• Indian border officials on lookout for fugitive cosmic guru
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    AFP

    Indian border officials on lookout for fugitive cosmic guru

    Indian border officials and embassies have issued an alert for a fugitive guru accused of rape, the government said, days after the holy man announced the creation of his own "cosmic" country. Swami Nithyananda -- one of many self-styled Indian "godmen" with thousands of followers and a chequered past -- is wanted by police for alleged rape, sexual abuse, and abduction of children. Earlier this week, he announced online that he has created his own new country -- reportedly off Ecuador's coast -- complete with cabinet, golden passports, and even a department of homeland security.

  • 3 Guard members killed in Minnesota Black Hawk crash identified
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    USA TODAY

    3 Guard members killed in Minnesota Black Hawk crash identified

    The Minnesota National Guard identified Saturday morning the three people who died Thursday in a Black Hawk helicopter crash southwest of St. Cloud. Killed were Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., age 28; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, 30; and Sgt. Kort M. Plantenberg, 28, the Guard announced in a series of tweets and in a press release. All three soldiers were assigned to Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, based in St. Cloud, which is where the flight began.

  • Politics
    Bloomberg

    Ukrainians Are Sick of Trump, Impeachment and Being Talked About

    Zelenskiy may bat the frequent queries away, but that doesn't mean it's a comfortable situation for a political neophyte who is still getting to grips with his job. Every day comes a reminder that Ukraine is at the center of the U.S. impeachment investigation into its president. Not only is the country, or Zelenskiy, frequently name-checked -- Trump did so 12 times last week on Twitter-- but correspondents from Washington have descended en masse on Kyiv, desperate to break the next chapter of the scandal.

  • Strip-Searching of 8-Year-Old at Prison Leads Virginia to Halt the Practice
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    The New York Times

    Strip-Searching of 8-Year-Old at Prison Leads Virginia to Halt the Practice

    Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia on Friday ordered the suspension of a policy that allows prison officials to strip-search children after an 8-year-old girl was told to remove her clothes before being allowed to see her father, an inmate. “I am deeply disturbed by these reports, not just as governor, but as a pediatrician and a dad,” Northam said in a statement. The child had gone to Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Virginia, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to visit her father when officials from the state Department of Corrections told her she would need to be strip-searched, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

  • Flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus
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    Yahoo News Video

    Flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

    The winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early wave of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there's a chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.

  • Warren was paid at least $1.9M for past legal work
    Politics
    Associated Press

    Warren was paid at least $1.9M for past legal work

    Elizabeth Warren was paid nearly $2 million for legal work stretching back three decades, her campaign disclosed Sunday night, amid calls from a top Democratic presidential rival that the Massachusetts senator should be more forthcoming about what she earned from past corporate clients. The list includes “all the income she earned from each case that we have been able to determine from public records, Elizabeth's personal records, and other sources,” Warren spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said. “If Democrats are going to defeat Donald Trump, or whoever the Republican Party might replace him with, we must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Orthman said in a statement.

  • Could Mexico's Version of the Marine Corps Crush the Cartels?
    World
    The National Interest

    Could Mexico's Version of the Marine Corps Crush the Cartels?

    Compared to their counterparts in the United States, the United States Navy and Marine Corps, the Mexican Navy is small— around sixty-six thousand. The Mexican Naval Infantry, their Marine Corps, is even smaller— numbering only about eighteen thousand. In contrast to the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy, the Mexican Navy's main missions have typically been coastal protection, which in the United States would fall to the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • An American trucking giant is slated to declare bankruptcy — and it may leave more than 3,200 truck drivers stranded and jobless
    Business
    Business Insider

    An American trucking giant is slated to declare bankruptcy — and it may leave more than 3,200 truck drivers stranded and jobless

    The trucking "bloodbath" of 2019 is ending on a remarkably sour note. Celadon, a truckload carrier that grossed $1 billion as recently as 2015, will file for bankruptcy on Dec. 11 or earlier, inside sources told leading industry publication FreightWaves on Dec. 6. It's poised to be the largest truckload bankruptcy in history — and its drivers are already getting slammed.

  • Democrats Must Not Have an All-White Debate—and the White Candidates Should Say So
    Politics
    The Daily Beast

    Democrats Must Not Have an All-White Debate—and the White Candidates Should Say So

    But that should be up to the voters, and not the DNC by means of their debate inclusion practices. Those candidates can, however strike a blow for diversity. They should band together and threaten to boycott the December Democratic debate unless the DNC and media partners agree to not exclude candidates who have shown measurable public support before the voting begins.

