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U.S. Drone Shot Down over Yemen
News ImageA U.S. drone was shot down over Yemen late on Tuesdaybya surface-to-air missile, U.S. officials said.Officials believe Iran providedHouthi rebels with the missile, whichdowned the U.S. military MQ-9 drone southeast of Sanaa,capital ofYemen.The U.S. is expected to publicly chastise Iran for the occurrence.In June, Iran shot down an unmanned American military-surveillance drone over the Gulf of Oman, further damaging the already strained relationship between the two countries.Afterwards, President Trump ordered military strikes on Iranian targets including radar and missile batteries but canceled the order at the last minute due to concerns about casualties.Iran claimed that drone had trespassed over its territory, while the U.S. argued it was in international airspace.News of the downed drone comes as Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the U.S. Wednesday that Iran may actunpredictably.Mutual unpredictability will lead to chaos. President Trump cannot expect to be unpredictable and expect others to be predictable," the foreign minister said during a speech in Stockholm.Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been heightened since theTrump administration reimposed the sanctions lifted under the Obama administrations nuclear deal, which the U.S. announced its withdrawal from in May of last year.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:39:20 -0400
Putin says U.S. is able to deploy new cruise missile in Europe
News ImageRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the United States was now in a position to deploy a new land-based cruise missile in Romania and Poland, a scenario he considered a threat that Moscow would need to respond to. The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km (310 miles) of flight, its first such test since the demise of a landmark nuclear pact this month.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:13:56 -0400
Police Arrest Two Louisiana Men in 39-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of Teen
News ImageRapides 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 Sheriffs Office.The young womans 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 Frances Gruesome Cold CaseThese cases never, ever leave a policemans 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 Haymons 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 sheriffs office responded to a call about skeletal remains found in a wooded area near Nichols Cemetery Road. Working alongside Louisiana State Universitys 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 sheriffs 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 womans 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
The northernmost reaches of the Earth are on fire. Here's what this record-breaking hot summer looks like from space.
News ImageClimate change comes with a higher risk of wildfires. This summer, fires have ravaged the Arctic, and the flames can be seen from space.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:24:00 -0400
Parkland students announce gun control plan, aim to halve gun violence rate in 10 years
News Image"A Green New Deal, but for guns," quipped March for Our Lives co-founder Jaclyn Corin.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:22:50 -0400
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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:52:00 -0400
Albania bulldozes restaurant after owner attacks tourists
News ImageAlbanian officials on Wednesday razed a beachfront restaurant whose owner was captured on camera attacking a car rented by Spanish tourists, as the country scrambles to clean up its reputation as a burgeoning holiday destination. The incident, filmed by the victims' tour guide from inside their vehicle, took place at the weekend in Porto-Palermo on the Ionian coast in southern Albania, a popular tourist spot. The restaurant owner, 51-year-old Mihal Kokedhima, was arrested and faces trial for "verbally assaulting a group of Spanish tourists for futile reasons", damaging their car and causing minor injuries, police said.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:17:17 -0400
F-35 stealth fighter jets on fast track to receive laser-based offensive and defensive capabilities
News ImageThe Air Force Research Lab and Office of Naval Research are currently developing fast and precise laser weapons that can burn holes through enemy targets at the speed of light. Concurrently, the U.S. Navy is developing a laser-application for its Marine Corps F-35B, intended to effectively maintain the stealth fighter for future decades of war.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:23:03 -0400
Why Kamala Harris Is Fading in the Democratic Primary
