North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea warned a United Nations committee on Monday that a nuclear conflict “may break out any moment,” continuing a bombastic war of words between the East Asian country and the United States that has only increased in recent months.

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict.

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

By Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims. "There are still some concerns that if the west winds come up or we get some erratic winds they could push our lines, but as of right now we're looking pretty good," Steve Crawford, a fire operations chief, told reporters at a briefing in Sonoma County in the heart of California's celebrated wine country. Already 41 people have been confirmed killed in the fires, which erupted last week and were driven by dry, hot winds into Northern California communities, giving residents little or no chance to escape.

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

Rumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party's leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened on national television in Beijing's vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly "Frog" -- an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang's wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes -- marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis.

Anthony Scaramucci's media project asks how many Jews died in the Holocaust in online poll

Anthony Scaramucci's media project asks how many Jews died in the Holocaust in online poll

Donald Trump’s former communications chief is at the centre of fresh controversy after his new media project tweeted an online poll asking people to select how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Since being abruptly forced from the White House after just 11 days by Mr Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, Anthony Scaramucci has been getting ready to launch a new media venture, titled the Scaramucci Post. Mr Scaramucci, who was forced out from his White House job in July, told a New York radio station his news outlet “would be about what is right and wrong in the society right now, as opposed to what is left and right”.

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Typos are a fact of life. Today's example: Newt Gingrich, tweeting his steadfast support for "Presideent Trtump." In the words of the former speaker of the House, "Trtump was rermarkably stgroing in hius joint press event with" Senator Mitch McConnell held earlier Monday at the White House.  A glowing review! SEE ALSO: Trump and Mitch McConnell formally announce bromance in weird Rose Garden press conference Gingrich has replaced the original tweet with a legible version.  "Sometimes my ideas are faster than my fingers," he claims, which...fine. Just for future ref, Newt– it takes about three seconds to proofread a tweet before pressing send.  So close, Newt. pic.twitter.com/JZZwkSOVTy — Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 16, 2017 this was Trump tweeting while Newt struggled to take his phone back pic.twitter.com/HKHSQ1K8jR — thomas violence (@thomas_violence) October 16, 2017 “It’s not a good look to try to defend the president when you’re drunk” Newt: Frist off aal, pic.twitter.com/0HX6stfRtN — alex tumay (@alextumay) October 16, 2017 pic.twitter.com/7mH3Dsmd4A — ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) October 16, 2017 Newt Gingrich is trying to bring back Weird Twitter. pic.twitter.com/c4kClYrORb — ParaNorbit™ (@TimDuffy) October 16, 2017 WATCH: This wearable Bluetooth device will turn any surface into a keyboard

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

By Arshad Mohammed and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria. U.S.-backed militias declared victory over Islamic State in Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The Sunni militant group often referred to as ISIS, overran Raqqa in January 2014, seizing control from rebel factions opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence. Addressing a twice-a-decade gathering of the Communist Party in Beijing, Xi warned that China has "the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form". "We will never allow anyone, any organisation, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China," he said.

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

The Trump administration must turn over all emails and memos used to make its decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 program created to protect undocumented youths from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenya’s top election official threw next week’s rerun of the country’s presidential election into doubt on Wednesday, saying that political intimidation and interference meant he could no longer guarantee the credibility of the vote. Hours after one of his colleagues resigned and fled the country saying she feared for her life, Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, also threatened to quit, deepening a political crisis that risks upending one of Africa’s most stable states. Next Thursday’s election marks Kenya’s second attempt in three months to choose a leader after the supreme court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August, citing “irregularities and illegalities” in the transmission of results. But the ruling, unprecedented in Africa, has worsened rather than resolved Kenya’s political impasse. Mr Kenyatta’s challenger, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the rerun earlier this month after electoral officials he accused of rigging the first vote refused to resign. Mr Chebukati accused both the government and the opposition of resorting to tactics that, he said, threatened to pitch Kenya into a “worse situation” than the violent aftermath of an election in 2007 that claimed more than 1,300 lives. Kenya's opposition party leader, Raila Odinga, speaking at Chatham House in London on October 13 Credit:  REUTERS But Mr Odinga was swift to claim vindication after the chairman said his efforts to ensure a transparent election had been blocked by four commissioners who have been accused of acting at the behest of the president’s ruling party. “I’ve made several attempts to make critical changes but all my motions have been defeated by a majority of the commissioners,” Mr Chebukati said. “Under such conditions it is difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election.” “I would rather go out with my name intact and my head lifted high than be part of a process where personal interests dwarf the interests of the nation.” Mr Chebukati indicated he would carry out his threat to quit unless electoral staff accused of bungling August’s election stepped down, his fellow commissioners stopped serving “partisan interests” and President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga agreed to negotiate. A police officer prepares to fire a tear gas to disperse supporters of Raila Odinga in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 16 October 2017 Credit:  EPA He also demanded an end to opposition protesters chasing away electoral staff trying to prepare polling stations. Were Mr Chebukati to resign, the election — which is constitutionally required to be held by Nov 1st — risks being postponed as the chairman of the commission alone has the power to declare the result.  Mr Chebukati’s decision to air his grievances publicly came after Roselyn Akombe, one of his six fellow commissioners, resigned and fled to New York, raised similar concerns and said she feared for her safety after receiving threats. A senior electoral manager with responsibility for the electronic integrity of the vote, was murdered nine days before the August election. “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017,” she said in a statement. “I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.” Kenyan opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi Luyai leans through of his car as tear gas billows out Credit: REUTERS In recent days, both President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga appeared to have made some concessions that raised hopes for a negotiated settlement to the crisis. But Mr Odinga has shown little sign of returning to the race. On Wednesday he called for mass protests on election day as part of a strategy to prevent voting taking place in his strongholds — a move that could lead to the poll being nullified again. As many as 70 people have died in election-related violence since August, the vast majority opposition protesters killed by the security forces.

The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit

The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit

The photo of an ancient Thracian chariot alongside the bones of two horses and a dog has quickly risen to the top of Reddit today (Oct. 13), with more than 65,000 likes. A team of archaeologists led by Veselin Ignatov, of the Istoricheski muzej Nova Zagora, a museum in Bulgaria, discovered the 2,000-year-old wooden chariot in 2008. In 2009, Ignatov and his team also found a brick tomb, containing the remains of a man dressed in what appears to be armor, near the chariot.

After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More Assertive

After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More Assertive

President Xi Jinping is expected to emerge from the 19th National Congress with more power, more allies and more ambitious plans. Since coming to power in 2012, China’s President Xi Jinping has taken his country on a foreign policy path in marked contrast to that of his predecessors. Instead of continuing “peaceful development,” China under Xi has grown more assertive in the South and East China Seas, as well as in other areas of territorial dispute.

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out Tuesday in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains.

US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances

US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances

Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake the control of the city center from peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday. US military commanders are scrambling to stop a conflict escalating between two forces they arm and train, after the Iraqi army seized the contested, oil-rich city of Kirkuk, from Kurdish peshmerga. The Pentagon sought to play down the scale of clashes between the two sides, after forces loyal to the central government in Baghdad rapidly took over nearly all the city on Monday, and Kurdish forces abandoned their positions, retreating to nearby oilfields.

