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Complaint in Closs case could be road map for prosecution

Complaint in Closs case could be road map for prosecution MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The criminal complaint charging a Wisconsin man with abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents laid out the case in detail and offered a possible road map for how prosecutors will seek a conviction in the girl's 88-day ordeal.


New migrant caravan travelling to US from Honduras adding to tensions over border

New migrant caravan travelling to US from Honduras adding to tensions over border Honduran Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez said that between 800 and 1,000 people were travelling together and headed towards the Agua Caliente border crossing into Guatemala. Hundreds of Honduran refugees and migrants also left a bus station in the northern city of San Pedro Sula and moved along to join the caravan. The first groups to leave included many women and children who got onto buses destined for the Guatemalan border.


UK parliament rejects Brexit deal in historic vote

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal in historic vote Britain's parliament on Tuesday resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and plunging its plans to leave the EU into further chaos. MPs voted 432 to 202 against May's plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history. With a deal that took nearly two years to craft in tatters and her government's future hanging in the balance, EU leaders sounded a note of exasperation, urging Britain to come out and say what it actually wants.


Will May Survive Her Brexit Defeat?

Will May Survive Her Brexit Defeat? The only meaningful unity that the United Kingdom has seen in the past two years has been opposition to the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the European Union. The defeat, as predicted, has prompted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to propose a vote, expected to be held on Wednesday, of no confidence in the government. When future historians consider Brexit, they will surely marvel at May’s obstinate capacity for survival in the face of unending political humiliation.


Two Republicans Push ‘Border Bonds’ to Let Americans Finance a Wall

Two Republicans Push ‘Border Bonds’ to Let Americans Finance a Wall Representatives Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Andy Harris of Maryland, both members of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the Border Bonds for America Act of 2019 -- a law that would allow Americans to buy such securities from the U.S. The money would be put in a trust fund and used just to build a wall along the nearly 2,000 mile (3,200 kilometer) border. The tactic echoes the Liberty Bond program, which appealed to Americans’ sense of patriotism to raise funds during World War I.


Jayme Closs 911 call released: 'Yes. It is her. I 100 percent think it is her'

Jayme Closs 911 call released: 'Yes. It is her. I 100 percent think it is her' Jayme Closs, 13, was held captive in a remote cabin in Wisconsin for months after Jake Patterson allegedly murdered her parents and kidnapped her.


Pentagon extends mission to Mexico border through September

Pentagon extends mission to Mexico border through September The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the extension in response to a request from the Homeland Security Department, the Pentagon said in a statement. There are about 2,350 troops assigned to the border mission.


