• Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William Barr
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    Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William Barr

    Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump's attempts to convince Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr. Parnas made that claim in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, the second part of which aired Thursday night. Trump, Parnas said, was made more powerful “when he got William Barr.

  • An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truck
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    An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truck

    Twitter/AliBaroodi A well-known ISIS preacher was captured by Iraqi police, but he was apparently so overweight he had to be taken away in the back of a truck. Police said he incited extremist ideology and pledged allegiance to ISIS during their control of Mosul. Pictures posted to social media appear to show al-Nima being put in the back of a pickup truck by Iraqi forces.

  • Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threat
    Reuters

    Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threat

    Soon the dog's handler discovered and confiscated a ham sandwich in the purse of a passenger who had flown on a China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai. China has lost millions of pigs in outbreaks of the disease, pushing its pork prices to record highs, forcing purchases of costly imports and roiling global meat markets. Bettie is among an expanded team of specially trained beagles at U.S. airports, part of a larger effort to protect the nation's $23 billion pork industry from a disease that has decimated China's hog herd, the world's largest.

  • FBI agents visited the home of the Robert Hyde, the Giuliani associate who said he surveilled former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch
    Business Insider

    FBI agents visited the home of the Robert Hyde, the Giuliani associate who said he surveilled former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

    Hyde for Congress FBI agents were seen visiting both the home and business addresses of Robert Hyde, an associate of Rudy Giuliani now central to the impeachment of President Donald Trump. NBC News and CNN both report that the FBI visited Hyde's home in Weatogue, Connecticut and the location in Avon, CT where he runs both his landscaping business and congressional campaign. In a trove of WhatsApp messages between Hyde and Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, Hyde told Parnas that he was closely surveilling former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

  • Wealthy CEOs complain about feeling 'unsafe' because of homeless people in San Francisco
    The Independent

    Wealthy CEOs complain about feeling 'unsafe' because of homeless people in San Francisco

    A major healthcare conference in San Francisco this week has sparked a debate about the California city's homeless crisis as wealthy executives and investors complain of feeling 'unsafe'. The city rakes in $51m (£39m) each year from the annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference despite growing concerns about the city's homeless population among attendees of the healthcare industry's leading conference, according to Bloomberg News. The nearly 10,000 attendees have regularly criticised San Francisco's homeless crisis, Bloomberg reported, with one CEO describing it to the news outlet as “the Bill Clinton of cities”.

  • Bureaucracy to brutality: New evidence reveals IS hierarchy
    Associated Press

    Bureaucracy to brutality: New evidence reveals IS hierarchy

    The Washington-based Syria Justice and Accountability Center said Thursday that the evidence — documents produced by IS itself — could help identify individuals responsible for atrocities during the militants' four-year reign of terror and lead to criminal prosecutions. The 24-page report, called “Judge, Jury and Executioner,” is based on dozens of documents obtained by SJAC from inside Syria and collected by a local activist from abandoned IS offices in Raqqa province, where the militants also had their self-declared capital in a city that carries the same name.

  • Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to FISA Court Questioning Kris Appointment
    National Review

    Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to FISA Court Questioning Kris Appointment

    House Oversight Committee Republicans Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows issued nine demands to FISA Court presiding judge James Boasberg in a Thursday letter in response to the appointment of Obama Department of Justice lawyer David Kris to help oversee the FBI's reform of FISA applications. The letter, obtained by National Review, asked Boasberg to identify who else besides Kris was considered, whether Kris's past defense of the FISA application to surveil Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page was taken into account, and whether “the FISC bears any responsibility for the illegal surveillance of Carter Page,” among other concerns.

  • Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugs
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    Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugs

    An actress who had a role in "Marriage Story" and her husband are suing Princess Cruises, alleging their room on the Emerald Princess ship was infested with bedbugs and left them with bites all over their bodies. Connie and Alvin Flores allege in a lawsuit, filed in November 2019, that their stateroom aboard the cruise they took a year earlier was "infested with hundreds of bedbugs." The pair cruised from Nov. 28, 2018, through Dec. 4, 2018, out of Los Angeles. Connie Flores played an "arguing woman" in "Marriage Story," and is now speaking publicly about the suit.

