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Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote looms

Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote loomsPresident Trump predicted on Friday that a deadly shooting on the famed Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris would have “a big effect” on French elections.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:01:00 GMT

Canal jumper released on bail
AN 18-year-old man who jumped into a canal at Surfers Paradise to avoid being arrested by police on Wednesday night has been granted bail.

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last updated: Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:44:09 -0400

Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote looms

Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote loomsPresident Trump predicted on Friday that a deadly shooting on the famed Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris would have “a big effect” on French elections.


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Clinton knocks Trump on LGBT rights

Clinton knocks Trump on LGBT rightsFormer U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the annual LGBT Center dinner on April 20, 2017, in New York City. The Center gave Clinton its Trailblazer Award. Clinton was receiving an award at a fundraiser for The Center, an LGBT community center in New York City, where she made the critical remarks.


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Russian Planes Buzz Alaska Four Nights in a Row

Russian Planes Buzz Alaska Four Nights in a RowU.S. and Canadian jets scramble to intercept Russian bombers and surveillance planes that keep inching closer to Alaska.


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Ronald Reagan’s son defends O’Reilly, asks if men should ‘sue for sexual arousal’

Ronald Reagan’s son defends O’Reilly, asks if men should ‘sue for sexual arousal’Michael Reagan speaks at a rally for Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle in 2010. Michael Reagan, son of late President Ronald Reagan, defended disgraced Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who was ousted this week after advertisers boycotted the show en masse amid a sexual harassment scandal. The firestorm started after the New York Times revealed that O’Reilly and the network had shelled out $13 million in settlements to various women who had accused him of sexual harassment.


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A Transgender Surgical Journey

A Transgender Surgical JourneyA patient and a provider share their personal stories.


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Flight Attendant Suspended After Confrontation On Video

Flight Attendant Suspended After Confrontation On VideoWitnesses say the flight attendant ripped the baby stroller out of a mother’s hands — striking the woman and nearly striking the child — leading to the conflict.


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Police officers shot on Champs-Élysées in Paris

Police officers shot on Champs-Élysées in ParisAfter a fatal shooting on the Champs Élysées in Paris Thursday, the avenue was swarmed by police. We have photos.


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Pyongyang drivers scramble as gas stations limit services

Pyongyang drivers scramble as gas stations limit servicesPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Car users in Pyongyang are scrambling to fill up their tanks as gas stations begin limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage.


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Alaskan village fights for survival as island disappears

Alaskan village fights for survival as island disappearsJoe McCarthy of Global Citizen talks about his recent journey to the remote village of Kivalina where climate change is threatening the community's very existence.


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Taliban kill 'more than 50' Afghan troops in army base attack

Taliban kill 'more than 50' Afghan troops in army base attackMazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) (AFP) - Taliban militants wearing Afghan army uniforms killed at least 50 soldiers in a gun and suicide attack at a base in northern Afghanistan, the US military said, as the extremists ramp up their campaign against beleaguered government forces. Two of the attackers blew themselves up and seven were killed in the assault near Mazar-i-Sharif city on Friday which lasted several hours and targeted soldiers at a mosque and dining facility, the Afghan defence ministry said. A US military spokesman said "more than 50" Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack claimed by the Taliban, while Afghan officials put the death toll at eight with 11 wounded.


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Trump Weighs in on French Election After Paris Terror Attack

Trump Weighs in on French Election After Paris Terror AttackU.S. president appears to favor the far-right Le Pen in the race.


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Obama's photographer takes down Sarah Palin with one very classy Instagram photo

Obama's photographer takes down Sarah Palin with one very classy Instagram photoPete Souza is back at it again with the Instagram shade, and this time he's coming for Sarah Palin and her famous band of sidekicks. Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and Kid Rock ( author's note: ⁉️ ⁉️ ⁉️) hung out with President Trump on Thursday. And afterward, the former Alaskan governor shared photos of her visit on Facebook, thanking Trump for the invite. But one picture in particular caught Souza's eye. Standing before Hillary Clinton's official White House portrait, the very mature Palin, Nugent, and Kid Rock posed in very mature ways. SEE ALSO: Trump never has to buy sunglasses again because Obama's photographer will shade him forever Palin, in her off-the-shoulder top, is seen pointing to the portrait with an extraordinarily salty "huh, remember her?" look on her face. Nugent appears to be giving Clinton the old heave-ho hand signal. And Kid Rock? Well, despite the fact that he doesn't seem to be aware a photograph is being taken, he still has his arms crossed. Very classy. But for those peeved by the photograph, have no fear. Obama's heroic photographer is here with the shade. Digging deep into his nostalgic archives, Souza responded to Palin's photo by sharing a snapshot of Obama and his former White House chief of staff, Bill Daley, sitting together beneath Ronald Reagan's official White House portrait. Being respectful. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:22pm PDT Without even mentioning Palin's name, Souza got his message across with a short caption: "Being respectful."  So simple. So effective. WATCH: Eric Trump is now a front-runner for the Most Oblivious Thing Ever Said About the Internet by Anyone, Anywhere


