• Wisconsin mother, two daughters found dead after Amber Alert issued; boyfriend arrested
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    USA TODAY

    Wisconsin mother, two daughters found dead after Amber Alert issued; boyfriend arrested

    A mother and two daughters who were the subjects of an Amber Alert were found dead Sunday afternoon, the victims of an apparent homicide, police said. Amarah J. Banks, 26; Zaniya R. Ivery, 5; and Camaria Banks, 4, were found in a garage, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference. One count of felony aggravated battery was filed against him Saturday in Milwaukee County, according to online court records.

  • Judge sets Tuesday phone hearing in Roger Stone case
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    Politico

    Judge sets Tuesday phone hearing in Roger Stone case

    The judge handling the criminal case that set off a white-hot, national political controversy last week — the prosecution of President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone — has ordered both sides to take part in a telephone hearing Tuesday to discuss the status of the case. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued the unusual Sunday order after the entire four-person prosecution team withdrew from the case following Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention to rescind their recommendation of a seven-to-nine year sentence for Stone. The move set off a furor inside and outside the Justice Department, with Barr facing accusations he was politicizing the department by seeking to favor Trump's friends.

  • Democratic rivals tell billionaire Bloomberg: Let's debate
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    Reuters

    Democratic rivals tell billionaire Bloomberg: Let's debate

    U.S. Democratic presidential candidates said on Sunday billionaire Michael Bloomberg should face the same rigorous scrutiny as his rivals and they would welcome the chance to square off with him in a 2020 presidential debate. Bloomberg, a media mogul and former New York City mayor, has vastly outspent other Democratic candidates in campaign advertisements. Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would challenge Bloomberg over his mayoral record, specifically his support for a policing strategy known as "stop and frisk" that was criticized for ensnaring disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos.

  • 14-year-old arrested in murder of NYC college student Tessa Majors
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    14-year-old arrested in murder of NYC college student Tessa Majors

    Authorities said Saturday they arrested a 14-year-old in connection the stabbing death of Barnard College student , near West 116th Street, shortly before 7 p.m. local time on December 11. Barnard is part of Columbia University. According to the complaint, evidence against Weaver — who turns 15 in two months — includes DNA recovered from Tessa's fingernails.

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    Associated Press

    USS Arizona crew member, Pearl Harbor survivor dies age 97

    One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Donald Stratton passed away at his Colorado Springs home in his sleep Saturday with his family in attendance. The 97-year-old veteran had been in poor health since contracting pneumonia in October.

  • Germany wants another crack at a EU mission in the Strait of Hormuz
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    Defense News

    Germany wants another crack at a EU mission in the Strait of Hormuz

    MUNICH – German defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Saturday proposed a European Union-led naval protection mission for the Strait of Hormuz, piggy-backing on a French initiative already underway. The proposal follows Berlin's expression of political support for the French navy, which last month began patrolling the volatile waterway, a critical chokepoint for oil shipments out of the Persian Gulf. Germany's backing is largely symbolic, however, as there no promises of ships or aircraft on the table.

  • Man who left puppy to drown in cage sentenced to 1 year for animal cruelty
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    Man who left puppy to drown in cage sentenced to 1 year for animal cruelty

    A New Jersey man who tried to leave an 8-month-old puppy to drown in a cage was sentenced to a year in state prison Friday. Aaron Davis, 36, was convicted of fourth-degree animal cruelty in December after leaving the pit bull in a cage along the rising tide of Sandy Hook Bay in July 2018, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor. Luckily, a passerby noticed the crate in the early morning hours and climbed down a rocky barrier to save the puppy, who was later named River.

  • Just Ask This Russian Submarine: The Cuban Missile Crisis Nearly Ended The World
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    The National Interest

    Just Ask This Russian Submarine: The Cuban Missile Crisis Nearly Ended The World

    Key point: Two officers gave the order to prepare a nuclear weapon for launch... It is commonly accepted that the world has never come closer to nuclear war than during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the United States confronted Soviet Union over its deployment of ballistic nuclear missiles to Cuba. In fact, that decision was nearly taken out of Khrushchev and Kennedy's hands by a group of men in the throes of dehydration and CO2 poisoning as they sat in a malfunctioning submarine surrounded by U.S. destroyers, unable to consult with Moscow.

  • Mark Zuckerberg admits Facebook was ‘slow to understand’ election interference
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    The Independent

    Mark Zuckerberg admits Facebook was ‘slow to understand’ election interference

    Facebook is taking down more than a million fake accounts a day to counter a massive upsurge in malicious material in the web, Mark Zuckerberg told an international security forum, and disclosed that more than 50 information operations aimed at elections have been uncovered since the 2016 US presidential race. There are continuing investigations into claims that Donald Trump was the Muscovian candidate at the election and a Kremlin campaign, including a disinformation drive, helped put him in the White House. The founder and chief executive of Facebook acknowledged at the Munich Security Conference that social media companies including his own had been “slow to understand Russian operations”.

  • Angry protests in Mexico after woman's gruesome killing
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    Associated Press

    Angry protests in Mexico after woman's gruesome killing

    Angry demonstrations broke out in Mexico City on Friday as hundreds of women protested the gruesome slaying and mutilation of a young woman, a case that has come to personify outrage over the rising incidence of gender-related killings, or femicides. In the morning, dozens of protesters spray-painted slogans such as “We won't be silenced” on the facade and doorway of the capital's National Palace as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was holding his daily news conference inside. Hours later hundreds marched to the offices of a media outlet that published grisly images of the crime scene, and a newspaper truck outside was partially set ablaze.

  • After homophobic jibes, Buttigieg says US has 'moved on'
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    AFP

    After homophobic jibes, Buttigieg says US has 'moved on'

    The gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg insisted his sexuality would not damage his electoral prospects Sunday, saying the United States had "moved on" as a country, after homophobic jibes by allies of Donald Trump. The 38-year-old Democrat, who married his partner Chasten Glezman two years ago, said he would not take lectures from supporters of a man who has faced accusations ranging from rape to sleeping with a porn star. "I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage.

  • The coronavirus could cripple China's economy for longer than Wall Street wants to believe
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    Business Insider

    The coronavirus could cripple China's economy for longer than Wall Street wants to believe

    The coronavirus is still spreading throughout China, but all over Wall Street, a consensus about the virus' economic influence is already solidifying. The thinking goes like this: China will slowly get back to work by the end of the first quarter. Investors will stay fairly steady throughout this period knowing that coronavirus will result only in a temporary knock on corporate profits and general economic activity.

  • Australian soldiers caring for rescued koalas
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    Australian soldiers caring for rescued koalas

    Soldiers with the Australian Army have been using their downtime to help rescued koalas. The soldiers from the Army's 9th brigade have been cuddling koalas during their feeding time at Cleland Wildlife Park, near the city of Adelaide, according to a post on the brigade's Facebook page. The koalas were transported there from Kangaroo Island, which was devastated by the bushfires that ravaged the continent in recent months.

  • Assistant principal accused of raping student avoids jail
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    Assistant principal accused of raping student avoids jail

    An assistant principal charged with raping a 16-year-old student in Missouri has avoided jail time by accepting an Alford plea, which allows her to assert innocence while acknowledging the evidence proves her guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

  • An invasion of propaganda: Experts warn that white supremacist messages are seeping into mainstream
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    USA TODAY

    An invasion of propaganda: Experts warn that white supremacist messages are seeping into mainstream

    It's concerning because, for all the people who don't move on to become threats of violence, some will, and some will get their start by seeing pieces of propaganda that will alert them to the fact this group exists,'' Clarke said. The ADL report represents a sobering warning about the reach of white supremacist groups, which can take advantage of the efficiency and anonymity provided by social media to disseminate their ideology with little fear of backlash. Last year the ADL recorded its highest number of propaganda incidents ever with 2,713 cases, compared to 1,214 in 2018.

  • 'Housing is not the end': Former homeless struggle to adapt
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    'Housing is not the end': Former homeless struggle to adapt

    At the University of Southern California, she studies public policy alongside some of the most privileged students in the world. At home in South Los Angeles, Ruiz, 25, struggles to adapt. Ruiz has experienced homelessness for much of her life, cycling first through the foster care system in Los Angeles, then the criminal justice system.

