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WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday defended President Trump’s decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on winning reelection, saying that Washington has no business criticizing the way other countries pick their leaders and wants a more constructive relationship with Moscow. “We don’t get to dictate how other countries operate,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. The spokeswoman also said that Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and allegations that Moscow used a nerve agent in the attempted assassination of a Russian double agent on British soil did not come up in the telephone conversation.
The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman in July after she called 911 for help has been charged with murder by Hennepin County prosecutors, officials announced. Mohamed Noor, the officer who shot Justine Damond, turned himself in after authorities issued an arrest warrant Tuesday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said during a press conference. Noor was booked at Hennepin County Jail around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, and prosecutors requested a judge set his bail at $500,000, according to Freeman.
Cambridge Analytica, the British political research group linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign, suspended CEO Alexander Nix on Tuesday after British media revealed a series of alarming comments the company’s executives had made about techniques it used to sway international elections. In an investigation by Britain’s Channel 4 News published Monday, Nix was recorded bragging that his company had managed to influence more than 200 elections around the world. In a statement, the company said Nix’s suspension “reflects the seriousness with which we view” his comments.
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday night stayed the execution of a convicted murderer-rapist after lawyers and advocates warned the punishment could subject him to intense suffering because of his rare illness. Russell Bucklew had been scheduled to die by lethal injection in the state of Missouri. "The United States Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution for Russell Bucklew, pending further review of his appeal," the Missouri Department of Corrections said in a statement which gave no reason for the decision.
Ghouta, a region bordering the capital, Damascus, has been targeted by government forces since 2013 as part of the Syrian civil war in an effort to flush out rebel and opposition forces garrisoned in the area. The government launched an operation to retake rebel-held areas of Ghouta in February, ramping up a bombing campaign and blocking medical help and food from entering the region. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said last month that the 400,000 people trapped in eastern Ghouta were living “in hell on earth,” as the U.N. unanimously voted in support of a 30-day ceasefire in Syria and the lifting of the siege on Ghouta.
Students returned to Florida International University on Monday for their first day of classes since a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed last week and killed six people including a student at the school. A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," the university said in a statement.
The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, whose story was chronicled in a 1944 movie. An expedition backed by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen reported finding the wreckage over the weekend. David Reams, senior director of maritime operations for Allen, said the team's primary aim was to find the USS Lexington, which it reported finding earlier this month more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia.
Whether at the Neue Galerie or the Rijksmuseum, these staircases will make you linger around the museum for reasons aside from the art on the walls
A group of students who survived last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, slammed the media for not dedicating enough coverage to gun violence in black communities. David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman shot and killed 17 people on Feb. 14, called that unequal coverage one of the “greatest obstacles” that #NeverAgain, a student-led anti-gun violence movement created since the massacre, is trying to overcome. “There is a lot of racial disparity in the way that this [shooting] is covered,” Hogg, 17, said Monday during a live Q&A on Twitter.
Donald Trump has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his election victory, but did not discuss the recent nerve-agent attack in Britain. A press release from Mr Putin’s office said the two leaders had talked on Tuesday “at the initiative of the American side”. The two did not discuss the poisoning of a Russian double agent in Salisbury, which British officials have said was “highly likely” tied to the Kremlin, Mr Putin’s press secretary told Interfax.
A group of good Samaritans in Chester County, Pa., came to the aid of a driver who was trapped under his burning car after a crash.
The younger brother of accused gunman Nikolas Cruz was arrested on Monday for allegedly trespassing on the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where his brother killed 17 people on Feb. 14. Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. after officials saw him riding his skateboard through the school campus, according to an arrest affidavit. School officials had previously warned the younger Cruz to stay away from the campus.
Washington and Seoul have announced that their annual joint military drills will commence from April 1, while a massive diplomat effort is underway to lay the foundations for two summits designed to resolve issues on the troubled peninsula. The military drills, involving over 300,000 troops, were delayed because of the 2018 Winter Olympiad, which finished when the Paralympics concluded on March 18. An intensive inter-Korean dialog on the sidelines of the Games resulted in plans for an inter-Korean summit and – according to a South Korean delegation which went to Pyongyang – a promise from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to suspend nuclear and missile tests and to convene a summit with US President Donald Trump.
The book, released Sunday, takes aim at the vice president’s anti-LGBTQ platform by depicting the Pence family rabbit, Marlon Bundo, as gay and in love with another male rabbit. Oliver dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday, and explained his incentive for the book, which was written by one of his show’s writers, Jill Twiss, and is currently sold out on Amazon. “Part of the reason for writing this book was so that I could read something to him which paints the world in the light that you want it to be rather than the way that it’s currently being painted,” Oliver told DeGeneres.
A rocket killed 35 people in a Damascus shopping district Tuesday, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital, as fire in the other direction left dozens of civilians dead in an opposition stronghold. The rocket attack came as heavy bombardment killed 38 civilians in the shrinking rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta east of Damascus. State media said the opposition fire hit the area of Jaramana, which residents said was full of shoppers -- including some buying presents ahead of Mother's Day.
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Embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn brokered a settlement more than a decade ago with a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct and recently reported her to the FBI, his attorneys say in court documents. Wynn and one of his attorneys met with FBI agents last month to accuse the woman of trying to extort him by threatening to go public with details from the 2006 settlement, according to documents received earlier this month in state court in Las Vegas. It comes two months after the Wall Street Journal reported that several women said the billionaire harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement with a manicurist formerly employed by the company.
A shooting at a high school in Great Mills, Maryland, on Tuesday left one student dead and two others injured, officials confirmed. A 17-year-old male student opened fire using a handgun around 8 a.m. in a hallway at Great Mills High School, striking a 16-year-old female student and a 14-year-old male student, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said during a press conference. The school’s armed resource officer, identified by police as St. Mary’s County sheriff’s deputy Blaine Gaskill, exchanged fire with the shooter, Cameron said.
By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers neared agreement on Tuesday on a massive government spending bill that Congress hopes to pass by Friday, as congressional leaders worked to narrow their differences on thorny issues such as President Donald Trump's border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said he and his counterparts in the House of Representatives and Senate were "moving to completing" work on the $1.3 trillion spending bill that would significantly boost spending for the U.S. military and an array of non-military programs. A late attempt to help young "Dreamers," who were brought illegally into the United States by their parents, failed, however, as a White House proposal was "off the table as soon as they offered it because it was so biased," said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
UPDATE: In a discussion with the San Francisco Chronicle, Tempe's police chief said evidence so far suggested that the autonomous Uber vehicle was not at fault for the accident. An autonomous Uber vehicle in Arizona was involved in a deadly collision early Monday morning that left one pedestrian dead. The vehicle was in autonomous mode with a safety driver behind the wheel when it struck a woman crossing the street outside of a crosswalk.
Police say someone dropped off a box containing an artillery simulator at an Austin Goodwill that detonated, injuring an employee and triggering a bomb scare. Austin assistance police chief Ely Reyes says Tuesday night's blast wasn't related to bombings that have killed two people and severely wounded four others since March 2. The latest explosion in Austin reminded Shahla Mohnandshaw of home, but not in a good way.
Finnish pilots won’t be landing on aircraft carriers of their own anytime soon — or ever. Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jarvinen’s landing was the first landing on an aircraft carrier by a Finnish air force pilot in history, according to the U.S. Navy. Jarvinen was flying a U.S. Marine F/A-18C Hornet with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 as part of a pilot exchange program — also a first between the U.S. Marines and the Finnish air force.
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Russia hit back at Britain in the spy poisoning row, demanding proof of its alleged involvement in a nerve agent attack, as international weapons experts arrived to take samples of the toxic substance. The March 4 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal, which took place just two weeks ahead of Russia's presidential poll in which Vladimir Putin was re-elected, has plunged relations between London and Moscow into crisis. As the European Union offered Britain its "unqualified solidarity" on Monday, the Kremlin demanded London either come up with proof of Russia's involvement -- or apologise.
Disturbing undercover interviews with executives from U.K.-based political research firm Cambridge Analytica have revealed admissions of bribery, entrapment and the use of sex workers to sway political elections around the world, according to an investigative series airing Monday. The results of a monthslong investigation by Britain’s Channel 4 News revealed Cambridge Analytica’s inner workings as told by Alexander Nix, the company’s chief executive, and Mark Turnbull, the managing director of CA Political Global, to a reporter posing as a client. During phone calls and in-person meetings at a London hotel from November 2017 to January 2018, Nix was recorded bragging that his firm and parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) secretly influenced more than 200 elections around the world, including those in Nigeria, Kenya, the Czech Republic, India and Argentina.