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Government shutdown: What's closed, who's affected

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 8 hours 37 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.


Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 13 hours 48 min ago

Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.


Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 7:42pm

When Joelle Casteix heard Pope Francis accuse sex abuse victims in Chile of slander, the pontiff’s words hit close to home.


This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 6:52pm

Flu cases are continuing to rise in the U.S., with some states, such as California, seeing record numbers of patients seeking medical attention.


Trump Has Divided the Country. Some Americans Are Trying to Bring Us Back Together

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 2:31pm

Partisan hatred is not the only story of the President's first year


Trump's first year to be marked by protests

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 1:48pm

Donald Trump, having used his first year to drive the world's view of U.S. leadership to record lows, and his own approval rating to record lows, and in the brink of a shutdown will see the anniversary of his inauguration.


Russia says Iran nuclear deal cannot be saved without US

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 1:05pm

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday ruled out the possibility of salvaging the Iranian nuclear deal if President Donald Trump decides to pull the United States out of the agreement. "This agreement cannot be implemented if one of the participants unilaterally steps out of it," Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations. Trump last week agreed to again waive US nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, but demanded that US lawmakers and European allies fix the "disastrous flaws" in the deal or face a US exit.


The Electrification Era Moves Closer for Cars

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 12:42pm

Automakers are seeing the future, and increasingly it’s more high voltage than high octane. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, just under the sheet metal and hoods ...


'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey Milstein

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 11:48am

Jeffrey Milstein’s overhead images of ports, train yards, airports, parking lots, and cityscapes, reveal harmonious symmetries invisible during daily life yet still somehow familiar.


Turkey says it will press ahead with all out attack on Kurdish held city of Afrin in Syria

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 11:00am

Turkey said Friday that it would press ahead with a full scale assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria despite pleas from the US to hold back.  Ankara has been threatening for days to send its forces into Afrin, a Syrian district near the Turkish border controlled by Kurdish forces who are allied with the US but mortal enemies of Turkey.  Turkish troops shelled the area on Friday and said it was moving units of commandos near the border as well as mobilising pro-Turkish Syrian rebel groups for the attack. “This operation will take place; the terror organisation will be cleansed,” said Nurettin Canikli, Turkey’s defence minister. "The operation has actually de facto started with cross border shelling.” Mr Canikli said Syrian opposition fighters would lead the attack with the support of Turkish ground forces.  Graphic: Areas of control in Syria As of Friday night, an all out ground invasion did not yet appear to be underway. Turkey has in the past promised a major incursion into northern Syria but pulled back at the last minute.  Turkey’s apparent willingness to press ahead with the attack, despite American objections, illustrates the dire state of relations between Washington and Ankara.  Turkey has long fumed over America’s decision to ally itself with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  The US has found the Kurds to be effective allies against the jihadists but Turkey accuses them of carrying out terrorist attacks against Turks.  Turkish anger reached boiling point this week after US officials said they were helping the YPG to train a 30,000 strong “border force” that would patrol the Syrian side of the Turkish border. Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, hastily tried to ease tensions, insisting that it had been a mistake to call the unit a “border force” but his words have so far done little to appease the Turks.  The potential Turkish offensive is complicated by the presence of Russian troops in Afrin. Turkish state media reported that Russian soldiers had evacuated ahead of the offensive but the YPG said they remained in place.   Turkish military and intelligence chiefs travelled to Moscow this week to discuss the operation with their Russian counterparts. The Syrian regime warned that any Turkish offensive would be considered "aggressive act” an that Syrian forces would attack Turkish aircraft.  But the regime has often issued such warnings to the myriad of foreign militaries operating inside Syria without then acting on them.   


WH blame possible shutdown on Schumer and Democrats

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 10:16am

The White House tries to lay blame for possible government shutdown on Senator Schumer and Senate Democrats.


GOP Lawmaker Claims ISIS Masterminded Las Vegas Shooting

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 9:55am

told Fox News host Tucker Carlson he believes the Islamic State terror group masterminded the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people in October.


Mattis unveils new National Defense strategy

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 9:43am

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis released the National Defense Strategy today that focuses on China and Russia as the biggest challenges to the U.S.


Delta issues new rules on emotional support animals

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 9:05am

After the airline said it saw a spike in animal incidents, passengers must now provide documentation for their pet to the airline within 48 hours of their flight.


Classmate speaks out about California ‘House of Horrors’ victim

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 9:03am

A classmate of one of the victims who attended community college says the Turpin son was very thin and always in the same clothing.


Gymnastics stars speak out against Larry Nassar

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 8:56am

Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, two members of the 2012 USA Gymnastics team that stole the show at the London Olympics, were among the victims to give powerful statements against Larry Nassar.


Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 8:56am

A car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade, killing a baby and injuring more than a dozen people.


Googe CEO: A.I. more important to humanity than fire, electricity

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 8:04am

Google CEO Sundar Pichai discusses the importance of developing artificial intelligence and why it’s good that humanity is concerned about its development.


Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families 

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - January 19, 2018 - 8:00am

Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood. The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth. But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed. They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through until the age of 25. And people are also getting married and having children later, with the average man entering their first marriage aged 32.5 and women 30.6, an increase of eight years since the 1970s. Families have changed significantly since the 1970s Credit:  Fox Photos Lead author Prof Susan Sawyer, said delays in young people leaving education, settling down and becoming parents, showed adolescence was now longer and argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years. Countries such as New Zealand already treat children who have been in care as vulnerable until they are 25, allowing them the same rights as youngsters “Age definitions are always arbitrary,” she said, but “our current definition of adolescence is overly restricted.” “The ages of 10-24 years are a better fit with the development of adolescents nowadays.” However other academics argued that just because young people were unmarried or still in education did not mean they were not fully functioning adults. But Dr Jan Macvarish, a parenting sociologist at the University of Kent, told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilising about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work. “Society should maintain the highest possible expectations of the next generation.” Prof Sawyer also admits there could be downsides to he plan, particularly if youngsters were no longer seen as responsible or capable of full engagement in society until they were 24. "Such a view would risk disenfranchising adolescents and undermines their rights to fully participate in society," she added.


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