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1 Dead, Multiple People Injured In Shooting At Tennessee Church: Police

1 Dead, Multiple People Injured In Shooting At Tennessee Church: PoliceOne person was killed and seven others injured in a shooting at a church in the Nashville area of Tennessee, police said.

09/24/2017 - 02:10 PM


NK Foreign Minister to UN: Trump’s ‘Insults’ Make Attack 'Inevitable’

NK Foreign Minister to UN: Trump’s ‘Insults’ Make Attack 'Inevitable’In startling remarks made at the United Nations on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister said the escalating rhetoric increased the chances of a conflict.

09/23/2017 - 12:07 PM


Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'

Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'When Professor Reb Beatty of Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College arrived at his accounting class to administer a test last week, he hardly could have imagined that he’d be the one getting outsmarted. In a Sept. 20 Facebook post that’s since gone viral, Beatty explained that he’d told his students that they were allowed to bring in a “3x5” cheat sheet to use during the test. Beatty, however, failed to specify the unit of measurement he was referring to.

09/24/2017 - 09:01 AM


NASA Maps May Help Mexico Recover From Earthquakes

NASA Maps May Help Mexico Recover From EarthquakesThe maps were produced just hours after the 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico.

09/23/2017 - 02:22 PM


Steph Curry’s Wife Claps Back After President Trump Rescinds Her Husband's White House Invitation

Steph Curry’s Wife Claps Back After President Trump Rescinds Her Husband's White House InvitationAyesha Curry isn’t too upset that Donald Trump has disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House over comments made by her husband Stephen Curry

09/23/2017 - 04:24 PM


Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ‘Middle Skills’ Gap

Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ‘Middle Skills’ GapCompanies like Toyota, Boeing, General Motors and Dow Chemical are all starting or expanding specialized job training programs to bridge the gap in technical skills for "middle skills jobs."

09/23/2017 - 12:16 PM


Donald Trump Jr.'s Tweet Burns Roger Goodell, But Twitter Claps Back Harder

Donald Trump Jr.'s Tweet Burns Roger Goodell, But Twitter Claps Back HarderTo give credit where credit is due, Donald Trump Jr. skewered NFL head honcho Roger Goodell on Sunday, but Twitter got the last laugh.

09/24/2017 - 10:48 PM


Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun

Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gunWorkers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon. The sculptor, Salavat Shtsherbakoff, has acknowledged his mistake," the state-supported Russian Military History Society, which backed the monument, told TASS news agency Friday. The erroneous drawing was of an StG44 -- for Sturmgewehr (Storm Rifle), a name reputedly conferred by Hitler himself.

09/23/2017 - 06:48 AM


Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate group

Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate groupThe Marriot hotel group are refusing to cancel an event organised by one of the largest anti-Muslim groups in America. ACT for America was launched as a response to the 9/11 attacks and it has been accused of existing “to advance anti-Muslim legislation and spread hate speech,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group, which claims to have 750,000 members and 1,000 volunteer groups, is holding its national two-day conference on 2 October in Arlington, Virginia, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel.

09/23/2017 - 06:50 AM


Video Shows California Police Officer Shooting Man Multiple Times Outside 7-Eleven

Video Shows California Police Officer Shooting Man Multiple Times Outside 7-ElevenHuntington Beach police officer was captured on a video struggling with a suspect and then shooting him multiple times in a convenience store parking lot.

09/23/2017 - 08:26 AM


White House Aide Struggles To Defend GOP Bill's Pre-Existing Conditions Loophole

White House Aide Struggles To Defend GOP Bill's Pre-Existing Conditions LoopholeA top Trump administration official ended up conceding on Sunday that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions might end up with higher premiums under the latest effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

09/24/2017 - 04:48 PM


Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats Herself

Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats HerselfHolly the dog doesn’t beg for treats — she pays for them.

09/23/2017 - 12:06 PM


Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad': Barzani

Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad': BarzaniBy Maher Chmaytelli and Daren Butler ERBIL, Iraq/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because their partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, shrugging off international opposition to the vote. In response, the Iraqi government asked the autonomous Kurdish region to hand over control of its international border posts, its international airports and called on foreign countries to stop importing Kurdish crude oil.

