Feb. 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017    (There won't be an Intelbrief tomorrow. My sister, last immediate member of family, died and I will be traveling all day. I should be up and running on Thursday while out of town.)

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White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday amid a snowballing controversy over whether he lied about his contacts with a Russian official, throwing President Donald Trump's security team into turmoil just weeks into his term.

President Donald Trump's attempt to close America's borders to citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries suffered another blow Monday as judges on both coasts issued rulings that will make it even harder for the administration to rescue the beleaguered plan.

Fighting between a militia and state security forces in central Democratic Republic of Congo killed as many as 50 people since Feb. 9, the United Nations said.

Starting this year, Saudi Arabia plans to develop almost 10 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2023, starting with wind and solar plants in its vast northwestern desert. The effort could replace the equivalent of 80,000 barrels of oil a day now burned for power.

AP Top Stories

Indonesian Muslim school students staged a protest against Valentine's Day on Monday, denouncing what they said was a Western celebration that encourages casual sex.

A Kenyan judge on Monday ordered that officials from the national doctors' union be jailed for one month amid an ongoing strike over pay and conditions in public hospitals.

Most of the people infected with Ebola in the West Africa epidemic that began in 2014 got sick through contact with a small number of "superspreaders" with the disease, researchers said.

A 1,700-year-old untouched tomb bearing the bones of a dozen male adults, as well as pre-Columbian figurines and statues, has been unearthed in Mexico.

Tiny crustaceans, such as yellowish Hirondellea gigas living in darkness about 33,000 ft. down in the Pacific Ocean, are polluted by PCBs, used in electric transformers or paints, and PBDE chemicals used as flame retardants.

The top 1 percent of American households earned an average of $1.26 million in 2014; the bottom 90 percent got an average of $33,068. And since 1965, income inequality has worsened: The ratio of CEO pay to worker wages skyrocketed from 20-to-1 to 303-to-1 in 2014.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he would not stand in the way of his minister's decision to close several mines in the southern Philippines after he saw the damage they had done to the environment.

An adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested on multiple charges of sexual offenses involving children, according to court records.

Rescuers found no newly stranded whales Monday on a notorious stretch of New Zealand's coastline where hundreds of marine mammals died after beaching themselves last week, conservation officials said.

The United States labeled Venezuela's Vice President Tareck El Aissami a major drug trafficker Monday, adding the veteran politician to its narcotics "kingpin" sanctions list.

The failure of Pakistan's Senate deputy chairman, a prominent Islamist politician, to get a U.S. visa on time for a trip to the United States prompted Pakistan to boycott a U.N.-sponsored meeting on Monday, a parliamentary official said.

Most baby boomers can receive the full amount of Social Security they have earned at age 66. However, retirees who will turn 62 in 2017 need to wait an extra two months to collect their full Social Security payments. Starting this year the retirement age begins a gradual increase toward age 67.

Renewed drilling by US oil producers is keeping a ceiling on a global crude price recovery, cutting into the impact of deep reductions by other major producers, OPEC said Monday.

Apple shares cruised to a record-high close Monday, helping catapult the S&P 500 stock index over the $20 trillion mark in what amounts to a victory for plain-vanilla mutual funds over a bevy of hedge fund managers who recently backed away from the iPhone maker. Apple's stock climbed 0.9 percent to end at $133.29, above its record high close of $133.00 hit on Feb. 23, 2015 and giving it a market value of about $699 billion.

Dubai has tested a Chinese prototype of a self-driving hover-taxi, its transport authority said on Monday, with the aim of introducing the aerial vehicle in the emirate by July.

BBC

Police in Paraguay seized at least 25 tons of bolivar notes in a house in the northern city of Salto de Guaira, 250 miles from the capital, Asuncion, on Monday. Police said they would count the bills on Tuesday to determine their worth. They said that most of the stash was in 100 and 50 bolivar notes.

Australia is not on track to close the gap in life expectancy between its indigenous and non-indigenous people, a major report card has found.

We reported earlier that a Kenyan couple who spent just $1 on their wedding, have now got married in a lavish ceremony funded by well-wishers at a cost of $35,000.

Vogue Paris is going to feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time next month.

WND

Russian insiders are fearful that the Washington establishment will attempt to assassinate Donald Trump, according to a magazine with deep ties to the globalist elite.

Republican lawmakers took the first step in a race against the clock to repeal legislation passed in Washington, D.C., that would authorize physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients who wish to die.

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