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U.S. Criticizes China for Abuses Revealed by Leaked Cables

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China, as a number of foreign governments expressed serious concern about the scale of the campaign. Pompeo said the documents underscored “an overwhelming and growing body of evidence” that China’s leaders are responsible for gross human rights violations in the Xinjiang reg...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Tibet, News, Washington, China, Uncategorized, Ap, Beijing, European Commission, Muslim, Brussels, State Department, Xinjiang, State, Heiko Maas

Palestinians Protest U.S. Settlement Decision in ‘Day of Rage’

RAMALLAH, West Bank) — Thousands of Palestinian protesters took part in a “day of rage” across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, with some groups clashing with Israeli forces to protest the U.S. announcement that it no longer believes Israeli settlements violate international law. Around 2,000 people gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah by midday, where they set ablaze posters of U.S. President Donald Trump as well as Israeli and American flags. Schools, universities and government o...
Tags: News, Israel, Uncategorized, Jerusalem, Ronald Reagan, Gaza, Middle East, West Bank, Red Cross, Hamas, State Department, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Gaza Strip, Trump, State

FAA Says It Will Handle All Approvals for New Boeing 737 Max Jets

(WASHINGTON) — Federal safety regulators indicated Tuesday that they will keep full control over approvals of each new Boeing 737 Max built since the planes were grounded in March, rather than delegating some of the work to Boeing employees. The Federal Aviation Administration said it told Boeing on Tuesday that the agency will retain all authority to issue safety certificates for newly manufactured Max planes. Boeing hasn’t stopped producing the Max, although it slowed down the assembly li...
Tags: News, Indonesia, Washington, Uncategorized, Chicago, Ethiopia, Aviation, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, Max, Dickson, Max Jets, Overnight, Stephen Dickson, Onetime

How Russian President Vladimir Putin Emerged as a Winner in President Donald Trump’s Impeachment Hearings

After weeks of partisan heckling in a whirl of overheard phone calls and conspiracy theories, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council had had enough. By the time Fiona Hill gave her public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last week, she had a clear message for the country: this is precisely what the Kremlin wants. “I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests,” Hill said in her Nov. ...
Tags: Europe, New York, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, US, America, Dnc, European Union, Ukraine, Hillary Clinton, United States, Moscow

South Dakota Man Linked to Russian Agent Maria Butina Pleads Guilty to Fraud

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota man linked to a Russian agent said little Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to fraud charges unrelated to the agent’s case. Conservative political operative Paul Erickson admitted to a federal judge that he operated fraudulent investment schemes. Prosecutors say Erickson, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, bilked investors of more than $1 million. Erickson’s onetime girlfriend is Maria Butina, who was deported last month to her native Russia...
Tags: News, Russia, Uncategorized, Fbi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Erickson, SIOUX, Onetime, Paul Erickson, Maria Butina, Butina, South Dakota Man Linked, Clint Sargent

Most of the 5,500 Evacuees in California Wildfire Near Santa Barbara Allowed to Return Home

(GOLETA, Calif.) — Most of the thousands of people who fled a raging California wildfire in the mountains north of Santa Barbara were told they could return home Tuesday as an approaching storm offered hope the flames would be doused. About 4,000 of the nearly 5,500 evacuees were affected when authorities reduced the size of the evacuation zone. The blaze had blackened more than 6.5 square miles (16.8 square kilometers) of the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains, but most of that acreage was scorch...
Tags: News, California, Uncategorized, Red Cross, Santa Barbara County, Orange County, Gruber, Santa Barbara, Garcia, Goleta, Montecito, Los Padres National Forest, Santa Ynez Mountains, Goleta Calif, Onetime, Tony Briggs

Many Pregnant Women Live Too Far From a Doctor to Get Regular Care. Here’s How Technology Can Help

