17 Dec 2017

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End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' scene

End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' sceneCINCINNATI (AP) - A ghoulish holiday tradition outside of Cincinnati will soon come to a close after an Ohio man said he won't put up his "zombie Nativity" scene after this year.


17 Dec 2017 8:55pm GMT

US admits to running secret UFO programme 

US admits to running secret UFO programme The Pentagon ran a secretive five year program to investigate UFO sightings, spending $22 million before it was shut down due to cost, it has been revealed. For the first time, the Department of Defense has acknowledged the existence of the mysterious Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program run from an office in a quiet corner of its sprawling headquarters. There, between 2007 and 2012, a team of researchers working with experts in Nevada probed reports of alien life form and strange sightings over the US skies - a real life versions of the hit TV show The X Files. The enterprise was the passion project of Harry Reid, the retired Senate Majority leader. "I'm not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going," Mr. Reid said in an interview with the New York Times who first reported the story. "I think it's one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I've done something that no one has done before." Stock image of a UFO However, although some of the unit's work remains classified, it is not thought any convincing evidence of extraterristrials was discovered. "If anyone says they have the answers now, they're fooling themselves, Mr Reid said We do not know." But, he added: "we have to start someplace." Documents show how the unit, working with a Las Vegas aerospace company run by Mr Reid's long time friend Robert Bigelow, investigated sightings of aircraft moving at high speeds with no signs of propulsion or that hovered mysteriously. Officials with the program also studied videos of encounters between unknown objects and American military aircraft including one released in August of a white oval object, about the size of a commercial plane, chased by two US Navy fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Nimitz off the coast of San Diego in 2004. Yet in 2012, the program was seemingly wound up to the frustration of many. Visitors to the International UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico examine a glass-encased alien prop used in the movie "Roswell" Thomas Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman said:"It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD (Department of Defence) to make a change." Some say the shadowy work continues despite the funding being cut off. Fornmer military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, who led the unit, claims he continued his research and continued to work from his office in teh Pentagon until October when he resigned in protest at what he descirbed as excessive secrecy and internal opposition. In his resignation letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis, he reportedly wrote: "Why aren't we spending more time and effort on this issue?" U.F.O.s have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. In 1947, the Air Force began a series of studies that investigated more than 12,000 claimed U.F.O. sightings before it was officially ended in 1969. The project, which included a study code-named Project Blue Book, started in 1952, concluded that most sightings involved stars, clouds, conventional aircraft or spy planes, although 701 remained unexplained. Robert C. Seamans Jr., the secretary of the Air Force at the time, said in a memorandum announcing the end of Project Blue Book that it "no longer can be justified either on the ground of national security or in the interest of science."


17 Dec 2017 6:31pm GMT

Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean CruiseSome passengers told local media they were happy to get off the ship


17 Dec 2017 5:28pm GMT

British diplomat found dead in Lebanon

British diplomat found dead in LebanonA young British diplomat has been found murdered in the Lebanese capital Beirut after being strangled and reportedly sexually assaulted. Rebecca Dykes, 30, from London, who had been working for the Department for International Development, was killed after leaving a bar with friends on Friday night. She had been out in the Gemmayzeh area of central Beirut for the leaving party of a colleague at the British embassy and had left just after midnight. She had been been drinking as she had an early flight to catch home early the next morning for the Christmas holidays. She was abducted some time after and killed. Her body was found dumped on the Metn highway several miles away. Police sources told the Telegraph the first autopsy revealed the cause of death as strangulation, however a second postmortem examination is to be carried out later. They said they did not believe the attack to be politically motivated. One friend told the Telegraph: "It's horrific. We had no idea what happened to her until we got a call today to go to the police station to give statements." Miss Dykes had been working in Beirut as the programme and policy manager for the Department for International Development since January 2017. Beirut killing She had worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 2010, previously on Libya and Iraq. She is thought to have grown up in Hong Kong, but attended Malvern St James Girls boarding school in Worcestershire before later studying anthropology at Manchester University and International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London. In a statement her family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened." Hugo Shorter, the British ambassador to Lebanon, said: "The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news. My thoughts are with Becky's family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss. "We're providing consular support to her family and working very closely with Lebanese authorities who are conducting police investigation." A spokesman for the Department for International Development where she worked said: "Our thoughts are with Becky's family and friends at this very upsetting time. "There is now a police investigation and the FCO (Foreign Office) is providing consular support to Becky's family and working with the local authorities." Such incidents are rare in Beirut, despite the fragile security situation in the country.


17 Dec 2017 5:05pm GMT

Landslides kill 26 in storm-hit Philippine province: local officials

Landslides kill 26 in storm-hit Philippine province: local officialsAt least 26 people were killed while several residents were missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, local authorities and media said on Sunday. Kai-tak cut power supplies in many areas, forced the cancellation of several flights, stranded more than 15,000 people in various ports in the region and prompted nearly 88,000 people to seek shelter in evacuation centers. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Biliran island said 26 residents had died, but the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has yet to make any official announcement about fatalities.


17 Dec 2017 2:37pm GMT

Russia and NATO: Headed for a Missile Arms Race in Europe?

Russia and NATO: Headed for a Missile Arms Race in Europe?The NATO alliance is urging Moscow to return to compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces bilateral U.S.-Russia treaty, which bans land-based missiles that have ranges between 500km and 5,500km. "Allies have identified a Russian missile system that raises serious concerns," reads a statement from the alliance.


17 Dec 2017 1:36pm GMT

GOP 'civil war' in primaries will lose them midterms: Democrat senator

GOP 'civil war' in primaries will lose them midterms: Democrat senatorThe Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair joins "This Week" after Democrat Doug Jones' victory in Alabama.


17 Dec 2017 1:05pm GMT

Omarosa's exit highlights lack of diversity at Trump White House

Omarosa's exit highlights lack of diversity at Trump White HouseWithout Manigault-Newman, Trump appears to have no black senior advisers in public-facing White House roles. The departure of the former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Newman from the White House this week has placed the lack of diversity in Donald Trump's administration under renewed scrutiny. Manigault-Newman, the highest-ranking black person to work in the West Wing under Trump, abruptly left her post as a special assistant to the president on Wednesday.


17 Dec 2017 11:00am GMT

Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedy

Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedyArgentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance.


17 Dec 2017 6:50am GMT

Manchin: 'I wanted to be more involved' in crafting tax bill

Manchin: 'I wanted to be more involved' in crafting tax billSen. Joe Manchin tells Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview that he believes Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) convinced the president to pursue a partisan strategy to pass the tax bill, rather than work with Democrats.


17 Dec 2017 6:32am GMT

Merry Christmas, Losers! Baldwin's Trump Boasts 'Greatest Year' On The Planet On 'SNL'

Merry Christmas, Losers! Baldwin's Trump Boasts 'Greatest Year' On The Planet On 'SNL'The "Saturday Night Live" gang gathered in the ersatz White House for the last show before Christmas while "all natural, all American coal" burned in the fireplace, noted Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump.


17 Dec 2017 5:36am GMT

63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia Probe

63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia ProbeA new poll has found that 63 percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to "impede or obstruct" the investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible links between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.


17 Dec 2017 4:36am GMT

Mystery swirls around powerful North Korea official as Hwang Pyong-so remains missing

Mystery swirls around powerful North Korea official as Hwang Pyong-so remains missingA North Korean official widely deemed as the nation's second most powerful figure has been missing for some time, raising speculation that he has been executed.


17 Dec 2017 3:55am GMT

Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthday

Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthdayPope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday Sunday with a hero cake and a message urging the world -- and children in particular -- to join in the holiday mood and be joyful. The Argentine pontiff thanked the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the Angelus prayer as they sang happy birthday, and was expected to slice into his birthday cake after lunch. The artist -- whose real name is Mauro Pallotta -- famously depicted Francis as Superman in 2014 and has since begun supporting Vatican charitable projects by selling T-shirts bearing the flying pope.


17 Dec 2017 12:35am GMT

16 Dec 2017

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This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs

This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service DogsNot many cats get to have a career as a dog trainer, but one Missouri feline is doing just that.


16 Dec 2017 11:12pm GMT

Somewhere in Las Vegas, there's a warehouse containing debris from UFOs

Somewhere in Las Vegas, there's a warehouse containing debris from UFOsLet's be clear: "U.F.O." is an acronym for "unidentified flying object." It doesn't necessarily mean aliens. But it also might mean aliens. Sorry, Miriam. SEE ALSO: That interstellar asteroid probably isn't aliens, but the hunt continues A Saturday report in the New York Times lays out the details of a secret, Defense Department-funded "Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program," formed to investigate UFO reports. Among the more sensational details is the revelation that a number of buildings in Las Vegas were modified to house "metal alloys and other materials ... from unidentified aerial phenomena." It's a seemingly minor detail in a much larger story about a program that was established in 2007 under the guidance of then-Senate majority leader Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat turned an interest in space phenomena into a DoD-funded $22 million investigation. Reid confirmed the existence of the program, as did Pentagon officials, though the latter claim that the program ended in 2012. "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change," Pentagon spokesperson Thomas Crosson told the Times. Still, the Pentagon's engagement here is a big surprise: This is one of the few times - if not the first - that an arm of the U.S. government confirmed the existence of a modern program designed to look into extraterrestrial events. The Las Vegas storage location(s) were constructed by Robert Bigelow, a friend of Reid's and a NASA contractor who is currently working with the aerospace and aeronautics research agency on human habitats for outer space. The Times writes: Although the Pentagon confirms that funding for the program came to an end in 2012, former military intelligence official and program administrator Luis Elizondo claims that research efforts continue. The Times unearthed a great deal more information about this program and its beginnings, supporters, and operations. Definitely give that story a look if you're interested in learning more. (This is about UFOs, folks: Are any of you not interested in learning more?) WATCH: Here's a breakdown of the beloved 'Star Wars' character, the porg


16 Dec 2017 7:50pm GMT