But the fallout could complicate life for Trump's leading Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, in the days and weeks ahead — which is exactly what Trump was trying to do when he first launched his Ukraine scheme last summer. As the all-important Iowa caucuses approach, the former vice president appears, at first glance, to be in better shape than his main rivals for the Democratic nomination. Though a new CNN poll shows Bernie Sanders narrowly pulling ahead of Biden for the first time, every other poll released so far this year shows Biden maintaining his longtime national lead by anywhere from 5 to 11 percentage points.
Authorities in Germany say 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of World War II ammunition have been found on the site where Tesla plans to build its first European factory. Local newspaper Maerkische Oderzeitung quoted officials in Brandenburg on Wednesday as saying they estimate about 25 unexploded bombs could be found at the partially wooded site on the outskirts of Berlin, the German capital. Thousands of unexploded bombs dropped over Nazi Germany by American, British and Russian forces remain undiscovered even 75 years after the end of the war.
The FBI is investigating a Michigan woman's claim that she was sexually assaulted aboard a Spirit Airlines flight by a man sitting next to her. The woman said the flight attendants took the alleged assault lightly – asking her to move her seat, but not making that same request of him. Spirit Airlines, however, said its crew did all that it could to assist the woman, offered to move her but that she refused, so everyone had to stay put – including the alleged attacker – as the plane was about to land.
Reuters China said 17 people have been killed by a mysterious coronavirus as authorities repeatedly increase the number of people that are infected. A map shows where the virus has spread, which includes both Chinese cities and other countries. Some countries are screening for the virus at airports, while fears of further spread are heightened as millions of people prepare to travel for Chinese New Year.
Brazilian state prosecutors on Tuesday charged Fabio Schvartsman, the former chief executive of mining giant Vale SA, and 15 other people with homicide for a dam disaster last year that killed more than 250 people, according to the charging document seen by Reuters. In addition to homicide charges, Vale and TUV SUD, the German company responsible for inspecting the dam, were charged with environmental crimes. Of the 16 individuals charged, 11 had worked for Vale and five for TUV SUD, prosecutors said.
Some locals on the island of St. Thomas, about two miles off the coast of Jeffrey Epstein's private island Little Saint James, say the late financier's alleged crimes were somewhat of an open secret. Epstein is accused of trafficking underage girls to Little Saint James, where he sexually assaulted them and kept them against their will – however, people say Epstein himself rarely left the island. When Epstein was convicted and serving time for procuring an underage girl in Florida for sex, word of his 13-month sentence and his alleged crimes made their way to St. Thomas.
Two inmates were killed Monday night at an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks. The state Department of Corrections confirmed the deaths Tuesday but did not immediately release the names of the latest inmates killed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The department said it is investigating the deaths.
Prosecutors charged the bank in October with aiding a yearslong scheme to help Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions and access $20 billion in frozen oil revenue. The U.S. pursuit of Halkbank, which is owned by the Turkish government, has been a sore point in relations between the two countries. “Halkbank has consistently sought to avoid responsibility for its role in a massive sanctions-evasion and money-laundering scheme that gave the Government of Iran access to billions of dollars' worth of restricted oil proceeds,” the U.S. said in Tuesday's filing.
Each Romeo displaced 1,830 tons submerged, had a top speed of thirteen knots and was operated by a crew of fifty-four. The Romeo submarines were armed with eight standard-diameter 533-millimeter torpedo tubes, two facing aft. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was filmed touring and taking a short voyage on a Romeo-class submarine in 2014.
Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer said that President Trump's insulting him was a sign of panic as the Senate impeachment trial got underway. On Wednesday morning, Trump retweeted a comment mocking Steyer over a clip of the candidate attempting to converse with Sen. Bernie Sanders following a campaign event in South Carolina, calling the billionaire “a major loser” who “just doesn't get it. Steyer replied a half hour later, tweeting, “Donald, you're just jealous nobody wants to say hi to you.
Vietnam's Health Ministry says a Chinese father and son, who were hospitalized on Wednesday with fevers, have tested positive with the new coronavirus. It said this marks the first such cases in Vietnam. The ministry on Thursday said Li Ding, 66, from Wuhan, China arrived in Hanoi on Jan. 13 then traveled south to meet up with his 28-year-old son Li Zichao, who works in Vietnam.
