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What happened today in France's presidential race

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:01:27 -0400

With 30 days to go before the first round of France's two-stage presidential election, the incumbent Francois Hollande made a rare sortie into the campaign after conservative candidate Francois Fillon accused him of orchestrating a smear campaign. President Hollande lashed out at Fillon, saying the 63-year-old rightwinger had exceeded the bounds of "dignity and responsibility" with his claims. On Thursday, Fillon charged that Hollande had headed a "secret cell" that was responsible for revelations that have led to criminal charges against the candidate.

Pope urges EU: Resist 'false' security promised by populists

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:23:33 -0400

VATICAN CITY (AP) ‚?? Pope Francis urged European leaders on Friday to resist the "false forms of security" promised by populists who want to wall themselves off and instead bank on a future of greater solidarity and union.

Erdogan urges quick EU decision on membership bid

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:24:52 -0400

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday it would be "easier" if the EU blocked Ankara's bid to join the bloc, suggesting he could even hold a referendum on the matter. It was the latest barb in the bitter dispute between Turkey and Europe after Germany and The Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from campaigning among expats for a "yes" vote in next month's referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers. If a 'yes' comes out on April 16, they would not take us into the European Union?

Woman Tasered After Calling Cop 'Honey' Settles For $20,000, Police Deny Wrongdoing

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:13:00 -0400

Aranda Wendell sued Stuart Police Department for excessive use of force.

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:51:58 -0400

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) ‚?? A white civil rights leader, fired because she led others to believe she was black, said she struggles to make a living these days because she was portrayed as a fraud.

Dozens Break Out Of Mexico Prison

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:12:09 -0400

At least 10 of the 29 inmates who escaped Thursday were re-captured, but the others remained at large.

Missing D.C. Girls Could Be Human Trafficking Victims

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:22:53 -0400

Some officials are calling for an investigation into the disappearances, while police maintain there is nothing unusual about them.

All of America's Fighter Planes in One GIF

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:03:36 -0400

From the F-1 Fury to the F-35 Lightning II.

Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:45:10 -0400

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) ‚?? A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments.

South Korea's sunken Sewol a step closer to reaching port

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:16:31 -0400

South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry has been successfully hauled onto a giant heavy lifting ship, officials said Saturday, a step towards returning the vessel to port. Nearly three years after it went down killing more than 300 people, the wreck was safely placed onto a semi-submersible ship that will finally bring it to shore. "The vessel was successfully loaded onto the semi-submersible as of 4:10 a.m. (1910 GMT)," completing one of the most delicate stages of the salvage operation, said Lee Cheol-Jo, a Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries official in charge of the salvage.

Nunes: 'There Was No Wiretapping of Trump Tower'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:37:08 -0400

House Intel Chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif., tells reporters "there was no wiretapping of Trump Tower. That did not happen."

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Goes Small and High-Tech

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:21:21 -0400

The new, tidier proportioned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox aims straight at the white-hot small-SUV segment. To stand out, the redesigned Equinox brings high-tech features and sound driving dynamics to ...

Photos of the day - March 25, 2017

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:55:40 -0400

A woman dressed as ‚??Europa" performs during a rally in Berlin marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome; a woman, pushed to the ground by police, tries to defends herself as the police detain an activist during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus; Pope Francis waves to the faithful from the Popemobile in Milan, Italy, as Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, looks on, after the Angelus in Duomo Square. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

Pelosi: 'Today is a great day for our country'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:00:08 -0400

Moments after President Trump's healthcare bill collapsed, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference: "Today is a great day for our country... It's a victory for the American people"

UN Report Calls For Donations To North Korea As Sanctions Dry Up Aid

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:35:45 -0400

"Chronic food insecurity, early childhood malnutrition and nutrition insecurity" continue to plague North Korea, which has been ranked 98 out of 118 countries in the 2016 Global Hunger Index.

Regional powers to meet over Venezuela crisis: Mexico

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:41:05 -0400

North and South American countries will likely hold a special meeting next week on Venezuela's economic and political crisis, a top Mexican official said on Friday. "The next move will very likely be an extraordinary session of the OAS's permanent council next week," Mexico's ambassador to the OAS, Luis Alfonso de Alba, said on Radio Formula.

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:05:46 -0400

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ‚?? A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.

Firehouse Welcomes 6 Babies in 7 Months: 'We've Been Having a Baby Shower Every Month'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:20:00 -0400

After the last of the bunch was born, the firefighters brought their newborns into the firehouse for a heartwarming photo shoot.

Heads, Beijing Wins. Tails, Hong Kong Loses.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:32:43 -0400

The 2017 race for Chief Executive was supposed to be a watershed exercise in democracy. Instead, it may be a coronation.

Hillary Clinton on GOP health bill breakdown: ‚??The fight isn‚??t over yet‚??

