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    Q – You wrote about space heaters a couple of issues ago, but I just got a new kerosene heater to help warm my shop area. I should have asked before I made the purchase, but are kerosene heaters good? Walter in Decatur A – Kerosene space heaters work fine as long as you keep a few safety tips in mind: - Never use gasoline in your kerosene heater. I know that sounds stupid, but you would be surprised. - Only use 1-K kerosene. You should purchase it from a dealer who can certify that it is 1-K grade kerosene. Also, keep your kerosene in a sealed blue container and mark ‘kerosene’ clearly on it. - Don’t fill the fuel tank beyond the full mark. Kerosene expands as the fuel warms and a too full tank can spill and cause a fire. - Don’t refuel the heater while it is running or hot. Always refuel heater outside. One more thing – if a flare-up or uncontrolled flaming occurs, do not attempt to move the heater. If it has a manual shut-off switch, activate the switch and turn off the heater. Do not attempt to extinguish a kerosene-heater fire with water or blankets. If the switch doesn’t extinguish the flame, leave the area and call the fire department. More from Dave Baker>>
  • Q – Now that we have had a couple of cool, windy days I am noticing an uncomfortable draft in my house. What should I do? Ann – Norcross A – Did you know that leaks through small cracks around your windows and doors are responsible for 30-40% of the heat that leaks out of your house? It’s time to give your house that once over for cracks and areas where the cooler air will seep in and more importantly, your heat will leak out. Begin outside by looking at places where two different building materials meet and around every opening in your siding i.e. around water spigots, dryer vents, and places where telephone and cable tv cables enter the house. Fill all openings and cracks with caulk or expanding insulating foam. Once inside your home, look at the following: - Check around electrical outlets. You can get inexpensive foam gaskets to seal every outlet. Make sure your pull down attic stairs are sealed as well - Measure the temperature in different parts of the house. Differences of a couple of degrees or more indicate that the room is poorly sealed or that air movement inside the house is poor. If some rooms are cooler than others, your favorite HVAC company can help you zone your house properly to even out the air flow. - It’s time to weather strip windows, doors, and garage doors. It’s simple and inexpensive. - Get your caulk gun back out and seal between baseboards and floors. Remove the base molding and fill in the gap between baseboards and floor. This will not only stop air leaks, but will help seal out insects as well. One last thing to check – if you have windows in unused parts of the house, think about sealing them with a shrink wrap. Once installed, shrink wrap is virtually invisible and easy to remove. The best part of all of this work is that when it gets warm out again, all of these steps will help keep your cool air in (and insects out). More from Dave Baker>>
  • Q - I know there are some things you can't do in the cold weather like paint your house or pour concrete. What about have a new roof installed? Terry in Covington A - Whoa - not so fast there partner… First of all, we aren’t quite to that point on the calendar yet. For the record you still have plenty of time to get these projects done without worry. As we get into a colder weather cycle in a couple of months remember these tips. You can still paint, or have your house painted. There are low temperature acrylic paints available on the market that work very nicely down to 38 degrees. As far as concrete goes, you can do concrete work this time of year, but it is not advisable to pour concrete on frozen ground. Now to your roof… People often question whether or not roof shingles can in installed in cold weather. Good news - you can roof in cold, dry weather. All good shingle manufacturers have specific requirements about what temperature their products are good down to and as always, read and follow all label directions. For the most part though, 28 degrees and over is shingle weather. It may take your new roof a little longer to lie flat in colder weather as a new roof depends on the heat from the sun to do so, but you can get a quality roof job throughout the winter. More from Dave Baker>>
  • 5 Things you can do to save money on your heating bill…  - Clean your furnace and change your filters. Clean systems run much more efficiently than dirty ones… - Use your ceiling fan. Reversing the direction of your fans in the winter will help circulate warm air through your house. - Keep your shades up and your blinds open during the day. Take advantage of that natural daylight and solar heating to add warmth to your home. - Install and use a programmable thermostat. Use it to lower the temperature of your house when you are away and/or sleeping. - Turn it off. If you aren't using it, shut it down.  More From Dave Baker>>
