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Japan's lead negotiator for the TPP quits over bribery charges

January 29, 2016 by legitgov

Japan's lead negotiator for the TPP quits over bribery charges --Resignation 'may also raise further opposition within Japan to the TPP' | 28 Jan 2016 | Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari has said he is resigning amid corruption allegations. Mr Amari unexpectedly made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday. But he again denied personally receiving bribes from a construction company, as had been alleged by a Japanese magazine...As Japan's lead negotiator for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) [corporate takeover] agreement, Mr Amari was expected to travel to New Zealand next week to sign the agreement.

New docs confirm CIA had rendition flight lurking in Europe to catch Snowden

January 29, 2016 by legitgov

New docs confirm CIA had rendition flight lurking in Europe to catch Snowden | 28 Jan 2016 | A Danish news website has published documents backing up the allegations that in June 2013 a US plane with a connection to CIA black site programs was on call in Copenhagen ready to snatch NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as he was stranded in Moscow. The story of the private aircraft, a Gulfstream V with registration number N977GA, was first reported by The Register in June 2014. The plane - previously used by the American intelligence to secretly transport terror subjects to clandestine detention facilities in Europe - flew from Washington, DC, over Scotland to Copenhagen, the report said.

Canada halts intelligence sharing with Five Eyes after 'accidentally' sending over Canadians' data

January 29, 2016 by legitgov

Canada halts intelligence sharing with Five Eyes after 'accidentally' sending over Canadians' data | 29 Jan 2016 | Canada has put a hold on sharing top secret spy data with the Five Eyes countries, including the US, after it was discovered that its NSA counterpart had shared info containing the personal details of Canadians, senior government officials said Thursday. Authorities say they made the decision after learning that the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) agency had not properly hidden the metadata of Canadian citizens before sharing it with its international allies. Metadata includes the numbers and time stamps of phone calls, but excludes content.

Australian counter-terrorism police raid Melbourne properties

January 29, 2016 by legitgov

Australian counter-terrorism police raid Melbourne properties | 28 Jan 2016 | Australian counter-terrorism police on Friday morning said they had raided multiple properties in Melbourne amid heightened fears of attacks by home-grown militants inspired by Islamic State. "The Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team can confirm it has conducted operational activity in Craigieburn and Meadow Heights, Victoria," the Australian Federal Police said in a press release.

Pregnant woman is among three people in New York City infected with Zika virus

January 29, 2016 by legitgov

A pregnant woman is among three people in New York City infected with the Zika virus --31 cases have been confirmed in 11 US states and Washington DC | 28 Jan 2016 | A pregnant woman is one of three people in New York City who are infected with the Zika virus, it was revealed Thursday. There are 31 confirmed diagnoses of the mosquito-borne illness, believed to cause birth defects, in the United States. All of them are believed to have caught the infection, which is transferred by the Aedes mosquito, while traveling in the Caribbean or Latin America where there are outbreaks of the tropical illness.

Donald Trump says he raised nearly $6 million for veterans with debate boycott

January 29, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump says he raised nearly $6 million for veterans with debate boycott | 28 Jan 2016 | If Donald Trump had any second thoughts about skipping the GOP debate, he certainly didn't show it as he took the stage before a raucous crowd at Drake University on Thursday night to say that he had raised nearly $6 million for veterans in one day. "When you're treated badly you have to stick up for your rights," Trump said, alluding to his relationship with Fox..."We have to stick up for our country when we're being mistreated."

Spread of Zika virus 'explosive', 4 million cases possible: WHO

January 29, 2016 by legitgov

Spread of Zika virus 'explosive', 4 million cases possible: WHO | 28 Jan 2016 | The [Tdap vaccine-induced?] Zika virus - linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil - is spreading "explosively" and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Director-General Margaret Chan told members of WHO's executive board that the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions and that she was convening experts to assess it. "Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region," Chan said, promising that the WHO would act fast.

Man carrying two guns and a copy of the Koran hidden in a bag is arrested at Euro Disney in Paris

January 28, 2016 by legitgov

Man carrying two guns and a copy of the Koran hidden in a bag is arrested at Euro Disney in Paris as police hunt woman accomplice | 28 Jan 2016 | A man has been arrested at Disneyland Paris carrying two handguns, ammunition, and a copy of the Koran, but police are hunting female companion. Bomb disposal experts surrounded a car after the weapons were detected by a metal detector machine at the entrance to a hotel at the amusement park, 20 miles east of the French capital. The 28-year-old man, who was not known to security services, was stopped by Disney staff who found the weapons, which included an automatic handgun, hidden in his suitcase at about noon.

