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Top U.S. military officer seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation

Top U.S. military officer seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation The top U.S. military officer sought on Monday to tamp down criticism the Pentagon had not been forthcoming about the death of four U.S. soldiers in an ambush in Niger, providing a timeline of the incident and acknowledging unanswered questions remained. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that the United States Africa Command was conducting an investigation into the Oct. 4 attack. Some lawmakers have criticized the Pentagon for being slow to provide answers.


Trader pleads guilty in fraudulent fuel credits scheme: U.S. Justice Department

Trader pleads guilty in fraudulent fuel credits scheme: U.S. Justice Department The owner of a company that buys and sells renewable fuel and fuel credits pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme that generated more than $47 million in fraudulent renewable fuels credits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. The scheme also generated more than $12 million in fraudulent tax credits connected to the purported production of renewable fuel, the Justice Department said in a statement. Gregory Schnabel entered his plea in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, it said.


Murder trial starts for man who stoked US immigration debate

Murder trial starts for man who stoked US immigration debate SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican national who touched off a debate on illegal immigration when he fatally shot a woman on a San Francisco pier fired the gun on purpose, a prosecutor said Monday in her opening statement at his trial.


Honduras man living in Miami charged with trying to bomb a mall

Honduras man living in Miami charged with trying to bomb a mall Vicente Solano, 53, planned to detonate an explosive in a crowded area of the Dolphin Mall and if convicted, he could face up to life in prison, it said. Solano discussed his plot with a confidential source and two Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover employees. Solano provided three videos to the source, in which he makes pro-ISIS statements and expresses anti-U.S. sentiments, the department said.


Iowa pulls request to opt out of Obamacare requirements

Iowa pulls request to opt out of Obamacare requirements Iowa on Monday withdrew a request to waive some Obamacare rules to help shore up its struggling healthcare insurance market, marking a setback in efforts by Republican-governed states to sidestep requirements of the Obama-era law. With open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act - better known as Obamacare - set to start in just over a week, the state announced it would no longer wait to hear if federal officials would approve its request aimed at cutting individual healthcare insurance premiums and widening coverage. The withdrawal prompted a leading U.S. Senate Republican to urge Congress to approve a bipartisan fix to Obamacare, which President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap.


Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant starts in San Francisco

Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant starts in San Francisco (Reuters) - The trial of a Mexican man accused of murdering a woman while illegally in the United States began in San Francisco on Monday, a case that President Donald Trump has cited as an example of the dangers posed by lax border security. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, also known as Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, has said he shot Kate Steinle by accident on a pier in the California city on July 1, 2015. "He did not know the object in his hand was a gun," Matt Gonzalez, an attorney for the defendant, was quoted as saying by NBC Bay Area before he headed into the courtroom.


Iowa murder trial to open in gender identity case flagged by Sessions

Iowa murder trial to open in gender identity case flagged by Sessions Kedarie Johnson, 16, a Burlington, Iowa, high school student who occasionally went by the name Kandicee, was shot to death in March 2016. Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, and Jaron Purham, 26, were charged in January in the murder. Sanders-Galvez' trial is due to begin on Tuesday in Keokuk, Iowa.


Timeline: Top U.S. general lays out timeline of deadly Niger attack

Timeline: Top U.S. general lays out timeline of deadly Niger attack Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon in which he detailed the attack, which led to the deaths of four U.S. military personnel. Early morning - Twelve members of a U.S. Special Operations task force and 30 Nigerien forces depart Niamey, Niger, to an area near the village of Tongo Tongo about 55 miles (85 km) to the north. Dunford said he thought the delay in calling for support was likely because the unit thought it could handle the situation without outside help.


Why Bill O'Reilly's $32 Million Sexual Harassment Settlement Is 'Highly Unusual'

Why Bill O'Reilly's $32 Million Sexual Harassment Settlement Is 'Highly Unusual' The New York Times reported over the weekend that former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million in January to settle a sexual harassment case — a sum legal experts say is “unprecedented” and “highly unusual.”


Pentagon seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation

Pentagon seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation The Pentagon sought on Monday to tamp down criticism from lawmakers that it has not been forthcoming about the death of four U.S. soldiers in an ambush in Niger this month. General Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. military officer, told reporters that an officer at the United States Africa Command was conducting an investigation into the incident but that there were no initial signs the soldiers involved had taken too many risks. Dunford said.


