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Gus Kenworthy Shuts Down Homophobic Twitter Troll In Olympic Medal-Worthy Style  

Gus Kenworthy Shuts Down Homophobic Twitter Troll In Olympic Medal-Worthy StyleU.S. skier Gus Kenworthy is taking no garbage from homophobic internet trolls.


 

New York Daily News Rips Donald Trump For Visiting Golf Course During Florida Funerals  

New York Daily News Rips Donald Trump For Visiting Golf Course During Florida FuneralsThe New York Daily News tore into President Donald Trump for visiting his Florida golf course while funerals for the Parkland school massacre victims were taking place “just miles away.”


 

Californian Falls To His Death From Cliff Trying To Rescue His Dog  

Californian Falls To His Death From Cliff Trying To Rescue His DogA California man died Monday after plunging from an ocean cliff south of San Francisco while trying to save his dog.


 

Canadian Ice Dancers Make History, Winning Gold In Pyeongchang  

Canadian Ice Dancers Make History, Winning Gold In PyeongchangCanadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold medal in the ice dancing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.


 

The Latest: Twitter account says no affiliation with senator  

The Latest: Twitter account says no affiliation with senatorBOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Dan Foreman getting in a heated exchange with students (all times local):


 

VIDEO: 3 gray whales splash around in Los Angeles Harbor shallows  

VIDEO: 3 gray whales splash around in Los Angeles Harbor shallowsThree large gray whales were spotted in the Los Angeles Harbor putting on a show in the shallow waters.


 

Congressional Candidate Defends AR-15 Giveaway After School Shooting  

Congressional Candidate Defends AR-15 Giveaway After School ShootingGun rights advocates often say it’s not the appropriate time to debate gun control in the days after a mass shooting.


 

How Israel and Pakistan Can Avoid a Nuclear Showdown  

How Israel and Pakistan Can Avoid a Nuclear ShowdownA back channel of communication between Israel and Pakistan could temper miscalculations or malicious attempts to artificially increase tensions between the two countries. The advancement of Pakistan’s nuclear-missile capabilities and Israel’s growing military ties with India are increasing their respective military relevance for each other. A high degree of suspicion and mistrust exist between Israel and Pakistan.


 

Richard Branson Wants To Build A High-Speed Hyperloop In India  

Richard Branson Wants To Build A High-Speed Hyperloop In IndiaBritish billionaire Richard Branson has announced plans to build a high-speed shuttle in India that could potentially revolutionize travel in the country.


 

US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins  

US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tinsA drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step – inducing unconsciousness - in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation by WJLA, a TV station in Washington, which found pentobarbital in almost two thirds of cans it tested. The FDA said: "Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.” It concluded that the small amounts detected posed little risk to dogs. "However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food," it said. The FDA said the low levels presented little risk Smucker said it had identified the problem at a single supplier, from a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards,” said Barry Dunaway, president of the companies pet foods division. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”


 

The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end  

The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire endBISHOP, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local):


 

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo On Going Home in Wake of Tragedy: 'Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do'  

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo On Going Home in Wake of Tragedy: 'Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do'Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo visited victims at the hospital and spoke at a vigil in Parkland, where he told the community that they are not alone.


 

Woman Filmed Berating Flight Attendant on Plane Gets Suspended From Job  

Woman Filmed Berating Flight Attendant on Plane Gets Suspended From JobSusan Peirez started shouting after being seated near a baby.


 

Gay Olympian Feels Bad Adam Rippon Is Dealing With Anti-LGBTQ Politics  

Gay Olympian Feels Bad Adam Rippon Is Dealing With Anti-LGBTQ PoliticsAs the first two publicly out gay men to win medals at the Winter Olympics, figure skaters Eric Radford and Adam Rippon have broken barriers and established legacies that will extend beyond the ice rink.


 

Mike Pence won’t commit to wall spanning entire US-Mexico border  

Mike Pence won’t commit to wall spanning entire US-Mexico borderMike Pence has sidestepped questions about the ideal shape of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. During an interview that took place near America’s border with Mexico, the Vice President was repeatedly asked about what type of barrier should be constructed. “President Trump will make the final decision about the structure of the wall, but the first step is that Congress has to fund it,” Mr Pence told interviewer Ainsley Earhardt.


 

Teens hold a 'lie-in' at White House calling for gun control  

Teens hold a 'lie-in' at White House calling for gun control

A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a “lie-in” outside of the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control.

“We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida,” the organization said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!”

Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday’s lie-in. More than 700 people RSVP’d for the event on Facebook.

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Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting  

Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School ShootingA high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.


 

Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing  

Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency LandingA flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind.


 

Pit bull dog 'protects child from burglar' in Nebraska  

Pit bull dog 'protects child from burglar' in NebraskaA pit bull protected a nine-year-old boy who was home alone during an attempted robbery in Nebraska. Shane Shafer's mother had left him to go and pick up her other children. While he was alone, a man with ski mask broke in and Shane called on his dog, Baby Girl, to help.


 

The Latest: Turkey denies reports that Syria will aid Kurds  

The Latest: Turkey denies reports that Syria will aid KurdsBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):


 

The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAs  

The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAsStars at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night wore all-black in support of the Time’s Up initiative, much like they did at January’s Golden Globe awards.


 

Donald Trump weakness on Russia contrasts with past presidents  

Donald Trump weakness on Russia contrasts with past presidentsMichael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, talks with Rachel Maddow about the historic scale of the Russian cyber operation against the United States and Donald Trump's meager response.


 

France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers  

France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmersThe French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by 2023. Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy -- currently home to around 2,000 wolves -- before spreading into Switzerland and Germany.


 

Where is Joshua Thiede? Uber and Lyft Driver Dialed 911 Day He Disappeared, Family Says  

Where is Joshua Thiede? Uber and Lyft Driver Dialed 911 Day He Disappeared, Family SaysJoshua Thiede was last seen driving for either Uber or Lyft on Wilshire Boulevard just north of the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles, Calif. last Monday.


 

Woman falls out window to her death while violating protective order  

Woman falls out window to her death while violating protective orderPolice say a woman is dead after falling five stories from the window of an apartment where she wasn't supposed to be.


 

Family that took in Nikolas Cruz said he showed no warning signs  

Family that took in Nikolas Cruz said he showed no warning signsNikolas Cruz moved in with the Snead family after his mother died of Pneumonia in November. They say he was depressed after losing his mother, but no red flags ever went off about his behavior.


 

NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loophole  

NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loopholeALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The 18-year-old woman was driving with two friends near Coney Island in September when the two plainclothes detectives pulled her over and found marijuana. The officers released the two male passengers, handcuffed the woman and told her she was under arrest, prosecutors say.


 

Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’  

Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance’s kayaking death has argued that she was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. “I was in danger, too, just as much as he was.


 

This Supreme Court Case Is The Biggest Threat To Organized Labor In Years  

This Supreme Court Case Is The Biggest Threat To Organized Labor In YearsMark Janus doesn’t want to pay fees to the labor union that represents him.


 

14 Indoor Swimming Pools with Incredible Designs  

14 Indoor Swimming Pools with Incredible Designs


 

In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0  

In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0


 

Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"  

Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"Carnival has launched an investigation into a wild brawl off the Australian coast, that saw 23 passengers kicked off a cruise. Some on board accuse security of being heavy handed. Joel Labi reports.


 

Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-Wives  

Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-WivesSen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has reportedly apologized for defending his former chief of staff Rob Porter, who recently resigned from President Donald Trump’s administration following allegations that he abused his two ex-wives.


 

This thread about women saying 'I think' will make you re-think your work communication  

This thread about women saying 'I think' will make you re-think your work communicationWomen have a lot to contend with in the workplace.  If they're not getting mansplained, hepeated, or harassed, they're being told they need to think, talk, and act like men.  But, this Twitter thread by a software engineer has turned on its head the notion that men's workplace communication style is the example to follow. In fact, after reading this Twitter thread, men might consider communicating a bit more like women. SEE ALSO: 'Hepeating' is the new 'mansplaining' and it's definitely happened to you April Wensel—founder of software development company Compassionate Coding—wrote that women are "often told to avoid 'weak' language like 'I think,'" but that she found that, in reality, saying "I think" is "often more accurate."  "I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it's an undisputed fact," wrote Wensel. "We don't need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they're doing already." Women are often told to avoid "weak" language like "I think," but the truth is it's often more accurate. I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it's an undisputed fact.We don't need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they're already doing. — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 She wrote that she's heard countless male (and even female) engineers make declarative statements like "That won't work" or "That won't break," which were subsequently proved wrong.   "Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it's more effective!" she added.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard male engineers (and women who follow the aforementioned problematic advice) say, "That won't work" or "That won't break," and sure enough…Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it's more effective! — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 She said she had "a running bit of banter" with a male engineer she worked with, who loved to say "I'm 100% sure." "Let's just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level," she wrote.  I had a running bit of banter with one male engineer coworker because he loved saying, "I'm 100% sure," and let's just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level. — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 Honesty is always the best policy.  WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking


 

Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prize  

Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prizeIt's not just cashed-up dads jumping on cryptocurrencies, juice companies are doing the same too. Australian juice chain Boost have launched a competition where customers can win one Bitcoin, if they can correctly guess the price of the cryptocurrency at 12 p.m. the following Monday.  SEE ALSO: Say hello to Buttcoin and the community celebrating Bitcoin's fall Only one person can choose a certain price, to ensure there's no splitting of the prize. At the time of writing, one BTC is equal to $10,569 (A$13,387.76), but as we've seen lately BTC's price has been fluctuating a lot in recent weeks. Boost will have one BTC a week to win over four weeks. Like any in-store competition you'll need to buy a juice to get an entry code, which you can enter in the chain's app and guess BTC's prospective price. As for people who might not be following the cryptocurrency rollercoaster, you can also get the app to pick a price for you. Boost's effort is the latest in a string of cryptocurrency-aligned competitions: There's a puzzle game which lets you win one BTC if you can successfully crack it.  Surely investing in cryptocurrencies is already enough of a game? [h/t CNET ] WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking


 

Texas roadhouse shooting: Six-year-old boy among victims in San Antonio restaurant shooting  

Texas roadhouse shooting: Six-year-old boy among victims in San Antonio restaurant shootingIt happened at about 8.40pm on Sunday outside the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in San Antonio, police said. San Antonio Police Department chief William McManus told reporters: "We do not believe that this shooting was random. "The folks were waiting outside to eat when the shooting occurred.


 

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column  

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash columnJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.


 

Trump Spent His Sunday Night Watching ‘60 Minutes’ And Hate-Tweeting About Oprah  

Trump Spent His Sunday Night Watching ‘60 Minutes’ And Hate-Tweeting About OprahPresident Donald Trump capped a long weekend of hate-tweeting by taunting an “insecure” Oprah Winfrey over her latest appearance on “60 Minutes.”


 

Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruise  

Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruiseBy Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Carnival Corp , the world's largest cruise operator, said on Monday it was investigating the response of its security personnel to a brawl that broke out on one of its South Pacific cruises that resulted in 23 passengers being removed. The American-British company said in a statement that it was investigating "all aspects including the security response" of the incident, which was captured on video and posted on social media. The 10-day cruise to the South Pacific returned to the Australian southern city of Melbourne on Saturday, a day after 23 people were removed in the New South Wales (NSW) town of Eden for what the company described as "disruptive and violent acts".


 

Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?  

Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?How would Israel or America respond?  Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East? After gaining naval and air bases in Syria, Russia may now be setting its sights on Lebanon. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Russia's Defense Ministry to seek a military cooperation agreement with Lebanon.


 

UK academic gets 32 years in prison for online abuse  

UK academic gets 32 years in prison for online abuseA Cambridge University graduate who admitted 137 criminal offences involving online abuse, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy, was sentenced on Monday to 32 years in prison. Matthew Falder, who dubbed himself "666devil" and "evilmind" online, blackmailed many of his 45 victims into sending "severe abuse images" of themselves, according to Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA). Falder, whose victims ranged from young children to people in their 30s, would pose as a woman and get his victims to send naked images.


 

Russia probes church killing for 'extremist' links: Kremlin  

Russia probes church killing for 'extremist' links: KremlinRussia is investigating whether the gunman behind a deadly attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus had extremist ties, the Kremlin said Monday after Islamic State claimed the shooting. "There is an investigation into whether the attacker was linked to extremist organisations," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists a day after five women were shot dead near an Orthodox church in Kizlyar, a town in the Dagestan region.


 

Mexican opposition candidates slam Trump wall ahead of campaign  

Mexican opposition candidates slam Trump wall ahead of campaignBy Michael O'Boyle MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Two Mexican opposition candidates on Sunday vowed to take a tougher line against U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, at events where they were selected by their parties to seek the presidency in a July 1 election. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 64, of the leftist Morena party holds a double-digit lead in recent polls although right-left coalition leader Ricardo Anaya has recently gained traction.


 

Iran's Zarif says Israel's "myth of invincibility" has crumbled  

Iran's Zarif says Israel's "myth of invincibility" has crumbledIran's foreign minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel's "so-called invincibility", reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel's premier. "Israel uses aggression as a policy against its neighbors," Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference, accusing Israel of "mass reprisals against its neighbors and daily incursions into Syria, Lebanon." "Once the Syrians have the guts to down one of its planes it's as if a disaster has happened," Zarif said.


 

The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crash  

The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crashTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the crash of an Iranian passenger plane in southern Iran (all times local):


 

Bernie Sanders On AR-15s: They’re 'Not For Hunting. They’re For Killing Human Beings’  

Bernie Sanders On AR-15s: They’re 'Not For Hunting. They’re For Killing Human Beings’Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has once again called for a ban on the sale of assault weapons in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 dead last Wednesday.


 

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve  

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolveMUNICH (AP) — The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone.


 

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’  

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Iran’s foreign minister commented on its tenuous relationship with Israel as well as on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.


 

Trump Says Russians ‘Laughing’ Over Election Interference Indictment  

Trump Says Russians ‘Laughing’ Over Election Interference IndictmentThe president was critical of the Russia investigation on Twitter this weekend, writing that if Russia’s goal was to create discord, then the investigation and partisan divide show they succeeded.


 

'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran  

'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns IranMunich (Germany) (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its "proxies" in Syria, saying he would not allow them to "put a noose of terror around our neck".


 

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