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  • California governor approves gender-neutral restrooms

    09/29/2016 8:54:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 9:00 PM EDT
    Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral. The measure requires that businesses and governments post non-gender-specific signs on single-occupant restrooms by March 1, 2017. Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco said his legislation would establish the nation’s most inclusive restroom-access law and “chart a new course of equality for the nation.” “This simple concept is oddly cutting-edge when compared with the discrimination being enacted in other states,” Ting said earlier, while urging the Democratic governor to...
  • 3 states sue to block US ceding control of Internet group

    09/29/2016 10:50:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 29, 2016 12:10 PM EDT
    Three conservative states are suing the Obama administration in an attempt to block the U.S. government from ceding oversight of some of the internet’s core systems. The attorneys general of Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona on Thursday asked a federal court in Galveston, Texas, to keep the Commerce Department from relinquishing oversight of ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. …
  • McConnell: Congress should discuss fixes to 9/11 law

    09/29/2016 9:49:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 29, 2016 12:39 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    The Senate’s top Republican Thursday warned that legislation enacted over President Barack Obama’s veto to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts may have “unintended ramifications” and that lawmakers should discuss fixes to the measure. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the White House was too slow to warn about the “potential consequences” of the measure. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly overrode Obama’s veto of the measure on Wednesday. McConnell said he told the president recently that the 9/11 victims bill “was an example of an issue that we should have talked about...
  • World's first 4-seater fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany

    09/29/2016 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 9:33 AM EDT
    Aircraft engineers in Germany have successfully tested the world’s first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly. The 10-minute test flight Thursday at Stuttgart Airport in southwestern Germany involved two pilots and two dummy passengers. The twin-cabin plane, known as HY4, was developed by aircraft maker Pipistrel, fuel cell specialist Hydrogenics, the University of Ulm and the German Aerospace Center DLR. …
  • Applications for US unemployment aid tick higher to 254,000

    09/29/2016 6:41:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 8:47 AM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week but the number of applications remained low, the latest sign that layoffs are scarce. […] The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for jobless aid rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked down to 256,000, matching a 43-year low first reached in April. […] The economy is expanding, though at a sluggish pace, growing just 1.4 percent in the April-June quarter, according to a separate government report Thursday. …
  • Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

    09/29/2016 6:32:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 3:27 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror. Republican- and Democratic-controlled Congresses, and presidents of both parties, may have set the stage for the startling prices that have consumers on edge. In the last 13 years, Congress passed major legislation that expanded taxpayer-financed coverage for prescription drugs but lacked explicit mechanisms for dealing with costs, instead relying mainly on market forces. […] “The history we see over and over again is that when the government steps in as a guaranteed payer without regard to...
  • Denmark reverses course on refugee ‘child brides’ (sick)

    09/28/2016 10:37:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 28 Sep 2016 10:23 GMT+02:00
    Denmark’s decision to separate married couples in refugee centers if one party is below the age of 18 has been reversed after the government concluded it was in violation of international conventions.Metroxpress reported on Wednesday that the Danish Immigration Service will now reunite several married couples who have been living separately since February. “In some of these cases it has been it has been assessed that it would not be compatible with Denmark’s international obligations to maintain the separate living quarters, thus these couples have been offered to be housed together,” DIS wrote in an official response to a parliamentary...
  • Saudi princess 'told guard to kill Paris decorator'

    09/28/2016 10:25:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 28 Sep 2016 17:49 GMT+02:00
    A Saudi princess has been accused of ordering her guard to “beat up and kill” an interior decorator in Paris. It all allegedly started when the decorator took photos inside the woman’s apartment block on the chic Avenue Foch in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, reported Le Point newspaper. The Saudi Princess accused the man of taking the pictures just to sell them to the press, although he said it was just part of the job. “You have to kill this dog; he doesn’t deserve to live,” the princess allegedly told her bodyguard soon afterwards. …
  • Bienvenue en France: France cuts red tape for UK firms

    09/28/2016 10:20:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 28 Sep 2016 14:21 GMT+02:00
    French authorities said on Wednesday they would fast-track the process for British-based financial firms to decamp to France after Britain quits the European Union. The move by France’s banking and insurance regulators aims to enable companies currently located in Britain to go on operating freely across the European single market. […] As an EU member, British-based firms have so-called passporting rights, which allow them to do business across the 28-nation EU and the 31-strong European Economic Area, which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. But Britain’s departure from the bloc could strip companies of those rights, which are expected to be...
  • Cuba rejects Trump's call for negotiations on human rights

    09/28/2016 3:29:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2016 6:23 PM EDT | Michael Weissenstein
    A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump’s threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate’s demands. Trump said in Miami this month that he would reverse President Barack Obama’s executive orders loosening the U.S. trade embargo on the island unless Cuba meets demands including “religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners.” Gustavo Machin, Cuba’s deputy director of U.S. affairs, said Cuba would never be pressured into making internal reforms, and he said whoever is the next U.S. president should respect Cuba’s right to self-determination....
  • Michelle Obama says America 'needs an adult' in White House

    09/28/2016 3:24:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2016 5:00 PM EDT | Kristen De Groot
    Michelle Obama told supporters in Philadelphia on Wednesday that candidates don’t change once they become president and that America “needs an adult in the White House.” […] “The presidency doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are,” she told the cheering crowd. […] She said the country needs a leader who is steady and measured because when making war-or-peace decisions, “the president can’t just pop off or lash out irrationally. No, we need an adult in the White House, I guarantee you.” …
  • Memo to Congress: No ObamaCare Bailouts

    09/28/2016 10:11:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Investor’s Business Daily ^ | 09/27/2016 | Nathan Nascimento
    Friday afternoons are the Obama administration’s preferred time to release information it doesn’t want the public to see. Case in point: On Sept. 9, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quietly released a memo indicating its intention to bail out the health insurance companies participating in the Affordable Care Act. Congress — and the American people — should pay attention. Such a bailout is one of the administration’s top goals between now and Dec. 31. But spending billions of taxpayer dollars would only prop up a failing law that continues to harm the people it was supposed to...
  • Obama to attend Peres funeral, says ‘a light has gone out’

    09/27/2016 11:44:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 28, 2016, 8:07 am | Raphael Ahren
    Moments after news of Shimon Peres’s death emerged early Wednesday morning, eulogies began pouring in from world leaders from across the globe. “There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people,” US President Barack Obama, who is expected to attend the late president’s funeral Friday, said in a statement. […] “A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us...
  • Pence breaks with Trump, says humans affect climate change

    09/27/2016 10:27:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 138 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2016 1:12 PM EDT | Scott Bauer
    Donald Trump’s running mate is breaking with the Republican nominee’s claim that climate change is not the result of human activity. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Tuesday “there’s no question’ that human activity affects both the climate and the environment. […] Pence, appearing separately on CNN, said, “let’s follow the science,” but he warned against rushing into environmental restrictions that drive jobs out of the country and put Americans out of work. …
  • U.S. charges four Chinese, firm with aiding Pyongyang’s nuclear program

    09/27/2016 8:51:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2016 at 5:18 PM | Ellen Nakashima
    The Treasury Department and Justice Department took actions Monday against four Chinese individuals and one Chinese company for conspiring to aid North Korea’s nuclear weapons program in violation of U.S. economic sanctions. The unsealing of criminal charges and the imposition of new sanctions are aimed at shutting down a major Chinese node supporting North Korea’s weapons proliferation, officials said. The Justice Department charged the individuals and the trading company with conspiring to launder money and with evading sanctions. The four individuals and the company are all located in China. …
  • Putin praises farmers for Russia's strong grain harvest

    09/27/2016 8:44:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2016 10:38 AM EDT
    President Vladimir Putin has praised farmers for making Russia’s grain harvest this year the highest in post-Soviet times. Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev reported to Putin on Tuesday that this year’s harvest is expected to reach 110-115 million metric tons, the largest yield in a quarter century. […] Putin said Russia shouldn’t hurry to boost its grain exports, but wait for global prices to rise. …
  • EU presses ahead with military plans, UK opposes any EU army

