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Cory Booker Calls On Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct AllegationsSen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is calling on President Donald Trump to resign over the more than a dozen sexual misconduct allegations against him.


12/10/2017 10:50:55 AM

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State HistoryThe Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.


12/10/2017 2:33:32 PM

Travel troubles: snow cancels flights along the East CoastAtlanta’s airport -- the nation’s busiest -- experienced the bulk of today’s travel troubles after an unexpected blast of winter weather headed southeast.


12/9/2017 10:01:34 AM

White Nationalists Have Been Saying 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' For YearsRep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has again flirted with being an open white nationalist.


12/9/2017 2:24:31 PM

U.S. Surgeon General reveals plans to put an end to the opioid epidemicIn his first televised interview since taking office, Surgeon General Jerome Adams tells NBC News Medical Correspondent Dr. John Torres that he wants to get Naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid overdoses, “in the hands of more people."


12/9/2017 7:29:47 AM

Thousands march in Tel Aviv to protest against corruption and Netanyahu governmentThousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday's demonstration, which was by far the largest of the recent weekly anti-corruption protests when an estimated 20,000 people participated. The protests have been sparked by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing. The four-term leader is suspected of involvement in two cases. The first involves receiving gifts from wealthy businessmen and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper owner for better coverage in return for curbs on a rival daily. Israelis take part in a demonstration under the name "March of Shame" to protest against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  Credit: Jack Guez/AFP If charged, he would come under heavy pressure to resign or could call an election to test whether he still had a mandate to govern. Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party said in a Facebook post that the protest was a left-wing demonstration. It called on all Israelis to back their prime minister as he defends Israel against international criticism following U.S. President Donald Trump's acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Instead of uniting with all the people behind Jerusalem and showing the world a unified front, the left cannot contain itself and it prefers to create division," part of the statement said. Over weeks of demonstrations, protesters have identified themselves as supporting both left- and right-wing parties. On Saturday they held banners reading: "Neither left, nor right (we demand) integrity," "We are fed up with corrupt (politicians)" and "Sweep the corrupt away."  


12/9/2017 5:48:49 PM

Ukrainian author of Manafort op-ed says sought input to avoid errorsBy Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - The author of an article that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller believes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said on Saturday he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors. On Friday, Mueller unveiled evidence against Manafort to convince a judge that he wrote the article to improve his public image. Manafort is facing charges as part of an investigation into accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.


12/9/2017 3:50:02 PM

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinctPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.


12/10/2017 8:00:41 AM

Here's How Many Billions America's Richest Would Save On Estate Tax RepealMother Jones magazine and the progressive organization Americans for Tax Fairness have taken a look at the more lavish of the House and Senate measures to cut taxes for the richest people in America ― a mammoth break on estate taxes.


12/10/2017 7:38:23 AM

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is 'a tantrum away'Mankind's destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one "impulsive tantrum away", the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over the nation's nuclear tests. "Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?" ICAN head Beatrice Fihn said in a speech after receiving the peace prize on behalf of the anti-nuclear group.


12/10/2017 11:29:01 AM

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Cory Booker Calls On Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct AllegationsSen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is calling on President Donald Trump to resign over the more than a dozen sexual misconduct allegations against him.


12/10/2017 10:50:55 AM

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State HistoryThe Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.


12/10/2017 2:33:32 PM

Travel troubles: snow cancels flights along the East CoastAtlanta’s airport -- the nation’s busiest -- experienced the bulk of today’s travel troubles after an unexpected blast of winter weather headed southeast.


12/9/2017 10:01:34 AM

White Nationalists Have Been Saying 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' For YearsRep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has again flirted with being an open white nationalist.


12/9/2017 2:24:31 PM

U.S. Surgeon General reveals plans to put an end to the opioid epidemicIn his first televised interview since taking office, Surgeon General Jerome Adams tells NBC News Medical Correspondent Dr. John Torres that he wants to get Naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid overdoses, “in the hands of more people."


12/9/2017 7:29:47 AM

Thousands march in Tel Aviv to protest against corruption and Netanyahu governmentThousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday's demonstration, which was by far the largest of the recent weekly anti-corruption protests when an estimated 20,000 people participated. The protests have been sparked by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing. The four-term leader is suspected of involvement in two cases. The first involves receiving gifts from wealthy businessmen and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper owner for better coverage in return for curbs on a rival daily. Israelis take part in a demonstration under the name "March of Shame" to protest against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  Credit: Jack Guez/AFP If charged, he would come under heavy pressure to resign or could call an election to test whether he still had a mandate to govern. Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party said in a Facebook post that the protest was a left-wing demonstration. It called on all Israelis to back their prime minister as he defends Israel against international criticism following U.S. President Donald Trump's acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Instead of uniting with all the people behind Jerusalem and showing the world a unified front, the left cannot contain itself and it prefers to create division," part of the statement said. Over weeks of demonstrations, protesters have identified themselves as supporting both left- and right-wing parties. On Saturday they held banners reading: "Neither left, nor right (we demand) integrity," "We are fed up with corrupt (politicians)" and "Sweep the corrupt away."  


12/9/2017 5:48:49 PM

Ukrainian author of Manafort op-ed says sought input to avoid errorsBy Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - The author of an article that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller believes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said on Saturday he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors. On Friday, Mueller unveiled evidence against Manafort to convince a judge that he wrote the article to improve his public image. Manafort is facing charges as part of an investigation into accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.


12/9/2017 3:50:02 PM

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinctPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.


12/10/2017 8:00:41 AM

Here's How Many Billions America's Richest Would Save On Estate Tax RepealMother Jones magazine and the progressive organization Americans for Tax Fairness have taken a look at the more lavish of the House and Senate measures to cut taxes for the richest people in America ― a mammoth break on estate taxes.


12/10/2017 7:38:23 AM

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is 'a tantrum away'Mankind's destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one "impulsive tantrum away", the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over the nation's nuclear tests. "Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?" ICAN head Beatrice Fihn said in a speech after receiving the peace prize on behalf of the anti-nuclear group.


12/10/2017 11:29:01 AM

As Putin Announces 2018 Presidential Bid, ‘SUPERPUTIN’ Exhibition Opens In MoscowVladimir Putin cuddles puppies, jaguars and babushkas, rides bears while dressed in armor and vanquishes evil as a beefy superhero, among other exemplary talents.


12/10/2017 8:02:00 AM

Opera student raises $40,000 in performance for college tuitionDrew Anthony raised enough money in a single opera performance to pay for a year of college tuition. After hearing his story, several prestigious universities have tapped him for spots at their school.


12/9/2017 10:09:37 AM

Fox News Corrects Story Claiming Roy Moore Accuser ‘Forged’ Candidate’s SignatureFox News updated a story that erroneously claimed one of Roy Moore’s accusers had “forged” evidence she’d presented to bolster her claim against him.


12/9/2017 2:49:46 PM

California fires: more mass evacuations as Thomas Fire rages onAs of Sunday morning, the Thomas Fire had blackened some 173,000 acres across Santa Barbara County and Ventura County, incinerating more than 750 structures and endangering another 15,000. If you are ordered to evacuate, leave immediately,” an alert from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said. Power company Southern California Edison estimated that the Thomas Fire had deprived nearly 90,000 customers of power.