For anyone who is pregnant, having a hospital delivery room nearby means knowing that when the baby arrives medical assistance will be close at hand. But for too many of those in rural America, this comfort is often no longer available—and it is putting both women and babies at risk. In fact, the United States is the only industrialized nation with an increasing rate of maternal mortality and this problem hits women of color especially hard. The facts are stark. Between 2004 and 2014, 179 r...
Tags: Health, News, Fcc, Congress, Senate, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, America, United States, House, Federal Communications Commission, Maternal mortality, Mayo Clinic, Centers for Disease Control, Reagan Administration, Rochester Minn

Inside the Creation of Knives Out, One of the Most Unexpectedly Subversive Films of the Year

This article contains extensive spoilers for Knives Out . At first glance, Knives Out doesn’t seem like a particularly political movie. “A Rian Johnson Whodunit,” the poster reads , with the letters scrawled in cartoonish font inside a magnifying glass. The trailer is stuffed with overdramatic jump cuts and hammy retorts from its famous actors — including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette. The film’s Thanksgiving release date, Martha Stewart-assis...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, News, Lionsgate, Martha Stewart, Uncategorized, America, Brazil, Manhattan, Johnson, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, New England, Christie, Don, Harlan

Koalas Were Already on the Brink in Australia. Bushfires Have Killed 1,000 in 2 Months, Experts Say

A koala that had received global attention after dramatic video footage emerged of its rescue from Australia’s bushfires by a woman who wrapped it in her shirt has died after suffering extensive burns. Video footage released on Nov. 19 showed the koala, later named Ellenborough Lewis, as it was rescued by Toni Doherty who plucked him from a tree in New South Wales. Doherty took the koala to the K oala Hospital in Port Macquarie b ut the hospital were unable to save him and put him to s...
Tags: Facebook, News, Abc, Australia, Uncategorized, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New Scientist, Brisbane, East Coast, Koala, Morrison, Port Macquarie, Doherty, Daily Mail Australia

The Two Popes Is a Portrait of Complicated Friendship—With a Dash of Papal Pizazz

From the late 1960s until 2000, New York magazine ran a regular wordplay competition, overseen by the gifted wordsmith Mary Ann Madden, inviting readers to submit, say, advertising jingles for products no one needs or greeting-card verses for under-recognized occasions. Of the latter, one of the most memorable was “Saw your smoke, now you’re Pope, congrats!” But seriously: If one of your pals should ever become the recipient of this most blessed honor, how would you know what to put in the ...
Tags: New York, Movies, News, Uncategorized, Rome, Netflix, Pope Francis, Vatican, Argentina, Catholic Church, Francis, Abba, Pope Benedict XVI, Buenos Aires, Anthony Hopkins, Hopkins

Museum Director Fired After Lending Out Handwritten Copy of Gettysburg Address

(OAK RIDGE, Tenn.) — The new director of a Tennessee museum was fired from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for lending out an irreplaceable copy of the Gettysburg Address. A Friday report by the Illinois Inspector General says Alan Lowe lent the document to Mercury One for a “pop-up museum” last year. Mercury One is a nonprofit founded by political pundit Glenn Beck. The document is one of five known copies of the Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln’s hand. It wasn’t suppos...
Tags: News, Glenn Beck, Uncategorized, Tennessee, Lincoln, Gettysburg, Lowe, Knoxville News Sentinel, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Onetime, Alan Lowe, Illinois Inspector General, Historic Preservation Agency Board of Trustees The, American Museum of Science and Energy

Lawyers Claim It’s Legal to Discriminate Against Gay People in Missouri as It Fights $20 Million Verdict

(CLAYTON, Mo.) — Lawyers representing St. Louis County are challenging a $20 million verdict in a gay officer’s lawsuit, claiming it is legal to discriminate against gay people in Missouri. Police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber alleged in his lawsuit that he had been passed over for a promotion 23 times and was told to “tone down your gayness.” The verdict was announced in October. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the county’s new legal team, the Lewis Rice law firm, is asking a judge to amend the...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Missouri, Courts, St Louis Post Dispatch, St Louis County, Missouri Police, Onetime, Keith Wildhaber, Wildhaber, Lewis Rice, CLAYTON Mo Lawyers

In Frozen 2, Elsa Finally Gets to Wear the Pants. But Is a Wardrobe Change Enough?

