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Factbox: Who's in? Who's out? China's Communist Party Central Committee

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 04:21

 Who's in? Who's out? China's Communist Party Central CommitteeChina's ruling Communist Party on Tuesday announced a new Central Committee, the largest of its elite ruling bodies, at the closing session of the 19th Communist Party Congress, a course-setting leadership reshuffle held every five years. The list provides clues to who will, or won't, fill top Party positions during President Xi Jinping's second term. The party will announce its new Politburo Standing Committee, which now includes seven members headed by Xi and is the apex of power in China.


Dad Charged After Cops Find Body Near Where Toddler Was Left Outside For Not Drinking Milk

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 03:51

Dad Charged After Cops Find Body Near Where Toddler Was Left Outside For Not Drinking MilkThe Texas dad police accused of leaving his 3-year-old daughter outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk was charged with a first-degree felony on Monday, the day after authorities found a child’s body near the family’s home.


Kenya opposition chief: people should stay home, not protest during polls

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 03:31

 people should stay home, not protest during pollsKenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga told a BBC interviewer that he was not calling for protests during repeat presidential elections scheduled for Thursday, but that he wanted supporters to stay at home and boycott the vote. “We have not told people to protest on polling day. Odinga's comments contradict repeated his previous public calls for protests on voting day.


Xi Jinping Becomes China's Most Powerful Leader Since Mao Zedong

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 02:40

Xi Jinping Becomes China's Most Powerful Leader Since Mao ZedongUpon having his personal philosophy etched into the national constitution — as Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era — Xi now joins Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping as modern China's most powerful leaders.


Analysis: Sen. Corker on Why Trump is 'Debasing' the Country

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 00:00

 Sen. Corker on Why Trump is 'Debasing' the CountryAfter a morning tweet feud with President Trump, GOP Sen. Bob Corker told reporter that he thinks Trump is 'debasing' the country by continuing to "lie." MSNBC analysts discuss how the escalating feud between Trump and Corker could impact Congress.


Bill O'Reilly Says He's 'Mad At God' For Not Giving Him More Protection

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 21:02

Bill O'Reilly Says He's 'Mad At God' For Not Giving Him More ProtectionBill O’Reilly says he’s made at God over the sexual harassment allegations that drove him off the air at Fox News earlier this year.


5 Teenagers in Michigan Charged With Murder

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 21:00

5 Teenagers in Michigan Charged With MurderThey allegedly dropped rocks from an overpass, killing a father on his way home.


Social Security Checks will Increase in 2018

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:13

Social Security Checks will Increase in 2018Good news for 61.5 million Americans receiving Social Security benefits: your monthly checks are about to get larger.


Raila Odinga: Kenya's opposition scion makes final gamble

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:07

 Kenya's opposition scion makes final gambleRaila Odinga, Kenya's veteran opposition leader and one-time prime minister, has chosen to sit out Thursday's presidential election re-run, a move that may well end his dream of winning the nation's top job. The 72-year-old has been a mainstay of Kenyan politics since the 1980s, but despite four attempts has never won the presidency. Instead he seems to have inherited the political misfortune of his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who led the opposition for three decades but never the country.


Making of a monarch: Thais set to part with the 'people's king'

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:02

 Thais set to part with the 'people's king'Flipping through a binder of images of Thailand's late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, Somsree pauses and pulls out her favourite: a shot from the 80s of the casually-dressed monarch sitting on a wooden bridge, his back against a truck and chatting with a villager. Given his lofty role he did not have to travel the country, Somsree Trupsangsree says from the shop in Bangkok's old quarter where she sells portraits of the revered monarch. "But he went there to work," the 59-year-old says, misty-eyed at the memory of Bhumibol, or Rama IX, whose funeral on Thursday will bring Thailand to a standstill.


Southern California Is On High Alert For Wildfires. Don’t Mow Your Lawn

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:20

Southern California Is On High Alert For Wildfires. Don’t Mow Your LawnOn the heels of devastating wildfires that killed more than 40 people in Northern California earlier this month, Southern California is now on high alert for fire danger.


Lucky Australian diver paddles five miles to shore with a tiger shark following him

