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Why Pay for Swiss Trip When You Can Get Paid to Move There?

A tiny village in Switzerland just asked the Italian town of Bormida to hold its beer. Earlier this year, Bormida was offering $2,175 to people willing to move there in an effort to stave off its extinction. Facing the prospect of a similar future, little Albinen may soon significantly...

Trump Takes Jab at Time Magazine

President Trump says he turned down an interview and photo shoot for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" issue, the AP reports. In a Friday evening tweet , Trump says the magazine informed him he was "probably" going to be granted the title for the second year in a row but...

Court Takes Man at His Word That He Had Sex With Sister

A man sentenced to more than seven years in jail after he was spotted holding hands with his sister at the Muscoda Mushroom Fest two years ago won't be released early after a Wisconsin court rejected his appeal Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Because Christian Bisbach was on ...

Jihadist Attack Kills 3 UN Peacekeepers

Suspected jihadists attacked UN peacekeepers carrying out an operation with Malian defense forces Friday killing at least three peacekeepers from Niger and one Malian soldier, and injuring 14 soldiers and one civilian, UN authorities and the Security Council said. The UN mission reported that at ...

One US Representative Is Worth More than $476M

Most members of Congress are millionaires, but which ones are the millionaire-iest? That's the question 24/7 Wall St. set out to answer, compiling a list of the 25 wealthiest members of Congress based on data from the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics' Opensecrets.org. Eighteen of the ...

They Dreamed About an NBA Future. Instead, They Got Scammed

They were young hoops shooters who paid more than $25,000 a year to attend what they thought was an elite basketball academy that would prep them for the NBA. What they got instead, per a deep dive at Fusion , was ripped off. It's a close look by Luke Cyphers...

Cops: Driver Was Drunk, Naked, Having Sex When He Crashed

A man was drunk, naked, having sex, and driving with a baby in the backseat when he crashed into a tree Wednesday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. The News Tribune reports the man missed a curve while driving on Mountain Highway and left the road around 6pm. He...

Polish Politician Reads Book About Cats, Spurs Controversy

Poland's most powerful politician openly read a book about cats during a session of parliament Friday, setting off a slew of jokes but also accusations that he was trying to distract voters from a controversial overhaul of the judicial system. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 68, leader of the country's ruling ...

The American Dream of a Paved Future Is Crumbling

I never dreamed that by the end of my career we would be talking about having to go back to gravel,' a former highway department head tells Harper's Magazine , which takes a deep look at America's "countless failed roads." One nonprofit estimates that more than half of the major rural...

Pacific Island Trip Turns Deadly for South Dakota Lawmaker

A South Dakota state representative and his brother-in-law drowned in an apparent kayaking accident in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where they were attending a wedding for the lawmaker's daughter, officials said Thursday. State Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, a Republican from Rapid City, and his ...

A 'Miracle' Times 2 for Woman With Stage 4 Cancer

Diane Bishop has stage 4 breast cancer, but she now feels like she has a new lease on life. That's because the Canadian woman not only recently started responding to chemo for the first time—she also just won a $1.2 million lottery jackpot, the CBC reports. The Mount...

Uproar Leads to Probe of 95-Year-Old 'Indiana Joan'

Her collection of ancient artifacts, worth more than $750,000, includes a Roman dagger, Neolithic ax heads, a mummy mask, and a crucifix from the era of Jesus Christ—treasures unearthed in Egypt, Syria, Israel, and beyond. But her boasts about them have some red with anger rather than green...

Attack on Mosque Leaves 155 Worshipers Dead

Egyptian state news agency MENA reports that 155 people have been killed in a bombing and shooting attack on a mosque in the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula, in what appeared to be the latest attack by the area's local Islamic State affiliate. Citing official sources, MENA said 120 people were...

Parents in China Outraged at Kindergarten's 'Devil Teachers'

"Demand justice for these children!" That's just one message posted on Chinese social media following allegations that a Chinese kindergarten run by a company listed on the NYSE abused the kids in its charge. Per the New York Times , parents allege teachers at RYB Kindergarten in Xintiandi in ...

TVs May Be Best Deals for Black Friday Shoppers

Black Friday is here, and 2017's version looks like it might be the strongest one in recent years, reports Business Insider . Generally speaking, crowds are looking larger, perhaps thanks to metrics such as low unemployment and a rising stock market. "The turnout is clearly better than the last ...

Clue in Mail Bomb Sent to Obama: Cat Hair Under Label

A 46-year-old Texas woman faces a host of charges after she allegedly mailed explosives to then-President Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn Colvin. Julia Poff of Sealy had been repeatedly denied Social Security benefits and was also ...

