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|For Gaetz to raise Hunter Biden's substance abuse is 'the pot calling the kettle black,' Johnson says|
|Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:54:40 -0500|
|Democrats say they won't cross picket line over union conflict at debate host site|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:09:34 -0500|
|Hong Kong police slip up with tweet linking tear gas use to banana artwork|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:35:49 -0500|
A clumsy attempt by the Hong Kong police force to co-opt the art world’s most famous banana to make light of their frequent use of tear gas on pro-democracy protesters spectacularly backfired on Friday. Using its official Twitter account, the embattled force posted a picture of a tear gas cartridge taped to a black background, mimicking the “Art Basel Banana,” the conceptual artwork of a banana duct-taped to a wall, which made headlines last week when three editions were sold for $120,000 to $150,000 each. It added: “For a Police officer, using force, including tear gas, is always the last resort. If rioters don’t use violence, Hong Kong will be safe and there’s no reason for us to use force. Say NO to violence. Let’s leave the tear gas cartridge on the wall forever.” The tone-deaf messaging sparked a Twitter backlash and widespread mockery of the claim that the use of tear gas during anti-government demonstrations in the Asian financial hub was “the last resort.” Since the anti-government movement began in June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, police officers have fired nearly 16,000 tear gas rounds and made more than 6,000 arrests during demonstrations that have at times seen violent clashes with protesters. Many responded with video of incidents where riot officers have lobbed teargas at journalists and members of the public for no apparent reason. The protests have been saturated with media coverage, much of it livestreamed. One clip showed a riot officer appearing at the entrance of a metro station and casually throwing a tear gas cannister at a journalist’s helmet. Another shows an officer aiming at people on a bridge as they watch police vans drive off. Accusations of officers’ excessive use of force have led to a breakdown of trust between the Hong Kong police and the public. “Just another failed PR show. Because literally, no one stands with them,” remarked one jaded Twitter user about the force’s latest social media effort. Meanwhile, it was revealed on Friday that the police force received about £91 million in overtime pay from June to November, which works out at an average of £8,300 for each officer.
|British Author Found Dead and Buried in Woods Near Her Dominican Republic Home|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:28:23 -0500|
A British author was found dead and buried in a shallow grave outside her Dominican Republic home days after she was reported missing, according to local media reports.The body of Lindsay de Feliz, 64, was found Thursday by a canine unit in the woods near her home in Moncion, according to local news outlet, Hoy. Her body, which showed signs of strangulation, had reportedly been buried in a 2-foot-deep hole, wrapped in a yellow sheet and plastic bags used for dog food. Authorities said Danilo Feliz, her 50-year-old husband, reported the author missing on Tuesday. On Thursday, he was arrested in connection with her death along with his 29-year-old son, Dani Alberto Feliz, and a third man, 37-year-old Anquilino Rosario Sanchez. “We are in close contact with the police in the Dominican Republic following the death of a British woman in Mao,” a spokesperson for the U.K. Foreign Office told The Independent. Some of her former classmates and friends offered a reward this week for any information resulting in de Feliz’s discovery, writing on Facebook that she was “in great spirits” before she disappeared. “She is loved by so many people and is the most generous caring woman I have ever met,” Easton Hector-Brown wrote.Air Force Major Charged With Murder After Missing Wife’s Remains FoundAccording to her website, de Feliz was born and raised in the U.K., where she earned a degree in French and German at Wolverhampton University, and later an MBA at Bradford University. “Following a successful career in marketing she decided to leave it all behind and follow her dreams,” her website states. “Arriving in the Dominican Republic as a scuba diving instructor, for a six-month contract, she ended up staying and married a Dominican, becoming a