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Jan 17 - So no one's gonna talk about Bernie Sanders killing Besty DeVos??

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Jan 17 - Cop Killer Captured

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Jan 17, 2017, 7:14 PM ET

Orlando police say that have alleged cop killer Markeith Loyd, who was also wanted for killing a pregnant woman, in custody.

We've got him! Markeith Loyd in OPD ICustody. Details to come. Media: stand by for details on press conference.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 18, 2017

On Dec. 9, Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was on duty by herself near a Walmart around 7 a.m. when a citizen approached her, telling her that a murder suspect was nearby, according to police.

Clayton found Loyd and chased him, police said. He allegedly opened fire after Clayton told him to stop running.

Loyd was placed in Clayton's handcuffs when he was caught, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said on Twitter.

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— Chief John Mina (@ChiefJohnMina) January 18, 2017

Clayton, a wife and mother, was shot multiple times, police said. She was wearing body armor at the time, but she later. A funeral for the slain officer was held over the weekend.

Loyd was already wanted before he shot and killed Clayton for allegedly killing a pregnant woman.

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Authorities launched a massive manhunt in response to Clayton’s death. Last week, the reward for information leading to Loyd’s capture was raised to $125,000.

Further details on Loyd's arrest were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

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Jan 17 - Petition to Ban New British Comedy Skit Mocking ISIS Reaches 37,000 Signatures

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Humor is under threat in the UK, and certain topics are being deemed off limits by an increasingly hypersensitive public outraged by politically incorrect jokes.

A comedy sketch called “The Real Housewives of ISIS” aired on BBC2 was met with ire of the easily offended, upset by its portrayal of Muslim women.

A petition to cancel the show has drawn over 37,000 signatures complaining about Islamophobia — equating ISIS with the religion as a whole. Weirdly, the petition seems to think the concept is a full-blown comedy series rather than a one-off skit.

“IT SHOWS WOMEN IN FULL ISLAMIC WEAR AND This is a mockery of the muslim woman and insults those whom are held the highest in Islam,” [sic] reads the petition.

“Does much need to be said of u have seen the clip” [sic]

The skit is part of a new comedy show called Revolting, and depicts a group of women in full burka recruited to the jihadi cause. It pokes fun at the violent extremists of ISIS. In the show, which stars multiple women of Arab descent, the characters take selfies, tweet out phrases, and ask each other if they look attractive in suicide vests.

It appeared once on the January 3rd episode, and BBC sources tell us the idea was a one-off and the show never planned to develop it any further.

Like Chris Morris’ 2010 movie Four Lions, “The Real Housewives of ISIS” lampoons jihadist culture by depicting its characters as being just as vapid and materialistic as the cast of the actual Real Housewives shows.

“Ali bought me a new chain, which is eight-foot long,” says one of the housewives. “So I can almost get outside, which is great.” She is shown chained to a stove.

The creator of the petition claims that the show “COULD cause people in the street to throw jokes at covering women whom are nothing like this programme shows and could cause various future issues within our communities.”

“This is an act of terrorism against Muslim women,” the petition declares. “Showing them in this light is not safe.”

Comedy has rarely strayed from making light of difficult topics, and skits like “The Real Housewives of ISIS” are great ways to address real-world issues and challenge our fear of terrorists. In the Arab world, comedy shows have made a laughing stock of ISIS and other violent extremists for far longer than the West.

Saudi comedian Nasser Al Qasabi famously said in 2015, “Warning the people about ISIS is the true jihad [struggle], because we’re fighting them with art not war.”

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Jan 17 - Flying cars are real, and Airbus is making them this year

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| By misterethoughts - 3 minutes ago

If there’s one thing that the year 2000 and beyond really let us down on it’s the unfulfilled promise of flying cars. Sure, there are airplanes that can be driven on city streets, but they’re not exactly commonplace, and definitely not as impressive as what 80s sci-fi movies had led us to believe. Now Airbus, one of the biggest aviation brands on the planet, is promising to do its part to clear up traffic congestion with autonomous flying taxis, and it plans on having a working prototype flying high by the end of this year.

As Reuters reports, Airbus CEO Tom Enders announced the company’s plans to continue development within its Urban Air Mobility division of a single-person autonomous flying vehicle at a recent tech conference in Germany. “We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously,” Enders said. “One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground.”

Enders also cited the potential for flying cars to provide some much needed relief for city infrastructure like roads and bridges — after all, flying cars don’t stress the pavement. What’s more, Rodin Lyasoff, the CEO of A^3, Airbus’s advanced projects group, suggests that flying cars are actually much closer to reality than we think. “Many of the technologies needed, such as batteries, motors and avionics are most of the way there,” he says on the company’s website.

But Lyasoff also notes that one of the biggest hurdles currently is the technology that will allow the vehicles to avoid collisions when flying autonomously, though he says solving that issue is already a top priority. The company’s current plans of having a single-passenger craft in the air within the next 12 months are ambitious, but seemingly within the realm of possibility, so grab your air sickness bag and strap in because the future is just around the corner.

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Image inside Jan 17 - Father Who Raised Kidnapped Florida Infant Speaks Out: Shes Still My Child

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Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old who was abducted as a newborn from a Florida hospital and raised by her kidnapper in a South Carolina home, may have reunited with her biological parents over the weekend — but the man who she called “dad” for her whole life says he’ll always be her father.

In a new interview with ABC News, Charles Manigo is opening up about the harsh reality of knowing the girl he believed to be own daughter for 18 years was really another couple’s child.

Father Charles Manigo Who Raised Stolen Florida Infant for 18 Years Speaks Out: 'She's Still My Child' Source: ABC News© Father Charles Manigo Who Raised Stolen Florida Infant for 18 Years Speaks Out: 'She's Still My Child' Source: ABC News
Mobley was only hours old on July 10, 1998 when authorities say her alleged abductor Gloria Williams posed as a health care worker and took her from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital maternity ward. According to local reports, Mobley was briefly given to Williams because her family believed she was a nurse, while hospital staff believed Williams was a relative.

Williams was arrested Friday at her home in Walterboro, South Carolina where she and Manigo had raised Mobley — whom he says they had named Alexis Kelly.

“I named her — a a name I had for a year,” a tearful Manigo told ABC News.”She was the love of my life.”

Velma Aiken, the paternal grandmother of Kamiyah Mobley, who was kidnapped as an infant 18 years ago, gets a congratulatory hug from a family member after Mobley was found safe Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Will Dickey /The Florida Times-Union via AP)© The Associated Press Velma Aiken, the paternal grandmother of Kamiyah Mobley, who was kidnapped as an infant 18 years ago, gets a congratulatory hug from a family member after Mobley was found safe…
He says his ex-girlfriend told him she gave birth to their daughter when he was away. The two continued to date until 2003, raising Mobley together and sharing custody after they split. He says he was there for her recent prom, among other milestones.

Manigo had no idea Mobley had been kidnapped. Her disappearance in 1998 made national news and continued to garner attention as it turned cold over the years. A series of leads via the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children led authorities to Mobley, authorities said — with DNA evidence confirming her true identity.

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Williams, 51, is currently still in jail — charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree interference with custody. Mobley was not present at the time of her arrest but appeared in court in South Carolina on Friday afternoon, according to a First Coast News reporter, where she told told Williams she loved her and was praying for her.

“I talk to her every day,” Manigo said. “The attention is overwhelming to her. She’s still processing everything. It’s a shock to me, it’s a bigger shock to her.”

“One of the hardest things she said on Friday was, ‘Dad I love you,’ even though she knows what’s going on,” he added.

Manigo said that even though he’s not her biological father, he will always be there for Mobley. “She’s still my child,” he explained. “I love her just as much — that’s not going to change. She’s the love of my life. She’s my child.”

Mobely and her biological family — father Craig Aiken and mother Shanara Mobley — reconnected on Saturday in a 45-minute private reunion at the Walterboro Police Department on Saturday, CBS affiliate WCSC reported.

“First meeting was beautiful, it was wonderful, couldn’t went no better,” Craig Aiken told WCSC. “She was glad to meet us.”

He said he’s still in shock — and told Mobley how much he loved her and missed her.

“It’s a feeling that you can’t explain it, it’s hard to put it in words right now it’s hard to deal with this here right now,” he added. “We are just trying to process it, 18 years, it’s going to be hard to make that up.”

