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  • SFPD officer arrested, accused of lying on DMV documents

    05/02/2016 7:42:53 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 30,2016 | Jenna Lyons
    A San Francisco police officer was arrested and suspended without pay Friday after a months-long investigation into allegations he made “false representations” on his Department of Motor Vehicles confidentiality form, authorities said.Saqib Aslam, 29, of South San Francisco was charged with felony counts of filing a false document and perjury, officials in the district attorney’s office said.Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, said Aslam put down someone else’s information on a DMV INV 32 form. An INV 32, according to the California DMV website, allows qualified persons, along with their spouses and children, to ask for “home address confidentiality on...
  • China blocks US Navy aircraft carrier from Hong Kong port

    05/01/2016 6:41:53 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2016 | Staff
    China blocked a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier from arriving at a port in Hong Kong as tensions ratcheted up over disputed islands in the South China Sea, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed Friday. The USS John C. Stennis and escort ships had planned to visit the port next week, Stars & Stripes reports. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not explain why it denied the request. "We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, including with the current visit of the USS Blue Ridge, and we expect that will continue,” Cmdr. Bill Urban told Fox...
  • Why has there been an exodus of black residents from West Coast liberal hubs?

    05/01/2016 8:51:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    LAT (LA Slimes Op Ed) ^ | May 1, 2016 | Aaron Renn
    The Black Lies Matter movement has brought the challenges facing black America to the fore, and introduced racially conscious quality-of-life questions into the national debate. How are black residents in America's cities faring? And how are those cities doing in meeting the aspirations of their black residents, judged especially by the ultimate barometer: whether blacks choose to move to these cities, or stay in them? Though results vary to some extent, the broad trend is clear: West Coast progressive enclaves are either seeing an exodus of blacks or are failing to attract them. Midwestern and Northeastern urban areas are attracting...
  • First U.S. Gas Shipment En Route to Europe

    04/25/2016 5:31:57 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 38 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 21, 2016 | Georgi Kantchev and Miriam Malek
    A tanker from Louisiana loaded with U.S. natural gas is en route to Portugal, the first shipment in a trade relationship that could shake up the European market. The 970-foot long Creole Spirit, carrying liquefied natural gas, is expected to arrive by the end of April, according to shipping data and people familiar with the matter. In Europe, American gas will add to a swell in supply in a crowded market long dominated by Russia. Analysts predict that the arrival of U.S. gas could trigger a price war, leading to lower prices for consumers that could act as a shot...
  • Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Italy in lesson for Europe

    04/16/2016 8:28:46 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 37 replies
    Yahoo News AP ^ | April 16, 2016 | DEREK GATOPOULOS, NICOLE WINFIELD and ELENA BECATOROS
    MORIA, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis gave Europe a concrete lesson Saturday in welcoming refugees by bringing 12 Syrian Muslims to Italy aboard his charter plane after an emotional visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, which has faced the brunt of Europe's migration crisis. Refugees on the overwhelmed island fell to their knees and wept at his presence. The Vatican said Francis wanted to make a "gesture of welcome" at the end of his five-hour visit to Lesbos, where he implored Europe to respond to the migrant crisis on its shores "in a way that is worthy of our...
  • Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to resign

    04/10/2016 9:24:34 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | April10, 2016 | Staff
    The Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has announced he will resign next week, blaming politicians' failure to enact "real changes". Mr Yatsenyuk, in office since former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February 2014, said he would inform parliament on Tuesday. The current President, Petro Poroshenko, asked him to quit in February, saying he had lost support.
  • Dallas Food TV Reporter Stacy Fawcett Stabbed to Death by Son

    04/09/2016 1:32:58 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 152 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 8, 2016 | Staff
    Popular Dallas food reporter Stacy Fawcett has died, PEOPLE confirms. In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the Plano Police Department confirmed that Fawcett, 45, and her son Josiah Utu, 17, both suffered fatal stab wounds early Friday when Fawcett's eldest son 19-year-old McCann Utu Jr. attacked the pair before stabbing himself. After the incident, a male suspect contacted police, telling the 911 operator that he had committed murder. Officers were then dispatched to the home in Plano, Texas – a suburb 20 miles north of Dallas – where they "made entry into the residence and discovered a deceased adult male...
  • Arrest made in the murder of University of Texas student

