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President Trump is stepping up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, and military preparations are “underway” in the event that such action is necessary, a senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday. “What you’ve seen is a really integrated effort to prioritize diplomatic and informational aspects of national power, but also what you will see soon is using the economic dimension of national power, as well as the military preparations that are underway,” said the official, who requested anonymity. “The briefing showed the thoroughness and the detail and the preparation and the work that’s going into making our military appropriately postured in the event that there is some unexpected development by North Korea, and our diplomatic effort,” Coons told reporters.
The American Civil Liberties Union is condemning the threats that forced Ann Coulter to cancel her speech at the University of California, Berkeley. “The unacceptable threats of violence that have led to the ‘hecklers’ veto’ of Ann Coulter’s speech at Berkeley are inconsistent with free speech principles that protect us all from government overreach,” David Cole, the ACLU’s national legal director, said in a statement Wednesday after Coulter canceled her appearance, which had been scheduled for Thursday. “Hateful speech has consequences, particularly for people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and others who have been historically marginalized,” Cole continued.
The body of a 1½-year-old girl was found at a "deplorable" northern Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, authorities said Thursday. Will County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said during a news conference that Semaj Crosby's death was "suspicious," but that an autopsy is not yet complete. Ackerson said the investigation was hindered by the girl's mother's refusal until late Wednesday night to allow authorities to search the house in Joliet, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.
Wrong! There’s an art to making a perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Obviously, a skillet is your go-to pan when making a grilled cheese sandwich. A nonstick skillet or well-seasoned cast iron skillet is the best pan to use because it will brown the bread nicely, and allow you to flip the sandwich with ease.
Cops are searching for the driver who helped Bachelor Chris Soules flee the scene of the fatal crash in Iowa Monday night. Witnesses told police that Soules was picked up in a red Chevy Duramax truck that fled the scene — and cops gave chase — but the driver got away.
United Airlines was under fire again Wednesday after a huge rabbit named Simon died while hopping over from London to Chicago, where he was due to be picked up by a celebrity buyer. The valuable 90-centimetre (three-foot) long continental giant rabbit had previously been described as "fit as a fiddle", and his death in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 comes as a mystery. "Something very strange has happened and I want to know what," breeder Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire in central England, told British newspaper The Sun.
Michael Flynn’s former top deputy at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) told Yahoo News on Thursday he would have ordered an immediate investigation of his one-time boss had he been informed that the ex-DIA chief had accepted more than $45,000 from an arm of the Russian government for a talk in Moscow in December 2015. “I would have considered this an intelligence issue — taking money from an existential adversary of the United States,” said Douglas Wise, who served as deputy director of the DIA from the summer of 2014 until last year. Flynn’s failure to disclose his payments from RT, the Russian government-funded TV network that U.S. officials say serves as a propaganda arm for President Vladimir Putin’s administration, erupted as an issue earlier in the day Thursday when it was revealed that the Department of Defense’s top watchdog is investigating whether Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, violated federal ethics rules by failing to report and receive prior approval to accept the RT fees.
Dubai (AFP) - A US warship has fired a warning flare at an Iranian Revolutionary Guards vessel that refused to maintain distance in Gulf waters, a US spokesman said Wednesday. Guided-missile destroyer the USS Mahan had an "unprofessional interaction"
NASA delivered some fantastic news very early this morning, announcing that the Cassini spacecraft had successfully survived the first of its “Grand Finale” dives. The craft was out of radio contact for many hours as it ventured closer to the surface of Saturn than any earthly equipment had ever gone, and it shot some really stunning photos that show the planet in greater detail than we’ve ever seen. Cassini’s first dive sent it straight through Saturn’s rings, shooting for a gap that measures roughly 1,500 miles wide which is light on debris.
The White House has assured Democrats it will continue to fund a key portion of Obamacare, clearing the way for negotiations on a series of spending bills to avoid a government shutdown, according to two sources familiar with the decision. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had demanded that Congress pay for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies — which lower health care costs for 7 million people — as part of the emerging spending bill.
Iraqi paramilitary troops fire toward Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, near Mosul, Iraq; the robes of Pope Francis are blown over his head by a gust of wind as he delivers his homily during the weekly
ABC's Maggie Rulli reports on Ann Coulter and UC Berkeley engaging in the latest battle over free speech on U.S. college campuses.
With his victim's two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks. Eric Frein traded a suit and tie for prison garb, and his hands and feet were shackled as a judge pronounced what he called an "entirely warranted" sentence on the convicted murderer and terrorist. Bryon Dickson, a 38-year-old Marine veteran, and left Trooper Alex Douglass permanently disabled in the Sept. 12, 2014 attack at the Blooming Grove barracks.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said that the US personnel were killed overnight in the Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan. Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump confirmed to The Independent that the soldiers were killed while fighting Isis-Khorosan, the local affiliate of the terror group. This is the "same general area" - southern Nangarhar province - where the massive ordnance air blast, dubbed the "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) was dropped earlier this month, Mr Stump said.
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UPDATE: 2:59 p.m. EDT – Despite earlier confirmed reports, KIRO 7 News reported that there was no active shooter at Hawkins Middle School Wednesday. The Mason County Sheriff's office confirmed officers from multiple agencies were on scene at Hawkins Middle School in Washington and were clearing the school. The sheriff's office said it had not found any injuries. UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. EDT – Hawkins Middle School in Washington remained on lockdown following an active shooter situation, Mason County Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling told local KIRO 7 News Wednesday.
A Taiwanese trekker is recovering in hospital after rescuers found him and his dead girlfriend on a mountainside in Nepal where they were stranded for 47 days, surviving on only water and salt after their food ran out. Liu Chen-chun, 18, died just three days before the rescue team located the couple in northwest Nepal, but her boyfriend managed to survive despite losing 30 kilos (66 pounds) during the ordeal. A severely malnourished Liang Sheng-yueh, 20, was being treated in hospital in Kathmandu, where he was airlifted after being rescued from the remote region.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for a decade. Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday told Israel it would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory, whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day. Israel does not engage directly with Hamas, regarding the Islamist group as a terrorist organization.
Until recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. This has scientists increasingly worried that the consensus sea level rise estimates are too conservative. With sea level rise, as with other climate impacts, the uncertainties tend to skew toward the more severe end of the scale.
An Army veteran and her soldier boyfriend have been arrested for allegedly tying her service dog to a tree and shooting it five times at close range while laughing, authorities said. Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 26, were charged with felony counts of animal cruelty and conspiracy in Fayetteville, N.C. They are being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. The pair took videos of themselves shooting the dog execution-style with an assault rifle, authorities said.
The BMW M550d was arguably the best model in the last-generation 5-Series lineup. It was even offered in a wagon body style! It was perfect for those who wanted to fly under the radar while still having some fun-though it was never offered in America. The M550d xDrive will come standard with a stiffer M sport suspension, active steering, an M aerodynamics package, and even M sport brakes.
The son of Venezuela's top human rights official is urging his father to prevent further bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes as officials defy international criticism by withdrawing from the Organization of American States. Yibram Saab said in an online video that he attended an opposition march Wednesday that was planned to reach the offices of his father, national ombudsman Tarek William Saab. "This could've been me," said the younger Saab, staring into the camera and pleading with his father to help restore the constitutional order that the son said was broken by the Supreme Court's decision last month to gut the opposition-led congress of its last vestiges of power.
Donald Trump is reportedly considering disbanding the US ninth circuit of appeals after court judges blocked two of his executive orders. Mr Trump said he was "absolutely" considering proposals to breakup the "outrageous" court. "Absolutely, I have," Mr Trump told the Washington Examiner of considering breakup proposals.
While Sheryl Sandberg and her mother-in-law, Paula Goldberg, were cleaning out Dave Goldberg’s closet after he passed away, Goldberg said something that stunned Sandberg. "You are not only going to live, but you are going to get remarried one day — and I am going to be there to celebrate with you," she said.
Google will begin marking HTTP pages where users can enter data as “not secure” in its Google Chrome browser come October. The change will appear in the release of Chrome 62, and will expand on the browser’s current warning system for unsecure websites. It will also add a “not secure” notification on all HTTP pages visited in incognito mode.