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Supreme Court lets mystery company file appeal under seal

Supreme Court lets mystery company file appeal under sealThe case has remained a high-profile mystery, with the Supreme Court and lower courts declining to identify the company, the country that owns it or the purpose of the subpoena. More details about the company's legal arguments were revealed in redacted court papers made public after the nine justices permitted it to move forward with its appeal to the high court under seal, a process that keeps many facts about the matter secret. The company is facing a daily fine of $50,000 imposed by a U.S. federal judge in Washington for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued in the unidentified investigation.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 12:17 PM

Alleged US spy received Russian 'state secret' without knowing: lawyer

Alleged US spy received Russian 'state secret' without knowing: lawyerA former US Marine charged with espionage in Russia was handed a USB drive containing state secrets without knowing what was on the device, his lawyer said Tuesday after a hearing extending his client's custody. Paul Whelan, 48, was taken into custody on December 28 by the Russian FSB security service, which said he was caught "while carrying out an act of espionage".

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 2:36 PM

Total lunar eclipse 2019: 'Super blood wolf moon appears over the UK'

Total lunar eclipse 2019: 'Super blood wolf moon appears over the UK'Skygazers in parts of the UK lucky enough to be under clear skies have been treated to the astronomical spectacle of a "super blood wolf moon". The rare phenomenon, caused in part by a lunar eclipse, makes the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal. Catching a glimpse of the curiously-titled event will be down to luck for those wrapping up and heading out early, as many parts of the country were covered by cloud on Monday morning. Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There's a lot cloud around, but there are some breaks to enjoy the lunar eclipse as well. "Across lots of central England and northern England there's quite a lot of lower cloud around, but there are still some breaks in cloud particularly over south-east England and parts of south-west England as well. "It's kind of a mixed bag - further towards the north there's more in the way of cloud as well affecting parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, so probably not great visibility up there unfortunately." Super Wolf Blood Moon: The total lunar eclipse, in pictures from around the world A super blood wolf moon occurs when as a blood moon and supermoon occur simultaneously and was best seen from the UK at around 5.10am - providing clouds did not obstruct the view. The optimum viewing time was at around 5.12am when the eclipse was at its peak. A plane passes as the moon rises through clouds before start of total lunar eclipse in California Credit:  MIKE BLAKE/Reuters Astronomers are particularly interested in this year's blood moon as it is the last of its kind for two years. "We're going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipses over the next couple of years," explained Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. "So this is a really good one to catch as it's going to be a long time before you catch another one like this, we will have other lunar eclipses, we just won't have anything quite as spectacular until May 2021."  Blood moons and lunar eclipses of the past Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, created fear in 1504 after he used knowledge of an upcoming blood moon to convince the Arawak Indians to help him while stranded in Jamaica.  He led them to believe their lack of support would anger God and result in a blood moon in the sky. When the moon began to "bleed", the Arawak Indians were fooled into giving Columbus and his crew food. In more recent years, the total lunar eclipse of July 16, 2000 - which was seen in the Pacific Ocean, eastern Asia and Australia - was one of the longest to ever be recorded, lasting 1 hour 46 minutes.  The last lunar eclipse took place on July 27, 2018; and the totality spanned across 1 hour 43 minutes, marking the longest eclipse of the 21st century. Blood moon myths and tales From religious theories to modern day conspiracies, there are a range of myths and tales linked to the concept of a blood moon. Some Christian conspiracists consider a blood moon to be an apocalyptic sign from the heavens while the Inca thought it represented an attack by a cosmic jaguar.  The Hupa, a Native American tribe from northern California, believed the moon had 20 wives and numerous pets including lions and snakes. When the moon didn't give them enough food to eat, they attacked it, consequently making it bleed. The Batammaliba people in Togo and Benin, Africa, believe a lunar eclipse represents a fight between the sun and the moon, which humans must learn from in terms of their own arguments. Other astronomical events in 2019 The Quadrantid meteor shower reached its maximum rate of activity on January 4, with shooting stars appearing in the sky each night up until January 6. A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will appear in the east sky before sunrise on January 22, showing the two bright planets 2.4 degrees from each other. The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower will be seen in dark locations after midnight on May 7, while Saturn will shine the brightest on July 9, this year, as reaches its closest approach to Earth. Plus an annular solar eclipse will take place on December 26, starting in Saudi Arabia and concluding in the Pacific Ocean, with a ring of light appearing around the moon. Lunar eclipse pics

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 4:55 AM

See Niagara Falls Transform Into an Icy Wonderland Amid Bone-Chilling Cold

See Niagara Falls Transform Into an Icy Wonderland Amid Bone-Chilling ColdImages show trees and pathways coated in thick sheets of snow and ice

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 11:33 AM

Is the stock market closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Is the stock market closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?U.S. stock markets are closed on Monday to observe Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Foreign financial markets will be open.

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 8:19 AM

Trump Presses Ahead on State of Union After Pelosi’s Suggestion to Delay

Trump Presses Ahead on State of Union After Pelosi’s Suggestion to DelayThe request was made to House officials, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and is another escalation in his battle with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The House sergeant-at-arms, one of the recipients of the White House request over the weekend, is awaiting a response from Pelosi’s office. Pelosi last week said Trump should postpone the address because of security concerns stemming from the shutdown and consider delivering it in writing instead of in-person.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 12:30 PM

Kamala Harris Is Terrible on Criminal Justice

Kamala Harris Is Terrible on Criminal JusticeDemocratic senator Kamala Harris has announced that she is throwing her hat in the ring to run for president in 2020 — so now is as good a time as any to remind everyone of her terrible record on criminal justice. Thankfully, criminal-justice reform has become a bit of a popular issue these days among both Democrats and Republicans. As a civil libertarian, it’s my opinion that we still have a long way to go — and putting Kamala Harris in the White House would not be a step in the right direction.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 6:30 AM

Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legal

Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legalBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said on Tuesday that a government decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving senior officials is "crassly unconstitutional," a development that also prompted concern from the European Union.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 4:47 PM

Every Photo of the Heavy Duty 2020 GMC Sierra

Every Photo of the Heavy Duty 2020 GMC Sierra

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 7:10 PM

Report reveals an undeclared North Korean missile base headquarters

Report reveals an undeclared North Korean missile base headquarters"The Sino-ri missile operating base and the Nodong missiles deployed at this location fit into North Korea's presumed nuclear military strategy by providing an operational-level nuclear or conventional first strike capability," the report said. The discovery of an undeclared missile headquarters comes three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he "looks forward" to another summit to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February.

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 3:31 PM

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