  • So here’s the deal. You’ve waited and waited until the 90 degree weather snapped, and immediately it’s Fall and suddenly the holidays are right around the corner. I get it, but now is the time to get these projects in gear so you can enjoy the cooler weather (and the colder weather that is coming). I’ll keep it short and sweet. 1 – Call your favorite hvac company and have your furnace tuned up. Cool weather often leads to cold weather and you know there will be a really cold snap in there somewhere. Better to be at the top of the list than at the bottom – so no matter if you have a gas furnace or an electric one, get it looked at and ready to keep you warm. 2 – Get your plumbing ready for the cold. Every winter there is inevitably a “your pipes are going to freeze” moment. Take advantage of the nice weather now to get prepared. Get those electric heat strips and install them on pipes that are found in cold, drafty crawlspaces. You may need an electrician to run an outlet to the area. Find all your home’s shut-off valves and get your lawn sprinkler system drained and shut off. 3 – Rake up those leaves and get your gutters cleaned out. Might be a good time to look into gutter covers. 4 – Check your insulation status. Now is the time to get on the list for new insulation installation if you need it. Or learn how and do it yourself, and do it. Your attic will never be more comfortable to work in than it is now. 5 – Thinking about a new addition? You still have time to have your dream kitchen installed or just to update your current one and still be ready to cook that Thanksgiving bird. Some kitchen design/install companies are running specials now. Get the work done and save! Take advantage of the changing seasons and temperatures and get to it. Go!
  • How do you know if the air in your home is safe to breathe… Q - Call me a worry wart, but how can I be positive that the air inside my home is as safe as I can make it.  My wife and I both have allergies and the cleaner the air the better. Stan in Dunwoody A - Not to worry Stan, that is a good question. Here are 4 things you can do in your home to help insure that your air is as clean as you can make it:  - Test for radon. Exposure to this invisible, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country.  Radon has been detected in every state though its levels vary widely. To check out the levels in your county go to You will find quite a fluctuation in the metro counties. - Invest in clean air. A high quality air filtration system can neutralize most floating germs, dust, mold spores, and other pollutants in your home. You can spend from $100 (for a basic one room system) to over $10,000 for an elaborate whole house system. Another easy and inexpensive help is to find your furnace filter and change it on a regular basis.  - Go Low-VOC. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals emitted by a variety of products including paints, carpets, furnishings, and even some permanent markers (they are the stuff that made you 'high' when you helped the teacher with the mimeograph machine back in the 3rd grade - that's right - look at the colors!). According to the EPA some VOCs have been linked to health concerns such as headaches and asthma to even cancer. If you are re-modeling look for the 'low-VOC' labels on carpets and furniture.  - Ban smoking. A fire might be romantic, but studies have shown that smoke from fires can contain pollutants similar to those in car exhaust. Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood. Never burn plastics or paper that contains colored ink, and before the season starts have a professional check the flue. A blocked or narrowed flue is a serious fire hazard.  
  • I think my dishwasher isn't upholding its end of the bargain… Q - How do I know if my dishwasher is doing all that it should? Sometimes I get the feeling my dishes aren't coming out as clean as they should be. John in Sandy Springs A - Well John, you could simply ask her. Say, 'Honey, are you getting the dishes as clean as you should be?' Then duck. Seriously though, dish washers do wear down as time goes on and on occasion need a servicing or, perhaps, you are due a new one. One thing you can try is the old Lip-Stick Test. Have the wife put on some lipstick before dinner. Eat, drink from glasses, lick plates just as you would do during any usual meal, and then put all the dishes in the washer. After the wash cycle is over (and the dry too) unload the dishwasher and take a close look at the glasses and forks. Do you still see some Amber Rose on your utensils? That means your washer is not doing its job. And if lipstick is not being cleaned off properly you can pretty well be sure that bacteria and viruses are probably thriving on your dishes and cutlery as well. (Especially check the forks - forks are notoriously the most difficult utensils to clean). That means you will either have to pre-rinse more thoroughly, use a better dishwashing detergent, and/or consider having a qualified appliance specialist over to check out your machine. Or, you may be due a new one.
