The group has been linked to killings and attacks on secular academics and atheist bloggers in Bangladesh. The wife was questioned in Bangladesh and told investigators that her husband discussed Rahman's writings with her during his last visit home, Islam said. Ullah is accused of strapping a crude pipe bomb to his body and detonating it during rush hour Monday. Relatives and police said Ullah last visited his wife and newborn son in Bangladesh in September, after which he returned to the United States. Muslim-majority Bangladesh is governed by largely secular laws but the impoverished nation has struggled with a rise in radical Islam in recent years.

December 13, 2017 07:08 UTC

Two FBI agents involved in the Russia investigation exchanged a series of insults about Donald Trump in private texts during the campaign last year, calling him an “idiot” and “awful,” according to documents released to Congress by the Justice Department on Tuesday night. Strzok also was involved in the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails that concluded last year. In a March 2016 exchange of texts with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Strzok wrote: “Omg he's an idiot," according to messages obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "Which is the f-ed uppedness of it....Sessions for AG," Strzok wrote. "Good god," Page wrote back.

December 13, 2017 04:27 UTC

8 p.m. KTLAEmpire In the drama’s fall finale Lucious and Cookie (Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson) unite against Diana Dubois (guest star Phylicia Rashad) as Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker) starts to wind down his current association with the music label. Also, Maya (Minnie Driver) meets the mother (guest star Sarah Chalke) of Ray’s (Mason Cook) girlfriend. 8:30 p.m. ABCDynasty The Carringtons’ plans for a peaceful holiday are spoiled as Blake (Grant Show) battles with his father (guest star Bill Smitrovich) for control of the company. 9 p.m. KTLAModern Family James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek”) guest stars as Pam’s (guest star Dana Powell) former beau, whose sudden reappearance makes Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) hope that she finally might leave. Queen Latifah stars with guest stars Paris Jackson and Keke Palmer (“Scream Queens”).

December 13, 2017 03:56 UTC

PhotoThat Alabama’s voters chose Doug Jones for the United States Senate is cause for celebration. But a report in The Washington Post in which four women accused Mr. Moore of sexually harassing or abusing them as teenagers turned the race into a close contest. Mr. Jones received support from various luminaries, including Barack Obama, as well as an unexpected assist from Alabama’s senior senator, Richard Shelby, a Republican. “I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore,” Mr. Shelby said. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyMr. Moore repulsed many Alabamians even before the campaign.

December 13, 2017 03:56 UTC

Flames climb along a steep canyon wall and threaten homes as the Skirball Fire swept through the Bel-Air district of Los Angeles on Dec. 6. Fire officials said Tuesday that the blaze was started by a cooking fire at a homeless encampment. It destroyed more than 400 acres in Bel-Air and damaged homes on Moraga Drive, Casiano Road and Linda Flora Drive, according to the Los Angeles Times. The investigators examining the homeless encampment ruled out arson as a cause of the fire based on where the flames ignited and what was left there. About 55,000 homeless people were living in Los Angeles County in 2017 — about 13,000 people more than in 2016, according to the Associated Press.

December 13, 2017 03:55 UTC





The stunning victory of Democrat Doug Jones over Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate election on Tuesday marked an enormous setback for Republicans in a state they have dominated for decades. Here are five big takeaways from the Democrats’ capture of the Senate seat vacated by Republican Atty. The 2018 election map makes the Senate a tougher reach for Democrats – but not quite as tough now. In addition to withholding financial support from Moore, GOP Senate leaders threatened proceedings to expel him from Congress. Jones will be up for reelection in 2020, giving him three years to build a record that can sustain Democrats’ improbable hold on the Alabama Senate seat.

December 13, 2017 03:53 UTC

Maryland paid Division III Catholic University $15,000 to visit College Park on Tuesday night, which seemed like an absurd amount of money given how lethargic the Terrapins played in the first half. Maryland’s talent won out in a forgettable 76-59 win, but it was a night to remember for the Cardinals. Catholic (2-5), which had entered the night with losses this season against schools called DeSales, Drew and Stevens, led for all but 33 seconds in the first 10 minutes of the game. “Somebody said to me when we walked on the floor, ‘You have a very diminutive team,’ ” Howes said. Now he will use it as a reference point for the rest of the season as Catholic resumes its Division III schedule Saturday against Gallaudet.

December 13, 2017 03:53 UTC

Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12 said he was “overwhelmed” after defeating Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election. (Reuters)Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12 said he was “overwhelmed” after defeating Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election. Caption Republican Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, faced off against Democrat Doug Jones in a special election. Dec. 12, 2017 Doug Jones greets supporters during his election night gathering at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham. Doug Jones defeated his republican challenger Roy Moore to claim Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions.

December 13, 2017 03:42 UTC

The abandonment of Mr. Moore by affluent white voters, along with strong support from black voters, proved decisive, allowing Mr. Jones to transcend Alabama’s rigid racial polarization and assemble a winning coalition. More than 20,000 voters here cast write-in ballots, which amounted to 1.7 percent of the electorate - about the same as Mr. Jones’s overall margin. Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, a newly inaugurated Democrat standing just feet away, beamed as returns from his city helped put Mr. Jones over the top. Yet after it appeared that Mr. Moore remained viable, Mr. Trump offered a Thanksgiving week defense of the candidate and urged the people of Alabama to oppose Mr. Jones. But the most memorable comments from the event did not come from Mr. Moore.

December 13, 2017 03:27 UTC

Mr. Jones was a teenager when the first black students arrived at the town’s newly integrated schools. “It was great lawyering,” Mr. Jones said, and a valuable lesson for an aspiring trial lawyer. Bob Stropp, a lawyer who worked with Mr. Jones in the 1980s, said that even then, he was deeply involved in politics. Mr. Stropp recalled Mr. Jones attending party conventions and bringing baseballs with him for prominent figures to sign. Although Mr. Rudolph would not be apprehended until after Mr. Jones left office, the investigation revealed Mr. Jones to be a skilled political infighter.

December 13, 2017 03:27 UTC

officials also criticized Mr. Trump as the Russia investigation was continuing. officials who worked directly with Mr. Strzok on the Clinton and Trump investigations said they never detected any bias in his investigative work. Mr. Strzok helped lead the bureau’s investigation into whether Mrs. Clinton had mishandled classified information on her private email account. Mr. Trump has criticized the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for not doing enough to protect him on the Russia investigation. By releasing the texts, the Justice Department has given Mr. Trump both a shield and a sword in his political battle with Mr. Mueller’s investigators.

December 13, 2017 03:16 UTC

CAPTION The Times' Bill Plaschke, Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry break down the Rams' 43-35 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Times' Bill Plaschke, Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry break down the Rams' 43-35 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. CAPTION The Times' Bill Plaschke, Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry break down the Rams' 43-35 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Times' Bill Plaschke, Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry break down the Rams' 43-35 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. CAPTION Rams punter Johnny Hekker and his wife, Makayla, took it upon themselves to buy and deliver supplies to those affected by the Thomas fire in Ventura County.

December 13, 2017 03:00 UTC

Throughout the primary season in 2016, Strzok and Page appeared to dread a Trump victory, according to the messages reviewed by CNN. "I cannot believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president," Page texted Strzok on March 16, 2016. "God(,) Trump is a loathsome human," Page added in another, to which Strzok replies: "Yet he may win." The roughly 375 text messages disclosed Tuesday span from August 2015 through early December 2016, though the inspector general's probe of the entire situation remains ongoing. The Justice Department had agreed last week to turn them over, but the speed with which they were reviewed and released was unanticipated.

December 13, 2017 02:32 UTC

Friday’s surprise signing of Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani injected some urgency, as the 23-year-old Ohtani never pitched more than once a week in Nippon Professional Baseball. In October, Ohtani received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the elbow, which Yahoo reported was intended to heal discomfort. To comfortably space Ohtani’s starts, Eppler acknowledged that a blend between a five-man and six-man rotation could be the ideal route. CAPTION Sammy Watkins could face his older brother, Jaylen, when the Rams and Eagles play Sunday at the Coliseum. CAPTION Rams punter Johnny Hekker and his wife, Makayla, took it upon themselves to buy and deliver supplies to those affected by the Thomas fire in Ventura County.

December 13, 2017 02:15 UTC

Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson addresses allegations that he sexually abused a teenager after a New Year’s party in 2013. (Timothy D. Easley/ Associated Press)Kentucky lawmaker Dan Johnson is refusing to resign amid accusations he molested a member of his church when she was 17. The woman accusing Johnson told KyCIR that she never returned to the apartment below the fellowship hall. The KyCIR report also detailed other incidents from Johnson’s past. Read more:Trump seeks to dismiss sexual harassment allegations as ‘fake news’Why Mike Tirico’s history of alleged sexual harassment hasn’t led him to Matt Lauer’s fate

December 13, 2017 01:26 UTC