White House counselor Kellyanne Conway won't appear at a House hearing Monday on whether she violated a law prohibiting administration officials from engaging in political work while on the public payroll. President Donald Trump directed her to skip the hearing “in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings. The Department of Justice, he wrote, “has advised me that Ms. Conway is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the president,” Cipollone wrote.
Italian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathisers, they said on Monday. Elite police forces searched properties across northern Italy following an investigation into Italians who had fought alongside Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, a police statement said. During their raids, police discovered a French-made Matra air-to-air missile that appeared to have once belonged to the Qatar armed forces.
Details from a 2015 defamation case involving a woman who claimed financier Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew are set to be released to the public. Virginia Roberts accused Epstein — who was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy last week — of recruiting her as a sex slave back in 2001, when she was just 17-years-old. Roberts alleged that she had been procured for sexual activities by Epstein's personal aide Ghislaine Maxwell, who was a reported friend of Prince Andrew's.
Heavy rain fall in south Florida forced hundreds of land crabs, which burrow underground, out of their holes and into the property of Dan Skowronski, a resident of of Port St Lucie. In a video shared to Facebook, the Florida man witnessed the home invasion with a surprising calm. Florida saw heavy rainfall as Hurricane Barry geared up in the Gulf Coast throughout last week, before making landfall in Louisiana on Saturday.
Police at Heathrow Airport are investigating how a 12-year-old boy slipped through security and managed to board a British Airways flight to Los Angeles without a ticket or boarding pass. The unaccompanied child, who had no travel documents, mingled with passengers getting on the flight and was only spotted when cabin crew asked to see his boarding pass in order to direct him to his seat. The mystery youngster, who is thought to be Dutch, was not travelling with his parents, and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged.
Indian space chiefs pressed to quickly set a new date to launch a landmark moon mission after aborting one liftoff Monday just 56 minutes ahead of schedule, media reports said. A committee of experts was looking into the causes of the technical hitch that put back the bid to become just the fourth nation -- after Russia, the United States and China -- to land a spacecraft on the Moon. The Chandrayaan-2 -- or Moon Chariot 2 -- rocket, a key part of India's ambitious space programme, could still blast off on July 29 or 30, media reports said.
An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years Monday for deliberately driving his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a rally in Virginia, killing one woman and injuring dozens. James Alex Fields Jr., 22, remained stoic as Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore formally imposed the recommendation of a state jury that convicted him in December of murder and malicious wounding charges for his actions in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. Fields showed no visible emotion as victims of the car attack described severe physical and psychological injuries — broken bones, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression — inflicted by Fields when he plowed his car into them.
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An anonymous Democratic group leaked an internal poll to Axios on Sunday that shows "swing voters" deeply dislike prominent progressive lawmakers, deepening a public rift within the party. The poll found that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a 22% approval rating and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota had a 9% approval rating among 1,003 "likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education" and knew of the two outspoken lawmakers. "If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk," a Democrat involved in the 2020 congressional races told Axios.
The Russian intelligence agency behind 2016's election attacks is training its sights on billionaire financier George Soros, The Daily Beast has learned. The move comes hot on the heels of a surge in U.S.-focused hacking by Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate with similarities to 2016 in targeting and methodology. Laura Silber, chief communications officer for Soros' Open Society Foundations, confirmed the hack attempt, but couldn't provide additional details over the weekend.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday Japan's reported accusations that South Korea had exported banned goods to North Korea posed a "grave challenge" amid a growing dispute over Japanese export curbs. Japan has tightened restrictions on the export of three materials used in high-tech equipment, citing "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea. Japanese officials have cited "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea as a reason behind the curbs, as well as lack of information sharing on export controls.
After a four-day search, missing hiker Sheryl Powell, 60, has been located on Monday and taken to a local hospital, officials say. Powell was first reported missing by her husband Joe on Friday afternoon, while the two were camping in a remote area near Bishop, California. A 60-year-old woman, who went missing on Friday, has been found on Monday in an "extremely" remote area of California and taken to a local hospital, concluding a four-day search for the hiker, according to local police.
A Georgia man died in the Dominican Republic in March, the State Department confirmed Friday.
