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  • John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman recalls inner 'tug of war' before the murder

    Before he pulled the trigger that ended the life of rock icon John Lennon nearly 38 years ago, his killer remembers being in a “tug of war” with himself over what he was about to do, and even praying for a way out of carrying out his plan. In the end, the compulsion to gain notoriety by killing one ...

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  • North Korea to deport US citizen who told his captors he was manipulated by the CIA

    North Korea will deport a U.S. citizen detained since October after he entered illegally from China and told his captors he was manipulated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the North Korean state news agency reported on Friday. The KCNA news agency identified the American as Bruce Byron Lowrance and said he was detained on Oct. 16 as he crossed the border. An American man of the same name was deported from South Korea …


  • Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600

    A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one …


  • Captain says US military does not view Central American migrants as 'enemies'

    A captain with the U.S. forces deployed in San Diego to fortify the southern border said he does not view the migrants from a Central American caravan amassing in Mexico as “enemies” after President Donald Trump described them as an “invasion.” “I don’t consider them a military enemy, nor does the United States military doing this job. They’re simply migrants in a caravan moving towards the United States to seek a better way of life …


  • Theresa May fights for survival after Brexit deal sparks crisis

    British Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting for survival on Friday after a draft divorce deal with the European Union provoked the resignations of senior ministers and mutiny in her party. More than two years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, it is still unclear how, on what terms ...

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  • US mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty to all charges

    The man charged with mailing bombs to prominent Democrats and other critics of U.S. President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday to all 30 charges against him in a federal court in New York. If convicted, Cesar Sayoc faces a sentence of life in prison. He had previously faced five counts carrying a maximum prison sentence of 48 years. Judge Jed Rakoff set Sayoc’s trial date for July 15, 2019. Prosecutors said they expected …


  • Betsy DeVos costing taxpayers nearly $20 million for armed security after she was greeted on the job by hecklers

    After two protesters blocked her path during a visit to a Washington, D.C., middle school, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been receiving round-the-clock security from the U.S. Marshals Service. The unusual security arrangement cost taxpayers $5.3 million last year and $6.8 million this year, with an estimated cost of $7.74 million for next year, reported NBC News. The Department of Education will ultimately reimburse the $19.84 million estimated cost, which far exceeds the $3.5 million …


  • Ex-FBI counter-intel chief: Newly revealed Assange charges may be part of Mueller's plan to target Trump

    MSNBC “11th Hour” anchor Brian Williams broke in with breaking news on Thursday after the Department of Justice inadvertently revealed the existence of sealed charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Williams was fortunate to have as a guest Frank Figliuzzi, the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “So, Frank, what’s the significance of this development to you?” Williams asked. “Well, this has deep meaning also for me personally,...


  • Trump's summit no-show draws Asian nations closer together

    U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t make it to this week’s summit of Asian nations in Singapore, but his influence was still keenly felt among the leaders who gathered in the city. One prime minister warned that the trade war between Washington and Beijing could trigger a “domino effect” of protectionist steps by other countries. Another fretted that the international order could splinter into rival blocs. “The most important and talked-about … leader, President Trump, is …


  • New filing from U.S. government inadvertently reveals Julian Assange is facing sealed charges

    The United States government has charged — under seal — Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, The Washington Post reported late Thursday evening. The disclosure came in an unrelated case. While urging a judge to keep a matter sealed, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, wrote “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.” The prosecutor added …


  • North Korea says Kim inspects testing of newly developed 'tactical' weapon

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the test site of a new tactical weapon in his first such public inspection since last year, hailing it as a “display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities,” state media said on Friday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the test site of a new tactical weapon in his first such public inspection since last year, hailing it as a “display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities,” state media …


  • What happens when the intelligence community decides that Trump is too dangerous to be president?

    A surge of public activism by former CIA personnel is one of the most unexpected developments of the Trump presidency, and it is accelerating. Two former CIA officers—both Democrats, both women, both liberal—were elected to Congress on November 6. Abigail Spanberger, former operations officer, was elected in Virginia’s 7th District. Elissa Slotkin, former analyst, won in Michigan’s 8th District. Both Spanberger and Slotkin incorporated their intelligence experience into their center-left...