Alex Tizon dies at 57; journalist told stories about America and won Pulitzer for exposing corruption

Tizon was just 57 when he died in his sleep from natural causes, his family said. Second that, said L.A. Times Deputy Managing Editor Scott Kraft, who hired Tizon when Kraft was national editor. “His parents admired white Americans and all things Western,” wrote Seattle book reviewer Florangela Davila. “Many of us will remember when he first set foot in the Seattle Times newsroom, bright, talented and hungry to understand the world in all its glory and misery,” said former Seattle Times reporter Dick Clever. Two years ago, the family of a man who’d gone missing contacted Tizon and asked if he’d do a follow-up.

March 28, 2017 23:37 UTC

10 charged in alleged New York mafia crime wave

Story highlights Charges stem from alleged crime wave spanning almost 20 yearsFBI : Allegations faced by defendants prove mafia hasn't stopped operating(CNN) Ten alleged members of the Bonanno mafia family have been charged with racketeering and related crimes, according to a 37-count indictment unsealed Tuesday. The charges stem from what prosecutors claim was almost 20 years of organized criminal activity in and around Queens -- including participation in gun battles, beatings, extortion, and arson. "The Mafia hasn't stopped operating and the crimes these members are charged with today prove that," the FBI's William Sweeny Jr. said in a statement. The 10 defendants -- Ronald "Ronnie G." Giallanzo, Michael Padavona, Nicholas "Pudgie" Festa, Michael Palmaccio, Christopher "Bald Chris" Boothby, Evan "The Jew" Greenberg, Richard Heck, Michael Hintze, Robert Pisani and Robert "Chippy" Tanico -- were arrested Tuesday and arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors: Vendetta prompted shootoutsRead More

March 28, 2017 23:37 UTC

Trump Really Wants To Deflect Attention From His Russia Scandal

Fox News President Trump urged Twitter follows to tune into Fox News segment. Such disclosures, however, may have detracted from the report on “Fox & Friends,” a staple of Trump’s media diet. And Trump may have hyped the segment as a way to deflect attention from ongoing investigations into suspected links between several of the president’s associates and the Russian government. The Trump campaign also highlighted Podesta’s role on Joule’s board. Why doesn't Fake News talk about Podesta ties to Russia as covered by @FoxNews or money from Russia to Clinton - sale of Uranium?

March 28, 2017 23:37 UTC

Devin Nunes Vows To 'Never' Reveal Source Of Surveillance Claims

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that he’ll never reveal the source behind his claim that members of Donald Trump’s team had indirectly come under surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies. “We will never reveal sources and methods,” Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said to ABC News’ Mary Bruce on Tuesday. Even other members of the committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the presidential campaign, will not learn how Nunes obtained information he said indicated that key figures close to Trump were monitored by U.S. intelligence, Nunes said.

March 28, 2017 23:35 UTC

A Marine comes home from the war after more than 70 years

He died 74 years ago in the Battle of Tarawa, one of the bloodiest clashes between U.S. forces and Japan in World War II. That’s where we want him to be.’ ”More than 70 years after Marine Pvt. Harry K. Tye was killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, Tincher on Tuesday honored his grandmother’s wishes and saw his uncle buried at Arlington National Cemetery. [Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor finally make their way home]More than 82,000 service members remain missing, nearly 90 percent lost during World War II, according to the Defense Department. “It gives me hope that they can align with this administration to bring every American soldier home, whether they’re from World War II or Korea or Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan.

March 28, 2017 23:23 UTC

Trump's Executive Order On Energy: This Time, He Listened To The Lawyers

President Donald Trump's executive order dismantling large chunks of Barrack Obama's environmental legacy is a cleverly written document that avoids the pitfalls of Trump's controversial orders on immigration. The 7-page order released this afternoon reverses a string of Obama's executive orders, including findings on the dangers of human-induced climate change and methane emissions. The order doesn't rescind Obama's Clean Power Plan, which has been suspended by the Supreme Court while a Washington appeals court considers its fate. The government wouldn't have to delve as deeply into the scientific record, however, which the Obama administration provided in ample detail to justify its plan. The Trump administration still faces hurdles, including a federal appeals court ruling upholding the Obama administration's findings on the dangers of CO2 emissions from automobiles.

March 28, 2017 23:17 UTC

Donald Trump Promised 'Clean Coal,' But It Doesn't Exist

“My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” Trump said. “We’re going to have clean coal, really clean coal.”That deserves some examination. Or is “clean coal,” as environmentalists have long said, a marketing myth purveyed by a struggling industry? The other U.S. attempt at clean coal would still not be that someone else. “There is no such thing as ‘clean coal,’” Travis Nichols, a spokesman for the environmental giant Greenpeace, told The Huffington Post by email.

