Thursday, May 4, 2017

'World's heaviest woman' leaves Indian hospital after surgery








An Egyptian once believed to be the 'world's heaviest woman' left an Indian hospital Thursday for the United Arab Emirates where she will continue treatment following drastic weight-loss surgery, doctors said.
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty weighed roughly 500 kilograms when she arrived in Mumbai in February, but has shed an astonishing 323 kilograms since undergoing a series of medical procedures.
With her weight now standing at 176.6 kilograms, she will begin a year-long course of physiotherapy at VPS Burjeel hospital in Abu Dhabi, her doctors in Mumbai said.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trump signs legislation rolling back Obama-era regulations


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump signed a handful of measures Monday rolling back Obama-era regulations under the Congressional Review Act.

It's part of a larger GOP effort to eliminate an array of regulations issued during President Barack Obama's final months in office and comes days after Trump's effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare" failed. Trump has made overturning what he deems government over-reach a centerpiece of his first months in office.

"I will keep working with Congress, with every agency, and most importantly, the American people, until we eliminate every unnecessary, harmful and job-killing regulation that we can find," Trump said at a White House signing ceremony. "We have a lot more coming."

Two of the regulations nullified Monday had to do with school performance and teacher preparation programs.

One, issued by the Education Department in October, required that federally funded teacher preparation programs be evaluated based on the academic outcomes of those teachers' students. Republican senators opposed the rules, arguing such matters should be left to the states.

The other aimed to help states identify failing schools and come up with plans to improve them.

Another rule nullified by Trump required federal land managers to consider climate change and other long-term effects of proposed development on public lands. The regulation had been imposed by the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees more than 245 million acres of public lands.

Republicans argued the rule, finalized in December, shifted decision-making authority away from state and local officials to the federal government. The signing came the day before Trump was expected to reverse Obama's signature effort to address climate change, the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

The final rule targeted by Republicans had been aimed at forcing government contractors to disclose violations of federal labor laws as they sought more work. The "blacklisting rule" required contractors to disclose violations of 14 federal labor laws, including those pertaining to workplace safety, wages and discrimination.

The White House argued the rule would "bog down" the federal procurement process, while business groups said that it would increase compliance costs.

Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration have made curbing government regulation a top priority this year. Dozens of resolutions pulling back various Obama-era rules have been introduced under an expedited process established through the Congressional Review Act. Under that process, a regulation is invalidated when a simple majority of both chambers pass a joint resolution of disapproval and the president signs it.

Source: yahoo

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Uber driver needed to use the bathroom. He let her in. Trouble followed.


Why did the Uber customer from Plantation let the Uber driver into his house? According to a Channel 10 report, because she told him she needed to use the bathroom after their drive from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and, the robbery victim said, “I’m a nice guy and I didn’t think there was any harm.” Until he woke up hours later to find out he’d been ripped off, he told police. He figured he’d been drugged by the water his driver offered him.

If You Prefer Emily Ratajkowski's Bikinis, You Obviously Haven't Seen Her Baywatch Suit



Don't get us wrong, Emily Ratajkowski looks good in a two-piece. In fact, the supermodel's come up with so many ideas for mixing and matching her bikinis, we can barely keep up. But while vacationing with her friends Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk, Hannah Ferguson, Lais Ribeiro, Hailey Baldwin, and Rose Bertram in the Bahamas, Emily pulled a style switch-up.

Teen receives extremely blunt job rejection, fights back on Twitter



LONDON — Job rejections are never pleasant, but they can sometimes be useful.
Maybe you get sent some feedback about where you went wrong, or perhaps some advice on how to improve for next time.
What's less useful, however, is a blunt text message containing an emoji.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kim Kardashian's 1988 Barbie Photo Shoot Is Too Good


Kim Kardashian was thirsty even as a child, and, true to form, she's got the receipts to prove it.
The reality star dug deep into her personal archives to unearth a copy of a 1988 issue of Barbie, a magazine devoted to Ken's main squeeze. In a Snapchat shared yesterday, Kardashian revealed that the "Special California Issue" marked her first-ever magazine appearance. Sure enough, she and two other girls can be seen trying to track down celebs by poring over a star map. Ironic, no?
"You guys, my first debut was in 1988 in Barbie Magazine," she told fans as she flipped through the magazine. "Look at, what a star. Reading star maps."

