Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interference
Dan Fried, the former State Department diplomat who oversaw sanctions policy, told the "Skullduggery" podcast that he was “extremely” frustrated when the Obama administration issued “weak” and “frankly inadequate” sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
04/20/2018 - 08:29 AM
2 Florida Deputies Shot Dead While Eating At Chinese Restaurant
Two deputies were killed when a man shot at them through a window while they
04/19/2018 - 11:23 PM
Photos of the week: 4/13 - 4/20
The matriarch of the Bush family Barbara Bush died this week at the age of 92.
04/20/2018 - 03:56 PM
Legalization of recreational marijuana gaining support on 4/20
Recreational marijuana is already legal in nine states and now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he is planning to introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.
04/20/2018 - 11:52 AM
At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes
Four young protesters and a police officer were killed in increasingly violent
04/20/2018 - 11:17 PM
Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation
A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. Her owner, Jane Dickinson, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, feared the worst as she took her pet to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age. However, vet surgeon Nick Blackburn ruled out any fatal disease when he carried out the operation to remove Maisy’s spleen and found her stomach was full of soft toys. Maisy is now reportedly 'loving life' Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com He said : "It's fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn't but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat. "I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard, so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.” Her owner said she had never seen the gentle giant chewing or eating toys, but that now the operation has been completed Maisy is “loving life”. An x-ray showing the teddy bears within the stomach. Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com Ms Dickinson explained: "When Maisy went in I did think 'is she coming out?' but she is loving life now - it's like she's got her youth back. "The toys weren't even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas' toys and play with them but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. "I didn't even recognise one of the toys - my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog." Maisy has since made a full recovery from her operation and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.
04/20/2018 - 10:17 AM
Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 Checks
At least some passengers aboard a deadly Southwest Airlines flight have
04/20/2018 - 08:30 AM
No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head
LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for — he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.
04/20/2018 - 05:55 PM
Judge has not made a decision in delaying Stormy Daniels’ case
Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti says it’s apparent to him that the court recognized “there are gaping holes in the application by Cohen and Mr. Trump to delay this matter.”
04/20/2018 - 07:27 AM
Wartorn South Sudan's army chief dies
By Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's army chief died on Friday, the government said, in a development that further complicates the running of President Salva Kiir's administration amid a four-year-old civil war. General James Ajongo died in Cairo after a short illness at the age of 64. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the untimely death of Gen. James Ajongo Mawut, SPLA army's chief of defence force," government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth said.
04/20/2018 - 08:22 AM
Gun Violence Prevents Florida School District From Staging Walkouts Against Gun Violence
Just as students around the country were preparing another walkout against gun
04/20/2018 - 03:12 PM
White nationalists rally in Newnan, Ga.
The National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., held a rally on April 21, 2018, in Newnan, Ga. Community members have opposed the rally and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after the Charlottesville, Va., demonstrations, hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti-racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated.
04/21/2018 - 07:02 PM
Barbara Bush Described as 'First Lady of the Greatest Generation' at Funeral
Historian Jon Meacham recalled Barbara Bush's quick wit during her funeral on Saturday
04/21/2018 - 09:45 AM
Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shooting
Diante Yarber was driving the Ford Mustang when Barstow police officers shot in the vehicle and killed him.
04/21/2018 - 03:42 PM
Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.
The most likely scenario is that the F-22/F-35 hybrid will remain in the realm of fantasy. Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo’s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter.
04/20/2018 - 08:09 PM
The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest
04/20/2018 - 11:09 AM
Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar
BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.
04/20/2018 - 09:45 PM
Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC
Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices. Faleh's statement at a meeting of oil producers in Saudi Arabia came as crude hit the highest level in more than three years. "Looks like OPEC is at it again," Trump tweeted.
04/20/2018 - 09:13 AM
Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyer
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent emails to then-Director James Comey alerting him he planned to push back against negative news coverage related to his oversight of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a lawyer for McCabe said on Friday. In an interview with reporters, Michael Bromwich said the emails could help clear McCabe of allegations by the Justice Department's internal watchdog that McCabe "lacked candor" with Comey by misleading him into thinking McCabe did not authorize disclosures to a newspaper to combat articles about his wife's political campaign and his role in overseeing an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
04/20/2018 - 12:04 PM
Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'
Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in
04/20/2018 - 06:49 AM
Emily Thornberry booed after denying Russia is attempting to block chemical weapons inspectors
Emily Thornberry was booed by a Question Time audience last night after she denied Russia was interfering in a chemical weapons inspection by officials in Syria. The shadow foreign secretary faced an angry backlash when she suggested that delays holding up inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were the result of the United Nations and its “red tape...and their safety stuff”. Last night commentators on social media claimed that her remarks were strikingly similar to those made by Russian minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said earlier this week that inspectors had not been given UN “approval” to carry out their mission. They had. The latest controversy follows the decision by the UK, France and the US to launch strikes against the Assad regime for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. Reports suggest that as many as 75 people were killed during the attack, thought to have been carried out by Syrian regime forces, while several hundred were injured. Inspectors from the OPCW have been sent to Syria to examine the site of the attack but have been prevented from accessing the area after a UN security team were fired upon on Wednesday whilst doing reconnaissance. The Syrian regime and Russia have since been blamed for the incident, with the US defence secretary General Jim Mattis accusing President Assad of attempting to “clean up the evidence before the investigation team gets in”. Support for air strikes on Syria has increased in the past week His comments were last night echoed by Liz Truss, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who told the BBC audience that “the Russians have stopped the weapons inspectors from coming in”. “They have stopped action being taken and the reality is these dreadful chemical weapons that have been used to flush out innocent citizens from their homes in Syria have been backed, not just by the Assad regime but also Russia has turned a blind eye and Russia is on the security council,” she added. “Russia frankly is a rogue state that has been allowed to do this.” However, to the frustration of other panelists, Ms Thornberry fired back that she “did not accept” the allegation against Russia, adding: “My understanding is that it’s a United Nations problem with their red tape and their safety and getting their safety stuff through.” Turning to who was responsible for the attack, Ms Thornberry also appeared to cast doubt on the conclusions drawn by the UK, French and US Governments on the Syrian regime’s culpability. Syria strikes | Read latest “I was at the Security Council discussion when it was first happening and you have the American’s on one side saying ‘of course it was the Russian’s and Assad who were responsible for these chemicals’ and the Russians were saying there were no chemicals used at all,” she continued. “Listen, whatever my personal opinion is, there are weapon inspectors in Damascus and they are going in and what they need to do is they need to prove that the chemical weapons were used and that is the baseline and that is where we start. “I want Assad prosecuted for this and if he is going to be prosecuted we need to have evidence that everyone can agree on.” It comes after Jeremy Corbyn was openly challenged by his own MPs after he suggested that “other parties” could have been responsible for the attack because they had access to chlorine gas. Meanwhile, a group of senior MPs have today formed a cross-party group to to ensure Britain can respond to any aggression from Russia "from an informed standpoint". Support for air strikes on Syria by party vote The group will be lead by Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the foreign affairs committee, and will be also be guided by senior Tory Nicky Morgan, who chairs the treasury committee. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Tugendhat said that Britain could be doing "a lot more" to put pressure on Vladimir Putin's "gangster" regime. He added that the UK should follow the United State’s lead in bringing harsh sanctions against close associates of the Russian president in the wake of Salisbury and the chemical weapons attacks. "I am very keen that we respond in a particularly targeted fashion against those who are effectively the oligarchs, the princes around the new emperor in the Kremlin,” he added. "I think it is important we target those who support Putin and his effective gangster regime. "There is a lot more we can do and the reaction of the recent sanctions from the US on the Russian government were extremely powerful and were very clearly noted by the Kremlin regime."
04/20/2018 - 05:19 AM
Brooklyn Postal Worker Hoards 17,000 Pieces of Mail to Focus on 'Important' Deliveries
He now faces federal charges
04/20/2018 - 08:12 AM
U.S. said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion claim - source
The U.S. has opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications and a telecommunications standards organisation to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday. Verizon and AT&T acknowledged the government probe and said they were working with regulators. Verizon called it "much ado about nothing," adding that it has been working with the Justice Department for several months "regarding the inquiry," according to spokesman Rich Young.
04/20/2018 - 06:54 PM
California death row inmate freed; no retrial planned
Authorities say a man who spent nearly 25 years on California's death row for raping and killing a toddler before his conviction was overturned won't be retried. He was freed shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
04/20/2018 - 02:34 AM
10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring Sale
It's probably the only time of the year when spending too much money on beauty
04/20/2018 - 05:23 PM
Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.
04/20/2018 - 04:40 PM
Brick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure another
Visitors to a zoo in southeastern China killed one kangaroo and injured another by throwing bricks at them in an attempt to get a reaction from the big marsupials, state media reported. A 12-year-old female kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot when it was struck by bricks and concrete chunks on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian province, China Central Television reported. The report included pictures of the first kangaroo's smashed and nearly severed foot, and of the animal receiving treatment via intravenous drip before it died.
04/20/2018 - 02:11 AM
9 Worst Muscle Cars Of The 1990s
04/20/2018 - 03:40 PM
Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't News
Earlier this week, Fox News declared its "full support" for Sean Hannity after
04/21/2018 - 08:00 AM
'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in Syria
A Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US. News of his capture was first reported on Wednesday by the Kurdish group. The Pentagon had said it was looking into the reports before confirming Zammar’s arrest. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an alternate name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details," Pahon said. The 9/11 Commission report into the attacks in Washington and New York that led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people described Zammar as an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who “had fought in Afghanistan and relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad.” According to the report, Zammar took credit for influencing people linked to the attacks including Mohammed Atta, who hijacked an American Airlines plane and flew it into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Zammar had come into contact with Atta and others linked to the attacks while living in Hamburg, in 1997, the report says. Seven foiled UK terror plots Zammar was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian authorities two weeks later. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was reportedly freed from prison in 2014 in a prison swap organised with Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham. The SDF, which has been a key western ally in the fight against Isil, has detained several high-profile foreign members of Isil as the jihadist group’s grip on Syria has collapsed. They are currently holding two alleged members of the notorious Isil torture cell known as ‘the Beatles.’ El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Kotey were captured by the group in February. The two are accused of being involved in the execution and torture of hostages. US officials believe there are hundreds of foreign fighters and thousands of Syrian Isil militants in SDF custody.
04/20/2018 - 11:59 AM
2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath Ceremony
A colonel and a master sergeant were disciplined for using a hand puppet during a re-enlistment ceremony.
04/20/2018 - 03:36 PM
Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences
The driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges. James Bradley, 61, could have faced the death penalty in the case, considered one of the deadliest human smuggling incidents in modern U.S. history. "This was the equivalent of torture," U.S. District Judge David Ezra told Bradley when he handed out two concurrent life sentences at a court in San Antonio.
04/20/2018 - 05:46 PM
Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II
LONDON (AP) — The audience at Royal Albert Hall got a rare treat Saturday — the chance to sing "Happy Birthday" to the longest reigning monarch in British history.
04/21/2018 - 06:15 PM
The Boldest Looks From Coachella 2018 We've Seen So Far
Coachella has long been a place for festivalgoers to experiment with style,
04/20/2018 - 12:58 PM
Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's home
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist and say the protests will continue.
04/21/2018 - 09:05 AM
Romanian president slams plan to move Israel embassy
A row erupted Friday between Romania's government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The foreign ministry announced that "a process of analysis and evaluation with the aim of transferring the embassy has been launched". Prime Minister Viorica Dancila of the left-wing Social Democratic Party confirmed Friday the government had adopted a memorandum on moving the embassy but added that other steps needed to be taken before a final decision.
04/20/2018 - 12:32 PM
A-Rod's Alleged Nephew Kidnapped Over Lamborghini Sale Gone Wrong
Don't go around claiming to be a celebrity's relative.
04/20/2018 - 07:46 PM
J. K. Rowling Mocks Donald Trump With Magical 'Harry Potter' Taunt
J. K. Rowling cast a spell over Twitter with her latest diss of Donald Trump.
04/21/2018 - 03:50 AM
Police Capture Abandoned Alligator in Queens Park
U.S. Park police officers captured a four-foot alligator abandoned in Fort Tilden Friday.
04/21/2018 - 12:03 PM
EPA staff see hurdles in Pruitt science revamp, internal emails show
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are concerned that companies may be required to publicly disclose confidential data used in crafting government regulations, under an initiative by the agency's chief to eliminate "secret science," internal emails showed. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is spearheading a push to relax or undo Obama-era environmental rules, said in March he would no longer allow the agency to use studies with nonpublic scientific data to develop rules on public health and pollution. Pruitt had instructed staff to complete the guidelines by the end of February, according to the emails obtained by scientific advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists and shared with Reuters.
04/20/2018 - 05:58 PM
Man jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitas
A former youth offenders’ centre employee in Texas has been convicted of stealing more than $1.2m (£860,000) worth of fajitas. Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was jailed for 50 years after authorities discovered he was ordering the Mexican food to the Darrel B Hester Juvenile Detention Centre in Cameron County and selling it on for personal profit. Suspicions were raised after a driver from a food company called the centre’s kitchen to tell them an 800-pound (363kg) delivery of fajitas had arrived.
04/21/2018 - 06:15 PM
US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others.
04/20/2018 - 02:24 PM
Jimmy Kimmel May Have Just Pulled Off His Greatest Prank Ever
Jimmy Kimmel is known for his elaborate pranks, with no one ― not even
04/20/2018 - 04:32 AM
Ford licenses Classic Mustangs for production
If you fancy owning a mint condition 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969-1970 Mustang Boss 429, or a 1969-1970 Mustang Mach 1, you'd better prepare yourself for a long and laborious search and some pretty eye-watering asking prices. Classic Restorations is a company from Oklahoma in the United States that has a somewhat tainted history to be honest, but over the last few years it's been building some very impressive Shelby Mustangs with modern underpinnings under the body. Now the company is expanding its horizons and the new licensed trio of classic Mustangs will become available from them from later this year.
04/20/2018 - 06:27 AM
US 'bombed' UN peace talks on Syria: Lavrov
The United States and its allies "bombed" UN-backed peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria when they ordered strikes on the country this month, Russia's foreign minister said Friday. The US, France and Britain "on 14 April bombed not only made-up chemical sites in Syria, but also bombed the (UN-backed peace) talks in Geneva," Sergei Lavrov said following a meeting in Moscow with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. "We came very close to a relaunching of the Geneva process with a real dialogue between Syrians, mainly on the question of constitutional reform," Lavrov added.
04/20/2018 - 02:34 PM
The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):
04/21/2018 - 07:41 PM
Kushner Companies Has Been Subpoenaed as Part of a Probe Into False Housing Paperwork
AP reported the company routinely filed false paperwork about its buildings with New York City
04/19/2018 - 11:56 PM
The Best-Looking Factory Exhausts Ever Made
04/20/2018 - 11:00 AM
Some 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. border
By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel. Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant "caravan" has dwindled under pressure from Trump and Mexican migration authorities, who vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not. Some of those migrants began arriving in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Wednesday and have requested asylum in the United States.
04/20/2018 - 05:22 AM
Smallville actor Allison Mack charged with trafficking over 'involvement in sex cult'
Allison Mack, an actor best known for her role in the US TV show Smallville, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. Ms Mack was arrested on Friday and has since pleaded not guilty to all charges.
04/21/2018 - 08:13 AM
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