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Houston deluged, five reported dead in Texas floods

April 19, 2016 by legitgov

Houston deluged, five reported dead in Texas floods | 19 April 2016 | Torrential rainfall totaling 18 inches (46 cm) pummeled Houston on Monday, causing floods that were believed responsible for five deaths and that snarled transport and turned roads into lakes in the fourth most-populous U.S. city. More than 1,000 homes were flooded in Harris County, which contains Houston, and there were more than 1,000 water rescues as scores of neighborhoods and roads were hit by rushing water. "This is the most I have ever seen in the state of Texas," Governor Greg Abbott said of the rescues at a news conference, where he declared a state of disaster in nine Texas counties...Abbott also said U.S. Internal Revenue Service officials allowed extensions for taxpayers in flooded areas who missed filing deadlines on Monday.

US Sending Troops and Apache Choppers to Iraq

April 19, 2016 by legitgov

US Sending Troops and Apache Choppers to Iraq --The President's decision authorises the increase of US forces in Iraq from 3,870 to 4,087. | 18 April 2016 | The US has agreed to send more than 200 additional troops to Iraq along with Apache helicopters to aid in the fight against Islamic State. The new force will consist mostly of Army special operators, US defence officials said. The remaining troops will be made up of trainers, security forces and maintenance teams for the Apaches, the officials told the AP news agency...The addition of Apache attack helicopters for the first time will provide forces on the ground with precision fire during the fight.

9/11 families hit Obama for 'siding with Saudi Arabia,' want secret report declassified

April 19, 2016 by legitgov

9/11 families hit Obama for 'siding with Saudi Arabia,' want secret report declassified | 18 April 2016 | President Barack Obama is facing increased pressure due to a renewed effort to make a secret Congressional report public that may describe links between Saudi Arabia and the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Over the past week, families of 9/11 victims have criticized President Obama because of reports stating that his administration is lobbying Congress to block a bill that would allow terror victims to sue foreign governments connected to attacks on American soil. The criticism comes as Obama prepares to travel to Riyadh for the fourth time in his presidency. One 9/11 widow, Mindy Kleinberg, told the New York Times "it's stunning to think that our government would back the Saudis over its own citizens."

Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

April 19, 2016 by legitgov

Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours | 18 April 2016 | More than a foot of rain had fallen by Monday evening in parts of Houston, submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power to thousands of residents who were urged to shelter in place. More rain was projected over the next two to three days, although heavy downpours had subsided and only another half-inch was expected through Monday night, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. Rain gauges in parts of Harris County, which includes most of Houston, showed water levels approaching 20 inches since late Sunday night, with slightly smaller amounts elsewhere in Southeast Texas as bayous and creeks overflowed their banks.

Presidential hopefuls battle for New York on eve of primaries

April 18, 2016 by legitgov

Presidential hopefuls battle for New York on eve of primaries | 18 April 2016 | Democratic and Republican candidates engaged in a final frenzy of campaigning on Monday, one day before New York state voters render their verdict and potentially bring some order to the chaotic 2016 presidential race. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, the national front-runners, were favored to win their respective primaries in the state that both call home. New York's primaries are expected to be the most decisive in decades in the selection of the Republican and Democratic candidates for November's general election. The question for Trump is whether he will make a clean sweep of all 95 Republican delegates at stake by earning the majority of votes in all 27 congressional districts in the state.

U.S. top court appears unlikely to revive Obama immigration plan

April 18, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. top court appears unlikely to revive Obama immigration plan | 18 April 2016 | President Barack Obama's bid to save his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits ran into trouble on Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case testing the limits of presidential power. The court, with four conservative justices and four liberals, seemed divided along ideological lines during 90 minutes of arguments in the case brought by 26 states led by Texas that sued to block Obama's unilateral 2014 executive action that bypassed Congress. A 4-4 decision would be a grim defeat for Obama because it would uphold lower court rulings that threw out his action last year and doom his quest to revamp a U.S. immigration cheap labor for corporations policy he calls broken.

Ecuador earthquake: Death toll jumps as search continues

April 18, 2016 by legitgov

Ecuador earthquake: Death toll jumps as search continues | 18 April 2016 | The number of people killed in a powerful earthquake that struck Ecuador over the weekend has risen to about 350, the government has said. There have been desperate scenes as rescuers and family members searched for survivors, often with bare hands. Teams from Switzerland, Spain and several Latin American countries have arrived to join the search effort. More than 2,000 people were injured in the quake, Ecuador's most powerful in decades, which hit its Pacific coast.

Safety checks faked at German nuclear power stations

April 18, 2016 by legitgov

Safety checks faked at German nuclear power stations | 15 April 2016 | German energy giants EnBW and RWE have admitted that employees did not carry out routine safety readings on equipment measuring radioactivity at their nuclear power stations, but pretended they had. Both workers were immediately barred from the premises and then dismissed. Regional public broadcaster SWR, which broke the story, reported on Thursday that EnBW's power station in Philippsburg, Baden-Württemberg, had been shut down by the state Environment Ministry until a mandatory inquiry was completed. RWE's nuclear power station in Biblis, Hesse, has been shut down since 2011, but radioactivity levels are still being monitored there.

Drone Strikes BA Plane at Heathrow Airport

April 17, 2016 by legitgov

Drone Strikes BA Plane at Heathrow Airport | 17 April 2016 | A British Airways flight carrying 132 passengers has been hit by a drone on approach to Heathrow Airport. The pilot reported that an object had struck the Airbus A320, which took off in Geneva, as it came in to land at the London hub. The flight - BA727 - landed safely at Heathrow Terminal 5. Initial inquiries determined that an object - believed to be a drone - struck the front of the plane as it approached the airport.

More than 900 'Democracy Spring' protesters arrested in D.C.

April 17, 2016 by legitgov

More than 900 'Democracy Spring' protesters arrested in D.C. --More arrests are expected Monday, the final day of protests | 17 April 2016 | Police have calmly arrested hundreds of people in Washington, D,.C. protesting the influence of money in politics during the last week...U.S. Capitol Police have arrested more than 900 protesters through Saturday. Mass demonstrations by a group called "Democracy Spring" began last Monday. A related group, "Democracy Awakening," joined the efforts on Saturday and are holding often integrated sit ins and other demonstrations to protest laws it considers discriminatory, such as Voter ID laws.

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.

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