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Tick, tick ? boom? If the shutdown comes, who will pay the price?

Tick, tick ? boom? If the shutdown comes, who will pay the price?With Republicans in control of all three branches of government, a shutdown would do nothing to convince Americans that the GOP can govern effectively.


Photos of the week: 1/12 - 1/19

Photos of the week: 1/12 - 1/19A house of horrors was discovered in Perris, California at the start of the week.


Chris Christie Reportedly Turned Away From Airport VIP Entrance

Chris Christie Reportedly Turned Away From Airport VIP EntranceChris Christie, no longer the governor of New Jersey, was reportedly denied access to a special VIP entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday.


The Story of the Turpin Family at Center of Abuse Allegations

The Story of the Turpin Family at Center of Abuse AllegationsDavid and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 counts that included charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.


Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns Following Offensive Comments

Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns Following Offensive CommentsCarl Higbie, the chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, resigned Thursday after CNN unearthed a litany of offensive and discriminatory remarks he?d made on various radio segments.


2 Boys Arrested After Vandalism That Killed 500,000 Bees On Iowa Honey Farm

2 Boys Arrested After Vandalism That Killed 500,000 Bees On Iowa Honey FarmTwo boys are facing felony charges after vandalism at an Iowa honey farm killed 500,000 bees, according to police.


Mattis unveils new National Defense strategy

Mattis unveils new National Defense strategyDefense Secretary Jim Mattis released the National Defense Strategy today that focuses on China and Russia as the biggest challenges to the U.S.


Google CEO: ?No Issues? with freeing female employees from NDAs

Google CEO: ?No Issues? with freeing female employees from NDAsGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says they ?want to provide a more open environment? for employees to be able to tell their stories.


Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet

Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabetKazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe.  A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue.  This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan ?real independence? and help it join the ?information world?. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An ?against apostrophes? hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a ?No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!? Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.  ?With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,? he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short ?a,? or consonants similar to ?s? and ?sh?.  Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for ?bottle,? pronounced ?shisha,? is written ?s'i's'a?, while ?east,? pronounced ?shyghys,? becomes ?s'yg'ys?. Those are hardly the worst: The word for ?skier? will be ?s'an'g'ys'y? and that for ?crucial? will be ?s'es'u's'i?. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written ?Qazaqstan Respy?bli?kasy?. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border.  ?The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,? Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.  Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused ?much discussion,? this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.  But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.  ?From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,? said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to ?work with the new alphabet? before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. ?He wants to go into history ? as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,? Mr Sarym said. ?You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.?


Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensiveTurkey on Saturday launched a new air and ground operation to oust a Kurdish militia from their northern Syrian enclave, defying US warnings that the action risked further destabilising the area after almost seven years of civil war. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly vowed that Turkey would root out the "nests of terror" in Syria of the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey deems a terror organisation. Turkey's army said operation "Olive Branch" began at 1400 GMT and was aimed at the YPG and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.


Meteorite hunters find first fragments of Michigan meteor

Meteorite hunters find first fragments of Michigan meteorDETROIT (AP) ? Meteorite hunters who flocked to Detroit from across the U.S. after a meteor exploded are finding the fragments.


This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown

This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government ShutdownFlu cases are continuing to rise in the U.S., with some states, such as California, seeing record numbers of patients seeking medical attention.


Delta issues new rules on emotional support animals

Delta issues new rules on emotional support animalsAfter the airline said it saw a spike in animal incidents, passengers must now provide documentation for their pet to the airline within 48 hours of their flight.


On The Anniversary Of Trump's Inauguration, The Government Is Shut Down

On The Anniversary Of Trump's Inauguration, The Government Is Shut DownWASHINGTON ? One year ago, Donald Trump stood at the U.S. Capitol and took his place as the nation?s 45th president. One of Trump?s major selling points during the campaign was his ability to make deals.


Fox News Guest Goes Off The Rails: 'White Supremacists Are American Citizens'

Fox News Guest Goes Off The Rails: 'White Supremacists Are American Citizens'A guest on Fox News defended white supremacists over undocumented immigrants on Thursday evening.


Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks

Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacksPHOENIX (AP) ? The nine shooting deaths around metropolitan Phoenix that occurred in just a three-week span seemed unconnected at first glance. The victims differ in age, gender and geographical location. But the more law enforcement investigated, the more correlations came to light.


Classmate speaks out about California ?House of Horrors? victim

Classmate speaks out about California ?House of Horrors? victimA classmate of one of the victims who attended community college says the Turpin son was very thin and always in the same clothing.


Car plows into crowd along Brazil?s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Car plows into crowd along Brazil?s Copacabana beach, killing babyA car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade, killing a baby and injuring more than a dozen people.


Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priority

Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priorityCountering China and Russia is a bigger focus for US national security than defeating terrorism, the American administration announced yesterday.  Donald Trump?s new national defence strategy named ?inter-state strategic competition? as its primary concern rather than jihadist attacks.  It marks a tipping point after almost two decades when the US has focussed on countering terrorism following the September 11 attacks.  China, Russia, North Korea and Iran were all mentioned as powers that were threatening the international order.  The strategy signals a return of a Cold War-style mentality in American foreign policy that will focus on countering rival great powers.  James Mattis,  US Secretary of Defense Credit: EPA/WALLACE WOON James Mattis, the US defence secretary, explained the rationale behind the 11-page national defence strategy in a speech on Friday.  ?We will to continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we?re engaged in today, but great-power competition - not terrorism - is now the primary focus of US national security,? he said.  Mr Mattis added: "To those who would threaten America's experiment in democracy: they must know if you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day." The document itself included a similar message: ?Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security.? It called out threats posed by rival nations. ?China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarising features in the South China Sea,? it read.  US President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir  Credit: APEC-SUMMIT ?Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbours. ?As well, North Korea?s outlaw actions and reckless rhetoric continue despite United Nation?s censure and sanctions. "Iran continues to sow violence and remains the most significant challenge to Middle East stability.? John McCain, the Republican senator of Arizona, welcomed the strategy, saying: ?It gets the big decisions right, prioritises the threats we face, and offers clear guidance for making tough choices.? Mr Mattis also called on Democrats to agree new funding ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, warning that the military would suffer if they blocked budget proposals.  Appealing to Congress, he said: "No strategy can survive without predictable funding. As hard as the last 16 years have been, no enemy has harmed the US military more than defence spending caps and sequestration." Mr Trump cancelled his trip to Florida on Friday in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.   The US president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort but stayed in Washington as scrambled negotiations played out behind the scenes.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault.  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, accused Democrats of being unpatriotic by threatening to block a funding extension.   ?The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching," he said.  "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding." Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the Senate, noted that Mr Trump once said that America could use ?a good shutdown?.


The Twisted Psychology of Parents Who Torture Their Children

The Twisted Psychology of Parents Who Torture Their ChildrenDavid and Louise Turpin face nearly 100 years in prison after starving and imprisoning their 13 children for years


Deported Man's Wife Will Be State Of The Union Guest

Deported Man's Wife Will Be State Of The Union GuestRep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) was so moved by the story of Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old man deported to Mexico this week after living most of his life in the U.S., that she plans to bring his wife Cindy Garcia as her plus-one guest to the 2018 State of the Union address.


Taiwan blocks China flights after route row

Taiwan blocks China flights after route rowTaiwan has blocked nearly 200 flights by Chinese airlines over the strait that separates the two rivals due to the carriers' use of controversial new travel routes introduced by China. Taipei has repeatedly called for four new flight paths to be cancelled since China launched them earlier in January, but their complaints have fallen on deaf ears on the mainland. China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Air have since requested to operate 176 additional flights between Taiwan and China during the Lunar New Year period in mid-February.


13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1

13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 total counts, including charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.


Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office

Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In OfficeDonald Trump has officially completed one full year as president, and holy moly what a year it?s been.


Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That Way

Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That WayThe mother of a University of Alabama student who received national scorn for her racist rants on video said she agreed with the school?s decision to expel her daughter.


Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional mapsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to suspend the Jan. 9 order by a federal court panel in Greensboro that gave the Republican-controlled General Assembly until Jan. 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts.


Gymnastics stars speak out against Larry Nassar

Gymnastics stars speak out against Larry NassarAly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, two members of the 2012 USA Gymnastics team that stole the show at the London Olympics, were among the victims to give powerful statements against Larry Nassar.


Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in KashmirSRINAGAR, India (AP) ? Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday.


Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime

Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent CrimeThere's been a string of violent crimes in Montego Bay


Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking

Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest ReworkingA photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trump?s face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.


