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Mexicans sue Walmart over El Paso shooting

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:59

Mexicans sue Walmart over El Paso shootingMexico's government said Wednesday it has helped 10 Mexican citizens file lawsuits against Walmart over an August shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas, where a suspected white nationalist killed 22 people. "The objective of these suits, presented in El Paso county, is to hold the company responsible for not taking reasonable and necessary measures to protect its clients from the attack," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Eight Mexicans were killed in the August 3 attack in El Paso, a city on the US-Mexican border where 83 percent of the population is Latino.


General Motors sues Fiat Chrysler over bribes to auto union

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:43

General Motors sues Fiat Chrysler over bribes to auto unionGeneral Motors is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging its rival benefitted from bribes to auto union officials that gave FCA an unfair benefit in labor talks, GM announced Wednesday. The lawsuit references guilty pleas by former FCA officials, who bribed former United Auto Workers officials, in a long-running case involving a UAW employee training program, that has tarnished the union's image. The suit comes only weeks after the UAW ended a lengthy strike at GM.


Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalization

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:41

Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalizationA divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a momentous turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. The House Judiciary Committee approved the proposal 24-10 after more than two hours of debate. It would reverse a longstanding federal prohibition by removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, while allowing states to set their own rules on pot.


Pentagon discovers $81 million of U.S. Navy gear during audit

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:41

Pentagon discovers $81 million of U.S. Navy gear during auditThe Pentagon found $81 million of military equipment at a U.S. Navy facility that had not been inventoried, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday as he described the Department of Defense second straight failed audit. The Pentagon says that it has made progress toward fixing accounting discrepancies, but that it will take years to eventually pass a full audit, Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist told a U.S. Senate panel.


Prince Andrew to 'step back from public duties for the foreseeable future'

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:59

Prince Andrew to 'step back from public duties for the foreseeable future'Prince Andrew is stepping back from public duties "for the foreseeable future", following his interview on the weekend about his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. In his statement, Andrew said: "It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support. "Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission." The duke added: "I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. "I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. "Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required." Prince Andrew asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future Credit: Royal Communications  The statement came after the Prince came under pressure to resign his patronages and leadership roles as BT became the latest company to pull out of an entrepreneurship scheme set up by the Duke. The telecoms giant partnered with the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), which develops workplace skills, but said in a statement: "In light of recent developments we are reviewing our relationship with the organisation and hope that we might be able to work further with them, in the event of a change in their patronage.” The move comes as finance giants KPMG and Standard Chartered announced that they would not be renewing their sponsorship of another entrepreneurial scheme run by the Duke called Pitch@Palace. One sponsor told the Telegraph: “It is the sponsors’ view that the programme itself can survive with a new patron, but only with a new patron.” This afternoon, a spokesperson for Barclays said the company is "concerned" at the questions surrounding the Duke. In a statement, they said: “Pitch@Palace as an organisation has made an undeniable impact on supporting entrepreneurs and creating new jobs which is why we are keen to support the programme. However, we are concerned about the current situation and are keeping our position under review.” Other organisations including the English National Ballet, the Jubilee Sailing Trust and The Place, a dance company, are understood to be discussing the Duke's role at their institutions. According to the Times, there is “real concern” among trustees and staff at the Ballet that the association with Prince Andrew could harm the standing of an arts organisation. One trustee said: "Everyone is hoping that it can be resolved without requiring collective discussion, but at some point it will require that discussion if he does not stand down. The trouble is he has a thick skin and I am sure he would be reluctant to.” A spokesperson for the organisation told the Telegraph: "The matter of English National Ballet’s patronage is being discussed by its trustees.” Three Australian universities have also distanced themselves from the Duke of York, while students at Huddersfield University and London Metropolitan University have lobbied for his removal as Chancellor. Prince Andrew denies allegations that he had sex with Virginia Roberts Giuffre and said he could not recall meeting her at all.


Reeling progressives meet behind closed doors after 'Medicare for All' barrage

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:45

Reeling progressives meet behind closed doors after 'Medicare for All' barrage"Medicare for All" has taken a beating lately. Its two biggest proponents in the presidential field, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have come under sustained attack from centrist Democrats over the issue. The health care industry is spending millions to sow opposition.


