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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
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2012-12-25
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2012-12-21
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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'

Romney Stands By Gaffe




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French court to rule on beach burkini ban
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2016-08-26 06:02:18 (7 minutes ago) 

A French court was expected to rule Friday on whether to overturn a temporary ban on Muslim-friendly burkini swimsuits.

        
French court to rule on beach burkini ban
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 06:02:18 (7 minutes ago) 

A French court was expected to rule Friday on whether to overturn a temporary ban on Muslim-friendly burkini swimsuits.

       
Facebook ‘like’ gets Florida man a return trip to jail
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 06:02:11 (7 minutes ago) 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is back in jail after clicking “like” on a Facebook photo posted by a witness in a case against him. The SunSentinel (http://bit.ly/2bkYtBu ) reports that West Palm Beach judge Krista Marx revoked Paul Maida Jr.’s bond Wednesday, saying he violated a court order to avoid […]
10 Things to Know for Today
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 06:02:11 (7 minutes ago) 

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION WAFFLING REFLECTS Polls show that majorities favor letting people illegally in the U.S. stay and also back tougher deportation laws. The GOP nominee is either caught up in, or trying to exploit, that contradiction. […]
Pure Storage notches up a 93 per cent growth rate. Not bad, not bad
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 06:02:11 (7 minutes ago) 




Pure Storage notches up a 93 per cent growth rate. Not bad, not bad
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 06:02:10 (7 minutes ago) 
They're still losing tens of millions, though

Pure Storage grew revenues 93 per per cent year-on-year in its second fiscal 2017 quarter to a record $163.2m, achieving an annual run rate of $650m; the billion looks attainable. NetApp's all-flash array run rate is about $775m while EMC's is a past a billion dollars.…

Zoos, other officials work to keep Hellbender salamander happy and healthy in Ohio
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News 2016-08-26 06:02:00 (7 minutes ago) 
GAMBIER, Ohio — The slimy, wrinkly creatures could blend into a horror film just as well as their native Midwest streams. Two beady eyes and a gaping mouth adorn a wide, shapeless head. Four stubby legs protrude from an oblong body. They're dirt-colored and coated in multiple layers of mucus from head to tail. They're called Eastern hellbender salamanders, and they're quite the bizarre sight — if you can find them.adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};
Fog machine foils attempted burgalry of Masterton petrol station
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 06:01:57 (7 minutes ago) 
Burglars who broke into a Masterton service station were blinded by a face full of fog and fled the scene with very little to show for their efforts.
Power outages, road closures across Auckland due to high winds
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 06:01:57 (7 minutes ago) 
Strong westerlies are battering Auckland on Friday night, with gusts up to 120kmph.
Facebook 'like' gets Florida man a return trip to jail
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 06:01:54 (7 minutes ago) 






Slate News Quiz
  Source: Slate Articles 2016-08-26 06:01:52 (7 minutes ago) 

Welcome to Slate’s weekly news quiz. It’s Friday, which means it’s time to test your knowledge on the week’s news events. Your host, Ray Hamel, has concocted questions on news topics ranging from politics to business, from culture to sports to science.

Clinton Foundation & State Dept. image tarnished: Darcy cartoon
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2016-08-26 06:01:41 (8 minutes ago) 
The State Department emails leave the perception that donating to the Clinton Foundation gave the donor access to Hillary Clinton they might not have if they were a peasant from Timbuktu.
Well: For Tennis Elbow, No Such Thing as a Quick Fix
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 06:01:40 (8 minutes ago) 
Steroid injections for tennis elbow may turn out to do more harm than good.
Flood waters stabilize in India, but thousands evacuated
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:38 (8 minutes ago) 
VARANASI, India (AP) - About 3,000 people were evacuated in India's remote northeast after a lake created by an earlier landslide threatened to collapse and flood their villages, even as flood water levels stabilized in the worst-hit areas of the north, officials said Friday.
9 injured after balloons cause Orlando mall shooting scare
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:38 (8 minutes ago) 
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Two months after a gunman killed dozens inside an Orlando nightclub, the sound of popping balloons prompted shoppers to frantically flee an Orlando mall, injuring nine.






Poll: Germans for at least partial ban on face-covering veil
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:38 (8 minutes ago) 
BERLIN (AP) - A poll in Germany suggests that a large majority favors at least a partial ban on the face-covering veils used by some Muslim women.
Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:38 (8 minutes ago) 
DARAYA, Syria (AP) - Buses, ambulances and trucks lined up at the entrance of a long-blockaded Damascus suburb on Friday to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian opposition forces and the government.
Police ID body of woman found in Allegheny River in 2003
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:38 (8 minutes ago) 
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Investigators have identified the body of a woman who was found in the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh nearly 13 years after she died of an apparent heroin overdose.
Hungary to build stronger anti-migrant fence, Orban says
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:38 (8 minutes ago) 
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungary will build a new, "more massive" fence on its southern borders to defend against a possible surge in the number of migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday.
Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwest in the Atlantic
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:38 (8 minutes ago) 
MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwestward in the Atlantic with no change in strength.




Memories remain, mementoes left behind in family homestead
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:38 (8 minutes ago) 
SANT'ANGELO, Italy (AP) - Rustic yet refined, the two-story villa at the foothills of the Apennines is a family treasure, embracing five centuries of the Celli family's noble history, memories and mementoes. But after the earthquake left wide cracks in the exterior walls, those in the latest generation wonder if they'll ever set foot inside again.
Flood waters stabilize in India, but thousands evacuated
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:37 (8 minutes ago) 
VARANASI, India (AP) - About 3,000 people were evacuated in India's remote northeast after a lake created by an earlier landslide threatened to collapse and flood their villages, even as flood water levels stabilized in the worst-hit areas of the north, officials said Friday.
9 injured after balloons cause Orlando mall shooting scare
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:37 (8 minutes ago) 
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Two months after a gunman killed dozens inside an Orlando nightclub, the sound of popping balloons prompted shoppers to frantically flee an Orlando mall, injuring nine.
Poll: Germans for at least partial ban on face-covering veil
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:37 (8 minutes ago) 
BERLIN (AP) - A poll in Germany suggests that a large majority favors at least a partial ban on the face-covering veils used by some Muslim women.
Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:37 (8 minutes ago) 
DARAYA, Syria (AP) - Buses, ambulances and trucks lined up at the entrance of a long-blockaded Damascus suburb on Friday to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian opposition forces and the government.




Police ID body of woman found in Allegheny River in 2003
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:37 (8 minutes ago) 
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Investigators have identified the body of a woman who was found in the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh nearly 13 years after she died of an apparent heroin overdose.
Hungary to build stronger anti-migrant fence, Orban says
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:37 (8 minutes ago) 
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungary will build a new, "more massive" fence on its southern borders to defend against a possible surge in the number of migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday.
Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwest in the Atlantic
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:37 (8 minutes ago) 
MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwestward in the Atlantic with no change in strength.
Memories remain, mementoes left behind in family homestead
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 06:01:37 (8 minutes ago) 
SANT'ANGELO, Italy (AP) - Rustic yet refined, the two-story villa at the foothills of the Apennines is a family treasure, embracing five centuries of the Celli family's noble history, memories and mementoes. But after the earthquake left wide cracks in the exterior walls, those in the latest generation wonder if they'll ever set foot inside again.
Wildlife hero Chris Packham: anti-conservationists will not win
  Source: New Scientist - Online News 2016-08-26 06:01:31 (8 minutes ago) 
Insults, name calling and character assassination are no match for conservation causes backed by solid evidence, says naturalist Chris Packham




Wildlife hero Chris Packham: anti-conservationists will not win
  Source: New Scientist - Cosmology 2016-08-26 06:01:30 (8 minutes ago) 
Insults, name calling and character assassination are no match for conservation causes backed by solid evidence, says naturalist Chris Packham
Market Snapshot: Worries about Yellen’s Jackson Hole speech stop Dow futures in their tracks
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 06:01:21 (8 minutes ago) 
U.S. stock futures are in a holding pattern with just a few hours to go before a much-anticipated address by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen.
Unearthing Europe's Forgotten, Murdered Buried
  Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Carnegie Publications 2016-08-26 06:00:33 (9 minutes ago) 
Brexit, the refugee crisis, and the instability along Europe's borders should be enough to remind Europeans about the shocking past upon which the EU was built.
Storm system is disorganized but likely to bring rain, wind to South Florida
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-08-26 05:50:34 (19 minutes ago) 

A tropical weather system's threat to South Florida continued to diminish early Friday, as the swirl of clouds and thunderstorms remained disorganized and appeared more likely to head to the Florida Keys or into the Gulf of Mexico.

In a 2 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center reduced the system's...

Iran denies Saudi allegations it gave Yemen rebels missiles
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 05:42:08 (27 minutes ago) 

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister is rejecting claims from Saudi Arabia that his country supplied the Shiite rebels in Yemen with missiles. The official IRNA news agency quotes Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday as saying these are “baseless accusations.” Zarif’s response came after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit […]




Fire Service cuts person from crashed car
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 05:41:51 (27 minutes ago) 
The Fire service has cut a trapped person out of a car, after a two vehicle accident in Rotorua on Friday night. 
Recap: Auckland 37-15 Northland
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 05:41:51 (27 minutes ago) 
Eden Park hosts the NPC second round clash between Auckland and Northland.
Auckland bounce back from Canterbury humbling with tough win over Northland in NPC
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 05:41:51 (27 minutes ago) 
Auckland bounced back from last week's Canterbury hiding with an ugly 37-15 win over Northland at Eden Park on Friday night.
'Serial Street Shooter' haunts Phoenix as police plead for help to stop him
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 05:41:51 (27 minutes ago) 
A serial killer is terrorising the streets of Phoenix, in the US state of Arizona - police are pleading with the public for help stopping him.
U.S. Open Special: The Electric, Infuriating Nick Kyrgios
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 05:41:37 (28 minutes ago) 
He might be the most entertaining tennis player since John McEnroe. Too bad he’d rather be playing basketball.




Modern Love: Security in a Bright Yellow Suitcase
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 05:41:37 (28 minutes ago) 
An overnight bag becomes a token of hope, signifying someone waiting on the other end.
The Plain-Jane Hamptons
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 05:41:37 (28 minutes ago) 
The boldface, gilt-edge Hamptons are to the east of the Shinnecock Canal. But some buyers are refusing to cross over.
Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Amplifies Discord in the Music Business
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 05:41:37 (28 minutes ago) 
The album’s release, through an exclusive deal with Apple, surfaced long-simmering tensions between record labels, streaming services and artists.
Painted as EpiPen Villain, Mylan’s Chief Says She’s No Such Thing
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 05:41:37 (28 minutes ago) 
Heather Bresch, defending her company against criticism for sharply increasing the price of the life-saving device, is unapologetic. “I am running a business,” she says.
The Learning Network: 18 New York Times Articles You Should Read Before You Turn 18
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 05:41:37 (28 minutes ago) 
,” one of the 18 pieces on our list.This piece was written by four members of our spring Student Council. Look for more work by council members all month long.




The Interpreter: Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 05:41:37 (28 minutes ago) 
Experts on civil wars say there are several reasons Syria is “a really, really tough case” that defies historical parallels.
Clinton and Trump Campaigns Are Buzzing About the Race … for the Cabinet
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 05:41:37 (28 minutes ago) 
Jockeying for administration jobs usually occurs after Election Day, but both candidates’ transition teams are already working on filling potential posts, and speculation is rampant.
Blast Kills 11 Turkish Police, Wounds Dozens
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:41:26 (28 minutes ago) 
How Widespread Is Voter Fraud? Study Finds Fears Are Overblown
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:41:26 (28 minutes ago) 
Tropical Storm GASTON Graphics
  Source: National Hurricane Center (Atlantic) 2016-08-26 05:41:24 (28 minutes ago) 

5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:25:50 GMT


Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:05:38 GMT




Europe Markets: European stocks edge down before Yellen steps onto center stage
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:41:19 (28 minutes ago) 
European stocks are a bit lower Friday, with Vivendi among those struggling, as investors wait for clues about what’s next for interest rates in the U.S.
Rex Nutting: America’s investment in its own future is in a depression
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:41:19 (28 minutes ago) 
The U.S. economy is near full employment, but there’s little spending on buildings, roads, equipment and technology, writes Rex Nutting.
Traffic lights out at Baymeadows and Southside
  Source: Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL 2016-08-26 05:40:49 (28 minutes ago) 

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says traffic lights at Baymeadows Road and Southside Boulevard are expected to be out until sometime Friday evening due to a damaged electrical box.

According to authorities, at approximately 1 a.m. an individual driving northbound on Southside Blvd. lost control of their vehicle, exiting the roadway to the right and striking an electrical box.

JEA is currently working to restore the traffic control devices.

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US, Russia renew push for elusive agreement on Syria
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 05:40:14 (29 minutes ago) 
GENEVA (AP) -- The United States and Russia on Friday renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria as conditions on the ground continued to deteriorate after months of hesitation, missed deadlines and failed attempts to forge a nationwide truce....
Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwest in the Atlantic
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 05:31:28 (38 minutes ago) 

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwestward in the Atlantic with no change in strength. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 65 mph (110 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says strengthening is forecast during the next two days and Gaston could re-strengthen to a hurricane by Friday night or […]




Iran denies Saudi allegations it gave Yemen rebels missiles
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 05:31:28 (38 minutes ago) 

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister is rejecting claims from Saudi Arabia that his country supplied the Shiite rebels in Yemen with missiles. The official IRNA news agency quotes Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday as saying these are “baseless accusations.” Zarif’s response came after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit […]
Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 05:30:42 (39 minutes ago) 
Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day.
Top exec due to testify found dead
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-26 05:30:40 (39 minutes ago) 
A top executive at a South Korean company facing a corruption investigation was found dead early Friday just hours before he was due to be questioned by prosecutors.
Uber is bleeding money
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-26 05:30:40 (39 minutes ago) 
Uber may be the most valuable privately held company in the world, but that doesn't mean it's making money.
US, Russia renew push for elusive agreement on Syria
  Source: AP Top News 2016-08-26 05:30:19 (39 minutes ago) 
GENEVA (AP) - The United States and Russia on Friday renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria as conditions on the ground continued to deteriorate after months of hesitation, missed deadlines and failed attempts to forge a nationwide truce. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were meeting in Geneva as part of a new U.S. bid to enlist Russia as a partner in Syria as the fighting becomes more volat...




Tropical Storm Gaston Is Moving Northwest in the Atlantic
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 05:30:03 (39 minutes ago) 
Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwestward in the Atlantic with no change in strength
Ortiz: New Blues captain Pietrangelo in good company
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-26 05:30:02 (39 minutes ago) 
Defenseman is named club's new captain.
Frustrated Wainwright tagged with another loss
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-26 05:30:02 (39 minutes ago) 
Misplays are costly as Cards lose 10-6.
Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwest in the Atlantic
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 05:22:02 (47 minutes ago) 

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwestward in the Atlantic with no change in strength. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 65 mph (110 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says strengthening is forecast during the next two days and Gaston could re-strengthen to a hurricane by Friday night or […]
A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 05:22:01 (47 minutes ago) 




A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 05:22:01 (47 minutes ago) 
Tight-lipped firm lets a few nuggets sneak out

The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler. This makes it competition for XPoint.…

Old Swedish cash worth billions still in circulation
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2016-08-26 05:22:00 (47 minutes ago) 
Millions of old Swedish bank notes are still in circulation despite a deadline to hand them in by the end of August, warns the central bank.
PM welcomes third grandchild
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-08-26 05:21:50 (47 minutes ago) 
Malcolm Turnbull has taken to social media to introduce his third grandchild, with wife Lucy very happy about the name.
Phoenix police renew call for tips in serial killer case
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 05:21:47 (47 minutes ago) 
A serial killer is terrorising the streets of Phoenix, Arizona - and has police urgently appealing to the public for help stopping him.
Dual Olympic gold medallist Eric Murray apologises to wronged rowing selector
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 05:21:47 (47 minutes ago) 
Double Olympic gold medal-winner Eric Murray has confirmed rowing selector Barrie Mabbott wasn't present in a controversial meeting that threatened to split New Zealand's superstar pair.




Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwest in the Atlantic
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 05:21:47 (47 minutes ago) 
NOAA climate outlook: Where we stand on rainfall, temperature, agriculture
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2016-08-26 05:21:37 (48 minutes ago) 
NOAA's most recent outlook on Ohio and U.S. climate conditions, showing hotter than average conditions.
Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2016-08-26 05:21:37 (48 minutes ago) 
cleveland.com readers can offer their thoughts in the comments section.
Police know they face a crisis of trust with the community: Tom Wetzel (Opinion)
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2016-08-26 05:21:37 (48 minutes ago) 
What has become obvious over the past couple of years is that police are in a crisis of trust with too many of their black customers, and something has to change, writes Tom Wetzel, a suburban police officer.
Federal Officials Want to Ban Swimming With Dolphins in Hawaii
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 05:21:35 (48 minutes ago) 
People swimming with spinner dolphins may disrupt the animals’ resting time. But a proposal seeking a 50-yard buffer zone could hurt tourism, some say.




What in the World: Shh. It’s Naptime at Ikea in China.
  Source: NYT > International 2016-08-26 05:21:35 (48 minutes ago) 
At Ikea’s 21 stores in China, shoppers (and those simply looking for climate-controlled shut-eye) have no qualms about getting comfortable on the display furniture.
The Interpreter: Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse
  Source: NYT > International 2016-08-26 05:21:35 (48 minutes ago) 
Experts on civil wars say there are several reasons Syria is “a really, really tough case” that defies historical parallels.
I won’t let the anti-conservationists win
  Source: New Scientist - Online News 2016-08-26 05:21:27 (48 minutes ago) 
Insults, name calling and character assassination are no match for conservation causes backed by solid evidence, says naturalist Chris Packham
I won’t let the anti-conservationists win
  Source: New Scientist - Cosmology 2016-08-26 05:21:26 (48 minutes ago) 
Insults, name calling and character assassination are no match for conservation causes backed by solid evidence, says naturalist Chris Packham
Face Transplant Recipient: 'I'm the Same Old Pat'
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:21:24 (48 minutes ago) 
A year after he got a face transplant, Patrick Hardison is driving, swimming with his kids and walking down the street without fear of getting stared




Nun Shares Story Behind Iconic Earthquake Image
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:21:24 (48 minutes ago) 
Tropical Storm LESTER Graphics
  Source: National Hurricane Center (East Pacific) 2016-08-26 05:21:23 (48 minutes ago) 

5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:20:50 GMT


Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:06:13 GMT
Face Transplant Recipient: 'I'm the Same Old Pat'
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2016-08-26 05:21:20 (48 minutes ago) 
A year after he got a face transplant, Patrick Hardison is driving, swimming with his kids and walking down the street without fear of getting stared
How Widespread Is Voter Fraud? Study Finds Fears Are Overblown
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2016-08-26 05:21:20 (48 minutes ago) 
How Widespread Is Voter Fraud? Study Finds Fears Are Overblown
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2016-08-26 05:21:20 (48 minutes ago) 




Truck bomb kills at least 8 Turkish police
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2016-08-26 05:21:18 (48 minutes ago) 
Attack on police checkpoint near border shared by Turkey, Syria and Iraq blamed on Kurdish militants
The Wall Street Journal: Carl Icahn considered selling Herbalife stake to arch-nemesis Bill Ackman
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:21:18 (48 minutes ago) 
Carl Icahn has recently discussed selling his stake in Herbalife to a group including William Ackman, another surprising twist in a battle between the billionaires.
Mark Hulbert: Surprise! Gold has bullish news for the stock market
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:21:18 (48 minutes ago) 
This new indicator looks at the ratio of gold and platinum prices. It’s best for predicting one to two years in the future, not over the short term.
Deep Dive: Franklin fund manager loads up on banks as profits rise
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:21:18 (48 minutes ago) 
Matt Quinlan of the Franklin Equity Income Fund favors J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp, writes Phil van Doorn.
Beat the System: The math shows how Donald Trump can still win
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:21:18 (48 minutes ago) 
All he needs is a few more moderate and undecided voters in battleground states, writes Brett Arends.




Bridging the Bosphorus
  Source: ESA Top News 2016-08-26 05:20:43 (49 minutes ago) 

Sentinel-2A captured the progress of Turkey’s Third Bosphorus Bridge, which opens today
Bridging the Bosphorus
  Source: ESA in depth 2016-08-26 05:20:42 (49 minutes ago) 

Sentinel-2A captured the progress of Turkey’s Third Bosphorus Bridge, which opens today
Top South Korean exec found dead hours before prosecutor questioning
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 05:10:41 (59 minutes ago) 
Lee In-won, vice president the conglomerate Lotte, was found dead early Friday just hours before he was due to be questioned by prosecutors.
Truck bomb kills at least 8 Turkish police
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2016-08-26 05:10:36 (59 minutes ago) 
Weekend weather on the wet side
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-08-26 05:10:34 (59 minutes ago) 

Thunder rumbled and a lot of lightning painted the overnight and early morning skies leaving some of South Florida's roadways wet and slick.  So, give yourself some extra time for the morning commute.

It's looking less likely that this weekend's weather will be a full washout, but showers and storms...





Lifeguards to patrol Camber Sands after deaths
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 05:10:20 (59 minutes ago) 
Lifeguards are to be deployed over the bank holiday weekend at Camber Sands, where five friends died during a day trip to the coast.
Ortiz: Pietrangelo ready to lead Blues
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-26 05:10:02 (59 minutes ago) 
Defenseman is named club's new captain.
Mets capitalize on errors, Wainwright to stay in wild-card hunt
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-26 05:10:02 (59 minutes ago) 
Misplays are costly as Cards lose 10-6.
Report: Turkey car bombing kills at least 11 police
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:02:17 (1 hours ago) 

The attack is the latest in a series of bombings on police or military equipment in Turkey.

        
Report: Turkey car bombing kills at least 11 police
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:02:17 (1 hours ago) 

The attack is the latest in a series of bombings on police or military equipment in Turkey.

       




10 Things to See and to Do at Visa Pour l’Image
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:02:15 (1 hours ago) 
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Philippines kills 11 Abu Sayyaf militants after beheading
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 05:02:12 (1 hours ago) 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have killed at least 11 Abu Sayyaf militants, including an influential commander, in an assault on the extremists following their beheading of a captive over an unpaid ransom. Regional military commander Maj. Filemon Tan says 17 soldiers were wounded when hundreds of army troops surrounded a vast jungle area […]
New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 05:02:11 (1 hours ago) 
New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 05:02:11 (1 hours ago) 
Project Fear is back, and it wants your plonk

New alcohol advice published today reiterates that the recommended maximum intake weekly for male adults should halve from 28 to 14 units - barely enough to fill a bowl with electric soup*.…

Man Scales Fence, Strips, Steals Truck and Crashes Into Jet
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 05:01:34 (1 hours ago) 




Tropical Storm LESTER Graphics
  Source: National Hurricane Center (East Pacific) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 

5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:52:53 GMT


Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:52:54 GMT
Tropical Storm LESTER Wind Speed Probabilities Number 7
  Source: National Hurricane Center (East Pacific) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 
Issued at 0900 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016 000 FOPZ13 KNHC 260851 PWSEP3 TROPICAL STORM LESTER WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER 7 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP132016 0900 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016 AT 0900Z THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM LESTER WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 114.5 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 50 KTS...60 MPH...95 KM/H. Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH) PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME (PDT)...SUBTRACT 7 HOURS FROM Z TIME HAWAIIAN STANDARD TIME (HST)...SUBTRACT 10 HOURS FROM Z TIME WIND SPEED PROBABILITY TABLE FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS CHANCES OF SUSTAINED (1-MINUTE AVERAGE) WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST ...34 KT (39 MPH... 63 KM/H)... ...50 KT (58 MPH... 93 KM/H)... ...64 KT (74 MPH...119 KM/H)... FOR LOCATIONS AND TIME PERIODS DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS PROBABILITIES FOR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN AS OP(CP) WHERE OP IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT BEGINNING DURING AN INDIVIDUAL TIME PERIOD (ONSET PROBABILITY) (CP) IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT OCCURRING BETWEEN 06Z FRI AND THE FORECAST HOUR (CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY) PROBABILITIES ARE GIVEN IN PERCENT X INDICATES PROBABILITIES LESS THAN 1 PERCENT PROBABILITIES FOR 34 KT AND 50 KT ARE SHOWN AT A GIVEN LOCATION WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 3 PERCENT. PROBABILITIES FOR 64 KT ARE SHOWN WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 1 PERCENT. - - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS - - - - FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM TIME 06Z FRI 18Z FRI 06Z SAT 18Z SAT 06Z SUN 06Z MON 06Z TUE PERIODS TO TO TO TO TO TO TO 18Z FRI 06Z SAT 18Z SAT 06Z SUN 06Z MON 06Z TUE 06Z WED FORECAST HOUR (12) (24) (36) (48) (72) (96) (120) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LOCATION KT ISLA CLARION 34 32 4(36) 2(38) X(38) X(38) X(38) X(38) 15N 115W 34 5 3( 8) 3(11) X(11) X(11) X(11) X(11) 20N 115W 34 3 3( 6) 2( 8) 1( 9) X( 9) X( 9) X( 9) 15N 120W 34 1 2( 3) 8(11) 13(24) 3(27) X(27) X(27) 15N 120W 50 X X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 1( 3) X( 3) X( 3) 20N 120W 34 X 3( 3) 10(13) 10(23) 4(27) X(27) X(27) 20N 120W 50 X X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 1( 3) X( 3) X( 3) 15N 125W 34 X X( X) X( X) 3( 3) 24(27) 3(30) X(30) 15N 125W 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 6( 6) 1( 7) X( 7) 15N 125W 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 3( 3) X( 3) X( 3) 20N 125W 34 X X( X) X( X) 3( 3) 27(30) 3(33) X(33) 20N 125W 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 7( 7) 1( 8) X( 8) 20N 125W 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 3( 3) X( 3) X( 3) 15N 130W 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 3( 3) 22(25) 4(29) 15N 130W 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 8( 8) 2(10) 15N 130W 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 4( 4) 1( 5) 20N 130W 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 4( 4) 25(29) 3(32) 20N 130W 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 9( 9) 1(10) 20N 130W 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 3( 3) X( 3) 15N 135W 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 7( 7) 15(22) 15N 135W 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 6( 7) 15N 135W 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 20N 135W 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 8( 8) 16(24) 20N 135W 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 5( 6) 20N 135W 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 15N 140W 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 6( 6) 20N 140W 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 7( 7) $$ FORECASTER BEVEN
Tropical Storm LESTER Forecast Discussion Number 7
  Source: National Hurricane Center (East Pacific) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 
Issued at 300 AM MDT FRI AUG 26 2016 000 WTPZ43 KNHC 260851 TCDEP3 TROPICAL STORM LESTER DISCUSSION NUMBER 7 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP132016 300 AM MDT FRI AUG 26 2016 While Lester continues to produce a large area of cold cloud tops, recent microwave imagery suggests that the storm is being affected by vertical wind shear and dry air entrainment that is displacing the convection mostly to the east and northeast of the center. A recent ASCAT-B overpass indicated 45-50 kt winds about 40 n mi northeast of the center, and based on this the initial intensity remains 50 kt. The microwave data show that Lester has moved westward for the past several hours, with the initial motion now 280/6. The cyclone should turn west-northwestward later today as it moves toward a weakness in the subtropical ridge. After 12-24 hours, Lester should resume a westward track with an increase in forward speed as the ridge strengthens and builds westward. The track model guidance is in excellent agreement with this scenario, and the new forecast track is near the center of the guidance envelope. The new forecast is a little to the south of the previous forecast based on the current position and motion. The dynamical models forecast the shear to decrease over the next 24 hours and remain low for the rest of the forecast period, which should allow Lester to again intensify. The forecast track keeps the cyclone over relatively warm water for about 72 hours, so the intensity forecast calls for gradual strengthening during that time. Subsequently, the waters cool a little along the forecast track, and the intensity forecast thus shows some weakening. The new intensity forecast is similar to the previous forecast, except slightly weaker during the first 24 hours due to the shear. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 26/0900Z 16.9N 114.5W 50 KT 60 MPH 12H 26/1800Z 17.1N 115.5W 55 KT 65 MPH 24H 27/0600Z 17.3N 116.9W 60 KT 70 MPH 36H 27/1800Z 17.4N 118.7W 70 KT 80 MPH 48H 28/0600Z 17.4N 120.8W 75 KT 85 MPH 72H 29/0600Z 17.5N 126.0W 80 KT 90 MPH 96H 30/0600Z 17.5N 131.5W 80 KT 90 MPH 120H 31/0600Z 17.5N 136.0W 75 KT 85 MPH $$ Forecaster Beven
Tropical Storm LESTER Forecast Advisory Number 7
  Source: National Hurricane Center (East Pacific) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 
Issued at 0900 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016 000 WTPZ23 KNHC 260851 TCMEP3 TROPICAL STORM LESTER FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 7 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP132016 0900 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016 THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 16.9N 114.5W AT 26/0900Z POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 20 NM PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST OR 280 DEGREES AT 6 KT ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1000 MB MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 50 KT WITH GUSTS TO 60 KT. 50 KT....... 40NE 0SE 0SW 0NW. 34 KT....... 70NE 70SE 20SW 60NW. 12 FT SEAS.. 60NE 60SE 45SW 60NW. WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT. REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 16.9N 114.5W AT 26/0900Z AT 26/0600Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 16.8N 114.2W FORECAST VALID 26/1800Z 17.1N 115.5W MAX WIND 55 KT...GUSTS 65 KT. 50 KT... 40NE 20SE 0SW 20NW. 34 KT... 70NE 70SE 30SW 60NW. FORECAST VALID 27/0600Z 17.3N 116.9W MAX WIND 60 KT...GUSTS 75 KT. 50 KT... 40NE 30SE 20SW 30NW. 34 KT... 80NE 70SE 40SW 70NW. FORECAST VALID 27/1800Z 17.4N 118.7W MAX WIND 70 KT...GUSTS 85 KT. 64 KT... 20NE 10SE 0SW 20NW. 50 KT... 40NE 30SE 20SW 40NW. 34 KT... 80NE 70SE 50SW 70NW. FORECAST VALID 28/0600Z 17.4N 120.8W MAX WIND 75 KT...GUSTS 90 KT. 50 KT... 40NE 30SE 30SW 40NW. 34 KT... 90NE 70SE 60SW 80NW. FORECAST VALID 29/0600Z 17.5N 126.0W MAX WIND 80 KT...GUSTS 100 KT. 50 KT... 50NE 40SE 30SW 50NW. 34 KT...100NE 80SE 70SW 100NW. EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 125 NM ON DAY 4 AND 150 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 15 KT EACH DAY OUTLOOK VALID 30/0600Z 17.5N 131.5W MAX WIND 80 KT...GUSTS 100 KT. OUTLOOK VALID 31/0600Z 17.5N 136.0W MAX WIND 75 KT...GUSTS 90 KT. REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 16.9N 114.5W NEXT ADVISORY AT 26/1500Z $$ FORECASTER BEVEN
Summary for Tropical Storm LESTER (EP3/EP132016)
  Source: National Hurricane Center (East Pacific) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 
...LESTER CONTINUING WESTWARD AND EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN LATER TODAY... As of 3:00 AM MDT Fri Aug 26 the center of LESTER was located near 16.9, -114.5 with movement W at 7 mph. The minimum central pressure was 1000 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph.