March 28, 2017 23:15 UTC

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S Tires Launched In North America

“Tires are the most important influence on vehicle handling.” “Tires are the only part of the car that touch the ground.” “Tires are round and made of rubber.” Getting the chance to actually test competitive tires back-to-back on like vehicles is a rarity, but it can reveal differences in performance. Photo (c) MichelinThe science of tire design approaches art in its complexity and reliance on taste and feel. The Pilot line represents the state-of-the-art for Michelin consumer products. The Pilot uses two different elastomers in specific rings of the tread, which gives better performance when the tire is pushed in different road conditions. This highly technical construction can’t be found on any other Michelin consumer tire.

March 28, 2017 23:15 UTC

Ahmed Kathrada, unflinching opponent of apartheid in South Africa, dies at 87

Mandela’s views changed, he said, in part by seeing people such as Mr. Kathrada risk jail time or worse for acts of civil disobedience. Mr. Kathrada leads President Barack Obama on a tour of Robben Island, a former prison, in 2013. Unlike on the mainland, he said, “no policeman could come to Robben Island and start shooting at us. Mr. Kathrada said he experienced a turning point of sorts when he visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1951. A statement from Zuma’s office described Mr. Kathrada as a “stalwart of the liberation struggle for a free and democratic South Africa.”

March 28, 2017 23:14 UTC

Judge Fines Bank of America $45 Million for ‘Heartless’ Treatment of Mortgage Borrowers

A bankruptcy judge issued a $45 million fine against Bank of America Corp., calling the bank’s treatment of a California couple who fought to save their home “brazen” and “heartless.”Judge Christopher Klein of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Sacramento said the bank’s mortgage modification process and mistaken foreclosure on Erik and Renee Sundquist’s home left them in “a state of battle-fatigued demoralization.”The case brings...

March 28, 2017 23:03 UTC

The Nationals have a closer, and his initials are TBA

Dusty Baker is no longer smiling about the endless questions he gets about his closer, still unannounced as of Tuesday. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Dusty Baker is tired of answering questions about his closer. Blake Treinen has the power sinker to close, but the Nationals need that sinker to get them ground balls and out of trouble. One could make the argument for any of them, and it seems the Nationals have not convinced themselves of the answer yet. More baseball:Nats trying to ‘get out of here healthy’ as regular season nearsTrump declines Nats’ invitation to throw out first pitch on Opening DayThe Nationals see Koda Glover as a closer.

March 28, 2017 23:03 UTC

Kansas moves to expand Medicaid as GOP legislatures face pressure after ‘Trumpcare’ failure

The Kansas Senate votes to accept the federal Medicaid expansion at the statehouse in Topeka on March 28. Georgia’s Republican governor, Nathan Deal, also announced plans to change his state’s Medicaid program. Yet he has been among the more vocal supporters of Medicaid expansion in Kansas. “This, in my opinion, is not Medicaid expansion in the sense that it is Obamacare,” Eplee said. “It’s a Kansas plan.”The Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.

March 28, 2017 23:03 UTC

A Florida of Sun, Sky, Sea and Mind

Advertisement Continue reading the main storyGerard grew up in Clearwater, a beach city near Tampa. The other is Jack E. Davis’s “Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” a sensitive and sturdy work of environmental history. Advertisement Continue reading the main story“Sunshine State” deserves to be talked about in this company, even if its essays are hit-and-miss. But since Gerard, Davis and I each grew up staring at the same blue-green water off Florida, I will stick with Florida in this review. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyHis prose is supple and clear.

March 28, 2017 23:00 UTC

Trump’s Energy Progress

One area where President Trump is notching early victories is unleashing American energy, which for years has been held hostage to progressive climate obsessions. On Tuesday Mr. Trump signed an executive order to rescind many of the Obama Administration’s energy directives, and he deserves credit for ending punitive policies that harmed the economy for no improvement in global CO 2 emissions or temperatures. The order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Clean Power Plan, which the Supreme Court...

March 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Karen Pence is the vice president’s ‘prayer warrior,’ gut check and shield

Now, as second lady, Karen Pence, 60, remains an important influence on one of President Trump’s most important political allies. 2 slot, the businessman knew Karen Pence was by his side and asked, “I hear Karen is there, too? Though aides said Karen Pence was among those most upset by the tape, they stressed that she also emerged privately as one of Trump’s staunchest defenders overall. Mike Pence, center, and Karen Pence campaign at Parkside Elementary School in Columbus, Ind., in 2004. Karen Pence, second from right, talks to U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Talia Bastien at her residence on the grounds of the U.S.

March 28, 2017 22:52 UTC