North Korea tells South Korean president to ‘shut his mouth’ after offer of aid – Reuters

SEOUL, Aug 19 (Reuters) – North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un, said on Friday South Korea’s president should “shut his mouth” after he reiterated that his country was willing to provide economic aid in return for nuclear disarmament. Her comments mark the first time a senior North Korean …

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Judge says he will release portion of affidavit that led to search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago – Fox News

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday ordered the Justice Department to redact the affidavit that was used to obtain the FBI’s search warrant for its raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and said he would release at least a portion of it. Reinhart, during the …

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Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty in tax-fraud case – The Washington Post

Listen 7 min Comment on this story Comment Gift Article NEW YORK — Allen Weisselberg, the longtime top financial officer of former president Donald Trump’s company, pleaded guilty on Thursday to committing more than a dozen felonies, including criminal tax fraud and grand larceny. Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were indicted last year by authorities …

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Ukraine Presses U.N. Over ‘Nuclear Blackmail’ at Russian-Occupied Plant – The Wall Street Journal

ODESSA, Ukraine—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with the leaders of Turkey and the United Nations on Thursday to discuss food shipments from Ukraine and the increasingly tense situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, as a series of blasts targeted Russian logistical hubs deep behind the front lines. Following the meetings in the western Ukrainian city …

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Whitey Bulger beating: 3 charged with killing gangster in prison in 2018 – NBC News

Three people have been charged in the 2018 prison killing of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, federal authorities said Thursday. Fotios Geas, 55; Paul J. DeCologero, 48; and Sean McKinnon, 36, the were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for West Virginia’s Northern District said in a statement. A …

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Jesuits pledged $100 million in reparations for sale of enslaved persons. Descendants say progress has been too slow.

The Society of Jesus and the GU272 Descendants Association formed a partnership last year to help heal the deep racial wounds that persist in the United States. The Descendants Truth and Reconciliation Foundation was formed in March 2021 to address both a specific historical injustice and more broadly to offer a model for how to …

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Judge blocks DeSantis’s ‘Stop WOKE Act,’ says Florida feels like a ‘First Amendment upside down’ – The Hill

A federal judge on Thursday blocked a Florida law restricting how workplaces and schools can discuss race during required training or instruction championed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida Chief Judge Mark Walker issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law, known as the “Stop WOKE Act,” …

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The Editors: Catholic schools can’t only serve the rich. School vouchers make fulfilling that mission possible.

In 1808, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and her religious sisters established a Catholic school for girls in Baltimore. St. Katharine Drexel established mission schools in the South and West to serve African Americans and Native Americans. In the late 19th century, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini established Catholic schools in Chicago to serve the Italian immigrant …

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An open mind and an open heart: America magazine’s editor in chief on a decade of pursuing the truth

A little after 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2012, my first day as editor in chief of America, I entered my new office at our old headquarters on 56th Street in Manhattan. I was greeted by a display of 13 photographs of my predecessors—“a rogues gallery” as Father Joe O’Hare, whose face is among the …

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Judge says some of DOJ’s affidavit used to obtain Mar-a-Lago search warrant can be unsealed – CNBC

An aerial view of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home after Trump said that FBI agents raided it, in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. August 15, 2022. Marco Bello | Reuters A federal judge said that parts of the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for former President Donald Trump‘s resort home Mar-a-Lago can …

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Court hears arguments for unsealing records in FBI raid of Trump’s home – Reuters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug 18 (Reuters) – Sealed records containing evidence the U.S. Justice Department presented to secure court approval to search Donald Trump’s Florida home were at the heart of a hearing on Thursday, where news organizations are trying to persuade a federal judge that the public deserves to see the details. The …

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Russia issues stark warning over the nuclear power plant it’s occupying; Kyiv urges inspection of damaged facility – CNBC

Moments Ago Russia says it has deployed hypersonic missiles to Kaliningrad A MiG-31K fighter jet with a Kinzhal hypersonic missile flies over Moscow’s Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in 2018. Sefa Karacan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Russia’s Ministry of Defense said that it deployed three MiG-31i fighter jets armed with …

