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6 hours ago

Apr 27 - WW3 watch - Syria says Israel just hit them with a Patriot Missle

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JERUSALEM — Syrian and rebel officials blamed Israel for several explosions on Thursday morning at warehouses near the Damascus airport that the Israeli news media said were housing weapons bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Israel, which has carried out attacks on precision missiles and other forms of advanced weaponry in the past, did not directly confirm or deny the attack, in keeping with its policy.

But Yisrael Katz, the Israeli intelligence minister, seemed to acknowledge his country’s involvement, saying the attack was “consistent” with Israel’s policy of not allowing Hezbollah to obtain such weaponry.

“I can confirm that the incident in Syria completely conforms to Israel’s policy, to act so as to prevent the smuggling of advanced weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran,” he told Army Radio.

Yoav Galant, the Israeli construction minister, also declined to confirm the strikes but told Channel 10, “Our enemies must know: We will know to use our power to protect our interests by ourselves.”

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he Kremlin on Thursday called for restraint after Syria accused Israel of firing several missiles at a military position near Damascus airport.

“We continue to consider that all countries need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this already restive region and call for respect of the sovereignty of Syria,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.


Russia, which has deployed its forces to back up the Syrian regime, has a hotline set up to avoid clashes with Israeli jets in the skies over the war-torn country.

Peskov did not confirm if Israel had warned Moscow of the strike, saying only that the two nations’ “defense ministries are in constant dialogue.”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova later went further than the Kremlin and slammed the alleged Israeli strikes.

“Gross violations of Syrian sovereignty — no matter how they are justified — are unacceptable,” she said in a televised briefing. “Moscow condemns acts of aggression against Syria.”

In line with its usual practice, Israel’s military declined to comment on the latest blast, which created a huge explosion.

Earlier Thursday, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz appeared to confirm that Israel was behind the overnight strike.

Katz, who is also transportation minister, told Army Radio in an interview that “the incident is completely compatible with our policy of preventing weapons transfer to Hezbollah,” the Lebanon-based terror group supported by the Syrian regime and Iran.

“Every time we receive intelligence information on plans to transfer advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, we will act,” the minister added. “We must prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria.”

After the strike, explosions rocked the area around Damascus’s airport, setting off fires. Syria’s state media SANA said Israel fired several missiles from inside the Golan Heights south of the capital at a military installation near the capital’s main airport, triggering several blasts and causing damage.

One unconfirmed report by an Israeli Channel 1 journalist said a commander in Hezbollah and an unspecified number of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps members were killed in the strike. But reports from Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese television outlet al-Manar said there was only material damage from the strike, with no casualties.

An unnamed regional intelligence source, quoted by Reuters, said the strike was carried out by Israel and targeted an Iran-supplied Hezbollah arms depot.

Al-Manar also attributed the raid to the Jewish state, saying an initial missile strike against a weapons warehouse belonging to government forces caused fuel silos to explode, leading to a cascade of explosions that damaged a few nearby homes.

 
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Video inside Apr 27-#AlternativeReality: Sean Melissa McSpicer Blames Michael Flynn Debacle On GOATbama

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#AlternativeReality: Sean Melissa McSpicer Blames Michael Flynn Debacle On GOATbama


Spicer blames Obama for Flynn’s security clearance

April 27, 2017 - 02:21 PM EDT
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday deflected blame for the firestorm surrounding Michael Flynn, saying the ousted national security adviser received his security clearance from the Obama administration.

Spicer signaled support for a Defense Department investigation into payments Flynn received from foreign groups in 2015, but blamed former President Obama’s team for clearing him.

"My only point is when Gen. Flynn came into the White House, he had an active security clearance that was issued during the Obama administration with all the information that’s being discussed that occurred in 2015," Spicer told reporters.

The spokesman brushed aside the notion that President Trump has regrets over hiring Flynn.

"The president made the right decision at the right time," Spicer said of Trump's decision to dismiss Flynn in February. "He made the right decision and we've looked forward."


He said Trump’s transition team and White House staff trusted the work of the previous administration.

"Why would you rerun a background check on someone who was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance?" he asked.

Security clearances like Flynn's are reviewed every five years, and Spicer noted that Flynn's was last reauthorized in 2016.

Asked whether he was implying that the Obama administration was at fault for the fallout surrounding Flynn’s ties to foreign actors, Spicer said his "point" is to make sure Americans understand how the process works.

The House Oversight Committee on Thursday disclosed the existence of a Pentagon inquiry into Flynn and those payments, noting that he was warned against taking foreign payments when he retired in 2014.

Flynn's appointment and subsequent dismissal less than a month into Trump's term has proved one of the most controversial moves of his administration.

Trump requested Flynn’s resignation after revelations that he misled the White House, including Vice President Mike Pence, as to his conversations with Russia’s U.S. ambassador.

But since then, a slew of reports have questioned Flynn's ties to foreign groups and actors over the years, and he subsequently filed paperwork with the Justice Department designating himself a foreign actor for work he did that advanced Turkish interests.

Flynn was fired as Obama’s Defense Intelligence Agency chief in the spring of 2014 after less than two years helming the agency.

He was ousted after clashing with top Obama national security officials, including intelligence director James Clapper.

Flynn blamed his firing on his strong views on fighting Islamic extremist groups.



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Image inside Apr 27 - Exxon-Mobile violated Clean Air Act 16,386 times under Tillerson

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A Texas judged ordered Exxon Mobil to pay $19.9 million in fines on Wednesday after finding one of the company’s refining and chemical plants illegally spewed millions of pounds of pollutants into the air.

Conservation groups Environment Texas and the Sierra Club sued Exxon in 2010, saying the energy giant failed to implement technology that would curb emissions at its Baytown, Texas complex between 2005 and 2013. The groups said Exxon gained more than $14 million in economic benefits during the delay and flouted provisions of the Clean Air Act.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner agreed, finding Exxon illegally released more than 10 million pounds of pollutants, including carcinogens and respiratory irritants like sulfur dioxide. In total, the court found Exxon had violated the Clean Air Act 16,386 times, with each violation carrying a fine of up to $37,500 per day.

Hittner ultimately fined the company more than $21 million ― an amount that the plaintiffs had proposed. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which regulates the Baytown complex, had already fined Exxon $1.4 million for the pollution, so the judge ordered penalties in the amount of $19.9 million, as well as the plaintiff’s attorney fees.

Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, said he believed the ruling was one of, if not the, largest civil penalties ever imposed in an environmental citizen enforcement case. Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency allows anyone in the U.S. to file suit against any person or company for violations of the law.

“This ruling shows how crucial the citizen enforcement provision of the Clean Air Act really is for Texas residents,” Metzger said in a statement. “It means that private citizens victimized by the world’s biggest polluters can get justice in the American court system, even when government regulators look the other way.”

Exxon challenged the outcome of the suit, saying it “disagreed” with the decision. The company told Reuters news agency it may appeal the ruling.

“We disagree with the court’s decision and the award of any penalty,” Todd Spitler, a company spokesman, told Reuters in a statement. “As the court expressed in its decision, ExxonMobil’s full compliance history and good faith efforts to comply weigh against assessing any penalty.”

The Baytown plant is just 25 miles east of Houston and employs about 7,000 people, according to FuelFix. It’s among the largest of its kind and can produce up to 550,000 barrels of oil per day

Wednesday’s decision came after several years of turmoil surrounding the suit. Hittner originally ruled in favor of Exxon in 2014, saying the company’s behavior did not warrant a penalty. However, last year the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the judge to reevaluate the case, saying he had erred in his decision.

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not named in the suit, he was the CEO of Exxon from 2006 to 2016.

 
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6 hours ago

Apr 27 - US Pacific Commander: Hawaii Vulnerable to North Korean Nuclear Missiles

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Hawaii is vulnerable to North Korean ballistic missiles, the top American military official in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday. Admiral Harry Harris Jr., head of US Pacific Command (USPACOM), called for defensive radar and missile interception systems to be installed on the strategically paramount island chain.

"Kim Jong-un is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today, in my opinion," Harris testified to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). "I have suggested that we consider putting interceptors in Hawaii that… defend [it] directly, and that we look at a defensive Hawaii radar."

Both of Hawaii's representatives in the House, Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, are members of the HASC. They grilled Harris over the safety of their state, to which he replied that the current ballistic missile defense architecture "is sufficient to protect Hawaii today, but it can be overwhelmed. Somewhere, we would have to make a decision about which [missiles launched at Hawaii] to take out or not. So that's a difficult decision."

"North Korea vigorously pursued a strategic strike capability in 2016," said Harris, warning Congress of Pyongyang's aggression. "Kim's strategic capabilities are not yet an existential threat to the US, but if left unchecked, he will gain the capability to match his rhetoric."

"With every test, Kim Jong-un moves closer to his stated goal of a preemptive nuclear strike capability against American cities," he testified. "Defending our homeland is my top priority, so I must assume that Kim Jong-un's nuclear claims are true."

While Harris did not claim to know when North Korea would successfully construct a nuclear ICBM, he did believe it to be an inevitability. "Just as Thomas Edison is believed to have failed 1,000 times before successfully inventing the lightbulb, so, too, Kim Jong-un will keep trying. One of these days soon, he will succeed."

When the HASC asked Harris whether he thought North Korea would actually use its ballistic missiles aggressively, he replied that "I don't share [the HASC's] confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea or Japan or the United States or our territories or our states or parts of the United States once they have the capability. I won't say that they will but I don't share your confidence that they won't."

However, Harris also said that the US' objective should not be to defeat North Korea, but to neutralize it as a threat. While "every possible option" should be considered, Harris said, the objective should be "to bring Kim Jong-un to his senses, not his knees."

Harris also called for a larger stockpile of weapons and ships in the Pacific to deter Korean – and possibly Chinese or Russian – aggression. However, should it come to battle tomorrow, Harris was confident in the American capability to defend its carrier group. "Weapons used by North Korea to attack the fleet, Carl Vinson, are easily defeated by the weapons owned by that combat group," he said.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, flagship of Carrier Group One, is not threatened by North Korean missile capabilities at present. "If it flies, it will die if it's flying against the Carl Vinson strike group," Harris told the HASC.

Harris, who oversees all US military operations in the Pacific, has long pointed to North Korea as the biggest threat to stability in the region. During his 2014 Senate hearing to be appointed to the office, Harris said that "our most volatile and dangerous threat is North Korea, with its quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them intercontinentally."

Similar anti-missile systems as the one Harris lobbied for are already in place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Fort Greely in Alaska. Of the 17 intercept tests undertaken by these two systems, nine successfully shot the ballistic missile down while eight were failures. In 2013, the Pentagon estimated that the program costs $892 million annually to maintain.
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Image inside Apr 27 - Trump's Newly Unveiled Anti-Immigrant Hotline Bombarded w/Reports of Space Aliens

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Following President Trump’s executive order in January, the Department of Homeland Security rolled out a new office to help protect the victims of crime from illegal immigrants on Wednesday. In the latest of Trump’s methods to continue to crackdown on illegal immigration in the U.S., the White House also launched a new hotline in which victims or witnesses could easily report criminal incidents. But organized online under the #AlienDay hashtag, immigrants’ rights activists claimed to have quickly overwhelmed Trump’s hotline with complaints of crimes committed by space aliens.

Surrounded by the families of victims of crime committed by undocumented immigrants, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office, also known as VOICE.

“All crime is terrible, but these victims as represented here are unique — and too often ignored,” Kelly said. “They are casualties of crimes that should never have taken place — because the people who victimized them often times should never have been in the country,” CNN reported:

The office will also cover cover victims of any crime with an immigration nexus, officials said. That would cover any potentially removable individual, which include legal permanent residents and visa holders who commit crimes.The executive order, signed in January, also called for the office to issue reports once a quarter “studying the effects of the victimization by criminal aliens present in the United States.”

“Until today, those victimized at the hands of illegal aliens have had no point of contact in our federal government dedicated to this issue and to them. Families would call and would send letters all over Washington hoping that someone in some agency would respond,” Kelly said, according to CNN. The White House’s newly launched hotline in which victims or witnesses could easily report criminal incidents has a mission statement that reads, “With honor and integrity, we will support victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens through access to information and resources.”

But critics like Common Defense Executive Director Pam Campos argue that Trump’s new initiative is incredibly dangerous.

“This office is a depraved and dangerous propaganda vehicle that exploits tragedy to fuel hate and division,” Campos said in a statement. “Our commitment of service has no room for tolerating a xenophobic registry, which serves no purpose in helping victims of crime, and only exists to provide fodder for racism.”

Trump continues to hype up an issue that isn’t exactly backed up with much data. A study by the American Immigration Council shows that among men between the ages of 18-49, immigrants are far less likely to engage in criminal activity than those who are native-born.
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Image inside Apr 26 - Nigerian Scientist Invents Device That Can Supply The Entire Africa Uninterrupted

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Nigerian engineer, Obayagbona Emmanuel Imafidon, has stated that he has invented a power-generating device that can solve the power shortage in the country.



In an interview with Guardian, the graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu said he could generate power from thunder lightning and that he has been working on it since 2006. He said:

“I have been researching on generating constant power from thunder lightning. That is using a strike of thunder lightning to generate power that can serve Nigeria and Africa for five years and 30 days. That means that whenever thunder strike for once, we are sure of uninterrupted power for five years and thirty days.


“One may think it is not possible and if it is possible why the western world has not converted lightning to electricity, but what I have developed so far is a prototype. There are five chambers including the trapping zone which is made of lightning arrestor. There is the storage zone and the conversion zone, which convert static energy into current electricity and transmit the energy into transmission zone.