Tropical Storm GASTON Graphics
  Source: National Hurricane Center (Atlantic) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 

5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:52:52 GMT


Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:51:35 GMT
Tropical Storm GASTON Wind Speed Probabilities Number 15
  Source: National Hurricane Center (Atlantic) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 
Issued at 0900 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016 000 FONT12 KNHC 260851 PWSAT2 TROPICAL STORM GASTON WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER 15 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072016 0900 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016 AT 0900Z THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM GASTON WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 23.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 47.6 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 55 KTS...65 MPH...100 KM/H. Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH) ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME (AST)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME (CDT)...SUBTRACT 5 HOURS FROM Z TIME WIND SPEED PROBABILITY TABLE FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS CHANCES OF SUSTAINED (1-MINUTE AVERAGE) WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST ...34 KT (39 MPH... 63 KM/H)... ...50 KT (58 MPH... 93 KM/H)... ...64 KT (74 MPH...119 KM/H)... FOR LOCATIONS AND TIME PERIODS DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS PROBABILITIES FOR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN AS OP(CP) WHERE OP IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT BEGINNING DURING AN INDIVIDUAL TIME PERIOD (ONSET PROBABILITY) (CP) IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT OCCURRING BETWEEN 06Z FRI AND THE FORECAST HOUR (CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY) PROBABILITIES ARE GIVEN IN PERCENT X INDICATES PROBABILITIES LESS THAN 1 PERCENT PROBABILITIES FOR 34 KT AND 50 KT ARE SHOWN AT A GIVEN LOCATION WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 3 PERCENT. PROBABILITIES FOR 64 KT ARE SHOWN WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 1 PERCENT. - - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS - - - - FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM TIME 06Z FRI 18Z FRI 06Z SAT 18Z SAT 06Z SUN 06Z MON 06Z TUE PERIODS TO TO TO TO TO TO TO 18Z FRI 06Z SAT 18Z SAT 06Z SUN 06Z MON 06Z TUE 06Z WED FORECAST HOUR (12) (24) (36) (48) (72) (96) (120) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LOCATION KT BERMUDA 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 3( 5) 1( 6) $$ FORECASTER BERG
Tropical Storm GASTON Forecast Discussion Number 15
  Source: National Hurricane Center (Atlantic) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 
Issued at 500 AM AST FRI AUG 26 2016 000 WTNT42 KNHC 260851 TCDAT2 TROPICAL STORM GASTON DISCUSSION NUMBER 15 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072016 500 AM AST FRI AUG 26 2016 Gaston is right in the thick of 20-25 kt of southwesterly shear, and the low-level center appears to be near or just inside the southern edge of a ragged central dense overcast. Because Dvorak Current Intensity estimates from TAFB and SAB remain 3.5, the initial intensity is held at 55 kt. With Gaston now moving around the northeastern side of a mid- to upper-level low, the vertical shear is expected to quickly decrease to below 10 kt within the next 12-24 hours. In addition, sea surface temperatures are forecast to increase by another degree or two. Therefore, Gaston is likely to begin strengthening later today, and it should reintensify to a hurricane by tonight or on Saturday. Strengthening is anticipated to continue through days 3 and 4, with Gaston nearing or possibly reaching major hurricane intensity, followed by some weakening on day 5 due to an increase in westerly shear. The reliable intensity models are all within 10-15 kt of each other for the entire forecast period, and the NHC forecast is therefore very close to the ICON intensity consensus. Gaston continues to move northwestward, or 320 degrees at 15 kt. The cyclone is expected to maintain a generally northwestward track but slow down considerably during the next few days after it moves north of the aforementioned mid- to upper-level low and enters a break in the subtropical ridge. After 72 hours, Gaston is expected to reach the mid-latitude westerlies, and a sharp recurvature with acceleration is forecast at the end of the forecast period. While all the track models agree on this scenario, there continue to be differences in the sharpness of Gaston's turn and its forward speed, especially after the turn. Still, the updated NHC track forecast is not too different from the previous one, and it is closest to a clustering of models that includes the GFS, the Florida State Superensemble, and the TVCN multi-model consensus. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 26/0900Z 23.9N 47.6W 55 KT 65 MPH 12H 26/1800Z 25.5N 49.5W 60 KT 70 MPH 24H 27/0600Z 27.0N 52.1W 65 KT 75 MPH 36H 27/1800Z 28.2N 54.2W 70 KT 80 MPH 48H 28/0600Z 29.2N 55.7W 85 KT 100 MPH 72H 29/0600Z 30.8N 57.1W 95 KT 110 MPH 96H 30/0600Z 32.2N 55.8W 95 KT 110 MPH 120H 31/0600Z 34.0N 51.5W 90 KT 105 MPH $$ Forecaster Berg
Tropical Storm GASTON Forecast Advisory Number 15
  Source: National Hurricane Center (Atlantic) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 
Issued at 0900 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016 000 WTNT22 KNHC 260850 TCMAT2 TROPICAL STORM GASTON FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 15 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072016 0900 UTC FRI AUG 26 2016 THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 23.9N 47.6W AT 26/0900Z POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 25 NM PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHWEST OR 320 DEGREES AT 15 KT ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 997 MB MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 55 KT WITH GUSTS TO 65 KT. 50 KT....... 70NE 30SE 0SW 60NW. 34 KT.......110NE 80SE 30SW 100NW. 12 FT SEAS..210NE 150SE 150SW 150NW. WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT. REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 23.9N 47.6W AT 26/0900Z AT 26/0600Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 23.4N 47.0W FORECAST VALID 26/1800Z 25.5N 49.5W MAX WIND 60 KT...GUSTS 75 KT. 50 KT... 70NE 40SE 0SW 60NW. 34 KT...120NE 80SE 40SW 110NW. FORECAST VALID 27/0600Z 27.0N 52.1W MAX WIND 65 KT...GUSTS 80 KT. 64 KT... 25NE 0SE 0SW 0NW. 50 KT... 60NE 40SE 20SW 60NW. 34 KT...120NE 90SE 50SW 110NW. FORECAST VALID 27/1800Z 28.2N 54.2W MAX WIND 70 KT...GUSTS 85 KT. 64 KT... 25NE 20SE 0SW 20NW. 50 KT... 60NE 50SE 30SW 60NW. 34 KT...130NE 100SE 70SW 110NW. FORECAST VALID 28/0600Z 29.2N 55.7W MAX WIND 85 KT...GUSTS 105 KT. 50 KT... 70NE 60SE 40SW 60NW. 34 KT...130NE 120SE 90SW 120NW. FORECAST VALID 29/0600Z 30.8N 57.1W MAX WIND 95 KT...GUSTS 115 KT. 50 KT... 80NE 70SE 60SW 70NW. 34 KT...140NE 130SE 100SW 120NW. EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 150 NM ON DAY 4 AND 200 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 15 KT EACH DAY OUTLOOK VALID 30/0600Z 32.2N 55.8W MAX WIND 95 KT...GUSTS 115 KT. OUTLOOK VALID 31/0600Z 34.0N 51.5W MAX WIND 90 KT...GUSTS 110 KT. REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 23.9N 47.6W NEXT ADVISORY AT 26/1500Z $$ FORECASTER BERG
Summary for Tropical Storm GASTON (AT2/AL072016)
  Source: National Hurricane Center (Atlantic) 2016-08-26 05:01:32 (1 hours ago) 
...GASTON MOVING NORTHWESTWARD WITH NO CHANGE IN INTENSITY... As of 5:00 AM AST Fri Aug 26 the center of GASTON was located near 23.9, -47.6 with movement NW at 17 mph. The minimum central pressure was 997 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph.




Memories remain, mementoes left behind in family homestead
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 05:00:14 (1 hours ago) 
SANT'ANGELO, Italy (AP) -- Rustic yet refined, the two-story villa at the foothills of the Apennines is a family treasure, embracing five centuries of the Celli family&apos;s noble history, memories and mementoes. But after the earthquake left wide cracks in the exterior walls, those in the latest generation wonder if they&apos;ll ever set foot inside again....
Memories remain, mementoes left behind in family homestead
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 05:00:14 (1 hours ago) 
SANT'ANGELO, Italy (AP) -- Rustic yet refined, the two-story villa at the foothills of the Apennines is a family treasure, embracing five centuries of the Celli family&apos;s noble history, memories and mementoes. But after the earthquake left wide cracks in the exterior walls, those in the latest generation wonder if they&apos;ll ever set foot inside again....
Memories remain, mementoes left behind in family homestead
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 05:00:14 (1 hours ago) 
SANT'ANGELO, Italy (AP) -- Rustic yet refined, the two-story villa at the foothills of the Apennines is a family treasure, embracing five centuries of the Celli family&apos;s noble history, memories and mementoes. But after the earthquake left wide cracks in the exterior walls, those in the latest generation wonder if they&apos;ll ever set foot inside again....
VW: employee chief floats idea of taking stakes in suppliers
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 04:51:23 (1 hours ago) 

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen’s employee council chief is suggesting that the automaker consider taking stakes in suppliers after a dispute disrupted production in Germany. Volkswagen on Tuesday ended the dispute with two suppliers who stopped delivering parts, briefly affecting nearly 28,000 workers at six plants. Employee council chief Bernd Osterloh, who sits on Volkswagen’s supervisory […]
Memories remain, mementoes left behind in family homestead
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 04:51:23 (1 hours ago) 

SANT’ANGELO, Italy (AP) — Rustic yet refined, the two-story villa at the foothills of the Apennines is a family treasure, embracing five centuries of the Celli family’s noble history, memories and mementoes. But after the earthquake left wide cracks in the exterior walls, those in the latest generation wonder if they’ll ever set foot inside […]




Philippines kills 11 Abu Sayyaf militants after beheading
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 04:51:23 (1 hours ago) 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have killed at least 11 Abu Sayyaf militants, including an influential commander, in an assault on the extremists following their beheading of a captive over an unpaid ransom. Regional military commander Maj. Filemon Tan says 17 soldiers were wounded when hundreds of army troops surrounded a vast jungle area […]
Somalia attack: Gunmen seize hostages at restaurant
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 04:50:40 (1 hours ago) 
A hostage situation left five people dead at a beach restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, authorities said.
Unable to afford a car, grieving Indian man carries wife's body for miles
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 04:50:40 (1 hours ago) 
A grieving man in India carried his wife's body for miles after the hospital where she died allegedly failed to provide a way to transport her body back to their village.
Champions League: Europe's top four leagues to each get four group-stage spots
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 04:50:19 (1 hours ago) 
Europe's top four domestic leagues are to be guaranteed four places each in the group stages of the Champions League from 2018-19.
Alabama House Narrowly Approves Governor's Proposed Lottery
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 04:50:02 (1 hours ago) 
The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts




Hong Kong Reports First Case of Zika Virus as Disease Begins to Spread in Asia
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:42:12 (1 hours ago) 
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Kerry, Lavrov meet in Geneva to discuss Syria, Ukraine
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:42:08 (1 hours ago) 

GENEVA (AP) — The top diplomats of Russia and the United States are meeting in Geneva to discuss the Syria civil war, the Ukraine crisis and other issues. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were meeting as part of a new U.S. bid to enlist Russia as a partner […]
Alabama House narrowly approves governor’s proposed lottery
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:42:08 (1 hours ago) 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed state lottery Thursday night after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts. Legislators clapped and cheered as the bill passed shortly before midnight on a 64-35 vote, exceeding the 63 votes required to pass the chamber. The bill […]
VW: employee chief floats idea of taking stakes in suppliers
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:42:08 (1 hours ago) 

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen’s employee council chief is suggesting that the automaker consider taking stakes in suppliers after a dispute disrupted production in Germany. Volkswagen on Tuesday ended the dispute with two suppliers who stopped delivering parts, briefly affecting nearly 28,000 workers at six plants. Employee council chief Bernd Osterloh, who sits on Volkswagen’s supervisory […]
Memories remain, mementoes left behind in family homestead
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:42:08 (1 hours ago) 

SANT’ANGELO, Italy (AP) — Rustic yet refined, the two-story villa at the foothills of the Apennines is a family treasure, embracing five centuries of the Celli family’s noble history, memories and mementoes. But after the earthquake left wide cracks in the exterior walls, those in the latest generation wonder if they’ll ever set foot inside […]




11 dead, dozens hurt after blast at police headquarters in southeast Turkey
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 04:41:54 (1 hours ago) 
A car bomb at a police headquarters in southeast Turkey killed at least 11 and wounded at least 78 on Thursday (Friday NZ time), officials say.
Police arrest two men in connection with knife attack on Porirua dairy owner
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 04:41:54 (1 hours ago) 
Two men have been arrested in connection with a vicious robbery in Porirua, where a dairy owner was stabbed in the neck.
Corkers - not yorkers - put cricketers in danger at Lord's, warns MCC newsletter
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 04:41:54 (1 hours ago) 
Boundary fieldsmen to wear helmets maybe?
Alabama House narrowly approves governor's proposed lottery
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 04:41:54 (1 hours ago) 
Aftershocks Rattle Rescuers as Italy Quake Toll Rises
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:41:26 (1 hours ago) 




Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 
SEATTLE (AP) -- The son of a Russian lawmaker has been convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars....
Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 
SEATTLE (AP) -- The son of a Russian lawmaker has been convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars....
Kerry, Lavrov meet in Geneva to discuss Syria, Ukraine
  Source: AP Top Political News 2016-08-26 04:40:15 (1 hours ago) 
GENEVA (AP) -- The top diplomats of Russia and the United States are meeting in Geneva to discuss the Syria civil war, the Ukraine crisis and other issues....
Kerry, Lavrov meet in Geneva to discuss Syria, Ukraine
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 04:40:15 (1 hours ago) 
GENEVA (AP) -- The top diplomats of Russia and the United States are meeting in Geneva to discuss the Syria civil war, the Ukraine crisis and other issues....
Kerry, Lavrov meet in Geneva to discuss Syria, Ukraine
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 04:40:15 (1 hours ago) 
GENEVA (AP) -- The top diplomats of Russia and the United States are meeting in Geneva to discuss the Syria civil war, the Ukraine crisis and other issues....




Kerry, Lavrov meet in Geneva to discuss Syria, Ukraine
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 04:40:15 (1 hours ago) 
GENEVA (AP) -- The top diplomats of Russia and the United States are meeting in Geneva to discuss the Syria civil war, the Ukraine crisis and other issues....
American University in Kabul starts repair work after attack
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 04:31:27 (2 hours ago) 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After a deadly attack this week, the American University of Afghanistan says it has started repair work at its sprawling campus on the edge of Kabul. A statement posted Friday on its website says the campus is closed and all work “temporarily suspended” but that security is being put in place […]
Kerry, Lavrov meet in Geneva to discuss Syria, Ukraine
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 04:31:27 (2 hours ago) 

GENEVA (AP) — The top diplomats of Russia and the United States are meeting in Geneva to discuss the Syria civil war, the Ukraine crisis and other issues. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were meeting as part of a new U.S. bid to enlist Russia as a partner […]
Alabama House narrowly approves governor’s proposed lottery
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 04:31:27 (2 hours ago) 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed state lottery Thursday night after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts. Legislators clapped and cheered as the bill passed shortly before midnight on a 64-35 vote, exceeding the 63 votes required to pass the chamber. The bill […]
Why India's two medal Olympic success is significant
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 04:30:20 (2 hours ago) 
The world's second most populous nation sent more than a hundred athletes to the Games but only two of them won medals, a silver and a bronze.




Nic Naitanui calls for education after child's blackface tribute
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 04:30:20 (2 hours ago) 
An Australian footballer calls for better race education, saying a controversial photo of a boy in blackface as a tribute to him "hurts my heart".
Czech hiker describes 'harrowing' 30-day ordeal in NZ
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 04:30:20 (2 hours ago) 
A Czech hiker who went missing a month ago in the snowy mountains of New Zealand describes the "harrowing" 30-day ordeal in which her partner died.
Greens' Caroline Lucas proposes Labour election pact
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 04:30:20 (2 hours ago) 
Green MP and leadership contender Caroline Lucas raises the prospect of an electoral pact with other parties as counting gets under way in the contest.
4 dogs who have redefined meaning of "man's best friend"
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:22:06 (2 hours ago) 

Aug. 26 is National Dog Day! Meet four dogs who have impressed us.

       
Lost In Transition: The Shifting Landscape of Western China
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:22:04 (2 hours ago) 
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Rescued Woman Describes Partner’s Death and Harrowing Month in New Zealand Wilderness
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:22:04 (2 hours ago) 
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Top French court to rule on legality of burkini bans
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:22:00 (2 hours ago) 

PARIS (AP) — France’s highest administrative court is considering whether it’s legal for towns to ban body-covering burkini swimsuits, which have become a symbol of tensions around the place of Islam in secular France. After human rights groups challenged a local burkini ban, the Council of State is scheduled to issue a ruling Friday afternoon. […]
Deep thoughts on the Seahawks win over Dallas: Earl Thomas, Paul Richardson, Germain Ifedi, and more
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:22:00 (2 hours ago) 

Post-game observations include items on Germain Ifedi, Earl Thomas, the receiving position and more.
American University in Kabul starts repair work after attack
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:22:00 (2 hours ago) 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After a deadly attack this week, the American University of Afghanistan says it has started repair work at its sprawling campus on the edge of Kabul. A statement posted Friday on its website says the campus is closed and all work “temporarily suspended” but that security is being put in place […]
EE looks at its call charges, hikes the lot, walks off giggling
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 04:22:00 (2 hours ago) 




EE looks at its call charges, hikes the lot, walks off giggling
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 04:21:59 (2 hours ago) 
Want to make a call abroad? Use someone else

EE customers using services outside their price plans are to be hit with a significant hike in fees next month, with international calls increasing as much as 60 per cent.…

Turkey blast: eight police dead
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-08-26 04:21:49 (2 hours ago) 
Eight police officers have been killed and 45 people injured when a car bomb exploded in the southeast of Turkey.
Library misuse complaints lead to youth space idea
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 04:21:46 (2 hours ago) 
A complaint about rowdy teens eating and creating mess in the Feilding Public Library has raised questions over the facilities available to youths in the town. 
Corrections
  Source: Slate Articles 2016-08-26 04:21:43 (2 hours ago) 

In an Aug. 25 Interrogation, Isaac Chotiner misquoted J.D. Vance as referring to a “recognized sociology.” He said a “weaponized sociology.”

Man Scales Fence, Strips, Steals Truck and Crashes Into Jet
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2016-08-26 04:21:18 (2 hours ago) 




London Markets: FTSE 100 slips, but miners find relief after selloff
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:21:16 (2 hours ago) 
U.K. stocks are titling lower Friday, with investors preparing for an update on U.K. economic growth and a possible hint about the future of U.S. interest rates from Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen.
Syrian rebels set to end siege, withdraw from Damascus suburb
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2016-08-26 04:21:16 (2 hours ago) 

Syrian rebel fighters were set to withdraw from the Damascene suburb of Darayya on Friday, government officials and rebel leaders said, ending one of the longest-running sieges in the country’s devastating civil war. 

Syrian state news operator SANA reported that “a reconciliation agreement” had...

9 injured after balloons cause Orlando mall shooting scare
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 04:11:40 (2 hours ago) 

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two months after a gunman killed dozens inside an Orlando nightclub, the sound of popping balloons prompted shoppers to frantically flee an Orlando mall, injuring nine. Orange County Sheriff’s Officials spokeswoman Deputy Rose Silva tells news outlets there was no gunman at the Florida Mall. The loud sounds were actually from […]
Top French court to rule on legality of burkini bans
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 04:11:40 (2 hours ago) 

PARIS (AP) — France’s highest administrative court is considering whether it’s legal for towns to ban body-covering burkini swimsuits, which have become a symbol of tensions around the place of Islam in secular France. After human rights groups challenged a local burkini ban, the Council of State is scheduled to issue a ruling Friday afternoon. […]
Protests and poetry: The death of Kyoto's original counterculture hub
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 04:10:41 (2 hours ago) 
Cafe Honyarado was a hub for counterculture and activism in Kyoto in the 1970s. When it burned down, street photographer Kai Fusayoshi lost a lifetime of work.




Top South Korea executive found dead
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 04:10:21 (2 hours ago) 
The vice chairman of South Korea's Lotte conglomerate is found dead just hours before being questioned over corruption allegations.
C-section blues
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 04:10:20 (2 hours ago) 
New mother's vivid Facebook post on the shaming culture involved with Caesarean births goes viral.
US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 04:10:20 (2 hours ago) 
The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.
9 Injured After Balloons Cause Orlando Mall Shooting Scare
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 04:10:02 (2 hours ago) 
Two months after a gunman killed dozens inside an Orlando nightclub, the sound of popping balloons prompted shoppers to frantically flee an Orlando mall, injuring nine
Man Scales Airport Fence, Rams Pickup Into Plane
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 04:10:02 (2 hours ago) 
The man stripped down to his boxers while being chased by police.




Italy earthquake death toll rises to 267
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:01:59 (2 hours ago) 

Strong aftershocks were hampering rescue efforts in Italy on Friday as the death toll from the earthquake increased to 267.

        
Italy earthquake death toll rises to 267
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:01:58 (2 hours ago) 

Strong aftershocks were hampering rescue efforts in Italy on Friday as the death toll from the earthquake increased to 267.

       
5 things you need to know Friday
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:01:58 (2 hours ago) 

The biggest news to start your day.

       
Indonesia Steps Up Fire Response as Haze Blankets Singapore
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:01:57 (2 hours ago) 
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Carly Rae Jepsen Releases E•mo•tion Side B
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:01:57 (2 hours ago) 
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Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:01:53 (2 hours ago) 

DARAYA, Syria (AP) — Buses, ambulances and trucks have lined up at the entrance of a blockaded Damascus suburb to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian rebels and the government. The surrender of the Daraya suburb marks a success for President Bashar Assad’s government, removing a threat only a few […]
Trump rebukes racism claims as Clinton warns of radicalism
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:01:53 (2 hours ago) 

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has unleashed the “radical fringe” within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists, dubbing the billionaire businessman’s campaign as one that will “make America hate again.” Trump is rejecting Clinton’s allegations, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority […]
Obama plans to create world’s largest marine protected area
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:01:53 (2 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. Obama’s proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square […]
Burr sticks to low-key style in N. Carolina re-election bid
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:01:53 (2 hours ago) 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr’s formula for getting re-elected in November includes touring factories and visiting nonprofits, not large-scale campaign events. He says he won’t focus on being a candidate until the Senate adjourns in October. This low-key style has helped the Republican win several past elections, including two in the […]
9 injured after balloons cause Orlando mall shooting scare
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 04:01:53 (2 hours ago) 

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two months after a gunman killed dozens inside an Orlando nightclub, the sound of popping balloons prompted shoppers to frantically flee an Orlando mall, injuring nine. Orange County Sheriff’s Officials spokeswoman Deputy Rose Silva tells news outlets there was no gunman at the Florida Mall. The loud sounds were actually from […]




Human skeleton found on abandoned farm in Sweden
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2016-08-26 04:01:51 (2 hours ago) 
Police suspect human remains found in a well on an abandoned farm in rural Sweden belonged to a man who was murdered.
You'll never really be Swedish without trying these weird foods
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2016-08-26 04:01:51 (2 hours ago) 
The Local very strictly measures the level of Swedishness of our staff by what Swedish food they've tried. Especially the weird stuff. Here's our intern Saina Behnejad on her love-hate relationship with Swedish cuisine.
Fulltime penalty from Otere Black saves Manawatu after Southland comeback
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 04:01:39 (2 hours ago) 
An Otere Black penalty on fulltime helped Manawatu escape with a 34-31 win over Southland in Palmerston North on Friday.
Large house fire in Auckland damages neighbouring properties
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 04:01:39 (2 hours ago) 
A large house fire in the Auckland suburb of New Lynn has spread to neighbouring properties.
Death toll in Somalia beach restaurant attack rises to 10
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 04:01:39 (2 hours ago) 
The death toll from an attack on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 10, local police say.




Trump rebukes racism claims as Clinton warns of radicalism
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 04:01:37 (2 hours ago) 
Burr sticks to low-key style in N. Carolina re-election bid
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 04:01:37 (2 hours ago) 
9 injured after balloons cause Orlando mall shooting scare
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 04:01:37 (2 hours ago) 
Clear, sunny skies return today: Northeast Ohio weather forecast
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2016-08-26 04:01:24 (2 hours ago) 
The severe storms are finally out of Northeast Ohio, leaving us with a beautiful day to kick off our weekend.
South Korean Executive Dies Before Questioning in Corruption Inquiry
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 04:01:22 (2 hours ago) 
The body of the vice chairman of the Lotte Group, Lee In-won, was found on Friday in what the authorities were said to consider a suicide.




How Zika Is Sexually Transmitted
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:01:12 (2 hours ago) 
5-Year-Old Uses Allowance to Buy Lunch for Local Police
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:01:12 (2 hours ago) 
William Evertz's mom said her son has loved police officers since he was 2 years old and decided he wanted to have a "kindness day" to treat officers to a healthy lunch.
Currencies: Dollar edges down as all eyes on Jackson Hole speech
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 04:01:06 (2 hours ago) 
The dollar inches lower against the yen and the euro during rangebound trade on Friday, with investors largely taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.
Burr sticks to low-key style in N. Carolina re-election bid
  Source: AP Top Political News 2016-08-26 04:00:15 (2 hours ago) 
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr&apos;s formula for getting re-elected in November includes touring factories and visiting nonprofits, not large-scale campaign events. He says he won&apos;t focus on being a candidate until the Senate adjourns in October....
Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb
  Source: AP Top News 2016-08-26 04:00:15 (2 hours ago) 
DARAYA, Syria (AP) - Buses, ambulances and trucks have lined up at the entrance of a blockaded Damascus suburb to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian rebels and the government. The surrender of the Daraya suburb marks a success for President Bashar Assad&apos;s government, removing a threat only a few miles from his seat of power. Daraya&apos;s rebels agreed to evacuate in a deal late Thursday, after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling...




Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 04:00:14 (2 hours ago) 
DARAYA, Syria (AP) -- Buses, ambulances and trucks have lined up at the entrance of a blockaded Damascus suburb to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian rebels and the government....
Trump immigration waffle reflects voter confusion on issue
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:51:21 (2 hours ago) 

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Dean Green supports Donald Trump partly because of the GOP presidential nominee’s tough, deport-them-all stance on illegal immigration. But the 57-year-old Republican paused as he complained about U.S. immigration policy and acknowledged that deporting all 11 million people in the U.S. illegally would separate families. “I don’t want to break up […]
Chicago Story: Trump sends GOP donors spinning
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:51:21 (2 hours ago) 

CHICAGO (AP) — Ron Gidwitz, Dan Webb and William Kunkler are veteran Republicans — and friends — from Chicago’s political money circuit. They raised buckets of cash for Mitt Romney four years ago. This time, however, their party’s nominee has sent them spinning off in three directions. Gidwitz is hosting fundraisers for Donald Trump. Webb […]
Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:51:21 (2 hours ago) 

DARAYA, Syria (AP) — Buses, ambulances and trucks have lined up at the entrance of a blockaded Damascus suburb to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian rebels and the government. The surrender of the Daraya suburb marks a success for President Bashar Assad’s government, removing a threat only a few […]
Trump rebukes racism claims as Clinton warns of radicalism
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:51:21 (2 hours ago) 

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has unleashed the “radical fringe” within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists, dubbing the billionaire businessman’s campaign as one that will “make America hate again.” Trump is rejecting Clinton’s allegations, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority […]




Obama plans to create world’s largest marine protected area
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:51:21 (2 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. Obama’s proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square […]
Burr sticks to low-key style in N. Carolina re-election bid
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:51:21 (2 hours ago) 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr’s formula for getting re-elected in November includes touring factories and visiting nonprofits, not large-scale campaign events. He says he won’t focus on being a candidate until the Senate adjourns in October. This low-key style has helped the Republican win several past elections, including two in the […]
Sales spike for burkini makers amid French crackdown
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 03:50:41 (2 hours ago) 
Sales of burkinis -- a swimsuit that covers the whole body except for the face, hands and feet -- are spiking after some French beaches banned the garment.
Aftershocks rattle Italy
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-26 03:50:39 (2 hours ago) 
A series of aftershocks rattled rescuers and residents racing to find survivors following a massive earthquake that killed 250 people in Italy.
How one Republican is navigating the Trump hurricane
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2016-08-26 03:50:34 (2 hours ago) 
Up for reelection, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman has been keeping Trump at arms length -- and so far, it's working




Hiker describes 30-day ordeal lost in NZ mountains
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 03:50:19 (2 hours ago) 
Czech hiker, Pavlina Pizova, who went missing a month ago in the snowy mountains of New Zealand has described the "harrowing" ordeal in which her partner died.
Don’t keep banned stuff on mobile, students told
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Fri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165061647462500

RIYADH: Mohammed Al-Issa, Saudi cultural attaché in the United States, has warned scholarship students against keeping banned clippings and pictures in their mobile devices.
In a statement, he said that Saudi scholarship students are urged to follow the rules and regulations and obey the customs and traditions of the host country.
“They should not keep pictures that are considered obscene, religious events that could be disruptive, or any event that could subject them to questioning by the authorities,” Al-Issa said.

Main category: Saudi Arabia
Govt ensures Hajis get quality goods
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: MOHAMMED RASOOLDEENFri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165061687462800

RIYADH: The Ministry of Commerce and Investment launched an inspection campaign this week to ensure adequate availability of quality consumer goods for Haj pilgrims.
An official from the ministry said these checks are being conducted in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites, where the shops and outlets are mostly patronized by pilgrims.
The plan also includes intensive supervision and inspection of jewelry and precious metals shops, gas stations and auto workshops. The ministry’s plan also covers mobile phone shops, commercial refrigerators and food trucks.

Main category: Saudi Arabia
After losing one eye to tumor, child fights to save the other
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165061727463100

JEDDAH: At the age of one and a half years, Lojain Al-Rifaei suffered a cancerous tumor in her left eye which forced doctors to remove it by surgery and replace it with an artificial plastic eye.
In 2014, when she reached three years of age, the disease returned and this time the right eye suffered the same cancerous tumor, forcing the child to enter a race with time to treat this malicious tumor and win the battle against it.

Main category: Saudi Arabia
Prince Faisal launches book on the history of Madinah
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165061767463400

JEDDAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, who is also the chairman of the Madinah Center for Research and Studies, launched the book “Madinah,” which documents the history of the city through powerful and unique historical photographs.
The book sheds light on the Saudi leadership’s endeavors to look after and maintain the Two Holy Mosques and Islamic heritage sites and urban landscape.
It presents the most telling photos of the city, providing a visual of its history over time, its culture and impact on its visitors.

Main category: Saudi Arabia




Namaa Almunawara projects to align with Vision 2030
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Fri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165061787463700

RIYADH: Namaa Almunawara, a development company, said that it will announce on Sunday various initiatives and projects to be implemented this year in relation to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.
Ahmed bin Abdulrahman Al-Muhairi, CEO, said these will be undertaken in partnership with a range of government agencies, companies and local and foreign universities. “The implementation of the different initiatives and projects reflects the keenness of Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman regarding further development,” Al-Muhairi said.

Main category: Saudi Arabia
Dealers warn against buying gold from street
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165031967458100

RIYADH: Gold dealers have warned against the spread of fake gold bullion traded at reduced prices outside authorized and licensed gold shops in Riyadh.
Several customers fell victim to these fraudsters, buying gold mixed with glass from street gold vendors, said a local daily.
Salih Al-Aqaili, owner of a gold shop, said some people were selling gold at prices lower than the going rate and warned against the low quality of gold.
He said gold sales are expected to increase due to a surge in demand by customers expecting a gold price hike in the near future.

Main category: Saudi Arabia
Qatif scholars condemn terrorists
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165032017458600

JEDDAH: Social and religious figures in Qatif expressed appreciation for great professionalism displayed by police officers who were able to foil terrorist attacks that targeted a mosque, a restaurant and a café.
They pledged full support for those fighting terrorists that aim to kill innocent people, highlighting the importance of cooperation with security forces in any situation arousing suspicion, in order to ensure safety for all.
They said the Kingdom is a place of safety and security that has no tolerance for criminals.

Main category: Saudi Arabia
Indian stabs colleague to death, burns body
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165899197509100

RIYADH: An Indian worker in Al-Faisaliah district stabbed his colleague to death and set fire to the body in an attempt to conceal his crime.
The Riyadh police said that the crime was discovered when fire-fighting units of the Civil Defense responded to a fire in a carpet warehouse in the district.
After extinguishing the fire, they found a burned body; at that point, forensic examiners and investigators began their investigations.
The body was that of an Indian man in his 40s who worked in the warehouse and who, evidence showed, was stabbed before being set on fire.

Main category: Saudi Arabia
Deputy crown prince to showcase Vision 2030 at G20
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: ARAB NEWSFri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165899227509400

JEDDAH: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will brief the leaders taking part in the G20 summit, to be held in the eastern city of Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4-5, on Saudi Vision 2030 and the Kingdom’s goal of diversifying its sources of income rather than relying solely on oil revenues.
Chinese and Japanese banks are expected to play key roles in the Kingdom’s development of the non-oil sector.

Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Vision 2030




Washington ‘committed to defending KSA’
  Source: ArabNews 2016-08-26 03:50:18 (2 hours ago) 
Author: ABDAN AL-ABDANFri, 2016-08-26ID: 1472165899157508800

JEDDAH: US Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized on Thursday that the safety of Saudi Arabia is a high US priority and that the US is committed to defending Saudi Arabia.
Addressing a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir at the Royal Terminal, he said the two sides affirmed their commitment to rebuild Yemen's infrastructure. The two officials expressed their concerns and said efforts must be exerted to end the conflict in Yemen.

Main category: Saudi Arabia
Strong Aftershocks Rattle Devastated Italian Earthquake Zone
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 03:42:09 (2 hours ago) 
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Arizona sheriff’s campaign questions contempt order timing
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:42:06 (2 hours ago) 

PHOENIX (AP) — The campaign manager for metro Phoenix’s longtime sheriff has questioned a federal judge’s timing in asking prosecutors to pursue criminal contempt-of-court charges against the lawman 10 days before a primary election. The rare move in a long-running racial profiling case alleging Sheriff Joe Arpaio targeted Latinos in traffic stops comes as he […]
Judge in Stanford swimmer case switching to civil court
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:42:06 (2 hours ago) 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge whose six-month sentence in the sexual assault case of a former Stanford swimmer has removed himself from handling criminal matters, but efforts to recall him remain. Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky requested that he be assigned to civil court and that request was approved, the county’s Presiding Judge […]
Trump immigration waffle reflects voter confusion on issue
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:42:06 (2 hours ago) 

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Dean Green supports Donald Trump partly because of the GOP presidential nominee’s tough, deport-them-all stance on illegal immigration. But the 57-year-old Republican paused as he complained about U.S. immigration policy and acknowledged that deporting all 11 million people in the U.S. illegally would separate families. “I don’t want to break up […]




Chicago Story: Trump sends GOP donors spinning
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:42:06 (2 hours ago) 

CHICAGO (AP) — Ron Gidwitz, Dan Webb and William Kunkler are veteran Republicans — and friends — from Chicago’s political money circuit. They raised buckets of cash for Mitt Romney four years ago. This time, however, their party’s nominee has sent them spinning off in three directions. Gidwitz is hosting fundraisers for Donald Trump. Webb […]
5 takeaways from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: Kam Chancellor’s hits, Jimmy Graham’s workout and more
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:42:06 (2 hours ago) 

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked after the win over Dallas about Jimmy Graham's progress, Kam Chancellor's preseason debut and more.
Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 03:42:05 (2 hours ago) 
Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 03:42:05 (2 hours ago) 
'Infant simulators' that cry and go Code Brown don't stop girls from having actual kids

Robot babies have been found to be an ineffective educational tool for those hoping to prevent teenaged pregnancies.…

Hong Kong confirms first case of Zika virus
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 03:41:53 (2 hours ago) 
Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of Zika, putting the Asian financial centre on high alert for any spread of the mosquito-borne virus that has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond.




Fears person trapped in Auckland house fire
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 03:41:53 (2 hours ago) 
There are fears someone is trapped inside a large house fire in the Auckland suburb of New Lynn.
Arizona sheriff's campaign questions contempt order timing
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 03:41:51 (2 hours ago) 
Judge in Stanford swimmer case switching to civil court
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 03:41:51 (2 hours ago) 
Trump immigration waffle reflects voter confusion on issue
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 03:41:51 (2 hours ago) 
Chicago Story: Trump sends GOP donors spinning
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 03:41:51 (2 hours ago) 




Op-Ed Contributor: Colombia’s Milestone in World Peace
  Source: NYT > International 2016-08-26 03:41:39 (2 hours ago) 
It’s a grand claim, but true: There is now no war in the Western Hemisphere.
Kaine Scoffs at 'Bigot' Attack on Colbert's 'Late Show'
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 03:41:30 (2 hours ago) 
Blast Kills 8 Turkish Police, Wounds Dozens
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 03:41:30 (2 hours ago) 
A truck laden with explosives blew up at a police checkpoint near the town of Cizre, in Sirnak province.
Why This Town Wants to Be Tiny-House Capital of U.S.
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 03:41:30 (2 hours ago) 
An out-of-the-box idea to become the tiny house capital of America and draw in newcomers may change the tide in Spur, Texas.
5-Year-Old Uses Allowance to Buy Lunch for Local Police
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2016-08-26 03:41:25 (2 hours ago) 
William Evertz's mom said her son has loved police officers since he was 2 years old and decided he wanted to have a "kindness day" to treat officers to a healthy lunch.




Jury Awards Family $3.5 Million Over Funeral Home Mix-Up
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2016-08-26 03:41:25 (2 hours ago) 
The family's attorney, Vincent Paravato, says the ashes given back to the family in the box were not their mothers.
Trump immigration waffle reflects voter confusion on issue
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Dean Green supports Donald Trump partly because of the GOP presidential nominee&apos;s tough, deport-them-all stance on illegal immigration. But the 57-year-old Republican paused as he complained about U.S. immigration policy and acknowledged that deporting all 11 million people in the U.S. illegally would separate families....
Trump immigration waffle reflects voter confusion on issue
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Dean Green supports Donald Trump partly because of the GOP presidential nominee&apos;s tough, deport-them-all stance on illegal immigration. But the 57-year-old Republican paused as he complained about U.S. immigration policy and acknowledged that deporting all 11 million people in the U.S. illegally would separate families....
Legal fight ends with brain-dead boy taken off life support
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2016-08-26 03:40:14 (2 hours ago) 
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A brain-dead California toddler died after being taken off life support under a judge&apos;s order, bringing a sudden end to a complex legal battle that had appeared it was going to go on much longer....
Slain nuns leave void in Mississippi community they served
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:31:28 (3 hours ago) 

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — In the rural Mississippi community they served, two nuns found slain in their home “would do anything for anybody,” friends said. The women, both nurse practitioners, were found dead Thursday morning when they didn’t report to work at the nearby clinic where they provided flu shots, insulin and other medical care […]




Asian stock markets mixed as investors wait for Fed cue
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:31:28 (3 hours ago) 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday, with investors preferring to sit on the sidelines ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech for cues on the timing of the next policy rate hike. In Japan, consumer prices posted their biggest annual drop in three years in July due to weak […]
Couple wanted in California killing arrested in Colorado
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:31:28 (3 hours ago) 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after the body of a woman was found in the Los Angeles area, a couple suspected of killing her and kidnapping her three children have been arrested in Colorado. Joshua Aaron Robertson, 27, and Brittany Humphrey, 22, were arrested Thursday without incident in Pueblo, about 40 miles south of Colorado […]
Arizona sheriff’s campaign questions contempt order timing
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:31:28 (3 hours ago) 

PHOENIX (AP) — The campaign manager for metro Phoenix’s longtime sheriff has questioned a federal judge’s timing in asking prosecutors to pursue criminal contempt-of-court charges against the lawman 10 days before a primary election. The rare move in a long-running racial profiling case alleging Sheriff Joe Arpaio targeted Latinos in traffic stops comes as he […]
Judge in Stanford swimmer case switching to civil court
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 03:31:28 (3 hours ago) 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge whose six-month sentence in the sexual assault case of a former Stanford swimmer has removed himself from handling criminal matters, but efforts to recall him remain. Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky requested that he be assigned to civil court and that request was approved, the county’s Presiding Judge […]
[Opinion] NGOs left alone to fight Hungarian 'pig's head' campaign
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 03:31:12 (3 hours ago) 
The EU has stayed woefully silent on Hungary's state-sponsored campaign of xenophobic lies against people fleeing the horrors of war.




Turkey threatens to scrap refugee deal, again
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 03:31:12 (3 hours ago) 
Two Turkish ministers said that Ankara would end the agreement to reduce the number of migrants coming to Europe if it does not get visa-free travel to the EU.
[Ticker] Report: VW will compensate US dealers with €1bln
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 03:31:12 (3 hours ago) 
Volkswagen Group will compensate its 650 dealers in the United States with around €1 billion to cover losses occurred due to the emissions cheating scandal, Reuters reported Thursday. The agreement comes on top of a €13 billion settlement with American authorities and consumers. The German company may still face other substantial penalties in the United States. Meanwhile, European dealers and consumers have little perspective of a similar deal.
[Ticker] Merkel becomes digital resident of Estonia
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 03:31:12 (3 hours ago) 
German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday was given an e-residency card during a visit to Estonia. The Baltic state is a frontrunner in Europe in the field of digital government, including with paperless cabinet meetings. The e-residency programme, which began in 2014, allows non-Estonians to access Estonian services. Merkel could use the card to set up an Estonian company, open an Estonian bank account, or declare taxes.
[Ticker] Turks seeking asylum in Greece may cause diplomatic row
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 03:31:12 (3 hours ago) 
Seven Turkish civilians are expected to request asylum in Greece, after illegally entering the EU country, according to Greek newspaper Kathimerini. Although many details are yet unconfirmed, the possibility that the Turkish fugitives are supporters of Turkish president Erdogan's rival Fethullah Gulen, will create headaches in Athens. Greece is already facing a diplomatic dilemma about whether to extradite eight Turkish officers accused of taking part in July's failed coup.
[Ticker] Greek minister denounces EU letter on former statistics chief
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 03:31:12 (3 hours ago) 
Greek deputy minister for justice Dimitris Papangelopoulos on Thursday criticised a letter sent this week by three EU commissioners, defending a former chief of the Greek statistical agency, who is accused of falsifying data. "The three European officials essentially ask the Greek government to intervene in the independent Greek justice in favour of Mr. Georgiou," he said in a statement, adding the letter conflicted with EU law.




Merkel wants Bratislava summit to focus on jobs and security
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 03:31:12 (3 hours ago) 
Merkel is meeting 12 EU leaders in the next two days to forge alliances before the Bratislava summit in September on the EU's future, where different views are bound to clash.
Isolation, desperation and tech in the refugee crisis: Girt by CNET podcast 84 - CNET
  Source: CNET News 2016-08-26 03:30:39 (3 hours ago) 
We took a break from our usual podcast chat about new phones and high-tech gadgets this week to take a look at a tech issue that is really making waves beyond Australia's shores.
Crave giveaway: Awesome CNET Moving Day Grab Bag - CNET
  Source: CNET News 2016-08-26 03:30:39 (3 hours ago) 
As CNET cleans up before our remodel, one reader will clean up too. This week's free goods include a tough laptop backpack, a hardcover book filled with game art and earphones shaped like devil horns.
Endurance test
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 03:30:20 (3 hours ago) 
The BBC looks at the future of Ethiopian silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa after his daring anti-government protest at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy 'magic dolls'
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 03:30:20 (3 hours ago) 
Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use 'magic dolls' to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet.




Russian Convicted in Masterminding Global Online Theft Ring
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 03:30:02 (3 hours ago) 
A jury has convicted a Russian man of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars
Couple Wanted in California Killing Arrested in Colorado
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 03:30:02 (3 hours ago) 
Eleven days after the body of a woman was found in the Los Angeles area, a couple suspected of killing her and kidnapping her three children have been arrested in Colorado
Arizona Sheriff's Campaign Questions Contempt Order Timing
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 03:30:02 (3 hours ago) 
The campaign chief for metro Phoenix's longtime sheriff has questioned a federal judge's timing in asking prosecutors to pursue criminal contempt-of-court charges against the lawman 10 days before a primary election
Slain Nuns Leave Void in Mississippi Community They Served
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 03:30:02 (3 hours ago) 
Friends say two nuns who were found slain in their Mississippi home "would do anything for anybody."
Judge in Stanford Swimmer Case Switching to Civil Court
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 03:30:02 (3 hours ago) 
A judge whose six-month sentence in the sexual assault case of a former Stanford swimmer has removed himself from handling criminal matters, but the outrage, and the efforts to recall him, remain




Tropical System Headed for South Florida
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 03:30:02 (3 hours ago) 
The system has the potential to create heavy rain, gusting wind.
Slain nuns leave void in Mississippi community they served
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:21:55 (3 hours ago) 

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Friends say two nuns who were found slain in their Mississippi home “would do anything for anybody.” Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill were found dead Thursday morning when they didn’t report to work at the nearby clinic where they provided flu shots, insulin and other medical care for children […]
Asian stock markets mixed as investors wait for Fed cue
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:21:55 (3 hours ago) 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday, with investors preferring to sit on the sidelines ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech for cues on the timing of the next policy rate hike. In Japan, consumer prices posted their biggest annual drop in three years in July due to weak […]
Couple wanted in California killing arrested in Colorado
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:21:55 (3 hours ago) 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after the body of a woman was found in the Los Angeles area, a couple suspected of killing her and kidnapping her three children have been arrested in Colorado. Joshua Aaron Robertson, 27, and Brittany Humphrey, 22, were arrested Thursday without incident in Pueblo, about 40 miles south of Colorado […]
Pittsburgh RB Connor tops list of notable player comebacks
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 03:21:55 (3 hours ago) 

The most stirring comeback of the college football season already has taken place. Less than a year after his cancer diagnosis, Pittsburgh running back and 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year James Conner rejoined his teammates for training camp. Conner’s remarkable story is one of several examples of high-profile college football players returning […]




Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 03:21:54 (3 hours ago) 
Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 03:21:53 (3 hours ago) 
Then the suits boarded up an exhaust vent that dirtied their BMWs

On-Call Thank Crom it's Friday! At the end of today you can get on with what is best in life, which we hope includes reading this instalment of On-Call, our weekly look at legendary tales of IT gone wrong.…

The Kim Dotcom saga is returning to court
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 03:21:41 (3 hours ago) 
On December 23 last year, as Kim Dotcom strolled into Auckland District Court, he muttered something to the journalist tagging alongside him like a pilot fish: "Let's see what Santa has in store."
Why a lack of sleep makes you a bad boss
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 03:21:41 (3 hours ago) 
OPINION: Two months ago, I stopped setting an alarm clock. The intention was to wake up at whatever time my body thought it best to wake up. I was curious to see what impact that would have on my life, especially on my work.
Cheers! Why we're all happy to be bad mothers now
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 03:21:40 (3 hours ago) 
I offended a close friend the other day by calling her a good mum. She was telling me about her weekend plans, which involved National Trust properties and back-to-back kids clubs and parties. As a weekend of nothingness yawned ahead of me, I praised her efforts. I genuinely meant this, but I should have known better: because to commend someone on their mothering skills these days is a backhanded compliment. My friend cried "I AM NOT A GOOD MOTHER", and then reeled off a list of ways in which I was wrong.




Matila Illia-Neemia jailed for raping 71-year-old woman in her own home
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 03:21:40 (3 hours ago) 
Tears flowed down a Palmerston North teenager's face as he was led to the cells to start a jail sentence for raping a 71-year-old woman.
House fire in Auckland threatens neighbouring properties
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 03:21:40 (3 hours ago) 
One person has been taken to hospital after a house fire in the Auckland suburb of New Lynn.
Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 03:21:40 (3 hours ago) 
Slain nuns leave void in Mississippi community they served
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 03:21:40 (3 hours ago) 
Couple wanted in California killing arrested in Colorado
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 03:21:40 (3 hours ago) 




Sinosphere: Ai Weiwei Planned to Sculpt a ‘Redline.’ Chinese Censors Say He Crossed One.
  Source: NYT > International 2016-08-26 03:21:28 (3 hours ago) 
An invitation to exhibit next month at a show in northwest China was withdrawn, leading the outspoken Mr. Ai to denounce efforts to limit free expression.
Car Bomb Attack in Turkey Kills 8 Police; 45 Wounded
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 03:21:27 (3 hours ago) 
Turkey's state-run news agency says at least eight police officers have been killed in a car-bomb attack targeting a checkpoint in southeast Turkey.
El Donaldo's trump card on immigration
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 03:21:20 (3 hours ago) 
He seems ready to back off the deportation ledge he’s on
Philly Clout: Judge upholds verdict against Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2016-08-26 03:21:20 (3 hours ago) 
COUNCILMANIC prerogative? Wendy Beetlestone is not a huge fan. Beetlestone - the federal judge who presided over the civil trial of archenemies Ori Feibush (the evil developer!) vs. Kenyatta Johnson (the evil councilman!) - has denied the city's request to overturn the jury's May verdict.
Move over silicon: Machine learning boom means we need new chips
  Source: New Scientist - Online News 2016-08-26 03:21:19 (3 hours ago) 
The rise of artificial intelligence and impending end of Moore's law means silicon chips are nearing the end of the line. Here are some alternatives




Move over silicon: Machine learning boom means we need new chips
  Source: New Scientist - Cosmology 2016-08-26 03:21:19 (3 hours ago) 
The rise of artificial intelligence and impending end of Moore's law means silicon chips are nearing the end of the line. Here are some alternatives
Futures Movers: Oil prices retreat ahead of Yellen’s speech
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-26 03:21:10 (3 hours ago) 
Crude oil prices lose ground on Friday as market players wait for Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech later Friday for hints on U.S. monetary policy.
[Ticker] EU mulls making Google pay news media for content
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 03:11:10 (3 hours ago) 
Draft EU proposals part of the effort to create a digital single market, seen by The Guardian and Reuters, would help news media to charge technology giants such Google and Facebook for using their content on their websites and would help TV broadcasters to make their catch-up sites, such as the BBC's iPlayer available across all 28 member states. The reform is designed to protect "media pluralism" by boosting revenues.
Netflix jokes about North Korean knockoff 'Manbang'
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 03:10:42 (3 hours ago) 
Netflix has responded to the launch of a North Korean copycat service called "Manbang" by changing its Twitter bio to read: "Manbang knockoff."
Turkey blast: 8 policemen killed in checkpoint explosion
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 03:10:42 (3 hours ago) 
Eight Turkish policemen were killed and 45 others injured after an explosion at a police checkpoint Friday in Cizre, Turkey, state-run news agency Anadolu reports.




21 people killed in bus accident in central Nepal
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 03:10:42 (3 hours ago) 
A passenger bus plunged into the Trishuli River in central Nepal, killing 21 people.
Black hole breakthrough confirms Hawking theory
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-26 03:10:40 (3 hours ago) 
Haifa-based scientist Jeff Steinhauer has simulated a black hole in his laboratory, and it might be the breakthrough that helps celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking win the Nobel Prize. CNN's Ian lee reports.
Mylan Pushed for Law to Make EpiPens Mandatory in U.S. Schools—Then Fled Overseas to Avoid Taxes
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-08-26 03:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
Heather Bresch raised the price of a lifesaving device for children, and conveniently found a tax shelter for her crooked company.

EpiPens are mandatory for public schools in at least 11 states after Congress passed a law recommending their use—but the drug’s manufacturer pays no U.S. taxes at all after relocating overseas.

Mylan spent $4 million lobbying Congress to pass the 2013 School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which offers incentives to schools to stock the potentially lifesaving auto-injectors.

About a year and a half later, Mylan completed a corporate inversion to change its legal residence to the Netherlands, a tax haven, while keeping its headquarters and most of its employees in the Pittsburgh area.

The move allowed Mylan to cut its U.S. effective tax rate from 9.4 percent in 2013, the year Congress helped protect its market dominance, to negative 4.7 percent in 2015, according the group Americans For Tax Fairness.

Mylan’s worldwide effective tax rate fell after moving to the Netherlands from 16.2 percent to 7.4 percent—even as its global profits shot up by 22.5 percent between 2013 and 2015.

The company receives millions in U.S. taxpayer funding through federal programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has helped offset consumer costs as Mylan has jacked up EpiPen prices.

EpiPens now cost $609, more than twice the $265 rate in 2013 and more than five times higher than their $104 cost in 2009, not long after the company acquired the drug from the German drugmaker Merck.

The company’s CEO, Heather Bresch, has raised her own pay at similar rates to the drug she lobbied Congress to promote through federal law.

Bresch took home $4.9 million in 2009, but last year she made $13.1 million—and the year before, when she moved Mylan overseas after securing the Emergency Epinephrine Act, she made a whopping $25.8 million.

The CEO’s father, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), was not among the 27 Democratic sponsors of the bill—which also drew 10 Republican co-sponsors and one independent.

The pharmaceutical company’s “EpiPen4Schools” program, which started in August 2012, before the bill was passed but after it was introduced, offers free or discounted EpiPens to schools with one catch.

To qualify for the discounted $112.10 price, schools must agree not to purchase similar products—such as the lesser known Adrenaclick—from Mylan’s competitors.

A spokesperson for the company said the competition requirement was no longer part of the program and did not say when it was ended, but it was apparently still shown on order forms as recently as June 2015, STAT reported.

Mylan also helps keep the drug’s price artificially high by funding Snack Safely, the public relations arm of the nonprofit Food Allergy Research and Education group.

Snack Safely publishes social media-ready blog posts promoting Mylan’s interests—such as arguing against a petition drive to make EpiPens available over-the-counter, which would dramatically cut its cost.

Watch Bresch discuss Mylan’s corporate inversion in this 2015 interview with Fortune:

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Congress Must Take Action to Block Weapon Sales to Saudi Arabia
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-08-26 03:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
Congress has 30 days to block the sale of these weapons. It is a moral imperative that they do so.

Last week, the Pentagon announced the approval of the sale of an additional $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia. The callousness of this announcement—just days after Saudi Arabia rebooted its devastating bombing campaign in Yemen—is breathtaking. The Saudi-led coalition has used American-made fighter jets, bombs and other munitions in a relentless onslaught against Yemen that has left thousands of innocent civilians dead and created a humanitarian crisis that the United Nations characterizes as a “catastrophe.” In just the last few days, the Saudi-led coalition has killed at least 35 people—most of them women and children—in three airstrikes against a school, a residential neighborhood and a hospital in northern Yemen.

Congress has thirty days to block the sale of these weapons. It is a moral imperative that they do so.

The internal crisis in Yemen spiraled out of control when the Saudis intervened in March 2015. The BBC has reported that nearly all of the more than 3,000 civilian deaths reported in the conflict have been caused by airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition. Saudi air strikes have also decimated Yemen’s infrastructure, leaving more than 21 million people desperately in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Saudi aggression is only possible with U.S. weapons and logistical support. The U.S. government has authorized the sale of $20 billion of American-made weapons to the Saudis since their offensive began 18 months ago. Sen.Chris Murphy says this makes the U.S. complicit in a humanitarian crisis. “If you talk to Yemeni Americans, they will tell you in Yemen this isn’t a Saudi bombing campaign, it’s a U.S. bombing campaign,” said Sen. Murphy. “Every single civilian death inside Yemen is attributable to the United States.”

Given the devastation of the attack on Yemen, a diverse group of organizations and individuals have called on the U.S. government to stop the sale of additional weapons to Saudi Arabia. The United Nations has said that Saudi air strikes on civilian targets likely constitute war crimes. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for an end of all weapon sales to Saudi Arabia until the crisis is resolved. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican Sen.Rand Paul have both voiced concern over the new weapon sales, with Paul stating “Saudi Arabia is an unreliable ally with a poor human rights record. We should not rush to sell them advanced arms and promote an arms race in the Middle East.”

Some would argue that the Saudis are a long-time stable ally in the turbulent Middle East. But to paraphrase the cliché, with allies like these, who needs enemies? Saudi Arabia is the number one exporter of radical Islamic extremism on the planet. Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were radicalized Saudi citizens and the recently declassified “28 pages” showed that a Saudi intelligence officer supplied the men with money, housing and training to carry out their attack. The Saudis oppress religious minorities, women, LGBT people and dissidents, and dozens of non-violent participants in Arab Spring protests face or have been executed, usually by beheading. Yet the United States continues its unquestioning support of this repressive, totalitarian regime.

In approving the sale of these weapons, the Obama Administration has abdicated responsibility for ensuring that the United States is not complicit in war crimes. Now it is up to Congress to stop this ill-conceived arms deal from going through. For the sake of the millions of displaced Yemenis still suffering through air strikes and thousands more innocent civilians who could be slaughtered with these weapons, I’m pleading that they do so.

 

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A Shocking Story of How a Chicago Cop Killed a Teen—Then Locked Up His Best Friend for the Murder
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-08-26 03:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
The disturbing investigation is unfolding four years later.

In 2012, 19-year-old Tevin Louis and his best friend Marquise Sampson allegedly robbed a restaurant. After reportedly making off with about $1,200, the two ran in different directions. Sampson crossed paths with an officer, who gave chase and ultimately opened fire, killing the teenager. Louis arrived at the scene where his friend was shot, and attempted to cross the police line. He was arrested for disorderly conduct. But in a shocking turn, Louis was eventually charged with first-degree murder in the death of his best friend, even though it was the officer who killed Sampson. Louis was found guilty. He is now serving a 32-year sentence for armed robbery and a 20-year sentence for murder. Louis is one of 10 people with similar cases exposed in the Chicago Reader’s new article headlined “Charged with Murder, But They Didn’t Kill Anyone—Police Did.” For more, we speak with the article’s authors: Alison Flowers, a journalist with the Chicago-based Invisible Institute, and Sarah Macaraeg, an independent journalist and fellow with the International Center for Journalists.

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John Oliver Slams Charter Schools and His Critics Totally Miss the Point
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The charter school movement is no fan of satire.

Sometimes it takes a funnyman to make sense.

Earlier this week, British comedian John Oliver devoted a “Back to School” segment on his HBO program “Last Week Tonight” to examining the rapidly growing charter school industry and what these schools are doing with our tax dollars.

The Washington Post’s education blogger Valerie Strauss watched the segment and reports that while Oliver declined to address whether or not charters provide high quality education, he focused mostly on how often these schools are “terribly – and sometimes criminally – operated.” (You can see Oliver’s entire sketch here.)

Editors at Rolling Stone watched Oliver’s broadcast as well and report Oliver focused much of his attention on three states – Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio – that have “especially depressing charter track records – including negligence in the approval process and school executives embezzling funds.”

For some time now, I’ve reported on the alarming spread of charter school scandals in these states, and elsewhere, in numerous articles for Salon. So very little of what Oliver exposes is new to the public. But because of the reach of HBO, Oliver’s international popularity, and his ability to turn serious subjects into very funny – even if upsetting – material, advocates in the charter industry mustered a strong defense with numerous blog posts and news releases calling Oliver’s anecdotes “outdated,” his treatment of charters “uninformed” and unfair, and his opinions too disinterested in the needs of parents, especially from communities of color.

None of Oliver’s critics seriously refuted the crux of his argument that there might be something fundamentally wrong by design, rather than by implementation or intent, with the idea that a “free market” of privately operated and essentially unregulated schools is a surefire way to improve education opportunities for all students.

Indeed, charter schools are “here to stay” has become a refrain among advocates for these schools, even though there’s no doubt the controversy caused by this new parallel school system is just beginning, and no one can predict what the ongoing conflict will lead to.

The charter industry is currently responsible for educating a small percentage of students – just 6–7 percent nationally and barely measurable in many communities, especially more well-to-do metropolitan and rural areas. A minority of Americans and relatively few politicians completely understand what charter schools are. And most experts have mixed views on the purpose of the schools.

However, what charter advocates generally won’t admit is that many of the problems these schools cause are reflective of what inevitably seems to happen when an essential public service is privatized.

The charter industry claims its schools are “public” institutions because they get tax dollars, but that’s like saying a defense contractor is a public business because it takes in revenues from the federal government.

Numerous experts point out charter schools blur the line from what it means to be a public institution providing a public good and that, by their very design, they expand opportunities to profiteer from public tax dollars and privatize public assets.

People in communities affected by these schools are just beginning to see the conflicts these institutions cause, and it’s just a matter of time before government officials at all levels are forced to respond to the increasing concerns with these schools.

Just consider recent actions taken by the Department of Justice to curtail the expansion of the private prison industry – a privatization trend that generally predates the rise of the charter industry.

As Mother Jones reports, after “a damning report on the safety, security, and oversight of private prisons,” DOJ announced it would stop contracting with these institutions.

Donald Cohen, who leads In the Public Interest, an organization that researches problems posed by privatizing public services, writes for Huffington Post, privately operated prisons are fundamentally flawed because the business model they must follow encourages the companies to “actively seek new prisoners to fill facilities they own.”

As ITPI has previously reported, “in an effort to provide the service with fewer resources while also maximizing profits, [private prison] companies often cut corners, reducing the quality, effectiveness, and accessibility of the service.”

“The more contractors can cut costs on running their facilities, the wider their profit margins,” writes Aman Banerji for the Roosevelt Institute. “No wonder … private prisons contracted by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) contain one or more security deficiencies, health service deficiencies, and a greater number of food grievances.”

This clear and obvious conflict of interest – between serving the public and rewarding private enterprise – led to a misalignment with the Justice Department’s mission to hold an essential function of government to the high standards the public demands.

If the charter school industry believes it can avoid this conflict, it’s kidding itself.

More than one attentive blogger has noticed the striking similarities between charter schools and the private prison industry. In one of these posts, Mitchell Robinson notes that charters, like private prisons, differ from the public counterparts by not being locally managed or controlled, not providing the same level of services and programs, and not answering to the same level or degree of regulation and oversight.

Over the years, the U.S. Department of Education has rewarded charter schools with over $3.3 billion in federal funds, and with passage of the most recent federal education law, the every Student Succeeds Act, the Education Department will send $333 million more to these schools before the current fiscal year is over.

Remarking on the actions the Justice Department took to end tax dollars going to the private prison industry, Banerji concludes, “It offers an opportunity to contest the privatization of state services beyond the prison system.”

Let’s hope re-examining the role of charter schools is the next step.

 

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'You're Supporting a Bigot; That Makes You Part of the Bigotry': Charles Blow's Master Class in Cutting Through Trump Hackery
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The New York Times columnist's direct and unapologetic takedown of a black Trump surrogate is a model to emulate.

Donald Trump’s ascendance to power over the Republican Party was made possible by how he outmaneuvered the American corporate news media. As I explained in an earlier Salon piece, Donald Trump, with his background in reality TV and professional wrestling, created a spectacle that rewarded him with at least $3 billion in free media coverage. Trump’s sophisticated meta game also allowed him to exploit a risk-averse news-media establishment that operates according to a clear and predictable set of rules and conventions governing “the boundaries of the approved public discourse.”

These rules and conventions consist of maintaining the appearance of “objectivity” and “fairness,” perpetuating a “both sides do it” framework when discussing Republicans and Democrats, and an obsessive need to present “all sides of an issue.” Clear statements of fact and truth are treated as mere opinions though as Paul Krugman once said, “if one party declared that the earth was flat, the headlines would read ‘Views Differ on Shape of Planet.’”

The American corporate news media also prefers to feature generalists who understand these rules as opposed to real experts who will not obey said script. Ultimately, in covering political campaigns and elections, the American corporate news media is more interested in reporting about the “horse race” — because it is an easy story to communicate — than in critically evaluating the specific policy proposals and qualifications of a given candidate.

When confronted by the Donald Trump phenomenon, the American corporate news media was flummoxed by his disregard for facts, inconsistency and willingness to rapidly change his positions on a given issue, overt racism and bigotry of his followers and movement, fascism-fueled hostility and contempt for journalists, and utter disregard for the rules of normal politics. Media elites and other opinion leaders were paralyzed in an act of political rubbernecking while Trump pummeled and mocked them all the way to the literal and metaphorical political bank.

On Monday’s edition of “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” New York Times columnist and author Charles Blow refused to comply with Donald Trump’s political con job and an American corporate news media that has acted irresponsibly in aiding and abetting his presidential campaign. In an exchange with Donald Trump’s minion Bruce Levell, Charles Blow did not allow Trump’s clear pattern, habit and strategy of racism and bigotry to be obfuscated or repackaged.

As detailed by a transcript from CNN:

BLOW: And I know a bigot when I see a bigot. And you are supporting a bigot and that makes you part of the bigotry that’s Donald Trump.

LEVELL: I know someone who doesn’t tell the truth on national TV when I see it, sir.

BLOW: Right. And I know this. A bigot is a bigot. You’re supporting a bigot. That makes you part of the bigotry. And you are part of the problem that black America faces. That what black people don’t need is not somebody to solve our problems like we are some sort of algebraic equation. What black people need is dismantling . . .

The exchange continued:

LEVELL: . . . you can’t sit on national TV and call someone a racist, sir.

BLOW: I called him a bigot and I called you a supporter of that bigotry, and therefore part of that bigotry. And you are part of what the problem with African-Americans.

LEMON: Let him get in. Let him get in. Go ahead, Bruce.

BLOW: Yes, I said that to you.

Charles Blow conducted a master class in how best to derail Donald Trump’s news-media con job. Blow was direct, unapologetic, did not concede any territory of agreement or compromise and clearly communicated how Trump’s behavior and policies are racist and that by implication his supporters are as well.

Charles Blow also used the racial optics of his segment on CNN to great effect. Donald Trump, like other Republicans, deploys black conservatives as human mascots to deliver some of his most toxic, offensive and racist policies. This is a cynical attempt to leverage the symbolic moral authority of African-Americans to deflect and defuse any suggestion that Trump and other conservatives are racists or that their policies will have a negative impact on nonwhites. Because Don Lemon, Bruce Levell and Charles Blow are all black men, Levell was not allowed an easy out or pivot.

In social psychology, the bystander effect is a phenomenon whereby a group or crowd of people will often ignore an individual person who is in distress. This dynamic changes when a member of the crowd or group decides to render aid to the person in distress. Other people will then follow the new rule — what is now one of care and concern — instead of ignoring and looking away.

On Monday’s edition of “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” Charles Blow established a new rule for how journalists and other commentators should interact with Donald Trump’s agents and rabble. Blow is one of the few prominent voices who have consistently refused to legitimize or excuse-make for Donald Trump’s political campaign of bigotry, racism, nativism and lies. The question now becomes, Will other members of the Fourth Estate follow Charles Blow’s lead and the new rule that he has tried to establish or will they continue to be supplicants for Donald Trump?

 

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Vets Lose When Big Pharma and Defense Corporations Rake in the Big War Bucks
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Making America pain-free for the greedy corporate class.

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Near the end of his invaluable book cataloguing the long, slow disaster of America’s War for the Greater Middle East, historian Andrew Bacevich writes:

“Some individuals and institutions actually benefit from an armed conflict that drags on and on. Those benefits are immediate and tangible. They come in the form of profits, jobs, and campaign contributions. For the military-industrial complex and its beneficiaries, perpetual war is not necessarily bad news.”

Bacevich is certainly right about war profiteers, but I believe we haven’t yet fully wrapped our minds around what that truly means. This is what we have yet to take in: today, the U.S. is the most unequal country in the developed world, and the wealth of the plutocrats on top is now so great that, when they invest it in politics, it’s likely that no elected government can stop them or the lucrative wars and “free markets” they exploit.

Among the prime movers in our corporatized politics are undoubtedly the two billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, and their cozy network of secret donors. It’s hard to grasp how rich they really are: they rank fifth (David) and sixth (Charles) on Business Insider’slist of the 50 richest people in the world, but if you pool their wealth they become by far the single richest “individual” on the planet. And they have pals. For decades now they’ve hosted top-secret gatherings of their richest collaborators that sometimes also feature dignitaries like Clarence Thomas or the late Antonin Scalia, two of the Supreme Court Justices who gave them the Citizens United decision, suffocating American democracy in plutocratic dollars. That select donor group had reportedly planned to spend at least $889 million on this year’s elections and related political projects, but recent reports note a scaling back and redirection of resources.

While the contest between Trump and Clinton fills the media, the big money is evidently going to be aimed at selected states and municipalities to aid right-wing governors, Senate candidates, congressional representatives, and in some cities, ominously enough, school board candidates. The Koch brothers need not openly support the embarrassing Trump, for they’ve already proved that, by controlling Congress, they can significantly control the president, as they have already done in the Obama era.

Yet for all their influence, the Koch name means nothing, pollsters report, to more than half of the U.S. population. In fact, the brothers Koch largely stayed under the radar until recent years when their roles as polluters, campaigners against the environment, and funders of a new politics came into view. Thanks to Robert Greenwald’s film Koch Brothers Exposed and Jane Mayer’s book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, we now know a lot more about them, but not enough.

They’ve always been ready to profit off America’s wars. Despite their extreme neo-libertarian goal of demonizing and demolishing government, they reportedly didn’t hesitate to pocket about $170 million as contractors for George W. Bush’s wars. They sold fuel (oil istheir principal business) to the Defense Department, and after they bought Georgia Pacific, maker of paper products, they supplied that military essential: toilet paper.

But that was small potatoes compared to what happened when soldiers came home from the wars and fell victim to the profiteering of corporate America. Dig in to the scams exploiting veterans, and once again you’ll run into the Koch brothers.

Pain Relief: With Thanks from Big Pharma

It’s no secret that the VA wasn’t ready for the endless, explosive post-9/11 wars. Its hospitals were already full of old vets from earlier wars when suddenly there arrived young men and women with wounds, both physical and mental, the doctors had never seen before. The VA enlarged its hospitals, recruited new staff, and tried to catch up, but it’s been running behind ever since.

It’s no wonder veterans’ organizations keep after it (as well they should), demanding more funding and better service. But they have to be careful what they focus on. If they leave it at that and overlook what’s really going on—often in plain sight, however disguised in patriotic verbiage—they can wind up being marched down a road they didn’t choose that leads to a place they don’t want to be.

Even before the post-9/11 vets came home, a phalanx of drug-making corporations led by Purdue Pharma had already gone to work on the VA. These Big Pharma corporations (many of which buy equipment from Koch Membrane Systems) had developed new pain medications—opioid narcotics like OxyContin (Purdue), Vicodin, Percocet, Opana (Endo Pharmaceuticals), Duragesic, and Nucynta (Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)—and they spotted a prospective marketplace. Early in 2001, Purdue developed a plan to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars targeting the VA. By the end of that year, this country was at war, and Big Pharma was looking at a gold mine.

They recruited doctors, set them up in private “Pain Foundations,” and paid them handsomely to give lectures and interviews, write studies and textbooks, teach classes in medical schools, and testify before Congress on the importance of providing our veterans with powerful painkillers. In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration considered restricting the use of opioids, fearing they might be addictive. They were talked out of it by experts likeDr. Rollin Gallagher of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and board member of the American Pain Foundation, both largely fundedby the drug companies. He spoke against restricting OxyContin.

By 2008, congressional legislation had been written—the Veterans’ Mental Health and Other Care Improvement Act—directing the VA to develop a plan to evaluate all patients for pain. When the VA objected to Congress dictating its medical procedures, Big Pharma launched a “Freedom from Pain” media blitz, enlisting veterans’ organizations to campaign for the bill and get it passed.

Those painkillers were also dispatched to the war zones where our troops were physically breaking down under the weight of the equipment they carried. By 2010, a third of the Army’s soldiers were on prescription medications—and nearly half of them, 76,500, were on prescription opioids—which proved to be highly addictive, despite the assurance of experts like Rollin Gallagher. In 2007, for instance, “The American Veterans and Service Members Survival Guide,” distributed by the American Pain Foundation and edited by Gallagher, offered this assurance: “[W]hen used for medical purposes and under the guidance of a skilled health-care provider, the risk of addiction from opioid pain medication is very low.”

By that time, here at home, soldiers and vets were dying at astonishing rates from accidental or deliberate overdoses. Civilian doctors as well had been persuaded to overprescribe these drugs, so that by 2011 the CDC announced a national epidemic, affecting more than 12 million Americans. In May 2012, the Senate Finance Committee finally initiated an investigation into the perhaps “improper relation” between Big Pharma and the pain foundations. That investigation is still “ongoing,” which means that no information about it can yet be revealed to the public.

Meanwhile, opioid addicts, both veterans and civilians, were discovering that heroin was a cheaper and no less effective way to go. Because heroin is often cut with Fentanyl, a more powerful opioid, however, drug deaths rose dramatically.

This epidemic of death is in the news almost every day now as hard-hit cities and states sue the drug makers, but rarely is it traced to its launching pad: the Big Pharma conspiracy to make big bucks off our country’s wounded soldiers.

It took the VA far too long to extricate itself from medical policies marketed by Big Pharma and, in effect, prescribed by Congress. It had made the mistake of turning to the Pharma-funded pain foundations in 2004 to select its Deputy National Program Director of Pain Management: the ubiquitous Dr. Gallagher. But when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency finally laid down new restrictive rules on opioids in 2014, the VA had to comply. That’s been hard on the thousands of opioid-dependent vets it had unwittingly hooked, and it’s becoming harder as Republicans in Congress move to privatize the VA and send vets out with vouchers to find their own health care.

Cute Cards Courtesy of the Koch Brothers

To force the VA to use its drugs, Big Pharma set up dummy foundations and turned toexisting veterans’ organizations for support. These days, however, the Big Money people have found a more efficient way to make their weight felt. Now, when they need the political clout of a veterans’ organization, they help finance one of their own.

Consider Concerned Veterans for America (CVA). The group’s stated mission: “to preserve the freedom and prosperity we and our families fought and sacrificed to defend.” What patriotic American wouldn’t want to get behind that?

The problem that concerns the group right now is the “divide” between civilians and soldiers, which exists, its leaders claim, because responsibility for veterans has been “pushed to the highest levels of government.” That has left veterans isolated from their own communities, which should be taking care of them.

Concerned Veterans for America proposes (though not quite in so many words) to close that gap by sacking the VA and giving vets the “freedom” to find their own health care. The 102-page proposal of CVA’s Task Force on “Fixing Veterans’ Health Care” would let VA hospitals treat veterans with “service-connected health needs”—let them, that is, sweat the hard stuff—while transforming most VA Health Care facilities into an “independent, non-profit corporation” to be “preserved,” if possible, in competition “with private providers.”

All other vets would have the “option to seek private health coverage,” using funds the VA might have spent on their care, had they chosen it. (How that would be calculated remains one of many mysteries.) The venerable VA operates America's largest health care system, with 168 VA Medical Centers and 1,053 outpatient clinics, providing care to more than 8.9 million vets each year. Yet under this plan that lame, undernourished but extraordinary and, in a great many ways, remarkably successful version of single-payer lifelong socialized medicine for vets would be a goner, perhaps surviving only in bifurcated form: as an intensive care unit and an insurance office dispensing funds to free and choosy vets.

Such plans should have marked Concerned Veterans for America as a Koch brothers’ creation even before its front man gave the game away and lost his job. Like those pain foundation doctors who became self-anointed opioid experts, veteran Pete Hegseth had made himself an expert on veterans’ affairs, running Concerned Veterans for America and doubling as a talking head on Fox News. The secretive veterans’ organization now carries on without him, still working to capture—or perhaps buy—the hearts and minds of Congress.

And here’s the scary part: they may succeed. Remember that every U.S. administration, from the Continental Congress on, has regarded the care of veterans as a sacred trust of government. The notion of privatizing veterans’ care—by giving each veteran a voucher, like some underprivileged schoolboy—was first suggested only eight years ago by Arizona Senator John McCain, America’s most famous veteran-cum-politician. Most veterans’ organizations opposed the idea, citing McCain’s long record of voting against funding the VA. Four years ago, Mitt Romney touted the same idea and got the same response.

That’s about the time that the Koch brothers, and their donor network, changed their strategy. They had invested an estimated $400 million in the 2012 elections and lost the presidency (though not Congress). So they turned their attention to the states and localities. Somewhere along the way, they quietly promoted Concerned Veterans for America and who knows what other similar organizations and think tanks to peddle their cutthroat capitalist ideology and enshrine it in the law of the land.

Then, in 2014, President Obama signed into law the Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act. That bill singled out certain veterans who lived at least 40 miles from a VA hospital or had to wait 30 days for an appointment and gave them a “choice card,” entitling them to see a private doctor of their own choosing. Though John McCain had originally designed the bill, it was by then a bipartisan effort, officially introduced by the Democratic senator who chaired the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: Bernie Sanders.

Sanders said that, while it was not the bill he would have written, he thought it was a step toward cutting wait times. With his sponsorship, the bill passed by a 93-3 vote. And so an idea unthinkable only two years earlier—the partial privatization of veteran’s health care—became law.

How could that have happened? At the VA, there was certainly need for improvement. Its health care system had been consistently underfunded and wait times for appointments were notoriously long. Then, early in 2014, personnel at the Phoenix VA in McCain’s home state of Arizona were caught falsifying records to hide the wait-time problem. When that scandal hit the news, Concerned Veterans for America was quick to exploit the situation and lead a mass protest. Three weeks later, as heads rolled at the VA, Senator McCain called a town hall meeting to announce his new bill, with its “hallmark Choice Card.” His website notes that it “received praise... from veterans’ advocacy organizations such as Concerned Veterans for America.”

That bill also called for a “commission on care” to explore the possibilities of “transforming” veterans’ health care. Most vets still haven’t heard of this commission and its charge to change their lives, but many of those who did learn of it were worried by the terminology. After all, many vets already had a choice through Medicare or private insurance, and most chose the vet-centered treatment of the VA. They complained only that it took too long to get an appointment. They wanted more VA care, not less—and they wanted it faster.

In any case, those choice cards already handed out have reportedly only slowed down the process of getting treatment, while the freedom to search for a private doctor has turned out to be anything but popular. Nevertheless, the commission on care—15 people chosen by President Obama and the leaders of the House and Senate—worked for 10 months to produce a laundry list of “fixes” for the VA and one controversial recommendation. They called for the VA “across the United States” to establish “high-performing, integrated community health care networks, to be known as the VHA Care System.”

In other words, instead of funding added staff and speeded-up service, the commission recommended the creation of an entirely new, more expensive, and untried system. Then there was the fine print: as in the plan of Concerned Veterans of America, there would be tightened qualifications, out-of-pocket costs, and exclusions. In other words, the commission was proposing a fragmented, complicated, and iffy system, funded in part on the backs of veterans, and “transformative” in ways ominously different from anything vets had been promised in the past.

Commissioner Michael Blecker, executive director of the San Francisco-based veterans’ service organization Swords to Plowshares, refused to sign off on the report. Although he approved of the VA fixes, he saw in that recommendation for “community networks” the privatizer's big boot in the door. Yet while Blecker thought the recommendation would serve the private sector and not the vet, another non-signer took the opposite view. Darin Selnick, senior veterans' affairs advisor for Concerned Veterans for America and executive director of CVA's Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce, complained that the commission had focused too much on “fixing the existing VA” rather than “boldly transforming” veterans’ health care into a menu of “multiple private-sector choice options.” The lines were clearly drawn.

Then, last April, Senator McCain made an end run around the commission, a dash that could only thrill the leaders of Concerned Veterans for America and their backers. Noting that his choice card legislation was due to expire, McCain, together with seven other Republican senators (including Ted Cruz), introduced new legislation: the Care Veterans Deserve Act of 2016. It’s a bill designed to “enhance choice and flexibility in veterans’ health care” by making the problematic choicecard“permanently and universally” available to all disabled and other unspecified veterans. You can see where the notion came from and where it’s going. By May 2016, when Fox News featured a joint statement by Senator McCain and Pete Hegseth, late of Concerned Veterans for America, trumpeting the VA Choice Card Program as “the most significant VA reform in decades,” you could also see where this might end.

As real veterans’ organizations wise up to what’s going on, they will undoubtedly stand against the false “freedom” of a Koch brothers-style “transformation” of the VA system. The rest of us should stand with them. The plutocrats who corrupted veterans’ health care and now want to shut it down, and the plutocrats who profit from this country’s endless wars are one and the same. And they have bigger plans for us all.

 

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Rev. William Barber Is on a Mission From God: Change the Country’s Moral Narrative
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A conversation with the architect of "Moral Mondays" on the struggle for voting rights, Fight for 15, and building toward a third Reconstruction.

Reverend Dr. William Barber II is the architect and leader of the “Moral Mondays” movement who recently rallied a broad coalition of North Carolinians to protest outside the state capital building in Raleigh and demand that the legislature restore full voting rights. Since then, he’s become one of the most influential progressive religious figures in the country. Barber delivered a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention about the need for a “moral defibrillator” in American democracy. Now he’s launching a nationwide “Moral Revival” project that seeks to inject morality into politics. Barber recently helped lead a Fight for 15 march down Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, that culminated in a rousing address in the shadow of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The American Prospect caught up with him after that speech. This interview has been condensed and edited.

Justin Miller: What do you think the Fight for 15 can learn from the Moral Mondays movement?

Reverend Barber: That when you frame [fair wages] not as left versus right or Democrat versus Republican, but as a moral issue, you can bring together people of different political persuasions, different races, colors, sexualities—then you even transform the consciousness of the voter.

Right now in this country, the real battle is over the South, because the extremists who want to take us backwards, they still play their dog-whistle politics in the South. What Moral Mondays and these other movements are doing—look at the number of white people that march with Black Lives Matter, look at the diversity of the crowds at Moral Mondays, people coming together to recognize their common identity, their common reality and recognize that, as Dr. King told us in the ‘60s, if black people and white working people and Latinos came together, they could be a transformative coalition.

In the South right now, if you register 30 percent of African-Americans in the 11 former Confederate states and they connect with progressive whites and Latinos, it’s a new [electoral] map. If it’s a new map, it’s a new America. If it’s a new America in terms of who sits in the Senate, the House of Representatives, the governor’s mansions, and the legislatures, then you have new public policy.

The last thing about this movement is it’s bottom up; it’s not top down. You’re not going to get rescued by some national leader coming in and saving you. We nationalize state movements because it’s the state legislatures that are blocking health care across the South, trying to roll back voting rights. They’re they ones who won’t allow a referendum on living wages—if you put that on the ballot in North Carolina or any of the Southern states, it would win, and they know that.

We’re challenging the consciousness in these Southern states, bringing people together. When you have a moral consciousness change, you have a moral political change, you’ll have a moral demographic change in the voting booth, and that can be fundamental in helping America move to what I believe we’re in the adolescent stages of, which is a third Reconstruction.

Can you talk about the goals and strategies of the Moral Revival movement that’s been ramping up in the South?

What it gets at is that we are challenging right up front the misguided theological appropriation done by the so-called religious right—I don’t like to call them that because I think so much is wrong with the way they do theology. Basically their only issues are prayer in schools, abortion, anti-homosexuality, and maybe where you stand on guns, property rights, and saying “freedom.”

It’s amazing that you never hear them advocate for health care for all. Never talking about living wages and equality for all and justice for everybody regardless of who they are. For too long, they’ve tricked the media by saying “this is the evangelical vote.” There are thousands of evangelicals, like me, that don’t agree with that.

So what we’re doing with the Moral Revival is saying it’s time for a reset. 

So what we’re doing with the Moral Revival is saying it’s time for a reset. There are five critical areas we should lifting up and dealing with as moral issues. And if people say they aren’t moral issues, they should be willing to say they’re immoral and why. Economic sustainability—a living wage and labor rights; education equality—every child should have receive a high-quality, well-financed, diverse public education. Health care for all; protecting the environment and women’s health; criminal justice reform—the way we have disparities with black, brown, and poor white people. And then protecting and expanding voting rights, immigrant rights, LGBT rights, and never giving up on equal protection under the law.

What we’re doing is going to 25 states before November and we’re going to states after November. We’ve got over 1,500 clergy that have signed on to the declaration, thousands of other people. Every city we go into, we’re training clergy of all different faiths, and even people who may not be people of faith but they believe in a moral arc or the moral values of a constitution.

We’re holding services and calling on people to be engaged in the public square. We can no longer sit in our sanctuaries while this theological malpractice is going on by the so-called white evangelicals.

I hope that never again when CNN or ABC talks about evangelical issues they will only invite so-called evangelicals like James Dobson or Franklin Graham or Jerry Falwell—we don’t have any hatred against them, we love them as brothers of the kingdom, but they’re terribly flawed. They say things like they’re supporting Trump. We’re asking, well where is he on health care, on a living wage, on the poor, on voting rights? He’s the antithesis to those things. He promotes hate, xenophobia, and racism. How do you say, just because he’s against abortion and pro-business, that somehow he fits the real values of Christianity?

You’ve said that the moment in time we’re in right now resembles the beginnings of a third Reconstruction. Why?

The time is upon us. I think all of these movements are growing pains—Moral Mondays, Fight for 15, Black Lives Matter, climate battles, public education. We are yet a growing nation. Well, when you grow, you have growing pains. There’s such a push among young people, among the fight for voting rights and the fight for a living wage, there’s a real energy and ethic. In Moral Monday, when we first went in, there were only 17 people that got arrested. By the time it was over, there almost 1,200 people—more than any time in history in any state capitol. Something is happening.

Secondly, when you have such an aggressive extremism that literally gets up in the public square and says to people, “If you vote for me, this is how I’m gonna make this country great.” And I’m not just talking about Trump, I’m talking about extremism, because in many ways [Republican House Speaker Paul] Ryan, [Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell, they may not have the same tone as Trump but they have the same trajectory of his policies.

So when they say, “Elect me and I’m going to attack teachers and public education, I’m going to deny living wages, deny health care and overturn the Affordable Care Act, I’m going to deny immigrant rights, I’m going to label all Muslims as radical, I’m going to be xenophobic, stand against the LGBT community, try to stifle voting rights,” and then say, “If you elect me, this is how I’m going to make the country great: I’m going to make sure everyone can get a gun easier than they can vote”—that kind of extreme agenda forces a reaction. It forces a counter moral critique.

So in some ways the extremists have done more, like they always do. There comes a time, as Dr. King said, that people just get tired. But they don’t get tired and quit; they get tired and they decide to stand up and work on change in the country—and that’s what I believe is happening right now.

[At this point during the interview, a Richmond police officer tapped on the window of the van where we were talking. Reverend Barber rolled down the window and the officer said, “Reverend Barber? I just wanted to tell you, I saw you at the DNC convention. I was a national delegate. Your speech was very moving. Thank you very much for what you do.”]

Now you see what I’m saying? Here’s an officer of the law. You heard me—I didn’t say all officers [while talking about police brutality in the speech at the Fight for 15 march]. I said rogue officers, because good cops don’t like bad cops. And here he is, an officer of the law at the convention saying my speech was moving.

But this moral framework is powerful. It was powerful that brought us the abolition movement.

Now I don’t know him. I’ve never met him. He’s not black. But this moral framework is powerful. It was powerful that brought us the abolition movement. It was powerful that brought us the Reconstruction. It was powerful that brought us the New Deal. It was powerful that brought us the civil rights movement.

That’s why so much money has been spent by corporate America to change the moral narrative from the kind of theological framework I’m talking about to a narrow framework because they know that that kind of framework literally has no power to bring people together in ways that they will not come together just talking about left and right.

Your DNC speech was a very big introduction of yourself and your message to the nation. As someone who is trying to build a nonpartisan movement, why did you agree to do the speech?

That was not something I sought to do. It was not something I readily did as I said that in the speech. Particularly with the kind of campaign that Trump is running—for him to be suggesting that we ought to use Second Amendment solutions to problems, calling the president the founder of ISIS.

Now that language is particularly dangerous when I think through Southern history and American history. What do we do to terrorists? We kill them. What do we do to their founders, like Osama bin Laden? We go kill them. So when you say we need Second Amendment solutions in one sitting and the president is a founder of ISIS in the other, you’re using coded language that can be turned violent by someone who’s a nut. It’s irresponsible.

But for me, I was willing to speak after I heard him say “I and I alone.” That’s political idolatry to suggest that “I and I alone” can fix this. That’s not the language of a president of a democracy; that’s the language of somebody who is some kind of tyrant. It’s just so counter to our religious values and constitutional values that call us to be we—we the people, not I the person.

What was the main message you wanted people to take away from your speech?

You know, a preacher always has three points, sometimes maybe four. First, I wanted to come as a clergy person, not as a pastor representing my church, and to reframe that history. Because if you look down through history, if it had not been for clerics involved in the public square, the public square often would not have done the things we’ve seen happen toward justice. Secondly, I wanted to frame the issues as moral issues and to challenge the use of religion in the service of hate and meanness and ugliness.

And lastly, I wanted to say that, in fact, in every age there has to be this moral defibrillator. We have to come together and keep the heart of democracy alive when we vote, when we stand up for justice, when we do what’s right. The heart of democracy doesn’t work just by itself. Every now and then, there are those who want to make it hard and who want to just close in with isolationism and only care about a few, and at that moment, all of us—not just a messiah candidate—must be a part of shocking the heart of our democracy.

This story has been updated. 

 

 

 

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Is Toothpaste Dangerous to Your Health?
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-08-26 03:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
A new study says yes.

The average American will use 20 gallons of toothpaste in their lifetime, and a new study by the Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit organization that studies ecological best practices, makes clear we should all be concerned about exposure to toxic ingredients found in toothpastes. Chemicals in toothpaste are readily absorbed through the membrane that lines the mouth (oral mucosa), meaning that, regardless of whether you swallow toothpaste or not, you are exposing yourself to some level of absorption. Children, who we know often do swallow toothpaste, are even more at risk.

When we use personal care products, we make the assumption that what we have purchased is safe and won’t harm us. We might be assuming wrong. Look no further than the current problems faced by some users of Wen hair products. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are regulated closely by the Food and Drug Administration, the cosmetic industry, which includes personal care products like shampoos, hair care and toothpaste, is free from scrutiny from the FDA. The regulatory agency has no power of review or recall over products, nor are industry products required to even list all of their ingredients. Instead, the $71 billion industry regulates itself. And that always works out great!

Self-regulation results in a startling difference between products sold in the U.S. and those sold in Canada, Europe and Japan, where personal care products are more closely regulated. “We have a very weak regulatory system in the United States, compared to Europe and other industrialized countries, in terms of evaluating synthetic compounds in our food and personal care products,” says Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute. “Other countries operate on the ‘precautionary principle,’ assuring that chemicals are safe before they are authorized for use. In our system of government, dominated by corporations funding congressional campaigns and employing legions of lobbyists and lawyers, we don't end up evaluating dangerous chemicals until after they have already been introduced into our bloodstreams.”

For instance, of the more than 12,000 ingredients used in cosmetics, most with chemical names unintelligible to the average consumer, just 11 of them are restricted for use in the U.S. Contrast that with over 1,300 ingredients banned in Europe. (The industry, in fact, reformulates its products for sale abroad, substituting banned ingredients.) Last year, senators Dianne Feinstein from California and Susan Collins from Maine introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015, mandating that the FDA begin regulating ingredients in personal care products, but even if it eventually passes, removal of any toxic ingredients is likely many years away.

Meanwhile, many of those banned-abroad chemicals show up in U.S. products that Americans use every day. Consider that an average man uses up to seven personal care products a day, including toothpaste, containing up to 85 unique chemicals. An average woman uses up to 12 products containing up to 168 chemicals, and a teenage girl can use up to 17 products with over 200 chemicals. That’s a lot of exposure to ingredients that may be toxic, at least as far as other developed countries are concerned.

Don’t be fooled by toothpaste labels like “natural” either. The label is meaningless, and does not preclude the possibility that potentially harmful ingredients may be present. In fact, some “natural” toothpastes are owned by the same companies that produce conventional toothpastes (Tom’s of Maine, for instance, is owned by Colgate). And that American Dental Association Seal of Approval? The ADA is partially subsidized through acceptance fees by the personal care industry, and the seal of approval does not necessarily mean the toothpaste is harmless.

In the early 1900s, toothpaste contained natural food colorings derived from plants, but as artificial colorings began to be developed from petroleum sources, these natural dyes were phased out due to their higher costs. Artificial dyes may contain up to 10 percent impurities, and some of these undesired ingredients include lead, arsenic, mercury, and carcinogens. Additionally, artificial colorings have been linked in some studies to behavioral problems in children. And even in natural toothpastes, which do not contain artificial colorings, most contain metal oxides like zinc, titanium and iron. These metals can build up in the body, and while some of them, like iron, are important for optimal bodily function, they are required in tiny doses, and in excess, can cause harm.

Toothpastes both conventional and “natural” are chock full of other suspect ingredients.

Carrageenan: an additive derived from seaweed that is used as a thickener. Carrageenan has been shown to cause intestinal inflammation, which can potentially lead to cancer.

DEA (diethanolamine): a compound used to make your toothpaste foam. It has been shown to cause eye and skin irritation, and worse, has been linked (in mice) to liver cancer. DEA can also react with other compounds not present in toothpaste to form nitrosamines, another known carcinogen.

Fluoride: a mineral used in toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent cavities. Although the debate over fluoride safety is an old one, it is known that fluoride is poisonous, and ingesting it can cause tooth discoloration and pits in the tooth enamel. Some studies have linked it to bone cancer in men, skeletal fluorosis and even impaired brain function.

Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: these include a whole list of chemicals used to preserve the toothpaste. These chemicals release small amounts of formaldehyde that can be absorbed through the mouth membrane. Formaldehyde can cause eye and skin irritations and can also trigger allergies. It is also a known carcinogen.

GMO-based ingredients: which can include glycerin, xylitol, sorbitol, lecithin, xanthan gum, citric acid and maltodextrin. Like fluoride, ingredients that have been genetically modified have long been the subject of widespread debate over their safety.

Parabens: are used as preservatives, as well as in fragrance formulas. These compounds can act like the hormone estrogen, and are suspected to be endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are thought to potentially lead to cancer, as well as developmental and reproductive issues.

The list gets longer: polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, triclosan, among others. Add to these the various abrasives, flavorings, detergents, and whiteners, all of which have, to one extent or another, been linked to potential health issues.

It is important to note that all of the ingredients above have their supporters as well as their detractors. Supporters will point to the fact that many of the studies linking the chemicals to health issues are small scale, flawed or misinterpreted. Additionally, drawing conclusions about human health from testing on animals is fraught with uncertainty.

Nevertheless, for the concerned consumer who may not want to leave her health or her child’s to chance, there are ways to avoid introducing possibly toxic ingredients into an area of your body that readily absorbs them. “The annual cost difference between buying one of the safest, organic choices, in comparison to mass-market toothpaste, is incredibly small and I would suggest worth the investment,” notes Kastel. A few brands of organic toothpaste manage to clean your teeth without potential harm to your health. Or you can actually make your own toothpaste.

Most important of all, you should make your concerns known. As an essentially self-regulated industry, the personal care companies mostly respond to their bottom line. If sales are good, they will see no reason to upset the apple cart. However, if enough consumers complain about the issues they are concerned about, and back it up by making it known they are not purchasing a product until changes are made, rest assured the industry will respond.

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The Intersection of the War on Drugs and the Jihad Attacks on France
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-08-26 03:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
In France, there are many ways in which the pool of violence caused by drug prohibition bleeds into homegrown jihadism.

For two years now, the world has been watching as France is subjected to the most vicious jihadi attacks of any European country. From the murder of the staff of Charlie Hebdo, to the massacre of partying twenty-somethings at the Bataclan, to the driving of a truck into the crowds celebrating Bastille Day, the most obvious question is – why France? Why are such a disproportionate number of their own citizens behaving this way?

Last year, I travelled around France, to research an additional chapter for the French edition of my book Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. There are many complex reasons why France is facing more home-grown jihadism than any other western country – but on my journey, it was explained to me by many people that there is one key reason that is barely being debated. France has the most extreme and intense ‘war on drugs’ in western Europe – and there is growing evidence that there is a connecting line from that fact, to this wider crisis.

“We have the power to kill you”

One afternoon, in the late 1980s, a 12-year-old boy was playing in the street with his friends. They all lived in the notorious district of Paris known as 93; but it was peaceful that day. If you had seen these boys playing together, you might have noticed that Fabrice Olivet looked a little different. They were all white, while Fabrice’s father came from Benin, a former French colony, so he was black. To these kids, it made no difference – they all played together, as French children, in the French capital, on a summer day.

Suddenly, the police approached the boys. A bike had been stolen, they said. They looked past the white kids, ignoring them, and immediately went to Fabrice. He, they believed, must have done it.

Most of the non-white French citizens I spoke with had a story like this in their adolescence – a moment when they realised the officials of the French state were going to treat them differently to their white friends. And for most of them, it centred around the drug laws.

As Fabrice got older, he started – like most French teenagers – to smoke cannabis. French teens have some of the highest levels of cannabis use in Europe, and I noticed that my white, middle-class friends in France seemed to think drugs were already effectively decriminalised. The police don’t bother them about it; it’s no big deal. By contrast, the French people of Arab or African descent I got to know told a different story.

When Fabrice was sixteen, the police stopped him on the street – as they do routinely to non-white kids, and very rarely to white kids – and they found a small bag of cannabis in his shoe. They took him to the local police station, and there, they started to mock and insult him. They said he had drugs because he was black, and he should go back to his own country.

Then – as Fabrice recalls – they took out a gun, and put it to his head, and said: “We are going to kill you! We have the power to kill you.”

All over the world, the ‘war on drugs’ has been waged largely against minority groups who the society already wanted – consciously or unconsciously – to keep out, or keep down. In the US, the National Survey on Household Drug Abuse found that African-Americans are no more likely to sell or use drugs than any other ethnic group – yet they make up the overwhelming majority of people punished for it. At any given time, 40% of African-American men between the ages of 15 and 35 are in prison, on probation, or have a warrant out for their arrest – and the majority are for drug-related offences. 

Fabrice and I sat outside a café in Saint-Denis, in Paris, drinking coffee and looking out over high-rise apartment blocks. Fabrice is a tall man, with long limbs, and an air of distant sadness.

In France, he told me, “the war on drugs is targeted on people of colour,” just as much as in the US. “When you ask ordinary people about drugs, they always talk about Arabs, and the suburbs, and say – ‘Arabs are selling drugs. This is the problem.’ And in fact, Michelle Alexander [who wrote a book about the racism of the drug war in the US called The New Jim Crow] showed very clearly that this problem is always used as a weapon for racism. It is exactly the same in France.”

“All these problems we have – including this problem of Charlie [Hebdo] – are connected to this problem,” he explained to me. “The relationship between police and the people of colour of this country is very bad. The question of drug policy is a secret story of this big mess.”

Tracing a pattern

There are many ways, I learned, in which the drug war bleeds into jihadism.

The first is that the ‘war on drugs’ has given the police a pretext to constantly harass non-white French citizens, on the street, and in their homes – to go after them almost constantly. France’s drug laws are the most severe in western Europe. This is one of the only democratic countries where drug use– as opposed to possession – is a crime, and people can be sent to prison for it. You can be sent to prison for a year for a single joint, and five years for a single plant.

The result is that many of the banlieues – the ugly concrete suburbs of poverty that donut French cities – often look like they are under military occupation. I walked around the battered city of Sevran with Jean-Luc Garcia, a big, bulky former member of the French gendarmerie, who belonged for many years to a unit whose job is to keep public order. When violence broke out, he was one of the first people sent, to restore order. It’s the kind of work that people on the French right really admire, and he looks and sounds, at first glance, like a typical voter for the UMP – or maybe even the Front National.

As we paced the streets, Jean-Luc began to tell me about how he realised something about France’s drug war. Since he was 17, he has smoked cannabis every now and then. He is a typical French citizen. It helps him to relax, he says, and doesn’t seem to cause him any problems. His job was physically demanding – he was often attacked – and he never under-performed.

Yet as a police officer, he was being sent into places that he felt were being attacked and destroyed, just to suppress drug use just like his own. One day, he had to supervise a young prisoner who had been arrested, and get him to court. The young man had been found with 200 grams of cannabis. Jean-Luc stood in the court-room and watched as the judge refused every request for mercy. He was sent to prison. “We have a law that is very harsh,” he tells me, “but it’s not efficient.” And Jean-Luc wondered: was the boy being treated especially brutally because he was brown-skinned? Why did they only ever seem to go to non-white neighbourhoods to do drug busts?

The more he watched France’s ‘war on drugs’, the more he began to worry about this question, although his concern became deeper and more complex. “It’s not only about racism,” he tells me. “It’s mostly about a kind of class war – a war against people who are in poor conditions. Mostly if you are white, brown or black skinned – if you are living in those places where social conditions are not good, then you are confronted more by law enforcement.”

Fabrice had explained to me what it does to your head, to be subjected to this from when you hit puberty. It makes many young Arab and Muslim kids feel the French state is persecuting them. “When you see such a mess, people are going to Islam to be protected,” he says. “Because they feel it is the only way to be recognised as what they are – people of colour, living in France, people from originally a different culture. They want just to be recognised for what they are.”

Fabrice has seen it happen to many people. The constant police harassment makes the messages of fundamentalist groups – you’ll never be French; they’ll never accept you; a democratic society is a con; white people get to use and sell drugs with impunity, while you get condemned for it – seem more plausible.

For almost all the people who have carried out murderous attacks in the past two years, this was a core part of their formative experience as French citizens. Sharif and Said Kouachi – who committed the murders at Charlie Hebdo – had been drug users and dealers. Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered Jewish people in a supermarket on the day of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, had been picked up by the police for drug offences. The Bataclan killers, the Nice murderer – the pattern runs across almost all of them.

The unusual intensity of the French drug war – and its racist focus – has led to more disaffection and rage from its targets. Nobody is suggesting this is the only or even the main factor; but it is a significant one. It’s a key reason why Fabrice set up Auto-Support Des Usagers De Drogues (ASUD), the Association of Drug Users, to fight for a more honest debate.

A "War for Drugs"

But this is only the first way in which this relationship between the drug war and jihadi attacks plays out.

As we walked through Sevran, the former gendarmerie officer Jean-Luc Garcia explained to me: “There is no other way to describe the consequences of these anti-drugs laws, than by comparing it to US alcohol prohibition. We have the same consequences, with the same process,” he says.

When you ban drugs, they don’t vanish. Instead, they are transferred from legal, licensed businesses, to armed criminal gangs. Legal businesses have recourse to the law to protect their property – so they don’t commit acts of violence. An illegal trader obviously can’t go to the police to protect their property – so they have to establish their trade, and maintain their trade, through violence. They have to fight. As the American writer Charles Bowden put it, the ‘war on drugs’ creates a ‘war for drugs’.

That’s why in many parts of France, Jean-Luc explained, “when you have the prohibitionist system, then after you have criminal gangs that are ruling the streets and part of the society.” He continued: “There is a logic here. If you see people who are willing to use Kalashnikovs to save their business – that’s part of the deal. It’s not for pleasure that they are using Kalashnikovs,” he tells me, shaking his head. The more you crack down on drugs, the more their power grows, he adds: “Prohibition as a system is a way to promote and help criminals.”

This relates to fundamentalist violence in several ways. It means that these young men who later become jihadis grow up in an environment where carrying out acts of systematic violence is normalised. It’s part of growing up. You get your early training in violence – and the internal deadening you need in order to carry it out – by fighting rival dealers.

And it means they grow up in an environment where it’s not hard to get hold of guns, through the same criminal distribution networks that bring them drugs, and not hard to learn how to use them. The German defector from Isis, Harry Sarfo, recently explained that a key concern for Isis is getting guns to their supporters in Europe. The ‘war for drugs’ makes that far easier. These are cities and banlieues awash with guns, for that very reason.

To understand how normalised this violence has become, I went to see Stéphane Gatignon, the mayor of Sevran. In the year leading up to our conversation, he had to tell eight mothers that their sons have been killed in the ‘war for drugs’. He knows the number will only grow. “It’s unbearable. To have to tell a mother that her son has been shot dead. It’s awful,” he said, and looked away.

Sevran is a city to the north-east of Paris, with nearly 50,000 residents, and it’s notorious as a hub for the prohibited drug trade. Stéphane has been the mayor since 2001 – and it has given him an education in what the ‘war on drugs’ really means. He knows that most people in France believe the drug war is something that happens somewhere else – a problem for the Americans and Mexicans, maybe. “That’s quite typical French thinking – that we have our own [very different] problems, but it’s nonsensical,” he tells me. “France has been a little bit blind. We should try to open our eyes and look at the real origins of the problems.”

In fact, far from being absent, he believes this is an urgent crisis for France. He says: “This question of the current drug laws is something that’s of deep concern when you look at the situation in France – with a society that is quite close to exploding.”

A local mayor can’t be removed from the reality on the ground, in the way that national politicians can. He talked about the drug-map of Sevran – and what it means for ordinary residents – with forensic detail. “When you have a mother in such places that are pressured by dealers, who want to buy her silence, or want to use her flat as a place to stash their stuff, that’s an increase in violence that pushes the people to madness. When you have to show your ID card when you want to enter your own home, because the entrance is owned by the dealers, then there is a level of violence that’s massive – and it can drive people crazy.”

The former head of the French drug squad, Olivier Foll, has noted that there are 843 “no-go zones run by drug gangs,” creating “a state inside the state.”

There is so much chaos in the city, and drug prohibition makes it so impossible to establish control, that Stéphane Gatignon even appealed for the UN to send blue helmet peace-keepers to Sevran.

“We know that the fatal shootings are a result of our drug prohibition policy,” Stéphane said to me. “That’s a fact.”

When you have significant parts of your country flooded by guns, and where young people are being trained to commit violence and regard it as normal, and where the police are regarded as a despised occupying force that nobody will co-operate with, that will empower people who want to carry out violence in other causes. That’s a key reason why the pool of violence caused by drug prohibition overlaps so tightly with the pool of violence caused by jihadism.

A field of flowers

There is an alternative. It is playing out in France now.

All across France, there are fields, where opium poppies grow. These poppies are used to make heroin. There is no violence associated with these poppies, or the heroin they produce. Nobody fights or dies for them.

The people who use the heroin do not become sick. They do not develop abscesses, or have to have their limbs amputated.

This is because these poppies – and the resulting heroin – are part of a legal trade. France is one of a handful of countries that has been granted permission by the United Nations to grow opiates legally, for the global pain relief market. (The others are Turkey, India, Australia, Spain, and Hungary). They go to make the heroin that is used in hospitals across the developed world.

The problems associated with the ‘heroin trade’ follow these flowers, or the factories where they are refined, or the users who feel it run through their veins.

That is because these problems are not, in fact, problems caused by the drug itself. They are caused by the prohibition of the drug.

When a drug is legal, nobody goes to war for it. Just as there are no violent alcohol dealers in Chicago today, there are now no violent heroin dealers in Switzerland – just across the border with France – where they have legalised heroin for addicts. (They have also had literally no fatal overdoses on legal heroin in Switzerland since the policy change was introduced over a decade ago.)

One day soon, when you are driving through the French countryside, you may see these poppy fields. Try to picture them as a vision of what France can be – if it chooses a different path.

Yet only a handful of public figures are ready to see this. The US has a horrific drug war – but it also has a vibrant debate about it, and real progress, with four states now fully legalising cannabis, and more likely to follow. In France, the debate is shrouded in silence at best, and crude moralism at worst. There is – in particular – a remarkable blindness to the racism of this war. Today, there are 210,000 people arrested for drug offences in France every year, and 60% are just for using drugs a single time. In any other European country, we would know what proportion of those arrests are of non-white people. These figures would be gathered as a matter of course by the government. I suspect we would find it is the vast majority.

But Olivier Maguet, who works for l’Association Française Pour La Réduction des Risques Liés à l’Usage Des Drogues (AFR), explained to me: “It’s forbidden in this country to have a database including the race of people.” It is literally illegal for the government to gather these statistics. You don’t know how much more likely non-white citizens are to be victimised by the drug war, because it is against the law to count.

Whenever I asked others why this was the case, I would be given long and abstract lectures about how France has a concept of citizenship, derived from their revolution, that believes all citizens should be treated equally before the law. I admire that tradition, strongly. It is the right approach. But the way to uphold the idea of equal citizenship, and equality before the law, is to check whether you live up to it in practice – not to cover your eyes and ears and declare your abstract purity. To use the fact that no statistics are gathered as evidence that France’s drug war is not racist would be like banning HIV tests, and then announcing that there is no AIDS in France. Yet that is the position of the government.

In fact, it goes further: the debate about the drug war is officially suppressed. In France, it is a crime to talk about illegal drug use in “a positive light.” The Body Shop was even prosecuted a few years ago for selling cream to treat dry skin, made in part from hemp, because it had a cannabis leaf on its label.

In the nation of Voltaire, in the country that rallied so inspiringly to defend free speech in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, this has a significant chilling effect on the debate, and it may be one reason why France has the smallest legalisation movement of any European country I know. It certainly makes people afraid to promote safer ways of using drugs, like testing ecstasy tablets for any contaminants they might contain. Activists who would like to do that work told me they are too frightened to do it.

Dr Anne Coppell – one of the bravest voices for change in France – explained to me: “That’s our main contradiction. We have a discourse of the rights of man, democracy – but…” She laughed sadly, and waves her hand though the air. “In Germany, they are more pragmatic. Their cities had a problem in the 80s, so they tried to solve it. They asked Amsterdam – how did you solve it? And they followed. The same for Switzerland. In France, it’s not a pragmatic approach – it’s an ideological debate… We are not pragmatic. That is a very big problem we have.”

The French approach, I said to her, sounds remarkably like the US approach. “In Europe, I think France is very near the States… But [French] politicians follow the American policy – except they don’t understand that the Americans are changing. So they follow a policy that has no chief any more.”

