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1 Killed, 7 Wounded, Including 9-Year-Old, in Shooting in Downtown Seattle. Here
1 Killed, 7 Wounded, Including 9-Year-Old, in Shooting in Downtown Seattle. Here's What to Know

The shooting is the third in Seattle in two days

China fails to repatriate North Korea workers despite U.N. sanctions: U.S. official
China fails to repatriate North Korea workers despite U.N. sanctions: U.S. official

China has failed to send home North Korean workers by a December deadline in violation of United Nations sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, adding that this was why Washington blacklisted two entities involved in Pyongyang's labor export. A 2017 U.N. Security Council resolution, which China backed, demanded that all countries repatriate all North Korean workers by Dec. 22 to stop them earning foreign currency for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The United States has estimated Pyongyang was earning more than $500 million a year from nearly 100,000 workers abroad, of which some 50,000 were in China and 30,000 in Russia.

Fox News Host: Trump Actually Being Impeached Because He
Fox News Host: Trump Actually Being Impeached Because He's 'Phenomenally Interesting'

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld on Wednesday argued that the real reason Democrats are impeaching President Donald Trump is that they are "boring people" and the president is "phenomenally interesting."During the 5 PM hour, Fox News decided to air their highly rated conservative panel show The Five instead of sticking with live coverage of the Senate impeachment trial like CNN and MSNBC did.Immediately, Gutfeld blasted the proceedings by saying impeachment had become "so trivial," flinging out an analogy about tattoos to make his case."If you saw somebody with a tattoo you stared at it," he exclaimed. "A war vet or a biker or possibly both but now they're on bass players, there on sorority...

'Sealed off': China isolates city of virus outbreak

The Chinese city at the heart of a deadly virus outbreak is under effective quarantine, with outward flights and trains suspended, subways halted and large public events cancelled as doctors in full-body protective suits treat patients. The coronavirus has spread across China and beyond, with 17 people killed and more than 500 infected in an outbreak that started in Wuhan -- a central city of 11 million people described by state media as "the main battlefield" against the disease. Most cases are in Wuhan, a major transport hub with a seafood market that has been identified as the epicentre of the epidemic.

Joe Biden won
Joe Biden won't testify in Trump's impeachment trial even it means John Bolton will

While President Trump's desire to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden launched his impeachment investigation and eventual trial in the first place, Biden is officially distancing himself from the whole thing.When asked Wednesday if he'd consider testifying in exchange for testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Biden said he wants "no part of that," per The Washington Post. It's "not an irrational question to ask," Biden conceded, but said "the reason I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, this is a constitutional issue. We're not going to turn it into a farce or political theater."Democrats,...

The US is going after Venezuela over aircraft it says endangered US military planes
The US is going after Venezuela over aircraft it says endangered US military planes

The US blocked planes owned by Venezuela's state oil firm on Tuesday, several of which it said were involved in unsafe encounters with US aircraft.

4 killed in plane crash at Southern California airfield
4 killed in plane crash at Southern California airfield

Four people were killed Wednesday in the crash of a small airplane at a Southern California airfield, authorities said. The plane went down at Corona Municipal Airport, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, police said. Four fatalities were confirmed, the Corona Fire Department said on Twitter.

Mexico Senate Leader Seeks to Legalize Marijuana This Spring

(Bloomberg) -- Mexico's Senate is set to debate bills to legalize marijuana and regulate outsourcing in the coming period from February to April.The Senate will debate a bill co-authored by Senate Majority Leader Ricardo Monreal to regulate planting, production, labeling, sales and distribution, and would make it free for medical use, according to a document sent by the senator's office. It would also create the Mexican Institute for Regulation and Control of Cannabis to create rules for points of sale and the allowed THC contents for products.While marijuana has been increasingly legalized in the U.S., its use remains restricted in Mexico. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said...

U.S. Secretary of State cautions nations against taking
U.S. Secretary of State cautions nations against taking 'easy money' from China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to Jamaica on Wednesday, cautioned nations against taking "easy money" from China, warning it could be counterproductive, in a second attack in as many days against China's economic role in the region. On Tuesday, he drew the ire of Chinese officials when he said "flashy" Chinese economic promises often produces debt dependency and erode the sovereignty of borrower nations.

