• Fox’s Chris Wallace: Trump Has ‘Good Reason’ to Be ‘Paranoid’ About Pelosi, Schiff

    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said on Friday that it wasn’t unreasonable for President Donald Trump to consider House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) “as an enemy,” adding the president has “good reason” to be a “little paranoid” that Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would weaponize intelligence about Russian interference against him.Multiple outlets, including The Daily Beast, reported Thursday that intelligence officials briefed House lawmakers earlier this month that Russia was interfering in the 2020 election to assist Trump once again. It was further reported that it was this meeting, conducted by Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire’s aide Shelby Pierson, that resulted in Trump forcing out Maguire and replacing him with loyalist Richard Grenell.After Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts reported that the network was “told” that Trump “did not berate or otherwise yell at” Maguire over the briefing as had been reported elsewhere, Fox News host Ed Henry welcomed on Wallace to discuss.Fox News Host Hits Trump for Attacking Chris Wallace: You’re ‘Not Entitled to Praise’“How seriously should we take this report about renewed Russian interference in our elections?” Henry wondered aloud.“We should take it very seriously,” Wallace replied, adding that per the briefing the Russians are favoring Trump as they did in 2016.“I can understand where President Trump doesn't like it,” the Fox News Sunday host continued. “Especially the fact that it was a briefing to House Intelligence which is chaired by Adam Schiff, who is not exactly friendly with the president. He obviously regards as an enemy. And not unreasonably so. But we should take the briefing by the DNI as a very serious indication.”Henry, meanwhile, said that one of the president’s concerns is “Adam Schiff would weaponize the information and use it politically,” adding that “sure enough it gets leaked out” while noting Schiff and Pelosi have already criticized Trump for not doing enough to combat election interference.“We’ve been now talking about all this for a few years,” Henry stated. “What actually is our government doing to make sure that the 2020 election is not interfered with?”“You know, you can argue that the president, as they say would-you know, even paranoids have people who are really after them,” Wallace quipped. “So if the president is a little bit paranoid about Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi, he does it with good reason.”The veteran anchor, however, would reiterate that “everybody should take seriously” the intelligence community’s claims that Russia is a threat to interfere in the 2020 election on Trump’s behalf.“We want to have faith in our democracy and want to have faith that an election is being conducted fairly and while there is no indication that the Russians were able to overturn the legitimate results of the election in 2016 that Donald Trump was the duly-elected president, they sure tried,” Wallace concluded. “Who is to say they won’t be better at it in 2020? That should be a nonpartisan issue.”Stephen Colbert Grills Fox News’ Chris Wallace: How Can You Call Mueller Hearing a ‘Disaster’?Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • Pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash counseled by FAA after 2015 incident

    The FAA said Ara Zobayan was piloting an AS350 helicopter in May 2015 when he violated rules governing the airspace around Los Angeles International Airport. The FAA report said while the communication with controllers was taking place, the helicopter improperly violated flight rules by entering restricted airspace without authorization.

  • Protesters abandon Quebec rail blockade after show of force by police

    ST-LAMBERT, Que. - A blockade south of Montreal that halted rail traffic and frayed nerves since Wednesday was abandoned late Friday after riot police arrived to enforce a court injunction.The roughly two dozen protesters, acting in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs contesting a British Columbia natural gas pipeline, had begun dismantling the encampment earlier in the evening following discussions with police.They took downs tents and carried items such as sleeping bags, pots, propane tanks and a wood stove to the edge of a security perimeter established earlier in the day by Longueuil municipal police.Then at around 10 p.m., a spokesman wearing a ski mask and sunglasses announced the rail blockade in St-Lambert, Que., was ending but said the fight was not over."Even though the colonial police is removing this barricade with violence and contempt, others will emerge," he said. He added that until the federal government listens to the hereditary chiefs, the RCMP leaves Wet'suwet'en territory and Coastal GasLink scraps the contentious pipeline, "the colonial Canadian state will be totally paralyzed."Emotions flared earlier in the day as the protesters dug in next to Canadian National Railway tracks despite being served with an injunction Thursday that ordered that the site be cleared. Quebec Premier Francois Legault called for the injunction to be enforced "rapidly."Police arrived in large numbers Friday afternoon near the encampment. There were several rounds of talks between police and the masked protesters, and as the impasse continued, some people chose to leave.The blockade interrupted freight traffic as well as passenger service for suburban commuters and Via Rail travellers.Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project that would carry natural gas to the B.C. coast, though others in the community support the pipeline.Countrywide protests and blockades followed a move by RCMP to enforce a court injunction this month against the hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who had been obstructing an access road to a Coastal GasLink work site.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday called the blockades around the country unacceptable and said they have to come down."Let us be clear: all Canadians are paying the price. Some people can't get to work, others have lost their jobs," Trudeau said. "Essential goods ... cannot get where they need to go."Jean-Yves Lessard, who joined the St-Lambert protesters on Friday morning, said Trudeau's government was to blame."If they had done what they needed to at the beginning, people wouldn't be here," he said."Sadly, it's bad for the economy and business, but it's not them you should be angry with. Tell Trudeau to go and sit down with the hereditary chiefs."Legault said he would leave it to police to enforce the injunction."We need these tracks for transporting cargo, to avoid job losses, to avoid losses for companies," he said. "The law has to be respected, and obviously I hope it is done in an orderly fashion."The premier estimated losses to the provincial economy due to the rail blockades at up to $100 million a day.Denis Bisson, who owns a company north of Montreal that sells slate flooring and countertops, stopped by the blockade Friday. He said he depends on the rail line to supply his business with raw materials from a quarry in Nova Scotia. Switching to flatbed trucks would quadruple the cost per load, he said."I'm afraid it's going to last two or three weeks, and I'm beginning to be out of stock in my yard," he said, holding a sign that read in French "hostage for one day or every day?!"A protester told him they were standing up for Indigenous rights and the environment."But they are hitting people that have nothing to do with that," Bisson said. "They're making people pay for something that we're not involved in."The injunction granted to CN Thursday by Superior Court Justice France Dulude authorized "any police services or peace officers" to assist the company in executing the order in St-Lambert.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 21, 2020.Sidhartha Banerjee and Stephane Blais, The Canadian Press

  • Duane 'Dog' Chapman says family is moving past Moon Angell drama: 'Daddy can't just be alone forever'

    Dog the Bounty Hunter says his late wife, Beth Chapman, is motivating his biggest bond yet. "My tears have turned to blood," he declared.

  • Home Security Camera Shows Pack of Mountain Lions Wandering Near Wyoming Home

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming, resident Tiffany Smith was shocked to see a pride of six mountain lions appear on her Nest home security cameras on February 17.Smith has several cameras set up in different locations around her home, which recorded the animals as they wandered around her property.This video shows combined footage from all of the cameras. The mountain lions can be seen walking through the snow together, trotting down Smith’s driveway, and even approaching a window on the ground floor of the home.“Our family put Nest cameras in places around our home to catch animals coming up to the house because we have dogs we want to protect,” Smith told Storyful.Although mountain lion sightings in Jackson Hole are not entirely uncommon,, it is rare to see the animals traveling in a group since they are typically solitary creatures.As if this rare sighting was not enough, Smith told Storyful that her cameras have also captured, “a bear, a momma moose and her babies, elk, deer, and a little fox family.” Credit: Tiffany D. Smith via Storyful

  • Parent pleads guilty in college admissions scheme

    BOSTON - A woman charged in the college admissions scandal pleaded guilty Friday to paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit.Xiaoning Sui, 49, a Chinese citizen who lives in Surrey, British Columbia, pleaded guilty to a single count of federal programs bribery in Boston's federal court.The charge is used in cases of bribery at organizations that received at least $10,000 in federal funding in a single year. In this case, Sui is accused of bribing an official at UCLA. Prosecutors are recommending no additional jail time for Sui, who was arrested in Spain in September and held there while authorities extradited her to the United States.Dressed in a gray sweatsuit and speaking through a Chinese interpreter, Sui said she agreed with the prosecutors' account.According to charging documents, Sui paid $400,000 to a sham charity operated by admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer as part of a scheme to have her son admitted as a fake soccer recruit at UCLA.Prosecutors say Singer worked with Laura Janke, a former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California, to fabricate an athletic profile depicting Sui’s son as a top player on two soccer clubs in Canada, even though he did not play competitive soccer. Both Singer and Janke have pleaded guilty.UCLA admitted Sui's son as a soccer player in November 2018, authorities say, and awarded him a 25% scholarship. In September, UCLA said it had taken “immediate corrective action” after learning of the case.Sui's lawyer, Martin Weinberg, said his client was on vacation in Spain when she was arrested on behalf of U.S. authorities. Weinberg said that Sui did not know she was wanted by the U.S. until her arrest. She was initially charged in March 2019, but the document was filed under seal and was not made public until September.Sui was expected to be released Friday to return to Canada until her sentencing.The admissions scandal has ensnared dozens of wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to rig their children’s SAT and ACT scores or get them admitted as recruited athletes to elite schools across the nation, including Yale, Stanford and Georgetown universities.More than 50 people have been charged in the scheme, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score. She was released from a federal prison in October after serving 11 days.Some others are contesting charges against them, including “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who are accused of paying to get their two daughters into USC as fake athletes on the crew team.Collin Binkley, The Associated Press