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Turkey detains 12 academics for criticizing military campaign against Kurds

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

Turkey detains 12 academics for criticizing military campaign against Kurds --Over 1,200 academics are under investigation | 15 Jan 2016 | More than 1,200 academics are being investigating for criticizing the Turkish state and allegedly participating in "terrorist propaganda" after they signed a declaration condemning military operations against Kurdish rebels in the southeast of the country. News of the investigation was reported by Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency. Around 1,200 academics from 89 universities signed the declaration, which was titled: "We won't be a part of this crime."

ISIS militant ordered Jakarta attack from abroad, police chief says

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

ISIS militant ordered Jakarta attack from abroad, police chief says | 15 Jan 2016 | A militant who police accuse of plotting Thursday's deadly terror attack in Jakarta instructed his cells in Indonesia to launch the attack, according to Jakarta Police Chief Tito Karnavian. Karnavian spoke to CNN one day after the violence erupted midday, killing at least two, wounding 24 and raising alarm about terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim country. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in an official statement posted online by the terror organization.

January hurricane forms in Atlantic for first time since 1938

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

January hurricane forms in Atlantic for first time since 1938 | 14 Jan 2016 | A hurricane has formed far out in the Atlantic ocean, the first time this has happened in January since 1938, said US officials. Hurricane Alex's maximum sustained winds were near 140kph (85mph) and residents of Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores islands were warned to expect waves up to 18m (60ft) high and wind gusts up to 160kph (100mph). The islands' Civil Protection Service issued a weather red alert, the highest of four warnings that indicates extreme risk, for five of the archipelago's nine islands.

Planned Parenthood files U.S. lawsuit against group behind secret videos

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

Planned Parenthood files U.S. lawsuit against group behind secret videos | 14 Jan 2016 | Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday arguing that a group acted illegally when it secretly recorded videos alleging the women's health organization profited from selling fetal tissue from abortions. The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco against anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress alleges conspiracy and fraud among other violations in connection with the recordings...The 65-page complaint alleged the group is a "complex criminal enterprise" that violated racketeering laws, set up a fake company and secured false identification to access private abortion conferences and meetings in California, Maryland and Florida.

Poll: Who won Thursday's Republican 2016 presidential debate?

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

Poll: Who won Thursday's Republican 2016 presidential debate? | 14 Jan 2016 | Who do you think won the Republican presidential debate on Thursday night? Seven GOP presidential candidates battled each other for more than two hours in a prime-time debate carried live by Fox Business Network from North Charleston, South Carolina. Among the highlights was an exchange that lasted several minutes between frontrunners Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on the issue of whether Cruz, born in Canada to an American mother, is a natural-born citizen and eligible to run for president.

Iran says it has removed core from Arak reactor in key nuclear deal step

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

Iran says it has removed core from Arak reactor in key nuclear deal step | 14 Jan 2016 | Iran has removed the sensitive core of its Arak nuclear reactor and U.N. inspectors will visit the site on Thursday to verify the move crucial to the implementation of Tehran's atomic agreement with major powers, state television said on Thursday. Removal of the core from the Arak reactor will largely eliminate its ability to yield nuclear bomb-grade plutonium, and was one of the toughest issues to resolve in the long nuclear negotiations with the six powers. "The core vessel of the Arak reactor has been removed...and IAEA inspectors will visit the site to verify it and report it to the IAEA," spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Naugatuck, CT, Walmart

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Naugatuck, CT, Walmart | 13 Jan 2016 | (CT) The Naugatuck Walmart on Route 63 has reopened after a bomb threat caused the store to be evacuated Wednesday morning. Naugatuck Police and Fire officials were dispatched to the store at 1100 New Haven Road around 11:00 am after someone called a bomb threat into the store. The building was evacuated while emergency crews combed through the store.

Twitter sued for helping ISIS

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

This frivolous lawsuit is corporate-backed terrorism to shut down free speech. Twitter sued for helping ISIS | 14 Jan 2016 | A US widow [And which corporate backers?] has filed a lawsuit against Twitter accusing the social network of facilitating communication between terrorists and fueling the growth of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) [but still I-CIA-SIS]. Twitter has knowingly permitted IS to spread propaganda and recruit members, she said. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in Oakland, California on Wednesday..."While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family's terrible loss," Twitter said in a statement.