  • Inside the Family's Manhattan Apartment
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    Architectural Digest

    Inside the Family's Manhattan Apartment

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  • Hitler's Submarines Almost Launched A Missile Attack On America
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    The National Interest

    Hitler's Submarines Almost Launched A Missile Attack On America

    Key point: Most Allied commanders were skeptical that there was a genuine threat to the continental United States—save for certain leaders of the U.S. Navy. In the closing weeks of World War II in Europe, American intelligence determined that a detachment of German submarines had been dispatched to launch a cruise missile attack on the East Coast of the United States. The U.S. Navy deployed forty-six ships and dozens of aircraft to annihilate the incoming submarine wolf pack.

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    Associated Press

    Man gets 1 year in case of dog left in cage with tide rising

    A New Jersey man has been sentenced to a year in prison for leaving his girlfriend's young dog in a cage at water's edge in a rising tide. Aaron Davis, 36, wanted revenge against his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, who had given her the dog, prosecutors have alleged. Jurors in December acquitted him of the most serious animal cruelty count, that he attempted to kill the dog, but convicted him of a less serious cruelty count.

  • Why Joe Biden needs ‘a political miracle’ to stay in the race to face Trump
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    The Guardian

    Why Joe Biden needs ‘a political miracle’ to stay in the race to face Trump

    Larry Sabato is an analyst, author and director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. Two were working for Joe Biden in Iowa. Before caucus day, they texted Sabato to say they expected to lose badly.

  • France warns of bloody Brexit talks battle
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    AFP

    France warns of bloody Brexit talks battle

    France on Sunday warned Britain to expect a bitter, bloody battle in Brexit trade talks with the EU, saying the two sides would "rip each other apart". Negotiations for a deal on future EU-UK relations are not due to start until next month, but London and Brussels have already clashed over rules for British financial firms' access to the EU after Brexit. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said it would be tough to achieve Britain's aim of agreeing a free trade deal by the end of the year, with the two sides far apart on a range of issues.

  • Costa Rican police find six tonnes of cocaine in biggest ever haul
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    The Independent

    Costa Rican police find six tonnes of cocaine in biggest ever haul

    Police in Costa Rica have found almost 6 tonnes of cocaine in a shipping container, leading to the country's biggest ever drug seizure. The drugs, which weighed 5,800kg, were discovered on Friday evening in Limón in a container of flowers due to be sent to Rotterdam, Holland, according to the Costan Rican national newspaper La Nación. In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, interior minister Michael Soto Rojas confirmed it was the largest ever drug seizure in Costa Rica.

  • Coronavirus panic could be the endangered pangolin's new threat
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    CBS News

    Coronavirus panic could be the endangered pangolin's new threat

    The pangolin, once called "the most trafficked mammal in the world," is facing another threat over its potential link to the coronavirus. Scientists working around the clock to save the species worry that Chinese researchers who labeled pangolins as the possible origin of the outbreak may be stoking public fear and damaging conservation efforts. Bill Zeigler, a top researcher at the Brookfield Zoo's Chicago Zoological Society, shared his concerns over what accepting the research without proper support could do to the public's perception of the endangered scaly mammal.

  • American woman, 83, tests positive for coronavirus after disembarking Holland America ship
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    USA TODAY

    American woman, 83, tests positive for coronavirus after disembarking Holland America ship

    A passenger who disembarked Holland America's MS Westerdam has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Malaysia. According to Holland America Line, an 83-year-old American woman who departed from Westerdam on Friday later reported feeling ill at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and tested positive for coronavirus. The passenger is in stable condition at a hospital in Malaysia, according to a release from the cruise line shared with USA TODAY by Buck Banks.

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    Reuters

    Nine homeless drug users shot dead in Afghan capital: police

    Gunmen shot dead nine homeless drug users in the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday, shining a light on chronic drug abuse in the world's biggest producer of opium but a rare incident of apparently coordinated violence against addicts. The motive for the Saturday night attack by the unidentified gunmen in Kabul was not known and police said they were investigating. The men had been sleeping in an open area and a forensic examination had shown they were drug users.