Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates who have declared so far

Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates who have declared so farThe 2020 field is likely about to become crowded in the coming weeks. Here's a look at who has declared their intention to seek the presidency so far.


Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid page

Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid pageVenezuela's state internet provider CANTV has blocked a webpage where volunteers sign up to answer National Assembly president Juan Guaido's call to help bring in desperately needed humanitarian aid, the opposition said on Monday. Guaido says he wants one million volunteers by Saturday, the deadline day he has set to bring in the aid piling up at the border with Colombia and aiming to alleviate food and medicine shortages. Last week the opposition hit out at CANTV for redirecting the volunteers webpage to another almost identical looking site to prevent more people from signing up to self-declared acting president Guaido's cause.


Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh

Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on RiyadhISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Saudi diplomat on Monday fired back after Iran initially blamed the kingdom for an attack last week that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.


Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'

Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'A man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.


Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC

Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC"Firstly, I object to what the U.S. has done. This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable," Ren told the BBC in an interview. Canada arrested Meng on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.


Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering Venezuela

Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering VenezuelaU.S. humanitarian aid sits in Colombia at the border with Venezuela; reaction and analysis from Brett Bruen, former director of global engagement in the Obama White House.


Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’

Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Sunday praised Representative Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) recent endorsement of an anti-Semitic trope and urged the freshman lawmaker not to bow to pressure from critics.“Ms. Omar from Somalia – she started talking about ‘the Benjamins' and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don't do that. Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for,” Farrakhan said during his annual Saviour's Day address in Chicago, in comments first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.“Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so you're not lying. So if you're not lying, stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt House,” he added.Farrakhan, who has long engaged in anti-Semitic conspiracy-mongering, went on to mock Omar's Democratic allies, who have defended her remarks as the result of inexperience and lack of knowledge regarding the historic plight of the Jewish people.“‘Oh she's just young. She just got here. Don't be so hard on her,’” he said, mocking Omar's defenders. “My beautiful sisters, you were sent there to shake that House up. Your people voted you in, but God is the overseer.”Omar argued in a series of tweets sent last week that the pro-Israel stance held by many of her colleagues can be attributed to the nefarious influence of jewish donors and organizations, such as the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She subsequently apologized after being publicly urged to do so by Democratic leadership.Since being elected in November, Omar has been confronted with allegations of anti-Semitism by critics who cite both her past tweets, one of which accused Israel of "hypnotizing the world," and her more-recent statements and associations with noted anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian activists.Farrakhan has managed to maintain ties with a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers and activists despite his extensive record of bigotry. Women's March co-chair Tamikah Mallory was roundly criticized for praising Farrakhan as the "GOAT” or “greatest of all time" on social media following his 2018 Saviour's Day address, during which he labeled Jews “satanic.”“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric. I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities,” Mallory said during an appearance on ABC's The View last month when asked about the Instagram post.


Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from car

Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from carA group of prisoners in Florida put their criminal skills to good use on Valentine’s Day – breaking into a car, to free a baby locked inside. The prisoners, on work-release, were repairing parking meters in Pasco County, north of Tampa, when they spotted the family in distress. The one-year-old child was trapped inside the car, with the keys inside. The family was unable to afford a locksmith and so, in the 56 degree Fahrenheit heat, the father was preparing to break the window. That is when the prisoners, in their black and white uniforms, offered to help, and worked in a team to pry open the front door just enough for one inmate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the 4x4’s door. In a video, which has gone viral, police are heard telling the father to "pop his head in the window" so "strange faces" would not scare the baby. Another person in the video, filmed by the baby’s mother Shadow Lantry, can be heard commenting on the "hilarious situation," with police watching the crew unlock the car. The whole endeavour took about two minutes, and ended with the group cheering.  Ms Lantry said the child was "just sitting there happy" throughout the ordeal. The parents thanked the crew, deputies and firefighters for their help.


Lindsey Graham says redirected funds for Trump border wall ‘better for school kids’ than new school

Lindsey Graham says redirected funds for Trump border wall ‘better for school kids’ than new schoolThe children of Fort Campbell Mahaffey Middle School will indeed have a new construction project to look forward to in the coming year - just maybe not that new schoolhouse they were expecting. Instead, they might get a border wall - or a fence, or barbed wire, or something like that - about 1,000 miles southwest of their school, which sits on a military base straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee line. "I would say it's better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border," Mr Graham said on CBS News' Face the Nation.


'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each other

'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each otherBernie Sanders opened his second bid for the White House by calling the president a “liar,” “racist” and “xenophobe.” Trump, for his part, has repeatedly referred to Sanders as “Crazy Bernie.”


United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub

United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hubUnited Airlines will add three new domestic routes at its Denver hub, all of which will go head-to-head against budget rival Frontier Airlines.


Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuseA US-based group that compiles data on sexual abuse by Catholic clerics and bishops accused of covering it up fears that a bid by Pope Francis to tackle the scandals is a case of too little, too late. Speaking ahead of a Vatican summit of bishops this week to discuss the crisis, Anne Barret Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, complained of a "disconnect" between the pontiff's strong statements and his actions. The non-governmental organisation is taking part in a counter-summit of victims running alongside the Vatican event.


Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emails

Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emailsMESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team's players and coaching staff at spring training on Monday for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father.


Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary Guards

Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary GuardsRevolutionary Guards have broken up a group of militants in southeast Iran who were linked to a suicide bombing that killed 27 guards near the border with Pakistan last week, the Corps said on Monday. "Last night, a terrorist cell was identified and destroyed in an operation," the Corps said in a statement carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Three militants were arrested and explosive material was seized from houses in the cities of Saravan and Khash, it said.


An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of AllegianceThe 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest


10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested

10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested


New Zealand to target online giants with digital tax

New Zealand to target online giants with digital taxNew Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the cabinet had agreed to issue a discussion document about how to update the country's tax framework to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share. "Our current tax system is not fair in the way it treats individual tax payers, and how it treats multinationals," Ardern told reporters at her weekly post-cabinet news conference.


After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinic

After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinicAt a clinic in eastern Syria, the Islamic State group have fled leaving a floor strewn with medical supplies -- but also explosives and a foreign passport. US-backed fighters took the three-storey building in the village of Baghouz in recent days, and now use its roof to survey the frontline against the jihadists. Under three mounds of earth, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had buried a woman and two IS fighters found wearing ammunition jackets.


Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for President

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for PresidentSenator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday launched his second run for president, again seeking the Democratic nomination."We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the Vermont independent, 77, said as he announced his bid on Vermont Public Radio."I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he added afterward in an email to supporters.Sanders, relatively unknown before he ran and lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, managed to shift the conversation after his positions generated a surprising amount of enthusiasm, especially among millennials. His platform includes making higher education free, raising minimum wage above "starvation levels," supporting women's reproductive rights including abortion, and taking on corrupt special interests.Now, he enters the race as a known political force to be reckoned with."I’m running for president because, now more than ever, we need leadership that brings us together – not divides us up," he wrote in an email that went out to supporters. "Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant. Now is the time for us to stand together.""Powerful special interests may have the money, but we have the people," he warned.Sanders also took a shot at President Trump directly, calling him "the most dangerous president in modern American history," and "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."Sanders enters a slightly more crowded field vying for the nomination than in 2016, when Clinton was the clear favorite. Senators Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand are all running. Former Vice President Joe Biden is still weighing his decision, but he would have a substantial polling lead if he announced a run. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is also running, as are South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Obama administration secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, among other candidates with less name recognition.


Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million

Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 millionA powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.


Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for Pakistan

Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for PakistanThe two nations signed memorandums of understanding in the energy and agriculture sectors, including one for a $10 billion oil refinery in southwestern city of Gwadar, where China has helped build a deep water port. Saudi Arabia also signed a pact to provide Pakistan with crude oil and petroleum products on delayed payments to meets its energy needs. “We are creating a great future for Saudi Arabia and Pakistan,” Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, said at a reception by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday in Islamabad at the start of a two-day trip.


16 states seek injunction to stop building a border barrier while national emergency declaration is challenged

16 states seek injunction to stop building a border barrier while national emergency declaration is challengedCalifornia leads the charge against President Trump's declaration to fund the border wall; William La Jeunesse reports.


Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizersVATICAN CITY (AP) — The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday.


How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows

How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widowsDespite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.


Thousands attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

Thousands attend vigil for Aurora shooting victimsMore than 2,000 people braved sub-freezing temperatures Sunday for a vigil honoring those killed by a factory worker who opened fire after losing his job.


7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or SoldWarren Buffett is wheeling and dealing. The most anticipated 13-F filing each quarter is that of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B). Here are seven stocks Buffett has been buying and selling according to this month's filing.


Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDF

Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDFUS-backed forces said several jihadists and dozens of civilians quit the Islamic State group's last patch of territory in Syria Tuesday, and warned remaining fighters should surrender or face death. Backed by air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have trapped the jihadists in a segment of Baghhouz village that is less than half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile). "Dozens of civilians and some fighters have handed themselves over", SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin told reporters at the nearby Al-Omar oil field.


Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?

Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?Donald Trump funds 'emergency' border wall but relief for victims of wildfires, storms and other catastrophes fueled by climate change must wait.


Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people

Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million peopleA powerful storm will roar across the US over the next 2 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.


Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn dealsPakistan will confer its highest civilian honour on the Saudi crown prince on Monday, a day after he signed investment deals worth $20 billion on the first stop of an Asian tour clouded by his alleged role in the grisly murder of a dissident journalist. President Arif Alvi will award Mohammad bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the foreign office said in a statement, before the crown prince leaves the country for his next stop, Islamabad's arch-rival India. Pakistan is facing a serious balance of payments crisis and hopes the huge deals signed over the two-day visit -- seven separate agreements and memorandums of understanding -- will boost its struggling economy.