  • Huawei exec set to fight Canada court battle against US extradition
    AFP

    Huawei exec set to fight Canada court battle against US extradition

    A Canadian court on Monday will consider a US request to hand over Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou, whose arrest 13 months ago on fraud charges plunged Canada-China relations into a deep freeze. The extradition hearing comes after Beijing detained two Canadians and blocked billions of dollars worth of Canadian agricultural shipments in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest. Taking her into custody also stuck Canada in the middle of a row between China and the US, which views Huawei as a security risk.

  • Trump Attaches Severe Restrictions to Puerto Rico's Long-Delayed Disaster Aid
    The New York Times

    Trump Attaches Severe Restrictions to Puerto Rico's Long-Delayed Disaster Aid

    The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed severe restrictions on billions of dollars in emergency relief to Puerto Rico, including blocking spending on the island's electrical grid and suspending its $15-an-hour minimum wage for federally funded relief work. The nearly $16 billion in funding, released while Puerto Ricans still sleep on the streets for fear of aftershocks from last week's earthquake, is part of $20 billion that Congress allocated for disaster recovery and preparation more than a year ago, in response to the territory being hit by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017. “In a great win for Puerto Ricans and U.S. taxpayers, the Administration has outlined reforms for the grant agreement to Puerto Rico in order to protect resources,” said Chase Jennings, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget at the White House.

  • Former U.S. Marine: Suleimani’s Killing Is the Apotheosis of American 'Strategy'
    The National Interest

    Former U.S. Marine: Suleimani’s Killing Is the Apotheosis of American 'Strategy'

    For all the righteous uproar it produced and the consequences still unfolding, in a way the killing of Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani this month was business as usual. A longtime foe of America, Suleimani was killed by a Hellfire missile from a Reaper drone, like countless Al Qaeda terrorists, Taliban leaders, and other militants. Traveling to Iraq from Syria, Suleimani probably didn't even require the full exertions of America's vast intelligence and special operations manhunting machine.

  • U.S. weighs sending Brazilian migrants to Mexico amid spike in arrests
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    U.S. weighs sending Brazilian migrants to Mexico amid spike in arrests

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has considered sending Brazilian migrants crossing the border from Mexico back there to await their U.S. court hearings, according to a U.S. official and a Mexican official familiar with the discussions. The deliberations came in response to an increase in Brazilians arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum in the United States, the officials said. The administration of President Donald Trump has also explored the possibility of sending Brazilian asylum seekers to other nations, according to the U.S. official.

  • A Japanese minister is being slammed for taking 2 weeks of paternity leave, highlighting the country's toxic overwork culture
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    A Japanese minister is being slammed for taking 2 weeks of paternity leave, highlighting the country's toxic overwork culture

    Issei Kato/Reuters Japanese Environmental Minister Shinjiro Koizumi announced he is taking two weeks of paternity leave when his child is born in a few weeks. Koizumi said those two weeks would be spread across the first three months of his child's life, and that he would continue various public commitments like attending parliament, he said. Though Japan officially allows fathers to take up to 52 weeks of paternity leave, only 6% of them take it off, creating and continuing the country's toxic overwork culture.

  • Republican tells female reporter 30 schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with her
    The Independent

    Republican tells female reporter 30 schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with her

    A Republican lawmaker is facing calls for a sexual harassment investigation after he told a young female reporter that a group of high school boys “could have a lot of fun” with her. Peter Lucido, a Michigan state senator, has been accused of making inappropriate comments to local reporter Allison Donahue during a tour of the state Capitol. Ms Donahue said the senator told her he would speak with her after addressing a group of about 30 boys who were visiting from De La Salle Collegiate, a nearby all-boys Catholic school.

  • Associated Press

    Alabama man charged with abusing missing woman's corpse

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office charged Fredrick Hampton, 50, on Thursday with abuse of Paighton Houston's corpse. Hampton hasn't been charged with involvement in the 29-year-old's death, news outlets reported. Hampton was initially held in the Birmingham City Jail beginning Dec. 28 on suspicion of kidnapping, but he was released two days later after investigators failed to gather enough evidence to charge him with a crime, news outlets reported.

  • Camera Captures the Moment a Deer Sheds Its Antlers in the Middle of the Night
    Time

    Camera Captures the Moment a Deer Sheds Its Antlers in the Middle of the Night

    Vermont Fish and Wildlife shared the clip of an eight-point buck shedding its antlers in the middle of the night, captured by a resident of Northfield, Vermont. The wildlife agency posted the footage on Facebook, calling it “spectacular and unique.” It's been viewed more than 277,000 times and shared by over 3,000 users. The animal is called an eight-point buck for its eight antlers, according to the Noble Research Institute, an agriculture research organization.

  • McConnell says 'the House's hour is over'
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    McConnell says 'the House's hour is over'

    During an address on the floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "The House's hour is over. The Senate's time is at hand."

  • 10 Home Prep Tips Before Going on Vacation
    Popular Mechanics

    10 Home Prep Tips Before Going on Vacation

    Before jetsetting across the world, make sure your home is ready for your extended absence. From Popular Mechanics

  • Philippines reimposes ban on workers deploying to Kuwait
    AFP

    Philippines reimposes ban on workers deploying to Kuwait

    The Philippines said Friday it was reimposing a ban on its citizens going to work in Kuwait after a Filipina was allegedly killed by her employer, echoing a 2018 row between the two countries. President Rodrigo Duterte approved the ban as his government accused the emirate of covering up the killing of a maid, one of about 240,000 Filipinos working in the Gulf state. Duterte's government briefly banned Filipinos deploying for work in Kuwait two years ago amid a diplomatic row that began with the discovery of the remains of a murdered Filipina maid in her employers' freezer.

  • Woman pleads guilty to killing husband by putting eye drops in his water
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    Woman pleads guilty to killing husband by putting eye drops in his water

    A South Carolina woman pleaded guilty to fatally poisoning her husband by putting eye drops in his water for days. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

  • Trump warns Iranian supreme leader who called him a 'clown' to be 'very careful with his words'
    USA TODAY

    Trump warns Iranian supreme leader who called him a 'clown' to be 'very careful with his words'

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump fired back Friday evening at Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who earlier had mocked him as a "clown" – then in a subsequent tweet Trump said Iran's leaders "should abandon terror and Make Iran Great Again!" The so-called 'Supreme Leader' of Iran, who has not been so Supreme lately, had some nasty things to say about the United States and Europe,” Trump wrote on Twitter. Their economy is crashing, and their people are suffering.

  • How China Is Practicing—and Perfecting—an Amphibious Invasion of Taiwan
    The National Interest

    How China Is Practicing—and Perfecting—an Amphibious Invasion of Taiwan

    A number of events and trends are coming together now to drive Taiwan, and with it the whole Asia-Pacific region, to the edge of disaster. For sure, Taiwan has been at or near the center of U.S-China relations for the last seventy years, so at one level, there is nothing particularly new here. It is precisely that China has the most real cards against the U.S. provocation in the Taiwan Strait region, and China has the strongest will and capability to defend the core interests of the country [美方作为整体必须了解,台湾虽是最容易挑衅、刺激中国大陆的地方,但也是对美方来说风险最大的地方。中国在台海地区反制美方挑衅的实牌恰恰也是最多的,而且中国在这里捍卫国家核心利益的意志和能力都是最强的].” The editorial continues, “This is not a joke.

  • The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down
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    The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down

    Molly Riley/Reuters Native American woman Tara Houska says a TSA agent grabbed her braids, whipped them like reins and said "giddyup" while she was going through security at the Minneapolis airport on Monday. A TSA official apologized to Houska for the incident, and released a statement saying "improper behavior is taken seriously" by the agency. The Transportation Security Administration was forced to issue an apology on Tuesday after a Native American woman described on Twitter a humiliating experience going through security at the Minneapolis-St.

  • The Best Compact Fitness Equipment Under $300
    Architectural Digest

    The Best Compact Fitness Equipment Under $300

    Set up a home gym in your tiny apartment without spending a fortune Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • FBI Busts Members of Neo-Nazi Group ‘The Base’ Days Before Richmond Gun Rally
    The Daily Beast

    FBI Busts Members of Neo-Nazi Group ‘The Base’ Days Before Richmond Gun Rally

    The FBI arrested three members of a neo-Nazi group called “The Base” on Thursday morning, days ahead of a pro-gun rally in Richmond that is attracting fringe figures and has already prompted a state of emergency declaration. The three suspects—Brian Mark Lemley, William Garfield Bilbrough, and Canadian fugitive Patrik Mathews—face a variety of gun charges. Lemley and Bilbrough are also accused of illegally harboring Mathews, a former Canadian military reservist who fled his home country after being accused of being a recruiter for The Base.