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Argentina analyzing sounds in search for missing submarine 20 Nov 2017, 9:28 pm
'We know where he went': Readers react to Manson death 20 Nov 2017, 6:05 pm
Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after masterminding the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday night after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.
The Latest: Dad of man killed by ex-officer addresses court 20 Nov 2017, 5:47 pm
U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban 20 Nov 2017, 5:46 pm
By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today. General John Nicholson, citing counter-insurgency doctrine, said gaining 80 percent control of the country would represent a turning point in the 16-year-old conflict, which has become the longest U.S war. "This we believe is the critical mass necessary to drive the enemy to irrelevance, meaning they're living in these remote outlying areas, or they reconcile, or they die," Nicholson told a Pentagon news briefing via video conference from Afghanistan.
Merkel battles to stay in power despite crisis 20 Nov 2017, 5:39 pm
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she was ready to lead her party into snap elections after the collapse of high-stakes coalition talks plunged the EU's top economy into a political crisis. The veteran leader said she was "very sceptical" about a minority government, stressing that Germany needed a stable government "that does not need to seek a majority for every decision". President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who holds the power to call a new vote, made it clear that this was not his favoured option, as he told mainstream parties to rethink their positions and return to the negotiating table.
Inside Ben Affleck's Battle with Addiction — and How Jennifer Garner Has Helped Him 20 Nov 2017, 5:34 pm
The Justice League star, who has been open about his struggle with alcohol abuse, leaned on others, including his ex Jennifer Garner, after suffering a relapse in September, sources tell PEOPLE in the magazine’s new issue
On-Duty 'Attack' Leaves One U.S. Border Agent Dead, Another Injured 20 Nov 2017, 5:26 pm
Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing 20 Nov 2017, 5:24 pm
An Argentine submarine missing in the South Atlantic is likely to be running out of air and had reported technical problems before vanishing, naval officials have said. ARA San Juan’s last message reported a short circuit in its batteries and the vessel was ordered to return to its home. The Argentine navy quashed hopes that incomplete satellite calls detected over the weekend could have been from the vessel, but then on Monday night said it was analysing separate "noise" to see if it was the boat. Enrique Balbi, a Navy spokesman, said two of search vessels had detected the sound and called in a US P-8 Poseidon plane to record it with sonobuoys. Further analysis is needed to identify the noise. He said he “did not want to create false expectations” of a rescue, but explained that the search operation now had a place to focus, which coincided with the route the submarine would have been taking to Mar del Plata. ARA San Juan submarine in Buenos Aires. Credit: AFP Two oceanographic ships had been dispatched to the site of the sound to send down probes, the spokesman said, adding that the analysis of the captured sound would take some three hours. Buenos Aires had been beginning to face domestic criticism of its handling of the search, with one union describing government efforts as badly coordinated and apathetic. The submarine and its crew of 44 have now been missing for five days as a growing fleet of international vessels and patrol planes brave 20ft waves and high winds to search hundreds of square miles. US Navy submarine rescue chambers have been flown to the region in the hope of bringing the crew to the surface in case the vessel can be found. Gabriel Galeazzi, a spokesman for the Argentine Navy, said the German-built diesel electric vessel had surfaced on Wednesday to report the fault. He said: “At that moment the commander was ordered to go directly to Mar de Plata. After that we lost contact.” A ship leaves a Naval base to join the search for missing submarine ARA San Juan, in Mar del Plata, Argentina Credit: a Devo Source: He suggested the fault could have affected the submarine’s navigation, but said it did have back-up systems. Although the crew has enough food, oxygen and fuel to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, they only have enough oxygen to last for seven days if submerged. After that, the boat would have to surface or get near the surface to replenish air supply. Seven brief satellite signals lasting only seconds were detected over the weekend, raising hopes the crew were trying to call and prompting jubilation among the waiting families. Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of Fernando Mendoza, a crew member of the missing submarine ARA San Juan, stands outside the Navel base in Mar del Plata, Argentina waiting for news Credit: AP But analysis of the low frequency signals later found they were not from the submarine. Up to 20 vessels, including the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector and HMS Clyde are joining the search. Britain has also sent an RAF C-130 aircraft and a Voyager refuelling aircraft to help it search for longer. Cdr Erik Reynolds, spokesman for the US Navy, which is coordinating the international effort, said vessels were using their sonar to hunt for the ship, though high waves are hampering efforts. Maritime patrol planes are searching for signs of oil or waste that could have been jettisoned by the crew to signal their location. Search and rescue mission for Argentinian submarine Two US Navy undersea submarine rescue vessels are on standby if needed for a rescue. The vessels can attach to the hatch of a stricken submarine at depths of up to 2,000ft and then ferry surviving crew back to the surface. "There is no good news," Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of crew member Fernando Mendoza, told local reporters. "Hopefully they have oxygen." The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina. That maintenance included the replacement of its four diesel engines and its electric propeller engines, according to specialist publication Jane's Sentinel. ATEPSA, a union representing workers in the protection and security of aeronautics, said the case of the submarine "puts centre stage the recurring failures in state policies". It said in a statement that "the apathy in the Services of Search and Rescue, and the lack of coordination which exists in all the public bodies involved, are the faithful reflection of multiple errors which complicate the principle objective: to reach the victims in an urgent manner". The union noted workers in several airports were participating in search operations "despite the problems of communication in the oceanic sector due to lack of investment." This was "aggravated by the fact that the plant that transmits and receives all the aeronautic communications in the country does not have staff," it complained.
With rents soaring after fires, can Santa Rosa make room for middle class? 20 Nov 2017, 5:03 pm
More than a month after the Tubbs fire burned down his house, Vincent Larsen has yet to find a new home. As soon as they could, he and his fianceé applied to a series of rentals in Santa Rosa, Calif. – nearly 15 in the past two weeks alone, he says. “Everywhere we went there were already eight other people looking at the place,” says Mr. Larsen, an electrician who supplements his income by doing odd jobs.
Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili challenges Ukraine government 20 Nov 2017, 4:59 pm
Keystone XL Pipeline Just Cleared One Of Its Final Hurdles Despite A Massive Leak 20 Nov 2017, 4:22 pm
Writer Calls On Women Of Color 'To Divest From Lena Dunham' After Controversy 20 Nov 2017, 4:13 pm
Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s “Girls,” generated widespread controversy last week after issuing and then walking back a statement defending Murray Miller, a writer and producer on the show whom actress Aurora Perrineau said raped her when she was 17 and he was in his 30s.
Here's Exactly How a Nutritionist Approaches Thanksgiving 20 Nov 2017, 4:00 pm
A typical Thanksgiving dinner may be 2,000 calories or more, but it should only be one meal! One day of overeating doesn't cause weight gain. For many people, Thanksgiving is the start of the annual "eating season," which includes lots of parties, decadent food gifts and lots of Christmas cookies and Hanukkah latkes.
Georgia nurses laugh as 89-year-old WWII veteran dies gasping for air in video 20 Nov 2017, 3:20 pm
Israeli minister publicly confirms contacts with Saudi Arabia amid growing threat from Iran 20 Nov 2017, 3:08 pm
An Israeli minister has publicly admitted for the first time that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been in covert contact as both countries strive to confront Iran in the Middle East. The Jewish state and the Arab kingdom do not have formal diplomatic relations but there have long been rumours and reports of the two sides secretly working together. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister, confirmed there had been contact between Israel and Saudi Arabia but said that Riyadh was eager to keep the cooperation a secret. "We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually (we are) the party that is not ashamed,” Mr Steinitz said. "It's the other side that is interested in keeping the ties quiet. With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side's wish, when ties are developing, whether it's with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries.” Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted of improved but secret ties between Israel and the "moderate Sunni states" in the Middle East Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen Saudi Arabia’s leaders are deeply sensitive to claims that they are working with Israel because the Jewish state is still seen as an enemy by much of the Saudi public. Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, has said several times in the last two years that Saudi Arabia has “no relationship” with Israel and no secret back channels. Asked about the persistent reports that Saudi Arabia and Israel were cooperating against Iran, Mr Jubeir said last week that there could only be a relationship between the two countries if there was a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. #عادل_الجبير : #السعودية لا تملك علاقات مع #إسرائيل وليس هناك تواصل مباشر او عبر قنوات غير مباشرة معهم... pic.twitter.com/zrc1eiZpBT— بن هباس ���� (@5a1di) July 24, 2016 "We have always said that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved on the basis of the Arab peace initiative that Israel would have enjoyed normal relations, economic, political, diplomatic relations with all of the Arab countries, and so until that happens, we don't have relations with Israel," he said. There was no immediate Saudi response to the Israeli minister’s comments. Israel and Saudi Arabia both see Iran as a major threat and there have been public signs of their warming ties since Donald Trump took office. After visiting Riyadh in February, Mr Trump told Israelis that he found the Saudi leadership to be “very positive” towards Israel. Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip 00:41 Israel’s top military commander gave an unprecedented interview to a Saudi newspaper last week in which he offered to share intelligence against Iran. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia speak often about the threat from Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group which is supported by Iran. Jerusalem says Hizbollah is amassing weapons in southern Lebanon with the aim of attacking Israel while Riyadh accuses Hizbollah of helping rebels in Yemen to launch missiles into Saudi Arabia.
