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02 January 2017, 01:43

10 Ways to Fend Off Medicare Surtaxes and Social Security Givebacks

They’re coming for your AGI. Arrange your affairs to lessen the damage.
02 January 2017, 01:43

10 Billionaire Style Projects Designed By Pritzker Prize Architects

The USA is getting itsüber Pritzker on. Foreign-born Pritzker Prize-winning starchitects are waving their magic wands over American condominiums, hotels and mixed-use complexes—creating sleek towers and contemporary living spaces that are redefining urban luxury living for millionaires and billionaires(especially in New York and Miami). New projects are getting the Pritzker Prize [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

Pop-Ups Are Popping Up Everywhere

Pop-up solutions are the future of retail. Pop-up formats are modern, flexible and cost-effective. Brands are successfully using pop-ups to determine new geographic locations, new products, and new partnerships.
02 January 2017, 01:43

New Year Brings New Opportunities For Residential Real Estate Rentals In 2017

Although the Federal Reserve believes the economy is strong, there are other indicators such as trucking and temp jobs that are telling a different story. As college loan debt rises and consumers and disposable incomes shrink, the ability to purchase real estate will become more limited.
02 January 2017, 01:43

The Seven Best Money Promises To Keep In 2017

Forget New Year's resolutions. Here are seven promises to make -- to yourself.
02 January 2017, 01:43

When There's Smoke, There's Usually Fire

When you own shares in an externally-managed REIT you are essentially taking on out-sized risk and you should understand the conflicts and explanations.
02 January 2017, 01:43

IRS Cracking Down On Easement Donation Syndications

Given the high value of the castles in the air that some appraisers can conjure, you can see that ultimately the owners of property have much more in the way of potential tax benefit than they can use themselves. That's where syndication comes in.
02 January 2017, 01:43

6 Methods To Get An Affordable Home Without Leaving Your Neighborhood

You love your neighborhood and would never want to live anywhere else — but your home situation is another story. If you want to ditch your rental status for that of homeowner, upgrade from a starter home, live on a less-busy street, or be closer to local restaurants and bars, [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

Moving 101: Be Ready For Your Big Move

Whether you recently purchased a home or signed a lease, you’ve already made it past the hard part — finding a new home. But packing up and settling into your new place isn’t going to be a walk in the park if you’re unprepared. While moving into a new home is [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

How One Woman Paid Off $50K In Debt While Renting In America's Most Expensive City

Paying off debt is never an easy task. It’s made arguably harder when you try to manage your student loans while renting in one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. But that’s exactly what Katie Austin managed to do. Austin lives in a rental in San Francisco, CA, [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

I Bought A Home By Myself

They say there are four major stressors in life: getting married, facing the death of a loved one, preparing for a new baby, and buying a home. It makes sense that one of these major stressors is a financial transaction — buying a home often pairs emotions with money decisions, [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

How Much Does Your Credit Score Affect Your Interest Rate?

(3 minute read) Shutterstock When you see interest rates advertised anywhere, web based, newspaper ads, grocery store circulars, event flyers, and everywhere else, they are always the interest rates available to high credit score borrowers. Lenders never promote their average interest rate or their riskier borrower interest rate, the best rates for [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

The New Stock Market Where You Could Invest In The Empire State Building

Have you ever wanted to invest directly in New York’s Empire State Building and One World Trade Center or The Shard, the tallest building in London? A new stock market due to launch in 2017 could make this a reality.
02 January 2017, 01:43

A Downside To The Trump Rally? Pending Home Sales Plunge After Surge In Mortgage Rates

New data from the National Association of Realtors indicates the Trump rally in bond markets is causing the U.S. housing market to cool off.
02 January 2017, 01:43

U.S. Tax Season Advice & What To Do Before The Tax Year Ends

As the tax filing season approaches on January 23 in the United States, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington has reminded taxpayers of things they should do to get ready. The tax season in the U.S. means mounds of paperwork with individuals and accounting firms often overwhelmed before tax [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

Generation X's Moment Of Power Is Almost Here

With the spotlight hogged by the longer living and working boomers and the emergence of millennials, Generation X has quietly been grabbing the levers of power in the economy, with a majority of corporate managerial positions, high rates of startup formation and a growing share of national wealth.
02 January 2017, 01:43

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02 January 2017, 01:43

Top Tech Markets And The Rent-Growth Slowdown

Metro areas with lots of tech jobs have driven apartment performance the past few years. But moderation is on the way.
02 January 2017, 01:43

Four Ways To Avoid 401(k) Withdrawal Penalties

You can avoid IRS penalties for early 401(k) withdrawals. Here's what you need to know.
02 January 2017, 01:43

18 Ways to Get Tax Free Income


02 January 2017, 01:43

Steph Curry's Boss Remodels A Weekend Sanctuary In The Golden State

December 25. Lebron James vs. Steph Curry. Merry Christmas. The Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors is the NBA’s premiere contest—a rematch of the 2016 NBA Finals and likely a preview of the 2017 NBA Finals. This showdown is so hyped it shares the Christmas marquee with Jesus, Santa and [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

Tax Court Sustains IRS Strict Interpretation Of Charitable Acknowledgement Rules

The problem with valuing conservation and facade easements is that they involve subtracting the value of something real and existing now from the value of something hypothetical, which can turn into something of a fantasy.
02 January 2017, 01:43

Big Banks Agree To Pay $12.5 Billion Just Before Christmas To Settle Crisis Era Toxic Debt Probes

Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse have agreed to pay a collective $12.5 billion to settle litigation stemming from their bundling of risky subprime and Alt-a mortgages during mid-2000s credit bubble.
02 January 2017, 01:43

How U.S. Real Estate Sales Could Be Affected By China's Capital Controls

Chinese buyers have become a familiar and formidable force in real estate, both in the residential market as well as mega hotel or commercial deals. Now stricter capital controls from China threaten to dampen appetite or change the marketplace.
02 January 2017, 01:43

Airbnb-Style Rentals In Japan Are Disrupting Traditional Inns

While tourism is surging in Japan, particularly from China, traditional ryokan inns are struggling to contend with the rise in private rentals, or minpaku, which now look set to become legal nationwide across Japan for the first time.
02 January 2017, 01:43

12 Swanky Christmas Gifts Too Rich For Santa's Bag

It's Christmastime. Time to deck the halls. With Santa’s sleigh stuffed with traditional toys, consider swiping (or chipping) your Black Amex on these exceptional or clever homestyle curiosities for your loved ones. These luxuries won’t slip into a Christmas stocking and most won’t fit under the tree, but they will be [...]
02 January 2017, 01:43

The Biggest Hedge Fund Paydays Of 2016, From Charter Communications To Natural Gas

Here are the biggest hedge fund paydays of 2016, where Wall Street's billionaire ranks have made billions of dollars on investment wins.
31 December 2016, 02:59

Pole arrested after airliner makes emergency landing in Prague

Filed under: News, CrisisPRAGUE, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Czech police have detained a Polish man after a passenger jet flying from Spain to Warsaw made an emergency landing in Prague on Friday due to a bomb threat, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said.The plane was parked away from the main terminals of Prague airport while police investigated the incident. Flight tracking websites showed planes were again landing at the airport.Chovanec, speaking with Czech Television, declined to say whether or not an explosive device had been found on the detained man before police had finished their work. But he later tweeted: "Does not look like a terrorist attack" and "Situation under control."A spokesman for the Czech Air Navigation Services said pilots on a Boeing 737 plane operated by the Polish company Enter Air had asked to land in Prague because of the threat.Czech Television reported the flight had started in the Canary Islands and had 160 passengers aboard, mostly Polish. All were evacuated and no one was hurt. (Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Prisoner wearing leg shackle escapes from police custody at hospital in West Village

Filed under: News, CrimeWEST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WPIX) -- Police are looking for a prisoner who escaped custody from a hospital in West Village late Thursday afternoon.Police say the prisoner bolted from the emergency room at Lenox Hill Health Plex on Seventh Avenue around 3:30 p.m.The man, identified as 31-year-old Daniel Ortiz, escaped wearing a leg shackle on one leg, police say.Ortiz is described as having a light complexion, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, with brown eyes and brown curly hair.He was last seen wearing a dark colored pea coat, dark blue jeans, chocolate boots, no shirt, leg shackles, attached to one side, and tucked inside of his boot and possibly bleeding from the wrist.He is walking with a noticeable limp.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.  Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Todd Fisher shares sister Carrie and mom Debbie Reynolds' final resting place, says they'll be buried together

Filed under: Entertainment, DeathsTodd Fisher is planning a joint funeral for his mother Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher, and revealed in a 20/20 interview on Friday that the two actresses will be buried next to each other and "among friends."After being spotted at Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary on Thursday, Fisher said he landed on Forest Lawn Memorial Park to be their final resting place after hummingbirds descended on a particular spot.WATCH: Todd Fisher Hoping Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Will Have a Joint Funeral "My mother loves hummingbirds, and had hummingbirds in her yard," he said. "We were going all over the place, and we got to this one place to look at this one thing, these hummingbirds came, and it was just like 'fait accompli,' as my mother would say."Family friends Liberace and Bette Davis are also buried Forest Lawn.Carrie died at age 60 on Tuesday, days after going into cardiac arrest aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight from London last week. The following day, Debbie died from a suspected stroke at 84 years old.The timing of Debbie's death led some to wonder if the Hollywood legend died from grief over losing her daughter. Todd rejected this idea."She didn't die of a broken heart," he said. "She just left to be with Carrie."WATCH: EXCLUSIVE -- Inside Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' Unique Mother-Daughter Relationship From Todd's point of view, Debbie dying soon after her daughter was "destiny," because she "didn't want to leave Carrie and did not want her to be alone.""She at her core felt that [her children were] her greatest production or her greatest accomplishment, she made no bones about it," he said. "And she did the ultimate balancing act in life where she was able to be a mother and have that career."One of Debbie's biggest sources of pride when it came to her kids was Carrie's resilience in battling her demons."The fact that Carrie could overcome these incredible obstacles, bipolar disorder and all the things that come with that, and it's no simple matter," Todd said. "She was a powerful woman and people like that about her. But she was also the most vulnerable little girl I know."WATCH: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Documentary 'Bright Lights' Set for January Premiere on HBO While Carrie and Debbie's relationship was tumultuous, in their latter years, the two shared a bond that was undeniable. Their unique bond -- they both lived next door to each other in Beverly Hills, California -- is spotlighted in the upcoming HBO documentary, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which premieres Jan. 7."We're broken-hearted, those of us that are left behind," Todd said. "We also are happy that they're together. It's horrible, it's beautiful, it's magical they are together, it's beyond words, it's beyond understanding."20/20 airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Zsa Zsa Gabor laid to rest following intimate Beverly Hills funeral service

Filed under: Entertainment, DeathsZsa Zsa Gabor has been laid to rest.A funeral service for the Hollywood icon was held on Friday morning at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, California.WATCH: Zsa Zsa Gabor's Official Cause of Death RevealedGabor's husband, Frederick Prinz von Anhalt, gave the eulogy, remembering the whirlwind romance that led to his 30-year marriage with the socialite, as well as her health issues in recent years. No matter what, he explained, they "always had fun."Getty ImagesA photo of Gabor wearing a red dress and a sign that read "Farewell My Love," sat beside the podium as the actress' friends and family said goodbye.Getty ImagesRELATED: Looking Back at the Intriguing Life of Actress and Socialite Zsa Zsa GaborAfter the service, Gabor's ashes were laid to rest at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, where her late daughter, Francesca Hilton, and her younger sister, Eva Gabor, were buried. Gabor's adopted son, Oliver Prinz von Anhalt, died on Sunday.Gabor died on Dec. 18. The actress is survived by her husband, who told ET at the time that he was by her side at home, and "her heart just stopped." She was 99. See more on the life of Gabor in the video above.RELATED: Zsa Zsa Gabor through the years: Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Diane Kruger flaunts her bikini bod on vacation

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsDiane Kruger is flaunting her bikini body on a much needed vacation!The 40-year-old actress snapped a couple of Instagram shots of her toned frame, and it's clear that she's not skipping the gym.NEWS: America Ferrera and Diane Kruger Debut New Hairstyles – See the Pics! "Need a vacation so badly," Kruger captioned a mirror selfie on Thursday, wearing a skimpy black one-piece showing off her long legs.A day earlier, Kruger Instagrammed a Boomerang video of herself happily dancing on a balcony wearing a tiny black bikini, floral cover-up, straw fedora, and dark shades.MORE: Diane Kruger Pays Tribute to Late Stepfather: 'Thank You for Making My Mom So Happy' Kruger looks to be enjoying the single life following her split with longtime boyfriend, Joshua Jackson, over the summer. Jackson dished on re-entering the dating scene during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in December."Things have changed a little bit since the last time I was single," explained The Affair star. "I mean, everything's in your phone now. There's no more talking to people anymore. You talk to somebody and they're like, 'Oh, no, no, no, we don't do that anymore.'"WATCH: Diane Kruger Struts Her Stuff in Throwback to Her Modeling Days With Jaime King RELATED: Stars show off their bikini bods on vacation: Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Kylie Jenner shares NSFW snap of Kendall's nipple ring -- see the pic!

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsKylie Jenner is showing off her sister Kendall's edgy side.The 19-year-old reality star took to Instagram on Friday to share a snap of herself and Kendall getting their party on -- featuring a cameo by the model's nipple ring.WATCH: Kendall Jenner on Going Braless and Showing Her Piercings: 'I Think It's Cool and I Really Just Don't Care'The sisters keep close in the black-and-white pic, while Kendall's nipple ring peeks out from behind her lacy bralette. The 21-year-old model also shows off her toned abs in a body chain and printed bomber, while Kylie appears more covered up in a white jacket."Through @490tx eyes," Kylie captioned the pic, shot by pal Moises Arias.WATCH: Kendall Jenner Flashes Nipple Ring in NSFW Sheer Top While Out With Gigi HadidKendall certainly hasn't been shy about showing off her nipple ring, often flaunting her piercing in sheer outfits around town.RELATED: See Kendall's new home:"Having my nipple pierced isn't really something I make a big deal of, but I think people are obsessed with the topic because it seems so unexpected of me," Kendall explained on her app last year. "Before I even decided to go for it, I just liked showing my nipples through some of my outfits; there's something understated, yet sexy about it."But Kendall's sexy jewelry is nothing compared to the steamy short film Kylie released earlier this week.WATCH: Kylie Jenner Shares NSFW Topless Pic With Tyga for His 27th BirthdaySee the makeup maven get close to her boyfriend, Tyga -- wearing nothing but a soaking wet, white T-shirt in the shower -- in the video above. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Teen surfer bitten by shark while wearing device said to reduce risk of attack

Filed under: News, Weird NewsA Florida teen is lucky to be a live after a surprise encounter with a shark that he says occurred even though he was wearing a device designed to reduce the risk of an attack.Read: For the Love of Cod! Some Restaurants Are Serving Cheaper Fish Than What's on the Menu, Investigation FindsZack Davis, 16, was surfing Tuesday in St. Lucie County when a shark appeared out of nowhere and attacked him."When I was underwater I just felt like pressure and a bite on my right arm so I just got out of the water and ran to shore as quick as possible," he told Inside Edition.At the time, Davis was wearing a SharkBanz, a device swimmers and surfers wear on their wrists or ankles.A promotional video from the company claims the device wards off sharks with a high-powered magnet. In a demonstration, sharks are seen keeping away from bait with the SharkBanz, but return to devour it when the device is taken off. Davis says he got the $80 anti-shark apparatus for Christmas. He says he wore it exactly once — the day he was bitten."I've been surfing that beach for three years and have seen sharks there but have never been bit but the first time I put it on, that's when I got bit," he said.The co-founder of Sharkbanz reportedly said the company stands behind the Sharkbanz device and wanted to reach out to Zack to find out how the attack happened. He also said "I'm really relieved he is ok and he was super positive about his recovery."The company says this is the first time anyone has been attacked while wearing the device. "What happened here is essentially the rarest of shark encounters where Zack jumped off his board and pretty much landed on the shark. If anything it [the device] probably helped clear the shark out of the area quicker." SharkBanz scientists reportedly reviewed the incident and believe the shark let go of the boy's arm quicker because of the technology. Davis wrapped his arm with the leash from his surfboard to slow the bleeding. He required 47 stitches and was released from the hospital on Wednesday.Read: After Boy's Death at Disney, Alligators Are Still in the Water Near ResortDavis doesn't think he will wear the SharkBanz again, but he's not afraid to go back surfing."It's probably going to be a while, but I'm going to go back out when I can," he said.Watch: Catch of the Day: Shark Fisherman Reels in a Kilo of Cocaine During Excursion Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Russian PM tweets 'RIP' To Obama administration

