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russia probe 5 hours ago

DOJ Watchdog Caught in Political Crossfire Over Russia Report

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog told Congress on Wednesday that he is concerned that “so many basic and fundamental errors” were made by the FBI as it investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee comes two days after the release of a report that identified significant problems with applications to receive

  • North Korea 4 hours ago

    US: North Korea Missile Tests Are ‘Deeply Counterproductive’

    The United States warned North Korea Wednesday that its “deeply counterproductive” ballistic missile tests risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace but said it is “prepared to be flexible” and take concrete, parallel steps with Pyongyang toward an agreement.

    U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft delivered the message at a Security Council meeting less than three weeks before North Korean leader

  • impeachment 3 hours ago

    Judiciary Panel Takes First Steps Toward Impeachment Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee is taking the first steps toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in a rare evening meeting. Lawmakers are beginning a marathon two-day session to consider revisions to the charges.

  • Chilean Air Force 4 hours ago

    Chilean Air Force Locates Possible Debris From Missing Plane

    Debris believed to be from a military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished two days ago en route to the Antarctic has been discovered in the frigid, treacherous waters between the icy continent and South America, Chile’s Air Force said Wednesday. Air Force Gen. Eduardo Mosqueira said “sponge” material, possibly from the plane’s fuel tank, was found floating

  • Major League Baseball 6 hours ago

    All MLB Teams to Expand Protective Netting for 2020 Season: Commissioner

    All 30 Major League Baseball teams will expand the protective netting in stadiums starting with the 2020 season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told CNBC in an interview Wednesday. The protective netting will extend “substantially beyond the end of the dugout,” Manfred told CNBC at the league’s winter meetings in San Diego. The change comes after a 2-year-old girl who was…

  • Time Magazine 9 hours ago

    Thunberg ‘a Bit Surprised’ to Be Time Person of the Year

    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was surprised and honored Wednesday to be named Time’s youngest Person of the Year, while adding that others in the global movement she helped inspire deserve to share the accolade. As she left a U.N. climate conference in Madrid, Thunberg told The Associated Press that she was “a bit surprised” at the recognition.

  • Afghanistan 9 hours ago

    US Considers Leaving Smaller Number of Troops in Afghanistan

    The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not disclose any potential troop totals, but he agreed that leaving a minimal U.S. footprint in

  • NBC 5 Investigates 2 hours ago

    If You Call Chicago 911 and Don’t Know Your Street Address, Will the Dispatcher Send Help?

    NBC 5 Investigates uncovered an excruciating series of 911 calls from a man suffering a stroke in a Chicago hotel. Dispatchers insisted they could not send help until he provided the street address. Now the city concedes “more should have been done” — but won’t talk about the case on camera — and still hasn’t responded to the man.

  • Rudy Giuliani 10 hours ago

    Investigation Into Alleged FBI Leaks to Giuliani During 2016 Campaign Is Ongoing, DOJ Watchdog Says

    The Department of Justice inspector general’s office is still investigating alleged leaks from the FBI’s New York field office regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation to Rudy Giuliani in the final days of the 2016 campaign, the IG testified Wednesday.

  • Donald Trump 3 hours ago

    Trump Signs Order Targeting College Anti-Semitism

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday targeting what his administration describes as a growing problem with anti-Semitic harassment on college campuses. Trump has sought to closely align himself with Israel, a move that appeals to many evangelical voters, too. He said Wednesday that the order sends a message to universities: “If you want to accept the tremendous amount…

  • New England Journal of Medicine 5 hours ago

    More Americans Are Dying at Home Rather Than in Hospitals

    For the first time since the early 1900s, more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals, a trend that reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say they want. Deaths in nursing homes also have declined, according to Wednesday’s report in the New England Journal of Medicine. “It’s a good thing. Death

  • Donald Trump 8 hours ago

    Imprisoned Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Asks for Reduced Sentence, Blasts ‘Barr-Led’ Justice Department

    President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on Wednesday asked a judge to consider either reducing his three-year prison term or release him on a new sentence of home confinement and community service.

  • Israel 6 hours ago

    Israel to Hold 3rd Straight Election, Prolonging Stalemate

    Israel’s deadlocked parliament on Wednesday failed to meet a midnight deadline to form a coalition government, triggering an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his political career.

    The move prolongs a year-long political stalemate that has paralyzed the government and undermined public trust in the

  • United Kingdom 10 hours ago

    Leaders Scramble for Final Votes as UK’s Ugly Election Ends

    Britain’s election has been like the country’s late-autumn weather: chilly and dull, with blustery outbursts. On the last day of the campaign, political leaders dashed around the U.K. on Wednesday trying to win over millions of undecided voters who will likely determine the outcome. Opinion polls suggest Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have a lead over the main opposition Labour Party

  • personal finance 11 hours ago

    Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged. Here’s Exactly What That Means to You

    The Federal Reserve’s decision Wednesday to keep interest rates steady put the cap on a tumultuous year for consumers. After raising the federal funds rate nine times in three years, with the last hike just one year ago as financial markets were melting down, concerns about a slowing economy and a looming U.S.-China trade war then caused the U.S. central

  • Facebook 11 hours ago

    Facebook Rebuffs US AG Over Encrypted Messages

    Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The heads of Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger services told Barr and his U.K. and Australian counterparts that Facebook is moving forward with plans to enable end-to-end encryption on all of its messaging services. End-to-end encryption locks up messages so that not

  • Coast Guard 12 hours ago

    Congressional Report Finds Coast Guard Failed at Investigating Harassment

    A congressional investigation released Wednesday has found that the U.S. Coast Guard’s leadership has failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations. It concludes that the service needs to make “significant improvements” in its policies and procedures to address harassment and bullying. Congress launched the 18-month investigation after questions were raised about how complaints were

  • YouTube 12 hours ago

    YouTube Cracks Down on Racist, Sexist and Similar Insults

    YouTube is taking another step to curb hateful and violent speech on its site. The video streaming company said it will now take down videos that lob insults at people based on race, gender expression or sexual orientation. The Google-owned company will also prohibit veiled threats at violence. YouTube has been accused of allowing and fostering hate speech and extremism

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