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Apple AirPods Pro Review: The ‘Hearable’ at Its Best

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We are living in an era of “hearables” — earphones embedded with special sensors that talk to our phones. And Apple’s AirPods, those tiny white earbuds that live in a case the size of a Tic Tac box, are leading the trend.

For several years, I have found AirPods to be as convenient as they are useful. When Apple introduced them in 2016, it popularized wireless earphones with a special chip that connected them to an iPhone. When I popped them in my ears, they seamlessly connected with my device. And when I put them back in their case, their batteries replenished.

Now the AirPods are getting smarter — and costlier. The earlier-generation AirPods cost around $150. The latest model, AirPods Pro, is more expensive at $249.

But the new earphones, released about a month ago, offer noise-canceling technology. They use microphones to listen for ambient sound and to generate the opposite sound in your ears to reduce noise, like the roaring engines of an airplane and background chatter in an office.

The AirPods Pro also have a neat new feature known as transparency mode, which you activate by holding down a button on an earbud stem. The earphones then use their microphones to amplify the sounds around you, so you can hear your surroundings more clearly while listening to a podcast or music. This turned out to be my favorite new feature.

How good are the new AirPods for that much money? Compared with other high-end headphones, the AirPods aren’t the best at canceling noise. Yet they are competent and a good overall value, and so far, no one can beat the convenience of their compact design.

For several weeks, I compared the AirPods Pro with Bose headphones and a pair of older AirPods in various situations, including my daily commutes and on an international flight. Here’s how that went.

For me, noise-canceling headphones are most useful on a plane. The noises from the engines combined with the conversations of loquacious seat neighbors make it difficult to sleep.

So I wore the new AirPods on a recent 14-hour flight. I found several downsides. For one, the noise-canceling somewhat muffled the noise of the plane engines, but not enough to allow me to sleep. And because the AirPods are wireless, I couldn’t plug them into the screen in front of my seat to watch movies.

On the flight, I preferred Bose’s $350 QuietComfort 35, which are large wireless headphones worn over the ears. They significantly cut down on the engine noise, and they have a cord that could be plugged in to my seat’s audio jack to watch in-flight entertainment. But the Bose headphones are bulkier, though they have always fit fine in my carry-on bag.

As for the older AirPods, I never felt they were adequate to hear music or podcasts amid the engine noise. In the past, I left AirPods at home whenever I traveled.

Verdict: For frequent travelers, I recommend bigger, more effective noise-canceling headphones like those from Bose.

I wore the new AirPods Pro on several trains on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. With noise-canceling turned on, the earbuds sounded good and did a fine job drowning out the conversations around me. But when the train came to a screeching halt, the earbuds were ineffective at muffling the earsplitting noise.

In similar tests, my Bose headphones sounded great on the train, but they, too, couldn’t muffle loud braking. This is to be expected: In general, noise-canceling technology reduces low-frequency sounds, not high-frequency noises like screeches or babies screaming.

On BART, when I wore normal AirPods, I could barely hear anything playing from the earbuds. I often didn’t bother to use them on the train.

Verdict: On noisy trains, the AirPods Pro are just as good as other noise-canceling earphones, and they are much better than normal AirPods.

The new AirPods were great to use outdoors. By turning on transparency mode, I was able to listen for cars while crossing the street and remain attentive while walking around less safe neighborhoods.

In contrast, the Bose headphones lacked a transparency mode (though some other Bose models have the feature). I often just took them off outdoors for safety purposes.

Verdict: The AirPods Pro became my go-to earphones for running errands like going out to the grocery store and walking my dogs. A bonus: They were easier to grab on the go because of their smaller size.

After some experimentation, I learned that transparency mode was the best for taking phone conversations on the new AirPods. People’s voices sounded loud and clear in the earphones, but just as important, I was able to hear myself better, which helped me be more mindful about enunciating words and made me feel more confident over all.

Whenever I took calls on the Bose headphones, I could hear the person I was calling very clearly, but I sounded muffled to myself, which was jarring.

