Two cars on LIRR train derail in Queens, officials report

Two cars of the 8:56 p.m. train from Penn due at Babylon at 10:11 p.m. derailed just east of Jamaica near Archer Ave and Sutphin Boulevard.

  • Ocasio-Cortez's progressive PAC makes first round of endorsements
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    Ocasio-Cortez's progressive PAC makes first round of endorsements

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Friday her political action committee's first round of endorsements, which will include two progressive candidates challenging sitting Democratic members of Congress. “It's time to elect a progressive majority in Congress accountable to strong, grassroots movements that push support for issues like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, racial justice and more,” said Ocasio-Cortez Friday, announcing the support of seven women via her Courage to Change PAC. When the freshman lawmaker from New York announced in January she was starting her own PAC dedicated to electing progressive legislators, she said it would refuse to pay dues to the House's campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

  • U.S. vs. Huawei: Is future of the internet at stake?
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    U.S. vs. Huawei: Is future of the internet at stake?

    Last week, the U.S. government charged the Chinese company Huawei with running a campaign to steal trade secrets from American businesses over the course of two decades. It was the latest move in the Trump administration's effort to constrain the tech giant, which it considers to be a threat to national security. Huawei is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies.

  • With information from China scarce, U.S. spies enlisted to track coronavirus
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    With information from China scarce, U.S. spies enlisted to track coronavirus

    As Chinese officials face allegations of locking down information about the spread of the coronavirus, U.S. intelligence agencies have been helping in governmentwide efforts to gather information about the disease's global spread. Already, some of the best information about the coronavirus and the Chinese government's response to it is coming from military channels, according to two sources familiar with the matter. “China's behavior causes the intelligence community to get involved,” said one of those sources, a former intelligence official.

  • Girl, 11, gave birth to baby allegedly fathered by brother
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    Girl, 11, gave birth to baby allegedly fathered by brother

    An 11-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her brother gave birth at home, and now he and their parents are facing criminal charges. The girl gave birth to a boy in a bathtub in St. Charles, Missouri, according to a probable cause statement. Her biological brother, who is 17, was charged last week with incest, statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a person younger than 12, while her parents were charged with child endangerment.

  • A crowd in Ukraine threw bricks at buses carrying coronavirus evacuees from Wuhan to quarantine
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    A crowd in Ukraine threw bricks at buses carrying coronavirus evacuees from Wuhan to quarantine

    REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko A crowd of Ukrainian protesters on Thursday attacked buses ferrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, to a quarantine hospital. The buses were transporting 45 Ukrainians and 27 foreign nationals through Novi Sanzhary in central Ukraine. Nobody on board has been confirmed to have the novel coronavirus.

  • 10 Amazing Facts About Polar Bears
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    10 Amazing Facts About Polar Bears

    A few things you might not have known about the largest bear in the world. From Popular Mechanics

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive PAC makes first round of endorsements
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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive PAC makes first round of endorsements

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Friday her political action committee's first round of endorsements, which will include two progressive candidates challenging sitting Democratic members of Congress.

  • CDC is preparing for the 'likely' spread of coronavirus in the US, officials say
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    CDC is preparing for the 'likely' spread of coronavirus in the US, officials say

    Health experts sounded the alarm Friday over the worldwide threat of the coronavirus, with officials warning of its "likely" community spread in the United States and the World Health Organization cautioning that "the window of opportunity is narrowing" for containing the outbreak worldwide. The COVID-19 coronavirus, which erupted in China in December, has killed at least 2,360 people and sickened at least 77,900 worldwide, the majority of cases in mainland China. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Friday that U.S. health officials are preparing for the coronavirus to become a pandemic.

  • US accuses Russia of huge coronavirus disinformation campaign
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    US accuses Russia of huge coronavirus disinformation campaign

    US officials say thousands of social media accounts linked to Russia are part of a coordinated effort to spread disinformation about the new coronavirus. The campaign allegedly aims to damage the US's image and spread unfounded conspiracy theories that it is behind the outbreak which has infected nearly 78,000 globally and killed over 2,500 people. US State Department officials told AFP fake accounts were created and used on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so the campaign could reach as many people as possible in multiple languages.

  • Pete Buttigieg begs Democrats to 'take a sober look' at Bernie Sanders
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    Pete Buttigieg begs Democrats to 'take a sober look' at Bernie Sanders

    Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg wants America to look before it leaps into a Sanders presidency. Buttigieg remained stuck in third place in Nevada's Democratic caucuses as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was projected the winner on Saturday night. "This a great day for our campaign," Buttigieg said Saturday as he asked for campaign donations to keep his candidacy running through Super Tuesday.

  • South Korea virus cases spike as Italy and Iran take drastic steps
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    South Korea virus cases spike as Italy and Iran take drastic steps

    South Korea reported a sharp jump in coronavirus cases on Sunday, while Italy and Iran took drastic containment steps as worldwide fears over the epidemic spiralled. The contagion's spread prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to warn that Africa's unprepared health systems left the continent vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease, which spilled out of China and has infected more than 77,000 people in more than 25 countries. Already one of the worst-hit nations outside China, South Korea reported 123 new cases Sunday, taking its total to 556.

  • San Diego sheriff agrees to share immigration information
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    San Diego sheriff agrees to share immigration information

    The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will share records of people who were criminally arrested with immigration authorities, becoming the first local law enforcement agency in five states to comply with unusual demands for information, authorities said Friday. In recent weeks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued 'administrative subpoenas' — signed by an immigration official, not a judge — to state and local law enforcement agencies in Colorado, Connecticut, New York, Oregon and California. Sheriff Bill Gore's announcement, in a statement from his department late Thursday, came less than a week after ICE issued four subpoenas, the only ones so far in California.

  • Mother of missing Idaho children told police her friend had her son. The friend said she was asked to lie.
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    Mother of missing Idaho children told police her friend had her son. The friend said she was asked to lie.

    Lori Vallow, the Idaho mother of two missing children who has been charged with desertion, told police when they were looking for her son that he was staying with a friend of hers out of state. That friend told police she had been asked to lie and tell investigators that she had the boy, even though he hadn't been there for months. Police in Rexburg, Idaho, also said in a probable cause affidavit filed against Vallow that she has not been seen with her two children for months and essentially erased them from her life before moving to Hawaii with her new and fifth husband.

  • Mike Bloomberg's social media strategy is under fire as Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for platform manipulation
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    Mike Bloomberg's social media strategy is under fire as Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for platform manipulation

    Carlo Allegri/Reuters Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is once again in hot water over his campaign's social media strategy. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Twitter was suspending 70 accounts for tweeting identical messages of support for Bloomberg for violating its rules against platform manipulation. Some accounts were permanently suspended, while others will need to be verified in order to regain posting abilities, a Twitter spokesman told Business Insider.

  • Here Comes 1984: China's Regime Is An Existential Threat to the World
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    Here Comes 1984: China's Regime Is An Existential Threat to the World

    The Chinese communist government increasingly poses an existential threat not just to its own 1.4 billion citizens but to the world at large. China is currently in a dangerously chaotic state. And why not, when a premodern authoritarian society leaps wildly into the brave new world of high-tech science in a single generation? Predictably, the Chinese Communist Party has not developed the social, political, or cultural infrastructure to ensure that its sophisticated industrial and biological research does not go rogue and become destructive to itself and to the billions of people who are on the importing end of Chinese products and protocols.

  • Flat-Earther Daredevil Killed in California Desert Rocket Crash
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    Flat-Earther Daredevil Killed in California Desert Rocket Crash

    A daredevil and “flat earther” was killed Saturday while trying to launch himself 5,000 into the air on steam-powered, homemade rocket in the California desert. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department confirmed that a man had died in Barstow after a “rocket crashed in the open desert during a rocket launch event” but but did not identify the victim. But the Science Channel, which was filming the launch for its new series Homemade Astronauts confirmed that well-known amateur rocket-maker “Mad” Mike Hughes had been killed.

  • Driving home from the hospital 3 days after giving birth, a woman saved a man from a burning oil tanker
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    Driving home from the hospital 3 days after giving birth, a woman saved a man from a burning oil tanker

    Driving home from the hospital only three days after giving birth to a baby boy, Holly McNally intervened in what could have been a tragedy. "Those good samaritans saved this driver's life," said Indiana State Police Sergeant John Perrine. Holly McNally was driving home with her mother near Indianapolis Thursday afternoon when she saw a man on fire.

  • A New York lawmaker wants to treat white supremacists like foreign jihadists. Is this the solution, or a new war on terror?
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    A New York lawmaker wants to treat white supremacists like foreign jihadists. Is this the solution, or a new war on terror?

    If all else were to fail in his fight against the threat of domestic terrorism, Rep. Max Rose offered an unconventional plan to protect the Brooklynites who had come to hear him speak at a Jewish community center: He'd stand on guard duty at their places of worship himself. “I'll do it,” Rose told the people who came out to this low-slung stretch of Ocean Parkway, where mosques and synagogues sit next to auto repair shops and fast food joints. The first Jewish lawmaker to represent Staten Island — and the first Democrat elected by the Republican redoubt in a decade — Rose has recently emerged as a leading proponent of treating white supremacists no differently than law enforcement treats foreign terrorists.

  • A recurring Biden campaign story about being arrested in South Africa is full of inconsistencies
    The Week

    A recurring Biden campaign story about being arrested in South Africa is full of inconsistencies

    Former Vice President Joe Biden has a pretty good tale to share — but it may be a little tall. Biden, who is running for president, has been spicing up his recent campaign stump speeches with a story of how he was arrested while in South Africa trying to see Nelson Mandela, The New York Times reports. During recent campaign speeches, Biden says he "had the great honor" of meeting Mandela and "of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto." As Miami Herald reporter Alex Daugherty points out, Soweto is a ways away from Robben Island, where Mandela's maximum security prison was located.

  • Iran shuts schools, cultural centres as coronavirus kills five
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    Iran shuts schools, cultural centres as coronavirus kills five

    Iran on Saturday ordered the closure of schools, universities and cultural centres after a coronavirus outbreak that has killed five people in the Islamic republic -- the most outside the Far East. The moves came as Iranian authorities reported one more death among 10 new cases of the virus. Since it emerged in December, the new coronavirus has killed 2,345 people in China, the epicentre of the epidemic, and 17 elsewhere in the world.

  • The Latest: Sanders defiant about Democratic establishment
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    The Latest: Sanders defiant about Democratic establishment

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar capped a day of campaigning across Nevada telling a crowd in Reno she's the best candidate for those who are tired of extremes and want someone with proven experience who can bring people together. The Minnesota Democrat started Friday morning in Las Vegas and traveled to rural Elko before making one final plea for support in Reno before Saturday's first-in-the West presidential caucuses. Klobuchar says she has a track record of being able to work not just with Democrats but also Republicans and independents to find common ground.

  • 'Frankly it's bulls***': CNN anchor boils over in interview with corrupt politician pardoned by Trump
    The Independent

    'Frankly it's bulls***': CNN anchor boils over in interview with corrupt politician pardoned by Trump

    In a fiery CNN segment, host Anderson Cooper called out an unrepentant Rod Blagojevich, on his third day out of prison following the commutation of his sentence by Donald Trump. Mr Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois, imprisoned in late 2011 following convictions in 17 out of 20 corruption charges, claimed that he was a “political prisoner” not dissimilar to Nelson Mandela and made excuses as to why he should not have been in prison. Responding to his protestations and refusal to acknowledge established facts, Mr Cooper said: You got out.

  • South Korea accepted that its efforts to stop the coronavirus from infecting the country failed and says it's pivoting to containment
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    South Korea accepted that its efforts to stop the coronavirus from infecting the country failed and says it's pivoting to containment

    Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images With coronavirus cases soaring, the government in South Korea said on Friday that it had failed to keep the virus out of the country and must now focus on containment. South Korea is now the country with the most coronavirus infections outside China, with a total of 433 confirmed cases. The government has urged the 2.5 million people in Daegu to stay in their homes and has banned some public gatherings.

  • Coronavirus: Could It Takedown China's Communist Party?
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    Coronavirus: Could It Takedown China's Communist Party?

    Brand “People's Republic of China” is wobbling, as if the massive picture of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square was swaying with an earthquake tremor. But it can only actually fall if pushed from inside. The handling of the coronavirus epidemic is undoubtedly sapping confidence in the Communist party and its formerly all-conquering general secretary, Xi Jinping.

  • Chris Matthews Likens Bernie’s Strong Nevada Showing to France Falling to Nazi Germany in WWII
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    Chris Matthews Likens Bernie’s Strong Nevada Showing to France Falling to Nazi Germany in WWII

    Cable news personalities had a lot to say about Sen. Bernie Sanders' (D-VT) early lead in the Nevada caucuses Saturday, with MSNBC's Chris Matthews likening it to the shock of France falling to Germany during WWII. “It looks like Bernie Sanders is hard to beat... I think it's a little late to stop him, and that's the problem,” Matthews said during a panel segment.