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2015-07-15
Multiple Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission

2014-07-09
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2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

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2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

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2012-11-07
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2012-11-06
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2012-09-30
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2012-09-18
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Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

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Millennials' abortion views trend pro-life despite self-identity, research shows
2016-06-30 17:01:40 (6 minutes ago) 

Although young voters are overwhelmingly liberal on social issues such as same-sex marriage and drug legalization, research released Thursday suggests the opposite is true when it comes to abortion.

Polling and research conducted by the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, an initiative of Students for Life of America, found that the ...

 
Hershey and Starz climb, Deutsche Bank and Pier 1 fall
2016-06-30 17:01:37 (6 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday: Hershey Co., up $16.35 to $113.49 The chocolate maker said its board had rejected a $107-per-share takeover offer from rival Mondelez. Starz, up $1.67 to $29.92 Most Read StoriesDoctors worry over women going for cleanshaven ‘Barbie doll look’Billionaire Paul Allen donates $1M […]
 
Minnesota woman accused of hiding machete used in beheading
2016-06-30 17:01:37 (6 minutes ago) 

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman is accused of hiding a machete her boyfriend allegedly used to decapitate a man she said raped her. Prosecutors on Thursday charged the 22-year-old woman with being an accomplice to second-degree murder after the fact and with third-degree assault. She’s accused of tying up and beating David […]
 
Gay Marriage, a Year Later
2016-06-30 17:01:17 (7 minutes ago) 
One year ago, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide. Readers who were married after the ruling reflected on the past year. Here is a selection.
 
Adnan Syed, 'Serial' podcast subject, granted new trial
2016-06-30 17:00:41 (7 minutes ago) 

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to Adnan Syed, a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular "Serial" podcast.

 
Ron Littlepage: JaxPort is spending as if there is no fiscal cliff
2016-06-30 17:00:40 (7 minutes ago) 

With zero debate, the Jacksonville Port Authority’s board earlier this week approved spending $46.6 million to begin the deep dredge of the St. Johns River shipping channel.

The state will provide the bulk of that money — $31.6 million — but the port will be on the hook for $15 million.

But what about the budgetary fiscal cliff Jacksonville is about to fall off of that we keep hearing so much about?

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Judge orders new trial for Adnan Syed in "Serial" case
2016-06-30 17:00:28 (8 minutes ago) 
 
New trial granted for Adnan Syed of "Serial"
2016-06-30 17:00:27 (8 minutes ago) 

A Baltimore judge has vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular "Serial" podcast that explored his case, and granted his request for a new trial.

The order from retired Judge Martin Welch was handed down in an order Thursday afternoon. Syed has been serving a life...

 
A presidential bar and more: Cleveland for conventioneers
2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

CLEVELAND (AP) — Conventioneers, political geeks and others heading to the GOP convention in Cleveland, take note: With seven presidents born in Ohio, there’s a lot of history here. But what might be the most intriguing presidential-themed site in Cleveland isn’t a museum or historic home. Nope. It’s a dive bar named for an obscure […]
 
Missouri won’t immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding
2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women’s health services for a while, despite a Missouri budget provision attempting to stop it. Nixon said Thursday that his administration will eventually implement a ban on Medicaid funding for organizations that perform abortions. The budget takes effect Friday. […]
 
Nuts to that; Hershey rejects kiss from chocolate competitor
2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK (AP) — Hershey says it rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez that would bring some of the world’s best known cookies and chocolates under one company. The company confirmed it received a preliminary offer from Mondelez for a mix of cash and stock totaling $107 for each share of Hershey common […]
 
Homeless ex-dairy worker found dead believed to be an isolated incident
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
A former Waikato dairy farm worker living on the streets before being found dead appears to be an isolated incident rather than a systemic dairy industry trend, say rural support and farming groups.
 
Crushed smartphone sparks fire on flight
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
A passenger's smartphone erupting into flames aboard a longhaul flight above the Pacific has investigators trying to figure out how it ignited.
 
Man at center of 'Serial' podcast granted a new trial
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
 
My time with Seattleites who call RVs home
2016-06-30 16:51:36 (16 minutes ago) 

The Vietnam vet. The ex-con. The neighborhood watchman. The tow-truck driver. The addict. The Auntie. The faithful girlfriend.

 
New York’s Sidewalks Are So Packed, Pedestrians Are Taking to the Streets
2016-06-30 16:51:28 (17 minutes ago) 
A world-class walking city has turned into an obstacle course, and transportation officials are moving to ease the congestion.
 
Theater Attorneys Want Colorado Victims to Pay $700K Fees
2016-06-30 16:51:16 (17 minutes ago) 
 
GoPro's Latest VR Video Lets You Swim with Sharks
2016-06-30 16:51:12 (17 minutes ago) 
Don't expect to see any tail-thrashing or bloody water -- that's not what shark diving is about.
 
Black Lives Matter leader warns of convention protests
2016-06-30 16:50:36 (17 minutes ago) 
Deray McKesson, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, said that the group might mobilize protesters at the Republican and Democratic conventions next month.
 
Man at center of 'Serial' podcast granted a new trial
2016-06-30 16:50:17 (18 minutes ago) 
BALTIMORE (AP) -- After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast "Serial" has won a new trial in Baltimore....
 
Anaheim bans short-term rentals
2016-06-30 16:50:16 (18 minutes ago) 
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Anaheim is saying bye-bye to Airbnb....
 
County School Official Charged With Having Sex With Students
2016-06-30 16:50:02 (18 minutes ago) 
A former principal who's now personnel director for schools in Alabama's most populous county is facing charges of having sex with students in two counties
 
TV reporters charged with child abuse after their baby tests positive for cocaine
2016-06-30 16:50:01 (18 minutes ago) 
Two Tucson, Arizona, TV personalities pleaded not guilty to drug and child abuse charges after tests revealed there was cocaine in their baby's system.
 
National Blues Museum presents art you can put your hands on
2016-06-30 16:50:01 (18 minutes ago) 
Sharon McConnell-Dickerson’s “A Cast of Blues” comes to the National Blues Museum.
 
Man’s body found in Lynnwood pond tentatively identified
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

The body was recovered from Sprague’s Pond at Mini Park.
 
A presidential bar and more: Cleveland for conventioneers
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

CLEVELAND (AP) — Conventioneers, political geeks and others heading to the GOP convention in Cleveland, take note: With seven presidents born in Ohio, there’s a lot of history here. But what might be the most intriguing presidential-themed site in Cleveland isn’t a museum or historic home. Nope. It’s a dive bar named for an obscure […]
 
Missouri won’t immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women’s health services for a while, despite a Missouri budget provision attempting to stop it. Nixon said Thursday that his administration will eventually implement a ban on Medicaid funding for organizations that perform abortions. The budget takes effect Friday. […]
 
Judge: Indiana must list both moms for children of lesbians
2016-06-30 16:41:08 (27 minutes ago) 
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana must list both spouses in lesbian marriages as parents on their children's birth certificates, a federal judge ruled Thursday, and end what she called a "discriminatory" practice of listing only the birth mother.
 
Reducing high rate of black infant mortality focus of new effort
2016-06-30 16:40:41 (27 minutes ago) 

The high rate of infant mortality in Duval County — especially among black babies — is the focus of a new collaborative effort that aims to improve health outcomes for the youngest local residents.

A Community Conversation: Infant Mortality and Health Equity, the first in a series of meetings, took place at Edward Waters College on Thursday afternoon, hosted by the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and the Florida Department of Children of Families.

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A look at Bulgaria's "bride's market"
2016-06-30 16:40:16 (28 minutes ago) 

Bulgaria's 18,000-person Kalaidzhi Roma clan holds an annual "bride market, where young virgins are paraded in front of suitors who bid on them."

From Tai-wiki-widbee Every year young Roma women attend "bride markets" with the intention of getting married to the highest bidder. "If you have gold jewelry and shoes that match your dress... the better family we come from, the higher price we get." The average bride price is about USD$300-350. "But it's more like massive speed-dating than the forced marriage market that the media reports."

 
Watch: Bernie Sanders Exposed the Media's Love Affair With Trump . . . in 1990
2016-06-30 16:40:14 (28 minutes ago) 
Donald Trump gets more media attention than the Holocaust, Sanders pointed out.

During a 1990 U.S. Congress Debate, Bernie Sanders spoke about how mainstream media favored covering Donald Trump over the then-refugee crisis, in this case people fleeing Kuwait. The debate took place on Sept. 16, 1990 at Temple Sinai in South Burlington. Bernie Sanders, Peter Smith, Peter Diamondstone, Dolores Sandoval participated, leading Sanders to win the sole Vermont senate seat. 

When asked about the media's coverage of the Kuwaiti refugee crisis, Sanders said:

I remember teaching at Hamilton University in the spring and having kids do research papers as to how much time Time and Newsweek put into the coverage of Third World Starvation as opposed to the life and times of Donald Trump, and you know what the answer was? This was before his divorce, when he really got the news. Far more attention was paid to Donald Trump than to the Holocaust, and I use that word wisely, in a temple, in the third world right now. Watch:

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How the Russian Fighters of ISIS Became a Terror Threat in Turkey
2016-06-30 16:31:42 (36 minutes ago) 
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Missing elderly woman found huddled in neighbouring flax bushes
2016-06-30 16:31:31 (37 minutes ago) 
An elderly woman with dementia was found tucked up in flax bushes a mere 100 metres from where she disappeared after a mass search in Mangakino overnight. 
 
The Latest: Al Gore's daughter honored to be in protest
2016-06-30 16:31:30 (37 minutes ago) 
 
ISIS Claims Killing of Coptic Christian Minister in Sinai
2016-06-30 16:31:18 (37 minutes ago) 
Father Rafael Moussa, 46, a Coptic Orthodox minister, was shot outside a car repair shop in one of several attacks since 2013 on Coptic Christians.
 
NASA Awards Grants to Nine Informal Learning Institutions
2016-06-30 16:31:07 (37 minutes ago) 
NASA has awarded almost $10 million in grants to informal education organizations in seven states to help inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers.
 
Volkswagen Offers $15 Billion to Settle Diesel Scandal Case
2016-06-30 16:30:46 (37 minutes ago) 
Volkswagen owners may be happy to hear that the car company that rigged its diesel emission tests has submitted a $15 billion settlement offer for review with a federal court in San Francisco. The settlement, if approved, would set aside about $10 billion dollars for owners and pay about......
 
Public Profanity Gets 50 Cent Arrested in St. Kitts
2016-06-30 16:30:46 (37 minutes ago) 
Swearing on stage is not allowed in St. Kitts. Although hip-hop is known for its profanity, it is nonetheless expected that rappers keep it clean on the Caribbean island. That is why last weekend, 50 Cent was arrested after an impromptu performance before 40,000 people. In the immortal words......
 
Black Lives Matter leader warns of convention protests
2016-06-30 16:30:36 (37 minutes ago) 
Deray McKesson, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, said that the group might mobilize protesters at the Republican and Democratic conventions next month.
 
Android Nougat? Really? Here are at least 10 better names - CNET
2016-06-30 16:30:33 (37 minutes ago) 
Commentary: The Googleplex has christened the next version of Android to be nougat, after a sweet treat not all people understand. Surely we could do better?
 
Judge Hopes to Name Van Dyke Special Prosecutor by August
2016-06-30 16:30:01 (38 minutes ago) 
A judge says he hopes to name a special prosecutor by Aug. 4 in the case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager
 
Pena to make first start for Cardinals
2016-06-30 16:30:01 (38 minutes ago) 
Brayan Pena will make his first start behind the plate in place of Yadier Molina tonight when the Cardinals face the Royals at 6:15. He will hit seventh.
 
Poll shows how citizenship questions stump many
2016-06-30 16:21:37 (46 minutes ago) 

An Ipsos poll asked 2,010 adults from the United States a selection of questions from the citizenship exam.

