White House sued over poor medical care in immigration centers

Immigration advocates filed a sweeping, first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit in federal court against the Trump administration on Monday, claiming official policies and lack of oversight related to the border and immigration crisis have led to major lapses in medical and mental health care in nearly 160 detention facilities across the country.

  • Impeachment trial fallout: Trump could get his wish — to hurt Biden
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    Impeachment trial fallout: Trump could get his wish — to hurt Biden

    But the fallout could complicate life for Trump's leading Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, in the days and weeks ahead — which is exactly what Trump was trying to do when he first launched his Ukraine scheme last summer. As the all-important Iowa caucuses approach, the former vice president appears, at first glance, to be in better shape than his main rivals for the Democratic nomination. Though a new CNN poll shows Bernie Sanders narrowly pulling ahead of Biden for the first time, every other poll released so far this year shows Biden maintaining his longtime national lead by anywhere from 5 to 11 percentage points.

  • Barr appoints members of presidential law enforcement panel
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    Barr appoints members of presidential law enforcement panel

    Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday named 18 law enforcement officials to a presidential commission that aims to study ways to reduce crime and increase respect for the law. The last presidential law enforcement commission was established in 1965, and one of its recommendations led to the creation of the national emergency number 911. The new commission's members include senior federal law enforcement officials, including the FBI's deputy director and the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and rank-and-file officers from around the country.

  • A University of Minnesota student was arrested in China and sentenced to 6 months in prison for tweeting cartoons making fun of President Xi Jingping
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    A University of Minnesota student was arrested in China and sentenced to 6 months in prison for tweeting cartoons making fun of President Xi Jingping

    Luo Daiqing, 20, was arrested in Wuhan, China, in July after posting tweets critical of the government while he was studying in the US, according to court documents Axios obtained. The University of Minnesota student was sentenced to six months in prison in November. A University of Minnesota student was arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for posting tweets critical of the government, Axios reported Wednesday.

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    Zimbabwe billionaire to pay doctors about $300 a month to end strike

    Striking junior doctors at Zimbabwe's state hospitals will end a four-month strike after accepting an offer from a telecoms billionaire to pay them a monthly allowance of about $300 for six months, their union said on Thursday. The doctors went on strike on Sept. 3 to protest against poor wages and a lack of adequate equipment and medicines, leaving many poor people unable to get treatment. Junior doctors in Zimbabwe earn an average of just over $200 a month, including allowances.

  • Deadly funnel-web spiders descend on battered Australian cities; experts warn of bite
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    Deadly funnel-web spiders descend on battered Australian cities; experts warn of bite

    After dust storms, hail and flash floods battered Australian cities in recent days, wildlife officials are warning residents against another natural threat: the venomous Australian funnel-web spider. The Australian Reptile Park attributes increased activity in these arachnids to the recent weather conditions. “We are issuing a message of warning to the public as recent wet weather conditions followed by hot days have created perfect conditions for funnel-web spiders to thrive,” the park said in a Facebook post.

  • US Treasury Secretary advises Greta Thunberg to 'go study'
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    US Treasury Secretary advises Greta Thunberg to 'go study'

    US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday advised climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has been bitterly critical of US policy at the World Economic Forum, to study economics before giving out lessons. Asked about the Swedish 17-year-old's demand for an immediate halt to investment in fossil fuels, he told reporters: "After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us." The Trump administration and Greta Thunberg have sparred indirectly since Tuesday on panels in Davos but organisers have carefully averted any direct confrontation.

  • 'The new evidence raises deeply troubling questions': did Arkansas kill an innocent man?
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    'The new evidence raises deeply troubling questions': did Arkansas kill an innocent man?

    The deceased inmate's sister Patricia Young lodged a lawsuit on Thursday with the circuit court of Pulaski county, Arkansas, petitioning city authorities and the local police department in Jacksonville to release crime scene materials to her family. An 81-page filing in the lawsuit provides damning new evidence that key aspects of the prosecution case against Lee were deeply flawed. The complaint includes expert opinion from a number of world-leading specialists who find glaring errors in the way forensic science and other evidence was interpreted.

  • Are North Korea's Vaunted Submarines Actually Any Good?
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    Are North Korea's Vaunted Submarines Actually Any Good?

    Each Romeo displaced 1,830 tons submerged, had a top speed of thirteen knots and was operated by a crew of fifty-four. The Romeo submarines were armed with eight standard-diameter 533-millimeter torpedo tubes, two facing aft. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was filmed touring and taking a short voyage on a Romeo-class submarine in 2014.

