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'A warrior and a winner': Republicans launch vote on Trump White House nomination

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

Breaking: 'A warrior and a winner': Republicans launch vote on Trump White House nomination | 19 July 2016 | After eliminating 16 party rivals, warring with much of the Republican establishment and provoking controversy at the party convention, Donald Trump on Tuesday had his name formally placed in nomination for the White House. The party began a formal roll-call vote to put Trump's name in nomination...Senator Jeff Sessions, an early backer of Trump, placed the New York businessman's name in nomination, calling him "a warrior and a winner." House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest ranking elected Republican, ran the meeting and launched the nominating process. The alphabetical roll call vote began with Alabama.

Turkey formally requests extradition of cleric from U.S. as purge widens

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

Turkey formally requests extradition of cleric from U.S. as purge widens | 19 July 2016 | Turkey has formally requested the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States, the Prime Minister said Tuesday, as the government widens its purge following a failed military coup over the weekend. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Gulen, a longtime bitter rival, for the attempted coup that began Friday night, leaving at least 232 people dead and leading to mass arrests and dismissals. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the request Tuesday in Parliament and on Twitter referred to Gulen as a "terrorist leader."

Senator Jeff Sessions Submits Donald Trump's Name for Presidential Nomination

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

Breaking: Senator Jeff Sessions Submits Donald Trump's Name for Presidential Nomination --Rep. Chris Collins (NY) Seconds Nomination --Minutes away from roll call at Republican National Convention | 19 July 2016 |

#SpeechGate: Who Set Up Melania Trump?

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

#SpeechGate: Who Set Up Melania Trump? | 19 July 2016 | According to the operative – who ran a pro-Trump political organization prior to the "First in the South" presidential primary - many of the "new hands" ushered aboard the Trump Train in recent weeks are not loyal to their new employer. Their allegiances remain with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas – the second-place GOP finisher who bitterly denounced Trump when he dropped out of the presidential race back in May. "I told you 'Never Trump' would infiltrate his campaign's most inner sanctum," the aide told us late Monday. "And they clearly succeeded. Knowingly plagiarizing Michelle Obama's speech? Wow." According to the aide, [Jason] Miller is one of several establishment "Republican" operatives loyal to Cruz who are working hard to sabotage Trump's campaign from within...In fact, the aide suggested the national humiliation of Melania Trump was payback for controversial comments Donald Trump made about Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz.

Norovirus strikes the Republican National Convention

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

Norovirus strikes the Republican National Convention | 19 July 2016 | The highly contagious norovirus appears to have hit the Republican National Convention. A dozen California Republican Party staff members, who arrived last week in Ohio ahead of the state's delegates, have fallen ill with the virus, said Jim Brulte, chairman of the state GOP. So far, none of the state's delegates appears to have caught the virus. The infected individuals first began showing symptoms on Thursday, and Erie County health officials have taken bodily samples for analysis, the Plain Dealer reported.

Crane collapses on Tappan Zee Bridge; all lanes closed in both directions

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

Tappan Zee Bridge closed for hours after crane collapse that injured five people | 19 July 2016 | (NY) The Tappan Zee Bridge became a parking lot when a construction crane collapsed on the span injuring five people, shutting down traffic and trapping motorists for hours. The mid-Hudson mess began shortly after noon when the crane in place to help build a long-awaited replacement bridge slammed across seven lanes of the crossing, damaging the busy bridge and shutting it down for hours in both directions. "We don't know exactly what caused the malfunction," Gov. Cuomo said after being briefed on the incident.

Germany train axe attack: 18 injured after teenage refugee shouted 'Allahu Akbar' and hacked passengers

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

Germany train axe attack: 18 injured after teenage refugee shouted 'Allahu Akbar' and hacked passengers | 19 July 2016 | 18 people have been injured after a man armed with an axe went on a bloody rampage after storming a train in Germany. Armed police swarmed the area soon after receiving reports that a man hacked at passengers on board a train close to Wurzburg in southern Germany. Police have confirmed that 18 people have been injured in the horrifying attack - which began in a train this evening...A 17-year-old Afghan refugee believed to be behind the attack was shot dead by police as he reportedly charged at them following the incident at Würzburg-Heidingsfeld station. The boy is reported to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" before the attack.

'My husband is ready': Confident Melania Trump takes the stage at Republican National Convention to pay tribute to her husband

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

'My husband is ready': Confident Melania Trump takes the stage at Republican National Convention to pay tribute to her husband as she vows to work with children if she becomes First Lady | 18 July 2016 | Melania Trump made a dramatic entrance at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, saying her husband is 'ready to lead this great nation. He's ready to fight every day to give our children the better future they deserve.' The Slovenian immigrant who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006 – she called it 'the greatest privilege on Planet Earth' Monday night – was the second Trump to appear on stage. Her husband made a surprise on stage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio...Speaking of the presumptive GOP nominee's history of 'inclusion, not division,' Mrs. Trump insisted that despite attacks from Democrats and journalists, he 'intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people.'

Crowds flock to Julian Assange's homebase at London's Ecuadorian Embassy - a prime Pokestop

July 19, 2016 by legitgov

Crowds flock to Julian Assange's homebase at London's Ecuadorian Embassy - a prime Pokestop | 18 July 2016 | The Embassy of Ecuador in London, sheltering the founder and editor in chief of WikiLeaks Julian Assange since 2012, has become a popular pitstop for Pokemon Go players, who gather at the building in order to complete the tasks of the game. "Pokemon Go has turned the Embassy, (where) Assange is located, into a prime Pokestop; the players are swarming," posted the official account of WikiLeaks on Twitter. Earlier, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has said that "catching" a pokémon is not a reason to visit the Kremlin.

Convention drama: Trump campaign stops rules rebellion

July 18, 2016 by walden9

Convention drama: Trump campaign stops rules rebellion | 18 July 2016 | Open discord and revolt broke out on the floor of the Republican National Convention Monday as GOP officials crushed an attempt to embarrass presumptive nominee Donald Trump and GOP leaders that nevertheless underscored simmering divisions in the party. In a highly unusual show of disunity and anger on the floor of a modern party convention, a group of states tried to force a state-by-state roll call vote on the rules of the convention. The rebellion apparently caught Trump's campaign team by surprise, and his lieutenants were seen frantically whipping votes on the floor to squelch the effort amid scenes of deepening disarray.

Police search Turkish air base used by US military that houses NATO's largest nuclear weapons storage facility

July 18, 2016 by legitgov

Police search Turkish air base used by US military that houses NATO's largest nuclear weapons storage facility after commander was arrested by Erdogan over coup --Reports suggest fighter jets carrying out the coup used the base to refuel | 18 July 2016 | Turkish prosecutors accompanied by police have started a search of an air base used by US troops, which contains nuclear weapons...In the wake of Fridays failed military coup, authorities have begun a search of the base, according to state-run media. The authorities have already arrested a Turkish air force general from the base who was suspected of plotting the coup. General Bekir Ercan Van, ten other soldiers and one police officer from the Incirlik base were detained for their role in the botched Friday coup attempt.

Never-Trump delegates launch last-ditch bid to disrupt convention

July 18, 2016 by legitgov

Never-Trump delegates launch last-ditch bid to disrupt convention | 18 July 2016 | Anti-Trump Republicans launched a last-ditch bid on Monday to deny the New York businessman the party’s nomination by trying to force a state-by-state vote at the Cleveland convention on the rules that bind delegates to back Donald Trump. The effort stands little chance of succeeding, but could pose a major disruption to the proceedings just as party officials were trying to smooth over divisions. The Trump camp is said to be "livid" at the revived push. The group of Republicans has been working to upend convention proceedings by taking their objection of the presumptive GOP nominee to the convention floor.

