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Pope Francis Extends Catholic Priests’ Right to Forgive Abortion

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It continues a special dispensation granted last year for the duration of the Year of Mercy, which finished Sunday. “May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation,” the letter continues. “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented,” he said at the time, expressing sympathy for women who had been through the “agonizing and painful” decision to terminate their pregnancy. Pope Francis has extended the powers of Catholic priests to forgive abortions, making the announcement in an apostolic letter released Monday. In some regions, such as in the US, many priests already had the power to forgive abortion. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father,” the letter states. Pope Francis has forged a more forgiving, merciful direction for the Church since his papacy began in March 2013, taking a more welcoming position toward groups that had previously found themselves on the margins of the Catholic establishment, such as gays and lesbians, and divorced Catholics. “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. Vatican officials described the announcement last year as “a widening of the church’s mercy.”
Church officials had indicated at the time that it was possible that Pope Francis would opt to allow the changed policy to continue in perpetuity, as he has now done. The Year of Mercy is a period during which believers may receive special indulgences for their sins. “I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion.”
‘Moral evil’
The Catholic Church has long held that abortion is a grave “moral evil,” with the Church’s strong position on the issue driving many Catholic pro-life groups. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that every human life “from the moment of conception until death is sacred” — and that any Catholic who procures an abortion incurs automatic excommunication, a penalty that often only a bishop can lift. 41.902916
12.453389 Pope Francis (C) greets cardinal George Pell (L) of Australia after the celebration of a mass marking the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. But Pope Francis announced a shift last year when he said that priests around the world would be authorized to forgive the “sin of abortion” for the duration of the Church’s Year of Mercy, which ran from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016.

Romney Being Considered for Secretary of State Following Trump Meeting

He said he was a “disaster as a candidate” who “choked like a dog” and said he had a lot of friends — but Romney wasn’t one of them. He did not take questions. Others noted that though he is known as a businessman, Romney’s true interests centered on foreign policy, and that secretary of state would be the only Cabinet position he would accept. Even if the two men put personal animosity aside, the starchy Romney would be an incongruous figure in a team that includes firebrands such as new White House adviser Stephen Bannon and the next national security adviser Michael Flynn. And even if Trump gave him broad latitude to dictate US foreign policy, Romney would be taking a risk that the 45th President’s intemperate public comments and volatile personality would undo painstaking diplomatic work. Mitt Romney arrives for meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. I know he is under active consideration to be secretary of state of the United States along with some other distinguished Americans,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”
But the possibility that Trump and the man he labeled a “choke artist” could find common cause in the new administration is a hot topic after their weekend meeting at the President-elect’s Bedminster, New Jersey, golf retreat. But Saturday’s meeting was not one he had to take. Lanhee Chen, a top aide to Romney in 2012, argued that though there were differences on trade, the gaps were perhaps not as wide as they might seem. It was a warm and substantive exchange. Trump’s temperament and a campaign in which opponents said he was unfit to control the nuclear codes also alarmed foreign policy elites and governments abroad — so the thought of someone as sober and self-controlled as Romney beside Trump in the Situation Room would calm some nerves. Career capper
But were Trump to offer him the job of secretary of state, it’s not impossible Romney would accept. There is nothing more debilitating for a secretary of state than the view around the world that he or she does not speak for the President or is on a different page. (Credit: Pool)
The thought that Mitt Romney would ever join the Cabinet of Donald Trump — given their hostility, mutual contempt and venomous rhetorical exchanges — might be the most absurd notion yet of a crazy political year. The former Massachusetts governor is a committed free trader for example. Another friend however expressed extreme skepticism Romney would join the Trump Cabinet. For the President-elect, Romney would bring an immediate burst of knowledge, global credibility, sound temperament and competence to his nascent administration. Would Romney be allowed to speak for the President? After all, Romney warned Trump was a “phony,” a “fraud” who was playing the American public for “suckers” and once said he wanted to be able to look his grandchildren in the eye and say he took a stand against the GOP nominee. Still, there’s a reason why a Romney nomination as secretary of state would be seen as yet another shocking development in 2016. But there are enough reasons why it might make sense for both men to lend their meeting plenty of intrigue. Mitt Romney came in. No one can know what is in Romney’s mind. After the meeting, Romney offered no hint as to whether he was offered or would accept a role in Trump’s administration. He warned in 2012 that Russia represented the top geopolitical threat to the United States. “One of the things that drives Gov. “The President-elect was very grateful that Gov. His selection would also be seen as a genuine gesture to bind the wounds in the Republican Party and the foreign policy establishment left over from a bitter primary campaign. Trump on the other hand has raised doubts about the bedrock pacts of the international system such as NATO and US alliances in Asia, is yet to define his “America First” creed and has spooked Eastern European allies with his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin. 19, 2016. Vice President-elect Mike Pence confirmed Sunday that Romney is under “active consideration” for secretary of state. It would be one last chance to serve and cap a career that once seemed headed for the pinnacle of national politics and at least would partially make up for the disappointment of his loss to Obama four years ago. “We had a far-reaching conversation with regard to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance. They had a good meeting. Still Trump and Romney do agree on the need to battle Islamic extremism, the magnitude of the threat from terrorism and the need to hike military spending. It might also be a good fit with the Mr. Trump has meanwhile warmly praised the leadership of Putin and promised to ease rocky relations with the Kremlin. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Forget a “Team of Rivals.” This would be a double act of denouncers. On Sunday night, a Trump transition source said the selection of Romney as secretary of state is “possible.”
Intrigue surrounds meeting
Prominent members of Romney’s orbit, while not confirming that the former Massachusetts governor is interested in running US diplomacy, are not entirely dismissing the notion that he could agree to serve. Romney could be relief to US allies
For sure, a Romney appointment would come as a great relief to US allies who are deeply anxious about the direction of Trump’s foreign policy, and who see alternative names floated for secretary of state such as Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton with much greater apprehension. “I do think there is some similarity in a focus on American interests that both Gov. Fix-it brand of the former venture capitalist who rescued the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. But the possibility that Trump and the man he labeled a “choke artist” could find common cause in the new administration was nonetheless a hot topic ahead of their meeting Saturday at the President-elect’s Bedminster, New Jersey, golf retreat. But some told CNN’s Gloria Borger that the former venture capitalist prized his duty to his country above all else. And since Trump’s core voters are more concerned with “draining the swamp” of well-known Washington insiders than foreign policy, the State Department may be one place he could put an establishment figure and not sustain much political damage. We discussed those areas and exchanged our views on those topics,” Romney said in brief remarks to reporters. Given Trump’s lack of experience in foreign policy, and a leadership style that promises to be heavily reliant on his subordinates, Romney could see the chance of wide autonomy in setting US foreign policy as attractive. The 2012 Republican nominee, who once warned in a CNN interview that a Trump presidency would mean “trickle-down racism” and “trickle-down bigotry” instead sat down with Trump and discussed the job of secretary of state, an appointment that would make Hillary Clinton’s decision to serve in the same post under her 2008 primary rival Barack Obama seem routine in comparison. That’s because Romney is squarely within the parameters of accepted US foreign policy orthodoxy, is an internationalist, is well-known abroad and is committed to the notion of free trade, US alliances and a robust US posture in the world. After all, it carried the risk that the President-elect is simply using his good name to give the impression that he is casting a wide and conciliatory net across his party as he chooses his Cabinet. It could also open the floodgates for the kind of credible, experienced GOP foreign policy insiders whom Trump needs to staff crucial, lower-ranking national security jobs to join the administration. The former governor would sail through Senate confirmation, thanks to his reputation as a devoted and devout family man with no personal skeletons. Trump eviscerated Romney on the campaign trail. “Whether that is a realistic thing remains to be seen — I am skeptical but nonetheless remain hopeful that such an appointment, or people like Mitt Romney would be considered.”
Some of Romney’s closest advisers initially expressed surprise at the news that the two men would meet. But maybe Trump appreciates someone who can throw a punch. “If you look at the atmospherics, the macro level, there may actually be more there than meets the eye in terms of commonality between things that Donald Trump has expressed and Gov. “Mr. Romney has expressed.”

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-77.036871 Romney would be a great choice in a sense that would be a signal sent to moderates as well as conservatives,” William Cohen, a former US defense secretary, told CNN International’s Hala Gorani on Friday. Romney is a sense of duty, and I think that sense of duty is what’s driving him to help President-elect Trump in any way he can as he puts together a government,” Kevin Madden said Friday on CNN’s “New Day.” “I think he recognizes that there is that type of outreach going on with President-elect’s transition team.”
On the face of it, there are plenty of reasons why the 2012 nominee would refuse to serve alongside Trump, not least because of their sharply different characters and positions on some key foreign policy issues. Similarly, Romney might also face having his own words turned against him in talks with a foreign power since he said this year that the President-elect’s promises were “as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
Romney and Trump would begin any partnership estranged in some key areas of policy. Romney and I think Donald Trump expressed on the campaign trail,” said Chen, a CNN contributor.

Monday Showers Prompt Flash Flood Warning, Traffic Nightmares in SoCal

21, 2016. A number of freeways were temporarily shut down due to traffic collisions ahead of the Monday morning commute. Four people became stranded on an island in the Atwater Village neighborhood about 2:30 a.m. A weekend storm system continued to drop rain on Southern California Monday morning, prompting a flash flood warning and creating dangerous driving conditions on local freeways. Four people were rescued from the rushing waters of the Los Angeles River on Nov. Officials are concerned the heavy downpours could lead to flooding mudslides in the burn areas. Two big rigs got together on the southbound 57 Freeway at Via Verde in San Dimas. 21, 2016. One of the big rigs jackknifed across the freeway lanes, prompting a closure and miles of backup. (Credit: KTLA)
The eastbound lanes were expected to reopen about 6:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The heavy rain also caused waters in the Los Angeles River to rise. Another collision shut down the westbound 60 Freeway in Walnut, resulting in several miles of backup, video showed about 5:31 a.m. (Credit: KTLA)
Rainfall totals were mostly between a half-inch to an inch of rain across the coasts and valleys, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy downpours prompted the Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the Sage, Calgrove and Sand Burn area about 1:30 a.m., the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station posted. In Calabasas, a SigAlert was issued until 7 a.m. Rescue crews managed to pull all four victims to safety. In Pasadena, a crash on the eastbound side of the 210 Freeway led to a SigAlert being issued.  
Forecasters are calling for the wet weather to move out of the region by Monday afternoon. for a collision that blocked three lanes on the eastbound side of the 101 Freeway. 34.052234
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4 Rescued From Rushing L.A. River Waters in Atwater Village

About 100 firefighters were deployed and stationed at rescue points along the river, according to Scott. 34.106331
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Four people were rescued from the rushing Los Angeles River waters amid a rainy morning in the Atwater Village neighborhood Monday. (Credit: KTLA)
The four adults were reported to be stranded on an island in the river about a half-mile north of Los Feliz Boulevard about 2:42 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott stated. 21, 2016. Rescue crews eventually secured the four victims in a Fire Department boat and took them across the fast-moving waters to safety. The adults were not injured but were treated for exposure to the cold and wet conditions, Scott stated. They were taken to local hospitals in fair condition. Four people were rescued from the rushing waters of the Los Angeles River on Nov.

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Train Derailment Kills More Than 130 in Northeastern India

