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Saturday, December 23, 2017

he Miss America Organization CEO, Sam Haskell, has resigned over leaked emails that disparaged pageant contestants. In a statement, the organisation said it would accept Mr Haskell's immediate resignation. Its chairperson, Lynn Weidner, is also leaving. The emails reportedly include vulgar references to past winners and comments about their sex lives. Former contestants criticised the "appalling" revelations.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

President Donald Trump's latest judiciary nominee has withdrawn his name after failing to answer basic legal questions at his Senate confirmation hearing. Video of Matthew Petersen's embarrassing encounter went viral. "It has become clear to me over the last few days that my nomination has become a distraction," Petersen wrote in a letter. Petersen was nominated as a federal judge in the District of Columbia. Trump had accepted his offer to withdraw, the White House said. read more


Monday, December 18, 2017

A power cut at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson international airport has led to a partial shut-down, with tens of thousands of people reported affected. The airport is the world's busiest, handling more than 250,000 passengers and almost 2,500 flights every day. Passengers were left in darkened terminals or on board aeroplanes. read more


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Nothing on Earth prepares you for the Valley of the Gods -- it looks like another planet, an alien landscape etched in ochre. This is not Mars but Utah, the heart of the Bears Ears National Monument, a nature preserve designated just 12 months ago by Barack Obama, in the dying days of his presidency. ... Environmental groups have claimed that the national monument designation is vital to prevent drilling and mining in this pristine land, a claim which infuriates [cattle rancher Bruce] Adams, who is also a local politician representing the county. read more


Monday, December 04, 2017

Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan reported a suspected sighting of last week's North Korean missile test, the airline said. The company confirmed to the BBC that crew witnessed "what is suspected to be the re-entry" of the missile into the earth's atmosphere. It added that as things stand no flight routes were being modified. ... According to the South China Morning Post, Cathay's general manager of operations Mark Hoey told staff in a message that "today the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location.'"


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