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'Highly suspicious package' outside White House, which is in lockdown; decontamination unit on scene

May 30, 2016 by legitgov

White House on lockdown after 'suspicious package' found in grounds --Decontamination unit on scene; firetrucks on scene in hazmat suits (MSNBC) | 30 May 2016 | The White House has been put on lockdown this afternoon after a suspicious package was reportedly found in the grounds. Members of the US media have been told not to leave the building as the incident develops in Washington. The north side of the White House was placed on a security lockdown, a Secret Service official said. The partial lockdown on the Memorial Day holiday occurred while President Barack Obama was home. Reporters were not allowed to leave the White House compound through its northwest gate and flashing lights from emergency responders could be seen nearby.

Gary Johnson wins Libertarian presidential nomination, Weld chosen for VP

May 29, 2016 by legitgov

Gary Johnson wins Libertarian presidential nomination, Weld chosen for VP | 29 May 2016 | Libertarians on Sunday selected former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as their party's presidential nominee and ex-Massachusetts Gov. [corporate troll] Bill Weld as the vice presidential nominee, at their party convention in Orlando, Florida. Johnson was the party's nominee in 2012 and once again won the position despite backlash from the party's more radical Libertarian wing. In the first round of voting, Johnson reached 49.5 percent of the vote, according to the official party total, just shy of the majority needed for victory.

Heartbreaking Image Foreshadows the Sun Setting on the Polar Bear Population

May 29, 2016 by legitgov

Heartbreaking Image Foreshadows the Sun Setting on the Polar Bear Population | 26 May 2016 | Just one of the numerous species facing extinction, the polar bear is increasingly regarded as the poster animal for the damage caused by global climate change. Polar bears are pictured emaciated and marooned on melting sheets of ice and wandering into urban areas, driven by starvation and a thawing habitat. The Arctic is particularly affected, with warming temperatures -- increasing between two and four times faster than the rest of the planet -- leading to sea levels rising and ice caps melting...The polar bear's plight was strikingly captured by photographer Paul Nicklen, who recently immortalized one gigantic individual near Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

France passes anti-terrorism law to expand search, detainment powers

May 29, 2016 by legitgov

France passes anti-terrorism law to expand search, detainment powers --People could be be placed under one month's house arrest | 25 May 2016 | French lawmakers on Wednesday passed an anti-terrorism law aimed at making it easier for authorities to search and detain people. The Senate voted in favour of the bill, which had already gone through France's lower house, the National Assembly, in March. It is due to take effect once it is signed by French President Francois Hollande. Measures in the proposal include the ability to hold people suspected of terrorist activity under administrative detention for up to four hours and to carry out house raids at night.

Image of Trump Blowing His Brains Doesn't Violate Facebook 'Standards'

May 29, 2016 by legitgov

Image of Trump Blowing His Brains Doesn't Violate Facebook 'Standards' | 27 May 2016 | Daniel Weinberg, the adult son of anti-gun New Jersey Democratic Senator Loretta Weinberg, is taking great delight in posting (on May 5) and re-posting (May 25) a graphic image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump committing suicide with a handgun. Shocked Facebook users have reported the image, only to be told that the graphic depiction of a current Presidential candidate blowing his brains out with a handgun does not violate the company's community standards [sic].

Bernie Sanders asks to oust Barney Frank, Dannel Malloy from DNC committees

May 29, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders asks to oust Barney Frank, Dannel Malloy from DNC committees | 28 May 2016 | Looking to force a contested convention, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders's campaign called on party leaders Saturday to remove "aggressive attack surrogates" former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy from key DNC panels. Contending that Frank and Malloy's criticisms of the Vermont senator have "exposed a deeper professional, political and personal hostility," Sanders campaign counsel Brad Deutsch penned a letter to the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee asking to remove them as the convention's respective Standing Rules Committee co-chair and Standing Platform Committee co-chair.

CT Governor Approves $22 Million Package for World's Largest Hedge Fund Amidst State Layoffs

May 29, 2016 by legitgov

CT Governor Approves $22 Million Package for World's Largest Hedge Fund Amidst State Layoffs --This is why Bernie Sanders wants this corporatist fraud removed from DNC committees | 27 May 2016 | The State Bond Commission approved $22 million in grants and loans Friday for the world's largest hedge fund despite bipartisan complaints that the wealthy company can afford it at a time when state employees are being laid off. The commission voted 7-2 to award the package to Bridgewater Associates, a giant in the financial industry operated by Greenwich billionaire Ray Dalio, one of the nation's wealthiest individuals. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, a Democrat, and Rep. Christopher Davis, a Republican, voted against the deal, saying it was too lucrative for a wealthy company. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D)strongly defended the deal in a series of back-and-forth questions and answers with Davis during the commission's meeting at the state Capitol complex.

CIA-tortured Zubaydah called to testify against harsh techniques at Guantanamo

May 28, 2016 by legitgov

CIA-tortured Zubaydah called to testify against harsh techniques at Guantanamo |27 May 2016 | Captured and tortured by the CIA after 9/11, then locked up in Guantanamo Bay without charges, Abu Zubaydah is now being called to testify as a witness in a case against inhumane treatment at the US facility in Cuba. Ramzi Binalshibh, one of the five defendants in the 9/11 war crimes case, has long accused Guantanamo, or Gitmo, guards of subjecting his cell in the high-security Camp 7 unit to constant noise and vibration, a method of a sleep deprivation meant to keep prisoners disoriented. In February, he testified to the military tribunal, where he specifically named Abu Zubaydah as someone who would back up his allegations.

Donald Trump Celebrates Clinching GOP Delegate Race

May 28, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump Celebrates Clinching GOP Delegate Race | 26 May 2016 | Donald Trump on Thursday secured the delegates he needs to become the Republican Party's presidential nominee, and immediately showed what an unpredictable general-election candidate he will be. In a rollicking news conference before delivering an energy-policy speech here, Mr. Trump bashed his political opponents-both Democratic and Republican...The presumptive GOP presidential nominee spoke to reporters while standing before most of the 21-member North Dakota delegation to the Republican National Convention, including John Trandem, who the Associated Press reported Thursday became the 1,237th GOP delegate to back his candidacy, putting him over the top.

Trump decides he won't debate Bernie Sanders

May 28, 2016 by legitgov

Trump decides he won't debate Bernie Sanders | 27 May 2016 | Donald Trump on Friday said it would be "inappropriate" to hold a debate with Bernie Sanders, throwing cold water on an idea that had captivated the political world in recent days. "As much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders -- and it would be an easy payday -- I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be," Trump said in a statement. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee added that it "seems inappropriate" to debate the "second place finisher."

Pro-Trump, anti-Trump groups clash in San Diego

May 28, 2016 by legitgov

Pro-Trump, anti-Trump groups clash in San Diego | 27 May 2016 | Police clad in riot gear and wielding batons began dispersing a crowd of Donald Trump supporters and protesters here Friday night after the presumptive GOP nominee held a rally. After issuing orders to the crowd of roughly 1,000 to disperse, police began forcefully and aggressively pushing protesters, checking them with their batons. At least three people were arrested, police said...Police pepper-sprayed several protesters.

Trump speaks to capacity crowd at San Diego Convention Center

May 28, 2016 by legitgov

Trump speaks to capacity crowd at San Diego Convention Center | 27 May 2016 | Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke for just over an hour Friday to thousands of adoring supporters at the San Diego Convention Center Friday during his first campaign visit to San Diego. The candidate flew into Lindbergh Field from a Friday morning campaign event in Fresno. His private jet landed at about 1:30 p.m., and the candidate drove from the airport to the Convention Center in a motorcade that was escorted by the Secret Service. The California Highway Patrol stopped traffic on Interstate 5 briefly to allow the motorcade free passage.

Police Declare Gathering at Trump Rally 'Unlawful Assembly'

May 28, 2016 by legitgov

Police Declare Gathering at Trump Rally 'Unlawful Assembly' | 27 May 2016 | San Diego Police Department (SDPD) have declared the gathering at Trump Rally in Downtown San Diego an "unlawful assembly" as of Friday afternoon. Thousands of protestors and Trump supporters have been gathering since Friday morning near the San Diego Convention Center. SDPD declared the gathering an unlawful assembly around 4:45 p.m.

Donald Trump Delegate Count Clinches GOP Nomination

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump Delegate Count Clinches GOP Nomination | 26 May 2016 | Donald J. Trump is no longer the presumptive Republican nominee for president. "A small number" of unbound Republican delegates told the Associated Press on Thursday that they will support Trump, giving him 1,238 delegates, one more than the 1,237 needed to clinch the nomination. Since Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Governor John Kasich of Ohio dropped out of the race earlier this month, there was no question that Trump would become the nominee eventually, but Thursday marks a turning point in the race and American political history.

