Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

April 28, 2017

… supervising the investigation and the federal judge hearing the case, House General Counsel Thomas Hungar claims that the FBI’s request for a congressional staffer to provide Schock’s office records “without authorization” effectively “amounts to a solicitation of that employee to steal official records.” “Such conduct likely constitutes a federal crime, both on the part of the employee who steals the records and, quite possibly, on the part of the …

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

April 27, 2017

(CNN)Two Michigan doctors and a medical office manager were indicted Wednesday by a Detroit grand jury in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. Detroit emergency room physician Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, internal medicine physician Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida Attar, face one count of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, two counts of female genital mutilation and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Doctors Nagarwala, …

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How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

April 27, 2017

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald …

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Female genital mutilation procedure ‘hurted a lot,’ child says

April 25, 2017

(CNN)A 7-year-old girl who underwent a painful genital mutilation procedure told federal investigators that after a doctor completed the process, she was rewarded with a piece of cake for “doing good.” Court documents obtained by CNN contain that account, along with other details in the cases of three medical professionals now facing charges in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. The father of the girl — one of two 7-year-olds who underwent …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Cites Celebrity Flat-Earthers To Make A Point About Politics

April 22, 2017

… Models, the astrophysicist tweeted. Unlike his past Earth-is-round Twitter rants, Tysons recent tweets didnt appear to be in response to a freshly outed denialist celebrity. However, his comments do reflect another type of denialism that exists in a very influential place in America: the White House. Perhaps, in honor of upcoming Earth Day and the coinciding March for Science protests, Tyson was pointing to flat-Earthers to make a case against policymakers who are also science deniers, and …

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Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

April 22, 2017

(CNN)A distinguished federal judge who most Americans only know of as the target of Donald Trump’s bigotry when he was still a candidate for president has returned to the public spotlight — and not by choice. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in the southern district of California, has been assigned to hear the case of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who alleges that he was improperly deported by immigration authorities. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, says that he …

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O’Reilly’s firing: What took so long?

April 21, 2017

… would mean litigation, courtrooms and public fights. Remember, O’Reilly has denied the allegations and has called them “unfounded.” Therefore, legal proceedings would ensue going to the merits of the claims, and O’Reilly would have his day in court. This would most certainly impair Fox’s brand much more by keeping this case in the news — instead of turning the page, and simply cutting a check. Fox then, has opted to make a practical business decision. Never …

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Steve King Toasts Border Patrol After Deportation Of Dreamer

April 19, 2017

… Security. But Montes could be the first documented case of a Dreamer with active DACA status being deported. He had past criminal convictions for driving without a license and shoplifting, but his record did not exclude him from the program and his paperwork was not set to expire until 2018, according to USA Today. Trump maintained the DACA program even though he promised to end it which King believes he should follow through on. But he also said he would give Immigration and Customs …

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Trump’s congratulatory call to Erdogan is revealing

April 19, 2017

… Jacobs and others on Twitter. (Jacobs tweeted during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit, “Trump’s press corps has been placed in a basement suite at Jupiter golf club. Black plastic over windows to give Trump privacy as he golfs.” In this case, the blacked-out windows merely hid a golf game. Yet the model of media-government relations they conjure — a press that’s blinded, and cut off from knowledge of what’s going on and who’s doing it …

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Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

… file objections to the execution protocol, and only acted at the last minute. Judge Jane Kelly, in a dissent, argued the the case was about more than which drugs are used to put inmates to death, and questioned whether Arkansas was in line with the Eight Amendments evolving standards of decency. Despite the federal appeals ruling, a state court ruling remains in place that blocks the state Department of Corrections from using pancuronium bromide a second drug in the lethal three-drug mixture. …

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Georgia student in police beating video says he feared for his life

April 18, 2017

(CNN)The 21-year-old Georgia college student seen on cell phone video being beaten by two Georgia police officers says he thought he was going to die during the traffic stop on April 12. Demetrius Hollins was pulled over on a busy suburban Atlanta road by Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni for not having a license plate, according to the police report. Hollins said the license plate was in the rear window. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly 140m, says NUT – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… emphasis on vocational skills for 14 to 19-year-olds. “In the case of the closed UTCs, an average of 10m was spent on each school, rising to 15m in the case of Tottenham UTC. “That sums of this magnitude have been thrown away at a time when schools across the country are crying out for funding for staff, to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and to ensure essential resources and equipment are available, is criminal.” Education Secretary Justine Greening this week announced …

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United Airlines, David Dao, And The Way We Blame

April 13, 2017

… Michael Brown comes particularly to mind, with his actions on the day examined in microscopic detail while his past led to the infamous no angel article in the New York Times); it is probably not a coincidence that we find it now in a case where the man subjected to unwarranted violence by law enforcement, in this case to preserve the convenience of United Airlines, belongs to an ethnic minority. These are not majority positions, but if this tendency in public discourse is narrow, the Dao …

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Egyptians mourn, but do they understand?

