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The coincidences mount, as another Putin critic is shot dead

The coincidences mount, as another Putin critic is shot deadAn 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.



House Intel Chair Apologizes for How He Handled New Trump Info

House Intel Chair Apologizes for How He Handled New Trump InfoMembers say that Republican House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes expressed regret to members in private about going public — and going to the president — before informing his committee.



New arrests as British police release photo of parliament attacker

New arrests as British police release photo of parliament attackerBritish 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.



Pelosi Proclaims 'Victory' After GOP Yanks Health Bill

Pelosi Proclaims 'Victory' After GOP Yanks Health BillHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls Republicans decision to pull their bill to repeal Obamacare a "victory for the American people."



Correction: Mother-Daughter Killed story

Correction: Mother-Daughter Killed storyVALLEY 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.



Veteran Becomes First Ever Double Amputee Police Officer

Veteran Becomes First Ever Double Amputee Police OfficerMatias Ferreira graduated from a New York police academy.



Adrenalin-fueled TV drama to spur on China's war on graft

Adrenalin-fueled TV drama to spur on China's war on graftBy Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - Helicopter chases, fridges full of cash and officials caught in bed with their foreign mistresses are all in a day's work for China's anti-graft prosecutors, according to a new state-backed TV drama aimed at bolstering China's graft fight. "In the Name of the People", a new show by propaganda department of the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP), China's top prosecutor, follows an intrepid SPP anti-graft investigator sent to a fictional province from Beijing to tackle corruption at the highest levels of local officialdom. Chinese President Xi Jinping's has pledged that his multi-year war on graft, which has netted tens of thousands of officials, will continue until corruption is fully expunged, warning that the rot could threaten the ruling Communist Party's existence if not cleared.



Philippines leader scolds EU for 'idiotic' drug rehab solution

Philippines leader scolds EU for 'idiotic' drug rehab solution(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.



Why Banning Laura Kipnis Would Betray Wellesley's Academic Mission

Why Banning Laura Kipnis Would Betray Wellesley's Academic MissionThis week at Wellesley College, six professors who serve on the Commission on Race, Ethnicity, and Equity, a committee at the highly selective liberal arts school, sent an email to fellow faculty members urging a radical shift in campus culture. Under the status quo, the Northwestern professor Laura Kipnis, a feminist cultural critic, was invited to speak on campus, despite her controversial view that academia’s approach to regulating sexual conduct is doing harm to female students.



Appeals court sets schedule on Trump immigration appeal

Appeals court sets schedule on Trump immigration appealThe first federal appeals court’s review of President Trump’s revised order limiting immigration from six Mideast nations will go forward on an expedited schedule, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided Thursday.



Dozens Break Out Of Mexico Prison

Dozens Break Out Of Mexico PrisonAt least 10 of the 29 inmates who escaped Thursday were re-captured, but the others remained at large.



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

Cuba's secret negotiator with US was president's son: cardinalCuban 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.



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

Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs troubleNASHVILLE, 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.



Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vessel

Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vesselSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Salvage crews towed a corroded 6,800-ton South Korean ferry and loaded it onto a semi-submersible transport vessel Saturday, completing what was seen as the most difficult part of the massive effort to bring the ship back to shore.



House Pulls GOP Health Insurance Bill, but Some Changes Already Are Underway

House Pulls GOP Health Insurance Bill, but Some Changes Already Are UnderwayEven though the GOP for the second day in row decided against putting its health insurance plan up for a vote in the House, major changes to health insurance already are afoot. “The Trump adminis...



The Mud Day in Israel

The Mud Day in IsraelThe 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)



Putin hosts French presidential contender Le Pen in Kremlin

Putin hosts French presidential contender Le Pen in KremlinBy Polina Nikolskaya and Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin granted an audience to French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday, bestowing a level of international recognition that has so far eluded her in the countdown to France's presidential election. Opinion polls show Le Pen, who has said she admires Putin, getting through to the second, decisive round of France's presidential election on May 7 but then losing to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.