I also enjoyed taking calls on older AirPods, partly because they connected with my phone quickly when a call came in. But being able to hear myself better in transparency mode on the Pro model made a big difference.

Verdict: If you talk on the phone frequently, the AirPods Pro make an excellent headset.

While there are bulkier headphones on the market that do a better job at noise-canceling, the AirPods Pro are adequate in most situations, and their compact size makes them more convenient. They are a major improvement; I hesitate to recommend older versions because the new model is far superior.

Unfortunately, there’s one big thing that hasn’t changed. In my review of the previous AirPods, I noted that after about two years, my first-generation AirPods started dying because their batteries had worn out. They could not be revived because the batteries could not be replaced.

Apple confirmed the batteries could also not be replaced on the AirPods Pro. That’s because, in part, their design involves embedding the batteries, circuit boards, microphones and antennas directly into a tightly sealed, tiny package.

So if you buy the AirPods Pro, be warned: You will most likely have to pay up all over again in two years.

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James Comey compared to infamous J. Edgar Hoover in FISA report hearing

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In an impassioned 40-minute speech to open Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the FBI investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C., accused top FBI officials of a “massive criminal conspiracy” and evoked the name of the infamous first director of the FBI.

“How bad is it? It was as if J. Edgar Hoover came back to life,” Graham said in an apparent reference to numerous abuses of FBI power under Hoover’s tenure.

“If J. Edgar Hoover can be blamed for a culture, surely James Comey” can be, as well, suggested Wall Street Journal editorial board member Bill McGurn on Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive” on Wednesday. “This is done by his handpicked team at the time.”

“As Inspector [Michael] Horowitz said to begin with, no one is exonerated by this report,” said former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s attorney and former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, remarking on the Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz’s testimony on Wednesday.

In an exchange with Graham, the IG said that no one should feel that they are cleared of wrong-doing by the findings of his report, which detailed at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the FBI applications for a surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

“Comey said this week that your report vindicates him. Is that a fair assessment of your report?” Graham asked Horowitz.

“I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” Horowitz replied.

“Lindsey Graham today… is putting the emphasis on what happened at the top,” Fox Business host David Asman said. “If Comey thought he was going to get away with anything as a result of this report, I think he’s sadly mistaken.”

McGurn said that some Obama-era FBI defenders are claiming victory in the Horowitz report because the IG did not make a significant number of criminal referrals.

“Some of the defenses are saying, ‘OK, no criminal referral.’ That seems to be a very dismal standard,” McGurn said. “So unless the FBI are criminals, anything goes… That strikes me as a very low bar that James Comey has set for the FBI.”

“Criminal law is the lowest level of acceptable behavior of the citizens. It’s especially egregious when it’s a law enforcement agency,” said former state prosecutor and criminal trial attorney Bob Bianchi. “This just happens to be showing something from the highest levels of the FBI, which is really disconcerting because that’s where the tone is set.”

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MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: FBI’s FISA application errors ‘pretty egregious’

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MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell acknowledged Wednesday that the FBI made “pretty egregious” errors in the highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application process that played a major role in the Russia investigation.

During MSNBC’s coverage of the hearing featuring Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz following the release of his report, Mitchell pointed out how there was “something for everyone” within his findings and how Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had “seized” on the 17 various errors and omissions made throughout the FISA process.

“There were very clear mistakes made by the FBI in the first approval and subsequently reapproval submissions for authorization by the FISA court, that special security judge who approves surveillance,” the NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent said.

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Mitchell continued, “A particular point for something that is pretty egregious, which is the altering of a document to not inform the court and to not inform others that Carter Page, who was a former… Trump campaign associate of the president, was actually also at times a confidential source of the CIA. And, to not share that information, which you know, is obviously exculpatory, which might have led the judge to not approve the surveillance warrant on him.”