North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early resultsThe investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. Poll worker Agnes Willis told the five-member State Board of Elections in Raleigh on Tuesday that she and other poll workers viewed early results in the Bladen County sheriff's race before the general election. North Carolina law prohibits running voting results before the general election.


The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .

The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .Hint: It's going to transform your backyard BBQ setup


Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergy

Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergyVictims of clerical sex abuse have warned Pope Francis that his credibility is on the line as he confronts the biggest challenge of his papacy with a landmark conference on protecting children from rape and molestation. Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops, patriarchs and other senior Catholic figures from around the world will convene in Rome on Thursday for an unprecedented four-day conference that is supposed to tackle the scourge of child abuse by clergy. It is the biggest effort so far to address scandals that have eroded faith in the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. “There’s going to be every effort to close whatever loopholes there are,” said Charles Scicluna, an archbishop from Malta who is one of the organisers of the summit. “This is a new day in terms of transparency. Bishops are going to be held accountable. My hope is that people see this as a turning point.” Members of the survivors' group Ending Clergy Abuse in front of St Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP But victims’ groups are furious that it has taken this long for the Church to organise such a high-profile meeting, pointing out that is has been 17 years since the Boston sex abuse scandal, which lifted the lid on the problem in the Church. They accuse Pope Francis of failing to clearly decree that priests, and the bishops who protect them, should be reported to the police, prosecuted and sent to jail if found guilty of abuse. They say the Vatican has had years to set out clear guidelines to every diocese in the world, instructing them to hand over to the civil authorities any priest accused of abusing children. It has not done so. “Pope Francis has been talking about zero tolerance ever since he was elected. It’s time to deliver on that promise,” said Peter Isely, from Ending Clergy Abuse, a victims’ support group. “There needs to be a universal law for the Church around the world – if you are a priest who rapes or sexually assaults a child, then you are going to be removed from the priesthood. And you are going to be turned over to the authorities and prosecuted and imprisoned.” Peter Isely, founding member of Ending Clergy Abuse, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP Survivors of sex abuse are tired of the years of empty rhetoric and lack of action coming from the Vatican. “We’ve been waiting a long time. We’ve waited too long. This is a historic moment. This has never happened before in the history of the Catholic Church. The Pope has acknowledged that this is a global problem in the Church and that’s important. He now has to deliver,” said Mr Isely, speaking in front of St Peter’s Basilica. “They can do something in the next few days that could save a child somewhere in the world from undergoing what we went through as children – these horrible, horrific, terrible crimes.” Peter Saunders, a British victim of sex abuse by priests, said: “This pope is the best public relations pope of our lifetime. He is very media savvy. But his credibility on this issue has been blown away.” The Vatican made Mr Saunders a member of a special commission for the protection of children, but he resigned in protest at how little progress the body made, saying it was “starved of funding”. Around a dozen survivors have been invited to meet the Pope during the conference.  “What we need is action. We need to have a real conversation about this - why is there not zero tolerance for priests who have assaulted children? What’s the hold-up? What’s the problem?” said Mr Isely. The Vatican insists that this time, it means business. Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, is one of the organisers of the summit Credit: AP/Gregorio Borgia “It’s going to be a rallying moment,” said Cardinal Blasé Cupich from Chicago, another organiser of the conference. “We want to make sure that bishops claim ownership of the problem.” Archbishop Scicluna vowed that the days of omerta – the code of silence which normally refers to the mafia – were over. “Whether you call it omerta or a state of denial, it’s a no-go. We need to face the facts. This is not the end game but we are going to do everything possible to make people accountable.” On Saturday, Pope Francis defrocked an American cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, for historical sexual abuse allegations. The 88-year-old, a former archbishop of Washington, is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.


The 10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars and SUVs in 2019

The 10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars and SUVs in 2019


This Week: Walmart results, Fed minutes, US home sales

This Week: Walmart results, Fed minutes, US home salesA look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:


Mexico announces plans to close shelter housing 1,600 migrants: Will they go to Texas?

Mexico announces plans to close shelter housing 1,600 migrants: Will they go to Texas?Residents in Eagle Pass, Texas, express concerns about an influx in illegal immigrants after a shelter on the other side of the border closes; Jacqui Heinrich reports from the scene.


Trade War Heats Up as EU Vows to Retaliate on U.S. Auto Tariffs

Trade War Heats Up as EU Vows to Retaliate on U.S. Auto TariffsIf European exports are hit by U.S. actions, the EU will “react in a swift and adequate manner,” Margaritis Schinas, a spokesman for the European Commission, told reporters in Brussels on Monday -- a day after President Donald Trump received a report on the national-security implications posed by auto imports. The EU has prepared tariffs on a total of 20 billion euros ($23 billion) in U.S. goods should Trump follow through on his threat, which would chiefly hit Germany.


Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign students

Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign studentsEmails obtained by the Detroit Free Press offer a glimpse into how a fake university in Detroit may have convinced students it was real.


India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer

India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offerIndia on Tuesday demanded that rival Pakistan take "credible and visible action" over a major suicide attack in Kashmir as it sternly rebuffed Prime Minister Imran Khan's offer to investigate the bombing. Amid a new spike in tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Khan earlier demanded that India give "actionable evidence" to back its claim of Pakistan's backing for the suicide bomber. While offering an investigation, Khan also said Pakistan would retaliate if attacked over the bombing, claimed by a Pakistan-based group, which killed at least 41 Indian paramilitaries.


Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister says

Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister saysGermany's government is still in talks on whether China's Huawei will be allowed to participate in building the country's high-speed internet infrastructure, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday. Huawei is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, which it denies. The Wall Street Journal report said that the decision to give Huawei's involvement in Germany's 5G network the go-ahead was due to be discussed by leading members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives later.


In photos: Winners of the World Restaurant Awards

In photos: Winners of the World Restaurant Awards


Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to Pope

Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to PopeRepresentatives of a Polish NGO helping victims of child abuse committed by Catholic priests left Warsaw early on Monday hoping to deliver a report to Pope Francis in the Vatican about Polish bishops neglecting pedophilia cases. The "Have No Fear" organization, led by a former victim Marek Lisinski, hopes that the report, which accuses some bishops in devoutly Catholic Poland of failing to report crimes, will trigger resignations from top positions in the Church.


Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off

Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon today. Just don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soulFor people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more.Image: vitamixNix the guesswork even more with Vitamix's new digital timer, which decides what the optimal blending time is for you to get perfect textures without having to experiment. If you know what you're doing, there's a programmable timer that will blend for the time you've entered and stop automatically.All of your options are displayed across a scratch-resistant touchscreen, with a self-cleaning option available to get you off the hook afterwards.Regularly $699.95, you can save $159.60 and get it for $540.35. Image: vitamix Save $160 on the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender (64 oz) -- $540.35 See Details


The New Ford Focus ST Looks Awesome and Makes 276 Horsepower

The New Ford Focus ST Looks Awesome and Makes 276 HorsepowerIt's not too late for Ford to change its mind about bringing this hot hatch to America, is it?


Will Procter & Gamble stock split again soon?

Will Procter & Gamble stock split again soon?Since 1970, P&G stock has usually traded for several weeks or a few months above $100 before shares split.


Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA HatsA Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday for pulling a gun on a couple who were wearing the Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he reportedly pulled the gun in a Kentucky Sam’s Club store amid an argument, according to his arrest citation. Phillips allegedly told the woman, "It's a good day to die, b****," and exchanged obscene hand gestures with the man. He said he did so because of their hats.Phillips, who wore a hat indicating he was a military veteran, has a concealed-carry permit for his gun.The incident comes amid the continuing controversy over Empire actor Jussie Smollett's claim that he was beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans, which has been increasingly scrutinized as a possible hoax.


Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran

Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on IranTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday described U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war being waged on his country and stressed that "economic war is more difficult than military war."


Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitorA double bomb attack in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday killed 24 people, including four children, a war monitor said. Idlib, the last major part of Syria still outside the control of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, is held by an alliance led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. HTS took administrative control of the whole of the region last month, after overpowering smaller Turkey-backed factions.


Millions Could Perish: 5 Weapons India Would Use in a War Against Pakistan

Millions Could Perish: 5 Weapons India Would Use in a War Against PakistanAnd yes, nuclear weapons would


Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online

Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse onlineDutt said some people had posted and circulated her phone number on Twitter, enabling the harassment, which she said included threats of rape and images of genitalia being sent to her phone. Dutt tweeted some of the threats and images on Monday, and she included phone numbers and names of the men who allegedly threatened her, after which her account was suspended. "I would like to place on record my absolute horror and disgust at Twitter's encouragement of sexual abuse and gender inequality," said Dutt, a former managing editor at news channel NDTV and a regular columnist with the Washington Post.


Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates who have declared so far

Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates who have declared so farThe 2020 field is likely about to become crowded in the coming weeks. Here's a look at who has declared their intention to seek the presidency so far.


Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid page

Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid pageVenezuela's state internet provider CANTV has blocked a webpage where volunteers sign up to answer National Assembly president Juan Guaido's call to help bring in desperately needed humanitarian aid, the opposition said on Monday. Guaido says he wants one million volunteers by Saturday, the deadline day he has set to bring in the aid piling up at the border with Colombia and aiming to alleviate food and medicine shortages. Last week the opposition hit out at CANTV for redirecting the volunteers webpage to another almost identical looking site to prevent more people from signing up to self-declared acting president Guaido's cause.


Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh

Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on RiyadhISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Saudi diplomat on Monday fired back after Iran initially blamed the kingdom for an attack last week that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.


Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'

Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'A man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.


Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC

Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC"Firstly, I object to what the U.S. has done. This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable," Ren told the BBC in an interview. Canada arrested Meng on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.


Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering Venezuela

Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering VenezuelaU.S. humanitarian aid sits in Colombia at the border with Venezuela; reaction and analysis from Brett Bruen, former director of global engagement in the Obama White House.


Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’

Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Sunday praised Representative Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) recent endorsement of an anti-Semitic trope and urged the freshman lawmaker not to bow to pressure from critics.“Ms. Omar from Somalia – she started talking about ‘the Benjamins' and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don't do that. Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for,” Farrakhan said during his annual Saviour's Day address in Chicago, in comments first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.“Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so you're not lying. So if you're not lying, stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt House,” he added.Farrakhan, who has long engaged in anti-Semitic conspiracy-mongering, went on to mock Omar's Democratic allies, who have defended her remarks as the result of inexperience and lack of knowledge regarding the historic plight of the Jewish people.“‘Oh she's just young. She just got here. Don't be so hard on her,’” he said, mocking Omar's defenders. “My beautiful sisters, you were sent there to shake that House up. Your people voted you in, but God is the overseer.”Omar argued in a series of tweets sent last week that the pro-Israel stance held by many of her colleagues can be attributed to the nefarious influence of jewish donors and organizations, such as the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She subsequently apologized after being publicly urged to do so by Democratic leadership.Since being elected in November, Omar has been confronted with allegations of anti-Semitism by critics who cite both her past tweets, one of which accused Israel of "hypnotizing the world," and her more-recent statements and associations with noted anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian activists.Farrakhan has managed to maintain ties with a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers and activists despite his extensive record of bigotry. Women's March co-chair Tamikah Mallory was roundly criticized for praising Farrakhan as the "GOAT” or “greatest of all time" on social media following his 2018 Saviour's Day address, during which he labeled Jews “satanic.”“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric. I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities,” Mallory said during an appearance on ABC's The View last month when asked about the Instagram post.


Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from car

Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from carA group of prisoners in Florida put their criminal skills to good use on Valentine’s Day – breaking into a car, to free a baby locked inside. The prisoners, on work-release, were repairing parking meters in Pasco County, north of Tampa, when they spotted the family in distress. The one-year-old child was trapped inside the car, with the keys inside. The family was unable to afford a locksmith and so, in the 56 degree Fahrenheit heat, the father was preparing to break the window. That is when the prisoners, in their black and white uniforms, offered to help, and worked in a team to pry open the front door just enough for one inmate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the 4x4’s door. In a video, which has gone viral, police are heard telling the father to "pop his head in the window" so "strange faces" would not scare the baby. Another person in the video, filmed by the baby’s mother Shadow Lantry, can be heard commenting on the "hilarious situation," with police watching the crew unlock the car. The whole endeavour took about two minutes, and ended with the group cheering.  Ms Lantry said the child was "just sitting there happy" throughout the ordeal. The parents thanked the crew, deputies and firefighters for their help.


Lindsey Graham says redirected funds for Trump border wall ‘better for school kids’ than new school

Lindsey Graham says redirected funds for Trump border wall ‘better for school kids’ than new schoolThe children of Fort Campbell Mahaffey Middle School will indeed have a new construction project to look forward to in the coming year - just maybe not that new schoolhouse they were expecting. Instead, they might get a border wall - or a fence, or barbed wire, or something like that - about 1,000 miles southwest of their school, which sits on a military base straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee line. "I would say it's better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border," Mr Graham said on CBS News' Face the Nation.


'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each other

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United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub

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Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuseA US-based group that compiles data on sexual abuse by Catholic clerics and bishops accused of covering it up fears that a bid by Pope Francis to tackle the scandals is a case of too little, too late. Speaking ahead of a Vatican summit of bishops this week to discuss the crisis, Anne Barret Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, complained of a "disconnect" between the pontiff's strong statements and his actions. The non-governmental organisation is taking part in a counter-summit of victims running alongside the Vatican event.


Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emails

Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emailsMESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team's players and coaching staff at spring training on Monday for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father.


Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary Guards

Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary GuardsRevolutionary Guards have broken up a group of militants in southeast Iran who were linked to a suicide bombing that killed 27 guards near the border with Pakistan last week, the Corps said on Monday. "Last night, a terrorist cell was identified and destroyed in an operation," the Corps said in a statement carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Three militants were arrested and explosive material was seized from houses in the cities of Saravan and Khash, it said.


An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of AllegianceThe 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest


10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested

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New Zealand to target online giants with digital tax

New Zealand to target online giants with digital taxNew Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the cabinet had agreed to issue a discussion document about how to update the country's tax framework to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share. "Our current tax system is not fair in the way it treats individual tax payers, and how it treats multinationals," Ardern told reporters at her weekly post-cabinet news conference.


After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinic

After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinicAt a clinic in eastern Syria, the Islamic State group have fled leaving a floor strewn with medical supplies -- but also explosives and a foreign passport. US-backed fighters took the three-storey building in the village of Baghouz in recent days, and now use its roof to survey the frontline against the jihadists. Under three mounds of earth, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had buried a woman and two IS fighters found wearing ammunition jackets.


Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for President

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for PresidentSenator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday launched his second run for president, again seeking the Democratic nomination."We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the Vermont independent, 77, said as he announced his bid on Vermont Public Radio."I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he added afterward in an email to supporters.Sanders, relatively unknown before he ran and lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, managed to shift the conversation after his positions generated a surprising amount of enthusiasm, especially among millennials. His platform includes making higher education free, raising minimum wage above "starvation levels," supporting women's reproductive rights including abortion, and taking on corrupt special interests.Now, he enters the race as a known political force to be reckoned with."I’m running for president because, now more than ever, we need leadership that brings us together – not divides us up," he wrote in an email that went out to supporters. "Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant. Now is the time for us to stand together.""Powerful special interests may have the money, but we have the people," he warned.Sanders also took a shot at President Trump directly, calling him "the most dangerous president in modern American history," and "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."Sanders enters a slightly more crowded field vying for the nomination than in 2016, when Clinton was the clear favorite. Senators Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand are all running. Former Vice President Joe Biden is still weighing his decision, but he would have a substantial polling lead if he announced a run. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is also running, as are South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Obama administration secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, among other candidates with less name recognition.


Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million

Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 millionA powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.


Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for Pakistan

Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for PakistanThe two nations signed memorandums of understanding in the energy and agriculture sectors, including one for a $10 billion oil refinery in southwestern city of Gwadar, where China has helped build a deep water port. Saudi Arabia also signed a pact to provide Pakistan with crude oil and petroleum products on delayed payments to meets its energy needs. “We are creating a great future for Saudi Arabia and Pakistan,” Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, said at a reception by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday in Islamabad at the start of a two-day trip.


16 states seek injunction to stop building a border barrier while national emergency declaration is challenged

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Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

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How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows

How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widowsDespite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.


Thousands attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

Thousands attend vigil for Aurora shooting victimsMore than 2,000 people braved sub-freezing temperatures Sunday for a vigil honoring those killed by a factory worker who opened fire after losing his job.


7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

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Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDF

Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDFUS-backed forces said several jihadists and dozens of civilians quit the Islamic State group's last patch of territory in Syria Tuesday, and warned remaining fighters should surrender or face death. Backed by air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have trapped the jihadists in a segment of Baghhouz village that is less than half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile). "Dozens of civilians and some fighters have handed themselves over", SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin told reporters at the nearby Al-Omar oil field.


Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?

Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?Donald Trump funds 'emergency' border wall but relief for victims of wildfires, storms and other catastrophes fueled by climate change must wait.


Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people

Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million peopleA powerful storm will roar across the US over the next 2 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.


Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn dealsPakistan will confer its highest civilian honour on the Saudi crown prince on Monday, a day after he signed investment deals worth $20 billion on the first stop of an Asian tour clouded by his alleged role in the grisly murder of a dissident journalist. President Arif Alvi will award Mohammad bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the foreign office said in a statement, before the crown prince leaves the country for his next stop, Islamabad's arch-rival India. Pakistan is facing a serious balance of payments crisis and hopes the huge deals signed over the two-day visit -- seven separate agreements and memorandums of understanding -- will boost its struggling economy.


North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early resultsThe investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. Poll worker Agnes Willis told the five-member State Board of Elections in Raleigh on Tuesday that she and other poll workers viewed early results in the Bladen County sheriff's race before the general election. North Carolina law prohibits running voting results before the general election.


