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Joy Behar of 'The View' apologizes for Christianity comment

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:08

NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar of "The View" apologized Tuesday for suggesting mental illness was behind claims by people that Jesus Christ talks to them, in remarks made on her show last month about Vice President Mike Pence.

Google guru Page tests flying taxis in New Zealand

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:06

Self-piloted flying taxis are being tested in New Zealand as part of a project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page that supporters say will revolutionise personal transport. New Zealand regulators on Tuesday approved plans for Zephyr Airworks, a subsidiary of Page's company Kitty Hawk, to develop and test the futuristic air taxis. Known as Cora, the electric aircraft has a dozen lift fans on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.

Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigation

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:03

Counter terrorism police have launched an investigation into the ‘unexplained’ death of a Russian business partner of Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Putin’s arch enemy. Nikolai Grushkov, 69, was found dead at his home in New Malden in south London on Monday evening.  Grushkov was the closest aide to Berezovsky who died in mysterious circumstances in 2013 at his home in Surrey. The death of Grushkov just eight days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent who sold state secrets to MI6, will cause alarm although Scotland yard has insisted there is no evidence to suggest the two incidents are linked. Friends of Berezovsky insist he was murdered on president Putin’s order. The metropolitan Police said in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon: “An investigation is underway following the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston borough. The home in New Malden Credit:  Ben Stevens/ i-Images Picture Agency “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46pm on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden. “Officers attended and next of kin have been informed. Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place. “A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky Credit: Sang Tan /AP “The death is currently being treated as an unexplained. If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided. “At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had. “There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury.” Nikolai Glushkov: The businessman twice charged with fraud in Russia Mr Glushkov left Russia after a Moscow court sentenced him to a two-year suspended sentence for fraud in 2006.  In March last year, he was handed a second eight-year sentence in absentia and a one million Russian Ruble fine for allegedly defrauding Aeroflot of $122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s. Mr Glushkov denied all the charges against him. In 2016, he told Russian media that Aeroflot was attempting to sue him in a civil case in the High Court in London.  Russian spy poisoning | Read more Bereaved friends speak of his life and work Vasily Trunin, a friend and apparent former colleague, wrote on Facebook: "Every time we get on a new, up-to-date plane made by Aeroflot, one of the best airlines in Europe, we can remember Kolya (Nikolai) Glushkov, who was one of the few people who managed to pull an airline out of the Soviet backwater. "A shame, a great shame. He was a good friend." He told the Telegraph that he met the former Aeroflot manager in London and that he had been a close friend of Mr Berezovsky and Badri Patarkatsishvili.   "I saw Boris and Badri a lot at that time and observed their friendship with Nikolai. He really was a very good friend of theirs." Nikolai Glushkov before he left Russia Paying tribute to Mr Glushkov, he said: "I heard many positive reviews about his organizational skills, his understanding of building production processes." Another friend wrote that Mr Glushkov was the "best person [he] ever worked for". Alexander Goldfarb, a Russian-American activist who has campaigned for justice for Alexander Litvinenko, wrote that he was saddened by the death.

Companies Are Disclosing How Much Less They Pay Workers Than Executives

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:00

WASHINGTON ― A moment that corporate executives may have dreaded for years has

Spy poisoning: UK considers 'full range' of retaliation

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:17

Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that Britain is considering a "full range" of retaliatory measures if it concludes that Russia was responsible for a nerve agent attack in an English city. Options mooted in recent days include the expulsion of Russian diplomats, a retaliatory cyber attack and asset seizures of Russian nationals suspected of human rights abuses, as well as possible joint international action with the EU or NATO. "The UK can convince EU countries to adopt sanctions against Russia, but it will be difficult," Sam Greene, head of the Russian Institute at King's College London, told AFP.

What lies ahead for the State Department under Mike Pompeo?

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:57

Unlike Rex Tillerson, CIA Director Mike Pompeo gets along well with Pres. Trump. But will any policies change?

The scientist who leaked Russia's Novichok 'conspiracy'

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:40

Dissident Soviet scientist Vil Mirzayanov gained notoriety in the 1990s when he blew the cover on Moscow's secret experimentation with Novichok, the nerve gas used in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain. Mirzayanov had worked for almost three decades in the Soviet Union at the State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology. After he was fired in 1992, he and another scientist wrote a newspaper article revealing how the government had developed deadly chemical compounds known as Novichok -- or "newcomer" in English.

Moscow to London: Let us examine nerve agent used in spy poisoning

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:13

Russia will only respond to a British demand it provide answers about the nerve agent that poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal if London lets Moscow analyze the substance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning in England of Skripal and his daughter using a military-grade nerve agent that was part of the Novichok group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military.

Trump's New CIA Director Helped Oversee Controversial Torture Program

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:12

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he had chosen Deputy CIA

CDC doctor's disappearance: Agency shares update on missing employee Timothy Cunningham

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:05

The acting director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that an employee who went missing over a month ago was not recently passed up for a promotion, as police had previously reported. Timothy Cunningham, a highly regarded epidemiologist at the CDC, disappeared without a trace after he left work mid-day on Feb. 12, complaining of feeling ill. Atlanta Police Department Major Michael O'Connor had initially said that on the morning of Cunningham's disappearance, the 35-year-old doctor spoke with his supervisor about a promotion that he didn't receive and expressed disappointment to several coworkers about being passed up for the position.

Trump fires Tillerson, taps CIA chief Pompeo for state

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:05

President Trump announced early Tuesday morning that he was dismissing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump plans to name Gina Haspel, the current deputy director of the CIA, to replace Pompeo.

Turkey seeks life term for U.S. pastor over failed coup: Dogan

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:32

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish prosecutor on Tuesday sought a life sentence for a U.S. pastor over alleged links to a failed coup attempt in 2016, Dogan news agency reported, a move that threatens to undermine efforts to mend bilateral ties. Washington believes Andrew Brunson, who has been in jail since December 2016, is one of several Americans unjustly detained in Turkey. During a visit to Ankara last month, former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for him to be freed.

Utah courthouse shooting video released

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:14

Dramatic video of a deadly 2014 courthouse shooting in Salt Lake City has been released after a long court battle by the Utah Media Coalition. The video shows a U.S. Marshall shooting dead, racketeering defendant and gang member Siale Angilau as he attacks a testifying witness. The Department of Justice had wanted to suppress the video for fear it would spark a wave of gang-related retaliation. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

'Destroyed' Venezuela needs $15 billion per year: presidential hopeful's aide

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:13

By Andrew Cawthorne and Corina Pons CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela needs to dollarize its economy, seek $15 billion to $20 billion a year from abroad, and ease oil sector taxes to reverse the "disaster" of President Nicolas Maduro's rule, according to an adviser to his main election rival. Former state Governor Henri Falcon, who will face Maduro in a May 20 presidential vote, has tapped a 48-year-old Venezuelan economist with Wall Street's Torino Capital for ideas to turn around the OPEC nation's recession-hit economy. "The person who has destroyed this nation's economy is Nicolas Maduro," Francisco Rodriguez, long an influential commentator on Venezuela, said in an interview.

Fitbit is dead set on taking down the Apple Watch

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:00

Fitbit (FIT) is determined to wrestle the smartwatch market away from Apple (AAPL). Available for presale March 13, the $199 Versa smartwatch easily undercuts the more costly Apple Watch, which starts at $249 for the older Series 1 model and jumps to $329 for the current Series 3. “The launch of Versa at this price point is going to give us a much fuller portfolio that I think better captures the overall opportunity,” explained Fitbit CEO James Park.

ICE Spokesman Quits, Bashes Trump Administration On Immigration Raids

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:48

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Francisco resigned over the Trump administration’s handling of a recent immigrant raid in the Bay Area. James Schwab told the San Francisco Chronicle late Monday that administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump, grossly exaggerated the number of undocumented immigrants who avoided arrest after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tipped off the public days before the raid began on Feb. 25. “Efforts by local politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect,” the agency said in a statement.

Declassified Military Video Shows Fast-Moving UFO Tracked By Navy Fighter Pilots

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:01

A newly declassified video obtained by a research company shows a fast-moving UFO off the East Coast as it was tracked by two U.S. Navy pilots in 2015. 

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Says Victory in Afghanistan Will Now Be 'Political' Instead of Military

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 03:31

The U.S. Defense Secretary says victory would now lie in facilitating a Taliban reconciliation with the Afghan government

What O.J. Simpson Said About Night of Ex-wife's Murder in Previously Unseen Interview

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 00:00

In the 2006 interview, he theorized what happened during the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, ahead of the planned release of his book "If I Did It."

2 fertility clinics respond to egg, embryo storage failures

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 22:28

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two fertility clinics across the country from each other experienced equipment failures on the same day that may have damaged hundreds of frozen eggs and embryos, something that a fertility expert called a stunning coincidence and that is already producing lawsuits from crestfallen couples.