Pelosi shuts outspoken critic out of Judiciary slot – POLITICO

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exacted revenge against one of her most outspoken detractors Tuesday night, blocking Rep. Kathleen Rice from landing a seat on the high-profile House Judiciary Committee.

Pelosi lobbied for other members to join the panel over Rice, leaving the third-term New York Democrat off a list of her preferred members for the committee during a tense closed-door meeting Tuesday night, according to multiple sources. The effort came despite a full-court push from the New York delegation to secure a spot for Rice, a former prosecutor, on the panel that oversees everything from impeachment to guns to immigration.

Source: Pelosi shuts outspoken critic out of Judiciary slot – POLITICO

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Tenant expected to be charged after fire destroys house in Ligonier

The owner of a home that was destroyed by fire is expected to be charged with setting the blaze.

The fire broke out late Tuesday night in a house off of Route 30 in Ligonier.

“He had a lot of different reasons,” said Assistant Chief Michael Matrunics. “His reasoning right now for why he did what he did is really indeterminable. That’s still being investigated.”

Matrunics said charges will be filed against that man who lived there.

 

Source: Tenant expected to be charged after fire destroys house in Ligonier

Syria attack kills US service members. ISIS claims responsibility – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that killed US service members in the Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday.

US service members were killed in the attack, according to a tweet from the spokesperson for the US-led coalition Operation Inherent Resolve.
“U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time,” the tweet said.
The coalition has not said how many service members were killed. Prior to Wednesday’s attack, only two US service members had been killed in action in Syria since the start of the campaign in 2014

Source: Syria attack kills US service members. ISIS claims responsibility – CNNPolitics

AG nominee Barr backs Trump on border wall, but parts with president on Russia probe questions

President Trump’s nominee for attorney general William Barr told senators during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he supports the president’s call for new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, while departing from the president’s public stances on the Russia probe.

Source: AG nominee Barr backs Trump on border wall, but parts with president on Russia probe questions

Sears chairman prevails in bankruptcy auction for retailer with $5.2 billion bid: sources | Reuters

Lampert’s bid, boosted from an earlier $5 billion offer, prevailed after weeks of back-and-forth deliberations that culminated in a days-long bankruptcy auction held behind closed doors. The billionaire’s proposal, made through his hedge fund ESL Investments Inc, will save up to 45,000 jobs and keep 425 stores open across the United States.

Lampert boosted his bid by adding more cash and assuming more liabilities, the sources said. The auction, held at the Manhattan offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the law firm representing Sears, concluded in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Source: Sears chairman prevails in bankruptcy auction for retailer with $5.2 billion bid: sources | Reuters

‘Tacos for Teachers’ GoFundMe feeds striking LA teachers – CNN

(CNN)A GoFundMe campaign called “Tacos for Teachers” is sending taco trucks to schools across Los Angeles to feed staffers striking for higher salaries and smaller class sizes.

The strike prompted the International Socialist Organization and Democratic Socialists of America to set up the fundraising page to help feed an estimated 32,000 striking teachers and staff members. Campaign organizer Clare Lemlich says the campaign started with the intention of bringing awareness of education issues to the city and to include more locals in the effort.

Source: ‘Tacos for Teachers’ GoFundMe feeds striking LA teachers – CNN

Police: Greensburg nurse diverted fentanyl, other medication from hospital | TribLIVE

A Greensburg registered nurse was arrested Tuesday for allegedly diverting prescription medication while she worked at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, according to court papers.

Julie Dawn Zetkulic, 43, is accused by the state attorney general’s office of taking narcotic pain relievers from the hospital’s pharmacy over a four-month period. She is free on $20,000 unsecured bond on two counts of acquisition by misrepresentation.

Source: Police: Greensburg nurse diverted fentanyl, other medication from hospital | TribLIVE

Winter storms expected to batter country with snow, wind and rain

Forecasters are predicting storms to hit areas in California to New York to Maine.

By Minyvonne Burke

Several winter storms are expected to hit large areas of the country with a mix of snow, heavy winds and rain over the next few days as they roll from coast to coast.

Almost 15 million people in parts of northern and southern California, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, are under a flash flood watch, according to forecasters. 16 million people in northern and central parts of the state are under a wind alert.

The National Weather Service predicts wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour in some parts of the Bay Area and warned residents to expect strong winds that could “blow down limbs, trees, and power lines.” Scattered power outages are also expected Wednesday and Thursday, weather analysts said.

Source: Winter storms expected to batter country with snow, wind and rain

Pelosi urges Trump to delay State of the Union until government shutdown ends | Fox News

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the extraordinary step Wednesday of urging President Trump to delay his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, or submit the address in writing.

The president has been slated to deliver his televised annual address to a Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 29. But with no compromise in sight to resolve the standoff over government funding — a stalemate that extended into its 26th day, with the impact deepening for furloughed federal workers and others — Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested Trump put those plans on hold.

Source: Pelosi urges Trump to delay State of the Union until government shutdown ends | Fox News

Walmart pharmacies likely to leave CVS network because of pricing dispute

Walmart pharmacies are expected to leave the drugstore networks offered by CVS because of an ongoing pricing dispute.

  • CVS announced Tuesday that Walmart pharmacies are leaving its network because of a dispute over pricing.
  • Both Walmart and CVS are saying that the other company is trying to make prescriptions more expensive for consumers.
  • CVS said it has asked Walmart to stay in its networks through April 30.

Source: Walmart pharmacies likely to leave CVS network because of pricing dispute

New migrant caravan leaves Honduras for journey to US border | Fox News

A new caravan of at least 500 migrants late Monday began its perilous journey from a rain-soaked bus station in Honduras to the United States border, members of the group told Fox News.

The scene was a familiar one: The group had a mix of people that included some mothers carrying their young children on their shoulders. It’s unclear where the group will rest, but past migrants have used the Honduran city of Quimistan, which is 35 miles from the bus stop, as an early checkpoint.

As they walked, some migrants pleaded with local store owners to give them food or water for their journey, according to the Associated Press.

Source: New migrant caravan leaves Honduras for journey to US border | Fox News

Car Seat Falls Out Of Vehicle With Child Still In It | HuffPost

A mother in Mankato, Minnesota, may be facing charges of child endangerment after a car seat fell out of her vehicle on Monday while the child was still in it.

Chad Mock was driving behind the vehicle and saw the 2-year-old in the middle of the road, still strapped in the seat, which he captured on dashcam video.

Mock immediately stopped his truck, and got out of it in hopes of flagging down the child’s mom.

He then got down to check if the child was OK.

Minnesota officials are considering charging the toddler’s mother with child endangerment.

Source: Car Seat Falls Out Of Vehicle With Child Still In It | HuffPost

Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades – CNN

(CNN)A pair of new studies released on Monday share a same ominous message — that our planet’s ice is melting at an alarming rate, which is bad news for global sea levels.

According to a study led by Eric Rignot from the University of California at Irvine, which looked at details of ice and snow from the entire continent of Antarctica since 1979, Antarctica’s crucial ice sheet has been melting for the entire 39 year period, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

Source: Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades – CNN