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Hong Kong's Carrie Lam abandons speech after protests
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:19:12 GMT
Hong Kong's Carrie Lam abandons speech after protests

City leader Carrie Lam's annual address is suspended as legislators project slogans and wave placards.
Turkey-Syria offensive: Erdogan vows to press on with 'safe zone' plan
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:41:54 GMT
Turkey-Syria offensive: Erdogan vows to press on with 'safe zone' plan

Turkey's leader refuses to end military operations in northern Syria, despite ceasefire calls.
Pakistan royal visit: Kate's outfits draw Diana comparisons
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:10:59 GMT
Pakistan royal visit: Kate's outfits draw Diana comparisons

Is the Duchess of Cambridge putting a modern twist on what the Princess of Wales wore years ago?
Six Bulgarians arrested over football racist abuse
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:21:17 GMT
Six Bulgarians arrested over football racist abuse

Six Bulgarian football fans suspected of subjecting black England players to racist abuse are detained following police raids.
Ocasio-Cortez 'set to endorse Bernie Sanders for president'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:56:06 GMT
Ocasio-Cortez 'set to endorse Bernie Sanders for president'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading progressive figure, looks set to give Bernie Sanders' campaign a boost.
Egypt archaeologists find 20 ancient coffins near Luxor
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:01:48 GMT
Egypt archaeologists find 20 ancient coffins near Luxor

The coffins, whose decorations are still visible, were uncovered at a Theban necropolis near Luxor.
Why scientists are ‘listening’ to the Matterhorn
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:00:28 GMT
Why scientists are ‘listening’ to the Matterhorn

Sparked by an unexpected rockfall, researchers placed sensors on the mountain to monitor the site.
Mexico: Army deployed after police killed in ambush
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:10:25 GMT
Mexico: Army deployed after police killed in ambush

Monday's attack in the western Michoacán state is blamed on a powerful drug cartel.
Kim Jong-un: North Korean leader rides horse up sacred mountain
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:35:35 GMT
Kim Jong-un: North Korean leader rides horse up sacred mountain

Images of Kim Jong-un astride a white steed on Mount Paektu fuel speculation of a major announcement.
Nasa unveils new spacesuit for next Moon landing
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:52:19 GMT
Nasa unveils new spacesuit for next Moon landing

The agency reveals a prototype for a lunar surface spacesuit to fit all shapes and sizes.
German mystery deaths shut parcel depot in Haldensleben
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:16:05 GMT
German mystery deaths shut parcel depot in Haldensleben

Two men died and a man was taken ill within hours of each other, prompting an inquiry by firefighters.
Jailed British tourists entered US 'deliberately'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:55:51 GMT
Jailed British tourists entered US 'deliberately'

Officials say two of the adults had previously been denied travel authorisation to the US.
Brexit talks: A message to UK from Central Europe
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:05:18 GMT
Brexit talks: A message to UK from Central Europe

The BBC's Bethany Bell speaks to politicians about Brexit ahead of the EU summit this week.
Viewpoint: Syria could be beginning of end for Trump
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:06:12 GMT
Viewpoint: Syria could be beginning of end for Trump

Syria is a disaster of the president's own making and could cost him the election, says PJ Crowley.
Russia spy case: Is Paul Whelan a hostage of Russia or a spy?
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:11:14 GMT
Russia spy case: Is Paul Whelan a hostage of Russia or a spy?

The British family of a man accused of spying in Moscow has called on the UK government to do more to secure his release.
Saudi Arabia warms to Russia
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:43:18 GMT
Saudi Arabia warms to Russia

Saudi Arabia rolls out the red carpet for Vladimir Putin, signalling a seismic shift in relations.
Bulgarian football and its problem with racism
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:10:19 GMT
Bulgarian football and its problem with racism

Could Bulgaria's latest football racism scandal change how it deals with the problem?
Dutch family 'waiting for end of time' found in secret room
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:34:10 GMT
Dutch family 'waiting for end of time' found in secret room

A 58-year-old man is arrested as it emerges a family spent nine years in a secret room at a Dutch farm.
Fortnite Chapter 2: First glimpse of new season after map wiped out by asteroid
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:43:46 GMT
Fortnite Chapter 2: First glimpse of new season after map wiped out by asteroid

Season 11 or Chapter 2 is now live with a new map and updated gameplay.
Typhoon Hagibis: Homeless men denied shelter in middle of typhoon
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:16:27 GMT
Typhoon Hagibis: Homeless men denied shelter in middle of typhoon

The case has caused huge debate in Japan - and now the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has weighed in.
North v South Korea: Welcome to the world's strangest football derby
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:25:50 GMT
North v South Korea: Welcome to the world's strangest football derby

When North Korea plays South Korea it is no normal World Cup qualifier.
Google chief: I'd disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:09:57 GMT
Google chief: I'd disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home

Rick Osterloh suggests house guests have the right to know smart speakers are in use before entering.
Hong Kong lawmakers disrupt Carrie Lam's address
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:55:21 GMT
Hong Kong lawmakers disrupt Carrie Lam's address

Several pro-democracy legislators waved placards and chanted slogans, while standing on desks.
Democratic debate: Elizabeth Warren evades question about tax rises
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:29:20 GMT
Democratic debate: Elizabeth Warren evades question about tax rises

New front-runner Elizabeth Warren was on the defensive over how she would pay for her spending plans.
The world's first artificial womb for humans
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:54:59 GMT
The world's first artificial womb for humans

Doctors in the Netherlands say they are within 10 years of creating a 'second' womb for premature babies.
Lebanon battles worst wildfires in decades
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:07:17 GMT
Lebanon battles worst wildfires in decades

Firefighters and aircraft are tackling a series of blazes amid hot weather and strong winds.
Harry Dunn: Donald Trump meets with parents at the White House
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:40:18 GMT
Harry Dunn: Donald Trump meets with parents at the White House

Harry Dunn's mother said Mr Trump held her hand and said he would "try to push this from a different angle".
The administration's strategy is being thwarted by explosive secrets being spilled behind closed doors
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:43:22 GMT
The administration's strategy is being thwarted by explosive secrets being spilled behind closed doors

• Analysis: Here's why Democrats aren't holding an impeachment inquiry vote yet • Opinion: Trump's newest nightmare • Trump Jr.'s tweet called 'indescribably stupid'
Catch up on the inquiry with these key developments
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:19:45 GMT
Trump Jr.'s tweet called 'indescribably stupid'
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:51:36 GMT
Trump Jr.'s tweet called 'indescribably stupid'

CNN's Jake Tapper speaks to a panel about Hunter Biden's past dealings with a Ukrainian gas company.
A senior adviser to Pompeo resigned. Now he's set to testify
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:24:28 GMT
A senior adviser to Pompeo resigned. Now he's set to testify

Michael McKinley is set to testify as part of the House Democrats' impeachment probe -- less than a week after resigning as a senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
On impeachment, Democrats crack down on White House stonewalling strategy
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:58:21 GMT
On impeachment, Democrats crack down on White House stonewalling strategy

For months, Democrats probed President Donald Trump and his administration for documents, the President's financial records and interviews with key associates. They ran into one dead end after another.
Smerconish: Could this be Trump's best defense?
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 23:33:42 GMT
Smerconish: Could this be Trump's best defense?

Constitutional scholar Edward Foley examines a possible legal defense strategy President Donald Trump could take if the impeachment process continues to move forward.
Opinion: Trump's newest nightmare
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:54:20 GMT
Opinion: Trump's newest nightmare

The testimony of Fiona Hill and other developments in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump are summoning a reckoning for a man accustomed to battling individuals and sometimes reality itself.
Cillizza's winners and losers from last night's debate
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:29:53 GMT
Cillizza's winners and losers from last night's debate

• Watch the full debate • Watch highlights • Here's who talked the most
7 takeaways from the fourth Democratic presidential debate
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:47:57 GMT
7 takeaways from the fourth Democratic presidential debate

• Opinion: Who won? • Buttigieg to O'Rourke: I don't need lessons in courage from you • Bernie Sanders cracks a joke about marijuana
Authorities are investigating a homicide at the California home of 'Tarzan' actor Ron Ely
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:23:18 GMT
Authorities are investigating a homicide at the California home of 'Tarzan' actor Ron Ely

Authorities are investigating a homicide at the home of actor Ron Ely, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
Analysis: The worst news for Biden Tuesday had nothing to do with the debate
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:22:18 GMT
Analysis: The worst news for Biden Tuesday had nothing to do with the debate

Just as Joe Biden -- and the rest of the 11 Democratic contenders -- were rounding the final turn in the fourth presidential debate on Tuesday night, a bombshell dropped.
Twitter explains why it hasn't suspended Trump's account
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:24:17 GMT
Twitter explains why it hasn't suspended Trump's account

Twitter will continue to take a forgiving approach to objectionable tweets by world leaders, arguing that their messages are often of public interest.
Prince Harry tears up at award ceremony as he recalls knowing he was going to be a dad
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:37:31 GMT
Prince Harry tears up at award ceremony as he recalls knowing he was going to be a dad

Prince Harry was overcome with emotion during a speech at an award ceremony Tuesday as he recounted the feeling of knowing he was going to become a parent.
Farrow claims 'secret safe' of Trump docs
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:46:04 GMT
Farrow claims 'secret safe' of Trump docs

Journalist Ronan Farrow discusses the reporting in his new book "Catch and Kill," which details dubious collaborations between some media companies, such as AMI, and powerful men.
British family 'traumatized' after being detained by US immigration
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:52:25 GMT
British family 'traumatized' after being detained by US immigration

A British family has filed a complaint with the the Department of Homeland Security over their detention by US immigration officials after crossing the US border while vacationing in British Columbia, Canada earlier this month, the family's lawyers said on Tuesday.
Analysis: Bill O'Reilly is stunned that liberal 2020 candidates believe liberal things
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:25:56 GMT
Analysis: Bill O'Reilly is stunned that liberal 2020 candidates believe liberal things

Guess who was watching the fourth Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night? Former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly!
Ex-officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson refuses to speak with detectives
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:50:25 GMT
Ex-officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson refuses to speak with detectives

Detectives have seen body camera footage and heard an 8-year-old boy tell them how Atatiana Jefferson died but the officer who shot her has not shared his side of the story.
Police officer urges cops to apologize for Atatiana Jefferson's shooting death
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:11:33 GMT
Police officer urges cops to apologize for Atatiana Jefferson's shooting death

A Fort Worth police detective said officers should apologize for Atatiana Jefferson's death and acknowledge their role in police-involved shootings like hers.
Kellyanne Conway's husband donates to Trump's 2020 GOP rival Joe Walsh
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:27:30 GMT
Kellyanne Conway's husband donates to Trump's 2020 GOP rival Joe Walsh

Conservative lawyer George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, has donated to one of President Donald Trump's Republican rivals: former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh.
Judge miscalculated how much Johnson & Johnson would pay for opioid crisis
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:55:43 GMT
Students burn books after diversity lecture
Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:42:03 GMT
Students burn books after diversity lecture

Students at Georgia Southern University burned the books of Cuban-American author Jennine Capó Crucet on a grill following a lecture in which she argued with participants about white privilege and diversity.
Trump ambushed crash victim's parents, rep says
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:30:36 GMT
Trump ambushed crash victim's parents, rep says

The grieving parents of British teenager Harry Dunn have described a highly choreographed encounter with President Donald Trump at which they were presented with a surprise offer to meet the woman involved in their son's death.
'Wheel of Fortune' contestant says he's trapped in a loveless marriage
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:19:55 GMT
Taylor Swift shines solo in Tiny Desk Concert
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:40:37 GMT
Taylor Swift shines solo in Tiny Desk Concert

Taylor Swift performed for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series before she heads out on her 2020 world tour. It was just Swift, her guitar and a piano. And she's good.
Sean Spicer's outfit steals the show on 'DWTS'
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:51:37 GMT
Sean Spicer's outfit steals the show on 'DWTS'

Sean Spicer dressed like a cowboy on "Dancing with the Stars." CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on his other unforgettable outfits.
Actress under fire over her use of the n-word
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:12:13 GMT
Actress under fire over her use of the n-word

Actress Gina Rodriguez is facing yet another racial scandal -- this time over a social media post in which she used the n-word.
Storm expected to become a bomb cyclone
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:54:58 GMT
Storm expected to become a bomb cyclone

A potential bomb cyclone is quickly taking shape along the eastern seaboard and is getting ready to wallop the Northeast. The storm is expected to begin rapidly intensifying later Wednesday morning.
US attorney killed outside her Micronesia home
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:47:39 GMT
US attorney killed outside her Micronesia home

A New York attorney serving as an acting attorney general in the Federated States of Micronesia was gunned down outside her home on Monday, the state confirmed to CNN.
Companies test self-driving scooters
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:53:14 GMT
Companies test self-driving scooters

Companies are exploring self-driving scooters as a way to lower operational costs and soothe strained relations with cities.
Czech Republic's 'Church of Bones' to ban selfies
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:20:46 GMT
Czech Republic's 'Church of Bones' to ban selfies

The Sedlec Ossuary chapel in the Czech Republic town of Kutná Hora has become the latest attraction to clamp down on photography.
'Huge cache' of ancient sealed coffins uncovered
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:21:09 GMT
'Huge cache' of ancient sealed coffins uncovered

Archaeologists have discovered more than 20 wooden coffins at a necropolis in Luxor, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.
Why Nationals fans are obsessed with 'Baby Shark'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:44:48 GMT
Why Nationals fans are obsessed with 'Baby Shark'

The Washington Nationals are headed to the World Series for the first time in the franchise's history, and if you caught any of their postseason performances so far, you'd be forgiven for being a little confused.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners showcase stunning scenes from nature
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:35:39 GMT
Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners showcase stunning scenes from nature

It could almost be a scene from a slapstick comedy: a marmot stands frozen in fear, slack-jawed and balanced on one foot, as it suddenly notices a charging fox.
People are reporting sightings of the Tasmanian tiger, thought to be extinct
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:55:50 GMT
People are reporting sightings of the Tasmanian tiger, thought to be extinct

The Tasmanian tiger, a large striped carnivore, is believed to have gone extinct over 80 years ago -- but newly released Australian government documents show sightings have been reported as recently as two months ago.
Rescue puppy finds unlikely new friend
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 15:46:45 GMT
Rescue puppy finds unlikely new friend

Kris, a cheetah cub who is the sole survivor in her litter, has been paired up with a rescue puppy by the Cincinnati Zoo.
Iceland's massive horse party is a wild ride
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:54:03 GMT
Iceland's massive horse party is a wild ride

"It looks like the weather tomorrow will be good for us," says Þórdís Anna Gylfadóttir as she studies the pink-hued sky. "When it's a nice day, we have more people coming to the valley."
A massive mastiff had to be rescued after getting exhausted on a mountain hike
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:35:34 GMT
A massive mastiff had to be rescued after getting exhausted on a mountain hike

Floyd the mastiff went for a hike with his owner up the Grandeur Peak trail near Salt Lake City on Sunday. But when it was time to come down, Floyd was too exhausted and just sat down.
Burnout is a big deal. Here's how managers can spot it
Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:56:37 GMT
Burnout is a big deal. Here's how managers can spot it

You've probably been hearing a lot about workplace burnout lately.
How to deal with a workaholic boss
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:29:51 GMT
How to deal with a workaholic boss

The never-ending emails and phone calls. The unrelenting deadlines. The pile-on of projects and deadlines.
What workaholic bosses want you to know
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:58:13 GMT
What workaholic bosses want you to know

For some people, work is the first thing they think of in the morning and the last before falling asleep.
Your boss hates you. What do you do?
Tue, 03 Sep 2019 16:16:49 GMT
Your boss hates you. What do you do?

You aren't always going to get along with everyone you work with, but when it comes to your boss, it's in your best interest to forge a good relationship.
China's helicopter prototype looks like a UFO
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 05:10:51 GMT
China's helicopter prototype looks like a UFO

China has been unveiling a lot of new weaponry lately, but one of their latest reveals looks really, well, out of this world.
See toddler's reaction to sister's return
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:27:57 GMT
See toddler's reaction to sister's return

Two sisters in Texas went viral after their mom posted a video of the toddler excitedly greeting her sister as she came home from school.
Two of Las Vegas' most famous hotels are under new ownership
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:42:53 GMT
Two of Las Vegas' most famous hotels are under new ownership

MGM Resorts is offloading two well-known Las Vegas casinos in separate deals that total nearly $5 billion.
'Bombshell' trailer shows women of Fox News preparing for a fight
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:40:56 GMT
'Bombshell' trailer shows women of Fox News preparing for a fight

Some women at Fox News are preparing for battle in the new trailer for "Bombshell."
How Netflix led the way on abortion rights in Hollywood
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:36:46 GMT
How Netflix led the way on abortion rights in Hollywood

When Netflix's Ted Sarandos said the company would "rethink" its investment in Georgia if a new restrictive abortion law went into effect, he opened the floodgates, spurring other major studios to follow suit.
China's pork crisis worsens
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:00:47 GMT
China's pork crisis worsens

African swine fever has ravaged China's pig population, and the country's consumers are feeling the pain. Some are even switching to other meats as the dietary staple becomes unaffordable.
How to land a job in a hot market
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 17:14:04 GMT
How to land a job in a hot market

The job market is still going strong, and that's good news for job seekers.
Yet another company has been hit by a ransomware attack
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:14:02 GMT
Yet another company has been hit by a ransomware attack

Hackers have struck again with yet another ransomware attack.
Trump family throws stones at Biden from a glass house
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:01:17 GMT
Trump family throws stones at Biden from a glass house

Finally, the Trump administration is taking seriously the pervasive problem of children of the powerful and politically connected trading on their family names for money and access.
Four two-term presidents in a row?
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:09:49 GMT
Four two-term presidents in a row?

Earlier this year, President Trump quipped (I'd like to believe not seriously) that he'd probably remain in office for 10 to 14 years. On another occasion, Trump spoke highly of China's President Xi being president for life and joked to great applause that maybe "we'll give that a shot someday."
The subject debaters should not avoid
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 04:25:42 GMT
The subject debaters should not avoid

The headlines and protest signs tell a unified story: this is an extraordinary time for women in this country. Everywhere, they are leading the charge. In the 2018 midterm elections, women won a record number of seats in congress with a total of 127 women now serving in the House and Senate. It's also remarkable that five Democratic women are currently in the presidential race.
Ex-cop: It's time for this to stop
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:08:21 GMT
Ex-cop: It's time for this to stop

On Saturday, October 12, shortly after two in the morning, an alert neighbor in Fort Worth, Texas, did the right thing, the kind of thing that in general makes neighborhoods safer. Seeing that a nearby door was open at this odd hour, he called a non-emergency police number for a "safety check." He later told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he was concerned because he knew that his neighbor, Atatiana Jefferson, was home alone with her nephew. What happened after that was something horrifying, a killing that has left communities across the country feeling less safe.
American troops are not mercenaries
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:15:59 GMT
American troops are not mercenaries

American service personnel are not mercenaries.
Simone Biles' 'double double' trouble
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:59:13 GMT
Simone Biles' 'double double' trouble

By now, the news that Simone Biles has won another championship and has gained two new skills named after her is about as surprising as the news that a competition occurred. Breaking even more barriers at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, this week, becoming -- with 21 medals at Worlds (22, after winning the all-around competition with the largest margin ever) -- the most decorated female gymnast in history seems only what's expected.
All eyes on UEFA after football's night of shame
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:12:08 GMT
Erdogan: We will 'never declare a ceasefire'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:09:03 GMT
Erdogan: We will 'never declare a ceasefire'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed US calls for a ceasefire in northern Syria and said that he's not worried about American-imposed sanctions, or the advancement of Russian-backed Syrian forces toward the Turkish border.
Lam abandons speech as Hong Kong lawmakers say she has 'blood on her hands'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:55:11 GMT
Lam abandons speech as Hong Kong lawmakers say she has 'blood on her hands'

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's annual policy address ended in chaos Wednesday as pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly disrupted her speech and heckled her with calls to honor the demands of months-long anti-government protests.
See NASA's new spacesuits for the moon and beyond
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:38:19 GMT
See NASA's new spacesuits for the moon and beyond

NASA is showing off the newly designed spacesuits astronauts will wear during the agency's mission to the moon.
A synagogue in Michigan found anti-Semitic posters on its door
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:01:52 GMT
A synagogue in Michigan found anti-Semitic posters on its door

Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are investigating after anti-Semitic posters were discovered on the door of a synagogue on Sunday.
Teen collects hundreds of Barbies with prosthetic legs for kids just like her
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:58:22 GMT
Teen collects hundreds of Barbies with prosthetic legs for kids just like her

Chloe Newman lost her right leg when she was a baby, so when Mattel introduced the Barbie Fashionista #121 -- a stylish doll with a prosthetic leg -- she wanted to give them to kids just like her.
Law requiring couples to disclose race is unconstitutional, judge says
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:36:14 GMT
Law requiring couples to disclose race is unconstitutional, judge says

A federal judge ruled that a Virginia law requiring couples to reveal their race in applying for a marriage license is unconstitutional.
Florida toddler dies after being left for hours inside a hot car outside her family's home
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:20:54 GMT
Florida toddler dies after being left for hours inside a hot car outside her family's home

A toddler in Florida died after being left inside her family's car in the heat all day, police said.
Vivid portraits shine light on Tahiti's 'third gender'
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 07:18:13 GMT
The story of North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom'
Sat, 10 Aug 2019 03:15:17 GMT
Legionnaires' disease outbreak linked to North Carolina state fair kills 3rd person: officials
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:26:13 GMT
Legionnaires' disease outbreak linked to North Carolina state fair kills 3rd person: officials

A third person has died following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in North Carolina. 
British family in Canada who say wrong turn led to border crossing mistake previously denied entry to US: CBP
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:21:53 GMT
British family in Canada who say wrong turn led to border crossing mistake previously denied entry to US: CBP

Members of a British family who claim a wrong turn led them to accidentally cross the Canadian border into the U.S. earlier this month were previously denied authorization to enter America, border officials said.
Super Bowl MVP calls for investigation into NFL referees over calls during Lions-Packers game
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:15:30 GMT
Super Bowl MVP calls for investigation into NFL referees over calls during Lions-Packers game

A Super Bowl MVP called for NFL referees to be “investigated” during a Monday night game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.
Victor Davis Hanson on Gabbard pushing back on CNN, NYT: 'Welcome to the Trump club'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:09:45 GMT
Victor Davis Hanson on Gabbard pushing back on CNN, NYT: 'Welcome to the Trump club'

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson said Wednesday that 2020 presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has joined the “Trump club,” after the congresswoman pushed back against CNN and The New York Times for calling her an "asset of Russia."
Fox battles rodent in 'perfect' wildlife photo, clinching top award
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:09:42 GMT
Fox battles rodent in 'perfect' wildlife photo, clinching top award

A remarkable photo of a fox battling a marmot in the remote Qilian mountains of China has won the top award in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Dutch man who reported family in farmhouse active on social media, escaped several times in past weeks
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:08:09 GMT
Dutch man who reported family in farmhouse active on social media, escaped several times in past weeks

The 25-year-old man who trigged a massive investigation after revealing his family was living for years in isolation on a remote Dutch farm had made several trips to a local bar before police were called and recently been active on social media.
Rachael Ray on why she's a 'grateful American': 'The American Dream is still alive'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:05:52 GMT
Rachael Ray on why she's a 'grateful American': 'The American Dream is still alive'

Rachael Ray became emotional while reflecting on the American Dream during a recent appearance on “The View.” 
Florida man pays off school lunch debt for entire town: 'Children shouldn't learn hungry'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:01:38 GMT
Florida man pays off school lunch debt for entire town: 'Children shouldn't learn hungry'

A Florida man decided to surprise his community by paying off the lunch debt of every child in their town, Jupiter, but the good news doesn't stop there.
Plane makes emergency landing at Virginia airport due to 'sideways' nose gear
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:58:23 GMT
Plane makes emergency landing at Virginia airport due to 'sideways' nose gear

The issue caused the aircraft to "veer" off the runway, airport officials confirmed.
NASA moves up 1st all-female spacewalk to fix power unit
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:54:52 GMT
NASA moves up 1st all-female spacewalk to fix power unit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station.
2 brothers charged in shooting of dad in front of his 4 kids in road rage incident - NBC News
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:36:00 GMT
Weak U.S. retail sales heighten fears over economy - Reuters
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:45:00 GMT
U.S. Stocks Slip After Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall - The Wall Street Journal
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:53:00 GMT
Hands-on: Google’s Pixelbook Go feels way fancy for a $649 laptop - The Next Web
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:43:00 GMT
Exotic 'Fuzzy' Dark Matter May Have Created Giant Filaments Across the Early Universe - Livescience.com
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:55:00 GMT
NASA denies alien life discovered on Mars in 1970s - Fox News
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:01:28 GMT
What is kratom? The popular herbal supplement has caught flak from the FDA - NBC News
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:31:00 GMT
2 brothers charged in shooting of dad in front of his 4 kids in road rage incident - NBC News
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:36:00 GMT
Weak U.S. retail sales heighten fears over economy - Reuters
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:45:00 GMT
U.S. Stocks Slip After Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall - The Wall Street Journal
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:53:00 GMT
Hands-on: Google’s Pixelbook Go feels way fancy for a $649 laptop - The Next Web
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:43:00 GMT
Exotic 'Fuzzy' Dark Matter May Have Created Giant Filaments Across the Early Universe - Livescience.com
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:55:00 GMT
NASA denies alien life discovered on Mars in 1970s - Fox News
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:01:28 GMT
What is kratom? The popular herbal supplement has caught flak from the FDA - NBC News
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:31:00 GMT
Missing 6-year-old found safe with his dog after hundreds show up for search
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:45:04 +0000
Missing 6-year-old found safe with his dog after hundreds show up for search

The boy got off the school bus with his siblings northeast of Clear Lake, went to play with the family dog and has not been seen since.
       
Enrollment drops more in St. Cloud than other Minnesota State schools
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:23:27 +0000
Enrollment drops more in St. Cloud than other Minnesota State schools

The 30-day enrollment data is out from Minnesota State colleges and universities. Find out which schools gained students and which schools lost them
       
St. Cloud man accused of punching woman in the face
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:14:34 +0000
St. Cloud man accused of punching woman in the face

The 32-year-old was charged with two felony counts of domestic assault, according to a criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court
       
How you can help a family, 2 Kennedy students support parents of cancer patients
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:40:11 +0000
How you can help a family, 2 Kennedy students support parents of cancer patients

The 'parent essential bags' are backpacks filled with items such as hair ties, phone chargers and snacks given to parents of children with cancer
       
Tech moves on to section finals with 2-0 win
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:50:13 +0000
Tech moves on to section finals with 2-0 win

Tech will play in Brainerd on Thursday for a chance to make the state tournament
       
Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation case
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:14:42 +0000
Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation case

A Wisconsin jury awarded $450,000 to the father of a Sandy Hook victim after conspiracy theorist claimed the massacre never happened.
       
Sauk Rapids swimmer Anna Lucas proves hard work pays off
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:07:19 +0000
Sauk Rapids swimmer Anna Lucas proves hard work pays off

Sauk Rapids-Rice swim team senior Anna Lucas put in extra work over the summer and it has paid off this season.
       
Know an up-and-coming business leader? Nominate them for the 5 Under 40 awards
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:00:16 +0000
Know an up-and-coming business leader? Nominate them for the 5 Under 40 awards

The 5 Under 40 awards have honored some well-known Central Minnesotans. Here's how you can nominate young business leaders for this year's awards.
       
Iowa man sues Worthington after police encounter puts him in ICU for 5 days
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:34:09 +0000
Iowa man sues Worthington after police encounter puts him in ICU for 5 days

The man was not charged with any crime.
       
Central Minnesota prep star performances for Saturday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 18
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 02:50:41 +0000
Central Minnesota prep star performances for Saturday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 18

Central Minnesota prep star performances for Saturday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 18
       
How to best experience the SC Times app
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 21:50:20 +0000
How to best experience the SC Times app

Download the app to customize your news alert, read offline, save articles for later and follow the news in another USAToday Network city
       
Elizabeth Warren takes rivals' shots, Joe Biden pivots on Ukraine and other top Democrat debate moments
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:12:04 +0000
Elizabeth Warren takes rivals' shots, Joe Biden pivots on Ukraine and other top Democrat debate moments

Tuesday's debate in the key battleground state of Ohio was the first opportunity for Democratic candidates to gather on stage since the announcement of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
       
Area scoreboard: Results for Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 02:49:06 +0000
Area scoreboard: Results for Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Area scoreboard: Results for Tuesday, October 15, 2019
       
October 2019 deaths
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:43:58 +0000
October 2019 deaths

October 2019 deaths
       
Go beyond the Instagram posts with stories, videos, photos and more
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:30:32 +0000
Go beyond the Instagram posts with stories, videos, photos and more

Saw a post on the St. Cloud Times Instagram and want to know more? You've come to the right place.
       
Tech's Ethan Miller talks about 2-0 section semifinals win
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:37:25 +0000
Tech's Ethan Miller talks about 2-0 section semifinals win

Miller scored a first half penalty kick to help lead Tech to the section finals
       
Tech hosts ROCORI in section semifinals
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:12:24 +0000
Tech hosts ROCORI in section semifinals

Ethan Miller and Drake Jett scored goals to move Tech one step closer to the state tournament
       
Kid-friendly Grand Canyon: Here are the 6 best activities for families at the South Rim
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:15:12 +0000
Kid-friendly Grand Canyon: Here are the 6 best activities for families at the South Rim

Ride a bike or a mule, stay up late and look for shooting stars, take a kid-friendly hike down the South Kaibab Trail or become a Junior Ranger.
       
Hub New Music makes Minnesota debut in St. Cloud
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:41:18 +0000
Hub New Music makes Minnesota debut in St. Cloud

The group will present a number of workshops and performances while in Central Minnesota
       
Five Things To Do in St. Cloud, Oct. 21-25
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:39:42 +0000
Five Things To Do in St. Cloud, Oct. 21-25

Here are five things to do Oct. 21-25 in the St. Cloud area
       
Wine pick: Wijnskool “Tree of Knowledge” Shiraz 2015
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:16:01 +0000
Wine pick: Wijnskool “Tree of Knowledge” Shiraz 2015

Aromas of heady blueberry, dark cherries and pepper fill the glass
       
Nightlife, Oct. 17-23
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:00:10 +0000
Nightlife, Oct. 17-23

Nightlife, Oct. 17-23
       
Beer pick: Lake State Brown Ale, Third Street Brewhouse, Cold Spring
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:00:10 +0000
Beer pick: Lake State Brown Ale, Third Street Brewhouse, Cold Spring

This is a well-made example of the style that’s big on flavor and pleasure
       
Chart toppers for Oct. 11
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:00:09 +0000
Chart toppers for Oct. 11

Chart toppers for Oct. 11
       
GREAT brings Alice in Wonderland into 21st century
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:00:09 +0000
GREAT brings Alice in Wonderland into 21st century

Alice in Wonderland runs Oct. 18 to 27 at the Paramount Center for the Arts
       
Local CD Pick: 'Black Anima,' Lacuna Coil
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:00:09 +0000
Local CD Pick: 'Black Anima,' Lacuna Coil

It's a much darker album full of massive guitar and catchy hooks
       
Authorities seek person who put explosive in Albertville Outlet mall trash can
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:20:50 +0000
Authorities seek person who put explosive in Albertville Outlet mall trash can

The explosion occurred about 8:40 p.m. and damaged a garbage can outside the Nike Factory store and caused slight damage to the exterior of the store
       
Vote until 9 a.m. Tuesday for SC Times Athlete of the Week
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:00:02 +0000
Vote until 9 a.m. Tuesday for SC Times Athlete of the Week

You determine the winner by voting in our online poll. Voting is open until 9 a.m. Tuesday. Look for the winner Thursday.
       
Courts Watch: Man pleads guilty to sexual assault
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:39:52 +0000
Courts Watch: Man pleads guilty to sexual assault

Sentences, pleas and other developments in local cases
       
What can we see in SCSU early enrollment numbers?
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:25:17 +0000
What can we see in SCSU early enrollment numbers?

St. Cloud State administrators expected a decline in enrollment, enough so to call for layoffs. Here's what the preliminary numbers show
       
Google brings workshops for entrepreneurs to St. Cloud
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:22:01 +0000
Google brings workshops for entrepreneurs to St. Cloud

The Grow with Google event will happen Oct. 18 at Great River Regional Library.
       
Mourning the loss of civility and respect
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:16:01 +0000
Mourning the loss of civility and respect

The divisiveness in our country, the divide that has taken hold is the direct result of inflammatory and disrespectful discourse
       
Delta plane made emergency stop in St. Cloud on Sunday
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:45:33 +0000
Delta plane made emergency stop in St. Cloud on Sunday

No one was injured and the passengers continued on a new flight
       
19 students to withdraw or face expulsion proceedings following Tech fight
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:09:58 +0000
19 students to withdraw or face expulsion proceedings following Tech fight

As of Monday, 17 students facing expulsion have withdrawn their enrollment. The board also approved expelling one student in closed session Oct. 10
       
Impeachment process should not be about political gains
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:08:51 +0000
Impeachment process should not be about political gains

The impeachment process - at whatever stage - is a defense of our Constitution and our democracy
       
St. Cloud man arrested for allegedly stabbing another in the neck
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:28:36 +0000
St. Cloud man arrested for allegedly stabbing another in the neck

Brian Michael Fink, 37, faces one charge of second-degree assault for the alleged incident Friday evening.
       
Vote until 9 a.m. Tuesday for SC Times Athlete of the Week
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 01:00:04 +0000
Vote until 9 a.m. Tuesday for SC Times Athlete of the Week

You determine the winner by voting in our online poll. Voting is open until 9 a.m. Tuesday. Look for the winner Thursday.
       
$5 billion and counting: Bonding committee gets close look at funding requests
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 22:43:02 +0000
$5 billion and counting: Bonding committee gets close look at funding requests

Starting in February, the goal is to prioritize all of the spending requests, and get a supermajority to pass a bonding bill
       
In Business: Microbiologics acquires Michigan-based laboratory Micromyx
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 20:30:10 +0000
In Business: Microbiologics acquires Michigan-based laboratory Micromyx

GSDC announces Minnesota Young American Leaders Program participants, internationally recognized Neurosurgeon joins CentraCare
       
Rescue pets of the week: Orton and Rusty
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:14:01 +0000
Rescue pets of the week: Orton and Rusty

These pets are available for adoption at Tri-County Humane Society
       
Preseason hunting training can make a difference
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:03:09 +0000
Preseason hunting training can make a difference

Going through a tune-up before the pheasant season starts is something I have participated in before.
       
College football standings at a glance
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:22:39 +0000
College football standings at a glance

NSIC and MIAC football standings
       
Bemidji State forces tie after third period comeback
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:16:25 +0000
Bemidji State forces tie after third period comeback

Saturday evening, Bemidji State forced a 2-2 tie with St. Cloud State, scoring two third-period goals.
       
Central Minnesota prep star performances for Saturday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 18
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:12:38 +0000
Central Minnesota prep star performances for Saturday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 18

Central Minnesota prep star performances for Saturday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 18
       
Area scoreboard: Results for Saturday, October 12, 2019
Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:00:55 +0000
Area scoreboard: Results for Saturday, October 12, 2019

Area scoreboard: Results for Saturday, October 12, 2019
       
Huskies come up short at Augustana
Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:56:22 +0000
Huskies come up short at Augustana

Augustana kicker Luis Guarita made a 35-yard field goal in overtime to hand SCSU their third loss of the season
       
Johnnies shut out Royals 19-0
Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:22:01 +0000
Johnnies shut out Royals 19-0

The St. John's University football team were led by a strong defensive performance in their 19-0 shutout against MIAC rival Bethel.
       
Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:11:41 +0000
Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.

Across the USA, prosecutors aren't tracking officer misconduct, skirting Supreme Court "Brady" rules and sometimes leading to wrongful convictions.
       
Debate rivals assail Warren as she joins Democrats' top rank
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:15:18 +0000
Twins part ways with the human who portrays mascot T.C. Bear
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:00:09 +0000
Twins part ways with the human who portrays mascot T.C. Bear

Team spokesman declined to say whether the only person to ever portray the lovable mascot resigned or was fired.
Nelson Cruz named Twins MVP, also wins leadership award
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:58:54 +0000
Nelson Cruz named Twins MVP, also wins leadership award

Nelson Cruz, signed before the season to a two-year contract, hit 41 home runs, drove in 108 runs and hit .311. Taylor Rogers and Luis Arraez were among the other winners.
Science Museum of Minnesota reopens state-of-the-art Omnitheater
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:53:15 +0000
Science Museum of Minnesota reopens state-of-the-art Omnitheater

The new digital laser dome is only the third of its kind in the world.
Man found dead of apparent assault in street near Dinkytown
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:40:25 +0000
Man found dead of apparent assault in street near Dinkytown

Officers located the man in a residential area of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.
Bagels and bialys, coming soon to a new south Minneapolis bakery
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:39:38 +0000
Bagels and bialys, coming soon to a new south Minneapolis bakery

Another farmers market vendor -- this time, it's Asa's Bakery -- is making the leap from outdoor stand to year-round, brick-and-mortar operation.
Probe uncovers high-level unease over Trump, Giuliani moves
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:30:36 +0000
Probe uncovers high-level unease over Trump, Giuliani moves

The House impeachment inquiry is exposing new details about unease in the State Department and White House about President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine and those of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
UnitedHealthcare plan faces Medicare sanction
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:30:21 +0000
UnitedHealthcare plan faces Medicare sanction

Minnetonka-based insurer says one of its health plans fell out of compliance with Medicare.
Roseau hobbled by earlier closing time at border crossing with Canada
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:32:18 +0000
Roseau hobbled by earlier closing time at border crossing with Canada

U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year changed the operating hours, closing it at 8 p.m. each night instead of midnight.
'A good night': What people are saying about Amy Klobuchar's debate performance
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:30:50 +0000
'A good night': What people are saying about Amy Klobuchar's debate performance

The Minnesota Democrat has yet to qualify for the November debate.
Duluth Pack introduces co-branded boots with Merrell
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:12:15 +0000
Duluth Pack introduces co-branded boots with Merrell

Duluth Pack and Michigan outdoor boot-maker Merrell have launched a co-branded work boot.
Vikings' average gain is looking SuperFreaky
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:07:27 +0000
Vikings' average gain is looking SuperFreaky

The Vikings are averaging 6.3 yards per play through six games in 2019, good for third in the NFL and a reminder of the Randy Moss era of big plays.
Rescued by USS Duluth during Vietnam War, a family finally visits the city that represented freedom
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:46:00 +0000
Rescued by USS Duluth during Vietnam War, a family finally visits the city that represented freedom

Chinh Pham and family met with Vietnam War veterans who served on the USS Duluth and saw the city whose namesake introduced him to the U.S.
Karl-Anthony Towns scores 33 points in Wolves' victory at Indiana
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:31:27 +0000
Karl-Anthony Towns scores 33 points in Wolves' victory at Indiana

The All-Star center produced 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in just more than 26 minutes of play.
Gophers' P.J. Fleck is showing his coaching chops
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:29:51 +0000
Gophers' P.J. Fleck is showing his coaching chops

If you hate overt marketing and sloganeering, you may still not like Gophers coach P.J. Fleck. But Fleck knows his target audience, and has passed an eye test that speaks to his coaching skills.
Gophers' Sam Renner: 'Unsung hero of the defense'
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:26:55 +0000
Gophers' Sam Renner: 'Unsung hero of the defense'

Sam Renner has risen from wait-listed walk-on to a starter on the defensive line who can handle a variety of tasks as needed by the Gophers.
Brutal second-period stretch crushes Wild in 4-2 loss to Maple Leafs
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:15:25 +0000
Brutal second-period stretch crushes Wild in 4-2 loss to Maple Leafs

Lapses by the Wild this season have come in spurt during the first weeks of the NHL season, and Tuesday night's led to a 4-2 loss at Toronto during which an early lead didn't hold up.
What the 12 candidates said about key issues in last night's presidential debate
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:26:33 +0000
What the 12 candidates said about key issues in last night's presidential debate

With a dozen participants, the debate was the largest in modern history.
Sun Country reaches out to Duluth, Mankato air travelers, with a coach bus to MSP
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:55:25 +0000
Sun Country reaches out to Duluth, Mankato air travelers, with a coach bus to MSP

Sun Country is Landline's launch customer, and Minnesota will be the first market to test the concept.
Minnesota schools continue with two-day MEA break, despite shortened conference
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:51:43 +0000
Minnesota schools continue with two-day MEA break, despite shortened conference

One official said he's seen some interest from school districts in changing the four-day-weekend tradition, but not much action to make it happen.
'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from closed-door testimony
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:38:11 -0400
'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from closed-door testimony

'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from closed-door testimonyWhen Republican congressman Matt Gaetz tried to attend an impeachment inquiry deposition Monday morning in the U.S. Capitol, he ran smack into the often arcane and confusing rules of Congress. Here's why he wasn't allowed to attend.


Yang and O'Rourke propose decriminalizing opioids, including heroin
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:59:37 -0400
Yang and O'Rourke propose decriminalizing opioids, including heroin

Yang and O'Rourke propose decriminalizing opioids, including heroinTwo Democrats suggested making small amounts of heroin legal as a way to combat the drug epidemic.


What's causing record rates of STDs?
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:25:46 -0400
What's causing record rates of STDs?

What's causing record rates of STDs?After decades of decline, rates of certain STDs have spiked to record levels, according to the CDC. What's causing the increase?


Texas policeman faces murder charges after killing black woman in her home
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:27:21 -0400
Texas policeman faces murder charges after killing black woman in her home

Texas policeman faces murder charges after killing black woman in her homeAtatiana Jefferson was killed on Saturday at about 2:30 a.m. when officer Aaron Dean fired a single shot through a window into her home as she cared for her 8-year-old nephew. Dean was responding to a call from a concerned neighbor who said Jefferson's door was open. "Aaron Dean was arrested by Fort Worth Police on Oct. 14.


Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Rugged as a Military-Spec Vehicle
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:07:00 -0400
Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Rugged as a Military-Spec Vehicle

Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Rugged as a Military-Spec VehicleJeep and AM General could re-enlist with the U.S. Army as soon as next year.


China Threatens to Retaliate if U.S. Passes Hong Kong Bill
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:50:12 -0400
China Threatens to Retaliate if U.S. Passes Hong Kong Bill

China Threatens to Retaliate if U.S. Passes Hong Kong Bill(Bloomberg) -- China threatened to retaliate if the U.S. Congress follows through with passing legislation that would require an annual review of whether the city is sufficiently autonomous from Beijing to justify its special trading status.The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it would take strong measures if the bill passed. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is one of four measures passed by the U.S. House Tuesday in unanimous voice votes. The bill provides for sanctions against officials “responsible for undermining fundamental freedoms and autonomy in Hong Kong.” A similar bill is also before the Senate, though the timing of a vote there remains uncertain. The legislation has bipartisan support in both chambers.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Li Liu in Beijing at lliu255@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:53:02 -0400
India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed

India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killedText 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.


Everything Google Revealed at Its NYC Pixel Event
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:44:00 -0400
Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:44:53 -0400
Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandalThe 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.


'Five Eyes' in the dark: Will Trump and Barr destroy trust in U.S. intelligence?
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:11:35 -0400
'Five Eyes' in the dark: Will Trump and Barr destroy trust in U.S. intelligence?

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


The U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Must Be Revolutionary
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:04:00 -0400
Angela Merkel Intervenes to Allow Huawei Access to German Networks
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:22:39 -0400
Angela Merkel Intervenes to Allow Huawei Access to German Networks

Angela Merkel Intervenes to Allow Huawei Access to German NetworksGermany 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.


Woman will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder of boyfriend
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:46:41 -0400
Woman will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder of boyfriend

Woman will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder of boyfriendA 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.


Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskey
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:11:36 -0400
Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskey

Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskeyThe men left the prison grounds and cut through a neighboring ranch before getting caught by authorities.


Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:47:43 -0400
Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi

Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to NairobiKenya'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.


Atheists, Secular Groups Up in Arms Over State Department Boosting Pompeo’s ‘Christian Leader’ Speech
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:46:46 -0400
Atheists, Secular Groups Up in Arms Over State Department Boosting Pompeo’s ‘Christian Leader’ Speech

Atheists, Secular Groups Up in Arms Over State Department Boosting Pompeo’s ‘Christian Leader’ SpeechJoe 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.


Latest search for Amelia Earhart plane comes up empty: NYT
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:26:03 -0400
Latest search for Amelia Earhart plane comes up empty: NYT

Latest search for Amelia Earhart plane comes up empty: NYTThe 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.


The Latest: Tropical weather new fear at collapse site
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:57:43 -0400
The Latest: Tropical weather new fear at collapse site

The Latest: Tropical weather new fear at collapse siteTropical 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.


Trump's businesses reportedly gave different financial figures to lenders and tax authorities as recently as 2017
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:53:00 -0400
Trump's businesses reportedly gave different financial figures to lenders and tax authorities as recently as 2017

Trump's businesses reportedly gave different financial figures to lenders and tax authorities as recently as 2017More questions have arisen surrounding President Trump's businesses after ProPublica obtained documents via New York's Freedom of Information Law.The documents show that for two of Trump's New York properties -- 40 Wall Street and the Trump International Hotel and Tower -- different financial figures were reported to lenders and to tax authorities. For example, the Trump Organization told a lender that 40 Wall Street had been 58.9 percent leased on Dec. 31, 2012, before vaulting to 95 percent a few years later, which reportedly represented borrower-friendly "leasing momentum." But the company reportedly disclosed that the building was 81 percent rented as of Jan. 5, 2013 to tax officials. Ultimately, the reporting strategy helped Trump reach favorable terms -- he received a 10-year loan with a lower interest than the building previous had and was also able to defer paying off much of the prinicipal until the end of the loan. "There was a story crafted here," said Kevin Riordan, a financing expert and real estate professor at Montclair State University.As for Trump Tower, the company reportedly told tax authorities that the building made around $822,000 renting space to commercial tenants in 2017, while reporting to lenders that it took in nearly double that. In eight years of data ProPublica examined for the property, the Trump organization generally reported gross income to tax authorities that was around 81 percent of what it reported to the lender.There can be legitimate reasons for such numbers to diverge, real estate experts have noted, but those same experts told ProPublica that some of the gaps in the documents did not appear to have any reasonable justification. Nancy Wallace, a professor of finance and real estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley said the discrepancies amount to some "versions of fraud." Read more at ProPublica.


Court Ruling Extends Vote Protest of Philippine Marcos’ Son
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:50:20 -0400
Court Ruling Extends Vote Protest of Philippine Marcos’ Son

Court Ruling Extends Vote Protest of Philippine Marcos’ Son(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 cyap19@bloomberg.net, Muneeza NaqviFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez Endorse Bernie Sanders for President
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:14:25 -0400
Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez Endorse Bernie Sanders for President

Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez Endorse Bernie Sanders for PresidentRepresentative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) announced on Wednesday morning that she is endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for president, and confirmed that Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) is also endorsing Sanders."Proud to endorse @SenSanders for President, glad that @AOC and @RashidaTlaib are on board too," Omar posted on Twitter."Bernie is leading a working-class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity and geography," she added in a longer statement. Sanders reciprocated, saying in his own statement that Omar is "a leader of strength and courage."The endorsements of Omar and Tlaib, along with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), gives Sanders the support of three out of four members of the "Squad." Representative Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), the fourth member, has not yet endorsed a candidate.Ocasio-Cortez, whose decision to endorse Sanders was first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday evening, will formally announce the endorsement at a campaign rally this Saturday in New York City.Tuesday night's Democratic-primary debate marked Sanders's first campaign event since suffering a heart attack on the campaign trail. After undergoing surgery, Sanders returned to his home in Vermont to recover. Sanders insisted during the debate that he was ready for the campaign."We are going to be mounting a vigorous campaign all over this country," he said, inviting viewers to attend his New York City rally this coming weekend.


Hiker Digs Up 1,000-Year-Old Iron Weapon
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:49:00 -0400
Hiker Digs Up 1,000-Year-Old Iron Weapon

Hiker Digs Up 1,000-Year-Old Iron WeaponClimate change melted away the ancient arrowhead.


Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:11:41 -0400
Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.

Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.Across the USA, prosecutors aren't tracking officer misconduct, skirting Supreme Court "Brady" rules and sometimes leading to wrongful convictions.


Sen. Klobuchar calls out Warren's healthcare plan: 'At least Bernie's being honest'  
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:47:10 -0400
Sen. Klobuchar calls out Warren's healthcare plan: 'At least Bernie's being honest'  

Sen. Klobuchar calls out Warren's healthcare plan: 'At least Bernie's being honest'  During the Democratic debates in Ohio, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren's healthcare plan. "We heard it tonight. A yes or no question that didn’t get a yes or no answer," said Buttigieg.


U.S. House passes legislation taking hard line on China over Hong Kong, Huawei
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:19:33 -0400
U.S. House passes legislation taking hard line on China over Hong Kong, Huawei

U.S. House passes legislation taking hard line on China over Hong Kong, HuaweiThe U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed four pieces of legislation taking a hard line on China, three related to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and one commending Canada's government in a dispute over the extradition of an executive from Huawei Technologies. All four measures passed by unanimous voice vote, as members of Congress - Democrats and Republicans - said they wanted to take an aggressive stance on China and show support for Hong Kong following four months of unrest in the city. One of the measures, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, would require the U.S. secretary of state to certify every year that Hong Kong was retaining its autonomy in order to keep receiving the special treatment that has allowed it to be a major financial center.


North Korea's Spy Submarines Have Performed Some Wild Missions—But This One Ended In Disaster
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:06:13 -0400
Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation case
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:03:30 -0400
Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation case

Wisconsin jury awards $450,000 in Sandy Hook defamation caseA jury in Wisconsin has awarded $450,000 to the father of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after he filed a defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorist writers who claimed the massacre never happened. A Dane County jury on Tuesday decided the amount James Fetzer must pay Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was among the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. Fetzer, a retired University of Minnesota Duluth professor now living in Wisconsin, and Mike Palacek co-wrote a book, "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook," in which they claimed the Sandy Hook shooting never took place but was instead an event staged by the federal government as part of an Obama administration effort to enact tighter gun restrictions.


Pastor at Pro-Trump conference: 'We've come to declare war'
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:53:50 -0400
Pastor at Pro-Trump conference: 'We've come to declare war'

Pastor at Pro-Trump conference: 'We've come to declare war'If the video depicting a fake President Trump massacring members of the media -- which was condemned by the White House -- wasn't too much to handle already, ProPublica and WNYC released more disturbing audio from the conference where the footage was originally shown.While speaking at the pro-Trump conference in Miami, Florida, at the Trump National Doral Miami, Mark Burns, a pastor, told the crowd multiple times that "we've come to declare war." As he continued, he reportedly asked if anybody was "read to go to war for Donald J. Trump, this nation?" as the audience reportedly cheered him on.Additionally, radio host Wayne Allyn Root reportedly boasted about a time in his childhood when, as one of the few white students at a predominantly black high school, he knocked one classmate unconscious and shattered another kid's teeth. "My buddies and I were high-fiving and laughing," Root reportedly said during his speech. "Man, it was funny."Root reportedly went on to say that "you've got to be a natural-born killer" to win in politics. Listen to the audio clips at ProPublica.


Brazil probes whether 'ghost ship' carrying Venezuelan oil involved in spill
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:27:22 -0400
Brazil probes whether 'ghost ship' carrying Venezuelan oil involved in spill

Brazil probes whether 'ghost ship' carrying Venezuelan oil involved in spillA 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.


Russian troll freed in Belarus after arrest for US election tampering
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:07:58 -0400
Russian troll freed in Belarus after arrest for US election tampering

Russian troll freed in Belarus after arrest for US election tamperingAnna 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.


Soldier wounded during search for Bowe Bergdahl dies of his injuries
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:40:19 -0400
Soldier wounded during search for Bowe Bergdahl dies of his injuries

Soldier wounded during search for Bowe Bergdahl dies of his injuriesA US soldier shot in the head during the 2009 search for army deserter Bowe Bergdahl has died from his injuries. Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday at the age of 46, 10 years after being injured in the hunt for his missing comrade. He spent 21 years in the army and national guard, and retired in 2013 on receiving the Purple Heart. He had been unable to walk or speak since a sniper shot him in the head in July 2009 while he was looking for Bergdahl, who had walked off his base in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years.   At Bergdahl's trial, Allen's wife Shannon testified that it would take up to 90 minutes each morning to get her husband out of bed, showered, and dressed. She had to use a pulley system attached to the ceiling to move him. Shannon Allen, who testified during the trial of Bowe Bergdahl Mrs Allen did not learn about the circumstances surrounding her husband’s injuries until 2014, after former president Barack Obama negotiated Bergdahl’s release in a swap for five Taliban members detained at Guantanamo Bay. The Idaho-born soldier, now 33, was sentenced in January 2016 for desertion. During the trial he apologised to those injured. “I would like everyone who searched for me to know it was never my intention for anyone to be hurt, and I never expected that to happen,” he said. He was reduced in rank from sergeant to private, ordered to forfeit $1,000 in pay for 10 months, and given a dishonorable