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Prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain home after surgery – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Supporters say a prominent Shiite cleric who lost his citizenship and remains under house arrest in Bahrain has returned home after undergoing surgery. Sheikh Isa Qassim returned to his home in Diraz on Sunday. He was hospitalized after suffering from a hernia. Sheikh Maytham al-Salman, of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, said Qassim may need further surgeries. The cleric could be deported at any time after authorities stripped his citizenship in June 2016 over accusations that he fueled extremism and laundered money. His supporters deny the allegations. Bahrain’s SunniRead More


Without Trump, Kennedy Center honors Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts. 2017 Kennedy Center Honorees (seated L-R) dancer,actress and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, TV writer Norman Lear, Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan and (standing L-R) Rapper LL Cool J and singer and songwriter Lionel Ritchie pose for a group photo at the conclusion of a gala dinner at the U.S. StateRead More


U.S. recovery plan for endangered Mexican wolf assailed by environmentalists

(Reuters) – The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf, but environmentalists immediately assailed the program as so deficient it would lead to the demise of one of North America’s most imperiled mammals. FILE PHOTO: A newly born Mexican gray wolf cub, an endangered native species, interacts with his mother at its enclosure at the Museo del Desierto in Saltillo, Mexico on July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo The plan projects returning the Mexican wolf — actually the rarest subspecies of the North AmericanRead More


U.S. radio host Keillor fired over accusation of improper behavior

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. radio host Garrison Keillor, creator of the long-running folksy variety show “A Prairie Home Companion,” has been fired over an accusation of inappropriate behavior, Minnesota Public Radio said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Author and radio personality Garrison Keillor listens to U.S. President Barack Obama speak at a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. October 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo “Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with anRead More


Rising Medicare costs leave many U.S. seniors with a flat COLA

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Millicent Graves will get a raise from Social Security next year, but her household budget will get worse, not better. FILE PHOTO: An elderly couple looks out at the ocean as they sit on a park bench in La Jolla, California November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo – The 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) announced by Social Security for 2018 last month will boost Graves’ monthly benefit by $20.70. But in reality, that increase will be wiped out by a higher Medicare Part B premium, which will beRead More


Russia blocks bid to briefly extend Syria chemical weapons inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution to extend by one month an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just a day after Moscow blocked a U.S. push to renew the investigation. Representatives of Russia and Bolivia vote in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on a bid to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, U.S., November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TheRead More


Venezuela’s Maduro dismisses default possibility on eve of debt talks

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday the country would never default on its debt, a day before debt talks with creditors that will be overseen by two officials under sanction by the United States. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly radio and TV broadcast “Los Domingos con Maduro” (The Sundays with Maduro) in Caracas, Venezuela November 12, 2017. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS Vice President Tareck El Aissami and Economy Minister Simon Zerpa will meet with creditors in Caracas on Monday, Maduro said, contradicting earlierRead More


‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top 600k in first week – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Interested in Health Care Overhaul? Add Health Care Overhaul as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Health Care Overhaul news, video, and analysis from ABC News. More than 600,000 people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act in the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday. That pace tracks with previous years despite persistent political turmoil over the health law. Figures released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed that 601,462 people signed up Nov. 1-4 in the 39 statesRead More


Netflix cuts ties with Kevin Spacey after sexual misconduct allegations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc severed ties on Friday with Kevin Spacey, one of its biggest stars and the lead in its popular drama “House of Cards,” after a number of allegations of sexual misconduct against the Oscar-winning actor. FILE PHOTO: Cast member Kevin Spacey poses at the premiere for the second season of the television series “House of Cards” at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2014. . REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo The streaming company suspended production earlier this week of the upcoming sixthRead More


Dutch bank cancels actor Spacey appearance at business conference

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch bank ING said on Friday it had decided to cancel a scheduled appearance by actor Kevin Spacey at a business conference it is organizing in Rotterdam. FILE PHOTO: Cast member Kevin Spacey poses at the premiere for the second season of the television series “House of Cards” at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2014. . REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo Spacey has apologized to actor Anthony Rapp, who had accused the Hollywood star of trying to seduce him in 1986, when RappRead More