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Connecticut Resident Finds Bear Swimming in Her Pool

July 27, 2016 by legitgov

Connecticut Resident Finds Bear Swimming in Her Pool | 23 July 2016 | Lynette Grande planned to take a swim in her pool Saturday afternoon, until she saw that a large black bear had beaten her to it. The bear crashed through the rail fence at Grande's home about 2 p.m. and swam in the pool for about 20 minutes, she said. Bloomfield animal control officers suggested banging pots and pans together to get rid of the bear, she said.

1 dead in Soberanes Fire in Monterey County

July 27, 2016 by legitgov

Bulldozer operator killed near Soberanes Fire in Monterey County | 28 July 2016 | CAL FIRE reports a bulldozer operator was killed overnight, while on the fire line in Monterey County. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place in the areas closest to the Soberanes Fire burning north of Big Sur. Firefighters continue their efforts to contain the fire, all while mourning the loss of their colleague. The Soberanes Fire has now burned over 23,688 acres and is 10-percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon.

Washington's Union Station evacuated due to bomb threat - police

July 27, 2016 by legitgov

Washington's Union Station evacuated due to bomb threat - police | 27 July 2016 | Washington's main railway terminal, Union Station, was evacuated on Wednesday because of a bomb threat, a police officer told Reuters. "We got a bomb threat," the officer, who did not give his name, said as he urged people to leave Union Station in downtown Washington near the U.S. Capitol Building. Panicked people began running out of the station, which is a hub for railway, commuter train and subway service to the U.S. capital city, shortly after 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), a Reuters witness said.

Vladimir Putin's approval rating at record levels

July 27, 2016 by legitgov

Vladimir Putin's approval rating at record levels --Almost nine out of 10 Russians approve of their president, according to survey that also highlights support for Ukraine strategy | 23 July 2016 | Vladimir Putin's approval rating is at record levels, with nine out of 10 Russians saying they have a positive view of their president. Putin had an approval of 87% in July, and an all-time high of 89% in June, according to Levada Centre polling. According to separate Levada figures from June, 66% believe that western sanctions are meant to humiliate and weaken Russia, and only 5% think they are about ending the conflict in Ukraine...87% support the annexation reunification of Crimea, and only 4% think that the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk should return to their pre-conflict status.

'Suitcase bomb' explodes near migration office outside Nuremberg as Germany remains on high alert over ISIS terrorism fears

July 27, 2016 by legitgov

'Suitcase bomb' explodes near migration office outside Nuremberg as Germany remains on high alert over ISIS terrorism fears | 27 July 2016 | A suitcase bomb has exploded near a migration office on the outskirts of Nuremberg, in Germany, today. A loud blast rocked Zirndorf this afternoon and local reports suggested the device was a suitcase packed with aerosol cans. Witnesses said they heard a loud bang about 200 metres away from the migration centre before finding a burning suitcase in an allotment nearby. Police officers were seen standing in an alleyway next to a partially destroyed bag.

Julian Assange: 'A lot more material' coming on US elections

July 27, 2016 by legitgov

Julian Assange: 'A lot more material' coming on US elections | 26 July 2016 | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday his whistleblowing website might release "a lot more material" relevant to the US electoral campaign. Assange was speaking in a CNN interview following the release of nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee by [what the corporate-owned media claims are] suspected Russian hackers. However, Assange refused to confirm or deny a Russian origin for the mass email leak, saying Wikileaks tries to create ambiguity to protect all its sources. "Perhaps one day the source or sources will step forward and that might be an interesting moment some people may have egg on their faces. But to exclude certain actors is to make it easier to find out who our sources are," Assange told CNN.

Hundreds of leads on possible terrorists among refugees - German police

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Hundreds of leads on possible terrorists among refugees - German police | 26 July 2016 | Germany's Federal Criminal Police says hundreds of refugees in the country might be linked to terrorism. Officials, however, do not want a "general suspicion" tag to be applied, despite recent attacks by migrants. The number of migrants under suspicion of links to terrorism as well as the amount of investigations against potential terrorists in their ranks is on the rise, the German Federal Criminal Police (BKA) told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper. According to the outlet, the criminal police have 410 leads on possible terrorists among asylum seekers in Germany, with investigations launched in 60 cases.

