Police tighten Congress security in era of rising threats

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s chief law enforcement officer says he’s tightening security for traveling lawmakers. The moves come as Congress reassesses safety at a time when threats against members were surging even before Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol this month. Timothy P. Blodgett is the acting House sergeant at arms. And he says Capitol Police officers will be stationed at Washington-area airports and the city’s Union Station train depot on busy travel days. Blodgett says he’s set up an online portal so lawmakers can notify the agency about travel plans. He also wants them to coordinate trips with local police and airport officials and report suspicious activity.last_img

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicting ‘tough’ test for Manchester United against Wolves

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 Feb 2019 10:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Chelsea were swatted aside by Man United at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)Afterwards, the draw for the quarter-final took place and United were paired against Wolves – an opponent Solskjaer will not be taking lightly.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘An away tie again!’ joked Solskjaer in his post-match interview with the BBC. ‘You know you’ve had Arsenal and Chelsea so you hope for a home game.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But that’s it. Wolves away. We have to do it the hard way. They’re a very tough team to play against.’Wolves have already claimed a point at Old Trafford this season, drawing 1-1, and have taken points off a host of top-six sides including Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal. Comment The FA Cup quarter-final draw in full Swansea City v Manchester CityWatford v Crystal PalaceWolves v Manchester UnitedMillwall v Brighton Advertisement Advertisement Asked about United’s display against Chelsea, Solskjaer continued: ‘The performance was fantastic. Tactics worked, obviously we asked Ander, Paul, our midfielders next to Nemanja Matic, to go a bit higher, get into the box more often, so it worked.‘But the defending second half, when we had to, was fantastic. Chris Smalling has been out for two months, just played a game, brilliant.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors The Red Devils face a third straight away tie in the FA Cup this season (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting another difficult FA Cup tie in the quarter-finals of the competition after Manchester United were handed an away trip to face Wolverhampton Wanderers.After already knocking Arsenal out of the tournament at the Emirates, Solskjaer presided over another excellent performance to send holders Chelsea crashing out.First half goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba secured a comprehensive 2-0 win for the visitors as they bounced back from defeat to PSG and piled more misery on Maurizio Sarri. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicting ‘tough’ test for Manchester United against Wolveslast_img read more

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Early season losing streak puzzles hungry Trojans

first_imgWhat a difference a week makes.Last week at this time, the No. 2 USC men’s volleyball team was the top team on campus, in its conference and in the nation. But in the ebb-and-flow world of sports, the Trojans (6-3, 4-2) found out firsthand that championships aren’t won in April, they are earned through the grind of enduring tough February matches like the past few they’ve experienced.Road weary · Junior middle blocker Austin Zahn and the Trojans have struggled on the road, but will not return home until next week. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationFor a month that is synonymous with love and kindness, February has dealt USC a cruel hand.After blowing a late lead in Friday’s match over Pepperdine, in what would be the team’s last night atop the nation’s standings, it appeared the Trojans, like they have all year, would muster up enough grit to survive the hostile crowd they faced Wednesday night as they took on the No. 1 Cal State Northridge Matadors.The Trojans came out flat in their first two sets against the Matadors, just as they had weeks earlier against UC Irvine. But unlike their emotional victory over the Anteaters, a comeback was not in the cards for USC. Despite crawling their way back into the match, with their most impressive set of the season (30-9), Cal State Northridge (9-1, 6-1) dominated the final set and cemented themselves as the No. 1 team in America (30-26, 30-28, 9-30, 26-30, 15-10).As the Trojans enter tonight’s   7 p.m. match at the No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, the team is using its current two game slide as a wakeup call — a realization that championship caliber team success comes in large part from the lessons of past failures.“Losing two straight has been extremely hard on the team, especially in the way we have lost, in five sets on the road in front of large hostile crowds,” junior middle blocker Austin Zahn said. “It is never one of those things you can prepare yourself for or see coming in advance, but it has made the whole team realize that we really have to take every game as serious as a national championship game.”The team’s ascension back to the top will not come easy tonight against the Gauchos (4-6, 4-3). Like the Trojans, the Gauchos’ have had success primarily on the road. While the team’s overall record is not impressive or intimidating, USC knows it will face a talented foe in Santa Barbara. The Gauchos have beaten several top level teams this season including UC Irvine, Stanford and Pacific.Leading UCSB is junior opposite hitter and reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player of the week, Cullen Irons.Irons, who is near the top of the conference in kills and points per game, will look to secure the Gauchos’ first home win in a month, against a team he has had a high level of success against in his career. Last year against USC, Irons put on a remarkable performance with a career high 32 kills in a five-set loss.For the Trojans, the focus will not be Irons or his Gaucho teammates tonight, it will be on themselves. The team’s recent fall from the top is partly due to the level of competition it has faced lately, but ask any member of the team and he will tell his record is not indicative of how successful this group has the potential to become.“Starting 4-2 rather than 6-1 is not how I pictured the season going, but, when you look at how the MPSF is going so far, there have been many ups and downs for every team,” Zahn said. “Now we need to just make sure we go out with the mindset that we are still competing to win the MPSF outright and make sure we manage our loss column as best we can and keep building up wins.last_img read more

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