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Landslide kills 6 Afghans in Taliban-controlled district

Landslide kills 6 Afghans in Taliban-controlled districtA landslide in a remote, Taliban-controlled district in northeastern Afghanistan killed at least six people, all of them poor villagers mining the hillside for gold, officials said Thursday. The landslide took place on Wednesday in the district of Raghistan in Badakhshan province, said provincial council member Abdullah Naji Nazari. The area, rich in gold, has been under Taliban control since 2015.



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Democrat for Trump’s Home District to Lead Impeachment Panel

Democrat for Trump’s Home District to Lead Impeachment Panel(Bloomberg) — The New York City lawmaker whose district includes much of Manhattan and Trump Tower has the inside track to take over a key congressional watchdog committee with a leading role in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, according to multiple House Democratic officials.Representative Carolyn Maloney, 73, has already taken over the Committee on Oversight and Reform on an acting basis, following the Oct. 17 death of Elijah Cummings, the former chairman.Maloney’s seniority on the committee gives her an advantage over other Democrats eyeing the top job on the panel involved in the impeachment process and other investigations of Trump’s administration and associates. Since the inquiry was sparked by a whistle-blower complaint from the intelligence community, the most visible leader of the impeachment process is still expected to be Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.This would give Maloney an important but mostly behind-the-scenes role in hearings to gather evidence on Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine, which could be the basis for article of impeachment.“I think it’s been decided,” said Representative Lacy Clay, a Missouri Democrat and Oversight Committee member, who has also been suggested as a candidate. But Clay said he will not make a bid and understands that Maloney has it sewn up.Acting ChairwomanIf confirmed, Maloney will bring a long record of legislative accomplishments as well as her sometimes quirky mannerism. She recently drew attention in the Capitol (and at the Met Gala) for wearing firefighting gear. She did so as a lead sponsor of the 9/11 victims fund re-authorization to help first-responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The measure was one of this year’s rare examples of a bipartisan bill signed into law.Reflecting the importance of the financial industry in her district, which includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, Maloney is also a senior member of the Financial Services Committee and vice chair of the Joint Economic CommitteeMaloney has been temporarily leading the Oversight panel since Cummings died Oct. 17. The late chairman was a more infrequent presence on Capitol Hill as he fell ill in recent weeks, and committee staff members have been working with other panels to schedule and question witnesses.At least two other Democrats — Representatives Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Jackie Speier of California, both 69 — have considered seeking the chairmanship, according to their colleagues. Connolly declined to speak about that possibility while the House was in mourning for Cummings, and Speier’s office didn’t respond to inquiries about her interest.Maloney’s office declined to comment on the record.SeniorityMaloney moved to New York as a young adult where she became a city council member mostly in the 1980s, investigating city contracts, including those linked to organized crime. She has built a mostly liberal voting record, with leading roles on census and gun issues.She drew national attention in 2012 for walking out of an Oversight hearing on contraception and and religious liberty after noting the all-male list of witnesses.Maloney has had to juggle her constituents who work in banking with her push to reform to the industry, especially her role crafting part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street overhaul. The House recently passed an anti-money laundering bill she sponsored that Wall Street banks supported for sharing compliance responsibility with private companies.Clay said he and many Democrats, including the powerful Congressional Black Caucus of more than 50 members, simply believe it is Maloney’s turn to lead the Oversight Committee. She was passed over for the job of ranking member when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi favored Cummings after Democrats lost the House majority in 2010.The Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, controlled by Pelosi, plays a big role in nominating the eventual chairman, to be ratified by the 234-member Democratic Caucus. Members expect the decision to be finalized by the end of next month.Pelosi hasn’t indicated who she prefers to lead the Oversight Committee. A spokesman, Drew Hammill, when asked Thursday if Pelosi is backing Maloney, said: “She has not said that. This week is for mourning.”But multiple House officials say the last thing Pelosi wants is for her caucus to fight over the chairmanship in the middle of the House impeachment investigation. That is part of the reason why Connolly and Speier acknowledge that the gavel is Maloney’s if she wants it.‘Shining a Spotlight’As Oversight chairman, Cummings was looking into the administration’s failed efforts to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, the process for White House Security clearances and the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.A widely watched February hearing held with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gave Cummings a dramatic platform that he used to ask his colleagues how history will remember them and what they did “to keep our democracy intact.”Maloney is sure to have a less soaring oratorical style, but she has pledged to continue the probes Cummings started. In a public statement last week, Maloney recognized the importance of the impeachment process and also highlighted the committee’s other work.“We will continue to pursue the impeachment inquiry with vigor in support of the investigation led by the Intelligence Committee,” Maloney said. But, she added, “from the high costs of prescription drugs to the horrid treatment of migrants at our southern border, we will keep shining a spotlight on this administration’s actions.”To contact the reporter on this story: Billy House in Washington at bhouse5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at kwhitelaw@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Ocasio-Cortez sells ambitious U.S. welfare legislation in home district

