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Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in Maryland

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 12:20

Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in MarylandManning is a writer and activist, and has written for the Guardian. Chelsea Manning, the former US army private who was imprisoned for passing information to WikiLeaks, has filed to run for a seat in the US Senate. A federal election filing, made on Thursday, confirmed Manning’s intention to run in the November elections as a Democrat.


Authorities: wrong woman killed in botched murder-for-hire

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 11:53

 wrong woman killed in botched murder-for-hireKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say the wrong person was killed last Sunday in a botched murder-for-hire plot set up by a scorned woman.


False Ballistic Missile Alert Sends Hawaii Into 'Complete Panic'

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 11:37

False Ballistic Missile Alert Sends Hawaii Into 'Complete Panic'Hawaii residents and visitors received shocking mobile push alerts Saturday morning warning of an approaching missile and instructing people to seek shelter, but Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency quickly stated the message was sent in error.


#Metoo reaches China: As claims are made against two professors, Beijing struggles to keep a lid on movement

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:55

#Metoo reaches China: As claims are made against two professors, Beijing struggles to keep a lid on movementA new chapter in #MeToo appears to be emerging in China after a university professor was sacked and another is facing an investigation over sexual misconduct allegations. The #MeToo campaign spread rapidly in the West in October after multiple accusations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Allegations have been made against men in China – particularly within academia - but the movement has struggled to gain momentum in a country where the media and Internet are controlled by a stability-obsessed, male dominated Communist Party. However, on Thursday a Beijing university said it had sacked one of its top scholars after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a group of women. Beihang University said on its official microblog that an investigation found that Chen Xiaowu‘s behavior had violated professional ethics and created an “odious influence on society.” The university said: “Morality and ability, and actions and talent are as one. This is the demand of Beihang‘s values and the school has zero tolerance for violations of professorial ethics,”  A placard with the hashtag "MeToo" is seen on a European Parliament member's desk during a debate Credit: Reuters Beihang also pledged to upgrade mechanisms to identify such cases. The initial allegation against Chen came from one of his former doctoral students, Luo Qianqian, who posted on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, that the professor had tried to pressure her into sex 12 years ago. Ms Luo, who lives in the US, tagged the post #WoYeShi, the Chinese translation of #MeToo, and said in her online comments that the campaign had inspired her to act. Several other alleged victims came forward with accounts of Chen’s behaviour. Ms Luo wrote on her Weibo after Chen’s dismissal: “Women who have awoken to themselves are even more powerful! "Kindness and bravery are our most beautiful expressions.” Chen’s case was covered widely in Chinese media, possibly because the allegations originated overseas. And then on Friday, another Beijing professor was at the centre of sexual misconduct claims. Xue Yuan, a professor from the University of International Business and Economics, was accused of sexual harassment in an online posting by an anonymous college student. The student also sent emails to China’s graft body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Commerce, the China Daily said. A vendor sells #MeToo badges a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles Credit: Reuters The university said that it had immediately formed an “investigative team”. It said: “The working team has exchanged emails with the Internet user (who made the allegations), inviting her to supply authentic, correct and original evidence under the condition of protecting her privacy and personal safety." Meanwhile, Xue Yuan, who is carrying out a short term academic project overseas was called back for further investigation. The two cases are being widely discussed on Chinese social media, raising hopes among many that more women might speak out. However, Leta Hong Fincher, an expert on feminism in China, said the authorities will act before the movement becomes too powerful.   “So far, students at around 60 universities in China have joined in the #MeToo campaign, many of them using their real names,” said Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China. “Women are posting the letters on social media, but censors delete them very quickly. There's no question that the Communist Party is frightened by the prospect of a viral #MeToo movement galvanising Chinese university students." The men have not yet responded to the allegations.  Additional reporting by Christine Wei


Saudi Arabia to seek extradition of corruption suspects

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 09:43

Saudi Arabia to seek extradition of corruption suspectsSaudi Arabia's public prosecutor has said he will pursue extradition for corruption suspects living abroad as part of a two-month-old crackdown that has already netted princes and tycoons. Evidence is being collected against "fugitives" in order to issue indictments against them and request that foreign governments return them to the kingdom, Saud al-Muajab told Arrajol magazine in an interview published on Thursday. Saudi security forces have rounded up dozens of members of the political and business elite, holding them in Riyadh’s opulent Ritz Carlton hotel on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


The Latest: Czech president willing to debate challenger

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 09:37

 Czech president willing to debate challengerPRAGUE (AP) — The Latest on the Czech Republic's presidential election (all times local):


