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  • U.S. Democrat Warren wants to repeal 1994 crime bill, end cash bail

    U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes to federal and state criminal justice systems, including ending cash bail requirements and doing away with a crime bill that rival Joe Biden helped make law. "It's not equal justice when a kid with an ounce of pot can get thrown in jail, while a bank executive who launders money for a drug cartel can get a bonus. Warren's popularity has risen in public opinion polls measuring the crowded Democratic field, but she has not gained much traction among black voters, a key voting demographic in the party's nominating contests.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:46:46 -0400
  • US court convicts far-right members over clashes with leftists

    Two members of a far-right group were convicted Monday of brawling with anti-fascist demonstrators in New York, as tensions between white supremacists and leftists simmer in the United States. Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 39, members of the Proud Boys group, were found guilty of several counts of attempted assault and rioting by a Manhattan court. A jury decided the pair assaulted four members of Antifa, an anti-fascist group, who were protesting outside an event that Hare and Kinsman had attended on October 12 last year.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:46:35 -0400
  • Women 'absolutely terrified' of Donald Trump giving Afghanistan deal to the Taliban

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    The Trump administration's haste to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan could risk the progress on Afghan women's rights since 2001: Our view

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:29:59 -0400
  • Detained Iranian tanker sets sail from Gibraltar as Tehran warns US not to seize ship

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    The Iranian tanker seized by British royal marines near Gibraltar in July on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria has left port.Shipping data showed the Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, leaving Gibraltar around 11pm on Sunday, and is believed to be heading to Kalamata in Greece.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 02:27:00 -0400
  • Accused NYPD attacker demands job after walking out of court with no bail, jail

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    A teenager accused of attacking a New York City police officer demands a job after being released.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:56:29 -0400
  • Mountain lion attacks Colorado hunter armed with just a pocket knife, officials say

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    A Colorado man was scouting spots to hunt elk earlier this month when he became prey himself, according to state wildlife officials.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:47:16 -0400
  • Beloved California teacher shot to death in front of 5-year-old son 'for no reason'

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    California teacher Nancy Magaña, 24, was shot to death in front of her boyfriend and five-year-old son early Saturday morning.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:51:55 -0400
  • US sued over Honduran man's suicide after family separation

    A new lawsuit blames the Trump administration's family separations for the death by suicide of a Honduran father after being separated from his 3-year-old child. The widow of Marco Antonio Muñoz sued the U.S. government and South Texas' Starr County, which operated the local jail where he died. The Texas Civil Rights Project, which announced the lawsuit Monday, said it was the first known lawsuit that linked a person's suicide to the zero-tolerance policy enacted last spring and ended amid worldwide condemnation.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:49:41 -0400
  • Is recycling collapsing in California? Advocates call on lawmakers to rescue it

    When rePlanet closed its doors at its remaining 284 California locations earlier this month, alarm bells went up among recycling advocates.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:30:00 -0400
  • Tourists who stole sand from beach in Sardinia could face up to six years in prison

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    A pair of tourists face up to six years in prison after allegedly stealing a large quantity of sand from the pristine beaches of Sardinia. The French couple were found to have nearly 40kg (90lb) of fine white sand in the boot of their car. The vehicle was stopped during a routine check by border police as the tourists were preparing to board a ferry in Porto Torres, on the north coast of the island, bound for Toulon in France. The sand was found in 14 large plastic bottles and had been taken from a beach near Chia in southern Sardinia. The couple told police that they had no idea they were breaking the law, but they now face between one and six years in jail. The island has battled for years to stop tourists from pinching its sand, shells and pebbles, which are prized as souvenirs or in some cases, for indoor aquariums. WWF has run a campaign against 'beach thieves', reminding tourists that taking sand from Sardinia's shoreline is a crime To try to stop the pillaging, some locals have taken on the role of self-appointed guardians of the beaches. If they see tourists taking sand or shells, they ask them to return the material. If that does not work, they call the police or national park rangers. One of them, Pina Careddu, told an Italian newspaper on Monday that visitors sometimes become rude and aggressive when challenged. “A family of Germans were filling up some bottles with sand. I recorded them on my phone so they couldn’t deny it. The father came towards me in a threatening manner. But in the end he tipped the sand back onto the beach,” Mrs Careddu, 58, told Corriere della Sera. Dubbed “the granny sheriff” of the Sinis peninsula, on the west coast of the island, she is strict even with her grandchildren. “They say, ‘Nana, can’t we take some pebbles home to play with?’ And I say no, if everyone did that, soon there would be no beach left.”