Ocasio-Cortez sells ambitious U.S. welfare legislation in home districtU.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday promoted her ambitious welfare legislation to constituents in her home district in New York, finding a friendlier audience than she often encounters in the glare of Washington. Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has soared to prominence since her election a year ago, pushing the Democratic Party to veer to the left ahead of the November 2020 presidential election while becoming a favorite target of conservative Fox News and Republicans who consider her too radical. “If the government worked for us half as much as it works for billionaires and corporations, our lives would be transformed,” Ocasio-Cortez said before about 100 people at a public library in the borough of Queens.



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Armed Jewel Thieves Rob New York Diamond District Store Popular With Rappers, Celebrities

Armed Jewel Thieves Rob New York Diamond District Store Popular With Rappers, CelebritiesAvianne and Co's customers have included Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne



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Texas school district sued for coloring black pupil's scalp with marker

Texas school district sued for coloring black pupil's scalp with markerParents of a black teenager in Texas are suing their Houston-area school district after three white middle school personnel used a marker to blot out a design in their son’s scalp. The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Sunday against the Pearland Independent School District and the three staff members of Berry Miller Junior High who used the marker to color the student’s scalp. The three claimed that his “common African American ‘fade’ haircut violated the Pearland ISD dress code policy,” the lawsuit reads.



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Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in tourist district

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in tourist districtHong Kong riot police fired repeated tear gas rounds on Saturday evening at pro-democracy protesters in a popular tourist district, during the latest violence to rock the global finance hub despite increasingly stern warnings from China. Authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing this week signalled a hardening stance. Dozens of protesters were arrested, and the Chinese military said it was ready to quell the “intolerable” unrest if requested.



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Supreme Court will decide if convicted sniper in 2002 District of Columbia-area killings can get new sentence

Supreme Court will decide if convicted sniper in 2002 District of Columbia-area killings can get new sentenceThe Supreme Court agreed to decide whether life-without-parole sentences for the primary gunman in a series of D.C.-area murders in 2002 must be reconsidered.



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Striking teachers in LA reach tentative settlement with district

Striking teachers in LA reach tentative settlement with districtLos Angeles public school teachers reached a tentative settlement with school officials Tuesday in order to end a weeklong strike that has affected some 500,000 students. The settlement — reached after 21 hours of marathon talks that ended early Tuesday — was set to be voted on by the roughly 30,000 members of the teachers union later in the day and classes are due to resume on Wednesday. “The strike nobody wanted is now behind us,” Los Angeles United School District superintendent Austin Beutner said at a joint press conference with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles.



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'Our Armageddon': Los Angeles teachers strike in nation's 2nd largest school district

'Our Armageddon': Los Angeles teachers strike in nation's 2nd largest school districtTeachers in Los Angeles are striking in the pouring rain, throwing the nation’s second-largest school district into chaos.



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Wisconsin district investigates boys' apparent Nazi salute

Wisconsin district investigates boys' apparent Nazi saluteBARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district is investigating a photo of a group of high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute, drawing a strong rebuke on social media.



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