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US officials: Ex-ISIS fighter entered America as refugee

US officials: Ex-ISIS fighter entered America as refugee | 17 Aug 2018 | An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was arrested in California on Wednesday and will be extradited to Iraq under a treaty with that nation, U.S. officials said. He made his first appearance in federal court in Sacramento after his arrest at an apartment building in the state capital.

Hurricane Lane is heading for Hawaii as a dangerous Category 4 storm

Hurricane Lane is heading for Hawaii as a dangerous Category 4 storm | 22 Aug 2018 | Hurricane Lane is poised to give Hawaii an unusually major encounter with a major cyclone -- and could batter the Big Island with rain and tropical storm force winds as early as Wednesday night. The Category 4 storm's dangerous center could make landfall this week, but even if it doesn't, it should draw close to the islands Thursday through Saturday, bringing destructive winds and as many as 20 inches of rain onshore, forecasters said. The state is bracing for a powerful punch: The governor has declared an emergency, and all public schools on the Big Island and Maui are closed.

Trump blasts Michael Cohen over plea deal, praises Manafort

Trump blasts Michael Cohen over plea deal, praises Manafort | 22 Aug 2018 | President Trump on Wednesday slammed his former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen for striking a plea deal with federal prosecutors admitting to campaign finance violations and implicating the president. "If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!" Trump tweeted Wednesday. At the same time, the president tweeted in support of ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was found guilty on eight tax and bank fraud counts just as the Cohen plea deal was being finalized. Amid speculation of a possible pardon for Manafort, Trump praised him for not striking a deal with prosecutors -- and accused Cohen of making up stories to get one.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, wife indicted on corruption charges in California

Rep. Duncan Hunter, wife indicted on corruption charges in California | 21 Aug 2018 | Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and his wife, Margaret, were indicted on charges of illegally converting $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and filing false records, prosecutors announced Tuesday. In response, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday evening that he would remove the congressman from all committee assignments for the time being, calling the charges against Hunter "deeply serious."

Market milestone: This is the longest bull run in history

Market milestone: This is the longest bull run in history | 22 Aug 2018 | The bull market turns 3,453 days old on Wednesday. It's the longest period of uninterrupted gains in American history. The remarkable run began on March 9, 2009, in the ashes of the Great Recession and the scariest financial crisis since the 1930s. The slow-but-steady economic recovery, coupled with unprecedented aid from the Federal Reserve, catapulted the Dow from around 6,500 to nearly 26,000 today. The S&P 500 has quadrupled from its 2009 low of 666.

Ebola outbreak: Death toll soars to 55 as authorities announce crisis plan

Ebola outbreak: Death toll soars to 55 as authorities announce crisis plan | 22 Aug 2018 | Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DNC), southern Africa, announced five new victims in the town of Mabalako-Mangina, close to the epicentre of the outbreak in Beni, North Kivu province. The government has announced free treatment for all victims against the disease for the next three months as they desperately try to control the outbreak. In a statement, the country's health ministry said: "96 cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the region, 69 of which had been confirmed and 27 were seen as probable."

Man in country illegally charged with murder of Mollie Tibbetts, police say

Man in country illegally charged with murder of Mollie Tibbetts, police say | 21 Aug 2018 | Police said a man in the country illegally has been charged with murder in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts. A charge of first degree murder has been filed against 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera. If convicted, the charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Investigators say they used surveillance video in tracking down Rivera. The video showed Tibbetts jogging in a rural area near her hometown of Brooklyn as well as Rivera's car.

Suspect in Death of Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts Is Illegal Immigrant, Police Say

Suspect in Death of Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts Is Illegal Immigrant, Police Say | 21 Aug 2018 | The search for Mollie Tibbetts has come to a tragic end. Police confirmed Tuesday they found the 20-year-old University of Iowa student's body after a five-week search. Tibbetts went missing on July 18 after going for a jog near Brooklyn, Iowa. A suspect is in custody and police confirmed during a press conference Tuesday that he is an illegal immigrant. The discovery of her body wraps up a highly publicized investigation.

Manafort found guilty on 8 counts in tax fraud trial

Manafort found guilty on 8 counts in tax fraud trial | 21 Aug 2018 | After nearly four days of deliberation, a jury found former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty on eight counts of financial crimes, marking the first major prosecution won by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian meddling during the 2016 election. Manafort was found guilty on the eight counts of the special counsel's 18-count indictment. Each count carries a hefty prison term -- when combined, he is facing a maximum of 80 years in prison, but at sentencing the total will likely be less. The federal judge declared a mistrial in the other ten counts after jurors could not reach consensus.

Michael Cohen to plead guilty, face jail time as part of deal with federal prosecutors

Michael Cohen to plead guilty, face jail time as part of deal with federal prosecutors --Sources: Cohen's guilty plea deal includes 3-5 years in jail | 21 Aug 2018 | Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen plans to plead guilty Tuesday in connection with the financial fraud investigation against him as part of a deal with prosecutors that includes jail time, Fox News has learned. A source familiar with the deal told Fox News that it includes a guilty plea and jail time of between three and five years. The deal does not involve a cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors.

Arctic's strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

Arctic's strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record --Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as 'scary' | 21 Aug 2018 | The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon -- which has never been recorded before -- has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere. One meteorologist described the loss of ice as "scary". Others said it could force scientists to revise their theories about which part of the Arctic will withstand warming the longest.

Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with Saudi Arabia

Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with Saudi Arabia | 17 Aug 2018 | Yemen's al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] branch denied on Friday an Associated Press report saying it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula -- considered the terror group's most dangerous branch after failed attacks on U.S. soil -- said in a statement posted on its Telegram channel that the report "lacks evidence, reality, or credibility." It added that both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have cooperated with the U.S. using "the dirtiest means," which the group said it would uncover soon.

Twenty-two states urge court to block net neutrality repeal

Twenty-two states urge court to block net neutrality repeal | 21 Aug 2018 | Twenty-two states and Washington, D.C. asked a federal court to block the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from repealing its 2015 net neutrality rules, arguing that the move would allow the agency to abdicate its responsibility to oversee internet service providers. In a filing with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals late Monday night, the group of Democratic state attorneys general also argued that the commission overstepped its authority in ruling that states could not implement their own net neutrality protections following the repeal of the federal rules.

Mollie Tibbetts, missing Iowa student, found dead, sources say

Mollie Tibbetts, missing Iowa student, found dead, sources say | 21 Aug 2018 | The body of missing college student Mollie Tibbetts was found Tuesday, two sources told Fox News, bringing an end to a more than a month-long search that captured national headlines. Details about where the body was located were not released. Tibbetts, 20, was reported missing in mid-July after she didn't respond to messages from her boyfriend, Jack.

Gov. Cooper, UNC officials speak out after toppling of Confederate statue

Gov. Cooper, UNC officials speak out after toppling of Confederate statue | 21 Aug 2018 | Silent Sam is no longer standing tall on The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus. The pedestal is the only portion of the statue left, which stood on campus grounds for more than a century...UNC leaders including Chancellor Carol Folt had previously said state law prevented the school from removing the statue. While Governor Roy Cooper had called for the removal of Silent Sam, and other rebel symbols on public land, he did not approve of the statue's destruction. "The Governor understands that many people are frustrated by the pace of change and he shares their frustration, but violent destruction of public property has no place in our communities," a tweet from his Twitter read. The university echoed the sentiment in a statement issued after the statue came down.

Confederate statue on UNC campus toppled by protesters

Confederate statue on UNC campus toppled by protesters | 21 Aug 2018 | A Confederate statue in the heart of North Carolina’s flagship university was toppled Monday night during a rally by hundreds of protesters who decried the memorial known as "Silent Sam" as a symbol of racist heritage. The statue erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913 had been under constant police surveillance, costing the university hundreds of thousands of dollars, since it was vandalized last year.

Former Nazi death camp guard deported to Germany

Former Nazi death camp guard deported to Germany | 21 Aug 2018 | A 95-year-old former Nazi death camp guard living in New York has been deported to Germany, officials said early Tuesday. Jakiw Palij, a Queens, N.Y., resident was removed by U.S. Customs and Immigration services in conjunction with a removal order obtained by the Department of Justice more than a decade ago, according to a statement." Jakiw Palij lied about his Nazi past to immigrate to this country and then fraudulently become an American citizen. He had no right to citizenship or to even be in this country," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

Nazi labor camp guard caught by ICE, deported to Germany, White House says

Nazi labor camp guard caught by ICE, deported to Germany, White House says | 21 Aug 2018 | The last known Nazi collaborator living in the United States -- a 95-year-old former camp guard who played an "indispensable role" in the murders of thousands of Jews -- was deported to Germany from his New York City home early Tuesday morning, the White House announced. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents implemented a 2004 deportation order against Jakiw Palij, who immigrated to the United States in 1949 and became a citizen in 1957 after concealing his Nazi background, the statement read. Palij admitted to Department of Justice officials in 2003 that he trained at a Nazi camp in German-occupied Poland.

Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland

Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland | 20 Aug 2018 | Authorities are looking for a Pennsylvania man who is believed to have threatened to shoot President Trump. CNN reported that the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Shawn Richard Christy, who was least seen Sunday night driving a stolen car in Cumberland, Md. The FBI said in a warrant on its website that Christy allegedly made threats against Trump and Northampton County, Pa., district attorney John Morganelli on Facebook between June 3 and 12.

Brennan considers legal action to stop clearance revocations

Brennan considers legal action to stop clearance revocations | 19 Aug 2018 | Former CIA Director [Deep State fraud] John Brennan said Sunday that he is considering taking legal action to try to prevent President Donald Trump from stripping other current and former officials' security clearances. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Brennan said he's been contacted by a number of lawyers about the possibility of an injunction in the wake of Trump's move to revoke his clearance and threaten nine others who have been critical of the president or are connected to the Russia probe.

New Mexico school shooting training compound mysteriously destroyed by authorities

Nascent CIA 'school shooting' false flag goes belly-up? New Mexico school shooting training compound mysteriously destroyed by authorities (in all likelihood, by the same authorities who established it) --"Threats so concerning, local schools scheduled lock-down drills today to prepare for an active shooter." | 15 Aug 2018 | Following a court order, authorities seized an RV at the New Mexico compound where five adults are believed to have been abusing 11 children and training them for school shootings. An underground tunnel at the site where remains of a 3-year-old were found is now buried in rubble, as ammo and a bulletproof vest sit in piles of uncollected trash. (Video)

Prisoners striking in 17 states over conditions

Prisoners striking in 17 states over conditions | 18 Aug 2018 | Prisoners across 17 states are planning to strike for nearly three weeks starting later this month to protest prison conditions, Vox reports. The demonstrations are planned to take place from Aug. 21 to Sept. 9, marking the anniversary of a bloody prison uprising in upstate New York in 1971. Protesters are "demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery," according to the website for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC).

With Trump's Approval, White House Counsel Don McGahn Has Cooperated Extensively in Mueller Inquiry

With Trump's Approval, White House Counsel Don McGahn Has Cooperated Extensively in Mueller Inquiry | 18 Aug 2018 | The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have learned of otherwise, according to a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter. In at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, Mr. McGahn described the president's fury toward the Russia investigation and the ways in which he urged Mr. McGahn to respond to it...Mr. McGahn's cooperation began in part as a result of a decision by Mr. Trump's first team of criminal lawyers to collaborate fully with Mr. Mueller. The president's lawyers have explained that they believed their client had nothing to hide and that they could bring the investigation to an end quickly.

Trump hits NY Times in flurry of tweets for implying White House counsel is a 'rat'

Trump hits NY Times in flurry of tweets for implying White House counsel is a 'rat' | 19 Aug 2018 | President Trump early Sunday attacked the "failing" New York Times for a report that he said implied White House counsel Don McGahn must be a "John Dean type RAT." "The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT.' But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn't have to. I have nothing to hide......," Trump tweeted. "....and have demanded transparency so that this Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt can come to a close. So many lives have been ruined over nothing - McCarthyism at its WORST! Yet Mueller & his gang of Dems refuse to look at the real crimes on the other side - Media is even worse!"

Manafort judge alludes to 'threats' in not releasing jurors' names

Manafort judge alludes to 'threats' in not releasing jurors' names | 17 Aug 2018 | The federal judge overseeing the Paul Manafort fraud trial signaled Friday afternoon a reluctance to publicly identify the jurors, saying they were "scared" and "afraid" and adding, "I'm not going to reveal any threats." "I had no idea this case would incite this emotion," U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said in an open court hearing, responding to a motion from seven news organizations, including POLITICO, seeking access to sealed materials related to the trial. Ellis said he didn't "feel right" releasing the names of the 12-person jury that has been deliberating since Thursday morning in Manafort's trial.

Accused 'Russian agent' Butina deprived of sleep and medication - lawyer

Accused 'Russian agent' Butina deprived of sleep and medication - lawyer | 18 Aug 2018 | Jailed Russian gun activist Maria Butina, accused in the US of "espionage," has been unexpectedly transferred to another prison, her lawyer told RT. Butina is suffering from leg swelling and she was effectively deprived of sleep. Maria Butina has been experiencing health problems in jail, yet she has been deprived of proper treatment, her lawyer, Robert Driscoll told RT...Maria has been transferred overnight to another prison.

ISIS given 'breathing space' in parts of Syria under US-backed forces' control

ISIS given 'breathing space' in parts of Syria under US-backed forces' control | 18 Aug 2018 | Islamic State managed to regain access to Syrian oil fields and make profits from selling oil, a new UN report reveals. While the UN did not point fingers, the IS reemergence seems to occur in areas held by the US-backed forces. “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS (but still I-CIA-SIS)], having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018. This was the result of a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic," the July 27 report from the UN Security Council's Sanctions Monitoring Team reads. The slow-down gave ISIS "breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network."

Mueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison

Mueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison | 17 Aug 2018 | Special counsel Robert Mueller has recommended that former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos be sentenced to zero to six months in prison and face a fine of $9,500. Mueller stated in a court filing Friday that those penalties "are warranted and appropriate" for Papadopoulos's conduct in lying to federal investigators. Mueller wrote in the filing that Papadopoulos chose to lie to federal investigators during a voluntary interview and that he "was expressly warned that it is a crime to lie to federal investigators."

Bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen was supplied by the US

Bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen was supplied by the US | 17 Aug 2018 | The bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, munitions experts told CNN. Working with local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, CNN has established that the weapon that left dozens of children dead on August 9 was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors.The bomb is very similar to the one that wreaked devastation in an attack on a funeral hall in Yemen in October 2016 [Another Saudi-US war crime?] in which 155 people were killed and hundreds more wounded.

Bruce Ohr Texts, Emails Reveal Steele's Deep Ties to Obama DOJ, FBI

Bruce Ohr Texts, Emails Reveal Steele's Deep Ties to Obama DOJ, FBI | 16 Aug 2018 | A trove of emails and handwritten notes from Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr exposes the continuous contact and communication between the DOJ attorney and anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, according to notes and documents obtained by SaraACarter.com. The emails and notes were written between 2016 and 2017. The notes and emails also reveal that Ohr was in communication with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the embattled research firm Fusion GPS, which was paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to hire Steele. In one of Ohr's that Steele is "very concerned about Comey's firing, afraid they will be exposed."

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