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Donald Trump Says He'll Pull Scotland Investment if Britain Bars Him

January 8, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump Says He'll Pull Scotland Investment if Britain Bars Him | 07 Jan 2016 | Donald J. Trump has threatened to abandon plans to invest more than $1 billion in Scotland if Britain bars him from entering the country over his comments that Muslim foreigners should not be allowed into the United States. In the wake of the comments late last year...interest surged in a petition calling for Mr. Trump, a Republican presidential contender and real estate developer, to be barred from Britain on the basis of laws against hate speech. More than 570,000 people in the country signed the petition, easily passing the threshold requiring Parliament to at least consider debating it. The question will be taken up Jan. 18.

Two Middle East refugees arrested in U.S. on terrorism charges

January 8, 2016 by legitgov

Two Middle East refugees arrested in U.S. on terrorism charges | 07 Jan 2016 | Two men from the Middle East who came to the United States as refugees more than three years ago were arrested on federal charges in California and Texas involving international terrorism, the U.S. officials said on Thursday. The men, arrested in Sacramento and Houston, were not involved in a single plot, but they may have been in contact with each other, a source familiar with the two cases said...Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a Tea Party Republican, cited the arrest in Houston as a reason why Texas has been seeking to block Syrian refugees from resettling there.

U.S., world stock markets slide as panic in China spreads

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

U.S., world stock markets slide as panic in China spreads | 07 Jan 2016 | Global stock markets fell for a sixth day Thursday as another collapse in China's ailing share market spread like contagion across the world. It all began on Thursday in a flash. Chinese stocks traded for less than 30 minutes, slumping 7 percent before triggering the second emergency market closure this week and generating talk of a crisis. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index fell 2.5 percent in early London trading, while Germany's Dax index slipped 3.5 percent.

After record-shattering December, U.S. has its second warmest year in 2015

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

After record-shattering December, U.S. has its second warmest year in 2015 | 07 Jan 2016 | 2015 is sure to rank as the warmest year on record for our planet, and much milder than normal weather in the U.S., accentuated by a record smashing December, fits right into the global picture. Unprecedented warmth torched the eastern United States in 2015’s final month. 29 states had their warmest Decembers on record, NOAA announced today, which pushed the average temperature of the whole of Lower 48 to record warm levels. The month ended up six degrees above average, and nearly a degree above the previous record set in 1939.

December in US was hottest in modern times

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

December in US was hottest in modern times | 07 Jan 2016 | The United States just experienced the hottest December in modern times, and 2015 as a whole was the second warmest on record, US government scientists said Thursday. The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the latest to document a warming trend that many scientists expect will make 2015 the planet's most scorching year in modern times. Global climate data for 2015 is to be released on January 20.

Anti-terror inquiry opened into attempted attack on Paris police station

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

Anti-terror inquiry opened into attempted attack on Paris police station | 07 Jan 2016 | A man armed with a knife was shot dead by security forces Thursday after attempting to enter a police station in northern Paris. An anti-terrorism inquiry has been opened into the incident, Paris prosecutors said. The incident took place at around 11:30am outside a police station in the Goutte-d'Or area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement (district). A witness who was around 50 metres from the police station told FRANCE 24 that he clearly heard the man cry, "Allahu Akbar" (God is great). Police said the man was wearing a fake explosives belt.

Man With Knife and Fake Explosives Shot Dead Outside Paris Police Station

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

Man With Knife and Fake Explosives Shot Dead Outside Paris Police Station | 07 Jan 2016 | Officers fatally shot a man who was wielding a knife and yelling "Allahu akbar" as he tried to attack a police station in northern Paris on Thursday, setting off alarms as France marked the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The attack, a few minutes before noon, prompted the closing of schools, shops and streets. The man's body lay outside the police station, on the Rue de la Goutte d'Or. The authorities said the man, who was not identified, had lunged at an officer.

Saudi jets 'bomb Iranian embassy in Yemen' as tensions mount following Riyadh's execution of prominent Shiite cleric

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

Saudi jets 'bomb Iranian embassy in Yemen' as tensions mount following Riyadh's execution of prominent Shiite cleric --Warplanes struck embassy during air raid on Wednesday, Iran has claimed | 07 Jan 2016 | Saudi jets have 'deliberately' bombed the Iranian embassy in Yemen in an air raid that wounded staff, Tehran has claimed today. Warplanes struck the building as they pounded Yemen's capital Sanaa on Wednesday night, Iran claimed, as tensions with [the ISIS-run nation-state of]  Saudi Arabia continued to mount. Iran's foreign ministry spokesman described the strike as a 'deliberate action' and a 'violation of all international conventions that protect diplomatic missions'.

Chinese stock markets halted for the day after shares fall 7%

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

Chinese stock markets halted for the day after shares fall 7% | 07 Jan 2016 | Trading on China's stock markets has been halted for the day at around 10 am on Thursday (Jan 7) morning, after shares fell more than 7 per cent, triggering an automatic "circuit breaker" for a second time this week. Earlier, markets had already been suspended for 15 minutes following a 5 per cent fall in the blue-chip CSI300 index just a few minutes after the market open.

SCSO: Redding Man Upset by Obama's Gun Policies Opens Fire on Apartment Building

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

SCSO: Redding Man Upset by Obama's Gun Policies Opens Fire on Apartment Building, Later Shot and Killed by Numerous Officers | 06 Jan 2016 | Shasta County Sheriff's Department press release: "On 01/05/16, Tuesday, at approximately 1747 hours, multiple reporting parties called SHASCOM to report a subject was shooting a firearm into apartments in the 273 block of Boulder Creek Road, Redding CA. Callers reported 6-8 gunshots were fired as officers from the Redding Police Department were dispatched to the location. At approximately 1810 hours, officers from the Redding Police Department arrived on scene and were directed to the subject's location inside apartment #A at 273 Boulder Creek Road. Officers made verbal contact with the subject, described as a white adult male in his 50's via a patrol car PA system...Witnesses on scene later advised detectives that the suspect was upset about the recent legislation regarding gun laws issued by President Obama. The suspect was not compliant with officers who directed the suspect to exit his apartment with his hands up."

Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland indicted on perjury charge

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland indicted on perjury charge | 06 Jan 2016 | Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, has been indicted on a perjury charge, prosecutors said Wednesday. Bland, an African-American woman, was found dead in her cell three days after being arrested, accused of failing to use her turn signal July 10. She was 28.

John McCain: 'I Don't Know' If Cruz is Eligible for Presidency With Canadian Birth

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

John McCain: 'I Don't Know' If Cruz is Eligible for Presidency With Canadian Birth | 06 Jan 2016 | Arizona Sen. John McCain said he doesn’t know if the Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is eligible to be president, saying the Supreme Court might have to decide if Cruz is eligible to be president. "I don't know the answer to that," said McCain on the Chris Merrill Show on KFYI550 on Wednesday of Cruz's eligibility. Cruz was a U.S. citizen at birth; his mother was a U.S. citizen living in Canada at the time.

House sends Obamacare repeal bill to White House

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

House sends Obamacare repeal bill to White House | 06 Jan 2016 | The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon passed legislation that would repeal Obamacare, and after more than 60 votes to roll back all or part of the law, the bill dismantle it will finally get to the President's desk. But it won't stay there long; President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any Republican bill that guts his signature health care law, a five-year-and-counting effort. The vote was 240-181, largely along party lines.

TransCanada sues Obama administration over Keystone XL rejection

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

TransCanada sues Obama administration over Keystone XL rejection under NAFTA --Calgary-based company 'throwing the corporate equivalent of a temper tantrum,' say opponents | 06 Jan 2016 | TransCanada has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration and plans to file a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement over the U.S. government's rejection of the company's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The company said Wednesday it has filed a notice of intent to initiate the NAFTA claim on the basis that the denial was not justified. "TransCanada has been unjustly deprived of the value of its multi-billion-dollar investment by the U.S. Administration's action," said the company in a release. [This is *exactly* why Obama's deadly corporate takeover bill, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) aka 'NAFTA on steroids,' needs to be stopped dead in its psychotic tracks. --LRP]

Governor Declares Emergency Over Los Angeles Gas Leak

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

Governor Declares Emergency Over Los Angeles Gas Leak | 06 Jan 2016 | More than two months after a natural gas leak began emitting large amounts of a greenhouse gas near a wealthy neighborhood here, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, ordering California agencies to move as quickly as possible to resolve the issue after previous attempts to stem the flow of methane failed. In his statement, the governor said that he acted based on the requests of residents in the planned community of Porter Ranch in northern Los Angeles, and the "prolonged and continuing" nature of the gas blowout at the storage facility. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated since the leak began at a nearby natural gas storage field on Oct. 23.

