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Serial Killer, Who Murdered 7 People, Confesses to More Slayings

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 14 hours 35 min ago

He wrote an eight page letter to a local newspaper.


Star U.S. Diplomat Quits With Fiery Letter To Rex Tillerson

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 14 hours 36 min ago

A distinguished U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department resigned after writing a searing letter to Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson, accusing him of gutting the department and damaging America’s standing across the world.


Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 15 hours 7 min ago

OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — Students at Oberlin College have long enjoyed pastries, bagels and chocolates from Gibson's Bakery, a century-old, family-owned business near campus. That sweet relationship has turned bitter amid hotly disputed accusations of racism, roiling a school and town long known for their liberal politics.


The Army's Has Over 100,000 'New' M4A1 Rifles - Here's What They Can Do

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 16 hours 52 min ago

To date, the Army has completed more than 117,000 M4A1 upgrades on the way to the eventual transformation of more than 480,000 M4 rifles. As a result, it is entirely conceivable that the Army will explore new requirements and technologies for the M4A1 as time goes on. The service’s so-called M4 Product Improvement Program, or PIP, is a far-reaching initiative to upgrade the Army’s entire current inventory of M4 rifles into higher-tech, durable and more lethal M4A1 weapons, Army spokesman Pete Rowland, spokesman for PM Soldier Weapons, told Scout Warrior in an interview.


We Now Have Evidence Russia Seems Pleased with Its Military in Syria

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 17 hours 19 min ago

In the final days of November 2017, the Russian High Command reshuffled several positions, most notably both the Eastern and Central Military Districts received new commanders. Immediately striking is the fact that Alexander Lapin, the new Central Military District commander, is a Lieutenant General (in Russia, this is a two-star rank) whereas all the other military districts are commanded by Colonel Generals (three-stars), including General Lapin’s predecessor. The new commander in the Eastern Military District, Col. Gen. Alexander Zhuravlyov, was the commander of the Russian Group of Forces in Syria from July to December 2016.


Iraq holds military parade celebrating victory over Islamic State

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 21 hours 13 min ago

An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is underway in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory. Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under Islamic State control along the border with Syria and secured the western desert, Abadi said, thus marking the end of the war against the militants.


Al Franken Makes Santa's Naughty List On 'SNL,' But Roy Moore Makes The 'Registry'

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 10:30pm

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.


46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire Tragedy

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 10:08pm

At 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.


China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 6:56pm

Like 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.


Ryan Zinke Dismisses Reports On His Use Of Helicopters As ‘Fabricated’

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Saturday swung back at recent media reports about his costly use of government helicopters, calling them “total fabrications and a wild departure from reality.”


DNC Unity Commission Agrees On Slate Of Historic Reforms

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

WASHINGTON ― At its final meeting on Friday and Saturday, the Democratic National Committee’s Unity and Reform Commission agreed to a set of dramatic revisions aimed at restoring faith in the presidential nomination process and the management of the DNC.


California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 3:25pm

By Caroline Anderson VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week. As the dry Santa Ana winds that have fueled the blazes abated slightly, officials lifted evacuation orders for parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and crews started getting the upper hand in containing some of the area's major fires.


Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 3:11pm

ARLINGTON, 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.


Fox News Corrects Story Claiming Roy Moore Accuser ‘Forged’ Candidate’s Signature

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:49pm

Fox 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.


California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:32pm

Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well. Fires that have chased almost 200,000 Californians from their homes covered the Getty's hillside location in smoke this week. Perched above the busy 405 freeway, an artery of California's traffic system, the Getty is among the most visited U.S. museums and reopened on Friday after two days closed.


White Nationalists Have Been Saying 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' For Years

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:24pm

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has again flirted with being an open white nationalist.


Trump Watches Up To 8 Hours Of TV Per Day

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 1:20pm

President Donald Trump, who just last month said he’s too busy “reading documents” to watch much television, spends up to 8 hours in front of the TV each day, according to a new report.


Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 10:28am

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country's efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector.


Obama Warns Americans Against Following In The Path Of Nazi Germany

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 10:22am

It’s not that democracy is “fragile,” exactly, but it is “reversible,” according to former President Barack Obama.


Trump has no authority “to give away Jerusalem to an occupying power,” Palestinian official says

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 9, 2017 - 9:04am

Palestinian leaders are vowing to snub the White House following President Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


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