With President Trump’s White House mired in controversy and his party’s legislative agenda initially stalled as a result, congressional Republicans are discovering a new outlet for their creative energies as they head home for next week’s recess: avoiding their constituents. As many observers have noted, rank-and-file progressives have recently taken a page from the tea party’s playbook, and begun to disrupt in-person town-hall events with their representatives, booing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and prompting police to escort Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., to his car. Take Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who represents a district located in the coastal suburbs north of San Diego.
Blind sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, died Saturday of natural causes in a US prison facility, the Justice Department said. Abdel Rahman was serving a life sentence on several terrorism-related charges at a Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. The sheikh was seen as a jihadist spiritual leader even after his conviction in 1995 for conspiring to bomb New York landmarks, including the United Nations, and assassinate the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
General Motors' European brands have been in limbo recently with a possible sale to the French PSA group. Opel and Vauxhall have been longstanding staples in foreign markets for the manufacturing group, keeping them towards the top of the list for world's largest automaker. Although GM is yet to decide the future of the Opel brand, they may have something in mind if they decide not to sell the branch.
McCorvey died on Saturday morning of heart failure at an assisted living home in Katy, Texas, Joshua Prager, a journalist who is writing a book about the ruling, said in an email. McCorvey lent her real name to supporters of the abortion-rights movement in the 1980s.
Iran's foreign minister brushed aside new pressure from the United States on Sunday, declaring that his country is "unmoved by threats" but responds well to respect. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers, under which Tehran agreed to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, but hasn't said what he plans to do about it. "Iran doesn't respond well to threats," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of top diplomats and defense officials.
A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports. With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, precautionary evacuations of homes in some neighborhoods were requested due to the potential for mudslides and debris flows. At least 4 people died after a powerful storm pummeled Southern California on Friday night, flooding numerous roadways in Los Angeles and San Diego.
Authorities initially released the image of the man walking along a hiking trail close to where Abigail Williams, 13, and her friend Liberty German, 14, vanished on Monday, saying that he was someone police wanted to speak with. "During the course of the investigation, preliminary evidence has led investigators to believe the person, in the distributed photo, is suspected of having participated in the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German,” said state police in a press release. The girls' bodies were found Tuesday around quarter-mile from an abandoned railroad bridge that’s part of a trail system, according to police.
In perhaps the most poetic passage from his inaugural address, President Trump said, “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space.” So, how does Trump intend to do that? Former Congressman Robert Walker, R-Pa., who was tapped to draft Trump’s space policy during the campaign, spoke to Yahoo News about the administration’s plan to place “low Earth orbit” missions predominantly in the hands of the private sector, with exceptions for military and intelligence satellites. A number of private entities, such as Axiom Space and Bigelow Aerospace, are interested in creating commercial space stations and have technologies under development — such as constellations of satellites for Earth observation or new communications tools — that they believe can be profitable in low Earth orbit, the region of space up to an altitude of about 1,200 miles.
More than 680 Cubans have been deported back to Cuba since the United States ended its decades-old policy giving them preferred immigrant status in January, state media reported Saturday. According to official Cuban reports, 683 people have been sent back to the Caribbean island from the United States, or from Mexico, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, where they were crossing in a bid to reach the US border. On January 12, then-president Barack Obama scrapped with immediate effect a 1995 policy that had given Cubans near-automatic entry to the United States if they managed to set foot on American soil, regardless of their visa status.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a man is dead after he breached security at Honolulu International Airport and stopped breathing. The Star-Advertiser says the man ran through a security checkpoint at a small commuter terminal about 5:48 a.m. early Saturday. The newspaper says the man, who was not a traveler, pushed aside a security officer and ran through doors where airplanes were parked.
Two Syrian children who have become powerful symbols of their homeland's conflict met Saturday, vowing that "the war will not stop us" despite the horrific violence around them. Seven-year-old Syrian girl Bana al-Abed -- whose Twitter account gave a tragic description of the bombing of Aleppo -- met 10-year-old Abdel Basset who lost his legs after bombardment in Idlib. A video of the young boy screaming for his father spread on social media and images of Abdel were shared by Bana as well.
