41 F
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Thursday, November 23, 2017

French authorities free 3 in probe into Charlie Hebdo attack


The Paris prosecutor’s office says three people who were put into custody in an investigation into the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in Paris have been freed.

The office Thursday cited a lack of incriminating evidence as the reason for the release of the two men and one woman detained Tuesday as part of a probe dealing with suspected suppliers of weapons to the attackers.

Preliminary charges have already been filed against 14 people in the investigation — with 13 in jail pending trial.

The three 2015 attackers were killed in shootouts with police. Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi killed 12 at Charlie Hebdo’s office. Their associate Amedy Coulibaly later killed a policewoman outside Paris and four people at a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

GOP committees, Moore remain at odds as Alabama election nears


Despite President Trump’s recent support of Roy Moore, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee say they are standing behind their decision to cut ties to Alabama Senate candidate.

The two GOP committees have pulled their support from Moore, and recently told The Associated Press they won’t be reconsidering.

Nine women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct and pursuing romantic relationships with teenage girls – one as young as 14 – when he was a district attorney in his 30s.

Dozens of Republican officials in both the House and Senate have called on Moore to withdraw his Senate bid.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell purportedly expressed concern that Moore could drag down other Republican candidates in the crucial 2018 midterm races and ultimately hurt the brand.

“You don’t have to be the most astute to read the exit polls out of New Jersey and Virginia and look at the results around the country to realize women, people of color and voters younger than 40 are moving in a tidal wave against the Republicans. So why would you want, going into 2018, to embrace or be handcuffed to Roy Moore? Why?” Republican strategist John Weaver told The Hill. “At least McConnell and them are smart enough to get that.”

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway insisted on Monday that Moore is needed in the Senate to help pass the tax reform bill.

However, state officials in Alabama say the special election race won’t be certified until after Christmas, giving Senate Republicans the chance to pass the tax overhaul before Moore or his Democratic rival Doug Jones, is sworn in to office.

Trump has given Congress a Christmas deadline to get a tax deal done.

Moore meanwhile has denied all the allegations against him, and Trump on Tuesday seemed to back him up — saying “he totally denies it” and blasting his Democratic rival Doug Jones as a “liberal.” 

In another twist, Moore’s communication director John Rogers resigned.

Rogers’ decision to leave the campaign comes less than a month before the Dec. 12 special election. Moore’s office says the resignation has nothing to do with the ongoing scandal.

Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change


Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves.

“We are witnessing the beginning of a new, unfolding democracy,” the 75-year-old announced Wednesday upon his return to the country, two weeks after his firing by longtime mentor Robert Mugabe led to the president’s downfall.

Despite the message of inclusion, Zimbabweans noted that Mnangagwa made his first public remarks outside ruling ZANU-PF party headquarters and, switching to the local Shona language, praised the party.

They ask whether Mnangagwa will be adequately independent from ZANU-PF to revive the battered economy and restore democracy with the backing of the opposition and others.

On Thursday, the opposition MDC-T party said it had not been invited to Mnangagwa’s inauguration Friday morning at a 60,000-seat stadium. That’s after the MDC joined the efforts to remove Mugabe, seconding the motion in Parliament to impeach him.

Mnangagwa’s remarkable rise to power — from being sacked as vice president and fleeing the country to being named Zimbabwe’s next leader — was largely thanks to the military, which put Mugabe under house arrest, and ruling party lawmakers who introduced the impeachment proceedings.

It is widely expected that Mnangagwa will continue to rely on them.

“Can a crocodile change its scales? Everybody is asking that question. Certainly his first speech was a lost opportunity. He did not speak about the need for an inclusive government,” said Piers Pigou, southern Africa expert for the International Crisis Group. “He has a long past with ZANU-PF and the military and that past may stick to him like chewing gum on a shoe.”

Pigou said more will be known when Mnangagwa announces his new government and policies. “It will be difficult for him to escape his history,” he said. “But the door is open.”

Mnangagwa served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer and among Zimbabwe’s population, he is more feared than popular. He now urges the country to come together, to “bury our differences and rebuild a new and prosperous Zimbabwe, a country that is tolerant to divergent views.”

For weeks before the political turmoil erupted, Mnangagwa had been publicly demonized by Mugabe and his wife, Grace, who was seeking to succeed her 93-year-old husband in power.

That gave Mnangagwa time to prepare his strategy. Within days of his firing, his supporters in the military put Mugabe and his wife under house arrest.

When Mugabe refused to resign, a massive demonstration backed by the military brought tens of thousands of people into the streets of the capital, Harare. It was not a spontaneous uprising. Thousands of professionally produced posters praising Mnangagwa and the military had been printed ahead of time.