The top 5 benefits that make the American Express Platinum Card a must-have

The top 5 benefits that make the American Express Platinum Card a must-have BGR has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. BGR and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers. With large banks like JP Morgan and American Express poised to start significantly changing up how they structure rewards associated with premium credit cards, consumers may find it trickier than ever these days to figure out how to wade through the choices of plastic available to them and come to a decision. These kinds of cards, in particular, come with generally high fees to go along with the abundance of perks. Large financial institutions have historically enticed borrowers to spring for their most luxe credit options by offering incentives like free air travel and tons of points, though as The Wall Street Journal reported in recent days some banks are now looking to tweak that model -- changing up the rewards so that you get less on the front end and you're induced to actually use the cards more to get the benefits over the long term. All of which is to say, when you consider all of the above and the various options on the market available to you, there are several reasons why the Platinum Card® from American Express is a smart choice for consumers who want the best mix of price and rewards. Here's some of what it offers. An impressive domestic lounge network One of the easiest reasons to cite for why it's worth it to spring for the Amex Platinum Card is the lounge access you're afforded. This card gets you into any of the more than 30 Delta Sky Clubs around the globe plus American Express' own luxurious Centurion Lounges -- which also happen to be multiplying. Examples include the new 12,500-square-foot Centurion Lounge at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's Terminal D that opened in the fall and which offers a full bar menu that features local wines and beer as well as a menu with Texas-themed dishes. In all, this card unlocks access to more than 1,200 airport lounges across 130 countries. The Platinum Card's Priority Pass membership also makes free food and drinks available at a growing number of airport restaurants and bars, so this benefit definitely helps take the sting out of getting hit with a long layover between flights. Tons of points, baby! The Platinum card is also offering a whopping 60,000-point bonus that kicks in once you make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of your card membership. By one estimate, those points are worth up to $1,200 according to The Points Guy's recent valuation, and come on top of the card's other benefits like lounge access. When you book through an airline or via American Express Travel, you can earn 5 points for every dollar you spend on flights and hotels. This particular benefit has also been singled out for praise as being the best offering in its category among all cards, given that the 5x multiple on points for airfare can be earned even when you book through any airline - whereas you need to book through Amex Travel to get the 5 points for every dollar benefit. A combined up to $400 in airline fee and Uber credits Among the other ways this card's benefits more than offset that $550 fee each year, you also get up to $200 airline fee credit that can pay for everything from checked bag fees to in-flight food and drink purchases. The only caveat is you have to choose one airline each year that you'll direct your fee credit to, but it's a small price to pay. And as if that wasn't enough, Amex is also throwing in up to $200 in Uber savings each year. It's structured as a $15 Uber credit each month, with up to an additional $20 extra in December - which, while frequent travelers will have no problem using that up quickly, is still one more welcome perk to have. You've got to connect the card to your Uber app, and the monthly benefit is of the use-it-or-lose-it variety, but don't worry. If you don't have need of an Uber ride during a particular month, you can always use that month's credit on an UberEats delivery, instead. Complimentary premium status and memberships galore, from hotels to car rentals The Amex Platinum also has a ton of hotel-related perks alone that will quickly offset the costs that rack up from frequent travel, including complimentary gold status at Hilton and Starwood Hotels, which lets you enjoy benefits at hotels and resorts within the Hilton chain and which can also be matched with Marriott Gold status. Likewise, Platinum card members can also upgrade to Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Elite Status without having to meet any minimum stay requirements. And as if that wasn't enough, other elite member benefits include being given an enhanced room at check-in, when available. For car rentals, it's the same story. You get complimentary elite status with brands like Avis and Hertz, giving you the ability to take advantage of free membership in premium car rental programs that include special upgrades and discounts. The verdict: As the industry-leading charge card, the Platinum Card from American Express is the quintessential credit card. It's not even hard to not only over the card's annual fee, but actually come out ahead. If you travel a lot during the course of a year, or even if you're only on the road and hopping flights sporadically here and there, the Amex Platinum Card definitely is worthy of serious consideration. Benefits span beyond travel, like the card's stellar purchase protection, which reimburses you if you use it to buy an item that's later lost, stolen or damaged accidentally. Amex will cover you for the amount you paid, up to $10,000 per item with a $50,000 yearly maximum, for starters. You'll get plenty of use out of this card, in other words, and then some.


Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oil

Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oil Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for a "fair" and gradual global energy transition as it unveiled an ambitious domestic renewable energy programme. Experts say energy output from renewables, especially solar and wind, is growing faster than anticipated, threatening to displace oil, gas and coal as the world's main sources of power. "Balancing greenhouse gas emissions will take decades," he said at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.


'Is this the best a man can get?' Gillette issues #MeToo challenge to cut toxic behavior

'Is this the best a man can get?' Gillette issues #MeToo challenge to cut toxic behavior The new campaign, called "We Believe," is Procter & Gamble's latest foray into brand messaging that takes aim at "toxic masculinity" in the #MeToo era.


2020 Ford Explorer Gets Evolutionary, High-Tech Redesign

2020 Ford Explorer Gets Evolutionary, High-Tech Redesign Ford has completely redesigned the Explorer for 2020, but you might not realize it from the photos. The exterior styling is so familiar that it would be easy to overlook the extensive re-engineer...


Kosovars remember 45 killed by Serb forces 20 years ago

Kosovars remember 45 killed by Serb forces 20 years ago RECAK, Kosovo (AP) — Thousands gathered Tuesday in the southern Kosovo village of Recak to mark 20 years since 45 ethnic Albanians were slain by Serb forces in a mass killing that sparked international anger.


What happens to the 62,500 students with special needs during Los Angeles teachers' strike?

What happens to the 62,500 students with special needs during Los Angeles teachers' strike? The disruption triggered by the strike that began Monday in the nation's second-largest school district could set back thousands of other children with developmental disabilities who need special education and consistency, parents told USA TODAY.


Jamie Dimon says shutdown could reduce economic growth to zero this quarter if it continues

Jamie Dimon says shutdown could reduce economic growth to zero this quarter if it continues Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase CEO, said that the partial government shutdown could sap all growth from the U.S. economy.


VW, Ford confirm alliance to build commercial vans, pickups

VW, Ford confirm alliance to build commercial vans, pickups The announcement came after more than six months of talks between the car giants which has also included discussions around autonomous and electrification technologies. The deal reached between the American and German automakers to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups as early as 2022 does not involve cross-ownership, according to a joint statement.


Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman, among the last of the World War II heroes, has died

Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman, among the last of the World War II heroes, has died Alfred K. Newman was among 400 Navajos who helped defeat the Japanese during World War II by developing an unbreakable code using the Dine language.


F-22 vs. F-35: Which Stealth Fighter Wins in a Shootout?

F-22 vs. F-35: Which Stealth Fighter Wins in a Shootout? The U.S. Air Force’s original plan was for the F-22 to be its high-end air superiority fighter while the F-35 was designed to be primarily an air-to-ground strike aircraft, but one which could defend itself.


Britain's May says she will respond quickly after key Brexit vote

Britain's May says she will respond quickly after key Brexit vote British Prime Minister Theresa May told her senior ministers she would respond quickly to Tuesday's evening's vote in parliament on her proposed Brexit deal, her spokesman said. Asked by reporters if she would quit if, as widely expected, she lost the vote, the spokesman said May was determined to deliver the will of public and take Britain out of the EU.


Boeing's F-15X Could Be a Killer in the Sky (But It Won't Have Stealth)

Boeing's F-15X Could Be a Killer in the Sky (But It Won't Have Stealth) Is that a problem?


Police searching for suspect after 2 women stabbed in Vacaville house fire

Police searching for suspect after 2 women stabbed in Vacaville house fire Police in Vacaville are searching for a suspect after two women were found stabbed when firefighters and police responded to a house fire.


The Latest: Trump rejects short-term shutdown fix

The Latest: Trump rejects short-term shutdown fix WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):


Series of storms to pummel California with rain, snow, wind; flooding, mudslides possible

Series of storms to pummel California with rain, snow, wind; flooding, mudslides possible The USA's wild weather will shift from the East to the West this week. California will take the brunt of the storminess with drenching rain, yards of snow and mudslides.


Schumer Will Force Vote Tuesday on Deripaska-Firm Sanctions

Schumer Will Force Vote Tuesday on Deripaska-Firm Sanctions (Bloomberg) -- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will force a vote Tuesday on a measure to block the Treasury Department’s plans to lift sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska.


U.S., Turkey at odds over Kurdish fighters in Syria

U.S., Turkey at odds over Kurdish fighters in Syria The disagreement, played out in rival tweets, is the latest consequence of U.S. President Donald Trump's Dec. 19 decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, potentially leaving the Kurdish militia under threat as Turkey weighs a new offensive there. U.S.-Turkish relations have been strained by U.S. support for the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey views as a terrorist group and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has for decades waged a separatist insurgency in Turkey. The Kurdish YPG has been a U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists and it controls swaths of northern Syria.


Latest: California governor urges end to LA teacher strike

Latest: California governor urges end to LA teacher strike LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a strike by Los Angeles teachers (all times local):


Government shutdown: TSA absences cause airport delays, terminal closures

Government shutdown: TSA absences cause airport delays, terminal closures Travel troubles from the government shutdown continue to mount, with some airports closing select security checkpoints to handle staffing shortages.


Massive US teachers' strike affects half million pupils

Massive US teachers' strike affects half million pupils More than 30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job on Monday to press their demands for better pay, smaller class sizes and more educators. The strike -- the first in 30 years -- is affecting some 500,000 students in the nation's second largest school district, with intense negotiations in past weeks failing to lead to a breakthrough. "Here we are on a rainy day in the richest country in the world, in the richest state in the country, in a state that's blue (Democrat) as it can be -- and in a city rife with millionaires -- where teachers have to go on strike to get the basics for our students," Alex Caputo-Pearl, the head of the United Teachers Los Angeles union, told a news conference.


Thailand to make it rain as pollution chokes Bangkok

Thailand to make it rain as pollution chokes Bangkok Thailand is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the pall of pollution that has shrouded the capital in recent weeks. "The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation... expects the rainmaking to be done tomorrow (Tuesday) but it depends on wind and humidity levels," Pralong Dumrongthai, director-general of Thailand's Pollution Control Department, told reporters. As Thais woke up Monday morning to another day of murky air blanketing its bustling construction-filled capital, environment group Greenpeace said Bangkok was currently the 10th most polluted in the world, rivalling some cities in China.


Three children dead after being 'trapped in freezer' in Florida

Three children dead after being 'trapped in freezer' in Florida The bodies of three children – aged 1, 4 and 6 —have been discovered in a chest freezer left outside a home in Suwanee County, Florida. Deputies from the Suwannee Country Sheriff's Office said they responded to a 911 call at a residence where three children were found not breathing. Adults were reportedly performing CPR on the children when the deputies arrived at the scene.