The Chinese Have Cracked the Code for Communicating With Trump

The Chinese Have Cracked the Code for Communicating With Trump Stephen Wynn, who has financial interests in China, seems to be doing Beijing’s bidding.


Abadi defends role of Iranian-backed paramiltaries at meeting with Tillerson

Abadi defends role of Iranian-backed paramiltaries at meeting with Tillerson By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi defended the role of an Iranian-backed paramilitary force at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday in Baghdad. Tillerson arrived on Monday hours after the Iraqi government rejected his call to send home the Popular Mobilisation, an Iran-backed force that helped defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk. In his opening remarks at the meeting with Tillerson, Abadi said Popular Mobilisation "is part of the Iraqi institutions," rejecting accusations that it is acting as an Iranian proxy.


Police need help identifying child who mysteriously washed up dead on Texas beach

Police need help identifying child who mysteriously washed up dead on Texas beach Police are looking for the public's help to identify a young boy whose lifeless body washed ashore on a beach in Galveston, Texas, on Friday evening.


Russian Radio Journalist Stabbed In Neck Amid Anti-Media Violence

Russian Radio Journalist Stabbed In Neck Amid Anti-Media Violence A prominent journalist at Russia’s top independent radio station was stabbed in the neck on Monday after a spate of recent attacks and threats against Russian media.


Texas police say body found in Texas 'most likely' missing three-year-old girl

Texas police say body found in Texas 'most likely' missing three-year-old girl The body was found on Sunday with the help of search dogs about a half mile from the family's house in Richardson. "It is most likely her," Richardson Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said, referring to the missing child. The girl's father, Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested on Oct. 7 for suspected child endangerment after he told police that he disciplined Sherin for not drinking her milk by telling her to stand outside at night near an alley behind their residence.


Barack Obama couldn't stop laughing after George W. Bush whispered in his ear

Barack Obama couldn't stop laughing after George W. Bush whispered in his ear All five living former U.S. presidents gathered at a hurricane relief concert in Texas to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria on Saturday night -- and the Internet can't stop obsessing about one moment between George W. Bush and Barack Obama.


Judge to decide Trump impact in U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl's case

Judge to decide Trump impact in U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl's case By Greg Lacour FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - A military judge will weigh whether President Donald Trump's critical statements about U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl have hurt the soldier's chances of getting fair treatment in the desertion case that could send him to prison for life. Bergdahl's lead attorney, Eugene Fidell, argued on Monday that the 31-year-old Idaho native should be spared prison time because the Republican president had again unlawfully influenced the proceedings. Sentencing proceedings were postponed until Wednesday due to a family emergency for a lawyer in the case and the one-hour hearing instead focused on Trump, who during last year's presidential campaign called Bergdahl "a no-good traitor who should have been executed." "His statements clearly called for Sergeant Bergdahl to be severely punished," Fidell said in court at North Carolina's Fort Bragg.


The Final JFK Assassination Documents Are About to Drop. Here's What to Know

The Final JFK Assassination Documents Are About to Drop. Here's What to Know By law, the last documents on the JFK assassination are to be processed for release by Oct. 26, 2017


Man Gets $117 Traffic Ticket After Singing '90s Dance Hit In Car

Man Gets $117 Traffic Ticket After Singing '90s Dance Hit In Car Talk about a bum note: A Montreal man says he’s facing a $117 traffic ticket just for singing in his car.


Police Say 3 Deaths Could Be Work Of Serial Killer 'Terrorizing' Tampa

Police Say 3 Deaths Could Be Work Of Serial Killer 'Terrorizing' Tampa A string of murders in Florida is sparking fears that a serial killer is targeting Tampa residents.


Foreigners who joined IS faced almost certain death in Raqqa

Foreigners who joined IS faced almost certain death in Raqqa The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield.


The Exact Moment These People In Love Knew 'That's My Person'

The Exact Moment These People In Love Knew 'That's My Person' Everyone loves a good love story, especially in 140 characters or less.


