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Vance County Schools to keep lunches to a 'minimum' to conserve food, funding during government shutdown

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:47

Vance County Schools to keep lunches to a 'minimum' to conserve food, funding during government shutdownVance County Schools said it's making changes to lunch menus to conserve food and funding during the government shutdown.


Rep. Max Rose says the State of the Union is 'we are not open for business'

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:37

Rep. Max Rose says the State of the Union is 'we are not open for business'Democratic Congressman Max Rose from New York urges an end to the partial government shutdown, followed by a sensible debate on border security.


Pelosi tells Trump to postpone State of the Union over record-long government shutdown

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:23

Pelosi tells Trump to postpone State of the Union over record-long government shutdownThe speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has asked Donald Trump to postpone his annual State of the Union address amid a government shutdown now into its 26th day. The move could deny the president the grandeur of the annual platform, which he is likely to use to criticise Ms Pelosi and Democrats over the shutdown. Democrats have said they will not sanction $5.7bn (£4.4bn) funding for Mr Trump’s proposed border wall which the president has made a central demand for reopening the government.


Pence urges US diplomats to promote legal immigration

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:02

Pence urges US diplomats to promote legal immigrationVice President Mike Pence on Wednesday urged US diplomats to emphasize that the United States still welcomes legal immigrants, amid unrelenting pressure from President Donald Trump to seal off Mexico with a wall. "I urge you to assure our allies this administration will continue to stand for legal immigration, even while we address the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border," Pence told 180 US ambassadors and chiefs of mission abroad who were back at the State Department for an annual meeting.


Brits in Spain see glimmer of hope in UK Brexit vote drubbing

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:54

Brits in Spain see glimmer of hope in UK Brexit vote drubbingJávea (Spain) (AFP) - On the sun-drenched eastern coast of Spain where British pensioners and business-owners are uncertain for their futures as Brexit ticks closer, the crushing parliamentary defeat of Theresa May's EU divorce deal has sparked a glimmer of hope. "This might not happen," Lyle Starritt told AFP, the day after May suffered a historic drubbing in the House of Commons on Tuesday, when MPs rejected the deal she struck with the European Union. Britons interviewed by AFP, all of whom were keen on Britain staying in the EU, also said they were confident that even if Brexit takes place Madrid would preserve their rights, providing London reciprocates for Spaniards living in Britain.


The 2020 Toyota Highlander Looks Redesigned beneath Some Weird Camouflage

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:48

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Looks Redesigned beneath Some Weird CamouflageThe next-gen three-row SUV will transition to a new platform but should keep the same family-oriented mission.


Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in Baltimore

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:39

Southwest Airlines flights canceled, delayed due to computer issue in BaltimoreA data connectivity issue with Southwest Airlines phones and computer systems Tuesday resulted in delayed flights to and from BWI.


SAS soldier hailed as a hero after charging into gunfire to take down terrorists in Nairobi hotel

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:31

SAS soldier hailed as a hero after charging into gunfire to take down terrorists in Nairobi hotelA member of the SAS helped save hundreds of lives when he charged into gunfire to rescue civilians trapped during a terrorist attack in Nairobi. A mission mounted by Kenyan forces on Wednesday ended a 20-hour assault on 14 Riverside, a luxury hotel and office complex in one of the city's most affluent districts, killing at least some of the perpetrators. Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan president, said that 14 civilians were killed before the attack was ended in one of the biggest military operations ever mounted in the capital.  At least one Briton was killed and one other badly wounded, amid fears that the true death toll could be higher after the Kenyan Red Cross disclosed that as many as 50 people remained unaccounted for. The unidentified SAS soldier, reportedly in Kenya to train and mentor local special forces, often appeared to be at the forefront of the operation, frequently pictured bringing civilians to safety.     The soldier, carrying his special forces C8 Diemaco rifle, enters the compound alongside Kenyan security forces Credit: AFP Although on non-combat deployment, he raced to the scene within the first hour of the attack, wearing body armour over civilian clothes and a balaclava to cover his face.  In one photograph from the scene, he carries the limp, bleeding body of a victim. Another shows the soldier bursting into the hotel complex with his special forces issue C8 Diemaco rifle drawn.  He reportedly worked with US Navy Seals, operating under Kenyan command, during the mission. British special forces, who regularly train the equivalent troops of foreign nations, are not meant to engage in any direct combat on such missions.  However, the Telegraph understands that no action is to be taken against the SAS man who acted in Kenya, and that his decision to involve himself in the life-saving operation is considered to be a fine example of the ethos of British Special Forces.      The SAS soldier evacuates an injured woman from the scene in Nairobi Five years ago in Nairobi a bungled security operation was blamed for prolonging a terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall, during which 67 people were killed. Lessons appear to have been learnt. Yesterday multiple security units, acting under the command of the head of a feared paramilitary unit, mounted a sustained counterassault, clearing the complex building by building. It was unclear if other British personnel were involved. A second British security officer, stationed in a getaway vehicle outside the complex during the first phase of the counterattack on Tuesday afternoon confirmed his involvement but declined to give details, only saying: “We are part of an ongoing operation”.  More than 800 people were caught up in the incident, many of them either hotel guests or workers at the local headquarters of multinational corporations housed in the complex’s five office blocks. A British national named as Luke Potter was confirmed among the dead. An employee of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, set up by the philanthropist and Labour peer Lord Sainsbury, he had only recently arrived in Nairobi.   Luke Potter, the British man among at least 14 people killed in a militant attack at a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi. Credit: PA At least one other Briton, believed to have been with Mr Potter, was among the wounded after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. She was described as being in a critical but stable condition by friends. Those still trapped in the latter stages of the siege told terrifying stories of their ordeal. Cherop Rotich, a secretary, said she had hidden in an office lavatory as gunmen prowled the corridor outside, kicking at doors and taunting their intended victims.  “I honestly thought I was not going to get out alive,” she said, shortly after being led out of the complex. Others told of how they fled restaurant tables and business meetings as the gunmen, with bandoliers strapped to their chests, fired at random.  Even when rescue came, the danger persisted. Survivors led out of the complex by police officers on Wednesday morning said they had come under sniper fire. Security forces help civilians flee the scene as cars burn behind Credit:  Ben Curtis/ AP Worried about the impact of terror attacks on Kenya’s tourism sector, government officials have a history of playing down the number of victims of terror attacks.  President Kenyatta has yet to fulfill a promise to hold a commission of inquiry into the 2013 Westgate attack, which saw accusations that army personnel sent in to kill the Jihadists instead engaged in a drunken looting spree before blowing up part of the mall to cover their tracks. Dominic Troulan, a former British special forces officer attached to the Foreign Office engaged terrorists amid the chaos, helping to free many civilians. He was later awarded the George Cross. Mr Kenyatta on Wednesday pledged to hunt down those responsible for the attack, responsibility for which was claimed by al-Shabaab, a Somali Islamist outfit affiliated to al Qaeda. “We will seek every person involved in planning, funding and executing this heinous act,” he said in a sombre address to the nation. Nairobi attack Under British and American tutelage, Kenyan intelligence gathering on al-Shabaab activities has improved in recent years. Last February, a mass attack on an unknown Nairobi target was thwarted after a vehicle filled with weapons and explosives was intercepted on the road from Somalia to the Kenyan capital. But there has been quiet criticism after recent warnings of an impending attack, passed onto Kenya by Western intelligence agencies, allegedly did not meet a sufficiently serious response. However, Kenyan security forces were placed on high alert in October after the country's intelligence service received reports of an impending attack on government buildings in Nairobi. A Kenyan security source said that the picture was unclear, however, and that the identity of targets kept changing. Yet it was also becoming apparent that the terrorists had staked out the Riverside complex for some time. Reuben Kimani, a barista in the hotel that bore the brunt of the attack, said he recognised one of the gunmen because he had served him coffee on several occasions.


State of the Union address is off: No 2 House Democrat Hoyer

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:10

 No 2 House Democrat HoyerThe No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's planned annual address to Congress is off, citing the partial government shutdown. "The State of the Union is off," U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer said in an interview with CNN.


Former FBI top lawyer under federal investigation for leaking to media

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:49

Former FBI top lawyer under federal investigation for leaking to mediaNew fallout to the news that James A. Baker, former general counsel for the FBI, has been under federal investigation for months; reaction from Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen.


These are the 10 most collectible cars of the Detroit auto show's past 30 years

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:26

These are the 10 most collectible cars of the Detroit auto show's past 30 yearsAs the Detroit auto show begins this week, we look back at the most collectible cars of the event's past 30 years.


40 mph mudslides, floods, blizzards, 6 feet of snow, 110 mph winds: California nightmare

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:21

 California nightmareMudslides and flooding were closing roads in California as heavy rains and snow were forecast deep into the week.


Closs family: Appreciate sympathy from suspect's father

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:08

 Appreciate sympathy from suspect's fatherBARRON, Wis. (AP) — The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who was kidnapped after her parents were killed in October said Wednesday that he appreciates the sympathy being expressed by the suspect's father.


Kremlin rubbishes 'stupid' claims that Trump a Russian agent

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:07

Kremlin rubbishes 'stupid' claims that Trump a Russian agentRussia on Wednesday dismissed as ridiculous reports questioning whether US President Donald Trump has acted as an agent for Russia as controversy mounted over his alleged ties to the Kremlin. Trump has denied explosive news reports that he hid details of discussions with President Vladimir Putin and that the FBI investigated him as a potential national security risk who might be acting on behalf of Russia. Asked about the issue by journalists in Moscow, Putin's foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov said: "Why comment on something stupid?


Top Judiciary Democrat: Vote to confirm Barr hinges on commitment to release final Mueller report

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:54

 Vote to confirm Barr hinges on commitment to release final Mueller reportSen. Dianne Feinstein said that she had become increasingly "concerned" about whether Barr would be willing to share Mueller's work in full.


'Gingers unite!': Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redhead

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:45

 Prince Harry bonds with 4-year-old redheadPrince Harry got a big surprise on Monday when a 4-year-old red-head presented him with a special sign. 


Factbox: How will the confidence vote in UK PM May's government work?

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:41

 How will the confidence vote in UK PM May's government work?British lawmakers will on Wednesday vote on whether they have confidence in the government, after Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal suffered a heavy defeat in parliament. The opposition Labour Party, backed by other smaller opposition parties, has put forward a motion which states "That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government." Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will open the debate on the motion at around 1300 GMT. May's government needs 318 votes to win the vote, as seven members of the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party do not sit, four speakers do not vote and four lawmakers who help count votes, known as tellers, are not counted.


PHOTOS: Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attack

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:07

 Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attackMilitants stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel compound, killing at least 14 people and forcing hundreds of others to make terrifying escapes, the government said Wednesday.


Brexit: Where will the UK end up: fudge, no-deal exit or halting Brexit?

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:02

 fudge, no-deal exit or halting Brexit?The crushing defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May's deal means she must now work with other parties in parliament on a new variant if she is to avoid a no-deal Brexit or the other option, a referendum on membership. As the clock ticks down to 2300 GMT on March 29, the time and date set in law for Brexit, May has three main options: a compromise deal, a no-deal Brexit or halting Brexit altogether. The opposition Labour Party's finance policy spokesman, John McDonnell, said Labour would support May if she agreed to stay in a permanent customs union with the EU, a close relationship with its single market and greater protections for workers and consumers.


US air traffic controllers say system ‘eroding’ beneath them due to government shutdown

Yahoo News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 07:59

US air traffic controllers say system ‘eroding’ beneath them due to government shutdownFederal air traffic controllers have warned that the government shutdown is going to make travel delays worse given its dwindling workforce, which has already suffered from record low employment rates in recent years. With the federal closure well into its fourth week, officials with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) say that dysfunction in Washington is causing undue stress for their members who already have precious little room for error in their jobs. Without money coming in, air traffic controllers who have been required to come to work and oversee the delicate dance between planes as they take off, land, and taxi at high speeds must now also worry about whether they have money to pay for their mortgages and child care payments.


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