US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

In the days following the March 17 airstrike, U.S. officials had said they were unsure whether American forces were behind the attack. U.S.-backed government troops were fighting IS forces in that area of western Mosul, the statement said. He added that since the attack on western Mosul began last month, "we have managed to capture more than 1,300" cases. Humanitarian and monitoring officials warned of increased civilian casualties in western Mosul due to the increased reliance on airstrikes and artillery. Backed by U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces launched an operation in February to drive IS from the western half of Iraq's second-largest city, after declaring eastern Mosul "fully liberated" the previous month.

March 25, 2017 13:50 UTC

NBA bans Joakim Noah 20 games for drug violation

Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks was suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and likely was to miss the Knicks' final 10 games this season because of a left knee injury. The NBA said Noah's suspension will begin with the first regular-season or playoff game for which he is "eligible and physically able to play." He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the last two seasons. The Knicks play in San Antonio on Saturday night, and began the day eight games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

March 25, 2017 13:43 UTC

Trump's Treas Sec Mnuchin - Tax Reform Will Be Easier Than Health Care

Most especially aspects of the corporate income tax system which is so distorting that it's beginning to affect the workings of the larger economy. “Health care and tax reform are two very different things,” Mnuchin said. And to largely make up the revenue loss I'd tax dividends at normal income tax rates, and capital gains--with an inflation adjustment--also at normal income tax rates. The current income tax applied to dividends, plus the corporate income tax rate itself, are higher than the normal full rate of income tax. Thus the abolition of the corporate income tax and replacement would be three things in one.

March 25, 2017 13:41 UTC

Laptop ban 'mystery': Why did the U.S. and U.K. choose different countries

One of the biggest unanswered questions is why the U.S. ban covers several countries that the U.K. ban doesn't. Four countries included in the U.S. list -- the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Morocco -- are absent from the U.K. restrictions. The difference is "a mystery," said Tim Clark, the president of Emirates Airline, who adds that its security practices have generally received high marks from other countries. A flyer, for example, can depart Houston (a popular Emirates destination for oil executives) for Dubai, laptop in hand. The ME3 carriers have exploited their position at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia to act as a single stop between almost any two major points on the planet.

March 25, 2017 13:41 UTC

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. What it could do is help growers protect their inventory in case federal authorities start seizing recreational pot. White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said there's a "big difference" between medical and recreational pot. Colorado sends $40 million a year to a school-construction fund from excise taxes on recreational pot. If the bill becomes law, Colorado would be the first pot state to take action to protect producers from a federal drug crackdown, marijuana analysts said.

March 25, 2017 13:36 UTC

Poles celebrate EU with march on bloc's 60th anniversary

Thousands of Poles marched through Warsaw and other Polish cities Saturday, waving European Union flags in a show of support for the troubled European project as leaders in Rome marked the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty. Some expressed fears that the government's policies could ultimately result in Poland leaving the EU. "We will not let ourselves be led out of Europe," said Ryszard Petru, the head of the opposition Modern party. Recent opinion polls put support for the EU by Poles at around 80 percent. Before the EU meeting in Rome, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo had also threatened not to endorse the declaration.

March 25, 2017 13:31 UTC

Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker

A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling. Her character joked after hearing that Booker had come to her colleague's event that "I guess anything to get out of Newark, huh?" She responded that if her character "shades" it, "it means we know it's cool," and said the love was mutual.Booker then asked her to dinner in Newark. She asked for a train schedule, which the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey quickly sent her. Booker called Kaling "Lyft worthy" and promised to send one.

March 25, 2017 13:30 UTC

Only UKIP lawmaker in British Parliament quits anti-EU party

Independence Party member of Parliament Douglas Carswell gives a double thumbs-up as he poses for the media upon his arrival to take his seat at the Houses of Parliament in London. He said his departure won’t trigger a new election because he isn’t joining another party. Douglas Carswell said Saturday that he’s leaving UKIP and will serve in Parliament as an independent. Brexit is in good hands.”Carswell, a former Conservative Party member, was the only UKIP candidate to win a seat in the 2015 general election. Carswell, however, put a positive spin on his departure: “I will leave UKIP amicably, cheerfully and in the knowledge that we won,” he said.

