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Chelsea Manning files for U.S. Senate run

Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman who was convicted in 2013 of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, has filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.<p>Manning, whose 35-year prison sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama during his final days in office, has …

Doctors told this 20-year-old his back pain wasn’t serious. Then he couldn’t walk.

The 200-mile drive from Chicago to his home in Springfield, Ill., seemed longer than usual as James Weitzel tried, with little success, to relieve the dull pain near his right shoulder blade that had dogged him for months.<p>His family doctor had told the 20-year-old he had probably pulled a muscle or …

University of Tennessee

Winning $450M Mega Millions lottery ticket sold in Florida, official says

A winning Mega Millions lottery ticket in Florida matched all the numbers for a jackpot worth an estimated $450 million, a lottery official said early Saturday.<p>Friday night's Mega Millions was the fourth-largest jackpot of its kind. The winning numbers drawn were: 28, 30, 39, 59 and 70, with a Mega …

Florida

The godmothers: women take charge of Italy's mafia syndicates as their men rot in prison

They say it's a family business, but traditionally women in the Italian mafia were prison messengers or bargaining chips in dynasty marriages to create alliances between clans.<p>Now as male mob bosses languish in jail, mafiosas are increasingly stepping up to head crime families - and getting caught …

Crime

California fires: Crews near Ventura have 'very successful day'

<b>Ventura, California (CNN) —</b> The thousands of men and women fighting Southern California's largest wildfire made progress Friday thanks to weather that allowed more aircraft to help in the battle.<p>"(It was a) very successful day on the fire line," said Mark Brown, an operations section chief for …

Russia Takes a Step Toward the Post-Putin Era

The president has made Russia a geopolitical disruptor without a coherent domestic policy. That's not sustainable.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he would run for a fourth term as president was long predicted, though it seemed to some Russian observers (incorrectly) that he …

President Trump says the tax bill will 'cost me a fortune.' That's false.

<i>“This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me. This is not good for me. . . . I think my accountants are going crazy right now.”</i> <b><br>— President Trump, remarks on tax plan, St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 29, 2017</b><p><i>This column has been updated</i><p>There have been many times when we have thrown patently …

Russian president Putin signs foreign agent media law to match U.S. action

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Saturday a new bill designating international media outlets as foreign agents in retaliation for a similar measure taken by the U.S. Department of Justice against the state-funded RT television.<p>The U.S. government and intelligence community have …

Aviva offers equal paid parental leave to male and female staff

Insurance company will allow up to a year off for parents, six months of which will be on full basic pay, regardless of gender<p>The insurance company Aviva is offering equal parental leave for men and women, with six months’ pay across the board, in a move that is meant to eradicate career …

Parental Leave

China cuts import tariffs on almost 200 consumer goods

<b>China is cutting import tariffs on 187 consumer goods from whisky to cashmere clothing to help spur spending and economic growth.</b><p>The Finance Ministry said tariffs will drop from an average 17.3% to 7.7% on products, including pharmaceuticals, food, health supplements and clothing.<p>The cut will take …

Serbia embraces tug of war between NATO and Russia

BATAJNICA, Serbia — Scarred by the memory of NATO bombs, and with close historical links to Moscow, Serbia would not seem an obvious choice for joint exercises with the U.S. military.<p>But last week, more than 200 American and Serbian paratroopers leapt from two U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft …

Trudeau sorry for 'historic wrong' against aboriginal Canadians

The prime minister has apologized to First Nations people in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for abuse at assimilation-oriented schools. …

Militants attack Egyptian mosque, kill at least 235 people

ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — They arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque's door and windows, and just as the imam was about to deliver his Friday sermon from atop the pulpit, they opened fire and tossed grenades at the estimated 500 worshippers inside. When the violence finally …

Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.<p>Cuba's President Raul Castro attends a ceremony marking Russia's Red …

Trump claims he took himself out of the running for Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump says that Time magazine was contemplating naming him the “Person of the Year” for a second year in a row but that he pulled himself out of the running because he didn't want to participate in an interview and photo shoot.<p>“Time Magazine called to say that I …

