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West Virginia Teachers Walk Out (Again) and Score a Win in Hours

Published 02/20/2019 04:02 AM

Education unions were able to immediately mobilize workers and win concessions, as s a national movement pushes back against decades of school reforms.

For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’

Published 02/18/2019 05:52 PM

Fewer than 1 percent of doctorates in math are awarded to African-Americans. Edray Goins, who earned one of them, found the upper reaches of the math world a challenging place.

Skipping School to Save the Earth

Published 02/14/2019 09:22 PM

Inspired by a 16-year-old Swede, thousands of young people are expected to take Friday off to march for action on climate change.

Carol F. Reich, Charter School Innovator, Is Dead at 83

Published 02/14/2019 10:37 PM

The success that she and her husband achieved with the experimental school they opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, helped inspire a movement.

Student Loan Servicers’ Frequent Mistakes Went Unpunished, Audit Finds

Published 02/19/2019 03:31 PM

The Education Department failed to effectively manage its student loan collectors, a government audit said, increasing costs for borrowers and taxpayers.

New York City Public Schools Should Be Evaluated Based on Diversity, Not Just Tests, Panel Says

Published 02/12/2019 01:55 PM

A new report suggests the city enact sweeping measures to address entrenched segregation in education.

Denver Teachers’ Strike Puts Performance-Based Pay to the Test

Published 02/11/2019 10:11 PM

The districtwide strike is seen as a referendum on a compensation system that teachers say has delivered erratic bonuses while their base salaries stagnate.

Florida School Hires 2 Combat Veterans to Take Down Active Shooters

Published 02/14/2019 02:49 PM

A charter school in Palmetto, Fla., plans to protect its students by arming security guards with Glock handguns and semiautomatic rifles.

A School That Embraces a Trendy Model: The Start-Up

Published 02/10/2019 08:33 PM

The Brooklyn STEAM Center moved into a new $17 million home inside a tech hub at the Brooklyn Navy Yard so students can learn directly from employers.

As Students Struggle With Stress and Depression, Colleges Act as Counselors

Published 02/21/2019 10:00 AM

More than 60 percent of college students said they had experienced “overwhelming anxiety” in the past year. Over 40 percent said they felt so depressed they had difficulty functioning.

Colleges Expand Their Reach to Address Mental Health Issues

Published 02/21/2019 10:00 AM

As they struggle to keep up with the demand, many schools are hiring more staff members and trying new approaches.

Florida Student, 11, Arrested After Dispute Over His Refusal to Say Pledge of Allegiance

Published 02/19/2019 09:25 PM

The student had not recited the pledge all school year at his middle school in Lakeland, Fla., but a substitute teacher confronted him about it this month.

Surfacing: Saturdays in the Bronx With Bach

Published 02/15/2019 09:36 PM

Nearly every weekend for the past 28 years, local children have flocked to the Bronx Conservatory of Music for very low-cost instruction in classical music. Will the school’s success be its undoing?

Modern Love: Modern Love College Essay Contest

Published 02/15/2019 06:35 PM

Open your heart and laptop and tell us a story.

in her words: Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.

Published 02/20/2019 05:10 PM

New research explores how access to technology helps put girls on par with boys.

Edward F. Zigler, an Architect of Head Start, Dies at 88

Published 02/21/2019 04:58 AM

The Yale psychologist helped design the preschool program in the 1960s and was the first permanent head of the Office of Child Development.

Racist? Fair? Biased? Asian-American Alumni Debate Elite High School Admissions

Published 02/06/2019 07:46 PM

When it comes to integration at New York City’s most competitive high schools, Asian-American alumni have many different reactions.

Austin Museum Expands Latin American Collection

Published 02/05/2019 05:00 PM

The Blanton Museum of Art has acquired 119 paintings, sculptures, furniture and silverwork collected by Roberta and Richard Huber.

Theodore Rabb, Resourceful Renaissance Historian, Dies at 81

Published 02/06/2019 06:18 AM

Based at Princeton, Professor Rabb brought a fresh eye to analyzing historical records in producing books, articles and a PBS series.

Profile: Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer

Published 02/01/2019 04:00 PM

Benjamin Dreyer sees language the way an epicure sees food. And he finds sloppiness everywhere he looks.

College Road Trip: Indiana

Published 08/13/2010 07:50 PM

College Road Trip: California

Published 08/13/2010 07:40 PM

College Road Trip: Georgia

Published 08/13/2010 07:11 PM

Improving Instruction on Instruction in Education Grad Schools

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Few schools prepare teachers for life in the classroom, research shows.

The Business School Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate business schools

The New Doctors in the House

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How nurses are evolving into far bigger roles at hospitals.

The Science Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate programs in the sciences

Business School: Teaching More Than Work Ethic

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Tomorrow's corporate leaders are learning business skills and social values at B-schools.

Bitten by the Green Design Bug

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Engineering students flock to sustainable design, and schools aim for green waters.

Bringing Better Health to Rural America

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

The nation's small towns need more physicians, and med schools aim to fill the gap.

Colleges Where Need for Aid Can Hurt Admission Odds

Published 03/23/2010 03:22 PM

See which schools are most likely to admit and you and give you financial aid.

Athletic Conference Breakdown 2010: Conference USA

Published 03/15/2010 06:00 PM

In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, U.S. News has taken a look at the Division I conferences. How do the schools in the Conference USA...

Athletic Conference Breakdown 2010: Colonial Athletic Association

Published 03/15/2010 06:00 PM

In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, U.S. News has taken a look at the Division I conferences. How do the schools in the Colonial Athletic...

Colleges Play the Name Game

Published 09/17/2009 10:11 PM

Many colleges are switching names to attract students, but are some schools profiting from confusion?

Top-Notch Schools for Engineering Talent

Published 08/19/2009 09:00 PM

Studying science in college can mean cutting-edge research, and it can put you on the fast track to graduate school. But picking the right place...

Road Trip: MIT

Published 08/19/2009 09:00 PM

Think of a number ...

Government Helps Low-Income Grad Students Pay for School

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Loans to be capped at 15 percent of income, and those entering public service may get loans forgiven.

Picking the Right School for an Education Grad Degree

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Is it more important to go to a great school or a school near where you want to teach?

Medical Schools Fight the War Against Disease

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Epidemiologists go straight to the source, then sift their data one clue at a time.

Business Schools Look for Different Kinds of Students

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Admissions offices are pursuing more women and minority candidates.

How Technology Is Changing the Medical Profession

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Clinical practice guidelines, electronic medical records, and population science are revolutionary.

Aerospace Engineering Searches for New Talent

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

As more baby boomers reach retirement, demand for qualified graduates is on the rise.

America's Best Colleges: Most International Students

Published 03/17/2009 04:06 PM

The percent of undergraduates who are international.

America's Best Colleges: Freshman Retention Rates

Published 03/17/2009 04:01 PM

The average proportion of freshmen who return the following fall.

America's Best Colleges: Campus Ethnic Diversity

Published 03/17/2009 03:58 PM

The total proportion of minority students and the overall mix of groups.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity Among Top Schools

Published 03/17/2009 03:52 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants at the Top 25 schools.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity

Published 03/17/2009 03:44 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants.

America's Best Colleges: Best Values

Published 03/17/2009 03:39 PM

These colleges give the best bang for your buck.

Cheaper, Bigger, and Cooler Student Loans

Published 07/01/2008 05:58 PM

New federal standards ease some of the financial pressure for students and their parents.

Colleges Drop Their Loan Programs

Published 04/17/2008 06:10 PM

Administrators at more than 250 public colleges have opted out of the Stafford loan program.

The Impact of the Virginia Tech Attack

Published 04/17/2008 05:59 PM

One consequence of the attack is the increased speed with which colleges respond to threats.

Cuts in European-Language Studies

Published 04/17/2008 05:43 PM

As more students study Arabic and Chinese, European-language departments are suffering cutbacks.

Hot Tips for a Graduate Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Smart Choices Special Ed. The number of teachers in this specialty is forecast to rise almost 15% by 2016. At some schools (e.g., Vanderbilt...

New Ways to Get a Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Options include salaried training, condensed course, and flexible schedules.

Hot Tips for Law School Students

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Specialization isn't the only way to gain practical know-how in law school.

Getting Business School Skills While in Law School

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Law school students can choose joint programs and special courses.

Changes for the GRE Exam This Fall

Published 09/12/2007 08:44 PM

The fill-in-the-blank questions get trickier, and some questions don't give any choices at all.

Exposing Lenders' Ties to Schools

Published 09/07/2007 05:49 PM

N.Y. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has nudged institutions to sign codes of conduct on loans.

Playing Your Cards Right

Published 09/07/2007 05:44 PM

The stakes in the financial aid game are higher than ever.

Loans Are as Tricky as Ever

Published 09/07/2007 05:39 PM

Colleges break links with lenders but now give less guidance.

The New Rules of Finding Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:28 PM

Codes of conduct and pending legislation are changing loan options for students and parents.

Nickel and Diming Your Kids to College

Published 09/07/2007 05:23 PM

Small rebates from retailers are just another way parents can fund ever expanding 529 plans.

Learning Economics 101

Published 09/07/2007 05:16 PM

Schools expect students to work part time. So do parents.

How to 'Leverage' Your Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:03 PM

You can get more dough by pitting schools against one another.

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Published 09/04/2007 04:56 PM

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SAT Scores Drop for the Second Year in a Row

Published 08/28/2007 04:41 PM

The College Board reports a gender gap in the writing section and a rise in students with disabilities.

How I Found My Passion Through CTE

Published 02/19/2019 11:24 PM

It was during my freshman year of high school when I first realized that STEM was not the career pathway I wanted to pursue. While I understood the importance of a strong foundation in STEM fundamentals, my real passion was business. My story starts my freshman year of high school in Pharr, a south Texas Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Education Acts on School Safety Report Recommendation to Improve Understanding of Student Privacy Law

Published 02/12/2019 05:47 PM

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education today released a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on schools’ and districts’ responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of school safety.

5 Ways Agricultural Education and FFA Shape Students’ Futures

Published 02/08/2019 07:53 PM

Agricultural education and FFA have long been essential parts of our nation’s career and technical education system. It’s only fitting during National CTE Month to celebrate how FFA and agricultural education play a crucial role in defining a student’s path toward new and significant achievements. One of the best lenses to look through to see Continue Reading

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: President Right to Call for Expanded Education Freedom

Published 02/06/2019 03:38 AM

In tonight's State of the Union Address, President Donald J. Trump reaffirmed his commitment to expanding education freedom and empowering every student with opportunities to learn where and how works best. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the President's remarks:

Career Pathways, Post-Secondary Options…Call on the Experts

Published 02/05/2019 08:27 PM

We call in the experts when we need brake service on our car, electrical work in our home, or tax planning for our future. The experts who our students can turn to about career pathways and post-secondary options are in our schools, poised to guide, advocate for, and support students on their journey. They are Continue Reading

How to Deduct Student Loan Interest on your Taxes (1098-E)

Published 02/01/2019 12:39 AM

Student loans, interest payments, and taxes: three things that have scared many people for years now. Read on to learn how these things can benefit you. If you made federal student loan payments in 2018, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of the interest paid on your 2018 federal tax return. This is Continue Reading

3 Ways to Spot a Scam

Published 01/30/2019 12:19 AM

You Don’t Have to Pay for Help with Your Student Loans! You’re at home about to start cooking (or microwaving, no judgment here) dinner when you get a phone call from an unknown number. The person on the other end of the line is promising to help you pay off all of your student loans. Continue Reading

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos to the National School Boards Association

Published 01/28/2019 04:03 PM

Thank you, Frank Pugh, for that kind introduction. Thank you all for everything you do to serve your communities. In your roles, nearly all of you as volunteer school board members, you are each in an important position to advocate for students and to listen to families. While we’re gathered in our nation’s capital, I’ve always believed the best solutions are developed by those in your state capitals, or by community and faith leaders. But first by families sitting around a kitchen table.

Secretary DeVos: "Supplement, not Supplant" Proposal Helps Promote Effective Spending, Flexibility

Published 01/25/2019 07:36 PM

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released proposed non-regulatory guidance to support school districts' compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement, and do not supplant, state and local funds, under section 1118 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance explains how ESSA changed the longstanding requirement in order to reduce administrative burden, simplify the compliance demonstration and promote effective spending.

Secretary DeVos delivers remarks at 87th annual United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

Published 01/24/2019 02:01 PM

Thank you, Mayor Steve Benjamin, for that kind introduction. It’s good to be back with some of you, and to meet so many more. I was active in local politics and policy for many years, so I know first-hand your leadership role is important to your communities and the people you serve. I’ve always believed solutions are best developed by those closest to an issue – by states, by communities, and by families. And mayors have a unique role in those ecosystems.

