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US sanctions Venezuela officials close to 'former President' Maduro

US sanctions Venezuela officials close to 'former President' MaduroThe US Treasury announced Friday it was imposing sanctions on five intelligence and security officials close to crisis-hit Venezuela's "former" President Nicolas Maduro. Among the five men is Manuel Quevedo, described by the Treasury as the "illegitimate" president of Venezuela's state-owned oil firm, PDVSA.




POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 10:43 AM

Family of IS teen appeals to UK to help bring her home

Family of IS teen appeals to UK to help bring her homeLONDON (AP) — The family of a pregnant British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group urged the government Friday to help bring her home.




POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 4:22 PM

Top US cardinal expelled from Catholic priesthood over allegations he abused teenager and solicited sex during Confession

Top US cardinal expelled from Catholic priesthood over allegations he abused teenager and solicited sex during ConfessionA disgraced former US cardinal has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood over allegations he abused a teenage boy and solicited sex during Confession. The Vatican announced the defrocking of Theodore McCarrick on Saturday days before the Pope leads an extraordinary gathering of bishops from around the world to discuss the sex abuse crisis engulfing the church. The once-powerful prelate and former Archbishop of Washington is the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.




POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2019 4:51 AM

The Republican hypocrisy over Ilhan Omar's comment: Today's talker

The Republican hypocrisy over Ilhan Omar's comment: Today's talkerDoes a guy who enables Donald Trump have the right to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar for making a rude comment? Asks columnist EJ Montini.




POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2019 5:48 PM

Eating scorpions, worms in Thai/US military drill

Eating scorpions, worms in Thai/US military drillThailand and the US hosted the opening ceremony for the annual Cobra Gold military exercise, the biggest activity of its type in the Asia-Pacific region with participants learning jungle survival skills. (Feb. 14)




POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2019 2:59 PM

Honda & Acura Recall for Potential Stalling Issue

Honda & Acura Recall for Potential Stalling IssueHonda Recalls 437,000 Cars and SUVs Over Potential Stalling Issue Honda is recalling 437,000 Acura MDX SUVs, Acura TLX V6 cars, and Honda Accord V6 cars because the gasoline flow from fuel pumps...




POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2019 2:51 PM

Officials: Suspect caught in Illinois shooting

Officials: Suspect caught in Illinois shootingPolice arrested a suspect in a shooting on Friday at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, but the area remained under lockdown, officials said.




POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 4:07 PM

North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing cold

North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing coldThe Day of the Shining Star dawned bitterly cold in Pyongyang. Kim, the son of the isolated North's founder Kim Il Sung and the father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un, was born on February 16. According to Pyongyang's orthodoxy, he came into the world in 1942, in a snow-covered hut at a secret camp on the slopes of Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people, where his father was fighting occupying Japanese forces.




POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2019 4:00 AM

During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she dies

During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she diesA second-grader wrote a chilling note to her parents on her arm during school lockdown.




POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 1:11 PM

Senate Confirms Bill Barr as Attorney General

Senate Confirms Bill Barr as Attorney GeneralThe Senate voted Thursday to confirm William Barr as attorney general.Barr, who previously served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, was confirmed 51–45 largely along party lines, with Republicans backing the president's nominee and Democrats opposing.Democratic senators Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona defected, backing Barr's nomination, while Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was the lone Republican who voted against him.Barr will be sworn in Thursday afternoon at the White House, the Department of Justice announced shortly after his confirmation. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office.Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, who was appointed by the president in November to assume ousted AG Jeff Session's post, will now be relieved of his duties, which include overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Democrats opposed to Barr's confirmation cited his prior criticisms of the investigation, articulated in an unsolicited 20-page memo he sent to DOJ officials in June, to make the case that he would inhibit Mueller's progress or force a premature conclusion to the probe.In the memo, Barr argued that Mueller's reported interest in whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI director James Comey was misguided.“As I understand it, his theory is premised on a novel and legally insupportable reading of the law,” Barr wrote. “Moreover, in my view, if credited by the Justice Department, it would have grave consequences far beyond the immediate confines of this case and would do lasting damage to the Presidency and to the administration of law within the Executive branch.”During his confirmation hearing, Barr told lawmakers that DOJ ethics officials found that his prior commentary on Mueller's investigation did not constitute a justification for his recusal from overseeing the probe.Asked during the hearing to commit to making the entirety of Mueller's findings public when his investigation eventually concluded, Barr told lawmakers he would make public as much as possible but did not make any specific commitments.“I am not going to do anything that I think is wrong, and I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong,” Barr said. “By anybody -- whether it be editorial boards, or Congress, or the President. I'm going to do what I think is right.”




POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2019 1:48 PM

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