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NEW DELHI (CNNMoney) - Tangled up in corruption investigations on three different continents, Rolls-Royce will shell out more than $800 million to deal with the legal fallout.
The British engineering giant says it has reached settlements with authorities in the U.K., the U.S. and Brazil over bribery allegations it is facing across the globe. The agreements -- which are yet to be finalized -- total £671 million ($813 million), the company announced.
That includes around $170 million to the U.S. Department of Justice, $25 million to Brazil's Ministerio Publico Federal and over $600 million to Britain's Serious Fraud Office.
"Rolls-Royce has co-operated fully with the authorities and will continue to do so," the company said in a statement. It added that the bribery allegations involved "intermediaries in a number of overseas markets."
The British investigation into Rolls-Royce began in 2012 over alleged malpractice in countries like Indonesia and China. Three years later, the company was implicated in a far-reaching corruption scandal at Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras.
The engineering firm has its origins in the luxury automaker that shares its name, but the two are separate companies now. It manufactures engines and power systems for aircraft, ships and energy producers.
The company employs more than 50,000 people -- including some 16,000 engineers -- across 46 countries.
Rolls-Royce is set to report its earnings for 2016 next month. It said it will provide more information about the impact of the bribery settlements then.
(CNN) - A female zebra shark in an Australian aquarium has astounded scientists by producing live offspring asexually, three years after being separated from her long-term mate.
While scientists have previously observed "virgin births" in vertebrates such as sharks, rays and reptiles -- a reproductive strategy thought to aid survival during periods of isolation -- this is the first time a female shark has ever been observed reproducing asexually after previously mating with a male.
It is only the third documented case of a vertebrate of any species switching its reproductive strategy from sexual to asexual.
An eagle ray and a boa constrictor, both held in captivity, are the only other species known to have undergone this unusual biological shift.
The zebra shark, named Leonie, lived with a male partner at the Reef HQ aquarium in Townsville, Queensland between 2006 and 2012.
After having several litters of pups with her long-term male mate, Leonie was moved into a separate tank by the aquarium as part of an effort to scale back its breeding program.
One of Leonie's female pups, Lolly, was moved into the same tank as her mother. In 2014, two years after being separated from the male sharks, both Lolly and Leonie laid eggs.
Christine Dudgeon is a biologist with the University of Queensland who has been working in collaboration with the Reef HQ aquarium for several years. She published a report on Leonie's unusual display of sexual behavior in Scientific Reports earlier this week.
Dudgeon pointed out that sharks simply laying eggs without a male present is not unusual. "It's much like a chicken -- they lay eggs whether they are fertilized or not, if the conditions are good," she told CNN.
Staff at the aquarium noticed that some of Leonie's eggs contained embryos and attempted to incubate them out of curiosity, although none hatched.
The next year, Leonie and Lolly both laid eggs. This time, three of Leonie's eggs and two of Lolly's eggs emerged into live hatchlings.
"There were two possible explanations for Leonie's eggs hatching," said Dudgeon. "One was sperm storage, which has been documented in several occasions. Sharks have been known to store sperm from male sharks for extended periods of time."
"The other was parthenogenesis [asexual reproduction]. This has been seen in a handful of sharks, but none that had mated previously."
Genetic analysis of Leonie's hatchlings displayed elevated homozygosity, meaning more genes are identical, and less diversity pointing to the likelihood that they had been produced asexually, rather than sexually through sperm storage.
"It was definitely a surprise," said Hamish Tristram, a senior aquarist with Reef HQ. "She had been mating successfully for several years, and there was nothing much published about such large animals switching reproductive strategy so quickly."
There are several theories surrounding Leonie's sudden unusual behavior. "One theory is that in the wild, if for some reason males can't have contact with the females for one breeding season, they can keep their lineage going for one or two seasons [through asexual reproduction], until they can reproduce the traditional way," said Tristam.
"[But] the genetic diversity of animals gets greatly reduced using this reproductive method," said Dudgeon. "Long term, they need to diversify to help them adapt to their environment."
Zebra sharks, also known as leopard sharks, were once a widespread species resident in tropical waters around the globe, but have recently been highlighted as an endangered species by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
"These sharks are an apex predator, so they are like the proverbial canary down the mineshaft -- they are a poignant indicator of the quality of the environment in general," said Tristam, who is grateful that Leonie's case is attracting increased attention to the plight of the species. "The news that they are endangered was horrific news for biologists all over the world," he added. "It's a real concern."