Bill Cosby Escapes Criminal Charges on Two Rape Cases

January 7, 2016 by legitgov

Bill Cosby Escapes Criminal Charges on Two Rape Cases | 06 Jan 2016 | Bill Cosby has just dodged criminal charges on two rape accusations -- one from just eight years ago and another five decades old. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office has ruled that too much time passed to prosecute Cosby for assaulting a woman who claims she was 17 in 1965 when the disgraced funnyman "forced her to have sexual intercourse" at a home in the Hollywood Hills, according to records obtained Wednesday by NBC News.

Woman arrested after crashing into barrier at nuclear power plant

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

Woman arrested after crashing into barrier at nuclear power plant | 05 Jan 2016 | (NY) A woman from Buffalo is facing DWI charges after she crashed into a barrier outside of a nuclear power plant. Police say they arrested 21-year-old, Katrina M. Beiter for a DWI after she crashed into a barricade at the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant. After the crash she attempted to leave the scene.

Bernie Sanders outlines plan to end Wall Street's 'greed, fraud and arrogance'

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders outlines plan to end Wall Street's 'greed, fraud and arrogance' |05 Jan 2016 | Bernie Sanders sought to rekindle the anger of the Occupy Wall Street movement in a major policy speech in New York on Tuesday that revealed how he would aim to dismantle much of the modern investment banking system within months of taking office. Amid a slew of new pledges were proposals ranging from seizing control of credit rating agencies to turn them into not-for-profits, capping credit card and ATM fees, and preventing banks from earning interest on deposits made at the Federal Reserve. Declaring that the "business model of Wall Street is fraud", the Democratic presidential hopeful also fleshed out longstanding promises to jail bank executives and introduce a sweeping new transaction tax on speculation.

Tension grows as Oregon militia occupies wildlife refuge for fourth night

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

Tension grows as Oregon militia occupies wildlife refuge for fourth night | 06 Jan 2016 | If there ever was a strategic location for a citizens militia to take a stand against the supposed tyranny of the US government, seizing one of its remote outposts in anticipation of a standoff that could last months, this would be it. The sprawling Malheur national wildlife refuge comprises 190,000 isolated acres of wildlife habitat, anchored by a clutch of stone cabins and support buildings. The base comes with its own observation tower that allows a commanding view of the windswept, high-desert plateau...This is where a cadre of heavily armed, rightwing militia has dug in for its declared war against Washington.

1 U.S. soldier killed, 2 others wounded in Afghanistan

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

1 U.S. soldier killed, 2 others wounded in Afghanistan | 05 Jan 2016 | A U.S. servicemember died Tuesday from injuries sustained in clashes with insurgents during a joint operation with Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan. Two Americans were injured. The Americans were part of an advisory team operating with Afghan special forces in Helmand province, a [CIA owned-and-operated] poppy-growing region and former Taliban stronghold.

FBI probes mystery of San Bernardino shooters' whereabouts for 18 minutes after massacre

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

"'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice..." FBI probes mystery of San Bernardino shooters' whereabouts for 18 minutes after massacre | 05 Jan 2016 | The dark sport utility vehicle with tinted windows traced a haphazard path through the streets of San Bernardino. The couple inside had just [allegedly] killed 14 people but seemed in no hurry to flee the city. For several hours, they meandered through an L-shaped area defined by the 215 and 10 freeways, often passing into the frame of traffic cameras and surveillance footage...The Dec. 2 trek of Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, was pieced stitched together by federal authorities and provides new details about their final hours before they were killed in a firefight with authorities.

Obama calls for urgency in fight against gun violence

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

Obama calls for urgency in fight against gun violence | 05 Jan 2016 | President Obama on Tuesday urged the country to tackle gun violence with more urgency, saying that executive actions won't undo the last mass shooting but can help stop the next one. In an emotional speech that lasted nearly 40 minutes, the president several times invoked mass shootings that have taken place in the last two decades, with special attention to the "too many" that had led him to address the nation during his presidency. The executive actions he outlined Tuesday will expand background checks during gun sales, beef up enforcement of existing gun laws, try to improve care for the mentally ill and information-sharing to prevent them from buying guns, and boost gun safety technology.

Chicago's law department under review after police scandal

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

Chicago's law department under review after police scandal | 06 Jan 2016 | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is on the defensive again, dealing with the fallout from a judge's opinion accusing a top city lawyer of hiding evidence in another case involving a fatal police shooting. Unlike the earlier setbacks that dealt with the actions of police officers, though, this one involves the work of the city's law department, where attorneys map strategies for dealing with lawsuits against the police force.

North Korea says successfully conducts nuclear test

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

North Korea says successfully conducts nuclear test | 06 Jan 2016 | North Korea said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning, marking a significant advance in the isolated state's strike capabilities and raising alarm bells in Japan and South Korea. The test, the fourth time North Korea has exploded a nuclear device, was ordered by young leader Kim Jong Un, state media said. "The first H-bomb test was successfully conducted at 10:00 (0130 GMT) on Wednesday," North Korea's official KCNA news agency said.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declares state of emergency in Flint over lead in water

January 6, 2016 by legitgov

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declares state of emergency in Flint over lead in water | 05 Jan 2016 | Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R-Eco-terrorist) declared a state of emergency in Flint over problems with lead in the city's drinking water, the same day federal officials confirmed they're investigating the matter that prompted a local public health emergency. Snyder's action on Tuesday follows emergency declarations declared by the city and Genesee County, which requested help from the state. Michigan's declaration makes available state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery operations. The city switched from Detroit's water system to Flint River water in a cost-cutting move in 2014, while under [illegal] state financial management dictatorship.

1,000 crack British troops deployed to Libyan oil fields to 'halt the advance of ISIS'

January 5, 2016 by legitgov

1,000 British troops deployed to Libyan oil fields to 'halt the advance of ISIS' | 04 Jan 2016 | British Special Forces have been deployed in Libya to wrest back control of more than a dozen oil fields seized by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) [but still I-CIA-SIS] militants, it has emerged. Approximately 6,000 European and US soldiers, including 1,000 British troops, will be involved in a number of offensives set up to halt the advance of the jihadist terror group. Special Forces, including military close observation experts from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, are spearheading the major coalition offensive against the jihadist group, according to the Daily Mirror.

Sweden launches its own 'Berlin Wall' with Denmark as it orders travellers to show ID for the first time in 50 years

January 5, 2016 by legitgov

Sweden launches its own 'Berlin Wall' with Denmark as it orders travellers to show ID for the first time in 50 years…while Copenhagen closes borders with Germany | 04 Jan 2016 | Sweden has reintroduced check points on its border with Denmark for the first time in half a century in a desperate attempt to stem the flow of migrants. Guards yesterday began inspecting passports on the famous Oresund Bridge between the two countries, which had been the most visible symbol of European integration. Within hours, Denmark made an emergency request to tighten checks on its southern border with Germany - becoming the ninth country in the European Union's 26-nation Schengen Zone to bring back temporary controls.

Obama tightens gun rules, requires more background checks

January 5, 2016 by legitgov

Obama tightens gun rules, requires more background checks | 04 Jan 2016 | The White House unveiled gun control measures on Monday that require more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks, moves President Barack Obama said were well within his authority to implement without congressional approval. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives now will require that people who sell guns at stores, at gun shows or over the Internet be licensed and conduct checks, officials said. The ATF was finalizing a rule requiring background checks for buyers of dangerous weapons from a trust, corporation or other legal entity as well.

Dutch government rejects encryption laws

January 5, 2016 by legitgov

Dutch government rejects encryption laws | 04 Jan 2016 | The Netherlands on Monday came out against any type of legislation that would guarantee government access to encrypted data. The stance is the latest move in the growing international fight over encryption standards. In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., governments worldwide are debating whether to force companies to decrypt data upon government request.

Obama to close background checks loophole on gun show sales

January 5, 2016 by legitgov

Obama to close background checks loophole on gun show sales | 04 Jan 2016 | Barack Obama will move on Tuesday to close the loophole which allows weapons to be sold at gun shows and on the internet without any background checks. Obama will set out his plans for greater resources for the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), including 200 new ATF agents and investigators, and a new center to track illegal online firearms trafficking. White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed on Monday that the president had made up his mind to take the actions, but insisted the measures - expected to be unveiled as soon as Tuesday - would withstand legal challenge.

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