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California parents accused of starving, shackling children tried to seem normal

California parents accused of starving, shackling children tried to seem normal David Turpin, a 57-year-old floppy-haired engineer, and his wife Louise, smiled in the pictures and shared a kiss, laughing next to Tinkerbell in one and renewing their marriage vows in Las Vegas in another. "We always thought she was living the perfect life," Louise Turpin's sister, Teresa Robinette, told NBC News from Knoxville, Tennessee.


Police still baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings

Police still baffled by discovery of 13 starved, abused siblings Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents' squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under "horrific" conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb. "I wish I could come to you today with information that would explain why this happened," said Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested at their darkened, foul-smelling house after the girl's 12 siblings were found there.


Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions Filing charges against the officers marks the Navy's latest effort to address the problems that led to collisions involving its warships in Asia, in which 17 sailors were killed. The Navy has already dismissed several senior officers, including the commander of the Seventh Fleet, as a result of the collisions. The commanding officer of the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer, which collided with a merchant ship near Singapore in August, faces charges of dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide, the statement said.


U.S. judge excludes 70,000 women from Sterling Jewelers sex bias lawsuit

U.S. judge excludes 70,000 women from Sterling Jewelers sex bias lawsuit A U.S. judge on Tuesday overturned an arbitrator's ruling allowing about 70,000 women to take part in a nationwide sex discrimination case against Sterling Jewelers Inc even though they had not opted to join. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan ruled that only women who had opted to join the case against Sterling under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it was before the arbitrator could stay in the case. David Bouffard, a spokesman for Sterling, said Rakoff's order left 254 women in the Title VII case.


U.S. House panel to hold hearing on emergency alerts after Hawaii error

U.S. House panel to hold hearing on emergency alerts after Hawaii error A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Tuesday it planned a hearing to review a false missile alert sent in Hawaii over the weekend that stirred panic and anger in the Pacific island state. The House Energy and Commerce Committee said in a statement that the hearing by one of its subcommittees would discuss safety communications and receive an update from the Federal Communications Commission "on its investigation into the recent false emergency alert event in Hawaii." Authorities blamed human error on the false alarm in Hawaii that was not corrected for 38 minutes. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Sunday that Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place and that government officials must work to prevent future incidents.


'Chelsea bomber' tried to radicalize fellow inmates, U.S. prosecutors say

'Chelsea bomber' tried to radicalize fellow inmates, U.S. prosecutors say The New Jersey man found guilty last year of planting two homemade bombs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, one of which wounded 30 people, has tried to radicalize fellow inmates with Islamic State and al Qaeda propaganda, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, faces a mandatory life sentence under federal law after being convicted in October of eight counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place. Prosecutors said in a filing in Manhattan federal court that since his conviction, Rahimi had distributed "terrorist propaganda" to other inmates at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.


Pay dispute at New York's main produce market could lead to strike

Pay dispute at New York's main produce market could lead to strike Workers at the market that supplies New York City with much of its fresh fruits and vegetables were prepared to go on strike as early as Wednesday for the first time since 1986 if negotiators failed to reach a pay deal before a contract expires at midnight, their union said. Employers at the sprawling Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market said they were confident of an agreement, but the president of the union said he believed a strike was more likely than not after the current contract expires. “I'm not very optimistic that we’re going to get a settlement, let’s put it that way," Dan Kane, president of Teamsters union Local 202, which represents the workers, said on Tuesday.


Second U.S. winter storm forces hundreds of flight cancellations

Second U.S. winter storm forces hundreds of flight cancellations By Alana Wise NEW YORK (Reuters) - A second winter storm in as many weeks is causing hundreds of flight cancellations across the United States, airlines reported on Tuesday, potentially dealing a further blow to carriers' first quarter outlooks. As the storm sweeps across southeast Texas and up the East Coast dumping snow, sleet and freezing rain, airlines have already canceled flights into Wednesday in anticipation of difficult conditions. American Airlines , the world's largest airline by passenger traffic, had canceled some 270 flights between Tuesday and Wednesday as a result of the storm, it said.


U.S. government shutdown looms amid immigration battle

U.S. government shutdown looms amid immigration battle (Note language that may offend some readers) By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that. Republicans who control Congress are expected to try to push another stopgap funding bill and get it to President Donald Trump's desk before Friday's midnight deadline. Many Democrats might withhold their support unless immigration policy is addressed.


Victim of ex-USA gymnastics doctor says abuse led to dad's suicide

Victim of ex-USA gymnastics doctor says abuse led to dad's suicide By Brendan McDermid LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - One of the victims of USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting dozens of girls, on Tuesday blamed the disgraced doctor for her father's suicide. Kyle Stephens, pausing to compose herself during Nassar's sentencing hearing in a courtroom in Lansing, Michigan, said the doctor, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her parents did not believe her when she told them. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the 54-year-old Nassar, who served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.