As School Choice Programs Grow, We Must Debunk Myths About How Choice Works

Published 01/24/2019 12:50 AM

Charles Spurgeon, the 19th century’s “Prince of Preachers,” said in a sermon, “A lie will go around the world while truth is pulling its boots on.”[1] And in our age of social media, myths often travel faster than realities. As we celebrate National School Choice Week, myths abound concerning educational choice programs such as vouchers,

Education Choice: The Opportunity to Learn in Different Ways

Published 01/23/2019 12:53 AM

Someone once told me, “You will know you are successful if you can create a school where students line up outside the gates begging to get in, like they do when an iPhone is released at the Apple Store.” So much of what you hear about school choice has to do with funding, accountability or Continue Reading

Combating Substance Abuse in Schools

Published 01/17/2019 11:15 PM

In recent years there have been significant increases in alcohol, drug and substance abuse across the country. This abuse has significantly impacted K-12 school-age students as well as those pursuing postsecondary education. To help combat substance abuse in schools, the Department of Education has developed webinars designed for State-, district- and building-level administrators, teachers and

U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities, Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws

Published 01/17/2019 03:56 PM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the U.S. Department of Education will launch an initiative to address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will oversee this proactive approach which will protect students with disabilities by providing technical assistance and support to schools, districts, and state education agencies, and strengthen enforcement activities.

Federal Employees: How to manage your student loans during the government shutdown

Published 01/12/2019 01:13 AM

Are you a federal employee impacted by the partial government shutdown? Here are some options to manage your student loans while you are furloughed or not receiving pay. 1. Postpone Your Payments through a Deferment or Forbearance If you are a federal employee impacted by the partial government shutdown, you may temporarily postpone making your Continue Reading

West Virginia Lawmakers Effectively Kill Legislation Just Hours After Teachers Strike

Published 02/19/2019 10:07 PM

A West Virginia school teachers strike was just hours old when lawmakers voted to postpone a bill that teachers opposed, effectively killing it.

West Virginia's Education Bill Dies As Teachers Strike

Published 02/19/2019 08:52 AM

The bill was postponed indefinitely 53-45 in West Virginia's House of Delegates. Educators opposed charter schools and a new voucher system in a strike that came a year after the last walkout.

Teachers Set To Strike In Oakland, Calif., Over Pay, Class Size And Support Staff

Published 02/18/2019 09:32 PM

In California, Oakland teachers are planning to walk off the job Thursday. The district wants to pay teachers more but finds itself in a budget crisis.

Facing Loss Of Accreditation Over Finances, Women's HBCU Raises Millions

Published 02/17/2019 10:22 PM

Bennett College, a historically black women's college, could lose accreditation due to financial instability. President Phyllis Worthy Dawkins tells NPR's Michel Martin how the school raised millions.

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Published 02/17/2019 05:56 PM

Our broadcast show for February 15, 2019.

To Move Forward, Parkland Shooting Survivor Leaves Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Published 02/16/2019 10:07 PM

It's been a year of struggle for Parkland school survivor Annabel Claprood. One year after the mass shooting, she's no longer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Former Teacher Blames Education Policymakers For Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Published 02/16/2019 10:07 PM

Shani Robinson was one of 11 Atlanta teachers convicted of altering standardized test results in 2015. In None of the Above, she pleads her innocence — and points a finger at systemic failure.

Universities Scour Yearbooks After Northam

Published 02/16/2019 01:15 PM

After the controversy over a blackface photo in Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook, universities are reviewing their yearbooks for material that could be considered racist or offensive.

Ph.D. Student Breaks Down Electron Physics Into A Swinging Musical

Published 02/16/2019 01:14 PM

John Bohannon, founder of Science magazine's "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, presents the 2018 winner, Pramodh Senarath Yapa. He won over judges with his choreographic rendition of some chaotic electrons.

Denver Teacher Strike Ends; Chicago Designer Revamps School Uniforms

Published 02/16/2019 12:00 PM

Also in this week's education roundup, a new study suggest that a high-crime neighborhood can have an effect on student attendance.

Tony Salvador: How Does Bias Affect How We Listen?

Published 02/15/2019 02:34 PM

Experimental psychologist Tony Salvador says we often hear only what we want to hear. He asks us to move beyond selective listening and be open to hearing all ideas — even ones we don't agree with.

Federal Watchdog Issues Scathing Report On Ed Department's Handling Of Student Loans

Published 02/14/2019 04:20 PM

The department's own inspector general says student loan companies aren't following the rules, and that the government isn't doing enough to hold them accountable.

Denver Teachers Reach Tentative Deal To End Strike

Published 02/14/2019 01:55 PM

"This agreement is a win, plain and simple: for our students; for our educators; and for our communities," said Denver Classroom Teachers Association President Henry Roman.

Poll: A Year After Parkland, Urgency For New Gun Restrictions Declines

Published 02/14/2019 10:00 AM

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds the percentage of Americans who think laws covering the sale of firearms should be stricter has dropped 20 points from immediately after the Parkland shooting.

When Teens Threaten Violence, A Community Responds With Compassion

Published 02/14/2019 12:30 AM

After years of being beaten up, this teen decided to take justice into his own hands. A school district in Oregon showed him a better way to solve his problems.

Derailed? Feds plan to cancel nearly $1B for California's high-speed rail project

Published 02/20/2019 02:15 AM

Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory wrote Tuesday to state officials that the administration was canceling its grant agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and halting $928.6 million in future grant payments it was expected to make to fund the project through 2022.

Lesbian couple turned away by Indiana tax preparer four years after Mike Pence signed anti-LGBTQ law

Published 02/19/2019 09:26 PM

A married lesbian couple in Indiana were turned away by a tax preparer when they attempted to file their taxes jointly last week, making them one of many victims of the state’s anti-LGBTQ laws. Bailey and Samantha Brazzel got married last July and decided to file their taxes jointly for the first time. The couple went to Carter Tax Service in Russiaville to meet with Nancy Fivecoate, a tax preparer Ms Bailey used for the last four years.