Filed under: News, ControversyThe prime minister of Russia has released a critical farewell message to the outgoing U.S. president, reports Politico.On Friday, Dmitry Medvedev tweeted, "It is regrettable that the Obama administration, which started out by restoring our ties, is ending its term in an anti-Russia agony. RIP." The comment comes on the heels of conflict between the two countries stemming from allegations that Russia tried to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election.On Thursday, President Obama issued a statement outlining new sanctions against the country as punishment.Putin has reportedly decided to hold off on any actions until the new administration is in place. He and the incoming U.S. president, Donald Trump, have already shown signs of a warming relationship.  Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

EXCLUSIVE: Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanka are in a 'proper relationship now'

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity RelationshipThings are getting serious between Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka.The 46-year-old singer and her backup dancer beau are in a "proper relationship now," a source tells ET, adding that we can expect to see a lot more of the couple in the new year.WATCH: Inside Mariah Carey and Boyfriend Bryan Tanaka's 'Romantic' Aspen Getaway"She's really into Bryan. He's with her 24/7," the source revealed. "He's a nice guy."Though Tanka and Carey seemingly got together right after her split from billionaire James Packer, the source says the two "weren't together when she broke up with James." They are now, however, in a "proper relationship."Spending the holiday together has also brought the couple closer. ET's source reveals that Tanaka gifted Carey with jewelry for Christmas, while she often lavishes him with gifts.RELATED: Mariah Carey Gets Sexy Lap Dance From Bryan Tanaka in New 'Mariah's World' PromoEarlier this week, a source told ET that Carey and Tanka will take their romance even more public, as he will be the singer's "New Year's kiss" after she performs on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest on Saturday in New York City."She's into him now," the source added.Find out what Carey gave Tanaka for Christmas in the video above. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

'This is borderline treasonous': Liberal activists accuse Trump of flirting with treason for praising Putin

Filed under: News, White HouseLiberal activists turned to Twitter to suggest President-elect Donald Trump was nearing the line of treason with his Friday praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin."I don't think Trump committed treason with this tweet, but he's in the neighborhood," tweeted ThinkProgress Editor Judd Legum.Trump said earlier that Putin made a "great move" by choosing not to respond to sanctions leveled by President Barack Obama's administration this week in retaliation for suspected election-related hacking.The president-elect's message was retweeted by the Russian Embassy in the US, a move that poured gasoline on the already controversial tweet."What's the threshold for treason?" DeRay McKesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist who briefly ran as a Baltimore mayoral candidate this year, wondered aloud."I hope you get charged with treason you melted Hostess snack cake," tweeted an MTV News writer. Others echoed the sentiment."This is borderline treasonous," said Jamil Smith, a senior national correspondent at MTV News. "I don't know what Putin has on this cat, but my Lord, it must be incredible. God help us.""Not helping on this whole treason thing, are you, buddy?" Eric Garland, a research analyst, rhetorically asked.John Aravosis, a Democratic digital strategist, said Trump was displaying "un-American behavior." When a Twitter user accused him of being overly dramatic, Aravosis replied that he found "skirting with treason pretty dramatic."Trump has been reluctant to blame election-related hacking on Russia, despite US intelligence agencies saying the country was behind the cyberattacks.Instead, the president-elect has repeatedly suggested he would like the US to have a warmer relationship with Russia and work together on issues like combatting terrorism.NOW WATCH: Donald Trump's connection with Vince McMahon and WWE spans decadesMore from Business Insider:Trump praises Putin for 'great move' not responding to Russia sanctions: 'I always knew he was very smart!'Trump on Russia sanctions: Time to move on, but I'll meet with intelligence agencies anywayThe FBI released a comprehensive list of the outlandish code names for software programs used by Russian hackersSEE ALSO: Milo Yiannopoulos' just-announced book hits No. 1 on Amazon — here's our Q&A with him Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Kennedy relative's conviction in 1975 murder is restored

Filed under: News, CrimeDec 30 (Reuters) - A divided Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday reinstated the 2002 murder conviction of Michael Skakel, a relative of the Kennedy family, in the 1975 murder of his neighbor Martha Moxley.By a 4-3 vote, the court rejected a 2013 ruling by a lower court judge that Skakel's trial lawyer did not provide an adequate defense, and that Skakel should be retried.Hubert Santos, a lawyer for Skakel who argued that the 2013 ruling was correct, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Moxley was found beaten to death with a golf club at her family's Greenwich estate on Oct. 31, 1975, when she and Skakel were 15 years old.Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, widow of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder, and had already served 11 years when he was set free following the 2013 ruling.Police investigating the crime originally looked at Michael Skakel and his brother Thomas as suspects in the murder, along with a tutor. Both brothers were romantically interested in Moxley, and Michael Skakel was charged after three witnesses testified that he had confessed to the murder.Santos had argued that Skakel's trial lawyer was more focused on winning fame than his client's freedom, and should have presented evidence that Thomas Skakel, who was not charged, might have committed the murder. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel and David Ingram in New York; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and David Gregorio) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

At least 9 killed, many trapped in Indian coal mine collapse

Filed under: News, TragedyBHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - At least nine Indian miners were killed and nearly two dozen trapped when mine waste collapsed at a coalfield run by state-owned Coal India Limited, officials said on Friday, hitting production at one of the country's largest mines.The accident occurred in Jharkhand state on Thursday evening at the Lalmatia mine owned by Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), a subsidiary of the world's largest miner."So far, nine bodies have been recovered," R.R. Amitabh, a general manager at the ECL project office told Reuters. A rescue operation was underway and the exact number of people trapped had yet to ascertained, he said.Coal India has a poor safety record, with 135 accidents reported last year, killing 37 people and injuring 141, the company said in a report, highlighting concern about working conditions.Operations at the mine in Godda district, about 175 miles from the state capital, Ranchi, have been stopped, Amitabh said.The mine has an annual capacity of 17 million tonnes and accounts for about half of ECL's coal production, he said. Last month, ECL accounted for about 9 percent of Coal India's total production of 50 million tonnes.Mine waste piled up near the mine caved in, state police spokesman R.K. Mullick said."At that time, about 40 people were working in the mine and some of them managed to escape. Some of them have injuries," Mullick said.Related: Chilean miners rescued after 69 daysThe operation of the mine had been outsourced to a private company, Mullick said.The federal Coal Ministry has ordered an investigation.With coal accounting for about 70 percent of India's power generation, the country is the world's third-biggest producer and importer of the fuel, and government wants to boost domestic output to cut imports.Coal India, however, has failed to meet its output targets for years due to several reasons including strikes, accidents and protests.(Writing by Malini Menon; Editing by Robert Birsel) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Brazil policeman confesses to killing Greek ambassador - TV report

Filed under: News, CrimeRIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A Rio de Janeiro police officer confessed to murdering Greece's ambassador to Brazil, possibly at the direction of the diplomat's Brazilian wife with whom the policeman was romantically involved, Globo TV reported on Friday, citing police sources.Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was missing since Monday night. Françoise, his Brazilian wife and the mother of their 10-year-old daughter, reported him missing to police on Wednesday.Globo TV reported on Friday afternoon that officer Sergio Moreira, 29, confessed to killing the ambassador on Monday night in the Rio de Janeiro home the Amiridis owned in Nova Iguaçu, a hardscrabble neighborhood in Rio's sprawling and violent northern outskirts.Globo TV reported that investigators said they believed Françoise and Moreira had arranged the murder in advance.Both Amiridis' wife and the officer were in custody, but it was not clear if they had retained lawyers.Police and Rio state security officials declined to comment on the Globo report and their investigation.The Greek embassy in Brasilia declined to comment.In Athens, Greek foreign ministry spokesman Stratos Efthymiou said the government had no comment.Amiridis served as Greece's consul general in Rio from 2001 to 2004. He was Greece's ambassador to Libya from 2012 until he took the top Brazil post at the beginning of 2016.Globo reported that two other suspects were in custody, but they were not identified.The O Globo newspaper earlier reported that blood was found on a couch inside the home. Globo TV on Friday showed police carrying a sofa into police headquarters.A burned corpse was found on Thursday evening inside the car that Amiridis and his wife had rented. It was parked under a highway overpass in the area where the couple had been staying.On Thursday, police confirmed that the ambassador had been missing since Monday night, when he was last seen leaving the Rio home he shared with his wife.The incident is another blow to Rio's image, just four months after it hosted the Summer Olympics.The neighborhood where the car was found is dominated by powerful and politically connected armed groups comprised mostly of off-duty or retired police and firefighters who control vast areas. They often extort residents in exchange for keeping drug gangs from taking over the areas.The armed groups have grown for several years and often curry favor with local politicians by promising to deliver votes from entire neighborhoods as long as authorities allow them to carry out their crimes.Crime in Rio has been rising and the state is deeply indebted, often unable to pay police and other salaries on time, if at all. (Reporting by Brad Brooks in Sao Paulo, Paulo Prada in Rio de Janeiro and George Georgiopoulos in Athens; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe, Toni Reinhold) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Bannon: In 2016, what the 'hobbits and deplorables' had to say 'was what mattered most'

Filed under: News, White HouseIncoming White House chief strategist Steve Bannon looked back at the 2016 election in an interview with Breitbart News, saying the "hobbits and deplorables" who had been discounted had the biggest voice this past year.The former Breitbart chairman recalled Sen. John McCain's 2011 comments referring to "Tea Party hobbits" and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign trail comments calling President-elect Donald Trump's supporters a "basket of deplorables.""We used to tease, after John McCain made that speech that time, that called our audience 'hobbits,' it was always great to hear what the hobbits had to say because at the end of the day what they had to say was what mattered most," Bannon said.Bannon also said he expects 2017 to be more exciting than 2016."We don't like to try to guess what's going to happen in the future, but I've got to tell you, I think people were very engaged in this election, and I think will be very engaged as time goes forward," Bannon said. "The key is to hold people accountable. The hobbits, or the deplorables, had a great run in '16. Everybody mocked them and ridiculed them, and now they've spoken."GraphiqHe also encouraged Breitbart commenters to continue to "hold people accountable.""I noticed on Breitbart over the last month or two, as either certain [Trump administration] appointments were made or certain things were done that didn't comport with behavior that the deplorables or the hobbits thought were correct, it was interesting to see some of the articles written on the site, and the intensity in the comments," Bannon said."I think that's great. People are engaged."Breitbart, a right-wing website, was very supportive of Trump in the general election, and Bannon was eventually brought on as CEO of Trump's campaign.NOW WATCH: These are Stratfor's chilling predictions for 2017See Also:All-clear given after brief evacuation at Trump TowerKRAUTHAMMER: Trump should 'put his name on' UN headquarters and 'turn it into condos'Ex-Trump official issues cheeky apology for remarks about Obamas: 'I certainly am not a racist'SEE ALSO: BuzzFeed editor-in-chief in year-end memo: 'Fake news will become more sophisticated' than ever in 2017 Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Officers fired for offensive jokes about 'target practice'

Filed under: News, ControversyThree police officers in Miami were fired after making jokes about target practiceAccording to the Miami Herald, the officers were answering questions from others about shooting ranges in their private group practice.Things took a dark turn when they began suggesting that predominately black neighborhoods would be good places to practice shooting.The Herald reports that officers told investigators they were "only joking."Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were fired just two days before Christmas for violating a number of department policies.Their attorney, Stephen Lopez, says the remarks were taken out of context."Officers are supposed to be guardians not warriors. I don't think what they expressed reflects the values of the department," Justin Pinn, an African-American member of a civilian board tasked with monitoring Miami's federal policing agreement, told the Miami Herald. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

St. Ives Apricot Scrub faces lawsuit for causing irritation

Filed under: Lifestyle, Beauty NewsYou might want to think twice before you use St. Ives Apricot Scrub again.TMZ reports that two women have claimed using the scrub with crushed walnut shells "is unfit to be sold or used as a facial scrub."Kaylee Browning and Sarah Basile say it is false advertising. The product says it's "dermatologist-tested," which is misleading, because it's not dermatologist recommended -- one even compared it to taking "sandpaper to the skin."They are seeking $5 million.A spokesperson from Unilever, the parent company, issued a statement to TODAY:"As a general practice, we do not comment on pending litigation. We can say that for over 30 years, consumers have loved and trusted the St. Ives brand to refresh and revitalize their skin. We are proud to be America's top facial scrub brand and stand by our dermatologist-tested formula."The lawsuit cites a New York magazine piece in which dermatologists disagree about the scrub -- one claims it can hurt your face, and others say it promotes healthy cell growth."When scrubs are used appropriately, they can remove keratin plugs associated with acne and boost collagen production, helping skin to look healthy and smooth," Dr. Apple Bodemer, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, told TODAY.Bodemer never recommends that people use the scrubs."I generally don't feel that anyone needs an exfoliant," she added. "I think that gentle cleansing by using your fingers ... helps the skin flake off."Scrubs with nut or sugar in them can cause tiny, nearly-invisibly tears in the skin, which can make it easier for bacteria to enter the skin and cause infection."You are disrupting the barrier,"Dr. Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, told TODAY. "Your skin is dry and cracked but you are breaking your skin down further with these scrubs."Both dermatologists told TODAY that if people feel like they need to exfoliate, they should use a chemical exfoliant, which is safer.Using a mild or neutral soap and lukewarm water no more than twice a day can make a huge difference. Be sure to apply moisturizer afterwards to keep your skin from drying out.Watch out for these beauty trends: Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

A fortress of garbage trucks will protect Times Square on NYE

Filed under: News, Conflict & ExtremismThere haven't been any threats against New York ahead of the city's massive New Year's Eve celebration, but police are taking extra precautions to make sure everyone is safe on the big night."We're going to have one of the most well-policed, best-protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world, ," New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.Along with 7,000 New York Police Department officers, heavily armed Critical Response Command officers, helicopters and bomb-sniffing dogs, the city's security plan also includes garbage trucks. Lots of them.Authorities say 65 Department of Sanitation trucks loaded with tons of sand and 100 NYPD vehicles will act as a fortress around Times Square. Officials hope this will prevent any unauthorized vehicles from entering the area.SEE MORE: The History Behind New Year's Eve's Biggest PartyThe New Year's Eve festivities come just a few weeks after a truck plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more.And, months before that, 86 people died when a truck driver drove through a crowd in Nice, France.Starting Saturday morning, New Year's Eve attendees will be funneled into dozens of viewing pens across Times Square after being screened. Patrons will not be allowed to bring large containers, umbrellas, coolers or backpacks into the area.Sand trucks and blocker cars will also protect the fireworks in Central Park and on Coney Island. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Man accused of killing stepdaughter, 5, allegedly 'snapped' after she asked for food

Filed under: News, CrimeA Michigan man accused of murdering his 5-year-old stepdaughter allegedly told police he "snapped" when she asked for food, stabbing the little girl to death and then setting her body on fire in an effort to cover up the crime, officials said in court.Thomas McClellan, 25, allegedly became incensed when Luna Younger wouldn't leave his bedroom in their Holt apartment after she asked him to get her something to eat on November 1, Ingham County Detective Chuck Buckland testified during a preliminary hearing Thursday, according to the Lansing State Journal.McClellan allegedly told police that he wrestled the little girl to the ground, sat on her hips and stabbed her numerous times, the detective said.He then allegedly covered the child's lifeless body with blankets, doused the pile with vodka and set it on fire, Buckland continued.See more from this tragic case:A medical examiner reportedly testified that Luna died from at least five stab wounds to the chest and was dead by the time her body was burned.Firefighters responding to the spreading fire eventually discovered Younger's body under the blankets, but they said they knew nothing could be done to save her."I knew the victim had expired," Delhi Township Firefighter Corey Drolett testified.Read: Mom Tells 911 Operator Satan Was Coming for Her When She Stabbed 8-Year-Old Son 55 TimesStill, he passed her little body through a window to a fellow firefighter and CPR was "very lightly" performed on the child."Based on the situation [I] felt that would show [the mother] that we were attempting some effort," Drolett said.Younger's mother, Victoria McClellan, who was at work at the time of the killing, and told authorities she and her husband had been "bickering" earlier in the day, the State Journal wrote.She convinced McClellan to surrender to police. He was taken into custody shortly thereafter.McClellan, who had no criminal history, was charged with murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson. He could face up to life in prison if found guilty.Judge Thomas Boyd ruled that there was enough evidence to proceed to trial on all three charges. A court date has not yet been set.McClellan's attorney, Andrew Abood, said that while the judge's decision was not surprising, he thinks "the story has yet to be fully developed. We only saw part of the story at the preliminary exam."Luna was remembered as a "happy kindergartener" who "loved school," her obituary read. Read: Man Jealous Over Attention Toddler Daughter Receives After Surviving Cancer Kills Her: Officials"Recess, math and lunch were the favorite parts of her day," the memorial continued. "This sweet angel will be missed forever by her family and friends."Loved ones were stunned by the child's gruesome death, taking to social media to express their grief. "Luna was a delightful fairy, full of both sugar and spice. She was a special little girl and you did a beautiful job raising her," wrote one donor on a YouCaring Page created to help Luna's mother and family.The YouCaring page quickly surpassed its goal of $7,000, having raised almost $12,000 as of Friday. As the donations continued to pour in, so did the heartfelt words."The light in her eyes was so bright ... She was wise beyond her years and had Godliness within her adorable little self. May you find comfort in God's graces," a mourner posted."I had the magnificent blessing of being Luna's kindergarten teacher this year," one of her educators wrote. "She brought light into my room for 41 days, and for that I am forever grateful. I continue to hold her close in my heart and know that I have an angel watching over me."Related: Also learn more about infamous cold cases:Watch: Ex-Boyfriend Kills 3 Kids, Seriously Hurts Mom After Hiding In Home Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