Warning over alarming 'Tide Pod Challenge' detergent eating YouTube trend  

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 09:23

Warning over alarming 'Tide Pod Challenge' detergent eating YouTube trend  An alarming new trend involving teenagers eating detergent capsules and posting the videos on YouTube could  “put them in danger”, health officials have warned.   The concerning 'Tide Pod Challenge' phenomenon has spread across social media since the turn of the year. Teenagers have filmed themselves biting into Tide laundry detergent capsules, with some of the videos racking up more than 100,000 hits before being removed by YouTube. The first mention of the 'Tide Pod Challenge' on YouTube dates back to June 2014, while parody website The Onion followed this up with a satirical op-ed about the pods in 2015. A video by CollegeHumor titled ‘Don't Eat the Laundry Pods’ posted in March 2017 has been viewed more than three million times and towards the end of last year it spread into a popular meme. Tide Pod Challenge: The Viral Challenge Encouraging Teens To Eat Laundry Detergent. @StahlCBS3 reports:https://t.co/igDt2P8n7ypic.twitter.com/aB1XiRtZDT— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) January 12, 2018 There has been a spike in the number of cases of detergent pod ingestion in the first two weeks of 2018 reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). Health officials have warned the capsules contain “highly concentrated toxic contents” which can cause vomiting, diarrhea and in worst case scenarios, breathing difficulties. “Teens trying to be funny are now putting themselves in danger by ingesting this poisonous substance,” Ann Marie Buerkle, from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, told Good Morning America. Some YouTube creators say their videos about the Tide Pod Challenge have been removed for violating the platform’s rules. “Why did my video on kids doing the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ get taken down and striked when there are millions of compilations of kids eating them?” questioned user Niksfinity. A spokesperson for Procter & Gamble, Tide’s parent company, said: “Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes, and they’re used safely in millions of households every day. “They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children. “They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if it is meant as a joke.” Eight deaths as a result of eating detergent pods were reported from 2012 to early 2017 in the US, involving six adults suffering from dementia and two children. In 2013, a seven-month-old boy from Florida died after biting into a laundry pod. Members of the public seeking specific information on poisons should contact the NHS 111 service or call 999 if a person is showing signs of being seriously ill. The extreme lengths YouTubers go to for viral fame


FBI Knew Las Vegas Mass Shooter Kept Gun Stashes, Records Show

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 09:18

FBI Knew Las Vegas Mass Shooter Kept Gun Stashes, Records ShowAgents knew Stephen Paddock had big caches of weapons when they sought warrants


Stepdaughter in kill-for-hire case: 'Working on forgiveness'

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 09:10

 'Working on forgiveness'EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — It was hard enough for Kimberly Pack dealing with the killing of her mother five years ago, but the way in which prosecutors say it happened was almost too much to bear. Her stepfather, a doctor, is charged with arranging for his wife to be shot in her home to prevent her from exposing an illegal drug distribution ring he was operating with an outlaw biker gang.


'It Will Be Transformational.' Kentucky Becomes First State to Adopt New Medicaid Work Requirement

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:50

'It Will Be Transformational.' Kentucky Becomes First State to Adopt New Medicaid Work RequirementKentucky is the first state to adopt the Trump administration's new policy of imposing work requirements as a precondition for Medicaid


Native Americans Who Can't Afford Heat Take Desperate Measures To Stay Warm

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:40

Native Americans Who Can't Afford Heat Take Desperate Measures To Stay WarmAs temperatures dropped below zero on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation earlier this month, one young girl felt she had had enough.


Florida 20-Year-Old is Lone Winner of $451 Million Jackpot

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:34

Florida 20-Year-Old is Lone Winner of $451 Million JackpotHe opted to take the lump sum.


Here's Who Would Win Between the Navy’s Last Battleship and Russia's Battlecruiser

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 07:27

Here's Who Would Win Between the Navy’s Last Battleship and Russia's BattlecruiserIn 1988 the USS Iowa loses, limping away to fight another day. Kirov returns to her home port to rearm, but thanks to the carriers that were saved, there may not be a port to go home to. A Soviet Kirov-class battlecruiser, attempting to intercept a U.S. Navy carrier battle group, is intercepted by the battleship USS Iowa.


Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 06:58

Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right NowFor the weekend of Jan. 13, Streamline recommends “Black Mirror” in the top Netflix spot for the second time.


David Harbour Hijacks Student's Senior Photos After Twitter Joke Goes Viral

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 06:51

David Harbour Hijacks Student's Senior Photos After Twitter Joke Goes ViralThis “Stranger Things” fan will forever treasure her high school senior photos.


Saudi Binladin Group denies govt takeover after chief detained

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 06:04

Saudi Binladin Group denies govt takeover after chief detainedSaudi construction giant Binladin Group denied Saturday any state takeover after its chairman was detained, but said some shares may have been transferred to the government. The firm, which has been forced to lay off tens of thousands of workers due to financial problems, said it remained a private shareholding company and was undergoing restructuring. International media this week reported Saudi Arabia's government had taken over the firm after chairman Bakr bin Laden was detained.


Tavelers shatter tourism records around the world in 2017

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 05:46

Tavelers shatter tourism records around the world in 2017The numbers are trickling in from tourism offices and it seems that 2017 was a banner year for many parts of the world. 


China Appears to Have Secretly Sold Pakistan a Large Combat Drone, Says Report

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 05:43

China Appears to Have Secretly Sold Pakistan a Large Combat Drone, Says ReportChina appears to have secretly sold Pakistan a large combat drone, according to new satellite images. Citing satellite images from November 2017, the Center reported on January 5th that there was a medium-altitude long-endurance drone spotted at the Alam Air Base in Mianwali, Pakistan.


Maxine Waters Tears Into Donald Trump: The ‘Most Despicable Human Being'

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 04:27

 The ‘Most Despicable Human Being'did not hold back in her criticism of President Donald Trump for reportedly suggesting that Haiti and some African nations were “shithole countries.”


Death toll rises to 18 in Montecito as 7 remain unaccounted

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:40

Death toll rises to 18 in Montecito as 7 remain unaccountedRescue crews continued to sludge through mud and debris Friday to search for missing people in Montecito after a deadly storm and flooding tore through Santa Barbara County.


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