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College adviser facing charges for disrupting UConn event

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:47

College adviser facing charges for disrupting UConn event --Gregory is accused of stealing Wintrich's speech from the podium amidst general pandemonium created by student protesters at the event, which took place November 28 at the University of Connecticut. | 13 Dec 2017 | A Quinebaug Valley Community College (Killingly, CT) adviser faces charges of sixth-degree larceny and disorderly conduct for stealing the property of conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich during a recent lecture. Wintrich, on the other hand, who faced a charge of breaching the peace for forcibly attempting to recover the copy of his speech that was stolen by Catherine Gregory, announced Monday that he was cleared of all of charges...In a video that has since gone viral, Gregory is shown stealing the speech of off the podium from which Wintrich was attempting to speak over rowdy student protesters, leading Wintrich to attempt to retrieve his property himself.

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Gowdy: Mueller Probe 'Conflicts of Interest' Troublesome for an 'Objective FBI'

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:45

Gowdy: Mueller Probe 'Conflicts of Interest' Troublesome for an 'Objective FBI' | 13 Dec 2017 | Congressman Trey Gowdy said the perceived conflicts of interest in Robert Mueller's probe of President Trump hurt the FBI's and DOJ's standing in the public's view. "This was a really bad fact pattern," Gowdy (R-S.C.) said of allegations of politically charged language or actions against Peter Strzok, Andrew Weissmann and Bruce Ohr. "These are really bad facts if you believe in an impartial Department of Justice and FBI," he said. Gowdy grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about "obsequious emails" sent by Weissmann to "a fact witness" later identified as outgoing Attorney General Sally Yates.

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Federal Reserve, buoyed by stronger economy, lifts rates again

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:31

Federal Reserve, buoyed by stronger economy, lifts rates again | 13 Dec 2017 | The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates one notch higher as the U.S. economy continues to get healthier. The rate hike, which was widely expected, was the third this year. Policy makers pointed to the lower number of unemployed workers, increased spending by households, and bigger investments by businesses in recent quarters...Policy makers plan to raise rates three more times in 2018, and then twice in 2019.

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Surgeon who exposed Clinton Foundation corruption in Haiti found dead in apartment with stab wound to the chest

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:52

Surgeon who exposed Clinton Foundation corruption in Haiti found dead in apartment with stab wound to the chest | 12 Dec 2017 | A well-known surgeon who exposed major inadequacies in medical trauma care promised to the Haitian people by the Clinton Foundation after the non-profit raised over $30 million dollars in donations following the devastating 2010 earthquake was found dead in his upscale apartment Sunday with a stab wound to the chest. Dr. Dean Lorich, 54, was found lying dead on the bathroom floor of his apartment by his 11-year-old daughter with a knife sticking out of his chest...In January of 2010, Dr. Lorich sent a detailed email to a confidant which ended up getting forwarded to Cheryl Mills who was Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the time before being forwarded on again to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The doctor's correspondence, provided by Wikileaks, was critical of how the situation in Haiti was being handled.

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'It's not over': Roy Moore refuses to concede and insists there could be recount

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:36

'It's not over': Roy Moore refuses to concede and insists there could be recount | 13 Dec 2017 | Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday refused to concede the race to Democrat Doug Jones, suggesting he would wait for a recount despite preliminary results indicating he would lose the contest by an amount greater than the margin that would trigger such a process. "Realize when the vote is this close, it's not over," Moore said. "And we still got to go by the rules about this recount provision." "It's not over and it's going to take some time," he added at the end of his speech.

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Alabama Senate election: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore, Fox News projects

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:02

Alabama Senate election: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore, Fox News projects | 12 Dec 2017 | Democrat Doug Jones has pulled off a major upset in Alabama by defeating Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election, Fox News has projected, becoming the first Democrat to win election to the Senate from the deeply conservative state in 25 years. The dramatic Democratic upset in deep red Alabama cuts the GOP’s Senate majority from 52 to 51, further dimming Republican hopes of enacting major legislation backed by President Trump. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Jones was ahead of Moore 49.6 to 48.8 percent.

