Negotiators say they reached an agreement in principle to avert shutdown

(CNN)Congressional negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of this week. About 25% of funding for the federal government runs out at the end of the week and a group of bipartisan lawmakers have been meeting for weeks to negotiate over border security as part of the budget for the Department of Homeland Security. In a sign that made it look like a shutdown was increasingly likely, talks broke down over the weekend, but four members of that group — the top Democrat and Republican from both the House and Senate Appropriations committees — kept meeting Monday to try and broker a deal. Asked what was different today than …

Michelle Obama shared how her mom keeps her humble, and people are loving it.

This text exchange between the former First Lady and her mom is the best thing you’ll see today. People adore Michelle Obama because she is smart and dignified, yet incredibly down to earth. She’s the kind of person you want to sit and chat with over coffee for hours (before begging her to take you home and adopt you, perhaps). It’s social media posts like this one that make people adore her realness—a quality she clearly gets from her mama. In an Instagram post captioned “When your mom doesn’t think you’re a ‘real’ celebrity…,” Obama shared a text exchange with her mom after her surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards. Instagram/Michelle Obama “I guess you were a hit at the …

Self-Centered Person Rants About Minimum Wage Increase, Gets Shut Down Immediately

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Elderly couple rescued from submerged car

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“We just jumped in without thinking” Two men have described the “struggle” of rescuing an elderly couple after their car was swept away and submerged in a river. Jonathan Law and Darren Priddle jumped into the Glasfryn Ford in St Clears, Carmarthenshire, after seeing the car wash about 100m (328ft) downstream. The car became wedged on another vehicle which had previously been swept away, which aided the rescue attempt. The couple have been taken to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen to be treated. He then returned to Mr Priddle’s dog training centre and both men came back with a hammer and dog training line to perform the rescue. “It was crazy how quickly …

6 Books, Movies And Shows That Break Down Why Blackface Isn’t Just Offensive It’s Dangerous

In recent weeks alone, three prominent white male politicians from Virginia ― Gov. Ralph Northam (D), state Sen. Tommy Norment (R) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) ― have been asked to answer for their use of or association with blackface in decades-old photos. And two major fashion houses, Gucci and Prada,  The deluge of controversy is a reminder that blackface isn’t just a historic offense relegated to the pages of yearbooks. It’s a modern reality with deeply misunderstood roots. Northam, whose 1984 medical school yearbook page shows  But that’s the thing about blackface in 2019: Conversations about the racist act still revolve around its inherent offensiveness and how mocking portrayals of black people date back to 19th century minstrel performances (we’ve written about that …

Congo’s new president urges thousands of exiles: Come home

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo – Albert Tumba says he was forced to leave Congo in 2010 for neighboring Republic of Congo. As a journalist, he had denounced malpractice in the sports ministry and had to leave with his family out of fear for his safety. “Threatened with death, I had to cross the river and reach Brazzaville, where I enjoy refugee status with my wife and children. Life is hard here but we are safe,” the 65-year-old Tumba said. Now, after a historic election in Congo, he believes his “long ordeal” may come to an end.

World’s Oldest Evidence Of Locomotion Uncovered In Gabon

The ability to move has allowed life to spread to every corner of the planet and it is such a necessity for survival that organisms have come up with many different ways to go about. Researchers thought that locomotion was a fairly recent development, but new evidence suggests that it might have been around 2.1 billion years ago. The claim, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is based on traces found in rocks from Gabon. Using a brand-new X-ray technique that is not destructive, the international team of researchers spotted tubular structures up to 6 millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter and 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in length. These fossils indicate the existence of a group of single cells …

50 Times Delivery Drivers Surprised People So Much They Just Had To Share

#2 I Get An Email Every Time I Get A Package Delivered To My Apartment’s Mailroom. It’s Supposed To Be A Photo Of The Label, But There’s This One Guy… #3 Amazon Guy #4 Due The Truckers Manifestations, Brazilian Gas Stations Are Out Of Gasoline. That’s How The Pizza Guy Came To My Neighbour’s House #5 To The UPS Delivery Driver In Covington Washington That Got My Son His Own UPS Truck For Christmas Thank You So Much My kiddo has autism and is obsessed with them so this small act meant so much to him. UPS this employee is amazing #7 My Husband Is A FedEx Driver. He Found A Lost Dog Today And Picked Him Up In His …

Budget cuts threaten Brexit ferry plan

The extra ferries from Ramsgate would relieve pressure on the Port of Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They would also divert traffic away from the M20, which may have to be used as an emergency lorry park if backlogs develop at the border. But the contract with Seaborne to run the service is controversial because it has no ships and has never run a ferry service before. No-deal Brexit ferry contract queried Brexit ferry firm in terms gaffe Ferry firm ‘ready’ for no-deal Brexit And last month it was discovered that the terms and conditions on its website seemed to have been copied from a takeaway restaurant. The mayor of Ostend has also said it would be …

$190 Million Worth Of Cryptocurrency Assets Locked In Digital Limbo Following Death Of CEO

If you have had a tough day at work or are struggling to get through the cold, gray, depressing state of affairs that is February, spare a thought for these cryptocurrency customers. QuadrigaCX, a Canadian-based cryptocurrency exchange company, has had to confess it is unable to repay almost all of the $190 million ($250 million CAD) it owes clients following the sudden death of its 30-year-old CEO and co-founder, Gerald Cotton, in December last year. Cotton, it has been reported, was the sole person in charge of the funds. Now, his widow Jennifer Robertson says the information required to access a large chunk of that digital goldmine is locked in limbo on his password-protected laptop. According to court documents obtained by …

Why we shouldn’t underestimate Joe Biden

(CNN)One of the biggest mistakes analysts made in the 2016 Republican primary season was not listening to what voters were telling them. The early polls said Donald Trump had a good chance of winning, but many (including yours truly) decided to dismiss them because they didn’t match with our preconceived notions of what Republicans would want. The top three factors line-up with Biden’s arguments for the nomination pretty much perfectly. More Democrats (26%) said beating Republican President Donald Trump was more important than anything else. That’s not too surprising given that Democrats really don’t like Trump. Biden, of course, will claim (rightly or wrongly) that polls showing him leading Trump by the most of any Democrats demonstrate that he is …

‘Brain tumour’ dog had needle in neck

Image copyright PA Image caption X-rays revealed the 7cm metal sewing needle piercing Toby’s spinal cord Owner Alexander Jamieson, from Beauly, near Inverness, said: “We feel that without the help of the experts in Edinburgh, Toby would not be here today. Image copyright PA Image caption Vets are delighted with Toby’s recovery Related Topics Animals Beauly Nairn Dogs University of Edinburgh Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Damning Report Uncovers Decades Of Rampant Sexual Abuse By Southern Baptist Leaders

by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News that uncovered decades of sexual abuse by hundreds of church leaders and volunteers. The victims of the accused number more than 700, the report said. They include teenagers and children, some as young as 3, who were “molested or raped inside pastors’ studies and Sunday school classrooms.” Dozens of pastors, employees and volunteers were reportedly allowed to return to work in Southern Baptist churches despite being dogged by sexual abuse allegations. In the aftermath of the Chronicle’s and Express-News’ report, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have promised to crack down on abuses in the church and to provide a safe space for victims to come forward. “We — leaders in the …

Florida caregiver arrested for impregnating woman with disabilities, police say

Shorter was working in a group home run by the Bridges foundation when he allegedly impregnated a woman who has “the mental capacity of a small child” and is unable to give consent, Florida Today reported. The staff discovered the woman, who was not identified, was pregnant in January 2015 and contacted police. The woman initially named three men who were potentially the father of her child, FOX35 reported. Shorter’s name came up, but he denied the allegations and there was not enough evidence for authorities to obtain a DNA sample. ARIZONA NURSE CHARGED WITH RAPING INCAPACITATED WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY The woman gave birth in May 2015 and her family adopted the baby, but the investigation stalled until last …

Hundreds Of Scientific Studies May Have Used Organs Stolen From Prisoners

China is the “Wild West” of biomedical research at the moment. Not bound by tight regulations, while fuelled by an influx of new money, Chinese scientists have been able to make leaps and bounds in recent years. This, of course, can come at a very high price. If you receive an organ transplant in China, there’s a chance it was harvested from an executed prisoner. Many of China’s executed prisoners are not murderers and violent criminals, but “prisoners of conscience,” such as Falun Gong practitioners and political prisoners imprisoned for their beliefs. The Chinese government has consistently denied harvesting organs from prisoners, dismissing the claims as “sensational lies” and ”vicious slander”. However, a new report in BMJ Open argues that the grim …