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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she could have been a teacher if it wasn't for Trump
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she could have been a teacher if it wasn't for Trump

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she could have been a high school teacher if she didn't run for Congress because of Trump's presidency.

When rich men like Robert Kraft get charged with soliciting prostitutes, we forget so fast
When rich men like Robert Kraft get charged with soliciting prostitutes, we forget so fast

Allegedly the New England Patriots owner went looking for prostitutes at 'Orchids of Asia', but don't forget trafficking victims across the country.

'It's very sad': Trump on Patriots owner Robert Kraft's soliciting prostitution charges
'It's very sad': Trump on Patriots owner Robert Kraft's soliciting prostitution charges

President Donald Trump said he was surprised by the news of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida

Robert Kraft's spokesman denies that he engaged in any illegal activity; Molly Line reports.

The Latest: Part of I-10 closed because of snow
The Latest: Part of I-10 closed because of snow

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on winter weather in the U.S. Southwest (all times local):

Check Out Every Photo of the 2020 Volvo XC90 R-Design
Check Out Every Photo of the 2020 Volvo XC90 R-Design

View Photos of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2.7T Four-Cylinder
View Photos of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2.7T Four-Cylinder

Empire executives suspend Jussie Smollett and say his character Jamal will not appear in final two episodes
Empire executives suspend Jussie Smollett and say his character Jamal will not appear in final two episodes

Jussie Smollett's character Jamal will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire, the Fox show's executive producers have said. Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report after alleging he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, authorities have said. Police in Chicago had earlier said the 36-year-old actor was being considered as a suspect in the case and have now confirmed charges have been brought against him. He has been charged by Cook County State's Attorney's Office with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives are now looking to arrest Smollett. In a statement, Fox said: "The...

Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren reportedly say they support reparations for black Americans affected by slavery
Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren reportedly say they support reparations for black Americans affected by slavery

Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren reportedly say they support reparations for black Americans affected by slavery.

ISIS bride: Father of radicalized Alabama woman sues Trump administration, seeks her return
ISIS bride: Father of radicalized Alabama woman sues Trump administration, seeks her return

The father of an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State in Syria filed suit against the Trump administration Thursday in an effort to allow her return to the United States.

Southwest responds to passenger complaints after reported system-wide outage
Southwest responds to passenger complaints after reported system-wide outage

Some Southwest Airlines passengers took to social media expressing their concerns about not being able to board their flight.

Tesla rolls out Model 3 in China ahead of schedule in sales push
Tesla rolls out Model 3 in China ahead of schedule in sales push

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has started delivering Model 3 cars in China slightly ahead of schedule, as it looks to revive its sales that have been hit hard by Sino-U.S. trade tensions. The California-based firm has already adjusted prices and added a cheaper Model 3 variant to its line-up to make its U.S.-made cars more affordable in China amid high import tariffs. It had initially projected a March start for Model 3 deliveries in China - the world's biggest auto market where overall car sales contracted in 2018 for the first time in more than two decades.

Apple teams with Ant Financial, banks for interest-free iPhone financing in China
Apple teams with Ant Financial, banks for interest-free iPhone financing in China

Apple Inc has teamed up with Chinese payments giant Ant Financial Services Group and several local banks to offer interest-free financing, its first such move in the country as it looks to boost waning smartphone sales. The U.S. tech behemoth issued a rare revenue warning last month citing weaker iPhone sales in China, one of its most important markets, where consumer spending has taken a hit due to a slowdown in economic growth. On its China website, Apple is promoting the new scheme, under which customers can pay 271 yuan ($40.31) each month to purchase an iPhone XR, and 362 yuan each month for an iPhone XS.

Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack
Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) - Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the "Empire" television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs.

Trump ally Stone gets gag order after
Trump ally Stone gets gag order after 'crosshairs' post

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge issued a broad gag order forbidding Roger Stone to discuss his criminal case with anyone and gave him a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant's posting of a photo of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church
Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

A leading cardinal acknowledged the global scale of the child sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church on Friday, on the second day of a landmark summit at the Vatican on tackling paedophilia in the clergy. The refusal by some bishops -- notably in Asia and Africa -- to admit clerical paedophilia was an issue in their countries was unacceptable, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias told the extraordinary summit. No bishop may say to himself, 'This problem of abuse in the Church does not concern me, because things are different in my part of the world'," he said.

Venezuela
Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - As a showdown looms over humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro closed off his country's border with Brazil, vowing on Thursday to block the emergency food and medicine that has rallied his opponents and which he claims is part of a U.S.-led coup plot.

Jussie Smollett investigation timeline: How the actor went from assault victim to suspect
Jussie Smollett investigation timeline: How the actor went from assault victim to suspect

Three weeks after Jussie Smollett said he'd been the victim of a hate crime, the "Empire" star was charged with filing a false police report.

The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse
The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local):

Chicago police chief angry over alleged Smollett hoax
Chicago police chief angry over alleged Smollett hoax

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took it personally when detectives determined that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett allegedly lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack .

The Latest: Stone says posting judge pic was egregious error
The Latest: Stone says posting judge pic was egregious error

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Roger Stone (all times local):

Rubio Predicts Maduro
Rubio Predicts Maduro's Troops Won't Block Humanitarian Aid

Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said Wednesday that Venezuelan troops have already begun to disobey orders and will likely refuse to block the thousands of volunteers who plan to escort a humanitarian-aid caravan across the country's border on Saturday."Saturday's a day when we're going to find a lot about the Maduro regime," Rubio told Bloomberg in a telephone interview. "I have reason to believe that rank-and-file military are not going to violently suppress aid workers."Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is officially recognized as the president of Venezuela by the Trump administration and 30 other nations, has urged the military to defect and refuse Maduro's orders to block aid...

The Latest: Snow forces closure of Vegas to Phoenix route
The Latest: Snow forces closure of Vegas to Phoenix route

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on rare snowfall in the Las Vegas area (all times local):

Venezuelan Army Stops Guaido as He Heads to Site of Aid Effort
Venezuelan Army Stops Guaido as He Heads to Site of Aid Effort

Three buses carrying lawmakers sympathetic to Guaido left Caracas heading for the town on the Colombian border that's the focus of the aid effort, but were stopped in Carabobo state. Guaido, traveling separately for security reasons, was held up by army trucks blocking a tunnel east of the capital, said Edward Rodriguez, a spokesman. Maduro, who has said the aid effort is a pretext for a U.S. intervention, also announced that Venezuela's land crossings with Brazil would shut at 8 p.m., and said he was also weighing "a total closure of the border with Colombia." He already had sealed off access from Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire.

Venezuela Army Trucks Block Guaido's Travels as Showdown Looms
Venezuela Army Trucks Block Guaido's Travels as Showdown Looms

Earlier today, three buses carrying about 40 lawmakers sympathetic to Guaido left Venezuela's capital heading for the frontier. The National Assembly president was traveling separately for security reasons and was unable to cross the tunnel, said Edward Rodriguez, his press team coordinator.

Police say Smollett staged attack over
Police say Smollett staged attack over 'Empire' salary

Actor Jussie Smollett claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary on the hip-hop TV drama "Empire," Chicago's police chief said on Thursday. Yahaira Jacquez reports.

Storm dropping snow on Las Vegas; 1 inch reported at airport
Storm dropping snow on Las Vegas; 1 inch reported at airport

Las Vegas is getting a rare taste of real winter weather, with significant snowfall across the metro area.

Cars Lose CR Recommendation Over Reliability Issues
Cars Lose CR Recommendation Over Reliability Issues

6 Cars Lose CR's Recommendation Over Reliability Issues Consumer Reports can no longer recommend six car models, including the Acura RDX SUV and the Tesla Model 3 sedan, because of problems iden...

Germany
Germany's Merkel offers Juncker solidarity in Hungary spat

BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the head of the European Union's executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants.

India presses for Pakistan to stay on terrorism financing list
India presses for Pakistan to stay on terrorism financing list

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body created to counter terrorism financing and money laundering, has been meeting in Paris this week and Pakistan has been hoping to get off a "grey list" of nations with inadequate controls over such activities. A third Indian official said details relating to the militant group's operations were provided to the FATF. The officials declined to be named as the talks were still underway in Paris Pakistan has been on the grey list since June, making it harder for it to access international markets at a time when its economy is stumbling.

U.S. won
U.S. won't partner with countries that use Huawei systems: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned that the United States would not be able to partner with or share information with countries that adopt Huawei Technologies Co Ltd systems, citing security concerns. In an interview on Fox Business Network, Pompeo said nations in Europe and elsewhere need to understand the risks of implementing Huawei's telecommunications equipment and that when they did, they would ultimately not use the company's systems. "If a country adopts this and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won't be able to share information with them, we won't be able to work alongside them," Pompeo said.

Vatican
Vatican's legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explained

VATICAN CITY (AP) - For centuries, the Vatican's canon law system busied itself with banning books and dispensing punishments that included burnings at the stake for heretics.

'Empire' actor goes from victim to accused felon in 3 weeks

CHICAGO (AP) - The whispers about "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist, anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck.

'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett charged with faking racist attack

Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor on the hip-hop TV drama "Empire," ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on Jan. 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him. "Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report. The New York Times, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, said Smollett had been indicted by an Illinois grand jury that found probable cause that he had staged the attack.

Venezuela
Venezuela's opposition ambassador takes control of embassy in Costa Rica

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado's designated ambassador to Costa Rica took control of Venezuela's embassy in the Central American country on Wednesday, triggering criticism from the Costa Rican government for not waiting. On Feb. 15, the Costa Rican government gave Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's representatives 60 days to leave the country. Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado has joined the United States and a long list of governments in Latin America and Europe in recognizing Guaido, who invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency after declaring Maduro's reelection illegitimate.

Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly four years ago, the U.S. government's highway safety agency began investigating air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee when two people were hit by flying shrapnel after crashes.

Pompeo Denies
Pompeo Denies 'ISIS Bride' Request to Return to U.S.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that an Alabama woman who fled to Syria to join ISIS in 2014 is not a U.S. citizen and, as a result, is not entitled to return to the U.S. with her 18-month-old son, as she had hoped to do."Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States," Pompeo said in a statement. "She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States. We continue to strongly advise all U.S. citizens not to travel to Syria."Muthana, 24, was taken to a refugee camp in northeast Syria by Kurdish forces after escaping ISIS territory.An attorney representing Muthana's...

Trump attacks on press
Trump attacks on press 'dangerous' and 'reckless': NYT publisher

US President Donald Trump's attacks on the press are "reckless" and "dangerous" and threaten to encourage violence against journalists at home and abroad, the publisher of The New York Times warned on Wednesday. "America's founders believed that a free press was essential to democracy because it is the foundation of an informed, engaged citizenry," A.G. Sulzberger said in a statement. Previous US presidents "had complaints about their coverage and at times took advantage of the freedom every American has to criticize journalists," Sulzberger said.

Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Russia postponed
Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Russia postponed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have postponed a planned meeting Thursday in Moscow for talks on Iranian military activity in Syria, an Israeli official said. The two leaders would speak by phone on Thursday instead, the official said on condition of anonymity Wednesday, adding that a new date for the meeting would be set as soon as possible. The official gave no reason for the postponement, but Israeli media said it was related to Netanyahu's strategizing with allied right-wing parties for April 9 elections ahead of a Thursday deadline for electoral lists to be submitted.

Pakistan Vows Retaliation If India Launches Military Strikes
Pakistan Vows Retaliation If India Launches Military Strikes

"Pakistan will not think of retaliation, Pakistan will retaliate," Khan said in a televised speech on Tuesday. Tensions between the historic arch-rivals have been high since a militant car bombing, claimed by a Pakistani-based group Jaish-e-Mohammed, on Feb. 14 in Kashmir killed 40 members of India's security forces -- the deadliest strike in the region in decades.

US deputy attorney general
US deputy attorney general 'to step down' after Trump accuses him of treason

The US Justice Department official who once oversaw the Russia probe, Rod Rosenstein, plans to resign in mid-March, US news outlets reported. Rosenstein's departure from his post as deputy attorney general has been expected for some time. CNN on Monday quoted a department official as saying it has nothing to do with recent explosive claims by the former acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe. McCabe has said that Rosenstein raised the idea of wearing a wire to tape President Donald Trump and talked about removing him from office under the 25th Amendment after Trump fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017. CNN said Rosenstein has widely been expected to leave his job after Bill Barr...

Saudis say crown prince doesn
Saudis say crown prince doesn't intend to buy Man United

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman does not intend to buy Manchester United, the kingdom's government said, while confirming its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship talks with English football's most successful team.

Chicago police pursue claims Jussie Smollett attack may have been faked
Chicago police pursue claims Jussie Smollett attack may have been faked

A police source tells USA TODAY that investigators are attempting to interview Jussie Smollett again about an attack on the "Empire" actor.

Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria
Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will "liberate every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday.

UK teen who joined IS gives birth in Syrian refugee camp
UK teen who joined IS gives birth in Syrian refugee camp

A teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria but now wants to return to Britain on Sunday gave birth in a refugee camp, as European governments grapple with what to do with returning jihadists ahead of a US troop pullout. Shamima Begum, whose fate has stirred controversy ever since she and two friends fled London to join the terror network in 2015 aged just 15, told Sky News she had delivered a boy. "I just gave birth so I'm really tired," the 19-year-old said as she made a renewed appeal to be allowed back to Britain with her newborn baby.

Jussie Smollett attack: New evidence
Jussie Smollett attack: New evidence 'shifted the trajectory' of Jussie Smollett investigation, 2 brothers cooperating

Chicago police are "eager" to again speak again with "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett about his alleged attack after two brothers were arrested in connection with the attack agreed to cooperate with police, sources said Saturday evening.

US-backed Syria force says IS holding 1,000 civilians
US-backed Syria force says IS holding 1,000 civilians

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) - Islamic State militants are preventing more than 1,000 civilians from leaving a tiny area still held by the extremist group in a village in eastern Syria, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian militia fighting the group said Sunday.

India detains 23 men with suspected links to group behind deadly Kashmir attack
India detains 23 men with suspected links to group behind deadly Kashmir attack

The 23 men included members and sympathizers of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant group which has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, the deadliest on Indian security forces in decades. The attack has fueled tensions between India and Pakistan. India has demanded Pakistan close down the Jaish and other Islamist militant groups that operate from its soil, while Islamabad has rejected suggestions it was linked to the attack.

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped
Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped

Jihadist fighters defending the last dreg of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" Saturday were holed up in half a square kilometre of a village in eastern Syria. President Donald Trump had announced that the fall of the IS proto-state would be declared Saturday, but a Syrian commander said his US-backed forces slowed down their advance to protect civilians. The jihadists declared a "caliphate" in large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, but have since lost all but a tiny patch of territory in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border.

The Latest: Police: Men arrested in Smollett case are black
The Latest: Police: Men arrested in Smollett case are black

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):

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