Two Giuliani Associates Arrested for Campaign Finance Violations

 In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses a gathering during a campaign event.

The men were reportedly linked to Giuliani’s efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, and Giuliani confirmed in May that they were his clients.(AP PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA, FILE )

TWO MEN ASSOCIATED WITH Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, were arrested on campaign finance violations on Wednesday.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, soviet-born donors to pro-Trump fundraising efforts, were arrested on criminal charges for violating campaign finance laws, a spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office said.

People familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal that the men were linked to Giuliani’s efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Giuliani had confirmed in May that Parnas and Fruman were his clients, and according to the Journal, both men had dinner with the president and met with Donald Trump Jr. in May 2018.

The two bussinessmen have donated to Republican campaigns, including Trump’s, and gave $325,000 to a pro-Trump PAC the same month they met Trump for dinner, the Journal reported.

They donated the money through an LLC, prompting the Campaign Legal Center, a transparency advocacy group, to file a complaint with the FEC, urging the commission to investigate the men for potentially violating campaign finance laws.

They are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia later Thursday.

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Migrants Wanting to Request Asylum Camp on Bridge to Texas

BY ALFREDO PENA, Associated Press

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Migrants wanting to request asylum camped out Thursday on an international bridge leading from Mexico into Brownsville, Texas, causing a closure of the span.

Hundreds of migrants from Central America and elsewhere stretched out on the bridge before dawn, with some laying down on mats or their coats. The crowd including children and babies.

An employee at the Gateway International Bridge that connects downtown Matamoros, Mexico with Brownsville confirmed that the bridge remained closed as of about 10:00 a.m. local time Thursday.

A Mexican official who was not authorized to be named confirmed the blockage of the bridge.

The official said the migrants were tired of waiting to make their initial claims for asylum at a U.S. border crossing.

Under a policy know as metering, U.S. officials at many border bridges accept only a few asylum-seekers per day. The Associated Press found about 19,000 names on waiting lists in four border cities visited in late July.

Frustration with U.S. policies aimed at limiting asylum requests has sparked mass attempts to cross border entries before. However, Thursday’s camp-out on the Mexican side of the Matamoros bridge appeared to be more of a protest than an attempt to cross.

Nevertheless, U.S. officials closed gates on the U.S. side, apparently as a precautionary measure.

Cameron County, which operates the Gateway bridge, said it is “primarily used for local traffic, maquiladora employees, tourists and pedestrian traffic.”

It said the bridge handles about 80% of the Brownsville-Matamoros pedestrian traffic.

The blockage caused long lines to form at the other international bridges leading out of Matamoros.


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Turkey’s military assault in Syria leaves more than 100 Kurdish fighters dead, Erdogan says

Turkey’s ongoing military assault in Syria has left more than 100 Kurdish forces dead, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed Thursday morning, a day after his troops launched airstrikes and unleashed artillery shelling on Syrian towns and villages along its border.

Information about the rising death toll came as Turkey’s state-run news agency said Turkey-allied Syrian opposition fighters have “cleared of terror” two villages across the border in Syria — meaning there are no more Syrian Kurdish fighters in those villages. Turkey has long threatened to attack the Kurdish fighters whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.

Erdogan told party officials Thursday that 109 “terrorists” have been killed so far in Operation Peace Spring — a reference to the U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters. He did not elaborate, and the reports on the ground, according to the Associated Press, did not indicate anything remotely close to such a large number of casualties.

North of the border in Turkey, officials say a 9-month-old baby and a Turkish civil servant were killed Thursday and 46 others were wounded after mortars were fired from Kurdish outposts in Syria.

The Turkish leader is also warning the European Union Thursday not to call Ankara’s incursion into Syria an “invasion,” and renewed his threat of “opening the gates” and letting Syrian refugees flood Europe.

Syrians flee shelling by Turkish forces in Ras al-Ayn, northeast Syria on Wednesday.

Syrians flee shelling by Turkish forces in Ras al-Ayn, northeast Syria on Wednesday. (AP)

Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish commandos entered the village of Beir Asheq, near the town of Tal Abyad on Thursday morning.

Turkish forces began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday under the cover of airstrikes and artillery shelling. The Turkish Defense Ministry said its jets and artillery struck 181 targets east of the Euphrates River since the incursion started — a mission aimed at creating a “safe zone” that would push Kurdish militia away from its border and eventually allow the repatriation of up to 2 million Syrian refugees.

