WASHINGTON – If President Donald Trump has a true political bromance with any foreign leader, it's probably Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sure, Trump says he “fell in love” with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and he's clearly smitten with Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, the “Trump of the Tropics. But the bond between Trump and Netanyahu goes far beyond political flattery and good chemistry.
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, the subject of two separate criminal investigations, was arrested Monday in New York, where federal prosecutors in the Southern District charged him with attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike. In an unrelated case, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles charged him with embezzlement, bank and tax fraud. Avenatti, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Trump that sought to free her from a nondisclosure agreement, faces a maximum sentence of 47 years in prison for the charges filed in New York, and another 50 years for those filed in California.
The new Ford Bronco SUV will come with either two or four removable doors and have a removable hardtop. The Bronco will go on sale in late 2020, according to Automotive News. According to Automotive News, which gleaned info from dealers who attended a Ford event last month where future products were shown, the Bronco will hit dealer lots in late 2020.
Gaza militants fired rockets into southern Israel and Israeli aircraft carried out strikes in the Hamas-ruled territory overnight Tuesday, though the level of violence appeared to abate after Palestinians said a ceasefire had been reached. After a day of intense cross-border fighting, Palestinian officials said Egypt had mediated a truce late on Monday. The respite didn't last long, however.
Passengers on American, Alaska and JetBlue airlines were greeted with travel hassles Tuesday morning due to a brief computer outage. Passengers couldn't check in, and the boarding of flights was held up due to a technical glitch at airline reservations giant Sabre. The problem lasted about 30 minutes, American spokesman Ross Feinstein said.
While the communications minister and vice president initially said that the blackout that began Monday afternoon had been resolved, laying blame on an “attack” of the system by political opponents, the lights went out again in the capital city Caracas in the evening. The South American country was recovering from a crippling week-long power failure earlier this month that sparked looting in major cities, exacerbated emergencies in hospitals without generators and spoiled food at a time when many Venezuelans are struggling to eat three meals a day. President Nicolas Maduro continues to blame the U.S. and domestic opponents for sabotage and attacks on the grid while the opposition says his regime has failed to invest and maintain the aging infrastructure.
Ethiopian Airlines said on Monday it would keep close ties with U.S. planemaker Boeing even though questions remained about its 737 MAX 8 model, after a crash shortly after take off this month killed 157 people. CEO Tewolde Gebremariam also promised to work closely with an investigation into the March 10 incident, after reports that the probe was under strain because the Ethiopian authorities were not sharing information with international partners. Boeing has come under intense scrutiny since the crash, the second in five months involving its new 737 MAX 8 model.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham on Monday vowed to investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe in order to expose possible anti-Trump bias on the part of the Department of Justice officials who opened the investigation. During a press conference marking the release of Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report, Graham called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether DOJ officials overreached in investigating Trump due to their personal and political hostility to him.
India's troubled Jet Airways said Monday that founder Naresh Goyal has stepped down as chairman and left the company board as part of a rescue plan. Jet, which has debts of more than $1 billion, said in a statement that its creditors would inject up to $218 million of "immediate funding support" into the airline. The Mumbai-based carrier, which until recently was India's second biggest airline, has been forced to ground three-quarters of its 119-aircraft fleet.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HOUSE VOTE TO STOP TRUMP'S BORDER PLAN UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED The vote to override the president's first veto seems certain to fail, which means his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border would stand. HOUSE COMMITTEES PRESS FOR MUELLER REPORT Trump says the release of Russia investigation findings "wouldn't bother me at all," and Democrats put that statement to the test, demanding that his administration hand over the entire document.
A death investigation is underway after the body of a missing 15-year-old girl was found with a "traumatic" injury in an industrial part of Compton on Monday, authorities said.
The father of one of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide in Newtown, Conn., police there said. The body of 49-year-old Jeremy Richman, the father of Avielle Richman, was found inside Edmond Town Hall early Monday. Police responded to a report of a suicide around 7 a.m. ET. According to the Newtown Bee, he was reportedly found in the stage area of the building, which was undergoing renovations.
