Arizona Mother Accused of Abusing 7 Adopted Children Who Appeared on YouTube Series

Mahita Gajanan An Arizona mother and her two adult sons were arrested and charged with abusing her seven adopted children who appeared in the popular YouTube series “Fantastic Adventures.” Machelle Hackney, 48, and her two adult sons, Logan and Ryan Hackney, were arrested Friday and face abuse charges. City of Maricopa police said the children were locked in a closet for multiple days without access to food, water or a bathroom, pepper sprayed and forced into ice baths, The Arizona Republic reports. Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The children have been removed from Hackney’s custody … Continue reading Arizona Mother Accused of Abusing 7 Adopted Children Who Appeared on YouTube Series

Sophie Turner Victoriously Enjoys Wine on a Jumbotron Like a Queen in Real Life

Ashley Hoffman Of all the cast members on Game of Thrones at this time, Sophie Turner is probably having the most fun. At Tuesday night’s game where the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the actor possessed enough regal confidence to rule all seven kingdoms. After the jumbotron aired a clip of Turner starring in Thrones, Turner responded by offering silly faces, a dab and chugging a glass of red wine. Turner was joined by fiancé Joe Jonas, who she’s set to wed in France this summer. Former player … Continue reading Sophie Turner Victoriously Enjoys Wine on a Jumbotron Like a Queen in Real Life

Houston-Area Petrochemicals Fire Is Contained After Days of Burning. But It Could Flare Back Up

Associated Press (HOUSTON) — Crews have extinguished a fire that’s burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility. International Terminals Company says the blaze in Deer Park was extinguished as of 3 a.m. Wednesday. The fire began Sunday at the facility southeast of Houston, sending a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet in the air, though officials said air quality remained safe. ITC says crews will continue to spray foam and water on the storage tanks that caught fire to cool them down and prevent the fire from reigniting. The company says steam and smoke will be … Continue reading Houston-Area Petrochemicals Fire Is Contained After Days of Burning. But It Could Flare Back Up

Theresa May Asks the EU to Delay Brexit Until June 30

Associated Press Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to delay Britain’s departure from the European Union until June 30. The U.K. is currently due to leave the bloc in nine days, but Parliament has twice rejected May’s divorce deal with the EU. May told European Council President Donald Tusk in a letter seeking the extension that she intends to try a third time to get the deal approved. A delay to Brexit needs approval from all 27 remaining EU member states, who are meeting in Brussels on Thursday. Continue reading Theresa May Asks the EU to Delay Brexit Until June 30

EU Fines Google 1.49 Billion Euros for Abusing Its Dominance in Online Ads

Associated Press (BRUSSELS) — European Union regulators have hit Google with a 1.49 billion euro ($1.68 billion) fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising. The EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, announced the results of the long-running probe of Google’s AdSense advertising business case at a news conference in Brussels on Wednesday. It’s the third time the commission has slapped Google with an antitrust penalty, following multibillion-dollar fines resulting from separate probes into two other parts of the Silicon Valley giant’s business. Last year Vestager hit the company with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine following an … Continue reading EU Fines Google 1.49 Billion Euros for Abusing Its Dominance in Online Ads

A New Kazakh President Is Sworn in After Soviet-Era Strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev Steps Down

Associated Press (MOSCOW) — The speaker of Kazakhstan’s parliament was sworn in as interim president on Wednesday, a day after longtime leader Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly resigned. Nazarbayev surprised many by announcing in a televised address Tuesday that he would step down after nearly 30 years in office that has included the whole of Kazakhstan’s time as an independent nation. The 78-year-old Nazarbayev attended Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s inauguration Wednesday, entering to lengthy applause from assembled dignitaries before taking a seat on a podium behind the lectern where Tokayev gave an address. Minutes after Tokayev was sworn in, he suggested that the Kazakh … Continue reading A New Kazakh President Is Sworn in After Soviet-Era Strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev Steps Down

Burials and National Mourning Underway for Cyclone Idai Victims in Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Associated Press (CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe) — Zimbabwe is retrieving and burying bodies Wednesday as Mozambique begins three days of national mourning for victims of Cyclone Idai. The death toll is rising in both countries, but the full number of those killed and damage done will only be known when torrential floodwaters recede. Persistent rains are forecast through Thursday so it will be days before the plains of Mozambique drain toward the Indian Ocean. Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is to visit on Wednesday the hard-hit mountain community of Chimanimani on the eastern border with Mozambique. Some 300 people may have died in … Continue reading Burials and National Mourning Underway for Cyclone Idai Victims in Zimbabwe and Mozambique