State leaders remain at budget standstill over single issue

There is still no agreement over the state budget, which is affecting teachers and some state workers who were hoping to see a salary bump by now and have a little extra in their pockets for the holiday season.

  • In impeachment document, Democrats say Trump endangers security, Trump denies
    Reuters

    In impeachment document, Democrats say Trump endangers security, Trump denies

    WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump said on Saturday the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country's system of government. In a 111-page document filed before Trump's Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, the lawmakers laid out their arguments supporting charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against the president. "The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation's security," the lawmakers said, for the first time formally calling for the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office.

  • Iran Has New Submarines, And That's Bad News For America
    The National Interest

    Iran Has New Submarines, And That's Bad News For America

    Key point: Certain technical questions notwithstanding, the inauguration of the Fateh class suggests that Iran is moving ahead with its Naval modernization program... In yet another milestone on Tehran's path to becoming a self-sustaining regional power, Iranian state news announced the Iranian Navy has commissioned its first homemade submarine. The new Fateh-class vessel was unveiled by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week, at a ceremony held at the Bandar Abbas naval base.

  • Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protests
    AFP

    Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protests

    An off-duty Hong Kong police officer was arrested along with seven other people on Friday as they tried to put pro-democracy posters on a footbridge, police said. It's the first known case of a police officer being apprehended for supporting the massive demonstrations that have led to more than 6,500 arrests in the past seven months. The officer, 31, and the seven other people aged 14 to 61, were arrested at 3:00 am on Friday in Tuen Mun, a district in northwest Hong Kong.

  • Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ river
    USA TODAY

    Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ river

    Vanessa Smallwood, who was 46 at the time of her disappearance, was identified in a statement from New Jersey State Police. Smallwood was a Maple Shade resident, according to the statement. Smallwood was last seen at a dry cleaner's store in Cherry Hill on Jan. 27, 2014, according to the FBI's missing-persons notice.

  • Sanders runs into resistance as he looks beyond Warren dispute
    Politico

    Sanders runs into resistance as he looks beyond Warren dispute

    While Sanders' supporters have rallied around him in the days following the he-said-she-said rift — Warren accused Sanders of privately telling her a woman couldn't win the presidency, which he denied — the campaign is taking steps to remedy the chance it has damaged his standing among undecided voters. In the days following the debate, the Sanders campaign vetted the prospect of having Warren serve as both the vice president and the Treasury secretary, according to an Intercept report.

  • Remains of fallen US soldier returned to Fort Bragg
    Associated Press

    Remains of fallen US soldier returned to Fort Bragg

    The remains of a paratrooper who was killed a week ago in Afghanistan have been returned to his family in the U.S. The family of Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin greeted his flag-draped casket at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg on Saturday, The Fayetteville Observer reported. The 29-year-old from Newport News, Virginia, was killed Jan. 11 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Also killed in the attack was 21-year-old Pfc.

  • Was the Taal Volcano eruption large enough to influence the climate?
    AccuWeather

    Was the Taal Volcano eruption large enough to influence the climate?

    The eruption, which began on Jan. 12, 2020, has forced more than 125,000 people to evacuate the Philippine province of Batangas, where the volcano is located. During the height of the eruption, a large plume of searing hot volcanic ash blossomed approximately 50,000 feet, about 9.5 miles, into the atmosphere, with some materials making it into the stratosphere, according to observations from NASA. The eruption was accompanied by incredible displays of volcanic lightning, which made for breathtaking video footage, fountains of scalding lava and more than 400 earthquakes.

  • Parnas communicated with Nunes aide about Ukraine, documents show
    The Week

    Parnas communicated with Nunes aide about Ukraine, documents show

    Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani who worked as his envoy in Ukraine, communicated with a top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) about an effort to find damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden, documents released Friday night by House Democrats revealed. The evidence shows Derek Harvey, a former White House official and top aide to Nunes, communicated extensively with Parnas and sought to speak with Ukrainian prosecutors who were giving Giuliani information about Biden, reports The Washington Post.

  • Spain's Balearic Islands crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays
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    Spain's Balearic Islands crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays

    Spain's Balearic Islands passed a bill Friday aimed at clamping down on alcohol-fuelled holidays in the Mediterranean archipelago which bans happy hours when drinks are offered a discount and open bars. "This is the first law adopted in Europe which restricts the sale and promotion of alcohol in certain touristic areas," the regional government of the Balearic Islands which have long been a magnet for young German and British tourists, who often drink heavily and enjoy rowdy late-night clubbing. The restrictions will apply to three areas with a reputation for excess: San Antoni on the island of Ibiza and El Arenal and Magaluf -- which has been nicknamed "Shagaluf" because of its reputation for drunken casual sex -- on Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic's four islands.

  • The Hole in the Impeachment Case
    National Review

    The Hole in the Impeachment Case

    Thought experiment No. 1: Suppose Bob Mueller's probe actually proves that Donald Trump is under Vladimir Putin's thumb. Fill in the rest of the blanks with your favorite corruption fantasy: The Kremlin has video of the mogul-turned-president debauching himself in a Moscow hotel; the Kremlin has a bulging file of real-estate transfers through which Trump laundered racketeering proceeds for Putin's favored mobsters and oligarchs; or Trump is recorded cutting a deal to drop Obama-era sanctions against Putin's regime if Russian spies hack Democratic accounts. Thought experiment No. 2: Adam Schiff is not a demagogue.

  • Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters others
    Reuters

    Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters others

    Qatar Airways, Emirates and several other Gulf airlines still fly in Iraqi and Iranian airspace and to cities in both countries, even as other international carriers have rerouted planes since the United States and Iran traded military strikes. Executives and analysts said carriers in the Gulf, a major transit stop between European and Asian destinations, have few alternative routes to choose from in an area where much of the airspace is kept clear of civilian aircraft for military use. In the latest flare up, a U.S. drone strike killed a top general in Iraq on Jan. 3 and Iran fired missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq on Jan. 8.

  • Angolan ex-president dos Santos denies ties to daughter's alleged graft
    AFP

    Angolan ex-president dos Santos denies ties to daughter's alleged graft

    Angola's former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has denied links to alleged public company embezzlement during his rule, in his first response to corruption investigators last month freezing his daughter's assets. Isabel dos Santos, the ex-president's billionaire first-born, has been the target of an anti-corruption campaign led by her father's successor President Joao Lourenco. The investigation is looking at alleged irregularities involving diamond marketing firm Sodiam and Sonangol -- Angola's national oil company, which was handed over to Isabel dos Santos by her father in 2016.

  • 'Sick, dizzy and nauseated:' Teachers sue Delta over jet's fuel dump over schools
    USA TODAY

    'Sick, dizzy and nauseated:' Teachers sue Delta over jet's fuel dump over schools

    A lawsuit was filed Friday against Delta Air Lines by four teachers at an elementary school drenched by jet fuel from an airliner preparing to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport. The four say jet fuel rained down on them after it was jettisoned by the Boeing 777 that was returning to the airport shortly after takeoff . As a result, they became "sick, dizzy and nauseated." Though firefighters didn't transport any of the affected teachers or students from any of several schools that had been under the plane's flight path, one of the teachers said at a press conference said she sought medical help for recurring symptoms.

  • China Thinks It Can Nuke American Cities. Should We Worry?
    The National Interest

    China Thinks It Can Nuke American Cities. Should We Worry?

    Key Point: Despite the developments related above, the balance of opinion in Beijing seems impressively moderate on the prospects for a major nuclear buildup by China. When one reads enough Chinese naval literature, diagrams of multi-axial cruise missile saturation attacks against aircraft carrier groups may begin to seem normal. Targets include the biggest cities on the East and West Coasts, as well as in the Midwest, as one would expect.

  • Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico
    Associated Press

    Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico

    People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger spreading in the U.S. territory after video of the event in Ponce appeared on Facebook, Gov. Wanda Vázquez quickly fired the director of the island's emergency management agency. The governor said she had ordered an investigation after learning the emergency supplies had been piled in the warehouse since Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico in September 2017.

