Kirk Douglas dead at 103, son Michael Douglas says

Kirk Douglas, a Hollywood legend who starred in "Spartacus" and countless other classics, has died at age 103.

  • 'Cheap shot': Sanders fires back when Bloomberg goes after 'socialism'
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    'Cheap shot': Sanders fires back when Bloomberg goes after 'socialism'

    Michael Bloomberg attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders at Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, with the billionaire former New York City mayor claiming the self-described democratic socialist's ownership of multiple homes makes him a hypocrite. Bloomberg also accused Sanders of trying to “throw out capitalism” — something that he said resulted in “communism” in other countries. “The best-known socialist in the country is a millionaire with three homes,” said Bloomberg, who is worth an estimated $64.2 billion.

  • Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email
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    Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email

    Former California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed in a new interview that during a three-hour meeting at the Ecuadorian Embassy in August 2017, he told Julian Assange he would get President Trump to give him a pardon if he turned over information proving the Russians had not been the source of internal Democratic National Committee emails published by WikiLeaks. In a phone interview with Yahoo News, Rohrabacher said his goal during the meeting was to find proof for a widely debunked conspiracy theory: that WikiLeaks' real source for the DNC emails was not Russian intelligence agents, as U.S. officials have since concluded, but former DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was murdered on the streets of Washington in July 2016 in what police believe was a botched robbery.

  • Americans stranded at Pakistan airport after cruise ship was denied entry to multiple countries over coronavirus fears
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    Americans stranded at Pakistan airport after cruise ship was denied entry to multiple countries over coronavirus fears

    A plane full of Americans and Canadians was stranded on a tarmac at an airport in Karachi, Pakistan, for several hours on Thursday after it was turned away from multiple countries due to fears of the coronavirus, according to a family member of two of the passengers. Kelly Chrjapin, whose parents were among those on the flight, said the plane contained more than 250 people, all of whom were American and Canadian nationals who had been traveling on the cruise ship MS Westerdam. One passenger from that boat tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.

  • Police chief walked home in underwear after being fired
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    Police chief walked home in underwear after being fired

    A police chief stripped down to his underwear and walked home through a snowstorm after being fired by officials in New Hampshire.

  • The coronavirus outbreak is reaching a global tipping point, and the window to contain it is 'narrowing,' according to WHO
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    The coronavirus outbreak is reaching a global tipping point, and the window to contain it is 'narrowing,' according to WHO

    The novel coronavirus is now spreading between countries outside China. "This outbreak could go any direction," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. The World Health Organization signaled on Friday that time may be running out to contain the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus.

  • A recurring Biden campaign story about being arrested in South Africa is full of inconsistencies
    The Week

    A recurring Biden campaign story about being arrested in South Africa is full of inconsistencies

    Former Vice President Joe Biden has a pretty good tale to share — but it may be a little tall. Biden, who is running for president, has been spicing up his recent campaign stump speeches with a story of how he was arrested while in South Africa trying to see Nelson Mandela, The New York Times reports. During recent campaign speeches, Biden says he "had the great honor" of meeting Mandela and "of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto." As Miami Herald reporter Alex Daugherty points out, Soweto is a ways away from Robben Island, where Mandela's maximum security prison was located.

  • Mom of 2 missing Idaho children arrested in Hawaii
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    Mom of 2 missing Idaho children arrested in Hawaii

    The mother of two Idaho children missing since September was arrested Thursday in Hawaii. Lori Vallow, also known as Lori Daybell,46, was arrested on a warrant issued in Madison County, Idaho, and was being held on $5 million bail, Kauai police said. Seven-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan haven't been seen since September, and police in Rexburg, Idaho, have said they “strongly believe that Joshua and Tylee's lives are in danger.

  • A 15-month-old last seen in December was reported missing only this week
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    A 15-month-old last seen in December was reported missing only this week

    A Tennessee sheriff said Friday he believes a 15-month-old girl — last seen in December but only reported missing this week — is still alive. Law enforcement agencies across the state were on the lookout for the toddler and a gray 2007 BMW, with Tennessee stickers, because "individuals traveling" in that vehicle "have information regarding Evelyn Boswell's whereabouts," the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. The little girl's name was added to the state's database of missing children on Tuesday with a notation: "Evelyn was entered as a missing child on Tuesday February 18, 2020 but was reportedly last seen on December 26, 2019."