Dudgeon and her team are now waiting for Leonie's offspring to reach sexual maturity before taking the next step in their research.
"We are keeping an eye on them, and ultimately we want to find out if her offspring can reproduce sexually," she said, as such an occurrence would be unusual.
"They mature around seven years of age. Unfortunately they'll be more prone to problems due to the reduction in the diversity of their genetic makeup, but if they survive to that point, I know myself and other researchers are interested in finding out more. Nobody has previously demonstrated successful sexual reproduction for offspring produced through facultative parthenogenesis."
So, offspring produced asexually have not yet been seen to create their own offspring sexually.
But the million dollar question for all concerned males: are the guys really obsolete? "Maybe in the short term the female (sharks) can do without males, but in the long term we need males again eventually," Dudgeon said. "We still need to keep them within arm's reach."
(CNN) - For months, questions have surrounded Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen.
What did Salman know of her husband's plans? Could she have said something or tipped off authorities to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in US history? Or is she a victim of Mateen's abuse, as maintained by her lawyer?
Different portrayals of Salman have emerged since her husband killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub in June last year.
Salman now faces federal charges that include obstruction of justice, and aiding and abetting her husband's material support to ISIS. Authorities believe Salman acted of her own free will and knowingly took steps to obstruct the investigation, according to a law enforcement official.
"I knew within days that she had some part and aided Omar Mateen in this horrific tragedy and that some day, when the investigation was complete, she would be put behind bars and ultimately answer for this horrific tragedy," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
Salman's attorney, Linda Moreno of Tampa, Florida, denies that her client knew anything about what her husband planned to do. Moreno offered a different point of view of a wife who endured her husband's abuse.
Noor Salman's marriage
Salman is Mateen's second wife.
She grew up in Rodeo, California, a suburb of San Francisco, after her parents had immigrated from the West Bank in 1985, according to the New York Times.
She was one of four daughters of a small business man. She earned an associate degree in medical administration at a local college, the newspaper reported.
Salman told the New York Times that she had met Mateen on a dating site called Arab Lounge in 2011. They married that year.
Salman and Mateen settled in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is about a two-hour drive from the Orlando nightclub. They have a son, who was 3 years old at the time of the massacre last year.
Salman was abused by Mateen, her lawyer said in a statement issued after her arrest. "Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."
Last year, Mateen's ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, had described a brief but violent relationship to a mentally ill man whom she was only able to escape from through her family's help. She said he was physically abusive and a steroid abuser.
Early in the investigation of the massacre, FBI investigators did not consider Salman as a co-conspirator, but suspected that she may have known of his intentions, a law enforcement official had told CNN.
Salman gave conflicting accounts about what she knew of Mateen's intentions in the hours before the attack, authorities said. Salman told the FBI her husband said he wanted to carry out a jihadist attack. But she denied knowledge of his plans, a law enforcement official told CNN last year.
She initially denied that when Mateen left the house on the night of the attack that she had any idea he was going to do something violent.
But in subsequent statements, Salman conceded she had a suspicion he might be planning an attack, the officials said. According to one official, she knew "for a while" Mateen had thoughts of wanting to do something violent. He had been talking about it for months, if not years.
Actions before the attack
Months before the attack on Pulse, Mateen added Salman's name to his life insurance policy and made sure she had access to his bank accounts, two law enforcement officials said. He also bought her an expensive piece of jewelry, the sources said.
She told investigators that in the weeks leading up to the attack, Mateen spent thousands of dollars, buying among other things the guns used in the massacre.
Law enforcement officials said Salman accompanied Mateen on trips to scout potential targets, though it is unclear how much she knew about his intentions. She was with him when he visited Pulse and Disney Springs, an entertainment and shopping complex, earlier that year.
"Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night," said Moreno, her attorney, in a statement after Salman's arrest.
Two hours after the attack started at Pulse, Mateen texted his wife at 4 a.m. and asked her whether she heard the news about the shooting.
At one point, Salman told Mateen that she loved him. She tried calling her husband several times during the standoff, a law enforcement official said.
Mateen didn't answer.
