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16 hours ago

Jul 21 - Judge to inmates: Get sterilized and I’ll shave off jail time

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| By potorico1 - 16 hours ago

A judge in central Tennessee is hoping to help repeat offenders “make something of themselves” by offering them a highly original and probably unconstitutional deal: reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization operations.

Under a standing order issued by General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield, inmates in White County, Tenn., can receive 30 days credit toward jail time if they volunteer for vasectomies or contraceptive implants, as NewsChannel 5 reported Thursday.

The order came down quietly in May, and already dozens of inmates have sought to take advantage of it. Thirty-two women have received implants of the hormone device Nexplanon, and 38 men have signed up to receive vasectomies, according to NewsChannel 5.

The procedures are reportedly being performed free by the Tennessee Department of Health. The department did not immediately return messages early Friday seeking to confirm the account.

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Jul 21 - LIVE SpaceX Landing & Launch.

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16 hours ago

Image inside Jul 21 - Man who isn't father of child still owes child support

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| By Pterodactyl - 16 hours ago

Court claims man who isn't father of child still owes child support payments


HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Houston man is fighting a court order for tens of thousands of dollars in child support for a child DNA proves isn't his.

The system still may consider him a 'deadbeat dad' despite the scientific proof. But Texas law may not care about the science.

Gabriel Cornejo's only choice may be to pay the $65,000 in child support for a child that isn't his and he's only met one time last year.

"I never thought in my whole life I would have to defend myself or something that I am innocent of," Cornejo said.

He's already a father of his own three kids and is raising two of his brother's. Last year, a deputy showed up at his door with court papers telling him the state of Texas thinks he has another child.

"She turned out to be 15 or 16 years old at the time," Cornejo said.

Cornejo claims he never knew. He set out to meet his then 16-year-old daughter for what he says was the first time.


"[She's] a wonderful girl," Cornejo said. "Very smart. A lot going on for herself."

He, his wife and the ex-girlfriend he broke up with 16 years ago all agreed he should get a DNA test. He did.

"The results came in," Cornejo said. "I'm not the father."

But that wasn't the end of the case.

Not even close.

Cornejo's ex-girlfriend still wants the money and so does the state of Texas.

In 2003, Cornejo's ex-girlfriend went to court and said Cornejo was the only possible father. The state of Texas started assessing child support payments, which continue to add up, now totaling nearly $65,000. Cornejo was never told, he claims. Court records suggest, but don't prove, he got a subpoena years ago. He denies it.

The mother's lawyer says child support was taken from Cornejo's paycheck long ago and Cornejo never fought it. That can be enough to establish a lock-tight claim that he should've dealt with it long ago.

"Don't stick your head in the sand," the mother's lawyer Carel Stith said. "It won't go away and there can be consequences even if you don't do anything."

"Unfortunately, this young child is the one who suffers," Cornejo's lawyer Cheryl Coleman said.

Unless he and his lawyer can convince a judge to take a second look there's nothing that can change the old court order and Cornejo will still owe all that money.

"They say he should have fought back then and he failed to do so," Coleman said. "But how can you fight something you don't know anything about?"

If the court doesn't reopen the case, he either pays or may go to jail. The case will be back in court in August. Gabriel Cornejo says whatever the outcome, he hopes for a state law change to prevent situations like the one he is now in.




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Yo this sh*t is disgusting the fu*k is wrong wit these skeezers and bi*ches man

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(couldnt find video of the one on the website but youtube has videos of several men who are in the same situation)

HOUSTON (KTRK) --
A Houston man is fighting a court order for tens of thousands of dollars in child support for a child DNA proves isn't his.

The system still may consider him a 'deadbeat dad' despite the scientific proof. But Texas law may not care about the science.

Gabriel Cornejo's only choice may be to pay the $65,000 in child support for a child that isn't his and he's only met one time last year.

"I never thought in my whole life I would have to defend myself or something that I am innocent of," Cornejo said.

He's already a father of his own three kids and is raising two of his brother's. Last year, a deputy showed up at his door with court papers telling him the state of Texas thinks he has another child.

"She turned out to be 15 or 16 years old at the time," Cornejo said.

Cornejo claims he never knew. He set out to meet his then 16-year-old daughter for what he says was the first time.


"[She's] a wonderful girl," Cornejo said. "Very smart. A lot going on for herself."

He, his wife and the ex-girlfriend he broke up with 16 years ago all agreed he should get a DNA test. He did.

"The results came in," Cornejo said. "I'm not the father."

But that wasn't the end of the case.

Not even close.

Cornejo's ex-girlfriend still wants the money and so does the state of Texas.


In 2003, Cornejo's ex-girlfriend went to court and said Cornejo was the only possible father. The state of Texas started assessing child support payments, which continue to add up, now totaling nearly $65,000. Cornejo was never told, he claims. Court records suggest, but don't prove, he got a subpoena years ago. He denies it.

The mother's lawyer says child support was taken from Cornejo's paycheck long ago and Cornejo never fought it. That can be enough to establish a lock-tight claim that he should've dealt with it long ago.

"Don't stick your head in the sand," the mother's lawyer Carel Stith said. "It won't go away and there can be consequences even if you don't do anything."

"Unfortunately, this young child is the one who suffers," Cornejo's lawyer Cheryl Coleman said.

