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    Ten rockets hit the Ain al-Assad air base on Wednesday, killing an American civilian subcontractor. The United States has for the moment refrained from directly accusing one of the Iraqi armed factions pro-Iran for this attack, preceded by several others with the same modus operandi in recent weeks. “We encourage the Iraqis to act as quickly as possible to investigate the incident and they are in the process of doing so,” Austin told ABC channel, adding that his country was still collecting information on its perpetrators. “But you can expect us to always hold people accountable for their actions,” he added. “The message for those who have committed such an attack is expect us to do what is necessary to defend ourselves.” “We will strike if we think that’s what we need to do, when and where we choose to do it,” he continued. “We demand the right to...
    (CNN)A 12-year-old boy was arrested Thursday evening after a series of attempted armed carjackings and one successful one in Washington, DC.All four incidents happened in the span of one hour, according to a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) news release.The boy was arrested by the MPD on the same day and charged with four counts of armed carjacking, the news release said. Police are still searching for a second suspect who was seen on a surveillance camera.The incidents began around 6:30 p.m., when a rideshare driver was picking up a customer and was approached by the two suspects. One of the suspects pointed a gun at him from the driver's side door and ordered him to get out of the vehicle, according to an incident report. The other suspect grabbed the victim's phone.The driver refused to exit the car and was able to drive away.Read MoreAbout 45 minutes later, the suspects...
    Companies and brands across the United States are increasingly wary of the 'cancel culture' mob and falling victim to trial by Twitter jury. Although some have held firm and refused to bow to the cries from the Left, including Whole Foods, a company many would assume to be a bastion of the liberal coastal elite, many others have either been forced to tweak products or abandon them altogether and change names amid outcry. Some have simply decided to jump before they were pushed. Over the past year, these brands have made changes to their names, logos, or product lines to be more culturally sensitive. EBAY REMOVING ALL LISTINGS OF SIX CANCELED DR. SEUSS BOOKS Dr. Seuss Six Dr. Seuss titles will no longer be published. On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that manages the publishing of the works of Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel, said it would be pulling titles...
    Amazon.com Inc.’s planned grocery store at the Festival at Manchester Lakes shopping center in Franconia is inching closer to opening, while another location in Gaithersburg is looking for builders. Fairfax County on Thursday issued the company’s new-concept supermarket subsidiary a nonresidential use permit for the 31,000-square-foot Amazon Fresh heading to 7005 Manchester Blvd. That typically means workers have installed fire systems and basic construction is complete. With permit in hand and depending on the e-commerce company’s timetable, this could be one of the first locations in Greater Washington to get an Amazon-run grocery store that is not a Whole Foods Market. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is working on several other grocery locations in Greater Washington. Under code name “Mendel,” Amazon is seeking builders to renovate a 31,000-square-foot former Office Depot store at 5790 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg into some kind of grocery store, according to plans obtained from… Read the...
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Kierra Fletcher scored 21 points and Lorela Cubaj scored 12 with 18 rebounds and No. 3 seed Georgia Tech beat a feisty 11th-seed Clemson 60-57 on Friday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal contest. Delicia Washington’s jump shot with 17 seconds left reduced Clemson’s deficit to 60-57. Following a Georgia Tech (15-7) timeout, the Tigers’ Destiny Thomas came up with steal allowing Clemson the chance to set a play out of its timeout, but Weronika Hipp missed a 3-point attempt as time expired. Washington’s jumper with 5:12 to play brought Clemson within 52-51, but in succession, Cubaj made back-to-back jumps shots and Fletcher followed with her own and the Yellow Jackets’ lead went to seven with 2:18 remaining. Washington again buried a jumper and Amari Robinson sank two free throws with 64 seconds left to get Clemson (11-13) within three but they couldn’t get...
    Chasten Buttigieg and Doug Emhoff spotted in DC. @tatsiemasters/Twitter Chasten Buttigieg and Doug Emhoff bonded on the 2020 campaign trail as spouses of candidates. Blogger Tatsie Masters spotted them grabbing coffee in Washington, DC, and snapped a selfie. The photo went viral as Twitter users celebrated the friendship. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Doug Emhoff and Chasten Buttigieg bonded on the 2020 campaign trail as spouses of presidential candidates, and their friendship is still going strong. Blogger Tatsie Masters of Thinking Blonde spotted the pair out and about in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, grabbing coffee at Wine & Butter. She snapped a quick socially distant selfie with them and posted it to Twitter. "tell me you live in dc without actually telling me you live in dc," she captioned the photo.—Tatsie (@tatsiemasters) March 3, 2021The internet was thrilled, with one Twitter user writing, "This is the feel...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a man they say knocked a 5-year-old boy off his bicycle in Washington Square Park. It happened shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 26. READ MORE: Reports: Top Cuomo Aides Allegedly Altered July Report To Conceal Number Of Nursing Home Deaths Police said the suspect kicked the child’s bike, causing him to fall off. (Credit: NYPD) He allegedly kicked the bike again as the boy was leaving the park with his mother. READ MORE: 7 Hurt, Including 2 Children, After Car Slams Into Outdoor Dining Structure In Midtown The suspect was last seen heading east on Washington Square South from Thompson Street. The boy was not hurt in the incident. MORE NEWS: New York City Movie Theaters Reopen After Nearly A Year Of COVID Restrictions Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS...
    They were sent to Washington in January to help guard the U.S. Capitol and secure a smooth transition from one administration to the next. But some Hoosiers are wondering what they’re still doing there. As of this week, there are about 250 Indiana National Guard troops remaining in the nation’s capital. “The treatment of our men and women in uniform at Fort Pelosi has been simply unacceptable. It’s time to send the troops home!” Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican from Fort Wayne, tweeted on Wednesday in response to news reports that members of the Michigan National Guard were fed food with metal shavings in it, and also uncooked chicken. But it’s not just the treatment of the troops that bothers Banks and others. The National Guard troops constitute a heavy military presence in the capital, with soldiers patrolling on both sides of a tall metal fence that surrounds the U.S....
    More On: bernie sanders House to vote on $1.9 trillion COVID plan Friday — with or without GOP backing Progressives ‘confident’ Biden COVID package will include wage hike Manchin opposes Biden OMB pick Neera Tanden’s confirmation over nasty tweets Mittens come off: Bernie clashes with Trump lawyer after asking if Biden won election Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday forced a vote on increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 through President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill, but it failed with strong opposition among Democrats. The Senate voted 58-42 against the idea, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would lift 900,000 people out of poverty but cause another 1.4 million people to lose their jobs due to higher business operating costs. Seven Democrats and one independent who caucuses with Democrats — Sen. Angus King of Maine — opposed the Sanders amendment in a procedural vote. Democratic Sens. Tom Carper...
    Iranian militia groups claim to have active cells of operatives stationed in Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities, according to chatter in online forums used by these groups. Kawtheryoon Electronic Team, a Telegram network used by Iranian militia groups and supporters, claimed in a recent posting that Iranian "resistance cells are rooted even in America and its capital," according to a copy of the English-language posting captured by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which tracks radical groups. JAMES CARAFANO: BIDEN VS IRAN - CAN PRESIDENT AVOID NUCLEAR DEAL DEJA VU? The group additionally claimed that terror factions associated with Iran are growing stronger and attracting more support than ever before. The group demanded the United States withdraw all of its troops from Iraq and the Middle East. The post included a picture of caskets containing U.S. soldiers. The threat comes as the Biden administration seeks to directly engage Iran in pursuit...
    Authorities in Tennessee are appealing to the public for help in tracking down a local father who has been been accused of kidnapping his 17-year-old daughter and eluding the police for more than a year by relying on his advanced information technology skills, aliases and disguises.    Daphne Westbrook disappeared on October 6, 2019, along with her dogs, Fern and Strawberry, from Chattanooga after failing to return home from a weekend visit with her dad, John Westbrook. According to the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office in Tennessee, Westbrook, 41, abducted his daughter and traveled with her out West. He has since been indicted and charged with aggravated kidnapping.   Tennessee IT expert John Westbrook, 41 (left), is accused of kidnapping his 17-year-old daughter, Daphne (right), and holding her captive for more than a year   Daphne, pictured above with her dog Strawberry, vanished in October 2019, after failing to return...
    The Washington Business Journal offers a weekly roundup of bankruptcy filings in the region based on public records collected by parent company American City Business Journals. During the week that ended Feb. 26, Washington-area bankruptcy courts recorded one business filing. Year to date through Feb. 26, the court recorded 20 Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 business bankruptcy filings, a 20% decrease from the same span the prior year. Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection typically provides for the liquidation of a business’ assets to satisfy creditor claims, while Chapter 11 protection enables a business to restructure its creditor obligations with the goal to remain a going concern. Cornus Montessori LLC filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Feb. 11, in the Eastern District of Virginia. The debtor listed an address of 13880 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, and is represented in court by attorney Christopher L. Rogan. Cornus Montessori LLC listed assets...
              Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line weigh on his recent exclusive at The Tennessee Star and the different stylings on foreign policy between the Biden and Trump. Leahy: We are joined by our good friend our longtime colleague the Washington correspondent for the Star News Network, which is The Tennessee Star, and five other state-based news sites. Neil McCabe with another breaking exclusive story on American foreign policy with the founder of the Gold Institute, Eli Gold. Neil, how do you keep getting breaking these exclusives? And what did Eli Gold tell you about Biden’s foreign policy? McCabe: Eli Gold is an amazing guy who started the...
    New York : Washington Square Park, NYC Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy Washington Square Park, one of the largest and most symbolic squares for bohemians and university students in Manhattan (NYC), had an unusual day this week: the unearthing of corpses. The human remains that were discovered between 2008 and 2017 during works in the square and its surroundings in Greenwich village they were finally removed Tuesday, New York City officials announced. Because the remains are fragmentary, the forensic analysis did not provide details on the identities of the people.. They were exhumed and transferred to be buried again with the help of the city’s Historic Monuments Preservation Commission, in the legendary Brooklyn Green-Wood Cemetery, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said. Washington Square Park was built in the 1850s on the site of a former potters field. Thousands of people were buried there between 1797...
    Fervent followers of the conspiracy theory of QAnon were certain that Donald Trump would return to the throne on Thursday, March 4, when the presidential nominations were held until 1933. Alerted by belligerent messages online, the forces of the United Nations he order urged federal elected officials to briefly leave the capital. correspondent in New York Lhe elected representatives of the House of Representatives were in a hurry to approve a $ 1.9 billion plan to support the economy on Wednesday. And not only in the name of the urgency to bail out the country, a year after the outbreak of the coronavirus: city councilors and parliamentary assistants were advised the same day to leave Washington DC without delay, at least until Saturday, and to work at home, as far from the capital as possible. This Thursday, a maximum state of alert was indeed...
    ON THIS DAY IN 1861, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Today the Republican party takes possession of the executive branch of the federal government. Upon the men whom that party has succeeded in placing at the head of the nation now depends the responsibility of whatever may befall the country during the ominous period of the immediate future. The party has designedly assumed this responsibility, and postponed all attempts to settle the difficulties until they should gain possession of the reigns of government, which they assume today.” *** ON THIS DAY IN 1869, the Eagle reported, “President [Andrew] Johnson has adopted the unusual course of presenting an address to the people on his retirement from office. He has a precedent for this in the example of but two of his predecessors – Generals [George] Washington and [Andrew] Jackson. General Washington modestly assumed to regard the farewell advice he proffered as...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ASHRAF KHALIL | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Law enforcement was on high alert Thursday around the U.S. Capitol after authorities said intelligence had uncovered a “possible plot” by a militia group to storm the iconic building again. The alert came two months after Donald Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory. The threat appeared to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that former President Trump would rise again to power on March 4 and that thousands would come to Washington to try to remove Democrats from office. March 4 was the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to Jan. 20. There were no signs of disturbance Thursday at the heavily secured building, with Capitol Police and National Guardsmen on duty and a large fence...
    (CNN)US Capitol Police have requested a two-month extension of National Guard troop support at the US Capitol which is now under review at the Department of Defense, according to two defense officials. National Guard support was previously scheduled to end on March 12. The Associated Press was first to report the request.Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), a member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, said that she had heard about the request for an extension from contacts at the National Guard and US Capitol Police, but critiqued the fact that the message had not been communicated more broadly to members of Congress. "No one likes seeing the fortress-like security around the Capitol. And no one wants to again have a security problem in and around this symbolic place. But whether an extension has been requested or the mission is indeed terminating on March 12, it's critical that members...
    Identifying the top trap games is admittedly a trap itself. Lopsided matchups are required to create the proper conditions, and there are only so many instances available over the course of a season. What are those conditions? How is a trap game defined? This comes courtesy of Football Outsiders: “Team X has a ‘trap game’ when it plays team Y but it’s looking forward to playing team Z the following week. If team X falls into the trap, they underperform against team Y, possibly losing a game that they would be expected to win easily.” Pro Football Focus offered this definition: “A trap game is defined in a variety of ways, but it essentially boils down to a high-ranked team playing in a game that everyone expects them to win against a far lesser opponent (not necessarily a losing team).” Still not clear? Just roll with us. The following list...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Philadelphia police are beefing up security at critical infrastructures throughout the city as they continue to monitor reports out of Washington, D.C. regarding threats against the US Capitol complex. Philly police say there are no specific threats to the area but they are increasing security “out of an abundance of caution.” The increased security comes as Capitol Police in Washington uncovered intelligence of a possible plot to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. READ MORE: The Story Of Pat Ciarrocchis Brain We continue to monitor reports out of Washington DC regarding possible threats against the US Capitol Complex. While there are no specific threats to our area, out of an abundance of caution, we have increased patrols around critical infrastructure throughout the city. — Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) March 4, 2021   “I feel really assured that between the Capitol Police and the National Guard, that they...
    Dr. Seuss book sales spike after some pulled Meet the woman bringing a Caribbean twist to French Champagne The U.S. has reported more than 28,000,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Mar. 2, 2021. More than 490,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 -- the highest death toll of any country. The virus has spread throughout the country in a way that has been difficult to predict, surging in one region, then showing signs of improvement, and then reappearing in other regions. Though local outbreaks may ebb and flow, the current surge in cases has been felt nearly nationwide, leading to new travel restrictions and business closures around the country. © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. Nationwide, there were an average of 20.3 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans in the week ending Mar. 2, 2021. Cumulatively, the U.S. has reported 8,658.30 cases per 100,000 Americans, and 152.8...
    Marty Bluewater never expected to be the only human being living in a 400-acre wildlife haven. Courtesy Marty Bluewater Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On Washington State’s Protection Island, Marty Bluewater stands alone. A colony of gulls swoop and squawk around the sandy bluffs where he looks out to the sea, watching tufted puffins bob in the water in search of fish to feed their young. His morning music is the sound of waves crashing onto the beach below, where harbor seals stretch out under the sun. Bluewater is the only human resident of the roughly 400-acre island, which became a wildlife refuge in the 1980s. He says living here has been nothing short of...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Freshman Tameiya Sadler had 18 points and a season-high eight assists, Ashley Van Dyke also scored 18 points, and the No. 11 seed Washington women beat Colorado 68-54 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. Quay Miller and Alexis Griggsby added 11 points apiece for Washington (7-13). The Huskies made 25 of 46 (54.3%) overall and shot a season-high 55% (11 of 20) from 3-point range. Washington, which won just three games — and at one point lost eight straight — in conference play this season, plays No. 9 and third-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Thursday. Sadler, Griggsby and Van Dyke each hit a 3-pointer in a 14-0 run that made it 49-36 with three minutes left in the third quarter and the Huskies led the rest of the way. Frida Formann and Mya Hollingshed scored 16 points...
    The 25 most memorable fictional bands 20 Celebs Who Tip Big — Really Big © Getty Zdeno Chara made his return to Boston as an opposing player on Wednesday night and it was very fitting that he and the Washington Capitals put together a defensive clinic in a 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins. For 14 years Chara was the focal point of the Bruins’ defense and helped them become one of the fiercest defensive teams in the league. On Wednesday, the Bruins were on the other side of that as he was the one helping to shut down their offense Washington limited the Bruins to a season-low 19 shots on goal through regulation and overtime in what was probably the Capitals’ best, most complete defensive effort of the season. They were so dominant early on that they did not allow Boston to get its first shot on goal...
    BOSTON (AP) — Jakub Vrana had the only score in the shootout and the Washington Capitals beat the Bruins 2-1 Wednesday night in Zdeno Chara’s return to Boston. Lars Eller scored in regulation for the Capitals, who improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games. Vitek Vanecek made 18 saves. READ MORE: Referee To Rocket Scientist: Adrian Hill Talks About The Pressure On And Off The Field The 43-year-old Chara, the Bruins’ captain for his 14 seasons with the club, signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Capitals in the offseason. He helped Boston win the 2011 Stanley Cup, and was a key part of its runner-up teams in 2013 and 2019. David Pastrnak scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots and was denied in his bid for the 300th victory of his career. Vrana, the Capitals’ second shooter, shifted around Rask and tucked the puck...
