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    U.S. will act if Iranian tanker tries to deliver oil to Syria: Pompeo

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:48:11 -0400
  • 'Storm Area 51' event pushes rural Nevada county to declare emergency

    Lincoln County commissioner pre-signed an emergency declaration ahead of the "Storm Area 51" raid event that's drawn more than 2 million RSVPs.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:28:57 -0400
  • Mexican man facing voter fraud trial in Sacramento. He’s a Trump supporter

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    For years, President Trump has claimed that millions of noncitizens voted in the 2016 presidential election, unfairly skewing his vote as Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:03:22 -0400
  • Police Arrest Two Louisiana Men in 39-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of Teen

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    Rapides Parish Sheriff's OfficeAfter nearly four decades, Louisiana police have charged two men they believe brutally raped and murdered an 18-year-old girl before disposing of her body in the woods.Leo Laird, 64, and Gary Haymon, 54, were both charged on Monday in the death of 18-year-old Donna Gayle Brazzell, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office. The young woman’s skeletal remains were found near Nichols Cemetery Road in 1980, but authorities were unable to identify them until last month.The Daring DNA Hunt That Cracked France’s Gruesome Cold Case“These cases never, ever leave a policeman’s mind,” Officer William Earl Hilton, who was first assigned the case, told KBLA. “They prey on you all the time. Especially cases like this that you never solve.”Authorities declined to elaborate on what evidence led to Laird and Haymon’s arrest, but said “sufficient probable cause was established.” Both men have been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, and aggravated kidnapping.The mystery began on November 5, 1980, when the sheriff’s office responded to a call about “skeletal remains found in a wooded area” near Nichols Cemetery Road. Working alongside Louisiana State University’s Repository for Missing and Unidentified Persons, investigators were able to determine that the remains, which were likely in the woods for at least two months, belonged to a female victim between the ages of 16 and 21.  The lab also created a DNA profile and a facial sketch of the victim but were still unable to make a positive identification. In 2014, the sheriff’s office “received information in reference to the case” that led them to name Laird and Haymon as suspects. It remains unclear what new evidence pointed to the two men.Vatican to Open Tombs in Hunt for Teen Missing for 30 YearsThe sketch of the victim proved key to cracking the case five years later, when a woman contacted authorities claiming the picture resembled her long lost granddaughter. After a DNA comparison last month, authorities confirmed the remains belonged to the woman’s relative, Donna Gayle Brazzell.Laird, who would have been in his 20s at the time of the alleged murder, was arrested on August 14 and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He is currently being held on a $1 million bold. Haymon is already serving a 49-year prison sentence for second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, and public bribery, authorities said. While he was originally set for release in 2047, authorities said arrangements “are in place to have Haymon booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center in reference to his new charges.”Quadriplegic Charged in Cold-Case Murder of Bay Area MomRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:53:39 -0400
  • CNN Pundit’s Bodyguard Charged with Assault after Removing Reporter Covering Her Speech

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    CNN pundit April Ryan's security guard has been charged with assault after he forcibly removed a local New Jersey reporter from an event at which Ryan was delivering a speech.Charlie Kravotil, editor of New Brunswick Today, claims that Ryan's bodyguard, 30-year-old Joel Morris, approached him during Ryan's speech at The Heldrich Hotel on August 3 and stole his camera after he refused to stop filming.A video of the incident shows Kravotil, who secured press credentials for the event, following Morris into the lobby of the hotel to retrieve his camera. After the local journalist reclaimed his camera, Morris grabbed his arm, placed it behind his back, and shoved him out of the hotel.Morris has been charged with harassment, assault, and theft in connection with the incident.Kravotil says he was invited to the event and was allowed to film for roughly two hours before Ryan took the stage to deliver a speech, at which point Morris stole his camera but allowed other people in the room to continue filming. He called on Ryan to apologize for the incident in a Monday tweet.“She’s been silent about the unacceptable and illegal behavior of her bodyguard, Joel Morris, and we are still waiting for her comment on this unfortunate incident,” Kravotil said in a video posted to Twitter. “Maybe now that there are criminal charges, we might hear something from her. I hope, sincerely, that she does comment and I hope she does condemn this. This is unacceptable. . . . In our country, we have freedom of the press.”Ryan is a vociferous critic of President Trump and routinely disparages him for his rhetorical attacks on the press, even authoring a book on the subject last year entitled Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:59:00 -0400
  • Kashmir families demand answers for 'unaccounted for' deaths

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    Rafiq Shagu's wife died shortly after Friday prayers in India's Muslim-majority Kashmir when tear gas smashed through a window in their home and filled the room. Now, with Indian authorities denying their troops have caused any civilian deaths while enforcing a lockdown of more than two weeks in the Himalayan region, he is facing what may be a futile quest to hold those responsible to account. In an interview with AFP, Shagu recalled the horrific events of the August 9 afternoon when he said his wife, Fehmeeda, was teaching her two children at their home in Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:13:27 -0400
  • Authorities praised for handling of protests in Portland

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    After previous political rallies that ended in violence, police in Portland, Oregon, earned praise Monday from outside observers for using a natural barrier — the city's Willamette River — to keep dueling protesters apart during a weekend far-right rally and large counter-demonstration that included a subset of masked and black-clad anti-fascists. As the city returned to normal, Mayor Ted Wheeler called Saturday's dueling demonstrations a win for residents. Oregon's top federal prosecutor called the handling of the event a "definitive counterpoint" for those who on both sides who have criticized police after past protests for favoring one side or the other.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:29:22 -0400
  • Iranian news agency says tanker leased to shipping firms

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    Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday the Adrian Darya 1 tanker, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to an Iranian shipping company. The United States has issued a warrant to seize the tanker on the grounds that it had links to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, which it designates as a terrorist organization. "The Grace 1 vessel, renamed Adrian Darya after the seizure, is a Korean-made oil tanker owned by Russia which is currently leased to one of Iran's shipping lines," ILNA said in a correction, after saying earlier the tanker was leased to the Revolutionary Guards.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 01:48:56 -0400
  • Chevy Baits Ford Mustang Owners with Special Camaro Discount

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    It's a good try, but Ford's still ahead on sales and has an offer of its own.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:15:00 -0400
  • China could ‘render US military bases useless’ within hours of conflict in Asia, report says

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    China’s military could use missiles to overwhelm American military bases in Asia within hours, a think tank has warned.The US defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific is “in the throes of an unprecedented crisis”, according to a report from the United States Studies Center, at the University of Sydney in Australia.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:41:41 -0400
  • Two firefighters disappeared Friday on a fishing trip. The search for them continues

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    The U.S. Coast Guard, along with over a dozen other vessels, are continuing to search for two missing boaters last seen at Port Canaveral on Friday

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:05:24 -0400
  • Epstein's jail guards warned his cellmate 'there will be a price to pay' if he talks about Epstein's suicide, lawyer claims

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    Bruce Barket, who represents murder suspect Nicholas Tartaglione, said Metropolitan Correctional Center told him to "shut up" about the suicide.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:04:32 -0400
  • See Photos of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-S

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:56:00 -0400
  • Palestinian Authority Bans LGBTQ Organizing in West Bank