'We are heavily armed': Florida church uses warning signs to protect congregation 20 Nov 2017, 2:12 pm
Pink Did Flips Off A Building During Her AMAs Performance 20 Nov 2017, 2:05 pm
Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana 20 Nov 2017, 1:21 pm
An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun 20 Nov 2017, 1:13 pm
American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Two killed in protests after Kenya's top court upholds election 20 Nov 2017, 1:11 pm
Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday validated the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta, sparking opposition protests that left two dead, according to police. While the court decision led to celebrations in ruling party strongholds, protesters took to the street in opposition areas in the capital and the west of the country. One protester was killed in Nairobi's Kibera slum, while a paramedic tending the injured at a demonstration in western Migori was also shot dead, according to police.
10 Things That Good Houseguests Never Ever Do 20 Nov 2017, 10:45 am
Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist' 20 Nov 2017, 9:02 am
The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.
Televisa exec shot dead outside Mexico City while riding bike 20 Nov 2017, 4:43 am
Adolfo Lagos, the head of struggling Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa's telecoms unit izzi, was shot dead on Sunday on the outskirts of Mexico City, the state attorney general's office said in a statement. The attorney general's office for the State of Mexico, which surrounds the capital, said it was investigating the homicide near the ancient Teotihuacan pyramids. In his Twitter profile photo, Lagos is shown riding a bike.
Clinton Says Russian Disinformation, GOP Voter Suppression 'Likely' Cost Her Wisconsin 20 Nov 2017, 3:24 am
Sean Hannity Gets Brutally Rejected By Attorney For Moore Accuser 20 Nov 2017, 3:03 am
M7 earthquake triggers tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and Vanuatu 20 Nov 2017, 1:13 am
An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunami waves towards New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck 51 miles east of the Loyalty Islands and was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month. Monday's quake struck at 9.43 am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of six miles, east of the remote Loyalty Islands, the United States Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said small tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, but later said the danger had largely passed. Waves may have reached up to one metre (three feet) above the high tide level in parts of New Caledonia and smaller in Vanuatu, the PTWC said. "Minor sea level fluctuations...may continue over the next few hours," a statement from the agency said. "Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations populations at risk," the PTWC said in an alert. Nervous residents reported feeling several tremors throughout the night before the quake hit. "Parked cars were shaking and everyone went outside," one official from Mare in the Loyalty Islands told AFP. "I thought I was going to faint, I was very afraid and I rushed out of my building," said a resident of central Noumea. A Tsunami threat is forecasted to hit the Southern islands and parts of Central islands. Waves of 0.30 meters to 0.5 meters are likely to hit the coastlines of TAFEA, SHEFA and MALAMPA and possibly SANMA provinces. People from these provinces should take precautionary measures.— Dan McGarry (@dailypostdan) November 20, 2017 Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning. "We are a little bit scared, we have had an earthquake last night and today it was quite a big one," he said. Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office advised people in southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground. New Caledonia's civil security agency said it was still compiling data, and was not planning to evacuate immediately. Authorities in Australia and New Zealand said there were no tsunami threats to either of those countries.
Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto Rico 19 Nov 2017, 10:30 pm
It's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history. Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the "Unity March for Puerto Rico," a show of support for ongoing disaster relief efforts after the U.S. territory was decimated by Maria, a Category 4 storm. SEE ALSO: Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise The march, attended by numerous politicians, as well as celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and chef José Andres, led protesters from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. A sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the US Capitol this morning. I’ve never quite seen anything like it. Thousands here for the #unitymarchforpuertorico to call on the rest of America to help the island. pic.twitter.com/jOlo0qoVvy — Kellie Meyer (@KellieMeyerNews) November 19, 2017 Yuge crowd. Yuge. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/ueedKhD3Hq — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2017 We are in DC marching for Unity with Puerto Rico & equality for our fellow American citizens! #ChefsForPuertoRico @HispanicFed @Lin_Manuel @EvelynMejil pic.twitter.com/eRlB7mhQDg — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 19, 2017 As of Nov. 19, two months after the storm made landfall, 50 percent of the island is still without power. Power lines that have been restored remain unstable, causing daily, widespread outages. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that 75 percent of the island will have power by the end of January. According to their website, Unity March organizers are calling for more aid in rebuilding Puerto Rico, the permanent repeal of the Jones Act (which slows down recovery efforts), and the cancellation of Puerto Rico's more than $70 billion in debt. President Donald Trump has previously criticized Puerto Rico's debt, suggesting that it could limit the aid it receives. In fact, that criticism is one of the factors that prompted Sunday's march. Big crowd. “Puerto Rico se levanta,” they shout in unison. PR rises. #UnityMarchForPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/yZHQ3J6huR — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 Sunday in Puerto Rico60 days after Maria Status.pr reports:*49% power generation (power outages are occurring almost daily) *91% of ppl have water (boil advisory remains in effect)Today, Puerto Ricans are marching in Washigton DC using the hashtag #UnityMarchforPuertoRico — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 19, 2017 Something tells me this crowd hasn’t forgotten about that paper towel stunt. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/YdWtFJL8Db — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 This is the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico. Sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the Capitol. Want to change “unjust laws” stifling recovery. pic.twitter.com/uKsknN27GC — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 The Trump administration recently requested $44 billion in hurricane aid from Congress, though much of it would be dedicated to recovery in Florida and Texas. The White House's request falls billions short of the aid sought by both Texas (Governor Abbot asked for $61 billion in aid) and Puerto Rico (Governor Rosselló requested $94 billion). According to the White House, Puerto Rico's damage assessment is still not completed, and more aid will be requested from Congress in the future. Puerto Ricans are Americans citizens who are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. Standing in solidarity with those attending the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico today. pic.twitter.com/ooO3R46lOd — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 19, 2017 The #UnityMarchforPuertoRico moves from the Capitol to the National Mall along Independence Avenue. pic.twitter.com/G5K6jPk98Z — NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) November 19, 2017 We march for a just recovery for PR, led by the people, and for the people of Puerto Rico. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico#Power4PuertoRico pic.twitter.com/xVon7Zxhqz — Hispanic Federation (@HispanicFed) November 19, 2017 Unfurled a huge flag outside the Lincoln Memorial. @Lin_Manuel was there, speaking about fundraising efforts. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/2ic1HGaQCI — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 And the march has taken us to the Lincoln Memorial #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/0hDfJn24Ph — Eric Waldo (@ewwaldo) November 19, 2017 Democratic and Republican lawmakers from areas affected by the Hurricane have called the White House's response "wholly inadequate." In response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday, "I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either." WATCH: Puerto Rico is recovering cell service... with balloons
Video Shows New Yorkers Rushing To Free People Trapped Under Scaffolding 19 Nov 2017, 10:20 pm
Dozens of New Yorkers jumped into action after a scaffolding collapse in lower Manhattan Sunday morning left several people trapped, but fortunately with only minor injuries. Video taken just before noon and posted on Twitter shows people scrambling to remove piles of boards and metal sheets after strong winds toppled the structure onto the sidewalk. New video, seconds after scaffolding collapsed in #nyc at Broadway and Prince .
Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia 19 Nov 2017, 10:18 pm
By Jeffrey Heller and Stephen Kalin JERUSALEM/RIYADH (Reuters) - An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings. The Saudi government had no immediate response to Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz's remarks. A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also did not respond immediately to a request to comment.
Democrats Select Candidate To Replace GOP Congressman Who Resigned Over Abortion 19 Nov 2017, 9:49 pm
Democrats on Sunday picked Conor Lamb to run for the congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), who resigned last month after it was revealed that he’d urged a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion.
Former Top Advisers to President Obama and the Clintons Voice Support for Monica Lewinsky 19 Nov 2017, 9:10 pm
Following multiple sexual misconduct allegations made against high-profile politicians like Roy Moore and Al Franken, former top advisers to President Obama and the Clintons have voiced their support for Monica Lewinsky.
Some Alabamians won't quit Moore because he never quit them 19 Nov 2017, 4:56 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Christian conservatives see Roy Moore as their champion. He has battled federal judges and castigated liberals, big government, gun control, Muslims, homosexuality and anything else that doesn't fit the evangelical mold.
5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to War with America 19 Nov 2017, 2:41 pm
Thus, each Ohio-class SSBN could carry up to 192 nuclear warheads on board. Altogether, America’s sea-based deterrent boasts 336 nuclear-armed missiles, with about half of America’s deployed nuclear warheads on board.
Is the U.S. Army Obsolete? 19 Nov 2017, 2:31 pm
What's most interesting about the RAND study is that there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the capabilities of U.S. Army equipment, and those of its allies and potential enemies. How good are U.S. Army weapons compared to their overseas counterparts? Quite good in many areas, but foreign weapons have some capabilities that American weapons don't, according to a new study.
Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 19 Nov 2017, 1:35 pm
A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck
Squirrels could hold secret to preventing brain damage for stroke patients 19 Nov 2017, 1:29 pm
Squirrels could hold the key to helping stroke patients avoid brain damage, scientists believe. Researchers in the US have discovered that when squirrels hibernate a protective process occurs in their cells which allows their brain to function with reduced blood flow and oxygen. When they awaken the animals suffer no ill-effects despite being deprived of essential nutrients. During an ischemic stroke the blood supply, containing sugar and oxygen, is cut off to the brain, causing cells to die, which often leads to paralysis and speech problems. Scientists from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) believe that creating a drug which could trigger the same cellular changes of hibernating squirrels could prevent that brain damage. "If we could only turn on the process hibernators appear to use to protect their brains, we could help protect the brain during a stroke and ultimately help people recover," said first author Joshua Bernstock, a graduate student at NINDS. Around 100,000 people have strokes each year in Britain, and 85 per cent will suffer ischemic strokes, with almost two thirds of the survivors leaving hospital with a disability. There 1.2 million people currently living in the UK with the after-effects from a stroke. Two thirds of people leave hospital after having a stroke with a disability Credit: Peter DazeleyGetty Images Contributor Currently, the only way to minimize stroke-induced cell death is to remove the clot as soon as possible. But if a treatment could be quickly administered which helped the brain survive without blood and oxygen, outcomes for patients could be radically improved, experts believe. Researchers found that a cellular process called SUMOlyation goes into overdrive when squirrels hibernate, protecting their cells. They found that process could be boosted by the enzyme ebselen. When ebselen was injected into animal brain cells, they stayed alive, even when deprived of blood and oxygen. Further experiments also showed that ebselen boosted SUMOylation in the brains of healthy mice. "For decades scientists have been searching for an effective brain-protecting stroke therapy to no avail. said Dr Francesca Bosetti, program director at NINDS. “If the compound identified in this study successfully reduces tissue death and improves recovery in further experiments, it could lead to new approaches for preserving brain cells after an ischemic stroke." In numbers | Stroke Mr Bernstock said he hoped the research would encourage other scientists to look to nature to solve pressing medical problems. "As a physician-scientist, I really like to work on projects that have clear relevance for patients," he added. "I always want outcomes that can lend themselves to new therapeutics for people who are in need." The research was published in The FASEB Journal, the journal of the Foundation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
Syrian army, allies take back Albu Kamal from Islamic State 19 Nov 2017, 12:32 pm
The Syrian army and its allies took complete control over Albu Kamal, Islamic State's last significant town in Syria, a military news service run by Hezbollah said on Sunday. The army had declared victory over Islamic State in Albu Kamal earlier this month but the jihadists then staged a counter-attack using sleeper cells hidden in the town.
