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A few things you might have missed from the Mueller report
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Special counsel Robert Mueller's report focuses on the seminal questions of whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and whether the president sought to illegally obstruct the investigation.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:30:11 -0400
At Easter mass, Parisians pray for Notre-Dame's swift restoration
News ImageThe archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, began the service by drawing a parallel between the planned reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, celebrated every year by Christians at Easter. "We will rise up again and our cathedral will rise up again," he told the congregation, which included the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the head of the Paris fire service, General Jean-Claude Gallet. The mass had originally been scheduled to be held at Notre-Dame, whose spire was destroyed and its roof gutted in Monday's blaze as rescuers put their lives at risk to salvage the rest of the centuries-old cathedral and its priceless artifacts.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:02:39 -0400
Suicide bombers in deadly attack on Afghan ministry
News ImageSuicide bombers and gunmen attacked the communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in a deadly, hours-long assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital. The Taliban said it had "nothing to do" with the attack, which left some 2,000 people stranded in the tall office building for hours at the start of the Afghan work week. "As a result of today's explosion/attack in Kabul city, two people have been martyred (killed) and 6 others are wounded," the health ministry spokesman wrote in a tweet, adding 3 of the injured were women.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:10:30 -0400
South Carolina 5th-grader in school fight died of natural causes; no charges will be filed
News ImageOfficials said the 10-year-old died from a preexisting condition called arteriovenous malformation, and there was no evidence trauma led to her death.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:25:52 -0400
Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized, firefighters leave
News ImagePARIS (AP) Architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters were leaving the site Friday night, a fire service official said.
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:32:18 -0400
How the U.S. Navy Sank Imperial Japan's Top Secret Aircraft Carrier
News ImageNo doubt he intends to act as a decoy at some point to lure away our screening destroyers. That accomplished, his comrades can approach Shinano unopposed. We must guard against any such ploy, grumbled the thoughtful skipper.The first torpedo struck farthest aft. Over the next 30 seconds three more warheads detonated against the massive aircraft carriers hull, working their way forward. The explosions and instant flooding immediately killed scores of men, many asleep in their bunks.As tons of seawater cascaded into the wounded colossus, men below deck could see the extent of the damage, were seized with panic, and stampeded topside. The missiles had hit 10 feet below the water line, and on the bridge and upper levels the commander and his officers were not yet aware of how sorely they were hurt. Many had survived earlier torpedo attacks, and aboard less formidable vessels than this one. Even as their gargantuan ship began to list, they remained optimistic.Expressing the Flavor of an Ancient Samurai
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 22:00:00 -0400
FBI arrests member of rightwing militia accused of detaining migrants
News ImageLarry Mitchell Hopkins accused of illegal weapons possession after videos apparently showed men stopping migrants in New MexicoMen including Jim Benvie, a spokesman for the militia calling itself the United Constitutional Patriots, share cigarettes while patrolling the US-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico last month. Photograph: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty ImagesA member of an armed rightwing militia group accused of illegally detaining migrants at the US-Mexico border has been arrested, officials said on Saturday.The FBI arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, for alleged unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition , days after his group posted videos that appeared to show armed men stopping migrants at the border in New Mexico, ordering them to sit on the ground and coordinating with US border patrol agents to have them taken into custody.Todays arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes, the New Mexico attorney general, Hector Balderas, said in a statement.On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called for an investigation into the pro-Trump, anti-immigrant men who have been patrolling the border and calling themselves the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP).The ACLU in New Mexico described the group as an armed fascist militia organization made up of vigilantes, saying they were working to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum and had directly made illegal arrests and held migrants at gunpoint.Hopkins role in the group was unclear, and it was also not clear if he was facing any charges directly related to the videos of the men stopping migrants. The New Mexico attorney generals office described Hopkins as a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families and labeled him an armed individual detaining migrants at the border.An FBI statement on the arrest did not mention the militia group or the detention of migrants, but noted that Hopkins has also gone by the name Johnny Horton Jr and that he was due to appear in court on Monday.In one video posted last Monday night by Jim Benvie, a member of the armed group, it appeared the men were ordering around dozens of migrants, including many children, and telling them to sit. Benvie narrated: Theres no border patrol here. This is us.The men appeared to call border patrol agents, who later were seen. The ACLU, in a letter to state officials, said the group had targeted nearly 300 migrants in Sunland Park, New Mexico, which is along the Mexico border and adjacent to El Paso, Texas.The militia members advocated for Trumps proposed border wall on the video streams and echoed the presidents anti-migrant rhetoric, warning of an invasion.There have also been concerns that the men, who wear military-style clothes, could be misrepresenting themselves as border patrol agents. In another video, Benvie filmed himself stopping a group of four adults and three children and said border patrol as he approached, before calling for another member of his group to join him. In an apparent call to border patrol, one man said: Hello, Ive got seven over here.The UCP has previously presented itself as a group of volunteers aiding border patrol and supporting Trump. In recent years, there have been numerous reports of an increase in paramilitary groups and xenophobic activists surveilling the border, working with US agents and targeting undocumented people.The UCP has not responded to the Guardians requests for comment.On Thursday, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said border patrol welcomes assistance from the community but does not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands.The Daily Beast reported that Hopkins has a history of pushing far-right conspiracies and has a conviction for impersonating an officer and felony firearm possession. He could not be reached on Saturday and it was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.Stephanie Corte, an immigrant rights campaign strategist with the ACLU in New Mexico, said her group was still trying to make contact with the detained migrants and was uncertain if any had been released.Our next focus is to try to get their story and making sure they feel safe to tell their story of being held at gunpoint, she told the Guardian, adding that the ACLU would explore legal options.She said she hoped authorities would work to make sure this does not happen again.We absolutely believe that this was completely unlawful, she said. Were hoping those involved will be brought to justice.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 16:51:42 -0400
Illinois police officer helps teenager land a job
News ImageAn Illinois police officer pulled over a teenager for an expired tag, but instead of writing him a ticket, he took the teen to a job interview.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 07:01:18 -0400
The 8 best deals and sales you can get online this Sunday
The 8 best deals and sales you can get online this SundayWhat better way to relax and recharge than with some retail therapy?
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:32:53 -0400
Team Trump plots revenge on Mueller amid calls to 'investigate the investigators'
News ImageDonald Trump and his allies are attempting to turn his two-year Russia investigation sagainto a political boost for the 2020 presidential election in the wake of the Mueller report. The presidents Justice Department is looking into the inquirys origins to see if US intelligence over-stepped the line, cheered on by supporters who want to investigate the investigators. The Trump re-election campaign is fundraising off the report, attempting to raise $1 million with emails titled EXONERATED (again) and CONFIRMED: NO COLLUSION. Figures close to the White House have also told The Sunday Telegraph that they believe Mr Trump couldbenefit from any impeachment move, triggering a backlash from US voters who see it as rushed. The emerging strategy suggests that far from drawing a line under the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, Mr Trump is preparing to use it as a rallying cry for his support base. In tweets late on Friday night, Mr Trump dubbed Mr Muellers investigation a big, fat, waste of time, energy and money and signposted his determinationto scrutinise how it begun. It is now finally time to turn the tables and bring justice to some very sick and dangerous people who have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even spying or treason, he tweeted. This should never happen again! Mr Muellers findings, published on Thursday after a 22-month investigation, found there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in the 2016 US election. It also did not recommend an obstruction of justice charge against Mr Trump. He pointedly refused to say no crime had been committed by the president but handed the decision to the Justice Department, who brought no charges. Those two top-line outcomes have allowed the president to declare no collusion, no obstruction and his legal team to announce total victory. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019 The 448-report itself paints a more complex picture, one where Mr Trump repeatedly attempted to thwart the Mueller investigation and both lie himself or make subordinatesdo likewise. The president urged his legal counsel to say he was not ordered to fire Mr Mueller when he was, the report found. Mr Trump also issued misleading statements to the press to deny reports now confirmed. The Democrats have attempted to force the spotlight on this unethical behavior but are split on how to proceed whether to begin impeachment proceedings now or wait until the 2020 election to remove him from office. William Barr, Mr Trumps newly installed US attorney general, announced shortly before the Mueller reports release that he would look into how US government officials begun the Russia investigation before the 2016 election. William Barr, Donald Trump's recently appointed US attorney general, oversaw the handling of the Mueller report Credit: MANDEL NGAN / AFP The presidents allies see political advantage, framing the investigation as a deep state ploy to thwart Mr Trump despite the insistence of those involved that they were acting in the public interest. Sebastian Gorka, a former deputy assistant in the White House, told this newspaper: Its clear that what weve seen in the last two years is an attempt to use the American intelligence community in a politically motivated spying scandal. Emails sent out by the Trump campaign in the 24 hours after the report to supporters also used the findings to generate a new wave of funds. Sorry haters: NO COLLUSION & EXONERATION AGAIN! How many times do I have to be exonerated before they stop? WHAT A JOKE! read one line in a fund-raising email, sent in Mr Trump's name on Friday. The attacks and lies will keep coming because Democrats know they dont stand a chance in 2020. Thats why we need to fight back BIGGER and STRONGER than ever before. It went on: Let's send a HUGE message to all of the Trump Haters by raising $1,000,000 in the NEXT 24 HOURS. The email ended by saying that Mr Trump would be handed a list naming everyone who had contributed before the 24-hour deadline.The Trump campaign has since confirmed it hit the $1 million mark within 24 hours.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 07:44:30 -0400
Solemn service to mark 20th anniversary of Columbine High massacre
Solemn service to mark 20th anniversary of Columbine High massacreA week-long series of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre culminates on Saturday with a remembrance ceremony celebrating the lives of the 13 victims slain in the rampage. Betty Shoels, the aunt of murdered student Isaiah Shoels, said her 18-year-old nephew was a fun-loving athlete who was always smiling, despite feeling out of place as one of the school's few African-American students. Evan Todd was a sophomore at Columbine two decades ago when he was wounded in the school library, where 10 of the students were killed.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 06:00:00 -0400
IS claims deadly attack on Afghan ministry
News ImageThe Islamic State group Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 10 people and trapped around 2,000 for hours inside the communications ministry in the Afghan capital the previous day. Four IS jihadists detonated explosives near the ministry, then entered and "battled Afghan security forces with machine guns and hand grenades for numerous hours", the group said in a statement on its social media channels. The attack in central Kabul killed seven civilians and three members of the security forces, the interior ministry said on Sunday, in a new toll after three people died of their wounds.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:36:06 -0400
Macron popularity still weak after Notre-Dame fire: poll
News ImageThe popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron remains stuck at under 30 percent as he battles a series of political troubles, with no major change reported after the Notre-Dame fire, a poll said Sunday. The poll, carried out up until April 20, was published at the end of a dramatic week for Macron which saw him address the nation over the damage to the Notre-Dame cathedral in Monday's devastating fire. With tax cuts and other major reforms expected to be announced, Macron is to hold the first ever formal press conference of his presidency on Thursday.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 03:03:34 -0400
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
News ImageA roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:11:30 -0400
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