Mnangagwa’s links to the military and ruling party go back decades. He joined the fight against white minority rule in what was then Rhodesia while still a teen in the 1960s. In 1963, he received military training in Egypt and China. As one of the earliest guerrilla fighters he was captured, tortured and convicted of blowing up a locomotive in 1965.

Sentenced to death by hanging, he was found to be under 21 and his punishment was commuted to 10 years in prison. He was jailed with other prominent nationalists including Mugabe.

While imprisoned, Mnangagwa studied through correspondence courses. After his release in 1975 he went to Zambia, where he completed a law degree and started practicing. Soon he went to newly independent Marxist Mozambique, where he became Mugabe’s assistant and bodyguard. In 1979, he accompanied Mugabe to the talks in London that led to the birth of Zimbabwe.

“Our relationship has over the years blossomed beyond that of master and servant to father and son,” Mnangagwa wrote this month of his relationship with Mugabe.

When Zimbabwe achieved independence in 1980, Mnangagwa was appointed minister of security. He directed the merger of the Rhodesian army with Mugabe’s guerrilla forces and the forces of rival nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo.

In 1983, Mugabe launched a brutal campaign against Nkomo’s supporters that became known as the Matabeleland massacres for the deaths of 10,000 to 20,000 Ndebele people in Zimbabwe’s southern provinces. Mnangagwa was widely blamed for planning the deadly campaign of the army’s North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade. Mnangagwa denies it.

He also is reputed to have amassed a considerable fortune. He was named in a United Nations investigation into exploitation of mineral resources in Congo and has been active in making Harare a significant diamond trading center.

In 2008, Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s agent in an election marked by violence and allegations of vote-rigging, leading him to be placed under U.S. sanctions that continue to this day. He also helped broker the creation of a short-lived coalition government that brought in opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister.

In recent years, Mnangagwa promoted himself as an experienced leader who would bring stability to Zimbabwe.

Despite his bloody past, “some people see redeeming features in Mnangagwa,” said Tichaona Zindoga, political editor of the state-run Herald newspaper. “He is seen as business-oriented, which may help him improve the economy.”

However, Zindoga added, “politically his ties to ZANU-PF cannot be wished away. And the events of the past two weeks mean that he is ingratiated to the military.”

Rome gives taxi drivers courses to learn manners and English


Rome has started classes for hundreds of its taxi drivers to learn good manners and English.

The city said Thursday 750 drivers are slated to take eight classes of “practical” English, lessons about “cultural manners” as well as instructions on how to make visitors feel welcome in Italy’s capital.

In a country that greatly lives off tourism, Italians’ command of English and other foreign languages is often shaky in the sector.

Earlier this week, tourists had a hard time finding any Rome cabbie, well-mannered or not. The city’s cab drivers had joined a nationwide, day-long taxi strike to protest competition from Uber-style drivers as well as private entrepreneurs who have taken to buying sleek, black vans, getting local driver-for-hire licenses and driving small groups of tourists around town.

3 get prison in strangling death of alleged overdose victim


Three people who pleaded guilty in the death of a man strangled with a pair of jumper cables and dumped over an embankment after an apparent overdose are headed to prison.

Authorities say 20-year-old Preston Layfield and 23-year-old Tyler Mirabelli were sentenced Wednesday to 20 to 40 years in prison. The third defendant, 21-year-old Amanda Wayda, was sentenced to 15 to 40 years.

Layfield pleaded guilty in August to third-degree murder, while Mirabelli and Wayda each pleaded guilty to third-degree murder as an accomplice.

Authorities say the three drove 21-year-old Joshua Rose to Susquehanna County in August 2016 after the apparent overdose, and passed by a hospital. Rose was then strangled and his body was dumped. The coroner ruled his death homicide by asphyxiation.

Corrections officer severely hurt in Kansas City jail attack


Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say a corrections officer was assaulted by a prisoner at the Jackson County Regional Correctional Center and is in critical condition.

The Kansas City Star reports police were dispatched to a local hospital Wednesday night in response to an assault. A supervisor told police that the corrections officer was in the jail when he was attacked.

The newspaper reported that the officer suffered life-threatening injuries.

Congressional Russia probes likely to head into 2018


Some Republicans are hoping lawmakers will soon wrap up investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that have dragged on for most of the year. But with new details in the probe emerging almost daily, that seems unlikely.

Three congressional committees are investigating Russian interference and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign was in any way involved. The panels have obtained thousands of pages of documents from Trump’s campaign and other officials, and have done dozens of interviews.

The probes are separate from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller can prosecute for criminal activity, while Congress can only lay out findings, publicize any perceived wrongdoing and pass legislation to try to keep problems from happening again. If any committee finds evidence of criminal activity, it must refer the matter to Mueller.

All three committees have focused on a June 2016 meeting that Trump campaign officials held in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer and others. They are also looking into outreach by several other Russians to the campaign, including involvement of George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty this month to lying to the FBI as part of Mueller’s probe. New threads continue to emerge, such as a recent revelation that Donald Trump Jr. was messaging with WikiLeaks, the website that leaked emails from top Democratic officials during the campaign.

A look at the committees that are investigating, and the status of their work when they return from their Thanksgiving break:


The Senate intelligence panel, which has been the most bipartisan in its approach, has interviewed more than 100 people, including most of those attending the Trump Tower meeting. Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and the panel’s top Democrat, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, have said they plan to bring in Donald Trump Jr. The president’s son was one of several Trump campaign officials in the meeting.

The committee has looked broadly at the issue of interference, and called in executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google, pushing them to take steps to prevent Russian election meddling on their platforms. Warner told The Associated Press the committee is still looking for more information from those companies, which were initially reluctant to cooperate.

Burr has said that he wants to wrap up the probe by early spring, when congressional primaries begin. While there are many areas of bipartisan agreement on the meddling, it’s unclear whether all members will agree to the final report. It’s also unclear if the report will make a strong statement on whether the Trump campaign colluded in any way with Russia.

Warner said it’s plain there were “unprecedented contacts” as Russians reached out to the Trump campaign but what’s not established is collusion.


In the House, Democrats hope the intelligence committee can remain focused on the Russia probe as the panel’s GOP chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, and other Republicans have launched new, separate investigations into Democrat Hillary Clinton and a uranium deal during President Barack Obama’s administration. Nunes stepped back from the Russia probe in April after criticism that he was too close to the White House, but remains chairman of the committee.

Some Republicans on the panel have grown restless with the probe, saying it has amounted to a fishing expedition and pushing for it to end. Still, the committee has continued to interview dozens of witnesses involved with the Trump campaign, among them several participants in the 2016 meeting. On Nov. 30, the panel will interview Attorney General Jeff Sessions behind closed doors. Lawmakers are interested in Sessions’ knowledge about interactions between Trump campaign aides and Russians, and also his own contacts.

The top Democrat on the panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, told AP the committee has multiple interviews before the New Year. He said the Republican investigations into Clinton and Obama could be “an enormous time drain,” but they have not yet fully organized. He says the committee must be thorough and he doesn’t believe the Russia investigation should end soon.


The Senate Judiciary Committee has also divided along partisan lines as Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat, haven’t agreed on some interviews and subpoenas. But as in the House, the panel has proceeded anyway, conducting bipartisan, closed-door interviews with several people who were in the 2016 meeting.

The panel is showing recent signs that it is aggressively pursuing the investigation. The committee is the only one to have interviewed Trump Jr. And just before the Thanksgiving break, it sent Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a letter asking him to be more forthcoming with the committee.

Grassley has been focused on a law that requires foreign agents to register and the firing of James Comey as FBI director. Along with the other committees, Judiciary is also looking into a dossier of allegations about Trump’s own connections to Russia.

It’s not known if the panel will issue a final report, or if its probe will conclude before next year’s elections.

Pope prays for 'seeds of peace' for South Sudan, Congo


Pope Francis has led a special prayer service in St. Peter’s Basilica for peace in South Sudan and Congo.

Earlier this year he said he was studying the possibility of going to South Sudan, the African nation suffering from famine and civil war. But he told faithful Thursday evening that wasn’t possible.

Francis said that, “with prayer we want to sow seeds of peace” in South Sudan and Congo. He called for courageous peace efforts through dialogue and negotiations.

Peace talks are aimed at finding a resolution to South Sudan’s nearly four-year-old civil war.

In Congo, tensions over the continued tenure of President Joseph Kabila, whose official mandate ended in December 2016, have fueled deadly demonstrations. An election official recently said the presidential vote wouldn’t be held until late 2018.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

http://www.foxnews.com/”>Fox News


The Tom Turkey float makes its way down 6th Ave during the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

(REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)


New York Police Department officers hold their position as parade participants walk around

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)


Participants stand below a parade balloon before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)


Heavily-armed members of the NYPD take a position along the route before the start of the Thanksgiving Day Parade


Rex The Happy Dragon balloon takes part in theThanksgiving Day Parade

(REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)


Adults and children along Central Park West watch a passing balloon during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)


People take photos of the Pillsbury Dough Boy balloon as it takes part in the Thanksgiving Day

( REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)


People dressed as cartoon characters on tandem bicycles during the Thanksgiving Day Parade

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)


Participants take part during the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

(REUTERS/Eduardo Muno)


Greece's vows greater effort to protect refugees over winter


Greece has promised to step up efforts to protect migrants and refugees over the winter on the Greek islands, but defended a 2016 deal between Turkey and the European Union to stop the westward flow of migrants into Europe.

