Blinken headed to Mideast as US alarm over violence grows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank this weekend, the State Department announced Thursday, as the United States raises alarm over escalating violence after Israel’s deadliest operation in the West Bank in two decades. Blinken’s visit to Israel has been planned for weeks, but the … Read more

House Republicans pass bill to limit Strategic Petroleum Reserve moves

A maze of crude oil pipes and equipment is seen with American and Texan flags waving in the background at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas. Richard Carson | Reuters WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to limit the president’s ability to tap into the country’s strategic petroleum … Read more

North Korea slams US over decision to send tanks to Ukraine

Seoul, South Korea — North Korea on Friday condemned the United States’ decision to provide Ukraine with advanced battle tanks to help fight the Russian invasion, saying Washington was stepping up a sinister “proxy war” aimed at destroying Moscow. Comments from the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un underscored the country’s deepening … Read more

Former Vice President Pence on classified docs found at his home: ‘Mistakes were made’

CNN — Former Vice President Mike Pence said Friday he was previously unaware that classified documents were at his Indiana home, but that “mistakes were made” and he takes full responsibility. Pence said during remarks at Florida International University that he thought “out of an abundance of caution, it would be appropriate to review (his) … Read more

Jan. 6 rioter who assaulted Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick sentenced to over 6 years in jail

CNN — A man who assaulted United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick with pepper spray on Jan. 6, 2021, was sentenced Friday to 80 months behind bars. Julian Khater pleaded guilty in September to two counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers with a dangerous weapon. His co-defendant, George Tanios, pleaded guilty last summer … Read more

DEA Mexico chief quietly ousted over ties to drug lawyers

MIAMI (AP) — Last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration quietly ousted its former top official in Mexico for inappropriate contact with drug traffickers’ lawyers, an embarrassing end to a brief tenure marked by deteriorating cooperation between countries and a record flow of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl across the border. Nicholas Palmeri’s socializing and vacationing … Read more

Video of Paul Pelosi Attack Shows Intruder Striking Former House Speaker’s Husband With a Hammer

Video and audio evidence of the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband was released on Friday, showing for the first time the sequence of events that ended with 82-year-old Paul Pelosi being knocked unconscious with a hammer while that the police were attacking his assailant. Some of the evidence has already been presented in court proceedings … Read more

US charges three in Iran-linked plot to assassinate journalist | Crime News

The United States Department of Justice has charged three people in an alleged foiled murder-for-hire plot to murder an Iranian-American journalist, a scheme Washington says was directed from Iran. US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the charges on Friday, saying the Iranian government had previously targeted the intended victim, who is critical of Tehran. Garland … Read more

Tyre Nichols: US braces for release of police arrest video | Police News

US braces for mass protests and public outrage as police in the city of Memphis, Tennessee are expected to release video footage of the arrest and beating of a motorist noir, the latest act of police violence to rock the country. Five Memphis police officers were charged with, among other things, second-degree murder this week … Read more