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Three Florida Men Charged With Animal Cruelty For Dragging a Shark Behind Their Boat

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 7:02pm

A video of a shark being dragged behind their speeding boat went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media

On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas Fire

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 5:29pm

It’s Monday morning at 10 a.m., and I’m driving north up California’s famously stunning coastline toward the Thomas Fire, the largest and most uncontrolled of five massive wildfires that have brought devastation to Southern California for the past week.

Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western Iowa

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 4:43pm

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) — A fire erupted on a school bus after it backed into a ditch in western Iowa early Tuesday, killing a student and the bus driver, investigators said.

Los Angeles fire that tore through Bel Air started at homeless camp, officials reveal

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 4:09pm

A cooking fire at a homeless camp ignited the wildfire that threatened the affluent Los Angeles neighbourhood of Bel Air, officials have said. “Investigators have determined the fire was caused by an illegal cooking fire at an encampment in a brush area adjacent,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement, adding that no arrests had yet been made in connection with the fire. While not as large as the two other blazes that scorched thousands of acres in Los Angeles County, the Skirball Fire attracted attention as it imperilled upscale homes and the Getty Center, feeding on dry brush in the hills.

White House says Trump's tweet to Gillibrand was not 'sexist at all'

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 3:40pm

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump's tweet saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign donations.

Celebrities Flee California Community as Ash Falls Like Snow - Venture County Timelapse

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 3:09pm

Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size again, becoming the fifth largest in state history and driving celebrities from a wealthy hillside enclave.

Oreo Just Announced 3 New Fan-Created Flavors

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 2:53pm

Cherry Cola Oreos, Kettle Corn Oreos, and Piña Colada Oreo Thins head up the #MyOreoCreations contest submissions you can soon try for yourself.

North Korea: US ready to meet and talk without preconditions, says Rex Tillerson

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 2:47pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States is prepared to negotiate with North Korea without preconditions. “We are ready to have the first meeting without precondition,” Mr Tillerson said in a speech in Washington, DC. The statement from America’s top diplomatic official underscores the urgency of efforts to blunt the threat of an increasingly belligerent North Korea.

Doug Jones Built No-Holds-Barred Campaign

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 2:33pm

Rachel Maddow points out that in addition to other factors like African-American turnout and women voters, the Doug Jones campaign itself was well run and a testament to burgeoning Democratic political power in the South.

GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energy In Favor Of Fossil Fuels, Democrats Say

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 2:30pm

The Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday.

26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop For

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 2:10pm

If you thought buying a gift for dad was hard enough, try finding the perfect present for a teen.

San Francisco Leaders Try to Move Forward After Mayor Ed Lee's Death

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 2:09pm

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning

Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 1:56pm

Charles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.

Why I Responded Live On The Air To A Viewer Who Called Me A Racial Slur

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 1:36pm

Editor’s note: This piece includes the uncensored use of racial slurs and graphic language that may be disturbing to readers.

Keaton Jones' Mom Responds to Criticism Over Confederate Flag Photos: 'I Can't Take It Back'

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

Kimberly Jones also claims she has nothing to do with a GoFundMe page that has raised $58,000 for her son.

Tig Notaro Says It’s A ‘Huge Relief’ To Have Louis C.K.'s Name Off Her Show

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 10:21am

Tig Notaro feels free to open up about her complex history with Louis C.K.

PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year: Donald Trump And 'This Russia Thing'

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 12, 2017 - 10:03am

PolitiFact on Tuesday revealed its 2017 “Lie of the Year,” focusing on how President Donald Trump has regularly disputed whether Russia interfered in last year’s election and questioned the widely held conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, which he has frequently undermined and dismissed as “political hacks.”