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U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis reversed a ruling forbidding Arkansas from carrying through with Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson's directive to suspend Medicaid reimbursements to a Planned Parenthood affiliate.


New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San Francisco

New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building.


Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car

Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.


Two Kids Got Locked In A Grocery Store And Did Exactly What You'd Expect

Two Kids Got Locked In A Grocery Store And Did Exactly What You'd Expect It's right out of a TV show.


Has Natalee Holloway's Body Been Found? Remains Reportedly Discovered in Search for Missing Teen

Has Natalee Holloway's Body Been Found? Remains Reportedly Discovered in Search for Missing Teen The Alabama teen vanished during a school trip in 2005.


Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence

Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence Lee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday.


Mugabe's wife whipped my daughter with electric cable, mother says

Mugabe's wife whipped my daughter with electric cable, mother says By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace whipped two South African women in a Johannesburg hotel room with an electric cable, the mother of one victim said, adding that the attack must be punished. Debbie Engels told Reuters her daughter Gabriella, a 20-year-old model, suffered a gash on her forehead that required eight stitches and another on the back of her head that needed six. Engels did not witness the attack and Reuters has not been able to verify key aspects of the allegations independently.


Scientists solve mystery of ‘Frankenstein dinosaur’

Scientists solve mystery of ‘Frankenstein dinosaur’

A dinosaur that puzzled researchers thanks to the incredibly puzzling design of its body finally has its place in history thanks to a team of scientists from Cambridge and the Natural History Museum in London. The Chilesaurus, which has been nicknamed the "Frankenstein dinosaur" due to it appearing as though it were patched together from other, unrelated dinosaur species, has now been labeled a transitional species that helps to bridge the gap between herbivorous dinosaurs and the more iconic meat-eaters like the Tyrannosaurus rex. 

After its fossils were initially discovered, Chilesaurus was thought to be a part of the Theropod group of dinos — which includes the T. rex— due to its advanced digestive system. Those creatures, which are considered "lizard-hipped," were carnivores, but the Chilesaurus didn't appear to be particularly well-suited for consuming meat.

After extensive examination of the fossils, the researchers are now declaring that Chilesaurus was in fact a plant eater. As it turns out, the puzzling creature is actually a member of the group called Ornithischia — meaning "bird-hipped" — dinosaurs that also includes recognizable herbivores like the Stegosaurus and Triceratops. The team believes Chilesaurus was a essentially a stepping stone between the two groups, acting as a branching-off point.

"Before this, there were no transitional specimens — we didn't know what order these characteristics evolved in," Matthew Baron, Cambridge Ph.D. student and contributing author of the study, said of the research. "This shows that in bird-hipped dinosaurs, the gut evolved first, and the jaws evolved later — it fills the gap quite nicely."


Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of Cancer

Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of Cancer Tracey Jacqueline Weir is accused of selling phony raffle tickets to support children's cancer research in the name of 4-year-old Nolan Scully.


US will 'know how to face' anti-Semitism: Israel president

US will 'know how to face' anti-Semitism: Israel president Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed shock Wednesday over anti-Semitism at a recent US white supremacist rally, but said American leaders would succeed in dealing with "this difficult challenge". Rivlin wrote to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to convey his "support and solidarity for the American Jewish community" after the unrest in Charlottesville. "The very idea that in our time we would see a Nazi flag -- perhaps the most vicious symbol of anti-Semitism -- paraded in the streets of the world's greatest democracy, and Israel's most cherished and greatest ally, is almost beyond belief," he said.


Family: FBI knew Oklahoma bomb plot suspect is schizophrenic

Family: FBI knew Oklahoma bomb plot suspect is schizophrenic OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The family of a man accused of attempting to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma bank says he is a paranoid schizophrenic and that the FBI knew it.


Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault case

Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault case Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police said Wednesday, in an incident that could test cross-border relations. The 52-year-old wife of President Robert Mugabe is accused of attacking Gabriella Engels on Sunday evening at a Johannesburg hotel where the first lady's two sons were staying. Engels has registered a police case alleging assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, saying she suffered deep cuts to her forehead and the back of her head.


German Car Companies Are Driving the Country Off a Cliff

German Car Companies Are Driving the Country Off a Cliff "Made in Germany" used to mean reliability. Now it means collusion.


SeaWorld Orca Dies After Long Battle With Lung Infection

SeaWorld Orca Dies After Long Battle With Lung Infection An orca at SeaWorld San Diego was euthanized Tuesday evening after a long battle with a bacterial respiratory infection.


More arrests made in toppling of Confederate statue

More arrests made in toppling of Confederate statue RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More protesters were arrested Wednesday for participating in a demonstration that toppled a Confederate statue in North Carolina, and more monuments were vandalized as well.


Spain must raze all vegetation on Mallorca to combat 'olive tree ebola' says EU report

Spain must raze all vegetation on Mallorca to combat 'olive tree ebola' says EU report The Spanish island of Mallorca could be virtually razed of vegetation under an EU plan to halt the march of a deadly bacteria known as “ebola of the olive”, farmers in the region have warned. The bacteria Xylella fastidiosa, which has infected thousands of olive trees in southern Italy, is now raging across the Balearic Islands with carrier species multiplying, according to a recent assessment by the European Union. In July, it was detected for the first time on the Spanish mainland in almond trees in Alicante, raising fears it could wreak havoc in the world's largest producer of olive oil. The EU and the Balearics government are now discussing a containment plan which could force eradication of all vegetation within a 100 metre radius of infected plants, Spain’s El Confidential newspaper reported. With infections confirmed at 156 separate points across Mallorca, agricultural groups say the measure would mean the almost complete destruction of the island’s plant life. Spain is the world's largest producer of olive oil Credit: PAUL GROVER “If we comply with what Europe is asking us, it would be starting to fell at one end of the island and finishing at the other. I don’t know if eradicating all the plant life is the solution, but I am sure that, in Mallorca, this is impossible to apply,” Gonzalo Rodríguez, head of the Camp Mallorquí cooperative of 1,000 producers, told the paper. The Balearics authorities had won a reprieve from the eradication measure after the bacteria was detected on the islands late last year, arguing that it would be a “disaster” for the local environment. The bacteria, which can infect some 300 species, was first discovered in a cherry tree in a Mallorca garden centre in October. After tests elsewhere on the Balearic Islands came back positive, the local government declared the entire archipelago an outbreak zone, banned the export of live plants and began destroying infected specimens. But a June assessment by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) came back with alarming news: the response had been too limited, and even with the total application of EU measures, eradication will now be “very difficult” to achieve. The number of carrier plants was also growing, it said, now taking around a dozen species including grape vines, almond and plum trees and lavender. In Alicante, local authorities and agricultural groups have backed eradication as the only option. But resistance among some farmers is growing: last week protesters blocked machinery brought in to fell trees around an infected plant, El Confidencial reported.


Lebanon Repeals Law Allowing Rapists To Walk Free If They Marry Their Victims

Lebanon Repeals Law Allowing Rapists To Walk Free If They Marry Their Victims Lebanon’s Parliament on Wednesday repealed a law that had allowed rapists to escape prosecution if they married their victims.


Man Shoots a Nail Into His Heart, Drives Himself to the Hospital, Parks and Walks In

Man Shoots a Nail Into His Heart, Drives Himself to the Hospital, Parks and Walks In He shot himself in the chest with a nail gun


Trump disbands White House business councils as CEOs flee

Trump disbands White House business councils as CEOs flee As CEOs of major corporations began fleeing President Trump’s two business advisory councils yesterday to protest his remarks about the neo-Nazi violence in Virginia, Trump disbanded both groups.


KKK Members Convicted In Plot To Kill Black Inmate While Working As Prison Guards

KKK Members Convicted In Plot To Kill Black Inmate While Working As Prison Guards Two former Florida prison guards who were members of the Ku Klux Klan have been convicted of plotting to murder a black inmate after his release.


Saudi Arabia Shows How it Would Shoot Down Qatari Plane

Saudi Arabia Shows How it Would Shoot Down Qatari Plane Saudi Arabia and allies Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have accused Qatar of funding terrorist groups abroad.


