Inside This Year's Peppier-than-Usual James Beard Awards

Mexican restaurant Topolobampo in Chicago , owned by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, was named best US restaurant after Bayless' other restaurant Frontera Grill won the same award a decade earlier. The James Beard Foundation announced last October that the awards will remain in Chicago through 2021. Zachary Engel of Shaya restaurant in New Orleans was named the rising star chef of the year. [Full Article...]

Wisconsin's T.J. Watt picked 30th by Pittsburgh

Enter Smith-Schuster, the second-youngest draft pick in Steelers' history (he won't turn 21 until November) who has the size (6-foot-1) Pittsburgh lacked last season while Bryant sat out. The Watt pick gets really bad if linebacker Reuben Foster, taken immediately after Watt , becomes a star with the 49ers - who then go on to tie and exceed Pittsburgh's record six Super Bowl titles. [Full Article...]

Turkish airstrikes kill US-backed Kurdish forces battling ISIS

According to the Turkish government, both attacks targeted members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which both Ankara and Washington consider a terrorist group. He said it was done more as a "notification as opposed to coordination". "We have no secret agenda", Cavusoglu told reporters in Uzbekistan. Turkey has insisted that it had informed the United States and Russian Federation befo... [Full Article...]

US to urge UN to increase pressure on NKorea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's assertion that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests. Tension has remained very high over the past two months between the United States and the DPRK over the former's threat to stage military attack upon Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile programs. [Full Article...]

Indonesia prosecutors seek 2 years probation for Jakarta gov

Indonesia prosecutors seek 2 years probation for Jakarta gov Indonesia's capital is on edge as a vote that has become a test of tolerance in the world's most populous majority-Muslim nation gets underway. More than 7 million people were eligible to vote and thousands of police and military personnel were deployed to secure the 13,000-plus polling places. [Full Article...]

Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

Angered by that US military build-up and the threat of further sanctions, the Kim regime has stepped up its rhetoric, too, unveiling new weapons and lashing out rhetorically at its adversaries. "Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike", said a commentary in the paper of the country's ruling Workers' Party. [Full Article...]

South China Sea remains a concern

South China Sea remains a concern This phrase disappeared in the final statement. He cited the recent case where Malaysia wanted an Asean statement after some of its nationals were captured in North Korea but no statement was issued. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who chaired the one-day summit, said the leaders were anxious that if war broke out in the Korean peninsula, the region would "suffer immensely". [Full Article...]

Nepal's top judge suspended after impeachment motion filed

Nepal's top judge suspended after impeachment motion filed In protest to the motion, Deputy PM of Nepal and Home Affairs minister Bimalendra Nidhi also resigned from their post.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local DevelopmentKamal Thapa has expressed his displeasure against the motion. According to Nidhi's personal aide Birendra Yadav, Nidhi was disappointed over the move to register an impeachment motion against CJ Karki without his knowledge. [Full Article...]

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds On Friday, a commander of the Kurdish People's Protection Units told Reuters he expected U.S. troops to arrive on the border of the autonomous region to protect its inhabitants from shelling, and video footage circulating online shows armoured vehicles with American flags ranged along the Turkish border. [Full Article...]

Le Pen sees French presidential vote 'surprise'

Le Pen sees French presidential vote 'surprise' Then there's the fear that even if Ms Le Pen loses, her party could still make handsome gains in the June parliamentary polls . Having said that, the election has exposed some deep divisions in the French polity. Worldwide reaction to the results of the first round of the French presidential ballot has been pouring in. According to the French Interior Ministry, Macron won the first round with... [Full Article...]

SNP and Tory council gains predicted

But 49 percent of Scots are against a referendum being held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019 - the timetable she has proposed. It is the Prime Minister's first trip north of the border since announcing the election and she arrives amidst opinion polls reflecting a Tory revival in Scotland. [Full Article...]

$1 Trillion Funding Deal Rejects Cuts To Popular Programs

$1 Trillion Funding Deal Rejects Cuts To Popular Programs The deal was reached on Sunday night after weeks of tense but steady negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill and White House officials, who debated over spending priorities but were equally determined to avoid a politically fraught government shutdown. [Full Article...]

Palestinians say 3 wounded at protests for prisoners

The salt water campaign was launched with a video by Aarab Marwan Barghouti, the son of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is now serving five life sentences over his role in the second Intifada against the Israeli occupation. Barghouti, who disputed the court's jurisdiction and didn't mount a defense, has been in prison since 2002. Barghouti is popular among Palestinians, with polls ... [Full Article...]

Barack Obama Takes Little Jab At Donald Trump

Barack Obama Takes Little Jab At Donald Trump This alleged comment comes on the heels of Republican lawmakers once again stalling in their efforts to undo Obama's crowning achievement: the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. I bet you anything he brings up Obama's fee for speaking at the event. "As we announced months ago, President Obama will deliver speeches from time to time ". [Full Article...]

French court rejects extradition of ex-Kosovo premier

French court rejects extradition of ex-Kosovo premier Authorities had earlier detained Haradinaj as he flew into France on January 4 following a request from Serbia, which says he is a war criminal for his role in leading a guerrilla insurgency in its former southern province of Kosovo. Kosovan Prime Minister What Hashim Thaci, said: "This is good news for Kosovo". A Serbian court has charged Haradinaj with killings, torture and abductions of Serbs... [Full Article...]

Tensions rise after Turkish attack on Syrian Kurds

However, Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq - another key USA military ally against the Islamic State - also said the Turks hit their positions, killing five of their troops. There were no casualties but minor material damage.YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said there was heavy Turkish artillery fire across the border into Syria on Wednesday. [Full Article...]

Body of missing Joliet toddler found in mother's home

They might be there overnight". "The house was in very deplorable conditions", Ackerson said, without elaborating. Department of Child Services has been working with the family since September 2016, with four unfounded investigations for neglect, and two other pending investigations for neglect opened in March 2017, agency officials said. [Full Article...]

Turkey's Erdogan to meet Trump in May, minister says

Turkey's Erdogan to meet Trump in May, minister says Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sun. Hundreds of people are queuing in front of Turkey's election board in cap. Tana de Zulueta, head of the observer mission, told reporters that the group had paid a courtesy call and held a "cordial" meeting with electoral board members. [Full Article...]

EPA seeks to derail cleanup of coal power plant pollution

The site includes part of the former USS Lead facility along with nearby commercial, municipal and residential areas, including the West Calumet public housing complex. "But we haven't heard anything that we should be excited about. Whatever the deficiencies of the Region 5 office, the folks there do play a critical role in protecting human health and the environment", Upton said in a statement... [Full Article...]

Connecticut Detectives Solved 2015 Manslaughter Using Fitbit Data

Connecticut Detectives Solved 2015 Manslaughter Using Fitbit Data It also suggests she "had traveled more than 1,200ft after arriving home", although her husband claims "she was killed as she arrived". A Connecticut Police Department spokesperson declared that they were able to determine when and where Connie Dabate met her untimely death by examining the data collected from her Fitbit device and cross-referencing it against her husband's testimony. [Full Article...]

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