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    Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania

    Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania


    The investigation is the first statewide probe by federal authorities of allegations of sex abuse and cover-up by the Catholic Church in the United...

    The investigation is the first statewide probe by federal authorities of allegations of sex abuse and cover-up by the Catholic Church in the United States.


    Falling Ford Pickup Tailgates Draw Federal Safety Probe

    Falling Ford Pickup Tailgates Draw Federal Safety Probe


    Government regulators opened an investigation this week into why some Ford heavy-duty pickup truck power tailgates are falling open. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is...

    Government regulators opened an investigation this week into why some Ford heavy-duty pickup truck power tailgates are falling open. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is ...


    Mexico deploys hundreds of riot police as migrants near

    Mexico deploys hundreds of riot police as migrants near


    Mexico deployed hundreds of riot police Thursday to its border with Guatemala as a caravan of Central American migrants prepared to cross on their way to the United States, defying President Donald Trump's threats. Hundreds of federal police in riot...

    Mexico deployed hundreds of riot police Thursday to its border with Guatemala as a caravan of Central American migrants prepared to cross on their way to the United States, defying President Donald Trump's threats. Hundreds of federal police in riot gear fanned out on the international bridge in Suchiate, on the Mexican-Guatemalan border, as the caravan of several thousand Honduran migrants trekked toward the crossing.


    Woman charged in death of toddler found buried in park

    Woman charged in death of toddler found buried in park


    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A toddler's caregiver was charged with murder in the suffocation death of the baby whose body was found partially buried in a public park with the top of her head exposed, police said...

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A toddler's caregiver was charged with murder in the suffocation death of the baby whose body was found partially buried in a public park with the top of her head exposed, police said Thursday.


    'We built it for the big one': How this Mexico Beach house survived Hurricane Michael

    'We built it for the big one': How this Mexico Beach house survived Hurricane Michael


    Mexico Beach, Florida, was almost completely flattened by Hurricane Michael. However, one home stood high on stilts above the wreckage, appearing largely untouched from the...

    Mexico Beach, Florida, was almost completely flattened by Hurricane Michael. However, one home stood high on stilts above the wreckage, appearing largely untouched from the storm.


    Putin says can't justify spoiling Saudi ties over Khashoggi affair

    Putin says can't justify spoiling Saudi ties over Khashoggi affair


    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia did not have enough information about the unexplained disappearance of a Saudi journalist to justify spoiling ties with Riyadh. Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was...

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia did not have enough information about the unexplained disappearance of a Saudi journalist to justify spoiling ties with Riyadh. Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed by Saudi agents in Riyadh's diplomatic mission in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and his body cut up. Saudi Arabia denies the allegation.


    Putin says Crimean school shooting result of 'globalisation'

    Putin says Crimean school shooting result of 'globalisation'


    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the mass school shooting in Crimea a day before was the result of "globalisation" and the continuation of an American trend. "It's a result of globalisation. On social media, on the internet, we see...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the mass school shooting in Crimea a day before was the result of "globalisation" and the continuation of an American trend. "It's a result of globalisation. On social media, on the internet, we see that there is a whole community that has been created. Everything started with the tragic events in schools in the US," he said at a forum in Sochi. He said unstable young people were creating "fake heroes for themselves" and "reaching out for a surrogate for heroism" in the absence of the real thing. "We're not creating healthy (internet) content for young people... which leads to tragedies of this kind," he said. "But there is a place for real heroism in today's life," he said. CCTV footage shows Vladislav Roslyakov putting firearm shells into a backpack at an arms shop several days before the attack Credit: REUTERS An 18-year-old identified as Vladislav Roslyakov on Wednesday killed at least 20 students at a college in the Moscow-annexed peninsula before killing himself. More than 40 others were injured in what local press dubbed "Russia's Columbine", a reference to a 1999 US high school massacre. Authorities said they were working to establish the motive for the attack. An ex-girlfriend told Russian state media Roslyakov had spoken to her about taking revenge for bullying at the school. The head of Crimea said on Thursday the shooter couldn't have organised the attack alone and investigators are looking into "who prepared him for this crime". Russian state television has suggested Ukrainian agents were to blame and discussed his mother's membership in the Jehovah's Witnesses "sect". The shooting is the latest in half a dozen school attacks in Russia this year, although the previous incidents involved knives and traumatic pistols rather than high-powered firearms.  Several of the attacks were inspired by the Columbine high school massacre in Colorado in 1999. The shooter in Crimea wore a white t-shirt that seemed to resemble that worn by one of the Columbine shooters.  Also on Thursday, Mr Putin's spokesman called the incident part of a “dangerous trend”. 


    Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor's compound after meeting with US general

    Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor's compound after meeting with US general


    A powerful Afghan police general has been assassinated in an insider attack, robbing president Ashraf Ghani of a key security official and threatening his fragile grip on southern Afghanistan. Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy...

    A powerful Afghan police general has been assassinated in an insider attack, robbing president Ashraf Ghani of a key security official and threatening his fragile grip on southern Afghanistan. Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country. The Taliban said they were behind the attack which saw one of the provincial governor's bodyguards open fire after a meeting with Gen Scott Miller, the top Nato and US commander in Afghanistan. Gen Miller was unhurt, but two Americans were wounded. The assassination dealt a severe blow to Mr Ghani's security forces less than 48 hours before he attempts to hold nationwide parliamentary elections against a backdrop of brutal insurgent violence. Gen Raziq had been the most powerful government figure in southern Afghanistan for much of the past decade, where as Kandahar police chief he had been an aggressive opponent of the Taliban. A NATO helicopter lands at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan Credit: MOHAMMAD ISMAIL/REUTERS His young age and boyish looks belied a ruthless commander and he was accused of systematic torture, extrajudicial killings, and enforced disappearances. He denied the accusations. However Western commanders considered him a bulwark against the encroaching Taliban and one of their most effective partners as he brought a measure of stability to Afghanistan's second city. He estimated he had survived dozens of assassination attempts. The Taliban named the attacker as Abu Dujana and said: “The brutal police chief of Kandahar has been killed along several other officials.” Said Jan Khakrezwal, the head of the provincial council, told Reuters: "Provincial officials including the governor, the police chief and other officials were accompanying the foreign guests to the plane when the gunshots happened." The shooting wiped out the top of Kandahar's security apparatus at a stroke, also killing the province's intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin and provincial governor Zalmay Wesa. The killings came only a day after a prominent politician, Abdul Jabar Qahraman, became the tenth election candidate to die ahead of Saturday's polls when a Taliban bomb was hidden under his chair. Graeme Smith, a former UN political analyst in Kabul said: “The incident will make the military balance in southern Afghanistan considerably more fragile, as Raziq was often at the forefront of government efforts to slow the Taliban’s advances.” Saturday will see Afghanistan's only third parliamentary election since the Taliban were ousted. The insurgents have vowed to disrupt what they call a bogus poll.


    Donald Trump is destroying the American brand

    Donald Trump is destroying the American brand


    Trump makes no pretense of balancing moral imperatives, or even military objectives, against the economic agenda that is his only real...

    Trump makes no pretense of balancing moral imperatives, or even military objectives, against the economic agenda that is his only real priority.


    Republican candidates trying to have it both ways on Obamacare

    Republican candidates trying to have it both ways on Obamacare


    Some GOP candidates running this cycle who have or are trying to gut Obamacare are still running on the importance of protecting people with pre-existing...

    Some GOP candidates running this cycle who have or are trying to gut Obamacare are still running on the importance of protecting people with pre-existing conditions.


    McConnell Defends Lawsuit to Undo Pre-Existing Condition Protection

    McConnell Defends Lawsuit to Undo Pre-Existing Condition Protection


    “Our candidates are able to deal with it,” McConnell said regarding a barrage of Democratic ads criticizing his party’s candidates on the issue. The case, filed by Texas and backed by the Trump administration, contends that because Congress...

    “Our candidates are able to deal with it,” McConnell said regarding a barrage of Democratic ads criticizing his party’s candidates on the issue. The case, filed by Texas and backed by the Trump administration, contends that because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for violating the requirement that most individuals have insurance, the rest of the law including the consumer protections must be thrown out. Many legal scholars see the lawsuit as a long shot, including some conservatives who supported previous suits against Obamacare.


    Students given cookies baked with grandfather's ashes: media

    Students given cookies baked with grandfather's ashes: media


    A teenage girl in California allegedly baked her grandfather's ashes into cookies and handed them out to her school friends, local media reported on Wednesday. The student is said to have given her baked goods to at least nine students, the Los Angeles...

    A teenage girl in California allegedly baked her grandfather's ashes into cookies and handed them out to her school friends, local media reported on Wednesday. The student is said to have given her baked goods to at least nine students, the Los Angeles Times said, citing police in Davis, near the state capital Sacramento. Some ate the cookies without knowing about the macabre extra ingredient and were horrified, Lieutenant Paul Doroshov said, according to the Times.


    Philadelphia crime boss gets 2 years in prison

    Philadelphia crime boss gets 2 years in prison


    NEW YORK (AP) — A notorious Philadelphia mob boss sentenced to two years in prison for illegal betting quipped outside court Wednesday that President Donald Trump was right to suggest cooperators or flippers should be...