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Russia allegedly tells nuclear power plant workers to not come in Friday amid concerns of planned incident – NBC News

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Russia has allegedly told workers at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant not to show up to work Friday, Ukrainian military intelligence has exclusively confirmed to NBC News. This comes amid allegations and speculation from both Russia and Ukraine that an incident is being planned Friday at the plant. On Thursday, Russia threatened …

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Allen Weisselberg, a Top Trump Executive, Pleads Guilty in Tax Scheme – The New York Times

In his own statement, Mr. Bragg emphasized that the plea “directly implicates the Trump Organization in a wide range of criminal activity,” adding that, “We look forward to proving our case in court against the Trump Organization.” Understand the Cases Against Allen Weisselberg and the Trump Organization Card 1 of 5 Understand the Cases Against Allen Weisselberg …

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Liz Cheney releases call to Trump-backed opponent who said she didn’t concede – The Guardian US

Liz Cheney has released her concession call to Harriet Hageman, after the Trump-backed Republican who won the Wyoming US House primary on Tuesday told Fox News her rival had not made “any kind of concession or anything else”. Cheney gave a recording of the call to Politico. In it, she said: “Hi, Harriet, it is …

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U.S., Taiwan to start formal trade talks under new initiative – Reuters

TAIPEI, Aug 18 (Reuters) – The United States and Taiwan have agreed to start trade talks under a new initiative to reach agreements with “economically meaningful outcomes”, with a Taiwan official saying China’s “economic coercion” would also be discussed. Washington and Taipei unveiled the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade in June, just days after the …

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After Wyoming defeat, Cheney prepares for the longer-term fight against Trump — and her own political future – CNN

Jackson, Wyoming CNN  —  The day after losing the Republican primary for Wyoming’s House seat, Rep. Liz Cheney is positioning herself for a longer-term fight with former President Donald Trump. The question Cheney must confront is whether there is an appetite within the Republican Party for a candidate singularly focused on serving as an antagonist …

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Andrew Warren, dismissed by Gov. DeSantis for refusing to prosecute abortion crimes, sues for reinstatement – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load A Florida prosecutor has sued Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in a bid to be reinstated after he was dismissed from his post for pledging he would not prosecute cases stemming from Florida’s 15-week abortion ban and potential bans on gender-affirming care. Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren (D) argued his …

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NY-10 debate is a lion’s den for Daniel Goldman – POLITICO

“We should know enough by now that we can’t take Donald Trump at his word, and that he likes to meddle in elections,” Goldman said in response to a question about the endorsement posed by debate hosts PIX11. “Last week he attacked me, now he is pretending to endorse me to try to meddle in …

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‘Godspeed, brother’: Miami-Dade officer dies 2 days after being shot by robbery suspect – WPLG Local 10

MIAMI – The Miami-Dade Police Department is mourning one of its own. Officials confirmed Wednesday night that 29-year-old Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry had died. He was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital on Monday night after being shot by an armed robbery suspect in Miami. In a tweet posted Wednesday evening, Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez …

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Georgia man indicted on 10 counts of homicide for Memorial Day weekend boat crash that killed 5 – USA TODAY

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Georgia man was indicted on homicide by vessel charges after a Memorial Day weekend boat collision that killed five people. Mark Stegall was indicted on 10 counts of first-degree homicide by a vessel on Wednesday. The 45-year-old was also indicted on six counts of serious injury by vessel, boating under the influence, and …

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Walensky, Citing Botched Pandemic Response, Calls for C.D.C. Reorganization – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Wednesday delivered a sweeping rebuke of her agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it had failed to respond quickly enough and needed to be overhauled. “To be frank, we are responsible for some pretty dramatic, pretty public …

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Trump ruffles feathers by endorsing Dan Goldman, Carolyn Maloney in key NYC congressional races – New York Daily News