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Accused Fresno gunman’s arraignment delayed after courtroom outburst

Accused Fresno gunman’s arraignment delayed after courtroom outburstKori Ali Muhammad, 39, had been scheduled for an initial court appearance on murder charges stemming from the death of Motel 6 security guard Carl Williams when the postponed the proceedings, said Steve Wright of the Fresno County District Attorney's Office. The judge also ordered Muhammad, who goes by the nickname Black Jesus, to undergo a mental competency exam by court-appointed physician at the request of a public defender appointed to represent him, Eric Christensen. Prosecutors have not yet filed charges against Muhammad in connection with the shooting rampage, in which he is accused of shooting three white men in quick succession in downtown Fresno on Tuesday.


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Tad Cummins Ordered Cialis While on the Run With Teen, Criminal Complaint Reveals

Tad Cummins Ordered Cialis While on the Run With Teen, Criminal Complaint RevealsThe ex-teacher filled a prescription for the erectile dysfunction meds, and rented a hotel room with a queen-sized bed, the just-released complaint says.


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Parole denied for Brinks heist getaway driver Judith Clark

Parole denied for Brinks heist getaway driver Judith ClarkALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former Weather Underground radical who drove a getaway car in a bungled 1981 Brinks armored-car robbery that left three people dead was denied parole on Friday despite the fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised her behavior as a prisoner when he commuted her sentence last year.


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Trump Administration Appoints New Surgeon General

Trump Administration Appoints New Surgeon GeneralSurgeon Vivek Murthy, a holdover from Obama administration, was told to resign by the Trump administration.


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Best animal friendships

Best animal friendshipsThey really are friends fur-ever! These adorable animals have struck up the most unlikely friendships in the animal kingdom. From a pig and a cat to a baby goat and a dog, these are companions you never thought you’d see.


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If the U.S. Could Prosecute Assange, It Would Have Already Done So

If the U.S. Could Prosecute Assange, It Would Have Already Done SoTrump’s team has gone from cheerleading WikiLeaks to excoriating it in a matter of months, just as the Russiagate investigation heats up.


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Spate of attacks masks a weakening Islamic State: experts

Spate of attacks masks a weakening Islamic State: expertsThe steady drip of jihadist attacks in Europe, including the slaying of a policeman on Paris's world-famous Champs Elysees Thursday, might give the impression the Islamic State group is thriving -- but experts say that's wrong. Under the pressure of the international coalition in Iraq and Syria as well as improved efforts by intelligence services, IS has seen its ability to mount complex, group attacks weaken. While a large-scale strike remains a possibility, "the deadly tenacity of Daesh (IS) against France poorly masks a continuing degradation of its ability to strike our nation," Jean-Pierre Filiu, a researcher at Paris's Sciences Po university, wrote on his blog Friday.


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Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions?

Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions?For decades, being a coal miner has come with a deal: Work in dangerous, unpleasant conditions for years, and in exchange, get lifelong health-care benefits and a decent pension. Now, though, part of that deal is jeopardy, as the funds that provide those benefits have dwindled.


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U.S. identifies, charges Israeli teen accused of Jewish threats

U.S. identifies, charges Israeli teen accused of Jewish threatsMichael Ron David Kadar, 18, who has dual citizenship and lives in Israel, made at least 245 threatening telephone calls between Jan. 4 and March 7, many targeting Jewish community centers in the United States, according to the Florida complaint. Kadar also appears linked to more than 240 hoax threats called into schools in the United States and Canada between August and December 2015, forcing thousands of students to be evacuated, according to the Georgia complaint.


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Homes Evacuated in Florida Brush Fire

Homes Evacuated in Florida Brush FireA central Florida subdivision has been evacuated due to a brush fire that has, so far, claimed at least five thousand acres. (April 21)


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Toddler Hospitalized After Being Attacked by Dog While Playing Outside: 'He's Very Shaken'

Toddler Hospitalized After Being Attacked by Dog While Playing Outside: 'He's Very Shaken'The child, who is 2 years old, was left with scratches and puncture wounds across his cheek and neck, a photo posted to Twitter shows.


