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Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer election setback

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 20:47

Exit polls show unfavorable results for the longtime prime minister.

Schiff: Top intel official has refused to turn over 'urgent' whistleblower complaint

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 20:38

The House Intelligence Committee chairman warned the official may be concealing high-level wrongdoing.

House adds 2 GOP members after North Carolina election wins

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:40

Two Republicans who triumphed last week in North Carolina special elections became members of the House on Tuesday, including one whose narrow win displayed anew that suburban voters are deserting the GOP while rural residents are embracing the party. The swearing-in of Dan Bishop and Greg Murphy brought the House to full strength, if only briefly because a Wisconsin lawmaker will relinquish his office next week. The oath of office was administered by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a regular presence in GOP television spots that characterize Democratic candidates as radicals.

Drone delivers shark warning to surfer

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:29

A surfer enjoying the pristine waters off Australia's east coast Sunday didn't see the large shark beneath the surface, but a nearby drone operator did.



Using a search and rescue drone equipped with infra-red thermal imaging and a warning speaker system, amateur drone pilot Christopher Joye captured the moment the shark approached.

Joye says he blasted the alert, causing the surfer to quickly turn toward shore.

That's when the shark headed to deeper waters.

Joye, who is also a fund manager, has previously run shark patrols on Australian beaches as part of a campaign to keep swimmers safe using drones, which he believes work better than shark nets.

A Florida couple was arrested on DUI charges. Then they had sex in the back of a police car

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 18:53

Aaron Thomas, 31, and Megan Mondanaro, 35, were arrested in Florida after they had sex in the back of a patrol car, according to police.

Migrant mothers and children sue U.S. over asylum ban

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 18:07

More than 125 migrant mothers and children have sued the U.S. government, claiming the Trump administration has violated the rights of asylum-seekers through the arbitrary and capricious implementation of a virtual asylum ban at the southern border. The lawsuit, filed late on Monday, was the first to challenge President Donald Trump over asylum since the U.S. Supreme Court decided last week that an anti-asylum rule will be allowed to take effect while a separate lawsuit on its underlying legality is heard. Unlike other suits that have targeted the asylum rule itself, the latest filing challenges the Trump administration on procedural grounds, saying the government has enacted changes without warning, resulting in elevated rejection rates for asylum-seekers.

The Story of the 160 Victories Scored by Iran's F-14 Tomcats

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 18:00

Iran’s force of American-made F-14 Tomcat interceptors dominated the sky during the Iran-Iraq war from 1980 to 1988. F-14s reportedly downed more than 160 Iraqi planes.

Latest Parent Named in U.S. College Scam Arrested in Spain

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:15

(Bloomberg) -- A Canadian woman became the latest defendant named in the college admissions scandal, as more than a dozen parents prepare for sentencing as early as next week and almost 20 others fight the charges ahead of trial.Xiaoning Sui was arrested in Spain and charged with fraud conspiracy for allegedly paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California at Los Angeles, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts, which is seeking her extradition to Boston. It was the Boston office that brought the sprawling case against 33 parents in March, in the biggest college cheating scam the U.S. has ever prosecuted, and added a 34th in June.Sui becomes the 35th parent the government has named publicly, in addition to a host of testing personnel and college athletic coaches. The resident of Surrey, British Columbia, is accused of paying Rick Singer, the scam’s admitted mastermind, to get her son into UCLA as a bogus soccer recruit. Singer, who agreed to cooperate with the government and collect evidence against his clients, snared many of them in phone conversations with the FBI listening in.Like many of the parents caught up in the sting, Sui is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud. The first to be sentenced, “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, was given two weeks in prison on Friday for paying $15,000 to get her daughter’s SAT answers changed. Some, like Sui, were accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to lock in admission to elite schools -- and may now be wondering what their own sentences will look like.Sui, whom prosecutors identified as a 48-year-old “Chinese national,” couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the charge.UCLA “took immediate corrective action after this case was initially outlined,” spokesman Tod Tamberg said. While the school can’t discuss the measures it took, he said, it “can revoke the admission and athletics scholarship offer of any admitted student or dismiss any enrolled student who is found to have misrepresented information on their application.” UCLA “is not aware of any currently enrolled student-athletes who are under suspicion” by the Justice Department, Tamberg said.Read More: Felicity Huffman’s Sentence Sends Signal to Other Parents in ScandalIn an August 2018 phone call, Singer told Sui he could “guarantee” her son’s admission to UCLA in exchange for the payment, according to Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, in an indictment filed in March and unsealed Tuesday.Between August and October, Sui provided Singer with her son’s high school transcript and photos of him playing tennis, the U.S. claims. Laura Janke, an assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California who was working for Singer, helped him fake an athletic profile that included a photo of a different student playing competitive soccer and presented Sui’s son as a “top player” for two private clubs in Canada, according to the U.S.Singer worked with a Chinese interpreter to keep Sui updated on her son’s application, told her it would be handled “in a special way” and assured her that her son would “not know anything is happening,” according to the government.Sui wired a $100,000 payment to a charity Singer controlled, which he said would be paid to a UCLA coach in exchange for a seat at the college, prosecutors claim. Sui’s son was admitted to UCLA in November as a soccer recruit and awarded a 25% scholarship, and Sui sent an additional $300,000 to Singer’s charity as her final payment, the government alleges. Citing UCLA’s athletics department, The Daily Bruin, the student newspaper, has reported that the boy got a provisional acceptance in October but was never admitted.Like Singer, Janke has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors. Jorge Salcedo, the former head coach of men’s soccer at UCLA, indicted for racketeering conspiracy, has pleaded not guilty.Read More: New USC Parent Charged in College Scam, Hinting at Wider ProbeThe college admissions scandal, which has rocked academia -- and nervous parents across America who wondered if they’d also crossed the line -- involves a total of 52 defendants, including 15 parents who pleaded guilty to the charge facing Sui.“Now the bar is set,” said Brad Bailey, a former federal prosecutor in Boston who is in private practice, said Friday after Huffman got her sentence. In addition to her time behind bars, it includes a $30,000 fine, a year of probation and 250 hours of community service.The 19 parents who pleaded not guilty face a more serious charge of money laundering.None of the colleges or students were charged.The case is U.S. v. Sui, 19-cr-10082, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (Boston).(Updates with UCLA comment in paragraph six and further analysis below.)To contact the reporter on this story: Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at pathurtado@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at, Peter Jeffrey, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Georgia homeowner kills three teens wearing masks in possible 'stand your ground' case

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:15

The fatal shooting of three teens by a Georgia homeowner this week could be a 'stand your ground' case, the Rockdale County Sheriff says.

Trump to bar California from setting vehicle emission rules: sources

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:38

The Trump administration will announce as early as Wednesday it is revoking California’s authority to set its own greenhouse gas and vehicle fuel efficiency standards and barring all states from setting such rules, two auto industry officials said on Tuesday. The move is sure to spark legal challenges over issues including states' rights and climate change that administration officials say could ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump met with senior officials last Thursday and agreed to greenlight the plan to bar California from setting tailpipe emission standards or requiring zero emission vehicles, Reuters reported last week.

US sanctions Italy, Panama and Colombia firms over Venezuela ties

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:28

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 16 companies linked to Colombian businessman Alex Nain Saab Moran, an associate of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The move is the latest US escalation of sanctions targeting the inner circle of Maduro, who is grappling with a political and economic crisis that the United Nations says has left a quarter of Venezuela's 30 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

Belgian F-16s scrambled to intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable supersonic bombers over the Baltic Sea

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:23

The Belgian Air Force intercepted two Russian Tu-160 supersonic, nuclear-capable bombers at close range in Baltic airspace.

Yemen Houthi drones, missiles defy years of Saudi air strikes

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:24

At a weapons exhibition in July in Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, military officials whipped silken sheets off what they said were newly-developed drones and missiles. The theatrical gesture revealed the proud slogan "Made in Yemen" spray-painted onto the weapons' bodywork. The moment was a celebration of sorts for Yemen's Houthi fighters.

Trump arrives in Bay Area for first time as president

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:19

President Trump has arrived in the Bay Area for the first time as Commander in Chief and is expected to attend a fundraiser in Silicon Valley.

29 bodies found in plastic bags in Mexico mass grave

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:05

Mexican forensics experts have found at least 29 bodies stuffed in 119 plastic bags that were dumped in the bottom of a well outside the western city of Guadalajara, officials said Tuesday. Experts have been working to establish how many victims are in the mass grave since it was discovered earlier this month in a remote area known as La Primavera, about a 45-minute drive outside Guadalajara, Mexico's second city. "We have 13 complete corpses and 16 incomplete, for a total of 29 bodies," said Gerardo Solis, chief prosecutor for the state of Jalisco, which has been hit by a wave of violence in recent years driven by drug cartel turf wars.

Sheriff indicted for plotting to kill deputy who had tape of his 'racially offensive' remarks

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:57

A North Carolina sheriff was indicted for obstruction of justice for allegedly plotting to kill one of his deputies.

Las Vegas man faces weapons charge in synagogue, other plots

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:03

A former security guard accused of compiling bomb components and guns to kill people at a Las Vegas synagogue and of drawing up plans to attack a bar catering to LGBTQ customers or a fast-food restaurant has been indicted on a federal firearm charge, court records show. Conor Climo's court-appointed attorney, Paul Riddle, said Tuesday that Climo plans to plead not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday on the one-count indictment filed Sept. 11 in U.S. District Court in Nevada. Climo, 23, was arrested Aug. 8 and remains in federal custody pending arraignment Wednesday in Las Vegas on a charge of possessing "firearms, specifically destructive devices" found at his home.

Biden's 1960s gang fight yarn: Son of 'bad dude' Corn Pop confirms his father knew Dem frontrunner

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:27

The saga of Joe Biden’s mysterious story from the 1960s, in which he and a man called Corn Pop almost battled with a knife and a chain but ultimately did not, may have been confirmed.Mr Biden has told the story of a 1962 confrontation with a man who frequented a public pool in Wilmington, Delaware where he was a lifeguard several times, including in his book. But a video of him retelling it at an event in 2017, at the pool’s dedication ceremony after it was renamed for him, resurfaced earlier this week.