stepmother to three young boys.”The 64-year-old has written two books about living in the Dominican Republic—What About Your Saucepans? in 2013 and Life After My Saucepans: Lifting the Lid on Living in the Dominican Republic in 2017.In her first memoir, de Feliz chronicled the first decade of her life in the Dominican Republic, from her decision to abandon her marriage and “successful career” in England to her at times tumultuous life in the Caribbean, where she fought against political corruption alongside her new husband and was once shot at in her home. In her second book, de Feliz shares more about her life as an expat, and their decision to live “in hiding, away from the beaches and tourist resorts, in the mountainous, remote, sparsely populated north-west of the country.”“Will Danilo return to politics, will they turn their lives around and will they adapt to their new surroundings?” a description of the book reads. St. Louis Woman Looked Up ‘What to Do if Your Husband Is Upset You Are Pregnant’ Before Her Murder: WarrantsIn addition to her books, de Feliz worked as a translator and marketing consultant. She also maintained a blog chronicling her adventures in the Dominican Republic. Days before she went missing, the author wrote that she and her husband, a newly minted lawyer, went to Puerto Plata for a murder trial, where she was serving as a translator for his client. Later in the Nov. 29 post, de Feliz said she excused herself from the courthouse to stop by a grocery store to pick up some special items for her birthday, which she feasted on while her husband was traveling for work.“The next few days he was away, working on more cases so I stuffed my face with baked potatoes, slathered in real butter and horseradish, rare steak and cream pepper sauce, and a pile of mushrooms,” she wrote. “Pure heaven and a total change from mashed plantains and a tin of sardines.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
|Russia said it was alarmed after the U.S. tested a ground-launched ballistic missile|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:16:02 -0500|
Russia said on Friday it was alarmed after the United States tested a ground-launched ballistic missile that would have been banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the RIA news agency reported.
|Fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier kills 1, injures 11|
|Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:56:57 -0500|
Russia's only aircraft carrier suffered a massive fire Thursday that killed one crew member, injured another 11 people and significantly damaged the ill-fated ship that has been haunted by incidents throughout its service. The fire on the Admiral Kuznetsov broke out during welding work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of Murmansk and spread quickly through the carrier's internal compartments. The military said one crew member died while battling the fire, and another one is missing.
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|In 2030, What Countries Will Have the Most Power Airforces?|
|Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:30:00 -0500|
|Turkey adds former Palestinian politician Dahlan to most wanted list|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:26:34 -0500|
Turkey has added exiled Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan to its "red list" of most-wanted terrorism suspects, offering a reward of up to 10 million lira ($1.75 million) for information leading to his capture, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. Arrest warrants have been issued for Dahlan on accusations of playing a role in the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, seeking to change the constitutional order by force, and various spying-related charges, the ministry said in a statement. Dahlan has also recently been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
|Kellyanne Conway says Trump is fond of former Epstein lawyer Alan Derschowitz amid rumours he may join impeachment team|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:59:58 -0500|
Donald Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway says the president is "very fond" of Alan Dershowitz amid rumours that the former lawyer for sex offender Jeffery Epstein may join the president's legal team as his impeachment heads to Congress and a trial in the Senate.Ms Conway told reporters at the White House that the president has spoken with Mr Dershowitz "on any number of occasions over time." She said the president will announce his legal time at another time.
