Flights Delayed at LAX as Dense Fog Blankets Parts of SoCal Coast, San Gabriel Valley

Dense fog blanketed much of the Los Angeles County coast early Saturday, causing some delays at the Los Angeles International Airport. “Please check your flight status with your airline directly,” said a 7:05 a.m. post from LAX’s Twitter account. Dense fog at the airport this morning is leading to some delays. Please check your flight status with your airline directly. — LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) January 25, 2020 Visibility at the airport was down to a quarter of a mile, according to the National Weather Service. At the San Diego International Airport, visibility was at 2 1/2 miles as of 7 a.m, forecasters said. Parts of the San Gabriel Valley were also experiencing thick fog, NWS said. Visibility was at a quarter of a mile or less in portions of San Diego County, including Carlsbad, Miramar, Oceanside and the Brown Field Municipal Airport. Los Angeles International (LAX) is currently in a ground stop due to an equipment outage compounding issues with low visibility. Flights not yet in the air cannot depart for LAX. Flights in the air continue, but increasing delays are likely. https://t.co/djY4y1IRsr pic.twitter.com/9irtp6Wwmq —…

NPR Reporter Says After Tense Interview, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Demanded She Find Ukraine on Map

A reporter for National Public Radio alleged Friday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo screamed obscenities and demanded she prove she could find Ukraine on an unmarked map after she asked — and Pompeo refused to answer — whether he owed former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch an apology. In an interview aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Friday, Pompeo instead replied to NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly question by saying, “You know, I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran. That’s what I intend to do. I know what our Ukraine policy has been now for the three years of this administration.” He then repeatedly tried to end the interview as Kelly continued to press him on the matter. To her last question on whether Ukraine policy had been hijacked, Pompeo replied, “I’ve been clear about that. I know exactly what we were doing. I know precisely what the direction the State Department gave to our officials around the world about how to manage our Ukraine policy.” Speaking after the interview aired, Kelly described how she was called back into Pompeo’s living…

Trump’s Lawyers Begin Opening Arguments Against Democrats’ Case for Impeachment

Now the tables will turn in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. After three days of arguments from the House impeachment managers, the President’s legal team will take over the Senate floor to deliver their side of the story, detailing the defense of the President against the two articles of impeachment. The President’s team is delivering its presentation as Senate Republicans feel more confident that the House managers did not convince enough fence-sitting Republicans to vote for additional witnesses that would extend the trial beyond next week — and that the trial is now the defense team’s to lose. The President’s team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and the President’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow, is expected to begin its argument for two-to-three hours on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, in what Sekulow told reporters would be a “sneak preview” of the full argument they will deliver beginning on Monday. A source from the President’s team said the defense would “present a robust defense on both the facts and the law, on the substance of the President’s conduct.” “We have three hours to put it out, so we’ll take whatever…

Trump captured on tape demanding firing of ambassador to Ukraine, attorney says

President Donald Trump was captured on tape at a 2018 dinner with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman demanding the firing of Marie Yovanovitch, who was then the US ambassador to Ukraine, according to an attorney for Parnas. “Get rid of her!” a voice appearing to belong to Trump says on the recording, according to ABC News, which on Friday first reported its existence. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.” CNN has not reviewed the tape. According to Parnas’ attorney, Joseph Bondy, the recording was made by Fruman and shared with Parnas “shortly after it was recorded.” An attorney for Fruman declined to comment. The recording appears to substantiate accounts of the dinner Parnas has provided in interviews, at a time when he has emerged as one of the central figures of the impeachment proceedings against the President. The conversation appears to have occurred about a year before Yovanovitch was removed from her post in April 2019. “We do believe that contents of the conversation as portrayed by ABC News are of critical importance in the impeachment trial of the President,”…

Trump’s Lawyers to Begin Opening Arguments Against Democrats’ Case for Impeachment

Now the tables will turn in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. After three days of arguments from the House impeachment managers, the President’s legal team will take over the Senate floor to deliver their side of the story, detailing the defense of the President against the two articles of impeachment. The President’s team is delivering its presentation as Senate Republicans feel more confident that the House managers did not convince enough fence-sitting Republicans to vote for additional witnesses that would extend the trial beyond next week — and that the trial is now the defense team’s to lose. The President’s team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and the President’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow, is expected to begin its argument for two-to-three hours on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, in what Sekulow told reporters would be a “sneak preview” of the full argument they will deliver beginning on Monday. A source from the President’s team said the defense would “present a robust defense on both the facts and the law, on the substance of the President’s conduct.” “We have three hours to put it out, so we’ll take whatever…

‘He Is Who He Is’: In Impeachment Closing Arguments, Dems Say Oust Trump or He’ll Betray Again

Closing out their case, House Democrats warned in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. They then implored Republican senators to allow new testimony before rendering a final verdict. “Give America a fair trial,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead Democratic impeachment manager, said Friday. “She’s worth it.” Schiff delivered Democrats’ final remarks in the Senate trial after three days of methodical and impassioned arguments detailing charges that Trump abused power by asking Ukraine for politically motivated probes of political rivals, then obstructed Congress’ investigation into the matter. The president’s lawyers get their first chance to defend him Saturday, and are expected to argue he acted appropriately. The opening arguments appear to have done nothing to shake Republicans’ support for Trump or persuade enough centrist GOP lawmakers to call for new witnesses, including Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton. In his final appeal to lawmakers and a divided nation, Schiff argued that a guilty verdict in the Senate is the only remedy left to curb what he…

Man held in a California jail for 6 years, without ever being charged, was wronged, judge said

The trial court was wrong, wrong, wrong. Wrong to put a man who was sued by the state over a boiler room scam but never charged with a crime in jail — for six years. Wrong to insist that he cough up $360,540 that had vanished in the care of his then-fiancee. Wrong to keep him locked up even after acknowledging that he was broke — there was “very strong evidence that he was unable to pay $360,540,” said a federal judge’s critical decision. But even though the government was wrong on so many fronts, for so long, Zulmai Nazarzai will get no compensation, according to a judgment handed down Jan. 14. After being released from Orange County jail, in 2016, Nazarzai filed a federal lawsuit against the county, then-Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Deputy Ben Garcia, seeking at least $25 million for civil rights violations. “Mr. Nazarzai should have been released in 2014 and very likely earlier,” wrote U.S. Judge Andrew J. Guilford in the “findings of fact” document related to the case. “But the possible defendants in this case were all government employees honoring…

Son of ‘OC Housewife’ charged in shooting ordered back to county lockup

An Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday temporarily stopped Santa Ana City Jail officials from moving the son of a former “Real Housewives of Orange County” cast member back to county lockup, where he says he was targeted for violence while behind bars. The less than two-month-old agreement between the city and county jails regarding the housing of Josh Waring appears to have quickly fallen apart, leading Waring’s attorney to allege that moving his client back to a county jail facility could leave him open to retaliation by deputies or fellow inmates. Waring, the son of celebrity personality Lauri Peterson, is awaiting trial related to the shooting of a man outside a sober living home in 2016. Waring has denied playing any role in the shooting, and as part of Waring’s case, his attorney, Joel Garson, learned that at least 34,000 recordings of attorney-client calls – which are supposed to be confidential – were made by the jail’s phone vendor. Waring and his attorney contend that since the jail call revelations deputies have retaliated by setting Waring up for attacks by other inmates in…

Dundas follows up ‘Champion of the World’ with another thriller

By Bruce Desilva | Associated Press “The Blaze,” Chad Dundas’ second novel following his critically acclaimed “Champion of the World,” is both a cleverly plotted mystery and a touching account of a wounded veteran trying to rebuild his life. Matthew Rose, an army veteran whose memory was “scrubbed clean” by a traumatic brain injury suffered in Iraq, returns to his unnervingly unfamiliar hometown in Montana to settle the affairs of the late father whose face he cannot remember. On his first night back, he wanders the streets hoping something familiar might jump-start his memory. There, he stumbles onto a house fire that takes the life of a college student trapped inside. The fire, it turns out, was deliberately set. This sparks a hazy memory of another fire he witnessed 15 years ago, one that he senses might hold the keys both to the latest arson and the central mystery of his own life. “The Blaze” by Chad Dundas. Putnam Matthew teams up with a local newspaper reporter named Georgie Porter, a former girlfriend he can’t remember. Dundas described their first meeting this way: “The first thing…

Letter: This group educated me on how our government works

Group educates people on issues of poverty With all the dissension in Congress these days, many of us feel disenfranchised by our government and that our voices don’t matter. There is, however, an organization that educates volunteers on issues of poverty, both globally and domestically, and teaches its volunteers to communicate with our congressional representatives. As a 30-year member of RESULTS, I have learned a lot about how our government works and feel that I have helped to get more U.S. aid for early childhood nutrition, education for girls, and other health issues. Related Articles Letter: Carl Guardino devoted efforts to poverty, traffic, housing Letter: Robberies, thefts happen in every Oakland City Council district Letter: School-sponsored prayer not legal in public schools Letter: Nothing will result from hearings, despite Trump’s criminality Letter: Dow records don’t help those left out of market So if your resolution for 2020 was to make the world a better place, results.org. is a great way to start. Tari Nicholson Martinez   Submit your letter to the editor via this form Read more Letters to the Editor

Takeaways from how the Warriors replaced Willie Cauley-Stein in Friday’s loss to the Pacers

SAN FRANCISCO — Hours before Friday’s 129-118 loss to the Pacers at Chase Center, the Warriors agreed to trade center Willie Cauley-Stein to the Mavericks for a 2020 second-round pick. The deal will impact how the Warriors approach the center position for the rest of the season, and Friday’s game provided early signs of head coach Steve Kerr’s plan. Here are a few things to monitor for the remainder of the season. Marquese Chriss gets the first post-Cauley-Stein start at center Chriss, who the team waived and re-signed to a two-way contract earlier this month, was given the starting role in the first game after Cauley-Stein was traded. The trade will allow the Warriors to promote Chriss back to the 15-man roster, and it seems the starting center job is his to lose. In 21 minutes, he had 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting — including one 3-pointer — and three rebounds. With 9:36 left in the first quarter, Chriss was assisted by forward Draymond Green and scored on the fastbreak to give Golden State an early 9-2 lead. 30 seconds later, guard Damion Lee found…

Super Bowl LIV: Tight ends Kittle, Kelce have different styles, same domination

SANTA CLARA — After each Chiefs game, 49ers tight end George Kittle gets a special delivery: Game tape of his counterpart in Kansas City, Travis Kelce. “I get his games every single week so I can watch what he does because he’s definitely one of the best in the game at what he does,” Kittle said. “Receiving, just finding open spots.” Kelce led all tight ends with 1,229 receiving yards this season, but was edged out on the AP’s All-Pro team by a vote of 33-17 by Kittle, who crossed the 1,000-yard threshold with a seven-catch, 86-yard game in Week 17 against the Seahawks. The veteran Chiefs tight end may have superior numbers, but even he admits that Kittle is a unique talent at the position. “Just about everybody in the world thinks the world of George Kittle,” Kelce told reporters in Kansas City this week. “He’s an unbelievable person, unbelievable amount of energy. How he plays the game with a tenacity, it’s one of a kind. It’s special.” Super Bowl LIV will feature elite talents all over the field, but the matchup of tight…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!