3 dead, more than a dozen injured after Calif. bus crash

A bus rolled down an embankment off Interstate 15 in North San Diego County Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, killing several people and injuring others. (Don Boomer/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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UPDATED 3:55 PM PT — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Several people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured following a bus crash in California. On Saturday, police said the vehicle rolled off a major San Diego freeway near Fallbrook, trapping people inside the bus.

Three people died and 18 others sustained injuries in the incident. The survivors have since been transferred to local hospitals, where they remain in unknown condition.

NCFPD Captain John Choi has stated crews from Camp Pendleton, Pala Mesa, Vista and Oceanside assisted on scene. Teams reportedly had to stabilize the bus before they were able to assist any of the trapped passengers.

Southbound traffic backed up after a bus rolled down an embankment off Interstate 15 in North San Diego County Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, killing several people and injuring others. Emergency crews rescued several people trapped in the wreckage after the bus crashed around 10:20 a.m. on State Route 76, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of San Diego, the North County Fire Protection District said. (Don Boomer/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

Local reports have said the bus was travelling from Los Angeles to San Ysidro. According to California Highway Patrol, the bus driver has been taken in for questioning.

Officials have warned the local community about significant travel delays. They advised drivers to avoid the area until further notice.

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2 in custody, 1 dead after quadruple shooting in Philadelphia

Photos of Joel Saint-Fort, left, and Charles Davis, right, via Philadelphia Police Department.

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UPDATED 3:00 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

Two people have been taken into custody following a quadruple shooting in North Philadelphia, which left one woman dead on Wednesday. According to reports, the shooting happened after two people approached a group of seven in a residential area and opened fire.

19-year-old Yaniyah Foster was struck in the head and later died at the hospital. Three other men were reportedly wounded in the incident and are expected to recover.

Screengrab of Yaniyah Foster via CBS Philly official report.

Police have said they believe one of the wounded men returned fire as the shooters fled the scene.

The shooting suspects have been identified as 25-year-old Charles Davis and 16-year-old Joel Saint-Fort. Both now face murder and stolen weapons charges.

“In the end, nobody wins. You got people mourning on both sides. Somebody in the grave, somebody in the prison for the rest of their life.” – Maurice Butts, Philadelphia resident

Screengrab via CBS Philly official report.

Following the shooting, local lawmaker Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Pa.) issued a statement on Twitter. He said he was “heart sick” and asked, “How many ways can we say enough?”

“We can’t live like this,” stated Kenyatta. “I demanded we do something on gun violence in a special session with a few colleagues, and it didn’t happen.”

The investigation remains ongoing. Police have yet to determine a motive for the attack.

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VA. teen charged after opening fire on parents

Picture of wanted poster of Levi Henry Norwood. (Fauquier County Sheriff’s Department)

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UPDATED 12:46 PM PT — Sunday, February 16, 2020

A manhunt for a Virginia teen, accused of opening fire on his family, has come to an end. 17-year-old Levi Norwood was taken into custody in North Carolina Saturday evening.

Norwood allegedly shot his parents and younger brother in Fauquier County on Friday. The mother and child were killed in their home. The father, however, survived after entering the house and seeing his wife and child dead. That’s when the teen shot him as well, but he managed to escape with gunshot wounds.

Norwood fled the scene in a red Toyota Camry, but he was later apprehended after being caught shoplifting in the next state over.

There was a large operation underway across different departments to take the teen into custody.

“When they reported to the scene, they observed a 6-year-old child that had been killed, the mother of the child, and also the father had been shot as well,” stated sheriff Bob Mosier of Fauquiier County. “He’s (the father) in stable condition at the hospital.”

Norwood is facing two-counts of murder. A motive for the attack remains under investigation.

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OneUnited Bank doubles down after criticism over its Harriet Tubman debit card

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The largest black-owned bank in the U.S. is facing criticism over its Black History Month debit card. This week, OneUnited Bank released their limited-edition debit cards, which featured Harriet Tubman seemingly posing with the ‘Wakanda forever’ salute from the film “Black Panther.”

The move has since caused a major debate on social media.

The bank’s president said the gesture was meant to represent the sign for ‘love’ in American Sign Language.

