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Protests over shootings block roads in U.S. cities, arrests made

July 10, 2016 by legitgov

Protests over shootings block roads in U.S. cities, arrests made | 10 July 2016 | Protests against the shootings of two black men by police officers shut down main arteries in a number of U.S. cities on Saturday, leading to numerous arrests, scuffles and injuries in confrontations between police and demonstrators. Undeterred by heightened concerns about safety at protests after a lone gunman killed five police officers in Dallas Thursday night, organizers went ahead with marches in the biggest metropolis, New York City, and Washington D.C., the nation's capital, among other cities.

EMSA reports 9 passengers on diverted Delta flight show symptoms of illness

July 10, 2016 by legitgov

EMSA reports 9 passengers on diverted Delta flight show symptoms of illness | 10 July 2016 | A Delta Airlines flight stopped at Tulsa International Airport on Saturday afternoon for elevated levels of carbon monoxide affecting nine passengers during their flight, officials said. Delta Airlines' website indicates Flight 1817, an MD-90 aircraft set to arrive in Denver from Atlanta, was diverted to Tulsa at 3:10 p.m. A Tulsa police dispatcher said authorities received a call about 3 p.m. indicating the passengers had all become sick at the same time. [Emergency Medical Services Agency - EMSA]

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson taken into custody by Baton Rouge police

July 10, 2016 by legitgov

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson taken into custody by Baton Rouge police | 10 July 2016 | DeRay McKesson, one of the most prominent activists associated with the police reform protest movement, is in police custody in Baton Rouge, where he traveled earlier Saturday to demonstrate in solidarity with residents angered by the recent death of Alton Sterling after an officer-involved shooting that was captured on video. McKesson was taken into custody around 11 p.m. in what two fellow activists who witnessed it described as a physically violent arrest. In a text message from within police custody, McKesson said he and 33 others were in custody together, wrists tied, and being taken to a police precinct.

Made Man in a Blue Vest: DeRay McKesson Is Debutante at Aspen One-Percenters Coming Out Party

July 10, 2016 by legitgov

Made Man in a Blue Vest: DeRay McKesson Is Debutante at Aspen One-Percenters Coming Out Party | 06 July 2016 | DeRay McKesson, a Teach For America Trojan horse who inserted himself into the Black Lives Matter Movement was one of the panelists at the Aspen Institute's annual "ideas festival," a social event where one-percenters showcase their current crop of "thought leaders." For the dude in the blue vest it was a kind of debutante ball, one of the official coming out parties that mark him as one of corporate America's made men.

FBI warning of a cop-killing 'purge' in Louisiana raises tensions during Baton Rouge protest as thousands demonstrate across U.S.

July 10, 2016 by legitgov

FBI warning of a cop-killing 'purge' in Louisiana raises tensions during Baton Rouge protest as thousands demonstrate across U.S. for a FIFTH night after shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police --Protests raged on across the country, in New York, San Francisco, Denver, Florida, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia | 10 July 2016 | ...Officers were on high alert after the FBI noticed social media posts warning of a 'Baton Rouge Purge' throughout Saturday night. According to the rumors, there was just one rule to the violence: 'Kill every police.' Fireworks and rocks were thrown at police in St Paul, Minnesota - where Philando Castile was killed by police - as protests turned violent there. Three cops were injured. There were more protests across the country, with demonstrations against police brutality in New York, San Francisco, Denver, Florida, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Rhode Island.

Dallas police headquarters cordoned off after threat

July 10, 2016 by legitgov

Dallas police headquarters cordoned off after threat | 10 July 2016 | Dallas police headquarters and surrounding blocks were cordoned off and SWAT teams were deployed on Saturday after authorities received an anonymous threat against officers across the city, but a search for a "suspicious person" turned up no one, officials said. The incident occurred as the city remained tense following Thursday night's fatal shootings of five Dallas police officers by a former U.S. Army reservist. Police asked news organizations to stop airing live video from the area as they carried out the search.

Sanders's anti-TPP stance shot down by Democrats' platform committee

July 10, 2016 by legitgov

Sanders's anti-TPP stance shot down by Democrats' platform committee | 09 July 2016 | A trade deal fight led by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday failed to fully materialize as rival and presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton announced a compromise to expand mandatory healthcare funding over the next decade. At a meeting of the Democratic Party draft platform committee in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, supporters of Sanders were unable to influence the committee [of corporatist dirt-bags] to adopt strong language opposing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact corporate takeover, marking a powerful blow to the efforts by the U.S. senator from Vermont to push the party further to the left. Sanders has headed the effort on the U.S. left to oppose the TPP and trade deals like it, which he says are unfair to American workers.