  • The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down
    INSIDER

    The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down

    Molly Riley/Reuters Native American woman Tara Houska says a TSA agent grabbed her braids, whipped them like reins and said "giddyup" while she was going through security at the Minneapolis airport on Monday. A TSA official apologized to Houska for the incident, and released a statement saying "improper behavior is taken seriously" by the agency. The Transportation Security Administration was forced to issue an apology on Tuesday after a Native American woman described on Twitter a humiliating experience going through security at the Minneapolis-St.

  • The 25 Best PSP Games
    Popular Mechanics

    The 25 Best PSP Games

    Console-sized action. On-the-go goodness.From Popular Mechanics

  • Republican group hits Trump with $1 million attack ads on his favorite Fox shows
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    Republican group hits Trump with $1 million attack ads on his favorite Fox shows

    Republicans for the Rule of Law is launching a $1 million ad campaign aimed at pressuring Senate Republicans into calling witnesses during President Trump's impeachment trial.

  • Barron Trump is really tall, and people are joking he could be a future NBA star
    Business Insider

    Barron Trump is really tall, and people are joking he could be a future NBA star

    Trump's youngest son, Barron, is really tall. Social media users were quick to joke that Barron's height could make him an exciting NBA prospect. US President Donald Trump's youngest son Barron was pictured with his dad and mom, Melania, on Friday, and there's only one thing people on the internet can focus on: how tall he is.

  • Reuters

    Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants

    The Philippine military on Sunday said it has launched search and rescue operations for five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by militants belonging to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group in Malaysian waters last week. Eight Indonesians were abducted in Sabah on Thursday. Three were released, while the remaining five were probably brought by their captors to the southern Philippine province of Sulu, said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the military's Western Mindanao Command.

  • Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia
    AFP

    Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia

    Rain and thunderstorms doused long-burning bushfires across much of eastern Australia Saturday, but they also brought a new threat of flooding in some areas. Major bushfires continued to rage in regions of the south and southeast of the country that have so far missed out on the rain, including in wildlife-rich forests on Kangaroo Island off the southern coast. The fire service in New South Wales (NSW) state, the country's most populous and the hardest hit by the crisis, said 75 fires continued to burn Saturday, down from well over 100 a few days earlier.

  • Pompeo Says State Department Will Probe Suspected Surveillance of Former U.S. Ambassador
    National Review

    Pompeo Says State Department Will Probe Suspected Surveillance of Former U.S. Ambassador

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said the State Department will investigate the possibility that former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was illegally surveilled while serving in Kiev. We will do everything we need to do to evaluate whether there was something that took place there,” Pompeo told conservative radio host Tony Katz in an interview. Earlier this week, House Democrats released texts between Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Connecticut Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde in which Hyde rails against Yovanovitch and suggests he had her under surveillance while she was in Kiev and was reporting her actions back to Parnas.

  • What Can Iran Hope To Do Against America's Stealth Aircraft?
    The National Interest

    What Can Iran Hope To Do Against America's Stealth Aircraft?

    Key point: The need for stealth grew only more urgent in 2019 when an Iranian missile knocked an MQ-4C out of the sky. U.S. forces on deployment to the Middle East include F-15E fighter-bombers, F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters and B-52 bombers, among others. But as tensions escalate between the United States and its allies including Saudi Arabia on one hand, and Iran and Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels on the other hand, it's worth considering what other American aircraft might be in the region.

  • Groom accused of sexually assaulting teenage waitress at wedding spared jail
    The Independent

    Groom accused of sexually assaulting teenage waitress at wedding spared jail

    A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his own wedding reception pleaded guilty to misdemeanours after more serious charges against the New Jersey groom were dropped, keeping him out of prison. In a Pennsylvania court on Thursday, 32-year-old newlywed Matthew Aimers received six years of probation as part of a plea agreement on misdemeanour charges of simple assault, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct during his November 2018 reception. Charges of indecent assault, imprisonment of a minor and harassment were dropped.

  • US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala
    Associated Press

    US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala

    The U.S. government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel, according to court documents and the family's advocates. The family's advocates accuse the U.S. of disregarding the health of the children, ages 1 and 6, to push forward a plan currently being challenged in court to send planeloads of families to different countries so that they can seek asylum elsewhere. Both children have been hospitalized in recent days in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley.