• FBI warned six months ago about loophole Pensacola shooter used to obtain a gun
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    FBI warned six months ago about loophole Pensacola shooter used to obtain a gun

    WASHINGTON — More than six months before the Dec. 6 shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., where a Saudi gunman used a weapon obtained using a hunting license exemption, the FBI issued a report warning about precisely this loophole. The FBI warning, dated May 22 and titled “Federal Hunting License Exception Could Be Exploited by Extremists or Criminal Actors Seeking to Obtain Firearms for Violent Attacks,” was sent from the bureau's Office of Private Sector, according to a copy reviewed by Yahoo News.

  • French PM defies unions with pension overhaul, they pledge more strikes
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    French PM defies unions with pension overhaul, they pledge more strikes

    France's prime minister said on Wednesday its people should work two years longer to get a full pension, drawing a hostile response from trade unions who said they would step up strike action to force an about-turn. In a speech that followed days of protests and industrial action, Edouard Philippe outlined an overhaul of France's byzantine pension system that he said would be fairer and plug a gaping deficit in the pension budget. The legal retirement age would remain at 62, Philippe said, but workers would be encouraged to work until 64 through a system of bonuses and discounts.

  • Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy drops out of university
    AFP

    Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy drops out of university

    A nine-year-old Belgian boy who was due to graduate in electrical engineering has dropped out of his Dutch university due to a dispute over the end date of his degree, his father said Tuesday. Young prodigy Laurent Simons hit the headlines worldwide when it emerged he was on course to receive his degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in December and become one of the world's youngest graduates. But his father Alexander told AFP he had now quit because the university wanted to delay his degree until next year, while insisting his son now had new plans.

  • How did South Bend actually do under Mayor Pete Buttigieg? We pulled the numbers to find out.
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    How did South Bend actually do under Mayor Pete Buttigieg? We pulled the numbers to find out.

    Still, South Bend's median income in 2017 was much lower than the other 87 cities with 100,000 to 125,000 inhabitants: the average city's median income was $60,211 in 2017. But, Mayor Pete's term has been a fairly unambiguous success on one point: In 2012, according to the ACS data unemployment in South Bend stood at 15.6%. As of 2017, according to the American Community Survey estimates it was down to 9.0%, a 6.6 percentage point decline that was the second-highest of any of the 87 cities in the sample.

  • Oink oink, cha-ching: $3 million found in barrels of pork
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    Oink oink, cha-ching: $3 million found in barrels of pork

    Barrels of raw pork shoulder were riding fat in a tractor trailer pulled over by North Carolina deputies. Approximately $3 million in cash was recovered from the barrels Saturday, the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Tuesday. The driver of the tractor trailer was accused of failing to maintain his lane and impeding the flow of traffic on Interstate 85.

  • The Democrats Wimp Out on Impeachment
    The Daily Beast

    The Democrats Wimp Out on Impeachment

    If the House Democrats believe that simply two articles of impeachment will in any way deter Donald Trump from future misconduct and crimes, they're kidding themselves. Yet, there was House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler declaring Tuesday morning while unveiling the articles, one for Trump's abuse of power and a second for his obstruction of Congress, “We must be clear: No one, not even the president, is above the law. That was followed by House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff making it clear why the breakneck speed to impeach Trump, “The argument, 'why don't you just wait?

  • Outrage after Colombia riot police force young woman into unmarked car
    The Guardian

    Outrage after Colombia riot police force young woman into unmarked car

    Outrage has erupted in Colombia after a young woman participating in anti-government protests was grabbed by riot police in body armour, forced into an unmarked vehicle and driven away. Video of the incident showed the woman sobbing and screaming “Help! The police have kidnapped me!

  • Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"
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    Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"

    Key point: The LAV-25 has served in many conflicts and proven its usefulness. The LAV-25, the U.S. Marine Corps' main armored reconnaissance vehicle, has its origins in an effort to develop a new, highly mobile strike force for the Middle East. Fast, lightly armored and armed with a Bushmaster chain gun, the LAV acts as the marines' cavalry, scouting ahead of other friendly forces and seeking out the enemy.

