Surveillance video shows missing Alabama girl 'willingly' get inside SUV before disappearance, police say

Authorities in Alabama are searching for a 13-year-old girl who was last seen roughly two days ago.

  • 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.

  • Suspects in abduction, murder of 7-year-old Mexican girl detained
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    Suspects in abduction, murder of 7-year-old Mexican girl detained

    Mexican authorities arrested a couple believed to have kidnapped, tortured and murdered a seven year-old girl on Wednesday, days after the discovery of the victim's body sparked protests in the violence-wracked country. The suspects "were detained in a town in the State of Mexico," Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum tweeted, without giving more detail. Prosecutors on Tuesday released pictures of the two suspects -- identified as Giovana and Mario Alberto "N" -- after searching a house near the victim's home.

  • 2 socialites have reportedly died after their Mercedes fell off a ferry leaving the most expensive ZIP code in the United States
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    2 socialites have reportedly died after their Mercedes fell off a ferry leaving the most expensive ZIP code in the United States

    Fisher Island, a private, man-made island off the coast of Miami, is known for being the richest ZIP code in the US, where the average income of residents is $2.2 million and the median home value is roughly $2.9 million. Police recovered and identified the bodies as socialites Emma Afra and Viviane Brahms, according to The Miami Herald. A blue Mercedes-Benz inexplicably rolled off the Fisher Island Ferry on Tuesday at around 5 p.m., killing the two women sitting in the car, according to The Miami Herald.

  • Pope tenderly kissed on forehead by man in front-row seat
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    Pope tenderly kissed on forehead by man in front-row seat

    Well-wishers at Pope Francis' weekly audience have thrust soccer T-shirts, flowers and many a wailing baby into his arms. On Wednesday, Francis seemed to thoroughly enjoy a surprise expression of affection: a long, tender kiss planted on his forehead by a man in one of the front-row seats reserved for ailing or disabled people at the end of his audience. Francis appeared to be smiling when the man, who stood up when the pontiff approached to greet him and others in the front row, pulled the pope's head toward him and gave a kiss lasting several seconds, pressing his nose against Francis' forehead in the process.

  • Nigerian Governor Demands 100,000 Troops to Quell Insurgency
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    Nigerian Governor Demands 100,000 Troops to Quell Insurgency

    Nigeria must recruit 100,000 additional soldiers to end the long-running insurgency by the Islamist Boko Haram group, the governor of a state at the epicenter of the violence said. The militant group has inflicted “horrific and simultaneous attacks” in Borno state since March 2019, Governor Babagana Zulum said in a statement on Wednesday. The military don't have the manpower, they don't have the equipment.

  • Pompeo says 'mature, responsible countries' don't 'restrict speech' after China expels reporters
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    Pompeo says 'mature, responsible countries' don't 'restrict speech' after China expels reporters

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is condemning China for its decision to expel three reporters from The Wall Street Journal from the country. "Mature, responsible countries understand that a free press reports facts and expresses opinions," Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday. This came after China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said three journalists from the Journal would have their credentials revoked over the paper's recent headline, "China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia," The New York Times reports.

  • What happened in Vegas? Who won, who lost and takeaways from the Democratic debate
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    What happened in Vegas? Who won, who lost and takeaways from the Democratic debate

    It took less than five minutes for Elizabeth Warren to set the tone for Wednesday's debate. Warren critiqued every other candidate's health care plan in a single answer, injecting a rush of new energy into her campaign. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar continued a running battle that has built over several debates, while Biden lit into Bloomberg over Obamacare and Sanders faced questions about his policy disagreements with a powerful Nevada labor union.

  • Mike Lee Slams Equal Rights Amendment as Part of ‘Radical Pro-Abortion Agenda’
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    Mike Lee Slams Equal Rights Amendment as Part of ‘Radical Pro-Abortion Agenda’

    By passing this amendment, we would be upending decades of legal precedent that makes these things clear, putting into their place uncertainty and putting into their place a radical pro-abortion agenda with which I passionately disagree with,” Lee told the audience. Republicans contend the amendment would be used as a constitutional protection for legalized abortion at any stage. On February 13, the House passed a resolution scrapping the deadline for passage of the amendment, which expired almost 40 years ago.

  • Fearing infection, residents protest coronavirus evacuees landing in Ukraine
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    Fearing infection, residents protest coronavirus evacuees landing in Ukraine

    Residents in central Ukraine protested the arrival of a plane carrying evacuees from China's Hubei province on Thursday, fearing they could be infected with the coronavirus despite authorities insisting there was no danger. Protesters from the village of Novi Sanzhary blocked the road leading to a sanatorium where the evacuees are due to be held in quarantine for at least two weeks to make sure they were not carrying the virus. The protest prompted President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to issue a statement reassuring Ukrainians that there was no danger, that the authorities had done everything possible to make sure the virus would not spread to Ukraine.

  • Trump repeatedly struggles to pronounce words during conspiracy-laden rally, before suggesting he'll pardon Roger Stone in late-night tweet
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    Trump repeatedly struggles to pronounce words during conspiracy-laden rally, before suggesting he'll pardon Roger Stone in late-night tweet

    Donald Trump delivered a stumbling, incoherent and at times outright fictitious re-election rally addres in which he complained about a dog's media coverage and appeared to approve calls to imprison Hillary Clinton. The dark, grievance-filled speech to supporters, delivered at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Arizona, was followed by a tweet which appeared to suggest he may pardon convicted friend and former advisor Roger Stone. It came just a day after Mr Trump, apparently emboldened by his impeachment acquittal, pardoned a host of white-collar criminals, many with personal connections to the president's donors and supporters.

  • 2 teens charged in deadly California library fire that killed at least one firefighter
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    2 teens charged in deadly California library fire that killed at least one firefighter

    PORTERVILLE, Calif. — Two 13-year-olds have been arrested and booked on suspicion arson and manslaughter charges in a deadly fire on Tuesday that destroyed the Porterville Library. Tuesday's blaze started shortly after 4 p.m. and killed one firefighter and left another missing. The man killed has been identified as Fire Capt. Raymond Figueroa, 35.

  • The Mormon Church's secretive $100 billion fund revealed huge stakes in Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Here are its 10 biggest holdings.
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    The Mormon Church's secretive $100 billion fund revealed huge stakes in Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Here are its 10 biggest holdings.

    The Mormon Church's secretive $100 billion investment fund revealed massive stakes in Microsoft, Apple, and other tech titans for the first time this month. Ensign Peak Advisors, the investing arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, boasted a $40 billion stock portfolio at the end of December, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The fund — which is more than 50 years old — held $6 billion worth of shares in just five companies: Microsoft, Apple, Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon, and Intel.

  • Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive
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    Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

    More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust, officials said Thursday. Cardinal José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça, the Vatican's chief librarian, told reporters that all researchers — regardless of nationality, faith and ideology — were welcome to request permission to use the Vatican's Apostolic Library, which will open the archive on March 2. Some Jewish groups and historians have said Pius, who was pope from 1939-1958, stayed silent during the Holocaust and didn't do enough to save lives.

  • Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban over fears of potential civil war
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    Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban over fears of potential civil war

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons has failed after members of his own party balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Coronavirus outbreak: Three questions on China’s response

    It's hard to say – and worth keeping in mind that other parts of the world have also experienced outbreaks in recent years, such as the 2009 swine flu pandemic that started in Mexico, and the MERS coronavirus that originated in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Many Chinese at home and abroad have raised concern about increased bias since this outbreak came to light. Here's a look at how China's top-down politics plays into public health, as well as what Beijing and the rest of the world are doing to stem the tide.

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    Hong Kong Double-Dip, Australia Puzzle, Singapore Spend: Eco Day

    Welcome to Wednesday, Asia. Here's the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day started: To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Heath in Sydney at mheath1@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Jackson at pjackson53@bloomberg.net, Alexandra Veroude For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com Subscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source. ©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are both 78. And both, it turns out, have had heart operations.
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    Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are both 78. And both, it turns out, have had heart operations.

    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned 78 years old last Friday. Yesterday, a voter told me he was interested in Bloomberg because "Biden & Bernie are too old."@JoeBiden is 77. Everybody is expected to pile on Bloomberg in Wednesday night's Democratic debate in Nevada, and Sanders tested out his salvos in a CNN town hall on Tuesday night.

