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U.S. recognizes Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido as president; Russia backs Maduro
U.S. recognizes Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido as president; Russia backs Maduro

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in a speech Wednesday before masses of anti-government demonstrators.

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen delaying testimony to Congress
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen delaying testimony to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will not testify before a House committee next month as scheduled, his adviser said Wednesday, depriving Democrats for now of a prime opportunity to scrutinize Trump, his links to Russia and payments to buy the silence of a

Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency amid protests, U.S. support
Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency amid protests, U.S. support

U.S. President Donald Trump formally recognized Guaido shortly after his announcement and praised his plan to hold elections. At a rally that brought hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans into the east of Caracas, Guaido said Maduro had usurped power and promised to create a transitional government that would help the country escape its hyperinflationary economic collapse. Guaido's declaration takes Venezuela into uncharted territory, with the possibility of the opposition now running a parallel government recognized abroad as legitimate but without control over state functions.

The Latest: Russia bashes US decision on Venezuela
The Latest: Russia bashes US decision on Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - The Latest on nationwide protests in Venezuela (all times local):

Trump wants to do alternative to State of the Union address
  • US
  • 2019-01-23 21:07:55Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would do an alternative event to the traditional State of the Union address before the U.S. Congress after House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent him a letter that her chamber would not sign off on the annual speech during

Lefty Drew Pomeranz agrees to $1.5M, 1-year deal with Giants
Lefty Drew Pomeranz agrees to $1.5M, 1-year deal with Giants

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz has agreed Wednesday to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a deal that includes $3.5 million in possible roster and performance bonuses. If he can stay healthy, Pomeranz gives the Giants a reliable arm in the rotation after two injury-plagued years

Michael Cohen postpones congressional testimony, claims 'threats' from President Trump and Rudy Giuliani
Michael Cohen postpones congressional testimony, claims 'threats' from President Trump and Rudy Giuliani

"Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani... Mr. Cohen's appearance will be postponed to a later," Lanny Davis, a spokesman for Cohen, said.

The Latest: Los Angeles teachers union sued over dues
The Latest: Los Angeles teachers union sued over dues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on the end of the Los Angeles teachers strike (all times local):

Trump recognizes opposition leader as Venezuela
Trump recognizes opposition leader as Venezuela's interim president

With street protests against Maduro underway across Venezuela, Trump said the United States recognized Juan Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled Congress, as the country's leader and called socialist President Nicolas Maduro's government "illegitimate." "I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy," Trump said in a statement, encouraging other governments in the Western Hemisphere to also recognize Guaido. The administration had been waiting to issue its announcement after Guaido had been sworn in as the country's temporary president on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter told...

Nurse arrested in rape of woman who gave birth at facility
Nurse arrested in rape of woman who gave birth at facility

A nurse who was looking after an incapacitated woman at a long-term health care facility has been charged with raping her, weeks after she stunned her caregivers and family by giving birth to a baby boy, Phoenix police said Wednesday. Investigators arrested 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, a licensed

White man who wanted race war pleads guilty to New York stabbing
White man who wanted race war pleads guilty to New York stabbing
  • US
  • 2019-01-23 18:22:15Z

A white Baltimore man who traveled to New York City in 2017 and killed a black man with a sword in hopes of sparking a race war in the United States pleaded guilty to murder as an act of terrorism, prosecutors said on Wednesday. James Jackson, a 30-year-old U.S. Army specialist, stabbed Timothy Caughman, 66, to death on March 20, 2017, and turned himself in at a police station the next day after police circulated surveillance video of the killing.

Sandberg says Facebook must earn back trust
Sandberg says Facebook must earn back trust

Facebook Inc's operations chief Sheryl Sandberg said on Wednesday that the world's largest social network needed to win back public trust after facing scandals for violating its users' privacy. The social media platform is investing billions of dollars a year to improve the security of

Dell CEO Joins Davos Debate on 70% Tax Rate:
Dell CEO Joins Davos Debate on 70% Tax Rate: 'Not Supportive'

Billionaire Michael Dell, chief executive officer of the eponymous technology giant, rejected a suggestion by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of a 70-percent marginal tax rate on the wealthiest Americans. "No, I'm not supportive of that," Dell said at a Davos panel on making digital globalization inclusive. Three weeks after Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea in an interview on "60 Minutes" to raise the top marginal tax rate on Americans' income of more than $10 million to 70 percent, it was a hot topic at the gathering of the global financial and political elite.

Trump Says He Plans to Give State of Union Speech in House as Scheduled
Trump Says He Plans to Give State of Union Speech in House as Scheduled

Trump announced his plan in a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who last week suggested Trump consider delaying the speech if the shutdown continued. "It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!," Trump wrote in the letter.

Nurse arrested after US woman gave birth in vegetative state
Nurse arrested after US woman gave birth in vegetative state

A male nurse has been arrested in Arizona for the sexual assault of a woman who gave birth while in a long-term vegetative state, police in the US state said Wednesday. The suspect -- identified as Nathan Sutherland, age 36 -- faces charges of one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson told a news conference. Sutherland is a "licensed practical nurse who was responsible for providing care to the victim during this time the sexual assault occurred," Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said.

Covington Catholic confrontation shows ugly side of Kentucky, and US as a whole
Covington Catholic confrontation shows ugly side of Kentucky, and US as a whole

Whether the Covington Catholic students were right or wrong, the incident in Washington put Kentucky back in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Escort who claimed Trump secrets
Escort who claimed Trump secrets 'committed no crimes': lawyer

The lawyer of a Belarussian escort who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's election campaign on Wednesday insisted on her innocence after she was released from custody for allegedly coercing women into prostitution. Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, had been expected to speak to the media in Moscow but did not turn up. Vashukevich was arrested at a Moscow airport last week after being deported from Thailand as part of a group convicted of participating in a "sex training course".

The March for Life is a different kind of field trip for schools like Covington Catholic
The March for Life is a different kind of field trip for schools like Covington Catholic

Catholic schools have been sending students to the anti-abortion event for years, but the nation's politics make that a dicier proposition today.

P&G confident of payoff from Gillette
P&G confident of payoff from Gillette's 'Me Too' ad

Procter & Gamble said Wednesday its controversial Gillette ad targeting "toxic masculinity" was resonating with younger consumers and producing solid sales despite criticism from some conservatives and calls for a boycott. Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller said the company was pleased at the attention surrounding the spot for the struggling shaving brand, which features images of men carousing and cat-calling at women, as well as examples of men reining in bullies and coaching children. "We've received unprecedented levels of both media coverage and consumer engagement in that campaign," Moeller, said, adding that retail sales of Gillette had been stable since the ad was released...

High school student suspended for wearing Confederate flag attire:
High school student suspended for wearing Confederate flag attire: 'It's Southern pride'

A high school student in Arkansas has been suspended for wearing - and refusing to remove - a Confederate flag-themed shirt and face paint.

GM Plant Workers Allege Racist Acts Continue Even After Lawsuits
GM Plant Workers Allege Racist Acts Continue Even After Lawsuits

It comes after years of racist language on the assembly line, scrawled slogans and swastikas on the restroom walls and nooses suspended in the workplace, as well as misogyny, according to the lawsuits. "GM downplays this and says it is a few isolated incidents, but it's not," said Michelle Vocht, a Michigan lawyer representing eight employees at the plant who are suing GM, alleging a hostile workplace. The company does take the complaints seriously, spokesman David Caldwell said.

Qatari emir hosts Bashir, backs
Qatari emir hosts Bashir, backs 'unity' in restive Sudan

The ruler of Qatar offered support for Sudan's "unity and stability" on Wednesday at a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on his first foreign visit in more than a month of protests against him, a statement said. The tiny but wealthy Gulf state vies with regional rivals for influence in Sudan, strategic in part for its access to the Red Sea, and last year agreed a $4 billion deal to jointly develop Suakin port. Bashir arrived in Qatar on Tuesday as protests raged at home.

Subaru suddenly can't make Forester, Crosstrek until a possible steering defect is fixed

Subaru suddenly halted production of the Forester and Crosstrek sold to American customers after discovering a potential steering defect.

Harley-Davidson Is in a Funk It May Never Recover From
Harley-Davidson Is in a Funk It May Never Recover From

Transportation is changing, and the motorcycle maker may be on the wrong side of the trend.

No. 3 House Democrat floats possible $5.7 billion in border funding
No. 3 House Democrat floats possible $5.7 billion in border funding

The No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday raised the possibility of approving $5.7 billion in funding to secure the U.S. border though various means but not by building a wall. Referring to Republican President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn told reporters, "We see ourselves fulfilling that request" with a "smart wall." The consideration comes as U.S. lawmakers this week seek to forge a path out of the partial government shutdown as it entered its 33rd day on Wednesday. Trump has said the $5.7 billion would be for the wall in addition to other funds for border...

Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera forced to pay mistress thousands in child support plus perks like Disney World passes

Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera has been ordered to pay $20,000 per month in child support to his former mistress with whom he fathered two children with. Court documents showed he will pay for other perks like Disney World and Universal Studio passes as well as private school tuition and $5 million life insurance policies for both kids.

Catholic student says he didn
Catholic student says he didn't disrespect Native American

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) - A Catholic high school student whose close encounter with a Native American activist and a black religious sect was captured on video in Washington, D.C. says he has nothing to apologize for.

Green Growth Launches $1.8 Billion Hostile Offer for Aphria
Green Growth Launches $1.8 Billion Hostile Offer for Aphria

Aphria advised its shareholders to take no action on the formal offer presented late Tuesday, with terms identical to an informal proposal made public last month. Columbus, Ohio-based Green Growth offered 1.5714 shares per Aphria share and plans to complete a third-party equity financing of C$300 million

Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassing motorist
Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassing motorist

NEW YORK (AP) - Alec Baldwin has pleaded guilty to harassing a man during a dispute over a parking spot last fall.

Man charged with kidnapping after missing woman found in his apartment
Man charged with kidnapping after missing woman found in his apartment

Authorities arrested Victor Pena after finding Olivia Ambrose inside his apartment.

Covington Student From Lincoln Memorial Face-Off Explains
Covington Student From Lincoln Memorial Face-Off Explains 'Smirk,' Insists He Was 'Not Disrespectful'

Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann did not taunt Native American activist Nathan Phillips, the teenager said during a Wednesday morning interview on NBC's Today. Sandmann, who was not identified by name until Sunday, made headlines over the long holiday weekend as the face of the Covington Catholic High School student group that was […]

Russia says
Russia says 'arbitrary' Israeli air strikes on Syria must stop
  • World
  • 2019-01-23 13:22:24Z

Russia said on Wednesday that Israel should stop carrying out what it called arbitrary air strikes on Syria days after the Israeli air force targeted Iranian forces there. Israel, which regards Iran as its biggest threat, has repeatedly attacked Iranian targets in Syria and those of allied militia,

Democratic Mayor Pete Buttigieg launches 2020 White House campaign
Democratic Mayor Pete Buttigieg launches 2020 White House campaign
  • US
  • 2019-01-23 12:53:02Z

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, launched an underdog 2020 bid for the White House on Wednesday, aiming to stand out as a problem-solving Midwestern outsider who would be the first openly gay nominee of a major U.S. political party. The relatively unknown Buttigieg, 37, a two-term mayor of the Rust Belt city of about 100,000 residents, has argued the party needs new leadership that can appeal to the working-class voters who deserted Democrats in favor of Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. Buttigieg enters what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Trump, the likely Republican candidate, in 2020.

Senate sets votes but U.S. shutdown likely to go on
Senate sets votes but U.S. shutdown likely to go on
  • US
  • 2019-01-23 12:48:37Z

There was no sign of quick relief for 800,000 federal workers going without pay because of the partial government shutdown as the U.S. Senate scheduled votes on competing proposals to end the month-long impasse that both faced long odds. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he planned to hold a vote on Thursday on a Democratic proposal that would fund the government for three weeks but does not include the $5.7 billion in U.S.-Mexico border wall funding demanded by President Donald Trump. The House of Representatives has passed several similar bills, but Trump has rejected legislation that does not include border wall funding.

Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy
Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy
  • World
  • 2019-01-23 12:41:56Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is "making us crazy" as he began a trip to central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump's promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north.

Week 5: Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate
Week 5: Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate

Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating. Senate

Should women be required to register for the draft? Congressional panel likely to recommend big changes
Should women be required to register for the draft? Congressional panel likely to recommend big changes

A congressional commission is considering a range of proposals, from eliminating the draft to making women eligible to requiring public service of all.

Boeing
Boeing's passenger air vehicle prototype rises into the sky for its first test flight

Boeing says it has successfully completed the first test flight of a prototype for its autonomous passenger air vehicle, which could start carrying riders as early as next year. The test was executed on Tuesday at an airport in Manassas, Va., near the headquarters of Aurora Flight Sciences, the Boeing subsidiary that's been developing the electric-powered, vertical takeoff-and-landing aircraft, also known as an eVTOL craft. Boeing NeXt, the business unit that leads Boeing's urban air mobility efforts, is in charge of the test program. Tuesday's uncrewed flight involved a controlled takeoff, hover and landing, which tested the prototype's autonomous functions… Read More

Genuine sportsmanship is rare, but Serena Williams displayed it in Australian Open exit
Genuine sportsmanship is rare, but Serena Williams displayed it in Australian Open exit

Four months have elapsed since Serena Williams lost her cool and the US Open final. In that time, just about everyone with a passing interest in tennis, race or gender has passed judgment on Williams' behaviour that night. It has been a bitterly contested debate. In the aftermath of Williams' latest

Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib to Join Powerful Oversight Panel
Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib to Join Powerful Oversight Panel

Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who was recorded calling for Trump's impeachment using a profanity, will also join the panel, as will Representative Ro Khanna of California and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. The appointments were announced on Tuesday night by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a statement. The four liberals were selected by the Democratic steering committee, which determines appointments.

Families keep trying to cross border, wall or no wall
Families keep trying to cross border, wall or no wall
  • World
  • 2019-01-23 06:46:04Z

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - Maria Orbelina Cortez says she fled El Salvador for the U.S. after her husband attacked her and knocked a pan of scalding oil onto her youngest son's head.

AP sources: Trump, others agitated by Giuliani
AP sources: Trump, others agitated by Giuliani's performance

Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews

Australian Open 2019, Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova: live score updates
Australian Open 2019, Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova: live score updates

Serena Williams' silence does no-one any favours - sexism needs to be discussed 4:07AM Williams 4-6, 6-4, 5-4 Pliskova* (*next server) A great, sweeping forehand from Pliskova gives her the early lead in the game. And then a double fault makes it 0-30. A poor forehand from Williams goes wide and

Venezuelans clean up after violent protests in capital
Venezuelans clean up after violent protests in capital
  • World
  • 2019-01-23 04:00:53Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Working class neighborhoods in Venezuela's capital erupted in violence late Tuesday for a second straight night amid fears that demonstrations called by the opposition could spur further violence.

Porn star
Porn star's hush money suit against Trump could be tossed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge appeared inclined Tuesday to toss out a lawsuit against President Donald Trump by porn actress Stormy Daniels that sought to tear up a hush-money settlement about their alleged affair.

'Roma,' 'Cold War' among foreign-language Oscar nominees
  • World
  • 2019-01-23 00:57:28Z

LONDON (AP) - Five movies about individuals and families confronting social and historical tumult are competing in the Academy Awards' race for best foreign-language film.

The Latest: White House reaches out to Kentucky students
The Latest: White House reaches out to Kentucky students

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on reaction from an encounter between white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week. (all times local):

Defying Pelosi, Trump proceeds with State of the Union plans
Defying Pelosi, Trump proceeds with State of the Union plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress - despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it.

Kentucky Catholic Student Says He Wishes 'We Could Have Walked Away' From Confrontation With Native American Veteran
Kentucky Catholic Student Says He Wishes 'We Could Have Walked Away' From Confrontation With Native American Veteran

"As far as standing there, I had every right to do so"

Meet with MAGA teens? Nathan Phillips is willing
Meet with MAGA teens? Nathan Phillips is willing

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