Scoreboard roundup — 4/21/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Atlanta 11 Cleveland 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 7 Kansas City 6, 10 Innings
Minnesota 4 Baltimore 3
Detroit 4 Chi White Sox 3
Boston 4 Tampa Bay 3, 11 Innings
Texas 11 Houston 10
Toronto 5 Oakland 4
LA Angels 8 Seattle 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 5 Miami 0
San Francisco 3 Pittsburgh 2
LA Dodgers 6 Milwaukee 5
St. Louis 6 NY Mets 4
Chi Cubs 2 Arizona 1
Colorado 4 Philadelphia 1
San Diego 4 Cincinnati 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Boston 110 Indiana 106
Golden State 113 L.A. Clippers 105
Toronto 107 Orlando 85
Portland 111 Oklahoma City 98

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Boston 4 Toronto 2
SO San Jose 2 Vegas 1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City 2 D.C. United 0

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Posted On 22 Apr 2019

Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton to run for president in 2020

Political News Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton to run for president in 2020 https://linewsradio.com/democrat-rep-seth-moulton-to-run-for-president-in-2020/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts announced he’s mounting a bid for president in 2020, expanding the Democratic field to 19 candidates.

“I’m here to tell you and to tell America that I’m running for president of the United States,” Moulton told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Monday.

During his campaign, Moulton said he plans to “talk about patriotism, about security, about service. These are issues Democrats too long have ceded to Republicans.”

Moulton, a former Marine and an outspoken critic of his own party, was elected to the House in 2013 and has served three terms.

At 40, he’s the second-youngest candidate, three years older than Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, whom Moulton has described as a friend and fellow veteran. He’s also the third candidate who represents Massachusetts, joining fellow Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Gov. Bill Weld, the first Republican to challenge President Donald Trump ahead of the primaries.

Moulton enters the race with a moderate voting record, currently representing the heavily blue district north of Boston, and was most recently ranked as the 65th-most-bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives by The Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

The former Marine routinely expresses support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage. During his time in Congress, he’s also been a loud advocate for banning semi-automatic assault weapons.

“There’s simply no reason for a civilian to own a military-style assault weapon,” Moulton wrote in an editorial for the New York Daily News in 2016. “It’s no different than why we outlaw civilian ownership of rockets and landmines.”

Moulton is one of many Democrats from Capitol Hill to join the race, including potential front-runners like Warren, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California — not to mention other Democrats who don’t currently hold office in Washington but are making a splash, like Buttigieg and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Though he joins an ever-growing pack of Democratic candidates, many of whom have more Washington experience and star power, Moulton has set himself apart from his party before. In 2018, he was part of the small minority of Democrats who voted against Nancy Pelosi returning to the speaker’s chair.

At the time, he explained his decision with an echo of his original campaign pitch from when he first ran for Congress in 2013: Washington needs new leadership.

“The American people sent a very clear message in the election last week, that they want new approaches to politics and new leaders in Washington,” Moulton said in an interview MSNBC just after the midterms. “If we answer that call for new leadership by reinstalling the same status quo, establishment leadership that we’ve had in this party since 2006, then we’re letting down the American people.”

Pelosi eventually secured his vote after she pledged to limit her speakership to two terms, but some saw his objection as a sign of ageism or sexism.

Moulton is no stranger to bucking party leadership. It’s how he started his career.

When Moulton first entered the race to represent his Massachusetts district, he challenged an 18-year incumbent Democrat. Immediately, Moulton said, he received sharp criticism from the Democratic Party, which warned him about running against a longstanding elected official.

He continued to run, a bold move he said he owes to the training he received as a Marine.

“They said you’re going to lose, and by the way, you’ll never run for anything again because you don’t challenge the establishment,” Moulton said in an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2018.

“Fundamentally, what they were saying to me as a veteran is, ‘Do not participate in the democracy you risked your life to defend.’ And that’s wrong,” Moulton said.

Through his Super PAC, Moulton endorsed veteran candidates in 28 states ahead of the midterm election that saw 21 seats flipped.

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Posted On 22 Apr 2019

Ten best footnotes of the Mueller report

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — When Attorney General William Barr released special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, he released 448 pages of written research and analysis. He also attached 2,375 footnotes.

A close read of the fine print reveals fresh details about the investigation — who provided input, what documents proved revealing and what considerations were made by the special counsel as he unearthed new material.

While many are mundane, here are 10 citations ABC News found enlightening:

1. Those tapes: Footnote 112 (Volume II pg 27-28) describes conversations between Trump associates about rumored video recordings of the candidate in a Russian hotel room with prostitutes:

In 2016, a dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele brought to light the possible existence of a Russian-recorded video of Donald Trump during a 2013 visit to Moscow showing Trump cavorting with prostitutes in his suite at the Moscow Ritz hotel.

A footnote in the Mueller report discusses the unverified allegation, which President Trump has maintained is false.

Two weeks before the election, the report says Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen received a text from a Georgian businessman Giorgi Rtskhiladze that said, “Stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know …”

According to the Mueller report, the businessman said the “tapes” referred to compromising tapes of Trump rumored to be held by persons associated with the Russian real estate conglomerate Crocus Group, which had helped host the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Russia.

The report and footnote do not give information on Trump’s response to Cohen’s alleged briefing on the matter, nor does it explain why Rtskhiladze wouldn’t have told Cohen the tapes were fake.

