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  • Brussels 'to fast-track offer' for British nationals in France to remain EU citizens

    12/10/2016 5:21:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 9 December 2016 16:52 CET+01:00
    The European Union’s Brexit negotiators will offer British people a chance to individually remain part of the EU, according to media reports in Britain. There was potentially some good news on Friday for all those Brits who were unhappy about the EU referendum result. The Independent newspaper claimed on Friday that Guy Verhofstadt, the man put in charge of Brexit negotiations by the European parliament, will fast-track a proposal that would allow Brits to opt-in and maintain their EU citizenship. It had already been revealed that the EU was considering a plan to allow Brits to stay as EU citizens...
  • China says opposed to unilateral sanctions on North Korea

    12/10/2016 6:51:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2016 5:13 AM EST
    China remains opposed to unilateral sanctions against North Korea taken without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, the country’s chief negotiator on the North’s nuclear program was quoted Saturday as saying. Wu Dawei also told his South Korean counterpart in talks Friday that China is “adamantly opposed” to the South’s deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system that China says poses a threat to its own security, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement. […] China demands that South Korea “give weight to China’s concerns” about the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system, which is intended...
  • Canadian government introduces first national carbon price

    12/09/2016 9:16:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.12.2016 | kbd/bw (AP, Reuters)
    The Canadian government approved a national carbon price on Friday after a heated discussion. In a meeting attended by provincial representatives, aboriginal leaders, as well as United States Vice President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushed the carbon-pricing plan he had been working on for months. […] The plan calls for the cost of producing a ton of carbon pollution to rise 10 Canadian dollars ($7.60, €7.19) per year starting in 2018 until it reaches 50 Canadian dollars in 2022. In a compromise, the price would pause for British Columbia at 30 Canadian dollars in 2020. Out of...
  • Examiner: Philadelphia had 35 drug overdoses in 5 days

    12/09/2016 7:43:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2016 4:23 PM EST | Errin Haines Whack
    The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office says as many as 35 fatal drug overdoses over a recent five-day period might be part of a bigger problem: the national opioid crisis. Philadelphia police and the medical examiner’s office are working to determine the cause of the overdoses and possible reasons for the spike in deaths. “There are overdoses that occur every day and people don’t die,” said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford. “What’s coming to the forefront is the fact that people are overdosing and dying.” A dozen people alone died from overdoses Dec. 1. Another four died the following day. That...
  • Climate change film 'An Inconvenient Truth' gets a sequel

    12/09/2016 7:07:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2016 9:37 PM EST
    Al Gore’s climate change documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” is getting a sequel. Paramount Pictures said Friday the follow-up to the Oscar-winning original will premiere at next January’s Sundance Film Festival. In the new documentary, former Vice President Gore examines global warming’s escalation and the solutions at hand, Paramount said. …
  • Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

    12/09/2016 7:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2016 9:18 PM EST | Dan Joling
    President Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea. Obama signed an executive order Friday to create a Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area that will focus “locally tailored” protections on marine resources. The newly created resilience area covers 112,300 square miles and stretches from north of the Bering Strait to north of Bristol Bay. The order requires more focused federal consultation with Alaska tribes and 39 communities that line the west coast of Alaska, along with state officials. …
  • 18 States Sue Feds Over Expanding ‘Critical Habitat’ to Areas With No Protected Species

    12/09/2016 5:38:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 9, 2016 | 5:48 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Eighteen states have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over Final Rules that expand the definition of “critical habitat” to include areas that are currently unoccupied by any threatened or endangered species. The Final Rules, Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat, which were published in the Federal Register on February 11 and went into effect March 14, expand the definition of “critical habitat” to include areas in which “species presence or habitats are ephemeral in nature, [or] species presence is difficult to establish through surveys (e.g. when a plant’s ‘presence’ is sometimes limited to a seed...
  • Chicago Mayor: Our City and State Have Values We Are Teaching Our Children — Embrace Gay Marriage

    12/09/2016 5:19:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 9, 2016 | 2:58 PM EST | Penny Starr
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Friday that his city and the state of Illinois support the values he and his wife are teaching their children, including a law in place that “embraces gay marriage.” “Amy and I teach our children about that differences should be something that you look to, learn from, etc.,” Emanuel said at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., during a discussion focused on cities in the wake of Trump’s election and the UK’s exit from the European Union. …
  • School boss changes ruling, bans Confederate flag clothes [Plum, PA]