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Jan 17 - China's Rent-A-Girlfriend business is booming :iranmaybe:

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China's recent rent-a-girlfriend trend has helped bachelors avoid mounting pressure to marry by hiring strangers as stand-ins for pushy parents.

But this year, business is booming, with more agencies offer the services as high demand drives up prices ahead of Spring Festival.

What's more, parents seeking to cash in on the trend are helping their daughters hook up with agents and those looking to deceive their families.

Young women are charging an average 3,ooo yuan ($500) for a 2 day-1 night stint as a stand-in significant other, according to listings on e-commerce site Taobao.

Legitimate matchmaking agencies have entered the game, and have strict rules for renters, with rates starting at 1,000 yuan a day.

According to a Liaoning TV exposé on the budding industry, one such agent in Shenyang makes clients sign a contract that clearly states "no extra services" are involved.

Renters should expect "not even a hold of the hand," the agent told a reporter.

During their transaction, the agent called the young woman's mother to coordinate the deal, the TV report showed.

Needless to say, such arrangements have caused problems in the past.

There were reports in January 2016 of a Guangzhou Province man who paid for a girlfriend only to have her disappear with the cash before she could meet his family.

In February 2014, a bachelor in Fujian Province who brought home a paid stand-in was shocked when his unsuspecting parents handed her 20,000 yuan in cash as a New Year gift. She refused to return the money.

The legality of such transactions is also questionable.

According to Xia Lin with Liaoning Renmin Law Firm, such contracts are not valid because the arrangement may be considered to go against moral law.

Both "renter" and "rentee" are at risk, as there is no legal recourse for breach of contract, said Xia.
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so is this a clever workaround for prostitution? funny how the phrase "rented girlfriend" sounds less harsh than paid prostitute

These girls offering their "presence" for $500 for 2 nights

These girls fiending for some good D but the men seem to only care about Starcraft and Hentai

weird world we live in these days

i know some of yall on BX doing the Birdman hand rub and sh*t - there really is no excuse not to get pus*y nowadays. Can't have it? Rent it

Good thing I aint got that problem

though I feel like Asian fever never truly goes away need me one of those Homeins

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Image inside Jan 17 - Lyft's co-founders claim 'smart lanes' could make traffic disappear

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Smart lanes could make traffic disappear, Lyft president John Zimmer said in a Medium post published Tuesday.

Zimmer, along with his co-founder Logan Green, said in the post that by investing in smart lanes, or lanes dedicated for vehicles with more than three passengers, the government could both significantly reduce traffic, while also generating revenue to reinvest in infrastructure projects.

Here's how their plan would work: Local and regional governments would use traffic data to determine which roads and highways should be classified as "smart lanes."

Then, government infrastructure funds would be used to build smart lanes that would be free for any vehicle with more than three occupants. Drivers with fewer passengers could also use the smart lanes, but for a fee. It's essentially a twist on high-occupancy vehicle lanes (or carpool lanes) with an option to monetize it.

Any funds generated by the smart lanes would go toward local infrastructure projects, Zimmer said.

Of course, Zimmer connected his proposal to Lyft's business model. Lyft Line, the company's carpooling service, fits in with the smart lane solution to reduce traffic, he wrote.

The Lyft co-founder also connected his proposal to the current political discourse without specifically mentioning President-elect Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan.

"The good news is that political leaders on both sides of the aisle are signaling that they’re ready to focus on infrastructure," Zimmer said in the post. "And if we fund the improvements now through smart lane programs, we will generate long-term savings.

Zimmer added that "riding together is patriotic" and included World War II propaganda that encouraged limiting gas use (a scarce commodity at the time) by carpooling.

"A smart, future-focused infrastructure investment that aims for 2050 — not 1950 — will give our country a big boost to lead a century of shared growth and prosperity," Zimmer said.

This isn't Zimmer's first Medium post focusing on the future of transportation. In September, Zimmer said car ownership will "all-but end" in cities by 2025 thanks to ride-hailing services, and that autonomous vehicle networks will expedite the process.

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Video inside Jan 17 - Obama makes appearance at final White House press briefing

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President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at Josh Earnest's final press briefing to say a few words about his press secretary.

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Video inside Jan 17 - Trump's China comments prompt tension over Taiwan

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Published on Jan 17, 2017
China is unhappy that President-elect Donald Trump wants to negotiate the status of Taiwan. The island of 23 million people has been self-ruled since 1949, but Beijing still considers Taiwan part of China. Adriana Diaz reports on how the tension is having an economic impact on Taiwan.

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Video inside Jan 17 - Tomi Lahren Rips Trump Inauguration Boycotts: Its a Crybaby Moment

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Planning on skipping president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities? Tomi Lahren doesn’t care — and she’s willing to go on at length to tell you how much she doesn’t care.

The Blaze host dropped a video Tuesday to address the boycotts planned by Georgia Rep. John Lewis and others, referring to them as “tired, out-of-touch politicians.” The Civil Rights Movement icon is one of many members of Congress who have opted out of the inauguration.

“Is this really a loss for anyone?” Lahren said of the boycotts. “I don’t think so. I see it as resources saved, and the conservative in me is pretty stoked about that.”

Lahren went on to accuse the boycotters of living “in a land of unicorn promises — free college, free healthcare and free abortions. Reality has never been their cup of tea.”

Nonetheless, Lahren suggested that Trump detractors make peace with the changing of the guard.

“Denouncing the incoming president is not a social-justice moment, it’s a crybaby moment, and I don’t care who you are,” Lahren opined. “Hate Trump, that’s fine, but he won, and he won by an electoral landslide.”

She went on to suggest that Trump opponents “get comfortable being uncomfortable, and make America great again.”

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Jan 17 - How Much Money Does the Average American Have in Their Bank Account?

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Despite living in what is likely the wealthiest nation to ever have existed, Americans sure are having a hard time getting by. As most people are well aware of at this point, wage stagnation and numerous structural economic changes over the years have led to a shrinking middle class, fewer and fewer “good” jobs, and calls for political policies that were once thought to be too poisonous to touch — like a $15 minimum wage, for example.

Given that most people are, relatively speaking, doing just fine, what do Americans have to whine about? We have refrigerators, televisions, smartphones — all things that are inconceivable in many parts of the world, even to this day. But still, people can’t escape the feeling that the screws continue to turn. While facing even more uncertainty about the future, Americans are turning to strongmen political figures or false hopes that things will turn in their favor.

Are Americans truly struggling? It’s impossible to levy one simple judgment that encapsulates everyone in the country, but we can look at averages. And a good place to start is to look at how much money the average person has in their bank account.

Even this might not paint the most accurate picture, as incredibly high earners and billionaires can skew the numbers quite a bit, while those who are deep in debt will still have some money in an account somewhere, but it does give us a starting point.

As for how much the average American has in their bank account, all signs point to $4,436 — a number that comes from a study by bank consulting firm Moebs Services in 2014. This is an amount that accounts for averages in people’s checking accounts specifically and was notable a couple of years ago because it represented a significant jump from 2012’s numbers. What’s even more amazing is how much higher that figure is than it was in 2007, just prior to the Great Recession.

At that time, the average American only had $788 in their checking accounts. One reason for the change? More people want to have cash on hand for immediate expenses, rather than having it tied up in retirement accounts or other investments. It’s not necessarily that people are richer — though we’re clearly in a better economic situation — it’s that people are managing their finances differently.

But having a few thousand in your bank account is a bit different than being wealthy. As mentioned, people are going to have money in the bank; it’s when you incorporate debt and other factors that we get a more accurate picture of the average American’s actual financial status.

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Jan 17 - Obama commutes sentence of intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who is serving 35 years in prison for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, the White House said.

Manning, formerly known as U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, was born male but revealed after being convicted of espionage that she identifies as a woman.

She accepted responsibility for leaking the material, has said she was confronting gender dysphoria at the time of the leaks while deployed in Iraq.

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Image inside Jan 17 - Ice cream killer is so dangerous, shes headed to a mens prison

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A Spanish murderer dubbed the “ice cream killer” is so dangerous, she’s being moved to an all-male prison to serve out her life sentence, according to a new report.