On a visit to France, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the country’s Figaro newspaper Thursday that the agreement was difficult but necessary.

His remarks followed strongly criticism from aid agencies and human rights groups over conditions at migrant shelters on Lesbos and other Greek islands.

Greece has seen a surge of migrant arrivals in recent months.

On Thursday, Greek border police recovered the body of a man believed to be a migrant in a river that divides Greece and Turkey — the second such incident in two days.

ISIS beheads 15 of its own fighters in Afghanistan, separate terror attack kills at least 8


The Islamic State terror group beheaded 15 of its own fighters Thursday due to infighting in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, while a suicide attack in another part of the country left at least eight people dead.

The fighters were executed in the Surkh Ab bazaar of Achin district along the country’s border with Pakistan after infighting in the group, a spokesman for the provincial governor, Attaullah Khogyani, told Reuters.

There were no further details and the local branch of the terror group did not publicly announce the killings.

People look at a damaged bus after a suicide attack in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan November 23, 2017.REUTERS/Parwiz - RC1B60D807C0

People look at a damaged bus after a suicide attack in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan November 23, 2017  (REUTERS/Parwiz)

The group and the Taliban have frequently fought each other in the area, and both have been targeted by sustained U.S. air strikes, according to Reuters.

Afghan intelligence documents reviewed by Reuters this year showed security officials believe ISIS is present in nine provinces, from Nangarhar and Kunar in the east to Jawzjan, Faryab and Badakhshan in the north and Ghor in the central-west part of the country.

Related stories…

The beheadings came the same day as a suicide attack that killed at least eight people and wounded 17 in the country’s eastern Nangarhar province.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, told the Associated Press the suicide bomber targeted a local police commander who was recently dismissed from his job.

Afghan security police arrive at the scene of a suicide attack in Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. An Afghan official said the attack has killed eight people and wounded 17 in the country's eastern Nangarhar province. (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)

Afghan security police arrive at the scene of a suicide attack in Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.  (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)

The attack took place in the provincial capital, Jalalabad. The officer, who was identified only as Akram, escaped unharmed, but two of his children were among those killed.

Khogyani said the attacker detonated his explosives vest near the commander’s house where his supporters had gathered to call on the government to give him back his job in the district of Khiwa district.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sheriff: Las Vegas shooting gunman fired over 1,100 rounds


The top lawman in Las Vegas says the gunman who killed dozens of people at a concert last month fired more than 1,100 rounds.

The newly released estimate from Sheriff Joe Lombardo offers more detail about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Lombardo tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he was aware of the previously unreported figure because his department’s forensics lab is working with the FBI to process all ballistics evidence.

Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more on Oct. 1 after he shattered windows of his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino and unleashed withering gunfire at the music festival below before killing himself.

Authorities have said they have not determined Paddock’s motive or why he stopped shooting. Lombardo says authorities found about 4,000 unused rounds in the suite.

Police Looking for Suspects in Multiple Burglaries in Milton, Milford & Dover

Image courtesy DSP
Image courtesy DSP

Delaware State Police need your help to identify two burglary suspects.  Police say they are suspects in several burglaries that have occurred in the Dover, Milford and Milton areas – beginning on August 10th with a burglary at the Dover Shore Stop on South State Street, Sally’s Beauty and Dot Discount – also in Dover.  This month they have also forced entry into locations in Milton, Milford and Dover – in all cases a rock or similar item was used to break front door windows.

On Monday, November 13, 2017, two suspects damaged the front door of Milton Liquors located at 112 Broadkill Road, Milton by using a cinder block to break the glass. The suspects were unsuccessful and did not gain entry to the business. On this same date, two suspects damaged the front door of Mike’s Liquor Mart located at 358 Milford Harrington Highway, Milford by using a rock to break the glass. Once inside the suspects removed an undisclosed amount of cash, the cash register, and a lottery machine.

On Friday, November 17, 2017, two suspects forced entry to the front door of Mr. B’s Liquors located at 321 Independence Boulevard, Dover by using a rock to break the glass. Once inside, the suspects removed the cash register.

On Monday, November 20, 2017, two suspects forced entry to the front door of Luigi’s Pizza located at 5502 South DuPont Highway, Dover by using a rock to the break glass. Once inside, the suspects removed an undisclosed amount of cash.

If you have information – contact Crime Stoppers.

Kosovo sets Albania's Nov. 28 independence day as a holiday


Kosovo’s government has decided to declare Nov. 28, the independence day of neighboring Albania, a national holiday, a move that may spark an angry reaction from Serbia.

A government statement Thursday said that Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj declared Nov. 28 as the “day of Albanians … to respect historic and cultural values and good family and social traditions.”

