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Ohio University cancels Greek Week after pro-Trump messages show up

April 17, 2016 by legitgov

Ohio University cancels Greek Week after pro-Trump messages show up | 17 April 2016 |National Greek leaders cancelled several events scheduled for an upcoming Greek Week at Ohio University after discovering students involved in Greek life graffitied pro-Trump messages on a free speech wall, including his popular promise to "build a wall." A letter addressed to the "OU Sorority and Fraternity Life community and supporters," and signed by several national Greek organizations, condemned the message as "offensive and hurtful."

Almost 250,000 Evacuated After Japan Quakes

April 17, 2016 by legitgov

Almost 250,000 Evacuated After Japan Quakes | 17 April 2016 | Close to a quarter of a million people have been evacuated from their homes as the search for survivors goes on after a series of strong earthquakes in southern Japan. The rescue operation in the worst-affected region, Kumamoto prefecture, continued overnight, despite deteriorating weather conditions, with strong winds and heavy rain. Some 25,000 soldiers from Japan's self-defence forces have been deployed to the area, along with police, firefighters and medics.

U.S. sends nine Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia

April 17, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. sends nine Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia | 17 April 2016 | The United States on Saturday transferred nine Yemeni men to Saudi Arabia from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, including an inmate who had been on a hunger strike since 2007, under a long-sought diplomatic deal between Washington and Riyadh, U.S. officials said. The transfer, which took place just days before President Barack Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit of Gulf Arab allies, marked the latest step in his final push to close the controversial detention center at the U.S. naval base in Cuba before he leaves office in January 2017...There are now 80 prisoners at Guantanamo, most held without charge or trial for more than a decade, drawing international condemnation.

Tsunami waves of up to 1m possible in Ecuador after 7.8 quake

April 17, 2016 by legitgov

Tsunami waves of up to 1m possible in Ecuador after 7.8 quake | 17 April 2016 | A strong 7.8 earthquake has struck Ecuador's coastline, triggering a possible tsunami wave warning along some 300 miles of the coasts of both Ecuador and Colombia. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center forecast waves of up to one meter above the tide level. Initially reported as 7.4 by USGS, the earthquake was centered at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles) some 107 miles (173 km) west northwest of the capital Quito. Some 10 minutes prior to the 7.8 jolt, the same area was hit by a 4.8 magnitude quake.

Obama Administration Lobbies Congress to Block Bill Holding Saudi Arabia Responsible for 9/11 Attacks

April 17, 2016 by legitgov

Obama Administration Lobbies Congress to Block Bill Holding Saudi Arabia Responsible for 9/11 Attacks | 15 April 2016 | Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill's passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon.

Saudi Arabia blackmailing US over 9/11 bill, which holds Saudis responsible for terror attacks - report

April 16, 2016 by legitgov

Saudi Arabia blackmailing US over 9/11 bill, which holds Saudis responsible for terror attacks - report | 16 April 2016 | Saudi Arabia appears to be blackmailing the US, saying it would sell off American assets worth a 12-digit figure sum in dollars if Congress passes a bill allowing the Saudi government [aka ISIS on steroids] to be held responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The warning was delivered by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir last month during a visit to Washington, the New York Times reported. He said his country would sell up to $750 billion in US treasury securities and other assets before the bill puts them in jeopardy...Possible links between the perpetrators of the attack and Saudi Arabia may be hiding in 28 classified pages of the 2002 congressional report on 9/11, which allegedly describe how Saudi Arabian nationals with links to the government financially assisted the 19 hijackers who flew airplanes into World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Belgian minister resigns in Brussels airport security row

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

Belgian minister resigns in Brussels airport security row --Jacqueline Galant steps down after claims that she lied about EU report criticising security before last month's bombing | 15 April 2016 | The Belgian transport minister has resigned following accusations that she covered up a failure to act on a report warning of security flaws at the country's airports. Jacqueline Galant stepped down on Friday after coming under significant pressure from opposition parties to say what she knew about two reports from the European commission that criticised lax security at Belgian airports. Her resignation comes less than a month after coordinated attacks on Brussels airport and the city's metro system that killed 32 people and injured more than 300.

Brooklyn debate: New York fight night for Clinton and Sanders

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

Brooklyn debate: New York fight night for Clinton and Sanders | 15 April 2016 | Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squared off Thursday night in the most heated and dramatic Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 cycle. The rivals battled it out at a two-hour prime-time event on CNN that exposed fundamental differences in their candidacies and campaign styles. Coming just five days ahead of the crucial New York contest Tuesday, the debate featured combative exchanges on issues including gun control, Israel, and Wall Street reform. These policy disagreements were fueled by a broader clash: Sanders cast doubt on Clinton's judgment and credibility, while Clinton insisted that the Vermont senator lacked experience and pragmatism.

Let Me Ask America a Question

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

Let Me Ask America a Question --Mr. Cruz loses when people actually get to cast ballots. Voter disenfranchisement is not merely part of the Cruz strategy--it is the Cruz strategy. By Donald J. Trump | 14 April 2016 | On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an "election" without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred. A planned vote had been canceled. And one million Republicans in Colorado were sidelined. In recent days, something all too predictable has happened: Politicians furiously defended the system. "These are the rules," we were told over and over again...I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people.

Pentagon chief to sail aircraft carrier through disputed South China Sea

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

Pentagon chief to sail aircraft carrier through disputed South China Sea | 15 April 2016 | China has accused the US of "sabotaging regional peace" after the Pentagon chief announced a military buildup in the Philippines, disputing Chinese territorial claims. Speaking in the Philippines on Thursday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the US will keep nearly 300 troops, including Air Force commandos in the Philippines through the end of the month, despite completing the joint military drills. He added that US troops will have combat aircraft and helicopters at their disposal.

A Verizon worker: Why I'm striking

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

A Verizon worker: Why I'm striking By Isaac Collazo | 15 April 2016 | Verizon is pushing to eliminate good, middle-class jobs and make it impossible for someone like me, a technician with an associate's degree, to earn a decent living for my family in New York. Despite making $39 billion in profits over the last three years, Verizon is looking to outsource our work to low-wage contractors. That might make sense if you're trying to pump up short-term profits, but it'd be a disaster for our network and our customers. It takes years to learn our systems. You can't send some cut-rate contractor underground in Manhattan where I work. They’d have no clue what they were doing.

Five UK terrorism arrests in Birmingham and at Gatwick Airport 'linked to attacks on Brussels and Paris'

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

Five UK terrorism arrests in Birmingham and at Gatwick Airport 'linked to attacks on Brussels and Paris' | 15 April 2016 | Five people have been arrested by British anti-terror police as part of an operation with Belgian and French authorities following attacks in Europe. Counter-terror officers in the West Midlands said they were working with MI5 and international partners to "address any associated threat to the UK" after militants struck in Brussels and Paris. They were held on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

CIA 'Plan B' for Syria would give rebels MANPADs to 'counter Russia' - report

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

CIA 'Plan B' for Syria would give rebels MANPADs to 'counter Russia' - report | 13 April 2016 | A covert 'Plan B' for Syria reserved for a "violation of ceasefire" is being pushed to the US president, anonymous officials told media. Arming "moderate" Syrian rebels [aka I-CIA-SIS] with anti-aircraft weapons to fight the "Russia-backed regime" is again on the table. Back in February, the Wall Street Journal first reported that President Barack Obama's senior military and intelligence advisers were insisting that a back-up plan is necessary to "counter Russia" in Syria. The fresh details obtained by the WSJ suggest the CIA has given "provisional assurances" to coalition members to expand support to Syrian armed opposition groups fighting troops of President Bashar Assad.

Elizabethkingia outbreak spreads; source still a mystery

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

Elizabethkingia outbreak spreads; source still a mystery | 12 April 2016 | The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed one case of Elizabethkingia in a resident who died earlier this year. The individual had the same strain of Elizabethkingia that has been confirmed in 57 patients in Wisconsin since November. Eighteen of those individuals have died. All of those infected had "at least one serious underlying illness" and most are older than 65, according to the Wisconsin of Health Services. The number of cases in Wisconsin may continue to rise as the state health department continues to investigate possible cases.

Fox News Poll: Trump widens lead in GOP race, Clinton-Sanders tightens

April 15, 2016 by legitgov

Fox News Poll: Trump widens lead in GOP race, Clinton-Sanders tightens | 14 April 2016 | Donald Trump jumps to an 18-point lead over Ted Cruz this week with record high support for the Republican nomination. Trump tops Cruz by 45-27 percent among GOP primary voters in a new Fox News national poll on the 2016 election. Forty-five percent is a new high for Trump...In contrast, the Democratic race tightened. Hillary Clinton is ahead by two points, edging Bernie Sanders by 48-46 percent. Last month, before Sanders won eight of the nine most recent contests, she had a 13-point advantage (55-42 percent).

M-6.4 quake hits Kumamoto

April 14, 2016 by legitgov

M-6.5 quake hits Kumamoto; 9 dead | 15 April 2016 | A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.5 struck the Kyushu region on Thursday night, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The quake occurred at about 9:26 p.m. A strong jolt was felt in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, registering a maximum 7 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, according to the agency. Lower 6 was recorded in Tamana, Nishihara, Uki and Kumamoto in the prefecture.

