January 23, 2018

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More than 100 Sears, Kmart stores to close


The Bangor Daily News reports Sears Holdings announced Thursday it's closing its location in the Bangor Mall in April. It acquired Kmart in 2003 and combined the two stores under Sears Holdings two years later. Read More »

U.S. suspending more than $255m in security aid to Pakistan


The cutoff is not permanent, Nauert said, and only affects military assistance. Civilian development and economic assistance to Pakistan is not affected. The suspended amount also include United States dollars 255 million in Foreign Military Funding (FMF) for the fiscal year 2016 as mandated by the Congress. Read More »

MPs Want a 'Latter Levy' to Cut Down on Disposable Cup Waste


While looking like paper, they have a polypropylene plastic lining. As a result just one in 400 cups are recycled - less than 0.25%. Nearly none are recycled and half a million a day are littered. A 5p charge on coffee cups was first proposed by the Liberal Democrats after it emerged past year that only one in 400 was being recycled. "We are committed to increasing recycling rates", he said. Read More »

Did North Korean missile hit a city near Pyongyang last April?


The Diplomat says that North Korea has the strategy of often using new sites for missile testing. The successful launch of the missile's test flight could have seen it land near the Sea of Japan but the failed missile, however, crashed in the city of Tokchon that has a population of 200,000. Read More »

Indian held for 'sexually assaulting' woman on U.S. flight


Ramamoorthy, an Indian national living in USA was charged with aggravated sexual abuse and held without bail after being arrested when the flight landed. Ramamoorthy, whose age was not available, was taken into custody at the Wayne County Airport Authority. Jill Leslie Price of the Federal Defender Office, who showed up with Ramamoorthy, said he was eager to have his nation of origin told of the charge. Read More »

U.S. won't recognize North-South talks without denuclearization


On New Year's Day Donald Trump tweeted: "Iran is failing at every level despite the awful deal made with them by the Obama Administration". During a press conference on Tuesday, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised the Iranian people for publicly speaking against what she described as an oppressive regime. Read More »

NY fire injures 23, including nine children


More than 20 people were injured Tuesday morning when a seven-alarm fire struck an apartment building in the Bronx, a Fire Department of NY spokesman said. "They've all been transported, and they will all be ok, thankfully", he said, noting there were at least nine children among the injured. "By the time we opened the door in the hallway, there was black smoke". Read More »

Suspense clouds fate of triple talaq bill


But the biggest bone of contention between the BJP and the opposition is the on the three-year jail term clause for the erring husband. Two of the bigger Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha , the Congress and Trinamool Congress , as also the Left parties, do not want to be seen to be stalling the bill and expose themselves to accusations of "Muslim appeasement". Read More »

Rushing duo carries Bulldogs over Oklahoma in epic Rose Bowl finish


Georgia lost two yards on a running play before Michel broke through the left side for his fourth score. In the second overtime , Smith tackled running back Rodney Anderson for a loss of 2 yards on a second-down reception, which led to Oklahoma attempting a 27-yard field goal that was blocked by linebacker Lorenzo Carter. Read More »

Nine killed in latest crackdown on Iran protests


The ILNA news agency report on Tuesday quoted Ali Asghar Nasserbakht, a security deputy governor of Tehran , offering the figure. The report said that included 10 deaths during clashes Sunday night when security forces repelled what officials described as "armed protesters" trying to take over police stations and military bases. Read More »

Brutal cold continues… Wind Chill WARNING through Tuesday


Get our daily forecasts on your Amazon Alexa device. A slight chance (20 percent) of stray snow showers in the early evening, especially south of the city. Expect dangerously cold temperatures to linger for a few days. All of the mid-state and southern Kentucky will experience risky wind chill values, raising the threat of frostbite and hypothermia. Read More »

Seoul holds second ship over 'oil transfers' to North Korea


Security Council, local media reported Friday. The ship had headed towards its purported destination in Taiwan, but on reaching worldwide waters transferred some of its 600 tonne cargo to the Sam Jong 2 and three other North Korean vessels, the South claimed. Read More »

Eagles rookie CB Sidney Jones may make debut vs. Cowboys


He ended up making the 53-man roster but did not make much of an impact in his first season, registering 15 catches for 128 yards. The Eagles' title chances suffered a huge blow when quarterback Carson Wentz went down for the year. On offense, expect to see the Eagles go very pass heavy early on to try to get Foles into a rhythm. The Cowboys bowed out of playoff contention with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks and will look to take their frustrations out on an Eagles side that has ... Read More »

George Weah Unveils Agenda For Liberia

In a statement on yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP also commended the Liberian national electoral umpire for its internal reforms that paved the way for a credible election. He promised to build his administration on the institutional gains made under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's administration and improve the lives of the people, protect rights and foster inclusion. Read More »

'MAKE AMERICA GAY AGAIN' - Rainbow flag hung near Mike Pence's vacation home


In January, LGBTQ protesters held a "queer dance party" outside a home where Pence was staying in Washington, D.C. shortly after Trump's inauguration. President Donald Trump has also joked that Pence "wants to hang" all gay people, according to The New Yorker . During a House floor speech, he cited a report that said "societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family ", according to the report. Read More »

2 men charged in deaths of women, children found in home

James White, 38, and Justin Mann, 24, both of Schenectady, New York, were arrested in the quadruple killing in Troy , New York, according to Troy Police Capt. "After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this". Shanta Myers (Mother to both children), 36 years old. "Until we find out, it certainly makes sense to be vigilant and keep your doors locked". Read More »

Congress MLA slaps constable, slapped back


However, Kumari reportedly ordered the lady cop to allow her to go through and attend the meet, telling her that she was an elected legislator and had been invited for the meeting. She was allegedly denied entry by the police in Rahul Gandhi's review meeting in Shimla , reports ANI . "I am not happy with it". She is also a member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Dalhousie. Read More »

9 dead after gunmen attack Egypt church in terror attack

A gunman fired at worshippers and Egyptian police stationed outside a Coptic Orthodox church near Cairo and killed nine people before being wounded and arrested. More than 100 Christians have been killed in Egypt in the past year - most attacks claimed by the local branch of the so-called Islamic State group. Also, the Italian Embassy in Egypt strongly condemned Friday's heinous attack in Helwan. Read More »

Scientists Slam Trump Tweet on 'Good Old Global Warming'


There's the old saying about taking horses to the water. The US president has been described as "basically every stupid person everywhere rolled up into one" after he suggested his country could benefit from global warming . The US President seized on the arctic conditions forecast for the country over the next week to laud his approach to climate change and his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement earlier this year. Read More »

Turkey, Russia sign loan deal for S-400 air system


The S-400, Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system, can carry three types of missiles, including ballistic and cruise missiles. The two countries on Friday also completed a financial agreement for the project, under which part of the cost would be financed through a Russian loan, the Defense Industries agency said, without revealing details of the deal. Read More »

Three Rockets Fired into Southern Israel; Israel Stikes Hamas Facilities in Gaza


The other two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system, according to the spokesperson. It said plumes of smoke were visible from one of the targeted areas east of the Gaza City neighbourhood of al-Tuffah. This is the first in more than 10 days that Israeli army and Palestinian militants will exchange fire. At least 18 rockets have been fired at Israel since US President Trump's highly-contested decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of the country. Read More »

Viswanathan Anand wins World Rapid Chess Championship


After losing his world crown to Carlsen , Anand won the Candidates tournament in 2014 and earned the right to challenge the Norwegian. He described the win against Carlsen as the crucial moment in the tournament. "Once the tie-break started and I got a big advantage in the first game". However, Nepomniachtchi had a poor progressive score in the tournament, leaving Anand and Fedoseev to fight it out in the playoff, which the Indian GM eventually clinched 2-0. Read More »

Court rules against Gresham bakers in same-sex wedding cake case


This week, an OR appeals court ruled in a case that bears a strong resemblance to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Under Oregon law, businesses can not refuse service based on sexual orientation, just as they can not turn customers away because of race, sex, disability, age or religion. Read More »