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Bombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

A wanted Michigan man has turned himself in after losing a bet he made with police on Facebook. Michael Zaydel had promised to give himself up to police if a Facebook post about an existing arrest warrant received more than 1,000 shares. The cocky 21-year-old even promised to bring Redford Township Police Department (RTPD) officers a dozen doughnuts if they were victorious in the challenge. “I’m not worried about it,” he wrote. “If your next post gets 1,000 shares I’ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that’s a promise. “And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools.” In a follow-up post, the department said he “may or may not be a man of his word,” adding, “it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.” The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel. “Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,” the department said. “He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.” Mr Zaydel was sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation. Is this the world's most meta mugshot? 

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

By Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a "new era", using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.

Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies: Maduro

Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies: Maduro

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday his socialist party's landslide victory in disputed regional elections had delivered a "strong message" to the United States and its allies. "Our people have given a strong message to imperialism, to (US President Donald) Trump, to its regional allies and to the local right-wing," Maduro told a news conference after the opposition rejected the results and the US and EU said they were deeply flawed. "It is not going to be an economic war or an induced inflation that makes this people give up," said Maduro, who according to opinion polls has an 80 percent dissatisfaction rating among Venezuelans who are struggling with serious food and medicine shortages and record inflation.

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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.

New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligence

New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligence

The Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin: Did the Russians hack U.S. election databases? A top cybersecurity firm said Friday it has found “significant” links between the hacks of two U.S. state election databases this summer and suspected Russian state-sponsored attacks against the ruling political party in Turkey and members of the Ukrainian Parliament. ThreatConnect, a firm founded by former U.S. military intelligence analysts, said it discovered the connection this week by researching a Web address linked to one of the election hacks and cited in an Aug. 18 confidential “flash” alert to state election officials. The alert was first reported Monday by Yahoo News.

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.

Hong Kong's "umbrella revolution" explained

Hong Kong's "umbrella revolution" explained

By Katie Brinn The scene in Hong Kong over the past week has gone from chaos to calm and back again, as tensions grow and pro-democracy throngs clash with pro-China demonstrators. It all started on Sept. 26, when hundreds of students gathered in a courtyard in Central Hong Kong, demanding an end to Chinese oppression and control.  China’s modern history with Hong Kong has been complicated, to say the least. For more than 150 years, Hong Kong belonged to Britain.  Then in 1997 Britain handed the thriving metropolis back to China in a political deal called “One Country, Two Systems,” which allowed Hong Kong to maintain some of the freedoms and independence mainland Chinese people do not have, such as freedom of the press and the right to assemble. The people of Hong Kong would even be allowed to elect their own leader in 2017.

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Former Penn State coach Sandusky denied new child sex abuse trial

Former Penn State coach Sandusky denied new child sex abuse trial

By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday denied a request by former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky for a new trial on charges that he sexually assaulted pre-teen and teenaged boys for 15 years. Sandusky, 73, was convicted in 2012 of exploiting his position in the top-flight football program to sexually assault 10 boys. Centre County Court of Common Pleas visiting Judge John Foradora struck down all Sandusky's claims of sub-par legal work by his trial attorney, Joseph Amendola, and two other lawyers.

Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plot

Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plot

A Boston-area man was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy to commit acts of international terrorism and supporting Islamic State for a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a conservative blogger who organized a "Draw Mohammed" contest. David Wright, 28, was found guilty of five criminal charges for planning with his uncle and a friend to behead blogger Pamela Geller. The plot fell apart after Wright's uncle said he wanted to kill law enforcement officers instead and was shot dead by police.

Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene'

Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene'

Firefighters responded to an alarm shortly after midnight and discovered the bodies as they put out the blaze, which destroyed the home, Davis said. "Tough situation, really a horrific scene here and just so sad that we’re dealing with six victims at a house fire," Davis told Beaumont television station KFDM shortly after the fire had been put out. The identities of the mother and the children, who ranged in age from 3 to 11 and included a set of 4-year-old twins, were being withheld pending notification of other family members, he said.

Texas to execute 'tourniquet killer' for serial rape and murder

Texas to execute 'tourniquet killer' for serial rape and murder

A man known as the "tourniquet killer" for the method he used to torture and strangle the five girls and young women he was convicted of raping and murdering is due to be executed in Texas on Wednesday. Anthony Shore, 55, is set to be put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT). If the execution goes ahead, it will be the seventh this year in Texas and the 21st in the United States, one more than the national total in 2016.

Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets

Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets

Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos, the first person to confront gunman Stephen Paddock, gave "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Contradictory statements from police and the hotel about what time Campos arrived at Paddock's room have raised questions about the police response. Campos himself came under increased scrutiny last week after he skipped out on scheduled television interviews.

Ford to recall about 1.3 million trucks in North America for door latch fix

Ford to recall about 1.3 million trucks in North America for door latch fix

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it would recall about 1.3 million 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks in North America to add water shields to side door latches at a cost of $267 million. The No.2 U.S. automaker said the safety recall is due to a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable in the affected vehicles, that may result in a door not opening or closing. A Ford spokeswoman said customers would be notified next month but did not have a timetable for when parts will be available.

Bus failed to stop at red light in deadly NYC crash in Sept.: NTSB

Bus failed to stop at red light in deadly NYC crash in Sept.: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday a tour bus involved in a deadly New York crash in September in New York ran a red light when it struck a municipal city bus. Three people died when the Dahlia Group tour bus crashed into a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus. The victims included the driver of the tour bus, a passenger on the transit bus and a pedestrian.

Second federal judge blocks Trump's curbs on travel to U.S.

Second federal judge blocks Trump's curbs on travel to U.S.

A second U.S. federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the United States from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland, in a ruling issued overnight, said the policy as applied to six majority-Muslim countries likely violates the U.S. Constitution's prohibition on religious discrimination.

Trump slams NFL for not making players stand for anthem

Trump slams NFL for not making players stand for anthem

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the National Football League on Wednesday for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem, firing back after league officials meeting in New York chose instead to effectively back players' right to political activism. "Total disrespect for our great country!" tweeted Trump, who has repeatedly denounced players in the country's most popular sports league as unpatriotic for kneeling during the anthem in a demonstration against racism. After the first day of the NFL's two-day autumn meeting of team owners, players and their union's leaders in Manhattan, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters they talked about "the issues that our players have been trying to bring attention to.

Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims

Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said. While there are often few assets to collect from the young men who typically carry out these killings, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, is thought to have had multi-million-dollar investments in buildings across Texas and California. "It definitely depends on the assets in the estate whether you pursue that claim," said Theida Salazar, a Los Angeles attorney who represented one of the victim's families in the 2015 shooting in San Bernadino, California.

U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online

U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online

By Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making illegal versions of fentanyl and selling the highly addictive drug to Americans over the internet and through international mail. Xiaobing Yan, 40, and Jian Zhang, 38, who are both in China and have not been taken into U.S. custody, were charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues into the United States, the Justice Department said.

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump indicates support

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump indicates support

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday reached a bipartisan agreement to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president indicated his support for the plan. The deal worked out by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray would meet some Democratic objectives, including reviving the subsidies for Obamacare and restoring $106 million in funding for a federal program that helps people enroll in insurance plans. In exchange, Republicans would get more flexibility for states to offer a wider variety of health insurance plans while maintaining the requirement that sick and healthy people be charged the same rates for coverage.

Kentucky city removes two Confederate statues

Kentucky city removes two Confederate statues

The city council in August voted to remove the statues of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge, a U.S. vice president and Confederate secretary of war, the Lexington Herald Leader reported, showing video of the removal work that began without advance notice. The Kentucky vote came soon after a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists angered at the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee clashed with counter-protesters.

Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

By Sarah N. Lynch and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. lawmaker who was President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after a report he spearheaded a bill that hurt the government's ability to crack down on opioid makers flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. Trump had pegged Representative Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the administration faces an epidemic of opioid overdoses that is killing tens of thousands of Americans annually. Trump wrote on Twitter: "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar.

CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not

CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday. "It's embarrassing and I have apologized," Christopher Sharpley, the acting CIA Inspector General, told the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing as President Donald Trump's nominee for the position. Championed by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein when she chaired the Senate panel, the "torture report," as it is known, is the result of a six-year investigation into so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, during the administration of Republican President George W. Bush.

NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke

NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials weighed the fervor of players protesting racism against U.S. President Donald Trump's anger at their autumn meeting on Tuesday with supporters of the players kneeling outside in solidarity. The NFL did not seek commitments from its players to stop kneeling during pregame renditions of the U.S. national anthem but rather focused on helping them in their political activism. About issues in our communities to make our communities better," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters.

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

By Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims. "There are still some concerns that if the west winds come up or we get some erratic winds they could push our lines, but as of right now we're looking pretty good," Steve Crawford, a fire operations chief, told reporters at a briefing in Sonoma County in the heart of California's celebrated wine country. Already 41 people have been confirmed killed in the fires, which erupted last week and were driven by dry, hot winds into Northern California communities, giving residents little or no chance to escape.

Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims

Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said. While there are often few assets to collect from the young men who typically carry out these killings, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, is thought to have had multi-million-dollar investments in buildings across Texas and California. "It definitely depends on the assets in the estate whether you pursue that claim," said Theida Salazar, a Los Angeles attorney who represented one of the victim's families in the 2015 shooting in San Bernadino, California.

Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flight

Chicago Aviation Dept fires two officers involved in dragging man off flight

The Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two security officers for their roles in the forcible removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight in April, an incident that provoked international outrage. The firings were included in a report on the incident released on Tuesday by the Chicago Office of the Inspector General. David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American physician, was hospitalized after aviation officers dragged him from a United Airlines plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.

White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer's murder in Maryland

White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer's murder in Maryland

Sean Urbanski, 22, of Severna Park, Maryland, had already been indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge for the death of Lieutenant Richard Collins, 23. An investigation of digital material, including Urbanski's phone and computer records, prompted prosecutors to seek the hate crime charge, Angela Alsobrooks, the state's attorney for Prince George’s County, told a news conference.

Louisiana prosecutor creates 'culture of fear' for witnesses: lawsuit

Louisiana prosecutor creates 'culture of fear' for witnesses: lawsuit

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on behalf of seven plaintiffs, accused Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and his assistants of routinely issuing fake subpoenas as well as jailing victims and witnesses who failed to cooperate. "Defendants' policies are designed to create a culture of fear and intimidation that chills crime victims and witnesses from asserting their constitutional rights," said the 124-page complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Civil Rights Corp.

Boston Islamic State beheading plot trial goes to jury

Boston Islamic State beheading plot trial goes to jury

A federal jury on Tuesday began deliberating whether a Massachusetts man was guilty of conspiring to help the Islamic State by plotting with his uncle and a friend to attack police and behead a conservative blogger. U.S. prosecutors contend that David Wright, 28, along with his uncle and a friend had plotted to kill the blogger, a woman who organized a 2015 "Draw Mohammed" contest in Garland, Texas. "The defendant was a sophisticated recruiter, he manipulated people, including his own uncle, into believing that they needed to join ISIS and kill Americans," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann, using a common acronym to refer to Islamic State.

Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineries

Insurance payouts may not cover all wildfire damage for California wineries

Wineries damaged by wildfires tearing through Northern California are starting insurance claims, and at least some of the smaller vintners are likely to find limits in their policies mean payouts fall short of rebuilding costs. Gaps in coverage and a spike in rebuilding costs, typical after disaster, may come as a shock to many small wineries, favorites of Napa and Sonoma county tourists, said Tom Pagano, who heads the vineyard insurance practice for insurance broker Aon Plc. "The easy part of insurance is buildings burning down,” Pagano said, describing the complicated claims process.

U.S. appeals court rejects hedge fund founder's FBI misconduct case

U.S. appeals court rejects hedge fund founder's FBI misconduct case

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by hedge fund founder David Ganek, who claimed federal authorities lied to get a search warrant against his fund in an insider trading investigation. A unanimous panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that, even if the Federal Bureau of Investigation did make false statements, it had good cause for a warrant to search the offices of Ganek's Level Global Investors anyway.

U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online

U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online

By Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making illegal versions of fentanyl and selling the highly addictive drug to Americans over the internet and through international mail. Xiaobing Yan, 40, and Jian Zhang, 38, who are both in China and have not been taken into U.S. custody, were charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues into the United States, the Justice Department said.

Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

The U.S. lawmaker who was President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after it became public he spearheaded a bill that hurt the government's ability to crack down on opioid makers flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. Trump had pegged Representative Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the administration faces an epidemic of opioid overdoses that is killing tens of thousands of Americans annually. Trump wrote on Twitter: "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar.

Britain has no plans to walk away from Brexit talks - Davis says

Britain has no plans to walk away from Brexit talks - Davis says

LONDON (Reuters) - British negotiators have no plans to walk away from Brexit talks with the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday, after some lawmakers suggested the talks should end if there is no progress at a summit later this week. "There are no plans to get up and walk away," Davis told parliament. (Reporting by William James and Elizabeth Piper; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

Sixteen inmates charged with murder in Delaware prison uprising

Sixteen inmates charged with murder in Delaware prison uprising

A Delaware grand jury has indicted 16 prison inmates for first-degree murder over a February uprising during which a guard was killed and others taken hostage, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Prisoners seized Lieutenant Steven Floyd, two other corrections officers and a counselor during the Feb. 1-2 uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. A New Castle County grand jury handed up charges against a total of 18 inmates that include assault, kidnapping, riot and conspiracy, Delaware's Justice Department said in a statement.

U.S. safety board criticizes FAA, pilot on deadly U.S. balloon crash

U.S. safety board criticizes FAA, pilot on deadly U.S. balloon crash

The National Transportation Safety board on Tuesday faulted U.S. aviation regulators and the pilot in the July 2016 Texas balloon crash that killed 16 people, the deadliest U.S. aviation accident in more than seven years. The hearing comes after the Federal Aviation Administration said earlier this year no new balloon regulations were needed, despite a long-standing push by the board to require more oversight of the operations. It was the deadliest crash ever involving a hot air balloon in the Western Hemisphere, according to the Balloon Federation of North America.

U.S. Justice Dept will review new law's impact on DEA powers: official

U.S. Justice Dept will review new law's impact on DEA powers: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said on Tuesday he was very concerned about a report that said new legislation has undermined the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to crack down on opioid dealers and said the Justice Department would review the law.

GM to test self-driving cars in N.Y. in early 2018: Gov. Cuomo

GM to test self-driving cars in N.Y. in early 2018: Gov. Cuomo

(Reuters) - General Motors Co plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The planned testing by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, Cuomo said in a statement. A level 3 car still needs a steering wheel and a driver who can take over if the car encounters a problem, while level 4 promises driverless features in dedicated lanes.

Search suspended for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

Search suspended for worker missing after Louisiana oil platform explosion

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late on Sunday. Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, the Coast Guard said in a statement. "The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one," Commander Zac Ford said in the statement.

Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speech

Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speech

Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe," Scott said in a statement. Scott said in the order there was a need to implement a coordinated security plan among local and state agencies before the speech by Richard Spencer on Thursday in Gainesville.

Searchers pick through burned-out California homes for bodies

Searchers pick through burned-out California homes for bodies

By Paresh Dave SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Search-and-rescue teams combed through gutted homes across California's celebrated wine country on Monday, looking for the charred bodies of those killed in the state's deadliest wildfires, as survivors slowly began returning home. With 88 people still unaccounted for in Sonoma County alone, local officials said they expected the death toll to rise. "I would expect to find some of the missing in their burned-out homes," Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano told reporters at a Monday morning news briefing, standing in front of maps and charts of the 14 still-burning blazes.

Senate Republicans gain moment on tax reform budget measure

Senate Republicans gain moment on tax reform budget measure

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday gained crucial support for a vote on a budget resolution that is vital to President Donald Trump's hopes of signing sweeping tax reform legislation into law before January. Two Republican lawmakers, once seen as potential 'no' votes, said they would likely support the measure. A third, Senator Rand Paul, may vote 'yes' depending on what the final resolution looks like.

Trucker in deadly Texas immigrant case pleads guilty, faces life sentence

Trucker in deadly Texas immigrant case pleads guilty, faces life sentence

The driver of a truck packed with immigrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, pleaded guilty on Monday to human smuggling charges and could face up to life in prison, prosecutors said. James Bradley Jr., 61, pleaded guilty at a federal court in San Antonio to one count of conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death and one count of transporting aliens resulting in death, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said in a statement. Bradley told investigators he was caught by surprise when he opened the trailer doors outside a Walmart store in San Antonio on July 23, only to be knocked down by a group of "Spanish" people pouring out of the rig, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries 'disrespectful' players

NFL to tackle protests as Trump decries 'disrespectful' players

Trump has continued to rail at the symbolic kneeling, which has only become more widespread since his first comments last month, saying as recently as Monday that players who do so should be suspended for insulting the country. "And the NFL should suspended some of these players for one game," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl could face life sentence for endangering troops

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl could face life sentence for endangering troops

By Colleen Jenkins FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, a step toward resolving the politically charged case that could send him to prison for life. During last year's presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump called Bergdahl "a no-good traitor." In court on Monday, Bergdahl admitted wrongdoing but said he never intended to put anyone at risk. "I didn't think there'd be any reason to pull off a crucial mission to look for one guy," he said, adding that his actions were "very inexcusable." Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, with the latter offense carrying a possible life sentence.

Woman accusing Trump of misconduct subpoenas presidential campaign

Woman accusing Trump of misconduct subpoenas presidential campaign

A woman who has said that U.S. President Donald Trump groped her during a 2007 meeting has subpoenaed his presidential campaign for any documents concerning similar allegations, according to a subpoena filed in New York State Supreme Court. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice," sought all documents from his campaign pertaining to "any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately," identifying nine by name, the subpoena said.

U.S. police deaths on duty spiked in 2016: FBI

U.S. police deaths on duty spiked in 2016: FBI

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sixty-six police officers were killed on the job by felons in 2016, up about 61 percent from 41 deaths a year ago, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday. The number was the second highest since 2011, when 72 officers were killed by felons, according to the FBI report. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement called the numbers "shocking" and "unacceptable," and said the Justice Department would work toward reducing violent crime.

U.S. nursing home chain faces landlord showdown over default

U.S. nursing home chain faces landlord showdown over default

The fate of one of the largest U.S. nursing home operators, HCR ManorCare, will reach a critical court deadline on Thursday in a battle over months of unpaid rent, a growing problem in an industry where eviction would put thousands of elderly out on the street. Many nursing home chains spun off their properties to real estate companies over the last decade to unlock value. Now those landlords need to deal with operators behind on their rent without harming thousands of elderly residents.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. The justices will hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation.

Massachusetts court: Yahoo can give dead man's emails to siblings

Massachusetts court: Yahoo can give dead man's emails to siblings

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - The top court in Massachusetts ruled against Yahoo on Monday by concluding that federal law does not bar it from providing the representatives of an deceased man's estate access to his email account. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision marked a victory for two people who fought Yahoo for years after their brother's death in 2006, seeking access to contents of his email account.

EPA head seeks to avoid settlements with green groups

EPA head seeks to avoid settlements with green groups

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who sued the agency he now runs more than a dozen times in his former job as attorney general of oil producing Oklahoma, has long railed against the so-called practice of "sue and settle." The EPA under former President Barack Obama quietly settled lawsuits from environmental groups with little input from regulated entities, such as power plants, and state governments, he argues.

U.S. Senator Menendez's corruption trial to proceed: judge

U.S. Senator Menendez's corruption trial to proceed: judge

By Joseph Ax NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - The bribery case against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez survived a key test on Monday, as the federal judge overseeing his trial rejected a defense motion to throw out the most serious charges. U.S. District Judge William Walls in Newark, New Jersey, allowed the trial to proceed on all charges, five days after suggesting he was inclined to dismiss the heart of the case based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that narrowed the legal definition of public corruption. Prosecutors have accused Menendez, a 63-year-old Democrat, of taking bribes from Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen in exchange for using his office to help the doctor in a variety of ways.

Trump says working on welfare reform proposals

Trump says working on welfare reform proposals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he is weighing recommendations for welfare reform as his government looks for ways to cut costs. Speaking to reporters at the beginning of a cabinet meeting, Trump said some welfare recipients are taking advantage of the system, while others are not receiving enough benefits to live. He did not discuss specific recommendations. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton)

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North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea warned a United Nations committee on Monday that a nuclear conflict “may break out any moment,” continuing a bombastic war of words between the East Asian country and the United States that has only increased in recent months.

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict.

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

By Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims. "There are still some concerns that if the west winds come up or we get some erratic winds they could push our lines, but as of right now we're looking pretty good," Steve Crawford, a fire operations chief, told reporters at a briefing in Sonoma County in the heart of California's celebrated wine country. Already 41 people have been confirmed killed in the fires, which erupted last week and were driven by dry, hot winds into Northern California communities, giving residents little or no chance to escape.

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

Rumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party's leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened on national television in Beijing's vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly "Frog" -- an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang's wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes -- marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis.

Anthony Scaramucci's media project asks how many Jews died in the Holocaust in online poll

Anthony Scaramucci's media project asks how many Jews died in the Holocaust in online poll

Donald Trump’s former communications chief is at the centre of fresh controversy after his new media project tweeted an online poll asking people to select how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Since being abruptly forced from the White House after just 11 days by Mr Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, Anthony Scaramucci has been getting ready to launch a new media venture, titled the Scaramucci Post. Mr Scaramucci, who was forced out from his White House job in July, told a New York radio station his news outlet “would be about what is right and wrong in the society right now, as opposed to what is left and right”.