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:04:40 -0400
  • Teens swept up in night raids in Kashmir clampdown

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    Ali Mohammad Rah sat on the pavement outside a police station in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Tuesday, waiting to see his teenage sons, who were swept up in government raids overnight. Government sources say at least 4,000 people have been detained in Kashmir since India revoked the restive Himalayan region's autonomy on August 5 and imposed a massive security lockdown on the restive region. To try and stop the raids, residents in Srinagar's Soura area have erected barricades and dug trenches in roads that lead to their cluster of homes.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:55:54 -0400
  • It looks like the Russians are trying to hide the truth about that nuclear accident in Nyonoksa

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    Evidence is mounting that Russia may be covering up a tragic nuclear accident after a mysterious blast killed seven at a military-weapons testing site.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:07:33 -0400
  • Immigration lawyers: We saw what's happening at the US-Mexico border. It's a tragic farce.

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    There is no due process in Mexico for asylum seekers, just endless obstacles to staying alive, finding an attorney and communicating with authorities.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:15:54 -0400
  • We talked to experts on aging about the 2020 field. Here’s what they told us.

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    One medical expert says Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump are part of the population known as "superagers."

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:00:44 -0400
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    U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: Pompeo

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:23:34 -0400
  • The Must-See, Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Cars from the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

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    Sun, 18 Aug 2019 21:14:00 -0400
  • A Neutron Star Might Have Just Collided with a Black Hole

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    Scientists are comparing the historic explosion to "the night before Christmas."

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:00:00 -0400
  • Bill Gates Adviser ‘Shocked’ Jeffrey Epstein Named Him in Will

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    REUTERSJeffrey Epstein signed his last will and testament just two days before he killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell—naming as his backup executor a former adviser to Bill Gates who doesn’t even want the job.Epstein’s longtime lawyers, Darren K. Indyke and Richard D. Kahn, were named as primary executors of the estate and are slated to receive $250,000 of the $577 million fortune for their efforts.But the document shows the disgraced money-manager also selected an alternate executor in the event that Indyke and Kahn can’t carry out their duties: Boris Nikolic, an immunologist and biotech entrepreneur.Nikolic was reportedly “shocked” to learn that he was listed in the will—which dictates that all of Epstein’s personal property should go to the trustees of a mysterious entity called The 1953 Trust.