Democrats Nominate Hillary Clinton, Despite Sharp Divisions

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Democrats Nominate Hillary Clinton, Despite Sharp Divisions | 26 July 2016 | Democrats formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, looking to move beyond the lingering anger that has brought protests and dissension to their convention as they unite behind the first female candidate to represent a major American political party. Mrs. Clinton officially became the party's standard-bearer in a roll-call vote of delegates on the floor of the convention. During the voting, Senator Bernie Sanders, who rallied millions of voters to his side in his battle against Mrs. Clinton, could be seen tearing up with his wife, Jane, sitting by his side. Despite the show of unity, there were signs on Tuesday that the discord that marked the first two days of the convention could persist.

Democratic National Convention: Clinton is officially the Democratic nominee

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Democratic National Convention: Clinton makes history by becoming the nominee | 26 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party on an historic night that her campaign is hoping will reintroduce her to voters still deeply skeptical of her candidacy. During the roll call of states, Clinton secured the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination when the South Dakota delegation cast its votes. In a bid to show party unity, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the runner-up for the nomination, appeared on the convention floor at the end of the process and made a motion to suspend the rules and declare Clinton the nominee by acclamation.

Hollande: Deadly church attack in France carried out in name of ISIS

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Hollande: Deadly church attack in France carried out in name of ISIS | 26 July 2016 | One of the two suspects in the church attack that left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, has been identified via fingerprints as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, a French anti-terrorism prosecutor said Tuesday. Kermiche was known to anti-terror authorities after two attempts in 2015 to travel abroad -- at least once to Syria -- using a relative's identification, prosecutor Francois Molins said. Kermiche was wearing an "electronic tag" during the attack, he said. The second attacker has not been identified. French President Francois Hollande has said the deadly hostage incident at the Catholic church in the Normandy region was a terror attack committed in the name of ISIS.

Hillary Clinton Makes History as First Female U.S. Presidential Nominee

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Hillary Clinton Makes History as First Female U.S. Presidential Nominee --Clinton makes history, secures U.S. Democrats' White House nomination | 26 July 2016 | Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party's 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton's former rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor that Clinton should be selected as the party's nominee during a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Earlier, delegates from South Dakota had given Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383 votes needed to win the nomination. She emerged with a total of 2,842 votes to Sanders's 1,865 votes.

Bomb threat caused NJ Transit train evacuation; man charged

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Bomb threat caused NJ Transit train evacuation; man charged | 26 July 2016 | A man who forced the evacuation of a crowded NJ Transit train Monday evening after allegedly making a threat has been charged, officials said. Mohammed H. Mahmoud, 29, of South Amboy, has been charged with causing a false public alarm and interference with transportation, NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith said Tuesday...On Monday, Port Authority police said a passenger on train 3363 en route to Bay Head made a "terroristic-type verbal threats" and mentioned a bomb shortly before the train stopped at the Newark Liberty International Airport stop.

Democratic National Convention: Bernie Sanders pleads with supporters to back Clinton

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Democratic National Convention: Bernie Sanders pleads with supporters to back Clinton | 25 July 2016 | Bernie Sanders closed out the first day of the Democratic party's convention with a forceful plea for his supporters to get behind the party's nominee Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator spoke to a packed arena that had for hours swung wildly from unified highs to divided lows. "Based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," Sanders said. "The choice is not even close." Even as he spoke, the reaction was mixed and emotions ran high.

Democratic National Committee apologizes to Sanders over emails

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Democratic National Committee apologizes to Sanders over emails | 25 July 2016 | The Democratic National Committee apologized to Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday after leaked emails suggested the party's leadership had worked to sabotage Sanders' presidential campaign. "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," the DNC said in a statement released on the opening day of the party's convention in Philadelphia.

Bernie Sanders Gets Booed When He Asks Delegates to Elect Hillary Clinton

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders Gets Booed When He Asks Delegates to Elect Hillary Clinton | 25 July 2016 | The crowd of delegates in the convention center ballroom didn't come for unity: They came for Bernie Sanders. Sanders, the Vermont senator whose bid to beat back Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination fell short, took the stage this afternoon to speak to his delegates before he'll take a bigger stage in a few hours-at the Democratic National Convention on its opening night, in a bid to promote unity in the party as it gears up to face Republican Donald Trump in the fall...When Sanders finally got around to speaking about the woman who will actually be the Democratic nominee, the crowd soured on their hero.

Suicide Bomber in Ansbach, Germany, Pledged Loyalty to ISIS, Officials Say

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Suicide Bomber in Ansbach, Germany, Pledged Loyalty to ISIS, Officials Say | 25 July 2016 |  A 27-year-old Syrian who blew himself up on Sunday evening outside a wine bar in southern Germany, injuring 15 people, had recorded a cellphone video in which he professed loyalty to the Islamic State, officials said on Monday. The man, who entered Germany in 2014 but was denied asylum, detonated a backpack around 10 p.m. on Sunday, near the entrance to an open-air music festival that was attended by about 2,000 people. Of the 15 people wounded, four had grave injuries. It was the second attack in Germany in one week linked to the Islamic State: On July 18, in Würzburg, a 17-year-old who registered as an Afghan refugee wielding an ax wounded four passengers on a train and a woman walking her dog before police officers fatally shot him.

Japan knife attack: 19 killed and dozens wounded in stabbing

July 26, 2016 by legitgov

Japan knife attack: 19 killed and dozens wounded in stabbing | 25 July 2016 | At least 19 people are reported to have been killed and another 26 injured after a man went on a rampage with a knife at a Japanese facility for disabled people in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Japan's public broadcaster NHK said a suspect had been arrested after he attacked residents of the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility in Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. Japanese media reported that staff at the facility called police at 2.30am local time with reports of a man armed with a knife on the grounds...Japan's Kyodo news agency has put the death toll at 19 which if confirmed would be one of the worst crimes in Japanese postwar history.

Trump: Claim That Russia Hacked DNC to Help Him Is a 'Joke'

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Trump: Claim That Russia Hacked DNC to Help Him Is a 'Joke' | 25 July 2016 | Donald Trump said Monday that any suggestion the Russians hacked and leaked Democratic Party emails on his behalf is a "joke." The timing of the embarrassing leak on the eve of the Democratic National Convention put fresh attention on relations between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, who have praised each other, and on close ties between key members of Trump's inner circle and Russian businesses and officials. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager alleged over the weekend that the leak was designed to help Trump after his campaign operatives [thankfully] pushed changes to the Republican convention platform "to make it more pro-Russian" - reportedly removing language in support of sanctions for Russia and new weapons for [the Nazis running] Ukraine. In a tweet, Trump scoffed at the notion, writing, "The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me."

Democratic Party chair jeered in protest ahead of convention

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Democratic Party chair jeered in protest ahead of convention | 25 July 2016 | Chaos broke out ahead of the U.S. Democratic Party convention on Monday as protesters jeered the party chairwoman over leaked emails showing Democratic officials worked to undermine Bernie Sanders in his presidential primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Hours before the start of the four-day gathering to nominate Clinton for the White House, outgoing Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz struggled to be heard above boos as she spoke to the Democratic delegation from her home state, Florida. Protesters held up signs that read "Bernie" and "E-MAILS" and shouted "Shame," as she spoke. Others at the meeting cheered and clapped for Wasserman Schultz, who is stepping down over the email controversy.

Thousands of firefighters battle fast-spreading wildfire near Los Angeles

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Thousands of firefighters battle fast-spreading wildfire near Los Angeles | 25 July 2016 | More than 1,600 firefighters battled on Monday to contain a fast-spreading wildfire that has forced hundreds of evacuations in the drought-parched canyons north of Los Angeles, destroying 18 homes, killing at least one person and closing a highway. Authorities said the Sand Fire had grown to more than 33,000 acres (13,300 hectares) by early Monday, or more than 50 square miles (130 square km), fueled by high winds and parched conditions after years of drought. It was threatening a string of small communities near Santa Clarita, just outside the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles county sheriff's department said.

Shooting at Florida nightclub leaves two dead, up to 16 wounded

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Shooting at Florida nightclub leaves two dead, up to 16 wounded | 25 July 2016 | At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others, many of them teenagers, were wounded in a shooting early on Monday outside a Florida nightclub that was hosting a party for all age groups, authorities said. The shooting in Fort Myers took place just after 12:30 a.m. (0430 GMT) in the parking lot of Club Blu, where officers found "several victims suffering from gunshot wounds," the Fort Myers Police Department said in a statement. Between 14 and 16 people were wounded, with their injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening, according to police. A local hospital said victims were between 12 and 27 years old.

