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  • GOP claim that Trump cares about corruption takes a hit at impeachment hearing news

    Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., took issue with a defense of President Trump floated by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:26:09 -0500
  • Sondland pressed on why Trump has blocked witnesses: 'I wish I could answer' news

    Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., took aim at the members of the Trump administration who have refused to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:57:18 -0500
  • Russia 'ruined' Ukrainian naval vessels before handing them back, says Ukrainian navy news

    Three Ukrainian navy boats seized by Russia a year ago were vandalised before being handed back to Ukraine, the country's navy said.  The fast gunboats Nikopol and Berdyansk and the tugboat Tany Kapu were welcomed by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and onlookers waving national flags arrived in Ochakiv, a Ukrainian naval port on the Black Sea on Wednesday evening.  But Ukraine's navy said the vessels had been stripped bare and left so badly damaged that they had to be towed home by tug. "The Russians ruined them," said Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the head of the Ukrainian Navy.   "They even took the ceiling lights, plug sockets, and lavatories," he said.  Mr Zelenskiy, who reviewed the vessels as they returned on Thursday morning, said: "I am very happy that our navy vessels are back where they belong. As promised, we have brought back our sailors and our ships.   "Some of the equipment is missing, as well as some weapons. There will be an investigation. We will see all of the details."   Russia blocked the Kerch strait with a tanker and deployed fighter jets to stop the three vessels entering the Azov Sea last year Credit: Pavel Rebrov/Reuters Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), which oversees the border service that seized the vessels, denied tampering with the ships and said they had been "handed over to the Ukrainian side in normal condition."   The three vessels were boarded by Russian forces after they tried to pass through the Strait of Kerch in November last year.  Russia says they illegally violated the Russian border, then impounded the vessels and jailed 24 crew members pending trial.  Ukraine described the move as an act of war and a flagrant breach of the treaty that gives the countries joint sovereignty of the only channel between the Black and Azov seas.  Mr Zelenskiy said the return of the boats as the latest in a series of small steps "towards peace" ahead of a key summit with Vladimir Putin next month.  Mr Zelenskiy inspects the artillery boat Nikopol Credit: Arkhip Vereshchagin/TASS The two presidents will meet in person for the first time in Paris on December 9, at talks brokered by France and Germany that are designed to end the conflict in east Ukraine, which has killed 13,000 people since 2014.     In September the ships' crews were released in a prisoner swap that also saw Russia free Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker and activist who had been held on trumped-up charges since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.    The sides have also agreed to pull back troops from key points on the line of contact in eastern Ukraine. The narrow sea way between Crimea and Russia's Taman peninsula is the only passage for ships sailing to and from Ukraine's industrial port of Mariupol, to which the flotilla was bound when it was seized.  Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and opened a bridge across the strait in 2017 in defiance of Ukrainian objections. Mariupol is a few miles from the frontline where Ukrainian and Russian-directed separatist forces have been fighting a static war for five years.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:41:28 -0500
  • Biden, in Democratic debate, says you have to 'keep punching' to address domestic violence news

    Biden was one of 10 Democratic candidates to take the stage in Atlanta to debate a range of topics that included, health care, violence, impeachment and defeating President Trump.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:31:32 -0500
  • Seller of bullets to Las Vegas gunman pleads guilty to ammo licensing offense news

    Douglas Haig, 57, of Mesa, Arizona, became the first and only person arrested and charged in connection with the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre, which ended when the gunman, Stephen Paddock, killed himself. Haig told reporters following his arrest early last year that none of the surplus military ammunition he sold to Paddock in September 2017 was ever fired during the killing spree, which ranks as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

    Tue, 19 Nov 2019 22:33:18 -0500
  • American Airlines admitted a mid-air accident that knocked out 2 flight crew and forced an emergency landing was not caused by spilled soap news

    On October 21 a flight from London to Philadelphia was forced to land in Dublin, Ireland, when two staff members were knocked unconscious.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:34:10 -0500
  • Son of former German president stabbed to death in Berlin news

    The son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker was stabbed to death while he was giving a lecture at a hospital in Berlin where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday. A 57-year-old German man is in custody after he jumped up from the audience at the Schlosspark-Klinik and attacked Fritz von Weizsaecker with a knife on Tuesday evening. Von Weizsaecker died at the scene from a knife wound to the neck despite immediate attention from colleagues, said Martin Steltner, a spokesman for Berlin prosecutors.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 02:28:28 -0500
  • Google's Tour Builder Is a Great New Way to Make Your Friends Hate You

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    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:18:00 -0500
  • Nearly ¾ of transgender people slain since 2017 killed with guns news

    "Transgender violence is a gun violence issue," says Everytown for Gun Safety researcher

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:19:41 -0500
  • Trump erupts over ‘human scum’ impeachment investigators in rambling series of false and misleading tweets news

    Donald Trump has erupted over the ongoing impeachment inquiry in a series of false and misleading tweets in which he accused investigators of being “human scum”.“Corrupt politician Adam Schiff’s lies are growing by the day,” the US president tweeted on Thursday morning.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:29:52 -0500
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Will Be Indicted. But Will He Step Down? news

    JERUSALEM— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not react with equanimity when, after three years of investigations, the indictments finally came. Railing at the Israeli public on television, with no press allowed, Netanyahu savaged Israel’s police and judiciary and all but called for insurrection, repeatedly demanding that “the investigators be investigated!”As he spoke, the same words were tweeted from his official account. “They never were pursuing the truth!” an ashen Netanyahu yelled. “They were pursuing me!”Netanyahu Lost. His Enemies Won. But Who Can Govern Israel?The indictments capped an extraordinary day in Israeli history, as Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Thursday evening that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three criminal cases.It is the first time in Israeli history a prime minister has been indicted while serving.The dramatic announcement came less than 24 hours after another unprecedented moment in Israeli history, the failure of both candidates chosen by the president to form a government.“Today is a sad and difficult day,” Attorney General Mandedlblit said in an extraordinary press conference in Jerusalem, declaring his devotion to the rule of law and his respect for many of the prime minister’s achievements. Mandelblit announced the upcoming indictments in February, pending an October hearing in which, after four years of investigation, Netanyahu’s attorneys were allowed to present final arguments for his innocence.Netanyahu demanded the establishment of "an independent committee to investigate the system and put an end to this. It's time to investigate the investigators!" he repeated, repeatedly, adding that the public had to demand it. “It's time to investigate the state prosecution who permits tainted investigations!”Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Tapped to Form New Government After Repeat ElectionHe said the corruption charges amounted to “an attempted coup d’état” against a legitimately elected prime minister, and that the entire “tainted, skewed process” was aimed at toppling him.The pre-indictment hearing appears to have had little effect on the state prosecution, as the 63-page indictment confirms all the charges, laying out an array of misdeeds in damning detail.Netanyahu has been indicted in three unrelated cases:Case 1000: Netanyahu is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust for having accepted lavish gifts from two wealthy allies in exchange for political favors.The indictment charges that Israeli born Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer gave Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, about $280,000 of gifts in exchange for political favors.Case 2000: Netanyahu is accused of breach of trust and fraud by abusing his position so as to receive positive coverage in the country’s leading daily, Yedioth Ahronoth.Case 4000: Netanyahu is alleged to have benefited a close ally, media mogul Shaul Elovitch—the head of Bezeq, Israel's largest telecommunications firm—in exchange for positive coverage on Walla News, a website owned by Elovitch.In charging papers, police said they found evidence that “Netanyahu and those close to him blatantly intervened, sometimes on a daily basis, in content published on the Walla news website, and sought to influence the appointment of senior employees (editors and reporters), while using their ties to Shaul and Iris Elovitch.”Netanyahu’s immediate future is murky. There is a law, which has never been tested, that allows a prime minister to continue serving, but holds that he must resign at the time of the final court verdict. In a statement, opposition leader Benny Gantz pushed back at Netanyahu’s claims, saying he “has complete confidence” in law enforcement. “There is no coup in Israel, but rather those that have barricaded themselves in power.”“In his appearance tonight, Netanyahu clearly demonstrated that he must step down from his position and focus on the charges against him," Gantz said. "He is well aware that the grave and complex challenges facing the State of Israel, both in terms of security and in the societal and economic arenas, require a prime minister able to invest his full time, energy and attention.”In an interview, Israel Democracy Institute President Yochanan Plesner said, “We know the prime minister must resign then, but the law does not determine what must happen before that. It remains an open question.”“Assuming the prime minister will not decide to resign on his own and political system will not determine his fate otherwise, it is close to certain the supreme court will have to decide in this case,” Plesner said.Israeli law grants every public official the option of requesting immunity from Knesset, which, due to the  current electoral stalemate is only an interim Knesset. In consequence, there is no House Committee which could decide on immunity.“In fact, the political stalemate suspends the entire process until another election, so it buys Netanyahu time,” Plesner said.Yesterday, as the end of Gantz’s mandate approached and as the likelihood of a third electoral campaign mounted, Netanyahu announced his plan to cancel primary elections in his party, the Likud, thus guaranteeing his position as leader. But this afternoon brought a taste of things to come, when Likud Knesset member Gidon Saar, who has already announced his intention to run for the party leadership, openly declared a challenge. Referring to Netanyahu’s failure after two electoral campaigns to form a government, he said, “If a new government won’t be formed and we go to a new election, it will not be reasonable that the prime minister will be successful in forming a government after a third election.” Shile Shas, one of his right-wing religious coalition parties issued a statement in support of Netanyahu, not a single Likud member publicly addressed the bombshell indictments. Speaking at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, he said, “I think the necessary thing to do, if we are in front of a new election, is to set a Likud leadership primary. I think I will be able to form a government, and I think I will be able to unify the country and the nation.”An Israel Democracy Institute Poll from last month said a majority of Israelis—53.5 percent—believe Netanyahu should resign immediately upon indictment. Almost half (47 percent) of right-wing voters believe Netanyahu should resign when indicted.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:26:12 -0500
  • Putin attacks 'strange' European plans to reduce gas usage news

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday rubbished European calls to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, saying that such ideas could lead to humans living in caves again. Speaking at an investment forum in Moscow, Putin also slammed shale gas production through fracking as dirty and environmentally damaging, saying Russia -- one of the world's top gas producers -- would never use this technology. Asked what he thought of Europe's moves to reduce use of gas, for which it is heavily dependent on Russia, Putin said that "in my view, disdaining such a clean hydrocarbon as gas is absolutely strange".

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:37:59 -0500
  • Cory Booker is right: Joe Biden must be 'high' to oppose legalizing marijuana news

    Joe Biden isn’t just old-fashioned. He’s a stubborn prohibitionist averse to catching up with reality — the inevitability of marijuana legalization.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:51:54 -0500
  • Police shoot man who was 'extremely irate' on tarmac of Las Vegas airport

    As a struggle with an irate suspect unfolded on a tarmac between A and B gates at Terminal 1, an officer fired two rounds and struck the man.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:01:21 -0500
  • Billionaire Michael Bloomberg files paperwork to run for U.S. president news

    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork on Thursday with the Federal Election Commission to run for U.S. president as a Democrat, the latest sign that the former New York City Mayor is joining the crowded nominating contest. The filing allows Bloomberg to raise money in a bid for the White House, but an aide said on Thursday that no final decision on whether he will run has been made. Bloomberg, 77, has signaled that he plans a late-entry in the Democratic primary, suggesting he feels the field of nearly 20 candidates is vulnerable.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:30:49 -0500
  • Yes, America Is Using Stealth Drones to Spy on Iran news

    It is very likely.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:30:00 -0500
  • Obama Warns Technology Has Created a More Splintered World news

