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Radical action needed to save Great Barrier Reef, major climate report warns

Radical action needed to save Great Barrier Reef, major climate report warns | 08 Oct 2018 | A major climate report warns the window of opportunity to avoid total destruction of the Great Barrier Reef is closing and a near-collapse of some human and natural systems is imminent, meaning radical action is needed in the next few years to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. The report says the unprecedented transition will require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" including the energy and agriculture sectors, transport, the built environment and industry. Coal-generated electricity must be phased out globally by 2050, while renewables would make up 70 to 85 per cent of electricity, if the 1.5 degree limit is to be met.

Colorado State: 'avoid gendered emojis'

Colorado State: 'avoid gendered emojis' | 03 Oct 2018 | Colorado State University (CSU) has released a new social media guide, encouraging organizations on campus to make their social media "more inclusive" by "avoiding gendered emojis" and more. The "10 Ways to Make Your Social Media Channels More Inclusive" guide was released as result of the CSU Inclusive Communications Task Force [Orwell would be proud] and gives a "quick guide for inclusive communications," according to the webpage. "Use the yellow emojis when addressing a diverse audience...avoid gendered emojis when possible."

Kavanaugh supporters drink beer to celebrate his confirmation

Kavanaugh supporters drink beer to celebrate his confirmation | 06 Oct 2018 | Supporters of Brett Kavanaugh are drinking beer to celebrate his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Shortly after the Senate confirmed President Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh supporters took to Twitter to share photos of themselves toasting the judge with a beer. The "BeersForBrett" hashtag appears to be a reference to Kavanaugh's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, during which he repeatedly stated his liking for beer.

Kavanaugh sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice, hours after Senate votes to confirm

Kavanaugh sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice, hours after Senate votes to confirm | 06 Oct 2018 | Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice late Saturday, just hours after the Senate voted to confirm him to the nation's highest court after a rancorous confirmation battle. Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony, accompanied by his wife and children. The ceremonial swearing in is expected to happen on Monday evening at the White House. It means that now-Justice Kavanaugh will begin hearing cases before the court on Tuesday.

North Carolina National Guard soldier killed by explosion in Afghanistan

North Carolina National Guard soldier killed by explosion in Afghanistan | 05 Oct 2018 | North Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. James Allen Slape, 23, of Morehead City, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Thursday after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated. Slape was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously. Slape was assigned to N.C. Army National Guard's 60th Troop Command, 430th Explosive Ordnance Company, based in Washington, N.C.

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, Ending a Clash With Lasting Fallout

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, Ending a Clash With Lasting Fallout | 06 Oct 2018 | A deeply divided Senate voted on Saturday to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, delivering a victory to President Trump and ending a rancorous Washington battle that began as a debate over ideology and jurisprudence and concluded with questions of sexual misconduct. Mr. Trump said Judge Kavanaugh would be quickly sworn in. "I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court," he wrote on Twitter. "Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!" The Senate vote was 50 to 48, almost entirely along party lines.

How Every Senator Voted on Kavanaugh's Confirmation

How Every Senator Voted on Kavanaugh's Confirmation | 06 Oct 2018 | The Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced that she would have voted no, but withdrew her vote as a courtesy to Senator Steve Daines of Montana. Mr. Daines, who would have voted yes, was attending his daughter's wedding. Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote yes. Here are the votes, by party.

Friend of Ford told FBI she was pressured into altering statement

Friend of Ford told FBI she was pressured into altering statement | 05 Oct 2018 | A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told the FBI that allies of the college professor, who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her, pressured her to revise her earlier statement that she knew nothing about the alleged incident, according to a report. Leland Keyser, who Ford has said was present at the house when she was assaulted in 1982, told investigators that retired FBI agent Monica McLean, a friend of Ford's, had urged her to clarify her statement, sources told the Wall Street Journal. Keyser, a classmate of Ford, originally wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 23 she "does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present."