Pistorius Prison Sentence More Than Doubled

Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, a decision that more than doubled the Olympic runner's jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme ...

Flynn Move Could Be Ominous News for Trump

Is former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now cooperating with Robert Mueller's special investigation? Sources tell the AP and the New York Times that Flynn's legal team has informed Trump's lawyers that they can no longer discuss the investigation with them, a move that suggests Flynn is ...

8 Men Washed Ashore in Japan Say They're North Korean

Japanese police are investigating eight men found on Japan's northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down. Akita prefectural police found the men late Thursday after receiving a call that suspicious men were standing around at the seaside in ...

Manson's Grandson Forgave Him. GoFundMe, Not So Much

Charles Manson has a next of kin willing to claim his body, but grandson Jason Freeman might not be able to get to California from Ohio in time. GoFundMe pulled the plug on a fundraising site set up to help him with travel and burial expenses Thursday after $979 had...

Navy Reveals Grim Development in Search for Missing Sub

Hope turned to anger and despair for the families of 44 missing submariners Thursday after the Argentine navy shared news of a grim development. The navy said that a "hydro-acoustic anomaly" detected by the US Navy and a nuclear test-ban monitoring organization soon after the ARA San Juan was ...

Al Franken: 'I Am So Sorry'

Sen. Al Franken apparently sees himself as an over-enthusiastic hugger, not the "serial groper" one woman describes him as. In a statement issued Thursday, the day after two more women accused him of touching them inappropriately during photo-ops , the Democrat apologized for making "some women feel ...

8 Men Washed Ashore in Japan Say They Are North Korean

Japanese police are investigating eight men found on Japan's northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down. Akita prefectural police found the men late Thursday after receiving a call that suspicious men were standing around at the seaside in ...

Manson Funeral Fundraiser Shut Down

Charles Manson has a next of kin willing to claim his body, but grandson Jason Freeman might not be able to get to California from Ohio in time. GoFundMe pulled the plug on a fundraising site set up to help him with travel and burial expenses Thursday after $979 had...

Uma Thurman Posts Chilling Message for Harvey Weinstein

Weeks after saying she was waiting for her anger to subside before she spoke out on Harvey Weinstein, Uma Thurman delivered a chilling Thanksgiving message that appeared to confirm that she is among those sexually harassed or assaulted by the producer. "I said I was angry recently, and I have...

Texas Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop

A man suspected of killing a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop was taken into custody more than 100 miles away, authorities said Thursday night. The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Twitter that the suspect was apprehended in neighboring Waller County. The Texas Department of ...

Trumps to Ditch Their 'Epically Mismanaged' NYC Hotel

A posh New York City hotel bears the Trump name—but the Trumps have apparently had it with the property, the New York Times reports. The Trump Organization has penned a deal that lets it out of its ties to Trump SoHo by the end of the year, bringing to...

Judge Declares Texas Abortion Law Unconstitutional

A lawyer for abortion providers in Texas is hailing a "complete victory" after a federal judge in Austin struck down a law restricting the most common form of second-trimester abortion yesterday. The ban on so-called "dilation and evacuation" abortions was approved by the Texas Legislature in May as ...

Publicist: Masterson Couldn't Have Raped His Own Girlfriend

Four women have accused That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson of rape, and his publicist is catching heat for how she's defending him. Two of Masterson's accusers have told HuffPost Jenni Weinman is refuting and helping cover up his alleged crimes, via...

Sudan Asks Russia for Protection From US

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on a visit to Russia Thursday that his country needs protection from the US and could serve as a gateway to Africa for Moscow, the AP reports. Al-Bashir, speaking at the start of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort...

'Father of Vocalese' Jon Hendricks Dies

Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer and lyricist who with the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross popularized the "vocalese" singing style in which words were added to instrumental songs, has died. He was 96, AP reports. His daughter, Aria Hendricks, confirmed his death to the New York Times . She ...

Dying Toddler Gets a 'Thanksgiving Miracle'

"This is an unexpected Thanksgiving miracle." That's the message from a lawyer representing a 2-year-old Georgia boy, who was temporarily blocked from receiving a lifesaving kidney, after the toddler underwent a successful transplant Wednesday, reports CNN . AJ Burgess was born without functioning ...

Another Woman Accuses Piven of Sex Misconduct

Yet another woman has accused Jeremy Piven of sexual misconduct, this time on the set of the show that made him a star. Anastasia Taneie tells BuzzFeed News that Piven forced himself on her when she was a background actor on HBO's Entourage in April 2009. Taneie, who is now...