    BOSTON (AP) — Jakub Vrana had the only score in the shootout and the Washington Capitals beat the Bruins 2-1 Wednesday night in Zdeno Chara’s return to Boston. Lars Eller scored in regulation for the Capitals, who improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games. Vitek Vanecek made 18 saves. The 43-year-old Chara, the Bruins’ captain for his 14 seasons with the club, signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Capitals in the offseason. He helped Boston win the 2011 Stanley Cup, and was a key part of its runner-up teams in 2013 and 2019. David Pastrnak scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots and was denied in his bid for the 300th victory of his career. Vrana, the Capitals’ second shooter, shifted around Rask and tucked the puck inside the left post. Vanecek robbed Jake DeBrusk in the final minute of OT, after Rask made...
    The top intelligence officials of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security made a troubling acknowledgement in congressional testimony Wednesday: Neither agency had garnered intelligence indicating that supporters of former President Donald Trump would storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in an effort to overturn the November election results. The comments by Jill Sanborn, an FBI assistant director for intelligence, and Melissa Smislova, an acting undersecretary of DHS, represented the first public acknowledgement by top intelligence officials that neither agency saw the devastating attack coming. Testifying during a Senate hearing about the attack, Sanborn said that while the FBI had intelligence indicating that Trump supporters were traveling to Washington on January 6 and could be armed, "none of us had any intelligence suggesting that individuals were going to storm and breach the Capitol.” Jill Sanborn, assistant director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, speaks during a Senate joint committee...
    Several witnesses pointed to the delay of nearly three and a half hours in the deployment of the National Guard. Dthey senior Pentagon officials, who had been appointed by Donald Trump, were singled out during a Senate hearing on Wednesday for their role in the slow response by security forces to the assault on Capitol Hill on January 6. . Several witnesses claimed that the nearly three-and-a-half-hour delay in the deployment of the National Guard was due to the fact that decision-making power was only held by the former acting defense minister, Christopher Miller, and former Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, two allies of Donald Trump. According to General William Walker, commander of the Washington National Guard, Ryan McCarthy had even said that a “rapid reaction force”, which stood ready to respond to violence, could not be deployed without its green light....
    Iran responded to President Biden's strikes in Syria by again targeting American troops in Iraq, raising questions about whether targeting proxy groups, rather than Tehran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, will tip the balance of power in the region decisively toward Washington. Ten rockets fell at the Al Asad Airbase hosting most of the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops fighting ISIS in Iraq on Wednesday. While no service members were hurt as a result of the shelling, one contractor suffered cardiac arrest while sheltering and later died. The attack, the fourth in as many weeks, demonstrates that Iran’s support for the militias has not wavered following a Feb. 25 U.S. retaliatory strike on militia targets in neighboring Syria. “It's a deja vu all over again,” Heritage Foundation Middle East analyst Jim Phillips told the Washington Examiner. “This is almost certainly the work of Iranian-backed Iraqi militias who act as Iran's proxies in trying...
    Several witnesses claimed that the nearly three-and-a-half-hour delay in the deployment of the National Guard was due to the fact that decision-making power was only held by the former acting defense minister, Christopher Miller, and former Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, two allies of Donald Trump. According to General William Walker, commander of the Washington National Guard, Ryan McCarthy had even said that a “rapid reaction force”, which stood ready to respond to violence, could not be deployed without its green light. . Mr Walker said the delay meant that force had been unavailable during the height of the violence, which left five people dead. The green light for the deployment of the National Guard was “finally given by the acting Minister of Defense and passed to me by Army officials at 5:08 p.m.,” William Walker said in a statement. joint hearing Wednesday before two Senate committees. “It...
    Parler may have voluntarily , but the company isn’t ready to give up its legal battle just yet. On the same day it dropped that previous suit, the company filed a new one against Amazon in a Washington state court, according to The Verge. At the center of Parler’s is the claim that Amazon broke its contract with the company when it didn’t honor a provision that allows clients 30 days to address an issue before service is terminated. Parler says it wouldn’t have signed up with Amazon if that provision hadn’t been in place. “Immediate termination — going dark — is unbelievably damaging,” it says in the complaint. “Getting 30 days either to cure or find another host is absolutely essentially [sic] to avoid millions of dollars in damages and potentially irreparable harm.” It also alleges Amazon “tried to justify the repudiation based on allegations against Parler that it...
    (CNN)Starting next season, Washington Football Team (WFT) fans will no longer see a traditional NFL cheerleading squad on the field, instead, they will be entertained by a coed dance group. The franchise is removing its cheerleaders from the field after 50 years as part of its rebranding effort, which include dropping Redskins, and a re-imagined approach to fan engagement and game day experience, according to a news release.The team has hired, Petra Pope, who has a background in NBA entertainment, to be the new senior adviser for the team's game day experience. Pope told ESPN that the WFT wants to create a "more modern franchise" focused on diversity and inclusion. "The NBA has long embraced innovative dance and halftime shows, but most NFL teams have remained more oriented towards traditional cheerleading programs," Pope said in a statement. "Fans can expect an experience like none other -- a gender-neutral and diverse...
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and U.S. dollars that President Nicolas Maduro's government used to remain afloat despite U.S. sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday. Julio Borges, designated by opposition leader Juan Guaido as his chief overseas envoy, told reporters that the gold was refined in Mali and then resold primarily in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to allow for Maduro's administration to obtain foreign currency cash. The United States, which accuses Maduro of rigging his 2018 re-election, sanctioned the OPEC nation's state oil company in early 2019 in a bid to pressure Maduro to resign. His socialist government has increasingly turned to the sale of monetary gold as a source of income, with central bank reserves dropping to a 50-year low. Washington has also sanctioned the South American country's gold exports. "Since 2016, Maduro has actively...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Snowpack in the mountains of Washington state is high and experts say that’s good news for agricultural and other interest that rely on spring melt off. As of March 2, snowpack in the Olympics stood at 164% of normal. Much of the central Cascades were at 145% of normal, and the eastern slopes of the Cascades were at 123% of normal, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which tracks snowpack under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A healthy snowpack could also mitigate wildfires. KING reports it was the summers following some of the lowest snowpacks recorded in 2014 and 2015 that saw record fire seasons in the state as measured by acres burned. This is not a record winter, but it’s a good one, according to Nick Bond, a climatologist for Washington state. “It’s up there. It’s up there in the upper 15 or 20%, especially...
    National Guardsmen walk the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on the third day of U.S President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial in Washington, U.S., February 11, 2021.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters The U.S. Capitol Police Department said Wednesday that it has obtained intelligence showing a "possible plot to breach the Capitol" on Thursday "by an unidentified militia group." "We are taking this intelligence seriously," Capitol police said in a press release, which also said that authorities are prepared for potential violence. "Due to the sensitive nature of this information we cannot provide additional details at this time." The disclosure of the possible threat comes two months after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, when thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump invaded the halls of Congress and disrupted the confirmation of President Joe Biden's election. Five people died in connection with that attack. Capitol Police said in their statement Wednesday that they...
    ALASKAN Bush People star Billy Brown was cremated before a private funeral in Washington after his death from a seizure.  Billy tragically died at the age of 68 after suffering a seizure in the family’s Washington home on February 7.  12Billy Brown died at the age of 68 after suffering a seizureCredit: Discovery The Certificate of Death exclusively obtained by The Sun reveals the patriarch was cremated on February 22. Services were held at Bergh Funeral Service in Oroville, Washington.  Billy’s occupation is listed as “actor,” while the industry is “television.” As The Sun exclusively reported, a series of 911 calls were made by Alaskan Bush People crew members.  12He was cremated after a private funeralCredit: Discovery 12Billy is listed as an 'actor' for 'television' on his death certificateCredit: Discovery In one call, a female crew member told the 911 operator: “Hi, I have someone not breathing. I need an ambulance like, as soon as possible.” ...
    The Real World: New York Cast: Where Are They Now? Historic homes for sale that are older than America As the Washington Football Team's organizational rebrand continues, the NFL franchise will not field cheerleaders in 2021. Virtual Radio Row: Joe Theismann talks Washington Football and if the culture has finally changed USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Adding J.J. Watt was a surprising move by the Cardinals For The Win Should the Lions draft a QB with their No. 7 overall pick? NFL GMFB explores realistic options for Bears at QB NFL Ex-NFL player Winslow II to be sentenced to 14 years in prison KFMB San Diego CBSN Minnesota’s Morning Update: March 3 CBS Minnesota LOL! Tom Bradys Daughter Disapproved of Him Throwing Super Bowl Trophy US Weekly...