12/10/2017 12:22:00 PM

'Peace deal' hopes damaged after Abbas cancels Pence talks over Jerusalem decisionDonald Trump’s hopes of brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal were fraying as the Palestinian president announced he would refuse to meet the US vice president in protest at the White House’s decision on Jerusalem.  An aide to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, said he was cancelling a meeting with Mike Pence, the US vice president, because America had “crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision”. "There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,” said Majd al-Khalidi, a diplomatic advisor.  The snub is in the first time in memory that Mr Abbas, a political moderate who is committed to non-violence and to a two-state solution, has refused to meet with a senior American leader.  The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, head Pope Tawadros II, and a leading Egyptian Muslim cleric also cancelled meeting with Mr Pence in Cairo in protest at Washington's decision. Two Hamas fighters were killed by an Israeli airstrike carried out early Saturday and launched in response to rockets fired into Israel from Gaza. Two Palestinian men in Gaza were shot dead by Israeli troops on Friday during protests.    Palestinian demonstrators also clashed with Israeli police in Jerusalem on Saturday on the third consecutive day of unrest since Mr Trump’s announcement the US was recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Despite the violence, Jared Kushner is gambling that the fall out from the decision will be brief and he can still present his much vaunted plan to secure the "ultimate peace deal" early in the new year. Mr Kushner believes that protests would dissipate and after a "cooling off period" the way would be clear for negotiations, according to Politico. Some suggested President Donald Trump's decision this week to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, had trampled on Mr Kushner's fledgling efforts at a peace process. Jared Kushner is said to believe that the storm over Mr Trump's decision will blow over Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais But advisers to the president's son-in-law indicated he had in fact been the key person pushing for the move. Amid the internal rivalries of the White House the dramatic shift in US policy represented a short-term victory for Mr Kushner over Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State. Those close to Mr Kushner indicated he accepted the stakes and knew if he was right, and the embassy move had no long term impact on the peace process, then he would be a "hero," but if he was wrong he may be “doomed". Mr Kushner, 36, who is being called the "de facto ambassador to Israel and the Palestinians" by administration insiders, was said to have "poured his heart and soul" into peace efforts in recent months. Speaking days before the decision to move the embassy, in a rare public appearance in Washington, he admitted: "You see a lot of reasons why this deal could go south very quickly, and there’s a ton of distractions that come up. "My team deals every month with maybe three or four different issues that will come up, and everyone says 'This is the end of it if it doesn't work’." As violent protests erupted in the Middle East Mr Tillerson was markedly less enthusiastic about the embassy move. Palestinians gather around a militant target that was hit in an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem Speaking in Paris, he said: "This will take some time. We have to acquire a site, we have to develop building plans, construction plans, ensure we get the authorisations, and then actually build an embassy. "So this is not something that’s going to happen this year, probably not next year." Asked if the US accepted that part of Jerusalem falls under Palestinian control, he said the president's comments "did not indicate any final status for Jerusalem”. Mr Kushner is said to have become increasingly determined to make bold moves in the Middle East as his wide ranging portfolio and role in the White House has been reined in by chief of staff John Kelly, and his name has increasingly been dragged into the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. He is said to see it as the issue where he can break though with a major achievement. The decision to move the embassy earned favour with with pro-Israel Republican donors like the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Profile | Mahmoud Abbas The Republican Jewish Congress, funded by Mr Adelson, published a full-page advertisement in The New York Times which read: "President Trump: You Promised. You Delivered”. Mr Kushner's gamble reportedly followed pressure from Mr Trump for options two weeks ago as he considered whether to sign a waiver which would put off moving the embassy. The waiver has been signed by US presidents every six months for two decades. Those backing Mr Kushner's move were also convinced that regional concerns about containing Iran would override consternation at the embassy shifting to Jerusalem. But former Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller said: "The problem is we just don't know what the Trump Administration's peace process strategy is. And in the absence of a coherent one the Jerusalem gambit appears to be a one-off. "It is likely to be far more trouble than it's worth, adding another layer of complication to a peace process that already faces long odds."


12/9/2017 7:10:18 AM

Florida Doctor Delivers Baby At Gas StationA gas station in Florida became a makeshift delivery room this weekend after an obstetrician was flagged down while filling up his car


12/10/2017 4:18:14 PM

Trump visits Mississippi's Civil Rights Museum amid protestsAs Trump visited the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, protesters held up signs and shouted "No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA."


12/9/2017 2:30:48 PM

Major Injuries After Bus Overturns On San Francisco HighwayA charter bus carrying 29 people overturned Friday night on a San Francisco highway, causing major injuries and backing up traffic in the city for hours.


12/9/2017 7:35:14 AM

Tim Scott: Republicans Exploring How to Handle 'High-Tax States'In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tells Chuck Todd that Republicans are trying to "sweeten the SALT" changes in the tax bill.


12/10/2017 1:05:24 AM

46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire TragedyAt least 46 racehorses at a training center in San Diego County were killed by flames or smoke inhalation in a particularly heartbreaking result of the fires raging through southern California.


12/9/2017 11:08:27 PM

China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the PlanetLike the rest of China’s military revolution over the past quarter century, its small-arms revolution is a remarkable achievement. China’s People’s Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license—or not. Now, however, as the PLA undergoes an unprecedented modernization, a new generation of locally designed and manufactured light weaponry is arming China’s armed forces, from handguns to light machine guns.


12/9/2017 7:56:00 PM

Hannibal Buress Arrested For Disorderly Intoxication In MiamiHannibal Buress was arrested in Miami on Saturday on charges of disorderly intoxication, People reported.


12/10/2017 2:53:54 PM

In California, dozens of horses perish in firesA line of charred stables running down blackened hills have become graveyards for dozens of horses caught in the raging flames of a southern California wildfire that burned them alive. "It was hell," said a security employee at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, an hour north of San Diego. The employee, who asked not to be identified by name, said that 75 percent of the stables burned at the center, where some 500 elite horses were stabled and trained.


12/9/2017 8:24:47 AM

Top Asian News 12:34 a.m. GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador recently urged the world to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea, she was sketchy on the details: Should all embassies close? How about those providing the U.S. intelligence from the largely inscrutable country? And what of Sweden, which helps with imprisoned Americans? Nikki Haley's recent call to action underscores the challenge for the United States as it tries to advance a nonmilitary strategy for resolving the nuclear standoff with North Korea. Isolating the reclusive, totalitarian state has been a central component of the U.S. plan, even though Washington says it remains open to talks.


12/9/2017 6:34:39 PM

Alabama talk radio hosts give local take on Senate electionMatt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg, who host the most-listened-to political news program in Alabama, join "This Week."


12/10/2017 9:31:35 AM

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While Trump Celebrates Civil Rights Museum, He's Done Little To Protect One Of Its Most Important LegaciesAs President Donald Trump attends the opening of the Mississippi civil rights museum on Saturday, lawyers for his Justice Department are defending a voting law in Texas that a district court judge found intentionally discriminated against black and Latino voters.


12/9/2017 8:14:57 AM

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State HistoryThe Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.


12/10/2017 2:33:32 PM

Travel troubles: snow cancels flights along the East CoastAtlanta’s airport -- the nation’s busiest -- experienced the bulk of today’s travel troubles after an unexpected blast of winter weather headed southeast.


12/9/2017 10:01:34 AM

White Nationalists Have Been Saying 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' For YearsRep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has again flirted with being an open white nationalist.


12/9/2017 2:24:31 PM

Swedish PM condemns attempted arson attack at synagogue as three arrestedThree people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, prosecutors said. There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement he was outraged by the attack.


12/10/2017 4:34:39 PM

U.S. Surgeon General reveals plans to put an end to the opioid epidemicIn his first televised interview since taking office, Surgeon General Jerome Adams tells NBC News Medical Correspondent Dr. John Torres that he wants to get Naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid overdoses, “in the hands of more people."


12/9/2017 7:29:47 AM

Top Asian News 12:34 a.m. GMTWASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador recently urged the world to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea, she was sketchy on the details: Should all embassies close? How about those providing the U.S. intelligence from the largely inscrutable country? And what of Sweden, which helps with imprisoned Americans? Nikki Haley's recent call to action underscores the challenge for the United States as it tries to advance a nonmilitary strategy for resolving the nuclear standoff with North Korea. Isolating the reclusive, totalitarian state has been a central component of the U.S. plan, even though Washington says it remains open to talks.