April 11, 2017

(CNN)After the bombing of two churches on Palm Sunday in Tanta and Alexandria, the Egyptian people have entered a state of mourning. Once again their Christian fellow citizens have been targeted and killed for their faith, and once again photos circulate across social media with the faces and stories of innocent Egyptians murdered as they gathered to worship. As is always the case, the Egyptian state has immediately issued calls for national unity. The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign …

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His name was Henry Summers – but who was he? – BBC News

April 9, 2017

Image caption Henry lived in a top-floor flat in Leith They went to the door of his top-floor flat on Easter Road and knocked but got no answer. Image caption Police beat down the door to gain entry to Henry’s flat A few years before that a woman had been found dead in Edinburgh, undiscovered for five years. The media were full of recrimination and finger pointing. I used to work with old people and had seen this before. It’s easy to de-personalise older people. We …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… Sebastian Gorka believe: People in the Muslim-majority world do not become radical militants keen to target the West because of repression or deprivation. The problem lies in how Muslim they are or how secular. Activist Iyad el-Baghdadi Gabbards position a clear case of Islamophobia. Spencer and Duke are more explicit in acknowledging what this argument means. After Trumps airstrike, Spencer a picture of Assad, with his wife beside him in a sleeveless dress. A few weeks earlier, Duke …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… National Weather Service. Use this with more caution, this means conditions are favorable for tornado development, and so, you need to know what you should do in case a tornado strikes. That’s where the warning comes in, if the radar has indicated a tornado, or someone has spotted a tornado in progress, that’s when the tornado warning is issued and you should get to your safe place immediately, stop what you’re doing and seek shelter. (END VIDEOTAPE) AZUZ: By removing certain …

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Dialogue marks faiths’ response to the Westminster attacks – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… common principles – principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” This Wednesday, both the Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches in Britain will continue to press the case for engagement, as opposed to antagonism. At 12:00 BST, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend what is billed as a Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey, which will bring together representatives of all those who were touched by the events of 22 March. The Archbishop of …

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Remains of missing Arizona girl Isabel Celis found, police say

April 2, 2017

(CNN)An Arizona girl who disappeared from her home almost five years ago is dead, police in Tucson said Friday. The remains of Isabel Celis were discovered earlier this month during a search by authorities, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said. “This is not the ending that any of us hoped for but it is also not the ending of the case,” he said. …

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BT fined record 42m for late installations – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… and cables that powers the UK’s broadband and landline phone network. In this case, it failed to pay full compensation to providers when it was late installing ethernet lines – high-speed cables used by large businesses, and mobile and broadband providers, to transmit data. Earlier this month, BT agreed to Ofcom’s demands for it to legally separate Openreach from its main business. Under the changes, Openreach will become a distinct company with its own staff, management and …

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… url(https://news.files.bbci.co.uk/vj/live/idt-images/data_pic-absences_birmingham/GettyImages-1825166671_cd0m0.jpg); } Unauthorised absences Number of pupils missing one or more session of school 691,910 in 2014-15 Source: DfE Getty Images The figures cover 2015-2016. In May 2016 a father won a case at the High Court to overturn a 120 fine levied for taking his daughter to Florida during term time. Isle of Wight Council appealed against the verdict and Jon Platt’s case went …

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George Osborne: Second-job rules for MPs to be examined – BBC News

March 20, 2017

… Partnership Adviser to fund management firm Blackrock A fellow at the McCain Institute “Unless someone sleeps two hours a night, that’s the only way I can see how this is not [too much],” added Lord Bew. “This is not personal to George Osborne. But [his case] raises the issue of how much time MPs have to devote to their parliamentary work.” …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… Sturgeon doesn’t take this for granted, but it should be in the bag – the Greens will back her, so if everyone turns up there is a 69 to 59 majority for independence. In any case, the Presiding Officer has already confirmed that votes on motions like the one to be debated over two days are not binding. The chief point scored will be political. After all, Holyrood has already voted against triggering Article 50, and that seems to be going ahead regardless. And in some ways the SNP …

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Florida Prosecutor’s Refusal To Seek Death Penalties Draws Political Backlash

March 17, 2017

… Ayala refused a demand from Republican Gov. Rick Scott that she recuse herself from Loyds case. In a statement, Scott said he was outraged and sickened by the two murders. Scotts office did not clarify how it will respond to other capital cases that may arise while Ayala is in office. In just over a year, Floridas death penalty statute has twice been ruled unconstitutional, Ayala said.A new statute was enacted this past Tuesday morning. Thats Floridas second death penalty statute in less …

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Trump rails against court ruling blocking travel ban

March 16, 2017

Nashville (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday decried a federal judge’s decision to block the travel ban he enacted via a revised executive order as a politically motivated decision that makes the US look “weak” and vowed to take his case to the Supreme Court if necessary. “The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with,” Trump said during a rally in …

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