Kosovo’s 1.8 million population is predominantly ethnic Albanian. It detached from Yugoslavia following a three-month NATO air war in 1999 to stop a bloody Serbian crackdown against ethnic Albanian separatists. Its 2008 unilateral independence from Serbia is recognized by 114 states but not by Serbia.

Albania and Kosovo have never said they aim to unify into a Greater Albania.

Blues recall Sammy Blais from AHL's Rampage


ST. LOUIS — Sammy Blais, one of the St. Louis Blues’ top prospects, has been recalled from the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.

Blais, 21, is back for his second stint with the Blues this season. He played four games with the club in October, recording one assist and taking three shots.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 11 games with the Rampage this season.

Blais was a sixth-round draft pick in 2014.

Preview: Florida takes on Stanford in Phil Knight Invitational



Time: 11 p.m.

When No. 8 Florida and Stanford meet in the first round of the PK80 Invitational Thursday in Portland, both teams will have the same goal — try to bounce back from a shaky performance in the previous game.

Junior Jalen Hudson rescued Florida by scoring 22 of his 26 points in the second half as the Gators edged New Hampshire 70-63 on Monday. The Gators (3-0) had scored 224 points in their first two games but couldn’t find the range against New Hampshire.

More Florida Gators news

Florida coach Mike White said this could have helped his team. After doing so well in the first two games, now they’ll re-focus before the Stanford matchup.

“I think it’s probably good for our guys,” White said after the New Hampshire win. “Maybe we were a little overly comfortable and feeling ourselves a little.”

Graduate transfer Egor Koulechov, who came over from Rice this season, has made a quick impact. The SEC named the guard as Player of the Week on Monday after a solid first three games.

He scored 34 points in the season-opening rout of Gardner-Webb and then added double-doubles in the wins over North Florida and New Hampshire.

Koulechov is averaging 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, tops on Florida in both categories.

Hudson ranks second on the team at 18.0 points per game with KeVaughn Allen third at 10.7.

The Gators want to get back to how they played in the first two games and hope this contest helps.

“We’re always excited to go out there and play,” guard Chris Chiozza said. “We know it’s the big stage. This is just a great opportunity to show what kind of team we can be.”

Stanford (3-2) will be trying to rebound from a 96-72 loss to North Carolina on Monday. Coach Jerod Haase, who played under Tar Heels coach Roy Williams at Kansas, said this is all part of the Cardinal’s learning curve.

“We are going to build this thing; it is going to be brick by brick,” Haase said. “While it’s not going to happen overnight, we’re going to build a monster.”

Stanford has lost two of its last three games after a 2-0 start, thanks to wins over Cal Poly and Pacific. Since then, Stanford lost to Eastern Washington and the Tar Heels around a victory over Northeastern.

Junior forward Reid Travis said the team hoped to play better versus North Carolina but will try to take what they learned from that game and improve against Florida and other teams.

“Obviously, we need to watch film to see what we did well and what we didn’t do well and go from there,” Travis said. “Right now it’s kind of just disappointment because we came into the game with the mindset we wanted to knock them off, and we wanted to win the game.”

Travis leads the Cardinal in scoring at 21.2 points per game. Senior forward Michael Humphrey has given Stanford plenty of punch in the paint, averaging a double-double of 12.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per contest.

The Cardinal is going to have to be ready to score as Florida can pile up the points quickly if its offense is working. In its first two games, the Gators went over 100 each time and often at a fast pace.

Auto museum may save McDonald's museum from demolition


There may be hope for the doomed replica of a historic McDonald’s hamburger restaurant after all.

Upon hearing that McDonald’s plans to demolish its museum in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines next month, the Volo Auto Museum in Lake County is exploring the possibility of picking up the entire structure and parking it at the auto museum.

The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports that the auto museum has reached out to the burger giant to save the replica of the first McDonald’s restaurant. Ray Kroc opened it in Des Plaines in 1955 after he franchised the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The auto museum in a Facebook post says it contacted McDonald’s Corp. after pleas from the community to move the McDonald’s museum to Volo.

Britain cries foul as EU nixes its Capital of Culture bid


U.K. politicians expressed dismay Thursday after the European Union booted Britain out of the contest to become European Capital of Culture because of Brexit.

Continue Reading Below

Britain was due to hold the title in 2023, and five British cities and regions were competing to be chosen.

But the European Commission said that since Britain is due to leave the bloc in 2019, its participation “will not be possible.” It said the decision was “one of the many concrete consequences” of Brexit.

Britain had previously advised U.K. candidate cities that their eligibility would depend on the outcome of exit negotiations with the EU, which are still underway. While the capital of culture designation is an EU project, cities in non-member states Norway, Iceland and Turkey have held the title, and Novi Sad in aspirant member Serbia has been awarded the accolade for 2021.

Designation as a capital of culture typically brings attention, investment and a tourism boost to the host cities.