Unless he and his lawyer can convince a judge to take a second look there's nothing that can change the old court order and Cornejo will still owe all that money.

"They say he should have fought back then and he failed to do so," Coleman said. "But how can you fight something you don't know anything about?"

If the court doesn't reopen the case, he either pays or may go to jail. The case will be back in court in August. Gabriel Cornejo says whatever the outcome, he hopes for a state law change to prevent situations like the one he is now in.





poor senor Cornejo good dude taking care of his 3 and 2 that arent his (his brothers) and his hussie from 16 years ago wants to get that man for every single penny

We need a #HardonHoes Rollcall round this bi*ch

 
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16 hours ago

Image inside Jul 21 - Reuters: One in eight people who voted for Trump having second thoughts

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| By phantomnation - 16 hours ago



NEW YORK (Reuters) - About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters.

While most of the people who voted for Trump on Nov. 8 said they would back him again, the erosion of support within his winning coalition of older, disaffected, mostly white voters poses a potential challenge for the president. Trump, who won the White House with the slimmest of margins, needs every last supporter behind him to push his agenda through a divided Congress and potentially win a second term in 2020.

The poll surveyed voters who had told Reuters/Ipsos on Election Day how they had cast their ballots. While other surveys have measured varying levels of disillusionment among Trump supporters, the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows how many would go as far as changing the way they voted. The survey was carried out first in May and then again in July.

In the July survey, 12 percent of respondents said they would not vote for Trump "if the 2016 presidential election were held today" - 7 percent said they “don’t know” what they would do, and the remaining 5 percent would either support one of the other 2016 presidential candidates or not vote.

Eighty-eight percent said they would vote for Trump again, a slight improvement over the May figure of 82 percent. Taken together, the polls suggest that TrumpÂ’s standing with his base has improved slightly over the past few months despite his Republican PartyÂ’s repeated failures to overhaul the healthcare system and multiple congressional and federal investigations into his campaignÂ’s ties to Russia.

To be sure, most presidents lose support among core supporters the longer they are in the White House. According to the Gallup polling service, former President Barack Obama saw his popularity dip among Democrats and minority voters, though it did not come until later in his first term. But Obama, who won the Electoral College with greater margins than Trump, was not as reliant on retaining his core supporters.

The minority of Trump voters who said they would not vote for him again gave varying reasons in interviews for why they had changed their minds.

Some were tired of his daily trolling of Democrats, the media and the judiciary. Some were disappointed that the Trump administration has not yet swept illegal immigrants out of their communities. Others said the president has not ended the mistrust and hyper-partisanship in Washington as much as they had hoped.

T-Shirt Politics

"If I had to walk around wearing a T-shirt saying who I voted for, I may have voted differently,” said Beverly Guy, 34, a Trump voter who took the poll in July. If the election were held today, Guy said she would vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Guy said she picked Trump mostly because she did not support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. She never cared that much for Trump and now finds herself rationalizing a decision that has angered many of her friends.

"I care more about my neighbors than I do about politics,” she said.

Another poll respondent, Brian Barnes, said he was standing by his choice to vote for Trump. He thinks the media is focusing too much on the Russia investigation and not enough on TrumpÂ’s accomplishments like his elevation of another conservative justice to the Supreme Court.

"I think heÂ’s doing all he can," Barnes said, "even though the Republicans in the House and Senate are creating a lot of problems" by not passing a healthcare bill.

Experts in American politics said it makes sense that a transformative political figure like Trump would retain a high degree of loyalty from his supporters no matter what negative headlines are swirling around the White House. Political winds do not shift quickly in a strong economy, they said, especially when many of the presidentÂ’s decisions have yet to take root.

"People are still invested in the choices they made" on Election Day, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of VirginiaÂ’s Center for Politics. "TheyÂ’re not about to admit that theyÂ’re wrong, at least not yet."

Elaine Kamarck, an expert in American electoral politics at the Brookings Institution, said the erosion in TrumpÂ’s base could certainly hurt his chances of re-election, though it is too early to say so for sure. The most important question is whether he loses support where it counts - in battleground states that he barely won last year.

"If these disenchanted Trump voters are in California, it doesnÂ’t matter," Kamarck said. "If they live in Wisconsin or Michigan or Pennsylvania, it matters."

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States and has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of about 5 percentage points.

The July 11-12 poll gathered its sample from 1,296 people, including 541 Trump voters, while the May 10-15 poll gathered its sample from 1,206 people, including 543 Trump voters. In both cases, Ipsos weighted their responses according to voter profiles gathered from the U.S. CensusÂ’ voting and registration supplement to the Current Population Survey.

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Image inside Jul 21 - Sean Spicer resigns as press secretary over Trump’s pick for comm. director

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| By RAZAH CUTS - 16 hours ago

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President Donald TrumpÂ’s press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday.

According to the New York Times, the former top spokesman for the president “vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.”

Scaramucci is a former Trump transition team official who frequently appeared on TV programs to defend him. An inside source told Politico that Trump “thinks he is really good at making the case for him… He loves him on TV.”

Spicer reportedly told Trump he thinks the appointment “was a major mistake.”