       
 
Florida police: Armed man killed himself during standoff
2016-06-30 16:21:33 (46 minutes ago) 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say an armed man killed himself during an encounter with police. Tallahassee Deputy Police Chief Darrell Furuseth said a preliminary investigation showed that 36-year-old Patrick Keeney died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after police were called to the man’s home early Thursday morning. Police initially said that Keeney, […]
 
CBS reporter traveling to 59 parks in a year
2016-06-30 16:21:33 (46 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK (AP) — Conor Knighton didn’t take the easy route when he proposed a “CBS Sunday Morning” story on the National Park Service’s centennial. His idea approved, he’s in the midst of a yearlong journey to spend time in each of the 59 national parks. His “On the Trail” reports air every two weeks, […]
 
Colerain Twp. will discuss possible park levy at July 12 meeting
2016-06-30 16:20:31 (48 minutes ago) 

Colerain trustees will consider placing a park levy on the November ballot at next meeting

        
 
"Selfie Dad" mocks teen daughter's "sexy" photos
2016-06-30 16:20:28 (48 minutes ago) 
 
Boston police captain's son indicted on terror charges in bomb plot
2016-06-30 16:20:26 (48 minutes ago) 

A police captain's son accused of plotting an attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group was indicted Thursday on terrorism charges.

A federal grand jury indicted Alexander Ciccolo on one count each of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization...

 
Irving Harper – The genius furniture designer created stunning paper sculptures for fun
2016-06-30 16:20:17 (48 minutes ago) 

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Irving Harper: Works in Paper
by Irving Harper (artist) and Michael Maharam (editor)
Skira Rizzoli
2013, 176 pages, 8.3 x 10.3 x 1.1 inches
$33 Buy a copy on Amazon

Anyone familiar with the American version of the hit comedy The Office might remember a scene in which Michael Scott attends an art show where Pam exhibits her paintings. Struck by a painting she made of the office building, Michael buys it and muses, “It is a message. It is an inspiration. It is a source of beauty. And without paper, it could not have happened.” The quote could just as easily be said of famed designer Irving Harper, an alchemist who transforms paper into works of wonder. One look at Irving Harper: Works In Paper will be sufficient to astonish those who are not yet acquainted with the genius of design, and to further amaze those who are already fans of his.

Irving Harper was famous primarily as a furniture designer who championed the modernist style, becoming famous for the “Marshmallow Sofa” which comprises 18 plush discs arranged on a wire frame, and the “Ball Clock,” which resembles an asterix with multi-colored balls punctuating the tip of each line. Harper was not a sculptor by profession, but he created paper sculptures at home as a pastime to relieve himself of the stress of his regular job. This book features the astonishing results of someone who was ultimately more artist than hobbyist. Within these pages, a series of masks with graceful, Kabuki-like features can be found alongside vivid and striking depictions of wildlife including a wizened owl with expressive eyes, a snarling wolf hovering over its prey and a stoic elephant made with spare grace. A lavish cathedral skillfully depicts a stained glass window with a seraph in an arched doorway, while a sparse rendition of a scowling soldier on horseback offers a remarkable contrast. A series of abstract sculptures reminiscent of some of Robert Rauschenberg’s bold experiments also capture the reader’s attention.

The book offers a brief introduction to Irving Harper and discusses his design career in some detail, but the majority of the pagers are devoted to stunning full-color and black-and-white images of his paper sculptures. One photograph stands out: Harper, surrounded by his magnificent creations in his living room, idly scans a newspaper from his easy chair. The image remains in the mind even after closing the book as a quiet and powerful document of a humble genius who gave shape to his imagination with the simplest of resources. It is, as Michael Scott suggested, a source of beauty. And it couldn’t have happened without paper. – Lee Hollman

 
Meet the Tone-Deaf Gun Shop Owner Auctioning an AR-15 to Benefit Orlando Shooting Victims
2016-06-30 16:20:15 (48 minutes ago) 
You can't make this stuff up.

Just outside Chicago a gun shop by the name of Second Amendment Sports is planning a controversial auction that is causing a stir. Second Amendment Sports, located in McHenry, Illinois, will auction a Smith & Wesson AR-15 to benefit the victims of the Orlando massacre, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The gun is very similar to the one used by the shooter, Omar Mateen, to kill 49 at the Pulse nightclub on June 12.

The gun shop owners insist it's not a political statement. 

"We wanted to do something for the loss of lives and injuries that happened to people in Orlando," store co-owner Bert Irslinger Jr, told Chicago Tribune, which broke the story. Irslinger, Jr. and his father operate the suburban gun store located about 50 miles from Chicago.

"For our industry, this isn’t weird,” Irslinger Jr said. “It’s a normal product. It’s bought every day by Americans across the United States.” 

"We don't look at it as a gun issue. We think this is a terrorist issue," Irslinger, Jr. added.

However, some locals directly affected by recent mass shootings were particularly put off. 

"Guns are not toys," said Crystal Lake, Illinois resident Kathleen Larmier. Larmier’s son, 27-year-old John Larimer, was one of the 12 Colorado movie theater shooting victims in 2012.

Executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence in Chicago, Colleen Daley, was also offended by the auction. 

“I’m not saying they should be illegal, but raffling off a gun is not taking its killing power seriously," Daley told the Chicago Tribune.

But even with the mixed messaging, she gave the store owner credit for his proposed $2,000+ donation to the OneOrlando Fund.

"I'm glad people are trying to raise money," she said. "I just don't think it's the most appropriate way to do that. These guns are weapons of war, meant to kill large numbers of people in a short time, which is what happened in Orlando. I find it very distasteful and offensive."

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Adnan Syed, 'Serial' podcast subject, granted new trial
2016-06-30 17:01:40 (6 minutes ago) 

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to Adnan Syed, a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular "Serial" podcast.

 
Nuts to that; Hershey rejects kiss from chocolate competitor
2016-06-30 17:01:37 (6 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK (AP) — Hershey says it rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez that would bring some of the world’s best known cookies and chocolates under one company. The company confirmed it received a preliminary offer from Mondelez for a mix of cash and stock totaling $107 for each share of Hershey common […]
 
Self-driving car driver died after crash in Florida, a first
2016-06-30 17:01:37 (6 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle’s “autopilot” automated driving system has been killed in a collision with a truck, the first U.S. self-driving car fatality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says preliminary reports indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer rig made a […]
 
Transgender People Will Be Allowed to Serve Openly in Military
2016-06-30 17:01:17 (7 minutes ago) 
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter moved forward in lifting the Pentagon’s ban despite resistance from high-ranking military officials.
 
Final report on Benghazi serves as a lesson
2016-06-30 17:00:40 (7 minutes ago) 

The special House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks did find a smoking gun regarding Hillary Clinton.

It was her reckless use of a private email server in disregard of her own State Department rules.

And the fact that the committee could not find much direct evidence of Clinton’s involvement in the lax security at the temporary mission in Libya is no excuse. It was a massive sin of omission that reflected poor leadership.

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Angela Corey says no re-election campaigning, fundraising done in her office
2016-06-30 17:00:40 (7 minutes ago) 

State Attorney Angela Corey reiterated Thursday morning that her office did not violate any election laws or rules despite what a former prosecutor in her office complained about.

Doug Dorsey, who resigned as an assistant state attorney May 9, said in emails in the days before he resigned that employees were pressured to donate money to Corey’s campaign and to participate in her re-election, sometimes during office hours at the expense of taxpayers.

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Government urges owners of older Acuras, Hondas to get air bags fixed immediately
2016-06-30 17:00:27 (8 minutes ago) 

The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it has data showing that chances...

 
Dolphins announce training camp schedule; canopy added over seating area
2016-06-30 17:00:27 (8 minutes ago) 

The Miami Dolphins have announced three changes that benefit fans interested in attending training camp, which opens July 29.

The Dolphins’ Baptist Health Training Facility, located at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, will feature a new canopy placed over the entire seated area, which holds...

 
County school official charged with having sex with students
2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former principal who is now personnel director for schools in Alabama’s most populous county was arrested Thursday on charges of having sex with students in two counties. Jefferson County schools personnel director Brett William Kirkham, 39, was arrested in Tuscaloosa County on charges of being a school employee and having […]
 
A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular “Serial” podcast
2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular “Serial” podcast.
 
Courthouse gunman in custody dispute faces new charges
2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who shot and killed the mother of his grandchildren outside a courthouse after a custody hearing in rural Arizona is now charged with first-degree murder. Navajo County spokesman Adam Wolfe says 47-year-old Salomon Diaz of Snowflake is being held on a $2 million bond. Police say Diaz fatally […]
 
Cycling NZ unveil new secret weapon for Rio Olympics
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
- TVNZ
 
Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
 
Florida police: Armed man killed himself during standoff
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
 
Blue-green algae could make California's lakes too dangerous for your family and pets
2016-06-30 16:51:32 (17 minutes ago) 
 
My Bookshelf, Myself: Ten Famous People on What to Read This Summer
2016-06-30 16:51:28 (17 minutes ago) 
Just in time for the Fourth of July, T revisits highlights of its recurring booklist column.
 
Ex-49er Ray McDonald's visit to East Bay high school prompts board to put superintendent on leave
2016-06-30 16:51:13 (17 minutes ago) 
The Hayward school board has placed its superintendent on paid administrative leave while it investigates his possible role in former San Francisco 49ers player and accused rapist Ray McDonald's visit to Tennyson High School in February.
 
Firefox's Experimental Containers Feature Lets You Log Into Multiple Accounts on the Same Services at Once
2016-06-30 16:51:12 (17 minutes ago) 

Let’s say you have multiple Twitter accounts, or several Google accounts, or even a few different bank accounts. It sucks to have to switch between those accounts in your browser. Firefox is testing out a new feature called Containers in its beta channel that hopes to fix this.

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Trump jokes, 'That could be a Mexican plane up there'
2016-06-30 16:50:36 (17 minutes ago) 
Donald Trump's latest jab at Mexico is taking off.
 
Wildlife officials hunt for bear that killed mountain-biker
2016-06-30 16:50:17 (18 minutes ago) 
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Wildlife officials set traps, installed wilderness cameras and scouted the woods by helicopter Thursday for the bear that attacked and killed a U.S. Forest Service employee as he rode a mountain bike along a trail outside Glacier National Park....
 
Hubble Images of Jupiters “Northern Lights” are Amazing!
2016-06-30 16:50:04 (18 minutes ago) 
Jupiter has a MUCH stronger magnetic field than Earth does and the Aurora’s it produces have been known about for a while. This image above from Hubble though is one of the most incredible I’ve seen! More from NASA/Hubble HERE. Next week a new spacecraft named JUNO will go into orbit around Jupiter, and we will learn a lot more about the large gas giant. More on the JUNO spacecraft …
 
UN Approves Seat Shared by Italy and Netherlands
2016-06-30 16:50:02 (18 minutes ago) 
The United Nations General Assembly has approved a deal that will give a Security Council seat to Italy in 2017 and the Netherlands in 2018
 
Franklin County trucker gets more than 15 years for child porn
2016-06-30 16:50:01 (18 minutes ago) 
A Franklin County truck driver had more than 18,000 images containing child porn.
 
House Dems may get gun vote, but on a bill they oppose
2016-06-30 16:41:32 (27 minutes ago) 

"Bringing up a bill authored by the NRA just isn’t going to cut it,” a Dem spokesman said.

       
 
Texas abortions dropped 15 percent after now overturned law
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortions in Texas plummeted 15 percent during the first year after the Republican-controlled state passed tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has now struck down — the best indication yet of just how hard it had become to get an abortion in America’s second-largest state. The health department released the […]
 
County school official charged with having sex with students
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former principal who is now personnel director for schools in Alabama’s most populous county was arrested Thursday on charges of having sex with students in two counties. Jefferson County schools personnel director Brett William Kirkham, 39, was arrested in Tuscaloosa County on charges of being a school employee and having […]
 
A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular “Serial” podcast
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular “Serial” podcast.
 
Marine Corps: 15 drill instructors under investigation
2016-06-30 16:41:08 (27 minutes ago) 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Marine Corps is looking into allegations of hazing, assault and physical abuse involving 15 drill instructors at Parris Island training depot in South Carolina, officials said Thursday.
 
Cheviot Police: Suspect sought in shooting
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(credit: Masahiro Ihara)

Nearly everyone knows you’re supposed to eat heaping helpings of fruits and vegetables every day. But that doesn’t mean that people actually follow through. In fact, in updated dietary guidelines released in January, the federal government called out nearly everyone for not eating enough produce (as well as eating way too much sugar). But now, researchers have followed up with what may be a simple fix.