Catalan separatists vow 'civil disobedience' in standoff with Madrid

Catalan separatists vow 'civil disobedience' in standoff with Madrid Catalan separatists Monday threatened "mass civil disobedience" if Madrid carries out threats to depose their leaders, as tensions mounted over a bid to sever the region from Spain. Madrid stood firm on its plans to replace the government of the semi-autonomous region whose inhabitants voted "Yes" in a banned independence referendum on October 1. Catalonia's separatist parties, in turn, called a special session of the regional parliament for Thursday to devise a response.


14 Vegetarian Recipes Kids Will Totally Approve Of

Here's everything leaving (and being added to) Netflix in November

Here's everything leaving (and being added to) Netflix in November Another month, another onslaught of new additions -- and titles being taken away -- on Netflix.


Firefighters still battling 10 wildfires in California

Firefighters still battling 10 wildfires in California About 5,000 firefighters were still battling 10 wildfires in California on Monday and the authorities said they hope to have many of them fully contained in the next few days. The wildfires ignited on October 8 and as many as 11,000 firefighters -- some from as far away as Australia -- were involved at one point in battling move than two dozen large blazes.


Tampa police hunt possible serial killer after three shootings

Tampa police hunt possible serial killer after three shootings Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was alone at the bus stop after dark when he was shot on Oct. 9. Monica Hoffa, 32, was walking through the neighborhood two days later to meet a friend when she was shot. Anthony Naiboa, 20, was trying to find a bus stop when he was shot on Oct. 19.


Bill O'Reilly Accuser Says She's Still 'Terrified' Of Fox News

Bill O'Reilly Accuser Says She's Still 'Terrified' Of Fox News Juliet Huddy, a former Fox News employee who accused Bill O’Reilly of sexually harassing her in 2011, said Monday that she’s still “terrified” of the network after the lengths it went to in order to protect him and discredit her.


Indonesia seeks answers from US as top general denied entry

Indonesia seeks answers from US as top general denied entry Indonesia's government is seeking clarification from the U.S. after the Indonesian military chief was denied entry to the country, an official said Sunday.


St Andrews University students celebrate 'Raisin Monday'

St Andrews University students celebrate 'Raisin Monday' In a tradition that may go back centuries, older students at St Andrews spend a weekend showing new kids around, after which the younger students demonstrate their gratitude with a gift. It used to be raisins, but not now.


Bernie Sanders Says He'll Run For Re-election As An Independent

Bernie Sanders Says He'll Run For Re-election As An Independent confirmed he’ll run for re-election next year as an independent candidate.


Ex-Crime Scene Investigator Allegedly Murdered P.I. Who Was Found In Cement-Covered Grave

Ex-Crime Scene Investigator Allegedly Murdered P.I. Who Was Found In Cement-Covered Grave Suspect Ashley McArthur once worked at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.


Donald Trump 'couldn't remember my husband's name' says widow of fallen soldier

Donald Trump 'couldn't remember my husband's name' says widow of fallen soldier Donald Trump struggled to remember the name of fallen soldier Sergeant La David T Johnson during a phone call with his family, according to the sergeant's widow. In an interview with Good Morning America, Myeshia Johnson referenced the controversy over the President's comments in which he said Johnson "knew what he signed up for". Ms Johnson also addressed Mr Trump's claims that Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson lied about the condolence call he had had with her.


White supremacist saved by black protester after being punched at anti-Nazi march

White supremacist saved by black protester after being punched at anti-Nazi march Wearing a white T-shirt emblazoned with swastikas, Randy Furniss, hands in his pockets, walked slowly through a crowd Thursday that had largely gathered to protest white nationalist Richard Spencer, who was delivering a speech at the University of Florida. Days before Florida Gov. Rick Scott, R, had warned in an executive order that a "threat of a potential emergency is imminent" in Alachua County, where the University of Florida is located, noting that prior speaking engagements involving Spencer have sparked protest and violence. The event was Spencer's first public speech on a college campus since he led hundreds of torch-bearing white supremacists, white nationalists and others through the University of Virginia in a far-right rally in August that preceded a weekend of violent protests in Charlottesville.


Norway wealth fund watchdog reviewing investment in U.S. pipeline firm

Norway wealth fund watchdog reviewing investment in U.S. pipeline firm The ethics watchdog for Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is reviewing allegations that U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners may breach the fund's investment guidelines. Under rules set by Norway's parliament, any firm the fund invests in must meet guidelines related to the environment, human rights, governance and other issues. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has said it could contaminate the Missouri River and said it threatens their sacred sites.


Norway wealth fund watchdog reviewing investment in U.S. pipeline firm

Norway wealth fund watchdog reviewing investment in U.S. pipeline firm The ethics watchdog for Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is reviewing allegations that U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners may breach the fund's investment guidelines. Under rules set by Norway's parliament, any firm the fund invests in must meet guidelines related to the environment, human rights, governance and other issues. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has said it could contaminate the Missouri River and said it threatens their sacred sites.


New Jersey's Murphy echoes Sanders in Democratic bid for governor

New Jersey's Murphy echoes Sanders in Democratic bid for governor By Joseph Ax EDISON, N.J. (Reuters) - Phil Murphy, a wealthy former Goldman Sachs investment banker, might seem an unlikely champion of the working and middle classes. With Republican Governor Chris Christie's record-low approval ratings dragging down Guadagno's campaign, Murphy, a 60-year-old who has never held office, has pushed a decidedly liberal agenda that would put his state at the center of his party's resistance to the president's policies. "A lot of people assumed that after the Democratic primary was over, he would pivot more to the center - we haven't seen that happen," said Brigid Callahan Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey.


US 'to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert' for first time since Cold War

US 'to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert' for first time since Cold War The United States is preparing to put nuclear bomber planes on 24-hour alert for the first time since the Cold War, a senior Air Force official has said. A fleet of B-52s laden with nuclear weapons could soon be readied to launch within a day's notice amid growing tensions with North Korea. General David Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff, said US military leaders were being forced to adapt to "the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in".


British man tells of his terrifying five-mile swim for his life - pursued by a 13-foot shark

British man tells of his terrifying five-mile swim for his life - pursued by a 13-foot shark A British diver separated from his boat off the coast of Australia has said he was lucky to be alive after being forced to swim miles back to shore - shadowed by a large tiger shark. The spear fisherman, John Craig, was underwater off Western Australia state Friday when his boat was swept away due to engine problems and strong currents. He told the BBC that sharks gravitated towards him because stress had raised his heart rate. Mr Craig said: "I could feel my heart rate up, because I was panicking that I'd been left, after about five or ten minutes of this I put my head in the water to check I was still in the same place, and then at arm's reach, there was this huge four-meter tiger shark, I turned around and there was another fairly big sandbar whaler, which is another type of shark that you get here." A diver separated from his boat off the coast of Australia was followed by a large tiger shark He told local media the tiger shark was "easily the biggest tiger shark I've been in the water with and that's saying something having worked as a dive instructor for over 10 years." Terrified in the shark-infested waters near Shark Bay, he made the decision to swim back to shore. "I have to admit that at this point I thought I was gone - four nautical miles out to sea with a huge tiger shark following me. I thought this was it, this is how I'm going to die," he said. "The shark would disappear into the gloom then suddenly reappear behind me, just keeping pace with me behind my fins." Diver's close encounter with shark in Western Australia He spoke of how the shark pursued him, trying to kill him: "The shark didn't swim away, it actually followed me, so I started swimming towards the shore and the shark just kept pace behind me, so every time I looked back I just saw its huge head pointed at my fins, so I just kept my spear gun pointed towards my fins so it wouldn't get close enough to actually touch them, then it would disappear in the gloom then come down and come up below me and come from the sides...it was all because I was panicking. "I've been a dive instructor for ten years, and I knew straight away sharks were there because my heart rate was up and I was panicking. After about three or four minutes of swimming it just accelerated then started swimming beside me going towards the shore. So for about 15 minutes it was just swimming with me." Mr Craig kept his speargun pointed behind him as he embarked on a swim of "pure endurance", eventually losing the shark. He was later spotted by rescuers on a remote beach. "It's an absolutely incredible story," Shark Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue commander Greg Ridgley told Perth's Sunday Times. Tiger sharks shown here off the coast of Port Elizabeth, South Africa Credit: Rainer Schimpf / Barcroft Media "He swam at least five miles in shark-infested waters... I just can't believe anybody could do that. It's such a massive effort, in that short timeframe too." There have been 14 encounters off the nation's vast coastline this year, including the death of a 17-year-old girl mauled by a shark in full view of her parents in Western Australia. Experts say incidents are increasing as water sports become more popular and baitfish move closer to shore, but fatalities remain rare.


Tornado leads to evacuations at Chevron's Pascagoula, Miss. refinery: report

Tornado leads to evacuations at Chevron's Pascagoula, Miss. refinery: report (Reuters) - Workers at Chevron's Pascagoula refinery in Mississippi were evacuated after a tornado hit the plant on Sunday afternoon, according to a website affiliated to NBC.


Hikers’ Families Say Deaths Motivated By ‘Compassion’

Hikers’ Families Say Deaths Motivated By ‘Compassion’ The families of a young couple found dead in an embrace believe they died in a murder-suicide motivated by compassion.


John McCain Slams Wealthy Draft Dodgers In Apparent Swipe At Trump

John McCain Slams Wealthy Draft Dodgers In Apparent Swipe At Trump TONIGHT - @SenJohnMcCain talks about the Vietnam War's legacy on C-SPAN, at 6 & 10pm ET. pic.twitter.com/WnZT0n8Mcn—


'It was going to eat her' - Aussie teen survives shark scare

'It was going to eat her' - Aussie teen survives shark scare An Australian teenager has survived a terrifying encounter with a great white shark, with her harrowing screams alerting her father who was certain it was about to "eat her". Sarah Williams, 15, was fishing for squid from a kayak off the South Australian coast near Normanville on Sunday when the shark struck. "This shark has just rolled and all I saw was the dark side and the white belly and just huge fins and just white water everywhere," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.


Mother, son and daughter all arrested in connection to multiple robberies on Long Island

Mother, son and daughter all arrested in connection to multiple robberies on Long Island A woman and her two children have been arrested in Long Island in connection to seven armed robberies, all of which took place over the last month.


2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T: Here It Is

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T: Here It Is The Carrera T is yet another 911 variant, but this is now the lightest 911 you can buy.


Pets And People Are Joyously Reuniting After California Wildfires

Pets And People Are Joyously Reuniting After California Wildfires Some Northern Californians who feared the worst for their pets in the wake of this month’s deadly wildfires are getting some welcome good news in recent days: Their animals survived.


Mitch McConnell says he still trusts President Trump, despite past scuffles

Mitch McConnell says he still trusts President Trump, despite past scuffles Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still trusts Donald Trump, despite the president’s attacks on him and the rest of the GOP, McConnell told CNN Sunday on "State of the Union."


Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall produce in six U.S. states

Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall produce in six U.S. states Retailer Meijer Inc said it was recalling packaged vegetables in six U.S. states because of possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause fatal food poisoning in young children, pregnant women and elderly or frail people. Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said there were no illnesses reported as of Sunday. The recall affects 35 products and includes vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus as well as party trays sold in Meijer-branded plastic or foam packaging in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin between Sept. 27 and Oct. 20, the company said on Saturday.


Strange twist in Texas murder case surfaces on death row, delaying execution

Strange twist in Texas murder case surfaces on death row, delaying execution Texas inmate Larry Swearingen, who has been sitting on death row for 17 years, may have been plotting to avoid his date with the execution chamber in November by having a serial murderer take the fall for his crime, according to a county prosecutor. The attorney said over the weekend that the county prosecution's collusion accusation is false and part of a series of blunders in a faulty prosecution.


Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico relief

Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico relief By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charles Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, called on President Donald Trump on Sunday to name a single official to oversee and coordinate relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Schumer, along with Representatives Nydia Velàzquez and Jose Serrano, said a "CEO of response and recovery" is needed to manage the complex and ongoing federal response in the territory, where millions of Americans remain without power and supplies. In a statement, Schumer said the current federal response to Hurricane Maria's impact on the island had been "disorganized, slow-footed and mismanaged." "This person will have the ability to bring all the federal agencies together, cut red tape on the public and private side, help turn the lights back on, get clean water flowing and help bring about recovery for millions of Americans who have gone too long in some of the worst conditions," he said.