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Texas allows guns in college classrooms under new law

August 2, 2016 by legitgov

Texas allows guns in college classrooms under new law | 01 Aug 2016 | A new law went into effect in Texas on Monday that allows certain students to bring guns into classrooms, with supporters saying it could prevent mass shootings and critics saying the measure will endanger safety on campuses. The so-called state "campus carry" law allows people 21 and older with a concealed handgun license to carry pistols in classrooms and buildings throughout public colleges, including the University of Texas system, one of the nation's largest with an enrollment of more than 214,000 students.

Trump: 'I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged'

August 2, 2016 by legitgov

Trump: 'I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged' | 01 Aug 2016 | Donald Trump fears he may lose in November because of the "rigged" political system he's been railing against for months. "I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest," Trump told supporters during a mid-afternoon rally in Columbus, Ohio. Trump has blasted political leaders for creating what he claims is a corrupt and "crooked" system under which career politicians have manipulated certain rules and deliberately lied to voters in order to remain in power.

Khan specializes in visa programs accused of selling U.S. citizenship

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

Khan specializes in visa programs accused of selling U.S. citizenship | 01 Aug 2016 | The [attorney] father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq who is caught up in a war of words with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is an immigration lawyer who specializes in a highly controversial program accused of letting immigrants buy their way into the U.S. Khizr M. Khan's website notes that he works to help clients with the E-2 and EB-5 programs that let overseas investors buy into U.S. companies and also provides green cards for family members...The EB-5 program has been caught up in multiple scandals and critics are pressing Congress to kill it.

CDC issues historic travel warning over Miami Zika outbreak

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

CDC issues historic travel warning over Miami Zika outbreak | 01 Aug 2016 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning Monday, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is actively circulating. This is the first time the CDC has warned people not to travel to an American neighborhood for fear of catching an infectious disease, according to agency spokesman Tom Skinner. The warning came after 10 additional people in Florida were found to have been infected with Zika virus after being bitten by local mosquitoes, bringing the total to 14.

Rio 2016: Swimmers need to ingest only three teaspoons of water to be almost certain of contracting a virus

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

Rio 2016: Swimmers need to ingest only three teaspoons of water to be almost certain of contracting a virus | 01 Aug 2016 | Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by the Associated Press...The first results of the study published over a year ago showed viral levels at up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe. At those concentrations, swimmers and athletes who ingest just three teaspoons of water are almost certain to be infected with viruses that can cause stomach and respiratory illnesses and, more rarely, heart and brain inflammation – although whether they actually fall ill depends on a series of factors including the strength of the individual's immune system.

Olympic athletes told to 'keep your mouth closed' when they swim through faeces-infested water

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

Olympic athletes told to 'keep your mouth closed' when they swim through faeces-infested water | 31 July 2016 | Athletes competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil have been warned by doctors, engineers, and scientists to keep their mouths shut while participating in activities in the water. Researchers found that many of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro have been long contaminated with raw sewage, household garbage, and even dead bodies, creating hazardous swimming conditions for the 500,000 people expected to descend on the city in August. "Foreign athletes will literally be swimming in human crap, and they risk getting sick from all those microorganisms," Rio paediatrician Dr Daniel Becker told the New York Times.

Newborn dies from whooping cough weeks after pregnant mom is given pertussis vaccine

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

Newborn dies from whooping cough weeks after pregnant mom is given pertussis vaccine | 29 July 2016 | A California couple grieving the loss of their infant son from whooping cough is vowing to raise awareness of the disease. Ty'Ree Rodgers of San Diego told ABC News that his 3-week-old, Jaxon Rodgers, died July 15 from the effects of whooping cough...Jaxon was born healthy on June 6 and was brought home from the hospital three days later, Rodgers said. He added that Jaxon's mom, Lema, breastfed the whole way...One week before Jaxon was born, his mother was offered a vaccine for pertussis at the medical clinic she attended, Rodgers said. Rodgers said he would like to explore further whether the time frame in which Jaxon's mother received the vaccination may have contributed to the child's death. [Maybe the vaccine itself 'contributed to the child's death.']

10 More Non-Travel Related Zika Cases Found in South Florida

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

10 More Non-Travel Related Zika Cases Found in South Florida | 01 Aug 2016 | The state's health department has identified 10 more people who they believe contracted the Zika virus from a mosquitoes in Miami-Dade. This brings the total number of people with locally transmitted Zika to 14. Among the 10 new individuals announced today, six are asymptomatic and were identified from the door-to-door community survey [that's code for pandemic martial law drill] that DOH is conducting. Following the revelation, Governor Rick Scott has called upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to activate an Emergency Response Team to assist the state's health department, and other partners, in their investigation, sample collection [aka illegal search and seizure of bodily fluids], and mosquito control efforts.

Olympics 'dirty bomb' fears: UN atomic agency helping guard Rio Olympics from ISIS terror attack

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

Olympics 'dirty bomb' fears: UN atomic agency helping guard Rio Olympics from ISIS terror attack | 31 July 2016 | Experts from the United Nations have sent state-of-the art detection equipment to Brazil over fears suicidal terror nuts will target the Olympics with a devastating 'dirty bomb'. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has loaned hi-tech radiation monitors – including personal detectors and portable scanners – for use on the ground throughout the Games. Brazil’s anti-terror chief has already admitted there is a ‘credible threat’ ISIS will target Rio next month and said ‘numerous measures’ are being taken to prevent any attack.

Growing fears Rio Olympics could be hit by an ISIS radioactive 'dirty bomb' as world's best detection gear is sent to Brazil

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

Growing fears Rio Olympics could be hit by an ISIS radioactive 'dirty bomb' as the best detection gear in the world is sent to Brazil --A 'dirty bomb' attack is more likely now than at any time since the Cold War | 01 Aug 2016 | There are growing fears the Rio Olympics could be attacked with a 'dirty bomb' as the security operations are ramped up ahead of the Games. United Nations security chiefs have sent their top detection gear to Brazil to help intercept terrorist communications amid concerns ISIS are planning to detonate a radioactive bomb at the Olympics. Counter terrorism director Luiz Alberto Sallaberry said the 'credible threat' of an ISIS attack had increased dramatically in recent months due to the stream of terrorist acts across Europe.

Bernie Delegates Say DNC Is Hiring Seat Fillers to Create Appearance of Unity

August 1, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Delegates Say DNC Is Hiring Seat Fillers to Create Appearance of Unity | 28 July 2016 | Delegates for Bernie Sanders have spoken out against the DNC for hiring seat fillers to replace protesting Sanders supporters. While many Sanders delegates were outside staging protests during the convention Wednesday, every seat in the arena was filled, giving the impression that the delegates had unified around their nominee, Hillary Clinton. Several Sanders delegates have posted videos claiming that many of those in the delegates' seats were not delegates at all, but seat fillers paid for by the DNC.

Suspicious toolbox sparks controlled explosion inside Rio stadium

July 31, 2016 by legitgov

Suspicious toolbox sparks controlled explosion inside Rio stadium | 01 Aug 2016 | A controlled explosion has taken place inside the Maracana Stadium in Rio, just days before it is set to host the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Authorities sent in a robot to investigate a suspicious toolbox on Sunday where rehearsals for the games' curtain-raiser had already begun. When the robot touched the toolbox, it exploded.

Medical researcher at US Army institute among 16 victims of deadliest hot air balloon crash in US history

July 31, 2016 by legitgov

Medical researcher at US Army institute among 16 victims of deadliest hot air balloon crash in US history | 31 July 2016 | Investigators are still working to identify the 16 victims in the worst hot air balloon crash in US history, but friends and family have taken to social media to share their loss. Alfred 'Skip' Nichols, the owner and pilot of the company Heart of Texas, died when his hot air balloon broke out in flames and crashed in Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday. Matt Rowan, a professor with the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, was also identified along with his wife Sunday Rowan, by grieving family members. Matt worked as a professor in the burns unit at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, and believed his work would help soldiers, his brother Joshua, an Iraq veteran, told NBC.

Feds go door-to-door collecting urine samples, 'checking for Zika'

July 31, 2016 by legitgov

Holy pandemic-quarantine-martial law dry run, Batman! Feds go door-to-door collecting urine samples, 'checking for Zika' | 29 July 2016 | Four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes, Florida health officials said Friday...Officials believe the local transmission is confined to a small area north of downtown Miami within a single ZIP code. However, local, state and federal health officials are continuing their investigation, which includes going door-to-door to ask residents for urine samples and other information in an effort to determine how many people may be infected. Additional cases are anticipated.

Fiery crash of hot air balloon kills 16 in central Texas

July 31, 2016 by legitgov

Fiery crash of hot air balloon kills 16 in central Texas | 30 July 2016 | A hot air balloon burst into flames over central Texas on Saturday after apparently striking power lines and plunged into a field, killing all 16 people aboard in one of the deadliest such accidents on record, police and eyewitnesses said. The Federal Aviation Administration said the fiery crash occurred at about 7:40 a.m. (8.40 a.m. ET) near Lockhart, a town about 30 miles (50 km) south of Austin, the Texas capital...The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that 16 people were dead.

1,000s Turkish forces surround NATO's Incirlik air base for 'inspection' amid rumors of coup attempt

July 31, 2016 by legitgov

1,000s Turkish forces surround NATO's Incirlik air base for 'inspection' amid rumors of coup attempt | 31 July 2016 | Some 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles have surrounded and blocked the Incirlik air base in Adana used by NATO forces, already restricted in the aftermath of a failed coup. Unconfirmed reports say troops were sent to deal with a new coup attempt. Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had been tipped off about a new coup attempt, and forces were immediately alerted. The entrance to the base was closed off.

U.S. court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law

July 30, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law | 29 July 2016 | A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a North Carolina law that required voters to show photo identification when casting ballots, ruling that it intentionally discriminated against African-American residents. The ruling, a victory for rights advocates that will enable thousands of people to vote more easily, is also likely to be seen as a boost for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton going into the election on Nov. 8. The court's decision also canceled provisions of the law that scaled back early voting, prevented residents from registering and voting on the same day, and eliminated the ability of voters to vote outside their assigned precinct.

Hillary Clinton's own campaign is hacked: Dems were warned they were a target in March but REFUSED to help FBI probe

July 30, 2016 by legitgov

Hillary Clinton's own campaign is hacked: Democrats were warned they were a target in March but REFUSED to help FBI probe into cyber attacks --First leak also revealed anti-gay slurs, mocking African Americans and attempts to con reputable news outlets with fake Trump videos |29 July 2016 | The computer network used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The latest attack, which was disclosed to Reuters on Friday, follows reports of two other hacks on the Democratic National Committee and the party's fundraising committee for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Department of Justice national security division is investigating whether cyber hacking attacks on Democratic political organizations threatened U.S. security, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Attorney General Schuette charges 6 state workers over Flint's contaminated water

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Attorney General Schuette charges 6 state workers over Flint's contaminated water | 29 July 2016 | Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday filed charges against six state employees for misconduct in office related to their alleged roles in the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water. Genesee County Judge Nathaniel C. Perry III authorized charges Friday morning against three employees in the Department of Health and Human Services and three employees in the Department of Environmental Quality, including fired municipal water chief Liane Shekter Smith.

Gov: 4 Zika cases likely came from Florida mosquitoes

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Gov: 4 Zika cases likely came from Florida mosquitoes | 29 July 2016 | Florida's governor said Friday the state likely has the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. Gov. Rick Scott said during a news conference in Orlando that no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika. But he said one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the virus through mosquito bites. More than 1,650 Zika infections have been reported in the U.S., but the four patients in Florida would be the first not linked to travel outside the U.S. mainland.

'World's saddest polar bear' is still stuck in Guangzhou aquarium; 500,000 sign petition calling for animal's release

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

'World's saddest polar bear' is still stuck in Guangzhou aquarium; 500,000 sign petition calling for animal's release | 29 July 2016 | The Grandview Aquarium, located inside a sprawling shopping mall in Guangzhou, has become notorious for its questionable treatment of its animals, in particular one very sad-looking polar bear named Pizza. Day in and day out, people crowd around the outside of Pizza's pen prison, tapping on the glass, trying to get the mopey bear to move around and pose for a good picture. The blinding flash of cameras has become a non-stop annoyance for the poor creature. In March, the animal welfare group Animals Asia posted a video featuring Pizza -- "the world's saddest polar bear." They followed that up by releasing a petition [now at over 520,000 signatures] calling for the aquarium to be closed and Pizza freed. [Please sign petition.]

Donald Trump Calls Comments About Russia and Clinton Emails 'Sarcastic'

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump Calls Comments About Russia and Clinton Emails 'Sarcastic' | 28 July 2016 | Facing a torrent of criticism over his comments seeming to condone the hacking of Hillary Clinton's emails by Russian intelligence services, Donald J. Trump and his allies on Thursday sought to tamp down his remarks, with Mr. Trump saying he was simply being "sarcastic." In public interviews and private conversations on Thursday, Mr. Trump; his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana; and campaign staff members contended that Mr. Trump was being facetious when, during a news conference on Wednesday, he said he hoped Russia would be able to find Mrs. Clinton's missing emails. "Of course I'm being sarcastic," Mr. Trump told "Fox and Friends" Thursday morning as his aides accused the news media of misconstruing his remarks.

Hedge-Fund Money: $48.5 Million for Hillary Clinton, $19,000 for Donald Trump

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Hedge-Fund Money: $48.5 Million for Hillary Clinton, $19,000 for Donald Trump --Political donations from people at hedge funds have vaulted this election, and far more has gone to the Democratic nominee than to the Republican | 29 July 2016 | Hedge funds are playing a far bigger role in 2016 than in past elections--and Hillary Clinton has been the single biggest beneficiary. Owners and employees of hedge funds have made $122.7 million in campaign contributions this election cycle, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics--more than twice what they gave in the entire 2012 cycle...The data show seven financial firms alone have generated nearly $48.5 million for groups working on Mrs. Clinton's behalf. The total for Donald Trump: About $19,000.

Hillary Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Hillary Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world | 28 July 2016 | Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, an experienced leader steeled for a volatile world. She aggressively challenged Republican Donald Trump's ability to do the same. Clinton took the stage to roaring applause from flag-waving delegates on the final night of the Democratic convention, relishing her nomination as the first woman to lead a major U.S. political party. Clinton's four-day convention began with efforts to shore up liberals who backed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and it ended with an outstretched hand to Republicans and independents unnerved by Trump.

Barack Obama slams Trump, makes appeal for Hillary Clinton

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Barack Obama slams Trump, makes appeal for Hillary Clinton | 28 July 2016 | President Barack Obama made a fervent plea for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, casting the Democratic nominee as a custodian of his legacy while rejecting Republicans' message as fostering anger and hate. In remarks that demonstrated Obama's lasting appeal to wide swaths of the Democratic Party, the President sought to describe country headed firmly in the right direction, despite the loud protestations otherwise by Donald Trump. Obama said his former secretary of state is a better qualified candidate than even he or her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had been when they sought office.

Trump edges ahead of Clinton in U.S. presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Trump edges ahead of Clinton in U.S. presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos poll | 26 July 2016 | Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump posted a two-point lead over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday, the first time he has been ahead since early May. Trump's gains came as he accepted his party's nomination to the Nov. 8 ballot at the four-day Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, and as Clinton's nomination in Philadelphia this week was marred by party divisions and the resignation of a top party official.

Hillary Clinton Makes History Accepting Democratic Nomination

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Breaking: Hillary Clinton Makes History Accepting Democratic Nomination | 28 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic party's presidential nomination, making history as the first woman to be chosen to run for the highest office in the land by a major party in the United States. The former secretary of state, introduced by her daughter Chelsea, drew on the historic roots of Philadelphia as a way to reiterate one of her campaign slogans. "Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together," she said. "America is once again at a moment of reckoning." Early in her speech, she thanked Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Five US Troops Wounded Fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Five US Troops Wounded Fighting ISIS in Afghanistan | 28 July 2016 | At least five U.S. troops were wounded this week by small-arms fire and shrapnel while fighting alongside Afghan forces to expel ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] from strongholds in eastern Nangarhar province, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday. Two of the wounded troops quickly returned to duty after treatment, and three others were medically evacuated from the country. The wounded troops were believed to be the first U.S. casualties in Afghanistan in fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria offshoot, called Islamic State-Khorasan Province, or IS-K.

Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination: 'Clear-eyed,' but 'we are not afraid'

July 29, 2016 by legitgov

Breaking: Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination: 'Clear-eyed,' but 'we are not afraid' | 28 July 2016 | Confronting a "moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton cast herself as a unifier for divided times and a tested, steady hand to lead in a volatile world as she accepted the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday night. "We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against," she said. "But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have." Clinton was introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, who spoke warmly of her mother as a woman "driven by compassion, by faith, by kindness, a fierce sense of justice, and a heart full of love." Clinton's national convention address follows three nights of Democratic stars, including a past and present president, asserting she is ready for the White House.

'US deliberately destroyed CIA black site used for torture'

July 28, 2016 by legitgov

'US deliberately destroyed CIA black site used for torture' --Defense teams: Black site they believed was under protective order as a crime scene has been destroyed without their knowledge. | 28 July 2016 | Ammar al Baluchi was brutally tortured in CIA custody, along with other detainees, but now it is reported that the black site where Baluchi was held has been destroyed, Alka Pradhan, defense attorney for Gitmo detainee Ammar al Baluchi, told RT. The September 11 mass murder trial has yet to begin at Guantanamo Bay detention facility for several detainees prisoners who, in the government's opinion, are guilty enough to be charged. However, the legal proceedings are being held up by the prosecution's evidence...And then there's the question of one specific piece of evidence not sent back that pertains to a secret CIA black site where most of the defendants were reportedly tortured.

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