Estibaliz Carranza, 38, earned the chilling nickname after she shot her boyfriend and ex-husband to death in 2008, cut up their bodies with a chainsaw and hid them in the freezers of her ice cream store in Vienna, Austria.

The Mexican-born Spanish national stored the body parts in ice cream tubs filled with concrete and disguised the smell with air fresheners.

Now, she’ll spend the rest of her life in an all-male prison in Asten, Austria, because she shows an “advanced reduction of the relevant dangerousness,” according to the Mirror.

The prison, which houses 91 men, allows inmates to freely move around and cook their own meals together. Prisoners can also use a lounge area with a TV.

Carranza is one of 13 women to be transferred to the prison.

She carried out the crimes because the men failed to get her pregnant.

She lied to neighbors who heard the sound of the chainsaw from her shop, claiming that the noise was actually a new type of ice cream machine.

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Jan 16 - Donald Trump's historically low rating pre-inauguration

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A majority of people in the U.S. say they disapprove of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition to the White House, according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll, released last Friday, found 51 percent of people disapprove of the transition while only 44 percent said they approve of it.

President Obama’s approval, before he took office in January 2009, was 83 percent, Gallup said, with only 12 percent disapproving. Approval for President George W. Bush in January 2001 was 61 percent, with 25 percent disapproving. Gallup said approval for President Bill Clinton in January 1993 stood at 68 percent, with 18 percent disapproving.

Gallup noted that Mr. Trump’s 48 percent transition approval rating from December was the lowest for any presidential transition in its polling history.

The latest survey found that 52 percent said Mr. Trump’s choices for his Cabinet are “average” or better and 32 percent of that group rate them as “above average” or “outstanding.”

Forty-four percent, on the other hand, said his picks are “below average” or “poor.”

The poll was released a week before Mr. Trump’s inauguration this Friday.

The survey polled 1,032 adults between Jan. 4 and 8 with a 4 percentage point margin of error.

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Video inside Jan 16 - Baiting Media Gets Shut Down By The Great Martin Luther King Jr SON!!!!!!!

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Image inside Jan 16 - Dead, partially skinned zebra washes up on California beach

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A partially skinned dead zebra was found washed up on the rocky shore of a northern California beach on Saturday, authorities said.

Photos of the surreal sight on San Simeon beach near Hearst Castle quickly circulated on social media and led to an investigation by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff.

No foul play is suspected in the animal's death, though the skinning remains a mystery, officials said.

The animal was part of a herd that's often seen roaming the hillsides near Hearst Castle. It's believed the zebra died on the landmark property during some recent storms and was carried down to the shore by Pico Creek.
"We believe this was a natural death of a zebra that washed out to sea," Sgt. Tony Perry told the Daily News on Monday.

"The Hearst Ranch is the adjacent property, and Pico Creek has become recently swollen due to all the rain that has fallen."

The removal of large sections of the zebra's hide appeared to be something that took place after the animal's death, authorities said.

Hearst officials made no immediate request for an investigation into the skinning, according to KSBY.
The herd of zebras on the Hearst property is a remnant of the newspaper magnate's personal collection of exotic animals.

The zoo was disbanded in 1937, and most of the animals were sold off. The zebras were released to graze the grassy hillsides and found a way to thrive mostly on their own.

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Image inside Jan 16 - Chinese University Implements Obsurd Female Urinals to Conserve Water

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We knew that China was having water conservation problems, but we never realized it had become this bad.

Photos have gone viral on Chinese social media of a women's bathroom at a Xi'an university where authorities have taken a rather drastic step to save water by installing "female urinals."

Despite the branding, these "female urinals" appear to be exactly the same as the kind you'd typically find in a men's restroom. According to the ads posted above each one, the urinals will help save 160 tons of water every day.
In case you're wondering how exactly these "female urinals" work... behold, the wonders of modern technology!

"Sure, you're saving water, but aren't you wasting paper?" Chinese netizens laughed.

We hope that these female urinals do the trick in solving northern China's water shortage issues. If not, then outdoor female urinals may soon be on the way.

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Jan 16 - 8 injured in shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Eight people, including five children, were wounded Monday in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in northwest Miami-Dade County, police said.