China blocks debate about downfall of internet censor Lu Wei

Government order tells online publishers to ‘find and delete negative comments attacking the system’<p>China has moved to censor discussion of its censor-in-chief’s censure, apparently fearful the country’s 750 million internet users might use his downfall to assail the Communist party’s draconian …

China

Remembering Charles Manson's victims: Rich, famous, fringe and random

In the dearly five decades since the notorious murders stunned Los Angeles, there has been endless fascination and revulsion surrounding Charles Manson and his cult “family.”<p>And Manson did not fade quietly during his decades behind bars, but continued to make headlines with interviews, bad conduct …

Crime

Trump administration reverses ban on elephant trophies

Well, this is sure to send the fur flying.<p>The Trump administration is reversing an Obama-era ban on hunters importing trophies of elephants killed in Zambia and Zimbabwe during government-approved big-game expeditions.<p>The move was confirmed to ABC News by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on …

Wildlife

Politically motivated hotel opening in D.C. to be safe haven for liberals

An anti-Trump themed hotel marketing itself as a safe haven for liberals is planning to open in late spring 2018 in Washington, Bloomberg reported.<p>Boasting itself as the world’s first politically motivated hotel, the Eaton Workshop chain of hotels will be built around community engagement and …

Exclusive: Kremlin tells companies to deliver good news

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin wants good news.<p>FILE PHOTO: People look at a screen at a media centre during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in in Moscow, Russia April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo<p>The Russian leadership has told major companies to …

Russia

Post Office Fails to Deliver on Time, and DACA Applications Get Rejected

The paperwork was mailed from New York in plenty of time. On Sept. 14, Allison Baker, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, sent a client’s application to renew a permit that would let him stay and work in the United States legally as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — long …

Sacked Catalan president condemns 'brutal judicial offensive'

<b>Exclusive:</b> In Guardian article, Carles Puigdemont says he fears he and his colleagues will not receive fair hearing in Spanish courts<p>The deposed Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has accused the Spanish authorities of conducting a “brutal judicial offensive” against members of his ousted …

US ambassador to UN evacuated from South Sudan camp amid demonstrations

Nikki Haley left a United Nations camp for displaced people as crowd of more than 100 residents demonstrated against the country’s president, Salva Kiir<p>The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was evacuated from a UN camp for displaced people in South Sudan on Wednesday because of a …

Majority Of White Americans Say They Believe Whites Face Discrimination

A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.<p>"If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it," said …

Pew Research Center

Tropical forests caused the biggest atmospheric CO2 increase in 2,000 years

By now, it’s clear that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions have created and continue to exacerbate a seismic shift in the global climate. Historically, the carbon dioxide balance on Earth has been regulated in part by the planet’s tropical forests, which absorb the gas in large …

Climate Change

Trump Leaves Top Administration Positions Unfilled, Says Hollow Government By Design

With President Trump's announcement that he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary, he still has one more Cabinet post to fill — health and human services secretary. A president having to find replacements for two Cabinet secretaries this early in an administration is …

Trump signs order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces

President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower- ­income Americans afford coverage. The decision coincides with an executive order on Thursday to allow …

Health Care

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs.<p>What gave the Russian hacking, detected more than two years ago, such …

Cybersecurity

North Korean hackers stole U.S. and South Korean wartime plans, Seoul lawmaker says

TOKYO — North Korean hackers stole a huge trove of classified U.S. and South Korean military documents last year, including a plan to "decapitate" the leadership in Pyongyang in the event of war, a lawmaker in Seoul said Tuesday.<p>The purported revelations come at a time of heightened tensions over …

North Korea

U.S. and Turkey Try to Prevent a Diplomatic Dispute From Growing

ISTANBUL — First, the United States and Turkey temporarily stopped issuing visas to each other’s citizens. Then the Turkish lira plunged on international markets, and most travel between the two countries was curtailed.<p>By midday Monday, fears rose that a minor diplomatic dispute threatened to flare …