09/24/2017 - 05:57 PM


New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery MexicoMEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.

09/23/2017 - 11:58 PM


Marc Cuban: Trump Must 'Be Able to Take the Blowback' When He Attacks Athletes

Marc Cuban: Trump Must 'Be Able to Take the Blowback' When He Attacks AthletesDallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban tells Meet the Press that the president's attacks on athletes open the door for sports stars to criticize him.

09/24/2017 - 02:13 AM


The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They Need

The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They NeedA viral video this week sheds light on a heart-rending situation: The radioactive puppies and dogs of Chernobyl.

09/23/2017 - 02:21 PM


U.S. Flies Bombers Off North Korea Coast in Show of Force

U.S. Flies Bombers Off North Korea Coast in Show of Force"We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities"

09/23/2017 - 02:56 PM


Thousands greet Qatar's emir on return home

Thousands greet Qatar's emir on return homeThousands of Qataris lined the streets of central Doha Sunday to welcome back the emir as he returned from his first trip abroad during the ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani travelled to Turkey, France, Germany and the US -- where he addressed the UN General Assembly -- his first overseas engagement since Qatar was isolated politically by neighbouring states. The emir was greeted by crowds numbering in their thousands as his car, part of a large convoy, wound its way slowly through the capital, said an AFP correspondent on the spot.

09/24/2017 - 02:37 PM


Police Shootings Are Killing Latinos

Police Shootings Are Killing LatinosLatinos involved in police shootings have been widely underrepresented in the past few years.

09/23/2017 - 07:50 AM


These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 Election

These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 ElectionThe Department of Homeland Security told told election officials in 21 states on Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access their voting systems in the 2016 election.

09/23/2017 - 04:00 PM


Prison riot in central California leaves one inmate dead, eight others wounded

Prison riot in central California leaves one inmate dead, eight others woundedPrison guards fired rubber bullets and pepper spray to quell a riot on Sunday involving more than 160 inmates at a central California penitentiary in which one prisoner was stabbed to death and eight others wounded, state corrections officials said. No staff members were injured in the disturbance, which erupted shortly before 11 a.m. at the California Men's Colony near San Luis Obispo, and took less than 10 minutes to bring under control, said Lieutenant Monica Ayon, the prison spokeswoman.

09/24/2017 - 09:15 PM


Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast

Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blastMyanmar's army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The unrest comes days after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared troops had ceased "clearance operations" in the border area that have forced more than 430,000 Rohingya refugees to flee for Bangladesh in under a month. The army claims it is targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.

09/23/2017 - 04:30 AM


'Hallelujah.' Family of Holly Bobo Thanks God After Guilty Verdict in Murder Case

'Hallelujah.' Family of Holly Bobo Thanks God After Guilty Verdict in Murder Case"She's waiting on the other side"

09/23/2017 - 11:11 AM


President Vs. Players: Trump's Comments 'Uniting' NFL Owners, Athletes

President Vs. Players: Trump's Comments 'Uniting' NFL Owners, AthletesRich Lowry, Stephen Henderson, Stephanie Cutter and Eliana Johnson are joined on the MTP Panel along with Mike Tirico from NBC Sports to discuss NFL protests during the National Anthem.

09/24/2017 - 02:25 AM


Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag Code

Here Are Some Ways People Disrespect The Flag Daily Based On Flag CodePresident Donald Trump accused athletes on Friday of disrespecting the American flag by silently protesting, but taking a knee isn’t covered in the U.S. Flag Code’s respect section.

09/24/2017 - 12:56 AM


US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North KoreaWASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century. The Pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's "reckless behavior."

