President Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving video teleconference call with U.S. troops in which he gave himself credit for allowing them to win was “somewhat insulting,” a retired lieutenant general said. In a Thursday morning call from his Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump told Marines serving in Iraq that their “delivering defeat after defeat to ISIS” was being talked about in Washington, D.C. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, took issue with Trump’s comments and aired his discontent shortly after on CNN, where he serves as a military analyst.
Miley Cyrus debuted a photo of her “turkey bump” a day before Thanksgiving's festivities.
A mother has been charged by police in the US after putting a recording device in her daughter’s backpack to catch alleged bullying. Sarah Sims, from Virginia, admitted to local news website WAVY she placed the electronic recorder in her nine-year-old daughter’s bag to record classroom conversations after suspecting she was being bullied. She claims her emails and calls to Ocean View Elementary school, Norfolk, about the alleged bullying in September went unanswered and so she decided to intervene. However the recorder was discovered and Ms Sims was later charged with the use of a device to intercept oral communication, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, and a misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. “I tried to be fair, but it’s not fair,” she told WAVY. “There is nothing fair about this. “The thing that bothers me the most is that I am yet to get a response from anyone in the administration. “If I’m not getting an answer from you what am I left to do?” Ms Sims said she was “mortified” after being charged by police, adding: “The next thing I know I’m a felon. Felony charges and a misdemeanor when I’m trying to look out for my kid.” Her solicitor, Kristin Paulding, said the school “aren’t making this about that classroom”, adding: “There are charges that carry jail time. “Instead of comforting her she’s going to a magistrate and being handcuffed.” Ocean View Elementary told WAVY it could not comment on an ongoing investigation. The school district said recording devices were banned in elementary schools. Ms Sims is due in court for a preliminary hearing on January 18.
Hospital records from a soldier who defected from North Korea this month offer telling details about health problems in the closed country. The 24-year-old soldier had parasitic infections and a dangerous hepatitis infection - conditions that speak to poor sanitation and rough conditions in North Korea. Most shocking, perhaps, are reports of large parasitic worms, some measuring 11 inches, recovered from his intestines.
A lot of people have the wrong idea about Alaska, the largest state in the United States. After spending three months in small-town Alaska, I learned that a lot of what people say about the state simply isn't true. It's not always frozen and dog sleds aren't really a thing ... but people do carry bear spray. Alaska is a state most people only know from movies, TV shows, and stories about their family's summer cruise. So it's not surprising that most people's idea of Alaska is drastically different than reality in the state. Back in 2011, I spent three months working for a small-town newspaper in Skagway, Alaska, and in my short time there, I learned that not everything people say about America's