Former second lady Jill Biden made an unusually honest pitch to voters on Monday for her husband, Joe, to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.'Bottom line ... we have to beat Trump' »
An animal native to South America's rainforests has attacked a man after invading his second-floor Florida apartment. The kinkajou – often known as a honey bear - ran into the home, in Lake Worth Beach, through an open door and launched itself at Michael Litersky's legs, inflicting bites and scratches. "It sounded like a 300-pound man was tackling him in the kitchen,” said Natalie Dulach, who shares the apartment with Mr Litersky's partner Gillian Hicks.
A California teacher just days into her first classroom job was shot to death in front of her boyfriend and 5-year-old son. Now friends and family want to know: Why? Nancy Magaña, 24, was sitting in a truck with her boyfriend and son at a San Bernardino park when she was shot early Saturday morning. Officers responding to reports of a shooting around 2 a.m. found Magaña wounded, the San Bernardino Police Department told the Los Angeles Times. “It's just that somebody walked up to her car and shot her for no reason,” Magaña told the Sun.
Donald Trump has warned China that carrying out a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy protests would harm trade talks between the two countries, in comments that followed a huge, defiant march through the streets of the global finance hub. Hong Kong has been rocked by more than two months of protests and clashes between police and hardcore activists who fear the semi-autonomous city's freedoms are under threat from Beijing. On Sunday, rally organizers said some 1.7 million people turned out for a peaceful march under a sea of umbrellas, defying police orders and stark warnings from China to end the protests.
Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier's fortune. Court papers filed last week in the U.S. Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries but valued the estate at more than $577 million, including more than $56 million in cash. The existence of the will, first reported by the New York Post, raised new questions about Epstein's final days inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
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An Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West was sailing to Greece on Monday after leaving Gibraltar, and Iran warned against any U.S. move to seize the vessel after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain it. Iran's foreign ministry said a U.S. attempt to seize the oil tanker would have "heavy consequences" and a senior Iranian lawmaker said the crisis with Britain would only end after the vessel reached its destination. British Royal Marines seized the tanker near Gibraltar in July on suspicion it was carrying oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran, in violation of European Union sanctions.
A Colorado man was scouting spots to hunt elk earlier this month when he became prey himself, according to state wildlife officials. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said the scouting hunter reported that a mountain lion attacked him on Aug. 10 around 9 p.m. near Kremmling, CBS Denver reported. Marriott said he slashed the mountain lion, yelled at it and tossed rocks until he scared it off, according to the publication.
Republican Rep. Steve King said the media and Republican leaders owe him an apology for their remarks after he suggested that there would be "no population" without rape and incest. King was arguing in favor of an abortion ban with no exceptions for pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest when he made the comment at an Iowa event last week. King took aim at the Des Moines Register and the Associated Press, saying the stories were based on a misquote.
Senator Bernie Sanders hit back at Senator Kamala Harris Monday evening after Harris said at a fundraiser in the Hamptons that she has “not been comfortable” with the Medicare for All plan she cosponsored with Sanders. If I ever visited there, I would tell them the same thing I have said for the last 30 years: We must pass a Medicare for All system to guarantee affordable health care for all, not just for those who can afford it. “I think almost every member of the United States Senate who's running for president, and many others, have signed on to a variety of plans in the Senate.
We went to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez to help asylum seekers caught in this program and it was immediately clear: MPP is designed to give the appearance of due process — a day in court where they can ask for asylum — but in reality due process is nowhere to be found. Fleeing kidnappings and rape In Juarez, they're dropped off at a facility on the Mexico side of the Paso del Norte bridge and then simply released onto the street. They lean on the assistance of non-profit and faith-based groups, but there are a finite number of shelters.
More wild news from outer space: For the first time, scientists have detected a black hole devouring a neutron star, according to a report released Monday. About 900 million years ago, this black hole ate a very dense star, known as a neutron star, like Pac-man – possibly snuffing out the star instantly,” said Susan Scott, a scientist with the Australian National University, in a statement. Neutron stars are small yet incredibly dense stellar objects and are the collapsed remains of imploded stars.
The Republican Party is going to focus on what the problem is, and the problem is not the gun; the problem is the people who are using those guns,” Santorum said when pressed whether the GOP needs to “give a little” on measures like expanding background checks. The problem is not trying to ban guns or trying to put more gun laws in place, because the people committing these crimes are breaking the law, and they don't really care whether they violate gun crimes or not. That is ridiculous,” retorted Gillum, who campaigned in favor of expanded gun-control legislation when he ran for governor of Florida last year.
Ali Mohammad Rah sat on the pavement outside a police station in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Tuesday, waiting to see his teenage sons, who were swept up in government raids overnight. "Soldiers violently banged windows of our home while we were sleeping," Rah told AFP, saying his sons -- aged 14 and 16 -- were taken away before dawn in the Srinagar neighbourhood of Mehjoor Nagar. Government sources say at least 4,000 people have been detained in Kashmir since India revoked the restive Himalayan region's autonomy on August 5 and imposed a massive security lockdown on the restive region.
