Archive for December 7th, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence says she s been waiting to give Trump a martini to the face

Washington Extra Jennifer Lawrence says she has a accent accessible for the moment she meets President Donald Trump and it ends with a martini to the face. In a absolute account with Oprah Winfrey for the Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence said she s never met Trump, but that she d like to accommodated him. I anticipate so, she said in the interview, appear Wednesday. I ve got a appealing acceptable speech. And it ends with a martini to the face. (Laughter.) I accept article to say for all of them. I watch altered characters on the news, and I m like, You aloof wait. The President s son, Donald Trump Jr., responded to Lawrence s comments Thursday: I m appealing abiding that s not how it would end… The Oscar-winning extra told the Hollywood Reporter that she d been cat-and-mouse for the moment to allege to President Trump, adding, I ll accord you a adumbration — it s not nice. You wouldn t appetite me to say it to you. Lawrence has been a longtime analyzer of Trump. She told Vogue in November 2015 that if he became President, it will be the end of the world and afterward the election, Broadly appear her article blue-blooded Don t Be Afraid, Be Loud.

FBI Director Christopher Wray defends agency after Trump s attacks

Washington FBI Administrator Christopher Wray dedicated his agency Thursday in his aboriginal accessible actualization back President Donald Trump said the agency is in tatters. Wray told the House Judiciary Committee his agents assignment adamantine protecting the American bodies and advancement the aphorism of law in all 50 states and in about 80 countries about the world. Let me alpha by adage that it is for me the account of a lifetime to be actuality apery the men and women of the FBI, he said. There is no bigger academy than the FBI and no bigger bodies than the men and women who assignment there and are its actual assault heart. When asked about Trump s tweets over the weekend criticizing the FBI, Wray told Rep. Jerry Nadler there is no curtailment of opinions out there. What I can acquaint you is that the FBI that I see is tens of bags of agents and analysts and agents alive their cape off to accumulate Americans safe from the abutting agitator attack, assemblage violence, adolescent predators, spies from Russia, China and North Korea, and Iran, he responded. The FBI that I see is tens of bags of adventurous men and women who are alive as adamantine as they can to accumulate bodies that they will never apperceive safe from harm. FBI advisers will be captivated answerable if appropriate, Wray added. When we accomplish mistakes there are absolute processes like that of the outside, absolute ambassador accepted that will drive and dive abysmal into the facts surrounding those mistakes, he said. And back that absolute actuality award is complete, we will authority our association answerable if that is appropriate. Trump on Sunday tweeted that the FBI s acceptability was in tatters and the worst in history, abduction on letters about accessible bent from a above top agency official.Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R- Virginia, asked Wray about what he s accomplishing to bright the ranks of the FBI by bodies tainted by bias.He was referencing back adapted admonition Robert Mueller removed one of the FBI s top Russian counterintelligence experts from his aggregation of board afterwards an centralized analysis begin letters he beatific that could be interpreted as assuming political bent for Hillary Clinton and adjoin Trump, according to US admiral abreast on the matter.Peter Strzok, who led the analysis of the Clinton email server as the No. 2 official in the FBI s counterintelligence division, larboard the Mueller aggregation this accomplished summer, assorted sources said. I anticipate these affairs are actuality looked at as they should be by somebody alfresco the FBI and back those allegation appear to me I will booty adapted activity if necessary, Wray said, referencing the advancing ambassador accepted investigation. The aboriginal affair I m accomplishing is apropos the alfresco absolute investigations that are underway … My alternative is to be one of these bodies who is not an act aboriginal and ask questions after guy. The hearing, a accepted blank actualization for the FBI administrator that was appear aftermost week, has taken on new acceptation in contempo days.After Trump s tweets, Wray beatific a bulletin to advisers Monday, cogent agents that they should expect — and acceptable — bodies allurement boxy questions. We acquisition ourselves beneath the microscope anniversary and every day — and appropriately so. We do adamantine assignment for a living, Wray said, not advertence the President specifically. s David Wright contributed to this report.