Trump outright brags he
Trump outright brags he's withholding 'all the material' to beat impeachment

President Trump probably should've kept quiet on this one.After the first day of impeachment arguments in the Senate, Trump told a press conference at the World Economic Forum that he's pretty sure he'll end up being acquitted. "Honestly, we have all the material. They don't have the material," Trump said of his impeachment defense team and of the House Democrats prosecuting him, making it clear there's some information he's holding back.> The second article of impeachment was for obstruction of Congress: covering up witnesses and documents from the American people.> > This morning the President not only confessed to it, he bragged about it:> > "Honestly, we...

Bernie Sanders surges into first in CNN national poll; Joe Biden maintains lead in another
Bernie Sanders surges into first in CNN national poll; Joe Biden maintains lead in another

Sen. Bernie Sanders surged into first place in a new CNN poll, the first time a CNN poll did not find Joe Biden alone at the top since the race began.

9 of the Best Hotels in the Catskills
9 of the Best Hotels in the Catskills

Man in Mexico Now Ill After Visiting Coronavirus Ground Zero
Man in Mexico Now Ill After Visiting Coronavirus Ground Zero

(Bloomberg) -- A man who fell ill in Mexico on Monday following a December trip to Wuhan, China, is under observation as a potential case of the coronavirus, the respiratory virus that has killed at least 17 people worldwide.The 57-year-old molecular biology professor works for the Instituto Politecnico Nacional university in the city of Reynosa, which borders with the U.S. The man returned to Mexico on Jan. 10 through a Mexico City airport and then flew to the state of Tamaulipas, Mexican authorities said.Tamaulipas State Health Minister Gloria Molina said in a radio interview that the man immediately reported his situation to authorities after feeling sick. He is now in his home under...

Pennsylvania mom
Pennsylvania mom 'failed to feed' 26-pound 16-year-old boy, police say

The victim was later discharged from Hershey Medical Center weighing 45 pounds after receiving medical attention for weeks.

US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant women

The Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting "birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport. The State Department planned to publicize the rules Thursday, according to two officials with knowledge of the plans who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The rules would make it more difficult for pregnant women to travel on a tourist visa.

The Israeli military is facing backlash after introducing its Tik Tok account with a bomb joke
The Israeli military is facing backlash after introducing its Tik Tok account with a bomb joke

Some social media users praised the tweet while others criticized it as tone-deaf.

Honda, Acura Recall Over 1.5 Million Cars for Airbag Fault
Honda, Acura Recall Over 1.5 Million Cars for Airbag Fault

Over 1.5 million older Honda, Acura, and Isuzu vehicles have been recalled for dangerous Takata airbags that can cause serious or fatal injuries to vehicle occupants. Recalled vehicles include ce...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's move to Canada could influence Archie's accent

Harry and Meghan's plan to split their time between the UK and Canada might mean that Archie won't have his father's English accent.

Trump says he doesn
Trump says he doesn't want John Bolton to testify in his impeachment trial because 'he knows some of my thoughts'

President Trump's statement underscores why Democrats believe John Bolton's testimony is crucial: Trump said Bolton "knows some of my thoughts."

This is a rare photo of the smartphone-hacking device sold by the NSO Group, the billion-dollar Israeli spyware company accused of helping hack Jeff Bezos
This is a rare photo of the smartphone-hacking device sold by the NSO Group, the billion-dollar Israeli spyware company accused of helping hack Jeff Bezos

A Business Insider photo from a security conference in Paris reveals the device NSO Group sells to its clients to carry out hacks.

Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem church
Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem church

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - "Go outside," French President Emmanuel Macron demanded in English in a melee with Israeli security men on Wednesday, demanding they leave a Jerusalem basilica that he visited before a Holocaust memorial conference. The French tricolor has flown over the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem's walled Old City since it was gifted by the Ottomans to French Emperor Napoleon III in 1856. France views it as a provocation when Israeli police enter the church's sandstone complex, in a part of Jerusalem captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

See This Nuke? Meet the Most Destructive Nuclear Bomb Ever Made By Man
See This Nuke? Meet the Most Destructive Nuclear Bomb Ever Made By Man

Thank god the Soviets never deployed it.

