Trump Nominates Andrew Wheeler As Permanent EPA Administrator

Three weeks after the start of a partial shutdown of the federal government shuttered many of the EPA’s services, Trump sent Wheeler’s formal nomination to the Senate for confirmation. “I am honored and grateful that President Trump has nominated me to lead the Environmental Protection Agency,” Wheeler said in a statement. “For me, there is no greater responsibility than protecting human health and the environment, and I look forward to carrying out this essential task on behalf of the American public.” Last year, the Senate confirmed Alex Azar, a former executive at the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. On Jan. 1, former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan took over as acting secretary at …

Prime-time Trump faces credibility crisis

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will face one huge obstacle when he appeals to Americans in a prime-time Oval Office address Tuesday to unite behind his crusade for a border wall: Himself. On Tuesday night, Trump will commandeer the symbolic might of his office in an effort to bolster a political approach that has failed to force Democrats to cave to his demand for $5 billion in wall funding amid a government shutdown now in its third week. He will hold forth on a deeply contentious issue from the spot where President Ronald Reagan eulogized the Challenger space shuttle crew and where other predecessors gave notice of the start or ends of wars. The historically resonant stagecraft represents an attempt to …

Iran’s state TV airs unseen video of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

(CNN)Iranian State TV has aired previously unseen footage of what appears to be the arrest of jailed Iranian-British dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Tehran in April 2016. “You have to come with us to the investigation office and they will tell you your charges over there,” the man tells her. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British charity worker who remains jailed in Iran, was arrested at Tehran airport while attempting to return home to London after visiting family with her daughter Gabriella, who was then 22 months old in April 2016. The Iranian government accused her of working with organizations allegedly attempting to overthrow the regime. She was sentenced to five years in jail and her child was placed in the care of …

‘The Dictator’s Playbook’ looks at history, with an eye on today

(CNN)“The Dictator’s Playbook” might look like history, with much of the imagery in grainy black and white. But this PBS documentary series also provides modern-day resonance — a guide to tyrants of the past, conveying lessons on how those tactics can be employed in the present. The prevailing message serves as a reminder that the methods on display carry a not-so-subtle warning that while America has been shielded from dictatorships, it is not necessarily immune from forces that have shaped and defined them. Michael Rosenfeld, a co-executive producer on the program, lived for a time as a child in Franco’s Spain, where his father was an NBC News correspondent. The idea for the series was born out of PBS’ desire …

‘Green Book star Mahershala Ali addresses film’s backlash: ‘I respect the family and Don Shirley’

“I respect the family…and Don Shirley,” he said. “I spoke to the studio and the family and at the end of the day you wish everyone was happy and you don’t want to offend anyone in any capacity.” Ali says he treats everyone with respect and will continue to do so. Directed by Peter Farrelly, “Green Book” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and immediately became a crowd pleaser and awards-season contender. The film re-creates the concert tour of piano virtuoso Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a black man touring the Deep South in 1962 with only a Bronx-bred burly Italian driver and temporarily unemployed Copacabana bouncer, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) as security from the dangers of the Jim Crow …

Abuse case coach ‘made boys fight naked’

‘Awkward’ Mr Smith, a prosecution witness who has waived his right to anonymity, was coached by Mr Carson after joining Cambridge United in 2001, aged 11, on a youth scholarship. He said boys were made to run in the snow fully naked, and told it was to “toughen us up” and “make us men”. On other occasions, Mr Smith said, trainees would be made to fight naked under the guise of an initiation test. “It was all to build character, but it always felt really awkward,” he said. Image copyright Kit Carson Image caption Michael “Kit” Carson worked as a coach and scout for a number of clubs Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the fatal crash, which …

Muslim youth group cleans up national parks amid government shutdown

(CNN)On a rainy Saturday in Philadelphia, as the partial government shutdown continued, volunteers picked up trash outside Independence Hall, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Group members were joined by people from the general public who contacted the group through social media, spokesperson Salaam Bhatti told CNN, adding that the response to their efforts has been “overwhelmingly positive.” Bhatti said members regularly participate in community cleanups, carried out as part of their faith. The group has logged almost 200,000 hours in clean-up projects since 2016, according to Bhatti. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is the largest of its kind in the US, with more than 70 chapters and 5,000 members, all males aged 7 to 40. Bhatti …

Manson Follower Gets Parole After Spending 50 Years In Prison

Beausoleil, 71, was not involved in the most notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson “family” in 1969. He was convicted in the slaying of musician Gary Hinman that same year. Parole panels ruled against releasing Beausoleil 18 prior times. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which has opposed such paroles, did not respond to a request for comment. ASSOCIATED PRESS Parole panels have ruled against releasing Beausoleil 18 prior times.   “I constantly have hope that they’ll do the right thing and keep these people in prison, and now my hopes have to go with the governor,” she said, adding she plans to reach out to Newsom to tell him “this man does …

