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Ready for War: Iran Is Bristling with Missiles

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 00:55

A real threat.

NATO Has a Secret Plan to Destroy Russia's Kaliningrad Base

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 23:30

Let's hope it never comes to that.

Politician charged in human trafficking adoption scheme

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 20:26

An Arizona elected official ran a human smuggling scheme that promised pregnant women thousands of dollars to lure them from a Pacific Island nation to the U.S., where they were crammed into houses to wait to give birth, sometimes with little to no prenatal care, prosecutors allege. Paul Petersen, the Republican assessor of Arizona's most populous county, was charged in Utah, Arizona and Arkansas with counts including human smuggling, sale of a child, fraud, forgery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Investigators also found eight pregnant women from the Marshall Islands in raids of his properties outside Phoenix, and several more are waiting to give birth in Utah, authorities said.

67 Years Worth Of Corvettes Head To Chattanooga Motorcar Festival

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 19:48

From an original 1953 C1 to the all-new mid-engine C8, the Corvette will be well represented.When the first-ever Chattanooga Motorcar Festival kicks off this weekend, visitors will be treated to an amazing assortment of Chevrolet Corvettes. The GM Heritage Center, National Corvette Museum and Revs Institute are all teaming up to assemble a collection of eight of the most important Corvettes from the last 67 years.According to a press release issued by the NCM, an original 1953 C1 Corvette will be on hand as will an all-new 2020 C8 Corvette. In all likelihood, this will be the first time these two generations of the Chevrolet Corvette have been assembled for the public to see. In 1953, only 300 Corvettes were built, and all were hand built and painted Polo White with a red interior. The 2020 Corvette was introduced this summer, and it introduces a mid-engine layout that Chevrolet has been teasing since the '60s.One of the C8's mid-engine predecessors will be on hand with the 1972 Corvette XP-895 concept vehicle (shown above), but that won't be the only Corvette concept at the show. The 1969 Manta Ray Concept and 2009 Centennial Concept will also be there; the Centennial Concept was introduced as the Autobot "Sideswipe" in 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Rounding out the exciting list of Corvettes, there will be a 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer Prototype as well as two of the rarest Corvettes of all time: a 1963 Corvette Z06 split-window racecar and a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport. Only six of the '63 Z06 Corvettes were ever built, and that's one more than the Corvette Grand Sports. The Grand Sport on display is the fourth built out of five.The inaugural Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will be held October 11-13 including a cars and coffee event on Friday and a Concours show with over 100 cars, racecars and motorcycles lining the streets of downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Related Articles... * Never-Titled 1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Sold For $40K * Millennial Saves 1982 Chevrolet Corvette From Decade Of Neglect

U.S. passing Hong Kong human rights and democracy act will ‘punish the wrong people,’ says ex-Trump envoy

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 19:47

This story is being published by POLITICO as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. A U.S. bill that could strip Hong Kong of its special trading status by subjecting the city to an annual review of democratic freedoms would hurt Hongkongers and play into the hands of Beijing, according to a former top envoy for Asia in the Trump administration. In a wide-ranging interview, Susan Thornton, who served as acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said passing the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would be a “huge mistake” that would end up “punishing exactly the wrong people”.

US official charged with leaking secrets to journalists

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 19:15

A Defense Intelligence Agency official was arrested Wednesday and charged with leaking classified intelligence information to two journalists, including a reporter he was dating, the Justice Department said. Henry Kyle Frese, 30, was arrested by the FBI when he arrived at work at a DIA facility in Virginia. Frese, who has a top secret government security clearance, is alleged to have accessed at least five classified intelligence reports and provided top secret information about another country's weapons systems to the reporter with whom he was having a relationship.

Seven misleading arguments against impeachment by Trump and his allies

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 18:36

As Democrats continue their impeachment inquiry, the president and his allies keep presenting certain misleading defenses.

Trump again questions why whistleblower should be protected

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 18:18

President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued his deluge of attacks against the intelligence whistleblower whose complaint spurred House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, again calling for the person’s unmasking and asking why there should be protection for the intelligence official. Speaking to reporters at the White House after signing an executive order, Trump accused the whistleblower of falsifying parts of the complaint, which the president dismissed as a “con,” despite most elements having been proved accurate by materials from the White House or Trump himself. Trump continued to assert that the phone call at the heart of the complaint — during which he asked President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and events surrounding the 2016 election — was a “perfect” call, a characterization that he contended had been borne out by the rough transcript released by the White House.

PG&E Power Outage Shut Off: Maps showing Bay Area cities affected by PG&E power shutdown

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 17:56

PG&E OUTAGE: Here are maps from each Bay Area region showing which cities will be affected by the planned power shutoff.

10 Cheapest New Cars for 2020

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 17:05

EPA: Our goal is to improve California’s air quality

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:14

'If the EPA disapproves ... that triggers statutory clocks for highway funding sanctions. ... We request a response from (California) by Oct. 10'

Warren jumps ahead of Biden in latest 2020 polls

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:11

Elizabeth Warren is leading the crowded pack of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic primary nomination for the first time, according to new results from polling aggregation website RealClearPolitics, which averages poll data from across the US. The numbers released on Wednesday show the progressive Massachusetts senator polling at 26.6 per cent, with former Vice President Joe Biden slightly behind her at 26.4 per cent.The latest numbers follow Tuesday’s Quinnipiac University poll, which found Ms Warren capturing 29 per cent of Democrat and Democrat-leaning independent voters. Mr Biden followed at 26 per cent, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders trailed on 16 per cent. No other candidates topped 4 per cent in that poll.

Yes, America Probably Has Secret Stealth Drones Around Iran

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:00

So much spying.

Arizona Official Smuggled Pregnant Women Into the U.S. and Paid Them to Give Up Their Babies: Authorities

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 15:19

Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastAn Arizona official faces charges in two states for his alleged role in an international adoption fraud scheme that involved smuggling pregnant women into the U.S. from the Marshall Islands and then paying them to give up their babies, according to court documents.Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen was charged Tuesday night with 11 felony offenses, including human smuggling, the sale of a child, and communications fraud, the Utah Attorney General’s Office said during a Wednesday press conference.“The commercialization of children is illegal and the commoditization of children is simply evil,” AG Sean D. Reyes said, adding that authorities “have no interest in interfering with adoptions that have already taken place.”Catholic Charity Ends Adoptions Rather Than Place Kid With Same-Sex CouplePetersen, an adoption lawyer who is licensed in Arizona and Utah, was also hit with charges in Arizona, including conspiracy and theft, according to a Tuesday indictment filed by the state’s Attorney General’s Office. He was arrested in California, officials said. Prosecutors allege Petersen “recruited” and transported more than 40 pregnant women from the Republic of the Marshall Islands—a country of islands between Hawaii and the Philippines—to Utah over the last three years. Reyes said Petersen first established a connection with the Marshall Islands through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.After the children were born, Petersen allegedly offered the women money to give their babies up to U.S. parents and allegedly charged $40,000 per adoption, according to the indictment. The elected GOP official allegedly failed to disclose the scheme to his adoptive parent clients.Maricopa County Sheriff’s OfficeArizona and Utah investigators said Wednesday they believe at least 29 babies, some of whom were brought to other states to be adopted, are victims of the scheme. Reyes added Utah authorities were first alerted to the scheme after concerned hospital workers and adoption lawyers called a human trafficking tip line. On Tuesday evening, Arizona authorities executed search warrants in multiple locations and found eight pregnant women from the Marshall Islands inside a Mesa home. It is not immediately clear what connection Petersen has to the property.Body of Slain University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Was Found Bound in Shallow Grave“We are thinking of the birth mothers, adoptive families and children in this case as victims,” Reyes said, adding that Petersen’s alleged scheme “exploited highly vulnerable groups in two countries—the birth mothers and families in the Marshall Islands and the adoptive parents here in Utah.”The 32-count indictment filed in the Superior Court of Arizona alleges Petersen and his colleague, Lynwood Jennet, also organized travel for “pregnant women from the Republic of the Marshall Islands to come to Arizona for the purpose of giving a child up for adoption.”Prosecutors say Petersen claimed these women as Arizona residents in order to receive medical services from the state’s Medicaid system. “After the birth of the child, Paul D. Petersen and Lynwood Jennett facilitated travel for these women to leave Arizona,” the indictment alleges. “In several instances the women returned directly to the [Republic of the Marshall Islands].”Paul Caneiro Charged With Murder After Allegedly Burning Down His Brother’s Family MansionThe scheme also allegedly violated the 1983 compact with the Republic of the Marshall Islands that prevents the island’s citizens from coming to the U.S. “for the purpose of adoption” unless they have a special visa.Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich emphasized in a press conference Wednesday that the families who fell victim to the alleged scheme are not being investigated. “These adoptions are not in jeopardy. Our focus is on the individuals who facilitated these adoptions,” Brnovich said. Petersen was first appointed as Maricopa County assessor in 2013 after serving as the office’s liaison to the legislature. The Republican candidate was re-elected in 2016 in an unopposed election. According to his website, the father of four has been working with adoptive parents for almost 15 years and is also an active member of the Maricopa County Republican Party and the Arizona Republican Party.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Teacher at Elite Boarding School Used Nightly ‘Check-In’ System to Molest Sleeping Students, Cops Say

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:01

Nelson Almeida/GettyA teacher at an elite boarding school in New Jersey used his position as a dorm “duty master”—who is responsible for nightly check-ins with students—to molest two teens while they slept, police said.Dominic Brown, a 23-year-old history teacher and water polo coach at The Lawrenceville School, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said in a Monday press release.But an affidavit filed by the prosecutor’s office and obtained by shines more light on the allegations. Brown used his position as “duty master” to enter a 15-year-old student’s room around 3 a.m. and touch the sleeping teen, who awoke to see Brown trying “to fall to the floor to hide from me,” according to the affidavit. Police Officer Told Victim That Men’s College Doesn’t ‘Generally’ Expel or Suspend Rapists, Lawsuit ClaimsThe teacher also allegedly claimed that the teen hadn’t checked in to the dorm that night, and he was making sure he was in his room. (The Lawrenceville School student handbook stipulates that students must report in person to the “duty master” each night before bed.)About an hour later, a 14-year-old boy was similarly awakened by hands touching his body, and he found Brown “crouching partially under the side of his bed,” the affidavit alleges. Though Brown reportedly left the room after the student confronted him, the teen told police that he peered back inside a short time later. The students, who were reportedly in a group Snapchat message together, relayed their similar experiences and then told campus security, who notified police.Brown has since been fired, reported. Prosecutors said he will remain in jail until a Thursday morning detention hearing. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Southwest, Gol ground 13 Boeing 737 NG airplanes after checks

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:51

WASHINGTON/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co and Brazil's Gol Linhas Aereas said on Wednesday they had grounded a total of 13 Boeing Co 737 NG airplanes after U.S. regulators ordered urgent inspections last week. Southwest said it had grounded two planes, while Gol said it had grounded 11. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration last week told aircraft operators to inspect 165 Boeing 737 NG airliners for structural cracks within seven days after the issue was found on a small number of planes.

U.S. arrests counterterrorism analyst over leaks to journalists

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:41

A counterterrorism analyst with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested on Wednesday over charges he leaked classified materials about a foreign country's weapons system to two journalists in 2018 and 2019, the U.S. Justice Department said in federal court filings on Wednesday. Information that 30-year-old Henry Kyle Frese passed to the journalists appeared in at least eight different news stories, the Justice Department alleged in an indictment unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The two reporters to whom he leaked information were colleagues, and one of them was apparently romantically involved with Frese, the FBI said in court filings.

These are the fugitives on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list — and how they got there

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:22

The FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list constantly changes. Individuals come and go as they're captured. Here are the 10 who are now on the list.

Mayor in Mexico tied to a truck and dragged through streets for ‘failing to fulfill campaign promises’

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:28

Angry farmers in Mexico abducted the mayor of their village and dragged him through the streets after claiming he went back on key campaign promises.Police intervened to free Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández, who suffered no major injuries after the ordeal.