,000-Gallon Spill: We Warned You In April 2016, just five months after President Barack Obama rejected the proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the existing Keystone pipeline leaked 17,000 gallons of oil onto private land in southeastern South Dakota.


US to sell Patriot missile system to Poland

US to sell Patriot missile system to Poland The US State Department said Friday it had approved the sale of a Patriot anti-missile system to NATO ally Poland, a move likely to irk Russia. The State Department said it had notified Congress on November 14 of its approval of the deal, which is worth up to $10.5 billion, and would mark the first time Poland has bought the sophisticated system. "A secure Europe capable of deterring air and missile threats and other forms of aggression promotes peace and stability within NATO and on the European continent," officials said in a statement.


Ohio State latest university to crack down on fraternities after hazing allegations

Ohio State latest university to crack down on fraternities after hazing allegations Ohio State University has become the latest US academic institution to ban on fraternity ceremonies amid concern that alcohol-fuelled initiations are putting students at risk. The move comes within days of Texas State University outlawing all "Greek Activities" - encompassing both fraternities and sororities - following the death of a Phi Kappa Psi inductee. Similar steps have been taken in recent weeks at the University of Michigan and Florida State University. There has been mounting concern at the human toll arising from the incidents of "hazing" at many universities in the US. Such rituals involve pledgees drinking copious amounts of alcohol in a very short time, with at times fatal consequences. In May, 18 students at Penn State were charged with offences including aggravated assault and furnishing alcohol to minors following with the death of Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old engineering student. It is estimated there have been 40 deaths from hazing at US campuses over the last 10 years. Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces findings an investigation into the death of Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza Credit: Abby Drey/AP The Ohio decision was announced by Ryan Lovell, the senior director for sorority and fraternity life at the university, the New York Times reported. “During the period of this directive, your chapter may request to participate in essential activities only,” Mr Lovell wrote. Since the start of the academic year, 11 of the university's 37 fraternities have come under investigation, although details of the alleged offences have not been disclosed.


Correction: Deadly-California-Shootings story

Correction: Deadly-California-Shootings story RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 16 about a deadly shooting rampage in Northern California, The Associated Press, relying on information from law enforcement, reported erroneously the name of a shooting victim. The coroner's office said Diana Steele, who was previously involved in an altercation with shooter Kevin Neal, was killed in the shooting. Hailey Poland was not among the dead.


In Latin America, no more women presidents – for now

In Latin America, no more women presidents – for now In a part of the world known for its rampant machismo, the recent Presidenta period marked a hopeful turning point for Latin America. There have been signs of progress in gender equality in many nations, but some women are disappointed that Bachelet and her fellow women leaders did not do more. “At one point Latin America had four women presidents at the same time,” in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Costa Rica, says Farida Jalalzai, who teaches politics at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.


Mother's unique punishment for son suspended from school goes viral

Mother's unique punishment for son suspended from school goes viral Demetris Payne, from Louisiana, was forced into action after her 13-year-old son, Jadarien, was punished at school for talking back. At this point Ms Payne decided to take the punishment into her own hands.


White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests

White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said it had asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those hurt by recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, far short of the aid some officials have called for. The White House said it expected to seek additional funds after a fuller analysis. U.S. Representative Frank Pallone and Senator Ron Wyden, both Democrats, called the request "a dereliction of duty by the Trump administration to American citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that need our help.


Congress has an 'et tu?' moment as it grapples with sexual harrassment

Congress has an 'et tu?' moment as it grapples with sexual harrassment Now, it’s the US Capitol – where a wave of complaints about sexual abuse and harassment have flooded the stately halls and engulfed a sitting senator, Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota. Women lawmakers and aides say inappropriate sexual behavior has long been “pervasive” on the Hill, largely kept in the shadows amid an insular, old-boys-club culture that persists to this day. “I was of a generation of survivors that never said a word,” Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D) of New Hampshire told reporters after she and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to make it easier to file sexual harassment complaints in Congress.


Here's How to Watch the 2017 Leonid Meteor Shower

Here's How to Watch the 2017 Leonid Meteor Shower The annual Leonid meteor shower will be clearly visible throughout the U.S.


Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe -attorneys

Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe -attorneys By Karen Freifeld and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his reelection campaign or the Republican Party, his attorneys confirmed on Friday. Trump defense lawyer John Dowd said that following payments by the Republican National Committee (RNC), the president began paying the bills and now wants to make the party "even." The expenses cover personal lawyers representing Trump before special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in last year's election, and whether Trump may have obstructed justice by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, among other actions.     Moscow has denied meddling in the election, and Trump has denied any collusion or obstruction.


Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said. Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in 2016, was also criticized over controversial contracts. Rossello recommended Justo Gonzalez as interim director, according to a separate statement.


Jay-Z Writes How ‘Probation Is A Trap’ In Powerful Meek Mill Op-Ed

Jay-Z Writes How ‘Probation Is A Trap’ In Powerful Meek Mill Op-Ed Jay-Z continued to show his support for fellow rapper Meek Mill in a poignant New York Times opinion piece published Friday.


Ivanka Trump, Italy's Aquazzura end 'Wild Thing' shoe lawsuit

Ivanka Trump, Italy's Aquazzura end 'Wild Thing' shoe lawsuit Italian shoemaker Aquazzura Italia SRL has dismissed its lawsuit accusing Ivanka Trump of stealing the design of its "Wild Thing" stiletto-heeled shoe for her own, less-expensive "Hettie" model. Aquazzura, Trump and co-defendant Marc Fisher Holdings, which partnered in 2010 with the daughter of the now U.S. President Donald Trump to sell her shoes, agreed to dismiss all claims and counterclaims, according to a filing on Friday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Aquazzura has called the Hettie shoe "virtually an exact copy" of the Wild Thing, which sells for $785 and has been worn by what it called "celebrities and 'it' girls" like model Kendall Jenner and singer Solange Knowles.


Florida Democratic Party chief resigns after women say he made them uneasy

Florida Democratic Party chief resigns after women say he made them uneasy By Bernie Woodall FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The chairman of the Florida Democratic Party resigned and apologized on Friday after being accused of creating an uncomfortable work environment for women by making suggestive comments and leering at them. Stephen Bittel's departure after less than a year on the job followed a story by the news website, Politico, on Thursday citing six female former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants who said he displayed inappropriate behavior. The news report prompted all four major Democratic candidates for Florida governor race to call for his resignation.


Doubts surface about key witness in Uranium One probe of Clinton

Doubts surface about key witness in Uranium One probe of Clinton Federal officials have serious questions about the credibility of a key witness in congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton’s role in the Uranium One sale.


FAA approves AT&T drone in Puerto Rico for cellular service

FAA approves AT&T drone in Puerto Rico for cellular service The Pulse Vapor 55 drone functions like a cell tower in the sky, providing voice, data and internet service, the FAA said. Puerto Rico's wireless and broadband communications networks, along with its power grid, were devastated after Hurricane Maria made landfall in September. As of Thursday, 39 percent of cell sites remained out of service, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said.


Scientists Can Now Tell How Much Glaciers Melting Will Affect Specific Cities

Scientists Can Now Tell How Much Glaciers Melting Will Affect Specific Cities New York will be most affected by the northeastern part of the Greenland ice sheet


South Carolina ex-cop faces December sentencing for motorist's shooting

South Carolina ex-cop faces December sentencing for motorist's shooting A white former South Carolina police officer filmed as he fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in the back two years ago will be sentenced on Dec. 4 on a federal civil rights charge, court officials said on Friday. Ex-North Charleston officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty in May to violating motorist Walter Scott's civil rights by using excessive force in the April 2015 shooting.     The Dec. 4 sentencing hearing will be held in U.S. District Court in Charleston.


Please Click This Story on Tesla

Please Click This Story on Tesla This is the last Tesla article you need to read today, we swear.


Iraqi forces retake last IS-held town in country

Iraqi forces retake last IS-held town in country Iraqi government forces on Friday retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group as the jihadists' self-proclaimed "caliphate" faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria. The lightning recapture of the small Euphrates valley town of Rawa after a dawn offensive came as the jihadists also faced attack for a second day in the last town they still hold in Syria, Albu Kamal just over the frontier. The Islamic State group (IS) has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared in Iraq and Syria in 2014, the US-led coalition fighting it said Wednesday.


U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson's disease

U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson's disease In a statement issued by the Chicago-based Rainbow Push Coalition which he founded, the 76-year-old minister said he reluctantly sought medical attention after his ability to move and perform routine tasks became increasingly difficult over a three-year period. Jackson has been a leader of the U.S. civil rights movement since the mid-1960s and was with Martin Luther King when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. Parkinson's disease occurs when certain nerve cells break down and reduce the amount of the chemical, dopamine, that sends signals to the part of the brain that controls movement, according to Webmd.com.


Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites

Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - An association of Cuban businesswomen has asked to meet with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to explain the impact on the country's nascent private sector of rolling back a detente in U.S. relations. Rubio, a Cuban-American politician who advocates a "no contact" policy with the Communist-run island, has advised President Donald Trump on Cuba policy and welcomed his reversal of the Obama administration's efforts at a rapprochement. "The current situation has us very worried and we would like to share our personal histories and perspective from Cuba," the association, which represents women who own small businesses, said in a letter to Rubio last month.


Ohio Lawmaker Quits After Having 'Inappropriate Conduct' With Man In His Office

Ohio Lawmaker Quits After Having 'Inappropriate Conduct' With Man In His Office An Ohio lawmaker known for his devotion to “family values” has stepped down after allegedly engaging in “inappropriate conduct with another man” in his office.


We Really Need To Stop Acting Like Heartless Jerks About Gender Identity

We Really Need To Stop Acting Like Heartless Jerks About Gender Identity New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority retired the use of “ladies and gentlemen” in its service announcements last week and began using gender-neutral terms like “passengers” and “everyone” to address riders.


Woman with crude anti-Trump truck decal arrested

Woman with crude anti-Trump truck decal arrested The driver of a pickup displaying an expletive-filled message to President Donald Trump and his supporters in the Houston area was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant.


The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.


Polish Woman Says She Was Dragged Out Of Church After Unfurling Anti-Racism Banner

Polish Woman Says She Was Dragged Out Of Church After Unfurling Anti-Racism Banner A Polish woman says she was booted out of a Catholic church service in Warsaw while protesting against racism and far-right nationalist groups.


Why Mugabe Isn't Standing Aside (Or, When a Coup Is Not a Coup)

Why Mugabe Isn't Standing Aside (Or, When a Coup Is Not a Coup) If the military does forcefully dislodge Mugabe, there would follow economic repercussions the country can ill afford


23 Unique Gifts For Your Wife That Don’t Totally Suck

23 Unique Gifts For Your Wife That Don’t Totally Suck Finding the right holiday gift for your wife can be stressful. Everything’s either too cheesy, too pricey or just plain boring.