The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, again
The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, again

They keep failing to kill their targets. And they leave lots of evidence behind them.

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REI's January Sale Offers 50% off Cold-Weather Outdoor Gear

Hillary Clinton reverses course and says she
Hillary Clinton reverses course and says she 'will do whatever I can to support our nominee'

"I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!" she wrote on Twitter after catching heat for her comments against Sanders.

Biden Holds Onto National Lead in New Poll
Biden Holds Onto National Lead in New Poll

(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden is holding onto his lead among Democratic voters according to a national Monmouth University poll out Wednesday.Among registered voters, Biden carried 30% followed by Bernie Sanders with 23% and Elizabeth Warren with 14% less than two weeks before the first voters weigh in. Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University's Polling Institute, says the national numbers have remained stagnant but there's room for upset after the first caucus and primary.Michael Bloomberg had 9%, followed by Pete Buttigieg with 6%, Amy Klobuchar with 5% and Andrew Yang with 3%. Since the last Monmouth University poll a month ago, Biden has risen 4 percentage points, Sanders 2 and...

UN experts: Jeff Bezos phone hack shows link to Saudi prince
UN experts: Jeff Bezos phone hack shows link to Saudi prince

The phone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked after receiving a file sent from an account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, United Nations experts said Wednesday. The two experts called for an "immediate investigation" by the United States into information that suggests that Bezos' phone was likely hacked after he received an MP4 video file sent from the Saudi prince's WhatsApp account in May 2018, after the two exchanged phone numbers at a dinner in California. The file was sent to Bezos' phone five months before Saudi critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi government agents inside the Saudi consulate in...

Opinion: Why Trump
Opinion: Why Trump's Threadbare Legal Argument Will Probably Work

Let's dispense with one thing off the bat: President Donald Trump's impeachment defense is -- in addition to being riddled with false factual claims and misleading characterizations -- legal claptrap.It's also likely to work.The essence of the argument, which appears in a 110-page brief submitted Monday by the president's ragtag legal team in advance of his Senate trial, is that Trump can't be impeached for behaviors that are not actual crimes."Every prior presidential impeachment in our history has been based on alleged violations of existing law -- indeed, criminal law," the brief states. Since House Democrats did not charge the president with committing any specific crimes in...

Sanders on Clinton
Sanders on Clinton's 'nobody likes him' claim: 'On a good day, my wife likes me'

* Clinton made criticisms in documentary to be aired in March * Opinion: Relax, Democrats: you'll beat Trump in the MidwestBernie Sanders has responded to Hillary Clinton's claim that "nobody likes him", saying: "On a good day, my wife likes me, so let's clear the air on that one."Clinton made her remarks in a forthcoming Hulu documentary, which was quoted by the Hollywood Reporter.Sanders first issued a statement saying he was concentrating on the impeachment of Donald Trump. But later on Tuesday, as Trump's Senate trial began in earnest, he spoke to an NBC reporter.Asked why he thought Clinton was still talking about the 2016 election, Sanders said: "That's a good question. You should...

Mexico says border clash with migrants was isolated case, violence to be avoided
Mexico says border clash with migrants was isolated case, violence to be avoided

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that clashes between migrants and members of the National Guard on the border with Guatemala this week were an "isolated case" and that security forces are instructed to not use violence. The influx of U.S.-bound Central American migrants seeking to pass through Mexico has posed a major headache for Lopez Obrador amid fierce pressure from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to prevent the asylum seekers from reaching the U.S. border. Mexican security forces on Monday fired tear gas at groups of rock-hurling Central American migrants who waded across a river into Mexico earlier in a chaotic scramble that saw...

On the menu at China virus market: rats and live wolf pups
On the menu at China virus market: rats and live wolf pups

The food market where China's deadly virus surfaced was a smorgasbord of exotic wildlife ranging from wolf pups to species linked to previous pandemics such as civets, according to vendor information and a Chinese media report. The Huanan Seafood Market in the central city of Wuhan came under greater scrutiny on Wednesday as Chinese officials said that the virus which has so far killed nine people and infected hundreds may have originated in a wild animal sold at the food emporium. Past deadly epidemics have been blamed on wild animals -- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was linked to Chinese consumption of civet meat -- setting Chinese authorities up for potential embarrassment...

Study This Picture: These Chinese Anti-Ship Missiles Are a Real Big Problem
Study This Picture: These Chinese Anti-Ship Missiles Are a Real Big Problem

Here's what they can do.

Exclusive: Giuliani told U.S. his client deserves leniency for financing Venezuela
Exclusive: Giuliani told U.S. his client deserves leniency for financing Venezuela's opposition - Parnas

At a lavish August gathering at a private estate in Spain, a wealthy Venezuelan businessman under criminal investigation in the United States introduced Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, to the father of Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaido. The affair was part of a campaign for leniency for the businessman, Alejandro Betancourt, who sought to demonstrate his close ties to opposition figures looking to oust Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro - a key objective of the Trump administration. Betancourt told Giuliani he secretly helped bankroll Guaido's efforts to take over the leadership of Venezuela, according to four people familiar with the...

Relax, Democrats: your nominee will beat Trump in the midwest
Relax, Democrats: your nominee will beat Trump in the midwest

The rhetoric between candidates has gotten heated as the Iowa caucuses approach. But there's no need for aggressionA weekend blizzard and a sub-zero deep freeze helped cool tempers that were reaching boiling point among Democrats. Chill, everyone. Whoever wins the nomination will beat Trump across the struggling midwest.The Sanders crowd suggested Warren was an elitist. Warren elbowed back with a gender argument. Sanders attacked Biden over social security; Biden countered that he was lying. The snake emojis are out. Old resentments over issues that can't even be recalled are fed.The result of it all? Nobody knows.JD Scholten, running for US congress in Iowa, was in Ames on Saturday when...

Iran calls on Saudi Arabia to work together to resolve issues: IRNA

Iran said on Wednesday that Tehran and its regional rival Saudi Arabia should work together to overcome problems, the state news agency IRNA quoted Iranian president's chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi as saying. "The relations between Iran and its neighbor Saudi Arabia should not become like the relationship between Tehran and the United States ... Tehran and Riyadh should work together to resolve their problems," Vaezi said.

McConnell
McConnell's Brushback Is a Preview of the Impeachment Battle to Come

Technically, arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump haven't even started. Democrats and Republicans spent Tuesday, the first full day of Senate proceedings, doing battle over the rules that will govern the trial that is set to unfold in the coming days.That rule package was ultimately approved, on party lines, early Wednesday morning after a marathon session of debate and votes on 11 amendments to the package proposed by Democrats. The day's significance, however, extends beyond the realm of parliamentary minutiae and dry process detail. The way that senators crafted and passed the rules-and the way those rules were received by the House Democrats prosecuting the case...

Are North Korea
Are North Korea's Vaunted Submarines Actually Any Good?

Let's take a look.

How 27 senators in Trump impeachment trial voted in Bill Clinton
How 27 senators in Trump impeachment trial voted in Bill Clinton's

27 sitting senators are on record about where they stood the last time a president faced impeachment.

China Will Keep Buying Our Palm Oil, Malaysia's Trade Chief Says

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Malaysia is unlikely to suffer any loss in its palm oil business from China, despite Beijing pledging to boost soybean purchases from the U.S. amid the trade war, according to the Southeast Asian nation's trade chief."I don't think so," Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Darell Leiking said Wednesday in a Bloomberg Television interview with Haslinda Amin at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, when asked about the impact on its critical palm oil exports."China and Malaysia have had a long relationship," and Kuala Lumpur has offered diplomatic...

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow's odd impeachment rant about 'lawyer lawsuits' may stem from a misheard phrase

During debate Tuesday evening over the rules of President Trump's impeachment trial, Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow had a confusing rant about the Democratic House impeachment managers and "lawyer lawsuits.""And by the way - lawyer lawsuits?" Sekulow asked. "Lawyer lawsuits? We're talking about the impeachment of a president of the United States, duly elected, and the members - the managers are complaining about lawyer lawsuits? The Constitution allows lawyer lawsuits. It's disrespecting the Constitution of the United States to even say that in this chamber - lawyer lawsuits." He was met with blank looks from the impeachment managers, and lead manager...

Ex-VA employee sentenced for leaking Ojeda's medical records

A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee has been sentenced to six months in prison for leaking the medical records of Richard Ojeda as the former Army major was running for Congress in West Virginia. Jeffrey Miller of Huntington was sentenced Tuesday in federal court. Miller, 40, had pleaded guilty to accessing the medical records of six veterans when he was working for the VA's benefits administration.

China warns virus could mutate, spread as death toll rises
China warns virus could mutate, spread as death toll rises

A new virus that has killed nine people, infected hundreds and already reached the United States could mutate and spread, China warned Wednesday, as authorities scrambled to contain the disease during the Lunar New Year travel season. The coronavirus has caused alarm for its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. In Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, authorities cancelled large public events and urged visitors to stay away, telling residents not to leave the central Chinese city of 11 million people.

So-called conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah
So-called conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah

The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Supporters navigated a winding path to passage and some dissent remains, but barring it in Utah could give a boost to similar efforts in other right-leaning states, said Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. "It's really given people a lot of hope," said Minter, whose group has pushed for bans around the U.S. Virginia is considering a ban, and the issue could also come up in this year in Texas and Kentucky, he said.

Police: Mom accused of killing her 3 kids said she smothered them while singing
Police: Mom accused of killing her 3 kids said she smothered them while singing

A probable cause document doesn't provide a possible motive for the brutal killings that Rachel Henry is charged with.

The U.S. Navy Plans On Turning This Littoral Combat Ship Into the Ultimate Naval Weapon
The U.S. Navy Plans On Turning This Littoral Combat Ship Into the Ultimate Naval Weapon

Russia and China should be on notice.

In Chirac
In Chirac's shadow, Macron steps into Jerusalem's symbolism

Emmanuel Macron begins a visit to Jerusalem on Wednesday with a symbolic stop at one of France's territories in the Holy Land aiming to avoid controversies of past presidents, while underscoring Paris' historical influence in the region. The two-day visit, which includes political meetings to discuss Iran tensions and the peace process with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of opposition Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, culminates in commemorations marking the 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp. Arriving through the Old City's Lion gate in East Jerusalem, Macron will pay a visit to the Church of St. Anne, where...

Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona
Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona

Steven Brashear, 66, was reported missing in December. Three mountain lions were euthanized after being found eating his body.

China says virus cases rise to 440, with 9 deaths
China says virus cases rise to 440, with 9 deaths

China's National Health Commission said on Wednesday 440 people in 13 Chinese provinces were confirmed to be infected with a new coronavirus as of Tuesday, with nine deaths, and that there was evidence of respiratory transmission from patient to patient.

Russia
Russia's Navy Is Having A Submarine Problem (And There Is No Easy Solution)

While the Yasens probably have the ability to launch cruise missiles as well, that would still leave Russia with around 10 modern nuclear-powered SSNs and dedicated SSGNs alongside two-dozen boats in their thirties and forties facing looming retirement.

Silent Senators, No Photographers: Inside the Impeachment Trial
Silent Senators, No Photographers: Inside the Impeachment Trial

(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren scratched out copious notes and Bernie Sanders watched intently as House impeachment managers began arguing their case against President Donald Trump.But almost nobody could see what two of the leading Democratic presidential candidates or the other 98 members of the Senate were doing as the historic impeachment trial opened on Tuesday, with photographers barred and Senate-controlled TV cameras focused solely on the House impeachment managers and the president's defense team.A Senate chamber that is normally mostly empty except for during votes instead had all 100 senators forced to sit at their desks with a pile of impeachment documents and a pad of paper,...


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