    09/27/2016 7:05:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2016 9:45 AM EDT | Lorne Cook
    European Union nations pressed ahead Tuesday with plans to boost military cooperation as Britain vowed to oppose the creation of an EU army or headquarters. With Britain leaving the EU, France and Germany have been spearheading moves to boost Europe’s capacity to run its own security operations. […] “We are in a very strong Franco-German relationship and we think we will be able to make significant progress before the end of the year,” he said, standing alongside German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Von der Leyen insisted that “it’s not about a European army.” …
  • Europe pushes to further curb aviation emissions

    09/26/2016 11:22:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 27, 2016 0:50 | Jorge Valero
    Member states will conduct a last-ditch offensive on a proposal to limit CO2 gases emitted by aircraft during the International Civil Aviation Organization conference in Montreal opening on Tuesday (27 September). The 191 members of the UN body responsible for air transport are expected to adopt a global market-based mechanism to achieve carbon-neutral growth for the aviation sector from 2020 onwards. The number of passengers flying each year is expected to double by 2035, surpassing 6.5 billion travelers. …
  • EU leaders to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

    09/26/2016 11:14:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 26, 2016 | 11:09am EDT | Gabriela Baczynska
    European Union leaders will explore next month the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. But the sanctions appear likely to remain in place for now, especially those slapped over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula seized by Russia in March 2014, despite the legal and political challenges of maintaining them. A series of Reuters investigations recently showed how European companies including German retailer Metro and France’s Auchan were doing business in Crimea despite the punitive sanctions regime there....
  • EU open to removing FARC from terrorist blacklist

    09/26/2016 10:28:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 26, 2016 | By euroefe.es (EurActiv Spain) | Translated By Samuel Morgan
    The European Union could remove Colombian guerilla movement FARC from its list of known terrorists, pending the signing of the peace agreement between the group and the country’s government. EurActiv Spain reports.Ahead of a formalization of the deal between FARC and the Colombian government, the EU indicated that it could soon remove the group from its terrorist blacklist. “FARC currently sits on the list of terrorist organizations in Colombia,” confirmed European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic today (26 September), adding that the EU “has strongly supported the Colombia peace deal”. […] The European Court of Justice last week recommended that Hamas...
  • Italy's migrant centers are running out of money

    09/26/2016 10:02:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 26 Sep 2016 11:34 GMT+02:00 | Catherine Edwards
    The accommodation centers which house migrants across Italy are running out of money and if the funds don’t turn up by the end of the month, they may be unable to continue. The centers are run by charitable organizations and NGOs, which provide accommodation, food and health care to those living there. But the Italian Treasury owes them €600 million, according to Il Corriere, and the organizations have set the government a strict deadline to pay up: this Friday. […] The cost of providing accommodation, food and healthcare for new arrivals cost Italy over €1 billion in 2015. …
  • Danish nationalists hand out cans of 'refugee spray'

    09/26/2016 9:46:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 26 Sep 2016 13:09 GMT+02:00
    The nationalist Danes’ Party elicited strong reactions went it took to the streets of Haderslev to hand out cans of what it called “refugee spray”. The party, which was founded by a former Neo-Nazi and wants to see all non-Western immigrants kicked out of Denmark, put labels on cans of hair spray reading “Refugee Spray: Legal [and] effective”. The party’s chairman, Daniel Carlsen, said the spray is a necessary legal alternative to pepper spray, which is illegal in Denmark. He said that Haderslev was the perfect location to hand out the cans, given the reports of local women being harassed...
  • Coast Guard searches for Cuban migrants from capsized boat

    09/26/2016 9:28:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2016 5:24 PM EDT
    The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s searching for nearly two dozen Cuban migrants who were on board a makeshift vessel that capsized off the Florida Keys. […] Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall says three migrants were found Monday on a smaller island near Big Pine Key. The men said they left Cuba last Tuesday with 23 people aboard the vessel, which capsized Wednesday evening. …
  • Civil liberties organization representing bombing suspect [NY/NJ]

