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Woman who posed as black makes plea deal in fraud case

Woman who posed as black makes plea deal in fraud caseSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud.



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Nato chief makes unprecedented pitch to US Congress on need for trans-Atlantic unity

Nato chief makes unprecedented pitch to US Congress on need for trans-Atlantic unityNato’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made an unprecedented pitch to Congress for unity amid transatlantic tensions on Wednesday, as he marked 70 years since its founding charter was signed in Washington. Mr Stoltenberg gave a ringing defense of "the most successful alliance in history," which has often been derided by Donald Trump, the US president. He used the speech to underscore America’s "enduring support" for the historic alliance and downplayed disagreements with Mr Trump, saying: "Nato has been good for Europe, but Nato has also been good for the United States." He added: "We have to be frank. Questions are being asked on both sides of the Atlantic about the strength of our partnership. And, yes, there are differences. "The strength of Nato is that despite our differences, we have always been able to unite around our core task: to defend each other, protect each other, and to keep our people safe". Jens Stoltenberg addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill  Credit: Reuters Members of Congress, who greeted Mr Stoltenberg with repeated cheers and standing ovations, said they viewed his address as a chance to reaffirm the American commitment to the Nato alliance. His address to a joint session of Congress – a rare honour usually reserved for heads of state – is the first by a Nato chief. The invitation from Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House Speaker, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, has been seen as a rebuke of Mr Trump and his repeated bashing of the alliance. An invitation to meet with Mr Trump at the White House was later extended to Mr Stoltenberg. The Trump administration’s relationship with Nato has been fractious, with the president publicly pressuring other partners to pay their "fair share" in defence spending. During an on-camera meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Mr Stoltenberg appeared at times stony faced as Mr Trump criticised German defence spending and predicted the US would get along with Russia. However he acknowledged that Mr Trump’s demand appeared to be paying off, telling the president: "As you just mentioned, after years of cutting defense budgets, Nato allies have now started to invest more. And by the end of next year, they will have added $ 100 billion more into their defense budgets since you took office." Mr Trump has continued to criticise other allies' spending commitments Credit: Rex Mr Stoltenberg also used his speech Wednesday to warn of the threat "a more assertive Russia" posed to the alliance, including its violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. "Nato has no intention of deploying land-based nuclear missiles in Europe," Mr Stoltenberg said. "But Nato will always take the necessary steps to provide credible and effective deterrence." Mr Stoltenberg’s address is part of a two-day meeting in the US capital for foreign ministers from the 29-member alliance to mark its 70th anniversary. The celebrations are also intended to show a tough, united front on a resurgent Russia but Mr Trump’s rhetoric is not the only chord of disunity among the allies. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted Wednesday that his country would push ahead with buying Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. "The S-400 deal is a done deal and we will not step back from this," he told a think-tank forum in Washington. Mr Cavusoglu went on to say that Turkey still backed Nato on core concerns with Russia and would never recognise Moscow’s 2014 takeover of Crimea from Ukraine. But he said Turkey turned to Russia as it could not buy US Patriot missiles and claimed Mr Trump had said in a phone call that his predecessor Barack Obama had made a "mistake" not to sell the system to Ankara. It was also announced this week that Nato is to fund a $ 260 million weapons store at an airbase in central Poland to ward off Kremlin aggression. Mr Stoltenberg said the weapons store, along with improved infrastructure will "underpin the increased US presence in Poland". Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing following bird strike after takeoff

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing following bird strike after takeoffA bird strike on an American Airlines flight from Boston's Logan Airport to New York's LaGuardia forced the plane to return to the airport Sunday.