The Kurds, who have been America’s only allies in Syria in the fight against ISIS, stopped all their operations Thursday against the militants in order to focus on the advancing Turkish troops, Kurdish and U.S. officials said.

“The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place—and we will hold them to this commitment.”

Trump later told reporters that he would employ “far more than sanctions” against Turkey if the country fails to act in the most “humane way” possible and that he hoped Erdogan would act rationally.

When asked what would happen if Erdogan wiped out the Kurds, Trump threatened to “wipe out” Turkey’s economy, saying he’d done it once before.

Turkish soldiers stand at the border with Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, on Thursday.

Turkish soldiers stand at the border with Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, on Thursday. (AP)

But Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C, warned Wednesday that if Trump follows through on his proposed troop withdrawal from Syria, it would be one of the biggest follies of his presidency and cause ISIS to reemerge in the region.

“I hope President Trump’s right,” Graham told ‘Fox & Friends’ on Wednesday. “I hope we can turn the fight against ISIS over to Turkey. I hope that Turkey, when they go into Syria, they won’t slaughter the Kurds… If [Trump] follows through with this, it’d be the biggest mistake of his presidency.”

A member of U.S. Special Forces serving alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria also told Fox News Wednesday they are witnessing Turkish atrocities on the frontlines.

“I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” said the distraught soldier, who has been involved in the training of indigenous forces on multiple continents.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to his ruling party officials, in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday. (AP/Turkish Presidency Press Service)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to his ruling party officials, in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday. (AP/Turkish Presidency Press Service)

The hardened service member is among the 1,000 or so U.S. troops who remain in Syria.

“Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible,” the military source on the ground said. “We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement [with the Turks]. There was no threat to the Turks — none — from this side of the border.”

Troops on the ground in Syria and their commanders were “surprised” by Trump’s withdrawal decision Sunday night.

Of the president’s decision, the source said: “He doesn’t understand the problem. He doesn’t understand the repercussions of this. Erdogan is an Islamist, not a level-headed actor.”

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Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands to Feel Impact of Tropical Storm Karen

A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The weather service forecast that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands could see 2 to 4 inches of rain with up to 6 inches in some areas.(JOSE JIMENEZ/GETTY IMAGES)

THE NATIONAL WEATHER Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are expected to be hit with rain and winds on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Karen formed early Sunday with winds of 40 mph, also prompting a storm watch for the British Virgin Islands, according to the weather service.

Karen is currently 245 miles south of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and stronger winds possible during the next 48 hours. The storm is moving northwest at 8 mph. It is expected to move across the eastern Caribbean Sea through Monday, passing “near or over” Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Tuesday.

The weather service forecast that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands could see 2 to 4 inches of rain with up to 6 inches in some areas beginning Tuesday morning and lasting through Wednesday night. A flash flood watch has been issued for the islands. The weather service also warns of mudslides from excessive rain.

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted that she is in “constant communication” with the NWS and will “make the appropriate decisions” pending the storm’s trajectory.

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Texas teen football player collapses, dies in twin brother’s arms, family says

Image: Dashaud Williams and his mother, Razel Sheppard, mourn the death of his twin brother, Deshaud, at a memorial in Lewisville, Texas.

Dashaud Williams and his mother, Razel Sheppard, mourn the death of his twin brother, Deshaud, at a memorial in Lewisville, Texas.KXAS

 A Texas high school football player collapsed and died in his twin brother’s arms while playing tag Friday night, his family said.



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British travel firm Thomas Cook collapses, strands 150,000 vacationers

ICE arrests thrice-deported Mexican man wanted for homicide

A thrice-deported Mexican man wanted for homicide in Anaheim, Calif., was arrested last week in Houston, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday.

Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested a three-time deported Mexican man wanted for homicide in California. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested a three-time deported Mexican man wanted for homicide in California. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Leopoldo Serrano Vargas was arrested Sept. 11 for illegally reentering the United States after having been deported, officials said. He also goes by the names Leonel Serrano Vargas and Ricardo Hernandez, and is thought to be between 44 and 46 years old.

He is wanted on an outstanding warrant for allegedly murdering Luis Garcia Bucio in October 2000, ICE said.

He entered the country illegally a fourth time in 2006 and has remained here since then, officials said.

“For almost two decades, this criminal alien fugitive has gone to tremendous lengths to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities for his alleged crimes in California,” said Patrick Contreras, field office director for ICE Houston.

“Our ICE Fugitive Operations team tracked down and arrested Serrano Vargas, removing a potentially dangerous criminal alien from our community and ensuring that he will face prosecution for his alleged crimes,” he stated.

Serrano Vargas will remain in ICE custody in Texas before facing criminal charges in California.


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Jerry has become a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center says

The storm is the 10th named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, and follows Hurricane Humberto and Tropical Storm Imelda, the remnants of which are causing flooding in southeastern Texas on Thursday.
Hurricane Jerry had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph — just barely Category 1 level — as of 11 a.m. Thursday. At that time, the storm was about 490 miles east of the Leeward Islands and headed west-northwest at 16 mph, the hurricane center said.
The storm was expected to pass just north of the Leeward Islands on Friday, though tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall were possible. The storm would then pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday, the hurricane center said.
Tropical storm watches were in effect for Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius, the center said in its advisory. Jerry was forecast to strengthen later Thursday before starting to weaken this weekend.
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Canada’s Justin Trudeau can’t say how often he wore blackface

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau admits he cannot remember how often he wore blackface, as the row deepens ahead of an election in October.

He was speaking on the day that more images of him wearing black make-up when he was younger emerged.

“I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out, I had not remembered,” he told reporters in Winnipeg.

The revelations have rattled his campaign in a tight re-election race.

A new video came to light on Thursday in which he is seen in a white T-shirt and torn jeans, his face and limbs covered in black make-up.

In the footage, shot in the 1990s, he is seen laughing, throwing his hands in the air, sticking his tongue out and pulling faces.

Justin Trudeau in black- and brownface make-up.Image copyrightGLOBE AND MAIL, GLOBAL NEWS, TIME MAGAZINE
Image captionThree instances of Mr Trudeau wearing black or brown make-up have emerged

What is in the video?

The footage, first obtained by Global News, shows Mr Trudeau in a white T-shirt and torn jeans. According to his Liberal Party, it was shot in the 1990s.

His face and limbs appear to be covered in black make-up. He is seen laughing, throwing his hands in the air, sticking his tongue out and pulling faces.

 Mr Trudeau would have been in his late teens or early 20s.

Blackface, which was more prevalent in the past, particularly in the entertainment industry, involves white people painting their faces darker – and is widely condemned as a racist caricature.

What about the other episodes?

On Wednesday, the embattled PM apologised for wearing brownface make-up at a gala at a private Vancouver school where he taught nearly two decades ago.

The 2001 yearbook picture obtained by Time Magazine shows Mr Trudeau, then aged 29, with skin-darkening make-up on his face and hands at the West Point Grey Academy.

Mr Trudeau dressed up in the photo in an Aladdin costume.

Justin Trudeau 'in 2001 brownface yearbook photo'

The second image to emerge on Wednesday shows Mr Trudeau performing in a talent show as a student at high school.

How did Trudeau respond?

The images are so embarrassing for the prime minister because he has positioned himself as a champion of social justice, inclusivity and diversity.

When the cabinet was sworn in in 2015, it was hailed as diverse – half the appointments were women; three were Sikhs and two members were from indigenous communities.

Speaking in Winnepeg, he said: “Darkening your face regardless of the context or the circumstances is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface.

“I should have understood that then and I never should have done it.”

What reaction has there been?

Referring to the brownface episode, Andrew Scheer, leader of the opposition Conservatives, said the picture was racist in 2001 and was racist now.

“What Canadians saw this evening is someone with a total lack of judgement and integrity and someone who is not fit to govern this country,” he said.

New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh, said the image was “troubling” and “insulting”.


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Firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze in Ventura, which destroyed 150 structures and left 260,000 people without power.

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Wildfire Near L.A. Forces 27,000 to Flee

Firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze in Ventura, which destroyed 150 structures and left 260,000 people without power.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer |Dec. 5, 2017, at 10:43 a.m.

Wildfire Near L.A. Forces 27,000 to Flee

Wildfires in Northern California’s wine country in October destroyed more than 10,000 structures. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

A fast-moving, wind-blown wildfire swept through more than 30,000 acres in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, Tuesday, forcing 27,000 people to evacuate during the early morning hours.

The fire also consumed at least 150 structures — including a large apartment building, which collapsed around 4 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported.

The wildfire made its way about a quarter-mile from Ventura City Hall and is advancing toward Ojai Valley. Officials predict it will burn at least 50,000 acres in the mountains between Santa Paula and Ventura.

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Wind gusts of up to 50 mph made it difficult for the hundreds of firefighters who worked through the night to keep the fast-moving flames from spreading. Fire officials said the strong winds paired with the intensity of the fire made it virtually unstoppable, according to the Times.

The Ventura city and county officials and authorities in Santa Paula have all declared a local emergency. There are 500 firefighters on scene with reinforcements on the way, along with scores of officers from local police departments and the California Highway Patrol coordinating evacuations and road closures, Ventura County reported. Water-dropping helicopters and aircraft are also being utilized.



Chief Lorenzen and Sheriff Dean updating the Media on the most up-to-date information on the #ThomasFire moving into the Ventura area.

3:11 AM – Dec 5, 2017 · Oxnard, CA


“The prospects of containment are not good. Really, Mother Nature is going to decide if we have the ability to put it out,” said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen.

One person was killed in a traffic incident on a road closed due to the fire Monday night, Ventura County officials said. However, as of Tuesday morning, no other deaths had been reported.

More than 260,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were without power, according to the Times.

The Thomas Fire, as it’s called, comes after what was already the worst year in California‘s history for wildfires. In October, more than 40 people died and more than 10,000 structures were destroyed when fires burned through Northern California’s wine country.


Fired FBI official at center of Flynn, Clinton, dossier controversies revealed

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Fired FBI official at center of Flynn, Clinton, dossier controversies revealed

Peter Strzok (in an undated photo)

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Scotus Says

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump’s revised order to go into effect on Monday, banning residents from eight countries, including six which are majority Muslim, from traveling to the United States. The decision has major implications in Texas, which has the largest Muslim population in the U.S. and is a national leader in refugee resettlement. Rulings by lower courts had restricted Trump’s order, exempting travelers who had grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other “bona fide” relations or connections to institutions in the United States, but in an unsigned opinion Monday, the justices lifted the injunctions, which had been issued by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, according to the Washington Post. The justices did not disclose the court’s reasoning in the opinion. People from predominantly Muslim nations Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, and Somalia, as well as North Korea and Venezuela, are now mostly barred from entering the United States. Federal appellate courts could rule soon on the decisions made by the federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, so the legal battle isn’t over yet, but until then, at least, it appears the travel ban will be in full effect. When the ban first went into effect in January, there was chaos at airports across Texas, where attorneys, protesters, and family members gathered to try to secure the release of people who were detained, including children and the elderly. The ban also tore apart Texas families, stranding spouses and parents overseas while their loved ones were in America. And it could also impact Texas’s oil and medical industries, which are particularly dependent on global fluidity and draw workforce talent from across the world.

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The Latest: More than 400 US Marines to leave Syria

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The Latest: More than 400 US Marines to leave Syria

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BEIRUT –  The Latest on developments in the war in Syria (all times local):

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The U.S. military operation in Syria and Iraq says it is sending home more the 400 Marines and their artillery from Syria, after they accomplished their mission against the Islamic State group.

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NBC: Matt Lauer sexual harassment accusers could be ‘as many as 8’ women

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NBC: Matt Lauer sexual harassment accusers could be ‘as many as 8’ women

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Matt Lauer breaks silence on sexual assault allegations

The number of women alleging Matt Lauer was sexually inappropriate has grown to “as many as eight” as NBC denies the network’s execs knew about Lauer’s alleged behavior until a meeting earlier this week.

NBC’s Stephanie Gosk revealed to Megyn Kelly during the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” that there could be up to eight women who have accused Lauer as of Thursday morning.