Though he’s not on Twitter anymore, Donald Trump still knows how to troll. The twice-impeached former president ruffled political feathers in his native New York City late Wednesday by offering head-scratching endorsements of Dan Goldman and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) in their respective Democratic congressional races. Advertisement Goldman, who’s running for the vacant 10th Congressional …

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How Trump legal problems could play out after FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid – Business Insider

The FBI waded into uncharted waters when it executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. Trump is the target of an active criminal probe. What comes next, and how might it end for him? The inquiry could wrap without charges, Trump could cut a deal to avoid indictment, or he could end up behind bars — …

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Trump CFO’s plea deal could make him a prosecution witness – The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s chief financial officer is expected to plead guilty to tax violations Thursday in a deal that would require him to testify about illicit business practices at the former president’s company, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Allen Weisselberg is charged with taking more than $1.7 …

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Rudy Giuliani Did What He ‘Had to Do’ During Grand Jury Testimony: Lawyer – Newsweek

Rudy Giuliani and his lawyers were relatively speechless Wednesday upon leaving a Fulton County courthouse following six hours of questioning before a special grand jury about Georgia’s 2020 election results. Donald Trump’s former personal attorney was subpoenaed to testify following the June testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House Chief of Staff …

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Weeks before Mar-a-Lago search, ex-Trump DOD official vowed to publish classified documents from National Archives – ABC News

In June of this year, seven weeks before the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in search of classified materials, former Defense Department appointee and outspoken Trump loyalist Kash Patel vowed to retrieve classified documents from the National Archives and publish them on his website. Trump had just issued a letter instructing the …

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What wedding season can teach us about the kingdom of God

A Reflection for Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time “He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’” (Matthew 22:1-14) As someone in my mid-20s, I am entering the proverbial “wedding season” of life. One of my closest friends recently became engaged, and it …

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Pope Francis: The elderly have a special vocation in the lives of children

Below is the text of Pope Francis’ weekly Wednesday audience, delivered on August 17, 2022. To receive these remarks and more in your inbox every week, sign up for America’s daily newsletter. Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The words we heard of Daniel’s dream evoke a mysterious, and at the same time, glorious, vision …

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Cardinal Ouellet, close adviser to Pope Francis, accused of abuse in lawsuit

MONTREAL (CNS)—Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Bishops, is named in a list of alleged abusers filed in support of a class-action lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Quebec. The cardinal, a close adviser to Pope Francis, has been the prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops, formerly the Congregation for Bishops, since 2010. …

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Florida state attorney Andrew Warren sues Ron DeSantis over suspension – New York Post

Florida state attorney Andrew Warren sues Ron DeSantis over suspension <meta name="sailthru.description" content=" "Of course, DeSantis is free to express his views and his disagreements with Warren as often as he likes. Indeed, the Federal Constitution ensures that he is​," Warren says in the court filing. "​But on Thursday August 4, 2022, DeSantis went too …

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Plea Deal Requires Weisselberg to Testify at Trump Organization Trial – The New York Times

The deal, though, could represent a victory for Mr. Bragg as his prosecutors prepare for the highest-profile trial of his young tenure. What we consider before using anonymous sources. How do the sources know the information? What’s their motivation for telling us? Have they proved reliable in the past? Can we corroborate the information? Even …

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Pence tells GOP to stop lashing out at FBI over Trump search – The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday implored fellow Republicans to stop lashing out at the FBI over the search of Donald Trump’s Florida home and denounced calls by some of the former president’s allies to defund the FBI, saying that was “just as wrong” as a push by Democratic activists …

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Catholic Relief Services C.E.O. on the alarming signs of our times: hunger, drought and war

Ukraine, Ghana, Ethiopia make for an unusual travel triptych united by the alarming signs of our times: hunger, drought and conflict. Sean Callahan, president and C.E.O. of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, returned last month from tours and consultations with C.R.S. partners in each of these nations. Conflict has been a source of suffering in all …

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Death toll in Kabul mosque bombing rises to 21 – Al Jazeera English

At least 21 people were killed in the blast and 33 others were wounded, according to the Afghan police. At least 21 people have been killed and 33 others were wounded after a bombing at a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, during evening prayers on Wednesday, according to the police. “Yesterday an explosion occurred …

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Russians are realising Crimea is ‘not a place for them’, says Zelenskiy – The Guardian

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said that panicking Russians have realised that Crimea is “not a place for them” after three mysterious and devastating strikes on the peninsula over the past week, thought to have been carried out by Ukrainian operatives. In his latest video address Zelenskiy said long queues of cars streaming across the …

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The wisdom of ‘Jaws’ and the prophet Jeremiah: Responding to cries for help is a holy thing to do

Having come home safely from Cape Cod, and having not been attacked by anything more bloodthirsty than my 7-year-old who wanted to share my ice cream cone, we decided it was safe to sit down and watch the movie “Jaws.” It is just about a perfect movie, a rare film that is monstrously famous but …

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Florida court rules teenager ‘not mature enough’ to have abortion – The Guardian US

A pregnant teenager will be blocked from getting an abortion, a Florida court ruled on Monday. The 16-year-old initially petitioned to terminate her pregnancy, citing being a student and unemployed as reasons she is unprepared to have a baby. A court ruled she was not mature enough to make the decision to have an abortion, …

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US Episcopal Church advocates all forms of gender-affirming treatment for people of all ages

by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) – The US Episcopal Church last month passed a resolution advocating access to gender-affirming treatment “in all forms” and for adults and children “of all ages.” The Episcopal Church is a mainline Protestant denomination that is part of the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies …

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CDC Director Walensky to reorganize agency after admitting Covid pandemic response fell short – CNBC

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, Director, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; speaks during the COVID Federal Response Hearing on Capitol Hill on June 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. Joe Raedle | Getty Images CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is reorganizing the agency, saying it didn’t react quickly enough during the Covid pandemic, according an …

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How Liz Cheney lost Wyoming’s lone seat in the House – CNN

Jackson, Wyoming CNN  —  Rep. Liz Cheney’s supporters say her reelection hopes were doomed on January 13, 2021, when a week after the insurrection at the Capitol, she and nine other House Republicans voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. Everything since that day – Cheney’s role on the House select committee investigating the insurrection; …

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Former VP Mike Pence says he would ‘consider’ testifying before Jan. 6 committee if asked – USA TODAY

Former Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday he would consider testifying before the House Jan. 6 committee if asked, in some of his most direct and extensive remarks on the subject. “If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it,” Pence said in remarks at a New Hampshire event that were broadcast on NBC News. …

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Rudy Giuliani to Face Atlanta Grand Jury Investigating Trump Today – The New York Times

ATLANTA — When Rudolph W. Giuliani traveled to Georgia’s capital city in December 2020 to make fanciful public accusations of election fraud on behalf of President Donald J. Trump, he was greeted in a manner befitting the emissary of the most powerful man on earth, and posed for photos with admirers and sympathetic state politicians. …

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Sarah Palin advances to November’s general election for Alaska’s House seat – NBC News

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has clinched one of four spots in November’s ranked-choice general election for the state’s at-large congressional seat, NBC News projects, keeping alive her hopes for a political comeback.  She will be joined on the fall ballot by Republican Nick Begich, the namesake grandson of a former Democratic representative who held …

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Liz Cheney vows to carry on fight against Trump after conceding defeat in Wyoming primary – CNN

CNN  —  Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the most ardent Republican critic of Donald Trump in Congress, vowed to carry on her fight against the former President and the election-denying movement he leads in a speech Tuesday night after conceding defeat in her primary. She’ll lose to Trump-backed attorney Harriet Hageman, CNN projects. “This primary election …

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Good lawyers are saying no to representing Trump: Washington Post – Business Insider

Donald Trump is struggling to find lawyers willing to represent him, per a Washington Post report. The Post spoke to several lawyers, some of whom described Trump as an impossible client. Others said they feared they would not get paid after representing him. Loading Something is loading. Former President Donald Trump is having trouble finding …

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Residents in Drought-Stricken States to Face Water Cutbacks as Colorado River Under Serious Threat

(Worthy News) – For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures an extreme drought, federal officials announced Tuesday. The cuts planned for next year will force states to make critical decisions about where to …

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Biden Gifts Manchin Pen He Used to Sign Massive Climate Bill – The Daily Beast

President Joe Biden formally signed the biggest climate package in U.S. history Tuesday night, cementing the $430 billion Inflation Reduction Act into law. The legislation, hailed by former President Barack Obama on Tuesday evening, is aimed at cutting domestic greenhouse gases and fighting climate change, as well as improving health care and reducing the price …

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Biden signs inflation act, hands pen to Manchin – Reuters

WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed into law a $430 billion bill that is seen as the biggest climate package in U.S. history, designed to cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions as well as lower prescription drug prices and high inflation. At a White House event, Biden was joined by Democratic …

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F.B.I. Interviewed Top White House Lawyers About Missing Trump Documents – The New York Times

Pat A. Cipollone and Patrick F. Philbin, the White House counsel and his deputy under President Donald J. Trump, were interviewed by the F.B.I. in connection with boxes of sensitive documents that were stored at Mr. Trump’s residence in Florida after he left office, three people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Cipollone and Mr. …

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Western states hit with more cuts to Colorado River water – The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures an extreme drought, federal officials announced Tuesday. The cuts planned for next year will force states to make critical decisions about …

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Woman Hurt In ‘Playpen’ Boating Accident Launches GoFundMe, Will Have Lower Legs Amputated: ‘This Tragedy Is Not Going To Break Me’ – Block Club Chicago

NEAR NORTH SIDE — A woman critically injured when a boat backed into her raft in the “Playpen” near Oak Street Beach on Saturday will need to have her lower legs amputated. Lana Batochir, 34, launched a GoFundMe page this week to raise money for her significant medical expenses following the horrific weekend accident. Batochir, …

Woman Hurt In ‘Playpen’ Boating Accident Launches GoFundMe, Will Have Lower Legs Amputated: ‘This Tragedy Is Not Going To Break Me’ – Block Club ChicagoRead More

Trump White House Lawyers Were Interviewed by FBI in Classified-Documents Probe – The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—Two top lawyers who worked in the White House under then-President Donald Trump were interviewed by the FBI about the handling of classified documents well before agents searched the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home, people familiar with the matter said, offering a glimpse into steps investigators have taken in the monthslong probe. Mr. Trump’s White House …

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Liz Cheney may lose Wyoming primary but says it’s the “beginning of a battle” that will go on – CBS News

Tuesday’s Wyoming congressional primary may end Rep. Liz Cheney’s career in Congress, with the expectation by pollsters and strategists that she will be beaten by challenger Harriet Hageman, but she suggested she’s just getting started.  Today is “certainly the beginning of a battle that is going to continue to go on. And as a country, …

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Suspect killed at Miami Springs motel connected to fatal police-involved shooting – WPLG Local 10

MIAMI SPRINGS, Fla. – Shots were fired after police officers attempted to execute a search warrant at a Miami Springs motel late Tuesday afternoon. It was connected to a police-involved shooting that happened Monday night in Miami that left 29-year-old Officer Cesar Echaverry hospitalized and clinging to his life, and a suspect dead. Officers converged …

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Florida court rules pregnant 16-year-old not ‘mature’ enough to have an abortion – New York Post

A pregnant 16-year-old Florida girl was denied an abortion after a judge ruled she was too immature to decide she should terminate her pregnancy. The teen — referred to only as Jane Doe 22-B — had not established “that she was sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy,” according to a court ruling …

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Arizona and Nevada face another round of water cuts as drought hammers Colorado River water levels – NBC News

Arizona and Nevada will be hit with another round of cuts to their water supply, as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Tuesday that the ongoing drought continues to threaten water levels of the Colorado River and, by extension, impact communities across the West. The announcement comes as western portions of the U.S. have already …

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How does a book reading turn into an attempted murder? The threat against Salman Rushdie has been decades in the making

The attack on Salman Rushdie on Friday in Chautauqua, N.Y., was a stark reminder of how quickly our illusions of safety and order can be shattered. How does a book reading turn into an attempted murder? It was also a reminder that the author has lived under a death sentence for—count ‘em—33 years. His condemnation …

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‘Beyond Bad Apples’: A new report explores how clericalism is shaped by sex, gender and power

A new report explores how a culture of clericalism contributes to the cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church. The study reveals a widespread belief among church personnel that a repression of sexuality, unhealthy power dynamics in Catholic settings and dated views on gender among church leaders foster a culture in which …

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‘Better Call Saul’ is a story about the liberating power of confessing your sins

This essay contains spoilers for the final season and final episode of “Better Call Saul.” Today many Catholics view the sacrament of Reconciliation with skepticism. “Why do I need to share my sins with some priest in a box?” “Who cares what he thinks?” It doesn’t take many bad experiences with priests who think the …

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Cardinal Dolan meets with migrants bussed by Gov. Abbot from Texas, offers scholarships to attend NYC’s Catholic schools

NEW YORK (CNS)—The Catholic Church’s perspective on the needs of migrant families arriving in New York City on buses from Texas is to see them “with the eyes of Jesus,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told reporters at a news briefing Aug. 16. “He’s the one who said to us, ‘When I was a stranger … …

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“Very tragic for us”: Men who went missing after jumping off Martha’s Vineyard “Jaws Bridge” identified as brothers – CBS News

Church member recalled Bulgin brothers after one found dead, one still missing off Martha’s Vineyard Church member recalled Bulgin brothers after one found dead, one still missing off Martha’s Vineyard 01:23 The man who went missing after a group of people jumped off the “Jaws Bridge” on Martha’s Vineyard has been identified as 21-year-old Tavaughn …

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Alaska Sen. Murkowski faces primary fight in latest Trump test as Palin tries comeback – New York Post

Donald Trump’s influence in the Republican Party looms Tuesday over ​two highly watched races in Alaska, where Sen. Lisa Murkowski is hoping to survive a primary challenge from a Trump-endorsed opponent — and former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is attempting a political comeback.  Murkowski was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict …

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Russia-Ukraine War: Live Updates and Crimea News – The New York Times

The Primorsky beach in Yalta, Crimea, in 2017.Credit…Denis Sinyakov for The New York Times KYIV, Ukraine — The Crimean Peninsula dangles off Ukraine’s southern coast like a diamond, blessed with a temperate climate, expansive beaches, lush wheat fields and orchards stuffed with cherries and peaches. It is also a critical staging ground for Russia’s invasion …

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Feds cut Colorado River allocation to Arizona, Nevada as talks fail – The Hill

States along the Colorado River have officially missed a federally imposed deadline to develop a new water-sharing agreement, and the federal government on Tuesday announced new water allocation reductions, including nearly 25 percent in cuts to Arizona.  The Colorado River basin serves seven states — an Upper Basin of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, …

Feds cut Colorado River allocation to Arizona, Nevada as talks fail – The HillRead More

Liz Cheney looks set to lose Congress seat to Trump-backed rival – The Guardian US

Widely praised for her defence of democracy during the January 6 committee hearings, Liz Cheney looks set to lose her seat in Congress on Tuesday to a rival backed by former US president Donald Trump. Opinion polls show Cheney trailing far behind conservative lawyer Harriet Hageman – who has echoed Trump’s false claims of widespread …

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Ukraine War News: Blasts Hit Russian Ammunition Depot in Crimea – The New York Times

Despite recent pronouncements by Ukraine’s leadership about the military’s success along the Kherson front, troops have barely moved for weeks. Credit…Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times MYKOLAIV REGION, Ukraine — In their summer campaign to drive Russian troops from the southern region of Kherson, Ukraine’s forces have decimated Russian command centers and ammunition depots, …

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Trump’s midterms revenge campaign takes aim at lawmaker Liz Cheney – Reuters