The human remains three mountain lions feasted on when authorities found them last month belong to an Oklahoma man who went missing in early December, authorities said Tuesday. The Pima County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that the victim was 66-year-old Steven Mark Brashear of Bartlesville. Brashear left Bartlesville on Dec. 7 and was reported missing to Oro Valley police in December.
Mexican migration authorities released Wednesday an official count of the number of people detained along the country's southern border two days before, estimating that more than 2,000 people were "rescued" after they crossed the border with Guatemala. National Institute of Migration (INM) officials explained that among the detained were not only members of the so-called "2020 Caravan" that left Honduras about a week ago, but also many who had entered the country through other spots. On Wednesday, Mexico deported 460 Hondurans via official planes and buses from the two southern states, the ministry of the interior said.
One person is dead and seven others were injured, including a 9-year-old boy, after multiple gunmen opened fire following a dispute in a crowded shopping district in downtown Seattle on Wednesday. A 50-year-old woman was in critical condition at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, and the child boy was in “very serious condition,” according to Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. The fire department transported five patients to Harborview and two more arrived at the hospital later.
A student has reported an alleged sexual assault by four Penn State fraternity brothers, university police said Tuesday. The warning to the campus said the sexual assault was submitted at 8:31 a.m. and was reported to have happened at an unknown time on January 15 at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. "The unknown victim, reported to be a student, disclosed to a third party being sexually assaulted by four unidentified fraternity brothers," the alert said.
The case of a Chinese student jailed for tweets he sent while studying in America underscores that being overseas is no protection from Beijing's censors. Luo Daiqing, who attends the University of Minnesota in the U.S., was sentenced to six months in jail by a district court in November for “provocation” after he posted tweets that “defaced the image of the country's leaders” and had a “negative impact” on society. A Twitter account linked to Luo posted photos showing government slogans printed over a cartoon villain who looks similar to Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to Axios, which first reported the case Wednesday.
Key point: Russia's ballistic missile submarines will be in somewhat better shape in 2030. In March 2017, Russia's new Yasen-class nuclear attack submarine Kazan launched at the northern port city of Severodvinsk. The Russian navy — already badly depleted since the collapse of the Soviet Union — can't quickly replace most of its existing nuclear submarine fleet, which is approaching the end of its collective lifespan.
On the first day of the Senate impeachment trial, President Trump's lawyers were caught off-guard and unprepared. White House counsel Pat Cipollone and a crew of several other lawyers for the president arrived for their first day of the trial, apparently expecting things to start off slowly with sleepy arguments over the rules for the trial. Opening arguments were not expected until Wednesday.
And so when the news broke less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses that in a forthcoming Hulu documentary, Hillary Clinton badmouths her 2016 rival Bernie Sanders as a “career politician” whom “nobody likes,” it didn't just call attention to the ill feeling still lingering from that year's bitter primary campaign. It also signaled that Clinton has thrown her weight behind the nascent “Stop Sanders” movement gaining steam among Democratic power brokers. The question now is whether Democratic voters will follow her lead — and whether Barack Obama himself might come out of semiretirement to join the cause.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday lost his temper with Israeli security agents during a visit to a French church in Jerusalem and angrily ordered one of them to leave the premises. The incident occurred during a spat between Israeli forces and Macron's own security detail as he entered the Church of St. Anne. The church, located in Jerusalem's Old City, is French state property and Macron did not want the Israeli guards leading him inside.
The family of Kristin Smart, the California college student whose disappearance in 1996 remains unsolved, has clarified that there's no imminent announcement about the case after her mother said she believed news was coming. In a statement Wednesday, the Smart family said they were in touch with a retired FBI agent "who has provided guidance to us over the years" and said there is no current timeline for an announcement in the case. Kristin's mother, Denise, had previously said she was contacted by the FBI and told to be ready for a development that might bring closure to her more than 20-year nightmare.
A judge ruled that the rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine — whose real name is Daniel Hernandez — may not serve the remaining 10 months of his two-year sentence in home confinement. Hernandez's lawyer requested that he be moved to home confinement earlier this month, citing concerns that members of the gang he testified against may harm him. Tekashi 6ix9ine may not serve time in home confinement, the judge overseeing his case ruled on Tuesday, dashing the controversial rapper's hopes that he could spend the rest of his two-year prison sentence away from the gang he once betrayed.
A coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed 17 people and infected more than 544. The Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan is thought to be the starting point for the virus outbreak. At wet markets, meat is sold alongside live animals like dogs, hares, and civets.