    04/08/2016 8:51:43 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 8, 2016 | Jason Sickles
    A 17-year-old homeless man has been arrested in the on-campus murder of a University of Texas student, according to Austin police. The body of freshman dance major Haruka Weiser, 18, was found in a creek near the school's football field on Tuesday. On Friday, investigators said they plan to charge Meechaiel Criner, 17, with capital murder. Austin police Chief Art Acevedo said detectives arrested Criner at a homeless shelter Thursday evening.
  • Sarah Palin Says She Will Sue Azealia Banks Over Twitter Comments – Rapper Issues Apology

    04/07/2016 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 115 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 5, 2016 | Staff
    Azealia Banks posted an apology letter to Sarah Palin on Tuesday after the former governor of Alaska announced plans to sue the rapper over her hate-fueled, profanity-laden Twitter rant. Palin told PEOPLE exclusively in a statement that she will take legal action against Banks “on behalf of all reasonable women of every age, race and political leaning.” “I’ve had enough of the unanswered threats and attacks against my family and me,” Palin said of Banks’ NSFW social media suggestion that the former governor should be sexually assaulted. “So, for the first time I’m going to enjoy the only retribution some...
  • A top haven for tax cheats that may surprise you: the US

    04/07/2016 6:32:07 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 6 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | Paul Wiseman Via AP
    The United States lambastes and strong-arms countries that help drug lords and millionaire investors hide their money from tax collectors. Critics say it should look closer to home. America itself is emerging as a top tax haven alongside the likes of Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, and Panama, those seeking reform of the international tax system say. And states such as Delaware, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming, in particular, are competing with each other to provide foreigners with the secrecy they crave. ‘‘There’s a big neon sign saying the United States is open to tax cheats,’’ says John Christensen, executive director...
  • Syrian rebels have long wanted anti-aircraft missiles. Their wish may have been granted

    04/06/2016 6:41:52 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 6, 2016 | Nabih Bulos
    Syrian rebels operating in the country’s northern region shot down a government warplane Tuesday, suggesting that they have been supplied with anti-aircraft weapons. Government and rebel sources confirmed the strike, and social media accounts associated with the hard-line Islamist group Ahrar al Sham linked to a video depicting a flaming aircraft hurtling toward the orchards of Al Eis village and jubilant onlookers cheering and taking pictures of the plane’s wreckage.SnipThe Syrian state news agency SANA reported that “a warplane was struck by a surface-to-air missile launched by the terrorist organizations while it was on a reconnaissance mission.”
  • Revealed: The US Army Is Developing the Ultimate 'Big Gun'

    03/31/2016 8:30:04 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 43 replies
    The National Interest ^ | March 31, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    On March 19, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Louis Cardin, a field artilleryman assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died during an attack on Fire Base Bell outside of Makhmur, Iraq. Coincidentally, the U.S. Army is hard at work developing a farther-firing howitzer that could help keep artillery troops out of range of enemy forces. The Army is cooking up a suite of improvements could double the range of the existing M-777 howitzer. Right now the 155-millimeter gun, in service with the Army and Marines, can lob shells at targets up to 18 miles away. The M-777ER version the...
  • Russia says might use force in cease-fire violations in Syria

    03/21/2016 8:00:43 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 1 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 21, 2016 | Associated Press wire
    MOSCOW — Russia on Monday warned the United States that it will start responding to cease-fire violations in Syria unilaterally starting Tuesday if the U.S. refuses to coordinate rules of engagement against the violators. The Russian military has accused the U.S. of dragging its feet on responding to Moscow's proposals on joint monitoring of a Syria cease-fire. A top Russian general said over the weekend that further delays are leading to civilian casualties, like in Aleppo where 67 civilians reportedly have been killed by militant fire since the truce started. Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff said...
  • Russia Test-Fires Hypersonic Zircon Missiles For Nulear Submarines, Weapons To Reach Mach 5 Speed

    03/19/2016 8:14:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    IBT ^ | March 19, 2016 | Vishakha Sonawane
    Russia began testing its navy’s new hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles, Sputnik News reported citing RIA Novosti Thursday. The cruise missiles are expected to reach five or six times the speed of sound (Mach 5 or Mach 6), the report added. “The tests of the hypersonic Zircon missiles have begun using a ground-based launching site,” a senior Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti, according to Sputnik News. Once the tests are confirmed successful, the missile will reportedly be presented for state approval. It will reportedly be installed on Russia's newest fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear submarines, which are currently being developed.
  • Putin Tells Obama Not to ‘Meddle’ in Savchenko Case

    03/18/2016 5:35:36 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    Newsweak ^ | March 17, 2016 | Damien Sharkov
    Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected U.S. President Barack Obama’s request that he free captured Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, a Kremlin spokesman told the Interfax news agency. Savchenko is held in Russia under allegations of assisting in the killing of two Russian journalists, while fighting in Ukraine in 2014. Her verdict is due before March 22 and she faces a 23-year jail sentence if found guilty. Although a Russian judge has already said the pilot’s guilt has been proven “beyond doubt” European and U.S. politicians have accused Russia of fabricating the charges for political reasons. Ukrainians have held regular protests in...
  • ‘No’ vote makes gains ahead of Dutch Ukraine referendum

    03/12/2016 9:52:39 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    Dutch News NL ^ | March 12, 2016 | Staff
    Some 57% of the Dutch who are planning to vote on next month’s referendum on the EU’s treaty with Ukraine will vote ‘no’, according to a poll of 2,500 people for the Volkskrant. The motive for voting no is also becoming clearer, the poll, carried out by I&O Research showed. ‘No’ voters are convinced the treaty is the first stage to admitting Ukraine to the EU, which they oppose, the Volkskrant said.
  • Nancy Reagan didn’t think for Ronnie, but with him: Thomas Elias

    03/08/2016 9:41:35 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News Opinion ^ | March 8, 2016 | Thomas Elias
    Barely three weeks after Ronald Reagan became the first professional actor ever elected governor of California, in late January 1967, he gave an hour of his time to a small class of Stanford University graduate students led by the great Professor William Rivers. The class first attended his weekly news conference, then visited Reagan’s office before lunching with Lyn Nofziger and William Clark, later to be Reagan’s White House press secretary and national security adviser, respectively. The class only briefly encountered his wife Nancy Reagan, who died this week. At the time, many so-called political experts doubted Reagan was smart...
  • What does Russia want?

    03/07/2016 8:26:22 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    US News World Report Opinion ^ | march 7, 2016 | Jeffery L Chidester
    What does Russia want? This question has confounded policymakers in Washington for the past several years, but never more so than today, as Moscow extends its grip in Crimea, widens the war in Syria and bolsters its military facing west. It is a question that Americans have asked, and answered, before – most successfully, 70 years ago with the arrival of George Kennan's "Long Telegram." While Kennan's 8,000-word missive engaged a Russia of another time and place, it is an essential read for the next president as he, or she, charts a new way forward with the Kremlin. Writing in...
  • Estonia Wants More NATO Troops—But Only If They Aren’t Black

    02/23/2016 7:52:45 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 20 replies
    The Observer ^ | Ferruary 22, 2016 | Mikhail Klikushin
    February 24 will be a big day in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, when the small Baltic country of 1.3 million celebrates the 98th anniversary of its first independence - complete with a military parade.(Snip)Indeed, the significance of the parade in Tallinn will be in the fact that the Estonian troops will not be marching alone, but together with their NATO comrades in arms. Today, facing a new threat from self-assured Russia, NATO is considering sending a battalion of 500 to 1,000 each to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The troops will consist of American, British and German soldiers.(Snip)About 500 NATO...
  • Russia's Military Is More Advanced Than You Might Think

    01/29/2016 6:08:24 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    Esquire ^ | January 29, 2016 | David Hambling
    Vladimir Putin is not a man to back down from provocation, especially a direct, lethal provocation like the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 aircraft by Turkey on Tuesday. Such an attack raises the possibility of a direct military confrontation, and makes you wonder just what Russia could do if you rattled its cage. How dangerous are they? Russia's defense complex may be just a shadow of the old Soviet Union, with defense spending only about 12 percent of the USA's. As such, many in the West tend to see Russian hardware as second-rate-stuck with 1970's electronics, crude manufacturing standards,...
  • Confiscate property to punish terrorism, drug trafficking - Communists

    01/28/2016 10:56:13 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    RT ^ | January 28,2016 | Staff
    Two Communist Party MPs have prepared a draft law that reintroduces property confiscation as punishment for crimes. They propose it for many cases, including instigation of hatred, organization of mass unrest and drug trafficking. One of the bill's sponsors, Yury Sinelshikov, told business daily Kommersant that despite the fact that the law currently allows to confiscate property acquired by criminal means, in reality such measure is applied very rarely. The main reason being that once property is purchased it is very difficult to tell which funds were used for the acquisition. The MPs suggested a return to the Soviet-era practice...
  • Lenin watches on over increasingly indifferent Russians

    01/24/2016 9:50:21 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 32 replies
    AFP ^ | January 24, 2016 | Nicolas Miletitch
    Moscow (AFP) - To reach the gigantic statue of Vladimir Lenin that overlooks Moscow's October Square, pedestrians can stroll down streets named after the Bolshevik revolutionary's wife or mother, or cross Lenin Avenue that intersects with a road named after his brother. More than a quarter of a century has passed since the fall of Communism but reminders of the Soviet Union's founding father Lenin -- who died on January 21, 1924 -- are still easy to find. Yet the man himself seems increasingly to mean little to many people in Russia, the cradle of his revolution.
  • Russia Today OP-Ed:Litvinenko saga: British hypocrisy exposed in verdict 'probably' influenced by p

    01/22/2016 6:37:39 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | January 22, 2016 | Bryan MacDonald, Russia Today
    A British judge thinks that Vladimir Putin 'probably' ordered the killing of FSB turned Mi6 agent Alexander Litvinenko. Carlsberg don't do inquiries but, if they did they'd 'probably' be better than this one. Back in the mid 1970's, Carlsberg's brewery in Northampton, England was searching for a slogan to market its beer. Due to laws against misrepresenting products, they were unable to state that it was "the best lager in the world." Thus, a compromise was found and a legendary advertising catchphrase was born. "Probably the best lager in the world."Carlsberg's phrase became so famous that it spawned further commercials...
  • Denmark tells U.N. it has trained radar on Syria

    01/18/2016 5:26:14 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2016 | Staff
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark told the United Nations it was "taking necessary and proportionate measures" against Islamic State in Syria, which the foreign ministry later said involved training radar located in Iraq on the neighboring country. Denmark had previously contributed seven F-16 fighter jets which carried out bombing missions in Iraq against Islamist militants. It pulled those jets out in September for rest and maintenance and expects them to return in the spring of 2016. "Denmark had a radar contribution - this can look, of course, into Syria. This was the contribution while we wait for the planes," a foreign...
  • Saudi-led strikes hit police buildings in Yemen's Sanaa, sources say

    01/18/2016 10:33:57 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2016 | Staff
    Air raids by a Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 15 policemen and wounded more than 20 people when they hit police buildings in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, overnight, medical and police sources said on Monday. The strikes hit a local police building and the headquarters of the traffic police, according to medics and residents, who said some people remained trapped under the rubble. Two police sources said the number of deaths in the strike against the police building has risen to 25, most of whom were policemen. They could not provide a breakdown of the number of policemen and civilians...
  • 'Patriotic hackers' attacking on behalf of Mother Russia

    01/17/2016 10:23:38 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 17, 2016 | Matthew Dean, Catherine Herridge
    A proxy war is underway in cyberspace, according to I.T. security analysts, and it is pitting numerous foreign institutions against Russian-speaking cyber militias beholden to President Vladimir Putin. As has been evidenced by a steady wave of sophisticated cyberattacks targeting nation states and private sector organizations whose policies run counter to that of Moscow, Fox News is told groups of patriotic Eastern European hackers are using cyberattacks as a means to achieve Russia's geopolitical goals. Intelligence sources with knowledge of these cyberattacks tell Fox News the cyber militias are acting on behalf of the Putin regime. Furthermore, Fox is told...
  • 10 dead, 15 wounded in Istanbul tourist district explosion

    01/12/2016 6:35:28 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    AP ^ | January 12. 2016 | LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and SUZAN FRASER
    A Syrian suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists Tuesday morning, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15 others, Turkish officials said. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in televised remarks that both Turks and foreigners were among the dead in the explosion in the Sultanahmet district. Turkey's state-run news agency said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a telephone conversation with German chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he said most of the victims were German. A spokesman for Davutoglu was not immediately available. "I strongly condemn the terror incident that occurred in Istanbul,...
  • ‘Taharrush gamea’ comes to Germany? Police fear Cologne sex abuse may be imported practice

