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

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:14 | AFP

Escort who claimed Trump secrets 'committed no crimes': lawyerThe 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".

Meng Wanzhou: US to proceed with extradition of Huawei executive despite risk of angering China

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:43 | The Independent

Meng Wanzhou: US to proceed with extradition of Huawei executive despite risk of angering ChinaThe US will go ahead with formal extradition proceedings to bring the detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to America from Canada, it has been reported, despite the risk of increased trans-Pacific tensions. Canada’s ambassador to the US, David MacNaughton, said in an interview on Monday that Washington had told Ottawa it will make the formal request, without going into detail on timing. Ms Meng was detained by Canada on 1 December at the request of the United States, meaning the deadline for filing the extradition request falls on 30 January – 60 days later.

Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyer

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:59 | Reuters

Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyerRussia's Federal Security Service detained Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28. Whelan appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday, where a judge rejected releasing him on bail. Whelan, who denies the charges, was detained after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency, the Russian online news portal reported this month.

Q&A: Impact of Supreme Court decision on transgender troops

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:42 | Associated Press

Q&A: Impact of Supreme Court decision on transgender troopsWASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue.

Norwegian Cruise Line denies claim crew member used passenger's cabin for sex

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:24 | USA TODAY

Norwegian Cruise Line denies claim crew member used passenger's cabin for sexNorwegian Cruise Line on Tuesday denied that a crew member used a British couple's cabin for sex during a recent voyage.

Kamala Harris Is Terrible on Criminal Justice

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 06:30 | The National Review

Kamala Harris Is Terrible on Criminal JusticeDemocratic senator Kamala Harris has announced that she is throwing her hat in the ring to run for president in 2020 — so now is as good a time as any to remind everyone of her terrible record on criminal justice. Thankfully, criminal-justice reform has become a bit of a popular issue these days among both Democrats and Republicans. As a civil libertarian, it’s my opinion that we still have a long way to go — and putting Kamala Harris in the White House would not be a step in the right direction.

Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legal

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:47 | Associated Press

Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legalBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said on Tuesday that a government decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving senior officials is "crassly unconstitutional," a development that also prompted concern from the European Union.

South Korea Defends U.S. Bid for Nukes Compromise With Kim

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 20:57 | Bloomberg

South Korea Defends U.S. Bid for Nukes Compromise With KimIt’s complete denuclearization,” Kang told the Yonhap News Agency in an interview published Tuesday. Negotiations between the two sides have picked up pace since U.S. President Donald Trump met with a top North Korean official in Washington and announced plans to hold a second summit with Kim Jong Un next month.

Emiliano Sala: Rescuers give up hope of finding missing footballer alive as experts claim the plane was downed by ice

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:51 | The Telegraph

Emiliano Sala: Rescuers give up hope of finding missing footballer alive as experts claim the plane was downed by iceRescuers searching for the £15 million Cardiff City footballer, Emiliano Sala, admitted they had given up hope last night, amid fears that his single engine aircraft had crashed into the English channel after the propeller became blocked with ice. The Argentinian born striker sent a message to relatives shortly before taking off expressing fears over the state of the 25-year-old aircraft, It has also emerged that the pilot, Dave Ibbotson, 60, had to abort three attempted takeoffs and had joked with friends that he was a "bit rusty" in the days before the doomed flight. The Piper PA-46 Malibu left Nantes airport in north west France at around 7.15pm on Monday evening and was on route to Cardiff, where Sala was looking forward to joining up with his new teammates. Just after an hour into the flight the pilot asked air traffic control to reduce altitude from 5,000 ft to 2,300 feet. But a short time later the Guernsey coastguard was alerted after the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. David Ibbotson was thought to be the pilot of the aircraft Aviation experts suggested the privately chartered single-engine aircraft should not have been risking the flight in the icy conditions. Alastair Rosenschein, a former pilot, said: "It's already a fairly risky crossing to do in a single engine aircraft, especially in winter and definitely at night. There are icing problems too. It's a strange thing to do though to go and fly over water with one engine at night in winter because if your engine goes you're going in the water". Mystery continued to surround who the owner of the £100 per hour aircraft was, with Cardiff City insisting Sala had rejected their offer of a commercial flight, in favour of sorting out his own arrangements. A source at the club said they had launched an investigation to find out why their record breaking signing had gambled with his life on the "risky" Channel crossing. Neil Warnock took his players on a sombre first training session since the tragedy on Wednesday. Players and staff were described by one source as feeling "absolutely terrible" and "in the dark" about the circumstances of Sala's flight arrangements. Sala, who had been in prolific goal scoring form for Nantes in recent months, had been a dream signing for the club. Willie McKay, a well-known agent, was reported to have played a part in negotiating the club's record-breaking deal, but he told The Telegraph he had nothing to do with Sala's flight. He told The Telegraph: "I have had family members ringing me about this and it's just not true. None of it." Fans have left scarves and flowers at the Cardiff City stadium  The aircraft, which was built in 1984, is registered in the United States rather than Britain through a company based in Norfolk. The firm, Southern Aircraft Consultancy, charges owners around £500 pounds per year to register their aircraft with the Federal Aviation Authority, which means it is harder for the owners to be identified. Three years ago the Piper aircraft, which can carry six passengers, was delivered to the UK from Spain by a British pilot called, David Henderson. Emiliano Sala timeline He told the BBC at the time of the dangers of flying single engine aircraft over water. He said: "One of the problems we can encounter is that ice can build up on the surfaces of the aircraft, on the propeller and on the wings and if is gets too great then ultimately the aeroplane would stop flying and the only way in most of the aeroplanes we fly of getting rid of ice is to descend into warmer air and the ice will dissipate." Missing light aircraft over the English Channel Guernsey Police said rescue workers had launched three aircraft and one helicopter in a bid to find the missing plane. The aircraft scanned 280 sq miles of a target area after reviewing tidal and weather information, while coastal areas around Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands were also examined. But the search was called off on Wednesday evening with local police saying they would take a decision whether to resume the search on Thursday morning. However experienced rescuers warned there was "no hope" of finding the missing pair. A tearful Horacio Sala, father of the footballer, speaks during an interview outside his home in Progreso, Argentina Credit: AP Photo/Mauricio Garin John Fitzgerald, Chief officer of Channel Islands Air Search, said "even the most fit person" would only last a few hours in the water. Mr Fitzgerald said: "Sadly, I really don't think, personally, there is any hope. At this time of year the conditions out there are pretty horrendous if you are actually in the water." Sala had taken flown in the aircraft from Cardiff to Nantes on Saturday evening after finalising his move to the Premier League club. He had wanted to say goodbye to friends and former colleagues at the French club before embarking on his new career at Cardiff. But he had told friends he was worried about the return flight because the outbound trip had been "bumpy". Mr Ibbotson, a highly experienced pilot, from the village of Crowle near Scunthorpe, had joked with friends on social media that he was a "a bit rusty with the ILS", thought to be a reference to the aircraft's Instrument Landing System. Shortly before take off, Sala also sent a WhatsApp voice message to family saying he was "so scared". Media in Argentina reported he said: "I'm on a plane that looks like it's going to fall apart."

MAGA hat teenager: Kentucky town reels from death threats and protests over stand-off with Native American man

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:29 | The Independent

MAGA hat teenager: Kentucky town reels from death threats and protests over stand-off with Native American manResidents of this affluent northern Kentucky town emerged from a turbulent holiday weekend with a question: How did a viral video showing local students interacting with a drumbeating Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial suck their community into the fractious national debates about politics and race? President Donald Trump was tweeting about them. Everyone forgets that," said Park Hills Mayor Kathy Zembrodt, who expressed anger about the initial portrayal of the students as aggressors in the Lincoln Memorial encounter.

Kentucky mother of newborn twins missing since leaving bar with men 3 weeks ago

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:38 | KGO – San Francisco

Kentucky mother of newborn twins missing since leaving bar with men 3 weeks ago'If you know anything, we beg you, come forward': A Kentucky family is making an emotional plea to help find a mother of four who vanished.

A century on, Basra's British-era shipyard going strong

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:47 | Reuters

A century on, Basra's British-era shipyard going strongThousands of ships, including former dictator Saddam Hussein's yacht, have passed through the Iraqi shipyard's three docks, where a giant steam engine hauls them out of the water and up the century-old wooden tracks. Mohammed Adnan, who has been operating the huge steam engine for six years now, says it is not easy. "They say they [the British] brought in the wood from Burma... we tried to drill a 1.5 inch nail into it once, we couldn't," said Jassim Hussain Sabour, the shipyard's longest-serving worker.

Shutdown hits national security employees across government

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:50 | Yahoo News

Shutdown hits national security employees across governmentOfficials serving in intelligence and national security roles in the FBI; the departments of Homeland Security, State and Justice; and other agencies have large numbers of employees either furloughed or working but not being paid.

Striking teachers in LA reach tentative settlement with district

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 17:32 | AFP

Striking teachers in LA reach tentative settlement with districtLos Angeles public school teachers reached a tentative settlement with school officials Tuesday in order to end a weeklong strike that has affected some 500,000 students. The settlement -- reached after 21 hours of marathon talks that ended early Tuesday -- was set to be voted on by the roughly 30,000 members of the teachers union later in the day and classes are due to resume on Wednesday. "The strike nobody wanted is now behind us," Los Angeles United School District superintendent Austin Beutner said at a joint press conference with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles.

Today's Horoscope

Aries Horoscope for Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A word of praise from the right person validates you more than empty flattery from someone who`s just trying to manipulate you. Maybe you finally sit down and read this past week`s journal entries. Maybe your significant other lets you know how much you please him or her. The bottom line is that you`re feeling positive about yourself. And when that happens, other people begin to notice. They`re asking for your opinion. You`re being invited to places that you only dreamed of going. If new obstacles loom, you`re happy to tackle them. Nothing is too much for you now.
Is it gravity or magnetism? You`re nor sure which principle is in play, but all you know is that everything comes to you with complete predictability. Just hold out your hand, and there it is. As an Earth Sign, this is your day to get down and dirty. If you can do it while keeping your hands clean, so much the better. Any lingering inhibitions vanish as you do what pleases you. Pursue your goals with confidence. Satisfy your appetites without worrying about budget limitations. You`re everybody`s guest these days. Impress those who know you with a side they`ve never seen.

Limitations annoy you. Confrontation doesn`t bother you. You`re not looking for trouble, but you`ll face it without fear. You might surprise yourself by drawing on hidden strength, but you must have known that it was there because it feels so natural. Ideally, patience is the way to face adversity. Let your enemies and tormentors discredit themselves as they try to find your secret. The punch line of this joke is that you don`t really have a secret -- just the air of secrecy. Part of your charm is that you can drive others crazy wondering what you`re really up to.
These are social times. The basic principles of mingling and visiting suggest that things aren`t in their usual places, but no one seems to mind. Mild disorder is stimulating. Even so, your home is neat as a pin when you`re expecting guests. Let them wander from room to room, admiring your world and its comforts. It`s what you`d think about at someone else`s house. Take new friends to your special places. Show them the things that inspire you. Describe what you`re working on these days. If you want collaborators, this is how you`ll find them.

What you`re doing may be by-the-book, yet still be in questionable taste. Does it really matter what others think? In some cases, a bad reputation is worse than a criminal record. Think about protecting your good name if it`s on the line. Predict all the consequences you can imagine, and go with the one that makes the least ripples. You`ve seen enough bad judgment calls to avoid following in those footsteps. Stabilize your situation by exercising moderation in all things. You can pull out all the stops again once the Stars are more favorably aligned.
Yes, there is order in the Universe, and you of all the Signs should know about it. You can spend the day cleaning house or doing yard work and still come away with a feeling of accomplishment on a deep metaphysical level. It`s about more than just brightening your environment, putting things where they belong or taming your little corner of nature. You reach a unique understanding about the way in which you operate. Honing your technique is closely tied to building your character. As everyone around you can attest, you`re beautiful when you`re this self-assured.

Do you like being the center of attention? If you have a choice in the matter this time, the answer might be no. There`s no doubt about your personal magnetism, but the spotlight it throws on you can be a little too much. You`re worried that you won`t measure up on closer inspection. Everyone knows that they should deal with their personal care in private, but for you this extends to health maintenance activities. Public displays of yoga and running are out for today. Stay composed and apparently in control. Fend off probing questions with polite answers, and save everybody from embarrassment.
Things are changing again! Be open to shifts in relationships, whether it`s a loved one discovering a new side to themselves, or a friend suddenly asking more favors than ever before. This is the wrong moment to be stubborn, especially if kindness is what`s called for. How useful is it to attach yourself to an impermanent situation? That`s one sure way to turn yourself from an asset into a liability. Accidents will happen, but remember the retailer`s motto: `You break it, you bought it.`

You were having so much fun, but now you get the feeling that the party`s almost over. Disembark from your pleasure cruise at the next port of call. Don`t stay aboard as it might turn into a bad trip. The calm waters could get a little rocky when small stones make their ripples in a still pond. Whoever might be throwing them just managed to break into your quiet reflection. Either someone is sending you a specific message, or you`re just experiencing the whim of a complete stranger. Remember your obligations. Pay your debts before they get too expensive.
Be honest with everyone. Sometimes the truth can be painful, but not now. The nature of your feelings is just too good to hide from your loved ones. You can be sure that their sentiments match yours. Along with all this, you`re thinking positively about the ideals that drive you and the systems that work for you. Be faithful to these things, and everything that surrounds them will line up perfectly. Now that you have it all in order, a tasteful celebration is okay. Be the first to offer a toast in honor of your wonderful life.

On certain days your energy sparkles like fine champagne, but you may be feeling a little more flat that fizzy these days. Don`t worry -- your exuberant, free-spirited self is still there; you just have to remember how to access it. Instead, you`re reflecting on the things that money can`t buy, no matter how much you have. The good news is that you`ll be the first to embrace early signs of change.
You don`t have much ego invested in the idea of leaders and followers. If you happen to turn around and see others marching along behind you, you`ll gladly give them a piece of the action. As for you, you`ll go wherever your intuition sends you. And what a fine place that is. The thoughts that occur to you are worth thinking. A quick mind sends its message in precise words. But there`s poetry in what you say, too. People are amazed by how creative you can be. It all happens in ways that seem too good to be true.