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U.S. officials say 450,000 in Texas likely to seek disaster aid

U.S. officials say 450,000 in Texas likely to seek disaster aid | 28 Aug 2017 | U.S. emergency management officials said on Monday they were expediting federal resources to Texas to help with rescue efforts after Hurricane Harvey swamped coastal areas of the state and forced 30,000 people to seek refuge in temporary shelters. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said more than 450,000 people were expected to seek disaster assistance due to flooding after Harvey made landfall during the weekend before weakening to tropical storm status. President Donald Trump approved an emergency request on Monday for Louisiana, where severe flooding also was expected.

Houston TV station is evacuated as it starts to flood live on air during coverage of Hurricane Harvey

Houston TV station is evacuated as it starts to flood live on air during coverage of Hurricane Harvey | 27 Aug 2017 | A Houston TV station was forced to evacuate when its building's first floor was flooded during its live news coverage of Hurricane Harvey. News anchors were at their desks when water began to seep into the building, forcing them to a second level before the staff fled the building entirely on Sunday. From the field, one reporter carried on with the hurricane coverage for 30 minutes, with the journalist saving the life of a man who was trapped in his truck. The station is still abandoned as KHOU continues its broadcast coverage from a makeshift studio in a bank and with the help of another station in Dallas.

Hillary Clinton Allies Are Working From Within White House to Ruin Trump - Sebastian Gorka

Hillary Clinton Allies Are Working From Within White House to Ruin Trump - Sebastian Gorka | 27 Aug 2017 | Donald Trump is being undermined by White House insiders who would rather have worked for Hillary Clinton, according to former deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka. Gorka, who disputed reports he was asked to leave his role and insisted he resigned shortly after the departure of Steve Bannon, slammed West Wing insiders in an interview with Radio 4 on Sunday.

Violence breaks out at Berkeley protest

Violence breaks out at Berkeley protest | 27 Aug 2017 | Thousands of demonstrators, carrying signs with slogans like "Stand Against Hate," descended on Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park on Sunday for what many hoped would be a peaceful march against bigotry and President Trump. But it was soon punctuated by tear gas and a scattering of violent skirmishes. Some "anti-fascist" protesters, wearing black and with their faces covered, chased or beat Trump supporters and organizers who had scheduled and then canceled the "anti-Marxist" rally, citing concerns over safety.

Black-clad anarchists storm Berkeley rally, assaulting 5

Black-clad anarchists storm Berkeley rally, assaulting 5 | 27 Aug 2017 | Black-clad anarchists on Sunday stormed into what had been a largely peaceful Berkeley protest 'against hate' and attacked at least five people, including the leader of a politically conservative group who canceled an event a day earlier in San Francisco amid fears of violence. The group of more than 100 hooded protesters, with shields emblazoned with the words "no hate" and waving a flag identifying themselves as anarchists, busted through police lines, avoiding security checks by officers to take away possible weapons.

California first-grader sent to principal's office for misgendering classmate

California first-grader sent to principal's office for misgendering classmate | 23 Aug 2017 | An elite charter school in California has been rocked by scandal since the end of the last school year, when a kindergarten teacher read her class a pair of books advocating transgender ideology, and a male kindergartener was reintroduced to the class as a girl. Now first-graders at Rocklin Academy Gateway risk a trip to the principal's office if they refer to their transgender classmate by the wrong name or gender pronoun, said Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute, a pro-family group based in Sacramento...The controversy at Rocklin is just the latest example of the transgender movement's increasing emphasis on spreading its ideology through early education.

Rainfall from Harvey Could Reach 50 Inches in Some Spots, Highest Ever Recorded in Texas

Rainfall from Harvey Could Reach 50 Inches in Some Spots, Highest Ever Recorded in Texas; Catastrophic Flooding to Continue for Days --One location northeast of Houston near Dayton logged more than 27 inches of rain in 48 hours. | 27 Aug 2017 | Tropical Storm Harvey has stalled over Texas where extreme rainfall has occurred in the Houston metro area, leading to record-breaking, catastrophic flooding. Days of drenching downpours are ahead along with the potential for tornadoes and lingering coastal flooding. Localized rain amounts of 40-50 inches are not out of the question once Harvey's rain is finished later this week. This may end as being one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history.

