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Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks
Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war. Assad met envoy Alexander Lavrentiev from key ally Russia in Damascus to discuss the negotiations due April 25-26 in Kazakhstan. Iran and Russia are the major supporters of the Syrian regime, and along with rebel backer Turkey have sponsored repeated rounds of talks in the Central Asian nation.

Federal opioid pill bust reveals doctors trading pills for sex, dentists pulling good teeth
Federal opioid pill bust reveals doctors trading pills for sex, dentists pulling good teeth

They're all accused of illegally prescribing pain meds, but charges against these medical professionals are the most shocking from this week's sweep.

How To Build a Wind Tester
How To Build a Wind Tester

Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame
Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame's bees survive cathedral blaze

PARIS (AP) - Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame's smallest official residents - some 180,000 bees - somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral's ancient wooden roof.

RPT-For Notre-Dame, lessons from a fire-damaged New York cathedral

Before the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris can begin, engineers may have to tap nearly every stone in the cathedral and listen for subtle sounds of damage, according to specialists who repaired one of the largest cathedrals in the world in New York after a devastating 2001 fire. French President Emmanuel Macron's vow to restore the Paris landmark within five years after a fire consumed Notre-Dame's roof and toppled its spire on Monday may prove unrealistic, they said. "Everything is done in 'cathedral time,'" said James Patterson, director of facilities and capital projects at St. John's on Manhattan's Upper West Side near Columbia University.

St. Patrick
St. Patrick's Cathedral arrest: Man had 2 gas cans, prior arrest and 1-way ticket to Rome

Marc Lamparello, 37, was also arrested on Monday after he allegedly refused to leave Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark. Police say he had a one-way ticket booked for Thursday night from Newark to Rome.

The Mueller Report Is Embarrassing for Trump. But It Doesn't Call Into Question His 2016 Win
The Mueller Report Is Embarrassing for Trump. But It Doesn't Call Into Question His 2016 Win

Quantifying the impact of Russia's influence operation is extremely difficult

'No Evidence' Trump Was Aware of Don Jr.'s Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation failed to produce evidence that then-candidate Trump was aware son Donald Trump Jr. and other high-ranking campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton in June 2016, according to the special counsel's report released Thursday.Trump Jr., campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and at least five other people met with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in Manhattan in order to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton. After news of the meeting broke a year later, in July 2017, Trump dictated a statement to be released on Trump Jr.'s behalf in which...

North Korea
North Korea's Kim to meet Putin as tensions rise with US

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang spiked higher. The Kremlin announced the talks just hours after North Korea launched a blistering attack on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, demanding he be removed from negotiations over its banned nuclear programme.

'The President Was Frustrated.' Here's Why Attorney General Barr Believes Trump Did Not Obstruct Justice
'The President Was Frustrated.' Here's Why Attorney General Barr Believes Trump Did Not Obstruct Justice

Attorney General William Barr said Thursday morning that he did not believe Trump met the legal standard for obstruction of justice.

Time-lapse shots of Notre-Dame spire may yield clues on blaze
Time-lapse shots of Notre-Dame spire may yield clues on blaze

Footage from the camera, which was placed on the northern bell tower, and is now in the hands of investigators.

10 Things to Know for Today
10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Billionaires face
Billionaires face 'yellow vest' scorn over Notre-Dame pledges

Billionaire French tycoons faced a mounting backlash on Wednesday over tax breaks on their huge donations to restore Notre-Dame, as Yellow Vest protestors said the hundreds of millions of euros should be spent on tackling France's social problems. The contributions to the cathedral's renovation approached €900 million (£780m) on Wednesday as the owners of Chanel and Dior stepped forward with donations along with Disney and the technology giant Apple. However, the outpouring of cash has angered supporters of France's Yellow Vest movement, which noted that President Emmanuel Macron's "rich friends" stood to receive major tax breaks linked to donations in support of the public good...

Royal baby 2019 due date: The Duchess of Sussex
Royal baby 2019 due date: The Duchess of Sussex's pregnancy updates, predicted gender and latest news

The Duchess of Sussex once described motherhood as being on her "bucket list",  the Duke of Sussex frequently confessed he would love to have children, and the rest is royally romantic history.  The newlyweds, who married in Windsor last May, are just weeks away from welcoming their first child, who will be seventh in line to the throne. As the nation waits for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's eighth great grandchild to arrive, please enjoy everything we know about royal baby Sussex so far, and what we know about how the Duchess plans to give birth. When is the Royal baby due date? Though Kensington Palace have only publicly declared that the royal baby is due in the spring, nine-month...

Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller's report set to be released amid row over attorney general's 'spinning' of findings

After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller - but not before President Donald Trump's attorney general has his say. The Justice Department on Thursday is expected to release a redacted version of the special counsel's report on Russian election interference and Mr Trump's campaign, opening up months, if not years, of fights over what the document means in a deeply divided country. Even the planned release of the nearly 400-page report quickly spiralled into a political battle on Wednesday over whether Attorney General William Barr is attempting to shield the president who appointed him and spin the report's findings before the American...

Democrats condemn attorney general
Democrats condemn attorney general's plan for rollout of Mueller report

Attorney general has sought to 'put his own spin' on special counsel's report, say lawmakers before report's release * Mueller report release - live updates * Support the Guardian's independent journalism that brings clarity at this critical moment in American history. Make a contribution.Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House judiciary committee, at the press conference. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/APOn the eve of the long-anticipated release of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian tampering in the 2016 election and alleged Trump campaign involvement, Democrats accused the attorney general, William Barr, of trying to "cherry-pick" and "put his own spin" on the...

The 6 Best Cars and Concepts From the New York Auto Show
The 6 Best Cars and Concepts From the New York Auto Show

Despite grounding, United Airlines still expects new 737 MAX planes in 2019
Despite grounding, United Airlines still expects new 737 MAX planes in 2019

United Continental still expects to receive new Boeing 737 MAX planes in 2019 and does not expect a fight with the manufacturer over recovering costs from the planes' grounding, United executives said Wednesday. Boeing's 737 MAX planes have been grounded globally since mid-March following two deadly crashes involving the planes in less than five months. United, parent to United Airlines, currently has 14 of the 737 MAX planes in its fleet and had been scheduled to receive five more planes in the second quarter and 11 additional planes in the third.

EU, Canada warn of reprisals as US targets foreign interests in Cuba
EU, Canada warn of reprisals as US targets foreign interests in Cuba

The European Union and Canada warned Wednesday of reprisals after the United States for the first time allowed lawsuits against foreign companies operating in Cuba, including EU and Canadian firms. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Washington will on May 2 end routine wavers to the 1996 Helms-Burton act and allow for lawsuits over property seized by Cuba. "The EU and Canada consider the extraterritorial application of unilateral Cuba-related measures contrary to international law," they said in a joint statement from Brussels.

Kushner urges
Kushner urges 'open mind' on upcoming Mideast plan: source

Kushner said the peace plan is to be unveiled after Israel forms a governing coalition in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory and after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in early June, the source said. "We will all have to look for reasonable compromises that will make peace achievable," Kushner said, according to the source, who asked to remain anonymous. Kushner, one of the main architects of the peace proposal and who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, spoke to about 100 ambassadors from around the world at Blair House, the presidential guest home across the street from the White House.

Mall of America suspect Emmanuel Aranda held on $2M bail; child fighting for his life
Mall of America suspect Emmanuel Aranda held on $2M bail; child fighting for his life

A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America said little Tuesday during his first court appearance, but appeared lucid and followed the court's directions.

Notre Dame's Bell Towers Would Have Fallen Without Swift Action, Paris Fire Officials Say
Notre Dame's Bell Towers Would Have Fallen Without Swift Action, Paris Fire Officials Say

Firefighters who rushed to Notre Dame after flames engulfed the cathedral were focused on saving its famed bell towers

Pelosi reaffirms U.S. support for Ireland amid Brexit impasse
Pelosi reaffirms U.S. support for Ireland amid Brexit impasse

Reaffirming a message of U.S. solidarity with Ireland first delivered in a speech on Monday in London, Pelosi said it was vital to keep a "seamless border" between the Irish Republic and British-ruled Northern Ireland after the UK exits the European Union. "I've said it before and I'll say it again, we must ensure that nothing happens in the Brexit discussions that imperils the Good Friday accord, including, but not limited to, the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland," Pelosi told a special joint sitting of Ireland's parliament.

T-Mobile, Comcast turn on call verification between networks in latest robocall fight

Another day, another small step of progress in the fight against robocalls.

Bad News for China: J-20 Stealth Fighters Can
Bad News for China: J-20 Stealth Fighters Can't Touch an F-22s or F-35

For the time being, however, Chinese jets are not on the same level as their American counterparts.As Dave Majumdar previously covered, China recently declared that its J-20 fighter jet had attained initial operational capability. "China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been commissioned into the air force's combat service," China's Defense Ministry said on February 9. Chinese analysts touted the country's achievement as breaking the Western stranglehold on stealthy aircraft. "The J-20 will also change the history of the air force in Asia-Pacific region. In the past, only the U.S. and its allies like Japan were capable of arming stealth fighter jets. But now, their monopoly in this...

Notre-Dame Reconstruction Effort Attracts Nearly $1 Billion
Notre-Dame Reconstruction Effort Attracts Nearly $1 Billion

The normal annual budget for restoring national monuments is about 300 million euros, he said. The immediate priority is to secure Notre Dame's vault, which has a gaping hole in the middle after its spire collapsed during Monday night's fire, Riester said in an interview on France2 television. President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday night said the cathedral will be rebuilt in five years.

Medicare leader warns
Medicare leader warns 'Medicare for All' is the 'biggest threat to the American health care system'

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma warns the Medicare system cannot function with millions more Americans added.

Denver schools closed as police hunt
Denver schools closed as police hunt 'armed and dangerous' girl obsessed with Columbine massacre

Denver-area public schools were closed on Wednesday as authorities searched for a young Florida woman who flew to the city and bought a gun after becoming "infatuated" with the mass shooting at Columbine High School. The FBI said Sol Pais, 18, was "considered to be extremely dangerous" and "made threats to commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area" just days before the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 13 people. All schools in the Denver area were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed "credible and general," said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Columbine and...

Kim Foxx texts show she thought number of Jussie Smollett charges
Kim Foxx texts show she thought number of Jussie Smollett charges 'excessive'

Text messages obtained by the ABC7 I-Team show Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx thought the number of charges filed against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett were excessive.

Donald Trump attacks Bernie Sanders' tax returns, makes 2020 election prediction
Donald Trump attacks Bernie Sanders' tax returns, makes 2020 election prediction

President Donald Trump, who yet to release his tax returns, attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday after the 2020 challenger released his returns to the public, showing the Vermont Democrat was a millionaire.

Trump & Co. Are Crossing Big, Bright Red Lines-and They
Trump & Co. Are Crossing Big, Bright Red Lines-and They're Getting Away With It

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos Getty/Jenny DettrickWhatever revelations the redacted version of the Mueller report may hold, they will not be as disturbing as the behavior of President Trump and his team in the days and weeks leading up to its release. That is not a reference to the president's panic-tweeting, nor does it refer to his other efforts to distract, obfuscate, or shift blame. Instead, it is acknowledgement of something more insidious that is afoot, something that may be hinted at by Robert Mueller's findings but which we are now seeing fully realized-a full-scale and disturbingly successful assault on the rule of law in America.Something broke in...

Notre-Dame
Notre-Dame's precious rooster statue found 'battered' in debris

A wrought copper statue of a rooster that sat atop Notre-Dame has been found "battered" in the debris of the Paris cathedral following its devastating fire, France's culture ministry said. The statue is considered all the more important because it contains three holy relics -- including a fragment of the Crown of Thorns believed by Christians to have been worn by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion, placed there to protect Parisians. The sculpture of the bird -- which is an unofficial symbol of France -- was recovered Tuesday by a restorer picking through the rubble left when the spire on which it had sat toppled at the height of the inferno that ravaged Notre-Dame on Monday, a ministry...

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair Is a Refreshingly Unsporty Compact Luxury SUV
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair Is a Refreshingly Unsporty Compact Luxury SUV

It doesn't promise extra power or performance over its MKC predecessor, but Lincoln's new small crossover does look and feel more luxurious.

2020 Toyota Highlander Preview
2020 Toyota Highlander Preview

All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander Is Sleek and Efficient Toyota took the wraps off its all-new, fourth-generation Highlander SUV, right before its public reveal at the New York International Auto S...

North Korea sends hit squads after defectors from its secret police
North Korea sends hit squads after defectors from its secret police

North Korea has dispatched teams to neighbouring China to track down and kill, if necessary, as many as seven members of the Ministry of State Security who have fled in a snowballing series of defections, according to dissident media.  The crisis in the ranks of North Korea's secret police agency can be traced back to immediately after the failure of the Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, and US President Donald Trump in late February, reported the Daily NK, citing reports from its network of undercover "citizen reporters" in North Korea and China.  In early March, three MSS officials based in the Chinese city of Shenyang concluded that the secret bank accounts...

Years? Decades? Uncertainty over time needed to rebuild Notre-Dame
Years? Decades? Uncertainty over time needed to rebuild Notre-Dame

Rebuilding the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris could take decades after it was gutted by a fire, experts warned Tuesday, even as its top priest expressed hope he could celebrate mass there within years. Parisians and people around the world watched in horror on Monday as flames ripped through the roof of the beloved 850-year-old Gothic cathedral, causing the spire and most of the vaulted roof to collapse. "We will rebuild Notre-Dame together," French President Emmanuel Macron vowed after assessing the damage, declaring that the disfigured cathedral had been spared "the worst".

Macron vows to rebuild a
Macron vows to rebuild a 'more beautiful' Notre-Dame in 5 years

President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral "even more beautifully" within five years, as France reeled with shock from the fire that gutted the great Paris landmark. Macron announced the fast timescale -- for a process some experts said would take decades -- in an address to the nation where he hailed how the disaster had shown the capacity of France to mobilise and unite. Macron's defiant comments indicated he wants the reconstruction of the cathedral to be completed by the time Paris hosts the Olympic Games in 2024.

UPDATE 4-Qualcomm stock surges after settling long patent dispute with Apple

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday won a major victory in settling its wide-ranging legal dispute with Apple Inc, signing a six-year patent license deal and a supply agreement that could pave the way to getting its modem chips back in the iPhone, which featured only Intel Corp chips last year. The settlement also includes a payment from Apple to Qualcomm, but the companies did not disclose the amount. Shares of Qualcomm jumped 22 percent in late afternoon trading, their biggest gain in more than 19 years.

The Risky Strategy Behind Trump's Most Surprising Mueller Report Decision
The Risky Strategy Behind Trump's Most Surprising Mueller Report Decision

The White House appears to have declined to assert executive privilege to keep portions of the Mueller report from Congress and the public.

Barn find 1955 Chevy Corvette Hasn't Seen Daylight In 40 Years
Barn find 1955 Chevy Corvette Hasn't Seen Daylight In 40 Years

Tucked away for 40 years, this 1955 Chevrolet Corvette looks worse-for-wear in its hiding place - but now it's out, don't even think about trying to buy it. Anyone who owns a rare classic car like a 1955 Corvette could tell you that car collectors are constantly trying to buy them up, and that's the exact reason Bob Doucette put his 1955 Corvette into hiding - that, and wanting a safe place to preserve the car.

US STOCKS-Wall St treads water after mixed earnings; Netflix in focus

U.S. stocks treaded water on Tuesday, as a surge in healthcare companies fizzled out and ahead of earnings reports from other big names including Netflix. Johnson & Johnson pared gains and was up 1.8%, while insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc reversed course to trade down 4.5%, pulling the healthcare sector 1.1% lower.

Pledges Reach Almost $1 Billion To Rebuild Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral
Pledges Reach Almost $1 Billion To Rebuild Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral

As authorities assess the damage to Paris' Notre-Dame, companies and individuals pledge hundreds of millions of dollars for restoration

Best Grocery Stores and Supermarkets
Best Grocery Stores and Supermarkets

America's grocery shoppers have spoken, and they've said they like their regional chains. In Consumer Reports' latest grocery store ratings of 96 chains, five regional grocers shared top marks fo...

See 2019 Lexus ES350 Photos
See 2019 Lexus ES350 Photos

Parents Accuse D.C. Synagogue of Enabling
Parents Accuse D.C. Synagogue of Enabling 'Systemic, Regular' Sexual Abuse of Preschoolers

GettyA group of parents are suing a prominent Washington D.C. synagogue, alleging one preschool teacher sexually abused eight toddlers for more than two years and the school ignored the warning signs.The 239-page civil lawsuit, filed anonymously by eight parents in Superior Court for the District of Columbia on Monday evening, alleged that the toddlers between the ages of two and four, "were subject to systemic and regular sexual abuse on school property" by an assistant teacher at the Washington Hebrew Congregation.The alleged abuser, Jordan Silverman, joined the preschool in 2016 after a career as a Vermont photographer. Although Silverman is not named as defendant in the lawsuit, he is...

Syria, Iran say US is waging
Syria, Iran say US is waging 'economic terrorism'

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria and Iran said Tuesday the United States is waging "economic terrorism" against countries that have different opinions and should pursue its aims through diplomacy instead.

'Yellow vest' Libya protesters say France backs Tripoli assault

Dozens of "yellow vest" protesters rallied Tuesday in the Libyan capital to denounce what they said was France's support for military strongman Khalifa Haftar who has launched an offensive on Tripoli. The demonstrators donned yellow vests in a nod to the jackets worn by anti-government protesters who have been rallying across France since November. "France must stop backing the rebel Haftar," read one sign held up by the demonstrators gathered in central Tripoli's Algiers Square.

Serve your guests veggies and dip in an Easter bunny bread bowl
Serve your guests veggies and dip in an Easter bunny bread bowl

Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy yournever-ending craving for food content through quick, beautiful videos for theat-home foodie

See Every Angle of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 in Photos
See Every Angle of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 in Photos

The 2020 Nissan 370Z Commemorates 50 Years with a Special Anniversary Edition
The 2020 Nissan 370Z Commemorates 50 Years with a Special Anniversary Edition

The legendary Z turns 50 and celebrates with a unique livery inspired by the iconic BRE 240Z race car.

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