Russian goat who had unlikely friendship with tiger dies

A Russian goat named Timur whose unusual friendship with a tiger won him nationwide fame has died, the director of the safari park where the pair lived said Friday.

  • While you weren't sleeping: In face of impeachment, Trump pursues agenda on courts, environment, Israel and more
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    While you weren't sleeping: In face of impeachment, Trump pursues agenda on courts, environment, Israel and more

    On Nov. 14, the U.S. Senate confirmed Steven Menashi to the Second Circuit, the high-profile federal appellate court in New York City that has produced three Supreme Court justices. Menashi was one of President Trump's most conservative nominees, one whose confirmation seemed threatened by his controversial positions on a number of issues and his role in crafting administration immigration policy. But he was ultimately endorsed by the Senate, giving Republican-appointed judges a majority on the Second Circuit — and giving Trump 162 judges on the federal bench.

  • Sondland pressed on why Trump has blocked witnesses: 'I wish I could answer'
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    Sondland pressed on why Trump has blocked witnesses: 'I wish I could answer'

    During his testimony Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee, Gordon Sondland was pressed on why so many members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, were refusing to testify in the impeachment inquiry. I wish I could answer,” responded Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. His remark came at the end of an exchange with Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash.

  • Smugglers cut a truck-sized hole to drive 16 through US-Mexico border wall, feds say
    Miami Herald

    Smugglers cut a truck-sized hole to drive 16 through US-Mexico border wall, feds say

    Sixteen people were arrested Wednesday in what federal officials described as a “brazen” smuggling attempt that involved cutting a section of the border wall in Southern California. A white Dodge utility truck drove across the United States-Mexico border around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday after human smugglers cut a hole in the “old landing mat border wall” near Campo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a news release on Thursday. Then, around 4 p.m., agents spotted a man with a truck that matched that description using bolt cutters to cut a lock on a local's private gate, according to federal officials.

  • The Week

    Rep. Devin Nunes got help from indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas for 2018 Europe trip

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) traveled to Europe with three aides from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2018, on a $63,000 taxpayer-funded investigative trip, and Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani arrested last month on federal campaign finance and conspiracy charges, helped arrange meetings and calls for his trip, The Daily Beast reports, citing Parnas lawyer Ed MacMahaon and congressional records. Nunes aide Derek Harvey was involved in the Parnas meeting, and he accompanied Nunes to Europe along with fellow aides Scott Glabe and George Pappas. At the time of the trip, Nunes was outgoing chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — he is now the committee's top Republican and lead voice in the public impeachment hearings.

  • Former Boston College student charged over boyfriend's suicide pleads not guilty
    Reuters

    Former Boston College student charged over boyfriend's suicide pleads not guilty

    A former Boston College student pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of involuntary manslaughter stemming from what prosecutors said was her role in encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide. A lawyer for Inyoung You, 21, entered the plea on her behalf during a hearing in Suffolk County Superior Court after she returned from South Korea to face charges brought last month over the May 20 suicide of her college boyfriend, who leaped to his death from a parking garage hours before his graduation. "These text messages demonstrate the power dynamic of the relationship," Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Grasso said in court.

  • Protests after snake kills Indian schoolgirl in class
    AFP

    Protests after snake kills Indian schoolgirl in class

    Angry students at an Indian school protested Friday after a 10-year-old pupil died after being bitten by a venomous snake lurking in a hole under her desk. Shehala Sherin was only taken to hospital from the school an hour after being bitten and once her leg turned blue, media reports said. Around 50,000 people are killed by snakes every year in India, mostly in rural areas, with high mortality rates blamed on a deficiency of health care centres and insufficient stocks of anti-venom.

  • Joe Biden's Democratic debate word salad gives plenty to chew on
    The Guardian

    Joe Biden's Democratic debate word salad gives plenty to chew on

    For those who believe that a good leader must be a good orator, there is one contradiction that stands in their way: Joe Biden. Biden, in short, can't really speak. In the last two Democratic debates, you would be forgiven for thinking that Biden was brought on stage unexpectedly, and rudely interrupted while he was busy thinking about bigger questions.