    01/11/2016 11:05:47 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    RT ^ | January 11, 2016 | Staff
    German police fear repeats of the Cologne New Year's Eve sexual assaults, saying extra attention will now be paid to fighting similar attacks. Police used the Arab term 'taharrush gamea' (collective harassment) to categorize the assaults - causing an angry reaction on Twitter. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the main investigative authority in Germany, said in a response to Welt newspaper it knows sexual harassment of women in public is widespread in Arab countries, and that this is exactly what happened on New Year's Eve in Cologne. Collective harassment is translated as "taharrush gamea". Police register over 500 cases...
  • Cops: Liquor store clerk fatally shoots 2 would-be robbers, 15 and 17

    01/11/2016 8:39:58 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 117 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 11, 2016 | Jeremy Gorner, Gregory Pratt, Megan Crepeau, Rosemary Regina Sobol and Dawn Rhodes
    Two would-be robbers who were fatally shot at a liquor store in the Gresham neighborhood Saturday night have been identified as a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, authorities said. Keshawn Marzette, 15, of the 8300 block of South Throop Street, and William Larson, 17, of the same address, were pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Autopsies Sunday determined both died of multiple gunshot wounds and their deaths were classified as homicides, the office said. The two were shot to death by a store employee about 8:30 p.m. when they tried to rob...
  • 5 killed in missile strike on Medicins Sans Frontieres clinic in Yemen

    01/10/2016 5:07:19 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    RT ^ | January 10, 2016 | Staff
    At least five people have been killed in a missile strike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres medical facility in Yemen. The organization 'strongly condemns this', while adding that 10 people have been injured in the attack. 'We can confirm five dead people; we have transferred several injured to our other hospital in Sanaa, some of them are in critical condition,' MSF director of operations Raquel Ayora told RT. "The hospital is no longer functioning. It's been decreasing its services to the civilian population over the last months, only running life-saving and essential services. And right now there is no capacity...
  • Merkel forced to change tack as migrants linked to Cologne violence

    01/10/2016 6:29:27 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 39 replies
    AFP ^ | January 10, 2016 | Staff
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to change tack on her liberal stance towards refugees, after a spate of assaults during New Year's Eve celebrations blamed on asylum seekers. Turning away from her mantra of "we will manage this" over the record influx of asylum seekers that reached 1.1 million last year, Merkel has now backed changes to the law to ease the process of expulsion for those convicted of crimes. "If the law does not suffice, then the law must be changed," she said on Saturday, warning that any refugee handed a jail term -- even if it...
  • 'Women shouldn’t hide away': Swiss artist stages nude protest in Cologne after NYE assaults

    01/09/2016 10:40:36 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 50 replies
    Russia Today ^ | January 9, 2016 | Staff
    A Swiss artist defied the bitter cold to stage a naked protest outside Cologne Cathedral in Germany. She was supporting women's rights after more than 100 women were reportedly sexually assaulted on New Year's Eve. Milo Moire, an artist and model based in Dusseldorf, held up a sign during her demonstration, which read: "Respect us! We're not fair game, even when we are naked." The 32-year-old, who is of Spanish and Slovak descent, said she was appalled by the events, which took place on December 31. She decided to do something about this to ensure women can live their lives...
  • Cologne Mayor's 'code of conduct' to prevent sexual assault angers many

    01/08/2016 5:41:20 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 64 replies
    BBC ^ | January 6, 2016 | Staff
    Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker has drawn ridicule online for proposing a "code of conduct" for women to prevent sexual assault, advising them to remain at "an arm's length" from strangers.Her proposed guidelines included sticking to a group of trusted acquaintances, asking for help from others and informing the police....The main charge being made against her online was that Reker was blaming the victims for their behaviour, rather than the attackers themselves.
  • Islamic State militant 'executes own mother' in Raqqa

    01/08/2016 5:02:56 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | January 8, 2016 | Staff
    An Islamic State militant carried out a public "execution" of his mother because she asked him to leave the group, activists say. Ali Saqr, 21, killed his mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, outside the post office in Raqqa, Syria, eyewitnesses said.
  • Mein Kampf reprinted in Germany for first time since WW2

