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  • 'Five Eyes' in the dark: Will Trump and Barr destroy trust in U.S. intelligence? news

    The effort by President Trump and his attorney general to enlist foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies in their smear of Joe Biden may do lasting damage to relationships with their counterparts in other countries and the critical “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing agreement.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:11:35 -0400
  • Yang and O'Rourke propose decriminalizing opioids, including heroin news

    Two Democrats suggested making small amounts of heroin legal as a way to combat the drug epidemic.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:59:37 -0400
  • Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskey news

    The men left the prison grounds and cut through a neighboring ranch before getting caught by authorities.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:11:36 -0400
  • Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Rugged as a Military-Spec Vehicle news

    Jeep and AM General could re-enlist with the U.S. Army as soon as next year.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:07:00 -0400
  • India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed news

    Text messaging services were blocked in Indian Kashmir just hours after being restored when a truck driver was killed by suspected militants and his vehicle set ablaze, authorities said Tuesday. Separately, Indian officials said a 24-year-old woman died in the latest exchange of artillery fire with Pakistan over their de-facto border dividing the blood-soaked Himalayan region.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:53:02 -0400
  • Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal news

    The Vatican's latest scandal claimed its first victim Monday as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation. The Vatican said its police chief, Domenico Giani, bore no responsibility for the leaked flyer but resigned to avoid disrupting the investigation and "out of love for the church and faithfulness" to the pope. Giani, a 20-year veteran of the Vatican's security services, has stood by Francis' side and jogged alongside his popemobile during hundreds of public appearances and foreign trips.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:44:53 -0400
  • The U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Must Be Revolutionary news

    Oh, and they want it like now.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:04:00 -0400
  • US border patrol says they tried to send UK family back after illegal crossing but Canada wouldn't take them news

    As of Tuesday, seven members of the Connors family detained on October 2 are in detention at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) centre.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:00:08 -0400
  • Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to open a new $1.5 billion Chinese rail line on Wednesday linking the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, despite delays in establishing an industrial park there to drive freight traffic. The development of Kenya's railways has been part of China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, a multi-billion dollar series of infrastructure projects upgrading land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa. Kenya had planned to open an industrial park in Naivasha, offering companies tax breaks for investing in manufacturing, and preferential tariffs for electricity generated in the nearby geothermal fields.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:47:43 -0400
  • All of the Google Pixel and Home Products on Sale Now

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    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:39:00 -0400
  • Trump defends his Syria retreat as 'strategically brilliant,' saying the Kurds are 'not angels' and that they have 'a lot of sand that they can play with' news

    Trump's Syria retreat opened the door for a Turkish invasion of Syria that began last Wednesday and targets the Kurds.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:57:17 -0400
  • Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison. news

    Across the USA, prosecutors aren't tracking officer misconduct, skirting Supreme Court "Brady" rules and sometimes leading to wrongful convictions.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:11:41 -0400
  • Woman will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder of boyfriend news

    A woman who poured gasoline on the couch where her sleeping boyfriend lay and then shut the door after seeing him jump up and yell "hot, hot" will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:46:41 -0400
  • Latest search for Amelia Earhart plane comes up empty: NYT news

    The latest hunt for the remains of the plane of Amelia Earhart, the famed American aviatrix who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937, has turned up nothing. The New York Times reported Tuesday that an extensive search conducted by a team led by Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreckage of the Titanic, had not turned up any evidence of Earhart's aircraft. The National Geographic Channel, which sponsored the expedition, is to air a documentary about the search on Sunday.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:26:03 -0400
  • Yahoo Could Owe You Up to $358 for Data Breaches. Here’s How to File Your Claim news

    Yahoo has reached a $117.5 million class-action settlement after data breaches that affected 3 billion users accounts

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:28:39 -0400
  • Shooting kills 6 in Puerto Rico, leads to emergency meeting news

    Puerto Rico's governor called an emergency meeting Tuesday after six people were killed in a mass shooting in a San Juan housing project and gunfire left two people dead a day earlier in the island's north. A police statement said the violence left five men and one woman dead. The brazen murders led Gov. Wanda Vázquez to convene a gathering of her security team, led by public security chief Elmer Román and justice secretary Dennise Longo Quiñones.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:00:43 -0400
  • Court Ruling Extends Vote Protest of Philippine Marcos’ Son news