  • Meet America's New 'Assault Ship' Armed with F-35s (And Much More)
    The National Interest

    Meet America's New 'Assault Ship' Armed with F-35s (And Much More)

    Washington, D.C.) Firing deck-mounted guns, intercepting enemy cruise missiles, launching F-35B Joint Strike Fighters and using Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to attack behind enemy lines -- are all mission possibilities envisioned for the Navy's fast-progressing second big-deck America-class amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7). The new ship just completed its acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, a series of exercises intended to prepare the amphib for deployment by assessing its propulsion, communication, navigation, weapons systems and aviation platforms, a Navy statement said.

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    Palestinians: Israeli settlers torch cars in West Bank

    Israeli settlers attacked five villages in the occupied West Bank overnight, torching vehicles and olive trees, and leaving graffiti on the walls of homes, Palestinian officials said Friday. Ghassan Daghlas, a spokesman for the Nablus governorate, said the Jewish settlers set fire to five cars and spray-painted graffiti on more than 20 others. Israeli police say they are investigating the reports and that police and military units will visit the area.

  • California Supreme Court Rejects Catholic Group’s Challenge to Rule Deeming Voluntary Abortions ‘Medically Necessary’
    National Review

    California Supreme Court Rejects Catholic Group’s Challenge to Rule Deeming Voluntary Abortions ‘Medically Necessary’

    California's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a Catholic women's organization's challenge to state health regulators' designation of voluntary abortions as “medically necessary” procedures that must be covered by state health care service plans. The California Department of Managed Health Care in 2014 sent letters to seven health care service plans directing them not to limit or exclude coverage for abortions, including those abortions that are not required to save the life of the mother. Since then, the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit have sought legal remedies to the rule, arguing that California flouted the Administrative Procedures Act by neglecting to give the rule a public hearing and comment period.

  • 'It's going to blow up': Trump impeachment witnesses describe scheme to use US government for domestic political means
    The Independent

    'It's going to blow up': Trump impeachment witnesses describe scheme to use US government for domestic political means

    Former White House adviser Fiona Hill has testified that the vast majority of the American diplomatic and intelligence community believed a central thrust behind Donald Trump's demands that Ukraine launch an investigation were based on a “fictional narrative” pushed by Russians intent on casting a dark cloud over the American electoral system, and that the unconventional American effort to pursue it was "going to blow up". The damning remarks undercut a central element of the Republican argument against the impeachment narrative — that the president had good reason to ask for a foreign leader to effectively interfere and dig into American elections – and came amid hours of testimony from Dr Hill, alongside evidence from David Holmes, a top staffer at the US embassy in Ukraine.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu was just indicted on fraud and bribery charges, becoming the first Israeli prime minister to be indicted in office
    Business Insider

    Benjamin Netanyahu was just indicted on fraud and bribery charges, becoming the first Israeli prime minister to be indicted in office

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday was indicted on bribery, fraud, and breach of trust charges in three corruption cases. Netanyahu is accused of receiving gifts and positive news coverage in exchange for regulatory benefits from the government. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday was indicted on bribery, fraud, and breach of trust charges in three corruption cases, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced.

  • The Week

    Democrat Deval Patrick had to cancel one of his first campaign events — because no one showed up

    As Democratic presidential candidates addressed a national audience at the fifth 2020 primary debate, one candidate couldn't even find a single person to talk to. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick made a late entry into the 2020 race last week after expressing some dissatisfaction with the current field. Patrick was supposed to make one of his first campaign stops at the historically black college in Atlanta on Wednesday, not far from where the upper echelons of the Democratic field were debating.

  • Nearly ¾ of transgender people slain since 2017 killed with guns
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    Nearly ¾ of transgender people slain since 2017 killed with guns

    Nearly three-fourths of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans slain in the last three years were killed with a firearm, according to data published this month by the gun violence prevention advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. The data sheds grim new light on the role of guns in what's been called an epidemic of violence against transgender Americans, as advocates honor the victims with nationwide vigils Wednesday during the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The data is available for the first time publicly via EveryStat for Gun Safety, the group's database detailing gun deaths in America.

  • Pot stocks soar as U.S. House committee clears bill on federal weed legalization
    Reuters

    Pot stocks soar as U.S. House committee clears bill on federal weed legalization

    Shares of marijuana companies rose on Thursday after a U.S. congressional committee passed a legislation to decriminalize cannabis, taking it a step closer to being approved by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The bill, which was passed 24 to 10 in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, sent shares of Canopy Growth , Aurora Cannabis , Aphria Inc and Tilray Inc up between 8% and 15%. "We think federal legalization would be a big positive for investor sentiment surrounding cannabis equities, which have been battered by oversupply and a steep price decline for the underlying commodity since becoming legal in Canada," said Garrett Nelso...

