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Iran general says Pakistan backs group behind suicide bomb

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:00

Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused "Pakistan's security forces" of supporting the perpetrators of a suicide bombing that killed 27 troops on Wednesday, in remarks state TV aired Saturday. "Pakistan's government, who has housed these anti-revolutionaries and threats to Islam, knows where they are and they are supported by Pakistan's security forces," said Revolutionary Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist group Jaish al-Adl ("Army of Justice").

Venezuela's Exit From U.S. Sanctions? Show Maduro the Door

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:00

The Treasury Department said Friday it would “consider lifting sanctions” on those who take concrete steps to “restore democratic order” in the country, as it imposed fresh penalties on five of Maduro’s close associates, including Venezuelan Oil Minister and PDVSA Chairman Manuel Quevedo. The move is the latest in a series of steps the U.S. has taken to chip away at Maduro’s inner circle.

Sacked US man kills five co-workers, wounds five police

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:32

A US man being fired from his job shot dead five co-workers at a factory on the outskirts of Chicago and wounded five police officers before being gunned down himself, in the country's latest mass shooting. The gunfire took place at 1:24 pm (1924 GMT) at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, a suburb 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago, the country's third-largest city. Police named the suspect as Gary Martin, 45, of Aurora.

Afghan Taliban likely to meet Saudi crown prince in Pakistan: sources

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:28

Pakistan has been playing an increasingly vital role in the Afghanistan peace talks, which have been gathering momentum in recent months amid a growing U.S. desire to pull out its troops. Along with other Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia has been part of the peace negotiations and is seen to have some sway over the Afghan Taliban militants due to Riyadh's historical ties with the hardline Islamist group and the kingdom's religious clout as the birthplace of Islam. Two senior Pakistani officials said the crown prince was likely to meet Afghan Taliban representatives in Islamabad, where the militants, fighting to restore strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan after their 2001 ouster, say they are due to meet U.S. representatives and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

How the 'Block' 4 F-35 Stealth Fighter Could Become A Navy Killer (And Much More)

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 02:00

New weapon systems due to be integrated in the Block 4 that will significantly expand the F-35’s maritime strike, air-to-ground capabilities and air-to-air lethality.

2 released without charges in Smollett case

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 01:18

Two men who had been arrested in connection with an alleged racial attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have been released, Chicago police say.

Dismissed employee kills five co-workers in Illinois factory shooting

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 01:03

A gunman opened fire at an Illinois factory just after receiving notice of termination from his job there on Friday, killing five fellow workers and wounding five policemen before he was slain by police, authorities said. The assailant, identified as Gary Martin, 45, had worked at the Henry Pratt Company for 15 years before Friday's violence unfolded at the firm's sprawling facility in Aurora, 40 miles (65 km) west of Chicago, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. At a late-night news conference, Ziman said it was not yet clear whether the suspect, armed with a Smith & Wesson handgun, was carrying the weapon at the time of his dismissal or whether he "went to retrieve it" before opening fire.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox's private jet forced to make emergency landing

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 00:10

A private jet with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and other friends was forced to make an emergency landing Friday.

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers with 'laser-sighted pistol' in Illinois

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:58

A 15-year employee being fired from a suburban Chicago manufacturing company opened fire with a laser-sighted pistol on Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was killed by police, authorities said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said 45-year-old Gary Martin "was being terminated" before he started shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. - which makes valves for industrial purposes - in the city about 40 miles west of Chicago. She told a news conference that in addition to the five employees killed, a sixth worker was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. A sixth police officer suffered a knee injury while officers were searching the building. Ziman said officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of the shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse. Police said they did not know the gunman's motive. John Probst, a worker who was in the factory, said the gunman had arrived for his regular shift, working in assembly, and opened fire several hours later. Mr Probst told local television: "I saw a gunman running down the aisle with a pistol, I recognised him as a co-worker and he was shooting everybody. "As soon as we heard shots, as soon as I saw the green laser thing, we took off out the back door." Mr Probst said the plant was "huge" and the man worked about 80 yards from him. First responders and emergency vehicles are gathered near the scene of a shooting at an industrial park in Aurora Credit: Bev Horne/ Daily Herald Before the shooting the gunman walked past him and went upstairs to the office, he said. Aurora, a city of 200,000 people, is 40 miles west of Chicago. In a statement Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said: "The President has been briefed and is monitoring the ongoing situation in Aurora,

Archaeologists discover Incan tomb in Peru

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:07

Peruvian archaeologists discovered an Incan tomb in the north of the country where an elite member of the pre-Columbian empire was buried, one of the investigators announced Friday. The discovery was made on the Mata Indio dig site in the northern Lambayeque region, archaeologist Luis Chero told state news agency Andina. Archaeologists believe the tomb belonged to a noble Inca based on the presence of "spondylus," a type of sea shell always present in the graves of important figures from the Incan period, which lasted from the 12th to the 16th centuries.

The Latest: Police say workplace gunman was being fired

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:01

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a business in Aurora, Illinois (all times local):

`Going Away Party` for School Shutting Down Because of Student`s Death Causes Controversy

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:00

Some parents are outraged a California school for kids with special needs is holding a "going away party" after one of its own students died after being restrained by staff.

U.S. Weighs New PDVSA Sanctions as Next Step Against Maduro

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:37

The move is one of several options the administration is considering to help the country through a “major” political transition, according to Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and two people familiar with the matter. “I know the White House and the Treasury Department are focused on the best path forward, but the main goal is to ensure that we preserve the assets and resources that rightfully belong to the Venezuelan people and block the Maduro regime from using them for personal gain and repression,” McCaul said in an emailed statement.

New Jersey Makes Bid for Amazon HQ2 After Company Pulls Out of New York

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:24

On the first full day after Amazon scrapped its plans to open its second headquarters in Queens, New Jersey made it very clear that it wants as many of the company`s jobs as possible to be added in the Garden State.

Hannity: Democrats ignored the crisis at our southern border

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:04

President Trump 'not happy' with border deal from Congress, declares national emergency freeing up additional $8 billion.

Southwest declares operations 'emergency' amid labor dispute with mechanics

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:00

The airline sent a strongly worded memo to mechanics ordering all hands on deck in response to a higher than usual number of planes out of service.

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday.

At least five dead in Aurora, Illinois, workplace shooting: Here's what we know now

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:21

Five people are dead including a gunman after a shooting at an industrial plant in Aurora, Illinois, authorities said. Here's what we know now.

Dash Cam Footage Shows Utah Police Chief`s DUI Arrest

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:53

The Utah Highway Patrol has released dash camera video from a DUI stop that led to the arrest of the Mantua Police Chief.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide legality of census citizenship query

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:51

The justices, in a brief order, granted the administration's request to hear its appeal of Manhattan-based U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman's Jan. 15 ruling even before a lower appeals court has considered the matter. Furman's ruling came in lawsuits brought by 18 U.S. states, 15 cities and various civil rights groups challenging the Republican administration's decision to include the question. Furman ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had concealed the true motives for his "arbitrary and capricious" decision to add the citizenship question in violation of federal law.