Britain’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it was “deeply disappointed” by the EU decision and was holding “urgent discussions with the commission on the matter.”

Continue Reading Below

U.K. contenders for the title were Nottingham, Leeds and Milton Keynes in England, Dundee in Scotland and — in a joint bid — Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane in Northern Ireland.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “absolutely dismayed by the news” and blamed Britain’s Conservative government. The U.K. as a whole voted to leave the EU in a referendum last year, but Scotland voted by a wide margin to remain.

“Dundee’s European Capital of Culture bid looks as if it is going to be the latest victim of the Tories’ obsession with taking this country out of the European Union against our will, and they should hang their heads in shame,” Sturgeon said.

6 Career-Ending Mistakes You Should Never Do on the Job


There’s more than enough advice out there about what you should do when you land a job and want to jump-start a successful career: Show up on time, do what you say you’ll do, and be curious (among other great suggestions).

Continue Reading Below

But have you ever wondered if there was a list of things you definitely should not do?

As it turns out, your HR manager has a list like that! And to get some insight on what’s likely on that list, we connected with Kate Kastenbaum, seasoned HR Director at Certain, Inc.

If you’re trying to figure out which behaviors will get you ahead at work — and which you should avoid at all cost — here’s a list of six things you should never do on the job:

Never hold a grudge or let a problem fester

“If someone wronged you and you hold a grudge toward them, you tend to avoid them,” says Kastenbaum. “That can make it really difficult to get your day-to-day job done because you’re naturally less productive when you’re busy creating work-arounds.”

Continue Reading Below

The solution? Deal with your issue face to face. Put personal feelings aside and focus on the work: “You may not personally like everyone, but you have to be willing to work with everyone,” Kastenbaum continues. “People want to work with a team player. Avoiding the problem shows a lack of maturity and difficulty handling challenging situations.”

Don’t avoid your boss

If you’re more inclined to be open and honest with your peers, that’s a mistake. Your boss writes your performance reviews and often decides how much you get paid. She can be your advocate for your career — but only if you have a strong relationship.  

“It’s one thing to let a problem fester with a coworker you rarely see, but it’s damaging when it comes to your boss,” says Kastenbaum. “Open and honest communication with your manager is vital. If you have an issue and don’t bring it up right away, you’re not using your manager for what they’re there for, which is to help you navigate problems and guide you to the answer.”

Don’t ask your coworkers for drugs 

Before you laugh, it’s a true story! While many company cultures work hard to build a close and friendly team, sometimes that can lead employees to feeling a little too friendly. Don’t let feelings of closeness blur the professional boundaries that must always be present when working with managers, coworkers, and clients.

“It’s the season for holiday and event parties, and it’s natural to want to go out with peers and have a good time,” says Kastenbaum. “But even if you feel relaxed with your coworkers, remember that there’s always someone watching. Don’t get drunk, abuse drugs, or abuse the situation you’re in because the truth will come out and your career and work relationships will pay the price.”

Never say “You’re wrong!”

The customer may not always be right, but there’s never an appropriate time to flat out tell a manager, coworker, or customer they are wrong. Even if the person you’re working with is obviously mistaken, mediate the situation by assuming that the problem is real or the error is a mistake.

“Always assume the customer is right, and give your coworker the benefit of the doubt,” Kastenbaum elaborates. ” As you work through the solution you can clarify or help them realize where the error is, but if you start the conversation off with an accusation you won’t get very far in the discussion.”

Never make a habit of being arrogant or disrespectful

You can be the best of the best in your field, but if no one wants to work with you, you won’t get much done. While even the most well-intentioned among us can have a bad day and be too short or too egotistical with a coworker or boss, it’s in your best interest to not make it a habit.

“No one wants to work with the kind of person who has his nose in the air or frequently disrespects others,” says Kastenbaum. “No matter how prestigious your background or important your project, you’ll build much better relationships if you show respect and humility in your interactions with others. Frankly, if you can’t get along with the janitor, then you won’t get along with the CEO either.”

Don’t leave your personal career development to your boss

Don’t be afraid to talk to your boss about how you can make a difference and grow in your career — and don’t expect your boss to be the one who initiates that conversation.

“Your manager can help you, advocate for you, and look out for opportunities, but your manager does not own your career,” says Kastenbaum. “If you don’t initiate those conversations about what you want to learn or where you want to go in your career, they may never happen.”

Sometimes what not to do is just as important as what to do. Use this list to double-check that you aren’t making any of these mistakes in your own career.

This article originally appeared on Glassdoor.com.

The $16,122 Social Security bonus most retirees completely overlook
If you’re like most Americans, you’re a few years (or more) behind on your retirement savings. But a handful of little-known “Social Security secrets” could help ensure a boost in your retirement income. For example: one easy trick could pay you as much as $16,122 more… each year! Once you learn how to maximize your Social Security benefits, we think you could retire confidently with the peace of mind we’re all after. Simply click here to discover how to learn more about these strategies.