  • Putin honours 'hero' pilots for Russian corn field landing
    AFP

    Putin honours 'hero' pilots for Russian corn field landing

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday bestowed the country's top state honour on two pilots who safely landed a plane carrying more than 230 people in a corn field after a bird strike. At a ceremony in the Kremlin, Putin handed pilot Damir Yusupov and co-pilot Georgy Murzin the Hero of Russia awards, praising the crew's courage and professionalism. "They were able to land the plane literally in an empty field and saved dozens of lives," Putin said.

  • 20 of the Most Beautiful Bridges in the World
    Architectural Digest

    20 of the Most Beautiful Bridges in the World

    Designed by world-renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava, these bridges are travel destinations in their own right Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Military: 2 airmen killed in crash at Oklahoma base during training
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    Military: 2 airmen killed in crash at Oklahoma base during training

    Two airmen were killed Thursday in an accident involving two jets during the landing phase of a training exercise at a U.S. Air Force base in northwestern Oklahoma, a military official said.

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    Mayor of St. Louis suburb charged in election fraud case

    The 81-year-old mayor of a St. Louis suburb was charged Thursday with submitting fraudulent absentee voter applications in what prosecutors say was an effort to illegally influence the city's municipal elections. Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins is charged with four counts of committing an election offense and one forgery count. The charges were filed by Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who was assigned to the case as special prosecutor at the request of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest.

  • Former FBI Lawyer Under Criminal Investigation for Altering Document in Russia Probe: Report
    National Review

    Former FBI Lawyer Under Criminal Investigation for Altering Document in Russia Probe: Report

    A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation for allegedly altering a document pertaining to the 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. The document will likely factor into Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's review of the FBI's attempts to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign official Carter Page, CNN first reported. At the time, the FBI was looking into allegations that the Trump campaign worked with Russian operatives to influence the 2016 presidential election.

  • Democratic debate in Atlanta: From A to F,  Mastio & Lawrence grade the 2020 candidates
    USA TODAY Opinion

    Democratic debate in Atlanta: From A to F, Mastio & Lawrence grade the 2020 candidates

    Joe Biden David's grade: A. On his 77th birthday, the former vice president delivered his best performance yet. Yes, there were a few of those signature Biden moments. He apparently forgot that Kamala Harris exists, and he weirdly used "punching" to explain how he makes progress in fighting violence against women.

  • Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalled for Electrical Connection
    Consumer Reports

    Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalled for Electrical Connection

    NHTSA documents indicate that drivers might experience an extended engine crank time or require multiple attempts to start the engine. This affects 2011 to 2013 models that have had the relays corrected in a previous recall (NHTSA recalls s 14V-530 and 15V-115). An FCA spokesman told CR that customers will be notified by January to visit their dealership for a free inspection and repair.

  • Google's Tour Builder Is a Great Way to Make Your Friends Hate You
    Popular Mechanics

    Google's Tour Builder Is a Great Way to Make Your Friends Hate You

    Now you can create virtual tours of your annoying vacations. From Popular Mechanics

  • Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border
    Reuters

    Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border

    Ten Mexican citizens have sued Walmart over the shooting at a store in the U.S. border town of El Paso, Texas, that killed eight Mexicans and left eight more injured, saying that Walmart did not do enough to protect its customers, Mexico said on Wednesday. The suspected gunman told police he was targeting "Mexicans" in the August shooting, which killed 22 people in total. Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the lawsuit, which was filed in Texas state court in El Paso County, aimed to hold the retailer accountable "for not taking reasonable and necessary measures to protect its customers."

  • Ninth family member dies after Israeli strike: ministry
    AFP

    Ninth family member dies after Israeli strike: ministry

    A Palestinian wounded in an Israeli strike that killed eight members of his family has died, the health ministry in the Hamas-run strip said on Friday. Mohammed Abu Malhous al-Sawarka, 40, succumbed after being wounded in "the massacre in which eight members of a family died when they were targeted in their homes," ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement. It said he was the brother of Rasmi Abu Malhous who was killed when his home was hit by an air strike on November 14.