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Gun silencer bills could mean big business for industry

Republican lawmakers want to loosen restrictions on gun silencers.<p>The lawmakers say the devices are useful because they keep shooters from blowing out their eardrums. Gun control advocates see them as dangerous weapons that can be exploited by criminals, which is why they were subjected to rigorous …

Guns

After refusing to watch LGBT diversity video, Social Security judge sues to avoid being fired

Citing his First Amendment rights and religious protections under the Civil Rights Act, a Social Security Administration judge in Texas who refused to watch an LGBT diversity training video is suing his superiors to avoid being fired, saying he was subject to a “religiously hostile work …

LGBTQI

President Trump’s Immigration Policy Takes Shape

New Homeland Security Department memos prioritize almost all undocumented immigrants for deportation, order the hiring of 10,000 more agents, and more.<p>The Department of Homeland Security issued new memos on Tuesday that give U.S. officials sweeping latitude to target “removable aliens” for …

Trump rhetoric has created 'atmosphere of terror' for immigrants, advocate says

On paper, last week's raids of immigrants seem routine: Both federal enforcement officials and local activists agree the arrests align with raids that occurred under former President Barack Obama's administration. But the timing of the raids, less than a month into an administration vowing to crack …

The first immigration raids of the Trump era, explained

Both fairly standard and newly terrifying.<p>In North Carolina, a husband left his house to start a car, only to be handcuffed by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. In Los Angeles, a man was arrested at the Walmart where he worked. In Garden City, Kansas, whole apartments of people were …

ISIS Has Flattened Two of Syria's Most Iconic Archaeological Monuments

A loss for humanity.<p>Drone footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defense this week has revealed further destruction by ISIS militants in the …

Elizabeth Warren probes Goldman Sachs' ties to Trump White House

The market value of Goldman Sachs soared by $4 billion last Friday as President Trump signed an order to begin the process of dismantling Dodd-Frank, with former Goldman president Gary Cohn standing behind him.<p>Cohn just walked away from Goldman Sachs with $285 million to become Trump's top economic …

Donald Trump

Water flowing over emergency spillway at tallest US dam

Water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam, on Lake Oroville, for the first time Saturday after erosion damaged the Northern California dam's main spillway.<p>Officials hoped to avoid using Oroville Dam's emergency spillway, fearing it could cause trees to fall and …

Snorkeling

Gangs of French youth clash with police in Paris suburb

PARIS (AP) — A peaceful demonstration protesting the alleged rape of a black youth by police has degenerated, with small groups setting at least one …

Demonstration

Philippines struck by strongest quake in more than 100 years

World<p>Geneva motor show and the ‘booth babes’<p>"My first thought when I came in was: where are all the girls? I didn’t realise why there were so many fewer women" Stefania Orlando Visitor to Geneva Motor Show<p>Culture<p>Willem Dafoe on submission, 70s New York, and the death of the spirit<p>"We all know we're …

New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit

<b>More than 200 whales stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand on Saturday have refloated themselves and returned to sea.</b><p>But conservation officials have warned that they could still turn back to the beach at Farewell Spit, South Island.<p>Earlier, volunteers managed to refloat some 100 of the more …

Whales

Immigration Raids Are Reported Around The Country

Federal immigration authorities have launched raids across the country in pursuit of people with felony convictions who are in the country illegally. Advocates say others are being caught up as well.<p>Federal immigration authorities launched a new wave of raids and other actions in several states …

Immigration

More than 1,000 Rohingya feared killed in Myanmar crackdown, say UN officials

More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims might have been killed in a Myanmar army crackdown, according to two senior United Nations officials dealing with refugees fleeing the violence, suggesting the death toll is far greater than previously reported.<p>The officials, from two separate UN agencies working in …

Asia

After More Than A Century, Bison Return To Canada's Oldest National Park

For the first time in more than a century, plains bison are roaming in Canada's oldest national park. Banff National Park is hailing their return as a "historic and cultural triumph."<p>Helicopters lower the shipping containers carrying bison into a valley, in video posted on CBC. Then the doors of …

National Parks

Tornadoes, Severe Storms Rip Through New Orleans, Damaging Homes

Louisiana residents were picking through the wreckage Wednesday after at least seven tornadoes tore through New Orleans and its vicinity — prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency and send out the National Guard.<p>No deaths were reported in the wake of Tuesday's devastation, but at …

Weather

Trump administration to approve final permit for Dakota Access pipeline

The deputy secretary of the Army will grant the final permit needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Army declared in a court filing Tuesday, clearing the massive infrastructure project’s last bureaucratic hurdle.<p>The Army’s intention to grant a 30-year easement under North Dakota’s Lake …

Trump Administration

Contraceptive injection for men could end need for vasectomy

The end of the vasectomy is on the horizon after scientists announced human trials for a new contraceptive injection for men.<p>The simple process, which takes just a few seconds, involves injecting a harmless gel into the tube which transports the sperm to create a blockage.<p>It is the same tube which …

University of Sheffield

Syria has secretly executed thousands of political prisoners, rights group says

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government secretly executed between 5,000 and 13,000 people in just one prison as part of its campaign to eliminate opposition to his rule, a new report by the watchdog group Amnesty International has found.<p>The killings took place over a four-year period …

Middle East

Former top diplomats, tech giants blast immigration order as court showdown looms

Fresh challenges to President Trump’s court-frozen immigration order took shape Monday with two former secretaries of state claiming the White House was undermining national security and nearly 100 Silicon Valley tech companies arguing it will keep the best minds from coming to America.<p>The powerful …

Immigration

Conflicting reports after 'scores killed' in Somalia attack

The Islamist extremist group al-Shabab and the Kenyan military had conflicting reports Friday about an incident that was said to have killed scores of people.<p>It came after militants attacked a Kenyan army base in the town of<p>Kulbiyow in southern Somalia's Lower Jubba region, close to the border with …

Extremism

Multiple casualties after Israeli bus plunges off cliff in West Bank

An Israeli bus has plummeted off a cliff in the occupied West Bank killing at least two people, Israeli media reported.<p>The bus was travelling near the Ma'ale Levona settlement when it plunged down 70 meters (230 feet) in stormy weather in the early hours of Friday, the Magen David Adom rescue …

UN: Yemen threatened by famine

With millions of children "acutely malnourished" in Yemen, and most of the country lacking food, the Arab nation could face an all-out famine in …

Report: Dallas ISD teacher on leave for shooting at Trump image with a squirt gun in class

A Dallas ISD teacher has been removed from the classroom after a video of her shooting at an image of President Donald Trump with a squirt gun and yelling "Die!" was posted on social media.<p>The Dallas Morning News reports Payal Modi, an art teacher at W.H. Adamson High School in Dallas ISD, was put …

Donald Trump

Man convicted of killing 2 at Texas sandwich shop executed

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of a fatal robbery at a Dallas-area Subway shop just weeks after he was fired from his job there was …

Crime

Chile's worst wildfires destroy town as death toll rises to 11

Flames from one of Chile's worst wildfires completely consumed the town of Santa Olga as the death toll from the blazes since November rose to 11.<p>The flames engulfed the post office, a kindergarten, and about 1,000 homes in the town, located 220 miles (360 kilometers) south of the Chilean capital. …

Natural Disasters

Anger in Russia as Bill Aims to Decriminalize Some Domestic Violence

Just days after huge crowds of demonstrators took to the streets in cities around the world to voice their support for women’s rights, Russia is set to advance legislation that would decriminalize domestic violence.<p>The bill would remove criminal liability for assaults against family members, which …

Rights & Freedoms

At least 39 killed as Indian train derails | Reuters

BHUBANESWAR/MUMBAI, India (Reuters) - At least 39 people were killed and 50 injured on Saturday night when nine coaches of a passenger train derailed in eastern India in the latest disaster to hit the vast and accident-prone state railways, police said.<p>The Hirakhand express train from Jagdalpur to …

India

At least four killed in gunfight in Mexican resort of Cancun

At least four people have been killed after gunmen opened fire at government offices in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun, a day after at least five people died in a shooting at a music festival nearby.<p>Rodolfo del Angel Campos, chief of police for the state of Quintana Roo, said gunfire broke out …

Mexico

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Major winter storm brings ice, freezing rain to central U.S. | Reuters

(Reuters) - Freezing rain fell across much of the Great Plains and Midwest on Saturday as a major ice storm already blamed for the death of a motorist in Missouri and dozens of canceled flights threatened to wreak further havoc.<p>Ice, freezing rain and winter weather warnings and advisories were in …

Weather