Robert Indiana, 89, Who Turned ‘Love’ Into Enduring Art, Is Dead

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It has since become one of the most popular holiday stamps in the United States. And he designed the red, blue and green version that was originally issued as an eight-cent stamp by the United States Postal Service for Valentine’s Day 1973. To be sure, he had a hand in spreading the word, creating many artworks in different mediums based on the motif. Mr. Indiana called it the 20th century’s “most plagiarized work of art,” and he kept a collection of knockoffs in his home, a historic Victorian building, to prove it. Mr. Indiana’s famous image features the word L-O-V-E rendered in colorful capital letters, with the first two letters stacked on top of the other two, and the letter “O” tilted as if it were being swept off its feet.

Survivor of Halloween Terror Attack Says She Will Not Be a Victim

... | May 22 @ 00:43

The truck crushed her foot and badly bruised her shoulder and arm. Seven months ago on Halloween, Rachel Pharn was sideswiped by a pickup truck in a terror attack on a Manhattan bicycle path that left eight people dead and 11 others injured. “The first week, I was in such disbelief that I was alive,” Ms. Pharn, 26, said last month in her first interview since the attack. The cane she occasionally relies on to walk around the city leans against a drawer in her living room. The cast she used to keep her broken bones in place and her crutches with the purple padding are stuffed inside a hallway closet.

Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Killing 5 at Fort Lauderdale Airport

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A competency hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, though it appears possible that it could turn into a plea hearing at which the deal would be completed. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining 11 counts of the indictment filed last year. Prosecutors said that the man, Esteban Santiago, would plead guilty to 11 counts related to violence at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and would serve five consecutive life sentences, followed by 120 years in prison for the shooting rampage on Jan. 6, 2017. A man who the authorities say fatally shot five people and wounded six others at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last year has agreed to plead guilty to several counts of committing violence in a deal that allows him to avoid the death penalty, according to documents filed in court on Monday. As part of the agreement, Mr. Santiago, 28, also waived his right to appeal and agreed to forfeit a pistol that he used in the shooting, the documents say.

Turkey Sentences 104 People to Life in Prison Over the 2016 Coup Attempt

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The failed coup was the most serious attempt to overthrow President Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003. The 104 defendants received “aggravated life sentences,” which is one of the harshest penalties given since the coup attempt, Reuters reports. More than 100 former Turkish military officers have been given life sentences for their involvement in an attempted 2016 coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the BBC reports. Erdogan has previously proposed reintroducing the death penalty, which Turkey scrapped in 2004, for coup conspirators, according to the BBC. The following year, Erdogan consolidated his authority with a controversial constitutional referendum that endowed Turkey’s president with extensive new powers.

Australian archbishop Philip Wilson guilty of concealing child sex abuses

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Image copyright CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF ADELAIDE Image caption Philip Wilson is the most senior Catholic to be convicted of covering up child sexual abuseAn Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. He said Wilson told him he was telling lies and to recite 10 Hail Mary prayers as punishment. Fletcher was later convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail in 2006. Child sexual abuse survivors praised the verdict in emotional scenes outside the court after the decision. Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide, becomes the most senior Catholic in the world to be charged and convicted of the offence.

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Who’s Winning the Democrats’ Civil War?

... | May 21 @ 23:40

This jockeying for the leftist mantle, even in a Democratic primary, is something new, says former Georgia state senator Vincent Fort, an Evans supporter and former Sanders delegate. And the Tea Party candidates who took on the GOP establishment often differed more in style than in substance with their foes; both sides considered themselves conservative. In Pennsylvania, a Sanders-backed progressive defeated the state’s incumbent lieutenant governor, and two self-proclaimed Democratic Socialists beat incumbent Democratic state representatives. Just like the Tea Party, the Resistance is fueled by grassroots energy that can’t be controlled by a political party, and is sometimes directed at its own side. Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, is a proud liberal, and she’s widely expected to win.

Mike Pompeo Threatens to Impose the ‘Strongest Sanctions in History’ on Iran

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Global normsPompeo said that that if Iran meets the Trump administration’s demands the U.S. would end the sanctions, give Iran access to advanced technology and re-establish diplomatic and commercial relations. Pompeo said Iran will continue to feel the “sting of sanctions” if its doesn’t change the “unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen. ‘Who are you?’Rouhani scoffed at the demands from Pompeo, a former congressman who was previously Trump’s CIA director. Read a QuickTake on the Iran nuclear deal Trump exitedSoon after the speech, a member of the Iranian parliament’s national security committee called Pompeo’s strategy nothing more than “U.S. “Anytime sanctions are put in place, countries have to give up economic activity,” Pompeo said, adding that U.S. companies have sacrificed business opportunities.

North Korea's nuclear test site: is blowing up Punggye-ri just for show?

... | May 21 @ 23:12

Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well under way', satellite images show Read moreHow did we get here? North Korean leader Kim Jong-un first disclosed plans to close the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri during a summit with South Korean president Moon Jae-in in April. North Korea has invited a handful of journalists to watch as it dismantles its only known nuclear test site, but experts warn the move is purely symbolicThis week North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will shut the nation’s only known nuclear test site ahead of an expected meeting with Donald Trump on 12 June. North Korea has allowed a handful of international journalists (but none from South Korea) to watch the closing ceremony. Notably absent are experts or inspectors who can study the test site up close.

North Korea summit: Pence warns Kim Jong-un not to 'play' Trump

... | May 21 @ 23:07

"It would be a great mistake for Kim Jong-un to think he could play Donald Trump," Mr Pence said in a Fox News interview. Mr Pence also said Mr Trump could walk away from the 12 June summit. "I don't think President Trump is thinking about public relations, he's thinking about peace," the vice president said. Mr Pence said there was "no question" Mr Trump is willing to walk away from the planned Singapore meeting. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mike Pence made the comments in a Fox News interview to be broadcast on Monday nightUS Vice President Mike Pence has warned North Korea's Kim Jong-un not to "play" President Donald Trump if they meet next month.

Crowdfunders Left Hanging By 3D Headphone Startup's Abrupt Closure

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Ossic raised more than $3.2 million in crowdfunding for its Ossic X, which it touted as the "first 3D audio headphones calibrated to you. "I'm starting to think I wasted my money on Ossic X," wrote one last month. 0/2 on kickstarter projects," wrote one apparent backer on Ossic's website. On Kickstarter, backers ultimately decide the validity and worthiness of a project by whether they decide to fund it. Crowdfunders Left Hanging By 3D Headphone Startup's Abrupt ClosureEnlarge this image toggle caption David Becker/Getty Images David Becker/Getty ImagesA California startup that sought revolutionize audio headphones, promising personalized devices that would produce sound "indistinguishable from reality," has found that raising interest among investors was easier than delivering the goods.

German Families Playing Hooky Stopped By Police At Airports, May Be Fined

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A German police spokesman told the BBC that, though the parents were questioned by authorities, Memmingen families were not prohibited from going on vacation. German Families Playing Hooky Stopped By Police At Airports, May Be FinedEnlarge this image toggle caption AFP/AFP/Getty Images AFP/AFP/Getty ImagesGerman parents are getting busted for taking their kids on vacation when they should be in school. "It used to be that parents and children were both fined for truancies and children were prosecuted in adult traffic courts," she said. Police have launched investigations into more than 20 families who were caught playing hooky ahead of a three-day weekend that started on May 19, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported. "It would have been disproportionate to take the children back to school, as the families had paid for their holidays," the spokesman said.

News Analysis: Trump Team’s Mueller Strategy: Limit the Investigation and Attack the Investigators

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WASHINGTON — Frustrated and impatient, fed up with waiting and eager to fight back, President Trump has embarked on what amounts to a two-prong strategy to contain the threat and undercut the credibility of the escalating investigations targeting him and his associates. “I think we’re finally seeing some semblance of a strategy emerge,” said Alan M. Dershowitz, the Harvard Law School professor emeritus who speaks with the president from time to time but has declined to join his legal team. went beyond talk and resulted in an extraordinary meeting on Monday at the White House, where the president pressured intelligence and law enforcement officials to allow congressional Republicans to view highly classified information related to the Russia investigation that they had previously refused to divulge. “They have now decided that they need to be more proactive, more aggressive and more anticipatory and I see that happening.”While he has assailed the investigations for a year, Mr. Trump’s latest assertion of bad faith by the Justice Department and the F.B.I. The blizzard of Twitter messages combined with a string of public statements by his lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, in recent days seemed aimed at turning the focus away from the conduct of the president or his team to that of their pursuers while laying out a series of red lines to limit the reach and duration of the primary inquiry.

Op-Ed Columnist: Stop Giving Trump the Benefit of the Doubt

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In March, Trump spontaneously accepted an offer, conveyed to him by a South Korean envoy, to meet directly with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “Democrats go on defense as the Republican tax plan grows more popular,” said CNBC. After Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, a number of companies gave their employees one-time bonuses, ostensibly sharing their new corporate windfall. Instead of sharing the wealth with employees, companies have spent record amounts of money buying back their own stock. Nevertheless, in parts of the media, the idea that Republicans had been vindicated took hold.

