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The Latest: Napa Valley school remain closed until Monday 18 Oct 2017, 1:07 am

The Latest: Napa Valley school remain closed until MondayNAPA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):


Stunning Photos Show Faces Of Poverty That Are Rarely Seen 17 Oct 2017, 11:17 pm

Stunning Photos Show Faces Of Poverty That Are Rarely SeenA new portrait campaign asking people to think differently about people living in poverty appeared on billboards in New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday.


Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen's Accused Killer 17 Oct 2017, 8:01 pm

Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen's Accused KillerA man accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in Sterling, Virginia in June may face the death penalty after a grand jury charged him with capital murder and rape on Monday.


Side-By-Side ‘Before And After’ Photos Show What Having Kids Does To You 17 Oct 2017, 7:28 pm

Side-By-Side ‘Before And After’ Photos Show What Having Kids Does To YouA New York dad’s Instagram callout is showing just how much kids wear out their parents.


Bob Weinstein Accused Of Sexual Harassment 17 Oct 2017, 7:11 pm

Bob Weinstein Accused Of Sexual HarassmentThe brother and former business partner of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment.


Nebraska man accused of helping Florida girlfriend kill self 17 Oct 2017, 7:10 pm

Nebraska man accused of helping Florida girlfriend kill selfLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of helping his Florida girlfriend kill herself after she told him she had cancer appears to have taken her story at face value and didn't push her to seek medical treatment or mental-health counseling, authorities said Tuesday.


Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second time 17 Oct 2017, 6:52 pm

Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second timeDENVER (AP) — A Peruvian woman has sought sanctuary for a second time in Colorado rather than board a Tuesday flight to her native country as ordered by U.S. immigration authorities, supporters said.


Thousands of anti-government protesters rally in Ukraine 17 Oct 2017, 5:24 pm

Thousands of anti-government protesters rally in UkraineKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Several thousand government protesters rallied outside Ukraine's parliament Tuesday and some urged President Petro Poroshenko to step down.


Still standing: Photos capture abandoned buildings after years of neglect  17 Oct 2017, 4:52 pm

Still standing: Photos capture abandoned buildings after years of neglect A Dutch photographer has released a series of photos of abandoned buildings throughout France that nature is slowly reclaiming.


Prince Harry's ultimate desire revealed: What he 'so badly craves' as he prepares his future with Meghan Markle 17 Oct 2017, 4:12 pm

Prince Harry's ultimate desire revealed: What he 'so badly craves' as he prepares his future with Meghan MarkleAs Prince Harry continues to look towards a future with girlfriend Meghan Markle, sources close to the couple are revealing what their potential future wedding day could look like.


Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran presence in Syria 17 Oct 2017, 4:08 pm

Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran presence in SyriaJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister warned Tuesday that he will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in neighboring Syria.


Airbus takes control of Bombardier CSeries in rebuff to U.S. threat 17 Oct 2017, 3:43 pm

Airbus takes control of Bombardier CSeries in rebuff to U.S. threatMONTREAL/TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - Airbus has agreed to take a majority stake in Bombardier's troubled CSeries jetliner programme, securing the plane's future and giving the Canadian firm a possible way out of a damaging trade dispute with Boeing. Airbus will get a 50.01 percent stake in an entity recently carved out of Bombardier to produce and market the CSeries, four years after it first flew with a goal to enter the $125 billion a year market for large jets. In reality, the terms of the deal mean Bombardier could pay Airbus to take over by agreeing to underwrite $700 million of risks related to cost overruns in coming years.


Harvey Weinstein donated $10K to Bill Clinton's legal fund during Lewinsky sex scandal 17 Oct 2017, 3:30 pm

Harvey Weinstein donated $10K to Bill Clinton's legal fund during Lewinsky sex scandalIt’s been 20 years since the sex scandal between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky rocked the White House and the nation.


Buy These Popular Toys Now -- Before They Sell Out This Holiday Season 17 Oct 2017, 2:38 pm

Buy These Popular Toys Now -- Before They Sell Out This Holiday SeasonGiven that it's only October, you're probably thinking more about Halloween than holiday shopping. Walmart, Toys R Us, Target, Kmart and Amazon have released their predictions for the hottest holiday toys. Hatchimals Surprise Twin-Puppadee ($69.99) is an egg in which a pair of twin creatures are hiding and waiting for some loving attention.