Poll: Donald Trump Widens His Lead in Republican Presidential Race

January 15, 2016 by legitgov

Poll: Donald Trump Widens His Lead in Republican Presidential Race --Businessman tops Sen. Ted Cruz by 13 points in WSJ/NBC poll with less than three weeks to go before the first votes | 14 Jan 2016 | Donald Trump has opened a double-digit lead over his next-closest Republican rival, less than three weeks before the first votes of the 2016 presidential race are cast, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. A third of people who said they would vote in a Republican primary in the nationwide survey said they favored Mr. Trump to be the GOP nominee, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 20% support, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 13% and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12%.

Suicide bombers attack Jakarta Starbucks, other locations

January 14, 2016 by legitgov

Suicide bombers attack Jakarta Starbucks, other locations | 14 Jan 2016 | At least three suicide bombers exploded themselves in a Starbucks cafe in downtown Jakarta on Thursday while two gunmen attacked a police post nearby, a witness told The Associated Press. TVOne, a local television network, reported three other explosions in other parts of the city. At least one policeman was killed in addition to the bombers. The first explosion appeared to have triggered a gun-battle between the attackers and anti-terror police squads, and gunfire could be heard more than 1 and 1/2 hours later.

Car Bomb Attack at Turkish Police Station Kills 5

January 14, 2016 by legitgov

Car Bomb Attack at Turkish Police Station Kills 5 | 13 Jan 2016 | Kurdish rebels detonated a car bomb at a police station in southeastern Turkey, then attacked it with rocket launchers and firearms, killing five people, including civilians, the governor's office said Thursday. Thirty-nine other people were injured.

Police operations underway at Sydney Opera House after its evacuation, and Manly

January 14, 2016 by legitgov

Police operations underway at Sydney Opera House after its evacuation, and Manly | 14 Jan 2016 | Police operations have completed at Sydney Opera House and Manly wharf with the areas earlier evacuated and some ferry services cancelled. A New South Wales Police spokeswoman told news.com.au that police conducted the operations "in the vicinity of the Opera House and Manly...after information was received on social media"...Police earlier confirmed that two "police operations (were) underway" as people were evacuated from Sydney Opera House and at least one ferry service was cancelled and another was diverted and delayed.

Unknown gunmen kill two Iraqi journalists

January 14, 2016 by legitgov

Unknown gunmen kill two Iraqi journalists | 12 Jan 2016 | Unknown gunmen shot to death two journalists working for the independent Al-Sharqiya TV station in Iraq today, according to the channel and news reports. The attack marks the first killings of journalists to be documented by the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2016. Correspondent Saif Talal and cameraman Hassan al-Anbaki were driving near the Diyala province capital of Baquba when unidentified gunmen intercepted their vehicle, forced them to exit, and opened fire, news reports said, citing unnamed security officials.

FBI investigating Philadelphia cop shooting as terrorism

January 14, 2016 by legitgov

FBI investigating Philadelphia cop shooting as terrorism | 13 Jan 2016 | FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday that last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer was being investigated as "a terrorist attack." FBI officials told CBS News while investigators have not concluded the Jan. 7 shooting was an act of terrorism, the shooting is being handled as a terrorism investigation. Late last Thursday, police said Edward Archer approached Officer Jesse Hartnett's patrol car and fired a hail of bullets at close range.

Ted Cruz Didn't Disclose Loan From Goldman Sachs for His First Senate Campaign

January 14, 2016 by legitgov

Ted Cruz Didn't Disclose Loan From Goldman Sachs for His First Senate Campaign | 13 Jan 2016 | As Ted Cruz tells it, the story of how he financed his upstart campaign for the United States Senate four years ago is an endearing example of loyalty and shared sacrifice between a married couple. "Sweetheart, I'd like us to liquidate our entire net worth, liquid net worth, and put it into the campaign," he says he told his wife, Heidi, who readily agreed. But the couple's decision to pump more than $1 million into Mr. Cruz's successful Tea Party-darling Senate bid in Texas was made easier by a large loan from Goldman Sachs, where Mrs. Cruz works. That loan was not disclosed in campaign finance reports.

Bird flu outbreak recorded outside restriction zone in France

January 13, 2016 by legitgov

Bird flu outbreak recorded outside restriction zone in France | 13 Jan 2016 | A bird flu outbreak has been recorded in France outside a restriction zone that was established earlier by the Ministry of Agriculture. French authorities have recently introduced sanitary measures to tackle the highly pathogenic virus. Authorities have recorded at least 69 outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of avian flu in eight administrative districts in southwestern France since November 24. "One new case was found in Haute-Garonne," a farm ministry official said, as cited by Reuters. The district was not included in the restriction zone.