The transmission zones will first of all step down the power from as high as five mega volts and there are five storage zones that have the capacity of storing over 25 mega volts of power. “When it stores the 25 MV of power, the conversion zone takes one mega vote at a time, send signals to other sensory zones which shut down other sensory zones from discharging at the same time.

Now the transmission zone of the power generating plant will step down the megavolt to whatever Nigerians need. “For instance, Nigeria is generating 330,000 megavolts, but my device generate 5 million volts and then give Nigerians their 330 KV and still have about 4670, 000 megavolts left as reserve.

Nigerian engineer invents power-generating device to end blackout “Taking a look at the prototype, the first time I worked on it was March 10, 2006. I built this prototype with five zones- the power trapping zone, the annexing zone and in between the annexing zone, there is the sensory zone, conversion zone and transmission zone. In Nigeria, we are generating 330,000 volts.

Now when thunder strikes, the trapping zone (which is made of trapping arrestor) will trap a maximum of 5 mega volts from 330mgv that comes from lightning. “Lightning comes with 330 mega volts and the trapping arrestor here is capable of trapping five million megavolts, thereby allowing 330 megavolts to be wasted in the atmosphere for other lightning arrestors to trap and neutralise the energy to the ground through a process called earthling.

If you look at most masts around, you will see something like a Y-metallic shape placed on top of a building, this is called lightning arrestor. “The lightning arrestor is used to trap the power discharged from lightning and this comes with a lightning power of about 20 billion watts, while in Nigeria we are generating 2,600 megawatts of power. The voltage lightning comes along with 330 megavolts, while we are generating 330,000 megavolts.

So you can see that there is a far cry between lightning energy and hydro electricity which the country relies on. “The trapping zone will be built by the Russians, Germany or USA in order to capture a maximum of 5 mega volts and allow 330,000 megavolts to be wasted in the atmosphere for the trapping arrestor.

Now, the five megavolts trapped by lightning will send the signal or energy to the annexing zone. You can see that we have so many trapping zones here and that is because you don’t know the direction lightning may come from. So, we cannot use one lightning director to achieve the purpose and that is why we have several lightning arrestors here.

“We have various strategic places where these lightning arrestors will be mounted because we have some places that are prone to lightning and these include some parts of Enugu State like IMT area and Zik Avenue. When this lightning arrestor traps the lightning, it transmits energy down the annexing zone. Enugu State is going to be one of our trapping zones of lightning energy.

We are going to have one in Edo, Cross River, Rivers and Delta states. “These riverine areas are prone to lightning. After that, the transmission zone captures each storage zone which accommodates five megavolts each. The five storage zones will give 25 megavolts.

With this you can move this quantity through the sensory zones, so that when one is discharging energy, signals will be sent to other sensory zones to trap down other capacitors so that they will not discharge at the same time. The reason is that if they discharge at the same time, before we wait for lightning to come again, it may take a longer time and people will say the invention is not complete. “That is why we have to create a control measure to shut down other storage zones when one is working.

For the one that is working the device is built in such a way that only one sensory zone works from the five megavolts stored in the first storage zone. “That one megavolt is being transmitted to the conversion zone and this is transmitting electricity into current electricity.


When lightning comes with static electricity for instance when there is power outage, especially when it is raining. All of a sudden, there is lightning haze and when it is so, you find out that when lightning strikes, the earth wire will absorb the lightening energy and that energy that is being discharged to the ground carries the energy to the house socket through earth wire.

And if the electricity is plugged to the wall socket, the neutral wire will transmit that energy through the wire that is inserted to the plug. When it gets to the electronics, it powers it automatically and that is the moment when it is going off, you will see smoke coming from the socket. “I have not been able to trap lightning due to insufficient fund to buy the materials.

To trap lightning you will need high level energy industrial storage capacitors and this will be built either by Germany, China or USA. It will be built in such a way that when lightning strikes, it will charge the capacitor and the capacitor will retain static energy and this energy that is being retained will be converted through a unit called conversion zone and the conversion zone is an industrialised material that will be built by synergic work of various engineers. It is a project for which the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) needs to support me in order to come up with the work.

The materials to be imported for it are not within the country. “I have done investigations in Lagos, Onitsha and Aba and these things are not within the Nigeria market. We need to build a capacitor and the conversion zone. “Your car for instance, converts static energy to mechanical energy through the ignition system. That is what enables the car to move. The generator converts static energy from the spark plug through the electrical energy and that is how you have light. The motorcycle converts static energy and that is why you can ride it. So it is possible to convert static energy, stored in the capacitor into electrical energy to give light. “On the other hand, we will consult other research bodies in Enugu like PRODA which is into building of prototype.

The conversion zone is another area where we can source for engineers to build. Currently, what I am doing is incomplete. The prototype cannot generate power, but theoretically it is possible and feasible because it has been proven over and over by professors at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN.) “There was a time I was interviewed by three professors from the UNN. They called me at a time to come and explain how the strike of lightning could generate electricity in Nigeria and Africa for five years and thirty days. Why I said Africa is because lightning does not only occur in Nigeria alone, it occurs across Africa. So wherever lightning occurs, this power generating plant will be built there.



“The NSE is there to further the experiment, research, inventions to bring them into limelight. I found out that government set aside funds for research but how the funds are being used is a different kettle of fish. I am emphasising on NSE because in the USA, when a young person invents anything, all their engineers gather to give their support.

But in Nigeria, they will want you to carry out the research alone so that when you fail, they will say you don’t know what you are talking about.
“One major advantages of generating power from lightning is that it will save Nigeria from constant blackout. Every time you hear that water level has dropped and as such we are not able to generate enough electricity. There is no year that thunder does not strike in Nigeria and one strike of lightning can give power for five years and thirty days, then we will have enough power for our home and industrial needs

 
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Image inside Apr 27 - Samantha Bee says visiting Rikers Island felt like "a Caribbean vacation"

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Samantha Bee's latest comments about Rikers Island are a cringe-inducing example of tone-deaf privilege.

In a conversation with fellow comedian Lena Dunham published Wednesday in the Hollywood Reporter, late-night host Bee, whose show Full Frontal airs weekly on TBS, described filming a segment at Rikers Island, New York City's massive jail complex.

While visiting, she said, Bee had to put her phone "in a lockbox for eight hours," which she said made visiting Rikers as relaxing as "a Caribbean vacation."

"I emerged from Rikers, and everyone was like, 'Your skin is shining.' And it was because I've never been more relaxed. I felt so free just knowing that my phone was safe, but I wasn't allowed to see it or know what was happening in the world."
Dunham responded by asking Bee, "So Rikers became the most relaxing place you've been in months?" To which Bee said, "It was the most free I've felt in months."

Those comments likely strike many as insensitive, considering Rikers' history of human rights abuses, increasing violence and high-profile public scandals — including the case of Khalief Browder, sent to Rikers at the age of 16 in 2010, accused of stealing a backpack.

Browder, who has become somewhat of a symbol of the human cost of the jail's dysfuntion, was held at Rikers for three years without a trial. Almost two of those years were spent solitary confinement, and in 2015 he died by suicide in his family's home in the Bronx.


There have been plenty of other horrific stories out of Rikers in recent years — in September, New York City agreed to pay out a $5.75 million settlement resulting from the 2013 death of Bradley Ballard, who died after being locked in a Rikers Island cell for six days.

Ballard, who was mentally ill, was naked and covered in urine and feces when he was found, the New York Times reported at the time. The city is currently considering a plan to close the massive complex within the next ten years.

Bee's "joke" about relaxing in Rikers is a misstep for the comedian, a Daily Show alum whose current show has garnered heaps of praise for its sharp and pointed skewering of politics generally, and President Donald Trump specifically.

Bee has owned up to mistakes in the past — recently she apologized for a segment that mocked the haircut of a man who, it turned out, was undergoing treatment for cancer. Considering the Twitter backlash already surrounding her comments, it seems that she's due for another public apology.


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Apr 26 - United to offer passengers up to $10,000 to surrender seats

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United Airlines said on Thursday it would offer passengers who volunteer to forfeit their seats on overbooked flights up to $10,000 as part of the carrier's efforts to repair the damage from the rough removal of a passenger.

The offer came after rival Delta outlined plans to offer up to $9,950 in such cases.

United also said it would take actions to reduce overbooking flights and improve customer satisfaction.

"Our goal is to reduce incidents of involuntary denial of boarding to as close to zero as possible and become a more customer-focused airline," the carrier said in the statement.

United had spent the last two weeks embroiled in controversy after videos recorded by fellow passengers, which went viral, showed David Dao, 69, yanked from his seat aboard a Louisville, Kentucky-bound United flight before takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to make room for crew members.

Dao lost two front teeth in the scuffle, incurred a concussion and broke his nose, according to his lawyer, and will likely sue the airline.

United typically oversells flights by less than zero to 3 percent of the plane's seat capacity to account for no-shows.

United said it would no longer call law enforcement to deny passengers boarding, nor would passengers who are already seated be required to give up their seats on overbooked flights.

United will adopt a "no questions asked" policy on permanently lost baggage, paying customers $1,500 for the value of the bag and its contents, beginning in June.

"This is a turning point for all of us at United," Chief Executive Oscar Munoz said in a statement.

Munoz, who took the helm at United in 2015 as part of an effort to improve customer relations, has faced calls to step down after referring to Dao as "disruptive and belligerent" in a statement following the incident.

It sparked a national conversation on U.S. carriers' treatment of customers in an industry comprising just a handful of competitors following years of mergers and consolidations.

United announced last week that Munoz, in a move he himself initiated, would not become company chairman in 2018 as stated in his employment agreement.

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Image inside Apr 26 - Trump's Tax Reform Looks Like He Typed It This Morning

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This the same sh*t I used to do a night before a paper was due in HS

Nigga prolly googled "tax reform example"
And just changed the date to 2017


 
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Apr 25 - Migrant crime in Germany rises by 50 per cent, new figures show

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Migrant crime in Germany rises by 50 per cent, new figures show

The crime rate among migrants in Germany rose by more than 50 per cent last year, according to new figures that have raised concerns the populist far-Right may seize on the issue in the run-up to September’s elections.


The number of suspected crimes by refugees, asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants rose to 174,438 in 2016 — an increase of 52.7 per cent, according to the interior ministry.

“This is not something to gloss over,” Thomas de Maiziere, the interior minister, said as he presented the figures. “Those who commit serious offences here forfeit their right to stay here.”

Crimes by migrants had “increased disproportionately” even when the huge influx into Germany under Angela Merkel’s “open-door” refugee policy was taken into account, he said.


“The proportion of foreign suspects, and migrants in particular, is higher than the average for the general population.”

But he said all migrants should not to blamed for the crimes of a minority. “We cannot allow all refugees living among us to be put under general suspicion. The vast majority live with us and adhere to our rules and values.”

Most of the crimes are committed by repeat offenders, and just 1 per cent of migrants account for 40 per cent of migrant crimes, according to the figures.

Refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria are statistically less likely to commit crimes than rejected asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants from elsewhere.

The highest crime rate was among migrants from the Balkans, Morocco, Algeria and the former Soviet Union, who have little chance of being granted asylum.

The figures were an unwelcome headline for Mrs Merkel just five months before national elections.

But the far-Right Alternative for Germany party (AfD), which inflicted damaging losses on her last year campaigning on an anti-immigrant platform, is currently in disarray and ill placed to capitalise on the crime figures.

The party has since its support collapse in the polls from a high of 16 per cent last September to just 9 per cent.

Frauke Petry, the AfD’s leader and most popular politican, has been marginalised after a coup by the extreme right of the party, and will not run for chancellor.

Meanwhile Mrs Merkel appears to have shrugged off her unpopular refugee policy, which she promised last year would never be repeated.

Her Christian Democrat party (CDU) is riding high in the polls with around 34 per cent, and the migrant issue has faded from the national debate in recent weeks.

A challenge by Martin Schulz, the former European parliament president, appears to have faded and his Social Democrat party (SPD) is currently on around 30 per cent.

While the general crime rate in Germany fell slightly last year, Islamist-inspired crime rose by 13.7 per cent, according to the figures.

Violent far-Right crime rose by 14.3 per cent, but attacks on refugee shelters fell from a total of 1,031 in 2015 to 995 — the first drop recorded since data started being collected in 2014.


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Apr 26 - 5 in-demand entry-level jobs that pay over $60,000 a year

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It's hard enough for college students to pass their classes, let alone figure out what to do with their life. If you're pursuing a degree but don't know what career path to pursue, knowing what kinds of workers employers are looking for could help.

Jobs platform Monster aggregated 943,008 market-wide job postings from a variety of sources to zero in on the most in-demand jobs. The company focused specifically on entry-level jobs — those requiring zero to two years of experience — for candidates who hold a bachelor's degree.

"In the case of college graduates who may be unsure of where to direct their skills, or may be having trouble finding the right opportunity," says Vicki Salemi, Monster career expert, "going where there are jobs is always a good idea."

The top five jobs on Monster's list are well-paid, offering salaries higher than the U.S. median of $55,775 , according to Pew Research. Additionally, over the next several years, they are expected to grow at or faster than the average of 7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are the five entry-level jobs employers are looking to fill:

5. Sales representative

Salary: $60,530
Expected job growth: 7 percent

4. Staff accountant

Salary: $68,150
Expected job growth: 11 percent

3. Occupational therapist

Salary: $81,910
Expected job growth: 27 percent

2. Registered nurse

Salary: $68,450
Expected job growth: 16 percent

1. Physical therapist

Salary: $85,400
Expected job growth: 34 percent

While 2017's list features three health-care jobs, last year's only included one, registered nurse.

"These health-related jobs in particular," says Salemi, "will give you the opportunity to both contribute to an important national industry, and help individuals."

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Apr 26 - Me or the kid: Dad accused of killing son says girlfriend gave him ultimatum

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| By Sin - 1 day ago



Jurors in the murder trial of David "D.J." Creato Jr. Wednesday watched on video as Creato, in an interview room at the Haddon Township Police Station, heard from police that his son was found dead after Creato reported him missing.

His reaction was a long string of 'no's and sobs.

"You can't tell me that. He's my best friend. I love him so much. What happened?" Creato said through tears.

Prosecutors believe that Creato knew exactly what had happened to his son, Brendan, 3.

Creato, 23, is charged with murdering his son and dumping his body on the side of the Cooper River in the park near his home Oct. 13, 2015.

Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah told jurors during her opening statement Thursday that he did it because his girlfriend disliked Brendan and didn't want him in Creato's life.

It's a statement Shah said she can back up with thousands of their text messages -- and statements Creato made to investigators, minutes after they told him his son was dead.

In the recorded statement, he told police while in the interview room that his then-girlfriend of four months "doesn't want anything to do with" his son. On the weekend before his son's death, she gave him an ultimatum: she would leave him if he continued to see his son.

Julie Stensky had said it before, Creato told police, but he always answers that his son will always be part of his life. "We've almost been breaking up over this a few times," he said.

Stensky is not a suspect, Shah said in her opening statement, because there is proof that she was at college in New York when Brendan died.

Creato also told police that he had tried to call Stensky nine times the night before Brendan died because he was jealous that she was talking to a male classmate.

He told police he put Brendan to bed and went to bed himself at 10 p.m., but Detective Michael Rhodes of the Camden County prosecutor's office testified Wednesday that Creato's cell phone shows that he was looking at Stensky's snapchat social media account around 1:30 a.m.

Creato has denied killing his son. He told investigators in the video that he worried someone might have come into the apartment and taken his son, perhaps if he left the door unlocked. Or, he suggested, his son may have left the apartment by himself, though it would be out of character.

Samantha Denoto, his ex and Brendan's mother, testified last week that she secretly recorded Creato in November 2015 when he suggested spirits may have drawn Brendan to the river because it was a "sacred" spot.

Distraught dad or good actor?
The jury watched the video of Creato on the third day of testimony in the trial.

The jurors knew what Creato didn't when the first part of the video was taken: that his son's body had been found nearly two hours earlier, and police were delaying telling him the news. Instead, an officer questioned him while assuring him they had no new information about his son's disappearance.

The K9 officer who discovered Brendan's body testified Tuesday that her dog began tracking the boy's scent at 8:20 a.m. The body was roughly three-quarters of a mile from the home, Shah said.

Rhodes testified that he spoke to Creato at the police station at 10:17 a.m., delivering the news that Brendan was dead.

Before Rhodes arrived, a Haddon Township officer questioned a crying Creato, telling him he needed to pull himself together so they could get any information that might help Brendan.

"We've got bulletins out. We're doing everything we can," the officer tells Creato in the video. He told Creato that he didn't believe he was telling him everything, which Creato denied.

"I'm the one that called the cops," Creato said. "I have nothing to hide. I just want him found."

Also on the video, minutes after being informed his son was dead, he appeared to calm down and answered dozens of questions from Rhodes about what happened the weekend and night before Brendan died. He told Rhodes he read his son three Dr. Seuss books before bed: "Yertle the Turtle," "Oh, the Places You'll Go" and "The Lorax."

He told Rhodes in the interview that while he often went to the park with Stensky, he only took Brendan a few times and never went to the part of the park where his son was found.

He occasionally started to cry and get upset again, but Rhodes quickly calmed him down each time and kept him talking.

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Image inside Apr 26 - Pics show North Korea on war-footing, as US sets up missile defence in South

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| By 313soulja - 1 day ago



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NORTH Korea has released alarming photographs of its artillery drill this week that depict the rogue state showing off its considerable firepower.

In a defiant response, South Korea has announced that key parts of a US missile defence system have been installed to defend itself from any provocation from the North.

Pyongyang conducted its “largest ever” military demonstration near the eastern coastal town of Wonsan on Tuesday to mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised the display and gave the order to start the fire demonstration, according the state-funded Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The display included 300 “large-calibre” self-propelled guns lining up along a beach and firing all at once.

The drill was designed to simulate an attack on enemy warships and also involved submarines firing torpedoes and low-flying jets dropping bombs.

KCNA, which is responsible for distributing Pyongyang propaganda, said Mr Kim was pleased with the display.

“Watching the exciting scenery, he praised the seamen of submarines and pilots for hitting targets every time,” the agency wrote.

“The brave artillerymen mercilessly and satisfactorily hit the targets and the gunshots were very correct, he said, adding that they showed well the volley of gunfire of our a-match-for-a-hundred artillery force giving merciless punishment to the hostile forces.”




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South Korea has responded to the show of force by talking up its progress in setting up the controversial Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD), which is designed to shoot down a North Korean ballistic missile.

The parts of the system installed in the country’s southeast included two or three launchers, interceptor missiles and an X-band radar, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

The parts were seen on six trailers entering a civilian-restricted area in the country’s southeast about midnight on Tuesday.


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The system, which has been set up with assistance from the US, is expected to be tested for the first time in early May with a view to make it fully operational by the end of the year.

The full THAAD encompasses three to six truck-mounted launchers that carry about 50 interceptor missiles. This is backed up by a long-range radar, hailed as the world’s most advanced mobile radar.

The installation of the THAAD is opposed by North Korean ally China, which sees the powerful radar as a security threat.


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Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang has threatened to retaliate if the US does not remove the weapon.

“China strongly urges the United States and South Korea to stop actions that worsen regional tensions and harm China’s strategic security interests and cancel the deployment of the THAAD system and withdraw the equipment,” Mr Shuang said.

“Cancel the deployment of THAAD. Otherwise China will decisively take necessary measures.”

The system has also sparked angry protests from South Korean locals.


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The US has stepped up its presence on the Korean Peninsula in recent weeks after North Korea engaged in a live-fire drill, a ballistic missile test and a military parade in its capital. Pyongyang has also threatened to carry out its sixth nuclear weapons test at any moment.

The Pentagon has sent the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the region, along with a nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Michigan, which will conduct drills with the short-hull destroyer USS Carlson.

The escalating security tensions in the region will be discussed today in Washington in a rare briefing at the White House to be attended by all US senators.




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Apr 25 - Muhammad No More: China Bans Muslim Names for Newborns

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In response to unrest in the predominantly Muslim portions of far western China, Beijing has banned baby names that refer to Islam.

Local authorities in the far western reaches of the world's fourth-largest country have received notice that babies can no longer be named as anything that could be construed as "overly religious," in an expansion of rules implemented in 2015 which restricted the use of Muslim proper names, including Fatima or Saddam, for newborns, according to Ft.com.

A public official in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi stated, "We received a notice from municipal authorities that all those born in Xinjiang cannot have overly religious or splittist names."

"If your family has circumstances like this," the official is quoted as saying, "you should change your child's name."

Those who do not comply face more than just social ostracization, as families that refuse the order will be denied a hukuo, a key identification document that allows for access to education, employment and other social benefits.

Xinjiang is home to some 11 million ethnic Uighurs — a predominantly Muslim culture — as well as many Mongolians, Tajiks and Kazakhs, who see Beijing's naming restrictions as a form of discrimination directly aimed at their culture.

"Han [the dominant ethnic Chinese genotype] people see us as bloodthirsty and violent," observed an ethnic Mongolian and practicing Muslim from northern Xinjiang. "When we travel inland, they see our Muslim names on our identification cards and will not let us stay in hotels or rent apartments," according to a report by Ft.com.

Following a series of deadly riots in northern Xinjiang's Urumqi region in 2009, Chinese officials, taking a page from the same playbook that suppressed Tibetan culture, have increasingly restricted the cultural expression of the Uighur, including the introduction of strict rules covering dress, religious observance and travel.

An estimated 800,000 civil servants in the region are forbidden to participate in any form of religious activity, under threat of losing their highly valued employment in the strikingly poor Chinese territory.

In November 2016, all Uighurs were required to surrender their passports to officials and forced to apply to have them returned.

The Chinese government routinely blames Uighurs for religious extremism and violent behavior. Bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, Xinjiang is feared to be fertile ground, as well as a transit gateway, for terrorists. Local authorities have rapidly increased surveillance and security in the area.
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Image inside Apr 25 - Man shoots at wife and daughter over grilled cheese sandwich

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| By Sin - 2 days ago


He must have been really cheesed off.

An enraged Baltimore man opened fire at his home after someone took a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich, sparking an hours-long standoff with police as he barricaded himself inside, authorities said.

Cops were called to the Dundalk, Maryland, home in response to a domestic incident around 5 p.m. Sunday, WBAL-TV reported.

When Baltimore County officers arrived, the man’s wife and their daughter came out of the house on North Point Boulevard and told them that shots were fired.

Although no one was struck by the gunfire, police officials said the unidentified man fired the weapon in a meltdown after either his wife or daughter had a taste of his grilled cheese sandwich.

“Apparently, the man had made a grilled cheese sandwich and either the wife or the daughter, we’re not exactly sure who, but somebody, one of the females in the house, took a bite of his sandwich, and apparently, that enraged him to the point that he fired shots in the house,” Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson told the station.

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