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Update: Donald Trump's inauguration: Here's a list of Democrats who are not attending

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 8:55 AM

            US Army Sergeant Major Greg Lowery(C-bottom) plays the role of President-elect Donald Trump in a rehearsal for the presidential inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 15, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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US Army Sergeant Major Greg Lowery(C-bottom) plays the role of President-elect Donald Trump in a rehearsal for the presidential inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 15, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)(SAUL LOEB)

In the run-up to the inauguration of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president, more than 40 Congressional Democrats have said that they will not attend the ceremony on Friday.

While many said earlier that they did not plan to attend the inauguration, more legislators joined the list after a dust-up this weekend between Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

Lewis said in an interview last week that he did not plan to attend the inauguration because he did not see Trump’s victory in November as “legitimate” due to “interference by the Russian government.”

>>Donald Trump's inauguration: What time, what channel, live-stream, schedule of events

Trump countered on Twitter saying Lewis was "all talk" and "no action," and that the metro Atlanta-area district he represents is "crime-infested."

Lewis came to prominence during the civil rights era when he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. Lewis was among the protesters in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965 who was beaten by Alabama State Troopers when they clashed at the Edmund Pettis Bridge near Selma.

Lewis also boycotted the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001. He told The Washington Post then that it would be “hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in because he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president."

>>Complete coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration 

According to inauguration organizers and District of Columbia officials, more than 800,000 people are expected to be in Washington for Friday’s ceremony.

Here is a current list of legislators who have confirmed they will not be there.

• Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.)

• Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)

• Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

• Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)

• Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.)

• Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.)

• Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.)

• Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)

• Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)

• Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.)

• Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.)

• Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.)

• Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)

• Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.)

• Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich)

• Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.)

• Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas)

• Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.)

• Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)

• Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.)

• Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.)

• Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio)

• Rep. Al Green (D-Texas)

• Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.)

• Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.)

• Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.)

• Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.)

• Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)

• Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

• Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)

• Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)

• Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)

• Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.)

• Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.)

• Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

• Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.)

• Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)

• Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.)

• Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)

• Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) (due to wife’s hospitalization)

• Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

• Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.)

• Rep. José E. Serrano (D-N.Y.)

• Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.)

• Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.)

• Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)

• Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.)

• Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)

• Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

• Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.)

• Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kty.)

• Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.)

• Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.)

• Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

• Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.)

• Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.)

• Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kty.)

Here are some others who have announced they would be skipping the ceremony.

• Former President George H.W. Bush, (he is hospitalized in Texas)

• Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

• Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

• Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Here are some others who have announced they will attend the ceremony.

• Former President George W. Bush

• Former First Lady Laura Bush

• Former President Jimmy Carter

• Anson Chan, Hong Kong’s former chief secretary

• Former President Bill Clinton

• Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton

• Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

• Former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage

• The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and son of Billy Graham

• Rabbi Marvin Hier, the leader of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

• Ohio Gov. John Kasich

• Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the United States

• Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, (D-Mass.)

• New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

• Sen. Ed Markey, (D-Mass.)

• Rep. Jim McGovern, (D-Mass.)

• Rep. Seth Moulton, (D-Mass.)

• The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

• Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the leader of Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit

• Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass.)

• Paula White, a televangelist

Sources: The Washington Post; The Associated Press; The New York Times; Twitter; USA Today

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Serial bomber Ted Kaczynski kept feds at bay for 17 years before capture

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:28 PM

On left, Theodore Kaczynski is led from the federal courthouse in Helena, Montana, on April 4, 1996, following his indictment in a series of package bombings that killed three people and wounded 24 more. On right is a sketch of the
On left, Theodore Kaczynski is led from the federal courthouse in Helena, Montana, on April 4, 1996, following his indictment in a series of package bombings that killed three people and wounded 24 more. On right is a sketch of the "Unabomber," later identified as Kaczynski, that FBI officials released in 1995 after a fatal bombing in California.(AP Photos)

With the person or people responsible for five package bombs that have exploded in or around Austin still at large, local and federal authorities are reminded of the “Unabomber” -- Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski -- a serial bomber who remained elusive for nearly 20 years until he was turned in by his own brother. 

At the time, it was the longest and most expensive manhunt in FBI history. 

The FBI describes Kaczynski on its website as a “twisted genius” who wanted, and nearly succeeded in becoming an untraceable bringer of death and destruction. Ultimately, he killed three people and wounded 24 others. 

“How do you catch a twisted genius who aspires to be the perfect, anonymous killer -- who builds untraceable bombs and delivers them to random targets, who leaves false clues to throw off authorities, who lives like a recluse in the mountains of Montana and tells no one of his secret crimes?” the FBI website stated

Kaczynski was indeed a genius, with an IQ of 167. According to Crime Museum, an educational resource that provides an online crime library and operates the Natalee Holloway Resource Center, Kaczynski graduated from high school at 15 and entered Harvard University. By age 25, he had a doctorate in mathematics. 

Photos show Theodore Kaczynski -- the “Unabomber” -- through the years.((AP Photos))

He became the youngest professor ever hired by the University of California at Berkeley, but the demands of academia were too much for his shy, reserved nature. Kaczynski returned to his native Montana in 1969 and two years later, moved into his infamous cabin in Lincoln, from which he carried out his deadly rampage. 

Kaczynski first came to the attention of the FBI in 1978, when he sent his first crude bomb to Northwestern University near Chicago. Over the next 17 years, his targets included universities -- including UC Berkeley -- airlines and businesses, which he blamed for destroying the environment and over-industrializing the United States. 

That’s where the Unabomber moniker originated: “University and Airline Bomber,” Crime Museum reported

That first primitive bomb at Northwestern did little damage, causing only minor injuries to the police officer who -- alerted by the professor who received the suspicious package -- opened it. Like the bomber or bombers in Austin, however, Kaczynski’s package bombs became more sophisticated over time. 

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He was also meticulous and -- in covering his tracks -- would plant fake evidence inside the bombs to send investigators down the wrong path. One of the only clues in the case was a police sketch, based on witness statements, of a man wearing a dark hoodie and sunglasses. 

Those items, along with other personal items belonging to Kaczynski, were auctioned off in 2011, with proceeds to benefit his victims and their families. Collectors paid more than $200,000 for 58 items. 

The hoodie and sunglasses used by Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the "Unabomber," are displayed as Kaczynski's personal items are auctioned off online in May 2011. Carried out under court order by the U.S. Marshals Service and the General Services Administration, the auction was revenge of a sort for the victims and the families terrorized by Kaczynski's acts of violence that left three people dead and 24 injured between 1978 and 1995. In all, collectors paid more than $200,000 for 58 items seized during the raid of Kaczynski's remote Montana cabin in 1996, with all proceeds going to victims and their families.((AP Photo))

Business Insider reported that between 1978 and 1995, when he was captured, Kaczynski arranged 16 bombings, including one that was placed in the cargo hold of an airplane. 

That bomb failed to detonate. 

Kaczynski’s first murder came in 1985, when John Hauser opened a package mailed to his Sacramento computer store, Crime Museum said. Hauser died from injuries inflicted by shrapnel.

The Unabomber sent just one device between 1986 and 1993, at which time he restarted his spree. He killed his second victim in 1994.

Thomas Mosser was an executive for the public relations firm that represented Exxon after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, Crime Museum reported. 

Kaczynski’s final bomb was sent a year after Mosser was killed. That bomb claimed the life of Gilbert Brent Murray, a lobbyist for the California Forestry Association. 

That same year, 1995, Kaczynski mailed a manifesto titled “Industrial Society and Its Future” to the New York Times and the Washington Post, Crime Museum reported. In the document, he derided the Industrial Revolution and called for people to eschew the technology he saw taking over their lives. 

Kaczynski demanded the newspapers publish the manifesto or else the carnage would continue. 

The handwritten manifesto of "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is displayed as personal items of Kaczynski’s are auctioned off online, with proceeds to benefit the victims' families, in May 2011. The items include handwritten letters, typewriters, tools, clothing and books.((AP Photo))

The FBI was hesitant to publish the 35,000-word document, debating the merits of “giving in to terrorists,” the FBI website said. Ultimately, then-FBI director Louis Freeh and then-Attorney General Janet Reno gave the go-ahead for the Times and the Post to publish the Unabomber’s words. 

Read the text of Kaczynski’s manifesto here. 

The hope was that someone would recognize his words and his views. Their wish was granted when, among the thousands of people who called in tips, they heard from someone who knew Kaczynski better than anyone: his brother.

David Kaczynski wrote in Psychology Today in 2016 that it was initially his wife, Linda, who, after hearing descriptions of the as-yet-unpublished manifesto, suspected her brother-in-law could be the Unabomber. He was initially skeptical of her suspicions, he said. 

“This was my brother she was talking about,” David Kaczynski wrote. “I knew that Ted was plagued with painful emotions. I’d worried about him for years and had many unanswered questions about his estrangement from our family. But it never occurred to me that he could be capable of violence.”

The cabin of "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski sits at the end of a muddy, private road, hidden in a wooded setting about 300 yards from the nearest neighbor in April 1996 in Lincoln, Montana. The cabin, on 1.4 acres, was only 10 by 12 feet, with no electricity or plumbing.((AP Photo))

The manifesto was published a month later and, reading it on a computer at the public library in Albany, New York, David Kaczynski was “immobilized” by the time he finished the first paragraph. 

“The tone of the opening lines was hauntingly similar to that of Ted's letters condemning our parents, only here the indictment was vastly expanded,” David Kaczynski wrote. “On the surface, the phraseology was calm and intellectual, but it barely concealed the author's rage. As much as I wanted to, I couldn't absolutely deny that it might be my brother's writing.”

David and Linda Kaczynski spent two months comparing the manifesto to letters David Kaczynski had received from Ted Kaczynski over the years. Convinced there was a 50 percent chance that his brother penned the manifesto, David Kaczynski struggled with what to do. 

He feared a confrontation between law enforcement and his emotionally unstable brother could end badly, he wrote. He also feared what the situation could do to their elderly mother. 

He at last decided that his suspicions needed to be shared, and he went to the FBI. The Kaczynski brothers’ mother, though distraught, kissed him on the cheek when she found out. 

“I know you love Ted,” she said, according to David Kaczynski. “I know you wouldn’t have done this unless you felt you had to.”

David Kaczynski, left, and his older brother Theodore Kaczynski play in a sandbox as children. David Kaczynski turned his brother in when he became suspicious that Ted Kaczynski was the "Unabomber," a suspect responsible for 16 bombings over a span of 17 years.((AP Photo))

The FBI reported that David Kaczynski confirmed several things that federal investigators already suspected about the Unabomber: that he’d been raised in Chicago, that he had ties to UC Berkeley and that he’d lived in Salt Lake City for a while before settling in the tiny cabin the brothers built in the woods in Lincoln.

The distraught brother also provided some of Ted Kaczynski’s writings, which an FBI linguistics analyst determined had been written by the author of the Unabomber’s manifesto, the FBI said

Investigators armed with a search warrant went to that cabin in the woods and arrested Ted Kaczynski. A search of his refuge turned up bomb components, one live bomb ready for the mail and about 40,000 handwritten journal pages.

His journal described the Unabomber crimes and included details of bomb-making experiments, the FBI said

Kaczynski was indicted in April 1996 with three counts of murder and 10 counts of activity relating to creating and mailing the bombs. Crime Museum reported that his lawyers tried to get him to use an insanity defense to avoid the death penalty.   

Kaczynski refused. Instead, he pleaded guilty to the charges in January 1998 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

He now resides at the Florence Supermax federal prison in Colorado, which also houses fellow serial bomber Eric Rudolph. Rudolph bombed the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, as well as a lesbian nightclub there and two abortion clinics in Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. 

Three people were killed and more than 100 injured in Rudolph’s rampage. 

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'Hold your leaders accountable': Chance the Rapper tweets about Austin bombings

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:11 PM

Chance the Rapper performs during the second day of Lollapalooza Chile 2018 at Parque O'Higgins on March 17, 2018 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)
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Chance the Rapper performs during the second day of Lollapalooza Chile 2018 at Parque O'Higgins on March 17, 2018 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)(Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)

Chance the Rapper took to Twitter on Tuesday to weigh in on the five bombings that have killed two and left five others injured in and around Austin.

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His tweet came after a package destined for Austin detonated at a FedEx facility in Schertz early Tuesday. If a connection is confirmed, the package would be the fifth in a series of related bombings.

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The Chicago rapper tweeted, “Someone is serial murdering Black and Latino men and women in Texas right now,” and told followers to “Hold your leaders accountable,” saying that “elected officials should be talking about this.”

The first two bombs were received as packages and killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House and 17-year-old Draylen Mason. Both victims were black. Mason’s mother was also injured.

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The third explosion, also a package bomb, injured 75-year-old Esperanza Herrera, who is Latina. 

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Initially, investigators reported considering the possibility that the bomber was targeting ethnic minorities and said they could not rule out a hate crime. However, the two men injured in the fourth explosion, which was triggered by a trip wire, were white. 

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Although the motive behind the bombs remains unclear, the trip wire setup was seen as an “unsettling move toward apparently random attacks.”


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Stephen Hawking’s ashes to be interred near graves of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

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The ashes of renowned scientist Stephen Hawking will be interred at Westminster Abbey in London.

BBC reported that Hawking’s family said a private funeral service would be held March 31 at Church of St. Mary the Great, in Cambridge, England.

According to a spokesman for the abbey, Hawking will be interred near the grave of Sir Issac Newton, The Guardian reported.

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“It is entirely fitting that the remains of Prof Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists,” the very Rev. John Hall, the dean of Westmister, said. “Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the abbey in 1727. Charles Darwin was buried beside Isaac Newton in 1882.

“Other famous scientists are buried or memorialised nearby, the most recent burials being those of atomic physicists Ernest Rutherford in 1937 and Joseph John Thomson in 1940.

“We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe.”

Hawking died peacefully March 14 at age 76.

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Doctors address illness linked to chronic marijuana use

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 1:24 PM

What You Need to Know: Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Doctors around the Pacific Northwest are identifying a mysterious illness baffling patients and even other medical professionals.

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“The pain is so intense, I can’t make it go away,” Jigna Howland said. “I can’t make the vomiting stop.”

The sickness is called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, known as CHS, and it’s linked to chronic marijuana use. It’s so new that there are no hard numbers on how many people are affected across the country. Doctors believe using large amounts of marijuana frequently triggers a painful vomiting syndrome -- but only in certain people.

“Who has this condition, what brings it on and how can we help them?” Dr. Sean Bozorgzadeh said.

One of his patients was Jigna Howland, who, over the past few years, started battling what seemed like a strange, unexplained illness.

“You are literally just retching and retching, and it’s painful,” she said.

Howland has smoked pot for decades and uses it daily, in part to combat high blood pressure and anxiety. She’s also worked at Cannazone cannabis store in Mount Vernon, Washington, since it opened earlier this year. But she could not figure out what suddenly started causing the sickness.

“I had no idea what was going on, other than I was getting sick once a year -- and it was a pretty heavy illness,” she said.

She received medical treatment five times. Doctors told her tests were inconclusive.

Then, four months ago, doctors at Peace Health United General in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, suggested pot might be at the root of it.

“So you did not know it was marijuana-related?” KIRO-TV reporter Linzi Sheldon asked.

“No,” she said. “Of course, I would smoke more marijuana to alleviate the nausea -- which was actually making it worse!”

CHS symptoms include nausea, intense cramping and vomiting, which can lead to severe dehydration.

People who have it say hot showers and baths are the only things that ease the pain. 

“I would just stand in the hot shower,” she said. “I don’t know why, and the doctors don’t even know why.”

Dr. Bozorgzadeh was the first to suggest Howland had CHS. In 2009, he saw two to three cases a week. Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington, he says that number has gone up.

“So how many are you seeing a week now?” KIRO-TV’s Linzi Sheldon asked.

“Right now, we see one or two a day, almost ... It’s much more common,” he said.

KIRO-TV’s investigation led to other cities and hospitals. At Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, doctors reported seeing one to two cases a week. Harborview Medical Center sees one to two cases a month. as does Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center reports seeing a case every two to three months, and Swedish Hospital told KIRO-TV it sees CHS cases “often,” but did not offer more details.

Dr. Otto Lin at Virginia Mason co-authored a case study of a man who reported “vomiting for 16 years,” while he struggled with the undiagnosed sickness, all the while “consuming at least four to eight marijuana doses (joints) per day.”

CHS is gaining national attention, too. People across the country have started speaking out, and a recent story in The Atlantic asked in the headline, "Will Smoking Pot Make Me Vomit Forever?"

It is still unclear how and why pot has this effect on certain people. However, Bozorgzadeh pointed out, “We do know that people who use it chronically and they use a lot of it, you know, sometimes three to five times a day, are more prone to developing this.”

Once patients are treated with IVs and medication, doctors say the symptoms usually stop after a couple of days. Then Bozorgzadeh recommends a trial phase of no pot at all.

“So they go through a period of time where they do not smoke cannabis, and if the condition improved or went away, that's proof that it's causing it,” he said.

Howland switched for a while to marijuana products with low levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical in pot that gets people high. She now smokes fewer concentrates, which she personally believes may have helped trigger the sickness for her in the first place.

“Some people refuse to believe it,” she said. “They think it's a very anti-marijuana stance. It is not anti-marijuana. It’s how I make my living—is selling marijuana. I enjoy marijuana. There is nothing wrong with it. It just comes back to moderation.”

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