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Source: CBS News

Fugitive Kentucky lawyer behind $550M social security fraud captured in Honduras

06-Dec-2017

Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge in a $550 million social security fraud case, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.

The fraud reached into the hundreds of millions of dollars, mostly affecting his clients in impoverished parts of Kentucky and West Virginia, who then had to fight to try to keep their disability checks. Conn faced a maximum sentence of 12 years for bribing a doctor and judge to approve disability claims based on fake medical evidence.

Source: DW

Celebrating 100 years of Finnish culture

06-Dec-2017

Although the official day marking independence is December 6, the anniversary was celebrated across the country and different exhibitions focusing on Finnish culture were held around the world throughout the year.

They've paved the way for the country of less than six million inhabitants to have an outsized influence on modern culture, especially in Europe. Many of these cultural contributions that have made their way to Europe and North America are a direct result of the country's politics.

Source: NBC News

Winds fan explosive Southern California wildfire

06-Dec-2017

Strong winds ripping across Southern California fanned a destructive wildfire that grew to more than 31,000 acres early Tuesday, forcing thousands of people from their homes and potentially threatening millions more in the region.

Southern California Edison said nearly 180,000 customers in the Ventura County area were without service, according to The Associated Press. Some people reported being trapped on social media, but Ventura County spokesman Bill Nash said officials on the ground were unable to confirm the reports.

Source: Washington Post

Michael I, last king of Romania and a Cold War exile, dies at 96

06-Dec-2017

Romania’s former King Michael I, a one-time boy monarch who later engineered the ouster of pro-Nazi strongman Gen. Ion Antonescu during World War II, only to be forced at gunpoint to abdicate by a Communist-led postwar government, died Dec. 5 at his residence in Switzerland.

Decades after the war, King Michael told Radio Free Europe that his mother — whose influence spanned from Antonescu to Romania’s chief rabbi — saved more than 100,000 Jews as Nazi backers ravaged the country. In 1944, as Soviets advanced on Romania, King Michael built a clandestine network of pro-Allied plotters — including Soviet-linked factions — to lead a revolt that ousted Antonescu, who was later put to death for crimes including the deaths of Romanian Jews and others during the war.

Source: DW

Starbucks continues Chinese expansion with huge luxury outlet in Shanghai

06-Dec-2017

However, given that there are around 6,500 cafés in Shanghai alone (around 600 are Starbucks) and a growing "coffee culture" in other cities around a country whose preferred drink has traditionally been tea, the company faces an increasing challenge to retain its chunk of a rapidly growing market.

Put in slightly less flowery tones, Starbucks has opened its biggest ever outlet in the world — a huge, 30,000 square feet (2,787 square meters) flagship operation in Shanghai, China.

Source: CTV

Pursuing free trade part of mission to combat populism: Trudeau

06-Dec-2017

Pursuing free trade with China and preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement are part of Canada's international mission to combat the rising tide of populism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

Trudeau characterized his trade ambitions with China, NAFTA and pursuing other deals in Asia, including a new version of Trans-Pacific Partnership, as part of Canada's fight against the protectionist tide most closely associated with Trump.

Source: Common Domain

Border arrests plunge, deportation arrests soar under Trump

06-Dec-2017

The federal government, in the most complete statistical snapshot of immigration enforcement under President Donald Trump, says Border Patrol arrests plunged to a 45-year low while arrests by deportation officers soared.

Trump has yet to get funding for the first installment of his proposed border wall with Mexico and the number of Border Patrol agents has declined as the government’s struggles to fill vacancies continues under his presidency.

Source: Common Domain

L.A. adds more public toilets as homeless crisis grows

06-Dec-2017

The latest $450,000 facility is modest — eight toilets and six showers, operating four days a week, in a trailer on a city-owned parking lot sandwiched between two homeless housing and service agencies.

For those camped in the 50-block skid row district, the streets have been an open-air restroom — with only nine toilets available overnight in recent months to as many as 1,800 people camped on sidewalks.

Source: Fox News

DC-area drivers blast I-66 tolling system as fees hit $40 mark

06-Dec-2017

Outraged Washington, D.C.-area commuters and politicians took to social media Tuesday to blast a new tolling scheme on a busy interstate heading from Virginia into the nation’s capital, as fees along the route peaked to an eye-popping $40 during the morning rush hour.

Law enforcement will be on the lookout for solo drivers who have their vehicles’ devices set to HOV mode, and those drivers could face fines of $250, according to Fox 5.. Before surging to $40 Tuesday, the tolls hit a price of $34.50 during Monday morning’s rush hour for a trip from one end of the tolling lanes to the other – an 11-mile stretch.

Source: The Week

The pure joy of driving in another country

06-Dec-2017

"Driving on the left, driving on the left," my husband stated matter-of-factly over and over as we navigated our way from the Budget rental office toward the hazy seaside, the flat grey of highway stretching out in front of us.

We're driving north toward the Noto Peninsula, a little thumb jutting out of Ishikawa prefecture on the western side of Japan. As our car passes over a random combination of grooves in the highway, we stop chattering and crane our necks back and forth to hear a melody: a delightful little song, produced when our tires hit the road, to welcome us to this somewhat remote part of the country.

Source: Washington Post

Pilfered artifacts, three suicides and the struggle over federal land in Utah

06-Dec-2017

For decades the empty desert region at the junction of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico — known as the Four Corners — was a free-for-all for treasure hunters looking to pick the region clean of Native American artifacts.

The locals, accused of pilfering ancient artifacts from the surrounding desert, were charged with violating the federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Source: The Guradian

From Tidal to Trump University: the museum that remembers major failures

06-Dec-2017

There’s Success Distilled, AKA a bottle of yellow-tinged Trump Vodka (2006-2011); a box set of Trump: The Game, the only version of Monopoly in which you can actually get fired; and a pair of textbooks from Trump University, including Play to Win in Business and Life and Entrepreneurship 101: How to Turn Your Idea Into a Money Machine.

“The Trump exhibit could have been much bigger,” says the clinical psychologist and Museum of Failure founder Samuel West.

Source: The Week

We're thinking about internet freedom in all the wrong ways

06-Dec-2017

Every time the issue of net neutrality arises, web-savvy corners of the internet explode in a flurry of activity to defend internet freedom.

To heavy users of the internet, talking about net neutrality — the concept that all traffic on the internet should be equal — is akin to discussing taxes with the very wealthy: There is an inherent self interest that immediately exercises debate. Every time the issue of net neutrality arises, web-savvy corners of the internet explode in a flurry of activity to defend internet freedom.

Source: BBC

US court to hear 'gay wedding cake' case

06-Dec-2017

The US Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday in the case of a gay couple turned away by a Colorado bakery as they tried to buy a wedding cake.

In 2012, baker Jack Phillips refused to make David Mullins and Charlie Craig such a cake, saying it was against his Christian belief. A legal battle ensued, with Colorado's court finding that the baker's actions represented unlawful discrimination.

Source: DW

Spain court revokes European arrest warrant for Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont

06-Dec-2017

A Spanish judge withdrew a European arrest warrant for Catalonia's exiled pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers on Tuesday.

The Spanish high court nullified an international arrest warrant for the Catalan leader and four former ministers in exile in Belgium. The court said that the politicians had shown their "intention to return to Spain."

Source: NBC News

These Heisman Trophy finalists could make college football history

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Source: BBC

Avocado injuries a thing of the past?

Thursday 21:51 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Advertising Guidelines for Online Sponsored, Branded & Featured Content

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: CBS News

Walmart cashier’s act of kindness leaves foster parent in tears

Monday 01:31 GMT
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Anonymous customer buys 58 meals in honor of Las Vegas shooting victims

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: New York Times

How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: New York Times

Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: Global News

Here’s what the new mortgage rules will do to home prices in 2018: Royal LePage

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Here’s Why YouTube’s Streaming Music Could Be a Huge Deal

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: NBC News

China remembers 142K killed in massacre, offers 'friendship' to Japan

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Global News

Trump directs NASA to send Americans to the Moon, lay foundations for Mars mission

Tuesday 16:24 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Hong Kong Home Prices Expected to Soar in 2018

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Apple Acquires Shazam and Its Song-Recognition App

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Why Apple bought Shazam, the music-recognition app that’s been declining in popularity

Tuesday 22:49 GMT

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