Senate committee OKs $4.6 billion humanitarian aid bill for migrant crisis

A Senate panel gave its approval Wednesday to President Trump’s $4.6 billion request for funding to tackle the escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border -- but only after funding for a wall was pulled to get Democratic approval.
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Eric Trump ‘jokingly’ asks partygoers to buy 100 copies of Donald Jr’s book
Our spy said, “It definitely wasn’t a joke.”
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U.S. Senate passes Hong Kong rights bill backing protesters, angers Beijing
The U.S. Senate, in a unanimous vote, passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid a crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement, drawing condemnation from Beijing.
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Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple play defense in congressional antitrust probe
Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple defended their practices and declining to answer some questions from a U.S. congressional committee.
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Official Monero website is hacked to deliver currency-stealing malware delivers Linux and Windows binaries that steal users' funds.
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Jordan Jenkins is a keeper for the Jets
Jets general manager Joe Douglas has many decisions to make about this roster in the offseason, but one that should be easy for him is bringing back Jordan Jenkins. The fourth-year outside linebacker has been a bright spot in a dismal season. Jenkins has five sacks, eight quarterback hits, two passes defensed and one forced...
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Trump and bribery claim: Does the shoe fit?
Among the points to consider: The fact that military aid to Ukraine was eventually unfrozen is irrelevant to whether bribery was committed: a public official violates the bribery statute by merely seeking or demanding a bribe, regardless of whether the transaction is completed, write Richard Ben-Veniste and Kelly B. Kramer.
Kentucky high school students beat autistic teen unconscious: report
An autistic teen was found in a pool of blood after he was allegedly beaten and knocked unconscious by several students at a Kentucky high school last Thursday, according to local reports. Court records say three students followed the victim into a bathroom at Louisville’s Iroquois High School while one stood watch at the door....
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Trump tweets it's 'a great day for Republicans'
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Audi’s E-Tron Sportback adds style and range to the line
Audi's E-Tron SUV is getting a companion EV. The E-Tron Sportsback is essentially the same vehicle just in a more stylish package.
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Audi’s digital matrix LED headlights debut in the E-Tron Sportback
Audi continues to impress with its headlight technology. At the LA Auto show, the big news for the automaker is the E-Tron Sportback -- an new model with a sleeker design. But while most of that tech under the hood is the same as what's found in the...
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Audi reveals its second electric car, the E-Tron Sportback
Image: Audi Audi just pulled the wraps off of the E-Tron Sportback, the company’s second electric car, at the 2019 LA Auto Show. Coming to Europe in the first half of 2020, the top-tier version of the new premium EV will offer up to 446 kilometers of range (277 miles) and is powered by dual electric motors with a total power output of 265kW, or around 350 horsepower. A slightly less powerful version of the Sportback with a smaller battery will start at €71,350 (around $79,000). If some of those numbers sound familiar, it’s because the E-Tron Sportback will be built using the same electric drivetrain and battery as the E-Tron SUV Audi revealed last year. The company is simply now using the platform it developed for the original E-Tron to power a... Continue reading…
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Garth Brooks watched the Whitney Houston documentary to learn what not to do
"A lot of the subtitles say ‘historian’ or ‘expert.’ But did they even know her?"
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Illinois woman convicted of murdering boyfriend’s 8-year-old daughter
A woman in Illinois, accused of killing her boyfriend’s 8-year-old daughter by kicking her so hard in the stomach that it tore her intestine, was convicted of first-degree murder, according to reports. Cynthia Clay, also known as Cynthia Baker, 41, also was found guilty of aggravated battery, endangering the life of a child, and three counts of...
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Jets true progress will have to stand up to Raiders test
When the Jets schedule was released in April, it was clear the team would have to survive an early tough stretch, thrive in a midseason weak stretch and then pull off a surprise or two in the home stretch. We all know what happened to the Jets early in the season that left them in...
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California Governor Cracks Down On Fracking, Requires Audits And Scientific Review
Gavin Newsom's initiatives follow a massive oil release from a Chevron facility in Kern County suspected of being caused by a high-pressure steam process for releasing oil from underground rock.
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SUNY New Paltz student falls 150 feet to her death while hiking
A 20-year-old student at SUNY New Paltz slipped off a cliff and plummeted 150 feet to her death while hiking with friends, police and school officials said Tuesday. Katherine Vollmer and some her classmates at the university in upstate New York went exploring old cement caves and trails in Hasbrouck Park Monday evening — and...
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Winners and losers in third College Football Playoff rankings include LSU and Oklahoma
The College Football Playoff committee released its third rankings of the 2019 season. There were winners and losers, including LSU and Oklahoma.       
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Kurt Volker Is Still Figuring Out That This Ukraine Thing Was Bad
The House hears from the one person who didn't know “investigate Burisma” meant “investigate the Bidens.”
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Three tips to win an election debate
US Democrat candidates face each other in a TV debate on Wednesday, but what's the secret to success?
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How Republicans' star impeachment witness turned on them
Former US Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker was widely seen as Republicans' impeachment ace in the hole. On Tuesday on Capitol Hill, it didn't work out that way. - RSS Channel
Superpedestrian raises $20 million for durable electric scooters
Superpedestrian, a company developing long-lasting electric scooters and a cloud-hosted orchestration system, has raised $20 million in venture capital.
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Mets showing interest in catcher Robinson Chirinos
The Mets, clearly motivated to improve their catching corps, have expressed interest in free agent Robinson Chirinos, according to an industry source. Chirinos, who will turn 36 next June, enjoyed a strong 2019 season with the Astros, starting 106 games behind the plate and posting a .238/.347/.443 slash line while playing strong defense, tallying only...
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New York Joins Other States in Suing E-Cigarette Maker Juul
"Juul basically took a page from Big Tobacco's playbook," Attorney General Letitia James said
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De Blasio finally holds a bill signing — his first since March
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed a dozen bills into law — his first bill signings since mid-March. De Blasio stopped pulling out his pen to sign bills after shifting his focus towards embarking on a quixotic campaign for president, which he ended in September after garnering minuscule support. In the interim, he’s allowed dozens...
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Citymeals on Wheels’ 33rd Power Lunch for Women raises over $1M
Proceeds could fund 160,000 meals for homebound elderly New Yorkers.
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Coming soon: Bloomberg apologies for everything else he did right as mayor
Michael Bloomberg apologized last weekend for his policy of “Stop, Question and Frisk,” which, he now says, was wrong. Speaking before a mostly black audience at a church, the former mayor hung his head and repented his failure back then to understand “the full impacts that stops were having on the black and Latino communities.”...
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Trump Takes Aim at His Own White House Aides
Even for a president who rarely spares the rhetorical howitzer, this was something new.
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China condemns U.S. Senate measure on Hong Kong rights
China on Wednesday condemned a U.S. Senate measure on Hong Kong, vowing to take the steps necessary to safeguard its sovereignty and security.
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Uber, distracted backup driver cited by NTSB in fatal self-driving crash
A U.S. safety agency on Tuesday faulted Uber for inadequate attention to safety and decisions in the company's autonomous vehicle development in an investigation into the first-ever death involving a self-driving vehicle, which also cited the vehicle's distracted back-up driver.
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Alleged ‘womb raider’ gives birth while being held on murder charges
One of the women accused of slaughtering a pregnant Chicago teenager and ripping the baby from her womb gave birth to her own child this month, authorities said. Desiree Figueroa — who has been held on murder charges since May 16 in the death of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez — gave birth Nov. 1 at Stroger...
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Watch live: Sondland, Cooper, Hale testify at Trump impeachment hearing
The House Intelligence Committee continues public hearings in President Trump's impeachment inquiry. U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies at a morning hearing. Top Pentagon official Laura Cooper and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale testify at an afternoon hearing.
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Options narrow for last Hong Kong campus protesters as arrests take a toll
The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outside appeared ready to simply wait them out.
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Tim Morrison on "the Gordon problem"
Tim Morrison, the outgoing senior director of European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, testified that he didn't always follow through on suggestions from EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland. He said his predecessor, Fiona Hill, had described Sondland's role the "Gordon problem."
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Senate Passes Bill to Support Hong Kong Protesters, Putting Pressure on Trump
The House and Senate both passed the bill with a veto-proof majority. It compels the U.S. to penalize Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for abuses.
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Gordon Sondland, Laura Cooper, and David Hale are testifying in Wednesday's impeachment hearings. Here's how to watch.
Associated Press/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Wednesday's impeachment hearings will feature three more officials who will testify about President Donald Trump's efforts to strongarm Ukraine into delivering political dirt. The officials are: Gordon Sondland, the US's ambassador to the EU; Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department; and David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs at the State. Sondland's hearing is the day's main event and starts at 9 a.m. ET. Cooper and Hale will jointly testify beginning at 2:30 p.m. Both hearings will be broadcast on C-SPAN and the major cable news networks. Insider will also embed a livestream of the hearings here when they kick off. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Congress will hear on Wednesday from three more officials set to publicly testify about their knowledge of President Donald Trump's efforts to strongarm Ukraine into delivering him political dirt while withholding military aid and a White House meeting. Gordon Sondland, the US's ambassador to the EU, will testify beginning at 9 a.m. ET.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:LIVE: In a Freudian slip, Nunes accidentally referred to Volker and Morrison as 'your witnesses' to Democrats in a telling sign of how badly this impeachment hearing is going for the GOPThe Army is prepared to move Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his family to a safe location if necessaryAlexander Vindman ended his opening statement in Trump's impeachment hearing with a message to his father: 'Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth.'SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about Trump's impeachment process: What's happened, who the players are, and what comes next
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Morrison says he didn't hear anything that concerned him on July 25 call
Tim Morrison, the outgoing senior director of European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, said "no" when asked by the Republican counsel whether he heard anything that concerned him during President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky. He also said he viewed the summary of the call, later released by the White House, as complete and accurate.
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The Two Sides of Impeachment
Democrats treat impeachment like a documentary.
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Next 'Star Trek' movie will be written and directed by Noah Hawley
Most Star Trek news lately has focused on the small screen with its shows for CBS All Access, but now there's news about an upcoming movie that will be written and directed by Noah Hawley. While Hawley is so-far best known for his work on FX TV serie...
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Tom Hanks tried Mr. Rogers' techniques on his granddaughter. And it worked.
Grandpa Tom Hanks is using what he learned after playing Mr. Rogers in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." And by gosh, it works.      
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A brief history of prominent gaffes, slips and stumbles by stars
Forget big, rich, VIP, stars get clumsy and klutzy just like the rest of us.
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Pregnant woman killed by dogs in France during hunt in the area
A 29-year-old woman is found dead from dog bites after a hunt by hounds in northern France.
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Morrison discusses concerns about Vindman's judgment
Republican counsel Steve Castor asked Tim Morrison -- the outgoing senior director of European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council -- about concerns within the NSC about Alexander Vindman's judgment. He asked Morrison about concerns his predecessor, Fiona Hill, might have had, but Morrison's lawyer said the question was outside the scope of his testimony. Morrison did reference his earlier testimony, in which he said others had raised concerns about Vindman potentially leaking information, something Vindman denied earlier Tuesday.
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White House Twitter account slams Vindman during testimony
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman had already recounted his unease at President Donald Trump's approach to Ukraine and his actions to report it when his employer -- the White House -- attacked him on Twitter. - RSS Channel
Meet Gordon Sondland, donor turned diplomat who delivered quid pro quo message to Ukraine
Trump, who called Sondland a "great American" earlier this year, distanced himself from the ambassador since he revised his testimony.
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GOP congressman questions intelligence community
Republican Congressman Brad Wenstrup criticized the intelligence community and disputed the widely accepted conclusion by American intelligence that Russia -- not Ukraine -- interfered in the 2016 presidential election. The Ohio representative said that members of the intel community were some of the same people who were involved in the "Russia collusion hoax" at the heart of a special counsel investigation.
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Alexander Vindman condemned himself in his impeachment testimony
The commander in chief ought to fire Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who serves on the National Security Council, for rank insubordination. That is the key take­away from Tuesday’s hearings in the Democratic impeachment push. Vindman, unlike other Democratic “star witnesses,” was at least on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian...
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The New Funko Hollywood Is an Essential Pop Culture Destination
We here at io9 love Funko Pops. We write about them. We buy them. We’ve talked about them being decimated. We’ve even made a pilgrimage to Funko Headquarters in Everett, Washington to visit the flagship store. That place is incredibly epic, as it should be, but it doesn’t come close to touching the toy company’s new…Read more...
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Mark Walton cut over accusation of punching pregnant woman
The Miami Dolphins waived second-year running back Mark Walton after he was arrested, with police accusing him of repeatedly punching a woman pregnant with Walton's child.
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