Mitchell wasn’t the only NBC personality who spoke bluntly about the uncovered FISA blunders. NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams said Monday that the FBI “screwed up on every level” for heavily relying on the infamous Steele dossier for the FISA application.

“What it says is that the FBI basically, repeatedly screwed up at every level, failing to pay enough attention to potential problems with Steele, failing to tell the Justice Department,” Williams explained, referring to British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the anti-Trump dossier.

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“It says at one point that the FBI decided to seek this FISA warrant, even at the risk of being criticized for doing it later, because, the report says, FBI officials said they had to get to the bottom of a potentially serious threat to national security.”

He added, “But, the inspector general report says the FISA application was in many ways inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported. It says, for example, that the FBI failed to look at some of the problems in Steele’s past work that was never sufficiently addressed.”

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Apple AirPods Pro Review: The ‘Hearable’ at Its Best

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We are living in an era of “hearables” — earphones embedded with special sensors that talk to our phones. And Apple’s AirPods, those tiny white earbuds that live in a case the size of a Tic Tac box, are leading the trend.

For several years, I have found AirPods to be as convenient as they are useful. When Apple introduced them in 2016, it popularized wireless earphones with a special chip that connected them to an iPhone. When I popped them in my ears, they seamlessly connected with my device. And when I put them back in their case, their batteries replenished.

Now the AirPods are getting smarter — and costlier. The earlier-generation AirPods cost around $150. The latest model, AirPods Pro, is more expensive at $249.

But the new earphones, released about a month ago, offer noise-canceling technology. They use microphones to listen for ambient sound and to generate the opposite sound in your ears to reduce noise, like the roaring engines of an airplane and background chatter in an office.

The AirPods Pro also have a neat new feature known as transparency mode, which you activate by holding down a button on an earbud stem. The earphones then use their microphones to amplify the sounds around you, so you can hear your surroundings more clearly while listening to a podcast or music. This turned out to be my favorite new feature.

How good are the new AirPods for that much money? Compared with other high-end headphones, the AirPods aren’t the best at canceling noise. Yet they are competent and a good overall value, and so far, no one can beat the convenience of their compact design.

For several weeks, I compared the AirPods Pro with Bose headphones and a pair of older AirPods in various situations, including my daily commutes and on an international flight. Here’s how that went.

For me, noise-canceling headphones are most useful on a plane. The noises from the engines combined with the conversations of loquacious seat neighbors make it difficult to sleep.

So I wore the new AirPods on a recent 14-hour flight. I found several downsides. For one, the noise-canceling somewhat muffled the noise of the plane engines, but not enough to allow me to sleep. And because the AirPods are wireless, I couldn’t plug them into the screen in front of my seat to watch movies.

On the flight, I preferred Bose’s $350 QuietComfort 35, which are large wireless headphones worn over the ears. They significantly cut down on the engine noise, and they have a cord that could be plugged in to my seat’s audio jack to watch in-flight entertainment. But the Bose headphones are bulkier, though they have always fit fine in my carry-on bag.

As for the older AirPods, I never felt they were adequate to hear music or podcasts amid the engine noise. In the past, I left AirPods at home whenever I traveled.

Verdict: For frequent travelers, I recommend bigger, more effective noise-canceling headphones like those from Bose.

I wore the new AirPods Pro on several trains on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. With noise-canceling turned on, the earbuds sounded good and did a fine job drowning out the conversations around me. But when the train came to a screeching halt, the earbuds were ineffective at muffling the earsplitting noise.

In similar tests, my Bose headphones sounded great on the train, but they, too, couldn’t muffle loud braking. This is to be expected: In general, noise-canceling technology reduces low-frequency sounds, not high-frequency noises like screeches or babies screaming.

On BART, when I wore normal AirPods, I could barely hear anything playing from the earbuds. I often didn’t bother to use them on the train.

Verdict: On noisy trains, the AirPods Pro are just as good as other noise-canceling earphones, and they are much better than normal AirPods.

