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US weighing options on American IS sympathizer in Syria

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:21

The United States said Tuesday it wanted to ensure foreign jihadists remain off the battlefield as it weighed options on an American detained in Syria who says she wants to return home. The United States has urged European powers to take back hundreds of their citizens who fought with the Islamic State movement in Syria, but acknowledged the situation was complex in the rare case of an American jihadist. Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old from Alabama who became a prominent online agitator for the extremists, said in an interview published Sunday with The Guardian that she had been brainwashed online and "deeply regrets" joining the movement.

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:16

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group after becoming radicalized online realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday.

Aurora gunman's family: 'We deeply apologize' for shootings

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:13

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The family of the man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse is offering condolences to the victims' families, with one relative saying "we deeply apologize" for the killings.

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

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:08

A 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.

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

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:54

Despite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.

FBI Probing Whether Smollett Sent Threatening Letter to Himself

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:36

The FBI is working with the U.S. Postal Service to determine whether Empire actor Jussie Smollett sent himself a threatening letter in the days before the "hate crime" he is now under investigation for allegedly staging, two federal officials told ABC News Tuesday.The two Nigerian brothers who told Chicago Police last week that Smollett paid them to stage a racially motivated attack on him have also told the authorities that Smollett sent himself the threatening letter that arrived on the Empire set on January 22, just seven days before they claim they conducted the hoax attack.The brothers, one of whom worked as an extra on Empire, reportedly claimed that Smollett was motivated to stage the attack after his coworkers' reaction to the letter did not live up to his expectations.The letter, which was accompanied by crushed up aspirin, is now being analyzed at an FBI crime lab.Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo agreed to cooperate with police last week after they were presented with evidence that they purchased the rope that Smollett claimed was placed around his neck by two attackers who yelled racist and homophobic slurs before shouting "this is MAGA country" as they fled.Smollett's attorneys maintain that he was attacked and have denied that he was complicit in staging the assault.“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with," Smollett's attorneys said in a statement Saturday. "He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."

Third migrant dies in Border Patrol custody in as many months

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:12

A migrant man died in Border Patrol custody on Monday, following the deaths of two Guatemalan children in the agency's custody in December.

Democrats drop lawsuit against former acting attorney general

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:45

Senators Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse and Mazie Hirono had sought to bar Whitaker from serving as attorney general, arguing that President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Constitution in November by depriving the Senate of its power to act on such appointments. Democrats have expressed concern that Whitaker could undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign worked with Russia to win the 2016 election.

Lesbian couple turned away by Indiana tax preparer four years after Mike Pence signed anti-LGBTQ law

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:26

A married lesbian couple in Indiana were turned away by a tax preparer when they attempted to file their taxes jointly last week, making them one of many victims of the state’s anti-LGBTQ laws. Bailey and Samantha Brazzel got married last July and decided to file their taxes jointly for the first time. The couple went to Carter Tax Service in Russiaville to meet with Nancy Fivecoate, a tax preparer Ms Bailey used for the last four years.

Venezuela shuts border with Caribbean islands ahead of aid efforts

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:24

Maduro has rejected offers of foreign aid, denying there are widespread shortages and insisting that the country's economic problems are the result of sanctions by Washington. Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by dozens countries as the legitimate head of state, has said that food and medicine provided in part by the United States will enter Venezuela by land and sea on Saturday. The closure blocks movement of boats and aircraft between the western Venezuelan coastal state of Falcon and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, said Vice Admiral Vladimir Quintero, who heads a military unit in Falcon.

Ford Deals a Blow to Bolsonaro With Plan to Shutter Brazil Plant

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 16:08

The automaker expects to record $460 million in charges related to exiting the heavy-truck business in all of South America, according to a statement. It’s halting production this year at its São Bernardo do Campo assembly plant, which employs almost 2,800 workers building Cargo, F-4000 and F-350 trucks, plus the Fiesta small car. “We know this action will have a major impact on our employees in São Bernardo and we will be working closely with all our stakeholders on the next steps,” Lyle Watters, Ford of South America’s president, said in the statement.

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

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:20

A 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.

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

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:36

Hint: It's going to transform your backyard BBQ setup

Airlines begin waiving change fees for new winter storm

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 13:06

Southwest Airlines had already started waiving rebooking fees ahead of the new storm. It’s likely that others would do the same as forecasts solidified.

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:40

Warren 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.

US weather latest: Powerful coast-to-coast storm to blast Americans with snow, ice and torrential rain

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:58

A powerful storm is expected to hit up to 200 million Americans with snow, ice and torrential rain, over the coming week. About 60 per cent of the US will likely to be hit by wintry weather on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather, an American media company that provides commercial weather forecasting services worldwide. It said the storm will develop over the western Gulf of Mexico before moving northwards.

Bernie Sanders Admits Mistakes in Dealing With Sexism Allegations as He Launches Bid for Presidency

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:48

Bernie Sanders used his first interview since announcing that he would be running for President in 2020 to address some of the doubts that plagued…