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Biden blasts Trump for saying he 'deserted' Pennsylvania: 'I was 10'

Biden blasts Trump for saying he 'deserted' Pennsylvania: 'I was 10'The former vice president blasted President Trump for telling the crowd at a rally in Pennsylvania earlier this week that he “deserted” them.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 9:49 AM

Rain, flooding expected in U.S. Southern Plains after deadly storms

Rain, flooding expected in U.S. Southern Plains after deadly stormsWeather forecasters on Wednesday expected drenching rains to roll into the storm-ravaged U.S. southern and central states, where thunderstorms and tornadoes killed at least three people and triggered widespread flooding. More than 30 tornadoes struck a swath from Texas to Iowa since Monday, according to the National Weather Service, and residents in at least three Oklahoma riverfront communities were urged to evacuate due to flooding. One person was killed and another was injured when a tornado struck the rural town of Adair, Iowa, about 50 miles (80 km)west of Des Moines, at about 1:30 a.m. local time, the weather service said.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 4:02 PM

Russia and America Are Taking Turns Probing Each Other’s Air Space

Russia and America Are Taking Turns Probing Each Other’s Air SpaceSix Russian Tu-95 heavy bombers and several Russian Su-35 fighters probed U.S. air-defenses on May 20 and May 21, 2019, prolonging a period of aerial tension between the Moscow and Washington.U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighters and supporting aircraft on both days peacefully intercepted the Russian planes. “The Russian bombers and fighters remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace,” North American Aerospace Defense Command reported.“Two pairs of F-22s and an E-3 airborne early warning and control system from North American Aerospace Defense Command positively identified and intercepted a total of four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on May 20,” noted the command, which also is known by its Cold War acronym “NORAD.”“Specifically, two of the Russian bombers were intercepted by two F-22s, and a second group of bombers with Su-35 fighters was intercepted later by two additional F-22s, while the E-3 provided overall surveillance.”

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 12:30 AM

Teen arrested in attack on off-duty firefighter defending elderly couple on Upper East Side

Teen arrested in attack on off-duty firefighter defending elderly couple on Upper East SideThe 17-year-old suspect told reporters that he was "defending his friend." He's charged with second-degree assault.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 1:57 PM

Major Texas border station closed for flu outbreak after teen death

Major Texas border station closed for flu outbreak after teen deathA major Texas border station has been temporarily closed due to a fever outbreak, officials said, one day after a Guatemalan teenager diagnosed with flu at the facility died in immigration custody. Medical staff imposed the quarantine at the McAllen processing center after a "large number" of detainees were found to have high fevers and symptoms of a flu-related illness. "To avoid the spread of illness, the Rio Grande Valley Sector has temporarily suspended intake operations at the CPC," Customs and Border Protection said in a statement late Tuesday, referring to the Central Processing Center.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 6:40 AM

Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.

Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers abruptly adjourned after one lawmaker called for the censure of another over comments that included calling the president's son "evidently retarded."

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 10:31 AM

U.S. judge approves PG&E $105 million wildfire assistance fund

U.S. judge approves PG&E $105 million wildfire assistance fundPG&E Corp may set up a $105 million housing fund for victims of 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California, which set records for devastation and were blamed on the utility's equipment, the judge overseeing the investor-owned power producer's bankruptcy ruled on Wednesday. Creditors, which include wildfire victims, are fighting for funds as PG&E navigates bankruptcy stemming from the blazes and as the state plans for increasingly long and dangerous fire seasons its officials attribute to climate change. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali at a hearing approved a motion by PG&E seeking permission to establish the fund for people who lost homes in the fires and were uninsured or have used up or will exhaust their insurance.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 2:23 PM

Fears rise China could weaponise rare earths in US tech war

Fears rise China could weaponise rare earths in US tech warThe US has hit China where it hurts by going after its telecom champion Huawei, but Beijing's control of the global supply of rare earths used in smartphones and electric cars gives it a powerful weapon in their escalating tech war. A seemingly routine visit by President Xi Jinping to a Chinese rare earths company this week is being widely read as an obvious threat that Beijing is standing ready for action. Xi's inspection tour "is no accident, this didn't happen by chance," said Li Mingjiang, China programme coordinator at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 6:53 AM

Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000

Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000A serial con artist was arrested Wednesday after allegedly scamming a Georgiawoman he met on Match

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 2:20 PM

Trump Storms Out of Infrastructure Talks with Dems after Pelosi Comments

Trump Storms Out of Infrastructure Talks with Dems after Pelosi CommentsPresident Trump stormed out of infrastructure talks with Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday, railing against House speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that he is "engaged in a cover-up."“I don’t do cover ups,” the president told reporters in the White House Rose Garden. “I walked into the room and I told Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, ‘I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I’d be really good at that. That’s what I do. But you know what, you can’t do it under these circumstances.'""Get these phony investigations over with," Trump added. “I’ve said from the beginning that you probably can’t go down two tracks. You can go down the investigation track or you can go down the investment track."The president's ire was piqued by a meeting of the House Democratic caucus earlier Wednesday, in which members discussed the possibility of impeaching him.During the closed-door meeting, Pelosi reportedly clashed with rank-and-file members who are upping the pressure on her to begin impeachment proceedings against the president. She was said to have argued that most of the party is against impeachment, a divisive and cumbersome process, as well as a political risk for Democrats. But she emerged from the meeting with harsh words for the president."We believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up," Pelosi said told reporters afterward. "We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States."Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of planning the dramatic exit from the infrastructure meeting.“To watch what happened in the White House would make your draw drop,” Schumer said back on Capitol Hill. “It’s clear this was not a spontaneous move on the president’s part. It was planned.”

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 1:04 PM

NYT > Top Stories

Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces 17 counts in a superseding indictment over his role in obtaining and publishing classified documents in 2010.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 2:32 AM
‘Frightening’: Charges Against Julian Assange Alarm Press Advocates
A new indictment against the WikiLeaks leader was denounced as a dangerous precedent that could lead to future prosecutions of journalists.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 11:41 PM
Harvey Weinstein Is Said to Reach $44 Million Deal to Settle Lawsuits
About $30 million would be set aside for women who have accused him, employees of his former studio and creditors, according to people briefed on the matter.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 1:54 AM
Trump and Pelosi Trade Barbs, Both Questioning the Other’s Fitness
President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi traded accusations that the other was unfit for office, as a war of words between the party leaders accelerated.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 11:41 PM
Trump Gives Attorney General Sweeping Power in Review of 2016 Campaign Inquiry
In a directive, the president ordered the intelligence agencies to cooperate with the review and gave the attorney general the authority to unilaterally declassify their documents.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 2:45 AM
Trump Gives Farmers $16 Billion in Aid Amid Prolonged China Trade War
The Trump administration announced an aid package for farmers on Thursday to mollify an important political constituency hurt by a trade clash with China.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 11:22 PM
Trump Officials Prepare to Bypass Congress to Sell Weapons to Gulf Nations
The move would infuriate Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who are seeking to limit American military support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 12:37 AM
How U.S. Weapons Ended Up Hitting Hospitals in Yemen
In our video, a former State Department official sent to advise the Saudi-led coalition says he saw firsthand how it failed to avoid civilian casualties in Yemen — and how the U.S. chose to look the other way.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 11:00 PM
Missouri Tornadoes: Heavy Rains, Devastating Floods and ‘Then the Sirens Go’
First came floods across Nebraska and Iowa. Then the Mississippi River rose and rose, threatening towns. And on Wednesday, a series of violent tornadoes tore through the region.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 12:36 AM
Farm Bailout, WikiLeaks, Summer Movies: Your Thursday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 2:32 AM

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