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UPDATE 4-U.S. safety board wants Boeing to redesign 737 NG part after fatal Southwest accident

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 13:34

UPDATE 4-U.S. safety board wants Boeing to redesign 737 NG part after fatal Southwest accidentThe U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday called on Boeing Co to redesign the fan cowl structure on 737 NG planes after a passenger was killed on a Southwest Airlines plane in April 2018 after an engine failure. The NTSB said the engine failure was caused by a broken fan blade, and the board said the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration should require Boeing to determine the fan blade impact location or locations on the engine fan case and redesign the structure to minimize the potential of a catastrophic failure.


'Do not go there!': Fox News hosts shout at each other in furious on-air row over Trump impeachment

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 13:15

 Fox News hosts shout at each other in furious on-air row over Trump impeachmentFox News hosts were left to shout over one another during the network’s coverage of the impeachment investigation into Donald Trump after being presented with the scale of public support for the president’s removal from office.Four of the network’s pundits were quick to criticise liberal commentator Jesse Watters, after he claimed it would be convenient for Republican Party if people paid little attention to the ongoing impeachment inquiry.


Trump impeachment: Nine key moments from day three of the public hearings

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 13:15

 Nine key moments from day three of the public hearingsThe third day of public impeachment inquiries yielded some key information related to Donald Trump’s efforts to coerce Ukraine into opening an investigation into a domestic political rival, this time from Lt Col Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams.The two witnesses are the first who were on the infamous 25 July phone call between Mr Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, when the American asked for a favour from his Ukrainian counterpart. Later testimony involved Kurt Volker, a former US special representative for Ukraine negotiations, and Tim Morrison, a political advisor who was on the White House National Security Council for a time.


Homeless Numbers in San Francisco Much Worse, According to City Data

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 13:08

Homeless Numbers in San Francisco Much Worse, According to City DataMany cities across California this year announced sharp increases in homelessness. Yet data from San Francisco suggest the real picture might be a lot worse.For years, city governments have measured homelessness by sending out volunteers on a single night to count, as best they could, the number of homeless people they found on the streets or in shelters. By this method San Francisco this year reported 8,011 homeless people, a 17% increase over 2017, the last time a count was conducted.But San Francisco has another, arguably more comprehensive, way of measuring homelessness, and the results are even more alarming.Over the course of a full year, the city counted twice as many homeless people -- 17,595 people, a 30% jump from the previous year.The data, which are rarely cited in debates on homelessness, come from a city database of homeless people who receive health care and other services from the city.The latest data are from the 2019 fiscal year, which ended in June. If people sought services multiple times during the course of the year they are counted only once.The 30% jump was by far the largest increase of the past eight years, according to the city's data. Rachael Kagan, the spokeswoman for the city's Department of Public Health, said this is partly because in the 2019 fiscal year the city conducted an assessment "blitz," proactively seeking out homeless people at shelters and hospitals.For around 1,272 people, it was the first time they were entered into the city's databases.There is no perfect way to measure homelessness, which by nature is transient. Kagan believes the higher numbers are the "most complete picture that we have" of homelessness. But she said it is still likely to be an underestimate."It does not include people who did not seek services, so it is still an incomplete picture," she said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


Big testimony revisions, bribery, and the ‘Gordon problem’: Biggest moments from Volker’s and Morrison’s hearing

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 13:02

 Biggest moments from Volker’s and Morrison’s hearingKurt Volker, the former U.S. envoy for the Ukraine peace talks, appeared to change portions of his testimony in Tuesday's opening statement, including details about a July 10 meeting he attended at the White House with Gordon Sondland, Ukrainian officials and others. In his closed-door deposition last month, Volker categorically denied that the issue of “investigations” had come up in that meeting.


Trump turns 'very routine' physical into attack on media

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:55

Trump turns 'very routine' physical into attack on mediaPresident Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.


Oklahoma man shot his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself in Walmart parking lot

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:50

Oklahoma man shot his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself in Walmart parking lotA man shot his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself in a Walmart parking lot in Duncan, Oklahoma.


U.S. to change migration rules in hopes to send asylum seekers elsewhere

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:45

U.S. to change migration rules in hopes to send asylum seekers elsewhereThe Trump administration is set to harden the rules this week on those allowed to seek asylum in the United States, as it attempts to stem a wave of migration on its southern border with Mexico.


UPDATE 3-Dutch find 25 migrants in refrigerated container on UK-bound ferry

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:42

UPDATE 3-Dutch find 25 migrants in refrigerated container on UK-bound ferryDutch authorities found 25 migrants stowed away on a cargo ferry bound for Britain shortly after it left the Netherlands on Tuesday and the vessel quickly returned to the Dutch port of Vlaardingen, emergency services said. Two of the migrants were taken to hospital for treatment while the other 23 received a medical check-up in the port before being taken away by police for processing, according to a statement posted on the website of regional emergency services. Authorities found the migrants in a refrigerated container on a truck aboard the ferry, the statement said.


