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Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flights

Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flightsThe NBA legend and eight others were flying in heavy fog before crashing into a hillside in Calabasas, California, at about 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.

POSTED JANUARY 27, 2020 5:24 AM

GOP senators reportedly 'blindsided' by Bolton revelations

GOP senators reportedly 'blindsided' by Bolton revelationsRepublican senators reportedly want to get to the bottom of how the excerpts from former National Security Adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book leaked out, The New York Times reports.The word is the leaks came from inside the White House, and "blindsided" senators are reportedly itching to figure out who provided the Times with the scoop about key contents in Bolton's book, including his recollection of President Trump's alleged Ukraine quid pro quo.> Per sources, some GOP senators privately pushing White House for information on who at administration had visibility into the manuscript over the last month. Senators feel blindsided.> > — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 27, 2020They're in an awkward spot with a vote on witnesses in Trump's Senate impeachment trial on the horizon since it will likely be more difficult for Republicans to dismiss Bolton's story now that it's out in the open. Most GOP lawmakers have been quiet so far, though Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said it'll be "interesting to see what happens" following Bolton's revelation. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), meanwhile, argued the timing of the report feels like an attempt to influence the witness vote; he still thinks it's a "bunch of hearsay" at the moment.> Josh Hawley, on Fox & Friends, on Bolton's book: "Well, I know that the book is apparently on sale for preorder today too, so it's certainly going to sell a lot of books. Listen, I can't tell from the New York Times report what is being reported here ... it's a bunch of hearsay."> > — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 27, 2020But other Republican senators reportedly think there might actually be a silver lining in all this — one Senate source told The Dispatch that the Bolton revelations seemingly make a witness swap of Bolton for Hunter Biden "more viable."More stories from Derek Fisher, Scottie Pippen reflect on Kobe Bryant's legacy in latest tributes Trump and Rudy Giuliani slam Bolton, question his manhood after book excerpt report This Fox News poll on Trump and the economy is baffling

POSTED JANUARY 27, 2020 9:46 AM

Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’

Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was confronted by a pro-life Democratic voter over the party's position on abortion during a Fox News town hall event on Sunday.“I am a proud pro-life Democrat,” audience member Kristin Day said. “Would you support more moderate platform language [regarding abortion] in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?” Currently, the Democratic party platform supports abortion up to nine months into pregnancy.“I support the position of my party, that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone, and I support the Roe vs. Wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy there are very few restrictions and late in pregnancy there are very few exceptions,” Buttigieg responded. “The best I can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue and hopefully we will be able to partner on other issues.”The exchange happened two days after President Trump became the first U.S. president in history to address the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.“Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump told the audience at the march.The highest-ranking Democrat to address the march was Louisiana state representative Katrina Jackson, who wrote legislation in 2014 that restricted abortion in the state.“Louisiana is the number one pro-life state. And do you know why? Because in Louisiana, the majority of Democrats who are elected are pro-lifers,” Jackson said. “Every day that I walk into the state capitol, I am greeted by pro-lifers regardless of whether they’re black, white, Republican, Democrat, male, female.”

POSTED JANUARY 27, 2020 8:45 AM

German Auschwitz prosecutor recalls powerful tales from Holocaust survivors

German Auschwitz prosecutor recalls powerful tales from Holocaust survivorsOf the hundreds of testimonies he heard from survivors of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, retired German prosecutor Gerhard Wiese says the one that touched him most was of a Jewish father who had tried but failed to save his twins from the gas chamber. The father had offered his children to Josef Mengele, the Nazi officer known as the Angel of Death for his inhumane genetic experiments focused on twins, hoping they stood a better chance of survival. "After this witness statement there was absolute silence in the room," said 91-year-old Wiese, as Germany and the world mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

POSTED JANUARY 27, 2020 7:50 AM

U.S. veteran group 'expects' apology from Trump for comment

U.S. veteran group 'expects' apology from Trump for commentA U.S. war veterans group is "expecting" an apology from President Trump for his comments that downplayed traumatic brain injuries suffered by service members in Iran's recent attack on a base in Iraq, an official said on Friday.

POSTED JANUARY 26, 2020 12:38 PM

LGBT Rights Group Demands Sanders Renounce Rogan Endorsement

LGBT Rights Group Demands Sanders Renounce Rogan Endorsement(Bloomberg) -- The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Bernie Sanders to renounce an endorsement from radio host Joe Rogan, who has made derogatory comments about African Americans and LGBTQ people.Rogan, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience,” one of the most downloaded podcasts, said he would “probably vote for Bernie,” adding “I believe in him. I like him a lot.”In response, HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement that while Sanders’ campaign has been “unabashedly supportive of the rights of LGBTQ people,” Rogan “has attacked transgender people, gay men, women, people of color and countless marginalized groups at every opportunity.”The statement from the largest LBGTQ advocacy group and lobbying organization in the U.S. pointed to instances in which Rogan had compared African Americans to “Planet of the Apes,’’ and repeatedly misgendered transgender people, including referring to MMA fighter Fallon Fox as “that tranny.”Sanders has appeared on Rogan’s show, as have fellow Democratic candidates Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard.(Disclaimer: Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. He is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)This post is part of Campaign Update, our live coverage from the 2020 campaign trail.To contact the author of this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Max Berley at, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

POSTED JANUARY 25, 2020 11:52 AM

Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies

Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 diesA Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of Corrections. Keith “Bo” Tharpe, 61, died of natural causes Friday, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath confirmed in an email Sunday. In 1991, a jury convicted Tharpe of murder in the September 1990 slaying of his sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Freeman, and sentenced him to death.

POSTED JANUARY 26, 2020 9:13 AM

China virus death toll rises to 56, total cases near 2,000

China virus death toll rises to 56, total cases near 2,000The death toll from a virus in China has risen to 56 and the number of people infected across the country is nearing 2,000, authorities said Sunday. Fifteen more people have died and at least 688 new cases of the coronavirus have now been confirmed, according to the National Health Commission. Among the new deaths, 13 were in Hubei, the province at the heart of the outbreak, while Shanghai reported its first death.

POSTED JANUARY 25, 2020 8:48 PM

A 'messy' winter storm bringing snow and flooding may cause travel delays across Northeast

A 'messy' winter storm bringing snow and flooding may cause travel delays across NortheastExpect travel delays, heavy rain and possible flooding in the Northeast over the weekend as a slow-moving storm moves east.

POSTED JANUARY 25, 2020 3:08 PM

Kobe Bryant was famous for using his Sikorsky S-76 private helicopter, a type that has a strong safety record

Kobe Bryant was famous for using his Sikorsky S-76 private helicopter, a type that has a strong safety recordThe S-76 was first developed in the 1970s and has developed a reputation for a strong safety record and reliability.

POSTED JANUARY 26, 2020 5:06 PM

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