Aug 16 (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s campaign to oust congressional Republicans who supported his impeachment gets its last major test of the U.S. midterm primary season on Tuesday, when Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski face challengers backed by the former president. U.S. Representative Cheney, who has played a key role in the congressional probe of …

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Raila Odinga calls Kenya election results null and void, calls for calm – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load NAIROBI — Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga declared the results of the election “null and void” and promised to challenge them in court, ignoring calls for him to concede to declared winner William Ruto. Ruto was named the winner of last week’s election by Wafula Chebukati, chair of Kenya’s Independent …

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Trump passports taken in FBI search of Mar-a-Lago returned to former president – CBS News

Washington — Passports belonging to former President Donald Trump that were taken by the FBI during the search conducted at his South Florida residence last week have been returned to the former president, a law enforcement source confirmed to CBS News. The source said the passports were given back to Trump after they were discovered …

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Giuliani on being told he’s target of election probe: ‘We’re starting to live in a fascist state’ – The Hill

Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Monday that “we’re starting to live in a fascist state” after he was told that he was the target of a Georgia probe into the 2020 election. “It’s just a further desecration of the Sixth Amendment. I was his lawyer of record in that case. The statements that …

Giuliani on being told he’s target of election probe: ‘We’re starting to live in a fascist state’ – The HillRead More

Justice Department asks judge to keep Trump’s search warrant affidavit sealed, citing investigation – NBC News

Justice Department lawyers on Monday asked the judge who approved the search warrant for former President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort to keep the accompanying affidavit under seal, citing a need to protect witnesses and the ongoing investigation. Federal prosecutors responded to inquiries from numerous news organizations, including NBC News, to make the affidavit public by …

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More explosions rock Russian-controlled Crimea – Reuters

Ammunition store explodes in Mayskoye, say Russian news agencies Ukraine and Russia trade blame for shelling near nuclear site Food aid leaves Ukrainian port for Africa KYIV, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Explosions shook an ammunition depot in Russian-annexed Crimea on Tuesday, the latest such incident in a region used by Moscow as a staging post …

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A large metal object fell from the sky near the Maine State Capitol, narrowly missing a person walking outside – CNN

CNN  —  A Maine Capitol Police employee was spared Monday when a large metal object apparently from an aircraft crashed to the ground outside the building, narrowly missing him, officials said. “The 6-7 pound sleeve like object landed at a high velocity approximately 6-8 feet from Capitol Police Screener Craig Donahue who was walking outside …

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Cheney braces for loss as Trump tested in Wyoming and Alaska – The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a leader in the Republican resistance to former President Donald Trump, is fighting to save her seat in the U.S. House on Tuesday as voters weigh in on the direction of the GOP. Cheney’s team is bracing for a loss against a Trump-backed challenger in the state …

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Trump executive Weisselberg expected to reach plea deal – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of former president Donald Trump’s company, is expected to reach a plea deal in a criminal case against him, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Weisselberg was indicted last year on felony charges including tax fraud. The specific terms of …

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Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ leaps to top of Amazon bestseller lists – CNBC

British author Salman Rushdie poses behind some copies of his book “Joseph Anton” on October 1, 2012 in Berlin. Author Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” topped several Amazon’s bestsellers lists on Tuesday, days after he sustained serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in New York. Johannes Eisele | Afp | Getty Images Author …

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Justice Dept. Objects to Releasing Affidavit Used to Search Trump’s Home – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department objected on Monday to making public the affidavit used to justify the search of former President Donald J. Trump’s home in Florida, saying its release would “compromise future investigative steps” and “likely chill” cooperation with witnesses. In a 13-page pleading, filed in a federal court in southern Florida in response …

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Enraged Anti-Vaxxer Arrested for Vile FBI Threats in Wake of Trump Raid – The Daily Beast

On Friday, a Pennsylvania anti-vaxxer enraged over the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort allegedly vowed to murder as many federal agents as possible before they got him. “Come and get me you piece of shit feds,” he wrote on social media. “I am going to fucking slaughter you.” On Monday, 46-year-old Adam Bies …

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Effort to recall Los Angeles D.A. George Gascón fails – Los Angeles Times

A second effort to force Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón into a recall election fizzled out Monday after officials determined that the campaign to boot him from office failed to gain enough valid signatures. To put Gascón’s job on the ballot, the campaign seeking his ouster needed to gather 566,857 valid signatures by …

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Attorneys for driver accused of killing 5 deny she has history of crashes – Los Angeles Times

The traveling nurse accused of causing a fiery Windsor Hills crash that killed five people was suffering from worsening mental health issues, had hurt herself before and had been involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment multiple times, prosecutors said Monday. In a filing opposing the pretrial release of Nicole Lorraine Linton, who faces murder and manslaughter …

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Justice Department opposes unsealing Trump FBI search warrant affidavit – CBS News

The Justice Department said in court documents Monday that it opposes the release of the FBI affidavit used to justify the search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s primary residence at Mar-a-Lago. In Monday’s filing, prosecutors indicated that the affidavit contained sensitive information regarding the testimony of witnesses in the investigation, adding later they feared …

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DOJ says release of Mar-a-Lago affidavit would harm ongoing criminal probe – POLITICO

“The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential for harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly,” the DOJ officials wrote. Instead, DOJ is urging the court to unseal a redacted document that includes additional filings …

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Giuliani Is a Target in Georgia’s Trump Election Inquiry, Lawyer Says – The New York Times

ATLANTA — The legal pressures on Donald J. Trump and his closest allies intensified further on Monday, as prosecutors informed his former personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, that Mr. Giuliani was a target in a wide-ranging criminal investigation into election interference in Georgia. The notification came on the same day that a federal judge rejected …

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Iran says Rushdie and supporters to blame for attack – Reuters

Don’t accuse Tehran, says foreign ministry spokesman Says novelist ‘crossed red lines’ for Muslims Rushdie stabbed several times on Friday Attack condemned by writers, politicians around the world DUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday that no one had the right to level accusations against Tehran over Friday’s attack on Salman …

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In South Africa’s synodal process, lay enthusiasm is often met with gatekeeping from priests

In South Africa the preparatory phase of the Synod on Synodality has been a hit-and-miss process. In some dioceses there were many opportunities to engage; in others, many parishioners said they had never heard of the synod. When I asked South Africans on social media about their awareness of and participation in the synodal process, …

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Explainer: The Catholic Church’s fraught relationship with the Nicaraguan government

MEXICO CITY (AP)—Earlier this month Nicaragua shuttered seven radio stations belonging to the Catholic Church and launched an investigation into the bishop of Matagalpa, Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, accusing him of inciting violent actors “to carry out acts of hate against the population.” This is not the first time President Daniel Ortega has moved aggressively to …

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It’s time to bring back receiving Communion from the chalice

On Sunday, May 22, I received the precious blood at a small Dominican priory. When the time came for Communion, I stepped forward and received the host on my tongue, then the priest placed the chalice in my hands. I lifted the chalice to my lips and, for the first time in two years and …

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Judge rejects Graham’s request to squash subpoena in Ga. probe of efforts to overturn 2020 election – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load A federal judge on Monday denied Sen. Lindsey O. Graham’s (R-S.C.) request to quash his subpoena in Georgia prosecutors’ investigation into potential criminal interference in the 2020 presidential election by President Donald Trump and his allies, signaling he must testify in the probe. Graham had argued that he should be …

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Ignoring Ukraine setbacks, Putin touts ‘superior’ Russian weapons exports – Reuters

Putin insists Russian technology is years ahead of rivals Performance in Ukraine undermines boast, military analysts say India and China lead list of buyers of Russian weapons LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia was ready to sell advanced weapons to allies globally and cooperate in developing military technology, …

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I started working as an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. military at 16. My family still isn’t safe from the Taliban.

I was 16 years old when I applied for a job to work as an interpreter with the United States military. The American military officer who interviewed me said I would be replacing another interpreter who had been killed in action, and I was warned about the great risks I would face. They had many …

I started working as an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. military at 16. My family still isn’t safe from the Taliban.Read More