Pres. George HW Bush's service dog statue to be unveiled

A tribute to Sully, Bush 41's last four-legged family member, will be unveiled in College Station on Monday.

  • GOP lawmaker says 'out-of-the-box strategy' could give Trump an 'advantage' in impeachment hearings 
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    GOP lawmaker says 'out-of-the-box strategy' could give Trump an 'advantage' in impeachment hearings 

    Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Sunday said it would play to the “president's advantage” to have his top administration officials, in an “out-of-the-box strategy,” testify in the upcoming impeachment hearings. “As it relates to the other members of the executive branch, the president has to make decisions not only for him but for the presidency,” he continued.

  • Man wearing reindeer slippers tips woman out of wheelchair on train as he tries to steal it
    The Independent

    Man wearing reindeer slippers tips woman out of wheelchair on train as he tries to steal it

    A man has been arrested after a would-be thief tipped a woman out of her wheelchair on a train and attempted to steal it. CCTV footage of the incident shows a man dressed in a red jacket and reindeer slippers, who lept out of his seat and grabbed the handles of the wheelchair as the train approached a station. The woman sitting in the chair can be seen desperately grabbing onto the railings inside the carriage as the attacker attempts to steer her out of the open doors.

  • Bloomberg

    Plot Emerged to Fix Venezuela Without Maduro or Guaido

    People close to both President Nicolas Maduro and his rival Juan Guaido plotted to push both men aside and end the nation's crisis with the rule of a temporary junta, the newspaper reported without citing where it got the information. Guaido, the National Assembly president, has been recognized by more than 50 countries, including the U.S., as Venezuela's leader. The key figure appears to be Humberto Calderon Berti, then the designated ambassador to Colombia who Guaido dismissed last month.

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects Arizona opioid case against Purdue, Sackler family
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    U.S. Supreme Court rejects Arizona opioid case against Purdue, Sackler family

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a novel case by Arizona seeking to recover billions of dollars that the state has said that members of the Sackler family - owners of Purdue Pharma LP - funneled out of the OxyContin maker before the company filed for bankruptcy in September. The justices declined to take the rare step of allowing Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to pursue a case directly with the Supreme Court on the role the drugmaker played in the U.S. opioid epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans annually in recent years. The lawsuit accused eight Sackler family members of funneling $4 billion out of Purdue from 2008 to 2016 despite being aware that the company faced massive potential liabilities over its marketing of opioid medications.

  • The Pensacola Navy base shooter reportedly used a loophole to buy his gun legally
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    The Pensacola Navy base shooter reportedly used a loophole to buy his gun legally

    The Saudi national who fatally shot three people at a Florida Navy base on Friday bought his gun legally even though people designated as "nonimmigrant aliens" are not typically allowed to do so, NBC News reported. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says there are exceptions for those with a valid hunting license or permit, and those from "a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official law enforcement business." NBC News cited sources that said the shooter had a license and bought his weapon from a dealer in Pensacola.

  • 'It was beautiful': Acupuncturists help migrants stranded at Mexico border deal with stress
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    'It was beautiful': Acupuncturists help migrants stranded at Mexico border deal with stress

    For months, Carlos Lopez's mind has been endlessly spinning with the fears and anxiety of leaving his home country of Honduras, traveling 1,700 miles with his 13-year-old son to this Mexican border town and the day-to-day survival of living in a squalid tent city. “All the bad thoughts went away,” Lopez, 41, said, as he emerged from his 45-minute-long acupuncture session. Lopez is one of a growing number of migrants stuck on the border under President Donald Trump's Migration Protection Protocols policy – which sends migrants to Mexican border towns to await their immigration court hearing in the U.S. To help the migrants pass the time and deal with stress, teams of volunteers led by Acupuncturists Without Borders, or AWB, a nonprofit that treats people in disaster zones and refugee camps and trains other acupuncturists around the world, are providing Lopez and others with free acupuncture treatment at border towns in Mexico.

  • Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia
    Associated Press

    Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military's focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual gathering of government, defense industry and military officials. Esper, who became Pentagon chief in July, said he is sticking to the national defense priorities set by his predecessor, Jim Mattis, who was sitting in his audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

  • Pearl Harbor veteran interred on sunken ship
    AFP

    Pearl Harbor veteran interred on sunken ship

    With speeches and salutes, veterans and officials on Saturday commemorated the 78th anniversary of the 1941 sneak attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, which brought a previously reluctant United States into World War II. A ceremony in Hawaii honoring survivors was attended by US Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Washington's ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris. It was held within sight of the sunken USS Arizona, which was bombed in the opening moments of the attack that killed more than 2,400 Americans.

  • It’s Not Because She’s a Woman
    National Review

    It’s Not Because She’s a Woman

    Warren now sits at just 14.8 percent in the RCP average, in third place behind Bernie Sanders, with about half the support Biden has. The former vice president has lost a step or two (or several) since his time as Obama's right-hand man, but it's looking less and less likely that Warren will be the Democrat to supplant him as the party's favorite heading into 2020's early primaries. For media observers who have been pulling for Warren from the start of her campaign, there can be only one plausible explanation for her fall from grace: sexism.

  • Donald Trump could abuse power again if he is not impeached, Democrats claim
    The Telegraph

    Donald Trump could abuse power again if he is not impeached, Democrats claim

    The Democrats have claimed that Donald Trump could abuse his presidential powers again if he is not impeached over the "brazen" Ukraine scandal. Spelling out their case for removing the US president in detail, a top lawyer for the party argued that what Mr Trump had done was a "big deal" and should not go unpunished. Barry Berke, a Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee - which handles impeachment - argued that Mr Trump had "betrayed" the national interest and broken his oath of office.

  • AOC calls out Trump after news that Amazon plans to hire 1,500 employees in New York City
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    AOC calls out Trump after news that Amazon plans to hire 1,500 employees in New York City

    Following reports that Amazon plans to open a new office in New York City, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the Trump administration "should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families."

  • The 25 Best Tower Defense Games
    Popular Mechanics

    The 25 Best Tower Defense Games

    Build those structures. Keep them from harm. Collect that loot.

  • Reuters

    Russia confident UK's top court to rule in its favor in Eurobond case vs Ukraine

    The Russian finance ministry said on Monday it remained confident that the UK Supreme Court would rule in Moscow's favor in a Russia-Ukraine $3 billion Eurobond case, it said in a statement. Moscow is seeking a summary judgment in its favor that could see Ukraine ordered to pay the debt in full, without a trial. The finance ministry also said Moscow's total claims to Ukraine, including interest payments, came to about $4.5 billion.

  • Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?
    The National Interest

    Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?

    Russian diesel subs chased a British nuclear sub off the Syrian coast, according to British media. The incident reportedly involved one or two Russian Kilo-class diesel-powered submarines, which have been dubbed the "Black Hole" by Western navies because they are remarkably quiet. "Two Russian frigates and an anti-submarine aircraft are also thought to have been searching for the British boat as it maneuvered to put its Tomahawk cruise missiles within range of Syrian military targets," according to The Times of London."The Astute-class submarine is believed to have spent several days trying to evade detection in a tense and dangerous contest." The British sub did not fire its Tomahawks during last week's strike by American, British and French forces against Syrian chemical weapons sites, leading to speculation that the British boat was driven off by the Russian subs.

  • Saudi Arabia to Spend ‘a Lot’ of Its Aramco IPO Proceeds Locally
    Bloomberg

    Saudi Arabia to Spend ‘a Lot’ of Its Aramco IPO Proceeds Locally

    Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund expects to spend “a lot” of the $26 billion in proceeds from the sale of a stake in Aramco in the domestic economy, Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said. Asked how the Aramco money would be allocated, Jadaan said in an interview that the Public Investment Fund “have very clear asset allocation, and a lot of their allocation will go into the local economy, sectors that are promising, sectors that are large, require a large investment which the private sector cannot really invest on their own.

  • Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan
    Associated Press

    Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan

    The body of a Japanese doctor killed in a roadside shooting in Afghanistan arrived back home Sunday, with government officials on hand to lead a brief ceremony of mourning at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Tetsu Nakamura was killed last week, along with five Afghans who had been traveling with him. Keisuke Suzuki, Japan's state minister of foreign affairs, joined other officials in bowing their heads in prayer after laying flowers by the coffin, draped in white, in a solemn ceremony in honor of Nakamura at the airport.