  • Archaeologists unveil possible shrine to Rome's first king
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    Archaeologists unveil possible shrine to Rome's first king

    Archaeologists said on Friday they had discovered an ancient cenotaph that almost certainly commemorated the legendary founder of Rome, Romulus, buried in the heart of the Italian capital. The small chamber containing a simple sarcophagus and round stone block was originally found at the start of the last century beneath the Capitoline Hill inside the old Roman forum. Alfonsina Russo, the head of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, said the site probably dated back to the sixth century BC, and was located in the most ancient part of the city which was directly linked in historical texts to Rome's first king.

  • Don't Listen to the 'Michael Bloomberg Lost the Debate' Hype
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    Don't Listen to the 'Michael Bloomberg Lost the Debate' Hype

    The conventional wisdom will likely be that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the loser in Wednesday night's Democratic debate, but that wisdom is wrong. Yes, after an initial pile-on by everyone else on stage, a battered Bloomberg was mostly a non-entity during the first hour of the debate, especially amid prolonged pandering about a Las Vegas culinary union that was irrelevant to the viewing audience. At first, Bloomberg was cut off when he said, somewhat meekly, “As the only one here who has started a business…” Then he made the point again and again with confidence, and even uttered a known heresy in progressive circles by defending capitalism and saying socialism and communism didn't work.

  • 'I sleep at night': Ex-Trump adviser John Bolton says his testimony would not have changed impeachment outcome
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    'I sleep at night': Ex-Trump adviser John Bolton says his testimony would not have changed impeachment outcome

    WASHINGTON – Former national security adviser John Bolton defended his decision not to testify in the impeachment process against President Donald Trump and said he didn't believe the result would have been any different if he had. "People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done," Bolton said Wednesday during a lecture at Vanderbilt University. During the House impeachment inquiry, Bolton declined to testify voluntarily and vowed to fight a subpoena in court.

  • Racist German Shooter Exposes the Global Network of Hate
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    Racist German Shooter Exposes the Global Network of Hate

    Late Wednesday night in the central German city Hanau, a gunman that police have identified as 43-year-old Tobias Rathjen opened fire at two shisha bars. They're the kind of places favored by people who enjoy a laid-back atmosphere as they puff tobacco bubbling through water-filled hookahs, and on any given evening, many of those folks may be from Turkish, Kurdish, or North African backgrounds. They're quiet places for conversation and minding your own business.

  • 8 Statement-Making Cabinets to Make Any Room
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    8 Statement-Making Cabinets to Make Any Room

    Looking to make a statement? It's an open-and-shut case. Today's new collectible cabinets delight and surprise Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • South Korea accepted that its efforts to stop the coronavirus from infecting the country failed and says it's pivoting to containment
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    South Korea accepted that its efforts to stop the coronavirus from infecting the country failed and says it's pivoting to containment

    Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images With coronavirus cases soaring, the government in South Korea said on Friday that it had failed to keep the virus out of the country and must now focus on containment. The number of reported cases in the country has tripled in the past three days, to 156. South Korea is now the country with the most coronavirus infections outside China.

  • Amy Klobuchar blanks Pete Buttigieg and avoids shaking his hand at the end of Democratic debate
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    Amy Klobuchar blanks Pete Buttigieg and avoids shaking his hand at the end of Democratic debate

    At the end of a raucous Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas that saw multiple clashes between the six presidential hopefuls on stage, there seemed to be no love lost between two sparring partners in particular. Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar and the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, traded blows over the former forgetting the name of the President of Mexico, and the latter's relative electoral inexperience, in a heated exchange. After candidates had delivered their closing remarks and NBC's Lester Holt had ended the debate, Ms Klobuchar appeared to rebuff Mr Buttigieg's attempt to shake her hand.

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    Authorities: 3 killed in rural West Texas small plane crash

    Three people were killed when a plane crashed Thursday in a rural area of West Texas as the pilot tried to return to an airport because of an electrical problem, authorities said. Authorities said all three people aboard the plane died, but have not released their names. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the twin-engine Beechcraft BE20 Super King Air disappeared from air traffic radar just before 6 a.m. while trying to return to Abilene Regional Airport.

  • Suspects in abduction, murder of 7-year-old Mexican girl detained
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    Suspects in abduction, murder of 7-year-old Mexican girl detained

    Mexican authorities arrested a couple believed to have kidnapped, tortured and murdered a seven year-old girl on Wednesday, days after the discovery of the victim's body sparked protests in the violence-wracked country. The suspects "were detained in a town in the State of Mexico," Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum tweeted, without giving more detail. Prosecutors on Tuesday released pictures of the two suspects -- identified as Giovana and Mario Alberto "N" -- after searching a house near the victim's home.

  • 'Enemies of the people': Coronavirus evacuees endure hostile return to Ukraine
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    'Enemies of the people': Coronavirus evacuees endure hostile return to Ukraine

    Julia Volok says some of her fellow passengers expected a warm welcome on their arrival in Ukraine after finally being evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in China's Hubei province this week. Instead Volok, a 26-year-old Chinese-language student, and her fellow evacuees found their buses being pelted with projectiles by protesters on Thursday as they approached the sanatorium where they have started a mandatory two-week quarantine. Despite repeated reassurances from the government that there was no danger, the protesters feared being infected by the virus.

  • Warren: Bloomberg will drop 'another $100 million' just to 'erase America's memory' of the Las Vegas debate
    The Week

    Warren: Bloomberg will drop 'another $100 million' just to 'erase America's memory' of the Las Vegas debate

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was not pulling her punches in Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, and her most potent haymakers landed on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, standing to her right. MSNBC's post-debate panel showed the moment she started pummeling Bloomberg, and Chris Matthews described it in elaborate boxing metaphors. Warren's biggest blow was set up by Bloomberg himself, and Joe Biden jumped in to help her finish him off.

  • Watch Out! U.S. Army Tanks Could Collapse Polish Bridges On Their Way to Battle Russia
    The National Interest

    Watch Out! U.S. Army Tanks Could Collapse Polish Bridges On Their Way to Battle Russia

    The U.S. Army and its closest allies have a problem. To deter Russia from attacking Poland and the Baltic States, the Army and its NATO allies should deploy heavy armored forces such as M-1 tanks, armored fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery. RAND, a California think-tank with close ties to the U.S. military, in a February 2020 report underscored the importance of heavy ground forces.

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive PAC makes first round of endorsements
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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive PAC makes first round of endorsements

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Friday her political action committee's first round of endorsements, which will include two progressive candidates challenging sitting Democratic members of Congress.

  • Airport worker with no license takes plane for spin near D.C., almost crashes, feds say
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    Airport worker with no license takes plane for spin near D.C., almost crashes, feds say

    A Virginia man piloted at least one plane without a license in 2018, in a dangerous journey that ended with a "bounced" landing, federal authorities said. Ryan Guy Parker "knowingly and willfully" flew above suburban Washington D.C., posing a "significant risk of injury and death" to himself and the public, according to an affidavit by U.S. Department of Transportation Special Agent Bret Stolle. In a Sept. 27, 2018 trip out of Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Parker nearly crashed on touch down, Stolle wrote.

  • A plane was forced to turn around and land back at Dublin airport after hitting a hare on the runway
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    A plane was forced to turn around and land back at Dublin airport after hitting a hare on the runway

    An Aer Lingus plane had to turn back shortly after taking off from Dublin Airport on Thursday morning after it hit a hare on the runway during takeoff. The flight, bound for the UK, landed safely and was inspected, Stobart Air, the airline operating the plane, told Business Insider. An Aer Lingus plane was forced to turn around and land back in Dublin Airport after it hit a hare on takeoff.

  • In California: ICE ignores state immigration laws
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    In California: ICE ignores state immigration laws

    ICE gives CA sanctuary law the middle finger U.S. immigration agents arrested two people at a Northern California courthouse, flouting a new state law requiring a judicial warrant to make immigration arrests inside such facilities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made the arrests Tuesday at Sonoma County Superior Court, prompting an outcry from criminal justice and court officials who said the action undermines local authority and deters immigrants who are in the country illegally from participating in the U.S. justice system. The agents had no warrants.

  • Coronavirus: US flew infected Americans home against CDC instructions, report says
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    Coronavirus: US flew infected Americans home against CDC instructions, report says

    Despite the objections of US health officials, the US State Department ultimately decided to evacuate Americans infected with coronavirus on a plane with healthy people, putting them at risk of infection. The Washington Post reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention argued to keep 14 people infected with the flu-like respiratory illness in Japan, where they were docked with the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, instead of sending them back to the US and susbsequently doubling the population of infected people in the US and potentially endangering others. Health officials said that the infected passengers should remain behind, but a last-minute decision from Donald Trump's State Department put the patients on the same plane, the Post reports.