Bull gores Argentine tourist to death in India: police 19 Nov 2017, 11:16 am
An Argentine man holidaying in India has been gored to death by a bull in the popular tourist city of Jaipur, police said Sunday. The 29-year-old was walking along a street near Jaipur's main market on Saturday afternoon when he was attacked and seriously injured by the animal. The Argentine embassy had been informed of his death, The Press Trust of India reporred.
Lee Harvey Oswald's killer Jack Ruby told FBI informant to 'watch the fireworks' hours before JFK's assasination 19 Nov 2017, 11:01 am
Jack Ruby told an FBI informant to “watch the fireworks” on the day President John F Kennedy was assassinated, the latest release of JFK files reveals. Ruby, who went on to shoot and mortally wound Lee Harvey Oswald two days later, made the comments hours before the President was killed in Dallas, Texas. Although the President was assassinated on 22 November 1963, the interaction between Ruby and the FBI informant, identified as Bob Vanderslice, was not officially relayed to the FBI until March 1977.
Here's How To Avoid Wasting Absurd Amounts Of Food On Thanksgiving 19 Nov 2017, 10:46 am
Americans aged 18-34 most likely to oppose assault weapons ban, poll finds 19 Nov 2017, 10:00 am
The previous national federal ban on assault weapons lapsed more than a decade ago, and Congress has not renewed it. Resistance to a ban on military-style assault weapons is strongest among millennials, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this week. It’s a finding that experts said might be driven by the popularity of first-person shooter video games such as Call of Duty and the increasing prominence of military-style guns in the consumer market.
Robert Costa Talks About the Chances For the Republican Tax Bill 19 Nov 2017, 9:18 am
President Trump Remains Silent as Republicans React to Roy Moore 19 Nov 2017, 7:48 am
Report: LAPD Probe Into Hollywood Sex Crimes Balloons To Nearly 24 Cases 19 Nov 2017, 2:49 am
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating nearly two dozen cases of possible sexual misconduct after a wave of complaints about sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, sources tell NBC News.
Russia Nixes Billionaire Plan to Turn the Tu-160 Bomber into the Ultimate Passenger Jet 19 Nov 2017, 1:39 am
Rich businessmen around the world want Russia to turn its Tupolev-160 strategic bomber into a private jet. A senior Tupolev executive claims that the aircraft manufacturer has turned down many requests to civilianize its Tu-160 (NATO codename Blackjack), a long-range strategic bomber that resembles America's B-1 Lancer, and its TU-22M3 Backfire bomber.
The FAA Can't Stop People From Throwing Live Turkeys Out Of Planes 19 Nov 2017, 12:28 am
The Federal Aviation Administration has found no violations with an infamous Arkansas event that involves dropping live turkeys from a plane ― but that may be because no one ever thought they’d need a rule about that.
Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest 18 Nov 2017, 11:30 pm
Man Accidentally Shoots Self, Wife During Gun Safety Discussion 18 Nov 2017, 10:53 pm
Argentina's search for missing sub hampered by bad weather 18 Nov 2017, 10:21 pm
Argentina's military pushed forward Saturday with the hunt for a submarine that has been missing with 44 crew aboard for days, but said that bad weather has hampered the search. There has been no contact with the ARA San Juan since early Wednesday, according to the navy, prompting Buenos Aires to launch an air and sea search for the missing vessel. Nearly 80 percent of the search area has been scoured by ships and aircraft so far, Argentine navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference.
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