Police use of killer robot to execute Dallas shooting suspect believed to be first in US history

July 9, 2016 by legitgov

Police use of killer robot to execute Dallas shooting suspect believed to be first in US history --Police's lethal use of bomb-disposal robot in Thursday's ambush worries legal experts who say it creates gray area in use of deadly force by law enforcement | 08 July 2016 | For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force. Early Friday morning, Dallas police used a bomb-disposal robot with an explosive device on its manipulator arm to kill a suspect after five police officers were murdered and seven others wounded. This is not the first time a robot designed with other functions in mind has been used as a weapon, but this kind of repurposing has until now been limited to the military.

Dallas Police SWAT Activated After Threat, Security Raised

July 9, 2016 by legitgov

Dallas Police SWAT Activated After Threat, Security Raised --'All clear' has been issued. Dallas Police Department had ordered media to cut live news feeds --Officers planning to breach door with shotgun --'Suspicious person' cornered in parking lot| 09 July 2016 | (Wires) SWAT units deployed over unspecified threat at Dallas police headquarters --Saturday afternoon, Dallas police sent an alert about an unspecified threat at the downtown police headquarters and ordered news media to cut their live feeds of officer movements. About a dozen officers could be seen rushing into a police parking structure behind the headquarters, and half a dozen police cruisers and a SWAT vehicle arrived as reinforcements. Reporters were moved away from the scene, and police formed a perimeter around the complex.

Alton Sterling shooting protests resume in Baton Rouge

July 9, 2016 by legitgov

Alton Sterling shooting protests resume in Baton Rouge | 09 July 2016 | Protests resumed in Baton Rouge on Saturday, four days after Alton Sterling was fatally shot by two police officers outside a convenience store. Members of the New Black Panther Party held a press conference to announce the resumption of demonstrations to protest the shooting, which was caught on video by witnesses with cellphone cameras...Protests in Baton Rouge have been largely peaceful although 31 people were arrested Friday night and early Saturday during a protest outside Baton Rouge police headquarters, Louisiana State Police said.

Chilcot report: Tony Blair could be sued for 'every penny' by families of soldiers killed in Iraq War

July 9, 2016 by legitgov

Chilcot report: Tony Blair could be sued for 'every penny' by families of soldiers killed in Iraq War | 08 July 2016 | The families of soldiers killed in Iraq have vowed to sue Tony Blair for "every penny". The former prime minister could face a civil lawsuit over allegations the abused his power to take the country to war following the publication of the Chilcot report on Wednesday. Sir John Chilcot concluded that Mr Blair had overstated the case for military action in March 2003 as there was "no imminent threat" posed by Saddam Hussein and it was not the "last resort". He also said the planning for the post-war clean up was "inadequate" and said there was not strong enough evidence to suggest Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Thousands of Protesters Gather in US Cities After Dallas Shooting

July 9, 2016 by legitgov

Thousands of Protesters Gather in US Cities After Dallas Shooting | 08 July 2016 | Thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout the country Friday for a second night in the wake of two controversial fatal police shootings that have sparked outrage around the country. They also came a night after five officers were killed and another seven injured in an ambush-style shooting in Dallas during a protest there. Gatherings took place in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, Phoenix, New York, and Washington D.C., among other cities, and were described as "peaceful" by participants and observers. In Atlanta, protesters blocked a major highway that runs through the city, creating traffic delays.

St. Louis County Police Chief: Ballwin Officer 'Was Ambushed. Period.'

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

St. Louis County Police Chief: Ballwin Officer 'Was Ambushed. Period.' | 08 July 2016 | A Ballwin, Missouri, police officer is "fighting for his life," according to the chief of police, after he was shot during a traffic stop Friday morning. Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger addressed the media during a news conference at Ballwin police headquarters Friday afternoon. The incident began with a traffic stop in the 300 block of New Ballwin Road, when the officer pulled over a vehicle for speeding.

Bomb-making materials, rifles, ammunition found in shooter's home

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Bomb-making materials, rifles, ammunition found in shooter's home | 08 July 2016 | Investigators identified the dead suspect [in the Dallas police shootings] as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, a military veteran who'd served in Afghanistan. Police said they searched his home Friday afternoon and found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics. Investigators are analyzing information in the journal, a police statement said. Johnson served in the U.S. Army Reserve from March 2009 to April 2015, training as a carpentry and masonry specialist, according to records released by the Pentagon.

