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Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military January 1

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military January 1 | 11 Dec 2017 | The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Defense Department also is studying the issue.


Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York | 11 Dec 2017 | A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack...Investigators told Reuters they believe the attack in midtown Manhattan was intended to be a suicide bombing. The blast, which occurred around 7 a.m. (1200 GMT) in a busy underground passageway between the subway station underneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Times Square subway station, sent commuters fleeing for the exits and police officers rushing to the scene, as officials scrambled to reroute trains and shut down streets. Three people, including a police officer, suffered minor injuries.


FBI, NYPD raid Port Authority bomb suspect's apartment

FBI, NYPD raid Port Authority bomb suspect's apartment | 11 Dec 2017 | FBI agents and NYPD cops swooped down on three Brooklyn apartments tied to Monday's alleged would-be terror bomber -- including the pad where he is believed to have assembled his crude explosive device, law enforcement sources said. The members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force are hunting for evidence including computers, phones and other paraphernalia that could be tied to the botched bombing, sources said. Ullah came to the US from his native Bangladesh on an F4 visa -- which is reserved for brothers and sisters of American citizens -- seven years ago, sources said.


Police: Suspect in NYC subway passage attack 'ISIS-inspired'

Police: Suspect in NYC subway passage attack 'ISIS-inspired' --Ullah made the bomb in his apartment - person briefed on the probe | 11 Dec 2017 | An attempted suicide bomber who set off a rush-hour explosion at the nation's busiest bus terminal is a Bangladeshi national living in Brooklyn who was inspired by ISIS, law enforcement officials said. The suspect in Monday morning's blast at Port Authority in midtown Manhattan was identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, according to New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill. Ullah strapped a pipe bomb to his body with Velcro and zip ties, police said. It detonated earlier than intended, sources told the New York Post. Ullah lived in Brooklyn, but he immigrated from Bangladesh nearly seven years ago, federal law enforcement sources confirmed to Fox News.


Brooklyn-based Bangladeshi national in a suicide vest caused rush-hour panic in Manhattan when his 'revenge' pipe bomb exploded too early

Brooklyn-based Bangladeshi national in a suicide vest caused rush-hour panic in Manhattan when his 'revenge' pipe bomb exploded too early --A pipe bomb prematurely went off in an underground tunnel linking the Times Square subway station and the Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning around 7:20am --Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the suspect 'supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS' and that it was 'definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended' --The FDNY says three other people reported to local hospitals for minor injuries | 11 Dec 2017 | A Bangladeshi national in his 20s has been taken into custody with serious injuries after a pipe bomb he was carrying malfunctioned and exploded prematurely inside a Midtown Manhattan subway station Monday morning. It was the second time in two months that New York City was the target of a terrorist attack, and the first since President Trump sparked Muslim outrage around the world last week by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The explosion happened around 7:20am, in an underground tunnel linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Times Square. The underground tunnel is a major thoroughfare for workers during the morning rush hour. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was walking east towards Times Square when a 'low-tech' explosive attached to his body with Velcro and zip ties partially exploded. Another five-inch metal pipe bomb was found on his person.


Explosive detonates near New York City's Times Square in 'attempted terrorist attack,' suspect in custody

Explosive detonates near New York City's Times Square in 'attempted terrorist attack,' suspect in custody | 11 Dec 2017 | A suspect is in custody today after allegedly detonating a small explosive device in an "attempted terrorist attack" in the New York City subway system, sending commuters scrambling to evacuate a major transit hub just blocks from Times Square, city officials said. The explosion occurred in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and, despite the rush-hour crowds, only three people suffered minor injuries, officials said. The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, is in the hospital, badly injured in the arm and torso from the device that went off in his arms, sources said. Ullah, originally from Bangladesh, told authorities he is self-inspired from ISIS online propaganda, sources said.