    09/26/2016 9:05:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2016 6:59 PM EDT | Josh Cornfield
    The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday began representing a man accused of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey and injuring more than 30 people. After judges in both states denied attempts by public defenders to represent Ahmed Khan Rahami, a lawyer for the organization’s New Jersey chapter entered a notice of appearance in his case in federal court in Newark on Monday. Rahami has been hospitalized since he was caught following a shootout with police in Linden last week. He has not made an initial court appearance. …
  • EU Parliament President: 'Trump Is a Problem for the Whole World' (barf)

    09/26/2016 12:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 15, 2016 04:58 PM | Markus Becker, Florian Gathmann and Roland Nelles
    On Friday, leaders European Union member states will meet for their next informal meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia — the second one without Britain. Also in attendance will be Martin Schulz, the German president of the European Parliament. Schulz is very concerned about the current state of the EU. […] Schulz also expressed his fears of a possible US President Donald Trump. “Then you will have an obviously irresponsible man sitting in a position that requires the utmost sense of responsibility,” he says. “Trump is not just a problem for the EU, but for the whole world.” […] … “When a...
  • Ryan on Race Relations: Get Outside Our Comfort Zone, Understand What Others Are Thinking

    09/26/2016 6:46:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 26, 2016 | 4:56 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    House Speaker Paul Ryan says the police-involved shootings in Charlotte and Tulsa, and the resulting violence in Charlotte, were “heartbreaking.” “And this country has to find new ways of learning how to heal and understand all the different perspectives,” Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Each of us have to get better perspectives, get outside of our comfort zones, understand what other people are thinking and saying and what they see, and then try and come up with common-ground solutions. And that’s, to me, the kind of healing that has to occur. And you’re not going to have that done...
  • Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico

    09/25/2016 3:24:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2016 8:21 PM EDT | Mark Stevenson
    Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday in opposition to President Enrique Peña Nieto’s push to legalize same-sex marriage. Organizers of the National Front for the Family estimated at least 215,000 people participated, and while that number could not be immediately confirmed, it was clearly one of the largest protest marches in Mexico in recent years. Dressed mainly in white and carrying white balloons, the marchers held banners warning against same-sex marriage and demanding parents’ right to control sex education in schools. …
  • Police: Neighborhood watch posts call to watch young blacks [Shreveport LA]

    09/25/2016 3:09:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 25, 2016 5:42 PM EDT
    Shreveport police are investigating posts to a large neighborhood watch group suggesting recent car break-ins are reason to watch young, black men or teens, and even for so-called “vigilante justice.” The Times reports that police confirmed on Thursday that they’re investigating some of the posts made to the Facebook page called “Broadmoor Neighbors in Shreveport.” …
  • Fire breaks out on Pemex tanker in Gulf of Mexico, crew safe

    09/25/2016 8:12:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 25, 2016 | 10:41am EDT | Natalie Schachar and Noe Torres
    A fire broke out on an oil tanker of Mexican state oil company Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, forcing all the crew to be evacuated in the latest accident to plague the struggling firm. The blaze on the tanker “Burgos” occurred off the coast of Boca del Rio in Veracruz state and all the crew were safe, Pemex said in a tweet. Mexico’s Navy said there were 31 crew members and that all had returned to port. […] The tanker was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel and 70,000 barrels of gasoline, Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry said....
  • Bosnian migrant blew up his ex-girlfriend with a HAND GRENADE after she ran off with another man

    09/25/2016 8:00:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 04:43 EST, 23 September 2016 | Darren Boyle
    A Bosnian migrant in Austria traveled back to his homeland to blow up his ex-girlfriend with a hand grenade when he found out she was seeing somebody else. Bosnian migrant Dalibor Gavric, 42, lived in the Austrian capital of Vienna where he met waitress Miljana Malesevic, 24, also from Bosnia. The couple started a relationship and even though he was married and had two daughters, he divorced his wife so that he could live with the younger woman. But he was always jealous, and frequently the jealousy turned to violence which resulted in Milijana, with whom Gavric had a 4-year-old...
  • ‘Trust women to make the right choice’ pro-choice protesters say [Ireland]