The Viking Sky ship airlifted more than half its 900 passengers to safety before authorities opted Sunday to allow the ship to limp into the nearby port of Molde with the aid of a towboat. "All passengers and crew are safe, and passengers will be flying home starting tonight," the cruise line said in a statement on its website Sunday. "Throughout all of this, our first priority was for the safety and well-being of our passengers and our crew.
It is going to become a 2 square kilometer test bed for a new 5G mobile network from Huawei, the Chinese telecoms equipment maker. The deal has been promoted by Monaco as an attempt to build a “smart nation,” and China is happy no doubt to have a display window in the heart of Europe. China's president Xi Jinping visited the principality this week, on his way to see Emmanuel Macron and other leaders in Paris.
Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has fired the country's ethnic Serb deputy justice minister after she called NATO's 1999 bombing campaign against Serbia a "planned genocide". Deputy minister Vesna Mikic comes from Kosovo's Serb minority which accounts for about 5 percent of the country's population of 1.8 million. quot;The NATO alliance committed a deliberately planned genocide against a sovereign country that fought Albanian terrorism inside its own borders," Mikic said on her Facebook account on Sunday, marking the 20th anniversary of the NATO bombing.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's nearly two-year probe into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election wasn't just a cloud over the White House, but the entire Republican Party. And when it started to lift, GOP lawmakers wasted no time taking a victory lap. One of the first lawmakers to receive Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report was Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
“I get about 2,000 lira for putting up one tent,” he said, using the popular term here for Syrian pounds. Hamed is one of about 41,000 children in al-Hol, the largest of three sprawling camps in north eastern Syria that houses former members, children, and prisoners of the Islamic State terrorist group. The fate of the children who emerged from Isil's doomed caliphate is a matter of humanitarian urgency and critical to international security.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia Monday the United States will not "stand idly by" as Moscow inserts military personnel into Venezuela to support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. In a phone call with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pompeo denounced the growing Russian military reinforcements as prolonging the political crisis in the South American country. Pompeo told Lavrov "the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela," the State Department said in a statement.
In the first test of its kind, the Pentagon on Monday carried out a “salvo” intercept of an unarmed missile soaring over the Pacific, using two interceptor missiles launched from underground silos in southern California.
Ford has announced the new Black Appearance Package available for the 2019 Ford Ranger lineup. Since the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup went on sale in January of this year, over half of the models have been outfitted in either the Sport Appearance Package or the Chrome Appearance Package. As of Monday, another option is now available: the Black Appearance Package.
Looking to get Mercedes-Benz's coveted three-pointed-star badge in your life on the cheap? The new A-class sedan is your ticket, replacing the CLA-class as the least expensive new Benz you can buy today. We've driven the A-class and found it to be a convincing offering in the entry-luxury class, what with its sharp handling and rich interior trimmings-but that was a fully loaded model, and the A-class starts to look like less of a value when its sticker crests $50,000.
A cruise ship off Norway's western coast is evacuating 1,300 passengers and crew Saturday after engine problems forced the ship to send a mayday call. Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said the Viking Sky's evacuation was likely to be a slow and dangerous process, as passengers needed to be hoisted from the cruise ship to the five available helicopters one by one, according to The Associated Press. As of Sunday morning, 379 of the 1,373 passengers and crew had been airlifted to shore.
Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States' concerns the Chinese telecom giant's equipment could be used for spying. Washington has warned countries against using Chinese technology, saying Huawei could be used by Beijing to spy on the West. China and Huawei have strongly rejected the allegations.
In the first major policy proposal of her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris of California is focused on boosting the salaries of teachers. Harris' campaign says her plan is an unprecedented investment in teacher pay and toward programs dedicated to teacher recruitment, training and professional development. In new details released Tuesday, the Democrat's campaign described the underpayment of teachers as a "national failure that's holding America back" and said that "we've failed to give teachers the respect and resources they deserve."