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Puerto Rico by Numbers, One Month After Hurricane Maria HitHere is a by numbers account of how things on Puerto Rico currently stand.


 

CIA Fires Dog From Bomb Sniffer Program Because It Just Wasn't For HerLulu the black Labrador wasn’t cut out for a career as a bomb sniffer dog.


 

Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down HatersSouthwest Airlines on Wednesday celebrated its first “unmanned” flight on the company’s new fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.


 

Air Berlin pilots suspended after saying 'dignified goodbye' with fly-by stunt at Düsseldorf AirportThe pilots of an Air Berlin flight that performed a fly-past during the insolvent carrier's last long-haul flight to its hub in Düsseldorf have been suspended, the airline said on Wednesday. When coming into land from Miami on Monday morning, the A330 jet flew low across the runway, then pulled up and banked sharply to the left before landing on its second approach. Pilots are trained in such "go-around" procedures for aborted landings, but the manoeuvre was unusual and the German aviation authorities are investigating. "In aviation, safety always comes first. We are taking the incident very seriously," an Air Berlin spokesman said. The Air Berlin pilot had requested permission from the tower to make a left turn should a go-around be necessary. "We wanted to make a mark, a dignified and emotional goodbye," the Air Berlin pilot was quoted as saying by German broadcaster ZDF. His identity was not given. Another pilot for a different carrier told Reuters that a go-around should be performed only for operational or safety reasons. "Electing to do one if it is known not to be required adds an unnecessary risk," he said. Several videos of the incident can be viewed online. In one, control tower staff can be heard exclaiming as the plane flies past, with one person saying: "We are all in awe." The Air Berlin spokesman said the videos raised questions that had to be answered as part of the investigation. Air Berlin filed for insolvency on August 15 and Lufthansa has signed a deal to buy large parts of its operations. The airline will fly its final short-haul flights under the Air Berlin brand at the end of this month.


 

School Investigating Video Of Cheerleaders Giggling And Chanting Racial SlursA disturbing video featuring five white teens gleefully taking turns chanting a racial slur has launched an investigation in a Utah school district.


 

Woman Claims Delta Stopped Her From Singing National Anthem For Slain SoldierA Georgia doctor claims that Delta Air Lines prevented her from singing the national anthem to honor a slain soldier whose casket was on her plane.


 

'If I Do Not Leave Now, I Will Die': Model Shares Chilling Story of Bloody Beating by 'War Machine'Christy Mack suffered numerous injuries at the hands of the MMA fighter, who nearly beat her to death when he found her in bed with another man.


 

White House slams lawmaker's 'disgusting' criticism of Trump's call to soldier's widowThe back-and-forth dispute between the president and a Florida congressman over what Trump said to a soldier’s widow continued Wednesday afternoon. While not denying a remark that Rep. Frederica Wilson attributed to Trump, the White House criticized her for politicizing the issue.


 

Reddit user reveals what the 2017 Starbucks holiday cups supposedly look likeIt may only be October, but Starbucks is already on their Christmas game.


 

Mom's incredible hack for getting her child to take medicine goes viralNo matter the flavor, from orange to grape, we have vivid memories of being force-fed a spoonful, only to quickly chase it down with a glass of milk or a treat. England's Helena Lee was trying to feed her newborn Calpol when she remembered reading about this trick - all you need is a bottle and syringe.


 

Trump says he has 'proof' on his call to soldier's wife, and the nation waitsIf the president's proof is anything like the evidence he’s promised to offer for some of his other controversial assertions, the nation will believe it when — or if — it sees it.


 

GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Awayproposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.


 

Zimbabwe First Lady sues in dispute over $1.35 million ring: state mediaZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday. Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party and seen as a potential successor to her husband, is nicknamed "Gucci Grace" for her reputed dedication to shopping. The Herald, a government-controlled newspaper, reported that Grace was suing businessman Jamal Hamed after a deal to have Hamed supply the First Lady with a diamond ring turned sour.


 

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Billy Joel, 68, and wife Alexis Roderick are expecting a babyBilly Joel will soon have three Uptown Girls to worry about!


 

Deadly shooting at business park in Edgewood, Md.Three people have been killed and two were wounded during a shooting at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Md.


