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Senators back Trump's call to end diversity visa random selection program

Senators back Trump's call to end diversity visa random selection program | 01 Nov 2017 | Senators signaled on Wednesday that they are open to ending an immigration program that President Trump wants to shut down in the wake of the New York City terrorist attack. Trump on Wednesday called for ending the [insane] diversity visa lottery system and said he would start "the process of terminating" it. The program was created by an immigration law in 1990, so ending it would require action from Congress. While there are early signs of divisions over how to scrap the program, senators stressed they were broadly supportive of the idea.

3 dead after random shooting at Colorado Walmart, suspect still at-large

3 dead after random shooting at Colorado Walmart, suspect still at-large | 02 Nov 2017 | Three people are dead following what police are calling a "random" shooting at a Walmart in Colorado, authorities said Wednesday night. The suspect has not been apprehended and police are currently conducting a manhunt for the individual. Two men and one woman were killed in the shooting, police said.

2nd person obtained for questioning in NYC truck attack

2nd person obtained for questioning in NYC truck attack | 01 Nov 2017 | An Uzbek immigrant accused of a deadly truck attack on a New York bike path has been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles. And now the FBI says that another person is wanted for questioning in the New York City bike lane truck attack. A senior law enforcement official told ABC News that Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, a friend of suspect Sayfullo Saipov, was found and will be questioned about possible advanced knowledge of the attack.

NYC terror suspect planned bigger attack involving Brooklyn Bridge

NYC terror suspect planned bigger attack involving Brooklyn Bridge --Saipov asked to fly an ISIS flag in his hospital room | 01 Nov 2017 | New details about the truck rampage suspect's apparent plan to carry out a deadly Halloween attack in New York City emerged late Wednesday. Prosecutors said 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov was inspired by ISIS videos he had watched on his cellphone. He started planning the attack about a year ago while in the U.S. - and two months ago, he decided to use a truck...Investigators said Saipov rented a truck on October 22 -- nine days before the bike path attack in Lower Manhattan -- so that he could practice making turns. His plan was more elaborate than what was carried out. Prosecutors said he planned to drive onto the Brooklyn Bridge after the bike path attack to continue to hit more pedestrians, but was stopped after he struck the school bus and the truck became inoperable.

Read the Latest Report by the Watchdog for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Read the Latest Report by the Watchdog for Afghanistan Reconstruction [And then wonder why the US is wasting $120 billion on the CIA's poppy fields] | 30 Oct 2017 | The American military command in Afghanistan has redacted key figures about the growth and progress of local security forces from this report by the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

Afghan War Data, Once Public, Is Censored in U.S. Military Report

Afghan War Data, Once Public, Is Censored in U.S. Military Report --The U.S. has spent $120 billion on reconstruction protecting and cultivating the CIA's poppy fields and opium dissemination since the start of the war | 30 Oct 2017 | The American military command in Afghanistan has decided to keep secret [!] key figures related to the growth and progress of local security forces, redacting the numbers at the behest of Afghan officials [Yeah, right!] from the latest report by the government's watchdog for spending...Among the details being kept private in the report are the number of people in the Afghan army and police force, how many of them have been wounded or killed and the state of their equipment. "The Afghans know what’s going on; the Taliban knows what's going on; the U.S. military knows what's going on," John F. Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan, whose office compiled the quarterly report, said in an interview. "The only people who don't know what's going on are the people paying for it."

Top U.S. general says 4,000 American troops are in Syria; Pentagon claims number is 500

Top U.S. general says 4,000 American troops are in Syria; Pentagon claims number is 500 [Well, those I-CIA-SIS food and weapons drops certainly aren't going to happen by themselves, now are they?] | 31 Oct 2017 | A senior U.S. military commander said Tuesday that 4,000 American troops are on the ground in Syria, a figure far greater than the 503 personnel the Trump administration says are deployed there. Army Maj. Gen. James B. Jarrard, who heads the U.S.-led Special Operations task force targeting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, offered the surprising figure while briefing Pentagon-based reporters via satellite from Baghdad. When asked to confirm the 4,000 figure, Jarrard appeared to be caught off guard. He then apologized and said the number is about 500. Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman facilitating the briefing, interjected moments later, insisting the number is just 503.

New York terror truck driver pledged allegiance to ISIS

New York terror truck driver pledged allegiance to ISIS: Uzbek man who killed eight and injured 15 with his vehicle while shouting Allahu Akbar near Ground Zero left behind notes and a flag | 01 Nov 2017 | The man who allegedly ran down cyclists and pedestrians along 17 Manhattan blocks pledged his allegiance to ISIS before his attack, it has emerged. Police sources say Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, entered a bicycle path at Houston Street at 3.05pm and drove downtown, knocking down victims before smashing into a school bus at Chambers Street, exiting and shouting 'Allahu Akbar'. He then waved a paintball gun in one hand and a pellet gun in the other, and was shot in the abdomen by a police officer...Images of ISIS flags were found in his truck, as well as handwritten notes pledging his allegiance to the terrorist group, insiders told the New York Post.

NYC terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov arrest - Police swarm 2 N.J. locations

NYC terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov arrest - Police swarm 2 N.J. locations | 31 Oct 2017 | The investigation into Sayfullo Saipov, the alleged terrorist accused of killing 8 people Tuesday in a Manhattan truck attack, turned to Passaic County. As of late Tuesday evening, authorities had surrounded a block in Paterson and a parking lot at a Home Depot in Passaic. On Tuesday night, police had surrounded a mosque and nearby garden apartments in Paterson. Saipov is an Uzbek national and came to the U.S. in 2010, NBC News reported. [Yes, and Saipov remained in the US on an expired Greed Card.]

Federal judge in D.C. blocks part of Trump Administration's transgender military ban

Federal judge in D.C. blocks part of Trump Administration's transgender military ban | 30 Oct 2017 | A federal judge in Washington blocked the Trump Administration's proposed transgender military ban, writing in a strongly worded opinion that the policy "does not appear to be supported by any facts." U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued the preliminary injunction Monday, finding that a group of transgender service members would have a strong chance of prevailing in their lawsuit to have the ban declared unconstitutional. The injunction remains in place until the lawsuit is resolved or a judge lifts it.

Eight feared dead in 'possible terror attack' after truck mows down victims on a cycle path just seven blocks from Ground Zero before being shot by police as he waved imitation firearms and screamed Allahu Akbar

Breaking: Eight feared dead in 'possible terror attack' after truck mows down victims on a cycle path just seven blocks from Ground Zero before being shot by police as he waved imitation firearms and screamed Allahu Akbar --The truck rammed into cyclists and runners on the West Side Highway on Tuesday shortly after 3pm | 31 Oct 2017 | Eight people are feared dead after a truck mounted a bicycle path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, mowing down cyclists and runners while shouting 'Allahu Akbar'. The driver made his way from down towards Tribeca on the West Side Highway and mounted the bike path a few blocks north of Chambers Street shortly before 3pm. After striking several cyclists and runners, he came to a stop when his truck crashed into a school bus beneath the Tribeca bridge. The man then emerged with imitation guns in his hand and was shot in the leg by police. He survived and was taken to hospital but at least eight innocent people were killed and others are injured.

Up to 6 dead, 15 injured by rented truck in lower Manhattan; 1 in custody

'Act of terror:' At least 8 dead, 15 injured by rented truck in lower Manhattan; 1 in custody | 31 Oct 2017 | (Tribeca, Manhattan) At least eight people were killed and 15 others were injured in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon after a truck hit people on a bike path. The driver of the truck, who was brandishing two fake guns and is now in custody, left the truck screaming and was shot by police. This is being investigated as possible act of terror, a high-ranking police source told PIX11 News. The suspect screamed "Allah Akbar."

Truck attack in Manhattan being investigated as terrorism, sources say

Breaking: Truck attack in Manhattan kills 8 in 'act of terror' | 31 Oct 2017 | The driver of a rental truck drove down a busy bicycle path in Manhattan near the World Trade Center, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen others in what officials said was an "act of terror." After crashing the truck into a school bus, the suspect exited the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms and was shot in the abdomen by police, according to the NYPD. The suspect, a 29-year-old man, is in police custody and was taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said. The incident is being investigated as terrorism, officials said. Witnesses reported the suspect was yelling "Allahu Akbar," according to four law enforcement sources. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over the lead of the investigation.

Halloween: US universities warn students against culturally insensitive costumes

Halloween: US universities warn students against culturally insensitive costumes | 31 Oct 2017 | Universities are urging students in search of an attention-grabbing costume this Halloween to pass on sombreros, Native American headdresses and blackface. Those are some of the costumes grabbing the attention of university administrators who are increasingly concerned that certain costumes are becoming flashpoints in campus debates over race and culture. While not outright prohibiting any costume, administrators are using letters, campus forums and advertising campaigns to encourage students to pick outfits that don't offend classmates of colour..."The cultural temperature on this has gotten so high that nothing is appropriate anymore. We are getting to the point where prohibition is the rule," said [CLG Founder] Michael Rectenwald, a professor of Global Liberal Studies at New York University, who has criticised Halloween costume policies.

Manafort surrenders. What has this got to do with Trump?

Manafort surrenders. What has this got to do with Trump? | 30 Oct 2017 | Former campaign manager to the Trump team, Paul Manafort, has turned himself into the authorities after the long-awaited charges were finally filed on Friday. It is not our place to judge his guilt, but we can ask one question: What has this got to do with Donald Trump and the [alleged] Russian conspiracy? Back in the summer, the media had a frenzy about the FBI raiding Manafort's home searching for evidence of money laundering from his days as a Ukraine spin master and lobbyist. (See filed charges.) But not one of the charges mentions a single word about Donald trump, his campaign team, his presidential bid, or in fact anything whatsoever that you would expect from an investigation into the aforementioned.

Podesta Group one of the companies mentioned in Manafort indictment - report

Podesta Group one of the companies mentioned in Manafort indictment - report | 30 Oct 2017 | The Podesta Group, a prominent lobbying and public relations firm, is one of the two unidentified companies mentioned in the grand jury indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates, NBC News reported Monday. Manafort and Gates approached "Company A" and "Company B" in 2012 about lobbying on behalf of the Ukrainian government, according to the indictment that was unsealed Monday. Company A refers to Mercury Public Affairs and Company B refers to the Podesta Group, three sources with knowledge of the investigation told the news outlet.

White House downplays George Papadopoulos's role in Trump campaign

White House downplays George Papadopoulos's role in Trump campaign | 30 Oct 2017 | White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed George Papadopoulos's role within President Trump's campaign, referring to him as a "volunteer." "He was a volunteer member of an advisory council that met one time," Sanders told reporters Monday afternoon during the White House press briefing. Papadopoulos, who is 30 years old, joined the Trump campaign in early March 2016 as a foreign adviser. The special counsel tasked with investigating [alleged] Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin released a statement which says that Papadopoulos "pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017, to making false statements to FBI agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001."

Mueller investigation: Manafort charged with US tax fraud over Ukraine work

Mueller investigation: Manafort charged with US tax fraud over Ukraine work | 30 Oct 2017 | Donald Trump's former presidential campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has been charged with conspiring to defraud the US in his dealings with Ukraine. The 12 charges brought against Mr Manafort and one of his business associates, Rick Gates, include conspiracy to launder money. They stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the US election.

Putin: Someone is harvesting Russian bio samples for obscure purposes

Putin: Someone is harvesting Russian bio samples for obscure purposes | 31 Oct 2017 | Russian genetic material is being harvested all over the country, purposefully and professionally, President Vladimir Putin has said, possibly hinting at the US Air Force's earlier move to acquire Russian tissue samples..."Images are one thing, but do you know that biological material is being collected all over the country, from different ethnic groups and people living in different geographical regions of the Russian Federation? The question is - why is it being done? It's being done purposefully and professionally. We are a kind of object of great interest," Putin told the Council.

US nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber flies mission to Pacific ahead of Trump's visit to Asia

US nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber flies mission to Pacific ahead of Trump's visit to Asia | 30 Oct 2017 | An American nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber has conducted a long-range mission over the Pacific to demonstrate Washington's "visible commitment" to its Asian allies amid North Korean anxieties and ahead of Donald Trump's visit to the region. Just as US Defense Secretary was wrapping up his visit to South Korea Saturday, the US dispatched its state of the art B-2 stealth bomber to fly a long-range mission to the Pacific area of operations. The bomber which flew out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri practiced maneuvers to "familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands," the US Strategic Command said in a statement.

2 Navy SEALs Under Suspicion in Strangling of Green Beret in Mali

2 Navy SEALs Under Suspicion in Strangling of Green Beret in Mali | 29 Oct 2017 | Navy criminal authorities are investigating whether two members of the elite SEAL Team 6 strangled an Army Green Beret in June while they were in Mali on a secret assignment, military officials say. Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, a 34-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, was found dead on June 4 in the embassy housing he shared in the Malian capital, Bamako, with a few other Special Operations forces assigned to the West African nation to help with 'training and counterterrorism missions.' His killing is the latest violent death under mysterious circumstances for American troops on little-known missions in that region of Africa.

Air traffic control audio from night of Las Vegas shooting reveals 'active shooters on the runway'

Air traffic control audio from the night of the Las Vegas shooting reveals there were 'active shooters on the runway' --Tower audio proves there were many assailants operating in conjunction with one another on the night of the massacre; [alleged shooter] Stephen Paddock didn't act alone | 29 Oct 2017 | Air traffic control audio recordings from the night of the Oct. 1 massacre reveal that there were indeed "active shooters on the airport property" just 1000 yards away from the venue where 58 people were reportedly shot to death. McCarran International Airport is located at 5757 Wayne Newton Blvd., and is [close to] both the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the venue that was hosting the Route 91 Music Festival. It would make perfect sense that assailants would want to retreat to the airfield where they could make there escape, possibly in an aircraft.

White House decorated for Halloween

White House decorated for Halloween | 28 Oct 2017 | The White House has been covered in spider webs and fog to celebrate Halloween. The White House will open the South Lawn to trick-or-treaters the night before Halloween and officials have decked out the residence with fake bats and pumpkins. "During this event, trick-or-treaters will enjoy seeing the South Portico decorated in spider webs, creating a festive look and feel," the White House said in a release.

Couple dies in odd car crash after surviving Las Vegas shooting

Couple dies in odd car crash after surviving Las Vegas shooting | 27 Oct 2017 | When Dennis Carver realized the loud cracks weren't fireworks but instead rapid gunfire, he jumped on top of his wife, Lorraine Carver, to shield her from the bullets...It was during the third or fourth lull in gunfire when the two got up, hand in hand, and started running. They ran for their lives and didn't stop until they got out uninjured, their daughter said. Two days after the shooting attack, the couple, who lived in Henderson, Nevada, part time and owned a plumbing company, returned to their Riverside County home in California...But on the night of Oct. 16, the couple's younger daughter, 16-year-old Madison Carver, heard a loud bang outside her window. When she ran down the street and rounded the corner, a familiar vehicle engulfed in flames came into view. Dennis, 52, and Lorraine, 53, had died together less than half a mile from their home. According to the Riverside County Fire Department, their vehicle crashed into a metal gate outside their community at 10:50 p.m...It took firefighters nearly an hour to completely put out the fire [?], the department said in a statement.

Nine sailors kicked off British nuclear submarine after 'sex and cocaine-fuelled parties while docked in US'

Nine sailors kicked off British nuclear submarine after 'sex and cocaine-fuelled parties while docked in US' --The crew from HMS Vigilant - which carries Trident - were sent home | 28 Oct 2017 | Nine British servicemen have been booted off a nuclear submarine at the centre of a sex probe, after testing positive for cocaine while on duty, it was confirmed last night. The crew from HMS Vigilant - which carries the Trident nuclear deterrent - were sent home and sacked from the service after the class A drug was found in their blood. They are alleged to have had drug-fuelled parties while the submarine was docked in the US to pick up nuclear warheads. One man is said to have had sex with a prostitute in a swimming pool.

Storm 'bomb' set to hit the Northeast bringing winds of up to 60mph and six inches of rain

Storm 'bomb' set to hit the Northeast bringing winds of up to 60mph and six inches of rain | 28 Oct 2017 | A storm 'bomb' is set to hit the Northeast this weekend, bringing heavy rains and winds, rough seas, and a departure from weeks of mild weather. The coastal storm is one of the first big ones of the season in the Northeast and is expected to hit Sunday and Monday, intensifying at a rapid pace, according to AOL Weather. However, the storm will move quickly across the region, sparing the area from prolonged inland and coastal flooding.

First charges filed in Mueller investigation

First charges filed in Mueller investigation | 27 Oct 2017 | A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.

Las Vegas massacre: Flight records indicate LVMPD helicopter's transponder went dark after picking up armed mercenaries

Flight records indicate LVMPD helicopter's transponder went dark after picking up mercenaries armed with M-239 SAW-like machine guns on the night of the massacre --FAA logs and aircraft transponder data show that an LVMPD helicopter may have gone rogue on the night of the massacre | 27 Oct 2017 | Flight records obtained by Intellihub indicate that the transponder on an LVMPD aircraft went dark after several heavily armed men boarded the chopper. The following timeline details the whereabouts of LVMPD helicopter "N911WY" between the hours of 10:25 p.m. and 11:35 p.m., Oct. 1, 2017...10:51 p.m. - N911WY lands in the parking lot of the Harley dealer located at 5191 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, where it waits on the hard for the next 8 minutes (rotors spinning) while several mercenaries gear up for what appears to be either a combined aerial/ground assault on the city or some type of aerial counter-sniper defense. One of the men is masked...10:59 p.m. - N911WY's transponder goes dark and is not accounted for during the next 5 minutes.

Catalan govt sacked after independence vote

Catalan govt sacked after independence vote | 27 Oct 2017 | The Spanish Prime Minister has dissolved Catalonia's parliament and called an election for 21 December after the region declared independence. Mariano Rajoy invoked the emergency measures in response to Catalan MPs voting to break away from the Spanish state. He said he would seek to declare the vote illegal. Mr Rajoy also said Catalonia's police chief will be sacked and central government departments will assume the powers of the Catalan administration.

College costume crackdown ramps up as Halloween draws near

College costume crackdown ramps up as Halloween draws near | 27 Oct 2017 | As another Halloween season approaches, an ever-growing universities are cracking down on offensive costumes, even hosting panel discussions to instruct students on what to avoid. Humboldt State University, for instance, plans to host a discussion Monday on how "cultures are disregarded, mocked, or simply dehumanized" by Halloween costumes, encouraging students to avoid "cultural appropriation" in their costume selections...Princeton University, meanwhile, recently offered a "conversation circle" to students to help them "engage in a dialogue about the impact of cultural appropriation, Halloween, and why culture is not a costume."

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