Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair
ATLANTA ? Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party?s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year?s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez?s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted ?Party to the people? in protest, drowning out the party leaders.
Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open government
Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree
By Ahmed Aboulenein ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. A Reuters reporter saw 25 families gathered with their belongings in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia's Evangelical Church and church officials said 100 families, out of around 160 in North Sinai, were fleeing. More than 200 students studying in Arish, the province's capital, have also left.
US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire
The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.
Witnesses: Bar gunman shouted 'get out of my country'
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) ? In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.
Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ?baseless attempt to? slow Uber down
Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division.
In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies.
"We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world."
If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information.
The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation."
Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.
Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria
The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.
Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines
By Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well. The Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was cleared by law enforcement on Thursday and almost 50 people, many of them Native Americans and environmental activists, were arrested. The number of demonstrators had dwindled from the thousands who poured into the camp starting in August to oppose the pipeline that critics say threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'
Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, ?Get out of my country,? before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.
Donna Brazile?s emotional farewell to DNC: ?We came up short. I will not sugarcoat it.?
Party leaders sought to inspire hundreds of delegates at the annual winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, trying out different messages for the party going forward, after its staggering losses in 2016. Saturday morning, the DNC will vote on its next chair, and there?s currently a close race between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Donna Brazile, who took over as interim DNC chair after Debbie Wasserman Schultz?s ouster last July, launched into an emotional defense of the party and urged delegates to be unified.