09/24/2017 - 12:41 AM


Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  

Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online. End of the world (23 Sept 2017) Of course, this isn't the first time time harbingers of doom have predicted the end of time; Nasa also had to deny the existence of Nibiru in 2012. Throughout history there have been similar claims, but thankfully none of them so far have been proved correct.  How did conspiracy theories about Planet X start? Online chatter about Nibiru began back in 1995 when Wisconsin native Nancy Lieder created the alien-conspiracy website ZetaTalk. Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe. The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction. Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters. Why September 23? It has been claimed an unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Bible’s Book of Revelation, September 23, will signal the start of the end of the world.   However, the EarthSky blog notes there will be “nothing unique” about the sun, moon and planets on the date. “In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056,” explains astronomer Christopher M. Graney. Haven’t we been here before? Mars, with Earth visible in background Credit: Getty  This isn't the first time the apocalypse has been predicted: 1844 American Baptist teacher William Miller first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in 1833, predicting he would return in the year 1843. The Millerites were his followers and Millerism became a national movement, however when Jesus didn’t arrive, October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment. 1997 Twenty years ago, 29 members of Heaven’s Gate, a UFO religious millenarian group, committed suicide with the aim of boarding a UFO they believed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet before the supposed end of the world. 2003 Planet X was also supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerian people and was meant to hit Earth in 2003, but never arrived. “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012,” say Nasa. 2011 The end of the world was also supposed to arrive on 21 May 2011, with Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping predicting the Rapture would begin at 18:00 in each of the world's time zones, wiping out nay-sayers with rolling earthquakes as believers ascended to heaven. 2012 Nasa had to debunk an ancient Maya prophecy theory about the world ending back in 2012. The Mayan connection “was a misconception from the very beginning,” astrophysicist Dr. John Carlson said at the time. “The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date." 2015 Chris McCann, leader and founder of the eBible fellowship, said the world would be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7. McCann said he was "surprised" by the outcome and wrote a blog post entitled: "A response to being incorrect with the prediction that, in all likelihood, the world would end on October 7." What does Nasa say this time? Nasa is confident the world won't end  Credit: AFP Nasa has definitively dismissed wild theories about Nibiru as pseudoscience, issuing a number of statements denying its existence. “Various people are ‘predicting’ that world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” say Nasa. “The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision. The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the 'days of darkness' tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.” They add: “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth … astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. “Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.” Nasa fake news and the days of darkness tale A fake news story being widely shared online suggests Nasa has confirmed Earth will experience 15 days of complete darkness in November 2015. Another fake news video claims that Nasa has found Nibiru and confirmed it is heading straight for us. Debunking website Snopes explains the “days of darkness” tale is a “bit of fake news lifted from an older viral rumour” They say that it “had already been around the online block several times before,” adding, “it has long since become an evergreen online hoax — a jape that is typically resurrected a few times a year by dubious websites that simply update the time span for the alleged ‘period of darkness’ and send it winging around the internet again. What do other experts say? Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs and other mysteries for the Ministry of Defence, says “Nibiru doesn't exist”. He adds: “The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity.” Mr Pope told The Telegraph: “I'm certain Nibiru doesn't exist because if there really was a rogue planet heading for Earth, due to hit on Saturday, it would be visible to the naked eye by now. “Furthermore, astronomers would have been aware of its presence for years, both through direct observation and through gravitational effects on other planets in the solar system.” Why are some people so keen to promote this conspiracy? “The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations,” Pope says. “I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity.” Is there anything we should be worried about? “All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru,” Pope adds.  “There have been countless previous predictions of the end of the world. Self-evidently all these predictions were false. September 23 will pass without incident, just as we safely negotiated all the previous dates that had been put forward as doomsday.” Google Home spreads bizarre conspiracy theory A prepper's guide to everything you need to survive the apocalypse  

09/24/2017 - 06:00 AM


Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, concerts

Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, concertsWith iconic buildings bathed in green light and planned cultural shows, concerts and fireworks, Saudi Arabia geared up to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom on Saturday. Car stereos blared patriotic songs as citizens began racing through the streets of the capital Riyadh at midnight in cars bedecked with the national flag to mark the annual event in the kingdom, founded in the 1930s. The national day celebration coincides with a crucial time for Saudi Arabia, which is in a battle for regional influence with arch-rival Iran, bogged down in a controversial military intervention in neighbouring Yemen and at loggerheads with fellow US Gulf ally Qatar.

