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Bomb threat caused NJ Transit train evacuation; man charged

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Bomb threat caused NJ Transit train evacuation; man charged | 26 July 2016 | A man who forced the evacuation of a crowded NJ Transit train Monday evening after allegedly making a threat has been charged, officials said. Mohammed H. Mahmoud, 29, of South Amboy, has been charged with causing a false public alarm and interference with transportation, NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith said Tuesday...On Monday, Port Authority police said a passenger on train 3363 en route to Bay Head made a "terroristic-type verbal threats" and mentioned a bomb shortly before the train stopped at the Newark Liberty International Airport stop.

Democratic National Convention: Bernie Sanders pleads with supporters to back Clinton

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Democratic National Convention: Bernie Sanders pleads with supporters to back Clinton | 25 July 2016 | Bernie Sanders closed out the first day of the Democratic party's convention with a forceful plea for his supporters to get behind the party's nominee Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator spoke to a packed arena that had for hours swung wildly from unified highs to divided lows. "Based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," Sanders said. "The choice is not even close." Even as he spoke, the reaction was mixed and emotions ran high.

Democratic National Committee apologizes to Sanders over emails

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Democratic National Committee apologizes to Sanders over emails | 25 July 2016 | The Democratic National Committee apologized to Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday after leaked emails suggested the party's leadership had worked to sabotage Sanders' presidential campaign. "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," the DNC said in a statement released on the opening day of the party's convention in Philadelphia.

Bernie Sanders Gets Booed When He Asks Delegates to Elect Hillary Clinton

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders Gets Booed When He Asks Delegates to Elect Hillary Clinton | 25 July 2016 | The crowd of delegates in the convention center ballroom didn't come for unity: They came for Bernie Sanders. Sanders, the Vermont senator whose bid to beat back Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination fell short, took the stage this afternoon to speak to his delegates before he'll take a bigger stage in a few hours-at the Democratic National Convention on its opening night, in a bid to promote unity in the party as it gears up to face Republican Donald Trump in the fall...When Sanders finally got around to speaking about the woman who will actually be the Democratic nominee, the crowd soured on their hero.

Suicide Bomber in Ansbach, Germany, Pledged Loyalty to ISIS, Officials Say

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Suicide Bomber in Ansbach, Germany, Pledged Loyalty to ISIS, Officials Say | 25 July 2016 |  A 27-year-old Syrian who blew himself up on Sunday evening outside a wine bar in southern Germany, injuring 15 people, had recorded a cellphone video in which he professed loyalty to the Islamic State, officials said on Monday. The man, who entered Germany in 2014 but was denied asylum, detonated a backpack around 10 p.m. on Sunday, near the entrance to an open-air music festival that was attended by about 2,000 people. Of the 15 people wounded, four had grave injuries. It was the second attack in Germany in one week linked to the Islamic State: On July 18, in Würzburg, a 17-year-old who registered as an Afghan refugee wielding an ax wounded four passengers on a train and a woman walking her dog before police officers fatally shot him.

Japan knife attack: 19 killed and dozens wounded in stabbing

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Japan knife attack: 19 killed and dozens wounded in stabbing | 25 July 2016 | At least 19 people are reported to have been killed and another 26 injured after a man went on a rampage with a knife at a Japanese facility for disabled people in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Japan's public broadcaster NHK said a suspect had been arrested after he attacked residents of the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility in Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. Japanese media reported that staff at the facility called police at 2.30am local time with reports of a man armed with a knife on the grounds...Japan's Kyodo news agency has put the death toll at 19 which if confirmed would be one of the worst crimes in Japanese postwar history.

Trump: Claim That Russia Hacked DNC to Help Him Is a 'Joke'

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Trump: Claim That Russia Hacked DNC to Help Him Is a 'Joke' | 25 July 2016 | Donald Trump said Monday that any suggestion the Russians hacked and leaked Democratic Party emails on his behalf is a "joke." The timing of the embarrassing leak on the eve of the Democratic National Convention put fresh attention on relations between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, who have praised each other, and on close ties between key members of Trump's inner circle and Russian businesses and officials. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager alleged over the weekend that the leak was designed to help Trump after his campaign operatives [thankfully] pushed changes to the Republican convention platform "to make it more pro-Russian" - reportedly removing language in support of sanctions for Russia and new weapons for [the Nazis running] Ukraine. In a tweet, Trump scoffed at the notion, writing, "The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me."

Democratic Party chair jeered in protest ahead of convention

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Democratic Party chair jeered in protest ahead of convention | 25 July 2016 | Chaos broke out ahead of the U.S. Democratic Party convention on Monday as protesters jeered the party chairwoman over leaked emails showing Democratic officials worked to undermine Bernie Sanders in his presidential primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Hours before the start of the four-day gathering to nominate Clinton for the White House, outgoing Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz struggled to be heard above boos as she spoke to the Democratic delegation from her home state, Florida. Protesters held up signs that read "Bernie" and "E-MAILS" and shouted "Shame," as she spoke. Others at the meeting cheered and clapped for Wasserman Schultz, who is stepping down over the email controversy.

Thousands of firefighters battle fast-spreading wildfire near Los Angeles

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Thousands of firefighters battle fast-spreading wildfire near Los Angeles | 25 July 2016 | More than 1,600 firefighters battled on Monday to contain a fast-spreading wildfire that has forced hundreds of evacuations in the drought-parched canyons north of Los Angeles, destroying 18 homes, killing at least one person and closing a highway. Authorities said the Sand Fire had grown to more than 33,000 acres (13,300 hectares) by early Monday, or more than 50 square miles (130 square km), fueled by high winds and parched conditions after years of drought. It was threatening a string of small communities near Santa Clarita, just outside the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles county sheriff's department said.

Shooting at Florida nightclub leaves two dead, up to 16 wounded

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Shooting at Florida nightclub leaves two dead, up to 16 wounded | 25 July 2016 | At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others, many of them teenagers, were wounded in a shooting early on Monday outside a Florida nightclub that was hosting a party for all age groups, authorities said. The shooting in Fort Myers took place just after 12:30 a.m. (0430 GMT) in the parking lot of Club Blu, where officers found "several victims suffering from gunshot wounds," the Fort Myers Police Department said in a statement. Between 14 and 16 people were wounded, with their injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening, according to police. A local hospital said victims were between 12 and 27 years old.

Donald Trump bounces into the lead

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump bounces into the lead | 25 July 2016 | The bounce is back. Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups. There hasn't been a significant post-convention bounce in CNN's polling since 2000.

Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack | 24 July 2016 | A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany, the fourth violent assault on civilians in western Europe in 10 days, though police said it did not appear linked to terrorism. German police said they arrested the machete-wielding Syrian asylum-seeker after he killed a woman and injured two other people in the southwestern city of Reutlingen near Stuttgart. The Syrian had been involved in previous incidents causing injuries to others, and had apparently acted alone, a police spokesman said.

Chaos Erupts On NYC Subway After Trump Supporter Attacks Black Woman For Not Giving Up Seat

July 25, 2016 by walden9

Chaos Erupts On NYC Subway After Trump Supporter Attacks Black Woman For Not Giving Up Seat | 24 July 2016 | A blatantly racist man, who kept shouting "Donald Trump 2016" on a subway car in Manhattan, goes off on a woman after he couldn't find a seat. In this beautiful age of technology, it was all caught on film.

Wasserman Schultz to Have a New Role in Clinton Campaign

July 25, 2016 by walden9

Wasserman Schultz to Have a New Role in Clinton Campaign | 24 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton is thanking her “longtime friend” Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the Florida congresswoman’s decision to step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Clinton says that Wasserman Schultz will serve as honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country.

9/11 defense lawyers: Judge let U.S. secretly destroy CIA 'black site' evidence

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

9/11 defense lawyers: Judge let U.S. secretly destroy CIA 'black site' evidence | 24 July 2016 | Defense lawyers for the alleged 9/11 plotters said for the first time Sunday that the government destroyed a secret CIA prison with secret permission of the trial judge, and they learned of it only after the fact. Defense attorneys have been complaining about a mysterious destruction of evidence episode in a cloaked manner since May...Defense lawyers also for the first time solved a mystery that had surrounded the Pentagon's two death-penalty prosecutions that seek to execute six former CIA prisoners: Two sets of top secret filings - known to the public as "the no-name motions" - sought permission to destroy the black site whose location was so secret the defense attorneys couldn't even know it. They've been under seal for years, as AE92 in the USS Cole case and as AE52 in the 9/11 case.

Bernie Sanders Backers March Against Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders Backers March Against Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia | 24 July 2016 | A large, boisterous crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters - chanting, "Hell, no, D.N.C., we won't vote for Hillary" - marched on Sunday afternoon toward the site of the Democratic National Convention, promising a week in which the party’s divisions will be on vivid display in the streets. The parade set off from City Hall led by a banner proclaiming, "Help End Establishment Politics, Vote No on Hillary." Despite 97-degree heat, more than 1,000 people from as far as Seattle and Florida participated in the first of what are expected to be many rallies in support of Mr. Sanders, a Vermont senator. It was far larger than any of the protest marches last week in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, though there were no signs of confrontations early on between demonstrators and either supporters of Donald J. Trump or the police, who maintained a low-key, even casual presence.

Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey | 24 July 2016 | A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base in the Buca district of Izmir province in western Turkey. Authorities are investigating a possible act of sabotage, local media report. The inferno started on Sunday evening on the border of the Sahintepe and Mevkiinde districts. The fire engulfed the grassy wooded area and is spreading closer to NATO's military base because of strong winds.

Death toll in Kabul suicide attack climbs to over 80; more than 230 injured

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Death toll in Kabul suicide attack climbs to over 80; more than 230 injured | 23 July 2016 | At least 80 people were killed and 231 injured when a huge blast rocked a mass demonstration in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry has announced. The attack was claimed by terrorist group Islamic State. The numbers were confirmed to Afghan TOLOnews network and Pajhwok agency, as well as to Reuters. Officials have confirmed to TOLOnews that at least three suicide bombers were present at the rally.

Massive explosion rocks diplomatic district of Kabul, Interior Ministry says

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Massive explosion rocks diplomatic district of Kabul, Interior Ministry says | 24 July 2016 | A massive explosion has rocked the diplomatic district of the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry has confirmed. A mortar hit a school building that was empty at the time, causing no fatalities. Police say at least five people are being treated for cuts from broken glass dispersed by the blast, according to Kabul journalist Bilal Sarwary.

White House to review ban on military gear for police - police leaders

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

White House to review ban on military gear for police - police leaders | 21 July 2016 | The White House will revisit a 2015 ban on police forces getting riot gear, armored vehicles and other military-grade equipment from the U.S. armed forces, two police organization directors told Reuters on Thursday. Shortly after the recent shooting deaths of police officers, President Barack Obama agreed to review each banned item, the two law enforcement leaders said. That could result in changes to the ban imposed in May 2015 on the transfer of some equipment from the military to police, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, and Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations.

Wasserman Schultz Steps Down as DNC Chair Over Leaked Emails

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Wasserman Schultz Steps Down as DNC Chair Over Leaked Emails | 24 July 2016 | Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday. The Florida congresswoman's resignation -- under pressure from top Democrats -- comes amid hackers' release of emails that show DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 nominating contest. Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation in a statement Sunday afternoon, saying she remains committed to seeing Clinton elected president.

Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump

July 24, 2016 by walden9

Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump | 24 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton's campaign manager is alleging that Russian hackers are leaking Democratic National Committee emails critical of Bernie Sanders in an effort to help Donald Trump win the election in November. It comes on the heels of "changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian," Robby Mook told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday. "I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that's disturbing," he said.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz under pressure to resign

July 24, 2016 by walden9

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz under pressure to resign | 24 July 2016 | Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not have a major speaking role or preside over daily convention proceedings this week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced raising questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday named Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as permanent chair of the convention, according to a DNC source. She will gavel each session to order and will gavel each session closed. "She's been quarantined," another top Democrat said of Wasserman Schultz, following a meeting Saturday night. Wasserman Schultz faced intense pressure Sunday to resign her post as head of the Democratic National Committee, several party leaders told CNN, urging her to quell a growing controversy threatening to disrupt Hillary Clinton's nominating convention.

The Death of Wilson: How the Academic Left Created Donald Trump

July 24, 2016 by walden9

The Death of Wilson: How the Academic Left Created Donald Trump | 18 July 2016 | Why should a minimum wage retail worker think they somehow immorally benefit by dint of blue eyes and pale skin? Why should they listen to some bohemian asshole who’s both morally and intellectually self-righteous? Why shouldn’t they feel aggrieved on all sides, economically and culturally disenfranchised?

DNC chair won't speak at Dem convention following WikiLeaks fallout

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

DNC chair won't speak at Dem convention following WikiLeaks fallout | 23 July 2016 | The head of the Democratic National Committee [Debbie Wasserman Schultz] will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders's faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Munich shooting: Attacker researched rampage killings, police say

July 23, 2016 by walden9

Munich shooting: Attacker researched rampage killings, police say | 23 July 2016 | The teen gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Munich on Friday was a mentally troubled individual who had extensively researched spree killings and had no apparent links to ISIS, police said. Speaking at a press conference in the southern German city Saturday, police officials said the 18-year-old lone attacker -- who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound -- had no political motivations, and no references to religion had been found in documents in his home. Rather, investigators searching his belongings found numerous documents on rampage killings, including a book entitled "Rampage in My Mind -- Why Students Kill," said Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office.

Mexican President SLAMS Trump, Compares Him to Hitler and Mussolini

July 23, 2016 by walden9

Mexican President SLAMS Trump, Compares Him to Hitler and Mussolini | 29 June 2016 | Sometimes, it seems like the who world is out to get Donald Trump - and that's why so many Americans like him in the first place. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto compared Donald Trump to Hitler and Mussolini today at the North American Leaders Summit Meeting in Ottawa, Canada. Nieto does not like Trump's promise to build a wall and clamp down on illegal immigrants and his announcement yesterday that Trump would renegotiate NAFTA.

Three Palm Beach men charged with conspiring to help Islamic State

July 23, 2016 by legitgov

Three Palm Beach men charged with conspiring to help Islamic State --FBI informant infiltrated ring, authorities say | 22 July 2016 | A West Palm Beach man first talked with an FBI informant a year ago about his desire to travel to Syria to help the terrorist cause of America's No. 1 foreign enemy, the Islamic State. Gregory Hubbard, also known as "Jibreel," told the informant that he had a local friend "in touch" with a Syrian national who was a member of ISIL, according to a criminal complaint. Hubbard introduced the informant, who was posing as an ISIL sympathizer bent on traveling to Syria, to the friend - as well as another colleague seeking to join the same violent jihad...The three Palm Beach County men were charged with conspiring and attempting to support the Islamic State.

Ex-New York Official Rejects Trump's Golf Course Claim: 'It's Simply Not True'

July 23, 2016 by walden9

Ex-New York Official Rejects Trump's Golf Course Claim: 'It's Simply Not True' | 22 July 2016 | Just before Donald J. Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Thursday night, the actor Jon Voight narrated a breezy video biography of the candidate highlighting his can-do abilities. "He took over another city project tied up in red tape since 1978," Mr. Voight says with none of the charm or the menace of his character on Showtime's "Ray Donovan" series. "Donald transformed a landfill into a championship public golf course and saved the city millions." But it was a shot into the rough for Mr. Voight and Mr. Trump's oft-told creation myth of the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx.

Munich shopping centre shooting: '10 dead in horror mall massacre including lone gunman'

July 23, 2016 by legitgov

Munich shopping centre shooting: '10 dead in horror mall massacre including lone gunman' --The Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall was put into lockdown after a gunman opened fire on shoppers at a McDonald's restaurant | 23 July 2016 | An 18-year-old gunman of dual German and Iranian nationality who killed nine people in a chilling mall massacre shot himself dead after fleeing police, officers have revealed. The unknown killer struck in the area around the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (OEZ) shopping mall on Friday afternoon. Chilling video footage showed a man opening fire on terrified members of the public outside a McDonald's restaurant.

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