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Witness describes terrifying ordeal at German cinema after gunman let off tear gas and took hostages

June 24, 2016 by legitgov

'I saw German cinema shooter at the popcorn counter but thought he was a fan in costume until he opened fire': Witness describes terrifying ordeal after gunman let off tear gas and took hostages --Suspect was seen entering the cinema wearing a mask and munition belt --As people ran screaming he unleashed tear gas --Police received call saying there was a man 'armed with a long gun' | 23 June 2016 | A terrified worker at a German cinema has revealed how he mistook a gunman for a film fan wearing a costume before he opened fire and took them hostage. Guri Blakaj initially dismissed the masked man who stormed the Kinopolis cinema complex in Viernheim, Western Germany, at about 3pm on Thursday carrying a gun and ammunition belt. He believed the man he saw standing 'by the popcorn stand' to be a customer wearing a costume, complete with the belt of cartridges draped across his shoulder...Police special forces later stormed the building and shot him the masked man. Bild newspaper reported that a suicide vest and a hand grenade were found near the body of the dead man, although police have not confirmed this.

EU referendum results live: Early votes give huge boost to Brexit chances

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

EU referendum results live: Early votes give huge boost to Brexit chances | 24 June 2016 | Big win for Leave in North East buoys Brexit camp --'Narrow win for Leave' predicted -The University of East Anglia's referendum live blog predicts, on the basis of the first five results, that there will be a narrow win for Leave. Predicted probability of Britain Remaining: 0.48 (5 of 382 areas reporting.)Predicted vote share for Remain: 49.8 percent. (90% prediction interval: 42.7 to 56.8 percent)

EgyptAir Flight MS804 recorders to go to Paris for repairs

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

EgyptAir Flight MS804 recorders to go to Paris for repairs | 23 June 2016 | Damaged flight recorders from the EgyptAir aircraft that crashed last month will be sent to France for repairs, Egyptian investigators say. They say memory chips from Flight MS804 which contain vital information will be delivered to French experts next week. The Airbus A320 was en route from Paris to Cairo when it vanished from radar in the eastern Mediterranean on 19 May.

Trump reportedly raised at least $11 million since Tuesday

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

Trump reportedly raised at least $11 million since Tuesday | 23 June 2016 | Donald Trump and his joint fundraising committee have raised at least $11 million since Tuesday morning, Republicans said Wednesday, a tremendously quick haul that comes amid [media-generated] concerns about his fundraising ability. Trump Victory, the joint fundraising account with the Republican National Committee, and Trump's official campaign raised $5 million online since Tuesday morning, when it sent one of its first fundraising pitches to its email list, according to Sean Spicer, an RNC spokesman.

Supreme Court upholds race-based college admissions program

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

Supreme Court upholds race-based college admissions program | 23 June 2016 | The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the practice of considering race in college admissions, rejecting a white woman's challenge to a University of Texas affirmative action program designed to boost the enrollment of minority students. The court, in a 4-3 ruling written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, decided in favor of the university in turning aside the conservative challenge to the policy, meaning a 2014 appeals court ruling that backed the admissions program was left intact. The Supreme Court was weighing for the second time a challenge to the admissions system used by the University of Texas at Austin brought by Abigail Fisher, who was denied entry to the school for the autumn of 2008.

Baltimore officer acquitted of all charges in Freddie Gray case

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

Baltimore officer acquitted of all charges in Freddie Gray case | 23 June 2016 | A judge on Thursday found the sole officer charged with murder in the death of Freddie Gray in police custody not guilty of all charges, leaving prosecutors without a conviction for the third time in the high-profile case that engulfed the city in riots and unrest. The verdict announced Thursday in the trial of Caesar Goodson Jr. is the second acquittal handed down by Judge Barry G. Williams in the case. The judge last month acquitted the second officer who went to trial in Gray’s death. The first officer’s trial ended in a hung jury. Goodson, 46, drove the van that transported Gray through West Baltimore the morning of April 12, 2015, when the 25-year-old was arrested.

U.S. Supreme Court, split 4-4, blocks Obama immigration plan

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. Supreme Court, split 4-4, blocks Obama immigration plan | 23 June 2016 | The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Barack Obama a harsh defeat, splitting 4-4 over his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits, leaving intact a lower-court ruling blocking the plan. The court, with four conservative justices and four liberals, appeared divided along ideological lines during oral arguments on April 18 in a case brought by 26 states led by Texas that sued to block Obama's 2014 executive action on immigration that bypassed Congress. The 4-4 ruling was possible because there are only eight justices following February's death of conservative Antonin Scalia.

Mass shooting at cinema in Viernheim, Germany, leaves at least 25 people injured

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

Mass shooting at cinema in Viernheim, Germany, leaves at least 25 people injured --Gunman was 'armed to the hilt' and 'masked' --Elite antiterror unit deployed - MSNBC Live. | 23 June 2016 | A mass shooting at a cinema in Viernheim, Germany, has left at least 25 people injured, German public TV reported Thursday. Viernheim is in western Germany, near Frankfurt. The shooter entered the cinema, apparently heavily armed, around 3 p.m. local time, authorities said.

Fukushima disaster: TEPCO told employees not to use word 'meltdown,' under pressure from Japanese government

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

Fukushima disaster: TEPCO told employees not to use word 'meltdown,' under pressure from Japanese government | 21 June 2016 | The president of Japanese energy company TEPCO has confirmed the company covered up the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The announcement came a week after a scandalous report claimed that Japanese government and TEPCO hushed up the tragedy. The information was revealed by Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose, who released an apology. He confirmed that TEPCO ordered not to use the word "meltdown" when referring to what happened at the crippled plant. Earlier in June a report emerged that then-President of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Masataka Shimizu told employees not to use the word "meltdown." The decision was allegedly made under pressure from the Japanese government.

Sit-in spurs late-night clash on House floor

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

Sit-in spurs late-night clash on House floor | 23 June 2016 | Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives are in a dramatic standoff over how to resolve a sit-in entering its second day. Democrats, led by civil rights icon John Lewis, took control of the chamber Wednesday morning demanding a vote on gun control legislation...The tension exploded onto the floor just after 10 p.m. ET when Republican Speaker Paul Ryan gaveled the chamber into order to hold a procedural vote on an unrelated matter. An extraordinary scene unfolded as throngs of Democrats -- some holding signs with the names of victims of gun violence -- remained in the House well chanting "no bill, no break" and "shame shame shame." They also sang the protest anthem "We Shall Overcome."

Onboard 'Verbal Disturbance' Prompts F-16 Fighter Jets to Escort Diverted Delta Flight to Tucson

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

Onboard 'Verbal Disturbance' Prompts F-16 Fighter Jets to Escort Diverted Delta Flight to Tucson --Citing 'operational security,' they won't say from where the F-16s were launched. | 22 June 2016 | A Los Angeles-bound Compass Airlines aircraft operating on behalf of Delta Airlines was diverted to Arizona's Tucson International Airport Wednesday afternoon, following an onboard "verbal disturbance" involving a passenger, the FBI and Tucson Airport Authority confirmed. Specifics about the disturbance were not made available. NORAD confirmed to ABC News that it scrambled two F-16 fighters to intercept the jet, which was carrying 80 people, including passengers and flight crew.

DHS analyst 'brought a gun, knife, pepper spray and handcuffs into work in plot to attack senior federal officials'

June 23, 2016 by legitgov

Department of Homeland Security analyst 'brought a gun, knife, pepper spray and handcuffs into work in plot to attack senior federal officials' --Investigators believe he was plotting to attack senior federal officials | 22 June 2016 | Department of Homeland Security investigators are probing whether a staff member was trying to attack their DC headquarters after he was allegedly caught smuggling a cache of weapons inside. Jonathan Wienke, an analyst for DHS and a former Army medic, was caught carrying a revolver, a knife, handcuffs, pepper spray and an infrared camera into his workplace on June 9, agents say. Investigators say Wienke 'was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and... may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against senior DHS officials in the building.'

Democrats stage sit-in on House floor to force gun vote

June 22, 2016 by legitgov

Democrats stage sit-in on House floor to force gun vote --'We have been too quiet for too long,' said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon. [I hope they do the same, when corporatist frauds Barack Obama and Paul Ryan try to pass the TPP in a lame-duck session of Congress...Yeah, I'm sure they will. *Not.*] | 22 June 2016 | Dozens of House Democrats staged a "sit-in" on the House floor Wednesday in protest of GOP leadership's refusal to allow a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre. Led by Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and John Larson (D-Conn.), more than 40 Democrats walked into the chamber just before noon and pledged to "occupy" the House floor until GOP leadership allowed a vote. Their numbers over the course of an hour more than tripled -- even as Republicans recessed the House, turning off CSPAN cameras and the video feed to the public. Democrats countered the TV camera blackout by streaming everything on their cell phones, which ended up on C-SPAN anyway.

Invoking Orlando, Senate Republicans set up vote to expand FBI spying

June 22, 2016 by legitgov

Invoking Orlando, Senate Republicans set up vote to expand FBI spying | 20 June 2016 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a vote late on Monday to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's authority to use a secretive surveillance order without a warrant to include email metadata and some browsing history information. The move, made via an amendment to a criminal justice appropriations bill, is an effort by Senate Republicans to respond to last week's mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub after a series of measures to restrict guns offered by both parties failed on Monday. Privacy advocates denounced the effort, saying it seeks to exploit a mass shooting in order to expand the government's digital spying powers.

U.S. military says will not disclose details on injured service members

June 22, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. military says will not disclose details on injured service members | 21 June 2016 | The U.S. military will not provide details on specific cases of American service members injured in Iraq and Syria because it could give information to Islamic State militants [?!?], a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday. The spokesman, Peter Cook, was responding to a question at a Pentagon press briefing seeking confirmation that four Americans had been wounded in Syria earlier this month. "Our policy is not to identify wounded service members for a variety of reasons, including operational security, including privacy reasons," Cook said.

NJ Transit keeps recordings of your conversations for a month, it says

June 22, 2016 by legitgov

NJ Transit keeps recordings of your conversations for a month, it says | 22 June 2016 | NJ Transit officials have broken their silence over what happens to surveillance recordings it makes of passenger conversations on light rail trains. In April, the state American Civil Liberties Union and commuter groups demanded that NJ Transit disclose information about the surveillance after an NJ Advance Media article revealed that the conversations of passengers on light rail trains were being recorded. NJ Transit had denied a public records request for the written policy that covers their surveillance program on June 10 under the grounds that no such policy existed.

Marco Rubio will seek Senate reelection, reversing pledge not to run

June 22, 2016 by legitgov

Marco Rubio will seek Senate reelection, reversing pledge not to run | 22 June 2016 | Ending weeks of political speculation, [corporatist dirt-bag] Marco Rubio announced Wednesday he has changed his mind and will run for re-election to the U.S. Senate [with the worst attendance record in the Senate], reversing his pledge to return to private life after his presidential campaign collapsed three months ago. Rubio cited a sense of duty to try to remain in office under either President Donald Trump or President Hillary Clinton -- two candidates he considers sub-par. [Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...] National Republicans fearful of losing Senate control to Democrats mounted a campaign to keep Rubio on the ballot for Florida's swing seat. He consented just two days before Friday's state candidate-qualifying deadline.

Two L.A.-area wildfires threaten to merge after forcing evacuations

June 22, 2016 by legitgov

Two L.A.-area wildfires threaten to merge after forcing evacuations | 22 June 2016 | Two rapidly growing wildfires burning a few miles apart through drought-parched foothills northeast of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of nearly 800 homes on Tuesday, as a heat wave continued to bake much of the U.S. Southwest for a third straight day. Abnormally high temperatures climbing into the high 90s and triple digits across much of the region helped stoke wildfires from the coastal hills outside Santa Barbara to desert brush near the Mexican border, and several other Western states. Fires also were menacing populated areas in New Mexico, Arizona and along the Colorado-Wyoming border.

How did Orlando victim Antonio Devon Brown die in Pulse Nightclub shooting, when he was killed in 2013 in West Virginia?

June 21, 2016 by legitgov

How did Orlando victim Antonio Devon Brown die in Pulse Nightclub shooting, when he was killed in 2013 in West Virginia? | 19 June 2016 | According to media reports, Antonio Devon Brown was one of the 49 people killed in Orlando on June 12 - except WOWK-TV News reports that Antonio Devon Brown died in shootout in 2013 in West Virginia. Strange. Two guys with the same name, approximately the same age, both being killed in shooting crimes years apart? Here are links to the recent Orlando Gay Nightclub Shooting, reporting the "victim" as Antonio Devon Brown, age 30...

Deal will close California's last nuclear plant by 2025

June 21, 2016 by legitgov

Deal will close California's last nuclear plant by 2025 | 21 June 2016 | California's last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups announced the agreement on the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which sits along a Pacific Ocean bluff on California's central coast. Environmentalists had pressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for years to close Diablo, given its proximity to seismic faults in the earthquake-prone state.

Three arrested outside NYC after weapons cache, ballistic vests found in vehicle

June 21, 2016 by legitgov

Three arrested outside NYC after weapons cache, ballistic vests found in vehicle --Arrests took place at the New Jersey entrance to the Holland Tunnel, which exits in lower Manhattan. | 21 June 2016 | Three people were arrested when police discovered a weapons cache in a vehicle headed to New York City during a search at the Holland Tunnel on Tuesday, officials confirmed to Fox News. Authorities arrested two men, aged 50 and 53, and a 29-year-old woman after finding multiple weapons -- some loaded -- including rifles and handguns in their vehicle, described by a law enforcement source as a "jacked up SUV." Ballistic vests and a camouflage helmet were also found in the vehicle, NBC4 reported. The Joint Terrorism Task Force is assisting the investigation, though law enforcement sources told Fox News the arrests were not likely related to terror.

Immigrant in U.S. illegally is accused of wanting to kill Trump

June 21, 2016 by legitgov

Immigrant in U.S. illegally is accused of wanting to kill Trump | 21 June 2016 | The man facing charges for attempting to grab a police officer's gun, so he could allegedly shoot presidential candidate Donald Trump is in the United States illegally. He had overstayed his visa from the United Kingdom. That information came during his arraignment in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon. Michael Sandford, 20, is charged with an act of violence on restricted grounds. He was arrested Saturday during Trump's campaign rally in Las Vegas.

Would-be assassin: Man tried to grab cop's gun to kill Trump at Las Vegas rally, authorities say

June 21, 2016 by legitgov

Would-be assassin: Man tried to grab cop's gun to kill Trump at Las Vegas rally, authorities say | 21 June 2016 | A man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas over the weekend told authorities he tried to grab an officer's gun so he could kill the candidate, according to court documents released Monday. The documents also showed that the suspect was in the United States illegally. He had overstayed his visa from the United Kingdom, KLAS reported. A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada charges Michael Steven Sandford, 19, with an act of violence on restricted grounds. A judge denied him bail at a court hearing Monday.

Supreme Court rules evidence stands after illegal search

June 21, 2016 by legitgov

Supreme Court rules evidence stands after illegal search | 20 June 2016 | The Supreme Court on Monday empowered police to stop people on the streets and question them, even when it is not clear they have done anything wrong. In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court relaxed the so-called exclusionary rule and upheld the use of drug evidence found on a Utah man who was stopped illegally by an officer in Salt Lake City..."The court today holds that the discovery of a warrant for an unpaid parking ticket will forgive a police officer's violation of your 4th Amendment rights," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in dissent.

Man arrested at Trump rally said he wanted to shoot candidate - court papers

June 21, 2016 by legitgov

Man arrested at Trump rally said he wanted to shoot candidate - court papers | 21 June 2016 | A man arrested over the weekend trying to wrestle a gun from a police officer at a Las Vegas rally held by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told an investigator he wanted to kill the candidate, court papers showed on Monday. Michael Steven Sandford, who prosecutors described as a 19-year-old British national, was arrested on Saturday at the Treasure Island hotel in Las Vegas after trying to disarm the officer, according to Las Vegas police. According to court papers filed on Monday in federal court in Nevada, Sandford told a Secret Service agent he had driven to Las Vegas from California with the goal of shooting Trump.

Senate rejects series of gun measures

June 20, 2016 by legitgov

Senate rejects series of gun measures | 20 June 2016 | Senators couldn't muster enough bipartisan support to pass a series of gun control measures Monday, the latest in a long string of failed attempts at enacting tighter curbs on firearms in the United States...The measures Monday each went down in succession on largely party line votes. The 60-vote threshold required for passage prevented even Republicans, who control the chamber, from pushing through their favored measures.

FBI redacts ISIS from transcript of Orlando shooter's 911 call

June 20, 2016 by legitgov

FBI redacts ISIS from transcript of Orlando shooter's 911 call | 20 June 2016 | The FBI redacted the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) [I-CIA-SIS] and other extremists from a partial transcript of conversations with the gunman in the June 12 deadly massacre in Orlando, in a move that quickly drew a rebuke from critics of the Obama administration. The [alleged] gunman, Omar Mateen, proclaimed allegiance with ISIS during 911 calls in the midst of the shooting and also expressed solidarity with the Boston Marathon bombers and an American suicide bomber in Syria. But those remarks were redacted from a partial transcript released on Monday morning. Instead, the transcript notes that Mateen identified himself "as an Islamic solider" and repeatedly spoke in Arabic and gave reference to God.

Trump fires campaign manager Lewandowski, gives Manafort the job

June 20, 2016 by legitgov

Trump fires campaign manager Lewandowski, gives Manafort the job | 20 June 2016 | Donald Trump fired Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager who helped him win the Republican Party's presidential nominating contests but has clashed with other advisers on how to appeal to the broader general electorate, several people with knowledge of the decision said on Monday. The firing on Monday morning was yet another shakeup for a campaign already at odds with many senior Republican figures over Trump's policies, with the party's nominating convention in Cleveland less than a month away.

Please Vote Leave on Thursday, because we'll never get this chance again

June 20, 2016 by legitgov

Please Vote Leave on Thursday, because we'll never get this chance again | 19 June 2016 | What is the Remain camp offering? Nothing. No change, no improvement, no reform; nothing but the steady and miserable erosion of parliamentary democracy in this country...If we vote Remain, we do nothing to rebuke the elites in Brussels who have imposed the euro on the continent, and thrown a generation of young people on the scrap-heap, and who are utterly indifferent to the misery they are causing for the sake of their bankrupt ideology. We will remain prisoners of a trade regime that will not allow this country - the fifth biggest economy on earth - to negotiate with America, or China or India or any of the other growth economies of the world; because that privilege is reserved exclusively for the hierarchs of the European Commission, of whose vast staff only 3.6 per cent come from this country.

Four US military advisers wounded in Syria

June 20, 2016 by legitgov

Four US military advisers wounded in Syria | 20 June 2016 | Four U.S. military advisers were lightly wounded earlier this month in northern Syria by attackers who were believed to be part of ISIS, CNN has learned. The Pentagon has not yet spoken publicly about the June 9 incident, but several defense officials told CNN it happened when an anti-tank round was fired close to the advisers' position and exploded a vehicle near them. The troops suffered light shrapnel wounds and are believed to have returned to duty.

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