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Typos are a fact of life. Today's example: Newt Gingrich, tweeting his steadfast support for "Presideent Trtump." In the words of the former speaker of the House, "Trtump was rermarkably stgroing in hius joint press event with" Senator Mitch McConnell held earlier Monday at the White House.  A glowing review! SEE ALSO: Trump and Mitch McConnell formally announce bromance in weird Rose Garden press conference Gingrich has replaced the original tweet with a legible version.  "Sometimes my ideas are faster than my fingers," he claims, which...fine. Just for future ref, Newt– it takes about three seconds to proofread a tweet before pressing send.  So close, Newt. pic.twitter.com/JZZwkSOVTy — Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 16, 2017 this was Trump tweeting while Newt struggled to take his phone back pic.twitter.com/HKHSQ1K8jR — thomas violence (@thomas_violence) October 16, 2017 “It’s not a good look to try to defend the president when you’re drunk” Newt: Frist off aal, pic.twitter.com/0HX6stfRtN — alex tumay (@alextumay) October 16, 2017 pic.twitter.com/7mH3Dsmd4A — ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) October 16, 2017 Newt Gingrich is trying to bring back Weird Twitter. pic.twitter.com/c4kClYrORb — ParaNorbit™ (@TimDuffy) October 16, 2017 WATCH: This wearable Bluetooth device will turn any surface into a keyboard

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

By Arshad Mohammed and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria. U.S.-backed militias declared victory over Islamic State in Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The Sunni militant group often referred to as ISIS, overran Raqqa in January 2014, seizing control from rebel factions opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence. Addressing a twice-a-decade gathering of the Communist Party in Beijing, Xi warned that China has "the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form". "We will never allow anyone, any organisation, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China," he said.

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

The Trump administration must turn over all emails and memos used to make its decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 program created to protect undocumented youths from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenya’s top election official threw next week’s rerun of the country’s presidential election into doubt on Wednesday, saying that political intimidation and interference meant he could no longer guarantee the credibility of the vote. Hours after one of his colleagues resigned and fled the country saying she feared for her life, Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, also threatened to quit, deepening a political crisis that risks upending one of Africa’s most stable states. Next Thursday’s election marks Kenya’s second attempt in three months to choose a leader after the supreme court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August, citing “irregularities and illegalities” in the transmission of results. But the ruling, unprecedented in Africa, has worsened rather than resolved Kenya’s political impasse. Mr Kenyatta’s challenger, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the rerun earlier this month after electoral officials he accused of rigging the first vote refused to resign. Mr Chebukati accused both the government and the opposition of resorting to tactics that, he said, threatened to pitch Kenya into a “worse situation” than the violent aftermath of an election in 2007 that claimed more than 1,300 lives. Kenya's opposition party leader, Raila Odinga, speaking at Chatham House in London on October 13 Credit:  REUTERS But Mr Odinga was swift to claim vindication after the chairman said his efforts to ensure a transparent election had been blocked by four commissioners who have been accused of acting at the behest of the president’s ruling party. “I’ve made several attempts to make critical changes but all my motions have been defeated by a majority of the commissioners,” Mr Chebukati said. “Under such conditions it is difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election.” “I would rather go out with my name intact and my head lifted high than be part of a process where personal interests dwarf the interests of the nation.” Mr Chebukati indicated he would carry out his threat to quit unless electoral staff accused of bungling August’s election stepped down, his fellow commissioners stopped serving “partisan interests” and President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga agreed to negotiate. A police officer prepares to fire a tear gas to disperse supporters of Raila Odinga in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 16 October 2017 Credit:  EPA He also demanded an end to opposition protesters chasing away electoral staff trying to prepare polling stations. Were Mr Chebukati to resign, the election — which is constitutionally required to be held by Nov 1st — risks being postponed as the chairman of the commission alone has the power to declare the result.  Mr Chebukati’s decision to air his grievances publicly came after Roselyn Akombe, one of his six fellow commissioners, resigned and fled to New York, raised similar concerns and said she feared for her safety after receiving threats. A senior electoral manager with responsibility for the electronic integrity of the vote, was murdered nine days before the August election. “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017,” she said in a statement. “I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.” Kenyan opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi Luyai leans through of his car as tear gas billows out Credit: REUTERS In recent days, both President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga appeared to have made some concessions that raised hopes for a negotiated settlement to the crisis. But Mr Odinga has shown little sign of returning to the race. On Wednesday he called for mass protests on election day as part of a strategy to prevent voting taking place in his strongholds — a move that could lead to the poll being nullified again. As many as 70 people have died in election-related violence since August, the vast majority opposition protesters killed by the security forces.

The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit

The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit

The photo of an ancient Thracian chariot alongside the bones of two horses and a dog has quickly risen to the top of Reddit today (Oct. 13), with more than 65,000 likes. A team of archaeologists led by Veselin Ignatov, of the Istoricheski muzej Nova Zagora, a museum in Bulgaria, discovered the 2,000-year-old wooden chariot in 2008. In 2009, Ignatov and his team also found a brick tomb, containing the remains of a man dressed in what appears to be armor, near the chariot.

After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More Assertive

After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More Assertive

President Xi Jinping is expected to emerge from the 19th National Congress with more power, more allies and more ambitious plans. Since coming to power in 2012, China’s President Xi Jinping has taken his country on a foreign policy path in marked contrast to that of his predecessors. Instead of continuing “peaceful development,” China under Xi has grown more assertive in the South and East China Seas, as well as in other areas of territorial dispute.

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out Tuesday in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains.

US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances

US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances

Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake the control of the city center from peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday. US military commanders are scrambling to stop a conflict escalating between two forces they arm and train, after the Iraqi army seized the contested, oil-rich city of Kirkuk, from Kurdish peshmerga. The Pentagon sought to play down the scale of clashes between the two sides, after forces loyal to the central government in Baghdad rapidly took over nearly all the city on Monday, and Kurdish forces abandoned their positions, retreating to nearby oilfields.

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Bombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

A wanted Michigan man has turned himself in after losing a bet he made with police on Facebook. Michael Zaydel had promised to give himself up to police if a Facebook post about an existing arrest warrant received more than 1,000 shares. The cocky 21-year-old even promised to bring Redford Township Police Department (RTPD) officers a dozen doughnuts if they were victorious in the challenge. “I’m not worried about it,” he wrote. “If your next post gets 1,000 shares I’ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that’s a promise. “And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools.” In a follow-up post, the department said he “may or may not be a man of his word,” adding, “it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.” The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel. “Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,” the department said. “He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.” Mr Zaydel was sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation. Is this the world's most meta mugshot? 

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

By Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a "new era", using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.

Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies: Maduro

Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies: Maduro

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday his socialist party's landslide victory in disputed regional elections had delivered a "strong message" to the United States and its allies. "Our people have given a strong message to imperialism, to (US President Donald) Trump, to its regional allies and to the local right-wing," Maduro told a news conference after the opposition rejected the results and the US and EU said they were deeply flawed. "It is not going to be an economic war or an induced inflation that makes this people give up," said Maduro, who according to opinion polls has an 80 percent dissatisfaction rating among Venezuelans who are struggling with serious food and medicine shortages and record inflation.

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North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea warned a United Nations committee on Monday that a nuclear conflict “may break out any moment,” continuing a bombastic war of words between the East Asian country and the United States that has only increased in recent months.

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict.

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

By Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims. "There are still some concerns that if the west winds come up or we get some erratic winds they could push our lines, but as of right now we're looking pretty good," Steve Crawford, a fire operations chief, told reporters at a briefing in Sonoma County in the heart of California's celebrated wine country. Already 41 people have been confirmed killed in the fires, which erupted last week and were driven by dry, hot winds into Northern California communities, giving residents little or no chance to escape.

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

Rumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party's leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened on national television in Beijing's vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly "Frog" -- an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang's wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes -- marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis.