  • How to spruce up your bathroom on a tight budget. Q – We had planned on updating our bathroom just as the economy turned. Now we are even tireder (if that’s a word) of our old bathroom but have considerably less money.  What can we do? Martha in Dunwoody A – You can make many changes to your bathroom for minimal dollars.  For instance, for less than $75 you can upgrade your shower curtain and curtain rings.  For another $100’ish you can get a nicer shower head – look for one with adjustable spray setting including massage. For under $200 add a towel warmer to your list. There are many different styles to choose from, make sure yours is UL listed. Another $200 will allow you to make over the lighting while a $30’ish investment can net you a new toilet seat. There you go – for $600 you can change the look and feel of your shower, the lighting, and your toilet. You can install all of the items yourself and have a new look to your bathroom in no time. Have a little more money and ambition? New paint can be had for $25 - $50 a gallon and for $50 you can upgrade your towels and hang some new plush towels on your heated towel rack. For less than $750 you can do quite a job making your bathroom look and feel better. Get on it!
  • You are having trouble with your plumbing, or your hvac system, or even your garage door. Want to know how to find a good company to do the work? Here are 5 things to look for… 5 Things that I believe differentiate a great service company from a so-so one… - Size of company. For my money I want to use a company that is big enough and has enough experience so there are no surprises. Large companies with many employees are rarely stumped when it comes to trouble shooting. - Stability of company. Although I am sure that there are a few quality start-up service companies out there, I prefer on that has been around and been successful. That tells me that they have the resources to get the job done. - Set specific appointments. I like my service companies to tell me when they are going to be there within an hour. I hate the “…sometime between 1p and 5p…” routine.  Tell me when you are going to be there, then call me 15 minutes before you get there in case I have stepped out. - Talk to me. Once at my house, I like the company to tell me the issues, then tell me how much it will cost (without guessing) to fix, and also tell me how long it will take to get the job done. Two corollaries here: A - Your cost of repair ought to be at least in the vicinity of the advertised special price I heard on your radio commercial. Don't come to my house telling me it's $159 only to have ad-ons and service charges that push the total north of $800.  2 - And don't lie to me about time. If you are starting on Monday and it’s going to take 4 days don't tell me 2. Dumb as I look even I will begin to suspect something when you show up to work on Thursday. Also - if something goes wrong (or right) I want to know as you go, not afterward when you are trying to explain the extra hundred tacked onto the bill… - Don’t be a stranger. If I have a problem after you leave and need you back out to fix or finish a job I don’t want to hear “…we will get there when we can…” I waited for you to get here the first time, once you are in my house doing my job; I should become a priority to you. Anything else is unacceptable.
  • It may not feel like it, but autumn is right around the corner. Here are some things you need to get on your honey-do list before it gets cold… Sure temps are still in the 90’s, but you need to start looking ahead to cooling weather and, gasp, the possibility of colder weather. Mark these as simple to-do’s on your list of things to do to get ready: Heating and Cooling. Now is a good time to get your furnace checked out by a professional. They should be contacting you for your winter service if you have a maintenance agreement (and you should have a maintenance agreement). Here are a couple of things you can do yourself to give it a quick once over right now. Start your furnace and see if you smell any strange smells. You will smell a small burning odor as your furnace burns off the dust, but past that are you smelling anything burning or the smell of gas?  If so get your hvac tech out to repair sooner rather than later. Swimming Pools. Don’t forget to service your pool at least one more time before you cover it for the winter. Leave your pool full of water, unless your pool is so small that you can let the air out and store it in a box. If that is the case, then let the air out and store it in a box. Also make sure you have an appropriate cover for the pool. Do not leave it uncovered all winter. Plumbing. Now is a great time to make sure you know where the shut-off valves are located for your outside spigots. If you can’t find them have a plumber over to do an inspection of your home and have them show you where they are. This is important to know so you can shut them off as winter approaches. That way they won’t freeze. Electrical. A lot you can do here but let’s do this right now.  Get some heat tape at the big box store and install it on your crawlspace pipes. You can do this yourself. What you may not be able to do is to make sure you have an outlet handy to plug it into.  Get your electrician out and install a couple new outlets that are handy to plug the tape into. Roof. Not quite yet, but soon will be the best time to clean your roof of leaves and debris. Leaves and debris, if left unattended, spell trouble for your shingles. A clean roof (and gutters) is a happy roof (and gutters). Pest Control. While there are a lot of issues here that I will get into next month, let’s just focus on one here this month – the dreaded mosquito. We are in the height of the West Nile virus season, so mosquitoes are still definitely a big issue.  Make sure you empty and/or remove all standing water, every time it rains or there is a heavy dew. Also, use your favorite pest control company’s mosquito prevention treatment for at least another 6-8 weeks. There. A list to tide you over until the next list. Get to work… More from Dave Baker >>


  • A jury found Roger Stone guilty Friday of obstruction, giving false statements to Congress and tampering with witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. >> Read more trending news  The verdict came on the second day of jury deliberations. Stone had denied any wrongdoing and framed the charges as politically motivated. Update 12:20 p.m. EST Nov. 15: Jurors found Stone guilty Friday of all seven counts against him, including one charge of obstruction, one charge of witness tampering and five charges of making false statements connected to his pursuit stolen emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman set a February 6 sentencing date for Stone, Fox News reported. Until then, Berman allowed Stone to be released on his own recognizance. Stone, who did not take the stand during his trial, is the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The president slammed the jury's verdict Friday, questioning in a tweet whether Stone fell victim to 'a double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country.' Original report: Jury deliberations in the case against Roger Stone, a political consultant and confidant of President Donald Trump, extended into a second day Friday after jurors failed to reach a verdict on whether he lied to Congress about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election. Jurors asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson two questions Thursday during their six hours of deliberations, Reuters reported. The questions were about what was considered testimony in the case and a request for a clarification of the charges, according to the Courthouse News Service. Authorities arrested Stone in January on charges brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller, who headed the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Stone was charged with obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Kravis said Stone lied to protect the Trump campaign from embarrassment and scrutiny in its quest for emails hacked by Russian officials and disseminated by WikiLeaks, according to The Washington Post. Attorneys for Stone claimed he never intentionally deceived Congress and that he was simply wrong in his testimony after committee members unexpectedly peppered him with WikiLeaks-related questions. 'There was nothing illegal about the campaign being interested in information that WikiLeaks was going to be putting out,' defense attorney Bruce S. Rogow said, according to the Post. 'This is what happens in a campaign. … It happens in every campaign.' In testimony, several witnesses highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about the more than 19,000 emails the U.S. says were hacked by Russia and then provided to WikiLeaks. Former campaign CEO Steve Bannon reluctantly testified last week and told jurors Trump's campaign saw Stone as an 'access point' to WikiLeaks. He said Stone boasted about his ties to the anti-secrecy group and its founder, Julian Assange. Bannon said campaign officials tried to use Stone to get advanced word about hacked emails damaging to Trump's rival in the 2016 presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rick Gates, who served as a campaign aide for Trump, told jurors Stone asked him in June 2016 for the contact information of Trump's son-in-law and then-senior campaign adviser, Jared Kushner. Stone wanted to 'debrief' him on developments about the hacked emails, Gates said. Stone has proclaimed his innocence and accused Mueller's team of targeting him because of his politics. He could face up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A newborn’s body was found on a pile of rocks on the side of the road Tuesday night, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  The infant was found lying in the fetal position with the umbilical cord still attached in freezing temperatures, News12 reported. Investigators are interviewing the child’s mother. Charges have not been filed and there have been no arrests, WPVI reported. Her identity has not been released. 
  • Roger Stone was one of the key figures of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, accused fo trying to contact WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential race, NBC News reported. Stone was found guilty of all charges he faced including making false statements to Congress and obstruction of justice. Stone's lawyers said that any misstatements their client made to lawmakers were unintentional, the Washington Post reported shortly after his arrest. Who is Roger Stone? Stone was born in 1952 and was raised in Lewisboro, New York. His mother was a newspaper writer and his father was a well digger. Stone started his conservative leanings when a neighbor gave him a book, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” written by Barry Goldwater. It was given to him before he turned 13. Shortly after, he started working on the mayoral campaign for William F. Buckley Jr. in New York on weekends in 1965, The New Yorker uncovered in an article published in 2008.  He attended George Washington University but didn’t graduate because he got into politics, working with Republican candidates for more than 40 years, according to The New Yorker. >> Read more trending news  He was only 19 when Watergate happened, and he, under the name Jason Rainier, made contributions to Pete McCloskey, who was challenging President Richard Nixon for the Republican nomination. Stone, as Rainier, made the contributions through the Young Socialist Alliance and then released the receipt to a newspaper to show that McCloskey was a left-wing candidate, according to The New Yorker. Stone also hired another person to work in  George McGovern’s Democratic presidential campaign. Both events were uncovered during the Watergate hearings in 1973. He lost a job on the staff of Republican Bob Dole because of the hearings and started the National Conservative Political Action Committee, which backed Republicans Chuck Grassley in Iowa and Dan Quayle in Indiana. Stone also worked twice on the Republican presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan -- once in 1976, when Reagan didn’t win, and again in 1980, when he did -- then as political director for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, The New Yorker reported. After Reagan took office, Stone stayed in the private sector, creating a political consulting and lobbying firm that went under different names, including Black, Manafort, Stone & Atwater.  The firm worked for corporations like Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to lobby former co-workers in the Reagan campaign who held jobs in the administration. It also served clients like Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, The New Yorker found. Focusing more on political campaigns as a solo entity instead of lobbying as part of a group, Stone worked as a senior consultant for the successful campaign of George H.W. Bush and worked three campaigns for Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter. He also ran unsuccessful campaigns for Dole’s 1996 quest for president. He was brought in when the 2000 presidential recount started in Florida. He played the political game on radio stations in southern Florida, saying that the recount was Al Gore’s left-wing power grab, The New Yorker reported. His efforts, along with other Republican assets, empowered George W. Bush’s Republican supporters to protest the second recount. Stone wanted, and got, the recount in Miami shut down in what became the “Brooks Brothers riot,” The Washington Post and The New Yorker reported. Stone also worked on  the younger Bush’s re-election campaign. It is believed documents obtained by CBS News that showed that Bush got out of military service for Vietnam were actually fake and that Stone was the person who created the documents, The New Yorker reported. Stone was one of President Donald Trump’s panel of long-time advisors, The Washington Post reported. He was connected to Trump when the now-president floated the idea of running in 2000.  Then, Trump said, “Roger is a stone-cold loser,” who “always takes credit for things he never did,” according to The New Yorker. Despite the harsh words then-private sector member Trump had for Stone, he used Stone for his campaign not once, but twice, teaming up in 2011 when Trump toyed with, but eventually decided against a presidential run. They went their different ways in August 2015, the Times reported.  But who pulled the plug on Stone’s tenure on the Trump campaign? Stone said he resigned and Trump’s campaign officials said he had been fired, The New York Times reported. Trump said of the firing, “I hardly ever spoke to the guy; he was just there. He played no role of any kind,” the Times reported in 2015. But Stone was listed on Federal Election Commission filings as being on the campaign payroll and he used Twitter to defend Trump during the campaign, according to the Times. What is his connection to Trump? Stone has been scrutinized for having ties to WikiLeaks by using an associate as an intermediary between himself and people associated with WikiLeaks, CNN reported. Stone spoke about having “back channel communications” with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, during the campaign. Stone later said the “back channel” was really a New York radio host, Randy Credico, who allegedly shared only information gleaned from interviews with Assange, CNN reported. Stone also predicted releases of information by WikiLeaks in the final days of the campaign between Trump and his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, CNN reported.  