“The hand gesture people are commenting about, that is the sign language gesture for ‘love,’” she said. “It is to represent not only love of yourself, but love of our community.”

Despite this explanation, criticism continues to swirl online. However, the bank has said it will stand by the design, claiming the image conveys a very positive message.

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Warren campaign cancels $500K in S.C. ads, $60K in Nevada after latest plunge in polls

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks to supporters at a primary election night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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2020 Democrat hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is cancelling campaign ads after a massive plunge in the polls. According to new reports, Warren has canceled $500,000 worth of campaign ads in South Carolina.

Her campaign also canceled $60,000 worth of ads in Nevada ahead of the Democrat debate later this month. Mike Bloomberg surged past her in the latest Quinnipiac and HarrisX polls.

The reports are stirring speculation Warren could drop out of the race as she struggles to maintain voter support. Thus far, the senator has rejected such claims.

“The fight we’re in, the fight to save our democracy, is an uphill battle, but our campaign is built for the long haul and were just getting started,” she said.

The Warren campaign reportedly still has around $300,000 worth of ads in both South Carolina and Nevada, as well as $67,000 worth of airtime in Maine.

READ MORE: Latest Polls Show Elizabeth Warren Trailing In N.H.

Supporters listen to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speak at a primary election night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Bloomberg boosts advertising budget to $300M after being excluded from Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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UPDATED 10:30 AM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Michael Bloomberg has been rising in polls despite being excluded from Democrat debates, caucuses in Iowa and the New Hampshire Primary. His strong performance came after a series of attacks by other Democrat candidates.

The former New York City mayor responded to the latest criticism from other 2020 Democrats by pointing out that he’s the only candidate who offers an agenda strong enough to compete with President Trump’s achievements.

This came after Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren took aim at Bloomberg and accused him of using his own money to finance his campaign. The far left duo also blamed Bloomberg for having too much money in the first place.

“And I guess if you’re worth $55 billion, you can get the rules changed for debate,” said Bernie. “So to answer your question, I think that that is an absolute outrage and really unfair.”

On the other hand, Bloomberg believes what’s really unfair is that he found himself in a rare situation of being excluded from Democrat debates as well as the recent caucuses in Iowa and this week’s primary in New Hampshire.

Nonetheless, the former New York mayor appears to have finally secured himself a spot at the upcoming Democrat debates in Las Vegas after a massive surge in polls. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Bloomberg is supported by 15 percent of likely Democrat voters. This puts him in third place as most popular, trailing Sanders and Joe Biden.

“Sanders is pretty far left and Joe is more middle of the road,” stated Bloomberg. “..my polls are going up and their polls are going down, so I don’t know why they keep that strategy, but I think each of us have to make the case to the voters.”

As a way to do just that, Bloomberg has recently ramped up advertising across the U.S. He has spent a total of $300 million on television and social media ads. The former New York City mayor is particularly targeting Texas and California, where voters will head to polls on March 3.

While acknowledging the importance of fair competition, Bloomberg said he will not embark on reciprocal attacks against his Democrat rivals. His rising chances in the Democrat race also add to the worries of Joe Biden’s campaign that struggled to maintain the trust of donors after his dismal performance in Iowa.

The deepening disarray in the Democrat field is prevalent, while voter sympathies are still uncertain.

RELATED: Leaked 2015 Audio Reveals Bloomberg Defending NYC Stop-And-Frisk Policies

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N.Y. man arrested after allegedly targeting police officers

New York City police officers work the scene of a police involved shooting outside the 41st precinct Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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UPDATED 2:45 PM PT — Sunday, February 9, 2020

Law enforcement officials in New York are on high alert after three officers were attacked in less than 12 hours.

“This was a premeditated assassination attempt against New York’s finest. It was also an attack on all New Yorkers and everything we believe in. This must be a city where everyone can live in peace and respect. This individual attempted to destroy that. We will not let him win.” – Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

On Saturday night, officials said a man approached a marked patrol van, which was parked in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. The suspect reportedly engaged with two the officers inside the van by asking for directions. He then allegedly pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at the two. One of the officers was hit in the chin and again in the neck.

Nearby security cameras captured the suspect fleeing the scene.