Dear Ivanka: It's Time To Decide Which Side Of History You're Going To Stand On

Dear Ivanka: It's Time To Decide Which Side Of History You're Going To Stand On I know you’ve probably got a lot on your plate right now but we really need to talk about your father and what a shit show this week has been.


59 Crazy Creative Things To Make With Cauliflower

Macron approval rating at 37 percent: poll

Macron approval rating at 37 percent: poll Only 37 percent of French voters are happy with President Emmanuel Macron's performance in his first three months in power, a new survey showed on Wednesday. The 39-year-old's approval ratings have fallen sharply since his election in May after a mixed start to his five-year term in office with the latest poll confirming the results of other surveys. Of the 994 people surveyed by the Harris Interactive polling group, 62 percent of respondents had a negative view of his presidency, with dissatisfaction highest among far-left and far-right voters.


Kasich rips Trump's Charlottesville response: 'It's not about winning an argument'

Kasich rips Trump's Charlottesville response: 'It's not about winning an argument' The Republican governor of Ohio Wednesday strongly criticized the president’s blaming of “both sides” in the Charlottesville violence.


After Charlottesville, both Bush presidents denounce ‘hatred in all forms’

After Charlottesville, both Bush presidents denounce ‘hatred in all forms’ Former President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush, in a rare joint statement, declared Wednesday that Americans must reject “hatred in all its forms” in the aftermath of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.


Iran's military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

Iran's military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks By Parisa Hafezi and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic's military chief of staff. Turkey's ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri is the latest sign that Ankara is increasing cooperation with other powers such as Iran and Russia. Baqeri met his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday and Turkey's Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli on Wednesday in what Turkish media said was the first visit by an Iranian chief of staff since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.


Utah Blogger's Missing Husband Found Dead

Utah Blogger's Missing Husband Found Dead Paul Swenson, 30, disappeared in late July after acting strangely for days, his family said.


The Nevada Highway Patrol retires its last Ford Crown Vic

The Nevada Highway Patrol retires its last Ford Crown Vic Starting in 1978, Ford began cranking out cars on its full-size rear-wheel-drive platform, and it didn't stop doing so until 2011. Over the course of that run, the most prolifically produced machine was undoubtedly the Ford Crown Victoria. It was the go-to vehicle for taxi fleets and police departments, but it's since been replaced.


How To Wash Radioactive Material From Your Body After A Nuclear Blast

How To Wash Radioactive Material From Your Body After A Nuclear Blast According to certain guidelines, hair conditioner could bind radioactive material to your hair after exposure.


KKK Grand Dragon says I'm 'glad' Heather Heyer died in Charlottesville

KKK Grand Dragon says I'm 'glad' Heather Heyer died in Charlottesville A Ku Klux Klan leader has said he is happy a woman died while taking part in a protest against white supremacists in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer was killed after a car drove at speed into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters in the Virginia city over the weekend and left scores injured. The 32-year-old counter-protester was one of hundreds who descended on the city to protest against the largest gathering of white nationalists in America in decades.


Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site - Australia

Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site - Australia Several "probably man-made" objects were floating near the suspected crash site of MH370 just weeks after it vanished, Australian researchers revealed Wednesday, more than six months after the hunt for the doomed jet was called off. A massive underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, ended in January after no trace of the aircraft was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square mile) zone in the remote southern Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast. On Wednesday, two new studies said photos taken by French military satellites two weeks after the plane's disappearance, but not released to the public, showed at least 70 identifiable objects floating close to the so-called "northern area".


How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?