A new lawsuit blames the Trump administration's family separations for the death by suicide of a Honduran father after being separated from his 3-year-old child. The widow of Marco Antonio Muñoz sued the U.S. government and South Texas' Starr County, which operated the local jail where he died. The Texas Civil Rights Project, which announced the lawsuit Monday, said it was the first known lawsuit that linked a person's suicide to the zero-tolerance policy enacted last spring and ended amid worldwide condemnation.
The tanker, formerly called the Grace 1 and re-named the Adrian Darya 1, was signaling Kalamata, Greece -- at least for now -- with an arrival date of Aug. 26, according to tanker-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg at 5:25 p.m. London time. The vessel left Gibraltar Sunday night after being detained there since early July, when British forces seized it on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions. The U.S., which has sanctions against Iran, is seeking to prevent anyone from doing business with the ship.
Progressive 'Squad' members Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib hold news conference following canceled congressional trip to Israel.
Donald Trump has shared an opinion poll once described as among the worst surveys on the planet, appearing to show his approval to be much higher than what is shown in more traditional ratings. The online poll, by the firm Zogby, pegs Mr Trump's approval at 51 per cent— a benchmark that is considerably higher than basically every other poll on the matter. An average of Mr Trump's approval rating compiled by Real Clear Politics puts the president's approval rating at 43.1 per cent, with 54.4 per cent disapproving.
U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes to federal and state criminal justice systems, including ending cash bail requirements and doing away with a crime bill that rival Joe Biden helped make law. Warren's popularity has risen in public opinion polls measuring the crowded Democratic field, but she has not gained much traction among black voters, a key voting demographic in the party's nominating contests. Criminal justice reform has been identified as a key issue among black voters because the current system has disproportionately incarcerated minorities.
Pennsylvania police are looking for a man suspected of peeing in a Starbucks sink and onto merchandise in the store. Police asked anyone with information on the man's identity to contact the Manheim Township Police Department. Target isn't the only superstore to be hit with a bodily function crime this summer: A woman was caught peeing on potatoes in a West Virginia Walmart earlier this year, and soon after that a teen in Texas was seen peeing on a shelf of wine, McClatchy news group reported.
A Russian firm charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election has proposed an April 2020 trial — smack in the middle of the next White House campaign. The suggested schedule, which was proposed jointly with federal prosecutors, emerged during a hearing Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich in Washington, D.C. The Donald Trump-appointed federal judge still must sign off on the trial date for the case. The trial would test special counsel Robert Mueller's allegations that the Russian firm, Concord Management and Consulting, financed and organized an army of internet trolls to try and sow discord in the U.S. and sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor.
At a fundraiser in the Hamptons this weekend, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) told wealthy donors she has “not been comfortable” with the Medicare-for-All proposal pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of her leading rivals in the primary. "I think almost every member of the United States Senate who's running for president and many others, have signed on to a variety of plans in the Senate. The comments are the latest reflection of the turbulence that the California Democrat has encountered while navigating the politics of health care reform.
Spain on Tuesday deployed a naval patrol boat to pick up migrants on a charity rescue boat that has been stranded off Italy's Lampedusa island for days as Rome refuses it access, after several people jumped overboard in a bid to swim ashore. The Audaz, with a crew of 62, departed Rota in southwestern Spain at 6:30 pm (1630 GMT) for Lampedusa, Spanish public television images showed. The trip to Lampedusa was expected to take three days.
After previous political rallies that ended in violence, police in Portland, Oregon, earned praise Monday from outside observers for using a natural barrier — the city's Willamette River — to keep dueling protesters apart during a weekend far-right rally and large counter-demonstration that included a subset of masked and black-clad anti-fascists. As the city returned to normal, Mayor Ted Wheeler called Saturday's dueling demonstrations a win for residents. Oregon's top federal prosecutor called the handling of the event a "definitive counterpoint" for those who on both sides who have criticized police after past protests for favoring one side or the other.
A pair of tourists face up to six years in prison after allegedly stealing a large quantity of sand from the pristine beaches of Sardinia. The French couple were found to have nearly 40kg (90lb) of fine white sand in the boot of their car. The vehicle was stopped during a routine check by border police as the tourists were preparing to board a ferry in Porto Torres, on the north coast of the island, bound for Toulon in France.
As a physician who has worked with prisoners as well as suicidal patients, I was shocked by the strange circumstances surrounding sexual offender Jeffrey Epstein's death by apparent hanging in his cell. Earlier in my career, I worked on both a psychiatric ward and a prison ward. For someone who, like Epstein, had apparently made a suicide attempt less than three weeks before, it is almost inconceivable to me that he could possibly be without diligent, frequent observation and without surveillance cameras constantly monitoring him.
"It’s not enough to insist that finders are keepers."
"This is where the items are safest and most people will see them."
"The power to select, name and decide the meaning of these items makes Europeans the authors of African history."
"The suggestion that African people have to prove that they are worthy of their own cultural heritage is insulting and absurd."
"Major world museums continue to perpetuate a colonialist paradigm with their frequent refusal to return artifacts that were stolen."