The NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. The fog conditions were so bad that the Los Angeles Police Department had grounded its flights that morning, deeming it too dangerous to fly. Flight-tower audio recordings published by TMZ showed aviation authorities telling the helicopter pilot he was flying "too low" at some point during Sunday's flight.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will “make history” with President Donald Trump in a visit to Washington this week, when the U.S. leader is slated to present his long-awaited peace plan. I am going to meet with President Trump tomorrow,” Netanyahu said at the airport, before taking off to Washington. On Tuesday, together with him, we will make history.
When Thai medical student Badeephak Kaosala dares to leave his rented apartment in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, he puts on a mask, gloves, a hat and layers of clothing to try to avoid infection with the coronavirus that has the city on lockdown. "Anywhere you go, you are always self-conscious of touching someone or you always have to keep in mind that you have to keep a distance from the person you're walking next to - when he sneezes, when he coughs, even when he breathes," said the 23-year-old student at Wuhan's Tongji Medical College. The Thai government has put a military plane on standby for a possible evacuation of its citizens, but Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday they do not yet have Beijing's permission for the airlift.
The fifth case in the U.S. of the deadly coronavirus was confirmed in Arizona, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday. Cases of the virus in the U.S. have been reported in Washington state, Chicago, California's Los Angeles County and Orange County, and Arizona. Scientists in Wuhan believe the virus originated in bats, similar to the deadly Ebola virus, which killed thousands in West Africa several years ago.
Many GOP lawmakers were angered by a comment made by lead impeachment prosecutor Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during his closing arguments Friday. "CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that key senators were warned, 'Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.' I don't know if that's true," Schiff said. Overall, Graham was complimentary of the Democrats arguments, even if the chance that they swayed his opinion is negligible.
The Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau is an enduring symbol of the Holocaust. Part of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's "Final Solution" plan for genocide against European Jews, the camp operated in the occupied southern Polish town of Oswiecim between June 1940 and January 1945. Of the more than 1.3 million people imprisoned there, 1.1 million -- mainly Jews -- perished, either asphyxiated in the gas chambers or from starvation, exhaustion and disease.
A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of Corrections. Keith “Bo” Tharpe, 61, died of natural causes Friday, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath confirmed in an email Sunday. In 1991, a jury convicted Tharpe of murder in the September 1990 slaying of his sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Freeman, and sentenced him to death.
Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A Chinese official has warned that the country is facing a massive shortage of protective masks and suits as residents gear up amid the coronavirus outbreak. Local governments have ordered people to embrace the protective wear as a preventive measure, but doctors and officials have seen a tight strain on resources since the outbreak earlier this month. The death toll of the outbreak has hit 80, with more than 2,700 people infected in China by Monday, according to China's National Health Committee.
The aunt of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has re-emerged in Pyongyang, the capital, the country's media said Sunday, dispelling rumors that she was purged after her powerful husband was executed on charges of plotting a coup to topple Kim in 2013. North Korea's state-run media said Kim Kyong Hui, the only sister of Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il, accompanied her nephew to an orchestra performance Saturday for Lunar New Year's Day. Photos released in state media showed her dressed in black and sitting with her nephew, his wife, his sister and other top leaders in the front row at a theater in Pyongyang.
The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all personnel onboard.
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Most of the Sunday political talk shows had already aired by the time The New York Times reported that former National Security Adviser John Bolton reveals first-hand information on President Trump linking Ukraine military aid to Kyiv investigating Joe Biden and other Democratic targets in his upcoming book. Earlier Sunday, NBC's Chuck Todd had asked Braun on Meet the Press about Trump's impeachment trial, on which Braun serves as a juror. Now that there appears to be first-hand evidence from a willing witness, Hunt asked Braun Sunday evening, "do you care that John Bolton is saying that the president had a quid pro quo for money that Congress authorized for this purpose?" Braun said you have to consider the whole of Bolton's allegations, including his integrity.
China's capital on Monday recorded its first death from a deadly coronavirus as it struggles to contain a rapidly spreading disease that has sparked global alarm, with countries scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the epidemic. The death in Beijing raises the death toll from the new virus to 82, with more than 2,700 people infected across the nation and cases found in more than a dozen other countries. Mongolia closed its vast border to vehicles from China while Germany urged its citizens to avoid travelling to the country and Malaysia banned people from central Hubei province, where the pneumonia-like virus emerged, from entering its soil.
The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Monday that it will retaliate against American and Israeli commanders if the U.S. continues to threaten top Iranian generals. The U.S. killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who headed the expeditionary Quds force, in a drone strike outside of Baghdad's airport in Iraq on Jan. 3. Five days later, Iran retaliated by launching ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing American troops, causing injuries but no fatalities among soldiers there.
