Daily Archives: October 21, 2017

{FD} Tragic Titanic letter sells for $166G at auction

An extremely rare sea-stained letter recovered from the body of a Titanic victim was sold at auction in the U.K. on Saturday for $166,000. Continue reading

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{FD} Filipino terror suspect Isnilon Hapilon confirmed dead via DNA tests, officials say

DNA tests have confirmed the death of one of the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Philippine officials sa… Continue reading

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{FD} Virginia middle school ends its football season early after racially charged video

A Virginia middle school abruptly ended its football season Friday after some players made racially insensitive video. Continue reading

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{FD} Astros beat Yankees 4-0, head to World Series

Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. Continue reading

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{FD} The fascinating sex life of Jonathan, the 186-year-old giant tortoise

Straight? Gay? Bisexual? He may be 186 years old, but the years have clearly done little to quell the sexual appetite of Jonathan, the famous giant tortoise who resides on the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena. Continue reading

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{FD} Deserter Bergdahl says Taliban more ‘honest’ than US Army

Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who pleaded guilty Monday to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, says his Taliban captors were more “honest” with him than the Army has been since his release three years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Former presidents lead Texas concert for hurricane relief

All five living ex-presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a Texas concert for hurricane relief Saturday night. Continue reading

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{FD} Miami withstands test from Syracuse, scores late to extend winning streak

The Miami Hurricanes have won 11 straight games going back to last season. Continue reading

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{FD} Adrian Killins rushes for 2 TDs, UCF tops Navy for 1st 6-0 start in program history

Adrian Killins ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns, McKenzie Milton passed for 233 yards and No. 20 Central Florida beat Navy 31-21 on Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Jimmy Carter willing to go to North Korea on diplomatic mission for Trump

Jimmy Carter, the 93-year-old former Democratic president, says he is willing to go to North Korea on a diplomatic mission for President Trump amid the escalating tensions over nuclear weapons. Continue reading

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{FD} Perez tries to unify Democrats, says Trump an ‘existential threat’ to US

Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez tried to unify the political left around an anti-Trump message Saturday, calling the president an “existential threat” to the nation and “the most dangerous president in American history.” Continue reading

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{FD} FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has verbal altercation with fan after loss

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he regretted getting into a verbal altercation with a fan after the Seminoles’ 31-28 loss to Louisville on Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Rachel Maddow called out by fellow liberals for pushing anti-Trump conspiracy

MSNBC star Rachel Maddow’s latest anti-Trump conspiracy theory was so outlandish that even the dependently liberal HuffPost criticized it as “so flimsy that it could be debunked by a quick glance at a map.” Continue reading

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{FD} Hikers may have died in ‘sympathetic murder-suicide,’ relatives say

The family of one of the hikers whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week say investigators have told them that they believe the couple died in a “sympathetic murder-suicide” after becoming lost in the sprawling desert with… Continue reading

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{FD} 49ers host Cowboys with elusive win still out there

Bobby Beathard schemed for years to beat the Cowboys as an NFL front-office executive. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump demands Justice Department say who paid for salacious dossier

President Trump on Saturday called for his own Justice Department to publicly release who paid for a salacious dossier that includes unverified allegations about his connections with Russia. Continue reading

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{FD} Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after Trump order

The Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at addressing what the Pentagon has described as an “acute shortage of pilots.” Continue reading

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{FD} Three deaths in Tampa neighborhood likely linked, cops say

Police in Tampa, Fla. believe the killing of a 20-year-old autistic man Thursday night is linked to two other suspicious deaths in the same neighborhood. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump declines to offer specifics on Kelly’s remarks about Wilson, praises chief of staff

President Trump is declining to offer specifics on how well planned or last minute Chief of Staff retired Gen. John Kelly’s appearance was Thursday in the White House briefing room, following criticism of Trump’s condolence call to an Army widow. Continue reading

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{FD} Famed poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer after Chile’s 1973 military coup, experts say

Famed poet Pablo Neruda died in the chaos following Chile’s 1973 military coup but it wasn’t cancer or malnutrition that killed him, forensic experts say. Continue reading

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{FD} NFL kneeling protests based on false claims and misleading media reports

The NFL players kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in football stadiums across the country are engaging in protests based on false claims and misleading media reports that give the impression that police are killing African-Ameri… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump is a great champion of religious liberty — a welcome change from Obama

When the president addressed the summit last weekend in Washington, religious liberty was front and center in his speech. Perhaps more than any other president in recent history, he chose to squarely address the issue and not shy away from the social c… Continue reading

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{FD} Spain government aims to dissolve Catalonia’s autonomy, seeks early election

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he has approved the implementation of Article 155 under Spain’s constitution that would strip Catalonia of its autonomous powers and seeks to call an early election. Continue reading

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{FD} Massachusetts coffee shop shutters its door after anti-police Facebook post

The owner of a Massachusetts coffee shop says she’s closing her business because of the firestorm created when her daughter, the store’s manager, made anti-police comments on Facebook. Continue reading

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{FD} Foreigners who joined ISIS faced almost certain death in Raqqa

The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield.. Continue reading

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{FD} Abandoning our Kurdish allies is a win for our Iranian enemies

It makes no sense for a nation to treat its enemies kindly and its allies harshly. Any nation that tries this foolish approach will see its enemies grow stronger and more dangerous, and will lose its allies when it abandons them. Continue reading

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{FD} USS Ronald Reagan visits South Korean port after week-long joint military drills

U.S. naval commanders have reiterated Washington’s “ironclad” commitment to defend South Korea against North Korean threats as an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier visited a South Korean port following a joint naval drill. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman claims Roman Polanski molested her at age 10; wants him kicked out of Academy

Marianne Barnard, a California artist, said Roman Polanski “sexually molested” her when she was 10 years old and created a petition to get the Polish director kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Continue reading

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{FD} US: DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead

DNA tests have confirmed the killing of one of the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed by Filipino troops in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Ph… Continue reading

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{FD} Malta offers $1.18M to discover who killed reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia

Malta’s government on Saturday offered an “unprecedented” 1 million euro ($1.18 million) reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says ‘end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight’ after liberation of Raqqa

President Trump on Saturday celebrated the liberation of Raqqa from the Islamic State, saying this week’s recapture of the Syrian city by U.S.-backed forces could lead to an end of the caliphate. Continue reading

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{FD} Sgt. La David T. Johnson, US soldier subject of political fracas, laid to rest

The U.S. soldier at the center of the political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman was laid to rest on Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Defeating ISIS isn’t enough: Trump urgently needs a new Syria policy

In Syria, hundreds of thousands of lives are lost, millions of people are displaced, countless souls are physically and psychologically scarred, throngs of children are without families or homes, entire villages and farming communities no longer exist,… Continue reading

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{FD} Florida toddler pulled out of hot car after accidentally locking himself inside

A Florida toddler that became trapped in a hot SUV was rescued by first responders, a dramatic video showed. Continue reading

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{FD} Pelosi claims she must remain as House leader to ensure ‘top woman’ at the table

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she must remain as the House Democrat leader to ensure a “top woman” is at the negotiating table, amid mounting calls within the party for changes in leadership. Continue reading

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{FD} $417M award in lawsuit linking Johnson & Johnson baby powder to cancer gets tossed

A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Stranger Things’ actor drops agent accused of sexual assault; Disney star follows suit

“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard and “Descendants” actor Cameron Boyce dropped their agent, who was accused of sexual assault. Continue reading

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{FD} Wildfires plunge vineyard workers, owners into same struggle

When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Continue reading

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{FD} Tillerson’s Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he’ll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the… Continue reading

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{FD} Belarusian opposition activists rally urging leader to go

Some 200 people have rallied in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, calling for the resignation of the president who has ruled the former Soviet republic since 1994. Continue reading

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{FD} Shock as Zimbabwe’s Mugabe named WHO ‘goodwill ambassador’

Shock and condemnation continued Saturday after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a “goodwill ambassador” for the World Health Organization by the agency’s first African leader. Continue reading

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{FD} 5 living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert

All five living former U.S. presidents will be attending a concert Saturday night in a Texas college town, raising money for relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria’s devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Continue reading

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{FD} Attack outside Afghan military academy kills 15

A Defense Ministry official says a suicide attack has killed 15 army officers west of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Continue reading

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{FD} Philippines leader Duterte says he is willing to shoot criminals himself

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would be willing to shoot criminals himself after sidelining the police 10 days ago in his controversial deadly war on drugs. Continue reading

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{FD} Polish man confesses to deadly knife attack, prosecutor says

A prosecutor says a man who stabbed people at a shopping mall in Poland, killing one and injuring nine, has confessed and faces charges of homicide and attempted homicide. Continue reading

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{FD} Preview: Heat welcome Pacers to town for first home game of season

The Miami Heat make their home debut Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers. Continue reading

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{FD} Preview: Magic finish off back-to-back against defending East champion Cavaliers

The Orlando Magic finish off a back-to-back when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Continue reading

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{FD} Preview: NHL-leading Lightning return home to host Penguins

The Tampa Bay Lightning return home to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Continue reading

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{FD} Gunmen launch attacks near Freeport Indonesia mine; 3 hurt

Police say unidentified gunmen have launched attacks near a U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesia, wounding two policemen and a civilian. Continue reading

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{FD} Brisk winds to usher in much colder air across the Midwest early next week

In what has been a very warm October across the Great Lakes and Midwest, a reality check is coming for the first part of the upcoming week. Continue reading

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