She can't vote, but 2020 Democratic candidates want her support anyway

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:31

She can't vote, but 2020 Democratic candidates want her support anywayOne of the most sought-after presidential endorsements in a key early voting state is from a woman who cannot vote.


Hong Kong protests: Fears of brutal end to university siege as hundreds remain trapped

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:15

 Fears of brutal end to university siege as hundreds remain trappedDespair, frustration and fear set in among the last remnants of student protesters in Hong Kong’s besieged Polytechnic University on Tuesday, but a flicker of defiance still ran strong among the small group, as they vowed to continue their four-day standoff with the police.  In the trashed campus canteen, plastic litter and uneaten food strewn on the linoleum floor, some half dozen young men and women still wore black body armour and talked in hushed tones while one repeatedly punched a pillar and another toyed with a bow and arrow.  In another corner, Mark Wong, 21, his face covered with a white dish cloth, sat with two female companions, hunched over their phones as they plotted potential escape routes.  They appeared to have lost their moment. Several dozen are believed to have escaped on Monday by climbing over walls, abseiling down ropes to waiting motorbikes or laying low in nearby buildings before blending into the crowd.  By 11pm on Tuesday, around 800 people had voluntarily surrendered, said the police. Most were arrested, but some 300, all minors, had their information recorded by officers but were allowed to go home after successful negotiations by school principals.  Anti-government protesters wait to be seen by medics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University Credit: Laurel Chor/Getty Images For Mr Wong, surrender was not an option. “I’d rather die than get caught,” he said. “It’s not about the long prison sentence but we fear what the police may do to us.”  The softly spoken young man admitted he was afraid to be on the frontlines of the almost six-month long pro-democracy movement in defiance of Chinese rule, but after three nights of no sleep, no shower, and anxious about the coming hours, he said he had no regrets.  “My family are worried about me and I feel guilty about that,” he said. “On the other hand, I can’t stop coming out to the protests. We desire freedom and if we don’t have our freedom then we are just surviving.”  Other youngsters, mainly in their teens and early twenties looked lost as they wandered through mounds of debris, past smashed windows and trampling over discarded clothing, helmets and goggles.  Between 30 to 100 are believed to still be holed up on the now eerily quiet campus. The Telegraph saw about 40, late last night.  The atmosphere was calm, but scorched paving stones and the burnt-out shells of tables and chairs are testimony to fierce battles fought with riot police over the weekend.  “Dear World, Be Aware or Be Next” and “Give me liberty or give me death” are among the dark messages scrawled in black on the brick walls, offering a hint of the nihilistic desperation driving many of the city’s youngsters to risk their lives or to face long prison sentences.  Hong Kong’s worst political crisis in decades began over angry opposition to a controversial extradition bill but has now snowballed into a wider cry for democratic elections and rights, and has seen increasingly violent clashes with the riot police.  Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets over the past three days to try to rescue those in the university, prompting intense battles with the police who have used tear gas and rubber bullets to repel them. Hong Kong campus siege More than 1,000 people have been arrested since Monday, and almost 300 injured.  Parents of trapped students have been spotted pleading at the gates for their freedom. “Don’t condemn them as rioters, just encourage them to come peacefully,” said one frantic father.  However, Kwok Ka-chuen, a police spokesman, said it was “alarming that universities... have turned into weapon factories.”  At a Tuesday briefing, he stressed the police were “searching for a peaceful resolution” and had only used force as a last resort. “Over the past few days, we repeatedly appealed to the rioters to surrender their weapons and leave the campus,” he said.  For some still within the campus walls, the fear leaving in handcuffs to face a ten-year-prison sentence on rioting charges has rooted them to the spot. As the police cordon tightens around the property, others have sought more creative routes of escape.  According to one report, several people attempted to flee down a sewer on Tuesday. At around 11pm, about 10 masked protesters attempted a more brazen escape from the main entrance and were quickly surrounded by police.  TIME IS RUNNING OUT. SOSHK Listen to urgent cry of protestors in PolyU! Running out of food & medical supply, starving & injured protestors counting down to confront hkpolice bullets with bare hands. Is the world going to witness bloody crackdown w/o stopping ruthless regime? pic.twitter.com/szkxxICLDF— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 �� (@joshuawongcf) November 18, 2019 Isaac, a 17-year-old escapee, told The Telegraph how he had gestured his phone number to observers in a nearby building, who then told him when it was safe to make a dash for the entrance.  The teenager made it inside through a barrage of teargas and rubber bullets, and sheltered in an office for nearly 24 hours before mingling with employees and walking to safety.  However, Paco, another 17-year-old school student, remained trapped in the university canteen. “My family is just saying just be safe, I’m so worried. They want us to come out and surrender, but I can’t do it, because when you admit you joined the protest, they will judge you as rioting, that’s 10 years,” he said. “If I had to choose again, I’d still come here,” he added. “Hong Kong people are afraid of China’s governance because of Tiananmen, and the government won’t listen to other people’s opinions.”


Rep. Al Green on Ukraine: ‘I don’t believe this is the only reason we should impeach this president’

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:15

 ‘I don’t believe this is the only reason we should impeach this president’Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who was the first member of Congress to officially call for the impeachment of President Trump, tells Yahoo News that he feels vindicated to see public hearings underway. However, he says the argument for removing the president from office extends far beyond the Ukraine controversy.


Arizona border activist told migrants he 'could not hide them'

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:09

Arizona border activist told migrants he 'could not hide them'An Arizona human rights activist charged with harboring two migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally testified that he told the men he "could not hide them" but let them stay in a building while they recovered from a desert trek. Scott Warren, 37, appeared on Tuesday in his second federal felony trial this year after a Tucson jury was unable to reach a verdict in June on whether he broke the law by giving food, water and shelter to two Central American migrants. The trial is likely to set a precedent on what kind of help Americans can legally give undocumented migrants as U.S. President Donald Trump makes tougher immigration enforcement a major re-election theme.


Ex-girlfriend seeks to avoid testifying at hate crime trial

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:05

Ex-girlfriend seeks to avoid testifying at hate crime trialA California college student wants to be excused from testifying at the murder trial of an ex-boyfriend charged with a hate crime in a black student’s fatal stabbing on the University of Maryland’s campus. Sean Urbanski’s former girlfriend, Kim Stringer, says he mistakenly believes she would testify that Urbanski, a 24-year-old white man, had no racial animus that would motivate him to commit a hate crime. Stringer doesn’t have any relevant testimony that would assist Urbanski’s defense, her attorney, Timothy Maloney, wrote in a court filing last week.


Power outages, again? 750,000 people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:03

Power outages, again? 750,000 people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warnsWhile Southern California prepares for its first rain of the season, PG&E; warned it may shut off power for 750,000 people in Northern California.


Police: White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia church

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:54

 White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia churchA white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race. Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a predominantly black congregation, Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said in a statement Tuesday. “Our investigation indicated the church was targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members,” he said.


Ocasio-Cortez: Trump was 'clearly engaged in extortion and bribery'

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:26

 Trump was 'clearly engaged in extortion and bribery'Ocasio-Cortez discussed the issue with Yahoo News on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as the third day of public hearings was being conducted in the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry.


Trump impeachment: President mocks witness for wearing military uniform

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:19

 President mocks witness for wearing military uniformDonald Trump has mocked witnesses at the impeachment hearings – while two of them were testifying – claiming he does not know them and making fun of their clothing.The president, speaking to the media ahead of a cabinet meeting, was asked about Lt Col Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council expert who was testifying to the House impeachment hearings on the 25 July phone call between Mr Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart which sparked the probe.


Stephen Miller covertly directed Breitbart to attack Marco Rubio and Fox News, new emails reveal

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:15

Stephen Miller covertly directed Breitbart to attack Marco Rubio and Fox News, new emails revealWhite House adviser Stephen Miller was in deep with Breitbart.Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center published emails sent from Miller to the right-wing publication during the 2016 race showing how he directed white nationalist viewpoints on the site, and how those views "became policy" in the Trump White House. A second batch of emails now shows there's more to Miller's back-door Breitbart publication, including how he fed the site attacks on then-presidential candidate Marco Rubio.The new round of emails obtained via former Breitbart editor Katie McHugh shows even more news stories, opinion pieces, and other comments Miller suggested the site could turn into new articles. For example, as a communications director for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, he sent over at least 10 attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that fueled Breitbart's attempts to "harm his candidacy," McHugh said. And when Fox News and other conservative outlets said anything positive about Rubio, he suggested Breitbart take them down as well. In some cases, he explicitly said his suggested articles should be published under the nondescript byline "Breitbart News."McHugh was sent many of these emails, but Breitbart editor turned White House adviser Stephen Bannon and other editors were copied on the emails too. McHugh was a young editor at the site at the time, and said "no one at Breitbart ever raised a question about whether this was ethical." The White House and Bannon did not respond to a request for comment, while Breitbart said Miller's "pitches" were "not exactly a newsflash." The White House previously said "The SPLC … is an utterly-discredited, long-debunked far-left smear organization" in response to reporting about Miller.More stories from theweek.com The potential lie that could actually destroy Trump The coming death of just about every rock legend Everyone will eventually turn on Trump. Even Steve Doocy.


Obama's former doctor: Trump suffering 'unaddressed neurological issue'

Yahoo News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:12

 Trump suffering 'unaddressed neurological issue'President Trump may be suffering from an untreated “neurological issue,” Barack Obama’s former doctor said.


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