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Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma police officer in 4th murder trial

Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma police officer in 4th murder trial TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter late Wednesday in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn't decide whether to find him guilty of murder.


Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down Haters

Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down Haters Southwest Airlines on Wednesday celebrated its first “unmanned” flight on the company’s new fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.


Air Berlin pilots suspended after saying 'dignified goodbye' with fly-by stunt at Düsseldorf Airport

Air Berlin pilots suspended after saying 'dignified goodbye' with fly-by stunt at Düsseldorf Airport The pilots of an Air Berlin flight that performed a fly-past during the insolvent carrier's last long-haul flight to its hub in Düsseldorf have been suspended, the airline said on Wednesday. When coming into land from Miami on Monday morning, the A330 jet flew low across the runway, then pulled up and banked sharply to the left before landing on its second approach. Pilots are trained in such "go-around" procedures for aborted landings, but the manoeuvre was unusual and the German aviation authorities are investigating. "In aviation, safety always comes first. We are taking the incident very seriously," an Air Berlin spokesman said. The Air Berlin pilot had requested permission from the tower to make a left turn should a go-around be necessary. "We wanted to make a mark, a dignified and emotional goodbye," the Air Berlin pilot was quoted as saying by German broadcaster ZDF. His identity was not given. Another pilot for a different carrier told Reuters that a go-around should be performed only for operational or safety reasons. "Electing to do one if it is known not to be required adds an unnecessary risk," he said. Several videos of the incident can be viewed online. In one, control tower staff can be heard exclaiming as the plane flies past, with one person saying: "We are all in awe." The Air Berlin spokesman said the videos raised questions that had to be answered as part of the investigation. Air Berlin filed for insolvency on August 15 and Lufthansa has signed a deal to buy large parts of its operations. The airline will fly its final short-haul flights under the Air Berlin brand at the end of this month.


Missing Fla. Woman’s Remains Found a Year Later Thanks to Ring She Was Wearing Engraved with ‘MOM’

Missing Fla. Woman’s Remains Found a Year Later Thanks to Ring She Was Wearing Engraved with ‘MOM’ Tia Bonta was by all accounts a doting mother living in Orlando, Florida, with her baby boy — so when the 25-year-old vanished last August, her family prepared for the worst


Woman Claims Delta Stopped Her From Singing National Anthem For Slain Soldier

Woman Claims Delta Stopped Her From Singing National Anthem For Slain Soldier A Georgia doctor claims that Delta Air Lines prevented her from singing the national anthem to honor a slain soldier whose casket was on her plane.


Trump Tried To Look Compassionate. Instead, He Looked Like A Jerk.

Trump Tried To Look Compassionate. Instead, He Looked Like A Jerk. It was almost too easy to predict what would happen.


Trump tweets about California wildfires 10 days after they began to engulf state

Trump tweets about California wildfires 10 days after they began to engulf state Ten days and more than 200,000 scorched acres later, Donald Trump has tapped out a Twitter response to California’s devastating wildfires. The president regularly uses Twitter to communicate with the American people, issuing 140-character policy proclamations or messages of support. Finally breaking the Twitter silence, Mr Trump wrote that “Our hearts are with all affected by the wildfires in California”, praising the first responders who have been battling the blazes.


Mom's incredible hack for getting her child to take medicine goes viral

Mom's incredible hack for getting her child to take medicine goes viral No matter the flavor, from orange to grape, we have vivid memories of being force-fed a spoonful, only to quickly chase it down with a glass of milk or a treat. England's Helena Lee was trying to feed her newborn Calpol when she remembered reading about this trick -- all you need is a bottle and syringe.


GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away

GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away proposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.


51 Fresh Fall Salads That Will Take You From Summer To Fall

Billy Joel, 68, and wife Alexis Roderick are expecting a baby

Billy Joel, 68, and wife Alexis Roderick are expecting a baby Billy Joel will soon have three Uptown Girls to worry about!


Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says He Urged Firing of Former FBI Director James Comey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says He Urged Firing of Former FBI Director James Comey Sessions said he urged Comey's firing for the handling of the Clinton email probe


Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police   A wanted Michigan man has turned himself in after losing a bet he made with police on Facebook. Michael Zaydel had promised to give himself up to police if a Facebook post about an existing arrest warrant received more than 1,000 shares. The cocky 21-year-old even promised to bring Redford Township Police Department (RTPD) officers a dozen doughnuts if they were victorious in the challenge. “I’m not worried about it,” he wrote. “If your next post gets 1,000 shares I’ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that’s a promise. “And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools.” In a follow-up post, the department said he “may or may not be a man of his word,” adding, “it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.” The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel. “Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,” the department said. “He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.” Mr Zaydel was sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation. Is this the world's most meta mugshot? 


