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Former Trump Campaign Aide Now Says He'll Likely Cooperate With the Russia Probe

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 10:24pm

He had earlier promised to defy a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller

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Stop Pretending America and Turkey Are Allies

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 10:16pm

There is no need for Ankara and Washington to be adversaries. Washington officials routinely call Turkey a vital ally, yet Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government have threatened U.S. forces cooperating with Kurdish militias in northern Syria.

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Ex-Trump aide Nunberg says will not comply with Russia probe subpoena

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 9:59pm

By Lisa Lambert and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former campaign aide to U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would not comply with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Sam Nunberg first worked for one of Trump's businesses and later helped advise Trump's presidential campaign, but he was fired in August 2015 amid reports that he posted racially charged messages on Facebook. In multiple interviews with media outlets on Monday, Nunberg said he would refuse to comply with the subpoena.

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West Virginia teacher strike headed for a 9th day

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 9:38pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Striking teachers in West Virginia delivered yet another message to lawmakers Monday by packing the state Capitol to capacity, the eighth school day of the walkout.

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Wreckage found of WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 9:37pm

Wreckage from the USS Lexington, a US aircraft carrier which sank during World War II, has been found in the Coral Sea, a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced Monday. The search team released pictures and video of the wreckage of the Lexington, one of the first ever US aircraft carriers, and some of the planes which went down with the ship.

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CNN's Erin Burnett To Sam Nunberg: I Smell Alcohol On Your Breath

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 9:15pm

President Donald Trump’s former campaign aide Sam Nunberg spent Monday afternoon sitting for a series of interviews on cable news shows, bombastically stating that he would not comply with a subpoena he received to appear before a federal grand jury regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here's CNN's Erin Burnett telling former Trump aide Sam Nunberg that she can smell alcohol on his breath.

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AP NewsBreak: Miss. Sen. Thad Cochran resigning April 1

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 9:15pm

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said Monday he will resign because of health problems — triggering what could be a chaotic special election to fill the seat he has held for a generation.

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Illinois Gun Show Bans AR-15 And Bump Stock Sales After Protesters Speak Out

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 9:06pm

A monthly Illinois gun show may have become the first in the nation to ban sales of AR-15 rifles following complaints in the wake of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting. Organizers of the gun show also halted a raffle offering an AR-15 as a prize. “We did the ban to try to calm the situation down and show them we are willing to work with” the protesters, Frank Cesare of the sportsman’s group told The Washington Post.

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Former Russian Spy Found Unconscious in England After Exposure to an 'Unknown Substance'

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 8:45pm

He's been as identified as Sergei Skripal who was convicted in Russia on charges of spying for Britain

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Freed Russian spy reportedly sickened after mystery exposure

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 8:12pm

SALISBURY, England (AP) — A former Russian spy was critically ill after exposure to an "unknown substance," British media reported in a case that immediately drew parallels to the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

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30 killed as wedding party truck overturns in India

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 7:27pm

A truck carrying a wedding party plunged off a bridge in western India early Tuesday and killed at least 30 people, mostly women and children, officials said. Police in Gujarat state said the accident happened after the truck driver tried to overtake a van but lost control of the vehicle, plunging eight metres (26 feet) into a dry riverbed. Many passengers were trapped under the vehicle that overturned after it crashed through the bridge railing and nosedived into the ground.

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Gulf Coast wreck ruled out as last slave ship

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 7:23pm

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Investigators have determined that an old wooden wreck found on the Alabama Gulf Coast isn't the last slave ship to land in the United States, the Alabama Historical Commission said Monday.

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This May Be The Last Photo Post About The Last Male Northern White Rhino

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 6:59pm

With news that the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, is gravely ill and may face euthanasia where he is being guarded in Kenya, it seemed like a good time to remember Sudan and those who kept him safe all these years. Sudan, one of three remaining northern white rhinos in the entire world, has been closely guarded at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy since 2009, along with two female rhinos. Sudan, a northern white rhinoceros, is protected by armed guards John Mugo and Daniel Maina at Ol Pejeta Conservancy on June 25, 2015, in Laikipia County, Kenya.

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Fights Erupt Outside of White Supremacist Speech at Michigan State University

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 6:53pm

More than a dozen people have been arrested at Michigan State University at a speaking event for Richard Spencer, an avowed white supremacist.

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Fights Erupt in Michigan Ahead of a Scheduled Speech by White Nationalist Richard Spencer

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 6:35pm

The incident was captured on video

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Russian spy fighting for life after being 'poisoned' by unknown substance in Salisbury 