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16 hours ago

Jul 21 - The 20 most in-demand jobs that pay over $100,000

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| By Kliq - 16 hours ago

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For these jobs, the competition is fierce.

The jobs site Glassdoor has a rundown of the top 20 jobs that earn over $100,000—and face stiff competition. These aren't all technical roles that have to pay big money to attract limited top talent. Instead, these jobs span industries. And they all have plenty of applicants.

All the jobs on the list got at least 1,000 searches over the past month on Glassdoor and have at least 1,000 active job openings. For every single job opening for these positions, companies get multiple applicants.
1. Creative Manager
Median Base Salary: $112,000

2. IT Manager
Median Base Salary: $118,000

3. Data Scientist
Median Base Salary: $110,000

4. Supply Chain Manager
Median Base Salary: $102,000

5. Pharmacist
Median Base Salary: $120,000

6. Procurement Manager
Median Base Salary: $104,000

7. Finance Manager
Median Base Salary: $118,000

8. Medical Science Liaison
Median Base Salary: $140,000

9. Engineering Manager
Median Base Salary: $145,000

10. Patent Attorney
Median Base Salary: $150,000

11. Management Consultant
Median Base Salary: $110,000

12. Technology Manager
Median Base Salary: $140,000

13. Product Marketing Manager
Median Base Salary: $116,000

14. Product Manager
Median Base Salary: $110,00

15. Financial Planning and Analysis Manager
Median Base Salary: $115,000

16. Design Manager
Median Base Salary: $108,500

17. Software Engineering Manager
Median Base Salary: $150,000

18. Hardware Engineer
Median Base Salary: $110,000

19. Technical Project Manager
Median Base Salary: $100,000

20. Software Engineer
Median Base Salary: $100,00


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16 hours ago

Jul 21 - Microsoft has entered the cyberwar--pushes TAKEOVER of Russian Spies' Network

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| By phantomnation - 16 hours ago



Putin’s Hackers Now Under Attack—From Microsoft
Microsoft is going after Fancy Bear, the Russian hacking group that targeted the DNC, by wresting control of domain names controlled by the foreign spies.


A new offensive by Microsoft has been making inroads against the Russian government hackers behind last yearÂ’s election meddling, identifying over 120 new targets of the KremlinÂ’s cyber spying, and control-alt-deleting segments of PutinÂ’s hacking apparatus.

How are they doing it? It turns out Microsoft has something even more formidable than MoscowÂ’s malware: Lawyers.

Last year attorneys for the software maker quietly sued the hacker group known as Fancy Bear in a federal court outside Washington DC, accusing it of computer intrusion, cybersquatting, and infringing on Microsoft’s trademarks. The action, though, is not about dragging the hackers into court. The lawsuit is a tool for Microsoft to target what it calls “the most vulnerable point” in Fancy Bear’s espionage operations: the command-and-control servers the hackers use to covertly direct malware on victim computers. These servers can be thought of as the spymasters in Russia’s cyber espionage, waiting patiently for contact from their malware agents in the field, then issuing encrypted instructions and accepting stolen documents.

Since August, Microsoft has used the lawsuit to wrest control of 70 different command-and-control points from Fancy Bear. The company’s approach is indirect, but effective. Rather than getting physical custody of the servers, which Fancy Bear rents from data centers around the world, Microsoft has been taking over the Internet domain names that route to them. These are addresses like “livemicrosoft[.]net” or “rsshotmail[.]com” that Fancy Bear registers under aliases for about $10 each. Once under Microsoft’s control, the domains get redirected from Russia’s servers to the company’s, cutting off the hackers from their victims, and giving Microsoft a omniscient view of that servers’ network of automated spies.

“In other words,” Microsoft outside counsel Sten Jenson explained in a court filing last year, “any time an infected computer attempts to contact a command-and-control server through one of the domains, it will instead be connected to a Microsoft-controlled, secure server.”

Historically, Fancy Bear has mostly targeted Windows with its malware, and has leaned heavily on Microsoft products when choosing domain names—thus giving Microsoft standing in the lawsuit. On Friday, after months of litigation and thousands of pages of filings, a judge in Alexandria, Virginia is scheduled to hear Microsoft’s motion for a final default judgment and permanent injunction against Fancy Bear.

Also known as APT28, Sofacy, Pawn Strorm and Strontium—Microsoft’s preferred moniker—Fancy Bear has been conducting cyber espionage since at least 2007, breaching NATO, Obama’s White House, a French television station, the World Anti-Doping Agency and countless NGOs, and militaries and civilian agencies in Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Fancy Bear’s most notorious intrusions targeted the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign last year, as part of Moscow’s efforts to help Donald Trump win the White House, according to U.S. intelligence findings.

Microsoft doesn’t name Russia in its suit, instead describing Fancy Bear as a “sophisticated and well-resourced organization” that remains unidentified. But security companies and unclassified U.S. intelligence findings have placed Fancy Bear as a component of Russia’s military intelligence agency the GRU.

The offensive against Fancy Bear appears to be the first time a technology company has tried to directly disrupt a foreign intelligence operation on a large scale. In 2015, the Russia-based security firm Kaspersky sinkholed a dozen command-and-control domains used by the National Security AgencyÂ’s malware, but only after the NSA let the registration lapse, leaving the domains on the market for anyone who wanted them.

