Rosie Perez arrives at court for Weinstein trial

"Do The Right Thing" actress Rosie Perez arrived at Manhattan court Friday where she testified that fellow screen star Annabella Sciorri told her in the mid-1990s that Harvey Weinstein had raped her. (Jan. 24)

  • Trump declares himself 'chief law enforcement officer' as he issues numerous pardons
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    Trump declares himself 'chief law enforcement officer' as he issues numerous pardons

    President Trump on Tuesday exercised his pardon power, granting clemency to or commuting the sentences of nearly a dozen people convicted of crimes, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and junk bond pioneer Michael Milken. Trump also referred to himself as the nation's “chief law enforcement officer,” a title typically reserved for the attorney general. On Tuesday morning, the White House announced Trump's pardoning of former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. for his involvement in a 1998 corruption case against former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.

  • Men linked to white supremacist group plead not guilty
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    Men linked to white supremacist group plead not guilty

    Three men accused of being members of a violent white supremacist group called The Base pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in a federal indictment in Maryland. Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews, 27; and Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 33, of Elkton, Maryland; entered their pleas during separate arraignments on charges including transporting a firearm and ammunition with the intent to commit a felony. William Garfield Bilbrough IV, a 19-year-old pizza delivery driver who lived with his grandmother in Denton, Maryland, before his arrest, pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to “transport and harbor certain aliens.

  • China kicked out 3 Wall Street Journal reporters after it published an op-ed using a term that invokes the biggest humiliation in Chinese history
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    China kicked out 3 Wall Street Journal reporters after it published an op-ed using a term that invokes the biggest humiliation in Chinese history

    Reuters/Pool China is expelling three Wall Street Journal reporters, accusing the newspaper of publishing a racist headline about the country's battle with coronavirus. On February 3, the Journal had published an op-ed by a foreign-affairs academic titled "China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia." The "sick man of Asia" is a 19th-century term that referred to a time when China was internally divided and exploited by foreign powers — a period that still deeply humiliates the country's leadership.

  • Kidnappers prey with ‘total impunity’ on migrants waiting for hearings in Mexico
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    Kidnappers prey with ‘total impunity’ on migrants waiting for hearings in Mexico

    The people waiting to board the van have already crossed into the USA, but have been sent back under the Trump administration's so-called Migrant Protection Protocols - known as “Remain in Mexico” – whereby would be asylum seekers must await their appointed hearing south of the border. MPP was rolled out in January last year, since when an estimated 57,000 people now wait south of the border for their asylum hearing date. Tens of thousands more are waiting just for the initial application for asylum.

  • Kent State 'gun girl' claims students started a riot over her - police say they did not
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    Kent State 'gun girl' claims students started a riot over her - police say they did not

    A campus protest against the “Kent State gun girl” Kaitlin Bennett was not “a riot,” according to Ohio University police. Ms Bennett, who helps run a conservative website called Liberty Hangout and who often appears on Alex Jones' InfoWars programs, was driven off the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio on Monday by a student protest according to the Athens News. She said the students “started a riot” and claims the police “let it happen.

  • Hunter Biden Served on Board of Trade Group That Lobbied Obama Admin for Increased Ukraine Aid: Report
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    Hunter Biden Served on Board of Trade Group That Lobbied Obama Admin for Increased Ukraine Aid: Report

    Hunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, was on the board of a trade group that lobbied the Obama administration for increased U.S. aid to Ukraine, according to a report Tuesday. From 2012 through 2018, the younger Biden served as a director for the Center for U.S. Global Leadership and was connected as well with its affiliate, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, The Daily Caller reported. The two groups, which include about 400 larger corporations and non-government organizations, lobbied for increased spending abroad by the State Department's International Affairs Budget, including a special focus on Ukraine.

  • Russian Intelligence Recruited Mexican Man to Spy on FBI Informant in Miami, Feds Say
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    Russian Intelligence Recruited Mexican Man to Spy on FBI Informant in Miami, Feds Say

    Russian intelligence recruited a Mexican citizen to track down the whereabouts of an FBI informant in Miami who previously provided the U.S. government with information on Russian operations “implicating national security interests of the United States. The Mexican man, Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, was arrested on Monday after being recruited by a Russian official last year, according to The Miami Herald and the Justice Department. After renting out a specific Miami property at the direction of the official, Fuentes allegedly traveled to Moscow earlier this month for more instructions.