Huckabee will join Trump at veterans event

January 28, 2016 by legitgov

Huckabee will join Trump at veterans event | 28 Jan 2016 | Mike Huckabee will join Donald Trump at his alternate campaign event on Thursday. "He's doing the debate. But he's doing the Trump event after," Hogan Gidley, a spokesman for Huckabee's campaign told POLITICO. The former Arkansas governor will participate in the undercard debate before the event to benefit wounded warriors at Drake University in Des Moines.

Sweden may expel up to 80,000 of last year's asylum seekers: report

January 28, 2016 by legitgov

Sweden may expel up to 80,000 of last year's asylum seekers: report | 28 Jan 2016 | Sweden is preparing to deport up to 80,000 of last year's record number of asylum seekers, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said in an interview with business daily Dagens Industri on Thursday. Ygeman said he estimated about 60,000 to 80,000 of the 163,000 people who sought asylum last year would be expelled and either leave voluntarily or be forcibly deported. The government fears many of those will go into hiding, Dagens Industri reported, and police are increasing their work to find and expel those.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Has No Plan to Remove Poison Pipes in Flint

January 28, 2016 by legitgov

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Has No Plan to Remove Poison Pipes in Flint A day after NBC News reported that none of the corroded lead pipes at the core of the Flint water crisis have been removed, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Terrorist) admitted he has no immediate plans to replace them. NBC News repeatedly pressed the embattled governor Wednesday on how he expects to win the trust of Flint's residents while the pipes that poisoned the water supply are still being used...There are up to 25,000 service lines containing lead that run between water mains and homes in Flint.

South Carolina's lieutenant governor endorses Trump

January 28, 2016 by legitgov

South Carolina's lieutenant governor endorses Trump | 27 Jan 2016 | South Carolina's lieutenant governor endorsed Donald Trump during the GOP front-runner's rally here Wednesday night. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, who was elected in November 2014, previously served as the state's attorney general and chairman of the South Carolina GOP. He is the highest-ranking South Carolina official to endorse Trump. McMaster introduced Trump at his rally, calling him a "man of accomplishment."

Heathrow official boards aborted transatlantic flight to test air after eight people fall ill; airline confiscates all luggage for unexplained 'checks'

January 28, 2016 by legitgov

Heathrow official boards aborted transatlantic flight to test air after eight people fall ill; airline confiscates all luggage for unexplained 'checks' --Mystery surrounds why passengers' luggage was confiscated for 'checks' | 27 Jan 2016 | Mystery still surrounds why a flight attendant collapsed and seven other people were taken ill during a mid-air drama above the Atlantic. Panicked passengers told of the scary moment a plea went out for any doctors onboard before the captain of the American Airlines flight declared a 'medical emergency' and returned to London. Emergency vehicles were scrambled and, once on the ground, the aborted Los Angeles-bound flight was escorted to the terminal before passengers were told to remain in their seats. It has since emerged that those onboard were not allowed to disembark until tests had been carried out for any 'elevated levels of substances' in the cabin air - analysis that yielded no answers. All luggage was then confiscated for 'checks' by American Airlines and Heathrow authorities, but passengers were kept in the dark as to the motive for doing so.

At least 1 killed in tunnel collapse at France's planned nuclear waste storage site

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

At least 1 killed in tunnel collapse at France's planned nuclear waste storage site | 26 Jan 2016 | A tunnel at a French nuclear waste storage facility under construction has collapsed, killing at least one person and injuring another, French media reported, citing rescue teams. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon in Bure, northeastern France, at an underground laboratory of the National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management (Andra)...The two victims, including a seriously injured person, are still trapped 500 meters below the ground, with emergency services trying to reach them, Reuters reported, citing local fire service.

One dead as FBI arrests Oregon occupation leader and others

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

One dead as FBI arrests Oregon occupation leader and others | 27 Jan 2016 | The leader of an armed occupation at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon and others were arrested on Tuesday after shots were fired during a traffic stop, leaving one person dead and another wounded, the FBI said. Protesters were still occupying the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon after leader Ammon Bundy's arrest and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was setting up a perimeter with the hopes of a peaceful resolution, a law enforcement official told Reuters. A total of eight people were arrested in two states.

New Yorker builds igloo in Brooklyn and lists it on Airbnb for $200

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

New Yorker builds igloo in Brooklyn and lists it on Airbnb for $200 --The joke listing has since been taken down by the rental sharing website | 25 Jan 2016 | The blizzard has hit New York's tourism industry hard but in certain areas of the city, enterprising locals have been using the snowstorm to set up their own businesses. One Brooklyn citizen used the vast quantities of powder in his back garden to build an igloo...and then advertised it on Airbnb. The 'Boutique winter igloo' listing offers studio living for up to two people at $200 (£140) a night.

Shots fired in arrests in Oregon standoff

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

Shots fired in arrests in Oregon standoff | 26 Jan 2016 | (Burns, OR) The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Authorities say shots were fired during the arrest of members of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon for more than three weeks. In a statement Tuesday, the FBI said one individual "who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased."

Trump will 'definitely not' participate in Fox debate, campaign says

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

Trump will 'definitely not' participate in Fox debate, campaign says | 26 Jan 2016 | Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he will not attend a debate scheduled for Thursday night in Des Moines, an unexpected twist just days before voters here launch the election process. "I probably won't be doing the debate. I'm going to have something else in Iowa," he said during a press conference in a high school workout room on Tuesday afternoon. After the press conference, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed to The Washington Post that Trump would "definitely not" participate in Thursday's Fox News debate.

Donald Trump to skip GOP debate, hold fundraiser for wounded troops instead

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump to skip GOP debate, hold fundraiser for wounded troops instead | 26 Jan 2016 | Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday he will boycott his party's next nationally televised debate and instead hold an event to benefit wounded troops. In comments to journalists before an Iowa rally, first reported by Politico and the Washington Post [and CLG], the business mogul and GOP front-runner accused Fox News of picking a "biased" moderator - network personality [corporatist pea-brain] Megyn Kelly - to drive up ratings and hurt his campaign...Trump asked reporters, "Why should the networks continue getting rich on the debates?"

FBI Stages Weapons Purchase, Then Arrests Milwaukee Man for Allegedly Planning Temple Attack

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

FBI Stages Weapons Purchase, Then Arrests Milwaukee Man for Allegedly Planning Temple Attack | 26 Jan 2016 | A Milwaukee man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he sought machine guns in order to carry out a terror attack on a Masonic temple, federal prosecutors said. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, was charged with unlawfully possessing a machine gun and unlawfully receiving and possessing firearms not registered to him. Hamzeh allegedly told two informants working with the FBI last week that the three should carry out an attack on a Masonic temple using machine guns equipped with silencers...The FBI set up a fake buy Monday and arrested Hamzeh after he paid for two fully automatic guns and one silencer, the FBI said.

6 Cleveland cops fired over 2012 chase, 137-shot barrage

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

6 Cleveland cops fired over 2012 chase, 137-shot barrage | 26 Jan 2016 | The Cleveland Police Department announced Tuesday that six of its officers involved in the 137-shot barrage that killed an unarmed pair after a car chase have been fired. Those officers included Michael Brelo, a patrolman acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for having fired the last 15 shots of the barrage in East Cleveland on Nov. 29, 2012...The deadly chase lasted 20 minutes, beginning in Cleveland and ending at Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland and involved more than 100 officers. At its conclusion, 137 shots were fired through the windshield of the vehicle, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

Donald Trump to Skip Fox News GOP Debate - Lewandowski

January 27, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump to Skip Fox News GOP Debate - Lewandowski | 26 Jan 2016 | Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, held an impromptu media conference early Tuesday evening. Lewandowski said that Trump will not be attending the GOP debate hosted by Fox News. (CLG)

Millennials help Bernie Sanders close gap with Hillary Clinton

January 26, 2016 by legitgov

Millennials help Bernie Sanders close gap with Hillary Clinton | 26 Jan 2016 | Bernie Sanders is the oldest contender in the race, but he's drawing some of the youngest supporters on the campaign trail. The mobilization of his young army of admirers will help determine whether he's able to slow -- or stop -- Hillary Clinton's march to the Democratic presidential nomination...The 74-year-old Vermont senator has become one of the hippest candidates of the election cycle, at least in the digital world, where he's developed an unlikely following of young supporters.

Naval Medical Center Conducted 'Code White' (Active Shooter) Drill One Month Ago

January 26, 2016 by legitgov

Ah, then came the dawn. Naval Medical Center Conducted 'Code White' (Active Shooter) Drill One Month Ago By www.legitgov.org | 26 Jan 2016 |

Police chief Shelley Zimmerman on Naval Medical Center incident: 'We trained for this' | 26 Jan 2016 | An apparently unfounded report of shots fired Tuesday morning at Naval Medical Center San Diego prompted lockdowns of the facility and nearby schools as law enforcement officers flooded the area and searched the hospital complex. About 8 a.m., authorities got word from a Department of Defense employee reporting what sounded like three gunshots seemingly coming from the basement of NMCSD Building 26, which houses a gymnasium and barracks, according to Navy Region Southwest...Mayor Kevin Faulconer hailed the "tremendous collaboration" displayed during the emergency. "This is what we train for -- as a region, as a city," he said. "The fact (is) that we had, at last count, seven law enforcement agencies from the federal, the state, the local level that all pitched in, (that) didn't wait."

Naval Medical Center San Diego 'Shooting': 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know 26 Jan 2016 A base spokesman told CW6 San Diego that personnel conducted an active shooter drill in December 2015. He added that the source of the investigation right now is the building's basement. That spokesman doesn't know if the basement has been evacuated. Non-emergency personnel have been advised to stay away from the building, reports ABC San Diego...The base is the jurisdiction of military police who are co-ordinating with local and federal agencies. NBC San Diego reports that two California Highway Patrol officers were seen entering the medical center at around 8:30 a.m. local time. Officer John Perryman told the San Diego Union-Tribune that there is a "minimumn of 100" cops at the hospital.

San Diego Naval Medical Center Drill

San Diego Naval Medical Center Drill

U.S. eases air travel, export financing sanctions on Cuba

January 26, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. eases air travel, export financing sanctions on Cuba | 26 Jan 2016 | The United States on Tuesday announced changes to its sanctions on Cuba, lifting export payment and financing restrictions and facilitating airline travel in [capitalist-ruled] Washington's latest move to ease the U.S. embargo on the Communist-ruled island. The amendments, which take effect on Wednesday, "will remove restrictions on payment and financing terms for authorized exports and re-exports to Cuba of items other than agricultural items or commodities," according to a statement from the Treasury and Commerce Departments. The changes will facilitate travel to Cuba by allowing blocked space, code-sharing, and leasing arrangements with Cuban airlines, it said.

'Active shooter' reported at San Diego military hospital in US

January 26, 2016 by legitgov

False flag drill: 'Active shooter' reported at San Diego military hospital in US | 27 Jan 2016 | An "active shooter" was reported at a San Diego military hospital, but an initial sweep of the building in southern California found no evidence a shooting had occurred, officials say. Navy spokesman Jon Nylander told AFP that a single witness had reported hearing three shots in the basement of the building at about 8:00am (local time). Local police, assisted by Navy dogs and California Highway Patrol officers, searched the building but there were no immediate signs of a shooting or reports of casualties.

Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump

January 26, 2016 by legitgov

Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump | 26 Jan 2016 | Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late televangelist, endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving the Republican front-runner the blessing of one of the evangelical community's biggest names just days before the Iowa caucuses. Falwell's move has long been expected since he has showered praise on the billionaire in recent weeks and developed a rapport with him. But the timing of the formal announcement is significant, coming as Trump and Ted Cruz compete intensely in Iowa for the support of social conservatives.

Denmark passes tough migrant law as Nordic refugee welcome dims

January 26, 2016 by legitgov

Denmark passes tough migrant law as Nordic refugee welcome dims | 26 Jan 2016 | Denmark's parliament passed measures on Tuesday aimed at deterring refugees from seeking asylum, including confiscating valuables to pay for their stay, despite protests from international human rights organisations. The measures, which also include extending family reunification among refugees from one year to three years, are the latest sign that the Nordic welcome for refugees is waning...The "jewellery bill" is the latest attempt by Denmark's minority centre-right government to curb immigration to a country that took in a record 20,000 refugees last year.

Possible Shots Fired at Naval Medical Center San Diego

January 26, 2016 by legitgov

Possible Shots Fired at Naval Medical Center San Diego | 26 Jan 2016 | Naval Medical Center San Diego was on lockdown Tuesday morning after reports of shots being fired in one of its buildings. "According to initial reports of a single witness, at approximately 8 a.m. this morning three shots were reportedly heard in the basement of Building 26, a combination gym/barracks," the federal health facility said in a press release. First responders and Navy dog units were on the scene, the Naval Medical Center said..."An active shooter has just been been reported in building #26 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. All occupants are advised to run, hide or fight. All non-emergency response personnel are asked to stay away from the compound," it posted on Facebook, just after 8 a.m. PT.

Sydney teenager arrested over allegedly collecting documents linked to terrorism

January 26, 2016 by legitgov

Sydney teenager arrested over allegedly collecting documents linked to terrorism | 26 Jan 2016 | An 18-year-old Sydney man has been charged with three counts of collecting documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts. The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested Sameh Bayda, of Guildford, late yesterday and his bail has been refused, police said. When Bayda appeared in Parramatta Court today, police alleged that in December and January he collected images of documents likely to be used for a terrorist attack.

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