    12/09/2016 4:27:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2016 6:47 PM EST
    A school district where a black student was upset that a classmate was allowed to wear a sweatshirt depicting the Confederate flag said on Friday that after more students went to class wearing Confederate flag clothing, it must be banned. Earlier Friday, Plum Borough School District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool had told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that a high school student had a right to wear a sweatshirt depicting a Confederate flag even though it upset the black student and her father. He said courts had determined school officials can’t prevent a student from wearing a sweatshirt unless it’s disruptive. However, when...
  • Pew: Only 27% of Americans Believe There is Consensus That Human Activity Causes Climate Change

    12/09/2016 10:00:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2016 | 2:45 PM EST | Matthew Hrozencik
    A recent survey by the non-partisan Pew Research Center found that a large majority of Americans are skeptical about the prevailing scientific understanding of climate change, with only 27 percent saying they believe there is a consensus that human activity is its main cause. That belief is at odds with the scientific community, Pew noted, citing a 2013 report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that concluded “with 95% certainty that human activity is the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century.” …
  • Obama orders review of Russian election-related hacking

    12/09/2016 9:43:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 12:13 PM ET, Fri December 9, 2016 | Tal Kopan, Kevin Liptak and Jim Sciutto
    President Barack Obama has ordered a full review into hacking by the Russians designed to influence the 2016 election, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said Friday. “The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders,” she said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. “This is consistent with the work that we did over the summer to engage Congress on the threats that we were seeing.” Monaco said...
  • German companies pull ads from Breitbart

    12/08/2016 8:03:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.07.2016 | Darko Janjevic
    Telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German firms have stopped advertising on the US media outlet Breitbart. A similar snub by Kellogg’s had sparked a furious response from the right-wing site. The carmaker BMW, the restaurant chain Vapiano, the supermarket chain Rewe, and Deutsche Telekom have all pulled their ads from the pro-Trump news site due to concerns about its content, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. “The positions held by Breitbart.com contrast with Vapiano’s values, such as openness and tolerance,” said the restaurant chain offering Italian food across Europe and the US. Deutsche Telekom is also present on...
  • Government spending figure worrying sign for Norway’s economy

    12/08/2016 7:26:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 8 December 2016 14:22 CET+01:00
    For the first time in 20 years, Norway’s government spending exceeds 50 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to the latest figures from Statistics Norway, government expenditures on public administration cost 1.550 billion kroner between October 2015 and September 2016. Not only is it the first time in two decades that expenditures have accounted for more than half of Norway’s GDP, the spending figures also mark an increase of 4.9 percent from the previous year. …
  • Hitler's Mein Kampf a surprise entry in Italian schoolkids' top books list

    12/08/2016 7:18:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 8 December 2016 11:08 CET+01:00
    A survey launched by Italy’s Ministry for Education to promote reading and discover which books are most beloved by schoolchildren has proved the enduring popularity of classic tales. But in ten schools, an unwelcome entry made the top ten. Several secondary schools included Mein Kampf, the manifesto of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in their top ten lists. Partly autobiographical, Mein Kampf — which means “My Struggle” — outlines Hitler’s ideology that formed the basis for Nazism. Written in 1924, it details his anti-Semitism which led to the Holocaust in which about six million Jews were murdered at the hands of...
  • Opposition parties condemn German defense plan with Saudi Arabia

    12/08/2016 7:00:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 8 December 2016 17:24 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    The German Defense Minister was in Saudi Arabia on Thursday aiming to conclude a training deal for Saudi military officers, eliciting sharp criticism from German left-leaning parties. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen held talks with her Saudi counterpart, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on boosting the “excellent bilateral relations” between the two countries, the German embassy said. “In addition to that, the visit aims to finalize the talks on enhanced cooperation in the training sector. Beginning from next year, the German Defense College will host several young officers and staff from the Saudi military,” the embassy said in...
  • Hillary Clinton warns about the dangers of fake news

    12/08/2016 3:38:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 8, 2016, 5:33 PM | Rebecca Shabad
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned about the dangers of fake news and said that leaders in both the private and public sectors need to step up to protect democracy. […] “The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences,” Clinton said. Clinton said that fake news is “a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly” and she mentioned that bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress to boost the government’s response to it. …
  • Assad: Israel alone is our enemy

    12/08/2016 2:52:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 75 replies
    INN ^ | 12/08/16 12:37 | Tal Polon
    In an interview with Syrian newspaper Al Watan this morning, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed that “Israel alone” is Syria’s enemy. “He who conquers our land is an enemy country, not [merely] a country whose leaders employ hostile policies. Israel alone remains our enemy country.” “Our land” is apparently a reference to the Land of Israel itself, and not Syria, which Arab news outlets reported yesterday the Israeli Air Force had bombed. …
  • Kerry warns Europe, others against 'authoritarian populism'

    12/08/2016 7:18:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 8, 2016 6:20 AM EST | Geir Moulson
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned countries from Europe and beyond on Thursday to beware of an increasing “danger of authoritarian populism.” Kerry spoke at a meeting in Hamburg of foreign ministers from the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The group, chaired by Germany this year, includes European Union countries, the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Central Asian nations and others. In “too many places” in the OSCE region, he said, there has been “a rise of authoritarian thinking, accompanied by backsliding on human rights, restrictions on independent media, a spike in acts of intolerance and hate...
  • Federal judge halts recount, sealing Trump's Michigan win

    12/07/2016 9:55:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 9:25 PM EST | Ed White
    A federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount effectively ended it on Wednesday, tying his decision to a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request another look at ballots. The ruling seals Republican Donald Trump’s narrow victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton for Michigan’s 16 electoral votes. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith agreed with Republicans who argued that the three-day recount must end a day after the state appeals court dealt a blow to the effort. The court said Stein, who finished fourth in Michigan on Nov. 8, didn’t have...
  • US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

    12/07/2016 9:51:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 8, 2016 12:02 AM EST | Mike Stobbe
    A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education. But last year it slipped, an exceedingly rare event in a year that did not include a major disease outbreak. Other one-year declines occurred in 1993, when the nation was in the throes of the AIDS epidemic, and 1980, the result of an...
  • Pelosi on Ryan's Medicaid Plan: People ‘Won’t Be Able to Go to Their Own Doctor’

    12/07/2016 6:42:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2016 | 4:31 PM EST | Penny Starr
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposal to cut Medicaid spending over time to help balance the federal budget would prevent seniors from seeing the doctor of their choosing. “And I might add with what they want to do to the Affordable Care Act and what they want to do in the Ryan budget to Medicaid — a trillion dollars over 10 years taken out of Medicaid,” Pelosi said. “Two thirds of that goes to long-term heath care to our seniors.” “They won’t be able to go to their own doctor...
  • Black employees file discrimination suit against CNN, Turner

    12/07/2016 5:24:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 5:19 PM EST
    Current and former black employees of Time Warner, owner of Turner networks including CNN, TNT and TBS, have filed a class-action racial discrimination suit against the company. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia says there has been a pattern of discrimination against blacks, particularly black males, in evaluations, compensation and promotions, at CNN, its parent Turner and Time Warner. …
  • Goodbye John Kerry, we won't miss you

    12/07/2016 5:20:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    INN ^ | 12/06/16 20:47 | Attorney Stephen M. Flatow
    John Kerry just couldn’t resist. Even though his public career is about to end—even though the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” is long dead—even though he has absolutely nothing to gain from it—the 73 year-old Kerry just could not resist unleashing one final blast at Israel. Kerry’s disingenuous and mean-spirited attack on Israel at the Saban Forum on Sunday served as a powerful reminder of how good it is that he is about to leave office—and how dangerous for Israel it would have been if he had remained as secretary of state. […] Kerry also rambled off into a long denunciation of...
  • New York won't keep ID card applicants' records in future

    12/07/2016 5:12:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 7:53 PM EST | Jennifer Peltz
    The city won’t keep personal records from future applicants for its immigrant-friendly municipal ID cards, even as it has been temporarily blocked from destroying more than 900,000 current cardholders’ records. Mayoral spokeswoman Rosemary Boeglin said Wednesday the city would continue verifying but no longer retain copies of passports, birth certificates, educational records and other documents submitted by new applicants for IDNYC cards. The cards are available to any New York City resident but were aimed particularly at those without other forms of ID, including the estimated 500,000 immigrants living illegally in the city. The fate of cardholders’ documents has become...
  • Ex-House Speaker Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt

    12/07/2016 3:23:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 12:33 PM EST
    Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner sees President-elect Donald Trump as a modern-day Teddy Roosevelt, a populist who wants to do “big things.” The Ohio Republican told WCPO.com in Cincinnati that Trump is similar to Roosevelt, the 26th president, because he’s “another guy who saw himself larger than life.” He said Trump doesn’t want to just “trim around the edges” as president. “If you look at what Teddy Roosevelt did, he came in to do big things,” Boehner said. “I think Donald Trump wants to do big things.” …
  • Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

    12/07/2016 3:18:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 2:03 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of “significant market disruption” that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. Republicans dismiss such dire scenarios, saying that they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. […] The new study from the nonpartisan Urban Institute looks at a scenario where “repeal” goes through, but “replace” stalls. It predicts heavy collateral damage for people buying individual...
  • Merkel re-elected as CDU party leader with big majority

    12/06/2016 4:45:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 6 December 2016 16:30 CET+01:00
    Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected as leader of the CDU at the party conference on Tuesday, meaning she will be their Chancellor candidate at next year’s election. Merkel received 89.5 percent of the votes from the roughly 1,000 delegates who were present at the conference in Essen, western Germany, according to German media. The vote secures her a further two years as leader of the party. […] While the vote share may sound impressive, it was the second worst score she has achieved and a significant drop from 2014 when 96.7 percent of delegates voted for her, and a further...
  • GOP Bill: No Flag, No Federal Funds For College

    12/06/2016 4:11:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2016 | 9:49 AM EST | Eric Scheiner
    54 Republican legislators have signed on to a bill that would forbid federal funds to any “institution of higher education that removes, censors, takes down, prohibits, or otherwise halts display of a flag of the United States.” H.B. 6433 or the “Protect Our Flag Act” is sponsored by Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio). …
  • Support for Abolishing Electoral College Hits Historic Low in Gallup Poll

    12/06/2016 3:51:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2016 | 3:33 PM EST | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In the wake of an election in which Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but Donald Trump was elected president by winning the Electoral College, a survey showed the lowest percentage of people ever in a Gallup poll saying they would support amending the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College and decide presidential elections by the popular vote. “This year, for the first time in the 49 years Gallup has asked about it, less than half of Americans want to replace the Electoral College with a popular vote system,” Gallup said in an analysis of its poll results. Gallup’s latest...
  • Van Williams, TV's Green Hornet, Dies at 82

    12/06/2016 7:24:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12:07 PM PST 12/5/2016 | Mike Barnes
    Van Williams, who portrayed the masked crime-fighter The Green Hornet in a memorable but short-lived companion TV series to Batman in the 1960s, has died. He was 82. The actor, who earlier played bachelor private eye Kenny Madison on two Warner Bros. Television detective series, Bourbon Street Beat and Surfside 6, died Nov. 29 of kidney failure at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., his wife of 57 years, Vicki, told The Hollywood Reporter. He had just one kidney since he was 25, she said. […] Famed martial-arts expert Bruce Lee, then unknown in the U.S., played Kato, Reid’s manservant. He...
  • EU's Brexit negotiator puts time pressure on Britain

    12/06/2016 6:54:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:32 AM EST | Pan Pylas
    Britain may not have two years to negotiate its divorce from the European Union after all. The EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit warned Tuesday that the country will have less than 18 months once talks begin and that it won’t be allowed to pick and choose what parts of the EU it wants to keep. While steering away from specifics on what a Brexit deal might look like, Michel Barnier, who took up his post months ago after Britain voted in June to leave the EU, said formal procedures at the start and the end of the talks will cut...
  • Trump says cancel new Air Force One: Costs 'out of control'

    12/06/2016 6:48:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:36 AM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    Six weeks from taking office, Donald Trump says he wants the government to cut some costs by canceling its order for a new Air Force One, the plane that carries presidents around the globe. The government has contracted with Boeing to build two or more new planes, which would go into service around 2024. That means Trump wouldn’t fly on the new planes unless he pursued and won a second term. But the Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule, saying the current planes are becoming too expensive to repair and keep in good flying shape. The contract for...
  • NYC mayor blames Trump, hate speech for rise in hate crimes

