Chief Meteorologist Kurtis Gertz has the latest forecast.
Chief Meteorologist Kurtis Gertz has the latest forecast.
Two of the most senior officials involved in planning the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden warned Thursday that a U.S. pullout from Afghanistan would result in a Taliban takeover within a year. After a six-month delay, peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are due to start Saturday in Qatar, following Kabul's transfer on Thursday of six high-priority Taliban prisoners to Qatar. The complicated three-way peace negotiations between the United States, the Taliban and the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani required the Taliban to release up to 1,000 Afghan security force personnel it had taken prisoner, and Ghani's government to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners.
Murphy, who until last month served as an acting DHS undersecretary overseeing intelligence, emerged this week as a high-ranking whistleblower, alleging in a formal complaint filed with the department's inspector general that Wolf had improperly directed him to play down reports about Russian interference in the 2016 election because it “made the President look bad. The White House and the DHS have denied his account and asserted that Murphy, a former FBI special agent, was a “disgruntled” employee upset over his demotion by Wolf — and his transfer to an administrative position — following reports that Murphy had been collecting information about the social media posts of journalists.
The four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's killing appear to be turning on each other, with each offering significantly different versions of the infamous arrest that acknowledge Floyd should not have been allowed to die that day but also deflect the blame to others. All have said in court documents that the relationship between the veteran officer - Derek Chauvin - and the others is at the heart of the issue, as each officer perceived their role, and who was in charge, quite differently. Chauvin was the officer shown with his knee on Floyd's neck as he struggled to breathe in videos of the ill-fated arrest.
A new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to have reported dining out in the 14 days before their diagnosis than those who tested negative. The researchers collected data July 1-29 across 10 states from 314 adults with coronavirus symptoms. Participants were asked about possible community exposure in the two weeks leading up to their test and how well they followed social-distancing measures.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner thinks President Trump's coronavirus admissions should land him in prison. In a Thursday appearance on SiriusXM's The Dean Obeidallah Show, the MSNBC legal analyst gave an incredibly harsh assessment of Trump's interviews with veteran reporter Bob Woodward. Trump's insistence in March that he wanted to "play down" the coronavirus threat despite knowing its deadliness "upped his own criminal ante to second-degree murder," Kirschner said, breaking down the pieces of the alleged charge step by step.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assigned official government work to one of his top advisers through his wife, Susan, who used a private email account to relay his requests, according to newly released testimony. The spouse of a Cabinet member would not be expected to have a government email account if they are not employed by the government. But Susan Pompeo's influence over official personnel and activities at the State Department, as a private citizen, has raised concerns on Capitol Hill and within the department.
Musa Lomaev says he survived what appears to be the latest in a string of brazen attacks, two of them fatal, against dissidents in Europe who have railed against the brutal Kremlin-backed ruler Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov, a ruthless strongman who has previously discussed his willingness to die for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly been accused of ordering torture, the detention of gay men, and assassination attempts on his critics. Four of the Russian exiles who have been targeted in Europe this year have one main thing in common—they had been vocally critical of the notorious ruler of Chechnya, a republic of south eastern Russia.
Facebook board member Peter Thiel met with a prominent white nationalist figure in 2016, according to emails published by BuzzFeed News this week. After meeting with Kevin DeAnna — who has called for "the formation of an ethnostate, the great dream of the White Republic" — Thiel reportedly wrote in an email that he "really enjoyed" meeting him. Thiel was one of Facebook's earliest investors, and Zuckerberg has defended him in the past.
A retired judge blasted the U.S. Justice Department's plan to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn as corrupt on Friday and urged the judge presiding over the case to reject the move. John Gleeson, a former trial judge and prosecutor, was named by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to argue against the department's stance in the high-profile case in Washington. Critics have accused the department and Attorney General William Barr of going light on Flynn, a Trump ally who twice pleaded guilty in the case to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's former ambassador in Washington.
Swedish architect Thomas Sandell devised a space that allows guests unparalleled access to the wildlife of the region Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
The sudden death of a young celebrity would be big news anywhere. But the frenzied coverage of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death and vilification of his actor-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has dominated prime-time in India, leading many to ask whether the story is distracting from more important issues at a time of national crisis. The media obsession began in June when Rajput was found dead in his apartment.
Gaige Grosskreutz, the sole survivor among three men who were shot during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, says he survived because he had carried a medical kit with him. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged in the shootings of Grosskreutz and the two other men. Rittenhouse's lawyer says he plans to argue self-defense.
When he couldn't reach his cousin Jake Hyland on Monday, Jim Mabry drove to his family's remote property in rural Washington state, where wildfires turned pastures of 4-foot-high sage into dust. On Tuesday, Mabry discovered Jake's truck stuck in a ravine, about a quarter of a mile from the land. “When I first saw the truck, I didn't want to search,” Mabry told The Daily Beast.
The US Postal Service has reportedly used outdated IT systems for years that could have opened up the agency to hackers and a "potential financial impact of over $1 billion," per a Motherboard report. A memo released by the agency in July detailed the discovery, including that of "significant vulnerabilities that increase the risk of disclosure of sensitive information and potential impact to business operations." A USPS spokesperson told Business Insider in an email that "the vulnerabilities identified in this report were found, scoped and addressed by the Postal Service.
A federal prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe has resigned from the Justice Department, a spokesman said Friday. Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed last year to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut confirmed Dannehy's departure, which was first reported by The Hartford Courant, but declined to comment further.
A Texas man admitted to threatening to kill “racists and MAGA people” before attending a Black Lives Matter protest with a gun, officials say. Emmanuel Quinones, 25, pleaded guilty Friday to interstate threatening communications after his arrest during a peaceful protest in Lubbock, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas. Quinones is accused of holding the rifle in a “low ready” firing stance with the gun barrel pointed to the ground as “panic rippled through the assembled crowd,” prosecutors say.
Police arrested a high school senior from Long Island, New York for violating coronavirus safety protocols; Laura Ingle reports.
Editor's note: During the search for his 13-year-old son Wyatt in the Beachie Creek Fire in Oregon, Chris Tofte and a family friend acting as a spokesperson shared their experiences during multiple interviews with The Statesman Journal of the USA TODAY Network. This reporting is the culmination of those interviews, including Tofte's first-hand accounts and other details shared with him by his wife, Angela Mosso. SALEM, Ore.
Aerospace startup Boom Supersonic just won a US Air Force contract to develop jets that can carry high-ranking government officials at faster than the speed of sound. The supersonic jet — which could potentially even serve as Air Force One — could cut trans-oceanic travel times in half, and would be ready in about nine years. Aerospace company Boom Supersonic this week announced a contract with the US Air Force to develop a supersonic plane for transporting diplomats and high-ranking government officials.
The Philippine defense chief told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that Manila will adhere “without any possibility of compromise” to a 2016 international arbitration ruling that invalidated most of Beijing's rival claims in the South China Sea, according to a Philippine statement about the meeting. Chinese Gen. Wei Fenghe is in Manila for talks with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and President Rodrigo Duterte. The territorial disputes between the countries remain unresolved, although their ties have improved greatly under Duterte, who has sought investment, infrastructure funding and military assistance from China.