- Olivier Knox, Yahoo News at Yahoo! News19 days ago
With Russian forces apparently rolling across eastern Ukraine, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told Yahoo News on Thursday that it is past time to call the escalating conflict a “war” and to label Moscow’s actions an “invasion.”
“By any conventional definition of war, there is war happening between Ukraine and Russia. And it’s been occurring essentially since the invasion of Crimea” in February, Murphy, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a telephone interview.
When Russian forces reportedly rolled into eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, the White House called it a “military movement,” “military activities” and “a continued effort to destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine.” The State Department referred to an “incursion” and explicitly declined to call the escalating conflict an invasion or “war.”
Back in March, however, National Security Adviser Susan Rice had condemned Putin’s “invasion and annexation of Crimea,” a strategic peninsula in Ukraine’s south.
- Eliza Murphy at Yahoo! News8 mths ago
One Dartmouth sophomore found an extra special way to capture his travels.
For 100 days, Jake Gaba danced his way across China from Beijing to Chengdu, Xi'An, Tibet, Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai, Feng Huang and Hong Kong, stopping in each location to film his crazy moves.
"I knew I wanted to capture my experiences in a very special way, and I also knew that just taking photos of my travels wasn't enough. I had to dance," Gaba explained on the YouTube video he posted compiling all his epic adventures together set to Bruno Mars' hit song "Treasure."
He was in China studying Mandarin on a Dartmouth College study-abroad program and explains this was his way of cataloging his journey. And yes, he said the locals thought he was crazy at times.
"Sometimes it'd be 40 to 50 people surrounding my tripod taking pictures and videos of me," Gaba told GoodMorningAmerica.com."They'd ask to take pictures with me and I'd answer in Chinese and they'd be blown away."
- Liz Goodwin at Yahoo! News1 yr ago
A new documentary called “After Tiller” explores the lives and motivations of the four doctors who still perform third-trimester abortions in America.
The doctors were colleagues of George Tiller, a late-term abortion doctor who was shot dead in 2009 by an anti-abortion activist while serving as an usher at his Wichita, Kan., church. Tiller’s clinic had been firebombed in the 1980s, and he had survived multiple gunshot wounds from an attack by an anti-abortion activist in 1993.
The film, which will be released in New York City on Sept. 20, examines what makes these four physicians choose to perform a controversial procedure that only 10 percent of Americans think should be legal in the first place, placing them in the middle of a virulent political debate that leaves them in constant fear for their lives.
- Claudine Zap at Yahoo! News1 yr ago
A ring traded by a World War II POW for chocolate bars has finally come home to his family 70 years later, The Associated Press reports.
The POW, 2nd Lt. David C. Cox, a U.S. bomber pilot, had been shot down over Germany and was being held at Stalag VII-A, the camp made famous in the Steve McQueen film, "The Great Escape."
The camp was a miserable place by the time Cox ended up there, the AP reports, and was "barely correct by the standards of the Geneva Convention." Red Cross packages had stopped coming, and Cox and his fellow POWs lived on bug-infested rations.
After a year and a half at the camp, Cox, a North Carolina native, was desperate. That's when he made a difficult decision, according to the AP. He took off his treasured gold ring — a gift from his parents and inscribed with his name, birthday and hometown — and traded it for a couple of chocolate bars from an Italian POW. The chocolate was worth its weight in gold to the hungry pilot, who would never see the ring again.
- Jason Sickles at Yahoo! News1 yr ago
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DALLAS – Popular national morning radio personality David “Kidd” Kraddick died Saturday near New Orleans, where he was hosting a golf tournament to raise money for children. He was 53.
“He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him,” according to statement from his nationally-syndicated show.
No cause of death has been officially released. WWL-TV reported Kraddick died sometime after being taken to a New Orleans-area hospital about 1 p.m. CT on Saturday.
Richie Tomblin, a golf pro at Timberlane Country Club in Gretna, told the Associated Press that Kraddick did not look well while preparing to play on Saturday.
Rolling Stone's decision to put accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its upcoming cover touched off a firestorm of controversy earlier this week among readers, retailers and purveyors of good taste, who say the magazine is elevating the 19-year-old from terrorist to rock star.
In response, Boston magazine published a series of new, haunting images of Tsarnaev's capture on its website on Thursday. The images, taken by Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy, ran under the title "The Real Face of Terror."
Bill Cosby weighed in on George Zimmerman's acquittal on Thursday, telling a Virginia radio show that the prosecution did not do a good job presenting its case for second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
"The prosecution did not tell the story well and they lost," Cosby said in an interview with the DomNnate Radio Show. "If you're a lawyer and I'm a lawyer and I'm going up against you and we both have to talk to a jury, we present our story and I think if I don't present the story well enough, that you will win."
The 76-year-old comedian was then asked if he thought if racial profiling was used in Zimmerman's pursuit of Martin.
"Let me just tell you this man," Cosby said. "See this racial stuff goes into a whole bunch of discussion which has stuff that you can't prove. You can't prove that somebody is a racist unless they come out and do the act that is found to be that."
An adopted son of disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has filed papers to have his name and the names of his family changed.
Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted children, filed a formal name change request in Centre County Court in Bellefonte, Pa., on Tuesday, a little over a year after his adoptive father was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse. If the request is approved, Matt Sandusky's wife and four children would also have their now-infamous surname changed.
Matt Sandusky originally denied being abused by his adoptive father and was expected to be a defense witness, according to the Associated Press, but admitted during trial that Jerry Sandusky abused him, too.
The younger Sandusky told police he was molested between the ages of 8 and 15, and that Jerry Sandusky would often shower with him and sometimes rub near and against his genitals.
Rolling Stone is set to publish a cover story later this week on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And in a move that is sure to anger the families of the victims, scores of survivors and the city of Boston, the iconic rock magazine is putting Tsarnaev on the cover. In fact, it already has.
The magazine posted the cover of the Aug, 1 issue — which hits newsstands on Friday — to Facebook, drawing hundreds of outraged comments.
"Been a subscriber since 1982," Tim Snell wrote. "Canceling tonight. I am beyond words..."
"I think it's wrong to make celebrities out of these people," Shawn Anthony wrote. "Why give the guy the cover of Rolling Stone?"
Will Wendy run?
That's the question many Texas Democrats — and Republicans — are asking after Wendy Davis, the 50-year-old state senator turned anti-abortion-bill-filibustering-star, said this week that she's raised nearly $1 million since her 12-hour stand June 25.
“Somebody has to step up,” Davis said in a May interview published by Texas Monthly this week. “As long as the Democrats continue to buy into the same bull— that some of the Republicans are saying — ‘Oh no, it’s Texas, it’s hopeless’ — and continue to act like it won’t happen for six, eight, twelve, sixteen years from now, that perpetuates the problem.”
Since her filibuster of the Republican bill, Democrats have been urging her to throw her now-famous pink running shoes (the one's she wore on the floor of the Texas Capitol) into the 2014 race to fill outgoing Gov. Rick Perry's seat. Perry, who announced last week he will not seek re-election, slammed Davis' display.