  • Pearl Harbor veteran to be interred on sunken ship
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    AFP

    Pearl Harbor veteran to be interred on sunken ship

    With speeches and salutes, veterans and officials on Saturday commemorated the 78th anniversary of the 1941 sneak attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, which brought a previously reluctant United States into World War II. A ceremony honoring survivors attended by US Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Washington's ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris was held within sight of the sunken USS Arizona, which was bombed in the opening moments of the attack that killed more than 2,400 Americans. Later in the day, the remains of Lauren Bruner, who died in September at age 98 and was among the last sailors rescued from the Arizona after it exploded into flames, will be interred in the wreckage.

  • Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Says South Carolinians Saw the Confederate Flag as 'Service' Before Dylan Roof 'Hijacked' It
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    Time

    Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Says South Carolinians Saw the Confederate Flag as 'Service' Before Dylan Roof 'Hijacked' It

    Former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley told conservative commentator Glenn Beck Friday that white supremacist Dylan Roof “hijacked” the Confederate flag, which she said South Carolinians saw as representing “service and sacrifice and heritage. Haley was speaking about the 2015 mass shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., in which Roof murdered nine Black churchgoers in in the name of white supremacy. Photographs emerged of Roof posing with the Confederate flag.

  • Trump Says Giuliani to File Report on Findings From Ukraine
    Politics
    Bloomberg

    Trump Says Giuliani to File Report on Findings From Ukraine

    President Donald Trump said that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, plans to prepare a report for the U.S. Justice Department and Congress about allegations of misconduct the former New York mayor says he uncovered during a recent trip to Ukraine. Trump said Giuliani, a central figure in the impeachment investigation into whether Trump pressured Ukraine into a politically-motivated investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, hadn't briefed him on his findings. But, the president said, “I hear he found plenty.

  • New Jersey journalist re-arrested in Nigeria after brief glimpse of freedom
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    USA TODAY

    New Jersey journalist re-arrested in Nigeria after brief glimpse of freedom

    The New Jersey resident imprisoned in his home country of Nigeria since August was re-arrested in a courtroom Friday by Nigerian state police, after briefly being freed from state custody Thursday. Omoyele Sowore, who lives in Haworth, had been scheduled to stand trial Friday on charges stemming from his Aug. 3 arrest while he was organizing a peaceful pro-democracy protest in the city of Lagos. "My 10-year old has on his Christmas list one of things he wants is for his dad to be home for Christmas," said Opeyemi Sowore, speaking at an impromptu news conference at the Newark office of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

  • American soldiers banned from Italian main street after vicious brawl
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    The Telegraph

    American soldiers banned from Italian main street after vicious brawl

    Around 2,000 US Army soldiers have been banned from one of the main streets in the Italian city of Vicenza after a  brawl between soldiers and locals. The temporary ban, which affects members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade stationed in the city, involves the quaint via  Contra' Pescherie Vecchie, where two young Vicenza men say they were surrounded and beaten by several soldiers after a verbal exchange just outside a popular watering hole for off duty combat paratroopers. City authorities are studying CCTV images to identify the culprits of the latest violent episode, which prompted Mayor Francesco Rucco to request special restrictive measures from the base commander.

  • Politics
    Politico

    How the Cool Kids of the Left Turned on Elizabeth Warren

    Millennial socialists' favorite magazine is breaking up with Elizabeth Warren. Its favorite candidate all along has been Bernie Sanders, the only self-proclaimed socialist to mount a major campaign for the presidency of the United States since Eugene Debs almost 100 years ago. It wasn't so long ago that you could read an article in Jacobin that argued, “If Bernie Sanders weren't running, an Elizabeth Warren presidency would probably be the best-case scenario.” In April, another Jacobin article conceded that Warren is “no socialist” but added that “she's a tough-minded liberal who makes the right kind of enemies,” and her policy proposals “would make this country a better place.” A good showing by her in a debate this summer was seen as a clear win for the left in the movement's grand ideological battle within, or perhaps against, the Democratic Party.

