Woman caught on camera stealing $4,000 cognac from San Jose restaurant, authorities say

latimes.com – By Lila Seidman – A woman wearing a glittery evening dress calmly strides behind the bar at a San Jose steakhouse and scans bottles of alcohol. She grabs one and walks out.

It was a pricey cognac — worth more than $4,000. The woman is suspected of felony grand theft, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said the woman was with a group of people who dined at the Mount Hamilton GrandView restaurant Tuesday. As the party was leaving, the woman — clearly depicted in surveillance video — nabbed the bottle around 5 p.m., said Deputy Russell Davis, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

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Chimp ‘banned from seeing woman who loved him’ by zookeepers is ‘doing well’

dailystar.co.uk – By Dimitris Kouimtsidis – A chimpanzee whose romance with a human visitor was ended in scandal is said to be “doing well” – after the woman was banned from seeing him. In August last year, Adie Timmermans claims she was forbidden by staff at Antwerp Zoo, in Belgium, from visiting her favourite chimp Chita, whom she “loved”.

The woman claimed that both she and 38-year-old Chita would be distraught if they were not allowed to see each other any more. She said at the time: “I love that animal and he loves me. I haven’t got anything else. Why do they want to take that away?”

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Extinct 10-armed cephalopod named after President Joe Biden

upi.com – By Danielle Haynes – Scientists have named a now-extinct relative of the octopus that has 10 arms after President Joe Biden — the syllipsimopodi bideni — according to a study released Tuesday.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, said the vampyropod fossil was discovered in the Bear Gulch Limestone in Fergus County, Mont., and donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada in 1988.

It wasn’t until recently, though, that scientists from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and Yale University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences examined fossil.

The researchers said the syllipsimopodi bideni lived during the Carboniferous period, about 328 million years ago. It’s the oldest vampyropod ever discovered, pushing the group’s fossil record back by about 82 million years.

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Matt Gaetz Challenged by TV Anchor After Saying Trump Won 2020 Election

newsweek.com – By Andrew Stanton – A television news anchor in Pensacola, Florida, challenged Representative Matt Gaetz on Friday over his claims that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.

Gatez, a Florida Republican, has been among the GOP figures who promoted the unproven claims that President Joe Biden only won in 2020 due to widespread voter fraud. “I believe that Donald Trump won the 2020 election,” he said on local news station WEAR-TV after anchor Bob Solarski asked if he still buys into the theory of a stolen election.

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GOP torn as Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to far right amid ‘Putin!’ chants

tampabay.com – By Associated Press – WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in Congress are torn over what to do with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after the congresswoman spoke at a weekend event organized by a white nationalist who marveled over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the crowd erupted in chants of “Putin!”

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy called the congresswoman’s speech on the same stage “unacceptable.” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said “there’s no place in the Republican Party for white supremacists.”

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Trump continues to praise Putin, forcing GOP to fall in line or splinter from former president

latimes.com – By Nolan D. McCaskill – WASHINGTON — Former President Trump continued his criticism of President Biden on Wednesday, saying in a statement that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “playing” him “like a drum.”

“It is not a pretty thing to watch!” Trump said.

His comments come a day after the former commander in chief went well beyond most Republicans by not just criticizing Biden’s handling of Russia’s aggression toward and invasion of Ukraine, but also lionizing President Putin.

In a separate statement Tuesday after Biden’s announcement of the first tranche of sanctions, Trump claimed such events would never have occurred during his presidency.

More… https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-02-23/trump-splinters-republicans-with-praise-of-putin

Russia attacks Ukraine

cnn.com – By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Ed Upright, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Melissa Macaya and Maureen Chowdhury – What we know now Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine early Thursday. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said Russia’s “invasion has begun,” with reports of troops crossing the border, and explosions in multiple cities including the capital Kyiv.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky introduced martial law across the country on Thursday, urging citizens to remain calm. Earlier, he said he had tried to call Putin on Wednesday but was unsuccessful.

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