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National Park Service rolls back its free days National Park Service rolls back its free days
- December 16, 2017

The NPS is also considering a fee increase at 17 parks - including the Grand Canyon -during the parks' busiest five-month periods. Bad news, nature lovers: the National Park Service has slashed its no-cost admission days by 60 percent for 2018. (more...)
Erdogan: Muslim nations to seek UN 'annulment' of Trump's Jerusalem move Erdogan: Muslim nations to seek UN 'annulment' of Trump's Jerusalem move
- December 16, 2017

The Kremlin is aware of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance on Israel but does not share it, Tass quoted Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Wednesday. "You mess with Palestine; you mess with all Peace-lovers in the world". "I am inviting the countries who value worldwide law and fairness to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine", Erdoğan said. (more...)
Celebrations for Mountain Brook's Doug Jones across Alabama Celebrations for Mountain Brook's Doug Jones across Alabama
- December 16, 2017

Our efforts were by no means in isolation. Sixty years ago, it was extremely hard for a black person to vote in the Heart of Dixie, between poll taxes, literacy tests, and other legal and quasi-legal obstacles to the franchise. We've built this blue wave by investing and organizing. As we turn to the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 general election, the goal of political operatives and journalists should not be to merely "listen to Black women" but take seriously demands and interests in ... (more...)
Find your new tax brackets under the final GOP tax plan Find your new tax brackets under the final GOP tax plan
- December 16, 2017

The tax bill was at 51-49. "I think we've got a pretty good deal". He said that where Democrats have "done nothing" for children, the plan will include "a tremendous child tax credit and it is increasing on a daily basis". As long as there are no absences, Collins and Flake ― who both supported an earlier version of the tax legislation ― could vote no and the bill would still pass. (more...)
US Adds New Requirements for Visa Waiver Countries US Adds New Requirements for Visa Waiver Countries
- December 16, 2017

Chandrashekhar said that Nasscom hopes that the authorities there will look at the impact this will have on the skilled workers coming into the US. "If the Trump Administration wishes to alter or completely dismantle the H-4 EAD program, it very likely would have to go through the regulatory process", saidMuthry Law Firm in November. (more...)
Carol Singers, Priests Allegedly Beaten up For 'Religious Conversions' in Satna Carol Singers, Priests Allegedly Beaten up For 'Religious Conversions' in Satna
- December 16, 2017

A resident of Bhumkahar village, the 21-year-old alleged that missionaries were active in his village for the last two years, and that he had been given "Rs 5,000, a cross and a Bible" after he took a dip in a pond to change his faith. The group comprised ten Catholic priests and 32 others undergoing training for the priesthood at Bhoomkahar village about 15 km from Satna when suspected members of the Bajrang Dal arrived there. (more...)
Tillerson confronts North Korean diplomat at UN Tillerson confronts North Korean diplomat at UN
- December 16, 2017

He reiterated that in the last resolution on North Korea the Security Council stressed its intention to strive for "peaceful and diplomatic solutions" to the situation on the Korean Peninsula and also welcomed the independent efforts of the states to find ways to overcome the crisis. (more...)
Brazilian football chief Del Nero given 90-day FIFA ban Brazilian football chief Del Nero given 90-day FIFA ban
- December 16, 2017

The suspension starts with immediate effect and may be extended for another 45 days while FIFA's ethics committee investigates the 76-year-old. The ban was imposed following a request from Fifa's investigatory chamber which is looking into unidentified violations of the organisation's ethics rules. (more...)
United Nations condemns execution of 38 prisoners in Iraq United Nations condemns execution of 38 prisoners in Iraq
- December 16, 2017

Slightly over three dozen ISIS members were hanged in southern Iraq Thursday after a judge sentenced them to death. Human Rights Watch recently accused the justice system of "failing to distinguish" between doctors who protected lives under IS rule and "those responsible for crimes against humanity". (more...)
Tillerson Takes Offer Of Unconditional Talks With North Korea Off The Table Tillerson Takes Offer Of Unconditional Talks With North Korea Off The Table
- December 16, 2017

During his first year in office Trump has repeatedly lobbed threats at North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, using fiery rhetoric that clashes with Tillerson's diplomatic approach. Tillerson's comments appeared to mark a shift from previous statements by senior US officials that North Korea would have to show it is serious about discussing nuclear disarmament before formal talks could begin. (more...)
Russia, Egypt sign protocol to resume flights Russia, Egypt sign protocol to resume flights
- December 16, 2017

Moscow and Cairo will also discuss the resumption of charter flights in April, 2018, according to the Egyptian aviation minister. Sokolov says Russian Federation isn't talking about resuming charter flights to Egyptian resorts as yet. Flights between the two countries were suspended after an Airbus A321 plane crashed over the Sinai Peninsula on October 31, 2015, en route from Egypt's Sharm al-Sheikh city to St. (more...)
'Unconscionable': DeVos smacked with two suits, claiming student loan borrowers ripped off 'Unconscionable': DeVos smacked with two suits, claiming student loan borrowers ripped off
- December 16, 2017

The Department of Education promised many of these borrowers "expedited" student loan discharges. The agency has in the past described other lawsuits filed by Democratic attorneys general as a partisan attack on the Trump administration. Wayne Johnson, who heads the student aid office, told the inspector general that the discharge of some of the claims flagged for approval is "imminent". (more...)
Basic Legal Questions Stump Trump Judicial Nominee Basic Legal Questions Stump Trump Judicial Nominee
- December 16, 2017