|Jersey City shooting: Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?|
|Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:36:29 -0500|
|New Zealand volcano eruption: elite military team recovers six bodies from White Island as divers continue hunt|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 02:37:07 -0500|
A team of expert divers will continue looking for the last two missing victims of the White Island eruption on Saturday, after the New Zealand Defence Force and police recovered six bodies from the island on Friday in a high-risk operation. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mike Clement had warned that “a lot will have to go right” for the mission to succeed, and scientists had alerted police to a 50-60 per cent chance of another eruption, but the operation went to plan. On Friday morning Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement that “at least one body is in the water” and divers on the police vessel Deodar were attempting to recover that body. “We're making every effort to locate and recover the two remaining deceased,” Commissioner Bush said.“This has been a harrowing event for the Whakatane community and those family and friends directly impacted by the eruption of White Island [also known as Whakaari] on Monday,” he said. This aerial photo shows White Island after its volcanic eruption in New Zealand Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 Credit: George Novak/New Zealand Herald “The operation today went to plan and we would like to recognise our partners at NZDF who have provided the specialist skills and resources to help us deliver this part of the operation… The operation was not without risk but thanks to sound planning and the skills of the specialist team involved we have recovered the six bodies.” Commissioner Bush said the environment the recovery team faced was “highly unpredictable and challenging”. GNS Science volcanologist Graham Leonard had warned that in addition to the risk of eruption, the mission would face an environment in which it would, at times, be difficult to breathe and see. Pictures of the recovery operation showed pairs of military personnel wearing breathing apparatus scouring the lunar-like landscape as inflatable dinghies and a police launch waited offshore. Six bodies have been successfully recovered from White Island and are now on board HMNZS Wellington Credit: Getty Commissioner Bush said the recovery team “showed absolute courage and commitment to ensure we can offer some closure to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones”. “Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and we thank Iwi [the Maori people] and the local community for their support of the victims of this tragedy,” he said. Speaking to reporters after the six bodies were retrieved, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said questions over why people were allowed to visit the active volcano “must be answered, and will be answered”. New Zealand volcano An investigation is being conducted on behalf of the coroner, and an occupational health and safety investigation is also being conducted by WorkSafe, New Zealand’s peak workplace safety organisation. The Prime Minister said the time would come for accountability, but added “we also need to respect the phase we're in now, with families only just getting their loved ones back”. There are now 14 confirmed dead from the tragedy. Twenty-six people remain in hospital receiving intensive medical treatment for severe burns, the majority of whom are in critical condition. The volcano, a popular tourist destination for day-trippers, erupted on Monday, spewing ash, steam and gases over the island. Among the 47 people on the island at the time were Australian, US, German, Chinese, British and Malaysian tourists.
|Meghan McCain Confronts Tom Steyer: ‘You Bought Your Way’ Onto Debate Stage|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:30:06 -0500|
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer got a warm welcome from every co-host of The View except one on Friday morning. “Mr. Steyer, between you and Mayor Bloomberg, you have now spent $200 million on political ads,” Meghan McCain told their guest. “It hasn't really helped you very much in the polls, but you did make it to the next debate stage. I think you bought your way there, and I don't think it's fair that you’re there and Cory Booker isn't. Change my mind.” After letting out an uncomfortable chuckle, Steyer skirted the question by touting his message about a “broken” government “bought by corporations.” When the candidate pointed out that he has been spending time in the early primary states—unlike that other billionaire—McCain shot back, “Cory Booker has too, who doesn't have $200 million.” “I’m talking about breaking a corporate stranglehold on our government that is preventing it from acting on anything,” Steyer said. “And no one can say that I have been purchased, but I also have 10 years of putting together coalitions like the people in this audience to stand up for our rights and to take on unchecked corporate power that has bought our government.” “But it’s good you have $100 million to buy Facebook ads to get you on a debate stage,” McCain said, interrupting him. “I’m completely unconvinced by this, but we can move on.” Later in the segment, after Steyer vowed to help elect whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being and reminded the hosts that he started “one of the biggest grassroots organizations in the United States,” McCain came back with, “That doesn’t make you a good politician, with all due respect.” “Mayor Bloomberg was mayor for three terms, and so if you’re going to go the billionaire route,” she continued, with a dramatic eye roll, “he's a lot more compelling than you are.” Meghan McCain: Greta Thunberg Didn’t ‘Earn’ Person of the YearRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
|US military releases photos showing Bagram Air Base damage following brazen Taliban assault|
|Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:22:19 -0500|
|Man gets life for killing 2 engaged doctors in their condo|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:52:11 -0500|
Bampumim Teixeira, 33, requested not to be in the courtroom when the sentence was handed down because he said he wouldn't control himself. Teixeira declined to address the court, but the victims' families gave impact statements. Field's brother, Jason Field, delivered a tearful speech in which he described his brother as his “life adviser and best friend," the best man at his wedding and his roommate in college.