    The Washington Football Team will not hire cheerleaders for the 2021 season and will instead opt for a dance squad that features both male and female performers, USA Today reported Tuesday. A team adviser told the newspaper that the move is part of its efforts to build a more inclusive organization.  "We want to be more inclusive, so we are going to invite a coed entity [to audition]," Petra Pope told USA Today. "We’re able to do more things with the strength of a male, and lifts, so that’s changed a great deal. The inclusivity, strength and interest of choreography has changed." The new dance squad will focus on individuals who show a "skillset of being super athletic, which is what we're really honing in on," Pope added. The team will also end the practice of selling calendars featuring cheerleaders or dancers, Pope said. "At this point, as we re-imagine what this looks like,...
    Texans reporter: WFT hasn’t come up ‘one time’ in Watson talks originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington   The following paragraphs are about to act as a whole lot of rain on top of the Deshaun Watson-to-Washington parade. Sorry in advance. Ever since Watson first made it clear he’d like to leave the only franchise he’s ever known, fans of the Burgundy and Gold have been clamoring for his acquisition. Hypothetical trade packages have been presented, the Photoshops have been Photoshopped and so much content (including the video at the top of this story) has been created to discuss and debate Watson’s fit in Washington. But then there’s this: During a Tuesday interview on the BMitch & Finlay show, longtime NFL reporter John McClain, who’s covered the sport for 45 years for the Houston Chronicle, explained to the hosts that Ron Rivera’s club isn’t really relevant in the Watson...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Channing Phillips, a Justice Department official during the Obama administration, will return as acting U.S. attorney in the nation’s capital, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Phillips will assume the role Wednesday leading the largest U.S. attorney’s office in the country, which has been historically responsible for some of the most significant and politically sensitive cases the Justice Department brings in the U.S. In recent weeks, prosecutors in the office have brought nearly 300 federal cases following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Hundreds of other people are still being sought by investigators. The office was involved in some of the most tumultuous and controversial decisions made by the Justice Department under President Donald Trump, including a decision by then-Attorney General William Barr to reverse the sentencing recommendation by career prosecutors in the case against...
    Members of antifa and Proud Boys clash in the middle of the street following the Million MAGA March on November 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Authorities are slowly coming down on members of the extremist organization Proud Boys. As investigations into the Capitol riots continue, members of the violent right-wing group, including those who were not involved in the riots, are slowly facing justice for their violent and racist ideology. Last year, Tacoma Public Schools in Washington announced an investigation into a newly hired teacher after concerns from the community. The teacher was said to be affiliated with the Proud Boys, a group both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have deemed as a hate group. According to The Tacoma News Tribune, district personal records from the school’s Board of Directors meeting on Feb. 25 confirmed that the teacher will resign from First Creek Middle School once...
    THE US Capitol is increasing security as QAnon fans push a theory that Donald Trump will be inaugurated in two days, and the FBI is "concerned." Thousands of National Guard troops will remain in Washington DC over fears QAnon's claim may lead to another attack on the US Capitol, after followers spoke of a "military investigation" into President Joe Biden. 3QAnon fans are pushing a theory that Trump will be inaugurated in two daysCredit: AFP or licensors 3Thousands of National Guard troops will remain in Washington DCCredit: EPA A new statement to Congress from Acting Sergeant at Arms, Timothy Blodgett, confirmed that his office is working closely with US Capitol Police to "monitor information related to March 4th." "The significance of this date has reportedly declined amongst various groups in recent days. At this time, the USCP has no indication that groups will travel to Washington DC to protest or commit acts of...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Human remains of early New Yorkers that were discovered during construction in and around Washington Square Park were reinterred inside the park on Tuesday, New York City officials announced. The remains, uncovered during construction between 2008 and 2017, were reburied with assistance from the city Landmarks Preservation Commission and Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said. "Today we honor these individuals and acknowledge Washington Square Park’s history as a final resting place for thousands of early New Yorkers,” Silver said. “We are so grateful to our colleagues at Green-Wood Cemetery and the Landmarks Preservation Commission for their expertise and guidance on this important project.” Sarah Carroll, chair of the landmarks panel, thanked the Parks Department "for ensuring that archaeology was appropriately completed, and the human remains were respectfully treated throughout the process.” Washington Square Park in Manhattan's Greenwich Village neighborhood was constructed in the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Human remains of early New Yorkers that were discovered during construction in and around Washington Square Park were reinterred inside the park on Tuesday, New York City officials announced. The remains, uncovered during construction between 2008 and 2017, were reburied with assistance from the city Landmarks Preservation Commission and Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said. “Today we honor these individuals and acknowledge Washington Square Park’s history as a final resting place for thousands of early New Yorkers,” Silver said. “We are so grateful to our colleagues at Green-Wood Cemetery and the Landmarks Preservation Commission for their expertise and guidance on this important project.” Sarah Carroll, chair of the landmarks panel, thanked the Parks Department “for ensuring that archaeology was appropriately completed, and the human remains were respectfully treated throughout the process.” Washington Square Park in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood was...
    Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Sweet Tribute on Husband Brad Falchuk’s 50th Birthday CBOE files for approval to list the first US bitcoin ETF Stanford is doing something in 2021 that no college team has done since 2011.  The Cardinal are playing all three non-conference games against Power Five opponents. Couple that with their nine Pac-12 games revealed on Tuesday and Stanford is the first team in 10 years to play a schedule that includes only Power Five teams. The last team to play all Power Five teams was USC in 2011.  Stanford has Kansas State, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame on its non-conference schedule. The Kansas State game is at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in Week 1. The Notre Dame game ends the regular season for both teams. Below is the complete Pac-12 schedule for 2021. Each team plays five games against teams in the same division and four teams...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A longtime federal prosecutor in Seattle is heading the U.S. attorney's office until President Joe Biden nominates and the Senate confirms the next U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington. The Justice Department on Monday appointed Tessa Gorman as acting U.S. attorney to replace Brian Moran, an appointee of former President Donald Trump who stepped down Friday. Gorman is a 24-year veteran of the DOJ and had been serving as Moran’s second-in-command. She has supervised some of the most high-profile cases in Seattle U.S. attorney’s office, including the prosecution of the Chinese tech giant Huawei for alleged theft of trade secrets. In 2008, Gorman helped dismantle the Washington Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, serving on the trial team that obtained racketeering, murder and assault convictions against club members. It was the first racketeering jury verdicts against the Hells Angels in 25 years. Gorman...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Everything about Amazon is big. It’s the second-biggest retailer in the world. Its founder, Jeff Bezos, possesses the biggest fortune in the world. And the company has developed a big revolving door in Washington through which government officials and employees whisk and land in well-paying jobs at Amazon, which has a big list of interests it seeks to protect and advance in the nation’s capital. A Mother Jones investigation has identified at least 247 US government officials and employees—with about 150 hailing from the intelligence, cybersecurity, law enforcement, and military fields—who were hired by Amazon in the past 10 years or so. About 200 of them have been retained by the fast-growing company since the start of 2017. This list is not comprehensive...
    It’s a new day in the Middle East and in Washington. While the contours of President Joe Biden’s Mideast policies are still being formulated, his administration took two important actions in as many days that highlight not only his goals for the region but also his red lines. On Friday, the administration implemented a law passed by Congress which former President Trump had ignored requiring the declassification of an intelligence report on the brutal killing and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The four-page, highly redacted report whose key conclusions were leaked two years ago asserts that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. This was the first official U.S. statement blaming Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler for Khashoggi’s brutal killing. VideoOn Thursday night in Syria, airstrikes that Biden ordered struck a group of buildings and members of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia...
    THE US Capitol will remain on high-alert until mid-March amid a bizarre theory that Donald Trump will become president this week. Thousands of National Guard troops will remain in Washington over fears QAnon's claim may lead to another attack on the US Capitol, after followers spoke of a "military investigation" into President Joe Biden. 5There are fears of another attack on the US CapitolCredit: AP:Associated Press 5QAnon followers believe Trump will somehow be reinstalled as presidentCredit: AP:Associated Press 5March 4 has become the latest date which the QAnon conspiracy storm is swirling aroundCredit: AFP or licensors The request for 4,900 National Guard troops to continue their deployments in Washington until March 12 was made by US Capitol Police, Robert Salesses, a Pentagon official said. "We work very closely with the FBI, Secret Service, and others and the Capitol Police to try to determine what they believe that threat is, and then looking...
    Getty Left: Washington QB Alex Smith Right: Falcons QB Matt Ryan. One gruesome leg injury, 17 surgeries, and over of year of rehabbing later, and Alex Smith returned to the gridiron to play for the Washington Football Team in 2020. Smith stepped in for Jalen Ramsey and posted a 5-1 record as a starter this past season, leading Washington to an unlikely playoff berth––thus earning AP Comeback Player of the Year honors. But, it times up for Smith in Washington apparently. Washington is expected to part ways with the veteran signal-caller in “the coming days,”  NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported per league sources. The Washington Football Team is expected to part ways with QB Alex Smith in the coming days, sources tell me and @KimJonesSports. The AP Comeback Player of the Year has said he still wants to play, and at age 36 may have a chance...
    Pine Bluff shooting: One student hurt at Arkansas school Hollywood is slowly working to rectify decades of Muslim misrepresentation Alex Smith knew his time with the Washington Football Team was coming to an end and now the sides are about to part ways. In an already busy 2021 quarterback carousel, Smith will join a growing list of veterans cut and Washington will be in the crowded mix for a new signal-caller. © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Jan 3, 2021; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Smith, the reigning Comeback Player of the Year, inspired many across the league with his incredible story. The veteran quarterback did the unthinkable in 2020, returning to the field and even becoming a starter just two years removed from a gruesome leg injury. Unfortunately, the business side of the...
    TOUTLE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in southwest Washington suffered serious injuries after two people in a stolen van rammed a patrol vehicle. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s office said the officer from Castle Rock tried to pull over the suspect vehicle near the community of Toutle around midnight Sunday. The driver of the van struck the police vehicle twice, officials said, and the officer shot at the suspects, though no one was hit. The driver and a passenger fled the scene but were later caught. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports officer was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Oregon, transportation, Washington
    Tensions over vaccine equity pit rural against urban America Trader Joes employee says he was fired for requesting better Covid protections The Washington Football Team is expected to part ways with quarterback Alex Smith in the coming days, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Kimberly Jones.  The Washington Football Team is expected to part ways with QB Alex Smith in the coming days, sources tell me and @KimJonesSports. The AP Comeback Player of the Year has said he still wants to play, and at age 36 may have a chance to do so.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2021 Smith, who was named the AP's Comeback Player of the Year for returning to the field after a gruesome leg injury nearly ended his career, has been with Washington since 2018. Following an injury to QB Kyle Allen and poor play by Dwayne Haskins, Smith led Washington to a...
    Reuben Foster, a former 49ers’ first-round draft bust, could be looking for a third team to join in four years, if his reconstructed knee is up for it. Don’t expect the 49ers to be up for a reunion, not after how things dissolved between them. Foster hasn’t played a snap since the 49ers released him in November 2018, following his arrest for allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend at the team hotel the night before their game against the Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Washington promptly claimed Foster off waivers but he never suited up for them. He tore multiple knee ligaments and reportedly sustained nerve damage in their first 2019 offseason workout. Those issues kept him on injured reserve through last season. He’s scheduled to hit the free agent market, which opens in two weeks for negotiations before formal signings can start March 17. Foster faces “overwhelming...
    Donald Trump said Sunday he requested 10,000 National Guard troops deployed to Washington, D.C. before January 6 after realizing his rally would be larger than anticipated – but says the request was rejected by congressional leaders. In his latest defense, the former president told Fox News late Sunday evening that he was not actually watching the events unfold in real-time and claimed he reacted immediately when he was alerted to the ongoing attack on the Capitol. His assertion comes after his anticipated return to the political scene on Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he delivered a 90-minute keynote address to a crowd of adoring supporters. Trump insisted he wanted the National Guard on standby to deploy to the nation's capital, and told Fox's 'The Next Revolution' host Steve Hilton that he was under the impression the message was conveyed to congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi....
    The Big Sky apologized Sunday night for a blown call during the Idaho/Eastern Washington game. During the fourth quarter of the Saturday matchup, a made field goal by EWU was called a miss after it appeared the ref was messing with his mask instead of paying attention. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Had it been called correctly, the Eagles would have taken a 24-21 lead with the game winding down. Instead, Idaho won 28-21. Uhhh Eastern Washington’s kicker just kicked a 22-yard field goal and something happened and the ball hit the scoreboard after going through the uprights and the refs got confused and just looked around and called it no good. Holy shit this is worse than the 5th down. pic.twitter.com/apT5r9cJlD — Graham Coffey (@DawgOutWest) February 28, 2021 Sunday night, the Big Sky issued an apology for the insane blunder and made...
    A Hudson Valley man wanted for attempted robbery in connection with a domestic violence case was arrested in New York City on a warrant. Dutchess County resident Ruben Al Stella, age 27, of Millbrook, was arrested by the state police with assistance from the NYPD on Thursday, Feb. 25, after refusing to turn himself in, said Trooper AJ Hicks. The arrest stems from incident on Wednesday, Sept. 9, when troopers responded to a home on Route 44 in the town of Washington for a domestic dispute.  An investigation determined Stella attempted to forcibly steal property from the victim while an order of protection was in place.   Stella who fled to the New York City area was advised of the charges telephonically but refused to turn himself in.   A warrant for his arrest was issued by the town of Washington Court as a result.   Stella was then located in New York...
    Getty Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards breaks starts the break against the Celtics The last time the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards met was February 14, Valentine’s Day. As husbands and boyfriends, girlfriends and wives scrambled to find gifts for their beloved, the Celtics, entering as losers of six of their last nine, were hoping a win over lovelorn Washington would help rekindle the spark in their season. And though one team did find love that day, it wasn’t Boston. The Wizards –– who at the time owned the second-worst record in the league and had lost to Boston by nine in January –– dismantled the Celtics from start to finish, 104-91, and have since gone on to win six of seven and move within ear-whispering distance of a playoff spot. Boston, on the other hand, continued their lonesome loser ways, dropping four of their next seven...
    Poor camera work and a possibly inattentive official cost Eastern Washington three points in its season-opening game at Idaho on Saturday. The Big Sky Conference official — who appears to be back judge Ben Cheffers — ruled Seth Harrison’s 24-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter hit the right upright, but he looked to be out of position and not watching the kick because he was adjusting his mask as the ball was heading toward him. Harrison and Eagles coaches protested that the kick hit the bottom of the scoreboard above the uprights, but the call stood on video review. For a visual, here’s how close the uprights and scoreboard are to each other in that end zone at the Kibbie Dome. (Big Sky Conference) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d4/1/idaho-goalposts-0227210-bigsky-ftrjpg_o6vtj0d1tj4b1ltmlnt6nkf2e.jpg?t=-400757593&w=500&quality=80 SIGNING DAY: Updated class, player rankings & top unsigned recruits That leads to the second breakdown on this play: The replay booth couldn’t tell whether...
    SNL has Dr. Fauci hand out coronavirus vaccines on a game show Ted Cruz said the Republican Party is not just the party of country clubs but CPAC is fixated on Donald Trump - a man who literally lives at one © Provided by CBS Sports Arizona State's season has gone anything but according to expectations after being picked to finish second in the Pac-12 in the preseason. But its late-season surge soared to new heights Saturday as senior guard Remy Martin hit a game-winning 3-pointer from deep to lift the Sun Devils to a win over Washington State. The shot -- andthe official win 0.4 seconds later -- marked ASU's longest win streak of the season at three. It also moved it to within one game of sweeping the Washington schools as part of a four-game homestand against Washington and Washington State. REMY MARTIN. GAME WINNER. pic.twitter.com/NB3aHaAFj6— Sun...
    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Remy Martin scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds to play in overtime, and Arizona State beat Washington State 77-74 on Saturday night for the Sun Devils’ third win in a row. Martin hit just 1 of 11 from 3-point range in regulation but made 2 of 2 from behind the arc in the extra period. Kimani Lawrence scored 14 points, Jalen Graham had 11 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks, and Jaelen House added 10 points for Arizona State (10-11, 7-8 Pac-12). Graham blocked a short jumper by DJ Bamba with about 20 seconds to play. The Sun Devils played for the final shot and Martin pulled up from beyond NBA range to hit the winner. Aljaz Kunc and Noah Williams scored 15 points apiece for Washington State (14-12, 7-12). TJ Bamba added 14 points and Rodman added 10. Dishon...
    Protesters broke into the Capitol on January 6. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) A pro-Trump mob descended on the Capitol January 6, and hundreds are facing criminal charges. It took four hours to secure the building so Congress could certify Joe Biden's victory. Over a month later, 269 people have been charged. This searchable table shows all of them so far. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Since supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the US Capitol on January 6 — forcing Congress to go into lockdown and damaging the halls of government — 269 people have been arrested and charged with crimes. The FBI is seeking the public's help to identify people who took part in one of the most documented crimes in US history. But since many rioters were allowed to walk free on January 6, it's taking some time to track them down. At...
    By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Marwa Rashad DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been spared direct punishment after a U.S. intelligence report implicated him in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but he has not emerged unscathed. The declassified report, based on CIA intelligence, concludes that the prince approved an operation to "capture or kill" Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. President Joe Biden's decision to publish a report that his predecessor Donald Trump had set aside brings with it a broad refocusing of Washington's stance on dealing with the kingdom, on its human rights record, and on its lucrative arms purchases. By pointing the finger so publicly at Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's ruler in practice but not in name, Washington has also made it harder for its Western allies to deal with him directly. But while it...
    By: KDKA-TV Staff ALLEGHENY/FAYETTE/WASHINGTON/WESTMORELAND COUNTIES (KDKA) — A flood warning has been issued for the Monongahela River in multiple southwestern Pennsylvania counties. The following areas are affected by the flood warning: Monongahela River At Point Marion affecting Greene and Fayette Counties. Monongahela River Near Charleroi affecting Washington, Fayette and Westmoreland Counties. Monongahela River Near Elizabeth affecting Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. The NWS Pittsburgh reports that they are expecting one to three inches of rain in West Virginia and Pennsylvania through Monday morning. The warning will take effect Sunday night to Monday evening. Stay with KDKA as we follow this developing story.
    Former Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard equated being in Congress to being in high school during a recent interview with Megyn Kelly. Gabbard said on Kelly’s podcast “The Megyn Kelly Show” that there are “well intentioned members” from both parties in Congress who want to work together but that ultimately partisan interests corrupt genuine intent. “If that is not in line with what the party wants, then you have threats of, if you do this, we’re not gonna back you up with any money or support in your re-election,” Gabbard said. “If you do this, you’re not going to get the committee you want or you’ll get yanked off the committee that you’re on.” “If we’re being serious it’s like high school.” Gabbard said after being sworn into Congress, newly elected representatives were given a brief orientation and were able to spend time with fellow representatives. However, representatives were soon...
    A 15-year-old Bergen County boy was robbed when he tried to buy a pair of used sneakers from a stranger at a local shopping center, authorities said. The boy arranged through a mutual friend to meet the stranger, who showed up Thursday in an SUV with a companion at Washington Town Center on Pascack Road, Washington Township Police Capt. John Calamari said. After getting the sneakers, he said, the boy paid the seller through an online money transfer. The seller and his companion then “threatened and assaulted the victim, took the sneakers and fled in their vehicle,” Calamari said. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that can help identify those responsible is asked to contact Washington Township police: (201) 664-1140. Police Chief Richard Skinner urged parents to discuss these types of incidents with their children and explain the risks. He also reminded them that transactions can be made safely in...
    The military has officially been in Washington, D.C. for 50 days following the Capitol riot earlier this year, but it’s still unclear how long troops will stay there. The initial plan in early January was to provide approximately 340 National Guard troops to support the city government during protests expected to take place on Jan. 6, the day that the Senate was expected to certify the election.   However, the protest turned into a deadly riot, and a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters breached the Capitol building, requiring additional support from the National Guard. Authorities also had to consider the security of Biden’s upcoming inauguration, prompting an additional deployment. Law enforcement officials and members of the National Guard set up security perimeters ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 16, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller News Foundation) Fifty days later, officials have offered mixed...
    The Washington Business Journal offers a weekly roundup of bankruptcy filings in the region based on public records collected by parent company American City Business Journals. During the week that ended Feb. 19, Washington-area bankruptcy courts recorded six business filings, including two with total debts above $1 million. Year to date through Feb. 19, the court recorded 19 Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 business bankruptcy filings, a 14% decrease from the same span the prior year. Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection typically provides for the liquidation of a business’ assets to satisfy creditor claims, while Chapter 11 protection enables a business to restructure its creditor obligations with the goal to remain a going concern. Potomac Construction Biltmore LLC filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection Feb. 5 in the District of Columbia. The debtor listed an address of 1734 20th St. NW, Washington, and is represented in court by attorney...
    Washington State (14-11, 7-11) vs. Arizona State (9-11, 6-8) Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, Arizona; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Washington State visits Arizona State in a Pac-12 matchup. Washington State fell 69-53 at Arizona in its last outing. Arizona State is coming off an 80-72 win at home over Washington in its most recent game. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: Arizona State has leaned on senior leadership this year while Washington State has been fueled heavily by freshmen. Seniors Remy Martin, Alonzo Verge Jr., Josh Christopher and Kimani Lawrence have combined to account for 64 percent of Arizona State’s scoring this season and 70 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. On the other side, freshmen Isaac Bonton, Efe Abogidi, Andrej Jakimovski and Dishon Jackson have combined to account for 50 percent of all Washington State scoring. FUELING THE OFFENSE: Noah Williams has either made or assisted on...
    For the strongest liberals both inside and outside the halls of Congress, the proposed $15 an hour federal minimum wage is not just a technical issue to be settled by the Senate parliamentarian, but an important test of the Left’s power in a capital that is narrowly, but uniformly, under Democratic control. The minimum wage increase is popular. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that respondents favored the $15 wage 59% to 34%, with support only falling to 55% when the projected job losses were mentioned. A Harris poll showed 83% believed the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour is too low. A Pew Research Center survey last year found two-thirds of Americans backed the $15 number. Minimum wage increases have been on the ballot 30 times in 17 states since 1938, according to the Congressional Research Service. They have passed 27 times and failed only three. These initiatives have succeeded...
    Washington state senators voted along party lines Thursday to pass a bill that would ban the open carry of firearms and other weapons both at the Capitol building and grounds and within 250 feet of a permitted protest anywhere in the state. The ban includes having a firearm in one's car.  Democratic Sen. Patty Kuderer, the bill’s sponsor, said guns and politically-charged situations "is a bad combination and it poses serious risk to public health and safety." "What you need when you come to the Capitol is your voice. You don’t need a weapon," she said.  INDIANA HOUSE VOTES TO ELIMINATE LICENSE TO CARRY A HANDGUN IN THE STATE  State Sen. Sam Hunt, another Democrat, said action needed to be taken beacsue "these are not normal times." FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns at a...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a City Council vote Thursday to require Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s administration to announce a comprehensive plan to vaccinate homebound senior citizens for COVID-19. That will likely be welcome news for one local family trying to get the vaccine for their ailing mother, CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reported. The Leddy Sisters of Washington Heights called CBS2 out of love and devotion to their mom. “She worked midnights always so that she could always take care of us,” Debra Leddy said. Gladys Leddy cared for her grandkids, too, and loved to dance. Then Alzheimer’s robbed her of mobility. She hasn’t walked since 2013. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online...
    A grave digger working in a cemetery in Long Island died after he became trapped in a grave the collapsed as he worked inside, authorities shared.  Rodwin Allicock, 42, had been working inside the grave at Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai Thursday when it collapsed on him at around 8.30am, the Suffolk County Police shared in a press release.  Co-workers attempted to dig the Coram resident from inside the grave, which was more than seven feet deep.  Rodwin Allicock, 42, had been working inside the grave at Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai Thursday when it collapsed on him at around 8.30am Allicock was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Center.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident in addition to the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said none of the state’s regions will revert back to more restrictive COVID-19 requirements under the state’s economic reopening plan under a pause in potential rollbacks the Democratic governor announced Thursday amid dropping case counts. While all 39 counties are currently in the second phase of the plan — which includes limited indoor dining at restaurants — the governor has yet to provide information about what subsequent phases might look like. “We’ve made incredible progress in knocking down the infection rate in covid over the last several weeks,” Inslee said at a news conference announcing the pause. A spokesman said that none of the eight regions were at risk of moving backward this week if the pause wasn’t implemented. Last month, Inslee announced that regions had to meet three of four metrics in order to advance:...
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former manager of a Washington-based seed company was charged this week with allegedly laundering and wiring over $15 million through several schemes to defraud the company’s former owner and its customers. Former Jacklin Seed Company General Manager Christopher Claypool of Spokane, Washington faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering against the company’s former owner, J.R. Simplot Company, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said this week. Jacklin Seed Company is a producer and marketer of grass seed and turfgrass based in Liberty Lake, Washington, the Statesman Journal reported. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the company contracted with independent growers for the production of proprietary grass seed varieties and fulfilled orders from a distribution facility in Albany, Oregon. Claypool, 52, oversaw the company’s product sales to domestic and international distributors. U.S. attorney officials said Claypool’s alleged schemes include packaging seed varieties with...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore is the 62nd hardest-working city in the U.S., according to a WalletHub report. The average U.S. worker puts in 1,779 hours per year- 135 hours more than the average in Japan, 241 more than the U.K. and 393 more than Germany, the report found. READ MORE: Darius Owens Missing, Possibly Abducted In Odenton Home Invasion, Police Say Factoring average workweek hours, employment rate, commute time and how much leisure time is spent per day, Baltimore is ranked 62, sandwiched in between San Diego, California and Wichita, Kansas. READ MORE: Diverse Group Of Cities, Including Baltimore, Have Highest Rates Of Gay Households Washington, D.C. is the fourth hardest-working city, Wallethub found. Also nearby is Wilmington, Delaware; they came in at 76th hardest-working city. MORE NEWS: Rondell Henry, Man Accused Of Plotting ISIS-Inspired Attack At National Harbor, Diagnosed With Delusional Disorder The top five cities included Anchorage, Alaska;...
    (CBS DETROIT) – At the William Dickerson Correctional Facility there’s some ground-breaking technology taking place that targets COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses. It’s called the Integrated Viral Protection, or IVP and Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington says it’s groundbreaking technology in the fight against COVID-19 “We’re going to attack COVID where it lurks, in the air.” READ MORE: Whitmer Visits Vaccine Site In Garden City Alongside Leaders, Elected Officials Sheriff Washington says the IVP will make this happen. The machine works as an air disinfecting system and Wayne County is the Country’s first Jail to receive one. Dr. Garett Peel MD, IVP founding partner says, the system is placed in over 100 schools, hospitals and entertainment venues throughout the County, and is proven to kill airborne illnesses, including COVID-19. “So it’s important that we are pumping clean fresh air to focus on the re-circulation and kill whatever is in the air...
    TITUSVILLE, Pennsylvania — In the valley that changed the world, all of the derricks are long gone. But the economic, environmental, and societal effect of Edwin Drake’s oil strike here in 1859 is still being felt today 162 years later. What set Drake apart from previous oil discoveries was his work here proved petroleum could be produced in large quantities by drilling wells rather than by boiling the oil off of shale rock. That moment marked the beginning of the modern petroleum industry. What happened here changed the world, taking us from a nation lit by tallow candles, preventing us from working after the sun set, and massively improving our transportation going from the limitations of the horse and cart to soaring in the skies above the earth. Back then, care of the environment in pursuit of oil was not a priority, and the land suffered. Trees were cut down...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington State Patrol employee has been arrested in a sting operation after showing up at a hotel room where he expected to find two children but was instead met by a SWAT team, authorities said. The Seattle Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit arrested the employee, identified by the King County Prosecutor's office as 27-year-old Trevor J. Smith, on allegations of attempted child rape. The Seattle Times reported that prosecutors said, based on information provided by State Patrol, that the man worked as a commercial vehicle enforcement officer assigned to the school bus inspection program. No children were present when he conducted safety inspections on the buses. Jail records show he was booked into the King County jail on Tuesday night. He has not been charged. Prosecutors said bail was set at $150,000. It wasn’t immediately clear if Smith had an attorney. A probable cause...
    A high school in Washington state is getting attention this week in response to images showing band members confined to miniature enclosures in an effort to isolate them from their peers to curb coronavirus spread. Photographs published by Wenatchee World on Wednesday showed Wenatchee School District High School students playing instruments inside green tents, one of whom appears to be craning his neck to fit inside with a tuba. The report referred to them as "COVID-19 enclosures." The images drew scrutiny from at least one U.S. lawmaker, journalists, and others as school reopenings have become a flashpoint for debate in the United States and COVID-19 cases are exhibiting a downward trend. Ben Domenech, publisher of the Federalist, ridiculed the photo of the student with the sousaphone, writing: "There I was, trapped in a tiny green tent with a sousaphone, and all I could think was: not again." "There...
    A participant in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building was turned in to the FBI by his ex-girlfriend after allegedly calling her a “moron” for not supporting his participation in the riot, The Washington Post reported. Richard Michetti allegedly texted his girlfriend from the Capitol steps, sending her photos and videos of the incident. “We stormed the building they held us back with spray and teargas and paintballs,” Michetti texted his ex-girlfriend, according to court documents. “If you can’t see the election was stolen, you’re a moron…[T]he vote was fraud and trump won but they won’t audit the votes.” Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) The Pennsylvania man’s former girlfriend showed text messages and videos that Michetti had sent her to the FBI. She also pointed him out...
    As the coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of women out of the workforce, including many affected by a lack of childcare at home, efforts to support moms are gaining traction. Now a group of prominent men are throwing their support behind a push to help them.  On Thursday, 50 men signed a letter in the Washington Post calling on Congress to support the so-called "Marshall Plan for Moms." The group, many of whom are fathers, includes basketball player Steph Curry, actors Don Cheadle and Colin Farrell, basketball coach Doc Rivers, former NFL star Victor Cruz and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. They're pushing for direct payments for mothers, paid parental leave, affordable child care and pay equity. Their full-page push comes as lawmakers have been campaigning for several pieces of legislation that promote parent-friendly policies like paid leave and child tax credits. The Marshall Plan for Moms —...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Three men were shot in the Washington Park neighborhood Wednesday night, and one of them was killed. At 10:28 p.m., the men were talking in the 5100 block of South Prairie Avenue when they heard several shots fired, police said. Two of the victims were in a car that fled once the shooting began, while the third victim was standing next to the car, police said. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Dry And Quiet One man in the car, 36, was shot once in the left thigh and once in the right shoulder, and the other, 49, was shot once in the leg, police said. Both men were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in unspecified conditions. READ MORE: Celebrating Black History Makers: Kwyn Townsend Riley Rallies Front Lines Of Black Lives Matter Movement The 23-year-old man who was standing next to the car was shot...
    ‘The Twilight Zone’ Canceled at CBS All Access (Exclusive) Hong Kong’s Richest Property Tycoon Plans U.S. SPAC We’ve made it past the holiday season but there is still plenty to be thankful for. Like the last few years, PHR will take a look at what teams are thankful for but this season comes with a bit of a change. Typically at this time of the calendar year, the trade deadline is fast approaching but now, we’re only at the one-quarter mark.  Still, we’ll analyze what they’re happy about so far and what they can be hoping for in the months to come. © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Will the Caps be able to sign Alex Ovechkin to an extension? What are the Capitals most thankful for? A consistent stream of firepower.  While a few players have come and gone due to salary-cap constraints, the majority of Washington’s core has...
    Ivanka Trump has returned to her hometown of New York City for the first time since leaving Washington, D.C. and relocating to Miami, Florida.  The former First Daughter was casually dressed in a long black wool coat and straight-leg jeans as she headed to Trump Tower on Wednesday with a pair of earbud headphones in her ears and her black iPhone in her hand.  Ivanka, 39, had her long blonde hair pulled back in a messy bun, and she sported a blue face mask as she made her way towards her family's home base.  Return home: Ivanka Trump returned to New York City on Wednesday for the first time since she since she left Washington, D.C.  Keeping it casual: The former First Daughter was dressed casually in a long black coat and straight-leg jeans Made for walking: Ivanka topped off the look with a pair of...
    The Fox 5 station in Washington, DC, has suspended a news anchor who tweeted his annoyance that obese Americans have been getting the vaccine early before being slammed for his comments and a backhanded apology on Twitter.   Blake McCoy, who is the co-anchor for Fox 5's evening broadcasts, made the remarks Tuesday afternoon.  'I'm annoyed obese people of all ages get priority vaccine access before all essential workers,' he tweeted.  'When most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk. Vaccinate all essential workers. Then obese.'   He later deleted the tweet and issued an apology, saying: 'Earlier today I Tweeted something insensitive and offensive. I truly regret my words and want to apologize. I have deleted my tweet and ask that you accept my sincere apology.'  The Fox 5 station in Washington, DC, has suspended news...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto released a video on Wednesday announcing that she's seeking reelection in 2022. The Democrat filed paperwork in late December with the Federal Election Commission indicating she was running for reelection but did not make an announcement until the release of her online video. Cortez Masto said in the video that the state has been hit hard by the pandemic and it needs someone working “night and day for Nevada in Washington." She says she's part of a Democratic majority in the Senate that can work to get families, schools and businesses needed relief and take action on immigration, climate change and the cost of prescription drugs. Cortez Masto became the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. She is a former Nevada attorney general who was recruited by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to run for his seat...