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 6:00pm

A Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain was fighting for his life last night amid suspicions he was poisoned in a shopping centre in Wiltshire. Sergei Skripal, 66, was in intensive care after being exposed to a mysterious substance as he sat on a bench in the centre of Salisbury. A 33-year-old woman who was with him, is also in critical condition. Both had collapsed and were unconscious when they were discovered. Reports suggest Col Skripal had recently gone to police claiming he was fearing for his life. The incident comes a little over a decade after the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian agent who was poisoned by radioactive polonium in a London hotel. The Salisbury A&E shutdown followed an incident on Sunday in the Maltings shopping centre, where firefighters and police were in attendance Credit: Solent News Colonel Skripal, 66, a former Russian intelligence agent with the FSB, was jailed in Moscow for spying for Britain but had arrived in the UK in 2010 as part of a prisoner exchange. Anna Chapman, a Russia-born secret agent who had acquired British citizenship and who was detained by US authorities, was sent back to Russia along with nine other agents. Litvinenko’s widow Marina Litvinenko told the Telegraph last night: “It looks similar to what happened to my husband but we need more information. We need to know the substance. Was it radioactive?” A still from historic footage showing Sergei Skripal being arrested in by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) Colonel Skripal and his female companion was discovered on Sunday afternoon. An eyewitness told how she saw the pair seemingly "frozen" in place.  Georgia Pridham, 25, had been for a hen do lunch and was walking back to her friend’s car when she saw the couple slumped on a bench. She told the Telegraph: “He was quite smartly dressed, which caught my eye. He had his palms up to the sky as if he was shrugging and was staring at the building in front of him. He was conscious but it was like he was frozen and he was slightly rocking back and forwardGeorgia Pridham, witness “He had a woman sat next to him on the bench who was slumped on his shoulder. She looked grey and had her hood up. “I thought 'that is quite odd, they must be on something'. I remember looking back at him thinking he would catch my eye but he was staring dead straight. He was conscious but it was like he was frozen and he was slightly rocking back and forward.  "She was just slumped onto his shoulder. She had a Parka jacket on with her hood up. I thought maybe she was asleep or passed out. He had a jacket and some smart trousers on. He didn’t look like the type to get high.” Sergei Skrpial profile The couple were unconscious when they were rushed to Salisbury District Hospital. Authorities later declared a major incident and its Accident & Emergency unit had to be closed. On Monday night police said Zizzi restaurant, which was close to where Col Skripal and the woman were found, was closed in connection with the incident following consultation with Public Health England, suggesting one or both of them may have dined there beforehand. Police inside a Zizzi restaurant in Castle Street, Salisbury, which has been closed in connection with the incident  Credit: Steve Parsons/PA  Police wearing protective suits on Monday night were examining the area around the bench where the couple had collapsed. One well-placed source told The Telegraph a number of police officers who had initially attended the scene had also been treated for possible contamination although this newspaper was unable to verify that. One report suggested a ‘specialist chemical response unit’ had removed an ‘unknown substance’ which had been wrapped in several protective layers. What is fentanyl? The prospect of a state-sponsored assassination on Colonel Skripal was immediately raised by opponents of President Putin. Garry Kasparov, the former chess world champion and high profile critic of the Russian leader, tweeted: “After the UK’s pathetic response to Litvinenko’s assassination with polonium in London, why wouldn’t Putin do it again?” Colonel Skripal is thought to have been living quietly in Salisbury for the past seven years. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006 after being found guilty of “high treason in the form of espionage” in a Moscow military court. Russia alleged that Colonel Skripal had been paid $100,000 by MI6 in exchange for passing them the identities of Russian secret agents operating in Europe. He was branded a traitor and a disgrace. Roads leading to Salisbury A&E closed on Monday Credit: Solent News A Russian nuclear expert Igor Sutyagin, who had been convicted of spying in 2004, was also sent to the UK with Colonel Skripal as part of the spy swap. Dr Sutyagin, now a senior research fellow with the Royal United services Institute in London, last night said he only knew Colonel Skripal for the duration of their flight from Moscow. “If everything points to these people, then that’s a problem for them,” he said. Dr Andrew Foxall, Director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, said: “If confirmed, this would be the second case of a former Russian ‘spy’ being exposed to an unknown substance in the UK. The first, of course, was Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned by polonium-210 in 2006. “While it is too soon to attribute responsibility, it would be foolhardy if the authorities were not to explore the Russia connection in relation to Mr Skripal’s illness.” The Russians have more animus towards ‘traitors’ than dissidents, as it wereMark Galeotti, Russian secret services expert In a statement, temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Craig Holden of Wiltshire Police, said: “The two people – a man aged in his 60s, and a woman aged in her 30s – were found unconscious on a bench in The Maltings in Salisbury.  “Police officers, as well as colleagues from the ambulance and fire services attended the scene and cordons were put in place.” The statement continued: “The pair, who we believe are known to each other, did not have any visible injuries and were taken to Salisbury District Hospital. They are currently being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance. Both are currently in a critical condition in intensive care.” “Because we are still at the very early stages of the investigation, we are unable to ascertain whether or not a crime has taken place.” Sergei Skripal speaks behind bars But the incident will inevitably raise concern that Russian assassins had struck again, 11 years after Litvinenko was murdered in 2006. Mark Galeotti, an expert on the Russian secret services, said: “The Russians have more animus towards ‘traitors’ than dissidents, as it were.” But he said it would be unusual to target an ex-spy who had been jailed debriefed and exchanged, adding: “One thing that made Alexander Litvinenko a target was that he was still working with the security services here and with others. “If there was a belief, rightly or wrongly, that Skripal was working for the security services, or done something else to make him a person of interest, it would put him back in the cross hairs.”  Swap: Anna Chapman, the Russia-born secret agent who had acquired British citizenship, was sent back to Moscow along with nine other agents in 2010 Credit:  Facebook  Miss Chapman, 36, who had married an English husband and had lived in London, had been arrested on spying in the US in 2010. The spies were swapped at Austria’s Vienna airport in scenes reminiscent of exchanges from the Cold War. Early reports suggested that colonel Skripal and the unnamed woman may have been exposed to the synthetic drug, Fentanyl, which is up to 10,000 times more powerful than heroin and has been linked to scores of deaths in the UK. Authorities declined to speculate as investigations continue. 'Nothing had changed,' says widow of Alexander Litvinenko The widow of Alexander Litvinenko has said she fears the discovery of a former Russian spy critically ill near his home after being exposed to an unknown substance bears similarities to the assassination of her husband. Marina Litvinenko said if Sergei Skripal was found to have been poisoned, it showed “nothing has changed” since her husband was murdered. A public inquiry found Mr Litvinenko was probably murdered in 2006 on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin. The former KGB officer who died from radiation poisoning was killed by two Russian agents, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, the inquiry report said. Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB spy who died following the presence of the radioactive polonium-210 in his body Credit: Natasja Weitsz/Getty There was a “strong probability” they were acting on behalf of the Russian FSB secret service, the report added. Mrs Litvinenko told the Telegraph: "It looks similar to what happened to my husband but we need more information. We need to know the substance. Was it radioactive? We don't have enough information about what definitely happened." She added: "I cannot say I am worried but it is really strange but I need to know what has happened and why. Logically it is very strange to do this before a presidential election. It is really difficult to know who might be behind this. The only thing I can say is if this is a poisoning it is just nothing has changed since my husband died." Poisoning was also behind one of the most notorious UK mysteries of the Cold War, when the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov was poisoned on the orders of his country’s secret service, using the tip of an umbrella in central London. Alexander Perepilichny was a Russian whistleblower found dead by his Surrey home in November 2012 More recent high-profile deaths of Russians in the UK have led to accusations of more assassinations. An inquiry is ongoing into the death of Alexander Perepilichny a Russian whistleblower who fled to the UK after lifting the lid on a $230 million tax fraud by corrupt Russian government officials. Mr Perepilichny died while out jogging in Surrey in 2012. Surrey Police and his wife do not believe his death was suspicious, but an inquest has heard his stomach showed traces of a rare deadly plant poison. An inquest into the death of Boris Berezovsky a billionaire critic of Valdimir Putin found hanged at his UK home, in 2014 recorded an open verdict after experts disagreed over whether he could have been killed.  