“I was not consulted in these matters and I have no intent to fulfill these duties, whatsoever,” he said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg.Models Say Jeffrey Epstein’s Closest Pal Drugged, Raped ThemNikolic, who studied and worked at Harvard, was the chief scientific adviser to Microsoft founder Gates and his foundation. He’s currently the managing partner of Biomatics Capital.Nikolic’s spokeswoman told Bloomberg that Epstein was not an investor in any of his ventures, and the extent of their relationship was not completely clear. But Epstein cultivated ties with scientists, and CNBC reported last week that he met Gates at least once in 2013.Epstein was indicted in July on federal sex trafficking charges and denied bail. He hanged himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10, just days after signing the will in lockup.The document, which was first revealed by the New York Post, indicates he left behind an estate worth $577,672,654. It did not name the members of The 1953 Trust.The will names Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, as his sole relative “who would be entitled to share the estate if he had left no will.”According to the probate petition, Epstein had $56.5 million in cash; $14.3 million in fixed income investments; $112.6 million in equities; and $194.9 million in hedge funds and private equity investments.The financier recorded $18.5 million in “Aviation Assets, Automobiles and Boats,” while stating that “Fine Arts, Antiques, Collectibles, Valuables & Other Personal Property” are “subject to appraisal/valuation.”Bridget J. Crawford, a professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, said The 1953 Trust’s beneficiaries are unlikely to become part of the public record.“He created some sort of trust very shortly before he died to receive all his property, and the reason people do that is to keep private from the public who is the beneficiary,” Crawford told The Daily Beast, adding, “The will is public, but the trust itself is not.”While Epstein’s accusers and the government can file claims against the estate, the only person who can challenge the validity of the will is the financier’s only relation: Mark Epstein.“Mark could come forward and say, ‘This is not a valid will, it was executed when he was not of right mind.’ There [could] be multiple possible grounds for doing so—fraud, undue influence, duress for example,” Crawford said. “That would be a way Mark could overturn the will and take the entire estate.”The Man Who Could Inherit Jeffrey Epstein’s MillionsCrawford said Epstein’s final wishes will take several years to sort out. Creditors and tax collectors could come forward, seeking to secure assets from the trust. Parties in the trust could challenge it.And the feds that were prosecuting Epstein could bring a legal action to freeze the estate, too. “That’s why the executors are not paying anybody any money anytime soon,” Crawford said.Now that the will has been filed, creditors will get notice of probate, “and that will be anyone who is a known creditor of Mr. Epstein’s, including the U.S. government most likely,” Crawford added. “I expect the court to be inundated with claims against the estate. This thing’s going to go on for years.”In the will, Epstein detailed the companies that hold the titles to his properties in New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and New York.He listed 10,000 shares of Maple, Inc.—the Virgin Islands corporation that holds the title to his Manhattan townhouse—as worth $55.9 million.Another 10,000 shares of Cypress, Inc., which owns his New Mexico ranch, are worth $17.2 million. His Palm Beach mansion, owned through 10,000 shares of Laurel Inc., is worth more than $12.3 million.SCI JEP, a French company, holds the title to Epstein's seven units at the posh Paris building at 22 Avenue Foch. The document lists 999 shares worth $8.67 million.Finally, the document details the companies that own his private islands.The will includes 10,000 shares each of Poplar, Inc., which holds the title to Great St. James Island and is worth more than $22.49 million, and Nautilus, Inc., which owns the $63.87-million Little St. James Island.The document directs lawyers Indyke and Kahn to get $250,000 upon the completion of probate. In Aug. 15 court filings, Indyke and Kahn accepted their appointments and enlisted Virgin Islands law firm Kellerhals Ferguson Kroblin PLLC as their attorneys.Erika Kellerhals, another loyal Epstein lawyer who was named in tax documents for his charities, is a partner of the firm.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:18:33 -0400
  • Detained immigrants sue over conditions, medical care

    Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday decrying what they called shoddy medical care and a failure by authorities to provide accommodations for disabilities. In the suit filed by disability and civil rights advocates in U.S. District Court, immigrants said they're placed in isolation as punishment and denied recommended medical treatment and surgery. The problems harm disabled immigrants and threaten anyone in one of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's more than 50,000 detention beds who winds up getting sick or isolated from other detainees, said Monica Porter, staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, one of the organizations that filed the suit.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:11:06 -0400
  • China lashes Taiwan over offer to Hong Kong protesters

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    China slammed Taiwan Monday for offering asylum to Hong Kong people facing prosecution for involvement in anti-government protests, telling the island's leaders to "stop meddling" in the territory's affairs. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen voiced support last month for granting asylum to some Hong Kong protesters, with the semi-autonomous financial hub in the midst of an unprecedented political crisis. Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Chinese cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office, warned Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party to "stop undermining the rule of law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs, and stop indulging criminals in any way".

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:30:25 -0400
  • Ousted Sudan dictator Omar al-Bashir 'got $90 million from Saudi royals'

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    Omar al-Bashir, the ousted dictator of Sudan, was given $90 million (£74 million) from senior Saudi royals before he was overthrown, investigators said at the start of his corruption trial.  Just four months after he was forced from the power, the 75-year-old former strongman sat in a metal cage as prosecutors of the state he once ruled levelled accusations against him.    The scene in the Khartoum courtroom illustrated how quickly Bashir had fallen, going from Sudan’s all-powerful leader of 30 years to a defendant in a simple white robe and turban.  Bashir is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts through unofficial channels.  Ahmed Ali Mohamed, a police detective, told the court that Bashir had admitted to receiving $25 million from Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful crown prince of Saudi Arabia.  The detective said Bashir received another $65 million from former King Abdullah, who died in 2015. He said Bashir claimed to have given the money away in donations but gave no details.  Al-Bashir was ousted on 11 April after months of protests and some 30 years in power.  Credit: STRINGER/EPA-EFE/REX When police raided Bashir’s home they reportedly found 6 million Euros in cash, along with $351,000 and around 5 million Sudanese pounds (£91,000). Ahmed Ibrahim, Bashir’s lawyer, rejected the allegations against the former president and said it was not unusual for “anyone in his occupation to have foreign currency and it was in a room attached to his office in his presidential residence”.  "There is no information or evidence with regards to the accusations of illicit gains aimed at Bashir,” he added.  Testimony about the vast sums of money was closely followed in Sudan, where GDP per capita is only around $4,600.  Bashir spoke to confirm his name and age and laughed bitterly when asked about his home address.  "Formerly the airport district, at army headquarters but now Kobar prison,” he said, referring to a prison where he once jailed political opponents but is now himself a prisoner.  Several members of his family were allowed into the heavily-guarded courtroom and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as he was brought in. The ousted leader raised his hand in acknowledgement.  There was no immediate comment from the Saudi government on the claim that Saudi royals had given Bashir money. Saudi Arabia had been a staunch supporter of Bashir’s regime, even as it faced widespread protests that eventually led to his downfall. During the revolution earlier this year, the US grew frustrated with Saudi Arabia’s support for Bashir, believing that Riyadh’s backing was emboldening the faltering dictator to use violence against civilian demonstrators.  Meanwhile, Sudan’s post-revolution politics continued to make halting progress towards civilian rule.  The military council which has been ruling the country since April signed a deal with protest leaders on Saturday to create a new body that would lead Sudan for the next three years until elections can be held.  The 11-member body, known as the sovereign council, will include five military officials and five civilians as well as an independent member.  However, the military said on Monday that the protesters had asked for a delay in the council’s announcement while they decided amongst themselves who would be their representatives.  The military strongly initially resisted any kind of power-sharing agreement but came under intense pressure from both the US and Gulf Arab states to reach an accommodation with the protesters.    A deal was reached after negotiations brokered by Ethiopia, the African Union, and Western states

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:39:36 -0400
  • Police arrested 3 men in their 20s in Ohio, Florida, and Connecticut last week on suspicion of planning mass shootings

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    Local authorities have arrested and detained Brandon Wasghol, Tristan Scott Wix, and James Patrick Reardon in three separate cases.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:06:42 -0400
  • Mexican man facing voter fraud trial in Sacramento. He’s a Trump supporter

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    For years, President Trump has claimed that millions of noncitizens voted in the 2016 presidential election, unfairly skewing his vote as Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:03:22 -0400
  • San Francisco homeless man accused of attacking woman wearing ankle monitor

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    ABC7 News has confirmed that the man accused of attacking a woman outside her San Francisco apartment building has been fitted with an electronic monitor.

    Sun, 18 Aug 2019 15:03:53 -0400
  • Rep. Steve King wants media to apologize for reporting what he said about rape and incest

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    King was arguing in favor of an abortion ban with no exceptions for pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest when he made the comment at an Iowa event last week.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:50:37 -0400
  • Mueller-targeted Russian firm seeks April 2020 trial

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    The trial would test allegations that Concord Management and Consulting financed and organized an army of internet trolls to disrupt the 2016 election.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:57:11 -0400
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    Germany takes back four Islamic State children from Syria

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:55:52 -0400
  • Records: Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide

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    Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier's fortune. The existence of the will, first reported by the New York Post, raised new questions about Epstein's final days inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Epstein signed the document Aug. 8.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:44:54 -0400
  • Gina Lopez, foe of Philippine mining industry, dies at 65

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    Former Philippine environment minister Gina Lopez, who led a high-profile fight against the nation's powerful mining industry, died Monday aged 65, her family's media company announced. Lopez rose to international prominence in 2016 by ordering many Philippines mines shuttered on environmental grounds, and also issued a ban on open-pit mining. The Philippines, which is one of the world's top nickel ore producers, has long faced accusations of looking the other way while major firms flout regulations.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 05:40:48 -0400
  • Top Polish Official Accused of Campaign Harassing Judges Resigns

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    (Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.A top Polish Justice Ministry official resigned under the cloud of accusations that he ran a smear campaign against judges who criticized the government.With two months to go before October elections, Deputy Minister Lukasz Piebiak stepped down Tuesday after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki demanded answers for the allegations published by news portal Onet.pl that described a coordinated campaign to discredit justices.The scandal comes amid Poland’s drift away from the European Union’s liberal and democratic values, with the ruling Law & Justice party facing EU probes over its efforts to give politicians more power over the judiciary. While the Justice Ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment by phone, state broadcaster TVP cited Piebiak as saying he resigned “with a sense of responsibility for reforms.”“This is an assault on the judicial branch coming from the Justice Ministry, so the scope of this scandal is beyond any scale,” Anna Materska-Sosnowska, a political scientist at Warsaw University, said by phone.According to Onet.pl, Piebiak oversaw efforts that included publishing fabricated and personal information about judges on social media. Onet.pl said it received the information, including transcripts of message traffic, from sources including someone involved in the campaign.‘Appropriate Actions’Morawiecki told reporters in Warsaw that he’ll take “appropriate actions” after reviewing Piebiak’s explanations. Law & Justice holds a commanding lead in opinion polls before the Oct. 13 ballot despite a series of scandals, betting that strong economic growth, a boost in welfare benefits and fast wage growth will help it win re-election against a splintered opposition.Onet.pl said some 2,500 emails and letters were sent in a campaign that targeted about 20 judges and was led by a woman it identified as Emilia. The woman, with help from Piebiak, smeared judges on social media and sent letters to their colleagues and families, as well as pro-government media, about alleged extramarital affairs and other indiscretions meant to undermine their standing, according to the report.Section of text message transcripts published by Onet.pl:Emilia: I will talk to journalists and send letters, anonymously by email and also by post. The only problem is I don’t have addresses and emails. I will do everything I can, as always, but won’t vouch for the result. I hope they won’t jail me.Piebiak: We don’t imprison people for good deeds.Onet.pl said the campaign’s main target was Judge Krystian Markiewicz, the head of the Iustitia judges association. During a discussion about the campaign, Piebiak was cited as saying that “people will spread it and Markiewicz will diminish knowing what’s gathered on him.”Markiewicz said he was “livid” about the alleged campaign. “Instead of fighting hate speech, it’s being created within the walls of the Justice Ministry,” he told TVN24.The government hasn’t shied away from controversy after retooling the judiciary. It has used money from state-owned companies to fund a billboard campaign depicting judges as thieves. Leading officials have repeatedly said the court system is run by a “caste of elites” that considers itself above the law.Among the steps the government has taken to tighten its grip on courts are the creation of a new panel within the Supreme Court that can discipline judges and launched proceedings against dozens of justices who criticized the changes.Last month, the EU’s executive sent a final warning to Poland over a new disciplinary regime for judges, threatening to open another lawsuit. The government argues that the EU has no jurisdiction over how member states run their courts.(Updates with official’s resignation.)To contact the reporter on this story: Marek Strzelecki in Warsaw at mstrzelecki1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrea Dudik at adudik@bloomberg.net, Michael Winfrey, Wojciech MoskwaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:13:09 -0400
  • Fourth correctional officer arrested after alleged Florida prison beating on video

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    A fourth Florida Department of Corrections officer has been arrested in connection with an alleged July 8 beating of an inmate that was caught on video.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:31:29 -0400
  • A billboard in Baltimore calls Jared Kushner a 'rich pest.' It was put up by PETA

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    The billboard plays off the discovery that President Donald Trump's son-in-law's family real estate owned several rat-infested buildings.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:03:18 -0400
  • The Best Fall Soup Recipes, From Chicken Noodle to Broccoli Cheddar

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:04:00 -0400
  • Serial killer who murdered SC teen featured on new season of Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’

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    He has a long rap sheet of crimes throughout the South, and a controversial connection to a South Carolina murder.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:09:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Pakistan, India spar over using water as a weapon in Kashmir dispute

    ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Accusing India of waging "fifth-generation warfare", Pakistan said on Monday New Delhi had failed to inform it about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border. India, however, rejected the claim saying that under the terms of a water treaty between the two nations it had informed Pakistan about the release of excess water late on Monday when it crossed a certain threshold. Relations between the neighbours, already hostile, have been further strained over India's decision this month to revoke the special status of its portion of the Kashmir region that both countries claim.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:39:40 -0400
  • I've treated suicidal prisoners — Jeffrey Epstein's death is a medical, security disgrace

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    No matter what happened in Jeffrey Epstein's cell, medical personnel and prison authorities clearly failed in their duty to monitor and treat him.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:20:06 -0400
  • Hong Kong officers arrested for beating man in hospital

