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  • 25 Perfect Potato Soups

    25 Perfect Potato Soups




  • Yep, The Most Romantic Hotel In The US Is In Ohio

    Yep, The Most Romantic Hotel In The US Is In OhioHopeless romantics might find themselves second-guessing their idea of a romantic getaway thanks to this latest news.




  • Zoe Hastings Case: Man Gets Life for 2015 Rape and Murder of Teen Who Vanished on Way to Church

    Zoe Hastings Case: Man Gets Life for 2015 Rape and Murder of Teen Who Vanished on Way to ChurchIt took jurors in Dallas County less than seven minutes to sentence Antonio Cochran for the vicious killing of Zoe Hastings.




  • Powerful undersea earthquake prompts Alaska residents to scramble for higher ground

    Powerful undersea earthquake prompts Alaska residents to scramble for higher groundA magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck about 170 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska early Tuesday morning, sending residents of the picturesque island fleeing to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves. The quake also prompted tsunami alerts along the West Coast of the U.S. and Hawaii, but those were canceled after data showed damaging waves were not expected.  Since the first quake hit there have been several aftershocks, some of which have been strong earthquakes themselves, with a magnitude of up to 5.3 on the Richter Scale. Reports indicated water fluctuating by up to 1 foot in a channel that feeds into Kodiak Harbor, but no large, damaging waves.  SEE ALSO: 2017 was one of Earth's top 3 hottest years on record, which should come as no surprise Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes, when sudden shifts in the seafloor displace enough water to set in motion waves at the surface that can travel across an ocean in a matter of hours.  The magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred along a "strike-slip" fault, where two plates grind past one another. These earthquakes don't typically give rise to large tsunamis, since they tend to involve horizontal, rather than vertical, motion.   This morning's 7.9 earthquake occurred along a strike-slip fault. The horizontal movement of the two plates in a strike-slip fault, typically limits the threat of tsunami's pic.twitter.com/o7kgwNHqxS — Greg Diamond (@gdimeweather) January 23, 2018 Alaska has a long history of powerful earthquakes and tsunamis.  People who live along the coast are well aware of the need to get to higher ground during a tsunami threat.  Tsunami sirens in Kodiak https://t.co/d4qZJPDbNW — Dave Snider (@DaveSnider) January 23, 2018 So far we are ok and sheltering together, listening to radio - sirens still going and warning in effect. Stay safe out there peeps, and get to higher ground. #earthquake #alaska #kodiak pic.twitter.com/E6gCWegvWq — Lisa Hupp (@LisaHupp) January 23, 2018 Experts are warning of the continued threat of aftershocks, some of which could be as strong as magnitude 6.0. Alaska's Kodiak Police Department told residents in a video posted 20 minutes ago to evacuate their homes and move to ground at least 100 ft or higher amid tsunami alert. pic.twitter.com/biU8XaEnr3 — NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) January 23, 2018 This quake was on the stronger side, but was not the strongest earthquake on record to strike the state.  In 1964, Alaska was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 9.2 intensity. This remains the most powerful earthquake in North American history, and it caused widespread damage in south-central Alaska, along with about 140 deaths.  WATCH: From music festivals to natural disasters—this weather shelter's got you covered




  • Kentucky school shooting: 15-year-old shot dead two classmates and injured 19 others