Iran releases captured U.S. Navy crew members

January 13, 2016 by legitgov

Iran releases captured U.S. Navy crew members --Navy will investigate 'the circumstances that led to' the sailors' 'presence in Iran.' | 13 Jan 2016 | Iran on Wednesday freed 10 American sailors from two small Navy vessels that Tehran claimed strayed into Iranian waters, prompting their overnight detention as Washington opened direct contacts with Iran seeking their release. A senior defense official, speaking in Washington, said that the sailors were not harmed, but would undergo medical evaluation and a debriefing in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. Meanwhile, their vessels were taken by another American crew to Bahrain, their original destination and home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Iran Seizes U.S. Sailors Amid Claims of Spying

January 13, 2016 by legitgov

Iran Seizes U.S. Sailors Amid Claims of Spying | 12 Jan 2016 | Two United States Navy patrol boats and their crews were seized by the Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday during what a Tehran news agency alleged was "snooping." ...The semiofficial Fars news agency in Iran said that the boats had illegally traveled more than a mile into Iranian waters near Farsi Island, the site of a major Iranian naval base. It said that members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Navy had confiscated GPS equipment, which would "prove that the American ships where 'snooping' around in Iranian waters." The waters where the boats were sailing are a frequent location for intelligence collection by the United States, Iran and many gulf countries.

President Obama's 2016 State of the Union Address

January 13, 2016 by legitgov

President Obama's 2016 State of the Union Address | 12 Jan 2016 | (Transcript) The White House is once again making the full text of the State of the Union available online ahead of the speech, as prepared for delivery, continuing efforts to meet people where they are and make the speech as accessible as possible. On Medium, people can follow along with the speech as they watch in real time at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU, view charts and infographics on key areas, share their favorite lines, and provide feedback.

High court orders Florida to overhaul death penalty decisions

January 13, 2016 by legitgov

High court orders Florida to overhaul death penalty decisions | 12 Jan 2016 | Juries, not judges, should be the ones to impose the death penalty in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Tuesday in a ruling that will force lawmakers in Tallahassee to scramble to revamp how the state metes out sentences for murder. In an 8-1 decision, the high court ruled that the state's unique sentencing scheme in capital punishment cases -- jurors only issue "advisory" recommendations to judges -- violates the U.S. Constitution's Sixth Amendment, which guarantees the accused the right to an impartial jury trial...The Florida Supreme Court will now likely have to iron out which of 390 Death Row inmates -- there are 27 from Miami-Dade -- may be eligible for new sentences under the [Timothy] Hurst decision.

Iran expected to return 10 sailors, 2 U.S. Navy boats Wednesday

January 13, 2016 by legitgov

Iran expected to return 10 sailors, 2 U.S. Navy boats Wednesday | 12 Jan 2016 | Iran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small boats that drifted into Iranian waters after experiencing mechanical problems. Iran accused the sailors of trespassing but American officials said Tehran has assured them that the crew and vessels would be returned safely and promptly. The sailors, nine men and one woman, were being held overnight at an Iranian base on Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf, and were expected to be transferred to a U.S. ship in the region on Wednesday morning local time. Officials said they believe the U.S. had spoken to one of the crew, and all 10 were fine and uninjured. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the Riverine boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.

Quinnipiac poll: Sanders surges to retake lead in Iowa

January 13, 2016 by legitgov

Quinnipiac poll: Sanders surges to retake lead in Iowa | 12 Jan 2016 | Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton in a major Iowa poll for the first time since September, the latest sign the Democratic primary race is tightening between the two candidates. The Vermont senator wins 49 percent of likely caucusgoers in the Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, compared to Clinton's 44 percent. It's a significant drop for the former secretary of State from last month's Quinnipiac poll, which had her up by 11 percent. Sanders is boosted by his 30-point lead among men, a significantly higher favorability rating, and more favorable views of his character traits and values.

Obama expected to push Congress to pass TPP corporate takeover

January 12, 2016 by legitgov

Obama expected to push Congress to pass TPP corporate takeover | 12 Jan 2016 | Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) is sounding a cautious tone about the Asia-Pacific trade deal's chances in Congress. The House Ways and Means Committee chairman said that passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement between the United States and 11 other nations "is difficult but doable" during a Politico Morning Money event Monday evening...The president faces widespread opposition from his own party and will have to rely on Republicans to push the deal through Congress. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who is opposed to the TPP, joined a group of Democrats, labor and environmental groups ahead of the State of the Union to reiterate her stance. "We know TPP is too dangerous for us simply to stand aside and let it pass," she said in a press conference on Monday. [@legitgov #Obama to pimp #TPP like crazy during #SOTU. #EmptySeat represents millions of jobs to be lost if his TPP passes. #NoTPP #StopTPP @POTUS]

Poll: Bernie Sanders widens lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

January 12, 2016 by legitgov

Poll: Bernie Sanders widens lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire | 12 Jan 2016 | Sen. Bernie Sanders has widened his lead over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary to 14 points, according to a new poll out Tuesday. A Monmouth University survey finds the Vermont senator leading Clinton 53% to 39% in the early voting state. That's a reversal from Monmouth's last poll, taken in November, that had Clinton up 48% to 45%, though Sanders led in September by 7 points.

After Vessels Drift Into Iran's Waters, 2 U.S. Navy Boats With 10 American Sailors Held by Iran Military - Pentagon

January 12, 2016 by legitgov

After Vessels Drift Into Iran's Waters, 2 U.S. Navy Boats With 10 American Sailors Held by Iran Military - Pentagon | 12 Jan 2016 | Iranian military forces seized two U.S. Navy boats Tuesday and are holding them in custody on Iran's Farsi Island in the middle of the Persian Gulf, senior U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials said it's unclear whether the 10 American sailors aboard two small riverine vessels had strayed into Iranian territorial waters before they were captured. The sailors were on a training mission around noon ET when their boat experienced mechanical difficulty and drifted into Iranian-claimed waters and were detained by the Iranian Coast Guard, officials added. The crew was described as being safe.

American Navy ships enter Iranian waters; 10 U.S. sailors in Iranian custody, official says

January 12, 2016 by legitgov

American Navy ships enter Iranian waters; 10 U.S. sailors in Iranian custody, official says | 12 Jan 2016 | Ten American sailors are in Iranian custody, a U.S. defense official told CNN Tuesday. The official expects the situation to be resolved quickly. A senior administration official told CNN that the U.S. lost contact with two small U.S. naval craft en route from Kuwait to Bahrain. "We subsequently have been in communication with Iranian authorities, who have informed us of the safety and well-being of our personnel," the official said. "We have received assurances the sailors will promptly be allowed to continue their journey."

10 killed, others injured in Istanbul terrorism attack

January 12, 2016 by legitgov

10 killed, others injured in Istanbul terrorism attack | 13 Jan 2016 |  At least 10 people are reported to have been killed in suspected suicide bombing in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul. Germany's foreign minister said that eight Germans were killed in today's attack and nine others wounded, correcting an earlier claim made by a senior Turkish official that nine Germans had died. Angela Merkel has expressed her sympathies for the victims of the Istanbul bombing and their families, and promised Germany would continue to fight against terror, the Associated Press reports.

US Navy seeks 'long-term' presence in the Mediterranean, warns of Russia's increased capabilities

January 12, 2016 by legitgov

US Navy seeks 'long-term' presence in the Mediterranean, warns of Russia's increased capabilities | 12 Jan 2016 | US Navy weighs permanent deployment in the Mediterranean to respond to Russia’s increased naval capabilities, a senior Navy official said. As part of global rivalry, not countering Moscow at sea entails the "risk of falling behind," another Navy chief warned. The US Navy is considering "long-term" deployments in the Mediterranean in addition to the ongoing use of four guided missile destroyers stationed in Rota, Spain, the senior Navy official told Sputnik on Tuesday.

Blast rocks square in central Istanbul, casualties reported

January 12, 2016 by legitgov

Blast rocks square in central Istanbul, casualties reported | 12 Jan 2016 | An explosion has rocked a central square in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, According to Hurriyet newspaper, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device near a group of tourists. Local media reports suggest there may have been several explosions. The incident took place on Sultanahmet Square...According to Dogan News, there are a number of people killed and injured at the scene.

GOP candidate lineup announced for Fox Business Network debate

January 12, 2016 by legitgov

GOP candidate lineup announced for Fox Business Network debate | 11 Jan 2016 | Fox Business Network on Monday announced the candidate lineup for the Jan. 14 Republican presidential debates -- and already one candidate has said he will not participate after not qualifying for the prime-time event. The participants qualifying for the prime-time, 9 p.m. ET debate are: Businessman Donald Trump; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. [Ferret-face Carly Fiorina won't be interrupting all night, *awesome!*]

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