Nuclear reactor fears after huge earthquake strikes Japan leaving 3 dead and hundreds hurt

April 14, 2016 by legitgov

Nuclear reactor fears after huge earthquake strikes Japan leaving 3 dead and hundreds hurt | 14 April 2016 | A massive deadly earthquake that hit Japan left many fearing a Fukushima-like tragedy could happen after the epicentre rocked homes and building just miles from THREE nuclear reactors. At least three people have died after the quake levelled homes and businesses in the city of Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu, earlier today. The initial earthquake hit just seven miles to the east of the city and measured 6.4 magnitude. A second tremor, measuring 5.9, then hit the region just hours later - causing more destruction.

State will not prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager

April 14, 2016 by legitgov

State will not prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager | 14 April 2016 | Palm Beach County Florida State Attorney David Aronberg will not prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, Aronberg announced Thursday. "As state attorney I have made the decision that this office will not be filing charges against Corey Lewandowski for battery," Aronberg said at a news conference. A former reporter [sic] for Breitbart, Michelle Fields, sought charges against Lewandowski after an incident in March where she said Lewandowski pulled her away from Trump as she was trying to ask him a question...After reviewing the evidence in the case, the state attorney said he doesn't feel there is enough evidence to pursue criminal charges.

Helicopter Tests for Radiation Above Boston Marathon Route

April 14, 2016 by legitgov

Helicopter Tests for Radiation Above Boston Marathon Route | 13 April 2016 | The federal government’s radiation-detecting helicopter flew over the Boston Marathon route on Wednesday. The helicopter flies about 150-feet off the ground and picks up normal signs of radiation like over medical facilities and construction sites that use x-ray machines. Two pods on the sides of the helicopter measure the radiation levels. That data will be used to make a map that tells scientists what are acceptable normal levels.

Bernie Sanders rallies 27,000 in Manhattan

April 14, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders rallies 27,000 in Manhattan | 13 April 2016 | It was one of the largest rallies in a campaign full of them, as what Sen. Bernie Sanders's campaign claimed to be more than 27,000 people crowded into Washington Square Park to hear the candidate speak. The presidential candidate, joined by his wife Jane, seemed taken by emotion when he saw the size of the gathering. The venue, with the candidate framed under the iconic 124-year-old marble arch, resonated with the history of American protest.

Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator to Endorse Bernie Sanders

April 14, 2016 by legitgov

Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator to Endorse Bernie Sanders | 13 April 2016 | Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon endorsed Bernie Sanders for president on Wednesday, becoming the first member of the U.S. Senate to back him and breaking from the large majority of Democratic leaders who are supporting front-runner Hillary Clinton. The endorsement comes ahead of next week's New York primary, which is critical to the Vermont senator's long-shot chances to catch up with Mrs. Clinton's commanding lead in delegates... "Bernie Sanders is boldly and fiercely addressing the biggest challenges facing our country," he wrote in a New York Times essay published Wednesday.

Trump campaign manager will not be prosecuted, sources say

April 13, 2016 by legitgov

Trump campaign manager will not be prosecuted, sources say | 13 April 2016 | A Florida prosecutor has decided not to prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager for battery after a March run-in with former Breitbart reporter [sic] Michelle Fields, sources with knowledge of the situation told POLITICO. The decision not to press charges against Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be announced on Thursday afternoon by Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg. Fields may still [insanely] pursue a defamation case against Lewandowski, a source said.

Poll: Trump poised for delegate sweep in Maryland

April 13, 2016 by legitgov

Poll: Trump poised for delegate sweep in Maryland | 13 April 2016 | Donald Trump holds a 20-point lead over John Kasich in Maryland, setting the candidate to potentially take all 38 of the state’s delegates, according to a new poll. A Monmouth University survey released Wednesday afternoon found Trump with 47 percent support, compared to Kasich at 27 percent and Ted Cruz at 19 percent. The statewide winner in Maryland will claim 14 delegates, with the remaining 24 to be allocated in winner-take-all contests at the congressional district level. "If Trump's current level of support translates to each of Maryland's eight congressional districts, he may be able to run the table in the all-important delegate contest," said Monmouth pollster Patrick Murray.

Trump renews attacks over Republican delegate 'dirty tricks,' says GOP should be 'ashamed of themselves'

April 13, 2016 by legitgov

The GOP 'should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this kind of c**p to happen,' Trump booms as he renews attacks over Republican delegate 'dirty tricks' --Donald Trump spoke to 5,000 people in an upstate New York rally planned less than 24 hours earlier --Hammered the Republican party as 'dirty tricksters' for allowing Colorado's 34 convention delegates to be handed to Ted Cruz without citizens voting | 13 April 2016 | Donald Trump continued his one-man crusade against 'dirty tricksters' in the Republican Party on Tuesday, saying in a campaign rally that the GOP stood by as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's aides swiped Colorado's convention delegates in a behind-the-scenes putsch. 'These are dirty tricksters! This is a dirty trick,' he said in a Rome, New York airplane hangar, blasting the results of regional and statewide conventions where Colorado's 34 delegates were all won stolen by Cruz. 'The RNC, the Republican National Committee, they should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this kind of crap to happen!' Trump boomed as 5,000 fans cheered.

Japan prepares for release of radioactive material from Fukushima nuclear plant

April 13, 2016 by legitgov

Japan prepares for release of radioactive material from Fukushima nuclear plant | 12 April 2016 | The radioactive material, tritium, is nearly impossible to remove from the huge quantities of water used to cool melted-down reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which was wrecked in March 2011. The water is still accumulating since 300 tons are needed every day to keep the reactors chilled. Some is leaking into the ocean. Huge tanks lined up around the plant, at last count 1,000 of them, each hold hundreds of tons of water that have been cleansed of radioactive cesium and strontium but not of tritium...Calls to simply release the [radioactive] water into the Pacific Ocean are alarming many in Japan and elsewhere.

Transformer fails, oil spills at Cook nuclear plant

April 13, 2016 by legitgov

Transformer fails, oil spills at Cook nuclear plant | 10 April 2016 | Crews are cleaning up oil at Michigan's Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant after 2,000 gallons overflowed a berm after a transformer failure, plant officials reported Saturday. Unit 1 is in a scheduled refueling outage and Unit 2 is continuing to produce at full capacity...The large transformer, which failed Friday afternoon, is stationed between two transmission switchyards and holds 30,000 gallons of cooling oil, Schalk reported.

N.J. judge to decide if Ted Cruz is 'natural-born citizen' and can appear on June 7 ballot

April 12, 2016 by legitgov

N.J. judge to decide if Ted Cruz is 'natural-born citizen' and can appear on June 7 ballot | 12 April 2016 | A New Jersey judge said he would rule Tuesday if U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is a "natural-born citizen" under the U.S. Constitution and therefore could appear on the state's June 7 Republican presidential primary ballot. Judge Jeff Masin in Mercerville heard Monday from a group of New Jersey residents and a Catholic University of America law professor. They insisted Cruz, born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, did not meet the constitutional requirements to be president.

Victims of HPV Vaccine in Japan Will Sue State and Vaccine Makers

April 12, 2016 by legitgov

Victims of HPV Vaccine in Japan Will Sue State and Vaccine Makers | 11 April 2016 | In the U.S., the [deadly] human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been a subject of controversy from the very beginning after Merck's Gardasil vaccine was licensed in 2006.1 Japan is one of the many nations raising concerns about HPV vaccine following persistent reports that girls are suffering severe adverse effects after getting vaccinated...The Japan Times recently reported that a class action lawsuit will be filed after June 2016 against the Japanese government, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline by victims who have suffered severe side effects as a result of receiving the former government recommended vaccine...Under current U.S. federal law [implemented by and for the pharma-terrorists], no one can directly sue a vaccine manufacturer in civil court after a vaccine causes the injury or death of a minor child or adult.

Trump: Primary process 'corrupt' on both sides

April 12, 2016 by legitgov

Trump: Primary process 'corrupt' on both sides --Trump called the system 'crooked.' | 10 April 2016 | Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday said the primary process on both the Republican and Democratic sides is corrupt. Trump referenced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has won eight of the past nine Democratic contests, noting that people still say he doesn't have a path to the nomination. "I watch Bernie. He wins, he wins, he keeps winning, winning and winning, and then I see he's got no chance. They always say he's got no chance. Why doesn't he have a chance?" Trump asked during a rally in Rochester, N.Y. "Because the system is corrupt. And it's worse on the Republican side."

Hundreds flock to US Capitol to protest money in politics, hundreds arrested

April 12, 2016 by legitgov

Hundreds flock to US Capitol to protest money in politics, hundreds arrested | 11 April 2016 | Hundreds of protesters flocked to the U.S. Capitol Monday for a demonstration against the role of money in politics, prompting arrests of more than 400 by the Capitol police force. The demonstration was part of a series of "Democracy Spring" protests planned in Washington this week by a coalition of groups. The demonstrators chanted slogans like "one person, one vote" and "money out of politics" as they sat on the East Front of the Capitol. One sign read "Things go better without Koch," a reference to the billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch, who have promised to lead an almost $900 million campaign to back favored candidates this election cycle.

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