More than 300 protesters arrested as Kavanaugh demonstrations pack Capitol Hill

More than 300 protesters arrested as Kavanaugh demonstrations pack Capitol Hill | 04 Oct 2018 | Nearly 300 protesters were arrested at a US Senate building on Thursday afternoon as crowds of activists descended on Capitol Hill while lawmakers reviewed the FBI’s report on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Protesters gathered in the Hart Senate Building atrium after US Capitol Police barricaded the front of the Capitol. In a statement, US Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki said that at about 3:30 p.m., 293 people were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating.

Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court after bitter fight, securing rightward shift

Breaking: Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court after bitter fight, securing rightward shift | 06 Oct 2018 | The Senate voted Saturday to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, marking the end to one of the most rancorous confirmation fights in modern times and securing a rightward shift on the nation's highest court. The chamber voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh, mostly along party lines, after a weeklong FBI probe helped settle concerns among most wavering senators about the sexual assault allegations that nearly derailed his nomination and led to a dramatic second hearing. Saturday's roll call marked the tightest successful Supreme Court confirmation vote in over 100 years...Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. was the sole Democrat to vote "yes." Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was a "no," but voted "present" as a courtesy to Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who was attending his daughter's wedding in Montana.

Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court

Breaking: Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court | 06 Oct 2018 | The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, likely cementing a conservative majority on the court for a generation and bringing to an end months of bitter partisan feuding marked by shocking allegations of sexual assault and vehement and angry denials from the nominee. The final vote was interrupted several times by protesters as senators sat silent at their desks for the formal roll call vote. The confirmation marks a major victory for President Donald Trump, who will soon be able to take credit for appointing two conservative justices to the Supreme Court during his relatively brief time in office.

Downtown LA Hit With Outbreak of Flea-Borne Typhus

Downtown LA Hit With Outbreak of Flea-Borne Typhus | 04 Oct 2018 | An outbreak of flea-borne typhus has hit downtown Los Angeles, the county Department of Public Health said Thursday. Health officials say they are investigating several cases of flea-borne typhus, a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans...In people, typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache, and rash. It is not transmitted from person to person and can be treated with antibiotics.

Protesters clash outside of swing vote senator offices in anticipation of Kavanaugh vote

Protesters clash outside of swing vote senator offices in anticipation of Kavanaugh vote | 05 Oct 2018 | Protesters clashed outside the offices of key swing vote lawmakers after the Senate voted Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Demonstrations have swamped Capitol Hill throughout the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Key undecided senators -- as well as congressional leaders -- have been receiving the majority of the protests, in particular key remaining undecided senators Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia...According to a Capitol Hill police officer, authorities are investigating a female protester allegedly assaulting a man outside Collins's office, and two people have been detained and are currently being questioned.

Jordan Peterson calls on Judge Kavanaugh to stand down if confirmed to the Supreme Court

Jordan Peterson calls on Judge Kavanaugh to stand down if confirmed to the Supreme Court | 06 Oct 2018 | Canadian professor Jordan Peterson has called on Judge Kavanaugh to stand down if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court. Prof Peterson, whose views have received a mixture of praise and scorn, tweeted on Saturday that even if Judge Kavanaugh does receive the Senate's backing, he should stand down. In [a Twitter] thread, Prof Weinstein said any outcome of the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation was "unacceptable". While he disagreed with people being disgraced by accusations and not facts, he insisted Judge Kavanaugh had a limited point of view, was "the kind of adult that entitled punks grow into" and would undermine the Supreme Court's legitimacy...He later tweeted that he wasn't sure if Judge Kavanaugh standing down was the "right move", but it would allow a "less divisive" figure to gain the nomination.

Senate GOP releases summary of FBI probe into Kavanaugh

Senate GOP releases summary of FBI probe into Kavanaugh | 05 Oct 2018 | Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans released the executive summary of the FBI's reopened background probe into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh late Thursday. The summary said FBI agents had questioned 10 of the 11 people they had wanted to interview and focused on those with potential firsthand knowledge of alleged sexual misconduct by President Trump's nominee, Fox News reported. "The FBI provided to the Senate 12 detailed reports summarizing their interviews with the witnesses as well as supporting materials cited by the witnesses during their interviews," the summary read.