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    The Palestinian Authority has banned all LGBTQ political organizing in the West Bank in response to the news that a pro-LGBTQ advocacy group was planning to hold a gathering for its members at the end of the month.The ban, which was first reported Sunday by the Jerusalem Post, was issued in response to the organizing efforts of Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, a pro-LGBTQ political group that held an event last month and was planning to hold another in the coming weeks.Palestinian Authority police spokesperson Luay Zreikat said that LGBTQ events were “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society” in justifying the ban. Zreikat also accused unspecified “dubious parties” of attempting to “create discord and harm civic peace in Palestinian society” through the group's events.In response, Al-Qaws, which means "the bow" in Arabic, argued that it is an organization that is firmly embedded in Palestinian society and does not seek to disrupt it.“The Palestinian police announcement about our activities is very unfortunate,” the group said in a statement. “It’s very strange that they are accusing us of being a suspicious entity working to take apart Palestinian society. Al-Qaws is a Palestinian organization that has been operating since 2001, and is carrying out educational and professional programs on sexual and gender diversity. We totally reject the attempt to create an atmosphere of prosecution and intimidation, as well as threats of arrest.”An unnamed member of Al-Qaws also told the Post that he and his friends have received hundreds of death threats, most of which were sent through Facebook.“The attack on us is unprecedented,” the man said. “They are calling us traitors and corrupt people and many are calling for our execution. We are afraid for our lives.”

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:22:59 -0400
  • Man pees in sink behind Starbucks counter and douses merchandise, Penn. cops say

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    Pennsylvania police are looking for a man suspected of peeing in a Starbucks sink and onto merchandise in the store.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:47:00 -0400
  • Hiker Who Survived Being Lost in Montana Wilderness for Days Speaks Out

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    Sunday marks a week since Kaden Laga went missing in Montana. He and his wife Arden, who are expecting their first baby, were out visiting family when a normal hike turned into a search and rescue.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:59:50 -0400
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    U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: Pompeo

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:23:34 -0400
  • Teens swept up in night raids in Kashmir clampdown

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    Ali Mohammad Rah sat on the pavement outside a police station in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Tuesday, waiting to see his teenage sons, who were swept up in government raids overnight. Government sources say at least 4,000 people have been detained in Kashmir since India revoked the restive Himalayan region's autonomy on August 5 and imposed a massive security lockdown on the restive region. To try and stop the raids, residents in Srinagar's Soura area have erected barricades and dug trenches in roads that lead to their cluster of homes.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:55:54 -0400
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    Die-hard Hong Kong protesters defend tactics as unity cracks

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:45:19 -0400
  • The Amazon is burning and smoke from the fires can be seen from space

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    Smoke from record wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest blanketed São Paulo on Monday and could be seen from space.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 23:43:50 -0400
  • Trump decries 'great disloyalty' of Jews who vote for Democrats

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    President Trump said Tuesday that Jews who voted for Democrats were either ignorant or disloyal.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:15:11 -0400
  • IG report on Russia probe will be a 'blockbuster,' former US attorney predicts

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    Former U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis says DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the Russia probe will make Robert Mueller's look like a book report.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:52:45 -0400
  • A man lost his wife in the El Paso Walmart shooting, then his car was stolen during her funeral. His community came together to replace it.

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    Antonio Basco's Ford Escape was stolen after a funeral for his wife, Margie Reckard, in El Paso. The community banded together to find him a new one.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:12:31 -0400
  • Rape victim facing 40 years in prison after suffering stillbirth is cleared by court

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    A rape victim who faced up to 40 years in prison after she suffered a stillbirth has been cleared at retrial.Evelyn Hernández was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide by a court in El Salvador in July 2017. She was prosecuted under the Central American country's strict abortion laws.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:23:00 -0400
  • School workers who used Sharpie to color in black teen’s hair in Texas are being sued

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    A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed on Sunday against a Texas school district and three officials after they took disciplinary action for a student’s haircut, court documents say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:45:28 -0400
  • Iran's Zarif says will see if scientist's death sentence can be delayed

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    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran "will do its best" to see if the death sentence on Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali can be delayed. Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute in the Swedish capital, was arrested in Iran in April 2016 and later convicted of espionage, having been accused of providing information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:57:37 -0400
  • Patience wears thin for migrants stranded off Italian coast

