Intel chair Nunes admits mishandling Trump wiretap claim
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:36:44 -0400
House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., apologized to members of the panel today for his public claims about intelligence community surveillance of President Trump’s transition team amid charges from Democrats that his unilateral announcement on the White House lawn had “betrayed” the panel’s bipartisan investigation of Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 election. “At this point, the committee’s independence is on life support,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., told Yahoo News after a closed-door meeting of the committee Thursday. “Not since Sept. 11 has this committee been charged with such an important responsibility,” Swalwell added, referring to the panel’s Russia probe.
Man pleads guilty in Washington pizzeria shooting over fake news
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:03:08 -0400
A North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Friday to opening fire in a Washington pizzeria that fake news reports claimed housed a child sex ring linked to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Edgar Welch, 28, of Salisbury, was accused of firing at least three shots from an AR-15 rifle inside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in December and pointing the gun at an employee after showing up to investigate the online conspiracy rumors. Welch pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit an offense and a local charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.
The Latest: Lawsuit challenges Arkansas execution secrecy
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:53:31 -0400
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to conduct four double-executions next month (all times local):
Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:59:40 -0400
Six Russian soldiers were killed in Chechnya Friday when gunmen tried to storm their base in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The base belongs to Russia's National Guard, a branch established last year to defend borders and counter extremism. It is subordinate directly to President Vladimir Putin and has bases in the country's volatile North Caucasus regions, including Chechnya.
Indian Mother, Son Found Dead At New Jersey Home
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:29:46 -0400
The family hailed from the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and had reportedly been living in the U.S. for nine years.
Police investigate Indian lawmaker over airline sandal fracas
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:17:39 -0400
Indian police said on Friday they were launching an investigation into a Hindu-nationalist lawmaker a day after he acknowledged hitting an Air India official 25 times with his sandals in a row over a business class seat. The state carrier and other airlines said they would bar Ravindra Gaikwad from flying after the fracas which has triggered a debate on the behavior of members of the political elite, and calls for a no-fly list for unruly passengers. Gaikwad, from the Shiv Sena party, allies of India's ruling BJP, did not apologize for Thursday's confrontation and told reporters he had been badly treated.
Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs trouble
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:23:34 -0400
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.
Infant's Rare 'Parasitic Twin' Successfully Removed with Surgery
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:38:00 -0400
A 10-month-old girl who was born with a rare "parasitic twin" attached to her body has undergone a successful surgery to separate her from this underdeveloped twin. The infant, named Dominique, was born with the lower half of her twin's body — including legs and feet — protruding from her upper back and neck, according to information released from Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, the facility where the surgery was performed. To receive the medical care she needed, she traveled from her home in Ivory Coast, a country in West Africa, to the United States.
Why Banning Laura Kipnis Would Betray Wellesley's Academic Mission
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:51:50 -0400
This week at Wellesley College, six professors who serve on the Commission on Race, Ethnicity, and Equity, a committee at the highly selective liberal arts school, sent an email to fellow faculty members urging a radical shift in campus culture. Under the status quo, the Northwestern professor Laura Kipnis, a feminist cultural critic, was invited to speak on campus, despite her controversial view that academia’s approach to regulating sexual conduct is doing harm to female students.
The Mud Day in Israel
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:16:52 -0400
The Mud Day, an international sports event is produced by a leading French sports organization, A.S.O., that is well known for its top productions: Le Tour de France and the Dakar Rally. More than 150,000 people have participated in Mud Days in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain. Now it’s Israel’s turn to host the 13-kilometer race, with 22 mud-filled obstacles to overcome. (The Mud Day Israel)