China Wants Missile Defenses To Stop India (And Kill Satellites)

China Wants Missile Defenses To Stop India (And Kill Satellites)India conducted a successful test of its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a nuclear-capable Agni-5, on Thursday, underscoring a potential threat to China as well as Pakistan. China is also within range of nuclear-armed North Korean missiles and Japan is mulling whether it should develop similar capabilities.


Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife traffickingThai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.


The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.


'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey Milstein

'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey MilsteinJeffrey Milstein?s overhead images of ports, train yards, airports, parking lots, and cityscapes, reveal harmonious symmetries invisible during daily life yet still somehow familiar.


Make No Mistake, Trump's Government Shutdown Is About Racism

Make No Mistake, Trump's Government Shutdown Is About RacismLost in the shitstorm over ?shithole? was another equally damning example of President Donald Trump?s blatant racism and sexism. It was an outward display of a mindset that in many ways has paved the way for the government shutdown we?re facing now. Last week, NBC News reported that last fall, the president of the United States asked a career intelligence analyst ?Where are you from?? She responded, ?New York,? and that should have ended the conversation.


Aly Raisman Tells Nassar 'You Are Pathetic' After He Complains About Sentencing Hearing

Aly Raisman Tells Nassar 'You Are Pathetic' After He Complains About Sentencing HearingOlympian Aly Raisman addressed serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar in court Friday with a powerful statement, calling the former USA Gymnastics team doctor ?pathetic? for complaining about the length of his sentencing hearing and ?a monster? for abusing the trust of his young patients.


North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to SouthSEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.


Watch the World's First Ever Drone Surf Rescue

Watch the World's First Ever Drone Surf RescueA drone deployed an emergency flotation device to save two struggling swimmers in Australia


'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax EvasionOn Friday, ?Jersey Shore? star Mike ?The Situation? Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.


Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)

Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)Mexico is on the verge of being a failed state, swept by violence from powerful drug cartels who have turned the nation's cities and villages into bloody battlegrounds. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department approved a $98.4 million weapons sale to Mexico, including RGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems designed to shoot down antiship missiles and Mark 54 antisubmarine torpedoes. The high-tech weaponry is intended for the Mexican Navy's new Sigma 10514?class long-range patrol ships.


Turpin family latest: Two healthy Maltese dogs seized from couple whose 13 malnourished children were found 'imprisoned'

Turpin family latest: Two healthy Maltese dogs seized from couple whose 13 malnourished children were found 'imprisoned'Authorities seized two healthy dogs from the Turpin family after 13 siblings were found malnourished and allegedly tortured. The two Maltese-mix dogs ?appear healthy?, Perris, California animal control officer Christina Avila said, and will be raffled for adoption. David and Louise Turpin have denied a string of charges relating to their alleged treatment of the children, who are aged between 2 and 29.


Kremlin 'regrets' Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupation

Kremlin 'regrets' Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupationOf course, Russia will remain committed to the word and spirit of the Minsk accords with other guarantor countries France and Germany, but we regret that such steps only distract us from the desired goal," the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. The EU-brokered Minsk peace agreement, backed by Moscow and Kiev, was first reached in late 2014 and then re-worked in early 2015 with the help of Germany and France, but is violated almost daily.


The Electrification Era Moves Closer for Cars

The Electrification Era Moves Closer for CarsAutomakers are seeing the future, and increasingly it?s more high voltage than high octane. At this year?s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, just under the sheet metal and hoods ...


Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe

Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest AbeMichael Wolff?s blistering account of the Trump administration?s first year, Fire and Fury, prompted what has now become the president?s routine response to anyone who criticizes him.


Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is 'Among The Richest Countries I've Ever Been To'

Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is 'Among The Richest Countries I've Ever Been To'CNN?s Anderson Cooper on Thursday gave Conan O?Brien a glowing review of Haiti before the talk show host?s trip there.


The Latest: Man accused in 9 killings had bleak upbringing

The Latest: Man accused in 9 killings had bleak upbringingPHOENIX (AP) ? The Latest on nine killings in the Phoenix area that have been linked to the same convicted felon (all times local):


2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police say

2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police sayTwo Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed.


11 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat

11 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat


Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn

Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry SeabornEd Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.


India's Ballistic Missile Test Is a 'Direct Threat,' a Chinese State-Owned Newspaper Says

India's Ballistic Missile Test Is a 'Direct Threat,' a Chinese State-Owned Newspaper SaysIndia's Agni 5 missile test traveled for 19 minutes and 3,000 miles, putting China's eastern coastal cities in range


 
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