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A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

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A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

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Team Trump tries to use Michael Moore’s anti-Trump film as an endorsement

Team Trump tries to use Michael Moore’s anti-Trump film as an endorsement

In a scene from his new anti-Trump film, “Michael Moore in TrumpLand,” the Oscar-winning filmmaker predicts that Donald Trump will win the Nov. 8 presidential election because the middle class is fed up with the establishment and will vote for the Republican nominee as a “f*** you” to Washington. “He is the human Molotov cocktail they have been waiting for,” Moore says.

New documentary provides an emotional look into Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's scandal 'nightmare'

New documentary provides an emotional look into Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's scandal 'nightmare'

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin considered splitting up. This revelation about one of the country’s most high-profile political couples came in one of the many uncomfortable, intimate moments featuring the pair in the new documentary “Weiner.” The film, which documents Weiner’s ill-fated 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, also serves as a portrait of a family engulfed by scandal and the ravenous press coverage that comes with it. Abedin, a longtime aide to now-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, admitted in front of the documentary crew’s cameras that she and Weiner considered separating after his first fall from grace.

5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After ‘Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens’

5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After ‘Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens’

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the hugely popular sequel to George Lucas’ sci-fi blockbuster series. Adult fans love sharing this special series with kids of all ages and learning what Han, Chewie, Leia, and all their new friends are up to in that galaxy far, far away. While The Force Awakens is more about action than introspection, there’s plenty for families to talk about after the credits roll. ...

Star Wars Age-By-Age Guide

Star Wars Age-By-Age Guide

Ever since that first menacing star destroyer loomed across movie screens in 1977, kids of all ages have been enamored with the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and all their friends (and enemies!). Even kids as young as 2 and 3 can name all the franchise’s major characters – which often tempts parents who also grew up loving the movies to plan a Star Wars movie night, especially with hype for Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens kicking into overdrive in anticipation of the Dec. 18 release.

Movies and TV Shows That Spark Empathy in Kids

Movies and TV Shows That Spark Empathy in Kids

Teaching kids to think about how other people feel is something that will help them throughout life. These top TV shows can teach lessons and help spark discussions about understanding, compassion, and empathy. Kid President: Declaration of Awesome Viral-video star brings inspiring messages to fun TV series. Recommended for kids 7 and older Quality: 4 out of 5 Network: Discovery Family Channel Good Witch Family-friendly series centers on charming, helpful witch.

How to Find the Best Movie for Your Sensitive Kid

How to Find the Best Movie for Your Sensitive Kid

Every parent knows that one kid’s worst fear is another kid’s “no big deal.” That makes choosing movies for young kids tricky. You can experiment with movies from our Best First Movies List or search for movies in your kid’s age range. Depending on your kid’s particular sensitivity, the movies below can be great choices (or big no-nos!).

Behind The Scenes Of ‘SPECTRE,’ With James Bond Drifting Aston Martins

Behind The Scenes Of ‘SPECTRE,’ With James Bond Drifting Aston Martins

By the time I make it down to the Tiber that first night in Rome—after an overnight flight, after Customs, after clearing the complicated Italian on-set security—it’s nearly midnight and I’ve just missed the shot. At the end of its line, emerging from the water tail-first, like a giant hooked tarpon, is the impossibly gorgeous, smoky silver, Aston Martin DB10 sports coupe, purpose built as a one-off (well, ten-off) by Aston design chief Marek Reichman in collaboration with director Sam Mendes, just for “Spectre,” the 24th James Bond film, and the 12th featuring the venerable British sporting luxury brand.

The ‘Star Wars’ Baby Name That’s Spiking in Popularity

The ‘Star Wars’ Baby Name That’s Spiking in Popularity

Anakin, the given name of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, is rising in popularity among baby names for boys. The moniker, which is the given name of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, was the 957th most popular boys’ name in 2014, according to the Social Security Administration. In total, 218 boys born last year were given the name Anakin.   STORY: Atticus Tops Popular Baby Names List of 2015 Of course, more babies go home with the names of Star Wars good guys.

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fight Song’ is driving some people nuts

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fight Song’ is driving some people nuts

Celebrities perform “Fight Song” for a video played at the Democratic National Convention. It’s Hillary Clinton’s fight song, but some listeners don’t have a lot of fight left in them. Before and after the Democratic nominee takes the stage at rallies, her campaign inevitably plays the 2015 pop hit “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.

Rock band Third Eye Blind taunts Republicans at concert during RNC

Rock band Third Eye Blind taunts Republicans at concert during RNC

The rock band Third Eye Blind frustrated some guests at a charity concert held during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. In tweets posted on the official Third Eye Blind account, the band indicated it was pleased the show upset some in the audience. “I have never been more disappointed,” wrote a Twitter user named Liza White.

Adele objects as Trump plays song

Adele objects as Trump plays song

Pop superstar Adele on Monday lodged objections as Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump played her music on the campaign trail. Trump, an apparent fan of Adele who was spotted at her concert in November in New York, has regularly played her hit "Rolling in the Deep" at his rallies. "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," a statement from the singer's spokesman said.

Teen Violinist Nails ‘Star Wars’ Theme Song With Lightsabers

Teen Violinist Nails ‘Star Wars’ Theme Song With Lightsabers

Jeffrey Ding He has been posting violin videos on YouTube since 2011, but his latest cover — playing John Williams’s “Force Theme” from Star Wars with a special-effects bow that looks like a light saber — has gotten the most attention by far. Since it appeared on Jan. 9, it has more than 40,000 views and counting.

Raffi’s Joyous New Album: Exclusive Premiere

Raffi’s Joyous New Album: Exclusive Premiere

This month, more than 20 albums after Raffi’s seminal Baby Beluga first took toddlers by storm, the children’s troubadour will release a brand-new one: Owl Singalong. The jubilant mix of covers (“Garden Song,” “Abiyoyo,” “Somos el Barco”) and originals (“Green Dream,” “See the Moon”) hits stores on Jan. 15 (preorder here). But until then, Yahoo Parenting is exclusively premiering the album, streaming above.

Why We’re All Obsessed With Adele’s ‘Hello’

Why We’re All Obsessed With Adele’s ‘Hello’

When it comes to hit songs, there is a formula for success. The song was an instant success in every way: On Vevo, the music video generated the highest number of views in a 24-hour span (27.7 million) and was the fastest video to reach 100 million views.

16 Songs That Have Helped People Through Depression

16 Songs That Have Helped People Through Depression

Facing the world each morning can be difficult when you live with a mental illness. Depression, specifically, can make everyday tasks seem daunting. Getting out of bed and out the door can be a major accomplishment. And although music can’t cure depression (we wish), it’s scientifically proven to reduce stress and even depressive symptoms.

What’s Happening in Your Brain and Body as You Listen to Music

What’s Happening in Your Brain and Body as You Listen to Music

“The effect of music on the brain or body depends in part on its genre,” Frank A. Russo, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Ryerson University, tells Yahoo Health. Research published in the Journal of Positive Psychology shows that listening to upbeat music improves mood, with one catch — it only works if you have the desire to be happy. Test subjects who listened to the upbeat music without feeling an urge to be happy did not see their moods change.

You Could Have Serious Musical Potential and Not Even Realize It

You Could Have Serious Musical Potential and Not Even Realize It

If you’ve got a particular personality type, you might be predisposed to be musically skilled.  If you’ve ever taken music lessons, you’ve had it drilled into your head that “practice makes perfect.” But is that really all there is to it? According to a new study in the Journal of Research in Personality, your musical ability could also be hinged on something a little more engrained: your personality. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths, University of London, in the U.K., in conjunction with the BBC, put more than 7,000 people through a series of musical tests, including melodic memory and rhythmic perception tests. These were then linked to their scores on a Big Five personality trait test, which examined people’s scores on the traits of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.  Among the findings: The trait of openness is a key predictor of musical ability.

What We Can All Learn From Drake’s Dance Moves in New ‘Hotline Bling’ Video

What We Can All Learn From Drake’s Dance Moves in New ‘Hotline Bling’ Video

“Or if you criticize yourself for making a mistake —either way, you will never have enough confidence to try anything new or expand your repertoire.” She adds that the key to opening yourself creatively — whether it’s doing something different on-the-job or taking a chance on the dance floor — is learning to take in constructive criticism, not destructive criticism. “Constructive criticism is when we see we’re awkward, so we can identify the problem and find a solution,” says Plumez.