But MicrosoftÂ’s methods hew closely to earlier takedowns masterminded by the companyÂ’s Digital Crimes Unit in a string of operations targeting criminal botnets like Rustock , Waledac and Kelihos, with varying degrees of success and occasional controversy. In a 2013 operation, the company used the courts to sinkhole 4,000 command-and-control domains used by the bank-theft malware Citadel, but in the process hijacked hundreds of domains that already belonged to computer security researchers whoÂ’d been monitoring Citadel themselves.

The Fancy Bear takedown has a much smaller scope than the anti-botnet operations, and doesn’t affect all of the group’s malware—some of Russia’s hacking tools, like the X-Tunnel implant used against the Democratic National Party, connect to command-and-control servers using their numeric IP address instead of a domain name. But “the way that Microsoft is sinking their domains … increases Fancy Bear’s costs,” says Kyle Ehmke, a senior intelligence researcher at ThreatConnect who routinely sniffs out Fancy Bear’s secret servers. “Infrastructure procurement has an associated cost, and as researchers that’s something that we have to take advantage of and exploit. The more that they have to redo their infrastructure, the better.”

Microsoft’s Fancy Bear crackdown began one week after The New York Times reported the intelligence community’s “high confidence” assessment that the Kremlin had hacked the DNC. Microsoft filed a sealed motion seeking an emergency restraining order to temporarily seize 22 Fancy Bear domains, including the ActBlues[.]com address used in an attack on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and domains previously used in intrusion attempts on German energy firms.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee granted Microsoft’s request and issued a then-sealed order to domain name registrars compelling them to alter the domains to point to Microsoft, while leaving all the registration details—fake names and street addresses—intact. But almost as soon as Microsoft began sinkholing the domains, Fancy Bear responded, registering another batch of names that sent Microsoft back to court for a supplemental order to seize the new addresses.

The cat-and-mouse game has continued unabated ever since, with Microsoft painstakingly analyzing Fancy Bear’s choices of domain names, registrars and webmail providers, and even developing a list of 140 words most likely to appear in a Fancy Bear domain. To streamline the process, a retired judge has been appointed to serve as an independent “court monitor” overseeing the takedown requests. (Her expenses include $1,005 for “computer security”). By last March, Microsoft had been back five times for supplemental orders, and grabbed a total of 70 domains from the Russians.

Suing a shadowy hacker gang isnÂ’t completely straightforward. After Fancy Bear missed its first court date in August, the judge granted Microsoft subpoena power, and the company launched a nine-month investigation into Fancy BearÂ’s identity that took it to domain registrars, webmail providers, hosting firms and payment processors around the world. After 52 subpoenas in the U.S., and 46 informal inquiries abroad, Microsoft ended up no closer to unmasking a Fancy Bear hacker. Payment records showed the domains were registered using BitCoin or disposable, pre-paid credit cards; server logs only traced the hackers as far as a Tor exit node.

With no real names or addresses to go by, Microsoft lawyers have been serving the hackers with legal papers over email, sending them to the disposable webmail accounts used to register the command-and-control domains. TheyÂ’ve never gotten a reply, but a tracking bug the attorneys planted in the emails showed the messages have been opened at least 30 times.

So far the only response from the hackers has been to calmly register more command-and-control domains with every wave of takedowns. The one tip-of-the-hat from Fancy Bear came in January. In what Microsoft thinks was a deliberate taunt, the hackers departed from their usual pattern of inventing aliases off the cuff and used MicrosoftÂ’s own contact information and corporate address on one of its new domains.

Now, though, Putin’s hackers may be feeling less cocky. ThreatConnect’s Ehmke is planning to announce Friday another 60 possible Fancy Bear domain registrations he’s discovered through a new round of digital sleuthing. The domains, most registered since February, are more generic—i.e., less Microsofty—than usual for the hackers, which may suggest that Fancy Bear is starting to avoid its litigious foe.

“A lot of the domains that we identified are a little bit more general, and don’t necessarily reference a certain technology,” Ehmke says. “So that could be an attempt to avoid organizations like Microsoft that actively monitor for domains.”

Neither Microsoft nor Fancy Bear responded to inquiries for this story. But Microsoft concludes in court filings that its efforts have had “significant impact” on Fancy Bear’s operations. By analyzing the traffic coming to its sinkhole, the company’s security experts have identified 122 new cyber espionage victims, whom it’s been alerting through Internet service providers. On Friday, the company is set to ask Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan for a final default judgment against Fancy Bear, and for a permanent injunction giving Microsoft ownership of the domains it’s seized.

The company is hunkering down for a long fight. “Defendants are persistent in their activities and are likely to attempt to maintain, rebuild, and even grow, their capabilities again and again,” wrote attorney Jenson last month. As part of its motion, Microsoft is asking for the court monitor to stay on indefinitely, with the company paying the bill, and is seeking an order that prospectively seizes from Fancy Bear a number of other Microsoft-themed domains that have never been registered, but which the company’s algorithms suggest the Kremlin’s hackers may use in the future: infomicrosoftcenter[.]com, win-newsmail[.]com, statistic-security-microsoft[.]com …

The list contains nine thousand entries.

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16 hours ago

Video inside Jul 20 - Audi apologizes, pulls controversial commercial comparing women to used cars

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Audi has apologized for a controversial commerical that caused a ruckus on the Chinese internet this week for featuring a woman being treated like livestock and compared to a used car.

In the 34-second ad for Audi's secondhard car venture in China, a groom and bride are in the middle of declaring their wedding vows when the groom's mother suddenly marches down the aisle to interrupt the proceedings to give her future daughter-in-law one final inspection. The older woman roughly checks the blushing bride's eyes, ears and mouth as if she was a cow, before finally turning her attention to the younger woman's breasts.

The ad concludes with an Audi cruising along a road as a voiceover states that: "An important decision must be made carefully. Audi Approved: plus online 4S shop."

On Chinese social media, many netizens have deemed the ad, "trashy," "discriminatory" and "sexist" -- not to mention just plain dumb -- wondering how an international company like Audi could have let such a video get past the planning stage, much less onto screens across China.

In a statement to USA Today, Audi said that it "deeply regrets" the ad, which was created by the used car division of its joint venture in China.

"The ad’s perception that has been created for many people does not correspond to the values of our company in any way," said the Germany-based auto company which is part of the Volkswagen Group, the world's largest automaker.

"The responsible department of the joint venture has arranged a thorough investigation of the internal control and coordination processes so that an incident like this can be excluded in the future," Audi added, noting that the offensive ad had been pulled from China.

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24 hours ago

Image inside Jul 21 - Trump Administration bans all American citizens from traveling to North Korea

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AP sources: US to ban Americans from traveling to NKorea

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who died in June after falling into a coma in a North Korean prison.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had decided to impose “geographic travel restriction” for North Korea, the officials said, which would make it illegal to use U.S. passports to enter the country. They said the restriction would go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register, but it was not immediately clear when that would be. There was no announcement in Friday’s editions of the government publication.


The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the decision before it is announced and spoke on condition of anonymity. Two tour operators that organize group trips to North Korea said they had already been informed of the decision.

It wasn’t clear how many Americans the move will effect, as figures about how many Americans go to North Korea are difficult for even the U.S. government to obtain. The U.S. strongly warns Americans against traveling to North Korea, but has not until now prohibited it despite other sanctions targeting the country. Americans who venture there typically travel from China, where several tour groups market trips to adventure-seekers.

Barring Americans from stepping foot in North Korea marks the latest U.S. step to isolate the furtive, nuclear-armed nation, and protect U.S. citizens who may be allured by the prospect of traveling there. Nearly all Americans who have gone to North Korea have left without incident. But some have been seized and given draconian sentences for seemingly minor offenses.

The travel ban comes as the Trump administration searches for more effective ways to ramp up pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang’s recent successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile — the first by the North — has created even more urgency as the U.S. seeks to stop North Korea before it can master the complex process of putting a nuclear warhead atop a missile capable of hitting the United States.

President Donald Trump has expressed frustration that his initial strategy — enlisting China’s help and influence to squeeze the North economically and diplomatically — has not yielded major results. Trump’s administration is also considering other economic steps including “secondary sanctions” that could target companies and banks — mostly in China — that do even legitimate business with North Korea, officials said.


Under U.S. law, the secretary of state has the authority to designate passports as restricted for travel to countries with which the United States is at war, when armed hostilities are in progress, or when there is imminent danger to the public health or physical security of United States travelers. Geographic travel restrictions are rare but have been used by numerous administrations in the past for countries where it has been determined to be unsafe.

Since 1967, such bans have been imposed intermittently on countries such as Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Cuba and North Vietnam. But the U.S. doesn’t currently prohibit its passports from being used to travel to any countries, even though financial restrictions limit U.S. travel to Cuba and elsewhere.

If a passport ban were placed on North Korea, an American who violated it could face a fine and up to 10 years in prison for a first offense.

Warmbier, who died after being medically evacuated in a coma from North Korea last month, suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause while in custody. Relatives said they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016. He had been accused of stealing a propaganda poster while on a tour of the country.

The United States, South Korea and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions. At least three other Americans remain in custody in the North.

Tillerson had been weighing a North Korea travel ban since late April, when American teacher Tony Kim was detained in Pyongyang, according to a senior State Department official. Those deliberations gained even more urgency after Warmbier’s death. Lawmakers in Congress have also pushed their own, legislative solutions to try to ban travel to the North.

Simon Cockerell, Beijing-based general manager of the Koryo Group, one of the leading organizers of guided tours to North Korea, said the ban would affect 800-1,000 Americans who visit North Korea annually. Although Pyongyang does not publish exact figures, Americans are thought to account for a mere 1 percent of all foreign visitors. Westerners make up 5 percent of total visitors, Americans about 20 percent of the Western contingent, according to statistics.

Cockerell said the ban would likely have a tangible impact on business for his and similar outfits, and said that would turn back the clock on engagement with the North.

“It’s unfortunate because we criticize North Korea for being isolationist and now we’re helping isolate them,” Cockerell said. “That’s not what soft power is about.”


 
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24 hours ago

Video inside Jul 21 - Flordia Teens filmed, mocked drowning man

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COCOA – Police and prosecutors say little can be done legally after the revelation that a group of teens filmed the dying moments of a 32-year-old disabled man last week, with the teens mocking, cursing and laughing while the man drowned in a fenced-off pond.

The Brevard County State Attorney's Office released the video to FLORIDA TODAY and called the incident a "tragedy" and said the teens' lack of action had "no moral justification" but added that the teens do not appear to have violated any laws.

The minute-long video, which police called "extremely disturbing," found its way to social media over the weekend before ending up in the hands of detectives.

The clip depicts the unidentified teens — ages 14 to 16 — off-camera, laughing as the man screamed off in the distance for help before going under in the murky water just after noon July 9 off Plaza Parkway. There were no calls to 911 from the teens.

Instead, police later found the badly decomposed body of the man — identified as Jamel Dunn — July 12. Police said Dunn, who was heavily tattooed, was last seen wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘I’m Blessed,’ and a red hat that read "Only God can judge me," drowned.

Foul play was not suspected. His fiancée filed a missing person report after he failed to turn up at home in Cocoa. Then, after the body was found last Friday, a family friend saw the video on social media and turned it over to police. The cell phone video then gave detectives insight into what happened the day Dunn disappeared.

“(The teens) were telling him they weren’t going in after him and that ‘you shouldn’t have gone in there,'” said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department.

“He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed. They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time. He was just screaming… for someone to help him.”

The teens were identified and questioned by detectives but likely will not face charges because they were not directly involved, nor are there any Good Samaritan laws that would be applicable in the case, police said.

Police also added that there appeared to be little remorse from the teens. On the video, the teens refer to the possibility of an alligator being in the pond and can be heard shouting to Dunn as he splashed in the water.

“Get out the water, you gonna die” one teen shouted. Another yelled at Dunn, saying, “ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb (expletive).”

Seconds later, Dunn could be heard yelling. Then his head disappeared beneath the water one last time.

“Oh, he just died,” another teen says before laughter ensues. The teens then left the park without telling authorities.

After the body was retrieved, detectives noted that one of the teens stared ahead during the questioning. Next to him, his mother broke down in tears, distraught at the situation he was involved in, Martinez said.

“There was no remorse, only a smirk,” said Martinez. There are worries for the boys’ safety as word of the case continues to go viral online.

Family members were shocked. Simone Scott, who identified herself as DunnÂ’s sister, took to social media to raise questions about how her brother was treated and the lack of charges in the case.

“(Okay), I agree they don’t have to help, but they should have called 9-1-1,” Scott posted.

“My brother is disabled and walks with a cane…please make it make sense to me,” she said of his death. Another family friend said Dunn was the father of two young daughters and was known to be giving to others.

Stunned, detectives forwarded the case to the Brevard County State AttorneyÂ’s Office in Viera. However, the agencyÂ’s top prosecutors could not find any criminal act on the part of the teens for failing to either call police or help the man another way.

Nothing compelled them to be Good Samaritans, authorities said.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked at both the manner in which Mr. Dunn lost his life and the actions of the witnesses to this tragedy,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a statement sent to FLORIDA TODAY. The agency also released the video to the public.

"While the incident depicted on the recording does not give rise to sufficient evidence to support criminal prosecution under Florida statutes, we can find no moral justification for either the behavior of persons heard on the recording or the deliberate decision not to render aid to Mr. Dunn."

Police said Dunn turned up at the pond following an argument with his fiancée about 10-to-15 minutes before the incident. The fiancée then left the scene to run errands.

“The kids were at the park that day smoking marijuana and apparently saw him walk into the water. He walked in on his own. They were watching him,” Martinez said.

Dunn waded into the water from the west side as the teens watched from the south side of the pond.

“They just started recording what happened and watched until he died,” Martinez said.

“Everybody is just horrified by this.”

Family friend Jontavius Scott said Dunn deserved better.

"He was a good guy... ," he said. "It's just tough to know that these kids would sit and laugh at something like this."

 
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Jul 20 - Trump to be First Pres. in 30+ Years to Not Address NAACP Convention

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President Trump will break with White House tradition of speaking at the NAACP convention, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

Sanders told reporters Trump had declined the invitation from the oldest civil rights group in the country to speak at their annual convention in Baltimore next week.

“My understanding is that the invitation has been declined for this year, but certainly the invitation for dialogue with that group would happily take place, and we would certainly like to be able to continue to do that,” Sanders said.


Presidents going back to Ronald Reagan have addressed the NAACP.
NAACP Board Chairman Leon Russell told the Associated Press that he questioned TrumpÂ’s commitment to black Americans after declining the invitation. The organization learned that Trump would not be speaking from reporters.

"During his campaign, President Trump asked us 'what do you have to lose?' " Russell said. "We get the message loud and clear. The president's decision today underscores the harsh fact: We have lost — we've lost the will of the current administration to listen to issues facing the black community.


"When President Trump is ready to listen to us and the people we serve, we will be here," Russell added.

Trump last year was also the first GOP presidential nominee in years to not speak to the NAACP — Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both addressed the convention during their presidential bids.

trump on his , first the cbc and now naacp. if you aren't willing to talk to our elected officials, or government groups that supposedly represent us, then you are just making it obvious that our communities dont mean much to you and your administration

 
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Jul 20 - OJ SIMPSON WEARS YEEZY BOOST TO PROBATION HEARING!

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Image inside Jul 20 - Texas woman traveling with 4-year-old daughter found with $2M worth of meth

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A 23-year-old Texas woman was found with $2 million worth of crystal meth hidden in "Purple Power" jugs as she was traveling with her 4-year-old daughter, authorities say.

Seline Ayala was stopped for speeding by Austin police officers last week when the cop became "suspicious" of her.

K-9 officer Emma helped the officers find approximately 75 pounds worth of liquid crystal meth hidden inside the white jugs.

The suspect told police a series of different stories, including that she worked for a doctor in Laredo, according to the Austin Statesman.

She became increasingly tense and "verbally aggressive," according to KVUE



Ayala, a Laredo resident, would eventually tell cops that she was taking the drugs to Dallas, according to an affadavit obtained by the Statesman.

She said she was going to be paid by another party when she returned to Laredo after delivering the drugs, according to KVUE.

The suspect admitted she made a previous meth delivery in Texas, according to the station.

Ayala faces federal drug trafficking charges

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Jul 20 - Neil Armstrong's moon bag sells at auction for $1.8 million

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On the 48th anniversary of the first moonwalk, a lawyer from Illinois saw her bank account take "one giant leap." The buyer of a bag containing traces of moon dust wasn't identified. But the seller, Nancy Carlson, had previously bought the bag for less than $1,000 in an online government auction.
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Image inside Jul 20 - 'Nobody kill anybody': Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore

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A 44-year-old mother might seem an unusual visitor on the drug corners of Baltimore, but Erricka Bridgeford has shown up for weeks to make her pitch for peace.

Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Help bring a 72-hour truce to a city besieged by gun violence.

“It’s a citywide call,” she tells them, “but I’m talking to you.”

Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for a three-day ceasefire the first weekend of August to quell BaltimoreÂ’s violence. She admits that such peace is a tall order for a city thatÂ’s seen 188 killings this year.

Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6, with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”

Their message has been printed on T-shirts and flyers. They designed a website and held community meetings. More than 1,600 people visited their Facebook page. The grass-roots campaign has swelled since it began in May.

“I’ve seen the momentum build over the past several weeks,” said T.J. Smith, spokesman for Baltimore police. “We are all in this together, and we’re 1,000 percent supportive of the efforts.”

The campaign urges people to put aside their guns and join weekend events for healing, from a peace rally Friday evening to a vigil Sunday where participants will read the names of every person killed in 2017.

“The Baltimore Ceasefire was not declared by any one organization,” organizers wrote on their website. “This ceasefire is the product of Baltimore residents not only being exhausted by homicides, but believing that Baltimore can have a murder-free weekend if everyone takes responsibility.”

More than 600 people have pledged to keep the peace, they wrote. Among them are some of the young men Bridgeford has met on the corners.

“You just talk to them like they’re your little brother,” she said.

A professional mediator, neighborhood volunteer and part-time Uber driver — “Everyone who gets in my car leaves with a flyer and a speech” — Bridgeford says her younger brother was gunned down a decade ago in Southwest Baltimore. His killer was never caught.

Next monthÂ’s ceasefire would prove successful if it deters a single shooting, she said. And she figures the movement has already saved a life somewhere.

“Somebody was plotting on this weekend,” she said. “Now they’re not going to do it because of a rumbling in their soul.”

The organizers are raising money through their website for more flyers. Some of the money will be donated to the families of anyone killed over the ceasefire weekend. Bridgeford is urging everyone she meets to echo the call for peace.

“Jumping out in open-air drug markets might not be for everyone,” she said. “But we’re asking everyone to do their part.”

Community ceasefires, however, have failed to stem the violence in the past. The group Mothers of Murdered Sons called for a ceasefire over MotherÂ’s Day weekend, but at least four people were shot, including a 59-year-old man and 17-year-old woman. Both were killed.

Other communities have called for ceasefires after spates of violence in Birmingham, Ala., and Berkeley, Calif. Such efforts are as much about empowering residents as reducing homicide statistics, said Cassandra Crifasi, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction.

Persistent violence often leaves neighbors feeling powerless, she said.

“Communities feel like they can’t do things for themselves. They don’t have a voice. They don’t feel heard,” she said. “This effort seems to me like the people most affected by violence are standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to take this anymore.’ ”

A similar awareness campaign that began in Chicago in 2013 has spread across the country, with people wearing orange in June to draw attention to the scourge of gun violence. Across the country, more than 90 people are shot and killed every day, according to the Wear Orange campaign.

Baltimore, meanwhile, remains gripped by its own violent spike, with 2017 on pace to be the cityÂ’s deadliest year ever. The number of homicides shot up to 344 in 2015; another 318 people were killed last year. Baltimore had not exceeded 300 annual homicides for decades before 2015.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Crifasi said of the ceasefire. “It indicates to me there are lots of people in Baltimore still invested in the safety and security of their communities.”

People like Bridgeford, who has carried the message to BaltimoreÂ’s drug corners. She found an unexpected audience, even encouragement in the streets.

“I’ve absolutely heard skepticism,” she said. “But even the skeptics are like, ‘Stay out here.’ ”


 
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Jul 20 - O.J. Simpson wants to move back to Florida

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O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday afternoon for his role in a 2007 confrontation over sports memorabilia, and now he says he plans to move back to his home in Florida.

