Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

Sounds detected in undersea area where Argentine sub went missing

Sounds detected in undersea area where Argentine sub went missing

By Walter Bianchi and Maximiliano Rizzi MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine authorities were analyzing sounds detected by probes deep in the South Atlantic on Monday as they searched for a navy submarine that went missing five days ago after reporting an electrical malfunction. "Special software is being used to study different sounds and acoustics," navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters in Buenos Aires. The probes are being carried out 360 km (223 miles) off the coast of Argentina and 200 meters (656 feet) down, he said.

Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Argentina's navy revealed Monday that a submarine missing for five days reported a mechanical breakdown in its final communication, and that weekend signals did not come from the vessel, dimming hopes for its 44 crew members. It was therefore asked to change course and go to Mar del Plata," said Gabriel Galeazzi, the head of the naval base in the northeastern city, located 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires. Enrique Balbi, a spokesman for the navy, meanwhile told a press conference in the capital that seven signals received by naval bases over the weekend were not attempted distress calls from the submarine, as previously hoped.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

Israeli minister publicly confirms contacts with Saudi Arabia amid growing threat from Iran

Israeli minister publicly confirms contacts with Saudi Arabia amid growing threat from Iran

An Israeli minister has publicly admitted for the first time that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been in covert contact as both countries strive to confront Iran in the Middle East. The Jewish state and the Arab kingdom do not have formal diplomatic relations but there have long been rumours and reports of the two sides secretly working together.  Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister, confirmed there had been contact between Israel and Saudi Arabia but said that Riyadh was eager to keep the cooperation a secret.  "We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually (we are) the party that is not ashamed,” Mr Steinitz said.  "It's the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side's wish, when ties are developing, whether it's with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries.” Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted of improved but secret ties between Israel and the "moderate Sunni states" in the Middle East Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen Saudi Arabia’s leaders are deeply sensitive to claims that they are working with Israel because the Jewish state is still seen as an enemy by much of the Saudi public.  Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, has said several times in the last two years that Saudi Arabia has “no relationship” with Israel and no secret back channels. Asked about the persistent reports that Saudi Arabia and Israel were cooperating against Iran, Mr Jubeir said last week that there could only be a relationship between the two countries if there was a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. #عادل_الجبير : #السعودية لا تملك علاقات مع #إسرائيل وليس هناك تواصل مباشر او عبر قنوات غير مباشرة معهم... pic.twitter.com/zrc1eiZpBT— بن هباس ���� (@5a1di) July 24, 2016 "We have always said that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved on the basis of the Arab peace initiative that Israel would have enjoyed normal relations, economic, political, diplomatic relations with all of the Arab countries, and so until that happens, we don't have relations with Israel," he said. There was no immediate Saudi response to the Israeli minister’s comments.  Israel and Saudi Arabia both see Iran as a major threat and there have been public signs of their warming ties since Donald Trump took office. After visiting Riyadh in February, Mr Trump told Israelis that he found the Saudi leadership to be “very positive” towards Israel.  Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip 00:41 Israel’s top military commander gave an unprecedented interview to a Saudi newspaper last week in which he offered to share intelligence against Iran.  Both Israel and Saudi Arabia speak often about the threat from Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group which is supported by Iran.  Jerusalem says Hizbollah is amassing weapons in southern Lebanon with the aim of attacking Israel while Riyadh accuses Hizbollah of helping rebels in Yemen to launch missiles into Saudi Arabia.

Roy Moore And The Dangerous Rise Of Christian Nationalism

Roy Moore And The Dangerous Rise Of Christian Nationalism

Many have believed the accusations against Roy Moore of sexual assault and harassment against teen girls to be massively hypocritical since for year’s he’s presented himself as a hardcore evangelical man of faith, and he has a loyal white Christian evangelical following.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

By Walter Bianchi MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters) - A storm on Sunday complicated efforts to find an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members, while satellite calls thought to come from the vessel did not help searchers identify the vessel's location. The defense ministry has said the ARA San Juan appeared to try to make contact through seven failed satellite calls on Saturday between late morning and early afternoon. The vessel was 432 km (268 miles) off Argentina's coast when its location was last known early on Wednesday.

LaToya Cantrell becomes New Orleans' 1st woman mayor

LaToya Cantrell becomes New Orleans' 1st woman mayor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

The family of a five-year-old boy who was crushed to death after he became trapped by a rotating restaurant floor is suing the restaurant and hotel chain. Charles Holt was killed in April after he became trapped between a wall and a wooden booth at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel’s Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta. Marriott International, which owns the hotel, did not immediately respond to The Independent for comment.

Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia

Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia

By Jeffrey Heller and Stephen Kalin JERUSALEM/RIYADH (Reuters) - An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings. The Saudi government had no immediate response to Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz's remarks. A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also did not respond immediately to a request to comment.

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Gaia Pope was traumatised by the impending release from jail on child sex offences of a college friend against whom she had made a police complaint. Gaia, 19, had accused Connor Hayes of sexual abuse after they had stopped seeing each other two years ago, the offender’s mother said yesterday.  Police had dropped that investigation into Hayes, 24, but had prosecuted him successfully for persuading another girlfriend to take part in a sex video which was then uploaded onto the internet. Hayes was jailed for two years in April after pleading guilty to three separate offences of taking an indecent moving image of a child, possession of indecent images of a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.  He was due for release in the coming months, under rules which mean offenders serve half their sentence. Connor Hayes, 24, was jailed for sex offences Gaia’s family and friends said the “traumatic incident” and fear of Hayes’ release had made her “very anxious” and that could have triggered an epileptic seizure. Gaia’s body was discovered on Saturday close to a cliff edge near to Swanage, in Dorset, where she had last been seen on November 7. A post mortem ruled out the involvement of any third party in her death and yesterday police acknowledged the “stress and anxiety” caused to three members of one family arrested on suspicion of her murder.  Rosemary Dinch, 71, her son Paul Elsey, 49, and her grandson Nathan Elsey, 19, who were all dragged into the case, are threatening to sue police for wrongful arrest after an alleged CCTV mix-up caused by the clocks changing. Ms Dinch's daughter, Deborah Elsey, told The Sun she had given police CCTV footage from her house that showed her son, who said he had known Miss Pope, leaving his home. "When they questioned him, the time didn't match the time on the footage so they dragged him in for murder," Ms Elsey said. Gaia Pope The inquiry into Gaia’s death will now turn to what triggered her behaviour in the hours before she vanished. Hannah Sutherland, her aunt, spoke of “a traumatic incident a couple of years ago”. She said: “And because of her epilepsy, prior to a seizure she could get very anxious and that was apparently part of what came out as some of the anxiety. She was anxious there could potentially be some parole or something coming up.” Gaia’s father Richard Sutherland said the incident had “had a really devastating effect on her”. Mr Sutherland said he had lots of questions that now needed answers, telling ITV News: “We want to know more. I think we know that she was really struggling [with] a lot of issues and she clearly just couldn’t cope with that. With the epilepsy she was just struggling badly.” Hayes’s mother confirmed that Gaia had made a complaint against her son although the detail of the allegation is not clear. In a statement, she said: “I am aware that my son had a brief friendship with Gaia Pope when she was 16 and had just started college. “Within weeks of their friendship ending, Gaia made an accusation to the police which was not upheld. “To the best of my knowledge my son has not had any contact with Gaia since their friendship ended at least two years ago.” Police cordon off an area close to the coastal path at Swanage Hayes, from Bournemouth, and his friend William Wright, 24, from Bovington, also in Dorset, were both jailed for two years for abusing another victim. The victim had been persuaded by Hayes in November 2014 to take part in a sex video with Wright, telling the girl that the video was for personal use.  Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Hayes and Wright shot 10 video clips and 27 still images of them having sex with the girl. Their victim was 16 at the time and over the age of consent for sex but under the age of 18, meaning it was illegal to make or possess indecent images of her. A year later, in November 2015, the video was uploaded onto the internet and the men were arrested shortly afterwards.  Gaia Pope's sister says she was the 'light of my life' 01:38 Wright’s father Jeremy Wright insisted yesterday his son had not known Gaia and bore no responsibility for her death. Mr Wright said he had been told by his son’s friends that Hayes had faced further accusations, although he was unclear what they were. Gaia’s family and friends have now begun a campaign seeking justice. Lucy Tuffin, her close friend, posted on Facebook: “No one can hurt you anymore Gaia, if I could have protected you from it all I would have,” adding: “Justice for Gaia. It was You and Me against the world and still is.” Her cousin, Marienna Weidemann-Pope, had posted on Facebook “#JusticeForGaia” which was being shared across the social networking site. Gaia Pope caught on CCTV on the day she went missing Gaia's mother, Natasha Pope said in a written tribute: “A wise magnificent soul that burns far too bright for this world. Her spirit overflows with love and compassion for others. “Gaia our free spirit, our wild pony, a light that will radiate for all eternity. Meet me at the gate my darling and so we are here longing for you for the rest of our lives. Together forever, united as one, your Mum always.” Gaia’s twin sister, Maya, said in tribute: “Gaia is my everything and I am heartbroken.”  Dorset police confirmed the three people arrested in connection with Gaia’s disappearance had been released from investigation without any further action. Detective superintendent Paul Kessell, said: “I appreciate our enquiries would have caused these individuals stress and anxiety. However, we have an obligation in any missing person investigation to explore every possible line of enquiry.  “The public would expect Dorset Police to fully investigate the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Our aim was not only to find Gaia but to find out what happened to her.” The cause of Gaia's death remains undetermined pending toxicology results.

Libya slave auctions may be crime against humanity: UN chief

Libya slave auctions may be crime against humanity: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he was horrified by video footage showing migrants being sold as slaves in Libya and that these auctions should be investigated as possible crimes against humanity. US television network CNN aired the footage last week of an apparent live auction in Libya where black men were presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. "Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity," Guterres told reporters.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

By Yimou Lee NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar's Rakhine State. Amid a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe, rights groups have accused the Myanmar military of atrocities, while foreign critics have blasted Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize winner who leads a civilian administration that is less than two years old, for failing to speak out more strongly.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

The Block III Virginia-Class Nuclear Attack Submarine: The Best Sub Ever?

The Block III Virginia-Class Nuclear Attack Submarine: The Best Sub Ever?

In recent years, the service has been making progress developing new acoustics, sensors and quieting technologies to ensure the U.S. retains its technological edge in the undersea domain – as countries like China and Russia continue rapid military modernization and construction of new submarines. The impetus for the Navy's “acoustic superiority,” is specifically grounded in the emerging reality that the U.S. undersea margin of technological superiority is rapidly diminishing in light of Russian and Chinese advances. The Navy is now launching the most technologically advanced attack submarine it has ever developed by christening the USS South Dakota - a Block III Virginia-Class attack submarine engineered with a number of never-before-seen undersea technical innovations.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

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Tens of thousands protest Trump’s election victory

Tens of thousands protest Trump’s election victory

Anti-Trump protests continued for a seventh straight day in large cities throughout the country. In Washington, D.C., more than 1,000 students staged a walkout and protested outside of Trump International Hotel, holding signs that read "Boycott Bigotry" and "Stronger Together."

Trump defeats Clinton in 2016 election

Trump defeats Clinton in 2016 election

Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House. His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama.

Clinton’s primetime soap opera reaches its finale

Clinton’s primetime soap opera reaches its finale

We’ve finally arrived at sweeps week in the televised event posing as our presidential election. And if American viewers can’t quite bring themselves to click away from Donald Trump’s vulgar and monotonous reality show, it’s probably because they’ve had all they can take of the cloying, predictable soap opera that keeps rerunning on the other channel.

16 in 2016: The places

16 in 2016: The places

By Nov. 9, the votes will have been cast and counted, there will be a winner and a loser, and the country will begin a slow return to normal. Historians will have their say on the outcome, but all of us who have lived through this election will carry away indelible memories of a shocking year in American history: of a handful of ordinary people, swept up in the rush of history; of a series of moments on which the fate of the nation seemed, at least briefly, to turn; and of places on the map that became symbols of a divided nation. ...

Down Ticket #12: GOP Sen. Toomey hopes to save his seat by bucking his party on guns

Down Ticket #12: GOP Sen. Toomey hopes to save his seat by bucking his party on guns

Down Ticket is Yahoo News’ complete guide to the most fascinating House, Senate and governors’ races of 2016. PHILADELPHIA — With control of the Senate at stake in this year’s election, it’s not surprising to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic star, stumping for Katie McGinty, the challenger to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, a tea party favorite for most of his career. It is noteworthy, however, that some gun control groups are backing Toomey.

FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections. Johnson emphasized in the call that Homeland Security was not aware of “specific or credible cybersecurity threats” to the election, officials said.

Manufacturing political masks for the U.S. election

Manufacturing political masks for the U.S. election

One Chinese factory is expecting Donald Trump to beat his likely U.S. presidential rival Hilary Clinton in the popularity stakes. At the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory, a Halloween and party supply business that produces thousands of rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama Bin Laden to Spiderman, masks of Donald Trump and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton faces are being churned out. Sales of the two expected presidential candidates are at about half a million each but the factory management believes  Trump will eventually run out the winner.

Violent clashes in Kenya over election body protests

Violent clashes in Kenya over election body protests

Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannon on Monday at stone-throwing crowds protesting in central Nairobi against an election oversight body they say is biased and should be scrapped, Reuters witnesses reported. Officers armed with batons confronted hundreds of protesters outside the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the third clash over the issue in less than a month. The opposition CORD coalition, led by Raila Odinga who lost the 2013 vote and unsuccessfully challenged the result in court, has accused the IEBC of bias and said its members should quit.

Ben Carson Sometimes Deviates From GOP Health Care Thought

Ben Carson Sometimes Deviates From GOP Health Care Thought

Meanwhile, the federal government could offer catastrophic care coverage akin to the National Flood Insurance Program, paid for with taxes on insurers’ profits. He has called for government regulators to determine — “with the help of medical professionals” — what providers can charge for care, ensuring “fair and consistent” payments “throughout the country.” Once he declared his candidacy, Carson said he’d scrap Medicare and Medicaid — two longtime targets of conservatives — and spend the money instead on giving every American $2,000 a year for a health savings account. Now, three months from when Iowa and New Hampshire voters cast ballots, Carson’s campaign is promising a policy announcement that will clarify just where the candidate stands on health care.

Neurotic? Extroverted? Disagreeable? Political campaigns have an ad for you.

Neurotic? Extroverted? Disagreeable? Political campaigns have an ad for you.

“I’ll put it in your personality file,” Nix joked. “We’ve modeled every personality of every voter in the United States.” If one were to try to imagine the person who claims to know every single American personality, one would probably not think of Nix, an Eton-educated Englishman in a tweed coat who speaks in fluid, grammatically correct paragraphs of his company’s microtargeting strategy. Whether we like it or not, political campaigns know more and more about each and every one of us, and they’re using that data to craft increasingly specific advertising tailored to our lifestyles. Republicans, led by Karl Rove, pioneered the technique of political microtargeting in a presidential election in 2004, to get out the vote for George W. Bush.

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New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challenges

New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challenges

By Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - New leadership at Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility may not be sufficient to compensate for missteps following Hurricane Maria that led to delayed work, recurrent blackouts and more than $500 million in contracts with untested companies now under federal investigation. A management shakeup on Friday will not by itself cure the chaotic and slow power restoration efforts two months after the hurricane struck the island. PREPA's chief executive Ricardo Ramos stepped down unexpectedly last week, days after congressional hearings on the restoration.

Suspect in custody in fatal Pennsylvania police shooting

Suspect in custody in fatal Pennsylvania police shooting

Police had been searching for Rahmeal Sal Holt, 29, since New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw was gunned down late on Friday after a traffic stop and foot chase in the small town about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania State Police said on Twitter that Holt was in custody and thanked area residents for providing help in the case. The statement gave no details about Holt's arrest, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said a SWAT team took him into custody in Pittsburgh.

Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

By Julie Steenhuysen ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Reuters) - Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan. Hospitals such as St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor have been investing in programs ranging from yoga classes to personal coaches designed to help doctors become more resilient. Some leading healthcare executives now say the way medicine is practiced in the United States is to blame, fueled in part by growing clerical demands that have doctors spending two hours on the computer for every one hour they spend seeing patients.

U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019

U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019

The United States in July 2019 will end a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation after a devastating 2010 earthquake, senior Trump administration officials said on Monday. The decision by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke gives Haitians 18 months to return to their impoverished Caribbean country or legalize their status in the United States. Former President Barack Obama's administration granted Haitian nationals in the United States so-called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for 18 months after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010, killing more than 300,000 people.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officials

Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officials

A government witness in the U.S. corruption trial related to soccer's world-governing body FIFA testified on Monday about millions of dollars paid to former soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting and sponsorship rights for international tournaments, all logged in a secret spreadsheet. The witness, Santiago Pena, said he was a financial manager at the Argentina-headquartered sports marketing firm Full Play from 2009 to 2015 and kept an Excel file which he presented in court. Each of the officials was given a code name in the spreadsheet of different car brands, Pena testified in Brooklyn federal court.

Nebraska clears path for Keystone XL pipeline, challenges remain

Nebraska clears path for Keystone XL pipeline, challenges remain

By Kevin O'Hanlon and Ethan Lou LINCOLN, Neb./CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators approved a route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state on Monday, removing a big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project backed by President Donald Trump, but leaving its future shrouded in legal and market uncertainty.