The government announced aid packages for the families of the bereaved. Fourteen cars in the 23-car train derailed, Modak said. Shresth — who used one name as do many people in India — said he was one of the first to climb out of the wreckage. Shresth said the accident “shook him for life.”
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Video from the scene showed mangled carriages flipped over on its side. Survivor: Accident “shook him for life”
One survivor told CNN affiliate News 18 the train started shaking with “screeching sounds” early Sunday. More than 23 million passengers ride them every day on journeys that extend from one end of the country to another. The train, which links the central Indian city of Indore to the city of Patna to its north east, was halfway through its journey when it went off the track near Kanpur. “I did not want to step on the bodies so we took the other door, but by the time we deboarded, all I could see were either dead people or children crying for their parents,” Shresth said. (Credit: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
“All of a sudden there was a massive jerk,” Ravindra Pathak said in the aftermath of the deadly derailment. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter, saying, “My thoughts are with the bereaved families.”
India’s railway one of world’s largest
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu told reporters after visiting the site that a high level team will investigate the incident. Despite being the most popular form of long-distance travel in India, several train accidents are reported each year. India’s sprawling rail system is state-run, and the government is being heavily criticized on the nation’s television networks. Some passengers spend days on the trains. “I felt as though metal was clashing with metal, it was like a collision. 26.449923
80.331874 My upper berth was almost tilted by the time the train halted,” Shresth told TV 18. Sunday as the train traveled through northern India. Authorities used cranes and metal cutters to clear the debris. This is the deadliest disaster in six years. The army joined rescue operations according to the Press Trust of India. India’s railway system is one of the largest in the world, employing 1.3 million people. They say they can only see the person’s hands, so it’s not clear if they are dead or alive. When they tried to leave through one of the doors, they found the corridor littered with bodies, he said. Around 50 people were also injured in the derailment and are being treated in hospital, Ahmed said. Rescue workers search for survivors in the wreckage of a derailed train near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district on Nov. 20, 2016. Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh state, is nearly 300 miles southeast of New Delhi, the capital. Rescuers are still working to pull out one person stuck in the debris using two cranes, Ahmed said. One survivor said he was sleeping around 3 a.m. Later they saw ambulances arrive. (Credit: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
India’s disaster response force spent all day Sunday in what it called a war footing. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash or how many people were traveling on the train, Javeed Ahmed, director general of police for Uttar Pradesh, told CNN News 18. The rail system is known to be poorly maintained, and upgrades have been long overdue. “Right now the immediate priority is rescue people and to bring relief to those injured and that’s what we are doing,” Prabhu said. In total, 110 of the bodies have been identified, and 97 of those have been handed over to the victims’ families. The pair used GPS navigation to make their way to a nearby village hospital. Rescue workers search for survivors in the wreckage of a derailed train near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district on Nov. “Our heads collided with the roof of the carriage.”
More than 130 people died when the Patna-Indore passenger train derailed, Zaki Ahmed, Inspector General of Police for Kanpur told CNN. He was traveling with a friend to the city of Lucknow to attend an event, he said. In its last budget, the government put aside large sums of money to modernize the system, to improve traffic lights and lay more rail tracks. 20, 2016.

St. Louis Police Officer Ambushed in Shooting; Suspect at Large

Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) November 21, 2016

Staring down the barrel of the gun
According to Dotson, the wounded officer’s gun was still in a holster as the suspect pulled alongside the vehicle. Louis Police Department has also called in special operations forces, S.W.A.T. First San Antonio, now St. “This person has to be stopped,” the mayor said. Around 7:30 p.m. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, noting that the officer was a husband with three children, said the shooting “gives us a very strong idea of how dangerous it is to be a police officer” in the US. He will do this again if he is not stopped.” Louis Police Department Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters. Louis Police are trying to track down a gunman who they say ambushed an officer in a shooting. Sunday night, a gunman pulled up in a silver car next to a marked Chevy Tahoe and opened fire, St. Louis.”
Slay also called upon the public to provide police with any information that might led to the gunman’s arrest and a reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest. To take precaution against further attacks, Dotson said all St. The St. The officer was unable to provide details about the shooter, Dotson said. The officer, who looked to his left, told investigators he saw the muzzle flash and felt the glass window shatter against him. St. Soon, first responders arrived at the scene of the shooting and transported him to a nearby hospital. Mayor: ‘This person has to be stopped’
St. St. units, and helicopter units to assist in tracking down the gunman. Louis officers will be partnered up on patrol for the foreseeable future. Louis shooting was the second targeted shooting of a police officer on Sunday. Earlier in the day, a San Antonio police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop. After the shooting, the wounded sergeant called 911 dispatch on his radio. “This is traumatic for him, his family, the city of St. Louis
The St. One officer, a 46-year-old sergeant who was a 20-year veteran, was shot twice in the head but is expected to survive. “He didn’t deserve this,” Slay said. Louis Police investigators, who are collecting evidence including shell casing, plan to look at surveillance footage from the surrounding area. This officer was driving down the road and was ambushed.”

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— St. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the shooting as a targeted attack that resembled police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “He is dangerous. “This officer was not involved in a traffic stop,” Dotson said. “This officer was not trying to pull this car over.

