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Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some police officers bought shoes from outside vendors contrary to regulations Kenya’s ministry in charge of policing may have lost at least $1.7m (£1.3m) following irregularities in the purchase of officers’ shoes, an audit has found. The report described a “pathetic and unpleasant situation” with some officers wearing worn-out shoes and others buying non-regulation footwear. It found that the cost of items had been inflated and receipts falsified. The audit also found that the bill for 4,420 motorcycles had been inflated. Africa Live: Updates on this and other stories Silencing the police The ministry’s records show there was a plan to buy 26,500 pairs of shoes but the payment vouchers show money was paid for 78,000 pairs. T...

From YouTube Covers to Originals, Greyson Chance’s 6 Best Songs

All eyes are on 20-year-old Greyson Chance, a longtime Ellen DeGeneres Show favorite, after he premiered his latest track, “Low,” exclusively on Billboard early Thursday (Dec. 8). The release is his first since his 2016 EP, Somewhere Over My Head, after finding a key balance between music and school (Chance is a history major at the University of Tulsa). In honor of the YouTube sensation’s new release, here’s a look back at six of his best songs, combining throwback covers with original tracks that jump-started his career. 1. “Hold On ‘Til the Night”The upbeat piano pop tune serves as the title track from the singer’s first full-length album, released in 2011. The album peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and spent six weeks on the chart. [embedded content] 2. “Paparazz...

Watch the fire-breathing 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spit flames

Watch the Fire-Breathing 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Spit Flames [Video] So, we don’t quite know where this came from. This Corvette video was apparently uploaded to Chevrolet’s YouTube channel on November 15, 2017, but left unlisted—meaning it doesn’t appear in searches on YouTube, nor is it promoted as “related content.”  But Reddit found it. Research The video seems to show a 2019 Corvette ZR1—you know, the 755-horse, 715-lb-ft monster Vette with a 212-mph top speed—accelerating at full throttle at what’s already a very high speed. And it’s shooting flames. Not just the little burp of fire you get from some modern supercars on overrun. We’re talking rocket flames. A foot-long stream of blue-white fire blasting out of th...

Stocks open higher after jobs report beats expectations

© Provided by CNBC A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York U.S. equities opened higher on Friday following the release of a stronger-than-expected jobs report. The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists polled by Reuters expected a gain of 200,000. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent. “It was another solid report, but wages were a disappointing factor,” said Craig Bishop, vice president of U.S. fixed income at RBC Wealth Management. Average hourly earnings — a closely watched component of the report — rose 0.2 percent for November and 2.5 percent for the year. Economists expected a monthly increase of 0.3 percent or 2.7 percent for the year. “...

Can’t afford to retire? Here’s what to do

You’ve finally reached the age at which you planned to retire… but there’s just one problem: you can’t afford it. Is it too late to retrieve your financial situation and rescue your retirement, or are you doomed to spending your golden years working in retail? The short answer: don’t give up yet. What went wrong? If you can’t afford to retire, it’s almost certainly because you don’t have enough money saved. If that’s the case, you’re definitely not alone. The average American is terrible about saving money in general and saving for retirement specifically; a recent GoBankingRates survey found that 55% of workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement. Fixing this particular problem means finding a way to get more retirement i...

Falcons’ Freeman addresses choking gesture from Payton

Click to expand Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO UP NEXT Video by NFL Saints head coach raised a few eyebrows when he made a choking gesture toward Falcons running back Devonta Freeman during their game Thursday night in Atlanta. Payton’s gesture happened early in the fourth quarter after Freeman was stopped for no gain. “Man, I saw it,” Freeman told reporters. “That man don’t know nothing about choking. He ain’t from where I’m from. He don’t know about choking. He’s a good competitor. The ‘competes’ probably came out. But we don’t let that bother me. He don’t know nothing about choking.” The Falcons later scored a touchdown on the drive and ultimately won, 20-17. Many assume the gesture was in reference to ...

Trump travel ban — the 3.0 version — argued at appeals court

© Steve Helber/AP Protesters hold signs and march outside the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., where the court blocked the administration from temporarily barring new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The court again takes up a challenge to the travel ban this week. For the second time this week, the Trump administration heads to court to try to implement the latest version of the president’s travel ban for certain residents of six mostly Muslim countries. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post  In the lead-up to the twin appeals this week, the administration got a big boost from the Supreme Court, which granted the president’s request to fully enforce the ban while the challe...

Sources: Expect MLB probe after Ohtani choice

10:13 AM ET When Shohei Ohtani announces his choice of which Major League Baseball team he wants to play for, a number of MLB officials said they wouldn’t be surprised if it spawned an immediate investigation into how the process played out. Commissioner Rob Manfred and other MLB officials have been giving the Ohtani case extraordinary scrutiny, with repeated warnings of bans and penalties for anyone found in violation. After weeks of wooing, persuading Shohei Ohtani to sign might be the easy part, because his new team must figure out how to sustain his success as a two-way star in Japan. The Japanese star could be a great pitcher or a not-so great pitcher in MLB. As a hitter, he might have a similar range. We mix and match the projections to find the most entertaining Ohtani. In sep...

Kids’ Health Insurance Gets Help From Stopgap Spending Measure

By Natasha Rausch December 8, 2017, 9:50 AM EST Congress is buying just a little more time to keep a popular kids’ health-insurance program afloat as states face a year-end funding squeeze. The House of Representatives attached a rule change for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, to Thursday’s continuing resolution to keep the U.S. government running until Dec. 22. The Senate approved the bill later Thursday.  The rule change allows the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to dole out reserve CHIP funds to states most in need of it. The previous rule required CMS to evenly distribute leftover funds to each state. Now, states such as Minnesota that are expected to run out of money by the end of the year can get additional funds even if they’ve already received their sha...

The Latest: Winds to return as newest California fire burns

FALLBROOK, Calif. –  The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local): 6:04 a.m. Winds driving an uncontained wildfire in northern San Diego County subsided substantially overnight but forecasters say they will return after sunrise Friday. The fire erupted Thursday and quickly burned dozens of homes as it spread over more than 6 square miles (15.5 sq. kilometers) and pushed west. The National Weather Service says there will be a resurgence of winds after daybreak with gusts up to 60 mph (96 kph) directly below mountain slopes and in passes but will be less widespread than on Thursday. The fire also tore through a horse racing training center, where state authorities now estimate about 25 of the 500 horses stabled there were killed. ___ 12:14 a.m. California’s newest wild...

Ex-priest could face life in prison for killing parishioner

EDINBURG, Texas –  A former Texas priest convicted of murder in the rape and strangulation of a 25-year-old beauty queen who went to him for confession almost 60 years ago is set to hear testimony Friday in the punishment phase of his trial. John Bernard Feit, 85, was found guilty Thursday in the slaying of schoolteacher Irene Garza in McAllen, Texas. The Hidalgo County jury that convicted Feit can sentence him to up to life in prison. Garza disappeared April 16, 1960. Her bludgeoned body was found days later. An autopsy revealed she had been raped while unconscious, beaten and suffocated. Feit, then a 28-year-old priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, came under suspicion early on. He told police that he heard Garza’s confession in the church rectory rather than in t...