The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade rolls on with balloons, bands, security


The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marched, rolled and soared in traditional style Thursday as police went all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots.

With new faces and old favorites in the lineup, the Americana extravaganza made its way through 2 ½ miles of Manhattan on a cold morning.

“The crowds are still the same, but there’s a lot more police here. That’s the age we live in,” Paul Seyforth said as he attended the parade he’d watched since the 1950s.

“Not a lot’s changed — the balloons, the bands, the floats — and that’s the good thing,” said Seyforth, 76, who’d flown in from Denver to spend his 50th wedding anniversary in New York and see this year’s parade.

The Olaf balloon glides over Central Park West during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The Olaf balloon glides over Central Park West during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The televised parade was proceeding smoothly, though about midway through, a gust of wind on a largely calm day blew a candy-cane balloon into a tree branch, and it popped near the start of the route on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. No one was injured.

In 2005, one of the parade’s signature giant balloons caught a gust, hit a Times Square lamppost and injured two people. The candy cane was smaller than the giant balloons.


Timothy McMillian and his wife, their 9-year-old daughter and his in-laws started staking out a spot along the route at 6:30 a.m. They’d come from Greensboro, North Carolina, to see in person the spectacle they’d watched on TV for years.

A participant in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade touches hands with a spectator along Central Park West in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A participant in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade touches hands with a spectator along Central Park West in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

McMillian, a 45-year-old schoolteacher, booked a hotel months ago, but he started to have some concerns about security when a truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center killed eight people on Halloween.

“With the event being out in the open like this, we were concerned,” he said. “But we knew security would be ramped up today, and we have full confidence in the NYPD.”

Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat to the parade, but they were taking no chances after both the truck attack and the October shooting that killed 58 people at a Las Vegas country music festival.

Heavily-armed members of the New York Police Department take a position along the route before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Heavily-armed members of the New York Police Department take a position along the route before the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

New York Police Department officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors were circulating among the crowds, sharpshooters were on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks were poised as imposing barriers to traffic at every cross street. Officers also were escorting each of the giant balloons.

The mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that visitors shouldn’t be deterred. And Bekki Grinnell certainly wasn’t.


“When your kid from Alaska is marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you come,” said Grinnell, whose daughter was marching with the band from Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska. Grinnell said she wasn’t worried about security because of the police presence: “I think we’re in a safe spot.”

New York Police Department officers are greeted by people before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

New York Police Department officers are greeted by people before the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Other paradegoers also showed their appreciation for police: The NYPD marching band and a group of mounted officers got some of the biggest cheers from spectators lined up as many as 15 deep along barricades. Among other crowd favorites: as did the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon.

The 91st annual parade featured new balloons including Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen” and Chase from the TV cartoon “Paw Patrol” will be among the new balloons Thursday, along with a new version of the Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame.

Smokey Robinson, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean were among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway’s “Anastasia,” ”Dear Evan Hansen” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” The lineup included a dozen marching bands, as well as the high-kicking Radio City Music Hall Rockettes — and, of course, Santa Claus.

Participants take their place along the parade route before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade begins in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Participants take their place along the parade route before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

“This is my favorite thing ever,” musician Questlove told The Associated Press as he got ready to ride the Gibson Guitars float with his bandmates in The Roots and late-night host Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show,” where The Roots are the house band. Questlove said being in the parade is “probably my favorite perk” of the job.

“To go from being a spectator to being up here, it’s kinda cool,” he said.

Added singer-songwriter Andy Grammer as he got on the Homewood Suites float: “It’s kind of like being at the center of Thanksgiving.”

AP Explains: The search for Argentina's missing submarine


The Argentine submarine ARA San Juan went missing in the South Atlantic last week with 44 crew members aboard. Here’s a look at the submarine and the round-the-clock international maritime search.



The German-built diesel-electric TR-1700 class submarine was commissioned in 1985 and was most recently refit in 2014.

The retrofitting cost about $12 million and took more than 500,000 work hours. The boat was cut in half and had its engines and batteries replaced.

Refits can be difficult because they involve integrating systems produced by different manufacturers, said Rockford Weitz, director of the Fletcher School’s maritime studies program at Tufts University.

“The cost of even the smallest mistake during this cutting phase of the operation is enormous – threatening the life and safety of the ship’s crew,” Weitz said.



The Argentine navy says it lost contact with the submarine on Nov. 15. It had sailed from the extreme southern port of Ushuaia on Nov. 8 after a training exercise and was heading for its base at Mar del Plata, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) southeast of Buenos Aires.

Most submarines can deploy a location beacon to the surface that can emit emergency signals via satellite, but there is no sign the San Juan did so.

