A farmer has been forced to ride his motorbike holding his head upright by his hair after falling and breaking his neck on a property at West Gippsland. The 73-year-old was reportedly checking his farm for grasshoppers early December when he hit a small hollow and "went sailing over his handlebars," landing on his head and breaking his neck. read more
The Moody Blues star Ray Thomas has died at the age of 76. The flautist and vocalist died suddenly on Thursday, his record label said. Cherry Red Records and Esoteric Recordings said in a statement: "We are deeply shocked by his passing and will miss his warmth, humor and kindness. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him and our thoughts are with his family and his wife, Lee, at this sad time." ... Born in Stourport-on-Severn on 29 December 1941, Thomas started out in blues and soul groups in the 1960s and later formed the Moody Blues alongside Mike Pinder, Denny Laine, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick. Although the band's roots lay in the blues, their 1964 hit Go Now was a foretaste of the lush, orchestral sound that came to be called progressive rock. read more
Donald Trump privately rationalized "why someone would be a member of the KKK." According to [Michael] Wolff's reporting: "As [Trump] got back on Marine One to head to Andrews Air Force Base and on to JFK and then into Manhattan and Trump Tower, [after addressing the Charlottesville murder], his mood was dark and I-told-you-so. Privately, he kept trying to rationalize why someone would be a member of the KKK -- that is, they might not actually believe what the KKK believed, and the KKK probably does not believe what it used to believe, and, anyway, who really knows what the KKK believes now?"
A 40-member cold-case team led by documentary filmmaker Tom Colbert and his wife, Dawna, believe they've cracked a code that reveals the bandit's true identity. The FBI abandoned the case last year, citing a lack of credible leads. The FBI abandoned the case last year, citing a lack of credible leads. But a letter believed to have been written by Cooper and sent to news outlets after the skyjacking has led Colbert's team back to a likely suspect -- Vietnam War veteran Robert W. Rackstraw, who was investigated by the FBI in the late 1970s. Colbert insists that the FBI refuses to pursue Rackstraw again because it would have to admit that amateur sleuths had cracked a case the bureau couldn't, Oregon Live reported. "It's not that they're concerned about a circumstantial case," Colbert told Oregon Live. "This is obviously about embarrassment and shame." read more
WikiLeaks posted the full text of Michael Wolff's explosive new book about President Trump on Sunday. The website's official account tweeted a link to a Google Drive containing the full text of the book. "New Trump book Fire and Fury' by Michael Wolff. Full PDF:" the tweet read. New Trump book "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff. Full PDF: t.co -- WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 7, 2018 The book has dominated headlines over the past week, with the White House saying it is full of lies. "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" claims that former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon thought the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was "treasonous."