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February 14, 2019

Venezuela standoff extends to oil sector as questions swirl over humanitarian aid

Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Venezuela’s growing parallel opposition government extended its reach to the all-important oil sector on Wednesday when the country’s National Assembly moved to appoint new boards of directors to the state oil company and its refiner CITGO. The appointments include high-profile opposition names like David Smolansky, a former Caracas area mayor who fled the country in 2017 under threat of arrest for his role in anti-government protests. The move p..
February 13, 2019

After another human foot washes ashore in Canada, officials ask for help

jamesvancouver/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Human feet have been eerily washing up on shorelines across Canada's westernmost province for over a decade. On Monday, the British Columbia Coroners Service appealed for the public's help in identifying the latest foot, which was discovered inside a light grey Nike sneaker on a rocky beach in West Vancouver in September. The sneaker appeared to be in relatively new condition, and evidence indicates the foot is that of a man younger than 50. But DNA t..
February 13, 2019

DOJ charges former Air Force counterintelligence agent with spying for Iran

Eblis/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that it has charged a former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist with spying for Iran and helping that country target her former American colleagues. Monica Witt, 39, who was also a Defense Department contractor after leaving the U.S. government in 2008, sought to "undermine the U.S. and help the government of Iran," U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu said on a call with reporters. Witt had bee..
February 13, 2019

NASA ends mission for Mars rover, Opportunity, after 15 years

LaserLens/iStock(NEW YORK) -- NASA has ended the mission for its Mars rover Opportunity after it spent 15 years roaming the red planet. Opportunity went silent on June 10 after a massive dust storm covered the planet, according to NASA. The rover was declared dead after scientists sent out more than 800 commands asking Opportunity to respond and had not heard back by Wednesday morning, a NASA panel announced in a press conference. The rover, which was initially set to have a three-month lifespan..