“I do admit the guilt,” Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60, said through an Arabic interpreter in Miami federal court. Alani, a veteran AA employee who had lived in California and commuted to his job at Miami International Airport, now faces up to three years in prison under a joint recommendation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and his defense lawyer. His sentencing is set for March 4.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Swergold admitted nobody can find the footage of the outside of the cell the multimillionaire perv shared with accused quadruple murderer Nick Tartaglione during a hearing in White Plains District Court. Tartaglione, a former Briarcliff Manor cop, faces the death penalty for the alleged murders in a drug deal gone bad.
The notion of impeaching Trump but holding the articles in the House has gained traction among some on the political left as a way of potentially forcing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to conduct a trial on more favorable terms for Democrats. And if no agreement is reached, some have argued, the trial could be delayed indefinitely, denying Trump an expected acquittal.
The Operation Will Surge Federal Law Enforcement Resources into Seven of America’s Most Violent Cities... The operation will involve increasing the number of federal law enforcement officers to the selected cities, as well as bulking up federal task forces through collaborative efforts with state and local law enforcement partners. The surge in federal agents will be complemented by a financial commitment of up to $71 million in federal grant funding that can be used to hire new officers, pay overtime and benefits, finance federally deputized task force officers, and provide mission-critical equipment and technology.
In a 40-page document, the court wrote that proposals introduced by the ruling part Law and Justice (PiS), including the dismissal of judges who critical of the reforms, could threaten the precedence of EU law over national legislation. The PiS proposal is an "attempt to force all judges (...) to apply all the laws voted by the majority in power", the Court said, even if a judge or a court estimates that such laws are "incompatible with upper legal standards".
Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Kari Bingen submitted her resignation on Dec. 5 and will leave Jan. 10... Bingen was the Defense Department’s No. 2 intelligence official and has been in the role since May 2017. Prior to that, she served as the House Armed Services Committee’s policy director for four years and held a number of other positions on the committee’s strategic forces panel.
The Food and Drug Administration will announce a rule letting states develop plans to import certain prescription drugs from Canada, federal officials said. About a dozen states, including Colorado and Florida, have pressed for permission to import drugs that meet U.S. quality standards. In addition, draft guidance to be released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services would enable certain medications made and sold in other countries to be imported to the U.S.
If successful, the device could edge scientists closer to achieving the ultimate goal of nuclear fusion: near limitless, cheap clean energy... the new device will achieve temperatures of over 200 million degrees Celsius. That's about 13 times hotter than the center of the sun. Previous devices developed for the artificial sun experiment reached 100 million degrees Celsius, a breakthrough that was announced in November last year...
This is part of the international effort to achieve generative fusion, basically they will begin testing next year and build up until they are able to explore new boundaries - in this case, mostly energy transfer from the plasma.
265 subjects – or about 10 percent – told stories of children fathered by UN personnel... It said “girls as young as 11 were sexually abused and impregnated by peacekeepers and … ‘left in misery’ to raise their children alone”... sexual violence was in the minority of reported encounters, while the more pervasive problem appeared to be transactional sex. The study found in many cases that women and girls would have sex with MINUSTAH personnel in exchange for money or food.
“I’m going to tell the president, ‘no,’ to his witnesses request because I think what is best for the country is to get this behind us as soon as possible,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said Wednesday... “I’m not going to support witnesses being called by the president. I’m not going to support witnesses being called by Sen. Schumer,” Graham said. “We are going to vote on the same product the House used for a final vote, and I think most senators are ready to move forward at the appropriate time.”..
“The individual mandate is unconstitutional because it can no longer be read as a tax, and there is no other constitutional provision that justifies this exercise of congressional power,” the ruling said. “On the severability question, we remand to the district court to provide additional analysis of the provisions of the ACA as they currently exist.”...
The Justice Department’s watchdog will audit Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications related to counterintelligence and counterterrorism to see if the FBI’s problems are systemic... Horowitz said he didn’t know how widespread these failures were since the Page FISA is the most scrutinized ever. The FISA court grants roughly 1,000 FISA warrants each year.
The capsule, that would use passive magnetics to levitate in a pressurized tube, is expected to cost between $50 and $60 million a mile depending on route and terrain, putting an estimated cost at $25 billion. The estimate given for a ticket, aboard a capsule that would carry anywhere from 28 to 44 passengers, would be two-thirds the cost of a ticket on Amtrak... The reason costs are so low is the Hyperloop would use very little energy to run as the magnets are not charged, and a pressurized tube creates very little friction...
Using human blood cells, Brazilian researchers have succeeded in obtaining hepatic organoids ("mini-livers") that perform all of the liver's typical functions, such as producing vital proteins, storing vitamins, and secreting bile, among many others. The innovation permits the production of hepatic tissue in the laboratory in only 90 days and may in the future become an alternative to organ transplantation...
Police are seeking information about how and why at least 15 horses ended up shot to death in eastern Kentucky. The horse massacre occurred at a strip mine near the Pike and Floyd County line, according to WYMT. The equine executioner killed indiscriminately, including horses younger than 1-year-old and pregnant mares.
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