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  1. Strangers raise $31,000 for Connecticut man who takes care of stray cats

    04.26 / 05:29 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The stray cats of Hartford, Connecticut, have a hero in Willie Ortiz. The 76-year-old grandfather and retired welder has spent the last two decades feeding and taking care of feral and stray cats who call the streets home. He drives 22 miles a day in his 1988 Silverado to drop off food at 16 locations in Hartford and East Hartford, feeding about 68 cats. "The cats come out when they hear the sound of my engine," Ortiz told People. "They know my voice and they know the sound of my engine."…
  2. Bachelor star Chris Soules charged with felony following deadly crash

    04.26 / 04:34 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Former Bachelor contestant Chris Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash, a felony, following an accident Monday night near Aurora, Iowa. Police say Soules, 35, was driving his 2008 Chevrolet truck down a country road when he rear-ended a farmer driving a tractor; the pick up rolled into a ditch and the tractor went into another ditch. Soules, who was not injured in the crash, walked away from the scene, and was picked up by an unknown person, Iowa State Patrol…
  3. Police: Murder suspect's alibi at odds with victim's Fitbit data

    04.26 / 03:35 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A suspected murderer gave police an alibi so outlandish — it involves a masked assailant with a voice like Vin Diesel's who was ultimately chased off with a blowtorch — that the fact a Fitbit could hold the key to whether he is telling the truth isn't the strangest part of the story. Richard Dabate told authorities that at around 9 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2015, a mysterious intruder entered his Ellington, Connecticut, home, and subdued him using "pressure points," The Guardian reports. Then, usi…
  4. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson writing book on how to stop sexual harassment

    04.26 / 01:38 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her ex-boss Roger Ailes last year, is penning a book on women's empowerment that will come out this fall. Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back is set to be released on Sept. 26, Hachette's Center Street Books announced Tuesday. The book will teach women how to recognize harassment and how to fight back, as well as ways to end workplace abuse. After Carlson came forward with her claims…
  5. GOP officials: House Freedom Caucus leaders close to supporting new health-care plan

    04.26 / 01:38 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Several House Freedom Caucus members are close to throwing their support behind a new health-care bill, several White House officials and Republican lawmakers told The Washington Post Tuesday. The officials said three of the ultra-conservative group's leaders — Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) — hinted on Tuesday that they will back the revised bill. The GOP's earlier plan fizzled in March, when House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pulled t…
  6. U.S. THAAD missile defense system reportedly deployed to South Korean site

    04.26 / 00:38 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A U.S. missile defense system that China views as a threat to its own military capabilities was sent to a deployment site in South Korea early Wednesday. Area residents watched as six trailers carrying Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) equipment arrived at a golf course, and Yonhap news agency reports the delivery caused clashes between the locals and police. The system is designed to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles during their last flight stage,…
  7. Ethics complaints filed over State Department's blog post on Mar-a-Lago

    04.25 / 23:36 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    An advocacy group is demanding an investigation into a post originally published on the State Department's ShareAmerica website that read like it came straight from the marketing department inside Trump Tower. On Tuesday, Common Cause filed a complaint with the Office of Government Ethics over the post from early April that went into rhapsodic detail over Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's Palm Beach, Florida, club that he calls the "Winter White House," even though it is now spring. Since…
  8. Judge blocks Trump's sanctuary city order

    04.25 / 21:08 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Trump's executive order that threatened to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities, which refuse to comply with federal immigration orders by protecting undocumented immigrants. Cutting off this money was a key promise of Trump's presidential campaign. U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled that the plaintiffs, San Francisco and Santa Clara County, would likely be able to prove Trump's order unconstitutional.…
  9. Retired Marine general Randolph Alles tapped to head the Secret Service

    04.25 / 21:08 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Randolph "Tex" Alles will be the next director of the U.S. Secret Service, President Trump announced Tuesday. Alles will take over for Secret Service Deputy Director William Callahan, who stepped up after former Director Joseph Clancy retired in March. Alles served in the Marines for 35 years, before retiring as a major general in 2011. He is now acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. The New York Times noted Alles will be the first Secret Service director "in at…
  10. Amnesty International just published a list of 100 ways Trump has threatened human rights

    04.25 / 19:58 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump bragged that "no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days" than his, although Amnesty International's new list is probably not what he had in mind. The non-governmental organization published 100 ways Trump has threatened human rights in the U.S. and around the world, ranging from "closing borders and shutting the door to refugees" to "emboldening and arming human rights abusers" to "hostility toward LGBT rights." "These first 100 days show how dangerous…
  11. Rush Limbaugh warns that Trump is 'caving' to Democrats on the border wall

    04.25 / 19:58 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    As much as he hated to say it, conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh admitted Tuesday on his national radio show that he has an inkling President Trump is "caving" on his promise to use the spending bill to get his funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. "I'm very, very troubled to have to pass this on. And I want to say at the outset that I hope my interpretation is wrong, and I hope this is not the case," Limbaugh said. "But it looks like, from here — right here, right now —it looks like Pre…
  12. Mexico calls Trump's border wall a 'hostile' act

    04.25 / 18:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Tuesday that Mexico considers President Trump's proposed border wall a "hostile" act and he emphasized again that the country will not contribute to the cost of the wall in any way, Reuters reports. Earlier in April, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Videgaray, but admitted they did not have a conversation about the wall. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who supports the wall, has said flatly that "Mexico's not going to pay" despite Trump's…
  13. Baby lambs survive for weeks in artificial womb in promising sign for preemies

    04.25 / 18:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Scientists have managed to keep prematurely born baby sheep alive for four weeks in an "artificial womb" known as a "biobag." The womb, which STAT described as a "plastic bag filled with fluid to mimic the conditions of the inside of the uterus," is being developed and tested with the hope of eventually being used to help keep prematurely born human babies alive. Currently, infants born before 24 weeks into a pregnancy only have about a 50 percent chance of survival, and the technology…
  14. Breitbart loses battle for legitimacy on Capitol Hill

    04.25 / 18:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Breitbart News has been denied a request for permanent press passes to cover Congress and its current temporary passes, which expire May 31, will not be extended, BuzzFeed News reports. Breitbart has spent the last month petitioning the standing committee of the U.S. Senate Daily Press Gallery for the passes, which serve as a symbol of legitimacy for reporters covering the Hill. In late March, the committee denied Breitbart's initial request for permanent passes, citing a need for "more…
  15. 36 percent of Republicans think freedom of the press 'does more harm than good'

    04.25 / 17:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A new poll by Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes revealed more than a third of Republicans aren't certain the freedom of the press, protected by the Constitution's First Amendment, is actually a democratic necessity. The poll found that 36 percent of Republicans believe the press' freedom "does more harm than good." Just 13 percent of Democrats said the same. The majority of Democrats and Republicans, however, do believe in the value of a free press. The poll found that 61 percent of Republicans…
  16. 4 ways the Juicero went so terribly wrong

    04.25 / 17:00 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    You have probably already heard the tale of the very expensive, useless juicer that does nothing that you can't do just as well, or perhaps faster, with your own two hands. "Juicero" quickly became the laughing stock of the whole internet and perhaps deservedly: The device, which went on the market for $699 but has now reduced its price to $399, is a hilarious example of Silicon Valley at its silliest and most absurd. Despite the flop, Bolt venture capital firm founder Ben Einstein…
  17. Michael Flynn likely broke the law by not disclosing payments from foreign governments, House Oversight Committee chair

    04.25 / 17:00 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Tuesday that there is "no evidence" that President Trump's ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "complied with the law" when he worked on behalf of foreign governments and then failed to fully disclose his payments in his security clearance application. Flynn does not appear to have asked permission or informed the U.S. government before accepting payments for his appearances before Russian organizations or his…
  18. White House denies House request for documents on Michael Flynn

    04.25 / 15:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short has refused the House Oversight Committee's request for documents regarding ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The House committee is investigating whether Flynn, who registered as a foreign agent after he was forced to resign from Trump's administration over his dealings with Russia, fully disclosed his work for foreign governments on his security clearance application. In a letter, Short said some of the requested…
  19. This 101-year-old woman just won a sprinting medal

    04.25 / 14:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A 101-year-old woman won the 100-meter dash in New Zealand's World Masters Games — although admittedly, there was no one else in the 100+ age category competing against her. Man Kaur, of India, completed the race in one minute and 14 seconds, The New Zealand Herald reports. While elite sprinters can finish the distance in a dozen seconds or less, at least one onlooker couldn't believe her eyes. "It was something special," said Clasina van der Veeken, 85, who won a silver medal in her own a…
  20. Sean Hannity claims '100 percent false' allegations against him are proof 'liberal fascism is alive and well'

    04.25 / 13:58 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    During his show's opening monologue Monday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity vehemently denied allegations of sexual harassment and blasted the left for pushing such "slander" in an effort to silence "conservative voices." "I can no longer let the left's slander against me slide," Hannity said. "If there's any person, any group, any organization, any media outlet that slanders, lies about me, besmirches me, my character, I'm going to be calling them out. Because at this point, enough is…