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Flooded bullet trains show Japan
Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters

The typhoon that ravaged Japan last week hit with unusual speed and ferocity, leaving homes buried in mud and people stranded on rooftops. Japan's technological prowess and meticulous attention to detail are sometimes no match for rising risks in a precarious era of climate change. "Weather conditions in Japan up to now have been relatively moderate," said Toshitaka Katada, a disaster expert and professor at the University of Tokyo.

Ex-Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean charged with murder after shooting Atatiana Jefferson in her home
Ex-Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean charged with murder after shooting Atatiana Jefferson in her home

Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean was charged with murder Monday after fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson while she played video games in her home.

China inflation surges as pork prices soar
China inflation surges as pork prices soar

China's consumer inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in almost six years in September as African swine fever sent pork prices soaring nearly 70 percent, official data showed Tuesday. Authorities have gone as far as tapping the nation's pork reserve to control prices of the staple meat, as the swine fever crisis could become a political and economic liability for the state. The consumer price index (CPI) -- a key gauge of retail inflation -- hit 3.0 percent last month, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, up from 2.8 percent in August and the highest since since November 2013.

Confessions of a cannabis farmer: The Vietnamese getting Brits high
Confessions of a cannabis farmer: The Vietnamese getting Brits high

Holed up alone in a suburban British house thousands of miles from home, cannabis farmer Cuong Nguyen spent months carefully nurturing his plants, one of thousands of Vietnamese migrants working in the UK's multi-billion dollar weed industry. "All I ever wanted was to make money... whether it was legal or illegal," Cuong, who is now back in Vietnam, tells AFP. It was criminal career steered by the Vietnamese gangsters behind the UK's huge marijuana trade -- which researchers value at around 2.6 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) a year.

When police misconduct occurs, records often stay secret. One mom
When police misconduct occurs, records often stay secret. One mom's fight to change that.

A police officer is accused of playing with her dead son's body after he was shot. An angry California mother wants secret cop records to go public.

We found 85,000 cops who
We found 85,000 cops who've been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.

USA TODAY is leading a national effort to obtain and publish disciplinary and misconduct records for thousands of police officers.

Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.
Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.

Across the USA, prosecutors aren't tracking officer misconduct, skirting Supreme Court "Brady" rules and sometimes leading to wrongful convictions.

Soldier wounded during search for Bowe Bergdahl dies of his injuries
Soldier wounded during search for Bowe Bergdahl dies of his injuries

A US soldier shot in the head during the 2009 search for army deserter Bowe Bergdahl has died from his injuries. Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday at the age of 46, 10 years after being injured in the hunt for his missing comrade. He spent 21 years in the army and national guard, and retired in 2013 on receiving the Purple Heart. He had been unable to walk or speak since a sniper shot him in the head in July 2009 while he was looking for Bergdahl, who had walked off his base in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years.   At Bergdahl's trial, Allen's wife Shannon testified that it would take up to 90 minutes each morning to get her husband out of bed, showered, and...

In Jamal Khashoggi
In Jamal Khashoggi's death, Saudi money is talking louder than murder

Donald Trump praises Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Jared Kushner is among those flocking to the Saudi 'Davos in the Desert': Our view

Saudi Arabia: We are undergoing an unprecedented transformation
Saudi Arabia: We are undergoing an unprecedented transformation

Jamal Khashoggi's death was an aberration that should not define us as a nation, writes Fahad Nazer, spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy.

Trump suggested the Kurds were releasing ISIS prisoners, but US officials say Turkish-backed forces are actually doing this
Trump suggested the Kurds were releasing ISIS prisoners, but US officials say Turkish-backed forces are actually doing this

Trump had no evidence to back up the suggestion the Kurds released ISIS detainees, and US officials said it was actually Turkish-backed forces.

Fort Worth Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Charged With Murder. Here
Fort Worth Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Charged With Murder. Here's What to Know About the Police Shooting

Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson inside her her home early on Oct. 12. Here's what to know about the case.

California becomes first US state to push back school start time
California becomes first US state to push back school start time

California has become the first state in the country to push back start times at most public schools in the hope the measure will help adolescents perform better in class. The new law signed on Sunday by Governor Gavin Newsom calls for middle schools to ring in classes no earlier than 8:00 am and high schools no earlier than 8:30 am. Most California schools currently start the day around 8:00 am and some require students to be in class before 7:30 a.m.

FBI officials were
FBI officials were 'rattled' and 'blindsided' by Trump's call for Ukraine to manufacture dirt on Joe Biden

Officials were stunned not just by the nature of Trump's actions but also by his brazenness, which came months after the FBI closed the Russia probe.

When Cops Create Their Own Risk, Innocent People Die for Their Mistakes
When Cops Create Their Own Risk, Innocent People Die for Their Mistakes

The video is puzzling and shocking. After receiving a call to a non-emergency number requesting that police check on a neighbor's house that had its doors open and its lights on, police approach silently. They look into an open door and into a brightly lit room, but they don't say anything. They then creep around the house, moving from light to dark. They use a flashlight. They keep moving around the edges of the house.Suddenly, in a mere moment, one of them spots movement in a window. The officer yells for the shadowy figure to put up her hands and then immediately fires a shot. Atatiana Jefferson was dead. She was 28 years old. According to her family's lawyer, she was playing video...

The U.S. Army
The U.S. Army's Robot Tanks Could Arrive Years Early

The U.S. Army future robotic army is taking shape faster, and better, than some officials expected.

Newly discovered comet is confirmed as an interstellar visitor - with a surprisingly familiar look

The comet is only the second interstellar comet ever detected in our solar system and the first that looks like a traditional comet.

An American Airlines pilot gifted his wings to a 2-year-old passenger for this sweet reason

An American Airlines pilot passed on his wings to a passenger with Down syndrome on his final flight.

Thousands of Ukrainians march against a troop pullback
Thousands of Ukrainians march against a troop pullback

It was the second of two marches in Kiev on Monday, a national holiday designated "Defenders Day". October 14 also marks the anniversary of the foundation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a group of nationalists who fought against Soviet troops in World War II alongside Nazi forces, and are accused of slaughtering Poles and Jews. Protesters chanted "No to capitulation!", "Ukraine above all" and "Russian language today, Russian tanks tomorrow".

7 Indigenous Pioneers You Need to Know
7 Indigenous Pioneers You Need to Know

WRAPUP 3-Russia-backed Syrian army sweeps in after U.S. announces abrupt exit

BEIRUT/ANKARA/WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Russia-backed Syrian forces took rapid advantage of an abrupt U.S. retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal. Washington's Kurdish former allies said they invited in the government troops as an emergency step to help fend off an assault by Turkey, launched last week after President Donald Trump moved his troops aside in what the Kurds call a betrayal.

The Fastest Sedans in Lightning Lap History
The Fastest Sedans in Lightning Lap History

A Florida dog went missing. 12 years later, she reunited with her owner in Pittsburgh

It took 12 years for Katheryn Strang to be reunited with Dutchess, her fox terrier. But the moment arrived over 1,100 miles from Strang's home.

Booker Scolds Buttigieg for Referring to Gun
Booker Scolds Buttigieg for Referring to Gun 'Buybacks' as 'Confiscation': 'Doing the NRA's Work for Them'

Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.) admonished fellow presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Monday for referring to a mandatory gun buyback proposal as "confiscation" on the grounds that doing so propagates a right-wing talking point."Calling buyback programs 'confiscation' is doing the NRA's work for them," wrote Booker on Twitter, "and they don't need our help."Buttigieg insisted on referring to buybacks as "confiscation" in an interview on the Snapchat show Good Luck America. Previously, the South Bend, Indiana Mayor shied away from such comparisons."As a policy, it's had mixed results," said Buttigieg during an October 2 interview....

Dropping Bombs: These Are the Best Bombers To Ever Fly
Dropping Bombs: These Are the Best Bombers To Ever Fly

What do you think? What does history tells us?

China Wants Additional Round of Talks before Signing
China Wants Additional Round of Talks before Signing 'Phase One' Deal Touted by Trump

China's trade representatives are calling for an additional round of talks before signing on to the "phase one" deal that President Trump touted last week, Bloomberg reported Monday.Beijing is calling for additional negotiations to iron out a number of outstanding details, including the status of potential tariff hikes scheduled for December 15. The White House scrapped hikes set for October 15 as part of the initial deal, but tariffs from September were not rolled back and the December hikes remained scheduled.Over the weekend, Chinese state media warned that Trump's celebration of a phase one deal was premature."While the negotiations do appear to have produced a fundamental...

More than a dozen police killed in ambush in violent Mexican state

More than a dozen police have been shot dead in an ambush in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, authorities said on Monday, in one of the bloodiest attacks on security forces since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December. The ministry for public security said on Twitter it would use all means at its disposal to catch those responsible for the attack in the municipality of Aguililla in Michoacan, a state that has long been convulsed by turf wars between drug cartels. The federal public security ministry said 14 police were killed, though its state counterpart in Michoacan said 13 officers were confirmed dead, and three injured.

States are cutting university budgets. Taxpayers aren
States are cutting university budgets. Taxpayers aren't interested in funding campus kooks

University campuses have abandoned their central mission in their pursuit of utopia. The American public has had enough.

Trump
Trump's latest conspiracy theory is that the Kurds released ISIS prisoners to pull the US back into Syria

The Kurds bore the brunt of the US-led campaign against ISIS, and Trump is now suggesting without evidence that they released ISIS prisoners.

Gabbard Confirms Attendance at Third Democratic Debate after Threatening Boycott
Gabbard Confirms Attendance at Third Democratic Debate after Threatening Boycott

Long-shot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii), confirmed her participation in Tuesday's Democratic debate on Twitter Monday, after threatening last week to boycott the event entirely over concern that "the DNC and corporate media are rigging the election again."Gabbard, who is currently polling at 0.7 percent nationally, addressed supporters Thursday and accused the Democratic National Committee and corporate media partners of attempting "to usurp your role as voters in choosing who our Democratic nominee will be."Gabbard also clashed with the DNC in the buildup to September's debate, after falling two polls short of the pre-approved public support threshold. Gabbard and her...

Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds
Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds

The Syrian regime sent troops towards the Turkish border Monday to contain Ankara's deadly offensive against the Kurds, stepping in for US forces due to begin a controversial withdrawal. The Syrian army has maintained a presence in the Kurdish-controlled cities of Qamishli and Hasakeh in Syria's northeast since the start of the war, and deployed a limited number of troops around the key city of Manbij in 2018 at the request of Kurdish forces to shield the area from a feared Turkish assault.

North Cyprus head stands firm in row over Turkey criticism
North Cyprus head stands firm in row over Turkey criticism

The leader of breakaway northern Cyprus, Mustafa Akinci, stood firm in the face of calls to resign on Monday after criticising Turkey's military offensive in Syria. Akinci, president of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, took the rare step over the weekend of criticising Turkey, the only country that recognises the TRNC. "Even if we call it 'Peace Spring', it is blood that is spilling and not water," he wrote on Facebook, referring to the codename of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish-held northeast Syria launched last Wednesday.

US officials are considering pulling nuclear weapons from Turkey, effectively severing the US-Turkey alliance
US officials are considering pulling nuclear weapons from Turkey, effectively severing the US-Turkey alliance

The US-Turkey relationship has soured over the past several years, but the US still stores as many as 50 B61 gravity bombs at Inçirlik Air Base.

CNN
CNN's Anti-Religious Town Hall

LGBT activists gathered last week for CNN's "Equality" town hall with the Democratic presidential candidates. The advocates present were, in the words of Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David, the "tip of the spear in our fight for full equality."The "spear" metaphor grew more apt as the night went on.Religious freedom was the second-most-popular whipping post. The candidates talked about the concept with palpable derision, as if religion - save Islam, which they predictably if incoherently exempted - were a ruse used to cement old prejudices. No one actually believes those folksy things about God, heaven, and hell, right? Never considered was the notion that people hold earnest...

Anthony Scaramucci is desperately trying to recruit Mitt Romney for a 2020 run

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is running for president again -- at least in Anthony Scaramucci's dreams.The famously short-lived White House communications director has since turned on the president who appointed him, and has publicly said he's trying to knock President Trump off the 2020 ticket. Now, it seems Scaramucci has decided on his dream candidate, and has launched a website and line of T-shirts to persuade him to run.Scaramucci started making his support for Romney known earlier this month, tweeting a poll that showed the 2012 GOP nominee beating the presumptive 2020 nominee in a hypothetical primary. He then revealed last week he'd launched Mitt2020.org, and on Sunday night, showed...

A woman got her arm cut off by a propeller on a plane that her husband was preparing to fly
A woman got her arm cut off by a propeller on a plane that her husband was preparing to fly

The couple got out of the plane to make sure it's wheels were clear before taxiing to the runway, when her arm came into contact with the propeller.

Putin aide: Turkish operation 'not exactly' compatible with Syria's territorial integrity

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Monday that Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria was "not exactly" compatible with Syria's territorial integrity. Ushakov, speaking in Riyadh during an official visit to Saudi Arabia by President Vladimir Putin, was commenting on Turkey's military operation which it launched last week.

Disney Skyliner reopens with modified hours after stranding passengers last week
Disney Skyliner reopens with modified hours after stranding passengers last week

Disney's Skyliner is back in action after the new aerial cable car system stranded passengers for hours the night of Oct. 5.

AccuWeather
AccuWeather's 2019-2020 Canada winter forecast

The wait is over. AccuWeather's annual winter forecast for Canada is out, and our long-range forecasters say Ontario is expected to bear the brunt of stormy weather this season. Arctic blasts will be focused a bit farther east this year, targeting the eastern Prairies. Also, where could early season snowfall usher in a quick start to the ski season?Take a look below at a complete region-by-region breakdown.British ColumbiaA rather mild winter is anticipated for British Columbia, with the bulk of the season's Arctic intrusions set to be delivered through central Canada."The main storm track will likely bring bulk of rain and snowfall events to northwestern British Columbia this...

Japan storm victims felt worst was over, then floods came
Japan storm victims felt worst was over, then floods came

After the worst of Typhoon Hagibis passed over this town north of Tokyo, Kazuo Saito made sure there was no water outside his house and went to bed. The storm, which made landfall in the Tokyo region late Saturday, had dumped record amounts of rain that caused rivers to overflow their banks, some of them damaged. It turned many neighborhoods in Kawagoe into swamps.

Tight squeeze: Cruise ship passes through Greek Canal with only 5 feet of breathing room

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines says its MS Braemar set a record for the biggest ship to pass through Greece's narrow Corinth Canal on Oct. 9.

China Built a Flying Saucer
China Built a Flying Saucer

The UFO is still on the ground-for now.

Obese woman
Obese woman 'starved to death' after gastric bypass operation, inquest hears

An obese woman shrunk to five stone and starved to death, after a gastric bypass operation left her unable to eat, an inquest has heard. Kimberly Wall, 44, had undergone the procedure in 2008 over fears her obesity would kill her - but over the next 10 years her weight plummeted until she was just five stone. The mother-of-three, who previously weighed 23 stone, struggled to eat and could only manage two mouthfuls of food at a time. Her condition left her so weak she was barely able to walk, or even get out of bed.  Despite repeated attempts by doctors to treat her, Miss Wall, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester was admitted to Fairfield Hospital in Bury after her condition deteriorated....

Iran
Iran's Rouhani says regional crisis can be resolved through diplomacy

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that finding a solution to the conflict in Yemen could help reduce tensions in the region, which could be further resolved through diplomacy. "Ending the war in Yemen will pave the ground for de-escalation in the region ... we want peace and calm in the region ... regional crisis can be resolved through diplomacy and co-operation between the regional countries," Rouhani told a news conference, broadcast live on state TV.

Poland
Poland's Nationalists Underwhelmed by Historic Election Win

(Bloomberg) -- For a party that just achieved their country's best showing in a parliamentary election since the fall of communism, Poland's ruling nationalists are unusually glum.After an exit poll announced the historic win late on Sunday, Law & Justice Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski sulked in front of party faithful at a standing-room only gathering in central Warsaw."We must work harder" and "reach out with the truth to all social groups" because some voters were "were talked into rubbish" narratives, he said. "We attained a lot, but we deserve more."Instead of touting the success on Monday, senior ruling party officials all but disappeared from television screens, as if they'd suffered...

Cyber-bullied K-pop star found dead at her home
Cyber-bullied K-pop star found dead at her home

A popular K-pop star who had long been the target of abusive online comments was found dead at her home Monday, South Korean police said. The body of Sulli, a former member of top girl group f(x), was discovered by her manager at her home on the outskirts of the capital, Seoul. Police said in a statement that the 25-year-old had been suffering from "severe depression".

British paedophile who operated in Malaysia, Cambodia found dead in prison

One of Britain's most prolific child sex offenders, Richard Huckle, has died three years into a life sentence for abusing Malaysian and Cambodian children, Britain's Ministry of Justice said on Monday, with media saying he had been stabbed to death. Huckle, 33, who abused children and babies during a nine year period, was sentenced to life in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to 71 offences. Dubbed the country's worst paedophile by Britain's media, he was found stabbed to death in prison on Sunday after being attacked with a makeshift knife, the BBC reported.

Special Report: The hunt for Asia
Special Report: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

He is Asia's most-wanted man. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected of leading a vast multinational drug trafficking syndicate formed out of an alliance of five of Asia's triad groups, according to law enforcement officials. The syndicate, law enforcers believe, is funneling tonnes of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine to at least a dozen countries from Japan in North Asia to New Zealand in the South Pacific.

View Photos of Our Sports Sedan Battle Between the Dodge Charger and Kia Stinger GT
View Photos of Our Sports Sedan Battle Between the Dodge Charger and Kia Stinger GT

Exclusive: Police chase suspected kingpin of vast Asian meth syndicate

The largest ever task force assembled to fight organized crime in Asia has identified a long-time drug trafficker, a China-born Canadian national, as the suspected kingpin of a crime syndicate that police say dominates the $70 billion-a-year Asia-Pacific drug trade. The suspected syndicate leader is Tse Chi Lop, 55, an ex-convict who formerly lived in Toronto and has moved between Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan in recent years, according to counter-narcotics officers from four countries as well as law enforcement documents reviewed by Reuters. Authorities have not publicly identified Tse as the boss of the drug trafficking group.


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