09/23/2017 - 11:36 AM


Everything We Learned From Russia's Massive Zapad Military Exercise

Everything We Learned From Russia's Massive Zapad Military ExerciseNicholas J. Myers

09/23/2017 - 08:04 AM


Kylie Jenner Gives BFF Jordyn Woods a Mercedes-Benz for Her Birthday Amid Pregnancy News

Kylie Jenner Gives BFF Jordyn Woods a Mercedes-Benz for Her Birthday Amid Pregnancy NewsKylie Jenner may be pregnant with her first child, but on Friday it was all about her BFF Jordyn Woods

09/23/2017 - 11:52 AM


Congo president says whoever killed U.N. experts will be punished

Congo president says whoever killed U.N. experts will be punishedBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations on Saturday that he would ensure those responsible for killing two U.N. investigators earlier this year would be punished. Michael Sharp, an American who was coordinator of an independent sanctions monitoring group, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed in central Congo on March 12 while carrying out investigations for a report to the U.N. Security Council. "We are determined to ensure that light is shed on the exact circumstances of this crime and to ensure that this horrendous act ... will not remain unpunished," Kabila said.

09/23/2017 - 12:23 PM


At Least 1 Person Was Killed in Tennessee Church Shooting. Here’s What We Know

At Least 1 Person Was Killed in Tennessee Church Shooting. Here’s What We KnowThe shooter is in custody

09/24/2017 - 04:42 PM


Helping Ponso, sole survivor of 'Chimpanzee Island' in I. Coast

Helping Ponso, sole survivor of 'Chimpanzee Island' in I. CoastGrand-Lahou (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - "Oooah! Oooah!" Screeching to see visitors on the forested "Chimpanzee Island" in Ivory Coast, Ponso is the last, lonely survivor of a colony of 20 apes who mysteriously died or vanished. Chimpanzee Island adjoins the village of Grand-Lahou in the Bandaman estuary, an outlying reach of tropical forest about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the commercial capital, Abidjan. Since August 2015, the association Les Amis de Ponso (Friends of Ponso) has paid for the animal's food and for a dedicated carer, Germain Djenemaya Koidja, according to a wooden signpost near the landing stage and the website

09/23/2017 - 11:17 PM


Seattle Seahawks Absent At National Anthem To Protest 'Injustice' Against People Of Color

Seattle Seahawks Absent At National Anthem To Protest 'Injustice' Against People Of ColorAs a protest of the “injustice that has plagued people of color in this country,” the Seattle Seahawks chose not to come on the field for the singing of the national anthem at their Sunday NFL game in Tennessee.

09/24/2017 - 05:31 PM


Donald Trump Can't Stop Attacking Black Sports Figures

Donald Trump Can't Stop Attacking Black Sports FiguresSaturday morning, President Donald Trump attempted to rescind a White House invitation he apparently had never extended, when he tweeted that Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry was no longer welcome to make the customary visit to celebrate the team’s NBA championship.

09/23/2017 - 06:03 PM


German election 2017 polls and odds tracker: Will Angela Merkel remain as Chancellor?

German election 2017 polls and odds tracker: Will Angela Merkel remain as Chancellor?The German election takes place this Sunday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel heavy favourite to defend her position against Martin Schulz for a fourth term in power. Polls currently show that Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party - with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - will be the largest party after the Bundestag election on 24 September, but they will fall short of a majority. This is common in Germany, and so the resulting parliament is in part determined by how the smaller parties perform, and which coalition possibilities will be born. German election poll tracker How does the German voting system work? Each person casts two votes in the Bundestag election, to allocate a total of 598 seats. Half of these are to elect a local MP by constituency, in a first-past-the-post fashion. The remaining 299 votes are elected via party lists, allocated near-proportionately to the party vote share in each of Germany’s 16 federal states. To be included in this seat allocation process, a party must achieve five per cent of the national vote.  2013 German Federal Election Results Map This second round of seat allocation also means that the total number of MPs can be higher, with politicians elected in "overhang seats" in order to balance the state- and constituency-level votes. The most recent parliament had 32 overhang seats, taking the total up to 631 MPs. This allows voters to represent their interests locally through their chosen representative, as well as nationally in the party they feel will be strongest in the Bundestag. In the end, the seat share for each party ends up very similar to their vote share - unlike the system used in the UK's parliamentary elections. Graphic: The German electoral system So who will win the German election and when will we know the results? Merkel's CDU is looking most likely to win the most seats in the Bundestag - for the fourth election in a row.  The SPD, led by former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, is in second place in the polls - securing around a quarter of the vote. The AfD - the far-right Alternative for Germany party - had enjoyed a slight rise in the polls in 2016 but have since collapsed into in-fighting and unpopularity. German election projected seat share In reality, the CDU will have to seek a coalition agreement with the SPD or one of the other minor parties to form a government.  We should know who has won the election by 6pm BST this Sunday, when voting ends and the exit poll is released, although it won't be several more weeks until a coalition government is officially agreed. The return of the far-right A late surge in support has propelled the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party into third place in the opinion polls with just days to go before the ballot. Last time around the party, fighting in it's first federal election, failed to win a constituency outright and fell just short of the five per cent required in order to secure MPs via the secondary proportional representation stage of the election. The rise of the AfD This time however they seem guaranteed to win representation in the Bundestag with the latest polling average putting them at slightly over 10 per cent. YouGov's Multilevel Regression with Poststratification model puts them on 12 per cent. Were the AfD to secure a third place finish they could find themselves becoming the main opposition party in Germany if Merkel's CDU/CSU party decide to extend their Grand Coalition with the SPD. AfD support mapped Potential coalitions The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has been in coalition with centre-right CDU in this current government, as well as in Merkel's first term. These two parties are Germany’s biggest, leading to a union dubbed the "Grand Coalition". The polls are currently suggesting that Germans are content with their current government, which means a Grand Coalition could happen for a third time in just four elections. Another option is a Black-Yellow coalition, consisting of Merkel's CDU party propped up by the smaller Free Democratic Party (FDP). This would take Merkel over the target needed for a majority, and was the option the party opted for in 2009-2013.  The only situation that poses a risk to Merkel’s leadership is a left-wing "Red-Red-Green" coalition, led by the SPD's Martin Schulz. For this, he would have to gather enough seats together alongside the Linke (Left) and Grüne (Greens) parties. German election coalition scenarios What do the parties stand for? The main parties standing in the election are as follows: Christian Democrats (CDU): The leading party in Germany, headed by Angela Merkel. The centre-right group - made up of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) - they have employment, tax cuts and ongoing public investment at the forefront of their manifesto. Social Democrats (SPD): Led by Martin Schulz, the centre-left are vying to make another Grand Coalition to remain in government. The party polled well following the election of their new leader, but then suffered once again in regional polls. The SPD is a traditionally working class party, pledging investment in education and infrastructure, funded by higher taxes for the rich. Left (Linke): Led by Sahra Wagenknecht and loosely descended from the East German communists. This small party, often used as a protest vote, is campaigning for a rise in national minimum wage, a rejection of military missions abroad and the dissolution of NATO. Green (Grüne): Led by co-chairs Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Cem Özdemir, this party could be the coalition kingmakers. They rely on educated, urban citizens, focusing on the environment, taxes and social policies. Free Democratic Party (FDP): Led by Christian Lindner, the party was Merkel's junior coalition party in her second term. It failed to reach five per cent of the vote to allow another coalition in 2013. The party campaigns for tax cuts and to remain in financial markets - particularly within the EU. Alternative for Germany (AfD): A right-wing populist party lead by Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. The party's hardline anti-EU, anti-immigration views have attracted voters from almost all of the other parties, especially among lower income households. Graphic: Germany’s political spectrum What are the betting odds for the German Bundestag election? Political pollsters have taken a beating recently after failing to predict a British Hung Parliament in 2017, a Leave vote last summer and a Donald Trump victory in November. For those who have lost faith in polling, there is another way of predicting electoral outcomes: ask people who are prepared to put their money where their mouth is. Many now believe that political betting markets can better predict elections, relying on the wisdom of a crowd of punters to sort and weigh all the probabilities. Coral's latest odds for the election have Mrs Merkel as most likely to continue as Chancellor after the election. The latest odds for the party to emerge with the most seats are: CDU/ CSU - 1/100 SPD - 16/1 AfD - 100/1 Die Linke - 100/1 Greens - 100/1 FDP - 100/1   Our poll tracker takes in national polls from a range of German pollsters: INSA, Infratest Dimap, Emnid, Forsa, Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Allensbach and IPSOS. Their individual polls, while of different sample sizes, use nationally representative samples. Our seat share projection is based on the average of the last eight polls, excluding any parties that are polling at under five per cent, as the German proportional top-up system does.

09/24/2017 - 11:38 AM


Woman Bitten by Copperhead Three Times Inside Virginia Restaurant

Woman Bitten by Copperhead Three Times Inside Virginia RestaurantA Virginia woman feels like her life has been taken from her over the next few months as she recovers from being bitten by a snake while walking into a LongHorn Steakhouse.

09/23/2017 - 08:41 PM


Is Now the Time to Launch a Preemptive Military Strike on North Korea?

Is Now the Time to Launch a Preemptive Military Strike on North Korea?Polls indicate that a majority of the American population is supportive of military action against North Korea. As tensions with North Korea rise to dangerous levels, there are voices in the Congress starting to call for a preemptive military strike on the regime in Pyongyang. Indeed, polls indicate that a majority of the American population is supportive of military action against North Korea.

09/23/2017 - 07:57 AM


Parents of Accused Teen: Boy’s Hanging Was Accidental

Parents of Accused Teen: Boy’s Hanging Was AccidentalRhianna Larkin and Eric Sullivan tell Newsweek the hanging of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire was a tragic mistake, not a hate crime.

09/23/2017 - 09:09 AM


India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror'

India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror'By David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - India responded with irritation on Saturday to Pakistani allegations of brutality in Kashmir, saying that while India had made substantial progress since independence, all Pakistan had achieved was a reputation as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror." Addressing the annual United Nations General Assembly, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj rejected allegations by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the world body earlier in the week in which he accused India of state-sponsored terrorism, and violating human rights. "Those listening had only one observation: 'Look who's talking!'," Swaraj said.

09/23/2017 - 12:37 PM


Arkansas schoolteacher loses job and faces criminal charges after 'seducing' four of her students

Arkansas schoolteacher loses job and faces criminal charges after 'seducing' four of her studentsA US teacher faces one count of first-degree sexual assault after allegedly having sex with four of her students, including two which took place in her apartment on the same day, according to police. Prosecutors said that the single charge was filed as only one of the students was under 18 years of age at the time of the alleged incidents. The investigation into the schoolteacher started when parents accused the 25-year-old of having sexual relations with several students at Marked Tree High School, where Goline taught.

09/23/2017 - 06:12 AM


These 7 Wild Creatures Were Found Deep In The Pacific

These 7 Wild Creatures Were Found Deep In The PacificNOAA has been conducting years of deep sea exploration in the Pacific, researchers have found some pretty wild creatures.

09/23/2017 - 09:00 AM


Ask RideApart: How Hard Is It to Ride a Motorcycle?

Ask RideApart: How Hard Is It to Ride a Motorcycle?Ask RideApart: How Hard Is It to Ride a Motorcycle? Readers: Hey, RideApart! How hard is it to ride a motorcycle? Kyra: I'm glad you asked! Readers: Wait, are you about to make this question an opportunity to teach a life lesson? Kyra: Why, yes, I think so!

09/23/2017 - 03:24 PM


LeBron James Explains Why Trump's Attack On The NFL Is Personal

LeBron James Explains Why Trump's Attack On The NFL Is PersonalIt seems as if LeBron James has finally had enough of President Donald Trump.

09/23/2017 - 09:09 PM


Conflict leaves blind in rebel-held Ukraine stuck in dark

Conflict leaves blind in rebel-held Ukraine stuck in darkPartially sighted Georgiy Lukyanov makes his way through the ageing lathes in the factory where he works in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. The grim, dilapidated eight-storey plant, which produces disposable shoe covers and jar lids for pickles and jams, was set up in 1930 by the Soviet authorities in the industrial city of Donetsk to offer employment to visually impaired people. "For people like me, this work is the only chance to remain a normal member of society," 54-year-old Lukyanov, who has worked at the factory for 15 years, told AFP.

09/23/2017 - 11:16 PM


Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror's racial bias

Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror's racial biasATLANTA (AP) — As Georgia prepares to put to death a man who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago, his lawyers say the execution should be stopped because his death sentence is tainted by a juror's racial bias.