Police search for missing student in Alabama

Police search for missing student in AlabamaInvestigators searched motels in Decatur, after receiving tips, for Elizabeth Thomas.



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

Firehouse Welcomes 6 Babies in 7 Months: 'We've Been Having a Baby Shower Every Month'After the last of the bunch was born, the firefighters brought their newborns into the firehouse for a heartwarming photo shoot.



Burkina links Ivory Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capital

Burkina links Ivory Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capitalA 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.



2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ConvertibleAn American bad-ass goes topless.



North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimatedBISMARCK, 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.



Peru mudslide survivor: I prayed to God for strength

Peru mudslide survivor: I prayed to God for strengthLIMA, Peru (AP) — Clinging to a trunk against a massive current of mud outside her home, Evangelina Chamorro cried out to her husband.



ICE Reportedly Detaining Suspects In Raids On 'Sanctuary Cities'

ICE Reportedly Detaining Suspects In Raids On 'Sanctuary Cities'A source reportedly revealed to CNN that senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have discussed carrying out more operations in these areas during internal meetings.



Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission

Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commissionGambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea after a rule that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup. Jammeh lost an election in December to the now President Adama Barrow but refused to accept the result.



House intelligence panel leaders split over session on Russia

House intelligence panel leaders split over session on RussiaBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election deepened on Friday, when the committee's top Democrat suggested its Republican chairman canceled a public hearing after pressure from the White House. Panel chairman Devin Nunes said he had to cancel next Tuesday's hearing with officials from former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration in order to have a classified briefing with the directors of the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation. "The committee seeks additional information ... that can only be addressed in closed session," Representative Nunes told reporters.



Arkansas inmates make longshot bid to avoid double execution

Arkansas inmates make longshot bid to avoid double executionVARNER, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month asked the parole board Friday to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period.



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

Noura Jackson adjusts to life outside after being in prison for mom's murder: Part 6Noura Jackson earned her GED while incarcerated and is now applying to colleges.



Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base

Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen baseSix 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.



Photos of the day - March 25, 2017

Photos of the day - March 25, 2017A 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)



All of America's Fighter Planes in One GIF

All of America's Fighter Planes in One GIFFrom the F-1 Fury to the F-35 Lightning II.



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

Woman Tasered After Calling Cop 'Honey' Settles For $20,000, Police Deny WrongdoingAranda Wendell sued Stuart Police Department for excessive use of force.



Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheld

Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheldBISMARCK, 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.



Elon Musk's Solar Roofs Will Be Available To Order In April

Elon Musk's Solar Roofs Will Be Available To Order In AprilMusk tweeted Friday that his solar roofs will be available to order starting in April.



Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence: U.N.

Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence: U.N.By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia, Iran and Turkey need to convene more Syrian ceasefire talks as soon as possible to bring the situation on the ground under control, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday. De Mistura is mediating political talks in Geneva, while a separate series of talks in the Kazakh capital Astana - arranged by Russia, Iran and Turkey - are supposed to guarantee the ceasefire.



Victim's husband appeals for calm after Wisconsin shooting

Victim's husband appeals for calm after Wisconsin shootingMADISON, Wis. (AP) — The husband of one of four people killed in a string of shootings by a suspect who is Hmong urged community members not to "get caught up in colors" in reacting to the attack.



Heads, Beijing Wins. Tails, Hong Kong Loses.

Heads, Beijing Wins. Tails, Hong Kong Loses.The 2017 race for Chief Executive was supposed to be a watershed exercise in democracy. Instead, it may be a coronation.



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

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



Gunmen kill Hamas official in Gaza

Gunmen kill Hamas official in GazaGunmen in the Gaza Strip on Friday shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, the interior ministry in the Palestinian enclave said. Mazen Faqha was released along with more than 1,000 other Palestinians in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier Hamas had detained for five years. Iyad al-Bozum, an interior ministry spokesman in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, said that gunmen opened fire on Faqha in the Tell al-Hama neighbourhood.



