Freed California siblings face daunting road to recovery

Freed California siblings face daunting road to recoveryThirteen siblings whose parents locked them away for years inside the family's California home suffered the "ultimate betrayal" and will likely find it difficult to trust others, kidnapping survivor and advocate Elizabeth Smart said on Wednesday. Smart, abducted as a teenager from her Utah home in 2002, nevertheless expressed optimism that the siblings, ages 2 to 29, could eventually overcome the trauma of physical confinement, malnourishment and social isolation. Psychiatrists and child abuse experts said intensive therapy would likely be required for the children of David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49.



U.S. South commuters face tough trek after deadly storm

U.S. South commuters face tough trek after deadly stormBy Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South face frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a deadly winter storm thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines. Schools in New Orleans, Charlotte and Atlanta and across the region canceled classes on Thursday as winter weather advisories from the National Weather Service (NWS) remained in effect from eastern Texas to Florida and north into southeast Virginia. "Motorists are urged to use extreme caution, or avoid travel if possible," the NWS said in an advisory, warning that freezing temperatures would keep roads icy.



Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified information

Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified informationA former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested at a U.S. airport on Monday night in connection with charges that he illegally retained highly classified information, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a U.S. citizen who now lives in Hong Kong, used to maintain a top secret clearance and began working for the CIA in 1994. The Justice Department said FBI agents searched his hotel rooms in 2012, during trips to Virginia and Hawaii.



Exclusive: Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

Exclusive: Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump saysDo not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor's orders. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, said on Tuesday that Trump was in excellent health overall but needed to lose weight, eat better, and break a sweat more often. The fast-food-loving Trump praised Jackson, who has served as a physician to previous presidents, but seemed wary of taking the not-so-subtle suggestion to use the White House's exercise facilities.



Trump administration bars Haitians from U.S. visas for low-skilled work

Trump administration bars Haitians from U.S. visas for low-skilled workBy Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said on Wednesday, bringing an end to a small-scale effort to employ Haitians in the United States after a catastrophic 2010 earthquake. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the change less than a week after President Donald Trump reportedly questioned in an Oval Office meeting why the United States would want to take in immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to them as "shithole" countries. Trump has denied using that word.





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