How the U.K. is making breast implants safer than ever

Filed under: Lifestyle, Health & Wellness Companies in the U.K. are now providing barcodes on breast implants, hip replacements and other surgical tools to help prevent scares like the PIP silicone scandal from happening. Poly Implant Prothése—or PIP— was a breast implant manufacturing company that was caught making fraudulent breast implants out of cheaper industrial-grade silicone. According to BBC, 400,000 women received PIP implants and 4,000 of those reportedly ruptured. This created a fear in the health community.But now, U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) is providing barcodes on implants and other medical supplies. And Britain's Department of Health announced a "Scan4Safety" initiative that will see to it that these codes are put on. With the codes on medical supplies and patient wristbands, medical professionals will be able to see who administered the treatment, and where and when it was done.The government claims this will help to rid harms in hospitals such as errors like administering the wrong drugs or a surgery being performed on the wrong part of the body. "By using barcodes, anything that might develop a fault years later, for example a screw used in a knee operation or breast implant, can be traced," a statement from the U.K. government says."The details, such as when it was used and the surgeon who carried out the procedure, can be found quickly and easily." So, if there's a recall on any of the hardware, patients can be tracked down and informed immediately. This £12 million operation is already proving effective. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claims that early results from six pilot projects show a potential to save lives and £1 billion for the NHS over seven years.While this system is not a part of the U.S. medical scene yet, we're staying hopeful that it'll cross the pond to our plastic surgery industry as well.Scroll through to see surgery in Venezuela: ​​More in lifestyleMarried people have a better chance of surviving a stroke, study saysDid you know about Debbie Reynold's unsung love for sports?6 science-backed ways to lose weight before you even get to work Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Craziest celebrity wardrobe malfunctions of 2016

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity StyleStars took major risks this year with hip-high slits, nude dresses, and sheer paneling being the biggest trends on the red carpet. But with hot trends comes nasty wardrobe malfunctions, and some stars this year suffered big time.John Legend's leading lady, Chrissy Teigen gave the world a show when she showed up to the American Music Awards in a black dress that had a seriously high slit. Within moments, the dress had shifted, revealing a lot of her lady bits to the world. Naturally, the model mom took the whole situation in stride and later thanked her hair removal expert in an Instagram post of her dress.Check out all the biggest wardrobe malfunctions below:1.) Bella Hadid bares all at Cannes: The Victoria's Secret model put everything on display in Cannes in a slinky red dress with a thigh hight slit and an extremely low neckline. The trouble was -- when she walked, the dress shifted revealing just a slit of fabric to cover her up. Big oops!2.) Two Italian models give us a major peep-showIf you're trying to make a name for yourself at Cannes, there's no better way to do it than to just let it all hang out there! Giulia Salemi and Dayane Mello left very little to the imagination in orange and pink dresses that had such high slits that every time they walked, we got a full frontal. At one point, the models just seem to give up!3.) Chrissy Teigen's American Music Award slit situationYou gotta get a closer look at Teigen's big whops at the AMAs this year, since it was one of the most talked-about parts of the show. The dress, which was pinned together on the side, was basically an accident waiting to happen. When it wasn't showing off too much in the front, it was definitely showing off a lot in the back. As she walked onto the stage, audience members got a prime look at her rear.4.) Britney Spears loses a bra strap on stageLike a true pro, Britney Spears can perform through anything! She proved just that when her bra top broke during a performance in Las Vegas and she just held her top on while she continued to dance and sing. Aced it, Brit!5.) Gigi Hadid at the Victoria's Secret Fashion showBras are apparently really tricky. Gigi Hadid had a wardrobe whoops when she was modeling at the Victoria's Secret Fashion show and her own bra strap snapped off. Luckily, there were enough other straps in this look to keep her held together.6.) Ciara's wardrobe whoops on purposeListen, not everyone is afraid to show things off. Ciara flashed some major sideboob at the Billboard Music Awards and left jaws on the floor. In most cases, this would be a big wardrobe whoops, but it's clear that the "1, 2 Step" singer did it on purpose.7) Gigi Hadid has a major nip slip at Versace Fashion ShowGigi really has a hard time on the catwalk. In February, the stunning model was walking in the Versace Fashion Show when things went very wrong and her dress slid off her shoulder, revealing her bare breast. Whoops!8.) Sharna Burgess got caught in a slip on live TV"Dancing With the Stars" does require a lot of technical movements, so it's not a huge surprise that costumes sometimes rip. But Sharna Burgess got caught with a rip in a very unfortunate spot during the live broadcast. Thankfully, fellow pro Peta warned her about the situation.9.) Iggy Azalea at the GQ Men of the Year AwardsIggy headed Down Under for the GQ MOTY Awards, but she decided on a pretty daring ensemble. The singer donned a blazer with nothing underneath, which gave onlookers a wild view.10.) Ben Affleck goes unzippedWardrobe malfunctions aren't just about the girl. Ben Affleck suffered an embarrassing gaffe at the "Suicide Squad" premiere when he apparently forgot to button his pants. Sometimes that extra step is rough, right? Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Trump praises Putin for 'great move' not responding to Russia sanctions: 'I always knew he was very smart!'

Filed under: News, White HousePresident-elect Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for his decision not to respond to sanctions levied by President Barack Obama's administration this week in retaliation for suspected election-related hacking."Great move on delay (by V. Putin) — I always knew he was very smart!" Trump tweeted.The president-elect pinned the tweet to the top of his Twitter page. The message was also retweeted by the Russian Embassy in the US.Putin had said earlier that the Kremlin would "not resort to irresponsible 'kitchen' diplomacy" in response to the sanctions and the ejection of 35 Russian diplomats from the US."Although we have the right to retaliate," Putin said, Russia would instead "plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump administration."Putin's move to stay silent was characterized by Michael Kofman, a global fellow at the Wilson Center who specializes in Russian and Eurasian affairs, as "the most damaging and embarrassing answer [the US] could receive."Trump has been reluctant to blame the election-related hacking on Russia, despite US intelligence agencies placing blame on the country for the cyberattacks.Instead, the president-elect has repeatedly suggested he would like the US to have a warmer relationship with Russia and work together on issues like combatting terrorism. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Ryan Seacrest gets stuck in an elevator on his way to New Year's Eve ball

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsRyan Seacrest found himself stuck in an elevator Friday morning as he was en route to show off the New Year's Eve ball in Times Square.Read: New Year's Eve Security to Be Especially Tight in Wake of European Terror AttacksThe host of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve was on his way to the top of 1 Times Square, where the New Year's Eve ball will drop, with producers from Good Morning America Friday morning when he got stuck in an elevator.He was scheduled to go live on Good Morning America at 7:48 a.m., but couldn't get out in time to make it.The 42-year-old TV personality was trapped for about 40 minutes before the FDNY rescued him and the GMA staffers.He posted about his ordeal on social media and kept fans updated as to what was happening.Also see Ryan Seacrest through the years:Read: From the Pulse Nightclub Shooting to Pokemon Go, Here Are the Top Newsmakers of 2016After his rescue, he told Inside Edition: "We had Altoids, cough drops and someone had one Advil."Jenny McCarthy will return to co-host the annual New Year's Eve special with Seacrest.Watch: Oh Baby! Meet the Infants Who Defied All Odds to Survive in 2016 Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Terrifying video shows meteor passing behind erupting volcano

Filed under: News, EnvironmentA camera that films the Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica captured an unbelievable sight -- a meteor passing by during the eruption.Though the footage is only six seconds long, it's still pretty cool.Eric Sanchez, a spokesperson from the San José Planetarium, told Q Costa Rica that the sighting was a shocking first for the camera, which has been operating since 2011.People who saw the flash on Wednesday night thought it might be a UFO.See more photos of meteors: Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson to guest host 'Today' show, teases 'announcements'

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity News, TV NewsFormer Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who famously filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes this summer, will guest host the 9 a.m. hour of the "Today" show on Tuesday, Jan. 3.Carlson made the announcement Friday on her Twitter, tweeting that she is "excited to be guest hosting." She also teased that she will be delivering some news while she's on the morning show, writing, "Pls join me on NBC for announcements!" including the hashtags "new year," "2017" and "never give up."Carlson filed her lawsuit against Ailes this past July, which set off a domino effect of allegations from multiple woman against the embattled Fox News chief, ultimately forcing him to resign from the company. Carlson reportedly received a $20 million settlement, plus a public apology from the cable news network.Tuesday's episode of "Today" will mark Carlson's first on-air hosting gig, following the Fox News debacle. Since settling the sexual harassment case, Carlson has kept a relatively low profile, but she did sit down with ABC News for a "20/20" special in November. During her interview, Carlson said, "I hope I've helped other women to win."The 9 a.m. hour of "Today," which is co-hosted by Tamron Hall, has been in flux ever since the departure of Billy Bush, who came under widespread scrutiny for the now-infamous leaked audio tapes with President-Elect Donald Trump, in which Bush and Trump were heard making vulgar comments about women. Bush was hired to co-anchor the 9 a.m. hour of "Today" just weeks prior to his controversial exit.While Carlson teased forthcoming "announcements" in her tweet, no word on whether she's gearing up to announce a more regular presence on "Today." Variety's request for comment was not immediately answered by reps for the NBC morning show.Next week's "Today" will also see another familiar face on the anchor desk: former "Today" host Katie Couric is back reuniting with Matt Lauer for the week of Jan. 2, filing in for Savannah Guthrie, who is on maternity leave. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and her sons throw epic dance party -- watch their amazing moves!

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsParty animals!Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are enjoying some quality time this holiday season, vacationing with the "Used to Love You" singer's three sons, Kingston, 10, Zuma, 8, and Apollo, 2, and their extended families in Oklahoma.WATCH: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Kick Off Their Holiday Celebrations With Homemade Cooking in OklahomaAnd what's a vacation without a dance party? On Thursday, Stefani took to her Snapchat to share a few videos showcasing everyone's on fleek dance moves.The group, mostly all dressed in matching camo outfits, danced to Bruno Mars' hit, "24K Magic," Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar's "Don't Wanna Know," Missy Elliott's "Work It" and Stefani's and Justin Timberlake's "What U Workin' With?" from the Trolls soundtrack.The family affair included Gwen's brother, Todd Stefani, his wife, Jennifer Stefani, and their children, as well as Shelton's sister, Endy Intieri, her husband, Mike Intieri, and their little ones. Blake's dog, Betty, also joined the fun. RELATED: Blake Shelton Puts on 'Private Show' for Gwen Stefani's Family on Christmas EveLast week, Shelton and Stefani celebrated Christmas Eve in California and Snapchatted the festive affair, which included much of Gwen's extended family and children.For more on their festive celebrations, watch the video above!PHOTOS: Blake and Gwen at the White House together Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Highway patrol officer jumps into moving car to save toddler from impaired driver

Filed under: News, CrimeMANORVILLE, N.Y. (WPIX) – A highway patrol officer jumped into a moving car on the Long Island Expressway to arrest an alleged impaired driver with her 22-month-old child inside the vehicle Thursday afternoon, police said.Maria Lagatta, 37, was driving approximately 20 miles per hour eastbound on the LIE near exit 70 when Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Gross attempted to initiate a traffic stop around 5:30 p.m., police said. Except Lagatta did not stop.Gross pulled alongside the vehicle and saw a child in the rear passenger seat and was able to slow down incoming traffic to avoid getting rear ended, police said. Lagatta then slowed down to approximately 5 miles per hour, according to police.The police officer sped past Lagatta, and parked his vehicle on the right shoulder before jumping into her car through the passenger seat window and brought the vehicle to a stop, police said. Both Lagatta and her young daughter were not hurt. The girl was released to a family member and Child Protective Services was notified.Lagatta was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years old or younger, and endangering the welfare of a child, police said. She will arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on December 30. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Tattoo freckles are the latest beauty trend

Filed under: Lifestyle, Beauty NewsBeauty trends may come and go, but this latest trend will live on forever. Literally!Nothing really seems to shock us anymore -- there's always something new in the beauty world. We've heard of people inking their eyebrows and the inside of their lips, but what about their cheeks?Freckle tattoos are the latest beauty craze, with more and more people getting their cheeks tatted. Tattoo artists "follow" their customer's natural freckle trend along their face -- in a few months, the ink and swelling is supposed to subside and the freckles will blend in with the natural skin tone. The tattoo trend is so popular that there's even a hashtag! #Freckyourself on Instagram shows the best of these freckled faces.Scroll through to see the wildest beauty trend: What do you think of the latest cosmetic craze?More in lifestyleWhat inspired Princess Leia's buns? Here's the history behind the iconic 'Star Wars' lookOne mistake you're making that makes your chapped lips worse9 eyeliner tricks that will change your life (or at least save you time) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Debit card usage is increasing

Filed under: Finance, CreditA new study shows that debit card use is growing significantly in North America, outstripping average credit card use. Research from the Federal Reserve's "Payments Study 2016" found that 69.5 billion transactions were conducted on debit cards in 2015, compared to 33.8 billion on credit cards. Previous data has also shown that many consumers are using debit card payments for small transactions, even those below $5.For many households concerned about their personal finances, using debit cards instead of being drawn in by attractive credit card offers can be a good choice. Transaction value remains highest on credit cards, however, with people choosing this for larger items. For example, while $2.6 trillion was spent in 2015 on debit accounts, $3.2 trillion was charged to credit cards across fewer transactions.Credit cards continue to be alluring for many people, as shown by the rising levels of debt. The average American household owes up to $16,061 in credit card balances. In 2009, President Barack Obama introduced the Credit CARD Act, making it more difficult for under 21s to gain access to credit cards. This has made its mark, with only 65 percent of millennials owning such cards, compared to 83 percent of baby boomers and 78 percent of generation Xers.With correct use, credit cards can offer significant bonuses, cash back, and travel rewards, allowing you to pay off large purchases over a longer time period. The increasing use of debit cards suggests that more Americans are worried about the potential for mounting debt.If you want more credit, check out MoneyTips' list of credit card offers.Originally Posted at: http://www.moneytips.com/debit-card-usage-increasing/135RELATED: See the 'most hated' credit card companies:More from MoneyTips:Understanding Credit vs. Debit CardsRushCard IssuesConsequences Of The Millennial/Debt Relationship Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

8 Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher TV specials and tributes to watch