    (Bloomberg) -- Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned that technology is creating a more splintered world, fueling the disparities among wealthy and poorer nations, and people within countries.“The rise of extreme inequality both within nations and between nations that is being turbocharged by globalization and technology” is one of the biggest risks for young people, Obama said Thursday at Inc.’s annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. “New technologies have allowed us reach. We have a global market. I can project my voice and you can take your technology to new markets. It has also amplified inequalities.”Though his successor Donald Trump has taken presidential use of Twitter to new heights, Obama has long been associated with the tech industry. His 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns were known for their use of the internet and social media to galvanize supporters. Some of Obama’s staffers came from Silicon Valley companies, including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, and there’s a diaspora of former Obama administration officials who have worked in the tech industry since leaving the White House, including David Plouffe, formerly with Uber Technologies Inc. and Inc.’s top spokesman Jay Carney.Still, the 44th president talked about how the internet has helped divide American politics and society.“People remark on the polarization of our politics and rightfully so,” Obama said. “People rightfully see challenges like climate change and mass refugees and feel like things are spinning out of control. Behind that, what I see is a sense of anxiety, rootlessness and uncertainty in so many people. Some of that is fed by technology and there’s an anger formed by those technologies.”Social-media services including Facebook Inc. and Google‘s YouTube have been accused of fueling polarization with algorithms that show people news and other content that match their preconceived thinking and viewpoints.“If you watch Fox News, you live in a different reality than if you read the New York Times. If you follow one rabbit hole on YouTube or the internet, then suddenly things look completely different,” Obama said during his conversation with Salesforce co-Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff. “We are siloing ourselves off in ways that are dangerous. I believed, and I still believe the internet can be a powerful tool for us to finally see each other and unify us, but right now it’s disappointing.”Since leaving the White House in January 2017, Obama has become a fixture on the paid-speaker circuit. Thursday’s appearance at Dreamforce is at least Obama’s second appearance at a tech event in San Francisco in the last two months. He also spoke at a Splunk Inc. conference in September.To contact the reporter on this story: Nico Grant in San Francisco at ngrant20@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at, Andrew Pollack, Alistair BarrFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:28:56 -0500
  • American Airlines admits a midair accident that knocked out 2 flight crew was not caused by spilled soap news

    American Airlines admitted Tuesday the powerful fumes that knocked two flight attendants unconscious and forced a flight to make an emergency landing were not caused by spilled soap, as the airline had previously claimed.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:19:02 -0500
  • House Democrats ponder expanding impeachment probe after Sondland 'game changer' testimony news

    Gordon Sondland’s explosive testimony Wednesday that “everyone was in the loop” on President Trump’s efforts to secure an investigation of a political rival prompted rank-and-file Democrats to discuss whether it was time to expand their probe.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:54:24 -0500
  • Centuries of Christian anti-Semitism led to Holocaust, landmark Church of England report concludes news

    Centuries of Christian anti-Semitism led to the Holocaust, a landmark Church of England report has concluded.  In a foreword to the report, published today, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that Christians cannot challenge and reflect on the past honestly, “until we have felt the cruelty of our history”.  The document, which has been three years in the making, was prepared by the Church’s Faith and Order Commission and entitled: God’s Unfailing World: Theological and practical perspectives on Christian-Jewish relations. It urges Christians to not only be repentant for the “sins of the past” against Jews, but also to challenge active attitudes and stereotypes. It also marks the first time that the Church of England has made an authoritative statement on the subject of anti-Semitism. The new “tool for teaching” on Christian-Jewish relations acknowledges that Christian theology played a part in the “stereotyping and persecution fo Jewish people which ultimately led to the Holocaust”. 17 haunting Holocaust memorials “Conscious of the participation of Christians over the centuries in stereotyping, persecution and violence directed against Jewish people, and how this contributed to the Holocaust, Christians today should be sensitive to Jewish fears,” the report said. It added that, for centuries, Christian attitudes towards Judaism have provided a “fertile seed-bed for murderous anti-Semitism”, and noted that a similar hatred of Jews continues to exist today within political discourse by “pro-Palestinian advocates”.  Despite the Commission’s report being released ahead of an imminent General Election, the report’s authors would not be drawn on the anti-Semitism crisis which continues blight the Labour party. Jewish MP’s including Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger have quit the Labour party after accusing leader Jeremy Corbyn of failing to stamp out anti-Semitism within the party. It also suggested that popular hymns which are interpreted in a way to “convey the teaching of contempt” of Jews for killing Jesus should be banned and “no longer be sung in public worship”.  The report offered the example of Charles Wesley’s well-known hymn, ‘Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending’: “Every eye shall now behold him/ Robed in dreadful majesty;/ Those who set at nought and sold him,/ Pierced and nailed him to the tree,/ Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,/ Shall the true Messiah see.” “It is possible to read lines 3-6 and imagine they are about the Jewish people as collectively guilty of crucifying the Messiah,” the report notes, “who when he comes again in power and glory recognise - too late? - the terrible crime they have committed. Holocaust Survivors | The stories of those who escaped from Nazi clutches “Understood in that way, they convey the ‘teaching of contempt’ which the Church of England now rejects. If that were the only way to read them, they should no longer be sung in public worship.” The report concluded: “Christians have been guilty of promoting and fostering negative stereotypes of Jewish people that have contributed to grave suffering and injustice. They therefore have a duty to be alert to the continuation of such stereotyping and to resist it.” Six million Jews were systematically killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Throughout World War II, Nazi Germany killed around five million other ‘untermenschen’ - a the term for those the Nazis deemed as ‘undesireable’ or ‘sub-human’.  These included victims from Romani communities, disabled and homosexual people and those of other nationalities and religions. The number of Nazi victims is often disputed by Holocaust deniers.  In 2016 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, likened anti-Semitism to a “virus”, adding that “it is a shameful truth that, through its theological teachings, the church, which should have offered an antidote, compounded the spread of this virus”.  Poll - Anti Semitism 17/11 “The fact that antisemitism has infected the body of the Church is something of which we as Christians must be deeply repentant,” he added.  In an afterword published by the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis - which the Church of  England describes as “honest and challenging” - he welcomed the “kinship” and “profound friendship” between Christainity and Judaism.  However he also criticised the report, saying he has a “substantial misgiving” on the question of evangelism. “Namely, that it does not reject the efforts of those Christians, however many they may number, who, as part of their faithful mission, dedicate themselves to the purposeful and specific targeting of Jews for conversion to Christianity.” The Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth, chair of the Faith and Order Commission, said: “Assumptions about Judaism and Jewish people, past and present, colour Christian approaches to preaching, teaching, evangelism, catechesis, worship, devotion and art, whether or not Chirsian communities are conscious of their Jewish neighbours, near and far; testing out those assumptions and exploring them theologically is therefore a challenge that pertains to the whole Church. “That challenge is also, however, a previous opportunity… We are convinced that the Christian-Jewish relationship is a gift of God to the Church, which is to be received with care, respect and gratitude, so that we may learn more fully about God’s purposes for us and all the world.”

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:01:00 -0500
  • Gender Politics at the Democratic Debate Show How Hard It Is To Fight Like a Girl news

    And pulled their punches against a less experienced man

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:00:23 -0500
  • Ukraine protesters demand no 'capitulation' to Russia news

    Thousands of Ukrainians demonstrated in Kiev on Thursday to demand no "capitulation" to Moscow as President Volodymyr Zelensky prepares for a December summit meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The pair are due to meet for the first time since Zelensky's election last April at French-hosted December 9 quadripartite talks which French and German leaders Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will also attend.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:47:13 -0500
  • Syracuse Students Flee Campus Rocked by Racist Incidents news

    Sam GelfandSYRACUSE, New York—A string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents at Syracuse University has ratcheted up tensions to the point that more and more students are fleeing campus before the Thanksgiving break.“I’ve simply had enough. I’m exhausted from all of the hate going on at campus,” senior Mason Horodyski told The Daily Beast on Tuesday night.The upstate New York school has been reeling from 11 reports of racist graffiti and harassment in two weeks—which prompted widespread student protests, a tongue-lashing for administrators from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and a $1 million commitment for campus change.In the twilight hours of Monday, the manifesto written by the Christchurch mosque shooter was posted to a Syracuse discussion forum and hours later allegedly AirDropped to students’ phones in the university library. Many students took this as an implied threat of violence.One freshman, who asked to remain anonymous, said the manifesto incident was the tipping point for her. “I was very shocked. I don’t feel safe right now,” she said as she frantically stuffed garbage bags filled with clothes into the trunk of a white Mercedes-Benz SUV. Students pack to leave Syracuse UniversitySam GelfandThe university’s Department of Public Safety has stressed there is “no appearance of a direct threat,” but students who are leaving early all say the same thing: They don’t feel safe.“Everybody was already pretty tense going into the week, just with everything that’s going on,” said Ford Hatchett, a resident assistant in the Brewster, Boland, and Brockway residence hall complex, known to students as BBB. Tension morphed into fear on Tuesday. Cries to cancel classes emanated from every corner of campus. A police car was parked outside BBB."As I’m walking into BBB, there's several girls with suitcases that are walking out,” said Will Scott, a student sports reporter who visited BBB. “I’m like, ‘Where are y’all going; what’s up?’ And one of the girls was extremely rattled and said, ‘Someone just threatened to shoot up BBB.’”The rumor was based on a screenshot of a conversation between two students that had begun circulating among the student body. Although the threat was quickly debunked by DPS officers, the damage was done.Cuomo Blasts Syracuse U Leadership After White-Supremacist Manifesto Allegedly AirDropped to Students“In those two to three minutes, students had already gotten a hold of it,” Hatchett said. “We started getting panicked messages from students, who again, want to know, ‘Are we on lockdown?’ ‘Do we need to evacuate?’ ‘I called my mom, she wants me to get on a flight, like, right away.’ So it was almost mass panic there for a good hour and a half before we finally figured out that everything was calm and safe.“There wasn’t any concern that there was an active shooter in the building, but there was a concern that it would be happening sometime today. At that point, a lot of people just wanted to get as far away from here as they could.“I kid you not, within five minutes, I saw some people walking out with suitcases. They had suitcases in their hands and they were bookin’ it for the door.“A couple of them booked flights today,” Hatchett said. “I have a couple students who booked hotel rooms in the area and are staying there because they didn’t feel safe in the dorms. And I know of other students who are driving home tonight.”Hatchett oversees 36 students on his floor. Twelve of them left Tuesday night. All of them cited the unfounded threat as the reason, he said.“They all felt a little on-edge,” Hatchett explained, “but no one had taken the action to go home or get a hotel until today’s threats. I don’t think anyone has ever heard of one-third of a floor getting out of here a couple days early.”Freshman Victoria Ghillani said she wants to leave “as soon as I possibly can.” “This just shouldn’t be happening,” she said.Syracuse students wait for rides to take them off campusSam GelfandMinutes after Ghillani went upstairs to gather her belongings, Jenna Klein dragged her black suitcase across the lobby. The 18-year-old freshman, backpack slung over one shoulder, said shooting fears—even though they were unfounded—pushed her over the edge.“With everything happening on campus, I don’t really feel safe here. It’s just that shootings have happened so much, and…” she trailed off.Syracuse University has adopted a business-as-usual stance. Several schools and colleges informed students Tuesday morning via email that classes would not be canceled by the administration—though by afternoon most had relented and declared that absences this week would be excused.Students who have stayed behind are on high alert. While Hatchett spoke to The Daily Beast on Tuesday evening, a student listening to an emergency dispatch claimed he heard reports of shots fired at nearby Sadler Hall. They realized they were mistaken a few minutes later, but not before a handful of people received frantic texts to shelter in place.Hatchett, a senior, said he wasn’t concerned about his safety but he could not blame freshmen for being jittery in the current climate.”They did what was best for them, and I’m glad everybody got out of here safe,” he said.Syracuse University Offers $50,000 Reward for Information About Racist Incidents on CampusRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:10:47 -0500
  • Former Baltimore mayor pleads guilty to charges related to book sales news

    Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty on Thursday to tax evasion and other federal charges related to sales of a self-published children's book as part of an illegal scheme to fund her election campaign. Pugh entered the plea on two counts of tax evasion, and one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States. The charges stem from sales of the book, "Healthy Holly" to a charity where Pugh served on the board.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:28:18 -0500
  • Reeling progressives meet behind closed doors after 'Medicare for All' barrage news

    "Medicare for All" has taken a beating lately. Its two biggest proponents in the presidential field, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have come under sustained attack from centrist Democrats over the issue. The health care industry is spending millions to sow opposition.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:45:10 -0500
  • 'Don't let them in': Arrests made as hundreds protest Ann Coulter speech at UC Berkeley news

    Coulter was invited to the California university by the Berkeley College Republicans for a speech about immigration called 'Adios, America.'

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:34:33 -0500
  • Climate activist’s remarks downplaying Holocaust spark anger news

    A prominent British climate change activist sparked anger Wednesday after appearing to downplay the Holocaust in an interview with a German newspaper. Roger Hallam, who co-founded the activist group Extinction Rebellion, told the German newspaper Die Zeit that the Nazis’ murder of 6 million Jews was merely one of many genocides.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:22:23 -0500
  • Maloney hammers Sondland on changing testimony — and extracts key concession news

    Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney chastised Gordon Sondland during the U.S. ambassador to the European Union’s testimony Wednesday.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:52:21 -0500
  • US woman could be forced to register as a sex offender after appearing topless in front of step-children news

    An American woman could be forced to register as a sex offender after appearing topless in front of her step-children in her own home. Tilli Buchanan, from Utah, was charged with three counts of misdemeanour lewdness involving a child after appearing topless along with the children's father in their home last year. Ms Buchanan's lawyers are contesting the charge, arguing it is unfair to treat men and women differently for baring her chest. She said she and her husband were working in their garage in late 2017 or early 2018 and removed their shirts to prevent them from getting dusty.   She told the court that when the children, aged nine and 13, entered the garage she “explained she considers herself a feminist and wanted to make a point that everybody should be fine with walking around their house or elsewhere with skin showing”. “It was in the privacy of my own home. My husband was right next to me in the same exact manner that I was, and he’s not being prosecuted,” she said after the court hearing. The charge occurred after child welfare officials began an investigation involving the children on an unrelated matter and the children’s mother reported the incident to authorities because she was “alarmed.” If convicted, Ms Buchanan could be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Her husband was not charged. Ms Buchanan's lawyers appeared in court on Tuesday to ask a judge to overturn the charges, arguing that they are unconstitutional. The lawyers cited a previous court ruling that overturned a Colorado ban on women going topless in public. However the prosecution said that in the US, nudity is commonly understood to include women's breasts. The judge in the case, Kara Pettit, declined to rule immediately on the case, saying it was “too important of an issue”. A ruling is expected in the next few months.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:32:00 -0500
  • DNC Drops Lackluster Fundraising Numbers During Dem Debate news

    The Democratic National Committee released its fundraising numbers during the presidential primary debate on Wednesday night, revealing that the committee lags far behind Republicans in funding for the 2020 elections.The DNC has $8.7 million in cash on hand, but it is $7 million in debt, according to its October Federal Election Commission filing. The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, had raised $156 million and had $61.4 million cash on hand as of the end of October.However, it was noted that the DNC is competing for donations with a wide field of presidential candidates, ten of which participated in Wednesday night's primary debate. At this point in 2011, when former president Barack Obama stood for reelection, the DNC had raised roughly $150 million.Bernie Sanders revealed he had personally raised $25.3 million over the past three months, leading Democratic presidential candidates in fundraising. Pete Buttigieg raised $19.1 million over the same period, followed by Kamala Harris with $11.6 million. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren haven't yet released their fundraising numbers.The RNC has used the Democrats' impeachment inquiry against President Trump to great effect in its fundraising efforts, receiving record-breaking levels of donations in October and September with its "Stop the Madness" campaign."While Democrats are focused on their sham impeachment charade, Republicans had another record-breaking fundraising month in October — the best off-cycle October in our party’s history," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told the Washington Examiner. "In 2020, voters will choose results over the Democrats’ polarizing political rhetoric, and the RNC is in the strongest position possible to reelect President Trump and Republicans up-and-down the ballot."The RNC has been using some of its funds to help House Republicans seeking to topple Democrats in vulnerable districts.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:48:44 -0500
  • Anger in China as it demands Trump veto Hong Kong bills news

    China on Thursday demanded President Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take “strong countermeasures” if the bills become law.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:49:24 -0500
  • A Lack of Money Will Stop Russia from Building More Stealth Fighters news

    Or at least enough more to make a big difference.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:00:00 -0500
  • Manila-bound Philippine Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Los Angeles

    All 347 passengers and 18 crew aboard flight 113, a Boeing Co 777 widebody, are safe, an airline spokeswoman said. Pilots of flight 113 declared an emergency and reported a possible engine failure on the 777, Los Angeles International Airport said. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said the plane returned and landed without incident.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:21:51 -0500
  • 20 of the Most Beautiful Bridges in the World

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    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:00:00 -0500
  • Laura Loomer’s ‘Nonsensical’ Lawsuit Killed by Judge news

    Stephanie Keith/GettyFar-right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer lost a lawsuit against a Muslim-rights organization this week after a judge ruled that her entire case was “to put it mildly, nonsensical.”Loomer was a prominent anti-Muslim internet personality until she was banned from most major social media platforms beginning last year. Since then, she has launched a congressional bid, which she acknowledged in a campaign email was at least partially a ploy to have her social media accounts restored. She also filed a lawsuit against the Council on American-Islamic Relations earlier this year, accusing the civil rights group of plotting to take down her Twitter account.Many of her claims in that lawsuit originated from a prank by leftist Twitter users who quickly confessed to the stunt. That didn’t stop Loomer from pursuing the lawsuit to its doomed end on Wednesday.Twitter banned Loomer in November 2018, after years of anti-Muslim posts. (She is also banned from Uber, Lyft, Venmo, GoFundMe, PayPal, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms for similar infractions.) But Loomer, who has promoted a number of conspiracy theories (she made her first headlines attempting to accuse her university of supporting ISIS) soon latched onto an elaborate explanation for her ban.Republican Lawmakers on Being Photographed With Laura Loomer: We Don’t Know HerShe tried to overturn the ban by handcuffing herself to the door of Twitter’s New York City offices. Twitter remained unmoved, but the stunt attracted the attention of Twitter users Nathan Bernard and Chris Gillen, who decided to pose as Twitter employees, Right Wing Watch first reported. Beginning in December, the pair sent Loomer messages claiming Twitter had met with CAIR representatives shortly before her ban.The pair said Loomer did not seek to authenticate any of their claims, including a ridiculous forged calendar they sent her, which appeared to show Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey scheduling two-and-a-half consecutive hours of meditation time every work day. “We couldn’t have done it dumber,” Gillen told Right Wing Watch in January. “We couldn’t have been less careful. It’s so obviously bullshit.”The pranksters also shared audio of a phone call in which Loomer accused Dorsey of “taking money from all these Muslims and implementing Sharia law.”Loomer passed the allegation to the Wall Street Journal, which implied that CAIR was among “outside groups and individuals [that] had privately lobbied Twitter executives to remove her from the site in late November.” A series of right-wing news sites picked up the story, accusing CAIR and Twitter of conspiring against Loomer.Although Bernard and Gillen came clean about the stunt in January, Loomer continued to press the conspiracy theory in court. In April, she filed suit against CAIR, accusing it of “tortious interference with an advantageous business relationship” between herself and Twitter.Anti-Muslim Activist Laura Loomer to Run for CongressThat argument had a fatal flaw: Loomer had no business relationship with Twitter, a judge ruled on Wednesday.“[E]ven accepting as true Plaintiffs’ proposition that Defendant reported Loomer’s account and convinced Twitter to ban Loomer, doing so does not create a cause of action for tortious interference with a business relationship,” the judge wrote in a dismissal. “Plaintiffs’ suggestion that the mere reporting of a Twitter user—however insistent such reporting may be—is sufficient to constitute tortious interference in a business relationship between Twitter and the targeted user is, to put it mildly, nonsensical.”In other words, tweeting isn’t a job, and getting banned isn’t the same as getting fired.If Loomer wants to find the culprit behind her ban, she can look in the mirror, CAIR said after the Wednesday dismissal.“We are pleased the court recognized that Loomer’s complaint against CAIR was baseless,” CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri said in a statement. “Her own pattern of anti-Muslim rhetoric is what caused Twitter and at least eight other internet platforms to ban her, not any actions by CAIR.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:43:25 -0500
  • Dozens of dogs tested in French search for woman's forest killers news

    French police investigating the death of a pregnant woman mauled to death by dogs while walking in the woods have carried out DNA tests on 67 dogs to try identify those that attacked her, investigators said Thursday. Elisa Pilarski, 29, was found dead on Saturday in Retz forest about 90 kilometres (55 miles) northeast of Paris. A deer hunt with hounds was underway in the forest where Pilarski, a dog lover, was walking her own American Staffordshire terrier.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:22:44 -0500
  • Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world news

    Former Vice President Al Gore said that even though President Donald Trump wants to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the U.S. cannot legally pull out until the day after next year’s presidential election. “If there’s a new president -- pardon me for a minute,” Gore said to laughs and then loud applause, as he stretched out his arms and looked up. Gore’s spirited speech Wednesday night kicked off a series of climate presentations that continued around the globe on Thursday.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:46:35 -0500
  • Police officer shot and killed while investigating home invasion in Detroit news

    According to Police Chief James Craig, the officers were responding to a home invasion on Detroit’s west side.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:34:18 -0500
  • Pete Buttigieg is the darling of the donor class. The debate was a reminder why news

    The South Bend mayor was in his typical form in the Democratic debate: heavy on rhetoric and light on specifics‘His statements, like his affect, seemed to have been designed by an algorithm to make no commitments and risk no offense.’ Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty ImagesOn Wednesday afternoon, the Biden campaign made a mistake: it prematurely sent out an email meant for later in the evening, after the Democratic presidential debate. “I’m leaving the fifth Democratic debate now,” the email opened, referring to an event that had not yet begun. “I hope I made you proud.” The email alluded to potential attacks on Warren, with the pointed line: “We need more than plans.”Those attacks from Biden never materialized. In fact, his performance was clumsy, light on substance, and studded with unforced errors much like that of his campaign’s misspent email. In the most memorable and upsetting moment of the night, Biden responded to a question about the MeToo movement and male violence against women by saying: “We need to keep punching at it, and punching at it, and punching at it.” The comment embraced the logic of violence as a means of dominance and control while pretending to condemn that same pattern. The audience laughed uncomfortably, and Biden did not seem to understand why. “I’m serious,” he said.The night may have been the worst in a series of embarrassing debate performances for Biden, and though he remains the frontrunner in many national polls, it is difficult to imagine these moments propelling him to the nomination, let alone the White House. Instead, the surging candidate of the moment is Pete Buttigieg, the young mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a non-committal moderate who has pulled ahead in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire.Last month, when Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren was newly in the lead, that month’s debate featured strenuous attacks on her from the left and right, and many observers, including me, predicted that Buttigieg would face similar scrutiny this time around. But he did not: the other contenders pulled their punches and for most of the debate made only oblique references to his inexperience and dismal poll performance among the crucial demographic bloc of black voters.It is not clear why Buttigieg was not subject to the attacks that Warren was, but it is hard not to suspect that the other candidates were more comfortable attacking the progressive and outspoken Warren, a woman who has defined the terms of the ideological debate in the primary thus far and shifted the party decidedly to the left, than they were attacking the soft-spoken male polyglot from South Bend.For his part, Buttigieg was in his typical form, seeming to adapt to his new role in the top tier of early state candidates as if he has been expecting to be president since childhood. His answer to every question was plotted and delivered in a slow, emotionless recitation, as if he had practiced his sentences before, in a mirror. He was heavy on rhetoric and light on specifics, as befits the darling of the donor class. He pledged to bring the country together but did not explain how. His statements, like his affect, seemed to have been designed by an algorithm to make no commitments and risk no offense.Buttigieg did, however, manage to punch left, with a strange claim that programs such as Medicare for All, student debt forgiveness and free college are divisive, despite the huge numbers of Americans they would benefit. To bring people together, he reasoned, Democrats need to adopt lesser agendas that would leave many people behind. The left-punching mantle was taken up by his fellow moderate Amy Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, who claimed, falsely, that free college proposals like Warren’s have no financing plan. The trend was not new to the debates, but is symptomatic of a broader phenomenon of the Democratic party: the base has made increasingly loud demands that Democratic candidates follow them left, and the progressive wing of the party is following them there, to the establishment’s great chagrin.But the base was not neglected by everyone on stage. In one of the night’s biggest applause lines from the Atlanta audience, Kamala Harris emphasized the importance of black women to the Democratic electoral strategy, and lamented that these voters have been largely ignored. It was a subtle dig at Buttigieg, who has virtually no black support and who faces bleak electoral prospects in the early, majority-black primary contest in South Carolina. But the statement from Harris was also a moral reminder to Democrats to remember, acknowledge and work for black women, the voting constituency that most consistently drives them into office and is most consistently ignored or taken for granted in their policymaking.It was one of a few moments of moral reckoning over race and gender injustice on the stage. In a moment enabled by the uncommonly deft and conscientious intervention of the evenings’ four moderators, Warren brought the humanitarian crisis at the border into vivid relief. Klobuchar and Harris made appeals to women, with Klobuchar pointing out the double standards for women’s performance in professional settings and Harris emphasizing the injustice of women’s disproportionate responsibility for childcare and eldercare alike, often without access to any help from the state at all. The candidates were asked about the imperiled state of abortion rights in the country, with Warren emphasizing that abortion rights are human rights and economic rights. A question about MeToo yielded only that embarrassingly tone-deaf comment from Biden, but the mere fact that it was asked was a reminder that that party’s base is largely female.It will be women who decide who will become the Democratic nominee, and women who will propel that nominee into the White House. * Moira Donegan is a Guardian US columnist

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:30:21 -0500
  • Singapore ‘Repatriates’ Hongkonger Who Held Political Meeting news

    (Bloomberg) -- A Hong Kong resident living in Singapore has been “repatriated” home after organizing an illegal gathering of mostly ethnic Chinese last month to talk about the ongoing protests, according to local media reports.Restaurant owner Alex Yeung, along with a 55-year-old former Hong Kong resident, were issued a “stern warning” over what was said to be a gathering of about 10 people sharing their views of the escalating protests, which is an offense under the Public Order Act. Yeung, who has a Youtube channel of largely pro-Beijing content was further instructed he would not be allowed to enter Singapore again without permission from the authorities.“Singapore has always been clear that foreigners should not advocate their political causes in Singapore, through public assemblies, and other prohibited means,” the Singapore Police Force told Channel News Asia late on Wednesday.Speaking from Singapore’s Changi Airport on Thursday morning ahead of his flight, Yeung said he was now free to go where he pleased and thanked Singapore for upholding the rule of law.Illegal Gatherings“The Singapore Police Force has made no indictment against me. I am warned to refrain from any criminal conduct in the future under their discretion,” he said in a video posted to YouTube. “Singapore is a very civilized country with very good security.”In 2017, Singapore revoked the permanent residency of prominent academic and China expert Huang Jing after he allegedly used his position to covertly advance the agenda of an unnamed foreign country at Singapore’s expense.Hong Kong has been gripped for days by the standoff at the city’s Polytechnic University, where hard-core protesters remain surrounded by police. The unrest began in June with largely peaceful marches against legislation allowing extraditions to mainland China and have since mushroomed into a broader push for demands including an independent probe into police violence and the ability to nominate and elect city leaders.Speaking to reporters on Monday, Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing warned a similar situation could “easily happen” in his country if the government is complacent. Under restrictive laws, cause-related gatherings are illegal without a police permit and participants are subject to fines without it.\--With assistance from Chester Yung.To contact the reporter on this story: Philip J. Heijmans in Singapore at pheijmans1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at, Muneeza NaqviFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:14:09 -0500
  • This Means War: Yes, Russia's Su-35 Can Take on the F-15 or F-16 news

    What would happen?

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:30:00 -0500
  • Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border news

    Ten Mexican citizens have sued Walmart over the shooting at a store in the U.S. border town of El Paso, Texas, that killed eight Mexicans and left eight more injured, saying that Walmart did not do enough to protect its customers, Mexico said on Wednesday. The suspected gunman told police he was targeting "Mexicans" in the August shooting, which killed 22 people in total.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:27:42 -0500
  • Pompeo planning to resign over Trump, report claims news

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly told three prominent Republicans that he is planning to resign from the White House to run for a Senate seat.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:43:58 -0500
  • President Andrew Yang's first words to Russia's Vladimir Putin: 'I'm sorry I beat your guy'

    Andrew Yang didn't get much speaking time at Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, but he made memorable use of the time he got. Near the end of the debate, Yang was asked what he would say, if elected, in his first call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Well, first I'd say I'm sorry I beat your guy," he said. "Or not sorry," he added, after a pause for applause. "And second, I'd say the days of meddling in American elections are over, and we will take any undermining of our democratic processes as an act of hostility and aggression."Yang continued with a substantive answer, though he got a little in the weeds of mixed metaphors with his proposal for a "new World Data Organization, like a WTO for data, because right now, unfortunately, we're living in a world where data is the new oil and we don't have our arms around it."More stories from Republicans are throwing Rudy Giuliani under the bus Lindsey Graham seems to be gearing up for an impeachment trial Schiff outlines 'the difference between Nixon and Trump' in fiery impeachment closing statement

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:32:21 -0500
  • 'The Entire System Is Designed to Suppress Us.' What the Chinese Surveillance State Means for the Rest of the World news

    China—projected to have one CCTV camera for every two people by 2022—is a harbinger of what society looks like with surveillance unchecked.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:39:19 -0500
  • Pence Denies Discussing Ukraine Investigations with Sondland or Zelensky news

    Vice President Mike Pence denied that Gordon Sondland ever voiced concerns about a potential quid pro quo with Ukraine on Tuesday morning after Sondland claimed otherwise in his Tuesday morning testimony.Sondland, who serves as ambassador to the E.U., testified that he told Pence that he had “concerns that the delay in aid had become tied to the issue of investigations” ahead of a September 1 meeting between Pence and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky.Pence's office issued a statement contradicting Sondland's testimony in response.“The Vice President never had a conversation with Gordon Sondland about investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid to Ukraine based upon potential investigations,” a statement from Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, read. “Ambassador Gordon Sondland was never alone with Vice President Pence on the September 1 trip to Poland. This alleged discussion recalled by Ambassador Sondland never happened.”In his testimony, Sondland recounted a meeting between Pence and Zelensky, in which Zelensky “raised the issue of security assistance directly with Vice President Pence.” Sondland said that Pence told the Ukrainian president that he would ask President Trump about it. In his statement, Short does not deny that the pair discussed military aid, but does say that “multiple witnesses have testified under oath” that no investigations were ever brought up during the September meeting between Pence and Zelensky.“Multiple witnesses have testified under oath that Vice President Pence never raised Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden, Crowdstrike, Burisma, or investigations in any conversation with Ukrainians or President Zelensky before, during, or after the September 1 meeting in Poland,” Short's statement concludes.Sondland also testified that he pulled top Ukrainian aide Andriy Yermak aside during the September meeting to say that “he believed that the resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine took some kind of action on the public statement that we had been discussing for many weeks.” He added that he relayed this message at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's behest.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:32:48 -0500
  • Death penalty sought for man accused of killing prostitutes