    12/06/2016 6:44:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:07 AM EST
    Mayor Bill de Blasio says he believes president-elect Donald Trump is to blame for an increase in reported New York City hate crime incidents. The Democratic mayor made the comments at a news conference Monday. The topics included weekend threats made against an off-duty Muslim New York Police Department officer while she was with her teenage son in Brooklyn. …
  • Paris plans to sell old love locks to raise €100,000 for refugees

    12/05/2016 10:39:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 5 December 2016 13:16 CET+01:00 | Oliver Gee
    Authorities have announced plans to give refugee groups the proceeds from a huge sale of love locks that were removed from Paris bridges last year. A year and a half ago, workers stripped the Pont des Arts of around 1 million padlocks that had been attached by lovers over the years. Since then, the 65 tonnes of love locks (this inludes 20 tonnes taken from the nearby Pont de l’Archevêché) have been gathering dust. But not for much longer. Bruno Julliard, the environment chief at Paris City Hall, has announced that ten tonnes worth of the locks would be sold...
  • Danish doctors come out against circumcision [Male]

    12/05/2016 8:15:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 05 Dec 2016 13:08 GMT+01:00
    The Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) has recommended that no boys under the age of 18 be circumcised in Denmark. The association released its recommendation on Friday, saying that circumcision should be “an informed, personal choice” that young men should make for themselves. In a press release, the group said that when parents have their male children circumcised, it robs the boys of the ability to make decisions about their own bodies and their own cultural and religious beliefs. …
  • Swiss president to talk trade with Trump

    12/05/2016 8:06:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 5 December 2016 10:36 CET+01:00
    US President-elect Donald Trump has requested a phone call with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann in the coming days, the latter told Swiss broadcaster RTS on Saturday. Trump wishes to speak “entrepreneur to entrepreneur, and politician to politician”, said Schneider-Ammann, who was head of his family’s mechanical engineering business, Ammann Group, from 1988 until his election to the Swiss Federal Council in 2010. “I’m looking forward to talking to him,” he told RTS. This will be the first telephone conversation between the pair since Trump’s election on November 8th. …
  • Satanists Plan to Challenge Texas Law Requiring Aborted Babies to be Buried or Cremated

    12/05/2016 7:56:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2016 | 2:30 PM EST | Lauretta Brown
    The Satanic Temple released a statement Saturday challenging new rules proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott which require aborted babies to be cremated or buried and go into effect Dec. 19th. The Satanic Temple called burial rites a “well-established component of religious practice” and said their members believe in “the inviolability of the body,” concluding that “as such these rules contradict our fundamental beliefs.” The Satanists invoked their First Amendment “right to practice our beliefs,” adding that “under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit...
  • Cops: Muslim worker pushed down stairs and called terrorist [Grand Central, NYC]

    12/05/2016 3:54:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 2:22 PM EST
    Authorities say a New York City transit worker who is Muslim was pushed down the stairs at Grand Central Terminal by a man who called her a terrorist. The station agent was wearing a Muslim head covering and was attacked before 7 a.m. Monday while on her way to work. …
  • ACLU want Obama to commute sentence for Chelsea Manning

    12/05/2016 3:49:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 2:52 PM EST
    The American Civil Liberties Union and gay-rights groups are lobbying President Barack Obama to commute the prison sentence of a transgender soldier who leaked classified government and military documents. The ACLU said the letter Monday co-signed by more than a dozen civil rights groups considers Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence unprecedented. …
  • Man accused of threatening Muslim officer faces hate charge [NYPD]

    12/05/2016 3:18:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 6:07 PM EST
    A man who authorities said shouted “go back to your country” at a Muslim woman wearing a religious head covering may have picked the wrong target: a decorated New York City police officer. Officer Aml Elsokary, a New York City native who joined the force after the Sept. 11 attacks, said she was off duty in her Brooklyn neighborhood Saturday when she encountered a man yelling and pushing her 16-year-old son. When she intervened, she said, the man referenced the Islamic State group and threatened to slit her throat. …
  • Democrats looking to reclaim Midwestern supporters

    12/05/2016 6:33:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2016 3:24 AM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political “blue wall” of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters. Hillary Clinton’s failure to hold key blocs of these voters helped seal Trump’s stunning electoral victory and leaves Democrats with a gaping, perhaps long-term, hole in the party’s national battle front. Trump boasted of his accomplishment at a post-election rally in Ohio. The president-elect crowed: “We didn’t break it; we shattered that sucker. We shattered it, man. That poor wall is busted...
  • Trump renews defense of his call with Taiwan leader

    12/05/2016 5:47:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2016 3:18 AM EST | Jonathan Lemire and Gillian Wong
    President-elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to renew his defense of his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol as the U.S. shifted recognition from Taiwan to China nearly 40 years ago. In a series of Sunday evening tweets, Trump groused about criticism that he didn’t work with China ahead of the contact. China considers Taiwan a rogue province. “Did China ask us if it was OK to carry out a number of actions such as build up disputed islands in the South China Sea or take economic measures hurtful to the United States,” Trump tweeted....
  • In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

    12/05/2016 5:41:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 5:03 AM EST
    The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Beijing that the seven nations who agreed to the deal in July 2015 “have the obligation to fully implement” it. “Iran will not allow any country to take unilateral action to violate the agreement and Iran has the right to take action against that,” Zarif said at a news conference after...
  • Get used to it: Economists see "new normal" of slow growth

    12/05/2016 5:18:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 12:41 AM EST
    Americans should get used to a “new normal” of slow economic growth, business economists say. The median estimate from economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics calls for the American economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2017, up from a forecast 1.6 percent this year and unchanged from the previous survey in September. The improved number is still lackluster by historical standards. U.S. economic growth averaged 3.1 percent a year from 1948 to 2015, according to the Congressional Research Service. But the business economists say Americans need to get used to slow growth: 80 percent of those surveyed...
  • UN humanitarian aid agency: Record $22.2B needed in 2017

    12/05/2016 5:15:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 4:53 AM EST | Jamey Keaten
    The U.N.’s humanitarian aid coordination agency says it and partners require a record $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 percent increase from this year. The appeal announced Monday from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs seeks to help nearly 93 million people in 33 countries — nearly two-thirds of them in Africa. More than one-third of the total appeal — $8.1 billion — aims to help people in Syria and refugees from it, and another $4.4 billion would support people inside or fleeing war-torn Yemen and South...
  • Should convicted former House speaker get his pension back? [MA; Finneran]

    12/04/2016 10:19:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 12:33 AM EST | Denise Lavoie
    The highest court in Massachusetts is set to hear arguments in a long-running legal battle over whether former House speaker Thomas Finneran should be able to collect his $34,000 annual pension despite his conviction on an obstruction of justice charge. Finneran’s fall from grace began in 2003 when he lied about his role in a legislative redistricting plan. …
  • French minister defends Castro's rights record [Ségolène Royal]

    12/04/2016 5:20:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 4 December 2016 15:16 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, defended the late communist leader’s human rights record on Saturday, questioning whether the regime imprisons dissidents. The former socialist presidential candidate called Castro a “monument of history” and a “symbol of a very deep friendship between Cuba and France.” […] Asked about the human rights violations denounced by the United Nations and dissidents, Royal said the island had “religious freedom” and “freedom of conscience.” …
  • Germany arrests Marxist militant 'leader'

    12/04/2016 2:52:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Dec 2016 12:45 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    A radical Marxist suspected of belonging to a left-wing extremist group accused of terrorism by Turkey has been arrested in Germany, judicial sources said on Saturday. The 55-year-old citizen of the Netherlands, whose name was given as Musa A., was arrested in Hamburg, Germany’s federal prosecutor said. The man is thought to be a “leader” of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C) — a radical Marxist group outlawed by Ankara after allegedly staging several attacks and assassinations against police, the security services and US interests in Turkey. …
  • Plans to restore NASA mission control room remain in limbo

    12/04/2016 11:21:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2016 1:03 PM EST
    Plans to restore the NASA mission control room that served as the nerve center when man first reached the moon have been discussed for more than 20 years, but its restoration and preservation remain in limbo. Officials at Johnson Space Center in Houston say the restoration of Mission Operation Control Room 2 is a priority, but note that NASA has other priorities too. …
  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

    12/03/2016 11:23:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 12:31 PM EST | Eric Tucker and Darlene Superville
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. …