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Sloppy Joe

More key Texas GOP figures are calling for Representative Joe Barton to resign, after the Ennis Republican’s nude sexts that he sent to a woman years ago were made public last week, according to the Dallas Morning News. On Wednesday, Barton was dealt another blow when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram exposed some sexually explicit Facebook messages the veteran congressman had sent another woman while he was still married to his second wife. The messages included questions about whether the woman was “wearing a tank top only.. and no panties.” The target of these messages, Kelly Canon, told the Star-Telegram that Barton “took it a step too far on rare occasions,” and that “he was very fascinated with my attire, to the point of being inappropriate.” Canon is an active member of the Republican party. Barton confirmed to the Star-Telegram that the message exchange took place but did not comment any further, and his consultant told the Star-Telegram that he apologized to Canon, though Canon denied that the apology ever happened. On Wednesday, state Senator Konni Burton, a Republican from Colleyville, became the latest high-profile Republican to call for Barton to discontinue his bid for re-election. “We must hold public officials to a high standard and recent publicized incidents demonstrate those standards were not met,” Burton, an influential tea party leader, said in a statement, according to the Morning News. Burton said Barton should not seek re-election “so that Tarrant County can move forward in making sure we send a strong conservative to Congress.”

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Seeking Justice

A family that lost nine family members in the Sutherland Springs church shooting filed a claim against the U.S. government on Tuesday, seeking damages and citing errors made by the Air Force in allowing the shooter to purchase a gun. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Holcombe family filed a claim specifically in the death of Bryan Holcombe, and a lawsuit could be imminent. Coincidentally, the Air Force also announced on Tuesdaythe results of a review into shooter Devin Kelley’s case, finding background reporting lapses at other locations similar to the mistake that allowed Kelley to purchase his weapon despite having been convicted in military court of domestic abuse. The conviction should have prevented Kelley from buying the gun he used in the church massacre. “Although the shooter undoubtedly ‘pulled the trigger’ that resulted in the injuries and death of JB Holcombe and others, failures of the US Air Force, and others, allowed the shooter to purchase, own and/or possess the semiautomatic rifle, ammunition and body armor he used, and it is these failures that were a proximate cause, in whole or in part, of the injuries and death of the decedent,” the Holcombe family’s claim said.

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The Virginia mom says school administrators did nothing to help, so she had to take matters into her own hands.

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Mom Faces Jail for Recording Daughter’s Bullies

The Virginia mom says school administrators did nothing to help, so she had to take matters into her own hands.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer

Mom Faces Jail for Recording Daughter’s Bullies

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Bali volcano: Lava pools up in crater, ‘will certainly spill over to the slopes’

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Nov. 27, 2017: Clouds of ashes rise from the Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Indonesia.

Nov. 27, 2017: Clouds of ashes rise from the Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Indonesia.  (AP)

Indonesian authorities on Monday expanded the established danger zone around an erupting volcano that is hurling ash 9,800 feet into the atmosphere and whose explosions could be heard over seven miles away.

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Bomb Squad

A woman was indicted in federal court last week after allegedly sending explosive packages to Governor Greg Abbott and former President Barack Obama last year, according to the New York Times. The bizarre details of the allegations were revealed last week: Julia Poff, of Brookshire, allegedly shipped the explosive packages, which included a cigarette box with a Texas tobacco stamp, a salad dressing cap from a brand she was known to have bought for an anniversary dinner, and hair from her pet cat. According to the indictment, Abbott actually opened the package he received from Poff, but, luckily, it did not explode, because, according to court documents, “he did not open it as designed.” Poff was allegedly upset at Abbott, who was attorney general at the time, because “she had not received support from her ex-husband.” She faces six counts, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure.

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Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace says

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Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace says

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first appearance as an engaged couple, briefly posing for photographers on the grounds of Kensington Palace, hours after their engagement was announced.


Harry, wearing a blue suit and tie, said he was “thrilled” and that details about his proposal would come out later. He was then asked if the proposal was

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Markle, who said she was “so happy,” was wearing an engagement ring for the first time in public. She held Harry’s hand and rubbed his arm.

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The “Suits” actress showed off her new bling which Harry designed himself. According to People, the center stone is from Botswana while the two diamonds are from his late mother Princess Diana.

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers during a photocall in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017. Britain's royal palace says Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are engaged and will marry in the spring of 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make their first appearance as as engaged couple.  (Reuters)

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The couple are expected to wed in spring 2018, Kensington Palace announced through Harry’s father, Prince Charles, on Monday. The couple got engaged in London earlier this month after meeting in the summer of 2016 through mutual friends.