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Beto O’Rourke says immigration makes America safer as he kicks of 2020 campaign with liberal focus

Beto O’Rourke says immigration makes America safer as he kicks of 2020 campaign with liberal focusDemocratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke declared that immigrants make the country safer as he staged rallies across Texas on Saturday to formally kick off his 2020 White House bid, looking to shore up his deeply conservative home state and champion the US-Mexico border at a time when President Donald Trump has threatened to shut it.The former congressman, who represented El Paso for three House terms until last year, began the day addressing 1,000-plus supporters in his hometown, across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He later spoke at the historically black Texas Southern University in Houston, before finishing with a late-night Austin event, addressing a large crowd a stone's throw from the pink-granite state Capitol.Bounding onto a makeshift El Paso stage in a blue-button-down shirt to The Clash's "Clampdown," Mr O'Rourke declared: "We are safe, not despite the fact that we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers. We are safe because we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers.""We have learned not to fear our differences, but to respect and embrace them," he told a crowd that waved small American flags and black-and-white signs reading "Viva Beto" while often interrupting their candidate to chant his first name. Mr O'Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers.In a series of tweets on Friday, Mr Trump warned he could close the US southern border next week "if Mexico doesn't immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States." In later comments to reporters he added: "We'll keep it closed for a long time. I'm not playing games."Mr O'Rourke has made promoting the border as culturally rich and economically powerful the centrepiece of his campaign and spoke on a downtown street corner a few blocks from it. He decried federal officials' recent decisions to hold people who crossed into the US to seek asylum "in cages" under El Paso's international bridge, saying those detainees "are our fellow human beings and deserve to be treated as our fellow human beings." Mr O'Rourke entered the race 14 March and has already visited nine states, but had promised to return to El Paso for an official kick-off. As he has previously, he renewed calls to work with Republicans and Democrats, saying "before anything else, we are Americans first" and prompting chants of "USA! USA!" But he also made bolder predictions than in the past, saying that if his campaign can bring people from across the ideological spectrum together he can top the rest of the crowded Democratic 2020 presidential field and "defeat Donald Trump."A small but vocal group of El Paso Trump supporters had other ideas, gathering a few blocks away from the event to shout anti-O'Rourke sentiments for hours. Mr O'Rourke represented the city in Congress for six years, but gave up his seat while nearly upsetting Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz in November. The Democrat who replaced him in the House, representative Veronica Escobar, welcomed those on hand to the "beautiful, magical, safe and secure US-Mexico border," adding, "When the border sends America her people, we are sending them our best in Beto O'Rourke." Amy O'Rourke, who has largely avoided the spotlight since her husband began running for president, gave a short speech too, telling the crowd, "Listening to people is what gives Beto strength. It fuels him and it gives him context (with) which he can think about policies and the things he wants to do for this great country."Despite such nods to bipartisanism, however, Mr O'Rourke offered many positions on Saturday that were liberal enough to make moderates nervous. He vowed to legalise marijuana nationally, defend abortion rights, sign new sweeping voting rights legislation to end partisan gerrymandering and allow automatic and same-day voter registration, institute federally financed, universal pre-kindergarten programmes, strengthen unions and bring home all troops from the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.He also renewed his support for a House proposal called "Medicare for America," which he says will guarantee universal health care coverage while allowing people who like getting insurance through their employer to continue doing so.Mr O'Rourke hit many of the same points hours later in Houston, but recalled a school shooting near that city last year to advocate for nationwide federal background checks on firearms purchases. He added that assault weapons "sold to the United States military with the sole purpose of killing people as effectively, as efficiently and in as great a number as possible" should be "kept on the battlefield" and not "sold into our communities.”Addressing thousands and wearing a Texas Southern baseball cap, Mr O'Rourke also recalled the devastation in Houston of 2017's Hurricane Harvey, saying the US must do more to combat climate change and that the nation's fourth-largest city understands the phenomenon's dangers "better than just about anyone in this country."Concluding in Austin, he called that city's liberal politics "the centre and the source of so much of what is good for Texas and for the United States of America."Texas has not elected a Democrat to statewide office in 25 years. But Mr O'Rourke came within 3 percentage points of beating Mr Cruz, and his party is hoping that a booming Hispanic population and large numbers of new residents moving in from other states could keep Texas close in 2020 — potentially reshaping the electoral college. California senator Kamala Harris drew a large crowd last weekend when she too visited Texas Southern."This state and its 38 electoral votes count like they've never counted before," Mr O'Rourke said in El Paso. "All of us matter."Associated Press



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Boeing 737 MAX makes emergency landing during US transfer: FAA

Boeing 737 MAX makes emergency landing during US transfer: FAAA Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines made an emergency landing Tuesday after experiencing an engine problem as it was being ferried from Florida to California, the US Federal Aviation Agency said. “The FAA is investigating,” added the agency, which grounded the Boeing 737 MAX on March 13 following two deadly accidents involving Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air but continues to allow the planes to be ferried from airport to airport. It was the latest setback for Boeing’s flagship narrow-body plane following October’s Lion Air crash and the Ethiopian Airlines accident earlier this month, which together killed 346 people.



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Empty Boeing 737 makes emergency landing after experiencing engine trouble

Empty Boeing 737 makes emergency landing after experiencing engine troubleBoeing's 737 Max line of aircraft is grounded indefinitely as the company and safety officials attempt to figure out why two of the popular new planes have crashed within a year of each other. But with the planes not ferrying passengers anytime soon, airlines have to store them somewhere, which means they have to be flown elsewhere in the meantime.One such transport flight is now making headlines after the pilot was forced to return to his departing airport after the plane experienced some kind of engine trouble. The emergency landing was pulled off, and the plane and its pair of pilots made it back unscathed.As CNN reports, Southwest flight 8701 was the plane in question, and it was being transported from Orlando International Airport to a storage facility in California while officials figure out when the 737 fleet can fly again. There were no passengers aboard the flight beyond its two pilots.The official reason for the emergency landing was "a performance issue with one of the engines," and the pilots noticed the plane acting strange shortly after taking off. This might be significant, since issues were reported by the pilots of the two crashed 737 MAX flights shortly after their respective takeoffs as well.The FAA is said to be investigating this latest hiccup, though at this point it's unclear whether the engine troubles of this latest flight are linked to the issues that are seemingly plaguing Boeing's popular aircraft.Earlier this week, Boeing reportedly began distributing new flight control software for the 737 MAX jets that tweaked a stabilization setting which potentially contributed to the two fatal crashes which occurred in October 2018 and March 2019. Authorities are still investigating both crashes in an attempt to learn more about the causes and determine if they are linked. At this point, it looks as though the jets will be grounded for a while.



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Boeing 737 Max 8 makes emergency landing in Florida, Southwest Airlines says

Boeing 737 Max 8 makes emergency landing in Florida, Southwest Airlines saysA Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 has made an emergency landing in Florida after suffering what officials described as an “engine-related problem”. The plane, the same model of which has been grounded around the world following two crashes that appeared to indicate problems with a new anti-stall system, was not carrying passengers when it was forced to make the emergency landing at Orlando International Airport. Rather, two pilots were flying the plane to Victorville, California, where it was to have been stored.



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Fox and Friends co-host criticises Trump for attacks on John McCain: ‘It makes absolutely no sense’

Fox and Friends co-host criticises Trump for attacks on John McCain: ‘It makes absolutely no sense’Co-host Brian Kilmeade went after Mr Trump on Thursday for the jabs, saying that the president diverted attention away from his accomplishments in order to unearth his feud with a dead man. “The problem is he swapped his own message by going after George Conway and in that speech inexplicably segueing to go after John McCain,” Mr Kilmeade said Thursday morning, reviewing a speech Mr Trump made in Ohio where he attacked the late senator and the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.



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Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature makes new military offer

Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature makes new military offerMembers of the Venezuelan armed forces that abandon President Nicolas Maduro will keep their rank and be reinstated once a new government is in place, the opposition-controlled legislature said Tuesday. The announcement marked the latest offer from the National Assembly, headed by opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, to try to convince more military personnel to switch sides. Guaido, recognized by more than 50 countries as acting president, launched a challenge to socialist Maduro’s authority in January.



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Syria force makes gains in last IS redoubt

Syria force makes gains in last IS redoubtKurdish-led fighters advanced in the Islamic State group’s last bastion in eastern Syria, confining holdout jihadists to a tiny pocket on the edge of Baghouz village, the force said Tuesday. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said those IS fighters who had not yet surrendered had been forced out of their main encampment and cornered into a very small area on the banks of the Euphrates River. “SDF is in control of the Daesh encampment area in Baghouz,” spokesman Mustefa Bali said on Twitter in English, using the Arabic acronym for the jihadist group.



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