Ben Taub Hospital in Houston Evacuated Due to Flooding - Harris County Judge

Ben Taub Hospital in Houston Evacuated Due to Flooding - Harris County Judge | 27 Aug 2017 | Ben Taub Hospital in Houston's Texas Medical Center was being evacuated due to flooding after Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in central Texas last week, County Judge Ed Emmett said on Sunday. Flooding has caused power outages.

Memphis theater pulls Gone with the Wind after complaints that the Civil War classic is 'racially insensitive'

Memphis theater pulls Gone with the Wind after complaints that the Civil War classic is 'racially insensitive' --The motion picture has become part of a ever-growing list of historical references that are up on public chopping block --Movie won eight Academy Awards and was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book with the same title, by Margaret Mitchell. | 26 Aug 2017 | 'Gone with the Wind' has been pulled from a Memphis theater after patrons complained the 1939 Civil War classic is racially insensitive. The Orpheum Theatre Group made the decision after patrons took issue with the screening of the movie starring Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara on August 11. 'As an organization whose stated mission is to 'entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves', the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population,' the theater's operators said in a statement according to News Ch. 3.

Man arrested after 'brandishing 4ft sword and shouting Allahu Akbar' outside Buckingham Palace

Man arrested after 'brandishing 4ft sword and shouting Allahu Akbar' outside Buckingham Palace | 26 Aug 2017 | A man allegedly brandishing a four-foot sword shouting 'Allahu Akbar' at police officers outside Buckingham Palace has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism. Two officers were injured after tackling the 26-year-old alleged attacker near the Queen's official London residence on Friday night. The suspect, who is from Luton, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police. He was further arrested under the Terrorism Act this morning, and is now being questioned by counter-terror officers.

Several treated after roof collapse at Rockport senior home

Several treated after roof collapse at Rockport senior home | 26 Aug 2017 | The city manager in Rockport, Texas, says multiple people have been taken to the county's jail [Aransas County Detention Center] for assessment and treatment after the roof of a senior housing complex collapsed. KIII-TV reports that 10 people have been treated in Rockport since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast city Friday night...Earlier Friday, Rockport Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios offered ominous advice, telling KIII-TV those who chose to stay put "should make some type of preparation to mark their arm with a Sharpie pen," implying doing so would make it easier for rescuers to identify them.

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Yemen coast

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Yemen coast | 26 Aug 2017 | A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen on Friday during training, with a search underway for one U.S. service member, the U.S. military said. U.S. Central Command said in a statement that five other service members aboard the aircraft had been rescued and the crash took place about 20 miles (32 km) off the southern coast of Yemen at 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

Trump signs Texas hurricane disaster declaration

Trump signs Texas hurricane disaster declaration | 25 Aug 2017 | President Donald Trump on Friday signed a presidential disaster declaration to make federal funds available to Texas as Hurricane Harvey bears down on the coast. The president issued the declaration in response to a request by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, saying it "unleashes the full force of government help!" The declaration would more quickly make federal money available to respond to any damage the hurricane may cause, a statement from Abbott's office said.

Sebastian Gorka resigns from White House

Sebastian Gorka resigns from White House | 25 Aug 2017 | Sebastian Gorka has resigned from his position as a top counterterrorism adviser to President Donald Trump, a White House official tells CNN. Gorka was also a member of the White House's Strategic Initiatives Group, which he described as a focal point for task forces collaborating with people outside government...A CNN K-File review of Gorka's public comments throughout the presidential campaign shows that even after his work for Trump, the former Breitbart national security editor offered stinging critiques of his future boss's rhetoric on key foreign policy issues from terrorism to Russia and China.

Trump Signs Sanctions Aimed Squarely at Venezuelan Government

Trump Signs Sanctions Aimed Squarely at Venezuelan Government | 25 Aug 2017 | President Trump is imposing a new round of economic sanctions that are aimed squarely at choking off money to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government but "carefully calibrated" to preserve U.S. oil imports from the South American country, according to the White House. The latest sanctions -- the fourth round in recent weeks -- are the first to move beyond freezing the assets of individuals and target the government itself. The executive order signed by Trump bars U.S. institutions from buying new debt issued by the Venezuelan government or from the state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA.

