“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain are among the most challenged books in U.S. history. A school district in Virginia temporarily suspended the use of two classic American novels after a concerned mother complained about the racial slurs in them. The novels in question are “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.
Four major cities on two continents have all pledged to ban all diesel-powered vehicles from their streets by the year 2025, the leaders of those cities announced yesterday. The mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City made the joint announcement yesterday evening in Mexico City, as part of the 2016 C40 Mayors Summit, a biennial climate change-related meeting of leaders from more than 80 of the world’s biggest metropolises. The diesel ban is aimed at cutting down on air pollution in those cities, both in order to aid in the fight against global warming and to improve the health of their citizens.
It’s that time of year when children line up in malls across the country for their chance to have a picture taken on Santa Claus’s lap and divulge their deepest Christmas wishes. It’s a longstanding American tradition, and this year, families that make the yuletide pilgrimage to the nation’s largest mall will be greeted by its first African-American Santa. “This is a long time coming,” Landon Luther told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The comment was delivered in a Saturday meeting in Tehran between Rouhani and Russia's special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported. In the meeting, Rouhani stressed that the Syrian situation can only be resolved through political dialogue and with full respect for the will of the Syrian people, who he said are the main and ultimate decision makers on the future of the country, according to IRNA. The U.N. envoy for Syria says he'd tell U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to remember "the lesson we learned in Iraq and Libya" when mapping a strategy to end the six-year-old war in Syria.
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Jurors weighing a murder charge against a white South Carolina former police officer who shot and killed a fleeing black motorist last year will resume their deliberations on Monday after struggling to reach a unanimous verdict. Jurors twice told a state judge on Friday, their third day of deliberations, that they were deadlocked in the case against ex-North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager, 35.
Rummaging through my personal vault of the year's Greatest Hits, I dug up a killer cut, a track lap at Nevada's Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch recorded during the creation of this review. The hip-shaking, heavy-metal front man is the phenomenal new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE, as captured through its onboard Performance Data Recorder.
The dark side of the region where kidnapped “Super Mom” Sherri Papini was kidnapped while out jogging has come to national attention. The area comprised of Mendocino County, Humboldt County, and Trinity County in Northern California is known as “The Emerald Triangle” - three sparsely populated counties that are notorious for marijuana cultivation. In 2015, Humboldt County reported a disturbing 352 missing people.
Kyle Tress, of the United States, competes in a World Cup men’s skeleton race in Whistler, B.C.; people gather under a Christmas tree, marking the beginning of the season in Zgharta, north Lebanon; and students wait by the side of the road to catch a
Chef Peng Chang-Kuei passed away Wednesday due to pneumonia, but his greatest invention will certainly live on in Chinese restaurants across the country. For decades, General Tso’s chicken has been a mainstay in Chinese cuisine across North America. Peng, who started his training as a chef when he was just 13 years old, originally hailed from Changsha in China’s Hunan Province and learned from chef Cao Jing-Chen, who served one of China’s prime ministers for two years in the 1920s.
Take a look at this week's top news stories, including the president-elect's cabinet choices. Yes we started the week with the loss of one of the world's longest serving leaders and now we're closing it out. Yes it that witness. Was there anything you
The Chrysler 200's production has ended. FCA did search for a partner to continue building the 200, but could not reach an agreement with any manufacturers. The 200, which shared a platform with the Dodge Dart, was slightly smaller and didn't seem to fit the targeted niche, leading to the rather dreary numbers.Chrysler has since decided to repurpose the plant once used for 200 production to focus on building the next RAM 1500 as well as other models built upon the same architecture. This all comes after a host of plant layoffs and a temporary shutdown to the Michigan facility.
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Peru killed one person, injured 17 others and damaged dozens of homes, officials said Friday. "Authorities in the district of Ocuviri have confirmed the death of a minor and 17 injured who are now being assisted by medics," the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said on Twitter after Thursday's quake. People are located in safe areas," INDECI had earlier reported, adding that communication with the area had been disrupted.