Family of Kate Steinle files lawsuit over deadly shooting on San Francisco pier

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

Family of Kate Steinle files lawsuit over deadly shooting on San Francisco pier | 27 May 2016 | Relatives of the woman shot to death on a San Francisco pier last year filed a lawsuit Friday saying the illegal border-crosser accused in the killing should have been in custody if not for a series of mistakes by city and federal workers. The killing of Kate Steinle in July 2015 and the arrest of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez put San Francisco's leaders on the defensive as critics and outside politicians called for a change in the city's sanctuary law. Despite national outrage, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday upheld those protections for people in the country illegally. The sheriff at the time of the killing, Ross Mirkarimi, is named in the lawsuit, along with ICE and the Bureau of Land Management.

Rio Olympics must be canceled over Zika: 150 health experts call on WHO to move or postpone Games amid virus outbreak

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

Rio Olympics MUST be canceled because of Zika: 150 health experts call on WHO to move or postpone the Games amid virus outbreak | 27 May 2016 | A group of public health experts have urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak. An open letter to the UN health agency, signed by almost 150 public health experts, calls for the games to be delayed or relocated 'in the name of public health.' It cites recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, most notably babies born with abnormally small heads.

In Hiroshima 71 years after first atomic strike, Obama calls for end of nuclear weapons

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

In Hiroshima 71 years after first atomic strike, Obama calls for end of nuclear weapons [while funding their 'modernization'] | 27 May 2016 | Nearly 71 years after an American bomber passed high above this Japanese city on a clear August morning on a mission that would alter history, President Obama on Friday made a a solemn visit to Hiroshima to offer respects to the victims of the world's first deployed atomic bomb. In the Hiroshima Peace Park guest book, Obama wrote: "We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons."

8 automakers recall over 12M vehicles over explosive Takata air bags

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

8 automakers recall over 12M vehicles over explosive Takata air bags | 27 May 2016 | Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace Takata air bag inflators that can explode with too much force. Documents detailing recalls by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Ferrari and Mitsubishi were posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...Seventeen automakers are adding 35 million-to-40 million inflators to what already was the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

US Navy SEALs Training in Bulgaria to Storm Russia's Crimea

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

US Navy SEALs Training in Bulgaria to Storm Russia's Crimea | 25 May 2016 | Russian military analyst Sergei Ishchenko comments on the US military's apparent plans to increase their presence on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, and the possible threat to the Crimean peninsula this may pose. US Ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin confirmed late last week that the United States would deploy additional troops to the country and conduct more training exercises beginning next year. The move, Rubin said, would be part of an overall boost in US capabilities deployed in the Black Sea region. "We're looking at a very significant increase as we go forward to next year, not just in exercises and training but also in rotation of units and equipment from NATO allies here to ensure that there's a constant ability to learn how to work together, to train together, within NATO, and that includes the Black Sea," the ambassador said, according to Sofia News Agency.

Radioactive materials found in West Lake runoff area

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

Radioactive materials found in West Lake runoff area | 26 May 2016 | (Bridgeton, MO) Radioactive material has been discovered in a drainage area located in the northwest portion of the West Lake Landfill. The federal Environmental Protection Agency ordered landfill owner Republic Services and the Cotter Corporation to collect sediment samples in March in response to heavy rains that occurred in late December and early January. According to a release sent out Thursday afternoon, EPA officials have determined that the radionuclides found in one sample taken from the area are consistent with the radioactive materials found at the West Lake Landfill.

Barack Obama set for historic Hiroshima visit

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

Barack Obama set for historic Hiroshima visit | 27 May 2016 | Barack Obama is set to arrive in Hiroshima and become the first serving US president to visit the Japanese city since the 1945 nuclear bombing. Mr Obama flew into a US base nearby, after leaving the G7 summit. At the base, he said his visit was "a testament to how even the most painful of divides can be bridged". Mr Obama has said he will not be issuing an apology for the nuclear attack, but will honour all those who died in World War Two.

Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate | 26 May 2016 | Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders on Thursday explored staging an unconventional U.S. presidential debate that would sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and create a television spectacle that could attract huge ratings. The two men expressed interest in a one-on-one encounter in California even though Republican and Democratic presidential candidates traditionally do not debate each other until the parties have selected their nominees. "I'd love to debate Bernie," Trump told reporters in North Dakota, after he secured enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

Louisiana governor signs 'Blue Lives Matter' bill

May 27, 2016 by legitgov

Louisiana governor signs 'Blue Lives Matter' bill | 26 May 2016 | Louisiana's governor signed a first-of-its-kind bill Thursday afternoon that makes it a hate crime to target police officers and first responders. Called the "Blue Lives Matter" bill, the measure expands the state's hate crime law to include law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency medical services personnel...Rep. Lance Harris (R) authored the bill after the murder of Darren Goforth, a 47-year-old Texas sheriff who was gunned down at a gas station "because he wore a uniform."

Signals detected from EgyptAir Flight 804 in Mediterranean - report

May 26, 2016 by legitgov

Signals detected from EgyptAir Flight 804 in Mediterranean - report | 26 May 2016 | Airbus has detected signals from the Mediterranean Sea where EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed last week, Egypt's state-run Al Ahram news agency reported Thursday. The signals were emitted by the plane's emergency locator transmitter, a device that can manually or automatically activate at impact and will usually send a distress signal. The signals from the emergency locator transmitter are different from the pings emitted by the "black boxes."

Two U.S. Navy jets collide off North Carolina, crew safe: officials

May 26, 2016 by legitgov

Two U.S. Navy jets collide off North Carolina, crew safe: officials | 26 May 2016 | Two U.S. Navy warplanes collided off the North Carolina coast on Thursday and crashed in the Atlantic, where the four crew were rescued by a commercial fishing boat and flown by helicopter to a Virginia hospital, the Coast Guard said. The two F/A-18 fighter jets belonged to strike fighter squadron VFA-211, based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, officials said. The crew members appeared to be in good condition, MSNBC reported, adding that one person had a leg injury.

Donald Trump Clinches Republican Nomination After Securing Required Delegates

May 26, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump Clinches Republican Nomination After Securing Required Delegates | 26 May 2016 | Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Based on ABC News' analysis of pledged delegates won and commitments made by unbound delegates, Trump has enough support to secure the Republican nomination for president. He now has 1,239 total delegates, according to ABC News' estimates of both pledged and superdelegates. Trump has surpassed the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination. That said, he will not formally become the nominee until delegates cast their votes at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

Trump secures delegates needed to clinch Republican presidential nomination - AP

May 26, 2016 by legitgov

Trump secures delegates needed to clinch Republican presidential nomination - AP | 26 May 2016 | U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to secure the party's presidential nomination, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing its own delegate count. A small number of unbound delegates said they would support Trump at the party's July convention, the AP reported, pushing the billionaire businessman over the 1,237-delegate threshold he needed to avoid a contested convention ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Republicans are expected to finalize their pick when delegates vote during the July 18-21 convention in Cleveland.

Fukushima clean-up chief still hunting for 600 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel

May 26, 2016 by legitgov

Fukushima clean-up chief still hunting for 600 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel --10 million bags of contaminated radioactive soil have been removed | 25 May 2016 | The operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has revealed that 600 tonnes of reactor fuel melted during the disaster, and that the exact location of the highly radioactive blobs remains a mystery. In an exclusive interview with Foreign Correspondent, the Tokyo Electric Power Company's chief of decommissioning at Fukushima, Naohiro Masuda, said the company hoped to pinpoint the position of the fuel and begin removing it from 2021. But he admitted the technology needed to remove the fuel has to be invented.

11 States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Directive

May 26, 2016 by legitgov

11 States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Directive | 25 May 2016 | Eleven states have filed a lawsuit against Barack Obama's administration, challenging the government's directive that transgender individuals should be permitted to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, along with one Arizona and one Texas school district, signed the 32-page lawsuit, which was filed today in a federal court in Dallas. It accuses the Obama administration of violating federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Several arrested after Trump supporters and opponents square off at rally in Anaheim

May 26, 2016 by legitgov

Several arrested after Trump supporters and opponents square off at rally in Anaheim | 25 May 2016 | Supporters and critics of Donald Trump squared off Wednesday as the presidential candidate held a rally in Anaheim, with police making several arrests after some demonstrators threw objects at them. After Trump departed, a small group of protesters remained in the area, ignoring orders by police to disperse. One trash can was set on fire, some protesters threw rocks, and large throngs of police were trying to push the remaining demonstrators away. Around the Anaheim Convention Center, lines of mounted police moved through the streets, with several dozen protesters in front of them.

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