“His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle,” the statement read. “His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month.”

It continued: “Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty the Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.”

Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017.   REUTERS/Mark Blinch     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1C2BD3FAF0


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The Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.

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The statement said the couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. The upcoming wedding will be the first grand royal wedding since Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011.

William and Kate, who are expecting their third child, said in a statement they were excited for the couple, adding “it has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, also issued a statement saying they were “incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry.”


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement Monday.  (Reuters)

“Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents,” they said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.

Markle, best known for her role as Rachel Zane, an ambitious paralegal in the hit U.S. legal drama “Suits,” fueled rumors that a move to London and an engagement were imminent when she packed up her belongings and moved out of her Toronto apartment last week after wrapping up filming for the series. Days later, she was spotted in London shopping for Christmas. It’s still unclear if she will return to “Suits” for the eighth season, but several reports indicated the seventh season was her last.

The couple has kept their high-profile relationship mostly quiet and have made only one official appearance out together, at the Invictus Games ─ a sporting event for wounded service personnel that Harry spearheaded ─ in Toronto in September. They held hands and smiled as they arrived for a tennis match. Several days later, Harry was photographed kissing Markle on the cheek as he joined the actress and her mother in a luxury box to watch the event’s closing ceremony.

The couple quietly dated for the first few months after meeting until Kensington Palace and confirmed they were a couple last November. But the news also came with a stern warning to the press. The prince pleaded for reporters to stop intruding on his girlfriend’s privacy. He condemned “outright sexism and racism” in some online comments, and said some articles with “racial undertones” had crossed the line.

Markle surprised many observers when she shared her feelings for Harry in a September cover story for Vanity Fair. It was the first time she addressed her relationship publicly and called the prince her “boyfriend,” saying: “We’re a couple. We’re in love.”

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle arrive for the wheelchair tennis competition during the Invictus Games in Toronto. Palace officials announced Monday Nov. 27, 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, and will marry in the spring. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have the first grand royal wedding since Prince Williams married Kate Middleton in 2011.  (AP)

“At the end of the day I think it’s really simple…we’re two people who are really happy and in love,” Markle said.

Markle admitted dating Harry “has its challenges,” and that her life changed at a surprisingly fast rate.

Meghan Markle, girlfriend of Britain's Prince Harry, watches the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1243DEE350

Meghan Markle, right, watches the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games with her mother.  (Reuters)

“But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend’s support,” she added. “Personally, I love a great love story.”

Harry ─ once known for his “bad boy” antics, including being photographed playing strip billiards in Las Vegas ─ has largely won over the British public with his winning smile, his military career and his devotion to charities aimed at helping disabled veterans and other causes. The 33-year-old prince recently won praise with his work campaigning for more openness about mental health issues. Speaking candidly about his personal struggle to cope with the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was only 12, he encouraged others to talk about their own problems rather than keeping them bottled up inside.

Markle’s career has included small parts on TV series including “Fringe,” “CSI: Miami,” “Knight Rider” and “Castle,” as well as movies such as “Horrible Bosses.” Outside of acting, Markle founded a lifestyle blog called (which closed down in April without explanation), and has lent her celebrity status to humanitarian causes.

She has campaigned with the United Nations on gender equality, written in Time magazine about girls’ education and the stigma surrounding menstruation, and has traveled to Rwanda as global ambassador for the charity World Vision Canada. She has described how her mother took her to the slums of Jamaica to witness poverty first-hand, saying experiences like that shaped her social consciousness and charity work.

To some degree that mirrors the experience of Harry, who was also inspired by his mother’s humanitarian work and embraced the types of charities Diana favored in the final years of her life before her 1997 death in a Paris car crash.

Some tabloids had alluded to Markle’s mixed-race heritage, pointing out she has an African-American mother and a white father. Markle herself has spoken out about coming to terms with being biracial — both growing up, and in her Hollywood career. In a March interview with Allure magazine, she said studying race at college was “the first time I could put a name to feeling too light in the black community and too mixed in the white community.”

“For castings, I was labeled `ethnically ambiguous,'” she said.

Markle married film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011, but the pair divorced two years later. It wouldn’t be first time that a British royal has married an American — or a divorcee. In 1936, Edward VIII famously abdicated after he was forced to choose between the monarchy and his relationship with twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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