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Players kneel and lock arms during anthem at first NFL games since Trump slammed players for protesting

President Donald Trump renewed his criticism Sunday of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, slamming the league's ratings and saying players should be fired or suspended for such protests.


Dolphins declare 'unity'


Analysis: Impossible for black athletes to leave politics off the field

President Donald Trump ignited a war of words with the nation's African-American athletes this weekend, yet again putting himself squarely in the middle of a racially charged debate.


Ex-NFL coach who backed Trump: 'I'm pissed'

Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan went on ESPN to speak out against President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players after Ryan campaigned for him in 2016.


Stevie Wonder takes both knees 'for America'

Legendary musician Stevie Wonder took a knee at a New York music festival, seemingly showing solidarity with NFL players criticized by President Donald Trump hours earlier.


NFL airing unity ad in prime time

With President Trump taking aim at the NFL and its players who protest the national anthem, the league is broadcasting a message of unity.


Gunman opens fire at Tennessee church

One person was killed and six others were injured Sunday in a shooting at a church in Antioch, Tennessee according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department's verified Twitter account.


CNN Poll: New signs GOP brand is in trouble

There are fresh signs the Republican Party's brand is in trouble.


Trump's latest North Korea threat

Seismic activity was detected Saturday near the site of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear site, but it is not known whether a nuclear test caused the development. The first sign Pyongyang has conducted a nuclear test is usually seismic activity.


Fired by Trump, Bharara fires back

A lot has changed for Preet Bharara since March 11.


Bharara: I was worried about Trump

Preet Bharara, the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired by President Donald Trump, says he believes, at some point, Trump would've asked him to "do something inappropriate."


East coast urged to monitor Maria

Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the US territory off the grid.


Mnuchin: NFL players can protest off field

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that NFL players have the right to free speech off the field but should show respect for the US flag while they are on the field.


HHS Secretary Price: No trips on private jets while matter is reviewed

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will not use private jets for government business while the practice is under investigation, he told Fox News on Saturday.


New quakes shake hard-hit Mexico

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday morning, the US Geological Survey said, rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from two stronger temblors earlier this month.


Trump says media won't show crowd (as CNN does just that)

President Trump told a rally audience in Alabama that the media won't show his crowd as the crowd was being broadcast live on CNN.


Three-month-old killed during baptism

Twelve people, including a three-month-old baby, were killed during a baptism when an earthquake hit and collapsed a church ceiling in Atzala, Mexico.


Exit polls: Merkel on course for 4th term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on course for a fourth term in office against the backdrop of a surge in support for the far-right, exit polls in the German election suggest.


Sen. Collins: Hard to envision backing latest GOP health bill

Republicans' latest efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are hanging on by a thread, and the party is waiting for GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to make her next move.


Soul singer dies at 68

Singer Charles Bradley, who was nicknamed the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" because of his raspy voice and stirring performances, has died.


Photos: The week in politics

Take a look at the week in politics from September 17 to September 23.


Melania meets Prince Harry and Trudeau

Melania Trump is Canada-bound for her first solo foreign trip as first lady, traveling to Toronto to lead the US delegation to the Invictus Games on Saturday.


Twitter reacts to Kylie Jenner pregnancy

The youngest sibling in the Kardashian-Jenner clan is now expecting, two sources close the family tell CNN.


Miss Turkey loses her crown over tweet

The winner of Miss Turkey 2017 has denied making political comments after being stripped of her crown because of a tweet she sent in July.


He says he never wears the same outfit twice


He quit NFL at 26, now writes for HBO hit show


'Star Trek' braves new streaming frontier


Colbert calls out Trump: 'In your face'

On "The Late Show," Stephen Colbert said President Trump's tweet about the Emmy Awards was factually inaccurate.


Costello: You don't usually hear this at a rally

All you need is love. All you need is love, love. Love is all you need. I'm singing that old Beatles song in my head and trying to wrap my mind around a beautiful love-fueled relationship between members of Black Lives Matter and the most passionate Trump supporters.


Irma brought out the truth about the Florida Keys


How Keys survived Irma's darkest days

In the darkest days after the storm, when the basic comforts many take for granted -- power, water, toilets, contact with the outside world -- were wiped out by Hurricane Irma, the Conch Republic took care of its own.


Resilience and silver linings after a disaster

The torrential rains may have ended, yet many people in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean continue to feel the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma in unseen, dramatic ways.


Photos: Hurricane Irma slams Florida

After tearing through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma caused historic destruction across Florida.


Keys residents returning to devastated region

Residents begin returning to the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction throughout the region. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.


See Irma's impact on the Florida Keys

CNN's Bill Weir gets a close look at the devastation in the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma.


Lisa Ling: Why sex used to embarrass me


Let's talk about sex

Host Lisa Ling investigates the ways we stigmatize, police and politicize sex in America.