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Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergy

Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergyVictims of clerical sex abuse have warned Pope Francis that his credibility is on the line as he confronts the biggest challenge of his papacy with a landmark conference on protecting children from rape and molestation. Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops, patriarchs and other senior Catholic figures from around the world will convene in Rome on Thursday for an unprecedented four-day conference that is supposed to tackle the scourge of child abuse by clergy. It is the biggest effort so far to address scandals that have eroded faith in the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. “There’s going to be every effort to close whatever loopholes there are,” said Charles Scicluna, an archbishop from Malta who is one of the organisers of the summit. “This is a new day in terms of transparency. Bishops are going to be held accountable. My hope is that people see this as a turning point.” Members of the survivors' group Ending Clergy Abuse in front of St Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP But victims’ groups are furious that it has taken this long for the Church to organise such a high-profile meeting, pointing out that is has been 17 years since the Boston sex abuse scandal, which lifted the lid on the problem in the Church. They accuse Pope Francis of failing to clearly decree that priests, and the bishops who protect them, should be reported to the police, prosecuted and sent to jail if found guilty of abuse. They say the Vatican has had years to set out clear guidelines to every diocese in the world, instructing them to hand over to the civil authorities any priest accused of abusing children. It has not done so. “Pope Francis has been talking about zero tolerance ever since he was elected. It’s time to deliver on that promise,” said Peter Isely, from Ending Clergy Abuse, a victims’ support group. “There needs to be a universal law for the Church around the world – if you are a priest who rapes or sexually assaults a child, then you are going to be removed from the priesthood. And you are going to be turned over to the authorities and prosecuted and imprisoned.” Peter Isely, founding member of Ending Clergy Abuse, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP Survivors of sex abuse are tired of the years of empty rhetoric and lack of action coming from the Vatican. “We’ve been waiting a long time. We’ve waited too long. This is a historic moment. This has never happened before in the history of the Catholic Church. The Pope has acknowledged that this is a global problem in the Church and that’s important. He now has to deliver,” said Mr Isely, speaking in front of St Peter’s Basilica. “They can do something in the next few days that could save a child somewhere in the world from undergoing what we went through as children – these horrible, horrific, terrible crimes.” Peter Saunders, a British victim of sex abuse by priests, said: “This pope is the best public relations pope of our lifetime. He is very media savvy. But his credibility on this issue has been blown away.” The Vatican made Mr Saunders a member of a special commission for the protection of children, but he resigned in protest at how little progress the body made, saying it was “starved of funding”. Around a dozen survivors have been invited to meet the Pope during the conference.  “What we need is action. We need to have a real conversation about this - why is there not zero tolerance for priests who have assaulted children? What’s the hold-up? What’s the problem?” said Mr Isely. The Vatican insists that this time, it means business. Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, is one of the organisers of the summit Credit: AP/Gregorio Borgia “It’s going to be a rallying moment,” said Cardinal Blasé Cupich from Chicago, another organiser of the conference. “We want to make sure that bishops claim ownership of the problem.” Archbishop Scicluna vowed that the days of omerta – the code of silence which normally refers to the mafia – were over. “Whether you call it omerta or a state of denial, it’s a no-go. We need to face the facts. This is not the end game but we are going to do everything possible to make people accountable.” On Saturday, Pope Francis defrocked an American cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, for historical sexual abuse allegations. The 88-year-old, a former archbishop of Washington, is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.


The 10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars and SUVs in 2019

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This Week: Walmart results, Fed minutes, US home sales

This Week: Walmart results, Fed minutes, US home salesA look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:


Mexico announces plans to close shelter housing 1,600 migrants: Will they go to Texas?

Mexico announces plans to close shelter housing 1,600 migrants: Will they go to Texas?Residents in Eagle Pass, Texas, express concerns about an influx in illegal immigrants after a shelter on the other side of the border closes; Jacqui Heinrich reports from the scene.


Trade War Heats Up as EU Vows to Retaliate on U.S. Auto Tariffs

Trade War Heats Up as EU Vows to Retaliate on U.S. Auto TariffsIf European exports are hit by U.S. actions, the EU will “react in a swift and adequate manner,” Margaritis Schinas, a spokesman for the European Commission, told reporters in Brussels on Monday -- a day after President Donald Trump received a report on the national-security implications posed by auto imports. The EU has prepared tariffs on a total of 20 billion euros ($23 billion) in U.S. goods should Trump follow through on his threat, which would chiefly hit Germany.


Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign students

Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign studentsEmails obtained by the Detroit Free Press offer a glimpse into how a fake university in Detroit may have convinced students it was real.


India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer

India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offerIndia on Tuesday demanded that rival Pakistan take "credible and visible action" over a major suicide attack in Kashmir as it sternly rebuffed Prime Minister Imran Khan's offer to investigate the bombing. Amid a new spike in tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Khan earlier demanded that India give "actionable evidence" to back its claim of Pakistan's backing for the suicide bomber. While offering an investigation, Khan also said Pakistan would retaliate if attacked over the bombing, claimed by a Pakistan-based group, which killed at least 41 Indian paramilitaries.


Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister says

Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister saysGermany's government is still in talks on whether China's Huawei will be allowed to participate in building the country's high-speed internet infrastructure, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday. Huawei is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, which it denies. The Wall Street Journal report said that the decision to give Huawei's involvement in Germany's 5G network the go-ahead was due to be discussed by leading members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives later.


In photos: Winners of the World Restaurant Awards

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Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to Pope

Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to PopeRepresentatives of a Polish NGO helping victims of child abuse committed by Catholic priests left Warsaw early on Monday hoping to deliver a report to Pope Francis in the Vatican about Polish bishops neglecting pedophilia cases. The "Have No Fear" organization, led by a former victim Marek Lisinski, hopes that the report, which accuses some bishops in devoutly Catholic Poland of failing to report crimes, will trigger resignations from top positions in the Church.


Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off

Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon today. Just don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soulFor people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more.Image: vitamixNix the guesswork even more with Vitamix's new digital timer, which decides what the optimal blending time is for you to get perfect textures without having to experiment. If you know what you're doing, there's a programmable timer that will blend for the time you've entered and stop automatically.All of your options are displayed across a scratch-resistant touchscreen, with a self-cleaning option available to get you off the hook afterwards.Regularly $699.95, you can save $159.60 and get it for $540.35. Image: vitamix Save $160 on the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender (64 oz) -- $540.35 See Details


The New Ford Focus ST Looks Awesome and Makes 276 Horsepower

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Will Procter & Gamble stock split again soon?

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Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA HatsA Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday for pulling a gun on a couple who were wearing the Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he reportedly pulled the gun in a Kentucky Sam’s Club store amid an argument, according to his arrest citation. Phillips allegedly told the woman, "It's a good day to die, b****," and exchanged obscene hand gestures with the man. He said he did so because of their hats.Phillips, who wore a hat indicating he was a military veteran, has a concealed-carry permit for his gun.The incident comes amid the continuing controversy over Empire actor Jussie Smollett's claim that he was beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans, which has been increasingly scrutinized as a possible hoax.


Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran

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Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitorA double bomb attack in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday killed 24 people, including four children, a war monitor said. Idlib, the last major part of Syria still outside the control of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, is held by an alliance led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. HTS took administrative control of the whole of the region last month, after overpowering smaller Turkey-backed factions.


Millions Could Perish: 5 Weapons India Would Use in a War Against Pakistan

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Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online

Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse onlineDutt said some people had posted and circulated her phone number on Twitter, enabling the harassment, which she said included threats of rape and images of genitalia being sent to her phone. Dutt tweeted some of the threats and images on Monday, and she included phone numbers and names of the men who allegedly threatened her, after which her account was suspended. "I would like to place on record my absolute horror and disgust at Twitter's encouragement of sexual abuse and gender inequality," said Dutt, a former managing editor at news channel NDTV and a regular columnist with the Washington Post.


Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates who have declared so far

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Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid page

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Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh

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Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'

Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'A man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.


Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC

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Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering Venezuela

Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering VenezuelaU.S. humanitarian aid sits in Colombia at the border with Venezuela; reaction and analysis from Brett Bruen, former director of global engagement in the Obama White House.


Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’

Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Sunday praised Representative Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) recent endorsement of an anti-Semitic trope and urged the freshman lawmaker not to bow to pressure from critics.“Ms. Omar from Somalia – she started talking about ‘the Benjamins' and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don't do that. Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for,” Farrakhan said during his annual Saviour's Day address in Chicago, in comments first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.“Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so you're not lying. So if you're not lying, stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt House,” he added.Farrakhan, who has long engaged in anti-Semitic conspiracy-mongering, went on to mock Omar's Democratic allies, who have defended her remarks as the result of inexperience and lack of knowledge regarding the historic plight of the Jewish people.“‘Oh she's just young. She just got here. Don't be so hard on her,’” he said, mocking Omar's defenders. “My beautiful sisters, you were sent there to shake that House up. Your people voted you in, but God is the overseer.”Omar argued in a series of tweets sent last week that the pro-Israel stance held by many of her colleagues can be attributed to the nefarious influence of jewish donors and organizations, such as the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She subsequently apologized after being publicly urged to do so by Democratic leadership.Since being elected in November, Omar has been confronted with allegations of anti-Semitism by critics who cite both her past tweets, one of which accused Israel of "hypnotizing the world," and her more-recent statements and associations with noted anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian activists.Farrakhan has managed to maintain ties with a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers and activists despite his extensive record of bigotry. Women's March co-chair Tamikah Mallory was roundly criticized for praising Farrakhan as the "GOAT” or “greatest of all time" on social media following his 2018 Saviour's Day address, during which he labeled Jews “satanic.”“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric. I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities,” Mallory said during an appearance on ABC's The View last month when asked about the Instagram post.


Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from car

Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from carA group of prisoners in Florida put their criminal skills to good use on Valentine’s Day – breaking into a car, to free a baby locked inside. The prisoners, on work-release, were repairing parking meters in Pasco County, north of Tampa, when they spotted the family in distress. The one-year-old child was trapped inside the car, with the keys inside. The family was unable to afford a locksmith and so, in the 56 degree Fahrenheit heat, the father was preparing to break the window. That is when the prisoners, in their black and white uniforms, offered to help, and worked in a team to pry open the front door just enough for one inmate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the 4x4’s door. In a video, which has gone viral, police are heard telling the father to "pop his head in the window" so "strange faces" would not scare the baby. Another person in the video, filmed by the baby’s mother Shadow Lantry, can be heard commenting on the "hilarious situation," with police watching the crew unlock the car. The whole endeavour took about two minutes, and ended with the group cheering.  Ms Lantry said the child was "just sitting there happy" throughout the ordeal. The parents thanked the crew, deputies and firefighters for their help.