Trump pardons ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio - White House

Trump pardons ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio - White House | 25 Aug 2017 | U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday granted a pardon to former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America," less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving his department's racial profiling policy. Trump had signaled this week that the first presidential pardon of his administration would go to Arpaio, 85, whom he has frequently praised for his hardline immigration stance...Arpaio had been scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and faced a fine and maximum sentence of six months in jail.

Harvey becomes a category FOUR: Strengthening hurricane now has winds of 130mph

Harvey becomes a category FOUR: Strengthening hurricane now has winds of 130mph as residents in its path are told to write their social security number on their arm before it hits in case they die | 25 Aug 2017 | Hurricane Harvey has now been upgraded to a Category 4, exceeding forecasts of how strong the storm would be when it slams into Texas, as residents in the storm's path are being told to label themselves in case they die. Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned that Hurricane Harvey would be 'a major disaster' as the storm barreled toward the state, which is expecting catastrophic flooding, power outages, winds up to 130mph and more than 40 inches of rain on top of storm surges up to 12 feet...As President Donald Trump departed the White House for Camp David on Friday afternoon, he responded when asked what message he had for the people of Texas: 'Good luck to everybody. They're gonna be safe. Good luck to everybody. Good luck.'

Hurricane Harvey is now a catastrophic Category 4 storm

Hurricane Harvey is now a catastrophic Category 4 storm | 25 Aug 2017 | Hurricane Harvey became a Category 4 storm Friday afternoon with winds of 130 mph. The latest forecast track has Harvey making landfall near Corpus Christi very early Saturday morning. The impacts of a Category 4 hurricane (130-156 mph) can include: Catastrophic damage to homes and buildings; mobile homes are destroyed; most large trees are snapped or uprooted; some roads impassable; large areas without power and communication outages. Houston, Texas, could see rainfall of 15 to 20 inches with isolated areas getting up to 30 inches of rainfall by next Wednesday.

North Korea fires 'several projectiles', says South

North Korea fires 'several projectiles', says South | 25 Aug 2017 | North Korea has fired "several projectiles" into sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean military says. The missile was launched from a site in the North Korean province of Gangwon and flew for about 250km (150 miles), officials in the South said. The projectiles were first launched at 06:49 on Saturday (21:49 GMT Friday), South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

Canada Introduces 'X' as a Third Sex Category for Passport Holders

Canada Introduces 'X' as a Third Sex Category for Passport Holders | 25 Aug 2017 | Starting Thursday, Canadians will have a new way to identify their sex on passports and other government documents: "X" will join the options of male and female. The decision to allow the third category, indicating an "unspecified" sex, is intended to protect the rights of Canadians to identify by the gender of their choice, the country's immigration department said in announcing the change... Last year, a judge in Oregon granted a petition allowing Jamie Shupe of Portland, a retired Army sergeant, to identify as neither sex and instead be classified as nonbinary.

Trump signs directive banning transgender military recruits

Trump signs directive banning transgender military recruits | 25 Aug 2017 | President Donald Trump on Friday directed the military not to move forward with an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces, following through on his intentions announced a month earlier to ban transgender people from serving. The presidential memorandum also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment regimens for transgender individuals currently serving in the military.

US navy to relieve 7th Fleet commander of duty after series of collisions

US navy to relieve 7th Fleet commander of duty after series of collisions | 22 Aug 2017 | The US navy is to relieve the commander of the 7th Fleet of duty following a series of collisions in Asia according to multiple reports. Three star admiral Joseph Aucoin will be removed from his role, an official told Reuters. The news comes after a collision involving the USS John McCain last week that left ten sailors missing. In June the USS Fitzgerald crashed into a cargo ship, leaving seven US sailors dead.

Hurricane Harvey likely to be 'catastrophic,' 'life-threatening,' forecasters warn

Hurricane Harvey likely to be 'catastrophic,' 'life-threatening,' forecasters warn | 25 Aug 2017 | As "catastrophic" Hurricane Harvey churns toward Texas, bringing with it a "life-threatening storm surge," major cities have devolved into ghost towns while authorities use their last hours before landfall to warn of the chaos to come. A tornado warning was issued for Galveston on Friday. Flooding could reach heights of 6 to 12 feet above ground level along the Texas coast, according to the National Hurricane Center and nearly three feet of rain could fall in some regions. Harvey is now considered a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center, as it prepares to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday.

