HONOLULU, HAWAII - The U.S. military will continue sailing ships near disputed islands in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted Tuesday, despite Beijing's increased complaints about the operations. "They're freedom of navigation operations. And you'll notice there's only one country that seems to take active steps to rebuff them or state their resentment of them," Mattis said while en route to Hawaii. The South China Sea is expected to be a major focus this week when Mattis heads to Singapore to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual gathering of Asian defense and other leaders. Two U.S. Navy warships sailed Sunday near islands occupied by China in the Paracel Islands, off the coast of Vietnam. China sent two of its own warships to the area to warn the U.S. vessels to leave, Beijing said. U.S. officials say the freedom of navigation operations (FONOP) are regularly scheduled and occur globally. But the latest FONOP comes at a particularly tense moment … [Read more...] about Despite China’s Objections, US to Continue Freedom of Navigation Operations
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WASHINGTON — House Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachment said Thursday the Capitol invaders believed they were acting on “the president’s orders” and reflected his violent rhetoric when they set out to storm the building and stop the joint session of Congress that was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s election. The prosecutors were wrapping up their opening presentation, describing in stark, personal terms the horror they faced that day and unearthing the many public and explicit instructions Trump gave his supporters — both in the weeks before the Jan. 6 attack and at his midday rally that unleashed the mob on the Capitol. Videos of rioters, some posted to social medial by themselves, talked about how they were doing it all for Trump. “We were invited here,” said one. “Trump sent us,” said another. “He’ll be happy. We’re fighting for Trump.” Five people died. “They truly believed that the whole intrusion was at the president’s orders,” said Rep. Diana DeGette of … [Read more...] about Trump impeachment trial: Rioters acted on Trump’s “orders,” Democrats say
Ever since the Democratic wave of 2018, Travis Oliger, chair of the La Plata County Republican Party, has come to expect low turnout at the candidate meet-and-greets he arranges. But earlier this year, when he looked out at a meet-and-greet crowd in his Democratic-leaning southwest Colorado county , there were a lot of young, unfamiliar faces and they were there to see a little-known candidate for Congress named Lauren Boebert . “It was kind of like with Trump,” Oliger recalls of that unusually large gathering. “People showed up and came out to support Trump and they would tell me, ‘I’m not here to support the party, I really don’t like the Republicans, but I’m for Trump’ and it was like, ‘Wow, really?’ This is very similar.” Boebert, a 33-year-old restaurant owner, pulled off the summer’s biggest political upset on June 30, toppling incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District , a massive area that spans the western half of the state, … [Read more...] about Lauren Boebert beat a Colorado congressman. Is she the next GOP star?
A principal at an elementary school in New York is behind bars after he was accused of sexually abusing several boys at the school. “Kirk Ashton was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, sexual abuse and sexual conduct. He was the principal at Northwood Elementary for 17 years,” KCRG reported Friday. A tipster’s call to the New York State Child Abuse Hotline on March 26 set off the investigation in which one alleged victim and eight others were identified. Their ages range from eight to 12, the article read. “Ashton was arrested at a restaurant and brought to Greece Town Court Wednesday night to be arraigned. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail on $500,000 bail or $2.5 million bond,” WHAM reported . WROC anchor Adam Chodak shared video footage of officers escorting Ashton from the court: Here's Northwood principal Kirk Ashton being walked out of Greece Town Court moments ago after being arraigned on sexual abuse charges: pic.twitter.com/V21nD9h0U0 … [Read more...] about New York Elementary School Principal Accused of Sexually Abusing Nine Male Students
A Las Vegas woman who escorted two men to their hotel rooms on the Strip allegedly robbed them of $82,000 in luxury watches in what authorities say are prostitution-related thefts. Police booked Windy Rose Jones, 23, at the Clark County Detention Center on Monday, charging her with two counts of grand larceny. According to arrest reports obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal , Jones was taken into custody after two men reported to authorities the thefts of two luxury watches from their hotel rooms at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, once in February and once in March. One watch had a value of $45,000, while the other was valued at $37,000. In the first case, Cosmopolitan security called the police to the hotel in response to a man claiming he was “the victim of a grand larceny and possibly being drugged,” police wrote in an arrest report for Jones. The man told the police he met a woman named Rosa at a bar and then went to his hotel room with her to drink margaritas … [Read more...] about Las Vegas Woman Allegedly Robbed Men of $82,000 Worth of Watches