In grocery stores, big emojis and arrows on the floor that direct and encourage people to head to the produce section actually got shoppers to buy more produce, researchers report Thursday in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Moreover, after analyzing grocery bills, the researchers found that shoppers didn’t up their overall shopping budget to accommodate the fresh additions. In other words, grocery store goers weren’t simply piling on crops to their already full carts, but, rather, they were swapping other grocery items for healthy fruits and vegetables.

The findings suggest that adding the minor signage to more stores could be an easy way to get consumers to eat healthier produce. And if so, it “could trigger a public health shift” in a general population that is largely struggling with weight and dietary problems, lead author Collin Payne, of New Mexico State University, said in a statement.

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2016-06-30 16:20:16 (48 minutes ago) 

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On Wednesday, news hit the wire that a video game's indistinguishable logo and art style had been lifted without permission, all done to advertise a wholly unrelated product. Sadly, the news brought on a real case of deja vu. As in: wait, didn't this just happen?

As it turns out, it had. Two very similar stories unfolded within 48 hours of each other, and they each speak to a pair of modern copyright issues: the ease with which images can be lifted and reappropriated by a lazy design firm, and how easy it is for such copycats to be busted by the court of public opinion.

The more recent case involved a professional hockey team from Beijing, which was announced last week as the newest team to join an upstart, highly budgeted Eurasian league known as the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Once the Kunlun Red Star revealed its logo, eagle-eyed hockey fans noticed that it was very nearly a beat-for-beat copy of the dragon head from MMO sensation Guild Wars 2. Eyes, nose, tongue, and general shape—it's very clearly a match, minus some weak width-stretching efforts by Kunlun's Photoshop intern. (Props to Guild Wars 2 fan galveyra2 for the specific image analysis posted above.)

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FACT SHEET: White House Launches a Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis
2016-06-30 16:11:47 (56 minutes ago) 

Today the White House is announcing a Call to Action for the U.S. private sector to stand with the Administration and make new, measurable and significant commitments that will have a durable impact on refugees residing in countries on the frontlines of the global refugee crisis and in countries of resettlement, like the United States.  The fifteen founding companies, all of whom have taken significant action to-date to assist the refugee crisis, have committed to standing with refugees, including: Accenture, Airbnb, Chobani, Coursera, Goldman Sachs, Google, HP, IBM, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mastercard, UPS, TripAdvisor, and Western Union.

There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, the highest number on record since the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began collecting statistics.  More than 21 million of these people have crossed international borders in search of safety and are registered as refugees. The despair that drives these people to flee their homes is heartbreaking, but their resilience is awe-inspiring.  Refugees are a valuable, untapped resource and, if given the opportunity, can thrive and contribute wherever they reside.

In addition to contributing billions of dollars to meet the immediate humanitarian need of displaced people and planning to welcome 85,000 refugees this year, the United States is rallying other countries to step up their efforts.  On September 20, President Obama will host the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees at the UN for countries that have made new and significant commitments to increase support for UN humanitarian appeals; create greater opportunities for legal resettlement; and enact policies that allow refugees to be self-reliant.

A crisis of this scale, however, requires more than government action.  For this reason, in the months leading up to the Leaders’ Summit, President Obama is challenging the U.S. private sector to draw on its unique expertise, resources and entrepreneurial spirit to help refugees regain control over their lives and integrate into their new communities. The Administration will convene a cross-section of private sector leaders with new pledges in response to the Call to Action at a high-level meeting that will take place alongside the Leaders’ Summit.

Call to Action Impact Areas

While there are innumerable ways in which the private sector can stand with refugees, the Call to Action is principally focused on generating new commitments in three “impact areas” that align with the Leaders’ Summit’s goals: 

Education – Facilitating refugee children and young adults’ education by ensuring that refugee students can access schools of all levels and creating quality long-distance learning platforms and programs. Employment – Increasing employment opportunities for refugees, supporting refugee entrepreneurship, and assisting refugees’ reentry into the workforce. Enablement – Increasing humanitarian financing, strengthening infrastructure and access to resources needed for refugees to become self-reliant, and supporting countries taking new steps to welcome refugees or allow them to work and attend school.

Partnership for Refugees:  Catalyzing Durable Solutions

To facilitate private sector commitments in response to the Call to Action, the White House is announcing the Partnership for Refugees, an initiative established through collaboration between the State Department and USA for UNHCR, with significant support from Accenture Federal Services. The Partnership for Refugees will provide guidance to private sector organizations that wish to take action and help ensure that their pledges are sustainable and responsive to refugees’ needs. Federal agencies supporting this initiative include the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Homeland Security, the Small Business Administration, and the Department of Commerce.

More specifically, from now until September, the Partnership will:

  Produce resources containing data and best practices to guide private sector action.   Draw on knowledge of refugees’ needs to offer feedback on specific proposals.   Connect interested private sector actors with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, and government officials working in the impact areas.   Develop criteria for assessing and measuring the impact of pledges made in response to the Call to Action.

Background on the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees

On September 20, President Obama will host the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in the wake of the UN General Assembly. The Summit will bring together leaders of member states who are prepared to make new and significant pledges in 2016 to help address refugees’ most urgent needs. To participate in the Summit, major refugee-hosting member states will enact new policies to improve refugees’ access to employment and education – so as to enable them to become more self-reliant. Other states will provide additional funding to UN humanitarian appeals and agencies, above and beyond what they gave in 2015; and welcome additional refugees to their countries, beyond what they had previously planned. 

Building on these individual pledges, the Summit is expected to achieve three overarching goals: 

  Generate a 30 percent increase in financing for global humanitarian appeals, from $10 billion in 2015 to $13 billion this year.   Double the number of resettlement slots and alternative legal pathways for admission that are available to refugees, and increase the number of countries accepting significant numbers of refugees.   Increase the number of refugees worldwide in school by one million, and the number of refugees granted the legal right to work by one million. 

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Founding Private Sector Participants in the Call to Action

While the Call to Action aims to strengthen private sector support for refugees, especially in the three impact areas described above, it builds on a long track-record of U.S. private sector leadership in response to the global refugee crisis. Fifteen of these companies that are already leading examples in this space, are joining the President today. 

These companies put forth summaries of their work to date to assist refugees as follows:

ACCENTURE

Accenture Federal Services will provide strategic consulting and digital services, as well as program management support to the Partnership for Refugees, working with the private sector and NGOs to help address the ongoing and enduring plight of refugees. Accenture will leverage the full expertise of its global experience, having worked closely with UNHCR to develop the Biometric Identification Management System, enrolling more than 230,000 refugees improving the protection and support for 33.9 million displaced persons; teaming with Upwardly Global to launch an online employment training program to help skilled refugees and immigrants launch professional careers in the United States; and leveraging digital innovation to create the Accenture Refugee Talent Hub—a digital platform and partnership between leading corporations, the Dutch government, NGOs and educational institutions to accelerate integration, education and employment of refugees in the Netherlands

AIRBNB

Airbnb is partnering with leading international relief organizations including UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency), the International Rescue Committee, and Mercy Corps in responding to the global refugee crisis. Support includes the donation of travel credits to relief organizations, which allow their humanitarian workers to book accommodations on the front-lines where they are responding to some of the most urgent refugee needs. Airbnb has encouraged its community to join in supporting this important cause by donating financial resources through a dedicated landing page on their website. This summer, we are working with UNHCR to develop a renewed global call to action during the Olympics in Rio. Additionally, Airbnb has signed on as a pledge partner with The Tent Alliance to encourage and catalyze other private sector engagement as this humanitarian crisis evolves. Airbnb is working with a range of partners domestically and around the world to continue to assess how to support this global response. 

CHOBANI

Chobani is a natural food company headquartered in Norwich, NY, with a mission to make better food for more people. Diversity and inclusiveness have been at the heart of the company since day one. In its early days in Upstate New York, Chobani worked with local refugee centers to support those who had come in search of safety and opportunity. It is a practice that has continued ever since, and today roughly 30 percent of its manufacturing workforce are resettled refugees. In addition to translating into more than 11 languages, the company works to provide English language training and other educational opportunities.  Although most of Chobani’s employees grew up in communities near its plants in Idaho and New York, the company is proud to welcome people from all over the world to join its mission to make delicious, nutritious and natural food that’s accessible to all. In 2015, Chobani’s founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya signed the Giving Pledge, committing the majority of his personal wealth towards ending the global refugee crisis. That same year he founded Tent, an organization that seeks to improve the lives and livelihoods of the 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced around the globe. Tent does this by funding direct assistance, investing in innovation, promoting policies and partnerships to help the displaced realize their full potential, and organizing private sector leaders to make a meaningful difference in addressing the crisis.

COURSERA

Coursera, the largest open online education provider, and the U.S. Department of State have partnered to create Coursera for Refugees, enabling an unlimited number of non-profits that work with refugees to apply for at least one year of group financial aid. Partner non-profits will be able to support refugees in quickly building career skills and gaining recognizable certificates through access to the 1,000+ Coursera courses offered by schools like Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Edinburgh, and IE Business School. Coursera for Refugees also includes organizational support services for partner non-profits, such as learner engagement data, private communication forms, and dedicated Coursera technical support.

GOLDMAN SACHS

Goldman Sachs Gives has contributed over $4.5 million, representing one of the earliest and largest corporate investments in response to the Middle East refugee crisis, through public-private partnerships between the firm and the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), and other nonprofit organizations including Concern Worldwide, Relief International and German Red Cross. The response by Goldman Sachs has focused on three core areas: the immediate humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean region; regional stabilization in camps; and resettlement for the 20,000 Syrian refugees in the United Kingdom. The grant to UNHCR supported thousands of families with survivor packs, emergency food packs, secure accommodation for extremely vulnerable children and temporary medical facilities, as well as secondary support focused on ongoing needs in and around the refugee camps. Through Relief International and Concern Worldwide, Goldman Sachs Gives provided educational support (including 40 classrooms, 3 new interactive learning libraries and 3 new playgrounds) for 26,000 children in the two main refugee camps in Jordan and in Turkey, and provided 3,000 winterization kits to refugees in and around Kobani, Syria. To address longer-term resettlement of refugees, Goldman Sachs will work to address English language and employability skills, two significant areas of need, with the intent to develop a mechanism to fill gaps across the current integration framework.

GOOGLE

Starting last September, Google has been supporting refugees by funding innovative solutions to connectivity, access to information and education. In the past 9 months, Google.org has given more than $13M plus employee expertise to support nonprofits developing those solutions. Those efforts include helping to develop RefugeeInfo.eu to provide access to vital information, deploying low cost wifi and charging kits in refugee camps and transit routes, helping to build Translation Cards to facilitate translations between aid workers and refugees and launching Project Reconnect to equip non-profits with managed Chromebooks to facilitate access to educational resources and training. Google’s combined efforts will help more than 1 million refugees get access to information and education this year.

HP

HP believes everyone, everywhere should have access to a quality education. This includes refugees and displaced communities. Technology can be a key enabler to reaching this goal by providing unstandardized ways of learning. HP has funded and provided technology to 57 Community Technology Access (CTA) centers in refugee camps in 26 countries. UNHCR’s CTA program provides access to computers, computer literacy, and connectivity, to UNHCR’s persons of concern including refugees and internally displaced persons. The CTA program launched an online learning platform, UNHCR Exchange, which provides refugees with vocational, business and IT skills training to improve their livelihoods. HP LIFE, free online business and IT skills training in 7 languages, is on the UNHCR Exchange. HP is working with the Global Alliance Institute and Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital to support the Girl’s Truth Seekers Education Project which will connect Girl Scouts in the greater Washington area with young Syrian refugee girls currently living in the countries bordering Syria. Through this initiative, the Syrian girls will attend virtual, online classes to learn English, and the Girl Scouts will earn the Truth Seeker badge. As well as donating practical tools including HP Probook and Notebook laptops, HP LIFE will also be offered as part of the training at its refugee learning centers, enabling female refugees to continue their education – preparing them for the technology world and bringing them hope for a brighter future.