'The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains' arrives in Rome

'The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains' arrives in Rome “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” is an immersive, multisensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition chronicles the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.


Suspect In Murder Of Student Blaze Bernstein Claims He Was Hitting On Him: Report

Suspect In Murder Of Student Blaze Bernstein Claims He Was Hitting On Him: Report The man suspected of murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student from Orange County, California, told police he believed the victim had been hitting on him, according to a court document obtained by a local newspaper.


Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified information

Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified information By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested at a U.S. airport on Monday night in connection with charges that he illegally retained highly classified information, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a U.S. citizen who now lives in Hong Kong, used to maintain a top secret clearance and began working for the CIA in 1994. The Justice Department said that in 2012, FBI agents searched his hotel rooms during trips to Virginia and Hawaii.


Californians launch bid to create new state after accusing government of 'failing' the people

Californians launch bid to create new state after accusing government of 'failing' the people A group seeking to carve out a breakaway state called New California issued a declaration of independence that asserted California’s existing government had “failed in their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities as representatives of 'We the People' to provide a republican form of government”. It accuses California politicians of “repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a Tyranny over the Counties of New California”. “After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the group said in a press release.


With charges dropped, man imprisoned for 23 years files suit

With charges dropped, man imprisoned for 23 years files suit NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Almost a year after charges against him were formally dropped in a 1992 crime spree, a man who spent more than 20 years behind bars is seeking damages from the New Orleans district attorney's office.


Doctor gives Trump a clean bill of health, physical and mental

Doctor gives Trump a clean bill of health, physical and mental President Trump needs to lose 10-15 pounds but is generally in excellent health and has no problems “whatsoever” with his mental ability, his official military doctor said Tuesday. Dr. Ronny Jackson predicted that Trump would stay in good health throughout his time in office, even if it stretches to a second term.


U.S. Hispanic Caucus head rejects Senate 'Dreamer' immigration deal

U.S. Hispanic Caucus head rejects Senate 'Dreamer' immigration deal U.S. Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, expressed opposition on Tuesday to a bipartisan Senate immigration deal set to be unveiled on Wednesday. Lujan Grisham has thrown her weight behind a bipartisan bill being introduced in the House of Representatives that is narrower than the Senate bill and would not address all the immigration issues being sought by the White House.


Starved California siblings treated after rescue from 'horrific' home

Starved California siblings treated after rescue from 'horrific' home David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49 - had subjected their children to abuse behind the doors of their darkened, foul-smelling home, Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said. The couple, who three times had traveled to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows at an Elvis chapel, was arrested on Sunday. Authorities were alerted after one of the children, an emaciated, 17-year-old girl, called police after escaping through a window of the house in Perris, a city about 70 miles (115 km) east of Los Angeles.


Donald Trump cancelled his UK visit because he wouldn't get 'the love he believes he deserves', says Michael Wolff

Donald Trump cancelled his UK visit because he wouldn't get 'the love he believes he deserves', says Michael Wolff Donald Trump did not cancel his visit to London over a “bad deal,” as he claimed, but out of fear that he would not be met with the adoring crowds he craved. Or so says the author of an explosive new book about the Trump White House. "I think he was probably supported in this decision by the people around him, because they know bad things happen when this president does not receive the love he believes he deserves,” Mr Wolff said.


Former Fiat Chrysler exec expected to plead guilty in payments probe: sources

Former Fiat Chrysler exec expected to plead guilty in payments probe: sources Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vice president Alphons Iacobelli is expected to plead guilty in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations he made at least $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, two people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. Iacobelli, a former Fiat Chrysler vice president of employee relations, was charged in July in U.S. District Court in Detroit with taking part in a conspiracy to pay prohibited money and gifts to United Auto Workers union officials.


Wage dispute at NY City's main produce market could lead to strike

Wage dispute at NY City's main produce market could lead to strike The market that supplies New York City with most of its fresh fruits and vegetables faces the prospect of its first work stoppage since 1986 if last-ditch bargaining on Tuesday fails to bridge pay differences in a contract covering 1,100 warehouse workers. “I'm not very optimistic that we’re going to get a settlement, let’s put it that way," said Dan Kane, president of Teamsters union Local 202, which represents the workers. Kane said the union has not issued a strike deadline.


Widow of Eagles guitarist Frey sues NYC hospital for wrongful death

Widow of Eagles guitarist Frey sues NYC hospital for wrongful death The widow of Glenn Frey on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over its treatment of the former co-lead singer and guitarist for The Eagles before he died in January 2016 at age 67. Cindy Frey accused the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence for failing to properly treat her late husband's ulcerative colitis, diagnose and treat infection, and advise of the risks and side effects from treatment. As a result, "Glenn Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled," and suffered pain and mental anguish prior to his Jan. 18, 2016 death, according to the complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan.


