The shooting occurred at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, a town of about 10,000 people 95 miles (153 km) south of Orlando, around 12:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT), Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said at a news conference. The 21-year-old suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, called 911 dispatchers and said he had shot five people inside the bank, according to authorities. When police entered the bank, the gunman had barricaded himself inside but eventually surrendered, the Sebring Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook.
The Kentucky high school student seen in a “Make America Great Again” hat during a confrontation with an elderly Native American protester on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial says he wishes it never happened, but isn't sorry for standing his ground. “As far as standing there, I had every right to do so,” Nick Sandmann told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in an interview that aired on the “Today” show Wednesday. Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Ky., was seen in a viral video facing off silently with Nathan Phillips, a 64-year-old Native American protester.
The U.S. president cites the more than year-long break in North Korean missile tests as a diplomatic success and says he's in “no hurry” to get more done, even as North Korea's nuclear program quietly advances. North Korea has accused the U.S. of “gunboat diplomacy” by making demands without offering something in return. Four things: To normalize ties between the U.S. and North Korea, formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, repatriate U.S. war remains and -- crucially -- “to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” But “work toward” is undefined.
A high school Spanish teacher faces accusations of sexually abusing a student inside his classroom in San Jose.
The itinerary for most school field trips to Washington, D.C., is usually as busy as it is predictable: See some monuments on the National Mall, check out the Smithsonian museums and don't miss the bus to the next stop. Catholic schools, where students are taught abortion is an intrinsic evil, have been organizing excursions to the anti-abortion marches for years. This has never been just another field trip for the students or their parent chaperones, and abortion has never been just another issue in America's culture wars.
A former US Marine charged with espionage in Russia was handed a USB drive containing state secrets without knowing what was on the device, his lawyer said Tuesday after a hearing extending his client's custody. Paul Whelan, 48, was taken into custody on December 28 by the Russian FSB security service, which said he was caught "while carrying out an act of espionage". His lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov said Whelan was handed a USB drive containing state secrets but he had thought it was information about Russian culture.
A lack of funding due to the partial shutdown of the US government is hindering FBI investigations into drug and terrorism offences, the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) has said. The bureau has lost several informants who have infiltrated groups under investigation, an anonymous FBI agent was quoted as saying in a report on the impact of the shutdown. Agents who had been working on an investigation into the MS-13 criminal gang said they were only able to communicate with Spanish-speaking informants through a conference call with a translator.
Romania's president said on Tuesday that a government decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving senior officials is "crassly unconstitutional," a development that also prompted concern from the European Union. President Klaus Iohannis blasted the measure put forward this week by the justice minister, saying the ruling Social Democrats "don't care about Romania; they care about their own politicians with legal problems." Premier Viorica Dancila is considering the measure, which could lead to the suspension of trials and verdicts and lead to resentencing in the cases of some convictions.
Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got tongues wagging this month when she championed a plan for a Green New Deal, and drafted a proposal to kickstart the committee that would create it. Ocasio-Cortez's plan, which emphasizes decarbonization, job creation, and social and economic justice, is politically audacious—it aims for 100 percent renewable energy within 12 years—but in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s most recent warning that the world has about a decade to get climate change under control if we are to thwart its worst effects. Under a Green New Deal, that way of building would be considered outdated and obsolete.
Although Harris seems to have a pretty good reputation among most liberals, her record on criminal justice issues is a dismal one. As a recent piece from Lara Bazelon in the New York Times details, Harris was far from the “progressive prosecutor” that she has tried to rebrand herself as in recent days. For example: When Harris was San Francisco's district attorney in 2010, she was condemned by a judge for staying silent about a police laboratory technician who had been accused of stealing drugs and “intentionally sabotaging” her work.
China's Huawei Technologies wants a quick resolution of the case of its former finance chief Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and has been detained in Canada, its chairman said on Tuesday. The United States has told Canada it will request Meng's extradition, but has not said when it will do so, David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., said in a Globe and Mail interview on Monday. "We are following this issue closely but haven't had direct contact with the authorities.
John Kerry has had enough of President Trump, and the feeling is mutual. “I can't play that,” began Kerry, who appeared to be surprised by the question. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee for president who served as secretary of state during President Barack Obama's second term, has been a relentless critic of Trump over his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.
Los Angeles public school teachers reached a tentative settlement with school officials Tuesday in order to end a weeklong strike that has affected some 500,000 students. The settlement -- reached after 21 hours of marathon talks that ended early Tuesday -- was set to be voted on by the roughly 30,000 members of the teachers union later in the day and classes are due to resume on Wednesday. "The strike nobody wanted is now behind us," Los Angeles United School District superintendent Austin Beutner said at a joint press conference with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles.
Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic student in the middle of a firestorm over an incident in Washington D.C., said he wishes he and his classmates had walked away. Nicholas, the 17-year-old in the "Make America Great Again" hat who stands face-to-face with Native American elder Nathan Phillips, appeared on a segment on the Today Show on Wednesday with Savannah Guthrie. Nicholas said he's not sorry for standing in front of Phillips, with what some have characterized as a smirk on his face, and listening to him.
As always, the GMC will come with extra chrome and an in-your-face grille. From Car and Driver
The U.S. Supreme Court let an unidentified foreign-owned company file a redacted appeal in a case believed to be tied to the criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The 38-page document released Tuesday contends the company isn't legally required to provide information to a grand jury, or pay the $50,000 per day fine imposed by a federal trial judge for noncompliance. The company is owned by an unidentified foreign country.
A North Dakota couple died while vacationing in San Diego when a 75-foot-tall pine tree crashed onto their rental house as they slept, relatives and police said. Troy and Jessica Nelson ran a promotional products and apparel company, Trojan Promotions, in Grand Forks. They were spending the weekend at the house after attending a trade show during the week, according to the man's sister Tammy Reynolds.
REUTERS/Moe Doiron) Water flows around ice, formed on the American Falls in Niagara Falls, New York, due to subzero temperatures, viewed from the Canadian side, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on Jan. 22, 2019. REUTERS/Dronebase) An aerial photo taken over the American side shows water flowing around ice due to subzero temperatures in Niagara Falls, New York, on Jan. 22, 2019. REUTERS/Dronebase) An aerial photo taken over the American side shows water flowing around ice due to subzero temperatures in Niagara Falls, New York, on Jan. 22, 2019.
Sons of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman murdered a journalist well known for his coverage of drug cartels, a former associate testified at Guzman's U.S. trial on Wednesday. Damaso Lopez Nunez, a former top lieutenant to Guzman, made the accusation in Brooklyn federal court under cross examination by one of Guzman's lawyers. The lawyer, Eduardo Balarezo, had asked Lopez whether his own son, Damaso Lopez Serrano, might have been involved in the May 2017 murder of Javier Valdez.
Thousands of ships, including former dictator Saddam Hussein's yacht, have passed through the Iraqi shipyard's three docks, where a giant steam engine hauls them out of the water and up the century-old wooden tracks. Mohammed Adnan, who has been operating the huge steam engine for six years now, says it is not easy. "They say they [the British] brought in the wood from Burma... we tried to drill a 1.5 inch nail into it once, we couldn't," said Jassim Hussain Sabour, the shipyard's longest-serving worker.
Donald Trump has recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's interim president in a major blow to sitting President Nicolás Maduro. The US president's recognition came as four people were reported dead in protests opposed to Mr Maduro, who has been condemned at home and abroad for alleged human rights abuses and his handling of an economy that has gone into freefall recently. Mr Guaidó, the National Assembly president who organised the march in opposition to Mr Maduro, is urging the Venezuelan army to disobey the government.
Days after Christmas and the start of what is now the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history, Maggie Feldman-Piltch, founder of a growing grassroots community of female national security professionals called #NatSecGirlSquad, reached out to members affected by the furloughs to offer support. Now, over a month since the shutdown began, Feldman-Piltch has fielded calls from more than 300 federal workers asking for help paying bills and vetting résumés, among other requests, she says. “It's very obvious that it's having a huge impact,” said Feldman-Piltch during a phone interview with Yahoo News.
Norwegian Cruise Line is denying a British couple's allegation that they found a crew member having sex in their cabin during a recent voyage. In a statement sent to USA TODAY, the Miami-based line suggested a thorough investigation of the allegation had proved it untrue. The thorough investigation undertaken, including full review of security footage of the corridor where the stateroom was located, does not corroborate the allegation," the line said in the statement.
What's better than bacon when you're craving something quick, greasy and probably-not-so-good-for-you from your favorite fast food joint? Free bacon, naturally. Welcome to Bacon Hour, a one-day, one-hour only event that's coming to McDonald's on Tuesday, January 29 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera has been ordered to pay $20,000 per month in child support to his former mistress with whom he fathered two children with. Court documents showed he will pay for other perks like Disney World and Universal Studio passes as well as private school tuition and $5 million life insurance policies for both kids.