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FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attends weekly College of Commissioners meeting in Brussels
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attends weekly College of Commissioners meeting in Brussels, Belgium, Februray 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

February 19, 2019

BERLIN (Reuters) – If Britain asks for a delay to its departure from the European Union, none of the existing members will stand in its way, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday.

But, speaking at an event in the German city of Stuttgart, Juncker added that if the extension lasted until the European Parliament elections at the end of May, British voters would have to take part in the polls.

Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29. An extension of Article 50 – which determines the exit date – must be agreed unanimously by all the EU’s remaining 27 member states.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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President Donald Trump’s former chief liaison to Congress is returning to the White House as chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Marc Short will begin his new role in mid-March.

US VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE MAKES HIS FIRST AUSCHWITZ VISIT

Short left the White House less than a year ago. He had worked for Pence and a group affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers’ political operation before entering the White House.

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Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, left the White House at the end of 2018 after turning down an offer to become Trump’s chief of staff.

Sanders says Shahira Knight, who succeeded Short as director of legislative affairs, will continue to be Trump’s chief emissary to Capitol Hill.

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Former NBA player Glen "Big Baby" Davis has agreed to pay $15,000 to avoid jail time on drug charges.

News outlets report the forward had faced up to five years in jail. He was arrested at a Maryland hotel with 126 grams (4 ounces) of marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000 last February, and indicted on seven counts of drug possession and distribution.

Davis’ attorney Brandon Mead says prosecutors will dismiss the charges after the 33-year-old pays the fine. Mead says nothing indicates Davis was selling drugs.

Davis was a star player at Louisiana State University who also played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers. His NBA career ended in 2015.

Davis was also charged with felony assault in an April altercation outside a West Hollywood, California, club.

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A Florida man was left paralyzed after he was shot three times by at least two teenagers who crashed a party he was hosting for his children and they refused to leave, officials said.

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said 47-year-old Joel Tatro was throwing a party in his Oak Hill home on Sunday for his high school-aged children when four juveniles showed up uninvited.

When they were told to leave, one of the juveniles refused and an altercation ensued. During the confrontation a gun was pulled out, shots were fired and Tatro was shot in the neck.

Family members told Fox 35 that the gunshot went into the left side of Tatro’s neck, through his spinal column in the vertebrae and out his right shoulder. Doctors said the shooting left him paralyzed.

FLORIDA MAN WHO FILMED INSTAGRAM LIVE SHOOTING FIRED AT DEPUTIES FIRST, POLICE SAY

One of the suspected juveniles – identified Sylvano Leslie II, 17, – turned himself in to police on Monday night, the sheriff’s office reported.

A second teenager – 15-year-old James Powell – is on the run and the sheriff’s office is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood told Fox 35 that Tatro had allowed his high school sons to have friends over for a party and had stepped in when the party-crashers refused to leave.

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"Here’s an incident where parents are doing the right thing. They’re having a party for about 10 of their kids; high school friends. They’re monitoring it. It’s invitation only. They were sitting out there at the fire pit, listening to music, doing what 15-year-old kids do, and it almost cost this man his life," Chitwood said.

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Well-known African-American physician and civil rights activist Dr. James Anderson has died. He was 82.

A spokeswoman for People’s Funeral Home in Jackson confirmed that Dr. James Anderson died Monday. WLBT-TV reports Anderson died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The cause of death has not been released.

Anderson helped establish the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, where he was chief executive until his retirement in 1998.

Mississippi lawmakers honored Anderson in 2017, noting he had worked for more than 50 years to provide health care in low-income, uninsured and minority communities.

Anderson was part of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement.

He was one of the first three African-American doctors to earn full hospital privileges in the Mississippi State Medical Association.

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Information from: WLBT-TV, http://www.wlbt.com

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A top European Union official has lashed out at Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban over election campaign posters alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weaken the bloc’s external borders to let in more migrants and provide easy visas.

Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Tuesday when it comes to spinning the truth in political campaigning "this is something in a completely different universe."

In Hungary, posters have gone up focusing on EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American financier George Soros, saying that "they want to weaken the border protection rights of the member states; they would facilitate immigration with migrant visas."

Timmermans said the EU and Juncker were actually at the forefront of reinforcing the EU’s external borders.

Orban’s zealous anti-immigration policies have won him populist admirers across Europe.

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A federal judge ordered the state of California to pay three pro-life pregnancy centers and a conservative law firm a total of $399,000 after a state law meant to force "crisis pregnancy centers" to promote abortion was struck down.

The Supreme Court found the California law requiring pro-life centers to display information about how to obtain a state-funded abortion unconstitutional in June. Then in October, a federal district court issued a permanent injunction against the law in question, the Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act.

‘HEARTBEAT’ BILLS GAINING MOMENTUM IN SEVERAL STATES, INCLUDING KENTUCKY AND MISSISSIPPI

U.S. District Court Judge Terry Hatter for the Central District of California issued an order Monday saying that California must pay the Pregnancy and Family Resource Center of San Bernardino, His Nesting Place of Long Beach, Birth Choice of the Desert in La Quinta, and the Liberty Counsel a total of $399,000 in legal fees and other costs.

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, called it a victory for children, mothers, and families, as well as for the freedom of speech.

“Pro-life pregnancy centers will no longer be compelled to speak a message that goes against their mission to save the lives of babies and women," Staver said in a statement. "Faith-based pro-life pregnancy centers cannot be forced to promote human genocide.”

ABORTION SURVIVORS ON NEW LATE-TERM ABORTION BILLS: ‘WHERE WERE MY RIGHTS IN THE WOMB?’

The 2015 law required most pro-life pregnancy centers to provide information to clients on where they can find low or no-cost abortions, and forced them to disclose what services they do and do not offer on their front door, in their waiting room, online, and in every advertisement from billboards to business cards. A study found that 98.5 percent of the clinics subject to the law were pro-life facilities.

If the centers didn’t comply with the state-issued standards, they would be fined $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each additional violation.

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, called the law "unjustified and unduly burdensome."

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Justice Clarence Thomas said in his majority opinion, "California cannot co-opt the licensed facilities to deliver its message for it."

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A new congressional report says senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials.

The Democrat-led House oversight committee launched an investigation Tuesday into the claims.

The committee says whistleblowers within the Trump administration raised concerns about "abnormal acts" within the White House to support the proposal to build dozens of nuclear reactors across the Middle Eastern kingdom.

The investigation comes as lawmakers from both parties have raised concerns that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if the U.S. technology is transferred without proper safeguards.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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A former Philadelphia police officer has been arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted male witnesses and suspects over more than a decade.

A spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney confirmed that 52-year-old Philip Nordo was arrested Tuesday morning and was scheduled to be arraigned in the multi-count grand jury presentment Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities allege that Nordo used his position to intimidate and groom male suspects and witnesses into sexual encounters. The heavily redacted presentment contains roughly 35 charges related to three victims including rape, stalking and sexual assault.

Nordo was fired in 2017 after an allegation was received that he improperly paid a witness and had fraternized with people connected to criminal conduct.

A phone call to an attorney previously listed for Nordo was not immediately returned Tuesday.

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A Texas couple tried to smuggle nearly 70 pounds of marijuana in suitcases through Bush International Airport during the government shutdown, according to authorities.

Officials said Narueen Nooralla Gheewalla-Fayyaz, 28, and Osama Fayyaz, 29, of Richmond, Tex., were arrested Jan. 14 after they flew into the Houston airport from Sacramento, KPRC-TV reported Monday.

Court records say a Transportation Security Administration officer in Sacramento told a deputy they saw what was believed to be marijuana in a suitcase belonging to Gheewalla-Fayyaz, the station reported. The deputy contacted police in Houston.

MILEY CYRUS’ MOM SPARKS WHITE PRIVILEGE DEBATE AFTER POSING WITH A VERY LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA

The TSA was one of the government agencies impacted by the 35-day government shutdown over President Trump’s demands to Congress for a border wall with Mexico. The shutdown ended Jan. 25.

The court documents say Fayyaz was “visibly nervous and was trembling” when officers approached him in the baggage claim area at Bush airport, according to the station.

METH, MARIJUANA WORTH $2M SEIZED IN ARIZONA DRUG BUST, AUTHORITIES SAY

According to the court documents, a search of the couple’s seven bags turned up 66 pounds of marijuana, the station reported.

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The couple issued a statement, denying the charges, KPRC reported.

In 2017, Fayyaz and his wife were accused of trying to smuggle 18 pounds of marijuana in suitcases after deputies searched their vehicle during a traffic stop in rural Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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