The new AirPods were great to use outdoors. By turning on transparency mode, I was able to listen for cars while crossing the street and remain attentive while walking around less safe neighborhoods.

In contrast, the Bose headphones lacked a transparency mode (though some other Bose models have the feature). I often just took them off outdoors for safety purposes.

Verdict: The AirPods Pro became my go-to earphones for running errands like going out to the grocery store and walking my dogs. A bonus: They were easier to grab on the go because of their smaller size.

After some experimentation, I learned that transparency mode was the best for taking phone conversations on the new AirPods. People’s voices sounded loud and clear in the earphones, but just as important, I was able to hear myself better, which helped me be more mindful about enunciating words and made me feel more confident over all.

Whenever I took calls on the Bose headphones, I could hear the person I was calling very clearly, but I sounded muffled to myself, which was jarring.

I also enjoyed taking calls on older AirPods, partly because they connected with my phone quickly when a call came in. But being able to hear myself better in transparency mode on the Pro model made a big difference.

Verdict: If you talk on the phone frequently, the AirPods Pro make an excellent headset.

While there are bulkier headphones on the market that do a better job at noise-canceling, the AirPods Pro are adequate in most situations, and their compact size makes them more convenient. They are a major improvement; I hesitate to recommend older versions because the new model is far superior.

Unfortunately, there’s one big thing that hasn’t changed. In my review of the previous AirPods, I noted that after about two years, my first-generation AirPods started dying because their batteries had worn out. They could not be revived because the batteries could not be replaced.

Apple confirmed the batteries could also not be replaced on the AirPods Pro. That’s because, in part, their design involves embedding the batteries, circuit boards, microphones and antennas directly into a tightly sealed, tiny package.

So if you buy the AirPods Pro, be warned: You will most likely have to pay up all over again in two years.

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House Panel to Debate Impeachment Articles, Finalizing Charges Against Trump

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WASHINGTON — A key House panel was set to begin the formal debate Wednesday evening over two articles of impeachment against President Trump, taking the Democratic-led House’s first steps toward formally charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee planned to convene at 7 p.m. Eastern to start what will probably be a two-day meeting that is expected to culminate on Thursday with approval of the articles, along party lines, which will send them to the full House. The rare evening session will give each of the 41 members of the committee a chance to argue for or against Mr. Trump’s impeachment. It could go late into the night.

Leaning with equal weight on the Constitution and the findings of their two-and-a-half-month inquiry, Democrats plan to make an impassioned case that Mr. Trump put the 2020 election and the nation’s security at risk by using his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, and then trampled on the Constitution and the separation of powers by seeking to conceal his actions from Congress.

“We will see an articulation of the values driving both impeachment and the opposition to it,” said Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and a member of the Judiciary Committee.

Republicans will argue that the case is overstated, insufficiently proven and the product of a desperate attempt by Democrats to remove a president they do not like. No lawmaker on the notoriously partisan and raucous panel is expected to cross party lines.

“A pointless oratory contest,” Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, a member of the committee, said before the gathering.

The dueling statements are likely to stretch into the night before Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the committee, is expected to call a recess. Then on Thursday morning, Mr. Nadler plans to reconvene the panel to begin the protracted process of proposing edits and amendments to the two articles themselves. By that afternoon, the panel is expected to vote along party lines to approve the articles and recommend them to the full House, which is likely to take swift action.

House Democratic leaders are eyeing a final vote as early as Tuesday to impeach Mr. Trump.

Republicans may use the meeting on Wednesday — called a “markup” because it is a chance for lawmakers to edit the impeachment articles — as a chance to try to water down the charges with amendments. Progressive Democrats could try to insert tougher language or even add additional charges. But any changes are subject to a vote of the committee, which is skewed heavily in favor of Democrats, and Mr. Nadler expects few, if any, of his own members to try to change what were carefully worded texts.

With the outcome in the Judiciary Committee all but certain, Democratic leaders were also looking ahead on Wednesday to the final debate and impeachment vote on the House floor next week. Mr. Nadler met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts and the chairman of the Rules Committee, and others on Wednesday afternoon to try to pin down a date for the final vote.