Recent Forced Vaccinations in Florida School

Recent Forced Vaccinations in Florida School |29 Sept 2018 | (WEAR ABC 3, Northwest Florida) In August 2018, "Healthy Schools, LLC" [an Orwellian sobriquet, if ever there was one] came to Jay High School in the Santa Rosa School District of Jay, Florida, to administer their flu vaccine program to the children. Misleading consent forms were sent home to the parents to fill out and sign, and even though some parents stated on the form that they do no consent to the flu shot for their children, they were vaccinated anyway, even against the desire of the children involved. The forms read "THIS FORM MUST BE RETURNED TO YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL REGARDLESS OF PARTICIPATION."

Florida school ignores vaccine non-consent forms, parents erupt

Florida school ignores vaccine non-consent forms, parents erupt [As well they should...then file a big, fat lawsuit.] | 04 Oct 2018 | The Santa Rosa County School District has (thankfully) had to suspend their student vaccination program because, once again, nurses were found to have administered vaccines to children whose parents had opted out. Indeed many parents said they had requested the school not vaccinate their child, only to learn once their kids got home that they had done so anyway. Krystal Simmons told ABC's WEAR-TV, "I also wrote in capital letters with stars 'Do not give my child a flu shot.' And I signed my name at the bottom of it. She had a welt on her arm and she told me that she got the flu shot and she told me she told the lady 'no' and that she wasn't supposed to and they gave it to her anyways."

Collins, Manchin say 'aye,' appearing to cement Kavanaugh confirmation

Collins, Manchin say 'aye,' appearing to cement Kavanaugh confirmation | 05 Oct 2018 | Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va on Friday said they intend to vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation -- two crucial votes that appear to secure Kavanaugh's confirmation to the nation's highest court. Moments after Collins spoke on the Senate floor announcing her intention to vote for the nominee, Manchin said in a statement he would also vote to confirm Kavanaugh... Collins said the confirmation had resembled a "caricature of a gutter-level political campaign" and criticized Democrats for announcing their opposition to Kavanaugh before his name was even announced.

Sarah Palin to Murkowski after Kavanaugh vote: 'I can see 2022 from my house'

Sarah Palin to Murkowski after Kavanaugh vote: 'I can see 2022 from my house' | 05 Oct 2018 | Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) appeared to challenge GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) to a primary race in 2022 after the senator voted against pushing Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court through to a final vote. "Hey @LisaMurkowski - I can see 2022 from my house…" Palin tweeted at the senator, whose term ends in 2023. Murkowski was the only Republican senator to vote against a Friday measure to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Sen. Steve Daines will leave daughter's wedding in private jet to return for Kavanaugh vote, if needed

Sen. Steve Daines will leave daughter's wedding in private jet to return for Kavanaugh vote, if needed | 05 Oct 2018 | Sen. Steve Daines says he'll return to Washington D.C. by private jet on his daughter's wedding day if his vote is needed to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Montana Republican said in a statement to The Associated Press that his Republican colleague, Montana congressman Greg Gianforte, "has come to save the day" by offering him use of his private jet. Daines's daughter is getting married in Montana on Saturday, when the Senate is expected to hold a final vote on Kavanaugh. In a statement posted to Twitter by his press secretary, Daines said that "if I need to be in two places at once," Gianforte will allow him to borrow his plane.

Jury finds Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder in death of Laquan McDonald

Jury finds Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder in death of Laquan McDonald | 05 Oct 2018 | A jury on Friday convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was charged with first degree-murder in the October 2014 killing, a charge that requires a finding that the shooting was unnecessary and unreasonable. The judge told jurors the second-degree charge was also available, requiring them to find Van Dyke believed his life was in danger but that the belief was unreasonable. Jurors also convicted him of aggravated battery, but acquitted him of official misconduct.

US unemployment rate hits lowest level since 1969

US unemployment rate hits lowest level since 1969 | 05 Oct 2018 | The US unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1969, underscoring the strength of the economic expansion and reinforcing expectations of further increases in interest rates by the Federal Reserve. The jobless rate dropped to 3.7 per cent in September, lower than forecasts of a 3.8 per cent rate. Non-farm payrolls rose by 134,000 in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, which was short of economists' expectations for the addition of 185,000. However, there was an upward revision to the previous month's data, with employers adding 270,000 jobs in August, up from the initial estimate of 201,000.

Kavanaugh Clears Key Procedural Vote on Way to Supreme Court

Kavanaugh Clears Key Procedural Vote on Way to Supreme Court | 05 Oct 2018 | Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh cleared a major hurdle Friday morning in his quest for the Supreme Court, as the Senate voted narrowly to cut off debate on his nomination and move to a final vote as early as Saturday, but one Republican senator left open the possibility that she could still vote no. The 51-49 vote is the next-to-last step in the most tumultuous Supreme Court confirmation process in decades... For Judge Kavanaugh, and the country, the stakes are huge: If confirmed, President Trump's second Supreme Court nominee will replace the high court's swing vote, the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, with a committed conservative, shifting the ideological balance on the court toward the right for generations.

Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant

Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant | 04 Oct 2018 | Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump's campaign. Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee's private law firm. That's the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.

Key Republicans signal confidence in FBI report on Kavanaugh

Key Republicans signal confidence in FBI report on Kavanaugh | 04 Oct 2018 | Key undecided Republican senators are signaling on Thursday the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh may give them the confidence they need to back the embattled Supreme Court nominee. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told reporters that "we've seen no additional corroborating information" about alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school and college, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said the investigation "appears to be a very thorough" one... GOP staff briefed some senators early in the day Thursday on the FBI's interviews of nine individuals connected to the allegations against Kavanaugh, according to Republicans.

GOP-doxxing suspect arrested; worked or interned for Feinstein, Jackson Lee, other Dems

GOP-doxxing suspect arrested; worked or interned for Feinstein, Jackson Lee, other Dems | 03 Oct 2018 | A Democratic congressional intern was arrested Wednesday and accused of posting the personal information of at least one Republican senator during last week's hearing about sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, authorities said. U.S. Capitol Police said 27-year-old Jackson Cosko was charged with making public restricted personal information, witness tampering, threats in interstate communication, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second-degree burglary and unlawful entry. Police added that the investigation was continuing and more charges could be filed.

McConnell files cloture to end debate on Kavanaugh nomination, setting up key procedural vote later this week

McConnell files cloture to end debate on Kavanaugh nomination, setting up key procedural vote later this week | 03 Oct 2018 | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell late Wednesday night filed for cloture to end debate on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, setting up a key procedural vote for Friday -- and a possible confirmation vote as early as Saturday. McConnell also revealed that the Senate would receive the FBI's supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh Wednesday night. Two senators, both of whom are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that they've been instructed to plan for a vote on Sunday.

Police officer deceased after 7 law enforcement officers, 1 other shot in Florence

Police officer deceased after 7 law enforcement officers, 1 other shot in Florence | 03 Oct 2018 | (SC) One suspect is in custody and a Florence police officer is deceased after eight people, seven of which were law enforcement officers, were shot in Florence Wednesday evening. Florence County Emergency Management officials said on Facebook around 6 p.m. that a suspect is in custody and the "active shooting situation is over." Officials are asking people to stay away from the area as "there is still an active crime investigation in progress."

Ex-Boyfriend of Ford Raises Speculation That She Gave False Statements to Senate

Ex-Boyfriend of Ford Raises Speculation That She Gave False Statements to Senate | 03 Oct 2018 | As the Senate Judiciary members grapple with testimony provided by Christine Blasey Ford last Thursday regarding accusations that she was attacked by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh 36 years ago, a letter from a former long-time boyfriend is beginning to raise serious doubt about her credibility and truthfulness to the lawmakers about her past...The ex-boyfriend, whose name was removed from the letter at his request for privacy, sent the letter to Grassley's committee saying "I do not want to become involved in this process or current investigation, but wanted to be truthful about what I know." The former boyfriend established that he had a long-time relationship with Ford from 1992-1998.

Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell's memo about the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell's memo about the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing | 01 Oct 2018 | In a memo sent to all GOP senators, Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell -- who was hired by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask questions of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford during last week's hearing -- said she did not believe "a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee," per NBC News. The other side: Democrats condemned Republicans' choice of Mitchell, arguing that it created a judicial setting for the hearing -- when neither Ford nor Kavanaugh was on trial.

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