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A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

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You Won’t Believe the Work That Goes Into a Children’s Fashion Show

You Won’t Believe the Work That Goes Into a Children’s Fashion Show

If anyone knows what it takes to pull off a show featuring toddlers, it’s Christine Innamorato, the creative director for Bonpoint, the fanciest kids’ clothing brand out there. It recently put on a show during Paris Fashion Week, in which tots took the runway in matching tartan, fairy-esque tulle skirts, and flower crowns. Celebrity guests included Coco Rocha and her children, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Vanessa Trump Wore $12,500 Ivanka Trump Earrings on Inauguration Day

Vanessa Trump Wore $12,500 Ivanka Trump Earrings on Inauguration Day

Donald Trump Jr, with his wife Vanessa and children depart St. John’s Church in Washington, DC, after a service for U.S. President-elect Trump, January 20, 2017. On Inauguration Day, Vanessa Trump attended her father-in-law’s swearing-in ceremony wearing a burgundy coat with a cowl collar. Donald Trump Jr.’s wife accessorized with pearl and diamond dangly earrings that just so happen to be from Ivanka Trump’s fine jewelry company — and cost $12,500.

Melania Trump Helped Hervé Pierre Design Her Inaugural Ball Gown

Melania Trump Helped Hervé Pierre Design Her Inaugural Ball Gown

The piece was designed by Hervé Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump herself, according to the first lady’s representatives, Women’s Wear Daily reports. President Donald Trump, left, arrives with first lady Melania Trump at the Liberty Ball, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. “I was actually lucky because over my 20 years in the U.S., I dressed all the first ladies: Mrs. Clinton at Oscar [de la Renta], Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama at Carolina Herrera.

Ivanka Trump Goes With Oscar de la Renta for Inauguration Events

Ivanka Trump Goes With Oscar de la Renta for Inauguration Events

Ivanka Trump is all about Oscar de la Renta. On Inauguration Day, the first daughter wore white trousers with an asymmetrical coat from the brand. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, leave their New York residence on their way to Washington for her father’s inauguration.

Trump Women Wore the Ivanka Trump Label to Inauguration Events

Trump Women Wore the Ivanka Trump Label to Inauguration Events

Tiffany Trump wore a jacket from the Ivanka Trump clothing line on Jan. 19 in New York. On the eve of the inauguration, members of the Trump family stepped out in a number of cold-weather looks by various designers. First Lady Melania Trump wore a Norisol Ferrari military-inspired knee-length coat, while Ivanka opted for a green look from Oscar de la Renta that she paired with pumps of her own design.

Melania Trump Wears Kate Middleton's Favorite Color on Inauguration Day

Melania Trump Wears Kate Middleton's Favorite Color on Inauguration Day

To kick things off on Inauguration Day, Melania Trump stepped out in a light blue coat with matching gloves. The first lady, who accompanied her husband, Presiden Donald Trump, to St. John’s Episcopal Church before heading to the White House Friday morning, paired a custom Ralph Lauren Collection Sky Blue Double Face Cashmere Mock Turtleneck Dress with a Ralph Lauren Collection Sky Blue Double Face Cashmere Cropped Cutaway Jacket.

How Inauguration Fashion Sets the Tone for a First Lady’s Term

How Inauguration Fashion Sets the Tone for a First Lady’s Term

The fashion choices of the first lady — a role that, during Donald Trump’s administration, will reportedly be shared by his wife, former model Melania Trump, and daughter, outgoing VP of the Trump Organization Ivanka Trump — have the power to set the tone for her tenure in the White House. Incoming first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump attend the presidential debate in October.

The Secret Meaning of Melania Trump’s Style

The Secret Meaning of Melania Trump’s Style

It was the white cloud sleeve dress that Melania Trump wore that broke the Internet. Throughout the election campaign, whenever President-elect Donald Trump’s wife made a public appearance — and there were just a few times — the future first lady made headlines. Take, for example, the $2,190 dress designed by Roksanda Ilinčić that she bought for herself (on Net-a-Porter.com) for the Republican National Convention in July.

Will Trump Wear a Coat at Inauguration? Yes, If He’s Like Obama, No, If He’s Like Ike

Will Trump Wear a Coat at Inauguration? Yes, If He’s Like Obama, No, If He’s Like Ike

Will President-elect Donald Trump follow in the footsteps of JFK, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton? Or will he be more like Barack Obama, George W. Bush and FDR? From 1793 until 1933, the inauguration of the president of the United States took place on March 4 — the date on which the Constitution was signed in 1789 — when it was practically spring in Washington, D.C. But that changed in 1937, when the 20th Amendment shifted the ceremony to Jan. 20 to shorten the time between the election and the inauguration.

Photos of the day – May 17, 2016

Photos of the day – May 17, 2016

Performers prepare backstage to take part in rehearsals ahead of the First World Conference on Tourism for Development to be held this week in Beijing, China; two endangered common marmosets grip a finger after being seized from a South Korean smuggler in Goyang, northwest of Seoul; and Nepalese devotees pull a giant wooden chariot in a circle during celebrations of the Rato Machhindranath or Rain god festival in Lalitpur, near Kathamandu, Nepal. These are some of the photos of the day for May 17, 2016. Find more news-related photo galleries on the Yahoo News Photo Tumblr!

12 Organizing Tips to Tame Your Closet

12 Organizing Tips to Tame Your Closet

Has your closet taken on a life of its own? Maybe you find yourself cramming your belongings into a hateful, confined space, and hoping the door doesn’t pop back open. It’s time to put an end to that! Take control of your closet for good with these must-know ideas.

Artist’s Beautiful Concrete Shoes Will Stop You in Your Tracks

Artist’s Beautiful Concrete Shoes Will Stop You in Your Tracks

Designer Sandra Plantos has created footwear that forces you to stop and smell the roses. At the London College of Fashion, Plantos presented her graduate collection, titled Presence, which features shoes made of concrete. Though it may seem unproductive to walk around in shoes made of the same heavy material as pavement, the artist has mental well-being in mind. Her material of choice “entraps and restricts the wearer’s movements, slowing down the pace of daily life, and thus our experience of Time,” Plantos writes on her website.

16 Pets Who Dress Better Than You

16 Pets Who Dress Better Than You

Think your fashion sense is up to snuff? These dapper pets will put your wardrobe to shame. Watch and you’ll laugh…and then you’ll be dressing your dog up in all your favorite accessories. Also on Yahoo Makers: Photographer Features Cat in All Four Seasons for Picture Purr-fect Series This Dog’s Ever-Changing Hairstyles Are Redefining #Hairgoals, Conquering Instagram This Cat Rules at Taking Selfies (They’re Better Than Yours!)

Make DIY Hand Warmers to Warm Up Your Little Paws

Make DIY Hand Warmers to Warm Up Your Little Paws

2. Flip the square right side out and stamp your funny phrase on the front with fabric paint. 4. Whip stitch the outer edge of the square with embroidery floss. We made our hand warmers ranging from five inches to two inches for different sized hands. Thread your needle with embroidery floss and decorate the edges by whip-stitching them.

Aww! A Sweet Headband for Valentine's Day

Aww! A Sweet Headband for Valentine's Day

They were plastic, and hard and kind of dug into your temples a little bit - but they were THE hair accessory and came in every color of the rainbow.  Yahoo Makers: Monogrammed Leather Keychains Well, these days, the headband has softened a little bit, and has extended beyond grade school to become quite the fashionable wardrobe addition for girls of all ages. From beaded chains draped loosely across the forehead to bands that keep bangs at bay - the headband is a perfect finishing touch to any outfit.  More for Valentine’s Day: Clever Way to Spell Out Your Valentine Love This Valentine’s day, why not pull your hair back with a crown of hearts? Yahoo Makers: Add Leather Cuffs to Your Jeans in 5 Steps And don’t worry, leather needn’t be expensive.

Watch This Manicure Transform Into a Cozy Cable-Knit Sweater

Watch This Manicure Transform Into a Cozy Cable-Knit Sweater

Staples of the season: mulled wine and cozy sweaters, right?  Given Los Angeles doesn’t ever get remotely close to frigid temperatures, we tend to deal with a massive case of FOMO when we see the rest of the country wearing festive cable-knits. Our solution? Creating one on our nails, obviously.

How to Get Rooney Mara’s Golden Globes Braid in 5 Minutes Flat

How to Get Rooney Mara’s Golden Globes Braid in 5 Minutes Flat

Now that the Golden Globes are over, it’s time to start thinking about how we can hack the best hair + beauty looks from the red carpet for ourselves! One of the coolest ‘dos we spotted last night was on Rooney Mara. She rocked a braid-in-a-braid (a braid-ception of sorts, if you will) style. While this style looks pretty complex, if you break it down step-by-step, it’s actually super simple and a great option for the gal who wants a modern style without a ton of fuss.

A Super Simple Way to Waterproof Your Shoes (Get Your Hair Dryer Out!)

A Super Simple Way to Waterproof Your Shoes (Get Your Hair Dryer Out!)

Related on Yahoo Makers: Never Strike Out Again: How to Waterproof Matches Though you probably should relegate your Keds, Chucks, and Vans to the back of your wardrobe until it warms up, we’ve got an easy waterproofing hack from Household Hacker, for those of you who just can’t make that happen.  Here’s the scoop: What you’ll need: Plain white candle  Hair dryer 1. Check out the video from Household Hacker here: If you’re looking to waterproof beyond your shoes, we’ve got a hand mixture that will waterproof just about anything.

Organize Your Rings With DIY Monogrammed Ring Cones

Organize Your Rings With DIY Monogrammed Ring Cones

All you need is a little clay, paint and glaze to get a faux ceramic look for a fraction of the price! Materials and Tools: — oven-bake clay — acrylic paint — paint brush and/or Q-tips — alphabet rubber stamps — glazing medium — sandpaper — X-ACTO knife Instructions: 1. You may have to roll it out more to get a cone shape you like. 6. Use small rubber stamps to stamp the initials of the recipient on the ring cone. 7. Bake the ring cone according to the package instructions.

A Lunar-Inspired Manicure Fit for a Sweet Chocolatier

A Lunar-Inspired Manicure Fit for a Sweet Chocolatier

Love nail art? Get ready to be over the moon for this trick. Watch as nail artist Fleury Rose designs a manicure especially for a top chocolatier. Also on Yahoo Makers: DIY the Hottest New Nail Trend: The Shattered Glass Manicure Tokyo Nail Expo Showcases Truly Insane Manicures Like You’ve Never Seen How to Do a Lightning Bolt Nail Art Design with Tape Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day!

How to Update Last Year’s Accessories With 1 Simple DIY Supply

How to Update Last Year’s Accessories With 1 Simple DIY Supply

Can you believe it has been almost a year since we did #31DaysofDIY and showed you everything you need to know about nail polish marbling?! Time sure flies when you’ve been DIYing. After picking up the best gifts for all of our friends this year, our budgets for revamping our new year style are low. Fear not!

Try This Easy Hack to Upgrade Last Year’s Jacket

Try This Easy Hack to Upgrade Last Year’s Jacket

As the temperature drops, our parkas make their way into rotation. Though we have our favorite classic go-to pieces (hello, peacoat), some of last year’s jackets could use a new ‘do. With faux fur DIY collars on trend, we created a five-minute hack to add a tuft of cozy fluff to your old outerwear. Check out the steps below.

2016 Already Has a Signature Weird Hair Trend: Glow-in-the-Dark Rainbow Locks

2016 Already Has a Signature Weird Hair Trend: Glow-in-the-Dark Rainbow Locks

It’s been around, but this is the first time we’re seeing it mashed up with the can’t-stop-won’t-stop rainbow hair trend, which has hit the full spectrum of colors from pastel streaks to dreamy “betta fish hair” to ultra-dramatic “sand art hair.”  Now, if you want to make your Lisa Frank-esque rainbow mane glow (or just enjoy the shock factor of those who do!), you most definitely can. The poster children for this trend are longtime rainbow-haired Megan McCay, who Instagrams at RainbowMegz and pro makeup artist Mishele DiMaria, who Instagrams at MicheleDiMariaDesigns.

Here’s the 5-Minute Makeup Look to Rock on Your First Date of the New Year

Here’s the 5-Minute Makeup Look to Rock on Your First Date of the New Year

Meet Nikki Wilson, one of our fave West Coast makeup artists with a sick Instagram game and a love for all things beauty. In our monthly series, Busy Girl Beauty School, Nikki will show you pro makeup tricks + tips for making the most of those extra five minutes in the mornings, one selfie at a time. Follow her at @nikkiartistry for killer beauty inspo. So you met a cutie and are banking on nabbing a first date with the hunk in question come the new year.

How to Add Style to a Winter Outfit

How to Add Style to a Winter Outfit

Learn how to add style to winter outfits (yep, even in your big black coat!) from fashion editor Verena von Pfetten in this video. Also on Yahoo Makers: 3 Must-Have Handcrafted Accessories for 2016 Teen Seamstress’ Incredible Dresses Are Fit for a Disney Princess Fashion on the Rocks: Ice Dying Is The New Tie Dying Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest

3 Must-Have Handcrafted Accessories for 2016

3 Must-Have Handcrafted Accessories for 2016

To kick off 2016 in style, you need to check out handcrafted accessories. They’re unique, elegant, will make a statement, and don’t cost a fortune.  The List’s Holly Morgan is checking out artisan jewelry because it’s What’s Trending. Also on Yahoo Makers: Turn Old Jewelry Into Gift Magnets 5 Tips for Layering Necklaces and Other Jewelry How to Revamp Your Gems and Jewelry with Nail Polish Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day!

DIY Mindy Kaling’s Moschino Pumps With This Easy Hack

DIY Mindy Kaling’s Moschino Pumps With This Easy Hack

When it comes to DIY fashion, we can’t help but swoon over a good designer hack. As for getting inspired, our girl Mindy Kaling always has us covered. Known for her killer #GIRLBOSS outfits, Mindy is all about making a statement. So when she posted her amazing Moschino shoes on Instagram, we just had to make our own.

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When The Media Treat White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

When The Media Treat White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

Editor’s note: We’re republishing this story, which first ran in August 2014, in light of a New York Post headline earlier this week that described a white murder suspect as a “clean-cut American kid.” Police have identified 23-year-old Kenneth Gleason as a person of interest in the September slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which authorities believe may have been racially motivated.

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Jimmy Kimmel Says Sen. Bill Cassidy Lied To His Face About Obamacare Repeal

Jimmy Kimmel Says Sen. Bill Cassidy Lied To His Face About Obamacare Repeal

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel rained criticism on Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Tuesday night over the Republican’s role in the revival of an Obamacare repeal bill currently making its way through the Senate. Cassidy aroused ire because of what happened in May: Kimmel tearfully told his audience his son was born with a congenital heart disease and had undergone open heart surgery that may not have been covered by insurance before Obamacare was enacted.

DiCaprio Rips Trump's Climate Record, Says Hurricanes Should Be A Wake-Up Call

DiCaprio Rips Trump's Climate Record, Says Hurricanes Should Be A Wake-Up Call

“Year after year, for decades,” scientists have been warning about the realities of climate change, DiCaprio said during a keynote address at the Yale Climate Conference. “And we listened as they said that these powerful hurricanes that we’re seeing with Harvey and Irma did not change the president’s mind about climate change,” DiCaprio said.

US Dollar rises after Federal Reserve says it plans to cut stimulus and hints at interest rate rise

US Dollar rises after Federal Reserve says it plans to cut stimulus and hints at interest rate rise

The dollar was trading near a two-month high against Japan’s yen on Thursday, after the US Federal Reserve indicated that it was on track to start paring back its massive bond-buying programme next month. After concluding a closely watched two-day meeting, policy makers announced that they were keeping interest rates on hold but hinted that an increase could be on the cards before the end of the year. “Before the Fed announced its decision, there were high expectations that monetary policymakers would drag interest rate expectations lower for 2017,” said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough

Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough

France's President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard against the growing power that Tehran wields in its region. "We need the 2015 accord," he said of the agreement. Macron was speaking in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, while ministers from Iran the six world powers that signed the accord met to discuss it.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

With the North Korean nuclear crisis looming large, 51 countries on Wednesday lined up to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons that has been fiercely opposed by the United States and other nuclear powers. The treaty was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand. None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons -- the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel -- took part in the negotiations.

Preet Bharara, US Attorney Fired By Trump, Joins CNN As Contributor

Preet Bharara, US Attorney Fired By Trump, Joins CNN As Contributor

Politico’s Michael Calderone reported Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York whom Trump fired in March, joined the cable news network as a senior legal analyst. The network also signed a deal with Walter M. Shaub Jr., the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, who resigned in July.

RAF drone footage shows the moment a missile stops Isil carrying out a public execution

RAF drone footage shows the moment a missile stops Isil carrying out a public execution

The Ministry of Defence has released a video showing the moment an RAF Reaper drone carries out an air strike on Islamic State fighters before they manage to carry out a public execution. The footage shows two handcuffed prisoners being led from a van and placed in front of a large group of spectators in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held town of Abu Kamal in eastern Syria. The drone,manned by servicemen 2,000 miles away at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, then releases its single Hellfire missile. The drone strike Credit: Ministry of Defence The strike hits an Isil sniper on a nearby roof and the civilians and fighters scatter before the killing can be carried out.  Releasing the footage on Tuesday, the Ministry of Defence explained that it could not  target the Isis militants on the ground directly because that would have also killed civilians.  The mission was overseen from a heavily fortified combined air operations centre (Caoc) at the al-Udeid air base in Qatar. At a glance | Reaper drones Air Commodore Johnny Stringer, commander of UK air operations in Iraq and Syria, said “The individual whom we engaged was a sniper in over-watch to shoot civilians who sought to move away from the execution, let alone to protect the planned execution itself. “That particular example for us very much brought it home because civilians had been herded in, forced literally at gunpoint, to go and watch this going on in their hundreds.” He revealed that the UK had taken out Britons in secret missions to stop specific attacks, adding: "By dint of their activity, by being members of Daesh (Isil) and frankly engaging the people we are here to protect, they (British citizens) become valid military targets and that's the way we look at it. The Reaper drone in 60 seconds 01:08 "These people know we can find them wherever they try to hide." The RAF killed British jihadists in a drone strike in Syria in 2015, the first targeted UK drone attack on its own nationals. The release came as Sir Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary, announced that drone pilots who bomb Isil fighters could be awarded military medals. Currently medals are awarded according to a consideration of rigour and risk, with risk defined as being physically exposed to danger. But Sir Michael Fallon said a rethink may be needed as the UK deploys more unmanned aircraft on operations such as those targeting Isil, otherwise known as Daesh, from the skies above Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Shader. Speaking on a visit to British troops in Iraq, he said: "The changing character of warfare provides new challenges - not just about how we fight but also how we recognise and support those who serve. "As fighting has evolved we have adapted, ensuring our troops have cutting-edge equipment including unmanned systems operated from outside the battlespace. Our recognition of service, the risks taken, and the long-term effects must therefore adapt too. "That is why we need to examine how to provide medallic recognition for those making a vital contribution to Op Shader outside the battlespace, from Reaper pilots taking life-and-death decisions to those who ensure our planes can strike Daesh targets." Sir Michael also announced the creation of an Operation Shader medal for those who have fought Isil, which he described as "the evil of our time". The Defence Secretary said: "It is only right that those who've performed above and beyond in this fight against the evil of our time get the recognition they deserve. This medal will do just that. "Our troops have made huge contributions to the fight against Daesh, helping end its tyranny in large parts of Iraq and Syria. "They have conducted over 1,500 strikes against Daesh terrorist targets and helped train nearly 60,000 Iraqi Security Forces. "The campaign is not over but for those that have served we rightly honour the critical role they have played in helping keep us safe." Britain has provided more than 1,400 servicemen and women to the global coalition fighting Isil and there are currently around 600 soldiers on the ground in Iraq, mainly training local security forces.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of 'counter-measures' against Kurd vote

Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of 'counter-measures' against Kurd vote

Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday urged Iraq's Kurdistan region to abandon a planned referendum on independence, threatening unspecified "counter-measures" if it goes ahead with the vote. The foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Iraq held a rare trilateral meeting Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, days ahead of the non-binding September 25 referendum. Ankara and Tehran fear independence for the Kurds of northern Iraq would embolden their own Kurdish minorities, and Baghdad has bitterly opposed the plebiscite.

Kansas shooting suspect owes almost $400,000 in unpaid taxes

Kansas shooting suspect owes almost $400,000 in unpaid taxes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man suspected in the shooting of a Kansas Department of Revenue employee in Wichita was under investigation by the agency and owed nearly $400,000 in sales taxes related to his construction business, according to police and records.

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A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

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Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room

Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room

A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room. The cars at the Rady Children's Hospital are actually operated by a nurse or a doctor, and are part of a new program designed to make children more relaxed before their procedures. The parents are seeing that they're relaxed and that they're happy," said Dr. Daniela Carvalho, medical director of surgical services at the hospital.

Pierogis made for Broadway find new home in restaurant

Pierogis made for Broadway find new home in restaurant

NEW YORK (AP) — Producers of the now-closed Broadway musical "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" are keeping enthusiasm in the show going by opening a place to serve pierogis like the ones made for show attendees.