    (Bloomberg) -- The Philippines’ top court on Tuesday decided to release the initial results of the vice-presidential vote recount, which the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ son said will delay his chance to assume the post.Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he is “frustrated” by the court’s decision not to resolve his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo victory in the 2016 polls. Robredo is already halfway through her six-year term.The court instead decided to make public the result of the recount covering three provinces that will serve as basis for any further action on Marcos’ challenge. It also asked the two camps to comment on Marcos’ plea to nullify votes in three other provinces due to supposed irregularities in the 2016 elections.“The proper vice president -- myself -- is being robbed of years of service,” Marcos said in a televised interview. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has faced questions on his health, has repeatedly said Marcos is his preferred successor if he had to leave office before his single term expires in 2022.Robredo, leader of the opposition party, said she welcomes the court decision, as she urged the court to already junk Marcos’ protest. “The mere fact that this has been dragging on for so long only provides Marcos a platform for his lies,” she said in a separate televised briefing.(Updates with comments from Marcos and Robredo from fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Andreo Calonzo in Manila at acalonzo1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Cecilia Yap at, Muneeza NaqviFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:50:20 -0400
  • Russian troll freed in Belarus after arrest for US election tampering news

    Anna Bogacheva was detained and briefly threatened with extradition to the US after being named in Mueller reportRobert Mueller alleges that Anna Bogacheva and others posed as US citizens to set up social media accounts aimed at swaying the 2016 presidential vote. Photograph: Tom Brenner/ReutersA Russian national charged with attempting to meddle in the 2016 American presidential elections was briefly threatened with extradition to the United States after being arrested in Belarus, before she was was freed by local authorities. Anna Bogacheva was detained late on Monday evening by police at a hotel in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, while on holiday with her family, according to RIA Novosti, the Russian state news agency. Her lawyer said she had been detained under an international arrest warrant issued by the United States.Bogacheva was one of 13 Russians indicted last year by the US justice department after the investigation into election interference led by the special counsel Robert Mueller. Three Russian entities, including a notorious state-backed “troll farm” called the Internet Research Agency, were also indicted. Russia’s foreign ministry confirmed on Tuesday that Bogacheva had been arrested and said that it was providing consular assistance. But shortly after the foreign ministry statement, Russia’s embassy in Minsk announced that Bogacheva had been freed. A spokesman for Belarus’ general prosecutor’s office said that there were “no grounds” for her arrest or extradition to the United States. “She has been released,” the spokesman said, adding that Minsk would apply to have the international warrant for her arrest invalidated on the territory of Belarus. Mueller alleges that the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency’s employees, including Bogacheva, posed as US citizens to set up social media accounts aimed at swaying the 2016 presidential vote that brought Donald Trump to power, as well as sowing “discord” in the US political system. US investigators say the Internet Research Agency is controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman known as “Putin’s chef” because his companies often provide catering services to the Kremlin. Prigozhin is also reported to provide mercenaries for Russia’s military operations in Syria, Ukraine and parts of Africa. Bogacheva is accused of working as a translator for the agency and overseeing its data analysis group. She and Alexander Krylova, another agency employee, travelled to the United States in June 2014 on what US investigators say was an intelligence gathering trip. Bogacheva’s arrest in Minsk briefly looked set to derail relations between Belarus and Russia. Viktor Vodolatsky, an MP from Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party, accused Belarus of a “betrayal” before news of her release broke.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:07:58 -0400
  • Hiker Digs Up 1,000-Year-Old Iron Weapon news

    Climate change melted away the ancient arrowhead.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:49:00 -0400
  • 'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from Fiona Hill testimony news

    When Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz tried to attend an impeachment inquiry deposition Monday morning at the U.S. Capitol, he ran smack into the often arcane and confusing rules of Congress.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:05:56 -0400
  • New Jersey police are looking for a possible witness to the kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl 30 days ago news

    Five-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez disappeared from Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey on September 16.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:35:25 -0400
  • U.S. security chief 'heaped pain' on grieving parents of UK teen: lawyer news

    Donald Trump's national security adviser heaped pain and grief on the parents of a British teenager killed in a car crash by trying to hold a meeting at the White House between them and a U.S. diplomat's wife who was involved, the parents' lawyer said. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn were invited to a surprise meeting with the U.S. president at his office on Wednesday where they were further shocked to learn that Anne Sacoolas, the American woman involved in the fatal crash, was in the building. Mark Stephens, the lawyer for Charles and Dunn, said national security adviser Robert O'Brien had the idea of overseeing a coming together of the families before they would then hug in front of an assembled media.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:40:20 -0400
  • Hong Kong chief abandons policy speech; protest leader hospitalised news

    Hong Kong's embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was shouted down by opposition lawmakers on a day that also saw a prominent protest leader left bloodied by hammer-wielding thugs. Lam's speech was swiftly dismissed by protesters who called for a new rally on Sunday. The city's unelected pro-Beijing leader, who has historic low approval ratings, tried twice to begin her policy address inside the Legislative Council, three months after the building was trashed by masked protesters.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:49:31 -0400
  • School suspends girls, says rape-awareness note was bullying news

    A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Aela Mansmann, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape Elizabeth High School outside Portland, has been at odds with Cape Elizabeth Schools for a month after posting a note in a bathroom that said: "There's a rapist in our school and you know who it is." She and two other students who left similar notes were ordered suspended. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is taking on Mansmann's case and calling on federal court to stop her suspension.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:38:19 -0400
  • Angela Merkel Intervenes to Allow Huawei Access to German Networks news

    Germany will allow Huawei access to its 5G networks despite a U.S. pressure campaign, spearheaded by FCC chairman Ajit Pai, to block the Chinese tech giant from interacting with allies' data networks.“Essentially our approach is as follows: We are not taking a pre-emptive decision to ban any actor, or any company,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference Monday, as Germany’s Federal Network Agency plans to release an in-depth “security catalogue” on compliance criteria for 5G networks in the coming days. The announcement confirmed a report by German business newspaper Handelsblatt, which stated that a review of the current draft of security requirements permits Huawei to provide 5G services in Germany.Handelsblatt also reports that the decision to include Huawei came from the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, due to fears that exclusion would damage the country's relationship with China.Merkel’s office, in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, also removed a clause from a 5G government policy paper that suggested only “trusted suppliers” should be given access to the network.The decision comes after heavy pressure from the U.S. to urge international allies to resist partnerships with Huawei over fears of espionage, fraud, and intellectual property theft. In January, the Justice Department indicted the Chinese firm after allegations of theft and conspiracy.“The criminal activity in this indictment goes back ten years and goes all the way to the top of the company,” said former acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker at a press conference announcing the charges.In May, President Trump blacklisted Huawei from doing business with American firms.Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and other U.S. allies have already moved to block Huawei from accessing their networks, while the U.K. has had a political debate over the inclusion of the company in the wake of the rollout of 5G technology.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:22:39 -0400
  • Erdogan Lays Out Condition to End Syria Offensive: Syria Update

    (Bloomberg) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey’s military operation in Syria could end after Kurdish fighters leave a strip of territory along its border, laying out his key condition for ending an offensive that has drawn American sanctions and roiled markets.The U.S. decision to stand aside when Turkey advanced into Syria to push back Kurdish groups controlling the northeast has reconfigured old alliances and taken Syria’s eight-year-old civil war into uncharted territory.Kurdish-led forces, who fought with U.S. backing to defeat Islamic State, have struck a deal for President Bashar al-Assad to deploy his troops to the border area, raising the prospects for a wider escalation and questions over the fate of thousands of jihadists who are being held in the area.“Our proposal for the most certain resolution to the problem in Syria is that all the terrorists should leave their arms and other materials and destroy the traps that they have set and leave the secure zone” that’s defined by Turkey, Erdogan told lawmakers on Wednesday.Here is a rundown of major events in Turkish local time:Key DevelopmentsErdogan lays out conditions for an end to the military operation in SyriaTurkey has rejected demands for a cease-fire in Syria but signaled compromise over two key border townsTurkish markets are in turmoil as Turkey’s Halkbank faces U.S. criminal case over a scheme to evade sanctions on IranVladimir Putin spoke with Erdogan about the need to deescalate the conflict in SyriaU.S. Vice President Mike Pence will meet Erdogan on Thursday in AnkaraAltun Weighs In on Erdogan’s Conditions (3:49 p.m.)Turkey expects the U.S. to provide support to get all the “terrorists” out of the buffer zone that it wants to create in Syria, Fahrettin Altun, the president’s director of communications, told Bloomberg ahead of a visit by Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ankara.The so-called “safe zone” should stretch for around 450 kilometers (280 miles) along the Turkish-Syrian border and run 30 to 35 kilometers deep, Altun said. The area needs to be free of both Kurdish militants and Islamic State fighters, he said.Erdogan will meet Pence and Pompeo during their visit to Ankara.Russia Says It Respects Turkey’s Right to Ensure Security (1:10 p.m.)Russia said Turkey has a right to ensure its own security but its military operation must not undermine efforts to end the Syrian civil war.”We respect Turkey’s right to take measures to ensure its own security, but we expect that the operation will be proportional to this expediency -- to ensure security and the tasks of ensuring security,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. While it’s hard to say how long the operation may go on, Russia hopes it won’t “harm the process of political settlement” of the Syrian conflict, he said.Turkish Markets Cave Under U.S. Pressure as Banks Hit Over Syria (11:40 p.m.)A renewed sell-off gripped Turkish markets after the U.S. brought criminal charges against one of the nation’s largest banks, in what could be an escalation of Washington’s efforts to reprimand Ankara for its military incursion into northeast Syria.Stocks fell with government bonds and shares of Turkey’s state-run Halkbank slumped as much as 7.4%, the most since March. The lira bucked the rout as state banks were seen selling dollars to support the currency, according to three traders with knowledge of the matter.Turkish Markets Cave Under U.S. Pressure as Banks Hit Over SyriaHalkbank Says U.S. Case Linked to Turkey’s Syria Operation (11:31 a.m.)The U.S. indictment was filed as part of the sanctions introduced against the military operation in Syria and appears largely to repeat allegations made during the trial of former Halkbank executive Hakan Atilla, the Turkish state lender said in a public filing.“The bank was not engaged in any secondary U.S. sanctions violations,” the bank said. Halkbank said it doesn’t have any branches or employees based in the U.S. and falls outside the Department of Justice’s jurisdiction.Assad, Kurdish-led Forces Clash with Turkey-Backed Troops (11:30 a.m.)Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and troops loyal to Assad clashed overnight with Turkish-backed fighters east of the Syrian border town of Ain Issa, according to Rami Abdurrahman, head of the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through activists on the ground.The clashes came after Turkish-backed forces struck a Syrian government base in Ain Issa, killing two soldiers.Turkey Rejects Demand for Syria Cease-Fire, Draws Line at Kobani (07:08 a.m.)President Erdogan rejected the Trump administration’s demand for a cease-fire in Syria, but signaled he was willing to compromise over the fate of two strategic border towns he wants removed from Kurdish control.Erdogan said he’d told Trump that Turkey has no plans to target Kobani, which U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters liberated from Islamic State in a months-long battle. He also said Turkey did not view too negatively Assad’s takeover of the town of Manbij.“Trump asked us not to hit Kobani,” Erdogan said in comments published on the presidency’s website late Tuesday. “We have a containment operation around the city. We are not seriously interested in the inner side of the city. But depending on developments, we may intervene.”Turkey’s Halkbank Faces U.S. Charges as Tensions Mount (01:03 a.m.)The U.S. brought a criminal case against one of Turkey’s largest banks for aiding a scheme to evade sanctions against Iran, a move that carries political overtones as tensions build over Turkey’s military incursions in Syria.In an indictment filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors accused government-owned Halkbank of participating in a wide-ranging plot to violate prohibitions on Iran’s access to the U.S. financial system. The conspiracy involved high-ranking government officials in Iran and Turkey, the U.S. said.“Halkbank’s systemic participation in the illicit movement of billions of dollars’ worth of Iranian oil revenue was designed and executed by senior bank officials,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in New York said in a statement. “Halkbank will now have to answer for its conduct in an American court.”Turkey Sanctions Bill to Be Introduced in 2 Days, Graham Says (00:39 a.m.)A bipartisan U.S. Senate bill that would sanction Turkey for its incursion into Syria will be introduced in two days, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News.Erdogan Accepts Invitation to Visit Russia in Coming Days (10:51 p.m.)Erdogan accepted an invitation from Vladimir Putin to visit Russia in the coming days, the Kremlin said in an emailed statement. Putin stressed the need to maintain Syria’s integrity and said jailed Islamic State fighters should not be allowed to benefit from the situation.Pence to Meet Erdogan in Turkey, Trip Includes Pompeo, O’Brien (10:00 p.m.)Pence will meet Erdogan on Thursday in Ankara and reiterate Trump’s commitment to sanctions, according to a White House statement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Ambassador James Jeffrey will also be on the trip, which begins today.“In Turkey, the Vice President will voice the United States’ commitment to reach an immediate ceasefire and the conditions for a negotiated settlement,” White House said in a statement.\--With assistance from Stepan Kravchenko, Ugur Yilmaz and Cagan Koc.To contact the reporters on this story: Dana Khraiche in Beirut at;Firat Kozok in Ankara at fkozok@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at, ;Onur Ant at, Paul AbelskyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:01:06 -0400
  • Cory Booker's gun control legislation focuses strategies on people, not guns news

    Bill would devote $90m a year to community organizations that provide services to high-risk peopleSenator Cory Booker gives a speech on gun violence at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, known as Mother Emanuel, in Charleston, South Carolina, in August. Photograph: Randall Hill/ReutersFor more than a decade, faith leaders from black and brown communities have come to Congress with the same request: spend more money on local strategies to prevent gun violence.Now, the New Jersey senator Cory Booker is introducing legislation that would devote $90m a year to programs that prevent urban gun violence.Booker’s new grant program would focus federal dollars on helping the cities with the highest gun homicide rates, and it would prioritize funding for strategies that do not contribute to mass incarceration.series boxInstead of simply directing more federal money to local law enforcement, the new legislation would require cities to give at least half of their federal grant dollars to community organizations that provide services to high-risk people, or to a public department “that is not a law enforcement agency”.Booker’s bill does not include any gun control provisions: it’s focused on strategies that prevent shootings by focusing on the people, not the guns.“We’re in a tough political climate,” said Pastor Michael McBride, a California-based activist who has spent the last decade campaigning for more resources for local gun violence prevention. “This approach charts a way forward that does not bog us down in these intense debates over the second amendment or gun control.”Booker’s legislation is designed to fund programs that have shown success in reducing gun violence in cities such as Oakland and Richmond, California; Boston, Massachusetts; and New York City. The legislation would devote $90m a year over 10 years to evidence-based approaches to gun violence reduction.In the past decade, as they have invested public dollars into expanding community-based strategies, Oakland has seen a 44% decrease in its gun homicide rate, and nearby Richmond has seen a 67% decrease in its gun homicide rate.The decreases in Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco have driven a 30% decrease in the overall gun homicide rate across the greater San Francisco Bay Area, even as the number of people living in poverty in the region has increased, and as property crime has spiked in some areas. The decrease in the area is much larger than in the nation overall.The successful local strategies highlighted in Booker’s legislation include investing in street outreach workers or “violence interrupters”, trusted community members who intervene in local gang conflicts to keep violence from spreading; funding intervention programs in hospitals to help shooting victims change their lives; and supporting “group violence intervention” strategies, such as Boston’s Operation Ceasefire, that bring together law enforcement, community partners, and faith leaders to intervene with the small number of men in each city who are most likely to shoot or be shot.Booker’s Break the Cycle of Violence Act is co-sponsored by the US representative Steven Horsford, a Nevada Democrat whose father was shot to death during a robbery when he was 19.“These deaths are preventable,” Horsford said in a statement.Mass shootings are usually the focus of America’s gun control debate. But the majority of America’s gun homicide victims are killed in smaller daily shootings in neighborhoods that have struggled with gun violence for decades.Black men and boys, who make up just 6% of America’s overall population, represent more than 50% of the country’s gun homicide victims.A 2015 Guardian investigation found that half of the country’s gun homicides were concentrated in just 127 cities and towns. Experts have argued for years that American gun violence is highly concentrated, and that one of the best ways to save lives is to devote more resources into the neighborhoods with the greatest need.Black and brown activists have often felt “invisible” and “erased” from the American gun control debate, McBride said.“Our communities are used as props, but never really given serious consideration on how to scale up strategies that save our lives and heal our communities,” he said.The new legislation focuses resources on the majority of America’s gun violence victims – and it also focuses on solutions that are less politically controversial than gun control laws, McBride said.“We think Republicans, historically, have been huge supporters of these kinds of strategies, because of the role that faith communities and redemption and healing play,” he said.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:00:21 -0400
  • Sergeant is apparently 10th NYPD officer to die by suicide this year news

    Commissioner says department is dealing with "epidemic" of suicides

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:53:50 -0400
  • A Florida man called the sheriff's office to report stolen marijuana. The deputy's response: 'Stop calling'

    The Pasco County Sheriff's Office in Florida told a man to stop calling 911 to report $20 worth of stolen weed.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:49:29 -0400
  • See Photos of the Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUV

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    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:45:00 -0400
  • The floodgates are opening as Trump officials publicly defy his orders and more whistleblowers come out of the shadows news

    Current and former Trump administration officials are defying the president's orders as more whistleblowers are coming forward.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:28:32 -0400
  • Mexican president confirms Pemex union boss under investigation news

    The veteran leader of Mexico's powerful oil workers' union faces formal accusations of wrongdoing, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday, slowly turning up pressure on the labor boss to step aside. Earlier this year, sources said the attorney general's office had accused Pemex union chief Carlos Romero Deschamps and several relatives of illicit enrichment and money laundering, charges he has consistently denied. "Complaints have been presented to the attorney general's office," Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:15:43 -0400
  • Brazil probes whether 'ghost ship' carrying Venezuelan oil involved in spill news

    A huge oil spill off Brazil's northeastern coast may have involved a "ghost ship" carrying Venezuelan oil in breach of US sanctions, an expert close to the probe into the disaster said Tuesday. Brazil has accused its South American neighbor of responsibility for the leakage that began in early September and affects a 2,000-kilometer (1,200-mile) stretch of the Atlantic coast -- charges Venezuela's state oil giant PDVSA denies. Describing the incident as "very complex and unprecedented," Brazil's navy says it is investigating "lots of hypotheses" for the cause of the massive spill, including a ship accident.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:27:22 -0400
  • Yes, Russia or China Could Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. Here's How. news

    How vulnerable are America's carriers?

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:30:00 -0400
  • Japan storm victims felt worst had passed, then floods came news

    After the worst of Typhoon Hagibis passed over this town north of Tokyo, Kazuo Saito made sure there was no water outside his house and went to bed. The storm, which made landfall in the Tokyo region late Saturday, had dumped record amounts of rain that caused rivers to overflow their banks, some of them damaged. It turned many neighborhoods in Kawagoe into swamps.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:06:40 -0400
  • Atheists, Secular Groups Up in Arms Over State Department Boosting Pompeo’s ‘Christian Leader’ Speech news

    Joe Raedle/GettyThe U.S. Constitution protects the separation of church and state—but evidently not church and State Department, which came under fire for promoting a “Being a Christian Leader” speech Monday on its website.The speech, delivered by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a meeting of American Association of Christian Counselors on Friday, saw Pompeo discuss the influence of his faith on his work as a U.S. official. On Monday, the State Department shared the speech at the top of its website, ahead of more pressing department issues, like U.S. involvement in Turkey’s invasion of Syria. The speech and the State Department’s promotion of the video breached the divide between church and state, leaders from secular and atheist communities say.“Secretary Pompeo’s speech was pure proselytization,” Sarah Levin, director of governmental affairs at the Secular Coalition for America told The Daily Beast. During the speech, which he gave in his capacity as Secretary of State, Pompeo stated that “I know some people in the media will break out the pitchforks when they hear that I ask God for direction in my work.”His personal faith isn’t the problem, Levin said. It’s when it dictates his actions as Secretary of State, or when those beliefs top the State Department website.“To be clear, we don’t judge Secretary Pompeo for being a Christian or for connecting what he’s achieved to his faith, but it’s unacceptable and a violation of separation of church and state for him to take those beliefs and apply them to policy that affects the American public,” Levin said, “and it’s just as wrong from him to elevation Christianity above other faiths as it is to elevate Christianity above non-faiths.”Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, echoed Levin. “It’s perfectly fine for Secretary Pompeo to be a leader who is Christian,” Laser said in a statement. “But he cannot use his government position to impose his faith on the rest of us—that is a fundamental violation of the separation of religion and government. Secretary Pompeo’s speech on how being a Christian leader informs his decision-making and the posting of the speech on the State Department website send the clear message that U.S. public policy will be guided by his personal religious beliefs.”Pompeo has previously indicated that his religious beliefs factored into his policy decisions as a government official. In a March interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, Pompeo was asked whether President Donald Trump had been raised by God “to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace.”“As a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible,” Pompeo answered.The secular website Patheos has tracked Pompeo’s comments for years, including a 2015 speech in which he opposed same-sex marriage and stated that “we will continue to fight these battles, it is a never ending struggle… until the rapture.”In a 2014 speech at a Kansas church, Pompeo cast Islam as the greatest “threat to America” and urged that “we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ our savior is truly the only solution for our world.”Nick Fish, president of American Atheists said Pomeo’s Friday speech wasn’t surprising, given his record.“As disappointing as it is to see the State Department parroting Christian nationalist talking points, it isn't a surprise. But this goes above and beyond the obvious problem of Secretary Pompeo promoting one religious worldview on taxpayers' dime,” Fish told The Daily Beast. “The bigger issue is that the State Department is being led by a man who genuinely believes that politics is ‘a never-ending struggle... until the rapture.’”Levin said the Trump administration has consistently pushed at the boundary between church and state. “This administration has pursued an agenda of Christian nationalism,” she said. She pointed to two other questionable incidents this weekend. On Friday, Attorney General Bill Barr gave a speech blaming “the growing ascendancy of secularism” for depression, mental illness, violence, and the opioid epidemic. On Saturday, Trump gave a speech to religious leaders proclaiming that “forever and always, Americans will believe in the cause of freedom, the power of prayer, and the eternal glory of God.”Levin called the trio of speeches a “triple threat.”“This is not unusual rhetoric we’ve seen from officials,” she said, “but it is unusual to see Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, clear-cut abuse, these officials violating the separation of church and state.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:46:46 -0400
  • 13-foot king cobra pulled from Thailand sewer news

    A feisty 13-foot king cobra was pulled from a sewer in southern Thailand in an hour-long operation, a rescue foundation said Tuesday, describing the reptile as one of the largest it had ever captured.

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  • Pennsylvania man charged in decades-old rape case after DNA links him to attack news

    Decades after a woman was raped near the University of Delaware campus, police identified a suspect based on DNA and "cutting-edge technology."

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:36:35 -0400
  • This church in Pennsylvania holds a ceremony to bless guns news

    Dozens of couples carrying assault rifles took part in a blessing of their weapons at a church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Members of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, an unofficial sect of the Christian Unification movement, were invited to "show their willingness to defend their families, communities and nation". The weapons are meant to represent the "rod of iron" referenced in the biblical Book of Revelation, which was used to control God's enemies. The semi-automatic rifles are similar to the weapon used to kill 17 people in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February 2018. The church believes that the Florida shooting could have been prevented if the teachers were armed. Members carry guns while some wear crowns, often made of bullets Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty In the aftermath of the tragedy the debate over gun control raged across America, with shocked students calling for immediate action on gun control. Despite this, the US's largest gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has hindered attempts to restrict the accessibility of firearms, using its financial and political clout. Weapons are not loaded and the guns are secured with zip ties to stop them firing Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Now, two decades on from the 1999 Columbine school shooting, it is easier to purchase assault rifles after a temporary ban under the Bush administration expired.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:19:28 -0400
  • Trump Says Russian Syria Expansion After U.S. Departs Is ‘Fine’ news

    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump dismissed concerns that the U.S. withdrawal from Syria has left American-allied Kurds abandoned and allowed Russia to fill the void, drawing a quick rebuke from one of his closest allies in Congress.“Syria may have some help with Russia and that’s fine,” Trump said. “It’s a lot of sand. They’ve got a lot of sand over there, so there’s a lot of sand they can play with.”Trump suggested that Russian involvement in the region would eventually prove costly, drawing parallels with the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s.“It used to be called the Soviet Union, now it’s called Russia for a reason - because they lost so much money in Afghanistan they had to downsize,” Trump said. “So if Russia wants to get involved with Syria that’s really up to them. They have a problem with Turkey, they have a problem with the border. It’s not our border, we shouldn’t be losing lives over it.”Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the president was undercutting attempts by other members of his administration to end the conflict and will leave the U.S. with few allies in the battle against extremists in the region, including Islamic State.“I fear this is a complete and utter national security disaster in the making and I hope President Trump will adjust his thinking,” Graham said in a tweet after Trump spoke.Trump’s decision has brought on widespread criticism in Congress from his critics and allies alike. Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, a member of GOP House leadership, has introduced a bill to sanction Turkey, adding to similar bipartisan proposals in the House and Senate.Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a frequent Trump critic, called the U.S. withdrawal a strategic mistake that “represents one of the darkest days in American foreign policy history.”Republican Representative John Shimkus of Illinois, who graduated from West Point and has consistently backed the president, called the moves “despicable” and said the U.S. has “stabbed our allies in the back.”Trump defended his decision.“I view the situation on the Turkish border with Syria for the United States -- strategically brilliant,” Trump said. “We can fight our own battles on our own territories.”The president also was dismissive of the Kurds, who fought alongside American troops against Islamic State and are now under attack from the Turkish military. “They’re not angels, if you take a look,” he said, adding that the Kurds know how to fight.“Syria is friendly with the Kurds,” Trump said, and they “are much safer right now.”Turkish forces invaded northern Syria last week after Trump announced the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops. Since the invasion, the U.S. has imposed economic sanctions against Turkey and called for a cease-fire, a proposal Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rebuffed.SanctionsTrump on Wednesday said sanctions are more effective than troops in maintaining stability, and added that there were just 28 American troops in the region before he announced his planned withdrawal.“Sanctions work frankly better than fighting, certainly when you’re down to 28 people,” Trump said. “We’re not going to be fighting, we didn’t want to fight anyways, I didn’t think there was any reason to from the United States perspective.”The president also said he was “confident” that American nuclear weapons at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey were secure, amid reports the country was considering a plan to remove the weapons from the facility.“It’s a large powerful air base,” Trump said.(Updates with reaction in Congress beginning in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.To contact the reporter on this story: Justin Sink in Washington at jsink1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:47:31 -0400
  • Hong Kong protesters intend to topple city's government, says Singapore PM

    Hong Kong protesters demanding universal suffrage and an amnesty for those charged with rioting are trying to humiliate and bring down the Chinese-ruled city's government, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday. In the strongest remarks yet by the ethnically-Chinese-majority Southeast Asian country which has close relations with China, Lee said the demands did not provide a way out of often-violent unrest which has gripped Hong Kong for months. "The demonstrators say they have five major demands and not one can be compromised but those are not demands which are meant to be a programme to solve Hong Kong's problems.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:53:27 -0400
  • Boris Johnson is reportedly very close to agreeing a Brexit deal with the EU news

    EU sources told Bloomberg that a deal could be concluded as early as Tuesday, with the UK set to agree a new compromise deal.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:54:30 -0400
  • The Latest: Tropical weather new fear at collapse site news

    Tropical weather is the latest worry in New Orleans, where officials say experts have yet to come up with a viable plan for stabilizing a partially collapsed building and two damaged construction cranes. City Homeland Security director Collin Arnold said Tuesday authorities fear a disturbance over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula could become a tropical depression threatening the Gulf Coast, bringing wind and rain that would topple the unstable structures onto neighboring buildings.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:57:43 -0400
  • What the Social Security COLA for 2020 Means For You

    Social Security payments will grow by 1.6% in 2020. The program will also be adjusted in several important ways that could affect the Social Security payments you receive or how much you pay into the system. -- Social Security payments will increase by 1.6%.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:39:20 -0400
  • Warren, Buttigieg Dismiss O’Rourke’s Call to Strip Churches of Tax-Exempt Status If They Oppose Gay Marriage news

    Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg have both distanced themselves from fellow candidate Beto O’Rourke's call to revoke the tax-exempt status afforded to religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone … that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.” O'Rourke said during CNN’s “Equality in America” town hall last Thursday night. “And so as president, we are going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”Despite widespread bipartisan criticism, O'Rourke reiterated his stance during a Sunday interview, telling NBC News that he would ensure that all institutions that “provide services in the public sphere,” would be forced to comply with certain non-discrimination standards if they wish to continue enjoying tax-exempt status.Asked by the Associated Press whether she agreed with O’Rourke’s assertions, Warren’s campaign replied by email, saying that “Elizabeth will stand shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ+ community,” but would refuse to eliminate the tax-exempt status of religious organizations as part of an anti-discrimination effort.“Religious institutions in America have long been free to determine their own beliefs and practices, and she does not think we should require them to conduct same-sex marriages in order to maintain their tax-exempt status,” campaign spokeswoman Saloni Sharma said in an email.Pete Buttigieg has also distanced himself from O’Rourke, saying Sunday that “going after the tax exemption of churches, Islamic centers or other religious facilities in this country” will “deepen the divisions that we’re already experiencing.”

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:12:53 -0400
  • Iran president's brother starts 5-year jail term: report news

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother entered prison Wednesday to begin a five-year sentence after he was convicted of corruption, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, citing his lawyer. Hossein Fereydoun, who served as an aide to the president, was arrested in July 2017 and put on trial in February this year on allegations of financial violations. "This morning Mr Fereydoun together with myself were present at the prosecutor's office," Hossein Sartipi said, quoted by ISNA.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 05:39:36 -0400
  • GM, UAW strike deal: Automaker, union reach tentative agreement on new contract news

    General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a proposed tentative agreement on a new contract Wednesday, the 31st day of a nationwide strike.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:04:53 -0400
  • 7 Indigenous Pioneers You Need to Know

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    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:19:00 -0400
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