Prince Andrew Says He Doesn’t Regret His ‘Very Useful’ Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew’s recent attempts to clarify his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein have backfired, sparking even more criticism about his lack of remorse about the wealthy financier’s actions. Epstein died August in an apparent suicide in a federal jail after being convicted on sex trafficking charges involving minors. Prince Andrew was grilled by journalist Emily Maitlis in a BBC interview broadcasted Saturday on his alleged friendship with Epstein. Multiple photographs showing Andrew and Epstein together on different occasions have previously surfaced, raising questions about how close the two were. Matlis asked whether the prince regretted his relationship with Epstein. Andrew said … Continue reading Prince Andrew Says He Doesn’t Regret His ‘Very Useful’ Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Apologizes for ‘Stop and Frisk’ Police Practice

Associated Press NEW YORK — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reversing his longstanding support of the controversial “stop and frisk” police strategy ahead of a potential Democratic presidential run. Addressing a black church in Brooklyn, Bloomberg says of the practice that often led to the disproportionate detaining of blacks and Latinos that he “can’t change history” but he now realizes “I was wrong.” Bloomberg says if anyone was wrongly stopped by police, “I apologize.” The “stop and frisk” practice gave police wide authority to detain people they suspected of committing a crime. Bloomberg aggressively pursued the tactic when … Continue reading Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Apologizes for ‘Stop and Frisk’ Police Practice

Leaked Report on Russian Interference in Brexit Vote Raises Questions Ahead of U.K. Elections

DANICA KIRKA / AP LONDON — Questions about the British government’s failure to release a report on Russia’s interference in the country’s politics continued to dog Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday as critics said leaks from the document raised concerns about the security of next month’s election. The report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference may have affected the 2016 referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, though the impact is “unquantifiable,” the Times of London reported without saying how it got the information. The committee said British intelligence services failed to devote enough resources to … Continue reading Leaked Report on Russian Interference in Brexit Vote Raises Questions Ahead of U.K. Elections

Minneapolis Police Admit to Discovering 1,500 Untested Rape Kits, Spanning Over 30 Years, Found in Storage

Tara Law The Minneapolis Police Department announced Friday that a 2015 count of rape kits collected from survivors came up terribly short, missing more than 1,500 rape kits held in police storage facilities. Minnesota passed a law in 2015 that required law enforcement agencies to audit their backlogged kits. But after conducting a new review this year, the Minneapolis police said at a press conference on Friday, that 1,700 untested rape kits spanning over 30 years have been discovered — far more than the 194 kits found in 2015. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that he doesn’t know why … Continue reading Minneapolis Police Admit to Discovering 1,500 Untested Rape Kits, Spanning Over 30 Years, Found in Storage

President Trump Tweets to Kim Jong Un That Vice President Joe Biden Is ‘Somewhat Better’ Than a ‘Rabid Dog’

Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is defending an unlikely target: Joe Biden. Trump is responding to North Korea calling the former vice president and Democratic candidate a “rabid dog” who “must be beaten to death with a stick.” Trump says in a tweeted message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Biden “may be Sleepy and Very Slow,” but says, “he is not a ‘rabid dog’” and “is actually somewhat better than that.” Still, Trump adds he is “the only one” who can get Kim “where you have to be,” and is urging Kim to “act quickly, … Continue reading President Trump Tweets to Kim Jong Un That Vice President Joe Biden Is ‘Somewhat Better’ Than a ‘Rabid Dog’

Iran Supreme Leader Warns of Potential Crackdown on ‘Thugs’ Amid Deadly Gas Price Protests

JON GAMBRELL / AP DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike “thugs,” signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments came as authorities shut down the internet across Iran to smother the protests in some two dozen cities and towns over the rise of government-set prices by 50% as of Friday. One firm said it was the biggest internet outage ever seen in Iran. Since the hike, demonstrators have abandoned their … Continue reading Iran Supreme Leader Warns of Potential Crackdown on ‘Thugs’ Amid Deadly Gas Price Protests

Saturday Night Live Gives Impeachment Hearings Some Pizzazz, Turning Them Into a Soap Opera

Sanya Mansoor To make sure people were paying attention to the first public hearings in the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, Saturday Night Live’s most recent cold open gave them the soap opera treatment, with romance, corny music and not-so-shocking “bombshell” revelations. On Wednesday, after two months of investigations that have mostly unfolded behind closed doors, career diplomats William Taylor and George Kent testified about the President’s ties to a months-long campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political opponent. Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed from her position by Trump earlier this year, testified on Friday. … Continue reading Saturday Night Live Gives Impeachment Hearings Some Pizzazz, Turning Them Into a Soap Opera