  • Bloomberg

    Toxic Israeli Politics Give Rise to Fears of Assassinations

    Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leaders have received death threats as two divisive and inconclusive elections dovetail in a caustic mix with the premier's indictment for fraud. A former spymaster sees a worrisome parallel with the vitriolic campaign against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin before he was gunned down leaving a peace rally in 1995. “There have been negative campaigns and smear campaigns” in the past, said Gabi Weimann, a communications professor at the University of Haifa.

  • Texas inmate executed for killing prison supervisor in 2003
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    Texas inmate executed for killing prison supervisor in 2003

    A Texas inmate was executed by lethal injection Wednesday evening for killing a supervisor at a state prison shoe factory in Amarillo nearly 17 years ago. Travis Runnels, 46, was convicted of slashing the throat of 38-year-old Stanley Wiley on Jan. 29, 2003. Runnels was executed at the state penitentiary in Huntsville.

  • Germany contradicts Russia over Georgian murdered in Berlin
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    Germany contradicts Russia over Georgian murdered in Berlin

    Germany contradicted Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, saying it was not aware Russia had requested the extradition of a Georgian man who was murdered in Berlin in August. In an escalation in already tense relations, Germany last week expelled two employees at the Russian embassy in Berlin, saying Moscow was not cooperating sufficiently in the investigation into the murder. Putin described the victim on Monday as a "cruel and blood-thirsty person" who had fought on the side of anti-Moscow separatists in Russia's mainly Muslim north Caucasus region, and said Moscow's requests for his extradition had not been heeded.

  • Representative Ted Yoho Becomes the 23rd House Republican to Announce Retirement
    National Review

    Representative Ted Yoho Becomes the 23rd House Republican to Announce Retirement

    Representative Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will step down after completing his fourth term, joining the wave of House Republicans who have opted against running for reelection in 2020. Yoho had promised to serve no more than four terms in Congress. I ran on a pledge to serve four terms — eight years and come home,” Yoho said in his announcement.

  • Saudi Arabia is quietly spending millions on a fresh lobbying effort in the US, hoping to finally put to bed Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder
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    Saudi Arabia is quietly spending millions on a fresh lobbying effort in the US, hoping to finally put to bed Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder

    Saudi Arabia has reignited its formal lobby efforts in the US, a year on from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and at a sensitive time for US-Saudi relations. Saudi Arabia was made a pariah by lobbyists after Khashoggi's murder, with five major US clients jilting them in a single week after the killing. In November, Saudi Arabia contracted LS2group, Summit Information Services, and Hathaway Strategies to help boost the kingdom's reputation at a cost of about $1.5 million.

  • Supreme Court rejects a challenge to free speech about Berkeley cellphone law
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    Supreme Court rejects a challenge to free speech about Berkeley cellphone law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a free speech challenge brought by a trade group against a regulation issued by the California city of Berkeley that requires cellphone retailers to tell customers of certain radiation risks.

  • Pro-Trump Network OAN Tried to Get This Ukrainian Millionaire a Visa Before His Arrest
    The Daily Beast

    Pro-Trump Network OAN Tried to Get This Ukrainian Millionaire a Visa Before His Arrest

    Before catching the eye of German law enforcement, former Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksandr Onyshchenko drew attention from the conservative TV channel One America News. Before his arrest, though, the Trump-friendly media outlet tried to help him get a visa to travel to the U.S. The effort, which has not been previously reported, was part of a push by OAN to unearth information on Burisma Holdings, the energy company that retained Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President and current Trump rival Joe Biden.

  • Airstrikes called in as Taliban attempt to breach Bagram Air Base
    Military Times

    Airstrikes called in as Taliban attempt to breach Bagram Air Base

    A series of airstrikes were called in following a failed attempt by the Taliban to breach Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, according to a Resolute Support spokesman. U.S. and Afghan forces were pulled into a nine-to 10-hour firefight after a suicide bombing targeted a medical facility that was under construction near the base, a source on the ground told Military Times. Taliban fighters then barricaded themselves inside the medical facility they attacked and were hit with a series of airstrikes Wednesday evening, according to a Resolute Support spokesman.

  • Poland Will Soon Be Flying F-35s Meant To Fight Off Russia
    The National Interest

    Poland Will Soon Be Flying F-35s Meant To Fight Off Russia

    In February 2019, the Polish ministry of defense issued plans to procure thirty-two “fifth-generation [stealth] jets” for its Harpia fighter program to replace the Polish Air Force's aging Soviet-era MiG-29 and Su-22 jets. As the F-35 Lightning II is currently the only fifth-generation stealth fighter on the market—unless you count the Su-57 sold by Russia, Poland's chief potential adversary—there's little doubt as to which aircraft is being referred to. In April 2019, the United States confirmed it was considering selling F-35s to Poland, as well as Greece, Romania, Singapore and Spain.

  • The Real Locations That Inspired 13 Famous Paintings
    Architectural Digest

    The Real Locations That Inspired 13 Famous Paintings

    From Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhône to Pablo Picasso's Au Lapin Agile Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Pakistan charges 250 lawyers for treason in hospital assault
    Associated Press

    Pakistan charges 250 lawyers for treason in hospital assault

    Pakistan on Thursday leveled “treason” charges against 250 lawyers who were part of a mob that stormed a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore the previous day, kicking and punching doctors and staff and trashing equipment and property, police said. Three patients at the hospital died when physicians and medical staff left them unattended for several hours, to flee and escape the mob, officials said. The mob of about 500 lawyers — apparently angered over alleged misbehavior by some of the hospital doctors toward one of their colleagues the month before — stormed the Punjab Institute of Cardiology on Wednesday, punching and beating doctors and other staff.

  • Fishermen overwhelm Mexico's Gulf of California to capture endangered totoaba fish, elusive porpoises
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    Fishermen overwhelm Mexico's Gulf of California to capture endangered totoaba fish, elusive porpoises

    A conservation group trying to protect the world's most endangered marine mammal said Monday that hundreds of fishermen massed in dozens of boats to fish illegally in Mexico's Gulf of California.

  • Buttigieg Says McKinsey Clients Included Blue Cross, Best Buy
    Bloomberg

    Buttigieg Says McKinsey Clients Included Blue Cross, Best Buy

    Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday released the names of clients that he worked for as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., a list that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Defense. Buttigieg, who has risen to the top tier of candidates in the Democratic primary, had come under fire from Democratic rivals, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, for not giving voters a full picture of his private sector experience. He made public the names one day after the firm released him from a nondisclosure agreement.In his three years at the firm from 2007 to 2010, Buttigieg also worked for Loblaw Cos.

  • China says in close communication with U.S. on trade as fresh tariffs loom
    Reuters

    China says in close communication with U.S. on trade as fresh tariffs loom

    China and the United States are in close communication on trade, its commerce ministry said on Thursday, declining to comment on possible retaliatory steps if Washington imposes more tariffs on Chinese goods this weekend. The United States is due to impose tariffs on almost $160 billion of Chinese imports such as video game consoles, computer monitors and toys on Sunday. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet top trade advisers on Thursday to discuss the move, sources told Reuters previously.

  • The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes
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    The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes

    Genaro Garcia Luna, who was Mexico's public-security secretary between 2006 and 2012, was arrested in Texas on Monday. Garcia Luna, the architect of Mexico's campaign against organized crime in the late 2000s, is the latest Mexican official accused of corruption and involvement in drug trafficking. A former high-ranking Mexican security official who led the country's crackdown on organized crime in the mid-2000s was arrested in the US on Monday and been charged with conspiracy to import and distribute drugs and making false statements.

  • Virginia museum unveils Kehinde Wiley work in response to Confederate statues
    The Guardian

    Virginia museum unveils Kehinde Wiley work in response to Confederate statues

    As national debate continues in the US about the fate of Confederate statues, in the Virginia capital of Richmond a monument that sends a very different message was unveiled on Tuesday. The enormous statue outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond is almost three storeys tall. The rider sports dreadlocks and wears a hoodie.

  • 'We're in!' Andrew Yang's campaign manager notifies him mid-interview he's made the debate stage
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    'We're in!' Andrew Yang's campaign manager notifies him mid-interview he's made the debate stage

    With just days left until this week's deadline, Yang secured the final poll he needed to qualify for the Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles next month. Campaign manager Zach Graumann wasted no time in letting his candidate know. Yang will join six others who have already qualified, including: former vice president Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; businessman Tom Steyer; and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.