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  • Donald Trump On Potential Michael Flynn Pardon: 'We'll See What Happens'

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    President Donald Trump refused to say if he’d consider pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying, “We’ll see what happens.”

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:55:09 -0500
  • One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has Vanished

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    South Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Un’s side as recently as September.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:34:15 -0500
  • Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For Harassment

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    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke fired four senior staffers at the Department of the Interior for inappropriate conduct in response to a bombshell employee survey revealing widespread harassment within the agency.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:13:13 -0500
  • Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You

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    TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:33:30 -0500
  • Florida UPS Delivery Man Steals Package off Porch

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    Police delivered Jason Mohn to prison and charged him with grand theft.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500
  • Most Of The California Wildfires Are Under Control, But The Thomas Fire Is Still Raging

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    More than 10 days after the Thomas Fire sparked in Ventura County, the blaze grew to some 252,200 acres on Friday as more than 8,300 firefighters worked night and day to contain it.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:00:18 -0500
  • Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquiry

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that he has opened a misconduct inquiry into a judge accused of inappropriate sexual conduct and comments by six women.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:19:29 -0500
  • Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. Masri's detention, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdom's affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, where the billionaire has major investments. A Saudi citizen of Palestinian origin, Masri was detained last Tuesday hours before he was planning to leave after he chaired meetings of companies he owns, according to the sources.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:27:28 -0500
  • Where's Barron? First son's absence from official White House Christmas portrait raises questions

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    The White House released the Trump family's first official Christmas portrait on Thursday -- capturing the president and first lady holding hands and smiling as they posed nestled between flags and Christmas trees.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:48:26 -0500
  • GOP Sen. Kennedy: Trump's nominee should have been able to answer my questions

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    Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said that he has supported nearly every one of President Trump’s picks, but that he doesn’t support them blindly: “I ask questions that I expect them to be able to answer. In doing so, I’m just doing my job.”

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:24:51 -0500
  • Are the U.S. Marines Dying?

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    The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the best amphibious-warfare force in the world. The issue is that relentless overseas commitments have strained marine resources so badly that it can’t conduct the other training that it needs to maintain its combat edge. A review of readiness data from 2014 to 2016 revealed that “Marine Corps units were unable to fully accomplish training for other amphibious operations priorities,” according to the GAO report.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:00 -0500
  • 2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity Pageant

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    One eager Tennessee 2-year-old took matters into her own hands during her church’s recent Nativity pageant

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:50:14 -0500
  • Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic Violence

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    SYDNEY ― Australia’s child sex abuse Royal Commission on Friday handed over its final report to the government in a move that increases pressure on lawmakers, religious groups and civic institutions to immediately adopt more than 400 recommendations.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:25:51 -0500
  • El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered Stillbirth

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    A Salvadoran court upheld a 30-year jail sentence this week for a woman who was convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering what she said was a stillbirth.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:43:38 -0500
  • What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook

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    On the morning of Nov. 14, staff members at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, California, heard the sound of a single gunshot in the vicinity of the campus.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:28 -0500
  • Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death

    "No fraternity’s existence is worth more than the life of Tim Piazza"

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:32:00 -0500
  • Catalan election to return hung parliament: poll

    By Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) - An election in Catalonia will fail to conclusively resolve a political crisis over an independence drive in the region, the final surveys before the Dec. 21 vote showed on Friday. The ballot will result in a hung parliament, a Metroscopia poll showed, with parties favoring unity with Spain tipped to gain a maximum of 62 seats and pro-secession factions 63, both short of a majority in the region's 135-seat legislature. Spain's worst political crisis since its transition to democracy four decades ago erupted in October, when Madrid cracked down on an independence referendum it had declared illegal and took control of the wealthy northeastern region.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:37:04 -0500
  • 60 Holiday Jell-O Shots That Will Get Your Holiday Party LIT

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    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:38:05 -0500
  • Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:11:33 -0500
  • Trump Speaks At FBI Graduation After Trashing Bureau's 'Worst In History' Reputation

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    President Donald Trump on Friday told graduates of an FBI training program in Quantico, Virginia, he’s a “loyal champion” of police, days after he attacked the bureau and claimed its “reputation is in tatters.”

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:20:58 -0500
  • China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beating

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    China sidestepped blame Friday for the beating of a South Korean photojournalist by Chinese security, an incident that has marred a visit by the South Korean president to mend frayed ties with Beijing. The incident has sparked outrage in South Korea, with the opposition calling on Moon to cancel the rest of his four-day state visit, his first in China since taking office in May. A photographer was thrown to the floor and kicked, reportedly suffering fractured facial bones and ruptured vessels in an eye, as Chinese security personnel stopped South Korean photographers following Moon's delegation at a trade show on Thursday.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:04:27 -0500
  • The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

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    Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:56:57 -0500
  • 93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior Housing

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    Florida authorities released an elderly woman from jail on Thursday after police arrested her for allegedly not paying rent at the senior housing community where she had lived since 2011.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:58:37 -0500
  • 6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island

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    A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late Friday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the capital. National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:44:42 -0500
  • What Does A Healthy Relationship Look Like? Experts Weigh In

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    A healthy relationship doesn’t just happen by accident.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:49 -0500
  • California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales

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    The state will allow people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of cannabis and grow six marijuana plants at home

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:43:38 -0500
  • CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave

    CSX Corp shares skidded as much as 10 percent on Friday, wiping out $4 billion in market value, as the No. 3 U.S. railroad by revenue sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress despite the unexpected medical leave of its chief executive officer. CSX stock, which has soared nearly 60 percent this year, tumbled 7.3 percent to $53.11 in midafternoon trading after earlier falling as low as $51.63. Most of the gains came after Hunter Harrison, 73, who led turnarounds of two Canadian railroads, was hired as CEO in March in a push by activist investor Paul Hilal.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:41:27 -0500
  • Trump loved net neutrality once upon a time

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    You know the joke that there's an old Donald Trump tweet expressing the opposite of every single one of his administration's policies? Well, one exists for net neutrality as well. As the FCC voted Thursday to hand control of the internet over to massive corporations, it didn't take long for Twitter detectives to find out that President Trump used to be a pretty big fan of net neutrality. In a late 2014 tweet, Trump criticized Obama (shocking) for attacking the internet, and defended net neutrality as "the Fairness Doctrine." Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2014 Most interestingly, Trump claimed that a breakdown of net neutrality rules would ultimately attack conservative media. You see, he's probably right about that. As we wrote, the prospective ability for ISPs to pick and choose which content to throttle and which to prioritize might very well endanger smaller news sites like Infowars and Breitbart. It's entirely conceivable that Comcast, a major internet provider that also owns NBC, might prioritize access to NBC news at the expense of smaller, conservative media — especially if that media is publishing things that aren't terribly popular or accurate. In the meantime, Trump's family weighed in with their typical subtlety.  I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it in detail. I’d also bet most hadn’t heard of it before this week. #outrage — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 15, 2017 WATCH: This sleeping companion is your new best friend

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:17:01 -0500
  • Senator: Comey's remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft statement former FBI Director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator said Thursday.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:59:12 -0500
  • Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Share Adorable 'Kid Approved' Holiday Family Photo

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    Happy holidays from the Consuelos clan!

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:30:50 -0500
  • Nikki Haley Slams Iran’s Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis

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    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian “fingerprints” on Thursday while laying out what she called “irrefutable evidence” that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:54 -0500
  • Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' challenges life sentence

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    American Nancy Kissel, dubbed the "milkshake murderer" for one of Hong Kong's most notorious crimes, was back in court Friday to challenge her life sentence for murdering her banker husband. Kissel lost an appeal in 2014 against a conviction for drugging her husband -- a senior executive at US bank Merrill Lynch -- with a sedative-laced strawberry drink before clubbing him to death with a lead ornament in their luxury home in the southern Chinese city. With bobbed hair and wearing glasses, she took copious notes throughout the judicial review hearing into her case at Hong Kong's High Court on Friday.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:42:02 -0500
  • 14 years after he went missing in Africa, I think my brother is still alive

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    Christmas Charity Appeal banner 2017 It was when the letters stopped arriving that Christian Velten’s family knew something had gone terribly wrong.  Armed with a video camera, the 27-year-old had embarked on a six-month expedition through West Africa, along the banks of the River Niger, retracing the steps of his hero, the 18th century Scottish explorer Mungo Park. He made his way alone on foot, by donkey, or in a canoe from Gambia, through Senegal, and Mali, stopping along the way to stay with villagers. Each time he moved on, Christian would give the children his address back in England, telling them to write. “Cards kept coming to the house from kids he’d met,” says his sister Hannah, who has spent the past 14 years tirelessly searching for her brother. “At some point the letters stopped.” Even though he was travelling through remote African countryside, Christian had still managed to keep in contact with his family. “When he phoned Mum and Dad for the last time, it was just before their birthdays,” Hannah tells me, as we talk in the living room of the East Sussex home she shares with her husband Grant and children Freya, 6, and Cameron, 9. “When he didn’t get on his plane home, we realised pretty quickly something had gone wrong.” Christian's sister Hannah believes he is alive and is waiting for him to come forward Credit: Christopher Pledger  That final phone call came on March 23, 2003 and Christian has been missing ever since. In that time, the search to find him has taken innumerable twists and turns. The early years were fraught with fear and frustration, as Hannah’s parents, Pauline and Tim, frantically led the charge to find their son. Confronted with Foreign Office red tape, they took matters into their own hands, putting out appeals in the African and British press and sending a team, led by one of his friends, to search for Christian on the ground. At one point, they even enlisted the help of a Malian village chieftain.  “Everything went against us,” says Hannah, cradling a mug of tea, as she takes me through the events which have shaped her adult life. “Nothing you try works and fear kicks in.”  For years, the race to trace Christian led them to dead ends, each more painful than the last. It always went the same way: a renewed appeal would spark a sighting - a lone white male seen walking near the river, or a bedraggled figure who rode the bus every day. Moments of hope, cruelly shattered when the trail went quiet. Telegraph Christmas Appeal 2017 | What are the charities? “That desperate feeling is exhausting,” adds Hannah. “I realise, now I’m a mum myself, just how awful that first search was for my parents.” In 2015, on Christian’s 40th birthday, the family decided to throw a party. It was a way to celebrate the man who had been absent from their lives for more than a decade. “The thing is, you don’t have a funeral,” says Hannah. “You go through a grief process, but you’re in limbo.”  As the years and milestones passed, the hope of finding him seemed more and more remote. Yet, on Boxing Day in 2015, as she trudged around the fields near her parents’ Sussex home, trying to walk off the sadness of another Christmas without her brother, Hannah suddenly felt strangely upbeat about finding him. Her dad was less so. “He told me: ‘I think if Christian isn’t found by next New Year then I’m going to give up hope. It’s just too painful.’” Then, three months later, there was a fresh sighting. One so clear that it would set into motion a new search, culminating in the realistion that Christian is almost certainly alive.  Sightings of Chris have come in waves over the years, and Hannah has learnt how to work out when someone isn't being truthful Credit: Christopher Pledger  In early 2016, Hannah had set up ‘Searching for Chris’ pages on social media, renewing interest in their story. A friend got in touch to say that a contact in Kenya had recognised Christian’s picture on Facebook. Raabia Hawa, a prominent conservationist, told how two years before, a man with that very same profile picture had sent her a friend request on Facebook, from a now defunct account.  Hannah realised that the picture (an old one from her website), could have been downloaded by Christian, who may have found it when looking himself up online. Before he went missing, Christian had been a keen conservationist. Was it possible he had reached out to Raabia to ask for advice? With renewed energy, Hannah wrote about the connection on Facebook and sightings came in thick and fast from Nairobi. People had seen Christian as a homeless man in the city’s slums, as a white preacher on a bus, in a hotel.  It would have been easy to take them as nothing more than fantasies or false hope from strangers. But instead, Hannah chose to treat each one as a possible lead, and a new picture began to form.  “Your intuition kicks in. It was like I was an arrow locked on a target,” she says. The last sighting of Christian was in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2015 Credit: Hannah Velten One woman said she had seen Christian begging in Accra, Ghana, in 2005, telling Hannah: “He spoke with a British accent. He said he was begging to raise money for a ticket back home. What makes me 80 per cent sure it’s your brother was what he said as he appealed for money: ‘Are you a Christian, missy? Can you help me please? My name is Christian.’” Hannah now believes that, while travelling, Christian was attacked - but that someone found and looked after him. Somehow, after all these years, she thinks, he has ended up in Kenya. “For some time, he may not have known who he was. He must have been ill for many years. But I think he is now aware that we are looking for him. “It wouldn’t have been his choice to go missing,” she adds. “Something terrible happened.” It raises the hardest question of all: is it possible that Christian doesn’t want to be found? It is a prospect Hannah has been forced to grapple with, and she has come to terms with the idea that her brother may have chosen not to get in touch. After all, she explains, 14 years is a long time - especially when you have been alone and confused. It is possible that the thought of simply walking back into his old life feels too overwhelming.  “But I have faith that he will [be found]. That’s the bit that drives you insane, the idea that he could just ring any second now. He could turn up on the doorstep.” Read more | Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal As well as being a devoted sister, Hannah, 42, runs a publishing company with her husband. Through it all, she has kept the surname Velten, to make it easier for Christian to trace her. It is clear that this latest push to find her brother has been a terrible strain. “It’s almost the worst thing that you could think of in terms of a family,” she tells me, stroking the labrador curled beside her on the sofa, as she fights back tears. “It is a nightmare. If you just think how you feel when you lose your child in the supermarket, that sheer panic - we have felt that for nearly 15 years. “All that time, we thought he was dead…” she trails off, trying to compose herself. “You’d toast him at Christmas, we always talked about him, but the hope was flickering.” She desperately wants Christian to meet her children, who have heard so much about their uncle. “It’s my biggest sadness now, what my kids are missing, because he would be a fabulous uncle. I’m sad for mum and dad and I’m sad for Christian and the life he would have had.” For now, all she can do is wait.  “When the phone rings now, I don’t expect it to be him. So when he does call, it will be out of the blue.” Is she fearful of all the complications that his sudden appearance could bring with it?  “After 14 years he is going to have changed so much. But he’s my brother, I love him. It’s what I want.” If you would like to know more about Christian's story, or if you think you can help in any way, please visit the 'Searching for Chris Velten' Facebook page.  Missing People is a beneficiary of this year’s Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal. To make a donation to this or one of the other charities supported in our appeal, please call 0151 284 1927 or visit telegraph.co.uk/charity  