David Samson, Christie confidant, expected to plead guilty to federal charges

July 18, 2016 by legitgov

David Samson, Christie confidant, expected to plead guilty to federal charges | 14 July 2016 | Former Port Authority chairman David Samson arrived in federal court in Newark this morning, expected to plead guilty in connection with a continuing criminal investigation into the powerful bi-state agency, WNBC News is reporting. Prosecutors said a court hearing has been scheduled on a matter of interest, followed by an afternoon press conference with Port Authority officials, but would not confirm that the focus was on Samson. According to WNBC, citing an unnamed source, he is expected to plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy.

Police Departments on Alert, Patrolling in Pairs Following Baton Rouge Shooting

July 18, 2016 by legitgov

Police Departments on Alert, Patrolling in Pairs Following Baton Rouge Shooting | 17 July 2016 | Police forces across the country were on high alert Sunday afternoon after at least three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, with some major cities telling cops to walk the streets in pairs. "There are to be no solo foot posts citywide," the New York City Police Department said in a bulletin to law enforcement personnel. "All uniform members of service shall arrive and remain on post together. All meals and personal breaks will also be taken in pairs." Chicago and Boston also told officers to patrol in twos.

Former US Marine identified as Baton Rouge gunman left online trail and an alias

July 18, 2016 by legitgov

Former US Marine identified as Baton Rouge gunman left online trail and an alias --Gavin E Long of Kansas City shares details and sites with 'Cosmo Setepenra' --Long reported to have been US Marines veteran, as was 'Setepenra' | 17 July 2016 | The man identified on Sunday as the deadly shooter of police officers in Baton Rouge appeared to have left an online trail back to web pages featuring complaints about the treatment of African Americans by police. A website was registered earlier this year by someone using the name and home address of Gavin E Long of Kansas City, Missouri, and an email address that has also been used by "Cosmo Setepenra", purportedly a radio host and life coach based in Kansas City. No official public record of anyone named Cosmo Setepenra in the US could be found on Sunday. An author profile for Cosmo Setepenra described him as a US Marines veteran who reached the rank of sergeant (E-5). CBS reported on Sunday that Gavin Long was discharged from the marines in 2010 after reaching the same rank.

Arrests hit 6,000 as Turkey cracks down on army and judges after coup bid

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Arrests hit 6,000 as Turkey cracks down on army and judges after coup bid | 17 July 2016 | Turkey widened a crackdown on suspected supporters of a failed military coup on Sunday, taking the number of people rounded up in the armed forces and judiciary to 6,000, and the government said it was in control of the country and economy. President Tayyip Erdogan and the government accused the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally whom Erdogan accuses of trying to create a "parallel structure" within the courts, police, armed forces and media, of orchestrating the coup...He said a "terror group" led by Gulen had "ruined" the armed forces, that its members were being arrested in all military ranks, and that a purge of this "virus" would continue.

Three Police Officers Killed and Several Wounded in Baton Rouge Shooting

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Three Police Officers Killed and Several Wounded in Baton Rouge Shooting | 17 July 2016 | Three law enforcement officers were shot dead and at least three others wounded in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. One suspect had been killed, most likely by police gunfire, and two others, described as wearing all black, were being sought, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman. "We do believe there is more than one suspect." Speaking to reporters in Baton Rouge, Corporal McKneely said officers responding to the shooting were checking the area for possible explosives. "We’re going to check the scene thoroughly to protect ourselves," he said.

'Man in military fatigues, one dressed in black' as team of 'multiple suspects' ambushed police officers in Baton Rouge

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Officials think attack on Baton Rouge police officers is 'the work of multiple gunmen' --Baton Rouge shooting: 3 officers killed, hunt on for shooters --Police are looking for anyone wearing army fatigues, all black or possibly a mask --One suspect is dead, and two others may be at large | 17 July 2016 | Three Baton Rouge police officers were killed and three others were wounded Sunday. Officials think the attack on the officers is the work of multiple gunmen. Police received a call of a "suspicious person walking down with an assault rifle," a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. When police arrived, the shooting began. One of the suspects is dead. Authorities believe two others may be at large. "If they are wearing army fatigues; if they are wearing all black; if they are wearing a mask; if they are wearing anything that's out there, please, give us a call," said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L.J. McKneely.

High temperatures could form dangerous 'heat dome' over most of the US

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

High temperatures could form dangerous 'heat dome' over most of the US as the country braces itself for massive coast-to-coast heatwave with stifling weather soaring past 100 degrees --Weather officials also predict heat index will reach the dangerous category | 17 July 2016 | The US will brace itself for the coast-to-coast heatwave that is predicted to form a 'heat dome' over most of the country, creating dangerous and deadly conditions as temperatures soar past 90 in some areas. Forecasters have warned that some of the hottest temperatures of the season may hit the US this week. High humidity is expected along with the heat, particularly in the Midwest, and according to CNN, the moisture combined with the high temperatures will create a 'heat dome' over most of the country. [Right, so please sign petition get Tundra the polar bear out of swealtering New York City: Free Tundra the Polar Bear from Bronx Zoo!]

Trump on the Ticket Could Mean Connecticut Is in Play

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Trump on the Ticket Could Mean Connecticut Is in Play | 17 July 2016 | Republicans have not won the presidential race in this Democrat-dominated state since the days of Greenwich native George H.W. Bush in 1988, but as GOP delegates gather in Cleveland this week to nominate Donald Trump, old lessons may not apply. In a state where the entire infrastructure is Democratic--from the governor to the entire Congressional delegation to the Constitutional officers like state attorney general--Trump thinks he is the candidate to break the long Republican drought with a victory over Hillary Clinton..."When you look at certain key areas in Connecticut that have key demographic support for Trump, such as the Naugatuck Valley, with a lot of industrial workers who are independents who might be persuaded to go Trump's way, coupled with the dissatisfaction that Gov. Malloy is facing right now, there are the makings of a close race in Connecticut,'' said Scott McLean, a political science professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.

Seven police officers shot in Baton Rouge; three dead, others in critical condition

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Breaking: Seven officers shot in Baton Rouge; three dead, others in critical condition --Second shooter possible (CNN) | 17 July 2016 | A man with a gun opened fire on police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, injuring at least seven -- including three who are feared dead, an official said. Police received a call of "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle," a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. When police arrived, the man opened fire. The remaining officers are hospitalized in critical condition, the source said.

Alleged coup leader was once military attaché to Israel

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Alleged coup leader was once military attaché to Israel | 16 July 2016 | Turkish media on Saturday named former Turkish Air Force chief Akın Ozturk as one of the main instigators of the country's attempted coup on Friday. Ozturk, who led he air force between 2013 and 2015 before retiring from the army last year, was also the nation's military attaché to Israel in the 1990s; he served in the Jewish state between 1996-1998. Turkey's president has also blamed a US-based cleric for being behind the failed takeover attempt. Washington has said it would entertain an extradition request for Fethullah Gulen.

Donald Trump Officially Introduces Mike Pence as Running Mate on GOP Ticket

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump Officially Introduces Mike Pence as Running Mate on GOP Ticket | 16 July 2016 | Donald Trump said his selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his Republican running mate showed a commitment to party unity and that they will form the "law and order" choice for the presidency in the fall. Mr. Trump had intended officially to announce his selection of Mr. Pence on Friday, but delayed the event after Thursday's terrorist killing of 84 people in Nice, France. Uncertainty had hung over his selection for days, as news reports aired divides within Mr. Trump's circle over his preference for the Indiana governor.

Newtown Rejects $11 Million Lawsuit Settlement Offer From Sandy Hook Victims' Families

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Newtown Rejects $11 Million Lawsuit Settlement Offer From Sandy Hook Victims' Families | 15 July 2016 | The town of Newtown has rejected an offer by two families of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to settle a pending civil lawsuit for $11 million. Attorneys for the estates of Noah Pozner and Jesse Lewis had filed a motion last month offering to settle the lawsuit against the Newtown school district for $5.5 million each. The town had 30 days to accept the offer and attorney Donald Papcsy, who is representing the families, said the deadline passed this week. Papcsy said he is now starting to go through the more than 8,000 pages of documents that have been turned over as part of the discovery process. Much of that is the redacted state police report on the shooting made public two years ago, but the town also has turned over the school district's policies prior to the shooting on security and active shooter protocols.

Judge to rule on lawsuit accusing NSA of spying on everyone in SLC during 2002 Olympics

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

Judge to rule on lawsuit accusing NSA of spying on everyone in SLC during 2002 Olympics | 14 July 2016 | A federal judge is deciding whether to keep alive a lawsuit that accuses the National Security Agency of conducting massive surveillance on everyone in the area during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The lawsuit brought by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson was heard by the judge in U.S. District Court on Thursday. Representing a group of people that include a Republican state senator, a former city councilwoman and a Democratic party activist, Anderson has accused the NSA of collecting phone calls, text messages and emails for everyone in the Salt Lake City area around the time of the 2002 Olympics.

France calls up 12K police reserves to beef up security

July 17, 2016 by legitgov

France calls up 12K police reserves to beef up security | 16 July 2016 | France's interior minister announced a tightening of security measures nationwide Saturday, including the call-up of 12,000 police reserves, "because of the terrorist threat" in the wake of the deadly Bastille Day melee in Nice. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the reserves would beef up the 120,000-strong force of police and soldiers already deployed around the country.

U.S. ordered to lower Navy sonar levels to protect whales

July 16, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. ordered to lower Navy sonar levels to protect whales | 16 July 2016 | U.S. officials have wrongly allowed the Navy to use sonar at levels that could harm whales and other marine mammals in the world's oceans, a federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled. The decision Friday by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would scale back the Navy's use of low-frequency sonar in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea under authority that was granted in 2012. Sonar, used to detect submarines, can injure whales, seals and walruses and disrupt their feeding and mating.

Nice terror attack: Isis claims responsibility for lorry massacre in French coastal city

July 16, 2016 by legitgov

Nice terror attack: Isis claims responsibility for lorry massacre in French coastal city | 16 July 2016 | Isis has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Nice that saw at least 84 people killed after a lorry was driven into crowds of people. A man named as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove his vehicle more than one mile along the coastal French city's Promenade de Anglais, sending hundreds of people fleeing in horror. And news agency Amaq, which supports the group also known as Islamic State, said via its Telegram account: "The person who carried out the operation in Nice, France, to run down people was one of the soldiers of Islamic State."

After Coup Attempt, Turkish President Demands US Extradite Muslim Cleric Fethullah Gulen

July 16, 2016 by legitgov

After Coup Attempt, Turkish President Demands US Extradite Muslim Cleric Fethullah Gulen | 16 July 2016 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States today to extradite to Turkey the U.S.-based 'moderate Islamic cleric' he claims is behind Friday night's military coup attempt. Erdogan made the demand during a televised speech addressing supporters outside his residence in Istanbul. He said Turkey had always cooperated with any extradition request for "terrorists" by the United States, emphasizing Turkey's joint role with the U.S. government in fighting terrorism. Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, has rejected the notion that he has any involvement in the attempt to seize power from Erdogan...

Turkish planes docked at US Incirlik Air Base took part in Friday night's coup attempt, officials say

July 16, 2016 by legitgov

Turkish planes docked at US Incirlik Air Base took part in Friday night's coup attempt, officials say --U.S. troops at Incirlik on highest force protection level | 16 July 2016 | U.S. troops at Turkey's Incirlik air base were at the highest force protection level, known as "condition Delta," after power was cut off at the base and the Turkish government closed the airspace around the site in the hours following a foiled military coup attempt, a U.S. official told ABC News today. Turkish officials told ABC News they believe Turkish planes docked at Incirlik Air Base took part in Friday night's coup attempt, which is why the site is locked down. Turkey allows the United States to use the air base for operations associated with its air campaign against [except when it does food and weapons drops for] ISIS in Iraq and Syria. There are 2,200 U.S. personnel in Turkey, including 1,500 stationed at Incirlik.

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