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Alton Sterling shooting protests resume in Baton Rouge

July 9, 2016 by legitgov

Alton Sterling shooting protests resume in Baton Rouge | 09 July 2016 | Protests resumed in Baton Rouge on Saturday, four days after Alton Sterling was fatally shot by two police officers outside a convenience store. Members of the New Black Panther Party held a press conference to announce the resumption of demonstrations to protest the shooting, which was caught on video by witnesses with cellphone cameras...Protests in Baton Rouge have been largely peaceful although 31 people were arrested Friday night and early Saturday during a protest outside Baton Rouge police headquarters, Louisiana State Police said.

Chilcot report: Tony Blair could be sued for 'every penny' by families of soldiers killed in Iraq War

July 9, 2016 by legitgov

Chilcot report: Tony Blair could be sued for 'every penny' by families of soldiers killed in Iraq War | 08 July 2016 | The families of soldiers killed in Iraq have vowed to sue Tony Blair for "every penny". The former prime minister could face a civil lawsuit over allegations the abused his power to take the country to war following the publication of the Chilcot report on Wednesday. Sir John Chilcot concluded that Mr Blair had overstated the case for military action in March 2003 as there was "no imminent threat" posed by Saddam Hussein and it was not the "last resort". He also said the planning for the post-war clean up was "inadequate" and said there was not strong enough evidence to suggest Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Thousands of Protesters Gather in US Cities After Dallas Shooting

July 9, 2016 by legitgov

Thousands of Protesters Gather in US Cities After Dallas Shooting | 08 July 2016 | Thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout the country Friday for a second night in the wake of two controversial fatal police shootings that have sparked outrage around the country. They also came a night after five officers were killed and another seven injured in an ambush-style shooting in Dallas during a protest there. Gatherings took place in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, Phoenix, New York, and Washington D.C., among other cities, and were described as "peaceful" by participants and observers. In Atlanta, protesters blocked a major highway that runs through the city, creating traffic delays.

St. Louis County Police Chief: Ballwin Officer 'Was Ambushed. Period.'

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

St. Louis County Police Chief: Ballwin Officer 'Was Ambushed. Period.' | 08 July 2016 | A Ballwin, Missouri, police officer is "fighting for his life," according to the chief of police, after he was shot during a traffic stop Friday morning. Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger addressed the media during a news conference at Ballwin police headquarters Friday afternoon. The incident began with a traffic stop in the 300 block of New Ballwin Road, when the officer pulled over a vehicle for speeding.

Bomb-making materials, rifles, ammunition found in shooter's home

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Bomb-making materials, rifles, ammunition found in shooter's home | 08 July 2016 | Investigators identified the dead suspect [in the Dallas police shootings] as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, a military veteran who'd served in Afghanistan. Police said they searched his home Friday afternoon and found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics. Investigators are analyzing information in the journal, a police statement said. Johnson served in the U.S. Army Reserve from March 2009 to April 2015, training as a carpentry and masonry specialist, according to records released by the Pentagon.

Police on alert nationwide: NYPD chief bans officers from being alone as cops in Washington, Boston are told to partner up in wake of Dallas shooting

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Police on alert nationwide: NYPD chief bans officers from being alone as cops in Washington, Boston and more are told to partner up in wake of Dallas shooting --NYPD chief James O'Neill said cops must work in pairs until further notice --Washington D.C.'s chief also ordered officers and supervisors to pair up --Cincinnati police will be using two-officer patrols throughout the weekend --In St Louis, chief Sam Dotson ordered all officers to wear bulletproof vests | 08 July 2016 | Police officers are on alert across the country in the wake of deadly sniper attacks in Dallas on Thursday night that left five cops dead. Police chiefs in New York, Washington, D.C, Boston, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Nassau County have ordered officers to partner up for assignments. The NYPD's chief of department James O'Neill said until further notice, officers are banned officers from responding to calls alone.

"Murdering the innocent is always evil..." Says George W. Bush

July 8, 2016 by walden9

"Murdering the innocent is always evil..." Says George W. Bush | 8 July 2016 | Former President George W. Bush on Friday said his family is deeply saddened by the sniper attack in Dallas. "Laura and I are heartbroken by the heinous act of violence in our city last night," he said in a statement from Crawford, Texas. "Murdering the innocent is always evil, never more so than when the lives taken belong to those who protect our families and communities." Never in the history of the human race has any statement been more ironic.