    NEW YORK (AP) — A notorious Philadelphia mob boss sentenced to two years in prison for illegal betting quipped outside court Wednesday that President Donald Trump was right to suggest cooperators or flippers should be outlawed.


    At Facebook, public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as chairman

    At Facebook, public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as chairman


    State treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, co-filed the proposal. A similar shareholder proposal seeking an independent chair was defeated in 2017 at Facebook, where Zuckerberg's majority...

    State treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, co-filed the proposal. A similar shareholder proposal seeking an independent chair was defeated in 2017 at Facebook, where Zuckerberg's majority control makes outsider resolutions effectively symbolic.


    Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea

    Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea


    MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing...

    MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing himself.


    Julián Castro says he's 'likely' to run for president in 2020

    Julián Castro says he's 'likely' to run for president in 2020


    Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration, was unusually open about his political ambitions in an interview with Yahoo...

    Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration, was unusually open about his political ambitions in an interview with Yahoo Finance.


    Beto goes negative on Cruz in new ads

    Beto goes negative on Cruz in new ads


    Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke is running new ads in which he criticizes his Republican opponent, Sen. Ted...

    Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke is running new ads in which he criticizes his Republican opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz.


    Texas floods: One dead after state of emergency declared over near-record downpour

    Texas floods: One dead after state of emergency declared over near-record downpour


    Texas faces the threat of further flooding after days of heavy rain - with at least one person having died thanks to the downpour. A state of emergency has already been declared in 18 counties with the flooding having led to the collapse of a bridge. ...

    Texas faces the threat of further flooding after days of heavy rain - with at least one person having died thanks to the downpour. A state of emergency has already been declared in 18 counties with the flooding having led to the collapse of a bridge. Within a span of 24 hours, the Llano River, northwest of Austin, Texas, rose from 10 feet to nearly 40 feet, just shy of an all-time record.


    Canada legalizes recreational cannabis

    Canada legalizes recreational cannabis


    Canada became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but a legal buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities. Some, including Toronto and Vancouver, will have no stores...

    Canada became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but a legal buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities. Some, including Toronto and Vancouver, will have no stores open.


    These award-winning wildlife photos will remind you just how beautiful nature really is

    These award-winning wildlife photos will remind you just how beautiful nature really is


    In a world of screens, it's easy to forget that we actually live on a lush green planet filled with diverse wild life.  But the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is here to remind you that nature will forever be more impressive and beautiful...

    In a world of screens, it's easy to forget that we actually live on a lush green planet filled with diverse wild life.  But the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is here to remind you that nature will forever be more impressive and beautiful than even the most advanced CGI. SEE ALSO: 10 animals that hibernate, aside from bears This year's winner is a portrait of two golden snub-nosed monkeys. The photo, entitled "The Golden Couple," was shot by Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten in the forest of China’s Qinling Mountains, the only habitat for this endangered species. The photo was selected because it celebrates "the majestic and otherworldly presence of nature, and reminds us of our crucial role in protecting it," Natural History Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon said in a press release sent to Mashable. Image: Marsel van oosten/wpy16-year old South African photographer Skye Meaker took the award for Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a photo of a leopard relaxing in Botswana. Image: Skye meaker/WPYOther winning photos in the competition are pretty impressive too. Like this photo of two mud-dauber wasps in Australia. Image:  Georgina Steytler/WPYOr this one of a treehopper mother and her babies in Ecuador.  Image: Javier Aznar González de Rueda/WPYThis beautiful jaguar in Mexico, too. Image:  Alejandro Prieto/WPYYou can see more of this year's award winning wildlife photos here. WATCH: 14 wonderfully strange names for groups of animals


    Astronaut remembers failed launch

    Astronaut remembers failed launch


    NASA astronaut Nick Hague recounted last week's failed launch to the International Space Station and how he and another astronaut were able to escape. ABC News' David Kerley...

    NASA astronaut Nick Hague recounted last week's failed launch to the International Space Station and how he and another astronaut were able to escape. ABC News' David Kerley reports.


    Canada braces for cannabis gold rush

    Canada braces for cannabis gold rush


    When Canada legalizes recreational pot Wednesday, market watchers predict the birth of a new industry -- creating thousands of jobs, investor euphoria, a new tax source for governments and maybe even tourism. Hundreds of licensed growers have sprouted...

    When Canada legalizes recreational pot Wednesday, market watchers predict the birth of a new industry -- creating thousands of jobs, investor euphoria, a new tax source for governments and maybe even tourism. Hundreds of licensed growers have sprouted in anticipation of the end of pot prohibition, attracting major investment. In just the past year, the market capitalization of firms including Canopy Growth and Tilray has increased fivefold, to a total of more than US$10 billion on the New York stock market.