    09/25/2016 6:41:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 09/25/2016 | Ciarán D’Arcy
    Rain and lack of public transport did not deter tens of thousands of people taking to the streets of Dublin calling for the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to be repealed. Some of the activists in the crowd spoke to The Irish Times to share why they had taken part in the demonstration. […] Susan Smullen, Dublin: “I think the Eighth Amendment needs to go. It just holds women back; I think women should have a choice of what they want to do with their own bodies, particularly for women who are pregnant with fatal foetal (sic) abnormalities; it’s horrific...
  • Trump an 'embarrassment' Springsteen tells Norway

    09/24/2016 9:33:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 24 Sep 2016 09:41 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has described Donald Trump as an embarrassment to the United States, saying the Republican presidential candidate is a demagogue with simple solutions. Springsteen, who has dramatized the plight of working-class Americans in his music, said he understands how Trump could seem “compelling” to people who are economically insecure. “The absurdity is beyond cartoon-like. But he's gotten close enough (to the White House) so it can make you nervous,” he told Skavlan, a talk show in Norway and Sweden, during an interview released Friday. […] “We have certain problems in the United States — tremendous inequality of...
  • Baltimore Police: 3 gunmen shoot, wound 8 in attack

    09/24/2016 8:24:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2016 11:23 PM EDT | Juliet Linderman
    Three gunmen shot and wounded eight people including a 3-year-old girl on an east Baltimore street Saturday night, police said, adding the suspects fled and the victims were all expected to survive. The shooting erupted outside some rowhouses about 8:30 p.m. after the three armed men converged on the group from different points, Baltimore Police Commissioner Ken Davis told The Associated Press. Davis, who went to the scene, said the shooting was a premeditated act of retaliatory violence in response to a Labor Day weekend shooting in which a person was fatally shot and two others were wounded, including a...
  • Moody's downgrades Turkey's credit rating to 'junk' status

    09/24/2016 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2016 8:06 PM EDT
    Moody’s has downgraded Turkey’s credit rating to “junk” status, a further blow to an economy shaken by terrorist attacks, a failed military coup and a diplomatic spat with Russia. The rating agency on Friday lowered its rating on Turkey’s debt one notch, stripping it of investment-grade status. The move could mean higher borrowing costs as investors demand steeper interest rates to take on riskier Turkish debt. …
  • Obama: African-American museum tells 'story of all of us'

    09/24/2016 5:54:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2016 10:46 PM EDT | Darlene Stuporville
    President Barack Obama on Friday celebrated the pending opening of the Smithsonian’s new African-American museum and said the institution, decades in the making, is a powerful place because it tells “the story of all of us,” not just the famous. Obama also said he hoped the museum would help people bridge divides that were re-exposed by the latest fatal, police-involved shootings of black men. […] “What makes the museum so powerful and so visceral is that it’s the story of all of us, the folks whose names you never heard of, but whose contributions, day after day, decade after decade,...
  • Bono: Trump ‘hijacked’ the Republican Party, could ‘destroy’ America

    09/23/2016 11:10:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 95 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    U2 singer Bono warned Tuesday that America is more than a country, it’s an idea, and a Donald Trump presidency could destroy that idea. In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, argued that the Republican presidential nominee has already “hijacked” the GOP. “I think he’s hijacked the party, and I think he’s trying to hijack the idea of America,” Bono said. “And I think it’s bigger than all of us. I think it’s — this is really dangerous.” …
  • Horror as two-year-old girl allegedly genitally mutilated in Crumlin home (Dublin, Ireland)