QABR AL-ABD, Iraq (AP) — Under the cover of dust and fog, Islamic State group fighters launched a series of counterattacks on Iraqi positions to the south and west of the militant-held city of Mosul late Friday night and into Saturday morning, according to Iraqi military commanders and officials. The massive operation to retake Mosul was officially launched on Oct. 17, but after initially swift battlefield successes, the progress of Iraqi forces later slowed down in the face of fierce IS counterattacks and concerns over the safety of civilians still inside the city. IS has largely failed to push back Iraqi troops, but its counterattacks have inflicted high casualties on both civilians and security forces alike and, in some cases, shaken morale.
An iron gate from Dachau concentration camp in Germany with the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan has been found in western Norway two years after it was stolen, police said on Friday. "The gate is in okay condition and will be returned to German authorities as soon as practical," police in the western city of Bergen wrote in a statement. Police got an anonymous tip that led to the find and a source said no arrests had been made.
2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring WHAT THE HELL IS IT? It’s the newest Subaru Outback wagon, trying to be the bestest Outback wagon out there. And it shows: plenty of leather and (simulated?) wood trim; nice, big sunroof; plenty of bells and whistles;
The Senate’s vote to renew sanctions against Iran for another 10 years has delivered a symbolic warning to Tehran and a bipartisan snub of the White House, which worries the move could raise tensions with Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials had discreetly lobbied lawmakers to drop the measure, arguing that the U.S. president already has sweeping authority to reimpose sanctions that were lifted under a nuclear agreement with Iran. American officials also unsuccessfully warned that even threatening to revive sanctions could undercut the more moderate elements of the clerical regime, led by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is pressed to show his public the benefits of the nuclear deal before elections in 2017.
Jaylin Kema made the plea in a Hilo courtroom Thursday morning, KGMB reports. Mrs. Kema's plea confirms the boy, whose name and face for years appeared on bumper stickers and posters with the words "Where's Peter Boy," is dead. Kema and her husband, Peter Kema Sr., have long been suspects in their son's disappearance but prosecutors said they lacked sufficient evidence to prosecute.
Former American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon, has been evacuated by plane from the South Pole for medical reasons, officials said Thursday. Aldrin, 86, was visiting the South Pole as part of a private tourist group when his health deteriorated, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators said on its website. It said he was taken as a precaution on the first available flight to McMurdo Station, a U.S. research center on the Antarctic coast.
Ford has announced a massive recall for some of its most popular late-model sedans. In a press release issued Friday, the Dearborn-based automaker said that up to 680,000 vehicles are affected worldwide. The problem is a fairly serious one, stemming from
The Nokia brand will be returning to the worldwide smartphone and tablet market. In today's tech Mike's Nokia is returning to Smartphones remember this strain. Nokia and once the largest seller of mobile phones in the world before losing ground to other
Measures taken in Turkey after the July 15 coup attempt created an "environment conducive to torture", and ill treatment appears to have been widespread immediately after the failed putsch, a UN expert said Friday. Turkey is under a state of emergency, extended for 12 weeks in October, after a rogue military faction tried to remove President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power on July 15. "Some recently passed legislation and statutory decrees created an environment conducive to torture," UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer told reporters in Ankara.
Experts at National Geographic Traveller UK have compiled their list of the best destinations to visit in 2017, a selection meant to represent places that are timely and relevant for savvy globetrotters next year."From Ireland's forgotten county to the
Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump. For the Russian president, relief from crippling sanctions is a gateway to the ultimate goal of establishing Russia as the political and economic equivalent of the United States.
By now, we know that the 2018 E-Class will have a facade of next-gen technology. We wouldn’t expect anything less from Benz, after all. But even then, it looks like the new model will be especially impressive in terms of safety, luxury, and self driving
By Ahmed Rasheed and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Facing brutal urban warfare in Mosul and with their push slowed by the presence of one million residents, Iraqi commanders examined changing strategy last week to help civilians leave to give the army a free hand to strike Islamic State fighters. The proposal, a sign of frustration at slow progress in the six-week campaign against Islamic State in Mosul, was ultimately dismissed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his generals, military sources told Reuters in interviews. Islamic State militants who have controlled the city since mid-2014 have waged a lethal defense, deploying snipers, mortar fire and 600 suicide car bombers, as well as attacks launched from a network of tunnels beneath residential neighborhoods.