Filed under: Entertainment, TV NewsAfter the shocking back-to-back deaths of mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher this week, several TV channels will remember the Singin' in the Rain and Star Wars icons with special programming over the next few days through the end of January.20/20, ABC: Friday (Dec. 30), 10 p.m.An hour-long special called "Debbie and Carrie: A Hollywood Love Story" will detail their careers and legacies, and the duo's loving and complicated relationship. It will also include heartfelt tributes from family and friends.Will & Grace marathon, Logo: Friday (Dec. 30), 5 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday (Dec. 31), 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Logo's two Will & Grace marathons will include episodes featuring Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Debra Messing's mother in the NBC sitcom.Read more: Hollywood Mourns Iconic 'Star Wars' Star Carrie Fisher RuPaul's Drag Race, Logo: Saturday (Dec. 31), midnightAfter the 14 episodes of Will & Grace on Friday night (Dec. 30), Logo will air a 2010 episode of RuPaul's Drag Race called "Golden Girls," which featured Reynolds and Cloris Leachman as guest judges.PHOTOS: Debbie Reynolds' most famous rolesRoseanne, Logo: Saturday (Dec. 31), 1 a.m.The channel will then broadcast a 1997 episode of Roseanne written by Fisher and guest starring Reynolds. Titled "Arsenic and Old Mom," the episode marks Fisher's first and only time writing for a sitcom.Golden Girls, Logo: Saturday (Dec. 31), 2 a.m."There Goes the Bride: Part II," from 1991, was Reynolds' only appearance on the beloved sitcom.Read more: 'Force Awakens' Deleted Scene Reveals Classic Leia Wit Wishful Drinking, HBO: Sunday (Jan. 1), 9 p.m.A revealing 2010 feature-length documentary about Fisher's autobiographical play, Wishful Drinking received two Primetime Emmy nominations for its original run. Includes clips of her one-woman stage show alongside interviews with family and friends.Bright Lights, HBO: Jan. 7, 8 p.m.The documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds — which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016 and will screen at the upcoming Palm Springs Film Festival in January 2017 — was slated to air on HBO in March. The cable network announced on Friday that the doc will now premire Jan. 7 following the passing of its subjects. Co-directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, Bright Lights gives a candid look at the duo in the months leading up to the 2015 Screen Actors Guild awards, where Reynolds received the Lifetime Achievement Award.TCM Remembers Debbie Reynolds, TCM: Jan. 27, 6 a.m.Turner Classic Movies is celebrating the life of Reynolds with a 24-hour film tribute. Beginning at 6 a.m. ET, the following movies will play (in order): It Started With A Kiss (1959), Bundle Of Joy (1956), How The West Was Won (1963), The Tender Trap (1955), Hit The Deck (1955), I Love Melvin (1953), Singin' In The Rain (1952), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), The Mating Game (1959), The Catered Affair (1956), The Singing Nun (1965), How Sweet It Is! (1968).Read more: Did Debbie Reynolds Die of Broken-Heart Syndrome? A version of this story originally appeared on Billboard.com. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
31 December 2016, 02:59

Watch Drake & Jennifer Lopez smooch, dance & tease new collaboration at Winter Wonderland prom

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsDrake and Jennifer Lopez became prom king and queen at Winter Wonderland Prom in Hollywood, Calif.After snuggling up for the 'Gram and sending the Internet into a frenzy on Wednesday (Dec. 28), the rumored couple continued to show more PDA on the dance floor kissing and dancing all while teasing a potential new collaboration at a recent event.In several of the clips, Jennifer Lopez's voice could be heard singing on a sensual, pulsing beat that also features vocals from Drake, which appears to confirm reports that the two are working on music together. "You need me to get that s--t together," they sing. Drake has been attending several shows at J.Lo's Las Vegas residency and sharing pics of their quality time on Instagram. "-- <-------- Lotta those," he wrote in the caption of one photo. See the Winter Wonderland festivities via Instagram videos below. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Tickle experiments reveal what a happy rat looks like

Filed under: News, AnimalsIt's all in the earsAlexey Krasavin via Flickr CC By SA 2.0This rat looks pretty happyWhen researchers tickle rats for science, everybody wins.Although scientists know how to read rats' faces for pain, aggression, and fear, they've paid little attention to identifying positive emotions. But there are plenty of reasons to want to know what a happy rat looks like: In addition to helping scientists monitor lab animal welfare, these cues could help out in studies where positive emotions might be relevant—such as in testing a depression drug, for example.Finlayson et al.Which rat is happier?Wider-angled (relaxed) and pinker ears denote happiness in rats. So the rat on the right is probably more anxious than the rat on the left, which has just been tickled.A team at the University of Bern in Switzerland set out to see if they could identify positive emotions in rats. Fortunately, rats are ticklish. And when they're really enjoying getting tickled, they'll let out high-pitched giggles and literally jump for joy.Listening to white noise, on the other hand, is mildly unpleasant for rats. By comparing 15 rodents' facial expressions during tickling versus while listening to that static, the scientists were able to identify the Rattus equivalent of a smile.When a rat is happy, it turns out, his ears will become pinker and they'll relax so that they lie flatter against his head, as opposed to being forward and at attention.Finlayson et al.A rigorous tickle methodologyThe researchers tested both one-handed and two-handed tickling techniques.[PLOS One Via the Verge] Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

What you need to shop at Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale

Filed under: Lifestyle, ShoppingOne of the biggest sales of the year is finally here: Nordstrom's Half Yearly! December 26th through January 2nd, shop all of Nordstrom's amazing deals. From shoes to clothing to accessories, you are sure to find incredible deals store (and site) wide!As the holidays wind down, there is no better time to curl up by the fire place and shop the sale online, or to get out of the house and venture to your nearest Nordstrom's to grab the hottest sales. Still trying to find the perfect New Years Eve outfit? Nordstrom has got you covered.Start 2017 off on the right foot by loading up on the season's best trends and refreshing your wardrobe. See you at the sale!RELATED: Nordstrom products we loveMore headlines:Slow cooker rocky road barsThe unexpected advantages of using copper cookwareChocolate peppermint sandwich cookies Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

9 fashion books to take your coffee table to the next level

Filed under: Lifestyle, Living, FashionIf you're looking for a way to elevate your living room a bit and want to make it feel a bit more luxurious, try adding a few coffee table books to your space! Hardcover fashion books always make a statement with their attention-grabbing covers and iconic topics. Flip through decades of fashion in just a few minutes, while also getting some serious style inspiration from the top designers in the world.Plus books never go out of season, so they can remain a permanent fixture on your ottoman or side table all year long. Check out our top fashion book picks below and never worry about finding a conversation starter again!%BTN-SlideshowID="419898" cta_text="Buy it!" numbered_list="true"%More from AOL.com14 photos that prove Amal Clooney is Jackie Kennedy incarnatedThe prettiest summer hair colors EVERThese pool floats will get you Instagram famous in no time Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Christmas cheer returns to Nigeria's Boko Haram heartland

Filed under: Good NewsMAIDUGURI, Nigeria Dec 22 (Reuters) - Night markets, carol singers and even Santa Claus hats have returned to northeast Nigeria's Maiduguri, in a sign that the threat from jihadist group Boko Haram has ebbed.Stalls display vegetables, fruit and fish and people chat over cups of tea. It is a far cry from three years ago, when the traditional food markets were closed by curfews imposed after Boko Haram gunmen mounted attacks on them.More than 15,000 people have been killed and over two million forced to flee their homes by the Islamist militant group's seven-year-old insurgency, aimed at creating a caliphate under sharia law.Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, was the city hardest hit. But Boko Haram has been forced to retreat in recent months to its stronghold in the Sambisa forest by Nigeria's army and troops from neighboring countries.The curfew has been pushed back to 10 p.m., from 6 p.m., enabling night markets to remain open until 9 p.m."We have returned home now that peace and security has been restored to continue the business," said Ahmed Dangaskiye, whose motorcyle taxi firm has been boosted by the return of late trading at Gomari market in a southwestern district.See earlier: Kidnapped girls returned to their families:Abdul Jabar, a tea seller pouring hot drinks for clusters of men in Custom market, in the southeast of the city, said that until a few months ago, people did not leave home at night."Even by 5 p.m. nobody can come to this area, but now, thank God, peace has come," he said.Christmas carol singers, some wearing Santa Claus hats, backed by congregations of at least 50 gather to sing hymns in the predominantly Muslim city.Boko Haram has carried out several deadly attacks on churches in the past. The group still stages suicide bombings in the northeast and in neighboring Niger and Cameroon.In early December two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 56 people at a daytime market in Madagali, 150 km (90 miles) from Maiduguri.A pharmacist in Gomari market was aware of the need to remain vigilant. "We have to search them outside before coming here in case of any suicide bomber," he said.More on AOL.com:Dueling holiday signs at park have community outragedJapan's female hunters take aim at wild boar, stereotypesTraditional English pub becomes lavish Christmas spectacle Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

2016's trendiest accessories

Filed under: Lifestyle, AccessoriesWith 2016 coming to a close, some fashion trends stand out to us more than others from the last year. 2016 was a major year for accessories, and we have rounded up the best selling items from Amazon, so you can stock up on your favorite style pieces for the new year! From sneakers to chokers, did your signature accessory make the list?%BTN-SlideshowID="468014" cta_text="Buy now!" numbered_list="false"%RELATED: The 16 best books of 2016More headlinesThe best travel products of 2016Kim Kardashian's hottest Instagrams of 2016Here are the best memes of 2016 Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

This indoor stovetop grill is a must-make winter purchase

Filed under: Lifestyle, Cooking 101This post was created by our Shop on AOL curators, who share the best products at great prices.Don't resign to waiting out the entire winter without your favorite meals. What's football season without BBQ after all?! That's why this winter we're obsessed with this stovetop grill that makes it super easy to cook up your favorite grilled dishes indoors.This season-saving grill works on standard electric, gas or propane stoves and is extremely simple to set up. The outer ring of the grill even catches fats and juices during cooking to ensure an easy clean-up. You'll be whipping up burgers, BBQ chicken or tasty skewers on the coldest days without freezing your behind off!Nothing will save your winter (and Super Bowl party) like this Smokeless Indoor Stovetop Grill. It retails for $48, but AOL readers can snag it for just $24.99. Grab yours and enjoy tasty eats in any season.More from Shop on AOLThe gorgeous leather tote celebs are buying up, fast5 reasons you shouldn't drive without a dashcamCook healthy gourmet meals with 54% off Blue Apron Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Expert warns 'major event' will need to happen for cybersecurity to be taken seriously

Filed under: News, Tech IndustryIn mid December, Uber put its first fleet of self-driving cars on the road in its hometown of San Francisco. The online transportation network company did so in the face of state regulators who say the company needs a permit to keep the vehicles on the road. By noon that first day, a video surfaced online showing one of Uber's Volvo XC90s, equipped with their "state-of-the-art self-driving technology," running a red light.Just a year prior, Chrysler issued recalls for 1.4 million hackable cars after a vulnerability in several models was discovered which gave hackers the ability to control vehicles remotely.Cybersecurity is now at the forefront of the national consciousness, due large in part to 2016 being a year filled with hacks, leaks, and email dumps. This year alone saw multiple major corporations get hit by cyber attacks; internet giants like Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix were compromised through a webcam hack, Russia targeted the 2016 election by hacking the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in an attempt to sway the presidential race in Donald Trump's favor, and even the FBI joined in on the hacking fun when they broke into the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone without Apple's cooperation.It's fair to say 2016 was a big year for hacking.As society moves toward more and more automation, with now daily tasks like banking and transportation being computerized, the reality of a serious and even deadly cyberattack is beginning to feel less like the plot of a science fiction film and more like an inevitability. "It will take some kind of major event to push this type of industry," Marshall Heilman, VP of Mandiant Consulting at cybersecurity firm FireEye, told AOL.com."There are certain medical devices that are implanted in human beings that can possibly be hacked.""If you look at the automation of cars, obviously the government has to have some type of legislation and mandate to secure that environment. Otherwise, could you imagine if hackers were able to take over a bunch of cars and drive them around; that would be extremely bad," said Heilman."Some type of event I think is going to have to occur before the government actually gets involved and sets those particular standards."Heilman sees the trajectory of safety in the automation industry as analogous to the oil and gas industry. "Safety is the biggest thing that they worry about now," said Heilman of oil and gas companies. "And that's because since they've had a number of accidents over the years, the government has stepped in, and there are now all types of mandatory safety requirements and legislation around that particular problem. ""I expect to see a same thing in the automation industry," said Heilman.For many in the cybersecurity field, they see a constant struggle between innovation and security that can often lead to major companies being on the receiving end of attacks. As the public demands new and innovative smartphones, tablets, and cars at an annual rate, Heilman sees this cycle as a potential problem."It is hard to innovate when you are constantly having to worry about security, and right now our society as a whole favors innovation. We want that new smartphone to come out every year with new functionality, but it's not possible to have a new phone come out every year and be 100% secure," said Heilman. One field where security has seemingly yet to catch up to its innovation is the medical industry. While there have been considerable breakthroughs in defibrillator and other implantable technologies, research suggests these advancements may come with a price. "There are certain medical devices that are implanted in human beings that can possibly be hacked," said Heilman.In October of this year, cybersecurity firm Bishop Fox backed an original report from short-selling firm Muddy Waters which claimed to find a critical and life-threatening vulnerability in Jude Medical Inc cardiac implants. If compromised, the report states that hackers could convert the company's Merlin@home patient monitoring devices into "weapons" with the ability to cause cardiac implants to stop providing care, and even deliver shocks to patients.St. Jude has strongly disputed these claims, which are currently under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.But speaking about the possibility of medical implants being hacked, Heilman called it "concerning," saying it's "something we as a society don't really spend that much time thinking about.""It will take some kind of major event to push this type of industry."However, it's not all dire for the future of cybersecurity. While there is always a perpetual race to get ahead of hackers, the industry as a whole has experienced some wins as of late, and there is reason to believe the industry as a whole is trending in the right direction."We've seen the cybersecurity industry get better at detecting the fact that there are hackers in environments and actually doing something about it," Heilman continued. "About five or six years ago the average number of days that an organization was compromised was 600 plus. And now we are down to about 146."Which is great, but the problem is attackers still only need a handful of days to completely own an environment. So while I see hope and that we are getting a lot better as an industry we still have some work to do."BY: WILLIAM STEAKIN Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Steelers beat Ravens with last-gasp touchdown, win AFC North

Filed under: Sports, NFL NewsBen Roethlisberger threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with nine seconds remaining to finish off a frantic 21-point Pittsburgh fourth quarter and the Steelers rallied to beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-27 on Sunday and win the AFC North.The Steelers (10-5) overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and a 10-yard, go-ahead touchdown run by Kyle Juszcyk with 1:25 remaining to beat the Ravens (8-7) for the first time in five games, and win their NFL-best 22nd division title since 1970.The result eliminated the Ravens from playoff contention.The Steelers looked to be in position to win their seventh AFC North title since 2002 when two Le'Veon Bell touchdowns of 7 yards each about four minutes apart, aided by a key pass interference penalty, helped them overcome a 20-10 Baltimore lead and take a 24-20 lead. Bell ran for 122 yards.But Baltimore surged back as Joe Flacco mounted a 75-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive ended by Juszcyk's run up the middle -- the third time in the drive he gained key yardage.However, the Ravens gave Roethlisberger (24 of 33, 279 yards) just a little too much time to put together a game-saving, 75-yard drive.The Steelers won their sixth in a row after dropping four straight and now will finish the regular season next Sunday against the Cleveland Browns (1-14) in a meaningless game.The Ravens, only minutes after they looked to be in position to claim the division, were eliminated from playoff contention.(Editing by Andrew Both) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Singer George Michael dead at age 53: BBC reports, citing publicist