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:14

Lucky Australian diver paddles five miles to shore with a tiger shark following himIt's a situation no ocean swimmer wants to find themselves in. John Craig was free diving off the coast of Shark Bay in Western Australia on Friday afternoon, when he suddenly found himself alone — and stalked by a tiger shark. SEE ALSO: In Australia, sometimes you've got to pick a shark out of a pool Craig and a friend of his were at the last dive spot of the day, where a series of unfortunate events began, according to his Facebook post.  On his first shot spearfishing, he had managed to get his spear stuck in a rock. Meanwhile, his friend was on the boat, which was having mechanical trouble. By the point Craig managed to get his spear free, the boat had drifted away. He was alone. "I started to call out and splash to try and get the attention of my friend but after five minutes it was clear I was on my own ... I had been splashing and screaming for some time and my heart rate was sky high," he wrote in the post. Craig then dived underwater to check that he was in the same place as marked on the GPS, when he noticed a four-metre-long tiger shark approaching and circling beneath him.  "It was obvious the sharks had been attracted by my splashing and panicking so I knew immediately that I had to try to calm down in order to survive," he said. After recognising the shark was trying to size him up, Craig decided to make a beeline for the shore. It wasn't going to be an easy swim, he was 7.4 kilometres (4.6 miles) out to sea. Then, the shark followed him. "I have to admit that at this point I thought I was gone," he said. Fortunately, the shark swimming along with him gave up after about 500 metres in, and left him alone.  Craig kept swimming for about three hours before he noticed boats and a plane searching for him. He screamed and waved at them — but his wetsuit was in camouflage, making it difficult for rescuers to find him. He made it to shore, exhausted from the swim and barely able to walk. The rescue boats and plane were too far for him to signal. Half an hour later, a plane came along the coast and circled to show that it had seen him. He was picked up by a fisheries boat, and reunited with his wife. "I feel extremely lucky to be alive and was blown away by the Shark Bay community's efforts to rescue me," he added. "I am eternally grateful and I'm sure I'll be buying beers for years to come."  Despite the frightening experience, Craig doesn't want to discourage people from diving around Shark Bay. "We need them in the oceans and as much as it was scary at the time I can only reflect on how beautiful that big female tiger shark was. If the circumstances were different I would have been stoked to have that experience," he said. WATCH: Someone created a storm lamp that produces lightning every time Trump tweets


Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant starts in San Francisco

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:22

Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant starts in San Francisco(Reuters) - The trial of a Mexican man accused of murdering a woman while illegally in the United States began in San Francisco on Monday, a case that President Donald Trump has cited as an example of the dangers posed by lax border security. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, also known as Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, has said he shot Kate Steinle by accident on a pier in the California city on July 1, 2015. "He did not know the object in his hand was a gun," Matt Gonzalez, an attorney for the defendant, was quoted as saying by NBC Bay Area before he headed into the courtroom.


10-Year-Old Killed By Teen's Crossbow Shot After 'Disagreement': Sheriff

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:23

 SheriffA 13-year-old boy fatally shot a 10-year-old friend with a crossbow and wounded the victim’s younger brother as the boys played in a neighborhood treehouse in Oklahoma on Saturday evening, law enforcement officials said.


Eric Bolling says it's 'beyond inappropriate' that Bill O'Reilly is using his late teenage son for leverage

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:48

Eric Bolling says it's 'beyond inappropriate' that Bill O'Reilly is using his late teenage son for leverageEric Bolling finds it "beyond inappropriate" that fellow ex-Fox News host Bill O'Reilly referenced Bolling's late son while defending himself against the latest wave of public backlash.


Abadi defends role of Iranian-backed paramiltaries at meeting with Tillerson

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:42

Abadi defends role of Iranian-backed paramiltaries at meeting with TillersonBy Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi defended the role of an Iranian-backed paramilitary force at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday in Baghdad. Tillerson arrived on Monday hours after the Iraqi government rejected his call to send home the Popular Mobilisation, an Iran-backed force that helped defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk. In his opening remarks at the meeting with Tillerson, Abadi said Popular Mobilisation "is part of the Iraqi institutions," rejecting accusations that it is acting as an Iranian proxy.


Police need help identifying child who mysteriously washed up dead on Texas beach

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:44

Police need help identifying child who mysteriously washed up dead on Texas beachPolice are looking for the public's help to identify a young boy whose lifeless body washed ashore on a beach in Galveston, Texas, on Friday evening.


Israeli brass casts doubt on blaming shelling on Hezbollah

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:21

Israeli brass casts doubt on blaming shelling on HezbollahBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli military officials were quoted on Monday rowing back from an assertion by the defense minister that Hezbollah was behind a spate of shelling from Syria, which could increase tension on Israel's northern frontier. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been warning that Israel, which has largely stayed out of the six-year-old Syrian civil war, could step up attacks in retaliation for shelling across the frontier, or to block Damascus's Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements from setting up bases.


US diplomat apologizes after Indonesia general denied entry

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:08

US diplomat apologizes after Indonesia general denied entryJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A U.S. diplomat apologized to Indonesia's government Monday after the top Indonesian general was prevented from traveling to Washington, but a Jakarta official said the country expected a complete explanation.


Fruit-eating increases biodiversity

Science Daily Animal News - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:05

By dispersing the seeds of plants, fruit-eating animals contribute to the possibility of increased plant speciation and thus biodiversity, investigators have discovered.

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