US missions in Turkey to resume full visa services after row

US missions in Turkey to resume full visa services after row Reuters Visa applications at the embassy in Ankara were suspended in October US missions in Turkey are to resume full visa services following security assurances from Turkey’s government on US consular staff.The US had suspended all non-immigrant visa services after the arrest of one … Read more

Everything you need to know about the 2018 midterm elections

WASHINGTON — In every midterm election since the Civil War, the president’s party has lost, on average, 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate. In next year’s battles, Democrats need only 24 seats to flip the House and two to take the Senate. “History says we’re going to lose the majority,” said … Read more

Mass shootings, mass popularity: Why so many people love the AR-15

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — There are a lot of reasons people love their AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, and it doesn’t much matter to them what the haters say. For some, the gun is a tool, a finely tuned machine that can cut down an animal or intruder, or pierce a distant target, with a single precise … Read more

Roy Moore launches last-minute challenge to Alabama defeat

Roy Moore’s campaign launched a last-minute court battle late Wednesday to block his loss in Alabama’s special Senate election from becoming official. Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore, a Republican former justice of the state Supreme Court who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, in the Dec. 12 election to assume the Senate seat of Attorney … Read more

Tea and karaoke become daily obsession for China’s baby boomers

BEIJING — Just outside Ritan Park, where many older people gather for daily meditative tai chi exercises, a different type of workout is taking place. Lines of baby boomers and elderly customers often stretch outside the Music Box karaoke bar in the Chinese capital for up to half an hour before opening time. They spend … Read more

Amanda Davis, Veteran Morning News Anchor, Dies at 62

CBS46 CBS46 morning news anchor Amanda Davis died on Tuesday after suffering a massive stroke while at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Tuesday. She was 62. Davis was rushed to hospital where she received emergency treatment but it was unsuccessful. “Her family is asking for privacy at this difficult time,” CBS 46 said in an online … Read more

‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany Quietly Dropped From Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose’

“Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany will not be part of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming drama, “Pose,” when it airs on FX next summer. The actress had originally been cast as a modern dance teacher who takes a special interest in the talent of Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain) in the series set in mid-’80s New York City. … Read more

BuzzFeed White House Correspondent Fired Over Inappropriate Text Messages to Colleagues

BuzzFeed BuzzFeed fired White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo on Wednesday for sending inappropriate messages to a colleague, the company said. A BuzzFeed spokesman said the company was responding to a complaint filed by an employee last week when it learned that Carrasquillo violated its employee “Code of Conduct” by “sending an inappropriate message to a colleague.” … Read more

Why Chewbacca Is the Unsung, Disrespected Hero of the ‘Star Wars’ Universe (Commentary)

Lucasfilm (Note: This post includes at least one spoiler about joke in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”) “The Last Jedi” has kicked up a nuanced discussion among moviegoers and fans on social media about the ideas of failure and the aging of heroes, how people are shaped by failure and how we should embrace the … Read more

20 Biggest Movie Letdowns of 2017: From ‘Life’ to ‘Justice League’ (Photos)

While there were huge hits, 2017 also gave us big gambles that didn’t pay off, franchise films that look like they have diminishing returns, and would-be franchises that are unlikely to see a sequel. Here are the 20 biggest movie letdowns of the year. Columbia Pictures “The Dark Tower”:Stephen King Fans waited for a decade to … Read more