DOJ makes rare intervention to prevent Rikers Island transfer for Paul Manafort

DOJ makes rare intervention to prevent Rikers Island transfer for Paul Manafort

President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been spared from an expected transfer to Rikers Island jail in New York following a rare intervention by the Department of Justice, a DOJ official confirmed to ABC News. Trump has previously complained about how Manafort was being treated and has suggested he might pardon him. Manafort, 70, who is currently serving out a federal prison sentence in Pennsylvania, was expected to be transferred to the…

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Google Calendar experiencing outage, company says

Google Calendar experiencing outage, company says

Engineers at Google are working to resolve an outage with Google Calendar, according to the company. The problem began Tuesday morning, according to Google’s service details dashboard. Google Calendar is currently experiencing a service disruption. Please stay tuned for updates or follow here: https://t.co/2SGW3X1cQn Google’s other services such as Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive, appear to be unaffected by the outage. The company did not provide any additional information to ABC News regarding the…

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Powerful quake jolts northwest Japan, tsunami warning issued

Powerful quake jolts northwest Japan, tsunami warning issued

A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning along the coast which was lifted about 2 ½ hours later. Thousands of families lost electrical power and bullet train services were suspended, but there were no reports of serious injuries or damage from the magnitude 6.7 quake. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the earthquake was located off the western coast of Yamagata about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of the…

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Suspected money man named in attempted hit on Red Sox icon; motive still a mystery

Suspected money man named in attempted hit on Red Sox icon; motive still a mystery

The man suspected of paying a nearly $8,000 bounty to a team of would-be assassins implicated in the botched hit on Red Sox icon David “Big Papi” Ortiz has been named by authorities, but mystery still shrouds the identify of the person who allegedly ordered the brazen shooting in the Dominican Republic — and why. As Ortiz remains in a hospital recovering from being shot in the back in the June 9 attempt on his…

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Boy, 5, dies after being shot and dropped off at hospital

Boy, 5, dies after being shot and dropped off at hospital

A 5-year-old boy has died of a gunshot wound after two men abandoned him at a hospital in southeast Wisconsin, according to police. The shooting happened before 2 p.m. Monday at a home in Kenosha, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Milwaukee, authorities said. Staff at the Froedtert South Hospital-Kenosha Campus called authorities after two men dropped off the wounded boy then left. Authorities have not described the relationship between the adults and the…

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Off-duty officer shot dead while trying to stop armed robbery

Off-duty officer shot dead while trying to stop armed robbery

An off-duty Wisconsin police officer was shot dead while trying to stop an armed robbery at a bar Monday night, according to the police chief. Officer John Hetland, a 24-year veteran of the Racine Police Department, had worked the day-shift on Monday, Chief Arthel Howell said. At 9:40 p.m., the veteran officer was off-duty when he saw an armed robbery unfolding at Teezers Tavern in Racine, about 25 miles south of Milwaukee. “Hetland took immediate…

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Germany’s Merkel appears unsteady, shaking at ceremony

Germany’s Merkel appears unsteady, shaking at ceremony

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was visibly shaking Tuesday as she greeted the new Ukrainian leader in the hot sun in Berlin, saying later that she clearly hadn’t drunk enough water. Merkel’s whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation as she stood with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the 28-degree Celsius (82-degree Fahrenheit) heat while a military band played their national anthems outside the…

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Severe flooding threat stretches from Texas to New Jersey

Severe flooding threat stretches from Texas to New Jersey

As much as 10 inches of rain has fallen in the Ohio Valley since Friday, causing flooding, necessitating water rescues and creating a mudslide near Lexington, Kentucky. Parts of southern Indiana have seen 10 inches of rain, while up to half a foot fell in parts of Ohio. Other parts of Kentucky have reported 5 inches. There were more than 100 reports of damaging storms on Monday that ranged from the Rockies to the East…

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‘Start Here’: 1,000 more troops to the Middle East, and a ‘war zone’ in Texas

‘Start Here’: 1,000 more troops to the Middle East, and a ‘war zone’ in Texas

It’s Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Let’s start here. 1. ‘Nuclear extortion’ The U.S. is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran, which the U.S. has accused of carrying out last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran also is threatening to exceed its uranium stockpile limit, a violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, unless European leaders provide relief from crippling sanctions. U.S. State…

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Screeners find 6 smoke grenades in airline passenger’s bag

Screeners find 6 smoke grenades in airline passenger’s bag

Transportation Security Administration screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport discovered six smoke grenades in a passenger’s carry-on bag as he attempted to board a flight to the Dominican Republic. The TSA says an officer pulled the bag off the X-ray conveyor belt after spotting something unusual on Sunday and found the grenades neatly wrapped in bubble wrap. TSA deputy federal security director Christopher Murgia says while not illegal, the grenades are prohibited from being brought…

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