“112 Comey 1/7/17 Memorandum, at 1-2; Corney 11/15/17 302, at 3. Comey’s briefing included the Steele reporting’s unverified allegation that the Russians had compromising tapes of the President involving conduct when he was a private citizen during a 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe Pageant. During the 2016 presidential campaign, a similar claim may have reached candidate Trump. On October 30, 2016, Michael Cohen received a text from Russian businessman Giorgi Rtskhiladze that said, ‘Stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else. Just so you know . . .. ‘ 10/30/ 16 Text Message, Rtskhiladze to Cohen. Rtskhiladze said ‘tapes’ referred to compromising tapes of Trump rumored to be held by persons associated with the Russian real estate conglomerate Crocus Group, which had helped host the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Russia. Rtskhiladze 4/4/ 18 302, at 12. Cohen said he spoke to Trump about the issue after receiving the texts from Rtskhiladze. Cohen 9/12/18 302, at 13. Rtskhiladze said he was told the tapes were fake, but he did not communicate that to Cohen. Rtskhiladze 5/10/18 302, at 7.”

2. Dossier diss: Footnote 117 (Volume II pg 28) describes Former FBI Director James Comey and Former Director of National Security James Clapper exchanging emails in 2017 about Trump’s request that they discredit the Steele Dossier:

On Jan. 10, 2017, Buzzfeed News published portions of the Steele Dossier online, and Comey briefed the then-president-elect on the report.

According to the Mueller report, Trump asked members of his national intelligence team to publicly refute allegations made in the dossier.

Trump’s FBI director and director of national security exchanged emails about Trump’s request, according to the footnotes. Clapper emailed Comey, stating Trump wanted him to say the dossier was “bogus, which, of course, I can’t do.”

“See 1/11/17 Email, Clapper to See I /11 /17 Email, Clapper to Comey (‘He asked if I could put out a statement. He would prefer of course that I say the documents are bogus, which, of course, I can’t do.’); 1/12/17 Email, Corney to Clapper (‘He called me at 5 yesterday and we had a very similar conversation.’); Comey 11/15/17 302, at 4-5.”


3. Congressional choices: Footnote 1091 (Volume II pg 178) suggests Congress can either craft new rules to stop a president from trying to thwart an investigation, or pursue impeachment as a drastic measure:

The second volume of the Mueller report assesses whether the president obstructed justice. Mueller’s team declined to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment on the matter, but in the footnotes Mueller notes that Congress could still take up the matter by crafting new laws to prevent a future president from conducting behavior described in the report.

The Mueller report states that “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.”

One way that Congress could exercise this authority, according to the footnote, is to clarify an already existing opinion established by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which found that a president could be held accountable for his or her actions after they leave office.

Another option available to Congress, according to the footnote, is to pursue impeachment “as a drastic and rarely invoked remedy.”

“A possible remedy through impeachment for abuses of power would not substitute for potential criminal liability after a President leaves office. Impeachment would remove a President from office, but would not address the underlying culpability of the conduct or serve the usual purposes of the criminal law. Indeed, the Impeachment Judgment Clause recognizes that criminal law plays an independent role in addressing an official’s conduct, distinct from the political remedy of impeachment. See U.S. CONST. ART. I, § 3, cl. 7. Impeachment is also a drastic and rarely invoked remedy, and Congress is not restricted to relying only on impeachment, rather than making criminal law applicable to a former President, as OLC has recognized. A Sitting President’s Amenability to Indictment and Criminal Prosecution, 24 Op. O.L.C. at 255 (‘Recognizing an immunity from prosecution for a sitting President would not preclude such prosecution once the President’s term is over or he is otherwise removed from office by resignation or impeachment.’).”

4. Considering charges: Footnote 1278 (Volume I pg 176) describes how the office of the special counsel considered whether to bring charges on the grounds that the dissemination of stolen Democratic National Conventions emails could constitute trafficking in or the receipt of stolen property.

As part of the Russia Investigation, members of the special counsel considered whether or not to pursue charges on the grounds that releasing stolen emails was a form of trafficking in the release of stolen property. Ultimately, the special counsel decided not to pursue this option.

“The Office also considered, but ruled out, charges on the theory that the post-hacking sharing and dissemination of emails could constitute trafficking in or receipt of stolen property under the National Stolen Property Act (NSPA), 18 U.S.C. §§ 2314 and 2315. The statutes comprising the NSPA cover ‘goods, wares, or merchandise,’ and lower comts have largely understood that phrase to be limited to tangible items since the Supreme Court’s decision in Dowling v. United States, 473 U.S. 207 (1985). See United States v. Yijia Zhang, 995 F. Supp. 2d 340, 344-48 (E.D. Pa. 2014) (collecting cases). One of those post-Dowling decisions-United States v. Brown, 925 F.2d 1301 (10th Cir. 1991}-specifically held that the NSPA does not reach ‘a computer program in source code form,’ even though that code was stored in tangible items (i.e., a hard disk and in a three-ring notebook). Id. at 1302-03. Congress, in turn, cited the Brown opinion in explaining the need for amendments to 18 U.S.C. § I030(a)(2) that ‘would ensure that the theft of intangible information by the unauthorized use of a computer is prohibited in the same way theft of physical items [is] protected.’ S. Rep. 104-357, at 7 (1996). That sequence of events would make it difficult to argue that hacked emails in electronic form, which are the relevant stolen items here, constitute ‘goods, wares, or merchandise’ within the meaning of the NSPA.”

5. Early warning: Footnote 155 (Volume II pg 32) suggests Former National Security Adviser Flynn was on “thin ice” even before he began to take criticism for his calls to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. This is largely because of a guidance that then President-Elect Trump got from President Obama:

According to the report, on Jan. 26, 2017, Former White House Counsel Don McGhan notified Trump that he had been told Flynn may have lied about what he discussed in a meeting he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The report states that Trump allegedly responded “not again, this guy, this stuff.”

According to the footnotes, Trump responded this way because he was already unhappy with Flynn for other reasons. One such reason is because Obama “had warned him about Flynn” shortly after the election.