GOP tax plan: Real work happening behind the scenes

Washington Top tax and action staffers from both the House and the Senate met at assorted credibility Wednesday as the action of crafting a final bill best up speed. That will abide Thursday. Both accommodation now clearly accept their conferees, but as has been the case for days, the absolute assignment is actuality done abaft the scenes appropriate now. What to watch todayKeep an eye on any new accouterment aperture out of the bankrupt aperture negotiations Listen to what the conferees say — all, for the best part, accept been complex in the action for months, but they ve now got a coveted bench at the table. Any abnormal demands or red lines, abrupt as they may be, would be noteworthy. TimingHouse Republicans are now blame to vote on the tax appointment address by the end of abutting week. Why? They appetite to ensure it s decoupled from the end-of-year government spending amalgamation out of affair added abstinent associates could use the bill as advantage for a sweeter deal. The sped up calendar is, at this point, somewhat aspirational, according to several chief aides. Obviously if it s accessible abutting week, we d all like to vote abutting week, one told . Reconciling the abstracted House and Senate-passed bills, while aides in both accommodation say it s alone a amount of time, takes time. But if it s possible, don t be afraid if the action starts to move actual bound abutting week. There s absolutely allurement for leaders in both accommodation to actualize amplitude amid the tax bill and the spending package. It s aloof a amount of whether it s in the branch of possibility. Accumulated ratePresident Donald Trump off-handedly mentioned that the accumulated amount — bargain to 20% from 35% in both House and Senate bills — may end up at 22% while talking to reporters this accomplished weekend. Top Senate and House Republicans bound approved to shoot that abstraction bottomward — decidedly in the Senate, befitting the amount at 20% during negotiations was not accessible — and agitated a cardinal of Republican senators. Well, assumption what: 22% is now on the table, according to several bodies complex in the talks. And top Hill Republicans are none-too-pleased that the President put it out there as an advantage afterwards they d taken such a hardline stance. If he doesn t accompany it up, it s aftermost resort. Now some of our guys anticipate it s aboriginal resort, one antecedent anon complex in the action told . The issue, as always, is revenue. Two credibility on the accumulated cipher adds almost $200 billion in acquirement — money they badly charge for the fixes, apple-pie ups and compromises they are currently alive into the bill. This is far from a done accord — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in accurate has about declared the cardinal is 20% and it should break there. But bumping up the amount two credibility is absolutely now in play.

Sen. Al Franken to resign: Live updates

Al Franken resigning in the coming weeks

Washington Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is resigning afterward allegations that he affected women inappropriately, he appear on the Senate attic Thursday. I am announcement that in the advancing weeks I will be resigning as a affiliate of the United States Senate, Franken said in an affecting abode in which he said some of the allegations adjoin him weren t true.The advance for Franken s abandonment started afterwards a woman came advanced aftermost ages to say he had afraid her into an exceptionable kiss afore he was a agent and groped her while she slept. Their backbone had beat abundantly thin : How the dam bankrupt on Al FrankenThat accusation set alternating weeks of accessible application about the political approaching of the absurd actor angry accelerating darling.Last month, Leeann Tweeden, a morning account ballast on the AM radio base KABC in Los Angeles, acquaint her adventure on the station s website, adage Franken forcibly kissed her and groped her in 2006 during a USO tour.Franken apologized afterward her account s publishing. The aboriginal affair I appetite to do is apologize: to Leeann, to anybody abroad who was allotment of that tour, to anybody who has formed for me, to anybody I represent, and to anybody who counts on me to be an accessory and adherent and best of women. There s added I appetite to say, but the aboriginal and best important thing—and if it s the alone affair you affliction to hear, that s accomplished — is: I m sorry, Franken said in the email statement.As accusation added in the deathwatch of the story, Senate Majority Baton Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, alleged for a Senate Ethics Committee delving into Franken, and Franken said again he will abet with that investigation.But in the advancing canicule and weeks, added accusers accept appear forward.A woman came advanced to to say Franken, as a senator, affective her buttocks while demography a photo at the Minnesota Accompaniment Fair in 2010. The Huffington Post appear two added women accused Franken of afield affecting them in 2007 and 2008.Franken went on to allege with media outlets in his home accompaniment of Minnesota, adage he was embarrassed and ashamed, but hoped to achieve the assurance of those he let down.An Army adept told afterwards that Franken groped her on a USO bout as able-bodied afore he was a senator. The woman, Stephanie Kemplin, said Franken biconcave her breast while she was deployed in the Middle East during the Iraq War. Afterwards Kemplin came forward, a agent for Senate Minority Baton Chuck Schumer said the Democratic baton would not animadversion on the accusation adjoin one of his adolescent Democrats.Then on Wednesday, Politico appear a above Democratic aldermanic abettor said Franken approved to kiss her forcibly in 2006. has not yet absolute the claims in the Politico story, but Franken flatly denied the allegations int he report. Shortly after, New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand alleged for Franken to resign, and added Democratic senators acquaint statements in abrupt succession. In the amount of a few hours Wednesday afternoon, dozens of senators said Franken should go — including Schumer.This adventure has been updated. s MJ Lee contributed to this report.

California fires: High winds are a recipe for explosive growth

Dry acclimate and barbarous winds, with gusts predicted to ability the backbone of a Category 1 blow in aerial areas, abuse to accent the already adverse Southern California wildfires that accept apprenticed 110,000 bodies from their homes. Hundreds of firefighters accept been alive ceaseless to action the blazes antagonism beyond hillsides and through neighborhoods. Almost 9,000 homes are after power. Admiral accept shut bottomward schools and bankrupt above thoroughfares. Despite a abrupt acquittal in the apprehension Wednesday, they began acrimonious up afresh in the evening. A access of 85 mph was detected in Ventura County. Forecasters say Thursday will accompany gusts of 80 mph in the college altitudes, while apprehension of 50 to 70 mph will accomplish firefighters mission acutely difficult in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. See photos of the angry wildfires in Southern CaliforniaThe clamminess won t help. It will still be low Thursday, acceptation the copse and besom fueling the fires will abide to be tinder. We angle a adequately acceptable adventitious of a actual arduous night and day (Thursday), said Tim Chavez, a blaze behavior analyst for the California Department of Forestry and Blaze Protection, or Cal Fire, at a account appointment on the 96,000-acre Thomas Blaze in Ventura County. There s a lot of abeyant for some ample blaze growth. The Thomas Blaze was 5% independent as of aboriginal Thursday. The blaze is almost the admeasurement of Denver. Admiral say they will see a recipe for atomic blaze growth and an aberrant blaze crisis score. According to the Los Angeles Blaze Department, experts brand blaze crisis by barometer the damp in asleep vegetation, the temperature, wind acceleration and direction, and again assessing actual acclimate information. A amount of 48 is advised aerial danger, while 162 is extreme. Thursday s score: 296, a record. It s not the alone aboriginal that firefighters accept accomplished with the Southern California blazes. The calibration acclimated to admeasurement the authority of the Santa Ana apprehension about runs from gray, for little or no danger, to red, for aerial danger. The anticipation for (Thursday) is purple, said Ken Pimlott, administrator at Cal Fire, according to associate KCBS. We ve never acclimated amethyst before. Latest developments• Added evacuations: Several cities in the Ojai Valley are beneath binding evacuation. Satellite images by the National Acclimate Service showed the burghal of Ojai amidst by fires. • Areas of concern: Firefighters said they are befitting the Skirball Blaze at bay but anguish it will jump west of Interstate 405.• School closures: Added than 260 Los Angeles accessible and allotment schools will be bankrupt Thursday and Friday.• Out-of-state help: About 300 engines are advancing from blaze departments in added states, Los Angeles Canton Blaze Department Chief Daryl Osby said.Stretching 140 aboveboard afar The Thomas Blaze in Ventura County, which sits aloof arctic and west of Los Angeles, grew decidedly Wednesday to about 140 aboveboard miles.Officials said they couldn t accord a absolute cardinal of homes destroyed, because bonfire in austere neighborhoods still were too acute for examination. But they had estimated about 150 barrio as of Wednesday night. The cardinal will access already the focus accouterment from firefighting and accomplishment to added accident assessment, blaze admiral said. Airborne charcoal were acid firefighters eyes, said Rich Macklin, a Ventura Canton blaze spokesman.California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an emergency for the county, absolution accompaniment assets such as the National Guard to abutment acknowledgment efforts.Freeway shutdownThe 475-acre Skirball Blaze abreast the chic Bel-Air breadth of Los Angeles abashed commuters Wednesday morning on I-405. The active freeway was shut bottomward over a 9-mile amplitude for hours as the blaze got closer. It was aphotic until I saw a gigantic brawl of orange, motorist Tiffany Lynette Anderson wrote on Instagram, breadth she acquaint a account of blaze angry beside the artery afore it was closed. I could feel the calefaction on my windows, said Los Angeleno Joy Newcomb, who additionally collection by the fire. The freeway has back reopened, but some ramps remained closed.Firefighters formed Wednesday night to accumulate the blaze from jumping west of 405 and to action some flare-ups, said Peter Sanders, a agent for the Los Angeles Blaze Department. Smoky hazardsLos Angeles authorities ordered genitalia of the Bel-Air commune abreast the blaze to leave, but those are aloof a atom of the evacuations that accept been ordered in Southern California back Monday night.Smoke calm alike in areas that weren t burning. Health admiral warned bodies in the heavily busy San Fernando Valley and added genitalia of the arctic Los Angeles breadth to absolute their time outdoors.A video acquaint to Instagram shows a Los Angeles Canton Blaze helicopter action about abundant smoke to accomplish a baptize bead on the Skirball Fire.The smoke from the fires could be apparent from the International Amplitude Station. Astronaut Randy Bresnik wrote in one tweet: I was asked this black if we can see the SoCal fires from space. Yes Faith, abominably we can. May the Santa Ana s die bottomward soon. #Californiawildfire. s Carma Hassan, Cheri Mossburg, Jason Hanna, Madison Park, Stella Chan and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

Judge suggests 19 to 24 years in prison for ex-South Carolina cop

Charleston, South Carolina A federal adjudicator said Thursday that the appropriate basal offense for the above South Carolina badge administrator who dead caught atramentous man Walter Scott is second-degree annihilation and appropriate a book of 19 to 24 years in prison.US District Court Adjudicator David Norton is accepted to book Michael Slager, who is white, afterwards Thursday, afterwards he hears added victim appulse statements. Slager pleaded accusable in May to abuse of civilian rights by acting beneath the blush of law in Scott s killing.Developing adventure – added to come

FBI eyes brothers in possible attack on Border Patrol agents

The FBI is investigating two brothers as persons of interest in a accessible advance two weeks ago that larboard one Bound Patrol abettor asleep and addition actively afflicted abreast Van Horn, Texas.The bureau, afterward up on a tip from an informant, is advancing a approach that the brothers, undocumented immigrants allegedly complex in smuggling people, drugs or both, ability accept assaulted the two agents, according to an apparent chase accreditation filed in federal cloister in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Monday. The warrant, aboriginal appear by TV base KRQE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, approved admission to a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am apprenticed by the brothers. No accuse had been filed as of Wednesday black apropos to any accessible assault, and the FBI hasn t called either man as a suspect, so is not allotment them at this time. Customs and Bound Protection admiral referred questions to the FBI, which beneath to comment, citation the advancing investigation.Border Patrol agents Rogelio Roger Martinez and Stephen Michael Garland were begin abreast a concrete-lined canal beneath Interstate 10, about 12 afar east of Van Horn, backward on the black of November 18. Martinez had astringent arch injuries and burst bones, and died in a hospital in El Paso a few hours later. Garland, who additionally was injured, told board he could not bethink annihilation about what had happened, according to a Bound Patrol abettor who batten anon with Garland s wife.A adviser told the Bound Patrol that undocumented migrants afresh banned beyond the bound had mentioned that their coyotes, or guides, had assaulted the agents with rocks, according to an affirmation filed in abutment of a chase accreditation for the car. FBI agents amid one of the brothers and addition ancestors affiliate on November 28 in Portales, New Mexico. The added brother was believed to be in Odessa, Texas, according to the affidavit. It wasn t bright from the cloister abstracts whether he has been begin or interviewed.The brother in Portales denied assaulting the agents, but accepted entering the United States illegally and authoritative his way to Presidio, Texas, ancient afore November 20. Addition ancestors affiliate best him up there in the Grand Am on November 20 and collection him to New Mexico. That brother was answerable November 29 with actionable re-entry into the United States afterwards actuality deported.Last Friday, December 1, the FBI interviewed a woman who rode in the car from Presidio to New Mexico. The woman, a US citizen, said that at the brother s appeal she had apprenticed the car through a Bound Patrol checkpoint abreast Marfa, Texas. According to the affidavit, she said she heard the brother talking on the buzz about bridge into the United States with methamphetamine and heroin. On December 2, Magistrate Judge Steven Yarbrough active a accreditation acceptance the FBI to appropriate the abettor and chase it for any traces of blood, beard or added affirmation that ability tie the brothers to the advance or to smuggling drugs. Normally, the FBI files chase warrants beneath allowance back they absorb the accessible advance or annihilation of a federal agent. It isn t bright why this accreditation was filed unsealed. The FBI and the accompaniment of Texas accept offered a $70,000 accolade for advice in this case.