Afghanistan Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson shot 12 cops at Dallas protest, killing five, saying 'he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers'

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Afghanistan Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson shot 12 cops at Dallas protest, killing five, saying 'he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers' --Police killed him using a bomb placed by a robot after a four-hour standoff near the Black Lives Matter protest | 08 July 2016 | The man who shot 12 police officers, killing five, at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night has been named as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army reservist with no criminal history or ties to terror groups. Johnson, from Mesquite, Texas, a 20 minute drive from Dallas, reportedly told law enforcement that he was a veteran, and claimed to have acted alone, countering reports that as many as four gunmen were involved in the massacre. 'The suspect said...he was upset about the recent police shootings of black suspects. He said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,' Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed at a 7:30am press conference. Around 11pm on Thursday, cops cornered Johnson at El Centro College and attempted to negotiate, but four hours later the talks failed and a robot was brought in to detonate a bomb and kill the suspect.

Justice Dept. to monitor investigation into deadly Minnesota police shooting

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Justice Dept. to monitor investigation into deadly Minnesota police shooting | 07 July 2016 | The Justice Department will monitor the investigation into the controversial shooting death of a black man by a police officer in the St. Paul, Minn. suburb of Falcon Heights, according to Gov. Mark Dayton who said Thursday he was "heartbroken for Minnesota." Officials say the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will take the lead on the investigation into the shooting death of Philando Castile on Wednesday. Video of the aftermath appeared on Facebook.

Officer-involved shootings: All lanes of I-880 in Oakland remain closed due to protest

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Officer-involved shootings: All lanes of I-880 in Oakland remain closed due to protest | 08 July 2016 | Thousands of protesters gathered in Oakland Thursday night to rally behind the two men [killed in police shootings], now at the center of a nationwide conversation over race and the use of force. Demonstrators marched onto Interstate 880, shutting down all lanes of the highway as they staged a sit-in. At one point, protesters started lighting off fireworks, set a Caltrans sign on fire and climbed onto a big-rig.

Century-Old Redwood Trees OK'd For Lumber Harvest, Despite Objections

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Outrageous: Century-Old Redwood Trees OK'd For Lumber Harvest, Despite Objections | 05 July 2016 | Cal Fire has approved a timber harvest plan that involves logging century-old redwood trees along the Sonoma County coast despite the objections of environmental advocates. The Press Democrat reports that environmental advocates may challenge the 330-acre "Dogwood" harvest plan that the state fire and forest agency approved Friday. Gualala Redwood Timber Inc. acquired the land along the lower Gualala River in the northwest corner of Sonoma County last year.

NYC transit to get $22M to combat terrorism threat

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

NYC transit to get $22M to combat terrorism threat | 08 July 2016 | New York City's bus and transit system is receiving more than $22 million in federal funds for security upgrades and training intended to prevent terrorism. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the award for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday. Smaller amounts will go to transit agencies in western New York state.

Bomb squad secures suspicious package following Dallas police shootings

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Bomb squad secures suspicious package following Dallas police shootings | 07 July 2016 | A suspicious package has been located and secured by a bomb squad in Dallas following the shootings and killings of multiple police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest. Earlier Thursday, Dallas Police Department's Chief David Brown said snipers suspected of killing multiple police officers may have planted a bomb in the city. The snipers are suspected in the shootings of at least 11 police officers from elevated positions at a Black Lives Matter protest. As of 12 a.m. EDT Friday, four had died. One civilian was also wounded during the protest shootings.

At least four police officers killed by snipers during Dallas protest, chief says

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Police in standoff with suspected sniper after five Dallas officers killed during protest; three others in custody | 08 July 2016 | Dallas Police were in a standoff early Friday with a suspected sniper who, along with at least one other shooter, targeted law enforcement officers during a protest march, killing five and injuring several other officers as well as one civilian. More suspects may be at large. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect holed up in a downtown parking garage had exchanged gunfire with officers for 45 minutes and claimed "the end is coming", as well as saying that he had planted bombs across Dallas and wanted to hurt more officers. Brown also said authorities had earlier taken a woman into custody near the garage. Two men were also being questioned after police pursued their vehicle away from downtown onto Interstate 35.

At least 35 killed in attack on Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

At least 35 killed in attack on Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad | 07 July 2016 | Islamic State claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources. The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq's Shi'ites and Sunnis. The Shi'ite form a majority in Iraq but Sunnis are predominant in northern and western provinces, including Salahuddin where the mausoleum is located.

5 Police Officers Dead After Shooting in Downtown Dallas

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

4 Police Officers Dead After Shooting in Downtown Dallas --3 Dallas officers, 1 DART officer confirmed killed in sniper fire following protest, police officials say | 08 July 2016 | Four officers are dead – three Dallas police officers and one DART transit officer – after two snipers opened fire on police at the end of a protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings, officials say. At least eight other Dallas police officers were hit, including three that are in critical condition; three additional DART officers suffered injuries that were not life threatening in the shooting. Police are searching for two suspects who opened fire on the officers as the rally drew to a close.