“Priebus I 0/13/17 302, at 8. Several witnesses said that the President was unhappy with Flynn for other reasons at this time. Bannon said that Flynn’s standing with the President was not good by December 2016. Bannon 2/12/18 302, at 12. The President-Elect had concerns because President Obama had warned him about Flynn shortly after the election. Bannon 2/ 12/18 302, at 4-5; Hicks 12/8/ 17 302, at 7 (President Obama’s comment sat with President-Elect Trump more than Hicks expected). Priebus said that the President had become unhappy with Flynn even before the story of his calls with Kislyak broke and had become so upset with Flynn that he would not look at him during intelligence briefings. Priebus 1/18/ 18 302, at 8. Hicks said that the President thought Flynn had bad judgment and was angered by tweets sent by Flynn and his son, and she described Flynn as ‘being on thin ice’ by early February 2017. Hicks 12/8/ 17 302, at 7, 10.”

6. Paragons of loyalty: Footnote 297 (Volume II pg 51) shows Trump pointed to Eric Holder and Robert Kennedy for how he felt an AG should act:

The president regularly made public statements criticizing former Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe.

Part of the reason for this criticism, according to the footnotes, stems from the role Trump believed an attorney general should play to protect the president.

The footnote states that Trump, according to former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, pointed to Kennedy and Holder as attorney generals who protected their presidents.

Trump pointed to Holder’s willingness to take a contempt of Congress charge for President Barack Obama during the fast and furious controversy.

“McGahn 12/12/17 302, at 3. Bannon said the President saw Robert Kennedy and Eric Holder as Attorneys General who protected the presidents they served. The President thought Holder always stood up for President Obama and even took a contempt charge for him, and Robert Kennedy always had his brother’s back. Bannon 2/ 14/18 302, at 5. Priebus recalled that the President said he had been told his entire life he needed to have a great lawyer, a “bulldog,” and added that Holder had been willing to take a contempt-of-Congress charge for President Obama. Priebus 4/3/18 302, at 5.”

7. An alternative theory: In Footnote 500 (Volume II pg 77) the special counsel explores whether Trump might have fired Comey to protect other conduct that could come to light because of the probe, including Michael Cohen’s campaign finance violations:

The report states that “the evidence does not establish that the termination of Comey was designed to cover up a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia,” but the footnotes show that the special counsel looked into other reasons why the president might have had an interest in terminating Comey.

One such reason the special counsel explored was that the Russia investigation might reveal other incriminating matters, such as Cohen’s campaign finance violations that he later pled guilty to in the Southern District of New York, but did not establish that this was a motive.

“In addition to whether the President had a motive related to Russia-related matters that an FBI investigation could uncover, we considered whether the President’s intent in firing Corney was connected to other conduct that could come to light as a result of the FBT’s Russian-interference investigation. In particular, Michael Cohen was a potential subject of investigation because of his pursuit of the Trump Tower Moscow project and involvement in other activities. And facts uncovered in the Russia investigation, which our Office referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, ultimately led to the conviction of Cohen in the Southern District of New York for campaign-finance offenses related to payments he said he made at the direction of the President. See Volume II, Section II.K.5, infra. The investigation, however, did not establish that when the President fired Comey, he was considering the possibility that the FBT’s investigation would uncover these payments or that the President’s intent in firing Comey was otherwise connected to a concern about these matters coming to light.”

8. Russian visas: Footnote 363 (Volume I pg 76) describes Cohen texts discussing plans to send Trump’s passport information to a Russian associate. The information was never sent, but the texts show Cohen’s travel plans forming:

Ongoing discussions between Cohen and Russian associates about a possible Trump Tower Moscow deal were the focus of a great deal of the Mueller report, largely due to lies Cohen told about when conversations related to the potential business deal concluded.

Cohen had been in conversations with Russian businessman Felix Sater about taking a potential trip to Russia, both independently and potentially with Trump, to discuss the business dealings further.

The footnotes give new details about conversations between Sater and Cohen related to the trip. In one such text exchange, Sater asks Cohen for Trump’s passport information. Cohen doesn’t appear to give it and instead tells Sater he’ll wait until he visits Moscow first.

“On December 21, 2015, Sater sent Cohen a text message that read, “They need a copy of DJT passport,” to which Cohen responded, “After I return from Moscow with you with a date for him.” FS00004 (12/21/15 Text Messages, Cohen & Sater)”

9. The Trigger: Footnote 465 (Volume I pg 89) lays out how the Russia investigation began, when an unpaid policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, told a representative from a foreign government that the Russian government had damaging information on Hillary Clinton:

George Papadopoulos, a former unpaid policy adviser to Trump, told a member of a foreign government about meetings he had had in 2016 where he learned that Russia might have incriminating information on Hillary Clinton.

According to the footnotes, that foreign government conveyed what Papadopoulos had said to the U.S. government on July 26, 2016, just after WikiLeaks released incriminating information on Clinton. Just after that, the FBI opened its investigation into the Trump campaign.

“The information is contained in the FBI case-opening document and related materials. The information is law enforcement sensitive (LES) and must be treated accordingly in any external dissemination. The foreign government conveyed this information to the U.S. government on July 26, 2016, a few days after WikiLeaks’s release of Clinton-related emails. The FBI opened its investigation of potential coordination between Russia and the Trump Campaign a few days later based on the information.”

10. Stubborn witness: Footnote 489 (Volume I pg 92) reveals that former Trump policy adviser George Papadopoulos wouldn’t help decipher his own handwriting:

Even the special counsel has a tough time reading bad handwriting. During the special counsel’s interviews with Papadopoulos, prosecutors asked for Papadopoulos’ help deciphering his handwriting on a note.

Papadopoulos declined to assist. Turns out he couldn’t read his own handwriting either. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in October 2017.

“Papadopoulos declined to assist in deciphering his notes, telling investigators that he could not read his own handwriting from the journal. Papadopoulos 9/19/17 302, at 21. The notes, however, appear to read as listed in the column to the left of the image above.”