The questions appeared basic, slam-dunks for any federal judicial nominee. Spencer raises his hand. Kennedy , a first-term Republican who has challenged some of Trump's previous judicial nominations, bore down. Specifically, she mentioned the necessity of understanding the Daubert standard and a motion in limine . After that, he worked briefly as counsel to the Republican National Committee and served as counsel for two congressional panels. (more...)
Winter weather advisory issued for NYC Winter weather advisory issued for NYC
- December 16, 2017

The Winter Weather Advisory posted for coastal Rhode Island, southeast MA and the Cape and the Islands runs through midnight. The main impacts with this system is the timing. For areas along and north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, expect some flurries this evening, but only about a dusting to an inch is expected. But on Saturday night, the wind chill values will drop into the 20s. (more...)
German SPD Leaders Back Exploratory Coalition Talks With Merkel German SPD Leaders Back Exploratory Coalition Talks With Merkel
- December 16, 2017

The SPD chose to start open-ended talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister Christian Social Union (CSU) that would lead to three options, including grand coalition, acceptance of a Union-led minority government, or snap elections if government formation fails. (more...)
Four dead after helicopter crash in eastern Ontario Four dead after helicopter crash in eastern Ontario
- December 16, 2017

Hunt confirmed that four people have died, she did not know how many people in total were on board the aircraft. Hydro One helicopter crews across the province will be standing down from their work Friday, pausing to grieve while investigators gather evidence at the site of a helicopter crash Thursday at a rural property in eastern Ontario that killed four employees. (more...)
Earthquake hits Java in Indonesia, tsunami warning issued Earthquake hits Java in Indonesia, tsunami warning issued
- December 16, 2017

The quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline that was lifted about two hours later. The quake struck just before midnight local time today with people fleeing in panic as television screens showed heavy traffic on routes away from coastal areas. (more...)
Firefighter Dies Battling Massive California Blaze Firefighter Dies Battling Massive California Blaze
- December 16, 2017

The fire now raging in Ventura County (the Thomas fire) and the one in foothill neighborhoods around Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley (the Creek fire) are breathtaking in two ways: the sheer power of wind-driven wildfire to devour landscape, whether it hold scrub brush or mansions, and the fragility of human life in the face of it. (more...)
Church-politics provision removed from tax bill Church-politics provision removed from tax bill
- December 16, 2017

Independent and nonpartisan tax analysts have estimated that the bill will expand the $20-trillion national debt by at least $1-trillion in the next 10 years. "I think that Sen". The total amount of tax breaks in the legislation can not exceed $1.5 trillion over the next decade, under budget rules adopted by the House and Senate. (more...)
Donald Trump brands FBI's Russian Federation investigation a 'DEMOCRAT HOAX' in furious outburst Donald Trump brands FBI's Russian Federation investigation a 'DEMOCRAT HOAX' in furious outburst
- December 16, 2017

DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Politico that the text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were given to key members of the House Judiciary Committee the night before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's public testimony on Wednesday. (more...)
Hemraj's wife Khumkala Banjade moves Supreme Court, challenges Talwars' acquittal Hemraj's wife Khumkala Banjade moves Supreme Court, challenges Talwars' acquittal
- December 16, 2017

Interestingly, CBI, which was slammed by the high court for its shoddy probe in the high profile case, has not approached the SC so far to challenge the verdict. She told the apex court today that the dentist couple were wrongly acquitted of murdering their teen daughter Aarushi as well as her husband Hemraj, who worked at their residence as a domestic help. (more...)
Lleyton Hewitt to come out of retirement at Australian Open Lleyton Hewitt to come out of retirement at Australian Open
- December 16, 2017

We want to give it a fair crack", the Guardian quoted Hewitt, as saying. And now he is once again planning to come out of retirement and "give it a real crack" with compatriot Sam Groth in the men's doubles event of the first major of the season. (more...)
Dutch police shoot man with knife at Amsterdam airport Dutch police shoot man with knife at Amsterdam airport
- December 15, 2017

Officers shot the man in the leg and arrested him before transporting him to a hospital. A Dutchman wielding a knife was shot by military police on Friday at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and taken into custody, an official said . No details of his condition were released. A spokesman for the airport said the main plaza was evacuated and part of it is still closed off, but that the areas after check-in were operating as normal. (more...)
Russia Could Cut Internet To NATO Countries Warns Defence Chief Russia Could Cut Internet To NATO Countries Warns Defence Chief
- December 15, 2017

He told the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) that the modernisation of the Russian fleet was forcing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to do more to protect sea lines of communication. "The anti-submarine warfare package has been underfunded and has not been looked after well enough". Two weeks ago, Rishi Sunak, a Conservative MP wrote a report warned that one of the first things Russian Federation did when it annexed Crimea was to cut the cable connecting it to the rest of the world. (more...)
CNN Commentator Screams, Gloats Over Omarosa Leaving the White House CNN Commentator Screams, Gloats Over Omarosa Leaving the White House
- December 15, 2017

Now history has repeated itself because she was sacked from her White House aide position. "We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service", a White House official said in a statement . Whether she strutted out of the West Wing with stilettos blazing or was escorted out by security, one thing is clear: She made her mark. Newman's assistant was also let go, Ryan said. (more...)

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