Earlier, Ms. Pelosi also assembled a group of Democrats from across her caucus to discuss impeachment messaging. And individually, lawmakers have begun privately appealing to the speaker to win appointments as impeachment managers, essentially prosecutors of the case against the president, when the charges are put before the Senate for trial.

Democrats are confident they have the votes to pass both articles. Some moderate Democratic lawmakers, uneasy with the prospect of a partisan impeachment, have held private discussions this week about trying to build bipartisan support to censure Mr. Trump instead. But time is running short, Republicans have shown no sign they would be willing to break with the president, and the Democrats concede an 11th hour change is unrealistic.

In the Senate, where the parties’ respective leaders ticked through their year-end to-do list on Wednesday, the prospect of hosting an impeachment trial when they return from the year-end break was weighing heavily on their thinking.

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, chastised the House for what he called “the least thorough and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history.”

“The House Democrats’ denigration of their solemn duty will not cause the Senate to denigrate ours,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor. “If the House continues down this destructive road and sends us articles of impeachment, the Senate will take them up in the new year and proceed to a fair trial.”

His Democratic counterpart, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, had a different warning. He urged the president to provide evidence he withheld from House investigators and make government officials who could shed further light on the events in question available for questioning.

“The House has made an extremely strong case,” Mr. Schumer said. “The burden now lies on the president to rebut it if he can.”

Over lunch, Republican senators invited Representative Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who has played a leading role in Mr. Trump’s defense in the House, and his lawyer, Stephen R. Castor, to privately offer their theory of the case for Mr. Trump’s defense.

The articles of impeachment include two counts against Mr. Trump and run for nine pages that were carefully crafted by lawyers for the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in recent days.

Thursday’s session will begin with a committee clerk reading the articles aloud.

The first article, abuse of power, accused Mr. Trump of “using the powers of his high office” to solicit foreign assistance from Ukraine in the 2020 election. Specifically, it asserts that Mr. Trump withheld $391 million in military aid and a coveted White House meeting for Ukraine’s president as leverage for extracting public announcements of investigations into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, as well as an unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine conspired with Democrats to swing the 2016 election against Mr. Trump.

The second article, obstruction of Congress, charges that by systematically blocking administration officials from speaking to House investigators and refusing to comply with any subpoena for relevant records, Mr. Trump demonstrated unprecedented “defiance of an impeachment inquiry” and sought to cover up his own wrongdoing.

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Harvey Weinstein, accusers reach tentative $25M settlement: report

After a lengthy stalemate, Harvey Weinstein and the board of the now-bankrupt film studio bearing his name have reached a tentative deal with a number of his alleged sexual misconduct victims, this according to The New York Times.

The settlement agreement of $25 million would not require Weinstein to admit any wrongdoing on his part or make any out-of-pocket payments to any of the alleged accusers, the outlet reported Wednesday.

More than 30 actresses and ex-employees of the disgraced studio head will share the proposed global legal payout, along with additional claimants who could join the class in later months — which would effectively put a lid on each of the lawsuits brought against Weinstein and his former company.

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Harvey Weinstein turned himself over to police on May 25 and was charged with rape, criminal sex acts, sex abuse and sexual misconduct on two separate women. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Following the nearly two years of legal tug-of-war, the agreement also signifies the dismissal of all claims made against Weinstein and the studio he used to helm.

The settlement has already gotten proper approval from all major parties involved, lawyers familiar with the case told the Times.

Additionally, the settlement would be paid out by insurance companies representing the embattled producer’s former asset, the Weinstein Company — and seeing as the proceedings occurred in bankruptcy court, the women involved in the settlement had to file their claims along with claims filed by Weinstein’s creditors.

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Weinstein’s total payout is said to be $47 million, with a large amount covering legal fees.

Genie Harrison, a lawyer for one of the victims, told the Times that holding out for more favorable terms might have proved detrimental to the overall outcome.