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Posted On 22 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka bombings: 290 dead, hundreds injured in church, hotel explosions on Easter Sunday

WORLD NEWS Sri Lanka bombings: 290 dead, hundreds injured in church, hotel explosions on Easter Sunday  https://linewsradio.com/sri-lanka-bombings-290-dead-hundreds-injured-in-church-hotel-explosions-on-easter-sunday/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

Stringer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At least 290 people were killed and hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka when attackers unleashed an apparently coordinated series of suicide bombings that simultaneously targeted Christian churches and luxury hotels, sending a wave a terror across the globe.

Eight explosions took place miles apart, three at Christian churches holding Easter services and three at hotels, some commonly used by Western tourists. In addition to those who were killed, at least 450 were wounded, according to officials with police, the Colombo Hospital, and St. Sebastian Church.

Most of the explosions were detonated by suicide bombers, according to the Sri Lankan Defense Ministry.

At least 11 foreigners were confirmed killed in the attacks, including two victims who were dual citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom. One American was also among the missing, officials said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Sunday that “several U.S. citizens were among those killed.”

All of the foreigners died in attacks on hotels in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, an island nation off the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean, according to the officials.

President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the country in an early morning tweet from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is spending the Easter holiday.

“The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka,” the president tweeted Sunday. “We stand ready to help!”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement that “the United States condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that have claimed so many precious lives on this Easter Sunday.”

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the more than 200 killed and hundreds of others wounded,” Sanders said in the statement. “We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable and senseless acts.”

There were eight simultaneous explosions around 8:45 a.m. local time. Video from inside the St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a coastal city about 40 miles north of Colombo, showed the immediate aftermath of a bombing there as worshipers who had just been praying for peace found themselves surrounded by devastation, death and chaos.

There were about 500 people at the Easter Mass at St. Sebastian when the explosion took place, according to officials from the church. Parishioners, many bleeding, scrambled to carry severely injured people from the church, which was littered with overturned chairs, shattered glass and debris that had fallen from the ceiling.

A statue in the sanctuary of Jesus Christ was left pockmarked and splashed with blood but remained standing.

St. Anthony’s Shrine, a Catholic church in Colombo, and Zion Church, in Batticaloa, were also attacked. Colombo is located on the western side of Sri Lanka, while Batticaloa is on the eastern shore about 200 miles from the capital.

Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel and Kingsbury Hotel, all located in Colombo — and all popular with tourists — were targeted in the bombings.

Hours after the initial bombings, a ninth explosion occurred at a guest house in Colombo that killed at least two people, according to police.

On Sunday night, at 10:15 local time, a 6-foot-long pipe bomb was detected on a road near Colombo International Airport. The country’s air force initiated a controlled explosion, Air Force spokesman Gihan Seneviratne told ABC News.

Police chief warned of attack

The wave of bombings came after the Sri Lanka police chief issued a nationwide alert 10 days ago that suicide bombers planned to attack “prominent churches,” according to multiple reports.

“Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore, there was a delay in action. What my father heard was also from an intelligence officer. Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored,” Harin Fernando, a member of parliament in Sri Lanka, tweeted Sunday and included a document he says is the security warning.

Fernando, Sri Lanka’s minister of telecommunications, foreign employment and sports, went on CNN overnight to expand on his earlier tweet, showing a document said to be a security warning from April 11.

“I honestly do feel there was a breach,” he added, “and as well as there’s been a big, massive miscommunication, or somebody has taken this whole intelligence report very lightly and thought, ‘No, it’s not possible.'”

Pope Francis prays for the victim

Following Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis condemned the “cruel violence” that “have wrought grief and sorrow.”

“I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community [of Sri Lanka], wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” Pope Francis said. “I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished, and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.”

Officials who spoke to ABC News were able to confirm at least 24 people were killed at St. Anthony’s Church, 27 died at Batticaloa’s Zion Church and 81 have died at St. Sebastian Church.

The explosions were followed by the wail of sirens from emergency vehicles headed to the multiple bombing scenes.

Ruwan Gunasekara, a police spokesman, said that in addition to the 290 killed, approximately 450 people were injured, overwhelming hospitals throughout the island nation.

The National Hospital in Colombo reported that 66 people had died there from injuries suffered in the attacks and that 260 were being treated, Gunasekara said. At the Negombo Hospital, 104 people were reported dead and 100 of the injured were being treated, he said.

Another 37 people were pronounced dead at the Kalubowila, Batticaloa and Brown’s hospitals. Eighty-nine people were being treated at those medical centers, Gunaskekara said.

Authorities confirmed that three British citizens, in addition to the two with dual American citizenship, one Portuguese citizen, three Indian and two Turkish nationals were among the dead.

“It’s a very, very sad day for all of us. I wish to, therefore, express my deepest sorrow and sympathy to all those innocent families that have lost someone, and also to those who have been injured and rendered destitute,” Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said at a news conference. “I would like to call upon all to pray that all those who are injured may be healed soon and that all these families who lost someone may be consoled.”

“I condemn to the utmost of my capacity this act that has caused so much death and suffering to the people,” Ranjith said. “I ask all us Sri Lankan people not to take the law into their own hands and to maintain peace and harmony in this country. And I also ask that all those who are able to donate blood in order to help these people who are injured, and then I also appeal to the doctors to please help us.”

Several suspects arrested

Pompeo said the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka is working to provide assistance to American citizens affected by the attacks, including their families.

“These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism,” Pompeo said in his statement. “We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they confront violent extremism and have offered our assistance as they work to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Buddhism is the most common religion in Sri Lanka. National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri-Lanka documented the growing number of attacks on Christians in 2018, saying there were 67 from January to September.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. But Gunasekara, the police spokesman, said at a news conference that several people had been arrested, clarifying an earlier report from that seven suspects were taken into custody. As of early Monday, 24 individuals had been detained.

Gunasekara also said that multiple raids had been carried out as police worked to identify those responsible for the carnage.