|Satellite evades ‘day of reckoning' to discover puzzling weather phenomenon on Jupiter|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 19:51:03 -0500|
At first glance, these newly released images by NASA may look like lava churning in the heart of a volcano, but they reveal otherworldly storm systems whirling in a way that surprised scientists.The swirls in the photos are cyclones around Jupiter's south pole, captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft on Nov. 3, 2019. Juno has been orbiting the solar system's largest planet since 2016 and has seen these polar cyclones before, but its latest flight over this region of the planet revealed a startling discovery - a new cyclone had formed unexpectedly. Six cyclones can be seen at Jupiter's south pole in this infrared image taken on Feb. 2, 2017, during the 3rd science pass of NASA's Juno spacecraft. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM) Prior to its early November pass, Juno had photographed five windstorms arranged in a uniform, pentagonal pattern around one storm sitting stationary over the south pole."It almost appeared like the polar cyclones were part of a private club that seemed to resist new members," said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.It is unclear when exactly the new cyclone formed, but it changed the arrangement of the storms from a pentagon to a hexagon.Winds in these cyclones average around 225 mph, according to NASA, wind speeds higher than any tropical cyclone ever recorded on Earth. An outline of the continental United States superimposed over the central cyclone and an outline of Texas is superimposed over the newest cyclone at Jupiter's south pole give a sense of their immense scale. The hexagonal arrangement of the cyclones is large enough to dwarf the Earth. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM) The discovery of this evolving meteorological phenomenon almost didn't happen as Jupiter itself almost caused the mission to end abruptly.Juno is a solar-powered spacecraft that relies on constant light from the sun to keep the craft alive. Flying through Jupiter's enormous shadow would take about 12 hours to complete, which would cut off the power source, drain the spacecraft's battery and potentially spell the end of the mission."Our navigators and engineers told us a day of reckoning was coming, when we would go into Jupiter's shadow for about 12 hours," said Steve Levin, Juno project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.To avoid the potential mission-ending eclipse, Juno fired up its engine (which was not initially designed for such a maneuver) and adjusted its trajectory just enough to avoid the icy grip of Jupiter's shadow. Jupiter's moon Io casts its shadow on Jupiter whenever it passes in front of the Sun as seen from Jupiter. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS Image processing by Tanya Oleksuik, (C) CC BY) "Thanks to our navigators and engineers, we still have a mission," said Bolton. "What they did is more than just make our cyclone discovery possible; they made possible the new insights and revelations about Jupiter that lie ahead of us."NASA scientists will continue to study these polar vortices in future flights over Jupiter's south pole to better understand the atmosphere over this part of the planet."These cyclones are new weather phenomena that have not been seen or predicted before," said Cheng Li, a Juno scientist from the University of California, Berkeley. "Nature is revealing new physics regarding fluid motions and how giant planet atmospheres work. Future Juno flybys will help us further refine our understanding by revealing how the cyclones evolve over time."
|Taiwan Still Has a Giant World War II-Era Artillery Gun (Pointed at China)|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 03:49:00 -0500|
|Washington state seeks to ban sale of 'assault weapons,' high capacity magazines|
|Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:46:12 -0500|
If successful, Washington would become the seventh U.S. state to ban assault weapons, which it defines as semi-automatic rifles with at least one military feature, and the ninth to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines. "We should be making it harder for those who want to inflict mass violence and destruction upon innocent people," Governor Jay Inslee said in announcing the gun-control push.
|Former FBI agent: Justice Department investigation finds Trump's FBI conspiracy is false|
|Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:34:51 -0500|
|California police officer involved in two fatal shootings in one year|
|Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:05:35 -0500|
A new report has found that a California police officer was involved in two fatal shootings in just one year, highlighting the deadly results of American police policies that generally allow officers to use deadly force when they deem necessary.In both instances, according to an analysis by the Washington Post, Ceres police officer Ross Bays shot at individuals who had stumbled out of a car and began running away — and experts say that the timing of the shootings should be worrisome, even though both were ultimately ruled justified.