    Kentucky school shooting: 15-year-old shot dead two classmates and injured 19 othersA 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing two of his classmates, injuring 19 and sending hundreds fleeing for safety. Police were seen leading a teenager away in handcuffs and said the suspect will be charged with murder. It was the nation's first fatal school shooting of 2018. Students ran for their lives out of Marshall County High School, jumping into cars and running down a highway. "They was running and crying and screaming," said Mitchell Garland, who provided shelter to between 50 and 100 students inside his nearby business. "They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there." A half-dozen ambulances and numerous police cars converged on the school, along with officers in black fatigues carrying assault rifles. Senator Mitch McConnell sent staffers and the state's governor, Matt Bevin, rushed to the scene. Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS...Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded...Much yet unknown...Please do not speculate or spread hearsay...Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us...— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 23, 2018 Parents left their cars on both sides of an adjacent road, desperately trying to find their teenagers. Two 15-year-olds were killed. A girl died at the scene, and a boy died later at a hospital, the governor said, adding that all of the victims are believed to be students. Police escort a person, second from right, out of the Marshall County High School after shooting Credit: Dominico Caporali The shooter will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Mr Bevin said. Police did not release his identity, nor did they describe a motive. "This is a wound that is going to take a long time to heal. For some in this community will never fully heal," Mr Bevin said. Five of the wounded were flown about 120 miles (193 kilometers) to Nashville, Tennessee's Vanderbilt University Medical Center, spokeswoman Tavia Smith said. Kentucky State Police are not looking for any other suspects in connection with the shooting. A suspect was taken into custody after one person was killed and others wounded Tuesday morning at a rural Kentucky high school Credit: BBC News  The attack marked the year's first fatal school shooting, 23 days into 2018, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive. Mr Bevin expressed his shock that a high school shooting could "happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County." Marshall County HS in Kentucky Marshall County High School is about 30 minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where a 1997 mass shooting killed three and injured five. Michael Carneal, then 14, opened fire there about two years before the fatal attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, ushering in an era when mass school shootings have become much more common. Meanwhile, in the small North Texas town of Italy, a 15-year-old girl was recovering Tuesday after police said she was shot by a 16-year-old classmate in her high school cafeteria on Monday, sending dozens of students scrambling for safety. Tuesday's shooting happened as students gathered in a common area just before classes began. Sixteen-year-old Lexie Waymon said she and a friend were talking about the next basketball game, makeup and eyelashes when gunshots pierced the air.




  • Larry Nassar Was A Master Manipulator, But He Didn’t Act Alone

    Larry Nassar Was A Master Manipulator, But He Didn’t Act AloneThe first time I got a message from Larry Nassar, I felt honored.




  • David Harbour Asked Twitter For A Huge 'Happy Feet'-Style Favor, And It Delivered

    David Harbour Asked Twitter For A Huge 'Happy Feet'-Style Favor, And It DeliveredThe “Stranger Things” star asked fans to help in his quest to dance with penguins, and they totally came through.




  • Private company launches search for Malaysia's Flight MH370 in 'final effort'

    Private company launches search for Malaysia's Flight MH370 in 'final effort'SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A U.S.-based company has begun searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Malaysia said on Tuesday, as it tries to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people, mostly Chinese, on board. Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off MH370's transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean.




  • Immigration Authorities Detain Woman On A Greyhound Bus After Asking Everyone For ID

    Immigration Authorities Detain Woman On A Greyhound Bus After Asking Everyone For IDA video reportedly showing Customs and Border Protection agents demanding proof of citizenship from Greyhound bus passengers in Florida last week has sparked fresh outrage over the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies.




  • Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

    Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people fleeLEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent more than 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation centers.




  • Here Are The 10 Best Hotels In The World In 2018, According To Travelers

    Here Are The 10 Best Hotels In The World In 2018, According To TravelersJetsetters hoping to get a jump start on their 2018 travel plans will love this latest news.




  • The Best Birthday Cake Recipes, From Layer Cakes To Sheet Cakes

    The Best Birthday Cake Recipes, From Layer Cakes To Sheet CakesIs a birthday without a cake really a birthday at all? Sure, we’ve had happy birthdays that were celebrated with key lime pie and brownie sundaes.




  • Trump's voter fraud commission requested records for all Texans with Hispanic surnames

    Trump's voter fraud commission requested records for all Texans with Hispanic surnamesThe Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity made the request last year while applying to obtain nearly 50 million voter records from the state with the second-largest Hispanic population in the US. On the data request form, policy adviser Ron Williams ticked a box asking for “Hispanic surname flag notation” to be included in the files. Officials said the data was never supplied because a lawsuit filed by voting rights campaigners blocked the state from sending any information to the commission.




  • Hawaii Missile Alert Update Delayed Because Governor Didn’t Know His Twitter Password

    Hawaii Missile Alert Update Delayed Because Governor Didn’t Know His Twitter PasswordHawaiian Gov. David Ige (D) has made the embarrassing admission that his office did not immediately inform the public about the state’s missile alert false alarm partly because he had forgotten the password to his Twitter account.




  • Separate Carnival Cruise Line Accidents See One Passenger Dead and Another Missing

    Separate Carnival Cruise Line Accidents See One Passenger Dead and Another MissingOne passenger went missing overboard while another fell to her death on separate Carnival Cruise Line ships




  • Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana

    Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana(Reuters) - Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. The law legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and up to four immature plants by people 21 and older beginning on July 1. "Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511," Scott said in a statement, referring to the measure by its legislative number.




  • Skydiver dies after crashing into roof of California home

    Skydiver dies after crashing into roof of California home"I was in complete shock," Christina Blanco, who was in the home at the time of impact, told KABC. Officials from the Perris Valley Airport did not respond to a request for comment and a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration was not available due to the U.S. government shutdown. Perris, about 70 miles (115 km) east of Los Angeles, is also the small city where law enforcement said this month a California couple kept captive and nearly starved their 13 minor and adult children.




  • Supreme Court rejects appeal of bearded seal listing

    Supreme Court rejects appeal of bearded seal listingANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a lower court ruling that confirmed Alaska's bearded seal population as a threatened species.




  • White House switchboard takes a stand on shutdown blame

    White House switchboard takes a stand on shutdown blameThe White House switchboard featured a recorded shutdown message that raised ethical questions.




  • The Case For The Democratic 'Cave'

    The Case For The Democratic 'Cave'WASHINGTON ― After Senate Democrats voted for a three-week government funding extension Monday, Republicans and liberal progressives seemed to agree about one thing: Democrats had caved.




  • Teen Says MSU Is Still Billing Her Family For Appointments Where Nassar Assaulted Her

    Teen Says MSU Is Still Billing Her Family For Appointments Where Nassar Assaulted HerThe 95th witness to deliver an impact statement at the sentencing hearing for disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar said the school is still billing her family for appointments where she was allegedly sexually abused.




  • Where are U.S.-Iran Relations Headed?

    Where are U.S.-Iran Relations Headed?An event at the Center for the National Interest explored the topic today. President Donald Trump indicated in mid-January that he’s extending sanctions relief to Iran for “the last time” and demanded extensive changes to the nuclear deal within the next four months. Or is there a path forward for America, Europe and an Iran that has been convulsed by protests?




  • Man charged with DUI after trying to order burrito at bank drive-through window

    Man charged with DUI after trying to order burrito at bank drive-through windowA Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after he tried to order a burrito at a Bank of America drive-through window.




  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Embraces ‘Saturday Night Live’ Impression

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Embraces ‘Saturday Night Live’ ImpressionSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opens up about Kate McKinnon’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ impression of her.




  • Vermont Makes History By Legalizing Marijuana, But Its Law Comes With A Catch

    Vermont Makes History By Legalizing Marijuana, But Its Law Comes With A CatchFor the first time, a U.S. state has legalized marijuana with the stroke of a pen, not a vote at the ballot box.




  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down State's Congressional Map, Saying It Illegally Benefits GOP

    Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down State's Congressional Map, Saying It Illegally Benefits GOPThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the state’s congressional map went so far to benefit Republicans that it violated the state constitution.




  • Harry Potter river cruise to set sail on River Thames

    Harry Potter river cruise to set sail on River ThamesIt's no flying car, but Harry Potter fans are being courted in a new river cruise that makes stops at key filming locations like 4 Privet Drive, the real-world inspiration for Hogwarts, and the Warner Bros. Studio where the Harry Potter movies were made. 




  • White House doctor enthusiastic about Trump

    White House doctor enthusiastic about TrumpRachel Maddow reports on answers given by White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson about Donald Trump's physical health.




  • US approves land exchange for road through Alaska refuge

    US approves land exchange for road through Alaska refugeANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement Monday that could lead to construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, portraying the exchange as a people-versus-wildlife issue.




  • Vietnam oil exec 'kidnapped' from Germany jailed for life

    Vietnam oil exec 'kidnapped' from Germany jailed for lifeA Vietnamese former state oil executive who was allegedly kidnapped from Germany was jailed for life on Monday for embezzlement, in the highest-profile corruption trial to target the communist country's business and political elite. Vietnam has mirrored China in its massive corruption purge, but critics say the campaign is as much about targeting political foes as it is about tackling graft in one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt nations. The life sentence for Trinh Xuan Thanh, the former head of PetroVietnam Construction (PVC), capped a dramatic two-week trial -- closed to international media -- that included a tearful apology from the 51-year-old.




  • Pope Francis Offers Partial Apology To Clergy Sex Abuse Victims After Demand For 'Proof'

    Pope Francis Offers Partial Apology To Clergy Sex Abuse Victims After Demand For 'Proof'Pope Francis partially apologized for last week’s brusque attack on victims of clergy sex abuse ― but he continued supporting a controversial Chilean bishop accused of protecting a pedophile priest.




  • Why the flu can kill a healthy person so quickly

    Why the flu can kill a healthy person so quicklyThe flu epidemic is three times worse than it was last year, and every part of the continental U.S. is under siege. NBC News’ Anne Thompson sits down with a doctor to find out what’s made the flu so severe.




  • Kabul Hotel attackers 'went from room to room in search of foreigners to kill'

    Kabul Hotel attackers 'went from room to room in search of foreigners to kill'Taliban militants who killed at least 22 people at a luxury Kabul hotel went from room to room searching for foreigners, according to survivors and a security source on  Monday as more details of the victims emerged. Insurgents armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide vests attacked the landmark Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the Afghan capital late Saturday in an assault that lasted more than 12 hours and prompted questions over how the attackers breached security. Guests hid behind pillars and in rooms as gunmen sprayed bullets and set fire to parts of the six-storey building. Some people climbed over balconies and used bed sheets in a desperate attempt to escape. "They were saying, 'Kill the foreigners!'," a 20-year-old hotel employee who gave his name as Hasibullah said from his hospital bed. He described hiding in a fifth-floor room and listening as the gunmen went from room to room, forcing doors open "with daggers" and killing those inside. A burned corridor of the Intercontinental Hotel a day after the attack in Kabul Credit: REUTERS Officials have said that at least 14 foreigners were killed. "They didn't want to kill the Afghans," a security source said. "The weapons and bullets they had were for the foreigners." One other witness claimed he had seen the militants beheading guests. The attack ended Sunday with all six militants killed by Afghan forces, aided by Norwegian troops. Health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said 22 bodies had now been taken to Kabul hospitals. "Some of the bodies (are) burned badly and need DNA tests to be identified," he said. The interior ministry gave a lower toll Monday, saying 19 people were dead. There were also conflicting accounts of the number of attackers, which the ministry had put at six. Authorities are known to understate death tolls in high-profile attacks, and much higher figures were circulating on local media. At least seven Ukrainian citizens were among the dead, the country's ambassador to Tajikistan and Afghanistan Viktor Nikitiuk told Ukrainian television 112. "A lot of Ukrainian aviation technicians work in Afghanistan. All the dead were working for the airline Kam Air and living at the Intercontinental Hotel," he said. Kam Air, an Afghan carrier, said a further two Venezuelan staff were also killed in the assault, bringing the airline's loss to at least nine of its personnel - five crew and four pilots. Captain Samad Usman Samadi, the airline's CEO, said his staff "has been shocked and they are not in normal conditions". "It will some time for them to recover," he said. Afghan security forces keep watch as smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel on Sunday  Credit: OMAR SOBHANI/ REUTERS One German citizen and one Kazakh citizen were also killed, their foreign ministries said. Afghan officials told AFP that senior Afghan diplomat Abdullah Poyan died along with Mufti Ahmad Farzan, a member of the High Peace Council responsible for reconciliation efforts with militants. The employee Hasibullah said he saw two "fashionably dressed" gunmen in the hotel restaurant before the assault began. The security source confirmed investigators had seen CCTV footage showing the attackers in the restaurant prior to the attack. "It was around 8.30 pm... They were sitting in the corner of the hotel and they immediately started spraying bullets," Hasibullah said. He ran to the fifth floor room and locked himself inside, though not before seeing "many" bodies on the ground. But as the gunmen went from door to door he leapt from the window in terror. "I fell on people lying in blood... it was horrific." Knocked unconscious, he awoke in hospital with a broken leg and other wounds. Another survivor said the attackers "even beheaded the guests and people inside the hotel". Noorullah, 24, said he worked at the hotel checking its security cameras, but fled to the fourth floor as the power went off and the attack began. Also describing the militants as wearing civilian clothes, he said they killed "dozens" of people, opening every single room and "raining" bullets. He, too, jumped from a window to escape. Witnesses said the hotel's security staff fled the scene as the attack unfolded. Authorities warned they were still investigating how militants breached hotel security, which was taken over by a private company three weeks ago. It was too soon to say if the militants had inside help, an interior ministry spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi said. The militants were armed with suicide vests, pistols, hand grenades and Kalashnikovs, he said. The attack followed security warnings in recent days to avoid hotels and other locations frequented by foreigners in war-torn Kabul. Security has been ramped up in the city, but the resurgent Taliban and Islamic State are both scaling up their assaults.




  • Service Dog Atlas Meets Pluto During Trip to Disney World

    Service Dog Atlas Meets Pluto During Trip to Disney WorldAtlas, a golden retriever, even has a stuffed Pluto toy at home.




  • Pence in Jerusalem pledges embassy move by end of 2019, faces protest

    Pence in Jerusalem pledges embassy move by end of 2019, faces protestUS Vice President Mike Pence pledged to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of 2019 on Monday in a speech to Israel's parliament that saw Arab lawmakers expelled after they shouted in protest. As Pence spoke, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas arrived to meet European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, urging them to "swiftly" recognise the state of Palestine. Pence's speech, filled with biblical references and praise of Israel, was greeted with loud applause by Israeli Jewish lawmakers, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.




  • Finsbury Park terror trial: Darren Osborne turned into 'ticking time bomb' after watching BBC drama, court hears

    Finsbury Park terror trial: Darren Osborne turned into 'ticking time bomb' after watching BBC drama, court hearsAn unemployed father of four accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack became "brainwashed" and a "ticking time bomb” obsessed with Muslims after watching a BBC drama about the Rochdale grooming scandal, a court has heard. Darren Osborne, 48, from Cardiff became convinced all Muslims were rapists and belonged to paedophile gangs after watching the hard hitting Three Girls drama, which was broadcast on BBC One last May. On June 17 last year - in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge - Mr Osborne hired a van from a firm near his home in south Wales. Two days later, at just after midnight, he allegedly ploughed into a group of Muslims who had just left a mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, killing 51-year-old Makram Ali and injuring several others, some of them seriously. At the opening of his trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting said: “The evidence establishes that the defendant was trying to kill as many of the group as possible.” Shortly after the deadly attack, a note was found in the van, which the court was told documented his extremist views towards members of the Muslim faith and also a number of leading politicians and public figures. Darren Osborne was detained by members of the public in Finsbury Park Credit: Universal News And Sport In the note he referred to Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as a “terrorist sympathiser” and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, as a “disgrace”. Reading from the note, Mr Rees said Mr Osborne had written: “Why are there terrorists on our streets today? We’ve had three recent terror attacks, our children spattered against the walls of concerts, part and parcel by all accounts, Mr Sadiq Khan, no it isn’t how can you let this happen, terrorists marching through our capital city, you’re a disgrace, where was the public outrage after 1400 of our white British none Muslim girls? “Where were you in Rotherham, Lily Allen, Jeremy Corbyn, nowhere to be seen." Later in the note, he wrote: "So Mr Sadiq Khan how are you this morning? I'd imagine your (sic) gonna have a hard job keeping your happy go lucky vibrant city in order, Part n parcel of living in a big city, carry on as normal, bk to ya day Jobs, what about you Jez? "Mr terrorist sympathiser, or should I call you Harold, "you dirty old man" put that in ya pipe, & have some sympathy for me, well Folkes gotta go busy day today. Remember peaceful vigils only & please dont look back in anger, God Save the Queen". Emergency services at the scene in Finsbury Park Credit: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock  Mr Rees explained: “The underlying theme seems to be that the defendant felt that insufficient was being said or done to counter-terrorism and grooming gangs comprising predominantly Muslim males. “Against that background, the defendant decided to take matters into this own hands. He planned to make a public statement by killing Muslims, knowing that this handwritten note would be recovered