  • China Is Building Its Very Own Stealth Bombers: Meet the H-20 and JH-XX
    World
    The National Interest

    China Is Building Its Very Own Stealth Bombers: Meet the H-20 and JH-XX

    China is developing not one but two new stealth bombers, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency claimed in a January 2019 report. While the People's Liberation Army has not been shy about discussing the H-20 strategic bomber that the Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation is developing for the PLA Air Force, there are many fewer public references to the other stealth bomber, which apparently carries the designation JH-XX. If the report is accurate and China completes development of the JH-XX, the Chinese air force could become the first air arm in the world to deploy a radar-evading fighter-bomber whose main mission is long-range ground-attack.

  • Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel
    World
    Associated Press

    Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday welcomed a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel. Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who has lived in Switzerland for decades, paid some 600,000 euros ($660,000) for the items at the Munich auction last month, intending to destroy them after reading of Jewish groups' objections to the sale. Among the items he bought were Adolf Hitler's top hat, a silver-plated edition of Hitler's “Mein Kampf” and a typewriter used by the dictator's secretary.

  • 13 Mythical Creatures, Ranked
    Lifestyle
    Popular Mechanics

    13 Mythical Creatures, Ranked

    Did your favorite make the list? From Popular Mechanics

  • The acting Navy secretary promises he'll fix the Ford aircraft carrier because he's tired of it being a 'whipping boy for why the Navy can't do anything right'
    World
    Business Insider

    The acting Navy secretary promises he'll fix the Ford aircraft carrier because he's tired of it being a 'whipping boy for why the Navy can't do anything right'

    Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said this week that fixing the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier is now a top priority, Military.com reported. Explaining at an event in DC that the president is very concerned about the Ford, which is over budget, behind schedule, and still experiencing problems with certain key technologies, Modly reportedly said that the Navy needs "to fix that ship and make sure that it works." He said that there is "nothing worse" than having this ship out there in its current condition, as it is able to be used as a "whipping boy for why the Navy can't do anything right."

  • The 25 Best Tower Defense Games
    Lifestyle
    Popular Mechanics

    The 25 Best Tower Defense Games

    Build those structures. Keep them from harm. Collect that loot.

  • ‘We’ve seen enough’: LA Times board announces backing for Trump impeachment
    Politics
    The Independent

    ‘We’ve seen enough’: LA Times board announces backing for Trump impeachment

    One of the largest newspapers in the US has come out in favour of the impeachment of Donald Trump for his “flagrant abuse of power”. The LA Times said that the inquiry hearings had produced “overwhelming” evidence that the president had “perverted US foreign policy for his own political gain”. Mr Trump's attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate his rival Joe Biden was “outrageous and corrosive of democracy”, it added.

  • French murder suspect emerges from coma after swallowing poison
    World
    AFP

    French murder suspect emerges from coma after swallowing poison

    The suspect for the rape and murder of a young woman in northern France almost two decades ago was slowly emerging from a coma while under guard in hospital Saturday after he swallowed pesticide in an apparent suicide bid following his conviction. Willy Bardon, on trial over the murder of Elodie Kulik in 2002 in a case that has attracted strong interest in France for years, ingested the substance at the courthouse in the northern city of Amiens late on Friday. He is "progressively emerging from a coma" but is still in critical condition, prosecutor Alexandre de Bosschere told AFP.

  • World
    Bloomberg

    Plot Emerged to Fix Venezuela Without Maduro or Guaido

    People close to both President Nicolas Maduro and his rival Juan Guaido plotted to push both men aside and end the nation's crisis with the rule of a temporary junta, the newspaper reported without citing where it got the information. Guaido, the National Assembly president, has been recognized by more than 50 countries, including the U.S., as Venezuela's leader. The key figure appears to be Humberto Calderon Berti, then the designated ambassador to Colombia who Guaido dismissed last month.

  • World's oceans are losing oxygen at a dangerous rate, study says
    Science
    CBS News

    World's oceans are losing oxygen at a dangerous rate, study says

    The world's oceans are struggling to breathe, rapidly running out of oxygen at an unprecedented rate. Climate change is dangerously exacerbating the issue, scientists warned in a new study. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the largest report of its kind — combining the efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries — at the global climate summit in Madrid on Saturday.

  • Polyamorous 20-year-old is dating 4 men while pregnant with her first child
    Celebrity
    Yahoo News Video

    Polyamorous 20-year-old is dating 4 men while pregnant with her first child

    Tory Ojeda is a 20-year-old woman from Jacksonville, Fla. who is in a polyamorous relationship with four men. She is now expecting her first child with one of her partners.