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Trump bars US-born woman who joined IS from returning

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 18:16

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is barring a US-born former Islamic State propagandist from returning home, making the highly unusual case that she is not a US citizen. Trump's refusal to admit 24-year-old Hoda Muthana comes just as he is pressing Europeans to repatriate their own Islamic State fighters and will likely face legal challenges, with US citizenship extremely difficult to lose. Trump said on Twitter he has "instructed" Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the country" -- a break with usual US protocol not to comment on individuals' immigration issues.


Customers angry that disabled Walmart greeter could lose job

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 18:02

Pretty much anyone who shops at the Walmart in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, knows store greeter Adam Catlin, who's been welcoming customers with a huge smile and a hearty hello for more than a decade.


Trump apparently not familiar with his administration's push for global decriminalization of homosexuality

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 17:54

The president expresses confusion when asked about one of his administration's own policies.


Southwest Air Drops on $60 Million Hit From U.S. Shutdown

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 17:04

The political stalemate that ended last month will reduce first-quarter revenue by $60 million as the aftereffects lingered on, Southwest said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. “With more of first quarter under our belt now, and a higher percentage of March bookings in place, we feel like we are at the point where we can reasonably quantify the total impact from the shutdown,” Southwest said by email.


Newport Beach cold case: Suspect ID'd in 11-year-old Linda O'Keefe's murder after arrest in Colorado

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:42

Authorities on Wednesday identified the suspect who has been arrested in the 1973 murder of an 11-year-old girl in Newport Beach.


French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:40

"Our country is confronted with a resurgence of anti-Semitism undoubtedly without precedent since the Second World War," President Emmanuel Macron said later on Tuesday in an annual speech to Jewish leaders in France. France 3 television said it went live from the first cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic abuse. "We are talking about explicit death threats, comments that were openly anti-Semitic and racist, including "Heil Hitler", "dirty Jew" or "dirty Jews", comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community," the channel said in a statement explaining its decision.


How a border wall would affect property owners

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:37

Yvette Gaytan says that Trump's proposed border wall would likely interfere with her property and is unnecessary from what she's seen in the area.


Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high court

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:27

The nine justices ruled unanimously in favor of an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs who argued that police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, back on the bench for a second straight day after undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote the court's opinion, which clarified the applicability of the "excessive fines" prohibition contained in the Constitution's Eighth Amendment. "For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history.


Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:23

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four years ago, the U.S. government's highway safety agency began investigating air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee when two people were hit by flying shrapnel after crashes.


Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:12

A winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the early afternoon and was blamed for a rash of fender benders and traffic jams. The widespread weather system piled as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow across the Washington area before turning to sleet, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.


US judge grants ex-Trump lawyer prison delay

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:09

A US judge on Wednesday granted a request by Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, to delay the start of his prison term by two months. Cohen, 52, had been scheduled to report to prison on March 6 to begin a three-year sentence for fraud, tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions and lying to Congress. In a letter to Judge William Pauley, one of Cohen's lawyers asked that the date be pushed back to May 6 so Cohen can recover from shoulder surgery and prepare for upcoming testimony before Congress.


Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Begs to Come Home

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:34

An Alabama woman who fled the United States at 19 to join ISIS is now begging to come home five years later.


Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 2-month delay to report to prison

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:25

Michael Cohen will now report to federal prison on May 6 after a judge granted him a two-month delay to allow him to recover from a surgical procedure.


NYT publisher: Trump 'retreating from a distinctly American principle'

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:16

The publisher of the paper admonished the president over his use of a familiar phrase.


In two years, the Mac, iPhone, and iPad will be able to run the same apps

Macworld - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:03

Apple announced that the company has no plans to merge iOS and macOS during its Worldwide Developers Conference last year, but it also said it’s working on a way for developers to write apps that work on both operating systems. Project Marzipan, as Apple calls it, wasn’t discussed in much detail at WWDC, but Apple described the News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos apps that come with macOS Mojave as examples of Marzipan at work. And we haven’t heard a lot about Marzipan since WWDC.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Marzipan could be in the spotlight for this year’s WWDC. According to Gurman, Apple could release a software development kit at the conference that will allow iPad developers to port their apps to the Mac. Then, in 2020, Apple will release a kit that ports iPhone apps to the Mac. By 2021, Apple will give developers the ability to create a “single binary” of an app—in other words, one app that can run on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

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The Latest: Court records say 2 knew man wanted fiancee dead

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:46

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the criminal cases tied to a Colorado woman's death (all times local):


Abbas says will reject reduced tax reimbursement from Israel

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:02

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday he would not accept partial payment of tax transfers owed by Israel, which decided to withhold reimbursements in retaliation for payments to prisoners jailed for attacks. "We shall not accept the (tax) money if it is not paid in full," Abbas told a central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Israel's security cabinet on Sunday approved the freezing of $138 million (122 million euros) over the Palestinian Authority's payments to prisoners jailed for attacks on Israelis.


Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:57

More than 2,000 civilians left the village of Baghouz in a convoy of dozens of trucks. Coalition warplanes could be seen overhead and the sounds of intermittent gunbattles could be heard from the area, which is completely surrounded by the SDF. "The terrorists are entrenched inside, still betting on ending it militarily," said Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office.


Fiat's Unloved 500L Tries Again with the 2019 Urbana Edition

Top Stories - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:49

The compact-crossover version of the Fiat 500 gets a cosmetic blackout treatment that doesn't make up for its many shortcomings.


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