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  • Trump Campaign Uses Shutdown To Accuse Democrats Of Being Complicit In Murder

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:06:46 -0500

    Trump Campaign Uses Shutdown To Accuse Democrats Of Being Complicit In MurderWASHINGTON ― It only took a government shutdown for President Donald Trump to return to his original campaign message: Undocumented immigrants are dangerous and out to get Americans.


  • Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:42:17 -0500

    Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak UpWhen Joelle Casteix heard Pope Francis accuse sex abuse victims in Chile of slander, the pontiff’s words hit close to home.


  • House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:14:36 -0500

    House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment SettlementA Republican tasked with fighting against sexual harassment in Congress secretly settled a misconduct complaint filed against him by a former aide, The New York Times first reported Saturday.


  • China says US warship violated sovereignty near Scarborough

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:26:33 -0500

    China says US warship violated sovereignty near ScarboroughBEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government on Saturday accused the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.


  • Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:01:33 -0500

    Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent CrimeThere's been a string of violent crimes in Montego Bay


  • 11 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:26:30 -0500

    11 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat


  • Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:35:37 -0500

    Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabetKazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe.  A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue.  This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan “real independence” and help it join the “information world”. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An “against apostrophes” hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a “No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!” Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.  “With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,” he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short “a,” or consonants similar to “s” and “sh”.  Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for “bottle,” pronounced “shisha,” is written “s'i's'a”, while “east,” pronounced “shyghys,” becomes “s'yg'ys”. Those are hardly the worst: The word for “skier” will be “s'an'g'ys'y” and that for “crucial” will be “s'es'u's'i”. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written “Qazaqstan Respy’bli’kasy”. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border.  “The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,” Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.  Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused “much discussion,” this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.  But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.  “From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,” said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to “work with the new alphabet” before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. “He wants to go into history … as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,” Mr Sarym said. “You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.”


  • Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:22:25 -0500

    Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensiveTurkey on Saturday launched a new air and ground operation to oust a Kurdish militia from their northern Syrian enclave, defying US warnings that the action risked further destabilising the area after almost seven years of civil war. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly vowed that Turkey would root out the "nests of terror" in Syria of the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey deems a terror organisation. Turkey's army said operation "Olive Branch" began at 1400 GMT and was aimed at the YPG and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.


  • Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism event

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:22:29 -0500

    Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism eventANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native group spoke out Friday against a shamanism retreat, saying the event commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of indigenous people.


  • The women who marched in 2018

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:37:28 -0500

    The women who marched in 2018One year into President Trump's administration, another Women's March. Here are scenes from the New York City event.


  • This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:52:51 -0500

    This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government ShutdownFlu cases are continuing to rise in the U.S., with some states, such as California, seeing record numbers of patients seeking medical attention.


  • Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:23:21 -0500

    Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry SeabornEd Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.


  • Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:02:07 -0500

    Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In CongressHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.


  • With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:20:29 -0500

    With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tallyThere were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed. Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.


  • With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:17:55 -0500

    With just 3 students, small-town high school closing downROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.


  • North Korea Almost Started a Nuclear War When It Captured a U.S. Spy Ship

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:53:00 -0500

    North Korea Almost Started a Nuclear War When It Captured a U.S. Spy ShipMany of the Pueblo’s crew went on to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and lifelong physical injuries. Over time, however, the crewmembers put up their own website testifying to their experiences, successfully lobbied for status as prisoners of war after it was initially denied to them, and sued North Korea in U.S. court for their treatment. As for the Pueblo itself, technically the second oldest ship still commissioned in the U.S. Navy, it remains in North Korean custody to this day.


  • Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:20:53 -0500

    Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperationSaudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh on Sunday called for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers beyond 2018 after a deal to shore up crude prices. This is the first time OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia explicitly calls for extending a 2016 deal between oil producers to cut back production to combat a global oil glut.


  • CDC report shows flu season is intensifying

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:59:07 -0500

    CDC report shows flu season is intensifyingReport shows the virus is gaining steam.


  • Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in Mudslides

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:39:31 -0500

    Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in MudslidesThe discovery of 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon puts the death toll at 21, with two still missing.


  • Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:18:14 -0500

    Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In OfficeDonald Trump has officially completed one full year as president, and holy moly what a year it’s been.


  • Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las Mujeres

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:29:17 -0500

    Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las MujeresMiles de personas participan en la “Marcha de las mujeres, en Washington, EEUU. EFE


  • Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:46:01 -0500

    Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics“Can I pray for you?” a woman asked after I shared my abortion story at the Women’s March Convention in Detroit last year.


  • Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:45:36 -0500

    Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election dateIraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi'ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution. Speaking after Saturday's session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed hope that parliament would be able to vote on an election date by Monday, state TV reported.


  • New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:41:44 -0500

    New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into OrbitNew Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.


  • Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:27:11 -0500

    Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affairJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long "consensual relationship" with his former hairdresser.


  • Charles Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Is Denied Parole

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:36:09 -0500

    Charles Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Is Denied ParoleLeslie Van Houten is serving a life sentence


  • Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:18:32 -0500

    Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife traffickingThai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.


  • Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:19:28 -0500

    Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trialMILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.


  • House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:14:14 -0500

    House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.WASHINGTON ― House Republicans spent the end of the workweek telling everyone who would listen that the American people must be allowed to see a top-secret four-page document that could bring an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections.


  • Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:06:48 -0500

    Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest ReworkingA photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trump’s face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.


  • Michigan State University Officials Stand by President Amid Criticisms of Nassar Case

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:25:41 -0500

    Michigan State University Officials Stand by President Amid Criticisms of Nassar CaseThe Michigan State University Board of Trustees are supporting the school president Lou Anna Simon amid calls for her resignation due to the Larry Nassar sexual assault investigation.


  • Pope's visit to Peru spotlights devastation in rainforest region

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:24:30 -0500

    Pope's visit to Peru spotlights devastation in rainforest regionBy Mitra Taj PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (Reuters) - Two decades ago, Swiss priest Xavier Arbex started sounding alarms. The quiet Amazonian region where he had settled years earlier was in peril. Wildcat miners who once searched for gold alongside rivers using wheelbarrows and buckets had started tearing through pristine rainforest with heavy machinery.


  • Twitter Concedes Russian Influence Before U.S. Election Was Greater Than Initially Thought

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:21:15 -0500

    Twitter Concedes Russian Influence Before U.S. Election Was Greater Than Initially ThoughtAt least 677,774 people in the United States followed, retweeted or liked content distributed by Russian government-linked Twitter accounts in a 10-week span prior to the 2016 U.S. election, Twitter announced Friday.


  • Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:33:00 -0500

    Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)Mexico is on the verge of being a failed state, swept by violence from powerful drug cartels who have turned the nation's cities and villages into bloody battlegrounds. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department approved a $98.4 million weapons sale to Mexico, including RGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems designed to shoot down antiship missiles and Mark 54 antisubmarine torpedoes. The high-tech weaponry is intended for the Mexican Navy's new Sigma 10514–class long-range patrol ships.


  • See Photos From 2018 Women's Marches Around the Country

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:15:48 -0500

    See Photos From 2018 Women's Marches Around the CountryA year after it made history, the 2018 Women's March brought protestors back into the streets. See photos from the 2018 Women's March.


  • Government shutdown begins

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:14:51 -0500

    Government shutdown beginsOn the anniversary of Trump's inauguration, Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations.


  • Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:31:43 -0500

    Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'Former Texan neighbours of David and Louise Turpin, the American couple whose 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished last week, have described a previous home littered with faeces, dead animals and a makeshift classroom. Ricky Vinyard, a tree feller from Rio Vista also told how one Christmas eight bikes arrived but remained untouched outside until they bleached in the sun.  And that one of the daughters once ran away from home, only to be returned to her parents by another local resident. “It was waist-deep in filth. There were dead dogs and cats in there,” he told the Los Angeles Times. He described how he found two Chihuahuas that had survived by eating waste from a mound of soiled nappies in a trailer behind the property where the children slept. “There were no beds, just mattresses." Inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home he said that: "There wasn’t a place that wasn’t filthy. “Everything had locks on it: the closet had locks, the toy chest, the refrigerator.” The Turpin parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of turture Credit:  Damian Dovarganes/ Damian Dovarganes Source: AP The couple, David 56 and Louise, 49, claimed to home-school their children, and the faeces-littered living room included eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall. The family lived in the rural neighbourhood, south of Dallas with eight children from approximately 2000 to 2004 before they abandoned the property and moved to Perris in California. There, last week, both were each charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, the abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment relating to the children aged from two to 29. They pleaded not guilty to all counts and are being held in custody on $9 million bail each. (£6.5m) David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison. Facebook photos showed the family visited Las Vegas and Disneyland The new revelations came as a California politician began drafting legislation to give greater oversight of home-schooled children, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the horrors. Jose Medina told The Telegraph: “What happened in the city of Perris was tragic, and it was horrific. And I would like to try to do everything I can to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.” The Turpins' 13 children, aged between two and 29, had all, except the eldest, been exclusively home-schooled - meaning that, under California law, there was no outside contact. “One of the reasons this went undetected was because the parents could keep the children hidden from the public,” said Mr Medina. “So I’m looking at what the state can do, so that kids can no longer be kept in captivity.”Two million children in the US are home-schooled, representing three per cent of all American youngsters, according to the Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). The trend began in the 1970s, he told The Telegraph, but has increased in recent years. By contrast, in the UK only 30,000 children were educated at home in the 2016/17 academic year, out of over eight million. 


