American killed in Kenya terrorist attack survived 9/11

The American who among the at least 14 people killed in a terrorist attack in Kenya was a tech executive who survived 9/11, his family said. Jason Spindler, the 40-year-old CEO of I-DEV International, was having lunch at the DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi Tuesday when Al-Shabab militants attacked the complex with car bombs and gunfire. “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that my brother, Jason Spindler, passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi,” his brother Jonathan wrote on Facebook, according to the Guardian, before making…

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More college students can now eat withdrawals from Pizza ATMs

It might sound like a pie in the sky concept — but high-tech Pizza ATMs are giving dorm dining halls some cheesy competition on college campuses. After an initial test run in 2016, students at several Ohio universities are serving as guinea pigs for the major American pilot program of this European touchscreen contraption. So far it looks like a hit: “It actually works just like an ATM machine … and we’ve sold approximately 400 pizzas in our first week,” says says Abby Hertzfeld, associate director of operations for the Office of Student…

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Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of the Union address amid shutdown

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Trump to delay his State of the Union address, which is set for Jan. 29, until after the government shutdown ends. In a letter to the president, Pelosi, D-Calif., cited “security concerns” related to the shutdown’s effect on the US Secret Service, which provides security for the president’s annual address to a joint session of Congress. “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened…

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Kremlin mocks notion that Trump could have worked for Russia

Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday dismissed a report that President Trump is working on behalf of the Kremlin and accused the US news media and Congress of trying to sabotage his administration. “It’s hard for me to comment on what is happening in the U.S. surrounding accusations that President Trump is effectively a Russian agent,” Sergei Lavrov said, according to Bloomberg News. He blamed the media and Congress with trying to undermine the president, saying news outlets are “lowering their journalistic standards.” Lavrov said Trump’s right to conduct foreign policy…

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American soldiers killed in ISIS-claimed suicide attack in Syria

Four American soldiers were among 16 people killed and more than a dozen wounded when a suicide bomber attacked US-led coalition forces in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday, according to a US official. An ISIS-affiliated web site, Amaq, said a suicide attacker with an explosive vest had targeted a foreign military patrol. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a militia source said US troops were among the dead, according to Reuters, which reported that four were killed. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a…

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California storm could bring mudslides, blizzard warning

LOS ANGELES — Another Pacific storm was set to hit California on Wednesday, bringing a threat of mudslides to the site of the deadliest wildfire in state history and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada. An evacuation warning was in place into Thursday morning for Pulga, a canyon community in Northern California. Its neighbor, the town of Paradise, was virtually incinerated two months ago by the Camp Fire that killed 86 people and destroyed nearly 15,000 homes. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the county…

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Pentagon report raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

WASHINGTON — Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon has released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday that the key concern is that as China upgrades its military equipment and technology and reforms how it trains and develops troops, it becomes more confident in its ability to wage a regional conflict. And Beijing’s leaders have made it clear that reasserting sovereignty over Taiwan is a…

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American teacher joined ISIS to see ‘what the group was about’

An ISIS member from Texas said he joined the terror group simply out of curiosity — and wasn’t repelled by their brutality because in his home state, “they like to execute people, too.” “I wanted to go see exactly what the group was about, and what they were doing,” Warren Christopher Clark, 34, who spent more than three years teaching English for the terror group, told NBC News. “Of course I saw the videos. I think with the beheadings, that’s execution. I’m from the United States, from Texas. They like…

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Father of Jayme Closs’ accused kidnapper only cares about her family

The father of Jayme Closs’ accused kidnapper said all he cares about is the 13-year-old’s family and that he wanted to pass along a letter to them. Patrick Patterson showed up at the Barron County Justice Center on Tuesday, a day after he sat in the courtroom for his 21-year-old son Jake’s arraignment. “All I care about right now is Jayme’s family. I want to get them a note,” the father told CNN, declining to elaborate and apologizing for not being able to say more. “I’m sorry, I can’t talk,”…

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Father of Jayme Closs’ accused kidnapper only cares about her family now

The father of Jayme Closs’ accused kidnapper said all he cares about is the 13-year-old’s family and that he wanted to pass along a letter to them. Patrick Patterson showed up at the Barron County Justice Center on Tuesday, a day after he sat in the courtroom for his 21-year-old son Jake’s arraignment. “All I care about right now is Jayme’s family. I want to get them a note,” the father told CNN, declining to elaborate and apologizing for not being able to say more. “I’m sorry, I can’t talk,”…

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