    09/23/2016 10:47:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Dublin Live ^ | 22:30, 23 Sep 2016 | Trevor Quinn
    A man in his 30s is being questioned by gardai over the alleged female genital mutilation of a young girl. The Somalian national was arrested in Crumlin, South Dublin, on Thursday evening at an apartment where a mother lives with two girls under the age of five. It is believed the arrest under the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 is one the first of its kind in Ireland, reports the Irish Mirror. …
  • Clinton struggles to make Obama's coalition her own

    09/23/2016 9:49:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2016 4:29 PM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Lerer
    Hillary Clinton long planned to activate the vaunted Obama coalition to help carry her to the White House. But a rough month on the trail has exposed a big challenge — the Obama coalition belongs to Barack Obama. Clinton’s struggle to win over Obama’s supporters — most notably young voters — has served as a reminder that many of them are more loyal to him than to his Democratic Party. Republican Donald Trump’s recent rise in the polls helps demonstrate that Obama’s two victories were more about one man in the right moment than any political realignment. Rather than showing...
  • GOP lawmaker: FBI gave immunity to top Clinton aide

    09/23/2016 9:44:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2016 10:36 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, says a Republican congressman. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told The Associated Press on Friday that Mills gave federal investigators access to her laptop on the condition that what they found couldn’t be used against her. […] “No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case,” said Chaffetz, R-Utah. “They were handing out immunity deals like...
  • Embassy: No-go zones 'do not exist in Sweden'

    09/23/2016 8:38:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 23 Sep 2016 16:37 GMT+02:00 | Emma Löfgren
    Sweden’s embassy in Budapest has sharply rebuked Hungary after an official leaflet claimed that Stockholm and other European cities had become “no-go areas”. Flyers warning of “hundreds of no-go areas in European cities”, which highlighted Stockholm along with London, Brussels, Marseille, Berlin and the Copenhagen-Malmö area, were this month sent to millions of households in Hungary ahead of its referendum next month on EU refugee quotas, reports the Financial Times. The leaflets claimed that migrants have overrun hundreds of “no-go” areas in Europe which “the authorities cannot keep under control” and where “the norms of the host society (…) barely...
  • New York governor: Corruption allegations 'reprehensible'

    09/23/2016 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2016 5:15 PM EDT | David Klepper and Carolyn Thompson
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo, addressing a scandal that has rocked his administration and its economic development initiatives, said Friday that while he finds the corruption allegations “reprehensible” and disappointing, they won’t derail efforts to revitalize the upstate economy. The Democrat addressed the corruption allegations against former aide and friend Joe Percoco and seven others head on during a speech in Buffalo. He said afterward he knew nothing about the allegations in advance. […] Court papers allege Percoco took more than $315,000 in bribes from 2012 through 2016 from Syracuse-based COR Development, a construction and development firm, and from Braintree-Massachusetts-based Competitive Power...
  • Rouhani: Zionist pressure causes U.S. to violate nuclear deal

    09/23/2016 10:19:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 09/23/16 06:13 | Ben Ariel
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday blamed “Zionist pressure groups” for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling he said could undermine the Iran nuclear deal, JTA reported. “The lack of compliance of the United States with the JCPOA in the last several months represents a flawed approach,” Rouhani said at the UN General Assembly, using the acronym for the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action, the formal name for the nuclear deal his country signed with world powers last year. “The latest case in point is the United States Supreme Court ruling to seize billions of dollars of the Iranian regime’s assets,”...
  • New poll shows Alternative for Germany gaining support

    09/22/2016 10:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.23.2016 | Brandon Conradis
    The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has garnered some of its best numbers yet in a nationwide poll. Meanwhile, the CDU and SPD have lost support. The AfD is pulling ahead of the Greens, the Left party and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), putting it on track to become the third-largest party in the country, according to a new poll released by German public broadcaster ARD. The poll shows the AfD’s support at 16 percent, its best showing yet. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) came in at 32 percent and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at 22 percent. …
  • French mayor demands terror suspects be ejected from town

    09/22/2016 8:29:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 Sep 2016 16:57 GMT+02:00
    As France struggles to deal with the potential threat posed by thousands of radicalized individuals, one furious French mayor in Normandy has decided it’s time to throw them all out of town. Guy Lefranc, mayor of Evreux in Normandy, has come up with a radical suggestion for what to do with all the radicalized individuals who may pose a threat to the town’s residents. Lefranc has demanded all those on France’s “Fiche S” list, meaning they have been flagged up as a potential danger to the national security, simply be expelled. …
  • Meet Denmark's new anti-immigration party

    09/22/2016 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 22 Sep 2016 13:34 GMT+02:00
    A new political party that promises a stricter immigration policy than the Danish People’s Party combined with a libertarian economic outlook will be on the ballot the next time Denmark holds an election. The party Nye Borgerlige, which roughly translates to ‘The New Right’ (a spokesperson told The Local that it did not have an official English name), has surpassed the 20,000 signatures needed to qualify for the next election. The party’s core issues are tougher immigration rules, lower taxes and a withdrawal from the European Union and international conventions. […] Nye Borgerlige also says Denmark should be able to...
  • NC congressman says Charlotte protesters 'hate white people'

    09/22/2016 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2016 10:36 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    A Republican congressman who represents the Charlotte area said Thursday that people are protesting in the city because they “hate white people.” U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, whose district includes parts of Charlotte and its suburbs, was asked by an interviewer for Britain’s “BBC Newsnight” what grievance the protesters have. In the video posted online Thursday, Pittenger responded: “The grievance in their mind is — the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they're not.” He also complained that the government has spent too much on welfare programs that ultimately hold people back. He...
  • US cops killed 100 times more than German police in 2015 [barf]

    09/22/2016 10:17:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Sep 2016 15:40 GMT+02:00
    New figures show just how many more people died in fatal police shooting in the US than Germany last year. According to the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings, 990 people were killed in 2015. In Germany, ten people were killed by police last year, according to a report on Thursday by publishing group Funke Mediengruppe, citing figures from the German Police University. That means that while the population of the US is roughly four times that of Germany, the number of fatal police shootings there is about 100 times greater. …
  • Trump calls for racial unity, embraces 'stop and frisk'

    09/22/2016 8:09:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2016 10:30 AM EDT | Jill Colvin and Steve Peoples
    Lamenting a “lack of spirit” between whites and blacks, Donald Trump encouraged racial unity on Thursday even as he called for one of the nation’s largest cities to adopt “stop and frisk” policing tactics that have been widely condemned as racial profiling by minority leaders. […] “I think Chicago needs stop and frisk,” Trump said. “When you have 3,000 people shot and so many people dying, I mean it’s worse than some of the places we’re hearing about like Afghanistan, you know, the war-torn nations.” …
  • Teen Sisters Hurt During Stockton Protest Felt Targeted Because They Are White [CA]

    09/22/2016 7:37:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | September 21, 2016 7:11 PM | Angela Musallam
    Stockton police are searching for the suspects in a vicious attack that happened on Friday against two teenaged sisters. […] What was supposed to be a peaceful protest remembering Colby Friday turned into a vicious brawl directed against two sisters, and now, investigators are looking for suspects. “Our understanding is that it involved several out-of-towners whose intent was more than protesting,” said Ron Freitas, the Assistant District Attorney for San Joaquin County. Stockton police say the protestors claimed to be connected with the Black Lives Matter movement and were protesting recent officer-involved shootings against blacks. According to police, the two...
  • Ericsson to end manufacturing in Sweden?

    09/21/2016 11:20:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 22 Sep 2016 07:56 GMT+02:00 | (TT/The Local)
    Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson is planning to end all of its manufacturing in the country, according to a report in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD). Part of a savings plan detailed on an internal document which SvD gained access to, the decision would mean that 3,000 employees lose their jobs following the closure of Ericsson’s last manufacturing plants in Sweden, in Borås and Kumla. In the document, Ericsson’s leadership are said to have stated that “We will end a 140-year-old manufacturing period, which represents the biggest cuts of employees in Sweden ever”. The company employs a total of around 15,000 people...