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  • House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.

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    WASHINGTON ― House Republicans spent the end of the workweek telling everyone who would listen that the American people must be allowed to see a top-secret four-page document that could bring an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:14:14 -0500
  • House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement

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    A Republican tasked with fighting against sexual harassment in Congress secretly settled a misconduct complaint filed against him by a former aide, The New York Times first reported Saturday.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:14:36 -0500
  • Two Navy commanders charged with homicide

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    Rachel Maddow reports that two of the U.S. Navy commanders involved in the deadly ship collisions last year are being charged with negligent homicide among other charges.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:43:21 -0500
  • Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress

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    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:02:07 -0500
  • N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: Seoul

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    North Korea has informed Seoul it will send a delegation on Sunday to prepare cultural performances during the Winter Olympics, the South's unification minister said, a day after Pyongyang abruptly cancelled the visit. The North had initially planned to send a seven-member advance team headed by the leader of a popular all-female Western-style band for a two-day visit from Saturday to inspect venues for proposed performances in Seoul and the eastern city of Gangneung. Hyon Song-Wol, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-Un, would be the first North Korean official to visit the South in four years.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:32:35 -0500
  • With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

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    ROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:17:55 -0500
  • Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet

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    Kazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe.  A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue.  This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan “real independence” and help it join the “information world”. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An “against apostrophes” hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a “No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!” Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.  “With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,” he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short “a,” or consonants similar to “s” and “sh”.  Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for “bottle,” pronounced “shisha,” is written “s'i's'a”, while “east,” pronounced “shyghys,” becomes “s'yg'ys”. Those are hardly the worst: The word for “skier” will be “s'an'g'ys'y” and that for “crucial” will be “s'es'u's'i”. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written “Qazaqstan Respy’bli’kasy”. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border.  “The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,” Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.  Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused “much discussion,” this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.  But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.  “From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,” said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to “work with the new alphabet” before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. “He wants to go into history … as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,” Mr Sarym said. “You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.”

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:35:37 -0500
  • Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in Mudslides

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    The discovery of 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon puts the death toll at 21, with two still missing.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:39:31 -0500
  • Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

    Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least 18 people, most of them foreigners, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape. Several Ukrainians were among those killed in the Taliban-claimed assault on the six-storey Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, Ukrainian foreign ministry official Vasyl Kyrylych confirmed to AFP, adding that more information would be released Monday. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said 14 foreigners were among the dead, but did not specify their nationalities, in comments to Afghanistan’s Tolo News hours after the overnight attack that ended Sunday.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:20:02 -0500
  • The women who marched in 2018

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    One year into President Trump's administration, another Women's March. Here are scenes from the New York City event.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:37:28 -0500
  • The Washington D.C. City Government Does Not Participate In The Shutdown

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    WASHINGTON ― When the federal government partially shut down in 1995, the local city government closed recreation centers and suspended trash collection while then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich seethed over having having to sit in the back of Air Force One.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:52:05 -0500
  • Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up

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    When Joelle Casteix heard Pope Francis accuse sex abuse victims in Chile of slander, the pontiff’s words hit close to home.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:42:17 -0500
  • Signs For The 2018 Women's March Prove The Movement Isn't Going Anywhere

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    Last year, New York City saw hundreds of thousands of protesters spill into the streets of Manhattan for the Women’s March.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:30:43 -0500
  • Assad regime promotes Syria as a 'tourist' destination

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    It is over a year since Bashar al-Assad's regime, with the help of Russian air strikes and barrel bombs, pounded the rebel-held east of Aleppo into submission. Now, having largely destroyed the city it sought to control, the Assad regime wants the world to visit what remains: as a tourist destination. This week the Syrian government is advertising Aleppo, along with other destinations in Syria, at the Fitur International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, "promoting" the country's attractions to the world.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:25:32 -0500
  • Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial

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    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:19:28 -0500
  • Turkey launches offensive against Syrian city held by US-backed Kurdish forces