“I don’t think there’s a markedly better deal to be made,” Harrison said. “We have really, truly done the best we can under the circumstances, and it’s important for other victims to know this, come forward and be able to get the best level of compensation we were able to get.”

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Reps for Weinstein declined to comment when reached by Fox News. Attorneys for Weinstein did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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FBI Agents Showed Bias Against Hillary Clinton, Not Against Trump, DOJ Says

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Klobuchar goes on attack, grills Horowitz on Russian interference

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., went on the offensive during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questioning of Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz on Wednesday, shifting the focus of the hearing from the failures of the FBI during its Russia investigation by grilling Horowitz on the ongoing threat of Russian election interference.

While Republicans used their time during the hearing to hammer the investigation over their use of inaccurate and misleading evidence to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for Carter Page, Klobuchar used her time to illustrate how Russia was and remains a real threat heading into the 2020 election.

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“I think it’s important to put this discussion in context with what happened in the 2016 election, which is why we are here today,” she said. “It is now undisputed by our intelligence agencies that Russia invaded our democracy. Not with bombs, or jets, or tanks, but with a sophisticated cyber-mission to undermine the underpinnings of our very democracy.”

She then looked to the race she hopes to participate in, the 2020 presidential election, and recalled a warning from former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates.

“He said that, in fact, Russia has been emboldened to do this again,” she said.

A former prosecutor, Klobuchar then asked a rapid-fire series of questions about Russian interference — past, present and future.

“Do you think that interference in our elections by a foreign government constitutes a national security threat?” she asked.

“Yes, I do,” Horowitz said.

“Does anything in your report call into question the finding in the Special Counsel’s report that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sweeping and systematic fashion?” she asked.

“No it does not,” Horowitz said, saying that he cites former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report in his own report.

“Does anything in your report call into question the assessment of FBI Director [Christopher] Wray that Russians’ interference in our elections is ongoing, and that its interference in the 2018 midterms [was] a, quote, ‘dress rehearsal,’ end quote, for the 2020 elections?” she asked

“No, it doesn’t,” he answered.

“Does anything in your report call into question the finding in the Special Counsel’s report that quote ‘the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome?'” Klobuchar asked.

Horowitz said he “did not take issue” with any of Mueller’s report.

This line of questioning came after Klobuchar took aim at President Trump, who is facing possible impeachment over his request for Ukraine to investigate Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. She echoed Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who stated earlier in the hearing that it was Russia, not Ukraine, that interfered.

Klobuchar then referred to the recent testimony from former National Security Council official Fiona Hill during the impeachment inquiry.

“She said anyone that is repeating this lie is basically peddling in Russian propaganda,” Klobuchar said.

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At the conclusion of her time, Klobuchar asked Horowitz if he agreed with Attorney General Bill Barr’s belief that the Russia investigation was launched based on “the thinnest of suspicions.”

While Horowitz said that there was “sufficient predication” for opening the Russia probe, he did make clear that this was a “low threshold.”

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New Zealand death toll rises to 16 after two hospitalized victims die

Authorities in New Zealand added two more people to the death toll following Monday‘s volcanic eruption, bringing the number of dead to 16 as plans to recover bodies still on the ash-covered area were delayed.

The two who were added to the death toll had been hospitalized, authorities said Thursday. The bodies of eight others presumed dead are believed to be on White Island, where the blast occurred. Six others were confirmed dead.

Around 28 people remain hospitalized and another 23 were listed in critical condition, authorities said.

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While 26 of the patients had burns covering at least 30 percent of their bodies, others had suffered burns to over 90 percent of their bodies, Dr. John Kenealy, clinical director of Surgery and Perioperative Services at Middlemore Hospital, told reporters.

John Bonning, president of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, told the New Zealand Herald he could smell sulfur on the victims’ clothing as he wheeled patients into the Waikato Hospital following the eruption.

He said he was shocked as their bodies shed “bits of dead skin” and “broken ash.”

“It was awful, just horrific,” said Bonning, who likened it to a war zone.

Australia was sending a military plane to bring some of its injured citizens back home for special medical care. They were expected to be transported to the states of New South Wales or Victoria beginning Thursday.

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New Zealand has ordered nearly 1,300 square feet of skin from the United States to treat dozens of severe burn victims. Multiple burn units in hospitals across the country were at full capacity, Dr. Peter Watson, chief medical officer with Counties Manukau Health, said Wednesday.

Volcanic tremors on the island had intensified to a level not seen since 2016, the GeoNet seismic monitoring agency said. Another tremor has a 40 to 60 percent chance of occurring within the next 24 hours, the agency said.

Authorities believe nearly 50 tourists from various countries were on the island when Monday’s eruption happened, sending survivors into the sea to escape the scalding ash. Many were passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas and emerged with burns.

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The eruption of the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. The death toll was raised to 16 after two people who were hospitalized died. (Lillani Hopkins via AP, file)

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White Island had been mined for sulfur until a 1914 accident in which at least 10 people were killed and a landslide destroyed the miners’ village and the mine itself. It became a private scenic reserve in 1953 and attracts more than 10,000 visitors annually.

Some questioned why tourists were allowed on the island after semic monitoring experts raised the volcano’s alert level last month.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace, Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Utah woman claims vet mistakenly euthanized pet dog after calling wrong family

A Utah family is coping with losing their dog after a vet reportedly euthanized him by mistake.

Andrea Martinez took to Facebook to share the devastating story on Monday, writing that the family took their pet dachshund Ziggy to the emergency room after “his breathing got weird.”

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The emergency vet recommended surgery for Ziggy, which the family agreed to, Martinez said.

While the pup was undergoing the invasive procedure, the vet realized it was going to be “a lot more work and money than they expected” and called to get permission from the family to continue with the surgery or “go ahead and lay him down.”

However, Martinez claims she never received that call.

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Andrea Martinez shared the devastating story on Facebook, writing that the family took their pet dachshund Ziggy to the ER after “his breathing got weird.” (Andrea Martinez)

“But they didn’t call me,” Martinez shared in the post. “[T]hey called another [dog’s] mom thinking it was me, and she said no to go ahead and lay him down.”

Martinez did not find out her dog had been euthanized until someone from the vet’s office called later to tell her Ziggy had been put down. She said that when she “freaked out,” the vet realized “they called the wrong person the first time.”

“Then he got back on [the phone] and he apologized and said, ‘I’m so sorry that this happened, we got confused and ended up calling another dog’s mom,’” Martinez told KUTV. According to the vet, there was another dog named Ziggy, and the vet initially contacted that Ziggy’s family.

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Since finding out the heartbreaking news, Martinez has said she “can’t stop crying” and doesn’t know how to break it to her 6-year-old that “her best friend died.” (Andrea Martinez)

According to Martinez, she said she would have never agreed to let her dog go “without trying more” and blames the vet for “rob[bing] me the choice of saying ‘at least we tried.’”

Since finding out the heartbreaking news, Martinez has said she “can’t stop crying” and doesn’t know how to break it to her 6-year-old that “her best friend died.”

“Ziggy followed me EVERYWHERE and cuddled me every single night. He made my anxiety bearable. I feel so sick that this happened,” she wrote on Facebook.

The name of the vet in Davis County was not shared, but according to KUTV, they apologized for the unfortunate incident and waived the bill, as well as gifted the family an urn, plaque and Christmas ornament with Ziggy’s paw print.

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According to Martinez she said she would have never agreed to let her dog go “without trying more” and blames the vet for “rob[bing] me the choice of saying ‘at least we tried.’” (Andrea Martinez)

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Though with Ziggy’s condition during the surgery, there is no guarantee he would have made it through if they continued trying, per KUTV. However, that does little to help Martinez cope.

“This whole thing seriously makes me so sick to my stomach,” she said.

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