A Cook County judge recently castigated State's Attorney Kim Foxx for upholding a double standard by prosecuting an anonymous woman for filing a false police report after dropping all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was indicted for the same offense. Foxx's office then dropped all charges without requiring that Smollett admit guilt, despite the strenuous objections of the Chicago Police Department and the mayor's office. Cook County judge Marc Martin, while presiding over an unrelated case, chastised Foxx and her office for creating an untenable situation in which anyone charged with filing a false police report should expect to be granted the leniency afforded to Smollett.
Elizabeth Warren had a singular moment at Wednesday's She the People forum that helped her stand out from the other the other Democrats seeking the support of an audience made up mostly of women of color activists. After answering a series of questions on topics ranging from maternal mortality, affordable housing and criminal justice to bank reform and Native American tribal sovereignty, Sen. Warren, D-Mass., was asked by co-moderator Joy Reid whether voters should feel confident that America was ready for a woman to serve as commander in chief. “We are at She the People, this wonderful organization that is empowering women and women of color, but when I talk with women of color in my own life they'll say, Wow, that Elizabeth Warren has great plans.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered a staunch defense of the Justice Department's oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Thursday, claiming that evidence of Russia's election interference campaign represented "only the tip of the iceberg" in the Kremlin's strategy to undermine the American political system. A week after a redacted version of Mueller's investigative report was made public, Rosenstein, who oversaw much of the investigation following the 2017 recusal of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, told an Armenian Bar Association gathering in New York that he only pledged to bring the investigation to "the appropriate conclusion."
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an intriguing twist to the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea, which appeared to hit a wall after a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump collapsed in February. It also adds a chapter to the storied but often-strained friendship between Pyongyang and Moscow, which was forged in war and weathered by the Soviet collapse and tensions surrounding the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The dramatic revision of the death toll in Sri Lanka's Easter bombings, which has been cut by more than 100, is a grim indicator of the power of the deadly blasts. The force of the explosions so badly mutilated bodies that parts of victims were wrongly collated and identified in the initial confusion, officials said. "Many of the victims were badly mutilated... There was double counting," the health ministry said in explaining the new death toll of 253, down from 359 announced on Wednesday.
What happens when other countries work toward having American-style democracy? They get American-style democracy. Cartoonist Mike Thompson shows the lesson: Be careful what you wish for.
A 13-year-old girl who was placed on life support after being attacked by three other girls has died, according to ABC 13. Kashala Francis, a student at Attucks Middle School, died Wednesday morning at Texas Children's Hospital, six days after being beaten up after class last week, police and her mother Mamie Jackson said. Doctors discovered a tumor in the back of Francis' head while she was on life support and believed the fight may have worsened her condition.
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Of those 186 remaining Raptors, only 123 are “combat-coded” aircraft with another twenty that are classified as backup aircraft inventory machines. The rest are test and training assets. But even if 186 aircraft remain in the Air Force's inventory—not all of those fighters are operational.
The parents of a missing 5-year-old boy have been charged with murder after their son was found buried in a shallow grave in a rural area of Illinois, police say. The body of Andrew "AJ" Freund, who was reported missing April 18, was found covered in plastic and buried in Woodstock, Illinois, on Wednesday, Crystal Lake police Chief James Black said. Police interviewed the boy's parents the night before after authorities had gathered evidence from cellphone data, they said.
Former Whitewater Independent Counsel Sol Wisenberg expects a hard-hitting report from Michael Horowitz.
President Donald Trump is digging in for a protracted legal fight with congressional Democrats using a strategy that could tie up their investigations in court as he turns toward his 2020 re-election bid. The battle took clear shape this week as a Justice Department official and a former White House official rebuffed subpoenas tied to the census and security clearances. Addressing a separate Democratic request for Trump's tax returns, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress in a letter Tuesday that its “investigatory power is not unlimited.
"I don't think he wants war," Zarif said in an interview at the Iranian mission to the United Nations in New York. "But that doesn't exclude him being basically lured into one." The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Zarif's remarks. Zarif said a so-called "B-team," including Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk, and conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could goad Trump into a conflict with Tehran.