  • Russia Hates This: Why the Astute-Class Submarine Is the Pride of the Royal Navy
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    Russia Hates This: Why the Astute-Class Submarine Is the Pride of the Royal Navy

    Key Point: London's Astute class submarines are powerful and very well-built. Since the commissioning of HMS Dreadnought in 1963, the Royal Navy has maintained a formidable force of nuclear attack submarines. The latest nuclear attack subs, the Astute class, have become a critical component of the future of the Royal Navy—but, given Russia's resurgence, are they enough?

  • This purse was lost behind a locker in the 1950s. Its contents reveal what high school was like then
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    This purse was lost behind a locker in the 1950s. Its contents reveal what high school was like then

    NORTH CANTON, Ohio – A dirty, faded red purse from the 1950s was found stuck behind a school locker in Ohio – more than 60 years after it was lost. The clutch's contents revealed that the purse belonged to Patti Rumfola, who lost her purse in 1957 as a teenager attending Hoover High School. The school was built in 1956, but now the building serves as the district's middle school, North Canton Middle School.

  • Large majority of nonvoters plan to cast ballots in November, new report finds
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    Large majority of nonvoters plan to cast ballots in November, new report finds

    These nonvoters also tend not to participate in the political process because they are less likely to actively seek out news and don't feel they have enough information about candidates and issues to make a decision on Election Day, the study found. Survey respondents also cited feeling "depressed, discouraged or distracted" when consuming news and "intentionally" avoiding the news. The survey found that if the nonvoters were to vote this year, they would be more or less evenly divided, with 33 percent supporting Democrats and 30 percent supporting Republicans.

  • Tennessee inmate moved to death watch; attorneys seek stay
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    Tennessee inmate moved to death watch; attorneys seek stay

    Tennessee inmate Nicholas Sutton was placed on a death watch early Tuesday ahead of his scheduled execution later this week for the decades-old killing of a fellow inmate. Meanwhile, Sutton's attorneys made two last ditch appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. Inmates on death watch are kept under 24-hour surveillance in a cell beside the execution chamber, the Tennessee Department of Correction said.

  • The cruise industry has been rocked by the coronavirus. Here's you how can find out if your ship has been impacted.
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    The cruise industry has been rocked by the coronavirus. Here's you how can find out if your ship has been impacted.

    Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon The Wuhan coronavirus has had a significant impact on the cruise industry. More than 200 people on Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess ship have tested positive for the virus, and passengers on other ships have had their trips canceled or altered. Cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean International have warned that the coronavirus could hurt their financial performance.

  • Deaf Argentine abuse survivors target pope with defiant message
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    Deaf Argentine abuse survivors target pope with defiant message

    Three deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina say they want Pope Francis finally to live up to his promises of reform -- and they are taking their call directly to the Vatican this week. The three told AFP they were "tortured" by their abusers but now felt emboldened after a high-profile trial in their case last year that put two priests behind bars for decades in the pope's homeland. "In the world there are a lot of countries where these things continue to happen and there's silence," said Daniel Sgardelis, 45, speaking through a sign language interpreter during a visit to the UN in Geneva.

  • John Oliver explains the pros and cons of Medicare-for-all, goes with the pros
    The Week

    John Oliver explains the pros and cons of Medicare-for-all, goes with the pros

    John Oliver kicked off his new season of Last Week Tonight on Sunday by looking at "an issue that has dominated the Democratic primary — and I'm not talking about why Tom Steyer doesn't look richer" (though he did address that). Mostly, he tackled Medicare-for-all, comparing the "government-funded, single-payer program" proposed by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.

  • Reuters

    China threatened to harm Czech companies over Taiwan visit - letter

    The Chinese government threatened to retaliate against leading Czech companies if a senior Czech official made good on a planned visit to Taiwan, according to a diplomatic message reviewed by Reuters. The Jan. 10 letter, sent by China's embassy in Prague to the Czech president's office, suggested that automaker Skoda, lender Home Credit Group, and musical instrument maker Petrof Pianos would suffer if late Czech lawmaker Jaroslav Kubera visited the self-ruled island as planned. Chinese officials in Beijing did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

  • Bernie Sanders Campaign Says Asking for His Health Records Is a ‘Smear’ Like Birtherism
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    Bernie Sanders Campaign Says Asking for His Health Records Is a ‘Smear’ Like Birtherism

    You might think it's not too big of an ask to see comprehensive medical records from Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 78-year-old potential president who suffered from a heart attack just months ago, especially as he promised “full disclosure” of his medical history in an interview last year. In an interview with CNN's New Day on Wednesday morning, the campaign's national press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, compared requests for her boss' full medical records to the birtherism attacks volleyed at former President Barack Obama.

  • Man arrested after allegedly tracking U.S. source for Russia
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    Man arrested after allegedly tracking U.S. source for Russia

    A Mexican man residing in Singapore was arrested in the U.S. on Tuesday, after he allegedly tracked a U.S. government source for Russia in order to obtain the source's license plate number. Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes has been charged with acting in the U.S. on behalf of a foreign government without notifying the attorney general, and conspiracy to do the same. Court documents allege that a Russian government official recruited Fuentes in 2019 and tasked him with renting a specific property in Miami-Dade County, Florida, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

  • Bloomberg campaign: There are only three viable presidential candidates
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    Bloomberg campaign: There are only three viable presidential candidates

    Only three candidates out of the more than half dozen vying for the White House have a viable path to the nomination, a senior official for the Mike Bloomberg campaign told reporters Tuesday.

  • NSA whistleblower who leaked Russian hacking report petitions for clemency
    The Guardian

    NSA whistleblower who leaked Russian hacking report petitions for clemency

    Supporters of Reality Winner, a National Security Agency whistleblower who leaked classified information about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, petitioned Donald Trump on Monday for her early release from prison. Alison Grinter, an attorney representing the former US air force intelligence specialist, announced at a press conference in Dallas that she had submitted 4,500 letters of support to the federal office of the pardon attorney, the division of the Department of Justice that advises the US president on executive clemency decisions.

  • Abbott says top Malaysian leaders suspected pilot of MH370
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    Abbott says top Malaysian leaders suspected pilot of MH370

    Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. Australia, working on Malaysia's behalf, coordinated what became the largest search in aviation history, but it failed to find the plane before being ended in 2017. Speaking in a Sky News documentary to air on Wednesday and Thursday, Abbott said high-ranking Malaysian officials believed veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately downed the jet.

  • A Japanese disease expert who inspected the Diamond Princess said he was 'so scared' of catching the coronavirus because hygiene on the cruise ship was so bad
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    A Japanese disease expert who inspected the Diamond Princess said he was 'so scared' of catching the coronavirus because hygiene on the cruise ship was so bad

    NHK/YouTube/Kentato Iwata A Japanese disease expert who inspected the Diamond Princess said hygiene on the quarantined cruise ship was so bad that he was genuinely "so scared" of contracting the novel coronavirus on board. Professor Kentaro Iwata, who was on the ground during the Ebola and SARS outbreaks, said he "never had fear" of getting infected by those diseases, but was terrified of getting the coronavirus on the Diamond Princess. The ship and its passengers have been quarantined in Yokohama Bay since February 3, though some governments evacuated their citizens this week.

  • 'Ice volcanoes' erupt on a Lake Michigan beach. Here's what they look like.
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    'Ice volcanoes' erupt on a Lake Michigan beach. Here's what they look like.

    An ice volcano is a cone-shaped mound of ice formed over a lake by the eruption of water and slush through an ice shelf. "Ice volcanoes occur in locations in which waves hit accumulated ice on the shoreline with some force," said Cort Spholten, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Grand Rapids. "We were cold enough to form ice on the shore of Lake Michigan, and water had broken the surface of that ice," Spholten said.

  • New Mexico woman who was pregnant with third child still missing three years later
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    New Mexico woman who was pregnant with third child still missing three years later

    “Holidays will never be the same,” Jennifer told Dateline. Liz, as she is known by her family and friends, was four months pregnant with her third child. “She got in his truck and that's the last time I ever heard from her,” Amber said.

  • Coronavirus Means the Federal Reserve Must Cut Interest Rates
    The National Interest

    Coronavirus Means the Federal Reserve Must Cut Interest Rates

    The Greenspan Fed was struggling to get inflation to its 2% target and inflation expectations were falling. The Federal Open Market Committee slashed the fed funds rate to 1.25% to stave off a further contraction in economic activity or inflation. The economic hit from the 2019 escalation of the U.S.-China trade war and the combination of the Iraq War and popping of the tech bubble are noteworthy in the similarity.

  • Mike Bloomberg takes 2nd place in new Democratic primary poll, qualifies for Wednesday's debate
    The Week

    Mike Bloomberg takes 2nd place in new Democratic primary poll, qualifies for Wednesday's debate

    A few days before the Nevada caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has taken a 12 percentage point lead in the Democratic presidential contest, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Tuesday morning. Sanders has the support of 31 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, up 9 points from the last Marist poll in December, but coming in at No. 2 is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at 19 percent. This poll qualifies Bloomberg to participate in Wednesday's Democratic debate, though Bloomberg won't be on the ballot in Saturday's caucuses.