    01/08/2016 9:29:00 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | January 8, 2016 | Damian McGuinness
    Mein Kampf is being reprinted and sold in Germany for the first time since World War Two. The copyright on Adolf Hitler's book expired at the beginning of this year.
  • LePage in spotlight for saying drug dealers impregnate ‘white girls’ (Maine)

    01/08/2016 7:33:17 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | January 7, 2016 | Randy Billings
    Gov. Paul LePage has drawn widespread condemnation for a racially charged comment he made during one of his regular town hall meetings to promote his policy agenda in Bridgton on Wednesday night. About 30 minutes into the meeting, which was rebroadcast Thursday night, LePage responded to a question about how he was tackling substance abuse in Maine. He began talking about how much of the heroin is coming into Maine from out-of-state drug dealers. "These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty - these types of guys - they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here,...
  • Germany shocked by Cologne New Year gang assaults on women

    01/05/2016 6:07:08 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | January 5, 2016 | Staff
    The mayor of Cologne has summoned police for crisis talks after about 80 women reported sexual assaults and muggings by men on New Year's Eve. The scale of the attacks on women at the city's central railway station has shocked Germany. About 1,000 drunk and aggressive young men were involved. City police chief Wolfgang Albers called it "a completely new dimension of crime". The men were of Arab or North African appearance, he said. Women were also targeted in Hamburg.
  • Va. lawmaker wants to defund Gov. McAuliffe's armed guards over gun dispute

    12/30/2015 7:49:28 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 30, 2015 | Adam Shaw
    A Virginia state senator has thrown down the gauntlet with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a brewing battle over gun rights -- pushing to defund the governor’s armed bodyguards unless he revokes an order that banned firearms in most state buildings. "It’s easy for someone who is surrounded by armed state policemen to tell someone else they can't carry a weapon to protect themselves," Republican state Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr. told FoxNews.com. "It’s just equal treatment, that’s all I’m saying."
  • California gas company finds underground location of leaking well

    12/29/2015 7:10:03 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2015 | Staff
    The location of an underground well pipe that has been leaking methane gas in a Los Angeles neighborhood has been pinpointed, Southern California Gas Co. officials said Sunday. The utility company said it had drilled down about 3,800 feet when it found the breached well's 7-inch pipe with a magnetic ranging tool that allows workers on the surface to locate small underground targets. They are drilling a relief well nearby that they will eventually connect to the leaking well so they can plug it with cement. The leak has forced thousands of people to leave their homes. "One of the...
  • Nato dispatches Awacs planes and troops to protect Turkish airspace over Russia spat

    12/27/2015 9:57:34 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 43 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 27, 2015 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Nato is moving Airborne Early Warning and Control System (Awacs) surveillance planes to Turkey to protect the country's airspace amid growing friction with Russia. The alliance is deploying the Boeing E-3 Sentry system as part of its defence package to Ankara over the simmering Syrian crisis. Germany has dispatched several surveillance aircraft to the Turkish city of Konya, the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry of defence told the parliament. However, the number of troops and aircraft to be deployed was not revealed. "Since Germany provides 30% of all personnel, our armed forces will clearly also be affected by...
  • Pentagon refuses to share intel on ISIS until Moscow’s stance on Assad changes

    12/26/2015 4:48:16 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 38 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 26, 2015 | Staff
    Washington will not share intelligence data on Islamic State positions in Syria and will not accept Moscow's offer to cooperate on rooting out terrorism until Moscow changes its position on Syrian President Bashar Assad's future, the Pentagon said. Ever since the start of the Russian campaign in Syria in late September, Moscow has been offering to share information with the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), urging Washington to reciprocate. After months of extensive diplomatic efforts by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, and the Kremlin, the Pentagon is still refusing to enter the proposed...
  • Bloomberg: This time it's not Putin - Ukraine flirts with political suicide

    12/23/2015 7:22:25 AM PST · by Navy Patriot
    Kyiv Post ^ | December 23, 2015 | Staff
    Who needs Vladimir Putin to knock Ukraine off its post-revolutionary path? The nation's current rulers are managing by themselves.Read more at the Kyiv Post.
  • Has the French President’s Call to Arms Against ISIS Fizzled?

    12/20/2015 1:20:16 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | December 10, 2015 | Nolan Peterson
    After the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, French President Francois Hollande declared war on the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. But although he employed tougher rhetoric, Hollande didn't necessarily make an about-face in French counterterrorism policy. "The objective is clear, Daesh must be destroyed," Hollande told his Defense Council the day after the attacks, using a pejorative Arabic acronym for the Islamist terror group. In the weeks that followed, the French president undertook a marathon transcontinental diplomatic blitz to rally reluctant world leaders against ISIS. (Snip)"It was a political decision; Hollande has gone up in the...
  • Nationalists propose anti-ISIS lessons in Russian schools

    12/20/2015 11:24:48 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    RT ^ | December 18, 2015 | Staff
    The Motherland party has prepared legal amendments that would order secondary schools to conduct anti-terrorist propaganda among pupils and explain the role of the state in countering extremist groups, such as the infamous Islamic State. "In the current situation the government must oppose the terrorist propaganda in all spheres of our society, but primarily in secondary and high schools. Teachers must form a negative attitude to terrorism and extremism among their students. They must use real life examples to explain the dangers of the separatist, racist and radical religious concepts," Motherland leader Aleksey Zhuravlyov said in comments with Izvestia daily....
  • ISIS stole sarin gas from Libya stores & has already used it, Gaddafi's cousin tells RT

    12/19/2015 12:07:02 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 28 replies
    RT ^ | December 19, 2015 | Staff
    Islamic State militants have managed to steal chemical weapons from underground storage facilities in Libya that were not properly guarded and the gas has already been used, a cousin of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi told RT Arabic in an exclusive interview. "ISIS has managed to find some of the secret underground storage facilities, still holding chemical weapons, hidden in the desert. Unfortunately, they weren't properly guarded," said Ahmed Gaddafi Al-Dam, a cousin of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader who was killed in 2011.
  • Israel and Turkey reach 'understanding' on restoring ties

    12/18/2015 7:00:41 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | December 18, 2015 | Staff
    Israel and Turkey have reached a preliminary agreement on normalising relations, an Israeli official said. Ties broke down after the Israeli navy raided a flotilla trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza in 2010. Ten Turkish activists were killed. The deal will see Israel compensate families of those killed while Turkey will drop all claims against Israel, the unnamed official said.
  • US Airstrike May Have Inadvertently Killed Iraqi Soldiers

    12/18/2015 3:28:02 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 18, 2015 | Robert Burns
    The U.S. military said it is investigating an American airstrike that may have inadvertently killed Iraqi soldiers near the city of Fallujah. In a brief statement, the U.S. military headquarters in charge of the war effort in Syria and Iraq said that one of several airstrikes it conducted Friday against Islamic State targets may have resulted in the death of Iraqi soldiers. It did not say how many may have been killed, but other officials said the Iraqis initially reported that about 10 may have died. The U.S. statement said the airstrikes were in response to requests and information provided...
  • US Airstrike Kills More Than 30 Iraqi Soldiers

    12/18/2015 10:11:10 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 38 replies
    Your News Wire .com ^ | December 18, 2015 | Carol Adl
    The head of Iraq's Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee has claimed that more than 30 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 20 others injured in an airstrike carried out by the US military. '30 Iraqi servicemen from the 55th brigade of the Iraqi Army have been killed and 20 injured after an airstrike carried out by US aviation in the town of Al-Naimiya, Fallujah province,' Hakim al-Zamili said in a statement cited by Sputnik news.The Pentagon have denied claims that Iraqi soldiers were killed as a result of the US airstrikes.
  • Putin gives Russian Constitution priority over international court rulings

    12/15/2015 4:49:09 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 31 replies
    RT ^ | December 15, 2015 | Staff
    President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the bill allowing the Constitutional Court to overrule the decisions of international courts if such decisions contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian Constitution. The new act published on the government website on Tuesday reads that the Constitutional Court will look into every decision of any intergovernmental body based on an international treaty and find if it matches the Russian Constitution and the rights and freedoms guaranteed by it. Upon such consideration the Constitutional Court can allow the decision to be executed in Russia, in full or in part, or ban its...
  • Russia doubles power supplies to Crimea with second line launch

    12/15/2015 7:16:16 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 15, 2015 | Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw on Tuesday the launch of the second line of Russia's power link to Crimea which will allow to double Russian power supplies to the peninsula to 400 megawatts. Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, was plunged into darkness around three weeks ago after electricity pylons in southern Ukraine that carry the four lines that supply Crimea with the bulk of its power were blown up by unidentified people.