2 shot at New Mexico high school police say

(Breaking account amend appear at 11:50 a.m.)Aztec Badge Arch Mike Heal says two bodies and a ballista were attempt Thursday in an adventure at Aztec Aerial Academy in Aztec, New Mexico. Heal would not say if the two bodies who were attempt were acceptance or adults. The ballista is down, according to the badge chief. Aztec Mayor Sally Burbridge accepted that the ballista was bottomward and said there is no added blackmail to the community. (Original adventure appear at 11:30 a.m.)Authorities swarmed a aerial academy Thursday in Aztec, New Mexico, afterwards a address of an alive shooter. The ballista was after appear to be down, said Shana Reeves, administrator of communications for the beyond adjacent burghal of Farmington. She did not say if down meant injured, asleep or captured, and did not say if anybody abroad was afflicted or whether the ballista was a apprentice or visitor. No afflicted bodies accept been transported from Aztec Aerial Academy to the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, according to hospital backer Laura Werbner.Aztec, in San Juan County, is a baby boondocks in northwest New Mexico, about three hours from Albuquerque, and Farmington authorities assisted in the shooting. Officials were alive on allowance the barrio afore the ballista was appear down, according to San Juan County CEO Kim Carpenter.The San Juan County Sheriff s Office acquaint on Facebook that parents should aces up acceptance at the badge department.

Lindsay Lohan wants a big-screen Mean Girls sequel even more than you

We accept Mean Girls the musical, and now Lindsay Lohan wants a big-screen sequel.The brilliant was in New York City on Wednesday for the Daily Mail s anniversary party, and she had lots to say on the red carpeting about absent a amphitheater aftereffect to the now-legendary 2004 film. Mean Girls 2, the movie, this is the importance, Lohan told E! We charge Rachel McAdams! We charge the accomplished casting back! A agreeable based on the blur and helmed by its creator, Tina Fey, premiered for a five-week run at Washington s National Amphitheater on October 31 and will anon arch to Broadway.Lohan joked with Entertainment Tonight that she may accept to accept a chat with Fey. I m actuality in New York, so Tina Fey bigger be hiding, or I m activity to acquisition her, and Lorne Michaels (who produced the blur and the musical) she said. I apperceive area his board is. The 31-year-old extra alike had some thoughts about what her Mean Girls character, Cady Heron, would be accomplishing now. I m cerebration she s been active in Africa and adopts children, actual Madonna, Lohan said. Fans — not absolutely blessed with the 2011 direct-to-DVD sequel, which did not affection the aboriginal casting — accept continued lobbied for addition installment.It s not like Fey hasn t advised it.But she didn t complete too agog about the achievability aftermost year, back Howard Stern asked her about it during an interview. I don t know, Fey said. Sometimes it s OK (to not accomplish a sequel), right?