Freed Taliban Hostage Caitlan Coleman Reportedly Rushed To Hospital

Freed Taliban Hostage Caitlan Coleman Reportedly Rushed To Hospital Caitlan Coleman, the American woman who spent five years as a hostage of the Taliban, was reportedly rushed to the hospital less than a week after her release from captivity.


Anita Hill: Harvey Weinstein's Behavior Is No Surprise

Anita Hill: Harvey Weinstein's Behavior Is No Surprise Anita Hill, who championed women’s ability to speak out against sexual harassment, didn’t mince words about the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.


Conspiracy theorists claim first lady Melania Trump has been using a body double

Conspiracy theorists claim first lady Melania Trump has been using a body double Internet conspiracy theorists are beside themselves amid claims that first lady Melania Trump has a body double.


Trump Claims Congresswoman Lied About His Call To Army Widow

Trump Claims Congresswoman Lied About His Call To Army Widow President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) of fabricating the claim that he told the widow of a soldier killed in combat that she “must’ve known what he signed up for.”


China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party By Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a "new era", using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.


Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible'  Kenya’s top election official threw next week’s rerun of the country’s presidential election into doubt on Wednesday, saying that political intimidation and interference meant he could no longer guarantee the credibility of the vote. Hours after one of his colleagues resigned and fled the country saying she feared for her life, Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, also threatened to quit, deepening a political crisis that risks upending one of Africa’s most stable states. Next Thursday’s election marks Kenya’s second attempt in three months to choose a leader after the supreme court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August, citing “irregularities and illegalities” in the transmission of results. But the ruling, unprecedented in Africa, has worsened rather than resolved Kenya’s political impasse. Mr Kenyatta’s challenger, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the rerun earlier this month after electoral officials he accused of rigging the first vote refused to resign. Mr Chebukati accused both the government and the opposition of resorting to tactics that, he said, threatened to pitch Kenya into a “worse situation” than the violent aftermath of an election in 2007 that claimed more than 1,300 lives. Kenya's opposition party leader, Raila Odinga, speaking at Chatham House in London on October 13 Credit:  REUTERS But Mr Odinga was swift to claim vindication after the chairman said his efforts to ensure a transparent election had been blocked by four commissioners who have been accused of acting at the behest of the president’s ruling party. “I’ve made several attempts to make critical changes but all my motions have been defeated by a majority of the commissioners,” Mr Chebukati said. “Under such conditions it is difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election.” “I would rather go out with my name intact and my head lifted high than be part of a process where personal interests dwarf the interests of the nation.” Mr Chebukati indicated he would carry out his threat to quit unless electoral staff accused of bungling August’s election stepped down, his fellow commissioners stopped serving “partisan interests” and President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga agreed to negotiate. A police officer prepares to fire a tear gas to disperse supporters of Raila Odinga in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 16 October 2017 Credit:  EPA He also demanded an end to opposition protesters chasing away electoral staff trying to prepare polling stations. Were Mr Chebukati to resign, the election — which is constitutionally required to be held by Nov 1st — risks being postponed as the chairman of the commission alone has the power to declare the result.  Mr Chebukati’s decision to air his grievances publicly came after Roselyn Akombe, one of his six fellow commissioners, resigned and fled to New York, raised similar concerns and said she feared for her safety after receiving threats. A senior electoral manager with responsibility for the electronic integrity of the vote, was murdered nine days before the August election. “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017,” she said in a statement. “I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.” Kenyan opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi Luyai leans through of his car as tear gas billows out Credit: REUTERS In recent days, both President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga appeared to have made some concessions that raised hopes for a negotiated settlement to the crisis. But Mr Odinga has shown little sign of returning to the race. On Wednesday he called for mass protests on election day as part of a strategy to prevent voting taking place in his strongholds — a move that could lead to the poll being nullified again. As many as 70 people have died in election-related violence since August, the vast majority opposition protesters killed by the security forces.


