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Bannon interview with House intelligence panel postponed, despite subpoena

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Investigators relented when Bannon’s lawyer said he needed time to coordinate with the White House about executive privilege.

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Fishermen dive into river moments before motorboat smashes into vessel

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A group of fisherman were forced to dive into a freezing cold river to escape being crushed by a motorboat bearing down on their small vessel. Bryan Maess was fishing with friends near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon when the motorboat crashed straight into the small boat in August last year. Footage captured on a GoPro mounted inside the fishing boat shows Mr Maess frantically waving at the boat as it approaches to get the driver’s attention. He repeatedly shouts ‘hey!’ as the vessel gets closer, while another on board is heard saying ‘oh my god’ before the trio dive into the water. Mr Maess has filed a $372,500 (£270k) lawsuit against the driver of the boat, who told police he could not see the fishing party as the dash of his boat was blocking his view, The Oregonian reports. The trip were forced to dive into the water  The fisherman suffered injuries to his ankle, leg and arms in the incident and has had vision problems and headaches since, the lawsuit says. Mr Maess claims in the suit that the boat driver, Marlin Lee Larsen, was distracted while using his mobile phone when the incident occurred. However Mr Larsen told local media the allegations were “fake news”. The 75-year-old has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of the reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering the lives of others. The case is ongoing. There are no laws prohibiting the use of a mobile phone when driving a boat in Oregon, however there are laws against operating a boat without due care. Investigators say the trio could have been killed or seriously injured if they hadn’t jumped into the water.

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Bannon agrees to Mueller interview but delays Hill return as White House seeks to limit testimony

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Former top White House strategist Steve Bannon has agreed to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, but his lawyer pushed back against House investigators' demands for an audience Thursday afternoon, arguing there is insufficient time to get the White House's sign-off on what...


‘We tend to look after each other here’: Inside the Turpin family’s neighbourhood as it reels from discovery of captive siblings

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As Wednesday unfolded, investigators began their work of combing through the filthy, foul-smelling house looking for answers to the central question that has so far baffled authorities: why the Turpins apparently imprisoned their children before being arrested at the weekend, allegedly allowing them to starve and shackling them to furniture. The tranquil suburban street where the Turpin home sits was clogged with news crews hoping to offer answers, as neighbours grappled with how the apparent imprisonment of siblings – aged two to 29 – could happen amid such normalcy. A light-up paper snowflake could be seen hanging in the window of the Turpin family home, where authorities said the family lived after previously residing in nearby Murrieta, California, and in Texas.

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Suspect charged with murder in college student's killing

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former high school classmate of a University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a California park was charged Wednesday with murder and investigators were looking for evidence of a hate crime, a prosecutor said.

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Multi-state meth, pot ring involving the US mail is busted

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Two suspected leaders of a multi-state drug trafficking ring have been charged for their role in the operation, as investigators said the pair sent hundreds of pounds of crystal meth and marijuana through the US Postal Service.


Steve Bannon 'subpoenaed by Mueller’s Russian probe' - before refusing to answer lawmakers' questions

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Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, was subpoenaed by the investigation into Russian election meddling, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, shortly before he refused to answer questions at a separate panel on the same topic.   Mr Bannon will now be legally obliged to give testimony before a grand jury about the Trump campaign’s links to Russia, according to the paper.  The move was taken by investigators led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with getting to the bottom of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US election.  Last week a new book quoted Mr Bannon as saying a meeting attended by Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr, and Russian-linked figures was “treasonous” and "unpatriotic".  It is believed to be the first time Mr Mueller has used a subpoena – a legal device to force someone to give testimony – since taking over the investigation last year. Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigation Russian election meddling Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File The New York Times suggested the move could be a negotiating tactic, with it still possible that Mr Bannon will give evidence to investigators rather than before a grand jury.  Separately, Mr Bannon appeared before the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors on the same topic.  He refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for the President, provoking a subpoena from the panel's Republican chairman. Late on Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said Mr Bannon's refusal to answer the questions came at the instruction of the White House. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, left, leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting Credit: AP "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Mr Schiff said shortly after Mr Bannon's interview concluded. Mr Schiff said the committee planned to callhim back for a second interview. A spokeswoman for Mr Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment Tuesday afternoon. At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "no one" had encouraged Mr Bannon not to be transparent during questioning but there's a "process of what that looks like." "We witnessed today what I believe was the most aggressive effort by the White House thus far to obstruct our efforts to seek the truth."@RepSwalwell reacts to Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions at the W.H.'s direction during his 9.5-hour under-oath testimony.— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) January 17, 2018 "As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material. This is part of a judicially recognized process that goes back decades," Sanders told reporters. A White House official said the president did not seek to formally exert executive privilege over Mr Bannon - a move that would have barred him from answering certain questions.  Mr Bannon, the former executive chairman at Breitbart News, the right-wing website, was Mr Trump’s election campaign chief for the final few months before the vote. Profile | Steve Bannon He is credited with turning round Mr Trump's fortunes and securing an improbable victory by doubling down on Mr Trump's nationalistic campaign messages.  However the pair have fallen out spectacularly in the new year after Mr Bannon was quoted at length criticising Mr Trump’s family members in the book Fire and Fury. In particular, Mr Bannon’s criticism of a controversial Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election infuriated the president.  The meeting was set up after Mr Trump’s son was told that the Russians may have dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was running as the Democratic presidential candidate at the time.  Mr Trump publicly attacked Mr Bannon after the comments came to light.  "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," he said. 

Bannon agrees to Mueller interview but objects to immediate return before Hill committee

Added: 18.01.2018 2:22 | 0 views | 0 comments

Former top White House adviser and Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon has agreed to an interview for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation likely to take place later this month, but his lawyer is pushing back against House investigators' demands for an audience Thursday afternoon,...


Police comb home of starving siblings

Added: 18.01.2018 1:18 | 0 views | 0 comments

Investigators have conducted an exhaustive search of the foul-smelling, filthy home east of Los Angeles where a California couple are accused of keeping captive and nearly starving 13 minor and adult children.


Minority trainees are up, but not minority faculty

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Despite increasing numbers of underrepresented minority (URM) trainees in the biomedical sciences, there is a persistent shortage of URM faculty who are involved in basic biomedical research at medical schools. Investigators examined the entire training pathway of potential faculty candidates to identify points of greatest loss of URM trainees. Two key points of loss: during undergraduate education and in transition from postdoctoral fellowship to tenure-track faculty.

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