Dating while living with an STD


What happened this week that wasn't politics

We made it to fall, y'all! Let's take a look back at this week's winners and viral cheesy loser (that reference will become apparent. So read on).


Crawl inside a 3,500-year-old Egyptian tomb

A man in a gray robe and white headscarf brushes the dust, undisturbed for thousands of years, off a human skull, one of many messily discarded by grave robbers.


Grilling 101: Don't bungle your burger

We've all seen, smelled, eaten and regretted some mighty bad grilling mishaps over the years, and it's always such a shame. The meat is juuust a little overdone, under-seasoned, inedibly dry, or even reeking of creepy chemicals. With a few tweaks, dinner would have been a winner.


Hero teacher tackles student gunman

As a male student sprayed gunfire in the Mattoon High School cafeteria, teacher Angela McQueen sprung into action and took down the shooter as fellow pupils and staff fled.


The week ahead in stocks

Stock news this week: German election; More NAFTA and Brexit talks; Tax reform


Creating ride-share rickshaws for refugees


Buying a home in 10 steps


This app is beginner's guide to stock market


What Trump's NFL, Curry remarks should signal to his base


Nuclear war isn't North Korea's only threat


Puerto Rico's other huge problem


What Mexico's earthquake means for California


 

Germany election: Merkel wins fourth term, exit polls say

The chancellor is re-elected but nationalists have made a historic breakthrough, exit polls suggest.


Trump NFL row: Defiance after US president urges boycott

Players kneel in protest during the US anthem as the president's remarks are strongly condemned.


Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico facing crisis

The entire island is still without power and engineers say it could take months to be restored.


Man clings to train's windscreen wiper in Australia

A man's been arrested after apparently riding a 110kmph train in Perth by clinging on at the back.


Falling jet wing panel damages car in Japan

An airline launches an investigation after the panel falls near Kansai International Airport.


Rubens lost since 1600s found in Glasgow

The painting of the Duke of Buckingham, found in Glasgow, was previously thought to be a later copy.


Bodybuilder dies after celebrity kickboxing bout in Singapore

Organisers say both fighters had a medical check-up before the fight in Singapore.


Trump and North Korea war of words escalates

Donald Trump warns North Korean leaders "won't be around much longer" if threats continue.


Kenya election: Chief prosecutor orders inquiry into electoral commission

An inquiry is ordered into the electoral commission after last month's presidential poll was ruled void.


Teaching the children of Boko Haram fighters

Zannah Mustapha founded a school for children affected by Boko Haram violence in the heartland of the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria.


Rohingya crisis: UN reports drop in arrivals in Bangladesh

But UN agencies warn it is too soon to say the influx of those fleeing Myanmar's violence "is over".


Uber seeks talks with London mayor to renew licence

Taxi app firm says it is willing to change, as Tories clash with Labour and unions over Uber's future.


Laver Cup 2017: Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal win first doubles match

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal win their first doubles match together on the second day of the inaugural Laver Cup.


A modern muse: The enduring appeal of Audrey Hepburn

Hundreds of the Hollywood actor's personal items are on display at Christie's ahead of an auction.


Killer whales join in on Norway surfing competition

Two killer whales have been spotted alongside participants in the semi-finals of a surf contest in Norway.


'I fell from the top of the jungle to save an eagle'

Alexander Blanco's conservation work is helping to save the world's most powerful eagle.


The winners of 2017's Insight Astronomy Photographer award

Judges has to choose between 3,800 entries from all over the world.


'I want to get rid of my Polish accent'

Kasha lives in the UK but has found some people are hostile because of her Polish accent.


Anjali: The professional dance company with a difference

Anjali's dancers, who have learning disabilities, are working with world-renowned choreographers.


Sir Patrick's guide to theatre company's huge costume sale

The theatre company is selling off more than 10,000 items of clothing worn by actors over the decades.


ICYMI: A hidden Picasso, Trump and a forest fire

A few of the stories you may have missed this week.


Germany's other vote: Tegel airport row divides Berliners

Berliners hold a vote on the future of Tegel airport - and it has become a hot political issue.


North Korea-US tensions: How worried should you be?

Here are three reasons why you should take a deep breath and not panic, for now.


The island where people eat puffins

In a remote corner of Iceland, the taste of the seabird is a reminder of home.


What's the right thing to say to someone with cancer?

This cancer survivor is changing the "sugarcoated" greeting card business


Australia's heated same-sex marriage debate

Battle lines are drawn as the country has its say in a two-month voluntary postal survey.


You choose: what thing helped make the modern economy?

Tim Harford chose 50 essential inventions that shaped the modern economy, but what should be the 51st?


How Cuba and Puerto Rico responded to their hurricanes

Cuba and Puerto Rico responded differently to devastating hurricanes, the BBC's Will Grant reports.