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

Why Canada's the No. 2 Best Country, Again1. 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.



White US veteran charged with murder 'targeted black men'

White US veteran charged with murder 'targeted black men'A white US army veteran accused of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old homeless black man in New York was charged Thursday with second-degree murder as a hate crime, after telling police he was planning a race-based killing spree. James Jackson, 28, is also facing a charge of criminal possession of a weapon in connection with Monday night's incident near the city's main Port Authority bus terminal. The attack comes as several major US cities including New York are grappling with an increase in hate crimes.



After Woman Gets Stuck in Desert for 5 Days, How to Avoid Being Led Astray By Your GPS

After Woman Gets Stuck in Desert for 5 Days, How to Avoid Being Led Astray By Your GPSAmber VanHecke says she took the turn even though it didn't look right.



North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit

North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permitThe 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.



The Latest: Judge: Murder sentence affected by lack of body

The Latest: Judge: Murder sentence affected by lack of bodyHONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of man in the murder of his ex-girlfriend who disappeared while pregnant with his child (all times local):



Pete Souza joins chorus gloating over Trumpcare failure with epic Instagram

Pete Souza joins chorus gloating over Trumpcare failure with epic InstagramThe schadenfreude online when Trumpcare collapsed for a second time was deafening. However, amid all the resurfaced Trump tweets and Art of the Deal jokes one troll stood out once again. Pete Souza, Obama's official White House photographer, added another Instagram post to his mammoth shade collection against Trump after the news broke Friday. SEE ALSO: Obama's official White House photographer is Insta-trolling Trump This time, Souza shared a photo of Obama and Mike Pence from 2010 — and the caption was devastating. "Before voting on the Affordable Care Act in 2010, President Obama met with many members of Congress on both side of the aisle over the course of many months," he wrote. "This picture was taken at the end of a multiple hours-long meeting with the entire Republican House caucus in which he responded to dozens of questions and critiques. It was carried live on cable TV." In other words, Obama knew that healthcare was — you know — complicated, and worked hard with Republicans and Democrats, in the glare of the media, to get the ACA pushed through. An approach that differs, you may say, from Trump's efforts this week. Before voting on the Affordable Care Act in 2010, President Obama met with many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle over the course of many months. This picture was taken at the end of a multiple hours-long meeting with the entire Republican House caucus in which he responded to dozens of questions and critiques. It was carried live on cable TV. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Mar 24, 2017 at 1:40pm PDT Of course, Souza's lesson to Trump is a bit late now. WATCH: Trump never has to buy sunglasses again because Obama's photographer will shade him forever



This is the secret to unclogging sinks and drains anywhere in your house

This is the secret to unclogging sinks and drains anywhere in your house

Okay, first things first: there is no miracle product that instantly clears any and every clogged drain. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Do you really think you pour some liquid down the drain in your sink and miraculously clear a fist-sized ball of hair in a matter of minutes? Newsflash... there's not. If you have a very bad clog, you need to snake your drain. It's the only way to handle it. To clear normal clogs and gross odors that happen during the course of normal wear and tear though, these is a secret to unclogging drains and keeping things smelling fresh: Sani Sticks.

Drop one of these sticks down your drain to take care of average clogs and embarrassing odors in a matter of hours. Then, drop a new stick down each drain once every month to prevent clogs and odors in the future. Each stick includes enzymes and other ingredients found in a septic tank to break down waste and keep things clear. $17 gets you a pack of 48 Sani Sticks, and it'll be the best $17 you've ever spent.

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General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

General favors more aggressive approach in SomaliaWASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing he won't turn Somalia into a "free fire zone," the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Friday he wants greater authority to conduct airstrikes and use military forces in the African country to allow the U.S. to strike al-Qaida-linked militants more quickly.



2018 Chevrolet Equinox Goes Small and High-Tech

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Goes Small and High-TechThe 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 ...



You've Been Cleaning Your Microwave All Wrong

You've Been Cleaning Your Microwave All WrongTry this time-saving routine instead.



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