Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran's main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. For days after the Jan. 8 shootdown, Iran denied that it fired missiles at the plane, initially blaming a technical malfunction and engine fire for the crash.
A Dutchman isolated six of his children in a remote farmhouse from birth and beat them to drive out "bad spirits," prosecutors told a court on Tuesday. Gerrit Jan van D., 67, subjected the youngsters who were found on the farm in the village of Ruinerwold in October to "very serious physical punishment" when he thought they had been made "unclean". One child was tied up by his hands and feet as punishment, while another child was forced to spend an entire summer in a doghouse at the farm in northern Drenthe province, prosecutors said.
China repeated its call on Monday for Canada to release detained Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou as soon as possible, ahead of the executive's first extradition hearing later in the day. "The resolve of the Chinese government to protect Chinese citizens' proper legal rights is firm and unwavering," foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, told reporters during a daily briefing. Meng, daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1, 2018, at the request of the United States, where she is charged with bank fraud and accused of misleading the bank HSBC about Huawei Technologies' business in Iran.
The House has a new demand before President Trump's impeachment proceedings get under way.The House has deemed White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, one of Trump's top impeachment defenders, a "material witness" to the charges against Trump, a letter to Cipollone sent Tuesday reads. Cipollone now faces a possible "disqualification" from defending Trump, and must "disclose" any evidence he has as the trial begins, the House's impeachment managers continued.The first impeachment article against Trump alleges he pressured Ukraine to get investigations opened into the Bidens and the 2016 election, and the second says he obstructed Congress' attempt to investigate that campaign. "Evidence indicates that" Cipollone has "detailed knowledge of the facts regarding the first article and played an instrumental role in the conduct charged in the second," the letter from the House reads. "Ethical rules" would therefore "generally preclude" Cipollone from being a lawyer in this case, given that he's also a "necessary witness," the impeachment managers continue."At a minimum, [Cipollone] must disclose all facts and information" he has "firsthand knowledge" of that may come into play during the Senate's impeachment trial into Trump, the letter concludes. Whether Cipollone actually does that is doubtful. Find the whole letter here.More stories from theweek.com Senate tables Chuck Schumer's first impeachment amendment along party lines The real problem with McConnell's impeachment rules Weinstein defense will seek to discredit witnesses with 'loving emails' during trial
This flu index forecast for the week ending January 25, 2020, shows the states where flu cases will be higher. Orange colors indicate higher flu activity and green the lowest activity. (Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia.) The 2019-20 flu season has been atypical in one significant way. Until now, Influenza B/Victoria - the season's less severe version of the flu compared to Influenza A(H1N1) - has been the more impactful strain of the flu virus."That's quite unusual," Dr. Bryan Lewis, a professor at the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia, told AccuWeather. Lewis works with a team in a research partnership with AccuWeather. "This is likely the most cases caused by Influenza B in any season in the last 20 years."Influenza B, of course, causes significant illness in those stricken; however, hospitalization and death are less frequent than with Influenza A.And although Influenza A did finally overtake Influenza B this week to account for most of the flu activity in the United States for the first time this season, incidence overall continues to decline. That could lead the majority of states returning to low levels in the next two to four weeks, according to Biocomplexity Institute researchers."Things continue to decline significantly," Dr. Lewis told AccuWeather. "We expect some small surge in activity in a few places, but it does seem like most of the country is declining. It will take most regions a few more weeks to ‘leave' the season, and some of the states will stretch out with the secondary peaks."CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APPVisits to health care providers for influenza-like illnesses (ILI) decreased from 5.7 percent last week to 4.7 percent this week, a second straight weekly decline, according to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Flu activity remains high, the CDC notes - and above the national baseline of 2.4 percent - but the Biocomplexity Institute researchers report that most of the states (46) have experienced a decrease in activity.The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 13 million flu illnesses, 120,000 hospitalizations and 6,600 deaths from the flu. It's the ninth straight week flu activity is above baseline normal; last year, levels of ILI in the U.S. were at or above baseline for 21 straight weeks. Several states scattered between Texas to South Carolina may be entering the final weeks of active transmission, having experienced both A and B waves with now declining activity, researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute noted.Flu season typically begins in October, peaks between December and February and lasts well into March, although activity can last as late as May. Flu viruses are more stable in cold air and the low humidity allows the virus particles to remain in the air, according to Peter Palese, who was the lead author on a key flu study in 2007. For example, there is no real flu season in the tropics."AccuWeather believes the weather and the sunshine intensity are important factors in the flu season; there is no flu to speak of in the summer because the sun is strong and the weather is warm," said company founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers.Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.
Two inmates were killed Monday night at an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks. The state Department of Corrections confirmed the deaths Tuesday but did not immediately release the names of the latest inmates killed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The department said it is investigating the deaths.
The attorneys for a 24-year-old Iranian national and Northeastern University student who inspired protests at Boston Logan International Airport over the weekend said their client was deported late Monday in spite of a federal court order.Shahab Dehghani was detained Sunday night at about 5 p.m. when he arrived to study economics at the private school on a valid F1 student visa. He was held for secondary questioning by federal agents, and more than 100 people reportedly came out to demonstrate on his behalf outside of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) area of the airport for at least three hours on Monday. Protesters chanted “let Shahab in,” “do the right thing,” “stop deporting students,” and “let him in!”Dehghani was ordered removed from the U.S. without his having access to a lawyer, WBUR reported, but his attorneys, Susan Church and Kerry Doyle, filed an emergency federal petition on his behalf Monday night. The filing claimed CBP agents violated Dehghani’s rights when they detained him at the airport in the first place.U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs granted the order, scheduled a hearing in Boston federal court at 10 a.m. on Tuesday to discuss the matter, and appeared to delay Dehghani’s removal.“It is not a total victory. It is a partial victory,” Church told a crowd of protesters on Monday night, according to MassLive.com.Despite that order, Church said on Twitter Tuesday morning that Shahab Dehghani was “removed from the U.S. at 10:03 p.m.” Monday after agents told “multiple attorneys” that he was taken off the plane about 30 minutes earlier.Church tweeted on Tuesday morning: “THEY LIED.”A CBP spokesperson said in a statement that the agency could not confirm or deny that Dehghani was even in custody, citing the Privacy Act.“Applicants must demonstrate they are admissible into the U.S. by overcoming all grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labor certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds,” the statement said.Judge Richard G. Stearns reportedly dismissed the case during a Tuesday morning hearing, declaring the issue moot—since Dehghani had already been deported—and noting that he did not believe he had the authority to order CBP to allow for the student’s return, according to WBUR.During the 10 a.m. hearing in Boston federal court, CBP attorneys also disputed the timeline presented by Dehghani’s attorneys, one of whom said Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey received confirmation that the emergency stay order was granted before the flight took off, WBUR reported. In court, the agency’s attorneys reportedly claimed that Dehghani’s plane left before the order was issued.“We are aware that a Northeastern University student who is an Iranian citizen has been denied entry to the United States,” school spokeswoman Shannon Nargi said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “Northeastern welcomes thousands of international students and supports them with an array of resources. We have been in touch with federal officials to learn more about this case and to provide our student with the appropriate assistance to facilitate a successful return to Northeastern.”Dehghani previously attended University of Massachusetts Boston and was in the country for more than two years before he returned to Iran to visit family in December 2018, MassLive.com reported.Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren recently requested more information from CBP about additional security measures that may target Iranian travelers entering the country. The Guardian reported that the U.S. has deported at least 10 Iranian students with valid visas since August—despite the lengthy and intense approval process it takes to acquire that paperwork. Seven of those students had reportedly flown into Logan International Airport in Boston, and some now allege serious infractions by an individual CBP officer at the Boston airport, the newspaper reported.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Britain will introduce tougher jail sentences for convicted terrorists and will end early release as part of a series of measures to strengthen its response to terrorism, the government said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to make changes after an attack near London Bridge in November in which Usman Khan, a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, killed two people. Khan had been sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison in 2012 with a requirement that the parole board assess his danger to the public before release.
A leopard that ran into a house and sparked a frantic search and a frenzy of attention in southern India on Monday has been caught and tranquilized. The big cat emerged from the Kamdanam forest and ran into a house in Shadnagar town in Telangana state, said Dr. Mohammad Abdul Hakeem, a wildlife official. Deadly conflict between humans and animals has increased in recent years in India largely due to shrinking forest habitats and urban expansion.
An attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Monday, requesting the he recuse himself from Parnas' criminal case.Parnas was arrested last October and charged with campaign finance violations. In the letter, which was also filed in New York federal court, attorney Joseph Bondy said Barr has a conflict of interest and asked that a special prosecutor from outside the Justice Department handle Parnas' case. "Federal ethics guidelines bar federal employees from participating in matters in which their impartiality could be questioned, including matters in which they were personally involved or about which they have personal knowledge," Bondy wrote.Bondy cited several reasons why Barr should recuse himself, noting that the reconstructed transcript released by the White House of President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump telling Zelensky that Barr could help him facilitate an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. Last week, Parnas told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that Barr knew about efforts in the Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden, saying, "Attorney General Barr was basically on the team." Read Bondy's letter here.More stories from theweek.com Senate tables Chuck Schumer's first impeachment amendment along party lines The real problem with McConnell's impeachment rules Weinstein defense will seek to discredit witnesses with 'loving emails' during trial
New photos have emerged which for the first time show convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk at the Sobibor death camp, a Berlin archive confirmed Monday, although he always denied ever being there. Ukrainian-American Demjanjuk was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of nearly 30,000 Jews at Sobibor by a German court in 2011. According to the Berlin-based Topography of Terror archive, photos of Demjanjuk are among a newly discovered collection of more than 350 snaps which give "detailed insight" into the camp in German-occupied Poland.
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Boeing trading halted after stock falls 6 percentTue, 21 Jan 2020 16:52:23 -0500 Boeing's stock trading was temporarily halted Tuesday after shares fell nearly 6 percent amid reports that regulators would keep 737 Max planes grounded longer than expected.
Brazil indicts The Intercept founder Glenn GreenwaldTue, 21 Jan 2020 16:39:33 -0500 Prosecutors in Brazil have filed charges against American journalist Glenn Greenwald, founder of The Intercept, accusing him of cybercrimes, court documents made public Tuesday indicate.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is back on the Bernie Bus.
Mrs. Clinton took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to back away from a day of furor over an interview in which she said nobody in the Senate liked Sen. Bernie Sanders and that she wasn't sure she would ...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez asked the U.S. government Tuesday to issue a major disaster declaration for 10 additional municipalities following the recent damaging earthquake.
The petition came two weeks after the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit near the U.S. territory's southern coast, killing one person, ...
President Trump again has proclaimed the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion as National Sanctity of Human Life Day, saying there is "more to be done" to reduce abortions.
Mr. Trump, in a proclamation timed for the 47th anniversary of the Roe decision on Wednesday, ...
The last few books written by investigative reporter and author Peter Schweizer have some telling titles. Consider "Clinton Cash" — which was on The New York Times bestseller list for 11 weeks. Then there's "Secret Empires" and "Throw Them All Out" — all fact-driven exposes primarily driven by the perceived ...
CHICAGO — An error in Illinois' new automatic voter registration system led to a possible 545 non-U.S. citizens being registered to vote, 16 of whom cast ballots, state officials publicly acknowledged this week.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office, which oversees driver's licenses, said the data of 574 people ...
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly.
The police in the Michaocan towns of Angangueo and Ocampo were called in late ...
NEW YORK (AP) - CBS was the first major network to break away from President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate on Tuesday, allowing its viewers to watch their regular afternoon fare instead of a debate over a proposed amendment to subpoena White House documents.
SEATTLE (AP) - A grieving mother, a frightened student, prosecutors and law enforcement officers told a Senate panel that setting certain limits on firearms will save lives, while a home-invasion victim, gun store owners and a tribal chairman argued that changing firearms laws will prevent vulnerable people from protecting themselves.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia senator is inviting the National Rifle Association to move to his state as lawmakers pursue gun-control measures in neighboring Virginia, where the group now has its headquarters.
The invitation came in a Monday letter from Republican Sen. Randy Smith to NRA leadership that ...
ORLANDO, Fla. — A worker with anti-government views fatally stabbed his Trump-supporting boss at a highway construction site and placed an American flag next to the body after they got into a political argument, deputies in Florida said Tuesday.
Mason Toney, 28, was charged with first-degree murder for the killing ...
Senators voted on party-line to shut down an amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Tuesday to demand White House documents be subpoenaed, changing the impeachment procedure put forward by Senate Republicans.
The vote was 53-47, with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, and Sen. Angus King, Maine ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council is repealing a law requiring companies that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the National Rifle Association, weeks after a federal judge blocked the city from enforcing the ordinance.
Council members voted 12-0 without discussion Tuesday to ...
RICHMOND, Va. — The day after a massive gathering of gun-rights activists at the Virginia Capitol, the state Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
The Democratic-led Senate gave preliminary approval to approved the so-called "red ...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The day after a massive gathering of gun-rights activists at the Virginia Capitol, the state Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
The Democratic-led Senate gave preliminary approval to approved the so-called ...
The coding school, owned by WeWork, received a $1.2 million grant to offer scholarships to people historically underrepresented in technology, including women, minorities, veterans and those with disabilities.
A city of Houston health inspector condemned about eight pounds of food after the mobile food truck owner could demonstrate where the food came from, according to health inspection records for January 6 -12.
A key legal opinion City Hall cited as justification for Mayor de Blasio’s use of NYPD security during his failed presidential campaign does not answer critical questions about why taxpayers should foot the bill.
On top of all the other woes stemming from Hurricane Maria, some of the Puerto Ricans who fled from the island territory to New York City in the aftermath of the deadly 2017 storm are mired in a bureaucratic nightmare, says the head of a nonprofit dedicated to helping the newcomers.
Renee Doby-Brecht posted several pictures of her daughter Ariah’s playroom on Facebook, complete with miniature Target and Starbucks storefronts, and thousands of people have reacted and shared her astonishingly adorable post.
Derek Jeter is officially a Hall of Famer, but he did fall short.
The Yankees captain and shortstop was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. There was never any doubt about that, he was headed for Cooperstown that day in 2014 when he finally hung up his cleats. But he also could have...
Impeachment trial looms over Trump's visit to DavosTue, 21 Jan 2020 19:12:17 -0500 Just minutes after President Trump arrived at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he faced questions about impeachment. In between meetings, he was briefed about the trial. Weijia Jiang reports.
Coronavirus virus case found in the U.S.Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:12:15 -0500 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case in the U.S. of the deadly coronavirus. Health officials said a man in Washington state has the same virus that sickened about 300 people in China. Mark Strassmann reports.
Senate impeachment trial of Trump beginsTue, 21 Jan 2020 19:12:14 -0500 The first day of President Trump's impeachment trial was full of surprises. Democrats are charging Mitch McConnell with orchestrating a cover up. Chip Reid has the latest.
Schiff says intelligence agencies are withholding evidenceTue, 21 Jan 2020 19:10:29 -0500 As the impeachment trial of President Trump gets underway, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said some intelligence agencies have "stopped cooperating" with an ongoing investigation in the House. Schiff spoke to "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell, along with three other impeachment managers: Representatives Val Demings, Zoe Lofgren and Jason Crow.
Death by TextTue, 21 Jan 2020 18:35:02 -0500 Michelle Carter, convicted of involuntary manslaughter because she used text messages to encourage a friend to take his own life, is being released from jail. "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty has the latest in the headline-making case.
Chacey Poynter: Witness to MurderTue, 21 Jan 2020 18:28:28 -0500 Hear for the first time from the woman at the center of a case prosecutors said was all about ”sex, lies, money and murder.” "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant reports.