    Washington (CNN)A pair of glasses belonging to a man who was fatally struck by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was found in the Republican official's car by detectives investigating the September crash, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, a revelation that led the state's governor to call for his resignation. Ravnsborg struck and killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever on September 12. He initially told police he had hit a deer, but he discovered Boever's body the following morning after returning to the scene of the collision. "They're Joe's glasses, so that means his face came through your windshield," one of the detectives told Ravnsborg during an interview that was released by the state on Tuesday, according to the Post. "His face was in your windshield, Jason. Think about that," a detective with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation said to Ravnsborg, according to the Post, which said the official "denied...
    The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would require police officers to try and stop their colleagues from using excessive force, a law enforcement accountability push that comes in the wake of the George Floyd's killing last year. The bill, SB 5066, passed with a 28-21 vote predominately along party lines. State Sen. Tim Sheldon was the only Democrat who opposed the measure. The legislation now heads for debate on the Washington state House floor.  The legislation would requires any identifiable on-duty peace officer who witnesses another engaging or attempting to engage in excessive force to try to intervene. Otherwise, they would face suspension or decertification. Law enforcement would also be required to render aid at the earliest safe opportunity if any person is injured. In addition, any officer who observes any wrongdoing by a peer would be required, under the proposed law, to inform their supervisor and they would...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Multiple branches of the Enoch Pratt Library system are closed after an employee who traveled between them tested positive for COVID-19, the library said. On Twitter, the library system said the branches will be closed for decontamination. They did not say when the branches will reopen. READ MORE: Game-Changing Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose Covid-19 Vaccine Meets Requirements For Emergency Use Authorization, FDA Says Affected branches include Central Library, Washington Village, Pennsylvania Avenue, Walbrook, Forest Part and Roland Park. A Pratt staff member who traveled between multiple locations has tested positive for COVID-19. The following branches will be closed for decontamination: Central Library, Washington Village, Pennsylvania Ave, Walbrook, Forest Park, Roland Park. Thank you for understanding. pic.twitter.com/sp9FnU8T8d READ MORE: Darrius Jordan Arrested In Homicide Of Guy Thomas In West Baltimore, Police Say — Pratt Library (@prattlibrary) February 24, 2021 MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Maryland: 862 New Cases...
    Those waiting for a new name for the football team from Washington will have to wait longer. The Washington Football Team is still searching for a new name after dropping its prior racist moniker after decades of pressure from Native American groups, with owner Dan Snyder opting for a name change after sponsors threatened to pull out of deals with the team. In October, team officials said the likelihood of a new name for the 2021 season was slim, given that the protocol and timeline by the league would’ve been prohibitive when it came to new uniforms, merchandise and the like. MORE: Alex Smith says Washington Football Team ‘didn’t want him’ Now, the launch of WashingtonJourney.com — a website dedicated to discussing the history of the Washington name — indicates that the team is expected to introduce a new name into the fold in 2022. The site also includes an area...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Washington Football guard Brandon Scherff will likely be among the most coveted players at his position when NFL free agency begins Brandon Scherff has consistently been among the most dominant offensive guards in the NFL, ever since he was chosen No. 5 overall by the Washington Football Team during the 2015 NFL Draft. A four-time Pro Bowler, Scherff was named a First-Team All-Pro selection for the first time in his career in 2020, after one of his finest seasons. Pro Football Focus lists Scherff as the No. 4 ranked offensive guard in the NFL, with an 86.3 overall grade, 82.5 pass-protection grade, and an 82.6 run-block mark in 929 total snaps. “He’s a Pro Bowl-caliber player,” veteran offensive line coach Paul Alexander tells FanSided. “One of the top three or four guards in the entire NFL. He’s easily the best...
    It looks like the Washington football team will not have a new name and visual identity for the next NFL season. • read more: Washington Football Team: Details by next name On Tuesday, the organization launched a new website, WashingtonJourney.com, where it points out that no name will be selected until the 2022 campaign. “We have made a change from our old name. It’s time to write a new page in history. The future of football in Washington is coming in 2022,” it wrote on the front page of the website. There is also a section where the club asks for suggestions for a new name from its supporters. Some have already expressed their opinion by mentioning names such as “Justice”, “Phoenix” and “Monuments”. Before the start of the 2020 season, the Washington team decided to remove the name “Redskins”, which is considered the first attack on countries. Many...
    Eric Baradat/Getty Images A Washington Post reporter defended the paper’s decision to describe the Biden administration’s first center for holding immigrant children as a “migrant facility” in a new report, arguing that it was much more welcoming than holding centers under former President Donald Trump. The issue arose as the result of a Monday story by The Post’s Silvia Foster-Frau detailing the new center in Carrizo Springs, Texas, headlined, “First migrant facility for children opens under Biden.” Critics noted the paper referred to the facilities in the Trump era using terms that included “concentration camps.” Post senior political reporter Aaron Blake defended the decision on Tuesday in an analysis, titled, “No, Biden’s new border move isn’t like Trump’s kids in cages.'” Blake said the description was justified, in part, because the paper didn’t view it as a “good thing,” and because the Biden administration does not separate children from the adults...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The first known case of the coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa has surfaced in King County, and 19 additional cases of the variant first found in the UK have been identified, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The variant that emerged in South Africa in December was identified through genomic sequencing at the UW Medicine Virology Laboratory, the Department of Health said Tuesday. The mutated version of the virus was first found in the United States last month. The strain first identified in the UK was first found a month ago in Washington state. The additional cases announced Tuesday bring the total number of UK variant cases to 39 in the state, officials said. Scientists believe both virus strains more easily spread than others. “Despite the decrease in our case count, we are very concerned about the emergence of these variants and how it...
    (CNN)On Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would not support Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's pick as director of the Office of Management and Budget.Four days later, Tanden's nomination appears all but doomed, as the White House continues to express confidence in her chances publicly while scouting for replacements in the event they have to pull her nomination.Welcome to Joe Manchin's Washington.  With the Senate split 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris in place to break ties, Democrats have operational control over the chamber.But the truth of the matter is that Manchin, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate caucus, has more power -- to direct the path of legislation and the fate of nominees -- than even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. And with his move on the Tanden nomination, it appears as though Manchin is both willing and able to use his power...
    The Washington Wizards beat the Los Angeles Lakers for their fifth win in a row and Bradley Beal’s fortune seems to be improving. The Washington Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 127-124 in overtime last night to secure their fifth win in a row. Their longest winning streak in three seasons, the Wizards had been in need of some sort of positivity this year. Russell Westbrook’s addition to the team hadn’t been going as planned and Washington’s previous struggles pushed Bradley Beal into plenty of trade speculation. Now, with some newfound magic, the Wizards are starting to pick up some steam and find their footing. Their last five wins have been against some pretty tough competition. Wizards have had some impressive wins in their five-game win streak: ???? Celtics???? Rockets???? Nuggets???? Trail Blazers???? Lakers Theyre hitting their stride ???? pic.twitter.com/BoR9Bev61l — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 23, 2021 The Wizards have been...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 10,000 customers in northwest Oregon remained without power Tuesday morning almost two weeks after a strong winter storm knocked out electricity to more than 400,000. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the majority of outages, about 5,000, remained in the hardest hit areas of Clackamas County centered around Canby and Oregon City. On Monday, Portland General Electric President Maria Pope said she couldn’t provide an exact date that power would be completely restored to those areas. Pope said the last stretch of restorations were the most difficult for crews, because they were working on outages that bring back power to only a few customers at a time, making the process slower. Some of those customers could be waiting up to six more days for power to come back on, according to the utility. Marion County still had around 4,500 customers without power with the most stubborn outages in...
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iran-aligned Iraqi militia group on Tuesday denied any role in recent rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq, but said an attack against Saudi Arabia last month was justified. It is a rare direct denial and the first time the Kataib Hezbollah group, one of the Iraqi factions closest to Iran, has commented on the most serious incident this year, a rocket attack in Erbil on Feb. 15 that killed a contractor working with U.S.-led forces. The attacks over the past 10 days are an escalation against U.S. sites in Iraq at a time when Washington and Tehran are looking for a way to return to the nuclear deal abandoned by former U.S. President Donald Trump. Kataib Hezbollah, the most high-profile Iran-backed militia in Iraq, does not usually comment on specific attacks. Its direct denial of actions against U.S. interests while Washington says it is still...