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Published: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:07:47 -0400

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Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interference

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:29:44 -0400

(image) Dan Fried, the former State Department diplomat who oversaw sanctions policy, told the "Skullduggery" podcast that he was “extremely” frustrated when the Obama administration issued “weak” and “frankly inadequate” sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.



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Legalization of recreational marijuana gaining support on 4/20

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:52:42 -0400

(image) Recreational marijuana is already legal in nine states and now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he is planning to introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.



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Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation 

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:17:15 -0400

(image) A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. Her owner, Jane Dickinson, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, feared the worst as she took her pet to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age. However, vet surgeon Nick Blackburn ruled out any fatal disease when he carried out the operation to remove Maisy’s spleen and found her stomach was full of soft toys. Maisy is now reportedly 'loving life' Credit:  Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com He said : "It's fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn't but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat. "I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard, so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.” Her owner said she had never seen the gentle giant chewing or eating toys, but that now the operation has been completed Maisy is “loving life”. An x-ray showing the teddy bears within the stomach. Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com Ms Dickinson explained: "When Maisy went in I did think 'is she coming out?' but she is loving life now - it's like she's got her youth back. "The toys weren't even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas' toys and play with them but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. "I didn't even recognise one of the toys - my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog." Maisy has since made a full recovery from her operation and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.



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Rpt: Sessions threatens to resign if Trump fires Rosenstein

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:29:51 -0400

(image) A new report from The Washington Post says that Jeff Sessions warned the White House that he may be forced to step down if Trump follows through with his threats to fire Rod Rosenstein, reportedly believing that it would put him in an untenable position.



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AP PHOTOS: Former first lady Barbara Bush through the years

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:43:46 -0400

(image) Barbara Bush was a deeply rooted member of one of America's most recent political families. She also shared a distinction with one of its first.



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Leaders approve Prince Charles to succeed Queen as Commonwealth head -Sky news

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:36:05 -0400

(image) Prince Charles was approved as the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group's heads of government in Windsor on Friday, Sky News reported citing unnamed sources. There have been calls for the role to be rotated around the 53 member-states, most of which are former British territories, but in recent days the queen, the British government and other leaders have backed Charles. The Commonwealth Secretariat, which carries out the organization's day-to-day work, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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Minnesota woman suspected of killing 2 captured in Texas

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:42:53 -0400

(image) SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — A woman suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman in Florida was captured Thursday night at a South Texas resort.



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White nationalists rally in Newnan, Ga.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:02:14 -0400

(image) The National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., held a rally on April 21, 2018, in Newnan, Ga. Community members have opposed the rally and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after the Charlottesville, Va., demonstrations,  hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti-racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated.





Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:09:00 -0400

(image) The most likely scenario is that the F-22/F-35 hybrid will remain in the realm of fantasy. Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo’s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter.



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Past presidents, family and friends bid farewell to Barbara Bush

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:21:04 -0400

(image) Past presidents, family and friends came together Saturday to bid farewell to Barbara Bush, the matriarch of one of America's most prominent political dynasties, at a funeral service in Texas. Bush -- wife to the 41st US president and mother to the 43rd -- died Tuesday at her home in Texas aged 92, surrounded by her family. The invitation-only service at St Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston was attended by four former presidents: George H.W. Bush -- Barbara's husband of 73 years -- their son George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as other former senior officials.



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Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:46:07 -0400

(image) The driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges. James Bradley, 61, could have faced the death penalty in the case, considered one of the deadliest human smuggling incidents in modern U.S. history. "This was the equivalent of torture," U.S. District Judge David Ezra told Bradley when he handed out two concurrent life sentences at a court in San Antonio.



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9 Worst Muscle Cars Of The 1990s

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:40:26 -0400

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Several members of migrant caravan have reached the US-Mexico border to seek asylum

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:02:00 -0400

(image) At least 50 members of a migrant caravan that has been travelling through Central America and Mexico has reached the US border and are seeking asylum. The group, which at one point reached a peak of 1,500 people from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, had prompted US President Donald Trump to call in the National Guard troops from Arizona and Texas in order to secure the border and continues on with plans to build a 2,000-mile border wall. The group dwindled as word of Mr Trump’s threats spread and Mexican authorities separated those who were legally allowed to stay in Mexico from those who were not.



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Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:40:28 -0400

(image) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.