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    Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested Tuesday after a video emerged of them beating an older man on a hospital trolly, heaping further pressure on a force already facing accusations of brutality. The footage, recorded in late June, shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth. "It is clear that the actions committed by the police officers concerned are unlawful," said police spokesman John Tse, adding that police viewed the video for the first time on Tuesday.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:56:28 -0400
  • Georgia voters challenge legality of new election system

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    Georgia voters who want hand-marked paper ballots are challenging the new election system state officials are rushing to implement in time for next year's presidential primaries, saying the new touchscreen machines remain vulnerable and their results unverifiable, even though they produce paper records. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the state's purchase of a $106 million election system from Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems last month, with plans to replace the outdated election management system and paperless touchscreen voting machines in use since 2002. The voters' petition, seeking a withdrawal of the certification and a re-examination of the Dominion system, was submitted Monday to Raffensperger's office.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:08:40 -0400
  • View Photos of the 2021 BMW 4-Series Coupe

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:47:00 -0400
  • $700K for an apartment? The cost to solve the homeless crisis is soaring in Los Angeles

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    With thousands living on the streets, Los Angeles is spending lavishly to try to solve the problem. But, $320,000 a year for a toilet?

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:00:13 -0400
  • I am Mexican American with no hyphen and no apologies – and am haunted by a history of hate.

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    I didn’t know how to write about the El Paso massacre because for two weeks I’ve been too angry at too many people.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:30:00 -0400
  • Couple who ran a home for troubled boys charged with trafficking children, forced labor

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    A husband and wife who ran a home for troubled boys in Texas have been arrested a year after the home was raided and eight boys were removed, reports say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:21:09 -0400
  • Animal native to South American rainforests waits outside Florida man’s front door then barges in and repeatedly charges him

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    An animal native to South America’s rainforests has attacked a man after invading his second-floor Florida apartment.The kinkajou – often known as a honey bear - ran into the home, in Lake Worth Beach, through an open door and launched itself at Michael Litersky’s legs, inflicting bites and scratches.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:25:16 -0400
  • Reps. Omar, Tlaib call for an end to Israel's 'occupation' of Palestinian territories

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    Progressive 'Squad' members Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib hold news conference following canceled congressional trip to Israel.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:43:57 -0400
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    Philippines' Duterte warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:15:41 -0400
  • Palestinian president fires advisers as financial crisis hits

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    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has fired all of his advisers, his office said Monday, amid a financial crisis in the occupied West Bank that has prompted deep salary cuts. Abbas's office did not provide further details on the number of advisers or the costs involved, pointing only to a brief statement issued through official Palestinian news agency WAFA. The move comes amid a spending crunch following Israel's decision in February to withhold around $10 million a month in tax transfers.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:52:54 -0400
  • Man pees in sink behind Starbucks counter and douses merchandise, Penn. cops say

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    Pennsylvania police are looking for a man suspected of peeing in a Starbucks sink and onto merchandise in the store.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:47:00 -0400
  • John Delaney draws 11 people to 2020 event – does he truly think he can win?

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    The former congressman has put $24m of his own cash into an increasingly quixotic presidential run – and he’s ploughing on despite a near total lack of supportJohn Delaney speaks at the Wing Ding fundraiser in Clear Lake, Iowa. What Delaney lacks in support, he makes up for in optimism. Photograph: Brian Cahn/Zuma/Rex/ShutterstockJohn Delaney has poured a staggering $24m of his own money into running for president. He has been campaigning for the White House for more than two years, and in that time has held more than 200 events in Iowa.On one recent Thursday morning, these efforts translated into a grand total of 11 people coming out to see Delaney, at a campaign event in the small town of Algona, in the north of the state.The former Maryland congressman, former businessman and formerly much wealthier candidate is one of a slew of long-shot candidates for the Democratic nomination. In a crowded, historically diverse field, Delaney is part of a group of white, middle-aged men who are forging ahead with their increasingly quixotic presidential campaigns in spite of a collective lack of support.Delaney strode into Miller’s Sports Bar & Grill, one of a chain of bars across Iowa, just after 10am. One of his team had taped a couple of Delaney 2020 campaign posters to a wall in the back of the bar, and a sign-up list was on a table. The crowd, all silver haired apart from a thirtysomething man who walked in late, were sitting patiently at four different tables.Clad in the off-duty politician’s uniform of open-necked shirt, blue jeans and casual brown shoes, Delaney got to work, vigorously shaking 11 hands. One member of the crowd was immediately impressed with the 56-year-old.“You actually look even better than you do on TV,” one woman said.“I think I’m just going to stay around here,” Delaney quipped.If Delaney was disappointed with the turnout, he didn’t show it. Besides, in a way, the 11-person crowd was a positive. The night before, on Delaney’s Facebook page, just two people had said they would attend, and one of those was his campaign director.Delaney, who served in Congress for six years before resigning to run for president, was joking when he said he might just stay around Iowa. But in fact, it would be hard for him to spend more time here. The 58-year-old has made 34 separate visits to the state in two years. This trip was the first of three in August. And the actual vote in Iowa – the state’s caucuses – is still six months away.It’s a grueling schedule. On Thursday alone, Delaney was scheduled to hold five different events in the space of nine and a half hours.With the pleasantries over at Miller’s Delaney dived into his pitch. The two most important questions in 2020, he said, are: “Who can beat Trump?” and: “Who is the best leader for this country at this moment in time?”Delaney gestures at the end of his speech during a visit to the Iowa state fair in Des Moines earlier this month. Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/AP“I believe I’m the right answer to those two questions,” he concluded.Delaney’s problem is that very few people agree. Despite a marathon campaign – he declared his candidacy in July 2017, 18 months before any other major contenders – and a big pot of cash, he is barely registering – even in Iowa. Delaney is currently polling at 1% in the state – in ninth place. Nationally, Delaney has just 0.3% of the vote.But Delaney, an electrician’s son turned millionaire, isn’t about to let a near total lack of support stop him.“I don’t want to be the president just to be the president,” Delaney said at his second event of the day. “I want to be the president to do the job.”Later, Delaney was speaking to a crowd of 15 people, at the Rustic Brew in Hampton, an hour and a half drive east of Algona. He had been allocated an area in the back, in a room with a painting of a reindeer on one wall. Delaney had almost immediately been interrupted by a man wearing a Vietnam cap.The man complained about veterans’ hospitals. Delaney, hoping to appease him, said he would allow veterans to visit a wider range of hospitals for their care. The man in the cap said that was exactly the plan he was opposed to. Delaney said he would talk to him about it later, then carried on with his speech. The man in the cap slumped in his chair, mumbling something to himself.The main part of Delaney’s pitch is that he can beat Donald Trump and actually pass legislation, whereas, in his view, people such as the leftwing senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are making “impossible promises”. After Delaney criticized the more ambitious proposals of his rivals during the recent televised Democratic debates, Warren chopped him down, telling the audience: “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”Far from being cowed by that, Delaney told the Guardian that if he could change one thing about his campaign, he actually would have plugged his centrist credentials earlier.“The kind of sharp contrasts I’m making now, I would have made them earlier,” Delaney said.But what Delaney lacks in support, he makes up for in optimism. He brushed off concerns that he won’t make the next Democratic debates – the bar for entry is far higher for the next round, in mid-September – by insisting he could make the one after that, because he expects other candidates to drop out.As Delaney closed out at the Rustic Brew, his campaign manager abruptly announced that the rest of the day’s events were cancelled. He had only completed two out of five. The campaign manager put it down to a schedule conflict. John Delaney at the Iowa state fair in Des Moines, on 9 August. Photograph: Eric Thayer/ReutersThe Guardian chased Delaney down in Des Moines the next day, where he was appearing at the Iowa state fair. Delaney spent some time prodding pork chops on a grill – a classic state fair photo opportunity – before speaking for about 15 minutes to a crowd, again pitching his centrist vision. He drew a decent number of people, but his crowd was dwarfed by those who came out for speeches by Warren, Sanders and Biden.Delaney is probably right when he says other people will soon quit the race. The California congressman Eric Swalwell ended his campaign in July, citing a lack of money and a lack of support. Colorado ex-governor John Hickenlooper dropped out last week. Delaney doesn’t have to make that choice yet. He has loaned his campaign $24m, but according to Forbes, he is worth $200m, so he has plenty of cash left to splurge.But there will surely come a point where he has to make a decision. Given Delaney is polling within the margin of error of zero, that point might come soon.Or perhaps Delaney, ever the optimist, could bide his time. If Trump wins in 2020, then there’s always 2024. If Delaney doesn’t bankrupt himself first, maybe he could be a contender.At the very least, he will know his way around Iowa.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 02:00:38 -0400
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