Chilean nuns find 'relief' in Pope's recognition of Church abuse

Published 02/19/2019 08:36 PM

Three former Chilean nuns who claim to have been sexually abused over two decades ago by priests in their religious order have hailed comments by Pope Francis earlier this month in which he recognized the abuse of nuns in the Catholic Church. The three nuns, who had been members of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan order in the Chilean city of Molina, 130 miles south of Santiago, told Reuters in an interview on Friday that they were embraced and fondled during the 1990s and 2000s by several priests who had since died. The three, Yolanda Tondreaux, Eliana Macias and Marcela Quitral, told Reuters TV they had reported the abuse to their mother superior but were told either that they were lying or had provoked the abuse and were threatened with being forced to leave the convent.

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers

Published 02/20/2019 03:41 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he will not accept regular monthly tax transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel.

Sanders campaign says it raised nearly $6 million on 1st day

Published 02/20/2019 12:48 PM

The Vermont senator launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination early Tuesday morning and raised nearly $6 million in its first 24 hours.

FBI Probing Whether Smollett Sent Threatening Letter to Himself

Published 02/19/2019 10:36 PM

The FBI is working with the U.S. Postal Service to determine whether Empire actor Jussie Smollett sent himself a threatening letter in the days before the "hate crime" he is now under investigation for allegedly staging, two federal officials told ABC News Tuesday.The two Nigerian brothers who told Chicago Police last week that Smollett paid them to stage a racially motivated attack on him have also told the authorities that Smollett sent himself the threatening letter that arrived on the Empire set on January 22, just seven days before they claim they conducted the hoax attack.The brothers, one of whom worked as an extra on Empire, reportedly claimed that Smollett was motivated to stage the attack after his coworkers' reaction to the letter did not live up to his expectations.The letter, which was accompanied by crushed up aspirin, is now being analyzed at an FBI crime lab.Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo agreed to cooperate with police last week after they were presented with evidence that they purchased the rope that Smollett claimed was placed around his neck by two attackers who yelled racist and homophobic slurs before shouting "this is MAGA country" as they fled.Smollett's attorneys maintain that he was attacked and have denied that he was complicit in staging the assault.“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with," Smollett's attorneys said in a statement Saturday. "He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."

Huawei founder says will not share data with China - CBS News

Published 02/19/2019 01:01 PM

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's founder and chief executive pledged not to share any customer information with the Chinese government and said the company had never done so, in an interview with CBS News that aired on Tuesday. Asked if it had shared data with China's government, Huawei's Ren Zhengfei said in a translated interview with the television news outlet: "For the past 30 years, we have never done that. On Monday, Ren said in a separate interview with the BBC that the technology company would not undertake any spying activities and that it could shift its business investments to other countries amid an ongoing U.S. pressure campaign.

Obama talks self-confidence with Steph Curry: ‘If you’re confident with your sexuality, you don’t need 8 women twerking around you’

Published 02/20/2019 06:22 PM

In a wide-ranging interview about what it means to be a man, Barack Obama said that you don't need women "twerking around you" if you are "very confident about your sexuality". During a town hall in Oakland, California as part of the former president’s My Brother’s Keeper programme, Mr Obama engaged in a candid conversation with Golden State Warriors basketball star Steph Curry. When it came to self-confidence, Mr Obama suggested that those who know who they are do not always flaunt it.

Global stocks mixed as US-China trade talks resume

Published 02/19/2019 09:54 PM

Global stocks finished mixed on Tuesday following a meandering session as investors eyed ongoing US-China trade talks.

American Airlines denies man was on flight from Los Angeles

Published 02/19/2019 04:35 PM

American Airlines had a huge mix-up when they claimed to have no trace of a passenger.

How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows

Published 02/19/2019 10:54 PM

Despite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.

MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American man

Published 02/20/2019 09:19 AM

A student involved in a viral confrontation with a Native American man is suing the Washington Post for $250m (£191m) over its coverage of the incident. The defamation lawsuit, filed by Covington Catholic High School pupil Nick Sandmann, claims the newspaper “wrongfully targeted and bullied” him due to its “biased agenda” against Donald Trump. The 16-year-old was wearing one of the president’s signature Make America Great Again hats when he attended an anti-abortion rally in Washington in January along with classmates from his Kentucky school.

See Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition

Published 02/19/2019 11:01 PM

Conspiracy theorists are claiming Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. She isn’t.

Published 02/19/2019 07:42 PM

Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December.

Father accused of beating, raping twin daughters sentenced

Published 02/21/2019 01:33 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 52-year-old Minneapolis man accused of beating and raping his mentally disabled twin daughters has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Palestinian president rejects tax money from Israel

Published 02/20/2019 10:26 AM

The Palestinian Authority (PA) will no longer accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel following its decision to trim the sum over the PA's financial support of militants' families, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said. The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, an interim self-government body set up following the 1993 Oslo peace accords, has suffered a series of financial blows in the past year. Under interim peace deals, Israel collects taxes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip and makes monthly payments to the PA, which says it receives around $222 million each month.

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

Published 02/19/2019 11:42 PM

The group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. The White House declined to comment on the filing late on Monday, but Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the legal challenges. "I think, in the end, we're going to be very successful with the lawsuit," Trump said.

Cardinals blame 'homosexual agenda' for abuse crisis

Published 02/20/2019 02:29 PM

Two cardinals criticised on Wednesday Pope Francis's approach to the clerical paedophilia crisis, saying "abuse of power" was not to blame but homosexuality. "We turn to you with deep distress! The Catholic world is adrift," US Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke and German Cardinal Walter Brandmueller said in an open letter to the heads of the bishops' conferences. "Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism.

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'

Published 02/20/2019 03:40 AM

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage.

Airlines begin waiving change fees for new winter storm

Published 02/19/2019 06:06 PM

Southwest Airlines had already started waiving rebooking fees ahead of the new storm. It’s likely that others would do the same as forecasts solidified.

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

Published 02/19/2019 04:09 PM

A Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday for pulling a gun on a couple who were wearing the Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he reportedly pulled the gun in a Kentucky Sam’s Club store amid an argument, according to his arrest citation. Phillips allegedly told the woman, "It's a good day to die, b****," and exchanged obscene hand gestures with the man. He said he did so because of their hats.Phillips, who wore a hat indicating he was a military veteran, has a concealed-carry permit for his gun.The incident comes amid the continuing controversy over Empire actor Jussie Smollett's claim that he was beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans, which has been increasingly scrutinized as a possible hoax.

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

Published 02/19/2019 05:40 PM

Warren Buffett is wheeling and dealing. The most anticipated 13-F filing each quarter is that of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B). Here are seven stocks Buffett has been buying and selling according to this month's filing.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to back Bernie Sanders for 2020 election run against Trump

Published 02/21/2019 07:30 AM

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has refused to endorse Bernie Sanders for the 2020 Democratic nomination, despite working on the senator’s first presidential campaign. A spokesperson for Ms Ocasio-Cortez, like Mr Sanders a self-described democratic socialist, refused to comment directly on the 77-year-old’s Tuesday announcement he is running for a second time. “We’re excited to see so many progressives in the race,” spokesperson Corbin Trent said.

Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'

Published 02/19/2019 04:28 PM

A man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.

Alabama editor who called for lynchings by Klan should quit, senators say

Published 02/19/2019 03:23 PM

Officials in Alabama are calling for a small-town newspaper editor to resign because of an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize Washington, D.C.

Iowa mom gets life in prison for death of baby found in maggot-infested diaper

Published 02/20/2019 02:02 PM

An Iowa woman whose infant son's lifeless body was found in a baby swing has been imprisoned for life without possibility of parole.

Factbox: Europeans who joined Islamic State

Published 02/19/2019 02:22 PM

The fate of foreigners who joined Islamic State has become an increasingly urgent issue as U.S.-backed fighters prepare to capture the militant group's last stronghold in eastern Syria. The Kurdish-led, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they are holding 800 foreign fighters, with 700 of their wives and 1,500 of their children living separately in camps. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday European countries must do more to take back their citizens or they will be released.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony

Published 02/20/2019 02:05 PM

Karl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said Wednesday. "His wishes will be respected," a spokeswoman for his Karl Lagerfeld brand told AFP a day after the legendary designer died at the age of 85. Lagerfeld had previously said that his ashes would be mixed with those of his longtime lover, the French dandy Jacques de Bascher, who died of AIDS in 1989.

As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups say

Published 02/20/2019 12:10 PM

Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron was found guilty of 'certain accusations' of crimes related to the sexual abuse of minors. He has appealed the ruling.

10 Non-Hybrid Crossovers and SUVs That Get 30 MPG or More

Published 02/20/2019 12:37 AM

Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on

Published 02/20/2019 08:23 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four years ago, the U.S. government's highway safety agency began investigating air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee when two people were hit by flying shrapnel after crashes.

McCabe: ‘No One Objected’ When Congressional Leaders Were Told about Trump Probe

Published 02/19/2019 06:09 PM

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said Tuesday that “no one objected” when he briefed congressional leaders about the counterintelligence probe he had recently opened into President Trump in May 2017.“That’s the important part here, Savannah,” McCabe told Savannah Guthrie on NBC's Today show. “No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts.”> Did you tell the “Gang of Eight” that you had opened a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump? @savannahguthrie asks Andrew McCabe> > -- TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 19, 2019McCabe's emphasis on the lack of pushback from the Gang of Eight — a bipartisan group of leaders in the house House and Senate — appeared designed to insulate him from the criticism, repeatedly leveled against him by the president and White House allies, that the investigation was politically motivated.Critics of the intelligence community's treatment of the president were angered Sunday by McCabe's claim during a 60 Minutes interview that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein considered wearing a wire to record Trump as part of a plot to recruit cabinet members to declare him unfit for office.McCabe, who is promoting his new book The Threat, explained to Guthrie that FBI officials opened the counterintelligence probe into Trump because they believed it “possible” that he was working on behalf of the Kremlin when he fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017.“It is saying that we had information that led us to believe that there might be a threat to national security — in this case that the president himself might, in fact, be a threat to the United States’ national security,” McCabe said.McCabe was fired in March 2018 after the Department of Justice inspector general found that he disclosed classified information to the media without authorization. McCabe maintains that he was authorized to disclose the information under DOJ guidelines, and has argued that he was fired because he opened an investigation into the president.

Neptune's smallest moon may have been created by comets

Published 02/21/2019 05:28 AM

We're all made of star stuff, but some things in the universe are created by comets. Neptune's recently discovered and smallest moon, Hippocamp, has been confirmed and observed in detail by the Hubble Space Telescope according to new research published in Nature on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Neptune looks extremely sharp and very blue in these latest images Named Hippocamp for the half-horse, half-fish creature from Greek mythology — all of Neptune's moons are named for Greek and Roman mythological figures — it's the smallest of the planet's seven inner moons, with a diameter of approximately 20-21 miles (34 kilometres).  How have we never met Hippocamp before? The planet's other six small inner moons were picked up in a 1989 fly-by from the Voyager 2 spacecraft, but Hippocamp was missed.  Between 2004 and 2009, the Hubble picked up a "white dot" from 150 images, and in 2013, Mark Showalter of California's SETI Institute officially discovered the moon by analyzing the photographs and plotting its circular orbit.  Hippocamp was officially confirmed in the study published Wednesday by Showalter alongside Imke de Pater from the University of California, Berkeley, Jack Lissauer of NASA's Ames Research Center, and R. S. French of SETI. While there are three Hubble programmes dedicated to studying Neptune's rings, arcs and small inner moons, the study's authors had to develop their own specialised image processing techniques to focus on the inner satellites, including Hippocamp, because of their speedy orbits.  With these new techniques, the team were able to confirm not only that Neptune officially has 14 moons, but how the smallest was likely formed. Part of another moon? Hippocamp sits in orbit near Proteus, the largest and outermost of Neptune's moons. In fact, the study's authors suggest Hippocamp could be derived from Proteus, as an ancient fragment of it.  "The first thing we realized was that you wouldn't expect to find such a tiny moon right next to Neptune's biggest inner moon," study author Showalter said on NASA's blog.  "In the distant past, given the slow migration outward of the larger moon, Proteus was once where Hippocamp is now." This diagram shows the orbits of several moons located close to the planet Neptune. Image: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI) The inner moons are thought to be younger than Neptune, having formed after the capture (a successful pull into orbit) of Neptune's largest moon, Triton.  But according to the study, each inner moon has likely been fragmented by comet impacts, including Proteus, which sports the enormous Pharos crater thought to be unusually large in relation to the size of the moon, and possibly created by a comet. "Based on estimates of comet populations, we know that other moons in the outer solar system have been hit by comets, smashed apart, and re-accreted multiple times," said Lissauer.  "This pair of satellites provides a dramatic illustration that moons are sometimes broken apart by comets." It's this type of comet impact that the authors hypothesise could have released debris from the moon, which then settled into orbit and gradually accreted (formed) into Hippocamp. According to NASA, astronomers refer to it as "the moon that shouldn't be there." A pretty violent way to be born, but there it is. WATCH: Elon Musk says Mars round trip could cost only $100,000 one day

Vladimir Putin says Russia will target US if it places missiles in Europe

Published 02/20/2019 04:42 PM

Vladimir Putin has said Russia will target the US with new nuclear weapons if it deploys missiles to Europe following the demise of a major arms control treaty. In an annual speech to the federal assembly, the Russian leader on Wednesday accused Washington of planning to deploy intermediate-range missiles to the continent following its withdrawal from a bilateral agreement banning those weapons. This would put the missiles within a 10-minute flight from Moscow, creating a serious threat to Russia and compelling it to consider “symmetrical and asymmetrical actions” in response, he said.  “Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons that can be used not only against those territories posing a direct threat to us, but also against those territories where the decision-making centres are,” Mr Putin said, referring to the United States.  Russia and the United States have had hundreds of nuclear missiles pointed at each other since the Cold War, but Mr Putin's speech also detailed a bevy of new weapons Russia is developing, including hypersonic weapons and a nuclear-powered underwater drone. His comments marked an escalation in rhetoric from earlier this month, when he announced only a “symmetrical” response to Donald Trump's suspension of US participation in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Besides ceasing to observe the agreement, Russia would create a land-based version of its Kalibr cruise missile, he said at the time. Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, far left, is a longstanding opponent of arms control agreements Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP Washington has long argued that Moscow's 92M79 missile is banned by the INF treaty. But Russia has claimed that US missile defence in Romania and a similar system planned for Poland are in violation of the agreement.  Last month, the authorities even showed journalists and foreign military attaches a cruise missile canister and launcher outside Moscow to try to dispute the US accusations. A leaked US intelligence report later claimed that this equipment had nothing to do with the 92M79. In Wednesday's speech, Mr Putin again argued that US missile defence launchers in Romania could pose an offensive threat by firing Tomahawk cruise missiles and claimed that “target missiles” developed for defence shield exercises were intermediate-range missiles in disguise.  The United States needs to “do away with the illusion” that it could “achieve absolute military superiority with the help of global missile defence,” he said, touting several new weapons first announced in his address to the federal assembly last year.  The Avangard system, a hypersonic glider that can carry a nuclear warhead, and Peresvet laser weapon will enter deployment by the end of 2019, he said.  Moscow showed a cruise missile canister to journalists and military attaches in an attempt to argue its 9M279 missile did not violate the INF treaty Credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP Meanwhile, Russia is testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile and underwater drone that Mr Putin has claimed will have unlimited range, as well as a heavy intercontinental ballistic missile. The drone has been called a “doomsday weapon” because it could potentially destroy swathes of the US seaboard. But Washington said last year that the “unlimited range” cruise missile had crashed during tests. Seven new submarines and five new long-range warships will be launched, and 16 more such ships will be constructed by 2027, he added.  But Mr Putin tried to walk a fine line between boasting of new weapons development and promising to solve economic problems faced by the population, which took up most of the speech. One in five Russians now live in poverty, and polls show trust in Mr Putin has fallen following an unpopular hike in the pension age.  While claiming the Zircon missile in development could fly at nine times the speed of sound, he noted that it could be deployed on ships and submarines outfitted for the Kalibr and “won't be expensive for us”.  Mr Putin said Moscow was open to arms control talks and doesn't want confrontation, but warned that US leaders should “count the range and speed of our perspective weapons systems” before deploying new arms against Russia.  Elsewhere in the speech, the Russian president promised state aid for large families to try to reverse population decline, an effort he dubbed “more children, fewer taxes”. He also promised to fight poverty and increase access to healthcare and education in far-flung regions. Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.

Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people

Published 02/19/2019 11:08 PM

A powerful storm will roar across the US over the next 2 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.

10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested

Published 02/19/2019 07:57 PM

Bernie Sanders faces new challenges in crowded 2020 U.S. presidential race

Published 02/19/2019 11:55 PM

In the 2020 race, Sanders, who announced his latest bid on Tuesday, will have to fight to stand out in a crowded field of progressives touting issues he brought into the Democratic Party mainstream four years ago. While many of his supporters are sticking with him, some are waiting to see how the Democratic field seeking to challenge Republican President Donald Trump shapes up. Sanders enters the race with clear strengths: broad name recognition, an ability to raise money from small-dollar donors and passionate supporters who flocked to his insurgent 2016 campaign against one of the best-known figures in American politics, Hillary Clinton.

The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .

Published 02/19/2019 07:36 PM

Hint: It's going to transform your backyard BBQ setup

How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth It

Published 02/20/2019 03:20 PM

Warehouse clubs such as Sam's Club, Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club are marketed to consumers as great places to find bargains on all kinds of goods, particularly items sold in bulk. Many discount grocers offer comparable prices on the goods you can find at a warehouse club. For most customers, there are three major areas that will provide enough savings throughout the year to pay for a warehouse club membership.

Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shooting

Published 02/21/2019 03:00 AM

SHERIDAN, Ill. (AP) — A small funeral home was packed with hundreds of mourners for a 21-year-old college student who was killed on the first day of his internship when a worker opened fire inside an Illinois manufacturing facility.

Venezuela armed forces on 'alert' for border violations

Published 02/19/2019 05:21 PM

Venezuela's armed forces said Tuesday they were on "alert" for border violations following threats by US President Donald Trump who urged them to back opposition leader Juan Guaido. "The armed forces will remain deployed and on alert along the borders... to avoid any violations of territorial integrity," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, reading out a statement in a public appearance alongside top commanders. "We reiterate unrestrictedly our obedience, subordination and loyalty" to President Nicolas Maduro, he added.

Southwest Airlines extends schedule, adds new seasonal routes

Published 02/19/2019 10:11 PM

Southwest announced addition of two weekend-only seasonal routes. It also confirmed the return of seven seasonal routes that will resume in August.

Former NFL Player Killed Over Parking Spot Went to `Box it Out` with Neighbor Before Shooting

Published 02/20/2019 04:22 AM

The man accused of shooting and killing a neighbor over a parking space dispute made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

Shamima Begum: What could happen to the Isil bride?

Published 02/20/2019 03:29 PM

The Home Office has stripped jihadi bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, but the ongoing saga of what will happen next to her and her days-old son remains up in the air.  International law forbids nations from making people stateless by revoking their only citizenship, prompting speculation that Begum held dual citizenship through her Bangladeshi parents. On Wednesday morning, Begum's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said his client does not have dual nationality, but the Home Office told The Telegraph laws in Bangladesh means the teenager automatically retains dual citizenship until she is 21.  Her family say they will consider "all legal avenues to challenge this decision", and Begum herself said that she may think about trying to travel with her terrorist husband to his home country of Holland to claim citizenship there.  The case has prompted fresh discussions over how Britain manages those returning or attempting to come back from Syria, once gripped by the tyranny of Islamic State (Isil). Begum was one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK in February 2015. She married an Isil fighter and on Sunday have birth to her third child at a refugee camp in northeastern Syria. Her first two children died. Begum's family has pleaded for the 19-year-old to be shown mercy and to be allowed to return to east London. But what options do authorities have in such instances? Remain in Syria If Begum is not repatriated, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) could hand her over to neighbouring Iraqi forces, Middle East Correspondent Josie Ensor explains. The Telegraph is aware of at least three cases, including European citizens, where male Isil suspects have been transferred from Syria to Iraq to face trial. This would be a controversial option as Baghdad has the option to impose the death penalty, which the UK opposes. Foreign detainees are currently being held by the SDF in an area of Kurdish self-rule in northeastern Syria. The SDF has said that they do not have the money or resources to hold them forever. Islamic State losing its grip on Syria They have warned that if Turkey invades, which it has threatened, it could see the prisoners being set free in the chaos. The Syrian Kurds are also in talks with the Syrian government about ceding some of their territory, which could see some foreign prisoners being handed over to the regime. A third option - Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, has called for an international court to be set up in Syria. This would see them tried by international judges in Syria but return home to serve their sentence. However, sources at the UN say it would be difficult if not impossible to set up such a court in Kurdish-held territory without the authority of the Syrian government. Bangladesh dual citizenship The Telegraph understands that the Home Office made the decision to revoke Begum's British citizenship based on Bangladeshi law.  There, until the age of 21, it is understood the Isil bride automatically retains dual nationality due to the fact her parents are both from the country.  At the age of 21, a child born to Bangladeshi parents has the right to waive their right to dual nationality, but not before. The complication lies in how she gets to Bangladesh - where it is understood her father is currently living - and how she proves that she is Shamima Begum.  The teenager has never visited the country and does not have a Bangladeshi passport. Her old British passport is invalid due to her citizenship being revoked and she has previously said she used her sister's passport to travel to Syria back in 2015.  One possible option for her would be to travel to Turkey via the notoriously penetrable border with Syria and present herself to the Bangladeshi embassy.  But officials in Dhaka may well appeal the Home Office's decision to make Begum their responsibility, insisting that she has never even been to the country.  Attempt to gain Dutch citizenship Begum married Isil fighter Yago Riedjik in Syria having travelled to the Middle East from Bethnal Green in east London in 2015. His whereabouts are still unknown, but when asked what she might do next, the Isil bride told ITV News: "Another option I might try with my family is my husband is from Holland and he has family in Holland. "Maybe I can ask for citizenship in Holland. If he gets sent back to prison in Holland I can just wait for him while he is in prison." This would need a number of elements to align for it to even be a possibility.  First, Holland would have to accept to take Riedjik back, having left the country to become a terrorist in the Middle East.  Yago Reidjik The country doesn't offer to help its citizens in Syria who are willing to return, and if they report to an embassy, they would be transported to Holland, arrested and prosecuted.  A foreigh fighter with dual nationalities deemed a threat to national security - like Britain - can have their Dutch citizenship and passport revoked.  If that happens, Begum would have to follow him. But her British passport is - as it stands - invalid. And she previously said she had travelled to Syria on her sister's passport, which has since been taken from her.  Dutch legislation dictates that a spouse or partner wishing to live in Holland would need a residence permit, and in order to be eligible for a permit - they must have a valid passport or other travel documents.  Somehow, if she manages to make the 2,000-mile journey from Syria to Holland, the Dutch authorities would have to accept that she and Riedjik are married.  The pair were wed within the confines of Islamic State a matter of weeks after she arrived. It is highly unlikely there is paperwork to prove they are legally married, and even if there is, the Dutch authorities would have to accept it as binding.  Home Office decision is rescinded  As the Home Office's letter states, Shamima Begum and her family have the right to appeal the decision.  Her lawyer Tasnima Akunjee's rhetoric all along suggests he will help his client fight any move to strip her of her British citizenship.  The letter to the Begum family Credit: ITV News If judges side with Begum, deciding Sajid Javid had no right to revoke her British citizenship because it renders her stateless - the Government would be back to square one.  The appeal might not necessarily need to happen. If, as Begum's lawyer suggests, the Isil bride is currently stateless - the Home Office would be forced to reverse it stance.  In that scenario, all these options are once again back on the table.  Sent to Guantánamo Bay As revealed by Ben Riley-Smith, Robert Mendick and Laura Fitzpatrick on The Telegraph's front page on Friday, the United States is planning to send British Isil fighters to Guantánamo Bay amid frustration at the UK's failure to take responsibility for its homegrown terrorists. Senior US officials believe Guantánamo can house more than 50 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters, including the two surviving British members of the so-called "Beatles" terrorist cell that executed Western hostages. It has emerged that the vast majority of Islamist fighters returning to the UK from Syria have been placed on "secretive" government rehabilitation schemes rather than prosecuted. Despite British concern, Guantánamo Bay is being readied in the run-up to Donald Trump's withdrawal of US troops from Syria as soon as April. There is acute frustration within the Trump administration over how Britain and other western European countries are refusing to take back their foreign fighters for prosecution in their own courts. Returning jihadis: What other countries do Arrest and prosecution Home Secretary Sajid Javid previously said those who make it back "should be ready to be questioned, investigated and potentially prosecuted". But authorities have faced difficulties obtaining evidence to prove someone committed crimes in Syria.  Most recently, The Isil Beatles have caused the Government enormous problems. Two of the four suspected terrorists' fate has been left in limbo as the UK and the US play tug-of-war with where they will end up in court.  The Home Office previously blocked their return, and they could end up in an American federal court facing the death penalty after the CPS said there was "insufficient evidence" for them to be tried in the UK.    uk drops opposing of death pen Figures disclosed in the Commons last year suggested that only around one in 10 returnees has been prosecuted over "direct action" in Syria, although ministers say a significant proportion of those who have come back were assessed as no longer being of national security concern. New legislation which passed last week made it an offence to enter or remain in overseas terror hotspots, officially termed "designated areas". Managed return to UK Powers known as temporary exclusion orders (TEOs) were introduced in 2015. They can last for up to two years and can be imposed on those suspected of involvement in terrorism abroad, making it unlawful for them to return to the UK without engaging with authorities. The powers were unused in 2016, while nine TEOs were issued in 2017. Isil schoolgirls' journey into Syria TPIMs Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) allow the Home Secretary to impose a range of disruptive measures on individuals who are suspected of posing a threat to security but who cannot be prosecuted, or, in the case of foreign nationals, deported. Restrictions can include relocation to another part of the country, electronic monitoring and limits on the use of phones and computers. As of the end of August, six TPIMs were in force. Deradicalisation back in Britain Returnees could be referred to the Government's £40 million a year Prevent programme, which aims to stop people being drawn into terrorism. There were 7,318 individuals referred to Prevent in 2017/18. The schoolgirl who turned to Isil In most cases, referrals are found to require no further action or passed to other services, but when authorities conclude there is a danger the person could be drawn into terrorism, they can be supported through a voluntary scheme known as Channel. Prevent is backed by ministers and police, but has been described as "toxic" by critics, and the Government announced earlier this year that it would be independently reviewed.

Subaru's Mysterious Concept SUV Will Show Off New e-Boxer Hybrid Tech

Published 02/19/2019 06:20 PM

The lifted plug-in hybrid from the all-wheel-drive specialist is set to debut at this year's Geneva auto show.

Israel should apologize to Poland in Holocaust row: U.S. ambassador to Warsaw

Published 02/20/2019 11:00 AM

The row, initially sparked by media reports suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Poles of complicity in the Holocaust, deepened on Monday after the comment by his minister Israel Katz, who also labeled Poles anti-Semites. Katz's words led Poland to pull out of a planned summit of central European states in Israel. U.S. ambassador Georgette Mosbacher, asked if Katz should apologize, said the comment "warrants an apology".

Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million

Published 02/19/2019 08:20 PM

A powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.

Pakistan Vows Retaliation If India Launches Military Strikes

Published 02/19/2019 02:06 PM

“Pakistan will not think of retaliation, Pakistan will retaliate,” Khan said in a televised speech on Tuesday. Tensions between the historic arch-rivals have been high since a militant car bombing, claimed by a Pakistani-based group Jaish-e-Mohammed, on Feb. 14 in Kashmir killed 40 members of India’s security forces -- the deadliest strike in the region in decades.

Customers angry that disabled Walmart greeter could lose job

Published 02/20/2019 11:02 PM

Pretty much anyone who shops at the Walmart in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, knows store greeter Adam Catlin, who's been welcoming customers with a huge smile and a hearty hello for more than a decade.

Giant statue of Trump as Warhammer warrior revealed at parade in Italy

Published 02/19/2019 07:25 PM

A gigantic statue of what appears to depict President Donald Trump as a horrifying Twitter sword-wielding “God-Emperor” character from the Warhammer 40,000 video games loomed over Italy during a weekend parade over the weekend. The Trump-like statue is carrying a sword with the Italian phrase “dazi vostri,” inscribed and blue Twitter birds fluttering around the weapon. The Twitter sword is “a joke,” the Italian artist said.

Warning over cost of caring for young asylum seekers

Published 02/21/2019 12:13 AM

Councils are struggling with the rising costs of caring for young asylum seekers.

Lecturer's widow hits out at Cardiff University workload

Published 02/20/2019 11:00 AM

Dr Malcolm Anderson killed himself after complaining about mounting pressure at work.

LGBT-row teacher in top 10 award

Published 02/21/2019 10:10 AM

The assistant head at the centre of a row over lessons on LGBT rights is shortlisted for a global teaching prize.

Brexit 'could risk children's safety', warn commissioners

Published 02/20/2019 05:58 PM

Child abuse, exploitation and abduction are all "immediate issues", say UK children's commissioners.

Ofsted says schools should teach pupils about same-sex couples

Published 02/21/2019 01:19 AM

Ofsted's chief inspector responds to protests against LGBT lessons at a school in Birmingham.

Forced marriage: Union warns over 'criminalising' teachers

Published 02/20/2019 02:19 AM

A government consultation into forced marriage is exploring ways to increase reporting.

Will universities go bust if fees are cut?

Published 02/18/2019 01:17 AM

Universities are warning of a financial crisis if a review recommends cutting the level of tuition fees.

'Racist graffiti left me terrified'

Published 02/20/2019 02:12 PM

Ten-year-old David Yamba's new home was vandalised with the words "No Blacks" painted on the front door.

The self-taught pianist drawing crowds

Published 02/17/2019 12:24 AM

Hundreds of thousands of people have seen this student play after he learned the piano using online videos.

Nephew, 5, inspires hairdresser's Spargoland 'sensory' salon

Published 02/20/2019 08:08 AM

A hairdresser says his five-year-old nephew, who has cerebral palsy, inspired his specialist salon.

Climate march students: 'We need change and we need it now'

Published 02/15/2019 08:15 PM

Students have protested across the UK to air their views on the issue of climate change. We talked to some of those in Manchester.

Perinatal OCD: 'I was worried I'd do something to my kids'

Published 02/14/2019 05:06 PM

Amy Hill, from Stafford, talks about living with perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder.

Brexit: What happens to the Erasmus student scheme in a no deal?

Published 02/21/2019 01:12 AM

People expecting to study abroad in Erasmus programmes next year have received warnings about the funding.

When class sizes fall so does teachers' pay

Published 02/20/2019 01:01 AM

International study from OECD suggests that cutting class sizes often means lower pay for teachers.

The mother who lost her daughter over an EpiPen

Published 02/16/2019 02:52 AM

A mother ran up lawyers' bills of £60,000 fighting to stop her daughter being taken into care.

Climate strike: Why are students striking and will it have an impact?

Published 02/15/2019 09:08 AM

Across the UK, students are set to take part in a climate strike, but will it make a difference?

Unconditional uni offers don't make us lazy, say teenagers

Published 02/15/2019 01:14 AM

Do students really "take their foot off the gas" if they have unconditional university offers?

'I skip school to demand climate change action'

Published 02/14/2019 01:29 AM

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