Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested Friday and charged with threatening to assault and murder two U.S. senators over their support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Starting in late September, the man allegedly left more than 10 threatening voicemails at the offices of two unidentified senators about Kavanaugh’s nomination and confirmation, according to a Department of Justice release. Late last month, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh had tried to rape her in high school.
In 2006 President George W. Bush called it a “thumping.” In 2010 President Barack Obama compared it to a “shellacking.” If the polls and prognostications are correct and Republicans end up losing the House on Nov. 6, how will President Trump describe the experience? It’s worth asking after the week Trump’s GOP just had. For months now forecasters have given Democrats a better chance than Republicans of running the next House of Representatives.
The Saudi government apparently groomed a mole inside Twitter to keep tabs on dissidents as part of a wide-ranging operation that also unleashed vicious social media attacks on them, The New York Times reported Saturday. The mole was part of a sophisticated online effort “dictated” by controversial Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and carried out by his advisers to quash domestic and international criticism of Saudi Arabia, according to the Times. One of the dissidents viciously attacked as part of the ongoing operation was the late Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. Each morning he awoke to a vile onslaught of Twitter attacks, said the Times.
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The race for governor of Georgia, which rarely attracts much national interest, is suddenly exciting this year, with a charismatic Democratic candidate in Stacey Abrams facing off against a standard-issue Southern Republican, Brian Kemp. “Georgia history matters, and Georgia has a unique political history that has historically inflated the politics of localism and the definition of what is Georgia and what is Georgian,” Jason Morgan Ward, a historian at Emory University, told Yahoo News.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafortappearedin court in awheelchair on Friday as his lawyer expressed concerns about Manafort’s health related to his confinement. Manafort was in Virginia federal court for a hearing to determine his sentencing date, which a judge scheduled for Feb. 8. “We do think there are significant concerns with Mr. Manafort’s health, and much of that has to do with the terms of Mr. Manafort’s confinement,” defense attorney Kevin Downing told the judge at the hearing.
General Abdul Razeq, the Kandahar police commander, was killed outside the provincial governor's office on Thursday, when a bodyguard opened fire on a group of officials as they left a meeting with General Scott Miller, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Miller was not wounded but the regional intelligence agency commander was killed and the provincial governor severely wounded, crippling the leadership of one of the country's most strategically important provinces. Although nominally a provincial police chief, Razeq was one of the most powerful political figures in Afghanistan and a formidable opponent of the Taliban, with unchallenged authority across the volatile south of the country.
A caravan of thousands of migrants continues to slalom its way through Central America in hopes of reaching a safe haven beyond the southern U.S. border. The group, consisting mostly of Honduran migrants, is making its way through Guatemala and hopes to continue northward through Mexico. Hundreds slept on the floor of a school in Guatemala City this week, The New York Times reported, while others were left out on the street.
At least 50 people were killed on Friday after a train ploughed into revellers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, police said, the latest major accident on the country's crumbling rail network. A crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at speed. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner SS Srivastava told reporters.
A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections. An ad from Black Americans for the President's Agenda in an Arkansas congressional race features a woman saying "white Democrats will be lynching black folk again." Both the Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger have condemned it, and the Arkansas GOP filed a state ethics complaint over it. In Missouri, the radio ad favoring Republican challenger Josh Hawley and attacking Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, does not mention lynching.
Fallout over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi captured headlines this week. Turkish media reportedly obtained audio that indicates Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered inside the consulate. Khashoggi was critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in his reporting, and many people, including Sen. Lindsey Graham believe the putative leader had the journalist murdered. Other major headlines of the week included the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Michael and lottery fever over the massive Mega Millions jackpot.
Jeremiah Harvey, the 9-year-old boy accused of groping a woman at a Brooklyn convenience store last week, told “Good Morning America” that he was deeply embarrassed by the allegation, which was proved false. “I’ve had this lately on my mind,” Harvey, who is black, said while seated next to his mother in the tearful interview that aired Friday. The incident happened when Harvey was at the convenience store with his mother, Someko Bellille, and his younger sister.
The Mega Millions jackpot has surged to a staggering $1.6billion (£1.2bn) after no one was crowned America’s newest billionaire on Friday night. Lottery officials said no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1billion (£765m) grand prize. The winning numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.
The Las Vegas Sands Corp. chief executive officer and his wife were among the big-dollar donors who lavished tens of millions on political committees during September ahead of the first national elections of Donald Trump’s presidency. The couple’s latest contribution was to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super political action committee affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Federal Election Commission filings show.
Twenty-six-year-old Kenzie Houk had been shot in the back of the head, and police charged Jordan Brown, the son of Houk's fiancÃ?(c), for her murder.
Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, drew laughter and applause when she joked she wasn’t an “Indian woman” during Thursday night’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City. “I get it, you wanted an Indian
Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.Eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov opened fire
In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said. The Florida Division of Emergency Management said on Twitter that about 102,565 homes and businesses in the state still had no power.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he has decided to postpone the planned demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at staving off the fierce international condemnation such a demolition would likely entail. Israel has come under heavy criticism, with major European countries urging it to avoid the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar. The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor recently said such a move could constitute a war crime.
At least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers gathered to watch a Hindu festival in India's northern Amritsar city, police said. The train hit a crowd standing on the railway line to watch a fireworks show during Dussehra celebrations, police and eyewitnesses said. "There was a lot of noise as firecrackers were being let off and it appears they were unable to hear the approaching train," a police official at the scene told AFP.
A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for biting off his former girlfriend’s lip. The 23-year-old defendant met with ex-girlfriend Kayla Hayes on Oct. 21, 2017, to discuss their relationship, according to court documents. When Hayes refused to get back together, Fleury became angry and attempted to kiss her.
Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) team sure knows how to botch a Facebook Live broadcast.The lawmaker’s live chat with conservative radio host Mark Davis went viral Friday, but for all the wrong reasons — after an unidentified staffer who was filming the encounter
The European Union says the emerging details of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death are "deeply troubling" and that a "continued thorough, credible and transparent investigation" is needed. Saudi authorities have said Khashoggi died in a "brawl" with Saudi officials at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, the latest in a series of conflicting explanations for his death.
After a Pennsylvania teen was reportedly falsely accused of sexual assault, his parents are filing a lawsuit against the five “mean girls” who accused him. Michael and Alecia Flood of Zelienople, the parents of the male student known only as T.F. in the suit, are seeking unspecified civil damages against the girls' parents, the Seneca Valley School District and Butler County District Attorney Rachel Goldinger’s Office, after they all allegedly conspired to falsely accused T.F. of sexual assault on two occasions, the lawsuit states. "[The 'mean girls'] knowingly provided false statements to school and court officials and to prosecutors to initiate criminal prosecution of T.F.," the lawsuit alleges.