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Alabama Supreme Court Okays Destruction of Digital Voting Records

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:38

Alabama Supreme Court Okays Destruction of Digital Voting Records | 12 Dec 2017 | Alabama's special election [sic] for Jeff Sessions's vacated Senate seat is underway today, but state courts are still battling over whether or not digital records from the vote should be preserved in case of a recount or a hack. On Monday, a judge ordered local election officials to save digital images of ballots, AL.com reports. However, his decision was quickly reversed by the Alabama Supreme Court, which stayed his order Monday evening.

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In texts, FBI agents on Mueller's Russia probe team called Trump an 'idiot' and 'loathsome human' among other insults

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:26

In texts, FBI agents on Mueller's Russia probe team called Trump an 'idiot' and 'loathsome human' among other insults | 12 Dec 2017 | Two FBI agents assigned to the investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia exchanged text messages referring to the future president as an "idiot," according to copies of messages turned over to Congress Tuesday night by the Justice Department. Special Counsel Robert Mueller removed one of the agents, Peter Strzok, from the Russia probe "immediately" after learning of the texts in late July, the department said in a letter to lawmakers. The other agent, Lisa Page, had already ended her assignment to Mueller's office.

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'US govt equates American people to enemy when it hides troops' whereabouts' - Ron Paul

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:07

'US govt equates American people to enemy when it hides troops' whereabouts' - Ron Paul | 12 Dec 2017 | The Pentagon listing the location of some 44,000 military personnel as "unknown," while citing secrecy reasons to protect them from the "enemy," effectively means that the US public falls into that category, former US Congressman Ron Paul told RT. Lack of accountability on the whereabouts of the US troops was not very surprising, Paul believes, as it had become a "routine thing" over the past years...Apart from the Constitution, there's the War Powers Resolution, adopted after the Vietnam War clearly states that the US government "must report where the troops are," Paul added. Despite that, the locations of some 44,000 of troops were simply reported as "unknown."

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Polls close in Alabama Senate election

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:41

Polls close in Alabama Senate election | 12 Dec 2017 | Update: 8:12 p.m. ET - High turnout tonight --The Alabama Secretary of State office confirmed to ABC News that the turnout is currently trending at 25 percent, higher than the 18-20 percent it had forecasted. This far exceeds turnout in the recent races here. Polls have closed in the Alabama special election to fill U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's seat in the U.S. Senate. The Senate race has been thrust into the national spotlight after allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican nominee, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The state has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1992, but Moore is locked in a tight race with his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney.

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Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:25

Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier | 11 Dec 2017 | A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump "dossier" had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official's wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election. Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr's duties -- including whether she worked on the dossier -- remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016. Fusion GPS has attracted scrutiny because Republican lawmakers have spent the better part of this year investigating whether the dossier, which was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, served as the basis for the Justice Department and the FBI to obtain FISA surveillance last year on a Trump campaign adviser named Carter Page.

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Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military January 1

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:42

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military January 1 | 11 Dec 2017 | The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Defense Department also is studying the issue.

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Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:18

Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York | 11 Dec 2017 | A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack...Investigators told Reuters they believe the attack in midtown Manhattan was intended to be a suicide bombing. The blast, which occurred around 7 a.m. (1200 GMT) in a busy underground passageway between the subway station underneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Times Square subway station, sent commuters fleeing for the exits and police officers rushing to the scene, as officials scrambled to reroute trains and shut down streets. Three people, including a police officer, suffered minor injuries.

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FBI, NYPD raid Port Authority bomb suspect's apartment

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:57

FBI, NYPD raid Port Authority bomb suspect's apartment | 11 Dec 2017 | FBI agents and NYPD cops swooped down on three Brooklyn apartments tied to Monday's alleged would-be terror bomber -- including the pad where he is believed to have assembled his crude explosive device, law enforcement sources said. The members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force are hunting for evidence including computers, phones and other paraphernalia that could be tied to the botched bombing, sources said. Ullah came to the US from his native Bangladesh on an F4 visa -- which is reserved for brothers and sisters of American citizens -- seven years ago, sources said.

