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Record heat levels roast sweltering Sydney Record heat levels roast sweltering Sydney
- January 09, 2018

People in Sydney flocked to the beaches and tennis players were forced off court as the area recorded its hottest day for 79 years. Today's scorching temperature beats the previous record for the area, and came only 0.5 degrees off claiming the record - set in 1939. (more...)
SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission aboard Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission aboard Falcon 9 rocket
- January 09, 2018

Watch a replay of the launch and landing of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on January 7 at Cape Canaveral. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla . (AP) - SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year. Since November 2017, all that is known about the mission is it involves a spacecraft supposedly commissioned by an agency under the US government. SpaceX is kicking off the New Year with a long list of launches on its manifest. (more...)
Fallen Pierce County deputy lived in Yelm and had Grays Harbor ties Fallen Pierce County deputy lived in Yelm and had Grays Harbor ties
- January 09, 2018

A police officer was shot and killed in response to a report of home intrusion in an area about 23 kilometers away from Tacoma in Washington state on the USA west coast, the state's Pierce County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) said Monday. One suspect was found dead at the scene and another is on the loose and being sought by authorities. All roads around the area reopened around 6:40 a.m., except for 200th Street East which will remain closed from 42nd Avenue to 50th Avenue while police continue ... (more...)
Trump says he's delaying 'Fake News Awards' until mid-January Trump says he's delaying 'Fake News Awards' until mid-January
- January 08, 2018

But President Trump isn't one to be overshadowed, so he's getting in on the awards show action himself. The show bought a Times Square billboard and took out an ad on Twitter to court the president's attention. "And I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time ". The November 27th tweet by Trump stated, "We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite ... (more...)
China Says 32 People, Mostly Iranians, Missing After Oil Tanker Collision
- January 08, 2018

CF Crystal's 21 Chinese crew members were rescued and the ship suffered "non-critical" damage, the ministry reports. The Chinese vessel, carrying grain from the U.S., suffered minor damage "without jeopardising the safety of the ship". China's Ministry of Transport said the missing people are its crew - 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis. "We have no information on their fate", he said. (more...)
Northland Sears, Kmart stores avoid another round of closures Northland Sears, Kmart stores avoid another round of closures
- January 08, 2018

Sears Canada, of which Sears Holdings owns 10 percent, filed for bankruptcy in June and is in the process of liquidation. This marked the second time Sears chose to close stores it sold off to Seritage in 2015. Sears Holdings announced Thursday the location was among 64 stores across the country that would be closing between early March and early April of 2018. (more...)
Bannon: 'I regret' delay in responding to book Bannon: 'I regret' delay in responding to book
- January 08, 2018

In the letter, Bannon apologizes to the president's son Donald Trump Jr., says that Trump is the only candidate that could have defeated the "Clinton apparatus" and claims that comments made in the book were not aimed at Trump Jr., but rather at Paul Manafort . (more...)
Trump Goes After 'CNN Flunky' Jake Tapper After Stephen Miller Interview
- January 08, 2018

Miller, the White House's senior advisor for policy. He said that Mr. Trump had initially flattered him about the project, and that he had told interview subjects that "the president said he likes this idea" of a book. Tapper, sensing that Miller was catering to a very specific viewer with his comments, said, "I'm sure he's watching and he's happy you said that". CIA Director Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) gives President Donald Trump his regular intelligence briefings, and says Trump is ... (more...)
TN Bus Strike Enters Day 4; Temporary Drivers And Conductors Deployed TN Bus Strike Enters Day 4; Temporary Drivers And Conductors Deployed
- January 07, 2018

A collector, according to The Times Of India, claimed the bus services were affected least in Salem district where around 86% of government buses are operating. If the government takes action, the employees must face it. General Secretary of DMK-backed LPF, M Shanmugam, said they were not anxious about action from the government since any protest would attract action. (more...)
Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail
- January 07, 2018

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail , a CBI counsel said. In the first fodder scam case, Lalu was sentenced to five years in jail. He is an accused in four other cases in the fodder scam. He was convicted by the special court on Dec 23. The 16 convicted people include three former IAS officials Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad. (more...)
Investigators Suspect Somebody Set Roy Moore Accuser's House on Fire Investigators Suspect Somebody Set Roy Moore Accuser's House on Fire
- January 06, 2018

Another neighbor said the man authorities are investigating "approached her as she was getting in her auto that morning and asked if she thought Johnson's house was going to burn". She told AL.com that she has not yet been told by law enforcement officials how the fire started, except that it began at the back of the house. Johnson and her neighbors suspect "a young man who had a history of public intoxication" because he was seen walking around the house before the fire. (more...)
Some flights canceled, delayed out of Buffalo airport due to nor'easter Some flights canceled, delayed out of Buffalo airport due to nor'easter
- January 05, 2018

FAA officials told Reuters . It says full refunds will be allowed on tickets issued for travel to or from NY between January 4 and 6. At the Halifax airport, Linda Coleman hopes her delayed flight with Porter Airlines won't be cancelled like dozens of others on the departures board. (more...)
Afghanistan: 15 Killed, 20 Others Wounded in Massive Blast in Kabul's Banaee Afghanistan: 15 Killed, 20 Others Wounded in Massive Blast in Kabul's Banaee
- January 05, 2018

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said Pakistan was deeply saddened by the loss of previous lives in the terrorist attack. Wahid Mujro, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, said 15 wounded were treated at Kabul hospitals. The Sunni extremist group has recently increased its attacks against Shi'a in Afghanistan - particularly in Kabul . According to a report this month by media freedom group Reporters without Borders, Afghanistan is among the world's most unsafe countries for media ... (more...)
Comey shames Republican silence on Trump's attacks against Justice Dept and Federal Bureau of Investigation Comey shames Republican silence on Trump's attacks against Justice Dept and Federal Bureau of Investigation
- January 05, 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey took to Twitter on Wednesday to call out Republicans for remaining silent even as President Donald Trump publicly attacks the independence of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more...)
Woman sexually assaulted during Spirit flight from Las Vegas to Detroit Woman sexually assaulted during Spirit flight from Las Vegas to Detroit
- January 05, 2018

Prabhu Ramamoorthy an Indian national has been living in the U.S. on the temporary visa and he was caught abusing a 22-year-old girl sitting next to him. Responding to the situation, the attendants offered the woman a different seat and kept her in the back of the plane. Prabhu also apparently gave conflicting testimonies about what happened with the victim. (more...)
SA tourist dies in Egypt balloon crash: ministry official SA tourist dies in Egypt balloon crash: ministry official
- January 05, 2018

A number of officials who have been quoted by Al-Ahram on condition of anonymity said the incident was caused by strong winds that caused the balloon to fall. This is not the first hot air balloon crash recorded in the city of Luxor in the recent years. At least 19 tourists were killed in 2013 when the balloon in which they were travelling caught fire in Luxor. (more...)
Would you pay 25p extra for your morning coffee to cut waste? Would you pay 25p extra for your morning coffee to cut waste?
- January 05, 2018

Britons sipping on hot tea or strong coffee should pay an extra 25 pence ($NZ0.47) " latte levy " if they use a disposable cup, common in coffee shops and fast food eateries, British lawmakers said on Friday. Last night chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - whose BBC show Hugh's War on Waste first drew attention to the paper cup problem - said the report showed "the United Kingdom has finally woken up and smelled the coffee cup nightmare". (more...)
Six-alarm blaze in the Bronx injures at least a dozen Six-alarm blaze in the Bronx injures at least a dozen
- January 03, 2018

According to the reports, at least 16 people have been injured as the blaze continues to rage. The cause of the fire is not immediately known. This fire comes just days after 12 people were killed at 2363 Prospect Ave.in The Bronx - the city's deadliest fire in more than a quarter-century. (more...)
Instant talaq bill listed for today in rajya sabha Instant talaq bill listed for today in rajya sabha
- January 03, 2018

The Bill which also aims at awarding a three-year jail term to husbands practising triple talaq was earlier cleared by the Lok Sabha. According to Opposition sources, BJP seems to be "isolated" on this bill except its allies SAD and Shiv Sena likely to come up its support, in the Upper House. (more...)
Mega Millions jackpot rises to $343 million Mega Millions jackpot rises to $343 million
- January 03, 2018