And – not coincidentally – the country with the harshest drug war in western Europe also has one of the highest levels of drug use in the European Union – and the worst rate of teenagers using drugs. More than half a million French people use a prohibited drug every day; 1.2 million use regularly; and a further 3.8 million use occasionally. These figures are considerably worse than in countries where full decriminalisation has happened. For example: 39% of French 15- and 16-year-olds have smoked cannabis, compared to 19% in Portugal, where all drugs were decriminalised in 2001. This means a 15-year-old in Portugal, where it has been legal to use cannabis for her whole life, is half as likely to use cannabis as her equivalent in France, where there has been a drug war raging for her whole life.

All this, then, is for nothing.

“We know the solution”

How could things be different from France, if they took their success in legalising and regulating the market for opium poppies, and broadened it to include other drugs?

For Chasing The Scream, I went to the countries that have adopted the most severe possible drug policies, and the countries that have adopted the most compassionate possible drug policies. In the countries that had chosen compassion and regulation – from Portugal, where all drugs have been decriminalised, to Switzerland, where heroin was legalised for addicts – I noticed a pattern in the evidence.

Everywhere that has moved away from strict prohibition has seen a fall in hostility between the police, and marginalised groups. And where they have chosen a system of legal regulation, they have seen a significant decline in violence, and in criminal networks.

These are, of course, long-term trends. Nobody thinks they’re a simple (or sole) answer to a very complex question. But if France moved towards regulating its drug trade, it would – over time – see several changes. The police would not have a license to harass and militarise communities where non-white people live. Those communities would become less hostile and traumatised. There would be significantly less violence in those communities: professor Jeffrey Miron has shown how the murder rate in the US plummeted dramatically when alcohol prohibition ended. With violence less normalised, this violence would spill over into other causes less. And the networks that distribute deadly weapons – which at the moment are simply a sub-set of the drug trade – would be much easier to break up.

“We know the solution” to France’s drug crisis, Fabrice Olivet, whose harassment by the police began when he was 12-years-old, told me. “If somebody came from space, from another planet, he would think – how is this possible? Because it’s very easy to solve it… But you have a lot of difficulty to explain very simple things to ordinary people, because prohibition is a big propaganda [success] – the most efficient propaganda I had ever seen.” The challenge today, he says, is “to get ordinary people out of their beliefs that drugs exist by themselves – that drugs are some kind of ghost that arrive in a place and take people over, and you have to fight this ghost with the military, and weapons.”

Another world

Not long after cannabis was legalised in Colorado, Jean-Luc Garcia, the gendarmerie officer who turned against France’s drug war, flew there, to see what it looked like. He went into a legal store on the streets of Denver. He noticed a few things at once. There was no criminality involved with the trade any more. There were no crack-downs. There was no chaos. There were no Kalashnikovs. All the violence had been taken out of the trade. People were paying taxes on the cannabis they bought, and “this money will be used in a normal way,” he says, not to fund more crime.

He noticed that on the wall of the legal cannabis store, there was a map of the world, where visitors could stick a pin to show where they were from, and where they would like to see this model of safer, regulated drug use spread.

Jean-Luc took out a pin, and he pressed it into the little dot that represented Paris. If he’s right, Paris would become a place where – in time – these vicious jihadi attacks became less likely.

Johann Hari’s New York Times-bestselling book Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs is available in paperback now. This article draws on the French edition of the book, La Brimade Des Stups, published by Slatkine.

This article is published as part of an editorial partnership between openDemocracy and CELS, an Argentine human rights organization with a broad agenda that includes advocating for drug policies respectful of human rights.

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The Disturbing Dawn of the Alt-Right: Donald Trump's the Leader of a Dark Movement in America
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-08-26 03:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
The rising right-wing ethno-nationalist movement in Europe is the progenitor of Trump and the American movement.

After months of squabbling about whether it’s acceptable to use the “F” word (fascism) it seems at long last that we have come to some kind of consensus about what to call Donald Trump’s “philosophy”: alt-right, also known as white nationalism. With the hiring of the former chief of Breitbart media, ground zero for the alt-right movement, as Trump’s campaign chairman, the interest in it has now gone mainstream. Hillary Clinton will be made a speech about it on Thursday.

Alt-right white nationalism is an apt term for a campaign that has electrified white supremacists, so it makes sense that most people would focus on the racial angle. According to this analysis in the Guardian, the rising right-wing ethno-nationalist movement in Europe is the progenitor of this American version, which adheres to its basic premise but brings its own special brand of deep-fried racism. Both share a belief that the white race is under siege and that “demands for diversity in the workplace, which means less white males in particular forms the foundation for the movement.” So it stands to reason that Trump’s border wall, Muslim ban and bellicose appeals for “law and order” (along with his overt misogyny) are a clarion call to this faction.

But while it’s obvious that the subtle and not-so-subtle racial messaging are among the primary attractions for Trump voters, they are also responding to an economic appeal, much of which stems from the misconception that because Trump himself is a successful businessman he must know what he’s doing. But as Dave Johnson of Campaign for America’s Future pointed out, many of the white working-class folk who believe Trump’s promises to “bring back jobs” would be surprised to know what he actually means by that:

Trump says the U.S. is not “competitive” with other countries. He has said repeatedly we need to lower American wages, taxes and regulations to the point where we can be “competitive” with Mexico and China. In other words, he is saying that business won’t send jobs out of the country if we can make wages low enough here.His “plan” is to compete by pitting states against each other to lower wages, particularly by encouraging businesses to move to low-wage anti-union states. Once the layoffs start, workers will be willing to take big pay cuts to keep their jobs. Johnson shows how Trump believes “companies should continue this in a ‘rotation’ of wage cuts, state to state, until you go ‘full-circle,’ getting wages low enough across the entire country. Then the U.S. will be ‘competitive’ with China and Mexico.

So this white nationalist “populist” economic appeal is less than meets the eye. In that regard, Trump is just another “cuck-servative” (you can look it up) who thinks he can fool the rubes into making people like him even richer than they already are. But all that is subsumed in Trump’s message of white grievance and American decline.

One of the most important characteristics of this faction is a strong attraction to authoritarianism. This fascinating report at Vox by Amanda Taub tracked studies which show that “more than 65 percent of people who scored highest on the authoritarianism questions were GOP voters and more than 55 percent of surveyed Republicans scored as “high” or “very high” authoritarians”:

"Authoritarians, we found in our survey, tend to most fear threats that come from abroad, such as ISIS or Russia or Iran. These are threats, the researchers point out, to which people can put a face; a scary terrorist or an Iranian ayatollah."

That fear is also something the American alt-right has in common with their European cousins, but I see it having a different effect here. In Europe — where the alt-right is exemplified by the U.K.’s Nigel Farage  — the desire truly is for a withdrawal from external obligations and dismantling the institutions that have blurred national identity and political independence. They are afraid of mass immigration from the Middle East in the age of terrorism and the economic crisis emboldened the usual European suspects. So some observers are tempted to believe that Trump’s invocation of the old isolationist slogan “America First” will likewise result in a pull-back of American global empire. But a closer look at Trump’s rhetoric shows that he has a much different worldview and so do his followers.

Look at his slogan: “Make America Great Again.” Implicit in those four words is the idea of America dominating the planet as it did after World War II. Of course, it still does, but in Trump’s mind, America has become a weak and struggling nation hardly able to keep up with countries like Mexico. He believes other countries are laughing at us and treating us disrespectfully, which has had him seething for over 30 years. Back then it was Japan “cuckolding” America. Today it’s China and Mexico, both of which he promises to sanction for failing to properly “respect” America — with a thinly veiled violent threat backing it up. After all, trade wars have often led to shooting wars.

American nationalism cannot be separated from its status as the world’s only superpower. Trump  promises to build up the American military to the most massive force in history (of course, it already is) so that “nobody will mess with us ever again.” He doesn’t say that America should pull back from its security guarantees, merely that it should require other nations to pay more for the protection. He doesn’t take nuclear war off the table, one can assume for the reason that it’s a cheaper, quicker way to “take care of” problems than these relatively smaller wars we’ve waged since the world burned in the two epic conflagrations of the 20th century. His nationalism is all about domination not withdrawal.

And that view is shared by the American alt-right. Here’s one Breitbart writer making the case:

"I’d like an America that makes 7 'Fast & Furious' movies without making concessions to Ayatollah Khamenei. I’d like an America that humiliates the likes of Vladimir Putin, not vice-versa. An America that punches back eight times as hard over a tiny offense. An America that everyone might laugh at but ultimately stop attacking because it can only end poorly for them."

Trump’s nationalism is absolutely about ethno-purity and there’s an element of populism as well, although it’s clearly a misdirection. But it’s largely about wounded national pride which has been a potent motivating force on the American right for a very long time. There’s a reason Trump is now playing the conservative anthem “Proud to Be an American” at his rallies. Good old-fashioned jingoism is the one thing that brings the old right, the new right and the alt-right together.

 

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10 Hate Crimes Inspired by Donald Trump's Hateful Rhetoric
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2016-08-26 03:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
Irrational violence is spilling out of Trump rallies and affecting the lives of everyday people.

It strikes me as vaguely ironic that Trump supporters, who so badly want to want to Make America Great Again, are relying on the old standbys of this country’s recipe for success: racism and violence. Genocide, slavery, Jim Crow and state-sanctioned terrorism against black folks are all a part of what Trump’s base considers the best of times—before subtle, sophisticated racism and political correctness came along and ruined white people's good times. And so Trump, a man who fully embraces violence in his personal life, publicly embraces violence for America as well, more outspokenly than any candidate in recent history. His supporters, a fervent bunch, follow suit.

Membership in white supremacist and anti-government groups has steadily climbed. A study by the SPLC found that Trump’s rhetoric is creating an “alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color” while emboldening some white students, and is directly tied to “an increase in bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been... verbal targets.” Just days ago, a Trump fan posted a video urging compatriots to shoot black women and children. Trump supporters have sent death threats to Jewish reporters on social media. Hate crimes against Muslims are rising precipitously, and now stand at levels higher than just after 9/11. 

There is plenty of violence at Trump rallies against people of color, but that violence spills beyond the rooms where Trump riles his crowds and bleeds into Muslim, African-American and Hispanic lives. This list is a roundup of 10 examples. But please know that not every perpetrator speaks Trump’s name aloud, not every hate crime is reported and not every report makes the news. So this is likely just a small fraction of what’s happening.

1. Two Boston Trump supporters viciously beat Hispanic man.

Roughly a year ago, Boston brothers Scott and Steve Leader were arrested for brutally attacking a homeless Hispanic man, beating him with a metal pipe, urinating on him and shouting “anti-immigrant” statements as they carried out the attack. Arresting officers said the two brothers cited Trump as their inspiration, saying, "Donald Trump was right. All these illegals need to be deported."

Trump’s response to learning about the attack? Calling it “a shame,” but in the same breath, stating, “I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country, they want this country to be great again.”

2. Muslim and Hispanic college students attacked in Kansas.

Wichita State University study body president Khondoker Usama, a 23-year-old Muslim student from Bangladesh, and a Hispanic friend stopped at a local Kwik Shop late on a Friday in March. In an interview with the Washington Post, Usama says he noticed a white motorcyclist verbally harassing a black man, “calling him a lazy ass, saying, ‘You guys don’t work.’ He was using racial slurs.”

He says when the man took note of Usama and his friend, he began shouting, “Hey, you brown trash, you better go home.” Usama’s friend insisted, “It’s my country. Who the hell are you to tell me, ‘Go home?'” That's when Usama alleges the violence began. (If you can bear the obnoxious voiceover—maybe just shut off your speakers—video of the incident is here.)

“He seemed to be looking for a fight,” Usama told the Post. “The man started punching my friend. My friend dodged the first punch. I got in the middle of them—I told my friend to get back in the car. [The man] pushed me and he hit me over.” He began “kicking [my friend] in the stomach, indiscriminately punching him.”

Usama called the cops and the motorcyclist took off, but not before endorsing Trump.

“He was chanting, ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!'” Usama told the Post. “‘Make America great again! You guys are the losers! You guys, we’ll throw you over the wall!'”

“You know, the usual things you see at a Trump rally.”

3. African-American woman verbally attacked on subway in New York City.

Dressed, perhaps, for a Panama Jack costume contest, an angry white man berated an African-American woman on the L train for—per the New York Daily News—taking the last available seat. (At least he accurately understood Trump’s real campaign slogan: “Make America Great Like it Was Before Rosa Parks Again.”)

The video shows the unhinged man getting very in the woman’s face, and shouting racist and sexist insults: “Worthless stupid fucking stupid cunt. Donald Trump 2016! Put them back in the fucking fields where they belong,” he rants.

“Reveal exactly who you are,” the woman responds, making her retort one of my new favorite things.

4. Interracial couple stabbed in Washington.

A black man and his white girlfriend were standing in front of an Olympia bar around 8:30 p.m. when a white male bearing a “weird” smile approached them, then brandished a knife and lunged at them while spouting racial slurs. In a statement, police said 32-year-old Daniel Rowe was “unknown to the victims and the attack appears” to be “purely racial.”

During the arrest, Olympia police spokesperson Lt. Paul Lower says Rowe told officers, “‘Yeah, I stabbed them. I’m a white supremacist.’ He begins talking about Donald Trump rallies and attacking people at the Black Lives Matter protest.”

5. Elderly African-American man and grandson threatened with knife in Ohio.

In June, 20-year-old Timothy Stewart was visiting his grandfather when a knife-wielding 54-year-old neighbor named Henry Slapnik allegedly made threats of cutting them. According to news outlet Cleveland.com, arresting officers noted that Slapnik was drunk and rambling, and made “a profanity-laden statement” that included this assertion: “The RNC will take care of them, Donald Trump will fix them because they are scared of Donald Trump."

6. White bicyclist threatened with violence, called “dead man walking.”

Southern California motorist Ryan Lewis—who was illegally driving in a bike-share lane—got pissed off when he erroneously thought he’d been cut off by a bicyclist who actually had the right of way. In a video of the incident, Lewis accosts the bicyclist, calling him “queer” and a “punk” and attempting to bait him by asking, “What are you gonna do?”

“You’re a tiny little man, you think you’re a big shot,” Lewis yells in the footage. “I oughta smack you so fucking good. If there wasn’t any witnesses, you know what I’d do to you? I’d pull Trump on ya.”

Lewis, who later said he was “embarrassed” (but only after he realized the whole thing was caught on a video that had gone viral) is just one of the many Trumpites who have begun using their candidate’s surname as part of a verb phrase that—I’m just guessing here—means “to do something irrationally violent and worthy of arrest.” 

7. Muslim woman attacked outside a Starbucks in Washington, D.C.  

An African-American Muslim woman was seated on a bench in front of a Starbucks when she was accosted by a random woman screaming Islamophobic epithets. Speaking to WJLA, the woman (who remained anonymous) described the attack, which took place after the woman spotted her wearing a hijab.

"A Caucasian lady with blond hair walked right past me," the woman told the station. "Then as soon as she sat down, she started talking about me. Saying 'Fucking Muslim. Trash, worthless piece of Muslim trash. You all need to go back to where you came from.'"

She managed to pull out her cellphone and capture grainy footage of the verbal harassment, in which you can hear the woman saying, "You're a terrorist. So stupid." She says the woman also told her, “If Donald Trump wins the nomination, I'm going to vote for him so he can send all of you all back to where you came from."

Frightened, the woman called the cops, who showed up but told her that police “can't do anything about words." When the officer left the scene, the woman’s harassment allegedly turned physical.

"She came around and took out a water bottle and poured the contents over my head and all over me... It didn't burn my skin or anything, but it had a strange smell to it."

The incident occurred in April. D.C. police posted surveillance video indicating the woman is a “person of interest,” but no arrests have yet been made.

8. Two Muslim women verbally attacked on subway in New York City.

This time, the awful Trump supporter at the center of this story was riding the F train. Amaira Farheen Hasan was on her way to work one morning this June, when the asshole in question got on the train and started insulting two hijabi Muslim women. In a viral Facebook post about the incident, Hasan says the man began by “insist[ing] that the two women go back home and take their bombs with them.” She told the New York Daily News that he went on to note that “‘Donald Trump is right’ and railed against the welfare system and undocumented immigrants.”

Hasan says other passengers—“a black man, a Romanian, a gay man, a bunch of Asians, and a score of others”—defended the women and essentially told the guy to stuff it. One man, Hasan's Facebook post notes, said, "This is New York City. The most diverse place in the world. And in New York, we protect our own and we don't give a fuck what anyone looks like or who they love, or any of those things. It's time for you to leave these women alone, sir."

She wrote that when the antagonist got off at his stop, the car erupted in cheers. 

9. African-American father verbally and physically assaulted in North Carolina.

Isaiah Baskins is a father of three. His youngest daughter, just two months old in April, at the time of the incident, has a congenital heart condition that had already required two surgeries. During a visit to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Baskins waited with his two young sons in the hospital family room while his wife and daughter saw the doctor. As the boys played with other kids in the space, a white hospital volunteer suddenly came up to him.

According to the family’s lawyer, Justin Bamberg, who spoke with ThinkProgress, the woman screamed, "Get your black kids out of here. Do you even have a job? Do you know what a job is, n igger? This is what Donald Trump’s talking about, people like you.”

Baskins began recording shortly thereafter, and the captured footage shows volunteer Donna Lorraine Bridger, 68, shouting, kicking and charging at Baskins in an astonishing display. Baskins says Bridger was polite when he and his kids initially entered, but changed her tune after she saw him speaking with a white woman whose own kids appeared to be biracial. He thinks she assumed things about “misegenation”—as a Trump supporter would put it—on his part.

Bridger was let go from the hospital and charged with simple assault. 

10. Muslims leaving prayer services receive death threats in California.

On a Friday last December, according to the Mercury News, William Celli stood outside of a Richmond mosque and yelled at the worshippers who were exiting, “I’m going to kill you all!”

Police later were informed that Celli might be building bombs in his home, so they quickly obtained a warrant and conducted a search. There, officers located what looked like “a possible homemade explosive device,” which was detonated by a bomb squad. Celli, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation.

Among the loss of privileges during that time includes suspension of his access to Facebook. In the leadup to his arrest, Celli had posted numerous anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican rants. He’d also expressed admiration for Donald Trump, whom he once called a “great point man.” In another post, Celli wrote, "I’ll follow this MAN to the end of the world."

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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Italy’s civil protection agency has increased the death toll from Italy’s earthquake to 267. The number of injured being treated at hospitals stood at 387 on Friday. With more than a day and a half passing since the last person was extracted alive, the head of operations for the civil protection, […]
[Investigation] Car firms could profit from confusion on EU certification
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2016-08-26 02:51:13 (3 hours ago) 
According to Greece, car firms can try to get their vehicles approved for sale even if they have failed tests elsewhere. Other countries say the opposite is true.
Italy earthquake: Aftershocks rattle rescuers, residents
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 02:50:41 (3 hours ago) 
Rescuers are combing through mountains of rubble in central Italy in hopes of finding more survivors after a devastating quake that has claimed 250 lives.
Officer pleads guilty in taped beating of driver after chase
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 

NASHUA, N.H. — A New Hampshire state trooper caught on video beating a man who led officers on two-state car chase has been given a deferred jail sentence after pleading guilty to three simple assault charges.

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Monaco was arrested in July on charges stemming from his use of force in the arrest of Richard Simone Jr. on May 11 following a 50-mile pursuit through Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Video captured by a TV news helicopter appears to show Simone surrendering and officers then punching him repeatedly.





Stocks move lower in afternoon trading on mixed earnings
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 
Ex-Red Sox pitcher named high school coach
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 

DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Former major league pitcher Brian Rose has been named head coach of a high school baseball program in his Massachusetts hometown.

Rose was appointed head coach Wednesday at Bishop Stang High School , a Roman Catholic school in Dartmouth. Rose played at Dartmouth High School.

Bishop Stang's athletic director says Rose was chosen because of his "knowledge and experience."

Rose said in a statement he looks forward to being not just a coach, but a role model and mentor.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Yemen, Syria conflicts
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi King Salman in the Red Sea city of Jiddah on Thursday ahead of wider talks mostly focusing on Yemen's 18-month-long war and the conflict in Syria.

Ashes of Polish Battle of Britain ace return home for burial
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 
The Latest: UN seeks improvements in Greek refugee camps
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 




World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 
Obama administration taps Kim for second term at World Bank
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 
The Latest: Trump says Clinton ran 'criminal enterprise'
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 
University of Vermont axes North Carolina game over LGBT law
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The University of Vermont has canceled its women's basketball team's upcoming game in North Carolina over a state law that governs transgender bathroom access.

The Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/2bPSPGg ) reports that UVM's Catamounts were scheduled to face the Tar Heels at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Dec. 28. UVM's athletic department announced Wednesday that that would not happen.

Apple boosts iPhone security after Mideast spyware discovery
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 




Avalanche hire Bednar to replace Roy as coach
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 
Lewis flirts with 59, settles for 62 in Denmark
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 

FARSO, Denmark — Tom Lewis flirted with the first 59 in European Tour history Thursday until three late bogeys made him settle for a 9-under 62 and a three-way tie at the Made In Denmark tournament.

Lewis rammed in a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fourth hole to reach 12-under par through 13 holes at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort. He only needed to play even par over the last five holes for a 59.

But he made bogey on the next hole, and closed with two more bogeys to share the lead with Thomas Pieters and Joakim Lagergren.

Alabama dynasty, up-tempo offenses dominate decade
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 
Indian textile maker Welspun under scrutiny over sheets
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2016-08-26 02:50:32 (3 hours ago) 

NEW YORK — U.S. retailers including J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart are scrutinizing whether sheets Welspun India Ltd. had said were high-end Egyptian cotton were actually cheaper knock-offs, questions that have sent the textile company's shares plunging more than 40 percent.

Since Target announced Friday that it was pulling the sheets from its stores and online and was terminating its relationship with the company, other retailers have launched investigations into the certification claims from Welspun, one of India's largest textile makers.

Watch Britney Spears Jam Out to ‘Toxic’ on Carpool Karaoke
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 02:42:11 (3 hours ago) 
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Gruesome killing of New Mexico girl stuns friends, neighbors
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:42:07 (3 hours ago) 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man sporting a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts. The woman told officers her 10-year-old daughter […]
Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 8 police; 45 wounded
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:42:07 (3 hours ago) 

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says at least eight police officers have been killed in a car-bomb attack targeting a checkpoint in southeast Turkey. Anadolu Agency says 45 people were wounded Friday in the attack that was carried out with a truck laden with explosives near the town of Cizre, in Sirnak […]
Flood waters stabilize in India, but thousands evacuated
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:42:07 (3 hours ago) 

VARANASI, India (AP) — An official says nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated in India’s remote northeast after an artificial lake created by a landslide threatened their lives even as flood water levels stabilized in the worst-hit areas of the north. Rakesh Ranjan, a National Disaster Response Force official, says the rescue this week was […]
Kuwaiti government employee arrested over IS online postings
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:42:07 (3 hours ago) 

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s Interior Ministry says a government employee has been arrested for spreading Islamic State ideology and hacking social media pages of “some friendly and sister countries.” The ministry identified the man arrested as Osman Zebn Naif, born in 1990, and said he confessed to being part of the Cyber Army of […]
Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 02:42:07 (3 hours ago) 




Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 02:42:06 (3 hours ago) 
What's the weather in hell today? Linus Torvalds has visited Microsoft at LinuxCon

On August 25th, 1991, an unknown Finnish developer posted the following to the comp.os.minix newsgroup:…

Benji Marshall the 'perfect buy' for Melbourne Storm, says Geoff Toovey
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:41:53 (3 hours ago) 
Australian rugby league legend Geoff Toovey believes Melbourne Storm would be the ideal club for ageing Kiwi halfback Benji Marshall.
New kitchen, building tools and dive tanks worth $100k recovered by police
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:41:53 (3 hours ago) 
More than $100,000 worth of stolen property, including a new kitchen, scaffolding and electrical wires, was among a loot of goods recovered in Hawke's Bay.
Live database proposed to keep track of homeless
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:41:53 (3 hours ago) 
By the time homelessness figures are released, it is too late for the people in trouble, a social service provider says.
Tramper Pavlina Pizova's grief stricken stay in remote Fiordland hut
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:41:53 (3 hours ago) 
Pavlina Pizova was polite, almost apologetic, as she recounted her nightmare.




Gruesome killing of New Mexico girl stuns friends, neighbors
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 02:41:53 (3 hours ago) 
Millions have seen this moving tribute to a World War II veteran in Gardena
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-26 02:41:44 (3 hours ago) 
Lotte Group vice chairman found dead before corruption probe
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 02:31:35 (4 hours ago) 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lotte Group’s vice chairman has been found dead as authorities widen a probe into corruption at South Korea’s fifth-largest business group, officials at the company and police said Friday. Lee In-won, 69, the company’s highest-ranking executive outside the founding family and the top aide to its chairman, was found dead […]
UN official: For Afghan women ‘glass is half full’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 02:31:35 (4 hours ago) 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband’s weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate Afghan women from the […]
Gruesome killing of New Mexico girl stuns friends, neighbors
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 02:31:35 (4 hours ago) 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man sporting a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts. The woman told officers her 10-year-old daughter […]




Several reported wounded in Turkey car bomb attack
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 02:31:35 (4 hours ago) 

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Several people were injured Friday in a car-bomb attack at a police checkpoint, which authorities blamed on Kurdish militants, the state-run news agency reported. Anadolu Agency said the powerful explosion hit a checkpoint some 50 meters (yards) away from a police station in the town of Cizre, in Sirnak province. It […]
Man pulled from rubble
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 02:30:20 (4 hours ago) 
Man pulled from rubble in Accumoli nine hours after central Italy was hit by magnitude 6.2 earthquake.
Aerial shots
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 02:30:20 (4 hours ago) 
Aerial shots reveal the devastation in Amatrice following Wednesday's earthquake which killed at least 247 people in central Italy.
Italy earthquake: Moment of aftershock caught on film
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 02:30:20 (4 hours ago) 
The BBC's James Reynolds tells of feeling the ground move during one of the aftershocks following Italy's deadly earthquake.
Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 02:30:20 (4 hours ago) 
Three flaws in Apple's iOS operating system are found that meant spyware could be installed with a single tap.




Gruesome Killing of New Mexico Girl Stuns Friends, Neighbors
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 02:30:02 (4 hours ago) 
The gruesome killing of a 10-year-old New Mexico kill has stunned her neighbors and authorities, who call it one of the worst they've ever seen
Air New Zealand posts record profit but warns of competition
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:22:42 (4 hours ago) 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national airline has posted a record profit thanks to surging tourism and lower fuel costs, but warns it expects increased competition from rival international carriers in the year ahead. Air New Zealand on Friday announced an after-tax profit of 463 million New Zealand dollars ($339 million) for the […]
Top-secret KFC recipe: This could be it
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:22:42 (4 hours ago) 

The recipe for the spice blend used to prepare the chicken may have been accidentally revealed to a Chicago Tribune reporter by Joe Ledington, a nephew of the man who made the recipe famous.
Lotte Group vice chairman found dead before corruption probe
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:22:42 (4 hours ago) 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lotte Group’s vice chairman has been found dead as authorities widen a probe into corruption at South Korea’s fifth-largest business group, officials at the company and police said Friday. Lee In-won, 69, the company’s highest-ranking executive outside the founding family and the top aide to its chairman, was found dead […]
UN official: For Afghan women ‘glass is half full’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:22:42 (4 hours ago) 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband’s weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate Afghan women from the […]




I fart in your general direction! Comet 67P lets rip on Europe's Rosetta probe
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 02:22:41 (4 hours ago) 
I fart in your general direction! Comet 67P lets rip on Europe's Rosetta probe
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 02:22:41 (4 hours ago) 
Your mother was a punch card reader and your father smelt of static C libraries

Pic Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) got lucky when the Rosetta probe, currently orbiting Comet 67P, picked up a massive outgassing from the frozen body.…

Sweden moves to battle high rate of drug deaths
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2016-08-26 02:22:40 (4 hours ago) 
The Swedish government has launched an inquiry into why Sweden has among the highest number of drug-related deaths in the EU despite its zero-tolerance policy.
General Manager at Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital Chris Leahy stood down over baby gassing error
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:22:28 (4 hours ago) 
Senior NSW Health bureaucrat Chris Leahy has been stood down, after the tragic gassing of two babies at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney, Australia.
Nine dead, dozens hurt after blast at police checkpoint in southeast Turkey
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:22:28 (4 hours ago) 
A car bomb explosion rocked a police headquarters in the town of Cizre in Turkey on Friday, killing nine people and wounding dozens, sources said, in the latest in a spate of attacks in the country's turbulent south east.




From hijabs to hajj: know the basics of Islam
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:22:28 (4 hours ago) 
Westerners could learn a lot from the humble hijab.
New Zealand has world's second highest rate of workplace bullying
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:22:28 (4 hours ago) 
Attitudes towards workplace bullying are what they were towards domestic violence 30 years ago, says Culture Safe New Zealand director Allan Halse.
No laws broken by KiwiSaver schemes, expert says
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:22:28 (4 hours ago) 
A suggestion that KiwiSaver providers might have broken laws by investing in companies that make weapons has been dismissed by one financial law expert.
Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 02:20:15 (4 hours ago) 
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands....
Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 02:20:15 (4 hours ago) 
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands....




UN official: For Afghan women 'glass is half full'
  Source: AP Top News 2016-08-26 02:20:15 (4 hours ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband&apos;s weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate Afghan women from the brutality that had been forced on them by the extremists&apos; regime. As the war against the Taliban grinds on, Afghan women are still largely treated as p...
UN official: For Afghan women 'glass is half full'
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 02:20:15 (4 hours ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband&apos;s weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate Afghan women from the brutality that had been forced on them by the extremists&apos; regime....
UN official: For Afghan women 'glass is half full'
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 02:20:14 (4 hours ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband&apos;s weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate Afghan women from the brutality that had been forced on them by the extremists&apos; regime....
UN official: For Afghan women 'glass is half full'
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 02:20:14 (4 hours ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband&apos;s weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate Afghan women from the brutality that had been forced on them by the extremists&apos; regime....
UN official: For Afghan women 'glass is half full'
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 02:20:14 (4 hours ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband&apos;s weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate Afghan women from the brutality that had been forced on them by the extremists&apos; regime....




Air New Zealand posts record profit but warns of competition
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 02:12:15 (4 hours ago) 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national airline has posted a record profit thanks to surging tourism and lower fuel costs, but warns it expects increased competition from rival international carriers in the year ahead. Air New Zealand on Friday announced an after-tax profit of 463 million New Zealand dollars ($339 million) for the […]
Top-secret KFC recipe: This could be it
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 02:12:15 (4 hours ago) 

The recipe for the spice blend used to prepare the chicken may have been accidentally revealed to a Chicago Tribune reporter by Joe Ledington, a nephew of the man who made the recipe famous.
Children among 15 killed in Syria barrel bomb attack
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 02:10:40 (4 hours ago) 
A barrel bomb killed 11 children in one of two deadly attacks Thursday in the Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.
Homeland Security investigating Leslie Jones website hack - CNET
  Source: CNET News 2016-08-26 02:10:38 (4 hours ago) 
The attack the saw the Ghostbusters star's personal information leaked to the web is now under investigation by US authorities.
Blast hits police building in Cizre, Turkey
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 02:10:21 (4 hours ago) 
A car bomb explodes outside a police building in Cizre, south-east Turkey, with casualties feared, reports say.




One last hit
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 02:10:21 (4 hours ago) 
The BBC's Jonathan Head explores the Philippines' dark underbelly of police raids, dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in a chilling predicament.
US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2016-08-26 02:10:21 (4 hours ago) 
The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.
Blast hits police building in Cizre, Turkey
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 02:10:21 (4 hours ago) 
A car bomb explodes outside a police building in Cizre, south-east Turkey, with casualties feared, reports say.
Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo Leaves Preseason Game With Back Injury
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 02:03:01 (4 hours ago) 
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Preseason worries fade as Seahawks’ starting offense finally gets on board
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 02:02:57 (4 hours ago) 

It took 10 drives, but Russell Wilson finally scores first touchdown of preseason.




Former Lower Hutt roofer turned designer showcased at NZ Fashion Week 2016
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 02:02:44 (4 hours ago) 
A former Lower Hutt roofer is now a budding designer at this country's leading fashion event.
U.S. Bank Stadium: What you need to know before Sunday's first Vikings game
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2016-08-26 02:02:44 (4 hours ago) 
To avoid problems Sunday, fans should plan their routes to the game, allow extra time to get there and arrive early. Fans also are strongly encouraged to enter the gate designated on their ticket.
Democrats’ Weak Bench Undermines Hope of Taking Back Senate
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 02:01:52 (4 hours ago) 
Various flaws mar many of the party’s candidates, despite a year when the Republicans have chosen a contentious presidential candidate.
Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush
  Source: AP Top News 2016-08-26 02:00:14 (4 hours ago) 
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Pavlina Pizova says she couldn&apos;t free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night. It would take almost another month before Pizova would be rescued from the New Zealand wilderness in an ordeal she described Friday as &quot;harrowing.&quot; The tourist from the Czech Republic, who was rescued Wednesday from a park warden&apos;s hut...
Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 02:00:14 (4 hours ago) 
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Pavlina Pizova says she couldn&apos;t free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night....




Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 01:52:30 (4 hours ago) 

AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor’s iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates’ prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link. Mansoor, a human rights activist, didn’t take the bait. Instead, he reported it to Citizen Lab, an internet […]
Man breaches airport security in Nebraska, steals car, hits plane
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 01:50:40 (4 hours ago) 
A man breached a security gate at a Nebraska airport, stole a truck on the runway and rammed it into a Southwest Airlines plane, a spokesman said.
Why US, Britain are key to ending Yemen horror
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 01:50:40 (4 hours ago) 
US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Jeddah this week, with Yemen's civil war likely top of the agenda as he met British, Saudi and UAE officials.
Rio Olympics 2016: Best of Team GB - Nicola Adams, Joshua Buatsi & Joe Clarke
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 01:50:20 (4 hours ago) 
BBC Sport takes a look back at some of the fighting spirit shown during Team GB medal-winning performances in Rio.
Jake Livermore: Hull midfielder says testing positive for cocaine saved career
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 01:50:20 (4 hours ago) 
Hull's Jake Livermore says his positive test for cocaine in 2015 was a "get out of jail free card" that turned his life around.




The Syrian Government Is Allowing Rebels to Evacuate the City of Darya
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 01:42:18 (4 hours ago) 
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Seattle sports world reacts to Seahawks’ preseason win over Cowboys
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:42:13 (4 hours ago) 

Here's what fans and media members had to say following the Seahawks' 27-17 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field.
Indonesia steps up fire response as haze blankets Singapore
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:42:13 (4 hours ago) 

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanket a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze. Singapore’s air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels on Friday as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra across the city-state and southern Malaysia. The number of hotspots detected by weather […]
Rainiers’ starting pitcher gets blasted as Tacoma falls to Reno 11-5
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:42:13 (4 hours ago) 

Tacoma starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio gave up 10 runs, nine earned, in five innings to the Reno Aces.
Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:42:13 (4 hours ago) 

AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor’s iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates’ prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link. Mansoor, a human rights activist, didn’t take the bait. Instead, he reported it to Citizen Lab, an internet […]




Mozilla breathes petition-of-fire at EU copyright laws
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 01:42:12 (4 hours ago) 
Mozilla breathes petition-of-fire at EU copyright laws
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 01:42:12 (4 hours ago) 
A plague on artists using pre-internet IP laws to ruin your holiday snaps, and the Internet

The Mozilla Foundation has decided the time is right to scorch the European Union's copyright law, which it says “undermines innovation and creativity on the internet.”…

Farewell to Queen of Knitwear
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-08-26 01:42:03 (4 hours ago) 
Flame-haired fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, who transformed women’s clothing from the late Sixties, has died at 86.
Mentoring magic for southern tour operators opens doors in China
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:42:01 (4 hours ago) 
Next year one in five international visitors flying into Christchurch airport will be Chinese. Amanda Cropp reports on tourism industry efforts to make them welcome
Mayoral hopeful Paula Southgate says Hamilton needs a Housing Accord
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:42:01 (4 hours ago) 
​Hamilton is being urged to sign up to a Housing Accord with the Government as a way of getting on top of rocketing house prices.




Sex mis-education: Facts are important, but we need to teach healthy relationships
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:42:01 (4 hours ago) 
OPINION: At my high school in Hamilton in the mid-2000s, sex education went along with saying no to drugs and not getting in the car with a drunk driver. 
I got in trouble at yoga
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:42:01 (4 hours ago) 
I danced when I was a kid. And like most things, I was full on about it. I danced at eisteddfods, shopping centres, school fairs, and I LOVED it. I was also a cheerleader and still hold the title of 'The Only Cheerleader That Can't Do Cartwheels', but that's beside the point.
Jarryd Hayne in doubt with injury for Gold Coast Titans v Penrith Panthers NRL clash
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:42:01 (4 hours ago) 

Deluge of dresses amazes school as Patea students prepare for first ball in 24 years
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:42:00 (4 hours ago) 
A flood of kindness in taffeta, chiffon, satin and sparkles threatens to overwhelm Patea Area School.
Indonesia steps up fire response as haze blankets Singapore
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 01:31:24 (5 hours ago) 

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanket a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze. Singapore’s air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels on Friday as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra across the city-state and southern Malaysia. The number of hotspots detected by weather […]




Prince and the 'kill pill'
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-26 01:30:37 (5 hours ago) 
They might as well be playing Russian Roulette.
Netflix jokes about N Korean imitator Manbang in Twitter bio
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-26 01:30:19 (5 hours ago) 
Netflix US takes a light-hearted swipe at North Korea's recent venture into the video-streaming industry, in its Twitter biography.
Bevo business leaders, residents seek taxing district to transform neighborhood
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-26 01:30:02 (5 hours ago) 
South Grand Boulevard and The Grove serve as models for transformation
‘The Land’ review: Skateboarders run up against unlikely drug kingpin
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:21:59 (5 hours ago) 

Movie review of “The Land”: Teenage skateboarders tangle with a drug kingpin after finding a stash of pills in a trunk.
Sweden's Stenson pulls out of Barclays with injured knee
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2016-08-26 01:21:57 (5 hours ago) 
Sweden's British Open champion Henrik Stenson withdrew from The Barclays Championship on Thursday after aggravating a knee injury.




Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries set for the small screen
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:21:45 (5 hours ago) 
Eleanor Catton's award-winning novel The Luminaries is scheduled to be adapted into a six-part TV mini series.
NZ Fashion Week 2016: Best street style trends
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:21:45 (5 hours ago) 
From brightly coloured furs to wide-leg pants, there were trends aplenty, both inside and outside the venue at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Tru-Test's subsidiary pauses $4.1m claim after appeal brought forward
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:21:45 (5 hours ago) 
Tru-Test has avoided providing any guarantee for a $4.1 million damages award against its subsidiary, but only because an appeal has been urgently brought forward by four months.
Rugby Champonship player matchups, Rd 2 - Beauden Barrett v Quade Cooper
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:21:45 (5 hours ago) 
Stuff's weekly player matchup segment pits the All Blacks' attacking genius up against the man the Wallabies will be relying on for some inspiration.
Rainbow's End, Countdown and New World scams claim to offer freebies
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:21:45 (5 hours ago) 
People hoping for a free pass to Rainbow's End or a New World supermarket voucher are being targeted by scammers.




Woman facing drug charges after bust
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:21:45 (5 hours ago) 
A 43-year-old woman appeared on drug-related charges in the Hamilton District Court today after a bust on a property that was for sale in Forest Lake Road. 
Search for gastro source homing in on bores and nearby Mangateretere Stream
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:21:45 (5 hours ago) 
Test results appear to make it increasing likely that the gastro bug that affected thousands of people in Havelock North may have come from the bore that draws the water, or a small stream that flows near them.
Obama to create world's largest marine sanctuary off Hawaii
  Source: Mercury News - Silicon Valley, CA - News 2016-08-26 01:21:13 (5 hours ago) 
The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area.
Dakota Access Pipeline Protest in San Francisco Boosts Movement Forward Pt. II
  Source: Indybay newswire 2016-08-26 01:20:52 (5 hours ago) 
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois. In San Francisco yesterday hundreds of demonstrators stood in solidarity with protesters in North Dakota where work equipment stands ready to begin construction on the oil pipeline. There was a large demonstration in Washington, DC the same day as well. Photos here of the demonstration in San Francisco. See pt. I of this story at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/08/25/18790489.php
Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 01:20:16 (5 hours ago) 
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Pavlina Pizova says she couldn&apos;t free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night....




Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 01:20:16 (5 hours ago) 
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Pavlina Pizova says she couldn&apos;t free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night....
Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 01:20:16 (5 hours ago) 
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Pavlina Pizova says she couldn&apos;t free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches. After he died, she stayed with him through the freezing night....
Unknown gunmen kill 6 policemen in southwest Pakistan
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 01:11:25 (5 hours ago) 

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A police spokesman says unidentified assailants killed at least six tribal police officers and wounded two others in an overnight rocket and gun attack in southwest Pakistan. Abdullah Rind, spokesman for the Levies tribal police, said Friday that the attack took place Thursday night near the Iranian border. He says the […]
Pilot killed in training flight in Vietnam
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 01:11:25 (5 hours ago) 

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese pilot has died when his military jet trainer aircraft crashed into a rice field in south-central Vietnam. State media reported the Aero L-39 Albatros, developed in the former Czechoslovakia, plunged to the ground, hitting a highway before crashing into a rice field minutes after taking off from a nearby […]
Safe, Personal Mosquito Spray [Alvin]
  Source: Halfbakery: recent ideas 2016-08-26 01:10:51 (5 hours ago) 




Suspects charged in death of teen who protected friends from bullets
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 01:10:40 (5 hours ago) 
Two suspects face first-degree murder charges in the death of Zaevion Dobson, who was killed while protecting three girls during a shooting in December.
Trigger warnings, safe spaces: Your guide to the new school year
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 01:10:40 (5 hours ago) 
University of Chicago's letter to incoming students revives debate over trigger warnings and safe spaces in colleges.
Prince's death and the growing fear of the 'kill pill'
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 01:10:40 (5 hours ago) 
Fake pills with fentanyl are being sold on the street, but it usually labeled as something else less potent. Only three grains of sand of fentanyl can kill.
2 charged in death of 'hero' teen
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-26 01:10:38 (5 hours ago) 
A 15-year-old jumped on top of his friends to shield them from a spray of gunfire. Zaevion William Dobson's selfless act was his last.
Parents face charges for 'free' childcare, nurseries warn
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 01:10:20 (5 hours ago) 
Parents who claim extra free childcare will be asked to pay charges to help make up for a funding shortfall, nurseries taking part in a pilot scheme warn.




Auto thefts at historic low in St. Louis
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-26 01:10:02 (5 hours ago) 
Tougher enforcement, technological innovations in cars have made it tougher for thieves.
Teen finds fortune, heartbreak in sneakers
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 01:02:44 (5 hours ago) 

Dominick Ruiz capitalizes on the sneakerheads trend, today's baseball card market.

       
Wisler takes no-hit bid to 7th inning, Braves beat D-Backs to split
  Source: Top News from AJC.com 2016-08-26 01:02:42 (5 hours ago) 
North Korea Could Deploy Submarine-Launched Missiles ‘Within Weeks’
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 01:02:42 (5 hours ago) 
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ANA cancels flights to fix Rolls-Royce engines on Boeing 787
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:02:37 (5 hours ago) 

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese airline All Nippon Airways has started grounding Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” flights after detecting problems with their Rolls-Royce engines. Nine domestic flights were canceled Friday, and others will be canceled through September. ANA says there will be no cancellations on international routes. The airline operates a fleet of 50 Dreamliner jets. It […]




Trump’s campaign chief charged in domestic dispute in 1996
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:02:37 (5 hours ago) 

Stephen Bannon was charged in February 1996 with domestic violence, battery and attempting to dissuade a victim from reporting a crime. He pleaded not guilty.
Seahawks’ No. 1 offense finally looks strong, showing talent and balance against Cowboys
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:02:37 (5 hours ago) 

In what was the most extended look Seattle’s starters will get in the preseason, the Seahawks coaches undoubtedly liked what they saw (most of it, anyway) Thursday night against the Cowboys.
Unknown gunmen kill 6 policemen in southwest Pakistan
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:02:37 (5 hours ago) 

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A police spokesman says unidentified assailants killed at least six tribal police officers and wounded two others in an overnight rocket and gun attack in southwest Pakistan. Abdullah Rind, spokesman for the Levies tribal police, said Friday that the attack took place Thursday night near the Iranian border. He says the […]
Pilot killed in training flight in Vietnam
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 01:02:37 (5 hours ago) 

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese pilot has died when his military jet trainer aircraft crashed into a rice field in south-central Vietnam. State media reported the Aero L-39 Albatros, developed in the former Czechoslovakia, plunged to the ground, hitting a highway before crashing into a rice field minutes after taking off from a nearby […]
How to make this delicious Swedish crayfish pasta
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2016-08-26 01:02:35 (5 hours ago) 
Like the sound of a crayfish party if it weren't for all the crayfish? This recipe can tick the box while giving you a dish you'll actually enjoy.




Mahela Jayawardene digs into Steve Smith for quitting Australia's tour of Sri Lanka
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene has joined a host of past Australian cricketers who have questioned Steve Smith's decision to quit their one-day tour of Sri-Lanka.
Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
Striking informal miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister on Thursday (Friday NZ time) after he travelled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said.
Black Caps have one shot at glory in South Africa to complete series wins
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
After enduring an interminable and ultimately forlorn wait to resume their batting in Durban, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor surely accept patience is again a virtue as New Zealand take a one-off shot at history at Centurion.
Audience gain fails to compensate TVNZ for weaker advertising market
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
Television New Zealand has managed to stay in profit by cutting its expenses in line with falling advertising revenues.
Inglewood farmer who diverted stream through his property fined $60,000
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
An Inglewood farmer who moved a stream on his property has received one of the largest fines issued by the Environment Court in Taranaki. 




Crash in Dome Valley north of Auckland causes traffic headache
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
A crash in the Dome Valley north of Auckland has seen traffic reduced to one lane causing trouble for commuters and weekend warriors alike.
Father of Florida frat boy 'cannibal' breaks down in tears while apologising for son's actions
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
"This is the biggest nightmare I could ever dream of."
Dylan Kennett's dad slams Cycling New Zealand over treatment of his son in Rio
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
Olympic omnium rider Dylan Kennett was the subject of a personal attack from Cycling New Zealand's high performance director, his father says.
Wheelchair rapper's dream trip to meet Eminem
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 01:02:21 (5 hours ago) 
"Keep on going, you got it".
Review: Don Henley tries life in the country lane
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2016-08-26 01:02:19 (5 hours ago) 
His triumphant State Fair concert featured Eagles and solo hits and new material from his “Cass County” album.




Avon Lake moves ahead on medical marijuana moratorium; 3 arrested in prostitution sting; state troopers to get raise: Overnight News Links
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2016-08-26 01:02:09 (5 hours ago) 
Also, Cleveland Council president rejects East Cleveland merger proposal, says demands are 'non-starter'; windows shot out of cars in Cleveland Heights; two Akron businesses robbed at gunpoint Wednesday
Eat: A Vegan Ranch Dressing That Rivals the Original
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 01:02:06 (5 hours ago) 
The same tangy, creamy, turbocharged flavor of the bottled stuff, sans animal fat.
Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year's Eve killing
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 01:00:24 (5 hours ago) 
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year&apos;s Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents....
Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year's Eve killing
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 01:00:20 (5 hours ago) 
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year&apos;s Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents....
Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: AP Top News 2016-08-26 01:00:20 (5 hours ago) 
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Striking miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country&apos;s deputy interior minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a &quot;cowardly and brutal killing&quot; and asked that the body of deputy minister Rodolfo Illanes be turned over to authorities. Illanes, whose formal title is vice minister of the interior regime, was &quot;sava...




Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 01:00:15 (5 hours ago) 
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Striking miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country&apos;s deputy interior minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said....
Man gets house arrest for trying to extort ex-football star
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:51:29 (5 hours ago) 

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A quadriplegic man who admitted to trying to extort money from former Ohio State star and NFL player Christopher “Beanie” Wells has been sentenced to a year of house arrest after a judge concluded that imprisoning the defendant would be too costly for taxpayers. Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2bDnIwH ) reports the judge on […]
What’s in a name? Governments recast anti-extremism efforts
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:51:29 (5 hours ago) 

BOSTON (AP) — Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names. Massachusetts this month recast its controversial Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, program in Boston as Promoting Engagement, Acceptance and Community Empowerment, or PEACE. The move comes after Minneapolis — another city where such efforts […]
1 dead, at least 4 injured in Belgium in accidental blast
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:51:29 (5 hours ago) 

CHIMAY, Belgium (AP) — One person was killed and at least four were injured in Belgium in an accidental explosion at a sports center near the French border. Chimay police Chief Pierre Maton said early Friday that the blast was most likely “a gas explosion,” but an investigation into the cause was ongoing. The blast […]
Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year’s Eve killing
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:51:29 (5 hours ago) 

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year’s Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents. Julio Resto pleaded guilty Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn to second-degree murder in the death of his 42-year-old wife, Gloria. “The defendant […]




Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:51:29 (5 hours ago) 

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Striking miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country’s deputy interior minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a “cowardly and brutal killing” and asked that the body of his deputy, […]
EpiPen maker increases copay, stands firm on high price
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:51:29 (5 hours ago) 

The maker of EpiPens offered patients more help to pay for its costly emergency allergy shots but didn’t budge Thursday on the $608 price. The announcement from Mylan triggered a new round of condemnation from consumer groups and politicians, who accuse the company of price-gouging on a potentially lifesaving treatment. Critics stressed that insurers, employers […]
ANA cancels flights to fix Rolls-Royce engines on Boeing 787
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:51:29 (5 hours ago) 

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese airline All Nippon Airways has started grounding Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” flights after detecting problems with their Rolls-Royce engines. Nine domestic flights were canceled Friday, and others will be canceled through September. ANA says there will be no cancellations on international routes. The airline operates a fleet of 50 Dreamliner jets. It […]
Trump’s campaign chief charged in domestic dispute in 1996
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:51:29 (5 hours ago) 

Stephen Bannon was charged in February 1996 with domestic violence, battery and attempting to dissuade a victim from reporting a crime. He pleaded not guilty.
Dolce & Gabbana debuts line of hijabs and abayas
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-26 00:50:40 (5 hours ago) 
Luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana is eschewing its signature sexy silhouettes for something a little more modest -- for one special collection at least.




See you at Burning Man!
  Source: Boing Boing 2016-08-26 00:50:20 (5 hours ago) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl-PRUQ1r6k

I'm about to switch off my email until September 5 and drive to Black Rock City for 10 days of incinerating the dude. (more…)

What's in a Name? Governments Recast Anti-Extremism Efforts
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 00:50:03 (5 hours ago) 
Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names
Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for New Year's Eve Killing
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 00:50:03 (5 hours ago) 
A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year's Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor gets his first contact … maybe too much so
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:42:09 (5 hours ago) 

Kam Chancellor said earlier in the week he was “itching” for contact, and he got some. He actually got a little more than some, picking up an unnecessary roughness penalty.
Man gets house arrest for trying to extort ex-football star
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:42:09 (5 hours ago) 

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A quadriplegic man who admitted to trying to extort money from former Ohio State star and NFL player Christopher “Beanie” Wells has been sentenced to a year of house arrest after a judge concluded that imprisoning the defendant would be too costly for taxpayers. Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2bDnIwH ) reports the judge on […]




What’s in a name? Governments recast anti-extremism efforts
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:42:09 (5 hours ago) 

BOSTON (AP) — Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names. Massachusetts this month recast its controversial Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, program in Boston as Promoting Engagement, Acceptance and Community Empowerment, or PEACE. The move comes after Minneapolis — another city where such efforts […]
3 rescued from capsized vessel in Oregon, including 6-year-old
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:42:09 (5 hours ago) 

Coast Guard officials say a boat crew responded Thursday afternoon to a disabled 21-foot pleasure boat that was unable to anchor in the area of Winchester Bay. The boat had reportedly run onto a jetty and capsized.
1 dead, at least 4 injured in Belgium in accidental blast
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:42:09 (5 hours ago) 

CHIMAY, Belgium (AP) — One person was killed and at least four were injured in Belgium in an accidental explosion at a sports center near the French border. Chimay police Chief Pierre Maton said early Friday that the blast was most likely “a gas explosion,” but an investigation into the cause was ongoing. The blast […]
Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year’s Eve killing
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:42:09 (5 hours ago) 

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year’s Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents. Julio Resto pleaded guilty Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn to second-degree murder in the death of his 42-year-old wife, Gloria. “The defendant […]
Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:42:09 (5 hours ago) 

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Striking miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country’s deputy interior minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a “cowardly and brutal killing” and asked that the body of his deputy, […]




EpiPen maker increases copay, stands firm on high price
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:42:09 (5 hours ago) 

The maker of EpiPens offered patients more help to pay for its costly emergency allergy shots but didn’t budge Thursday on the $608 price. The announcement from Mylan triggered a new round of condemnation from consumer groups and politicians, who accuse the company of price-gouging on a potentially lifesaving treatment. Critics stressed that insurers, employers […]
Warning: update your iPhone
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-08-26 00:41:57 (5 hours ago) 
Apple users are being urged to update their handsets after a private cyberarms dealer found a way to hack the iPhone.
Bledisloe Cup 2016: Wallabies need to change their culture of denial
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:41:54 (5 hours ago) 
OPINION: What has gone wrong with the Wallabies? Nothing, if you believe the culture of denial from the Wallabies. Everything, if you believe former great Stirling Mortlock.
Rapist terrorises disabled women in their own home
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:41:54 (5 hours ago) 
The details of how she lost her virginity were laid bare for all to hear.
All Blacks visit epilepsy sufferers at Wellington Hospital ahead of Bledisloe Cup
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:41:54 (5 hours ago) 
All Blacks squad member Damian McKenzie barely battered an eyelid when 18-month-old epilepsy sufferer, Mia Maniapoto, plopped down on his lap.




Top 5 MTV Music Award shockers
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:41:54 (5 hours ago) 
The MTV Video Music Awards began in 1994 as a way to celebrate the art of the music video.
Inglewood farmer who diverted stream through his property fined $60,000
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:41:54 (5 hours ago) 
An Inglewood farmer who moved a stream on his property has received one of the largest fines issued by the Environment Court in Taranaki. 
Kiwi holidaymakers recount 'horrific' Jetstar experience on trip to Vietnam
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:41:54 (5 hours ago) 
Two Kiwi holidaymakers have described their "horrific" experience flying internationally with Jetstar which saw two of their flights cancelled.
Man gets house arrest for trying to extort ex-football star
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 00:41:53 (5 hours ago) 
Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year's Eve killing
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 00:41:53 (5 hours ago) 




Suspect in Reseda hit-and-run that killed motorcyclist turns himself in
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-26 00:41:43 (5 hours ago) 
Nun in Iconic Italy Quake Photo Texted Friends 'Adieu'
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2016-08-26 00:41:25 (5 hours ago) 
Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year's Eve killing
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 00:40:15 (5 hours ago) 
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year&apos;s Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents....
What's in a name? Governments recast anti-extremism efforts
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 00:40:15 (5 hours ago) 
BOSTON (AP) -- Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names....
Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year's Eve killing
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 00:40:15 (5 hours ago) 
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year&apos;s Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents....




What's in a name? Governments recast anti-extremism efforts
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 00:40:15 (5 hours ago) 
BOSTON (AP) -- Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names....
Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area
  Source: AP Top Political News 2016-08-26 00:40:15 (5 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world&apos;s largest marine protected area....
Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area
  Source: AP Top News 2016-08-26 00:40:15 (5 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world&apos;s largest marine protected area. Obama&apos;s proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas. Obama will travel to the monument next week to mark the designation ...
In El Salvador, 'gang pastor' alleged to be crime financier
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 00:40:15 (5 hours ago) 
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence....
In El Salvador, 'gang pastor' alleged to be crime financier
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 00:40:14 (5 hours ago) 
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence....




In El Salvador, 'gang pastor' alleged to be crime financier
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 00:40:14 (5 hours ago) 
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence....
Lotte Group vice chairman found dead before corruption probe
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 00:40:14 (5 hours ago) 
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Lotte Group said Friday its vice chairman has been found dead as authorities widen a probe into corruption at South Korea&apos;s fifth-largest business group....
Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 00:40:14 (5 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world&apos;s largest marine protected area....
What's in a name? Governments recast anti-extremism efforts
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2016-08-26 00:40:14 (5 hours ago) 
BOSTON (AP) -- Government efforts to prevent violent extremism from taking root in the U.S. are getting new, less polarizing names....
Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:31:38 (6 hours ago) 

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal’s capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging. The boy was sent to this West African country by his family in neighboring Guinea to study the Quran at one of the capital’s […]




In El Salvador, ‘gang pastor’ alleged to be crime financier
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:31:38 (6 hours ago) 

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence. He got a city government job working in community development, and also ran a business selling used cars imported from the U.S. He joined […]
Bolivia minister killed by protesting miners
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 00:30:20 (6 hours ago) 
Bolivian authorities say the deputy interior minister has been kidnapped and killed by striking miners.
Today in History
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2016-08-26 00:30:03 (6 hours ago) 
Today in History
Indiana's homeland security CFO fired for nepotism; she claims gender bias
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 00:22:13 (6 hours ago) 

Fired CFO claims she was terminated for seeking equal pay.

       
Obama expands protected waters off Hawaii, creating world's largest reserve
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 00:22:13 (6 hours ago) 

The presidential proclamation will further protect coral reefs, endangered species.

       




Did a legend save Indiana town from tornadoes?
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-26 00:22:13 (6 hours ago) 

This week's Indiana storms missed Muncie. Could it be because of a long-standing legend?

       
Investors to seek any hint of Yellen timetable on rate hikes
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:22:07 (6 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Janet Yellen steps to the microphone Friday morning at an annual central bank forum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, investors will be listening for one thing above all: Any hint of the Federal Reserve chair’s expected timetable for the next interest rate increase. Some of Yellen’s colleagues, including the host of the […]
Obama plans to create world’s largest marine protected area
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:22:07 (6 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. Obama’s proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square […]
Watch: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson pulls off incredible touchdown pass against Cowboys
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:22:07 (6 hours ago) 

Russell Wilson appears to be in midseason form already, and that should be a scary notion for the rest of the NFL.
Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:22:07 (6 hours ago) 

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal’s capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging. The boy was sent to this West African country by his family in neighboring Guinea to study the Quran at one of the capital’s […]




Giants lefty Moore pitching no-hitter through 6 vs Dodgers
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:22:07 (6 hours ago) 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Moore of the San Francisco Giants is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moore had thrown 73 pitches Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, striking out five and walking one. The Giants led 4-0. The 27-year-old lefty is seeking his first win since being traded from […]
In El Salvador, ‘gang pastor’ alleged to be crime financier
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:22:07 (6 hours ago) 

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence. He got a city government job working in community development, and also ran a business selling used cars imported from the U.S. He joined […]
Greens to block same-sex plebiscite
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-08-26 00:21:49 (6 hours ago) 
The Greens will oppose the government’s poll on gay marriage, a move that could delay reform for at least three years.
Palmer in court to fight summons
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-08-26 00:21:49 (6 hours ago) 
Clive Palmer turns up at Federal Court to argue he shouldn’t be grilled under oath about Queensland Nickel collapse.
Bail for alleged Budget Day protester, Ken Thurston
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:21:44 (6 hours ago) 
The man accused of driving his ute to Parliament and trying to set it on fire, has been given bail.




Programme to prevent teen pregnancy had a reverse effect, study shows
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:21:44 (6 hours ago) 
A baby simulator programme aimed at preventing teenage pregnancies may in fact do just the opposite, an Australian study shows.
Timaru Hospital lift traps man in wheelchair
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:21:44 (6 hours ago) 
A man in a wheelchair was trapped in a lift at Timaru Hospital when he could not reach the inside button panel after the doors shut on Tuesday.
Wanaka developer buys troubled Christchurch subdivision
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:21:44 (6 hours ago) 
Wanaka-based Infinity Investments has purchased a Christchurch subdivision in a mortgagee sale.
Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-26 00:21:44 (6 hours ago) 
Obama Designates National Monument in Maine, to Dismay of Some
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
Maine’s governor and residents near the monument opposed making 87,500 acres of woodlands, donated by a founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, into a park.




Well: Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
Carrying excess weight is a risk factor for a range of cancers, including uterine and ovarian cancers and some cancers of the breast, pancreas, liver, esophagus and kidney.
U.S. Open Special: The Electric, Infuriating Nick Kyrgios
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
He might be the most entertaining tennis player since John McEnroe. Too bad he’d rather be playing basketball.
French ‘Burkini’ Bans Provoke Backlash as Armed Police Confront Beachgoers
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
Some politicians began backpedaling as an outcry grew on social media over the apparent public humiliation and ostracism of Muslim women dressed in modest attire.
At Home With: Phish’s Art Director Calls Four Shipping Containers Home
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
Lars Fisk, a veteran of public art, knows how to be economical with space.
Opinion: How You Enjoy Our National Parks
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
The National Park Service turns 100 years old on Aug. 25. Here are photos of parkgoers in action — hiking, camping, running.




Hopes Dim for Survivors of Italy Quake; Death Toll Stands at 250
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
In the devastated town of Amatrice, a row of gray tents has been serving as a makeshift morgue.
Op-Ed Contributor: Taking a Stand at Standing Rock
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
My Sioux tribe opposes a pipeline that risks the clean water of millions.
University of Texas Students Find the Absurd in a New Gun Law
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
At a rally against a state law allowing concealed handguns on campuses, protesters wave sex toys and say they consider the move obscene.
‘The Arrangements’: A Work of Fiction
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
The New York Times Book Review asked the acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to write a short story about the American election.
VW to Pay $1.2 Billion to U.S. Dealers Hurt by Diesel Scandal
  Source: NYT > International 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
The settlement, still subject to a federal judge’s approval, is meant to address lost sales and the declining value of Volkswagen dealerships.




Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief, Stephen Bannon, Faced Domestic Violence Charges in 1996
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 00:21:31 (6 hours ago) 
The case dates back two decades, when Mr. Bannon’s wife claimed that he attacked her at their home and then warned her not to testify.
Park Service marks centennial with new citizens, monument
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 00:20:15 (6 hours ago) 
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday with events across the U.S. including the creation of a giant, living version of its emblem in Washington, D.C., a naturalization ceremony on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and an outdoor concert at Yellowstone National Park....
Park Service marks centennial with new citizens, monument
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2016-08-26 00:20:15 (6 hours ago) 
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday with events across the U.S. including the creation of a giant, living version of its emblem in Washington, D.C., a naturalization ceremony on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and an outdoor concert at Yellowstone National Park....
Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area
  Source: AP Top Political News 2016-08-26 00:20:15 (6 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world&apos;s largest marine protected area....
Lotte Group vice chairman found dead before corruption probe
  Source: AP Top News 2016-08-26 00:20:15 (6 hours ago) 
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Lotte Group said Friday its vice chairman has been found dead as authorities widen a probe into corruption at South Korea&apos;s fifth-largest business group. Lee In-won, 69, the company&apos;s highest-ranking executive outside the founding family and the top aide to its chairman, was found dead hours before a scheduled appearance at a prosecutors&apos; office Friday morning. &quot;It is difficult to believe,&quot; Lotte Group said in a text mes...




Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
  Source: AP Top News 2016-08-26 00:20:15 (6 hours ago) 
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal&apos;s capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging. The boy was sent to this West African country by his family in neighboring Guinea to study the Quran at one of the capital&apos;s 1,600 Islamic schools, known as daaras. He is among thousands of students, or talibes, sent out by teachers to beg for money and food. Some schools have been ac...
Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 00:20:15 (6 hours ago) 
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal&apos;s capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging....
Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 00:20:14 (6 hours ago) 
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal&apos;s capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging....
Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-26 00:20:14 (6 hours ago) 
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal&apos;s capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging....
Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 00:20:14 (6 hours ago) 
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal&apos;s capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging....




Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2016-08-26 00:20:14 (6 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world&apos;s largest marine protected area....
California audit identifies state government waste, misuse
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2016-08-26 00:20:14 (6 hours ago) 
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California state district engineer approved $3.9 million in payments to the firm that employed the worker&apos;s spouse and the state public health department improperly reimbursed an official $75,000 for driving to work, according to an audit released Thursday....
Investors to seek any hint of Yellen timetable on rate hikes
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:11:26 (6 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Janet Yellen steps to the microphone Friday morning at an annual central bank forum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, investors will be listening for one thing above all: Any hint of the Federal Reserve chair’s expected timetable for the next interest rate increase. Some of Yellen’s colleagues, including the host of the […]
Obama plans to create world’s largest marine protected area
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-26 00:11:26 (6 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. Obama’s proclamation on Friday will quadruple in size a monument created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea (pah-pah-HAH-now-moh-cuh-ah-cay-ah) Marine National Monument will contain 582,578 […]
The Unintended Consequence of Congress’s Ban on Designer Babies
  Source: Technology Review RSS Feeds 2016-08-26 00:11:18 (6 hours ago) 
The testing of new therapies to prevent a debilitating mitochondrial genetic disease in babies has hit a dead end.




1 year since news crew killed on air
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-26 00:10:32 (6 hours ago) 
On Friday morning the Roanoke, Virginia television station WDBJ will mark the one year anniversary of Alison Parker and Adam Ward's deaths with a moment of silence on the air.
10 things we learned in the Miami Dolphins' 17-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-08-26 00:10:23 (6 hours ago) 

Spate of injuries to defensive players mars 17-6 win over Falcons in Orlando as cutdown day looms. -- Omar Kelly

Syria Daraya: Deal reached to evacuate besieged town
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-26 00:10:09 (6 hours ago) 
A deal is reached to evacuate civilians and rebel fighters from the Syrian town of Daraya, near the capital Damascus, following a long government siege.
IndyCar race coming to Gateway in 2017
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-26 00:10:02 (6 hours ago) 
IndyCar officially will announce that Gateway will be the site of the 17th race in the series starting in 2017
New Mexico Girl Found Brutally Murdered on Her 10th Birthday
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 00:02:26 (6 hours ago) 
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Striking Miners in Bolivia Have Killed the Country’s Deputy Minister
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-26 00:02:26 (6 hours ago) 
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Clinton pummels Trump for 'taking hate groups mainstream,' ties GOPer to fringe 'alt right'
  Source: The Washington Times - national 2016-08-26 00:02:24 (6 hours ago) 

Donald Trump's campaign has become a haven for racism and bigotry, allowing hate to become part of the political debate, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton charged Tuesday in a blistering speech intended to make her Republican opponent too poisonous for voters.

Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Trump has shown by whom ...

Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:02:21 (6 hours ago) 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Czech tourist Pavlina Pizova has described the death of her partner and the month she spent in the New Zealand wilderness after the couple set out on an ill-fated hike. Pizova was rescued Wednesday from a park warden’s hut on the snowed-in Routeburn Track near Queenstown, and Ondrej Petr’s body […]
Friday’s poll: How would you grade the Seahawks’ starting units vs. the Cowboys?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-26 00:02:21 (6 hours ago) 

Juno probe to graze Jupiter on Saturday
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 00:02:20 (6 hours ago) 




Juno probe to graze Jupiter on Saturday
  Source: The Register 2016-08-26 00:02:20 (6 hours ago) 
Closest encounter with gas giant will see craft close to just 4,200km from cloud-tops

Strap in for a bumpy ride, Earthlings: the Juno probe will make its closest approach to Jupiter on Saturday when it comes within just 4,200km of the gas giant's uppermost clouds.…

Revenge, malice and tit for tat
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-08-26 00:02:10 (6 hours ago) 
Revenge replaces policy making; battles over registering sex changes; continued crackdown on dodgy colleges.
Invercargill City Library's 'synchronised book shelving' a hit during Rio Olympics
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:02:08 (6 hours ago) 
A humorous social media strategy by staff at the Invercargill City Library, launched in a bid to "remove the stigmatism of libraries being boring", is attracting global interest.
Punch count shows David Nyika deserved win over eventual Olympic bronze medallist
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:02:08 (6 hours ago) 
OPINION: The biggest fight in amateur boxing isn't the one in the ring, it's the one convincing the judges.
Teen died after being caught in notorious Raglan rip
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-26 00:02:08 (6 hours ago) 
Two rescuers each tried to pull a struggling Hamilton teenager caught in the notorious "Jack the Ripper" rip at Raglan beach to safety. 




Lynx players ready to resume play after Olympic break
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2016-08-26 00:02:07 (6 hours ago) 
It’s been more than a month since the Lynx last played a regular-season game. Players say they are not worries about rust - or fatigue in the case of their five Olympians.
Powerball jackpot near $150 million; Ohio Lottery results
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2016-08-26 00:01:56 (6 hours ago) 
The Mega Millions jackpot is $76 million.
IPhone Users Urged to Update Software After Security Flaws Are Found
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-26 00:01:52 (6 hours ago) 
Apple has patched its mobile operating system after investigators found flaws that were exploited to spy on dissidents and journalists.
2 Nuns Are Killed in Mississippi: ‘The Sweetest People to Ever Draw a Breath’
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-26 00:01:52 (6 hours ago) 
The women, who worked as nurse practitioners and were known for their singing at Mass, were found in their home in Durant, a small city where violent crime had been rare.
Miners in Bolivia kidnap deputy minister in "brutal killing," authorities say
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2016-08-26 00:01:33 (6 hours ago) 
Officials in Bolivia say striking miners have kidnapped and killed the country’s deputy government minister, who had traveled to the area to mediate in the conflict over mining laws




Tourist describes death, harrowing month in New Zealand bush
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-25 23:51:35 (6 hours ago) 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Czech tourist Pavlina Pizova has described the death of her partner and the month she spent in the New Zealand wilderness after the couple set out on an ill-fated hike. Pizova was rescued Wednesday from a park warden’s hut on the snowed-in Routeburn Track near Queenstown, and Ondrej Petr’s body […]
An eco oasis rising up in the desert? Photographing the 'City of Possibilities'
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-25 23:50:41 (6 hours ago) 
Set in the middle of the Abu Dhabi desert, Masdar City was supposed to be the world's first zero carbon city when it was conceived a decade ago. French photographer Etienne Malapert has captured the reality of Masdar today.
Authorities: Miners in Bolivia kidnap deputy minister in "brutal killing"
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2016-08-25 23:50:36 (6 hours ago) 
Bolivia minister 'killed by protesting miners'
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-25 23:50:20 (6 hours ago) 
Bolivian authorities say they believe the deputy interior minister has been kidnapped and killed by striking miners.
East Alton woman dies from injuries after Saturday crash in Crawford County
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-25 23:50:02 (6 hours ago) 
Taylor N. Pile, 21, died Wednesday afternoon from injuries sustained when a car she was riding in Saturday went off the road and hit a sign, an embankment and a tree in Crawford County.




Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-25 23:42:09 (6 hours ago) 

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Authorities in Bolivia say striking miners have kidnapped and killed the country’s deputy government minister, who had traveled to the area to mediate in the conflict over mining laws. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a “cowardly and brutal killing” and asked that the miners turn over the body of […]
An aerial adventure, minus takeoff
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-25 23:42:09 (6 hours ago) 

Wings Over Washington, a “flying theater” ride that takes guests over scenic spots in Washington state, opened to the public Thursday at Miners Landing on Pier 57.
Mariners squander lead in seventh; White Sox walk off with 7-6 win
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-25 23:42:09 (6 hours ago) 

The M’s bullpen, with some help from the defense, gave up three-run lead in seventh.
Todd Blackadder compares George Ford to Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Kieran Read
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:41:53 (6 hours ago) 
Former Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has compared England's George Ford to New Zealand stars Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Kieran Read.
Linus on Linux's 25th Birthday
  Source: Slashdot 2016-08-25 23:41:49 (6 hours ago) 
The creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, posted his famous message announcing Linux on August 25, 1991, claiming that it was "just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu." ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols caught up with Linus Torvalds and talked about Linux's origins in a series of interviews: "SJVN: What's Linux real birthday? You're the proud papa, when do you think it was? When you sent out the newsgroup post to the Minix newsgroup on August 25, 1991? When you sent out the 0.01 release to a few friends? LT: I think both of them are valid birthdays. The first newsgroup post is more public (August 25), and you can find it with headers giving date and time and everything. In contrast, I don't think the 0.01 release was ever announced in any public setting (only in private to a few people who had shown interest, and I don't think any of those emails survived). These days the way to find the 0.01 date (September 17) is to go and look at the dates of the files in the tar-file that still remains. So, both of them work for me. Or either. And, by the way, some people will argue for yet other days. For example, the earliest public semi-mention of Linux was July 3: that was the first time I asked for some POSIX docs publicly on the minix newsgroup and mentioned I was working on a project (but didn't name it). And at the other end, October 5 was the first time I actually publicly announced a Linux version: 'version 0.02 (+1 (very small) patch already).' So you might have to buy four cakes if you want to cover all the eventualities." Vaughan-Nichols goes on to pick Linus' brain about what he was doing when he created Linux. In honor of Linux's 25th birthday today, let's all sing happy birthday... 1... 2... 3...

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San Bernardino terrorist attack victim's son gains strength through high school football
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-25 23:41:42 (6 hours ago) 
These Pasadena boxers will be ready to rumble Friday, but not in their usual ring
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-25 23:41:42 (6 hours ago) 
Two bills seeking to reform Central Basin are on their way to Gov. Brown's desk
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-25 23:41:42 (6 hours ago) 

SACRAMENTO >> Eight months after an audit was released slamming the Central Basin Municipal Water District for political corruption, the state Legislature has approved two bills to reform the district.

Both still need the signature of Gov.

Former Glendora car dealer faces 79 years for bank fraud, after being a fugitive for 24 years
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-25 23:41:42 (6 hours ago) 
Want to Own a Newspaper? A Vermont Contest Has Trouble Finding Takers
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-25 23:41:37 (6 hours ago) 
The editor and publisher of The Hardwick Gazette, the grand prize in an essay contest, extended the deadline after submissions fell short.




The Wall Street Journal: China taking more collaborative approach to cybersecurity
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-25 23:41:19 (6 hours ago) 
China is taking a more inclusive tack in instituting cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over the controls.
Asia Markets: Nikkei drops, preparing for bad news from Fed
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2016-08-25 23:41:19 (6 hours ago) 
Shares in Asia drifted lower Friday, as investors largely held fire ahead of guidance from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.
Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-25 23:40:15 (6 hours ago) 
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Authorities in Bolivia say striking miners have kidnapped and killed the country&apos;s deputy government minister, who had traveled to the area to mediate in the conflict over mining laws....
Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-25 23:40:15 (6 hours ago) 
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Authorities in Bolivia say striking miners have kidnapped and killed the country&apos;s deputy government minister, who had traveled to the area to mediate in the conflict over mining laws....
Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: AP Top International News 2016-08-25 23:40:15 (6 hours ago) 
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Authorities in Bolivia say striking miners have kidnapped and killed the country&apos;s deputy government minister, who had traveled to the area to mediate in the conflict over mining laws....




Colombians weigh justice and peace in FARC deal
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-25 23:31:51 (7 hours ago) 

The fate of a deal to end Colombia’s long war is in the hands of voters who nurse deep wounds and have ample reason to be suspicious of the rebels’ promises.
Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-25 23:31:51 (7 hours ago) 

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Authorities in Bolivia say striking miners have kidnapped and killed the country’s deputy government minister, who had traveled to the area to mediate in the conflict over mining laws. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a “cowardly and brutal killing” and asked that the miners turn over the body of […]
Islamophobia: A reminder of Japanese-American internment
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-08-25 23:30:40 (7 hours ago) 

Reception, panel discussion `From Citizen to Enemy?' is Saturday at UC College of Law

        
From rags and dishes to 'Undercover Boss'
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2016-08-25 23:30:40 (7 hours ago) 

Dave Bauer was just a 23-year-old dishwasher at the Buffalo Wings & Rings in Finneytown when he trained the CEO. 

        
Hyde: All systems go and good for Wake, Foster | Commentary
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2016-08-25 23:30:34 (7 hours ago) 

They'd ask each other how it's going this summer, just in passing and maybe to offer some shared sense of community, one Achilles' tendon survivor to another.

Cameron Wake and Arian Foster also swapped Achilles' small talk on the sideline with the franchise's top example of returning from that...





Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-25 23:30:20 (7 hours ago) 
At least seven people are killed in a bomb and gun attack on a beach restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Under-18 terror detainments triple in two years
  Source: BBC News - Home 2016-08-25 23:30:20 (7 hours ago) 
The number of under-18s detained under the Terrorism Act when entering or leaving the UK rose from 13 in 2013 to 46 in 2015.
Police find missing car of 2 slain nuns
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-25 23:22:07 (7 hours ago) 

Authorities said robbery may have been the motive in stabbing deaths of two nuns.

       
Clinton's suits have Mississippi roots
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2016-08-25 23:22:07 (7 hours ago) 

Miss. native goes bold with colors for powerful C-suite women.

       
5 things we learned from the loss to the Dolphins
  Source: Top News from AJC.com 2016-08-25 23:22:04 (7 hours ago) 




Facebook’s Plan For WhatsApp Data Poses Legal Risks
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-25 23:22:04 (7 hours ago) 
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LEADING OFF: Ruiz joins Dodgers, Wright returns to Red Sox
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-25 23:22:00 (7 hours ago) 

A look at what’s happening all around the majors Friday: ___ CHOOCH’S NEW CHALLENGE Carlos Ruiz is set to make his debut for the Dodgers, a day after them got him in a trade of popular backup catchers that sent A.J. Ellis to Philadelphia. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said Ruiz would start the series […]
Dominique Bond-Flasza’s goal enough as Huskies stop Tennessee 1-0 in soccer
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-25 23:22:00 (7 hours ago) 

The Huskies (1-1) won despite the Vols (1-2) having a 14-9 advantage in shots and a 12-4 edge in corner kicks.
Colombians weigh justice and peace in FARC deal
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2016-08-25 23:22:00 (7 hours ago) 

The fate of a deal to end Colombia’s long war is in the hands of voters who nurse deep wounds and have ample reason to be suspicious of the rebels’ promises.
Blackface row: AFL star unloads
  Source: The Australian | News 2016-08-25 23:21:48 (7 hours ago) 
Nic Naitanui has spoken out after a Perth schoolboy’s costume of his idol caused a race-debate furore.




New Zealand men's coxed four win under-23 world rowing champs gold
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
The New Zealand men's coxed four raced to gold and the men's coxless four claimed bronze on the first day of finals at the world under-23 rowing championships in Rotterdam.
Te Papa gets bugged for new exhibition
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
Te Papa will be overrun by creepy-crawlies this summer when it opens Bug Lab, the museum's next summer blockbuster exhibition.
Why you should never cut your nails
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
Oh, the luxury of a weekly manicure.
Air New Zealand's record great for travellers, but not necessarily fares
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
Air New Zealand's record profit probably won't mean your next flight is cheaper, but the airline's boss still reckons it is a great time to be a traveller here.
Skyscanner website offers traveller a ticket with a 47-year layover
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
Transit itineraries are a thing. There are scores of travel stories and tourist tips on how best to sneak in some sightseeing on a long layover.




Kiwi entertainers help run Italian 'fire festival'
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
A New Zealand entertainment company has been handpicked to run a major Italian fire dancing festival this weekend.
E!'s Hollywood Medium: 'Rachel Hunter is one of my favourite clients'
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
For 20-year-old Hollywood Medium Tyler Henry, a spiritual reading is "an intuitive experience".
Gobi the dog - who followed an Aussie ultramarathon runner for 125km - has been found
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
An Australian ultramarathon runner's appeal to help find his beloved new pet has been successful, with him and the dog now reunited.
Czech tramper Pavlina Pizova's bid to escape remote Fiordland hut
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
Desperate to escape her snow-bound hut, grief-stricken Czech tramper Pavlina Pizova fashioned a makeshift pair of showshoes from vegetable baskets, but was beaten back by the weather.
Six dead under 25 in three months - Kaitaia looks for mental health solutions
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2016-08-25 23:21:46 (7 hours ago) 
Kaitaia's lost six lives to suspected suicide since mid-May, five of them recently. Reporter Laura Walters talks to locals about what went wrong and how the Far North town can stop this from happening again.




Winning numbers drawn in 'Lucky For Life' game
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2016-08-25 23:21:45 (7 hours ago) 
How The Doors' guitarist and an artist are keeping Danny Thomas' prayer alive
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-25 23:21:37 (7 hours ago) 
SUV found next to skeletal remains in forest linked to missing Sunland woman
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-25 23:21:37 (7 hours ago) 
Canoga Park strip club shootout may have been sparked by dispute over money
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2016-08-25 23:21:37 (7 hours ago) 
Investors Move Next Door, Unsettling a Black Beachside Enclave
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2016-08-25 23:21:32 (7 hours ago) 
Residents of Sag Harbor’s African-American neighborhoods on Long Island worry that an influx of investors who are sweeping up properties will forever alter the community’s character.




Brazilian Police Recommend Charges Against Ryan Lochte
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2016-08-25 23:21:31 (7 hours ago) 
The American swimmer could be charged with giving false testimony in connection with claims that he was robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics.
Suns coming up short as Lookouts prevail again
  Source: Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL 2016-08-25 23:20:46 (7 hours ago) 

The Jacksonville Suns are running out of wins and time.

The Suns lost for the third time in the last four games with the Chattanooga Lookouts as the visitors scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to post a 7-6 win Thursday night in front of 4,987 at the Baseball Grounds.

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Members of Jacksonville's Hispanic community look to future
  Source: Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL 2016-08-25 23:20:46 (7 hours ago) 

Tomas Jimenez said his dream came true at the Havana Jax Cafe Thursday evening.

He stood in front of about 25 pastors, business owners and organization leaders at the Jacksonville Hispanic Community Leaders’ first-ever networking event and praised the Hispanic community for coming together.

“When I founded the Mayor’s American Hispanic Advisory Board, that was my goal: to have everyone under one umbrella to help the community,” he said.

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Police say at least 20 killed in Nepal bus accident
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2016-08-25 23:13:33 (7 hours ago) 

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police say at least 20 people were killed and another 17 hurt when bus drove off a highway in Nepal and plunged into a river. Police office said the bus rolled about 100 meters (330 feet) down the slope early Friday and crashed into the fast-flowing Trishuli river near Chandibhanjyang, about […]
What has changed since the WDBJ shooting one year ago
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2016-08-25 23:12:00 (7 hours ago) 
On Friday morning the Roanoke, Virginia television station WDBJ will mark the one year anniversary of Alison Parker and Adam Ward's deaths with a moment of silence on the air.




Marathon running dog reunited with owner
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-25 23:11:58 (7 hours ago) 
Remember Gobi, the marathon-running dog who disappeared in China almost two weeks ago? CNN's Robyn Curnow has an update on the search for the missing stray.
Images spark debate over burkini ban
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-25 23:11:58 (7 hours ago) 
Activists protest France's burkini ban as French politicians defend it. CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.
An eye-popping response to Trump's attack
  Source: CNN.com 2016-08-25 23:11:58 (7 hours ago) 
Watch woman react with hilarious shocked face to Trump "bigot" attack. Jeanne Moos goes behind Trump's back.
Apple reportedly readying iPhone for Japan with tap-to-pay - CNET
  Source: CNET News 2016-08-25 23:11:57 (7 hours ago) 
iPhone maker is developing a handset that will tap FeliCa, the mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan.
UN envoy: How the world failed Syria
  Source: BBC News - World 2016-08-25 23:10:22 (7 hours ago) 
The UN's humanitarian envoy to Syria says people could have been spared the brutality of the past five years.




Fielding costs Cardinals again in 10-6 loss to Mets
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2016-08-25 23:10:03 (7 hours ago) 
Fielding error by Garcia sets up four-run fifth that blows game open
Brazilian Senators Blast Each Other as Rousseff Impeachment Trial Gets Underway
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2016-08-25 23:02:31 (7 hours ago) 
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EpiPen price hikes spark outrage; lawmakers threaten increased regulation of drug companies
  Source: The Washington Times - national 2016-08-25 23:02:29 (7 hours ago) 

The cost of the EpiPen, a potentially lifesaving quick treatment for allergic reactions, has been rising steadily for nearly a decade — but it turned into a political scandal only this month, as Washington rushed to blast the manufacturer as a heartless price-gouger.

Mylan Pharmaceuticals bowed to pressure Thursday, saying ...