Australian Archbishop Convicted of Child Sex Abuse Cover-Up

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(NEWCASTLE, Australia) — An Australian archbishop who was the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world charged with covering up child sex abuse was convicted Tuesday and faces a potential two years in prison. “I don’t think I would have forgotten that,” Wilson told the court. Wilson told the court he had not been aware that Fletcher had abused boys. Magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict against Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, following a magistrate-only trial. Wilson said he had no memory of seeing the second altar boy at all in 1976 and he would never accuse anyone in the confessional of telling lies.

How to Win an Election in Venezuela: Control the Food

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The FBI and Justice Department Will ‘Review’ Classified Russia Probe Details With Congressional Leaders

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The Justice Department probe began in March at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans. It’s unclear exactly what the members will be allowed to review or if the Justice Department will be providing any documents to Congress. The back and forth between the Justice Department and Congress began with a classified subpoena from Nunes in late April. In response, the Justice Department moved to defuse the confrontation by asking its watchdog to investigate whether there was inappropriate surveillance. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump chief of staff John Kelly will broker the meeting between congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Bankers Hate the Volcker Rule. Now, It Could Be Watered Down.

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In practice, the proposed changes could expand the types of trading that banks are permitted to engage in. An alphabet soup of five federal agencies — the Fed, O.C.C., F.D.I.C., Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission — are coming up with the proposed changes to the rule. Banks and their regulators say the changes are needed because the 71-page rule is too complex and interferes with banks’ ability to provide market liquidity. In other words, they claim that the rule is making it much harder for banks to match buyers and sellers of financial products. “We want banks to be able to engage in market making and provide liquidity to financial markets with less fasting and prayer about their compliance with the Volcker Rule,” Randal K. Quarles, the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman for supervision, said in a speech to bankers on March 5.

Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Barrier-Breaking Lawyer, Dies at 104

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“There were many men who did not appreciate being ground up into hamburger meat by Dovey Roundtree. Encouraged by a friend of her grandmother’s, the distinguished black educator Mary McLeod Bethune, young Dovey Johnson set her sights on becoming a doctor. Rachel Graham stood guard on the front porch, wielding her household broom as the hooded riders thundered by. Long afterward, Ms. Roundtree recalled huddling beneath her grandmother’s kitchen table with her mother and sisters as Klansmen raged through their community on horseback. Born not long after the Civil War ended, Rachel Graham had weathered the death of her first husband at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan.

Same grief, different outcomes: Texas mulls school safety

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“I’d be comfortable with our teachers having guns,” said Tessa Ybarra, 15, a sophomore at Santa Fe High School. A chaplain carries a cross bearing the name of a victim killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 21, 2018. Police arrested Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at the Santa Fe school following the rampage they said he committed with a shotgun and .38-caliber pistol. Cindy Evans, 48, whose 15-year-old son attends Santa Fe High, said she felt the solution ultimately lay elsewhere. SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - Mourners knelt before white wooden crosses on Monday outside the Texas high school where 10 people were killed in the fourth deadly U.S. school shooting this year, an image recalling similar gatherings after February’s Florida school massacre.

Re-elected, Venezuela's Maduro faces global criticism, U.S. sanctions

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U.S. crude hit its highest level since 2014 on Monday amid rising concerns that Venezuela’s oil output could fall further following the election and sanctions. Maduro, a former bus driver whose second term in office starts in January, faces a colossal task turning around Venezuela’s moribund economy. The group deplored Venezuela’s “grave humanitarian situation.”In contrast, Venezuela’s regional leftist allies, such as Cuba and Bolivia, sent congratulations. Maduro won 68 percent of votes - more than three times as many as his main rival Henri Falcon. Other countries also hinted at sanctions, with Spain leading European Union criticism of the election.

Prodded by Trump, FBI to look into complaint about its 2016 tactics

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department agreed on Monday to investigate “any irregularities” in FBI tactics related to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign after Trump questioned whether an FBI informant had been planted into his political organization. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein departs the West Wing of the White House after a meeting on FBI investigations into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2018. Republican U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin said he and 16 other members of Congress will introduce a resolution on Tuesday alleging Justice Department and FBI misconduct involving surveillance in the Trump-Russia probe. The White House will set up a meeting with the FBI, the Justice Department and the intelligence community to let congressional leaders review classified information related to Trump’s accusations, Sanders said. The Justice Department “has asked the inspector general to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” Sanders said in a statement.

Obama, Gina Haspel, Texas: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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President Trump praised the “patriots of the C.I.A.” as he swore in Gina Haspel, above left, as the agency’s next director. Mr. Pompeo, now secretary of state, offered no concessions to European leaders who want to do business with Tehran. )Over at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Ms. Haspel’s predecessor, Mike Pompeo, above center, delivered a remarkably hard-line speech about Iran. (Last year, on his first visit to the agency, he delivered a diatribe against the news media and Democrats. It was a departure from his accusations that intelligence agencies had orchestrated a conspiracy against his presidential campaign.

Republican Leaders Will Be Allowed to See Some Information on Russia Investigation

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They raised some of their concerns in a letter and then in a face-to-face meeting two weeks ago with Mr. Nunes. WASHINGTON — The White House brokered an agreement on Monday with intelligence and law enforcement officials that will allow Republican congressional leaders to view some of the most highly classified information related to the Russia investigation, administration officials said. They have trained their focus most recently on access to documents and information related to a secret informant used by F.B.I. agents to gather information from Trump associates who were overseas during the 2016 presidential campaign. For months, a small group of lawmakers close to Mr. Trump have been in a pitched fight with the Justice Department over access to some of its most delicate case files, including documents detailing the scope of the Russia investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel.

Cuba plane crash: Mexico suspends Aerolíneas Damojh

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Wreckage was spread over a large areaThe plane crashed after taking off from Havana airport. The authority has run "annual checks" on Aerolíneas Damojh, the statement reads, with the most recent in November 2017. Last Friday's crash near Havana killed 110 people immediately, while one more died on Monday. Officials said in a statement on Monday that Aerolíneas Damojh was under "extraordinary verification". Image copyright AFP Image caption The plane crashed in a field near Havana international airportMexico's civil air authority has suspended the operations of a company that owned the plane involved in Cuba's deadliest air disaster in 30 years.

U.S. toughens stance on Iran, lists sweeping demands

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Iran dismissed Washington’s ultimatum and one senior Iranian official said it showed the United States is seeking “regime change” in Iran. European parties to the nuclear deal - France, Britain and Germany - are working to find a way to keep the nuclear pact in effect after Washington’s exit. Slideshow (5 Images)Pompeo’s demand that Tehran stop uranium enrichment goes even further than the nuclear deal. The European Union largely dismissed Pompeo’s speech and said it remained committed to the full implementation of the nuclear deal. If Washington sees tangible shifts in Iran’s policies, it is prepared to lift sanctions, Pompeo said.

Senator Corker turns down Trump's offer to be ambassador to Australia

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The United States has not had an ambassador to Australia, a key U.S. ally in the Pacific, since September 2016. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks at the Milken Institute's 21st Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson“At the end of the day, I just felt like it wasn’t the right fit and I still had work to do in the Senate,” Corker told Reuters in a telephone interview. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered Senator Bob Corker the chance to be the U.S. ambassador to Australia, but the Republican lawmaker, currently chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Monday he turned the position down. Corker, 65, has announced his intention to retire from the Senate when his second six-year term ends in December.

Rewinding & Rewriting: The Alternate Universes in Our Heads

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Hidden Brain Rewinding & Rewriting Rewinding & Rewriting Listen · 30:33 30:33A counterfactual is a mental simulation where you think about something that happened, and then imagine an alternate ending. Rewinding & Rewriting: The Alternate Universes in Our HeadsEnlarge this image toggle caption Courtesy of Laura Ogden Courtesy of Laura OgdenThere's a moment from nearly a decade ago that's still on loop in Laura Ogden's mind. '"Enlarge this image Courtesy of Laura Odgen Courtesy of Laura OdgenNorthwestern University Professor Neal Roese says there's real value to wondering "if only. You can follow us on Twitter @hiddenbrain, and listen for Hidden Brain stories each week on your local public radio station. "If you drive home from work today, and you get into a car accident, that would be terrible," she says.

Prison without guards or weapons in Brazil

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No guardsThe Apac system has been gaining growing recognition as a safer, cheaper and more humane answer to the country's prison crisis. Hardened criminalsBut the situation of Campos also reflects wider problems in Brazil's prison system. "Sitting in her cell she relates how she and her cellmate Viviane Campos, 38, began to date a pair of friends at the men's Apac prison across town after sending letters via the prison administration. If they do not - or if they try to abscond - they risk being returned to the mainstream system. "It's a sad reflection on the mainstream system that Apacs are praised for upholding the law," he says.

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