South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was confronted by a pro-life Democratic voter over the party's position on abortion during a Fox News town hall event on Sunday. “I am a proud pro-life Democrat,” audience member Kristin Day said. “Would you support more moderate platform language [regarding abortion] in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?” Currently, the Democratic party platform supports abortion up to nine months into pregnancy.
Taiwan will inspect people leaving the island to ensure they are not breaking a temporary ban on exporting face masks amid an outbreak of the new coronavirus which started in China, but people carrying them for personal use will be exempted. Taiwan, which has close economic and cultural links with China even though political ties are strained, has reported five cases of the coronavirus and has stepped up inspections at airports and stopped most Chinese visitors from coming. A total of 81 people have died, all in China.
YouTube/Andrew Yang for President 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang uses Autopilot, Tesla's semi-autonomous driver-assistance feature, in a new ad. Yang uses Autopilot with his hands off the steering wheel in the ad. Tesla instructs Autopilot users to always keep their hands on the wheel, even when Autopilot is in use. Tesla has been criticized for using language like "full self-driving" to describe Autopilot's capabilities, but the electric-car maker argues that the feature helps to keep people safe. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Paula White, a controversial televangelist who joined the White House in an official capacity last year, is arguing that the content of a sermon she delivered on Jan. 5, which mentioned adversaries of President Trump and soon after advocated for divine forces to cause the miscarriage of babies in “satanic wombs,” was taken out of context.
A 4-year-old boy died Thursday after he was accidentally struck by a bullet from a gun that discharged while he was wrestling with his father. Tripp Shaw died at 8:17 a.m. Thursday from head injuries in the shooting Sunday night at his home south of Bloomington, Indiana, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reported. The child's father, Tyler Shaw, 36, was struck in the head with the same bullet that killed his son.
Mexico's ruling party is suffering from a leadership crisis between its newly-chosen interim head and the previously-elected one who insists she's still in charge, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refuses to get involved. During a weekend congress, more than a thousand representatives of the party chose lawmaker Alfonso Ramirez Cuellar to lead it until he can arrange for new elections. But other party leaders came out shortly to say the vote wasn't legitimate.
A Fox News poll released Sunday has some good news for President Trump, but if you combine it with the poll's bad news, it's not at all clear where Trump stands with the American public or how voters are feeling about the state of the union. On the positive side, 55 percent of voters said the economy is good or excellent, the highest number since 59 percent said they felt positive about the economy in January 2001 (two months before the start of the ugly 2001 recession). A 42 percent plurality of voters credit Trump and the Republicans for the economy, and Trump's job approval rating on the economy is a record 56 percent.
Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A fifth person in the US has been confirmed to have the Wuhan coronavirus. A member of the Arizona State University community who does not live in university housing was diagnosed after returning from travel in Wuhan, China, ABC 15 reported on Sunday, citing state and local health departments. Two people in California, a man in his 30s in Washington, and a woman in her 60s in Chicago have also been confirmed to have the coronavirus.
With tens of millions of Chinese ordered to stay put and many others avoiding travel as a new virus spreads, tourism around the globe is taking a heavy hit during one of the biggest travel seasons in Asia, the Lunar New Year. Tourism from China was already weakening before the virus forced much of the country into a standstill. In Thailand, a favorite tropical destination for Lunar New Year travel, officials estimate potential lost revenue at 50 billion baht ($1.6 billion).
WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - France delivered a stern warning on Monday against possible U.S. troop cuts in West Africa, where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are expanding their foothold. The Pentagon is considering withdrawing the personnel as part of a global troop review meant to free up more resources to address challenges from China's military, after nearly two decades of prioritizing counter-terrorism operations around the world. French Defense Minister Florence Parly said she warned her U.S. counterpart during a visit to the Pentagon that joint counterterrorism efforts in West Africa would be harmed by cuts to U.S. military assistance.
Key Point: Thankfully, Washington decided the weapon would not be necessary in the Cold War standoff. After days of speculation by Western analysts that a deadly accident on August 8 that briefly spiked radiation levels in northwestern Russia was tied to tests of an exotic nuclear-powered “Skyfall” nuclear-powered cruise missile, Russian sources confirmed to the New York Times the explosion of a “small nuclear reactor. While there's a tactical rationale behind Russia's development of a fast, surface-skimming cruise missile with an unlimited range as a means of bypassing American missile defenses, it strikes many analysts as an inordinately expensive, extremely technically challenging, and—ev...