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Feds charge Army official for theft of gear, including sniper scopes

Army offical charged with theftAn Army official at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah has been charged with stealing military equipment, including scopes for sniper rifles, worth potentially millions of dollars to sell on the black market, according to court documents and government officials.

Phillip Tomac, director of logistics at Dugway, continues to hold his job but is barred from the Army post, said Robert Saxon, an Army spokesman there. Dugway made headlines in 2015 as ground-zero for the military’s bungled handling of anthrax and other deadly toxins. Tomac is paid about $79,000 per year.

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T.J. Maxx Employees Were Told to Throw Away Ivanka Trump Signs

T J Max dumps IvankaJust a few days after news broke that Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are dropping Ivanka Trump’s line, the New York Times reports that T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are also moving to distance themselves from the first daughter’s brand. A note from TJX Companies, the parent company of both stores, literally told employees to throw Ivanka Trump signs in the garbage.

“Effective immediately, please remove all Ivanka Trump merchandise from features and mix into the runs,” the note read. “All Ivanka Trump signs should be discarded.” (“Runs” are the clothing racks where the majority of items hang.)

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Trump calls courts 'so political' as travel ban faces scrutiny

trump calls court politicalPresident Donald Trump stepped up his criticism of the U.S. judiciary on Wednesday, saying courts seem to be "so political," a day after his U.S. travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries faced close scrutiny from an appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday heard arguments on the Trump administration's challenge to a lower court order putting his temporary travel ban on hold. Trump on Saturday accused the judge who issued the order of opening the United States to "potential terrorists."

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Six Red Cross aid workers killed in Afghanistan

Red Cross workers killed in AfghanistanSuspected ISIL fighters have killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who were carrying supplies in the north of the country to areas hit by deadly snow storms, according to government officials.

Another two employees were unaccounted for after Wednesday's attack in Jowzjan province, said Thomas Glass, ICRC spokesperson, adding that the group  did not know who was responsible for the attack.

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Yemen requests no US ground missions without approval after raid

Mike FlynnYemen's government has requested the United States stop ground operations in the country unless they have the government's full approval after an anti-terror raid authorized by US President Donald Trump killed civilians, two senior Yemeni defense officials told CNN on Wednesday.

The Yemeni officials said the government had sent a firm message to the US administration condemning the January 29 operation that left one US Navy Seal dead along with Yemeni women and children, complaining of a lack of coordination with its officials.

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Facebook To Start Giving 6-Weeks Paid Family Leave To All Employees

Sheryl SandbergIn an announcement Tuesday afternoon that deftly weaved together the personal, the corporate and the political, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company would be giving all of its employees six weeks of family leave to care for ailing family members.

She also announced two other generous leave benefits: three days of additional time off for employees caring for a family member with a short-term illness, like a child with the flu, and 20 days of bereavement leave, twice as much as before.

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Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Trump’s Travel Order

Coourt hears ban argumentsThree federal appeals court judges heard arguments Tuesday over President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily barring entry to the United States of refugees and those from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

The judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco did not immediately make a decision in the controversial executive action but a ruling will probably come down this week, the court said.

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McConnell: Warren’s blistering Sessions speech broke Senate rules

McConnell shuts down WarrwenSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) of breaking the Senate’s rules with a blistering floor speech against Sen. Jeff Sessions’s attorney general nomination.

The Senate’s top Republican interrupted Warren’s speech to argue that she was violating the upper chamber’s rules, despite an initial warning by GOP Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was presiding over the Senate.

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A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months

Crack growing in Antarctic ice shelfThe crack in Larsen C now reaches over 100 miles in length, and some parts of it are as wide as two miles. The tip of the rift is currently only about 20 miles from reaching the other end of the ice shelf.

Once the crack reaches all the way across the ice shelf, the break will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, according to Project Midas, a research team that has been monitoring the rift since 2014. Because of the amount of stress the crack is placing on the remaining 20 miles of the shelf, the team expects the break soon.

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