Football sex abuse accused dies in crash

Jeremy Benson, prosecuting, told the court: “The defendant died yesterday morning.” Cambridgeshire Police said in a statement that Carson was driving his red Mazda 3 when it left the road and went into a tree on the A1303 at Bottisham, around seven miles east of Cambridge. No other vehicle or person was involved, a spokesman said. Denied charges The court heard that his body was later formally identified by his wife, Pauline Carson. The former coach and scout had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing at Cambridge Crown Court to 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Cambridgeshire Police said the allegations involved 11 victims, all boys under the age …

Siya Kolisi: ‘There’s no way I would’ve dreamed of being Springbok captain’

(CNN)There was a time not so long ago in South Africa when people like Siya Kolisi weren’t supposed to captain the country’s beloved rugby team. View this post on Instagram To many South Africans, Kolisi represents an impossible dream — from being born into desperate poverty during the final years of apartheid to becoming the country’s first black captain. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos Since then he’s overseen an upturn in fortunes for the national side, leading South Africa in victories over New Zealand, Australia, and a series win against England. Yet Kolisi, who was raised by his grandmother, still remembers a time before he found salvation through the sport. “There were nights where I was worried …

Which vegan milks are best for the planet?

Looking at land use, the difference is starker still. Don't cry because you can't play with our interactive. Image copyright Getty Images People tend to underestimate the greenhouse gas emissions from food, and dairy milk is no exception, according to research by Dr Adrian Camilleri, a psychologist at the University of Technology Sydney. “The greenhouse gas emissions from milk are about 30 times higher than what people estimate,” he told BBC News. “I suspect that most consumers underestimate the greenhouse gas emissions saved by switching from dairy milk to plant-based milk such as soy milk.” Sales of so-called alternative milks are growing faster in the UK than sales of traditional milk, according to market researchers Mintel. Searches for milk alternatives …

‘Saw’ Creator Finally Reacts To Theory That Jigsaw Is Kevin McCallister

Of all the civilian-generated ideas about what really happened in famous films and TV shows, relatively few of them hit the perfect pitch of wackiness, nostalgia and evidence-backed accuracy as the theory that Kevin McCallister from “Home Alone” grew up to become Jigsaw, aka John Kramer, from the “Saw” horror movies.  On the surface, this theory just seems ridiculous. Jigsaw has his own backstory, along with a name that is definitely not Kevin McCallister. set forth in 2014 by Jason Concepcion of Grantland and The Ringer, points out a number of connections between Kevin and Jigsaw that — once you are made aware of them — are awfully difficult to un-know: They have comparable appearances (blond hair, blue eyes, similar jawlines). They …

Palmer Luckey’s second act: Oculus founder gets serious about national security

Washington, DC (CNN Business)Not quite two years ago, Palmer Luckey, the Oculus co-founder and onetime face of the virtual reality industry, unceremoniously left Facebook amid controversy over his support for a pro-Trump group. Now, he’s on the comeback trail. Back then, Luckey founded Oculus, which jumpstarted the virtual reality industry in 2012 with the announcement of the Rift, a virtual reality headset. “When I was 17, I mostly cared about whether or not I was going to be able to make the best possible virtual reality headset,” Luckey told CNN Business’ Laurie Segall in a recent interview. “Now I’m a lot more concerned about foreign entities and how they’re impacting the world and the United States.” Facebook acquired Oculus for …

Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting charged in separate case

(CNN)The Russian lawyer who attended a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with members of the Trump campaign was charged by federal prosecutors in New York with obstruction of justice in connection with a money-laundering case, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday that highlighted her ties to the Russian government. There is little expectation, however, that Veselnitskaya will face the obstruction charge in a US courtroom. A 43-year-old Russian citizen and resident, she is not in the US, and it’s unlikely that she’ll ever be taken into custody unless she leaves Russia. Reached by phone Tuesday, she told CNN that she would “defend her professional honor” in the case and declined to comment further about the matter, saying she just learned …

Roku takes page from Amazon, Hulu with premium subscriptions

The ad-supported Roku Channel offers a selection of TV shows and movies, and was originally only offered via Roku-powered TVs and dongles. But since August, it’s also been accessible on PCs or smartphones by visiting the site on a browser. (However, to watch the content you must create a Roku account.) Premium subscription offerings will first be available to select owners of Roku hardware ahead of a wider rollout in early 2019. Netflix, Hulu, and HBO are noticeably absent from the launch list. Also, if you choose to subscribe to a paid service, you’ll only be able to access it via the Roku Channel—and not over the Showtime or Starz standalone app, for instance. To address this shortcoming, the company …

Runaway Cow Gives Birth 2 Days After Fleeing Slaughterhouse-Bound Truck

The cow, now named Brianna, stopped traffic at 3 a.m. Thursday after escaping from the second story of a livestock truck. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Skylands Animal Sanctuary (@skylands_sanctuary) on Dec 27, 2018 at 1:59pm PST Brianna didn’t wait long, delivering the calf at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with an assist from Stura. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Skylands Animal Sanctuary (@skylands_sanctuary) on Dec 30, 2018 at 9:30am PST Download Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific