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Trump is 'in the hospitality business,' Mulvaney says, after president reverses plan to host summit at his golf club

Trump is 'in the hospitality business,' Mulvaney says, after president reverses plan to host summit at his golf clubActing White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday defended President Trump’s decision to host next year’s G-7 summit at his hotel resort, saying the president “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business.”




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2019 12:31 PM

70,000 California wildfire victims may miss out on payments

70,000 California wildfire victims may miss out on paymentsAs many as 100,000 Californians are eligible to receive payments for the damages they suffered from a series of devastating wildfires over the last several years. Concerned that as many as 70,000 victims may miss out on payments, attorneys filed court papers Friday to alert the bankruptcy judge that wildfire survivors — many still traumatized and struggling to get back on their feet — aren't aware of their rights to file a claim. "People really are overwhelmed and don't understand what they need to do," said Cecily Dumas, an attorney for the Official Committee of Tort Claimants, a group appointed by the court to represent all wildfire victims in the bankruptcy.




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2019 1:09 PM

Chicago Police Superintendent Seeks Investigation Into Himself

Chicago Police Superintendent Seeks Investigation Into HimselfIt was barely Thursday when someone in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago called 911 to report a person asleep in an SUV at a stop sign.When police officers arrived around 12:30 a.m., they found their boss, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, "slumped over" in his city-issued Chevrolet Tahoe, according to officials and news reports.Officers did not see any signs of impairment, and Johnson, who reported parking his car after feeling lightheaded, was allowed to drive himself home, the police said.Later that day, the superintendent called for an internal investigation into what happened, citing the need for transparency. Speaking to reporters Thursday night, he blamed blood pressure medication for the episode.The superintendent called for an investigation because "whether you are police officer or a superintendent, all officers ought to be held to the highest standard," a Police Department spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said in a statement Thursday.But the episode took a turn on Friday after Mayor Lori Lightfoot told The Chicago Sun-Times that Superintendent Johnson disclosed to her that he had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before being found asleep in his vehicle.He was not given a sobriety test after officers roused him, and Lightfoot told The Sun-Times that she was awaiting the outcome of the internal investigation to determine if the responding officers skirted rules to protect their boss, and whether Johnson should be held responsible.In a separate statement Friday, Guglielmi said the police "have no indication of impropriety at this time," adding that "this question can only be answered by the internal affairs investigation," which he said was continuing.The mayor declined to say whether the superintendent should have been driving or given a field sobriety test, The Sun-Times reported. The mayor's office did not respond to requests for comment Saturday, and the superintendent could not be reached.The police said Johnson complained of feeling exhausted Wednesday. He sent his driver home that day, but said he should have had one with him.Johnson told reporters that he did not take his blood pressure medication after his doctor changed it this week. He said he threw out his old medication, but "failed to put the new medication in."The superintendent had a blood clot this past summer, The Tribune reported, and in 2017, he underwent a kidney transplant.This episode with the superintendent was the latest to draw attention to the Police Department. In 2018, an officer was convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald and, more recently, 63 men and women were exonerated after having been convicted on drug charges in arrests by two corrupt police officers.Johnson was named to the post in 2016. His predecessor, Garry F. McCarthy, was fired days after the release of the video of McDonald's shooting.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2019 2:33 PM

Israel, Russia, and the US are in a diplomatic standoff over a 26-year-old woman smuggling 9 and a half grams of marijuana

Israel, Russia, and the US are in a diplomatic standoff over a 26-year-old woman smuggling 9 and a half grams of marijuanaNaama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to 7.5 years of prison in Moscow, and negotiating her release is part of a bigger diplomatic dispute.




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2019 1:54 PM

Trump calls Mexico's president to express 'solidarity'

Trump calls Mexico's president to express 'solidarity'Mexico's president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said on Saturday that President Trump called him to express his "solidarity" following an attempt to arrest a drug kingpin's son that prompted a wave of violence in the city of Culiacan.




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2019 4:42 PM

Petrol bombs thrown in Hong Kong as anger flares over 'triad' attack on protest leader

Petrol bombs thrown in Hong Kong as anger flares over 'triad' attack on protest leaderPolice and protesters exchanged tear gas and petrol bombs in Hong Kong on Sunday amid anger over an attack on a leading activist by men allegedly linked to triad gangsters.   Clashes broke out as tens of thousands took to the streets for an unsanctioned anti-government march, many also defying a face mask ban introduced in a bid to curb the protests.  Tensions ran high after Jimmy Sham, the leader the Civil Human Rights Front which called the march, was attacked earlier in the week by a group of men wielding metal poles and hammers. Witnesses said that those responsible for the assault were associated with pro-Beijing triads that have been blamed for previous violence against protesters.   On Saturday afternoon, a 19-year-old man was also hospitalised after being stabbed in the abdomen while handing out pro-democracy flyers in Tai Po, a district in northern Hong Kong.  Politically motivated attacks and vandalism have been on the rise as the situation continues to escalate in what is now the twentieth consecutive week of protests.  Protesters are now vandalising and destroying shops, banks, and businesses associated with mainland China. As moderate, peaceful marchers branched off from the more radical, black-clad frontline protesters near Tsim Sha Tsui police station, violence flared. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon, drenching Hong Kong's biggest mosque with blue dye in what they said was an accident Credit: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg Protesters threw molotov cocktails and set fire to makeshift barricades, while riot police charged with batons and fired volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets.  Throughout the afternoon a water cannon truck chased protesters down Nathan Road, one of the city's busiest shopping thoroughfares, leaving it streaked with blue dye from the vehicle's turrets. The dye, used to identify protesters, also contains a painful pepper solution. The entrance to the city's biggest mosque was painted blue when the truck fired at a handful of people outside. Police said hitting the building was an accident. Vivek Mahbubani, a Hong Kong-born comedian, stood with a group of friends on Nathan Road, handing out water and egg tarts to marchers. “People passing by today shared our smiles and instead of feeling worried when passing. They all agreed that we are all Hongkongers," he told The Telegraph.  “When I heard about the attack on Jimmy Sham, I was horrified. To think that Hong Kong has become a place where something like this can happen was shocking.”




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2019 11:34 AM

Thousands protest against Haiti's president

Thousands protest against Haiti's president"Jovenel is incapable and incompetent, he must pack his bags because Haiti must live," said one of the protesters, Jean Ronald. Anger mounted in late August due to a national fuel shortage, and protests turned violent.




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2019 8:44 PM

Expanding the 'Squad:' U.S. liberals challenge moderate Democrats to move party left

Expanding the 'Squad:' U.S. liberals challenge moderate Democrats to move party leftJessica Cisneros interned for U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar in 2014, and the congressman later wrote letters to help her get into law school. Now the 26-year-old immigration lawyer is gunning for her former boss' job, saying his values are out of touch with the sprawling south Texas district he has represented for 15 years.




POSTED OCTOBER 21, 2019 6:08 AM

India's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger

India's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Keeps Getting Bigger and BiggerA large arsenal in a dangerous part of the world.




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2019 2:30 PM

Impeachment inquiry: Week 5 questions about withholding military aid from Ukraine and diplomat who called policy 'crazy'

Impeachment inquiry: Week 5 questions about withholding military aid from Ukraine and diplomat who called policy 'crazy'What's up in the House impeachment inquiry in Week 5? The U.S. diplomat who questioned Trump's withholding military aid from Ukraine as 'crazy'




POSTED OCTOBER 21, 2019 10:23 AM

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