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Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 more

Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 moreVARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation's most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976.


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Barack Obama To Make First Public Appearance

Barack Obama To Make First Public AppearanceThe former president was set to speak at the University of Chicago to make his first public appearance since January 20.


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Mexico sees 2,020 killings in March, worst month since 2011

Mexico sees 2,020 killings in March, worst month since 2011MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has surpassed 2,000 homicides in a month for the first time since the summer of 2011 and had more killings in the first quarter of 2017 than in the start of any year in at least two decades, according to data released Friday.


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Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 US election - documents

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 US election - documentsBy Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [https://en.riss.ru/], after the election.


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IS claims deadly attack on FSB office in Russia

IS claims deadly attack on FSB office in RussiaThe Islamic State jihadist group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack Friday on an office of Russia's main domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, in the country's far east, a US-based monitoring group said. According to the text translated into English by the SITE monitoring group, the source said an IS "fighter" attacked an FSB office in Khabarovsk, killing three people and wounding others. Russian officials say two people were killed in the incident -- an FSB employee and a civilian.


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You have one day left to save big on the Nest Thermostat and the Ecobee3

You have one day left to save big on the Nest Thermostat and the Ecobee3

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, and there are a number of different ways you can celebrate it. But did you know that there’s one thing you can do to celebrate Earth Day and save money at the same time? Smart thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ecobee3 Thermostat conserve a tremendous amount of money by adapting your heating and air conditioning based on things like the time of day, the temperature outside, and even your location. You end up saving tons of money on your utility bills each month, but you also conserve resources in the process.

Right now, through the end of the day on Earth Day tomorrow, the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ecobee3 are both on sale at a deep discount on Amazon. Trust us, you definitely don’t want to let this Earth Day deal pass you by.

Nest Learning Thermostat

  • Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
  • Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.
  • Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.
  • Farsight: When Nest spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.
  • Energy History: Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.
  • Nest Leaf: You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.

Ecobee3 Thermostat with Sensor

  • Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • Smart, really smart - intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment based on your home's unique energy profile, the weather outside, and thousands of other data points to make sure you're comfortable at all times
  • Knows you have a life - senses whether anyone's home and which rooms are occupied, delivering comfort when you're at home and saving you energy and money when you're not
  • Lowers your energy bills - ecobee saves homeowners an average of 23%* annually, paying for itself in energy savings (*Learn more at ecobee.com/savings)
  • Homekit-enabled Ecobee3 - the world's first homekit-enabled smart thermostat - is an evolution of our previous Ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat.


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Police seek possible accomplices of Paris gunman

Police seek possible accomplices of Paris gunmanBy Emmanuel Jarry and John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Investigators are trying to find out whether the man who shot dead a policeman in Paris had accomplices, a prosecutor said, adding that he had shown no previous signs of radicalization despite a long prison record. The gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi, opened fire on a police vehicle parked on the Champs Elysees in Paris late on Thursday, killing one officer and injuring two others before being shot dead. The attack, which was claimed by Islamic State, overshadowed the last day of campaigning for Sunday's presidential election first round.


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Bill Gates has some surprising technology restrictions for his kids

Bill Gates has some surprising technology restrictions for his kidsTake a moment to imagine the childhood lives of Bill Gates' three kids. You're picturing joyful children leaping and lounging upon heaps of all the coolest and newest tech, right? Shockingly, you're wrong. Bill Gates, technology giant and co-founder of Microsoft, had pretty surprising technology restrictions for his kids. Gates and his wife Melinda banned their three children from owning cell phones until they were age 14 - even though they argued all their friends had them. (Classic.) SEE ALSO: Professor brings her kid to class dressed as Godzilla and everyone loved it Image: DI NOLFI/EPA/REX/ShutterstockAccording to 2016 research by Influence Central, the average age for a child to get their first cell phone is 10 years old, down from 12 in 2012. So in the scheme of things, the Gates kids were really on the late side for tech. Who would have thought!? Once the children finally got their phones, their parents strictly regulated their usage - notably banning all phones from the dinner table. "We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour," Gates told The Mirror . Surprisingly, Gates isn't the only tech mastermind to limit his children's technology usage. In a 2014 article titled "Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent," the Apple founder told a New York Times reporter that his children had not yet used the iPad, and that, "We limit how much technology our kids use at home." Kids, hide your cell phones. WATCH: Someone combined the best parts of the Kindle and iPad


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Jury Finds Petco Not Liable in Death of Boy, 10, Who Contracted Illness from Pet Rat

Jury Finds Petco Not Liable in Death of Boy, 10, Who Contracted Illness from Pet RatPetco did enough to warn consumers about the dangers of owning a pet rat and was neither negligent nor liable in Aidan Pankey's 2013 death, a jury decided.