12/9/2017 6:34:39 PM

China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the PlanetLike the rest of China’s military revolution over the past quarter century, its small-arms revolution is a remarkable achievement. China’s People’s Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license—or not. Now, however, as the PLA undergoes an unprecedented modernization, a new generation of locally designed and manufactured light weaponry is arming China’s armed forces, from handguns to light machine guns.


12/9/2017 7:56:00 PM

Here's How Many Billions America's Richest Would Save On Estate Tax RepealMother Jones magazine and the progressive organization Americans for Tax Fairness have taken a look at the more lavish of the House and Senate measures to cut taxes for the richest people in America ― a mammoth break on estate taxes.


12/10/2017 7:38:23 AM

Alabama talk radio hosts give local take on Senate electionMatt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg, who host the most-listened-to political news program in Alabama, join "This Week."


12/10/2017 9:31:35 AM

As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire reliefBrutal winds that fueled southern California wildfires finally began to ease Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for a respite as the destructive toll of the blazes came into focus. Despite the intensity of the fires that raged on multiple different fronts -- stretching from areas north of Los Angeles down to the San Diego region -- authorities have reported only one fatality. "There's still tons and tons of hot spots out there," Captain Jon Heggie of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said early Saturday.


12/9/2017 11:43:31 PM

Trump has no authority “to give away Jerusalem to an occupying power,” Palestinian official saysPalestinian leaders are vowing to snub the White House following President Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


12/9/2017 10:04:47 AM

Major Injuries After Bus Overturns On San Francisco HighwayA charter bus carrying 29 people overturned Friday night on a San Francisco highway, causing major injuries and backing up traffic in the city for hours.


12/9/2017 7:35:14 AM

As Putin Announces 2018 Presidential Bid, ‘SUPERPUTIN’ Exhibition Opens In MoscowVladimir Putin cuddles puppies, jaguars and babushkas, rides bears while dressed in armor and vanquishes evil as a beefy superhero, among other exemplary talents.


12/10/2017 8:02:00 AM

Opera student raises $40,000 in performance for college tuitionDrew Anthony raised enough money in a single opera performance to pay for a year of college tuition. After hearing his story, several prestigious universities have tapped him for spots at their school.


12/9/2017 10:09:37 AM

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinctPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.


12/10/2017 8:00:41 AM

Ukrainian author of Manafort op-ed says sought input to avoid errorsBy Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - The author of an article that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller believes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said on Saturday he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors. On Friday, Mueller unveiled evidence against Manafort to convince a judge that he wrote the article to improve his public image. Manafort is facing charges as part of an investigation into accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.


12/9/2017 3:50:02 PM

46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire TragedyAt least 46 racehorses at a training center in San Diego County were killed by flames or smoke inhalation in a particularly heartbreaking result of the fires raging through southern California.


12/9/2017 11:08:27 PM

Supreme Court takes on another partisan gerrymander caseIn a surprise move, the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon expanded its review of challenges to the decades-old practice of drawing election boundaries to benefit the candidates of the party in power, by taking on a claim by seven Maryland voters.


12/9/2017 10:51:00 AM

The unusual suspects: Rise of the mafia godmothersThey say it's a family business, but traditionally women in the Italian mafia were prison messengers or bargaining chips in dynasty marriages to create alliances between clans. Now as male mob bosses languish in jail, mafiosas are increasingly stepping up to head crime families - and getting caught in the process.    After seven years behind bars, one such godmother - Maria Angela Di Trapani - was freed from prison in 2015 and for the last two years has allegedly been quietly moving up through the secretive, male-dominated ranks of Sicily's Cosa Nostra. On Tuesday, the 49-year-old wife of notorious boss Salvino Madonia was among 25 people arrested in a sweeping Palermo raid, accused once again of mafia crimes, including orchestrating bold intimidation tactics to scare business owners into paying a feared mafia tax known as the pizzo.  “She operates like a man,” various mob bosses were recorded saying in prison about Di Trapani - the ultimate compliment in the man-of-honour hyper macho world of Cosa Nostra, which always gave an important role to women behind the scenes, but rarely officially. Investigators say one popular cake shop in Palermo paid €5000 in extortion money. Another bar in a well-known central square named after Pope John Paul II paid €750 at Easter, and again at Christmas. A bustling pizzeria shelled out €3000. Italian anti-Mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho delivers his speech during a meeting in Milan, Italy Credit: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni “I'll never forget the look she gave me from her balcony when she called out to me, warning me to be careful what I said,” said one businesswoman in Di Trapani’s neighbourhood. “Her eyes were like ice.” The Resuttana clan paid visits to tyre shops, local gyms, and some shopkeepers who didn’t pay went to work the next morning to find their rolldown storefront gates superglued shut or set alight.  This apparent increase in equal opportunities is a sign the mob is weakening, says John Dickie, professor of Italian Studies at University College London and author of several bestselling books about organised crime. About Italian Mafias “It is actually a symptom of crisis that we are seeing more women in Cosa Nostra,” he says. “It is an attempt to shore up the organisation in trouble, they are the avatars of the men – the wives and sisters of particularly fearsome or prestigious bosses, but they wouldn’t be doing it if loads of men weren’t in jail.” A crackdown on organised crime over the last three decades has failed to take down the mafia, but has effectively put a generation of bosses behind bars. Some of them are dying there, including two of the top Godfathers from the Corleone faction, Bernardo Provenzano, who died of cancer in 2016 while serving time in a Milan prison, and Salvatore “Toto’ Riina” who died of cancer last month while imprisoned in Parma.  The day after he died, Riina’s daughter changed her Facebook profile picture to a woman with her finger to her lips and the message “shhh.” Investigators said this week that Di Trapani was involved in the reshuffling going on between clans loyal to the Corleonesi in the wake of Riina’s death. “Since many of the male bosses are in prison, the women, who know everything that is happening in the mafia families, are not only the connection between the bosses in prison and the outside world, but are increasingly filling the gaps and doing what their husbands, brothers or fathers did,” said Italian journalist and mafia expert Attilio Bolzoni on RepubblicaTV. The younger sister of the Graviano brothers, Filippo and Giuseppe, has gained influence for her capacity to quickly and effectively move large amounts of money, even though both boss brothers are in prison. Those who aren’t caught, like Italy’s most wanted fugitive Matteo Messina Denaro – often turn to the women in their families for help hiding. Messina Denaro’s sister, Patrizia, took over several roles in his absence and was among the few who knew how to find him, until she too, landed in jail, where she remains today, still silent about her brother’s whereabouts.


12/10/2017 7:21:12 AM

Iraqi PM declares 'end of war against IS' in IraqPrime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday announced the end of a three-year war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State jihadist group out of the country. "Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (IS)," Abadi told a conference in Baghdad. IS seized vast areas north and west of Baghdad in a lightning offensive in 2014, endangering the very existence of the Iraqi state.


12/9/2017 5:20:57 AM

President Trump's Jerusalem Decision Sparks Attacks, Protests and Fresh Diplomatic RiftsThe French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump.


12/10/2017 8:23:39 PM

Al Franken Makes Santa's Naughty List On 'SNL,' But Roy Moore Makes The 'Registry'Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 10, 2017 “Saturday Night Live’s” take on politics this week featured elf Kate McKinnon and Santa Kenan Thompson in the cold open listening to a line-up of smart kids asking about everything from opioids to Colin Kaepernick and toys — more specifically, Matt Lauer’s sex toys.


12/9/2017 11:30:44 PM

Tim Scott: Republicans Exploring How to Handle 'High-Tax States'In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tells Chuck Todd that Republicans are trying to "sweeten the SALT" changes in the tax bill.


12/10/2017 1:05:24 AM

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years laterARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple's lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.


12/9/2017 4:11:24 PM

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