During the bad years, when rebels mostly from the ethnic minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese government forces were slaughtering each other in a horrific civil war, Gnanamani found solace in something many of her fellow Tamils didn't have: Christianity — and especially its long inclusion of both the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups. After Islamic militants detonated suicide bombs on Sunday that killed Easter worshippers in three churches, including St. Anthony's, a few blocks from Gnanamani's home in the warren of streets of Colombo's 13th zone, she and other Tamil and Sinhalese Christians are once again turning to a religion that — unusually for Sri Lanka, where Tamil Hindus and Sinhalese Buddhists are largely homogenous — binds people of different ethnicities by a single faith.
Russia on Wednesday made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports, drawing swift condemnation from Kiev only three days after it elected a new president. President Vladimir Putin signed the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels. People living in the separatist regions will now be entitled to receive a Russian passport within three months of applying for one.
A Muslim woman's response to protesters at a conference in Washington, D.C., has gone viral. Shaymaa Ismaa'eel, 24, was attending a conference for the nonprofit group Islamic Circle of North America when she spotted a group of Islamophobic protesters, reports CNN. "On April 21st I smiled in the face of bigotry and walked away feeling the greatest form of accomplishment," she wrote in a tweet on April 23 accompanying the images, which has drawn more than 292,000 likes.
Jenna Bush Hager is overjoyed to be expecting her third child, but says she's all too familiar with the "pain" that comes with pregnancy complications and fertility struggles. The "Today" show co-host, 37, opened up about an unsuccessful pregnancy before her first child. Hager revealed that she learned something was wrong shortly after finding out she was expecting.
Task and Purpose Security, Europe Meet the YAK-141. For all the yelling and shouting over the Department of Defense's much-maligned F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, there's an unusual, often overlooked footnote in the trillion-dollar project's history: its origins as an experimental Soviet fighter that only fell into Lockheed Martin's lap because a desperate Russian aerospace company needed some cold, hard cash. Before the F-35, there was the Yak-141 'Freestyle' multi-role vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighter born during a tumultuous period in Russian military history.
A newly released sketch of a man suspected of killing two Indiana teenagers in 2017 "more accurately represents" the man believed to be their killer than a sketch released months after the girls were slain, state police said Wednesday. The statement from Indiana State Police sought to clarify information about the two sketches on behalf of the multi-agency task force that's investigating the February 2017 killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams. Master Trooper Taylor Bryant told The Indianapolis Star on Monday that he drew the sketch that was released this week just three days after the girls' bodies were found in a wooded area where they had been hiking near their northern Indiana hometown of Delphi.
Ford reported a drop in first-quarter profits Thursday due in part to restructuring costs, but the company's share price rallied following a strong performance in North America and improved results in Europe. The second-biggest US carmaker reported $1.1 billion in profits, down 34 percent from the year-ago period. Those figures included $600 million in one-time costs connected to exiting heavy trucks in South America and European restructuring.
The body of missing Crystal Lake boy Andrew "AJ" Freund has been found in Woodstock, law enforcement sources tell ABC7.
President Trump said Wednesday that he plans to fight all subpoenas issued by congressional Democrats in their investigation of his administration, including requests for his financial records and for the full, unredacted Mueller report. “We're fighting all the subpoenas,” the president told reporters outside the White House before heading to a summit on the opioid crisis in Atlanta. “The subpoena is ridiculous.
Elections to pick a new president are due between October and December and Mahinda Rajapaksa is already targeting President Maithripala Sirisena and his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for failing to preserve the hard fought peace. Rajapaksa cannot contest for president again, but his brother Gotabaya is ready to make a bid, his aide has said. "Rajapaksas' will take the easy benefit and be able to claim with some credibility that if they come back to power, they will adopt the same strong security policy that allowed them to free the country from terrorism," said a Western diplomat.
But because they were such genuine pals, Obama's in a pretty strange spot right now. On Thursday, a reporter asked Biden why Obama had yet to endorsed him for president, to which the former VP replied, "I asked President Obama not to endorse, and he doesn't want to. Listen, we should — whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits."