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Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William Barr

Parnas said he is speaking out because he is afraid of William BarrRudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump’s attempts convince Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr.



An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truck

An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truckShifa al-Nima was captured in the Mansour neighborhood of Mosul by the Nineveh police command, according to Iraqi police.



Countries demand Iran compensate relatives of plane-crash victims

Countries demand Iran compensate relatives of plane-crash victimsFive countries whose citizens died when Iran shot down an airliner last week said on Thursday that Tehran should pay compensation to families of the victims, and warned that the world is watching for its response. Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and Britain said Iran should hold a "thorough, independent and transparent international investigation open to grieving nations," in a statement issued after a meeting of officials in London. Iran admitted on Saturday it had shot down the Ukraine International Airlines plane in error, after initially denying it had a role in the incident.



Alabama man charged with abusing missing woman's corpse

Alabama man charged with abusing missing woman's corpseThe Jefferson County Sheriff's Office charged Fredrick Hampton, 50, on Thursday with abuse of Paighton Houston's corpse. Hampton hasn't been charged with involvement in the 29-year-old's death, news outlets reported. Hampton was initially held in the Birmingham City Jail beginning Dec. 28 on suspicion of kidnapping, but he was released two days later after investigators failed to gather enough evidence to charge him with a crime, news outlets reported.



Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugs

Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugsA "Marriage Story" actress and her husband are suing Princess Cruises, alleging their room was infested with bedbugs.



Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to FISA Court Questioning Kris Appointment

Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to FISA Court Questioning Kris AppointmentHouse Oversight Committee Republicans Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows issued nine demands to FISA Court presiding judge James Boasberg in a Thursday letter in response to the appointment of Obama Department of Justice lawyer David Kris to help oversee the FBI’s reform of FISA applications.The letter, obtained by National Review, asked Boasberg to identify who else besides Kris was considered, whether Kris’s past defense of the FISA application to surveil Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page was taken into account, and whether “the FISC bears any responsibility for the illegal surveillance of Carter Page,” among other concerns.“If the FISC’s goal is to hold the FBI accountable for its serious misconduct, Mr. Kris does not appear to be an objective — or likely effective — amicus curiae for several reasons,” the letter states. “At minimum, the selection of Mr. Kris creates a perception that he is too personally invested on the side of the FBI to ensure it effectuates meaningful reform.”A Republican official with knowledge of the letter told National Review that the letter signaled a concerted Congressional effort to reform FISA.“For too long, the FBI has remained largely un-checked when it comes to the FISA process. Congress must ensure that FISC stands ready to protect civil liberties without even the slightest indicia of political bias,” he said.The letter appears to be a follow-up to Monday comments from Meadows, who said in an interview that Republicans were “appealing this to the Judge” regarding Kris's appointment. The North Carolina Congressman also slammed the move to appoint Kris, saying that “there’s no way” Kris is the right man to address abuses “if he doesn’t even acknowledge that there is a problem.”Kris, a former assistant attorney general in the Obama DOJ’s national security division, has extensive experience with the FISA Court, serving as an amicus curiae, or special adviser, since March 2016.A frequent contributor to Lawfare blog, Kris was an outspoken defender of the FBI’s authority in surveilling Page, who was accused of being a Russian agent.Following the release of heavily-redacted FISA applications used to surveil Page in July 2018, Kris doubled down. “It seems to me very likely that if we get below the tip of the iceberg into the submerged parts and more is revealed, it will get worse, not better,” for Page, he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at the time. The letter references Kris's comment to Maddow as evidence that he is biased in favor of the bureau and against Page.DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed in December that the FBI knowingly withheld information that Page was a CIA informant in order to obtain a FISA warrant against him, and even doctored an email to keep the information from the court. The report also revealed that the bureau did not inform the FISC of the partisan origins of the uncorroborated Steele dossier despite its playing a "central and essential" role in their application to surveil Page.In their letter, Jordan and Meadows also request that Boasberg give greater insight into the details surrounding the court’s assessment of the Page applications, including when it “first received any indication that information contained in the FBI’s surveillance applications for Carter Page was misleading or false.”



Pelosi angers GOP by using 30 different personalized pens to sign Trump's 'sham' impeachment articles

Pelosi angers GOP by using 30 different personalized pens to sign Trump's 'sham' impeachment articlesNancy Pelosi used dozens of customized, signed pens to sign different parts of her signature on Trump's impeachment articles before handing them out as collectibles at the signing ceremony on Wednesday — a move that angered many Republicans.



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The Wiggles singer Page suffers cardiac arrest at Sydney bushfire relief concert

The Wiggles singer Page suffers cardiac arrest at Sydney bushfire relief concertA founding member of Australian popular children's music group The Wiggles suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed while performing at a bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Friday, the band said. The 48-year-old Greg Page, known to Australians as the original Yellow Wiggle and an intermittent member of the group since its beginning in 1991, fell in front of fans while walking off stage at the end of the concert. "As has been reported, our friend Greg Page suffered a cardiac arrest at the end of the bushfire relief performance and was taken to hospital," The Wiggles said on the band's Twitter account.



Despite U.S. law, many clinical trial results go unreported

Despite U.S. law, many clinical trial results go unreported"Doctors and patients cannot make informed choices about which treatments work best when the results of clinical trials are withheld," said study leader Dr. Ben Goldacre from Oxford University, in a telephone interview. Goldacre and colleagues looked to see if trial sponsors were complying with the 2007 U.S. Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act in the period after final guidance was issued in 2017. Under that law, sponsors of U.S. clinical trials are required to report data from applicable studies within a year of completion.



Hoverboarding dentist convicted of Medicaid fraud in Alaska

Hoverboarding dentist convicted of Medicaid fraud in AlaskaAn Alaska dentist, who gained notoriety after he was seen in a video riding a hoverboard and pulling teeth, was convicted Friday of defrauding the Alaska Medicaid program. Seth Lockhart was convicted of 46 counts, including felony medical assistance fraud and scheming to defraud, and misdemeanor counts of illegally practicing dentistry and reckless endangerment, prosecutors said. Friends had asked Lockhart how he got away with some of his practices.



Billionaire Bloomberg is granted financial disclosure delay

Billionaire Bloomberg is granted financial disclosure delayBillionaire Michael Bloomberg won't have to publicly disclose his finances until late March, well after voters in more than a dozen states take to the polls on Super Tuesday. Presidential candidates are required to reveal their investments, businesses and streams of income. Bloomberg is the only Democrat seeking the White House who has yet to file paperwork to publicly disclose his.



Political fundraiser gets 3-year prison sentence for fraud

Political fundraiser gets 3-year prison sentence for fraudKelley Rogers, former president of the consulting firm Strategic Campaign Group, pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud in one of the first cases of its kind.



A fifth woman is accusing an ex-Hialeah cop of sexual assault, sources say

A fifth woman is accusing an ex-Hialeah cop of sexual assault, sources sayA new alleged victim is accusing recently fired Hialeah Police Department Sgt. Jesús Menocal Jr. of sexual assault, becoming at least the fifth woman to make such a complaint, the Miami Herald has learned.



Thief steals $145K in cash from marijuana money courier

Thief steals $145K in cash from marijuana money courierA man stole $145,000 in cash from a marijuana money courier's unmarked van at a Southern California gas station after he collected the proceeds from several dispensaries, authorities said Friday. Because the U.S. government still outlaws marijuana, even in legal states like California it is mostly an all-cash business because of federal banking laws. Santa Ana police released surveillance footage from the gas station and asked for the public's help to identify the suspect.



'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds

'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birdsAn exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Velociraptor - is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds. The two-legged Cretaceous Period dinosaur, called Wulong bohaiensis, was a bantamweight meat-eater - a bit bigger than a crow - residing in a lakeside environment, researchers said. It possessed a scaly face, a mouth full of pointy teeth and one particularly dangerous toe claw, and probably hunted small mammals, lizards, birds and fish.



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Contentious Senate session on the first day of impeachment trial could send chamber behind closed doors
Senate leaders are preparing for a contentious session Tuesday that could stretch several hours as well as send the chamber into a closed session as Democrats try to force the GOP into accepting witness testimony and documents to
She called reporter 'liberal hack' after question, then Fox asked
Fox News host Laura Ingraham asks Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) about wanting witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.
Possible surveillance of ex-US ambassador to be investigated
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday publicly committed to look into the possible surveillance of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch -- more than 48 hours after the evidence of potential monitoring emerged and m
Parnas' lawyer posted this after Trump's denial
After President Trump said that he didn't know Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, Parnas' attorney Joseph Bondy released a video that shows the two together in a group of people at Mar-a-Lago.
Analysis: Sen. McSally's staggering cynicism
Virtue signaling is all the rage in politics these days.
Lewinsky offers colorful remark after Trump move
The announcement that former independent counsel Ken Starr is joining President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team surprised many on Friday, but one person, apparently, had an especially notable reaction to the news.
Trump called lawyer a lunatic in 1999. Now, he just hired him.
Before he was President, Donald Trump offered his opinion on Kenneth Starr, the prosecutor whose work led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment.
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Amtrak Asks Two People In Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride
It costs 16 dollars to take the Amtrak from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill. But two people in wheelchairs were told they'd have to pay $25,000. Amtrak defended the cost, saying it reflects a new policy.
3 Alleged Members Of Hate Group 'The Base' Arrested In Georgia
This is the second trio of suspected members of The Base to be arrested this week. The group is trying to bring about the downfall of the U.S. government, according to law enforcement.
Supreme Court Takes Up Birth-Control Conscience Case
The high court will consider a case involving a challenge to a Trump administration rule that allows employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage for religious or moral reasons.
Indiana's Oldest State Worker Is Retiring At 102: 'I've Been A Pretty Lucky Guy'
Bob Vollmer, a land surveyor for nearly six decades, tells NPR he's got new projects in mind — like building a pool. And he's got some advice: "If anybody does anything for you ... say thank you."
U.S. Says 11 Service Members Were Injured When Iran Attacked Iraqi Base
Eight Americans were taken to Germany and three to Kuwait to receive medical care after Iran's missile strike last week, a Defense Department spokesperson says.
Two Wheelchair Users Faced A $25,000 Fee To Travel On Amtrak
It costs $16 to take the Amtrak from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill. But people who use wheelchairs were recently asked to pay $25,000. Amtrak defended the cost, saying it reflects a new policy.
The Secret Star Of The Tennessee Titans: Their Punter
The NFL playoffs resume this weekend, when the Tennessee Titans aim to continue their surprising romp against some of football's best teams. One reason for their success? Brett Kern — their punter.
At $11 Billion And Counting, Trump's Border Wall Would Be The World's Most Expensive
President Trump's border wall comes at a staggering cost: $11 billion, or nearly $20 million per mile. It's already the most expensive border wall in the world, and the costs keep piling up.
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Facebook must disclose app records for Massachusetts probe, judge rules
Facebook Inc has been ordered by a Massachusetts judge to turn over material to the state's attorney general about thousands of apps that the social media company suspected may have misused customer data.
Former U.S. congressman Collins sentenced to 26 months for insider trading
Chris Collins, a former U.S. congressman from New York who was an early backer of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to 26 months in prison and fined $200,000 on Friday after pleading guilty to taking part in an insider trading
Michigan governor urges broader Facebook crackdown on hate speech, citing attacks on state's lawmakers
Michigan's Democratic governor has urged Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to step up efforts to check hate speech on the social network and protect the security of elections, citing attacks on legislators from the state.
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Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr to defend Trump in impeachment
Former special prosecutors from Bill Clinton's impeachment trial are on the president's team.
Harvey Weinstein case: Jury picked for New York rape trial
After two weeks, lawyers finally choose the 12 jurors for the trial from about 700 candidates.
'We can get along because that's America'
How a "big hairy Trump guy" and a "queer individual" bonded at a rally for the Democrats in New Hampshire.
Canada offers funds to families of Canadian victims of Flight 752
Canada will offer C$25,000 to families of its citizens and permanent residents who died in the disaster.
Squash seeks recognition in famed NYC rail station
The location is meant to show new audiences this non-Olympic sport.
FBI arrests three more members of right wing extremist group 'The Base'
Six suspected white supremacists have been arrested in what appeared to be a co-ordinated operation.
'Giddy-up', said TSA agent pulling Native woman's braids
The agency apologises after the flyer tweeted she was "humiliated" by the incident in Minnesota.
Minnesota voters cast first ballots of 2020 election
While the nation has its eyes turned to Iowa, voters in Minnesota have already cast the first ballots.
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Former GOP Congressman Handed 26 Month Prison Sentence Over Insider Trading
Ex-Rep. Chris Collins admitted he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses
Christopher Tolkien, Son of Lord of the Rings Creator, Dies at 95
Tolkien helped edit and publish much of his father's work posthumously
Shedding New Light On the Silent Crisis
From our partner Kaiser Permanente. There is a silent epidemic. Globally, in increasing numbers, young people are facing mental-health issues. Depression is a leading cause of illness among young people. Anxiety is on the rise. Su
Over 100 Piglets Die During Livestock Semi-Trailer Crash in Iowa
Crews had to euthanize another 17 that were injured, an animal rescue officials said
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