  • 9 Rural Farms of the 21st Century Featuring Stunning Modern Design
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    9 Rural Farms of the 21st Century Featuring Stunning Modern Design

    From Italy to Tasmania, a new book covers those farms with an eye on both sustainability and beautiful design Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • UK heralds end of 'cheap labor from Europe' with post-Brexit immigration system
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    UK heralds end of 'cheap labor from Europe' with post-Brexit immigration system

    Britain will prioritize access for high-skilled workers from around the world in its post-Brexit points-based immigration system, the government said on Tuesday, setting out its plans to put an end to a reliance on "cheap labor from Europe". Concern over the impact of high levels of immigration from the European Union was one of the key drivers behind Britain's 2016 vote to leave the bloc and the government has said it plans to bring overall migration numbers down. It will mark a sea change for businesses who have grown used to having access to a large pool of EU workers, particularly since 2004 when the accession of several former communist states in central and eastern Europe saw a big influx of migrants coming to Britain to work.

  • George Zimmerman sues Warren, Buttigieg for $265 million
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    George Zimmerman sues Warren, Buttigieg for $265 million

    The lawsuit claims the candidates "defamed Zimmerman for political gain in misguided and malicious attempts to bolster their standings amongst African-American voters, all at Zimmerman's expense." They did so in "separate postings on their Twitter accounts" on Feb. 5 that suggested that Zimmerman killed Martin as a result of "racism" or "fear" because of the teen's skin color, the suit alleges. "The defamatory tweets are not an account of two sides of an issue that raises questions in a reader's mind," the suit states.

  • Trump's pardon of Bernie Kerik also apparently wiped out Kerik's $103,300 debt to taxpayers
    The Week

    Trump's pardon of Bernie Kerik also apparently wiped out Kerik's $103,300 debt to taxpayers

    President Trump granted a full pardon to former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik on Tuesday, clearing him of his eight counts of tax fraud, lying to federal investigators, and other crimes that accompanied his downfall. Kerik had already served his three years in prison for his crimes, but the pardon wipes out more than his criminal record, the New York Daily News reports. "The pardon cancels out $103,300 in restitution that Kerik still owed the Internal Revenue Service as part of his sentence, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan."

  • Looted 18th century crown returned to Ethiopia after decades
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    Looted 18th century crown returned to Ethiopia after decades

    A rare and looted crown from the 18th century was returned to Ethiopia on Thursday after it was discovered in the Netherlands two decades ago. The Dutch government facilitated the handover “with the belief that it has a duty to restitute this important artifact back to Ethiopia,” the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said, sharing photos of a smiling Abiy holding the ceremonial crown. “This is a historic day for us,” Hirut Kassaw, Ethiopia's minister for culture and tourism, told The Associated Press.

  • Why Aren't Countries Buying This Powerful Chinese Drone?
    The National Interest

    Why Aren't Countries Buying This Powerful Chinese Drone?

    Key point: The CH-4 is roughly similar to the U.S.-made MQ-1 Predator. China's CH-4 killer drone appears to be falling out of favor with some of its major operators. The Iraqi air force is down to just one operational CH-4 out of a fleet of around 10, according to an August 2019 report from the U.S. inspector-general.

  • South Korea and Vietnam are asking millions to stay home to avoid coronavirus as more people get infected and die outside of China
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    South Korea and Vietnam are asking millions to stay home to avoid coronavirus as more people get infected and die outside of China

    Reuters Both South Korea and Vietnam are starting to restrict the movement of people en masse as more fatal cases of coronavirus appear outside of China. South Korea, which on Thursday recorded its first death from the virus, and increased its official count of infections by one third. The 2.5 million citizens of Daegu have been asked to stay home.

  • Indonesia Eyes $1.7 Billion Windfall From Plastic, Emission Levy
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    Indonesia Eyes $1.7 Billion Windfall From Plastic, Emission Levy

    Indonesia plans to impose excise duty on plastic bags, sugary drinks and vehicle emissions with the new levies expected to net the government about $1.7 billion in additional revenue annually.The new measures, apart from bolstering tax collections, are aimed at tackling climate change as well as a growing prevalence of chronic diseases, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told lawmakers in Jakarta Wednesday.“This proposal will face resistance from industry and businesses but we have to implement it to protect our environment,” Indrawati said of the plastic bag tax. “The government wants to support more environmentally-friendly products,” she said.The tax on vehicles emitting carbon dioxide will rake in 15.7 trillion rupiah ($1.1 billion) a year, according to a government estimate.