A bus traveling to Chile flipped over in Argentina's Mendoza province early on Saturday, killing at least 19 people on a remote mountain road in the Andes, local authorities said. Turbus, the Chilean company operating the vehicle, confirmed the crash on Route 7 in the Aconcagua park in a statement. A civil defense spokesman in Mendoza said there were 19 confirmed deaths.
Earlier this month, British members of Parliament (MPs) overwhelmingly voted to back Brexit, citing deference to the will of the people. Speaking at an event for Open Britain, which wants Britain to maintain access to the single market, Tony Blair declared that the Brexit discussion was far from over. The task for voters who want to remain in the EU, Mr. Blair said, is to persuade Leave voters to change their minds, thus forcing a reversal on Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
Vice President Mike Pence has met with the president of Ukraine and assured him of U.S. support. Pence's office says he "underscored U.S. support" for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and underlined that the U.S. does not recognize "Russia's occupation and attempted annexation" of Crimea. Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014 and continues to support separatists fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine.
National Drink Wine Day has been celebrated across the country every February since 2011. It started as a way to spread the love and health benefits of wine. Happy drinking!
A Texas woman, who struggled to conceive for two years, announced that she is pregnant with twins after several fertility treatments in a heartwarming Facebook post. Lauren Walker, who is now 13 weeks pregnant, posted a photo of hundreds of needles and empty drug bottles encircling two onesies to tell her friends that her future twins, Duke and Diana, are on the way. “We prayed for 953 days...452 Needles, 1000's of tears, 1 corrective surgery, 4 clomid/letrozole, attempts, 2 IVF rounds, 3 failed transfers & 1 Amazing GOD,” Walker wrote.
Authorities say they've found the body of a man who was swept down a rain-swollen gully during Southern California's powerful storm. It's at least the third death linked to the storm, which eased Saturday in Southern California but is expected to hammer the north through the weekend. A man was electrocuted in Los Angeles on Friday when a falling tree downed power lines and struck a car.
Brasília (AFP) - Six months after her humiliating departure from Brazil's presidency following an impeachment trial, Dilma Rousseff is contemplating her political future. During an exclusive interview with AFP, she appeared more relaxed than she was during August's emotional impeachment spectacle. Rousseff's conservative rivals ousted her by securing an impeachment vote against her over allegations that she fiddled state accounts.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has been doing a really great job not investigating some of the major controversies surrounding the Trump White House. Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader of the Senate, has also impressively
Thousands of Catholic faithful gathered in the Philippine capital on Saturday for a "show of force" in the biggest rally yet to stop extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. More than 6,000 people have died since Duterte took office seven months ago and ordered an unprecedented crime war that has drawn global criticism for alleged human rights abuses, but is popular with many in the mainly Catholic country. Members of one of the nation's oldest and most powerful institutions chanted prayers and sang hymns as they marched to condemn a "spreading culture of violence".
By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - The head of South Sudan's military courts has resigned, saying high-level interference made it impossible to discipline soldiers accused of rape and murder amid the nation's civil war, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Saturday. The resignation of Col. Khalid Ono Loki is the third high-level departure in a week. A highly respected general stood down seven days ago, citing ethnic favouritism in the military and rampant human rights abuses.
In a blog post published Sunday, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Riggetti details her experiences working for the company. This isn’t the first time that Uber has run into human resources problems within its internal teams and management.
Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID. Officials in many other areas say they will simply let the mistakes go, citing widespread confusion among poll workers and voters. The Texas law requires voters to show one of seven approved forms of identification to cast ballots.
An elderly woman was removed from a chair that her skin had molded to after reportedly sitting in the same spot for almost a year. The 75-year-old Ohio woman was rescued by paramedics on Thursday after a church volunteer, who’d been delivering food to
General Motors Co. (GM) might deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test-fleets by 2018 in partnership with the ride-hailing service Lyft, according to reports Saturday. “If you assume the cost of these autonomous vehicles, the very early ones, will be six figures, there aren’t very many retail customers that are willing to go out and spend that kind of money. The Lyft-GM self-driving cars’ road test is set to be the largest of its kind by any automaker before 2020, which is the year when others such as Uber, which is preparing its own fleet in partnership with Daimler and Ford, hit the roads.