The shooting took place about 3:40 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during a celebration honoring the civil rights activist's life.

Miami-Dade police said an 18-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were shot.

Three teenagers -- a 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl -- were also shot.

Two other girls, ages 11 and 13, were grazed by bullets. They were treated at the scene and released to their parents.

A 13-year-old girl was among the shooting victims, family members told Local 10 News.

Police said two people have been detained and are being questioned about the shooting.

Local 10 News investigative reporter Jeff Weinsier said there was a large celebration at the park when shots were fired.

A man who was selling items at the park said everyone scattered after hearing the gunshots.

"I think it's terrible," Dathan Dupree said. "I think it makes no sense, on this day, that we're celebrating a man who was all about non-violence, that this kind of violence (occurs)."

Police said two guns were also recovered.

Several victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. Police said the 20-year-old victim was listed in critical condition, while the other victims were in stable condition.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

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Jan 15 - Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.

Presenting its findings on the dawn of the annual gathering of the global political and business elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, anti-poverty organization Oxfam says the gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago. It's urging leaders to do more than pay lip-service to the problem.

If not, it warns, public anger against this kind of inequality will continue to grow and lead to more seismic political changes akin to last year's election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

"It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day," said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, who will be attending the meeting in Davos. "Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy."

The same report a year earlier said that the richest 62 people on the planet owned as much wealth as the bottom half of the population. However, Oxfam has revised that figure down to eight following new information gathered by Swiss bank Credit Suisse.

Oxfam used Forbes' billionaires list that was last published in March 2016 to make its headline claim. According to the Forbes list, Microsoft founder Gates is the richest individual with a net worth of $75 billion. The others, in order of ranking, are Amancio Ortega, the Spanish founder of fashion house Inditex, financier Warren Buffett, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim Helu, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle's Larry Ellison and Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.

Oxfam outlined measures that it hopes will be enacted to help reduce the inequality.

They include higher taxes on wealth and income to ensure a more level playing field and to fund investments in public services and jobs, greater cooperation among governments on ensuring workers are paid decently and the rich don't dodge their taxes. And business leaders should commit to paying their fair share of taxes and a living wage to employees.

Max Lawson, Oxfam's policy adviser, urged billionaires to "do the right thing," and to do "what Bill Gates has called on them to do, which is pay their taxes."

The ability of the rich to avoid paying their fair share of taxes was vividly exposed last year in the so-called "Panama Papers," a leaked trove of data that revealed details on offshore accounts that helped individuals shelter their wealth.

"We have a situation where billionaires are paying less tax often than their cleaner or their secretary," Lawson told The Associated Press. "That's crazy."

It's because of this kind of inequality that trust in institutions has fallen sharply since the global financial crisis of 2008, according to Edelman, one of the world's biggest marketing firms.

In its own pre-Davos survey of more than 33,000 people across 28 markets, Edelman found the largest-ever drop in trust across government, business, media and even non-governmental organizations. CEO credibility is at an all-time low and government leaders are the least trusted group, according to the survey.

The firm's 2017 Trust Barometer found that 53 percent of respondents believe the current system has failed them in that it is unfair and offers few hopes for the future, with only 15 percent believing it is working. That belief was evident for both the general population and those with college education.

"The implications of the global trust crisis are deep and wide-ranging," said Richard Edelman, the firm's president and CEO. "It began with the Great Recession of 2008, but like the second and third waves of a tsunami, globalization and technological change have further weakened people's trust in global institutions. The consequence is virulent populism and nationalism as the mass population has taken control away from the elites."

Edelman highlighted how "the emergence of a media echo chamber" that reinforces personal beliefs while shutting out opposing views has magnified this "cycle of distrust." According to the survey, search engines are trusted more as an information tool than traditional news editors, 59 percent to 41 percent.

"People now view media as part of the elite," said Edelman. "The result is a proclivity for self-referential media and reliance on peers. The lack of trust in media has also given rise to the fake news phenomenon and politicians speaking directly to the masses."

Edelman said business may be best-placed to help improve trust. Companies need to be transparent and honest with their employees about the changes taking place in the work-place, improve skills and pay fairly, he said.

The online survey was conducted between Oct. 13 and Nov. 16, 2016.

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