Soldiers attacked by knife-wielding man in Brussels, incident treated as 'terrorist act'

Soldiers attacked by knife-wielding man in Brussels, incident treated as 'terrorist act' | 25 Aug 2017 | A knife wielding man has been shot dead in the center of the Belgian capital of Brussels after attacking a group of soldiers in what the federal prosecutor are treating as a terrorist attack. The prosecutor's office confirmed that Belgian soldiers shot and killed the man in downtown Brussels after he attacked the troops with a knife. The prosecutor also revealed that the man twice shouted "Allahu Akbar" - meaning "God is great" in Arabic - while carrying out the attack, Reuters reported.

Buckingham Palace on lockdown as police arrest man after two officers are 'attacked with a sword'

Buckingham Palace on lockdown as police arrest man after two officers are 'attacked with a sword' in front of terrified tourists | 25 Aug 2017 | Buckingham Palace is tonight on lockdown after police arrested a man who allegedly attacked two officers while armed with a sword in front of frightened tourists. Police stopped the man at 8.35pm and discovered he was carrying a knife and two officers suffered 'minor injuries' to their arms when they detained him. The man was later arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police. Officers remain outside the building this evening.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill up to 14 civilians, including children - witnesses

Saudi-led airstrikes kill up to 14 civilians, including children - witnesses | 25 Aug 2017 | Airstrikes, apparently conducted by the Saudi-led coalition [of sociopaths] in Yemen, have killed up to 14 civilians, including six children, witnesses on the ground report. The attack targeted the Faj Attan area on the southern outskirts of Sanaa and also reduced two buildings to rubble, Reuters cites local sources as saying. The bodies of several children, who appear to be as young as 10, have been recovered by rescuers, the agency said.

Japan's Tepco gets slapped with new U.S. lawsuit over Fukushima

Japan's Tepco gets slapped with new U.S. lawsuit over Fukushima | 24 Aug 2017 | Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said on Thursday it has been hit with another lawsuit filed in a U.S. court seeking $5 billion for compensation over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the second filed against the utility in a U.S. court. The suit filed [on Aug. 18, 2017,] by 157 individuals is seeking that amount to set up a compensation fund for the costs of medical tests and treatment they say they need after efforts to support the recovery from the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. The utility, known as Tepco, is being sued regarding improper design, construction and maintenance, claiming compensation for physical, mental and economic damages, the company said in a statement.

ACLU hammered for tweeting photo of a white baby holding an American flag

ACLU hammered for tweeting photo of a white baby holding an American flag with the caption: 'This is the future that ACLU members want' --The ACLU apologized for appearing to promote 'white supremacy' and tried to clarify that its intent was to promote its line of baby clothing | 24 Aug 2017 | The American Civil Liberties Union is apologizing after tweeting a controversial photo of a white baby holding an American flag. On Wednesday afternoon, the group posted the photo of the toddler wearing a 'Free Speech' onesie along with the caption: 'This is the future that ACLU members want'. The free-speech [sic] organization was blasted by social media users who accused the post of being racially insensitive and even likened it to pro-Nazi commentary.

Strengthening Harvey forecast to slam Texas coast as first major hurricane in U.S. since 2005

Strengthening Harvey forecast to slam Texas coast as first major hurricane in U.S. since 2005 | 24 Aug 2017 | Harvey rapidly intensified Thursday morning in the central Gulf of Mexico, and officially became a hurricane early in the afternoon. The extremely dangerous storm is predicted to strengthen further and plow into Southeast Texas Friday as the first major hurricane, rated Category 3 or higher (on the 1-5 Saffir-Simpson intensity scale), to strike U.S. soils in 12 years. An incredible amount of rain, 15 to 25 inches with isolated amounts up to 35 inches, is predicted along the middle and upper Texas coast, because the storm is expected to stall and unload torrential downpours for four to six straight days. Marshall Shepherd, a past-president of the American Meteorological Society, tweeted that he feared an "epic flood catastrophe."

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