The first Frozen movie, released in 2013, had a major feminist twist: The fairytale ended, as most do, with a true love’s kiss. But the kiss in question was platonic, the kisser not a love interest but a powerful and adoring sister. The movie was immediately and enthusiastically embraced for critiquing the staid princess narrative. Disney has been adapting fairytales for decades, and while Frozen is nominally based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Snow Queen, the surprise ending ...
Tags: Elsa, Jennifer Lawrence, Movies, News, Uncategorized, Disney, Diana, Scarlett Johansson, Anna, Avengers, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hans Christian Andersen, Don, Dani, Simba, Jafar

A New Wildfire Is Threatening Southern California at Thanksgiving. Here’s What to Know

A new wildfire has been blazing near Santa Barbara ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Cave Fire quickly burned through 4,262 acres since it started Monday afternoon—and it remains 0% contained as of midday Tuesday, according to the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) unit, one of the lead agencies overseeing the fire. Approximately 600 firefighters have been assigned and evacuation orders have been issued for more than 2,280 residents, while still other areas are under evacuation warn...
Tags: Facebook, News, California, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Southern California Edison, Yolo County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara, County, Northern California, Goleta, Woodland, Bill Brown, Jimmy Harris, Santa Ynez Mountains

New York City Lawmakers Vote to Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

(NEW YORK) — New York City lawmakers have voted to ban flavored electronic cigarettes. The City Council voted Tuesday to ban all e-cigarette and e-liquid flavors except tobacco. Backers of the ban said they were acting to protect young people whose use of e-cigarettes has surged in recent years. Democratic City Council member Mark Levine said there is “no higher obligation” than protecting the health of kids. Supporters of the vaping industry jeered and threw fake dollar bills from the balcony o...
Tags: New York, News, New York City, Uncategorized, City Council, New York New York City, Mark Levine, Onetime, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, Democratic City Council

Simultaneous Explosions in Iraq Leave 5 Dead Amid Anti-Government Protests

(BAGHDAD) — Three simultaneous explosions rocked Baghdad late Tuesday, killing five people and wounding more than a dozen, Iraqi officials said, in the first apparent coordinated attack since anti-government protests erupted nearly two months ago. It was not immediately clear who has behind the bombings, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group. Iraq declared victory over the extremists nearly two years ago, but they still maintain a presence in parts of the country and carry out...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Uncategorized, Baghdad, Ahrar, Tahrir Square, Tigris River, Onetime, Baiyaa, Shaab City, Baladiyat, Jumhuriya Ahrar

Pennsylvania Overhauls Its Child Sex Abuse Laws Following Massive Catholic Church Cover-Up

(READING, Pa.) — Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws Tuesday, more than a year after a grand jury report showed the cover-up of hundreds of cases of abuse in most of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses over the last seven decades. The central bill signed by Gov. Tom Wolf gives future victims of child sex abuse more time to file lawsuits and ends time limits for police to file criminal charges. The grand jury report spurred several states to change their laws and other sta...
Tags: New York, News, Senate, Court, Uncategorized, Pennsylvania, House, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Wolf, Legislature, Tom Wolf, Albany New York, Shapiro, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, TRENTON New Jersey

First Lady Melania Trump Booed While Speaking at Youth Summit in Baltimore

As First Lady Melania Trump was welcomed onstage at the University of Maryland Baltimore College Tuesday to speak during a youth event, she was met with resounding boos from the audience of middle and high students from the Baltimore area. The First Lady was attending the B’MORE Youth Summit for Opioid Awareness, hosted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 360 Campaign and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. Trump spoke for about five minutes, primarily about her Be Best agenda, bu...
Tags: Politics, News, Maryland, White House, Uncategorized, Cnn, Baltimore, Trump, Melania Trump, Bennett, U S Drug Enforcement Administration, Onetime, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, Kate Bennett, University of Maryland Baltimore College, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation Trump

House Judiciary Committee to Hold Its First Hearing Of the Impeachment Proceedings Next Week

The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday will hold its first hearing as part of the impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump on Dec. 4. The public hearing will be titled, “the impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump: constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment.” A panel of constitutional experts and authorities will explain the constitutional framework of high crimes and misdemeanors, though the experts have not yet been identified. “This is a legal hearing....
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Uncategorized, Joe Biden, Ukraine, House, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Committee, Clinton, Trump, Hunter, Nixon, Donald J Trump, Adam Schiff

How Climate Change Exacerbates Gender Inequality Across the Globe

Among the lesser studied effects of climate change are the social and economic impacts on women. Nitya Rao, professor of gender and development at University of East Anglia has been studying gender and development for decades; with the recent attention on the profound impact that global temperature changes are having on local and national economies, she decided to analyze the impact of climate change on women specifically. She and her team studied data collected from 25 case studies in 11 h...
Tags: Asia, News, Climate Change, India, Africa, Uncategorized, University of East Anglia, Rao, Climate Change And Women, Gender Inequality Across the Globe, Nitya Rao, Rao Labor

Texas Teacher Wins Appeal, Rehired After Tweeting President Trump About ‘Illegal’ Students

(FORT WORT, Texas) — An English teacher who was fired after tweeting that her Texas high school was full of students who are in the country illegally has won an appeal to get her job back. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ruled Monday that Carter-Riverside High School teacher Georgia Clark’s tweet was protected by the First Amendment. Clark can either receive back pay and employment benefits or the Fort Worth Independent School District ca...
Tags: Texas, News, Immigration, Uncategorized, Donald Trump, Clark, Morath, Mike Morath, Texas Education Agency, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Georgia Clark, Onetime, FORT WORT Texas, Carter Riverside High School, Fort Worth Independent School District, Barbara Griffith

How to Make Congress Work Better for the American People

Every few decades, Congress comes to the realization that it needs to fix itself. For the last 50 years, whether due to an imminent crisis or a slow deterioration, special reform committees have been established to deliver reforms on everything from committee operations to congressional ethics. These committees were tasked to diagnose the problems facing the legislative branch and prescribe solutions to make congress more effective. Some ideas worked, some didn’t, and others were put on the...
Tags: Facebook, News, Congress, Uncategorized, House, Capitol Hill, Committee, Select Committee, U S House of Representatives, U S Representatives, Congress Members, 116th Congress, Modernization of Congress

Jeremy Corbyn Pushes Back on Britain Chief Rabbi’s Anti-Semitism Claims

(LONDON) — Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn sought Tuesday to defuse harsh criticism about anti-Semitism leveled at the party by Britain’s chief rabbi. Corbyn addressed Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ remarks in The Times newspaper while taking questions at a campaign event just over two weeks before Britain’s Dec. 12 election. He denied Mirvis’ claim that Labour and its leader have been deeply tarnished by pervasive anti-Semitic attitudes. The influential rabbi’s suggestion that Corbyn was un...
Tags: London, News, Uncategorized, Bbc, Britain, Labour, United Kingdom, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Hamas, Parliament, Johnson, Conservative Party, Times, Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn

‘This Is a Story of Hope.’ New Documentary Series College Behind Bars Follows Men and Women Working to Gain College Degrees While in Prison

“Inside the walls of a classroom, you escape the walls of a cell — and you become an individual again.” So says Shawnta Montgomery, speaking at her graduation in the Bard Prison Initiative in College Behind Bars , the latest documentary project from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The four-part series follows men and women incarcerated in maximum and medium security prisons across New York state over the span of four years, as they attempt to gain college degrees through the Bard Prison ...
Tags: New York, News, Obama, Congress, Documentary, Uncategorized, Bill, Ken Burns, Pbs, Criminal Justice, BPI, New York State, Sarah, Clinton, Burns, Bard

Facebook Says It’s Removing More Hate Speech Than Ever Before. But There’s a Catch

On Nov. 13, Facebook announced with great fanfare that it was taking down substantially more posts containing hate speech from its platform than ever before. Facebook removed more than seven million instances of hate speech in the third quarter of 2019, the company claimed, an increase of 59% against the previous quarter. More and more of that hate speech (80%) is now being detected not by humans, they added, but automatically, by artificial intelligence. The new statistics, however, concea...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, News, India, Uncategorized, Social Media, Muslim, Myanmar, Rohingya, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Hindu, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Bengali, Assam, Punjabi

No One Can Look Away From ‘Karate Guy’ Spicing Up This News Segment

What’s a live broadcast about truly important news without a martial arts aficionado in the background to enliven the proceedings? During a CNN news segment on Capitol Hill Tuesday about the impeachment inquiry, internet users latched onto a random guy’s moves that were on full display. The currently unknown man in a ski mask and yellow T-shirt was just doing his thing — as one does. He was getting in his workout regardless of anything else going on at the building, because that’s how amped...
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, Cnn, Viral, Capitol Hill, Naruto, Onetime, Steven Cheung, Steven Raymond

A Muslim Woman Went Viral for Confronting Anti-Semitism on the London Underground. Her Actions Hold a Lesson for Us All

A video of a hijab-wearing Muslim woman confronting an anti-Semite on a London Underground train last week has been shared widely online, both here in the U.K. and beyond. The viral clip has prompted many of us to question our assumptions about how members of Muslim and Jewish communities interact — especially as political tribalism and divisions become more entrenched on both sides of the Atlantic. The abuser in the anti-Semitic incident aggressively read anti-Jewish passages from the Bibl...
Tags: Europe, London, News, Israel, Uncategorized, Spain, Atlantic, Middle East, Faith, Muslim, Catholic Church, London Underground, Jewish, Muslims, Cordoba, Granada

Texas Woman Killed by Feral Hogs, Authorities Say

(ANAHUAC, Texas) — Authorities say feral hogs attacked and killed a woman outside a Southeast Texas home where she worked as a caretaker. Christine Rollins cared for an elderly couple at their home in the small town of Anahuac. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said Monday the 84-year-old woman she cared for was waiting for Rollins to arrive on Sunday. The woman went outside and found the 59-year-old Rollins in the front yard between her car and the front door. Hawthorne says Rollins had a...
Tags: Texas, News, Uncategorized, Jefferson County, Southeast Texas, Rollins, Hawthorne, Onetime, Anáhuac, Christine Rollins, Brian Hawthorne, ANAHUAC Texas Authorities, Texas Woman Killed by Feral Hogs Authorities Say, Anahuac Chambers County

Eric Nam Made It as a K-Pop Star. Now He Wants to Make It Back Home in America

For years, Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam reverse-engineered his songs. He wrote the lyrics in English, then translated the words into Korean to sound more familiar to listeners in South Korea, where he is based. But the U.S.-born artist has taken an entirely different approach to his latest project. Before We Begin , released earlier this month, is Nam’s first all-English album since he debuted as a pop soloist in 2013. With tracks ranging from a vulnerable expression o...
Tags: South Korea, Music, New York, News, India, New York City, Uncategorized, America, Atlanta, Korea, States, Eric, Boston College, Deloitte Consulting, Eric Nam, NAM

Bread or Butter? Trump Prepares to Pardon Thanksgiving Turkey Before Flying to Florida

(WASHINGTON) — Which Thanksgiving turkey will earn a presidential pardon? Will it be Bread or Butter? The White House is sponsoring an online contest to help President Donald Trump as he contemplates his role in the 30-year-old tradition of sparing the National Thanksgiving Turkey. According to the White House, Bread is a 45-pound (20-kilogram) turkey who likes a cherry flavored soft drink called Cheerwine, bluegrass music and college basketball. Butter weighs 47 pounds (21 kilograms) and enjoys...
Tags: Florida, News, Holidays, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, Donald Trump, George H W Bush, Onetime, Trump Prepares to Pardon Thanksgiving Turkey, NASCAR Trump

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