  • The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crash

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:38:24 -0500

    The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crashRATON, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash in New Mexico that killed five people, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader (all times local):


  • S.Africa's ANC vows change as Zuma exit looms

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:24:19 -0500

    S.Africa's ANC vows change as Zuma exit loomsSouth Africa's ruling ANC party said Saturday that it "must act decisively" to rebuild its reputation, as local media reported that President Jacob Zuma could soon be forced to leave office. Zuma has been under growing pressure to resign since he was replaced as head of the African National Congress (ANC) in December by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. Zuma's presidency has been engulfed by corruption scandals and a weakening economy, with the party losing public support ahead of next year's general election.


  • Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto show

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500

    Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto showUnlike rival Rolls-Royce, which may go directly to an all-electric model in future, Bentley has set its sights on plug-in hybrids first—and the Bentayga luxury SUV will be the first one from the brand. The plug-in versions of the Bentley Bentayga is expected to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and will be capable of running solely on battery power and producing zero emissions for short periods of time. A dedicated electric mode will keep the internal combustion engine at bay, though the big, heavy luxury SUV is likely to cover only a mile or so at lower speeds on electric power alone.


  • The Latest: Pope decries killings of women, other violence

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:31:38 -0500

    The Latest: Pope decries killings of women, other violenceTRUJILLO, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Peru (all times local):


  • Endangered orangutan shot before being decapitated in Indonesia

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:41:03 -0500

    Endangered orangutan shot before being decapitated in IndonesiaA critically endangered Bornean orangutan found dead in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Monday died three days earlier from air rifle wounds before it was decapitated, Indonesia's Centre for Orangutan Protection said. A necropsy carried out by police and the center found 17 air rifle bullets in the male orangutan corpse, "proving" it died because of humans, said Ramadhani, the center's habitat protection manager. "Our strong suspicion is that this orangutan died because it was shot using an air rifle through the heart, lungs and stomach," he said in a statement on the center's website.


  • Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realm

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

    Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realmIt's the fall of 2019 and America is paralyzed. A wave of cyberattacks have crippled America's banks, sent a blackout rolling across the East Coast, and disabled almost all U.S. internet infrastructure.  America's response is nuclear. A submarine off the coast of North Korea launches ballistic missiles at the tiny, reclusive country, marking the first use of nuclear weapons in battle since 1945. In response, China and Russia prepare for war, and the world watches as an all-out nuclear exchange is suddenly a very real proposition.  This scenario, previously impossible, would be just one of the many that the U.S. government would have to prepare for under the Pentagon's new proposals for how to respond to cyberattacks.  The recently released draft of the Pentagon's proposed nuclear strategy shows an administration bullish on nuclear weapons — even for "non-nuclear" attacks like a cyberattack or hack. This is the first time a U.S. administration has sought to enshrine in policy that cyberattacks against America could result in nuclear war.  Experts warn this is a dangerous, slippery slope toward a nuclear exchange that, once started, is difficult to limit or stop. Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism under President George W. Bush, said the proposed policy is, in a word, insane.  "I think it’s cavalier to expand the concept of nuclear weapons use," he said. "It’s insane, actually." Clarke was quick to point out that cyberattacks can never match the potential fatalities of a nuclear bomb. "I think there is a very dangerous policy move to expand the scope of things that would allow us to use nuclear weapons," he said. "Nuclear weapons is a last resort — not something we should contemplate doing unless we absolutely have to." On a strategic level it's also flawed, he said. It's too dangerous — the effects of nuclear winter are no joke — and it's not credible to believe the U.S. would respond to something like an infrastructure attack with nukes.  "It just makes no sense whatsoever," Clarke said. Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshare Fund, called the proposed strategy plans "absurd." In a phone call, the anti-nuclear advocate said a nuclear response  would be disproportionate to the threat of a cyberattack. "Under this policy, the Trump administration would feel justified in using nuclear weapons on (Russia meddling in the election)," he said. One part that stood out of the draft report, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, first published in a non-classified form on The Huffington Post, was the mention of "significant non-nuclear strategic attacks." This seems to imply that the U.S. could retaliate with nukes against an attack on U.S. infrastructure, such as the power system. Other methods of retaliation would still be considered, but this is the first time cyberattacks would trigger a nuclear response, as The NewYork Times reported. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump brags his 'nuclear button' is bigger than Kim Jong Un's The prospect of using nuclear weapons against a cyberattack appears extreme but also highlights just how seriously some experts are taking the prospect of modern cyberwar. Cirincione said cyberattacks can be extremely dangerous, but hacks on systems controlling trains, dams or power supplies don't warrant this response. He sees the plan as an attempt to justify more use of nuclear weapons.  "If the only tool you have is a nuclear weapon, every mission is a massive threat," he said. Jeffrey Knopf, professor of nonproliferation and terrorism studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, said in a phone call the proposal is a terrible idea that's "an excuse to keep and build new nuclear weapons." "Nuclear taboo" has kept nations from nuking each other for decades, but with this plan the U.S. is willing to break that over something like a cyberattack, Knopf said. This proposal is also telling about the administration's struggles to deter cyberwarfare. The Pentagon is essentially "throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks," Knopf said. The White House is still reviewing the strategy and a final version isn't expected for several weeks. The leaked version may change in coming weeks, and ultimately the review is a "wish list," as Knopf called it. For real policy changes to actually come from the updated nuclear guidance, Congress would need to pass budgets and funding. It's not a quick path to implementation. Clarke, the former White House cybersecurity czar, can't fathom how the Trump administration is using cybersecurity for nuclear justification. He says over the years this type of policy has been "rejected by everyone except the lunatic fringe." Maybe so, but like on many policy issues these days, it seems the lunatic fringe has crept into mainstream thinking.  WATCH: The most difficult kind of computer systems to hack


  • This Carrie Fisher Quote Casts ‘Last Jedi’ In A Whole New Light

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:07:38 -0500

    This Carrie Fisher Quote Casts ‘Last Jedi’ In A Whole New LightNothing has caused a greater disturbance in the Force than the untimely death of Carrie Fisher.


  • Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:45:56 -0500

    Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest AbeMichael Wolff’s blistering account of the Trump administration’s first year, Fire and Fury, prompted what has now become the president’s routine response to anyone who criticizes him.


  • Kentucky man will plead guilty to attacking Senator Rand Paul

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:31:02 -0500

    Kentucky man will plead guilty to attacking Senator Rand PaulA Kentucky man accused of attacking U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his home has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assaulting a member of Congress, but has told investigators his action was not politically motivated, officials said on Friday. The Republican Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, 58, was charged with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, which is a felony under federal law. Federal prosecutors will ask a judge to impose a sentence of 21 months in prison in connection with the Nov. 3 attack at a gated community in Bowling Green, Kentucky, court documents showed.


  • 12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back Negative

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:33:28 -0500

    12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back NegativeHis family is waiting for the autopsy results.


  • 2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police say

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:06:39 -0500

    2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police sayTwo Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed.


  • Gunmen storm Kabul luxury hotel, multiple casualties

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:11:15 -0500

    Gunmen storm Kabul luxury hotel, multiple casualtiesGunmen burst into Kabul's luxury Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, shooting at guests and staff and setting the building on fire, officials said, as security forces battled to end the more than eight hours-long assault. Special forces were lowered by helicopters onto the roof of the landmark hilltop hotel during the night-time siege, interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP, adding two attackers had been killed. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest assault in the war-torn Afghan capital that followed a series of security warnings in recent days to avoid hotels and other locations frequented by foreigners.


  • Blaze at firecracker factory outside Indian capital kills 17

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:24:02 -0500

    Blaze at firecracker factory outside Indian capital kills 17NEW DELHI (AP) — A massive fire broke out at a firecracker factory on the northern outskirts of the Indian capital on Saturday, killing at least 17 workers, a fire official said.


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