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The White House called the Democrats' impeachment case against Trump a 'dangerous attack' in its first formal response

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 18:58

Trump faces two impeachment charges: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump's legal team called them "an affront to the Constitution."


Police detain 185 climate protesters at Brussels car show

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 18:17

Police detained 185 protesters in central Brussels on Saturday after the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion staged demonstrations at a car show in protest at the auto industry's role in CO2 emissions that cause climate change. The protest came only days after the European Commission unveiled ideas on how to finance its flagship Green Deal project that aims to make the European Union a CO2 emissions-neutral area by 2050, in part through the transformation of the car industry. A member and former spokesman for the group, Christophe Meierhans, said Extinction Rebellion targeted the car industry because it told "a lot of lies in order to sell more cars".


In impeachment document, Democrats say Trump endangers security, Trump denies

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 17:04

WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump said on Saturday the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country’s system of government. In a 111-page document filed before Trump's Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, the lawmakers laid out their arguments supporting charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against the president. "The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation's security," the lawmakers said, for the first time formally calling for the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office.


China Thinks It Can Nuke American Cities. Should We Worry?

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 17:00

World War III is no joke...


MS-13 inmates sent to restricted unit after prison stabbing

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 16:59

The federal Bureau of Prisons is moving some MS-13 gang members in its custody into more restricted housing at certain high-security facilities across the U.S. after a gang stabbing in a Virginia prison, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Saturday. A brawl broke out Wednesday at the prison known as USP Lee between the MS-13 leader and a fellow inmate associated with the Mexican Mafia, and the gang member was stabbed, the people said. The Bureau of Prisons said in a statement that the inmate was injured but survived the attack.


Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 16:56

People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger spreading in the U.S. territory after video of the event in Ponce appeared on Facebook, Gov. Wanda Vázquez quickly fired the director of the island's emergency management agency. The governor said she had ordered an investigation after learning the emergency supplies had been piled in the warehouse since Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico in September 2017.


U.S. sanctions Iranian commander over Mahshahr killings

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 14:59

The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on a general of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who commanded units blamed for a massacre of protesters in November. The U.S. State Department has said previously it had received videos of the Revolutionary Guards opening fire without warning on protesters in Mahshahr county in southwest Iran.


TSA issues apology to Native American woman who had braids pulled by agent

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 14:11

Tara Houska ‘humiliated’ by TSA agent who ‘snapped my braids like reins’ during screening at Minneapolis-St Paul airportThe federal Transportation Security Administration has apologized to a Native American woman who said an agent at Minneapolis-St Paul international airport “pulled her braids” and said “giddy up!” when she took a flight from there this week.“The agent said she needed to pat down my braids,” tweeted Tara Houska, an indigenous rights advocate and attorney. “She pulled them behind my shoulders, laughed and said ‘giddyup!’ as she snapped my braids like reins. My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your ‘fun’ hurt.”Houska, who is Ojibwe, added: “When I informed the middle-aged blonde woman who had casually used her authority to dehumanize and disrespect me, she said, ‘Well it was just in fun, I’m sorry. Your hair is lovely.’“That is NOT an apology and it is NOT OK.”According to the Washington Post, women of color have long experienced problems at TSA checkpoints, because natural, braided or twisted hair prompt “flags” on security devices, spurring “more invasive screenings”.Bring Me The News, a Minnesota website, appeared to have been first to report Houska’s experience.In a statement to the Guardian, the TSA said it had been “made aware of allegations made by a traveler about her screening experience at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport [on] Monday morning.“TSA officials investigated the incident and on Tuesday afternoon, TSA’s federal security director for Minnesota, Cliff Van Leuven, spoke with the traveler. He apologized for actions and a comment that were insensitive and made by a TSA officer to the traveler during the screening experience.”Van Leuven also wrote to airport staff.“In the news last night and today,” he said, “you’ve likely seen – or heard – of a TSA officer at MSP who was insensitive in screening the long braided hair of a Native American passenger Monday morning. Did it actually happen? Yes. Exactly as described? Yes.“This morning, I reached out to the passenger via email. She called me back early this afternoon. I apologized for how she was treated during the screening of her braids – and we had a very pleasant conversation.“She reiterated that she doesn’t want the officer to get in trouble, but she is hoping we’ll take the chance to continue to educate our staff about the many Native American Tribes/Bands in our state and region to better understand their culture.”The airport apologized on Twitter.Houska could not immediately be reached for comment.


Man kills grizzly in self-defense, keeps claws as a memento

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 14:11

A Montana man told authorities that he cut off a grizzly bear's claws as a memento after shooting it in self-defense because he was mad that the bear was going to eat him, according to court records. Bryan Berg, 35, appeared in court on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Missoula after pleading guilty to illegal transport of grizzly bear claws, a misdemeanor, according to the Flathead Beacon. Grizzly bears in northwestern Montana are classified as a threatened species.


A plane slid off the runway and more than 800 flights were canceled as winter weather hit the Midwest

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 13:49

Authorities issued alerts for areas across the Northeast as blizzard conditions were forecasted to New York and New England over the weekend.


Ten charred bodies found in vehicle in violence-plagued Mexican state

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 13:08

Mexican prosecutors are investigating the discovery of a burned-out vehicle containing the charred bodies of 10 people in the southwestern state of Guerrero, authorities said late on Friday. Police made the grisly discovery on a country road in the municipality of Chilapa de Alvarez after locals saw the vehicle on fire and alerted authorities, state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said in a statement published on Facebook.


The most iconic tourist attraction in 26 countries around the world

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 12:32

There's something powerful about finally seeing a famous landmark or natural wonder in person instead of on a postcard (or on Instagram).


Rebel Wilson declares 2020 'the year of health'

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 11:41

Rebel Wilson’s personal trainer posted a picture of the actress on Instagram where she looks noticeably slimmer. At the start of the year, Wilson had declared 2020 “the year of health.”


Trump Administration Proposes Rollbacks to Obama-Era School Lunch Programs on Michelle Obama's Birthday

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 11:32

The proposed rules would allowing more flexibilities in the amount of fruits and vegetables served


Fewer Americans are binge-drinking, but those who do are drinking more per session

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 11:31

New CDC data shows binge-drinking is declining, but American adults who do drink heavily are consuming 12% more alcohol per session.


Text messages show Devin Nunes' aide had extensive communications with Giuliani associate Lev Parnas about Trump's Ukraine efforts

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 10:44

The messages provide key new evidence that Nunes' team was aware of and involved in Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.


Why Did The U.S. Navy Surface 3 Submarines At The Same Time In Asia?

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 10:42

A stern message to China.


What Can Iran Hope To Do Against America's Stealth Aircraft?

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 10:40

Drones and more.


The Sanders campaign looked into whether Warren could serve as vice president and treasury secretary at the same time, according to report

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 10:00

Bernie Sanders reportedly researched whether Elizabeth Warren could hold two roles in his cabinet, and lawyers found no reason why she couldn't.


Parnas communicated with Nunes aide about Ukraine, documents show

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 08:52

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani who worked as his envoy in Ukraine, communicated with a top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) about an effort to find damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden, documents released Friday night by House Democrats revealed.The evidence shows Derek Harvey, a former White House official and top aide to Nunes, communicated extensively with Parnas and sought to speak with Ukrainian prosecutors who were giving Giuliani information about Biden, reports The Washington Post. The documents corroborate Parnas' own claims about Nunes' office's involvement in the scheme.Parnas has said President Trump and his associates were working to push Ukraine into announcing an investigation into Biden. The messages, the Post writes, "indicate Nunes' office was aware of the operation at the heart of impeachment proceedings against the president — and sought to use the information Parnas was gathering." Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, did not comment on the documents.Read more at The Washington Post and NBC News.More stories from theweek.com Trump is getting the band back together The Patriots only have one option French officials warn of violence from subgroups in protest movement


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