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I've Come to See the Conventional Sedan as an Anachronism

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 09:15

Sedans will have to offer something special to survive in a world determined to marginalize them.

Patton Oswalt: Twitter troll who attacked comedian overwhelmed when literally repaid with kindness

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 08:40

Discovering his assailant was battling grave health problems, he donated $2,000 towards his unpaid medical bills – then urged his 4.5 million followers to follow suit. The heartwarming exchange between Oswalt, an Emmy Award winner, and Michael Beatty - a 64-year-old Vietnam veteran from Huntsville, Alabama - was sparked on Thursday after the celebrity posted an unflattering poem about Donald Trump. “I expected a scathing retort or just to be ignored,” Mr Beatty told the Washington Post on Friday.

US demands world stands with 'forces of freedom' in Venezuela

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 08:23

The United States pressed all nations Saturday to "stand with the forces of freedom" in Venezuela, encouraged by a tougher European line as Russia stood in the minority in backing embattled leader Nicolas Maduro. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a forceful case at a special session of the United Nations Security Council, where he described Maduro as part of an "illegitimate mafia state" responsible for Venezuela's economic collapse. Four major European countries - Britain, Germany, Britain, France and Spain - said on Saturday they are ready to recognise Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president if elections are not called within eight days. Jeremy Hunt, the British foreign secretary, said: "After banning opposition candidates, ballot box stuffing and counting irregularities in a deeply flawed election it is clear Nicolas Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela," Mr Hunt tweeted. 1/2 After banning opposition candidates, ballot box stuffing and counting irregularities in a deeply flawed election it is clear Nicolas Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) January 26, 2019 2/2 @jguaido is the right person to take Venezuela forward. If there are not fresh & fair elections announced within 8 days UK will recognise him as interim President to take forward the political process towards democracy. Time for a new start for the suffering ppl of Venezuela— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) January 26, 2019 With mounting protests over Venezuela's crisis in which more than two million have fled shortages of basic food and medicine, Mr Pompeo asked all nations to follow the US in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president. "Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem," Mr Pompeo said. Mr Pompeo denounced Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro, saying that they were motivated not by principle but raw financial interest. "China and Russia are propping up a failed regime in the hopes of recovering billions of dollars in ill-considered investments and assistance made over the years," Mr Pompeo said. Guaido vs Maduro | Who is backing Venezuela's two presidents Russia has denounced the United States for interference and attempted to block the Security Council meeting, but it was voted down with nine of the 15 members agreeing to go forward. "Venezuela does not pose any threat to peace and security. The intention of the United States is to orchestrate a coup d'etat," said the Russian ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia. He accused the United States of renewing a long history of imperialism in Latin America, saying that Washington treated it as a "backyard where you can do anything you want." But Russia managed to block a Security Council statement seen by AFP that would have offered "full support" to Mr Guaido and called the National Assembly that he heads "Venezuela's only democratically elected institution."   Profile | Nicolás Maduro "The government of Spain gives Nicolas Maduro eight days to call free, transparent and democratic elections," said Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in statement. "If that doesn't happen, Spain will recognise Juan Guaido as interim president in charge of calling these elections." In what appears to be a coordinated message from European Union countries, at almost the same time French President Manuel Macron sent a tweet echoing Sanchez's comments. "Unless elections are announced within eight days, we will be ready to recognise @jguaido as 'President in charge' of Venezuela in order to trigger a political process," Macron said. A spokeswoman from the German government tweeted the same message shortly after the comments from Madrid and Paris. Europe had, until Saturday, simply called for new elections in the troubled South American country. But the European Union hinted today it would be prepared to recognise Maduro's rival, if elections were not held.  "In the absence of an announcement on the organisation of fresh elections with the necessary guarantees over the next days, the EU will take further actions, including on the issue of recognition of the country’s leadership," said Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign affairs chief.  Mr Guaido proclaimed himself interim president on Wednesday during a march of hundreds of thousands in Caracas. Anti-government protesters cheer after Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress, declared himself interim president. Credit: Boris Vergara /AP The Venezuelan state and the military have so far remained loyal to Maduro despite a deep economic and political crisis that has sparked mass emigration, with inflation forecast to rise to 10 million percent this year. Russia, meanwhile, called for the United States and Europe to cease interfering in Venezuela. "The cynical, overt interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state continues. It must stop," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Police officer who ‘shot female colleague dead during game of Russian roulette’ charged with her killing

