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UK foreign minister in Iran to push for Briton's release

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 6:01pm

Britain's foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday to press for the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amid accusations at home that one of his gaffes has seriously harmed her case. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held two hours of "frank" talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, which also touched on the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the future of which has been thrown into doubt by US President Donald Trump.

2019 McLaren Senna: It Certainly Has a Name to Live Up To

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 5:01pm

A whole bunch of horsepower, not a lot of weight.

Ryan Zinke Dismisses Reports On His Use Of Helicopters As ‘Fabricated’

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Saturday swung back at recent media reports about his costly use of government helicopters, calling them “total fabrications and a wild departure from reality.”

California man freed after 15 years for shaken baby death

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 4:43pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge set aside his conviction.

DNC Unity Commission Agrees On Slate Of Historic Reforms

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

WASHINGTON ― At its final meeting on Friday and Saturday, the Democratic National Committee’s Unity and Reform Commission agreed to a set of dramatic revisions aimed at restoring faith in the presidential nomination process and the management of the DNC.

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 3:25pm

By Caroline Anderson VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week. As the dry Santa Ana winds that have fueled the blazes abated slightly, officials lifted evacuation orders for parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and crews started getting the upper hand in containing some of the area's major fires.

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 3:11pm

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple's lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.

Fox News Corrects Story Claiming Roy Moore Accuser ‘Forged’ Candidate’s Signature

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:49pm

Fox News updated a story that erroneously claimed one of Roy Moore’s accusers had “forged” evidence she’d presented to bolster her claim against him.

California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:32pm

Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well. Fires that have chased almost 200,000 Californians from their homes covered the Getty's hillside location in smoke this week. Perched above the busy 405 freeway, an artery of California's traffic system, the Getty is among the most visited U.S. museums and reopened on Friday after two days closed.

Trump visits Mississippi's Civil Rights Museum amid protests

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:30pm

As Trump visited the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, protesters held up signs and shouted "No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA."

White Nationalists Have Been Saying 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' For Years

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:24pm

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has again flirted with being an open white nationalist.

Trump Watches Up To 8 Hours Of TV Per Day

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:20pm

President Donald Trump, who just last month said he’s too busy “reading documents” to watch much television, spends up to 8 hours in front of the TV each day, according to a new report.

Norovirus Outbreak Sickens Students at North Carolina State University

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 12:41pm

About 60 students have come down with the illness

PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 12:18pm

BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country's security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory.

Your Tax Dollars Are Being Used To Attack Patagonia

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 12:07pm

WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Natural Resources has joined Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s fight against Patagonia, accusing the American outdoor retailer of lying in order to sell merchandise.

China's 'tiger mothers' rebel against punitive homework for parents

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 11:33am

Fed up with picking up the slack in terms of helping her son with his heavy school workload, 39-year-old mother, Mrs Wang, has joined millions of like-minded parents who are calling for something that China’s ‘tiger mothers’ would have considered unthinkable only a few years ago – a break from homework. The campaign focuses on the frustrations of parents who believe they shouldn’t be spending their evenings tackling arithmetic questions or reciting complex sentence structures when they could be watching a soap or reading a magazine. It was triggered by a viral post titled: “Goodness, what have I done wrong to have to do homework with my kids.” After millions on views on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, parents flocked to social media to share their own stories. Since then, three Chinese provinces have issued regulations banning schools from giving out homework which would involve parents. Three years ago, Mrs Wang’s family spent their life savings to move to a desirable catchment area where they could enroll their son, now aged nine, at an elite primary school that would compel him to work long hours. Like the majority of Chinese parents, she believed she was doing the best for her family by helping him attain the grades needed to enter a top secondary school. But after becoming heavily involved in helping her son meet those tough demands – usually after a ten-hour day at her busy Beijing office - Ms Wang now views the school as a source of conflict in her house and a major drain on her own time. “Sometimes all I think about when I am at work is my son’s homework,” said Mrs Wang, who only provided her surname. Chinese social media is full of stories from parents sharing experiences of screaming and shouting their way through homework with their offspring. One post said: “When I returned from school when I was young, my parents watched TV while I did my homework. “Now when I get home from work... I still have to do homework.” Other parents told how homework-related stress had caused them serious health problems or driven them to the brink of madness. “Come homework time, the whole yard knows my howls,” one said. Opposition from parents stunted previous attempts by the government to soften China’s notoriously high-pressure education system. A programme dubbed ‘happy education’ was rolled out four years ago, but there was resistance to slashing levels of homework, which is said to be around three hours a day in China - twice the global average. Consequently, the 2013 reforms resulted in teachers facing pressure from both sides. They were being told by education officials to relax academic learning, but parents were telling them to push their children harder. The teachers responded by involving parents more in the challenging topics. However, things didn’t go to plan. “It has become a vicious cycle because students submitted homework that had been polished by their parents, so teachers assigned more difficult homework,” one teacher told local media. Some parents choose to send their children to one of a growing number of expensive after-school institutions where they can finish their homework before being picked up. But education chiefs are already fighting back against challenging workloads, with officials in the eastern Jiangsu  and Zhejiang provinces, and also the northern Ningxia province, ruling that homework should not become “parental homework” or be set “above the level of the curriculum or the ability of the student”. Mrs Wang, meanwhile, has recently adopted a new daily regime. When she returns home from work, she instantly kicks off her shoes, makes a cup of green tea and changes into her pyjamas. She has decided that she won’t let her son’s academic frustrations affect the relationship she has with him, or her own work-life balance. Additional reporting by Christine Wei

Egypt reveals artefacts, mummy from tombs in ancient city of Luxor

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 11:02am

Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artefacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been fully unexplored. The Ministry of Antiquities said the tombs, located in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor's west bank, had been noted by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp in 1990s and were either unexcavated or had never been entered. Along with the mummy, archaeologists found painted wooden funeral masks and several hundred carved statues, likely dating around the end of Egypt's 17th Dynasty or the start of the 18th Dynasty, the ministry said.

Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 10:28am

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country's efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector.

Obama Warns Americans Against Following In The Path Of Nazi Germany

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 10:22am

It’s not that democracy is “fragile,” exactly, but it is “reversible,” according to former President Barack Obama.

Trump has no authority “to give away Jerusalem to an occupying power,” Palestinian official says

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 9:04am

Palestinian leaders are vowing to snub the White House following President Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.