After the verdict was released, Simpson joked, "I could easily stay in Nevada, but I don't think you guys want me here." A board member then responded, "No comment, sir."

According to ABC News, moving back to his old house may prove difficult, considering the home that Simpson lived in before going to prison, located just south of Miami, is now being listed for close to $1.3 million.

Simpson bought the home in 2000, five years after being acquitted for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

The Florida Department of Corrections has since released a statement following Simpson's request to move back to the Sunshine State.
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Video inside Jul 20 - Customers watch rats fall from CHIPOTLE ceiling

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Some diners at a Dallas Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant said their lunch was ruined by rodents falling from the ceiling on Tuesday.
Patrons captured cellphone video inside the Chipotle restaurant on North Market Street in the West End area, showing rodents crawling around the floor and one climbing up the wall. Customers claimed the rodents fell from the ceiling.
“If we would have been sitting at the table next to that it definitely would have fell on top of our food because it was literally right there,” Daniela Ornelas, of Dallas, told NBC DFW, adding that she and her boyfriend were eating during the lunch rush at the restaurant.
“I just kept wondering what it was, and I kept looking around until I looked at the floor, and I saw three rats, and I ran,” Ornelas said.

A Chipotle spokesperson issued a statement to NBC DFW Wednesday to help explain how the incident occurred.
“We learned yesterday that mice got into a restaurant," the statement read, "and we immediately contacted professionals who identified a small structural gap in the building as the likely access point. We’re having it repaired. Additionally, we reached out to the customer to make things right. This is an extremely isolated and rare incident and certainly not anything we’d ever want our customers to encounter.”
Ornelas said she was happy with how the employees handled the situation, but would likely not return to Chipotle's West End location.

 
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HONG KONG — A woman from eastern China has died after having four abortions in a year because her husband wanted her baby to be a boy, according to a newspaper report.

The husband divorced the woman after she fell ill through terminating her pregnancies, the Jianghuai Morning News reported.

The woman gave birth to a girl four years ago, but her husband insisted their second child be a boy.

Repeated abortions destroyed the health of the woman, according to the article, without giving details of her illnesses.

The woman, whose full name was not given and who came from a county near Wuhu in Anhui province, found out the sex of her unborn children through X-rays.

Traditional Chinese culture favours boys over girls, but it is illegal in China for doctors to tell mothers the sex of their unborn child in case they terminate the pregnancy. Unlicensed medical practitioners operate illegally to inform women of their fetusÂ’ sex.

The woman and her husband had decided to have a second baby after the scrapping of the one-child policy.

After the couple divorced, she sought treatment in hospital for her illnesses with the 17,000 yuan (S$3,440) she received as part of the settlement, but she later died.

Her former husband did not visit her in hospital and is now planning to marry another woman, according to the report.


 
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Jul 20 - Faecal bacteria found in ice at McDonald's, KFC and Burger King

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Faecal bacteria has been found in ice at McDonaldÂ’s, KFC and Burger King. The BBCÂ’s Watchdog programme tested samples from 10 random branches from each of the fast food chains across the UK.

Tests revealed the bacteria, known as faecal coliforms, were present in three of the McDonald’s samples, six from Burger King and seven from KFC. Of those samples, four taken from Burger King and five at KFC were described as having “significant” levels.

Ice was tested for coliforms that are indicators of faecal contamination, which Defra – the government department that sets water standards in the UK – advises should not be at all present in water used for human consumption.

Town drank water contaminated with faeces for 20 years
Watchdog consulted with Tony Lewis, head of policy and education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, on the findings. Speaking on the programme, Mr Lewis said: “It’s extremely worrying. When we’re finding the sorts of numbers we’re finding here, you have to look at the people making the ice, handling the ice, which they then transfer into customers’ drinks. And then you also have to look at hygiene failure with potentially the machines themselves: are they being kept clean?”

The news comes just three weeks after it emerged that samples of iced drinks from Costa Coffee, Starbucks, and Caffè Nero contained “varying levels of the bacteria”.

Costa was the worst offender, with seven out of 10 samples “found to be contaminated with bacteria found in faeces”. Starbucks and Caffè Nero also tested positive for the bacteria in three out of 10 samples.

In a statement provided by McDonald’s, Tom Humphrey, an independent professor of bacteriology and food safety, said: “It is pleasing that Escherichia coli (E. coli), the bacterium that is the most accurate and reliable indicator of faecal contamination, was not found in any ice samples from McDonald’s restaurants.

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“Low levels of two other indicator bacteria, coliforms and enterococci, were found in some ice samples. These can be used as an assessment of water hygiene but, as they are widely distributed in the natural environment, they are not reliable indicators of potential health risks.”

A spokesperson for KFC said the company was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by the findings, adding that the company has strict hygiene procedures in place, including regular inspections of ice machines.

“We immediately shut down the ice machines in the restaurants affected to conduct a thorough clean and inspection, and reinforced the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees, the spokesperson said.”

A Burger King spokesperson said: “Cleanliness and hygiene are a top priority for the Burger King brand.

“The strict procedures we have in place are designed to ensure all guests have a positive experience each time they visit our restaurants.

“We are proactively working with our franchisees in the UK to reinforce these procedures.”

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