TransCanada starts excavation work after South Dakota pipeline leak

TransCanada starts excavation work after South Dakota pipeline leak

The 590,000 barrel per day Keystone pipeline, which links Alberta's oil sands to U.S. refineries, was shut down on Thursday after a 5,000 barrel spill. Calgary-based TransCanada is working through the clean-up process, said Brian Walsh, environmental scientist manager for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline route in win for Trump

Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline route in win for Trump

By Kevin O'Hanlon and Valerie Volcovici LINCOLN, Nebraska/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators voted on Monday to approve a route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state, lifting the last big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project that U.S. President Donald Trump wants built. The 3-2 decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission helps clear the way for the pipeline linking Canada's Alberta oil sands to refineries in the United States, but is likely to be challenged in court by opponents who say the project is an environmental risk. The commission's approval was not for TransCanada's preferred route, but for a slightly longer alternative that could prove more difficult and costly to build.

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday upbraided the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, tweeting he "should have left them in jail!" Trump's comments on Twitter came the day after LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, downplayed Trump's involvement in the three athletes' release. "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal.

Uber hit with $8.9 million fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers

Uber hit with $8.9 million fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said its probe found violations that included 12 drivers with felony convictions, 17 drivers with major moving-vehicle violations and three drivers with a type of driver's license required after recent drunk-driving convictions. "We have determined that Uber had background check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway," Doug Dean, the commission's director, said in a statement. Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said in a statement it recently discovered an error in its background check process in Colorado and began working to correct the issue.

Elephant advocates sue Trump administration on trophy hunting

Elephant advocates sue Trump administration on trophy hunting

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Monday over a plan to allow hunters to bring home elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe, following changing statements about the possible move by President Donald Trump's administration. The lawsuit in federal court in Washington was the latest move in a saga that began last week when a trophy hunting group said at a conference in Africa that the White House was ready to overturn a rule banning the import of elephant trophies, sparking a surge of criticism from wildlife advocates. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement that their lawsuit intended to resolve "contradictory announcements" by the Republican administration about trophy imports of the at-risk species.

Second woman accuses Senator Al Franken of groping: CNN

Second woman accuses Senator Al Franken of groping: CNN

A second woman has accused Democratic Senator Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, this time in 2010 after he had been elected to public office, CNN reported on Monday. Franken was first accused of sexual misconduct last week, when radio broadcaster and model Leann Tweeden said that, in 2006, he had forcibly kissed her and groped her while she was sleeping. At that time, Franken was a professional comedian.

Antitrust lawyer admits to scheme to defraud New York law firms

Antitrust lawyer admits to scheme to defraud New York law firms

Keila Ravelo, who prior to her 2014 arrest had been a partner at law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark, New Jersey to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax evasion, prosecutors said. The Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-resident's husband, Melvin Feliz, pleaded guilty in 2015.

Trump calls for Lynch suspension if anthem protest continues

Trump calls for Lynch suspension if anthem protest continues

Lynch and other NFL players have taken a knee or sat during the anthem as a way to protest police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S. Trump has called their actions disrespectful to the country and in the past has said protesting players should be fired. After sitting during the "Star-Spangled Banner," the five-time Pro Bowler rose for the Mexican National Anthem while getting equipment put on. "Marshawn Lynch of the NFL's Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem," Trump tweeted.

Yellen to leave Fed board once successor Powell sworn in

Yellen to leave Fed board once successor Powell sworn in

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Monday she will resign her seat on the Fed's Board of Governors once Jerome Powell is confirmed and sworn in to replace her as head of the U.S. central bank. In a letter to President Donald Trump, which was released by the Fed, Yellen, 71, also vowed to "do my utmost to ensure a smooth transition" to Powell, who was nominated to succeed her by Trump earlier this month.

Tyson puts Kansas plant on hold, to build facility in Tennessee

Tyson puts Kansas plant on hold, to build facility in Tennessee

The company will continue to consider potential sites in Kansas for additional expansion of its poultry business, spokesman Worth Sparkman told Reuters in an email on Monday. The proposed $320 million plant in Tonganoxie, Kansas was expected to create about 1,600 jobs. Tyson said the plant in Gibson County, Tennessee would create more than 1,500 local jobs once it begins operations in late 2019.

U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban

U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today. General John Nicholson, citing counter-insurgency doctrine, said gaining 80 percent control of the country would represent a turning point in the 16-year-old conflict, which has become the longest U.S war. "This we believe is the critical mass necessary to drive the enemy to irrelevance, meaning they're living in these remote outlying areas, or they reconcile, or they die," Nicholson told a Pentagon news briefing via video conference from Afghanistan.

Former New York state official sued over alleged sex harassment

Former New York state official sued over alleged sex harassment

Lisa Cater, a former Department of Motor Vehicles employee, filed suit in Manhattan's federal court against William Hoyt, a former regional head of the state's economic development agency, as well as Cuomo, the agency and New York state. The lawsuit, filed on Saturday, contends that the Cuomo administration ignored repeated complaints by her against Hoyt, a married former state assemblyman.

Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

A U.S. court case against a wealthy Turkish gold trader is a "clear plot against Turkey" that lacks any legal basis, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday, ratcheting up rhetoric ahead of a trial that has strained diplomatic relations. Bekir Bozdag also told a news conference that the U.S. case was aimed at harming economic relations between Turkey, Iran and Russia. "The Zarrab case is a clear plot against Turkey, a political case and lacking any legal basis," Bozdag told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

Factbox: Six facts about murderous cult leader Charles Manson

Factbox: Six facts about murderous cult leader Charles Manson

* While in prison in Washington state in the early 1960s, Manson befriended Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, who had been allied with the deadly Barker bank robbery gang in the 1930s. * Hoping to boost his music career, Manson became friends with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and producer Terry Melcher. * Before the killings, the Beach Boys recorded a song Manson wrote titled "Never Learn Not to Love." Later, Guns N' Roses recorded his "Look at Your Game Girl" and Marilyn Manson, whose stage name was partly inspired by the killer, used lyrics from Manson's "Mechanical Man" in his song "My Monkey." Trent Reznor, front man for the band Nine Inch Nails, lived in the house where the Tate murders occurred.

Mass killer, cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83

Mass killer, cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83

Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his "family" of young followers, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the late 1960s, died on Sunday, prison officials said. Manson died of natural causes Sunday evening at a Kern County hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. "The very name Manson has become a metaphor for evil," the late Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Manson, told the Los Angeles Times in 1994.

Murderous cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83: officials

Murderous cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83: officials

(Reuters) - Charles Manson, the U.S. cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his "family" of young followers in the late 1960s, has died, according to prison officials. He was 83. (Reporting by Keith Coffman and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Pennsylvania police in manhunt for suspect in killing of officer

Pennsylvania police in manhunt for suspect in killing of officer

Officer Brian Shaw, 25, who had been with the New Kensington Police Department for less than a year, was shot late on Friday after a traffic stop and foot chase, police have said. Law enforcement agencies near the small town about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for the suspect in the shooting, Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Trooper Steve Limani told reporters. An arrest warrant identified the suspect as Rahmeal Sal Holt, 29, and warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous, state police said on Twitter.

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday upbraided the father of one of three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting after he questioned Trump's role in their release. "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal.

Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill: aide

Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill: aide

By Lucia Mutikani and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday. The version of tax legislation put forward by Senate Republican leaders would remove a requirement in former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law that taxes Americans who decline to buy health insurance. "If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill ... that can pass, that's great," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

New Orleans's first female mayor to lead city during its 300th anniversary

New Orleans's first female mayor to lead city during its 300th anniversary

LaToya Cantrell, 45, on Saturday defeated former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet in a special runoff election to replace Mitch Landrieu. Cantrell will take office as the 51st mayor of New Orleans in May 2018 as the Louisiana city celebrates the 300th anniversary of its founding by the French in 1718.

White House OK with removing Obamacare mandate repeal from Senate tax bill

White House OK with removing Obamacare mandate repeal from Senate tax bill

U.S. President Donald Trump would not object to removing a provision in a Senate Republican tax plan that would repeal the Obamacare mandate if it "becomes an impediment," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday. Some Republican senators who have been critical of the plan warned that some middle-income taxpayers could see tax cuts wiped out by higher health insurance premiums if the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate goes through.

Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger killing

Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger killing

Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said the man, identified as Mojammel Hossain, 25, head of the intelligence wing of the al Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansar Ullah Bangla Team, was suspected of taking part in the killing of writer Avijit Roy. Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 while returning home with his wife from a Dhaka book fair.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tennessee man accidentally shoots self, wife during church gun-violence chat

Tennessee man accidentally shoots self, wife during church gun-violence chat

The shooting on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, about 45 miles (70 km) southwest of Knoxville, took place as church elders discussed a local sheriff's "weapons and worship" seminar, following the massacre of 26 people at a rural Texas church earlier this month. "During their discussion of this, one of the gentlemen said, 'I carry a weapon with me everywhere'" and pulled a loaded Ruger .380-caliber pistol from his back pocket, Tellico Plains Police Chief Ross Parks said by telephone. The bullet struck his right hand and then went through his 80-year-old wife's abdomen and right forearm, according to the police chief.

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Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

Sounds detected in undersea area where Argentine sub went missing

Sounds detected in undersea area where Argentine sub went missing

By Walter Bianchi and Maximiliano Rizzi MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine authorities were analyzing sounds detected by probes deep in the South Atlantic on Monday as they searched for a navy submarine that went missing five days ago after reporting an electrical malfunction. "Special software is being used to study different sounds and acoustics," navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters in Buenos Aires. The probes are being carried out 360 km (223 miles) off the coast of Argentina and 200 meters (656 feet) down, he said.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

Noises detected in Argentine sub search disappoint

Noises detected in Argentine sub search disappoint

Experts ruled out Monday the possibility that noise detected at sea could have come from an Argentine submarine missing with 44 people aboard, in the latest bad news to hit their relatives. "The sound footprint could not correspond to a sub's... it may have been a noise from a living thing," said navy spokesman Enrique Balbi. "The search continues," he added, noting that there are 14 vessels and 10 aircraft scouring area 24 hours a day in the midst of a storm front in the South Atlantic that is expected to ease on Tuesday.

Israeli minister publicly confirms contacts with Saudi Arabia amid growing threat from Iran

Israeli minister publicly confirms contacts with Saudi Arabia amid growing threat from Iran

An Israeli minister has publicly admitted for the first time that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been in covert contact as both countries strive to confront Iran in the Middle East. The Jewish state and the Arab kingdom do not have formal diplomatic relations but there have long been rumours and reports of the two sides secretly working together.  Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister, confirmed there had been contact between Israel and Saudi Arabia but said that Riyadh was eager to keep the cooperation a secret.  "We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually (we are) the party that is not ashamed,” Mr Steinitz said.  "It's the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side's wish, when ties are developing, whether it's with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries.” Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted of improved but secret ties between Israel and the "moderate Sunni states" in the Middle East Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen Saudi Arabia’s leaders are deeply sensitive to claims that they are working with Israel because the Jewish state is still seen as an enemy by much of the Saudi public.  Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, has said several times in the last two years that Saudi Arabia has “no relationship” with Israel and no secret back channels. Asked about the persistent reports that Saudi Arabia and Israel were cooperating against Iran, Mr Jubeir said last week that there could only be a relationship between the two countries if there was a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. #عادل_الجبير : #السعودية لا تملك علاقات مع #إسرائيل وليس هناك تواصل مباشر او عبر قنوات غير مباشرة معهم... pic.twitter.com/zrc1eiZpBT— بن هباس ���� (@5a1di) July 24, 2016 "We have always said that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved on the basis of the Arab peace initiative that Israel would have enjoyed normal relations, economic, political, diplomatic relations with all of the Arab countries, and so until that happens, we don't have relations with Israel," he said. There was no immediate Saudi response to the Israeli minister’s comments.  Israel and Saudi Arabia both see Iran as a major threat and there have been public signs of their warming ties since Donald Trump took office. After visiting Riyadh in February, Mr Trump told Israelis that he found the Saudi leadership to be “very positive” towards Israel.  Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip 00:41 Israel’s top military commander gave an unprecedented interview to a Saudi newspaper last week in which he offered to share intelligence against Iran.  Both Israel and Saudi Arabia speak often about the threat from Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group which is supported by Iran.  Jerusalem says Hizbollah is amassing weapons in southern Lebanon with the aim of attacking Israel while Riyadh accuses Hizbollah of helping rebels in Yemen to launch missiles into Saudi Arabia.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Kenya's Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta's presidential win

Kenya's Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta's presidential win

By Maggie Fick and Duncan Miriri NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in last month's repeat presidential vote, paving the way for him to be sworn in next week. Chief Justice David Maraga said all six judges dismissed the two legal challenges to the vote. The opposition coalition NASA insisted the government was illegitimate.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the case—and an increasing number of analysts, commentators, and industry executives have worried that the U.S. may become less relevant to the future of automobiles in the 21st century.

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

The family of a five-year-old boy who was crushed to death after he became trapped by a rotating restaurant floor is suing the restaurant and hotel chain. Charles Holt was killed in April after he became trapped between a wall and a wooden booth at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel’s Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta. Marriott International, which owns the hotel, did not immediately respond to The Independent for comment.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also voiced concern at rape or mistreatment of women in detention especially those repatriated after fleeing abroad. North Korean women are "under-represented or disadvantaged" in tertiary education, the judiciary, security and police forces and leadership and managerial positions "in all non-traditional areas of work", the panel of independent experts said.

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to War with America

5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to War with America

Thus, each Ohio-class SSBN could carry up to 192 nuclear warheads on board. Altogether, America’s sea-based deterrent boasts 336 nuclear-armed missiles, with about half of America’s deployed nuclear warheads on board.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

A U.S. court case against a wealthy Turkish gold trader is a "clear plot against Turkey" that lacks any legal basis, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday, ratcheting up rhetoric ahead of a trial that has strained diplomatic relations. Bekir Bozdag also told a news conference that the U.S. case was aimed at harming economic relations between Turkey, Iran and Russia. "The Zarrab case is a clear plot against Turkey, a political case and lacking any legal basis," Bozdag told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

With wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.

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Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

Argentina's navy says sounds didn't come from missing sub

Argentina's navy says sounds didn't come from missing sub

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Sounds detected by probes deep in the South Atlantic on Monday did not come from an Argentine submarine that has been lost for five days, the country's navy said Monday, dashing newfound hope among relatives of the 44 sailors aboard.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat

His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat

BEIRUT (AP) — His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is displaced, hundreds of thousands have died and much of the West regards him as a tyrant and human rights abuser. But Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the war and is likely to hold onto power for the foreseeable future.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

By Walter Bianchi MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters) - A storm on Sunday complicated efforts to find an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members, while satellite calls thought to come from the vessel did not help searchers identify the vessel's location. The defense ministry has said the ARA San Juan appeared to try to make contact through seven failed satellite calls on Saturday between late morning and early afternoon. The vessel was 432 km (268 miles) off Argentina's coast when its location was last known early on Wednesday.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

With wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also voiced concern at rape or mistreatment of women in detention especially those repatriated after fleeing abroad. North Korean women are "under-represented or disadvantaged" in tertiary education, the judiciary, security and police forces and leadership and managerial positions "in all non-traditional areas of work", the panel of independent experts said.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Russia’s modernized fleet of strategic bombers, including new production versions of the Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack, will afford the Kremlin a much more responsive global conventional strike capability. Right now, Russia relies primarily on its Kalibr cruise missile equipped submarines to launch long-range precision conventional strikes.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.

Lebanon army chief calls for readiness at Israel border

Lebanon army chief calls for readiness at Israel border

Lebanon's army chief urged his soldiers on Tuesday to stand fully ready at the southern border to face the "threats of the Israeli enemy". General Joseph Aoun also called on the troops to stay vigilant for the "good implementation" of U.N. resolution 1701 to "preserve stability" at the border with Israel. Israeli officials had no immediate comment.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the case—and an increasing number of analysts, commentators, and industry executives have worried that the U.S. may become less relevant to the future of automobiles in the 21st century.

Nigerian and gay: dodging police and the Yahoo Boys

Nigerian and gay: dodging police and the Yahoo Boys

It was a life-changing moment for David when five police officers in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, locked him in the back of a van two years ago. The Lagos state government said those detained had been engaging in "gay activities" and "permitting male persons to have carnal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature".

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Gaia Pope was traumatised by the impending release from jail on child sex offences of a college friend against whom she had made a police complaint. Gaia, 19, had accused Connor Hayes of sexual abuse after they had stopped seeing each other two years ago, the offender’s mother said yesterday.  Police had dropped that investigation into Hayes, 24, but had prosecuted him successfully for persuading another girlfriend to take part in a sex video which was then uploaded onto the internet. Hayes was jailed for two years in April after pleading guilty to three separate offences of taking an indecent moving image of a child, possession of indecent images of a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.  He was due for release in the coming months, under rules which mean offenders serve half their sentence. Connor Hayes, 24, was jailed for sex offences Gaia’s family and friends said the “traumatic incident” and fear of Hayes’ release had made her “very anxious” and that could have triggered an epileptic seizure. Gaia’s body was discovered on Saturday close to a cliff edge near to Swanage, in Dorset, where she had last been seen on November 7. A post mortem ruled out the involvement of any third party in her death and yesterday police acknowledged the “stress and anxiety” caused to three members of one family arrested on suspicion of her murder.  Rosemary Dinch, 71, her son Paul Elsey, 49, and her grandson Nathan Elsey, 19, who were all dragged into the case, are threatening to sue police for wrongful arrest after an alleged CCTV mix-up caused by the clocks changing. Ms Dinch's daughter, Deborah Elsey, told The Sun she had given police CCTV footage from her house that showed her son, who said he had known Miss Pope, leaving his home. "When they questioned him, the time didn't match the time on the footage so they dragged him in for murder," Ms Elsey said. Gaia Pope The inquiry into Gaia’s death will now turn to what triggered her behaviour in the hours before she vanished. Hannah Sutherland, her aunt, spoke of “a traumatic incident a couple of years ago”. She said: “And because of her epilepsy, prior to a seizure she could get very anxious and that was apparently part of what came out as some of the anxiety. She was anxious there could potentially be some parole or something coming up.” Gaia’s father Richard Sutherland said the incident had “had a really devastating effect on her”. Mr Sutherland said he had lots of questions that now needed answers, telling ITV News: “We want to know more. I think we know that she was really struggling [with] a lot of issues and she clearly just couldn’t cope with that. With the epilepsy she was just struggling badly.” Hayes’s mother confirmed that Gaia had made a complaint against her son although the detail of the allegation is not clear. In a statement, she said: “I am aware that my son had a brief friendship with Gaia Pope when she was 16 and had just started college. “Within weeks of their friendship ending, Gaia made an accusation to the police which was not upheld. “To the best of my knowledge my son has not had any contact with Gaia since their friendship ended at least two years ago.” Police cordon off an area close to the coastal path at Swanage Hayes, from Bournemouth, and his friend William Wright, 24, from Bovington, also in Dorset, were both jailed for two years for abusing another victim. The victim had been persuaded by Hayes in November 2014 to take part in a sex video with Wright, telling the girl that the video was for personal use.  Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Hayes and Wright shot 10 video clips and 27 still images of them having sex with the girl. Their victim was 16 at the time and over the age of consent for sex but under the age of 18, meaning it was illegal to make or possess indecent images of her. A year later, in November 2015, the video was uploaded onto the internet and the men were arrested shortly afterwards.  Gaia Pope's sister says she was the 'light of my life' 01:38 Wright’s father Jeremy Wright insisted yesterday his son had not known Gaia and bore no responsibility for her death. Mr Wright said he had been told by his son’s friends that Hayes had faced further accusations, although he was unclear what they were. Gaia’s family and friends have now begun a campaign seeking justice. Lucy Tuffin, her close friend, posted on Facebook: “No one can hurt you anymore Gaia, if I could have protected you from it all I would have,” adding: “Justice for Gaia. It was You and Me against the world and still is.” Her cousin, Marienna Weidemann-Pope, had posted on Facebook “#JusticeForGaia” which was being shared across the social networking site. Gaia Pope caught on CCTV on the day she went missing Gaia's mother, Natasha Pope said in a written tribute: “A wise magnificent soul that burns far too bright for this world. Her spirit overflows with love and compassion for others. “Gaia our free spirit, our wild pony, a light that will radiate for all eternity. Meet me at the gate my darling and so we are here longing for you for the rest of our lives. Together forever, united as one, your Mum always.” Gaia’s twin sister, Maya, said in tribute: “Gaia is my everything and I am heartbroken.”  Dorset police confirmed the three people arrested in connection with Gaia’s disappearance had been released from investigation without any further action. Detective superintendent Paul Kessell, said: “I appreciate our enquiries would have caused these individuals stress and anxiety. However, we have an obligation in any missing person investigation to explore every possible line of enquiry.  “The public would expect Dorset Police to fully investigate the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Our aim was not only to find Gaia but to find out what happened to her.” The cause of Gaia's death remains undetermined pending toxicology results.

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

The family of a five-year-old boy who was crushed to death after he became trapped by a rotating restaurant floor is suing the restaurant and hotel chain. Charles Holt was killed in April after he became trapped between a wall and a wooden booth at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel’s Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta. Marriott International, which owns the hotel, did not immediately respond to The Independent for comment.

politics

All hail Roy Moore at 'pro-family' rally, while accusations pile up

All hail Roy Moore at 'pro-family' rally, while accusations pile up

A “pro-family” rally in Birmingham, Ala., featured tributes to embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore by a parade of supporters — including one with a stalking conviction and one who has blamed Hurricane Sandy on gay marriage – but no comments from Moore himself on the latest accusations against him. After two hours of speeches, Moore gave a brief address before the host invited questions on “issues” from the assembled press. The first question was if Moore had ever touched young women without their consent and if he dated teenagers when he was in his 30s.

The women who have accused Roy Moore

The women who have accused Roy Moore

Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama, has seen his campaign derailed in the past week as nine women have accused him of behavior ranging from uncomfortable and unwanted overtures to sexual assault.

Democrats edge toward running on universal health care

Democrats edge toward running on universal health care

Democrats have a problem: Despite the historic unpopularity of the White House’s current occupant, their own favorability ratings are not much higher. The most recent proposal put forth in Congress is the State Public Option Act, which would allow citizens to buy into Medicaid, the decades-old program that provides health care for Americans with low incomes and disabilities. The plan would give states the option of offering Medicaid to all residents regardless of income.

Lawmakers target Asia's 'abhorrent' dog-meat industry

Lawmakers target Asia's 'abhorrent' dog-meat industry

The House Foreign Affairs committee adopted a resolution urging nine Asian countries to outlaw the use of dogs and cats for meat. The measure points out that many animals in the trade are stolen pets and also contends that mainstream culinary practice in Asia doesn’t include such meat.

Four voices of white nationalism

Four voices of white nationalism

From a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard to a 22-year-old ex-“social justice warrior,” each described a combination of factors that — despite their varying ages and diverse upbringings — led all four of them on the path to white nationalism.

Sessions angrily rejects Dems' perjury charges

Sessions angrily rejects Dems' perjury charges

Attorney General Jeff Sessions angrily rebutted House Democrats’ suggestion that he had perjured himself in congressional testimony and on an application form for security clearance on Tuesday.

Women's anger transformed the 2017 elections. Get ready for 2018.

Women's anger transformed the 2017 elections. Get ready for 2018.

Women candidates and voters — often in districts that Democrats had given up contesting — helped the party to its extraordinary gains in Virginia. In the year since Donald Trump was elected, thousands of women across the country have expressed interest in running for office, and new organizations are springing up to help them.

White House official: Roy Moore has 'more explaining' to do

White House official: Roy Moore has 'more explaining' to do

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on Sunday that if the allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore are true, there’s a “special place in hell” for him — but cautioned against a rush to judgment.

Trump's long trip to Asia

Trump's long trip to Asia

Trump's tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from Friday to Nov. 15 will take him out of Washington, where he has been beset by several issues.

A year in the life of Donald Trump, and the country

A year in the life of Donald Trump, and the country

Republican President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016, in New York City. When Donald Trump became the president-elect one year ago, his elated supporters and his crestfallen detractors had two very different ideas of the president he would become.

Democrats make huge gains in Virginia House

Democrats make huge gains in Virginia House

As of 9:30, Democrats had picked up 13 seats and had a 47-46 edge in called races, with seven contests still too close to call, putting them on the cusp of a majority in the 100-seat chamber.

In Virginia campaign, civility yields to racial appeals

In Virginia campaign, civility yields to racial appeals

After a quiet start and a civil debate, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie’s campaign turned sharply negative, releasing a highly-charged ad implying his opponent Ralph Northam would be soft on immigrant gang members. The Democrats have struggled to respond.

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Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

Sounds detected in undersea area where Argentine sub went missing

Sounds detected in undersea area where Argentine sub went missing

By Walter Bianchi and Maximiliano Rizzi MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine authorities were analyzing sounds detected by probes deep in the South Atlantic on Monday as they searched for a navy submarine that went missing five days ago after reporting an electrical malfunction. "Special software is being used to study different sounds and acoustics," navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters in Buenos Aires. The probes are being carried out 360 km (223 miles) off the coast of Argentina and 200 meters (656 feet) down, he said.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

Noises detected in Argentine sub search disappoint

Noises detected in Argentine sub search disappoint

Experts ruled out Monday the possibility that noise detected at sea could have come from an Argentine submarine missing with 44 people aboard, in the latest bad news to hit their relatives. "The sound footprint could not correspond to a sub's... it may have been a noise from a living thing," said navy spokesman Enrique Balbi. "The search continues," he added, noting that there are 14 vessels and 10 aircraft scouring area 24 hours a day in the midst of a storm front in the South Atlantic that is expected to ease on Tuesday.

Israeli minister publicly confirms contacts with Saudi Arabia amid growing threat from Iran

Israeli minister publicly confirms contacts with Saudi Arabia amid growing threat from Iran

An Israeli minister has publicly admitted for the first time that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been in covert contact as both countries strive to confront Iran in the Middle East. The Jewish state and the Arab kingdom do not have formal diplomatic relations but there have long been rumours and reports of the two sides secretly working together.  Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister, confirmed there had been contact between Israel and Saudi Arabia but said that Riyadh was eager to keep the cooperation a secret.  "We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually (we are) the party that is not ashamed,” Mr Steinitz said.  "It's the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side's wish, when ties are developing, whether it's with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries.” Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted of improved but secret ties between Israel and the "moderate Sunni states" in the Middle East Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen Saudi Arabia’s leaders are deeply sensitive to claims that they are working with Israel because the Jewish state is still seen as an enemy by much of the Saudi public.  Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, has said several times in the last two years that Saudi Arabia has “no relationship” with Israel and no secret back channels. Asked about the persistent reports that Saudi Arabia and Israel were cooperating against Iran, Mr Jubeir said last week that there could only be a relationship between the two countries if there was a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. #عادل_الجبير : #السعودية لا تملك علاقات مع #إسرائيل وليس هناك تواصل مباشر او عبر قنوات غير مباشرة معهم... pic.twitter.com/zrc1eiZpBT— بن هباس ���� (@5a1di) July 24, 2016 "We have always said that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved on the basis of the Arab peace initiative that Israel would have enjoyed normal relations, economic, political, diplomatic relations with all of the Arab countries, and so until that happens, we don't have relations with Israel," he said. There was no immediate Saudi response to the Israeli minister’s comments.  Israel and Saudi Arabia both see Iran as a major threat and there have been public signs of their warming ties since Donald Trump took office. After visiting Riyadh in February, Mr Trump told Israelis that he found the Saudi leadership to be “very positive” towards Israel.  Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip 00:41 Israel’s top military commander gave an unprecedented interview to a Saudi newspaper last week in which he offered to share intelligence against Iran.  Both Israel and Saudi Arabia speak often about the threat from Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group which is supported by Iran.  Jerusalem says Hizbollah is amassing weapons in southern Lebanon with the aim of attacking Israel while Riyadh accuses Hizbollah of helping rebels in Yemen to launch missiles into Saudi Arabia.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Kenya's Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta's presidential win

Kenya's Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta's presidential win

By Maggie Fick and Duncan Miriri NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in last month's repeat presidential vote, paving the way for him to be sworn in next week. Chief Justice David Maraga said all six judges dismissed the two legal challenges to the vote. The opposition coalition NASA insisted the government was illegitimate.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the case—and an increasing number of analysts, commentators, and industry executives have worried that the U.S. may become less relevant to the future of automobiles in the 21st century.

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

The family of a five-year-old boy who was crushed to death after he became trapped by a rotating restaurant floor is suing the restaurant and hotel chain. Charles Holt was killed in April after he became trapped between a wall and a wooden booth at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel’s Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta. Marriott International, which owns the hotel, did not immediately respond to The Independent for comment.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also voiced concern at rape or mistreatment of women in detention especially those repatriated after fleeing abroad. North Korean women are "under-represented or disadvantaged" in tertiary education, the judiciary, security and police forces and leadership and managerial positions "in all non-traditional areas of work", the panel of independent experts said.

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to War with America

5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to War with America

Thus, each Ohio-class SSBN could carry up to 192 nuclear warheads on board. Altogether, America’s sea-based deterrent boasts 336 nuclear-armed missiles, with about half of America’s deployed nuclear warheads on board.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

A U.S. court case against a wealthy Turkish gold trader is a "clear plot against Turkey" that lacks any legal basis, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday, ratcheting up rhetoric ahead of a trial that has strained diplomatic relations. Bekir Bozdag also told a news conference that the U.S. case was aimed at harming economic relations between Turkey, Iran and Russia. "The Zarrab case is a clear plot against Turkey, a political case and lacking any legal basis," Bozdag told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

With wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.