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Trump (Keeps) Struggling With This Russia Thing

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:08

President Trump says he never doubted that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, despite repeatedly casting doubt on allegations of Russian meddling.

7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:15

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio seventh-grader who brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a restroom just before classes began on Tuesday also had a device in his backpack meant to cause a distraction, police said.

Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:14

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators. The attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of one of Russia’s richest men, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to a charge of lying to the Special Counsel's office. The case involves work that van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, performed in 2012 about Ukraine for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, senior officials in Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:36

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Mueller Catches Lawyer Lying, Brings New Charges

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:29

Rachel Maddow reviews recent Ukrainian political history by way of explaining new charges in Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation against a lawyer who is also the son-in-law of a Ukrainian-Russian oligarch, Alex van der Zwaan.

Struck by Parkland Shooting Tragedy, Gun Owner Saws His AR-15 in Half

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:57

Scott Pappalardo's Facebook video has been viewed nearly 18 million times.

Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School Shooting

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:47

Hundreds of students walked out of classes at a Florida high school on Tuesday morning and were marching nearly 11 miles to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting left 17 students and staff members dead last week.

Army Awards Heroism Medal To 3 Junior ROTC Cadets Killed In Florida Shooting

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:43

Three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets killed during last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have been awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.

Some Conservatives Are Trying To Discredit Outspoken Florida Shooting Survivors

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:30

WASHINGTON ― After what seems like a never-ending stream of deadly mass shootings, many gun reform proponents fear that Americans have become too desensitized to bloodshed to demand action to end gun violence.

Man Assaults Gas Station Cashier With Hot Dogs After Refusing to Let Him Buy Beer: Cops

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:27

A corn dog stick was allegedly also involved.

New Wynn Resorts CEO denies knowing of claims against mogul

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:17

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts said he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced last month.

Trump claims he 'never met' the woman who says he forcibly kissed her at Trump Tower

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:46

President Trump turned his Twitter attention Tuesday to previously disclosed claims by Rachel Crooks, who says he forced himself on her at Trump Tower in 2006.

R. Kelly Evicted From Atlanta Homes For Unpaid Rent

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:30

We’re not tryin’ to be rude, but ... singer R. Kelly has been evicted from two Atlanta homes for unpaid rent.

At Least 5 People Have Been Charged With Copycat Threats Since the Florida School Shooting

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:23

Many of those arrested are high school students

FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:14

  A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Caribbean on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder over the death of Isabella Hellmann, 41, on May 15 last year. He was charged in a Miami court where, according to local television station WPTV, he was also sentenced to seven months in jail for transporting valuable rare coins. After his wife's disappearance Bennett told investigators she was lost at sea when their 37ft catamaran, Surf into Summer, was struck by an unknown object near the Bahamas. According to to the FBI Bennett said he had gone below deck and left Ms Hellmann above to keep watch. He described being woken up at 1am by a jolt and the vessel was taking on water. Bennett told investigators he could not find his wife and had to abandon ship on a life raft. In an affidavit FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau now believed Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Ms Hellmann. The FBI affidavit ​claimed ​Bennett​ ​​had damaged the inside of the boat causing it to flood. Isabella Hellman and her British husband Lewis Bennett. She went missing during a honeymoon sailing trip. When Ms Hellmann disappeared the couple, who had a daughter now aged 17 months, were sailing back from Havana, Cuba to their home in Delray Beach, Florida. The daughter was not on the boat. Bennett made an SOS call in the early hours and was later spotted by a US Coast Guard helicopter. He was rescued alone from the life raft. The search for Ms Hellmann was called off three days later and her body was never found. When Bennett was rescued nine plastic tubes of silver coins were found in the life raft. They included 158 English “Year of the Horse” one-ounce silver coins and 77 Canadian Maple Leaf coins, worth about £3,200. The coins were among a batch that had been reported stolen from another boat in St Martin the previous year. Bennett had been a crew member on that boat. According to the owner of the boat the total value of the coins stolen in 2016 was around $100,000. After he was rescued Bennett said of his wife: "She is my soulmate. I thought we were going to be together forever. "I understand why they have to investigate and that is fair enough. I have got nothing to hide. They have to do what they have to do.”​

Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:56

These Northern Lights “rainbows” have turned the sky greener than the Earth below. Vitaly Istomin, 26, spent several nights in freezing conditions under the stars in northern Russia’s Khibiny Mountains to capture the aurora’s “rainbows.” (Caters News)

Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:07

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 meters (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday. Early action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would limit the long-term rise, driven by a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica that will re-draw global coastlines, a German-led team wrote in the journal Nature Communications. Sea level rise is a threat to cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Kiribati in the Pacific.

Trump, inexplicably, says he has 'been much tougher on Russia than Obama'

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:39

President Trump declared on Tuesday that he has been “much tougher on Russia” than President Barack Obama, despite evidence that the opposite is true.

Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:13

"Deep and dangerous crevices in the area of the crash have made it impossible for helicopters to land," Ghafoor Rastinrooz, director of the regional medical centre, told official news agency IRNA. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar as it flew over the Zagros mountain range on Sunday morning, around 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight.