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Swiss paper: Russians posed as plumbers to spy in Davos

By Kathryn Lurie and Michael Shields | Reuters DAVOS, Switzerland – Swiss officials foiled an apparent spying operation by Russians posing as plumbers in Davos, site of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, but police did not confirm key details of the account. The report in the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper said the two Russians were checked by Swiss police in August last year in the ski resort, which is hosting the WEF gathering of the global business and political elite this week. The pair presented diplomatic passports and left the country, the paper said. Police in the eastern Swiss canton of Grisons said two men with Russian diplomatic passports had been the subjects of a routine identity check in Davos in August 2019, but no connection had been established between their visit and the WEF. “It is true that we checked two Russian citizens in Davos and they identified themselves with diplomatic passports, but we could not ascertain any reason to detain them. They were allowed to go,” a cantonal police spokeswoman said, adding police had never identified the men as…

‘Next door to the devil’: Decades later, an arrest in Pillowcase Rapist attacks

BREVARD COUNTY, FL (WESH) — A Florida man has been arrested on suspicion of being the “Pillowcase Rapist,” who attacked at least 44 women in the 1980s. Robert Eugene Koehler, 60, was apprehended Saturday at his home in Palm Bay, 30 miles north of Vero Beach. Officials have not said what led them to arrest Koehler for the Pillowcase attacks, which took place from 1981 to 1986 on the Florida coast between South Miami and Deerfield Beach. The rapist in those cases broke into homes and would often cover his victim’s face with a pillowcase. (The cases are not related to Christopher Hubbart, also known as the Pillowcase Rapist, who attacked women from the early 1970s to 1993 in the Bay Area and Southern California. He was returned to Coalinga State Hospital in 2017 after violating the terms of his release in Los Angeles County.) The next-door neighbors of Robert Koehler told TV station WESH how uneasy  they felt around Koehler. They were aware that he was listed on the state’s sexual offender website because of a sexual battery conviction from 1991. “I just always read…

McConnell abruptly eases impeachment limits

By LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abruptly changed his proposed rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial , backing off the condensed two-day schedule to add a third for opening arguments after protests from senators, including Republicans. The trial quickly burst into a partisan fight at the Capitol as the president’s lawyers opened arguments Tuesday in support of McConnell’s plan. Democrats objected loudly to McConnell’s initially proposed rules, and some Republicans made their concerns known in private. Without comment, the Republican leader quietly submitted an amended proposal for the record, after meeting behind closed doors with senators as the trial opened. He added the extra day and allowed House evidence to be included in the record. “It’s time to start with this trial,” said White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, the president’s lead lawyer as the proceedings opened in public. “It’s a fair process,” he said. “There is absolutely no case.” Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled open the session, senators having taken an oath last week to do “impartial justice” as jurors. Senators were stunned by…

Heavenly ski resort employee third to die in Lake Tahoe area over the weekend

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE  — A member of the ski patrol at Heavenly Mountain Resort near South Lake Tahoe was working when he was found unconscious on a challenging ski run, authorities said. He later died at a hospital. The death of Christopher John Nicholson, 36, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Saturday was one of three deaths over the weekend in the Lake Tahoe area, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported. Nicholson was injured on the expert trail in Mott Canyon on the Nevada side of the Heavenly Mountain resort and was pronounced dead at a hospital in Carson City, Nevada, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada said. Authorities did not say how he was injured. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the medical examiner’s office in Washoe County were investigating a cause of death. Related Articles Flatland drivers’ misguided scheme to circumvent chain controls: Roadshow Lake Tahoe ski resort employee dies after being injured on trail Avalanche at Lake Tahoe resort kills 1 skier, injures 1 Winter storm with 137 mph wind gust at Tahoe resort; chains on I-80 in Sierra required Nicholson was the…

LA Council Passes Resolution Demanding MLB Award 2017, 2018 World Series Titles To Dodgers Following Astros Cheating Scandal

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved a resolution asking for Major League Baseball to award the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles to the Dodgers after an investigation determined that the Houston Astros cheated by stealing signs both those seasons. FILE — (L-R) Chris Taylor #3, Rich Hill #44, Clayton Kershaw #22, Ross Stripling, Walker Buehler #21 and their Dodgers teammates look on from the dugout in the ninth inning of Game Four of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 27, 2018. The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers 9-6. (Getty Images) The resolution, which was introduced last week by councilmen Paul Koretz and Gilbert Cedillo, was passed Tuesday morning in the wake of the bombshell MLB investigation which determined that the Astros used camera technology to cheat that season by stealing signs.. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were both suspended for one year by the MLB after a Jan. 13 report confirmed that the Astros used center-field camera from the live game feed to communicate signs to players…

CDC Expected to Announce 1st Reported Case of Wuhan Coronavirus in U.S.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce this afternoon that the first case of Wuhan coronavirus has been reported in the United States, in Washington state, a federal source outside the CDC tells CNN. The source is involved in the matter and was made aware of a CDC media briefing scheduled for later today. The novel virus, which was first identified last month in Wuhan, China, has so far infected more than 300 people and killed six, in an outbreak that has been reported in five countries — now including the United States. It is unclear if this person recently traveled to China, where and how they became infected, and if this person has transmitted the virus to anyone else in the United States. Check back for updates on this developing story. 

5th Body Found at Tijuana Home Where Garden Grove Couple Was Discovered Buried: Authorities

Tijuana authorities say they have discovered a fifth body in a home where a U.S. couple with dual-citizenship was found buried. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office for the state of Baja California, just south of San Diego, confirmed late Monday that a fifth body was discovered by a canine search team earlier in the afternoon. Late Saturday, authorities announced that a second set of bodies — one male and one female — was discovered in an advanced state of decomposition in the same home in Colonia Obrera. The first four bodies discovered were wrapped in plastic and covered in lime, prosecutors said at a hearing Sunday evening. Read the full story on LATimes.com.  

California May Declare Common Pain Killer Acetaminophen a Carcinogen

California is considering whether to label one of the United States’ most common drugs a carcinogen. A panel of scientists is examining evidence of whether acetaminophen can cause cancer. The drug is the basis for more than 600 prescription and over-the-counter medications including Tylenol, Excedrin and Sudafed. A state law approved by voters in 1986 requires California to keep a list of chemicals known to cause cancer. Some studies reported an increased risk of some types of cancers, while others did not. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association says acetaminophen has no risk for cancer at any dose level.

‘Nobody Likes Him,’ Hillary Clinton Says of Former Rival Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton says “nobody likes” her former presidential rival Bernie Sanders, even as the Vermont senator remains entrenched among the front-runners in the Democratic race, with the Iowa caucus beginning in less than two weeks. In an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter” published Tuesday, Clinton was asked about a comment she makes in an upcoming documentary where she says Sanders was “in Congress for years” but, “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done.” Clinton replied that the criticism still holds and refused to say she’d endorse him this cycle if he wins the party’s nomination, adding: “It’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters.” Asked for a response, Sanders’ campaign initially declined to comment Tuesday. But the senator later released a statement that did not address what Clinton said. “My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” it said, referencing the president’s impeachment trial, which has begun in the Senate. “Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president…

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