Author: Merrit Kennedy

Military Judge Won’t Dismiss Bergdahl Case Due To Trump Remarks – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is escorted into the Ft. Bragg military courthouse for his sentencing hearing on Monday in Ft. Bragg, N.C. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sara D. Davis/Getty Images A military judge says he won’t throw out the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because of President Trump’s frequent accusatory remarks about the accused. The judge says he will still be able to rule fairly. Bergdahl, who walked off his military post in Afghanistan in 2009 and spent five years in Taliban captivity, was a frequent target for Trump...

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Exxon Mobil Sues After Treasury Fines It $2 Million For Alleged Sanctions Violations – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control says that Exxon Mobil must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia. Mark Humphrey/AP Exxon Mobil says it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, after the office said the oil and gas giant must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia. The alleged violations took place in May 2014, when Exxon Mobil signed a series of deals with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russian oil company Rosneft. That March, the Obama administration had placed...

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Hundreds Protest After Minnesota Officer Found Not Guilty In Philando Castile Death – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Protesters gather outside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday. Steve Karnowski/AP Updated 2:15 a.m. ET Saturday Hundreds of people gathered in St. Paul, Minn., Friday evening to protest a verdict that found a Minnesota police officer not guilty on all counts in his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop in 2016. Demonstrators gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol holding signs that included the phrases “black lives matter,” and “no justice, no peace,” and hundreds marched toward the nearby Cathedral of Saint Paul. Marchers heading for University Ave now. Huge...

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Montana’s Gianforte Pleads Guilty, Won’t Serve Jail Time In Assault On Journalist

NPR Republican Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters after he was declared the winner at an election night party on May 25 in Bozeman, Mont. Janie Osborne/Getty Images Montana congressman-elect Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty Monday to a charge misdemeanor assault after body-slamming a reporter from The Guardian on the eve of his election to the U.S. House. He received a six-month deferred sentence and will serve no jail time. Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was asking Gianforte a question on May 24 when the Republican candidate threw him to the ground. “A Gallatin County judge sentenced Gianforte to 40 hours of...

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US-Backed Fighters Begin Offensive To Push ISIS From Its ‘Capital’ – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is fighting to take control of Raqqa, looks toward the nearby town of Tabqa, Syria, in April. AP U.S.-backed fighters have launched an operation to try to seize control of the city of Raqqa in northern Syria, ISIS’ so-called “capital.” Raqqa is the most important stronghold for the militant group in Syria and fell under its control in 2014. And together with the ongoing fight for Mosul in Iraq, seizing control of the city is seen as a crucial goal in the fight against ISIS. “The International Coalition and...

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Pence Tells North Korea: ‘The Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over’

NPR U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived Monday at the South Korean border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War. Lee Jin-man/AP Vice President Mike Pence said on a visit to South Korea today that the U.S. “era of strategic patience is over” regarding North Korea and its nuclear and ballistic missile program. “Since 1992, the United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” Pence said at a joint news conference with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-Ahn in Seoul. “We hope to achieve...

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More Than 1000 Palestinians In Israeli Prisons Go On Hunger Strike – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Protesters hold up portraits of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails during a demonstration in Gaza City to show support to the prisoners who launched a hunger strike on April 17, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images Palestinian prisoners and detainees are staging a mass open-ended hunger strike to protest their conditions in Israeli prisons. Israeli authorities say approximately 1,100 of them are participating in the strike in eight prisons, NPR’s Daniel Estrin in Tel Aviv reports, of the approximately 6,200 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. “It’s being led by Marwan Barghouti, a key Palestinian political figure found guilty of...

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WATCH: Huge Green Fireball Streaks Across Midwest Sky – NPR

Enlarge this image Dashcam video from the Lisle Police Department in Lisle, Ill., captured images of a meteor as it streaked over Lake Michigan early Monday morning. AP hide caption toggle caption AP If you were outside in the Midwest at around 1:30 a.m. local time this morning, you might have received quite a shock. A meteor streaked across the sky in a vivid, bright green flash. It set off sonic booms that were loud enough to shake houses in east-central Wisconsin, as National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Last tells The Two-Way. Take a look at this video, captured on a police dashcam in Lisle, Ill.: Check out this INCREDIBLE video of the #meteor this morning as viewed from a Lisle, IL police car dash cam! Thanks to Lisle PD for sharing! pic.twitter.com/uYELKkBxRO — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 6, 2017 The meteor was visible in much of eastern Wisconsin and far northeast Illinois, Last says. He says the object likely broke up and that pieces might have ended up in Lake Michigan, though it is “probably going to be impossible to tell” exactly what happened. Last says it is “relatively rare to see one this vivid” — he says meteorologists see video like this every year or every other year from somewhere in the U.S. The American Meteor Society tracks reports of meteor sightings, and says that it received...

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