Risking life and limb to protect eagles

How one man found his calling as a protector of one of the largest species of eagle, the harpy.


Where would FC Barcelona be in an independent Catalonia?

The Catalan referendum places some uncertainty over the future of Spain's prestigious football club.


Slaves in modern Britain: 'Living in the dark'

Matthew Price reports on efforts to root out slavery in the UK


England v West Indies: Moeen Ali hits 53-ball century in Bristol win

Moeen Ali hits an exhilarating 53-ball century in England's 124-run win over West Indies in Bristol to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day series.


Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Newcastle United

Tomer Hemed scores the only goal as Brighton beat Newcastle United to record their second successive home Premier League win.


NFL: Baltimore Ravens & Jacksonville Jaguars protest during US national anthem

Baltimore and Jacksonville players undertake protest during the US national anthem before the NFL match at Wembley.


Billy Vunipola: England and Saracens number eight out for four months

England and Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola will be out for the next four months with a knee cartilage injury.


Luke Campbell reveals his father died two weeks before Jorge Linares fight

Luke Campbell reveals his father died two weeks before Saturday's world title defeat by Jorge Linares in California.


Premiership: Exeter Chiefs 31-17 Wasps

Olly Woodburn scores two tries as champions Exeter claim a bonus point in a comfortable victory over Wasps.


Jacksonville Jaguars beat Baltimore Ravens 44-7 at Wembley

Jacksonville Jaguars embarrass Baltimore Ravens 44-7 at Wembley with tight end Marcedes Lewis scoring a hat-trick.


 

Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right


Trump cranks up North Korea threats as Pyongyang holds anti-U.S. rally


Weakened dam the latest threat as Puerto Rico reels from hurricane


U.S. allied Syrian groups form civilian council to run Deir al-Zor


Myanmar says bodies of 28 Hindu villagers found in Rakhine State


Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, civilians wounded


U.S. air strikes kill 17 Islamic State militants in Libya: U.S. military


London mayor says Britain should not host President Trump on state visit


Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad': Barzani


Zimbabwean activist pastor arrested for criticizing Mugabe government


 

NFL Week 3: Numerous Patriots kneel, Steelers skip anthem as President Trump's comments stoke passions - Washington Post


As Trump escalates criticisms, NFL seeks to unite amid more anthem protests - Washington Post


1 dead, several wounded in Tennessee church shooting, suspect in custody - New York Post


Cruz opposes latest Obamacare repeal attempt - Politico


Steelers remain in locker room during the national anthem - ESPN


Angela Merkel Is Headed for German Election Victory as Far Right Enters Parliament - New York Times


North Korean Minister Says Trump the One on Suicide Mission - Bloomberg


Puerto Rico's mayors describe widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria - SFGate


NFL chief, team owners, NBA stars slam Trump - CNN


In Sad, Sad Press Conference, Milo Says 'Free Speech Week' Is Now Just One Measly Rally - HuffPost


 

Tens Of Thousands In Puerto Rico Told To Evacuate Immediately As Dam Cracks

Tens Of Thousands In Puerto Rico Told To Evacuate Immediately As Dam CracksAbout 70,000 people in Puerto Rico’s northwestern municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas were being urged to evacuate immediately Friday after the Guajataca Dam there was found to be in “imminent” danger of failing.



These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 Election

These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 ElectionThe Department of Homeland Security told told election officials in 21 states on Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access their voting systems in the 2016 election.



Mass Killer Scott Dekraai Gets Life In Prison In Case Tainted By Government Misconduct

Mass Killer Scott Dekraai Gets Life In Prison In Case Tainted By Government Misconduct― Scott Dekraai, the shooter in the worst mass killing in Orange County, California, history, was sentenced on Friday to eight consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than receiving the death penalty, because of government misconduct linked to a jail informant program.



Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquakeAround Mexico's capital are scattered signs for missing pets, mostly dogs, who their owners believe got scared and escaped in the chaotic moments after the devastating quake.



Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ?Middle Skills? Gap

Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ‘Middle Skills’ GapCompanies like Toyota, Boeing, General Motors and Dow Chemical are all starting or expanding specialized job training programs to bridge the gap in technical skills for "middle skills jobs."



New 'targeted' Trump travel ban could cover several more countries

New 'targeted' Trump travel ban could cover several more countriesUS President Donald Trump is considering a new version of his travel ban which could include restrictions on travelers from additional countries. Mr Trump's ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority nations is set to expire on Sunday, 90 days after it took effect. Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security Secretary, has recommended the president impose new, more targeted restrictions to replace the blanket ban, and those restrictions could vary by country. "The acting secretary has recommended actions that are tough and that are tailored, including restrictions and enhanced screening for certain countries," Miles Taylor, counselor to the Homeland Security Secretary, said. The Homeland Security Department at first identified 17 countries that had failed to meet US standards, the Wall Street Journal reported. Those standards included not issuing reliable passports, and not giving the US details of known terrorists. Around half of the 17 countries subsequently improved their security, leaving eight or nine that the department recommended restrictions on. Mr Taylor said the proposed restrictions were "tailored and specific to each country". He added: "Some countries may have similar restrictions to others, but there is a spectrum." Officials refused to say exactly how many countries - and which countries - might be affected, insisting the president had yet to make a final decision on how to proceed. The president is expected to sign a proclamation once he has made a decision. Mr Trump's ban, which went into effect in June following a round of legal challenges, has applied to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lacked a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States". H.R. McMaster, Mr Trump's national security adviser, said Sunday that the president was considering new restrictions in an effort to keep the American people safe. He said: "Well, this is something that we're looking at, is how to protect the American people better, how to ensure that we know who these people are who are moving." "If  you can't screen people effectively to know who's coming into your country, then you shouldn't allow people from that country to travel." Mr Trump had originally tried to ban the entry of people from seven countries, including Iraq, in a January executive order that sparked protests, chaos at airports and a flurry of legal challenges. Amid the backlash, Trump issued a second, narrower order, which he later derided as a "watered down, politically correct version". Last week Mr Trump said on Twitter: "The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific - but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"



Jeff Sessions' New Chief Of Staff: Mueller's Russia Probe Could Be A 'Witch Hunt'

Jeff Sessions' New Chief Of Staff: Mueller's Russia Probe Could Be A 'Witch Hunt'WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed as his chief of staff a former federal prosecutor who has written that the special counsel investigation into the Trump administration could be turning into a “witch hunt.”



Meghan Markle makes Invictus Games debut in sexy ensemble

Meghan Markle makes Invictus Games debut in sexy ensembleSpotted: Meghan Markle -- without Harry -- at the Invictus Games!



Monument to designer of AK-47 rifle scarred by sculptor's lapse

Monument to designer of AK-47 rifle scarred by sculptor's lapseWorkers on Friday cut out part of a new monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the Soviet Union's legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after eagle-eyed Russians noticed that it mistakenly depicted a German weapon of World War Two. Just three days ago, the monument to the creator of one of Russia's best known export brands was unveiled with much fanfare in central Moscow. A metal bas-relief behind a statue of Kalashnikov depicts the AK-47 and other weapons all supposedly designed by the engineer, who died in 2013.



Marilyn Manson: 'Columbine Destroyed My Entire Career'

Marilyn Manson: 'Columbine Destroyed My Entire Career'Singer Marilyn Manson, is setting the record straight when it comes to the Columbine High School massacre.



Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto RicoGUAJATACA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration's response but called for the emergency loosening of rules long blamed for condemning the U.S. territory to second-class status.



'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Is A Mess

'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Is A MessA spokesman for disgraced right-wing troll Milo Yiannopoulos says the “Free Speech Week” rally he organized this week at University of California, Berkeley, is going ahead as scheduled, even though multiple sources involved in the planning say otherwise.



Mexico's quake-proof building codes not always respected

Mexico's quake-proof building codes not always respectedSergio Lopez spends his days inspecting buildings at risk of collapse in Mexico City following Tuesday's quake. Lopez is a structural engineer and he knows the ins and outs of earthquake-resistant construction code improvements as well as anyone. Tuesday's earthquake, which struck on the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985 quake, toppled 39 buildings in Mexico City.



Police Shootings Are Killing Latinos

Police Shootings Are Killing LatinosLatinos involved in police shootings have been widely underrepresented in the past few years.



Why History Proves North Korea Just Might Test a Nuclear Weapon in the Pacific

Why History Proves North Korea Just Might Test a Nuclear Weapon in the PacificA senior North Korean diplomat has suggested that Pyongyang might conduct a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific—the first atmospheric nuclear blast since China’s October 16,1980, detonation. "It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific," North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.



Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats Herself

Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats HerselfHolly the dog doesn’t beg for treats — she pays for them.



Bill Maher Uses Children's Book To Explain Donald Trump's Deal With Democrats

Bill Maher Uses Children's Book To Explain Donald Trump's Deal With DemocratsBill Maher believes there’s a simple explanation for why “fast-talking city slicker” President Donald Trump reportedly cut a deal with Democrats over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program earlier this month.



Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate group

Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate groupThe Marriot hotel group are refusing to cancel an event organised by one of the largest anti-Muslim groups in America. ACT for America was launched as a response to the 9/11 attacks and it has been accused of existing “to advance anti-Muslim legislation and spread hate speech,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group, which claims to have 750,000 members and 1,000 volunteer groups, is holding its national two-day conference on 2 October in Arlington, Virginia, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel.



The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They Need

The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They NeedA viral video this week sheds light on a heart-rending situation: The radioactive puppies and dogs of Chernobyl.



Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on vote

Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on voteISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish parliament on Saturday renewed a bill allowing the military to intervene in Iraq and Syria if faced with national security threats — a move seen as a final warning to Iraqi Kurds to call off their Monday independence referendum.



Kylie Jenner, 20, Pregnant with First Child with Travis Scott: They?re ?Really Excited,? Says Source

Kylie Jenner, 20, Pregnant with First Child with Travis Scott: They’re ‘Really Excited,’ Says SourceKylie Jenner is pregnant, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE



New Earthquake Shakes Mexico City as Death Toll Climbs to 305

New Earthquake Shakes Mexico City as Death Toll Climbs to 305It swayed buildings and set off a seismic alarm



Forget Cheat ?Sheet? ? Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'

Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'When Professor Reb Beatty of Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College arrived at his accounting class to administer a test last week, he hardly could have imagined that he’d be the one getting outsmarted. In a Sept. 20 Facebook post that’s since gone viral, Beatty explained that he’d told his students that they were allowed to bring in a “3x5” cheat sheet to use during the test. Beatty, however, failed to specify the unit of measurement he was referring to.



Ted Cruz joins Republicans ranged against Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill

Ted Cruz joins Republicans ranged against Graham-Cassidy healthcare billThe Trump administration’s latest efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) appeared to be disintegrating over the weekend, as a growing number of Republican senators indicated they would vote against the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill. Maine Republican Susan Collins looked all but certain to oppose the bill, while Texas senator Ted Cruz also warned on Sunday he would not vote for the legislation in its current form and said he believed Utah senator Mike Lee would follow his lead in opposing.



Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  

Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online. End of the world (23 Sept 2017) Of course, this isn't the first time time harbingers of doom have predicted the end of time; Nasa also had to deny the existence of Nibiru in 2012. Throughout history there have been similar claims, but thankfully none of them so far have been proved correct.  How did conspiracy theories about Planet X start? Online chatter about Nibiru began back in 1995 when Wisconsin native Nancy Lieder created the alien-conspiracy website ZetaTalk. Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe. The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction. Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters. Why September 23? It has been claimed an unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Bible’s Book of Revelation, September 23, will signal the start of the end of the world.   However, the EarthSky blog notes there will be “nothing unique” about the sun, moon and planets on the date. “In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056,” explains astronomer Christopher M. Graney. Haven’t we been here before? Mars, with Earth visible in background Credit: Getty  This isn't the first time the apocalypse has been predicted: 1844 American Baptist teacher William Miller first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in 1833, predicting he would return in the year 1843. The Millerites were his followers and Millerism became a national movement, however when Jesus didn’t arrive, October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment. 1997 Twenty years ago, 29 members of Heaven’s Gate, a UFO religious millenarian group, committed suicide with the aim of boarding a UFO they believed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet before the supposed end of the world. 2003 Planet X was also supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerian people and was meant to hit Earth in 2003, but never arrived. “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012,” say Nasa. 2011 The end of the world was also supposed to arrive on 21 May 2011, with Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping predicting the Rapture would begin at 18:00 in each of the world's time zones, wiping out nay-sayers with rolling earthquakes as believers ascended to heaven. 2012 Nasa had to debunk an ancient Maya prophecy theory about the world ending back in 2012. The Mayan connection “was a misconception from the very beginning,” astrophysicist Dr. John Carlson said at the time. “The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date." 2015 Chris McCann, leader and founder of the eBible fellowship, said the world would be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7. McCann said he was "surprised" by the outcome and wrote a blog post entitled: "A response to being incorrect with the prediction that, in all likelihood, the world would end on October 7." What does Nasa say this time? Nasa is confident the world won't end  Credit: AFP Nasa has definitively dismissed wild theories about Nibiru as pseudoscience, issuing a number of statements denying its existence. “Various people are ‘predicting’ that world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” say Nasa. “The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision. The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the 'days of darkness' tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.” They add: “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth … astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. “Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.” Nasa fake news and the days of darkness tale A fake news story being widely shared online suggests Nasa has confirmed Earth will experience 15 days of complete darkness in November 2015. Another fake news video claims that Nasa has found Nibiru and confirmed it is heading straight for us. Debunking website Snopes explains the “days of darkness” tale is a “bit of fake news lifted from an older viral rumour” They say that it “had already been around the online block several times before,” adding, “it has long since become an evergreen online hoax — a jape that is typically resurrected a few times a year by dubious websites that simply update the time span for the alleged ‘period of darkness’ and send it winging around the internet again. What do other experts say? Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs and other mysteries for the Ministry of Defence, says “Nibiru doesn't exist”. He adds: “The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity.” Mr Pope told The Telegraph: “I'm certain Nibiru doesn't exist because if there really was a rogue planet heading for Earth, due to hit on Saturday, it would be visible to the naked eye by now. “Furthermore, astronomers would have been aware of its presence for years, both through direct observation and through gravitational effects on other planets in the solar system.” Why are some people so keen to promote this conspiracy? “The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations,” Pope says. “I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity.” Is there anything we should be worried about? “All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru,” Pope adds.  “There have been countless previous predictions of the end of the world. Self-evidently all these predictions were false. September 23 will pass without incident, just as we safely negotiated all the previous dates that had been put forward as doomsday.” Google Home spreads bizarre conspiracy theory A prepper's guide to everything you need to survive the apocalypse  