 

Wanted man turns himself in after losing Facebook bet with police  A wanted Michigan man has turned himself in after losing a bet he made with police on Facebook. Michael Zaydel had promised to give himself up to police if a Facebook post about an existing arrest warrant received more than 1,000 shares. The cocky 21-year-old even promised to bring Redford Township Police Department (RTPD) officers a dozen doughnuts if they were victorious in the challenge. “I’m not worried about it,” he wrote. “If your next post gets 1,000 shares I’ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that’s a promise. “And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools.” In a follow-up post, the department said he “may or may not be a man of his word,” adding, “it is our experience everyone gets caught at some point. He has drawn a lot of attention to himself, and that makes it hard to hide from reality.” The fugitive eventually surrendered to police, fulfilling his promise by arriving at the station with doughnuts and a bagel. “Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants,” the department said. “He walked in on his own, and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it, and left us positive feedback.” Mr Zaydel was sentenced to 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaking the terms of his probation. Is this the world's most meta mugshot? 


 

Freed Taliban Hostage Caitlan Coleman Reportedly Rushed To HospitalCaitlan Coleman, the American woman who spent five years as a hostage of the Taliban, was reportedly rushed to the hospital less than a week after her release from captivity.


 

McKayla Maroney Says Larry Nassar Began Sexually Abusing Her When She Was 13Former gymnast McKayla Maroney just revealed new allegations of sexual abuse against for USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.


 

Trump resumes Twitter attacks on Comey and 'Crooked Hillary'James Comey may have begun drafting a statement about the Clinton email investigation before it was finished, to judge from newly released documents. The president, jumping on this, criticized both Comey and Clinton in tweets Wednesday.


 

The Latest: Nuclear envoys meet over North Korean threatSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic meetings between the United States, South Korea and Japan over the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear program (all times local):


 

The Note: Spotlight turns to Sessions on Russia probe and Trump's executive privilegeAttorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee today in an oversight hearing.


 

American woman becomes princess after meeting a real prince in a nightclubMost of us can but dream of rocking up to the club and casually meeting a member of a royal family. But, that's what happened to Ariana Austin on the dance floor of Washington D.C. nightclub Pearl back in December 2005 when she met Joel Makonnen, a.k.a. Prince Yoel.  The story didn't end there for Austin and Makonnen. Twelve years on from their nightclub meet-cute, the couple tied the knot, and Austin became a princess. SEE ALSO: Prince George's favourite film proves once and for all he just can't wait to be king Per the New York Times, Prince Yoel is the great-grandson of Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia, part of the Solomonic dynasty. Austin also happens to be of noble blood: she's the granddaughter of the lord mayor of Georgetown, Guyana. A post shared by Ariana Austin Makonnen (@chezariana) on Sep 15, 2017 at 7:14am PDT Enough about royalty, we want to know what went down in that nightclub on that fateful night in 2005. That night, Makonnen strolled over to Austin and her friend and said: "You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire," according to the NYT. It appears Makonnen's regal background didn't help him out in the chat-up line department. Apparently, it took Makonnen just five more minutes to tell Austin: "You're going to be my girlfriend." Well, he certainly didn't waste any time.  Official pics are here! All credit to the talented @dotunayodeji. Planning by @favoredbyyodit Dress @lazarobridal #AriJo #royalwedding #moretocome ❤️ A post shared by Ariana Austin Makonnen (@chezariana) on Oct 16, 2017 at 4:39pm PDT The couple were wed in an Ethiopian Orthodox ceremony in Temple Hills, Maryland, surrounded by family and friends.  And, in case you were wondering, the couple certainly don't sit on thrones all day long. Austin works at the Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and Makonnen works at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical.  Congrats to the happy (royal) couple! WATCH: Prince George looks beyond cute for his first day of school


 

In A Single Week, Plague Cases More Than Doubled In MadagascarThe number of plague cases has more than doubled to a total of 805 in Madagascar in the past week, according to Madagascar’s Office of National Risk and Emergency Management.


 

Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.


 

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.By Arshad Mohammed and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria. U.S.-backed militias declared victory over Islamic State in Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The Sunni militant group often referred to as ISIS, overran Raqqa in January 2014, seizing control from rebel factions opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


 

Bidding war heats up for $5 billion second Amazon HQIt's the prize of a lifetime - a $5 billion investment creating 50,000 well-paid jobs that everyone wants, but only one US city will get. From East to West, from North to South, metropolises across the United States are locked in a frenzied bidding war desperate to woo Amazon into favoring them as the site of the e-commerce giant's second headquarters. From $7 billion in tax breaks in Newark, New Jersey - 50 years ago aflame by deadly race riots - to a giant cactus shipped inter-state, bids range from the colossally ambitious to the silly before Thursday's deadline for submissions.


 

Mandalay Bay Security Guard To Appear On ‘Ellen’ After Ducking Other InterviewsThe security guard at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas who was among the first to encounter mass killer Stephen Paddock during his deadly Oct. 1 shooting spree has apparently broken his silence.


 

Georgia State Senator Offers Free Bump Stock In Wake Of Vegas MassacreA state senator in Georgia who is running for governor is asserting his stance on gun rights by giving away a bump stock “to one lucky winner” in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting.


 

Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving BangladeshNearly four decades ago Fazol Ahmed returned to his native Myanmar with his family under a Rohingya repatriation scheme. Now he is back in the teeming camps of Bangladesh with his wife and children, a refugee once again. Ahmed is among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have crossed into Bangladesh since an upsurge in violence in neighbouring Myanmar in August that the UN has said amounts to ethnic cleansing.


 

Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areasBAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk — a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories.


 

Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partnerBombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.


 

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


 

ISIS Losing Its 'Capital' Is A Pivotal Defeat For The Terrorist GroupThe self-described Islamic State finally lost its tenuous grip on the Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday as U.S.-backed forces retook the extremist group’s last major urban territory following a four-month military campaign.


 

Confederate monuments vandalized in 2 Virginia citiesRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Confederate monuments in two Virginia cities have been vandalized this week.


 

Delaware indicts 18 inmates in deadly prison riotDOVER, Del. (AP) — Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder and assault, and face life in prison if convicted in the death of a corrections officer during February's riot at Delaware's maximum-security lockup.


 

130 Years in Prison Recommended for Okla. Parents Convicted in ‘Worst Case of Child Abuse’ Seen by PoliceAn Oklahoma mom and dad each face a long stay behind bars after a jury recommended a sentence of 130 years each following the pair’s conviction for what a police officer termed the “worst case of child abuse” he’d seen


 

Virginia's Governor Race Is Shaping Up To Be A Close OneVirginians will head to the polls to choose a new governor in less than a month, and as three new surveys show, the race is shaping up to be a close one.


 

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


 

McCain on Willingness to Work With Trump 'Dumb Question'Sen. John McCain chastised a reporter who questioned if he would continue to work with Donald Trump after criticizing him. Lawrence O'Donnell says McCain, who likely won't seek another term, has "nothing left to lose."


 

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


 

Israel: No peace talks with Palestinian government reliant on HamasBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Tuesday it would not hold peace negotiations with a Palestinian government dependent on the Islamist Hamas group, responding to a new reconciliation agreement between the two main Palestinian factions. Hamas, dominant in Gaza, and West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction sealed a deal last week in Cairo in which Hamas agreed to cede administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing.


 

Lena Headey Recalls How Harvey Weinstein Made Her Feel 'Powerless'As women come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, they paint an increasingly clear picture of the once-powerful studio executive’s disturbing predatory behavior.


 

Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officialsThe death toll from a US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network has risen to 26, officials said Tuesday, less than a week after a US-Canadian family held captive by the militants was rescued. The barrage on Monday targeted a meeting of Haqqani fighters in Pakistan's remote tribal Kurram district along the Afghan border in the deadliest attack on the group this year. "First drone strike killed five fighters from Haqqani network and minutes apart a second drone then fired two more missiles after militants arrived to retrieve dead bodies from the rubble," a senior government official in Kurram told AFP Tuesday.


 

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


 

California Becomes First State To Legally Recognize A Third GenderCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown signed first-of-its kind legislation over the weekend that enables residents of the state to choose a third, non-binary gender category on California state-issued IDs, birth certificates and driver’s licenses.


 

Bill Cosby Accusers Demand Academy Kick Out Cosby And Polanski TooTwo of the more than 50 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault are demanding he and film producer Roman Polanski be immediately removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures.


 

Trump defends false claim that predecessors didn't call fallen soldiers' families: 'There’s nothing to clarify'“You could ask Gen. Kelly if he got a call from Obama,” the president says in a Fox News Radio interview.


 

Gretchen Carlson On Harvey Weinstein Allegations: 'This Is The Watershed Moment'Gretchen Carlson thinks the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein are the “tipping point” that could finally help dismantle the culture of sexual harassment in workplaces around the country.


 

Defeated Isil 'cowards' take the bus home as Raqqa, capital of terrorism, is defeated at lastThe Islamic State’s “capital” fell on Tuesday after US-backed forces declared victory in the Syrian city where the jihadist group plotted attacks on the West. Brig Gen Talal Silo, the spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said that clashes with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters in Raqqa had stopped, ending their three-year reign of terror in the city.  “The SDF is now in control of the former capital of terrorism," Mr Sllo told the Daily Telegraph. “A formal declaration will be made from the city soon, after the clearing operations end. Raqqa is still full of landmines.” The fighters limped out from their final redoubt in Raqqa’s central hospital on Tuesday and onto waiting buses. Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqqa on October 17, 2017.  Credit: AFP Having promised to fight to the death for the capital of their so-called caliphate, in the end Islamic State's jihadists surrendered after realising they had been cornered. “Cowards to the end,” said Macer Gifford, the pseudonym of a Briton fighting alongside the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. He has been battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants in the city since the start of the offensive in June and was there to watch some of the last of them flee. “It was difficult to see them so close and to just watch them leave,” the former currency trader from Oxford told the Telegraph. ISIS leaving Raqqa hospital. Cowards until the end... pic.twitter.com/sE6K3nPgHh— Macer Gifford (@macergifford) October 17, 2017 After a devastating four-month battle, the remaining 200-odd fighters gave up their fight and agreed to an evacuation deal which saw them bused out of the city to the last-remaining slivers of territory still under the jihadists’s control to the south. The final black flag was taken down from the city’s stadium, which had been used as a prison during Isil's brutal three-year rule and had become synonymous with the group’s violent excesses. Photos showed Kurdish female fighters of the SDF waving their own yellow flag in its place. Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces gesture the "V" sign in Raqqa, Syria October 17, 2017 Credit:  REUTERS All that was left to do was check the many tunnels Isil had dug for sleeper cells and IEDs, Talal Silo, the SDF"s spokesman, said. “A formal declaration will be made from the city soon, after the clearing operations end. Raqqa is still full of landmines,” Mr Silo told the Daily Telegraph. “But the SDF is now in control of the former capital of terrorism." During the campaign for Raqqa the city suffered massive devastation from Isil's mines as well as from US-led coalition air strikes which left most of its buildings levelled and in ruins. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor put the overall death toll for the battle at 3,250, including fighters and civilians, but said hundreds were still missing or unaccounted for. Five British volunteers were also killed. Isil’s use of civilians as human shields forced the coalition to rely on coordinated air strikes, at a heavy cost. Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces are seen in Raqqa, Syria October 17, 2017 Credit: REUTERS “They never fought us face-to-face like men,” Mr Gifford told the Telegraph by phone. “They would just shoot at us from sniper positions and drive at us with car bombs. “They surrounded themselves with women and children, which they used as protection against the strikes.”   An international charity group says tens of thousands of people who did manage to flee are now in desperate need of aid and that the nearby camps are "bursting at the seams."   With the high levels of destruction reported in and around the city, most families have nowhere to return home and are likely to stay in camps for months or years to come. The militants seized the city in early 2014 in a blitzkrieg offensive across Syria and neighbouring Iraq, making it the headquarters of its self-styled "caliphate". At one point they controlled approximately a third of Syria and a third of Iraq, making up a quasi-state the size of Britain. So confident was the group during its height they threatened to conquer Rome.   Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the anti-Isil coalition, said on Tuesday the fall of Raqqa would deny Isil the "well spring" that provided planning and support for terror operations in Syria and around the world.   The effect the loss of the city, which had become the administrative heart of the Islamic State, will have on the group cannot be underestimated. It was from Raqqa its miliants filmed their slickly produced and often gory propaganda videos which lured thousands of recruits from around the world to join them. They plotted the most devastating attacks on Europe from the city’s internet cafes. It was from the hills outside Raqqa Briton Mohammed Emwazi, otherwise known as Jihadi John, executed two of his countrymen in videos which shocked the world in 2014. The jihadists would continue to rule over the city’s residents with an ultra-conservative and brutal interpretation of Sharia law for another three years. Schools were closed and children were sent to mosques for indoctrination into jihad and camps for military training. Adults were stoned to death and beheaded for infractions as minor as smoking or listening to music. But the group's fortunes changed dramatically after Iraqi forces began their offensive to retake its most prized territory of Mosul last year. And in recent months in Syria they have been forced back into a strip of the Euphrates valley and surrounding desert. A fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces takes a selfie as he stands near rubble at a damaged site in Raqqa Credit: Reuters Now more than 85 per cent of Isil’s territory in Syria has been liberated and around 90 per cent in Iraq. But experts say Isil will remain a serious threat for the foreseeable future, despite its significant territorial losses. And that while the battle may be over, the war is yet to be won. “Today marks the end of Caliphate ISIS, but the beginning of Insurgency ISIS,” said Hassan Hassan, a resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, warned that its ideology would linger long after its "caliphate" was gone. "I don't think it's simply a question of taking away the Islamic State's territory and the Islamic State's idea disappears," he said. He said the group saw itself as successful, having "managed to declare a caliphate and keep it going" - something unprecedented in modern jihadism.   Additional reporting by Luna Safwan in Beirut


 


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