  • REI’s January Sale Offers 50% off Cold-Weather Outdoor Gear
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    REI’s January Sale Offers 50% off Cold-Weather Outdoor Gear

    Save big on Patagonia, The North Face, Columbia, and more of our favorite outdoor brands. From Popular Mechanics

  • Hillary Clinton kicks off the 'stop Sanders' movement. Will Obama follow her lead?
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    Hillary Clinton kicks off the 'stop Sanders' movement. Will Obama follow her lead?

    And so when the news broke less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses that in a forthcoming Hulu documentary, Hillary Clinton badmouths her 2016 rival Bernie Sanders as a “career politician” whom “nobody likes,” it didn't just call attention to the ill feeling still lingering from that year's bitter primary campaign. It also signaled that Clinton has thrown her weight behind the nascent “Stop Sanders” movement gaining steam among Democratic power brokers. The question now is whether Democratic voters will follow her lead — and whether Barack Obama himself might come out of semiretirement to join the cause.

  • Girl's family: 'Impossible' to lean from cruise ship window
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    Girl's family: 'Impossible' to lean from cruise ship window

    The parents of an Indiana girl who fell to her death from the open window of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico contend it was “physically impossible” for the child's grandfather to lean out of that 11th floor window, as the cruise line has alleged, just before the toddler slipped from his hands. The parents of Chloe Wiegand also accuse Royal Caribbean Cruises of releasing deceptive surveillance images, and allege in their preliminary response filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Miami that the cruise line lied in its recent motion seeking the dismissal of the family's lawsuit. In its Jan. 8 filing, Royal Caribbean alleged that surveillance video shows the child's 51-year-old grandfather, Salvatore Anello, leaning out of the open window for about eight seconds just moments before he lifted his granddaughter up to the window, from which she fell to her death on July 8.

  • Additional U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq following Iranian missile attack
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    Additional U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq following Iranian missile attack

    Additional U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq for closer evaluation of potential concussion injuries from the Iranian missile attack of Jan. 8, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.

  • Residents left in Wuhan — which China quarantined to stop the coronavirus — are desperately stockpiling food and fuel, leaving empty shelves and prices skyrocketing
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    Residents left in Wuhan — which China quarantined to stop the coronavirus — are desperately stockpiling food and fuel, leaving empty shelves and prices skyrocketing

    People left in the Chinese city of Wuhan are stockpiling food and fuel, and avoiding the streets, after authorities sealed off the city of 11 million people to try and prevent the spread of a mysterious coronavirus that has killed at least 17 people. The 2019-nCoV virus, first recorded in December 2019, has spread from the city to other parts of China, infecting 571 people in the country as of Thursday morning, as well as in other countries. Authorities closed off transport links to the city, which is a major travel hub, on Thursday morning.

  • Joe Biden says he would not 'make the deal' to testify in impeachment trial in exchange for Republican testimony
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    Joe Biden says he would not 'make the deal' to testify in impeachment trial in exchange for Republican testimony

    OSAGE, Ia. — Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he would not offer to testify in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in exchange for securing Republican witnesses. Some Democrats in the U.S. Senate were weighing whether to agree to have Biden or Biden's son, Hunter Biden, testify in Trump's impeachment trial if Republicans would agree to allow witnesses that the Democrats want to hear from. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shot down the idea Wednesday. At a Biden campaign event Wednesday in Osage, Stephen Delgado, a Democrat from Arizona who traveled to Iowa to see the presidential candidates, asked Biden if he would consider "calling the Republicans' bluff" and agreeing to testify if Trump administration officials like Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified first.

  • The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, again
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    The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, again

    PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA New images have been published of the Russian GRU assassination team working in Europe. A video from a case in Bulgaria shows a man connected to the 2015 poisoning of an arms dealer. The suspects in the Bulgarian poisoning are believed to be part of the same Russian unit that conducted the poison attack on Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.

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    Germany still dealing with "same evil" that led to Holocaust, president says in Jerusalem

    Germany has still not learned "once and for all" its lesson from the Holocaust, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday, as he expressed sorrow for his country's role in the murder of six million Jews during World War Two. Steinmeier spoke at a Jerusalem memorial event marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where more than one million people, most of them Jews, were killed by the Nazis. The World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem memorial centre in Jerusalem was attended by some 40 world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

  • Man in Mexico Now Ill After Visiting Coronavirus Ground Zero
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    Man in Mexico Now Ill After Visiting Coronavirus Ground Zero

    A man who fell ill in Mexico on Monday following a December trip to Wuhan, China, is under observation as a potential case of the coronavirus, the respiratory virus that has killed at least 17 people worldwide. The 57-year-old molecular biology professor works for the Instituto Politecnico Nacional university in the city of Reynosa, which borders with the U.S. The man returned to Mexico on Jan. 10 through a Mexico City airport and then flew to the state of Tamaulipas, Mexican authorities said. Tamaulipas State Health Minister Gloria Molina said in a radio interview that the man immediately reported his situation to authorities after feeling sick.

  • ‘World’s worst cat’ up for adoption at North Carolina shelter. ‘She’s just a jerk.’
    Charlotte Observer

    ‘World’s worst cat’ up for adoption at North Carolina shelter. ‘She’s just a jerk.’

    The cat stares “into your soul,” the shelter warns.

  • See This Nuke? Meet the Most Destructive Nuclear Bomb Ever Made By Man
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    See This Nuke? Meet the Most Destructive Nuclear Bomb Ever Made By Man

    Maj. Andrei Durnovtsev, a Soviet air force pilot and commander of a Tu-95 Bear bomber, holds a dubious honor in the history of the Cold War. Durnovtsev flew the aircraft that dropped the most powerful nuclear bomb ever. It had an explosive force of 50 megatons, or more than 3,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima weapon.

  • Leading white nationalist accused of threats on message app
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    Leading white nationalist accused of threats on message app

    A leading white nationalist has been indicted and arrested on federal charges that he threatened to rape the wife of a person with whom he was having a dispute. Christopher Cantwell, a New Hampshire resident who rose to prominence in 2017 after a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is accused of using the Telegram messaging app to make the threat on June 16, 2019. Cantwell pleaded guilty in 2018 to assault after he was accused of using pepper spray against two counterprotesters during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017.

  • FISA Court Confirms Two Carter Page Surveillance Applications ‘Not Valid’
    National Review

    FISA Court Confirms Two Carter Page Surveillance Applications ‘Not Valid’

    A FISA Court order declassified Thursday confirmed that the government had found two of the four FISA applications authorized for the FBI to surveil 2016 Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page to be “not valid,” and will further investigate the validity of the other two. Based on the ordering of the applications, it appears the review found the second and third renewal applications used against Page to be invalid, while the original application and the first renewal remain under investigation. The court also said it was still waiting on the Bureau after it “agreed 'to sequester all collection the FBI acquired pursuant to the Court's authorizations'” against Page, but so far has not provided an update.

  • 'Haters gonna hate & deniers will deny': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends Greta Thunberg after Steven Mnuchin dissed the activist
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    'Haters gonna hate & deniers will deny': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends Greta Thunberg after Steven Mnuchin dissed the activist

    YURI GRIPAS/Reuters Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sprung to Greta Thunberg's defense after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday the teenage activist should study economics before lecturing the US on climate change. "If you don't have an economics degree like Greta, they'll mock you for not having one," the Democratic congresswoman and Green New Deal proponent tweeted. "If you DO have one, as I do, they'll claim it's illegitimate," she added.

  • More than a third of Republicans say Trump probably broke the law. Most still don't want him removed from office.
    The Week

    More than a third of Republicans say Trump probably broke the law. Most still don't want him removed from office.

    It's not surprising that a full 91 percent of Democrats have said they think President Trump "definitely" or "probably" did something illegal to warrant his impeachment, as a recent Pew Research Center poll found. Yes, of Republicans who are either "definitely" or "probably" convinced Trump's behavior was illegal, a full 59 percent say that doesn't mean he should be removed from office, Pew found. As for those Republicans who say Trump has "definitely" or "probably" done something unethical, 78 percent believe he should remain.

  • Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona
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    Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona

    The human remains three mountain lions feasted on when authorities found them last month belong to an Oklahoma man who went missing in early December, authorities said Tuesday. The Pima County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that the victim was 66-year-old Steven Mark Brashear of Bartlesville. Brashear left Bartlesville on Dec. 7 and was reported missing to Oro Valley police in December.

  • Feds: White supremacists hoped rally would start civil war
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    Feds: White supremacists hoped rally would start civil war

    A hidden camera captured members of a white supremacist group expressing hope that violence at a gun rights rally in Virginia this week could start a civil war, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday.