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Hong Kong police tear gas protesters

Hong Kong police blasted pro-democracy protesters with tear gas and used vans with flashing lights in renewed efforts overnight to force demonstrators from streets near the government headquarters, as the city's top leader early Monday urged them to go home. Hong Kong's top leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, reassured the public that rumors the Chinese army might intervene were untrue. "Don't be misled by the rumors." [ More ]

 

 

US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the terrorist ISIS group overnight and early Thursday, killing at least 19 people as more families of terrorists left their key stronghold. The strikes aimed to knock out one of the militants' main revenue streams — black market oil sales. That funding  has been crucial in enabling the extremists to overrun and infest much of northern Syria and neighboring northwestern Iraq. [ More ]

 

 

Eric Holder resigning as Attorney General

Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama would announce Holder's departure later Thursday and that Mr. Holder planned to remain at the Justice Department until his successor was in place. [ More ]

 

 

New Android offers default encryption

The next generation of Google’s Android operating system, due next month, will encrypt data by default for the first time, the company said, raising yet another barrier to police gaining access to the troves of personal data typically kept on smartphones. Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since 2011. Now Google is designing the activation procedures for new Android devices so that encryption happens automatically. [ More ]

 

 

Obama: ISIS videos won't intimidate U.S.

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the group. Obama still did not give a timeline for deciding on a strategy to go after the extremist group's operations in Syria. "It's going to take time for us to be able to roll them back," he said at a news conference during a visit to Europe. [ More ]

 

 

US rethinks giving military gear to police

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Eric Holder said "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message, especially to black folks." [ More ]

 

 

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Kentucky candidate’s ‘With Jews We Lose’ slogan not going over well

FLORENCE, Kentucky (AP) -  A white supremacist is running a write-in campaign for U.S. Senate in Kentucky to promote his anti-Semitic slogan: “With Jews we lose.” Robert Ransdell’s name won’t appear on ballots, but county clerks must count write-in votes for the Cincinnati coordinator of National Alliance who is also affiliated with the KKK. [ More ]

 

Police: Jail inmate died from eating cellmate's drug-soaked underwear

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Kentucky (Gawker) -  A Kentucky jail inmate is under investigation for murder after he allegedly shared his contraband drug-soaked underwear with a cellmate, who died of a methadone overdose. Jessamine County jailers said Michael Jones, 55, soaked the underpants in liquid methadone during a temporary funeral leave. He allegedly ripped up the dosed undies and shared them with cellmates.  [ More ]

 

Redhead sent home from school for 'disruptive' hair

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama (ABC) -   Personal style is designed to make a statement. Still, Hayleigh Black never expected that hers would land her in the principal's office. No sooner had she arrived for her first day back at school this year than the 16-year-old was told to go home. According to the Muscle Shoals school system in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, her red hair was too disruptive to remain in the building. [ More ]

 

Wife of top Texas anti-gay crusader divorces him to be with lesbian partner

SOMEWHERE-IN-TEXAS (Raw Story) -  The leader of an anti-LGBT group who has joined with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to ban same-sex marriage had his own marriage end after his wife began a romantic relationship with another woman. Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz was dating another woman when she filed for divorce in 2011. Six months later, Jonathan Saenz became president of the state’s anti-gay group, Texas Values. [ More ]

 

Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

 NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The circumcision season among Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, it's time to flee. At least 12 men from other tribes have been forcibly circumcised since the start of the circumcisions in August, according to police and local authorities. Others have sought refuge in police stations to avoid the knife's cut. [ More ]

 

Vietnam’s taste for ‘little tiger’ leaves cat owners in constant fear

HANOI, VIETNAM (Raw Story) -  The enduring popularity of “little tiger” as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban. At an unassuming restaurant next to a carwash in central Hanoi, a cat is prepared for hungry clients: drowned, shaved and burned to remove all fur before being cut up and fried with garlic.  [ More ]

 

Japanese high school girl 'dismembers classmate'’

SASEBO, JAPAN (BBC) - A high school girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering a classmate, Japanese police say. The 15-year-old was arrested on Sunday in Sasebo city in Japan's southern Nagasaki prefecture. Police said the girl beat her friend and then strangled her on Saturday. She then severed the victim's head and cut off one of her hands, they said. [ More ]

 

‘Allah’ handle gets Turkish Twitterer sentenced to 15 months in prisons

SOMEWHERE-IN-TURKEY (Washington Times) -  A Turkish Twitter user learned the hard way that Muslim hardliners mean business when they preach against disrespecting their god’s name: He was sentenced to prison for using a social media handle that included the word “Allah.” The man adopted the Twitter handle “@CenabiAllah.” He was arrested and charged with “humiliating the religious values accepted by a part of the people.” [ More ]
 

Nun tells students: Masturbation and ‘lack of masculinity’ make you gay

CHARLOTTE, NC  (Raw Story) -  Officials at Charlotte Catholic High School in North Carolina apologized to parents and students on Wednesday following a guest speaker’s remarks condemning homosexuality at a school assembly. “The statement she basically made was that homosexuality was something developed from lack of masculinity or a lack of father figures in one life,” one student told WSOC regarding the speech from Sister Jane Dominic Laurel. [ More ]

 

Back to the 8th Century: Afghanistan plans stoning adulterers to death

SOMEWHERE-IN-THE-CAVES-OF-AFGHANISTAN (Al Jazeera) -  Afghanistan's government is considering restoring stoning for adultery, a punishment used by the Taliban during its time in power. "Men and women who commit adultery shall be punished based on the circumstances to one of the following punishments: lashing, stoning [to death]," states article 21 of a draft of the new penal code. Article 23 specifies that the stoning should be public. [ More ]

 

Israeli "police officer" rapes two Palestinian boys

RAMALLAH, Palestine (Kawther) - Two Palestinian children were sexually assaulted by an armed Israeli assailant dressed in a police uniform. The perpetrator, driving a white car with Israeli license plates, approached the two boys while they grazed their goats in a field. With his firearm visible, he ordered them to strip from the waist down and sexually assaulted them one at a time. Asked to comment, Paris Hilton said, "that's hot!" [ More ]
 

 

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San Antonio teen accused of killing dad with ax reportedly laughs at his booking

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San Antonio teen accused of killing dad with ax reportedly laughs at his booking

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San Antonio teen accused of killing dad with ax reportedly laughs at his booking



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San Antonio teen accused of killing dad with ax reportedly laughs at his booking



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San Antonio teen accused of killing dad with ax reportedly laughs at his booking



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San Antonio teen accused of killing dad with ax reportedly laughs at his booking



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Rob Ford remains in hospital following cancer treatment

 

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Tributes to Doug Christie

 

Victoria lawyer Doug Christie, who defended Zundel and Keegstra, is dying - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-lawyer-doug-christie-who-defended-zundel-and-keegstra-is-dying-1.80575#sthash.K3ROXUwt.dpuf
Victoria lawyer Doug Christie, who defended Zundel and Keegstra, is dying - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-lawyer-doug-christie-who-defended-zundel-and-keegstra-is-dying-1.80575#sthash.K3ROXUwt.dpuf
Victoria lawyer Doug Christie, who defended Zundel and Keegstra, is dying - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-lawyer-doug-christie-who-defended-zundel-and-keegstra-is-dying-1.80575#sthash.K3ROXUwt.dpuf
Victoria lawyer Doug Christie, who defended Zundel and Keegstra, is dying - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-lawyer-doug-christie-who-defended-zundel-and-keegstra-is-dying-1.80575#sthash.K3ROXUwt.dpuf
Victoria lawyer Doug Christie, who defended Zundel and Keegstra, is dying - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-lawyer-doug-christie-who-defended-zundel-and-keegstra-is-dying-1.80575#sthash.K3ROXUwt.dpuf
Victoria lawyer Doug Christie, who defended Zundel and Keegstra, is dying - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-lawyer-doug-christie-who-defended-zundel-and-keegstra-is-dying-1.80575#sthash.K3ROXUwt.dpu

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