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Rome to bulldoze luxury mafia villas

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Casamonica clan members were evicted by police Rome police have seized eight villas built illegally by a mafia clan in a south-eastern suburb and bulldozers are going to demolish them. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi were at the scene as 600 police took over the Casamonica clan villas. A video posted on the mayor’s Facebook page showed police smashing their way into one of the opulent villas. Italy’s new populist government has targeted Casamonica properties before. The clan has ethnic Roma (Gypsy) roots and in June some Casamonica members attacked Mr Salvini’s plan to carry out a census of Italy’s Roma population. His nationalist League party is stridently anti-immigration. Image copy...

Chicago lift fall: Six survive 875 North Michigan Avenue drama

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Hancock building (pictured left of centre with two large antenna masts) is the city’s fourth tallest People trapped in a falling lift in the US city of Chicago thought they were going to die as they plummeted 84 floors to the ground. Six people, including a pregnant woman, fell from the 95th to the 11th floor in a skyscraper formerly known as the John Hancock Center early on Friday morning. They then texted friends who called the emergency services and they were freed after a three-hour ordeal. It is believed at least one cable holding the cabin broke. The group had left a bar on the 95th floor to go down to the lobby. Jaime Montemayor, 50, who was in the lift with his wife, said he initially felt it going down normally – and then ...

Trump Grows More Desperate, Pathetic by the Day

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Like a television show that has jumped the shark, President Trump’s frantic act grows more desperate and pathetic by the day. Asked by Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” to grade his presidency, Trump absurdly replied: “Look, I hate to do it, but I will do it, I would give myself an A-plus. Is that enough? Can I go higher than that?” Much closer to the mark is the assessment by Republican lawyer and operative George Conway, the husband of one of Trump’s closest White House aides, counselor Kellyanne Conway: “The administration is like a s—show in a dumpster fire.” And it is all getting worse. The cravenness, incompetence, corruption, dysfunction, insanity — all of it. Trump is anxi...

Democrats, the Party of Sore Losers

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Blast of snow for New England before record-cold Thanksgiving

Across the Northeast this morning, winter weather advisories are in effect, with much of New England anticipating snow. Around 7 a.m. EST snowfall’s expected to begin from western Massachusetts to Albany, as well as in southern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Snow showers from Buffalo to Watertown are also expected in New York. Widespread snowfalls of 2 to 4 inches are possible, with some areas, including higher elevations, potentially seeing as much as 6 inches. Thanksgiving Day is going to be frigid, with wind chills in the Northeast below zero and in the teens from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Record lows are expected throughout the region, with daytime temperatures forecast to be 20 to 35 degrees below normal. Temps should return to normal by the weekend. On...

Communities grieve for couple killed in crash on way to wedding

Click to expand Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO UP NEXT Video by CBS New York UNION COUNTY – Two New Jersey communities are grieving for the family of Kathryn Schurtz following a tragic accident in which Schurtz, along with her fiance, were killed in a fiery crash last week as they were driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania State Police said Kathryn Schurtz, 35, the oldest daughter of former Fanwood Councilwoman Karen Schurtz, and her fiance, Joseph Kearney, 42, both of Jersey City, were driving on Interstate 78 in Windsor Township, Pennsylvania on Nov. 14 when they encountered heavy traffic from an earlier crash near Hamburg. Police said a tractor-trailer was unable to stop and pushed the couple’s vehicle into another tractor-trailer. Their vehicle and two...

Federal judge blocks U.S. from enforcing Trump’s asylum ban

© Rodrigo Abd/AP Central American migrants, as part of the Central American caravan trying to reach the United States, wait to receive donated dinner downtown in Mexicali, Mexico, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) A federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants who illegally cross the southern border into the United States, saying the policy likely violated federal law on asylum eligibility. Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter  In a ruling late Monday, Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco issued a temporary nationwide restraining order barring enforcement of the policy. President Trump’s action was announced on Nov. 9, though the White House had as early as last month floated drastic changes to the way the Unite...

Michael Bublé Enchants ‘Tonight Show’ With Snazzy ‘When You’re Smiling’: Watch

Michael Bublé charmed The Tonight Show on Monday night (Nov. 19) with a swinging rendition of the 1920s jazz standard “When You’re Smiling” off his recently released 10th studio album, Love. Backed by an upbeat 16-piece jazz band, the 43-year-old crooner’s rich voice melted into the opening refrain: “When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling/ The whole world it smiles with you/ When you’re laughing, when you’re laughing/ Well the sun come shining through.”  The bass and drums were joined by a quartet of violins on the song made famous by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra, as Bublé’s voice heated up. “Lets, go, Let’s go,” encouraged the charismatic singer after the first chorus, turning toward the band as the stage flooded with light and the horn se...

Allies threaten to pull support from May in Brexit dispute

British Prime Minister Theresa May got a reprieve in one of her Brexit battles Tuesday as party rebels said they did not yet have the strength for a leadership challenge. But she faced a new headache as parliamentary allies warned they could remove support from May’s minority government if she does not alter her divorce deal with the European Union. Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party struck a deal last year to back May’s Conservatives on major legislation. But the Protestant, pro-U.K. party opposes the Brexit deal’s plans for keeping the border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland open after Brexit, saying it weakens the ties binding the U.K. by creating separate trade rules for Northern Ireland. In a warning to May, DUP lawmakers abstained or op...

Marc E. Bassy & G-Eazy Double Down With Seductive ‘Love Her Too’ on ‘Late Late Show’: Watch

Three is the magic number. Taking over the Late Late Show stage with some sensual seduction vibes on Monday night (Nov. 19), Marc E. Bassy and G-Eazy flexed their steamy collaboration “Love Her Too.” A sizzling fusion of pop, hip-hop and funk, “Love Her Too” is a flirty track that has both artists trying to work their way into a three-way relationship. Wearing an all-white outfit, Bassy flashed his glossy voice as he danced along to the playful tune. Singing against the bright break beats, he chanted the chorus “If I love her and I love you/ ‘Cause you love her too/ Walking away from her/ I’m afraid to do/ If only I choose one day, one kiss/ And my heart gon’ lose.” Sliding onto the blazing red stage, G-Eazy contrasted with Bassy by wea...

Stevie J says Notorious B.I.G. Would Be Happy He Married Faith Evans

Stevie J & Faith Evans Notorious B.I.G. Would Say No Biggie About Us Getting Married 11/20/2018 12:30 AM PST EXCLUSIVE If Notorious B.I.G. were alive today, Stevie J says he wouldn’t be sweating what Biggie might think about Stevie marrying Faith Evans. Stevie and Faith sat down with Raquel Harper for her new show, “Raq Rants” on BET, and she straight-up asked Stevie if Biggie would be cool with their marriage. Remember, B.I.G. and Faith got married in August 1994. They had one kid, Christopher Jordan Wallace Jr. Back in the day, Stevie — who married Faith earlier this summer — was not only one of Biggie’s producers but also a friend. How close? Stevie is godfather to Biggie and Faith’s son. The fact he’s now C.J.’s stepfather, too...

Street Artist RETNA Suspected of Vandalizing West Hollywood Art Gallery

Street Artist RETNA Suspected of Vandalizing Swanky Art Gallery … Cops Say More than $50k in Damages 11/20/2018 3:03 AM PST EXCLUSIVE One of Kylie Jenner‘s favorite artists had his work vandalized, and cops say a bad boy street artist is a suspect in the crime.  The newly opened Maddox Gallery in West Hollywood was covered in graffiti over the weekend, and law enforcement sources tell us street artist RETNA is a suspect in the investigation.  Sources tell us … RETNA allegedly twice vandalized the art gallery with spray paint, first targeting the work of celeb-fave Damien Hirst and then returning to graffiti the gallery inside and out.  Check out the pics … someone went to town on the gallery, and our law enforcement sources estimate the damages between $50-100k!!! E...