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Second Director Says Weinsteins Blacklisted Actress Mira Sorvino From Film

December 17, 2017 - 8:07am

A second director has stepped forward this week with claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein blacklisted actress Mira Sorvino and prevented her from being cast in films.

Pentagon admits it ran secret multimillion-dollar UFO programme between 2007 and 2012

December 17, 2017 - 4:46am

The Pentagon has admitted it ran a secret programme tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. Although the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programme ended five years ago, when US defence officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities, it remains unclear if it has continued to investigate sightings of mysterious vehicles. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company ran by Robert Bigelow, a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr Reid.

Omarosa's exit highlights lack of diversity at Trump White House

December 17, 2017 - 4:00am

Without Manigault-Newman, Trump appears to have no black senior advisers in public-facing White House roles. The departure of the former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Newman from the White House this week has placed the lack of diversity in Donald Trump’s administration under renewed scrutiny. Manigault-Newman, the highest-ranking black person to work in the West Wing under Trump, abruptly left her post as a special assistant to the president on Wednesday.

63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia Probe

December 16, 2017 - 9:36pm

A new poll has found that 63 percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to “impede or obstruct” the investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible links between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin.

Mystery swirls around powerful North Korea official as Hwang Pyong-so remains missing

December 16, 2017 - 8:55pm

A North Korean official widely deemed as the nation’s second most powerful figure has been missing for some time, raising speculation that he has been executed.

This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs

December 16, 2017 - 4:12pm

Not many cats get to have a career as a dog trainer, but one Missouri feline is doing just that.

Minnesota governor defends police shooting investigators

December 16, 2017 - 1:09pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton defended the state agency that investigates police shootings after a prosecutor criticized the investigation into the death of an Australian woman who was killed by an officer after she called police to report a possible assault.

Odebrecht says dealings with Peru president were legitimate

December 16, 2017 - 1:01pm

Brazilian builder Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] said Saturday that its recently-disclosed business ties to embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were not part of the corrupt deals it struck with politicians that it has acknowledged to prosecutors. The assertion might strengthen Kuczynski's bid to survive a vote to remove him from office on Thursday in the opposition-ruled Congress over allegations he took bribes from Odebrecht, which is at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. Earlier this week, Odebrecht sent Congress a requested report detailing deposits totaling $4.8 million that it paid to two companies owned by Kuczynski or a close business associate of his for financial and advising services.

Progressive Groups Want Doug Jones To Throw Caution To The Wind

December 16, 2017 - 12:03pm

Through a unique confluence of events, Democrat Doug Jones managed to defy the deeply Republican leanings of Alabama and win a special election on Tuesday to represent the state in the Senate.

93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior Housing

December 16, 2017 - 11:58am

Florida authorities released an elderly woman from jail on Thursday after police arrested her for allegedly not paying rent at the senior housing community where she had lived since 2011.

Bodies of Canadian Billionaire and His Wife Found in Their Home in Apparently 'Suspicious' Death

December 16, 2017 - 11:15am

A Canadian billionaire and his wife were found dead in their Toronto home, under conditions which the police have called “suspicious,” according to multiple reports

Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon Rolls

December 16, 2017 - 11:03am

Mario Batali, the former host of “The Chew” who stands accused of sexual misconduct, issued an apology to fans on Friday through his newsletter and inexplicably ended it with a recipe for cinnamon rolls.

Cow Escapes Live Nativity Scene Twice and Wanders the Streets of Philadelphia

December 16, 2017 - 10:44am

Stormy was returned after two adventures on snowy downtown streets

The Vatican Bans Sales of Saints' Body Parts in Updated Relic Rules

December 16, 2017 - 9:37am

The new rules govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be handled

Female Congressional Candidate Quits Race Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

December 16, 2017 - 8:13am

Andrea Ramsey is accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate in 2005

California Has Nearly Hit A Record On Wildfire Spending -- Halfway Through Its Budget Year

December 16, 2017 - 6:00am

California’s state firefighting agency is within days of spending more to fight fires in a single year than ever before, and the fiscal year still has six months to go.

The Myth That Urbanization Means Prosperity

December 16, 2017 - 6:00am

When it comes to cities and urbanization, it is generally thought that bigger is better. But a pair of recent studies suggests that although industrialized nations may have benefited from larger cities, the same is not true for the rapidly urbanizing areas of the developing world. In these parts of the globe, there really might be such a thing as too much urbanization, too quickly.

Toll rises to three dead after Indonesia quake

December 16, 2017 - 2:22am

At least three people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Saturday. The quake struck at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey said. A 62-year-old man in Ciamis and an 80-year-old woman in Pekalongan city were killed when the buildings they were in collapsed, national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, while a 34-year-old woman from the city of Yogyakarta died when she fell while running out of her house.

Canadian police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire couple

December 15, 2017 - 9:20pm

By Chris Helgren TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, one of the nation's wealthiest couples whose bodies were found in their mansion on Friday. Police said they learned of the deaths after responding to a midday (1700 GMT) medical call at the Sherman's home in an affluent section of northeast Toronto. "The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way," said Constable David Hopkinson.

On the trail of London's serial cat killer

December 15, 2017 - 8:51pm

In what has become a grim ritual, Tony Jenkins examines the mutilated remains of a domestic cat -- and says the south London serial killer has struck once again. Nobody is surprised when Jenkins, the co-founder of Snarl, a local animal rescue and rehabilitation shelter, arrives at a veterinary surgery to confirm the grisly find. In the last two years, Snarl has identified more than 400 suspected victims: mostly cats, but also some foxes and rabbits.