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The oldest cruise ship on the seas is retiring. Here
The oldest cruise ship on the seas is retiring. Here's a look at its bizarre history

From its fatal collision with the Andrea Doria to entertaining East German Communist Party leaders, the MV Astoria cruise ship has a wild backstory.

Trump defense counsel Ken Starr says impeachment is
Trump defense counsel Ken Starr says impeachment is 'hell'
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  • 2020-01-27 21:02:38Z

Impeachment, he said, "is hell." A measure of "last resort." A bad habit to be kicked. With that, Ken Starr, the man whose years-long probe led to the impeachment of the 42nd president, stood before senators on Monday and delivered a nearly hour-long argument against the ouster of the 45th. Starr spoke to the senators in a modulated tone, flicking at the Pentagon Papers, Richard Nixon's crimes, the Iran-Contra scandal and, yes, the Clinton impeachment in a presentation that had echoes of a preacher extolling the virtues of moderation and expressing anguish that impeachment has become weaponized.

Recording Shows That the Swamp Has Not Been Drained
Recording Shows That the Swamp Has Not Been Drained
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  • 2020-01-27 19:47:28Z

WASHINGTON -- It became such a central slogan of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign that at rallies his supporters would chant the three words representing his pledge to take on big donors and special interests: "Drain the swamp."But as President Donald Trump ramps up his 2020 reelection bid, it is clear that he has tolerated if not fostered a swamp of his own in Washington, granting up-close access to deep-pocketed supporters and interest groups willing to write six- and seven-figure checks to his political operation. Some have used the opportunity to plead their cases directly to him.The latest evidence came over the weekend, with the release of a secret recording of an April 2018...

Bolton
Bolton's Account Upends Trump's Denials, but Will It Upend Trump?
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  • 2020-01-27 19:33:15Z

WASHINGTON -- In another time, in another Washington, this might be the moment that changed the trajectory of the presidency. A former national security adviser confirms that the president, despite his denials, conditioned security aid to a war-torn ally on its cooperation against his domestic rivals, the issue at the heart of his ongoing impeachment trial.At first glance, at least, John Bolton's account of President Donald Trump's private remarks sounds like an echo of the so-called smoking gun tape that proved that President Richard M. Nixon really had orchestrated the Watergate cover-up and ultimately forced him from office. But this is Trump's era and Trump's Washington, and the old...

Site That Called Impeachment a
Site That Called Impeachment a 'Jew Coup' Got Passes for Trump Trip

To coordinate coverage of President Donald Trump's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the White House provided press credentials to the usual mix of American news organizations, including Fox News, Reuters and The New York Times.One media outlet stood out: TruNews, a website

Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Tears Into Conservative Pundit:
Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Tears Into Conservative Pundit: 'Get Your Facts Straight!'

Sparks flew Monday on the Fox News set between Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and conservative contributor Katie Pavlich, with Wallace demanding his colleague get her "facts straight" after Pavlich insisted that certain witnesses had not been called in the impeachment trial.Moments before President Donald Trump's defense team began its arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, Pavlich noted during Fox's pregame coverage that while Republican senators are now weighing whether to call former National Security Adviser John Bolton following his bombshell claims, the House should have presented a more thorough case."The Senate is not the House, the House did not come with a complete case, and...

Supreme Court allows Trump policy against immigrants receiving public aid to go into effect
Supreme Court allows Trump policy against immigrants receiving public aid to go into effect

Under the rule, non-citizens receiving or likely to need non-cash benefits such as housing and food aid can be denied residency or green cards.

Ex-boyfriend who died by suicide named suspect in Stephanie Parze murder: Prosecutor
Ex-boyfriend who died by suicide named suspect in Stephanie Parze murder: Prosecutor
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  • 2020-01-27 18:55:13Z

The ex-boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman who vanished last October, Stephanie Parze, was named Monday as a suspect in her murder. Parze, of Freehold Township, New Jersey, was last seen on Oct. 30, sparking a months-long search organized by her grief-stricken parents. Parze's ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, who was initially named a person of interest in her disappearance, was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges in November.

Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule
Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers. Under the new policy, immigration officials can deny green cards to legal immigrants over their

U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump
U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump's 'public charge' immigration curb

The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for one of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, allowing his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future. The justices, on a 5-4 vote, granted the administration's request to lift a lower court's injunction that had blocked the so-called public charge policy, which has been criticized by immigrant rights advocates as a "wealth test" that would disproportionately keep out non-white immigrants. The court's five conservative justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, carried the day.

'Draconian' travel curbs needed to halt spread of virus: scientists

Governments need to implement "draconian" travel curbs to stop a mystery coronavirus in China becoming a global epidemic, a team of experts mapping the outbreak said Monday. Scientists at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) presented a briefing warning that the spread of the deadly SARS-like virus that first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan was accelerating. "We have to be prepared that this particular epidemic may be about to become a global epidemic," said Gabriel Leung, head of the team.

House to Vote on Repealing Trump Travel Ban
House to Vote on Repealing Trump Travel Ban

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the House will take up a bill to repeal President Trump's travel ban, which bars citizens of certain countries with high rates of extremist violence from entering the U.S. on national security grounds.Pelosi said the Judiciary Committee will take up in the next several weeks the "National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants or NO BAN Act," written by Representative Judy Chu."House Democrats continue to stand opposed to President Trump's cruel, un-American travel ban in all of its iterations," Pelosi said in a statement, adding that the bill will "prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system and...

Emmanuel Sanders on Ben Roethlisberger: "That bridge was burnt"
Emmanuel Sanders on Ben Roethlisberger: "That bridge was burnt"

49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders is scheduled to become a free agent in March. One thing seems certain about his uncertain future: There is zero chance he returns to Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger still the Steelers quarterback. Sanders spent his first four seasons with the Steelers after they made him a third-round choice in 2010, and he made 161 catches for 2,030 yards and 11 touchdowns.

'Hanging by a Thread': Democrats and the Abortion Case That Could Signal the Beginning of the End

The air was warmer than usual and spirits were high at Friday's March for Life in Washington, D.C., as pro-life demonstrators gathered across the National Mall to protest abortion and express support for mothers and their unborn children.The marchers, many of them teenagers and women with small children who had trekked long distances to be there, had good reason for their smiling enthusiasm. This year's 47th annual march followed a year of wins for the pro-life movement, including several court cases that suggest there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for those who hope to punt abortion access back to the states and possibly even overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme...

Saudi minister says Israeli passport holders cannot visit: CNN
Saudi minister says Israeli passport holders cannot visit: CNN

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Israelis were not welcome to visit the kingdom after Israel decreed that Israeli citizens could visit Saudi Arabia under certain circumstances, CNN reported on Monday. A statement from Israel's interior minister on Sunday said Israelis - if invited and permitted by Saudi authorities - would be allowed to travel there for religious reasons on pilgrimage or for up to nine days for business reasons such as investment or meetings.

A new report indicates that the deadly Chinese coronavirus may not actually have originated at a wet market in Wuhan
A new report indicates that the deadly Chinese coronavirus may not actually have originated at a wet market in Wuhan

Scientists found that 13 out of 41 cases were linked to the market and that the first reported case of the virus was also not linked to the market.

Romney:
Romney: 'Increasingly Likely' There Will Be Republican Votes to Call Bolton as Impeachment Witness

Senator Mitt Romney (R., Utah) said on Monday that it looks "increasingly likely" there will be enough Republican votes to call former White House national security adviser John Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial."I think it's increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton," Romney told reporters. "I have spoken with others who have opined upon this."Romney did not indicate which Senators he believed would vote in favor of Bolton's testimony. Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine) said in early January that she was working with "a fairly small group" of GOP Senators to allow...

Kobe Bryant helicopter crash investigators to review records, fog conditions, experts say
Kobe Bryant helicopter crash investigators to review records, fog conditions, experts say

The investigation of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant began to unfold on Monday, with experts questioning the chopper's flight records.

IS vows to attack Israel and blasts US Mideast plan
IS vows to attack Israel and blasts US Mideast plan
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  • 2020-01-27 15:15:28Z

The Islamic State group vowed in an audio message released Monday that the extremists will start a new phase of attacks that will focus on Israel and blasted the U.S. administration's plan to resolve the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite carrying out deadly attacks throughout the world over the past years, IS has rarely targeted Israel. The audio appears to try to win the extremist group popularity in the region at a time when President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" is expected to be announced in the U.S. soon.

Obama warned Trump was
Obama warned Trump was 'fascist' in 2016, according to Hillary film
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  • 2020-01-27 15:05:36Z

* Tim Kaine quotes Obama in forthcoming Hulu documentary * Trump's standing against Democrats improves, poll showsBarack Obama called Donald Trump a "fascist" during the 2016 election, according to Virginia senator Tim Kaine.The incendiary comment is included in Hillary, a forthcoming Hulu documentary which has already stoked controversy.Remarks Hillary Clinton made about Bernie Sanders, her challenger for the Democratic nomination four years ago, went viral last week.This weekend, NBC News, the Atlantic and other outlets reported that the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, shows Kaine, Clinton's pick for vice-president, in conversation with his running mate...

'Increasingly likely' Republican senators to back call for Bolton to testify -Romney
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  • 2020-01-27 15:05:25Z

U.S. Republican Senator Mitt Romney said on Monday that it was "increasingly likely" at least four Republican senators would join Democrats in calling for John Bolton, the former White House national security adviser, to testify in the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump

Alabama fire chief confirms deaths as fire destroys 35 boats
Alabama fire chief confirms deaths as fire destroys 35 boats
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  • 2020-01-27 14:25:40Z

Boaters leaped into the water to escape a fire that consumed at least 35 vessels docked along the Tennessee River early Monday. The blaze was reported shortly after midnight as people living in the boats were sleeping, and consumed the wooden dock and an aluminum roof that covered many of the vessels, cutting off escape routes and raining debris into the water. "There were numerous people rescued from the water who had escaped by going into the water," Jackson County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Rocky Harnen told The Associated Press shortly after dawn.

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Here's how much flight attendants in 10 airlines say they make

Flight attendants from Delta, JetBlue, United, Spirit, Southwest and more reveal their salaries on Glassdoor and Payscale.

Iranian general warns of retaliation if US threats continue
Iranian general warns of retaliation if US threats continue
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  • 2020-01-27 13:47:49Z

The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Monday that it will retaliate against American and Israeli commanders if the U.S. continues to threaten top Iranian generals. The U.S. killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who headed the expeditionary Quds force, in a drone strike outside of Baghdad's airport in Iraq on Jan. 3. Five days later, Iran retaliated by launching ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing American troops, causing injuries but no fatalities among soldiers there.

Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party
Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party's Commitment to Abortion: 'We Have No Part in the Party'

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was confronted by a pro-life Democratic voter over the party's position on abortion during a Fox News town hall event on Sunday."I am a proud pro-life Democrat," audience member Kristin Day said. "Would you support more moderate platform language [regarding abortion] in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?" Currently, the Democratic party platform supports abortion up to nine months into pregnancy."I support the position of my party, that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone, and I support the Roe vs. Wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy there are very few...

Food-Stamp Work Requirements Just Look Cruel
Food-Stamp Work Requirements Just Look Cruel

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- In some circles, the notion that there's no free lunch isn't just a metaphor for our economic reality -- it's taken as a directive. That's the idea behind the view that to qualify for government benefits, an able-bodied adult should either hold a job or be in school. West Virginia

Greta Thunberg slammed the Associated Press for cropping a black activist out of a photo of her at Davos
Greta Thunberg slammed the Associated Press for cropping a black activist out of a photo of her at Davos

"You didn't just erase a photo. You erased a continent," Ugandan climate change activist Vanessa Nakate said in a tweet responding to the slight.

Defending Long Career, Biden Has Sometimes Stretched the Truth
Defending Long Career, Biden Has Sometimes Stretched the Truth
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  • 2020-01-27 13:15:29Z

Former Vice President Joe Biden remains atop most national polls before the first votes are cast next month in the Democratic presidential primary. Before the Iowa caucuses, The New York Times reviewed recent statements he made defending his decadeslong career, stressing his standing in the black community and highlighting his perceived strength on foreign policy. Here's a fact check.WHAT THE FACTS ARE:Biden tried to defend his record on Social Security and birth control with questionable claims.WHAT WAS SAID:Antonia Hylton, a reporter for Vice News: "Do you think, though, that it's fair for voters to question your commitment to Social Security when in the past you've proposed a...

Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says
Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told his national security adviser in August 2019 that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the

The Taliban says it shot down a US military plane over eastern Afghanistan, killing all onboard
The Taliban says it shot down a US military plane over eastern Afghanistan, killing all onboard

Videos shared to social media purport to show the wreckage of a US Air Force E-1 in Afghanistan. The US Military says it is investigating.

China Deaths Jump as Measures Fail to Slow Spread of Virus
China Deaths Jump as Measures Fail to Slow Spread of Virus

(Bloomberg) -- China's death toll from the coronavirus climbed to at least 80 as the country extended the Lunar New Year holiday in an effort to contain an infection whose spread accelerated around the globe.Premier Li Keqiang visited Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the disease, on Monday as the

Bolton Bombshell Adds to Pressure on GOP to Call Witnesses
Bolton Bombshell Adds to Pressure on GOP to Call Witnesses
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  • 2020-01-27 12:33:43Z

(Bloomberg) -- An explosive leak from former National Security Advisor John Bolton's unpublished book that says President Donald Trump wanted to freeze aid to Ukraine until its government investigated his political rival threatens to scramble the politics of the impeachment trial and bring new pressure on Republicans to call witnesses.Bolton's account in the draft of his book, as described by the New York Times, fortifies the two central arguments made by Democrats in the trial: that Trump used the power of his office for political gain and that the senators urgently need to hear from witnesses the president blocked from testifying during the House inquiry.The disclosure comes as the...

Michelle Obama Is Now on Her Way to EGOT-ing After Winning Her First Grammy, for Becoming
Michelle Obama Is Now on Her Way to EGOT-ing After Winning Her First Grammy, for Becoming

Grammys 2020: Michelle Obama Wins for Becoming

Trump trial enters pivotal week as calls for witnesses grow
Trump trial enters pivotal week as calls for witnesses grow
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  • 2020-01-27 11:28:04Z

U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial enters a pivotal week on Monday as his lawyers resume their defense following a fresh report that could intensify pressure on Senate Republicans to call former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. The New York Times cited an unpublished Bolton manuscript as saying that Trump told him he wanted to freeze security aid to Ukraine until its officials helped with investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden. The elder Biden is a leading Democratic contender to face the Republican president in the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

Nighttime rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad injured 1
Nighttime rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad injured 1
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  • 2020-01-27 09:45:54Z

A nighttime rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad injured at least one embassy personnel member, staffers there said Monday. Violent clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters also continued to seethe overnight, with one protester shot dead in a violent crackdown in the country's south. The U.S. Embassy is within the Iraqi capital's Green Zone, and has been a flashpoint amid wider regional tensions between the U.S. and Iran, which have played out inside Iraq in recent weeks.

Navratilova, McEnroe blast
Navratilova, McEnroe blast 'homophobic' Court as controversial great honoured

Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe lined up to criticise Margaret Court's "homophobic" views on Monday as the Australian Open marked 50 years since the controversial tennis great's 1970 calendar-year Grand Slam. Navratilova said the devout Christian's deeply conservative views

Kobe Bryant: NBA legend dies in helicopter crash aged 41
Kobe Bryant: NBA legend dies in helicopter crash aged 41

The NBA, and much of America, was in shock on Sunday after Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players in history, died in a helicopter crash. Bryant was on board the helicopter with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, when it crashed at 10am local time near Calabasas, 30 miles north-west of downtown Los Angeles, in foggy weather. Bryant, who lived in the area for most of his life often used helicopters to beat Los Angeles' heavy traffic, and on Sunday he was taking Gianna to play in a basketball game at his academy outside the city.

Senators must honor their oaths at Trump impeachment trial, just like I did for Clinton
Senators must honor their oaths at Trump impeachment trial, just like I did for Clinton

I worry that today's Senate is falling short. This trial should be a model for countries everywhere, not a partisan food fight or a kangaroo court.

Trump and Rudy Giuliani slam Bolton, question his manhood after book excerpt report
Trump and Rudy Giuliani slam Bolton, question his manhood after book excerpt report

President Trump responded early Monday to revelations Sunday evening that former National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote in an unpublished book he witnessed first-hand Trump linking frozen Ukraine military aid to Kyiv helping investigate Trump's Democratic rivals, including Joe Biden. "I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens," Trump tweeted, adding that if "Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book."Trump may have a point there. Right after The New York Times reported on Bolton's recollection of Trump's Ukraine quid pro quo:> BREAKING: John Bolton's book, "The Room Where it...

Bryant
Bryant's death draws tributes from Asian fans, politicians

Kobe Bryant was a hugely popular figure in Asia, no more so than in China where basketball rivals soccer as the most popular sport. National broadcaster CCTC pulled all NBA games off the air following a tweet in October from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressing support for Hong Kong

Bolton
Bolton's lawyer blames the White House for leaking damaging book excerpts

A lawyer for former National Security Adviser John Bolton expressed dismay Sunday night that excerpts from Bolton's upcoming book that badly undermine President Trump's impeachment defense were leaked to The New York Times, appearing to blame someone at the White House for the disclosing the damaging information.Bolton's "manuscript was transmitted to the White House for prepublication review by the [National Security Council]," said Bolton adviser Sarah Tinsley. "The ambassador has not passed the draft manuscript to anyone else. Period." Bolton's lawyer, Charles Cooper, said in a statement "it is clear, regrettably, from The New York Times article published today...

Democrats demand Bolton testify as impeachment trial resumes
Democrats demand Bolton testify as impeachment trial resumes
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  • 2020-01-27 05:10:29Z

The stakes over witness testimony at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial are rising now that a draft of a book from former national security adviser John Bolton appears to undercut a key defense argument. Bolton writes in the forthcoming book that Trump told him that he wanted to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid from Ukraine until it helped him with politically charged investigations, including into Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump's legal team has repeatedly insisted that the president never tied the suspension of military assistance to the country to investigations that he wanted into Biden and his son.

Democrats demand Bolton testify after NYT report Trump directly told him Ukraine aid tied to investigations
Democrats demand Bolton testify after NYT report Trump directly told him Ukraine aid tied to investigations

President Donald Trump told John Bolton he wanted to freeze military aid to Ukraine until it investigated his Democratic rivals, a report said.

Shunned by the West and China, Zimbabwe Turns to U.A.E.
Shunned by the West and China, Zimbabwe Turns to U.A.E.

(Bloomberg) -- Sanctioned by the West and spurned by China, Zimbabwe has turned to the United Arab Emirates in its latest bid to find a savior that can arrest the collapse of its economy.Zimbabwe's government has approached the U.A.E. in hopes of selling a stake in its national oil company, according to three company and government officials familiar with the plan. It also wants companies in the U.A.E. to buy more of its gold, they said.President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said U.A.E. investors will build solar plants in Zimbabwe, and U.A.E. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan a year ago issued a decree to open an embassy in Zimbabwe. Dubai also contributed to relief efforts when...

China virus toll spikes despite massive lockdown
China virus toll spikes despite massive lockdown

The toll from China's viral epidemic spiked on Monday to 80 dead with hundreds of new infections despite unprecedented quarantines and travel lockdowns, as foreign governments scrambled to help their trapped citizens. The virulence of a contagion causing fear nationwide has prompted authorities to impose transport curbs around China to cut off transmission routes, and extend a national holiday to delay people travelling back to work. With many thousands of foreigners trapped in the ground-zero city of Wuhan, which is under a virtual lockdown, the United States and France were among several countries formulating plans to evacuate their citizens by plane.

Bolton account of Ukraine aid could reignite call for impeachment witnesses
Bolton account of Ukraine aid could reignite call for impeachment witnesses

A New York Times report says President Donald Trump told his national security adviser the release of the money was contingent on an investigation into opponents.

Kobe Bryant helicopter crash puts spotlight on Lockheed Martin
Kobe Bryant helicopter crash puts spotlight on Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky S-76B, investigations underway

Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky, whose helicopter crashed and killed former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant on Sunday, pledged to investigate the incident.

The Latest: Baseball coach, family also killed in crash
The Latest: Baseball coach, family also killed in crash

A Southern California community college baseball coach, his wife and daughter were among those killed in the crash of the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and his daughter. The younger brother of Orange Coast College coach John Altobelli confirmed the deaths as relatives, friends and players gathered

Report: Bolton says Trump tied Ukraine funds to Biden probe
Report: Bolton says Trump tied Ukraine funds to Biden probe
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  • 2020-01-27 00:42:25Z

President Donald Trump told his national security adviser he wanted to maintain a freeze on military assistance to Ukraine until it launched political investigations into his Democratic rivals, according to John Bolton's description of their exchange in drafts of his forthcoming book, The New York Times reported Sunday. The revelation challenges the defense offered up by Trump and his attorneys in his Senate impeachment trial and raises the stakes as the chamber decided this week whether to seek sworn testimony from Bolton and other witnesses. Bolton, who acrimoniously left the White House a day before Trump ultimately released the Ukraine aid on Sept. 11, has already told lawmakers...

Paula White, a White House employee and Trump
Paula White, a White House employee and Trump's spiritual advisor, calls for 'satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now'

Paula White, a prosperity gospel televangelist who last year joined the White House, says the words in her sermon were taken out of context.

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