Police on alert nationwide: NYPD chief bans officers from being alone as cops in Washington, Boston are told to partner up in wake of Dallas shooting

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Police on alert nationwide: NYPD chief bans officers from being alone as cops in Washington, Boston and more are told to partner up in wake of Dallas shooting --NYPD chief James O'Neill said cops must work in pairs until further notice --Washington D.C.'s chief also ordered officers and supervisors to pair up --Cincinnati police will be using two-officer patrols throughout the weekend --In St Louis, chief Sam Dotson ordered all officers to wear bulletproof vests | 08 July 2016 | Police officers are on alert across the country in the wake of deadly sniper attacks in Dallas on Thursday night that left five cops dead. Police chiefs in New York, Washington, D.C, Boston, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Nassau County have ordered officers to partner up for assignments. The NYPD's chief of department James O'Neill said until further notice, officers are banned officers from responding to calls alone.

"Murdering the innocent is always evil..." Says George W. Bush

July 8, 2016 by walden9

"Murdering the innocent is always evil..." Says George W. Bush | 8 July 2016 | Former President George W. Bush on Friday said his family is deeply saddened by the sniper attack in Dallas. "Laura and I are heartbroken by the heinous act of violence in our city last night," he said in a statement from Crawford, Texas. "Murdering the innocent is always evil, never more so than when the lives taken belong to those who protect our families and communities." Never in the history of the human race has any statement been more ironic.

Afghanistan Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson shot 12 cops at Dallas protest, killing five, saying 'he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers'

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Afghanistan Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson shot 12 cops at Dallas protest, killing five, saying 'he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers' --Police killed him using a bomb placed by a robot after a four-hour standoff near the Black Lives Matter protest | 08 July 2016 | The man who shot 12 police officers, killing five, at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas on Thursday night has been named as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army reservist with no criminal history or ties to terror groups. Johnson, from Mesquite, Texas, a 20 minute drive from Dallas, reportedly told law enforcement that he was a veteran, and claimed to have acted alone, countering reports that as many as four gunmen were involved in the massacre. 'The suspect said...he was upset about the recent police shootings of black suspects. He said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,' Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed at a 7:30am press conference. Around 11pm on Thursday, cops cornered Johnson at El Centro College and attempted to negotiate, but four hours later the talks failed and a robot was brought in to detonate a bomb and kill the suspect.

Justice Dept. to monitor investigation into deadly Minnesota police shooting

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Justice Dept. to monitor investigation into deadly Minnesota police shooting | 07 July 2016 | The Justice Department will monitor the investigation into the controversial shooting death of a black man by a police officer in the St. Paul, Minn. suburb of Falcon Heights, according to Gov. Mark Dayton who said Thursday he was "heartbroken for Minnesota." Officials say the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will take the lead on the investigation into the shooting death of Philando Castile on Wednesday. Video of the aftermath appeared on Facebook.

Officer-involved shootings: All lanes of I-880 in Oakland remain closed due to protest

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Officer-involved shootings: All lanes of I-880 in Oakland remain closed due to protest | 08 July 2016 | Thousands of protesters gathered in Oakland Thursday night to rally behind the two men [killed in police shootings], now at the center of a nationwide conversation over race and the use of force. Demonstrators marched onto Interstate 880, shutting down all lanes of the highway as they staged a sit-in. At one point, protesters started lighting off fireworks, set a Caltrans sign on fire and climbed onto a big-rig.

Century-Old Redwood Trees OK'd For Lumber Harvest, Despite Objections

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Outrageous: Century-Old Redwood Trees OK'd For Lumber Harvest, Despite Objections | 05 July 2016 | Cal Fire has approved a timber harvest plan that involves logging century-old redwood trees along the Sonoma County coast despite the objections of environmental advocates. The Press Democrat reports that environmental advocates may challenge the 330-acre "Dogwood" harvest plan that the state fire and forest agency approved Friday. Gualala Redwood Timber Inc. acquired the land along the lower Gualala River in the northwest corner of Sonoma County last year.

NYC transit to get $22M to combat terrorism threat

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

NYC transit to get $22M to combat terrorism threat | 08 July 2016 | New York City's bus and transit system is receiving more than $22 million in federal funds for security upgrades and training intended to prevent terrorism. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the award for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday. Smaller amounts will go to transit agencies in western New York state.

Bomb squad secures suspicious package following Dallas police shootings

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Bomb squad secures suspicious package following Dallas police shootings | 07 July 2016 | A suspicious package has been located and secured by a bomb squad in Dallas following the shootings and killings of multiple police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest. Earlier Thursday, Dallas Police Department's Chief David Brown said snipers suspected of killing multiple police officers may have planted a bomb in the city. The snipers are suspected in the shootings of at least 11 police officers from elevated positions at a Black Lives Matter protest. As of 12 a.m. EDT Friday, four had died. One civilian was also wounded during the protest shootings.

