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|Supreme Court Allows Redacted Appeal in Possible Mueller Case
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction by President Donald Trump. The dispute apparently marks the first time the Supreme Court has been asked to intervene in the probe. The Supreme Court previously refused to block the daily fines, but the company is still pressing the court to hear an appeal.
POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 11:14 AM
|Trump keeps fueling story of Kentucky students' confrontation with Native American
President Trump on Tuesday fueled the controversy over a confrontation near the Lincoln Memorial between a group of Kentucky high school students and an elderly Native American protester, using it to bash one of his favorite targets: the media.
POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 10:47 AM
|Gunman surrenders after killing five in central Florida bank: police
The shooting occurred at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, a town of about 10,000 people 95 miles (153 km) south of Orlando, around 12:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT), Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said at a news conference. The 21-year-old suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, called 911 dispatchers and said he had shot five people inside the bank, according to authorities. When police entered the bank, the gunman had barricaded himself inside but eventually surrendered, the Sebring Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook.
POSTED JANUARY 23, 2019 10:21 PM
|Striking teachers in LA reach tentative settlement with district
Los 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.
POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 5:32 PM
|Photos: Niagara Falls transforms into majestic winter wonderland following Arctic blast
The frigid conditions in recent weeks have covered the Niagara Falls with snow and ice. Despite the cold, many tourists have visited and have snapped breathtaking photos of the winter display.
POSTED JANUARY 23, 2019 11:11 AM
|Sanders reaches out to black SC voters before 2020 decision
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even before he announces whether he's a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing that South Carolina's African-American voters handed him in 2016.
POSTED JANUARY 23, 2019 12:18 AM
|Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyer
Russia'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 Rosbalt.ru reported this month.
POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 3:59 PM
|The Moon was hit by a meteorite while you were staring at the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ eclipse
Skywatchers had plenty to be excited about this past weekend thanks to a lunar eclipse that was visible from the Americas as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. It got the nickname "Super Blood Wolf Moon" thanks to a combination of labels that may or may not have much meaning, but it was an undeniably cool sight nonetheless.
As it turns out, the eclipse was even more special than most observers had noticed, as the Moon was actually struck by a meteorite while everyone was gazing in wonder at its rusty appearance. A new video from astronomer Jose Madiedo, using imagery gathered by the MIDAS impact survey effort, shows the exact moment of impact.
In the video you can clearly see a tiny dot flash in the upper left corner of the Moon sphere, appearing for only a fraction of a second before being shrouded in darkness. Some observers who were watching live coverage of the eclipse spotted the brief flash, debating what might have caused it.
The MIDAS survey is a Moon-watching that scours video of its surface in the hopes of detecting the tiny flashes associated with meteorite impacts. In this case, MIDAS scored a home run, and it was the first time the system was able to spot an impact during a total lunar eclipse.
"In total I spent almost two days without sleeping, including the monitoring time during the eclipse," Madiedo explained to Gizmodo. "I was exhausted when the eclipse ended--but when the automatic detection software notified me of a bright flash, I jumped out of my chair. It was a very exciting moment because I knew such a thing had never been recorded before."
The meteorite itself wasn't terribly large, and is estimated to have only been around 22 pounds. Still, its impact was large enough to be spotted by observers as well as the automated MIDAS system, and that's pretty cool.
POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 1:01 PM
|Norwegian Cruise Line denies claim crew member used passenger's cabin for sex
Norwegian Cruise Line on Tuesday denied that a crew member used a British couple's cabin for sex during a recent voyage.
POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 2:24 PM
|Venezuela's Defaulted Bonds Soar as Anti-Maduro Protests Mount
The hope among investors is that popular dissatisfaction with Maduro will eventually lead to his removal from office and the ascension of a new government that will be able to boost oil production and get the economy back on track, paving the way for a restructuring deal after $9 billion of defaults. Creditors have been stuck in limbo since November 2017, when Maduro announced he would suspend debt payments amid an economic crisis, while U.S. sanctions prevented any sort of renegotiation that would pave the way for payments to resume. The opposition has rallied behind the call of National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, who has invoked the constitution as he pushed for restoring democratic order after Maduro began a new term widely deemed to be illegitimate due to fraudulent elections.
POSTED JANUARY 23, 2019 10:58 AM