Emily Thornberry booed after denying Russia is attempting to block chemical weapons inspectors

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:19:29 -0400

Emily Thornberry was booed by a Question Time audience last night after she denied Russia was interfering in a chemical weapons inspection by officials in Syria. The shadow foreign secretary faced an angry backlash when she suggested that delays holding up inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were the result of the United Nations and its “red tape...and their safety stuff”. Last night commentators on social media claimed that her remarks were strikingly similar to those made by Russian minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said earlier this week that inspectors had not been given UN “approval” to carry out their mission. They had. The latest controversy follows the decision by the UK, France and the US to launch strikes against the Assad regime for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. Reports suggest that as many as 75 people were killed during the attack, thought to have been carried out by Syrian regime forces, while several hundred were injured. Inspectors from the OPCW have been sent to Syria to examine the site of the attack but have been prevented from accessing the area after a UN security team were fired upon on Wednesday whilst doing reconnaissance. The Syrian regime and Russia have since been blamed for the incident, with the US defence secretary General Jim Mattis accusing President Assad of attempting to “clean up the evidence before the investigation team gets in”. Support for air strikes on Syria has increased in the past week His comments were last night echoed by Liz Truss, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who told the BBC audience that “the Russians have stopped the weapons inspectors from coming in”. “They have stopped action being taken and the reality is these dreadful chemical weapons that have been used to flush out innocent citizens from their homes in Syria have been backed, not just by the Assad regime but also Russia has turned a blind eye and Russia is on the security council,” she added. “Russia frankly is a rogue state that has been allowed to do this.” However, to the frustration of other panelists, Ms Thornberry fired back that she “did not accept” the allegation against Russia, adding: “My understanding is that it’s a United Nations problem with their red tape and their safety and getting their safety stuff through.” Turning to who was responsible for the attack, Ms Thornberry also appeared to cast doubt on the conclusions drawn by the UK, French and US Governments on the Syrian regime’s culpability. Syria strikes | Read latest “I was at the Security Council discussion when it was first happening and you have the American’s on one side saying ‘of course it was the Russian’s and Assad who were responsible for these chemicals’ and the Russians were saying there were no chemicals used at all,” she continued. “Listen, whatever my personal opinion is, there are weapon inspectors in Damascus and they are going in and what they need to do is they need to prove that the chemical weapons were used and that is the baseline and that is where we start. “I want Assad prosecuted for this and if he is going to be prosecuted we need to have evidence that everyone can agree on.” It comes after Jeremy Corbyn was openly challenged by his own MPs after he suggested that “other parties” could have been responsible for the attack because they had access to chlorine gas. Meanw[...]









Brick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure another

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:11:55 -0400

(image) Visitors to a zoo in southeastern China killed one kangaroo and injured another by throwing bricks at them in an attempt to get a reaction from the big marsupials, state media reported. A 12-year-old female kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot when it was struck by bricks and concrete chunks on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian province, China Central Television reported. The report included pictures of the first kangaroo's smashed and nearly severed foot, and of the animal receiving treatment via intravenous drip before it died.



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California death row inmate freed; no retrial planned

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:34:20 -0400

(image) Authorities say a man who spent nearly 25 years on California's death row for raping and killing a toddler before his conviction was overturned won't be retried. He was freed shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.



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U.S. said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion claim - source

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:43:50 -0400

(image) The U.S. has opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday. Verizon and AT&T acknowledged the government probe and said they were working with regulators. Called eSIM, it allows consumers to switch wireless providers without having to insert a new physical SIM card, an identifying microchip.





About 2,500 mourners pay respects to Barbara Bush at viewing

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:42:26 -0400

(image) HOUSTON (AP) — His daughter standing behind him, former President George H.W. Bush sat at the front of the cavernous sanctuary of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. He gazed up at the rose-draped casket holding his wife of 73 years.



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Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:45:49 -0400

(image) BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.



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'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in Syria

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:59:30 -0400

(image) A Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US. News of his capture was first reported on Wednesday by the Kurdish group. The Pentagon had said it was looking into the reports before confirming Zammar’s arrest. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an alternate name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details," Pahon said. The 9/11 Commission report into the attacks in Washington and New York that led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people described Zammar as an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who “had fought in Afghanistan and relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad.” According to the report, Zammar took credit for influencing people linked to the attacks including Mohammed Atta, who hijacked an American Airlines plane and flew it into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Zammar had come into contact with Atta and others linked to the attacks while living in Hamburg, in 1997, the report says. Seven foiled UK terror plots Zammar was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian authorities two weeks later. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was reportedly freed from prison in 2014 in a prison swap organised with Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham. The SDF, which has been a key western ally in the fight against Isil, has detained several high-profile foreign members of Isil as the jihadist group’s grip on Syria has collapsed. They are currently holding two alleged members of the notorious Isil torture cell known as ‘the Beatles.’ El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Kotey were captured by the group in February. The two are accused of being involved in the execution and torture of hostages. US officials believe there are hundreds of foreign fighters and thousands of Syrian Isil militants in SDF custody.



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Romanian president slams plan to move Israel embassy

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:32:11 -0400

(image) A row erupted Friday between Romania's government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The foreign ministry announced that "a process of analysis and evaluation with the aim of transferring the embassy has been launched". Prime Minister Viorica Dancila of the left-wing Social Democratic Party confirmed Friday the government had adopted a memorandum on moving the embassy but added that other steps needed to be taken before a final decision.



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Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's home

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:05:25 -0400

(image) ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist and say the protests will continue.





