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Southwest Air Drops on $60 Million Hit From U.S. Shutdown

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 17:04

The political stalemate that ended last month will reduce first-quarter revenue by $60 million as the aftereffects lingered on, Southwest said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. “With more of first quarter under our belt now, and a higher percentage of March bookings in place, we feel like we are at the point where we can reasonably quantify the total impact from the shutdown,” Southwest said by email.

Newport Beach cold case: Suspect ID'd in 11-year-old Linda O'Keefe's murder after arrest in Colorado

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:42

Authorities on Wednesday identified the suspect who has been arrested in the 1973 murder of an 11-year-old girl in Newport Beach.

French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:40

"Our country is confronted with a resurgence of anti-Semitism undoubtedly without precedent since the Second World War," President Emmanuel Macron said later on Tuesday in an annual speech to Jewish leaders in France. France 3 television said it went live from the first cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic abuse. "We are talking about explicit death threats, comments that were openly anti-Semitic and racist, including "Heil Hitler", "dirty Jew" or "dirty Jews", comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community," the channel said in a statement explaining its decision.

How a border wall would affect property owners

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:37

Yvette Gaytan says that Trump's proposed border wall would likely interfere with her property and is unnecessary from what she's seen in the area.

Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high court

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:27

The nine justices ruled unanimously in favor of an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs who argued that police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, back on the bench for a second straight day after undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote the court's opinion, which clarified the applicability of the "excessive fines" prohibition contained in the Constitution's Eighth Amendment. "For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history.

Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:23

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four years ago, the U.S. government's highway safety agency began investigating air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee when two people were hit by flying shrapnel after crashes.

Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:12

A winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the early afternoon and was blamed for a rash of fender benders and traffic jams. The widespread weather system piled as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow across the Washington area before turning to sleet, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

US judge grants ex-Trump lawyer prison delay

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:09

A US judge on Wednesday granted a request by Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, to delay the start of his prison term by two months. Cohen, 52, had been scheduled to report to prison on March 6 to begin a three-year sentence for fraud, tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions and lying to Congress. In a letter to Judge William Pauley, one of Cohen's lawyers asked that the date be pushed back to May 6 so Cohen can recover from shoulder surgery and prepare for upcoming testimony before Congress.

Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Begs to Come Home

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:34

An Alabama woman who fled the United States at 19 to join ISIS is now begging to come home five years later.

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 2-month delay to report to prison

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:25

Michael Cohen will now report to federal prison on May 6 after a judge granted him a two-month delay to allow him to recover from a surgical procedure.

NYT publisher: Trump 'retreating from a distinctly American principle'

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:16

The publisher of the paper admonished the president over his use of a familiar phrase.

The Latest: Court records say 2 knew man wanted fiancee dead

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:46

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the criminal cases tied to a Colorado woman's death (all times local):

Abbas says will reject reduced tax reimbursement from Israel

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:02

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday he would not accept partial payment of tax transfers owed by Israel, which decided to withhold reimbursements in retaliation for payments to prisoners jailed for attacks. "We shall not accept the (tax) money if it is not paid in full," Abbas told a central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Israel's security cabinet on Sunday approved the freezing of $138 million (122 million euros) over the Palestinian Authority's payments to prisoners jailed for attacks on Israelis.

Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:57

More than 2,000 civilians left the village of Baghouz in a convoy of dozens of trucks. Coalition warplanes could be seen overhead and the sounds of intermittent gunbattles could be heard from the area, which is completely surrounded by the SDF. "The terrorists are entrenched inside, still betting on ending it militarily," said Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office.

Fiat's Unloved 500L Tries Again with the 2019 Urbana Edition

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:49

The compact-crossover version of the Fiat 500 gets a cosmetic blackout treatment that doesn't make up for its many shortcomings.

Vladimir Putin says Russia will target US if it places missiles in Europe

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:42

Vladimir Putin has said Russia will target the US with new nuclear weapons if it deploys missiles to Europe following the demise of a major arms control treaty. In an annual speech to the federal assembly, the Russian leader on Wednesday accused Washington of planning to deploy intermediate-range missiles to the continent following its withdrawal from a bilateral agreement banning those weapons. This would put the missiles within a 10-minute flight from Moscow, creating a serious threat to Russia and compelling it to consider “symmetrical and asymmetrical actions” in response, he said.  “Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons that can be used not only against those territories posing a direct threat to us, but also against those territories where the decision-making centres are,” Mr Putin said, referring to the United States.  Russia and the United States have had hundreds of nuclear missiles pointed at each other since the Cold War, but Mr Putin's speech also detailed a bevy of new weapons Russia is developing, including hypersonic weapons and a nuclear-powered underwater drone. His comments marked an escalation in rhetoric from earlier this month, when he announced only a “symmetrical” response to Donald Trump's suspension of US participation in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Besides ceasing to observe the agreement, Russia would create a land-based version of its Kalibr cruise missile, he said at the time. Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, far left, is a longstanding opponent of arms control agreements Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP Washington has long argued that Moscow's 92M79 missile is banned by the INF treaty. But Russia has claimed that US missile defence in Romania and a similar system planned for Poland are in violation of the agreement.  Last month, the authorities even showed journalists and foreign military attaches a cruise missile canister and launcher outside Moscow to try to dispute the US accusations. A leaked US intelligence report later claimed that this equipment had nothing to do with the 92M79. In Wednesday's speech, Mr Putin again argued that US missile defence launchers in Romania could pose an offensive threat by firing Tomahawk cruise missiles and claimed that “target missiles” developed for defence shield exercises were intermediate-range missiles in disguise.  The United States needs to “do away with the illusion” that it could “achieve absolute military superiority with the help of global missile defence,” he said, touting several new weapons first announced in his address to the federal assembly last year.  The Avangard system, a hypersonic glider that can carry a nuclear warhead, and Peresvet laser weapon will enter deployment by the end of 2019, he said.  Moscow showed a cruise missile canister to journalists and military attaches in an attempt to argue its 9M279 missile did not violate the INF treaty Credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP Meanwhile, Russia is testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile and underwater drone that Mr Putin has claimed will have unlimited range, as well as a heavy intercontinental ballistic missile. The drone has been called a “doomsday weapon” because it could potentially destroy swathes of the US seaboard. But Washington said last year that the “unlimited range” cruise missile had crashed during tests. Seven new submarines and five new long-range warships will be launched, and 16 more such ships will be constructed by 2027, he added.  But Mr Putin tried to walk a fine line between boasting of new weapons development and promising to solve economic problems faced by the population, which took up most of the speech. One in five Russians now live in poverty, and polls show trust in Mr Putin has fallen following an unpopular hike in the pension age.  While claiming the Zircon missile in development could fly at nine times the speed of sound, he noted that it could be deployed on ships and submarines outfitted for the Kalibr and “won't be expensive for us”.  Mr Putin said Moscow was open to arms control talks and doesn't want confrontation, but warned that US leaders should “count the range and speed of our perspective weapons systems” before deploying new arms against Russia.  Elsewhere in the speech, the Russian president promised state aid for large families to try to reverse population decline, an effort he dubbed “more children, fewer taxes”. He also promised to fight poverty and increase access to healthcare and education in far-flung regions.

Southwest apologizes to travelers for spike in cancellations and delays, blames union

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:12

Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven apologized to travelers and said the union that represents its mechanics has a "history of work disruptions.''

First lawsuit filed in Covington Catholic case, student seeking $250M from the Washington Post

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:37

The defamation lawsuit filed on behalf of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann alleges the teen has suffered permanent harm to his reputation as a result of the paper's malice; Doug McKelway reports.

Working While Receiving Social Security Disability

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:35

To become eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. "It is possible to qualify for Social Security disability benefits and still work in a limited capacity," says Nick Ortiz, a board-certified Social Security disability attorney and owner of Ortiz Law Firm in Pensacola, Florida. Read on for a look at what's involved with Social Security disability benefits, as well as the rules related to working while receiving benefits.