by the authorities.” The court was told that Mr Osborne’s former partner, Sarah Andrews, described him as “unpredictable”, “a loner” and a “functioning alcoholic”. Makram Ali was described him as a 'quiet, gentle man' who 'spent his whole life without any enemies' Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA  But she said she had never considered him to be a racist and had not heard him making derogatory comments about Muslims, before watching the Three Girls drama. Mr Rees told the jury: “Ms Andrews noticed that the defendant became obsessed with the subject matter of the drama. He started researching associated topics on the internet, including material featuring Tommy Robinson, the co-founder and former spokesperson for the English Defence League (EDL). “The defendant started making racist comments about all Muslims raping children and being capable of blowing people up. It appeared to her that he was becoming brainwashed. “Ms Andrews pleaded with the defendant to stop, telling him that all Muslims did not behave in this manner, but he was not interested in her views. With the benefit of hindsight, she describes him as a ticking time bomb.” Finsbury Park van attack - How it unfolded The court heard that Mr Osborne had suffered from anxiety and depression for a number of years and had not worked for around a decade. Mr Rees said he had also twice threatened to take his own life in the weeks before the attack. Analysis of Mr Osborne’s media devices showed that in the fortnight leading up to the attack they had connected to web pages which included: the far right Britain First group; Tommy Robinson; a fake video purportedly showing Muslims in London celebrating the Paris terror attacks; Jeremy Corbyn and why people should not vote for him and Sadiq Khan’s comments that part and parcel of living in a global city was being prepared for terror attacks. Mr Rees said it was clear that by Friday 16 June, Mr Osborne had “formulated his plan to drive a vehicle into a group of Muslims”, because he had inquired about hiring a Luton van. A police forensic officer examines the van used by Darren Osborne Credit: Carl Court /Getty The barrister told the jury: “This was just under three months after Khalid Masood had carried out an attack on Westminster Bridge, driving a car into pedestrians, killing four and injuring many others, before fatally stabbing PC Keith Palmer, who sought to prevent him entering the Palace of Westminster.” Mr Osborne hired the van the following day, paying £170, before spending the evening in the Hollybush Public House near his home in Cardiff. Witnesses, who described him as being drunk, later told the police they had heard him saying he wanted to write to Theresa May and Parliament, adding: “All Muslims are terrorists.” Mr Osborne was also allegedly overheard talking about a “Muslim march”, which the court was told was thought to be a reference to the Al Quds march, that was taking place in central London the following day. A man prays at the scene of the incident in Finsbury Park Credit: NEIL HALL /Reuters Later that night, he got into a conversation with a serving soldier who took exception to his racist language. Mr Rees said the defendant had said words to the effect: “I’m going to kill all the Muslims, Muslims are all terrorists. Your families are all going to be Muslim. I’m going to take it into my own hands.” He also claimed to be a soldier and when asked what regiment, allegedly replied: “You will find out tomorrow.” Mr Osborne denies one count of murder and one count of attempted murder and the trial continues. 




  • Syria regime accused of chemical attack in rebel enclave

    Syria regime accused of chemical attack in rebel enclaveAt least 21 people, including children, suffered breathing difficulties Monday, a monitor said, in a suspected Syrian regime chemical attack on a besieged rebel enclave near Damascus. United Nations inspectors have accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of being behind multiple deadly poison gas attacks during the country's devastating seven year war. Monday's attack targeted the city of Douma in the rebel-held region of Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.




  • Bishop tells Russians not to vote for Putin in rare church dissent

    Bishop tells Russians not to vote for Putin in rare church dissentA Russian Orthodox bishop has advised the faithful not to vote for Vladimir Putin when he stands for re-election in March, a nearly unheard of occurrence in the loyal church. The angry statement marked the first time an acting bishop has spoken against supporting the current president, according to the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, but it was motivated by Mr Putin's perceived impiety rather than political differences.  Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin of the epiphany cathedral in the Siberian city of Ishim wrote on his page on VK, Russia's most popular social network, that he could no longer follow his “desire to vote for Putin” following “blasphemous” remarks by the president. “'If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is your darkness!' are the words of Christ,” Mr Kurochkin wrote. “And will I go against Christ to vote for darkness or advise anyone to do this? No, no and no!” Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin The bishop was angered by comments in a state television film about Valaam, an island of monasteries and churches in Lake Ladoga where the president has a holiday home. Mr Putin had argued that the Soviet regime had “adapted” Christian ideas for its communist ideology, including in its mummification of Vladimir Lenin, whose body remains on display on Red Square. “They put Lenin in the mausoleum. How does this differ from the relics of saints for Orthodox believers or Christians in general?” Mr Putin said. “When they tell me no, there is no such tradition in Christianity, how is there not? Go and look in Athens, there are the relics of saints there, and we have the relics of saints here too.” While the Russian Orthodox church has been growing increasingly influential in recent years, it has usually been supportive of the ruling regime. This goes back to a tradition of loyalty in tsarist times, when the official ideology was “Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality”. Mr Putin submerges himself in an icy lake as part of a popular Orthodox ritual on Thursday Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP Photo/Sputnik Mr Putin has promoted conservative values during his 18 years in power and frequently appears at religious events. On Thursday, he was photographed taking a dip in an icy lake as part of an Orthodox ritual observed by many Russians.  Also on Monday, a court shut down the foundation of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has sought to challenge Mr Putin for the presidency but was barred from the race. He has called for protests around Russia on Sunday. Mr Navalny has used the foundation to pay campaign workers and organise rallies. The authorities “want to transform our finely tuned electoral machine into a chaos of volunteers” by banning the foundation, Mr Navalny told The Telegraph in an interview last week.  He said his campaign would devise other “partisan methods” to continue its work.




  • New Ferrari 488 will be faster than the LaFerrari: report

    New Ferrari 488 will be faster than the LaFerrari: reportNot every automaker is able to sell out a production run of a new vehicle before one is even built, and without having to do any media advertising. At a gathering of Ferrari dealers and VIP customers recently, the invitees were presented with some of the key specifications of the staggering new Ferrari 488 that's been in the pipeline for almost a year now.




  • 'Executed' North Korean pop diva takes Olympic spotlight

    'Executed' North Korean pop diva takes Olympic spotlightPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Just a few years ago, she was reportedly executed by a North Korean firing squad. Now, Pyongyang's top pop diva is a senior ruling party official and a surprise headliner in the run-up to the South Korean Winter Olympics.




  • Missing messages in Clinton probe

    Missing messages in Clinton probeKelly Wright reports from Washington, D.C.




  • Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scroll

    Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea ScrollIsraeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery, an Israeli university has said. The more than 60 tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been thought to come from a variety of different scrolls, a Haifa University spokesman told AFP on Sunday.




  • Olympic Cooperation Between North and South Korea Has Provoked Protests in Seoul

    Olympic Cooperation Between North and South Korea Has Provoked Protests in SeoulDemonstrators burned the "unification flag" that athletes will use at the Games




  • UPDATE: 2 Flares Set Off At Florida Mall, Initially Thought To Be IEDs

    UPDATE: 2 Flares Set Off At Florida Mall, Initially Thought To Be IEDsTwo devices found at a Florida mall originally thought to be improvised explosives were actually marine flares, authorities said on Monday.




  • Private Investigators Say Several People Murdered Canadian Billionaire Couple Barry and Honey Sherman

    Private Investigators Say Several People Murdered Canadian Billionaire Couple Barry and Honey ShermanThe suggestion contradicts earlier theories that their deaths were a result of a murder-suicide




  • Video Shows Captive California Siblings After Their Parents' Arrest

    Video Shows Captive California Siblings After Their Parents' ArrestThe oldest son's transcript from a local college shows he had a near-perfect grade point average.




  • The #SchumerShutdown Hashtag Is Getting A Big Boost From Russian Bots

    The #SchumerShutdown Hashtag Is Getting A Big Boost From Russian BotsWASHINGTON ― As lawmakers wage a messaging war over who caused the government shutdown, Republicans and the White House are getting a big boost in their efforts to blame Democrats for the mess ― from the Russians.




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