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:12:19 -0400

Hillary Clinton praised the efforts of ‚??people in every corner of our country‚?Ě and then posted tweets about people who have benefited from the ACA.

Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:59:40 -0400

Six Russian soldiers were killed in Chechnya Friday when gunmen tried to storm their base in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The base belongs to Russia's National Guard, a branch established last year to defend borders and counter extremism. It is subordinate directly to President Vladimir Putin and has bases in the country's volatile North Caucasus regions, including Chechnya.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing on March 24,2017

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:35:39 -0400

On Friday, March 24, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hosts the daily press briefing with the White House press corp.

The Mud Day in Israel

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:16:52 -0400

The Mud Day, an international sports event is produced by a¬†leading French sports organization, A.S.O., that is well known for its top productions: Le Tour de France and the Dakar Rally. More than 150,000 people have participated in Mud Days¬†in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain. Now it‚??s Israel‚??s turn to host the¬†13-kilometer race,¬†with 22 mud-filled obstacles to overcome. (The Mud Day Israel)

Cuba's secret negotiator with US was president's son: cardinal

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:27:05 -0400

Cuban President Raul Castro's son, Alejandro, was the communist island's envoy for secret negotiations with the United States that led to the countries' historic rapprochement, a cardinal close to the talks said. Speculation had long swirled that Alejandro Castro Espin, the president's 51-year-old son, headed up the secret talks.

Why Canada's the No. 2 Best Country, Again

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:37:12 -0400

1. Canada took the top spot in five attributes in the 2017 Best Countries survey, more than any other country: respects property rights, trustworthy, religious freedom, politically stable and well-developed public education system. 3. In a time when nearly 90 percent of global survey respondents agree that there is a global leadership crisis, the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the end of 2015 only helped improve global perceptions of Canada. A quarter of global survey respondents said that the event improved their view of the country to some extent, while another 62 percent were neutral.

ISPs Can Now Sell Your Private Data: How to Protect Yourself

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:20:03 -0400

The Internet may seem like an apolitical entity, but the fact is, the United States government has a great deal of influence over it. On Thursday (Mar. 23), the U.S. Senate voted to overturn an important broadband privacy rule implemented under the Obama administration. Your ISP may soon be able to collect and sell your online data with reckless abandon, and frankly, unless you‚??re willing to kneecap your own Internet access, you can‚??t do much about it.

US-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north Syria

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:36:29 -0400

BEIRUT (AP) ‚?? U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached a major dam held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria Friday as Syria's U.N. ambassador said hundreds of American personnel are "invading my country," insisting that any effort to liberate the city of Raqqa ‚?? the de facto capital of the Islamic State group ‚?? should be done in coordination with the Damascus government.

Firefighter Rescues Motionless Dog From Apartment Fire Using Mouth-To-Snout Resuscitation

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:57:00 -0400

"As a nurse, I knew he was probably dead, but the firefighters wouldn't give up," said the dog's owner, Crystal Lamirande.

Noura Jackson adjusts to life outside after being in prison for mom's murder: Part 6

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:57:24 -0400

Noura Jackson earned her GED while incarcerated and is now applying to colleges.

New arrests as British police release photo of parliament attacker

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:46:53 -0400

British police said Friday they had made further "significant" arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they released the first picture of the homegrown killer who left four people dead. Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old Briton with a history of violent offences but no terrorist convictions, was shot by police on Wednesday after a rampage through Westminster. Two other suspects are in custody following searches at 21 locations, mostly around London, in the central city of Birmingham and in the northwestern city of Manchester.

Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs trouble

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:23:34 -0400

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ‚?? President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.

Conviction of Venezuelan first lady's nephews stands: U.S. judge

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:18:31 -0400

Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores had argued in a motion challenging their conviction that they were entrapped in a sting operation and that their trial was tainted by a witness who perjured himself. Attorneys for Flores de Freitas and Campo Flores did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Flores de Freitas, 31, and Campo Flores, 30, were convicted by a Manhattan jury in November of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States.

North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:08:28 -0400

The law, which takes effect on Aug. 1, mandates that gun owners only need a North Dakota driver's license or state identification card for at least a year before they can carry a concealed firearm in public. Under current regulations, applicants must take a test to obtain a permit which entails fees of more than $100.

Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheld

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:38:49 -0400

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ‚?? The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers want a judge to reject a request by American Indian tribes to revoke permission for the project to cross a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

The coincidences mount, as another Putin critic is shot dead

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:12:43 -0400

An outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in broad daylight in Kiev Thursday, just two days after a lawyer for the family of a slain Russian whistleblower was injured in a mysterious fall from his fourth-story apartment near Moscow. Denis Voronenkov was a former Russian Communist Party member who‚??d become increasingly critical of Putin‚??s policies after fleeing to Ukraine in 2016. As it has after similar incidents, the Kremlin swiftly rejected any suggestion it was involved in Voronenkov‚??s murder.

Boston man sentenced for sale of guns stolen from U.S. Army site

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:09:32 -0400

A Boston man was sentenced on Friday to serve almost five years in federal prison for having helped to sell weapons including six machine guns stolen from a Massachusetts U.S. Army Reserve facility in 2015. Tyrone James, 29, was sentenced to 57 months in prison and three years' supervised release after pleading guilty in December to charges including conspiracy to possess, store and sell stolen firearms.

Rail accident at N.Y.'s Penn Station snarls travel; minor injuries

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:22:21 -0400

A slow-moving Amtrak Acela train derailed and sideswiped a New Jersey commuter train on Friday, causing minor injuries and snarling morning rush-hour rail traffic at New York's Penn Station, a major transportation hub, officials said. The accident happened at about 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), with passengers aboard the New Jersey Transit train describing hearing screeching metal as the Washington-bound Acela hit the commuter train while departing the station. "There was a loud sound of mangling metal and you felt the reverberations of another train raking the side of our train and I just heard screams from behind me as it traveled back," said Jordan Geary, who was traveling on the train with his wife from the New York suburb of Montclair, New Jersey.

Correction: Mother-Daughter Killed story

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:33:10 -0400

VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (AP) ‚?? In a story March 23 about a mother and daughter dying in separate traffic accidents in Alabama, The Associated Press reported erroneously the age of the girl. The child was 8, not 5.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:14:00 -0400

An American bad-ass goes topless.

North Korea Threatens US Over Preemptive Strike

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400

Kim Jong Un's regime said the U.S. should be prepared for ‚??catastrophic consequences‚?Ě if it attempts to engage Pyongyang.

Burkina links Ivory Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capital

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:40:44 -0400

A jihadist accused of masterminding a deadly attack in Ivory Coast is also suspected of having planned a major assault in Burkina Faso's capital last year, a senior official said Friday. Ivorian officials believe Mimi Ould Baba Ould Cheikh organised the gun and grenade attack that left 19 people dead last March at the beach resort of Grand-Bassam, which is popular with foreigners. Now he is also believed to have been "head of operations" for the attack on a hotel and cafe in Ouagadougou in January 2016 that killed 30 people, said Colonel Serge Alain Ouedraogo of the Burkinabe gendarmerie.

Top Democrats claim ‚??victory‚?? as GOP health bill fails

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:33:15 -0400

After the GOP replacement for Obamacare was dramatically pulled at the last minute, Democrats took a victory lap, mocking President Trump and claiming a win for their party and the American public.

Police investigate Indian lawmaker over airline sandal fracas

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:17:39 -0400

Indian police said on Friday they were launching an investigation into a Hindu-nationalist lawmaker a day after he acknowledged hitting an Air India official 25 times with his sandals in a row over a business class seat. The state carrier and other airlines said they would bar Ravindra Gaikwad from flying after the fracas which has triggered a debate on the behavior of members of the political elite, and calls for a no-fly list for unruly passengers. Gaikwad, from the Shiv Sena party, allies of India's ruling BJP, did not apologize for Thursday's confrontation and told reporters he had been badly treated.

I Survived the Master Cleanse-Then Gained All the Weight Back

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:27:20 -0400

Last summer I voluntarily chose to stop eating for 10 days. I gave up solid foods as part of the Master Cleanse.

Who Will Republican Voters Blame for the Failure of the GOP Health-Care Bill?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:57:59 -0400

After House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly told President Trump that Republicans lacked enough votes to pass the GOP health care bill, Republicans canceled a vote on the American Health Care Act on Friday, putting the president‚??s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare in jeopardy.

Philippines leader scolds EU for 'idiotic' drug rehab solution

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:43:28 -0400

(Advisory: This story contains strong language in paragraph one and four) MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the European Union on Friday for hypocrisy and called the bloc "sons of bitches" after its lawmakers issued a resolution calling for restraint and a rethink in his bloody war on drugs. Duterte castigated the EU for urging him to focus his campaign on drugs rehabilitation and stood by his security-centered approach to a crackdown that has left thousands of people dead since he took office nine months ago. The EU, they communicated to us, and they want a health-based solution for the drugs.

Veteran Becomes First Ever Double Amputee Police Officer

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:07:00 -0400

Matias Ferreira graduated from a New York police academy.

Link seen between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar: U.S. general

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:31:17 -0400

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday there was an "undeniable" link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, underscoring U.S. concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya. Earlier this month Reuters reported that Russia appeared to have deployed special forces to an air base in western Egypt near the border with Libya.

4-Year-Old Boy Saves Unconscious Mom By Unlocking Her Phone With Touch ID, Asking Siri For Help

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:02:21 -0400

A four-year-old boy used his unconscious mother's iPhone to call emergency responders by using Touch ID and Siri, U.K. police say.