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  • Tim Scott suggests Trump 'misspoke' when refusing to condemn white supremacists at debate news

    “I think he misspoke,” Scott said Wednesday when asked about the president’s comments. “I think he should correct it. If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak.”

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:44:03 -0400
  • Emily Jolley: Mother who shared QAnon posts believed to have kidnapped her son news

    Utah resident has shared numerous conspiracy theories on personal Facebook page

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:55:47 -0400
  • Religious group scrubs photos and mentions of SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett from website: report news

    Former members of People of Praise say wives were taught to always obey their husbands – and provide sex on demand

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:24:02 -0400
  • Parrots at zoo separated after swearing profusely at visitors news

    "If they teach the others bad language and I end up with 250 swearing birds, I don't know what we'll do," said the wildlife sanctuary's chief executive.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:14:18 -0400
  • In California wine country, wildfire-fatigued residents weigh the unthinkable: Moving out news

    The thought of leaving the picturesque wine country is not typically tempting. But as wildfires become a repeat occurrence, some say it's time to go.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 23:52:36 -0400
  • Massive spider web seen in Missouri photo has some asking: Could it ‘catch’ humans? news

    “Those are the kind that literally ‘catch’ people if they walk through them at night.”

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:01:57 -0400
  • Yorkie's death at airport facility fuels legal fight news

    It may not rate as an international scandal, but the death of a Yorkshire terrier in U.S. custody is fueling a messy legal battle over the importation of a group of purebred canines imported from Russia. The dog died in September at a private facility at New York’s Kennedy Airport used to hold animals from overseas that are denied entry to the U.S. by federal officials. “It’s been really, really rough for me to deal with her death,” Rachel Hobbs, of Dayton, Ohio, said in a recent interview.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:03:15 -0400
  • Justice Department must release redacted portions of Mueller report dealing with criminal charges before Election Day, judge rules news

    A judge ruled that the DOJ improperly censored portions of the Mueller report dealing with potential criminal charges and Russia's hacking of the DNC.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 02:55:14 -0400
  • Venezuela condemns US warship 'provocation' news

    Venezuela condemned on Thursday the presence of a US warship off its coast, describing it as "a deliberate act of provocation".

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:26:07 -0400
  • Biden's spotlight on son's addiction earns praise from advocates news

    One moment of empathy from Joe Biden broke through the muddle Tuesday and was lauded by addiction specialists.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:06:49 -0400
  • Marine fighter jet lands safely after crashing in mid-air with another plane in Southern California news

    Jet makes emergency landing in farm field after colliding with another plane

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:14:14 -0400
  • The family of one of the officers who killed Breonna Taylor started an online fundraiser so he can retire early and focus on his 'safety' news

    The family of Detective Myles Cosgrove is trying to raise $75,000 so that he can buy out the rest of his service time and retire early.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 05:57:04 -0400
  • Chinese rail stations and airports swamped during holiday, raising fears of fresh Covid outbreak news

    People have begun swarming into China’s rail stations and airports as the country where the coronavirus pandemic emerged enters into its first major public holiday week after lockdowns began easing, potentially raising the risk of new infections. Nearly half of the country’s 1.4 billion people are expected to hit the road during China’s “Golden Week,” kicking off on Oct 1 as the nation celebrates its founding anniversary. Chinese authorities have relaxed some travel restrictions as the number of daily infections have begun dropping significantly. About 30 people were confirmed with the coronavirus through Tuesday this week, a figure that could rise given increased movement of people over the holiday. As such pandemic precautions remain in place, including detailed contact tracing via mobile phone apps that allow users to flash a green, yellow or red code – a health contagion profile that determines whether someone might pose an infection risk.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:36:32 -0400
  • 'You know that your dream's ending': Flight attendants bid tearful goodbyes as they're furloughed news

    American Airlines flight attendants share their stories as the furloughs affecting the airline industry begin amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:11:26 -0400
  • What is People of Praise? Trump SCOTUS nominee Barrett has ties to religious group news

    The group has been back in the spotlight following the president’s latest Supreme Court pick.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:56:08 -0400
  • Indonesian hostage dies in Philippine army, militant battle news

    One of the five Indonesians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines was killed Wednesday during a clash with troops, an Indonesian official said. La Baa was shot during an army operation against the Islamic State-linked group in Sulu province’s Patikul town, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:05:54 -0400
  • Lebanon and Israel agree to talks to end sea border dispute news

    Lebanon and Israel have agreed to a framework for U.S.-mediated talks aimed at ending a long-running dispute along the border between the two nations that have fought several conflicts. Israel said the talks would cover the sea border. Washington has mediated between the two sides.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:23:16 -0400
  • White man accused of firing shots into the home of a Black family seeks forgiveness news

    A white man accused of firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window asked for forgiveness during a court hearing Thursday.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:48:27 -0400
  • Activists pressure debate moderator to question Pence, Harris on LGBTQ issues news

    Over a dozen LGBTQ and progressive groups zeroed in on stances taken by the Trump administration as racist, misogynistic and transphobic, and urged both moderator Susan Page and the debate commission to press Pence on his record. 

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:00:45 -0400
  • Turkey, Iran deploy 'game-changing' drones in north Iraq news

    Turkey and Iran are increasingly adopting "game-changing" drones as their weapon of choice against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, prompting fears for the safety of civilians and stoking geopolitical tensions.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 01:02:22 -0400
  • 7 people wounded in shooting at Milwaukee funeral home news

    All victims are in stable condition, according to police.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:27:00 -0400
  • A 3-Michelin star restaurant in Napa has burned down in California's latest wildfire news

    The Restaurant at Meadowood was engulfed by Napa Valley's Glass Fire on Monday morning and couldn't be saved.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:06:06 -0400
  • Brake failure, 'egregious disregard for safety' caused NY limo crash that killed 20 people, NTSB says news

    Two years after the country's worst road transportation disaster since 2005, the NTSB finalized its report on the cause of the Schoharie, New York, crash.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:12:25 -0400
  • Biden Staffer Suggests ‘Intolerant’ Views of Orthodox Catholics, Jews, Muslims Should Disqualify Them from Supreme Court news

    A staffer on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign on Monday suggested that Orthodox Catholics, Jews and Muslims should not be allowed to serve on the Supreme Court because of their “intolerant” beliefs.The comments came during a Twitter conversation between Biden campaign deputy data director Nikitha Rai and Brookings Institute senior fellow Shadi Hamid in which Rai attacked Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic beliefs. A search for Rai's Twitter account now yields a message saying, "This account doesn't exist."Hamid had responded to a tweet that said Barrett was a trustee at a Catholic school that opposed same-sex marriage as homosexual acts are "at odds with Scripture." Hamid replied, “Wait, why is this news? Isn’t this the standard position for any orthodox Catholic?” “Unfortunately yes,” Rai said. When Hamid pointed out that Orthodox Muslims and Jews generally hold the same view, Rai said, “True. I’d heavily prefer views like that not be elevated to SCOTUS, but unfortunately our current culture is relatively intolerant. It will be awhile before those types of beliefs are so taboo that they’re disqualifiers.”> Here’s a @JoeBiden staffer saying that orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Judaism should be made “taboo” and driven from the public sphere. Beneath all the talk of “interfaith” and “pluralism,” this is what they really believe.> > -- Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) September 29, 2020The former vice president often touts his Catholic faith on the campaign trail, though critics note that some of Biden’s positions — such as his support for abortion and same-sex marriage — stand in opposition to Catholic teachings.Barrett’s faith has been widely scrutinized in the media as “extreme” and cult-like since the president announced he would nominate the 48-year-old Notre Dame professor to fill the vacancy on the Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Barrett, a former clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, has been attacked for her faith for years now, beginning with her 2017 confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee when Democrats questioned whether her Catholicism should disqualify her from being a judge.“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different,” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said at the time.“The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein added. “And that’s of concern.”

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:31:49 -0400
  • She tried to board a flight barefoot in Miami, airline says. Then came the meltdown news

    Another day, another public meltdown. But this latest melee wasn’t over masks.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 15:52:37 -0400
  • Russian scientist detained for allegedly passing technology to China: reports

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    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:52:10 -0400
  • Joyce Echaquan death: Canada PM Trudeau decries 'worst form of racism' news

    PM Justin Trudeau joins the outcry over the treatment of Joyce Echaquan in a Quebec hospital.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:24:36 -0400
  • Lindsey Graham on Spreading Potential Russian Disinformation: It Doesn’t Matter If It’s True news

    Former Hillary Clinton aides, ex-intelligence officials and Senate Democrats are accusing Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe of laundering Russian disinformation before an election after Ratcliffe suggested Clinton attempted to manufacture a scandal about Russian interference in the 2016 election on behalf of President Trump.On Tuesday, Ratcliffe, a loyalist whom Trump placed atop U.S. intelligence in the spring, sent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a letter claiming that in late July 2016, U.S. intelligence acquired “insight” into a Russian intelligence analysis. That analysis, Ratcliffe summarized in his letter, claimed that Clinton had a plan to attack Trump by tying him to the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee. Trump, in late July 2016, had publicly called for Russia to purloin Clinton’s emails. And both U.S. intelligence and former special counsel Robert Mueller have since attributed that hack to Russia.None of the subsequent Trump-Russia investigations have verified the claims Ratcliffe published, although top House intelligence-committee Republican Devin Nunes of California has insisted baselessly that Clinton and not Trump colluded with Russia.Ratcliffe stated that the intelligence community “does not know the accuracy of this allegation or to the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.” Though he subsequently insisted that his letter was not itself a disinformation campaign by Russian officials, his move to send the letter, and Graham’s decision to release it, was roundly criticized.“DNI Ratcliffe should be ashamed of his blatant politicization of his position,” said Nick Shapiro, the former CIA deputy chief of staff to John Brennan, who was CIA director in 2016 and whose notes are cited in Ratcliffe’s summary.Trump’s Pick for Intelligence Chief Follows a Slew of QAnon AccountsGraham, who spoke to The Daily Beast on the phone Tuesday evening, said he did not know whether the information presented by Ratcliffe was true and said he was not concerned with releasing the uncorroborated allegations to the public even with the presidential election just 35 days away."There are allegations from the CIA that the Clinton campaign was involved in Russia. I don't know if that is true,” Graham said. “It's not about whether it is true. It's about whether the FBI took [the allegations] seriously. That's the question. I supported the Mueller investigation. I don’t get why you wouldn’t look with the same suspicion with both campaigns. The point is what did they [the FBI] do with the information?"Graham’s post-facto rationalization was just the latest illustration of how uniformly invested Trump allies have become in the narrative that Russian involvement in U.S. politics is either overstated or deliberately fabricated as a means of delegitimizing the president. Now that belief has been adopted at the senior most level of U.S. intelligence, something Democrats and former intelligence officials greeted with alarm.“It's all straight-up Russian disinfo,” said Jesse Lehrich, the foreign-policy spokesperson for the 2016 Clinton campaign.Since the 2016 presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials have paid particularly close attention to the ways in which Russia uses disinformation to sow chaos among Americans. As early as March of 2019, officials in the intelligence apparatus and within the national security community have tracked how Moscow uses proxies, including journalists and Russia-friendly politicians, to propagate conspiracy theories about Biden, his son Hunter, and their dealings in Ukraine.Several internal reports warned of the efforts of Andrii Derkach, a Ukrainian parliamentarian, to dig up dirt on the Bidens. Derkach worked closely with Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to do so, and his talking points showed up in Giuliani’s cable appearances on Fox News and One America News throughout 2019 and 2020. Last month, the Treasury Department listed Derkach as a “Russian agent” and for his attempts to meddle in the 2020 election.Despite several warnings from the intelligence communities that Russia is actively trying to denigrate the Biden campaign and interfere in the 2020 election, Democrats now say that Graham and Ratcliffe have themselves engaged in proliferating Russian propaganda. Indeed, both the substance and the timing of the Ratcliffe summary, coming hours before the first presidential debate, drew the ire of former Clinton aides, intelligence veterans and the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee for politicizing intelligence.“It’s very disturbing to me that 35 days before an election, the director of national intelligence would release unverified Russian rumint,” or rumors-intelligence, said Sen. Mark Warner, the panel’s top Democrat. Politico reported that the Senate intelligence committee, on a bipartisan basis, rejected the allegation Ratcliffe published as false. “I’m very, very proud of the bipartisan work of the intelligence committee [over] three and a half years and five volumes, and that work speaks for itself,” Warner told reporters on Tuesday.Mueller Defends Russia Investigation After Top Aide’s Criticism in Tell-All BookWarner’s Democratic colleague on the panel, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, said Ratcliffe was abusing his power “exactly as I feared he would” shortly before November’s election.“His politicization of intelligence, including through selective releases to political allies, damages the country and undermines the intelligence community he purports to lead,” Wyden said in a Tuesday statement. “Ratcliffe is even willing to rely on unverified Russian information to try to concoct a political scandal, a shocking abdication of his responsibilities to the country.”Ratcliffe’s summary comes two days after Maria Bartiromo reported for Fox News that it was unlikely a Justice Department prosecutor scrutinizing the intelligence agencies’ origins of the Trump-Russia probe was unlikely to bring charges before the election. Attorney General William Barr claimed earlier this month that bringing charges prior to the election was a possibility, despite the long-standing policy of the Department to not announce charges so close to Election Day. Ratcliffe’s statement suggested that Barr concurred with the decision to release the summary, saying Barr “has advised that the disclosure of this information will not interfere with ongoing Department of Justice investigations.”The office of the Director of National Intelligence did not clarify Barr’s role in the Tuesday release of the summary.A former senior intelligence official stopped short of claiming Ratcliffe was laundering Russian disinformation, claiming a lack of familiarity with the underlying intelligence.“This should be taken with an entire shaker of salt unless the actual documents are released,” the ex-intelligence official said. “The selective release of information is getting rather obvious. Fits right in the pattern in the Flynn case, where they are releasing every document that suggests that an individual agent had a concern.”Representatives for the director of national intelligence did not respond when asked if they would release the material undergirding Ratcliffe’s summary.Ratcliffe’s summary alleged that then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama and others on both the alleged Russian intelligence and a claim that Clinton had approved a plan to “vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference from Russian security forces.” That interference remains the assessment of U.S. intelligence.Ratcliffe cited Brennan’s “handwritten notes” as the basis for that heretofore unknown assessment. Clinton’s alleged approval came, per Ratcliffe, on July 26, 2016, the day she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination—an assertion her former campaign staffers found preposterous.“Hillary would never sign-off on manufacturing a scandal the way the alleged Russian intel, as summarized in Brennan's notes, indicate,” said Lehrich, the former Clinton campaign spokesperson. “For one thing, she would've been incensed that anyone would think she needed to cheat to beat Donald Trump.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:13:56 -0400
  • Sea level: Greenland ice loss worst in 12,000 years news

    Ice loss from Greenland's massive ice sheet will cause sea levels to rise more during the 21st century than they have during any 100-year period in the last 12,000 years, even if global warming is held in check, scientists said Wednesday.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:47:48 -0400
  • AP: Trooper's mic records talk of beating, choking Black man news

    In graphic, matter-of-fact chatter picked up on his body-camera mic, a Louisiana State trooper implicated in the death of a Black man can be heard talking of beating and choking him before “all of a sudden he just went limp.” It is the most direct evidence to emerge yet in the death last year of Ronald Greene, which troopers initially blamed on injuries from a car crash at the end of a chase. Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who himself died last week in a single-car crash, is heard recounting the May 2019 arrest of Greene in rural north Louisiana on audio provided to the AP through an intermediary who asked not to be identified because the case remains under investigation.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:44:08 -0400
  • Rep. Katie Porter eviscerates pharma CEO with a brutal math lesson about his $13 million salary news

    Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) never wastes an opportunity to roast a CEO.On Wednesday, three pharmaceutical executives, including former Celgene CEO Mark Alles, testified on drug pricing for the House Oversight Committee. While at the company, Alles saw a massive increase in the price of the cancer drug Revlimid -- and Porter broke down just what it got Alles in return.Porter started her takedown by asking Alles if he knew what a Revlimid pill cost in 2005: $215, she reminded him with the help of a whiteboard. And by the time Alles left the company late last year, after its sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb, a single Revlimid pill cost $763. "Did the drug get substantially more effective in that time? Did cancer patients need fewer pills?" Porter questioned, trying to figure out why Celgene upped the price. Alles answered by saying Revlimid proved effective in more patients. "So you discovered more patients who might benefit from paying $763 a pill?" Porter rhetorically responded, outlining how the average senior in her district couldn't even afford one pill.Porter then moved on to tear apart the $13 million Alles made in 2017 as Celgene's CEO. "It's 200 times the average American's income and 360 times what the average senior makes on Social Security," Porter noted. She then reminded Alles just how he made "half a million dollars, personally, just by tripling the price of Revlimid." "The drug didn't get any better, the cancer patients didn't get any better, you just got better at making money," Porter concluded. Watch her questioning below. > Half a million dollars.> > That's the bonus a Big Pharma CEO got for hiking the price of ONE cancer treatment drug.> > How many patients lost their lives because they couldn't afford this medicine? Here's our conversation:> > -- Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) September 30, 2020More stories from 7 savagely funny cartoons about the Trump tax revelations Snapchat says it has helped over a million people, largely under 30, register to vote Late night hosts have a pretty good idea why Trump shockingly refuses to condemn white supremacists

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:51:00 -0400
  • Democrats postpone House vote on COVID-19 stimulus bill to give more time for negotiations news

    The pared-down version of the legislation passed by House Democrats in May will likely pass the House, but will face opposition in the GOP-led Senate.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 17:54:50 -0400
  • Space Force Now Has an Official Uniform news

    The U.S. Space Force members will wear the Operational Camouflage Pattern as the official service duty uniform.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:57:02 -0400
  • Stuart Varney to Biden: 'You did not leave Trump a booming economy' news

    FOX Business host Stuart Varney weighs in on the 2020 election's economic impact and Biden’s economic agenda on 'Fox & Friends'

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 06:39:40 -0400
  • ‘Valiant’ mom runs into burning California home to find teen son with autism news

    "She couldn’t exist in a world without him, and he couldn’t exist in a world without her."

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:52:15 -0400
  • ‘It Was a Purposeful Trap.’ NYPD Planned Attack and Mass Arrests of Protesters, Human Rights Group Says news

    Human Rights Watch says in a new report that video shows NYPD officers trapping protesters in the Bronx before beating and arresting them

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:00:11 -0400
  • Trump says he's paid 'millions' in taxes but rejects Biden’s demands to release his returns news

    President Trump claimed he paid “millions” in taxes, as former Vice President Joe Biden pointed out during their debate Tuesday that Trump has refused to make his tax returns public.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:15:08 -0400
  • Amy Coney Barrett Signed Letter Urging End of ‘Barbaric’ Roe v. Wade news

    Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett signed a letter in 2006 that included a call for the end of Roe v. Wade, denouncing the seminal court decision that provided a legal right to abortion as “barbaric.”The letter came in the form of an advertisement from the anti-choice group St Joseph County Right to Life which was based in South Bend, Indiana.“The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion for any reason,” the ad read. “It’s time to put an end to the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade and restore laws that protect the lives of unborn children.”At the time of the ad, Barrett worked as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. The views expressed in the letter reflect the thinking of a vast majority of conservatives and many Catholics. But they present potential political problems for Barrett now that she is President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.Trump, on Tuesday night, tried to downplay the notion that Barrett’s confirmation could result in the overturning of Roe, saying that there was no way to know that abortion rights could be impacted by her taking the seat of the recently deceased Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The letter from St Joseph County Right to Life was first reported by The Guardian, which reported that the group also believes that “discarding of unused or frozen embryos created in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process ought to be criminalized.”Coming to Barrett’s defense, Ramesh Pannuru, a writer for the National Review, argued that the she only signed on to one-half of the letter—the part that called for ending “abortion on demand’—and not the adjoining page, which called Roe “barbaric.” Both sides were run in the paper by St Joseph County Right to Life.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:39:59 -0400
  • Woman says she’s unsure why she tried to kidnap Joe Montana’s granddaughter news

    Sodsai Predpring Dalzell faces eight years in prison after California arrest

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:13:00 -0400
  • Lebanon asks Interpol to detain 2 Russians over port blast news

    The lead investigator into the August blast at Beirut’s port that killed and wounded many people issued two arrest warrants Thursday for the captain and owner of a ship that carried thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate to Beirut seven years ago, the state-run National News Agency said. The news agency said judge Fadi Sawwan referred the case to the state prosecution that asked Interpol to detain the two Russian citizens. NNA did not give the names of the two men but Boris Prokoshev was the captain who sailed the MV Rhosus from Turkey to Beirut in 2013.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:48:58 -0400
  • Republicans move forward with plan to investigate presidential election in Pennsylvania news

    A proposed Select Committee on Election Integrity would give lawmakers the power to investigate, review and make recommendations on the 2020 election.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:39:31 -0400
  • China is building a new rocket to fly its astronauts to the moon news

    The new launch vehicle was unveiled last month at the 2020 China Space Conference.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:31:40 -0400
  • Polish divers hope Nazi shipwreck holds key to Amber Room treasure news

    Polish divers say they have found the wreck of a German World War Two ship which may help solve a decades-old mystery - the whereabouts of the Amber Room, an ornate chamber from a tsarist palace in Russia that was looted by the Nazis. Decorated with amber and gold, the Amber Room was part of the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg, but was last seen in Koenigsberg, then a Baltic port city in Germany but now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. It was from Koenigsberg that the Karlsruhe steamer set sail in 1945 with a heavy cargo, before being sunk by Soviet warplanes off the coast of Poland.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:41:52 -0400
  • Shots fired at another South Florida Walmart. This was a robbery attempt, cops say. news

    For the second time in four days, the shopping experience at a South Florida Walmart included the sound of gunshots. Unlike Saturday morning in West Miami-Dade, nobody was hurt Wednesday evening in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:10:59 -0400
  • US Army to upgrade bigger units with new electronic warfare gear news

    The Army has outlined plans for a new electronic warfare, signals intelligence and cyber capability for larger echelons.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:36:19 -0400
  • Comey Claims He Only Learned Details of Russia Investigation Abuses from IG Report after Leaving FBI news

    Former FBI director James Comey claimed on Wednesday that he learned of various details related to the FBI's investigation in to collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign from the DOJ Inspector General report on FISA abuse, years after Comey had left his former agency.Comey headed the FBI from 2013 until May 2017, when he was fired by President Trump. During Comey's tenure, agents carried out the Crossfire Hurricane probe, investigating allegations that the Trump-campaign had ties to Russian intelligence. Many of those allegations were compiled in the so-called Steele dossier, whose primary source, Igor Danchenko, was revealed last week to be a suspected Russian spy.The DOJ Inspector General report, released in December 2019, detailed "significant" errors and omissions in FBI agents' applications to surveil former Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page. That report also cast doubt on the veracity of some allegations in the Steele dossier.On Wednesday, Comey appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify regarding questions on the Crossfire Hurricane probe."Before the Inspector General's report on the dossier…did you know that the information that was reported by [Inspector General Michael] Horowitz that should have raised questions about the reliability of the Steele dossier?" Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) asked."I learned a lot about the Steele material and the sub-source interviews from the Horowitz report that I didn't know before then," Comey replied.Earlier in the Wednesday hearing, Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), asked Comey if he was aware that the FBI interviewed Danchenko in January 2017."I don't remember anything about interviews with [Danchenko]," Comey said.Comey has previously said he learned many of the details of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation from what has been publicly reported. The former director stated in December 2019, following the release of the IG report, that he "didn’t know the particulars of the investigation" while he head of the FBI."As a director sitting on top of an organization with 38,000 people, you can’t run an investigation that’s seven layers below you," Comey told Fox News at the time. Attorney General William Barr criticized Comey's statement several days later, saying "One of the problems with what happened was precisely that they pulled the investigation up to the executive floors."During Wednesday's hearing, Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah), a proponent of reforms to federal surveillance practices, criticized Comey for appearing to know little about the Crossfire Hurricane probe."Mr. Comey, with all due respect, you don't seem to know anything about an investigation that you ran," Lee said.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:18:53 -0400
  • Anglo-Saxon skull found with nose and lips cut off is first physical evidence of brutal punishment for adultery news

    An Anglo-Saxon skull found in Hampshire with its nose and lips cut off is the first physical evidence of the brutal medieval punishment for adultery. Remains of the young girl, thought to have been aged between 15 and 18, were discovered during a search of a site in the village of Oakridge, in Basingstoke, in the 1960s. Her facial injuries (below) included a cut across her mouth and one through the nose which was so deep it sliced through the surrounding bone, archaeologists and scientists have discovered in a fresh analysis of the cranium. A prominent cut across her forehead also suggests someone had attempted to scalp her. Gruesome punishments were known to have been part of the legal system in Anglo-Saxon times, with thieving slaves and adulteresses among those who could be mutilated for their crimes. However, this is the first time physical evidence of such punishments has been uncovered.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 07:03:03 -0400
  • Hathras gang rape: India victim cremated 'without family's consent' news

    The woman's death after she was gang raped allegedly by upper-caste men has caused huge anger in India.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 03:14:06 -0400
  • Philadelphia artists turning President Trump's now-viral debate quote into positive moment news

    In less than 24 hours, Hector Nunez has had over 300 orders for shirts donning the now-viral quote made in the first presidential debate by President Trump, "Bad things happen in Philadelphia."

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 22:40:06 -0400
  • Mike Pence reportedly overruled the CDC on extending a cruise ship ban to 2021, the latest example of the White House sidelining expert advice in the pandemic news

    The CDC asked on Tuesday to extend the "no-sail order" first imposed in March 2020 to February 2021, but Pence refused, according to Axios.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 06:31:37 -0400
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