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity News British singer George Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham! and then forged a career as a successful solo artist with sometimes sexually provocative lyrics, died at his home in England on Sunday. He was 53.In the mid-1980s, "Wham! was one of the most successful pop duos ever, ahead even of Simon & Garfunkel, with singles like ""Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," ""Careless Whisper," ""Last Christmas" and ""The Edge of Heaven.""It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period," his publicist said in a statement.See George Michael through the years:"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage," the statement said.British police said Michael's death was "unexplained but not suspicious."Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou June 25, 1963 in London to Greek Cypriot immigrant parents in a flat above a north London laundrette, Michael once played music on the London underground train system before finding fame with Wham!.With a school friend, Andrew Ridgeley, he formed Wham! in 1981, a partnership that would produce some of the most memorable pop songs and dance-floor favorites of the 1980s."I am in deep shock," said Elton John. "I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP."'I WANT YOUR SEX'The duo had their first hit with their second release ""Young Guns (Go For It)" (1982) before their debut release ""Wham Rap" became a hit the following year. The 1984 album "Make It Big" was a huge success in the United States.""No way could I have done it without Andrew," Michael once said. "I can't think of anybody who would have been so perfect in allowing something which started out as a very naive, joint ambition, to become what was still a huge double act but what was really...mine."But Michael was keen to reach beyond Wham!'s teenage audience and to experiment with other genres. Wham! announced their split in 1986.A pilot solo single ""I Want Your Sex" was banned by daytime radio stations but was one of his biggest hits."I want your sex, I want you, I want your sex," he sang. "So why don't you just let me go, I'd really like to try, Oh I'd really love to know, When you tell me you're gonna regret it, Then I tell you that I love you but you still say no!"In the space of the next five years, Michael had six U.S. Number One hit singles including ""Faith," ""Father Figure," ""One More Try," ""Praying For Time" and a duet with Aretha Franklin ""I Knew You Were Waiting For Me."Questions about his sexuality were raised when he was arrested in 1998 for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom of the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills, California."I feel stupid and reckless and weak for letting my sexuality be exposed that way," Michael told CNN at the time. "But I do not feel shame [about my sexuality], neither do I think I should.""I can try to fathom why I did what I did," he continued, "but at the end of the day, I have to admit that maybe part of the kick was that I might get found out," he told CNN.Though he had relationships with women and once told family members that he was bisexual, Michael, then 34, said he was gay."Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael," said Star Trek actor and LGBT rights activist George Takei. "You've found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you."While Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in power, Michael voted for Britain's opposition Labour Party but criticized Tony Blair's support for George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq."Sad to hear that George Michael has died," said current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. "He was an exceptional artist and a strong supporter of LGBT and workers' rights."Michael's death comes at the end of a year that has seen the passing of several music superstars, including David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. Rick Parfitt, the guitarist of British rock group Status Quo, died on Saturday at 68. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Mike Davidson; Additional reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Alan Crosby and Mary Milliken) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Fake news story prompts Pakistan to make nuclear threat against Israel

Filed under: News, Conflict & ExtremismA fake news story prompted Pakistan to threaten another nation with nuclear weapons on Friday, reports the New York Times.The country's defense minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, noted in a tweet, "Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh. Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too..."As it turns out the tweet followed a fake piece by awdnews.com. Its headline read, "Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops into Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack."RELATED: See declassified photos of US prepping for nuke attackThe story had numerous errors including the wrong name for the current Israeli defense minister.On Saturday, Israel clarified via a tweet that the story was "entirely false."However, the New York Times reports, "Mr. Asif did not respond to the Israelis on Twitter, and as of Saturday his message had been reposted nearly 400 times. Many of the people reacting to Mr. Asif on Twitter mocked him for his mistake."Amid the rapid rise of fake news on social media, many prominent political and business leaders have called for an immediate need to address the dissemination of false information.President Obama recently commented on the issue during a press conference, "If we are not serious about facts and what's true and what's not, if we can't discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems." Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

At least 27 people were shot in Chicago over Christmas weekend

Filed under: News, CrimeAt least 27 people were shot in a 48-hour period over Christmas weekend, the New York Timesreported on Sunday, citing information from the Chicago police department, seven of them fatally.One of the people killed was an 18-year-old man who was shot in the neck and back while he was driving through Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood early Christmas Day, around 1:30 a.m., reported the Times. Less than an hour earlier, a 21-year-old man was fatally shot in the head in the South Shore neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune.Officer Jose Estrada, a spokesperson for the Chicago police department told the Times on Sundaythat there had been a total of 745 homicides in Chicago this year — a more-than 50% increase from the same time last year, when the total was 476.While homicides in Chicago have, as the Times reports, "skyrocketed" this year, the national murder rate hit a 33-year-low in 2016, the FBI announced in October, according to ABC News.In Chicago however, Christmas weekend was deadly yet again — NBC5 Chicago reported that last Christmas weekend, 30 people were shot in Chicago and six died.RELATED: See some of the major figures we lost this year Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Obama spent Christmas Eve doing a live-action "escape room" game with his daughters

Filed under: News, White HouseHow did the outgoing leader of the free world spend his Christmas Eve? According to theHill, President Barack Obama took his daughters and some friends to complete a live-action "escape room" game in Hawaii, where the family is spending the holiday.MacGregor Greenlee, general manager at Breakout Waikiki in Honolulu, where Obama and his crew competed in the "escape room" challenge, told BuzzFeed News, "We didn't know that they were coming. It was 100% unexpected. They booked under a different name."Check out photos from the final holiday trip: Greenlee told BuzzFeed the Obamas chose "one of our harder rooms" to try to escape. According to the venue's website, participants have an hour to "crack codes" and "solve riddles" to figure out how to break out of the rooms. "They were yelling [and] screaming, having a blast," Greenlee told BuzzFeed. "They broke out with 12 seconds left."Another employee told BuzzFeed 18-year-old Malia Obama was the real star of the show, doing "a lot of the work" to help the group successfully escape the room in time.According to the Hill, the Obamas celebrated their victory by stopping for shaved ice and greeting crowds on the way home.RELATED: See presidents on vacations through the years Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Debbie Reynolds says daughter Carrie Fisher in 'stable condition'

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsCarrie Fisher is still in "stable condition," her mother Debbie Reynolds shared on Twitter on Christmas Day."Carrie is in stable condition. If there is a change, we will share it," wrote the 84-year-old "Singin' in the Rain" star. "For all her fans & friends. I thank you for your prayers & good wishes," added Reynolds.Carrie Fisher, who became a global icon as a teenager when she took on the role of Princess Leia in "Star Wars," remains in a Los Angeles hospital in intensive care after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday.Also Read:Harrison Ford Reacts to Carrie Fisher Heart Attack: 'I'm Shocked'Since she was rushed from LAX to the UCLA Medical Center emergency room on Friday, messages of support poured out from the Hollywood community — as well as her "Star Wars" family — while her brother, Todd Fisher, has been issuing periodic updates to the press.Here the other recent developments:Fisher's "Star Wars" co-star — and onetime lover — Harrison Ford issued a statement to media Saturday:"I'm shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend," Ford said in the statement. "Our thoughts are with Carrie, her family and friends."RELATED: See Fisher through the yearsAlso Read:Carrie Fisher's Dog 'Tweets' Heartbreaking Photo: 'I'll Be Waiting Right Here Mommy'"Star Trek" legend William Shatner tweeted a heartfelt Christmas wish focused on Fisher Saturday morning:Late Friday, Fisher's brother Todd told CNN that her condition had not changed from earlier in the day, when she was moved from the emergency room to intensive care:"Carrie Fisher is still in the ICU," Todd Fisher said.Also Read:Carrie Fisher 'Out of Emergency,' In Stable Condition (Report)Before that, he told ET he was waiting patiently for an update on her condition."She is in the intensive care unit, she is being well looked after," Todd says. "If everyone could just pray for her that would be good. The doctors are doing their thing and we don't want to bug them. We are waiting by patiently."RELATED: See celebrities react to the newsThe Los Angeles Times obtained audio of the conversation between the pilot and air traffic controllers Friday afternoon:"We have some passengers, nurses assisting the passenger," the pilot said. "We have an unresponsive passenger. They're working on her right now. We're going to have them seated in about two minutes and we're going to hopefully be on the deck in about five."According to YouTube star Anna Akana, a fellow passenger on her flight, Fisher fell unconscious and stopped breathing about 10 minutes before the plane landed and was medically evacuated.Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott told TheWrap on Friday that "at 12:11 p.m., the LAFD responded to LAX International Airport gate 74 for a patient on an inbound flight on cardiac arrest. Paramedics were standing by for the plane's arrival and provided advanced life support and aggressively treated and transported patient to a nearby hospital."Representatives for Fisher have not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.Read original story Debbie Reynolds Says Daughter Carrie Fisher in 'Stable Condition' At TheWrap Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Gunfire at North Carolina Christmas party wounds seven people

Filed under: News, Crime(Reuters) - Police on Sunday were attempting to identify two suspects who shot up a Christmas party at a North Carolina Moose Lodge and wounded seven people before escaping in a vehicle driven by a third suspect.The gunfire broke out on Saturday at a private party in Rockingham County, just outside the city of Madison in north-central North Carolina.No one was in custody and police had yet to identify the suspects, a spokesman for the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said.The Moose Lodge had rented the space to a private party, and officers responding to reports of gunfire there found two victims at the scene while five others had already gone elsewhere to seek treatment, the sheriff's office said in a statement.Some 250 to 300 people were at the party when an argument began, leading to the gunfire, the statement said.All of the victims received treatment, and none of their wounds were considered life-threatening, it said.The two shooters, both men, had been attending the party and put on ski masks before shooting, the statement said, citing witnesses.They fled the scene in a silver car driven by a woman, but the make and model of the car were unknown, the statement said.(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Sandra Maler) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Major magnitude 7.6 quake strikes Chile, tsunami warning lifted

Filed under: News, TragedySANTIAGO, Dec 25 (Reuters) - A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported in the tourism and salmon farming region.Chile's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) lifted both the evacuation order and a tsunami watch three hours after the Christmas Day quake struck, telling nearly 5,000 people who had evacuated they could return to their homes.Onemi said one bridge in the area was impassible as crews worked to restore electricity to 21,000 homes without power.Officials had issued a tsunami warning earlier for areas within 1,000 km (621 miles) of the epicenter, just 39 km (24.5 miles) southwest of Puerto Quellon, off the coast. But the warning was downgraded to a tsunami watch. Eight mostly small ports in the area were closed, Chile's Navy said.The quake was felt on the other side of the Andes mountains in Argentina, in the southwestern city of Bariloche, but structural damage in areas close to the epicenter was limited, witnesses said.The quake's depth was about 34.6 km (21.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said."There was a lot, a lot of movement here, but besides that nothing of note, there weren't houses falling," said Alamiro Vera, owner of the Cabanas Hotel in the southern Chile fishing town of Quellon. "It was just scary, and some things inside fell."A Reuters witness said some roads and at least one bridge were damaged in Quellon, located on Chiloe Island, a tourist destination in Chile's Los Lagos region.'BIGGEST SCARE OF OUR LIVES'The quake disrupted Christmas plans for thousands of people who fled their homes on foot, in cars and on horseback, seeking higher ground amid torrential rains as sirens warned about the potential tsunami.Quellon resident Denisse Alvarado was preparing to travel to the countryside to celebrate Christmas with friends when she felt the quake and ran out of her home."All of a sudden it shook and shook and shook," Alvarado, 46, told Reuters. "I thought the house would fall and the ground would open because it was very strong and very loud.""It was the biggest scare of our lives," she added.Though there were dozens of weaker aftershocks, damage was concentrated along a highway that runs across Chiloe Island, where traffic was shut down in one section and on smaller roads and bridges.Local television showed damage to some homes, especially in Quellon and surrounding areas.SALMON ZONEThe area hit by Sunday's quake was south of Valdivia, Chile, where 1,655 people died in a 1960 quake ranked by the USGS as the most powerful recorded in Chile.The region is home to several industrial salmon farms. An official with Chile's National Fish and Aquaculture Service said several companies had evacuated employees and were evaluating their facilities for possible damage.Fishing and agriculture company Empresas AquaChile SA said its employees in the watch zone had been evacuated and were safe, adding that there was no damage to its facilities.Several other companies have industrial salmon farming operations in the region, including Blumar SA, Cia Pesquera Camanchaca SA, Australis Seafoods SA, Multiexport Foods SA, Invermar SA, and the local unit of Norway's Marine Harvest ASA.Chile is the world's leading copper producer, but there are no major mines located near the zone affected by the earthquake.Chile's state-run oil company ENAP said its Bio Bio refinery in southern Chile was operating normally. The Puerto Montt airport was operating normally, a spokesman said.Latam Airlines Group SA and Sky Airlines said their southern Chile routes were operating without major delays.Chile has a long history of deadly quakes, including a 8.8 magnitude quake in 2010 off the south-central coast, which also triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal towns. (Additional reporting by Gram Slattery; Writing by Mary Milliken and Luc Cohen; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe) Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Did the RNC just compare Trump to Jesus in its official Christmas statement?

Filed under: News, White HouseThe Republican National Committee released its official Christmas statement on Sunday — and it included a line that has some on Twitter wondering if the GOP could be intentionally trying to compare President-elect Donald Trump to Jesus."Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind," read the statement, sent on behalf of RNC chairman and incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and RNC co-chair Sharon Day."Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new king," the statement continued.That reference to a "new king" had a lot of people on Twitter wondering if the RNC actually just compared newly elected Trump to Jesus.But as Jack Jenkins, a religion reporter for ThinkProgress,pointed out, the phrasing in the RNC's statement isn't an unusual way to talk about Jesus around Christmas.Others agreed that, even in the present tense, the RNC's reference to "news of a new king" referred to Jesus, not Trump.But at that point, of course, the jokes had already started.RELATED: See depictions of Jesus Christ through the years Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Celebrities celebrate Christmas -- see all the photos!

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsCelebrities are definitely enjoying the Christmas holiday this year and they made sure to share all their holiday snaps on social media. Miley Cyrus celebrated Christmas with the Hemsworth family, Kelly Ripa and her hubby, Mark Conseulos shared a hot holiday kiss, Eva Longoria is soaking up the sun on a beach getaway and more! Check out all the great holiday photos from the celebs! Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth rock ugly Christmas sweaters for holiday party with Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsIt's like ugly Christmas sweater parties were made for Miley Cyrus (we mean that as the highest compliment).The "Wrecking Ball" singer and her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, joined Liam's brother, Chris Hemsworth, and his wife, Elsa Pataky, for a holiday party on Friday.RELATED: Miley Cyrus Celebrates the Holidays With New Marijuana Tattoo and Weed-Themed SweatshirtsLiam, 26, shared a selfie with Miley on Instagram, showing off his red-and-green striped sweater adorned in candy canes and reindeer. His lady love was even more party-ready in a birthday Jesus sweater, which she paired with a red-and-green sequined bow and her beloved Christmas lights necklace."Happy birthday Jesus," the Independence Day: Resurgence star captioned the pic.The duo appeared to have an awesome time, with the happy hippie even doing an outfit change! Elsa shared a sweet photo of her and Miley hugging inside the soiree, and the 24-year-old singer was now in a Santa-inspired dress."Fun Christmas Party with my family! Fiesta de Navidad con mi family!!!
26 December 2016, 11:37

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard get steamy on the slopes during snowy Mammoth getaway

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsMelt our hearts and the snow, why don't you?Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are enjoying their holiday downtime, leaving sunny Los Angeles (well, if you ignore the recent downpours) for a snowy getaway in Mammoth Lakes, California.EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Bell Gets Real About Balancing Acting and ParentingThe crazy-in-love couple didn't miss an opportunity for romance while on the slopes. Shepard, 41, shared a sweet pic of the pair lip locked in a seriously intense kiss on Thursday, writing, "It's hot as hell outside."Bell shared the same photo to her Instagram account, captioning hers, "I met the hottest guy on the slopes today, and promptly made out with him."As if that wasn't enough to take your breath away, the 36-year-old actress also shared a gorgeous sunset shot from the mountain on Wednesday.The couple has been on vacation with Bell's Veronica Mars co-star Ryan Hansen and his wife, Amy. Never one to miss an opportunity to have a little fun, the friends shared even more smooching shots earlier in the week, though these kisses were between Shepard and Hansen, while Bell puckered up to her gal pal's cheek.WATCH: Kristen Bell Explains Why Husband Dax Shepard Tries to Get Them to Swing With Other Couples When in NorCal, right?PHOTOS: See how all the stars are celebrating the holidays Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Harrison Ford reacts to Carrie Fisher heart attack: 'I'm shocked'

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsHarrison Ford is thinking of his "Star Wars" co-star Carrie Fisher this Christmas.The Han Solo actor, who last appeared by her side on the big screen in 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," released a statement on the situation Saturday, joining Mark Hamill and a number of other Hollywood stars voicing their support for the iconic actress and screenwriter."I'm shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend," Ford said in a statement released to the media. "Our thoughts are with Carrie, her family and friends."Also Read:Carrie Fisher Regrets Revealing Harrison Ford Affair: 'It Was a Mistake' (Video)Fisher, who most famously played princess-turned-general Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise, suffered a heart attack on a transatlantic flight Friday. Her brother, Todd Fisher, said that same day that she was "out of emergency" and in stable condition at the UCLA Medical Center, where she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit, Todd told CNN late Friday.Other "Star Wars" cast members, new and old, took to Twitter to react to the news.Also Read:Carrie Fisher Recalls 'Intense' Affair With Harrison Ford During 'Star Wars' ShootLos Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott told TheWrap that "at 12:11 p.m., the LAFD responded to LAX International Airport gate 74 for a patient on an inbound flight on cardiac arrest. Paramedics were standing by for the plane's arrival and provided advanced life support and aggressively treated and transported patient to a nearby hospital."In a statement to TheWrap, United Airlines said, "Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive. Our thoughts are with our customer at this time and any requests for additional information should be directed to local authorities."Also Read:Carrie Fisher Denies Calling Harrison Ford 'Bad in Bed'Representatives for Fisher have not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.Read original story Harrison Ford Reacts to Carrie Fisher Heart Attack: 'I'm Shocked' At TheWrap Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Blake Shelton puts on 'private show' for Gwen Stefani's family on Christmas Eve