At least four police officers killed by snipers during Dallas protest, chief says

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Police in standoff with suspected sniper after five Dallas officers killed during protest; three others in custody | 08 July 2016 | Dallas Police were in a standoff early Friday with a suspected sniper who, along with at least one other shooter, targeted law enforcement officers during a protest march, killing five and injuring several other officers as well as one civilian. More suspects may be at large. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect holed up in a downtown parking garage had exchanged gunfire with officers for 45 minutes and claimed "the end is coming", as well as saying that he had planted bombs across Dallas and wanted to hurt more officers. Brown also said authorities had earlier taken a woman into custody near the garage. Two men were also being questioned after police pursued their vehicle away from downtown onto Interstate 35.

At least 35 killed in attack on Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

At least 35 killed in attack on Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad | 07 July 2016 | Islamic State claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources. The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq's Shi'ites and Sunnis. The Shi'ite form a majority in Iraq but Sunnis are predominant in northern and western provinces, including Salahuddin where the mausoleum is located.

5 Police Officers Dead After Shooting in Downtown Dallas

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

4 Police Officers Dead After Shooting in Downtown Dallas --3 Dallas officers, 1 DART officer confirmed killed in sniper fire following protest, police officials say | 08 July 2016 | Four officers are dead – three Dallas police officers and one DART transit officer – after two snipers opened fire on police at the end of a protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings, officials say. At least eight other Dallas police officers were hit, including three that are in critical condition; three additional DART officers suffered injuries that were not life threatening in the shooting. Police are searching for two suspects who opened fire on the officers as the rally drew to a close.

Dallas police chief: 11 officers shot at protest; 3 dead

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Dallas police chief: 4 officers killed, 7 injured at protest | 08 July 2016 | Updated: 12:44a.m. EDT. At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night, killing four officers and injuring seven others, police said. Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters the snipers fired "ambush style" upon the officers. Police later said in a statement that a suspect who was in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers was is in custody and a person of interest had surrendered. They said a suspicious package was being secured by a bomb squad. The gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

Police: 10 officers shot, 3 killed at Dallas protest over fatal police shootings

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Police: 10 officers shot, 3 killed at Dallas protest over fatal police shootings | 07 July 2016 | Update: 11:33 p.m. The Dallas police chief tells ABC affiliate WFAA 10 officers have been shot, three of whom were killed. Three others are in critical condition. Chief Daivd Brown says two snipers are believed to have shot the officers, neither of whom are in custody.

Republicans hit Comey over Clinton email probe, say issue isn't over

July 8, 2016 by walden9

Republicans hit Comey over Clinton email probe, say issue isn't over | 7 July 2016 | Americans have not heard the last of Hillary Clinton's emails. Republicans pumped FBI Director James Comey Thursday for fresh evidence to prolong the politically damaging saga during a Capitol Hill hearing that ignited partisan anger over his decision not to seek charges against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. GOP lawmakers vented frustration that Clinton escaped criminal action over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state while Democrats blasted the hearing as no more than a tax-payer funded witch-hunt.

Bernie Sanders Will Endorse Hillary Clinton Next Week: Report

July 8, 2016 by walden9

Bernie Sanders Will Endorse Hillary Clinton Next Week: Report | 7 July 2016 | Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is expected to formally endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, potentially ending tensions between the two and easing the concerns of party leaders hoping for a united front ahead of the nominating convention later this month. The endorsement is expected to occur next Tuesday, when Sanders and Clinton will appear together at a rally in New Hampshire, Democratic sources first told NBC News on Wednesday.

Two snipers dressed in military garb shot 10 police officers 'from elevated positions' in Dallas

July 8, 2016 by legitgov

Two snipers dressed in military garb shoot 12 police officers 'from elevated positions' in Dallas --Fifth police officer dies --One suspect claims to have planted bombs 'all over the place.' This suspect, Micah Xavier Johnson, was holed up in a high-rise parking garage, 'actively exchanging gunfire' and negotiating with police, but reports are emerging that this suspect has died from a 'self-inflicted gunshot wound.' was killed by police using a bomb placed by a robot. At least four suspects 'with rifles' were/are apparently in play. Two suspects in a Mercedes-Benz 'with camouflage bags' were stopped and detained after a traffic stop. One suspect negotiating with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) revealed that there are bombs planted in the parking garage and 'all over downtown Dallas,' according to David Brown, Dallas Police Chief. --Suspicious device discovered near second suspect, bomb squad on scene --ATF, FBI, US Marshals, SWAT, military and Humvee on scene --Snipers were situated on two different perches --Fifty to sixty shots were fired --Suspects threatened to 'plant a bomb' in area, according to David Brown. Five police officers and one transit police officer (Dallas Area Rapid Transit - DART) were killed; 6 others wounded. One civilian has been wounded. Downtown Dallas is a 'major crime scene.' Attack on police officers is 'deadliest day since 9/11.' (Fox News - reports from commentators and media conferences) | 08 July 2016 | Updated: 02:10p.m. EDT.[This story will be updated.]

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