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Alabama Republicans are urging Rep. Ilhan Omar's expulsion from Congress

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 20:16

A resolution passed by the Alabama Republican Party says Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar "has engaged in rhetoric that explicitly runs counter to American values and patriotism." Omar responded on Twitter by making reference to former Judge Roy Moore.

Gaza in state of alert after blasts kill two policemen: officials

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 20:14

The Gaza Strip was in a "state of alert" Wednesday after explosions killed two policemen in the Palestinian enclave, authorities said. The officers died in "two explosions targeting police checkpoints" late Tuesday night, the interior ministry in the Hamas-controlled coastal territory said in a statement. The Gaza Strip, home to two million Palestinians, was in a "state of alert," the ministry said and AFP journalists reported an increased Hamas presence on the main roads of the enclave.

Couple wanted for murder in Arizona escape from guards during transport

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 19:15

Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, broke free on Monday evening from two guards in Blanding, a rural town in southeast Utah, the Tucson Police Department said in a statement. The couple later obtained a GMC Sierra pickup truck and drove off, Tucson police spokesman Pete Dugan said. "Investigators have information that they are possibly traveling through Arizona," Tucson police said in a statement.

Woman who killed boyfriend during sex game released on parole after 18 years

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 19:08

Anastazia Schmid was a free woman Tuesday more than 18 years after she stabbed her boyfriend, Tony Heathcote, 39 times during a consensual sex game.

Exclusive: Boeing CEO eyes major aircraft order under any U.S.-China trade deal

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:46

Boeing Co said on Tuesday that an aircraft order from China could result from any deal to end a yearlong trade war between the world's two largest economies. Speaking to Reuters at the planemaker's widebody aircraft factory in Everett, Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg cautioned that it was "tough to predict" the timing of a potential trade deal between the United States and China. Chicago-based Boeing calls itself the top U.S. exporter and has delivered more than one out of every four jetliners it made last year to customers in China, where it forecasts demand for 7,700 new airplanes over the next 20 years valued at $1.2 trillion.

Trade insiders say Trump’s botching chances of a China deal

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:42

"He’s undermining the credibility of his negotiators."

Enslaved Africans landed in Virginia in 1619. USA TODAY is committed to telling the story, past and present

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:22

The goal of this project is to commemorate the landing of the enslaved Africans 400 years ago. We also want to hear your family stories.

The U.S. Navy’s Mine-Hunting Drone Is Ready To Go

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 18:00

The Knifefish UUV is designed to search for, identify, and chart underwater minefields.

US approves $3.3bn sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 17:46

Washington approved the $3.3 billion sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan Tuesday, following close behind a series of new ballistic missile tests by North Korea that could threaten the US ally. Japan will buy up to 73 of the Raytheon-made SM-3 Block IIA missiles, which are designed to be fired by the ship-board Aegis system to intercept incoming ballistic missiles, the Pentagon said. The sale came as North Korea is expanding its offensive missile capabilities, having proven over the past two years the ability to launch medium- and long-range ballistic missiles, potentially nuclear-tipped, that could hit both Japan and the United States.

Biden campaign does damage control after electability takes hit in recent poll

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 17:24

Two new polls do show Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden back on top, but is the damage already done? Reaction and analysis on 'The Five.'

Warning about rare mosquito-borne virus Triple E after uptick in cases

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 17:20

Several states, including New Jersey, are now reporting an uptick in cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also called Triple E. And now, one woman has died.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly offering opioid settlement up to $12B

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 16:50

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is reportedly offering a settlement worth up to $12 billion to resolve claims over its role in the opioid crisis.

A nurse was sentenced to 12 years in prison for paying $12,000 in bitcoin to have her former lover's wife killed through a website that ended up being a scam

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:51

Cops were tipped off to Tina Jones' plan thanks to journalists reporting on a story about the dark web for CBS News' "48 Hours."

Syria's Idlib clashes kill at least 60 fighters: monitor

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:45

Clashes between anti-government fighters and regime forces killed more than 50 combattants on both sides in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, a war monitor said. At a meeting in Moscow, the presidents of Turkey and Russia expressed "serious concern" over the violence in Idlib province. "Violent clashes east of the town of Khan Sheikhun broke out at dawn after jihadist and opposition groups attacked regime positions," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

U.S. yield inversion deepens, stokes recession fears

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:24

The U.S. yield curve inversion deepened on Tuesday to levels not seen since 2007, rekindling fears of a looming recession that spurred a sell-off on Wall Street and stoked even more safe-haven demand for government bonds. The intense interest in Treasuries supported demand for $40 billion worth of two-year government debt for sale, part of this week's $113 billion fixed-rate Treasury supply. The yield curve often inverts prior to a U.S. recession.

Trump suggested using bombs to fight hurricanes. These 4 graphics show why that would never work.

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 15:19

President Trump has suggested hitting hurricanes with nuclear weapons. But no nuclear bomb is powerful enough to continuously disrupt a hurricane.

Trump said his Florida resort where he wants to host the next G7 has 'no bed bugs.' The resort settled a lawsuit over bed bugs there in 2017

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 14:38

Trump said his Florida resort doesn't have bed bugs. In 2017, the Doral resort reached a settlement with a guest who was allegedly bitten by the bugs.

Bolsonaro says Macron must take back 'insults' for Brazil to accept G7 Amazon aid

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 14:30

Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president, has said he may accept the $22 million (£18 million) of aid offered by G7 countries to help combat forest fires in the Amazon, providing that French president Emmanuel Macron apologises for calling him a "liar". Mr Bolsonaro initially rejected the $22 million, showing concern that the offer of aid was a veiled attempt to undermine Brazil's sovereignty in the region. This sentiment is shared by farmers associations and regional governments, who fear that France is trying to sabotage Brazilian agribusiness. Mr Bolsonaro's chief of staff Onyx Lorenzoni was also dismissive of the aid, saying it would be better used to "reforest Europe". "Mr Macron can't even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church … what is he trying to teach our country?", Mr Lorenzoni said, referring to the blaze at the Notre Dame cathedral in April. G7 nations announced that $22 million would be made available to help combat the wave of forest fires which have been devastating the Amazon region since the beginning of August. Official statistics show that the number of fires in the Amazon has increased by over 83 per cent since 2018, reaching the highest level since 2012, when records were first collected. Last Friday, Mr Macron declared that Mr Bolsonaro had “lied to him” at the G20 conference in Osaka in June, when the Brazilian president promised to respect climate commitments.   "First of all, Macron has to withdraw his insults. He called me a liar. Before we talk or accept anything from France ... he must withdraw these words then we can talk," Mr Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia. "First he withdraws, then offers (aid), then I will answer." The hostility shown by the Brazilian government toward Mr Macron is partly fuelled by a long-held nationalist fear that foreign interests intend to "steal" the Amazon from Brazil. The Amazon is ablaze in Brazil Much of this backlash was sparked by Mr Macron's first statement on the forest fires, in which he referred to the Amazon rainforest as "our house". On Monday, the French president spoke of the need to create an international statute to govern over the Amazon rainforest, which the Bolsonaro administration saw as a threat to Brazil's sovereignty. "There is a clear effort to extrapolate real environmental problems into a fabricated 'crisis', as a pretext to introduce external control mechanisms in the Amazon,” said Ernesto Araujo, Brazil's foreign minister. Mauro Mendes, governor of Brazil's leading grain-producing state Mato Grosso, said that Mr Macron's comments about the Amazon were intended to "create a negative climate for Brazil and support French producers".  Race to save the rainforest | Mass deforestation in the Amazon Jair Bolsonaro was elected in 2018 thanks in part to the support of Brazil's huge agribusiness industry. Despite growing pressure from abroad, farmers’ associations have stuck by the far-right president. Wellington Andrade, the executive director of the Soy and Corn Farmers' Association in Mato Grosso (Aprosoja), agrees with Mr Bolsonaro's stance toward the forest fires, but warned that Brazilian producers run the risk of "facing trade barriers which are dressed up as environmental barriers". There have been about 75,000 fires in the Amazon this year alone, being largely blamed on loggers and farmers taking advantage of decreased environmental regulations in the region. While the number of fires has increased 83 per cent this year, the number of fines handed out by the national environmental protection agency has fallen 29.4 per cent. Preliminary data from satellites put in place to measure deforestation suggest Brazil has lost over 1,100 sq km of Amazon forest since the beginning of August. If confirmed, this would be the highest deforestation level for August ever recorded.  Last week, Mr Bolsonaro sent military troops to the Amazonian states of Rondonia and Roraima, with firefighter planes being deployed to try and extinguish the flames.

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Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:59


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