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity RelationshipAfter celebrating the holidays early in Oklahoma, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are back in California.The singers celebrated Christmas Eve with Stefani's family, who are mostly based in the Orange County area, on Saturday.WATCH: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Kick Off Their Holiday Celebrations With Homemade Cooking in OklahomaThe No Doubt frontwoman gleefully Snapchatted the festive affair, which included much of her extended family. Two of the most excited holiday revelers were her younger sons, 8-year-old Zuma and 2-year-old Apollo. She snagged a selfie with her middle boy, while her youngest -- who was totally rocking precious reindeer antlers -- showed off the chocolate-filled candy cane he scored.SnapchatSnapchatWe're sure her oldest son, 10-year-old Kingston, was there, but swiftly managed to miss his mom's snap-happy afternoon.Shelton was, of course, celebrating with his girlfriend's family. They've been dating for over a year now, and he seems to fit in well with her clan. Not only have they met a number of times and spent Thanksgiving together along with his own family, on Christmas Eve, he led the group in an acoustic version of "Holly Jolly Christmas," which Stefani adorably captioned, "Private show."SnapchatWATCH: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Kick Off Their Holiday Celebrations With Homemade Cooking in OklahomaAnd the day wouldn't have been complete without a selfie from the 47-year-old singer, who was rocking a super comfy-looking gray cable-knit turtleneck sweater.SnapchatFind out more about how Stefani and Shelton celebrated Christmas in Oklahoma in the video above.PHOTOS: Blake and Gwen together  Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

All 92 on Syria-bound Russian military jet killed in crash, including 60 from Red Army Choir

Filed under: News, Tragedy MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, killing everyone on board, Russian authorities said.The Russian Defence Ministry said one of its TU-154 Tupolev planes had disappeared from radar screens at 0525 MSK (9.25 p.m. ET), two minutes after taking off from Sochi in southern Russia, where it had stopped to refuel from Moscow, on its way to Syria.Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesman, told reporters that nobody had survived.See more: Russia searches for survivors of crash"The area of the crash site has been established. No survivors have been spotted," he said. An unnamed ministry source told Russian news agencies no life rafts had been found, while another source told the Interfax agency that the plane had not sent an SOS signal.In televised comments, President Vladimir Putin, speaking in St Petersburg, declared Dec. 26 a national day of mourning.The jet, a Soviet-era Tupolev plane built in 1983, had been carrying 84 passengers and eight crew members.At least 60 were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, better known internationally as the Red Army Choir, and were being flown out to Russia's Hmeymim air base in Syria to entertain troops in the run-up to the New Year.Nine Russian reporters were also on board as well as military servicemen.Konashenkov said fragments of the plane had been found at a depth of about 70 meters (yards) in the Black Sea about 1.5 km (1 mile) off the coast near the city of Sochi."The search operation is continuing," said Konashenkov. "Four ships, four helicopters, and a plane and a drone are working in the area," he said, saying a military commission had flown to Sochi to look into what happened.Six ships from Russia's Black Sea fleet were on their way to the crash site, and more than 100 divers were being drafted in to search the area along with a mini-submarine.Konashenkov said four bodies had been recovered from the sea. Russian news agencies cited a higher figure.Russia's RIA news agency, citing an unidentified security source, said preliminary information indicated that the plane had crashed because of a technical malfunction or a pilot error. Another source told Russian agencies that the possibility of a militant act had been ruled out. The weather had been good.Konashenkov said the plane had last been serviced in September and undergone more major repairs in December 2014. He said the pilot was experienced and that the plane had about 7,000 flying hours on its clock.According to the defense ministry's passenger manifest, Elizaveta Glinka, a member of Putin's advisory human rights council, was on the plane.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters it was too early to say what had caused the crash. Putin was being kept constantly informed of the latest developments, Peskov said.Russian military investigators said in a statement they had opened a criminal investigation into the crash.The Kremlin said Putin expressed his deepest condolences to those who had lost loved ones in the crash and ordered Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to head a government investigatory commission.Russia's Defence Ministry regularly flies musicians into Syria to put on concerts for military personnel. The base they were heading for, Hmeymim, is in Latakia province. It is from there that Russia launches air strikes against Syrian rebels.The last big TU-154 crash was in 2010 when a Polish jet carrying then-president Lech Kaczynski and much of Poland's political elite crashed in western Russia killing everyone on board.Russian news agencies cited Denis Manturov, the Russian Transport Minister, as saying on Sunday it was premature to talk about withdrawing the TU-154 from service.On Dec. 19, a Russian military jet crashed in Siberia with 39 people on board as it tried to make an emergency landing near a Soviet-era military base. Nobody was killed in that incident, though 32 people were airlifted to hospital.(Additional reporting by Denis Pinchuk and Svetlana Reiter; Editing by Louise Ireland)More on AOL.com:Here are the rising political stars to lookout for in 2017Senator Lindsey Graham calls Obama's policy on Israel 'flat-out reckless'Tunisian security forces arrest three for links to Berlin market attack suspect Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Animal shelter celebrates their empty kennels with a joyous video

Filed under: Lifestyle, PetsOne Colorado animal shelter has a lot to celebrate this holiday season.For two days in a row, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region adopted all of their available dogs.The group was able to achieve the heartwarming success with their #HomeForTheHolidays promotion, helping them adopt over 25 dogs and 23 cats.The non-profit shared the news through a triumphant video on their Facebook page, accompanied with the proud message, "What happens when your last available dog gets adopted? Your staff and volunteers jump into the kennels to celebrate!" Facebook/Humane Society of the Pikes Peak RegionThe shelter already has new animals in need of homes, and asks that people, "keep those adoptions coming!"You can adopt, or sponsor an animal's stay at "Hotel HSPPR" here.Scroll through to see more adorable cats and dogs: More in lifestyleElderly couple dies within hours of each other in a twist of fate: 'He died of a broken heart'Meet the unlikely animal friends that warmed our hearts this yearMom who nearly gave up twins with Down syndrome reveals why she's glad she kept them Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Events that changed the world in 2016

Filed under: News, MediaEvery year events transpire that forever change the world, cementing a place in future history books -- and 2016 has had its fair share of world-changing events. As this year comes to a close and planning for 2017 begins, take a moment and reflect on those events that will certainly have an impact on the future. Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin ScaliaSupreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13 at the age of 79, leaving America's highest court with just eight serving judges. Scalia was known for his strict, conservative interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, and Republicans immediately vowed to block any nomination by President Obama, sparking a partisan battle. In March, Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, but he has yet to receive a hearing from the Republican-lead Senate. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to nominate a conservative judge when he takes office in January 2017.BrexitBritish citizens voted on June 23 to leave the European Union, shocking the rest of the world. The vote, dubbed Brexit, triggered panic and sent markets around the world spiraling before eventually recovering. The choice to leave the EU earned 52 percent of the vote, while the option to stay in the EU received just 48 percent. The day after the referendum passed, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who was a leading voice for Britain to stay in the EU, resigned. Former Home Secretary Theresa May has since stepped in to take his place. Leaving the EU is unprecedented, and the transition to fully leave will take an estimated 2-6 years to complete. Events that changed the world in 2016Pulse Nightclub shootingA gunman entered a packed popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida during the early morning hours of June 12, and opened fire. The lives of 49 innocent people were taken, and over 50 were wounded. The youngest victim, Akyra Murray, was just 18-years-old and was celebrating her recent graduation from a Philadelphia high school. The heartbreaking massacre became the deadliest shooting in recent American history, and the deadliest terror attack since September 11, 2001. The lone shooter, Omar Mateen, called 911 from inside Pulse and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State. Matten was killed in a shootout with police more than three hours after the shooting began. Cuba - U.S. relationsPresident Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since 1928. Cuban President Raul Castro hosted the Obama family in late March. The historic visit was criticized by Castro's brother and the island nation's former Communist leader Fidel Castro. In October the U.S. abstained from a vote on the U.N. resolution calling for an end to the US economic embargo. Just eight months after Obama's visit, Fidel Castro died at the age of 90, sparking a mixture of condolences and celebrations. ZikaZika, a mosquito and sexually-transmitted virus, started to spread in Brazil, creating an epidemic-level outbreak. The CDC has issued an alert for travel to areas where Zika virus is spreading, including Southern Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. Mild symptoms tend to last just a week, however Infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. Related: People we've lost in 2016 Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Teen Vogue's Lauren Duca calls Fox News' Tucker Carlson "partisan hack" in live interview

Filed under: News, ControversyTeen Vogue writer Lauren Duca sparred with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday evening. The two met on his show to discuss the JetBlue passenger who harassed Ivanka Trump.In the segment, Carlson frames the conversation as if he and Duca would be sparring against each other, though Duca tries to highlight several times that she feels no one should be harassed on an airplane. She does point out, however, that Trump isn't just anybody. Trump has access to immense power: her father, President-elect Donald Trump.Carlson then says that Duca's tweets — one from Friday and one from Sunday— didn't suggest she thinks Ivanka Trump should have been left alone.Carlson tries to unpack Duca's use of the term "sinister complicity." Carlson argues that she is his daughter and shouldn't be called complicit. Duca says that Ivanka Trump's reported role as first lady and as a surrogate for women's issues deserves a closer look."I think she's an incredibly successful, brilliant woman," Duca says. "The fact that she was able to balance [her father] out on these issues where he has talked about defunding Planned Parenthood and being against abortion ... I think we need to investigate those things a little more critically, a little bit more rigorously and not be blinded by the fact that she looks like she smells like vanilla."Carlson takes offense to Duca's characterization. "She looks like she smells like vanilla, who's objectifying women here?" he shoots back. Carlson goes back to the word "sinister" and asks if it's sinister for a daughter to support her father."It's sinister for a daughter to capitalize on the power of feminism and united women and empowering women while supporting a candidate that is the most anti-woman candidate this country has seen in decades," Duca says."What does that even mean?" Carlson asks.As the two continue to go back and forth, Duca pushes back on Carlson, who she says isn't trying to understand her point, but is trying to challenge her.Lauren Duca confronts Tucker Carlson on Fox News.Source: Mic/YouTube"You're shouting over me every time I speak, it's incredibly unprofessional." Duca says. "You're actually being a partisan hack who is attacking me and not even allowing me to speak."Lauren Duca confronts Tucker Carlson on Fox News.Source: Mic/YouTubeLater in the interview, Carlson asks Duca about her viral Teen Vogue piece, in which she argues that Trump is gaslighting America. He calls her "moronic" for writing that Trump threatens the safety and sovereignty of Islamic Americans.Though the headline of the story argues that Trump is psychologically abusing the American people, Carlson interprets the story as Duca believing Trump is abusing her."Does Trump make you feel like you're crazy? That's the impression that I'm getting," Carlson says.Lauren Duca confronts Tucker Carlson on Fox News.Source: Mic/YouTube"Are you calling me crazy? That's adorable," she says. "What I mean by that is that he frequently contradicts objective evidence, not that he is abusing me personally. And I think that you're smart enough to know that, aren't you, Tucker?"Duca asks Carlson if he's read the entire article, to which he replies that he's also read some of her other Teen Vogue articles about One Direction and Ariana Grande's thigh-high boots."A woman can love Ariana Grande and her thigh-high boots and still discuss politics," Duca says to Carlson, who is laughing. "Those things are not mutually exclusive."She continues, "We treat young women like they don't have a right to a political conversation, like you can't enjoy Kylie Jenner's Instagram and worry about the future of this country."Carlson ends the conversation by telling Duca, "Stick to the thigh-high boots. You're better at that."After the encounter, Duca called Carlson an "enemy of rational discourse" on Twitter.You can watch the entire exchange on Mediaite.More on AOL.comResearchers name new coral reef fish after ObamaBritain's Queen Elizabeth to miss Christmas church service due to "heavy cold"Pope Christmas message offers hope in world hit by terrorism, war Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Elderly couple dies within hours of each other in a twist of fate: 'He died of a broken heart'

Filed under: Lifestyle, RelationshipsTwo loving grandparents who'd been married for almost 63 years took their last breaths lying side by side within hours of one another.Dolores Winstead, 83, and husband Trent Winstead, 88, died in Nashville's Saint Thomas West Hospital two weeks ago, just weeks shy of their 64th anniversary.Read: Taking The Plunge! Bride and Groom Pose For Incredible Underwater Wedding SnapsTrent had been feeling sick and not eating so his daughter, Sheryl Winstead, took him to the emergency room where doctors informed him that he had kidney failure and admitted him to the ICU."My mother is sitting next to me. Of course I am concerned for her because I know she loves him a lot. At first I would try to spoon-feed my mom the bad news," Sheryl told InsideEdition.com. "Her only response was 'I just don't know what I will do without him.'"As a family they stayed by his side in Trent's hospital room and even had hope when doctors said that his kidneys would probably repair themselves, but then the unexpected happened.Sheryl's mom, Dolores, suddenly suffered a massive brain hemorrhage on Dec 7. while visiting her husband in the hospital just two days after he'd been admitted. She became unresponsive and had to be admitted herself."She started out with a headache... Then she started throwing up. She was in the corner sleeping and I shook her shoulder and I knew by the looks of her that something was really wrong," said Sheryl.Sheryl said her dad didn't quite understand what was happening, but when a nurse rolled him into his wife's room in a wheel chair, he began crying and tapping her trying to wake her up."Just ask God to wake her up," he said to his children. "He can create a miracle "I don't know who I'm going to sit on the couch with and watch the news anymore." Sheryl said he added.The nurses then made a decision to move the couple into a room so they could lay side-by-side because of Dolores' grave condition – the first time they'd done that in the history of the hospital."He started losing his will to live hour by hour once he realized she wasn't going to survive," said Sheryl.Although the doctor had told the family that their father would recover, a cardiologist then informed them that Trent's heart was getting weaker and weaker – a problem he didn't have when he was first admitted.On Dec 9. Dolores passed away next to her husband. Sheryl said they didn't break the news to their father right away. They waited 30 minutes."When we told him, he blew her a kiss and said 'Get her a pink casket and pink dress because that's what she would want.'"Read: Elderly Couple Married for 73 Years Dies Within Hours of Each OtherOf course they all knew that but he wanted to make sure.Just the next day, on Dec 10., Trent also took his last breath."My parents just had that every day love. To look at the relationship they knew what it took through the good and bad to stay together. As they grew older together they fell more and more in love," Sheryl said.Sheryl believes they wouldn't have been able to live without out one another.Read: Teen Dies in Snowmobiling Accident Days After His Family's Christmas Presents Were Stolen"I believe he died from a broken heart," she said. "They loved each other enough to leave with each other."The couple were buried together a week later in the town where they first met - Dolores in a pink casket and Trent in a blue.Watch: Why This Couple Got Married In The Toy Aisle of A KmartMore from InsideEdition: Why This Couple Got Married In The Toy Aisle of A KmartTeen Dies in Snowmobiling Accident Days After His Family's Christmas Presents Were StolenElderly Couple Married for 73 Years Dies Within Hours of Each Other Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

These cookie recipes are absolutely delicious

Filed under: Lifestyle, RecipesSanta isn't the only one who loves tasty cookies! Complete your holiday party with a plate of delicious treats perfect for your friends, family and loved ones! These creations are perfect for the holidays, whether you're hosting the annual gingerbread making competition or going to your great aunts for the festivities.Take a look through the slideshow for delicious recipes you and your loved ones will not be able to get enough of! Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
26 December 2016, 11:37

Police union asks Amazon to pull pro-Black Lives Matter shirt

Filed under: News, ControversyThe country's biggest police union wants Amazon to stop selling what it calls an offensive shirt supporting Black Lives Matter.The apparel simply says "Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter." The Fraternal Order of Police said it wasn't opposed to the shirt because it's pro-Black Lives Matter, but took issue with the word "bulletproof."The group's executive director told CNN, "The bulletproof thing goes to the new assertiveness of some violence prone individuals to take action directly against police."In July, five Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper while providing security at a Black Lives Matter rally.Walmart pulled a shirt with the same message after a similar complaint. The shirt was offered on its website through a third-party retailer.This puts Amazon in a tough situation. The police union made it clear it wants the shirt taken down but pulling the shirt could upset Black Lives Matter supporters.Amazon declined to comment on the request. As of Saturday afternoon, the shirts were still available on the site.RELATED: Black Lives Matter signs Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