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Police: Suspect in NYC subway passage attack 'ISIS-inspired'

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:48

Police: Suspect in NYC subway passage attack 'ISIS-inspired' --Ullah made the bomb in his apartment - person briefed on the probe | 11 Dec 2017 | An attempted suicide bomber who set off a rush-hour explosion at the nation's busiest bus terminal is a Bangladeshi national living in Brooklyn who was inspired by ISIS, law enforcement officials said. The suspect in Monday morning's blast at Port Authority in midtown Manhattan was identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, according to New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill. Ullah strapped a pipe bomb to his body with Velcro and zip ties, police said. It detonated earlier than intended, sources told the New York Post. Ullah lived in Brooklyn, but he immigrated from Bangladesh nearly seven years ago, federal law enforcement sources confirmed to Fox News.

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Brooklyn-based Bangladeshi national in a suicide vest caused rush-hour panic in Manhattan when his 'revenge' pipe bomb exploded too early

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:23

Brooklyn-based Bangladeshi national in a suicide vest caused rush-hour panic in Manhattan when his 'revenge' pipe bomb exploded too early --A pipe bomb prematurely went off in an underground tunnel linking the Times Square subway station and the Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning around 7:20am --Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the suspect 'supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS' and that it was 'definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended' --The FDNY says three other people reported to local hospitals for minor injuries | 11 Dec 2017 | A Bangladeshi national in his 20s has been taken into custody with serious injuries after a pipe bomb he was carrying malfunctioned and exploded prematurely inside a Midtown Manhattan subway station Monday morning. It was the second time in two months that New York City was the target of a terrorist attack, and the first since President Trump sparked Muslim outrage around the world last week by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The explosion happened around 7:20am, in an underground tunnel linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Times Square. The underground tunnel is a major thoroughfare for workers during the morning rush hour. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was walking east towards Times Square when a 'low-tech' explosive attached to his body with Velcro and zip ties partially exploded. Another five-inch metal pipe bomb was found on his person.

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Explosive detonates near New York City's Times Square in 'attempted terrorist attack,' suspect in custody

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:05

Explosive detonates near New York City's Times Square in 'attempted terrorist attack,' suspect in custody | 11 Dec 2017 | A suspect is in custody today after allegedly detonating a small explosive device in an "attempted terrorist attack" in the New York City subway system, sending commuters scrambling to evacuate a major transit hub just blocks from Times Square, city officials said. The explosion occurred in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and, despite the rush-hour crowds, only three people suffered minor injuries, officials said. The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, is in the hospital, badly injured in the arm and torso from the device that went off in his arms, sources said. Ullah, originally from Bangladesh, told authorities he is self-inspired from ISIS online propaganda, sources said.

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Speakers to broadcast terror warning in event of Melbourne city attack

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:09

Speakers to broadcast terror warning in event of Melbourne city attack | 10 Dec 2017 | Police warnings to move, leave or stay would be broadcast at more than 90 city sites in the event of a terrorist or Bourke St-style attack. Already, 65 sets of loudspeakers are in place at sites including Federation Square, Flinders St station and the Bourke St Mall. A test message and "wailing" standard emergency warning signal -- alerting people that an emergency announcement is pending -- will be transmitted over speakers installed at the State Library on December 28. It comes as police warn there is an increased risk of terrorism over the festive season.

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Media mistakes intensify debate over fake news

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 01:21

Media mistakes intensify debate over fake news | 10 Dec 2017 | Media outlets have remained under fire for several days amid a debate over journalism in an age when President Trump regularly attacks media as "fake news." ...Several news organizations, including two top cable networks, were recently forced to issue corrections to articles related to the investigation into Russia's [alleged] election meddling and potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin. CNN on Friday corrected a story that originally said Trump Jr. received an email from WikiLeaks presenting hacked documents with Democratic information on Sept. 4, before WikiLeaks made them public. The cable news [sic] outlet corrected the story retracted the lie, clarifying that Trump Jr. received the email on Sept. 14, after WikiLeaks had already published the documents.

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Santa Barbara under threat from wildfire as massive inferno spreads and thousands flee under new evacuation orders

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:33

Santa Barbara under threat from wildfire as massive inferno spreads and thousands flee under new evacuation orders --The massive Thomas Fire has spread to 173,000 acres and could be the among worst in California's history | 10 Dec 2017 | A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive [Direct Energy Weapon-created?] wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns. The so-called Thomas Fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, and is on track to become one of the worst wildfires in California history. It has already destroyed 583 structures and scorched 173,000 acres, the authorities say...The new evacuation zone extends within two miles of the Santa Barbara Zoo.

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