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

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:30:00 -0500

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


The Latest: Court records say 2 knew man wanted fiancee dead

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:46:28 -0500

The Latest: Court records say 2 knew man wanted fiancee deadDENVER (AP) — The Latest on the criminal cases tied to a Colorado woman's death (all times local):


French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:47:41 -0500

French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuseA French TV channel said on Wednesday it had been forced to cut short a live Facebook broadcast from a desecrated Jewish cemetery in eastern France because of an onslaught of anti-Semitic commentary. "Our country is confronted with a resurgence of anti-Semitism undoubtedly without precedent since the Second World War," President Emmanuel Macron said later on Tuesday in an annual speech to Jewish leaders in France. France 3 television said it went live from the first cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalised with swastikas and anti-Semitic abuse.


Saudi vows to 'de-escalate' India-Pakistan tensions after Kashmir attack

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:05:39 -0500

Saudi vows to 'de-escalate' India-Pakistan tensions after Kashmir attackSaudi Arabia vowed to "de-escalate" rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi. The kingdom's minister of state for foreign affairs spoke at a press conference in Islamabad as Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for "consultations", the latest development in a fresh diplomatic crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The attack has sparked widespread calls in India for action against Pakistan.


Roger Stone deletes Instagram photo of judge presiding over his case ‘in crosshairs’

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:07:42 -0500

Roger Stone deletes Instagram photo of judge presiding over his case ‘in crosshairs’Days after a federal judge imposed a limited gag order on him, Trump confidant Roger Stone posted a photograph of that judge to his Instagram page and included her name, a close-up of her face and what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun sight near her head. Mr Stone deleted the picture soon after, then reposted it without the crosshairs before deleting the second post. US district judge Amy Berman Jackson is presiding over Mr Stone's criminal trial in which he has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying about his efforts to gather information about hacked 2016 Democratic Party emails that were published by WikiLeaks.


Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump Jr. exchange Twitter jabs over 'Saturday Night Live' skit

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:54:18 -0500

Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump Jr. exchange Twitter jabs over 'Saturday Night Live' skitAfter clashing with President Trump over his "SNL" impression, Alec Baldwin addressed criticism from another member of the family  – Donald Trump Jr.


Vatican envoys meet sex abuse victims ahead of conference

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:53:23 -0500

Vatican envoys meet sex abuse victims ahead of conferenceVatican representatives met Wednesday with victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests a day ahead of a landmark conference on the protection of minors, the Holy See said. "The credibility of the Church, the Vatican and the pope are at an apocalyptic stage," Francois Devaux, co-founder of the victim's association "La parole liberee" (Freed speech), said afterwards. The Vatican's organising committee met "12 people, men and women, from different parts of the world who belong to various organizations," a Vatican statement said.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:01:09 -0500

Huawei founder says will not share data with China - CBS NewsHuawei 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.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:23:50 -0500

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


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:26:23 -0500

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


Police: Shooter targeted 3 victims in gated LA community

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:22:46 -0500

Police: Shooter targeted 3 victims in gated LA communityLOS ANGELES (AP) — One of three men who were shot to death at a home in a gated Los Angeles community likely allowed the shooter inside, authorities said Tuesday.


Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:49:00 -0500

Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jhonny Godoy had taken to Twitter to proclaim his opposition to President Nicolas Maduro, posting a video that showed him running through the streets waving the national flag as protests erupted across Venezuela's capital.


French ski patroller killed in Crans-Montana avalanche: Swiss police

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:54:22 -0500

French ski patroller killed in Crans-Montana avalanche: Swiss policeA French ski patroller has died from injuries after being caught in an avalanche in Switzerland, but rescuers have called off their search after finding no more casualties on the piste in Crans-Montana, police said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


Pakistan Vows Retaliation If India Launches Military Strikes

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:06:55 -0500

Pakistan Vows Retaliation If India Launches Military Strikes“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.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:54:59 -0500

How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widowsDespite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:36:36 -0500

Chilean nuns find 'relief' in Pope's recognition of Church abuseThree 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.


