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And now ‘Sharknado 3’ starring Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter and Jerry Springer

by CNN // March 3, 2015 // Updated 08:52 GMT // 0 Comments

“Shark Tank” star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will play the President of the United States in “Sharknado 3.” [email protected] is President of the United States … in “Sharknado 3.” http://t.co/XDHsBHTGMB That is all. pic.twitter.com/OwewyWzUQL Care to venture a guess on his Veep? Try political commentator Ann Coulter. It’s a match made in Twitter […]

Venezuela gives U.S. 15 days to slash embassy staff

by CNN // March 3, 2015 // Updated 04:54 GMT // 0 Comments

Venezuela’s official news agency AVN (Agencia Venezolana de Noticias) said the U.S. Embassy has been asked to reduce its personnel to a staff of 17 to match the number of Venezuelan personnel working in their embassy in the United States.

Venezuela gives U.S. 15 days to slash embassy staff

by CNN // March 3, 2015 // Updated 04:54 GMT // 0 Comments

Venezuela’s official news agency AVN (Agencia Venezolana de Noticias) said the U.S. Embassy has been asked to reduce its personnel to a staff of 17 to match the number of Venezuelan personnel working in their embassy in the United States.

For the U.S. and China, a Test of Diplomacy on South Sudan

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 04:12 GMT // 0 Comments

UNITED NATIONS — The United States may have midwifed the birth of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation. But China has quickly become among its most important patrons, building its roads and pumping its oil. A United Nations camp for displaced people in Bentiu, South Sudan, where civil war has forced two million people from […]

Nurse Who Contracted Ebola in the U.S. Sues Her Hospital Employer

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:22 GMT // 0 Comments

The nurse who was the first person to contract Ebola in the United States filed suit on Monday against the Dallas hospital where she worked, saying it knowingly left workers without the training or equipment needed to handle the disease. The nurse, Nina Pham, 26, was one of two at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who […]

Nurse Who Contracted Ebola in the U.S. Sues Her Hospital Employer

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:22 GMT // 0 Comments

The nurse who was the first person to contract Ebola in the United States filed suit on Monday against the Dallas hospital where she worked, saying it knowingly left workers without the training or equipment needed to handle the disease. Nina Pham, 26, was one of two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who became […]

Venezuela Tells U.S. to Reduce Embassy Staff

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 23:42 GMT // 0 Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela — With diplomatic relations fraying rapidly between the United States and Venezuela, the government of President Nicolás Maduro has given the American Embassy here 15 days to come up with a plan to drastically shrink its staff, Venezuela’s foreign minister announced Monday. Mr. Maduro has repeatedly accused the United States of supporting a […]

Venezuela Tells U.S. To Cut Embassy Staff By 80 Percent

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 21:11 GMT // 0 Comments

By Diego Ore CARACAS, March 2 (Reuters) – Venezuela on Monday ordered the U.S. embassy in Caracas to reduce staff from 100 to 17 amid the worst diplomatic flare-up between the two ideological foes since socialist President Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2013. Maduro, who like his predecessor Hugo Chavez frequently locks horns with Washington, […]

Etihad Airways’ Rapid Growth Frustrates Rivals

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 16:28 GMT // 0 Comments

ABU DHABI — Emerging from the desert like some giant steel squid, the organic forms of Abu Dhabi’s new airport terminal are starting to take shape. The existing airport has become too small for the ambitions of its main tenant, Etihad Airways, the smallest and fastest growing of the three giant Middle Eastern airlines, whose […]

Kerry: Netanyahu ‘Welcome To Speak’ In The U.S.

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 20:22 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sought to downplay the growing diplomatic rift between the United States and Israel, telling ABC’s “This Week” that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “welcome to speak in the United States,” and that the U.S. has “a closer relationship with Israel right now in terms of […]

Detained American Missionaries Leave Venezuela

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:19 GMT // 0 Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela — Four American missionaries who were held for three days and questioned by Venezuelan authorities were on their way home on Saturday. Bruce Dick, the pastor of the Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Devils Lake, N.D., where the four missionaries are from, said that they arrived in Aruba, an island off the coast […]

10 Best States For Business

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:12 GMT // 0 Comments

This story was originally published by 24/7 Wall St. While the United States was founded on the principle of equality for all people, the 50 states are decidedly unequal in providing opportunities for business. For companies choosing to locate in the United States, deciding the state in which to base their operations can be very […]

U.S. Seeks to Deport Bosnians Over War Crimes

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 19:12 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Immigration officials are moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians living in the United States who they believe took part in war crimes and “ethnic cleansing” during the bitter conflict that raged in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Michael MacQueen, of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with a tactical map of Bosnian Serb […]

Cuba talks continue, terror list a sticking point

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 17:18 GMT // 0 Comments

The talks followed negotiations that began in Havana last month, after President Barack Obama’s announcement of sweeping changes to the United States’ Cuba policy. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, who participated in the talks, told reporters afterward and said that the meeting was “productive and encouraging,” describing the conversation as […]

South Dakota Legislator Suggests Common Core Contributed To Kids’ Deaths

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 00:06 GMT // 0 Comments

A South Dakota lawmaker thinks that the Common Core State Standards may have contributed to the deaths of Native American kids. The Common Core, a set of education standards that have been adopted in a majority of states, is designed to make sure students around the country are being held to the same benchmarks. The […]

Republican Leaders Struggle To Update Education Law

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 17:45 GMT // 0 Comments

In a political embarrassment for Republicans, House GOP leaders on Friday abruptly cancelled a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law after struggling to find support from conservatives.DHuss via Getty Images The bill would keep the annual testing requirements on schools but would give more freedom […]

In China, Suspicions Cloud Trade Dispute Involving Tech Companies

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 16:29 GMT // 0 Comments

BEIJING — At an elegant guesthouse here recently, China’s top Internet regulator entertained ambassadors and diplomats with platters of tempura and roast on a spit, unusual lavishness in an era of official austerity in China, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. An Internet cafe in Huamingzhen, Tianjin, China. American tech companies are caught in a […]

Legend Jack Nicklaus launches ice cream range

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 16:27 GMT // 0 Comments

Nicklausnicknamed “The Golden Bear”has a particular craving for ice cream and now the 75-year-old American is launching his own brand with his name emblazoned over the packaging. The ice cream will come in seven distinct flavors and will be made by a Minnesota-based manufacturer for distribution across the United States. – It is the highest […]

Cuba’s Spot on U.S. Terror List Gums Up Restoration of Relations

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 13:00 GMT // 0 Comments

MEXICO CITY — As Cuban diplomats gather in Washington on Friday for historic talks to restore relations with the United States, their diplomatic entourage may carry something even more tangible than political demands: bundles of cash. Roberta S. Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, center, in Havana last month for talks […]

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Giving Lawyers To Some Fetuses

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 02:27 GMT // 0 Comments

A Texas state lawmaker proposes giving fetuses legal representation when the mother is brain-dead. State Rep. Matt Krause (R) introduced a measure requiring the state to appoint a lawyer to “represent the unborn child’s interests” in the event of the mother’s brain death, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday. – According to the Texas ACLU, […]

Why FIFA Made Deal With Fox for 2026 Cup

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 01:57 GMT // 0 Comments

TV Sports By RICHARD SANDOMIR When FIFA sold the 2026 World Cup rights in the United States to Fox Sports and Telemundo this month, the announcement came with few details and no explanation for its timing. Why, 11 years before the tournament was to be played, did the agreement need to be made, especially if […]

California family fears relatives are ISIS hostages

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 23:33 GMT // 0 Comments

David said his brother-in-law, who emigrated to the United States about four years ago with his wife and daughters, has been abducted by ISIS in Syria along with several other members of the family he had hoped to bring to the United States to get them out of harm’s way. He arrived in Syria to […]

Obama Immigration Move Won’t Solve Health Issues

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 15:32 GMT // 0 Comments

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) headquarters in Washington, DC, February 23, 2015, regarding retiremnet security. AFP […]

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal In D.C.

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 05:05 GMT // 0 Comments

After months of debate, threats and uncertainty, recreational marijuana became legal in Washington, D.C., Thursday — at least according to the city government. Adults 21 and over may now legally use marijuana, possess up to two ounces and grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes for personal use. Marijuana sales remain illegal, but […]

Wisconsin Lawmakers Pass Right-To-Work Bill As Thousands Protest

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 03:40 GMT // 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. — Spelling more trouble for organized labor in the U.S., Republican legislators in the Wisconsin state Senate approved a right-to-work bill here on Wednesday, sending the measure to a GOP-controlled Assembly where it’s also expected to pass. Republican leaders chose to fast-track the bill in what’s known as an extraordinary legislative session, allowing […]

Obamacare Users Turn Out To Be Pretty Good Shoppers

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 01:55 GMT // 0 Comments

Obamacare enrollees turn out to be more aggressive shoppers than many experts had predicted. Last week, with the scheduled end of open enrollment for 2015, the Obama administration announced that nearly 9 million people had signed up for private insurance through HealthCare.gov, the website that the federal government operates on behalf of 37 states. On […]

For sale: Boston snow, starting at $19.99

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 18:35 GMT // 0 Comments

For $89, self-styled entrepreneur Kyle Waring will ship you 6 pounds of Boston-area snow in an insulated Styrofoam boxenough for 10 to 15 snowballs, he says. But not if you live in New England or surrounding states. “We will not ship snow to any states in the northeast!” says Waring’s website, ShipSnowYo.com. “We’re in the […]

For sale: Boston snow, starting at $19.99

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 18:35 GMT // 0 Comments

For $89, self-styled entrepreneur Kyle Waring will ship you 6 pounds of Boston-area snow in an insulated Styrofoam boxenough for 10 to 15 snowballs, he says. But not if you live in New England or surrounding states. “We will not ship snow to any states in the northeast!” says Waring’s website, ShipSnowYo.com. “We’re in the […]

Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad Meets With French Lawmakers

by The Huffington Post // February 25, 2015 // Updated 13:15 GMT // 0 Comments

DAMASCUS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met on Wednesday with French parliamentarians, the first such meeting since France closed its embassy in 2012 and announced that Syria’s leader had lost all legitimacy. The trip was not approved by the French parliament’s foreign affairs committee, and the Foreign Ministry said it did not […]

No Way To Prevent Disaster If The Supreme Court Guts Obamacare, Top Official Says

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 21:38 GMT // 0 Comments

The federal government is powerless to prevent millions from losing health insurance if the Supreme Court rules against President Barack Obama in a lawsuit to be argued next week, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell wrote in a letter to lawmakers Tuesday.Federal authorities would be unable to reverse “massive damage” to the health […]

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