In the wake of his successful prize collection in OR, theLotter established a large operation in that state from which it safely and securely purchases its clients' USA lottery tickets! The cash value of the January 2 Mega Millions drawing will be $225 million. (more...)
Missing girls from Texas may be in Louisiana Missing girls from Texas may be in Louisiana
- January 03, 2018

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert as police search for two missing children in relation to a suspicious death in Round Rock, Texas , CBS affiliate KEYE-TV reports. Miles might be in route to Louisiana in a grey 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas license plate number JGH9845, police said. He has hazel eyes, a beard, and wears glasses. (more...)
India, Pakistan exchange list of prisoners India, Pakistan exchange list of prisoners
- January 02, 2018

Ms Swaraj said this to parliament's consultative committee on external affairs during a meeting, which was also attended by Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, the Indian media reported. In January past year Pakistan had released 218 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture. New Delhi says Mr Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran, where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan. (more...)
Private doctors' strike hits OPDs in Karnataka Private doctors' strike hits OPDs in Karnataka
- January 02, 2018

The Indian Medical Association Gujarat branch will observe a black day on Tuesday to protest the National Medical Commission Bill that was tabled in the Lok Sabha. Though the bandh was called by Indian Medical Association (IMA), doctors working in various government services have pledged their support to the cause. (more...)
South Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation South Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation
- January 02, 2018

It also comes after South Korean President Moon Jae-in said improvement of inter-Korean relations was linked to resolving the North's nuclear programme. ( This may not be the case in a crisis , where Kim Jong-un may be forced to tolerate some level of predelegation to retain credible retaliatory capability.) Kim, nevertheless, appeared pleased with his arrangement: "The U.S. (more...)
Pakistan PM summons cabinet, security meet over Trump tweet Pakistan PM summons cabinet, security meet over Trump tweet
- January 02, 2018

Asif said Trump's tweet was borne out of frustration and that the United States should pursue dialogue with Afghanistan's insurgents rather than military force. "We have started the construction of forts and posts on the Afghan border for effective border management - what more does the USA and Afghanistan want from us?" However the Pakistani military launched an operation there in 2014, and now insists it has eradicated all safe havens in the country. (more...)
Dense fog engulfs Delhi-NCR, visibility zero Dense fog engulfs Delhi-NCR, visibility zero
- January 02, 2018

While the fog dissipated later and visibility improved, there were delays throughout the day because of cascading effect on flight operations. This happened due to a rapid build up of particulate matter owing to foggy conditions, even as Delhiites stepped out in large numbers to mark the first day of the New Year. (more...)
Assam: ULFA (I) military leader's finds place in updated NRC draft Assam: ULFA (I) military leader's finds place in updated NRC draft
- January 02, 2018

The names of the remaining applicants are under various stages of verification. NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela said the documents of the applicants were being examined carefully. The names for the second round of the draft are undergoing the verification process. You can walk into your respective NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) between 8 am to 4 pm today and 10 am to 4 pm from January 2 to January 31 on all working days. (more...)
Iranian General Raps Trump's Support for Rioters Iranian General Raps Trump's Support for Rioters
- January 02, 2018

Despite the widening of the demonstrations on Monday, Ramadan Sharif, a spokesman for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said that the police and internal security forces "fully control the situation in Tehran and other cities where street protests took place". (more...)
Peaceful Protests Constitutional Right of Iranians - President Rouhani
- January 01, 2018

The protests in Iran have already gained worldwide attention from U.S President Donald Trump and the American State Department, who have issued statements on the demonstrations . "They always say that we are supporting Iranian people, but who should pay the costs?" he asked. "Resolving the problems is not easy and would take time". (more...)
5 deputies shot, 1 fatally, in shooting near Denver 5 deputies shot, 1 fatally, in shooting near Denver
- January 01, 2018

The suspect was believed to have been killed, investigators said. The sheriff's office said that the suspect knew police were coming and began firing when they arrived. The hospital said it could not say what their conditions are or if they are law enforcement. Deputies advised citizens at 7:15 a.m.to "shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls". (more...)
HPD: Man arrested, found with guns, ammo in downtown hotel room HPD: Man arrested, found with guns, ammo in downtown hotel room
- January 01, 2018