Gunasekara said it was too early to say who was behind the attack or comment on a possible motive.
Dangerous history

Sri Lanka has been at times one of the most dangerous locations in the world for terrorist attacks. A civil war that raged for decades between the ruling government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam — known colloquially as the Tamil Tigers or LTTE — officially ended in 2009, but some conflict has continued. As many as 100,000 people were killed in the civil war from 1982 to 2009, according to the U.N.

The U.K. government warns travelers of the risks posed by those visiting the country.

“Terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka can’t be ruled out,” the government advises on its website. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.”

The U.S. lists Sri Lanka as a Level 1 country, the lowest risk level, which warns travelers to exercise normal precautions.

The country was also divided by a constitutional crisis at the end of 2018 when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was removed by the country’s president in October, only to be reinstated in December.

“I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today,” Wickremesinghe said in a tweet. “I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”

Security was increased across Sri Lanka, including Colombo’s international airport. Authorities also imposed an indefinite nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and temporarily blocked major social media and messaging services, including Facebook and WhatsApp, to curb what government officials described as misinformation from being spread.

U.S. security boosted

The bombings sent shockwaves all the way to the United States, where security was bolstered at churches coast to coast.

In California, the Los Angeles Police Department boosted patrols around places of worship. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the State Police to increase security at churches and houses of worship across the state.

“New York grieves for the victims of the horrific attacks at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday,” Cuomo said in a statement. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of Sri Lanka, to the families who lost loved ones and to all those grieving around the world.”

“In the wake of these despicable acts of violence and out of an abundance of caution, I am directing State Police to increase patrols around churches and houses of worship across the state today,” Cuomo said. “During these troubling times, we will not be intimidated by cowardly acts of violence and will continue to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers.”

A U.S. intelligence bulletin issued last week and obtained by ABC News raised ongoing serious concerns that U.S. law enforcement generally has in anticipation of high-profile holidays or gatherings, specifically Easter, Passover and Ramadan. But the bulletin said there was no evidence of a confirmed attack planned in the United States or U.S. facilities elsewhere.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Homeland Security “are not aware of any specific, credible threats surrounding the upcoming religious holiday season, but note that previous attacks happened with little to no warning,” read the intelligence bulletin issued on Thursday.

“Religious holiday gatherings are an attractive target for HVEs [homegrown violent extremists] and domestic extremists because they offer an opportunity to capitalize on large crowds and increased symbolism of the target,” the bulletin reads.

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Posted On 22 Apr 2019

New storm system takes aim at Texas, Great Lakes

U.S. NEWS New storm system takes aim at Texas, Great Lakes https://linewsradio.com/new-storm-system-takes-aim-at-texas-great-lakes/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A complex storm system is moving from the Rockies into the central U.S., stretching from the Midwest into the southern Plains, threatening Texas and the Great Lakes with what could be a very wet week.

Over the next three days, severe weather will slowly cross most of Texas, parts of which could see 5 inches of rain through Wednesday. Flash flooding, hail and tornadoes are possible as well.

The northwest portion of Texas will be hardest hit on Monday, the central part on Tuesday and the southeast section on Wednesday. Again, damaging winds, hail and tornadoes remain possibilities.

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Posted On 22 Apr 2019

Game of Thrones recap: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister; Helen Sloan/HBO(SPOILERS AHEAD!)  Last week’s episode of Game of Thrones ended with a double whammy: Jon Snow finally learned that he is, in fact, Aegon Targaryen: true heir to the Iron Throne and — this cannot be stressed enough — nephew of his current lover, Daenerys Targaryen. We also saw the much-memed meeting between Jaime Lannister and Bran, who locked eyes for the first time since the Kingslayer pushed the now Three-Eyed Raven out of a tower way back in the pilot episode, after Bran caught Jaime having intimate relations with his sister, Cersei.

But we start this week’s episode, titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” with Jaime having a meeting with Daenerys, who has a personal grudge with this particular Lannister.

Jaime, of course, earned his Kingslayer nickname after killing Dany’s father, “The Mad King” Aerys II Targaryen. However, Dany has bigger things on her mind than just revenge. She questions Jaime about Cersei’s whereabouts, and if she plans to send her armies to help fight the Night King and the White Walkers, as she promised.

Jaime admits that Cersei never had any intention of sending an army to assist them, and has, in fact, enlisted Euron Greyjoy and the Golden Company army-for-hire to mop up anyone left after the fight against the Dead. Jaime, however, declares that he’s here to “fight for the living.” 

Jaime’s brother, Tyrion, jumps to his defense, but Dany still doesn’t trust Jaime — and, in a rare moment of agreement, neither does Sansa. After all, he’s done terrible things to both of their families. Jaime defends his actions, saying he was at war and was simply protecting his house and family. That’s when Bran mutters the statement “The things we do for love” — which, of course, is what Jaime said before he pushed him out that window. Jaime reacts with stunned silence.

Not knowing what that’s all about, Dany asks Jaime why he’s now chosen to to abandon his house and family. Jaime says this war is more about that: it’s about survival. 

Now it’s Brienne’s turn to defend Jaime, declaring him a man of honor. When questioned by Sansa, Brienne vouches for Jaime and says she would fight beside him. That answer satisfies Sansa, who rules that Jaime will be allowed to stay. 

A surprised Dany turns to Jon, who’s so far remained quiet.  Now he simply says, “We need every man we can get.” He then walks out of the room, leaving everyone to look awkwardly at one another, which is a running theme in this episode.  

Dany’s also angry at Tyrion, her chief advisor, who seems to be messing up a lot these days. He admits he’s a fool for having believed his sister, Cersei, and Dany threatens to find another Hand of the Queen if doesn’t get his “I’m the cleverest man alive” thing back together. 

Arya visits Gendry in the blacksmith quarters to check on the progress of the dragonglass weapon she asked him to make for her. She asks him about what it’s like to fight the White Walkers, and after some vague description, Gendry declares, “They’re like death.” That, of course, doesn’t at all frighten Arya Stark. “I know death; he’s got many faces,” she declares. “I look forward to seeing this one.”