  • 'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills
    The Guardian

    'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

    An Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign. The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. The Guardian revealed the bill was nearly identical to one promoted by Project Blitz, a state legislative project guided by three Christian right organizations, including the Congressional Prayer Caucus (CPC), WallBuilders and the ProFamily Legislators Conference.

  • USA TODAY

    Michigan man died of overdose from prison drug ring run by guards, lawsuit says

    The family of a Michigan man who died of a drug overdose at a state prison has filed a lawsuit saying his death was connected to a drug smuggling ring in the prison. Seth Zakora, 21, died from an overdose Jan. 22, 2017, in the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan. Another inmate had asked corrections officers to check on Zakora the night before his death because there appeared to be something wrong with him, according to the lawsuit.

  • A new video game about the 2020 election lets you fight as Donald Trump, Andrew Yang, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or Cory Booker
    Business Insider

    A new video game about the 2020 election lets you fight as Donald Trump, Andrew Yang, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or Cory Booker

    "Yang2020 Path To Presidency" is an upcoming computer game featuring Andrew Yang, Donald Trump, and a several other candidates in the 2020 presidential election. Yang is the star of the game's story mode, but he's not the only playable character. You'll be able to unlock the other presidential candidates and go head to head in versus mode.

  • US sanctions Venezuela officials for selling passports for cash
    AFP

    US sanctions Venezuela officials for selling passports for cash

    The United States on Monday slapped sanctions on senior Venezuelan government officials accused of taking bribes to issue passports, the US Treasury said. The sanctions targeted Gustavo Adolfo Vizcaino Gil, head of the government department in charge of identification documents and migration, as well as his predecessor Juan Carlos Dugarte Padron, the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control said. The US Treasury, which calls President Nicolas Maduro's government "the former illegitimate regime," has tightened its sanctions grip on government officials and on the state oil company PDVSA which provides most of the country's resources.

  • Isil 'matchmaker' who lured British teen bride to Syria is deported to France
    The Telegraph

    Isil 'matchmaker' who lured British teen bride to Syria is deported to France

    Turkey has deported to France the “Islamic State matchmaker” who lured a British teen bride to Syria as part of a drive to send foreign fighters back to their countries of origin. Tooba Gondal, 25, is among 11 French nationals that Turkey repatriated early on Monday, according to France's Centre for Analysis of Terrorism, CAT, citing official sources. A French judicial source confirmed that four women and their seven children had arrived in France.

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Berkeley cell phone law
    Reuters

    U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Berkeley cell phone law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a free speech challenge brought by a trade group against a regulation issued by the California city of Berkeley that requires cell phone retailers to tell customers of certain radiation risks. The justices left in place a July 2019 decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to block the 2015 regulation that industry group CTIA appealed. CTIA said the regulation violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects free speech rights, because the government, without the necessary justification that supports other types of regulations, is forcing retailers to spread a message they disagree with.

  • The United States' New 'Ninja Missile' Chops Targets to Bits (We Have Questions)
    The National Interest

    The United States' New 'Ninja Missile' Chops Targets to Bits (We Have Questions)

    Designed to minimize civilian casualties, the ninja missile is a specially modified Hellfire—without a warhead. The Hellfire missiles weigh in the 100 to 110 pound range, including a 20-pound warhead and are guided through a millimeter wave radar seeker, or by laser. Years after their development, Hellfire missiles have become the armament of choice in the war on terror, and are often used on Reaper and Predator drones in strikes against militants in crowded, urban environments.

  • Modi’s New India Citizenship Law Sparks Panic and Protests
    Bloomberg

    Modi’s New India Citizenship Law Sparks Panic and Protests

    The Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced amid opposition protests and government cheers in the Lok Sabha or lower house of Parliament on Monday. It is listed for debate later in the day. The proposed changes will allow citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who illegally migrated to India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

  • Female Reporter Calls Out Runner Who Groped Her While She Was on TV
    Time

    Female Reporter Calls Out Runner Who Groped Her While She Was on TV

    A young female local news journalist has spoken out after she was apparently groped by a runner while reporting live on a race in Savannah, Ga. Alexandrea Bozarjian, a WSAV3 journalist, was reporting on the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run on Saturday as runners rush by her, waving to the camera, according to footage of the incident. Suddenly, a man throws back his arm, turns to her and appears to deliberately hit her on the rear end.