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    Turkish warplanes stuck residential parts of Syria’s Afrin on Saturday, forcing people to hole up in their homes and shelters, as Ankara launched an offensive to smash positions held by US-backed Kurdish forces. Hevi Mustafa, a top member of the civilian administration that governs the city in the northwest of Syria, said several wounded people had arrived in the hospitals. "As of this moment our brave armed forces have started the aerial offensive to eliminate the PYD and PKK and Daesh elements in Afrin," said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and the Kurdistan Worker's Party respectively, and using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. Associated Press journalists at the Turkish border saw at least five jets heading toward Afrin. They also witnessed a convoy of buses, believed to be carrying Syrian opposition fighters, traveling along the border across from Afrin. The convoy included trucks mounted with machine guns. A senior Turkish official said the jets hit positions held by US-backed SDF militias. The militias had said any attack would be “sudden and unjustified” and “breathe new life” into Islamic State. Turkey has been shelling the area for two days, while Syria had warned it would shoot down any Turkish planes over its territory. Ankara, which claims the offensive will provide safety to its Turkey’s borders and the region, informed foreign governments involved in Syria about the attack, which began at 5pm local time and has been codenamed Operation Olive Branch. A military aircraft of Turkish Air Force lands at the Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command in Saricam district, in Adana after Turkish military started the''Operation Olive Branch'' in Afrin on January 20, 2018. Credit: Anadolu Agency  Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has discussed Turkey's military offensive in Syria with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Separately, Turkey's chief of military staff Hulusi Akar spoke with his US and Russian counterparts, Turkish media reports said. Ministry officials said Saturday Tillerson requested a telephone conversation with Cavusoglu. They did not provide further details. Graphic: Areas of control in Syria Saturday's attack follows Turkish anger at a US announcement of plans to create a 30,000 Kurdish-led "border security force" along the border of Turkey. Tillerson later said the US plans were "misrepresented," in an apparent bid to appease Turkey. Russia has removed its military observers  from the Kurdish-run city. Moscow has said it will demand Turkey halt military operation in Afrin in support of its Syrian allies. At 7.30pm local time, Russia pulled back troops deployed close to Afrin to Tell-Afjar, which is within the de-escalation zone established in September. The Defence Ministry said the decisions was made “to prevent possible provocations” and to “exclude the threat to life and health of Russian servicemen”. Rojhat Roj, a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish militia group, confirmed that a Turkish plane struck Afrin city. Smoke rises from the Syria's Afrin region, as it is pictured from near the Turkish town of Hassa, on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province Credit: Osman Orsal/Reuters  

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:39:01 -0500
  • Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn

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    Ed Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:23:21 -0500
  • 13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1

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    David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 total counts, including charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:45:37 -0500
  • Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office

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    Donald Trump has officially completed one full year as president, and holy moly what a year it’s been.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:18:14 -0500
  • South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: reports

    By Nqobile Dludla JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Leaders of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC)met on Saturday to outline the party's program for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to quit as the country's president. An ANC spokeswoman declined to comment on a report by broadcaster eNCA saying that its newly-elected National Executive Committee (NEC) had resolved to ask Zuma - whose presidency has been hit by corruption allegations - to resign. If Zuma refused, he would be forced to step down by the party's six-strong leadership group, eNCA said.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:16:14 -0500
  • Pizzeria Provides A Tasty Solution For People Who Want To Eat Tide Pods

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    A New York pizzeria is hoping to combat the dangerous “Tide Pod challenge” craze by offering a delicious, nontoxic alternative.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:15:04 -0500
  • Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking

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    A photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trump’s face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:06:48 -0500
  • Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime

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    There's been a string of violent crimes in Montego Bay

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:01:33 -0500
  • China says US warship violated sovereignty near Scarborough

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    BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government on Saturday accused the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:26:33 -0500
  • Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priority

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    Countering China and Russia is a bigger focus for US national security than defeating terrorism, the American administration announced yesterday.  Donald Trump’s new national defence strategy named “inter-state strategic competition” as its primary concern rather than jihadist attacks.  It marks a tipping point after almost two decades when the US has focussed on countering terrorism following the September 11 attacks.  China, Russia, North Korea and Iran were all mentioned as powers that were threatening the international order.  The strategy signals a return of a Cold War-style mentality in American foreign policy that will focus on countering rival great powers.  James Mattis,  US Secretary of Defense Credit: EPA/WALLACE WOON James Mattis, the US defence secretary, explained the rationale behind the 11-page national defence strategy in a speech on Friday.  “We will to continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we’re engaged in today, but great-power competition - not terrorism - is now the primary focus of US national security,” he said.  Mr Mattis added: "To those who would threaten America's experiment in democracy: they must know if you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day." The document itself included a similar message: “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security.” It called out threats posed by rival nations. “China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarising features in the South China Sea,” it read.  US President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir  Credit: APEC-SUMMIT “Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbours. “As well, North Korea’s outlaw actions and reckless rhetoric continue despite United Nation’s censure and sanctions. "Iran continues to sow violence and remains the most significant challenge to Middle East stability.” John McCain, the Republican senator of Arizona, welcomed the strategy, saying: “It gets the big decisions right, prioritises the threats we face, and offers clear guidance for making tough choices.” Mr Mattis also called on Democrats to agree new funding ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, warning that the military would suffer if they blocked budget proposals.  Appealing to Congress, he said: "No strategy can survive without predictable funding. As hard as the last 16 years have been, no enemy has harmed the US military more than defence spending caps and sequestration." Mr Trump cancelled his trip to Florida on Friday in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.   The US president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort but stayed in Washington as scrambled negotiations played out behind the scenes.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault.  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, accused Democrats of being unpatriotic by threatening to block a funding extension.   “The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching," he said.  "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding." Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the Senate, noted that Mr Trump once said that America could use “a good shutdown”.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:11:32 -0500
  • Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

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    Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:18:32 -0500
  • New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit

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    New Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:41:44 -0500
  • U.S. Government Faces Critical ‘Brain Drain’ of Sanctions Experts

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    Departure of top sanctions official prompts new concerns.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:35:05 -0500
  • 'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

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    On Friday, “Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:24:12 -0500
  • 11 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat

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    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:26:30 -0500
  • Experts: Shackled children face long road to recovery

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    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the torture and abuse case against the parents of 13 children and young adults in California (all times local):

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:31:42 -0500
  • Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation

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    Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh on Sunday called for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers beyond 2018 after a deal to shore up crude prices. This is the first time OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia explicitly calls for extending a 2016 deal between oil producers to cut back production to combat a global oil glut.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:20:53 -0500
  • Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date

    Iraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi'ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution. Speaking after Saturday's session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed hope that parliament would be able to vote on an election date by Monday, state TV reported.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:45:36 -0500
  • Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)

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    Mexico is on the verge of being a failed state, swept by violence from powerful drug cartels who have turned the nation's cities and villages into bloody battlegrounds. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department approved a $98.4 million weapons sale to Mexico, including RGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems designed to shoot down antiship missiles and Mark 54 antisubmarine torpedoes. The high-tech weaponry is intended for the Mexican Navy's new Sigma 10514–class long-range patrol ships.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:33:00 -0500
  • Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'

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    Former Texan neighbours of David and Louise Turpin, the American couple whose 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished last week, have described a previous home littered with faeces, dead animals and a makeshift classroom. Ricky Vinyard, a tree feller from Rio Vista also told how one Christmas eight bikes arrived but remained untouched outside until they bleached in the sun.  And that one of the daughters once ran away from home, only to be returned to her parents by another local resident. “It was waist-deep in filth. There were dead dogs and cats in there,” he told the Los Angeles Times. He described how he found two Chihuahuas that had survived by eating waste from a mound of soiled nappies in a trailer behind the property where the children slept. “There were no beds, just mattresses." Inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home he said that: "There wasn’t a place that wasn’t filthy. “Everything had locks on it: the closet had locks, the toy chest, the refrigerator.” The Turpin parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of turture Credit:  Damian Dovarganes/ Damian Dovarganes Source: AP The couple, David 56 and Louise, 49, claimed to home-school their children, and the faeces-littered living room included eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall. The family lived in the rural neighbourhood, south of Dallas with eight children from approximately 2000 to 2004 before they abandoned the property and moved to Perris in California. There, last week, both were each charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, the abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment relating to the children aged from two to 29. They pleaded not guilty to all counts and are being held in custody on $9 million bail each. (£6.5m) David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison. Facebook photos showed the family visited Las Vegas and Disneyland The new revelations came as a California politician began drafting legislation to give greater oversight of home-schooled children, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the horrors. Jose Medina told The Telegraph: “What happened in the city of Perris was tragic, and it was horrific. And I would like to try to do everything I can to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.” The Turpins' 13 children, aged between two and 29, had all, except the eldest, been exclusively home-schooled - meaning that, under California law, there was no outside contact. “One of the reasons this went undetected was because the parents could keep the children hidden from the public,” said Mr Medina. “So I’m looking at what the state can do, so that kids can no longer be kept in captivity.”Two million children in the US are home-schooled, representing three per cent of all American youngsters, according to the Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). The trend began in the 1970s, he told The Telegraph, but has increased in recent years. By contrast, in the UK only 30,000 children were educated at home in the 2016/17 academic year, out of over eight million. 

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:31:43 -0500
  • Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal

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    DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan State University trustee on Saturday called for the university president to quit over the school's handling of the sexual assault scandal involving former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:08:50 -0500
  • Trump Campaign Uses Shutdown To Accuse Democrats Of Being Complicit In Murder

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    WASHINGTON ― It only took a government shutdown for President Donald Trump to return to his original campaign message: Undocumented immigrants are dangerous and out to get Americans.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:06:46 -0500
  • The Surprisingly Complicated Meaning of Chicago West's Name

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    Some people think the city's name means "bad smell"

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:44:19 -0500
  • Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto show

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    Unlike rival Rolls-Royce, which may go directly to an all-electric model in future, Bentley has set its sights on plug-in hybrids first—and the Bentayga luxury SUV will be the first one from the brand. The plug-in versions of the Bentley Bentayga is expected to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and will be capable of running solely on battery power and producing zero emissions for short periods of time. A dedicated electric mode will keep the internal combustion engine at bay, though the big, heavy luxury SUV is likely to cover only a mile or so at lower speeds on electric power alone.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500
  • 'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash

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    RATON, N.M. (AP) — Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her "family burn."

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:15:45 -0500
  • We Reno'd a 900-Square-Foot House to Feel Way Roomier (and Succeeded!)

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    One of the biggest game changers? Widening doorways

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:42:41 -0500
  • Turkish army shells Kurdish positions in Syria's Afrin: military

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's army said it shelled Kurdish positions in Syria's Afrin region on Friday and Saturday, hitting shelters and hideouts used by militants from three groups, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), PYD and YPG. The militants had earlier fired on Turkish positions, the army said in a statement. President Tayyip Erdogan said this week he would crush the Syrian Kurdish militia in Afrin, which he viewed as a security threat to Turkey. ...

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:27:25 -0500
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  • Turkey launches ground offensive in northern Syria against US-backed militias

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    Turkish ground forces entered Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday morning in a bid to oust US-backed Kurdish militias from the border between the two countries. The escalation comes on the second day of Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch”, which began on Saturday with a barrage of air strikes on the Kurdish YPG militia in the same province. Turkey said it wanted to create a 30km safe zone around Afrin, deep inside Syria, representing a new phase of Turkish involvement in the country's civil war. Hours after ground forces entered the country, a missile fired in Syria hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, killing a Syrian national and wounding 32 people. Turkey made its move just a week after the US announced it was working to create a new Syrian Border Security Force by backing Syrian Democratic Forces, which include militia from the Kurdish YPG. The Turkish government regards the YPG as a terrorist organisation closely tied to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, which has carried out a bloody three-year insurgency in Turkey’s southeast. Graphic: Areas of control in Syria Despite a call for restraint by France, which wants an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Turkish officials have taken a zero-tolerance line in northern Syria. Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared on Sunday that anyone who opposes Turkey’s operation there is siding with terrorists and will be treated accordingly. The ground invasion draws Turkey risks a confrontation with its NATO ally the US, which closely backs the YPG as its partner against Isil and as a border guard force in the Euphrates area. Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, said on Twitter: "In its second day, The Olive Branch Operation continues to ensure peace and security for our people, protect Syria's territorial integrity and eliminate all terrorist elements in the region." In comments that appeared to be aimed at Washington, he added: "Turkey expects its allies to support its fight against terrorism in all of its forms." However, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag later ruled out any clashes with US troops. "It is out of the question to have a direct clash between Turkey and the US in the region," he said. Early on Sunday morning, before the invasion was announced, Turkey claimed four rockets struck the border town of Kilis, wounding one person and causing damage to buildings. Turkey retaliated with a volley of artillery towards YPG positions in northern Syria. Mr Erdogan told a crowd of supporters in northwestern Turkey on Sunday that “there is no stepping back” from the mission to clear Afrin of YPG.   "We are not alone . . . Allah is with us," Mr Erdogan said: "God willing, this operation will come to an end in a short time." The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish shelling  on the village of Jalbara killed eight civilians, including at least one child. Return fire saw one Syrian refugee killed and 32 people wounded on a Turkish town close to the Syrian border. Sunday’s invasion had been hinted at for several weeks by Ankara, and Mr Erdogan has promised to expand the operation to other Kurdish regions. The US has tried to maintain a balance between its NATO alliances and Syrian battlefield politics, but this position is growing less tenable. Just a week ago, a coalition spokesman confirmed that half of the new 30,000-strong Syrian Border Security Force would come from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group dominated by Syrian Kurds belonging to the very YPG militias in Turkey’s crosshairs.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:37:29 -0500
  • 2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police say

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    Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:06:39 -0500
  • Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe

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    Michael Wolff’s blistering account of the Trump administration’s first year, Fire and Fury, prompted what has now become the president’s routine response to anyone who criticizes him.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:45:56 -0500
  • Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

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    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:10:40 -0500
  • Courtroom applauds as Aly Raisman tells Larry Nassar: 'You are pathetic'

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    “You have not taken gymnastics away from me,” Ms Raisman told Larry Nassar at a court in Michigan. The 23-year-old was the latest of around 80 women who have so far appeared at the Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing to provide impact statements at Nassar’s sentencing hearing. Aly Raisman: “Even now, after all that has happened, USA Gymnastics has the nerve to say the very same things it has said all along.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:54:00 -0500
  • The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crash

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    RATON, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash in New Mexico that killed five people, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader (all times local):

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:38:24 -0500
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