Daily Archives: December 17, 2017

{FD} Tokyo’s baby panda appears before selected guests, media

A baby panda has made a special appearance before Tokyo’s governor, a group of local schoolchildren and the media one day ahead of its official public debut. Continue reading

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{FD} Afghan official: Taliban kill police officer in province

An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed a police officer in western Badghis province. Continue reading

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{FD} LeBron James sends message with black and white shoes, speaks about Trump

LeBron James made a statement during an NBA game with his shoes — one black, one white, with the word “equality” in capital gold letters on the back of each. Continue reading

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{FD} Mass occupation underscores Brazil’s poverty, creates angst

Luciano Oliveira, a bricklayer, gazes at the floor of his tiny wood shack, which is one of thousands of makeshift settlements that comprise a massive squat in this suburb of Sao Paulo. Continue reading

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{FD} Conservative Pinera wins another turn as Chile’s president

Former President Sebastian Pinera’s resounding victory in a presidential runoff election swings Chile back to the right and highlights the increasing number of conservative leaders who have won power in Latin America. Continue reading

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{FD} Honduras president declared election winner; unrest persists

President Juan Orlando Hernandez was declared the winner of Honduras’ disputed election, but that did little to quell unrest from weeks of uncertainty as challenger Salvador Nasralla called for more protests Monday and vowed to take his claims of fraud… Continue reading

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{FD} Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour accused of enabling sexual assault, harassment in workplace

Linda Sarsour, the Pro-Palestinian activist who helped spearhead the Women’s March in Washington earlier this year, allegedly enabled the sexual assault and harassment of a woman who worked for her, according to a report Sunday night. Continue reading

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{FD} Linda Sarsour accused of enabling sexual assault, harassment in workplace

Linda Sarsour, the Pro-Palestinian activist who helped spearhead the Women’s March in Washington earlier this year, allegedly enabled the sexual assault and harassment of a woman who worked for her, according to a report Sunday night. Continue reading

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{FD} Peru president: Odebrecht payments did bring ‘some money’

Embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski says he did “earn some money” as a result of services his private consulting firm provided to the Brazilian construction company entangled in Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal. Continue reading

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{FD} Sarah Palin’s oldest son, Track, arraigned on domestic violence charges

Track Palin, the oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was arraigned Sunday after being arrested a day earlier on charges of domestic violence. Continue reading

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{FD} Japan exports, imports surge on strong demand in China, US

Japan has reported its exports rose 16 percent in November from a year earlier while imports jumped 17 percent. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida woman calls 911, confesses to murdering wife

A Sarasota woman is in jail Sunday night after deputies say she murdered her wife during an argument. Continue reading

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{FD} Chile’s conservative billionaire ex-President Pinera easily wins runoff election

Billionaire former President Sebastian Pinera easily won Chile’s presidential runoff election Sunday, moving the world’s top-copper producing country back to the right in the footsteps of other Latin American nations. Continue reading

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{FD} Obama administration undermined anti-Hezbollah task force to help secure Iran nuke deal, report says

The Obama administration gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations — some of which were unfolding inside the U.S. — to help ensure the Iran nuclear deal would stay on track, according to a bombshell exposé in Poli… Continue reading

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{FD} Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is selling the team

Amid an investigation into allegations of sexual and racist misconduct in the workplace, Jerry Richardson is selling his Carolina Panthers franchise. Continue reading

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{FD} McCain has returned home to Arizona after treatment, office says

Republican Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized over side effects from treatment of brain cancer, President Donald Trump said Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} Singer Keely Smith dies of heart failure at age 89

Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, has died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs. She was 89. Continue reading

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{FD} Cause of Canadian billionaires’ ‘suspicious’ deaths at home revealed

A Canadian billionaire and his wife whose bodies turned up in their Toronto mansion, in what police called “suspicious” deaths, died from ligature neck compression, Toronto law enforcement said Sunday, a development suggesting the couple was strangled. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis celebrates his birthday with extra-long pizza

Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle on an extra-long pizza at the Vatican to the delight of children. Continue reading

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{FD} 332 Royal Caribbean passengers sickened with stomach virus

More than 330 people on board the Independence of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship fell ill with a stomach virus, the Naples Daily News reported Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor, remembered at ‘celebration of life’

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was remembered Sunday for his humility, integrity and infectious smile during a public celebration of his life at City Hall, attended by family members, former staff, politicians and residents. Continue reading

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{FD} Honduras’ electoral court declares president election winner

Honduras’ electoral court has declared President Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner of last month’s disputed election. Continue reading

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{FD} Scott Peterson: 15 years later, a look back at a case that gripped a nation

Fifteen years ago this Christmas Eve, the nation turned its eyes and attention to Modesto, Calif., where 27-year old Laci Peterson, 8 months pregnant and ready to welcome her unborn son she had named Conner, had seemingly vanished. Continue reading

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{FD} Olympian Lolo Jones tweets updates while stuck on a plane during Atlanta Airport power outage

As the power outage at Atlanta Airport continues to cause a headache for travelers, Olympian Lolo Jones is among the cadre of unhappy customers stuck at the busiest airport in the nation. Continue reading

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{FD} Man caught on body camera footage falling over 40-ft overpass survives