Just in time for next week's likely House vote on a federal $15 minimum wage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has come out with a caustic report on the consequences of the policy. The report confirms what even liberal economists caution: A $15 minimum wage would “risk undesirable and unintended consequences” and lead to a survival-of-the-fittest labor market, where only the highest-skilled workers come out on top. The Congressional Budget Office report estimated that a $15 minimum wage would lead to 1.3 million lost jobs by the year 2025, with job losses rising over time due to compounding negative impacts.
The development came the same day lawmakers approved a bill changing how the state pays for wildfire damage caused by utilities. Newsom signed it Friday, approving the creation of a fund of up to $21 billion that could help pay out claims related to blazes sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, such as through downed power lines. As wildfire season kicks off again, supporters of the bill cited a need to provide financial certainty to the state's investor-owned utilities, including PG&E, which declared bankruptcy amid lawsuits related to wildfires.
A man has been charged with killing a polar bear and leaving the body to rot outside his home in Alaska for five months. Christopher Gordon, 35, allegedly shot the animal dead when it ventured into his front yard to try and eat some butchered whale meat. He then failed to report the polar bear carcass or attempt to “harvest” it for food between December 2018 and May this year.
Tom Steyer entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Tuesday, pledging to spend $100 million on his campaign. Steyer adds nothing to the 2020 race, but he can stick around because of his wealth. That is a problem and an indictment of the US political system.
Samsung is on the cusp of several major announcements at the moment, including the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10 series set for next month at the Unpacked event as well as the new release date supposedly coming any day now for the company's second try at a foldable phone. Early next year, meanwhile, we'll see the next high-end Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S11, about which the rumor mill is already starting to crank out intriguing tidbits. There's been some chatter that the handset may get an all-new design in a break from previous iterations in the series — and now, a new Samsung patent that's been spotted could offer an additional hint at what's to come.
Officials in Russia and Ukraine indicated Monday they are gearing up for a prisoner swap. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told Russian news agencies Monday the two countries are discussing a swap involving the 24 Ukrainians captured in the Sea of Azov last December. Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's office said it's likely Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinskiy, who is in detention in Ukraine, will be released.
An upstate New York man is accused of brutally slaying a teenage internet personality he met online and posting pictures of her body to the internet, according to police. Authorities say Brandon Clark slashed Bianca Devins' throat early Sunday, nearly decapitating her. Devins, 17, a Utica, New York teen, had just graduated high school and was preparing to start a psychology degree at her local community college.
A police officer who shot dead a 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli, sparking nationwide protests, was freed on bail from house arrest on Monday, Israel's justice ministry said. The officer, who was off-duty and said he felt his life was in danger at the time of the June 30 shooting, will be subject to a series of restrictions while the investigation continues. The bail amount was not made public by the ministry following the closed-door court hearing over the shooting of Solomon Teka in Kiryat Haim near the northern port city of Haifa.
Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice sparred with a senior Chinese diplomat on Twitter in an unusual and heated dispute over race in Washington. In a series of Tweets apparently aimed at making a broader point about diplomatic divisions over the mass detention of Muslims in China's Xinjiang province, Lijian Zhao, a diplomat posted in Islamabad, said on Sunday that if “you're in Washington, D.C., you know the white never go” to the southeastern part of the U.S. capital. You are a racist disgrace.
Dario Leone History, Middle East The tale of the USS Stark Incident. Following a series of training flights, on the morning of May 17, 1987 Suzanna's crew received the order to load two Exocets and then transfer to Wanda AB for an operation over the Persian Gulf. All through 1985 and early 1986, director of the Iraqi Air Force (IrAF) Intelligence Department, Brigadier-General Mudher al-Farhan, was collecting intelligence about the work of the Iranian tanker-shuttle ('shuttle tankers' were oil tankers equipped with upgrade fire-fighting equipment operated by specially trained crews, they made way in convoys of four ships escorted by warships of the Islamic Republic if Iran Navy).
Gerald Herbert/AP First responders in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana posted a warning on Saturday for areas with Hurricane Barry flooding. "If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the flood waters as well," reads the Facebook post from St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1. The message had a collection of images attached, which show snakes on porches and fences.