The top 5 cities for having fun and enjoying life

Bikeworldtravel/Shutterstock Looking for some travel inspiration for the year ahead? The 2018 Time Out City Life Index has just been released charting the most exciting cities right now.  The extensive survey has revealed a selection of exciting destinations for pursuits like culture and eating, based on the responses of 15,000 people in 32 cities around the world. … [Read more...]

6 traits you should look for in a partner, according to matchmakers

Stephen Dunn/Getty Finding your perfect match isn't easy but knowing what to look for can help you in more ways than one. It's important to be with someone who shares the same values, such as getting married or not having any children.  How you and your partner travel together can also say a lot about your compatibility.  Does your swiping criteria change as often as your fave pair of … [Read more...]

Delta has apologized after one of its employees called a customer an ‘a–hole’ on camera

Joe Raedle/Getty Images An employee of Delta Air Lines was captured on video calling a customer an "a--hole." The incident occurred at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon. According to the customer, his Delta flight from Honolulu to Portland was delayed twice on Sunday, and he was subsequently placed on a Hawaiian Airlines flight. However, his luggage remained with Delta … [Read more...]

I’ve helped thousands of people change their habits — here’s what makes it so difficult

WAYHOME studio/Shutterstock We all know that unhappiness with who we are can create anxiety and fear. Not only do we damage the relationships we have with ourselves, but we also negatively impact those closest to us. The only way to improve our happiness and self-esteem is to learn and maintain a mindset of self-acceptance and love.  Over the last five years or so, as I’ve worked … [Read more...]

50 years ago, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo — the only US Navy ship held captive by a foreign government

(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Fifty years after it was seized by North Korea, the USS Pueblo is the only US Navy ship held captive by a foreign government. And though mostly forgotten in the United States, the "Pueblo Incident" for North Korea remains a potent symbol of military success. The spy ship, attacked and captured 50 years ago this week, sits in the … [Read more...]

Putin wants to strengthen Russia’s military nuclear potential

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonMoscow (AFP) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for reinforcing the country's military nuclear potential and making sure its missiles can penetrate any missile-defence systems. "We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defence … [Read more...]

The evacuation of Aleppo is expected to end today

REUTERS/Ammar AbdullahAleppo (Syria) (AFP) - Evacuations from rebel-held parts of Aleppo continued overnight with dozens of vehicles leaving the city and the operation likely to end on Thursday, aid workers said. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is assisting in the evacuation, said dozens more buses and smaller vehicles were expected to carry rebel fighters and civilians out of … [Read more...]

Turkey has released 6 close relatives of the Russian ambassador’s assassin after nearly 3 days of questioning

Burhan Ozbilici/APIstanbul (AFP) - Turkish authorities on Thursday released six close relatives of the assassin of the Russian ambassador to Ankara after holding them for almost three days for questioning in the wake of the killing, state media said on Thursday. Investigators are looking for links of the killer, Turkish policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas, to the group of the US-based Islamic cleric … [Read more...]

Uber launched a fleet of electric cars in Madrid

REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiMADRID (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies launched in Madrid on Thursday its first fleet of electric cars. In Spain's capital city, as elsewhere, Uber's service of matching private car owners with passengers has prompted anger among the heavily-regulated taxi sector. The company hopes the introduction of cleaner cars will help improve its image in a city … [Read more...]

Four arrests made as Berlin attack manhunt intensifies

© AFP Tobias SCHWARZBERLIN (AFP) — German authorities were criticised on Thursday after it emerged that the prime suspect in Berlin's deadly truck attack, a rejected Tunisian asylum seeker, was known as a potentially dangerous jihadist. German prosecutors have issued a Europe-wide wanted notice for 24-year-old Anis Amri, offering a €100,000 ($104,000) reward for information leading to … [Read more...]

China foreign minister: US-China relations face ‘uncertain factors’, but ‘can’t be altered by an individual’s will’

Reuters/ Greg Baker BEIJING (Reuters) - China-U.S. relations face new uncertainties but with mutual respect for core interests they will remain stable, China's foreign minister said, adding one individual will not impede ties, a likely reference to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. President Xi Jinping spoke with Trump soon after he won last month's election, but Beijing has been unsettled by … [Read more...]

How free college transformed this Rust Belt town in Michigan

AP/Mark Bialek DECEMBER 17, 2016  KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Tracy Zarei has wanted to teach children ever since she was in the second grade. She knew she would have to go to college to become a teacher. “She was a straight-A student,” says her mother, Sheri, who was working double shifts in a nursing home to pay rent on their mobile home. “She cried when she got her first … [Read more...]

Study shows fewer people skip the doctor because of cost concerns after Obamacare was passed

A new report published by the Commonwealth Fund this week highlighted a variety of aspects of the insurance coverage gains made after Obamacare was passed, including a sizable decrease in the number of people who say they skipped going to the doctor because of cost concerns. In 2013, before the law had gone fully into effect, 20 percent of adults said they had forgone seeking medical treatment … [Read more...]

The NYPD has been tracking hate crimes for decades, but their count is utterly incomplete

REUTERS/Bria WebbAs of Dec. 18, 2016, there had been 373 hate crimes reported to the New York Police Department. Crimes against Muslims were up 50 percent from the same time last year, rising to 33 from 22. Crimes involving sexual orientation were also up 2014 to 101 from last year's 74. Whites have been victims, too, the source of 16 reported crimes. The numbers reflect a distinctive effort by a … [Read more...]

America’s largest police union wants Trump to give military gear to cops again

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesThe Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the U.S., gave candidate Donald J. Trump one of his highest-profile endorsements in September. Now, the group wants to call in its chits with the president-elect, issuing a list of recommended actions for his first 100 days in office. The organization’s wish list ranges from curtailing police reform … [Read more...]

A big private prison operator may have illegally funded a Trump super PAC

APFew organizations stand to benefit from Donald Trump’s presidency as much as the GEO Group. It’s one of the largest private prison operators in the United States — and it’s accused of breaking the law to help put Trump in the White House. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) received new information on Tuesday from the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign … [Read more...]

Activist investors are pushing Shell to act on Climate Change before it’s too late

Thomson Reuters Oil major Royal Dutch Shell is facing rising pressure from shareholders to shield its business from climate change threats and to play a bigger role in lowering global carbon emissions. Activist shareholder group Follow This, representing some of Shell's retail shareholders, will put forward a resolution at next year's annual shareholder meeting requesting Shell to set targets for … [Read more...]

How the assassination of Russia’s Turkish ambassador could derail Turkey’s hopes for Syria

Burhan Ozbilici/AP The latest victim of Turkey’s climate of insecurity is Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey.  Karlov was assassinated Dec. 19 by a 22-year-old police officer. Disguised as a security guard in a black suit, the gunman stood behind Karlov as the ambassador was speaking in an art gallery just yards from the U.S. embassy.  “Don’t … [Read more...]