Speakers to broadcast terror warning in event of Melbourne city attack

Speakers to broadcast terror warning in event of Melbourne city attack | 10 Dec 2017 | Police warnings to move, leave or stay would be broadcast at more than 90 city sites in the event of a terrorist or Bourke St-style attack. Already, 65 sets of loudspeakers are in place at sites including Federation Square, Flinders St station and the Bourke St Mall. A test message and "wailing" standard emergency warning signal -- alerting people that an emergency announcement is pending -- will be transmitted over speakers installed at the State Library on December 28. It comes as police warn there is an increased risk of terrorism over the festive season.


Media mistakes intensify debate over fake news

Media mistakes intensify debate over fake news | 10 Dec 2017 | Media outlets have remained under fire for several days amid a debate over journalism in an age when President Trump regularly attacks media as "fake news." ...Several news organizations, including two top cable networks, were recently forced to issue corrections to articles related to the investigation into Russia's [alleged] election meddling and potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin. CNN on Friday corrected a story that originally said Trump Jr. received an email from WikiLeaks presenting hacked documents with Democratic information on Sept. 4, before WikiLeaks made them public. The cable news [sic] outlet corrected the story retracted the lie, clarifying that Trump Jr. received the email on Sept. 14, after WikiLeaks had already published the documents.


Santa Barbara under threat from wildfire as massive inferno spreads and thousands flee under new evacuation orders

Santa Barbara under threat from wildfire as massive inferno spreads and thousands flee under new evacuation orders --The massive Thomas Fire has spread to 173,000 acres and could be the among worst in California's history | 10 Dec 2017 | A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive [Direct Energy Weapon-created?] wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns. The so-called Thomas Fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, and is on track to become one of the worst wildfires in California history. It has already destroyed 583 structures and scorched 173,000 acres, the authorities say...The new evacuation zone extends within two miles of the Santa Barbara Zoo.


Fordham University Republicans wearing MAGA hats are kicked out of campus coffee shop for violating 'safe space'

Fordham University Republicans wearing MAGA hats are kicked out of campus coffee shop for violating 'safe space' | 10 Dec 2017 | (Bronx, NY) Members of Fordham University College Republicans appear to have [reported] a student-run coffee shop when they went with Make America Great Again hats to 'test the unwritten rule' of conservative discrimination. Rodrigue's Coffee House's 'President' can be seen on video telling the group members that they needed to leave the shop on the Bronx campus in five minutes. 'This says nothing about supporting political identities. This says nothing about politics and you have no right to do this' a member of the College Republicans tells the President after she tells them that they need to leave, in a video posted Friday. You are threatening the integrity of our club. This is a community standard--you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy,' [LOLOL!] the Coffee shop boss added. 'You have to take it off or you have to go.'


Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis | 10 Dec 2017 | The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Monday, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force said, as tensions rise in the region. The United States and South Korea conducted large-scale military drills last week, which the North said made the outbreak of war "an established fact". This week's exercises will be the sixth drills sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles [provoking war] among the three nations, the defense force said.


Roy Moore calls accuser a liar after she admits she added notes to his yearbook inscription

Roy Moore calls accuser a liar after she admits she added notes to his yearbook inscription | 08 Dec 2017 | U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama stepped up his attacks Friday on the integrity of a woman who says that he sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress at a restaurant where he often dined when he was a prosecutor in his 30s. The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, conceded in an ABC News interview that an inscription Moore wrote in her high school yearbook included notes she added under his signature. Moore, whose campaign already had suggested his signature in the yearbook had been forged, said Nelson's remarks to ABC proved she was lying. "Let's count how many national outlets will ignore the fact that she admits to lying," Moore wrote on Twitter.


Pakistani Air Force ordered to shoot down US drones

Pakistani Air Force ordered to shoot down US drones | 09 Dec 2017 | Pakistan's Air Force (PAF) commander has reportedly ordered to take down drones violating the country's sovereignty, including that of the U.S. The jabs against America, a key ally, came Thursday in a speech Aman delivered at a ceremony of aviation students gathered in Islamabad. The top military official, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, praised Pakistan's air prowess, saying their forces are prepared to defend sovereignty of the country. "We will not allow anyone to violate our airspace," Aman said as cited by The Times of India, adding, that he has ordered the PAF "to shoot down drones, including those of the U.S., if they enter our airspace, violating the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity."


Defector says thousands of ISIS fighters were given safe passage from Raqqa in secret U.S.-approved deal

Defector says thousands of ISIS fighters were given safe passage from Raqqa in secret U.S.-approved deal | 07 Dec 2017 | A high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State has recanted his account of the city's fall, saying thousands of ISIS fighters - many thousands more than first reported - left under a secret, U.S.-approved deal. Talal Silo, a former commander in the Syrian Democratic Forces, said the SDF arranged to bus all remaining Islamic State militants I-CIA-SIS terrorists out of Raqqa even though it said at the time it was battling diehard foreign jihadists in the city. U.S. officials described Silo's comments as "false and contrived" [LOL] but a security official in Turkey, where Silo defected three weeks ago, gave a similar account of Islamic State's defeat in its Syrian stronghold. Silo was the SDF spokesman and one of the officials who told the media in mid-October - when the deal was reached - that fewer than 300 fighters left Raqqa with their families while others would continue to fight.


Rep. Franks resigning after discussing surrogacy with female staff

Puritanical 'MeToo' lunacy claims another victim: Rep. Franks resigning after discussing surrogacy with female staff | 07 Dec 2017 | Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) revealed on Thursday that he is resigning because he discussed the option of surrogacy with female staffers. [!] The House Ethics Committee announced that it is opening an investigation into his actions. "Due to my familiarity and experience with the process of surrogacy, I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others," Franks said in a statement. He said that he's choosing to resign because "in the midst of this current cultural and media climate [of insanity], I am deeply convinced I would be unable to complete a fair House Ethics investigation." Franks emphasized Thursday that he did not engage in physical sexual misconduct toward his aides.


California fires: San Diego County's Lilac fire explodes to 4,100 acres

California fires: San Diego County's Lilac fire explodes to 4,100 acres | 07 Dec 2017 | A wind-fanned fire growing at a "dangerous" rate in North County has charred 4,100 acres, destroyed dozens of structures and is threatening 5,000 more, fire officials said Thursday. At least three people were burned in the blaze, which roared through Bonsall, a rural community of ranches and agricultural lands, toward Oceanside. At one point, a line of a dozen palm trees ignited. Homes were quickly reduced to piles of ash and teams of horses fled from the flames. "This fire could make it all the way through Oceanside to the coast," said Cal Fire Division Chief Nick Schuler.


US House ethics panel clears Nunes in Russiagate classified leak probe

US House ethics panel clears Nunes in Russiagate classified leak probe | 08 Dec 2017 | The US House Ethics Committee has cleared Representative Devin Nunes (R-California) on a complaint that he leaked classified information. The surprise decision paves the way for the firebrand lawmaker to reassume chairing a House intelligence panel. The ethics committee said Thursday in a brief statement that it determined the Republican congressman did not disclose classified information in March, when he made a surprise announcement about the US government picking up information about President Donald Trump's transition team during a surveillance sweep. Nunes was the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee at the time, and was leading the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


Rep. Jordan Grills FBI Director: Did Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts Bring Dossier to FISA Court?

Rep. Jordan Grills FBI Director: Did Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts Bring Dossier to FISA Court? | 07 Dec 2017 | Rep. Jim Jordan grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray this morning on the suspected actions of an FBI agent found to have sent anti-Trump text messages to his mistress. At the House hearing, Jordan (R-Ohio) zeroed in on Peter Strzok's work on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and asked whether Strzok had anything to do with the anti-Trump dossier. Strzok was moved off Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation over the summer after the text messages were discovered. "If you kicked everybody off of Mueller's team who was anti-Trump, I don't think there'd be anybody left," said Jordan, alleging there is "more" behind Strzok's departure from Mueller's team.


