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Officials Worried 'Naive' Kushner Could Be Manipulated By Foreigners: Report

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 19:50

Jared Kushner’s complicated financial holdings, business debt and political inexperience have prompted foreign officials in several countries to discuss ways they can manipulate the president’s son-in-law and close adviser, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Politico reported on Tuesday that he had his top-secret security clearance downgraded after months of working with an interim clearance due to ongoing issues with his FBI background check. Officials from at least four countries ― China, Israel, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates ― have discussed ways to influence Kushner, although it’s unclear if they acted on such plans, The Washington Post wrote, citing current and former officials familiar with the intelligence reports.

Court Orders Trump To Stop Revoking Dreamers' Protections Without Notice

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 19:27

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration has to stop revoking undocumented young people’s deportation protections without due process, a federal judge ruled on Monday. The new order does not affect President Donald Trump’s effort — launched in September but currently on hold because of a separate court ruling — to end the broader Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez issued a preliminary injunction to halt that practice.

Satanic Temple sues Arizona city to lead city council prayer

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 19:23

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A group that invokes the name Satan as a metaphor for opposing religious tyranny has sued the well-off Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, accusing officials of discrimination after being denied an opportunity to give the opening prayer at a City Council meeting.

In free speech case, justices troubled by Fla. man's arrest

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 18:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices seemed troubled Tuesday by the arrest of a Florida man during a city council meeting in Florida, an arrest he says was retaliation for being an outspoken critic of the city.

Amazon to pay over $1 billion for home security startup Ring: source

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 18:30

Santa Monica, California-based Ring is Amazon's latest move in expanding into the heated "smart-homes" market, where gadgets are powered by easy-to-use technology to control homes with a few spoken words. Amazon has positioned its Echo smart speaker, powered by its Alexa voice assistant, as a smart homes device.

Is Ivanka Trump unqualified? Newsroom readers respond

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 18:24

“Ivanka and Jared must return to NYC and stay out of U.S. politics.” “She’s qualified, she’s designed handbags, stilettos and a wonderful perfume fragrance, Ugh!” Newsroom readers are joining the chorus questioning if Ivanka Trump has too much power. The first daughter and adviser to dad President Trump recently traveled to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the latest eyebrow-raising appearance as part of her controversial post. Pundits and the public have long questioned her role and influence, but now White House chief of staff John Kelly is also said to be concerned. This week he made the call to downgrade the security clearance of Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner. According to a report, Kelly is frustrated and questioning whether the first daughter has the qualifications to represent the administration. Newsroom seems to agree: “We have children playing king and queen while poppa plays President,” one reader wrote. Another chimed in: “To represent the U.S. should be an earned honor, not appointing relatives.” What do you think? Does Ivanka deserve her power in the White House? Join the conversation in Newsroom.

9.7-inch iPad deals: Costco and Best Buy drop prices by 30% and 14%

Macworld - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 18:07

If you’ve been wanting one of last year’s regular iPads, today’s a good day to pick one up. Both Costco and Best Buy are offering some impressive deals on last year’s 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi, but Costco in particular is offering what looks like the best deal on Apple’s signature tablet.

It’s Costco, so unfortunately you’ll have to be a member to take advantage of the offer. But if that’s no problem, you can nab the 2017 9.7-inch 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi for just $299.99. That’s $129 off of Apple’s asking price of $429.00, representing an impressive savings of around 30 percent.

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Independent group, now called Unite America, names its Senate candidates — all two of them

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:47

Unite America, formerly The Centrist Project, a group hoping to create a third political force in America, on Tuesday named the two candidates it plans to run for the U.S. Senate in November.

Russia 'both arsonist and firefighter' in Syria: U.S. general

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:24

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. general accused Russia on Tuesday of playing a destabilizing role in Syria and acting as "both arsonist and firefighter," as a brief truce unilaterally declared by Moscow in the eastern Ghouta region collapsed. The United States and Russia have been on different sides of the seven-year-old war, with Moscow heavily backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad whose forces are besieging eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held area near Damascus.

How Trump's new campaign manager used Facebook to help him become president

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:49

Brad Parscale's new role of Trump 2020 campaign manager comes amid a spirited debate over just how much social media benefited the Republican candidate.

Delta is sued by Port Authority over 2015 skid at New York's LaGuardia Airport

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:48

Delta Air Lines Inc was sued on Tuesday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for damage caused when a jet skidded off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport during a March 5, 2015, snowstorm. The complaint seeks $750,047 for property damage and other costs that allegedly occurred when Flight 1086 veered off Runway 13 after touchdown, struck a fence and came to rest on an embankment, just short of plunging into frigid Flushing Bay. According to the Port Authority, which operates the airport, the incident "was caused solely by the negligence of Delta and its agents," including the pilot of the MD-88 aircraft.

Two stowaways on US-bound flight from Ecuador die after falling from aircraft

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:46

Two men thought to have been stowaways on a US-bound flight from Ecuador have died after they fell from the aircraft, it has been reported. The Jose Joaquin de Olmedo airport in Guayaquil was closed for an hour and a half as their bodies were removed from the runway. Employees at the airport noticed three objects falling from the plane and officials believe the pair either fainted or were ejected.

UConn gives posthumous admission to school shooting victim

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:32

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has sent a posthumous letter of admission to the family of a student killed in the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Trump campaign nixes Kushner title amid legal questions

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:48

The Trump campaign appears to have fallen afoul of the Hatch Act while announcing that digital strategist Brad Parscale would run the 2020 operation. The statement referred to Jared Kushner by his official White House title.

Harley-Davidson's 115th Anniversary Promises Tons of Fun

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:41

Harley-Davidson's 115th Anniversary Promises Tons of Fun Special bikes, long rides home, and a huge, citywide party in Milwaukee are just the start Harley-Davidson turns 115-years-old this year, and the venerable Motor Company plans to celebrate with a bang.

No Jail For Texas Teen Who Lied About Being Raped By 3 Black Men

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:28

On Thursday, 19-year-old Breana Harmon of Pottsboro pleaded guilty to four felony charges of tampering with physical evidence and government documents in relation to false reports of kidnapping and sexual assault. “She’s very remorseful for what she did and what she said, and that’s why she decided to plead guilty,” Harmon’s attorney Bob Jarvis told the Sherman Herald Democrat. On March 8, 2017, Harmon was reported missing to the Denison Police Department after witnesses noticed the door to her vehicle was open with personal items, including a phone and keys, scattered on the ground.

Ryan Seacrest Will Work Red Carpet At Oscars Despite Sexual Misconduct Claims

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:53

E! has confirmed that Seacrest will be doing red carpet hosting duties before the Academy Awards on Sunday. Earlier this week, the TV personality’s former personal stylist told Variety that Seacrest sexually harassed and assaulted her over seven years. Suzie Hardy says she was terminated in 2013 after she reported Seacrest to E! News’ human resources executives.

Rare Identical Newborn Triplets 'Doing Better Than Expected'

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:31

Their father, Caleb Choge, said his first thought when he realized he would have triplets was, "Our car doesn’t fit. I need a bigger car."

Protests as sanctioned Iran minister addresses UN rights meet

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:09

Demonstrators gathered outside the UN in Geneva Tuesday and some diplomats left in protest over an address by Iran's justice minister to the rights council, despite facing Swiss and EU sanctions over rights violations. Alireza Avaie took the podium at the Human Rights Council, slamming "appalling deficiencies" there and in other UN rights mechanisms, and accusing Washington and others of "exploiting human rights for their political ends". Standing near a large pyramid of shoes meant to represent the thousands killed in a 1988 massacre of political prisoners, demonstrator Safora Mohammadi, a 35-year-old law student, insisted Avaie was "a killer".

Two police officers sentenced for sexually assaulting women while on duty

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:04

A pair of former Los Angeles police officers were sentenced to 25 years behind bars after pleading no contest to charges of sexually assaulting multiple women. Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols abusing their authority to prey on vulnerable women, luring them into their car and warning of repercussions if they did not perform sex acts on them, prosecutors from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said. The abuses often occurred when the pair was on duty, they told Los Angeles County Superior Court.


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