Airbus, Bombardier deal hits Boeing with double whammy 17 Oct 2017, 1:49 pm

Airbus, Bombardier deal hits Boeing with double whammyAirbus and Bombardier are inflicting double damage on Boeing with a deal that fills a gap in the Europeans' aircraft range and gives Bombardier a fighting chance to avoid punishing US tariffs, analysts say. In the middle of the European night, Airbus issued a surprise announcement that it would take a majority stake in Bombardier's marquee C-Series airliner programme, aiming for significant production savings on the C-Series aircraft and making use of Airbus's international reach for sales. The agreement, which Airbus chief Tom Enders called "a win-win deal for everyone", gives the European company a stake in Bombardiers' mid-range programme without the need to immediately inject cash -- allowing it to keep its war chest intact for future battles with arch-rival Boeing.


Ariel Winter stuns on the cover of LaPalme Magazine's Fall 2017 issue: Exclusive 17 Oct 2017, 1:01 pm

Ariel Winter stuns on the cover of LaPalme Magazine's Fall 2017 issue: ExclusiveAriel Winter is opening up about her contentious relationship with her mother.


Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran 17 Oct 2017, 10:36 am

Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on IranIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not allow Iran to "establish itself militarily in Syria". Both Russia and Iran, Israel's main enemy, are backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the civil war in neighbouring Syria.


Mitch McConnell Looking Queasy With Trump Prompts #FreeMcConnell Tweets 17 Oct 2017, 8:33 am

Mitch McConnell Looking Queasy With Trump Prompts #FreeMcConnell Tweets“You good, bro?”  Twitter users are expressing concern for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)


Gregg Popovich Goes Full Throttle On 'Soulless Coward' Donald Trump 17 Oct 2017, 8:22 am

Gregg Popovich Goes Full Throttle On 'Soulless Coward' Donald TrumpSan Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich did not hold back in his latest criticism of President Donald Trump.


Philippine President Declares Marawi City 'Liberated' From Terrorists 17 Oct 2017, 7:26 am

Philippine President Declares Marawi City 'Liberated' From TerroristsPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Marawi City liberated from terrorists, signalling an end to almost five months of fighting in the southern Philippine city.


Who are the Haqqanis, Afghanistan's most feared insurgents? 17 Oct 2017, 5:32 am

Who are the Haqqanis, Afghanistan's most feared insurgents?The rescue of an abducted US-Canadian family in Pakistan last week has spotlighted their captors the Haqqani network, former CIA assets now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan. Led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who doubles as the Afghan Taliban's deputy leader, the extremist group has been blamed for spectacular attacks across Afghanistan since after the US invasion. Long suspected of links to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment, the network was described by US Admiral Mike Mullen in 2011 as a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence.


Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensioner 17 Oct 2017, 3:23 am

Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensionerHuman remains have been found inside a crocodile that is believed to have killed a pensioner in Queensland last week.  The 4.3-metre estuarine crocodile was captured on Monday night at the Mowbray River near Craiglie in northeast Australia, close to where Anne Cameron went missing from an aged care facility near Port Douglas seven days ago. The 79-year-old is thought to have become disorientated on a walk and wandered into dense bushland. Police later found clothing, a walking stick with her name and human remains beside a crocodile-infested creek near Four Mile Beach, about a mile from the aged care facility. Wildlife officers set traps  to try to catch the creature that is believed to have killed Ms Cameron. The captured animal was examined in Cairns on Tuesday, with human remains found inside. A Saltwater Crocodile is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park in Sydney  Credit:  Ian Waldie/Getty Images "Investigations continue with officers preparing a report for the coroner," police said. Isabella Eggins, a granddaughter of Ms Cameron, said  last week the family feared she had died in tragic circumstances. “It is my deep regret to inform you that following an extensive search and the discovery of certain items as a result of that search, we have the firm belief that my mother Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances,” Ms Eggins said on Facebook. Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne, are a common feature of the vast continent's tropical north and kill an average of two people a year. A series of crocodile attacks in the region in recent years has prompted calls for the state government to order a cull – a move that has so far been rejected. Ms Cameron's family also said they did not want to see any crocs culled. "The crocodiles... are not responsible for being crocodiles, and doing what crocodiles do," her son Craig Eggins said, according to the Cairns Post.


Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdraw 17 Oct 2017, 2:50 am

Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdrawKIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence.


'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death 17 Oct 2017, 2:25 am

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning deathBATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict.


The U.S. Navy Just Parked a Guided-Missile Submarine Right Near North Korea 16 Oct 2017, 11:36 pm

The U.S. Navy Just Parked a Guided-Missile Submarine Right Near North KoreaAs tensions with North Korea continue to rise, the United States continues to bring more long-range precision striking power into the region. On October 13, USS Michigan (SSGN 727)—an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine—pulled into a South Korean naval base in the port city of Busan. While the U.S. Pacific Command states that Michigan’s visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) was long planned, the message to North Korea is clear—the United States will stand by Seoul if Pyongyang makes any aggressive moves.


Tesla reportedly shipped Powerpacks to Puerto Rico 16 Oct 2017, 10:53 pm

Tesla reportedly shipped Powerpacks to Puerto RicoElon Musk tweeted last week that Tesla would shift its attentions to help with the aid and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Now, it appears that the company is making good on his word: Tesla has reportedly begun to ship its Powerpack batteries, which can be used to store large amounts of energy generated by the sun and other means, to the island. These are Tesla's massive batteries meant for commercial and utility use, as opposed to the smaller Powerwall packs meant for the home.  After Musk expressed his willingness to get involved, he and Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello exchanged tweets about Tesla's role on the island, and later spoke in private about the issue. Tesla VP of global infrastructure operations Cal Lankton then met with Rossello, according to Electrek, presumably to discuss a strategy at greater length. The Powerpacks could be the next step in Tesla's recovery efforts.   SEE ALSO: Tesla unveils a brand new dual-charging port for Chinese vehicles An image showing what appears to be three of the units was published by Electreck, which claims the photo was taken after the rigs were unloaded at San Juan's airport over the weekend.    Tesla starts shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico https://t.co/kCVwDp03n9 pic.twitter.com/f1ujOLsgnP — Electrek.Co (@ElectrekCo) October 15, 2017 The 3,575-pound Powerpacks can store up to 210 kWh of power, and have been used in Tesla's projects on the Hawaiian island of Kauai and American Samoa's Ta'u to create sustainable power grids. The units could conceivably be pressed into service in Puerto Rico to help rebuild the grid using what power can be produced, but it's not exactly clear what they're meant for yet.  If the image is the real deal, the Powerpacks expand on Telsa's contribution of "hundreds" of smaller Powerwall units sent to Puerto Rico in the immediate aftermath of the storm. The company also provided certified employees to help install the batteries, and Musk pledged that even more qualified workers would be sent from the mainland to train local installers and combat opportunistic price gougers on the island.   Tesla representatives didn't immediately respond to our questions about the Powerpacks and the company's role in Puerto Rico's recovery, and the company has stayed largely silent about the efforts outside of Musk's tweets.  At press time, just 13.7 percent of Puerto Rico has power. Rossello set an "aggressive" goal to restore power to 95 percent of the grid by Dec. 15 of this year, and maybe Tesla's renewable energy tech will be part of those efforts — but the company shouldn't be seen as the island's one and only savior.  Building a brand-new energy grid based on Tesla's tech would take far longer than a few months and would require a large number of Powerpacks — the Kauai project, which is on a much smaller scale, depends on a network of more than 270 units.  WATCH: This is what the manufacturing of a Tesla Model 3 looks like


Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. Bush 16 Oct 2017, 10:48 pm

Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. BushPresident Donald Trump covered a wide range of issues during his press conference on Monday -- including sparking backlash for his comments about President Obama -- but that wasn't the only reference to his predecessors that generated a big reaction.


Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting death 16 Oct 2017, 9:44 pm

Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting deathWAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.


Woman Steals Credit Card of 7-Eleven Clerk Who Was Having a Seizure: Cops 16 Oct 2017, 9:26 pm

Woman Steals Credit Card of 7-Eleven Clerk Who Was Having a Seizure: CopsInstead of helping, the female customer, known as a regular of the 7-Eleven, reached into his pocket and took his credit card, local authorities said.


Bodies Found Embracing in Joshua Tree May Be California Couple Who Went Missing in Park 3 Months Ago 16 Oct 2017, 9:23 pm

Bodies Found Embracing in Joshua Tree May Be California Couple Who Went Missing in Park 3 Months AgoAuthorities are working to identify two bodies discovered in Joshua Tree nearly three months after a young couple went missing in the California national park


Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines Flight 16 Oct 2017, 9:05 pm

Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines FlightActivist Tamika D. Mallory said Sunday that she was unfairly kicked off of an American Airlines flight over a seating dispute.


In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding Stars 16 Oct 2017, 8:43 pm

In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding StarsScientists for the first time have detected both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two dead, incredibly dense neutron stars.


Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet 16 Oct 2017, 8:31 pm

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweetTypos are a fact of life. Today's example: Newt Gingrich, tweeting his steadfast support for "Presideent Trtump." In the words of the former speaker of the House, "Trtump was rermarkably stgroing in hius joint press event with" Senator Mitch McConnell held earlier Monday at the White House.  A glowing review! SEE ALSO: Trump and Mitch McConnell formally announce bromance in weird Rose Garden press conference Gingrich has replaced the original tweet with a legible version.  "Sometimes my ideas are faster than my fingers," he claims, which...fine. Just for future ref, Newt– it takes about three seconds to proofread a tweet before pressing send.  So close, Newt. pic.twitter.com/JZZwkSOVTy — Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 16, 2017 this was Trump tweeting while Newt struggled to take his phone back pic.twitter.com/HKHSQ1K8jR — thomas violence (@thomas_violence) October 16, 2017 “It’s not a good look to try to defend the president when you’re drunk” Newt: Frist off aal, pic.twitter.com/0HX6stfRtN — alex tumay (@alextumay) October 16, 2017 pic.twitter.com/7mH3Dsmd4A — ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) October 16, 2017 Newt Gingrich is trying to bring back Weird Twitter. pic.twitter.com/c4kClYrORb — ParaNorbit™ (@TimDuffy) October 16, 2017 WATCH: This wearable Bluetooth device will turn any surface into a keyboard


Site of IS beheadings in Raqqa seized by Kurdish-led force 16 Oct 2017, 7:46 pm

Site of IS beheadings in Raqqa seized by Kurdish-led forceBEIRUT (AP) — Raqqa's infamous public square where Islamic State militants used to perform brutal executions and beheadings has been captured Monday by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force fighting the extremist group in Syria, as officials say they expect the city to fall "within a few days."


McConnell Hits Back At Steve Bannon: 'Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home' 16 Oct 2017, 7:27 pm

McConnell Hits Back At Steve Bannon: 'Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home'WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday responded to reports that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is recruiting candidates to challenge GOP incumbents in next year’s midterm elections as a way to better advance the president’s agenda.


Everything You Need To Host The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner 16 Oct 2017, 7:10 pm

Everything You Need To Host The Perfect Thanksgiving DinnerWhether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or you’ve held this event for decades, there are certain pitfalls that are hard to avoid in Thanksgiving prep.


Parents Turn Son's Wheelchair Into Elaborate Halloween Costumes 16 Oct 2017, 6:56 pm

Parents Turn Son's Wheelchair Into Elaborate Halloween CostumesWhen Halloween night rolls around, all eyes in Melrose Park, Illinois, will be on Anthony Alfano.


How Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long 16 Oct 2017, 6:35 pm

How Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so longOnly a small percentage of sexual assaults result in criminal charges, and even fewer with convictions. As a result, many victims don’t even bother filing complaints. And powerful men, from the president on down, face few lasting consequences.


Just a miniature horse riding in the back of a car 16 Oct 2017, 6:30 pm

Just a miniature horse riding in the back of a carSometimes, you need to make do with what you've got. Hannah Waskel was driving in Altoona, Iowa, with her friends on Saturday when they pulled up to a red light and spotted something a little off. In the back seat of the compact car next to them, they saw a miniature horse, just chilling. SEE ALSO: Woman tests limits of pet-friendly motel with her horse This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me pic.twitter.com/H4qjYBJ3bC — Hannah (@hannahwaskel) October 14, 2017 “This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me," she wrote on Twitter. It's not clear where the horse was headed, but Waskel says that the people in the car noticed they were laughing at their unusual passenger, so they waved and rolled down the window for the horse.  Never change, Iowa. Never change. WATCH: This small army of robots will do your shopping for you


Aerial images capture beautiful autumn landscape  16 Oct 2017, 5:42 pm

Aerial images capture beautiful autumn landscape This beautiful autumn landscape comes to life as the leaves change color ready for fall. The aerial pictures, taken by Matt Benedetto, 28, from Burlington, Vermont, show the forests of his home state as they transition into their autumn foliage. (Caters News)


Trump Says There's 'No Such Thing As Obamacare Anymore' One Month Before Enrollment Starts 16 Oct 2017, 5:23 pm

Trump Says There's 'No Such Thing As Obamacare Anymore' One Month Before Enrollment StartsPresident Donald Trump falsely claimed on Monday the Affordable Care Act no longer exists, a statement that follows a long list of actions his administration has taken to undermine the law.


Like You, This Giant Clock Is Counting Down The Remaining Hours Of Trump's Term 16 Oct 2017, 5:18 pm

Like You, This Giant Clock Is Counting Down The Remaining Hours Of Trump's TermIn June, a band of artists furtively installed a massive, red, digital clock on the exterior of a building on the Queens waterfront.


Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot python 16 Oct 2017, 3:56 pm

Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot pythonShocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet. 


'Did Mike make you pray?' Trump reportedly mocks Pence's 'religiosity' 16 Oct 2017, 3:27 pm

'Did Mike make you pray?' Trump reportedly mocks Pence's 'religiosity'According to a lengthy "New Yorker" magazine profile of Mike Pence, the president has been known to mock the vice president’s evangelical values behind closed doors.


Toddler Drowns in Grease Pit at Ice Cream Shop 16 Oct 2017, 1:12 pm

Toddler Drowns in Grease Pit at Ice Cream ShopA family in Alabama mourns the loss of a 3-year-old girl after she tragically died at an ice cream shop. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more.


2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride 16 Oct 2017, 12:00 pm

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride Bare-essentials big twin may be best of the bunch “Llibertat ,” is a word moto-journalists became pretty familiar with during last month’s Harley-Davidson press ride in Catalunya. The English version of the word –


Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda exec 16 Oct 2017, 10:30 am

Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda execMazda is committed to the rotary, though whether the unique engine design is used to directly power a sports car or serve as a range-extender for an electric car remains to be seen. Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two. Now, though, a senior Mazda executive has hinted that both options could be on the table.


Madrid set to impose direct rule on Catalonia as independence deadline passes 16 Oct 2017, 10:11 am

Madrid set to impose direct rule on Catalonia as independence deadline passesThe Spanish government has warned Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont he faces his final chance to relinquish independence within three days or it would trigger Article 155, the so-called 'nuclear option' which would override Catalonia's autonomy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had set a deadline of 10am local time yesterday for Mr Puigdemont to clarify whether or not the autonomous region had made a unilateral declaration of independence last week. The Catalan president responded with a four-page letter that did not directly answer the question but instead stressed a mandate for independence and called for urgent dialogue.   The Spanish government had made clear that anything less than a “No” would set in motion Article 155, a never-used constitutional tool allowing it to effectively suspend autonomous powers and rule directly from Madrid.  Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has a set a deadline for overriding Catalonia's autonomy. Credit: Lavandeira jr/EFE  That is now set to be applied on Friday, if Mr Puigdemont does not reverse his position during a further three-day grace period. The Spanish deputy prime minister, Maria Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, said the government interpreted his response as a confirmation that declaration had indeed been declared. Demanding Mr Puigdemont retract this by Thursday at 10am, she insisted it was "in his hands to avoid the next steps". Mr Puigdemont, who had been under heavy pressure from independence hardliners to confirm an abrupt split from Spain, had called for an urgent meeting with Mr Rajoy in his letter. He said the banned independence referendum had returned a mandate for an independent state but insisted the regional government’s priority was a negotiated solution, eyeing a two-month period for dialogue. Carles Puidgemont delivering a speech at the Fossar de la Pederera Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters Mr Rajoy responded with a letter of his own, in which he told Mr Puigdemont he still had a chance to respond in a "clear and simple way” to Madrid’s request. If he did not do so, he “will be the only one responsible for the application of the constitution,” he said.  Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish foreign minister, said “the most radical influences had prevailed” in Mr Puigdemont’s decision. But the Catalan president’s letter did not go far enough to satisfy the CUP, the hard Left partner that is crucial to the Catalan government’s parliamentary majority, which is now pushing for a clear affirmation of independence on Thursday.  “The CUP would have sent a very different letter,” said parliamentarian Mireia Boya. Further adding to tensions yesterday, the Catalan police chief and the leaders of two major pro-independence groups appeared in court in Madrid to face allegations of sedition. The Spanish attorney general asked the judge to remand Major Josep Lluis Trapero in custody, with judicial sources quoted by La Vanguardia citing fears he could continue to give orders to the Catalan force to subvert Madrid's clampdown. Major Josep Lluis Trapero leaves Audiencia Nacional Court in Madrid Credit: Kiko Huesca/EFE The judge did not agree to the attorney-general's request to take Major Josep Lluis Trapero into custody, but imposed the conditions he surrender his passport and report to a court every 15 days. The same conditions were imposed on another Catalan police official.


Thousands respond 'me too' to actress's Twitter prompt on sexual abuse 16 Oct 2017, 9:14 am

Thousands respond 'me too' to actress's Twitter prompt on sexual abuseActress Alyssa Milano has sparked a huge outpouring with a simple Twitter request that women respond "me too" if they have been sexually assaulted or harassed. More than 27,000 people replied, making "#MeToo" the top trending topic through the day Sunday. The avalanche of painful personal stories comes amid a series of high-profile sex abuse scandals -- the latest centered around powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.


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