Deadly Alabama tornadoes
The Weather Channel
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office told local media that no fewer than 23 people were killed when at least two tornadoes hit the southern Alabama county. The sheriff later said some of the victims were children; the National Weather Service said the first twister was at least EF3 in strength and was a half-mile wide or more.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he believes a Russian lawyer’s 2016 offer of damaging information on Hillary Clinton to members of the Trump campaign and their subsequent meeting amounts to “direct evidence” of collusion.
“I think there is direct evidence in the emails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in writing as the Russian government effort to help elect Donald Trump,” Schiff said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” in response to a question about collusion.
“They offer that dirt. There is an acceptance of that offer in writing from the president’s son, Don Jr., and there is overt acts and furtherance of that,” he added, citing a summer 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between the Russian lawyer and members of the president’s team.
“That to me is direct evidence,” Schiff continued. “But there’s also abundant circumstantial evidence.”
He pointed to charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s testimony as examples.
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<> Rejected bill would have restricted marriage to those under 16.
<> Idaho has recorded 4,000 child marriages in decade.
“I do not think courts should be involved in marriage at all,” Republican representative Bryan Zollinger said. “I don’t believe there should be a license required to get married. I think two willing people should be able to go and get married.”
Asked Thursday for his final words, Billy Wayn Coble told his family he loved them and replied with the cryptic remark, possibly a reference to his nickname, “$5 Bill.”
Just as he finished speaking, a melee erupted in the death chamber’s witness room, with Coble’s son and other family members yelling obscenities, banging on the glass and lashing out at other witnesses. They were moved to a courtyard, and two men were handcuffed.
“Why are you doing this?” a woman asked. “They just killed his daddy.”
How a HUD official turned the Michael Cohen hearing into a reality TV audition
WaPost (with video)
Her cameo appearance at the Michael Cohen hearing — a bit of stagecraft intended to dispel accusations of racism against President Trump — provoked an instant backlash from black politicians and the public.
But Lynne Patton, a longtime Trump family aide turned federal housing bureaucrat, has long reveled in the limelight and has asked permission to star in a reality-TV show while serving as a HUD official.
When the girl’s family members returned to home from an errand, they found the little boy unresponsive and suffering from “several,” “severe injuries,” and called 911.
Grandma poses on an iceberg, floats away, is rescued
Guide to Iceland Now
Americans’ sense of “normal” weather seems to reset about every five years, they found. People sent more weather tweets when it was unusually hot or cold outside, but their sense of what made for “unusual” weather was fairly shortsighted. Generally, if people had experienced an extreme temperature in the same month over the previous two to eight years, they were much less likely to tweet about it.
Arizona lawmaker calls mandatory vaccinations “communist”
“It seems we are prepared to give up our liberty, the very sovereignty of our body, because of measles,” Republican State Representative Kelly Townsend wrote on Facebook.
Previous modeling has demonstrated the planet was once overflowing with water that eventually retreated under the surface. But new research details the first direct geological evidence for a “planet-wide groundwater system” explaining Mars’s watery history and providing new sites for future missions to hunt for signs of life.
Lyft files for IPO, beating Uber
Still losing money like crazy, though.
<> L.A. Inches Closer to Tax on Uber, Lyft to Solve Traffic Woes
— Los Angeles County transit officials voted unanimously Thursday to explore a tax on ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft, and advanced plans to study the impact of charging drivers a congestion fee to access certain roadways.
Amazon is reportedly getting ready to expand even further in early 2020 with two more leases already signed for other grocery locations. It’s unclear whether the new stores will be branded as Amazon markets, though the Journal reported the chain will be separate from the Whole Foods brand. Amazon is reportedly in talks about opening grocery stores in shopping centers based in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Oregon governor signs statewide rent control law
Wall Street Journal
—–> But do the math, and you’ll find that it’s a compounding formula that allows absurd rent increases, so …
Coal booster to lead EPA
The Senate on Thursday approved former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to head the Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 52 to 47, elevating a veteran of Washington political and industry circles who has advanced President Trump’s push to rollback Obama-era environmental regulations.