Trump's meeting with Kazakhstan president raises questions about human rights and business ties

Trump's meeting with Kazakhstan president raises questions about human rights and business ties President Trump proclaimed Tuesday “Religious Freedom Day,” but he spent the afternoon meeting with an authoritarian who has been accused of conducting a brutal campaign of repression against religious minorities and political opponents in his country.


Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting

Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was shot dead in a brazen drive-by shooting on Tuesday that risked fanning ethnic tensions in the volatile region. The killers struck on the very day that Belgrade and Pristina resumed EU-moderated talks on normalising ties after a hiatus of more than a year. Both Serbian and Kosovo Albanian officials refrained from explicitly accusing each other of being behind the killing as the international community urged the two sides to remain calm.


Trump administration to appeal 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling

Trump administration to appeal 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The Trump administration will file an appeal of the judge's injunction directly with the conservative-majority Supreme Court as well as seeking to appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the department said. The Republican president in September rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program put in place in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, effective in March.


U.S. Homeland Security chief: did not hear Trump use vulgarity during meeting

U.S. Homeland Security chief: did not hear Trump use vulgarity during meeting By Yeganeh Torbati and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, under intense questioning from Democratic senators, said on Tuesday she did not hear President Donald Trump use a vulgarity to describe African countries during an impassioned White House meeting last week. Nielsen's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee echoed statements she has made since the meeting on Thursday with Trump and Republican and Democratic legislators, which roiled the debate on an immigration law deal and generated accusations of racism toward Trump. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting, said Trump used the word "shithole" to describe African countries but Nielsen, also who participated in the meeting, said she did not hear that.


Factbox: High-profile recent U.S. captivity cases

Factbox: High-profile recent U.S. captivity cases - Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight: Former school bus driver Ariel Castro of Cleveland was charged in 2013 with kidnapping three young women and keeping them captive as sex slaves in his Cleveland home for a decade. Neighbors rescued the three after Berry in May 2013 broke out of the room she had been locked in and screamed for help. - Elizabeth Smart: A homeless man named Brian Mitchell, who claimed to be a prophet, kidnapped Smart, then age 14, in 2002.


DHS secretary defends Trump amid immigration firestorm: 'We'd like to have people with skills'

DHS secretary defends Trump amid immigration firestorm: 'We'd like to have people with skills' Kirstjen Nielsen got into heated exchanges over the president’s comments about Haiti and African countries while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Flight from Denver to Hawaii Diverted After Toilet Troubles on Plane

Flight from Denver to Hawaii Diverted After Toilet Troubles on Plane Toilet troubles caused a United Airlines flight from Denver to Hawaii full of passengers to divert back to land when they were halfway over the Pacific Ocean.


Report: Porn star said she had yearlong affair with Trump in 2006

Report: Porn star said she had yearlong affair with Trump in 2006 Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who was reportedly paid $130,000 by Trump’s lawyer to stay silent, told Slate in 2016 that she carried on an almost yearlong sexual relationship with Trump a decade earlier.


World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list

World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals.


As President Trump Is Mocked for Lack of Chivalry, Inside Melania's Year as First Lady

As President Trump Is Mocked for Lack of Chivalry, Inside Melania's Year as First Lady The president was seen leaving wife Melania and son Barron fending for themselves as he held an umbrella on a rainy Florida day.


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Four South Carolina police wounded exchanging gunfire with suspect

Four South Carolina police wounded exchanging gunfire with suspect Police responded to an emergency call late Monday night about a man assaulting a woman at a home outside the small city of York, sheriff's office spokesman Trent Faris told reporters at a news conference. The suspect, Christian Thomas McCall, fled on foot and shot a York Police Department officer, Faris said. Other local and state law enforcement officers joined the manhunt.


Someone Edited 'The Last Jedi' To Make A 'Chauvinist Cut' Without Women

Someone Edited 'The Last Jedi' To Make A 'Chauvinist Cut' Without Women Someone edited “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to remove almost all women from the hit movie and anonymously uploaded the result to The Pirate Bay website on Monday.


U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade. Several factors likely contributed to the jump, Gallup said, including attempts by Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House, to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. The law extended health insurance to 20 million Americans.


This Is the World's Fastest Plane (And Its Rotting in A Museum)

This Is the World's Fastest Plane (And Its Rotting in A Museum) The SR-71’s JP-7 fuel—which also had to be carried onboard specialized KC-135Q tankers to refuel the Blackbird—was designed to be a safe, high-flashpoint fuel that would not vaporize or blow up under extreme heat and pressure. Capable of cruising at speeds in excess of Mach 3.2, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft to ever to see operational service.


U.S. top court rejects former New York lawmaker Silver's appeal

U.S. top court rejects former New York lawmaker Silver's appeal Silver, a Democrat, had appealed a July 2017 lower court ruling that set aside his conviction because of a 2016 Supreme Court precedent but concluded that prosecutors had "sufficient" evidence to prove the extortion, money laundering and honest services fraud counts on which a jury found Silver guilty. Silver's new trial is tentatively set to begin on April 16 in Manhattan federal court. Prosecutors accused Silver of collecting close to $4 million of illegal fees for awarding state grants to a top cancer researcher, and steering real estate developers to a friend's law firm and supporting their interests on rent legislation.


Teen fatally shot over iPhone was reportedly killed by a friend, mom says

Teen fatally shot over iPhone was reportedly killed by a friend, mom says A New York woman claims her 15-year-old son was fatally shot over an iPhone by one of his own friends.


GM takes $7 bn charge due to US tax reform, sees solid 2018

GM takes $7 bn charge due to US tax reform, sees solid 2018 General Motors projected another solid year in 2018 as it ramps up investment in autonomous technology, in releasing its earnings report on Tuesday. The automaker also became the latest big company to announce a hefty charge due to the US tax reform. At a briefing with reporters, GM executives endorsed the US tax cut package enacted last month and said it expects to benefit the company in the long-term.


First price wars of 2018 include $69 airfares from US to Iceland, and $99 to Paris

First price wars of 2018 include $69 airfares from US to Iceland, and $99 to Paris Shopping for a travel deal for spring break or Easter? Iceland's ultra-low cost carrier WOW Air is back with a bargain basement deal that includes $69 flights from the US to Iceland, and $89 deals to Europe. 


Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee

Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee Spectacular lava "fireworks" shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines' most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days. Lava spurting from Mayon volcano lit up the sky overnight Monday in what scientists said was a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for evacuation of areas under threat from a major eruption.


California Volunteers Share Food With The Homeless, Get Arrested By Police

California Volunteers Share Food With The Homeless, Get Arrested By Police Volunteers in a Southern California city near San Diego face misdemeanor charges for handing out food to the homeless.


Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war

Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria constituted a breach of international law and Syrian sovereignty, joining Syria, Turkey and Russia in a vehement rebuke of the plan. On Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition said it was working with its Syrian militia allies, the mainly Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to set up a force that would operate along the borders with Turkey and Iraq, as well as within Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responded by vowing to crush the new force and drive U.S. troops from Syria.


Activists hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches

Activists hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches Across the country, activists, politicians and citizens alike reacted to recent comments made by President Trump during a meeting on immigration that seemed to denigrate Haiti and African nations.


'Hanging On to Life.' 4 Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance Call

'Hanging On to Life.' 4 Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance Call The suspect was also wounded


Mystery over death of 15 million Aztecs may be solved after nearly 500 years, study suggests

Mystery over death of 15 million Aztecs may be solved after nearly 500 years, study suggests Scientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico’s Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, they describe how DNA extracted from the teeth of 29 skeletons buried in a cemetery in southern Mexico revealed previously unidentified traces of the salmonella enterica bacterium. The epidemic was one of several to hit the indigenous population soon after the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century.


Pineapple Casserole, The Southern Dish That's A Paradox Of Flavors

Pineapple Casserole, The Southern Dish That's A Paradox Of Flavors When someone dies, we instinctively possess the urge to find that person’s loved ones and fill their refrigerators with an absurd amount of food.


Jeep unveils new look and engine for 2019 Cherokee

Jeep unveils new look and engine for 2019 Cherokee When Jeep resurrected the Cherokee back in 2013 as a replacement for the little-loved Liberty, it's fair to say the styling wasn't exactly universally appreciated. It did have the Jeep signature features of a seven-slot grille, squared wings and the rest, but the front fascia was just a little too "out there" for some tastes. Now Jeep has gone some way towards taming the look of the Cherokee with the unveiling of a refreshed 2019 model at this week's Detroit Auto Show.


Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms

Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms Swedish mobile network gear maker Ericsson booked an impairment of 14.2 billion crowns ($1.8 billion) in the fourth quarter, related primarily to goodwill in its digital and media operations, hitting operating income but not cashflow. "The majority of goodwill originates from investments made 10 years ago or more, and has limited relevance for Ericsson's business going forward," Ericsson said in a statement. Once the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile network gear, Ericsson has been hit by competition from Huawei [HWT.UL] and Nokia , while telecom operator spending has slumped ahead of the roll-out of next-generation 5G technology.