Gifts for the entertainer

Filed under: Lifestyle, HolidayThis holiday season, I'm swapping gifts with another blogger who loves to entertain for eBay's holiday gift exchange. I've partnered with eBay to create this post! Enjoy!Gift giving is my love language! I adore giving and yes, receiving gifts. Naturally, Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I remember the first Christmas that my husband and I shared. I spent months searching for the "perfect" gifts for him. Gifts that I knew that he would love and gifts that he didn't even know he wanted.As a person who loves to sit and try to figure out all of the clues when watching "Sherlock," the concept of a "perfect" gift is a mystery I love to solve. As far as I am concerned... The Christmas game is afoot!It's no fun to just go and buy a generic gift that anyone with a pulse would mildly appreciate. The challenge is to know your friends and loved ones so well, that you can find something truly thoughtful that they will adore.This holiday season I was invited to participate in eBay's holiday gift exchange.Did you know that eBay has all kinds of fabulous items direct from the manufacturer that are brand new and they have that lovely "Buy it Now" button that makes things so handy. It's quick and easy and there is no bidding required. Did you also know that the world's top brands sell new items directly on eBay at some of the best deals?But, back to the gift exchange... I was invited to be a part of a secret gift exchange this season. I've been paired up with another blogger whose identity is under wraps. All I know is that they love to entertain. My challenge was to visit eBay and find some items that this hostess might love when she is hosting some of her fun gatherings. Now, this challenge wasn't that hard because I love to entertain as well. I knew without a doubt that the gift they are waiting for was on eBay.Since this is a blind gift exchange, I had to rely on my experience as a hostess. I know that some of my key ingredients for the perfect event are to have the right tools, the right decor & the right mood. I found items that would be perfect for all three areas on eBay!Generally when I'm entertaining I am doing the majority of the cooking. I make sure to have some great recipes on hand and one of my favorite cookbooks is by Ina Garten, "Make it Ahead." A staple in the entertainers tool kit in my opinion. Found it on eBay. Another one of my favorite kitchen tools when I'm prepping for a party is my KitchenAid Mixer. I honestly don't know what I would do without that perfect tool in my kitchen. In my opinion, every good hostess needs to have one in their party tool kit.You also need to have the right dishes & serving platters. That's the fun part, making your party look beautiful. I found all kinds of fun serving items on eBay that any entertainer would love to have in their pantry. Not only do they serve a purpose for serving the food, they can be part of the all important decor for the event. The serving utensils are just as important as the cute gems you can set on the table to dress things up.Next, you have the mood... No one wants to walk into a party and feel like they are waiting at the dentist for a filling! You need to turn down the lights, have beautiful candles to fill the room with soft light and a heavenly scent. You need to have the perfect music playing in the background on a stylish Bluetooth speaker. I found all of that on eBay as well. It's perfect!Now that I've found all of these great gift items for the entertainer, I have to pick one for my mystery hostess. I decided that...No entertainer who loves to plan and prepare for parties should be without a KitchenAid Mixer! Shortly, my mystery gift exchange partner will receive a new KitchenAid Mixer on her doorstep from eBay and I can't wait to see what she has picked out for me!! Stay tuned, I'll be sharing what I receive on Facebook & Instagram.What are you on the hunt for? Who do you need to find the perfect gift for this year? Find the gifts you know they'll love on eBay this gift-giving season.RELATED: Explore more eBay gift ideas in the slideshow below Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

What Donald Trump can and can't do on his first day in office

Filed under: News, White HouseIt sounds like President-elect Donald Trump is going to have quite the busy day on Jan. 21. Judging by Trump's video message on Nov. 21, his October 2016 "Contract with the American voter" and the pledges he made while campaigning, Donald Trump's first full day in the Oval Office is currently set to include everything from starting the process of removing millions of undocumented immigrants to learning the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas.But how much will he actually be able to accomplish on that one fateful day? His exact actions remain to be seen, but here's what we know Trump can and cannot accomplish right away.What Trump can't doThough Trump's position as president clearly gives him a lot of power, the existence of Congress means that, in many cases, Trump's immediate authority can only go so far. He cannot, for instance, repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would require congressional action — and, with the Republicans not having a clear enough majority to overcome a Democratic filibuster, a complete repeal of the law seems unlikely, though significant changes are possible.Despite Trump's climate change doubting, he also can't immediately withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, which contains a clause that countries must wait three years from when the treaty takes effect to pull out, nor can he dismantle existing Environmental Protection Agency regulations without the approval of Congress. Additionally, the New York Times notes, any attempt by Trump to dismantle the regulations set by the Obama administration on Arctic offshore drilling will likely be met with a lengthy legal battle.One of the other pledges Trump has made for his first day in office is to begin to impose term limits on elected officials in Congress and impose a five-year ban on government employees in Congress and the White House switching to lobbying roles. NPR notes, however, that any proposal for term limits would require a constitutional amendment, and the president has no constitutional role in that process. Congressional leaders are also not on board, with Sen. Mitch McConnell saying, "I would say we have term limits now — they're called elections." Congress is also unlikely to get on board with the lobbying restrictions, with many seeing high-paying lobbying jobs as a reward for their public service, according to NPR.Trump's presidential promises have also been tough on trade — particularly with China — but his powers to enact tariffs on international businesses and countries are still still limited. The New York Times explains that tariffs require congressional approval, and though Trump has promised to call up business executives and threaten to impose tariffs if they move jobs overseas, tariffs against specific companies are banned in the Constitution.Trump does have the power to retaliate by imposing "safeguard" tariffs against specific imports. Vox reported this could be done in an instance where the president determines an American industry is in "serious, immediate danger" because of competition from international imports and needs relief.Of course, one of Trump's central issues from the time he announced his candidacy has been immigration, and while there's a lot he will be able to do on day one, there are some things that won't be possible. Though Trump does have the power to deport undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of a crime without congressional approval, NPR notes, the actual logistics of beginning to deport this many immigrants are likely too daunting (particularly on day one). Vox reports that under the current immigration budget, the maximum number of illegal immigrants deported would be about 510,000 per year — only 100,000 more than the most deported in a year by President Barack Obama. Any sort of budgetary increase to allow for more deportations would likely be a process going far beyond Trump's first day.What Trump can doFor all the limitations he has, though, there's a lot Trump can get done on his first day. Upon assuming the presidency, Trump will have the power to undo Obama's 32 executive orders, which include everything from allowing federalfunding for international health groups who perform abortions to restrictions on the government's greenhouse gas emissions."Trump spends several hours signing papers — and erases the Obama presidency," a Republican close to Trump's campaign told the New Yorker in September.One of the primary mandates that Trump can easily repeal is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has temporarily authorized some 700,00 people who moved to the U.S. without documentation as children to remain in the country and be protected from deportation. By rescinding the law, Trump now has the ability to begin deporting these people, who have provided their information to the government through the program.Another way Trump can make the country unsafe for undocumented people on his first day is by cutting off federal funding to "sanctuary cities," municipalities in the U.S. that don't actively prosecute undocumented immigrants.When it comes to fighting immigration from outside of the U.S., Trump will have even more power. Though his infamous proposed ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. is legally dubious, he can ban all immigrants coming from certain countries, using Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which, as quoted in the Detroit Free Press, states, "Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States," the president can prevent them from entering legally for "such period as he shall deem necessary."Trump, Vox notes, also has the power to order the Department of Homeland Security to slow or freeze the issuance of green cards, as well as stop issuing specific classes of visas — such as H-1B visas, which Trump has long criticized.Additionally, Trump can also instruct the State Department to stop issuing visas for citizens of the 23 "recalcitrant" countries that don't accept entry of their own citizens who were deported from the U.S. because they were convicted of a crime, NPR reported. These countries include Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran and Zimbabwe.While, as mentioned previously, Trump's first-day tariff powers are limited, he does have the power to label China a "currency manipulator" — though, the BBC notes, beyond annoying China, this labeling probably won't have much impact. More significantly for trade, Trump will have the power on his first day to begin the process of withdrawing from NAFTA. CNN Money reports that under Article 2205 of the agreement, which Trump has cited in speeches, a country can withdraw from the agreement six months after providing written notice, which Trump can do without Congress *(though some experts disagree about this). Since the U.S. has not removed itself from a trade deal since 1866, however, it's hard to know what would happen next.Trump's first day in office could also bring about a swift end to this week's victory for the Dakota Access pipeline protesters. Trump will be able to authorize construction on both the Dakota pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline — which is likely to happen, considering that Trump has reportedly invested in the companies behind both.Other things that are well within the realm of possibility for Trump's first day include beginning the process of appointing a new Supreme Court justice and dismantling the Iran nuclear agreement, which Vox reports could be done by issuing an executive order that re-imposes U.S. economic sanctions that were lifted as part of the deal. Trump has also said that he will call a meeting with military personnel on his first day in office, in which he will give them 30 days to formulate a plan to defeat ISIS.And if all that isn't power isn't enough, there's one more thing that Trump has unfettered access to on day one: the nuclear codes. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

A veteran and his service dog were both hired as employees

Filed under: Lifestyle, PetsA local Lowe's in Texas is making headlines after it hired both a veteran AND service dog as its employees.Clay Luthy is a disabled Air Force veteran, and since returning home, struggled to find a job.His 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Charlotte, had to be near Clay at all times. But that limited the places Clay could work. And so, Lowe's offered them both a job.Charlotte shows up for work with Clay and sits with him as he helps customers. And when Clay gets dressed in the morning, Charlotte, too, puts on her Lowe's vest.One local was so happy to see the duo, she posted this photo to Facebook. It's going viral -- and everyone is expressing their love for the chain.The brave vet and his furry friend are warming hearts everywhere!Scroll through to see some more cute puppies. More in lifestyleOne dad just discovered alpacas and social media can't stop laughingKitten shrink-wrapped to package and shipped more than 500 milesBox of puppies dumped outside on a cold night taken in by foster family Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

USGS: Earthquake magnitude 6.5 reported off coast of Northern California

Filed under: US, WeatherWASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 was reported off the coast of Northern California on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of damage in the nearest town, officials said.The quake was centered about 102 miles (165 kilometers) in the Pacific Ocean west of Ferndale, California, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.There was no tsunami warning, advisory or threat in effect following the earthquake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the National Weather Service said on its website.SEE ALSO: Paris makes public transport free for third day to tackle air pollution In Ferndale, which has a population of about 1,300 people, Mayor Don Hindley said in a phone interview that he had not heard of any damage from the quake. He said he felt the temblor for about 15 seconds."It wasn't that bad at all," Hindley said.In the San Francisco Bay area, about 250 miles (402 km) south of Ferndale, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency said on Twitter it was running its system with a 10-minute delay and with trains traveling at reduced speeds due to the quake. The move was a standard precaution by BART.The quake was first reported with a 6.9 magnitude but downgraded to 6.5.Some social media users said they felt the tremor in San Francisco, about 260 miles (418.43 km) south."That was a big one," wrote Twitter user Antonis Papatsaras from the Bay Area city. "Felt 20 seconds of very light shaking," tweeted another San Francisco resident, Lila LaHodd.  Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

11 critical things to consider when choosing where to retire

Filed under: Finance, RetirementWhether you are retired or are only beginning to plan for retirement, you probably know that there's no shortage of books and websites with lists and quizzes to help you choose a new location for life in retirement. We've got plenty of our own: Where to retire abroad, best and worst states for retirement, go West to retire, and more.Lists are fun reading. But when it comes to making your own decisions, things get personal. Then, it's time to evaluate what matters most to you, not to the list-makers. To find a locale that works best for you, focus on these eight factors when looking at retirement locations:1. Affordable housingAndy Dean Photography / Shutterstock.comHousing is the biggest factor in most Americans' budgets, by far. In retirement, especially, if you can eliminate a mortgage payment or rent, you can keep your housing costs from changing while your income is fixed.Inflation, the time-honored enemy of retirees, may not be much right now but that could change. U.S. home prices nationwide (including foreclosures and bank repossessions) rose 6.7 percent between March 2015 and 2016, according to this Housing Wire report.Renting a home in retirement is tempting, and for good reason: In many markets, renting still is cheaper than buying a home. (Money Talks News' Karla Bowsher writes that renting is cheaper than owning for retirees — but only if they don't care about leaving a home to their heirs.)Renting buys retirees the flexibility to move on a whim. It's a more carefree life, with no expense or labor for home and yard upkeep. Leaky faucet? Just call the landlady. Let her deal with it.But the flip side of that flexibility is a big downside: instability. Landlords may hike your rent at will or give notice that you must leave because they want to move into the home, for instance, or decide to sell it.Median rents rose more than 6 percent from 2007 to 2015, Rentonomics finds, from U.S. Census Bureau data. Increases may slow and prices may even stagnate, as after the Great Recession. But to be safe, renters should be ready for increases in costs.2. EntertainmentModfos / Shutterstock.com"Best-of" lists of places to retire typically focus on college towns with an abundance of cultural opportunities, including cheap and free concerts, plays, lectures and visual arts. All great. But what if you care more about browsing flea markets? Or rooting for a major league sports team? First-run movies? Jazz clubs? Whatever is your thing, this is your time, so make sure your new hometown will deliver when it comes to your unique interests.3. EmployersIakov Filimonov / Shutterstock.comEmployers? Sound crazy? Once, perhaps. But today most of us probably get it: Retirement often isn't permanent. CareerBuilder's 2015 survey found that 54 percent of workers age 60 and older planned to work part- or full-time after retirement.Many Americans, in fact, cycle in and out of retirement. Some retirees grow bored and want stimulation from work. Others learn that their retirement income doesn't stretch as far as they'd hoped. Or they lost savings or home equity in the recession. You, too, may want to work again after being retired for a while — and you won't want to move to find it.In addition to all that, a town with plenty of living wage jobs is a healthy, livable town with a strong economy — the best kind of place to live.4. Excellent medical careRob Marmion / Shutterstock.comIt's self-evident, but it's worth saying: Older people consume more medical care. And they often require care from specialists and facilities specializing in, for example, orthopedic care and geriatric care (and doctors who'll take your insurance). Find out if your destination has what you need by talking with people and calling providers.Sign up for the free Money Talks NewsletterHere's help assessing the medical care in a town:Consumer Reports lists nine things to consider when choosing a new doctor.Use CR's map of the United States to check on a doctor's qualifications and another map to see ratings for hospitals, based on information about rates of infections, readmissions, complications and other adverse events.HealthGrades shows patients' ratings of their doctors.Nolo explains how to find complaints against a doctor or hospital.5. Proximity to your familyMonkey Business Images / Shutterstock.comBeing near family when you retire isn't crucial, and it isn't for everybody. But even if you don't mind not seeing family members for extended periods of time, think about the fact that your children or loved ones may one day need to take an active role in your care, perhaps even becoming your caregivers. Great distances make caregiving stressful and often agonizingly difficult for adult children who are also raising families and working.6. Public transportationalexfan32 / Shutterstock.comYounger retirees don't usually give a thought to the availability of transportation. They're accustomed to hopping into cars and going where they wish, when they wish. But that independence and freedom rarely lasts forever. If you intend to stay in a new community as you age, you may eventually want to use buses, trains, light rail, cabs and ride-sharing companies. Assure yourself, long before you need it, that your new town has plenty of ways to get around.7. Assisted living, retirement homes and elder co-housingPhotographee.eu / Shutterstock.comIt's not a bad idea to pay attention to the availability of long-term care nearby. Nearly 70 percent of people who are 65 and older will eventually develop disabilities and 35 percent will spend time in a nursing home, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance. A little basic research on the front end can help you make sure it's a good one. AARP has articles that tell you what to look for. For instance: "Assisted Living: What to Ask" and "Assisted Living: Weighing the Options."8. Social lifePhotographee.eu / Shutterstock.comTalk with people you meet to gather a sense of how friendly the community is. If you are looking for a faith community, investigate the congregations that might appeal to you and attend services at several to test the waters. Ask yourself where and how you will make friends. Shop the grocery stores at a couple of different times of day and week to see if people are interacting or simply hurrying in and out. Try to pick up a sense of how warm and open to newcomers the town is. Even those who are not social types may be unhappy in an atmosphere that is cold, exclusive or frenetic.9. Cafes, restaurants and gathering placessutulastock / Shutterstock.comWhere do people gather in the community you are considering? Try to look at the place with the eyes of someone who has just moved there: Visit the coffee shops, senior center, parks and movie theaters. If you speak a second language, is there a cultural center where you'll feel at home?10. Learningbeeboys / Shutterstock.comOne of the joys of retirement is having the time to learn simply for the fun of it. Make sure you won't be stuck in a learning desert — and don't make assumptions, good or bad, without checking into what's available. If you have dreamed of attending classes and lectures and picking up new skills or honing old ones, find out what's available. A quilter, for example, would look for a vibrant quilting or fabric store that's a hub for workshops, classes and group activities. A busy arts center or arts supply store opens the door to classes in painting, drawing, fiber arts and photography. Look for a brick-and-mortar bookstore, a good sign of a community for people who like to read, think and discuss. Drop into the store and ask what's going on in town, where book talks and lectures are held and how often. Visit a lumber or hardware store, poke around and ask people about woodworking or boat-building classes in town. A visit to the website of the local community college and other schools will give a sense of the classes, clubs and weekend events offered to community members who are not pursuing a degree.11. In-home caregoodluz / Shutterstock.comIf you plan on staying in the community, it's smart to look at resources you may need down the road. Ask realtors and others you meet about the availability of home health care aides. How many agencies are in town? Are their services highly recommended? What is the prevailing wage? Could you afford to pay it if you need help? Maybe it's prudent to consider a less-affluent community where you could more easily afford home care. AARP's Caregiving Resource Center is a one-stop site for the topic. For example, read how to choose an agency for in-home care.Do you know where you want to live in retirement? What are your priorities? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