Geneva toilets flush with cash

Geneva toilets flush with cash

Geneva prosecutors are investigating after toilets in a bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $100,000 in high-denomination euro banknotes, they said on Monday. "We are not so interested in the motive but we want to be sure of the origin of the money," spokesman Vincent Derouand said, adding that neither throwing money away nor blocking a toilet was a crime. The Tribune de Geneve newspaper, which first reported the unusual deposit, said the first blockage occurred in the toilet serving the vault at UBS bank in Geneva's financial district, and three nearby bistros found their facilities bunged up with 500-euro notes a few days later.

Pet deaths in Japan: dignified but dog-gone expensive

Pet deaths in Japan: dignified but dog-gone expensive

(Reuters) - In Japan, caring for pets goes beyond the grave. At Pet Rainbow Fiesta, a pet funeral expo, held in Tokyo on Monday, visitors were given a host of options on performing rites for dead pets, including cremation, constructing a household altar and making offerings of incense. The basic funeral service fee starts from 95,800 yen ($860.66) for a one-kilogram hamster or bird and can go up to 114,800 yen for a 20-kilogram dog, according to funeral services company Kokolone.

Staying fit: Japan's elderly hits record in challenge to labor market

Staying fit: Japan's elderly hits record in challenge to labor market

The event to mark Respect for the Aged Day in Japan drew over 200 people in an exercise meant to increase their body strength and balance. The exercise was more than just symbolic, as the number of people aged 65 and above has risen to a record high of 27.7 percent of Japan's population, government figures showed. Japan has been struggling with a declining workforce for decades, and its elderly ratio is the highest among Group of Seven nations, followed by Italy at 23.0 percent, Germany at 21.5 percent, and France at 19.7 percent.

Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honored Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards. The prizes are the brainchild of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and are intended not to honor the best or worst in science, but rather to highlight research that encourages people to think in unusual ways. "We hope that this will get people back into the habits they probably had when they were kids of paying attention to odd things and holding out for a moment and deciding whether they are good or bad only after they have a chance to think," Abrahams said in a phone interview.

Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP) — Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year's recipients of the Ig Nobel, the prize for absurd scientific achievement.

Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honored Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards. The prizes are the brainchild of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and are intended not to honor the best or worst in science, but rather to highlight research that encourages people to think in unusual ways. "We hope that this will get people back into the habits they probably had when they were kids of paying attention to odd things and holding out for a moment and deciding whether they are good or bad only after they have a chance to think," Abrahams said in a phone interview.

Venezuela's new plan to beat hunger: Breed rabbits

Venezuela's new plan to beat hunger: Breed rabbits

Venezuela's government this week urged citizens to see rabbits as more than "cute pets" as it defended a plan to breed and eat them even as the opposition says this would do nothing to end chronic food shortages. The "Rabbit Plan" is an effort by the government of President Nicolas Maduro to boost food availability. Maduro's adversaries dismiss such ideas as nonsensical, insisting the real problem is a failed model of oil-financed socialism that was unable to survive after crude markets collapsed.

Sock horror! Terrifying lizard turns out to be dirty clothing

Sock horror! Terrifying lizard turns out to be dirty clothing

It was seven inches long, two inches wide, pink, stripy and the English family who discovered it hiding under a bed thought it could be a dangerous lizard. Animal Collection Officer Vic Hurr, from the RSPCA charity, said she had warily approached the "lizard" after being alerted to its presence last Friday. "As it wasn't very light, I got out my torch to see better and that's when I realized it wasn't a lizard at all." Hurr said she had left the family with some guidance, and a warning.

Arkansas woman admits using county cash to buy dog tuxedo

Arkansas woman admits using county cash to buy dog tuxedo

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug.

Portable Czech brewery brings home-made beer garden dreams a step closer

Portable Czech brewery brings home-made beer garden dreams a step closer

For beer lovers who dream of brewing their own pint, a portable brewery from the Czech Republic may be just the thing - if they have $124,000 to spare. Fitting into a standard shipment container, the "Smart Brewery" made in Prague by the Well Service company can produce up to 525 hectolitres of beer, or 2,000 pints a week. "We wanted to make a brewery that would be mobile, possible to deliver anywhere in the world, with a simple use and not space-demanding," Pavel Pozivil from the Well Service said.