Students protest gun violence nationwide on Columbine anniversary

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:29:14 -0400

(image) Thousands of students walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School with a show of unity aimed at pressuring politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.








EPA staff see hurdles in Pruitt science revamp, internal emails show

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:58:08 -0400

(image) By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are concerned that companies may be required to publicly disclose confidential data used in crafting government regulations, under an initiative by the agency's chief to eliminate "secret science," internal emails showed. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is spearheading a push to relax or undo Obama-era environmental rules, said in March he would no longer allow the agency to use studies with nonpublic scientific data to develop rules on public health and pollution. Pruitt had instructed staff to complete the guidelines by the end of February, according to the emails obtained by scientific advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists and shared with Reuters.



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Smallville actress Allison Mack arrested in New York sex trafficking case

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:42:38 -0400

An actress who starred in the US television series Smallville has been arrested on charges of sex trafficking. Allison Mack, 35, was accused of recruiting sex slaves for a self-help guru and helping to brand them with his initials. Mack featured in Smallville, a show about Clark Kent's childhood in Kansas before he becomes known as Superman, which ran from 2001 to 2011. The actress played Chloe Sullivan, one of the main character's best friends  She later became involved with a group called Nxivm - pronounced Nexium - which was promoted as a mentorship organisation for women with courses costing up to $5,000. The leader of the group was Keith Raniere, 57, who called himself "Vanguard" and presented himself as a guru to the stars. Prosecutors alleged that Mack was a "slave" of Raniere and recruited other female "slaves" for him, at times holding them down while a symbol bearing his initials was burned into the victims with a cauterising pen. At a brief hearing in a New York court Mack pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking. Actress Allison Mack attends the WB Network's 2002 Summer Party at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on July 13, 2002 Credit:  Robert Mora/Getty Richard Donoghue, the prosecutor, said in a statement that Raniere had, over two decades, established Nxivm in Albany, New York and it had centres in the US, Mexico, Canada and South America. He said it was a pyramid scheme in which participants were encouraged to recruit others in order to rise in the system. Within Nxivm there was a secret society called "DOS" which was an acronym for a Latin phrase, loosely translating as "'Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions". It was also known as "The Vow". Those who were part of The Vow were referred to as "'slaves" and "masters".   Keith Raniere was arrested in March Credit: Youtube Mr Donoghue said: "Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Other than Raniere, all members were women. Mack is one of the women in the first level of the pyramid. "The victims were exploited, both sexually and for their labour, to the defendants' benefit." He said up to 50 women were recruited and forced to have sex with Raniere. They were placed on extreme diets and subjected to "readiness drills" in the middle of the night, which meant they were "seriously sleep-deprived:. On joining the secret society they had to provide "collateral" like naked photographs which could be sued used against them if they left, prosecutors said. Assistant US Attorney Moira Kim told the New York court: “Ms Mack was one of the top members of a highly organised scheme which was designed to provide sex to Raniere. "Under the guise of female empowerment she starved women until they fit her co-defendant's sexual ideal, and she targeted vulnerable women." Mack [...]


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Tens of thousands of Hungarians rally in new anti-Orban protest

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:39:38 -0400

(image) Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets in Budapest for a second consecutive Saturday to protest against newly reelected Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Campaigning hard against immigration, the 54-year-old Orban's overwhelming victory April 8 saw his Fidesz party secure around half the vote. As part of sweeping reforms since he came into power in 2010, Orban has turned the public media channels into what his critics call "government mouthpieces".



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US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:24:29 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others.



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Man jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitas

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:15:22 -0400

(image) A former youth offenders’ centre employee in Texas has been convicted of stealing more than $1.2m (£860,000) worth of fajitas. Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was jailed for 50 years after authorities discovered he was ordering the Mexican food to the Darrel B Hester Juvenile Detention Centre in Cameron County and selling it on for personal profit. Suspicions were raised after a driver from a food company called the centre’s kitchen to tell them an 800-pound (363kg) delivery of fajitas had arrived.



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Ford licenses Classic Mustangs for production

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:27:29 -0400

(image) If you fancy owning a mint condition 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969-1970 Mustang Boss 429, or a 1969-1970 Mustang Mach 1, you'd better prepare yourself for a long and laborious search and some pretty eye-watering asking prices. Classic Restorations is a company from Oklahoma in the United States that has a somewhat tainted history to be honest, but over the last few years it's been building some very impressive Shelby Mustangs with modern underpinnings under the body. Now the company is expanding its horizons and the new licensed trio of classic Mustangs will become available from them from later this year.



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CDC Expands Romaine Lettuce Warning

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:27:32 -0400

(image) The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday said consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz.—where much of the romaine on the market now is from. The agency’s mo...



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Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:13:47 -0400

(image) Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices. Faleh's statement at a meeting of oil producers in Saudi Arabia came as crude hit the highest level in more than three years. "Looks like OPEC is at it again," Trump tweeted.



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