Britain to strip IS teen of citizenship: lawyer

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:36:33 -0500

Britain to strip IS teen of citizenship: lawyerBritain will strip citizenship from a UK teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria but now wants to return home with her newborn baby, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday. The case points to a dilemma facing many European countries, divided over whether to allow jihadists and IS sympathisers home to face prosecution or barring them over security concerns as the so-called "caliphate" crumbles. A lawyer for her family, Tasnime Akunjee, said on Twitter that they were "very disappointed with the Home Office's intention to have an order made depriving Shamima of her citizenship," and that they were considering "all legal avenues".


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

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 04:19:00 -0500

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


Jussie Smollett Now Considered a Suspect for Allegedly Filing a False Hate-Crime Report

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:52:14 -0500

Jussie Smollett Now Considered a Suspect for Allegedly Filing a False Hate-Crime ReportEmbattled Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now considered a “suspect” for filing a false police report, evidence of which has been presented before a grand jury, a Chicago Police Department spokesman announced on Wednesday.> Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU> > -- Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019The announcement came after Smollett’s attorneys met with prosecutors and detectives on Wednesday. Smollett initially told police that he was attacked outside of a Subway restaurant at around 2 a.m. on January 29 by two masked men who allegedly beat him, poured an unknown chemical on him, and placed a noose around his neck. Smollett later added that the men had yelled, “This is MAGA country” as they fled, a detail he reported only after TMZ claimed it had taken place.Chicago police announced last Friday that the focus of their investigation had “shifted” after interviewing two Nigerian brothers, one of whom worked as an extra on Empire, and both of whom claimed that Smollett had paid them to stage the attack. The brothers also told police that Smollett was motivated to stage the attack after he sent himself a threatening a letter and did not receive the attention from co-workers and fans that he believed the letter warranted.“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens,” the brothers said in a statement provided to CBS Chicago on February 19.Smollett has repeatedly denied that he staged the attack and has maintained that he was the victim of a hate crime.Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx, Chicago’s top prosecutor, recused herself from the Smollett investigation on Tuesday, citing “familiarity with potential witnesses.”“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case,” spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.Filing a false police report is a class-four felony and typically results in a prison sentence of two to ten years.


Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:40:57 -0500

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'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.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:42:03 -0500

Conspiracy theorists are claiming Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. She isn’t.Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December.


Saudi Prince Pledges to Help India Fight Terror

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 04:50:18 -0500

Saudi Prince Pledges to Help India Fight Terror“Terrorism is a common concern and Saudi Arabia will cooperate with India in fighting it, including in matters like intelligence sharing,” Prince Mohammed said in a press statement alongside Modi in New Delhi. The comments were part of the Saudi royal’s delicate diplomacy, as he visits both nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors amid heightened geopolitical tensions.


Airlines begin waiving change fees for new winter storm

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:06:57 -0500

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


Video showing boy in wheelchair jump on trampoline goes viral

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:04:00 -0500

Video showing boy in wheelchair jump on trampoline goes viralA viral video of a little boy in a wheelchair jumping on a trampoline with his coach is warming hearts around the world.


Factbox: Who has quit Theresa May's Conservative Party? And what does it mean?

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:00:00 -0500

Factbox: Who has quit Theresa May's Conservative Party? And what does it mean?Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservative Party quit to join an independent group in parliament on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around her Brexit plans. May's Conservative Party does not have a majority in parliament and is only able to govern thanks to a deal with 10 lawmakers from the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party. There are now 313 active Conservative lawmakers in the 650-seat parliament.


Pope's sex abuse prevention summit explained

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:45:29 -0500

Pope's sex abuse prevention summit explainedVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:28:46 -0500

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


Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:05:01 -0500

Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremonyKarl 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.


7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:40:46 -0500

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or SoldWarren 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.


The Two Venezuelas and Foreign Intervention

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:30:57 -0500

The Two Venezuelas and Foreign InterventionToday Venezuela is at an impasse, a term allegedly coined by Voltaire to refer to a situation devoid of exits. It has infinite inflation, four immobilized branches of government, two presidents, and the worst humanitarian crisis to hit the Americas in decades. There is sporadic violence on the streets and in improvised prisons hidden away from YouTube. What today resembles a civil war without weapons could easily escalate into bloodshed. Yet it is foreign powers and not domestic actors that will determine the country’s fate.The Bolivarian divide runs so deep that the republic now has two presidents: Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó. Maduro, elevated to power by the late Hugo Chavéz, insists that he has begun his second constitutional term, sworn in by the Supreme Court, backed by the courts and, crucially, the country’s armed forces. Guaidó is recognized by the National Assembly, the unicameral legislature that Chávez himself created when he wanted to do away with a Senate keen on opposing his accumulation of power. Hundreds of thousands of exiled Venezuelans, including former Chavista officers and representatives, support him, too.The international media have paid scant attention to Venezuela. With rare exceptions, the crisis has seemed far away, complex, and entirely domestic to the outside world. Yet that perception is misguided: Venezuela’s crisis is no longer a mere constitutional battle; it is a power struggle among international powers.When Guaidó invoked articles 233 and 333 of the Venezuelan constitution to declare himself president, he did so with plenty of support. The United States had already refused to recognize Maduro after last year’s presidential “election,” in which he was effectively the only candidate allowed to run. Same with the so-called Lima Group, a gathering of Latin American nations led by Brazil and Argentina. Such support allowed Guaidó to unify an opposition whose internal divisions had previously enabled Chávez and then Maduro to accumulate power. A few days later, the European Union joined the anti-Maduro forces, in a move ironically led by the socialist government of Spain, but not by Italy, where the populists of the Right (the Northern League) could not get the populists of the Left (the 5 Star Movement, old friends of Chavismo) to abandon Maduro.Recognizing a president, however, does not topple a government. The most damaging hits against Maduro were economic. The United States blocked PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-run oil giant and its only true source of funds, from accessing its refineries in the U.S. (Venezuelan oil has always been too heavy, leading the country’s oil industry to rely on American refineries.) The Trump administration also imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s primary debt issuance, as necessary for revolutionaries as it is for capitalists, as well as on the trading of existing securities. Guaidó will now control the country’s official accounts and will get to appoint a board for Venezuela’s crown jewel in the U.S.: the Citgo refinery.When it became clear that the petrodollars would stop flowing, defections from Maduro’s camp ticked up. And yet the regime did not fall. To outsiders, Maduro’s days in charge might appear numbered, but in Caracas he hangs on. That is because Chavismo’s traditional allies — Cuba, Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, Syria — have stood by him. In particular, the support of Russia and China, for whom Venezuela remains a bulwark against the pro-market governments ascendant elsewhere on the continent, has proved crucial.Despite its natural wealth, Venezuela’s debts to China are far larger than is commonly understood. And in Russia, oligarchs close to the Kremlin have too much to lose if the Maduro regime falls apart. That is why RT is keen on broadcasting every single “historic” military exercise by Maduro’s generals. (As my colleague Daniel Lansberg has pointed out, Venezuela now has more generals than all of NATO.) Paradoxically, the socialist revolution that Chávez created is now sustained by the capitalist interests of its main international sponsors.This dynamic is far from unprecedented. Decades ago, when there were two Spains rather than two Venezuelas, the diplomatic support of Western democracies mattered very little on the ground. In 1936, a failed military coup against the legitimate Spanish republic kicked off the century’s paradigmatic civil war. Madrid quickly received the support of international actors, including France, the United States, Mexico, and even the Soviet Union. But the generals under Francisco Franco had sponsors willing to fight. Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy invested blood and treasure in Franco — and drove him to victory. His legitimacy was built on the battleground.Intervention matters. And so does the lack of it. When Rwanda’s ethnic conflicts escalated into an unspeakable genocide in 1994, U.N. troops stood by, eventually inspiring Samantha Power’s doctrine of moral intervention. When, later, Power was U.N. ambassador under President Obama, Obama refused to intervene in Syria even after the Assad regime mounted chemical-weapons attacks on its own citizens, thereby crossing the “red line” Obama had laid out. In both cases, the results were gruesome and the victims numerous.Ultimately only force can break an impasse. In Venezuela’s case, as in Spain’s before, legitimacy is not about constitutions but the balance of forces. Economic sanctions can debilitate a regime, but only those willing to use force can truly tilt the balance. As long as Venezuela’s traditional allies areeconomically and financially motivated to keep Chavistas in power, the current regime will endure, with or without Maduro. If Washington is not willing to intervene with force, then it must convince Moscow and Beijing that a political transition is in their interests. Guarantees for their investments are a good place to start. More important, Venezuela’s sorry destiny reminds us that in a world devoid of absolute hegemonies, there are worse things than American global leadership.


'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each other

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:30:42 -0500

'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each otherBernie Sanders opened his second bid for the White House by calling the president a “liar,” “racist” and “xenophobe.” Trump, for his part, has repeatedly referred to Sanders as “Crazy Bernie.”


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:08:16 -0500

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


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

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:22:18 -0500

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


Afghanistan rebukes Pakistan ambassador in ripple effect from Kashmir attack

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:05:41 -0500

Afghanistan rebukes Pakistan ambassador in ripple effect from Kashmir attackAfghanistan's Foreign Ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador on Wednesday over his remarks that Afghan peace talks could be affected if India resorted to violence after last week's attack on Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir. In a statement issued after the meeting with Ambassador Zahid Nasrullah, the Foreign Ministry said it deemed his comments to be "in contradiction with Pakistan's commitments with regards to realizing peace in Afghanistan". Tensions between India and Pakistan have risen sharply since the suicide bomb attack in the disputed Kashmir region, which the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group claimed responsibility for.


10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:57:00 -0500

10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested


Father accused of beating, raping twin daughters sentenced

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:33:42 -0500

Father accused of beating, raping twin daughters sentencedMINNEAPOLIS (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.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:36:35 -0500

The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .Hint: It's going to transform your backyard BBQ setup


Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shooting

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:00:34 -0500

Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shootingSHERIDAN, 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.


US weighing options on American IS sympathizer in Syria

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:21:35 -0500

US weighing options on American IS sympathizer in SyriaThe United States said Tuesday it wanted to ensure foreign jihadists remain off the battlefield as it weighed options on an American detained in Syria who says she wants to return home. The United States has urged European powers to take back hundreds of their citizens who fought with the Islamic State movement in Syria, but acknowledged the situation was complex in the rare case of an American jihadist. Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old from Alabama who became a prominent online agitator for the extremists, said in an interview published Sunday with The Guardian that she had been brainwashed online and "deeply regrets" joining the movement.


Grand Jury Seated in Wake of New R. Kelly Accusations, Report Says

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:04:32 -0500

Grand Jury Seated in Wake of New R. Kelly Accusations, Report SaysA grand jury has reportedly been convened to investigate a new sex tape allegedly showing R. Kelly having sex with an underaged girl.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:09:05 -0500

McCabe: ‘No One Objected’ When Congressional Leaders Were Told about Trump ProbeFormer 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 pic.twitter.com/w4cKwAvvF9> > -- 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.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:20:17 -0500

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


Palestinian president rejects tax money from Israel

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:26:41 -0500

Palestinian president rejects tax money from IsraelThe 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.


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

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:20:00 -0500

Subaru's Mysterious Concept SUV Will Show Off New e-Boxer Hybrid TechThe lifted plug-in hybrid from the all-wheel-drive specialist is set to debut at this year's Geneva auto show.


How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth It

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:20:41 -0500

How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth ItWarehouse 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.


Southwest Airlines extends schedule, adds new seasonal routes

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:11:56 -0500

Southwest Airlines extends schedule, adds new seasonal routesSouthwest announced addition of two weekend-only seasonal routes. It also confirmed the return of seven seasonal routes that will resume in August.


Neptune's newest, tiniest moon likely piece of bigger one

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:04:11 -0500

Neptune's newest, tiniest moon likely piece of bigger oneCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Neptune's newest and tiniest moon is probably an ancient piece of a much larger moon orbiting unusually close.


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

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:42:00 -0500

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