Trump takes center stage in fractious Senate race in Alabama

Trump takes center stage in fractious Senate race in AlabamaBy James Oliphant HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) - President Donald Trump injected himself into a bitter U.S. Senate primary fight in Alabama on Friday, putting to the test his ability to enlist his anti-establishment voters to come to the aid of an endangered Republican incumbent. Trump spoke at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on behalf of Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed after the seat was left vacant when Jeff Sessions was named Trump’s attorney general. Strange is trying to ward off a challenge from Roy Moore, an arch-conservative former state Supreme Court justice, in a runoff election next week.



Matte Black Fall Decor Is The Dark Trend We Need This Season

Matte Black Fall Decor Is The Dark Trend We Need This SeasonThough it’s no coincidence we’re seeing interest spike for ink-dark hues like matte black since our eyes are now on Halloween, in reality matte black has been trending in the home and living realm for months.



Walmart Wants To Stick Groceries In Your Refrigerator While You're Away

Walmart Wants To Stick Groceries In Your Refrigerator While You're AwayWalmart is one of the most familiar brands in America, but are you ready to give them access to your home?



The Latest: Deaf man's family calls for officer's arrest

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Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico after Hurricane MariaPeople across Puerto Rico struggled to dig out from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.



Protesters against Turkey's president Erdogan again beaten up on US soil

Protesters against Turkey's president Erdogan again beaten up on US soilViolence broke out at a New York hotel when protesters disrupted a speech by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As Mr Erdogan addressed supporters in Turkish at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, one man shouted in English “You’re a terrorist, get out of my country” before being struck and dragged away. Protesters were seen being hit and pushed by men in suits, thought to be the president’s bodyguards, his supporters or hotel security, before being thrown out of the venue.



WWE Fans Shout 'That's Too Far' At Racist Scripted Comments In The Ring

WWE Fans Shout 'That's Too Far' At Racist Scripted Comments In The RingPro wrestling has never had any problem trading on racist tropes to arouse the fans, but times may be changing.



Last flight home for icon of 'German Autumn' of terror

Last flight home for icon of 'German Autumn' of terrorForty years ago next month, German anti-terror commandos stormed a Lufthansa jet in Somalia, shot its Palestinian hijackers and freed 90 hostages, a climax in a bloody era of far-left militancy. The 1977 Mogadishu raid became a symbol of the "German Autumn" when the state was at war with the "urban guerrillas" of the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, and their international allies. On Saturday, the storied old Boeing 737 "Landshut", having quietly rusted away in Brazil for almost a decade, finally came home, destined to serve as a memorial to that turbulent era.



Parents of Accused Teen: Boy?s Hanging Was Accidental

Parents of Accused Teen: Boy’s Hanging Was AccidentalRhianna Larkin and Eric Sullivan tell Newsweek the hanging of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire was a tragic mistake, not a hate crime.



LeBron James calls Donald Trump a 'bum' in escalating row between White House and sports stars

LeBron James calls Donald Trump a 'bum' in escalating row between White House and sports starsAmerica's highest-paid sports star called Donald Trump a "bum", on Saturday, amid an increasingly heated war of words between the president and his country's leading sports stars. Basketball and American Football athletes turned on Mr Trump on Saturday, with an outpouring of anger at the president's words. LeBron James, basketball star of the Cleveland Cavaliers, poured fuel on the fire and attacked Mr Trump after he criticised Stephen Curry, a fellow basketball player. Curry's team, the Golden State Warriors, won last year's league and were expected to visit the White House in celebration. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors On Friday Curry said that the team had not yet decided whether to attend, but that he would not be present. "By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to," he said. "It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion." Mr Trump then replied by rescinding Curry's invitation. James jumped in, laughing at the president and pointing out that he was revoking the invitation after Curry had declined it. "Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up," he wrote. U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017 James was an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter, appearing onstage with her at rallies. The team coach, Steve Kerr, has also been one of Mr Trump's most searing critics within the sport, describing him as a "blowhard." "Frankly, I think it's why Trump couldn't be more ill-suited to be president, because he's a blowhard," he said earlier this year. "You don't see some of the qualities you talk about, the resilience, the ability to communicate, the compassion. None of that. "To be a great leader, there have to be some qualities in there. "Has anyone ever thought that Donald Trump was a great leader?" If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 ...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 The row with the basketball players comes hot on the heels of a spat Mr Trump began with his country's American Football stars. On Friday night, at a rally in Alabama, he called on owners of teams to sack their players if they refused to stand for the national anthem. Last year Colin Kaepernick hit the headlines when he began silently protesting during the national anthem, in response to a wave of killings of black men by white police. Mr Trump told the Alabama crowd: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now - he's fired." Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, said that Mr Trump's remarks showed ignorance and a "lack of respect". Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 "Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities," he said.  Mr Trump hit back on Twitter, accusing Mr Goodell of trying to justify the "disrespect certain players show to our country."  



