The Washington Post
Here's a sweet-salty project that will charm any cookie lovers at your house: sugar cookie "angels" with mini pretzel wings and almond hands/songbooks. Start with your own homemade dough or use logs of sugar cookie dough from the store. You'll need colored sanding sugar for coating the dough logs, mini pretzels, flat almond slices and tubes of writing icing or gel in colors you like. Have fun drawing the angel hair and faces!
Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, but it is also the Festival of Fried Foods - and a perfect time for consuming guilt-free doughnuts and fried chicken. Why fry? Oil is central to the Jewish holiday, which commemorates the victory of rebellious Maccabees over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. When the Jews went to clean up and rededicate the ransacked temple, they needed eight days to prepare sacred oil for the temple lamps and candelabras.
You might already have a plan for your holiday cookie baking or new garland doorway display. But some of the most satisfying preparations for the holidays involve more mundane pursuits: making order in a small corner of your home, stocking what you'll need for a seasonal chore, or decluttering unneeded or worn-out items.
LONDON - Who looks at Islamist extremist content online? A new study released Tuesday by the Policy Exchange think tank based in London, whose reports often inform government policy in Britain, ranked the top consumers of propaganda produced by the Islamic State, by country of origin, as measured by clicks. The top consumers of Islamic State videos were from Turkey, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Britain, which registered the largest number of clicks in Europe.
NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump warned the United Nations in a speech Tuesday that the world faces "great peril" from rogue regimes with powerful weapons and terrorists with expanding reach across the globe, and called on fellow leaders to join the United States in the fight to defeat what he called failed or murderous ideologies and "loser terrorists."
Twitter Inc., under pressure from governments around the world to combat online extremism, said that improving automation tools are helping block accounts that promote terrorism and violence. In the first half of the year, Twitter said it suspended nearly 300,000 accounts globally linked to terrorism. Of those, roughly 95 percent were identified by the company's spam-fighting automation tools. Meanwhile, the social network said government data requests continued to increase, and that it provided authorities with data on roughly 3,900 accounts from January to June.
A new medical study has found that children who play football before age 12 suffer mood and behavior problems later in life at rates significantly higher than those who take up the sport later.
There had been no formal reports of missing people - not from family or friends or neighbors - during the weeks, or even months, that police believe Lee Anne Pirus was dead in her Wisconsin home. She had been shot and killed weeks ago, police said. But the 50-year-old's body was not discovered until Friday, , after the beige, two-story home she shared with her husband went up in flames following what the authorities called a "hellacious explosion." Investigators believe Steven Pirus blew up the home in Madison in an attempt to cover up his wife's death.
The Pentagon deployed a formation of 14 bombers and fighters over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday that also included South Korean and Japanese aircraft, the latest show of force in response to North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests.
The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether top officials at Equifax Inc. violated insider trading laws when they sold stock before the company disclosed that it had been hacked, according to people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors are looking at the stock sales by Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble; President of U.S. Information Solutions Joseph Loughran; and President of Workforce Solutions Rodolfo Ploder, said two people, who asked not to be named because the probe is confidential.