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Yang and O'Rourke propose decriminalizing opioids, including heroin

Yang and O'Rourke propose decriminalizing opioids, including heroinTwo Democrats suggested making small amounts of heroin legal as a way to combat the drug epidemic.




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2019 10:59 PM

5 key takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio

5 key takeaways from the Democratic debate in OhioWarren is treated like the front-runner, a “healthy” Bernie returns to the debate stage with key endorsements in his pocket and more.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2019 12:24 AM

Texas pastors seek federal action after police shoot black woman in her home

Texas pastors seek federal action after police shoot black woman in her homeJefferson's killing on Saturday by a rookie Fort Worth officer was the latest in a string of fatal shootings that has made the city's African American community wary of police, said Pastor Kyev Tatum.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2019 6:07 PM

Buttigieg, O'Rourke clash over assault-rifle buyback plan

Buttigieg, O'Rourke clash over assault-rifle buyback planAt Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate, presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg escalated their disagreement over O’Rourke’s proposal for mandatory buybacks of assault weapons.




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2019 10:57 PM

A 75-year-old cruise ship passenger jumped overboard a Carnival-owned ship between Portugal and Spain (CCL)

A 75-year-old cruise ship passenger jumped overboard a Carnival-owned ship between Portugal and Spain (CCL)A Costa Cruises representative said the woman "voluntarily" jumped from the balcony in her cabin on the Costa Pacifica ship.




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2019 2:14 PM

Shooting kills 6 in Puerto Rico, leads to emergency meeting

Shooting kills 6 in Puerto Rico, leads to emergency meetingPuerto Rico's governor called an emergency meeting Tuesday after six people were killed in a mass shooting in a San Juan housing project and gunfire left two people dead a day earlier in the island's north. A police statement said the violence left five men and one woman dead. The brazen murders led Gov. Wanda Vázquez to convene a gathering of her security team, led by public security chief Elmer Román and justice secretary Dennise Longo Quiñones.




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2019 8:00 PM

Mystery as plane carrying Russian arms smugglers crashes in Congo

Mystery as plane carrying Russian arms smugglers crashes in CongoThe Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the world’s worst aviation safety records, so reports that an aircraft had tumbled into a remote forest last week caused few international ripples. Since then, however, a deepening mystery over the nature of the cargo and the identity of those on board has left the Congolese government facing awkward questions. The fate of the stricken plane, a mysterious Antonov-72 so far only identified by its former registration number, EK-72903, may also provide a glimpse into the murkier side of Russia’s attempts to reassert its influence in Africa. The details remain scant. Last Thursday, the plane crashed 59 minutes after taking off from the eastern city of Goma bound for the capital Kinshasa. None of the eight people on board survived, officials said. The passengers were identified as the personal chauffeur of Felix Tshisekedi, Congo’s president, and three of his bodyguards. An armoured vehicle used by the president was also on board. A more troubling disclosure followed when two of the four-strong crew were identified. Vitaly Shumkov and Vladimir Sadovnichy, the plane’s pilots, were not only Russian nationals, they both appeared to have a background in gun running. The plane, too, has a murky past. EK-72903 was once owned by an Armenian company whose proprietor has been linked to arms smuggling elsewhere in Africa. Whether the crew were somehow furthering Kremlin interests remains unknown. However, there is no secret that Russia hopes to regain the influence the Soviet Union once wielded in Africa by wooing its leaders with arms sales, private security and “political technologists” adept at winning elections. Such attempts have often been linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Vladimir Putin who has been accused of masterminding attempts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election. Mr Prigozhin allegedly had Congo in his sights after Russia announced in May that it was sending a team of army specialists to the country. Some Russia media outlets speculated that Mr Prigozhin, was on board the plane ahead of a meeting with President Tshisekedi. That is almost certainly untrue. Slumming it on an Antonov is generally not Mr Progozhin’s style. “He wouldn’t get into a plane like that,” a Congolese government official said.  “This gentleman is an oligarch and if he travels then he travels on his own plane.” The official said that while Mr Prigozhin had not been scheduled to meet President Tshisekedi, other Russian government representatives had requested a meeting to discuss the upcoming summit. It is unclear if any were on board. At least two people described as being “of eastern European origin” were also on the plane. They have not yet been identified, adding to the intrigue surrounding the flight. For the moment, whoever else was on board the plane remains unknown. With some sources saying there may have been 11 people rather than eight on board, UN officials were attempting to identify the remains of the dead — some of whom had been hastily buried — last night. Even that might not put an end to the intrigue of what happened aboard EK-72903. Congo rarely gives up its mysteries. In 1961, a plane departing the country with then UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld on board crashed.  Three inquiries failed to determined the cause of the crash and Hammarskjöld’s death remains a mystery to this day.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2019 3:43 PM

Everything Google Revealed at Its NYC Pixel Event

Everything Google Revealed at Its NYC Pixel Event




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2019 11:44 AM

Why the UAW's Deal With General Motors Is Unlikely to Give Workers What They Really Want

Why the UAW's Deal With General Motors Is Unlikely to Give Workers What They Really WantThe strike, which started on Sept. 15, is the longest GM work stoppage since the 1970s




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2019 8:24 PM

Meet USS Barb: The Navy's Special World War II Submarine That Terrified Japan

Meet USS Barb: The Navy's Special World War II Submarine That Terrified JapanIt sank the most Japanese vessels by tonnage.




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2019 6:00 PM

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