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Uncertain future for 'Dreamer' immigrants as deadline passes

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 5:53pm

US President Donald Trump claimed Monday he was "ready to make a deal" protecting hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, as lawmakers missed an initial deadline for resolving their fate. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields nearly 700,000 of the so-called Dreamers from deportation was supposed to expire on March 5, six months after Trump announced he was ending it. Both those developments have taken the pressure off lawmakers.

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Watch a hotel rip Trump's name off its sign

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 5:53pm

Owners of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Panama ripped Trump's name off the front of their building on Monday. Orestes Fintiklis, who purchased the majority share of the building in August, had the Trump Organization removed from the building on Monday after a Panamanian court ruled in favor of Fintiklis taking over the hotel's administration, the New York Times reports.  SEE ALSO: Former Trump aide goes off the rails during live interview and WTF is happening The ‘Trump’ letters were just removed from outside the Panama hotel where he lost management control today. @UnivisionNews #TrumpOrg pic.twitter.com/1qs2gfW23U — David Adams (@dadams7308) March 5, 2018 The Trump Organization had a long-term contract to manage the property, but the owners of the hotel attempted to fire Trump's company last year, blaming dwindling revenue and increased vacancy rates on Trump's company. The Organization then refused to leave the premises. “This is a purely commercial dispute that just spun out of control,” Fintiklis told reporters on Monday. “And today this dispute has been settled by the judges and the authorities of this country.”  If Fintiklis celebrating the win by playing piano in the hotel lobby for reporters wasn't enough celebration, the owners later ripped T-R-U-M-P off of the front of the building with a hammer and crowbar. Tourists were later seen posing next to the sign, where an outline of Trump's name could still be seen. A tourist poses for pictures after the Trump logo was removed from the entrance to the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower luxury complex in Panama City.Image: RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)SAD!  WATCH: 'Uber' co-founder Garrett Camp is creating a new cryptocurrency

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Building super testifies nanny accused of murdering young children on Upper West Side had 'eyes of the devil'

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 5:45pm

Yoselyn Ortega, 55, is charged with stabbing 6-year-old Lulu and 2-year-old Leo Krim to death in their Upper West Side apartment in 2012.

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Two Children Killed, Pregnant Mother Injured After Driver Slams into Them Crossing the Street

Pharma news - March 5, 2018 - 5:34pm

Witnesses say a driver tried to flee after hitting three pedestrians in Brooklyn, killing two children and injuring a pregnant woman.

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