    Prosecutors in Florida announced Thursday that they will seek the death penalty against a man who they say preyed on prostitutes, causing panic in the Daytona Beach area over a series of killings more than a dozen years ago. Prosecutors charged Robert Hayes, 37, with three counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of three women in that area between 2005 and 2006. Laquetta Gunther, 45, was found dead in a gap between an auto parts store and a mostly empty utility building, the day after Christmas 2005.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:05:52 -0500
  • Zimbabwean police beat opposition supporters after rally ban news

    Zimbabwean riot police fired tear gas and beat opposition supporters on Wednesday after barring a planned address by the main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, AFP journalists said. Hundreds of supporters had gathered outside the Harare headquarters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after the party was denied permission to hold a rally in the city's Africa Unity Square. Chamisa had been expected to make the address from the office balcony instead, but he later spoke to a few party members in a room inside the offices.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:23:33 -0500
  • Epstein Accuser Says He Tried to Traffic Her To Famous Hollywood Producer news

    YANA PASKOVA/AFP via Getty ImagesAnother Jeffrey Epstein accuser is suing the convicted sex offender’s estate, accusing the disgraced financier of trafficking her around the world—including to a well known Hollywood producer.In a suit filed Thursday, Teala Davies claims she was introduced to Epstein as a struggling 17-year-old and lured into his orbit with promises of financial support. For more than two years, the suit claims, Epstein assaulted her and trafficked her to his homes in New York, New Mexico, France, and other locations. “I was the perfect victim. I was on my own and I needed help. Jeffrey Epstein preyed on me,” Davies told reporters. “I still have flashbacks, it still hurts, and like said, I am still scared. I am healing from this every day.”Representatives of Epstein's estate did not respond to a request for comment.Send The Daily Beast a TipThe Man Who Could Inherit Jeffrey Epstein’s MillionsEpstein was awaiting trial on charges of trafficking underage girls when he was found dead in his jail cell this summer. Davies’ suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is one of at least a dozen suits filed against the disgraced millionaire’s estate after his death.Davies, 34, was one of at least two dozen accusers who appeared in court when Epstein’s case was dismissed this summer. At the time, she made similar allegations of abuse and manipulation starting when she was 17 and added, “all I'm going to say is, today is a day of power and strength.”Davies is being represented by Gloria Allred, who is working with several other Epstein accusers. The famed women’s rights attorney announced another suit against Epstein’s estate just three days ago, on behalf of a woman who says Epstein and his associates plied her with gifts and assaulted her when she was 15 years old. Allred said Monday that Davies was living on her own and working full-time to support herself when she first encountered Epstein. She said the teenager had already experienced “tremendously challenging circumstances,” including being homeless for a year at age 11. According to the suit, Davies was introduced to Epstein by her sister while the two were living in Los Angeles. Her sister, who was already allegedly a victim of Epstein, introduced the businessman as someone who could help Davies with her career aspirations. According to the suit, Epstein followed through, arranging for her to study abroad in Spain to pursue her dream of becoming a translator.It was after Davies quit her job and gave up her apartment to move to Spain that Epstein began his predation, the complaint claims. He allegedly began sexually assaulting her and forcing her to massage him regularly—and Davies, with nowhere else to go, felt powerless to resist.After she returned from her semester abroad—still homeless and unemployed—Epstein allegedly continued to assault her, while trafficking her to his homes around the world. He also allegedly introduced her to his famous friends, including a well-known Hollywood producer. The producer, the complaint claims, “demanded and attempted to engage in abusive sexual behavior." Davies narrowly escaped. At the press conference Thursday, Allred provided reporters with a photo purportedly showing Epstein and Davies on a helicopter ride over the U.S. Virgin Islands. “She is still just beginning to understand the impact of his pattern of manipulating, sexual assault and betrayal of her trust,” Allred said.The announcement of the suit came after a calamitous interview with Britain's Prince Andrew, who remained friends with Epstein after he was accused of sexually abusing multiple underage girls and has been accused of assaulting one of Epstein’s victims himself. The prince said in the interview that he had “no recollection” of meeting the accuser, but later announced plans to “step back” from public duties for the foreseeable future. During the press conference Monday, Allred urged Prince Andrew to cooperate with authorities in New York who are still investigating Epstein's alleged sex trafficking operation.Attorneys for Epstein’s estate are currently trying to set up a compensation fund to pay his victims without having to litigate each claim. The attorneys asked a U.S. Virgin Islands judge last week to approve the program, which they said would give victims “the opportunity to obtain appropriate compensation and to be heard and treated with compassion, dignity and respect.”Attorneys for some of the accusers, however, were uneasy with the idea of handing the settlement process over to Epstein’s team.“These women have already endured horrific abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein and have waited many years for justice,” said David Brodie, an attorney for one of the accusers, according to The New York Times. “To turn their personal experiences over to one person selected by Jeffrey Epstein’s estate to make a binding decision (which may not be disputed) could be a process that may exacerbate the victimization of these brave women.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:12:58 -0500
  • Vietnam to Extend Retirement Age by 2 Years for Men, 5 Years for Women news

    (Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.Vietnam will gradually extend the retirement age for men by two years and for women by five years over the next decade as part of the government’s amendment to its Labor Code.Men can work until 62 by 2028 and women until 60 by 2035 from the current retirement age of 60 for males and 55 for females, the government said on its website.Under the amendments approved by the National Assembly on Wednesday, the retirement age will increase by 3 months annually for men and by 4 months each year for women starting 2021. The changes were made as Vietnam’s population is maturing at a faster pace than some of its peers.The nation’s elderly citizens are expected to double to 14% of the population in about 17 years and the country could become an aged society in 2035, according to a statement of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Bank in August. It took Singapore 22 years and Thailand 20 years to reach the threshold for a country’s population to be considered aged.The number of people joining Vietnam’s work force has dropped by more than half to about 400,000 each year from an average of 1 million in the past, local newspaper Tuoi Tre reported citing Bui Sy Loi from the committee on social affairs of the National Assembly.\--With assistance from Thuy Ong.To contact the reporter on this story: Mai Ngoc Chau in Ho Chi Minh City at cmai9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Clarissa Batino at, Ruth PollardFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:41:32 -0500
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