Speaking of awkward encounters: Following his discussion with Dany and Sansa, Jaime decides to talk to Bran. He apologizes for pushing him out of the window and leaving him paralyzed, and seems surprised that Bran’s not angry, unaware of his whole “I have no emotions since I’m the Three-Eyed Raven” thing. Jaime asks why Bran didn’t tell everyone what he did, and Bran simply replies that Jaime can’t help them fight the Army of the Dead if he’s already dead. 

Jaime then meets with his brother, Tyrion, and the Lannister-hating Northerners spit on the ground whenever they see the duo. Jaime notices a similar distaste among the Northerners for the Mother of Dragons, but Tyrion assures that she’s better than her ruthless Targaryen ancestors.

Tyrion then turns the conversation to Cersei, and asks if she was also lying about being pregnant. Jaime says that part is real. While Tyrion laments that he’ll probably die in Winterfell, he takes satisfaction that Cersei won’t be the one to kill him, and holds out hope that if he’s turned into a White Walker, he’ll be able to drag his zombie self to King’s Landing and kill his sister.

While Tyrion chatters on, Jaime watches Brienne train. He finds her later and the two talk military strategy for bit, until Brienne demands to know what the hell is going on — after all, they’ve never had a conversation this long without Jaime insulting Brienne. Jaime admits that he came to Winterfell because he’s not the fighter he used to be, and offers his service as a soldier — under Brienne’s command. They part awkwardly.

Meanwhile, Dany gets some advice from Ser Jorah. He says that while he didn’t like Tyrion and first, he’s since warmed up to him, and suggests that Dany forgive her Hand. He also suggests Dany mend fences with Sansa. 

Dany agrees and meets with Sansa, and the two discuss their disagreement over Jaime, and who’s fault it is that Cersei tricked them. However, they start to bond over their shared family history, being women in charge, and the insanity of the world in which they live. They really make a connection over Jon, whom they both love, albeit in different ways.

Dany says that before meeting Jon, her only goal was to exact revenge against those who wronged her family and then retake the Iron Throne. But once she met the lovable apparent bastard, Jon, she joined him in Winterfell to fight the war against the Dead. She says she loves Jon and trusts him, and that’s only the second man she could say that about. “Who was the first?” Sansa wonders. “Someone taller,” Dany replies, referring to the late Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa. Score one for Aquaman. 

But Sansa still has questions. What happens after the battle against the Night King? Simple: Dany takes the Iron Throne, she says. “What about the North?” Sansa replies. Her homeland still wants its independence.  There’s a frosty pause but before Dany can answer, they’re interrupted by the arrival of Theon Greyjoy. He declares his intention to fight for Winterfell and regain the trust of the Starks, and Sansa tearfully embraces her foster brother.

On the ground, Davos gives some soldiers a pep talk regarding the battle to come, while Gilly directs the elderly to the Winterfell crypt for safety. Davos sees a young girl with burns on her face who wants to fight in the battle — she possibly reminds him of Stannis Baratheon’s late daughter, Shireen, with whom he had a bond. But Dvos and Gilly convince the girl to stay in the crypt to help defend everyone. 

Meanwhile, the Northern crew — which includes the Night’s Watch brother, Eddison Tollet, the wildling Tormund Giantsbane and the Lord of Light-worshipping Beric Dondarrion — finally arrive in Winterfell. They tell Jon that the Northern House Umber has been defeated by the White Walkers, and anyone who hasn’t made it to Winterfell yet is now fighting for the Night King. They also declare that the Army of the Dead will arrive before the sun comes up the next day. Tormund then cuts the tension by asking the whereabouts of “the big woman” — referring, of course, to his crush, Brienne. 

Everyone gathers for a meeting to strategize for the upcoming battle. Jon posits that if they take down the Night King, the rest of the White Walkers will fall. Bran says they’ll be able to isolate the Night King by using him as bait — the Night King, Bran explains, is hellbent on killing him, because he’s the Three-Eyed Raven. The Night King wants an endless night, and the Thee-Eyed Raven contains all the memories of the world. To kill him would be to erase all knowledge of all things.

Bran further explains that he’s marked, and the Night King will always know where he is. Theon volunteers to stay with him, and Bran agrees. Dany tells Tyrion that he should stay in the crypt, as she needs his mind to survive the battle.

Davos helpfully points out that having dragons on the battlefield should help them. Arya asks if dragonfire will stop the Night King, and Bran, for the probably the first time ever since becoming the Three-Eyed Raven, replies, “I don’t know.”

We then cut to a number of groups of people preparing for the battle. The Unsullied commander, Grey Worm, and Dany’s adviser, Missandei, speak about having a life together after the war. Sam asks Jon if he’s told Dany yet he’s true lineage and that they’re actually related. Jon replies no, and suggests that Sam stay in the crypt for the battle. Sam then rattles off his resume, which includes being the first person to kill a White Walker, and convinces Jon to let him fight.

Meanwhile, Tyrion and Jaime sit by a fire, drink wine and reminisce about their first visit to Winterfell, all the way back in season one. Brienne and her squire, Podrick, then enter the room, followed by Davos and Tormund. They all sit together and drink, and Tormund explains the lovely story behind his Giantsbane moniker, which includes killing a giant and then being breast-fed by his giant wife. The whole scene makes a pretty good argument that this should’ve been the show the entire time. 

We then cut to Arya, who meets up with her frenemy the Hound, and the two drink together. Beric then joins them, and he and the Hound trade gravelly voiced banter and insults. Arya decides to leave and look for company that’s less “miserable.”

She finds that company in Gendry, who’s built her requested weapon: a double-pointed dragonglass spear that would make Darth Maul jealous. Gendry also reveals that he’s a bastard son of former king Robert Baratheon, which Arya then turns into an awkward conversation about Gendry’s sexual history. Arya says she wants to know what it feels like to sleep with someone before she dies, and puts the move on a willing Gendry.  They kiss and undress, revealing Arya’s many scars, to Gendry’s surprise.

Back to Tyrion and company.  He optimistically declares that they might survive the battle: after all, they’ve all survived many a fight. As he rattles off everyone’s battle stats, Brienne shares that she’s not a knight, as women aren’t allowed. Tormund says that if he was a king, he’d knight Brienne. Jaime then clarifies a king’s not needed to knight someone — any knight can do it. 

Jaime then asks Brienne to kneel before him.  After some hesitation, she accepts, and her former traveling companion officially makes Ser Brianne of Tarth her a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Everybody claps and cheers, and it suddenly gets very dusty in Winterfell.

Outside, the fierce Lyanna Mormont argues with her cousin, Ser Jorah, who pleads with her to stay in the crypt instead of fight. Seriously, this episode should’ve been called “You Should Stay in the Crypt and Other Awkward Conversations.” She declares that she will take the battlefield and that’s the end of it. Sam Tarly then interrupts and offers Jorah his family’s sword. 

We then see a final montage of battle preparations as Podrick sings a plaintive song called “Jenny of the Oldstones.” The closing credits also feature a rendition of the song, performed by Florence + the Machine.

But before we get to the credits, there’s still one piece of business to settle. Danerys finds Jon in front of a statue of Lyanna Stark — who, unbeknownst to Dany, is his real mother. And just like Sam did in the last episode, Jon reveals the truth: he’s Aegon Targaryen, son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and true heir to the Iron Throne.

Dany says that’s impossible, but Jon insists he knows it to be true. Before anything more can be settled, we hear the horns of battle ring out, and we see the Army of the Dead approaching. 

There are only four episodes of Game of Thrones left.  Episode three premieres Sunday night, April 28, on HBO.

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Posted On 22 Apr 2019

‘The Curse of La Llorona’ tops the box office on an otherwise low-grossing Easter weekend

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — The R-rated supernatural horror flick The Curse of La Llorona opened in first place this weekend, earning $26.5 million on what was otherwise the lowest-grossing Easter weekend at the box office since 2005 — just $112 million in tickets were sold overall.

Set within the Conjuring universe, The Curse of La Llorona stars Linda Cardellini as a social worker who ignores the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment and, along with her two children, incurs the wrath of the mythical female ghost La Llorona, who lost her children and brings misfortune to those nearby. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Raymond Cruz co-stars.

The only other new release to debut in the top ten is the faith-based drama Breakthrough, which opened Wednesday and finished the weekend in third place, with $11.1 million.  This Is Us star Chrissie Metz stars in a film inspired by the true story of Joyce Smith, a mother who relies on faith after her young son — played by One Day at a Time‘s Marcel Ruiz — experiences a tragic accident. Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Sam Trammel and Dennis Haysbert also star.

On the downside, Disneynature’s live-action “coming of age” family film Penguins, which also opened Wednesday in 1,615 theaters, finished the weekend in 12th place with just $2.34 million.  It was disappointing news as well for Hellboy: the R-rated reboot of the comics-based dark comedy fell from last week’s #2 debut to 10th place this week, taking in $3.8 million on a 67.8% drop in business.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. The Curse of La Llorona, $26.5
2. Shazam!, $17.35 million
3. Breakthrough, $11.1 million
4. Captain Marvel, $9.1 million
5. Little, $8.45 million
6. Dumbo, $6.8 million
7. Pet Sematary, $4.85 million
8. Missing Link, $4.36 million
9. Us, $4.26 million
10. Hellboy, $3.88 million

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Posted On 22 Apr 2019

Video shows woman caught in door, dragged onto train tracks in San Francisco

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KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) — Officials in San Francisco are promising a full investigation after a frightening video was released showing a woman getting her finger caught in a closing train door and dragged onto the tracks under the train.

In the surveillance video, the woman can be seen walking down the stairs at the city’s Embarcadero station on April 12 when she tries to get on the Muni train as the doors are closing. It appears as though her hand gets stuck in the door as it is closing. She can be seen talking to an employee standing on the platform just feet away, but the train starts moving and she is dragged off the platform and under the train.

The woman was reportedly injured, but officials have not said how seriously.

The video was first acquired by the San Francisco Examiner.

“The door closed with less than a half an inch of space between the door and the door jam when she reached her hand in the door,” Paul Rose, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesperson, said in an interview with San Francisco ABC station KGO.

The SFMTA, which operates the train line, recently purchased new Muni train cars, including the one involved in the accident.

“These trains, and doors, are safe,” Rose said. “They operate as designed, they were certified by CPUC [California Public Utilities Commission] and they’ve gone through six months of tests before we put them in service.”

The CPUC has said it will investigate the doors and the pin system, according to KGO.

“I heard shouting behind me, and I didn’t know what was going on, but there was a commotion and I was scared honestly,” eyewitness Will Hayworth told KGO. “She was trying to keep up with this train and this new Muni car was dragging her by her hand. … People were shouting, ‘Stop!’ and a couple of people were banging on the car even, shouting ‘stop, stop, there’s somebody trapped.’

“She was keeping up, but still being dragged,” he continued. “The car didn’t slow down at all. Basically it didn’t seem like the operator had any idea of what was happening.”

Matt Haney, supervisor from San Francisco District 6, which includes the Embarcadero region, said this is not the first time he’s heard complaints about issues with the doors — including from SFMTA employees.

“There clearly needs to be some different sensors on the doors or some way for riders to be able to see it in a different way,” Haney said. “My understanding is that some of the operators actually flagged that this was an issue and they were concerned about it.”

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Posted On 21 Apr 2019

Russia-linked figures in Mueller’s probe come in from the cold after report’s release

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Man at Work/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A cast of Russia-linked figures caught up in special counsel’s probe have begun emerging out from under a veil of suspicion now that Robert Mueller has delivered his verdict that there was no incontrovertible proof of collusion.

For the first time in more than a year, for instance, a Maltese academic who told then-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos about the Russians possessing “dirt” on Hillary Clinton has reportedly been spotted in public.

Mueller’s prosecutors described in the report released on Thursday how Joseph Mifsud tried to broker meetings between Papadopoulos and Russians. It also reported that Mifsud had interactions with a former Russian troll factory employee and contacts linked to the Russian military unit accused of hacking into Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party’s emails.

On Thursday evening, Papadopoulos’ wife Simona Papadopoulos tweeted out an Italian news article that reported that the formerly London-based professor, who apparently disappeared from public view early last year, had been “hiding in Rome” for a seven-month stretch in an apartment paid for by a university where Mifsud had taught a course in political science.

Mifsud’s profile on the school’s website was taken down in January 2018 and Mifsud hasn’t been seen at the university in some time, according to a BuzzFeed News report.

There was even an unconfirmed report this past year – which surfaced in a Democratic Party lawsuit — that Mifsud had may have died. At the time, a man identifying himself as the professor’s lawyer told ABC News and others that the report was “nonsense.”

 Another mystery man who has resurfaced with the conclusion of the Mueller probe is Belarusan-American businessman Sergei Millian. He has been identified by news reports, and later corroborated by sources interviewed by ABC News, as an unwitting source of the some information contained in infamous dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele for Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS.

Millian has long denied this claim.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Millian became active in supporting the Trump campaign while still promoting his nonprofit group, called the Russian American Chamber of Commerce. But as figures central to the investigation, including Papadopoulos and Trump’s former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, began describing interactions with him, he largely disappeared from public sight.

Congressional investigators last year tried for months to serve him a subpoena to testify, but their process servers could not find him. Several people who knew Millian told ABC News he had vanished.

A July 2016 interview with ABC News is his only appearance on U.S. television.

 The Mueller report indicated that Millian in August 2016 sent a Facebook message to Papadopoulos offering to share with him “a disruptive technology that might be instrumental in your political work for the campaign.”

Papadopoulos claimed to have no recollection of the matter, according to the report.

Mueller’s prosecutors went on to say that their team was “not fully able to explore the contact” Millian had with various figures in Trump’s orbit because he remained out of their grasp.

Nonetheless, Millian on Thursday tweeted that he is “feeling totally exonerated by the recent report,” and urged public officials to “find the truth” about Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

Millian has tweeted several Mueller probe-related comments over the weekend, celebrating “truth coming to light” and calling his experience over the last three years an “unprecedented smear campaign.”

Not all of the figures described in the Mueller report have maintained quite such a low profile.

Washington-based Russian expert Dimitri Simes, who appears to have had influence on Jared Kushner’s foreign policy platform, based on the Mueller report, has made occasional appearances during the past two years – though more frequently in Russian media outlets.

The Mueller report says that during the 2016 campaign, Simes, who heads a think tank called the Center for the National Interest, prepared a “Russia Policy Memo” for Kushner.

In it, Simes described “a well-documented story of highly-questionable connections between Bill Clinton” and the Russian government. The memo was forwarded to senior Trump campaign officials, including then-Trump campaign Paul Manafort and deputy chairman Rick Gates.

 Mueller’s prosecutors described Simes in the report as personally having “many contacts with current and former Russian government officials,” and cited his think tank’s own description of itself as having “unparalleled access to Russian officials and politicians among Washington think tanks.” According to the report, the center grew out of an organization founded by former President Richard Nixon.

According to the report, however, Simes had also previously advised Kushner that it was “bad optics” for the campaign to develop “hidden Russian contacts,” and told Kushner to not “highlight Russia as an issue” and to handle any Russian contacts with care, according to the report.

The report also revealed that after the 2016 election, Simes was contacted by an associate working for Petr Aven, the head of Russia’s biggest bank — Alfa Bank — to establish direct communication between the Trump administration and the Russian government. The report said he declined, saying he did not want to be seen as an intermediary between Trump world and Kremlin.

Rinat Akhmetshin, a well-known Russian-focused lobbyist in Washington, D.C., attended the infamous June 2016 meeting at the Trump Tower. He said recently he was “happy and relieved” the investigation was winding down after nearly two years.

“It hit me hard financially and led to baseless personal attacks,” Rinat Akhmetshin told ABC News in a statement, saying that the process took a “heavy toll on me and my family.”

“As a result,” Akhmetshin added, “my ability to earn a living has been impaired, my professional standing has been undermined and my personal relationships have suffered.”

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Posted On 21 Apr 2019

Transit worker stabbed on subway platform in New York City following random altercation

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Google Maps Street View(NEW YORK) — A New York City transit worker is recovering after he was stabbed on a subway platform on Easter Sunday following an altercation.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority conductor was sitting on a bench at the southbound platform for No. 2, 4 and 5 trains at 149th Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx when the suspect randomly approached him and slapped him in the face, MTA worker Tina Smith told ABC New York station WABC-TV.

The pair then engaged in a physical fight, and the suspect stabbed the MTA worker several times in the shoulder and torso, WABC-TV reported. The 33-year-old conductor was able to hold the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Walter Rivera, down until police arrived and took him into custody.

Rivera was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to WABC-TV.

The conductor was in uniform when he was attacked, photos posted by WABC-TV show.

Smith said the suspect was “looking for trouble.”

“Why would you have a knife if you weren’t looking for trouble?” Smith told WABC-TV.

An image tweeted by WABC-TV reporter Kemberly Richardson shows the MTA worker being treated for a gaping gash on his upper back. Another photo shows a large knife lying on the platform ground.

 The conductor, who has been on the job for five years, was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to WABC-TV.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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Posted On 21 Apr 2019