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Army Awards Heroism Medal To 3 Junior ROTC Cadets Killed In Florida Shooting

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 12:43pm

Three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets killed during last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have been awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.


Some Conservatives Are Trying To Discredit Outspoken Florida Shooting Survivors

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 12:30pm

WASHINGTON ― After what seems like a never-ending stream of deadly mass shootings, many gun reform proponents fear that Americans have become too desensitized to bloodshed to demand action to end gun violence.


In honor of Rihanna's birthday, we're sharing our favorite Fenty Beauty products

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 12:30pm

It's hard to believe that it was over 10 years ago when we first heard 'Pon de Replay' on the radio by an 'unknown' Rihanna at the time.


Russia blamed as key clinic in Syria enclave bombed out of service

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 11:30am

A key hospital in Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta was put out of service on Tuesday, a medical group said, with a monitor blaming Russian air strikes. "The Arbin hospital was hit twice today and is now out of service," said Moussa Naffa, country director in Jordan for the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), which supported the clinic. The news came as the United Nations said six hospitals had been hit in Eastern Ghouta in the past 48 hours, in addition to the one reported by SAMS.


Missing man Joshua Thiede found at Los Angeles-area hospital, friends say

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 10:52am

Joshua Thiede, an Uber and Lyft driver who had been reported missing for more than a week, was found Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital, his friends said.


Trump claims he 'never met' the woman who says he forcibly kissed her at Trump Tower

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 10:46am

President Trump turned his Twitter attention Tuesday to previously disclosed claims by Rachel Crooks, who says he forced himself on her at Trump Tower in 2006.


R. Kelly Evicted From Atlanta Homes For Unpaid Rent

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 10:30am

We’re not tryin’ to be rude, but ... singer R. Kelly has been evicted from two Atlanta homes for unpaid rent.


Polish opposition wants to amend disputed Holocaust bill

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 10:26am

Poland's main opposition party Tuesday tabled an amendment to the government's controversial Holocaust bill, which was meant to defend Warsaw's image abroad but instead stoked tensions with Israel, Ukraine and the US. "The political crisis triggered by clumsy and disastrous diplomacy, by thoughtless remarks, has brought us to a point where we politicians are forced to react," Platform leader Grzegorz Schetyna told reporters. The Holocaust legislation, which takes effect next week, penalises statements attributing Nazi German crimes to the Polish state with a jail sentence of up to three years.


FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 10:14am

  A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Caribbean on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder over the death of Isabella Hellmann, 41, on May 15 last year. He was charged in a Miami court where, according to local television station WPTV, he was also sentenced to seven months in jail for transporting valuable rare coins. After his wife's disappearance Bennett told investigators she was lost at sea when their 37ft catamaran, Surf into Summer, was struck by an unknown object near the Bahamas. According to to the FBI Bennett said he had gone below deck and left Ms Hellmann above to keep watch. He described being woken up at 1am by a jolt and the vessel was taking on water. Bennett told investigators he could not find his wife and had to abandon ship on a life raft. In an affidavit FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau now believed Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Ms Hellmann. The FBI affidavit ​claimed ​Bennett​ ​​had damaged the inside of the boat causing it to flood. Isabella Hellman and her British husband Lewis Bennett. She went missing during a honeymoon sailing trip. When Ms Hellmann disappeared the couple, who had a daughter now aged 17 months, were sailing back from Havana, Cuba to their home in Delray Beach, Florida. The daughter was not on the boat. Bennett made an SOS call in the early hours and was later spotted by a US Coast Guard helicopter. He was rescued alone from the life raft. The search for Ms Hellmann was called off three days later and her body was never found. When Bennett was rescued nine plastic tubes of silver coins were found in the life raft. They included 158 English “Year of the Horse” one-ounce silver coins and 77 Canadian Maple Leaf coins, worth about £3,200. The coins were among a batch that had been reported stolen from another boat in St Martin the previous year. Bennett had been a crew member on that boat. According to the owner of the boat the total value of the coins stolen in 2016 was around $100,000. After he was rescued Bennett said of his wife: "She is my soulmate. I thought we were going to be together forever. "I understand why they have to investigate and that is fair enough. I have got nothing to hide. They have to do what they have to do.”​


Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 9:56am

These Northern Lights “rainbows” have turned the sky greener than the Earth below. Vitaly Istomin, 26, spent several nights in freezing conditions under the stars in northern Russia’s Khibiny Mountains to capture the aurora’s “rainbows.” (Caters News)


Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 8:13am

"Deep and dangerous crevices in the area of the crash have made it impossible for helicopters to land," Ghafoor Rastinrooz, director of the regional medical centre, told official news agency IRNA. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar as it flew over the Zagros mountain range on Sunday morning, around 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight.


Archaeologists find fossils, Mayan relics in giant underwater cave in Mexico

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 8:03am

Archaeologists who have been exploring the world's largest underwater cave -- recently discovered in Mexico -- presented their findings Monday, including fossils of giant sloths and an elaborate shrine to the Mayan god of commerce. Researchers discovered last month that two large networks of underwater caves in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, the Sac Actun and Dos Ojos networks, are in fact connected, forming the largest such structure on Earth. Diving with SCUBA gear, they have been exploring the ancient relics left in the caves over the millenia, in a project sponsored by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).


Trump Administration Takes Another Step To Roll Back Obamacare

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 7:52am

Republican efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s insurance reforms continued Tuesday, when the Trump administration proposed regulations that would make it easier for health insurers to sell cheap, short-term policies that leave out key benefits and are available only to people in good health.


Profiles in expediency: 'Dumb' Romney welcomes endorsement of 'con man' Trump

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 7:28am

The relationship between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney — who has been criticized for having particularly malleable positions — has followed a long and tortuous path, and more twists and turns likely lie ahead. Here is a timeline of the more head-snapping reversals in recent years.


Philippines Duterte extends term of top cop leading his deadly war on drugs

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 7:21am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would extend the tour of duty of the country's police chief "a little bit longer" to carry out reforms in a law enforcement agency at the forefront of his war on drugs. Ronald dela Rosa, director-general of the Philippine National Police (PNP), was supposed to step down upon reaching the retirement age of 56 in January but Duterte had asked him to stay on for three more months until April. "I still have to institute continuing reforms with the police, and police has always been a problem," Duterte said in a speech at an event with businessmen.


Nigeria And Jamaica Just Made Winter Olympics History

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 6:03am

Bobsledders from Nigeria and Jamaica made history at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Tuesday.


Ancient Mayan bones uncovered in Mexico at world's largest underwater cave

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 6:02am

Archaeologists exploring the world's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age. A group of divers recently connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilization. The Yucatan peninsula is studded with monumental relics of the Maya people, whose cities drew upon an extensive network of sinkholes linked to subterranean waters known as cenotes. Researchers say they found 248 cenotes at the 347-km (216-mile) cave system known as Sac Actun, near the beach resort of Tulum. Of the 200 archaeological sites they have discovered there, around 140 are Mayan. This mask of the Mayan god of trade is just one of the artefacts uncovered at the huge underwater Sac Actun cave in Quinta Roo state, Mexico Credit: HO/AFP   Some cenotes acquired particular religious significance to the Maya, whose descendants continue to inhabit the region. Apart from human remains, they also found bones of giant sloths, ancient elephants and extinct bears from the Pleistocene period, Mexico's Culture Ministry said in a statement. Sistema Sac Actun The cave's discovery has rocked the archaeological world. "I think it's overwhelming. Without a doubt it's the most important underwater archaeological site in the world," said Guillermo de Anda, researcher at Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH). A diver from the Great Mayan Aquifer project looks at human remains believed to be from the Pleistocene era De Anda is also director of the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM), a project dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula. According to the INAH, water levels rose 100 meters at the end of the Ice Age, flooding the cave system and leading to "ideal conditions for the preservation of the remains of extinct megafauna from the Pleistocene." The Pleistocene geological epoch, the most recent Ice Age, began 2.6 million years ago and ended around 11,700 years ago. Divers from the Great Mayan Aquifer project combing through the caves have found cultural artefacts, 9,000 year old human remains and Pleistocene bones Credit:  Jan Arild Aaserud/INAH  


Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - February 20, 2018 - 6:00am

(This Feb. 17 story is refiled to reflect latest update) By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia a day after the prime minister resigned will last for six months, the defense minister said on Saturday, as authorities sought to tamp down unrest in Africa's second most populous nation. Outbreaks of violence had continued in parts of the country and the government was banning protests, along with the preparation and dissemination of publications "that could incite and sow discord", Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa told reporters. "The government has previously made several efforts to curtail violence, but lives have continued to be lost, many have been displaced and economic infrastructure has been damaged," he said.


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