March 25, 2017 13:25 UTC

This Dad And Daughter Both Realized They're Trans -- And Transitioned Together

A father and daughter who both identify as transgender are sharing their touching story in an effort to help educate other people who may be coming to terms with their own gender identities. When Eric Maison first watched a documentary about trans teenager Jazz Jennings he realized something about her experience resonated with his own ― as well as the experience of his daughter, Corey. “It was like all of the feelings I’d had of being uncomfortable in my own skin made sense,” Maison told The Huffington Post. “At the time, I also recognized my own child in this little girl, so I shared it with Corey, and she said ‘She’s like me!’”

March 25, 2017 13:18 UTC

Actor Dr. Ken Jeong Answers (And Mocks) Medical Questions On Twitter

After medical school, Dr. Jeong completed his internal medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and practiced medicine at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Yes, Dr. Jeong answers the questions sort of like a real doctor would...except maybe calling the patients stupid a few times. (By the way, if you are sharing sensitive medical information with the hashtag #isthisbad, the answer is yes.) So while real doctors such as Dr. Jeong can answer some general medical questions over Twitter, that's not replacing a formal visit with a real medical professional. It can be hard to tell on Twitter whether someone is giving sound medical advice or just acting.

March 25, 2017 13:17 UTC

Immigrants find sanctuary in growing Austin church network

And as more than 50 Austin area residents were detained in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation raids last month, a growing number of churches in the Austin Sanctuary Network are volunteering to offer physical shelter or support to churches that do. The Austin Sanctuary Network has broadened in the last year from a handful of churches and advocates to more than two dozen congregations and religious groups, three labor unions, several nonprofit groups and dozens of individual volunteers. Pastor Laura Walter's small Presbyterian congregation in Bee Cave, 12 miles west of Austin, hopes her church can expand the network to reach immigrant communities outside city limits. Federal immigration officials said that policy is still in effect, but recent immigration arrests around the U.S., including inside courthouses, are increasing fears. Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who took office in January, has decreased cooperation with immigration officials by not automatically granting requests to hold immigrants for possible deportation.

March 25, 2017 13:13 UTC

How Kansas or Oregon can reach the Final Four of the NCAA tournament

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)Top-seeded Kansas has steamrollered into the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Region final. [Kansas and Oregon are again one step from Final Four. Oregon will attempt to force the Jayhawks to play at its preferred speed, which involves grinding it out in the half-court. Per, the Jayhawks’ effective field goal percentage in transition is 58 percent (just a bit under its overall eFG% of 62). Against Michigan in the Sweet 16, the 6-9 Bell was effective around the rim and posted the squad’s top effective field goal percentage (67.2).

March 25, 2017 13:07 UTC

Trump supporter thought president would deport only ‘bad hombres.’ Instead, her husband is being deported.

Roberto and Helen Beristain have three children and a successful restaurant in Indiana. “I wish I didn’t vote at all,” Helen told the Tribune. Caught somewhere in the middle of the fiery political clash are people like Roberto Beristain — individuals who have built a successful life inside the confines of the fuzzy, legal limbo in which they exist. Family members told the Tribune that ICE officials had informed them that Roberto would be deported Friday. The Twitter account “Trump Regrets” has amassed nearly 260,000 followers by retweeting disappointed and angry Trump voters.

March 25, 2017 13:00 UTC

Melee in court in case tied to 'Real Housewives' guest

A melee broke out Friday at a hearing for a pair charged in the deaths of two men found in a burning car owned by a woman who often appears on "Real Housewives of New Jersey." Clarence Williams and Gerry Thomas, in court for a detention hearing, were ordered held without bail when the brawl broke out. The car was owned by Kim DePaola, who often appears on the Bravo reality show. "I understand you have very strong feelings and may want to blurt something out," Passaic County Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela said. Charges are pending for one person involved in the altercation, according to the Passaic County Sheriff's office.

March 25, 2017 12:56 UTC

Amancio Ortega Now World's Third-Richest Person As Net Worth Soars $1.2 Billion

For Europe’s wealthiest man, retailing kingpin Amancio Ortega, the dawn of springtime has brought good fortune. The octogenarian Spaniard has officially reclaimed his spot as the world’s third-richest person. Since then, his fortune has risen $3.7 billion—$1.2 billion in the last five days alone—sending him well past the Amazon founder, who is presently worth an estimated $72.8 billion. A year ago, Ortega ranked second in the world with a net worth of $67 billion. Then, in September 2016, his fortune spiked to almost $80 billion and he briefly surpassed Bill Gates as the world's wealthiest individual.

March 25, 2017 12:56 UTC

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