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:06:25 -0500
  • These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students

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    ― Sunnie Kahle used to think that if she promised to be good, she could go back to her old school.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:03:43 -0500
  • B-1 Bombers Attacked “Multiple Moving Maritime Targets” in Test of New Missile

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    The United States Navy has simultaneously test launched a pair of its new Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bomber over its Point Mugu Sea Test Range in California. The cruise missiles were tested against “multiple moving maritime targets” for the first time, according to the Navy. “The completion of this test marks another significant accomplishment for the innovative team of government and industry professionals committed to fielding dominant surface warfare capability on an accelerated timeline,” Capt.Todd Huber, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) LRASM program manager, said in a statement after the December 8 test.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:41:00 -0500
  • Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership vote

    By Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruler since the end of apartheid, faces perhaps the most pivotal few days in its recent history when it meets over the weekend to choose a successor to Jacob Zuma as party leader. The ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the job is likely to become South Africa's next president. Economic growth in Africa's traditional powerhouse has been lethargic over the last six years and the jobless rate stands near record levels.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:58:38 -0500
  • Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant

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    President Donald Trump’s statement on deregulation on Thursday is getting plenty of attention, but not just for his claim of killing off 22 regulations for every new one implemented.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:05:47 -0500
  • The Latest: Syrian opposition says peace talks in danger

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    GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria's conflict and he U.N.-sponsored talks in Geneva (all times local):

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:39:33 -0500
  • Harley-Davidson Trademarks the Bronx

    Harley-Davidson Trademarks the Bronx New York borough's name conjures tough, urban image According to a recent report on Motorcycle.com, the folks at Harley-Davidson have filed a trademark application that would allow it to reference one of New York City’s

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:15:53 -0500
  • Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bn euros to US giant KKR

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    Anglo-Dutch food and consumer giant Unilever said Friday it had reached a 6.8-billion-euro ($8-billion) deal with US private equity giant KKR to sell its margarines business. Unilever "has received a binding offer from KKR to purchase its global spreads business for 6.825 billion euros on a cash-free, debt-free basis," the company said in a statement. After spurning a takeover by US rival Kraft Heinz earlier this year, Unilever announced in April it would spin-off its margarines, which include such brands as Flora, Blue Band and Rama, as part of a restructuring plan.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:27:35 -0500
  • U.S. Prosecutors Are Rushing to Cash In on a Drug-Ring's Seized Bitcoins

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    The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 a year ago, but has exploded in value to about $8.5 million

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:09:29 -0500
  • After going missing for six years, our son will be with us this Christmas

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    Christmas Charity Appeal banner 2017 Only once in the six years that Matthew was missing did I fear the worst. A friend texted saying she was thinking of me, ‘after what the police have found’. I turned on the news: a body had been discovered near where we live in Kent. My heart nearly stopped when they estimated he’d been dead four years, exactly as long as Matthew had been gone. I called a reporter who, thankfully, confirmed it wasn’t him. Somehow I knew he was alive, and that my husband Jim and I would find him.  Matt was a lovely child. He was into football, a popular lad. But at 24, out of the blue, he had a psychotic episode and ended up being sectioned.  After a stay in hospital, he seemed better. He went back to work as a roofer. Then one Friday in 2010 he went to see a friend in London. I remember saying, ‘Have a good weekend, don’t forget work on Monday. Love you.’ And that was that. When he didn’t come home on Sunday we were concerned but assumed he’d had one too many beers. We left him a message and on Monday I went to my job at the prison service and Jim to his as a firefighter. By Wednesday I said to Jim, ‘I know it sounds silly but I’m going to report him missing.’  The relief at finding him alive was indescribable. But it was the start of a new journey… The police searched his bedroom and found his phone – the one we’d been messaging. His driving licence, passport and birth certificate were missing, plus £1,700 in cash that we thought was to fix his car.     His friends hadn’t seen him, and one created a Facebook group seeking information; within hours it had 900 members. We’d look at it night and day and follow up every lead. We’d go anywhere he’d been spotted. The search dominated our lives.  I don’t know what we’d have done without the Missing People charity. They supported us and helped keep Matt in the public eye, putting photos of him on billboards and in The Big Issue.  Telegraph Christmas Appeal 2017 | What are the charities? Days turned into years. But we never lost hope. Each Christmas, I put presents for him under the tree. And we left his room exactly as it was when he left.  Then, in May of last year, the police told us Matt might have been found. He’d been picked up by police in Spain, after behaving oddly. After an agonising two-week wait while police confirmed it was him, we learnt he was in a secure unit in a Madrid hospital. The flight was one of the worst journeys of our lives: the anticipation was unbearable.  Our reunion wasn’t the joyful one we’d imagined: he didn’t want to see us. When he eventually agreed, we were shocked – he was emaciated with long hair and a beard. After 10 minutes, he wanted us to leave.  Matt in 2010, before he went missing The relief at finding him alive was indescribable. But it was the start of a new journey, which is in some ways harder. It took us three weeks to get him back to the UK. At another secure unit he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and stabilised with medication. A year ago he moved to respite care. We see him weekly and there’s such an improvement in his appearance and well-being. I know he’s progressed, as I get a cuddle from him now when I see him. The first time that happened, I was a blubbering wreck. He’ll never be 100 per cent and I have to accept the man he’s become, but we count our blessings. He’s alive and well and I know exactly where he is. Matthew won’t be with us on Christmas Day – he prefers Boxing Day, as there are fewer people, but we’ll be making the most of it. Given that the Christmas before last we didn’t know if he was alive or dead, this is 100 per cent better. As told to: Victoria Young To donate to Missing People or any of the Telegraph’s Christmas charities, call 0151 284 1927 or visit telegraph.co.uk/charity

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:58:39 -0500
  • Dustin Hoffman Allegedly Exposed Himself To A Minor, Assaulted 2 Women

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    Dustin Hoffman faces major accusations in a Variety report published Friday that alleges he exposed himself to a 16-year-old classmate of his daughter’s in 1980 and assaulted two other women while working on 1987′s “Ishtar.”

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:00:56 -0500
  • NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO said Friday that it is concerned about a Russian missile system that could carry nuclear warheads, and which it says could violate a landmark Cold War arms treaty.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:58:04 -0500
  • Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa endorsed as leader, says coming vote must be credible

    By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday the ruling ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair elections always, while his party endorsed him as its leader and official candidate for the top job when the vote comes. The international community will be closely watching the next elections, due by the end of July, following last month's de facto military coup which ended Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign. Mnangagwa, 75, who was sworn in as president on Nov. 24, was addressing a special congress in downtown Harare which endorsed him as the party's leader and presidential candidate in the elections.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:36:42 -0500
  • Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald Trump

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    Jamie Oliver isn’t planning on cooking a meal for President Donald Trump anytime soon.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:11:43 -0500
  • Pentagon alarmed by uptick in close calls with Russia jets in Syria

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    The Pentagon is voicing growing alarm that the risky flying of Russian pilots in Syria could lead to a mishap -- or even the nightmare scenario of a US jet shooting down a Russian warplane. Defense officials this week highlighted several recent close calls with Russian planes, including one Wednesday, when a pair of US F-22s intercepted two Russian jets over a part of Syria in which the Pentagon says they are not meant to be operating. The uptick in incidents comes as remaining operations by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria have shrunk down to an area of only about 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) around Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, by the Iraq border.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:27:58 -0500
  • Authorities Release Video Showing the Potential Hazards of Not Watering a Christmas Tree

    Fire rescue crews also recommend making sure your smoke detectors are working properly.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:29:42 -0500
  • Amy Smart's Husband & HGTV Star Carter Oosterhouse Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Makeup Artist

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    Carter Oosterhouse, the star of HGTV’s Trading Places, has been accused of sexual misconduct by a former employee.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:37:53 -0500
  • Jury convicts woman of murder in teen's starvation death

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jurors on Thursday convicted an Iowa woman of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter, who weighed only 85 pounds when she died.

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:29:05 -0500
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