How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy? Tensions over nuclear weapons have been raised further after Donald Trump said North Korea will be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" after US intelligence concluded the rogue state has produced a miniaturised nuclear warhead.  This latest move comes amid increasing concern over North Korea's military capabilities, with the new US administration upping its rhetoric in response.  While the Pyongyang regime increases the frequency with which it is conducting missile tests, Donald Trump's defence secretary Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis has previously warned North Korea of an "effective and overwhelming" response if Pyongyang used nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, rhetoric hints at a return of the expansion of nuclear arsenals across the world. In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of defence chiefs that strengthening nuclear capability should be a key objective for 2017. Donald Trump then took to Twitter to respond, vowing to do the same. The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 Such rhetoric has led to concerns about the world's nuclear capacity and the unpredictability of those in charge of the warheads. It seems the world is a long way from "coming to its senses" - with millions of kilotons already in military service around the world. Between them, the world's nuclear-armed states have around 15,000 warheads - the majority of which belong to the US and Russia. It is estimated that just under 10,000 of these are in military service, with the rest awaiting dismantlement, according to the Arms Control Association.  Putin says Russia should strengthen its nuclear arsenal 00:51 Which countries have nuclear weapons? There are five nuclear-weapon states in the world: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States. These are officially recognised as possessing such weapons by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty acknowledges and legitimises their arsenals, but they are not supposed to build or maintain them forever. Indeed, they have committed to eliminate them.  There are also four other countries that have nuclear weapons: Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. These countries didn't sign the Treaty, and together possess an estimated 340 nuclear weapons.  But it's Russia and the US that have by far the most in the world - dominating all other countries by collectively sharing 88 per cent of the world's arsenal of stockpiled nukes. This figure increases to 93 per cent when we consider retired nukes.  How the world's 15,000 nukes are divided How deadly could these nuclear weapons be? The world's current collection of 14,900 nuclear weapons possesses enough power to kill millions of people and flatten dozens of cities.  According to Telegraph research, it is estimated that the US and Russian arsenals combined have power equating to 6,600 megatons. This is a tenth of the total solar energy received by Earth every minute. According to the NukeMap website, the dropping of the B-83, the largest bomb in the current US arsenal, would kill 1.4m people in the first 24 hours. A further 3.7m people would be injured, as the thermal radiation radius reached 13.km.  Likewise, the "Tsar Bomba" is the largest USSR bomb tested. If this bomb was dropped on New York, it is estimated that it could kill 7.6m people and injure 4.2m more. The nuclear fallout could reach an approximate area of 7,880km on a 15mph wind, impacting millions more people.  Both America and Russia's arsenals are regulated by several treaties that place limits on the numbers and kinds of warheads and delivery systems they have.   If either country were to expand their nuclear capacity even further, as Trump and Putin have hinted at, it could shatter these agreements and plunge the world into a new Cold War. North Korean missile ranges Our figures on nuclear weapons, based on statistics from the Arms Control Association, are mainly estimates because of the secretive nature with which most governments treat information about their arsenals. 


Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82

Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82 Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said. The attack -- the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region -- took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists. "Three female bombers triggered their explosive outside of the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp... killing 28 people and wounding 82 others," Kura said.


Study Explores How To Talk To Climate Change Deniers

Study Explores How To Talk To Climate Change Deniers A new study shows how climate change advocates should talk to those who don't believe in global warming. Hint: put the data graphs down.


Iranian president threatens to revitalize nuclear program

Iranian president threatens to revitalize nuclear program TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president warned Tuesday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the U.S. continues "threats and sanctions" against his country, which signed a landmark nuclear accord with world powers in 2015.


Dizzying artwork video uses oil, paint, and soap to create otherworldly movement

Dizzying artwork video uses oil, paint, and soap to create otherworldly movement These dizzying images use oil, soap and paint to create movements that feel otherworldly, and seem to psychedelically burst from their surroundings.


Could Trump's Comments Lead To a GOP Presidential Primary?

Could Trump's Comments Lead To a GOP Presidential Primary? Trump's media availability drew intense criticism from the right. Former GOP Rep. David Jolly says today may be the start of a primary movement to replace Trump. He joins O'Donnell and Jarvis DeBerry to discuss Trump's long pattern of bigoted behavior.


North Carolina woman confronts man flying Nazi flag at his home

North Carolina woman confronts man flying Nazi flag at his home A North Carolina woman who confronted a man flying a Nazi flag outside his home says she felt the need to stand up to his show of hate in the wake of violence that erupted during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.


Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash

Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash The Syrian military said on Tuesday that one of its jets crashed in southern Syria, state television reported, hours after Western-backed rebels said they had shot it down and captured the pilot. State-owned Ikhbariya television quoted a Syrian army source as saying an investigation was under way to determine what caused the crash. Rebels released photos of a pilot they identified as Major Ali al Hilwa, with bruises on his face, and the wreckage of a jet they said was a Russian-built MiG brought down by anti-aircraft guns.