She Died in Her Crib. Her Parents Blame Their Apartment

Two-year-old Taqwa Dakhlalla was "all ever wanted," a little girl who made the lives of her parents "ceaselessly better," according to Facebook posts. Then tragedy struck. On Dec. 11, 2016, Janna Walton and Abdullah Dakhlalla put their daughter to sleep in a room in their Portland, Ore., ...

Hiccup for Moore's Campaign: His Spokesman Is Out

A hiccup for Roy Moore's Alabama Senate campaign: communications director John Rogers has resigned, reports Reuters , which quotes the campaign's chair as saying Wednesday, "Campaigns make changes throughout the duration of the campaign. John made the decision to leave the campaign last Friday—any ...

Trump's Holiday Message: America Is So Much Better

President Trump offered the nation a Happy Thanksgiving on Twitter Thursday morning, Or, as the AP put it, "presents his report card passes with flying colors." USA Today's take: "It's time to be very grateful. To him." The tweet : "HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well....

She Owed Her Husband $120K, Planned to Pay $2K to Kill Him

Apparently unhappy at the prospect of sharing custody of her son, a California mom enlisted her former lover to lure her estranged husband to a deserted path and shoot him to death. But all did not go as Diana Lovejoy planned, authorities say. Greg Mulvihill was shot in the side...

14 Unusual Dogs Will Help Protect the Macy's Parade

New faces and old favorites will fly, float, and march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as police go all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots. One of the nation's biggest outdoor holiday events, the parade makes its way through 2.5 miles...

Rep. Barton Threatened to Call Police on Former Lover

Rep. Joe Barton threatened to call the police on a former lover who contacted other women he was in relationships with and sent them explicit materials he had shared with her, according to a recording provided to the Washington Post . In the 2015 phone call, the Texas Republican tells the...

Al Franken Accused of Being 'Serial Groper'

The accusations against Sen. Al. Franken are starting to stack up. Two more women came forward Wednesday to accuse the Democrat of groping them, bringing the total to four. One woman tells the Huff Post that in 2007, during Franken's first Senate campaign, he grabbed her buttocks during a ...

He Spent His Last $20 on Her, She's Raised $116K for Him

A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised $116,000 for the good Samaritan. Kate McClure, 27, started a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate...

Beverly Hills Youth Soccer Ref Slams 'Despicable' Parents

A referee administrator for youth soccer in Beverly Hills says he is resigning for a simple reason: He hates many of the parents and their entitled attitudes. In an emailed resignation letter obtained by the Ankler , Avery Krut of the Beverly Hills branch of the American Youth Soccer Organization ...

Darkness Is Endangered Almost Everywhere

The world's nights are getting alarmingly brighter—bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included. A German-led team of researchers says light pollution is threatening darkness almost everywhere, the AP reports. Satellite observations during five Octobers show Earth's artificially lit ...

Stolen Trove of John Lennon Items Found at Auction House

Yoko Ono is going to be reunited with a trove of John Lennon memorabilia that apparently took a long and winding road after being stolen from her New York home in 2006. Police in Germany say they have recovered more than 100 items, including diaries, glasses, and sheet music, many...

3 Navy Sailors Still Missing After Pacific Crash

US and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a US Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier, the AP reports. Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of the C-2 Greyhound transport aircraft Wednesday afternoon, the ...

Slain Baltimore Officer Was Shot With Own Gun

A new twist in the Sean Suiter case: The Baltimore homicide detective killed while investigating a triple murder last week was due to testify in a corruption case involving fellow officers the very next day, authorities say. Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says Suiter was due to testify ...

Al Franken Accused of Being 'Serial Groper'

The accusations against Sen. Al. Franken are starting to stack up. Two more women came forward Wednesday to accuse the Democrat of groping them, bringing the total to four. One woman tells the Huffington Post that in 2007, during Franken's first Senate campaign, he grabbed her buttocks during a ...

Thieves Make Off With 1.8K Gallons of Vodka From LA Distillery

Police are searching for thieves who swiped more than 1,800 gallons of vodka from a Los Angeles distillery. Investigators say the suspects sawed through dead bolts to get inside a storage room at the Fog Shots distillery, the AP reports. Company representative Art Gukasayan says the thieves made ...

Woman Raises Over $60K for Homeless Man Who Helped Her

A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised more than $60,000 for the good Samaritan, the AP reports. Kate McClure, 27, started a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month after she said she ran...

Lawyer: Conyers Called Me to His Office While Half Naked

A Washington DC ethics lawyer says Rep. John Conyers once called her to his office while he was dressed only in his underwear and otherwise harassed her while she served as minority council for the House Judiciary Committee in the 90s, the Washington Post reports. Melissa Sloan, the first former...