Here's a timeline of how that arrest happened: About 1:00 a.m.: An off-duty police officer encountered a man in the hotel lobby. Houston police made a potentially disturbing arrest overnight, one that led to the discovery of a small arsenal and lots of ammunition in a hotel room. (more...)
Taxi, Ride-Sharing Safety Tips For New Year's Eve Taxi, Ride-Sharing Safety Tips For New Year's Eve
- December 31, 2017

You do have to ride with other passengers that are going the same way which might take slightly longer, but who knows, you might make some new friends. So how do you avoid these high fares? With Uber , prices can often fluctuate during peak times. Lyft has something similar called Prime Time. (more...)
Moscow and Ankara sign S-400 loan deal Moscow and Ankara sign S-400 loan deal
- December 31, 2017

Turkey and Russian Federation on Friday inked a loan agreement in Ankara for purchase of the S-400 missile defense system worth 2.5 billion US dollars, a Turkish official told Xinhua. Chemezov told Kommersant that Turkey was the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state to acquire the advanced S-400 missile system. Supplies of these systems are expected to begin within two years. (more...)
Dangerously cold wind chills Dangerously cold wind chills
- December 31, 2017

The big story will be the cold, with lows in the single digits to teens below zero, with a northwest wind 5-10 miles per hour knocking wind chills from -20 to -30. Temperatures will moderate some through the week ahead with high temperatures returning to the 20s. Instead, the area is dealing with highs in the low-to-mid teens and lows around zero degrees. (more...)
State Department: US, Russia Agree to Continue Diplomacy Over N. Korea State Department: US, Russia Agree to Continue Diplomacy Over N. Korea
- December 30, 2017

Separately, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that Washington was "ready to talk anytime" with North Korea "without precondition", but emphasised that "the diplomatic effort has to be backed up by a very credible military alternative". (more...)
Prince Harry Spills the Details on Meghan Markle's First Royal Christmas Prince Harry Spills the Details on Meghan Markle's First Royal Christmas
- December 30, 2017

The prince was questioned by Today presenter Sarah Montague and he revealed he and Markle had stayed with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge , who live in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, while visiting the Queen at her nearby Sandringham estate. (more...)
Doug Jones says win is 'new chapter' for state Doug Jones says win is 'new chapter' for state
- December 29, 2017

Moore appeared to be the favorite in the contest to fill the Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general. Merrill's office received roughly 120 complaints of voter fraud, mostly from sources outside Alabama, and roughly 70% had already been investigated and adjudicated. (more...)
Trump's Attack on Anna Wintour Steers Backlash Away From Vanity Fair
- December 29, 2017

Instead, it suggests that she should take more photos in the woods, because "how else are you going to meet unsuspecting hikers?" and take up a new hobby in the New Year - like "volunteer work, knitting, or improv comedy...". "Hey STOP TELLING WOMEN WHAT THE F-CK THEY SHOULD DO OR CAN DO", Arquette tweeted . The magazine's minute-long video showed writers and editors sipping champagne while coming up with all sorts of things Clinton could be doing now that she's no longer a presidential ... (more...)
United States Embassy announces end to visa crisis with Turkey United States Embassy announces end to visa crisis with Turkey
- December 29, 2017

The U.S. and Turkey have resumed normal visa processing services. The US embassy in Ankara called the security situation in Turkey "sufficiently favorable" for the resumption of the process of issuing visas to Turkish citizens, the Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported. (more...)
Kabul Blast Targeted Shiites In Afghanistan, Also Creates Safety Concerns For Journalists Kabul Blast Targeted Shiites In Afghanistan, Also Creates Safety Concerns For Journalists
- December 29, 2017

All the casualties reported were of civilian passersby. President Ashraf Ghani's spokesperson condemned the "unpardonable" crime, and his office has ordered a full investigation into the attack. They then set off explosive devices in the basement of the building where scores of people had gathered to mark the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union, he said. (more...)
Kyiv, Russia-Backed Separatists Exchange Captives In Eastern Ukraine Kyiv, Russia-Backed Separatists Exchange Captives In Eastern Ukraine
- December 28, 2017

More people are expected to be exchanged in another location later Wednesday. The prisoners, some of whom have been held captive for more than a year, arrived at a Ukrainian government checkpoint with their belongings. Ukrainian forces and separatists backed by Russian Federation have fought for control of the country's eastern flank since 2014, in a bloody war that has killed more than 10,000 combatants and civilians. (more...)
Cold temperatures, freezing rain will close out 2017 Cold temperatures, freezing rain will close out 2017
- December 28, 2017

Well below normal temperatures are expected for the New Year's weekend with wind chill advisory conditions again expected to be met on Sunday and Monday morning, according to the weather service. Additionally, he said people should always have a means of communication. Otherwise, he said, "Your body will start pulling blood to the vital organs and the first thing to go is the fingers and toes". (more...)
Obama tops Trump as most admired, Gallup poll of Americans finds Obama tops Trump as most admired, Gallup poll of Americans finds
- December 28, 2017

Donald Trump's "unpopularity is holding him back from winning the most admired distinction". For the 10th year in a row, Americans have voted Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world who they admire most , according to a recent Gallup poll. (more...)
Christmas Snow… and Rain… and Wind Christmas Snow… and Rain… and Wind
- December 27, 2017

Winds will increase late in the afternoon, causing blowing and drifting snow. The area of low pressure deepens over the Gulf of ME as it heads northeast, bringing a very strong southwest, then west wind behind it. This is the time to review winter weather driving tips and have family plans. It's also likely for elevated portions of Warren, Sussex, and Passaic Counties that snow never turns to rain at any point over night. (more...)
Andrew McCabe Expected To Retire From FBI Early Next Year Andrew McCabe Expected To Retire From FBI Early Next Year
- December 27, 2017

Mr. McCabe was deputy director when the F.B.I. opened the investigation in July 2016. The 49-year-old CT native first came under fire from the President's associates last October after it was revealed that then-Virginia Gov. "His only motivation is to support and defend the Constitution". After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May, McCabe stepped in as his interim replacement, reportedly drawing renewed ire from the President, who still considered him a Clinton loyalist. (more...)
Pakistan played cruel joke, Jadhav meeting a drama, says Sarabjit Singh's sister Pakistan played cruel joke, Jadhav meeting a drama, says Sarabjit Singh's sister
- December 27, 2017

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a relative told this paper, "Kulbhushan's mother and wife must be exhilarated after looking at him". They may never see them alive again. The Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad was also allowed to accompany the visitors. Pakistani officials insist Jadhav has confessed before the country's military court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency to "plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities" ... (more...)
Farmers' protest continues at BJP office in Bengaluru Farmers' protest continues at BJP office in Bengaluru
- December 27, 2017

And now protestors in the northern districts of Karnataka are raising the level of the agitation with this bandh call. The project involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi river, to divert 7.56 tmc ft water of to Malaprabha which meets drinking water needs of the region. (more...)
India police kill Kashmir 'Merchant of Death' India police kill Kashmir 'Merchant of Death'
- December 27, 2017

Two of his accomplices, believed to be foreign terrorists, managed to escape under the cover of darkness when the encounter broke out at Samboora village in Pulwama district in South Kashmir, they said, adding that the two would be tracked down soon. (more...)
Winter weather advisory in effect for the Lehigh Valley into Christmas morning Winter weather advisory in effect for the Lehigh Valley into Christmas morning
- December 26, 2017

Plan on slippery road conditions. With a westerly wind gusting to around 30 miles per hour or greater at times, we'll also have the chance for some blowing and drifting on the roads. This means storm total snow from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day could near eight inches in some locations. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. (more...)
Woman killed, husband injured by two dogs in southern Kentucky Woman killed, husband injured by two dogs in southern Kentucky
- December 26, 2017

At the time of the attack, Lankford was already being held in the Bell County Detention Center on charges including domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment, which he acquired on Friday, Dec. Both animal control and the Bell County Sheriff's Department are looking for the brown Pitbull still out and about. The sheriff's department also "determined that the dogs did not belong to the couple". (more...)