IBM

IBM has been actively partnering with regional and international NGOs and launching IBM volunteer initiatives, in an integrated fashion, to provide a substantive and effective response to the critical and long-term needs of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe. IBM Impact Grants of mobile and cloud capabilities are supporting European NGOs as they collect medical data, track refugee health, and analyze data for trends and insights. Mobile apps designed for Italian NGOs INTERSOS and Médecins Sans Frontières are enabling better health interventions based on data and analytics. In Turkey, IBM is helping two NGOs which are UNHCR implementing partners and which provide services to more than 60,000 refugees monthly. IBM provided consulting on data strategy to improve services, and design and implementation of a web-based custom data management solution. To Singa France, an NGO that supports cohesion between refugees and local communities, IBM delivered data management consulting and support toward a solution to match refugees with local hosts, accelerating access to accommodation, cultural and economic opportunities and wider social integration. For the Deutsche Rote Kreuz (German Red Cross), IBM developed a solution, based on Sahana and hosted in IBM Softlayer, to help them manage and improve numerous sources of conflicting refugee information at the reception centre in Mannheim, which has a capacity of 6,000 refugees and migrants.  Leveraging IBM’s capabilities in security, IBM granted to UK NGO Stop The Traffik five licenses of i2 analyst software and training, as well as Softlayer hosting for analysis of trafficking data. Refugees and migrants are uniquely susceptible to exploitation. Using the software, staff will be able to analyze data submitted by citizens around the world who suspect that human trafficking is taking place in their area. IBMers also engage in skills-based volunteerism and mentoring programs for refugees, leading to better employability and social integration. In Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden, mentoring and skills training initiatives are supporting children with language and cultural learning, and helping to bring skilled refugees into the job market. In Belgium, more than twenty workshops in various topics are delivered per year. Volunteers in Sweden worked for three months with the Red Cross at the Swedish border in the height of winter, supporting refugees in various ways. Volunteers are innovating – in Denmark, by developing an app to match mentors with mentees; and in Austria, by joining a Social Hackathon on Migration organized for late June to work on apps and games related to education and refugees, using IBM Bluemix as the cloud development platform. Finally, IBM has launched internship opportunities for refugees in Finland, Germany, and Sweden – with some interns already having completed the program. IBM Sweden is a founding partner of an AmCham Sweden collaboration to integrate immigrant-owned enterprises into procurement processes of larger Swedish companies.

JPMORGAN CHASE & CO.

JPMorgan Chase and its employees donated $1.7 million to non-governmental organizations serving refugee children and families across Europe and the Middle East, providing them with necessary medical treatment, food, clean water and other critical support services. Over 150 employees also created more than 500 hygiene kits that were distributed to refugees through the International Medical Corps. Finally, the Family Action Toy Appeal campaign, with support from JPMorgan Chase, provided over 5,000 children toys to refugees during the holidays. Integration Efforts: JPMorgan Chase provided nearly $680,000 to help adult refugees integrate into the German labor market through career guidance services, internship placements and job training in key business sectors. J.P. Morgan has also developed a partnership with Bertelsmann Foundation to pilot and scale plans that help cities integrate refuges into their labor markets. As a result, about a dozen cities will develop strategies for integrating refugees into the labor market. J.P. Morgan will also partner with JobLinge in Germany to provide office space and volunteer support for refugee language classes. 

LINKEDIN

In February 2016, LinkedIn launched its first pilot initiative in Sweden, Welcome Talent, to help address the refugee crisis. Using the LinkedIn platform, the company created a microsite that is an entry point to connect newly settled refugees with employers who have committed to hiring them. The site has information, resources and case studies to help refugees create optimal profiles. To date, more than 1,000 jobs have been posted from potential employers. This is a multi-sector initiative working with the Swedish government, NGO community, universities and the private sector. LinkedIn is also one of the founding partners of the Tent Foundation private sector alliance that has formed to address the refugee crisis. LinkedIn is currently exploring other markets to expand this work.

MASTERCARD

By leveraging technologies and products such as MasterCard Aid Network and Prepaid, MasterCard collaborates with partners to provide essential services to refugees at a critical time in their lives. To date, MasterCard Aid and Prepaid cards have been deployed in humanitarian responses across Africa, Asia and Europe – in countries such as Turkey, Kenya, Yemen, Nepal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Niger, the Philippines, and Greece. For example, MasterCard worked with Mercy Corps to distribute prepaid debit cards to eligible refugees traveling through Serbia. Approximately $75,000 was distributed to nearly 400 families and individuals, who spent the assistance on transportation, food, medications and lodging. Many recipients also used their prepaid MasterCard to withdraw cash at automated teller machines. Based on the success in Serbia, Mercy Corps has launched a complementary program in Greece. Run on the islands of Lesvos and Leros, and on the mainland, the program will provide nearly 3,000 refugees with cash support.

MICROSOFT

Microsoft Philanthropies is leveraging the company's technology, cash donations, and employee volunteers to support nonprofits who are driving Syrian refugee crisis relief efforts. In the past six months, Microsoft has donated more than $20 million in cash, grants and software to over a dozen nonprofit organizations, including NetHope, Mercy Corps and the International Rescue Committee. This has ensured its nonprofit partners have the capacity to provide millions of refugees with vital access to food, water, shelter, medical aid and legal/trauma counseling, as well as services that will help them to rebuild their lives, including education, employment training, and connectivity. Currently, through its nonprofit partnerships, Microsoft is supporting refugee education efforts in Turkey, Lebanon, Greece and Jordan. For instance, in Germany, Microsoft has made its YouthSpark Schlaumause (Arabic to German language training) program available to 3,000 elementary schools, serving approximately 30,000 refugee children. In the coming months, Microsoft will commit more resources to this initiative to double Schlaumause's impact. At the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, Microsoft has supported the establishment of The Norwegian Refugee Council's technology lab, which teaches adult refugees computer skills, improving their future employability. Through its support for NetHope, Microsoft has helped bring connectivity services to Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. With connectivity, refugees have been able to access information and resources, and connect to family. Going forward, Microsoft aims to work across the industry to help provide much-needed infrastructure, as well as longer-term aid. In the coming months, Microsoft will deepen its commitment and expand its ability to prepare for and respond to humanitarian and natural disasters.

TRIPADVISOR

TripAdvisor has a culture of giving and giving back, it’s part of the brand ethos. TripAdvisor was moved to action with the tragic refugee crisis impacting so many millions who are on a journey trying to find safe haven.  As a brand TripAdvisor helps travelers, and these refugees are travelers of a different kind that truly need help. In the fall of last year, the refugee crisis reached a peak and TripAdvisor knew it needed to do what it could to support on-the-ground humanitarian relief. Within a matter of days, TripAdvisor took three steps: Launched partnerships with two leading global humanitarian organizations, The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Mercy Corps, donating $250,000 between the two. Appealed to the community of millions of travelers around the world to donate to IRC and Mercy Corps with a goal to match, dollar for dollar, community donations up to $375,000 from its Charitable Foundation Launched an appeal on the TripAdvisor website in almost 30 languages to reach as many community members as possible. TripAdvisor engaged employees in two ways: Doubled employees’ donations to a 2:1 match to IRC and Mercy Corps via an internal gift matching program through Dec 31, 2015. This means each employee’s donation had triple the impact. Introduced a new Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policy to allow those TripAdvisor employees to use their time and skills and take up to five days of paid leave to volunteer at any nonprofit organization tackling the refugee crisis. Within 48 hours, the community exceeded expectations andthe TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation was able to donate over $1 million. Through the campaign, the combined contributions to Mercy Corps and IRC's emergency humanitarian efforts have totaled over $1.4 million, which exceeded the match goal.

UPS

The current national security and humanitarian crisis the world faces ranks among the most pressing global challenges of our time. In response, UPS has guided its actions by the principle: Those who can, when they can, should do what they can. To that end, UPS has strengthened cooperation with law enforcement and deployed advanced technology to provide greater safety and security for people, customers and countries from those who seek to harm us and our global economy. UPS also believes everyone should help to address the humanitarian needs of the 60 million people – 1/3 of whom are children – fleeing war, disease, famine, oppression and religious intolerance. Despite the heavy toll of such unanticipated migration on social welfare systems and national economies, to stand idle and not provide aid in the face of such human suffering is unconscionable. UPS believes that we collectively need to do more. UPS sees that the preservation of life and individual dignity is essential to modern democracy. We cannot ensure peace in our world, economic growth or a better future for all, unless we all try to offer a courageous and compassionate alternative to terror. That’s why UPS has deployed its logistical resources and volunteers to address the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. UPS is providing financial, in-kind and volunteer support in partnership with UNHCR, the World Food Programme, Refugees International, ShelterBox USA and The Salvation Army. Company and employee-volunteers have brought dozens of ocean containers filled with supplies to critical relief points, like Erbil, Iraq, where UPS delivered 23,400 winter clothing kits for children, as well as food, tents, water sanitation devices, and health kits. Working closely with its partners, UPS brought mobile warehouses and sleeping mats to Gaziantep, Turkey, and 11,750 kilos of shelter supplies to Lebanon. UPS’s expertise in disaster relief logistics has also been mobilized in southern Turkey, as part of the World Food Programme’s Logistics Emergency Team. In Germany and Belgium, UPS volunteers have delivered vital supplies like blankets and toiletries, and distributed much needed food to refugees.

WESTERN UNION

 Western Union (WU) has a long history of supporting issues related to migration, refugees, and humanitarian crisis. In 2013, WU drew early attention to the needs of young Syrian refugees through a multi-year consumer fundraising campaign to benefit UNICEF. In 2015, the company expanded its efforts to support humanitarian relief for refugees throughout the Middle East & Europe, taking a 360° approach by engaging a variety of assets and audiences, including its core operations, corporate voice, marketing and customer engagement programs, employee volunteerism, business partnerships, corporate giving, and support from the WU Foundation. WU designed a three-pronged approach, designed to address short-, medium- and long-term needs that were identified through hands-on field research. Taking a 360° approach, WU has also engaged its business partners, employees and customers in the campaign. Products: WU products have enabled NGO staff from Oxfam, IRC and others to send humanitarian payments from their desktops directly to programs in the field – including to refugees and fieldworkers. WU has also offered zero-fee and reduced fee promotions to support the refugee community. WU is working to launch a new Western Union MasterCard prepaid card that will enable refugees and asylum seekers to receive funds from governments or NGOs on a reloadable prepaid card. The card will be piloted in Europe, where an estimated half of refugees live in urban areas.    Giving: In 2015, Western Union and the Western Union Foundation provided more than $600,000 in philanthropic contributions to numerous charitable organizations serving refugee populations throughout the Middle East and Europe, including longtime partners Save the Children, Mercy Corps, and the Red Cross. The Western Union Company also contributed ten US cents per transaction for all consumer-to-consumer transactions originated within the European Union, giving more than USD$400,000. In 2016, the Western Union Foundation has committed to giving more than $500,000 in humanitarian assistance, raising additional funds from business partners and employees to deliver critical support. Employees: WU has matched employee contributions 2:1, and WU employees in Europe have participated in hands-on volunteer efforts, collecting donations, handing out supplies, even babysitting the children of refugees so the parents could attend classes. Employees are working with NGOs to teach a full year of Italian and German to roughly 1,000 new refugees – a camp-full. They have worked with Caritas to create two homes for unaccompanied refugee children, and to provide language skills and education. Customers: WU has made it easy for customers to make a difference through the MyWU customer loyalty program, which enabled WU customers to redeem their loyalty points to support the refugee crisis both in France and Germany, with WU matching their donations. WU actively promoted points donation via SMS and email, and used social media to provide transparent updates on progress and encourage others to join in. Earlier this year, WU donated more than €10,000 thanks to the generosity of loyalty members. 

 

 
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Lead Letter: A reminder that young people should use their right to vote
2016-06-30 17:00:40 (7 minutes ago) 

July 1 marks the 45th anniversary of the ratification of the 26th amendment to our Constitution extending the right to vote to 18-year-olds.

There are more than 4 million Americans turning 18 this presidential election year, but most won’t vote.

Although teens were drafted to fight for our nation since the Revolutionary War, it was during World War II that the notion of expanding the right to vote to younger adults was first considered and even adopted in a couple of states.

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Tony Bernados promoted to publisher of The St. Augustine Record
2016-06-30 17:00:40 (7 minutes ago) 

AUGUSTA, GA. — Tony Bernados, vice president of revenue for the Savannah Morning News has been named publisher of The St. Augustine Record in St. Augustine, Florida.  The announcement was made by William S. Morris IV, president and CEO of Morris Communications Co.

"It is wonderful to have in-house talent like Tony that can step into new opportunities,” said Morris. “Tony’s experience and enthusiasm will be a good fit for The Record and the St. Augustine community.”

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What are the chances of U.K. still being in the European Union for another four years and beyond? About the same as Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency, according to oddsmakers.

Paddy Power Betfair, Ireland's largest bookmaker, puts the odds of Britain leaving the EU in 2021 or after at 5/2,...

 
Elizabeth Warren Says Google, Apple and Amazon ‘Snuff Out Competition’
2016-06-30 16:51:51 (16 minutes ago) 
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2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations General Assembly has approved a deal that will give a Security Council seat to Italy in 2017 and the Netherlands in 2018. The two countries agreed to split the two-year term after neither received the two-thirds majority needed to win the seat outright and were deadlocked 95 to […]
 
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2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

BALTIMORE (AP) — After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast “Serial” has won a new trial in Baltimore. Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. He was sentenced […]
 
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The Workologist: On Vacation. How to Keep the Boss at Bay?
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Ryan: House to vote on barring guns for suspected terrorists
2016-06-30 16:51:13 (17 minutes ago) 
With Democrats applying election-year pressure to act on gun control, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the House will vote next week on a GOP proposal aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms. However, the plan seems unlikely to quell the partisan showdown that has intensified since the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
 
Nancy Grace's Show Won't Be Missed, But Her Hashtags Will
2016-06-30 16:50:47 (17 minutes ago) 

Nancy Grace will leave HLN when her contract expires in October, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Grace, a former Georgia prosecutor, has made her name on television by yelling about open cases involving children, murder, or both. Normally, when there’s not enough detail, she’ll demand answers. From whom, exactly? It’s unclear.

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Google wants a smart crib for your baby
2016-06-30 16:50:35 (17 minutes ago) 
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Man at center of 'Serial' podcast granted a new trial
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Illinois House OKs stopgap spending deal, sends to Senate
2016-06-30 16:50:01 (18 minutes ago) 
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Nobel laureates blast Greenpeace for GMO opposition
2016-06-30 16:41:32 (27 minutes ago) 

The ongoing battle over GMOs reached a fever pitch Thursday as 107 Nobel laureates signed a letter attacking Greenpeace.

       
 
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2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

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UN approves seat shared by Italy and Netherlands
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations General Assembly has approved a deal that will give a Security Council seat to Italy in 2017 and the Netherlands in 2018. The two countries agreed to split the two-year term after neither received the two-thirds majority needed to win the seat outright and were deadlocked 95 to […]
 
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2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 
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Group that attacked Smitherman broke election law
2016-06-30 16:40:30 (28 minutes ago) 

COLUMBUS – A union-funded political action committee that attacked Cincinnati Councilman Chris Smitherman before the 2013 election admitted they broke state election laws in the process. 

        
 
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Two suspects have been arrested in the death of a North Carolina man who was working in Jacksonville when he was shot multiple times in February and dumped on the side of a dead-end street in Northwest Jacksonville.

Branden Joshua Bailey, 26, was taken into custody Wednesday after a short standoff at a Westside mobile home park. He was charged with the first-degree murder of Dustin Wayne Howell, 38, of Herfort, N.C, who was working in Jacksonville for a construction company.

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FACT SHEET: Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration
2016-06-30 16:11:47 (56 minutes ago) 

“[O]ur criminal justice system isn’t as smart as it should be.  It’s not keeping us as safe as it should be. It is not as fair as it should be.
Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it.” –
President Barack Obama, July 14, 2015

Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year.In local jails, 64 percent of people suffer from mental illness, 68 percent have a substance abuse disorder, and 44 percent suffer from chronic health problems.Communities across the country have recognized that a relatively small number of these highly-vulnerable people cycle repeatedly not just through local jails, but also hospital emergency rooms, shelters, and other public systems, receiving fragmented and uncoordinated care at great cost to American taxpayers, with poor outcomes. 

For example, Miami-Dade, Florida found that 97 people with serious mental illness accounted for $13.7 million in services over 4 years, spending more than 39,000 days in either jail, emergency rooms, state hospitals, or psychiatric facilities in their county.In response, the county provided key mental health de-escalation training to their police officers and 911 dispatchers. Over the past 5 years, Miami-Dade police have responded to nearly 50,000 calls for service for people in mental-health crises, but have made only 109 arrests, diverting more than 10,000 people to services or safely stabilizing situations without arrest.The jail population fell from over 7,000 to just over 4,700, and the county was able to close an entire jail facility, saving nearly $12 million a year.

On any given day, across the country more than 450,000 people are held in jail before trial, nearly 63 percent of the local jail population, even though they have not been convicted of a crime.A 2014 study of New York’s Riker’s Island jail found more than 86 percent of detained individuals were held on a bond of $500 or less.To tackle the challenges of bail, in 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina began using a data-based risk assessment tool to identify low-risk people in jail and find ways to release them safely.Since Charlotte-Mecklenburg began using the tool, significantly more low-risk individuals have been released from jail, the total county jail population has dropped by 40 percent, and there has been no increase in reported crime. 

To break the cycle of incarceration, the Administration is launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative (DDJ) with a bipartisan coalition of 67 city, county, and state governments who have committed to using data-driven strategies to divert low-level offenders with mental illness out of the criminal justice system and change approaches to pre-trial incarceration, so that low-risk offenders no longer stay in jail simply because they cannot afford a bond.These innovative strategies, which have measurably reduced jail populations in several communities, help stabilize individuals and families, better serve communities, and often save money in the process.

The DDJ communities will implement the following strategies that have proven to be effective in reducing unnecessary incarceration in jails:

Use data to identify and proactively break the cycle of incarceration.DDJ communities will bring data together from across criminal justice and health systems to identify the individuals with the highest number of contacts with police, ambulance, emergency departments, and other services, and link them to health, behavioral health, and social services in the community, with a goal of reducing overreliance on emergency healthcare and encounters with the criminal justice system.         Equip law enforcement and first responders with the tools they need to respond and divert.Recognizing that police officers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters are often front-line responders to people experiencing mental health crises, DDJ communities will create systems and protocols to help effectively de-escalate crisis situations and safely divert people to the appropriate service providers instead of arresting them.  Use data-driven, validated, pre-trial risk assessment tools to inform pre-trial release decisions.DDJ communities will work towards using objective, data-driven, validated risk-assessment tools to identify low-risk defendants held in jail and identify opportunities for their safe release.

Administration Commitments to Support Data-Driven Justice Communities

Leveraging a community resources toolkit.The Administration is developing a toolkit to provide concrete guidance for jurisdictions seeking to develop a strong pre-arrest diversion program.The brief, step-by-step toolkit will synthesize best practices, policies, and programs that have been effective in DDJ communities.The toolkit will provide links to Federal resources and a funding table to assist jurisdictions in identifying opportunities to support their diversion programs.The Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services is also developing guidance to help jurisdictions understand how they can share data within the framework of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Improving outcomes for Veterans through mental health services.The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will work through its Veterans Justice Outreach Liaisons Specialists in DDJ communities to coordinate with local law-enforcement and other justice-system personnel as they develop mental-health diversion protocols to help ensure eligible Veterans are linked to VA benefits, including housing, healthcare, and access to mental health services. Approximately 7 percent of people in local jails are Veterans, and 55 percent of them have a mental illness.It is estimated that up to 80 percent of justice-involved Veterans may be eligible for VA healthcare services and benefits.  The VA will work through its Veterans Justice Outreach Liaisons Specialists in DDJ communities to coordinate with local law-enforcement and other justice-system personnel as they develop mental-health diversion protocols to help ensure eligible Veterans are linked to VA benefits, including housing, healthcare, and access to mental health services.  Additionally, as part of the MyVA Communities initiative, VA is working closely with local community Veterans engagement boards to identify collaboration with local, criminal justice-system stakeholders as an opportunity to improve Veteran outcomes.    Addressing individual needs through evidence-based interventions.The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently awarded $8.7 million to seven organizations, including three who will work with DDJ communities, to address the needs of individuals cycling between the criminal justice system and homeless services.The grants will fund Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), an evidence-based intervention shown to lead to decreases in homelessness, arrests, hospitalization, and emergency room visits.HUD and DOJ’s awards will help communities adopt a Pay for Success (PFS) funding strategy.Under PFS, Federal, state, or local governments pay only for positive outcomes achieved, such as decreased recidivism, often with private or philanthropic dollars financing the intervention upfront. 

States, Cities, and Counties Joining the Data-Driven Justice Initiative

Today, 67 states, cities, and counties are committing to join the DDJ Initiative.

States

Connecticut Illinois Maryland Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island Utah

Cities and Counties

Albany, NY Allegheny County, PA Anne Arundel County, MD Arapahoe County, CO Bernalillo County, NM Bexar County, TX Black Hawk County, IA Camden County, NJ Champaign County, IL Charleston County, SC Clark County, NV Coconino County, AZ Codington County, SD Dakota County, MN  Dallas County, TX Denver, CO Eau Claire County, WI Everett, WA Flagstaff, AZ Franklin County, OH Franklin County, PA Fulton County, GA Hood River County, OR Hudson County, NJ Jefferson County, KY Johnson County, IA Johnson County, KS King County, WA Knox County, TN Lafayette Parish, LA Lake County, IL Leon County, FL Los Angeles County, CA Lucas County, OH McLean County, IL Mecklenburg County, NC Miami-Dade County, FL Milwaukee County, WI Montgomery County, AL Montgomery County, MD Multnomah County, OR New Orleans Parish, LA New York, NY Oakland, CA Pima County, AZ Pinellas County, FL Polk County, IA Ramsey County, MN Rio Arriba County, NM Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake County, UT San Diego County, CA San Francisco, CA Santa Clara County, CA Snohomish County, WA Suffolk County, NY Wake County, NC Walla Walla County, WA Washington, DC Winona County, MN

Answering the Administration’s Call to Action to Use Data to Safely Reduce Incarceration and Improve Outcomes

The Administration recently issued a call to action asking private-sector, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations to take new steps to develop a smarter, more data-driven criminal justice system.

Many organizations have responded to this call to action with commitments to address the specific needs of communities adopting DDJ solutions.These commitments of support will enable DDJ communities to act more quickly to implement these solutions, accelerating progress towards safely reducing unnecessary incarceration. 

Organizations responding to the call to action are providing critical and targeted support in four key areas: data; diversion and coordinated services; research on what works; and ongoing support and collaboration.

I. Data Use and Data Exchange

DDJ communities are taking new steps to link data from across the criminal justice and health systems to: identify the highest-need, highest-cost individuals who have come into frequent contact with law enforcement or emergency services; proactively link these individuals to supportive services that provide stability; decrease encounters with law enforcement; and reduce the costly overreliance on emergency medical treatment.The following organizations responded to the Administration’s call to action by committing to help DDJ communities access and link data while protecting privacy. 

National Support

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will convene a Technology and Research Consortium comprising a diverse range of technologists, data scientists, researchers, and private-sector collaborators to work with DDJ communities.The consortium will identify technology solutions to support the efforts of DDJ communities by reducing local jail populations and linking people to care.Appriss, the California Department of Justice, Code for America, Esri, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, MasterCard, Motorola Solutions, New York University School of Law's Criminal Justice Innovation Lab, Palantir, RapidSOS, RTI International, Socrata, TriggrHealth, and the University of Chicago Center for Data Science and Public Policy have each committed to join the consortium.AWS will also provide the cloud infrastructure to facilitate individual-level data exchange among relevant criminal justice and health-care practitioners in DDJ jurisdictions and a data repository for anonymized health and criminal justice data.This will enable the Consortium’s practitioners and researchers to access and analyze these data sets to better understand populations of people who are frequently incarcerated, identify opportunities for early intervention, and test which programs are most effective.The Consortium will invite jurisdictions that contribute data to join a policy and governance working group to help guide the research agenda. Appriss conducted and today is releasing a new analysis of data from over 3,000 local, criminal justice agencies to help DDJ communities identify indicators in jail data that appear to be most predictive of individuals at high risk of re-arrest, overdose, and housing instability or homelessness.DDJ jurisdictions can use these data fields to develop reports from their jail management systems to help identify individuals with frequent bookings for low-level offenses.Appriss is also releasing their national-level analysis of more than 9.8 million bookings from 2015 to identify arrest patterns and repeated bookings, finding more than 276,000 individuals across the country who had four or more bookings in 1 year.Using this analysis, Appriss is developing a data-driven product that will systematically identify individuals who meet data-validated criteria as high utilizers of multiple criminal justice and healthcare systems. Esri will donate enterprise licenses to the first 100 DDJ communities for the purposes of research, development, testing, and demonstration of a pilot application using spatial technology so that communities can highlight and hotspot their relevant criminal justice and related data to identify opportunities for intervention.  MasterCard is leveraging its Center for Inclusive Growth, Advisors analytic processes, and APT “Test & Learn” technology to provide insights on the operational efficiencies and economic impact of DDJ programs in participating communities. RTI International will release its Call for Service (CFS) Analytics as an open-source tool available to all participating DDJ jurisdictions.CFS Analytics provides law-enforcement agencies with the ability to analyze and visualize their calls for service data in order to identify emerging problems, monitor specific types of calls within and across local communities, and evaluate how police resources are being allocated.In addition, RTI International will partner with one or two jurisdictions to explore, in depth, how CFS Analytics can be used to identify and analyze patterns in calls for service related to mental health. 

Support to Data-Driven Justice Communities

The Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship program, run by The University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy will deploy a team to work with Johnson County, KS, and Salt Lake County, UT, utilizing data from the counties’ criminal justice, health, behavioral health, and social services systems.This data will be used to identify individuals—often people with mental illness, substance abuse, and health problems—who repeatedly cycle through multiple systems, including jails, hospital emergency rooms, shelters, and other services, while protecting privacy.The results will help governments provide higher-quality, coordinated services. New York University's (NYU) Governance Lab (The GovLab) has launched a Coaching Program for Data-Driven Criminal Justice Projects to provide 12 DDJ communities with a 10-week online coaching and mentoring program.The program will address strategies for sharing data among agencies to: mitigate the impact of bail, reduce recidivism, develop better programs for individuals with mental health and substance-use disorders, identify individuals who have had frequent contact with law enforcement and emergency medical services, and engage in more effective planning and coordination.The program will be repeated again in fall 2016. RapidSOS is a mobile security platform that allows individuals to transmit precise location data, the type of emergency, relevant medical and demographic data, and even texts and videos to 911 with just one touch, enabling first responders to more quickly locate those in need.RapidSOS commits to providing their technology service to up to five cities or municipalities for free for 10 years, helping communities identify at-risk populations and geographies, and anticipate and preempt issues before they occur.

II. Assistance with Diversion and Coordinating Community-Based Services

DDJ communities have committed to help police and first responders divert those in a mental health crisis to a more appropriate alternative to jail or the emergency room. The following organizations answered the call to action, offering to help communities address these challenges by providing expert technical assistance on design and delivery of supportive services, developing new tools for police to facilitate diversion, and preventing reentry of those currently in jail.These offers include:

A. Technical Assistance and Capacity

National Support

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) will support DDJ communities in developing and implementing coordinated community-based housing and support services.In addition, CSH will sponsor a DDJ learning collaborative to share information and best practices to all DDJ jurisdictions; provide training and solutions to key challenges to sharing data and providing services; offer its expertise in data analysis and integration; provide programmatic advice; and help jurisdictions develop integrated strategies to improve outcomes for the target populations.  Association of Prosecuting Attorneys will expand its efforts to educate the nation’s prosecutors on alternatives to jail for low-level offenders and will boost assistance for prosecutors in all DDJ communities to make sure they are connected to their law enforcement and healthcare partners. Community Catalyst will provide support and technical assistance to DDJ jurisdictions by sharing best practices for engaging consumer organizations in criminal justice diversion initiatives. Community Catalyst will conduct a national webinar, post a publicly accessible recording on its website, encourage consumer advocates to participate in these initiatives, and share contacts and strategies to help hospitals engage in data-driven diversion initiatives.  The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) will create and facilitate a national Data-Driven Justice Initiative Working Group on Housing that will be open to all DDJ communities to provide training on legal and policy issues related to homelessness, criminal justice, and housing, and will share tools, best practices, and peer learning opportunities.

Support to Data-Driven Justice Communities:

ODH, Inc. will work with up to three DDJ local government or not-for-profit entities to use ODH’s newly-developed Mentrics technology, which relies on data analytics to predict those community members suffering from mental illness who are at most risk of incarceration and would benefit from services to prevent incarceration or recidivism. Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) will work with seven DDJ jurisdictions to create plans to safely divert people with non-violent charges away from the justice system and into substance-use and mental healthcare services in the community.Plans will include: ensuring the engagement of appropriate high-level stakeholders; defining the problem and stating the challenge; forming the local-systems change team; ensuring agreement on shared outcomes; and clearly articulating the current status and immediate action steps at regular intervals. Social Solutions and IDEO are partnering for the Social Innovation Festival Design Challenge: a call to changemakers to use data and design to reimagine Washington, DC's criminal justice system.One of the focal points of the Design Challenge will be to help identify innovative ways to implement the DDJ strategies and effectively link people to community-based services.

B. Supporting Police and First Responders with New Tools

Code for America is working with the Seattle Police Department to develop an open-source, mobile app for patrol officers to use to effectively respond to individuals in crises related to mental health, who are also in frequent contact with the police.Focused on making individualized response plans more available to officers in the field, the tool will include specific action steps to help the person connect with prevention services and treatment.Once developed, the tool will be available to all DDJ communities.Code for America will also pilot a jail-population management dashboard in up to four DDJ communities to facilitate real-time use of jail data to help identify opportunities to safely reduce jail populations through pre-trial release or other alternatives to incarceration. New York University School of Law’s new initiative for criminal justice innovation, the Criminal Justice Innovation Lab, will develop a mental health assessment tool to identify people who suffer from mental illness before they have entered the criminal justice system.This tool will help law enforcement divert those in need of medical or mental health treatment. 

C. Reentry Prevention

A Managed Care Organization under Washington AppleHealth Medicaid and the Jail Health Services division of Public Health Seattle & King County are developing a demonstration project to allow managed-care community health workers and care coordinators to enter the King County jails to conduct release planning and transitional-care services.Building from existing work centered on creating a system of integrated care for populations with complex health needs, this pilot will test innovative ways to share data for clients who receive treatment by both providers, while protecting privacy and seeking to ensure continuity of care and appropriate support for shared clients when they are leaving jail. Triggr Health will work with multiple DDJ communities to prevent re-incarceration for people with substance-use disorders.By using real-time phone data, Triggr Health aims to reach people at times of highest need and increase the odds of individuals reaching long-term substance-use recovery.

III. Conducting Research to Know What Works and Continually Improve Outcomes

DDJ communities are adopting data-driven and innovative practices.Outside support through research and ongoing evaluation will help improve outcomes while helping to build a knowledge base from which other communities can learn.Commitments include:

Using Data to Identify Trends and Test Interventions

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) will support the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) to select two DDJ communities to pilot data-integration initiatives.Both pilot communities will integrate housing, homelessness, and criminal justice data to support strategic placement decisions concerning frequent utilizers of multiple systems.An independent evaluation will inform future supportive housing initiatives nationally.LJAF has also launched a funding initiative that supports randomized controlled trials to evaluate criminal justice programs or strategies.LJAF encourages applications from DDJ jurisdictions to build rigorous evidence about best practices to improve public safety, community-police relations, and other important criminal justice outcomes.  BetaGov, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, is partnering with the Albany Police Department to test crisis-intervention training strategies for officers in collaboration with local mental health resources. BetaGov will help the Albany Police Department rapidly test tools that assist responding officers in identifying mental health and substance abuse-related crises, identifying strategies that reduce incarceration without compromising public safety, and then adapt them for use in jurisdictions throughout the country. Ongoing Support and Convenings National Association of Counties (NACo) will engage their Health, Human Services, Justice and Public Safety, and Telecommunications and Technology Committees to convene county officials, national stakeholders, and experts focused on identifying best practices, surfacing innovation, and helping to connect counties interested in joining the DDJ Initiative to resources, tools, and subject-matter experts.NACo will also create an online resource library for participating and interested jurisdictions to learn more about the DDJ strategies and how to join the Initiative.Leveraging its partnerships with private foundations, national associations and organizations, academics, and Federal government agencies,NACo will also provide educational opportunities through conference workshops, webinars, and virtual discussions for county officials to learn from experts and peers on strategies to identify and implement data-driven criminal justice policies, practices, and programs. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (MacArthur), through its $75 million Safety and Justice Challenge, is supporting several DDJ and other jurisdictions to reduce over-incarceration in jails.MacArthur will collaborate with communities and nonprofit partners in the DDJ Initiative to enable learning, facilitate adoption of best practices, and spark innovation.Today, MacArthur is announcing a new $1.8 million Innovation Fund at the Urban Institute to award grants and provide technical assistance to help DDJ and other communities create change on the ground and extend a national movement to promote reforms across the country. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) represents individuals and families directly affected by mental illness.NAMI will provide expert support to DDJ jurisdictions on the most effective ways to create relationships between policymakers and community mental health advocates to help implement effective mental health and support services that meet the needs of individuals and families.At the local, state, and national level, NAMI will work to help educate and inform policymakers about the importance of collecting data to shape reforms to the criminal justice and mental health systems. Prysm, a technology company that provides cloud-based visual workspaces, will host a meeting of DDJ communities, technologists, startups, and subject-matter experts in Silicon Valley to help connect local governments to potential technology collaborators.

State-Led Convenings

California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, along with other state and local partners, will host a convening for up to 20 California counties, including the five California counties that have already joined the DDJ initiative, focused on ways to most effectively leverage state and local data. Connecticut will convene a special joint meeting of its Criminal Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (CJPAC) and the Sentencing Commission, and local law enforcement and government leadership, which will focus on DDJ and options for developing strong pre-arrest diversion programs. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and the Illinois Health & Hospital Association will collaborate to host a convening of participating and interested Illinois counties to help identify opportunities for engagement with hospitals and relevant stakeholders at the local level, and surface and share best practices to reduce hospital readmissions and preventable emergency-room visits, and improve health. The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission and Multnomah County will join Oregon counties in their Regional Implementation Councils to co-host a workshop on DDJ strategies, identifying ways to leverage the state’s Justice Reinvestment efforts to reduce recidivism. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) will co-host a Data-Driven Justice focused discussion for the Courts and Corrections and Human Services Committees at the CCAP annual conference in August, 2016. The Rhode Island Governor’s Office will work with state public safety agencies, health agencies, and the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab to convene state and local partners to discuss the adoption and implementation of data-driven criminal justice reform strategies. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, together with the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Sorenson Impact Center, will co-host a DDJ workshop at their annual Innovation Summit to be held in January 2017, for counties from across the nation interested in participating in DDJ.

If you would like to respond to the Call to Action, please go to:www.WhiteHouse.gov/DataDrivenJustice

 
Florida police: Armed man killed himself during standoff
2016-06-30 17:01:37 (6 minutes ago) 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say an armed man killed himself during an encounter with police. Tallahassee Deputy Police Chief Darrell Furuseth said a preliminary investigation showed that 36-year-old Patrick Keeney died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after police were called to the man’s home early Thursday. Police initially said Keeney, who’s white, […]
 
Courthouse gunman in custody dispute faces new charges
2016-06-30 17:01:37 (6 minutes ago) 

HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who shot and killed the mother of his grandchildren outside a courthouse after a custody hearing in rural Arizona is now charged with first-degree murder. Navajo County spokesman Adam Wolfe says 47-year-old Salomon Diaz of Snowflake is being held on a $2 million bond. Police say Diaz fatally […]
 
Juno Spacecraft Enters Jupiter's Realm
2016-06-30 17:01:23 (7 minutes ago) 
Juno, which is scheduled to begin orbiting the giant planet on Monday (July 4), entered Jupiter's sphere of influence last week, mission team members announced today (June 30).
 
Millennials' abortion views trend pro-life despite self-identity, research shows
2016-06-30 17:00:41 (7 minutes ago) 

Although young voters are overwhelmingly liberal on social issues such as same-sex marriage and drug legalization, research released Thursday suggests the opposite is true when it comes to abortion.

Polling and research conducted by the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, an initiative of Students for Life of America, found that the ...

 
Letters: Several issues involved in Orlando shooting
2016-06-30 17:00:40 (7 minutes ago) 

TODAY’S MESSAGE

A Biblical lesson

Here is a word of advice to all eligible voters, especially to those who claim to be Christian.

Beware of candidates and political parties who would seek to mold us into their image, contrary to God’s word in Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

The Rev. Bruce Galloway, Jacksonville

AMERICA FIRST

Common sense

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Child porn or art? Man gets 85 years in prison
2016-06-30 17:00:33 (7 minutes ago) 

David Guy used a computer program to add the faces of children he knew to the naked bodies of adults or other children engaged in sex acts, according to court documents. 

        
 
Marlins acquire Padres closer Fernando Rodney
2016-06-30 17:00:27 (8 minutes ago) 

Verifying they are in a win-now mode, the Miami Marlins acquired veteran closer Fernando Rodney on Thursday for a pitching prospect.

Rodney, 39, leads all major league relievers this season with a 0.31 ERA, allowing just one earned run in 28 2/3 innings. His .137 (13-for-95) average against also...

 
Nicola Sturgeon Wants Scotland to Remain in the E.U.—But the E.U. Isn’t Sure
2016-06-30 16:51:51 (16 minutes ago) 
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Trump opening acts raise eyebrows, pump up crowds
2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in Maine, brought up Hillary Clinton and her potential running mate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “You know Elizabeth Warren, right?” Carr asked the crowd. He then put his hand up to his mouth and mimicked a stereotypical […]
 
Florida police: Armed man killed himself during standoff
2016-06-30 16:51:47 (16 minutes ago) 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say an armed man killed himself during an encounter with police. Tallahassee Deputy Police Chief Darrell Furuseth said a preliminary investigation showed that 36-year-old Patrick Keeney died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after police were called to the man’s home early Thursday. Police initially said Keeney, who’s white, […]
 
Scarlett Johansson highest-grossing actress ever
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
Scarlett Johansson has taken the crown as Hollywood's highest-grossing actress ever.
 
Fed-up filmmaker says YouTube take-downs should be simpler
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
A Kiwi director says the process for having films removed from YouTube is leaving independent filmmakers feeling frustrated and out of pocket.
 
4 charged in probe of gambling ring that had $1B in wagers
2016-06-30 16:51:38 (16 minutes ago) 
 
Ask Slashdot: What's Your Preferred Media Streaming Device?
2016-06-30 16:51:36 (16 minutes ago) 
New submitter bkr1_2k writes: Way back when, I had a PC dedicated as a media server using MythTV. That died and I didn't bother building a new one. Consumer electronics caught up and I recently bought an Apple TV (3rd Generation) to use for streaming my media library. I am, unsurprisingly, finding flaws with it. I'm looking for alternative devices that allow me to stream from my media server directly, without the need for a middleman app like iTunes for the Apple TV. I don't need a ton of streaming services (we have Netflix and Amazon Prime but don't use anything else). I primarily want to use this for streaming my own music and movie libraries over my home network, preferably with a user interface that lets me browse those in a fashion that doesn't force me to scroll through my whole library to get to the title that starts with the letter "Z" (A very poor design choice in the Apple TV). Nor do I want any voice controls since they all suck, in my experience. I would prefer an 'open' device that I can update at will with add-ons, but it's not a requirement. What are the current options out there? Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast. Anything else that might fit my needs better? Last week, we asked a similar question: "What's your preferred music streaming service?"

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New York Times calls Cleveland 'camera ready' for upcoming spotlight
2016-06-30 16:51:30 (17 minutes ago) 
The New York Times Travel section this Sunday will feature a story on Cleveland, which it dubs "camera ready" for its time in the spotlight.
 
Your school property taxes are probably rising again. Here's how much - and why.
2016-06-30 16:51:22 (17 minutes ago) 
Liana Roadcloud lives in a town where homeowners pay some of the region's highest property tax rates, where the schools struggle academically, and where the fiscal year that begins Friday will bring exactly what she doesn't want: another tax hike.
 
The Tell: Why robo adviser Betterment halted trade amid Brexit panic
2016-06-30 16:51:13 (17 minutes ago) 
Robo adviser Betterment CEO Jon Stein defended the firm’s decision to suspend trading for a few hours on Friday, the day when the U.K.’s vote to exit the European Union roiled financial markets.
 
New Jersey may hike gas tax by 23 cents a gallon
2016-06-30 16:50:37 (17 minutes ago) 
The New Jersey Senate and Assembly disagree over which tax cuts should accompany a 23-cent-per-gallon hike in the state's gas tax. As a result the hike won't go into effect on Friday before the July 4 weekend.
 
Wildlife officials hunt for bear that killed mountain-biker
2016-06-30 16:50:17 (18 minutes ago) 
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Wildlife officials set traps, installed wilderness cameras and scouted the woods by helicopter Thursday for the bear that attacked and killed a U.S. Forest Service employee as he rode a mountain bike along a trail outside Glacier National Park....
 
War cry: Trump opening acts raise eyebrows, pump up crowds
2016-06-30 16:50:17 (18 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in Maine, brought up Hillary Clinton and her potential running mate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren....
 
CDC: Whitewater Center Systems Inadequate to Filter Water
2016-06-30 16:50:02 (18 minutes ago) 
An official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says systems at the U.S. National Whitewater Center were inadequate to properly filter the facility's water
 
Missouri Won't Immediately Halt Planned Parenthood Funding
2016-06-30 16:50:02 (18 minutes ago) 
Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women's health services for a while, despite a Missouri budget provision attempting to stop it
 
St. Louis County man charged with kidnapping, raping relative in St. Louis
2016-06-30 16:50:01 (18 minutes ago) 
Police were notified after the girl told one of her teachers.
 
UN mission in Afghanistan condemns Taliban attack on national police cadets
2016-06-30 16:41:31 (27 minutes ago) 
The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today condemned a suicide attack targeting national police in the country’s capital, Kabul.
 
Attorney: Volkswagen believes some vehicles can be fixed
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney says Volkswagen believes it can fix some of the diesel vehicles caught up in the carmaker’s cheating emissions scandal without compromising their performance. Lawyer Robert Giuffra told a federal judge Thursday that Volkswagen believes the repair for vehicles with 3-liter engines wouldn’t be complicated and would bring them up […]
 
Trump opening acts raise eyebrows, pump up crowds
2016-06-30 16:41:28 (27 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in Maine, brought up Hillary Clinton and her potential running mate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “You know Elizabeth Warren, right?” Carr asked the crowd. He then put his hand up to his mouth and mimicked a stereotypical […]
 
Painesville man sentenced for Painesville Township bank robbery
2016-06-30 16:41:13 (27 minutes ago) 
 
Time Served for a Non-Violent Drug Offense? Sorry, You Still Can’t Vote if You Live in Iowa
2016-06-30 16:40:53 (27 minutes ago) 
The Iowa Supreme Court upholds a law that disenfranchises felons for life, including non-violent drug offenders.

When Americans go to the polls in November to elect the next president, more than 5.8 million of them will be unable to vote due to a past felony conviction. 

Many of them, like our client Kelli Griffin, were convicted of a non-violent drug offense and have since recovered from drug dependence, served their sentence, and returned to their communities. But because Kelli lives in Iowa — one of three states, along with Florida and Kentucky, that disenfranchise people for life after a felony conviction — she remains a second-class citizen denied full participation in the democratic process.

Kelli was convicted of a non-violent drug offense in 2008. At the time, she was in an abusive marriage and struggling with substance abuse. She completed her sentence of probation and reclaimed her life. She has since remarried and received treatment and counseling.  She is now raising her four children and volunteers at a women’s drug treatment center, where she speaks to groups of women who, like her, are domestic violence survivors.

Democracy needs more participation and less civil death. 

In 2014, we filed a lawsuit on Kelli’s behalf, challenging Iowa’s automatic lifetime disenfranchisement. But the Iowa Supreme Court decided today that drug offenses will continue to result in permanent disenfranchisement. And the justices did so, despite recognizing the growing movement towards rehabilitation and reintegration as well as the severe disproportionate impact the laws have on African-Americans and other groups who are historically marginalized at the polls.

Criminal disenfranchisement laws not only cause harm to returning citizens eager to contribute to their community — they harm the health of our democracy. 

Decades into a failed “War on Drugs,” we still arrest, convict, and imprison people who struggle with addiction at rates without historic parallel.  In Florida, Kentucky, and Iowa, we impose a “civil death” on everyone convicted of a felony offense, denying their equal citizenship by permanently depriving them of the right to vote.

Now, many millions of ruined lives later, we can safely say that neither prosecution nor imprisonment cures addiction. The use of our criminal justice apparatus to “treat” addiction — which is better addressed through drug treatment, mental healthcare, and community investment — is wasteful, ineffective, and racist. It needs to be reformed.

President Obama recently took action to address some of the harmful collateral consequences of conviction. But when it comes to the right to vote, most damage is done at the state level.

In the midst of long overdue debates about criminal law and sentencing reform, we ignore the perspectives of those who have been policed and prosecuted into prison by taking away their voting rights. In turn, criminal disenfranchisement lowers the volume of the debate on urgent issues like mass incarceration that affect people without access to the franchise.

Democracy needs more participation and less civil death. People who have served their sentence and returned to their community should have their rights restored immediately and automatically.  

 
'Ruling' in Joey Votto-Philadephia heckler case
2016-06-30 16:40:30 (28 minutes ago) 

The heckler, identified as Spencer, admitted to being over-served alcohol and heckling Votto by telling him he had small feet.

        
 
A presidential bar and more: Cleveland for conventioneers
2016-06-30 16:40:15 (28 minutes ago) 
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Conventioneers, political geeks and others heading to the GOP convention in Cleveland, take note: With seven presidents born in Ohio, there's a lot of history here....
 
My Mom, a Mexican Immigrant, Taught Me to Love America
2016-06-30 16:31:42 (36 minutes ago) 
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Bernard Tomic apologises for outburst as he eases into Wimbledon third round
2016-06-30 16:31:31 (37 minutes ago) 
Bernard Tomic has apologised for his slip of the tongue after blocking out the latest controversy swirling around him to move into the third round at Wimbledon.
 
Texas abortion dropped 15 percent after now overturned law
2016-06-30 16:31:30 (37 minutes ago) 
 
Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military
2016-06-30 16:31:20 (37 minutes ago) 
Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.
 
Victim of Hateful Rant on British Tram Was American
2016-06-30 16:31:10 (37 minutes ago) 
 
Internet Commenters Able to Detect Political Themes in Seemingly Random Events
2016-06-30 16:30:46 (37 minutes ago) 

It is a mistake to read too much into internet comments; then again, it is a mistake to read nothing into internet comments. They offer a view into the psyche of a large subset of the population—a view that cannot be found anywhere else outside of court records.

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Is Feeding the Homeless Illegal?
2016-06-30 16:30:46 (37 minutes ago) 
Feeding a hungry person is good. It is simple and basic in an otherwise morally complex world. Or is it? In many places around the nation, giving food to a homeless person in public is prohibited. Restrictions are reportedly on the rise, and the reason cited generally by those......
 
What's next for HLN after Nancy Grace?
2016-06-30 16:30:36 (37 minutes ago) 
The announcement that Nancy Grace will be leaving when her contract ends surprised many viewers. Grace is a fixture on the network, which she has made her home for 12 years.
 
Samsung's new Note 7 screen could curve like the S7 Edge - CNET
2016-06-30 16:30:33 (37 minutes ago) 
The latest rumor says Samsung's next Note phone could ditch its straight sides in favor of two curved sides.
 
Cops: Man Set up Sex Encounter With Teen He Met on Snapchat
2016-06-30 16:30:01 (38 minutes ago) 
Police say a California man has been charged in New Hampshire with arranging a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl he met on Snapchat
 
Planned Parenthood could receive funding through 2017, Nixon says
2016-06-30 16:30:01 (38 minutes ago) 
Nixon administration will eventually implement a ban on Medicaid funding for abortion providers, but they'll be funded in the meantime.
 
Poll explores whether Americans know enough to pass citizenship test
2016-06-30 16:21:37 (46 minutes ago) 

Survey tests more than 2,000 respondents on questions included on the exam immigrants must pass as part of the process of gaining citizenshi...

       
 
Cops: Man set up sex encounter with teen he met on Snapchat
2016-06-30 16:21:33 (46 minutes ago) 

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Police say a California man has been charged in New Hampshire with arranging a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. Twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan Christy, of Placentia, faces a felony charge of certain uses of computer services prohibited. He was being arraigned Thursday afternoon. Court officials didn’t immediately have […]
 
State institutes outdoor burn ban east of the Cascades
2016-06-30 16:21:33 (46 minutes ago) 

After more than 1 million acres were burned by wildfires last year, the state Department of Natural Resources has instituted a burn ban east of the Cascades, effective Saturday.
 
Becker introduces public right-to-work bill
2016-06-30 16:20:31 (48 minutes ago) 

COLUMBUS — Rep. John Becker knows many fellow Republicans, including Gov. John Kasich, have little interest in an Ohio right-to-work law, but that didn't stop him from offering one anyway. 

        
 
New Riff Distilling plans $12.5M expansion
2016-06-30 16:20:31 (48 minutes ago) 

The Newport distillery is still two years away from its first batch of bourbon, but is already planning a major expansion.

        
 
Turkish official confirms suicide bombers' nationalities
2016-06-30 16:20:28 (48 minutes ago) 
Istanbul airport attack death toll rises as police raid neighborhoods for suspects linked to ISIS
 
#Brexit pusher Boris Johnson drops his run to be next Prime Minister of Britain
2016-06-30 16:20:17 (48 minutes ago) 

It's been a day of “intrigue and betrayal” in UK politics, as the New York Times puts it. The man widely predicted to be a solid candidate as the next prime minister of Britain, Boris Johnson, says he won't run. This appears to be a response to today's unexpected news of a candidacy launch by Michael Gove, a key Boris ally in the Brexit campaign. It's hard to keep up, I know.

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OBAMA LEGACY: Immigration stands as most glaring failure
2016-06-30 16:20:15 (48 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hours after the Supreme Court sent his immigration policy into legal limbo, President Barack Obama huddled around a long conference table in the Roosevelt Room with disappointed activists. The president looked out at familiar faces, some teary. It had been a long and tough fight, Obama said, and he had taken some beatings - even from supporters who "whupped on me good."...
 
Presidential Proclamation -- Implementing the World Trade Organization Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products and For Other Purposes
2016-06-30 16:11:47 (56 minutes ago) 

TO IMPLEMENT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION DECLARATION

ON THE EXPANSION OF TRADE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS

AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

1. On July 28, 2015, the United States and other Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products (Declaration), which established a framework for eliminating duties on certain information and communication technology products. These products include advanced semiconductors, medical equipment, and a range of audio and video equipment. The Declaration sets forth commitments for immediate or staged elimination of duties on the covered products, expanding on duty-elimination commitments set forth in the 1996 Declaration on Trade in Information Technology Products, which the United States implemented in Proclamation 7011 of June 30, 1997.

2. On December 16, 2015, the United States and other WTO Members issued a Ministerial Declaration in which ministers endorsed the Declaration of July 28, 2015, and acknowledged that the conditions for implementation had been met.

3. Section 111(b) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) (19 U.S.C. 3521(b)) authorizes the President to proclaim the modification of any duty or staged rate reduction of any duty set forth in Schedule XX for products in tariff categories that were the subject of reciprocal duty elimination or harmonization negotiations during the Uruguay Round, if the United States agrees to such action in a multilateral negotiation under the auspices of the WTO, and after compliance with the requirements of section 115 of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3524). The products covered by the Declaration were the subject of reciprocal duty elimination negotiations during the Uruguay Round, and the requirements of section 115 of the URAA have been met.

4. Accordingly, pursuant to section 111(b) of the URAA, I have determined to proclaim modifications to the tariff categories and rates of duty set forth in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), as set forth in Annexes I and II to this proclamation.

5. Section 103(a) of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (TPEA) (Public Law 114-27) amended section 506B of the Trade Act of 1974 (the "1974 Act") (19 U.S.C. 2466b) and section 103(b)(1) amended section 112(g) of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) (19 U.S.C. 3721(g)), to provide that 2

in the case of a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country, duty-free treatment provided under title V of the 1974 Act shall remain in effect through September 30, 2025.

6. Accordingly, pursuant to section 506B of the 1974 Act and section 112(g) of the AGOA, I have determined that general note 16(c) of the HTS is modified by striking "September 30, 2015" and by inserting in lieu thereof "September 30, 2025".

7. Section 103(b)(2) of the TPEA amended section 112(b)(3)(A) of the AGOA (19 U.S.C. 3721(b)(3)(A)) to extend the regional apparel article program and section 103(b)(3) of the TPEA amended section 112(c)(1) of the AGOA (19 U.S.C. 3721(c)(1)) to extend the third-country fabric program through September 30, 2025.

8. Accordingly, pursuant to sections 112(b)(3)(A) and 112(c)(1) of the AGOA, I have determined that chapter 98, subchapter XIX, U.S. note 2(b) of the HTS is modified by striking "September 30, 2015" where stated in "through the period October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015" and in "each 1-year period thereafter through September 30, 2015" and by inserting in lieu thereof "September 30, 2025".

9. Section 104(c) of the TPEA authorizes the President to proclaim modifications that may be necessary to add the special tariff treatment symbol "D" in the "Special" subcolumn of the HTS for each article classified under a heading or subheading with the special tariff treatment symbol "A" or "A*" in the "Special" subcolumn of the HTS.

10. Accordingly, pursuant to section 104(c) of the TPEA, I have determined it is necessary to add the special tariff treatment symbol "D" in the HTS as set forth in Annex III to this proclamation.

11. Pursuant to sections 501 and 503(a)(1)(B) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2461 and 2463(a)(1)(B)), the President may designate certain articles as eligible for preferential tariff treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) when imported from a least-developed beneficiary developing country if, after receiving the advice of the United States International Trade Commission (Commission), the President determines that such articles are not import-sensitive in the context of imports from least-developed beneficiary developing countries.

12. Pursuant to sections 501, 503(a)(1)(B), and 503(b)(5) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2461, 2463(a)(1)(b), and 2463(b)(5)), and after receiving advice from the Commission in accordance with section 503(e) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(e)), I have determined to designate certain articles as eligible articles when imported from a least-developed beneficiary developing country.

13. Pursuant to sections 503(b)(1)(E) and 506A(b)(1) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(b)(1)(E) and 2466A(b)(1)), the President may designate certain articles as eligible for preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA when the articles are the growth, product, or manufacture of a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country if, after receiving the advice of the Commission, the President determines that such articles are 3

not import-sensitive in the context of imports from beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries.

14. Pursuant to sections 503(b)(1)(E) and 506A(b)(1) of the 1974 Act, and after receiving advice from the Commission in accordance with section 503(e) of the 1974 Act, I have determined to designate certain articles as eligible articles when the articles are the growth, product, or manufacture of a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country.

15. Pursuant to section 503(c)(1) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(1)), the President may withdraw, suspend, or limit application of the duty-free treatment accorded to specified articles under the GSP when imported from designated beneficiary developing countries.

16. Pursuant to section 503(c)(1) of the 1974 Act, and having considered the factors set forth in sections 501 and 502(c) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)), I have determined to limit the application of duty-free treatment accorded to certain articles from certain beneficiary developing countries.

17. Section 503(c)(2)(A) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(2)(A)) provides that beneficiary developing countries, except those designated as least-developed beneficiary developing countries or beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries as provided in section 503(c)(2)(D) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(2)(D)), are subject to competitive need limitations on the preferential treatment afforded under the GSP to eligible articles.

18. Pursuant to section 503(c)(2)(A) of the 1974 Act, I have determined that in 2015 certain beneficiary developing countries exported eligible articles in quantities exceeding the applicable competitive need limitations, and I therefore terminate the duty-free treatment for such articles from such beneficiary developing countries.

19. Section 503(c)(2)(F)(i) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(2)(F)(i)) provides that the President may disregard the competitive need limitation provided in section 503(c)(2)(A)(i)(II) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(2)(A)(i)(II)) with respect to any eligible article from any beneficiary developing country if the aggregate appraised value of the imports of such article into the United States during the preceding calendar year does not exceed an amount set forth in section 503(c)(2)(F)(ii) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(2)(F)(ii)).

20. Pursuant to section 503(c)(2)(F)(i) of the 1974 Act, I have determined that the competitive need limitation provided in section 503(c)(2)(A)(i)(II) of the 1974 Act should be disregarded with respect to certain eligible articles from certain beneficiary developing countries.

21. Section 503(d)(1) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(d)(1)) provides that the President may waive the application of the competitive need limitations in section 503(c)(2) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(2)) with respect to any eligible article from any beneficiary developing country if certain conditions are met. 4

22. Pursuant to section 503(d)(1) of the 1974 Act, I have received the advice of the Commission on whether any industry in the United States is likely to be adversely affected by waivers of the competitive need limitations provided in section 503(c)(2) of the 1974 Act, and I have determined, based on that advice and on the considerations described in sections 501 and 502(c) of the 1974 Act and after giving great weight to the considerations in section 503(d)(2) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(d)(2)), that such waivers are in the national economic interest of the United States. Accordingly, I have determined that the competitive need limitations of section 503(c)(2) of the 1974 Act should be waived with respect to certain eligible articles from certain beneficiary developing countries.

23. Section 604 of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2483) authorizes the President to embody in the HTS the substance of the relevant provisions of that Act, and of other Acts affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, including removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including but not limited to section 111(b) of the URAA, section 506B of the 1974 Act, sections 112(g), 112(b)(3)(A), and 112(c)(1) of the AGOA, section 104(c) of the TPEA, and title V and section 604 of the 1974 Act, do proclaim that:

(1) In order to provide for the immediate or staged elimination of duties on the information technology products covered by the Declaration, the HTS is modified as set forth in Annexes I and II to this proclamation;

(2) In order to provide that duty-free treatment provided under the AGOA shall remain in effect through September 30, 2025, general note 16(c) of the HTS is modified by striking "September 30, 2015" and by inserting in lieu thereof "September 30, 2025";

(3) In order to provide that the regional apparel article program and the third-country fabric program are effective through September 30, 2025, chapter 98, subchapter XIX, U.S. note 2 of the HTS is modified by striking "September 30, 2015" where stated in "through the period October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015" and in "each 1-year period thereafter through September 30, 2015" and by inserting in lieu thereof "September 30, 2025";

(4) In order to provide for the addition of the special tariff treatment symbol "D" in the "Special" subcolumn where necessary in the HTS, the HTS is modified as set forth in Annex III to this proclamation;

(5) In order to designate certain articles as eligible articles only when imported from a least-developed beneficiary developing country for purposes of the GSP, the Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for the corresponding HTS subheadings is modified as set forth in Annex IV to this proclamation; 5

(6) In order to designate certain articles as eligible articles only when imported from a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country for purposes of the AGOA, the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for the corresponding HTS subheadings is modified as set forth in Annex IV to this proclamation;

(7) In order to provide that one or more countries should no longer be treated as beneficiary developing countries with respect to one or more eligible articles for purposes of the GSP, the Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for the corresponding HTS subheadings and general note 4(d) to the HTS are modified as set forth in sections A and B of Annex V to this proclamation;

(8) The modifications to the HTS set forth in Annex V to this proclamation shall be effective with respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the dates set forth in the relevant sections of Annex V to this proclamation;

(9) The competitive need limitation provided in section 503(c)(2)(A)(i)(II) of the 1974 Act is disregarded with respect to the eligible articles in the HTS subheadings and to the beneficiary developing countries listed in Annex VI to this proclamation, effective July 1, 2016;

(10) A waiver of the application of section 503(c)(2) of the 1974 Act shall apply to the articles in the HTS subheadings and to the beneficiary developing countries set forth in Annex VII to this proclamation, effective July 1, 2016; and

(11) Any provisions of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that are inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation are superseded to the extent of such inconsistency.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

 

BARACK OBAMA

 
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