Dallas police chief: 11 officers shot at protest; 3 dead

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Dallas police chief: 4 officers killed, 7 injured at protest | 08 July 2016 | Updated: 12:44a.m. EDT. At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night, killing four officers and injuring seven others, police said. Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters the snipers fired "ambush style" upon the officers. Police later said in a statement that a suspect who was in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers was is in custody and a person of interest had surrendered. They said a suspicious package was being secured by a bomb squad. The gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

Police: 10 officers shot, 3 killed at Dallas protest over fatal police shootings

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Police: 10 officers shot, 3 killed at Dallas protest over fatal police shootings | 07 July 2016 | Update: 11:33 p.m. The Dallas police chief tells ABC affiliate WFAA 10 officers have been shot, three of whom were killed. Three others are in critical condition. Chief Daivd Brown says two snipers are believed to have shot the officers, neither of whom are in custody.

Republicans hit Comey over Clinton email probe, say issue isn't over

July 8, 2016 by walden9

Republicans hit Comey over Clinton email probe, say issue isn't over | 7 July 2016 | Americans have not heard the last of Hillary Clinton's emails. Republicans pumped FBI Director James Comey Thursday for fresh evidence to prolong the politically damaging saga during a Capitol Hill hearing that ignited partisan anger over his decision not to seek charges against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. GOP lawmakers vented frustration that Clinton escaped criminal action over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state while Democrats blasted the hearing as no more than a tax-payer funded witch-hunt.

Bernie Sanders Will Endorse Hillary Clinton Next Week: Report

July 8, 2016 by walden9

Bernie Sanders Will Endorse Hillary Clinton Next Week: Report | 7 July 2016 | Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is expected to formally endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, potentially ending tensions between the two and easing the concerns of party leaders hoping for a united front ahead of the nominating convention later this month. The endorsement is expected to occur next Tuesday, when Sanders and Clinton will appear together at a rally in New Hampshire, Democratic sources first told NBC News on Wednesday.

Two snipers dressed in military garb shot 10 police officers 'from elevated positions' in Dallas

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Two snipers dressed in military garb shoot 12 police officers 'from elevated positions' in Dallas --Fifth police officer dies --One suspect claims to have planted bombs 'all over the place.' This suspect, Micah Xavier Johnson, was holed up in a high-rise parking garage, 'actively exchanging gunfire' and negotiating with police, but reports are emerging that this suspect has died from a 'self-inflicted gunshot wound.' was killed by police using a bomb placed by a robot. At least four suspects 'with rifles' were/are apparently in play. Two suspects in a Mercedes-Benz 'with camouflage bags' were stopped and detained after a traffic stop. One suspect negotiating with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) revealed that there are bombs planted in the parking garage and 'all over downtown Dallas,' according to David Brown, Dallas Police Chief. --Suspicious device discovered near second suspect, bomb squad on scene --ATF, FBI, US Marshals, SWAT, military and Humvee on scene --Snipers were situated on two different perches --Fifty to sixty shots were fired --Suspects threatened to 'plant a bomb' in area, according to David Brown. Five police officers and one transit police officer (Dallas Area Rapid Transit - DART) were killed; 6 others wounded. One civilian has been wounded. Downtown Dallas is a 'major crime scene.' Attack on police officers is 'deadliest day since 9/11.' (Fox News - reports from commentators and media conferences) | 08 July 2016 | Updated: 02:10p.m. EDT.[This story will be updated.]

U.S. court to hear arguments in warrantless NSA spying case

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. court to hear arguments in warrantless NSA spying case --Mohamed Mohamud's lawyers argued he was entrapped by law enforcement officers posing as al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] militants. | 06 July 2016 | A U.S. appeals court will weigh a constitutional challenge on Wednesday to a warrantless government surveillance program brought by an Oregon man found guilty of attempting to detonate a bomb in 2010 during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The case before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first of its kind to consider whether a criminal defendant's constitutional privacy rights are violated under a National Security Agency program that allows spying on Americans' international phone calls and internet communications.

Two police officers reportedly shot during Dallas protest

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Two police officers reportedly shot during Dallas protest | 07 July 2016 | Two police officers reportedly were shot in downtown Dallas Thursday night during a protest over the shooting of two black men by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. KDFW, citing a uniformed officer, reported that the officers were shot. KDFW cameras captured protesters running away from the scene of the shooting shortly before 9 p.m. local time. A cameraman approached the scene and captured officers apparently lying on the ground.