Everything We Learned From Russia's Massive Zapad Military Exercise

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Megyn Kelly's New Morning Show Debuts Monday

Megyn Kelly's New Morning Show Debuts MondayAfter a rough transition from Fox News to NBC, news anchor Megyn Kelly is looking to turn a new page with her daily talk show that begins this week.



California gang members found guilty of killing 5

California gang members found guilty of killing 5LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two gang members were found guilty Friday of killing five people at a homeless encampment near Los Angeles in a feud involving drug debts.



Arrowverse Crossover 2017 Gets Title, Key Art

Arrowverse Crossover 2017 Gets Title, Key ArtBarry and Iris’ much anticipated wedding will take place in this year’s Arrowverse crossover.



Kate Middleton?s Other Wedding Dress Is the Ultimate Fall Bridal Inspiration

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India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror'

India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror'By David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - India responded with irritation on Saturday to Pakistani allegations of brutality in Kashmir, saying that while India had made substantial progress since independence, all Pakistan had achieved was a reputation as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror." Addressing the annual United Nations General Assembly, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj rejected allegations by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the world body earlier in the week in which he accused India of state-sponsored terrorism, and violating human rights. "Those listening had only one observation: 'Look who's talking!'," Swaraj said.



This Baseball Team Learned There's A Wrong Way To Celebrate Japanese Culture

This Baseball Team Learned There's A Wrong Way To Celebrate Japanese CultureThe San Jose Giants, a farm team for the San Francisco Giants, was forced to apologize earlier this month after it shared a tone-deaf tweet to celebrate its annual Japanese Heritage Night.



Glenn Barkley's Ceramics and 5 Other Things We're Coveting Now

Glenn Barkley's Ceramics and 5 Other Things We're Coveting Now



Donald Trump: John McCain ?Let Arizona Down? With Health Bill Decision

Donald Trump: John McCain ‘Let Arizona Down’ With Health Bill DecisionTrump said McCain let both Arizona and his best friend Lindsey Graham down



Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast

Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blastMyanmar's army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The unrest comes days after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared troops had ceased "clearance operations" in the border area that have forced more than 430,000 Rohingya refugees to flee for Bangladesh in under a month. The army claims it is targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.



Michelle Obama makes first public appearance in months -- and she looks stunning!

Michelle Obama makes first public appearance in months -- and she looks stunning!The former first lady was spotted at a tech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, her first public appearance since late July, on Thursday evening.



Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slaying

Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slayingSAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man avoided a possible death penalty by agreeing Saturday to a sentence of life in prison plus 50 years for the kidnapping, rape and killing of nursing student Holly Bobo.



Day Care Workers Accused of Taunting Boy With Autism as He Cried Under Table

Day Care Workers Accused of Taunting Boy With Autism as He Cried Under TableKadericca Smith, 26, and 19-year-old Alexis Henderson turned themselves in to police in Winter Haven, Fla., on Friday.



What Does Rapture Mean? Nibiru Conspiracy Predicts ?End Of World? Saturday, September 23

What Does Rapture Mean? Nibiru Conspiracy Predicts ‘End Of World’ Saturday, September 23When used as a noun, rapture means “a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.”



The U.S. Air Force's 'Ultimate Battle Plane' Is Nearly Ready for Combat

The U.S. Air Force's 'Ultimate Battle Plane' Is Nearly Ready for CombatThe AC-130J Ghostrider is a beast. The AC-130J Ghostrider, the next-generation gunship the Air Force once dubbed its “ultimate battle plane” and “a bomb truck with guns,” will be ready to rain hellfire down on unsuspecting enemies by the end of September, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command announced on Sept. 19. “We are declaring IOC, Initial Operating Capability, this month on the AC-J,” AFSOC chief Lt. Gen Marshall Webb told reporters at the Air Force Association’s annual conference, per Military.com.



 

Not Just Nukes: North Korea Also Has Stockpile of Deadly Nerve Agent

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies estimates North Korea has between 2,500 and 5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons.


America's Most Effective Anti-ISIS Allies Want Their Own Country

Experts say Iraqi Kurds will likely vote for independence — but what that will actually mean in reality is still unclear.


Merkel Wins Fourth Term as Far-Right Enters German Parliament

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives beat their rivals on Sunday to win her a fourth term in an election that will also bring a far-right party into Germany's parliament for the first time in more than half a century, exit polls showed.


Trump Doubles Down on North Korea Threats After U.S. Show of Force

The war of words between the two countries escalated on Saturday after U.S. fighter jets flew over waters east of North Korea in a show of force


Another Mexico Quake Sends Panicked People Into Streets

An earthquake with a 6.1 magnitude shook southern Mexico on Saturday and was felt in the capital, where seismic alarms sounded, residents ran into the streets.


Hope Flies in for Puerto Ricans Who Survived Maria

NBC News was granted a look at a first relief flight to Puerto Rico in which the charity Samaritan's Purse assembled 50,000 pounds of supplies.


Iran Tests New Ballistic Missile, State Media Reports

President Donald Trump has accused Iran at the U.N. General Assembly of building "dangerous" missiles and exporting violence throughout the Middle East.


U.S. Troops Train Just Miles From Russia's Huge Military Drills

U.S. troops have upped their exercises with European counterparts in recent years as a show of force and to strengthen integration between their militaries.


China Imposes Limit on Oil Supply to North Korea

China announced it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under sanctions, reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally.


Death Toll in Mexico Quake Rises to 295, Search for Survivors Continues

Mexico's coordinator of national civil defense said that half of the known dead, 155 people, died in Mexico City. Rescuers have saved 115 people so far.


Scientists Find 60 Ancient Shipwrecks Preserved in the Black Sea

Dozens of ancient ships scattered across the bottom of the Black Sea were discovered after a nearly three-year excursion.


Kalashnikov Statue Included a Monumental Mistake

Workers cut out part of a new monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it mistakenly depicted a German WWII weapon.


Cuba Tells U.N. It Has Clean Hands in U.S. Embassy Mystery

Twenty-one Americans have suffered effects from mysterious sonic incidents apparently targeting embassy staff in Havana.


What Would Happen if North Korea Tested an H-Bomb?

There could be political and actual fallout if the North Koreans defy President Trump and do the first atmospheric test of a hydrogen bomb in 37 years.


Gay Rights Group Fires Up LGBTQ Allies as UK Hate Crimes Soar

Hate crimes against sexual minorities have shot up by almost 80 percent across England, Scotland and Wales since 2013, according to gay rights group Stonewall.


Germans Set to Deliver Their Verdict on World's Most Powerful Woman

Angela Merkel has been such a constant presence in German politics that a verb has been derived from her name.


Maria Churns Past Turks and Caicos After Ravaging Puerto Rico

The storm was expected to weaken over the next two days.


France to Skip Winter Games if Korean Tensions Continue

France's Winter Olympics team will not attend the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed.


'Worse Than a War Zone': Medical Services on Dominica Crippled by Maria

Hurricane Maria left medical facilities on the Caribbean island of Dominica "worse than in a war zone," according to the country's leader.


Hope in the Rubble: Survivors Rescued 2 Days After Mexico Quake

Their rescues marked jubilant moments in what was otherwise a desperate and often fruitless search.


Puerto Ricans Get Used to 'Candles, Flashlights & Good Old-Fashioned Sweat'

Millions of Puerto Ricans are grappling the realization that life will be different for a long time following Hurricane Maria.


How Trump Administration Has Handled the North Korea Crisis

North Korea has thumbed its nose at U.N. resolutions — conducting several ballistic missile tests this year and five nuclear tests since 2006


Uber Loses License to Operate in London

The San Francisco-based company will not have its current permit renewed when it expires in eight days' time, officials said.


Iran's Reaction to Trump Speech: A New Ballistic Missile

President Hassan Rouhani's said Iran would "seek no one's permission to defend our land."


Kim Jong Un Responds to Trump, Says 'Dotard' Will 'Pay Dearly'

Hours later, North Korea's foreign minister reportedly said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.


 

Activists Occupy Volksbühne Theater in Berlin as Conflict Widens

A left-wing group said its aim was to turn the Volksbühne into a collectively run theater. It has been a flash point since Chris Dercon was named its new director.


Angela Merkel Is Headed for German Election Victory as Far Right Enters Parliament

Although the polls predict Angela Merkel will remain chancellor, a far-right party is expected to enter Parliament for the first time in decades.


Jeremy Corbyn’s Rise From Political Dinosaur to Potential Leader

The leader of the Labour Party, written off a year ago, can expect a rapturous reception at this year’s party conference. But can he win a broader audience?


Six Burned in Acid Attack as Groups Clash in East London

A group of men sprayed a caustic substance in the faces of at least six others, the latest in a series of similar crimes in London.


   


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