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  • News of John McCain’s illness broke during meeting to save GOP health care plan news

    Republican senators attempting to save their stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in a late-night meeting Wednesday were interrupted with news of Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told reporters that the senators learned of McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis during the meeting and asked Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to say a prayer for McCain. “It was very emotional, almost kind of stunned disbelief for a minute, then we asked James Lankford to lead us in prayer,” Hoeven said.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:40:57 -0400
  • For Trump to Fire Mueller, Sessions Has to Go news

    Rachel Maddow looks at some of the background of former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that is being looked at in the Trump Russia investigation and notes that if Trump is afraid the investigation is getting to close.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:00:16 -0400
  • Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping pleads not guilty news

    An Illinois man charged with kidnapping a female Chinese scholar who has been missing for more than a month pleaded not guilty during an appearance in a U.S. court on Thursday. Brendt Christensen, 28, is accused of abducting Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois from southeastern China, who disappeared on June 9. Zhang, who had been studying photosynthesis and crop productivity, was last seen when a security camera recorded her getting into a black car that authorities linked to Christensen, according to court records.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:55:38 -0400
  • Germany cannot scare Turkey with 'threats': Erdogan news

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told Germany it cannot scare Ankara with threats, in an escalating row over a wave of arrests that prompted Berlin to step up warnings to German tourists and investors. "They (Germany) cannot scare us with these threats, they should know this," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul. "You (Germany) do not have the power to smear Turkey... or the power to scare us," he added.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:47:17 -0400
  • Great White Shark Gets Shockingly Close To Paddle Boarders Near California news

    Paddle boarders came dangerously close to a great white shark in Califonia waters.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:40:40 -0400
  • Traffic Stop Turns into Epic Proposal in Texas news

    Stop, in the name of love!

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:46:13 -0400
  • Parole Board Member to Simpson: You Look Great for 90-Years Old news

    O.J. Simpson's parole hearing gets underway with a slight gaffe from one of the parole board members about Simpson's age.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:08:45 -0400
  • In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit news

    FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:59:38 -0400
  • Family of 5 Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight After Their Baby Kicked Seat in Front of Her news

    The airline claims there's another side to the story.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0400
  • ‘Give it hell, John’: Family, colleagues and former foes wish McCain well news

    Sen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, has gotten an outpouring of support from across the political spectrum.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:17:05 -0400
  • Trump Finances Part of Russia Investigation news

    Greg Farrell, investigative reporter for Bloomberg News, talks with Rachel Maddow about Special Counsel Robert Mueller including Donald Trump's personal business and finances as part of the Trump Russia investigation.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:51:39 -0400
  • Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape news

    A Thai court charged a disgraced former monk Thursday with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the United States. Thailand is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation with around 300,000 men in orange robes, but the clergy are beset by high-profile scandals. Wiraphon Sukphon, 37, was arrested on arrival at Bangkok's main airport late Wednesday from the US where he established an unofficial Buddhist teaching centre after fleeing Thailand in 2013.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:12:07 -0400
  • Trump says he should not have picked Sessions as attorney general: NY Times news

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, according to a New York Times interview. Sessions recused himself in March from the probe into allegations of Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible ties between Russians and the Trump campaign. There were media reports last month that Sessions, a former U.S. senator who was an early supporter of Trump's campaign, had offered to resign because of tensions with Trump over the recusal.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:36:10 -0400
  • Person Who Ate at Chipotle in Northern Virginia Tests Positive for Norovirus news

    The location was closed for cleaning after customers reported illnesses

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:38:47 -0400
  • Al Gore: There's Still Time To Solve Climate Change Crisis news

    Vice President Al Gore thinks there's still time to stop some of the catastrophes climate change might cause.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:02:52 -0400
  • Detained student's mother: China police want "ransom" news

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The mother of an American college student arrested in central China following an altercation with a taxi driver five weeks earlier said police are demanding the equivalent of a $7,400 "ransom" for his release.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:42:58 -0400
  • Powerful earthquake hits Greece and Turkey

    A deadly 6.7-magnitude undersea quake hit the Greek holiday island of Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Friday, injuring hundreds in areas abuzz with nightlife.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:17:10 -0400
  • USS Fitzgerald crash that killed seven American sailors 'was navy's own fault' news

    A deadly crash between a US warship and a Philippine cargo vessel is believed to have been the fault of the US navy, according to CNN citing preliminary investigations into the incident which claimed the lives of seven American sailors. The network said that two officials from the Department of Defence said that there were multiple errors by the crew of the USS Fitzgerald that led to the collision in June. The crash between the Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the ACX Crystal on 17 June claimed the lives of seven US sailors.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:38:00 -0400
  • Iraqi Forces Carry Out Revenge Killings Against ISIS Suspects news

    As Iraqi forces gain upper hand, Sunni Muslims become the victims of further sectarian crimes.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:33:45 -0400
  • Tourists at all-inclusive Mexico resort reportedly drugged, woman dies news

    A family vacation to Mexico ended in tragedy recently after a young woman died at an all-inclusive resort after reportedly being drugged.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:53:00 -0400
  • 5-Year-Old Girl Fined Nearly $200 for Holding Lemonade Stand news

    "Have I done a bad thing?"

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:42:17 -0400
  • Six months in: Trump and his campaign promises news

    Donald Trump took office trailing a string of promises made during a bruising election campaign. Trump issued an executive order on January 25, five days after taking office, directing the Department of Homeland Security to identify and allocate funding for "planning, designing, and constructing" the barrier along the US-Mexico border. Trump annnounced on June 1 that the United States will withdraw from the 196-nation Paris agreement on climate change and seek to negotiate a new global deal.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:47:01 -0400
  • The nine lifestyle changes which could save you from dementia news

    One third of dementia cases could be avoided if people made nine lifestyle changes throughout their lives, the biggest ever study into risk factors has shown. A group of 24 ageing experts, led by University College London, looked back at hundreds of research papers and analyses of the causes of dementia to come up with a life-plan which can dramatically cut an individual's chance of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s. They found that staying in education beyond the age of 15, keeping diabetes and high blood pressure in check, maintaining a healthy weight, stopping smoking and exercising regularly were crucial for future brain health. And for the first time the researchers identified hearing loss as one of the worst risk factors, possibly because it places a significant compensatory burden on the brain and raises the risk of social isolation and depression, both of which also raise the chance of developing dementia. Nine ways to beat dementia Around 800,000 people are currently living with dementia, with the number of cases expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2040 as the population ages. But the new research suggests that around 250,000 cases each year could be prevented if people made lifestyle changes. “Acting now will vastly improve life for people with dementia and their families, and in doing so, will transform the future of society,” said lead author Professor Gill Livingston, University College London. “Although dementia is diagnosed in later life, the brain changes usually begin to develop years before, with risk factors for developing the disease occurring throughout life, not just in old age. “We believe that a broader approach to prevention of dementia which reflects these changing risk factors will benefit our ageing societies and help to prevent the rising number of dementia cases globally.” In numbers | Dementia and Alzheimers For someone with no risk factors, the risk of developing dementia drops by 35 per cent. At a population level it means more than a third of cases would be avoided if everyone followed the advice. Not completing secondary education in early life was found to be one of the biggest risk factors for dementia, and eight per cent of all cases could be prevented if everyone stayed in school for A-levels. It is thought that a better education boosts brain networks and allows the brain to continue functioning effectively even with the inevitable damage caused by ageing. Reducing hearing loss in mid-life would reduce the number of cases by nine per cent while stopping smoking would cut five per cent of cases by cutting exposure to neurotoxins, and improving cardiovascular health. The difference between dementia and Alzheimers ? in 60 seconds 01:06 The researchers also suggest that older people can help improve cognitive reserve by engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as hobbies, going to the cinema, restaurants or sporting events, reading, doing volunteer work, playing games and having a busy social. Leading dementia expert Professor Clive Ballard, of the University of Exeter, said: “We’re never going to get everyone to make these changes but even if just five or 10 per cent of people followed this advice that would equate to around 5,000 fewer cases of dementia each year. “It’s also encouraging that many of these lifestyle changes can be made in later life, so giving up smoking or exercising for the first time in your 60s is still going to make a difference. “It’s never too late to start lowering your risk of developing dementia. The new research was published in The Lancet and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017. Doug Brown, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The revelation that over a third of dementia cases worldwide are, in theory, entirely preventable is cause for celebration. “Not all of the nine risk factors identified are easily modifiable – factors like poor education and social isolation are incredibly challenging to address. But there are easier wins, particularly cardiovascular factors like lowering blood pressure and smoking cessation." Lifestyle changes from childhood  

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400
  • Millions heed anti-Maduro shutdown in Venezuela news

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear will consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country. From the Andes to the Amazon, millions joined the 24-hour shutdown, staying at home, closing businesses or manning roadblocks in a civil disobedience campaign the opposition hopes will end nearly two decades of socialist rule. "We must all do our best to get rid of this tyrant," said Miguel Lopez, 17, holding a homemade shield emblazoned with "No To Dictatorship!" at a barrier on a Caracas street devoid of traffic.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:55:22 -0400
  • Surviving Child Describes Horror of Mother's Alleged Family Stabbing Rampage news

    In new Division of Family and Children's Services documents, Diana Romero, 9, recalls the sight of her mother getting a knife out of the kitchen.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:28:00 -0400
  • Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing news

    GILGO BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — The son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon was rescued Wednesday from a helicopter that made an emergency landing in the ocean near a New York beach.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:05:43 -0400
  • Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles news

    German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce engine emissions. "Audi aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality," the Bavaria-based manufacturer said in a statement. Vehicles with affected engines would receive a free software upgrade that "will further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements," Audi added.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:08:20 -0400
  • Woman becomes US Navy's first female SEAL candidate news

    The US Navy has revealed it has its first two female candidates for special operations posts previously unavailable for women, including one who could become its first female Navy SEAL. One of the candidates is seeking to become a special warfare combatant crewman, while the second is seeking to become an officer with the SEALs. Neither of the candidates has been identified, as is usually the case with members of the special forces.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:13:00 -0400
  • Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore woman news

    By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested 43 foreigners for kidnapping a Singaporean woman at a casino resort in the capital, highlighting security concerns that have scared high-stakes gamblers away from Manila. Police said the gang, including people from China and Southeast Asia, was believed to be a loan-shark syndicate targeting foreign high-rollers, with 11 similar cases reported since 2015. The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing casino hubs in Asia, after Macau and Singapore, with the opening of several resorts over the past two years.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:51:51 -0400
  • North Korean Defectors Detail Public Executions, Mass Graves, Prison Camps news

    A human rights organization hopes to use the testimony as prosecution for crimes against humanity.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:55:17 -0400
  • Small plane makes emergency landing on Long Island highway news

    A Cessna plane pilot is being praised for his successful emergency landing on a Long Island highway that included flying under an overpass.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:03:51 -0400
  • McCain's brain tumor is particularly aggressive type news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer, and his family and doctors are deliberating next treatment options.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:27:27 -0400
  • Venezuela military stands behind controversial vote news

    Venezuela's military reaffirmed its loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday by saying its forces would protect a controversial vote he has called for next week to elect a body to rewrite the constitution. The declaration, read out by Maduro's defense minister, General Vladimir Padrino Lopez, marked another official rejection of a threat by President Donald Trump to impose economic sanctions on Venezuela if the vote proceeds. Padrino Lopez said Venezuela's armed forces, which he controls as operational commander, recognize the "legitimate nature" of Maduro's plan to have a body called a constituent assembly elected.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:39:37 -0400
  • Third Palestinian killed amid clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank: ministry news

    A third Palestinian was killed on Friday after clashes erupted between Israeli forces and protesters over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, the Palestinian health ministry said. "A Palestinian was killed after he was shot in the heart by live bullets," the ministry said of the incident in Abu Dis in the occupied West Bank. It provided no further details on the circumstances, but identified him as Mohammad Lafi, 18.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:23:17 -0400
  • Remains found likely is 10th victim of Arizona flash flood news

    PHOENIX (AP) — Remains found Wednesday in a water- and debris-filled canyon in central Arizona are believed to be those of a missing 27-year-old man who's the 10th and final victim of last weekend's flash flood, authorities said.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:05:32 -0400
  • Exclusive: Baidu, to join others investing $12 billion in state-owned China Unicom - sources news

    By Julie Zhu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Baidu Inc and will join other big Chinese technology firms to jointly invest about $12 billion in the Shanghai-listed unit of China Unicom, the weakest of three big state-owned telecoms firms, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Beijing added China Unicom last year to a first batch of state-owned enterprises to see mixed-ownership reform. China Unicom, formally known as China United Network Communications Group Co Ltd, is one of the world's largest mobile carriers by user numbers, but its recent earnings have struggled in a fiercely competitive market.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:53:41 -0400
  • Woman has farting nightmare in first yoga class, heads straight to McDonald's news

    The human body is a wonderful thing. But, sometimes it emits sounds at the most inopportune moments. Like, during this woman's first yoga class.  Laura Mazza, the blogger behind Mum on the Run shared a tale that, to many of us, may sound familiar. In a post on Facebook — which has been shared over 8,000 times — she describes how a heavy bout of flatulence turned her yoga class into a hideously embarrassing moment.  Mazza's fart was so loud, she didn't feel like sticking around. So, she bolted, red-faced and teary eyed, and headed to McDonald's.  SEE ALSO: No, a fart didn't cause an American Airlines flight to evacuate all its passengers Mazza's physiotherapist had advised her to try yoga classes to help with her post-birth abdominal separation, a condition which occurs during or after pregnancy and causes the parting of abdominal muscles."Having kids separated my abdominal wall like Moses parting the Red Sea. Yeah it's not good and my stomach kinda points out like a cone," wrote Mazza on Facebook.  Mazza went along to the class and, after being introduced on a first name basis to the whole class, she began giving her best shot at the positions her instructor was demonstrating. "We started doing these random positions, moving into the upward facing dog and I feel a nice crack in my back, thinking I can do this...I totally love yoga. I am a yoga girl," Mazza continued.  All was going so well. Well, until she moved into downward facing dog.  "That's when I started to feel my guts," says Mazza. "Now for the past few weeks I have had IBS Symptoms like something crazy. My farts stink like something mixed between a rotten egg and an incineration plant." Gosh.  "Somewhere between the dolphin position and the three-legged dog, two of those burning garbage eggs slip out and I fart," admitted Mazza.  "But then we move to some position where my heads between my legs, and the smell hits me like a punch to the nose. I died inside and now I officially smell like something has also died inside," wrote Mazza.  Her thoughts flitted between leaving the yoga class and maybe even leaving the country. Mazza decides to suck it up and carry on with the class. "I gather my resolve and say you know what? Whatever. Everyone farts and I can't help it," she said. When the yoga instructor came around and began pushing people's bodies lower, that's when a problem arose for Mazza. "I hold in my butthole nice and tight to make sure no farts escape again. She comes over... pushes my back down...And buuuuuuuuuurrppppfffffffThe loudest trumpet comes out of my ass," she said.  Mortified, Mazza freezes, her face flushes red and her eyes fill with tears. She gets up, casts aside her yoga mat and decides to leg it from the class. As she looks back, she sees the entire class staring at her in shock.  "I run out the door and now I'm sitting at McDonald's eating a sundae crying and laughing," she said.  Sometimes, you just need an ice cream sundae to help you see the funny side of things. WATCH: Goat yoga will add a new twist to your downward-facing dog

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:32:28 -0400
  • Man Will Spend Life in Prison for Killing 5-Year-Old Stepdaughter After She Asked For Food news

    Thomas McClellan was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson in the killing of Luna Younger.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:47:00 -0400
  • Cameroon 'torturing people accused of supporting Boko Haram' news

    Cameroon’s security forces have been accused in an Amnesty International report of torturing hundreds of people in secret chambers. Dozens of testimonies, as well as satellite imagery, photographs and videos add up to a pattern of terrible violence against people accused of supporting the Islamist group Boko Haram, which Amnesty says amounts to war crimes.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:01:05 -0400
  • This New Mexico Kid Found An Ancient Fossil While Playing In The Desert news

    An ancient fossil was discovered in New Mexico by a 9-year-old boy.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:50:45 -0400
  • 6 Ways to Increase Your 'Good' Cholesterol Levels

    Floating through your bloodstream, two different fat- and protein-containing carriers, called lipoproteins, carry cholesterol to and from your cells. At healthy levels -- ideally less than 100 milligrams per deciliter -- low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, delivers the cholesterol you need into your tissues for cell stability and healthy function. Meanwhile, high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, scavenges the excess cholesterol and carries it to your liver, which breaks down the cholesterol and removes it from the body, says Dr. Nauman Mushtaq, medical director of cardiology at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Illinois.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:12:17 -0400
  • By embracing Russia, Trump bumps up against top advisers news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent overtures toward Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and foreign policy advisers, who have long urged a more cautious approach to dealing with the foreign adversary.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:23:08 -0400
  • US sailors likely at fault in cargo-ship collision: official news

    The crew of a Navy destroyer that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship will "certainly" be held accountable for the crash that killed seven American sailors, a US defense official said Friday. "The way it looks now, it seems that the crew on the (USS) Fitzgerald is going to be at fault," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Senior spokeswoman Rear Admiral Dawn Cutler stressed the investigation was still in its "early stages" and said it was too soon to release any definitive information.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:17:15 -0400
  • IS galvanized in Asia by Philippine city siege, report says news

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The attack by Islamic State group-affiliated militants on a Philippine city has galvanized its Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region, a top terrorism researcher said Friday as the occupation of Marawi nears two months despite a sustained military offensive.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:53:06 -0400
  • China aims to become world leader in AI, challenges U.S. dominance news

    By Cate Cadell and Adam Jourdan BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has outlined plans to become a world-leader in artificial intelligence by 2025, laying down a challenge to U.S. dominance in the sector amid heightened international tensions over military applications of the technology. China released a national AI development plan late on Thursday, aiming to grow the country's core AI industries to over 150 billion yuan ($22.15 billion) by 2020 and 400 billion yuan ($59.07 billion) by 2025, the State Council said. With this major push into AI, China is looking to rival U.S. market leaders such as Alphabet Inc's Google and Microsoft Corp, as it is keen not to be left behind in a technology that is increasingly key from smart cars to energy.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:26 -0400
  • New York Couple Pleads Guilty to Enslaving Korean Children for 6 Years news

    The children have been reunited with their parents

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:10:01 -0400
  • U.S. should move bases away if it pursues sanctions -Iran guards

    The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday Washington should move its bases and avoid "miscalculations" over new sanctions against Tehran, Iranian agencies reported. The Trump administration imposed the new sanctions on Tuesday over Iran's ballistic missile program and said Tehran's "malign activities" in the Middle East undercut any positive contributions coming from the 2015 nuclear accord.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:13:14 -0400
  • How Do Vegans and Vegetarians Get Their Protein? news

    Here’s the raw truth: Vegans and vegetarians are capable of packing as much protein into their diet as the most avid meat-eater. Torre Washington, a vegan professional bodybuilder, is living proof. Instead, he attributes his success and growth to this vegan diet and lifestyle.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:40:47 -0400
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