In these images taken from videos provided by the New York Police Department, the suspect of a police involved shooting walks down a street on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in New York. (New York Police Department via AP)

On Sunday morning, a man with a similar description entered the 41st Precinct headquarters, where he opened fire and struck a lieutenant in the arm.

“Sunday morning…should have been a quiet time, and suddenly an assailant arrives with the intention of assassinating police officers and opens fire,” said the mayor. “These officers handled such a horrific situation with such heroism and extraordinary skill.”

The suspect surrendered to police after running out of ammunition. He has since been identified as Robert Williams and is believed to be the same person who ambushed officers the previous night.

“He has a very lengthy violent criminal history. He was paroled in 2017 for an incident in which an individual in the Bronx was shot. A subsequent carjacking of a female and then a crash of a car, for which he engaged in a gun fight with members of the New York City Police Department.” – Dermot Shea, New York City Police Commissioner

An investigation into these attacks remains underway. Both officers are expected to make a full recovery.

A police officer injured in a shooting the previous evening is released at Lincoln Hospital, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

President Trump weighed in on the incident, blaming “weak leadership” for the attacks on “our wonderful NYC police.”

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Okla. man charged with first-degree manslaughter after deadly hit-and-run crash

A makeshift memorial for Rachel Freeman at the location on Main Street Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, where Moore High School cross country runners were run over by a pickup truck driven by Max Leroy Townsend, 57, Monday, killing Freeman and Yuridia Martinez. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)

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An Oklahoma man could face life behind bars in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash, which left two people dead earlier this week. On Friday, 57-year-old Max Townsend was charged with 13 felony counts, including leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving under the influence.

This Feb. 3, 2020 photo from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office shows Max Leroy Townsen. (Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Townsend reportedly struck six members of the Moore High School track team just outside Oklahoma City on Monday. The group was running on the sidewalk near their school when Townsend reportedly plowed into them with his truck. All were rushed to the hospital, where two victims died.

“Down the street and around the corner, where he collided with another vehicle, he was stopped by some witnesses and was held until the police got there,” explained Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn. “They could obviously see that he was under the influence.”

One student remains in critical condition. The suspect is being held on a $1 million bond and faces life in prison if convicted.

Moore Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Romines offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

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EU Amb. Sondland fired hours after Lt. Col. Vindman dismissed

FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, then-U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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The Trump administration has fired the Ambassador to the European Union. Gordon Sondland was dismissed from his position on Friday, hot on the heels of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was removed from the White House earlier in the day.

Both officials testified against the president during the impeachment trial.

Sondland had claimed there was a quid pro quo between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky. He suggested the president sought to exchange “military aid for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.”

“Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States. We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we were playing the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose a very important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the president’s orders.” – Gordon Sondland, former U.S. Ambassador to the EU

FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2019, file photo then-U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sondland responded to his removal by saying he was “grateful for his opportunity to serve.”

He is expected to continue working at the State Department.

RELATED: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Escorted Out Of The White House

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12 Israeli soldiers injured, suspect in custody after terror attack in Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers take aim during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

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UPDATED 7:00 PM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020

A man is in custody after a car rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers in a suspected Palestinian terror attack. According to local media, the suspect has been identified as Sanad al-Tarman.

The incident took place early on Thursday in Jerusalem, seriously injuring one person and wounding 11 others. A group of Golani Brigade soldiers were walking down a sidewalk when the car struck them from behind and fled the scene.

Soldiers said they were unable to shoot at the driver, despite attempts to load their guns and chase after him, because the hit-and-run happened within seconds.

“This happened in seconds,” said IDF spokesperson Hidai Zilberman. “We understand that some soldiers tried to put magazines into their guns and tried to go after the car, but this happened quickly.”

A joint operation between Israeli military, intelligence and border police units resulted in al-Tarman’s arrest later that day.

A police spokesperson described how Israel is responding to safety concerns in the area.

“At this moment in time, security assessments are being made in order to prevent incidents from taking place in Judea and Samaria on the ground,” stated Micky Rosenfeld. “Heightened security will continue in Jerusalem over the next 24 hours for Friday prayers on the Temple Mount.”

