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FBI arrests VW executive in diesel emissions scandal

FBI arrests VW execThe FBI arrested a Volkswagen executive who faces conspiracy to defraud the United States in the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal, law enforcement officials said.

Agents arrested Oliver Schmidt, former chief of Volkswagen's U.S. regulatory compliance office, in Florida, a law enforcement official and another source familiar with the case told The New York Times.

Although Schmidt's arraignment was expected in Detroit, the U.S. Attorney's Office said he will be arraigned in Miami on Monday.



7 people arrested while feeding homeless in Tampa

gaslight park tampaTampa police say they arrested seven people from a group that was serving food to the homeless without a permit.

Police spokesman Steve Hegarty says some 30 to 40 people with signs that read "Food not Bombs" gathered in Gaslight Park Saturday afternoon to distribute food. He says officers explained that city ordinances prohibit food distribution without proper permitting.

The officers offered alternatives to distribute food in another location but they continued setting up tables.


Northern Island power-sharing in crisis as Sinn Fein leader to quit

Martin McGuinnessNorthern Ireland's power-sharing government was plunged into crisis Monday as the senior Catholic leader announced he was quitting in a showdown with his Protestant colleague that could unravel a central achievement of peacemaking.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army commander who has helped to lead the unity government for nearly a decade, said in his resignation letter that he intends to trigger early elections in protest against his power-sharing partner, First Minister Arlene Foster.


Meryl Streep Takes on Donald Trump at Golden Globes

Meryl StreepMeryl Streep took dead aim at the controversial rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump in her lifetime achievement speech at the 74th annual Golden Globes — without ever mentioning him by name.

It wasn't long before she drew a rebuke from the incoming commander-in-chief.

Although the president-elect told the New York Times early Monday that he did not watch the telecast, he called Streep a "Hillary lover" and said that he was "not surprised" he'd been the subject of anger and butt of jokes by "liberal movie people."


US navy fired 'warning shots' at Iranian patrol boats

Navy fires warning shots at Irani shipA US navy destroyer has fired multiple warning shots at Iranian patrol boats near the entrance of the Gulf, according to US defence officials.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats allegedly opened fire at the USS Mahan on Sunday, which was passing through the Strait of Hormuz, when they sped towards it.


Prolific Author And Jazz Writer Nat Hentoff Dies At 91

Nat HentoffNat Hentoff, the author of dozens of books and decades of columns, has died at 91.  His son Nick Hentoff confirmed his father's death on Twitter Saturday night.

Hentoff was a writer for the Village Voice for 50 years. He also wrote for many publications over his lengthy career, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, United Media syndicate and Down Beat magazine.


Suicide bombs kill at least 23 in Baghdad

Suicide bomb BaghdadAt least 23 have been reported dead in a series of suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad. It's the second weekend in a row marred by a wave of deadly attacks.

The first attack took place in the Shia district of Alwat-Jamila, a neighborhood in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad. A suicide bomber drove an explosives-filled truck into a crowd of people shopping at the city's main vegetable market. The attack killed 13 -- according to several reports -- and wounded at least 25 others. A similar attack claimed 35 lives on Monday, January 2.


Former Iran president Rafsanjani dies of heart attack

RasfanjaniFormer Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82, state media reported, a big blow to moderates and reformists deprived now of their most influential supporter in the Islamic establishment.

"Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani was taken to hospital after heart attack and more than an hour long efforts by doctors to revive him were not successful," the deputy minister of health was quoted by Fars news agency as saying.

Residents said a crowd gathered outside the hospital in northern Tehran where Rafsanjani was taken.


New Army regulations allow for turbans, beards and religious garb

New army regulations for religious dress, beardsThe U.S. Army announced a new policy that permits religious exemptions for uniform regulations, allowing for beards, turbans, hijabs and other signs of religious devotion.

The policy, which can be overturned by the incoming Trump administration, allows brigade commanders to grant permission for religious garb, rather than previous rules that called for individual soldiers to petition the secretary of the Army. The new rule makes it easier for Sikhs, Muslims and members of other religious groups to wear outward signs of devotion. Commanders are permitted to deny an exemption if they feel the soldier does not have a sincerely held religious belief or if it poses a "concrete hazard" to the soldier.


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