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New U.S. sanctions attempt to influence Russia before election: Tass

New U.S. sanctions attempt to influence Russia before election: TassA new round of U.S. sanctions expected against Moscow is an attempt to influence Russia’s domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Saturday. Washington is expected to impose fresh penalties against Russia as soon as early February for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote. Russia has repeatedly denied this.



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Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage: documents

Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage: documents(Reuters) – Three months before killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 in Las Vegas last October, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history sent emails discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed. Bump stocks believed to be used in the massacre were found in the 32nd-floor hotel room from where Stephen Paddock fired down on a crowd gathered on a Sunday night for the finale of a country music festival held on the Las Vegas Strip. The details suggesting the attack may have planned months in advance were part of more than 300 pages of search warrants unsealed by a federal judge in Nevada on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times, one of several publications that sought release of the documents.



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Residents didn't heed voluntary evacuation before mudslide

Residents didn't heed voluntary evacuation before mudslideResidents of the area hit the hardest by the deadly flash floods in Southern California didn't heed a voluntary evacuation.



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President Oprah? Here's what she needs to consider before she runs

President Oprah? Here's what she needs to consider before she runsTalk of Oprah running for president in 2020 is ratcheting up, thanks to her powerful speech at the Golden Globes. Of course, that means the inevitable backlash is here too.  But if the media mogul has the fire in the belly required to run for president, she should run — and nothing anyone writes should dissuade her.  If she is truly prepared for the thankless slog of the Democratic primary process — endless corn dogs at Iowa cookouts, walking from house to house through the freezing slush of New Hampshire in January, being grilled with gotcha questions on foreign policy by newspaper boards and talk radio hosts coast to coast — then she's ready. SEE ALSO: 'She would absolutely do it': Stedman Graham fuels hopes for Oprah's unlikely presidential run If she runs, the veil of celebrity will be lifted. Nothing can protect her from oppo research — everything she's ever said on every TV show over the years can and will be used out of context in attack ads, every crackpot health theory she has ever entertained on screen or in print will be used against her.  If she gets all that in her gut and it doesn't faze her, if she's happy to give up her life as she knows it, then no obstacle remains. Her rags-to-billions resume is more impressive than the current president's, her speechmaking more inspiring, her common touch more genuine, her claim on this moment in history more legitimate. He was a heavily edited reality TV star; she has been far less filtered and has always sought to raise the level of discourse. But here's one more gut check Oprah needs to consider: The presidency is not the powerful office many believe it to be. It is, in many senses, a trap. No matter what legislation she cares about enacting — Medicare for all, a $ 15 national minimum wage, comprehensive immigration reform — she can almost certainly be a lot more effective outside the White House than in it. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel is all about Oprah in 2020 The president is constitutionally weak, as Trump is finding out to his chagrin. Notwithstanding the vast post-1945 national security apparatus that grew up around the executive branch, it's hard to get much done by fiat. America's founders intended this.  In practical terms, the role is about endless rounds of federal and judicial appointments squeezed between endless meetings. I have no doubt Oprah would listen to the wisdom of counsel; then again, she did promote the problematic Dr. Oz, half of whose medical claims are flat-out wrong.  The nature of the trap is pretty clear. It isn't just the suffocating constriction of Secret Service protection — Bill Clinton once half-jokingly called the Oval Office the "crown jewel of the Federal penal system" — it's the fact that once you're in the office, the pendulum soon swings against you.  Rightly or wrongly, and mostly wrongly, you and your party are seen as responsible for every ill to befall the nation. And if there aren't that many real ills, the opposition is perfectly prepared to hype up some imaginary ones. Remember the ebola scare just prior to the 2014 midterm elections?  The last four presidents — Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump — were all billed as outsider candidates. Each one had a lighter political resume than his predecessor. That didn't matter. Each one lost (or in Trump's case, looks very likely to lose) total control of Congress in a midterm election; each one fell victim to the rallying cry of "throw the bums out."  Once you defeat the swamp, you become the swamp. That helps explain why even a preening narcissist like Trump reportedly didn't want to win the election. He just wanted to get close enough to claim he was robbed and then set up a grievance-filled cable news channel.  Now picture this: Oprah as the head of a supremely powerful PAC. Imagine if she cared enough about a single political issue — Medicare for All, say — to campaign for it for as long as it takes. Not to run for office, but to expend all her energy on pressuring office holders into enacting legislation, and throwing out the ones that don't.   She could fill stadiums with star-studded salutes to single-payer healthcare. She could explain the issues involved to the electorate in a highly accessible way; she could keep our eyes focused on the prize. Democratic politicians, and maybe even a few Republicans, would be lining up to introduce Oprah-backed bills.  Those billions of dollars in free media that helped Trump eke out a win in 2016? They'd be nothing compared to what Oprah could get as a stadium-filling, issue-pushing kingmaker. Let CNN see what kind of audience numbers it could get filling the screen with
her empty podium. The time is ripe for a truly transformational political figure with a gift like Oprah's — but one who floats above the machine rather than in it. If she really wants to get stuff done, there's no limit on how far she can go … just so long as she leaves the temptations of the Iowa state fair to more pedestrian retail politicians.  WATCH: The inspiring reason your favorite stars wore black on the red carpet



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Mom Kills Husband, Two Sons Before Fatally Shooting Herself at Upscale Texas Resort

Mom Kills Husband, Two Sons Before Fatally Shooting Herself at Upscale Texas ResortTexas police believe a 37-year-old old mother fatally shot her husband and their two young sons before turning the gun on herself in an apparent murder-suicide in a high-end Galveston resort, PEOPLE confirms



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US-North Korea live updates: Trump taunts Kim Jong-un over nuclear button hours before Pyongyang reopens South Korea hotline

US-North Korea live updates: Trump taunts Kim Jong-un over nuclear button hours before Pyongyang reopens South Korea hotlineNorth Korea reopened its border hotline with South Korea hours after Donald Trump mocked Kim Jong-un by saying he has a “bigger and more powerful” nuclear button. The North Korean dictator ordered the hotline at the truce village of Panmunjom to be reopened at 6.30am. Officials from the two Koreas exchanged their names and examined their communications lines to make sure they were working during a 20-minute conversation, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said.



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Months Before Fatal Shooting of Deputy, University Had Warned Students About Suspect

Months Before Fatal Shooting of Deputy, University Had Warned Students About SuspectA man fatally shot after reportedly firing on deputies in suburban Denver was the subject of a warning to University of Wyoming students



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North Korean nuclear scientist deported by China 'commits suicide in prison hours before interrogation' 

North Korean nuclear scientist deported by China 'commits suicide in prison hours before interrogation' A North Korean nuclear scientist deported back to his home country after defecting to China has reportedly committed suicide in his prison cell hours before he was due to be interrogated. The defector, who is in his 50s, was a lead researcher in the physics centre of the State Academy of Sciences in Pyongyang. He was identified by Radio Free Asia as Hyun Cheol-huh, although it is not known if this was his real name. A source in North Hamgyong province told RFA that he was forced back on November 17 and placed in solitary confinement at the state security department in Sinuiju city, where he consumed poison. “He died before he could be questioned about the reasons for his escape, who had helped him and what his route had been,” he said. Mr Hyun is said to have taken leave from his job “because he was showing signs of anxiety over his research projects,” added the source. “Suddenly, he visited relatives near the border without letting his family know and without carrying valid documents for travel. And when he learned that the authorities were looking for him, he simply disappeared.” Reports have suggested that Mr Hyun had attempted to join up with other defectors and that the Chinese were unaware of his true identity when they were tipped off by North Korean intelligence. Despite building evidence of human rights atrocities, there has been a reported surge in deportations back to the North from China, the most common escape route for defectors. On Friday the Daily NK reported that North Korean border forces have been ordered shoot defectors trying to escape, even if they have already entered Chinese territory, or face the firing squad themselves. The crackdown followed the high profile defection of Oh Chong-song, a young soldier whose daring dash for freedom was caught on camera and broadcast around the world. The orders state that “the entire border region should now be considered the front-line of defence” and be turned into an “impenetrable fortress.” The draconian measures come at great human cost. Last month North Korean defector, Taewon Lee, 29, made a heartbroken plea for international help to save his wife and young child from being deported back after they were caught by the Chinese en route to join him in Seoul. Despite desperately lobbying South Korea’s foreign ministry for help, he discovered late last month that they had been forced back to the North. Little is known of their fate, but in an earlier interview with the Telegraph, Mr Lee was clear about his fears for their wellbeing if they were returned. “They will definitely be sent to a prison camp. In the worst case, they will be killed,” he said.



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Woman Takes Her Wedding Vows Just Hours Before Cancer Takes Her Life

Woman Takes Her Wedding Vows Just Hours Before Cancer Takes Her LifeOn Dec. 23, 2016, school psychologist Heather Lindsay was diagnosed with the breast cancer that would eventually take her life.



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'It All Just Went to Hell.' Man Shares Family Christmas Video Hours Before Killing His Kids, Police Say

'It All Just Went to Hell.' Man Shares Family Christmas Video Hours Before Killing His Kids, Police Say'It all just went to hell'



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