09/23/2017 - 11:20 AM


US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official

US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: officialUS forces carried out six "precision air strikes" against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday. The command said the air strikes were conducted on Friday, in coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord, hitting a desert camp 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of the city of Sirte. The air strikes were believed to be the first in Libya by US forces since US President Donald Trump took office in January.

09/24/2017 - 12:16 PM


Why this Invictus Games will be the making of Prince Harry 

Why this Invictus Games will be the making of Prince Harry   Like many great ideas, it started somewhere between inauspicious and accidental. It was March 2008, and a young army officer was flying home from Afghanistan: not because he wanted to but because he’d been ordered to. As he stewed, he saw a curtain at the front of the plane blowing open slightly. Beyond it were three comatose soldiers wrapped up in what looked like clingfilm and with bandages round the stumps of missing limbs. It was the first time this officer had seen seriously injured men, and the sight rattled him somewhere deep within himself. That officer was Prince Harry. Prince Harry (R) races to scramble his Apache with fellow pilots Credit: WPA Pool,/Getty Images He didn’t know it at the time, but he had sown the first seeds of what would eventually blossom into the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel whose third edition begins in Toronto on Saturday. First came London 2014, then Orlando 2016. Next year will be Sydney. But right now all eyes are on Toronto, particularly given the worldwide interest in Harry’s relationship with California-born ’Suits’ actress Meghan Markle. The speculation about whether an engagement announcement is imminent will irritate Harry, who has put his heart and soul into the Games - this years being the biggest yet. Prince Harry meets veterans and their families ahead of the Invictus Games 01:20 He will want people to concentrate purely on the competitors - more than 550 of them from 16 nations competing in 11 adaptive sports. They’ve lost limbs, suffered crippling injury, battled cancer, dealt with post-traumatic stress, and any number of other physical and mental ailments. For every competitor there, it’s the start line rather than the finish line which is the real achievement, an achievement which Harry will consider far more worthy of comment than the status of his relationship. Many are speculating an engagement announcement to actress Meghan Markle is imminent Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage For the Invictus Games – ‘invictus’ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ – are not just Harry’s brainchild. They are his baby through and through: forged not perhaps strictly in his own image but certainly according to his own values. They are fiercely competitive, but they’re also fun. They give a voice to the damaged and the forgotten, just as he has done with the Sentebale charity in Lesotho for orphans and vulnerable children. And they leave no man or woman behind: there are gold, silver and bronze medals, but also medallions for every competitor. Prince Harry arrives in Toronto ahead of 2017 Invictus Games 01:07 ‘Sport is surely the best way to support recovery of mind and body,’ Harry said in 2014. ‘The premise is simple: set yourself a target, take your mind off all the negative thoughts and concentrate on the challenge in front of you, all while relearning to use your body.’ Prince Harry attends the launch of the UK's Invictus Games team at the Tower of London Credit: Jeremy Selwyn/PA Someone battling the daily fires of post-traumatic stress or the difficulties of life as a triple amputee is not suddenly going to find themselves cured by competing there, but the experience could help them on their path back to as normal a life as possible. The Games have mental and social benefits as well as physical ones. After talking to the competitors, it’s clear they fill the void which so many service personnel experience when they’re forced to retire. They offer, if only for a few days, the things which many have been missing: their country’s flag on their chest or left arm, being part of a team, the quickfire dark humour, the camaraderie. It gives them that military fix which they yearn for. Prince Harry (right) relaxes with fellow Pilots - many ex-servicemen miss the camaraderie the army gave them Credit: John Stillwell/Getty Images And Harry himself knows all this, feels all this. The army gave him what he’d always sought, the chance to prove himself. His fellow soldiers accepted him for the man he was rather than the title he bore: for the first time in his life he was treated as a normal bloke rather than anyone special. And he was good at his job. On his second tour of Afghanistan in 2012–13, he co-piloted Apache helicopters, something only the very best pilots in the Army Air Corps (AAC) get to do. Lt Col David Meyer, who oversaw Harry’s extensive training before that deployment, said: ‘Harry’s [preparatory training] course was incredibly well-galvanised and they tended to galvanise around him. That was one of his key strengths, as he wasn’t better than anyone else at flying or anything like that, but he just understood the whole team ethic, how to win together.’ Could there possibly be a better description of what the Invictus Games are all about? Bryony Gordon's Mad World: Prince Harry 27:16 Moreover, it was his army experience which helped him get through the ‘two years of total chaos’ he suffered in his late twenties while still struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother, Princess Diana. In April this year, he told the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon that his work with the personnel recovery unit, where he listened to servicemen and women talk about mental health issues, had proved a turning point in his understanding. 'I know there is huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it’s only ever going to make it worse,' he said. 'Not just for you but everybody else around you as well because you become a problem. I, throughout a lot of my twenties, was a problem and I didn’t know how to deal with it.' HRH Prince Harry at the Launch of the INVICTUS GAMES Credit: Julian Simmonds/TMG While writing UNCONQUERABLE: THE INVICTUS SPIRIT, I spoke to dozens of people. Not one of them had a bad word to say about Harry. He’s genuinely interested in people: he wants to know their stories, he wants to know what makes them tick. He looks out for them. His emotional intelligence is extraordinary. Mike Goody, who lost a leg in Afghanistan and swam in the 2014 and 2016 Games, said: ‘Harry was an absolute legend. He was everywhere. He was literally boosting everything, pumping everything, getting everyone going, really encouraging.’ And multiple sclerosis sufferer Mary Wilson, athletics team captain in 2014, said: ‘I told him, ‘your mum would be proud of you.’ Prince Harry Invictus Games 2016 The men and women who compete at the Invictus Games could do amazing things for our society, if only we let them. Harry’s final remarks at Orlando 2016 were addressed to the competitors, but they apply to all of us. Here we have a group of people who have something to teach us - if only we will listen. The Invictus spirit is there for anyone who chooses to take it. ‘You are all Invictus. You are now ambassadors for the spirit of these games. Spread the word. Never stop fighting. And do all you can to lift up everyone around you.’ UNCONQUERABLE: THE INVICTUS SPIRIT is published by HarperCollins (£14.99). To order your copy for £12.99 plus p&p call 0844 871 1514 or visit Boris Starling will be speaking about the book at the Bridport Literary Festival on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November. Tickets from 01308 424901 Copy of At a glance | Invictus Games   Five to watch in Toronto. Lamin Manneh Lamin Manneh, 39, formerly of the Irish guard who was injured in Afghanistan, and will be competing in rowing, archery,shotput and discus at the games Credit: John Nguyen/JNVisuals A former Guardsman who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan. Competing in sitting volleyball, rowing and athletics. ‘The Games have inspired many other people to have a sense of self-belief - that nothing is impossible if you commit to it.’ Michelle Partington A former RAF paramedic who was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Competing in rowing and powerlifting. ‘Invictus has given me a fire back in my belly, helping me physically and mentally.’ Dave Sandles  Veteran army Corporal who has lived with a spinal cord injury for 22 years. Competing in cycling and rowing. ‘The Games shows that people with my type of impairment are capable of so much.’ Michelle Turner  An RAF Sergeant whose heart condition had largely confined her to life indoors. Competing in rowing, powerlifting and swimming. ‘I’m on a journey that is making me do things I never thought I’d do again.’ Charlie Walker Charlie Walker who will be competing in this year's games  Credit: Harriet Courage/Speed Communications  Former army Private who had his legs amputated following meningitis. Competing in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. ‘Invictus keeps me physically fit and mentally strong, and lets me know that I haven’t been forgotten.’

09/23/2017 - 02:20 PM


Chinese graft suspect returns from U.S. to surrender

Chinese graft suspect returns from U.S. to surrenderA Chinese corruption suspect who was on the country's list of 100 most wanted overseas fugitives has returned to China from the United States after giving himself up, the anti-graft watchdog said on Monday. Xu Xuewei, who ran a technology company in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, fled to the United States in late 2012 after being suspected of contract fraud, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Xu returned to China to give himself up "under the influence of policy and legal deterrence", the commission said, without elaborating.

09/24/2017 - 11:40 PM


Australian Residents Sent Same-Sex Marriage Survey That Says 'Bum Sex'

Australian Residents Sent Same-Sex Marriage Survey That Says 'Bum Sex'Recipients can request to have a new ballot sent their way.

09/23/2017 - 05:10 PM



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