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 08:00

A male St Louis police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly shooting a female college during a game of Russian roulette. Nathaniel Hendren, 29, shot fellow officer Katlyn Alix, 24, at an apartment in the Missouri city in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to a St Louis Police Department statement. Ms Alix and Mr Hendren were playing with guns when the male officer produced a revolver.

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Sat, 01/26/2019 - 08:00

The designers, architects, and products featured this month

Brazil rescuers search for hundreds missing after mining dam burst

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 07:44

Brazilian rescuers continued searching on Saturday for some 200 missing people after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine owned by Vale SA.

Stone Indictment Underscores That There Was No Trump-Russia Conspiracy

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 06:30

Roger Stone is the shiny object. The obstruction charges in his long-anticipated indictment, made public on Friday, are not the matter of consequence for the United States. What matters is this: The indictment is just the latest blatant demonstration that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the Department of Justice, and the FBI have known for many months that there was no such conspiracy.

Gov. Gavin Newsom suing Huntington Beach over lack of low-income housing

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 01:24

Newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom is using a new law to sue the city of Huntington Beach over a lack of low-income housing.

Tapping into sorority network, Kamala Harris returns to SC

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 01:23

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris returned to South Carolina on Friday, using her first visit to this early-voting state as an official presidential contender to tap into a sorority network that could prove crucial as she develops her campaign.

Liu takes women's title at nationals at age 13

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 01:21

DETROIT (AP) — Alysa Liu was already a phenom. Now she's a national champion at age 13.

The Latest: Fight at California funeral ends in killing

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 22:41

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Compton funeral (all times local):

The Latest: Roger Stone set to be arraigned Tuesday in DC

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 22:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ex-Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone's arrest in the special counsel's Russia probe (all times local):

Israel Demands for U.S. Base Are a Hitch in Trump’s Syria Plans

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 22:00

The American base at Al-Tanf, originally established as a southern foothold against Islamic State and a training ground for Syrian rebels, has become one of the main obstacles to the president’s plan to leave. Israeli and some U.S. officials argue that a continued American presence there is critical to interrupting Iran’s supply lines into Lebanon, where Hezbollah -- Iran’s proxy and Israel’s enemy -- has been building up its arsenal.

St. Louis officer charged after deadly game with revolver

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 21:21

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A male St. Louis police officer was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a female officer during what was described as a deadly game with a revolver.

The Latest: Maduro sending minister to UN council meeting

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 19:50

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

Roger Stone indictment: Mueller pushes deeper into Trump campaign; highlights effort to use Russia hacks to derail Clinton bid

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 19:35

Roger Stone indictment: Mueller pushes deeper into Trump campaign; highlights effort to use Russia hacks to derail Clinton bid

The Latest: Suspect worked at Walmart, restaurant, auto shop

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 19:19

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of five women at a Florida bank (all times local):

Fight during funeral turns into fatal shooting outside Compton church, witness says

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 19:03

A shooting erupted outside a Compton church on Friday afternoon, reportedly during a funeral.

Arizona governor urges new leaders at facility after rape

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 19:02

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is looking into whether it can remove the board of directors of a long-term care facility where a nurse is accused of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth, the governor said Friday.

U.S. set to send first group of asylum seekers back to Mexico

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 18:08

Under a policy dubbed the Migrant Protection Protocols, announced on Dec. 20, the United States will return non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to Mexico while their asylum requests are processed in U.S. immigration courts. Mexican Foreign Ministry spokesman Roberto Velasco said U.S. authorities were expected to send the first group of 20 Central American asylum seekers back to Mexico's territory on Friday through Tijuana.