Driver dies after tractor-trailer blows off bridge


A driver died on Thursday after his tractor-trailer was blown over the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia. The man was spotted atop the vehicle’s cab at about 12:35 p.m. and was recovered by a Navy helicopter. He died while en route to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, WVEC.com reports. The four lane, 23-mile span was experiencing winds in excess of 47 mph 

Mother charged with raping four-year-old boy 'after broadcasting vile sex act live on Periscope'


A mother has been charged with raping a four-year-old boy and broadcasting it live on an internet video streaming application.
India Kirksey, from West Hill, Ohio, was arrested after someone watched her recording of the incident called the authorities from more than 1,000 miles away in Texas.
Prosecutors said she had recorded herself performing a sex act with the child using the Periscope app, which she then uploaded to the internet.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson: Santa Montefiore shares touching tribute to her sister after her death


Author Santa Montefiore shared a touching tribute to her sister Tara Palmer-Tomkinson the day after her death.
The author posted a black and white photograph of the former “It Girl” online on Thursday afternoon.
Ms Montefiore shared the image on her Twitter and Instagram pages and wrote alongside it “My darling sister. I miss you.”
Ms Palmer-Tomkinson – Ms Montefiore’s younger sister – was found dead aged 45 at her London home on Wednesday just months after revealing she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

‘Tara Palmer-Tomkinson gave me a Chanel ring' says Holly Willoughby as she pays tribute to ‘incredibly kind’ socialite



Holly Willoughby has paid tribute to the “incredibly kind” Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.
Willoughby opened up about her first meeting with the former “It girl” who died, aged 45, on Wednesday.
Speaking on This Morning with Palmer-Tomkinson’s friend Ivan Massow, Willoughby recalled how she once gifted her a Chanel ring.
“The first time I met her, and this sums up her childlike character, she came over when I was having dinner and said ‘you know a very good friend of mine’ and I said ‘ yes I do’ and we started chatting,” Willoughby said.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 'died in her sleep' and was found by a cleaner, after friends feared she was in a 'dark place'


Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, the It girl, was discovered by a cleaner after dying peacefully in her sleep, friends have been told, as they spoke of fears she was in a “dark place”.
Palmer-Tomkinson, who has died aged 45, was found at home by a distraught cleaner who set off a specially-installed panic alarm to raise the emergency services.
Friends of the star learned on Thursday that she had died in her sleep, and told of their concerns she had fallen off the wagon over the years since her much-publicised drug addiction.

‘Flip or Flop’ Star Christina El Moussa Concerns Fans With Somber Instagram Portrait (Photo)


“Flip or Flop” star Christina El Moussa seems to be having a somber Thursday — and it’s causing waves of concern among the reality TV star’s fans.
A stone-faced photo posted by El Moussa, who’s currently undergoing a divorce from her husband and “Flip or Flop” costar Tarek El Moussa, sparked mixed reactions from her followers on Thursday, with some fans complimenting the HGTV star on her beauty — and seemingly just as many expressing concern for El Moussa.

Model Ashley Graham Defends Controversial Vogue Cover


The new issue of Vogue is sparking controversy about the magazine’s so-called diversity problem and alleged airbrushing tactics.

Debra Messing says director told her ‘Your job is to get naked’ on 1995 film

Actress Debra Messing has alleged that director Alfonso Arau pressured her to perform a nude scene and made disparaging comments about her appearance during the making of the 1995 film A Walk in the Clouds.
Speaking at the Makers Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Monday, Messing recalled that her initial excitement about shooting her first Hollywood movie — opposite rising star Keanu Reeves — was marred by several humiliating incidents.

Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, unanimously rejecting the administration's claim of presidential authority, questioning its motives and concluding that the order was unlikely to survive legal challenges.
The three judges of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the argument that the ban targets Muslims raised "serious allegations" and presented "significant constitutional questions," and they agreed that courts could consider statements by Trump and his advisers about wishing to enact such a ban.

Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban



Kat Von D, our favorite vegan and makeup artist extraordinaire, has just outdone herself by announcing the relaunch of her Saint and Sinner perfumes...while wearing a latex catsuit. In true Kat Von D fashion, the artist is seen posing in her Jane Doe latex catsuit holding a bottle of her very own “sinner” perfume. In her sleek, black suit with pointy, exaggerated shoulders and holding her embellished perfume, Von D looks like Catwoman’s cool older sister.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Him


WASHINGTON — President Trump fired his acting attorney general on Monday night, removing her as the nation’s top law enforcement officer after she defiantly refused to defend his executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries.
In an escalating crisis for his 10-day-old administration, the president declared in a statement that Sally Q. Yates, who had served as deputy attorney general under President Barack Obama, had betrayed the administration by announcing that Justice Department lawyers would not defend Mr. Trump’s order against legal challenges.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Kim Jong Un May Order Mid-Range Missile Launch



North Korea's Kim Jong Un will most likely order the launch of a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) instead of a long-range one, South Korean military officials said Monday. The news comes hours after U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn vowed to strengthen their defenses to combat North Korea's nuclear threat.
"There are no signs of an imminent test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by North Korea. But we are closely monitoring any new military activities in the country as it could launch an IRBM at any time if leader Kim Jong Un gives the order," an official at the South Korean defense ministry said, according to Yonhap News Agency. 

Holocaust Memorial selfie-takers apologize to Israeli shamer



BERLIN (Reuters) - German-Israeli satirist Shahak Shapira, who set up a website shaming selfie-takers at Berlin's Holocaust Memorial, says he has halted the project for now after a dozen people apologized for their disrespect.
His "Yolocaust.de" website had combined selfies, often with the participants grinning or striking poses, taken at the memorial with graphic images from Nazi concentration camps, including piles of bodies.
"I'm watching you. Stop doing it," Shapira told Reuters Television.

The Knights of Malta-Vatican feud: a tale of chivalry and sovereignty

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - On the afternoon of Jan. 24, a black BMW pulled out of a 16th century palace in Rome, crossed the Tiber River and headed for the Vatican, a short trip to end a brazen challenge to the authority of Pope Francis.
Inside the car was 67-year-old Englishman Matthew Festing, the head of an ancient Catholic order of knights which is now a worldwide charity with a unique diplomatic status.
Festing was about to resign, the first leader in several centuries of the Order of Malta, which was founded in 1048 to provide medical aid for pilgrims in the Holy Land, to step down instead of ruling for life.

Deadly attack on Quebec City mosque


A shooting at a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers left six people dead in an attack that Canada’s prime minister called an act of terrorism. Police arrested two suspects, including one who called 911 to say he was armed but ready to give himself up.
More than 50 people were at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre when the shooting erupted Sunday night. In addition to the six who died, five were in critical condition and 12 others suffered minor injuries, University of Quebec Hospital Centre spokeswoman Genevieve Dupuis said Monday. The dead ranged in age from 35 to 65.

No reason for alarm over Greek debt: ESM


Brussels (AFP) - There's no need for alarm over Greece's debt levels, a spokesman for the EU's rescue fund body told AFP Saturday, the day after a leaked IMF report described the problem as "explosive".
"We see no reason for an alarmist assessment of Greece's debt situation," said the spokesman for the Luxembourg-based European Stability Mechanism, or ESM.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Cabriolet


The sun lies low on the desert horizon, the trees and cactuses are throwing long shadows, and the landscape is doused with warm light. In less than 20 seconds, the softtop disappears behind the rear seats, and the engine—barely perceptible—springs to life. The beginning of a relaxed and indulgent drive into the Sonoran Desert?

Survivor of WWII secret escape from Nazis dies in Oregon


MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Harold Hayes, an Army medic and the last survivor of a group of medics and nurses who spent nine weeks evading capture in Nazi-occupied Albania during World War II, has died. He was 94.
All 30 men and women in the group eventually made it out, but it was kept secret to protect partisan fighters who helped them.

Poland puts Auschwitz staff database online



Kraków (Poland) (AFP) - Poland on Monday published the first online database with the names and other personal details of nearly 10,000 staff who ran the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp.
The database, which the IPN says contains 9,686 names "is just the beginning of a wide-ranging project" that will cover the staff of other death and concentration camps that Nazi Germany set up in occupied Poland, IPN chairman Jaroslaw Szarek told reporters in Krakow.
Around 25,000 names have already been gathered so far.

Trump defends travel ban amid fierce backlash


President Trump lashed out on Sunday over those challenging his controversial executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border,” Trump said in a statement issued late Sunday afternoon. “America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.”

Trump signs executive order to slash regulations



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically pare back federal regulations by requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced.
"This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen. There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalized control," Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, surrounded by a group of small business owners.