Lindsey Graham says redirected funds for Trump border wall ‘better for school kids’ than new school

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'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each other

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United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub

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Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

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Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emails

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Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary Guards

Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary GuardsRevolutionary Guards have broken up a group of militants in southeast Iran who were linked to a suicide bombing that killed 27 guards near the border with Pakistan last week, the Corps said on Monday. "Last night, a terrorist cell was identified and destroyed in an operation," the Corps said in a statement carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Three militants were arrested and explosive material was seized from houses in the cities of Saravan and Khash, it said.


An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

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New Zealand to target online giants with digital tax

New Zealand to target online giants with digital taxNew Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the cabinet had agreed to issue a discussion document about how to update the country's tax framework to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share. "Our current tax system is not fair in the way it treats individual tax payers, and how it treats multinationals," Ardern told reporters at her weekly post-cabinet news conference.


After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinic

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Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for President

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for PresidentSenator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday launched his second run for president, again seeking the Democratic nomination."We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the Vermont independent, 77, said as he announced his bid on Vermont Public Radio."I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he added afterward in an email to supporters.Sanders, relatively unknown before he ran and lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, managed to shift the conversation after his positions generated a surprising amount of enthusiasm, especially among millennials. His platform includes making higher education free, raising minimum wage above "starvation levels," supporting women's reproductive rights including abortion, and taking on corrupt special interests.Now, he enters the race as a known political force to be reckoned with."I’m running for president because, now more than ever, we need leadership that brings us together – not divides us up," he wrote in an email that went out to supporters. "Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant. Now is the time for us to stand together.""Powerful special interests may have the money, but we have the people," he warned.Sanders also took a shot at President Trump directly, calling him "the most dangerous president in modern American history," and "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."Sanders enters a slightly more crowded field vying for the nomination than in 2016, when Clinton was the clear favorite. Senators Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand are all running. Former Vice President Joe Biden is still weighing his decision, but he would have a substantial polling lead if he announced a run. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is also running, as are South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Obama administration secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, among other candidates with less name recognition.


Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million

Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 millionA powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.


Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for Pakistan

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16 states seek injunction to stop building a border barrier while national emergency declaration is challenged

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Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

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How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows

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Thousands attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

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7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

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Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDF

Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDFUS-backed forces said several jihadists and dozens of civilians quit the Islamic State group's last patch of territory in Syria Tuesday, and warned remaining fighters should surrender or face death. Backed by air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have trapped the jihadists in a segment of Baghhouz village that is less than half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile). "Dozens of civilians and some fighters have handed themselves over", SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin told reporters at the nearby Al-Omar oil field.


Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?

Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?Donald Trump funds 'emergency' border wall but relief for victims of wildfires, storms and other catastrophes fueled by climate change must wait.


Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people

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Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn dealsPakistan will confer its highest civilian honour on the Saudi crown prince on Monday, a day after he signed investment deals worth $20 billion on the first stop of an Asian tour clouded by his alleged role in the grisly murder of a dissident journalist. President Arif Alvi will award Mohammad bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the foreign office said in a statement, before the crown prince leaves the country for his next stop, Islamabad's arch-rival India. Pakistan is facing a serious balance of payments crisis and hopes the huge deals signed over the two-day visit -- seven separate agreements and memorandums of understanding -- will boost its struggling economy.


North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

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Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergy

Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergyVictims of clerical sex abuse have warned Pope Francis that his credibility is on the line as he confronts the biggest challenge of his papacy with a landmark conference on protecting children from rape and molestation. Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops, patriarchs and other senior Catholic figures from around the world will convene in Rome on Thursday for an unprecedented four-day conference that is supposed to tackle the scourge of child abuse by clergy. It is the biggest effort so far to address scandals that have eroded faith in the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. “There’s going to be every effort to close whatever loopholes there are,” said Charles Scicluna, an archbishop from Malta who is one of the organisers of the summit. “This is a new day in terms of transparency. Bishops are going to be held accountable. My hope is that people see this as a turning point.” Members of the survivors' group Ending Clergy Abuse in front of St Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP But victims’ groups are furious that it has taken this long for the Church to organise such a high-profile meeting, pointing out that is has been 17 years since the Boston sex abuse scandal, which lifted the lid on the problem in the Church. They accuse Pope Francis of failing to clearly decree that priests, and the bishops who protect them, should be reported to the police, prosecuted and sent to jail if found guilty of abuse. They say the Vatican has had years to set out clear guidelines to every diocese in the world, instructing them to hand over to the civil authorities any priest accused of abusing children. It has not done so. “Pope Francis has been talking about zero tolerance ever since he was elected. It’s time to deliver on that promise,” said Peter Isely, from Ending Clergy Abuse, a victims’ support group. “There needs to be a universal law for the Church around the world – if you are a priest who rapes or sexually assaults a child, then you are going to be removed from the priesthood. And you are going to be turned over to the authorities and prosecuted and imprisoned.” Peter Isely, founding member of Ending Clergy Abuse, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP Survivors of sex abuse are tired of the years of empty rhetoric and lack of action coming from the Vatican. “We’ve been waiting a long time. We’ve waited too long. This is a historic moment. This has never happened before in the history of the Catholic Church. The Pope has acknowledged that this is a global problem in the Church and that’s important. He now has to deliver,” said Mr Isely, speaking in front of St Peter’s Basilica. “They can do something in the next few days that could save a child somewhere in the world from undergoing what we went through as children – these horrible, horrific, terrible crimes.” Peter Saunders, a British victim of sex abuse by priests, said: “This pope is the best public relations pope of our lifetime. He is very media savvy. But his credibility on this issue has been blown away.” The Vatican made Mr Saunders a member of a special commission for the protection of children, but he resigned in protest at how little progress the body made, saying it was “starved of funding”. Around a dozen survivors have been invited to meet the Pope during the conference.  “What we need is action. We need to have a real conversation about this - why is there not zero tolerance for priests who have assaulted children? What’s the hold-up? What’s the problem?” said Mr Isely. The Vatican insists that this time, it means business. Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, is one of the organisers of the summit Credit: AP/Gregorio Borgia “It’s going to be a rallying moment,” said Cardinal Blasé Cupich from Chicago, another organiser of the conference. “We want to make sure that bishops claim ownership of the problem.” Archbishop Scicluna vowed that the days of omerta – the code of silence which normally refers to the mafia – were over. “Whether you call it omerta or a state of denial, it’s a no-go. We need to face the facts. This is not the end game but we are going to do everything possible to make people accountable.” On Saturday, Pope Francis defrocked an American cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, for historical sexual abuse allegations. The 88-year-old, a former archbishop of Washington, is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.


The 10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars and SUVs in 2019

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This Week: Walmart results, Fed minutes, US home sales

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Mexico announces plans to close shelter housing 1,600 migrants: Will they go to Texas?

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Trade War Heats Up as EU Vows to Retaliate on U.S. Auto Tariffs

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Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign students

Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign studentsEmails obtained by the Detroit Free Press offer a glimpse into how a fake university in Detroit may have convinced students it was real.


India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer

India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offerIndia on Tuesday demanded that rival Pakistan take "credible and visible action" over a major suicide attack in Kashmir as it sternly rebuffed Prime Minister Imran Khan's offer to investigate the bombing. Amid a new spike in tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Khan earlier demanded that India give "actionable evidence" to back its claim of Pakistan's backing for the suicide bomber. While offering an investigation, Khan also said Pakistan would retaliate if attacked over the bombing, claimed by a Pakistan-based group, which killed at least 41 Indian paramilitaries.


Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister says

Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister saysGermany's government is still in talks on whether China's Huawei will be allowed to participate in building the country's high-speed internet infrastructure, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday. Huawei is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, which it denies. The Wall Street Journal report said that the decision to give Huawei's involvement in Germany's 5G network the go-ahead was due to be discussed by leading members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives later.


In photos: Winners of the World Restaurant Awards

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Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to Pope

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Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off

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The New Ford Focus ST Looks Awesome and Makes 276 Horsepower

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Will Procter & Gamble stock split again soon?

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Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

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Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran

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Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

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Millions Could Perish: 5 Weapons India Would Use in a War Against Pakistan

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Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online

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Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates who have declared so far

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Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid page

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Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh

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Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'

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Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC

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Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering Venezuela

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Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’

Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Sunday praised Representative Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) recent endorsement of an anti-Semitic trope and urged the freshman lawmaker not to bow to pressure from critics.“Ms. Omar from Somalia – she started talking about ‘the Benjamins' and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don't do that. Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for,” Farrakhan said during his annual Saviour's Day address in Chicago, in comments first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.“Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so you're not lying. So if you're not lying, stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt House,” he added.Farrakhan, who has long engaged in anti-Semitic conspiracy-mongering, went on to mock Omar's Democratic allies, who have defended her remarks as the result of inexperience and lack of knowledge regarding the historic plight of the Jewish people.“‘Oh she's just young. She just got here. Don't be so hard on her,’” he said, mocking Omar's defenders. “My beautiful sisters, you were sent there to shake that House up. Your people voted you in, but God is the overseer.”Omar argued in a series of tweets sent last week that the pro-Israel stance held by many of her colleagues can be attributed to the nefarious influence of jewish donors and organizations, such as the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She subsequently apologized after being publicly urged to do so by Democratic leadership.Since being elected in November, Omar has been confronted with allegations of anti-Semitism by critics who cite both her past tweets, one of which accused Israel of "hypnotizing the world," and her more-recent statements and associations with noted anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian activists.Farrakhan has managed to maintain ties with a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers and activists despite his extensive record of bigotry. Women's March co-chair Tamikah Mallory was roundly criticized for praising Farrakhan as the "GOAT” or “greatest of all time" on social media following his 2018 Saviour's Day address, during which he labeled Jews “satanic.”“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric. I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities,” Mallory said during an appearance on ABC's The View last month when asked about the Instagram post.


Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from car

Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from carA group of prisoners in Florida put their criminal skills to good use on Valentine’s Day – breaking into a car, to free a baby locked inside. The prisoners, on work-release, were repairing parking meters in Pasco County, north of Tampa, when they spotted the family in distress. The one-year-old child was trapped inside the car, with the keys inside. The family was unable to afford a locksmith and so, in the 56 degree Fahrenheit heat, the father was preparing to break the window. That is when the prisoners, in their black and white uniforms, offered to help, and worked in a team to pry open the front door just enough for one inmate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the 4x4’s door. In a video, which has gone viral, police are heard telling the father to "pop his head in the window" so "strange faces" would not scare the baby. Another person in the video, filmed by the baby’s mother Shadow Lantry, can be heard commenting on the "hilarious situation," with police watching the crew unlock the car. The whole endeavour took about two minutes, and ended with the group cheering.  Ms Lantry said the child was "just sitting there happy" throughout the ordeal. The parents thanked the crew, deputies and firefighters for their help.


Lindsey Graham says redirected funds for Trump border wall ‘better for school kids’ than new school

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'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each other

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United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub

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Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

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Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emails

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Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary Guards

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An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of AllegianceThe 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest


10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested

10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested


New Zealand to target online giants with digital tax

New Zealand to target online giants with digital taxNew Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the cabinet had agreed to issue a discussion document about how to update the country's tax framework to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share. "Our current tax system is not fair in the way it treats individual tax payers, and how it treats multinationals," Ardern told reporters at her weekly post-cabinet news conference.


After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinic

After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinicAt a clinic in eastern Syria, the Islamic State group have fled leaving a floor strewn with medical supplies -- but also explosives and a foreign passport. US-backed fighters took the three-storey building in the village of Baghouz in recent days, and now use its roof to survey the frontline against the jihadists. Under three mounds of earth, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had buried a woman and two IS fighters found wearing ammunition jackets.


Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for President

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for PresidentSenator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday launched his second run for president, again seeking the Democratic nomination."We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the Vermont independent, 77, said as he announced his bid on Vermont Public Radio."I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he added afterward in an email to supporters.Sanders, relatively unknown before he ran and lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, managed to shift the conversation after his positions generated a surprising amount of enthusiasm, especially among millennials. His platform includes making higher education free, raising minimum wage above "starvation levels," supporting women's reproductive rights including abortion, and taking on corrupt special interests.Now, he enters the race as a known political force to be reckoned with."I’m running for president because, now more than ever, we need leadership that brings us together – not divides us up," he wrote in an email that went out to supporters. "Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant. Now is the time for us to stand together.""Powerful special interests may have the money, but we have the people," he warned.Sanders also took a shot at President Trump directly, calling him "the most dangerous president in modern American history," and "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."Sanders enters a slightly more crowded field vying for the nomination than in 2016, when Clinton was the clear favorite. Senators Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand are all running. Former Vice President Joe Biden is still weighing his decision, but he would have a substantial polling lead if he announced a run. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is also running, as are South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Obama administration secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, among other candidates with less name recognition.


Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million

Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 millionA powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.


Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for Pakistan

Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for PakistanThe two nations signed memorandums of understanding in the energy and agriculture sectors, including one for a $10 billion oil refinery in southwestern city of Gwadar, where China has helped build a deep water port. Saudi Arabia also signed a pact to provide Pakistan with crude oil and petroleum products on delayed payments to meets its energy needs. “We are creating a great future for Saudi Arabia and Pakistan,” Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, said at a reception by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday in Islamabad at the start of a two-day trip.


16 states seek injunction to stop building a border barrier while national emergency declaration is challenged

16 states seek injunction to stop building a border barrier while national emergency declaration is challengedCalifornia leads the charge against President Trump's declaration to fund the border wall; William La Jeunesse reports.


Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizersVATICAN CITY (AP) — The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday.


How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows

How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widowsDespite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.


Thousands attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

Thousands attend vigil for Aurora shooting victimsMore than 2,000 people braved sub-freezing temperatures Sunday for a vigil honoring those killed by a factory worker who opened fire after losing his job.


7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or SoldWarren Buffett is wheeling and dealing. The most anticipated 13-F filing each quarter is that of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B). Here are seven stocks Buffett has been buying and selling according to this month's filing.


Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDF

Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDFUS-backed forces said several jihadists and dozens of civilians quit the Islamic State group's last patch of territory in Syria Tuesday, and warned remaining fighters should surrender or face death. Backed by air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have trapped the jihadists in a segment of Baghhouz village that is less than half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile). "Dozens of civilians and some fighters have handed themselves over", SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin told reporters at the nearby Al-Omar oil field.


Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?

Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?Donald Trump funds 'emergency' border wall but relief for victims of wildfires, storms and other catastrophes fueled by climate change must wait.


Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people

Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million peopleA powerful storm will roar across the US over the next 2 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.


Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn dealsPakistan will confer its highest civilian honour on the Saudi crown prince on Monday, a day after he signed investment deals worth $20 billion on the first stop of an Asian tour clouded by his alleged role in the grisly murder of a dissident journalist. President Arif Alvi will award Mohammad bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the foreign office said in a statement, before the crown prince leaves the country for his next stop, Islamabad's arch-rival India. Pakistan is facing a serious balance of payments crisis and hopes the huge deals signed over the two-day visit -- seven separate agreements and memorandums of understanding -- will boost its struggling economy.


North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early resultsThe investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. Poll worker Agnes Willis told the five-member State Board of Elections in Raleigh on Tuesday that she and other poll workers viewed early results in the Bladen County sheriff's race before the general election. North Carolina law prohibits running voting results before the general election.


The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .

The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .Hint: It's going to transform your backyard BBQ setup


Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergy

Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergyVictims of clerical sex abuse have warned Pope Francis that his credibility is on the line as he confronts the biggest challenge of his papacy with a landmark conference on protecting children from rape and molestation. Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops, patriarchs and other senior Catholic figures from around the world will convene in Rome on Thursday for an unprecedented four-day conference that is supposed to tackle the scourge of child abuse by clergy. It is the biggest effort so far to address scandals that have eroded faith in the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. “There’s going to be every effort to close whatever loopholes there are,” said Charles Scicluna, an archbishop from Malta who is one of the organisers of the summit. “This is a new day in terms of transparency. Bishops are going to be held accountable. My hope is that people see this as a turning point.” Members of the survivors' group Ending Clergy Abuse in front of St Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP But victims’ groups are furious that it has taken this long for the Church to organise such a high-profile meeting, pointing out that is has been 17 years since the Boston sex abuse scandal, which lifted the lid on the problem in the Church. They accuse Pope Francis of failing to clearly decree that priests, and the bishops who protect them, should be reported to the police, prosecuted and sent to jail if found guilty of abuse. They say the Vatican has had years to set out clear guidelines to every diocese in the world, instructing them to hand over to the civil authorities any priest accused of abusing children. It has not done so. “Pope Francis has been talking about zero tolerance ever since he was elected. It’s time to deliver on that promise,” said Peter Isely, from Ending Clergy Abuse, a victims’ support group. “There needs to be a universal law for the Church around the world – if you are a priest who rapes or sexually assaults a child, then you are going to be removed from the priesthood. And you are going to be turned over to the authorities and prosecuted and imprisoned.” Peter Isely, founding member of Ending Clergy Abuse, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP Survivors of sex abuse are tired of the years of empty rhetoric and lack of action coming from the Vatican. “We’ve been waiting a long time. We’ve waited too long. This is a historic moment. This has never happened before in the history of the Catholic Church. The Pope has acknowledged that this is a global problem in the Church and that’s important. He now has to deliver,” said Mr Isely, speaking in front of St Peter’s Basilica. “They can do something in the next few days that could save a child somewhere in the world from undergoing what we went through as children – these horrible, horrific, terrible crimes.” Peter Saunders, a British victim of sex abuse by priests, said: “This pope is the best public relations pope of our lifetime. He is very media savvy. But his credibility on this issue has been blown away.” The Vatican made Mr Saunders a member of a special commission for the protection of children, but he resigned in protest at how little progress the body made, saying it was “starved of funding”. Around a dozen survivors have been invited to meet the Pope during the conference.  “What we need is action. We need to have a real conversation about this - why is there not zero tolerance for priests who have assaulted children? What’s the hold-up? What’s the problem?” said Mr Isely. The Vatican insists that this time, it means business. Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, is one of the organisers of the summit Credit: AP/Gregorio Borgia “It’s going to be a rallying moment,” said Cardinal Blasé Cupich from Chicago, another organiser of the conference. “We want to make sure that bishops claim ownership of the problem.” Archbishop Scicluna vowed that the days of omerta – the code of silence which normally refers to the mafia – were over. “Whether you call it omerta or a state of denial, it’s a no-go. We need to face the facts. This is not the end game but we are going to do everything possible to make people accountable.” On Saturday, Pope Francis defrocked an American cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, for historical sexual abuse allegations. The 88-year-old, a former archbishop of Washington, is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.


The 10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars and SUVs in 2019

The 10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars and SUVs in 2019


This Week: Walmart results, Fed minutes, US home sales

This Week: Walmart results, Fed minutes, US home salesA look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:


Mexico announces plans to close shelter housing 1,600 migrants: Will they go to Texas?

Mexico announces plans to close shelter housing 1,600 migrants: Will they go to Texas?Residents in Eagle Pass, Texas, express concerns about an influx in illegal immigrants after a shelter on the other side of the border closes; Jacqui Heinrich reports from the scene.


Trade War Heats Up as EU Vows to Retaliate on U.S. Auto Tariffs

Trade War Heats Up as EU Vows to Retaliate on U.S. Auto TariffsIf European exports are hit by U.S. actions, the EU will “react in a swift and adequate manner,” Margaritis Schinas, a spokesman for the European Commission, told reporters in Brussels on Monday -- a day after President Donald Trump received a report on the national-security implications posed by auto imports. The EU has prepared tariffs on a total of 20 billion euros ($23 billion) in U.S. goods should Trump follow through on his threat, which would chiefly hit Germany.


Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign students

Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign studentsEmails obtained by the Detroit Free Press offer a glimpse into how a fake university in Detroit may have convinced students it was real.


India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer

India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offerIndia on Tuesday demanded that rival Pakistan take "credible and visible action" over a major suicide attack in Kashmir as it sternly rebuffed Prime Minister Imran Khan's offer to investigate the bombing. Amid a new spike in tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Khan earlier demanded that India give "actionable evidence" to back its claim of Pakistan's backing for the suicide bomber. While offering an investigation, Khan also said Pakistan would retaliate if attacked over the bombing, claimed by a Pakistan-based group, which killed at least 41 Indian paramilitaries.


Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister says

Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister saysGermany's government is still in talks on whether China's Huawei will be allowed to participate in building the country's high-speed internet infrastructure, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday. Huawei is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, which it denies. The Wall Street Journal report said that the decision to give Huawei's involvement in Germany's 5G network the go-ahead was due to be discussed by leading members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives later.


In photos: Winners of the World Restaurant Awards

In photos: Winners of the World Restaurant Awards


Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to Pope

Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to PopeRepresentatives of a Polish NGO helping victims of child abuse committed by Catholic priests left Warsaw early on Monday hoping to deliver a report to Pope Francis in the Vatican about Polish bishops neglecting pedophilia cases. The "Have No Fear" organization, led by a former victim Marek Lisinski, hopes that the report, which accuses some bishops in devoutly Catholic Poland of failing to report crimes, will trigger resignations from top positions in the Church.


Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off

Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon today. Just don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soulFor people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more.Image: vitamixNix the guesswork even more with Vitamix's new digital timer, which decides what the optimal blending time is for you to get perfect textures without having to experiment. If you know what you're doing, there's a programmable timer that will blend for the time you've entered and stop automatically.All of your options are displayed across a scratch-resistant touchscreen, with a self-cleaning option available to get you off the hook afterwards.Regularly $699.95, you can save $159.60 and get it for $540.35. Image: vitamix Save $160 on the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender (64 oz) -- $540.35 See Details


The New Ford Focus ST Looks Awesome and Makes 276 Horsepower

The New Ford Focus ST Looks Awesome and Makes 276 HorsepowerIt's not too late for Ford to change its mind about bringing this hot hatch to America, is it?


Will Procter & Gamble stock split again soon?

Will Procter & Gamble stock split again soon?Since 1970, P&G stock has usually traded for several weeks or a few months above $100 before shares split.


Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA HatsA Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday for pulling a gun on a couple who were wearing the Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he reportedly pulled the gun in a Kentucky Sam’s Club store amid an argument, according to his arrest citation. Phillips allegedly told the woman, "It's a good day to die, b****," and exchanged obscene hand gestures with the man. He said he did so because of their hats.Phillips, who wore a hat indicating he was a military veteran, has a concealed-carry permit for his gun.The incident comes amid the continuing controversy over Empire actor Jussie Smollett's claim that he was beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans, which has been increasingly scrutinized as a possible hoax.


Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran

Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on IranTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday described U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war being waged on his country and stressed that "economic war is more difficult than military war."


Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitorA double bomb attack in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday killed 24 people, including four children, a war monitor said. Idlib, the last major part of Syria still outside the control of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, is held by an alliance led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. HTS took administrative control of the whole of the region last month, after overpowering smaller Turkey-backed factions.


Millions Could Perish: 5 Weapons India Would Use in a War Against Pakistan

Millions Could Perish: 5 Weapons India Would Use in a War Against PakistanAnd yes, nuclear weapons would


Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online

Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse onlineDutt said some people had posted and circulated her phone number on Twitter, enabling the harassment, which she said included threats of rape and images of genitalia being sent to her phone. Dutt tweeted some of the threats and images on Monday, and she included phone numbers and names of the men who allegedly threatened her, after which her account was suspended. "I would like to place on record my absolute horror and disgust at Twitter's encouragement of sexual abuse and gender inequality," said Dutt, a former managing editor at news channel NDTV and a regular columnist with the Washington Post.


Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates who have declared so far

Who is running for president? Here's a list of the candidates who have declared so farThe 2020 field is likely about to become crowded in the coming weeks. Here's a look at who has declared their intention to seek the presidency so far.


Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid page

Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid pageVenezuela's state internet provider CANTV has blocked a webpage where volunteers sign up to answer National Assembly president Juan Guaido's call to help bring in desperately needed humanitarian aid, the opposition said on Monday. Guaido says he wants one million volunteers by Saturday, the deadline day he has set to bring in the aid piling up at the border with Colombia and aiming to alleviate food and medicine shortages. Last week the opposition hit out at CANTV for redirecting the volunteers webpage to another almost identical looking site to prevent more people from signing up to self-declared acting president Guaido's cause.


Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh

Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on RiyadhISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Saudi diplomat on Monday fired back after Iran initially blamed the kingdom for an attack last week that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.


Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'

Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'A man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.


Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC

Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC"Firstly, I object to what the U.S. has done. This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable," Ren told the BBC in an interview. Canada arrested Meng on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.


Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering Venezuela

Trump administration dares Maduro regime to prevent US aid from entering VenezuelaU.S. humanitarian aid sits in Colombia at the border with Venezuela; reaction and analysis from Brett Bruen, former director of global engagement in the Obama White House.


Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’

Farrakhan Praises Omar’s Anti-Semitic Remarks: ‘Shake Up That Corrupt House’Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Sunday praised Representative Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) recent endorsement of an anti-Semitic trope and urged the freshman lawmaker not to bow to pressure from critics.“Ms. Omar from Somalia – she started talking about ‘the Benjamins' and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don't do that. Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for,” Farrakhan said during his annual Saviour's Day address in Chicago, in comments first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.“Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so you're not lying. So if you're not lying, stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt House,” he added.Farrakhan, who has long engaged in anti-Semitic conspiracy-mongering, went on to mock Omar's Democratic allies, who have defended her remarks as the result of inexperience and lack of knowledge regarding the historic plight of the Jewish people.“‘Oh she's just young. She just got here. Don't be so hard on her,’” he said, mocking Omar's defenders. “My beautiful sisters, you were sent there to shake that House up. Your people voted you in, but God is the overseer.”Omar argued in a series of tweets sent last week that the pro-Israel stance held by many of her colleagues can be attributed to the nefarious influence of jewish donors and organizations, such as the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She subsequently apologized after being publicly urged to do so by Democratic leadership.Since being elected in November, Omar has been confronted with allegations of anti-Semitism by critics who cite both her past tweets, one of which accused Israel of "hypnotizing the world," and her more-recent statements and associations with noted anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian activists.Farrakhan has managed to maintain ties with a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers and activists despite his extensive record of bigotry. Women's March co-chair Tamikah Mallory was roundly criticized for praising Farrakhan as the "GOAT” or “greatest of all time" on social media following his 2018 Saviour's Day address, during which he labeled Jews “satanic.”“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric. I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities,” Mallory said during an appearance on ABC's The View last month when asked about the Instagram post.


Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from car

Florida inmates use criminal skills to rescue baby from carA group of prisoners in Florida put their criminal skills to good use on Valentine’s Day – breaking into a car, to free a baby locked inside. The prisoners, on work-release, were repairing parking meters in Pasco County, north of Tampa, when they spotted the family in distress. The one-year-old child was trapped inside the car, with the keys inside. The family was unable to afford a locksmith and so, in the 56 degree Fahrenheit heat, the father was preparing to break the window. That is when the prisoners, in their black and white uniforms, offered to help, and worked in a team to pry open the front door just enough for one inmate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the 4x4’s door. In a video, which has gone viral, police are heard telling the father to "pop his head in the window" so "strange faces" would not scare the baby. Another person in the video, filmed by the baby’s mother Shadow Lantry, can be heard commenting on the "hilarious situation," with police watching the crew unlock the car. The whole endeavour took about two minutes, and ended with the group cheering.  Ms Lantry said the child was "just sitting there happy" throughout the ordeal. The parents thanked the crew, deputies and firefighters for their help.


Lindsey Graham says redirected funds for Trump border wall ‘better for school kids’ than new school

Lindsey Graham says redirected funds for Trump border wall ‘better for school kids’ than new schoolThe children of Fort Campbell Mahaffey Middle School will indeed have a new construction project to look forward to in the coming year - just maybe not that new schoolhouse they were expecting. Instead, they might get a border wall - or a fence, or barbed wire, or something like that - about 1,000 miles southwest of their school, which sits on a military base straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee line. "I would say it's better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border," Mr Graham said on CBS News' Face the Nation.


'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each other

'Pathological liar' vs. 'Crazy Bernie': What Trump and Sanders have said about each otherBernie Sanders opened his second bid for the White House by calling the president a “liar,” “racist” and “xenophobe.” Trump, for his part, has repeatedly referred to Sanders as “Crazy Bernie.”


United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub

United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hubUnited Airlines will add three new domestic routes at its Denver hub, all of which will go head-to-head against budget rival Frontier Airlines.


Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuseA US-based group that compiles data on sexual abuse by Catholic clerics and bishops accused of covering it up fears that a bid by Pope Francis to tackle the scandals is a case of too little, too late. Speaking ahead of a Vatican summit of bishops this week to discuss the crisis, Anne Barret Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, complained of a "disconnect" between the pontiff's strong statements and his actions. The non-governmental organisation is taking part in a counter-summit of victims running alongside the Vatican event.


Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emails

Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emailsMESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team's players and coaching staff at spring training on Monday for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father.


Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary Guards

Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary GuardsRevolutionary Guards have broken up a group of militants in southeast Iran who were linked to a suicide bombing that killed 27 guards near the border with Pakistan last week, the Corps said on Monday. "Last night, a terrorist cell was identified and destroyed in an operation," the Corps said in a statement carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Three militants were arrested and explosive material was seized from houses in the cities of Saravan and Khash, it said.


An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of AllegianceThe 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest


10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested

10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested


New Zealand to target online giants with digital tax

New Zealand to target online giants with digital taxNew Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the cabinet had agreed to issue a discussion document about how to update the country's tax framework to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share. "Our current tax system is not fair in the way it treats individual tax payers, and how it treats multinationals," Ardern told reporters at her weekly post-cabinet news conference.


After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinic

After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinicAt a clinic in eastern Syria, the Islamic State group have fled leaving a floor strewn with medical supplies -- but also explosives and a foreign passport. US-backed fighters took the three-storey building in the village of Baghouz in recent days, and now use its roof to survey the frontline against the jihadists. Under three mounds of earth, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had buried a woman and two IS fighters found wearing ammunition jackets.


Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for President

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run for PresidentSenator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday launched his second run for president, again seeking the Democratic nomination."We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the Vermont independent, 77, said as he announced his bid on Vermont Public Radio."I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he added afterward in an email to supporters.Sanders, relatively unknown before he ran and lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, managed to shift the conversation after his positions generated a surprising amount of enthusiasm, especially among millennials. His platform includes making higher education free, raising minimum wage above "starvation levels," supporting women's reproductive rights including abortion, and taking on corrupt special interests.Now, he enters the race as a known political force to be reckoned with."I’m running for president because, now more than ever, we need leadership that brings us together – not divides us up," he wrote in an email that went out to supporters. "Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant. Now is the time for us to stand together.""Powerful special interests may have the money, but we have the people," he warned.Sanders also took a shot at President Trump directly, calling him "the most dangerous president in modern American history," and "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."Sanders enters a slightly more crowded field vying for the nomination than in 2016, when Clinton was the clear favorite. Senators Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand are all running. Former Vice President Joe Biden is still weighing his decision, but he would have a substantial polling lead if he announced a run. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is also running, as are South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Obama administration secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, among other candidates with less name recognition.


Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million

Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 millionA powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.


Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for Pakistan

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16 states seek injunction to stop building a border barrier while national emergency declaration is challenged

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Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

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How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows

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Thousands attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

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7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

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Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDF

Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDFUS-backed forces said several jihadists and dozens of civilians quit the Islamic State group's last patch of territory in Syria Tuesday, and warned remaining fighters should surrender or face death. Backed by air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have trapped the jihadists in a segment of Baghhouz village that is less than half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile). "Dozens of civilians and some fighters have handed themselves over", SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin told reporters at the nearby Al-Omar oil field.


Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?

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Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people

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Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn dealsPakistan will confer its highest civilian honour on the Saudi crown prince on Monday, a day after he signed investment deals worth $20 billion on the first stop of an Asian tour clouded by his alleged role in the grisly murder of a dissident journalist. President Arif Alvi will award Mohammad bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the foreign office said in a statement, before the crown prince leaves the country for his next stop, Islamabad's arch-rival India. Pakistan is facing a serious balance of payments crisis and hopes the huge deals signed over the two-day visit -- seven separate agreements and memorandums of understanding -- will boost its struggling economy.


North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

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Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergy

Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergyVictims of clerical sex abuse have warned Pope Francis that his credibility is on the line as he confronts the biggest challenge of his papacy with a landmark conference on protecting children from rape and molestation. Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops, patriarchs and other senior Catholic figures from around the world will convene in Rome on Thursday for an unprecedented four-day conference that is supposed to tackle the scourge of child abuse by clergy. It is the biggest effort so far to address scandals that have eroded faith in the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. “There’s going to be every effort to close whatever loopholes there are,” said Charles Scicluna, an archbishop from Malta who is one of the organisers of the summit. “This is a new day in terms of transparency. Bishops are going to be held accountable. My hope is that people see this as a turning point.” Members of the survivors' group Ending Clergy Abuse in front of St Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP But victims’ groups are furious that it has taken this long for the Church to organise such a high-profile meeting, pointing out that is has been 17 years since the Boston sex abuse scandal, which lifted the lid on the problem in the Church. They accuse Pope Francis of failing to clearly decree that priests, and the bishops who protect them, should be reported to the police, prosecuted and sent to jail if found guilty of abuse. They say the Vatican has had years to set out clear guidelines to every diocese in the world, instructing them to hand over to the civil authorities any priest accused of abusing children. It has not done so. “Pope Francis has been talking about zero tolerance ever since he was elected. It’s time to deliver on that promise,” said Peter Isely, from Ending Clergy Abuse, a victims’ support group. “There needs to be a universal law for the Church around the world – if you are a priest who rapes or sexually assaults a child, then you are going to be removed from the priesthood. And you are going to be turned over to the authorities and prosecuted and imprisoned.” Peter Isely, founding member of Ending Clergy Abuse, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP Survivors of sex abuse are tired of the years of empty rhetoric and lack of action coming from the Vatican. “We’ve been waiting a long time. We’ve waited too long. This is a historic moment. This has never happened before in the history of the Catholic Church. The Pope has acknowledged that this is a global problem in the Church and that’s important. He now has to deliver,” said Mr Isely, speaking in front of St Peter’s Basilica. “They can do something in the next few days that could save a child somewhere in the world from undergoing what we went through as children – these horrible, horrific, terrible crimes.” Peter Saunders, a British victim of sex abuse by priests, said: “This pope is the best public relations pope of our lifetime. He is very media savvy. But his credibility on this issue has been blown away.” The Vatican made Mr Saunders a member of a special commission for the protection of children, but he resigned in protest at how little progress the body made, saying it was “starved of funding”. Around a dozen survivors have been invited to meet the Pope during the conference.  “What we need is action. We need to have a real conversation about this - why is there not zero tolerance for priests who have assaulted children? What’s the hold-up? What’s the problem?” said Mr Isely. The Vatican insists that this time, it means business. Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, is one of the organisers of the summit Credit: AP/Gregorio Borgia “It’s going to be a rallying moment,” said Cardinal Blasé Cupich from Chicago, another organiser of the conference. “We want to make sure that bishops claim ownership of the problem.” Archbishop Scicluna vowed that the days of omerta – the code of silence which normally refers to the mafia – were over. “Whether you call it omerta or a state of denial, it’s a no-go. We need to face the facts. This is not the end game but we are going to do everything possible to make people accountable.” On Saturday, Pope Francis defrocked an American cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, for historical sexual abuse allegations. The 88-year-old, a former archbishop of Washington, is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.


The 10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars and SUVs in 2019

The 10 Cheapest Hybrid Cars and SUVs in 2019


This Week: Walmart results, Fed minutes, US home sales

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Mexico announces plans to close shelter housing 1,600 migrants: Will they go to Texas?

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Trade War Heats Up as EU Vows to Retaliate on U.S. Auto Tariffs

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Emails show how fake university set up by ICE lured foreign students

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India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer

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Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister says

Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister saysGermany's government is still in talks on whether China's Huawei will be allowed to participate in building the country's high-speed internet infrastructure, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday. Huawei is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, which it denies. The Wall Street Journal report said that the decision to give Huawei's involvement in Germany's 5G network the go-ahead was due to be discussed by leading members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives later.


In photos: Winners of the World Restaurant Awards

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Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to Pope

Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to PopeRepresentatives of a Polish NGO helping victims of child abuse committed by Catholic priests left Warsaw early on Monday hoping to deliver a report to Pope Francis in the Vatican about Polish bishops neglecting pedophilia cases. The "Have No Fear" organization, led by a former victim Marek Lisinski, hopes that the report, which accuses some bishops in devoutly Catholic Poland of failing to report crimes, will trigger resignations from top positions in the Church.


Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off

Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon today. Just don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soulFor people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more.Image: vitamixNix the guesswork even more with Vitamix's new digital timer, which decides what the optimal blending time is for you to get perfect textures without having to experiment. If you know what you're doing, there's a programmable timer that will blend for the time you've entered and stop automatically.All of your options are displayed across a scratch-resistant touchscreen, with a self-cleaning option available to get you off the hook afterwards.Regularly $699.95, you can save $159.60 and get it for $540.35. Image: vitamix Save $160 on the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender (64 oz) -- $540.35 See Details


The New Ford Focus ST Looks Awesome and Makes 276 Horsepower

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Will Procter & Gamble stock split again soon?

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Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA Hats

Man Charged with Pulling Gun on Couple in MAGA HatsA Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday for pulling a gun on a couple who were wearing the Make America Great Again hats popularized by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he reportedly pulled the gun in a Kentucky Sam’s Club store amid an argument, according to his arrest citation. Phillips allegedly told the woman, "It's a good day to die, b****," and exchanged obscene hand gestures with the man. He said he did so because of their hats.Phillips, who wore a hat indicating he was a military veteran, has a concealed-carry permit for his gun.The incident comes amid the continuing controversy over Empire actor Jussie Smollett's claim that he was beaten and left with a noose around his neck by two men shouting pro-Trump slogans, which has been increasingly scrutinized as a possible hoax.


Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran

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Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

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Millions Could Perish: 5 Weapons India Would Use in a War Against Pakistan

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Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online

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