Anthony Scaramucci's media project asks how many Jews died in the Holocaust in online poll

Anthony Scaramucci's media project asks how many Jews died in the Holocaust in online poll

Donald Trump’s former communications chief is at the centre of fresh controversy after his new media project tweeted an online poll asking people to select how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Since being abruptly forced from the White House after just 11 days by Mr Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, Anthony Scaramucci has been getting ready to launch a new media venture, titled the Scaramucci Post. Mr Scaramucci, who was forced out from his White House job in July, told a New York radio station his news outlet “would be about what is right and wrong in the society right now, as opposed to what is left and right”.

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Typos are a fact of life. Today's example: Newt Gingrich, tweeting his steadfast support for "Presideent Trtump." In the words of the former speaker of the House, "Trtump was rermarkably stgroing in hius joint press event with" Senator Mitch McConnell held earlier Monday at the White House.  A glowing review! SEE ALSO: Trump and Mitch McConnell formally announce bromance in weird Rose Garden press conference Gingrich has replaced the original tweet with a legible version.  "Sometimes my ideas are faster than my fingers," he claims, which...fine. Just for future ref, Newt– it takes about three seconds to proofread a tweet before pressing send.  So close, Newt. pic.twitter.com/JZZwkSOVTy — Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 16, 2017 this was Trump tweeting while Newt struggled to take his phone back pic.twitter.com/HKHSQ1K8jR — thomas violence (@thomas_violence) October 16, 2017 “It’s not a good look to try to defend the president when you’re drunk” Newt: Frist off aal, pic.twitter.com/0HX6stfRtN — alex tumay (@alextumay) October 16, 2017 pic.twitter.com/7mH3Dsmd4A — ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) October 16, 2017 Newt Gingrich is trying to bring back Weird Twitter. pic.twitter.com/c4kClYrORb — ParaNorbit™ (@TimDuffy) October 16, 2017 WATCH: This wearable Bluetooth device will turn any surface into a keyboard

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

By Arshad Mohammed and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria. U.S.-backed militias declared victory over Islamic State in Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The Sunni militant group often referred to as ISIS, overran Raqqa in January 2014, seizing control from rebel factions opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence. Addressing a twice-a-decade gathering of the Communist Party in Beijing, Xi warned that China has "the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form". "We will never allow anyone, any organisation, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China," he said.

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

The Trump administration must turn over all emails and memos used to make its decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 program created to protect undocumented youths from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenya’s top election official threw next week’s rerun of the country’s presidential election into doubt on Wednesday, saying that political intimidation and interference meant he could no longer guarantee the credibility of the vote. Hours after one of his colleagues resigned and fled the country saying she feared for her life, Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, also threatened to quit, deepening a political crisis that risks upending one of Africa’s most stable states. Next Thursday’s election marks Kenya’s second attempt in three months to choose a leader after the supreme court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August, citing “irregularities and illegalities” in the transmission of results. But the ruling, unprecedented in Africa, has worsened rather than resolved Kenya’s political impasse. Mr Kenyatta’s challenger, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the rerun earlier this month after electoral officials he accused of rigging the first vote refused to resign. Mr Chebukati accused both the government and the opposition of resorting to tactics that, he said, threatened to pitch Kenya into a “worse situation” than the violent aftermath of an election in 2007 that claimed more than 1,300 lives. Kenya's opposition party leader, Raila Odinga, speaking at Chatham House in London on October 13 Credit:  REUTERS But Mr Odinga was swift to claim vindication after the chairman said his efforts to ensure a transparent election had been blocked by four commissioners who have been accused of acting at the behest of the president’s ruling party. “I’ve made several attempts to make critical changes but all my motions have been defeated by a majority of the commissioners,” Mr Chebukati said. “Under such conditions it is difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election.” “I would rather go out with my name intact and my head lifted high than be part of a process where personal interests dwarf the interests of the nation.” Mr Chebukati indicated he would carry out his threat to quit unless electoral staff accused of bungling August’s election stepped down, his fellow commissioners stopped serving “partisan interests” and President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga agreed to negotiate. A police officer prepares to fire a tear gas to disperse supporters of Raila Odinga in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 16 October 2017 Credit:  EPA He also demanded an end to opposition protesters chasing away electoral staff trying to prepare polling stations. Were Mr Chebukati to resign, the election — which is constitutionally required to be held by Nov 1st — risks being postponed as the chairman of the commission alone has the power to declare the result.  Mr Chebukati’s decision to air his grievances publicly came after Roselyn Akombe, one of his six fellow commissioners, resigned and fled to New York, raised similar concerns and said she feared for her safety after receiving threats. A senior electoral manager with responsibility for the electronic integrity of the vote, was murdered nine days before the August election. “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017,” she said in a statement. “I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.” Kenyan opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi Luyai leans through of his car as tear gas billows out Credit: REUTERS In recent days, both President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga appeared to have made some concessions that raised hopes for a negotiated settlement to the crisis. But Mr Odinga has shown little sign of returning to the race. On Wednesday he called for mass protests on election day as part of a strategy to prevent voting taking place in his strongholds — a move that could lead to the poll being nullified again. As many as 70 people have died in election-related violence since August, the vast majority opposition protesters killed by the security forces.

The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit

The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit

The photo of an ancient Thracian chariot alongside the bones of two horses and a dog has quickly risen to the top of Reddit today (Oct. 13), with more than 65,000 likes. A team of archaeologists led by Veselin Ignatov, of the Istoricheski muzej Nova Zagora, a museum in Bulgaria, discovered the 2,000-year-old wooden chariot in 2008. In 2009, Ignatov and his team also found a brick tomb, containing the remains of a man dressed in what appears to be armor, near the chariot.

After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More Assertive

After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More Assertive

President Xi Jinping is expected to emerge from the 19th National Congress with more power, more allies and more ambitious plans. Since coming to power in 2012, China’s President Xi Jinping has taken his country on a foreign policy path in marked contrast to that of his predecessors. Instead of continuing “peaceful development,” China under Xi has grown more assertive in the South and East China Seas, as well as in other areas of territorial dispute.

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out Tuesday in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains.

US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances

US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances

Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake the control of the city center from peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday. US military commanders are scrambling to stop a conflict escalating between two forces they arm and train, after the Iraqi army seized the contested, oil-rich city of Kirkuk, from Kurdish peshmerga. The Pentagon sought to play down the scale of clashes between the two sides, after forces loyal to the central government in Baghdad rapidly took over nearly all the city on Monday, and Kurdish forces abandoned their positions, retreating to nearby oilfields.

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Bombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

A wanted Michigan man has turned himself in after losing a bet he made with police on Facebook. Michael Zaydel had promised to give himself up to police if a Facebook post about an existing arrest warrant received more than 1,000 shares. The cocky 21-year-old even promised to bring Redford Township Police Department (RTPD) officers a dozen doughnuts if they were victorious in the challenge. “I’m not worried about it,” he wrote. “If your next post gets 1,000 shares I’ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that’s a promise. “And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools.” In a follow-up post, the department said he “may or may not be a man of his word,” adding, “it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.” The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel. “Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,” the department said. “He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.” Mr Zaydel was sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation. Is this the world's most meta mugshot? 

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

By Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a "new era", using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.

Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies: Maduro

Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies: Maduro

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday his socialist party's landslide victory in disputed regional elections had delivered a "strong message" to the United States and its allies. "Our people have given a strong message to imperialism, to (US President Donald) Trump, to its regional allies and to the local right-wing," Maduro told a news conference after the opposition rejected the results and the US and EU said they were deeply flawed. "It is not going to be an economic war or an induced inflation that makes this people give up," said Maduro, who according to opinion polls has an 80 percent dissatisfaction rating among Venezuelans who are struggling with serious food and medicine shortages and record inflation.

politics

Ed Gillespie's scaremongering TV ads may define his campaign

Ed Gillespie's scaremongering TV ads may define his campaign

Ed Gillespie, an architect of the GOP outreach to Hispanics, is running for governor of Virginia with commercials demonizing Hispanic immigrants as gang members. His turnaround is reminiscent of another Southern centrist who made coded appeals to conservative white rural voters to win office: Jimmy Carter.

Trump's tax reform pitch to conservatives comes with a 'sense of urgency'

Trump's tax reform pitch to conservatives comes with a 'sense of urgency'

The president will use the speech before the audience of conservatives to make the case that his tax cuts will spur “massive economic growth,” senior administration officials said in a conference call with reporters. While the White House officials said they’re “very confident and excited” the plan will boost the economic fortunes of the middle class, they also acknowledged it has critics on both sides of the aisle and comes with high stakes for the president.

Trump says U.S. neutral as Baghdad and Kurds clash

Trump says U.S. neutral as Baghdad and Kurds clash

The president was asked Monday about concerns that the Iraqi government’s drive to retake control of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces could draw in Turkey and Iran. Trump answered that the U.S. isn’t taking sides.

Trump falsely says Obama did not call families of dead soldiers

Trump falsely says Obama did not call families of dead soldiers

In an attempt to defend his lack of public statements about four soldiers killed in Niger, President Trump falsely claimed that previous presidents did not call the families of dead soldiers — name-checking former President Barack Obama specifically as one of those who did not.

Trump and McConnell downplay White House attacks on Senate GOP

Trump and McConnell downplay White House attacks on Senate GOP

A little more than an hour after expressing his disgust with Republicans in Congress, President Trump emerged from a working lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to declare that he and Kentucky senator are “fighting for the same thing.”

How Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long

How Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long

Only a small percentage of sexual assaults result in criminal charges, and even fewer with convictions. As a result, many victims don’t even bother filing complaints. And powerful men, from the president on down, face few lasting consequences.

Russian trolls were schooled on ‘House of Cards’

Russian trolls were schooled on ‘House of Cards’

A former Russian internet troll says the training for influencing the American election included screening "House of Cards," and reading – and writing – comments on the websites of the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Now I Get It: Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran deal

Now I Get It: Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran deal

Every 90 days, President Trump is required by Congress to certify that Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement. It’s up to Congress, and they have a few options. If they make either of these moves, Iran could see it as a deal-breaker and resume the development of its nuclear program through uranium enrichment.

Democrats scramble to prop up Obamacare amid Trump 'sabotage'

Democrats scramble to prop up Obamacare amid Trump 'sabotage'

As the Trump White House administers blow after blow to the Affordable Care Act, congressional Democrats are planning to take steps on their own to try to prevent or delay the demise of individual marketplaces where 12 million Americans buy insurance.

Barcelona is now Europe's capital of confusion

Barcelona is now Europe's capital of confusion

The tourist mecca of Barcelona and the surrounding region has declared independence from Spain — something Madrid refuses to recognize. No one knows how this will end — or even what country they are living in.

How a president's foreign trip comes together

How a president's foreign trip comes together

Ahead of President Trump’s November trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines in November, Yahoo News spoke to Steve Atkiss, a veteran of the George W. Bush administration.

Will Weinstein's disgrace change anything for women?

Will Weinstein's disgrace change anything for women?

Years of whispered gossip exploded onto the public arena this week, first on the front page of the New York Times, and then in the pages of the New Yorker. As with O’Reilly and Ailes before him, it was not the facts of his actions that led to Weinstein’s downfall — for years their companies had been paying out settlements to their accusers — but rather the critical mass of publicity after famous faces spoke out.

White House: Senate should stop taking vacations

White House: Senate should stop taking vacations

Sarah Sanders brushed aside concerns that President Trump’s regular attacks on prominent congressional Republicans may be hurting his legislative agenda by alienating important allies — then scolded lawmakers for spending so much time outside of Washington.

Clinton, Obama break silence on Weinstein allegations

Clinton, Obama break silence on Weinstein allegations

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama broke their silence on Harvey Weinstein in the wake of mounting allegations of sexual assault and harassment by numerous women, spanning three decades, against the Oscar-winning movie mogul and Democratic donor.

Paul Ryan faces a hard-hat-wearing, Latino Democratic challenger

Paul Ryan faces a hard-hat-wearing, Latino Democratic challenger

Randy Bryce, who’s lived in southeastern Wisconsin his whole life, is running as a blue-collar populist who would be a voice for the state’s workers in Washington. In the viral ad that launched his candidacy in June, he challenged the speaker while wearing a hard hat: “Let’s trade places, Paul Ryan— you can come work the iron, and I'll go to D.C.”

Powerless Puerto Ricans huddle around their generators

Powerless Puerto Ricans huddle around their generators

On an island that was already suffering from a crippling economic crisis, 20 days after Hurricane Maria knocked out Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, possession of a diesel-run generator is the surest way to separate the haves from the have-nots.

crime-trials

North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea warned a United Nations committee on Monday that a nuclear conflict “may break out any moment,” continuing a bombastic war of words between the East Asian country and the United States that has only increased in recent months.

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict.

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

By Jim Christie SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims. "There are still some concerns that if the west winds come up or we get some erratic winds they could push our lines, but as of right now we're looking pretty good," Steve Crawford, a fire operations chief, told reporters at a briefing in Sonoma County in the heart of California's celebrated wine country. Already 41 people have been confirmed killed in the fires, which erupted last week and were driven by dry, hot winds into Northern California communities, giving residents little or no chance to escape.

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

Rumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party's leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened on national television in Beijing's vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly "Frog" -- an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang's wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes -- marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis.

Anthony Scaramucci's media project asks how many Jews died in the Holocaust in online poll

Anthony Scaramucci's media project asks how many Jews died in the Holocaust in online poll

Donald Trump’s former communications chief is at the centre of fresh controversy after his new media project tweeted an online poll asking people to select how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Since being abruptly forced from the White House after just 11 days by Mr Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, Anthony Scaramucci has been getting ready to launch a new media venture, titled the Scaramucci Post. Mr Scaramucci, who was forced out from his White House job in July, told a New York radio station his news outlet “would be about what is right and wrong in the society right now, as opposed to what is left and right”.

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

The Trump administration must turn over all emails and memos used to make its decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 program created to protect undocumented youths from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

By Arshad Mohammed and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria. U.S.-backed militias declared victory over Islamic State in Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The Sunni militant group often referred to as ISIS, overran Raqqa in January 2014, seizing control from rebel factions opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Typos are a fact of life. Today's example: Newt Gingrich, tweeting his steadfast support for "Presideent Trtump." In the words of the former speaker of the House, "Trtump was rermarkably stgroing in hius joint press event with" Senator Mitch McConnell held earlier Monday at the White House.  A glowing review! SEE ALSO: Trump and Mitch McConnell formally announce bromance in weird Rose Garden press conference Gingrich has replaced the original tweet with a legible version.  "Sometimes my ideas are faster than my fingers," he claims, which...fine. Just for future ref, Newt– it takes about three seconds to proofread a tweet before pressing send.  So close, Newt. pic.twitter.com/JZZwkSOVTy — Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 16, 2017 this was Trump tweeting while Newt struggled to take his phone back pic.twitter.com/HKHSQ1K8jR — thomas violence (@thomas_violence) October 16, 2017 “It’s not a good look to try to defend the president when you’re drunk” Newt: Frist off aal, pic.twitter.com/0HX6stfRtN — alex tumay (@alextumay) October 16, 2017 pic.twitter.com/7mH3Dsmd4A — ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) October 16, 2017 Newt Gingrich is trying to bring back Weird Twitter. pic.twitter.com/c4kClYrORb — ParaNorbit™ (@TimDuffy) October 16, 2017 WATCH: This wearable Bluetooth device will turn any surface into a keyboard

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Taiwan Wednesday, saying that Beijing has the will and power to thwart any attempts at independence. Addressing a twice-a-decade gathering of the Communist Party in Beijing, Xi warned that China has "the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form". "We will never allow anyone, any organisation, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China," he said.

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenya’s top election official threw next week’s rerun of the country’s presidential election into doubt on Wednesday, saying that political intimidation and interference meant he could no longer guarantee the credibility of the vote. Hours after one of his colleagues resigned and fled the country saying she feared for her life, Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, also threatened to quit, deepening a political crisis that risks upending one of Africa’s most stable states. Next Thursday’s election marks Kenya’s second attempt in three months to choose a leader after the supreme court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August, citing “irregularities and illegalities” in the transmission of results. But the ruling, unprecedented in Africa, has worsened rather than resolved Kenya’s political impasse. Mr Kenyatta’s challenger, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the rerun earlier this month after electoral officials he accused of rigging the first vote refused to resign. Mr Chebukati accused both the government and the opposition of resorting to tactics that, he said, threatened to pitch Kenya into a “worse situation” than the violent aftermath of an election in 2007 that claimed more than 1,300 lives. Kenya's opposition party leader, Raila Odinga, speaking at Chatham House in London on October 13 Credit:  REUTERS But Mr Odinga was swift to claim vindication after the chairman said his efforts to ensure a transparent election had been blocked by four commissioners who have been accused of acting at the behest of the president’s ruling party. “I’ve made several attempts to make critical changes but all my motions have been defeated by a majority of the commissioners,” Mr Chebukati said. “Under such conditions it is difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election.” “I would rather go out with my name intact and my head lifted high than be part of a process where personal interests dwarf the interests of the nation.” Mr Chebukati indicated he would carry out his threat to quit unless electoral staff accused of bungling August’s election stepped down, his fellow commissioners stopped serving “partisan interests” and President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga agreed to negotiate. A police officer prepares to fire a tear gas to disperse supporters of Raila Odinga in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 16 October 2017 Credit:  EPA He also demanded an end to opposition protesters chasing away electoral staff trying to prepare polling stations. Were Mr Chebukati to resign, the election — which is constitutionally required to be held by Nov 1st — risks being postponed as the chairman of the commission alone has the power to declare the result.  Mr Chebukati’s decision to air his grievances publicly came after Roselyn Akombe, one of his six fellow commissioners, resigned and fled to New York, raised similar concerns and said she feared for her safety after receiving threats. A senior electoral manager with responsibility for the electronic integrity of the vote, was murdered nine days before the August election. “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017,” she said in a statement. “I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.” Kenyan opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi Luyai leans through of his car as tear gas billows out Credit: REUTERS In recent days, both President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga appeared to have made some concessions that raised hopes for a negotiated settlement to the crisis. But Mr Odinga has shown little sign of returning to the race. On Wednesday he called for mass protests on election day as part of a strategy to prevent voting taking place in his strongholds — a move that could lead to the poll being nullified again. As many as 70 people have died in election-related violence since August, the vast majority opposition protesters killed by the security forces.

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out Tuesday in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains.

US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances

US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances

Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake the control of the city center from peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday. US military commanders are scrambling to stop a conflict escalating between two forces they arm and train, after the Iraqi army seized the contested, oil-rich city of Kirkuk, from Kurdish peshmerga. The Pentagon sought to play down the scale of clashes between the two sides, after forces loyal to the central government in Baghdad rapidly took over nearly all the city on Monday, and Kurdish forces abandoned their positions, retreating to nearby oilfields.

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.

Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies: Maduro

Venezuela poll results a 'strong message' to US, allies: Maduro

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday his socialist party's landslide victory in disputed regional elections had delivered a "strong message" to the United States and its allies. "Our people have given a strong message to imperialism, to (US President Donald) Trump, to its regional allies and to the local right-wing," Maduro told a news conference after the opposition rejected the results and the US and EU said they were deeply flawed. "It is not going to be an economic war or an induced inflation that makes this people give up," said Maduro, who according to opinion polls has an 80 percent dissatisfaction rating among Venezuelans who are struggling with serious food and medicine shortages and record inflation.

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

By Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a "new era", using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.

Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensioner

Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensioner

Human remains have been found inside a crocodile that is believed to have killed a pensioner in Queensland last week.  The 4.3-metre estuarine crocodile was captured on Monday night at the Mowbray River near Craiglie in northeast Australia, close to where Anne Cameron went missing from an aged care facility near Port Douglas seven days ago. The 79-year-old is thought to have become disorientated on a walk and wandered into dense bushland. Police later found clothing, a walking stick with her name and human remains beside a crocodile-infested creek near Four Mile Beach, about a mile from the aged care facility. Wildlife officers set traps  to try to catch the creature that is believed to have killed Ms Cameron. The captured animal was examined in Cairns on Tuesday, with human remains found inside. A Saltwater Crocodile is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park in Sydney  Credit:  Ian Waldie/Getty Images "Investigations continue with officers preparing a report for the coroner," police said. Isabella Eggins, a granddaughter of Ms Cameron, said  last week the family feared she had died in tragic circumstances. “It is my deep regret to inform you that following an extensive search and the discovery of certain items as a result of that search, we have the firm belief that my mother Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances,” Ms Eggins said on Facebook. Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne, are a common feature of the vast continent's tropical north and kill an average of two people a year. A series of crocodile attacks in the region in recent years has prompted calls for the state government to order a cull – a move that has so far been rejected. Ms Cameron's family also said they did not want to see any crocs culled. "The crocodiles... are not responsible for being crocodiles, and doing what crocodiles do," her son Craig Eggins said, according to the Cairns Post.

The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit

The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit

The photo of an ancient Thracian chariot alongside the bones of two horses and a dog has quickly risen to the top of Reddit today (Oct. 13), with more than 65,000 likes. A team of archaeologists led by Veselin Ignatov, of the Istoricheski muzej Nova Zagora, a museum in Bulgaria, discovered the 2,000-year-old wooden chariot in 2008. In 2009, Ignatov and his team also found a brick tomb, containing the remains of a man dressed in what appears to be armor, near the chariot.

Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran

Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not allow Iran to "establish itself militarily in Syria". Both Russia and Iran, Israel's main enemy, are backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

A wanted Michigan man has turned himself in after losing a bet he made with police on Facebook. Michael Zaydel had promised to give himself up to police if a Facebook post about an existing arrest warrant received more than 1,000 shares. The cocky 21-year-old even promised to bring Redford Township Police Department (RTPD) officers a dozen doughnuts if they were victorious in the challenge. “I’m not worried about it,” he wrote. “If your next post gets 1,000 shares I’ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that’s a promise. “And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools.” In a follow-up post, the department said he “may or may not be a man of his word,” adding, “it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.” The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel. “Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,” the department said. “He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.” Mr Zaydel was sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation. Is this the world's most meta mugshot? 

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Bombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.