Fox Anchor Chris Wallace: Sondland Just Ran the Bus Over Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Giuliani and Mulvaney

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:17

 Sondland Just Ran the Bus Over Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Giuliani and MulvaneyDuring the first break in Wednesday’s impeachment hearings—which featured U.S. Ambassador to the EU and million-dollar Trump donor Gordon Sondland implicating President Donald Trump in a quid pro quo with Ukraine—Fox News anchor Chris Wallace declared that Sondland “took out the bus and ran it over” President Donald Trump and a number of his allies and aides.“I think what Gordon Sondland was trying to do here is protect himself more than he is to protect anybody else,” Wallace said during Fox News’ special coverage. “To a certain degree, he took out the bus and ran over President Trump, Vice President Pence, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, Mick Mulvaney,” he added. “He implicates all of them.”Besides roundly trashing Trump and Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, throughout his testimony, Sondland also took aim at the State Department for not offering up any objection to Trumpworld’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to commit to investigations into the president’s political rivals.“And one of the things, it pains [Sondland] to say, this wasn’t a rogue operation,” Wallace explained. “I wasn’t a freelancer. Everybody knew. Everybody was in the loop on this.”While Wallace pointed out that Sondland relayed that Trump did not specifically tell him that military aid and a White House meeting were being held up in return for a public announcement of the investigations, “he certainly makes it clear that in the direct conversations he has with the president he saw a conditionality here.”The Fox anchor’s remarks come on the heels of Fox News contributor Ken Starr suggesting that Republican senators might consider taking a trip to the White House to possibly discuss Trump’s resignation, à la Richard Nixon.Fox News Host Hits Trump for Attacking Chris Wallace: You’re ‘Not Entitled to Praise’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.


Pence aide denies discussion of link in Ukraine aid holdup

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:07

Pence aide denies discussion of link in Ukraine aid holdupIn a carefully worded statement, Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, denied that Pence spoke to Sondland “about investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid to Ukraine based upon potential investigations,” referencing the gas company where Joe Biden’s son Hunter served on the board. Short added that Sondland was “never alone” with Pence during the Sept. 1 trip to Poland.


Man killed in 4-story fall from Carnival cruise ship balcony was Indiana father of 2

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 09:40

Man killed in 4-story fall from Carnival cruise ship balcony was Indiana father of 2Brian Rice died Friday after falling four stories from a cruise ship balcony as the Carnival Horizon was returning to Miami.


Protest-hit Iran says 'enemy conspiracy' defeated

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 09:30

Protest-hit Iran says 'enemy conspiracy' defeatedIranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday the country's people had defeated an "enemy conspiracy" behind a wave of violent protests and were celebrating their victory. Rouhani blamed the deadly unrest on "anarchists" who took to the streets "based on a plot that the region's reactionary, the Zionists and Americans hatched", referring respectively to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US. The demonstrations erupted in sanctions-hit Iran on Friday, hours after the price of petrol was raised by as much as 200 percent.


Trump press secretary backtracks claim Obama officials left 'You will fail' notes

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 09:22

Trump press secretary backtracks claim Obama officials left 'You will fail' notesStephanie Grisham retracted claim she and her colleagues encountered notes after rejection from ex-Obama staffersStephanie Grisham at the White House in Washington DC, on 4 September. Photograph: REX/ShutterstockThe White House press secretary has backed down from her claim that Obama administration officials left behind notes for Trump staffers saying “You will fail” and “You aren’t going to make it”, after a number of aides denied the allegation.In a radio interview on Tuesday, Stephanie Grisham said she and her colleagues had encountered the notes upon entering White House offices.fundraiser“When we came into the White House, I’ll tell you something, every office was filled with Obama books, and we had notes left behind that said ‘You will fail’, ‘You aren’t going to make it’,” she said. “In the press office, there was a big note taped to a door that said that ‘You will fail’,” Grisham told the John Fredericks Show.Grisham retracted her claims, however, after a full-throated rejection from former Obama staffers.“This is absolutely not true,” Chris Lu, a White House cabinet secretary in the Obama administration, wrote on Twitter.“Obama repeatedly and publicly praised Bush cooperation during 2009 transition, and pledged we would provide same cooperation to whoever followed us. And that’s what we did. If Grisham is correct, why has it taken three years to come out?”Susan Rice, who served as Obama’s national security adviser, was similarly dismissive.“This is another bald-faced lie,” Rice wrote on Twitter.Other Obama officials, including Joanna Rosholm, the former press secretary to Michelle Obama, posted photos of the notes they had left behind. None of the notes said “You will fail”.Peter Velz, who worked as an assistant to the director of communications in the Obama administration, posted a photo of a note which said: “Best of luck to you and your team.”> This is the note I left my successor. Really dispiriting to hear this from @PressSec, a person with whom I spent a couple amicable hours with during the the 2016 transition where I wished her nothing but institutional knowledge, good luck and all our support. https://t.co/kGb0pa59fp pic.twitter.com/Jtis9TEZK1> > — Peter Velz (@petervelz) November 19, 2019After the backlash Grisham walked back from her initial remarks. She issued a statement saying the controversy was “silly” but did not expand on why she had made the claims.“[I] certainly wasn’t implying every office had that issue,” Grisham said.“I was talking specifically (and honestly) about our experience in the lower press office – nowhere else. I don’t know why everyone is so sensitive!”


Extinction Rebellion aims to turn up political heat with hunger strikes

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 09:22

Extinction Rebellion aims to turn up political heat with hunger strikesExtinction Rebellion activists pressing for more rapid action on climate change threats on Wednesday entered a third day of a week-long hunger strikes in 27 countries. The strikes, which began Monday, have been in part spearheaded by 20-year-old Giovanni Tamacas, a University of San Diego student, who carried out a solo hunger strike last month in front of the White House. “We are hunger striking because we have no choice," he said in a statement, arguing governments and corporations "have criminally and catastrophically failed to tackle the climate and ecological emergency".


Teen used remote-controlled car to smuggle meth across US border, officials say

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 09:20

Teen used remote-controlled car to smuggle meth across US border, officials sayA 16-year-old boy allegedly tried to smuggle methamphetamine across the U.S.-Mexico border with a remote-controlled car, Border Patrol agents said.


Literature Nobel winner Handke defends support of Serbs

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 09:16

Literature Nobel winner Handke defends support of SerbsAustrian Nobel literature prize winner Peter Handke on Wednesday defended his vocal support for Serbs in the 1990s wars in the former Yugoslavia, but said he "never bowed down" before Slobodan Milosevic. The Swedish academy's pick last month triggered outrage in the Balkans and beyond because of Handke's admiration for the late Serbian strongman. As well as for his literary works, Handke was widely criticised for speaking at the 2006 funeral of Milosevic, who died awaiting trial for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Sondland throws Giuliani under a caravan of buses

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 08:37

Sondland throws Giuliani under a caravan of busesGordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union — who has been widely seen as the impeachment inquiry’s most consequential witness — put Rudy Giuliani at the center of the effort to pressure the leader of Ukraine to carry out President Trump’s political agenda.


A dog named Bear is saving koalas from wildfires in Australia

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 08:27

A dog named Bear is saving koalas from wildfires in AustraliaDubbed the "koala detection dog" by International Fund for Animal Welfare, Bear has been searching for koalas that might have survived the flames.


House Hitler was born in will become a police station, Austria says

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 08:26

House Hitler was born in will become a police station, Austria saysThe house where Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station, Austria's interior minister said, after years of debate over how best to prevent it becoming a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. Having recently carried out a compulsory purchase of the house in Braunau am Inn, a town on the border with Germany, Austria will invite architects to submit plans for a redesign of the building. It will house the local police force's offices, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.


Apple details plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin ahead of Trump's visit to its Texas factory (AAPL)

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 08:13

Apple details plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin ahead of Trump's visit to its Texas factory (AAPL)Apple says it has started construction on a billion-dollar campus in Austin, Texas as Trump is planning to visit its factory in the same city.


Syracuse Students Flee Campus Rocked by Racist Incidents

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 08:10

Syracuse Students Flee Campus Rocked by Racist IncidentsSam GelfandSYRACUSE, New York—A string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents at Syracuse University has ratcheted up tensions to the point that more and more students are fleeing campus before the Thanksgiving break.“I’ve simply had enough. I’m exhausted from all of the hate going on at campus,” senior Mason Horodyski told The Daily Beast on Tuesday night.The upstate New York school has been reeling from 11 reports of racist graffiti and harassment in two weeks—which prompted widespread student protests, a tongue-lashing for administrators from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and a $1 million commitment for campus change.In the twilight hours of Monday, the manifesto written by the Christchurch mosque shooter was posted to a Syracuse discussion forum and hours later allegedly AirDropped to students’ phones in the university library. Many students took this as an implied threat of violence.One freshman, who asked to remain anonymous, said the manifesto incident was the tipping point for her. “I was very shocked. I don’t feel safe right now,” she said as she frantically stuffed garbage bags filled with clothes into the trunk of a white Mercedes-Benz SUV. Students pack to leave Syracuse UniversitySam GelfandThe university’s Department of Public Safety has stressed there is “no appearance of a direct threat,” but students who are leaving early all say the same thing: They don’t feel safe.“Everybody was already pretty tense going into the week, just with everything that’s going on,” said Ford Hatchett, a resident assistant in the Brewster, Boland, and Brockway residence hall complex, known to students as BBB. Tension morphed into fear on Tuesday. Cries to cancel classes emanated from every corner of campus. A police car was parked outside BBB."As I’m walking into BBB, there's several girls with suitcases that are walking out,” said Will Scott, a student sports reporter who visited BBB. “I’m like, ‘Where are y’all going; what’s up?’ And one of the girls was extremely rattled and said, ‘Someone just threatened to shoot up BBB.’”The rumor was based on a screenshot of a conversation between two students that had begun circulating among the student body. Although the threat was quickly debunked by DPS officers, the damage was done.Cuomo Blasts Syracuse U Leadership After White-Supremacist Manifesto Allegedly AirDropped to Students“In those two to three minutes, students had already gotten a hold of it,” Hatchett said. “We started getting panicked messages from students, who again, want to know, ‘Are we on lockdown?’ ‘Do we need to evacuate?’ ‘I called my mom, she wants me to get on a flight, like, right away.’ So it was almost mass panic there for a good hour and a half before we finally figured out that everything was calm and safe.“There wasn’t any concern that there was an active shooter in the building, but there was a concern that it would be happening sometime today. At that point, a lot of people just wanted to get as far away from here as they could.“I kid you not, within five minutes, I saw some people walking out with suitcases. They had suitcases in their hands and they were bookin’ it for the door.“A couple of them booked flights today,” Hatchett said. “I have a couple students who booked hotel rooms in the area and are staying there because they didn’t feel safe in the dorms. And I know of other students who are driving home tonight.”Hatchett oversees 36 students on his floor. Twelve of them left Tuesday night. All of them cited the unfounded threat as the reason, he said.“They all felt a little on-edge,” Hatchett explained, “but no one had taken the action to go home or get a hotel until today’s threats. I don’t think anyone has ever heard of one-third of a floor getting out of here a couple days early.”Freshman Victoria Ghillani said she wants to leave “as soon as I possibly can.” “This just shouldn’t be happening,” she said.Syracuse students wait for rides to take them off campusSam GelfandMinutes after Ghillani went upstairs to gather her belongings, Jenna Klein dragged her black suitcase across the lobby. The 18-year-old freshman, backpack slung over one shoulder, said shooting fears—even though they were unfounded—pushed her over the edge.“With everything happening on campus, I don’t really feel safe here. It’s just that shootings have happened so much, and…” she trailed off.Syracuse University has adopted a business-as-usual stance. Several schools and colleges informed students Tuesday morning via email that classes would not be canceled by the administration—though by afternoon most had relented and declared that absences this week would be excused.Students who have stayed behind are on high alert. While Hatchett spoke to The Daily Beast on Tuesday evening, a student listening to an emergency dispatch claimed he heard reports of shots fired at nearby Sadler Hall. They realized they were mistaken a few minutes later, but not before a handful of people received frantic texts to shelter in place.Hatchett, a senior, said he wasn’t concerned about his safety but he could not blame freshmen for being jittery in the current climate.”They did what was best for them, and I’m glad everybody got out of here safe,” he said.Syracuse University Offers $50,000 Reward for Information About Racist Incidents on CampusRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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Israeli air strikes kill 23 in Syria: monitor

Yahoo News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 08:03

 monitorIsrael said its warplanes carried out a "very intense" attack against Iranian forces and Syrian army targets in Syria Wednesday, in raids a monitoring group reported killed at least 23 people. In a rare confirmation of their operations in Syria, the Israeli army said they had carried out dozens of strikes against the Iranian elite Quds Force and the Syrian military, in response to four rockets fired at Israel a day before.


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