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    The Spanish rescue ship Open Arms resorted to serving pizzas to 107 increasingly angry and sometimes aggressive migrants who are stranded aboard, as Italy's interior minister stuck to his refusal to let the vessel dock at a nearby Italian island in a weekslong standoff. The migrants were rescued from traffickers' boats in the Mediterranean off Libya and have spent 18 days aboard the Open Arms as they wait to see whether anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will let them disembark on Lampedusa, a tiny Italian island south of Sicily. A day earlier, Open Arms' captain informed Italian authorities that the crew of 17 could no longer control the situation aboard, as frustrated migrants resort to fighting.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:06:09 -0400
  • Boycott the Oven With These Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:38:00 -0400
  • Yes, Trump Can Win Re-Election. But He’s Right to Worry

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    (Bloomberg) -- Despite a barrage of polls that show him losing to Democratic rivals, Donald Trump’s re-election hopes are far from doomed. But he’s vulnerable on the two most important predictors: presidential approval ratings and the state of the economy.Trump’s approval rating is 43% in two new surveys by NBC/Wall Street Journal and Fox News. Despite low unemployment and record stock market highs, his approval has averaged in the low 40s steadily through his presidency.Set against recent history, that’s a dangerous place to be. On the eve of their successful re-elections, Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all had approval ratings in positive territory, according to Gallup tracking polls. Worse yet, Trump’s inflammatory and divisive style of politics has cemented a high negative rating and left him little room to grow.Despite all that, Trump could very well win in November 2020. He’s raising more money than any Democrat and has the backing of a Republican Party apparatus that is working to define his foes as radical and out of touch. His geographic advantage is so strong he could lose the popular vote by 5 million and still win, according to one analysis.Economic LandmineThe most important uncertainty for Trump is the economy. Since World War II, presidents have won a second term unless they oversaw a recession on the road to Election Day — George H.W. Bush in 1992 and Jimmy Carter in 1980 were felled by a downturn.The U.S. economy has sputtered in recent days, with some warning signs that could presage a recession, although economists surveyed by Bloomberg News say there’s only a 35% chance of it hitting within the next year. This month, confidence dipped among independents and Republicans, according to the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index, which showed the second-lowest overall level since before 2016 election.Some Trump allies say the president’s position is unique.“His approval rating is the most static statistic in politics. Nothing he does changes it. It’s a straight flat line,” said Republican strategist Brad Todd. “His approval rating is driven by the fact that people view him as a brake pedal on normal politics, and they accept the things they don’t like about him.”Surveys suggest the growing economy has been an asset to Trump. The NBC/Journal poll found 49% approve of U.S. adults approve of his handling of the economy -- 5 points higher than his overall approval rating. An Economist/YouGov poll found that 47% approve of the way he’s handling the economy -- 6 points higher than his overall approval rating.Trump performs poorly on his stewardship of other policy issues, from health care and immigration to gun control and abortion, as well as questions of honesty and steadiness.The Fox News poll found Trump losing to all four of his top Democratic rivals — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris — in head-to-head matchups by margins between 6 and 12 points.Trump has shown signs of nervousness lately, angrily tweeting about the “CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE!” -- a reference to the 10-year Treasury bond rate dipping below the two-year Treasury bond rate for the first time in over a decade -- and seeking to reassure Americans. He accused Democrats of “trying to ‘will’ the Economy to be bad for purposes of the 2020 Election. Very Selfish!”“There is a danger that the one thing that’s holding him up starts to dissipate, and then he’s in deep trouble,” said Democratic consultant Joe Trippi, who argued that Trump’s handling of issues like health care have ensured a high disapproval rating despite overseeing an economy that most presidents seeking re-election would envy.Trippi said Trump is engaging in “a base strategy” aimed at pleasing his most passionate followers without trying to expand his coalition. “Will they hang with him if the economy falters? I don’t know.”Trump campaign spokeswoman Sarah Matthews on Monday accused the president’s critics of “actively rooting for a recession solely to stop President Trump,” but added that the U.S. economy is “thriving” thanks to his policies and took aim at “Democrats’ big government socialism and job-killing policies.”U.S. Steel plans to temporarily lay off hundreds of workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan, a key battleground state, Reuters reported, citing a filing the steelmaker made with the state.Crying FoulOn Sunday evening, the president complained about the surveys from his favorite cable network. “My worst polls have always been from Fox,” he told reporters before departing from New Jersey for the White House. “There’s something going on at Fox, I’ll tell you right now. And I’m not happy with it.”But Trump needn’t worry too much about those numbers — general election polls this far out from Election Day are often poor predictors. In the summer before 2016, Hillary Clinton was dominating head-to-head polls against Trump. In the summer of 1979, Carter led Ronald Reagan in some polls before losing in a landslide.The TV ad wars have barely begun, and the Democratic candidates have yet to face the kind of scrutiny that comes with being a presidential nominee.Front-runner Biden has dipped into negative territory on favorable ratings in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll with 34% viewing him favorably and 38% viewing him unfavorably.Two other top contenders are slightly underwater in terms of favorable ratings, but are less defined in the eyes of voters, leaving them room to rise or fall. Sanders is seen favorably by 37% and unfavorably by 40%, while Warren is seen favorably by 31% and unfavorably by 32%.Trump, if 2016 is a guide, will run a nasty campaign, full of derisive caricature of his opponents. It helped him then, but it’s still to be seen whether that will help him as much now that he’s a known quantity.Biden pollster and adviser John Anzalone said 2020 will be different because a President Trump was merely a hypothetical to voters then, whereas now he’s a “reality that haunts them.”(Updates with report of U.S. Steel layoffs in sixteen paragraph. A previous version corrected reference to unemployment in second paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Sahil Kapur in Washington at skapur39@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:21:54 -0400
  • Phoenix police must now report whenever they point a gun at someone

