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  • 'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from closed-door testimony
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    'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from closed-door testimony

    When Republican congressman Matt Gaetz tried to attend an impeachment inquiry deposition Monday morning at the U.S. Capitol, he ran smack into the often arcane and confusing rules of Congress. Gaetz, a rabble-rouser from Florida who accused Democrats of dirty tricks last fall, claimed that as a member of the House Judiciary Committee he should be allowed to attend the deposition of Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top Russia and Europe adviser. The impeachment inquiry depositions are being held behind closed doors inside the Capitol.

  • What's causing record rates of STDs?
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    What's causing record rates of STDs?

    The combined number of cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 2.4 million cases of the three sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year, an increase of more than 100,000 from the previous year. Congenital syphilis led to 94 newborn deaths in 2018, the CDC said.

  • Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal
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    Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

    The Vatican's latest scandal claimed its first victim Monday as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation. The Vatican said its police chief, Domenico Giani, bore no responsibility for the leaked flyer but resigned to avoid disrupting the investigation and "out of love for the church and faithfulness" to the pope. Giani, a 20-year veteran of the Vatican's security services, has stood by Francis' side and jogged alongside his popemobile during hundreds of public appearances and foreign trips.

  • Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskey
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    Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskey

    Four inmates from a Texas federal prison were caught after they escaped and returned with whiskey and cellphones, officials said. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said investigators began conducting surveillance behind the Federal Prison Complex in Beaumont, Texas, about 90 miles east of Houston, after receiving reports that inmates were leaving to bring back contraband. The men, identified as Julian Lemus, 34, Robert Young, 45, Leo Martinez, 25, and Silvestre Rico, 35, were booked into the LaSalle Correctional Facility on charges of escape.

  • China Built a Flying Saucer
    Popular Mechanics

    China Built a Flying Saucer

    A strange-looking vehicle at an air show in China is getting buzz for an obvious reason: It appears to resemble a UFO. We don't know much about the vehicle, including which sector of the Chinese military built it, and if it can fly or not. Both the U.S. Army and Air Force have previously explored similar projects that have failed.

  • In Jamal Khashoggi's death, Saudi money is talking louder than murder
    USA TODAY Opinion

    In Jamal Khashoggi's death, Saudi money is talking louder than murder

    Anyone interested in what it looks like to get away with murder should peruse the attendee list for Saudi Arabia's flashy "Davos in the Desert" this month. Vaporizing into the desert heat is all the righteous alarm that compelled leading financial firms to boycott the event last year out of concern that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, weeks before, had ordered the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Attending this year's extravaganza are executives of JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, all of them institutions selected to underwrite the kingdom's highly anticipated, partial public offering of its oil company, Aramco, valued $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion.

  • Turkey slams 'dirty deal' between Syria's Assad and Kurdish forces
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    Turkey slams 'dirty deal' between Syria's Assad and Kurdish forces

    Turkey dismissed global opposition to its military operation in Syria on Tuesday and slammed a "dirty deal" between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Kurdish forces as US troops began their withdrawal from the battle zone. Turkey's operation against Kurdish militants in Syria, launched a week ago, has been widely criticised by the international community, with the US, a NATO ally, slapping sanctions on Ankara. "We will continue to combat all terrorist groups, including Daesh (the Islamic State group), whether or not the world agrees to support our efforts," Fahrettin Altun, communications director at the Turkish presidency, told AFP.

  • Reuters

    France warns of 'endless soap opera' on EU membership talks with Balkans

    France stuck to its hardline position against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, warning it could not approve negotiations until the bloc reformed the "endless soap opera" of admitting new members. Europe ministers, making a third attempt since June 2018 to approve membership talks for the Balkan hopefuls, are set to discuss in Luxembourg opening a path for Skopje and Tirana, with broad EU support and backing from the United States. But Amelie de Montchalin, France's European affairs minister, said there could be no way forward until what French President Emmanuel Macron in July called "deep reform" of EU membership rules.

  • Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Rugged as a Military-Spec Vehicle
    Car and Driver

    Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Rugged as a Military-Spec Vehicle

    AM General is known for turning the Humvee into the civilian Hummer, but now the company is teaming with Jeep to build a military-grade Jeep Gladiator. The Gladiator XMT (Extreme Military-Grade Truck) features massive off-road tires, two 4x4 systems, skid plates and tow hooks, and the doors and roof are removed. The XMT could go into production as soon as late 2020, but only if the U.S. Army places the order.

  • Dad of 19-Year-Old Killed by Wife of U.S. ‘Spy’ Wants to Talk to Trump ‘Man to Man’
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    Dad of 19-Year-Old Killed by Wife of U.S. ‘Spy’ Wants to Talk to Trump ‘Man to Man’

    Sacoolas, whose husband is an intelligence officer stationed at the important listening base, invoked diplomatic immunity in the days after the accident. Now, the Dunn family are in New York to try to put pressure on the American government and hopefully even speak to President Donald Trump to urge him to send Sacoolas back to the U.K. to face justice. “I just want to talk to him man to man, father to father,” Tim Dunn told reporters Monday morning.

  • Anthony Scaramucci is desperately trying to recruit Mitt Romney for a 2020 run
    The Week

    Anthony Scaramucci is desperately trying to recruit Mitt Romney for a 2020 run

    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is running for president again — at least in Anthony Scaramucci's dreams. The famously short-lived White House communications director has since turned on the president who appointed him, and has publicly said he's trying to knock President Trump off the 2020 ticket. Now, it seems Scaramucci has decided on his dream candidate, and has launched a website and line of T-shirts to persuade him to run.

  • Woman will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder of boyfriend
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    Woman will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder of boyfriend

    A woman who poured gasoline on the couch where her sleeping boyfriend lay and then shut the door after seeing him jump up and yell "hot, hot" will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder.

  • Hong Kong's leader: Territory not becoming a police state
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    Hong Kong's leader: Territory not becoming a police state

    Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that "it's totally irresponsible and unfounded" to suggest the semi-autonomous Chinese territory is becoming a police state as her government grapples with protests now in their fifth month. In a spirited defense of Hong Kong's 30,000-strong police force and her handling of the protests in response to criticism from visiting U.S. senators, Carrie Lam challenged the notion that the territory is losing its freedoms, unique in China, as police battle demonstrators in the streets. "I would challenge every politician to ask themselves if the large extent of violent acts, and all those petrol bombs and arson and deadly attacks on policemen, happened in their own country, what would they do?

  • When police misconduct occurs, records often stay secret. One mom's fight to change that.
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    When police misconduct occurs, records often stay secret. One mom's fight to change that.

    Furious about the way she was treated, she worked with other families whose relatives were killed by police to help push for the recent passage of California's new Senate Bill 1421, which as of January 1 overrides decades of precedent and requires police departments to open internal investigation records related to deadly force and police wrongdoing. The law could inspire reform at police departments across the nation at a time when the relationship between police and the public is fraught with tension following numerous fatal shootings, particularly involving victims of color.

  • Iran's Mad Max Navy Could Give Donald Trump a Giant Headache in a War
    The National Interest

    Iran's Mad Max Navy Could Give Donald Trump a Giant Headache in a War

    Key point: In terms of 'civilian boats,' the IRGCN musters hundreds of fast-in-short boats are on the pattern of the open-cabin 'Boston Whaler' motorboat, typically fitted with unguided rocket launchers, rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and recoilless rifles. On May 16, 2019, U.S. officials cited reports that Iran had installed missiles on civilian motorboats in the Persian Gulf as a justification for a major deployment of U.S. military forces to the Middle East. Take, for example, this video which depicts a swarm of rocket-armed boats unleashing a hail of rockets upon a giant mockup of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

  • View 2021 Genesis GV70 Spy Photos
    Car and Driver

    View 2021 Genesis GV70 Spy Photos

    This is our first look at the upcoming GV80 crossover's smaller sibling. From Car and Driver

  • Netanyahu asks Putin to pardon American-Israeli jailed on drug charges
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    Netanyahu asks Putin to pardon American-Israeli jailed on drug charges

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to pardon an American-Israeli woman sentenced to 7-1/2 years in jail for a few grams of cannabis found in her luggage at a Moscow airport. Naama Issachar's case has opened up an unusually public rift between Israel and Russia. Her family says the New Jersey-born woman is being punished disproportionately to pressure Israel into freeing a Russian held in Israel on a U.S. extradition request.

  • India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed
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    India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed

    Text messaging services were blocked in Indian Kashmir just hours after being restored when a truck driver was killed by suspected militants and his vehicle set ablaze, authorities said Tuesday. Separately, Indian officials said a 24-year-old woman died in the latest exchange of artillery fire with Pakistan over their de-facto border dividing the blood-soaked Himalayan region. Three people -- a father and his two children aged 10 and 11 -- were killed in a Pakistani district next to the Line of Control after mortar shells hit their homes, officials said on Tuesday.

  • The New York Times

    Trump's Botched Attempt to Hire Gowdy

    For 24 hours last week, Trey Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman best known for leading congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton, was the new face of President Donald Trump's outside legal defense and a symbol of a streamlined effort to respond to a fast-moving impeachment inquiry. A day later, the arrangement fell apart, with lobbying rules prohibiting Gowdy from starting until January, possibly after the inquiry is over. Now, according to two people familiar with events, Gowdy is never expected to join the team.

  • A 75-year-old cruise ship passenger jumped overboard a Carnival-owned ship between Portugal and Spain (CCL)
    Business Insider

    A 75-year-old cruise ship passenger jumped overboard a Carnival-owned ship between Portugal and Spain (CCL)

    A 75-year-old Costa Cruises passenger jumped overboard, a Costa representative told Business Insider. The representative said the woman "voluntarily" jumped from the balcony in her cabin on the Costa Pacifica ship. The woman's body was found on the morning of October 11 off the coast of Spain, the NATO Allied Maritime Command said in a statement.

  • Dutch police discover family locked away for years in isolated farmhouse
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    Dutch police discover family locked away for years in isolated farmhouse

    Dutch police acting on a tip-off discovered six young adult siblings who had apparently spent years locked away in a secret room in an isolated farmhouse "waiting for the end of time," local broadcasters reported on Tuesday.

  • South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home
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    South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

    South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead at her home south of Seoul on Monday, police said. The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn't answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department. "The investigation is ongoing and we won't make presumptions about the cause of death," said Kim, adding that security camera footage at Sulli's home showed no signs of an intrusion.

  • Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.
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    Hundreds of police officers have been labeled liars. Some still help send people to prison.

    Last year, the state's attorney's office started reviewing court cases involving at least 25 Baltimore police officers because of misconduct charges against them. Prosecutors recently began asking the courts to vacate nearly 800 convictions that involved testimony or investigations by these officers – and more could be coming as the office continues to gather information. More than 530 Baltimore police officers have been added to an internal notification system, and defense attorneys are contacted if those officers are considered by prosecutors as witnesses.

  • California Mandates Free Abortion at Public Colleges
    National Review

    California Mandates Free Abortion at Public Colleges

    Democratic governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation making California the first state in the country to require public colleges and universities to provide medical-abortion pills to students at campus health centers. S.B. 24, or the College Student Right to Access Act, will compel all 34 University of California and California State University campuses to make the RU-486 chemical-abortion pill available through campus health centers by 2023, in theory at no cost to students. Last fall, then-governor Jerry Brown refused to sign the legislation, using talking points similar to those that pro-life groups such as Students for Life of America used when lobbying against the bill.

  • Court Ruling Extends Vote Protest of Philippine Marcos’ Son
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    Court Ruling Extends Vote Protest of Philippine Marcos’ Son

    The Philippines' top court on Tuesday decided to release the initial results of the vice-presidential vote recount, which the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' son said will delay his chance to assume the post. Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he is “frustrated” by the court's decision not to resolve his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo victory in the 2016 polls. Robredo is already halfway through her six-year term.