Story highlights Suspect's wife "surprised to find out what her husband did"Police: Suspect spoke to wife in Bangladesh 30 minutes before attempted attack(CNN) The wife of the suspect in a pipe bomb explosion in New York was "surprised to find out what her husband did," police in Bangladesh told CNN, despite speaking to him 30 minutes before the attempted attack. His wife, who remained in Bangladesh when he moved Brooklyn, said he "never mentioned radicalization or planning these types of activities," Bangladeshi police spokeswoman Sahely Ferdous said. "Akayed's conversations with her were very normal," Ferdous said. "Akayed talked to his wife around 30 minutes before the explosion, but he didn't mention anything about the plan or what he was going to do." His wife didn't know anything about this side of Akayed," Ferdous said.
December 13, 2017 09:45 UTC
Add Bitcoin as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Bitcoin news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Add InterestGreece's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of extraditing a Russian cybercrime suspect to the United States to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using the virtual currency bitcoin. The 38-year-old former bitcoin platform operator denies any wrongdoing but is not contesting the Russian request on less serious charges. "The United States, with the support of evidence from various cyber sleuths, is arguing that Vinnik and BTC-e were two of the biggest bad actors in the crypto-currency industry. "The Supreme Court has in essence accepted that our client should be sent to the United States," the lawyer said.
December 13, 2017 09:42 UTC
Here’s some Christmas spirit for you: A man dressed as Santa rushed to the aid of a woman who slipped on a patch of ice in the U.K. earlier this week. Dashcam footage from the scene shows a car ― not a sleigh ― immediately stop after the woman on the sidewalk falls. When the driver side door pops open, out comes Santa, or at least one of his helpers. Dave Cordoza, who posted the footage on YouTube, said the woman appeared to be OK after the tumble. While it’s entirely possible the video was staged, the fall that caused Santa to come running certainly looked pretty painful.
December 13, 2017 09:22 UTC
Germany's antitrust authority says it is launching an examination of how manufacturers of smart TVs handle users' data. The office plans to send questionnaires to all major TV manufacturers early next year. It wants to know whether and to what extent they collect, pass on and commercially evaluate personal data, and whether users are informed properly. Cartel office chairman Andreas Mundt said the authority deliberately chose "an everyday product that is also used by people with no technological affinity." He said that "smart TVs stand for the ever greater interconnectedness of objects in private life."
December 13, 2017 09:22 UTC
Mark Dayton was set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as his longtime adviser, Lt. Gov. Dayton has declined to answer questions about the appointment since Franken announced his resignation plans last week following allegations of sexual misconduct. In making the appointment, Dayton was weighing a short-term replacement against pressure from top Democrats in Washington to name someone who would run in 2018 in a special election to complete Franken's term ending in 2020. Smith, 59, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., arrived in Minnesota in 1984 to take a marketing job with General Mills. After that, she served as chief of staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak before taking the same job with Dayton.
December 13, 2017 09:00 UTC
Besides the leaders of the five-nation force, delegations representing Europe, the African Union and international organizations were in attendance Wednesday. The G5 force is expected to grow into a 5,000-strong army by March but needs soldiers, training, operational autonomy and funding. He has taken the lead in persuading partners to help make it viable, arguing that the fate of the Sahel region affects Europe. The budget to launch the force is 250 million euros ($293 million), with 400 million euros ($470 million) needed down the road, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on RFI radio. French officials estimate that the extremists in the Sahel region number no more than 1,000, compared to several thousand in northern Mali in 2013, when France intervened.
December 13, 2017 09:00 UTC
The Russian communications watchdog has moved to block a news website financed by top Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The Russian Communications Oversight Agency said in a statement on Tuesday that it has put Khodorkovsky's Open Russia website on the black list after it received a request from the Prosecutor General's Office to block it. The prosecutors' plea came after Khodorkovsky's NGO was listed as an "undesirable" organization, a label stemming from a new law intended to tighten the Kremlin's tight control over the political landscape. Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, spent 10 years in prison on two sets of charges largely regarded as political retribution before he was pardoned in December 2013. He has been living in exile since, supporting human rights initiatives and independent media.
December 13, 2017 08:48 UTC
(Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)EVERETT, Wash. — This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless. The crisis had become so dire that Everett city officials became among the first to sue the manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin in January. Without permanent housing, advocates and city officials say the homeless will end up back on the street after completing their treatment, repeating the cycle. The project with Catholic Housing Services will house 65 chronically homeless people without requiring they first deal with substance abuse or other issues. Studies have found that such housing can save taxpayer money when compared to the costs of serving the chronically homeless in emergency rooms, shelters and jails.
December 13, 2017 08:30 UTC
The Committee to Protect Journalists says the international community has failed to pressure the world's "worst" jailers of journalists, including Egypt, to improve press freedom conditions. Wednesday's report by the New York-based CPJ says that for a second year in a row, Egypt is in third place on the list of world's top jailers of journalists, after Turkey and China. CPJ says President Donald Trump's "nationalistic rhetoric" and labeling of critical media as "fake news" provided the framework for such countries to jail journalists. Egypt ranked second in CPJ's 2015 census and was among the top 10 in 2014, the year President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office. Egypt has regularly detained, jailed, and prosecuted journalists under el-Sissi, who led the military's 2013 overthrow of an elected Islamist president.
December 13, 2017 08:26 UTC
Sprawling Russian conglomerate Sistema says a court has frozen some of its assets to secure a pending $2 billion lawsuit from Russia's largest oil company, the state-owned Rosneft. Rosneft, led by a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, last week sued Sistema for damages related to its ownership of oil company Bashneft that Rosneft bought last year. Sistema's CEO spent three months under house arrest in 2014 before money laundering charges related to its purchase of Bashneft were dropped. Russia then renationalized Bashneft, one of Russia's fastest-growing oil companies at the time, and Rosneft bought it last year. Sistema said in a statement on Tuesday that it considers the court order freezing some of its assets to be "unlawful, baseless and knowingly dishonest."
December 13, 2017 08:26 UTC
The operator of a major natural gas hub in Austria where an explosion left one person dead and 21 injured says gas flow in all pipelines to and from the plant has been restored. The facility at Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, was taken offline after Tuesday's explosion, and gas transport to countries south and southeast of Austria, including Italy, was disrupted. Operator Gas Connect Austria said Tuesday evening that it would start restoring gas flows. On Wednesday, it said that "all transit systems are functional again in all directions and in service" and that gas supplies to Austria itself also are up and running. Investigators are still working to pinpoint the cause of the explosion but they believe a technical fault was to blame.
December 13, 2017 08:15 UTC
This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless. For starters, the city put together a team that would track the 25 most costly and vulnerable cases, and hover over each one individually until he or she was in treatment or housing. Officials also are pushing new permanent supportive housing and sending social workers out with police officers. The crisis had become so dire that Everett city officials became the first to sue the manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin in January. Without permanent housing, advocates and city officials say the homeless will end up back on the street after completing their treatment, repeating the cycle.
December 13, 2017 08:15 UTC
"Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama," Trump tweeted. That's because, pursuant to standing Senate parliamentary rules, Jones cannot be seated in the Senate until Alabama's secretary of state certifies the election results. In all likelihood, though, the effect of Jones' victory will likely be felt more strongly in other areas of Trump's agenda. Still, even with Jones in the Senate, Trump and Senate Republicans have the votes, and the vacancies, to shape the federal bench for generations. But Jones' arrival to the Senate may impact the upcoming votes on some of Trump's embattled judicial nominees.
December 13, 2017 08:12 UTC
This year, you wanted to know more about one of the most powerful storms on record, the devastating Hurricane Irma. Google's annual list of the most popular searches is here, offering a peek into what people are really thinking about. The top trending searches in the U.S. were Irma, Matt Lauer, Tom Petty, the Super Bowl and the Las Vegas shooting. To determine the most popular trending searches, Google looked at its trillions of queries, filtered out spam and repeats, and identified searches that had the highest uptick in traffic compared with the previous year. And like astronaut Scott Kelly, many Google users were looking up Cardi B. and her hit Bodak Yellow.
December 13, 2017 08:05 UTC
Jimmy Kimmel gave a moving monologue on the Children's Health Insurance Program — but he had a few misleading facts. Kimmel falsely suggests that CHIP has become bargaining chip as part of the negotiations over the tax plan. As we noted, Congress has moved forward on resolving CHIP funding while also pushing forward on tax legislation. CHIP funding is being negotiated even as Congress is debating a tax plan. The impasses over funding had led to some uncertainty in a handful of states, but there is no immediate crisis — and the recent stopgap funding bill provides flexibility to keep CHIP programs running in states.
December 13, 2017 08:03 UTC