National Newswatch

AP source: Feds back away from Stone sentencing proposal

Feb 11 2020 — — The Department of Justice is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for Trump confidant Roger Stone, a department official told the AP. The official says there had been no contact with the White House over the decision, though President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday calling it “a […]

Feds seek 7 to 9 years in prison for Trump ally Roger Stone

Feb 10 2020 — — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence President Donald Trump’s Trump confidant Roger Stone to serve between 7 and 9 years in prison after his conviction on witness tampering and obstruction charges. Stone, who is scheduled to be sentenced next week, was convicted in November of a seven-count indictment that accused him of lying […]

Elon Musk says Facebook is ‘lame’ and you should delete it

Feb 10 2020 — — Elon Musk has taken another swipe at Facebook. Responding to a Twitter post by actor Sacha Baron Cohen calling for Facebook to be regulated over its content, the Tesla founder tweeted over the weekend, “#DeleteFacebook It’s lame.” Baron Cohen asked in his post why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was allowed to “control the information seen […]

Mainland China virus cases rise again after earlier decline

Feb 8 2020 — — Mainland China has reported another rise in cases of the new virus after a sharp decline the previous day, while the number of deaths grow by 97 to 908, with at least two more outside the country. On Monday, China’s health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the previous 24 hours, raising […]

Thai gunman who killed 21 shot dead in mall

Feb 8 2020 — — Thai officials said a soldier who went on a shooting rampage and killed at least 21 people and injured 42 others has been shot dead inside a mall in northeastern Thailand. Officials said the soldier angry over a financial dispute first killed two people and then went on a far bloodier rampage Saturday, shooting as […]

U.K. reconsiders plan to fly flags on Prince Andrew’s birthday

Feb 6 2020 — — The British government says it is reviewing the policy of raising Union Jacks atop town halls on royal birthdays, after some officials balked at flying the flag for scandal-hit Prince Andrew. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has sent an email to local authorities reminding them to fly the flag for Andrew’s 60th […]

Trump boasts of economic gains on eve of impeachment verdict

Feb 4 2020 — — Addressing the nation in extraordinary times, U.S. President Donald Trump declared America “stronger than ever before” Tuesday night as he delivered his State of the Union address on the eve of his likely impeachment acquittal and in the aftermath of the chaotic first votes of the race to replace him. The first president to run […]

Mainland China coronavirus deaths rise to 490, cases exceed 24,000

Feb 4 2020 — — Deaths from the new virus rose to 490 in mainland China Wednesday and the number of new cases increased to 24,324, as China moved patients into newly built or converted hospitals in the hardest-hit city of Wuhan. In Hong Kong, hospitals workers are striking to demand that the border with mainland China be shut completely […]