WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump assailed U.S. intelligence agencies on Wednesday, Feb. 15, for what he said were illegal information leaks, and dismissed reports of contacts between members of his presidential campaign and Russian intelligence officials. Trump went on the counter-offensive as his administration reeled from the abrupt dismissal of Michael Flynn as national security adviser on Monday.
The French Air Force is training eagles from a young age to bring down remote-controlled drones when they enter no-go urban airspace. Golden eagles filmed at the air force base in Mont-de-Marsan on Friday, February 10, are getting military training for combat against battery-charged drones that just about anybody can buy in a local store, and fly into security-sensitive zones such as presidential palaces, wittingly or not.
Illinois proposes state police hiring in effort to curb violence By Timothy Mclaughlin CHICAGO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Illinois' governor on Wednesday proposed boosting the shrinking ranks of the Illinois State Police in an effort to quell a steady increase in gun violence spilling over from Chicago's neighborhoods onto the city's expressways. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget would add a projected 170 troopers through two cadet classes, one this year and another during the 2019 fiscal year. Seventy of these troopers would be sent to the Chicago area.
NEW YORK - Diseased rat urine has killed at least one person and sickened two others in New York City in an outbreak of a rarely seen infection, prompting calls from city officials on Wednesday for a renewed effort to cull the rodent population. The outbreak of leptospiriosis began in December and all three cases were traced to a single-block area of the Bronx, New York's northernmost borough, the city's health department said in a statement on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday: RUSSIA Trump assails U.S. intelligence agencies and dismisses reports of contacts between members of his presidential campaign and Russian intelligence officials. The Kremlin says U.S. media reports about Russian intelligence connections to Trump's presidential campaign are groundless. Congress should start a bipartisan investigation if there were inappropriate contacts between Trump's campaign and Russia, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says.
The New York Knicks are the NBA's most valuable team for the second consecutive year despite having been shut out of the playoffs since 2013, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday, Feb. 15, that showed the average team value rose 9 percent. The Knicks' value rose to $3.3 billion, up 10 percent from last year, as they continue reaping the rewards of a $1 billion renovation to Madison Square Garden, which produced new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating. The Minnesota Timberwolves were ranked 29th at $770 million with a revenue of $154 million.
NEW YORK—Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing four current and former U.S. officials.
Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Wind power in the SPP region has grown significantly to over 16,000 MW currently from less than 400 megawatts in the early 2000s and is expected to continue growing. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.
Facebook is launching an app for smart TVs that will help the social network's users enjoy its videos on a bigger screen. The app will roll out soon from app stores for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, the company said in a blogpost on Tuesday. The blogpost also said users can scroll through their news feed and simultaneously watch videos on their timeline. Sound also fades in and out as one scrolls through videos in news feed now. Videos in news feed have previously played silently—one needed to tap on a video to hear its sound.
Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday: