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Two Russian jets 'intercepted' by US fighter planes near Alaska

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/two-russian-jets-intercepted-by-us-fighter-planes-near-alaska-1617514

>US pilots escorted the planes for 12 minutes before the TU-95s changed course and headed to Russia.

US fighter planes have intercepted and escorted two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska.

The TU-95 Bear bombers flew within 100 miles (160 km) of Alaska's Kodiak Island before being intercepted by two American F-22 Raptors on Monday (17th April).

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai doubled his pay last year to $200 million

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/28/google-ceo-sundar-pichais-compensation-doubled-in-2016-to-200-million.html

Google CEO Sundar Pichai cashed in big during his first full calendar year at the helm of the Internet giant, nearly doubling his total compensation to $200 million in 2016.

Pichai received a salary of $650,000 last year, slightly less than the $652,500 he earned in 2015.

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Philippine leader says N. Korea's Kim "wants to end the world", urges U.S. restraint

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday urged the United States to show restraint after North Korea's latest missile test and to avoid playing into the hands of leader Kim Jong Un, who "wants to end the world".

The notoriously blunt Duterte said the Southeast Asia region was extremely worried about tensions between the United States and North Korea, and said one misstep would be a "catastrophe" and Asia would be the first victim of a nuclear war.

The United States, Japan, South Korea and China, he said, were sparring with a man who was excited about the prospect of firing missiles.

Duterte is current chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and was due to speak by telephone to U.S. President Donald Trump later on Saturday. He said he would urge Trump not to get into a confrontation with Kim.

more here:

http://news.trust.org/item/20170429134055-8t0av

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Trump admits he thought being president 'would be easier

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-admits-he-thought-being-president-would-be-easier/article/2621548

Nearly 100 days into his presidency, Donald Trump says he thought being commander in chief "would be easier."

During a wide-ranging interview with Reuters on Thursday, Trump said, "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going."

Before becoming a presidential candidate, Trump was a longtime businessman who also dabbled in reality television with his "Apprentice" series.

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The people’s billionaire: George Soros gave $36M to groups behind People’s Climate March

https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/mnras/stx517

The People’s Climate March scheduled for Saturday has a powerful billionaire behind it: Democratic Party donor George Soros.

Mr. Soros, who heads the Open Society Foundations, contributed over $36 million between 2000 and 2014 to 18 of the 55 organizations on the march’s steering committee, according to an analysis released Friday by the conservative Media Research Center.

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RealDoll’s $15K A.I.-Powered Sex Robot ‘Talks, Learns’

http://www.breitbart.com/

An upcoming $15,000 sex robot from RealDoll powered by artificial intelligence can talk and learn according to a report by The Guardian.

“Harmony is a prototype, a robotic version of the company’s hyper-realistic silicone sex toy, the RealDoll,” explained The Guardian‘s Jenny Kleeman. “Her hazel eyes darted between me and her creator, Matt McMullen, as he described her accomplishments.”

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Trump Turned The Tables On The Media, Gives Them A 'Fat, Failing Grade' For His 100 Days

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2615-Trump-Turned-The-Tables-On-The-Media-Gives-Them-A-Fat-Failing-Grade-For-His-100-Days

Trump accused the media at his rally of "fake news", as his supporters wildly cheered his remarks. The President added that if the media's job was, to be honest and report the truth, then they deserved to get "a big, fat failing grade". He also said he was more thrilled to be in the company of his supporters at the rally, and be "100 miles away from the swamp in Washington". He said that the event where the media is trapped in a dinner in Washington will be "very, very boring". He said he appreciates being in a "much, much larger crowd and much better people".

In contrast to media's bad job, Trump boasted that his administration has been delivering for the American people for the past 100 days. At the rally, Trump shared anew with his supporters his government's successes including the nomination and eventual confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, his cabinet choices and the approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Turkish court rules no insult as long as Erdoğan is rooster

https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/04/28/turkish-court-rules-no-insult-as-long-as-erdogan-is-rooster/

A social media user who was convicted on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a photograph was subsequently acquitted after an appeals court ruled that Erdoğan was portrayed as a cock, which is superior in the pecking order to the hen, the Diken news website reported on Thursday.

Hasan Akkaya was sentenced to one year in prison by the Karşıyaka 1st Penal Court of First Instance in İzmir province for insulting President Erdoğan on social media with a photoshopped image in which Erdoğan was depicted as a rooster and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as a hen. The court converted the sentence to a TL 6,000 fine.

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Judge Orders Autopsy On The Body Of Arkansas Latest Executed Inmate

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2610-Judge-Orders-Autopsy-On-The-Body-Of-Arkansas-Latest-Executed-Inmate

Arkansas authorities will conduct an autopsy on the body of their most recently executed inmate after a federal judge has ordered them to do so. The court order is the result of a complaint from the lawyer of the inmate who described his execution as "horrifying"' which involved jerking and convulsions during his lethal injection.

Judge Kristine Baker of the US Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas issued the order late Friday, less than a day since Arkansas carried out the execution of convicted multiple murderer 38-year-old Kenneth Williams. Williams was the latest inmate to be executed among the four executions carried out by the conservative southern state in just a week.

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Breast Surgeon Intentionally Wounded Patients

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2585-Breast-Surgeon-Intentionally-Wounded-Patients

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients by carrying out unnecessary operations.

The 59-year-old surgeon conducted life-changing operations for no medically-justifiable reason. Nottingham Crown Court heard that his motives were obscure but may have included a desire to earn extra money.

The breast surgeon was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women and one man. Jury members also convicted him of three further wounding charges. He was granted bail and is due to be sentenced in May.

There were reports that Paterson treated thousands of patients during his career he also exaggerated or invented cancer risks and claimed payments for more expensive procedures in some cases.

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McDonald's brand new uniform unimpressed customers; made savage joke McDonald's has revealed its new

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2497-McDonald-s-Learns-Dressing-Employees-in-Death-Star-Uniforms-Isn-t-Good-for-Morale

McDonald's has revealed its new staff uniforms and not everyone is not excited with the new gray-on-gray design.

It was a big departure from McDonald's classic red and yellow attire. Waraire Boswell who used to work at McDonald's designed the new uniform. Boswell says he wanted to create a uniform that employees would not mind wearing outside of work.

Imagine the feeling of putting on a brand new outfit and feel being the finest of them all and then someone tells you, it does not look so great.

People on social media are not seeing the vision and went crazy over the weekend.

Self-confidence level of McDonald's staff in the USA should have been so all time low because of being mercilessly mocked by people on social media.

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Pilot Thrashes Wrestling Female Passengers In Footage

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2614-Pilot-Thrashes-Wrestling-Female-Passengers-In-Footage

Reports that were released on Saturday by TMZ indicate that the 27-second video appears to show the pilot trying to separate two women passengers as they wrestled on the jetway floor.

The two women had just alighted from their plane which had just landed at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Reports from TMZ reveal that the footage shows the pilot grabbing one of them by the arm and hitting her. The pilot then walks away.

The footage also has a man who is heard yelling, "knock it off". Reports from TMZ said that a Delta employee turned over the video to a supervisor right away.

A Delta representative told TMZ that after the story surfaced, the pilot was suspended a week ago after the airline became aware of the incident and the video.

The representatives were also quoted saying that the pilot has since been returned to work as the investigation found that his actions were meant to settle a dispute between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning.

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Hacker Leaks Stolen ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes to Piracy Network

An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands.

Variety was unable to verify the authenticity of the “OITNB” episodes the hacker claimed to have shared on popular file-sharing site the Pirate Bay.

The first 10 episodes of season 5 were apparently shared shortly before 6 a.m. ET Saturday, with the 10 files comprising a total of 11.46 gigabytes. The hacker, who uses the handle “thedarkoverlord,” published the premiere episode from the upcoming season of “Orange Is the New Black” on Friday to the Pirate Bay.

Netflix has set June 9 for the release of season five of “Orange Is the New Black.” It’s possible that the streamer will move up the “OITNB” premiere date now that the bulk of the episodes have leaked.

Reps for Netflix did not respond to a request for comment about the latest development.

more here:

http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/orange-is-the-new-black-season-5-hacker-piracy-leak-1202403760/

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Delta Pilot Who Hit Female Passenger Back at Work

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2612-Delta-Pilot-Who-Hit-Female-Passenger-Back-at-Work

The number of recent incidents involving the airline industry is increasing at a very fast rate. This begs the question on whether the services in the industry are deteriorating by the hour. That was the case with Delta Airlines which is defending a pilot who was caught on video smacking a female passenger involved in a brawl with another passenger.

Reports that were released on Saturday by TMZ indicate that the 27-second video appears to show the pilot trying to separate two women passengers as they wrestled on the jetway floor.

The two women had just alighted from their plane which had just landed at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.

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"Out Of His Mind" Surgeon Plans First Human Head Transplant, Revival Of Frozen Brain

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2599-Out-Of-His-Mind-Surgeon-Plans-First-Human-Head-Transplant-Revival-Of-Frozen-Brain

Canavero also became controversial in the past recent years when he claimed that transplanting the whole head of a human onto a donor body is possible. A Russian man even publicly volunteered to avail of the said procedure. The man was suffering from a spinal muscular atrophy malady called Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease. Canavero even went out of his way to prove that his supposed transplant could work by publishing gruesome experiments in 2016, said to have repaired the severely injured spinal cords of mice, rats, and a dog. Cringe-worthy videos even accompanied the experiments showing poor, recovering animals struggling to drag their limp bodies around. Yet from a more scientific and thorough and credible medical practice, Canavero's study lacked controls, detailed methods, and data on the injuries and recoveries. Canavero also claimed to have performed a head transplant on a monkey but did not go on to publish the experiment.

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Tillerson Calls On The World To Isolate North Korea To Stop Its Nuclear Ambitions

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2597-Tillerson-Calls-On-The-World-To-Isolate-North-Korea-To-Stop-Its-Nuclear-Ambitions

Tillerson also gave special emphasis to China and on what the Asian superpower can do in terms of using its trade links with its neighbors to influence Pyongyang to stop its nuclear arms expansion. Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, however, was quick to deny that China holds the key to solve the North Korea problem.

Tillerson also warned the UN Security Council in New York of "catastrophic consequences" if it did not act, warning that it was possibly only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland. Tillerson said the U.S. is prepared to use military force if necessary.

Tillerson urged other countries to suspend diplomatic ties with the reclusive state and to isolate its financial institutions. The Secretary of State hopes UN members such as Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos will cut useful links with North Korea. Tillerson also accused Council members of not honoring fully the existing sanctions against Pyongyang. UN sanctions include a ban on selling arms, fuel, and other items that can be used for weapons-making to North Korea. Also included on the banned list are luxury goods including pearl jewelry and snowmobiles worth $2,000. All cargo entering or leaving North Korea must undergo inspection since last year.

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As Trump calls for wall, a look at the world's barriers

https://apnews.com/4979d919a4ba4956a45f42fbf0b4dcfb/As-Trump-calls-for-wall,-a-look-at-the-world's-barriers

As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Despite widespread skepticism and Mexico's refusal to pay for the wall, as Trump has demanded, the U.S. government has been soliciting bids and test sections could be built as soon as this summer.

Physical barriers are as old as humanity and have proven to be effective over the centuries at protecting borders. But fences can also have unwanted consequences, like destroying city neighborhoods, harming the environment and preventing innocent victims from reaching safety.

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Infowars' Alex Jones loses child custody battle

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/infowars-alex-jones-loses-child-custody-battle/article/2621547

Infowars' Alex Jones has lost a custody over his three kids with ex-wife Kelly Jones in a case where the fiery conspiracy theorist's attorney argued that he is only "playing a character" on his show.

The Travis County, Texas, jury was comprised of 12 jurors. Ten agreed with the verdict on Thursday, which means Kelly Jones will get the best of custody rights. Alex will still have visition rights but with their children, ages 9, 12 and 14, with the exact plan yet to be ironed out.

Alex Jones' ex-wife described him as a "violent, cruel and abusive man" who is "enraged and out of control most of the time," according to the Austin-American Statesman.

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White House: What Is Happening with Free Speech on Campus Is ‘Appalling’

http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2017/04/27/white-house-what-is-happening-free-speech-campus-appalling/

Cliff Sims, special assistant to President Trump, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday regarding several topics, including free speech on college campuses, the president’s tax plan, the Obamacare compromise bill, and the administration’s first 100 days.

Asked about recent events like the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s speech and the chilling impact on free speech of ongoing leftist protests at UC Berkeley and elsewhere, Sims said, “Free speech is the lynchpin of democracy here in the United States. As I watch personally what is going on out there, it is appalling.”

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Sean Hannity warns that Fox News is facing its “total end”

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170426/09303137242/want-to-promote-breastfeeding-thats-trade-barrier-says-us-trade-rep.shtml

Now that schadenfreude is the only joy most of us have left, we take it where we can get it. Take, for instance, the continued crumbling of the fortifications at Fox News, which, in the space of a year, has lost not only its CEO, but also the majority of its top-tier talent. Now—possibly sensing his rising power as the last “name” operating at the right-wing cable news network—smug scarecrow Sean Hannity is making noises about how unhappy he’ll be if the network turns its back on its current co-president.

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Tanzania fires 10,000 civil servants over fake documents

http://parstoday.com/en/news/world-i51506-tanzania_fires_10_000_civil_servants_over_fake_documents

The civil servants have been given 15 days to leave their jobs or risk jail terms of up to seven years.

Speaking in the capital, Dodoma, Magufuli described the 9,932 officials as “robbers and shoplifters” and ordered them to “immediately disappear from their work stations.”

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Trump hints he may stay in Paris climate pact

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/331046-trump-hints-he-might-stay-in-paris-climate-pact

President Trump is hinting that he might keep the United States in the Paris climate change agreement, but he doesn’t think it currently treats the U.S. fairly.

Trump told Reuters in an interview that he would make a decision in about two weeks on the pact that former President Obama negotiated.

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Student assistant at school in Stockholm is sentenced to eight years in prison for rape against stud

https://translate.google.com/translate?depth=5&hl=en&nv=1&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=sv&sp=nmt4&u=

The two youngest boys have come into contact with the rapist as they are students at the municipal school he is working on, the third is the big brother of one of the other two boys. In his spare time, the 30-year-old has also been a football coach for one of the AIK's boys' teams in which all three boys play soccer. The city of Stockholm still lists the man as an employee at the current school.

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Russian senator:Israel risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’

http://www.awdnews.com/political/russian-senator-israel-risks-being-%E2%80%98wiped-off-the-map-with-nuclear-counterstrike%E2%80%99

Israel, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth,” the deputy head of a Russian upper house committee said.

“The statement made by Israel’s Defense Minister calls for a harsh response and I’m not afraid of going too far. At best this statement may be seen as an element of a psychological war, which looks especially revolting in this context”.

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Egyptian tribe burnt alive top ISIS commander in act of revenge

http://www.muslimpress.com/Section-world-news-16/107799-egyptian-tribe-burnt-alive-top-isis-commander-in-act-of-revenge

An Egyptian tribe released a video that showed what they claim to be an ISIS militant being burnt alive in Sinai.

In the video the al-Tarabeen tribesmen are heard threatening to burn and kill other ISIS members in response to a threat from the extremist group for cooperating with the army and police against them.

One of the tribe members said to Al Arabiya, that they burnt one of the most important ISIS leaders, who previously killed and burnt three citizens and a police officer.

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Wikipedia blocked in Turkey

https://turkeyblocks.org/2017/04/29/wikipedia-blocked-turkey/

The Turkey Blocks monitoring network has verified restrictions affecting the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia in Turkey. A block affecting all language editions of the website detected at 8:00AM local time Saturday 29 April. The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country.

Certain subdomains remained partially available on ISP TTNet at the time of writing, while the restriction appears to by fully implemented on Uydunet, Turkcell and other fixed line and mobile service providers.

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French amphibious carrier arrives in Japan for Pacific drills amid growing North Korea tensions

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-japan-france-amphibious-assault-carrier-mistral-pacific-drills-a7708971.html

As tension spikes on the Korean peninsula, a French amphibious assault carrier sailed into Japan's naval base of Sasebo on Saturday ahead of drills that risk upsetting China, which faces U.S. pressure to rein in North Korea's arms programmes.

The Mistral will lead exercises next month near Guam, along with forces from Japan, the United States and Britain, practising amphibious landings around Tinian, an island about 2,500 km (1,553 miles) south of the Japanese capital of Tokyo.

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Berlin airport evacuated and flights diverted over 'suspicious suitcase

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/berlin-airport-evacuation-flights-arrivals-diverted-suspicious-suitcase-a7709071.html

Flights to and from Berlin's Tegel airport were briefly suspended Saturday after police cleared a terminal to investigate a suspicious suitcase.

The airport operator said shortly after midday that flights to Tegel were being diverted as officers examined a piece of unclaimed baggage at Terminal B.

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NSA to Stop Warrantless Surveillance of American Messages, Will Delete ‘Vast Majority’ of Data Coll

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/breaking-nsa-stop-warrantless-surveillance-american-messages-will-delete-vast-majority-data-collected/

The U.S. NSA has halted a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans that mentioned a foreign intelligence target, the spy agency confirmed on Friday, Reuters reports.The decision to stop the once-secret activity, which collected messages sent to or received from people believed to be living overseas, arrives as a sudden and unexpected triumph for privacy advocates who were long critical of the program, which U.S. officials had defended as both lawful and important to national security.

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Elon Musk's vision for underground road system

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39741094

US entrepreneur Elon Musk has outlined his vision for a tunnel network under Los Angeles and shown how it might work.

Mr Musk also told the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference he planned fully autonomous journeys across the US by the end of the year.

He spoke about how he wanted solar-powered roof tiles to be standard on "every home" within 50 years.

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North Korea crisis: North in another 'failed' missile launch

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39750240

North Korea has test-fired another ballistic missile, South Korean and US military officials say.

The missile exploded shortly after take-off, they said - the second failed launch in the past fortnight.

US President Donald Trump accused North Korea of showing "disrespect" towards China and its president.

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Italian Prosecutor: Wiretaps Reveal NGOs Working With Human Smugglers to Flood Italy

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=56660

An Italian prosecutor on Thursday defended his accusation that non-governmental organizations operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean are colluding with migrant smugglers after one humanitarian organization said the charge threatened its work and requested proof for the allegation.

Carmelo Zuccaro, chief prosecutor for the Sicilian city of Catania, told RAI state television that he believes that some NGOs working to rescue migrants just outside Libyan waters "could be financed by traffickers" and that their ultimate goal could be "to destabilize the Italian economy." He has cited wiretapped conversations.

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A mysterious illness kills 11 young people in Liberia, where Ebola raged

http://archive.is/AQdLW#selection-3615.0-3615.72

World Health Organization officials said Friday that they are investigating a troubling report out of Liberia of a “cluster of unexplained illnesses and deaths” in an area several hours from Monrovia.

Since April 24, at least 17 people have fallen ill with fever, vomiting, headache, diarrhea. Eleven have died and five are still hospitalized at the Francis Grant Hospital in Greenville, Sinoe County, which is about 4.5 hours southeast of the capital. Most of the victims are younger than 21. While the symptoms appear to mimic those of Ebola in the early stages, specimens analyzed from seven of the people who died came back negative for the virus.

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All 100 senators sign letter against U.N. actions to bring Israel to account

https://israelpalestinenews.org/100-senators-sign-letter-u-n-actions-bring-israel-account/

All 100 U.S. senators signed a letter Thursday asking U.N. Secretary General António Guterres to address what the lawmakers call entrenched bias against Israel at the world body.

The unanimous message notes that the United States is the largest contributor to the United Nations but does not threaten the withholding of U.S. dues. Still, it uses strong language to insist that the United Nations rectify what the senators said is unequal treatment of Israel on human rights and other grounds.

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Pentagon says two Army Rangers may have been killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-two-u-s-army-rangers-killed-in-eastern-1493413125-htmlstory.html

The Pentagon has launched an investigation into whether friendly fire killed two U.S. Army Rangers during a night raid against an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan this week.

Due to the fierce fighting, it's not clear if the two Rangers were shot by other Americans, by Afghan troops or by Islamic State fighters. U.S. commanders launched an official inquiry into the incident.

Sgt. Joshua Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., and Sgt. Cameron Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, were killed during a three-hour battle Wednesday night in Nangarhar province.

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Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mo

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4448404/Saudi-Arabia-sends-atheist-death-renouncing-Islam.html

Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al-Batin.

Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and blasphemy.

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Russia's Lavrov says ready to cooperate with U.S. on Syria: agencies

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-usa-idUSKBN17V07Y?il=0

Moscow is ready to cooperate with the United States on settling the Syrian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported.

Russian authorities reiterate periodically that they stand ready to renew cooperation with Washington on Syria and, more globally, on fighting terrorism

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Trump signs order to expand drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/trump-expands-drilling-arctic-atlantic-ocean-1.4090163

Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump ordered his interior secretary to review an Obama-era plan that dictates which locations are open to offshore drilling, with the goal of the new administration to expand operations.

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Venezuela's poor are turning on its president and clashing with pro-government militias

https://news.vice.com/story/venezuelas-poor-are-turning-on-its-president-and-clashing-with-pro-government-militias

Late in the morning on Monday, April 24, protesters gathered on a patch of grass next to a pedestrian bridge in Altamira, in the eastern and wealthier half of Caracas. They were planning the latest march in a series of protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro that have rocked the faltering country since March 20, when Venezuela’s highest court attempted to dissolve the national assembly in an effort to further weaken Maduro’s opponents.

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Holocaust museum condemns 'torture and killing of gay men' in Chechnya

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/us-holocaust-museum-chechnya-gay-men-torture-killing-lgbt-rights-sara-bloomfield-chechen-leader-a7706931.html

The Chechen and Russian governments must investigate claims of persecution of gay men and protect LGBT rights, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum has said, as it condemned an alleged campaign of repression reported in Chechnya in recent months.

The museum's director, Sara Bloomfield, said: "The Holocaust teaches us what can happen when state-sponsored, group-targeted violence is allowed to go unchecked. The reports about the targeting of LGBT persons in Chechnya combined with statements from Chechen officials seemingly endorsing violence are cause for great concern."

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Meet the 37-year-old woman who has given birth to 38 children

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/35182889/uganda-woman-aged-37-has-38-children/#page1

>A woman from Uganda has given birth to a jaw-dropping 38 children, and surprisingly she is only 37 years old.

The mother, Mariam Nabatanzi, has delivered all her children at home except her latest addition who is now four months old, reports the Nairobi News.

The newborn had to be delivered by caesarean section at a local hospital.

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'Rich kids of Instagram meets Hunger Games'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/news/fyre-festival-instagram-friendly-music-event-12000-tickets-turns/

It was supposed to be the most glamorous event of the year, with all the selfie opportunities and flower-crowns a young, gym-bodied social media influencer could dream of. But Fyre Festival, an elite concert event on a deserted island in the Bahamas with tickets priced up to $12,000 has quickly turned into a terrifying B-movie, with flocks of Instagram models forced to seek shelter in an airport after arriving to discover a lack of food, violent locals, appalling accommodation and feral dogs roaming the grounds.

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Twelve Antifa in court today for felony arraignments

http://narrative-collapse.com/2017/04/28/twelve-antifa-in-court-today-for-felony-arraignments/

On January 20th, 231 people were arrested for rioting Washington DC. A grand jury in the Superior Court of D.C. returned a superseding indictment yesterday that added new charges for twelve of those people. Those twelve have felony arraignments scheduled for today.

The new charges stem from destroying a limo and assaulting several police officers. One of the officers was knocked unconscious. Dane Powell is accused of hitting that officer in the back of the head with a rock.

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Trump Vows Never to Infringe on 2nd Amendment: "Never Ever"

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2587-Trump-Vows-Never-to-Infringe-on-2nd-Amendment-Never-Ever

President Trump on Friday broke a record that was previously held by Ronald Reagan. He did so by being the first sitting U.S. president since Reagan to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention.

Mr. Trump pledged to come through for gun-rights activists like they did for him last year. In his statement, President Trump emphasized that the NRA came through for him, and that he was going to come through for the activists.

President Trump was speaking at the NRA lobbying arm’s 2017 Leadership Forum where he reassured the Association that the eight-year assault on their Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.

The NRA gun-rights group endorsed Mr. Trump at its convention last May in Louisville, Kentucky, and was one of his biggest outside boosters in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Facebook’s new anti-fake news strategy is not going to work – but something else might

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/2017/04/27/facebooks-new-anti-fake-news-strategy-is-not-going-to-work-but-something-else-might/

Have you seen some “tips to spot fake news” on your Facebook newsfeed recently?

Over the past year, the social media company has been scrutinized for influencing the US presidential election by spreading fake news (propoganda). Obviously, the ability to spread completely made-up stories about politicians trafficking child sex slaves and imaginary terrorist attacks with impunity is bad for democracy and society.

Something had to be done.

Enter Facebook’s new, depressingly incompetent strategy for tackling fake news. The strategy has three, frustratingly ill-considered parts.

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ICE data shows half of immigrants arrested in raids had traffic convictions or no record

http://archive.is/qzvnS

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ICE data shows half of immigrants arrested in raids had traffic convictions or no record

Foreign nationals being arrested in February during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Charles Reed/AP)

By Maria Sacchetti and Ed O'Keefe April 28 at 7:50 PM 

About half of the 675 immigrants picked up in roundups across the United States in the days after President Trump took office either had no criminal convictions or had committed traffic offenses, mostly drunken driving, as their most serious crimes, according to data obtained by The Washington Post.

Records provided by congressional aides Friday offered the most detailed look yet at the backgrounds of the individuals rounded up and targeted for deportation in early February by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents assigned to regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York.

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Tesla recruiting engineers in Mexico for California plant

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/BigStory12/idUSKBN17U2X5

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is recruiting engineers from Mexico to work on robotics and other automated equipment at its California factory, according to LinkedIn postings viewed by Reuters, part of a hiring push to ready the plant for mass production of the upcoming Model 3.

The electric vehicle maker, which prides itself on its "Made in America" credentials, aims to build 500,000 cars a year by 2018 at its plant in Fremont, California, south of San Francisco. That would be a six-fold increase from 2016.

A recruiting poster published on LinkedIn by Tesla's senior technical recruiter, David Johnson, listed 15 types of engineers the company would be seeking at a May 5-8 recruiting event in Monterrey, Mexico.

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Bill Cosby's daughter Evin says her father 'loves and respects women'

Bill Cosby's youngest child, Evin Cosby, has spoken out in support of her father, saying he has been unfairly judged by those who believe he's guilty of sexual misconduct.

Cosby has been charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from an alleged encounter with accuser Andrea Constand in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty.

In a statement obtained by ABC News and printed in full below, Evin Cosby defended her father as a barrier-breaking comedian who worked hard to provide for his family.

"I am his fourth daughter. He raised me to go to college, start my own business, and be my own woman. He is helping me raise my children and teach them family values. I know that my father loves me, loves my sisters and my mother," she said. "He loves and respects women. He is not abusive, violent or a rapist."

more here:

https://gma.yahoo.com/bill-cosbys-daughter-evin-says-her-father-loves-110105410--abc-news-celebrities.html

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Ohio man trying to help ISIS arrested at CVG

http://www.wcpo.com/news/region-northern-kentucky/feds-ohio-man-trying-to-help-isis-arrested-at-cvg

Authorities arrested a Dayton, Ohio man Wednesday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after they said he attempted to help ISIS.

FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested 26-year-old Laith Waleed Alebbini and accused him of attempting to provide material support or resources to the foreign terrorist organization.

Federal investigators said Alebbini, a citizen of Jordan and permanent legal resident of the U.S., attempted to travel to Syria, via a flight to Turkey or Jordan, in order to fight with ISIS against the Syrian leadership.

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Another NK Missile Test Fails: Incompetant? or Incompetent and Stupid?

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2594-Another-NK-Missile-Test-Fails-Incompetant-or-Incompetent-and-Stupid

U.S. officials have reported that North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, but the missile exploded soon after launch.

Tensions in the region have increased lately, with both North and South Korea conducting military exercises.

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Russia condemns illegal Israeli attack on Syria

http://theduran.com/russia-condemns-illegal-israeli-attack-syria/

>Russia called the strikes 'unacceptable'.

Yesterday, Israeli jest attacked a munitions arsenal near Damascus airport. It was said to be used by Hezbollah who are fighting as part of the Syrian led anti-terrorist coalition.

Russia has condemned the move as an illegal attack on a sovereign state.

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FBI Convened a Grand Jury to Investigate Hillary Clinton in 2016

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/04/27/judicial-watch-fbi-convened-a-grand-jury-to-investigate-hillary-clinton-in-2016/

Judicial Watch on Thursday released new State Department documents that reveal for the first time that during the Clinton email investigation in 2016 the FBI convened a grand jury to investigate Hillary Clinton. According to a top FBI official, investigators were still unsuccessful in their attempts to obtain archived copies of Clinton's old emails.

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Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia issue rare child marriage fatwa

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39741891

The fatwa, which is not legally binding but will be influential, was issued after a three-day congress of female clerics in the country.

The clerics urged the government to raise the minimum legal age for women to marry to 18 from the current 16.

Indonesia is a majority Muslim country and has among the highest number of child brides in the world.

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Documents Tie Berkeley Riot Organizers To Pro-Pedophilia Group, NAMBLA

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/28/documents-tie-berkeley-riot-organizers-to-pro-pedophilia-group-nambla/

The left-wing activists behind the anti-conservative riots at Berkeley have ties to one of the nation’s most prominent pro-pedophilia organizations.

The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary — more commonly referred to as By Any Means Necessary or BAMN — is one of the militant leftist groups waging a campaign against conservatives and Trump supporters in Berkeley. The group’s planned aggressive demonstrations against conservative commentator Ann Coulter and the students coming to hear her talk led to the cancellation of Coulter’s speech this week due to safety concerns.

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4Chan Creating A Face Database Of Antifa Members

http://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/4chan-creating-a-face-database-of-antifa-members/

>4Chan is one of the major forces today promoting civil order?

When 4chan users are not busy sharing and discussing anime pornography, they can be some of the most efficient crowdsourcing researchers on the web. The /pol/ board in particular was able to find the exact location of an ISIS camp just by clues in a recruitment video. Their research reportedly led to a successful airstrike on the location.

Their new research obsession is antifa, the loose group of anti-fascists, consisting of communists and anarchists, who’ve been wreaking havoc in the Trump era. The group uses violence and black bloc tactics and have been involved in various riots and street clashes with the alt right, most notably in Berkeley, California.

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Mizzou Loses More Students, Will Shut Down 3 More Dorms

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/consequences-mizzou-loses-students-will-shut-3-dorms/

>The University of Missouri has no one to blame for their current crisis but their own leadership. After the campus protests of 2016, they could have corrected course. Instead they did nothing to address the problem and now they’re paying the price.

Mizzou enrollment plunge continues: Three more dorms shutting down next year

The public university that gave us Melissa “Muscle” Click – and announced open season on student journalists that try to cover social justice warriors – continues to suffer fallout from the November 2015 melee.

The University of Missouri is shutting down three dorms next year because of low freshman enrollment, The Maneater reports.

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Despite being home to more Armenians than any other state, Democrat lawmakers hold "Muslim Day"

http://12160.info/m/blogpost?id=2649739%3ABlogPost%3A1680183

Despite being home to more Armenians than any other state, Democrat lawmakers hold "Muslim Day" on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Whatever! It's not like Muslims were the ones who slaughtered more than 1.5 MILLION Armenian Christians during the Genocide…oh wait

Monday April 24 was Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day and in Los Angeles thousands marched in the street outside the Turkish consulate. Up in Sacramento, ruling Democrats ignored the Armenians and instead held “Muslim Day at the Capitol,” hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“Trump reignites ‘spirit of justice’ for Muslim Day at Capitol,” headlined the news article in the Sacramento Bee, whose April 24 edition included not a word about the Armenians’ day. As CAIR’s Yannina Casillas explained, “The election of Trump and the campaign in general kind of reignited a spirit of justice within the community that was very much dormant. A lot of people are really interested in getting more involved.”

CAIR supports several bills now pending in the state legislature, including Senate Bill 54, which bars state or local law enforcement from using their resources to help federal immigration enforcement. The measure would “prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.” The bill also requires public schools, libraries, health facilities and courthouses to adopt similar policies.

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President Trump 'proud' to be 1st president to address the NRA in 34 years

President Trump today said he is "proud" to follow in the footsteps of "our wonderful Ronald Reagan" by speaking at a National Rifle Association event.

"In the history of the organization and today I am also proud to be the first sitting president to address the NRA leadership forum since our wonderful Ronald Reagan in 1983," Trump said.

Today's meeting, at the NRA's Leadership Forum in Atlanta, isn't Trump's first speech to the gun rights group. He was endorsed by the NRA in May and spoke at their convention at the time.

"Only one candidate in the general election came to speak to you and that candidate is now the president of the United States standing before you again," Trump said of himself during his speech.

"The eight year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House," Trump said.

more here:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-trump-proud-1st-president-address-nra-34/story?id=47080710

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Weakness in Intel's most vital post-PC business gave Wall Street a nasty surprise

Intel reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue due to an unexpected slowdown in growth at its data center business, on which the world's largest chipmaker is banking to reduce its reliance on the personal computer market.

The company's shares fell nearly 4 percent to $35.97 in trading after the bell on Thursday.

Revenue from Intel's higher-margin data center business rose 6 percent to $4.2 billion in the first quarter. That was less than the 9 percent jump a year-ago and the 8 percent increase in the fourth quarter.

"I think the Street was looking for slightly better than that," Stifel analyst Kevin Cassidy said.

Analysts were expecting revenue to increase 10 percent to about $4.4 billion, according to FactSet StreetAccount.

The slowdown in revenue growth comes after Intel warned in February that business's margins could be hit by higher costs.

However, Intel still expects the business to grow in the high single-digit percentage rate this year, Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said on a call.

more here:

http://www.businessinsider.com/intels-revenue-misses-estimates-as-data-center-growth-slows-2017-4

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Brooklyn teen in McDonald's beatdown gets four years in prison after ruining second chance

A Brooklyn teen captured on video leading the brutal assault of a classmate was sentenced to four years in prison Friday after she ruined a second chance given by a judge to avoid time behind bars.

Aniah Ferguson sat back in her seat in Brooklyn Supreme Court and refused to get up after Justice Dineen Riviezzo sentenced her to upstate time for her role as the ringleader in a gang assault inside a Flatbush Ave. McDonalds in March 2015.

"Don't fight, just get up and walk," said one of the seven male and female court officers who surrounded Ferguson.

Before the judge determined Ferguson's sentencing, her attorney Nancy Ginsburg, with a shaky voice, pleaded her client's case.

more here:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/brooklyn-teen-mcdonald-gang-beatdown-sentenced-years-article-1.3113877

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China, Russia agree to cooperate on North Korea denuclearization

China and Russia are cooperating closely on the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons in New York, and have been meeting ahead of a special session of the United Nations Security Council on Friday.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov met with Beijing's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday, during a meeting of foreign secretaries of the Security Council, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

Wang told the Russian diplomat the "current situation on the Korean peninsula is dangerous enough to lose control," Beijing said Friday.

China's top diplomat said Beijing is in concurrence with Russia on a the "twin measures" of not only stopping North Korea's missile and nuclear provocations, but also bringing an end to U.S.-South Korea military exercises.

The foreign ministry added the two sides agreed to continue "close ties" and to fully implement any future U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea.

"While we take measures to stop North Korea's process of developing nuclear weapons and missiles, we must strengthen our efforts as soon as possible to recover dialogue and negotiations," the foreign ministry said, according to Yonhap.

Wang also met with former U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger to discuss U.S.-China relations and issues surrounding the Korean peninsula, according to Beijing.

more here:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/04/28/China-Russia-agree-to-cooperate-on-North-Korea-denuclearization/1741493398420/

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Children who invaded their father's live BBC interview get their own cartoon show

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/children-who-invaded-their-fathers-live-bbc-interview-get-their-own-cartoon-show-1619124

"The Adventures of Mina and Jack" – a cartoon series based on the "hippity-hoppity" Marion and James who found internet fame after they interrupted their father's live interview on BBC television in March – is garnering similar praise and popularity.

A three-minute prologue video of the animated series posted on YouTube has gone viral, getting nearly 150,000 views since 17 April.

Producers of the series, the US-based Hans House Productions, released a statement on 19 April announcing the launch. It said that the cartoon series features "the globe-trotting misadventures of a precocious young girl named Mina and her pesky baby brother Jack, as they help their dad, a United Nations official, out of various jams", according to the Strait Times.

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Facebook Used by 'Malicious Actors' During U.S. Election

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2584-Facebook-Used-by-Malicious-Actors-During-U-S-Election

Just five months ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the claim that fake news on Facebook had influenced the U.S. election was " a pretty crazy idea". Now, he's singing a different tune. Facebook is now saying that its data "does not contradict" the Director of National Intelligence's conclusion that Russia was involved in efforts to interfere with the U.S. election.

The hugely popular social media platform made such admission in a report by its security team where they gave a detailed account how foreign governments are supposedly using Facebook to attempt to manipulate public opinion in other countries. Facebook, aside from the sudden turnaround in its claim, is also taking a step further. It is taking new measures to fight what it calls "information operators" that it is now claiming were used during both the U.S. and French presidential election campaigns.

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Having ‘Genital Preferences’ In Dating Is Transphobic

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/now-thing-having-genital-preferences-dating-transphobic

Trans-activist Riley J. Dennis recently posited that if you're a woman who wants to date a man with a penis, you're wrong. Not only are you wrong, you are a transphobic bigot.

She came up with the new word, “cissexism,” which means “prejudice or discrimination against trans people." By the way, this is exactly the same definition of the word "transphobia," but you just can't have enough new words to try to shame people for their bias.

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UN peacekeepers face fresh sexual abuse claims

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39745357

A UN peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been suspended over allegations that he fathered a child with an underage girl.

Under Congolese law, anyone under 18 is considered a minor.

The Romanian military observer is among five peacekeepers accused of acts of sexual abuse and exploitation in the first three months of 2017, a senior UN official told the BBC.

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Fox News freaks out about Russia’s Arctic military base (Video)

http://theduran.com/fox-news-freaks-russias-arctic-military-base/

>More video proof as to how well western sanctions against Russia have succeeded.

The Russian Defense Ministry released an online virtual tour of their state-of-the-art Arctic military base…it’s awesome.

Fox News reported on the images, and they freaked out over Russia’s move into the Arctic.

Aside from some snide remarks about showing dogs in the deck of images (Fox News inferring that by showing photos of animals, the Russian military was trying to soften up, a sinister plot to take over the Arctic) the base was reluctantly admired by the American TV outlet.

Not bad for a country in “tatters”, as former POTUS Obama once noted.

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Public Health Ills Loom As Puerto Rico’s Financial Crisis Deepens

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/27/public-health-ills-loom-as-puerto-ricos-financial-crisis-deepens/

Puerto Rico’s financial crisis could cause the U.S. territory to lose nearly $775 million in government funding meant for water treatment projects and could create “serious threats to public health and the environment,” a federal watchdog reported Thursday.

The Puerto Rican government is in such perilous financial shape that a bankruptcy is possible, which has forced the territory to cancel infrastructure projects like wastewater treatment plants, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General (IG). Puerto Rico can’t repay loans to the EPA and doesn’t have the cash to withdraw additional funds for the projects.

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United Passenger Dragged Off Plane Settles With Airline

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-27/united-passenger-dragged-off-plane-settles-with-airlines

United Airlines avoided a lawsuit by settling out of court with a passenger whose forcible removal from a plane was captured on video and circulated online by fellow travelers, sparking widespread condemnation of the carrier.

Terms of David Dao’s settlement with Chicago-based United are confidential, according to a press release issued Thursday by Corboy & Demetrio, the law firm which represents him.

“United has taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411 without attempting to blame others including the City of Chicago,” attorney Thomas Demetrio said in the statement. “For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded.”

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Transatlantic flight declares emergency and turns back

http://theduran.com/breaking-transatlantic-flight-declares-emergency-turns-back/

American Airlines flight AA211 took off from Manchester UK en route to New York JFK. However, the flight declared an emergency and has turned back to Manchester.

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Belgium issues an apology for voting Saudi Arabia into UN’s women’s rights commission

http://theduran.com/belgium-issues-an-apology-for-voting-saudi-arabia-into-uns-womens-rights-commission/

Ridiculous, but true, and proof to the point that the UN is corrupt to its core, as are its many diplomats, who have proven that oil money can open any door, and buy any position of influence.

Belgium is walking back its vote, chalking it up to a regrettable diplomatic mix-up.

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Protester at UC Berkeley who refuses to remove mask is cuffed and arrested

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Protester-at-UC-Berkeley-who-refuses-to-remove-11104429.php

Refusing to remove a surgical mask was enough to get a young man arrested at the right-meets-left protest at UC Berkeley on Thursday.

The encounter that led to the arrest — witnessed by a Chronicle reporter —began when another protester arrived at Sproul Plaza shortly after 11 a.m. with a sign that said, “The issue is not free speech, the issue is fascism.”

A small group of university police officers surrounded that man, Raphael Kadaris of the Refuse Fascism group, and told him that his sign violated a campus ordinance against carrying signs larger than 30 inches by 30 inches.

Kadaris, who handed the sign to a bystander, was given a warning.

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Crime was up on BART even before Saturday’s attack

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Crime-was-up-on-BART-even-before-Saturday-attack-11105434.php

Crime was up on BART by more than 20 percent this year — most of it involving the theft of cell phones and other electronic devices — even before a group of youths swarmed a train Saturday, according to the transit system’s interim police chief.

The increase of approximately 22 percent from the same time last year comes despite a drop so far in 2017 in car break-ins, as well as automobile and bicycle thefts, said interim Chief of Police Jeffrey Jennings. It also reverses three years of declining crime rates.

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MS-13 on Long Island: A look at 11 suspected victims

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/A-look-at-11-victims-of-suspected-gang-violence-11105405.php

Eleven mostly young people have been found dead in two New York suburbs since the start of the school year. All are believed to be victims of the MS-13 street gang.The two girls, best friends, were out for a walk about an hour after sundown on Sept. 13 when four gang members jumped out of a car and killed them with baseball bats and a machete, authorities say. Prosecutors say a week earlier, Cuevas had been involved in a dispute with MS-13 gang members at Brentwood High School. Four teenagers, including two juveniles, were charged in the killings in March.

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Facebook apologizes for removing photo of boobs after uploader claims the woman identifies as a male

https://www.therebel.media/facebook_apologizes_for_removing_photo_of_boobs_after_uploader_claims_the_woman_identifies_as_a_male

A screen grab of a Facebook notice has gone viral for the most hilarious of reasons.

Posted on Reddit, the screen grab shows a typical Facebook alert page where the site claims a user violated its “community standards” with a photo.

The notice did, however, tell the user that if he thought the photo shouldn't have been removed, he can supply them with more information.

So, he did. “She identifies as a man, so technically her nipples should be acceptable on this page,” the user replied.

Following the message, Facebook apologized for the inconvenience and restored the photo. Wow.

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Swedish politician injured in Stockholm truck terror attack dies, raising death toll to five

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/swedish-politician-injured-stockholm-truck-terror-attack-dies-raising-death-toll-five-1619106

A woman who was injured in the 7 April terrorist truck attack in Stockholm died on Friday morning (28 April), raising the death toll to five.

The victim was identified as 66-year-old Marie Kide, a teacher and local politician who represented the Green Party in Trollhatten city council.She had been hospitalised in southern Sweden after a stolen beer truck ploughed into a crowd of shoppers on a main pedestrian street in the Swedish capital.

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Somali Pirate Sentenced To Life For 2010 Attack On Navy Ship

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/27/somali-pirate-sentenced-to-life-for-2010-attack-on-navy-ship/

Mohamed Farah, a Somali national, received life in prison plus ten years for engaging in piracy and other offenses against the U.S.S. Ashland in April 2010.

Farah was convicted by a federal jury on February 27, 2013. Four of Farah’s co-conspirators were previously sentenced for their roles in the attack: Jama Idle Ibrahim (15 years in prison), Mohamed Ali Said (33 years), Mohamed Abdi Jama (life plus 30 years) and Abdicasiis Cabaase (life plus 30 years).

These defendants had previously gone to sea in February 2010 intending to capture another craft for ransom.

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France Election : Teenagers Stage Protest Against Candidates Macron and Le Pen

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2583-France-Election-Teenagers-Stage-Protest-Against-Candidates-Macron-and-Le-Pen

The campaign, which was marked "We deserve better", saw around 1,000 people came out in the western city to chant neither Le Pen nor Macron. In response, riot police used tear gas to stop the protesters from reaching the historic city center.

Marine Le Pen has spoken in Nice as Macron visited a troubled Paris suburb. According to opinion polls taken in the first round on Sunday, Mr. Macron, candidate of the En Marche (On The Move) movement, will easily beat Ms. Le Pen, who has temporarily stood down as leader of the National Front (FN), in the second round on 7 May.

In response, Ms. Le Pen upstaged her rival on Tuesday when she turned up in his northern home town of Amiens just as he was visiting himself. EU sources blasted Le Pen for defrauding the European Parliament of about €5m (£4m; $5.4m), allegedly paying FN assistants who were not really working for MEPs but were engaged in party work in France.

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ASEAN Rejects North Korea's Appeal For Support And Criticizes It Instead

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2582-ASEAN-Rejects-North-Korea-s-Appeal-For-Support-And-Criticizes-It-Instead

ASEAN is set to release its statement at the end of foreign ministers meeting in Manila on Friday, local time. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a rare move wrote to the ASEAN regional bloc's secretary general requesting for the regional bloc's support with its row with the U.S. to prevent what it warned about a possible "nuclear holocaust". But the ASEAN is expected to criticize North Korea for its two atomic weapons tests last year and subsequent launch of ballistic missiles.

The statement is expected to declare that ASEAN is mindful that instability in the Korean Peninsula will have a serious impact in the region and beyond. The ministers will strongly urge North Korea to "fully comply" with UN Security Council resolutions and international laws.

ASEAN despite rejecting Pyongyang appeal for backing will also be expected to strike a more balanced appeal as it is also anticipated to call on "all parties concerned" to stop all provocative actions and to exercise self-restraint to de-escalate the tension and avoid action that may aggravate the situation.

Diplomats in Manila said the other parties refer to the U.S. and r

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Trump tweets about US military buildup, “Frankly, we have no choice!”

http://theduran.com/trump-tweets-about-us-military-buildup-frankly-we-have-no-choice/

>Trump’s statement came after the Pentagon showcased its use force in recent weeks.

Trump summed up his foray into Syria, his war posturing in North Korea, and dropping the MOAB bomb in Afghanistan, in one all encompassing tweet that will make the military industrial complex stocks soar.

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Alt Knights Ready To Fight Antifa

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2525-Alt-Knights-Ready-To-Fight-Antifa

Free speech and physical are such a strong and powerful combination. Kylie Chapman, a Californian free speech activist, and a solid Trump supporter is smart enough to know just that. He is putting up a new fight-club 'fraternity' of young white, pro-Trump men to defend free speech rights by alt- right leaders and engaging in street fighting at the same time.

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New Biography: Young Obama ‘Considered Gayness’

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/26/new-biography-young-obama-considered-gayness-amazon1/

President Barack Obama considered being homosexual as a young man, according to a forthcoming biography of the president.

The biography by David Garrow, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” is set to come out on May 9. Garrow wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Martin Luther King Jr., and is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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United Airlines Faces Questions Over Death of Giant Rabbit

Less than three weeks after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight at the Chicago airport, the carrier found itself facing another public relations fiasco on Wednesday after a three-foot-long rabbit died on a flight from Britain.

The continental giant rabbit, Simon, which was bound for O’Hare, had a veterinary checkup three hours before takeoff from Heathrow Airport near London and was “fit as a fiddle,” his breeder said. The animal was traveling to a buyer in the United States.

Continental giants are an ancient breed, descended, appropriately enough, from Flemish giants. They are known to be gentle, friendly and intelligent, as rabbits go. An enthusiasts’ website says the giant makes “a fantastic house rabbit” but that “cables, wires, shoes, papers and anything important” should be kept out of its way, as it will chew them to bits.

Simon’s death remained a mystery on Wednesday. “Something very strange has happened, and I want to know what,” the breeder, Annette Edwards, told the British tabloid The Sun.

Continue reading the main story

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United Airlines Passenger Is Dragged From an Overbooked Flight APRIL 10, 2017

A United Airlines spokesman said the company had been “saddened” by the news and was investigating the matter.

more here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/us/united-airlines-rabbit.html

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'The Threat Is Real': Kelly To Expand Electronics Ban

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2581-The-Threat-Is-Real-Kelly-To-Expand-Electronics-Ban

Kelly, who is a retired Marine Corps General said that the attacks could be unleashed from everywhere. The 66-year old Secretary was addressing Bloomberg News. Kelly also emphasized that there numerous organizations out there that are doing their best in trying to figure out ways of beating our security.

He also acknowledged that the United States still has the best security in the world, adding that it's the hardest target to get to, but it's also the target that the terror groups want to get to the most.

Back in March, both the United States and Britain officials banned devices larger than a cellphone from airports in 10 Muslim-majority countries after intelligence showed Islamic State terrorists were developing a bomb that could be hidden in such electronics.

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Elizabeth Warren 'troubled' by Obama's $400K payday

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/elizabeth-warren-troubled-by-obamas-400k-payday/article/2621505

Elizabeth Warren 'troubled' by Obama's $400K payday

"I was troubled by that," she said about the report this week that Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald's healthcare conference. "One of the things I talk about in the book is the influence of money. I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington and that it shows up in so many different ways here in Washington."

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North Korea Agrees To First- Ever UN Visit

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2567-North-Korea-Agrees-To-First-Ever-UN-Visit

North Korea has consistently denounced the Council's resolutions as a conspiracy by the United States and other "hostile forces". It has not allowed any U.N. human rights investigators to visit specifically those focusing on North Korea itself.North Korea was accused by the rights council of committing crimes against humanity and detaining up to 120,000 people in brutal prison camps.

Last month, North Korean diplomats boycotted a rights council session on abuses in North Korea amid rising tension on the divided peninsula following its latest missile tests and two nuclear tests last year. They branded the council’s work as a mere political attack.

Devandas-Aguilar said the upcoming visit marks an important chance to study the situation in the country particularly focusing on children living with disabilities.She said in her statement, her upcoming visit to Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) represents a key opportunity to learn first-hand about national realities, laws, policies and programs concerning people with disabilities.

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Judicial Watch Reveals Federal Grand Jury Granted Subpoenas To FBI For Clinton Email Probe

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2579-Judicial-Watch-Reveals-Federal-Grand-Jury-Granted-Subpoenas-To-FBI-For-Clinton-Email-Probe

FBI Special Agent E.W. Priestap, the agency's supervisor behind the investigation into Clinton's email activities declared that the subpoenas' produced no responsive materials, as the required data was outside the retention time utilized by those providers.

The documents were produced because of the legal action was taken by Judicial Watch in an effort to get Clinton's emails. It had been speculated before that a grand jury investigation into Clinton's emails had been conducted. In February, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz pressed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, the IT aide who worked on Clinton"s email server.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton finds it questionable that while the FBI convened a grand jury to investigate Clinton in 2016, the information is being released only now. He also finds it disturbing that the State Department, Justice Department, and FBI are still trying to protect Clinton. He issues a request to President Donald Trump to clean house at all these agencies.

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Jeff Bezos Is Just $5 Billion Away From Being the World's Richest Person

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-27/amazon-surge-places-bezos-within-5-billion-of-world-s-richest

A surge in after hours trading for Amazon.com Inc. added $3.3 billion to the fortune of Jeff Bezos, putting him less than $5 billion away from becoming the world’s richest person.

Bezos saw his fortune surpass $80 billion for the first time, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The 53-year old has added $65.2 billion to his net worth since the index debuted in March 2012 and ended Thursday with a net worth of $79 billion. His net worth will surpass $80 billion on the index for the first time if the gains hold Friday.

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Maria Zakharova blasts Macron campaign for clear racism against Russian press

http://theduran.com/maria-zakharova-blasts-macron-campaign-clear-racism-russian-press/

>RT reporters were barred from accreditation for the first time despite having applied in advance and being promised access to Macron's HQ.

>Last week The Duran reported that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron refused to give press passes to RT’s journalists and crew. As a result RT could not enter Macron’s victory rally.

Macron has run a campaign that has been openly hostile, and very whiny, towards anything and everything Russian.

Mirroring Hillary Clinton’s strategy to focus little on policy, and completely on red-baiting, Macron managed to do what Hillary could not…move into certain election victory based on a hate filled Russophobia platform.

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Canada looks to ban US coal shipments

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/canada-looks-to-ban-us-coal-shipments/article/2621387

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being prodded by one of his country's regional heads to retaliate against President Trump's tariffs on Canadian lumber by imposing a ban on U.S. coal.

British Columbian Premier Christy Clark pressed Trudeau on Wednesday to enforce a trade ban on shipments of thermal coal, also called steam coal, at its terminal in Vancouver in response to the Trump administration's 24 percent tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imposed Tuesday.

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North Korea Releases New Video Showing the White House Under Attack

http://time.com/4758725/north-korea-propaganda-video-white-house-explodes/

A new propaganda video from North Korea simulates an attack on the White House, showing the presidential residence in crosshairs.

The video clip, released Thursday, shows the White House as a target, followed by an aircraft carrier exploding into flames.

According to the Washington Post, the caption accompanying that image translates in English to read, “When the enemy takes the first step toward provocation and invasion.”

Aircraft carriers, navy vessels and footage of men rushing out of tanks and onto shore from the sea are also included in the video.

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Putin and Abe call for de-escalation of North Korea tensions

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/putin-abe-call-de-escalation-north-korea-tensions-1619037

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have called on North Korea and the US to avoid actions that could inflame tensions amid the increasing danger of war.

Speaking at a joint press conference in Moscow on Thursday (27 April), Putin and Abe said they have agreed to work closely going forward in an attempt to defuse the situation.

The two leaders also called for a resumption of six-party international talks held with North Korea, which broke down in 2009.

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Hawks attacking residents in Oviedo neighborhood

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/hawks-attacking-residents-in-oviedo-neighborhood

An Oviedo woman was taking out the trash Monday when a hawk swooped down and attacked, leaving her bloody and wounded.

Beverly Bonadonna said she's not the only person in the Whispering Oaks neighborhood to fall prey to the predatory birds and she's worried that children could get hurt.

Before the attack, Bonadonna said she saw the hawk out of the corner of her eye but never expected it to come at her the way it did.

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Execution of Kenneth Williams delayed for appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

http://www.4029tv.com/article/arkansas-to-execute-kenneth-williams-thursday-fourth-execution-in-one-week/9569341

>Arkansas prepared to execute its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs.

Kenneth Williams, 38, was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday, but the state was awaiting word from the U.S. Supreme Court on Williams' last appeals before moving forward. His death warrant expires at midnight.

Court filings Thursday afternoon followed two threads: that Arkansas executions this week were so flawed that there is little doubt Williams will suffer as he dies, and that he has an intellectual disability that would make him ineligible for execution.

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The Duran is building a Digital Immortal Regiment -send your WWII ancestor photos

http://theduran.com/the-duran-is-building-a-digital-immortal-regiment-send-your-wwii-ancestor-photos/

>This Victory Day, the 9th of May, join us in honouring those who helped defeat fascism.

In recent years, Russian cities and increasingly, cities around the globe have held a march of The Immortal Regiment on the 9th of May.

The Immortal Regiment consists of people of all ages carrying photos of loved ones and comrades who fought in, died in and in some cases lived through the Great Patriotic War, as the Second World War is called in Russia.

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New Sheriff in Town: The First 100 Days at the Sessions DOJ

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/27/new-sheriff-town-first-100-days-sessions-doj/

Under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the first 100 days at the Department of Justice have seen perhaps the most straightforward and earnest efforts to bring the promises of the Trump movement to fruition.

Stepping into leadership at a DOJ managed for eight years by Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Sessions has had an uphill battle to implement the key tenets of law and order that so many Americans have long craved and which President Donald Trump promised as a candidate: an end of the lawless hypocrisy on the southern border and in the internal enforcement of our immigration laws, especially in state a jurisdictions that openly flaunt federal law and proclaim themselves “sanctuaries;” a firm commitment to get a handle on rising violent crime, especially in our most dangerous inner cities; and steadfast support of our law enforcement officers at a time when they face danger and disparagement from inside the government and without.

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Two children missing from Mena after mother, other family member found dead

http://www.4029tv.com/article/crtiically-missing-children-from-arkansas/9569855

>The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas are asking for assistance to find two missing children. Two of their family members have been found dead.

Acelynn Wester, 2, was last seen on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Her brother Reilly Scarbrough, 9, was last seen on Sunday, April 23, 2017, according to the center. They are missing from Mena, Arkansas.

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Woman shot in Willesden anti-terror operation

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39741196

A woman in her 20s has been shot by police and four people arrested in an anti-terror operation in north-west London and Kent, Scotland Yard says.

Officers say the operation was not connected to the earlier arrest of a man near Parliament.

The woman in her 20s was one of the subjects of the investigation and is in a serious but stable condition.

Two men, 20 and 16, and a woman, 20, were held after the Willesden shooting and a woman, 43, was arrested in Kent.

The Metropolitan Police said they were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts.

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Pentagon probes Flynn over foreign payments

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2573-Pentagon-probes-Flynn-over-foreign-payments

The House oversight committee has obtained new documents that reveal Michael Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 against accepting foreign payments as he entered retirement. Democrats on the oversight committee released a letter dated 11th April that indicated that the inspector general of the Department of Defense also opened an investigation of Flynn earlier this month.

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Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

https://apnews.com/b95b5c895f614a109a75a13ec599772f/Trooper-ambush-killer-sentenced-to-death-in-Pennsylvania

The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s.

On Wednesday, it rang again.

Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, in a late-night attack at their barracks, was sentenced to death late Wednesday. The jury's decision that Frein should die by lethal injection brought a shouted "yes!" from a gallery that included high-ranking state police brass, the slain officer's mother and the trooper who suffered debilitating injuries after Frein shot him with a high-powered rifle.

"Jurors have delivered full justice in this case and issued the penalty that is so richly deserved by Eric Frein," said District Attorney Ray Tonkin.

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Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, dead at 73

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, whose Oscar-winning thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" terrified audiences and introduced one of the most indelible villains in movie history, died Wednesday morning in New York. He was 73.

He died of complications from esophageal cancer, according to a statement from his publicist.

Demme won consistent acclaim as the director of such diverse movies as the Talking Heads concert film "Stop Making Sense"; "Philadelphia," the 1993 drama starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer battling AIDS; and "Beloved," the 1998 Oprah Winfrey movie based on Toni Morrison's bestseller about a 19th century slave haunted by the ghost of her daughter.

more here:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/entertainment/jonathan-demme-death-trnd/index.html

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Trump plan to slash business taxes to test Congress on deficit

President Donald Trump's tax plan, due to be unveiled on Wednesday and proposing to sharply cut rates for businesses and on overseas corporate profits returned to the United States, was likely to be treated by Congress as just an opening gambit.

The Trump administration touted the blueprint, which also calls for raising standard deductions for individuals, as a landmark tax cut just days before the president marks his 100th day in office on Saturday.

But the proposal will likely fall short of a comprehensive tax code overhaul long discussed by his fellow Republicans. And while Republicans control the House of Representatives and the Senate, the plan may be unpalatable to party fiscal hawks. Since it lacks proposals for raising new revenue, it would potentially add billions of dollars to the federal deficit.

Trump's proposals were expected to be unveiled at the White House at 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT) on Wednesday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn.

more here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-idUSKBN17S1CE

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Ivanka Trump: Allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. 'has to be part of the discussion'

Assistant to the president and first daughter Ivanka Trump said allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. “has to be part of the discussion” of how best to help those fleeing Islamic State militants and Syria’s long-running civil war.

Trump’s remarks, which aired Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show, marked a break from the policies put in place by her father, President Donald Trump, who has signed multiple iterations of an executive order that places an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees entering the U.S.

The president has argued that such refugees represent a national security threat because they provide easy camouflage for terrorists seeking to enter the U.S. But in her NBC interview, Ivanka Trump said allowing refugees into the U.S. should be a component of a larger plan to address the situation in Syria.

“I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that's happening, and we have to come together, and we have to solve it,” Ivanka Trump told NBC News reporter Hallie Jackson.

more here:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/26/ivanka-trump-syrian-refugees-237627

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Jim is back!!! National Wig- Out Day at The Goldwater

Jim Cherney is back in studio, ready to take your questions. The lovely Goldwater Goddesses are at your service, and Major James Burdock has special reports from the ragged edges of society. Join us for this week's live stream.

Discord: https://discord.gg/fGz4t6N

Utox: [email protected]

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegoldwaterus

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Arsonist Sets Trump Hotel On Fire

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2565-Arsonist-Sets-Trump-Hotel-On-Fire

A man ignited two separate large fires on the 17th floor of the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. The man was later taken into custody Wednesday night. Arson investigators found the devices the man used to set the two separate fires of the hotel.

Local News identified the suspect as 28-year old Roger Fraley. Fraley is currently booked in the Clark County Detention Center.Fraley’s motives were not clear for setting the fire.

Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Steve Summers said the suspected arsonist will be facing charges of first-degree arson and burglary.

Summers said Wednesday night fire doesn’t appear to be politically motivated “on the surface,” but such motivation is not being ruled out.

Hotel security personnel were able to extinguish the fire on the 17th floor. Two toasters and some towels were set on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire in the restroom. The Fire Department said the pool deck fire was also ignited by two toasters and various combustible materials.

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Senators Told North Korea "Urgent National Security Threat", US Military Prepared To Act

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-26/tillerson-mattis-coats-call-north-korea-urgent-national-security-threat-prepared-act

The Senate took part in a rare White House briefing on Wednesday to hear what senior leaders described as "an urgent national security threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. As FreeBeacon reports, the hour-long secret session for all senators was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, and included a brief appearance from President Trump who made short, introductory remarks. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also took part in the session. His presence is an indication that military options for dealing with North Korea likely were discussed.

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North Korea faces tighter sanctions under Trump strategy

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39723747

The US is to tighten sanctions on North Korea and step up diplomatic moves aimed at pressuring the country to end its nuclear and missile programmes.

President Donald Trump's strategy was announced after a special briefing for all 100 US senators.

Earlier, the top US commander in the Pacific defended the deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.

Tensions have risen amid fears the North is planning new weapons tests.

"The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula," said a joint statement issued by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

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US judge won't stop Arkansas execution

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/The-Latest-Arkansas-inmate-hopes-to-avoid-being-11102976.php

The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

A federal judge has rejected an inmate's request for a last-minute stay to stop his execution.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall rejected inmate Kenneth Williams' claims that the relatives of one of his victims were never notified of his clemency application.

Marshall said that state law only required notification to the relatives of the person whose killing led to Williams' death sentence — in this case, the family of Cecil Boren, whom Williams killed in 1999.

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Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

https://apnews.com/b95b5c895f614a109a75a13ec599772f/Trooper-ambush-killer-sentenced-to-death-in-Pennsylvania

The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s.

On Wednesday, it rang again.

Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, in a late-night attack at their barracks, was sentenced to death late Wednesday. The jury's decision that Frein should die by lethal injection brought a shouted "yes!" from a gallery that included high-ranking state police brass, the slain officer's mother and the trooper who suffered debilitating injuries after Frein shot him with a high-powered rifle.

"Jurors have delivered full justice in this case and issued the penalty that is so richly deserved by Eric Frein," said District Attorney Ray Tonkin.

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How Many Days Can You Wear the Same Pair of Underwear?

https://www.vice.com/en_id/article/how-many-days-can-you-wear-the-same-pair-of-underwear-id

The Scenario: Your friend isn't the cleanest or most hygienic person around. OK, fine, he's a slob. He hates doing laundry and sees nothing wrong with wearing the same clothes—namely, underwear—for too many days in a row. Not washing clothes as often saves water and thus the environment, he argues. And if the tighty-whities pass the sniff test—and there's no brown streaks—he thinks it's totally acceptable to wear them another day (or two, or three).

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Another Episode of Facebook Live: Thai Man Murders Child, Kills Himself

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2516-Another-Episode-of-Facebook-Live-Thai-Man-Murders-Child-Kills-Himself

Facebook Live has given many people an opportunity to capture great moments as they unfold. However, some people have taken it to the extreme by filming atrocious acts. Such was the case with a man in Phuket who filmed himself killing his child and then himself on Facebook Live.

The report was released by Thai police on Tuesday Apr 25th, the latest example of the social network's live-streaming function being used to broadcast horrible crimes.

The friends of the man alerted the police officers on the southern resort island, they then rushed to an abandoned hotel near the international airport on Monday afternoon.

Lieutenant Jullaus Suvannin pointed out that upon his arrival, the suspects had already died when. Reports from Police revealed that they believed the man had previously argued with the mother of the 11-month-old girl.

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Arkansas: Kenneth Williams Dies Tonight

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2556-Arkansas-Kenneth-Williams-Dies-Tonight

It's going time for Kenneth Williams tomorrow. Williams was laughing at the jury members when they sentenced him to life in prison for torturing and killing a university cheerleader. Then he killed a prison guard and was sentenced to death.

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BREAKING: Trump climbs down on China, North Korea. No military action threatened

http://theduran.com/climbdown-north-korea-trump-cancels-military-optilon/

>After weeks of threats of unilateral military action, joint statement by US Secretary of State Tillerson and US Defense Mattis appears to call that option off.

Following weeks of threats and bombast, with wild talk of the US fleet closing in on North Korea, of the US taking ‘unilateral action’ to stop North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes, and after the entire US Senate was called for a briefing in the White House – which in the event produced precisely nothing and which lasted all of 14 minutes – the US today after the briefing announced a policy of more of the same: of trying to stop the North Korean nuclear weapons programme through “sanctions and diplomatic pressure”.

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Yoko Ono Confirms Sex Affair With Hillary Clinton

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2306-Yoko-Ono-Confirms-Sex-Affair-With-Hillary-Clinton

Reporters were shocked after Yoko Ono responded to a question concerning the presidential run of Hillary Clinton and the possibility that she could become the first woman President of the United States in American history.

Yoko Ono is an artist and widow of John Lennon. She is currently in Los Angeles to present a collection of cups and saucers she is exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art.

Ono totally took reporters by surprise by admitting she had not only met the former First Lady at various times during a series of protests against the Vietnam War in New York in the 1970s but also knew her intimately.

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New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge, experts warn

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/delete-thoughts-read-your-mind-without-your-knowledge-neurotechnology-new-human-rights-laws-a7701661.html

>New human rights laws are required to protect sensitive information in a person’s mind from 'unauthorised collection, storage, use or even deletion'

“Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind,” wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634.

But, nearly 400 years later, technological advances in machines that can read our thoughts mean the privacy of our brain is under threat.

Now two biomedical ethicists are calling for the creation of new human rights laws to ensure people are protected, including “the right to cognitive liberty” and “the right to mental integrity”.

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Deadly diesel particles from toxic air penetrate the heart

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/deadly-diesel-particles-from-toxic-air-penetrate-the-heart-x2gch8htn

Scientists have proved that deadly particles of pollution can get into the bloodstream by asking volunteers to breathe in microscopic specks of gold.

Research has shown that particles a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair can pass through the lungs. It was demonstrated for the first time that they gather in the most vulnerable areas of blood vessels.

Experts said that the study provided the “missing link” between airborne nanoparticles, often generated by vehicle emissions, and the increase in levels of poor heart health as pollution levels rise.

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Red Bull Right-Wing News Network Begins in Germany

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2555-Red-Bull-Right-Wing-News-Network-Begins-in-Germany

Signs of the times? Could it be an indication that there is a greater need now, more than ever, to challenge mainstream media, and those who can afford it will do so? Red Bull founder and Austria's richest man Dietrich Mateschitz is reportedly launching a new right-wing, German language media outlet that observers say could be comparable to Breitbart News.

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American Airlines Flight Attendant Whacks A Mother With A Stroller

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2435-American-Airlines-Flight-Attendant-Whacks-A-Mother-With-A-Stroller

The airline industry seems to have deteriorated at such a rapid rate. The number of incidents that are being reported is just alarming. A footage has emerged showing an American Airlines employee challenging a passenger to a fight after allegedly hitting a woman with a stroller on a domestic flight.

The shocking footage was filmed before Flight 591 departed from San Francisco on Friday afternoon. It shows the airline staff member goading a passenger as he proves him to engage in a fight.

The video was uploaded by passenger Surain Adyanthaya, who explained he started filming after the flight attendant violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on the flight, hitting her and just missing the baby.

Adyanthaya pointed out that the mother and her kids were escorted involuntarily off the flight and then the flight attendant was let back on. The attendant then tried to fight other passengers. Unfortunately, the mom asked for an apology and the AA official declined.

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Actual Photo: Cassini Spacecraft Journey To It's Death - Captures Never Before Seen Of Planet Saturn

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2559-Actual-Photo-Cassini-Spacecraft-Journey-To-It-s-Death-Captures-Never-Before-Seen-Of-Planet-Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft is headed to its death in Saturn's atmosphere.Like every man who dates me, he sees some incredible things on his way out.

First, Cassini will do some groundbreaking work that it has been doing for the last decade it has spent flying around the planet. We're talking about the satellite here.

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'Immortal' Psychic Succumbs To Mortality When He Accidentally Stabs Himself To Death

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2560-Immortal-Psychic-Succumbs-To-Mortality-When-He-Accidentally-Stabs-Himself-To-Death

A psychic medium died after his once solid and 'successful' performance of stabbing himself in the heart to prove his immortality has gone horrifically wrong. Theprit Palee, 25, was just performing a traditional dance in front of watchers yesterday afternoon as he is used to in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. The dance is part of the folk ritual which is believed to honor the spirits of ancestors. Palee would impress spectators in previous shows by appearing superhuman when the blade he would use to 'stab' himself broke as it was pressed against his chest.

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Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series

https://apnews.com/7976ff5edf0f4a1c883b405383a91c92/Celtics-beat-Bulls-108-97,-take-3-2-lead-in-series

The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series:

Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense?

"Everyone knows he's a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going," Chicago's Dwyane Wade said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"You expect him to do what he does defensively, but we gave up 24 points to him tonight. He hurt us offensively tonight more than anything."

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Senators Introduce Bill To Help Prevent Another United Flight Fiasco

A pair of Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation that aims to prevent incidents like the one that occurred in Chicago, where a passenger was violently removed from a United Airlines flight after he refused to give up his seat for an airline employee.

A viral video of 69-year-old David Dao kicking and screaming as he was dragged off an overbooked flight by police set off a national firestorm earlier this month. Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines, eventually apologized for the incident, but the ensuing public relations nightmare appears to have cost him ― he will no longer become chairman of the company, as had been planned.

more here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/united-airlines-flight-bill_us_5900c7b2e4b0026db1dd716d?

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Kim prepares for war

Kim Jong-Un's army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.

Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.

Kim saluted the military as he watched the exercises on Tuesday, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks.

Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.

more here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4447140/Kim-Jong-army-fires-rockets-mock-enemy-warships.html

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Can we stop pretending Bill Nye is a science guy already?

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/04/24/commentary-can-we-stop-pretending-bill-nye-is-a-science-guy-already/?

Don’t get your dinner from a gas station, don’t throw smoke bombs intended for your opponents into the wind, and don’t get your scientific information from a celebrity in a lab coat. Especially one who only has a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

These are pretty basic things people should know not to do, but the last one is something many will ignore when it comes to the case of psuedo-scientist Bill Nye.

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United Airlines in fresh PR nightmare after rabbit set to be world’s biggest dies on UK flight

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/26/united-airlines-fresh-pr-nightmare-rabbit-set-worlds-biggest/

nited Airlines is battling another PR nightmare after a rabbit destined to be the world’s biggest reportedly died on a flight from Britain to the US.

The airline, which recently triggered a worldwide backlash after a passenger was forcibly removed from one of its flights, could now face legal action after the death of a valuable rabbit in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 from Heathrow to Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport.

Measuring three-feet, Simon was expected to outgrow his father Darius, whose length of 4ft 4in made him the world's biggest bunny.

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Antifa Plans May 1 Riot in NYC

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2513-Antifa-Plans-May-1-Riot-in-NYC

Because "it is Trump’s hometown and business headquarters," antifa group IGD is organizing a riot in New York on May 1st. IGD stands for "It's Going Down." Here is where and when:

"Hoods4Justice" will be having a meet-and-greet at Grand Central Terminal at 9am.

At 12:30 pm, the "Brandworkers" will be hosting the 6th Annual Immigrant Worker Justice Tour in Washington Square Park. Looks like you might need to pack a lunch along with your rioting gear.

At 3:30 pm, the "Anti-Fascist Bloc March" will be taking place in Union Square.

And at 7 pm, the "Noise Demo" will commence in Columbus Park.

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Venezuela says it's renouncing membership in OAS

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-Venezuela-says-it-s-renouncing-11101531.php

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

Venezuela's government says it will begin withdrawing from the Organization of American States, in reaction to growing international pressure on the socialist-run South American nation.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez says President Nicolas Maduro will send a letter Thursday to the Washington-based OAS renouncing its membership in the hemispheric body.

The decision had been expected. It came a short while after envoys to the OAS approved a resolution convening a special meeting of regional foreign ministers to discuss Venezuela's crisis.

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Le Pen upstages Macron in battle for blue-collar votes

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Macron-on-risky-hunt-for-blue-collar-votes-11099568.php

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen turned an appliance factory into a battleground Wednesday for France's blue-collar vote, upstaging rival Emmanuel Macron with a surprise campaign stop at the plant threatened with closure.

Chaotic scenes followed as Macron, a pro-European Union centrist, sought to wrestle back the initiative by making his own, impromptu stop at the Whirlpool clothes-dryer plant in Amiens, spending over an hour in Le Pen's wake trying to reason with angry employees who asked why the former finance minister hadn't come there earlier.

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Congress, Supreme Court to lose VIP parking perk at Reagan National Airport

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/congress-supreme-court-to-lose-vip-parking-perk-at-reagan-national-airport/article/2621341

Members of Congress and Supreme Court justices are set to lose a major perk at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this summer.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will begin blocking members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and international diplomats from using 89 VIP parking spaces near the airport's terminal, in June. The parking spaces need to be used by construction crews working on the airport's expansion to handle an increasing number of passengers.

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Getting Raped is Expensive

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2460-Getting-Raped-is-Expensive

American women who have been raped or sexually assaulted face the double burden of dealing with the emotional pain of the traumatic experience and the financial weight of the costs for medical treatment. The expenses do not come cheap, too. A new study reveals that abused women pay almost $1,000 in medical bills after reporting the crime to authorities.

The Violence Against Women Act passed in 2005 had provisions to ensure that survivors of assault could not be charged for medical examinations, at times called the rape kits, regardless whether the sexual assault is reported to the police or not. Unfortunately for survivors, the legislation was not able to cover treatment for related medical issues they may need.

The study published in the American Journal of Public Health also reveals that insurance providers paid over $9 million for rape and sexual assault related medical services in 2013.

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China demands South Korea remove THAAD defense system

China demanded Seoul remove the U.S. missile defense system THAAD on Wednesday, after the U.S. military moved missiles and road-mobile launchers to a designated site in central South Korea overnight.

Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang condemned THAAD deployment during a regular press briefing and said the move "destroys the regional strategic balance and further prompts tensions on the Korean peninsula," South Korean television network SBS reported.

THAAD undermines the national security interests of China, the spokesman said.

more here:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/04/26/China-demands-South-Korea-remove-THAAD-defense-system/5931493213130/

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White House readies order to quit NAFTA: administration official

The White House is considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday.

It was unclear whether the order would be enacted by President Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull out from NAFTA - a U.S., Mexico and Canada trade pact - if he cannot win better terms for America.

But the action under consideration could signal heightened prospects that one of the world's biggest trading blocs could unravel in an economically damaging dispute.

The possible executive order, first reported by Politico, sent stocks and currencies falling in Mexico and Canada. Investors were rethinking their assumptions that Trump would back away from some of the drastic actions on trade that he had promised during the presidential campaign.

"It is a clear indication that they (in the White House) are wanting changes but we will have to see what emerges," said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at Royal Bank of Canada.

Trump has long accused Mexico of destroying U.S. jobs and recently ramped up his criticism of Canada, saying last week that Ottawa's protection of its dairy industry was "unfair."

Trump this week ordered 20 percent tariffs on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, setting a tense tone as the three countries prepared to renegotiate the 23-year-old trade pact.

more here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-nafta-idUSKBN17S2DG

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'Bachelor' star Chris Soules tells 911 operator car crash victim isn't breathing in dramatic call

The dramatic 911 call made by "Bachelor" star Chris Soules after he was involved in a fatal car accident Monday evening has been released by authorities.

In the call, the former reality star sounds frantic and eager to get the victim of the crash help.

"I rear-ended a guy in a tractor," Soules, 35, says, trying to describe the two vehicles' location on a rural highway in Iowa.

Soules was arrested Monday for allegedly fleeing the scene of the crash. He is accused of not immediately stopping his vehicle at the scene and failing to return and remain at the scene of the crash, according to a police report.

Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatality motor vehicle accident, a felony in Iowa. He is currently free on a $10,000 bond and was uninjured in the accident. A preliminary hearing is set for May 2.

more here:

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/bachelor-star-chris-soules-tells-911-operator-car/story?id=47030904

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'Holocaust Cabaret' in Kiev Provokes Jewish Rage

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2542-Holocaust-Cabaret-in-Kiev-Provokes-Jewish-Rage

A controversial theater sign that says " A Holocaust Cabaret" announcing a new play to be staged in a Kiev theater has triggered quite a storm of criticism from the local Jewish community and social media users for being insensitive.

The new play is based on Canadian Jonathan Garfinkel's " The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret". The play focuses on the story of John Demjanjuk, the bloodthirsty Nazi extermination camp Treblinka guard, who was brought to trial in Jerusalem in 1987.

The play caused negative buzz even before its first night of staging after Ukraine's chief rabbi brought the provocative "Holocaust Cabaret" sign to the public's attention.

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Texas Democrats are going on a hunger strike for refugees

http://dennismichaellynch.com/texas-democrats-going-hunger-strike-refugees/

Following Texas’ proposed anti-sanctuary city bill, state Democrats and open border activists are now initiating a hunger strike.

On Sunday, Democrat representative Victoria Neave said she had eaten her last meal until after Wednesday when the Texas House members debate the bill. She and other supporters will be using #FastAgainstSB4 to promote the cause.

On Twitter, Neave tweeted followers to “wear black when you head to ATX on Wed. to #FillTheGallery.”

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U.S. deploys F-35 stealth fighters to Estonia for NATO drills

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/26/world/u-s-deploys-f-35-stealth-fighters-estonia-nato-drills/#.WP_n5VN95E4

Two U.S. F-35 fighter jets arrived on Tuesday in NATO member Estonia to take part in the military alliance’s drills as the aircraft saw their first operational deployment in continental Europe.

The planes with stealth technology to avoid detection by radar landed at the Amari air base from a base in Britain.

Air Marshal Stuart Evans of NATO’s Allied Air Command said the F-35s will be “the fundamentals” in the military alliance’s capabilities to defend the air sovereignty of its members.

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Which is it? Breitbart Says Trump Rocked Berlin. Politico Says She was Booed and Hissed at

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2514-Which-is-it-Breitbart-Says-Trump-Rocked-Berlin-Politico-Says-She-was-Booed-and-Hissed-at

Ivanka Trump made her first trip abroad as a representative of America. The first daughter made her way to Berlin on Tuesday morning. The event was expected to be a highbrow international summit to discuss women's entrepreneurship, alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Unfortunately, the first daughter was put on the spot due to her father's attitudes towards women. People booed and hissed as they grilled by the moderator about what, exactly, her role is in President Donald Trump’s administration. WirtschaftsWoche editor-in-chief Miriam Meckel pointed out that the German audience is not familiar with the concept of a first daughter. Miriam Meckel also enquired on what her role was and who she is serving.

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Kentucky Man Arrested After Shooting $1800 Drone Down That Was Hovering Over His Sunbathing Daughter

https://www.uconservative.net/2017/04/25/kentucky-man-arrested-shooting-1800-drone-hovering-sunbathing-daughter/

When this Kentucky man realized a drone was hovering above his daughter while she sun bathed in the backyard he made what seems to be a perfectly rational decision… He shot it down.

Now this homeowner is in deep trouble for it.

“My daughter comes in and says, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here flying,’ ” William H. Merideth, 47, told a local Fox News affiliate reported Tuesday. The Bullitt County father shot at the drone, which crashed in a field near his yard Sunday night.

The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend’s house, the station reported.

“I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property,’ ” Mr. Merideth said, noting that the drone briefly disappeared when his daughter waved it off. “Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn’t shoot across the road, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences, I shot directly into the air.”

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Brazilian Thugs Unleashes A $40 Million Robbery In Paraguay

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2500-Brazilian-Thugs-Unleashes-A-40-Million-Robbery-In-Paraguay

Brazilian bandits unleashed a heist worth an estimated $40 million in Ciudad del Este border town on Monday morning hours. Reports indicate that the group of armed men was armed using grenades, machine guns, and explosives. The heinous crime claimed the life of one policeman and another one who was injured. Three civilians were also wounded in the attack on the Prosegur cash-storage facility.

Brazilian bandits unleashed a heist worth an estimated $40 million in Ciudad del Este border town on Monday morning hours. Reports indicate that the group of armed men were armed using grenades, machine guns and explosives. The heinous crime claimed the life of one policeman and another one who was injured. Three civilians were also wounded in the attack on the Prosegur cash-storage facility.

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Google’s Project Owl Made To Censor Alt-News/Real News|Labeled “Fake News”

https://brainwasheffect.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/googles-project-owl-made-to-censor-alt-newsreal-newslabeled-fake-news/

This upsets me for many reasons. Firstly, I am an alternate media outlet, I do this to do my part in saving mother earth. Secondly, this completely ruins the awakening! These robots ONLY use products from big bank companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc.

How do we counteract this? Well, we can always protest. They can’t stop us on the streets, at least not yet. Next, DONT USE GOOGLE. Simply switch search engines. I personally use DuckDuckGo, which is a great search engine. Should DuckDuckGo ever turn rouge (I have no reason to suspect that) I will create a post providing a new trustworthy search engine.

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Language Experts Befuddled by Trump Talk

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2537-Language-Experts-Befuddled-by-Trump-Talk

It is clear that the Trump administration is working hard and looking very determined to fulfill campaign promises. But since the executive department is not working by its lonesome but also needs the cooperation of Congress, and at times also had to contend with opposition from the courts, some campaign promises may have been reshaped. Deadlines have to be understandably reset.

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Turkey Bombs U.S.-Supported Kurds in Syria – at Least 18 Killed

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/04/25/turkey-bombs-u-s-supported-kurds-in-syria-at-least-18-killed/

Early Tuesday morning, a wave of Turkish airstrikes reportedly struck a headquarters building used by the Kurdish YPG militia in northeastern Syria. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 18 YPG fighters and media officials were killed in the attack.

Turkey also conducted airstrikes in the Sinjar region of Iraq, ostensibly aimed at the militant Kurdish separatists of the PKK. However, Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq – another key U.S. military ally against the Islamic State – also said the Turks hit their positions, killing five of their troops.

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Real Footage: Jilted Thai Man Hangs Baby, Kills Self On Facebook Live

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2531-Real-Footage-Jilted-Thai-Man-Hangs-Baby-Kills-Self-On-Facebook-Live

Facebook Live has given many people an opportunity to capture great moments as they unfold. However… you guessed … another sicko killed someone live on Facebook. But, we are happy to report he also killed himself.

This time it happened in Phuket, a resort island in Southern Thailand. Friends of this guy called the police after watching the man execute his his daughter on the live stream. She was 11 months old. And then, thankfully, he blew his own brains out.

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Ivanka praises President Trump’s belief in women

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ivanka-trump-defends-father-as-champion-of-women-sp2xlxkff

Ivanka Trump defended her father as a “tremendous champion” of families before a sceptical audience at a women’s event in Berlin yesterday.

Ms Trump, 35, often referred to as the “first daughter”, extolled President Trump’s advocacy for paid maternity leave and claimed that his thousands of female employees were testament to his belief in the potential of women.

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Federal Judge Issues Injunction Against Trump Administration

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2532-Federal-Judge-Issues-Injunction-Against-Trump-Administration

Before he was even elected, President Trump made it clear that he would start restricting federal money to so-called sanctuary cities. The cities responded by pouring millions into legal defense funds for illegal alien criminals. So anyone could guess that Trump would go through with his plans.

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Palantir will shell out $1.7 million to resolve discrimination claims

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tn-palantir-discrimination-20170425-story.html

Big data start-up Palantir will pay nearly $1.7 million to settle claims that the company discriminated against Asian job applicants, federal regulators said Tuesday.

Palantir will pay back wages and other monetary relief, including the value of stock options, to affected applicants of certain engineering jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Palo Alto company also must extend job offers to eight eligible Asian job candidates who were rejected in 2010 and 2011.

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Twin earthquakes in Nepal made it easier for traffickers to sell women into slavery

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2090435/twin-earthquakes-nepal-made-it-easier-traffickers-sell-women

‘>Many girls are being trafficked to Malaysia, Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and even China, where they are being sold off into potentially lifelong servitude for $10,000 to $13,000’

Sluggish reconstruction and the slow pace of economic recovery since deadly twin quakes two years ago have left millions in Nepal still roofless and jobless, making many of them easy targets for traffickers, anti-trafficking groups in Nepal say.

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Artificial womb for extremely premature babies works with sheep

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/26/world/science-health-world/artificial-womb-extremely-premature-babies-works-sheep/

An artificial womb filled with clear liquid, successfully tested on pre-natal lambs, could help extremely premature babies avoid death or lifelong disability, researchers reported Tuesday.

Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been tested on sheep.

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What is the "Lynch Agenda?"

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2530-What-is-the-Lynch-Agenda

The Hillary Clinton private email scandal and the FBI investigations just refuse to die. The New York Times gave a long report about the matter over the weekend with a deeper focus on crucial factors that affected Comey's decision-making during the homestretch of the presidential campaign last year.

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Breitbart News Denied Permanent Capitol Hill Press Credentials

http://ijr.com/2017/04/855883-breitbart-news-denied-permanent-capitol-hill-press-credentials/

The Senate Press Gallery's Standing Committee of Correspondents chose to deny permanent Hill credentials to Breitbart News on Tuesday morning.

Breitbart has been using temporary press credentials for over two years as it has attempted to meet the press gallery's requirements. The committee has repeatedly extended its temporary passes after deciding Breitbart has not met those requirements, and more recently for not providing adequate evidence of severing its ties with former executive chairman and current White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

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Booed in Berlin for praising father, Ivanka Trump says she's fine-tuning her role

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ivanka-trump-tells-berlin-womens-summit-shes-still-defining-her-role/article34803601/

Ivanka Trump was booed in Berlin on Tuesday when she described her father Donald as a “tremendous champion of supporting families” and said she was still fine-tuning her role as first daughter and informal White House adviser.

Trump, 35, who is seen as an increasingly important influence on her father, told a women’s summit organised by the Group of 20 major economies in the German capital that she wanted to use her influence to help empower women.

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Isis fighters killed by wild boar as they hid waiting in ambush

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/_TP_/edition/world/isis-fighters-killed-by-wild-boar-as-they-hid-waiting-in-ambush-bc022dlqm?ni-statuscode=acsaz-307

A herd of wild boar mauled three Islamic State militants to death and injured five others in Iraq while the extremists were setting up an ambush, locals claimed.

The men were said to have taken cover in a bed of reeds near fields in the Hamrin mountains, about 55 miles southwest of Kirkuk. They were planning an attack on tribesmen who had formed anti-Isis brigades and had fled to the mountains when the jihadists seized the nearby town of Hawija in mid-2014.

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Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain

https://apnews.com/2a76c53d51b04d2ebf9d25ef4ebc6a63/Cuba-weathers-storm-in-Venezuela-but-future-looks-uncertain

Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find.

But Cuba's hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and government stores are full of frozen American chicken and U.S.-made candy. So far, Cuba is weathering the storm as Venezuela's economy craters and protesters fill its streets to denounce Cuba's greatest socialist ally.

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Measles Outbreak in Minnesota’s Somali Community

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/25/measles-outbreak-in-minnesotas-somali-community/

A recent outbreak of measles is the latest public health problem among Somalis who live in metropolitan Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota, home to the largest Somali community in the country.

Measles now joins active tuberculosis as a public health problem within Minnesota’s Somali community.

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RACIST GUNMAN SAID HE KILLED WHITE PEOPLE TO MAKE WHITE SUPREMACY DIE

https://downtrend.com/71superb/racist-killer-said-he-killed-white-people-to-make-white-supremacy-die

As predicted, the media hasn’t had much interest in the black Muslim who killed white people in Fresno, CA last week. Sure, if he was a white guy who killed black people that would be a story, but this just goes against everything the liberal news is trying to push. It’s too bad too because this is a pretty terrifying story. Speaking from jail, killer Kori Muhammad explained that he gunned down white people because he was trying to make white supremacy die.

Muhammad spoke to a reporter from KSEE by phone over the weekend. He said that everything started when a security guard was arguing with him and a female friend.

“The security guard was arguing with her, being very disrespectful, so I shot him,” said Muhammad.

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Soldiers of Odin Clean Antifa Mess

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2526-Soldiers-of-Odin-Clean-Antifa-Mess

One member of the Soldiers of Odin was not identified by his name in the report but openly faced the cameras, welcomed all the questions and answered in a clear, simple, straightforward and well-spoken manner. When asked what is his reaction to those who believe antifas who demonize their group as "fascists, Nazis, and White Supremacists", he answered that unfortunately those people are just misinformed. He said that people who think the worst of their group " believe fake news media". He said the uncritical members of the public who easily side or believe the antifas also "believe media labels". He reminded that Canada's mainstream media glorify antifas because they are on the same page as liberals, same as with how things stand in the U.S. He said that if people do their research, they would know, but they just prefer to believe media. He said some people are just too lazy.

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BILL CLINTON HEALTH CRISIS, FAMILY GATHERING IN LITTLE ROCK

https://conspiracydailyupdate.com/2017/04/26/breaking-bill-clinton-health-crisis-family-gathering-in-little-rock-a/

Sources close to the Clinton family say that Slick Willy, 40th President of the United States and perpetual cheater, will be lucky to make it through the end of the week. The Clinton family, including extended relatives and members of the Rodham clan, have been filing into Little Rock all week where Bill is reportedly bedridden at the residence attached to his presidential library.

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“This is the Smoking Gun” New Evidence Finally Shows State Complicity in Armenian Genocide

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/smoking-gun-evidence-armenian-genocide/

Turkey has failed to recognize the Armenian Genocide, which began in 1915 as World War I raged across Europe, for over a century but now new evidence has come to light which may prove beyond doubt the slaughter took place.

Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in Massachusetts claims to have uncovered and deciphered an original Ottoman government telegram from 1915 which, he argues, proves state complicity in the genocide.

“Until recently, the smoking gun was missing,” Akcam said, as cited by The New York Times. “This is the smoking gun.”

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Trump wants corporate tax rate cut to 15 percent, even if it swells the national debt

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-tax-plan-20170424-story.html

President Donald Trump is pursuing a drastic cut in the corporate tax rate, a move that is likely to grow the national debt and breach a long-held Republican goal of curbing federal borrowing.

The president has instructed advisers to propose cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, according to White House officials who said they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plan. The rate reduction - which independent budget experts say could cost the federal government $2.4 trillion over a decade - is larger than what House Republicans had proposed in their own plan.

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Migrant crime in Germany rises by 50 per cent, new figures show

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/25/migrant-crime-germany-rises-50-per-cent-new-figures-show/

The crime rate among migrants in Germany rose by more than 50 per cent last year, according to new figures that have raised concerns the populist far-Right may seize on the issue in the run-up to September’s elections.

The number of suspected crimes by refugees, asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants rose to 174,438 in 2016 — an increase of 52.7 per cent, according to the interior ministry.

“This is not something to gloss over,” Thomas de Maiziere, the interior minister, said as he presented the figures. “Those who commit serious offences here forfeit their right to stay here.”

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Chrome tests 'copyless paste' tool that uses machine learning to save you time

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-copyless-paste-android-o

Google's incoming Android O software could include a new feature that makes copy and pasting a lot easier.

The firm is said to be testing a so-called 'copyless paste' feature on its Chrome app for Android that lets users paste copy between apps with a single tap.

It will be a faster alternative to the current method of tapping a word or phrase and waiting for it to be highlighted, moving the cursors into place and pressing 'copy'.

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11yo has both legs amputated following savage beating at Islamic school in Malaysia

https://www.rt.com/news/386145-malaysian-schoolboy-legs-amputated-beating/

A young boy has had both his legs amputated after allegedly being beaten a number of times with a water hose by an assistant warden at a private religious school in Malaysia. Doctors are now battling to save the boy's right arm from the same fate.

The boy's mother, Felda Wani Ahmad, claimed that her 11-year-old-son, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi, was beaten numerous times by a warden at the Islamic ‘Tahfiz’ boarding school he attended during separate incidents in March, according to The Straits Times.

Ahmad said the abuse was highlighted when her son begged her to remove him from the school as he could not take the punishment any longer.

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Israel Indicts Hacker Linked to Threats on U.S. Jewish Centers

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-24/israel-indicts-hacker-linked-to-threats-on-us-jewish-centers

Israel indicted an 18-year-old American-Israeli Jew on Monday for a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States that stoked fears of a rising wave of anti-Semitism.

Israel's Justice Ministry said the accused was charged at a district court in Tel Aviv for thousands of cases of extortion, publishing false information that caused panic, computer offenses and money laundering.

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Border rancher: Illegal crossings down 90% since Trump became president

http://www.theamericanmirror.com/border-rancher-illegal-crossings-90-since-trump-became-president/

Arizona ranchers John Ladd and Fred Davis invited House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to see the southern border from their property, but she never responded.

But they responded this morning to Pelosi’s recent claim that the border wall is “immoral, expensive, unwise.”

Appearing on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, Ladd said border crossings by illegal aliens have decreased 90% to 95% since Donald Trump took office.

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France's Le Pen says the people revolting against the elite

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Far-right-contender-Le-Pen-advocates-French-food-11096461.php

Far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen said Tuesday that people are revolting against the elite and predicted that could translate into a "very big surprise" when ballots are cast May 7 in France's final round to choose a new leader — and it will be her.

Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist candidate who is her rival in the upcoming vote, sparred in successive television appearances, tossing insults as each launched a political offensive to win new voters before the balloting in less than two weeks.

Macron placed first in the first-round of the election, followed by Le Pen, and he is viewed as the favorite. Nine other candidates were eliminated.

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Venezuela threatens to withdraw from OAS

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-Venezuela-threatens-to-withdraw-from-11098954.php

Venezuela's government is threatening to withdraw from the Organization of American States over what it sees as attempts by foreign governments to meddle in its affairs by taking sides in political unrest that has worsened in recent weeks.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez tells state TV that she has been instructed by President Nicolas Maduro to initiate Venezuela's withdrawal from the Washington-based OAS if the region's foreign ministers hold a meeting on the crisis without his government's backing.

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Trump to meet Australian prime minister aboard aircraft carrier

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-to-meet-australian-prime-minister-aboard-aircraft-carrier/article/2621268

President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will sit down in New York City next week for their first in-person meeting since the two unexpectedly butt heads during a phone call in January.

Trump and Turnbull will be in Manhattan May 4 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II's Battle of the Coral Sea, in which the U.S. joined Australian forces to fight Japan in the Pacific.

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Senate confirms Rosenstein as deputy attorney general

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/25/rosenstein-confirmed-attorney-general-237600

Rod Rosenstein was confirmed as the second-ranking official at the Justice Department on Tuesday, giving him the reins of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal last month.

The Senate backed the veteran federal prosecutor as the nation’s deputy attorney general with a 94-6 vote. The chief complaint among the small group of Democrats who opposed Rosenstein was his reluctance to promise to appoint an independent prosecutor to lead the Russia probe.

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Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law

https://apnews.com/9fc5e74d6058473db3d8e4ba779d434a/Lawmakers-suggest-former-Trump-aide-Flynn-broke-US-law

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee said Tuesday.

The congressmen also raised new questions about fees Flynn received as part of $530,000 in consulting work his company performed for a businessman tied to Turkey's government.

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New Orleans Removes Confederate Statues - Erasing History

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2475-New-Orleans-Removes-Confederate-Statues-Erasing-History

New Orleans started removing the first of four prominent confederate monuments early Monday when it was still dark. New Orleans just became the latest Southern city to do away with symbols viewed by some as a representation of racism and white supremacy.

Fox News reported that truckers started arriving around 1:25 a.m. to begin removing the Liberty Monument, a symbol which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans. The workers reportedly started early to avoid potential disruption from supporters who want the monuments to remain where they are, as they are, and to mean what they meant to them. Officials claimed that some supporters even issued death threats. Workers who were inspecting the statue prior to the demolition job could be seen wearing flak jackets and helmets. Police officers were in a comfortable distance at top of the parking garage of a nearby hotel.

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NH treats overdoses as crime scenes, targets drug dealers

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/24/nh-treats-overdoses-as-crime-scenes-targets-drug-dealers.html?

Dakota Kilburn was just 23-years-old when a dose of heroin claimed his life. The young father was found unresponsive in his parent's Manchester, Vermont home on November 18th, 2015.

His heartbroken parents remember a young man filled with potential until addiction took hold.

"He said 'till you do it you'll never understand. It gets you, it holds onto you and all you ever do is want it,’" said Daniel Kilburn, Dakota's father.

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Alex Jones Outs Chobani Yogurt, Chobani Fights Back with Lawsuit

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2510-Alex-Jones-Outs-Chobani-Yogurt-Chobani-Fights-Back-with-Lawsuit

The right-wing radio host Alex Jones and his website, Inforwars.com were caught by surprise after Chobani filed a lawsuit against them. This was after a video was published earlier in April that strongly suggested a link between the yogurt maker's practice of hiring refugees with a local Idaho sexual assault case.

The video by Infowars reports David Knight and Lee Ann Mcadoo is somewhat vague in linking the sexual assault case with Chobani's hiring practices. The headline on the Infowars video on media was: Chobani Covers for Globalist's Refugee Import Program After Child Rape Case.

However, Chobani pointed out that the sexual assault case is not linked to the company's workforce and that Infowars and Jones had published false statements, including the false accusations that Chobani was caught importing migrant rapists and that Chobani's plant has brought crime and tuberculosis to the Twin Falls community.

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Failure To Maintain Eye Contact = Racism: Oxford University

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2507-Failure-To-Maintain-Eye-Contact-Racism-Oxford-University

Oxford University has unleashed the latest guidance which contains perplexing provisions that advocate for eye contact amongst students. Those not doing so may be accused racism.

Oxford’s University’s Equality and Diversity Unit has insinuated that students who don’t speak directly to people could be deemed as racial microaggression which can lead to ill mental health. Students were also told to desist from asking people where they are originally from.

Fortunately, the Oxford University's Equality and Diversity Unit understands the fact that some people who engage in such things may be entirely well-meaning, and would be horrified to realize that they had caused offense.

The University also emphasized that if words or actions of an individual suggest that they intend to fulfill a negative stereotype, the consequence may be of a different nature.

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Flynn’s Turkish lobbying linked to Russia

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/25/michael-flynn-turkey-russia-237550

The Turkish man who gave Mike Flynn a $600,000 lobbying deal just before President Donald Trump picked him to be national security adviser has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin, according to court records.

The man, Ekim Alptekin, has in recent years helped to coordinate Turkish lobbying in Washington with Dmitri “David” Zaikin, a Soviet-born former executive in Russian energy and mining companies who also has had dealings with Putin’s government, according to three people with direct knowledge of the activities.

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Liberals: No Le Pen, No Marcon - Let's Burn Paris!

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2477-Liberals-No-Le-Pen-No-Marcon-Let-s-Burn-Paris

"Anti-fascist" protesters ran a muck in Paris throwing bottles and fireworks and setting cars on fire. Police arrest 29 of them. Six police officers and several demonstrators were injured in the mayhem.

Police detained 29 people.

Business owners assessed the significant damage that was done. While this type of violence is nothing new in Paris, this particular reason seemed a bit childish.

Far-left presidential candidates suffered a tremendous blow - their performance in the first round of the election was shockingly poor.

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Google COMPLETELY IGNORES Easter, Yet Dedicates a Countdown Page to the Islamic Holiday of Ramadan

http://www.jookos.com/2017/04/16/google-completely-ignores-easter-yet-dedicates-countdown-page-islamic-holiday-ramadan/

Once again, the leftist controlled company known as Google shows its true colors and anti-Christian ideology, today they decided to COMPLETELY ignore the day of Christ's resurrection, also known as Easter.

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Wikipedia Founder Puts Up Wikitribune Site To Fight 'Fake News'

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2506-Wikipedia-Founder-Puts-Up-Wikitribune-Site-To-Fight-Fake-News

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has a new ambitious project and objective. He is launching a new online publication which will target to fight fake news by partnering professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors. Wales will be calling his latest venture as Wikitribune.

Wales said that Wikitribune will be paying reporters from money raised from a crowdsourcing campaign.The new site aims to cover general issues, including U.S. and UK politics, even specialist science and technology. Wales said that those who will donate money to the site will be considered as supporters, who will earn the right to have a say which subjects and story threads the site will focus on. Wales is also planning for the community of readers to fact-check and subedit published articles.

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Historic Churches Close Down Due To Lack Of Parishioners

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2494-Historic-Churches-Close-Down-Due-To-Lack-Of-Parishioners

The diminishing population in Venice means that many churches are struggling to attract enough followers to stay open. Venice's churches are renowned for their extensive treasure trove of religious art and artifacts; however, the churches are closing down because of declining congregations.

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Pentagon To Protect Electric Grid From Cyber-Attack Or Atmospheric Nuclear Blast

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2275-Pentagon-To-Protect-Electric-Grid-From-Cyber-Attack-Or-Atmospheric-Nuclear-Blast

Warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber-attack or atmospheric nuclear blast has Department of Defence worried. In response, the Pentagon is taking steps to protect both the nation's communications and power lifeline.

BAE Systems have been charged with the responsibility of mapping a system that can detect a cyber-attack by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The system will also gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried.

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Last state seeks end to exemption for undercover cops to have sex with prostitutes

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article146521799.html?

Police in Michigan would no longer be allowed to have sex with prostitutes as part of their professional duties if a bill making its way through the state legislature becomes law.

Michigan is the only state that allows police officers to buy sex as part of their investigation.

Sen. Judy Emmons, a Republican, introduced Senate Bill 275, which would “amend the Michigan Penal Code to remove the immunity from prosecution of a law enforcement officer for various prostitution-related offenses if the officer engaged in sexual penetration while in the course of his or her duties.”

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Ivanka Trump Faces Cynical Audience at the W20 Summit in Berlin

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2499-Ivanka-Trump-Faces-Cynical-Audience-at-the-W20-Summit-in-Berlin

The recent inclusion of the first daughter on a panel of world leaders is a great indicator that Angela Merkel has adopted a diplomatic approach with the U.S. president. During her visit to the White House, the German Chancellor identified the first daughter as she back-channels to President Donald Trump.

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Muslim who brandished guns at Christian conference charged for terrorist threats

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/04/24/muslim-who-brandished-guns-at-christian-conference-charged-for-terrorist-threats/?

Last week, a Muslim man by the name Ehab Jaber showed up at the Christian Worldview Weekend conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jaber reportedly was holding a Koran, and began interrupting the proceedings by shouting foul language. He was also wearing a shirt that read “I’m American, I’m a Muslim, I open carry, I conceal carry, and I’m dangerous only if you’re stupid.”

After Jaber was escorted out by a retired police officer who was working security for the event, self-described Saudi Arabian went to his car and took to Facebook live, where he proceeded to vent his frustrations. It was during this video that he began flashing rifles and pistols to the camera, saying “be scared,” and “be f***ing terrified.”

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Marissa Mayer will make $186 Million on Yahoo’s Sale to Verizon

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2498-Marissa-Mayer-will-make-186-Million-on-Yahoo-s-Sale-to-Verizon

Shareholders of Yahoo will vote on June 8 to decide whether to sell the company’s internet business to Verizon Communication for $4.48 billion. A vote for a yes would end the unsuccessful five-year effort to restore the internet pioneer to greatness.

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive was considered to be the worst CEO in modern tech company history.

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Russia conducts multiple bomber missions near Alaska, Canada: Pentagon

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/25/world/russia-conducts-multiple-bomber-missions-near-alaska-canada-pentagon/

Russian warplanes last week flew a series of missions near Alaska, prompting the North American air defense agency to scramble U.S. and Canadian jets, officials said Monday.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Pentagon said Tu-95 Bear bombers were spotted in international air space on three occasions — twice near the Aleutian Islands and once near mainland Alaska and Canada.

The bomber missions occurred April 17, 18 and 20, and on two occasions NORAD launched fighters to conduct “safe and professional” intercepts.

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Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary

https://apnews.com/26fd79004dd44a66aebb956754f16b28/Seoul:-North-Korea-holds-drill-to-mark-military-anniversary

South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.

The exercise took place as a U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program.

Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and went without either.

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Illinois Democrats aim high with minimum wage proposals

http://archive.is/BawOC#selection-4599.1-4606.0

Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that he opposes an increase of any kind.

The proposal would lift the state's minimum wage from its current $8.25 to $15 over the next five years, a more accelerated leap than previous adjustments in Illinois. It also would constitute a larger jump than increases toward $15 approved last year in New York and California, where the rates had been $9 and $10, respectively.

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Pence thanks US military members during stop in Hawaii

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/24/pence-thanks-us-military-members-during-stop-in-hawaii.html?

Vice President Mike Pence ended his trip to Asia on Monday with a thanks to U.S. service members based in Hawaii and promises of robust military spending under President Donald Trump.

Pence sat with troops for lunch at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and noted the president's push for increased military spending at a time when the U.S. faces threats in the Asia-Pacific posed by North Korea.

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NY Times Again Asserts Phony Trend of Hate Crimes in Trump’s America

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/clay-waters/2017/04/24/ny-times-again-asserts-phony-trend-hate-crimes-trumps-america

After a series of phony “hate crimes” supposedly inspired by Donald Trump’s election, the liberal media obsession with uncovering an epidemic of anti-immigrant violence in Trump’s America has died down somewhat. But on Monday, Geeta Anand reported from Mumbai that the coverage of alleged racial and ethnic attacks in the United States has had an effect – though of course Anand blamed Trump, not her media colleagues: “For Indians, America Under Trump Is a Land of Vanished Opportunity.” The text box: “In what was once a promised land, ‘they might just think that we’re terrorists.’”

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Japanese anti-virus firm says Russia-linked hackers targeted campaign of France’s Macron

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/25/world/politics-diplomacy-world/trend-micro-researchers-say-russia-linked-hackers-targeted-macron-campaign/?

Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding a little more detail to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin.

The campaign’s digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone interview late Monday but said they had all been thwarted.

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Strong M6.9 quake shakes central Chile but no damage seen; no tsunami alert

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/25/world/strong-m6-9-quake-shakes-central-chile-no-damage-seen-no-tsunami-alert/?

A powerful magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off central Chile’s coast Monday evening, but there were no reports of injuries or damage and authorities ruled out the possibility of tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered in the Pacific about 22 miles (35 km) west of the port city of Valparaiso and hit around 6:40 p.m. Buildings swayed in Santiago, the capital 70 miles (115 km) miles to the east. The USGS revised the quake’s magnitude down from an initial reading of 7.1.

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Uber Spied on iPhone Users and Tim Cook is Not Happy

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2495-Uber-Spied-on-iPhone-Users-and-Tim-Cook-is-Not-Happy

A new allegation against Uber CEO Travis Kalanick claims that Uber tracked iPhone users on a consistent basis and hide it from Apple.

Allegedly, Uber used persistent digital fingerprinting on Apple devices in 2014 and 2015. It allowed the Uber application to track iPhones even after the software was uninstalled or the device was wiped entirely.

An Uber spokesperson told Business Insider they absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they've deleted the app.

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Operation Gotham Shield - Massive Terror Attack Drill To Be Conducted In Washington D.C.

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2493-Operation-Gotham-Shield-Massive-Terror-Attack-Drill-To-Be-Conducted-In-Washington-D-C

On the same day, the entire Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four-top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House.

The 26th of April will also be when the USS Carl Vinson will be expected to finally arrive off the coast of the Korean Penninsula.

The regional association released a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments saying that law enforcement officials and other first responders will participate in a full-scale exercise on April 26 designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region.

The statement also pointed out that emergency managers who work together at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) planned the exercise to help protect residents by preparing for an attack involving multiple target locations and teams of perpetrators.

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95 criminal illegal immigrants nabbed in Southeast Texas

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/95-criminal-illegal-immigrants-nabbed-in-southeast-texas/article/2621149?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 95 illegal immigrants with criminal records in Southeast Texas as part of a four-day operation that ended April 21, the agency said Monday.

Fifty-seven were in Harris County, which includes all of Houston. Montgomery County, just north of Houston, had the second-highest number of arrests with 13. The other illegal immigrants were taken into custody from Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda and Wharton counties. Eight women and 87 men were among those picked up.

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Suspected voter fraud in Grand Prairie fits same pattern as West Dallas

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-county/2017/04/24/suspected-voter-fraud-grand-prairie-fits-pattern-west-dallas?

About three dozen voters in Grand Prairie reported that someone fraudulently used their names to request mail-in ballots, mirroring a pattern of recent complaints in West Dallas, the county's elections head said Monday.

A suspicious man has shown up in both places offering elderly residents "assistance" with their mail-in ballots, raising the possibility that he could tamper with the ballots, said Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole.

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Defendant in Oakland college massacre ruled fit to stand trial

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Suspect-in-Oakland-college-massacre-ruled-11095790.php?

The man accused of shooting and killing seven people at a small vocational college in Oakland in 2012 has been ruled competent to stand trial.

The determination comes five years after One Goh, 48, allegedly gunned down students and a receptionist at Oikos University. He confessed after his arrest that he was the gunman, authorities said, explaining he was upset that he couldn’t get back the tuition he paid to take nursing courses there.

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What the Trump administration can do in Venezuela to hasten Maduro's demise

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/what-the-trump-administration-can-do-in-venezuela-to-hasten-maduros-demise/article/2621100?

As a popular uprising in Venezuela enters its second week, opposition leaders, regional diplomats, United States policymakers, and the country's deeply-divided security forces can help rescue the country from the doomed regime of Nicolás Maduro.

Maduro is weaker than ever. One reason is that unrest has spread to the poorest neighborhoods that were once the stronghold of Hugo Chávez. The most ferocious street fights have been in poor areas, where well-armed pro-regime militants, called "colectivos," used hit-and-run tactics to terrorize the population. After uniformed police and guardsmen fired tear gas and rubber bullets indiscriminately, in numerous cases demonstrators have overwhelmed security forces and chased them through the streets. Opposition leaders may have convened these demonstrations, but they are hardly in a position to control desperate people with little to lose.

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American Airlines continues to investigate confrontation between passenger and flight attendant

https://www.yahoo.com/news/american-airlines-continues-investigate-confrontation-235217879.html

Passenger who was booted off flight and put on another flight in first class has hired the same lawyer representing Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was dragged off a United Airlines flight.

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FBI releases suspect photo, details on French Quarter bank robbery

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/04/fbi_releases_suspect_photo_det.html?

A man sporting a black Van Halen T-shirt, a black ball cap and a black backpack is suspected of robbing a French Quarter bank Monday afternoon (April 24), according to the FBI New Orleans Division.

At about 3 p.m., the suspected robber walked into a Whitney Bank branch, presented the teller a note announcing that he had a weapon and demanded money, the FBI said. The bank branch sits at 430 Chartres St.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the robber fled the bank, according to the FBI.

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France Election: Le Pen Strongest With Women And Young Voters

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2492-France-Election-Le-Pen-Strongest-With-Women-And-Young-Voters

An election-day survey conducted by Opinion Way revealed that Le Pen earned the support of 23.9 percent of female voters, besting Emmanuel Macron who earned the nod of 21.3 percent of female voters.

Le Pen turned out to be the favorite of young voters, too, as she outperformed the other candidates in this category's support. Opinion Way found that Le Pen won 25.7 percent of voters aged 18-34, while Jean-Luc Melenchon and Macron won 24.6 percent and 21.6 percent of the said demographic respectively.

Independent centrist candidate Macron edged out Le Pen in the overall votes earned with 23.8 percent to Le Pen's 21.4 percent. The two would face off in the winner take all second round of voting on May 7.

The Opinion Way's poll was done online on April 23 with a .5-1 point margin of uncertainty.

Le Pen has announced that she is temporarily stepping down as leader of the National Front to fully devote her time and focus on her presidential bid as she faces Macron in the runoff and final round of the French presidential election two weeks from now. Le Pen said she would focus on the campaign, in a move seen as embracing a wider range of voters ahead of the face off with Macron.

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Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government

http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article146363004.html?

Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government.

Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro. They turned the road into a kind of public plaza, with protesters settling in for picnics, reading books and reclining under umbrellas they brought to protect against the blazing Caribbean sun.

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Trump willing to delay border wall push

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/24/donald-trump-border-wall-237552?

President Donald Trump signaled Monday he would be comfortable delaying a fight over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border until September, possibly averting a government shutdown looming around his 100th day in office.

Speaking to conservative news outlets during a reception at the White House, Trump did not give up on his plan to get Congress to fund the wall, a key promise of his 2016 campaign. But he said he would accept a delay of that fight until the fall, conservative reporters who were present said on Twitter.

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Trump to sign orders on oil drilling, national monuments as he cancels Obama environmental legacy

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/25/world/politics-diplomacy-world/trump-sign-orders-oil-drilling-national-monuments-cancels-obama-environmental-legacy/#.WP7sV1OGNE4

President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican’s assault on Democratic President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.

The orders could expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and upend public lands protections put in place in Utah, Maine and other states. The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the president to declare federal lands of historic or scientific value to be “national monuments” and restrict how the lands can be used.

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France’s Tragedy

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447012/french-election-tragedy-reforms-deferred-again?

Once again, the French will avoid reform. As had been predicted in the polls, the second round of this year’s presidential election will pit the self-professed “centrist,” Emmanuel Macron, against the nationalist “populist,” Marine Le Pen. The newly minted Republican party, which had at one point seemed a shoe-in but whose candidate succumbed to scandal, will be nowhere to be seen. Neither will the once-vivacious parti socialiste, the now-terminal parti communiste, or even the Greens. Instead, French voters will be asked to choose between Macron, a partyless cipher whose main political achievement hitherto has been to serve under the most unpopular president in modern French history, and Le Pen, the savvy daughter of the fascist gadfly, Jean-Marie. Neither choice is a suitable one.

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Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government

https://apnews.com/3b13f7c07ecc4d01840930aeea3d1d7c/Venezuelans-stage-sit-in-on-roads-to-protest-government?

Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government.

Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro. They turned the road into a kind of public plaza, with protesters settling in for picnics, reading books and reclining under umbrellas they brought to protect against the blazing Caribbean sun.

In the provinces, protests turned deadly. The public prosecutor announced that 54-year-old Renzo Rodriguez was killed by a gunshot to the chest Monday at a protest in the plains state of Barinas. In the mountain town of Merida, state worker Jesus Sulbaran was fatally shot in the neck at a pro-government rally. In addition, five people were injured at the Merida protest, Venezuela ombudsman Tarek William Saab said.

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Woman Critically Injured in Corona Hit-and-Run Crash: Police

http://ktla.com/2017/04/24/woman-critically-injured-in-corona-hit-and-run-crash-police/?

>A woman was critically injured and is now on life support after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Corona last week, officials said Monday.

The crash occurred about 4:45 p.m. April 21 at the intersection of West 6th Street and Vicentia Avenue, the Corona Police Department said in a news release.

Video shows that a black Mercedes Benz SUV turned north onto Vicentia Avenue and hit Dora Bran, 44, of Riverside, who was in the crosswalk at the time.

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Police want public’s help identifying woman’s remains found near North Bend

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/police-want-publics-help-identifying-womans-remains-found-near-north-bend/?

A hiker found a woman’s skeletal remains in some woods near North Bend in November and detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying her, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman’s remains were discovered off Interstate 90 on Nov. 25, Sgt. Cindi West said in a Monday news release. Death investigators with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the woman’s body was left at the site two to three years before her remains were found, the release says.

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Boy allegedly assaults another boy at Boys & Girls Club

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/04/24/boy-allegedly-sexually-assaults-another-boy-south-boston-boys-girls-club/9dMYpaWTAQixZq2OUHZTvO/story.html?

boy was arrested at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club Saturday afternoon after he allegedly sexually assaulted another boy, officials said.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, said Boston police officer Stephen McNulty. The department is investigating the incident as a sexual assault.

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Trump executive order to create agriculture 'task force'

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-executive-order-to-create-agriculture-task-force/article/2621140?

President Trump will establish a task force on Tuesday to examine regulations and laws that hold back American farmers, the White House said Monday evening.

Trump is set to sign an executive order Tuesday that will sunset the White House Rural Council and establish the task force in its stead, said Ray Starling, special assistant to the president for agriculture.

The task force will conduct an 180-day review of whether current U.S. policy "unnecessarily hinders economic growth in the agriculture sector," Starling said.

"It is the number one driver in most of these rural communities," Starling said of the agricultural sector.

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Ex-reality TV star arrested in Phoenix for car theft, drugs

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article146535704.html?

A former reality television star has been arrested in Phoenix for alleged vehicle theft and drug possession.

Phoenix police say 31-year-old Jacob Harris was released on his own recognizance Monday after his initial court appearance. He faces a May 5 status conference.

Harris was on Discovery channel's "Deadliest Catch" series.

According to court documents, Harris traveled from Washington state to Arizona with a female companion and was staying at a Phoenix hotel.

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Inmate Died After 7 Days Without Water in Milwaukee Jail, Prosecutors Say

http://time.com/4753586/miluakee-inmate-died-jail-dehydration-terrill-thomas/?

A Milwaukee inmate died after he was deprived of water for seven days of solitary confinement in April 2016, prosecutors said on Monday.

Terrill Thomas, 38, died of dehydration on his eighth day in a solitary confinement cell at Milwaukee County Jail, according to prosecutors as they opened an inquest into his death on Monday. The prosecutors said the inmate had an untreated mental illness and he did not ask for water when officers turned off his supply, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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95 ARRESTED IN 5-DAY HOUSTON-AREA ICE ROUNDUP

http://abc13.com/news/95-arrested-in-5-day-houston-area-ice-roundup-/1912267/?

Federal immigration officers arrested 95 foreign nationals and others throughout southeast Texas during a five-day enforcement action, which ended Friday.

The operation began April 17 and Houston ERO officers made arrests in the following Texas counties: Brazoria (7), Ft. Bend (2), Galveston (4), Harris (59), Liberty (3), Matagorda (4), Montgomery (13), and Wharton (3).

Of those arrested, 87 were men and eight were women.

All the foreign nationals targeted during this enforcement action had prior criminal convictions, according to ICE and ERO officers.

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Drunken Duo Pretend to be Baggage, Thwart Security at Newcastle Airport

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2491-Drunken-Duo-Pretend-to-be-Baggage-Thwart-Security-at-Newcastle-Airport

Two drunken men went to Newcastle airport for a late-night snack and decided to go through check-in counter. The two crawled under the counter where luggage is normally sent air-side and along the baggage chute.

Then they followed the black rubber conveyor belt behind the check-in desk. Initially, the conveyor belt would have taken them under the passport hall initially and around the ground floor which is beneath the security checks area and duty-free first floor.

The two got as far as the departure area where cafes, restaurants and shops are located which is just beyond the passport control and ticket checks. When the duo reached reaching beyond passport control, they were stopped and detained by security personnel.

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San Jose man shot after charging officer with a knife arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/24/san-jose-man-shot-after-charging-officer-with-a-knife-arrested-for-attempted-murder/?

Khanh Tran, who was shot and wounded after reportedly charging at an officer with a knife, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.

Police were called to Lewis and Senter roads around 12:35 p.m. Friday after reports of a man with a knife threatening people and then stabbing himself.

The first officer to arrive at the scene was confronted by the man, who ignored commands to drop the knife and charged at the officer, according to police. The officer discharged his firearm, hitting the suspect at least once.

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Convicted thief arrested in murder of Fort Lauderdale grandfather

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/04/4_activists_arrested_after_lig.html?

Larry Bostic went to prison in 1997 for eight years on, among other charges, four counts of robbery without a gun. Bostic went back to prison for seven and a half years in 2007 for grand theft and attempted robbery without a gun.

It’s 2017, and Bostic’s behind bars again. This time, possibly for longer — he’s charged with premeditated murder in the death of Fort Lauderdale father and grandfather Ferris Finley, Sr.

Finley’s GMC pickup truck was found around 3 a.m. April 11 with Finley dead inside as it sat in the 2700 block of Northwest Eighth Street of unincorporated Broward County.

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Do Some Feminist Professors Even Know What the Word 'Rape' Means?

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/447002/do-some-feminist-professors-even-know-what-word-rape-means?

Last week Inside Higher Ed published an essay from an anonymous feminist professor that truly has to be read to be believed. In it, she describes being triggered into literal hysterics by a male student’s essay (at one point saying that she screamed at her computer screen, “Zero! You get a f**king zero!) This student, who allegedly rather bluntly questioned the existence of “rape culture,” caused her to compare the student to the man she claimed raped her many years ago. Here are her exact words:

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Australian Senator Is Calling For A Total Ban On Muslim Immigration, Mosques And Burkas

https://www.uconservative.net/2017/04/23/australian-senator-calling-total-ban-muslim-immigration-mosques-burkas/

Pauline Hanson, leader of the One Nation party, used her maiden speech in the Australian Senate to claim Islam has a “hyper-masculine culture” that is incompatible with Australian society, and that migrants who had already arrived and not “assimilated” should “go back from where you came from.”

“If it would be of any help, I’ll take you to the airport and wave you goodbye with sincere best wishes,” she added.

In a speech that provoked Green senators to walk out, Ms Hanson also claimed there was no way of distinguishing between “good” and “bad” Muslims.

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Missouri senator moving out of room he rented from lobbyist

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article146515869.html?

A Missouri senator said Monday that he's moving out of a room in Jefferson City that he rents from a lobbyist following questions from a co-worker about the ethics of doing so.

After telling colleagues on the Senate floor that he's staying at a hotel as he searches for a new place in the city, Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf criticized GOP Gov. Eric Greitens' ethics. He said Greitens has accepted political donations from companies that could benefit from policies he supports.

"Governor, don't ignore the log in your eye when you see the speck in mine," said Schaaf, who's from St. Joseph. "I'm removing the speck."

On Thursday, Republican Sen. Caleb Rowden of Columbia questioned Schaaf on the Senate floor about renting from Richard McIntosh, lobbyist for the trucking technology company Drivewyze, while sponsoring a bill that could allow more businesses like Drivewyze to offer truck weigh station bypass services in the state.

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Woman found shot execution-style in Oregon was from Russia

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/woman-found-shot-execution-style-oregon-russia-46997250?

A woman who was found shot in the Oregon woods arrived in the United States last month from Russia and was having a relationship with the man arrested in her death, authorities said Monday.

The identity of Anna Alekseyevna Repkina, 27, was released on Monday, a week after her body was found on a remote logging road near Alsea, a Benton County town about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southwest of Portland.

Benton County Undersheriff Gregory Ridler said he did not know Repkina's hometown in Russia.

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Verizon launches near-gigabit speed Fios, rivaling Google Fiber

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2017/04/24/verizon-pushing-fios-speeds-near-gigabit/100843224/?

When it comes to your Internet at home, you can never have enough bandwidth. Verizon gets that, and on Monday said it was ready to roll out near-gigabit speeds to more than 8 million potential customers in eight East Coast markets. .

The move turns up the heat on Verizon's competitors in the fast-changing broadband market. Rivals Comcast, Google Fiber and AT&T are also pushing hard on their own gigabit-per-second networks. The rival build-outs are generally good news for consumers.

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Hungry Bears Seen Wandering In Glendale, Los Angeles

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2490-Hungry-Bears-Seen-Wandering-In-Glendale-Los-Angeles

Police said that both sightings took place on Saturday around Country Club and Greenmont drives and in the 3200 block of Beaudry Terrace. Those are connecting streets near the Verdugo Mountains Open Space Preserve and west of the Oakmont Country Club.

Bears are known to wander into populated areas when they get hungry and normal, natural sources of food are not available in their area.

Police officials have prepared a list of tips on its website for residents to avoid attracting unwanted bear guests in their homes. The site warns that California happens to have a large population of Black Bears. Their typical diet would consist of berries, plants, nuts, roots, honeycombs, bees, insects, fish, small mammals, and carrion. But bears can get used to humans and when given the opportunity, can cause property damage.

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Aaron Hernandez Remembered at Private Funeral in His Hometown, Suicide Notes Turned Over to Family

http://www.theroot.com/aaron-hernandez-remembered-at-private-funeral-in-his-ho-1794615315?

Former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was remembered by his family, friends and former teammates at a private funeral service in his hometown of Bristol, Conn., on Monday afternoon.

As his loved ones prepared to mourn him, the three suicide notes Hernandez left behind in his jail cell were turned over to his family, ABC News reports.

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4 activists arrested after lighting joints in front of U.S. Capitol

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/04/4_activists_arrested_after_lig.html?

Ricardo Harvin addressed a small crowd of fellow marijuana activists Monday in front of the Capitol, calling on the federal government to remove marijuana from the nation's list of most dangerous drugs and recognize that it is legal in the nation's capital.

Preparing for a showdown with law enforcement, the D.C. resident then spoke to more than 20 U.S. Capitol Police officers who surrounded the gaggle of activists and reporters.

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James O’Keefe Thrown Out of Movie Premiere — About James O’Keefe

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/james-okeefe-thrown-movie-premiere/

A conservative political activist and investigative journalist caused a stir Sunday night at the world premiere of ACORN and the Firestorm at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The documentary explores how the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a group of more than 400,000 left-leaning members, became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s victory and was subsequently taken down by the strategic efforts of conservatives, including exposé videos from a then-budding media entity spearheaded by Andrew Breitbart. The group also was aided by conservative activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, who posed as a pimp and prostitute in an effort to expose ACORN’s business practices using a hidden camera.

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Two more charged in first US female genital mutilation case

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/fgm-female-genital-mutilation-jumana-nagarwala-fakhruddin-attar-farida-attar-michigan-dawoodi-bohra-a7698106.html

Two more people have been charged in connection with the female genital mutilation (FGM) of two seven-year-olds in the first ever federal case in the US.

The defendants are part of a religious and cultural community called Dawoodi Bohra, an Islamic sect based in India, which is alleged to practise FGM.

The procedure has been condemned by the United Nations and is banned in the US.

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Video Shows Four-Year-Old Girl Falling From Back Of Moving Bus

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2488-Video-Shows-Four-Year-Old-Girl-Falling-From-Back-Of-Moving-Bus

A dramatic episode was captured by a dashcam showing a girl tumbling from the back of a moving bus. The unfortunate incident saw the four-year-old girl falling out of the vehicle as it drove along a busy road in Harrison, Arkansas. The girl had several injuries after the unfortunate incident.

The dangers that come with falling from off a moving car are made worse by the likelihood of being run over by cars that might be behind. This is especially when the incident unfolds on a busy road.

That was the case with the four-year-old girl. However, she was lucky enough because Ryan Ciamponi, a volunteer firefighter, was traveling behind the bus when the accident took place. Ciamponi can be seen in the footage running to the girl as she lay on the ground helplessly.

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Porn Production Stopped in US Due to HIV Case

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2351-Porn-Production-Stopped-in-US-Due-to-HIV-Case

The leading trade body of the American porn industry has called for a stop in adult film production until one of its actors is cleared of HIV.

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is calling for "a precautionary production hold after a possible positive test for HIV by an adult performer included in the list of performers in their database.

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Democrats New Sh*t Talk Just Mere Political Strategy To Mimic Trump's Success?

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2487-Democrats-New-Sh-t-Talk-Just-Mere-Political-Strategy-To-Mimic-Trump-s-Success

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez's speeches of late have been peppered quite generously with swearing. In a speech over the weekend in Las Vegas and with children on stage just right behind him, Perez without hesitation told the audience that: " Trump doesn't give a shit about health care." It was not the first time Perez talked that way. Earlier this year he also said in Portland, Maine: " They call it a skinny budget, I call it a shitty budget."

Perez's counterpart in the Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel criticized Obama's former labor secretary in an interview with Fox News. McDaniel said that Democrats should be denouncing Perez's behavior during the weekend. She said that "to say that Republicans don't give a blank about people, that should not be the rhetoric that the head of the Democrat party should be using".

Even Democrats' traditional "allies" over CNN do not seem to appreciate Perez's new penchant for cursing. Host John King slammed Perez on the channel. He said that Perez's swearing is unnecessary. King said that he thinks Perez could have done it with manners. He added that passion's good, but those manners are also good.

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U.S. Senate Confirms Trump's Agriculture Secretary

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2484-U-S-Senate-Confirms-Trump-s-Agriculture-Secretary

Despite concerns from some Midwestern senators who claimed that Perdue was not from a major agricultural production state, the nomination had passed the Senate Agriculture Committee with only one vote in opposition.

Perdue was nominated by Trump back in January. However, confirmation of his progress was slow, the media reports suggested that fixing his various business messes caused delays in the ethics filings.

Perdue did not file his disclosure forms until mid-March.

The declining farm economy needs the trade for it to revive itself. This comes as incomes have been falling with lower grain prices. The farm incomes in 2016 were expected to have hit their lowest levels since 2009.

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Another One Down: Arkansas Executes Second

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2483-Another-One-Down-Arkansas-Executes-Second

Update: In 1995, Jack Jones raped and killed Mary Philips and then tried to kill her 11-year-old daughter. He was also convicted of another rape and killing in Florida. He was sentenced to death by a jury of his peers. And now he's dead.

Two condemned Arkansas inmates who are set to be executed tonight in the country's first double executions since 2000 have just been administered their last meals.

Inmate Jack Jones had three pieces of fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, a chocolate milkshake with Butterfingers pieces, beef jerky bites and fruit punch. He is set to go by lethal injection at 7p.m. tonight.

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Violating Probation? Antifa Member Arrested For Plotting Acid Attacks at Inauguration Spotted at DC

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/antifa-member-arrested-plotting-acid-attacks-inauguration-spotted-dc-protest-video/

Antifa member, Paul ‘Luke’ Kuhn who was busted by Project Veritas undercover journalists plotting Butyric acid attacks to disrupt Trump’s inauguration party and subsequently arrested was spotted today at a DC protest

Rebel Media’s Jack Posobiec was live on the scene in D.C. reporting at a protest when he was assaulted by Antifa. The Antifa supporter who physically assaulted Posobiec was immediately arrested. After reviewing the footage, Antifa member, Luke Kuhn was immediately recognized.

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The Sinister Group Behind Anti-Trump Riots Exposed

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2482-The-Sinister-Group-Behind-Anti-Trump-Riots-Exposed

A pro-free-speech rally at the University of California, Berkeley, took a different turn after radical far-leftists started attacking the peacefully assembled crowd. The event, which took place on the 15th of April, descended into a ferocious and chaotic event.

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Entire Senate Called to White House for N. Korea Briefing

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2478-Entire-Senate-Called-to-White-House-for-N-Korea-Briefing

The upcoming briefing was confirmed by the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. All the 100 senators will be expected to attend. The 100 Senators will be updated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

The occurrence is very rare as the entire Senate barely gets invited to such a briefing. The White House Press Secretary clarified that while the event will take place on the White House campus, it is technically a Senate briefing and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is the one who organized it.

Reuters first reported the briefing, it was later confirmed after President Trump earlier spoke to the leaders of both China and Japan. President Donald Trump addressed Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the phone

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France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front (FN) party.

The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron.

Ms Le Pen told French TV she needed to be above partisan considerations.

Opinion polls suggest Mr Macron is firm favorite for the second round but Ms Le Pen said: "We can win, we will win."

The French term she used signaled that the move to step aside would be temporary.

She told France 2 that France was approaching a "decisive moment".

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39696861

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Robot CEOs Could Be Running Businesses 30 Years From Now, Says Billionaire Jack Ma

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2473-Robot-CEOs-Could-Be-Running-Businesses-30-Years-From-Now-Says-Billionaire-Jack-Ma

15 years ago, he gave hundreds of speeches talking about technology and its impact on businesses but he was still not widely known then, so his insights and warnings were mostly left ignored. But today, when billionaire Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma talks, the world listens. And this time he's again warning about the future- that 30 years from now, employees could be reporting to their CEOs who are robots, and one of those robot CEOs may even be chosen to grace the cover of Time magazine.

Jack Ma said in a speech at a China Entrepreneur event on Monday that society could experience decades of pain due to the new technologies and internet disruption to different areas of the economy. As such, the billionaire called on governments to bring in education reform and prepare and outline how humans must learn to work with machines.

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Landmark Case: Italian Court Rules Cell Phone Use Causes Cancer

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2462-Landmark-Case-Italian-Court-Rules-Cell-Phone-Use-Causes-Cancer

For the first time ever, a judge in Italy has ruled that brain cancer is a result of excessive use of a cellular phone. Roberto Romeo, 57, worked for 15 years in a telecommunications company, Telecom Italia said he constantly using his mobile phone for a work-related purpose caused him to develop a tumor in his brain.

After a medical examiner determined Romeo’s brain cancer damaged 23 percent of his bodily function. Romeo was awarded by an Italian court in Iverea a state-funded pension of about $535 a month. The pension will be paid out to Romeo by national insurance company INAIL covering workplace accident claims. This was released to the public on Thursday following the verdict.

During the trial, Romeo said for 15 years, he was forced to use his cellular phone every day for about three to four hours

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Opiod Use Soars Among Middle Aged and Elderly

https://www.wsj.com/articles/opiod-use-soars-among-middle-aged-and-elderly-1492999801?mod=e2tw

The epidemic of opioid abuse sweeping the U.S. might seem like a distant phenomenon to the average middle-aged patient who is getting a joint replacement, visiting an emergency room or seeking help with persistent pain from a primary-care physician.

But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans age 45 to 64 accounted for about 44% of deaths from overdoses in 2013 and 2014. And the proportion of adults 50 and older seeking treatment for opioid addiction has increased dramatically in recent decades.

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5 Border Horrors Establishment Media Mostly Ignore

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/23/5-border-horrors-establishment-media-mostly-ignore/

The brutality that comes from the open border between the U.S. and Mexico is often unreported or never brought up again after an initial report by news outlets in both countries — Mexican journalists often lose their lives for such reporting; U.S. journalists simply avoid such reports for political reasons. Even in the cases where establishment media have covered the horrors, they do not include the previous reports in current news or discussions about border issues. Let’s look at five egregious examples.

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ISIS commanders and civil servants abandon Raqqa, the ‘capital’ of the so-called Islamic State

http://theduran.com/isis-commanders-and-civil-servants-abandon-raqqa-the-capital-of-the-so-called-islamic-state/

ISIS has occupied the Syrian city of Raqqa since 2013 and since then, the city has functioned as the self-proclaimed capital of the so-called Islamic State.

Now though, according to unnamed US defence sources cited by Fox News, Raqqa is rapidly being abandoned by not only ISIS commanders but also by ISIS ‘civil servants’.

According to Fox’s sources, ISIS is moving much of its regional operations into the Deir ez-Zor Governorate which has seen extremely tense fighting for the last year.

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Jewish group says Pope shouldn't compare refugee centres to 'concentration camps'

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/jewish-group-says-pope-shouldnt-compare-refugee-centres-concentration-camps-1618354

Pope Francis has been criticised after he compared a refugee centre to "concentration camps." The pontiff had been visiting Rome Basilica where he met with migrants on Saturday 22 April.

He spoke about his visit to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year when he encountered a Muslim refugee from the Middle East who told him how "terrorists came to our country".

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A slippery slope: Uproar in Uganda over mass lube purchase 'for homosexuals'

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/slippery-slope-uproar-uganda-over-mass-lube-purchase-homosexuals-1618374

The health minister said the government did not approve the importation of nearly 1 million bottles of lube.Ugandan Health Minister Sarah Opendi has hit out at the National Disease Control Programme over the purchase of 964,000 tubes of lube in the belief the product is for gay people.

According to the local Daily Monitor newspaper, the purchase was made using money from the Global Fund.

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RT banned from Macron events. Is a national ban next?

http://theduran.com/rt-banned-from-macron-events-is-a-national-ban-next/

Despite asking for full press accreditation in April, the Macron campaign did not give RT what is a standard press credential to cover major campaign events. According to RT, Emmanuel Macron’s campaign didn’t give an actual reason for denying RT’s journalists and crew passes. They instead, repeatedly statedBecause RT never got the passes, RT’s journalists and crew had to cover the Macron victory rally from outside the hall. None of the other candidates denied RT access to their events, including Marine Le Pen who will now face Macron in the second round of elections in two weeks.

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4 dead, 6 wounded in shootings over seven hours Sunday

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-shootings-violence-20170423-story.html

Four men were fatally shot and at least six other people were wounded during a seven-hour period Sunday, according to Chicago police.

In the most recent fatal attack, a 19-year-old man was shot while he was a passenger in a vehicle about 7:15 p.m. in the 800 block of North Sacramento Boulevard in the West Side's Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.

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French mayor threatens to quit after town votes for Le Pen

http://bnonews.com/news/index.php/news/id5849

Daniel Delomez, the mayor of the town of Annezin in northern France, reacted angrily when it became clear that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen had secured a victory in his town during Sunday's presidential election.

Delomez called the result a "disaster" while speaking with a journalist from the local newspaper L'Avenir de l'Artois‏. "It's possible that I will resign because I don't want to devote my life to assholes," the mayor was quoted as saying.

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Saudi Arabia Elected to UN Women’s Rights Commission

http://ifpnews.com/coverage/04/saudi-womens-rights-commission/

Saudi Arabia, which is internationally known as a violator of women’s rights, has been elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The election of the Persian Gulf nation to the UN women’s rights commission was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women’s main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality, according to the UN website.

The organization’s executive director slammed the election, which occurred in a secret vote during the UN’s Economic and Social Council.

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Citizens’ Assembly backs abortion rights in wide range of circumstances

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/citizens-assembly-backs-abortion-rights-in-wide-range-of-circumstances-1.3058170

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have recommended that abortion should be permitted in the State in a wide range of circumstances.

A majority of the 92 members voted to allow for abortion in all 13 circumstances considered by the body at its final meeting on Sunday.

The lowest level of support was for the proposal to have no restrictions on the reasons for allowing abortion yet this still attracted approval from almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of a valid poll of 87 members of the assembly.

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WikiLeaks releases top-secret CIA documents as US considers charges against Julian Assange

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/wikileaks-cia-files-smart-tv-phone-hacking-microphone-surveillance-julian-assange-a7698141.html

WikiLeaks has leaked what it calls a 31-page user manual for a device allegedly used by the CIA to spy on people from their televisions and smartphones.

The device, code named “Weeping Angel”, hit the headlines last month when WikiLeaks claimed the CIA had built the software to exploit vulnerabilities in Samsung products which would allow them to turn any phone or smart TV into a listening device. The group described the software as something out of George Orwell’s 1984.

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Giant Waterfall in Antarctica Worries Scientists

http://www.ecowatch.com/antarctica-waterfall-ice-melt-2373708671.html

Scientists poring over military and satellite imagery have mapped the unimaginable: a network of rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and even a waterfall, flowing over the ice shelf of a continent with an annual mean temperature of more than -50C.

In 1909 Ernest Shackleton and his fellow explorers on their way to the magnetic South Pole found that they had to cross and recross flowing streams and lakes on the Nansen Ice Shelf.

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NEWSLebanese Army Just Killed An ISIS ‘Prince’ And Arrested Another 10 Terrorists!

https://www.the961.com/lebanese-army-killed-isis-prince-arrested-another-terrorists/

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The Lebanese Army killed a Daesh (ISIS) emir (or prince) and arrested another 10 terrorists during a stealth operation in Arsal, Lebanon according to the Daily Star.

The Lebanese Army confirmed the operation which killed Hasan al-Mallees, a Syrian Daesh emir who had taken part in the 2014 clashes with the Lebanese Army in Arsal.

The army also ID’ed the ten “dangerous terrorists” as Syrians Syrians Fawzi al-Sahli, Alaaeddine Al-Halabi, Ahmad Miman, Abdullah Hesian and Mohammad al-Sahli.

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Bill Nye Makes A False Claim About The US Constitution — Again Photo of Michael Bastasch

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/23/bill-nye-makes-a-false-claim-about-the-us-constitution-again/

Bill Nye the “Science Guy” tried to claim the Constitution supported the concerns of thousands of scientists and environmental activists who took to the streets on Earth Day to protest the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts to federal agencies.

“If you suppress science, if you pretend climate change isn’t a real problem, you will fall behind other countries that do invest in science, that do invest in basic research,” Nye told CNN Saturday as the “March for Science” took place.

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NYC Police Union Chief Slams De Blasio And NYPD Leadership: AG Sessions Is Right

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/22/nyc-police-union-chief-slams-de-blasio-and-nypd-leadership-ag-sessions-is-right/

Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, slammed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil for lashing out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a Friday Justice Department statement relating to the city’s non-compliance with federal immigration law and crime.

Mullins said in a statement issued Friday that “Sessions is absolutely correct to hold New York and other jurisdictions accountable for their so-called ‘sanctuary policies.’”

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Five Killed, 26 Wounded In Chicago Shootings Over The Weekend

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/23/five-killed-26-wounded-in-chicago-shootings-over-the-weekend/

At least 31 people were shot and five of those victims were killed in Chicago this weekend as of Sunday afternoon.

The shooting spree in the city continues unabated with 26 wounded so far and five killed, according to a report in the Chicago Sun Times.

This weekend’s shootings bring the city’s toll so far this year to 973 people shot and 168 fatalities.

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Trump on Earth Day: Protect environment 'without harming America's working families'

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-on-earth-day-protect-environment-without-harming-americas-working-families/article/2620980

President Trump touted his administration's effort to keep America's air and water clean in a statement celebrating Earth Day on Saturday.

"We can and must protect our environment without harming America's working families," Trump said in a statement. "That is why my administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment."

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Saudi Arabia elected to UN women's rights commission

http://thehill.com/policy/international/un-treaties/330149-saudi-arabia-elected-to-un-womens-right-commission

Saudi Arabia was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The addition of the Gulf nation was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women’s main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality, according to the U.N. website.

The organization’s executive director slammed the election, which occurred in a secret vote during the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council.

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Ex-Fox News reporter Alisyn Camerota: Roger Ailes sexually harassed me

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/330130-ex-fox-news-reporter-alisyn-camerota-roger-ailes-sexually-harassed-me

Former Fox News reporter and anchor Alisyn Camerota spoke out for the first time Sunday about being sexually harassed by the network’s former chairman Roger Ailes.

Speaking with her CNN colleague Brian Stelter on his show, "Reliable Sources," Camerota said for the first time, “Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me.”

"Let me be clear, Roger Ailes was — could be charming. He could be quite charismatic. He could be uproariously funny,” Camerota explained. "He could also be a bit of a bully, and mean. And he also was often kind of grossly inappropriate with things that he would say, and I think that many of us experienced that.”

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Pence trims Asia trip to deal with domestic priorities

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pence-asia-idUSKBN17Q09J

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has cut short the final leg of his Asia trip to race back to Washington, where the Trump administration faces a critical week on tax reform and a funding plan to keep the government running, an aide said on Sunday.

Pence, who has been traveling in Asia to reassure allies and partners about President Donald Trump's commitment to the region, had originally planned to spend two nights in Honoluluat the end of a trip that took him to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.

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U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters, China calls for restraint

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17Q06N

President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on Monday in a telephone call about North Korea with U.S. President Donald Trump, as Japan conducted exercises with a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters.Trump sent the carrier group for exercises in waters off the Korean peninsula as a warning, amid growing fears North Korea could conduct another nuclear test in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

Angered by the approach of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group, a defiant North Korea said on Monday the deployment was "an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade.

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As war wrecks ancient Iraq, Erbil works to rebuild citadel

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-fortress-idUSKBN17Q0Y2?il=0

High on a rocky outcrop, just 50 miles from the fighting that is wrecking historic sites across Iraq, workers are busy laying out floor tiles, determined to save at least one ancient structure amidst the turmoil.

The team is rebuilding the last remains of the fortified citadel in the Iraqi-Kurdish capital of Erbil, constructed on top of the world's longest continuously-occupied site according to UNESCO, parts of it up to 8,000-years-old.

While Islamic State sends out suicide bombers and snipers in Mosul to the east, the authorities in Erbil are already looking ahead to the day when they can pull in more visitors.

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Trump defends border wall: It would stop drugs and 'very bad' gang members

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-defends-border-wall-it-would-stop-drugs-and-very-bad-gang-members/article/2621022

Under fire from Democrats ahead of a key budget battle this week, President Trump lashed out on Twitter that a border wall will help stop drugs and gang members from getting into the U.S.

The tweet on Sunday comes as Democrats appear to be digging in their heels against providing funding for the wall in a spending bill needed to fund the government, which runs out of money on April 28. Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that a wall is a "sign of weakness."

Trump responded on Twitter on Sunday that the wall is needed to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Byron York: Trump's 100 days: An executive success

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-trumps-100-days-an-executive-success/article/2621041

During last year's campaign, Trump spoke frequently of all the things he would do almost immediately upon entering the Oval Office. He'd repeal Obamacare, reform the tax code, destroy ISIS, build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, fix the nation's roads and bridges, take care of veterans, deport criminal illegal immigrants, and much, much more.

By the last weeks of the campaign, Trump actually dialed back some of his promises. On October 22, he traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to announce his "Contract with the American Voter," which formalized his pledges for the first 100 days.

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VA Director Fired Over Overprescription Scandal Seeks Health Care Executive Job

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/23/va-director-fired-over-overprescription-scandal-seeks-health-care-executive-job/

Former Tomah VA director Mario DeSanctis, who was fired from the facility in the wake of the opioid over-prescription scandal, has been looking hard for a health care executive job over the last month.

In a series of posts made on his now-deleted LinkedIn profile, DeSanctis stated that he is “Looking for Healthcare Executive Management Opportunities,” two years after being unceremoniously fired from the Tomah VA from his position as facility director.

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Criminals who use Bitcoin targeted under proposed Florida law

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article146087044.html

Criminals who deal in bitcoins in Florida could soon be busted for money laundering.

Florida lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that will add “virtual currency” to the state’s money-laundering statute, a change hailed by law enforcement although frowned upon by some enthusiasts of bitcoins.

The proposed law was crafted after a Miami judge tossed a criminal case against a Miami Beach man accused of selling $1,500 worth of bitcoins he believed was to be used to buy stolen credit-card numbers online.

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Russia's protests were organised online - now the Kremlin will have social media in its sights

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/russias-protests-were-organised-online-now-kremlin-will-have-social-media-its-sights-1614134

On 26 March 2017 anti-corruption protests were held in more than 80 cities across Russia; in two-thirds of locations protests were organised despite lack of authorisation from local authorities. In Moscow, at least 25,000 joined the protests, and in St Petersburg at least 20,000.

The protest in St Petersburg occurred on the Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (the Palace Square), outside the Winter Palace, reminiscent of the scenes of the Russian Revolution in 1917. In many of the regional cities protests attracted only 200-500 demonstrators, but in some regional centres, notably in Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, they were up to 5,000 strong.

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Obama ‘Gently Waded’ Back into Politics: Spoke on Phone with Left-Leaning Presidential Candidate Mac

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/22/obama-gently-waded-back-politics-speaks-phone-left-leaning-presidential-candidate-macron/

Former President Barack Obama gently waded back into international politics on Thursday, talking by phone with French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, Politico reported.Macron, who, like Obama, favors France’s remaining in the European Union, is in an almost neck-and-neck race with candidate Marine Le Pen ahead of the first round of French elections on Sunday.

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Anti-fascist demonstrators clash with police after first round of election results roll in

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/france-anti-fascist-demonstrators-clash-police-after-first-round-election-results-roll-1618316

Anti-fascist demonstrators clashed with riot police as they took to the streets of central Paris and Nantes, western France on Sunday (23 April), after the results of the first round of France's presidential election rolled in.From frustration to disappointment, sadness and anger, many voters felt that a run-off between far-right Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron had come as a surprise, even if recent polls had predicted that exact result.

Final voting figures from the Interior Ministry on Monday (24 April) put Macron, of the En Marche movement, taking 23.75% of the vote, while Marine Le Pen, leader of the far right Front National, took 21.53%. Les Republicans leader Francois Fillon came third at 19.91%, followed by far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of La France insoumise with 19.64%.

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Umbilical Cord From Babies A Cure For Dementia

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2388-Umbilical-Cord-From-Babies-A-Cure-For-Dementia

The discovery was made at Stanford University School of Medicine in the US. Researchers found that cord blood contains an important protein which vanishes as humans get older. The protein encourages neuroplasticity in the brain. This allows neurons to adapt and communicate more effectively.

After the human cord blood was injected into elderly mice they performed far better in learning and memory tests and even started nesting again, gathering up cotton wads to make beds, an instinctive behavior that is largely forgotten in old age.

The head of research at Alzheimer’s Society, Dr.James Pickett revealed that everyone experiences some decline in memory as they get older, adding that the possibility that this process can be reversed by an infusion of young blood sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but this is what the study is beginning to show.

Pickett pointed out that the study found that a factor in human umbilical cord blood can enter the brain and restore some of the processes that are essential for forming new memories. The scientist believes that the cord blood repairs the hippocampus.

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March for Science Rebrands Earth Day Social Justice

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/04/23/march-for-science-rebrands-earth-day-social-justice/

The Earth Day Network that owns the international rights to the annual hippie-fest — and celebration of Vladimir Lenin’s birth — artfully sought to rebrand its messaging by having protestors in 610 locations around the planet swap their tie-dyed shirts for the patina of scientific truth associated with white lab coats.

The festivities began in the wee hours of April 22 in New Zealand, then followed the sun to circumnavigate the globe. The event’s blog reported 50 celebrants showed up at Antarctic research stations, and 2 very intrepid souls showed up in minus-40 degree weather at the North Pole. Although it seemed that the media in many locations outnumbered the demonstrators, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. both produced about 5,000 marchers.

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Donald Trump boasts about getting higher TV ratings than 9/11 attacks

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/donald-trump-boasts-about-getting-higher-tv-ratings-9-11-attacks-1618319

Trump also boasted about having the tallest building in Manhattan immediately after the attacks.

Donald Trump has boasted that his ratings are higher than those of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The president was speaking to the Associated Press about his first 100 days in office when he spoke about his former opponent Hillary Clinton and his vision for America.

When asked if he thought he had changed how people vote, Mr Trump pointed to his "very high ratings", claiming they increased by two or three times when he appeared on the Sunday morning shows.

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Man and woman, both in their 80s, found dead in apparent murder-suicide in West County

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-and-woman-both-in-their-s-found-dead-in/article_c9bb24e8-4b2f-57a2-b214-fc43030c60a1.html?

A man and woman in their 80s were found dead Sunday in an apparenty murder-suicide in a West County home.

Officers went to the home about 7:15 a.m. after receiving a call requesting that they check on the occupants, according to St. Louis County Police Sgt. Shawn McGuire. The home is in the 900 block of Parma Drive.

Officers forced entry into the home. Inside, they found a man, 83, and woman, 80, dead of gunshot wounds.

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O'Reilly Back On-Air Today!

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2467-O-Reilly-Back-On-Air-Today

After much speculation following revelation of alleged sexual harassment cases against O'Reilly, and also after his vacation, and the controversial advertisers' pullout from his show, Fox News finally announced a couple of days back that they are firing O' Reilly and ending more than 20-years of successful relationship with him, with the O' Reilly Factor dominating the ratings game for the last 15 years.

O' Reilly was vacationing in Italy, where he briefly met Pope Francis, when the announcement came. He reportedly will receive a payout of up to $25 million in his abrupt departure from Fox News. O' Reilly released a statement on Wednesday still praising his former network, but also shared that it was "tremendously disheartening" to be leaving "due to completely unfounded claims".

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Plastic bag pulled over girl's head during West Side attempted kidnapping

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-plastic-bag-pulled-over-girl-s-head-during-west-side-attempted-kidnapping-20170423-story.html?

Authorities are looking for a man who pulled a plastic bag over a little girl’s head during an attempted kidnapping in Austin on Sunday afternoon.

The child was playing on the sidewalk near Jackson Boulevard and Lockwood Avenue when she fell off her bike about 3:35 p.m., police said.

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Two Ark. inmates facing death seek stay for poor health

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/two-arkansas-inmates-facing-death-seek-stay-for-poor-health/?

Two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday in what could be the nation’s first double execution in more than 16 years have asked an appeals court to halt their lethal injections because of poor health.

Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams asked the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday to grant them stays of execution.

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3 DEAD, INCLUDING 2-YEAR-OLD CHILD, AFTER ACCIDENT ON 288 AT BELLFORT

http://abc13.com/news/3-dead-including-2-year-old-after-accident-on-288-at-bellfort/1908848/?

Three people are dead, including a 2-year-old, following a car accident Sunday afternoon in southwest Houston.

According to Houston police, a father, grandmother and child were killed after being struck by a truck on 288 at Bellfort Avenue.

The southbound lanes reopened just before 10 p.m.

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Pirates return to Somali waters, US officials say

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/23/pirates-return-to-somali-waters-us-officials-say.html?

Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday.

The attacks follow about a five-year respite for the region, where piracy had grown to crisis proportions during the 2010-2012 period, drawing the navies of the United States and other nations into a lengthy campaign against the pirates.

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Russia’s oil and gas industry booming BECAUSE of sanctions

http://theduran.com/russias-oil-industry-booming-sanctions/

Financial Times shows sanctions have triggered a technological boom and a successful restructuring within Russia's oil and gas industry

The sectoral sanctions the Western powers imposed on Russia in July 2014 because of the conflict in the Donbass continue to have paradoxical results.

The financial sanctions, which effectively prevented Russian companies from borrowing in Western financial markets, instead of causing the Russian economy to implode, have caused it to deleverage at an unprecedented rate, hugely strengthening Russia’s financial sector and the balance sheets of Russia’s companies, setting the scene for a coming investment boom.

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North Korea Arrests Another American - Ransom?

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2468-North-Korea-Arrests-Another-American-Ransom

North Korean authorities detained him at Pyongyang International Airport on his way out of the country Saturday. The reason for his detention is unclear.

Kim is a former professor at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China’s Jilin province, which borders North Korea. He was in North Korea for about a month to discuss relief activities.

Local report says Kim was questioned and then placed into custody as he was attempting to board an international flight from Pyongyang International Airport.

The State Department is aware of reports that a U.S. citizen was detained in North Korea. In the absence of a U.S. embassy in North Korea, American diplomats are working back channels through the Swedish Embassy to negotiate the citizen’s release.

Kim’s detention came a particularly difficult time as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang at an all time high.

North Korea is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the U.S. In response to rising tensions, U.S. has dispatched the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson toward the Korean peninsula which is expected to arrive later this week.

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Le Pen Going to Second Round

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2455-Le-Pen-Going-to-Second-Round

…developing…

According to Belgian broadcaster RTBF, hard-line anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen will move on to the second round in France's presidential election.

She captured 21.7% of the vote, barely behind Emmanuel Macron.

The two established political parties have been eliminated for the first time in French electoral history.

The election is very similar to Trump vs. Clinton from the left's perspective. Most French liberals are not voting for centrist Macron because of his views, but rather voting against Le Pen.

Macron Supporter Minter Dial explained on France24, "We are not voting for someone we really believe in. And we're really not sure what his politics are."

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Girls Getting Raped, Boys Turning To Prostitution In Refugee Camps In Greece

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2441-Girls-Getting-Raped-Boys-Turning-To-Prostitution-In-Refugee-Camps-In-Greece

Refugees are housed in camps in Greece to give them protection, but a four-year-old girl was raped there. She's unfortunately part of the growing epidemic of sexual exploitation and abuse in the country which houses 62,000 asylum seekers left stranded by the EU-Turkey and border closures across Europe.

A psychologist at the camp said that the mother of the four-year-old victim did everything to report the crime against her child. But aid workers and officials say victims more often have really nowhere to turn to, leaving victims trapped with their abusers. Many are afraid to go to police and authorities, who always lack interpreters and specialists.

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Trump's No-Bullshit AP Interview (with Transcript)

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2465-Trump-s-No-Bullshit-AP-Interview-with-Transcript

The Associated Press' Julie Price struck pay dirt in her weekend interview with President Trump. Without even asking a question, The President was asking his own and revealing some breaking news.

TRUMP: Did you see Aya? (Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker who had been detained in the country for nearly three years) …

AP: Can you tell me a little bit about how that came about?

TRUMP: No, just — you know, I asked the government to let her out. …

Before Price could get her head around what he just revealed, Trump continues on, "And not only she, it was a total of eight people."

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New York teens are too busy playing video games to have sex

Sure, New York City parents still worry about their teens having sex, drinking and smoking — but the kids are far more interested in smartphones and video games like Pokémon and Grand Theft Auto, a new survey has found.

Nearly half of city teens — 45.6 percent — spend at least three hours a day playing their computer or video games, according to the 2015 biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s up from 41.7 percent in 2013 and 28.1 percent in 2005. The city teen rate of game-playing is 4 points higher than the national average.

At the same time, more city teens are just saying no to sex, booze and tobacco.

The percentage of city high schoolers who have had sex fell from 31.2 percent in 2013 to 27.2 percent in 2015 — a record low since the CDC began surveying ninth- through 12th-graders in 1997.

The rate in the city is a significant 14 points lower than the national average of 41.2 percent.

Only 20.9 percent of city kids said they had drunk alcohol in the prior 30 days, down from 24.7 percent in 2013 and 41.8 percent in 2001.

The tobacco smoking rate also dropped from 8.2 percent in 2013 to 5.8 percent in 2015, a continuation of a downward trend.

But one in six New York City teens — 15.9 percent — are now using nicotine-laced vaporized products, such as e-cigarettes.

City health officials noted that given the ease of access to the internet and availability of mobile devices, it’s not surprising that teens are spending more time playing video games.

Officials are concerned that hours of sedentary game-playing comes at the expense of healthy exercise.

Meanwhile, city policies banning or discouraging smoking have helped drive down the teen smoking rate, officials said.

“The decline in tobacco smoking among city teens in recent years is significant and can be largely attributed to comprehensive tobacco-control measures implemented, such as restricting access and increasing prices of tobacco,” the Health Department said in a statement.

source:

http://nypost.com/2017/04/16/new-york-teens-are-too-busy-playing-video-games-to-have-sex/

remind you of someone?

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"Frap From Hell" Gives Failing Starbucks Brief Taste Of Fleeting Success Before Failing Again!

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2459-Frap-From-Hell-Gives-Failing-Starbucks-Brief-Taste-Of-Fleeting-Success-Before-Failing-Again

You have to give it to Starbucks for its ' fighting' spirit to try to rebound from significant losses, never mind if it always fall flat on its face. At least it tried, so maybe A for effort?

Perhaps in the hopes of recovering from sales that have been going down especially in recent months due to its top executive's propensity to meddle his politics with the coffee shop company's business, and to insist on his liberal views, Starbucks has come out with what it thought was a good marketing ploy to bring back the customers and make its cash registers ring more frequently again. It introduced a new drink that's a sure "winner" as it appeals to the social media animal instincts of many people. Say "Instagramable" and chances are, netizens who are crazy to brag their lives on social media will lap it up.

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Hashtag #MarchAgainstSharia Trending on Twitter

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2454-Hashtag-MarchAgainstSharia-Trending-on-Twitter

There's another march being organized and supporters of it are having a Twitter party promoting the event. They promise to have a clearer and stronger goal than the confused and confusing so-called Women's March that coincided with President Donald Trump's inauguration in January. This time, the march, which proponents say have a firm purpose, is called #MarchAgainstSharia.

It is being scheduled to take place on June 10, and droves of Twitter users have committed to joining the march, and more importantly, supporting the firm purpose of the march. It is a march being called to take a strong stand against the many forms of real women's oppression and abuses in sharia, the religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. #MarchAgainstSharia is specifically asking anyone who is against child brides, honor killings, FGM, gay persecution, other forms of women's abuses like wife-beating, genital mutilation, forced and arranged marriages, and many others, to join the big rally on June 10.

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Students Threaten to Sue Berkeley for Canceling Ann Coulter

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2448-Students-Threaten-to-Sue-Berkeley-for-Canceling-Ann-Coulter

Students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the University of California at Berkeley if it doesn’t find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week.

The students claim that if Coulter is not allowed to give a speech on campus on April 27 she will file a lawsuit in federal court because the university is violating the students’ constitutional right to free speech.

Dhillon, a committeewoman to the Republican National Convention for California and former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party stated that it is a sad day indeed when the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, is morphing before people’s eyes into the cemetery of free speech on college campuses

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Google Pays $100 Million for Invasive Experiments in Predictive Medicine

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2449-Google-Pays-100-Million-for-Invasive-Experiments-in-Predictive-Medicine

Predictive medicine is a trend in healthcare that is growing exponentially. The greatest indication to date that this is bound to be the future of disease prevention and patient care is a massive new investment by tech behemoth and king of the algorithm, Google.

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North Korea Short On Gas; Could China Be Restricting Supply?

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2453-North-Korea-Short-On-Gas-Could-China-Be-Restricting-Supply

Their government is boasting about nuclear arms yet are its citizens running out of gas? North Korean car owners in Pyongyang are reportedly scrambling to get gas from stations amidst concerns of a spreading supply shortage.

One gasoline station in the state's capital had a sign on Friday that sales would be restricted to diplomats and vehicles used by international organizations only. Other stations were closed, while others were said to be refusing to sell gas to local residents. Lines in other open stations are reportedly getting longer while prices are rising significantly.

There's no official announcement or clarification yet to explain the sudden restrictions on gas supply. It is known, however, that North Korea relies heavily on China for its supply of fuel. Beijing is reportedly tightening its enforcement of international sanctions meant to force Pyongyang to abandon development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

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Clinton Assistant Found Dead?

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2450-Clinton-Assistant-Found-Dead

8ch.net has just broken the news that Johnston Wilson McGill, Hillary Clinton's assistant,has been found dead.

McGill, 34, was pronounced dead by a private doctor after apparently suffering from a heart attack. He reportedly died on his couch at home. His death was reportedly attributed by the doctor to natural causes.

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Trump to Hold Pennsylvania Rally Instead of Attending Correspondent's Dinner

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2445-Trump-to-Hold-Pennsylvania-Rally-Instead-of-Attending-Correspondent-s-Dinner

Next Saturday President Donald Trump will mark his first 100 days in office with a big rally in Pennsylvania next Saturday. Trump tweeted:" Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!"

Pennsylvania is special to the President. The swing-state delivered for him in the election, with large margins in hard-hit rural areas to give him the commonwealth's 20 electoral votes. Trump also chose to hold a victory rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania after winning the White House.

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Trump Visits Wounded U.S. Service Members

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2440-Trump-Visits-Wounded-U-S-Service-Members

Members of the armed forces devote their lives to serve the United States. The great sacrifice comes at an astounding price that very few are willing to pay. It is therefore important for every sovereign citizen of the United States to show some respect and appreciation to the service members in the armed forces.

President Donald Trump understands the importance of showing support to the heroes of our nation. Mr. Trump visited wounded U.S. service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday. Trump’s visit was the first as president to the armed forces hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington.

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Cyber Attack May Have Caused Simultaneous Power Grid Failures In Major Cities

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2437-Cyber-Attack-May-Have-Caused-Simultaneous-Power-Grid-Failures-In-Major-Cities

Multiple power outages hit the U.S. power grid which affected San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. The outage caused interruption of business, traffic and day-to-day life in San Francisco. Reports indicate that the San Francisco outage was the worst of the three major cities that experienced outages.

San Francisco officials reported that a fire at a substation was the cause of the outage. However, the power companies in the other regions did not elaborate on the cause. Commuters were left stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning due to the series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.

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The Goldwater Talks About Climate Change and Crucifixion Livestream

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THHwm85Ghpw

Join us on our livestream!

Live at the goldwater studio.

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Man Dies After Riding Big Thunder Mountain

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2436-Man-Dies-After-Riding-Big-Thunder-Mountain

Theme parks are supposed to be some of the happiest places on earth as one enduring slogan claims so. It is sad then when people out to have fun especially on rides in such recreational parks die.

Quarterly reports giving accounts of serious ride-related injuries and illnesses major theme parks are required to give the state reveal that a 54-year-old man died in February after riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

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Boston Free Speech Rally: MaY 13th EDITION

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2407-Boston-Free-Speech-Rally-MaY-13th-EDITION

The rally should be fun as some folks on 8chan jokingly intend to throw Antifa into Boston Harbor. However, reports suggest that it’s not a Trump rally though.

The organizers are looking into finding potential speakers. Some people are suggesting that Richard Spencer ought to attend so as to ensure Antifa presence, however, other ideas are also welcome.

Attendees are urged to bring with them the stickman basics at least. This is because Boston is saturated with Antifa and many expect violence to be there.

The main agenda or point behind the Boston rally is to show that there are Trump supporters in Boston. It’s obvious that Antifa will be around to start some chaos and that’s why people are encouraged to bring helmets, goggles, and respirators. However, stickmen will be there. Bring helmets and goggles, respirators. It should also be noted that one does not need to support Trump 100% to attend the rally.

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Exxon Mobil has reportedly applied for a waiver to work in Russia

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/19/exxon-mobil-has-reportedly-applied-for-a-waiver-to-work-in-russia.html

File photo of Russian President, Vladimir Putin (R) and Rex Tillerson (L), Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil during a signing ceremony for an arctic oil exploration deal between Exxon Mobil and Rosneft on August, 30, 2011 in Sochi, Russia. Exxon seeking waiver of US/Russia sanctions -DJ

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Exxon Mobil, the company once ran by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is seeking a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The U.S. oil and gas corporation has applied to the Treasury Department to be exempt in a bid to resume its joint venture with the Russia oil giant PAO Rosneft in the Black Sea, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Facebook Accused Of child pornography

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2230-Facebook-Accused-Of-child-pornography

The UK Times has revealed that Facebook is at risk of a criminal prosecution in Britain for refusing to remove potentially illegal terrorist and child pornography content. The social media giant was informed of the content but it never addressed the issue.

Facebook failed to take down images and videos that were flagged and its moderators claimed that the posts did not breach the site’s community standards.

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Registered sex offender arrested at kids' music recital had no reason to be there

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/registered-sex-offender-arrested-kids-music-recital-had-no-reason-be-there-1617654

>Andrew M Seddon Jr, 37, is on the Maine Sex Offender Registry for life.

A registered sex offender was arrested at a high school music recital after it emerged he had no child relatives taking part in the performance or even attending the school.

Andrew M. Seddon Jr, 37, was placed on the Maine Sex Offender Registry for life after an unlawful sexual contact offence in 2005.

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Meet our New Surgeon General - She's One Incredible Nurse

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2433-Meet-our-New-Surgeon-General-She-s-One-Incredible-Nurse

The cleansing process for the Trump administration to let go of Obama holdovers in key government positions continues.

Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy was asked on Friday by the Trump administration to resign. A pleasant replacement will take over in an acting role capacity- Murthy's former deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses in history to serve as surgeon general.

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Hen Hen, F*ck You! - Why 10/3 are Great Betting Odds for Le Pen

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2431-Hen-Hen-F-ck-You-Why-10-3-are-Great-Betting-Odds-for-Le-Pen

You saw that. Paddypower is offering 10/3 on Le Pen right now. I was always taught to bet on a rigged table, so you are sure to win over time. Most sensible people bet on sure things and Le Pen is not that. But most good gamblers look at the last bet they missed out on and calculate the odds.

Reason 1: The French love saying "Fuck You." Even to one another. One-third are "undecided." I am telling you now that one-third would lie if they were ever polled.

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Super-Earth’ Found 40 Light Years Away

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2392-Super-Earth-Found-40-Light-Years-Away

Scientists have identified a planet which they say is a Super-Earth. They revealed that the planet is the best place to look for signs of life outside of the Solar System. The early indication reveal that it has an atmosphere and that it sits within the Goldilocks Zone where it is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist.

The planet is only 40 light years from Earth implying that it could be possible to send a signal. The lead author Jason Dittmann of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said that its the most exciting exoplanet he has seen in the past decade.

Dittmann revealed that the planet is the best target to perform one of the biggest quests in science – searching for evidence of life beyond Earth. The discovery was made by an international team of scientists who have been studying data from European Space Observatory’s High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher instrument. The instrument looks for regular changes in brightness of stars, which suggests a planet is passing by in orbit.

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France says it has proof Assad carried out chemical attack that killed 86

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-assad-chemical-attack-france-says-it-has-proof-khan-sheikhoun-a7691476.html

>Syrian president has said that allegations from the international community his forces deliberately poisoned civilians are '100 per cent fabrication'

The French foreign minister has said that France's intelligence services have evidence that the Syrian government carried out the alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel village earlier this month.

"There is an investigation underway… it's a question of days and we will provide proof that the regime carried out these strikes," Jean-Marc Ayrault told LCP television on Wednesday.

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Church pensioner who offered schoolgirl BMW and his pension for sex jailed for 10 years

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/church-pensioner-who-offered-schoolgirl-bmw-his-pension-sex-jailed-10-years-1617721

>'The devil had control of me' claims 71-year-old predatory Florida paedophile.

A 71-year-old church volunteer offered a 14-year-old girl his BMW car and money from his pension in exchange for sex in Florida.

Church greeter Timothy Taffe offered the girl alcohol, asked her to be his "secret friend" and even took photos of the girl at the church before he sent her lewd photographs of himself.

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One Down

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2404-One-Down

On February 9, 1993, Lendell Lee sexually assaulted and murdered 26-year-old Debra Reese in her own home. She was struck approximately 36 times with a tire thumper, a tool used by truck drivers to check their tire pressure. Her husband was a truck driver and had given her the tire thumper as a means of protection while he was on the road.

Lee was convicted by a jury of his peers and sentenced to death.

Now he's dead.

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Le Pen Calls For French Borders To be Restored

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2409-Le-Pen-Calls-For-French-Borders-To-be-Restored

Le Pen sent a statement from her campaign headquarters in Paris where she urged the government and judicial authorities to handle the case of all persons on the French territory who are known for "their adhesion to the enemy's ideology." She wants foreigners who are Islamic radicals to be thrown out of France and for French nationals identified with the same crime to face trial.

Earlier, Le Pen also called for " a clear head and a firm grip" following the Champs-Elysees gun attack that inescapably put the focus back on one of the main themes of her election campaign: France's fight against Islamic extremism.

Le Pen said on RFI radio that it is time to stop being naive. Le Pen has always anchored her presidential bid on strong anti-immigration views and a tough security stance. As voters go to the first round of the polls on Sunday, one of the key questions is whether the Thursday attack that killed police officers and wounded two others could further boost votes for Le Pen's program of stepped-up security and border controls. The National Front leader is also calling for more resources for the police and tougher treatment of radicals listed in the government's database of people regarded as possible threats to national security.

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Missouri Nursing Home Owner Used Stolen $ 667,000 On Strippers and Gambling

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2406-Missouri-Nursing-Home-Owner-Used-Stolen-667-000-On-Strippers-and-Gambling

The Benchmark Healthcare, in Festus, was forced to shut down last summer. Authorities found out that bills were unpaid, paychecks bounced, trash piled up and food deliveries stopped.

Misouri health officials in July tried to put Benchmark into emergency receivership. They only backed down when food deliveries resumed. Authorities who paid a follow up visit in August discovered, however, that four residents were not getting medicines they needed for such illnesses as congestive heart failure, epilepsy and schizophrenia because pharmacy bills were left unpaid.The state had to close the nursing home in September and relocated its residents.

Prosecutors on Wednesday shared that for three years starting in 2013, Sells stole a huge part of funds provided by Medicaid for Benchmark residents. He used the nursing home's debit card to pay $185,000 at adult entertainment clubs and $15,000 on pet care, $4,500 at casinos and $12,000 at his country club.

Scott Rosenblum, the lawyer of Sells, told Judge John Ross that his client struggled with drugs and alcohol addiction but that he had bern sober " for some time".

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US Muslim group sent letter containing faeces smeared on Quran and Obama 'monkey' images

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-muslim-group-sent-letter-containing-faeces-smeared-quran-obama-monkey-images-1617652

>Council on American-Islamic Relations blames letter on rise of anti-Muslim sentiment post-Trump.

The headquarters of a Washington-based Muslim advocacy group have been sent a page from the Quran smeared with what appears to be faeces along with a letter with an image depicting former US president Barack Obama as a monkey.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it had contacted the police after receiving the "racist, Islamophobic" letter from Michigan with what is thought to be a fake return address.

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Russian Journalist, Putin Critic Dies After Being Beaten Up By Strangers

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2396-Russian-Journalist-Putin-Critic-Dies-After-Being-Beaten-Up-By-Strangers

Nikolai Andrushchenko, 73, was attacked six weeks ago and has lapsed into a coma since then. He eventually died Wednesday in St.Petersburg.

Andrushchenko co-founded Novy Peterburg newspaper. While his attackers remain unidentified, Novy Peterburg editor Denis Usov thinks that the assault is related to articles in the newspaper about corruption in the city.

Andrushchenko became popular for his writings on human rights and crime. He was also a member of the St. Petersburg city council from 1990 until 1993.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that Andrushchenko was imprisoned in 2007 on charges of defamation and obstruction of justice for his coverage of a murder investigation and trial in St. Petersburg. His colleagues also believed that his detention was due to Novy Peterburg's critical coverage of local authorities ahead of parliamentary elections. He was also beaten in November of that year by unidentified attackers.

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Queenstown 'Mystery VIP Guests' Finally Revealed And They Include Top U.S. Officials

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2393-Queenstown-Mystery-VIP-Guests-Finally-Revealed-And-They-Include-Top-U-S-Officials

There has been quite an excited buzz the past two days in scenic Queenstown in New Zealand that got many residents and others interested and quite curious as well. It's because it has become quite noticeable that the local police were mounting such an extensive security operation in the area. The officials are conducting the type of rigid and meticulous security measures and checks that are fit only for VIP guests. So the question on people's minds there was- who's VIP, or VIPS are coming to Queenstown?

There have been a number of speculations thrown around as to the identity of the secret VIP guest/s. Fave pick was former U.S. President Barack Obama. That was, however, quickly crossed out as a possibility when authorities said that no current or former head of state was coming to the beautiful resort paradise.

At some point, even the name of Microsoft Founder Bill Gates also came up.

Then the office of Prime Minister Bill English's office said on Wednesday that the government was hosting a conference which will have for its participants " a number of senior officials" from overseas. While no further details were released by English's office, an NZME report reveals the identities of the mysterious VIP guests as possibly FBI director James Comey and CIA director Mike Pompeo.

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We Asked Teens if It's Really Easier to Get Weed Than Alcohol

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/we-asked-teens-if-its-really-easier-to-get-weed-than-alcohol

>And if they really get their weed from a "gangster in a stairwell."

In every possible way, the Canadian government's legalized marijuana bill made clear it had one top priority—keeping children safe from weed.

Liberal member of parliament Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, has been the poster boy for the government's project and the loudest voice in this regard.

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Kremlin Denies Gays Are Being Persecuted Hitler-Style In Chechnya

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2397-Kremlin-Denies-Gays-Are-Being-Persecuted-Hitler-Style-In-Chechnya

The Kremlin has announced that it is standing by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's denial that gays are being brutally persecuted in his republic. Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that investigators have found no evidence that would prove the reports by Novaya Gazere newspaper this month which claimed that more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality were rounded up in the Chechen republic, with a number of them being detained in Hitler-type concentration camp and brutally tortured, and that at least three of them were killed.

( see previous The Goldwater Report: thegoldwater.com/news/2191-A-Hitler-Type-Concentration-Camp-For-Gays-Opens-In-Russia-s-Chechnya ).

Putin met with Kadyrov late Wednesday, who suggested to the Russian president in the televised portion of the said meeting that he should not believe the "provocative" reports. Peskov also shared that Kadyrov told Putin that the reports were "slanderous" and that the news has angered Chechens. Peskov said that the Chechen leader gave assurances that journalists should not feel threatened. Novaya Gazeta, however, has also reported that it fears for the safety of its journalists after threats were allegedly made during a large gathering of elders and Islamic leaders in Chechnya.

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German Government Tells Parents to Destroy Dolls or Face Fine

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/04/18/german-government-tells-parents-to-destroy-dolls-or-face-fine/

The German Federal Network Agency has ordered parents to destroy any “My Friend Cayla” dolls that their children have, or face more than $25,000 in fines for not complying. This ruling comes after the smart dolls were found to be transmitting audio recordings to a third party specializing in voice recognition for police and military forces.

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Father of fallen Muslim-American soldier decries travel ban

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/20/father-fallen-muslim-american-soldier-decries-travel-ban.html?

The father of a Muslim-American soldier who died in combat in Iraq has filed an amicus brief supporting a federal judge's decision to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

Gold Star father Khizr Khan drew national attention when he criticized the anti-Muslim rhetoric of then-Republican nominee Trump during the Democratic National Convention.

Attorneys for Kahn filed his brief Wednesday in San Francisco where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering an appeal to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson.

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Fox News in Full Tilt

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2391-Fox-News-in-Full-Tilt

Bigger Battle Brewing Inside Fox News Beside O' Reilly Case: Murdoch vs. Murdochs

The explosive controversy involving Fox News and -until recently- its top talent Bill O' Reilly that led to today's big announcement of the host's firing from the network due to sexual harassment charges has also brought to the fore the brewing conflict in the Murdoch family, owners of the embattled cable news network. The growing divide is reportedly rooted on generational gaps in terms of management and leadership styles and principles between the old man Rupert Murdoch on one hand, and his sons James and Lachlan Murdoch on the other.

The deep disagreements reportedly started in July last year after Gretchen Carlson sued the Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox and Roger Ailes, then the head of Fox News Channel, for sexual harassment. The Murdoch siblings were not in good terms with Ailes at that time. The father wanted to fight out the allegation in court, as he told his sons that choosing to settle with Carlson would only invite more lawsuits to come, as always the case with easy money settlements. The sons, however, were eager to get rid of their enemy Ailes and of the problem right away. They wanted to just accept Carlson's claims after a quick investigation and then disperse the big payoff of $20 million and just do away with the dispute and buy peace.

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Lawsuit: Bose Headphones Spying on Listeners

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2390-Lawsuit-Bose-Headphones-Spying-on-Listeners

A lawsuit was charged against Bose Corp for spying on customers through its wireless headphone. By using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio, they can listen and violate customer’s privacy rights by selling the information without permission.

Kyle Zak filed the complaint on Tuesday in federal court in Chicago to seek an injunction to stop Bose Corp "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their Smartphone devices.

Zak’s lawyer, Christopher Dore said people should be uncomfortable with it, people uses the headphones because they think it's private, but they (Bose Corp) can be giving out information they don't want to share.

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Fox News Fires O'Reilly

http://thegoldwater.com/news/2389-Fox-News-Fires-O-Reilly

A recent wave of sexual harassment accusations proved to be too much for the network. The most recent claim from an anonymous black woman working in an unspecified department over ten years ago seems to have tipped the scales. The woman claims that O'Reilly would approach her while she was alone and "grunt like a wild boar." She further claims that Bill would refer to her as "Hot Chocolate," again, while there were no witnesses.

This follows the recent reports that the network has paid out tens of millions of dollars to O'Reilly's victims. President Trump stuck by O'Reilly's side, saying that he was saddened that the network settled and didn't fight it out in court.

The network is no stranger to charges of sexual harassment. Shortly before her departure, Megyn Kelly made claims that top executives, going all the way to the top, were sexually harassing her. Her claims were never substantiated. She is now at MSNBC.

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Bose headphones spy on listeners

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones.

"People should be uncomfortable with it," Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, said in an interview. "People put headphones on their head because they think it's private, but they can be giving out information they don't want to share."

Bose did not respond on Wednesday to requests for comment on the proposed class action case. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company has said annual sales top $3.5 billion.

Zak's lawsuit was the latest to accuse companies of trying to boost profit by quietly amassing customer information, and then selling it or using it to solicit more business.

After paying $350 for his QuietComfort 35 headphones, Zak said he took Bose's suggestion to "get the most out of your headphones" by downloading its app, and providing his name, email address and headphone serial number in the process.

But the Illinois resident said he was surprised to learn that Bose sent "all available media information" from his smartphone to third parties such as Segment.io, whose website promises to collect customer data and "send it anywhere."

more here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bose-lawsuit-idUSKBN17L2BT

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2 dead and dozens injured after tens of thousands march in Venezuela

http://www.vox.com/2017/4/19/15363490/vox-sentences-2-dead-protests-venezuela

>Bill O’Reilly’s vacation becomes permanent; Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz decides not to seek reelection; a march in Venezuela is met with violence.

Today 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, released a statement announcing that “[a]fter a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” [Washington Post / Paul Farhi]

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Marijuana's big day is here: '420' celebrations ready to roll

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/04/19/marijuanas-big-day-here-420-celebrations-ready-roll/100663642/?

Christmas is coming for the nation’s legal marijuana stores.

Well, not just Christmas but also Independence Day and Black Friday and Cyber Monday, all rolled into one smoky celebration known as 420 on Thursday.

“It’s my job to get you high,” yells marijuana store worker Jason Coleman to a crowded house at Medicine Man cannabis dispensary in Denver. The crowd laughs and the line moves slowly forward, with more than 30 people waiting to buy pot. Armed guards check and re-check IDs, and cash flows across the counters.

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Russian Tu-95 Bombers Fly Near Alaskan Coast, Again

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/russian-bombers-fly-near-alaskan-coast-again-n748611?

The U.S. military tracked two Russian bombers that flew close to the Alaskan coast Tuesday afternoon in the second such event in as many days, American officials said.

This time, the planes — long-range Tu-95 bear bombers — were about 36 miles from the Alaskan coast.

The Russian aircraft were identified by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and, while they were well within the area known as the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), they stayed in international airspace at all times, officials said. No U.S. aircraft were launched to meet them.

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No more excuses for sexual harassment

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/04/19/anita-hill-usa-today-interview-excuses-sexual-harassment/100660778/?

A quarter century after her testimony in Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill says it's time for a nation that's too easily accepting of men's excuses for sexual harassment to change the cultural status quo.

Take Donald Trump being elected president after a tape revealed his boasts of forcing himself on women. Or top-rated cable news host Bill O'Reilly, who was ousted Thursday after the report of multiple settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him. Trump dismissed talk of grabbing women by their sexual organs as locker room banter, and O'Reilly called the claims against him "completely unfounded."

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Doctors remove live eel from constipated man's anus after folk remedy fails him

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11841819

Doctors in southern China have removed a half-metre live eel from the stomach of a middle-aged man who inserted the elongated fish in himself supposedly as a folk remedy for constipation, according to a local newspaper.

The patient told doctors in Guangzhou that he had heard word on the street that his condition could be effectively relieved or even cured by a living eel, the Guangzhou Daily reported on Tuesday.

He was hospitalized last week when the live fish began to wreak havoc on his intestines after he inserted it in his anus, the report said.

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UN discovers another 17 mass graves in central DRC's Kasai region

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/un-discovers-another-17-mass-graves-central-drcs-kasai-region-1617642

>UN discovers another 17 mass graves in central DRC's Kasai region

>Total of 40 mass graves now found in area ravaged by clashes between Kamuina Nsapu militia and army.

UN investigators have discovered 17 more mass graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s restive Kasai region, bringing the total of mass graves documented to 40 in an area where the Congolese army has clashed with local militants for the past eight months.

The Kasai Central province, in the heart of the DRC, has been plagued by violence between Congolese security forces and a local militia, Kamuina Nsapu, since August 2016.

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Muslim group sent defaced Koran page in mail

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/329203-muslim-group-gets-defaced-koran-page-in-mail

The nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group on Monday said it received a page of the Koran smeared with “a foreign substance” assumed to be feces.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the message sent to its Washington, D.C., headquarters also contained a “racist” image depicting former President Barack Obama as monkey.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News career comes to a swift end amid growing sexual harassment claims

Fox News on Wednesday ended its association with Bill O’Reilly, the combative TV host and commentator who has ruled cable-news ratings for nearly two decades and was the signature figure in the network’s rise as a powerful political player.

The conservative-leaning host’s downfall was swift and steep, set in motion less than three weeks ago by revelations of a string of sexual harassment complaints against him. The questions about his conduct represented yet another black eye to Fox, which had dealt with a sexual harassment scandal involving its co-founder and then-chairman Roger Ailes, just last summer.

more here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/bill-oreilly-is-officially-out-at-fox-news/2017/04/19/74ebdc94-2476-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html

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UC Berkeley Bans Ann Coulter – But She Plans to Speak Anyway!

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/04/19/uc-berkeley-bans-ann-coulter/

The campus that is the home of the historical free speech movement, UC Berkeley, has banned conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter, citing security threats.

According to Young America’s Foundation, student organizers of an upcoming Ann Coulter event at the university were emailed by Berkeley administrators who claimed they were unable to “find a safe suitable venue” for Coulter.

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White Nationalist Richard Spencer's Speech At Auburn Sparks Protests, Arrests

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/19/524683153/white-nationalist-richard-spencers-speech-at-auburn-sparks-protests-arrests

White nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at Alabama's Auburn University was preceded by controversy and punctuated Tuesday night by protests, arrests and some violence.

Hundreds of people, some chanting and carrying signs, demonstrated outside Auburn's Foy Hall on Tuesday. City of Auburn police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey told NPR that three people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

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Bomb explosion in Athens

http://en.protothema.gr/bomb-explosion-in-athens-upd/

A bomb exploded outside a bank in Athens following a phone call.

A security guard in a bank near by at Santaroza street saw two people on a motorcycle leaving a bag and heading towards the Exarchia area. About the same time a phone call said that a bomb will go off in 35′ minutes.

The bomb did go off and it has been reported that many windows broke in the wider area, which indicates that the explosion was quite big.

No injures have been reported as the police had cleared the area.

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Teens threw house party after killing grandparents: cops

A Georgia teen accused in the brutal slaying of her grandparents earlier this month partied with her boyfriend in their house while the bodies began to rot, according to officials.

Police said that Cassandra Bjorge, 17, and her boyfriend Johnny Rider, 19, sealed the doors and windows to contain the stench of the decomposing bodies so they could throw a party at the home in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The teen girl’s grandparents, Randall and Wendy Bjorge, both 63, had been dead for a week before their bodies were discovered during a wellness check on April 8, news station WXIA reported.

Bjorge and Rider were both charged with murder and aggravated assault in the deaths of the elderly couple. The teens allegedly slashed their throats, as well as kicked, beat and used a tire iron on the pair, according to the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 17-year-old appeared at a preliminary hearing Wednesday, where she reportedly confessed to stabbing her grandparents.

“This is a very unique and disturbing case on so many levels and detectives are still exploring motive,” Gwinnett County police officer Deon Washington told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “We may never find a scenario that makes sense to a reasonable person.”

source:

http://nypost.com/2017/04/19/teens-threw-party-in-house-after-killing-grandparents-c