News ImageAnew national CNN poll of the 2020 Democratic primary has some pretty brutal numbers for Kamala Harris. When CNN last polled the presidential race shortly after the first Democratic debate in June, Harris was on Joe Bidens heels, trailing just 17 percent to 22 percent. But according to the latest survey by CNN, conducted August 15 to 18, Biden has rebounded to 29 percent, while Harris has dropped all the way down to 5 percent, tied for fourth place with South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg.What went wrong for Harris?The second Democratic debate was a clear defeat for the California senator, but its now also obvious that her June debate performance was a Pyrrhic victory.At the first debate, Harris staked everything on attacking Joe Bidens record on busing. It worked for her that night: Bidens immediate response was hapless, Harris was widely declared the winner, and she got a significant bump in the polls.But Harriss line of attack raised an obvious and problematic question for her: Would she support reinstating the policies that Biden opposed?Logically, the answer would appear to need to be yes.I support busing. Listen, the schools of America are as segregated, if not more segregated, today than when I was in elementary school, Harris said on June 30. Where states fail to do their duty to ensure equality of all people and in particular where states create or pass legislation that created inequality, theres no question that the federal government has a role and a responsibility to step up.But there was a problem for Harris: Busing policies were abandoned because they were wildly unpopular, and theres no reason to think theyve magically become popular. So Harris equivocated and then backtracked.That attacking Biden on busing would paint the attacker into a corner was predictable. It was in fact predicted. See, for example, the end of this article from March in National Review. (Democratic strategists: Subscribe today!)Going on the offensive and then retreating on busing made Harris seem inauthentic. And the candidate had been dogged by questions of inauthenticity since the start of her campaign because of her waffling on the issue of Medicare for All, the policy at the center of the 2020 Democratic primary.First Harris indicated at a CNN town hall that she supported abolishing private insurance, as Medicare for All proposes. Then Harris said she didnt support abolishing private insurance: She tried to hide behind the fig leaf that Medicare for All allows supplemental insurance, while obscuring the fact that supplemental coverage would be legal for only a very small number of treatments not covered by Medicare for All, such as cosmetic surgery. And cosmetic-surgery insurance doesnt even exist.Harris thought shed finally figured a way out of the Medicare for All mess in July: She introduced her own plan shortly before the Democratic debates. It tried to split the difference: She promised to transition to a single-payer plan in 10 years (as opposed to Sanderss four-year deadline). This was meant to reassure progressives that theyll get there eventually while also reassuring moderates that there will be at least two more presidential elections before the country goes through with anything crazy.Harriss provision of Medicare Advantagetype plans was also supposed to reassure moderates, but the second debate demonstrated that she still wasnt ready to respond to the fact that her plan would eventually abolish existing private health plans for everyone, and she has no serious plan for how to pay for single-payer.Then there were Joe Bidens and Representative Tulsi Gabbards devastating attacks on Harriss record as a prosecutor at the second Democratic debate. Biden alluded to a crime lab scandal that involved her office and resulted in more than 1,000 drug cases being dismissed. Gabbard claimed Harris blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until she was forced to do so. Both of these statements are accurate, the Sacramento Bee reported after the debate.As Harriss backtracking on busing made clear, no one is seriously considering resurrecting the deeply unpopular policies of the 1970s. But criminal justice is very much a live issue in Democratic politics, and thats why the attack on Harriss record as a prosecutor has had such a greater impact than the attack on Bidens record on busing. Biden continues to do very well among African-American voters, while Harris continues to struggle.So Harriss problems go deeper than the fact that she had one good debate followed by one bad debate on matters of style. Both debates revealed she has serious weaknesses on matters of substance. And the hits keep coming on Medicare for All: On Monday, she was savaged by Bernie Sanders after it was reported that Harris told wealthy donors in the Hamptons that she was not comfortable with Bernie Sanderss Medicare for All bill, which she co-sponsored and supported until a few weeks ago. There are still five months left until the Iowa caucuses, but the past two months have demonstrated that Harris has deep problems that she cant paper over with some well-rehearsed, well-delivered lines in subsequent debates.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:30:42 -0400
Trump just looked up to the sky and told reporters 'I am the chosen one'
News ImageDonald Trump apparently thinks even more highly of himself than we thought.On Wednesday, he told a group of reporters outside the White House that he is "the chosen one." Not a normal thing that people usually say unless they are Superman or Harry Potter, or like, a complete narcissist, but sure.The context makes the statement only a bit less bizarre. Trump was reportedly talking about the trade war with China and how he is the one tasked with taking on the country's unfair trading practices. But still. Pretty weird.&> What a moment. &> &> President Trump on the WH lawn just looked up to the sky and said, "I am the chosen one." &> &> He was talking about the trade war with China and repeated his claim that he needs to take on China for unfair trading practice.&> &> -- Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 21, 2019It wasn't long before people began to mock Trump's "chose one" statement with jokes and Star Wars references.&> I'M THE CHOSEN ONE! https://t.co/IQqNegzQzy pic.twitter.com/lpXcFRPYGG&> &> -- pink nightmare (@Themaplewitch) August 21, 2019&> "I am the chosen one" isn't something that a U.S. President should say. It's barely something the villain in a poorly-written movie based on a video game should say.&> &> -- Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) August 21, 2019&> The chosen one pic.twitter.com/bOkE2U8SZP&> &> -- Mikhara (@mikhara_) August 21, 2019&> A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT I AM THE CHOSEN ONE. pic.twitter.com/RER6kpnzpE&> &> -- Caroline Goldsmith (@GoldCaro) August 21, 2019&> If Barack Obama looked to the sky and said 'I'm the chosen one', even as a joke(which this wasn't), everyone at Fox News would look like they just peeked inside the Ark of the Covenant. https://t.co/bfxkxWkL44&> &> -- Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 21, 2019Many also noted the fact that the president keeps relating himself to god-like figures. Earlier today he shared a concerning tweet that claims he is seen as both the "King of Israel" and the "second coming of God."&> "King of Israel" and "I am the chosen one" on the same day, huh https://t.co/MfKJKBPVxS&> &> -- Allahpundit (@allahpundit) August 21, 2019&> President Trump today: &> &> -"I am the chosen one" on his trade war with China. &> &> -Retweet claiming he is like the King of Israel. &> &> -Retweet claiming he is like the 2nd coming of god.&> &> -- Christina Ginn (@NBChristinaGinn) August 21, 2019&> Put Trump's "I am the chosen one" in the larger context with the messianic language in his tweets earlier today. &> &> He quoted a right-wing propagandist as saying he was "King of Israel" and "the second coming of God": pic.twitter.com/0DhKVtUNnP&> &> -- Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) August 21, 2019Can you believe there's still so much time in this day for Trump to say and tweet more things? WATCH: Papa Roach scolds Trump with song lyrics on Twitter
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:24:25 -0400
U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: Pompeo
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has removed nearly 2.7 million barrels of Iranian oil from global markets daily as a result of Washington's decision to reimpose sanctions on all purchases of Iran's crude, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:35:58 -0400
We can't trust police to protect us from racist violence. They contribute to it
News ImageWhite nationalists pervade law enforcement. Fighting far right violence means continuing our fight for police accountabilityProtesters shout anti-Nazi chants after chasing alt-right blogger Jason Kessler from a news conference on 13 August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesAs mass violence continues, many of us have become rightly afraid for the people we love. We want justice, but we also want protection.So what are the solutions were hearing about following this months violence? One idea we must reject is the idea of trusting law enforcement to protect us from white nationalist violence, given how much they contribute to it. If people in law enforcement want to be seen as experts on defeating white nationalism, shouldnt they have to get rid of all the white nationalists in their own ranks first?White nationalists pervade law enforcement. There is a long history of the military, police and other authorities supporting, protecting or even being members of white supremacy groups. But its not just history. It was revealed last week that a black man in Michigan came upon KKK materials and Confederate flags in plain view while being shown a home for sale the home of a police officer on the force for more than 20 years who shot and killed a black man in 2009 without consequence.Its a widespread pattern. As early as 2006, the FBI flagged it. Another FBI report in 2015, not covered nearly enough, indicated that domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers. (And thats the FBI, which has its own history of white supremacy affinity groups.)White nationalists connect through online networks and offline groups, and openly share tactics for infiltrating and influencing police departments, border patrol, the FBI and the military. That was the case for a Virginia police officer assigned to a high school who was revealed to be a longtime white nationalist and served as a recruiter for Identity Evropa, one of the groups behind the Charlottesville hate rallies and violence. He was not shy about his cover. In chat messages, he discussed ways to downplay appearances of racism, while still promoting white nationalism.Another thing many of those like him are not shy about: stoking and celebrating violence, and promoting hateful misinformation and rhetoric. The Plain View Project tracked publicly posted social media material from more than 3,500 confirmed current and retired law enforcement officers, and found that about 1 in 5 of the current officers, and 2 in 5 of the retired officers, made public posts or comments ... displaying bias, applauding violence, scoffing at due process or using dehumanizing language. The Center for Investigative Reporting was able to identify almost 400 current and retired law enforcement officials who were members of private Facebook Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups.We have seen racist text messages and emails among active officers revealed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and more, including among those in management with direct authority over law enforcement practices. As the Portland case proved, we must come to terms with the depth of association between senior law enforcement and white nationalist leaders and groups people they should be investigating and thwarting, not encouraging and helping to evade justice.Neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia after marching through the campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesIt would be naive to look at cases in which agencies have dismissed white nationalists from their ranks as an encouraging sign, whether in police departments, border patrol (an agent with a pattern of racist text messages ran over a Guatemalan migrant with a truck), the coast guard (a white nationalist aimed to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country), military units (more Identity Evropa members in the Marines), or anywhere else.In truth, would the level of violence committed by law enforcement in communities of color, and at the border, even be possible if racial hatred werent part and parcel of police culture? White nationalists in law enforcement and in many roles in government, such as prosecutors, are dangerous because they routinely abuse their power to attack and debilitate communities of color, including harassment and coercion, financial exploitation, acts of sexual and racially-targeted violence and mass incarceration all officially sanctioned, and all celebrated as part of the larger white nationalist agenda.Within the FBI, there has been an active movement among white nationalist sympathizers to protect their own by unfoundedly targeting nonviolent black activists: inventing the idea of a black extremist threat to justify surveillance of nonviolent black activists and divert attention from truly violent white nationalist perpetrators. This policy was codified in an internal Race Paper that a federal court allowed to remain secret, despite a move for transparency led by my organization, Color Of Change. (And people who have spoken out about internal racism at the FBI have not been treated well.)Investigations have not yet uncovered the extent to which people in law enforcement at all levels are actually involved in white nationalist violence more directly: training and mentorship, advice and tips, offering the social validation that people of color and others are, in fact, the enemy, or offering the social validation that violence is, in fact, the answer.More stories from those who know whats happening inside law enforcement officers lives would help.But we already know enough. We must change the incentives for law enforcement and their unions financial, social, cultural and otherwise that allow the denial of this threat to persist. Instead of allowing news media to praise law enforcement as problem-solvers, we must hold them to account for the harm they enable. Lawmakers across the country must also play their role: investigating the extent of the problem, and forcing a purge of white nationalists and their sympathizers from positions of power and influence everywhere. Fighting white nationalist violence means doubling down on our fight for police accountability.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:29:07 -0400
Guns are a huge part of American society; taking them away won't help: Today's talker
News ImageGuns are vital for protection in America. The acts of the few shouldn't affect citizens' rights to guns, which is protected by the Second Amendment.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:28:12 -0400
Prosecutor: Cannibalism victim was butchered 'like you wouldn't kill a livestock animal'
News ImageJoseph Oberhansley, 38, is accused of killing his estranged girlfriend and eating parts of her brain and organs in 2014.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 19:58:00 -0400
Ford's "Mustang-Inspired" Mach E Electric SUV Steps Out in Prototype Form
News ImageSaid to arrive next year, this new battery-powered crossover promises 300 miles of range and a relatively affordable starting price.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:30:00 -0400
America has no good options in Afghanistan and is literally negotiating with terrorists because of it
News ImagePresident Trump's officials have been negotiating with the Taliban to get out of Afghanistan, while the Taliban has been attacking Afghans.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:17:01 -0400
Mexican court rules to allow recreational cocaine use
News ImageThe Mexico City court ordered the national health regulator, COFEPRIS, to authorize the petitioners' cocaine use in personal, recreational doses, the organization said. "This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow (Mexico) to redirect its security efforts and better address public health," Mexico United Against Crime said in a statement. "We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:31:29 -0400
Sanders Hits Back after Co-Sponsor Harris Criticizes Medicare for All
News ImageSenator Bernie Sanders hit back at Senator Kamala Harris Monday evening after Harris said at a fundraiser in the Hamptons that she has "not been comfortable" with the Medicare for All plan she cosponsored with Sanders.&> I don't go to the Hamptons to raise money from billionaires. If I ever visited there, I would tell them the same thing I have said for the last 30 years: We must pass a Medicare for All system to guarantee affordable health care for all, not just for those who can afford it.&> &> -- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 19, 2019Harris courted wealthy donors in the Hamptons and at Marthas Vineyard over the weekend, assuring them that,I believe in capitalism, but capitalism is not working for most people."I think almost every member of the United States Senate who's running for president, and many others, have signed on to a variety of plans in the Senate. And I have done the same," the California Democrat said. "I support Medicare for All. But as you may have noticed, over the course of the many months, I've not been comfortable with Bernie's plan, the Medicare-for-All plan."Harris floundered slightly earlier in her campaign on the question of whether private insurance plans would still be available under her health-care proposal. She originally said private health insurance would be eliminated buthas since backtracked, saying that while she iscommitted to reining in the private insurance companies, phasing out private insurance has to happenover a period of time.Sanders is currently polling ahead of Harris but behind the front-runner, former vice president Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is in second place.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:35:47 -0400
Fox News Tried to Get Jill Abramson to Call the New York Times Biased. It Backfired.
News ImageDuring a lengthy Fox News interview on Wednesday morning, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson repeatedly frustrated Americas Newsroom anchors Sandra Smith and Jon Scott as she rebuffed their attempts to get her to criticize the papers coverage of President Trump.In recent days, Fox News has been laser-focused on a transcript of the newspapers recent town-hall meeting, claiming it showed current Times executive editor Dean Baquet admitting the paper switched narratives from the Russia investigation to racism in an effort to take out the president.Abramson, who has not been shy in her criticism of the paper she once ran, began the segment by immediately praising Baquet as really doing a brilliant job under the circumstances of Trumps presidency.Noting that Baquet is criticized all the time by you at Fox News and by conservatives were being way too hard on Trump and being biased against him, Abramson went on to say how impressed she was with Baquet for explaining to the staff that their job was to be independent and to hold power accountable.Essentially he told reporters and staffers that we started trying to cover the Trump and Russia collusion narrative and that has kind of gone away, Scott countered. So now we are going to cover President Trump as a racist. Is that essentially what he says, would you agree with that?The ex-Times editor did not, in fact, agree with that.No, I think you mischaracterized what he said, she replied. What he was explaining was that the paper had been set up to cover a deep investigative story out of Washington.Abramson added: And now they were pivoting to an election where the job of The New York Times is to be in the country figuring out how people feel and what they think. It was not telling people get ready to cover a racist administration. That was a complete mischaracterization of what he was saying. I read that transcript twice.Smith, meanwhile, tried a different tack, reading a piece of the transcript in which Baquet says they need to regroup following their coverage of the Russian investigation while framing it within conservative criticism.You heard some members of Congress, including Ted Cruz and others, speaking out pretty aggressively about that revealing an intentional shift in coverage from the Russia narrative to now race in covering the president, is that fair? Smith asked.I think thats an overstatement, Abramson responded. If you look at the totality of what Dean said it, he was urging his staff to make a pivot to cover out in the country in all America, not just in Washington, but how people are feeling to understand deeply why they elected Donald Trump in 2016 and why they may possibly do so again in 2016.Eventually, the Fox anchors shifted course and tried to get Abramson to blast the Times for changing a headline earlier this month, once again coming up empty as the former editor said the current editorial staff made the right judgment in making the alteration.As the interview came to an end, Smith threw up one final Hail Mary.I know your book writes about old-school journalism and the changing media landscape and whats missing from journalism today, the anchor said. I will just ask you, does The New York Times fairly cover the news?Does The New York Times fairly cover President Trump?I think it does fairly cover President Trump, who makes it very difficult to cover him, Abramson answered, adding that it is extremely difficult to cover a president who has reportedly said more than 10,000 lies and falsehoods since entering office.Read 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.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:39:04 -0400
Hannity: There has never been a better friend and ally to the state of Israel than Donald J. Trump
News ImageSean Hannity weighs in on President Trump's relationship with Israel and 'the Squad's' feud.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 22:00:56 -0400
WIDER IMAGE-"I don't recommend you do this": Thailand's stealthy snake wrangler
News ImageIn the dead of night, Thai firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo stealthily approaches a python coiled around the rafters of a home in Bangkok, and quickly grabs its head with his bare hands. "This job makes me feel like I'm a superhero," he said.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:00:33 -0400
Catholic Priest Abuse Survivors' Group Says It's 'Cowardly' That Convicted Cardinal Has Not Been Defrocked
News Image'I don't know what other proof any organization needs other than a conviction'
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 19:43:41 -0400
Yale failed to stop professor who sexually assaulted students over decades, report says
Yale failed to stop professor who sexually assaulted students over decades, report saysA report commissioned by Yale says a professor assaulted at least five students, and an investigation in 1994 failed to stop him.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 23:46:49 -0400
Newark man faces child sex charges; mummified remains found
News ImagePolice responding to a call about child sexual abuse said they found mummified remains and an altar to an unknown deity in the home of a man who is now facing multiple charges. Robert Williams is scheduled for an initial court appearance Friday. According to the Essex County prosecutor's office, Newark police investigated after receiving reports that the 53-year-old Williams had been abusing a 13-year-old child for several months.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:21:12 -0400
In-Depth 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Photos
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Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:59:00 -0400
Teens swept up in night raids in Kashmir clampdown
News ImageAli 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
Bernie Sanders wants to completely ban cops using facial recognition tech from firms like Amazon
News ImageAs part of a sweeping set of promises on criminal justice reform, Bernie Sanders says he will ban the use of facial recognition by police.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:08:33 -0400
US mental health staff warned not to contradict Trump after mass shootings
News ImageWhen Donald Trump targeted mental illness as the cause of the mass shootings that killed 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, federal health officials made sure no government experts might contradict him.A Health and Human Services (HHS) directive on 5 August warned communication staffers not to post anything on social media related to mental health, violence and mass shootings without prior approval.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:38:56 -0400
Debate Deadline Looms for Several Democrats: Campaign Update
News Image(Bloomberg) -- It may be now or never for Democratic candidates who so far havent caught on with primary voters and pollsters: Theyve got just one week left to make the cut for the third debate.Of the more than 20 candidates in the battle for the nomination, 10 have qualified to participate in the forum, scheduled to take place Sept. 12 and 13. But if no others meet the requirements by Aug. 28, the event in Houston will be compressed to one night, according to ABC News, the host.If more than 10 candidates end up qualifying, the network will randomly assign the participants to one of the two nights. They will have one minute and 15 seconds to answer questions, and 45 seconds for rebuttals.To qualify, candidates must have received donations from at least 130,000 unique donors and poll above 2% in at least four national polls. Pending verification by the Democratic National Committee, these contenders have qualified so far: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto ORourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.The debate will be held at Texas Southern University and moderated by ABC anchors George Stephanopoulos and David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.A contender who had not met the polling threshold, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, announced on Wednesday night that he was dropping out of the race. Inslee became the third Democratic presidential candidate to withdraw from the contest for the 2020 nomination, following former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Representative Eric Swalwell of California.Coming Up:The Democratic National Committee meets until Saturday in San Francisco. Most of the top presidential candidates -- except Biden and Buttigieg -- will speak to members on Friday.\--With assistance from Emma Kinery.To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 05:30:00 -0400
Mexican president says government not talking with criminal gangs
News ImageMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday said his nine-month-old administration's efforts to bring down record rates of violent crime do not include talks with criminal gangs or armed self-defense groups. On Tuesday, Mexico's interior minister told reporters the government was holding talks with "various groups" in states hard hit by violence, in response to a question about organized criminals.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:55:01 -0400
Fox News Host Quickly Moves On After GOP Rep. Says Tlaib Hates Jews More Than She Likes Her Grandmother
News ImageFox News anchor Harris Faulkner swiftly brushed aside a Republican congressmans inflammatory comments about Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Tuesday, briefly expressing shock when Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) said Tlaib hates Jews more than she likes her grandmother before ultimately moving on.Green, who was part of a group of lawmakers who recently traveled to Israel, appeared on Fox News Outnumbered Overtime to discuss Israels controversial decision to bar Reps. Tlaib and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from entering the country.Reacting to the two Muslim congresswomens recent press conference denouncing the travel restrictions, Green claimed everything they said in the presser was an absolute lie before taking aim at Tlaib, who cried while talking about her Palestinian grandmother.This grandmother visit and the tears, he groused. She hadnt visited her grandmother for 13 years prior to this. If she really wanted to go see her grandmother, she would have gone.Noting that Tlaib refused Israels offer for her to specifically see her grandmother, Green then added, Obviously she hates Jews more than she likes her grandmother. Obviously.Oh my goodness, Faulkner uttered, apparently taken aback.Instead of addressing the Tennessee lawmakers incendiary remarks, the Fox News anchor went right back to her set of questions she wanted to ask Green, which centered around Muslims serving in Israels Knesset and Tlaibs dismissal of criticism of the group that was set to sponsor her Israel trip.The Fox anchor, meanwhile, never circled back to Greens comments, letting the incendiary accusation sit without any pushback.The Tennessee congressmans remarks come on the heels of President Donald Trump saying he doesnt buy Tlaibs tears, claiming hes watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long while also accusing her of hating all Jewish people.Read 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 18:13:04 -0400
Here's How Aliens Might See Earth
News ImageIt looks a bit different from the pale blue dot.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:31:00 -0400
Former Massachusetts police union president used dues as 'personal piggy bank,' feds say
News ImageDana Pullman, feds say, paid for flowers, iTunes purchases and a romantic trip to Miami using a debit card from the Massachusetts state police union.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:18:44 -0400
The Latest: Philadelphia police commissioner resigning
News ImageA Philadelphia official says the resignation of Police Commissioner Richard Ross is related to allegations made by a corporal and a patrol officer against several department employees. Deana Gamble is a spokeswoman for Mayor Jim Kenney. Kenney's announcement Tuesday referred to a sexual harassment prevention policy and efforts to prevent discrimination and harassment that were implemented a year ago.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:38:09 -0400
Money, muscle, media: how China has handled Hong Kong protests
News ImageChina has deployed a three-pronged strategy to suffocate pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong -- propaganda, economic leverage and intimidation. Here is a look at Beijing's efforts so far to squash a movement that has refused to die. As protests erupted in June, discussion inside authoritarian China was muted, censored on social media or played down on state outlets.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:34:20 -0400
Luntz: I was wrong on climate change
News ImageLuntz urged Democrats to "personalize, individualize and humanize" the impacts of climate change
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:11:03 -0400
Trump wants to buy Greenland. Only one-third of Americans would be willing to offer more than $12 for the island.
News ImageSixty-one percent of Americans in an INSIDER poll said they'd pay nothing, and only 29% said they'd pay more than the average cost of a used car.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:12:00 -0400
Drivers in Idaho keep harassing busloads of immigrants' children on their way to pre-school
News ImageOne driver reported experiencing threatening incidents with other drivers while she was driving a busload of children under the age of five.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:23:17 -0400
CNN Pundits Bodyguard Charged with Assault after Removing Reporter Covering Her Speech
News ImageCNN 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 ofNew 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.Shes 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
'Ticking time bomb': Violence surges amid guard shortage, lockdown at Mississippi prison
News ImageAs a lockdown at this Mississippi prison enters its seventh month, violence is rampant. It's "not a sustainable situation," ACLU official says. Others agree.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:34:43 -0400
Must West Virginia governor live in capital? Suit continues
News ImageCan a governor be forced to live in the state capital? A lawsuit seeking to do just that with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was back in court Wednesday. The Republican billionaire has drawn frequent criticism from members of both major parties for being absent from the Charleston statehouse as his business empire of more than 100 companies bogs down in litigation.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 21:15:16 -0400
Verdict due in Germany knife killing that sparked racist riots
News ImageA 24-year-old Syrian man is expected to face a court verdict Thursday over a knife killing that sparked far-right street violence and protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz. The ruling comes at a sensitive time, one year after thousands of neo-Nazis and enraged citizens marched through Chemnitz, and just over a week ahead of state elections in the ex-communist region. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which has railed against immigrants and Islam, is forecast to poll strongly in the state of Saxony and neighbouring Brandenburg on September 1.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 01:30:43 -0400
Where Does the Oxygen in the Universe Come From, Exactly?
News ImageScientists still don't quite understand. But they're getting closer.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:48:00 -0400
Russia's new high-altitude drone just flew for the first time, and they want to arm it with one ton of bombs
News ImageOn 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
Carrie Symonds 'barred from entering the US over Somaliland trip'
News ImageBoris Johnson's girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, has been barred from visiting the US. She had applied for permission to go to the US in the next few days as part of her job with environmental group Oceana but the request was blocked by the American authorities, the Daily Mail reported. The situation could prove embarrassing for the Prime Minister, who is expected to meet US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in France which begins on Saturday. The problem with Ms Symonds' travel plans could be linked to a trip toSomalilandlast year. The US does not recogniseSomalilandas an independent country, instead viewing it as part of Somalia. Applicants under the electronic system for travel authorisation (Esta) visa waiver programme, which allows Britons to spend up to 90 days in the US, are asked whether they have visited Somalia since March 2011. Ms Symonds visitedSomalilandlast year with her friend Nimco Ali, a campaigner against female genital mutilation. Following the reports of Ms Symonds' travel difficulties, Ms Ali said on Twitter: "Somalilandis Africa's best kept Secret, it's my birth place and it's stunning. "For 28 years without international assistance we have rebuilt our Country and are the only democracy in the Horn of Africa. I am happy to personally show anyone around the land I was sourced from." Ms Symonds has no official role in Downing Street and no taxpayer-funded support, although she has been pictured at functions in Number 10 with Mr Johnson. Downing Street declined to comment. Ayan Mahamoud, Head of the Somaliland Mission to the UK said, the country is an "independent, peaceful and stable" nation often wrongly confused with neighbours Somalia. She said: "We have a longstanding and positive relationship with the UK Government, and we have been proud to host members of the Government within the last 12 months, numerous Members of Parliament, and thousands of tourists from the UK every year. We continue to call on the UK Government to support our calls for international recognition and to support Somaliland as we seek to overturn the damaging and unjustified travel restrictions unfairly imposed on our citizens by the US Government.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:59:52 -0400
Iran's Zarif warns U.S. that Tehran may also act 'unpredictably'
News ImageIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran may act "unpredictably" in response to the United States' "unpredictable" policies under U.S. President Donald Trump. Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen since President Trumps administration last year quit an international deal to curb Irans nuclear ambitions and began to ratchet up sanctions. President Trump cannot expect to be unpredictable and expect others to be predictable.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:30:53 -0400
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