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2 officers shot, suspect killed in Inglewood shootout

Top Stories - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:24

Two officers were injured and a suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Inglewood, authorities said.


No-deal Brexit on April 12 is UK's most likely option right now: lawmaker Letwin

Top Stories - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 03:37

A no-deal Brexit on April 12 is the most likely scenario right now for Britain, Conservative Party lawmaker Oliver Letwin said on Thursday. "I think that at some point or other we either have to get a deal across the line or accept that we have to find an alternative if we want to avoid no deal on April 12, which I think at the moment is the most likely thing to happen," Letwin, the architect of a series of votes on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, told BBC radio. If Britain wants to hold a referendum or an election it would need to delay Brexit by at least several months but it is unclear if parliament would vote for such a long extension, Letwin said.


The U.S. Navy Wants 32 More Nuclear Attack Submarines in the Next 15 Years

Top Stories - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 03:36

All in the plan to get to a 355 ship navy.


Man awarded $80M in lawsuit claiming Monsanto's Roundup causes cancer

Top Stories - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 02:45

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is facing thousands of similar lawsuits nationwide.


Five migrants arrested after Maltese special forces raid brings end to high seas hijack drama

Top Stories - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 02:15

Five migrants who allegedly led the hijacking of a tanker in the Mediterranean to avoid being returned to Libya were arrested in Malta on Thursday after special forces stormed the vessel to take back control. The five men, some of whom were led off the merchant vessel in plastic handcuffs, were among 108 asylum seekers who were rescued by the El Hiblu 1 tanker north of Libya on Tuesday. The tanker was ordered by Libyan authorities to take the migrants to Tripoli, but they allegedly subjected the 12-man crew to physical threats and forced the vessel to sail north instead, towards Europe. Migrants in Libya are held in horrific conditions and are often subjected to beatings, torture and rape, according to the UN and humanitarian agencies. A migrant suspected of hijacking the ship is detained in Valletta, Malta Credit: Reuters The Maltese military intervened in the early hours of Thursday, with armed commandoes boarding the tanker in an operation that involved Maltese naval vessels and helicopters. Maltese authorities established communications with the captain of the 170ft-long oil tanker when it was about 30 nautical miles away from Malta and proceeding towards the island. "The captain repeatedly stated that he was not in control of the vessel and that he and his crew were being forced and threatened by a number of migrants to proceed to Malta," the authorities said. The tanker was escorted by navy vessels to Valletta, Malta’s capital, where the five alleged ringleaders were arrested and taken away for questioning. They are likely to be charged with “illegally forcing the captain of the ship to hand over control through coercive action and changing its course,” Maltese government sources said. No one was injured during the high seas drama, but the outnumbered crew said they were threatened with assault unless they followed orders.   The rescued migrants consisted of 77 men, 19 women and 12 children. “We do not shirk responsibility, despite our size. We will now follow all international rules accordingly,” said Joseph Muscat, Malta’s prime minister. Matteo Salvini, the hardline deputy prime minister of Italy, had called the migrants “pirates” and vowed that they would not be allowed to land on Italian soil. Police buses await migrants who arrived on the 'hijacked' merchant ship Credit:  DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS "Immigration is managed by criminals and should be blocked by any legal means necessary," he said. Sea-Eye, a German migrant rescue NGO, said one of its vessels had overheard radio messages between a European military aircraft and the captain of the tanker. "The captain of the ship…said unequivocally on the radio that people are very upset and do not want to be brought back to Libya," Sea-Eye said. Vincent Cochetel, the UN refugee agency’s special envoy for the central Mediterranean, said that the safety of merchant ship crews was as important as that of “human beings fleeing a hellish situation and not wanting to return there.” A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants  Credit: DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS Italy’s populist coalition closed its ports to rescued migrants last summer, leading to a number of stand-offs with other EU countries over boatloads of rescued migrants. There has been a sharp drop in the number of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean, as the EU-trained Libyan coast guard intercepts them and returns them to the Libyan coast. Humanitarian organisations said the migrants should not be characterised as criminals or “pirates” because they were trying to avoid returning to a hellish existence in Libya. “It is entirely legitimate for people found in distress at sea to reject being returned to Libya, the very place they know they will only continue to suffer the gravest of violations of their rights and the most degrading treatment,” said Johannes Bayer, the chairman of Sea-Watch.   Matteo Salvini, the Italian interior minister and deputy prime minister Credit: AFP EU countries such as Italy and Malta "alert the Libyan coast guard when refugees and migrants are spotted at sea so they can be taken back to Libya, despite knowing that people there are arbitrarily detained and exposed to widespread torture, rape, killings and exploitation," said Matteo de Bellis, an expert on migrants for Amnesty International. In November, dozens of migrants seized control of a container ship that had picked them up at sea, barricading themselves inside and refusing to disembark in the Libyan port of Misrata. After 10 days, Libyan authorities forcibly removed them from the ship and placed them in a detention centre. Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.


UPDATE 1-PG&E creditors propose $35 bln exit plan - Bloomberg

Top Stories - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 01:36

Some creditors of PG&E Corp, including Elliott Management Corp and Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco), are proposing a $35 billion plan for the California power utility to exit bankruptcy within a year, Bloomberg reported late on Wednesday. Pimco, Elliott and David Kempner Capital Management have discussed the proposal with California lawmakers and other stakeholders, Bloomberg reported https://bloom.bg/2JOGnv0, citing sources familiar with the matter.


Beto O'Rourke: just how green is the Texas Democrat?

Top Stories - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 01:00

The 2020 presidential challenger has praised the Green New Deal but his relationship with the fossil fuel industry has come under scrutinyBeto O’Rourke, who received $476,000 from oil and gas sources in 2017-18, comes from a state that leads the country in both global warming pollution and renewable energy. Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/APIt was not hard for Beto O’Rourke to seem like a champion of green issues during his eye-catching Senate campaign in America’s 2018 midterm elections – after all, he was up against Ted Cruz, a climate change denier.Now, as the former US congressman vies to be the Democratic candidate to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 race for the White House, he faces much closer scrutiny on the subject.Environmental advocates and experts wait to see if – as O’Rourke pivots from an election in a conservative-led oil state to a national primary race heavily influenced by left-leaning Democratic candidates – he will have more latitude and desire to put progressive green policies at the heart of his strategy.Sign up for the US morning briefing“He didn’t really emphasise climate change and global warming very much when he was running against Ted Cruz, but he’s got a field that is absolutely filled with people who are making it a campaign item for voters to consider, and I think he’s going to have to adjust his narrative when he’s out on the trail,” said Robert Forbis, an assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University. “He’s going to have to take a pretty strong stand.”The seeds of a decisive and urgent approach were visible in his first campaign visits to Iowa in March, when O’Rourke praised the radical climate change-led proposals in the Green New Deal, citing his home state’s struggles with extreme weather such as droughts and hurricanes.“Storms like Harvey are only going to become more frequent and more severe and more devastating and ultimately they’ll compromise the ability to live in a city like Houston, Texas,” he told the audience. O’Rourke signalled support for reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and investing in green technology to reach net zero emissions.“Some will criticise the Green New Deal for being too bold or being unmanageable. I’ll tell you what: I haven’t seen anything better that addresses the singular crisis we face, a crisis that could at its worst lead to extinction,” he said. “Literally the future of the world depends on us.”Cruz held his Senate seat with a narrow win over O’Rourke last November. The Republican has dismissed climate change as a “pseudoscientific theory” and wrote an opinion article in 2017 urging Trump to rip up the landmark Paris climate agreement.O’Rourke, meanwhile, wrote a blog backing the Paris accord and during six years in Congress he successfully worked to secure federal protection for more than 7,000 acres of mountainous land on the outskirts of his native El Paso.The League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard gives Cruz a lifetime rating of 4% based on his voting record in Congress; O’Rourke’s score is 95%.Still, O’Rourke’s history on environmental issues is more complex than that number might suggest – perhaps unsurprisingly for a politician who hails from west Texas.Texas has more installed wind power capacity than any other state and solar power is growing. But the state’s economy is heavily dependent on the fossil fuel industry, which also wields immense political clout.O’Rourke received $476,325 in campaign contributions from oil and gas sources in the 2017-18 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics – second nationally to Cruz, albeit not from Pacs and a small percentage of his total donations.This helped fuel accusations that O’Rourke is more of a fossil fuel ally than his lofty rhetoric might imply.The Sludge, an investigative website, reported last December that O’Rourke’s Senate campaign failed to comply with a pledge not to knowingly accept contributions of more than $200 from the oil and gas industry.O’Rourke has not yet signed up to the pledge for 2020. “Already, five declared presidential candidates have officially signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, meaning more than a third of declared Democratic candidates have done so,” said David Turnbull, strategic communications director of Oil Change US, a group that urges politicians to commit to clean energy.An oil pump is seen operating near Midland, Texas. The fossil fuel industry wields immense political clout in the state. Photograph: Ernest Scheyder/Reuters“We look forward to the sixth candidate signing the full No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, and we’re hopeful that Beto might be that candidate.”O’Rourke’s campaign did not respond to questions about whether he plans to sign the pledge or how his qualified support for natural gas is compatible with the Green New Deal.In 2015, O’Rourke twice voted to repeal the nationwide ban on exporting crude oil internationally, arguing that lifting the prohibition would boost the economy and national security. “We have seen the result, which is an emergency of booming fossil fuel production here in the United States at precisely the time we need to be urgently moving away from those dirty fuels,” Turnbull said.“Similarly problematic, Beto has pointed to fracked natural gas as a potential part of the solution to the climate crisis when the reality is that there is simply no room for new fossil fuel development of any sort, including fracked gas. Like with his support for the removal of the crude export ban, we hope that when Beto lays out his full climate policies it will reflect the fact that we can’t afford any new fossil fuels of any sort, including gas.”Given Texas’s critical importance to the environmental and economic future of the country, a Texas presidential candidate can deliver a powerful green narrative, said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas, an advocacy group. “I think Texas has a real interesting story to tell in terms of our both being number one in the country for global warming pollution but also being number one for renewable energy,” he said.“To be able to come from Texas and show we can reduce our pollution, we can invest in clean energy … I think that’s a strong message.”


The best second-screen apps for watching Major League Baseball

Macworld - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 00:11
Geek up the grand old game with data feeds, social media, and other interactive enhancements.

Kamala Harris set to roll out five South Carolina endorsements

Top Stories - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 00:05

South Carolina is the fourth state on the primary calendar, and local endorsements in the state are highly sought after. However, with a crowded field of 15 leading Democratic candidates competing for the party’s presidential nomination, most officials in the state have stayed on the sidelines so far.


Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing parents

Top Stories - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 23:22

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, in a move that spares the girl held captive in a remote cabin for three months from the possible trauma of having to testify at his trial.


Trump Accuses FBI Officials Who Investigated Him of Treason

Top Stories - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 22:55

“They wanted an insurance policy against me,” Trump said Wednesday in an interview on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, the president’s first since Attorney General William Barr announced on Sunday that Robert Mueller had found no coordination between his campaign and the Russian government. It was treason.


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