2 police officers killed in Hawaii shooting

HONOLULU (NYTIMES) – Two police officers in Honolulu were shot and killed after a gunman opened fire on Sunday (Jan 19) afternoon, officials said. The Honolulu mayor’s office confirmed the two fatalities and issued a statement on Twitter offering “deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two officers as well as the entire Honolulu Police Department”. A police […]

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SpaceX says 'picture perfect' test paves way for human mission

CAPE CANAVERAL (REUTERS) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday (Jan 19) in a dramatic test of a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, a big step its mission to fly NASA astronauts for the first time as soon as this spring. A Crew Dragon astronaut capsule launched at 10.30am and softly splashed down […]

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Trump impeachment: President’s legal team calls charges ‘brazen and unlawful’

Donald Trump’s legal team has filed its first formal response to impeachment charges against the president, calling them a “dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president”. In a six-page document filed before opening statements are made on Tuesday in the president’s Senate trial, Mr Trump’s lawyers said the two articles of impeachment – abuse […]

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US Space Force defends ‘ridiculous’ camo uniforms

The US Space Force has defended its newly unveiled camouflage uniforms after they were roundly mocked on social media. The force, officially launched by US President Donald Trump last month, posted a picture of the uniform to its Twitter account. The uniform in the picture has a woodland camouflage design with badges embroidered on the arm and chest. Reacting to […]

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Trump targets Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines on her birthday

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) – The Trump administration moved on Friday (Jan 17) to roll back school nutrition standards championed by Mrs Michelle Obama, an effort long sought by food manufacturers and some school districts that have chafed at the cost of Obama’s prescriptions for fresh fruit and vegetables. The proposed rule by the Agriculture Department, coming on the former first lady’s […]

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Democrat shows her strength by winning push-up challenge

Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii Democrat, came prepared for an unexpected push-up contest after she was challenged at a New Hampshire town hall. Ms Gabbard, a combat veteran who served in Iraq and a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, had previously shared videos of her workout routine on social media. “@TulsiGabbard challenged to a push-up contest at a Manchester […]

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Trump adds legal heavyweights Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz to impeachment team

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – President Donald Trump turned to some legal heavyweights to help defend him in his Senate impeachment trial with the addition on Friday (Jan 17) of former independent counsel Ken Starr, who paved the way for former President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz. The team defending the Republican president will be led by White […]

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Mike Pompeo says US will probe possible surveillance of Ukraine envoy

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised on Friday (Jan 17) to investigate whether the ousted ambassador to Ukraine was being spied on by President Donald Trump’s supporters but said he was unaware if so. House Democrats, who cited Trump’s dismissal of ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as they impeached him, released documents this week that suggested that the […]

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