Israeli soldiers take aim at Palestinian protesters during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

This comes amid rising tensions between Israel and Palestine. Terror group Hamas has been encouraging attacks on Israelis.

“We call for escalating confrontations with the occupation and its settlers and fighting their assaults against the land and holy sites, especially the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” read a recent statement from Hamas.

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Report: Yang lays off staffers after Iowa caucus finish

Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks during the New Hampshire Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang is reportedly laying off dozens of staffers after a disappointing finish in Iowa. According to reports, Yang laid off his national political and policy directors as well as the deputy national political director.

He finished in sixth place with just one percent of delegates in the Iowa caucuses.

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 photo, a staffer takes down a poster after Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang spoke at a campaign stop at 7 Hills Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)

However, his campaign claimed this move was a planned effort to downsize. A Yang campaign official insisted there were previous plans to reduce the size of his organization after Iowa.

“As part of our original plans following the Iowa caucuses, we are winding down our Iowa operations and restructuring to compete as the New Hampshire primary approaches,” stated campaign manager Zach Graumann. “These actions are a natural evolution of the campaign post-Iowa, same as other campaigns have undertaken, and Andrew Yang is going to keep fighting for the voices of the more than 400,000 supporters who have donated to the campaign and placed a stake in the future of our country.”

Fundraising reports said the campaign had more than 230 staffers.

RELATED: DNC Chairman Tom Perez Calls For Recanvass Of Iowa Caucus Results Following Errors

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McConnell prepares for votes on five judicial nominees after impeachment trial wraps up

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds a news conference after the impeachment acquittal of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ready to move forward, following the end of the impeachment trial. Just minutes after the final impeachment vote Wednesday, Sen. McConnell (R-Ky.) filed motions to hold votes on five of the president’s judicial nominees.

The move included Andrew Brasher to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. This shows McConnell and the president remain committed to judicial confirmations, which is something the president reaffirmed during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

“Working with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, thank you Mitch, and his colleagues in the Senate we have confirmed a record number of 187 new federal judges to uphold our Constitution as written,” stated President Trump. “This includes two brilliant new Supreme Court justices; Neil Gorsuch andBbrett Kavanaugh.”

The Republican-led chamber is expected to begin with the confirmation process of Brasher on February 10th before moving on to four District Court nominees.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla, questions constitutional scholars during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) filed an ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her actions during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. He filed the charges with the House Ethics Committee Wednesday.

The Florida congressman has argued that Pelosi’s conduct was beneath the dignity of the House of Representatives and was a potential violation of the law. His complaint refers to Pelosi’s actions when she ripped up the president’s speech.

Rep. Gaetz added, the law does not allow the House speaker to destroy official records. He said “nobody is above the law” and urged that Pelsoi be held accountable for her behavior.

RELATED: House Speaker Pelosi under fire for behavior during the president’s State of the Union address

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Biden goes after Buttigieg following Iowa caucuses

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Somersworth, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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UPDATED 6:50 PM PT — Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Joe Biden is attacking Pete Buttigieg following Monday’s caucuses. On Wednesday, Biden told voters Buttigieg is too inexperienced to be President of the United States. The former vice president then proceeded to list his own accomplishments from his time in the Obama administration.

Recent polls showed Biden in second place in New Hampshire, which will hold its primary on Tuesday. Biden added he took a “gut punch” in Iowa, but said he’s in the race for the long haul.

“I’m not going to sugar coat it, we took a gut punch in Iowa,” he said. “But look, this isn’t the first time in my life I’ve been knocked down.”

This combination of Jan. 26, 2020, photos shows at left, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa; and at right Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Sioux City, Iowa. After a daylong delay, partial results from Iowa’s Democratic caucuses showed Buttigieg and Sanders ahead of the pack. (AP Photo)

Iowa’s Democrat Party released additional results from the state’s caucus earlier in the day, which showed Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders leading the field. According to the latest data from 92 percent of the precincts, Buttigieg carried 26.5 percent of delegates vote. He was trailed closely by Bernie Sanders, who had 25.6 percent, and Elizabeth Warren, who held 18.3 percent.

It’s unclear when the remaining results will be released. Meanwhile, candidates are now focusing on New Hampshire, where the next primary contest will take place.

CONTINUE READING: Buttigieg Takes Lead In Race For Democrat Nomination, Former Mayor Gets 26% Of Iowa Vote

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Republicans turn their back on Mitt Romney after impeachment vote

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, right, departs after the impeachment acquittal of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 3:40 PM PT — Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is facing extreme blowback for his vote to convict President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Earlier on Wednesday, he alleged President Trump committed abuse of power to stay in office.

“The grave question the Constitution tasked senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor,” stated Romney. “Yes, he did.”

However, he chose to vote against the obstruction charge, the second article of impeachment against President Trump.

The senator announced his decision on the Senate floor ahead of the full chamber vote. He said he feared his place in history, his oath to God and the Constitution more than he feared the wrath of the Republican Party. The failed presidential nominee also acknowledged the possibility of being a GOP pariah after his decision.

“I’m aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters I will be vehemently denounced. I’m sure to hear abuse from the president and his supporters. Does anyone seriously believe that I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath, before God, demanded of me?”

– Mitt Romney, U.S. Senator (R-Utah)

In this image from video, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Sen. Romney was right. Those closest to the president immediately called him out on Twitter.

Donald Trump Jr. said the senator was “forever bitter that he will never be president” and recommended his expulsion from the GOP.

Congressman Lee Zeldin weighed in, saying Romney “absolutely despises that Donald Trump was elected president” and he was not. He went on to say his “sore loser mentality launched this sham impeachment.”

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel criticized Romney’s vote on Twitter. She said this isn’t the first time she has disagreed with Romney and suggested their tensions may deepen going forward.

She added the president did nothing wrong and the GOP was largely united in his defense.

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Calif. deputy survives ambush after bodycam stops bullet

(Representational photo/REUTERS)

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UPDATED 10:58 AM PT — Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A Northern California deputy is lucky to be alive after being ambushed by several suspects during a night patrol. Shots rang out Friday while Deputy Sukhdeep Gill stood near his patrol vehicle alone.

“Our deputy was outside of his vehicle — not on a stop, not contacting any subjects — and it basically was out of the blue,” explained Lt. Brenden Omori of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department, an unidentified vehicle approached Gill with their lights off and fired multiple shots. Deputy Gill returned fire, but it is unknown if any of the suspects were hit.

Three of the shots pierced the deputy’s patrol car and one struck him in the chest. Luckily, the bullet landed on his bodycam. The device was backed with armor, which ultimately saved his life.

“There were multiple shots, with the one striking him,” stated Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith “He was very lucky, but any one of those rounds could have hit him anywhere.”

Gill suffered non-life threatening injuries and officials have categorized the incident as an “ambush.” However, they believe there could be more behind the attack. The sheriff’s department said the deputy is a practicing Sikh, a monotheistic religion that originated in India, and wears a turban while on duty.

It’s unknown whether the officer-involved shooting was a hate crime or “just a crime of opportunity” against law enforcement. The suspects are still at large.

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Sen. Paul reads question about whistleblower on Senate floor after Justice Roberts refused to recite it

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor to read the question Supreme Court Justice John Roberts refused to recite during the impeachment trial.

On Tuesday, he stated that the Constitution protects debate and said he thinks the chief justice made a big mistake by not allowing his question about the whistleblower.

The Kentucky Republican also pointed out the law does not preserve the anonymity of whistleblower’s. Sen. Paul specifically named the suspected whistleblower while delivering question.

Sen. Paul said he does not support jailing or firing the whistleblower, however, he continued to point out that lawmaker as well as the American people should know if they and others had biases going into impeachment proceedings.

RELATED:President Trump employs heavyweight defense team as GOP threatens to weaponize witnesses

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Sen. Paul reads question about whistleblower on Senate floor after Justice Roberts refused to recite it

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor to read the question Supreme Court Justice John Roberts refused to recite during the impeachment trial.

On Tuesday, he stated that the Constitution protects debate and said he thinks the chief justice made a big mistake by not allowing his question about the whistleblower.

The Kentucky Republican also pointed out the law does not preserve the anonymity of whistleblower’s. Sen. Paul specifically named the suspected whistleblower while delivering question.