Pipeline Protesters Clash With Law Enforcement in North Dakota; Deputies Use Tear Gas, Water Cannons

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Deputies deployed tear gas and fired on protesters with a water cannon on the Backwater Bridge, according to a news release from the Morton County, N.D., Sheriff’s Department on Sunday night. Protesters said they were trying to access what they described as sacred tribal lands, which are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. The protesters were stopped by a line of police officers, requested by the Corps to keep protesters off the land. More than 400 demonstrators clashed with police on a bridge north of a protest encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota on Sunday night. The temperature dipped to 27 degrees in Cannon Ball, with a wind chill that hit 18 degrees. 46.094472
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Amtrak Train Collides With Vehicle in Ventura After It Was Left on Tracks by Suspected DUI Driver

No injuries were reported. She was later arrested, police said. (Credit: Ventura Police Department)
The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. An Amtrak train collided with a vehicle stuck on the tracks in Venutra Sunday night, police said. An Amtrak train crashed into a car stuck on the tracks in Ventura on Nov. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time, but officers said 27-year-old Ventura resident Arcelia Delgadillo left it there after unintentionally driving onto the railroad tracks while intoxicated. The train was delayed about two hours as law enforcement investigated the scene. About 60 passengers were on board. Delgadillo and a male passenger got out of the car about three minutes before the train struck it, authorities said. on the railroad tracks at Garden Street and the Ventura County Fairgrounds, according to a statement from the Ventura Police Department. The Amtrak conductor told police the train was traveling at about 15 to 20 mph when he spotted the vehicle but it did not stop in time, despite emergency procedures. 20, 2016. The collision may have caused a shortage that electrified the vehicle and railroad tracks, creating an extreme hazard for emergency personnel due to the stormy weather, officials said. 34.278879
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Suspect Arrested After African Gray Parrot Stolen From South Gate Business Was Returned to Store

The 1-year-old bird is kept as a pet at auto accessories store Xtreme Motors Sports at 10240 Atlantic Ave., owner Karen Valadez told KTLA. 33.938077
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Woman Allegedly Steals Exotic Bird From Small Business in South Gate Then Gets Into An Uber Car The suspect’s identity has not been released. By evening, detectives were able to identify the suspect and take her into custody. A woman accused of stealing an exotic bird from a small business in South Gate was arrested Saturday, police said. Surveillance video caught a woman taking an African grey parrot from a small business in South Gate on Nov. The bird was mysteriously returned Saturday while police were still investigating the incident, according to a post on the South Gate Police Department’s Facebook page. 17, 2016. Surveillance footage showed the bird, an African gray parrot named Max, was taken Thursday by a woman who distracted the employee present with a product request before wrapping it with a towel and fleeing in an Uber car. The thief managed to get away, but dropped her cell phone at the scene with the Uber app still open, police said.

Comments by Michael Flynn on Trip to Russia Raise Questions About How Trump Administration Will Approach Syrian Conflict

There is deception being used.”
“There is false information being used,” he added. Gen. General Michael Flynn Job of National Security Advisor “It’s an interesting one. During a 2015 trip to Russia, Donald Trump’s pick to be national security adviser, Lt. A follow up report from Hersh claimed the Turkish government supplied the chemical weapons for the attack. Gen. It’s all of the things that are happening, not just in Syria. At the event, Flynn was asked by an audience member his take on reports the attack was carried out by Turkish intelligence and made to look like it was the Syrian government, otherwise known as a “false flag” operation. Retired Lt. Emails to Flynn and spokespeople for the Trump transition team were not returned. Michael Flynn delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. We have to understand — this is why I think [the panel moderator is] driving me crazy up here, trying to get me to be more specific because right now we do have to be more specific. I don’t have a good answer for you. A United Nations investigation didn’t assign blame, but evidence from the report pointed to the Assad regime being responsible. “I’m going to address your question because it’s a good question,” Flynn said. People are doing things. At the 2015 dinner for RT’s anniversary, Flynn was seated at the same table as Putin. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists.”
The questioner’s claim might be grounded in a 2013 article by journalist Seymour Hersh in the London Review of Books, which claimed the jihadist rebel group al-Nusra was behind the attack. The New Yorker and Washington Post both declined to publish the report, saying it didn’t meet their standards. This is happening in the region in a big way. The things that you’re talking about, there’s this tit-for-tat or there’s this give and take. I think that all of us globally need to really pay very close attention to that.”
“Your specific question, I really don’t know,” Flynn said. Flynn, who was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for the Obama administration at the time of the 2013 attack, made the remarks during a December 2015 question and answer session hosted by the Russian government-funded television network, Russia Today (RT). I think her question was a very good one. Flynn told the Washington Post this year he was paid through his speaking agency for the appearance at the RT event. To have that level of knowledge or insight or detail of what an intelligence service is doing to do a false flag — who knows. “This slide that I have up here is a component of that false information or how false information is applied. Before the panel, Flynn tweeted, “Regarding RT panel participation: know my values and beliefs are mine & won’t change because I’m on a different piece of geography.”
At the event, Flynn cautioned the situation on the ground in Syria was complex and deception was being use. I’m not able to answer your specific question.”
In a 2013 op-ed in the New York Times, Putin wrote, “No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. Michael Flynn, said he didn’t know whether the 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria was conducted by the Syrian Army or by other forces in an attempt to draw the United States into the conflict. We have to be much more specific in our relationships, far more specific in our relationships, so there’s not a misunderstanding and there’s not a miscalculation because of some ill-advised tactic that’s used in Damascus or Baghdad that causes something that we don’t want.”

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Trump Offers Retired Army Lt. “What I know is that the complexity of the situation on the ground right now is beyond anybody’s wildest imagination,” he said. The Obama administration, the Arab League, NATO, and many western governments have pointed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime as being responsible for the attack. What keeps me up at night is the use of chemicals and biological weapons by terrorist groups that have the intent, they have the intellect, they don’t necessarily have the specific types of capabilities just yet, but I believe that they will have the ability to get their hands on them. “[The panel moderator] highlighted it in one of her questions. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Flynn not ruling out the possibility of a “false flag” attack raises questions about how the Trump administration will approach the Syrian conflict. Assad’s regime and Russian President Vladimir Putin claim opposition forces were behind the attack. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I know.

Police Hunt for Armed Suspect Who Carjacked Hospital Employee in San Bernardino, Drove to Pasadena

Officers are reviewing surveillance video they hope will point to his whereabouts, Hards said. Bernardine Medical Center parking lot as she was walking to her car, according to Officer Eileen Hards with the San Bernardino Police Department. The suspect first drove to an IHOP at 7228 Archibald Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga, where the woman was able to leave the car unharmed, authorities said. The woman called law enforcement around 8 a.m. His motive remains under investigation. Police were searching for a man Sunday evening who had allegedly carjacked an employee as she was leaving her shift at a San Bernardino hospital, officials said. Both got into the victim’s vehicle, and she gave the armed man her keys, Hards said. KTLA’s Dottie Evans contributed to this report. and reported the man had approached her with a knife in the St. Police were able to use the car’s OnStar capability to track the vehicle and locate it in Pasadena, but the suspect had apparently fled. 34.134837
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Billionaire Investor Wilbur Ross Is a Leading Contender for Commerce Secretary

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Whoever is chosen as commerce secretary will likely continue many of the policies that Pritzker and the Obama administration held dear. Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross is a leading contender to be President-elect Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, an official familiar with the transition process told CNN. Ross, chairman of WL Ross & Co., has made a career of resurrecting dying companies. The new secretary would also oversee the 2020 national census. And his policies would likely represent a 180-degree departure from Pritzker’s commerce department. The census will also serve as the basis for adjusting the number of of electoral districts in each state, as well as the number of votes each state receives in the electoral college. Ross then flipped the conglomerate in a $4.5 billion sale two years later. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Ross, 78, a renowned distressed debt investor, met with Trump Sunday at the New York billionaire’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf course. 20, 2016, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Carl Icahn, another billionaire backer of Trump, said on Twitter before the announcement that Ross is one of the “smartest people I know” and would be a “great” choice to lead the Commerce Department. Pritzker supported public-private partnerships to build up the American manufacturing industries. Should Ross be chosen, he would take over for Penny Pritzker, who has held the role for President Obama since 2013. Interests around the world. Asked by CNN if he wanted a role in a Trump administration as he was leaving Sunday, Ross would only say he and Trump had “a great conversation.”
For Trump, Ross fits the mold of the type of administration officials he pledged to appoint during the campaign: businessmen with long resumes and billions in their bank accounts, sitting at the ready to negotiate for U.S. He’s used some of that money to build up an impressive art collection worth a reported $150 million. She advocated clean energy partnerships and the Trans Pacific Partnership deal, both of which Donald Trump campaigned hard against. “Somebody wins and somebody loses. Trump, asked before the meeting if he was considering Ross for the position, told reporters: “That’s what we’re looking for.”
The commerce secretary, a cabinet-level position that requires Senate confirmation, typically serves as the government’s chief business advocate. “Free trade is like free lunch: There is no free lunch,” Ross told Lou Dobbs of Fox Business in August. The official cautioned that no final decision had been made, but made clear that Ross is, at this point, is being considered very seriously. Ross, 78, had been a vocal Trump supporter before the election, citing the need for a “more radical, new approach to government” that would help middle class and lower middle class Americans. Fittingly, some of Ross’s biggest hits have been in the same demoralized industries that Trump wants to revive: steel and coal. Pritzker strongly supported free trade, traveling to 38 countries over her tenure. Ross, a New Jersey native, has amassed a fortune that Forbes estimates is worth nearly $3 billion. President-elect Donald Trump, left, and investor Wilbur Ross pose for a photo following their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. Ross, meanwhile, has been a vocal critic of free trade deals. For instance, Ross’s firm scored huge returns last decade by cobbling together bankrupt steel makers including Bethlehem Steel to form International Steel Group. The commerce secretary is a liaison between companies and the White House. Like Trump, who famously called himself the “king of debt,” Ross is not afraid to borrow money. The next census will be critical for understanding the scope of poverty and underserved communities across the country. Many businesses — notably Ford — have recently opted to keep some of their plants open in the United States as a result of those initiatives. Ross frequently used debt to finance his acquisitions, a trend known as leveraged buyouts.

Spike in Hate Crimes Prompts Formation of Special NY Police Unit

“I reject Donald Trump’s vision for America. “I have no scientific evidence as to why, but you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in the country over the last year or so and the rhetoric has increased, and I think that might have something to do with it,” O’Neill added. He added, “If there is a move to deport immigrants then I say start with me. Cuomo also vowed to set up a legal defense fund for immigrants who fear prosecution under a Trump administration. “We’ve had an uptick in hate crimes, actually a little bit more than an uptick. Cuomo said on Sunday that New York’s tolerance will lead the way for the rest of the nation, and his announcement came as an “anti-hate” rally was held in a Brooklyn park vandalized with swastikas and pro-Trump graffiti. The plan, he said, would be to set up a public-private partnership “to provide immigrants who can’t afford their own defense the legal assistance they need … because in New York, we believe in justice for all,” Cuomo said. President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t specifically mentioned in his church address, but Cuomo has in the past criticized Trump and vowed in a New York Daily News op-ed that he would “reject the hateful attitudes that pervaded throughout the 2016 campaign.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted more than 700 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since the election. An “explosion” in hate crimes since Election Day has prompted the creation of a special police unit to fight the uptick in New York, Gov. Son of Mario Cuomo, who is the son of Andrea Cuomo, a poor Italian immigrant who came to this country without a job, without money, or resources and he was here only for the promise of America.”
Cuomo’s plans also include the expansion of New York’s Human Rights Law to protect students who are bullied or discriminated against. He said the fund would be the first of its kind. “The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day. New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill told a New York radio station on Sunday he was disturbed by the trends. The rally, at a playground named after the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, was attended by band member Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock. New York City, I’m asking you to do the same.”

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Park in Brooklyn Dedicated to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Vandalized With Swastikas, ‘Go Trump’
FBI Report Shows Spike in Hate Crimes Nationwide; Crimes Against Muslims Had Sharpest Increase
Reports of Hate Crimes and Racist Graffiti, Including in California, Following Trump’s Election Win We’re up 31 percent from last year. We had at this time last year 250, this year we have 328, specifically against the Muslim population in New York City — we went up from 12 to 25, and anti-Semitic is up, too, by 9 percent from 102 to 111,” O’Neill said. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. “Keep your eyes open, stand up for each other. This is homegrown terrorism for real,” Horovitz told the crowd. Calling this kind of prejudice a “social poison [in] the fabric of our nation,” the governor cited a number of recent incidents, including a scourge of swastika graffiti and the case of black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania being sent pictures of lynchings and racial slurs. The announcement coincided with an address at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, where Cuomo called for an end to the divisiveness that has gripped the country. In many ways it has gotten worse, [turning] into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people,” he said. I am a son of immigrants. 15 to connect New Yorkers with the state Division of Human Rights to report incidents of bias and discrimination has received more than 400 calls since Friday, according to Cuomo’s office. A toll-free hot line that Cuomo launched on Nov.