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The U.S. Navy Just Bought Four Giant, Robot Submarines from Boeing

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 23:00

Orca could help to fill a yawning gap in the American submarine fleet. In December 2016, the U.S. Navy announced it needed 66 nuclear-powered attack subs, or SSNs, to meet regional commanders' needs.

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 22:43

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year.

U.S. court dismisses Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against Greenpeace

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 22:07

ETP had sued Greenpeace and other environmental groups in 2017, accusing them of racketeering and defamation with the aim of blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the lawsuit, ETP argued that the environmental groups' actions and negative publicity against it, its sister company Energy Transfer Equity LP and other firms caused billions of dollars in damages.

Netflix lockdown ends without injuries, no gun found on suspect

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 21:37

A lockdown at Netflix ended Thursday afternoon without injuries after police detained a suspect without a gun, authorities said.

Trump administration sued over shift in asylum policy

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 20:11

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases wind through immigration courts violates U.S. law by putting the migrants in danger and depriving them of the ability to prepare their cases, a lawsuit filed Thursday by civil liberties groups claims.

New York law gives child sex abuse victims more time to sue

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:50

The governor of New York state on Thursday signed a law extending the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sex abuse, a move that could trigger a torrent of new complaints. The law known as the Child Victims Act -- which the Catholic Church fought against for years -- will allow alleged victims until age 55 to file civil cases and 28 for criminal suits, compared to a limit of 23 under the old rule. The new law, which will go into effect in six months, also establishes a one-year litigation window for any victim, regardless of age, to take civil action.

37 killed in Indian Kashmir attack

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:11

At least 37 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed on Thursday in Indian-administered Kashmir in one the deadliest attacks on government forces there, police said. The suicide bombing outside Srinagar claimed by an Islamist group is likely to ratchet up tensions between nuclear-armed arch rivals India and Pakistan, with New Delhi long accusing Islamabad of supporting militants. "The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain," Indian Prime Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, calling the attack "despicable".

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

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:39

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

William Barr: Senate confirms Trump pick as new attorney general

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:36

Three months following the ousting of Jeff Sessions, the Senate voted to confirm William Barr for his second stint as attorney general. The Senate confirmation on Thursday will grant Mr Barr, a hardline Republican, the power to supervise the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia and its interference with the 2016 presidential election. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 54-45 in favour of President Donald Trump’s nominee for the post.

More Brexit embarrassment for May as parliament defeats her again

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:41

Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a defeat on her Brexit strategy on Thursday that undermined her pledge to European Union leaders to get her divorce deal approved if they grant her concessions. In a show of muscle, hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party decided to abstain, handing her an embarrassing, albeit symbolic, defeat as she tries to renegotiate her deal with the EU. May was absent from the House of Commons for the debate and the outcome of the vote, which deepened the sense of political crisis over Britain's departure, more than two years after voters opted to leave the bloc by a margin of 52 percent to 48.

Venezuela at UN enlists countries in show of support

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:41

Russia and China joined Cuba, Iran, North Korea and several other countries at the United Nations on Thursday to show support for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in his showdown with the United States. "We all have the right to live without the threat of use of force and without application of illegal coercive unilateral measures," Arreaza told journalists, flanked by the ambassadors of several countries.

The 2019 Bentley Bentayga Speed Is Faster but Cannot Crush the Lamborghini Urus

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:20

Still, it's the fastest 12-cylinder SUV anywhere.

Weakest U.S. retail sales since 2009 cast pall over economy

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:17

The shockingly weak report from the Commerce Department on Thursday led to growth estimates for the fourth-quarter being cut to below a 2.0 percent annualized rate. December's collapse in retail sales and other data showing an unexpected increase in the number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits last week and a second straight monthly decline in producer prices in January support the Federal Reserve's pledge to be "patient" before raising interest rates further this year. "The decline in retail sales calls into question the domestic growth assumption." Retail sales tumbled 1.2 percent, the largest decline since September 2009 when the economy was emerging from recession.

Amazon cancels plans for New York City HQ, deals blow to Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:16

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio had lobbied hard for Amazon headquarters; Laura Ingle reports.

FBI releases 16 drawings prolific serial killer Samuel Little made of his victims

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:07

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released more than a dozen drawingsmade by a prolific serial killer in hopes the public may be able to identifysome of his victims

Denver teacher strike revealed US divide over bonus pay

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:01

DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers went on strike to improve their pay, but the fight wasn't that simple.

Mike Pence attacks UK for 'breaking US sanctions against Iran'

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:44

Mike Pence, the US vice president, has accused Britain, France and Germany of trying to sabotage American sanctions against Iran and called on the European states to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.  In an unusually blunt attack on America’s traditional European allies, Mr Pence told a summit in Warsaw that the three countries were leading “an effort to break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime”.  He focused his criticism on a financial mechanism created by the three states and the EU to allow European firms to continue trading with Iran in a way that skirts punishing US sanctions.  “It's an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU, and create still more distance between Europe and the United States,” Mr Pence said.  He said the British, French, and German governments had “not been nearly as cooperative” in backing America’s anti-Iran policy as Israel and the Gulf Arab states like Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Mr Pence said for the first time that the three countries should pull out of the nuclear agreement, which was signed in 2015 by Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the US and Iran. “The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.” Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the summit for bringing Israel together with the Arab states Credit: AP Photo/Michael Sohn Other US officials, including Donald Trump, have harshly criticised the deal but never before called for the European states to leave it.    There was no immediate response from the Foreign Office to Mr Pence’s criticism.  The US-hosted conference in Poland was enthusiastically attended by Israel and the Gulf states but the European governments which continue to support the Iran deal largely stayed away.  Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, attended the opening dinner of the summit on Wednesday night but left before the main meetings on Thursday. Germany sent a junior minister and France was represented by a foreign ministry official.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, hailed the summit for bringing Israel together with its Arab neighbours “against the common threat of the Iranian regime”.  Mr Netanyahu sat next to the foreign minister of Yemen at the conference, an image that would have once been unthinkable in the Middle East.  Here is @IsraeliPM Netanyahu sitting next to Yemen's Foreign Minister Khaled Hussein Alyemany, at the— Raphael Ahren (@RaphaelAhren) February 14, 2019 However, there still appears to be a ceiling on how far the Arab states will go in befriending Israel without a solution to the Palestinian issue.  While the Israeli leader sat in the same room as ministers from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, none of them were prepared to hold a formal meeting with Mr Netanyahu or publicly shake his hand.  Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s former spy chief, granted an unprecedented interview to Israeli television where he warned that there would not be peace between the Jewish state and Saudi Arabia until there was a deal on the Palestinians.  “From the Israeli point of view, Mr. Netanyahu would like us to have a relationship, and then we can fix the Palestinian issue. From the Saudi point of view, it’s the other way around,” he said.  Donald Trump has tasked his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with brokering a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.  Mr Kushner told the conference the deal would not be released until after the Israeli elections in April and said that both sides would have to make compromises. However, he declined to give even basic details of his plan.  The US said that the Palestinians had been invited to the summit and refused to come. Palestinian officials said an invitation had only been issued five days before the start of conference, long after other governments were formally invited.  “This is not serious,” a Palestinian official said. “This is just part of the blame game of the Trump Administration in cooperation with their Polish friends.” An FCO spokesperson said: “The UK Government regards the JCPoA as a crucial agreement that makes the world a safer place by neutralising the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. We remain committed to preserving the JCPoA, which is why we are establishing a European Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the E3 that aims to deliver the sanctions relief we committed to as part of the agreement. “The UK is not and has never been naïve about Iran and its nuclear intentions and while we share US concerns about Iranian regional activities and its missile programme, we believe the best way to address these wider concerns is while the nuclear deal remains in place.”

Ilhan Omar Clashed With Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Over Washington's Role in Latin America. Here's the History Behind Her Claims

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:34

The Iran-Contra Affair and the El Mozote massacre were among the darkest chapters of U.S. intervention in the region

Cuba says U.S. moving special forces, preparing Venezuelan intervention

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:49

Cuba said on Thursday the United States was moving special forces closer to Venezuela as part of a covert plan to intervene in the chaotic South American country using the pretext of a humanitarian crisis. A “Declaration of the Revolutionary Government” alleged that recent events in Venezuela amounted to an attempted coup that had so far failed. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been trying to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down and hand over power to Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly.

GOP Senators Optimistic Trump Will Sign Border Wall Compromise

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:33

(Bloomberg) -- Senior Republican lawmakers said the compromise spending bill that would avert another government shutdown will easily pass the House and Senate and they expect President Donald Trump will sign it into law.