Shots Reportedly Fired at Dallas Protest Over Police Killings

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Shots Reportedly Fired at Dallas Protest Over Police Killings | 07 July 2016 | Shots were reported fired in downtown Dallas on Thursday night during a protest over shootings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, CNN affiliate KTVT said. Across the nation, Americans wept and vented their anger over the police killings of two black men in two days. They chanted outside the governor's residence in St. Paul, Minnesota, miles from the spot where an officer killed Philando Castile in a car on Wednesday while a 4-year-old girl sat in the back seat.

9/11 witnesses describe explosion in World Trade Center BEFORE first plane hit building

July 7, 2016 by legitgov

9/11 witnesses describe explosion in World Trade Center BEFORE first plane hit building | 04 April 2010 | By sidneyoh "This video is [a compilation of] clips of people say there was a BOMB that when off in WTC then the first plane hit. But the best video is around 6:38, when there is live feed from a news camera set on the ground where you can hear the plane coming in and you hear the bomb go off and it's felt by the camera from setting on the ground then you still hear the plane still coming in and then hear it hit [the] WTC." (Video)

Minnesota Police Shooting's Aftermath Is Captured in Gruesome Video

July 7, 2016 by legitgov

Minnesota Police Shooting's Aftermath Is Captured in Gruesome Video | 07 July 2016 | A Minnesota man was fatally shot Wednesday night by the police during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb, and the aftermath was captured in a grisly video recorded by the car's front-seat passenger and streamed live. It was at least the second shooting this week of a black man by police officers, and parts of both encounters were recorded on video. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the man killed was Philando Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school in St. Paul.

MI6 source who claimed Saddam had 'spherical glass containers' full of chemical weapons was actually describing scenes from Hollywood movie The Rock

July 7, 2016 by legitgov

MI6 source who claimed Saddam had 'spherical glass containers' full of chemical weapons was actually describing scenes from Hollywood blockbuster The Rock | 06 July 2016 | MI6 has been ridiculed for relying on a 'key' Iraqi source who described unrealistic scenes from Hollywood Blockbuster The Rock. The Chilcot inquiry highlighted the ludicrous episode as it slammed flawed intelligence assessments that repeatedly suggested Saddam Hussein had significant WMD capabilities - even though no weapons were found...A report in April 2003 included material from the source suggesting that they had seen spherical glass containers filled with chemical weapons agents. However, the report did not include the caveat from officials who pointed out that 'the source's description of the device and its spherical glass contents was "remarkably similar to the fictional chemical weapon portrayed in the film The Rock".'

Tony Blair unrepentant as Chilcot gives crushing Iraq war verdict

July 7, 2016 by legitgov

Tony Blair unrepentant as Chilcot gives crushing Iraq war verdict | 06 July 2016 | A defiant Tony Blair defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 following the publication of a devastating report by Sir John Chilcot, which mauled the ex-prime minister's reputation and said that at the time of the 2003 invasion Saddam Hussein "posed no imminent threat". Blair described his decision to join the US attack as "the hardest, most momentous, most agonising decision I took in 10 years as British prime minister"...But asked whether invading Iraq was a mistake Blair was strikingly unrepentant. "I believe we made the right decision and the world is better and safer," he declared.

'Blair is world's worst terrorist': families of Iraq war victims react to Chilcot report

July 7, 2016 by legitgov

'Blair is world's worst terrorist': families of Iraq war victims react to Chilcot report | 06 July 2016 | Tony Blair was described as "the worst terrorist in the world" by a woman whose brother was killed in the Iraq war, as the family members of British soldiers gave their response to the Chilcot report. [Well, Bush, too.] Sarah O'Connor broke down in tears as she addressed an emotional press conference shortly after the long-awaited report was published. "There is one terrorist in this world that the world needs to be aware of, and his name is Tony Blair, the world's worst terrorist," she said, to cheers from some of the other relatives.

Trump beats expectations, raises $51 million with GOP in June

July 7, 2016 by legitgov

Trump beats expectations, raises $51 million with GOP in June | 06 July 2016 | Donald Trump raised more than $26 million through online and mail solicitations in June and another $25 million at events with the Republican National Committee, his campaign announced Wednesday, a hefty haul that his allies hope will put to rest anxieties in the party about his fundraising prowess. The combined $51 million...was the biggest monthly take by far for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, who did not begin to hold fundraising events until late May. The Trump campaign announced Wednesday that more than 400,000 supporters made donations in June, with more than $3 million coming in just one day.

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