Nigel Farage: Ivanka could be second US president from Trump family

Filed under: News, ElectionNigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party, believes the future may hold big things for Ivanka Trump.When asked about the US president-elect's daughter, Farage recently told Politico, "Oh my goodness gracious me. Thirty-six, beautiful, utterly brilliant and given that we've had a Clinton dynasty and a Bush dynasty, she may well be president of the U.S. in 15-20 years' time."SEE ALSO: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reportedly considering move to Washington Farage is not the first to see political potential in Ivanka.See Ivanka through the years:Following her appearance at the Republican National Convention, many took to Twitter to commend her for delivering such a stirring speech.Among them was Mia Farrow, who wrote, "When is Ivanka running for President?"Andi Dorfman of 'Bachelorette' fame tweeted, "Umm can we skip the circus act and just elect Ivanka for president?"In March, Ivanka herself commented on the possibility of a future run, telling Cosmopolitan, "I do not think so, but I have learned in life to never say never!" Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

German court: Swimming lessons mandatory for Muslim girl

Filed under: News, Courts/LegalOn Wednesday, Germany's highest court ruled that a Muslim schoolgirl must attend mixed-gender swimming lessons. This decision came after an appeal from an eleven-year-old student and her family who said that even wearing a so-called 'burkini,' or full-length swimsuit, revealed the shape of her body and therefore went against Islamic dress code.The girl's parents had appealed for her to be exempt from swim classes because the attire violated their understanding of their Muslim faith. The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe rejected their appeal on the basis of the lower court's ruling that "no binding rules in Islam" determine appropriate attire."The plaintiff has not made sufficiently clear that ... taking part in co-educational swimming lessons with a burkini breaches Muslim rules on clothing," said the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, Germany, who rejected the appeal, according to NBC News.This ruling comes at a time of heated debate over Islam in Germany — sparked largely by right-wing leaders' concern over an influx of migrants from Muslim nations. In the last few years, more than a million refugees and asylum seekers have entered the country fleeing from war, the majority from Syria.On Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban on the full-face veil, claiming that they are not in tune with German culture. It is possible that Wednesday's ruling might give Merkel more leverage the for passing laws in the future.RELATED: More on Muslim sentiment in AmericaThe post German Court: Swimming Lessons Mandatory For Muslim Girl appeared first on Vocativ. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

NASA spacecraft captures beautiful photos of Saturn orbit change

Filed under: News, SpaceNASA's Cassini spacecraft began its Saturn exploration journey in 1997, and it continues to provide the agency with photos of the planet. Earlier this year, it began a mission called the "Grand Finale," in which it goes into Saturn's rings and retrieves information far beyond what NASA originally intended for the spacecraft.In December, Cassini sent photos of Saturn's new orbit. The latest views are from above the planet's northern hemisphere; Cassini will continue to survey the planet and eventually go deeper into the rings.Check out other photos from Cassini"This is it, the beginning of the end of our historic exploration of Saturn," Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team lead at Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado, told NASA. "Let these images -- and those to come -- remind you that we've lived a bold and daring adventure around the solar system's most magnificent planet."Here are Cassini's first photos:Credit: NASACassini will continue to go further and further into the rings of Saturn until late April 2017. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

Christina Milian reveals the gift she'd give a 'secure' man

Filed under: Lifestyle, InfluencersBy Cristina CorvinoChristina Milian loves a good fragrance on a man.In fact, she told us that she's fallen in love with men simply over their scent. So naturally, it comes as no surprise that Milian would be pegged to host Curve's "Curve Your Reality" party held at Lightbox in New York City on Tuesday.We caught up with the Grammy-nominated singer at the quirky soirée meant to celebrate the "wildest, weirdest, and most amazing fantasies happening in your head" -- and she dished on her ultimate "curved reality," her 6-year-old daughter Violet's favorite part about the holidays and the ideal gift for a "secure" man.Check out our conversation below:In what way did this particular campaign speak to you?It spoke to me because I'm all about a guy with personality [who] thinks out of the box. And I'm definitely about leaving an impression. I've literally fallen in love with men over a scent. They were not my type at all. I'm not even going to name names. Because I could literally name names. I literally left them, not thinking anything of them, and walked away thinking about the scents -- and not realizing that it was lingering with me. It simulates you without even being there.I just love how [Curve has] taken a new approach of engaging the newer generation with fragrance and understanding the importance of it. When you're younger, you don't get it. Eventually younger guys get you need a little bit [of something] extra. I'm all about that. Even as a woman, for me, I like to do something that stands out when it comes to fragrance, because some women forget -- but I remember.See photos from the event below:If you could spray perfume and be transported to a "curved reality" -- much like the realities in the new Curve ads -- what would that reality look like to you?The reality would be me inside of a pyramid, men feeding me grapes with my family sitting there at a big table eating delicious food -- with my daughter eating sushi, because she loves sushi. And a big warm swimming pool in the middle of it all. Sounds good, right? I need a couple men there.With holiday gift-giving approaching, what's the most well-received gift you've given a man in your life?A fragrance is nice -- if I'm with a secure man and they understand it's something that I think personally could be a good scent that I found in the store, not because it came from another boyfriend. If it did, we don't have to tell them). Personally, I think fragrance is to enhance the senses of love, so I do think fragrance is really nice.Then you can't go wrong with of course, you know, sneakers -- a nice pair of high-end sneakers or something like that.Take a peek at our gift picks for guys:Is there any gift that's gone over terribly? I've done pretty good when it comes to gifts. I haven't had any issues. You can get them a bag of candy [and] they'll be happy. So true.What's your daughter's favorite part about the holidays?That she has a break from school, and we can spend a lot more time together. That's her favorite part. And everything that comes with it, of course -- the cooking in the kitchen, no homework. Off from school, good to be with mom, I can go wherever she goes, no excuse!Do you have any upcoming projects fans can be excited about?I have a new project with FOX coming out next year called "Superhuman" -- that's going to be coming out with Mike Tyson and a gentleman named Dr. Jandial. Then I'm working on new music and DJing -- so I'm excited about that. I can't wait to hit the road.Ultimate destination to DJ?Ooh, Ibiza! I love Ibiza, I've partied in Ibiza, I would love to DJ there.This interview has been edited and condensed. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

Gifts for the girl on the go

Filed under: Lifestyle, FitnessThis holiday season, I'm swapping gifts with another blogger who loves to stay active for eBay's holiday gift exchange. I've partnered with eBay to create this post! Enjoy!The holidays are such a special time for family and friends and such a warming chance to put a big smile on someone's face. I love sitting down and making my lists for my family and really putting thought into things that they may not buy themselves and would enjoy. I usually start by thinking through their hobbies and what they spend most of their time doing and also the things that they love the most. For my dad it's usually sports related, my mom something related to traveling, and my sister loves experimenting with makeup and beauty.FITBIT TRACKER • JOCKEY CARPIS • SNEAKERS • PUFFY JACKET • FLEECE PULLOVER • SUNGLASSES • BICYCLE • BLUETOOTH WIRELESS SPEAKER • CLARISONIC MIA 3 • HAPPY COOK COOKBOOKI had a chance to team up with eBay to surprise another Lifestyle Collective member with something that she would love as well for their holiday gift exchange. With tons of Secret Santa's with friends and co-workers it can be tough to come up with some ideas for people you don't know extremely well, but I used the same idea to start brainstorming for my Secret Santa who loves to workout.This year for my special Secret Santa I gifted this Fitbit heart rate and activity tracker to help her keep on top of her workouts. My favorite feature of this stylish little sidekick is that it maps out your route post-workout and is water resistant. Its thin design makes it easy to keep this on all day long, too. Paired with a stylish puffy jacket and sneakers it's the perfect winter workout outfitIf you're not a runner, a great gift idea is a bicycle. We got one for my mom 2 years ago and she absolutely loves it. For the active fashionista that loves to workout at home, this Bluetooth wireless speaker is amazing. My roommate had one and we used it all of the time, especially to play music around the apartment if I was doing a workout on my phone.Outside of new workout gear and gadgets, another part of taking care of your body is after the workout is over. Whether it's cooking up something healthy with new recipes or getting a deep clean on your face the post-workout part of the regimen is just as important.The hardest part of gifting can be finding the right items to complement their hobbies and what they enjoy, but eBay makes it easy to find something they'll love!Who are you shopping for this year?RELATED: Explore more eBay gift ideas in the slideshow below Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

Kristin Cavallari on the one-year anniversary of her brother's death: 'I will see him again'

Filed under: Entertainment, Celebrity NewsBy: Gibson JohnsKristin Cavallari's last twelve months have been a whirlwind.Her brother, Michael, tragically passed away just days after she gave birth to her third child, Sailor, last fall. And, since then, Cavallari has been focused on healing, spending time with her family and getting to know her first daughter, who just turned one last month.SEE ALSO: Kristin Cavallari reveals which former 'Laguna Beach' and 'The Hills' co-stars she would let babysit her kidsThrough all the ups and downs, though, the soon-to-be 30 year old has made it a point to remain positive, which has partially been made possible by the fact that she still feels her late brother's presence around her."I look at it as though he's watching over us," she told me when I met up with her this week at The Lavender Room NYC. The shoe designer also alluded to those "amazing signs" that her brother was still around in a recent Instagram post honoring the one-year anniversary of his death.Cavallari also "swears by" the powers of essential oils to keep her healthy, centered and calm, which proved especially helpful for her as she continued to heal. Young Living Essential Oils, which constructed The Lavender Room NYC, partnered with the star to help her spread her practices of mindful living and entertaining, just in time for the holidays.I caught up with Kristin Cavallari to talk about how she's coping with her brother's death one year later, how she celebrated her daughter Sailor's first birthday and how she uses Young Living Essential Oils in her everyday life.See photos of Kristin Cavallari through the years:Check out my full conversation with Kristin Cavallari below:Last time we talked, your daughter, Sailor, was about to turn one! How did you guys celebrate?It was very low-key, as all of my children's first birthdays were, but it was great! I made her cupcakes, and she loved them. I got her a couple of girl toys, too, because the poor thing was playing with balls and trucks up until her first birthday. [Laughs]Did she take to the girl toys? Or did she go right back to the boy toys because of her older brothers?She loves the boy toys! She really does. I got her a couple of little ponies, which she was kind of into for a minute, but she went right back to the trucks. [Laughs] I can't believe she's a year, but it's exciting because I feel like we're coming out of the baby phase. We're now just really looking forward to enjoying our kids. It's an exciting time.What are your holiday plans with your family?This year we decided we're going to do Christmas just us. Typically in the past it was a free for all -- where anyone who wanted to come could come -- but this year we're going to keep it low-key. At Thanksgiving we opened up our house to everybody. I am going to have a family Christmas party, so that's kind of my way of doing both. We're looking forward to it not being so hectic, which will be nice.You recently posted an Instagram remembering your brother one year after his death, and you talked about the "signs" that he's still around. Can you elaborate on that a bit?The signs are for me and my family, and I want to keep it at that, but I think that it's been really cool. We've found a lot of peace in feeling that he's still present -- he's still around us. I like to look at it as though he's watching over us. I don't think you can argue with the signs, because some of them are so personal, and that makes it really, really cool.Anytime someone dies -- for me, anyway -- it really makes me question what I believe in, and my faith and everything, and I have found a lot of peace in knowing that I will in fact see him again. It makes it not quite as sad. This isn't goodbye, it's goodbye for now, and I will see him again. So, that's helped me a lot.2016 has been a doozy of a year. Do you have any resolutions for 2017?No, I never make New Year's resolutions, because I'm not going to set myself up for failure. It used to always be to stop swearing, and then the next day I'm throwing f-bombs around, so I've given that up. [Laughs] But, no, I'm turning 30 on January 5, so I'm just looking forward to my thirties! I feel as though I'm in a really good place in my life, I'm comfortable in my own skin and it's way different than it was when I was 20. I'm really looking forward to this next chapter of my life.Talk to me about this partnership with Young Living Essential Oils. Why did it feel like such a good fit for you personally?I'm a huge Young Living fan, so I couldn't be more excited about this partnership. My mom got my hooked on Young Living Essential Oils when, a couple years ago for Christmas, she gave me the book that they have with all of their oils that explains their benefits and how you can use them. Since then, I've been hooked!I use them for many different things: They're the first thing I grab when I feel a headache coming on, and I'll use peppermint oil on my temples and the back of my neck. I swear by it! I have this immune-boosting blend that I do that's a few drops of oregano, lemon, lavender, frankincense and Thieves, and I rub it on my hands and everyone's feet -- my kids, my husband, myself -- and I have it diffusing in my house all the time.I really do swear by them, and they're the first thing I grab when anyone is getting sick. I also use the Thieves Household Cleaner. No matter what it is in my life -- food, cleaning supplies, whatever it is -- I try to stay away from harsh chemicals, so I have peace of mind using Young Living: My kids can eat off the counter and I'm not freaking out that they're ingesting harmful chemicals, and that's one of the reasons that I love them. I know that they're safe and they're pure.There are definitely some people that will remain skeptical about the powers of essential oils in general. What would you say to those people?Well, it goes without saying: There's a reason why they're always the first thing that I grab when my family is getting sick! Hands down, I cannot emphasize enough that I truly swear by these products. For someone who's new to the oils, I would say start with the lavender oil; it's very calming, very relaxing and I put it on my feet at night to help me sleep. I do it on my feet because it absorbs into your body more quickly. Or just put it in a bath! And if you can't relax after that, then ... call me! [Laughs]So would the lavender oil be the one you'd suggest as the best gift for the holidays, too?Lavender, peppermint or thieves -- those are my three favorites! Lavender, obviously, for the calming effects. Not only do I love the peppermint oil for headaches, but I also find it energizing. If I have an early morning, I'll smell it, put it on my wrists and in my water. Thieves is great because it's immune-boosting; they have a little travel spray that I love, and I'm the crazy person who takes it on a plane with me and sprays my seat and hotel room with it. But, hey, you know what? I don't care!This interview has been edited and condensed.More from AOL.com:Carly Rae Jepsen is going 'so many places' with the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed, 'EMOTION'Danai Gurira of 'The Walking Dead' spreads awareness for HIV/AIDS on World AIDS DayAshley Benson talks wrapping 'Pretty Little Liars,' giving back and what she plans on doing next Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
08 December 2016, 16:36

How to save money (and water) in your home

Filed under: Finance, HomeWater bills can really add up month after month, so why not invest in water-saving appliances in your home and rental properties? From toilets to faucets to shower heads, Finance Collective blogger REtipster walks us through a few tips and tricks on how to save on both money and water by making just a few small changes to your home. Click play on the video above to learn how much you could be saving!RELATED: Gifts that are worth an investmentMore from the Finance Collective: 6 organizational gifts to start the new year off rightWhy you should talk about money in a relationshipOnly certain home improvement projects will pay you back Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments