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  • Cops: Mizzou teaching assistant became violent with relative who didn’t wear hijab

    Youssif Omar is accused of dragging a relative out of school because she wasn’t wearing a hijab. (Police handout) A Benghazi native currently serving as a teaching assistant at the University of Missouri was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse after police said he “very violently” pulled a 14-year-old female relative out of school by her hair because she wasn’t wearing a Muslim headscarf, the Columbia Tribune reported. Youssif Z. Omar pulled the female relative down a flight of stairs and outside of Hickman High School on Tuesday when he noticed she was not wearing a hijab, Officer Latisha Stroer said in an email to the Tribune. Omar is also accused of slapping the girl’s face, Stroer said. Omar has posted a $4,500 bond and was released from Boone County Jail. Omar is listed on the University’s website as a graduate teaching assistant of Arabic and the managing editor of the undergraduate journal “Artifacts.” He …

    November 29, 2015 4:51 pm


  • U.S. senators call for 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq

    BAGHDAD Two senior U.S. senators called on Sunday for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000 and send an equal number of troops to Syria as part of a multinational ground force to counter Islamic State in both countries. Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticized President Barack Obama’s incremental Islamic State strategy, which relies on air strikes and modest support to local ground forces in Iraq and Syria, and said the need for greater U.S. involvement was underlined by this month’s Paris attacks. “The only way you can destroy the caliphate is with a ground component,” said Graham who is seeking his party’s presidential nomination. “The aerial campaign is not turning the tide of battle.” McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently proposed intervention in Syria by a European and Arab ground force backed by 10,000 U.S. military advisers and trainers. On Sunday he and Graham told reporters …

    November 29, 2015 2:31 pm


  • New York Times calls Donald Trump’s latest criticisms ‘outrageous’

    In its most extensive statement yet, the New York Times is refuting Donald Trump’s claims against veteran investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski by saying “the facts speak for themselves.” Trump says the Times should apologize to him, but an apology is not in the cards. “We continue to find this behavior outrageous,” a Times spokesperson said Sunday in response to questions from CNNMoney. Trump has been tangling with Kovaleski for the better part of a week. It all started when Trump made comments about watching “thousands” of people in New Jersey “cheering” the collapse of the World Trade Centers on 9/11. Numerous fact-checkers said his comments were untrue, so Trump seized on a story co-written by Kovaleski, then with the Washington Post, seven days after the attacks. Kovaleski’s story said authorities had detained “a number of people” in Jersey City who had allegedly been seen at celebrations. But the allegations were never found to be true, …

    November 29, 2015 3:11 pm


  • ‘Costa can still react positively’

    By Ruud Gullit MOTD2 pundit and former Chelsea manager Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard this week showed me just how desperate he is to get them back to their best form. As a manager I would try anything I could to get my under-performing players doing the things they normally did, but I could not be sure whether it would work or how they would take it. With Costa, by dropping him for Sunday’s draw with Tottenham, Mourinho was trying to get a reaction. We don’t know yet if it is going to end up being a good one. Costa was left on the Chelsea bench during their 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane We all saw how Costa acted on the day, refusing to warm up before the game and throwing away his bib during it when he was not used as a substitute. But he could still …

    November 29, 2015 4:52 pm

World News

  • Far right group ‘used me for propaganda’

    Image copyright Royce Kurmelovs Image caption Rahila Haidary speaks to the United Patriots Front’s Chris Shortis As a young girl Rahila Haidary defied the Afghan Taliban by dressing up as a boy to attend school. Now settled in Australia, this week she confronted the far right United Patriots Front. When anti-Islam movement Reclaim Australia held rallies across Australia on 22 November, Ms Haidary had planned to meet friends at the Perth counter-rally. She never made it. Instead, she took a detour on the way over to find out what “the other side” had against her religion. “I was just trying to make a point,” she says. “As a Muslim I went there to tell people that not every Muslim is a strict Muslim. I’m not that person they think I am.” The Reclaim Australia protest movement is made up of loosely affiliated groups united by a deep suspicion of Islam and out of 200 people …

    November 29, 2015 4:11 pm


  • The innovators: oven warms up to 21st century with the ping of things

    For US entrepreneur Matt van Horn, there was one household device that has stubbornly avoided the technological transformation of domestic life. “The oven in my home today looked almost identical to the vintage ovens on shows like Mad Men … and not much had changed,” he says. The result of that observation is the June Intelligent Oven, a “smart” device that brings computers, probes and cameras into the cornerstone of the kitchen. The creation of Van Horn and business partner Nikhil Bhogal marks another step in the progress of the internet of things – the concept that everyday devices can be connected together digitally. When they began working on their device two years ago, Van Horn and Bhogal aimed to create a oven with a touchscreen and a camera that would produce what the microwave could not: decent food. Appropriately, the oven’s appearance bears a resemblance to one of the first hi-tech domestic appliances. “With …

    November 29, 2015 2:51 pm


  • Mystery of how snakes lost their legs solved by reptile fossil

    Related images(click to enlarge) Fresh analysis of a reptile fossil is helping scientists solve an evolutionary puzzle – how snakes lost their limbs. The 90 million-year-old skull is giving researchers vital clues about how snakes evolved. Comparisons between CT scans of the fossil and modern reptiles indicate that snakes lost their legs when their ancestors evolved to live and hunt in burrows, which many snakes still do today. The findings show snakes did not lose their limbs in order to live in the sea, as was previously suggested. Scientists used CT scans to examine the bony inner ear of Dinilysia patagonica, a 2-metre long reptile closely linked to modern snakes. These bony canals and cavities, like those in the ears of modern burrowing snakes, controlled its hearing and balance. They built 3D virtual models to compare the inner ears of the fossils with those of modern lizards and snakes. Researchers found a distinctive structure within …

    November 29, 2015 1:30 pm


  • Dogs May Ease a Child’s Fears

    SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The companionship of a dog may lower a child’s anxiety levels, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at almost 650 children aged 18 months and older who were screened for anxiety. Of those children, 58 percent had a dog at home. Only 12 percent of children with dogs tested positive for anxiety, compared with 21 percent of those without dogs, the researchers at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., found. The study was published recently in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Having a dog may reduce a child’s anxiety — particularly social and separation anxieties — in a number of ways, such as by triggering conversations and helping break the ice with new people, the researchers suggested. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link between dogs and lower anxiety levels in children. “Interacting with a friendly dog also reduces cortisol levels, most likely through oxytocin …

    November 29, 2015 2:10 pm


  • Courteney Cox & Johnny McDaid Split: Couple Call It Quits, End Engagement

    Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid have split. A source revealed to Hollywood Life that the couple broke their engagement about a month ago.   The pair were engaged for a year-and-a-half. According to the insider, Courtney is “devastated” at how quickly the break up happened.    “They were going to counseling because they were having issues and fighting a lot, about everything,” the source told HL.”He just decided he wanted to separate. He hasn’t really given a reason, but mainly said he wants to focus on his music and can’t take the fighting.” Courteney isn’t taking the split from Johnny well at all, but she’s trying to remain strong. “She is really depressed about it … extremely upset about. She truly is just miserable about it,” the source added. Courteney Cox, 51, and Johnny McDaid, 59, were introduced to each other by Ed Sheeran. They announced their engagement in June 2014 when Courteney tweeted a photo of …

    November 29, 2015 3:51 pm


  • Confronting bullies on the world stage: How to deal with Russia and China

                                                      A bully is someone who exploits weakness; identifies the meek and mild; and does not pick on strength.  A bully will cull the meek or mild from the herd, isolate them, and force their own will for self-centered reasons.  If confronted from a position of strength; or confidence; or firmness; or a staunch, formidable defense, a bully will back down.  Over the last few years, it is safe to say, President Vladimir Putin, has been such a bully in Crimea, Ukraine and now Syria.  The events of this past week, clearly demonstrate Russia is playing by its own rules in Syria.  That SU-24 was not striking ISIS targets.  It was tasked to support Mr. Putin’s personal agenda of continued support to the Assad regime.  Flying into Turkish airspace cost them …

    November 27, 2015 4:39 pm

Odd News

  • Brazilian police hunt Santa Claus who stole Sao Paulo helicopter

    RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian police are hunting for a Sao Paulo Santa Claus who kicked off the Christmas shopping season by stealing a helicopter. The thief rented the aircraft late Friday from an air taxi service at the Campo Marte airport in Sao Paulo for a Black Friday “surprise,” the Sao Paulo state security secretariat said on Saturday. During the flight, the Santa forced the pilot to fly to a small farm outside of Sao Paulo city, where they were met by a third person, the secretariat said. The pilot was tied up and the two perpetrators flew away. After several hours, the pilot managed to escape and alert police. There has been no sign of the helicopter, a Robinson model 44, authorities said. (Reporting by Jeb Blount; Editing by Dan Grebler)

    November 28, 2015 9:46 pm