Air Quality Alert remains in place for areas west of the divide and will likely remain in place through at least midday Tuesday.
The valley inversions that have kept many of our valleys trapped in the arctic cold will begin to let up on Tuesday. Highs will warm in to the 20s and 30s in most valley locations.
A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will begin to fall late in the day across the northern parts of our viewing area. Travel will be a concern in Lincoln and Flathead counties due to the threat of freezing rain. A few scattered showers possible as far south as Missoula. Mostly dry for Butte and Bozeman.
Scattered showers will push through the region tonight and Wednesday. Expect rainy conditions with some ice formation on area roadways as ground temperatures remain below freezing. Sleet and freezing rain are both possibilities Wednesday morning from the Bitterroot Valley all the way to Canada before changing to all rain later in the day. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s.
Cooler air takes over late Thursday and will push us back to all snow. Late Thursday will be the best chance for Butte and Bozeman to see some precipitation after being mostly left out on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Beyond Thursday our weather pattern becomes much more typical for this time of the year. Highs will be in the 20s and 30s with lows in the single digits and teens with a chance for snow showers.
HONG KONG (CNN) - The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been suspended nearly three years after the plane vanished without a trace over the Indian Ocean, according to a joint statement from Chinese, Australian and Malaysian officials.
The three countries had been leading the search for MH370, which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.
"Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft," the statement said.
"The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness."
Voice370, a support group for family members of those aboard the flight, released a statement expressing their disappointment.
"Commercial planes cannot just be allowed to disappear without a trace," the statement said.
"Stopping at this stage is nothing short of irresponsible, and betrays a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendations of an array of official experts assembled by the authorities themselves."
Steve Wang, whose mother was on board the flight, told CNN he was disappointed the search had ended with few, if any, answers.
"They said they are quite sure that they are searching the right place, but it seems that they are wrong," he said.
"I think it is their responsibility, not only for the 239 passengers on the plane, or for the next of kin like us, but also they have to give an answer to the whole world ... what really happened to MH370."
Multiple family members of those who were on the plane told CNN they received a text message from Malaysia Airlines informing them about a briefing in Beijing at 9 a.m. local time.
In a statement, the airline said it "stands guided" by the decision to suspend the search, which it described as a "thorough and comprehensive effort."
The company shares "in the sorrow" that the search was not successful, the statement said.
The plane's disappearance remains one of the greatest aviation mysteries in modern history.
Searchers spent millions of dollars scouring tens of thousands of square miles, but so far have yielded little new information about the plane's final moments.
In July last year, Australia, China and Malaysia agreed that if the aircraft was not located by the time 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) had been covered, the search would be suspended.
"The decision came not lightly," Darren Chester, Australia's Transport Minister, said at the time. "But in the absence of new credible evidence it is not possible to continue searching. Every effort has been made. We have used the most high tech and the best people for this search."
The Tuesday statement said that vessel was not located in the 120,000 square kilometer search area.
What we do know
At 12:41 a.m. local time on March 8, 2014, MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing. It was heading north but after its last message of "Good night Malaysian Three Seven Zero," it changed course toward the west, according to military radar.
From there, investigators believe it turned south around the edge of Indonesia and across the vast Indian Ocean.
Investigators confirmed in July that MH370 captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had tracked a route deep into the Indian Ocean on his home flight simulator, very similar to the one officials believe the missing plane took.
Grandparents, a newly graduated engineer, a young couple and a two-year-old boy were among the hundreds of people on board MH370 when it vanished.
Most of the passengers and crew were from China and Malaysia, but individuals and families from 14 different countries were also on board the missing flight.
Based on some of the wreckage that's been found, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau determined the wing flaps had been stowed when MH370 crashed.
The report suggested the plane had been out of control, spiraling downward at a rate of almost 300 miles per hour at its last satellite transmission.
These findings suggested "two early hypotheses," according to CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo; either that a fire on board the plane incapacitated everyone through smoke or fumes, or that a rapid decompression, perhaps because of a breach in a window, led to their deaths hours before the plane ran out of fuel and spiraled downward.
But investigators still haven't been able to say for sure what caused the crash, and, unfortunately, according to O'Neill and Associates aviation expert Peter Goelz, the debris discovered has so far done little to enlighten us -- or the victims' families -- as to what exactly happened that day.
"All it tells us is what we suspected, in that the plane crashed somewhere in the South Indian Ocean," he told CNN in November. "At some time in the future there will be a quantum leap forward in the ability to look underneath the sea and someone will find it. But that's not for decades," Goelz said. "I think at some point, they'll find it -- it's too big a mystery. But the technology we have now, we can't do it easily or cheaply."
There's also the possibility that the search teams were looking in the wrong place, according to an Australian government released in December.
The report recommended that, based on new analysis, a new area to the northeast of the current search area should be searched, approximately 25,000 square kilometers.
However, Australian Transport Minister Chester said the search would not be extended without new evidence.
What's been found
Multiple countries and companies have been involved in the extensive search, which has taken place along a defined arc in the Southern Indian Ocean, where the plane made its last satellite transmission.
Three pieces of the missing plane found off the coast of Africa have been confirmed as coming from MH370, using specific identification numbers.
The first piece found was a flaperon from the plane's wing, which was discovered on Reunion Island in July 2015, after which came two wing flaps discovered in Mauritius and Tanzania in May and June 2016, respectively.
The ATSB said six other pieces of wreckage found off the African coast were likely to have come from the missing plane, but this wasn't confirmed.
In total, 20 pieces of debris have been brought to the attention of the investigative team.
But those pieces of detritus have not given closure to those whose loved ones remain missing.
"The people who are living with you more than 20 years, and they leave suddenly," Wang said. "We just want them to give us more information. I think there are still something, we don't know."
(CNN) - A man from Uzbekistan arrested in Turkey has confessed to carrying out the deadly New Year's gun attack at Istanbul's Reina nightclub, the city's governor has said, dubbing the shooting an ISIS-influenced terrorist attack.
Abdulgadir Masharipov allegedly opened fire in the early hours of New Year's Day in an attack that left 39 people dead and dozens injured, in a gruesome beginning to the new year following multiple acts of terror in 2016.
"The terrorist actually said that he did it," Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told journalists Tuesday.
Masharipov was born in 1983 and was educated in Afghanistan, Sahin said. He came to Turkey in January 2016 and went by the code name Abu Mohammed Khorasani Abdulkavi.
The attack was "based on ISIS," Sahin said,
He added that 168 foreigners were handed over to related authorities on suspicion of being terrorists and that one Iraqi man and three women from different places, including Egypt, were detained alongside Masharipov.
"During this operation we have gone through 152 addresses, and in these operations, we detained 50 people."
ISIS declaration of war on Turkey?
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack -- the militant Islamist group typically refrains from claiming responsibility for attacks in Turkey to create "an environment of suspicion in Turkish politics," analyst Soner Cagaptay wrote for CNN in 2016.
The claim could be seen as a "a declaration of war on Turkey," CNN intelligence and security analyst Bob Baer said.
The nightclub was a glittering waterside venue frequented by Turkey's wealthy secular millennials and international celebrities. Ortakoy, where Reina is located, is a vibrant seaside neighborhood that caters to a wide range of people, from the uber-rich who party at clubs like Reina to students who buy stuffed baked potatoes from vendors along the Bosphorus shore.
Around 1:15 am on New Year's Day, the gunman shot and killed a police officer who was guarding the front gate, then rushed inside, spraying gunfire. Revelers jumped into the freezing waters of the Bosphorus to escape the chaos.
The nightclub's owner, Memet Korcarslan, told CNN he felt "an immense wave of relief rush through me" upon hearing news of arrests.
"I think a huge weight has been lifted off the shoulders of all the victims and their families just knowing that this man is no longer walking free," he said.
"The Turkish police and Turkish intelligence have carried out a very successful operation by catching him alive. I hope they will find anyone else who was involved with this heinous attack."
(CNN) - North Korea has said President Barack Obama should concentrate on packing rather than focusing on the reclusive nation's human rights record.
State-owned North Korean press agency KCNA slammed additional sanctions filed by the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), calling the move a "hostile policy" and the "last-ditch efforts" of an administration "whose days are numbered."
It said the sanctions were being enacted alongside the State Department's "Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea," released in 2016.
In a typically verbose opinion piece, KCNA said, "The US is not qualified to talk about somebody's 'human rights' as it is the world's worst human rights abuser and a tundra of human rights.
"Obama would be well advised not to waste time taking issue with others' 'human rights issue(s)' but make good arrangements for packing in the White House.
"He had better repent of the pain and misfortune he has brought to so many Americans and other people of the world by creating the worst human rights situation in the US during his tenure of office."
The Obama administration could not immediately be reached for comment.
The State Department report is one of several recent institutional investigations documenting North Korea's human rights record.
In November, the Washington-based Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) released satellite images that show the reclusive nation's prison camp system, where detainees are subjected to forced labor, torture, starvation, rape and death, may be expanding. The images are of Camp No. 25, a camp near Chongjin, on North Korea's northeast coast.
Up to 120,000 men, women and children are imprisoned in the gulags, known as "kwanliso" in Korean, according to the United Nations.
A 2014 report from the international organization estimated that "hundreds of thousands of political prisoners" have died in the North Korean gulags over the past 50 years amid "unspeakable atrocities."
"The inmate population has been gradually eliminated through deliberate starvation, forced labor, executions, torture, rape and the denial of reproductive rights," the report said, drawing a parallel between the camps and those of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
"These camps constitute the cornerstone of the country's large infrastructure dedicated to political repression and social control that enables widespread and systematic human rights abuses," rights group Amnesty International said in a statement.
(CNN) - The alt-right is having a falling out -- in some ways with their President-elect, but in perhaps even more instances with each other.
And it comes on the eve of an alt-right inaugural celebration called the DeploraBall -- a play off of Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" campaign remark.
Look no further than the white nationalist who coined the term alt-right, Richard Spencer. He's the same man who stood at a podium shortly after Donald Trump's election and, in a video that went viral, shouted "Hail Trump!" while several in the crowd celebrated the victory with a Nazi salute.
But listen to him now, you'll notice a marked shift in tone when speaking of the man who will become the 45th President of the United States.
"I have described it as the morning-after period. We got euphoric and a little drunk on success," Spencer, director of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute, told CNN. "I am getting worried that he won't work on really big important issues like immigration -- that he'll get caught up on little things like making fun of people on Twitter."
Some others in the alt-right are starting to wonder if Trump is really their guy. They've become increasingly critical of his Cabinet picks, and the fact that he's admitted that Russia did in fact engage in hacking leading up to the election.
Last month, Spencer even tweeted, "The #AltRight was aligned with the Trump cheerleaders for 2016. That period is over."
But whether Spencer agrees with Trump or not, his "Hail Trump" speech has had a major impact on the alt-right. Since video of it emerged, there's been a split of alt-righters who believe the neo-Nazi rhetoric has hurt their own cause.
So now, they're feuding among themselves -- some of them distancing themselves from the alt-right label, although many of the extreme nationalist views remain.
"There is a major division going on," Spencer said. "I feel like there's this overreaction to Hail-gate, as we're calling it. Some people overreacted and allowed the mainstream media to set the rules for the game."
Spencer is a white nationalist who believes that there should be a "peaceful ethnic cleansing," where people who are not of European descent voluntarily leave the United States.
He says he briefly entertained a run for the US House seat from Montana expected to be open when Rep. Ryan Zinke is confirmed as Trump's interior secretary. Spencer said he decided against it, although that doesn't mean he has any intention of sitting things out. He said he is planning to purchase a house in Washington, where he plans to hold events and create a video production studio.
'White identity politics'
"The alt-right has become about white identity politics," said Mike Cernovich, who drew ire from alt-righters on social media after he told them they were not welcome at his DeploraBall on the eve of Trump's inauguration in Washington. "Obviously I'm not a white-identitarian, so the alt-right can do their thing. I'm a nationalist and populist. I care about national sovereignty of America."
Cernovich told CNN that he rescinded an invitation to an alt-right social media personality known by many names, one being Tim Treadstone, who originally was a co-planner of the DeploraBall after Treadstone posted anti-Semitic Twitter posts.
"We aren't going to tolerate incendiary acts to disrupt this event," said Jeff Giesea, who is helping to organize the DeploraBall. "We can't control everything or everybody. If that happens we will make clear that's not what we're about. That's not welcome." Treadstone did not respond to CNN's request for comment.
But still on the invite list is Milo Yiannopolous, a known extremist who wrote for Breitbart news and is a notorious internet troll. He was banned from Twitter in July after targeting Ghostbusters and SNL actress Leslie Jones with racist and abusive tweets.
Another name on the event's posters is Alex Jones of InfoWars, a man famous for peddling far-right conspiracy theories like the one calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax.
And Jack Posobiec, another of the DeploraBall's organizers, has been accused of creating a "Rape Melania" sign in order to create bad publicity for anti-Trump protesters. Posobiec did not respond to CNN's request for an interview.
Then, when negotiations fell through for the original event space organizers had in mind, the venue, the Clarendon Ballroom, says it began getting threatening calls from Trump supporters. The event will now be held at the National Press Club.
Keep in mind, the alt-right is a relatively small group of people who mostly congregate on Twitter and the dark web. But in the past two years, they've become more public, and are pushing their way into the mainstream. Cernovich says 1,000 DeploraBall tickets sold out in about 24 hours.
But the alt-right has always been a fractured movement, made up of differing racist views. Some are clearly anti-Semitic, while others are accepting of Jews. Almost all of them are pro-radical immigration reform.
This latest divide seems to be fueled somewhat by optics. Some members trying to appear less extreme have denounced the neo-Nazi symbolism as they try to court college students and disenfranchised Americans.
Unhappy with Trump over nominees, Russia
It isn't just Spencer who's disillusioned with the incoming President.
Other white supremacists told CNN they're frustrated -- they believed Trump would align more closely with their white nationalist and racist views. Their comments are, at times, very alarming, and too incendiary to print.
While there seems to be uniform support for Trump's pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, a man accused of making racist comments against African Americans -- noted Klansman and white nationalist David Duke praised the choice -- the rest of his Cabinet nominees are not as popular to this group.
Sessions has denied making racist comments and denounced the KKK at a Senate hearing last week. "I abhor the Klan and its hateful ideology," Sessions said.
White supremacists have taken issue with fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder, tapped for labor secretary, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, picked to be the US ambassador to the United Nations, and Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn, Trump's pick for top economic adviser.
A recent episode of The Daily Shoah, a neo-Nazi podcast on an extremist online radio station called The Right Stuff, guests discussed their anger at Trump, lamenting, "Trump is not ideologically on board with us." Another person chimed in, "this goes into 'he lied to us territory.' " Yet another said, "All the picks have been bad."
Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, said "an end to the hostility with Russia is something we did expect."
He said, "whites need to ally together against their enemies, and a big part of the reason we elected Trump is to form a good relationship with Russia."
Jared Taylor, a self-described white nationalist who campaigned for Trump, said it was foolish for members of the alt-right to believe that Trump would actually appoint white nationalists to his Cabinet.
"If they ever thought that Donald Trump was a racially conscious advocate for white people, they were wrong," Taylor said. "I never thought that, but I certainly considered him to be a vastly superior alternative. ... He was never a candidate in line with my views. Donald Trump is an American nationalist, but he doesn't think in racial terms. Donald Trump has some instinctive sense that we can't just let anyone in here."
It's not shocking that the alt-right isn't all on the same page. Even before they rose to national prominence and began to speak more publicly -- more than just the dark corners of the web -- they were a fractured movement, riddled with feuds and disagreements.
Taylor, once a mentor to Spencer before a falling out, admitted that.
"Every movement does better when the people in that movement have a firm grasp of reality," he said. "So to the extent that people might be disappointed with Donald Trump, if it gives them a clearer view, then they'll have to be disappointed."
The Sacramento Kings are failing to take care of business on a seven-game homestand and look to end it with a victory when they host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Kings are just 1-5 entering the finale of the long home set and then embark on an eight-game road trip that may decide whether or not they remain in range of a Western Conference playoff spot.
Defense has been a problem for Sacramento, which allowed at least 106 points in each loss during the homestand and 120 or more in the last two. The Kings also committed 43 turnovers in their last two defeats -- 21 against Cleveland on Friday and 22 versus Oklahoma City on Sunday -- to further diminish their chances of securing a victory. Indiana is trending upward with six wins in the past seven games after posting a 98-95 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. The Pacers are beginning a stretch in which three straight and four of five games are on the road.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FSN Indiana, CSN California (Sacramento)
ABOUT THE PACERS (21-19): Point guard Jeff Teague hasn't recorded a triple-double during his NBA career and fell two rebounds shy while contributing 16 points and 10 assists in the win over New Orleans. Teague is averaging 16.5 points and 9.8 assists this month and was able to poke fun at himself for continuing to come up short in the pursuit of a triple-double. "I'm happy I'm getting some rebounds," Teague said after the win over the Pelicans. "I was one of the worst rebounders last year, so to actually get some rebounds this year is good."
ABOUT THE KINGS (16-24): The poor homestand has been disappointing to both players and coaches, and the repeated miscues and breakdowns have been alarming. "We're not a good team right now -- plain and simple," small forward Matt Barnes told reporters. "We have what it takes but we're undisciplined. We're not consistent and we lose our focus too much." Star center DeMarcus Cousins posted 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the loss to the Thunder but also committed six turnovers for the second consecutive game.
1. The Kings won the past four meetings.
2. Sacramento PG Ty Lawson (ankle) hopes to be available after leaving Sunday's game.
3. Indiana F Thaddeus Young recorded a season-best six steals in two of the past three contests.
PREDICTION: Kings 108, Pacers 105
The Charlotte Hornets got off to a superb start this season but a prolonged slump caused them to dip below .500. Charlotte will look to get back to the break-even mark and halt a five-game losing streak when it hosts the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Charlotte won eight of its first 11 games to start the season and is just 12-18 since to fall below .500 at the midway point of its schedule. The Hornets are opening a five-game homestand after losing all five games of a road trip and the defense had been shaky by allowing an average of 112.4 points over the past eight games. Portland is a disappointing seven games below .500 and was routed 120-101 by the Washington Wizards on Monday. The Trail Blazers allowed 117.5 points in back-to-back losses to the Orlando Magic and Wizards after holding the Cleveland Cavaliers to 86 points in a stellar victory.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), FSN Southeast (Charlotte)
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (18-25): Portland performed poorly over the past six weeks by going 6-15 and point guard Damian Lillard is trying to caution against panic. "We've still got a whole half of the season to play and we've just got to keep with it, stay together and keep working towards things turning around for us," Lillard said after Monday's loss. "That's all we can do." Shooting guard C.J. McCollum tallied just 12 points against the Wizards after scoring 25 or more in eight consecutive games and averaging 30.9 during the stretch.
ABOUT THE HORNETS (20-21): Charlotte completed its road excursion with Monday's 108-98 loss to the Boston Celtics and coach Steve Clifford hardly recognizes his team. "We have to get ourselves right. We have to get back to what we've been for four years," Clifford said afterward. "Defense first, compete on every play, play smart. When we do that, we'll give ourselves a chance to win. We have a good enough team to play a lot better." Standout point guard Kemba Walker scored 24 points against the Celtics and tallied 20 or more in 10 of the past 13 games.
1. The Trail Blazers won 10 of the past 13 meetings.
2. Charlotte SF Marvin Williams scored a season-best 21 points in Monday's loss.
3. Portland swingman Allen Crabbe is averaging six points on 5-of-16 shooting in the past two games.
PREDICTION: Hornets 96, Trail Blazers 92
MELBOURNE (CNN) - Match points and Lucie Safarova have quite a history.
After barely missing on a match point against eventual champion Li Na here at the Australian Open in the third round in 2014 and saving match points in two different encounters at Wimbledon last year, the Czech saved nine of them against Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer on Tuesday in a 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-1 victory in the first round.
Safarova's escape act tied the most known match points saved at a grand slam in the Open Era: Chanda Rubin pulled off the feat in 1995 at the French Open, Vincent Spadea did it in 2004 at Roland Garros and Nick Kyrgios added to the list in 2014 at Wimbledon.
"Actually when I was saving the match points, I thought about the match against Li," Safarova, who erred on a backhand down the line against Li with the Chinese baseliner stranded, told reporters. "I was like, 'I lost that one so I could get it back here.' Like, fate."
The dramatics overshadowed the heat in Melbourne, with temperatures reaching the mid-30s Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat wave won't last, as Wednesday's high is expected to fall to about 22 degrees, an indication of the city's unpredictable weather.
'Saved,' in this case, would be the apt word to describe the 61st-ranked Safarova's play when under the severest of pressure.
She struck winners on the first seven match points she faced -- five while serving at 5-6 in the second set -- also forcing Wickmayer into a backhand error on the ninth.
Besides the nearly two handful of match points squandered, Wickmayer, No. 60, relinquished a 5-1 advantage in the tiebreak.
"If you didn't see it you wouldn't believe it," Czech Fed Cup captain Petr Pala told CNN. "I didn't see the whole match. I came in the middle of the second set but I think I saw everything."
In a point that summed up the early afternoon for Wickmayer, the 2009 US Open semifinalist double faulted on Safarova's only set point in the second.
Reflecting on her intermittent rendezvous with match points, Safarova spared a thought for her crestfallen foe.
"As long as I win it feels great," she said. "I can only imagine how Yanina is feeling. That's the tough part about tennis. One player is always happy and the other is sad."
Having survived, how the left-hander presumably would have loved to put her feet up, glanced at the draw and got a lower-ranked rival, perhaps a qualifier, in round two.
Instead her reward is a clash with one of the best players of all time, Serena Williams, in a rematch of the 2015 French Open finale on Thursday,
Williams looked sharp, minus a late hiccup, to fend off Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-3 in what was the most hyped first-round contest in the women's draw. Bencic toppled the recently engaged American the last time they met in 2015 and only slipped outside the top 15 in the rankings thanks to injuries.
Rafael Nadal, who sat out the latter stages of 2016 with a wrist complaint, followed Williams on Rod Laver Arena and dispatched Florian Mayer -- the German with the unorthodox game -- 6-3 6-4 6-4. The 14-time grand slam winner didn't face a break point.
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Safarova has had her own issues physically.
Playing the finest tennis of her career in making the French Open final, several months later she contracted a bacterial infection which triggered reactive arthritis, she told the New York Times.
Finishing 2015 ranked ninth, Safarova missed last year's Australian Open in the aftermath of her illness and concluded 2016 at 64th.
"She was playing the best tennis of her career and then suddenly got the virus and couldn't play at all, nothing at all," said Pala. "It was even worse than an injury.
"I'm happy she is trying to get back. I know the ranking is not there but if she stays healthy I think the ranking is going to be okay."
Her harsh tumble from the top 10 might have made her a sentimental favorite but Safarova was already well liked. She was so well liked that Canadian sports network TSN produced a spoofed segment in 2015 in which Safarova was cast as a villain.
Defeating Williams would truly signal Safarova's revival and she wasn't daunted at the prospect of challenging the 22-time grand slam winner.
Safarova drew on the fact that Williams hasn't played much tennis of late: Three matches, to be precise, since exiting in the US Open semifinals in September to Safarova's compatriot, Karolina Pliskova. And in that French Open final, Safarova led by a break in the third.
It's not, however, like Williams appeared rusty against Bencic. Indeed it was a far cry from the Williams who imploded in windy Auckland two weeks ago, striking 88 unforced errors in losing to Madison Brengle.
Bencic's lone window surfaced when she reduced a 5-0 deficit in the second to 5-3, even earning a break point to get back on serve.
"I made a few errors on some key points, but for the most part, I still was going for everything and I was able to close it out," Williams told reporters.
Safarova closed it out, too, albeit after considerably more drama.
HONG KONG (CNNMoney) - Two of the world's biggest cigarette companies are being rolled into one.
British American Tobacco said Tuesday that it's agreed to pay $49.4 billion to take control of Reynolds American, the No. 2 U.S. tobacco company.
The two cigarette giants hold some of the biggest selling brands on the planet, including Pall Mall, Camel and Newport. Bringing them together would create the world's largest listed tobacco company by net sales and operating profit, according to BAT.
It already owns about 42 percent of Reynolds and launched a $47 billion bid in October to buy the remaining 58%. But it had to go higher to win the approval of Reynolds' directors.
The new cash-and-stock offer of $59.64 per Reynolds share is about 26 percent above the price the stock closed at before the original offer in October. If shareholders and regulators approve the deal, the two companies expect it to go through in the third quarter of this year.
Their existing strong ties means they already share some brands. For example, Reynolds has the rights to Pall Mall in the U.S., and BAT has them for more than 100 international markets.
The deal will also enable the two firms to pool their resources in the growing industry for next-generation tobacco products, like e-cigarettes.
Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., Reynolds made headlines last year for bringing in John Boehner, the heavy smoking former House speaker, as a director.