Donald Trump bounces into the lead

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump bounces into the lead | 25 July 2016 | The bounce is back. Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups. There hasn't been a significant post-convention bounce in CNN's polling since 2000.

Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack | 24 July 2016 | A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany, the fourth violent assault on civilians in western Europe in 10 days, though police said it did not appear linked to terrorism. German police said they arrested the machete-wielding Syrian asylum-seeker after he killed a woman and injured two other people in the southwestern city of Reutlingen near Stuttgart. The Syrian had been involved in previous incidents causing injuries to others, and had apparently acted alone, a police spokesman said.

Chaos Erupts On NYC Subway After Trump Supporter Attacks Black Woman For Not Giving Up Seat

July 25, 2016 by walden9

Chaos Erupts On NYC Subway After Trump Supporter Attacks Black Woman For Not Giving Up Seat | 24 July 2016 | A blatantly racist man, who kept shouting "Donald Trump 2016" on a subway car in Manhattan, goes off on a woman after he couldn't find a seat. In this beautiful age of technology, it was all caught on film.

Wasserman Schultz to Have a New Role in Clinton Campaign

July 25, 2016 by walden9

Wasserman Schultz to Have a New Role in Clinton Campaign | 24 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton is thanking her “longtime friend” Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the Florida congresswoman’s decision to step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Clinton says that Wasserman Schultz will serve as honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country.

9/11 defense lawyers: Judge let U.S. secretly destroy CIA 'black site' evidence

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

9/11 defense lawyers: Judge let U.S. secretly destroy CIA 'black site' evidence | 24 July 2016 | Defense lawyers for the alleged 9/11 plotters said for the first time Sunday that the government destroyed a secret CIA prison with secret permission of the trial judge, and they learned of it only after the fact. Defense attorneys have been complaining about a mysterious destruction of evidence episode in a cloaked manner since May...Defense lawyers also for the first time solved a mystery that had surrounded the Pentagon's two death-penalty prosecutions that seek to execute six former CIA prisoners: Two sets of top secret filings - known to the public as "the no-name motions" - sought permission to destroy the black site whose location was so secret the defense attorneys couldn't even know it. They've been under seal for years, as AE92 in the USS Cole case and as AE52 in the 9/11 case.

Bernie Sanders Backers March Against Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders Backers March Against Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia | 24 July 2016 | A large, boisterous crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters - chanting, "Hell, no, D.N.C., we won't vote for Hillary" - marched on Sunday afternoon toward the site of the Democratic National Convention, promising a week in which the party’s divisions will be on vivid display in the streets. The parade set off from City Hall led by a banner proclaiming, "Help End Establishment Politics, Vote No on Hillary." Despite 97-degree heat, more than 1,000 people from as far as Seattle and Florida participated in the first of what are expected to be many rallies in support of Mr. Sanders, a Vermont senator. It was far larger than any of the protest marches last week in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, though there were no signs of confrontations early on between demonstrators and either supporters of Donald J. Trump or the police, who maintained a low-key, even casual presence.

Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey | 24 July 2016 | A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base in the Buca district of Izmir province in western Turkey. Authorities are investigating a possible act of sabotage, local media report. The inferno started on Sunday evening on the border of the Sahintepe and Mevkiinde districts. The fire engulfed the grassy wooded area and is spreading closer to NATO's military base because of strong winds.

Death toll in Kabul suicide attack climbs to over 80; more than 230 injured

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Death toll in Kabul suicide attack climbs to over 80; more than 230 injured | 23 July 2016 | At least 80 people were killed and 231 injured when a huge blast rocked a mass demonstration in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry has announced. The attack was claimed by terrorist group Islamic State. The numbers were confirmed to Afghan TOLOnews network and Pajhwok agency, as well as to Reuters. Officials have confirmed to TOLOnews that at least three suicide bombers were present at the rally.

Massive explosion rocks diplomatic district of Kabul, Interior Ministry says

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Massive explosion rocks diplomatic district of Kabul, Interior Ministry says | 24 July 2016 | A massive explosion has rocked the diplomatic district of the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry has confirmed. A mortar hit a school building that was empty at the time, causing no fatalities. Police say at least five people are being treated for cuts from broken glass dispersed by the blast, according to Kabul journalist Bilal Sarwary.

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