American woman becomes princess after meeting a real prince in a nightclub

American woman becomes princess after meeting a real prince in a nightclub Most of us can but dream of rocking up to the club and casually meeting a member of a royal family. But, that's what happened to Ariana Austin on the dance floor of Washington D.C. nightclub Pearl back in December 2005 when she met Joel Makonnen, a.k.a. Prince Yoel.  The story didn't end there for Austin and Makonnen. Twelve years on from their nightclub meet-cute, the couple tied the knot, and Austin became a princess. SEE ALSO: Prince George's favourite film proves once and for all he just can't wait to be king Per the New York Times, Prince Yoel is the great-grandson of Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia, part of the Solomonic dynasty. Austin also happens to be of noble blood: she's the granddaughter of the lord mayor of Georgetown, Guyana. A post shared by Ariana Austin Makonnen (@chezariana) on Sep 15, 2017 at 7:14am PDT Enough about royalty, we want to know what went down in that nightclub on that fateful night in 2005. That night, Makonnen strolled over to Austin and her friend and said: "You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire," according to the NYT. It appears Makonnen's regal background didn't help him out in the chat-up line department. Apparently, it took Makonnen just five more minutes to tell Austin: "You're going to be my girlfriend." Well, he certainly didn't waste any time.  Official pics are here! All credit to the talented @dotunayodeji. Planning by @favoredbyyodit Dress @lazarobridal #AriJo #royalwedding #moretocome ❤️ A post shared by Ariana Austin Makonnen (@chezariana) on Oct 16, 2017 at 4:39pm PDT The couple were wed in an Ethiopian Orthodox ceremony in Temple Hills, Maryland, surrounded by family and friends.  And, in case you were wondering, the couple certainly don't sit on thrones all day long. Austin works at the Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and Makonnen works at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical.  Congrats to the happy (royal) couple! WATCH: Prince George looks beyond cute for his first day of school


'My god, 3.5 hours': Xi gives marathon speech, China listens

'My god, 3.5 hours': Xi gives marathon speech, China listens As Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered his three-plus-hour speech at the Communist Party congress, delegates ranging from men in suits to military officers and former presidents dutifully turned every page as they read and listened to his words. On the internet, government bureaus peppered social media with their favourite phrases from Xi's speech, while photos circulated of children watching Wednesday's congress in classrooms. The carefully orchestrated address was in keeping with the cult of personality that state media have crafted around the Chinese leader, who is expected to consolidate his already formidable power at the week-long conclave.


Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’ In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.


Georgia State Senator Offers Free Bump Stock In Wake Of Vegas Massacre

Georgia State Senator Offers Free Bump Stock In Wake Of Vegas Massacre A state senator in Georgia who is running for governor is asserting his stance on gun rights by giving away a bump stock “to one lucky winner” in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting.


Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving Bangladesh

Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving Bangladesh Nearly four decades ago Fazol Ahmed returned to his native Myanmar with his family under a Rohingya repatriation scheme. Now he is back in the teeming camps of Bangladesh with his wife and children, a refugee once again. Ahmed is among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have crossed into Bangladesh since an upsurge in violence in neighbouring Myanmar in August that the UN has said amounts to ethnic cleansing.


Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areas

Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areas BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk — a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories.


Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner Bombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.


Body Of Missing 6-year-old With Autism Is Found In Dumpster As Relative Taken Into Custody

Body Of Missing 6-year-old With Autism Is Found In Dumpster As Relative Taken Into Custody Body Of Missing 6-year-old With Autism Is Found In Dumpster As Relative Taken Into Custody


Abedin Sent Government Emails on Weiner Laptop: Report

Abedin Sent Government Emails on Weiner Laptop: Report State Department officials have reportedly found more than 2,800 government-related work emails Huma Abedin sent from Anthony Weiner's laptop.


Stunning Photos Show Faces Of Poverty That Are Rarely Seen

Stunning Photos Show Faces Of Poverty That Are Rarely Seen A new portrait campaign asking people to think differently about people living in poverty appeared on billboards in New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday. 


ISIS Losing Its 'Capital' Is A Pivotal Defeat For The Terrorist Group

ISIS Losing Its 'Capital' Is A Pivotal Defeat For The Terrorist Group The self-described Islamic State finally lost its tenuous grip on the Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday as U.S.-backed forces retook the extremist group’s last major urban territory following a four-month military campaign.


Confederate monuments vandalized in 2 Virginia cities

Confederate monuments vandalized in 2 Virginia cities RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Confederate monuments in two Virginia cities have been vandalized this week.


Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship is ‘the largest in the world’

Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship is ‘the largest in the world’ The ‘world’s largest ship’ comes with a giant water slide, zipline and other cool amenities


Man tortured girlfriend’s son to death because he thought he was gay: prosecutor

Man tortured girlfriend’s son to death because he thought he was gay: prosecutor (KTLA) -- A man who is accused of torturing his girlfriend's 8-year-old son to death killed the child because he thought the boy was gay, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office prosecutor said during opening statements Monday.


Col. Jack Jacobs: Trump Gold Star Family Remarks 'Almost Obscene'

Col. Jack Jacobs: Trump Gold Star Family Remarks 'Almost Obscene' Medal of Honor recipient, retired U.S. Army Colonel Jack Jacobs, reacts to Pres. Trump dragging presidential conversations with Gold Star families into the political fray.


Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen's Accused Killer

Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen's Accused Killer A man accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in Sterling, Virginia in June may face the death penalty after a grand jury charged him with capital murder and rape on Monday.


Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second time

Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second time DENVER (AP) — A Peruvian woman has sought sanctuary for a second time in Colorado rather than board a Tuesday flight to her native country as ordered by U.S. immigration authorities, supporters said.


Still standing: Photos capture abandoned buildings after years of neglect 

Still standing: Photos capture abandoned buildings after years of neglect  A Dutch photographer has released a series of photos of abandoned buildings throughout France that nature is slowly reclaiming.


California Becomes First State To Legally Recognize A Third Gender

California Becomes First State To Legally Recognize A Third Gender California Governor Jerry Brown signed first-of-its kind legislation over the weekend that enables residents of the state to choose a third, non-binary gender category on California state-issued IDs, birth certificates and driver’s licenses.


Man 'raped and killed Muslim teenage girl' on way to mosque

Man 'raped and killed Muslim teenage girl' on way to mosque Darwin Torres, 22, attacked 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and a group of her friends in Sterling, Virginia, after they had eaten a meal together following a day-long fast during Ramadan. Torres was indicted on charges of the abduction with intent to defile, first degree murder and rape of Hassanen in June. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh told reporters he intended to seek the death penalty, but declined to talk further as the case was pending, according to The Washington Post.


Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran presence in Syria

Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran presence in Syria JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister warned Tuesday that he will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in neighboring Syria.


Bill Cosby Accusers Demand Academy Kick Out Cosby And Polanski Too

Bill Cosby Accusers Demand Academy Kick Out Cosby And Polanski Too Two of the more than 50 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault are demanding he and film producer Roman Polanski be immediately removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures.


Missing Joshua Tree hikers' bodies discovered ‘locked in embrace’

Missing Joshua Tree hikers' bodies discovered ‘locked in embrace’ Locked in an embrace, the bodies of a pair of hikers who went missing three months ago in California’s Joshua Tree national park are thought to have been found. Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, had been missing since 28 July, after they failed to check out of their Airbnb.


Trump defends false claim that predecessors didn't call fallen soldiers' families: 'There’s nothing to clarify'

Trump defends false claim that predecessors didn't call fallen soldiers' families: 'There’s nothing to clarify' “You could ask Gen. Kelly if he got a call from Obama,” the president says in a Fox News Radio interview.


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Gretchen Carlson On Harvey Weinstein Allegations: 'This Is The Watershed Moment'

Gretchen Carlson On Harvey Weinstein Allegations: 'This Is The Watershed Moment' Gretchen Carlson thinks the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein are the “tipping point” that could finally help dismantle the culture of sexual harassment in workplaces around the country.


German court sentences 88-year-old Holocaust denier to jail

German court sentences 88-year-old Holocaust denier to jail A German court sentenced an 88-year-old woman to six months in prison on Monday for denying the Holocaust and for inciting hatred. Ursula Haverbeck, who describes herself as a revisionist historian, said at a public event in January 2016 that gas chambers in Auschwitz concentration camp "were not real". A court in Berlin found Haverbeck guilty after examining a short video of her speech in which she said that she was citing a book, not expressing her own views.


Airbus, Bombardier deal hits Boeing with double whammy

Airbus, Bombardier deal hits Boeing with double whammy Airbus and Bombardier are inflicting double damage on Boeing with a deal that fills a gap in the Europeans' aircraft range and gives Bombardier a fighting chance to avoid punishing US tariffs, analysts say. In the middle of the European night, Airbus issued a surprise announcement that it would take a majority stake in Bombardier's marquee C-Series airliner programme, aiming for significant production savings on the C-Series aircraft and making use of Airbus's international reach for sales. The agreement, which Airbus chief Tom Enders called "a win-win deal for everyone", gives the European company a stake in Bombardiers' mid-range programme without the need to immediately inject cash -- allowing it to keep its war chest intact for future battles with arch-rival Boeing.


U.S. diplomat warns to be 'prepared for the worst' right after N. Korean official reportedly shuts down diplomacy

U.S. diplomat warns to be 'prepared for the worst' right after N. Korean official reportedly shuts down diplomacy Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that while the State Department remained focused on quelling tensions with North Korea through diplomatic channels, that the nation and world must remain prepared for the possibility that those efforts will fail.


Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis, state media reported Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told The Herald that President Robert Mugabe had directed that the importation of horticultural products be stopped "as they waste much-needed foreign currency". "The foreign currency being wasted on the importation of carrots and grapes will now be utilised towards the purchase of more fertilisers and pesticides," he said.


Trump's Approval For Hurricane Response Plunges 20 Points After Puerto Rico Storms

Trump's Approval For Hurricane Response Plunges 20 Points After Puerto Rico Storms President Donald Trump’s approval rating for his handling of the response to hurricanes striking the U.S. has plummeted 20 points since Puerto Rico was devastated by back-to-back hurricanes last month, according to the latest CNN poll.