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Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearing

Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearingFRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as he was ushered into a cramped courtroom for his first appearance before a judge.


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4 Tips For Retirement Savings

4 Tips For Retirement SavingsRetirees used to high incomes may need even more than the average cost of retirement to maintain their standards of living.


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Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight

Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnightCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 12 people were killed overnight during looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday.


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Trump greets Egyptian-American freed from Egyptian detention

Trump greets Egyptian-American freed from Egyptian detentionPresident Donald Trump on Friday welcomed back to the United States Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker whose release from jail in Egypt was sought by Trump when he met Egypt's president early this month. Trump and his aides had engaged in behind-the-scenes diplomatic efforts to gain her freedom after attempts by the previous Obama administration failed.


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Clashes as German anti-immigration party power struggle spills over

Clashes as German anti-immigration party power struggle spills overGermany's anti-immigration AfD handed its own leader a humiliating setback Saturday five months before a general election, as thousands of demonstrators rallied against its party congress. The four-year-old Alternative for Germany has harnessed public anger over Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to let in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015. Top-selling daily Bild called delegates' decision to not even debate her motion a "crushing blow" for Petry, a 41-year-old former chemist who is pregnant with her fifth child.


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Keep evidence from ex-NFLer Hernandez's prison suicide: judge

Keep evidence from ex-NFLer Hernandez's prison suicide: judgeA Massachusetts state judge on Friday ordered prison officials to preserve any evidence collected from the cell of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, according to court documents, two days after he was found dead of an apparent suicide. Lawyers for Hernandez's family had sought the ruling to ensure they can conduct their own investigation into his death at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. A lawyer for the state correction department told Superior Court Judge Thomas McGuire in New Bedford, Massachusetts, that the maximum-security prison was already keeping any evidence, making a formal order unnecessary, the Boston Globe reported on Friday.


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You should probably get this juicer on Amazon for less than $40 instead of a $400 Juicero

You should probably get this juicer on Amazon for less than $40 instead of a $400 Juicero

Look, there's a whole lot of drama surrounding Juicero's pricey Wi-Fi connected juicer right now, but a lot of it is hot air. Everyone knew from the start that this was a premium product with a high-end price aimed at high-end clientele. Now, people are complaining about the fact that you don't need the juicer to squeeze the bags. It's true. You don't. You also don't need a $2,000 coffee maker to brew a cup. To each his own, as they say.

If you want a high-quality juicer and you don't care about all the bells and whistles of a Juicero, we've got just the thing. Amazon is selling the BLACK+DECKER JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor for just $34.94 right now, and it's the best-selling juicer on the site. Definitely pick one up while you can.

Here are some highlights from the product page:

  • A high quality strainer and stainless steel blades, pulp is separated out while nothing but natural, nutritious juice is effortlessly strained into the 300-ml pitcher below
  • 400 watts of power plus a stainless steel cutter and strainer juices all your favorite fruits and vegetables with ease
  • Large, integrated pulp container reduces space taken on counter
  • Custom juice cup makes measuring, pouring and serving easy, Dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup a breeze
  • Measures 13 by 9 by 9-inch; 2-year limited warranty


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Lyrids 2017: When And How To See The Lyrids Meteor Shower

Lyrids 2017: When And How To See The Lyrids Meteor ShowerThe Lyrids meteor shower will be best visible this weekend.


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Man Beats Tiny Yorkie to Death for Vomiting in His Car: Cops

Man Beats Tiny Yorkie to Death for Vomiting in His Car: CopsSigman Hernandez, 40, allegedly confessed to the violent crime after turning himself in to Miami Beach police.


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Delicate bargain frees 26 hostages, including Qatar royals

Delicate bargain frees 26 hostages, including Qatar royalsBAGHDAD (AP) — After nearly a year and a half in captivity, Qatar on Friday secured the release of 26 hostages, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years.


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U.S. will not give Exxon permission to drill in Russia

U.S. will not give Exxon permission to drill in RussiaThe unusually direct statement served to clarify that the United States would maintain a tough stance on sanctions against Moscow. "In consultation with President Donald J. Trump, the Treasury Department will not be issuing waivers to U.S. companies, including Exxon, authorizing drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions," Mnuchin said in a statement.


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Tiffany Trump Parties With Bella Thorne In New York City

Tiffany Trump Parties With Bella Thorne In New York CityTiffany Trump was pictured in the Dream Downtown with 19-year-old actress and other friends.


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US businesses getting hammered by Venezuela crisis

US businesses getting hammered by Venezuela crisisThe political and economic crisis in Venezuela is costing US companies dearly, as General Motors can attest following the unexpected nationalization of its plant there. The big auto-maker shut down its operations in Venezuela and laid off its 2,700 workers after the government on Wednesday seized the plant, which had been idle because of the chaotic market environment. GM isn't the only US business to be walloped by Venezuela's crisis.


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last updated: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:45:30 -0400

Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote looms

Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote loomsPresident Trump predicted on Friday that a deadly shooting on the famed Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris would have “a big effect” on French elections.


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last updated: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:55:35 -0400

Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote looms

Trump praises far-right French candidate Le Pen as vote loomsPresident Trump predicted on Friday that a deadly shooting on the famed Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris would have “a big effect” on French elections.


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last updated: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:41:00 GMT

Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.

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Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.

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last updated: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:12:05 +0000

Ass-Chewing And Schadenfreude: Inside Hillary's Failed Campaign
A new tell-all details Clinton's bid for the presidency.

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Delays dog 'shovel ready' projects in Trump's infrastructure plan
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump reassured manufacturers gathered in the White House Roosevelt room on March 31 that a massive infrastructure program was coming soon.

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last updated: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:01:46 -0400

17 Cheat Sheets If You're Vegetarian Or Vegan

Or if you're just trying to eat (or spend!) a little less on meat and dairy.


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The Successful College Dropout Is a Myth
Most leaders stayed in school

When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was asked to give this year’s commencement address at Harvard, he asked for advice from Bill Gates.

Zuckerberg said, “They know we didn’t actually graduate, right?”

To which Gates replied, “Oh, that is the best part! They actually give you a degree!”

This recent exchange between two famous Harvard dropouts might lead you to think college doesn’t matter. Numerous media stories and even famous billionaires are glamorizing dropouts or encouraging kids to skip college entirely.

While it’s true there are successful college dropouts, statistically speaking, they are not the norm. As researchers in education and talent, we found that the vast majority of the country’s success stories are college graduates, such as Sheryl Sandberg (Harvard), Jeff Bezos (Princeton) and Marissa Mayer (Stanford).

The myth of the mega-successful college dropout

In a recent study, we investigated how many of the wealthiest and most influential people graduated college. We studied 11,745 U.S. leaders, including CEOs, federal judges, politicians, multi-millionaires and billionaires, business leaders and the most globally powerful men and women.

We also examined how many people graduated from an “elite school.” (Our definition included the eight Ivy League schools, plus many of the top national universities and liberal arts colleges consistently high in the U.S. News rankings for both undergraduate and graduate education.)

We found about 94% of these U.S. leaders attended college, and about 50% attended an elite school. Though almost everyone went to college, elite school attendance varied widely. For instance, only 20.6% of House members and 33.8% of 30-millionaires attended an elite school, but over 80% of Forbes’ most powerful people did. For whatever reason, about twice as many senators – 41% – as House members went to elite schools.

For comparison, based on census and college data, we estimate that only about 2–5% of all U.S. undergraduates went to one of the elite schools in our study. The people from our study attended elite schools at rates well above typical expectations.

Do elite schools matter?

This year, elite schools saw an increase in applications and selectivity. Research suggests there is no difference in adult income between students who attended highly selective schools and students with similar SAT scores who attended less selective schools. At least for long-term earnings, where you go may not be critical, as long as you attend and graduate.

Yet, our data show that for students with talent and motivation to make it to the top of U.S. society, an elite college might just help you get there – whether it’s the networks you acquire or the brand on your resume.

While looking at over 11,000 successful leaders, we rarely encountered people who came from extremely poor or disadvantaged backgrounds. Helping disadvantaged talented students enter elite schools could promote diversity among future leaders.

College matters

Admittedly, the educational path of the cream of the crop may not apply to most people. So, going to college may not be the right or even the best path for everyone. However, if you’re a student thinking about not going to college or considering dropping out, remember that even Gates and Zuckerberg got into college. Even if you’re not aiming for mega success, doing the work to get into and graduate from college today may open important doors.

Perhaps in the future, college may not be as important to employers. But for now, college dropouts who rule the world are rare exceptions – not the rule.

Jonathan Wai is a Research Scientist at Duke University and Heiner Rindermann is Professor of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Chemnitz University of Technology

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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