Posts by Torrey AndersonSchoepe

  • Reports: American-born 'jihadist rapper' killed in shootout with terror group

    Torrey AndersonSchoepe at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    Known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki or "the American," Hammami was one of the most prominent foreign fighters in Somalia. He quickly moved up the ranks when he moved to the country in 2006, making propaganda recordings and rap videos in English to try and recruit other Westerners, according to the LA Times.

    The FBI offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture or conviction in any country. The FBI says he allegedly provided material support to terrorists as early as 2006, and on Dec. 13, 2007, a federal warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama, for his arrest.

    Harun Maruf, Senior Editor for the Voice of America Somali Service,interviewed Hammami last week about his falling out with the leadership of al-Shabab and tweeted excerpts today after learning of Hammami's death.

  • Small business owners hope to see economic boost after U.S.—China summit

    Torrey AndersonSchoepe at The Lookout 1 yr ago

    Local business leaders in the Coachella Valley hope that the high-profile summit between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will help usher in new economic life into the region.

    The leaders of the world’s two most powerful countries conducted business at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, bringing international attention to the serene Coachella desert valley. And a successful summit has the potential to have a lasting impact that’ll make overseas investors and tourists want to put their money into the region.

    “The next time I go to China, I’ll have these front page headlines with Xi and Obama…and I’m going to sell that,” said Wes Ahlgren, Chief Operating Officer of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, which helps locals get foreign investments and agreements to start their own businesses.

    [Related: Faces of protest: Scenes and stories from presidential summit protests]

    [Related: Barack Obama and Xi Jinping: Dreams from their fathers]

  • Videos: Massive tornado rips through Oklahoma

    Torrey AndersonSchoepe at The Lookout 1 yr ago

    A massive tornado about a mile wide tore through Oklahoma, flattening homes and schools and causing widespread destruction in the Oklahoma City area. Videos of the twister show a giant funnel cloud pounding across the landscape.

    [Related: How to help tornado victims]

    This video captures the tornado grinding through Newcastle before it hit Moore, Okla.

    "Oh my god, that thing is getting huge!" A man's voice says in this footage of the storm.

    Raw footage shows the giant twister as it swirled and shifted across Newcastle.

    This Philadelphia newscast captures images of the tornado, following a week of destructive twisters that pummeled the Plains and Midwest.

    Oklahoma City resident David Massey posted these Vines showing the destruction after the tornado hit Moore, Okla.

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  • Residents capture amazing videos in the face of tornadoes

    Torrey AndersonSchoepe at The Lookout 1 yr ago

    A series of 16 violent tornadoes ransacked north Texas this week, killing six people and flattening entire neighborhoods. Seven people who were reported missing early Friday morning have now been accounted for, but the storms aren't over yet.

    Severe thunderstorms were brewing in Alabama and Mississippi, and the Plains and the Midwest face threats of even more tornadoes this weekend, according the Weather Channel.

    Some residents and daredevil storm chasers captured amazing footage as twisters plowed through Texas. We've rounded up some of the best videos.

    A resident in Granbury, Texas took this video Wednesday as a tornado pounded the area just on the other side of Lake Granbury.

    Tornado chaser Jason Cooley shot this footage Wednesday of a tornado that slammed into cities near Dallas. "We gotta go," says one woman in the video as the twister approaches. Later in the video, a man says, "We were just in a tornado."

    One Texas resident captured a hail storm as it pounded DeCordova, Texas just before a major tornado hit Granbury, Texas on Wednesday.

  • Obama aide: ‘The country is better off’

    Torrey AndersonSchoepe at The Ticket 2 yrs ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—As the Democratic National Convention opens on the heels of some of President Barack Obama's surrogates fumbling when asked if the country is better off than it was four years ago, Obama campaign aides took the question head-on Tuesday morning.

    "The country is better off," declared Stephanie Cutter, the president's deputy campaign manager.

    Joined by fellow Obama campaign architects Ben LaBolt and Jim Messina, Cutter sat down with Yahoo News' Olivier Knox and ABC News' Diane Sawyer and Jake Tapper for a live "Newsmakers" broadcast.

    Summing up their point, Obama's aides reinforced the "bumper sticker" line credited to Vice President Joe Biden: "Osama bin Laden is dead, GM is alive."

    "We broke the back of al-Qaida," Cutter said. "The auto industry was on the verge of bankruptcy…and now they're creating hundreds of thousands of jobs."

    Cutter also hit back at a Mitt Romney campaign aide's contention during last week's "Newsmakers" at the Republican National Convention that "we're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

  • Romney advisers: We don’t know who RNC mystery guest speaker is

    Torrey AndersonSchoepe at The Ticket 2 yrs ago

    TAMPA, Fla. — Who is the mystery guest speaker at this year's Republican National Convention? Mitt Romney's top advisers claim that even they are out of the loop.

    "I do not know. I'm intrigued," Eric Ferhnstrom, a senior Romney adviser, told Yahoo! News' David Chalian and ABC News' Jonathan Karl during a discussion Tuesday morning that also included Romney aides Beth Myers and Ashley O'Connor and pollster Neil Newhouse.

    Even if they don't know who will be filling the "To Be Announced" spot in Thursday night's speaking lineup, the advisers did give a glimpse into what's going on within the Romney campaign.

    "There's a very steadiness of purpose," Newhouse said. "People don't get emotional about the day-to-day developments. Because we know what really matters is the state of the economy. And we think we have a candidate with the strongest pro-jobs message."

    "It'll go down to the last day," Newhouse said.

    Romney's aides see vice presidential pick Paul Ryan as an energetic addition to the campaign who can help bring the oomph needed to beat the president in November.