A truck driver who bolted as police in Kentucky were arresting him somehow survived after he plummeted off a 40-foot overpass — and then apparently kept trying to evade the cops. Continue reading

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{FD} Matt Damon slammed by ex Minnie Driver over comments about sexual misconduct

Matt Damon’s ex girlfriend, and former co-star, Minnie Driver, is not at all pleased with his recent comments on sexual harassment and the confession by comedian Louis C.K. Continue reading

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{FD} McCain returning home to Arizona after treatment, Trump says

Republican Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized over side effects from treatment of brain cancer, President Donald Trump said Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} Korean battle flags tied to Kim Jong Un ancestor unearthed at US Naval Academy

Korean battle flags purportedly connected to Kim Ung-u, a direct ancestor of Kim Jong Un, were found this month at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) said Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama about the future for BBC radio show

Britain’s Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for a radio program in which the former U.S. president shared his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for the future. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump: I have no plans to fire Robert Mueller over Russia investigation

President Trump said Sunday night that he has no plans to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, dispelling a “rumor” that he intends to get rid of Mueller in an apparent attempt to end the Justice Department’s Russia collusion probe. Continue reading

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{FD} Sir Ian McKellen says he’d play Gandalf again in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series if asked

With “Lord of the Rings” getting new life as a TV series at Amazon, one star from the films is volunteering his talent to the upcoming project, if the studio will have him. Continue reading

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{FD} Congress’s critical week to include final tax vote, avoiding shutdown, key Russia-related testimony

Congress is slate for a busy week that includes expected final votes in both chambers on its sweeping tax-reform bill, testimony from two key figures in the Trump Russia probe and a perilous vote to keep the government fully operational after Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Palestinian protesters set fire to pictures of Pence in Bethlehem

A group of Palestinian protesters set fire to placards bearing images of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday outside Jesus’s traditional birthplace, days before his arrival in the region. Continue reading

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{FD} Wendy’s social media team gets real on Reddit’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ forum

Fans learned more about the faces behind the iconic Twitter account. Continue reading

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{FD} Power outage at Atlanta airport causes ‘pandemonium,’ grounds flights

A complete power outage at the nation’s busiest airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, grounded flights Sunday afternoon, threatening to cause a holiday travel nightmare for fliers across the country just over a week before Chri… Continue reading

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{FD} Texas man admits to beheading wife in front of children, storing head in freezer

A Texas man was sentenced to 52 years in prison on Friday after he admitted to decapitating his wife in front of her children and placing her head in the freezer. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ changes title following Garrison Keillor accusations

“A Prairie Home Companion” has been given a new name — “Live from Here” — in the wake of creator Garrison Keillor’s acrimonious split with Minnesota Public Radio. Continue reading

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{FD} US Army sergeant killed in Niger attack not captured, despite reports

U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four U.S. soldiers killed Oct. 4 in Niger when ambushed by Islamic extremists, was neither captured nor executed at close range, two senior U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News on Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} Lutheran Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo: It is often in the darkest moments that faith is rediscovered

Come the holidays, millions of periodic worshipers return to church inspired to reconnect with their faith and to regain spiritual grounding. Continue reading

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{FD} Landslides, flooding kill 30 in Philippines after slow-moving storm

More than 30 people are dead and 89,000 are in shelters thanks to a slow-moving, fierce storm that caused major flooding and landslides in central Philippines, officials said Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} KFC brings ‘tiny’ restaurant to Oregon for one day

Guests had to lay on their stomachs to order. Continue reading

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{FD} Power outage at Atlanta airport causes ‘pandemonium’

A complete power outage at the nation’s busiest airport has grounded flights Sunday afternoon. Continue reading

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{FD} Weinstein brothers stopped Mira Sorvino from being cast in ‘Bad Santa,’ director says

“Bad Santa” director Terry Zwigoff said on Friday he was discouraged to cast Mira Sorvino in his movie by the Weinstein brothers, just hours after director Peter Jackson also claimed he was also barred from hiring the actress and Ashley Judd. Continue reading

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{FD} British woman diplomat found murdered; strangled in Lebanon

A diplomat working at the British Embassy in Lebanon was found dead Saturday by the side of a road, reportedly strangled, reports said. Continue reading

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{FD} House Oversight panel won’t look into request from Trump lawyer on how Mueller team obtained transition documents

The House Oversight Committee said Sunday that it will not fulfill a request this weekend by a lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team to look into whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office inappropriately obtained transition documents … Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai after renovations

Egypt reopened on Saturday an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai. Continue reading

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{FD} Dog survives plane crash in Indiana that kills 3 people, 2nd canine

Three people and a dog were killed — and another dog survived — when a plane crashed in Indiana on Saturday, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Texas restaurant’s sign depicting blackface caricature sparks outrage

The establishment claims the sign is just “part of history.” Continue reading

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{FD} Bizarre film of Omarosa surfaces amid White House exit

As Omarosa Manigault Newman exits her job in the White House, a bizarre video showing her less, er, stateswomanly side has emerged. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, landing the second-best opening ever and slotting in behind only its predecessor, “The Force Awakens,” according to studio estimates Sunday. Continue reading

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