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    Chief Jeri Williams provided an update on Phoenix Police Department changes following a record number of police shootings in 2018.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:22:24 -0400
  • I've treated suicidal prisoners — Jeffrey Epstein's death is a medical, security disgrace

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    No matter what happened in Jeffrey Epstein's cell, medical personnel and prison authorities clearly failed in their duty to monitor and treat him.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:20:06 -0400
  • The police officer who fatally choked Eric Garner has been fired. The guy who filmed it is still in prison.

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    Former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo escaped criminal prosecution. Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the deadly encounter, has been locked up for years.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:46:23 -0400
  • Hong Kong activists showed up to clean up a train station after violent clashes there with police

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    Hong Kongers on Monday returned to the scene of clashes between police and protesters — except this time, they came armed with cleaning supplies.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:25:15 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Philippines' Duterte warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

    President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Tuesday foreign ships faced "unfriendly" treatment if they ventured into Philippines' territorial waters without permission, in a swipe at China's deployment of warships a few miles off the coast. The warning comes as Duterte faces critics at home who accuse him of being passive over Chinese provocations in exchange for business ties with Beijing, though promised investments have been slow in coming. Duterte's frustration over multiple sightings this year of Chinese warships moving within the country's 12-mile territorial sea, at various locations in the archipelago, was relayed on Tuesday by his spokesman Salvador Panelo.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:31:48 -0400
  • Couple who ran a home for troubled boys charged with trafficking children, forced labor

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    A husband and wife who ran a home for troubled boys in Texas have been arrested a year after the home was raided and eight boys were removed, reports say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:21:09 -0400
  • 4 last wolves in Washington pack killed by state hunters

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    The last four members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle in a rural Washington state area bordering Canada have been killed by state hunters, prompting protests from environmental groups. The four wolves were part of a pack that originally had seven members and attacked cows, killing or wounding them 29 times since 2018 and nine times over the last month, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement last Friday. Agency director Kelly Susewind authorized the killings of the remaining pack members on July 31.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:04:55 -0400
  • Sanders knocks Harris on Medicare for All: 'I don't raise money from billionaires'