Stone said in a column for Breitbart, the website run by former Trump campaign adviser Steve Bannon, that it wasn’t the Russians who hacked the servers containing the emails leaked by WikiLeaks, but it was actually a hacker who went by the name Guccifer 2.0.  >>Read: Russian hackers indicted: Who is Guccifer 2.0? Here are 15 things to know Despite Stone’s assertions in the column, some have linked Guccifer 2.0 to Russian web services, Foreign Policy reported.  In July 2016, the Times reported that intelligence agencies had “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the email leaks and that Guccifer 2.0 was in reality an agent of the Russian military intelligence service, or GRU. Mueller’s team is investigating whether there were other connections between Stone and WikiLeaks. That connection could come in the form of Jerome Corsi, another associate of Stone’s who said this week that he expects to be indicted by Mueller for “giving false information to the special counsel or to one of the other grand jury,” CNN reported. If Corsi’s prediction comes true, he could face charges from perjury to making false claims and even obstruction of justice, all related to false statements he made about his alleged connection between WikiLeaks and Stone, CNN reported. Stone, however, said he was truthful in previous testimony before a congressional panel. >>Read: 12 Russians indicted: Here’s what the DOJ says happened “My attorneys have fully reviewed all my written communications with Dr. Corsi,” Stone wrote in a statement to CNN. “When those aren’t viewed out of context they prove everything I have said under oath regarding my interaction with Dr. Corsi is true.” Stone went on to write, “I stand by my statement to the House Intelligence Committee and can prove it is truthful if need be. I have passed two polygraph tests administered and analyzed by two of the nation's leading experts to prove I have (been) truthful.” >>Read: 12 Russians indicted: Military officials accused of hacking DNC, stealing voter info Corsi said Stone warned that there would be trouble for Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta after Corsi published an article for InfoWars. After Stone’s statement, WikiLeaks released thousands of hacked emails from Podesta, CNN reported.  >>Read: WikiLeaks emails: FBI investigates, Podesta claims he was targeted by Russian hackers Stone tweeted “it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel” six weeks before WikiLeaks published the emails, The Washington Post reported. >>Read: Julian Assange: WikiLeaks source was 'not the Russian government' Stone said he did not tell Trump that WikiLeaks was going to release the hacked emails and denied working with Russia, CNN reported. But Stone did say in a recent opinion piece for The Daily Caller, that he emailed Bannon during the campaign, CNN reported. Stone, in the column, clarified that the information he shared with Bannon was publicly available. Stone said the statements he made during the campaign were exaggerations or tips only and that he didn’t know details of WikiLeaks’ plans before the document drops, the Post reported.
  • The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is testifying Friday in the second public hearing in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news  Marie Yovanovitch will appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to answers questions about her time as ambassador in Ukraine and how she believed she was driven out of that position by Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer. The hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. ET, will be broadcast live on CSPAN, CNN, Fox News and other cable news channels. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, (D-California), and the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, (R-California), will question Yovanovitch in 45-minute segments each then committee members will have five minutes each to question Yovanovitch. Watch the live stream of Friday’s hearing here Live updates ‘Ukrainian establishment’ wanted her out 12:42 p.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Under questioning by Castor, Yovanovitch said the 'Ukrainian establishment” had hoped her removal as ambassador would pave the way for them to do things that would be against US interests. 'I think that, in addition, there were Americans, these two individuals who were working with mayor Giuliani, Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, who have recently been indicted by the Southern District of New York, who indicated that they wanted to change out the ambassador, and I think they must have had some reason for that.' Republicans begin asking questions 12:32 p.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Nunes asks Yovanovitch if she was present for the July 26 call between Trump and Zelensky, she answers no. He asks if she was present or had talked to other White House officials concerning Ukraine. She says she had not. Nunes then recognizes Rep. Elise Stefanik to ask questions. Stefanik attempts to ask a question but Schiff cuts her off, saying she has not been recognized. Nunes and Schiff argue about who can yield time to a committee member. Schiff says she cannot ask questions at this time and Nunes then yields to Steve Castor, the counsel for the Republicans. The hearing has resumed 12:22 p.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The hearing has resumed and Republicans are asking questions. In a break 10:45 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The hearing has been suspended for a short recess for House members to vote.  Trump tweets, Yovanovitch defends herself  10:30 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019: Schiff read a tweet from Trump this morning disparaging Yovanovitch’s service. Trump said that “everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.” Schiff asks if she wants to address the tweet. Yovanovitch answered, “I don’t think I have such powers,” but went on to say that her work “demonstrably made things better, both for the US and for the countries I’ve served in.” Fearing a tweet 10:24 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Goldman asks Yovanovitch if she was given a vote of support from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. She said she was not. He asked if she knew why not. She said the department feared that the president would post a tweet contradicting any support. ‘Devastated' by Trump's Ukraine call 10:15 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019: Yovanovitch said she was “shocked” and “devastated” by the White House memo on Trump’s call with Zelensky. The transcript included the phrase that Yovanovitch is “bad news.” “A person who saw me actually reading the transcript said the color drained from my face,” Yovanovitch told Daniel Goldman, a former federal prosecutor with the Southern District of New York who is the counsel for the Democrats. She said Trump’s comment that she was “going to go through some things,” in his call with Zelensky, “felt like a vague threat.” ‘Big hit for morale’ 10 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019: Schiff asked Yovanovitch how her recall was received by colleagues in the State Department. Yovanovitch said, 'Well, it's been a big hit for morale, both at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv and also more broadly in the State Department.' She also that it’s fair to say that her firing affected morale of other ambassadors. Yovanovitch's opening statement 9:33 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Yovanovitch is giving her opening statement, talking about the sometime dangers of foreign service. She opened her statement by recounting her family’s history. They fled the Soviet Union. She says she has served in several “hardship” posts as a diplomat.  She talked about her work in Ukraine. 'Not all Ukrainians embraced our anti-corruption work. Thus, perhaps, it was not surprising, that when our anti-corruption efforts got in the way of a desire for profit or power, Ukrainians who preferred to play by the old, corrupt rules sought to remove me. What continues to amaze me is that they found Americans willing to partner with them and, working together, they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of a U.S. Ambassador. How could our system fail like this? How is it that foreign corrupt interests could manipulate our government?' She says she never tried to work against Trump or for Clinton. She said she has never met Hunter Biden but did know former Vice President Joe Biden. Nunes’ turn 9:20 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Rep. Nunes is speaking now. He says five of the members of the Intelligence Committee voted to impeach Trump before he ever made the July 26 phone call. He complains that the Democrats met secretly with the whistleblower and that Republicans have been threatened if they try to find out the person’s name and release it. He also said Democrats went after nude photos of Trump. He is reading the just-released transcript into the record. The hearing has begun 9:10 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Schiff is giving his opening statement. He is praising Yovanovitch’s qualifications and her anti-corruption work in Ukraine. He's asking why Trump wanted to recall Yovanovitch from her post. Phone call transcript released 9:05 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The White House has released the transcript of the first phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That phone call took place in April. This is not the phone call the whistleblower reported on. People are getting to their seats 9 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: House Intelligence Committee members, the press and spectators are coming into the room for the start of the hearing. $3 million in donations 8:55 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced on Thursday that the Trump campaign raised more than $3 million on Wednesday during the first public impeachment hearings. A case of bribery? 8:47 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, accused Trump of bribery. Pelosi pointed out at her weekly press conference that bribery is “in the Constitution” as a reason for impeaching a president. Yovanovitch has arrived 8:38 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Yovanovitch has arrived at Capitol Hill with her attorneys and is entering the building. One public hearing and two in private8:35 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: While Yovanovitch will testify in public Friday, David Holmes will appear before the committee afterward in a closed-door session. Holmes is a State Department employee who claims to have overheard a phone conversation about Ukraine between Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, and Trump. On Saturday, Mark Sandy, an office of Management and Budget official, will testify before the committee in private. Sandy will be the first OMB official to agree to testify before the committee. How the hearing will go 8:15 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The hearing will be conducted in the same way as Wednesday’s hearing with William Taylor and George Kent was conducted. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-California, and the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-California, will question Taylor and Kent in 45-minute segments each. Those 45 minutes can be delegated to the staff lawyers or other committee members. After the extended 45-minute periods, the committee will go back to its usual format of five-minute rounds of questions for committee members. Let’s get started 8 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Good morning and welcome to live updates from the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. The hearing begins in an hour, at 9 a.m. ET. Live updates coming 6 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Live updates of Marie Yovanovitch's testimony will begin at 8 a.m. ET. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. ET [Summary]
  • A brake fluid leak on certain Nissan cars and SUVs could lead to risk of fire prompting the automaker to recall about 394,000 vehicles in the United States. >> Read more trending news  An antilock brake actuator pump can leak onto a circuit board, causing electrical shorts and fires. Because of the risk, Nissan recommends owners park the vehicles outside and away from buildings if the antilock brake light is on for more than 10 seconds.  The recall covers 2015 to 2018 Nissan Murano SUVs, 2016 to 2018 Maxima sedans and 2017 to 2019 Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the second recall for some of the same vehicles. In 2018, Nissan dealers inspected parts but did not replace the pumps if fluid wasn’t leaking. Dealers will now replace pumps on all of the vehicles. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
  • An Arkansas paramedic is charged with felony theft after authorities allege she cut a 1.7-carat diamond ring off a dead patient’s finger last month and pawned it for $45. Lisa Darlene Glaze, 50, of Hot Springs Village, is charged with theft by receiving and misdemeanor transfer of stolen property to a pawn shop, according to Garland County court records. Arrested Monday, she has since been released on $4,500 bond. >> Read more trending news  The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs reported that Glaze, a paramedic at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, was one of the paramedics who attended to Gloria Farrar Robinson on Oct. 16 when the 72-year-old Whie Hall woman suffered a medical emergency. A probable cause affidavit obtained by the newspaper stated Robinson was taken to CHI St. Vincent, where she later died. After Robinson died, her personal effects were given to her husband, identified in her obituary as Leonard Robinson, and her sister, Alesia Massey. Massey asked Glaze about three of Robinson’s rings that were missing. Glaze “did not answer her and walked away,” according to the affidavit. Robinson’s husband and sister went to Fuller Hale South Funeral Home in Pine Bluff two days later to make funeral arrangements, at which time they were given a bag with two of the missing rings, the Sentinel-Record reported. A 1.7-carat diamond, gold solitaire ring was still missing. The ring, which was adorned with a marquise-cut diamond, had been cut off Robinson’s finger, according to the affidavit. On Oct. 24, eight days after Robinson died, Glaze went to Hot Springs Classic Guns and Loan with a marquise-cut, solitaire diamond ring with a gold band. She sold the ring, which the pawnshop worker noted had a cut in the band, for $45, the court documents allege. Glaze used her driver’s license for identification during the transaction, the Sentinel-Record reported. Five days after the sale, a Montgomery County investigator went to the pawnshop and took photos of the ring, sending the images to Robinson’s husband and sister. Both identified the ring as belonging to the deceased woman, the affidavit said. The pawnshop employee who bought the ring identified Glaze in a photo as the woman who sold the piece of jewelry, the Sentinel-Record reported. Massey, Robinson’s sister, retrieved the ring from the pawnshop and had it appraised. The ring was determined to be worth nearly $8,000. Robinson’s son, Ben Ellis, castigated Glaze in a Facebook post Wednesday, calling her an expletive before questioning her care of his dying mother. “You stole my mother’s rings off her hands after she died?” Ellis wrote. “Did you let my mother die so you could steal her jewelry?” A woman named Diane McAlister offered Ellis her condolences. “Gloria was a wonderful, hardworking person. She respected everyone,” McAlister wrote. “I hope this person is prosecuted to the highest degree.” According to her obituary, Robinson worked as a payroll officer at Southeast Arkansas College for more than 20 years. Glaze has been placed on administrative leave with pay by the hospital, which issued a statement to the Sentinel-Record about the case. “CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs places a priority on the safety and well-being of our patients and our healing ministry is committed to their security while in our care,” the statement read. The hospital is continuing to cooperate with the investigation, officials said. If convicted, Glaze faces up to 10 years in prison on the felony theft charge and up to a year in county jail for the charge of selling stolen property to the pawnshop, the newspaper said.