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You just lived through the warmest decade on record – and it's only going to get hotter

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:45

You just lived through the warmest decade on record – and it's only going to get hotterAnd 2019 is on course to be the second- or third-warmest year on record, with 2016 still holding the all-time temperature record.


The Latest: Johnson says he didn’t ‘intentionally mislead’

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:33

 Johnson says he didn’t ‘intentionally mislead’Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says he did not “intentionally mislead or deceive” anyone about a mid-October night where he was found asleep in his car. Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson on Monday for “ethical lapses,” just weeks before he was set to retire. Johnson publicly blamed an issue with his medication and told Lightfoot he’d had “a couple of drinks with dinner.” Two Chicago newspapers citing sources they’re not identifying are reporting that the city’s fired police chief was having drinks with a woman for hours the night officers found him hunched over the wheel of his SUV.


Trump's position on supporting Iran protests: No, yes and no comment

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:33

 No, yes and no commentIn the course of a single day, President Trump on Tuesday gave a “no comment,” a “no” and a “yes” in response to questions about whether the U.S. supported antigovernment protesters in Iran.


Robert Mugabe died with $10m in cash and several houses, but left no will

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:30

Robert Mugabe died with $10m in cash and several houses, but left no willThe wealth of Zimbabwe's former longtime president Robert Mugabe was long a mystery. Now the first official list of assets to be made public says he left behind $10 million and several houses when he died in September. Some in Zimbabwe view that estate as far too modest for Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years and was accused by critics of accumulating vast riches and presiding over grand corruption. The report by the state-run Herald newspaper on Tuesday does not mention any overseas assets, though it is thought that Mugabe had properties in neighboring South Africa and in Asia. The report says there appears to be no will, though lawyers are still looking for one. The report cites the lawyers as saying the law stipulates that Mugabe's wife, Grace, and children will inherit the property in that case. Mugabe also left behind a farm, 10 cars and 11 hectares (27 acres) of land that included an orchard at his rural home where he was buried. His daughter, Bona, registered the estate on behalf of the family, the report said. Mugabe's wife Grace will inherit his assets if no will is found Credit: REUTERS/Howard Burditt More than a dozen farms are publicly known to have been seized from both black and white farmers by the late strongman's family. Mugabe died of cancer in a Singapore hospital at age 95 nearly two years after he was forced by Zimbabwe's military and ruling party to resign. Many in the southern African nation say the country he left behind has fallen deeper into economic and political crisis, with a growing hunger problem that a United Nations expert last month called "shocking" for a state not at war. Half of Zimbabwe's population, or more than 7 million people, is experiencing severe hunger, the UN World Food Program said Tuesday. Critics blame the administration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, the president, who has struggled to fulfil promises of prosperity since taking power in 2017.


U.S. shoppers, mostly online, spend 16% more over holiday weekend

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:27

U.S. shoppers, mostly online, spend 16% more over holiday weekendA record number of U.S. consumers spent more online and in stores over the holiday weekend for everything from clothing to toys, the National Retail Federation said on Tuesday. NRF's survey found nearly 190 million people made purchases over the five-day holiday shopping period from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, an increase of roughly 14% from 165 million a year ago. It cited a healthy economy and a condensed holiday shopping season.


Romney Contests Trump’s Ukraine Election-Meddling Narrative: ‘I Saw No Evidence’

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:26

 ‘I Saw No Evidence’Senator Mitt Romney of Utah broke with his Republican colleagues on Tuesday, telling reporters that, based on testimony from American officials, he does not believe there is evidence of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.Romney’s comments come after U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, the No. 3 State Department official, told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that he was not aware of any Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election.“I saw no evidence from our intelligence community nor from our representatives today from the Department of State that there is any evidence of any kind that suggests Ukraine interfered in our elections,” Romney said Tuesday. He added that “we have ample evidence that Russia interfered in our elections.”> ROMNEY: "I saw no evidence from our intelligence community, nor from the representatives today from the Department of State, that there is *any* evidence of *any* kind that suggests that Ukraine interfered in our elections. We have ample evidence that Russia interfered…" pic.twitter.com/zSTBcEviSQ> > -- Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) December 3, 2019During his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart “to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine.” He went on to specify that he wanted a probe into the so-called "Crowdstrike theory," which holds that Ukrainian hackers posed as Russians while interfering in the 2016 election in order to sow discord between the two powers.“They say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it,” Trump said according to the transcript of the call. In September the Justice Department confirmed that the probe led by U.S. Attorney John Durham was exploring Ukrainian election interference.During House testimony in the impeachment inquiry, Republicans repeatedly cited Trump’s concern over Ukrainian corruption as reasonable in his decision to delay military aid to the country, a position a new House-Republican report reinforces.“President Trump has a deep-seated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption,” the report — released Monday — states.Republicans have also referenced a January 2017 article from Politico titled “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire,” which cites examples of Ukrainian officials attempting to sabotage the Trump campaign.State Department officials and Democrats have pushed back on the narrative, emphasizing Trump’s mention of the “Crowdstrike” theory, which they argue amounts to Russian propaganda.In her testimony last month, former National Security Council staffer Fiona Hill called Ukrainian 2016 election interference “a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”“The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016,” Hill’s opening statement reads. “This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies, confirmed in bipartisan Congressional reports. It is beyond dispute, even if some of the underlying details must remain classified.”


Look at This Very Good, Very Old Boy

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:22

Look at This Very Good, Very Old BoyResearchers found the 18,000-year-old puppy in permafrost with fur, whiskers, and teeth intact.


‘The View’ Host Abby Huntsman Defends Kellyanne Conway: ‘She’s Been Getting Bullied’

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:19

 ‘She’s Been Getting Bullied’The public contention between White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and her husband, anti-Trump conservative lawyer George Conway, reached a new level this week when Kellyanne tweeted, “Sleepy Joe is Creepy Joe. We need Ukraine’s help to defeat THIS guy?” and George replied, “Your boss apparently thought so.” Or as Joy Behar put it Tuesday morning on The View: “America's strangest lovebirds are at it again.” Serving as guest co-host for the day, Ronan Farrow attempted to put a “journalistic” spin on the story by highlighting the time Kellyanne Conway tried to bad mouth her husband “on background” to a reporter without realizing she was on the record. “It’s delightful to constantly watch them go at each other,” Farrow said. “I think that they have a really sick relationship,” Meghan McCain added, once again claiming that she and her husband would never behave this way in public. “The idea that me and my husband would be somehow feuding with each other over our work, I just think it's gross,” she said. “I don't know why America has to be subjected to the marital problems.”    At the same time, McCain seemed to resent the fact that George Conway has become a “resistance celebrity” because of his relationship with Kellyanne. “And as a result, he craps all over her on Twitter all day and I think it's very disrespectful. And I don't like her and I don’t like the Trump Administration, but I don't like this either.” ‘The View’s’ Abby Huntsman Finally Convinced Trump’s a Criminal: ‘This Is Extortion’But ultimately it was Abby Huntsman who really went out on a limb to take Kellyanne Conway’s side. “The whole thing’s uncomfortable,” she said. “I don’t like talking about it at this table, I don’t like reading it on Twitter. And I’m not the biggest fan of what’s going on right now in the White House, but Kellyanne has been getting bullied.” “She’s been getting bullied?!” Behar shot back. “She works for the Bully-in-Chief!” Even McCain agreed, pushing back on Huntsman by saying Kellyanne “can dish it out, too.” Meghan McCain Explains Why Kellyanne Conway Will Never Betray TrumpRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Mitt Romney breaks with Republican senators, says there's no evidence suggesting Ukraine interfered in 2016 election

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:08

Mitt Romney breaks with Republican senators, says there's no evidence suggesting Ukraine interfered in 2016 electionIn what is becoming less and less of a surprise, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) veered off course from his fellow Republicans on an impeachment-related issue.Some lawmakers -- Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) is a notable example (though he somewhat walked back his comments) -- have given credence to the unsupported theory that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 election, which was one of the reasons President Trump wanted Kyiv to launch investigations. The intelligence community, on the other hand, has largely settled on the notion that it was Russia that tried to meddle.The GOP's mistrust in the intelligence community likely stems from efforts to stick by Trump amid the impeachment inquiry, but Romney doesn't seem to care. He's not buying the theory and said he hasn't seen evidence "of any kind" to support it.> ROMNEY: "I saw no evidence from our intelligence community, nor from the representatives today from the Department of State, that there is *any* evidence of *any* kind that suggests that Ukraine interfered in our elections. We have ample evidence that Russia interfered..." pic.twitter.com/zSTBcEviSQ> > -- Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) December 3, 2019The recent comments add to growing speculation that Romney may be the leading voice among Republicans who are willing to remove Trump if the impeachment proceedings do eventually result in a Senate trial, though questions remain as to just how effective that would be. > Senator @MittRomney is the MargaretChaseSmith of his time. He will lead the Impeachment fight in the Senate. I think he may get 5 Republicans who vote to remove. Not more. https://t.co/rRbfAWEvuE> > -- Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) December 3, 2019More stories from theweek.com The case for Bernie Sanders ICE employees reportedly thought McKinsey consultant's cost-cutting recommendations went too far What the Charles Schwab-TD Ameritrade acquisition means


Saudi king invites Qatar emir to Riyadh summit: Doha

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:07

 DohaDoha (AFP) - Saudi King Salman has invited Qatar's emir to a meeting next week of the Gulf regional bloc in Riyadh, Qatari state media said Tuesday without specifying if Doha had accepted.


Movie theater shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured at Pennsylvania Regal Cinemas

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:03

Movie theater shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured at Pennsylvania Regal CinemasPolice were dispatched to the Regal Cinemas at the West Manchester Town Center in York, Pennsylvania Monday evening.


Macron fact-checks Trump to his face for false claim on Isis fighters: ‘Let’s be serious’

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:53

 ‘Let’s be serious’The president of France fact-checked Donald Trump’s claims about European Isis fighters in real time during a tense meeting between the two world leaders at the Nato summit in London.Emmanuel Macron said that, while Isis fighters from Europe are “a tiny minority of the overall problem”, the majority of those detained in Syria are not “mostly from Europe” as Mr Trump has previously claimed.


Melania Trump sleeps in her own room on a separate floor away from the president, according to a new book

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:52

Melania Trump sleeps in her own room on a separate floor away from the president, according to a new bookKate Bennett reports that the first lady has a two-bedroom space with a "glam room," for daily hair and makeup, and a private gym.


Death by Stealth: Why Syria Lives in Fear of Israel's F35s

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:36

 Why Syria Lives in Fear of Israel's F35sIt's a hell of a weapon.


Greta Thunberg sails into Lisbon en route to COP25

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:29

Greta Thunberg sails into Lisbon en route to COP25Swedish teenage eco-warrior Greta Thunberg sailed into Lisbon on Tuesday after crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran with her sights set on the UN climate change summit in Madrid. Lisbon mayor Fernando Medina was on hand to welcome her following her 20-day voyage from the United States where she attended the UN climate summit in New York in September. "We're going to COP25 in Madrid and we'll continue to fight there to make sure that... the voices of the people are being heard and voices of the future generations are being heard," Thunberg said.


Poll: Bloomberg Overtakes Harris Just Weeks after Entering the Race

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:27

 Bloomberg Overtakes Harris Just Weeks after Entering the RaceIn the first weeks of his late-breaking presidential campaign, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's poll numbers have surpassed those of Senator Kamala Harris, who launched her campaign in January.Bloomberg now garners 6 percent support among likely Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters, up from 3 percent before he officially entered the primary last month, according to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll.Harris meanwhile dropped to 2 percent support from her previous 4 percent. The California senator has struggled to keep her campaign afloat financially in recent weeks, slashing her staff and shifting her strategy to focus almost solely on Iowa.A Morning Consult poll also showed Bloomberg at 5 percent, tied with Harris.President Trump's campaign has meanwhile moved to ice out Bloomberg News, announcing that it will not credential Bloomberg reporters for Trump campaign events after the news outlet said it would investigate the Trump campaign but not the campaigns of 2020 Democratic candidates.Bloomberg, who has poured staggering amounts of cash into his bid to overtake the frontrunners, still trails the four top Democratic presidential candidates significantly. He kicked off his campaign last month with a $37-million ad buy, sparking criticism from some of his rivals that the billionaire businessman is attempting to “buy” the election.“Telling billionaires they can come and buy elections, that does not make democracy work,” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, another Democratic 2020 contender, said.Former vice president Joe Biden currently leads in the Democratic primary at around 31 percent. Behind him, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders dropped 3 points to 15 percent, Warren dropped 5 points to 10 percent, and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg increased his support 2 points up to 9 percent, according to the poll.


2 cruise passengers dead, 5 injured after Belize tour van crash

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:26

2 cruise passengers dead, 5 injured after Belize tour van crashTwo Carnival Cruise Line passengers died in a van crash while on an independent tour in Belize on Wednesday.


'Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?' Trump trolls Macron at NATO summit

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:22

'Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?' Trump trolls Macron at NATO summitIn a testy exchange on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London Tuesday, President Trump clashed with French President Emmanuel Macron over what to do with 2,000 foreign Islamic State fighters being held in Syria.


Ex-chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:18

Ex-chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyoneOusted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn’t “intentionally mislead or deceive” anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV. Johnson, 59, released a statement through his attorney a day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired him for “ethical lapses,” just weeks before he was set to retire. Two Chicago newspapers published reports Monday night that seem to contradict Johnson’s public account in which he blamed an issue with his medication, saying he felt lightheaded while driving home and fell asleep after pulling over.


Second person found alive after two weeks in outback after drinking from cattle water hole

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:16

Second person found alive after two weeks in outback after drinking from cattle water holeAustralian police said on Tuesday they had found a second person who had been missing in the country's remote outback for weeks, saying he survived soaring temperatures by drinking water meant for livestock. Police said Phu Tran, 40, was found by a local farmer at a cattle station near Alice Springs, two weeks after he and two friends went hiking. "He's in a good condition. He was slightly disoriented... but other than that he was in good condition," Superintendent Pauline Vicary told reporters in Alice Springs. Tran was found three days after his friend Tamra McBeath-Riley was found about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from the car they had been travelling in through Australia's remote north. A third member of the group, Claire Hockridge, is still missing. Ms McBeath-Riley said the car became bogged down in the soft desert roads in the region. For a few days, the group stayed close to the car, surviving on the limited supplies they had packed, McBeath-Riley said. After running out of water, Tran and Hockridge went looking for help, taking only a compass and a GPS. Both survived after finding a water hole used by cattle. "It appears that along the way they have located water, so we're hopeful that she has got water," Ms Vicary said. It is not known why Mr Tran and Ms Hockridge separated, though Ms Vicary said police hope they will find her soon.


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