Arizona GOP Rep. Trent Franks to resign following sexual harassment claim

Arizona GOP Rep. Trent Franks to resign following sexual harassment claim | 07 Dec 2017 | Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks announced in a statement Thursday night he will resign from Congress at the end of January, after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate allegations against him of sexual harassment. The House Ethics Committee announced earlier Thursday that it will investigate Franks to determine if he engaged in "conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment." In his statement, Franks acknowledged he made staffers "uncomfortable" and that he discussed fertility issues and surrogacy with two female staffers, but denied having ever "physically intimidated, coerced, or had, or attempted to have, any sexual contact with any member of my congressional staff."


Barack Obama appears to compare Trump presidency to the rise of Hitler and says US democracy could 'fall apart very quickly'

Barack Obama appears to compare Trump presidency to the rise of Hitler and says US democracy could 'fall apart very quickly' | 07 Dec 2017 | Barack Obama [Deep State emissary and best bud of unindicted 9/11 co-conspirator George W. Bush] appeared to compare Donald Trump's presidency to Hitler's rise to power during a speech in Chicago on Tuesday. The former president was speaking at an event thrown by the Economic Club of Chicago at a Hilton hotel when he made the remarks. Without mentioning the current president, Obama told the gathered audience of 1,800: 'We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly. That's what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolph Hitler rose to dominate.' Some Trump fans said Obama's comments were 'un-American' and 'disgusting'.


Sen. Al Franken to resign from Senate amid sexual harassment allegations

Sen. Al Franken to resign from Senate amid sexual harassment allegations | 07 Dec 2017 | Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will resign from the United States Senate he said on Thursday, an announcement he made a day after a number of his Democratic colleagues called for him to step down amid mounting allegations that he sexually harassed women. "Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate," said Franken, adding, "It's become clear that I can't both pursue the ethics committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator for [the people of Minnesota]." Though he apologized, acknowledged some wrongdoing and called for an ethics investigation to be initiated, Franken resisted early calls for his resignation, even after additional accusations of misconduct surfaced.


Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately'

Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately' | 06 Dec 2017 | President Trump on Wednesday said he's directed his administration to push Saudi Arabia to completely lift its blockade on war-torn Yemen. "I have directed officials in my administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it," Trump said in a brief statement Wednesday. "This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately."


Russian Olympic Committee banned from 2018 Winter Games, athletes allowed to compete as neutrals

Russian Olympic Committee banned from 2018 Winter Games, athletes allowed to compete as neutrals | 05 Dec 2017 | The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) from 2018 Olympics, ruling that "clean" Russian athletes can only compete under a neutral flag in South Korea in February. The decision came after 14-person panel was presented with the results of two separate investigations of alleged Russian doping - one concerning individual athletes, the other institutional violations. The executive board ruled that no officials from Russia's sport ministry will be allowed accreditation for the Winter Games in PyeongChang.


House passes bill requiring states recognize concealed gun permits

House passes bill requiring states recognize concealed gun permits | 06 Dec 2017 | The US House of Representatives passed the Conceal Carry Reciprocity bill on Wednesday, bringing America one step closer to effectively allowing all Americans to secretly carry firearms in all 50 states. The bill, which the National Rifle Association has called its "highest legislative priority in Congress," would amend the federal criminal code to allow the concealed transport of handguns across state lines, so long as both states allow concealed carry. This federal law would supersede any state statutes on concealed firearms.


Former NSA spy believes he contracted Parkinson's from a microwave attack

Former NSA spy believes he contracted Parkinson's from a microwave attack | 06 Dec 2017 | A former US National Security Agency officer believes that a weaponized microwave attack caused the Parkinson's disease that is now slowly killing him 10 years later. Mike Beck was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disorder in 2006, when he was only 46. Little research has been conducted on the relationship between Parkinson's and forms of radiation like microwaves, but experts say that they can't be ruled out as contributing factors.