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Will Barcelona secede from Spain? Catalan independence is up for a vote ? and Russia is stirring the pot

Will Barcelona secede from Spain? Catalan independence is up for a vote ? and Russia is stirring the potAt issue is a wave of Catalan nationalism culminating in a referendum on secession, scheduled for Oct. 1.


Black Cornell Student Allegedly 'Bloodied Up' In Racially Charged Attack

Black Cornell Student Allegedly 'Bloodied Up' In Racially Charged AttackLess than two weeks after someone chanted ?build a wall, build a wall? near the Latino Living Center on Cornell University?s campus, a white student was arrested after allegedly assaulting a black student in front of his home and yelling racial slurs at him.


Puerto Rico Powerless, Flooded After Storm

Puerto Rico Powerless, Flooded After StormLuis Rivera Marin, secretary of state of Puerto Rico, talks with Rachel Maddow about the ravaged condition of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the efforts to rescue and help the storm's victims.


Harrowing Videos Show The Moments An Earthquake Struck Mexico

Harrowing Videos Show The Moments An Earthquake Struck MexicoPeople in neighborhoods across central Mexico watched as homes, businesses, and schools fell apart before their eyes during Tuesday?s catastrophic earthquake.


Tiffany Trump faces her father's political adversaries, Sally Yates and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in law school career

Tiffany Trump faces her father's political adversaries, Sally Yates and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in law school careerIn Tiffany Trump's first few weeks at George Law, she's shared the campus with some of the president's most renowned critics -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.


George W. Bush's Ethics Chief: This 'May Be What Puts An End To This White House'

George W. Bush's Ethics Chief: This 'May Be What Puts An End To This White House'If it turns out it was to block the Russia investigation, that would be obstruction, Painter said on MSNBC on Wednesday. ?The president once again has the right to fire the FBI director,? Painter said on MSNBC.


Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf

Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deafOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday.


Powerball Winner Charged With Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting a Child

Powerball Winner Charged With Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting a ChildA 2013 New Jersey Powerball winner has been charged with sexually assaulting a child over the course of three years.


WATCH: Video Of Georgia Students Hitting Teacher Goes Viral

WATCH: Video Of Georgia Students Hitting Teacher Goes ViralIt was a rough day for this teacher.


Cassini captured mysterious 'glitch' on Saturn's rings before death dive

Cassini captured mysterious 'glitch' on Saturn's rings before death diveCassini sent home one last batch of photos from Saturn before plunging to its death Friday and among them was an attempt to record a mysterious object embedded in the planet's rings, otherwise known as "Peggy."


Obamacare Repeal Depends On 3 GOP Senators Breaking Their Word

Obamacare Repeal Depends On 3 GOP Senators Breaking Their WordThe fate of health care for millions of Americans appears to rest on the shoulders of a trio of Republican senators who split with their party and voted to block Obamacare repeal two months ago.


How North Korea Could Start World War III: A War Between Russia and America

How North Korea Could Start World War III: A War Between Russia and AmericaUltimately, while American attempts to shoot-down a North Korean missile are unlikely to trigger an accidental nuclear war, it might not be good idea stress the Russian early warning system. The best option?time permitting?would be to forewarn Moscow of any attempt to shoot down a North Korean missile. If the United States decides to attempt to shoot down future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests using the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, it is likely that Russia?s early warning system will not mistake the interceptors for a potential nuclear attack.


A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, TooMaria ?will essentially devastate most of the island,? Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. ?After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,? he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.


Trump praises nonexistent African country 'Nambia' in speech to African leaders

Trump praises nonexistent African country 'Nambia' in speech to African leadersPresident Trump made a major blunder during his United Nations speech on Wednesday.


Muslims More Likely Than Americans Overall To See Discrimination Against Black People

Muslims More Likely Than Americans Overall To See Discrimination Against Black PeopleMuslims are more likely than Americans overall to acknowledge the discrimination that black Americans face in the country, a Pew Research Center study suggests.


10 Things to Know for Today

10 Things to Know for TodayYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting moveGeneral Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.


Breathtaking shots of king penguins marching in golden sunrise

Breathtaking shots of king penguins marching in golden sunriseWildlife photographer Wim van den Heever, 45, visited the Falkland Islands this year to shoot pictures and scout the area for future tours. Wim?s breathtaking images show a small group of king penguins before they head out to sea at sunrise. Wim said: ?The sunrise created beautiful vibrant colors and amazing reflections.


Former Arkansas Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Students

Former Arkansas Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With StudentsA former art teacher at an Arkansas high school is accused of having sexual relationships with four students and reportedly slept with two of them at her apartment on the same day.


The U.S. Is Giving $32 Million To Assist Rohingya Refugees

The U.S. Is Giving $32 Million To Assist Rohingya RefugeesThe United States will dispense about $32 million in humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya ethnic minority facing persecution in Myanmar?s Rakhine state, the State Department said Wednesday. ?Through this support, the United States will help provide emergency shelter, food security, nutritional assistance, health assistance, psychosocial support, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods, social inclusion, non-food items, disaster and crisis risk reduction, restoring family links, and protection to over 400,000 displaced persons in Burma and in Bangladesh,? according to the press release.


The Hepatitis Outbreak Has Hit Los Angeles, a Week After the Disease Sickened Hundreds in San Diego

The Hepatitis Outbreak Has Hit Los Angeles, a Week After the Disease Sickened Hundreds in San DiegoHere's how this highly contagious infection is transmitted and what you can do to avoid getting it.


Virginian Charters Jet To Rescue 300 Pets Stranded On Virgin Islands After Irma

Virginian Charters Jet To Rescue 300 Pets Stranded On Virgin Islands After IrmaWhen Hurricane Maria took aim at the U.S. Virgin Islands last week, Sali Gear knew she had to move fast. Gear, the co-founder of Virginia Beach?s Island Dog Rescue, grew up in the islands. To make this happen, Gear initially aimed to fly 20 animals to the continental U.S. every day for one week, according to The Virginian-Pilot.


Trump fires back after Clinton calls U.N. speech 'dangerous'

Trump fires back after Clinton calls U.N. speech 'dangerous'President Trump lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Twitter after his former election opponent called his speech to the United Nations General Assembly ?very dark? and ?dangerous.?


Navy Hospital Staffers Removed After Sharing Disturbing Photos Of Newborns

Navy Hospital Staffers Removed After Sharing Disturbing Photos Of NewbornsTwo staffers at a Florida Navy hospital face disciplinary action after disturbing videos and photos surfaced showing them forcing a newborn to dance and referring to babies as ?mini Satans.?


Puerto Rico student rescues 90 birds from Hurricane Maria...and keeps them in her house

Puerto Rico student rescues 90 birds from Hurricane Maria...and keeps them in her houseA student in Puerto Rico used her house as a refuge for 90 birds displaced by Hurricane Maria as it ripped through the country, causing immense damage to habitats and homes. The Twitter user, who goes by the name Michelle H, says she wanted to rescue one bird she saw stranded during the storm. She took the animal into her house, along with some branches and leaves, only to be moved by the plight of more displaced birds. This bird is the reason I decided to get more ?? pic.twitter.com/IMKYgpoVte? Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 21, 2017 Eventually, her house was full of them, sheltering during the hurricane. When it was over, she let them fly free, to rebuild their nests or find a new home, safe from the winds of Maria. Michelle documented the adventure on Twitter. She said "it all started because I wanted to save one bird". Yes most of them are injured I had some gloves and shared them to friends? Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017 It all started because I wanted to save one bird #hurricaneMariapic.twitter.com/x2d5V1wy5L? Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017 We got more than 60 birds to feed and save them from dying from the strong winds. #PuertoRicoStrong? Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017  The birds she saved were lucky - she said that after the storm, she saw many dead birds on the floor who did not survive the hurricane after trees were felled and they were battered by the strong winds. Now, after the storm, the ones which are well enough to fly have been going home, one by one: One by one they are going back home ????#HurricaneMariapic.twitter.com/eMkXXFDDfq? Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 21, 2017    


Greenpeace boards ship in bid to halt delivery of UK-bound VW diesel cars

Greenpeace boards ship in bid to halt delivery of UK-bound VW diesel carsBy Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilise vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests. VW admitted cheating diesel emissions tests in 2015, triggering political and consumer pressure that has caused a slump in sales of diesel cars in major markets, with governments announcing plans to ban vehicles powered by conventional combustion engines. Greenpeace said its volunteers had boarded the ship in the Thames Estuary in an attempt to stop it unloading at the port of Sheerness in the southeast of England.


Linked By Their Choice To Become Single Mothers, Two Women Share Their Stories

Linked By Their Choice To Become Single Mothers, Two Women Share Their StoriesWelcome to ?The Story We Share,? a series of Q&As that profile two people with similar identities ? but who live in very different places.


Kansas shooting suspect owes almost $400,000 in unpaid taxes

Kansas shooting suspect owes almost $400,000 in unpaid taxesWICHITA, Kan. (AP) ? A man suspected in the shooting of a Kansas Department of Revenue employee in Wichita was under investigation by the agency and owed nearly $400,000 in sales taxes related to his construction business, according to police and records.


Turnout down in second French protest against Macron's labour reforms

Turnout down in second French protest against Macron's labour reformsProtesters demonstrated Thursday against an imminent overhaul of France's labour laws but in far lower numbers than organisers hoped, just days before President Emmanuel Macron's flagship reforms enter the statute books. The interior ministry estimated the crowds at 132,000 across France, just over half the numbers who took part last week in the first major street protests organised by trade unions since Macron was elected in May. The 39-year-old centrist president is certain to welcome Thursday's lower turnout, but he will face more -- and potentially larger -- protests on Saturday called by the hard-left political party France Unbowed.


Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader.


Student's Twitter Plea For Free Birthday Drinks Quickly Spirals Out Of Control

Student's Twitter Plea For Free Birthday Drinks Quickly Spirals Out Of ControlA student in northern England appealed to strangers over Twitter to send free birthday drinks for his friend on Wednesday afternoon.


Bipartisan health care fix dies in Senate

Bipartisan health care fix dies in SenateThe Senate?s rejection of bipartisan health bill is a dispiriting moment for world?s greatest deliberative body.


21 Slow Cooker Recipes That'll Inspire You To Pull Out The Crock Pot

21 Slow Cooker Recipes That'll Inspire You To Pull Out The Crock PotPeople who own a slow cooker know that this kitchen appliance is truly great.


8 Wellness Travel Destinations You Shouldn’t Miss

8 Wellness Travel Destinations You Shouldn’t Miss


1-Year-Old in 'Extremely Critical Condition' After Being Thrown From Vehicle

1-Year-Old in 'Extremely Critical Condition' After Being Thrown From VehiclePolice say he was thrown from a vehicle during a fight between his parents


These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In England And Wales

These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In England And WalesIn May, the Social Security Administration released the list of most popular baby names in the U.S. Now, our neighbors across the pond are sharing their data.


These Are the 15 Best Hair Colors for Fall 2017

These Are the 15 Best Hair Colors for Fall 2017


Canoeist Emma Kelty was 'raped and tortured' before bungling attackers set off SOS alarm

Canoeist Emma Kelty was 'raped and tortured' before bungling attackers set off SOS alarmBritish canoeist Emma Kelty was tortured and raped as she died after being shot, villagers have claimed. The full details of the adventurer's last moments were revealed in a confession by one of the suspects hours after the attack. Ringleader Evanilson Gomes da Costa, 24, died Wednesday after being shot by rival gangsters. Residents of the small riverside community of Lauro Sodre, near to where the crime took place, said all seven men accused of her murder are well-known drugs users in the village. And one local who knows da Costa - known by his nicknamed Baia - said the gangster spoke to him in the early hours of the morning following Ms Kelty's death last Wednesday night, revealing what they had done. The man, who didn't want to be named, said: "He said he was one of four men. The woman had put up her tent on the beach in exactly the area where the Colombia drug traffickers go through, and which is crawling with pirates who wait for them to arrive to attack. Ms Kelty was a seasoned traveller "These men aren't pirates though, they are just drug users. We are all shocked that these men from our community did such a terrible thing to this woman. "When the men saw her tent they thought it belonged to a Colombian with drugs, so they started firing from about 50 metres away. The woman was hit in the arm. She started waving frantically and screaming for help." He said that when the four men saw that she was a woman they attacked her and, still believing she was carrying drugs, cut off her hair with a knife while demanding to know where the drugs were. According to the man, one of the group then slit her through with the knife, before all four men "sexually abused her". He said they then dragged her body to the river and dumped it in the fast-moving water. He said: "The men fled into the forest after we all found out what they had done. We provided the police with the details and their identities. We're all disgusted by what they have done." Yesterday the chief police officer in Coari, Jose Afonso Barradas Junior, also revealed that one of the suspects, Artur Gomes da Silva, had confessed to slitting the former headteacher's throat. He was arrested yesterday after an anonymous tip-off. And Mr Barradas Junior also revealed how the "stupid" gangsters unwittingly alerted authorities to their crime after accidentally triggering a distress signal on her GPS device, police said today. Investigators had first thought the emergency alert which pinpointed Emma Kelty's exact location and triggered a search operation by Brazil's Navy had been sent by the victim herself. But in fact the 'SOS' button was pressed by one of her killers who was trying to work out how to use the device they had stolen, an hour and a half after her death. Police have now recovered the GPS device, as well as a mobile phone and a memory card, which the gang of seven 'pirates' sold to local villagers after killing her. The GPS signal sent at 10pm last Wednesday night led investigators to the riverside village of Lauro Sodre, 150 miles west of Manaus, and a manhunt which has brought about the arrest of three men accused of her murder. A fourth man was killed yesterday in an unrelated gangfight, and three brothers are still on the run. Yesterday Coari police chief Jose Afonso Barradas Junior said he doubted anyone would have discovered what happened to Ms Kelty if the "stupid" gangsters hadn't set off her emergency locator by mistake. He said: "They didn't know how it worked, so were messing around with it and pushing buttons. "One of them must have pushed the button which transmitted an alert that she was in trouble. In turn the company that received it alerted the Navy, along with the exact location of where the button was pushed. "Without that, it would have been very difficult to know where in this vast area of jungle she had gone missing. "It would have probably remained an unsolved mystery and her killers never brought to justice. "The place where she disappeared is a very complicated area, it's difficult to access and there are no telephones or mobile signal. The criminals thought they could kill her in impunity, but then they stupidly pressed the only button which could have turned them in to the police." Mr Barradas Junior added that some of the locals who bought Ms Kelty's stolen items from the pirates later hid them in the forest after finding out who they belonged to. He said: "They were afraid that they could be arrested for being in possession of stolen property. "But they later took police to the places where they had hid them so the items could be recovered."


Former VP Biden to campaign in Alabama Senate race

Former VP Biden to campaign in Alabama Senate raceMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) ? Former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Alabama next month to campaign for the Democrat in the U.S. Senate race.


Trump Uses RNC Funds To Pay For His Russia Defense -- Thanks To Hillary Clinton's Lawyer

Trump Uses RNC Funds To Pay For His Russia Defense -- Thanks To Hillary Clinton's LawyerWASHINGTON ? President Donald Trump, a billionaire, is reportedly using money raised by the Republican National Committee to cover legal fees associated with the Department of Justice investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has used over $230,000 in money raised by the RNC for his own legal defense, according to Reuters. The president is currently under investigation for potential illegal coordination with Russia ? which is alleged to have hacked the Democratic National Committee and intervened in the election to defeat Hillary Clinton ? and for possible obstruction of justice when he fired James Comey, the former FBI director, in May.


Views of Hurricane Maria From the International Space Station

Views of Hurricane Maria From the International Space StationVideo of Hurricane Maria taken Tuesday from aboard the International Space Station


Presidential paranoia: Does Mueller have a mole in the White House?

Presidential paranoia: Does Mueller have a mole in the White House?President Trump has long spoken in conspiratorial terms about a range of topics. It appears this is partly responsible for fostering a culture of distrust and paranoia in the White House.


Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning EarpieceOn Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host?s Aug. 29 broadcast of ?The Last Word with Lawrence O?Donnell.? Apparently O?Donnell?s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O?Donnell?s comments on Twitter.


Mexico City earthquake: Salma Hayek donates $100,000 to victims after revealing she lived through 1985 quake

Mexico City earthquake: Salma Hayek donates $100,000 to victims after revealing she lived through 1985 quakeMexican-born actress Salma Hayak is donating $100,000 to help rescue efforts following the earthquake that has killed around 240 people and injured 2,000. The 51-year-old posted a video message on Instagram in which she revealed not only was she making the donation, but that she had survived the 1985 earthquake that devastated the country?s capital city. ?After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, I was evacuated from my building.


Kylie Jenner goes bra-less in white bodysuit: See the racy Instagram snap

Kylie Jenner goes bra-less in white bodysuit: See the racy Instagram snapIf you haven't noticed, the Kardashians are not interested in bras this year.


Here?s What?s Leaving And Arriving On Netflix In October 2017

Here?s What?s Leaving And Arriving On Netflix In October 2017Things are getting stranger on Netflix in October, but you might want to hold off before celebrating.


Woman in Kevin Hart Sex Tape Comes Forward, Claims She Didn't Try to Extort Him

Woman in Kevin Hart Sex Tape Comes Forward, Claims She Didn't Try to Extort HimHart's heavily pregnant wife, Eniko, says "there is absolutely no divorce talk."


Fearing far-right surge, Merkel urges Germans to vote on Sunday

Fearing far-right surge, Merkel urges Germans to vote on SundayBy Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Fears that apathy could boost the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in an election on Sunday have driven Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main rival to urge their backers to go out and vote. A GMS poll on Thursday said 34 percent were not planning to vote or were undecided, higher than the 29 percent who did not cast ballots in the last election in 2013. "My request to everyone is that they vote, and vote for those parties that adhere 100 percent to our constitution," Merkel told MDR radio on Thursday, pointing to the AfD.


GOP Lawmaker In South Dakota Says 'We Can All Support' Running Over Protesters

GOP Lawmaker In South Dakota Says 'We Can All Support' Running Over ProtestersA Republican lawmaker in South Dakota is coming under fire for posting a violent cartoon meme showing a car slamming into people along with the phrase ?ALL LIVES SPLATTER.? 


Thai authorities detain well-known anti-Muslim Buddhist monk

Thai authorities detain well-known anti-Muslim Buddhist monkBANGKOK (AP) ? Thai authorities have detained a Buddhist monk who has posted online videos that harshly denounce Islam.



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