The sub carried enough food, oxygen and fuel for the crew to survive about 90 days on the sea’s surface, but the navy said it had only enough oxygen to last seven days if submerged. Other experts, however, said that if the sub sank but was still structurally intact, the crew could have seven to 10 days of oxygen.

The amount of oxygen would depend on when the San Juan last resurfaced to recharge its batteries and other factors. “But it is clear that time for a successful rescue operation is very, very limited,” Weitz said.



The submarine’s captain reported a battery failure and the vessel was on its way to the navy base in Mar del Plata when it went missing. Authorities have no specific details of the problem.

Argentine naval protocol says that when a sub loses communications, it should surface. But navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said the crew might have remained submerged to protect the sub from stormy weather that has caused waves of more than 20 feet (6 meters).



The navy announced Thursday that a sound detected near the site where the sub vanished apparently came from an explosion. Balbi said evidence showed “an anomalous event that was singular, short, violent and non-nuclear that was consistent with an explosion.”

He said it’s not yet clear that the sound came from the vessel. But the ominous news led relatives of the missing sailors to burst into tears.



More than a dozen vessels and aircraft are searching off the coast of the Patagonia region in southern Argentina. The sub’s last known position has been combed fully, and the search area has been expanding. The effort has been hindered by the bad weather, though forecasters say conditions should improve in the coming days.

Britain has sent a polar exploration vessel, the HMS Protector, and the U.S. Navy deployed its Undersea Rescue Command, which includes remotely operated vehicle and vessels capable of rescuing people from bottomed submarines.



The San Juan had a crew of 44, which included Eliana Krawczyk, Argentina’s first female submarine officer.

Worried relatives of the missing sailors have gathered at the Mar Del Plata Navy Base to receive psychological counseling and anxiously wait for news about their loved ones.

“We can make up a thousand movies with happy and sad endings, but the reality is that the days pass by and not knowing anything kills you,” said Carlos Mendoza, the brother of submarine officer Fernando Ariel Mendoza. “Every minute is oxygen that’s worth gold.”


Associated Press writer Almudena Calatrava in Buenos Aires and AP video journalist Paul Byrne in Mar del Plata, Argentina, contributed to this report.

Medical transport plane crashes, report of engine fire


A Maine hospital says authorities are investigating after a medical transport plane with a patient, paramedic and nurse crash-landed at the end of a runway.

All three passengers and the pilot were taken to the hospital’s emergency department for evaluation. Names and conditions of the four people onboard weren’t immediately available.

Aroostook Medical Center officials said in a news release the plane crashed at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle at about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday.

The hospital says early reports indicate the plane experienced an engine fire after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport when it lost power and landed short of the runway.

The plane is one of two contracted by the hospital to transport patients.

Housing for homeless man who found, returned $10K check


A homeless man in Connecticut who found a $10,000 check and returned it to its owner because he wanted to “do the right thing” has been rewarded with housing and a job interview.

Fox 61 television reports that real estate agent Roberta Hoskie — who lost the check — has arranged for Elmer Alvarez to have a place to live and lined up an interview for him with one of her business partners.

A grateful Alvarez was in tears Wednesday as he learned of his latest rewards for returning the check earlier this month.

Hoskie had previously offered Alvarez free classes at her real estate school.

Hoskie says she was once homeless herself. She says the only condition is that Alvarez help another homeless individual once he’s back on his feet.

Hungary: Parliament bans camerawoman who kicked migrants


Hungary’s parliament has banned a camerawoman from working on the premises after she insulted a lawmaker during an interview.

Parliament press chief Zoltan Szilagyi said Thursday in a statement that Petra Laszlo’s ban will be enforced for the rest of the current legislative period ending in mid-December.

In January, Laszlo was sentenced to three years’ probation for disorderly conduct after she was filmed kicking and trying to trip migrants on the border with Serbia in 2015.

Laszlo, who works for a pro-government website, could be seen on video arguing Monday with Gyorgy Szilagyi from the far-right Jobbik party

Szilagyi said he did not want to talk to reporters from pestisracok.hu because he considers them government “propagandists.” Falklands

During the 2015 incident, Laszlo was working for N1TV, close to Jobbik

On disputed land, Zimbabweans see hope after Mugabe's exit


For years, a group of Zimbabwean villagers resisted efforts by the wife of former President Robert Mugabe to force them off a farm near the capital, enduring police raids and the demolition of their homes.

Now that Mugabe has resigned, the farmers say, police are keeping a low profile and they are able to move around more freely in a blow to Grace Mugabe’s stalled efforts to expand her landholdings.

The disputed farm is a centerpiece of the assets that are now likely to come under scrutiny because many Zimbabweans believe the Mugabe family exploited its power to improperly take control of land and other resources.