Sen. Paul said he does not support jailing or firing the whistleblower, however, he continued to point out that lawmaker as well as the American people should know if they and others had biases going into impeachment proceedings.

RELATED:President Trump employs heavyweight defense team as GOP threatens to weaponize witnesses

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London officials urge early release reform after stabbing suspect shown to have history of terror-related offenses

Police officers work at the scene of Sunday’s terror stabbing attack in the Streatham area of south London Monday Feb. 3, 2020. Police in London say the man identified as 20-year-old Sudesh Amman was wearing a fake bomb and stabbed two people Sunday before being shot to death by police was recently released from prison, where he was serving for terrorism offenses. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

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London authorities confirmed the suspect involved this past weekend’s stabbing attack was released early for terror offenses, which has prompted calls for reform. The calls to action by the country’s prime minister come after 20-year-old Sudesh Amman went on a stabbing rampage, injuring three people.

Amman was known to promote violent Islamic extremist material, including encouraging his girlfriend to behead her parents. He was released last month after serving half his sentence for possessing and spreading terrorist material.

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Sudesh Amman. Police in London say he strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed multiple people on a London street before being shot to death by police. (Metropolitan Police via AP)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now calling for the reform of early release laws for suspected terrorists.

“We do think it’s time to take action to ensure that people, irrespective of the law that we’re bringing in, do not qualify automatically for early release,” he stated. “A terrorist, people convicted of terrorist act offenses.”

The country’s justice secretary told members of parliament that terror offenders will only be considered for early release after serving two-thirds of their sentence. This will apply to current and future offenders.

Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

RELATED: Police shoot man dead in London after stabbing described as terrorism

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Joe Biden loses cool after being asked about his son’s business dealings in Ukraine

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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UPDATED 11:05 AM PT — Monday, February 3, 2020

Presidential candidate Joe Biden recently snapped under questioning about his son’s business dealings in Ukraine. On Monday, he defended his son Hunter’s former board position at Burisma Holdings, a major Ukrainian energy company, by claiming he got the job because he is a “very bright guy.”

The former vice president went on to say, “no one’s found anything wrong with his dealings in Ukraine except it was a bad image.” When pressed whether or not the 2020 hopeful agreed about the perception, however, Biden was quick to attack.

Meanwhile, recently released State Department emails have suggested Biden was selling his office to pocket the proceeds of Ukrainian corruption. A February 2016 email used Hunter Biden’s name in order to arrange a meeting between a senior State Department official and Burisma lobbyist Karen Tranmontano.

State Department emails also showed Tranmontano wanted to lobby the U.S. government for Burisma after it faced anti-corruption scrutiny by the Ukrainian government. According to reports, several Democrat witnesses were involved in the Biden-Ukraine corruption and benefited from it.

Republican senators, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have called for a probe into the Bidens’ dealings.

“I can promise you no one has looked at whether or not there was a conflict of interest,” he stated. “No one has taken the time to explain how Hunter Biden got rich in the Ukraine and his father didn’t know anything about it.”

RELATED: New details on Hunter Biden’s ties to foreign entities report

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Lakers pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at first game after his death

The jerseys of late Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, right, and his daughter Gianna are draped on the seats the two last sat on at Staples Center, prior to the Lakers’ NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

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UPDATED 11:10 AM PT — Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant during their first game since his tragic death. Before Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, number eight and number 24 jerseys covered the 20,000 seats of the Staples Center arena, which is notably called “the house that Kobe built.”

Lakers star LeBron James stepped forward and delivered a moving speech, in which he praised Bryant “straight from the heart.”

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, wearing a No. 24 jersey, speaks about Kobe Bryant prior to an NBA game between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Head Coach Frank Vogel said earlier this week the game would be an “important night” for the team and Lakers Nation.

“I would imagine it probably makes it a little harder than an ordinary game, with all the emotions and all that stuff, but we shouldn’t do it any other way,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do, and it will be an important night for our franchise and for Laker Nation.”

Despite support from fans in the arena and around the world, the Lakers were unable to defeat the Blazers. They lost 127 to 119. However, they do remain first in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles Lakers players stand during a moment of silence for late NBA player Kobe Bryant prior to an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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