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    When Sen. Kamala Harris, in her latest effort to define her position on health care insurance, told a big-dollar Hamptons fundraiser she still wasn’t “comfortable” with the Medicare for All plan she has endorsed, her rival Bernie Sanders was quick to fire back.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:22:36 -0400
  • Stacey Abrams Defends Refusal to Concede Georgia Gov. Race: ‘The Game Is Rigged’

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    Stacey Abrams defended her refusal to concede last year's Georgia gubernatorial election on Monday, arguing that adhering to the democratic norm of conceding to a victorious opponent would make her “complicit” in a “rigged” system.Abrams has consistently refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of Republican Brian Kemp's November gubernatorial victory and cites the dynamics of her loss as the motivating factor behind the launch of her national voting-rights-advocacy group Fair Fight 2020. During a Monday appearance on CBS This Morning, Abrams pushed back on the suggestion that her denial of the election result's legitimacy resembles President Trump's 2016 flirtation with the idea that he might refuse to accept the presidential election results if he was defeated.“There's a lot that's been made of the fact that I did not concede my election,” she said. “But I never denied the legal sufficiency of that election, and that's the difference between me and Trump. He refuses to acknowledge the legal sufficiency or threatens not to, but my point is that the laws are wrong. We have to fix those laws because as long as we have eligible American citizens who cannot cast a ballot, then the game is rigged.”The failed gubernatorial candidate went on to argue that modern "voter suppression" efforts are more “insidious” than they were in the 1960's because they are less blatant than the laws imposed under Jim Crow.Abrams lost to Kemp by almost 55,000 votes but has maintained that the outcome was the product of Kemp's voter-suppression efforts, which, she argues, were facilitated by his retaining his position as Georgia secretary of state while he ran for governor.A host of prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, former attorney general Eric Holder, Senators Kamala Harris of California, Corey Booker of New Jersey, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have endorsed Abrams's claim that Kemp stole the election through a series of nefarious voter “purges” in the run up to election day.As secretary of state, Kemp did purge some 53,000 voters from the rolls after they ignored the state's multiple requests to fix discrepancies between their voter-registration forms and forms already compiled in state databases.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:59:32 -0400
  • A billboard in Baltimore calls Jared Kushner a 'rich pest.' It was put up by PETA

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    The billboard plays off the discovery that President Donald Trump's son-in-law's family real estate owned several rat-infested buildings.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:26:33 -0400
  • Some of Our Favorite Nerf Blasters Are Way Cheap Right Now

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:00:00 -0400
  • Death row inmate to be executed by lethal injection despite claim of innocence: ‘We’d all like to know who done it’

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    A death row inmate is set to be executed by lethal injection for the abduction, rape and murder of a Houston college student, despite his repeated claims of innocence.Larry Swearingen, 48, is scheduled to die in Texas on Wednesday evening for the killing of Melissa Trotter in December 1998.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:22:20 -0400
  • Russia's new high-altitude drone just flew for the first time, and they want to arm it with one ton of bombs

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    On Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense shared video of a test flight for the Altius-U, a major step forward in its drone program.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:09:52 -0400
  • Lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul claims company illegally markets to minors

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    JUUL GETTING SUED: It started with a 19-year-old who says he became addicted to nicotine and suffered worsening asthma symptoms after he started using the products at age16.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:21:50 -0400
  • China detains employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission, UK urged to act

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    A Chinese national working at Britain's Hong Kong consulate has been detained in China's border city of Shenzhen for violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday, likely worsening already strained ties between Beijing and London. Britain has said it is "extremely concerned" by reports that the staff member at the consulate in its former colony had been detained. Simon Cheng did not return to work on Aug. 9 after visiting the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen the previous day, Hong Kong news website HK01 reported, citing an interview with his girlfriend and family.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:46:07 -0400
  • Chinese envoy lashes 'ignorant' Pacific aid critics

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    China's ambassador to Samoa labelled critics of Beijing's activities in the Pacific "ignorant" and "prejudiced" Tuesday in the latest testy public missive from the rising Asian superpower's diplomatic corps. Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific islands was a major theme at a tense regional summit in Tuvalu last week, where Australia tried to reassert leadership in an area it traditionally regards as its sphere of influence. Instead, Canberra faced criticism over its lack of action on climate change, with leaders such as Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama saying they preferred China's brand of diplomacy to "condescending" Australia.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:37:21 -0400
  • Airstrikes target Turkish convoy in Syria, raising tensions

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    Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Syria said the Turkish convoy was carrying ammunition to rebels who have lost ground this month amid a government offensive to retake their last stronghold in the country. The incident ratcheted up tensions in the region, currently ground zero in the long-running Syrian civil war that has put Turkish, Russian, U.S. and Iranian interests at stake.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:29:52 -0400
  • Ocasio-Cortez: The Electoral College Is a ‘Scam’

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    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Monday called the U.S. Electoral College "a scam" that negatively affects minorities."We're coming to you live from the Electoral College," the New York Democrat said in a video on Instagram, which featured her driving along a sparsely populated highway in what appears to be a desert somewhere in the western part of the country. "Many votes here, as you can see. Very efficient way to choose leadership of the country. I mean I can’t think of any other way, can you?"The freshman congresswoman went on to cite a New York magazine story titled, "Here's Every Defense of the Electoral College — and Why They're All Wrong.""Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the Electoral College effectively weighs white voters over voters of color, as opposed to a 'one person, one vote' system where all our votes are counted equally," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Could you imagine if we had this kind of democracy-altering 'fairness' provision for literally any other group? If we weighed, for example, black and indigenous voters more because of unfairness?""Facts are facts America," said the 29-year-old progressive, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens. "The Electoral College has to go."Several Democratic presidential candidates, including Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg, have also said they believe the Electoral College should be retired.The notion of ending the Electoral College has picked up steam lately in blue states. A number of states have joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the states' electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote. But the agreement will not take effect until the electoral votes of participating states total 270.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:56:24 -0400
  • Waiter shot dead by customer who waited too long for sandwich in France, witnesses say

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    The unidentified customer shot the waiter in the shoulder with a handgun. The restaurant is in the Paris suburb of Noisy-le-Grand.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:02:36 -0400
  • Tourists who stole sand from beach in Sardinia could face up to six years in prison

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    A pair of tourists face up to six years in prison after allegedly stealing a large quantity of sand from the pristine beaches of Sardinia. The French couple were found to have nearly 40kg (90lb) of fine white sand in the boot of their car. The vehicle was stopped during a routine check by border police as the tourists were preparing to board a ferry in Porto Torres, on the north coast of the island, bound for Toulon in France. The sand was found in 14 large plastic bottles and had been taken from a beach near Chia in southern Sardinia. The couple told police that they had no idea they were breaking the law, but they now face between one and six years in jail. The island has battled for years to stop tourists from pinching its sand, shells and pebbles, which are prized as souvenirs or in some cases, for indoor aquariums. WWF has run a campaign against 'beach thieves', reminding tourists that taking sand from Sardinia's shoreline is a crime To try to stop the pillaging, some locals have taken on the role of self-appointed guardians of the beaches. If they see tourists taking sand or shells, they ask them to return the material. If that does not work, they call the police or national park rangers. One of them, Pina Careddu, told an Italian newspaper on Monday that visitors sometimes become rude and aggressive when challenged. “A family of Germans were filling up some bottles with sand. I recorded them on my phone so they couldn’t deny it. The father came towards me in a threatening manner. But in the end he tipped the sand back onto the beach,” Mrs Careddu, 58, told Corriere della Sera. Dubbed “the granny sheriff” of the Sinis peninsula, on the west coast of the island, she is strict even with her grandchildren. “They say, ‘Nana, can’t we take some pebbles home to play with?’ And I say no, if everyone did that, soon there would be no beach left.”

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:04:40 -0400
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