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Six ganja lovers needs for projects... hundreds apply

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ganja-image-5.jpgCanada (AFP) -- A Toronto marketing company is looking to recruit six "cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of ganja and report back on their characteristics. So far, AHLOT says it has received more than 500 applications for the part-time positions -- an overwhelming number that is "slightly panicking" its marketing team.

The job, which is only open to Canadian adults, pays Can$50 (US$39) an hour for up to 12 hours a month "to evaluate the best that Canada's growers have to offer," it said.

"A self-avowed interest in cannabis together with the ability to distinguish the often nuanced characteristics of different strains is desirable," said the job posting.

The selected ganja "connoisseurs" will form a "cannabis curation committee" whose advice will help determine which strains the company includes in sample packages once recreational-use ganja becomes legal on October 17. The new hires would also be asked to write social media posts and appear in promotional videos for the company, as well as attend corporate events.

AHLOT itself does not produce cannabis. Rather it has partnered with licensed grower Solace Health to handle orders and distribute its branded products.





Cubans get free Internet for a whole day!!!

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cubans-free-internet.jpgCuba's government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run island's more than five million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service.

State-run telecommunications monopoly ETECSA announced the trial.

Tuesday marks the first time internet services were available nationwide.

There are hundreds of WiFi hotspots in Cuba but virtually no home penetration.

On the streets of Havana, mobile users said they were happy about the day of free internet, even as some complained that connectivity was notably slower than usual.





(AP) -- A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she'd had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.

Those children are among the victims of roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania who molested more than 1,000 children -- and possibly many more -- since the 1940s, according to a sweeping state grand jury report released Tuesday that accused senior church officials, including a clergyman who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., of systematically covering up complaints.

The "real number" of abused children and abusive priests might be higher since some secret church records were lost and some victims never came forward, the grand jury said. U.S. bishops adopted sweeping reforms in 2002 when clergy abuse became a national crisis for the church, including stricter requirements for reporting accusations to law enforcement and a streamlined process for removing clerics who abuse children. But the grand jury said more changes are needed.

"Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability," the grand jury wrote in the roughly 900-page report.

"Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all."

Top church officials have mostly been protected and many, including some named in the report, have been promoted, the grand jury said, concluding that "it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal."

In nearly every case, prosecutors found that the statute of limitations has run out, meaning that criminal charges cannot be filed. More than 100 of the priests are dead. Many others are retired or have been dismissed from the priesthood or put on leave. Authorities charged just two as a result of the grand jury investigation, including a priest who has since pleaded guilty, though some of those named had been charged years ago.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the investigation is ongoing. The investigation of six of Pennsylvania's eight dioceses-- Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton -- is the most extensive investigation of Catholic clergy abuse by any state, according to victim advocates. The dioceses represent about 1.7 million Catholics.





chinese-cooking-dogs-in-jamaica.jpgCampaigners have called on Theresa May to ban the eating of dogs in Britain after claiming the disturbing practice is on the rise across Europe.

International canine welfare group, the World Dog Alliance (WDA), is launching a campaign in the UK this Autumn for a full ban on dog meat consumption.

Although the habit of eating canines is met with revulsion in most countries around the world, killing dogs to eat and consuming their meat is legal in Britain.

In a statement, the WDA said: 'The UK is the first country in the world which enacts the Animal Welfare Act. It is unfortunate to see dog meat consumption being legal in this nation. The WDA believes a legal ban on eating dog meat would allow the UK to continue to have a global leading role in the field of animal protection, especially after UK leaves the EU.

'Local citizens in the Western countries barely eat dog meat, but the WDA worries that dog meat consumption may be spread to UK with immigration. In the US, people who eat dog meat are mainly immigrants from Asia.'





trump-putin-s-poodle.jpgMedia outlets worldwide are mocking Donald Trump over his fawning summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin as the US President continues to face scathing criticism in his home country on all political sides.

The headlines went as far as calling the US President 'treasonous', 'weak' and labeled him an 'autocrat' following the 45-minute press conference with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday.

The UK's Daily Mirror newspaper slammed Trump as being 'Putin's Poodle' and Germany's Handelsblatt outlet called the meeting a 'summit of the autocrats'.

A headline on Spanish newspaper El Mundo read: 'Trump surrenders to Putin after humiliating Europe'.

The front page of Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti simply read: Trump 0 - Putin 1.

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French outlet Le Monde ran multiple headlines saying Trump's 'weakness in front of Putin' scandalized the Republicans and also said that Putin dominated the Helsinki match against Trump.

Back in Trump's hometown, the New York Daily News hammered him by implying that his refusal to condemn Putin was 'treason'.

The cover features a cartoon of Trump holding a shirtless Putin's hand as the US president shoots Uncle Sam on 5th Avenue in New York. It was a reference to Trump's claim back in 2016 that he could shoot someone 'in the middle of 5th Avenue' and still not lose supporters.

The backlash follows Trump's extraordinary embrace of a longtime US enemy by openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election to his benefit.

The White House has struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with Putin, and lawmakers in both major parties appeared shocked and dismayed with his suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.

Trump's decision to side with Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the US.





Social media tax takes effect in Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.

The tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip in a March letter that urged the finance minister to raise money "to cope with the consequences".

In addition to the usual data fees, social media users now must pay upfront a daily levy of 200 shillings or US$0.05 to access all social media websites.

Service providers, including regional telecommunications giant MTN, said in a joint statement Sunday that starting July 1 the levy would be charged on "Over The Top services," including access to websites such as Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. The tax will be deducted by service providers that will then pay to the government revenue service.

Many Ugandans are "bitter" because the tax "was brought in bad faith," said Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a prominent human rights lawyer.

"The reasons for it were anti-people, were anti-social, not development-oriented," he said Monday.





marijuana-photo-1.jpgU.S. health regulators have approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication from GW Pharmaceuticals on Monday to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.

The strawberry-flavored syrup is a purified form of a chemical in the cannabis plant -- but not the one that gets users high. It's not yet clear why the ingredient, known as CBD, reduces seizures in some people.

The British drugmaker studied the drug in more than 500 patients with hard-to-treat seizures, overcoming numerous legal hurdles to conducting research with cannabis.

FDA officials said the drug reduced seizures when combined with older epilepsy drugs.





Military bases in Texas and Arkansas will begin housing tens of thousands of migrant children caught crossing the border illegally as soon as next month, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The Pentagon began making preparations for the policy last month, The Washington Post reported. Health and Human Services representatives visited bases last week to review the facilities, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a military spokesman, said. Up to 20,000 beds at bases in the two states would house "unaccompanied alien children," another Pentagon spokesman told The New York Times.

"We have housed refugees," Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday. "We have housed people thrown out of their homes by earthquakes and hurricanes. We do whatever is in the best interest of the country."

The Obama administration rolled out a similar policy in 2014, temporarily housing 7,000 children in three military bases.

More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, which aims to prosecute those entering the country illegally.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week to stop the separations, and it was unclear whether the military bases also will house families.

"There's conflicting instructions being given," Michelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, told The New York Times. "It's another example of this administration making these big, bold policy announcements with no plan for how they are going to implement them."





A pervy gynaecologist who told a patient to bring sex toys to his surgery and wanted to give her porn has been struck off.

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed, 51, even asked the woman if she wanted sex after performing an intimate examination on her.

The married dad-of-two also stared at the patient as she undressed at his surgery in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire - warning her not to tell anyone because he would 'be in trouble'.

Ahmed was found guilty of a string of sexual misconduct offences, including touching the woman intimately without consent and asking if she felt like having sex while examining her.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) heard how the woman, in her 40s, went to the Princess Royal health clinic for advice about sexual health twice in August 2013 and January 2015.

She told how she had been left shaken and embarrassed Ahmed when quizzed her over her sex life, what sex toys she used and if he could look at them.

The woman said: 'He started behaving strangely when I told him I didn't have a boyfriend and he started asking about my sex life and if I was having sex with anyone.

'I said I am having sex with someone because I didn't want him to know I was on my own because I felt uncomfortable and worried.

'He went on to ask many sexual questions like what sexual positions do I do and which I like.'

The woman continued: 'He asked if I like licking and he pulled his tongue out and wiggled it.'

She said: 'I did not answer but I felt dirty.

'He asked me the same question again and I told him again I didn't understand. He then said again did I feel like I wanted to have sex whilst he was doing the exam. I did not answer.'

Ahmed from Bangladesh has since moved away from the UK - it is believed he currently lives in the U.S

The woman told how she saw Ahmed 'staring at me when I was putting my clothes back on'.

He would later access her medical records for her telephone number and ask her more inappropriate questions about her private life.

He also asked if he could install pornography on her home computer.

The patient said in her statement: 'He said it was Dr Ahmed, did I remember what we said earlier and was it okay for him to come to my house to put the porn on my laptop.

'I said I wasn't at home and I could feel he was shocked. He paused and he said it was alright, he could come this evening.

'I said I didn't feel that it was alright for him to come round to install porn and I didn't want that.'

Ahmed, failed to attend the medical tribunal disciplinary hearing and is now thought to be practising in America.

He was banned from the medical register for life.





dovey-magnum.jpgFemale artiste Dovey MAgnum scored a hit in the dancehall with the sexplicit song Bawl Out and now, gospel artiste Chozenn has chosen to ride di riddim with Christian lyrics.

Chozenn debuted the song recently, and it has even been played on radio already. However, many say that Chozenn has gone a bit too far.

chozenn.jpgIn his defence he stated: "Naturally, this song will provoke emotions, but this move of God shows anything bad can become good. I am not an escapist I strongly oppose escapism, The harsh reality social media, and television as poisoned the minds of our Children. Rape, molestation, early pregnancy and so much more is sadly what is happening to our youth, Music is powerful, the core agenda is to target our youth and provide an option to what they're hearing, in our taxis, buses, supermarkets, communities and surprisingly our homes. Reggae and Dancehall is Jamaica's authentic sound to the beat as it captivates the mind effortlessly. As a minister of the Gospel in these last days, we have to use wisdom and tap into our culture and invade it positively. However, while we marvel men God gets all the glory, we use songs and methods like these to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord works in a mysterious way this is another way he is using me (Chozenn) to share his word radically. I refuse to accept that this general is lost, If you are not a Christian while reading this you, yes you! I am praying for you to accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you are saved and overly critical and deeply religious it's not for you but don't be quick to Judge God will be back to Judge the hearts of Men. I love you all and I am praying for this nation and world." [HOSEA 4:6]

Dovey Magnum - Bawl Out (Audio)

Chozenn - BAWL OUT [Jesus Name]





trump-kim-peace-talk-coin.jpgUS President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming tremendous anger and open hostility from the North.

He said it was possible a meeting could still take place but warned North Korea against committing foolish acts.

The summit aimed to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and would have been the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader.

Doubts had emerged on both sides whether the talks would take place.

Trump's announcement marks a fresh twist in the turbulent relationship between himself and Mr. Kim.

Meanwhile, a commemorative coin to mark the occasion is still available for purchase, the White House says. The coin bears the images of Tump and Kim and the year, 2018, and also the words 'peace talks'.





Shocking footage from China shows a woman biting down on a man's tongue, refusing to let go until police use what appears to be pepper spray on her. According to witnesses, the man had attempted to break up with her, sparking the bloody incident.

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpg(AFP) -- President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said the blocking of Trump critics -- which prevent them from seeing and interacting with the president's tweets -- violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the constitution's First Amendment.

In a 75-page opinion, the New York federal judge said the users "were indisputably blocked as a result of viewpoint discrimination" and that this was "impermissible under the First Amendment."

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

The lawsuit contended that because Trump uses Twitter for a variety of policy announcements, his Twitter account is "a designated public forum" that cannot exclude people due to their political views.

The judge acknowledged that even though the president has certain free speech rights, he cannot violate the rights of other Twitter users.

"While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president's personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him," she said in her opinion.

Buchwald stopped short of accepting the request for an injunction against Trump and his social media aide, Dan Scavino, who was also named in the complaint, saying she expected the White House to abide by her "declaratory" ruling.

"Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the president and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional," she wrote.





donald-trump.jpgUnited States President Trump portrayed some immigrants crossing into the country illegally as "animals" while speaking Wednesday at a White House event targeting California's sanctuary city policies.

"We have people coming into the country, who are trying to come in, and we're stopping a lot of them, but we're taking people out of the country, you wouldn't believe how bad these people are," Trump said in reference to alleged gang members. "These aren't people. These are animals."

That broad-brush assertion itself is jarring, but not uncommon for Trump. In fact, it's just the latest instance in which Trump has sought to dehumanize those he considers undesirable. After a man angry over losing his job opened fire on a former office rival on Aug. 24, 2012, on the sidewalk outside the Empire State Building, Trump wasted little time rendering his judgment.

"Terrible tragedy at the Empire State Building today. We must have fast trials and death penalty for the animals," Trump tweeted. The gunman, however, was killed by police at the scene.

In fact, Trump often uses the word "animal" when advocating for swift capital punishment of those accused of crimes, as was the case with an Oklahoma man suspected in the murder of a female co-worker in September 2014. Alton Nolen, 33, was found guilty of the crime three years later and was sentenced to death.

In a May 11, 2015, tweet, Trump demanded to know why there weren't protests "in favor of the two young police officers gunned down in Mississippi by two deranged animals" at a traffic stop. He demanded the death penalty for the four suspects, one of whom, the suspected shooter, was later found dead in his cell while awaiting trail. The other suspects are now serving prison time for lesser charges.

In the first debate of 2016 Republican presidential primaries, moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump about using the term "disgusting animal" to describe women, which gave the candidate the opportunity for a memorable retort.

In effect, that response epitomizes Trump's threshold for calling others an "animal": The word applies when he says so.

After he was elected president, Trump delivered a speech to Long Island law enforcement officers in which he extolled the virtues of violent policing when dealing with MS-13 gang members.

"I was reading one of these animals was caught explaining they like to knife them and cut them and let them die slowly because that way it's more painful. And they enjoy watching that much more," Trump said.

At a July campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump returned to his portrayal of undocumented immigrants as "animals."

"And you've seen the stories about some of these animals. They don't want to use guns, because it's too fast and not painful enough," Trump said, adding, "And these are the animals we've been protecting for so long. Well they're not being protected anymore, folks."

Following reports that the Syrian government had again used chemical weapons on its own people, Trump turned on Bashar Assad, giving him a new nickname.

Trump's sweeping judgment has long been incredibly swift for a man in his position. Of course, that's a quality his supporters often cite as distinguishing him from normal politicians. But it's also easy to find examples of when that impulse has been shown to be faulty.

When five black and Latino teenagers were accused of raping a white woman in Central Park in 1989, Trump took out full page ads in the city's daily newspapers demanding that the death penalty be reinstalled to deal with the suspects.

"I no longer want to understand their anger. I want them to understand our anger. I want them to be afraid," Trump wrote of the accused. "How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits?"

Fourteen years after their conviction, DNA evidence exonerated the young men and they were released from prison. To this day, Trump has never apologized to the men known as the Central Park Five.





penis-transplant.jpgA team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum.

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.

They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions.

The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March.

It is the first surgery on a combat veteran injured on duty and the first to transplant a complete section of tissue including the scrotum and surrounding abdominal area.

Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations.

"While extremity amputations are visible and resultant disability obvious," said Dr WP Andrew Lee, head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, during a telebriefing on Monday, "some war injuries are hidden and their impact not widely appreciated by others."

Dr Lee called genitalia wounds an "unspoken injury of war".

"In a 2014 symposium co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins titled 'Intimacy After Injury', we heard from the spouses, families, and caregivers of these wounded warriors about the devastating impact of genitourinary injuries on their identity, self-esteem and intimate relationships," he said.

The soldier, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in a statement released by the university: "When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal like finally I'm okay now."

His injury was the result of stepping on a hidden bomb in Afghanistan.





More scrutiny for travellers to the US

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(AFP) - Travellers through US airports will face more intense security inspections this summer, including being asked to take food items out of their bags before they are X-rayed.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday materials that could make it hard to read the X-rays of bags will have to be removed from carry-on luggage, similar to existing requirements for computers and other large electronics.

Security officials say extremist organisations like the Islamic State group continue to seek ways to attack civilian airlines.

TSA is undertaking the move to stay ahead of the evolving threat, said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

"In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travellers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine," they said.

"Travellers are encouraged to organise their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving."

TSA said the new procedures are already being implemented and said it might increase the wait in airport screening lines.





starbucks.pngIn a press conference Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he regrets comments he made after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks this week, acknowledging that they only made the situation worse. "I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law and not that they didn't do anything wrong. Words are very important," he said. The two men were arrested after a store manager called the cops when they refused to leave the store. Ross then claimed that he wasn't aware that it was normal for people to spend a prolonged period of time in Starbucks without making a purchase, and said he believed the officers did not know that as well. "This is apparently a well-known fact with Starbucks customers," he said. "Not everyone is aware that people spend long hours in Starbucks and aren't necessarily expected to make a purchase." The coffee chain will close all its stores on May 29th for "racial-bias" training.





starbucks.pngThe two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing say they were there for a business meeting that they had hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward Thursday morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America" to publicly share their story for the first time.

According to a report on Yahoo! the 23-year-old entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood April 12 when a barista asked them whether they wanted to order anything. They declined and told her they were just there for a quick meeting, they said.Nelson said he immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

Then they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager, they said.

"I was thinking, 'They can't be here for us,'" Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "We have meetings at Starbucks all the time."

They didn't think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

"It was just, 'Get out, you have to leave. You're not buying anything, so you shouldn't be here,'" Nelson told "GMA."

They said they calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person for whom they were waiting. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

"It's a real estate meeting. We've been working on this for months," Robinson said. "We're days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can't do that? You're not doing that."

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. Both men were later freed and the charges they were facing -- trespassing and disturbance -- were dropped that night.

An onlooker, Melissa DePino, captured the incident on video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times online and prompted protests outside the coffee giant's location on Spruce Street.

DePino, a 50-year-old writer and mother of two, told ABC News a Starbucks barista shouted from behind the counter at the two men to make a purchase or leave.

"They were sitting quietly minding their own business, and waiting for their friend to come," she said in an interview Sunday.

Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.

"There was no reasoning," he said. "They had nothing. They just kept using 'defiant trespassing' as their excuse for putting us behind bars."

The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment this morning. But Philadelphia's (BLACK) Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said in a video testimonial released Saturday that his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong."

"I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do," Ross said.

The police commissioner also accused the men of being disrespectful to the officers and said that both were given several chances to leave, but they refused.

"On three different occasions the officers asked the two males politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing," he said. "Instead the males continued to refuse as they had told the employees and they told the officers they were not leaving."

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson released a statement last Saturday night apologizing to the two men on behalf of the company.

"The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values," Johnson said in the statement. "Creating an environment that is both safe and welcoming for everyone is paramount for every store. Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome -- the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did."

In an interview Monday morning on "GMA," Johnson said he will order managers to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias."

"I'll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible," he said. "They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store."

A Starbucks spokeswoman subsequently confirmed to ABC News that the store manager who called police no longer works there.

The next day, Starbucks announced in a statement that it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for the afternoon of May 29 to train its staff on how to avoid "racial bias" in an effort to prevent "discrimination in our stores."

Stewart Cohen, the attorney representing Nelson and Robinson, said his clients have met face to face with the Starbucks' CEO, but it's not enough.

"Starbucks holds itself open as a place for people to meet and to have public conversations; those are words from their website," Cohen said on "GMA" this morning. "The apologies are fine, but what we need to do is have some action by Starbucks with respect to this situation.

"There has to be real and meaningful discussions," he added. (ABC News' https://www.yahoo.com/gma/men-arrested-starbucks-were-business-meeting-hoping-change-114103068--abc-news-topstories.html)





Be aware! If you are a black man, don't just sit in Starbucks waiting on a friend...you could get arrested.

A video showing Philadelphia police officers handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks store has gone viral and incited allegations of racism, but the police commissioner insists his officers did "absolutely nothing wrong."

Author Melissa DePino tweeted a video on Thursday showing officers escorting two black men out of a Starbucks in Center City as bystanders questioned why the men were being arrested.

"The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything," DePino wrote on Twitter. "They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing."

DePino told local news outlet Billy Penn that the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday and that a friend of hers shot the video.

The clip shows a man in a vest questioning why an arrest is taking place. Lauren A. Wimmer, defense attorney for the pair who was arrested, told BuzzFeed that the man in the vest is Andrew Yaffe, a friend who was meeting the men at Starbucks. She declined to give the names of her two clients.

"What did they get called for?" Yaffe asks an officer in the video. "'Cause there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?"

Another voice can be heard saying, "They didn't do anything. I saw the entire thing."

Wimmer told BuzzFeed that a white female manager at the store had asked the pair to leave when they came in and did not order anything. According to Wimmer, the men said they were waiting to meet someone, and the manager called the police.

Philly Voice pointed to a second, longer video uploaded to YouTube that shows an officer telling Yaffe that the other two individuals were being arrested for "trespassing." Yaffe calls what the officers are doing "discrimination."

Ben Waxman, a spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told HuffPost that the two men were released at 1:30 a.m. Friday. He said the DA will not bring charges against them.

"We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed," Waxman said.

The Philadelphia Police Department did not reply to a request for comment from HuffPost, but Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a Facebook Live video posted Saturday afternoon that the officers "did absolutely nothing wrong." They responded to the scene, he said, after receiving a 911 call reporting "a disturbance" and "trespassing."

Starbucks employees told the responding officers that the two men had asked to use the restroom, Ross said. Employees said they told the pair that the restroom was only for paying customers and asked them to leave, and the pair allegedly refused. The men allegedly told the employees to go ahead and call the police.

According to Ross, police "politely" asked the pair to leave several times and they continued to refuse and behaved rudely toward the officers. The officers, he said, did everything right.

"They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen," the commissioner said.

"As an African-American man, I am very aware of implicit bias," Ross added, noting that all officers in the police force receive "implicit bias training."





martina-big-chest-enhancement.jpgmartina-big-as-white.jpgA formerly blonde ex-air hostess with 32S breasts who decided to 'become black' says she is now 'a true African woman' after being baptised under a new Swahili name.

German glamour model Martina BIG, 29, spent more than £50,000 on breast enhancements, with her chest said to be the biggest in Europe.

Yet those body enhancements were not enough for the German glamour model as she bizarrely decided to 'become black', vowing to get 'darker and darker and see what the limits are.'

fter undergoing radical tanning injections in the US, the naturally light-skinned and blonde ex-flight attendant from the German Eifel region dramatically changed her skin tone with three melanin boosting injections last year.

Martina BIG has now flown to the Eastern African country of Kenya for the next step in her quest to 'become a black woman'.

She said: 'One of my Kenyan friends told her pastor about my transformation to a black woman and told him how much I wanted to become a true African woman.'

martina-big-now-black-photo-2.jpgmartina-big-now-black-photo-1.jpgThe pastor invited Martina into his church in the city of Nyeri, where she was baptised under the new name of 'Malaika Kubwa', which in the local Swahili language means 'big angel'.

Martina said: 'I'm so happy and proud to be a real African woman.'

She said she was 'surprised how many people know me in Kenya' and that people on the street and in the hotels stopped her all the time for selfies.

According to Martina, who visited Kenya together with her German fiancee Michael, she is becoming 'more African' by the day.

Martina said: 'Recently, I had been asked several times, whether I noticed that also my facial features become more and more African.

'Since this change is so slow, I did not notice it at first. But after comparing myself to several photos from last year, I also see this change.

'I'm very happy about it and hope that this change will continue. It's such a great feeling to become more and more African.'

Martina added that she 'knows for sure' that any children she has 'will be also African black.'

The German society figure has previously claimed that her hair had become 'naturally African'.





jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AFP) -- Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.

Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around 50 million euros (about US$62 million).

"A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.

"The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery" of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects -- two in Argentina and three in Russia.

The drug, of "very high purity," was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. "We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive," Bullrich said.

The minister said Russian security service agents "came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation", which took more than a year.

The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery"

Meanwhile, social media has been asking pertinent questions of the Jamaican police: "JCF are you looking? This is how you set traps and capture the drug dealers. Not by anouncing every drug find to the media and calling it a dent in the drug trade."

Another user wrote: "Maybe we need the JCF to take note of how to handle sensitive information and how to track them down. They can start with putting tracking devices in the bags of rice which it is claimed that the residents send to the gun men who are hiding in the hills after fleeing August Town. The JCF must remember that these are smart criminals because they listen to the news and know what and when to expect the police."





Outpouring of tributes as Billy Graham dies at 99

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billy-graham.jpgThe Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer's son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation's best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.

His death was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Graham spread his influence across the country and around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of radio, television and advanced communication technologies.

Tributes are pouring in from across the world for Graham, who was a confidant and advisor to several presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush.





Florida shooter denied bail

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florida-shooter.jpgFlorida (AP): Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been denied bail in connection with the shooting at a Florida High School on Wednesday that left 17 people dead.

He briefly appeared in a Florida court today to answer to 17 counts of first degree murder.

Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 rifle used in the assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The orphaned 19-year-old is said to have participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group.

As the criminal case against the suspect took shape, the leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.

Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that he did not know Cruz personally and that "he acted on his own behalf" and is "solely responsible for what he just did."

The group wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. Jereb said his organisation holds "spontaneous random demonstrations" and tries not to participate in the modern world.

He also said Cruz had "trouble with a girl" and that he believed the timing of the attack, on Valentine's Day, was not a coincidence.





Fidel Castro's son commits suicide

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castro-son.jpgThe 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has committed suicide in Havana.

Cuba's state media say Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found dead Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.

State television said he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital admission.

Castro Díaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union.

Popularly known as "Fidelito", he was the first-born son of the former president, who died in November 2016.

At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.





32 hospitalised following Brooklyn fire

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(AP) -- The Fire Department of New York says 32 people have been taken to hospitals -- some with serious injuries -- following a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building.

The FDNY says two of the patients were transported with potentially life-threatening injuries.

The Daily News says residents in pajamas watched from the street as firefighters tackled the blaze. It was reported around 11:40 pm Sunday in Cypress Hills and brought under control about an hour later.

Two firefighters were among those requiring medical attention.





operation-penis-whitening.jpgMore than 100 men a month have been making a pilgrimage to a clinic in Thailand which offers a penis whitening procedure.

The Lelux Hospital in Bangkok began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago, and now has three to four clients per day.

The much-hyped procedure, a laser treatment of the groin, has left the public both baffled and alarmed, but the clinic says they have more inquiries than ever.

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment +2

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment

'These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,' Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelax Hospital told AFP.

The procedure got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.

'We have to be careful because it's a sensitive part of the body,' Bunthita said, adding most clients are aged between 22 and 55, with many from Thailand's LGBTQ community.

The whitening service costs around £480 for five sessions.

'I think it's a good market to enter so we offer the ultimate body treatment to our clients, either men and women,' Bunthita said.

Whitening and bleaching treatments are particularly sought after in Thailand, where skin-whitening ads have caused outrage and accusations of racism.

'The obsession... people nowadays can't embrace their own skin color,' said one Facebook user in response to the Lelax Hospital's images.

Another user Parin Ruansati posted: 'Oh god... what ever happened to the world?'

Another simply questioned; 'Why not?'.





Trump tries to ban release of explosive book

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgOne of Donald Trump's personal lawyers demanded on Thursday that a publisher cancel next Tuesday's release of an explosive book about the president and his White House.

California attorney Charles J. Harder, known for representing pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, puts 'Fire and Fury' - columnist Michael Wolff's book about the Trump White House - under an even sharper magnifying glass.

Harder demanded publisher Henry Holt and Co. 'immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,' including excerpts and summaries.

'Your publication of false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract,' he wrote.

Representing the Trump Organization, the president's private company, Harder has already accused former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, of breaching a confidentiality agreement, saying legal action was 'imminent.'





Wicked nurses squash newborn's face and giggle

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wicked-nurse-squashes-baby-face-photo-1.jpgA group of Saudi nurses who filmed themselves laughing while squashing the face of a newborn baby hospitalised with an infection have been fired.

The baby's parents became aware of the shocking treatment by the nurses after footage emerged online and was shared on social media.

The video shows one of the nurses grasping the baby by its neck and forehead and cruelly squashing the helpless infant's face as her colleagues giggle

Three members of staff at a maternity hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia, were soon identified and tracked down.

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Abdulhadi Al-Rabie, Taif Health Affairs spokesman, said: 'The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place.'

The nurses, who have not been named, were immediately suspended after they were tracked down.

Their medical licenses have now been revoked and they are banned from practising nursing in other health departments.





Blue Whale: 96 inches

Elephant: 72 inches

Giraffe: 40 inches

Walrus: 25 inches

Roberto Cabrera: 18 inches

Pig: 18 inches

Argentine blue-bill lake duck: 17 inches

Average human: 5 inches

Chimpanzee: 3 inches

Gorilla: 1 inch





big-organ-man-photo-2.jpgRoberto Esquivel Cabrera, 54, from northern Mexico, has an 18.9inch penis

He stretched it using weights and it is now thought to be the world's biggest.

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Now Jonah Falcon branded his rival a cheat for manipulating his penis' length

big-organ-man-photo-1.jpgFalcon, from New York, has a 13.5inch penis and labeled Cabrera 'disgusting'

Doctors who have examined Mr Cabera say that the majority of his manhood is actually foreskin, and that the penis underneath only extends six or seven inches.

As a result the Guinness Book of Records refuses to recognise his 'achievement', and the current record rests with US actor Jonah Falcon, whose penis was 9.5 inches flaccid and 13.5 inches when erect.

Medics have urged him to have a reduction so he will be able to function normally and have children, but he has refused.

'He'd rather have a penis bigger than the rest of the people,' Dr Jesus David Salazar Gonzalez said.

'In Latin culture whoever has the bigger penis is more macho. It's something that makes him different to the rest of the people and makes him feels special.'

Mr Cabera added: 'I am famous because I have the biggest penis in the world. I am happy with my penis, I know nobody has the size I have.'

The sheer size of Mr Cabrera's penis causes him a number of health problems, including frequent urinary tract infections because not all his urine escapes his lengthy foreskin.

While he keeps his colossal member wrapped in bandages to escape chaffing.

He is also unable to sleep chest down and has to put his penis on its own pillow to escape discomfort during the night.

And an active sex life is off limits for him as his penis has too much girth to have intercourse.





Terror in New York

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new-york-terror.jpgA man is being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City's main bus terminal.

"Terrorists won't win," Mayor Bill de Blasio said after a blast at the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan during the morning rush hour on Monday.

The suspect, named as Akayed Ullah, 27, was wounded when a "low-tech explosive device" strapped to his body blew up in an underpass, officials say.

They say four other people suffered minor injuries.

A photo circulating on social media shows a man, said to be Akayed Ullah, lying on the ground with his clothes ripped and lacerations on his upper body.

Mayor De Blasio said he was believed to have acted alone. Police quoted by US media say he is of Bangladeshi origin and lives in the New York borough of Brooklyn.

Media captionNYC police commissioner: 'Suspect has burns and wounds to body'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "This is New York. The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom.

"We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbour and that makes us an international target."

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The explosion occurred at about 07:30 (12:30 GMT). Andre Rodriguez, 62, told the New York Times: "I was going through the turnstile. It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running."

Another eyewitness, Alicja Wlodkowski, told Reuters news agency that she had seen a group of about 60 people running. "A woman fell. And nobody even went to stop and help her because the panic was so scary," she said.

Nearby subway stations were evacuated, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal temporarily shut.

It is the biggest and busiest bus terminal in the world, serving more than 65 million people a year.





US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgPresident Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process.

The president said the US would support a two-state solution, if approved by both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the decision by saying the US could no longer be a peace broker.

He earlier warned of "dangerous consequences" through a spokesman.

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Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had "judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

The president said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a historic day, and Israel was profoundly grateful to President Trump. Jerusalem contains sites sacred to the three major monotheistic faiths.

East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but is not internationally recognised as part of Israel.

The US decision comes despite vocal opposition in the Muslim world, even among US allies.

But moving the embassy fulfils a campaign promise and appeals to Mr Trump's right-wing base.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "nothing more or less than a recognition of reality", the president said.

"It is also the right thing to do," he added.





obama-and-kids-tweet.jpgTwitter may be considered President Donald Trump's domain, but it is actually his predecessor who appears to be better at leveraging the platform -- and with less effort.

Former President Barack Obama's tweet reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was the most-liked tweet of 2017 and in Twitter history, according to Twitter's year-in-review, released on Tuesday. The tweet, sent from Obama's personal @BarackObama account, quotes Nelson Mandela's 1994 autobiography: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." It was also the second-most retweeted tweet of the year. (The most retweeted was about chicken nuggets.)

Trump was the year's most tweeted-about world leader and most frequently mentioned US elected official, but none of his individual tweets broke through among the most-liked or most-retweeted messages.

Another tweet from Obama reacting to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) brain cancer diagnosis in July was the third most liked tweet of the year, behind a message from pop singer Ariana Grande:

And two more of Obama's tweets from the end of his term, from the @POTUS44 account archive of his Twitter activity as president, were also among 2017's most retweeted messages.

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Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe--not in my ability to create change, but in yours. 11:52 PM - Jan 10, 2017

@POTUS44

It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.

9:09 AM - Jan 20, 2017





matt-lauer-fired.jpgMatt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Lauer was not immediately reachable for comment. An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment about the details of the allegation against him.

Reporters for The New York Times had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times.

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of sexual misconduct.

The torrent began when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been suspended or removed from projects after allegations against them became public. And other prominent journalists, including Mark Halperin of NBC and Michael Oreskes of NPR, have been fired or suspended from their jobs.

The firing of Lauer removes one of the most recognizable personalities on television, and at a time when morning news programs are increasingly important to network news divisions.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





ganja-image-5.jpgSoon-to-be legal recreational marijuana sales in Canada could bring up to C$1 billion (US$800 million) annually into government coffers, an official said Friday.

"If the market is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400,000 kilos (440 tons)... then the tax impact of that would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of C$1 billion," said MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has been tasked with overseeing the setup of the new regime.

"That's a very high estimate, in my opinion," he added, stressing that the actual size of the recreational pot market is not yet known.

Ottawa is scheduled to legalise cannabis next July after having already permitted its use for medical care.

One of the major considerations in the country's cannabis taxation policy is to keep costs low enough to undercut the illicit pot market.

The authorities have proposed a 10 per cent excise tax on marijuana in addition to applying sales taxes of up to 15 per cent, with amounts varying across jurisdictions.

The proceeds would be split with the provinces, which have announced a patchwork of public and private sector retail sales for cannabis.





A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to "screw" with him, or he will "get in big-a-- trouble." It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

"Don't smile at me, man, OK? That's how people like you get shot," the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. "I got a bet. I bet by the time you're 21, somebody's gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me -- the one that does it."

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher's statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was "outraged" that the incident occurred.

"You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child," April Carr wrote on Facebook. "Well it happened to mine and we will get justice."

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Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr's son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was "no back and forth" or "disrespectful" banter between her son and his teacher.

"He's in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say 'you people,' it's an outright racist statement -- no covering it up," Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she's had "plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he's out," which includes being "respectful at all times." He is in the gifted programme, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with "all the shootings" going on in the country, she "can't afford" to take the teacher's comments lightly.

"I have to take it as seriously as it sounded," she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

"This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from," Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.

According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

US 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here.

The ruling that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status, according to the Washington Post.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida -- home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

But the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.





church-shooter.jpgThe mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 - including a two-year-old child - has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It's still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.

San Antonio police raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child. Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people - including the shooter- have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.





26 killed in deadly Texas church shooting

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At least 26 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.

The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'.

Witnesses said a man 'in full gear' walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

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First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.

Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.

Special agents from ATF's Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA woman has been arrested in the US after allegedly locking her children, aged two and five, in the boot of her car while she went shopping.

US media report that Tori Castillo, 39, is facing child abuse charges and the children are now with their father.

Onlookers in the car park instructed the five-year-old on how to open the boot from the inside, reports say.

Passersby had noticed the car shaking and noise coming from inside where it was parked outside a Walmart.

The incident happened on Thursday in Riverdale, Utah. It is not clear how long the children were in the boot.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





facebook-killer-steve-stephens.jpgSteve Stephens, the Facebook killer, killed himself about 90 minutes outside Cleveland during a high speed chase with cops in Pennsylvania.

Police in Erie, PA say Stephens' body was found inside his white Ford Fusion around 11:10 AM ET on Tuesday. The police were in pursuit of Stephens at the time after they responded to a tip that Stephens' car had been spotted in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.

Cops say Stephens' car came to a stop in the middle of the road near a former elementary school, and then he took his own life. He died on scene.





facebook-killer-stephens.jpgFacebook killer Steve Stephens was undone by McDonald's employees who ID'd him and made him wait a little extra time for his order so the cops could come and catch him.

Stephens went through the drive-thru at the McDonald's on Buffalo Road in Erie, PA when one of the workers recognized him. He ordered a 20-piece McNugget and a large fry ... but workers made it seem the fries weren't ready so they could buy time.

According to the restaurant's manager ... Stephens got his nuggets, but then said he had to go and he drove off without the fries. It was enough time for cops to get on his tail.

Stephens was involved in a high-speed police chase shortly afterward, before committing suicide in his car.

Source:TMZ





(AP) -- A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she'd had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.

Those children are among the victims of roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania who molested more than 1,000 children -- and possibly many more -- since the 1940s, according to a sweeping state grand jury report released Tuesday that accused senior church officials, including a clergyman who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., of systematically covering up complaints.

The "real number" of abused children and abusive priests might be higher since some secret church records were lost and some victims never came forward, the grand jury said. U.S. bishops adopted sweeping reforms in 2002 when clergy abuse became a national crisis for the church, including stricter requirements for reporting accusations to law enforcement and a streamlined process for removing clerics who abuse children. But the grand jury said more changes are needed.

"Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability," the grand jury wrote in the roughly 900-page report.

"Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all."

Top church officials have mostly been protected and many, including some named in the report, have been promoted, the grand jury said, concluding that "it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal."

In nearly every case, prosecutors found that the statute of limitations has run out, meaning that criminal charges cannot be filed. More than 100 of the priests are dead. Many others are retired or have been dismissed from the priesthood or put on leave. Authorities charged just two as a result of the grand jury investigation, including a priest who has since pleaded guilty, though some of those named had been charged years ago.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the investigation is ongoing. The investigation of six of Pennsylvania's eight dioceses-- Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton -- is the most extensive investigation of Catholic clergy abuse by any state, according to victim advocates. The dioceses represent about 1.7 million Catholics.





chinese-cooking-dogs-in-jamaica.jpgCampaigners have called on Theresa May to ban the eating of dogs in Britain after claiming the disturbing practice is on the rise across Europe.

International canine welfare group, the World Dog Alliance (WDA), is launching a campaign in the UK this Autumn for a full ban on dog meat consumption.

Although the habit of eating canines is met with revulsion in most countries around the world, killing dogs to eat and consuming their meat is legal in Britain.

In a statement, the WDA said: 'The UK is the first country in the world which enacts the Animal Welfare Act. It is unfortunate to see dog meat consumption being legal in this nation. The WDA believes a legal ban on eating dog meat would allow the UK to continue to have a global leading role in the field of animal protection, especially after UK leaves the EU.

'Local citizens in the Western countries barely eat dog meat, but the WDA worries that dog meat consumption may be spread to UK with immigration. In the US, people who eat dog meat are mainly immigrants from Asia.'





trump-putin-s-poodle.jpgMedia outlets worldwide are mocking Donald Trump over his fawning summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin as the US President continues to face scathing criticism in his home country on all political sides.

The headlines went as far as calling the US President 'treasonous', 'weak' and labeled him an 'autocrat' following the 45-minute press conference with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday.

The UK's Daily Mirror newspaper slammed Trump as being 'Putin's Poodle' and Germany's Handelsblatt outlet called the meeting a 'summit of the autocrats'.

A headline on Spanish newspaper El Mundo read: 'Trump surrenders to Putin after humiliating Europe'.

The front page of Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti simply read: Trump 0 - Putin 1.

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French outlet Le Monde ran multiple headlines saying Trump's 'weakness in front of Putin' scandalized the Republicans and also said that Putin dominated the Helsinki match against Trump.

Back in Trump's hometown, the New York Daily News hammered him by implying that his refusal to condemn Putin was 'treason'.

The cover features a cartoon of Trump holding a shirtless Putin's hand as the US president shoots Uncle Sam on 5th Avenue in New York. It was a reference to Trump's claim back in 2016 that he could shoot someone 'in the middle of 5th Avenue' and still not lose supporters.

The backlash follows Trump's extraordinary embrace of a longtime US enemy by openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election to his benefit.

The White House has struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with Putin, and lawmakers in both major parties appeared shocked and dismayed with his suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.

Trump's decision to side with Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the US.





Social media tax takes effect in Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.

The tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip in a March letter that urged the finance minister to raise money "to cope with the consequences".

In addition to the usual data fees, social media users now must pay upfront a daily levy of 200 shillings or US$0.05 to access all social media websites.

Service providers, including regional telecommunications giant MTN, said in a joint statement Sunday that starting July 1 the levy would be charged on "Over The Top services," including access to websites such as Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. The tax will be deducted by service providers that will then pay to the government revenue service.

Many Ugandans are "bitter" because the tax "was brought in bad faith," said Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a prominent human rights lawyer.

"The reasons for it were anti-people, were anti-social, not development-oriented," he said Monday.





marijuana-photo-1.jpgU.S. health regulators have approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication from GW Pharmaceuticals on Monday to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.

The strawberry-flavored syrup is a purified form of a chemical in the cannabis plant -- but not the one that gets users high. It's not yet clear why the ingredient, known as CBD, reduces seizures in some people.

The British drugmaker studied the drug in more than 500 patients with hard-to-treat seizures, overcoming numerous legal hurdles to conducting research with cannabis.

FDA officials said the drug reduced seizures when combined with older epilepsy drugs.





Military bases in Texas and Arkansas will begin housing tens of thousands of migrant children caught crossing the border illegally as soon as next month, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The Pentagon began making preparations for the policy last month, The Washington Post reported. Health and Human Services representatives visited bases last week to review the facilities, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a military spokesman, said. Up to 20,000 beds at bases in the two states would house "unaccompanied alien children," another Pentagon spokesman told The New York Times.

"We have housed refugees," Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday. "We have housed people thrown out of their homes by earthquakes and hurricanes. We do whatever is in the best interest of the country."

The Obama administration rolled out a similar policy in 2014, temporarily housing 7,000 children in three military bases.

More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, which aims to prosecute those entering the country illegally.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week to stop the separations, and it was unclear whether the military bases also will house families.

"There's conflicting instructions being given," Michelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, told The New York Times. "It's another example of this administration making these big, bold policy announcements with no plan for how they are going to implement them."





A pervy gynaecologist who told a patient to bring sex toys to his surgery and wanted to give her porn has been struck off.

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed, 51, even asked the woman if she wanted sex after performing an intimate examination on her.

The married dad-of-two also stared at the patient as she undressed at his surgery in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire - warning her not to tell anyone because he would 'be in trouble'.

Ahmed was found guilty of a string of sexual misconduct offences, including touching the woman intimately without consent and asking if she felt like having sex while examining her.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) heard how the woman, in her 40s, went to the Princess Royal health clinic for advice about sexual health twice in August 2013 and January 2015.

She told how she had been left shaken and embarrassed Ahmed when quizzed her over her sex life, what sex toys she used and if he could look at them.

The woman said: 'He started behaving strangely when I told him I didn't have a boyfriend and he started asking about my sex life and if I was having sex with anyone.

'I said I am having sex with someone because I didn't want him to know I was on my own because I felt uncomfortable and worried.

'He went on to ask many sexual questions like what sexual positions do I do and which I like.'

The woman continued: 'He asked if I like licking and he pulled his tongue out and wiggled it.'

She said: 'I did not answer but I felt dirty.

'He asked me the same question again and I told him again I didn't understand. He then said again did I feel like I wanted to have sex whilst he was doing the exam. I did not answer.'

Ahmed from Bangladesh has since moved away from the UK - it is believed he currently lives in the U.S

The woman told how she saw Ahmed 'staring at me when I was putting my clothes back on'.

He would later access her medical records for her telephone number and ask her more inappropriate questions about her private life.

He also asked if he could install pornography on her home computer.

The patient said in her statement: 'He said it was Dr Ahmed, did I remember what we said earlier and was it okay for him to come to my house to put the porn on my laptop.

'I said I wasn't at home and I could feel he was shocked. He paused and he said it was alright, he could come this evening.

'I said I didn't feel that it was alright for him to come round to install porn and I didn't want that.'

Ahmed, failed to attend the medical tribunal disciplinary hearing and is now thought to be practising in America.

He was banned from the medical register for life.





dovey-magnum.jpgFemale artiste Dovey MAgnum scored a hit in the dancehall with the sexplicit song Bawl Out and now, gospel artiste Chozenn has chosen to ride di riddim with Christian lyrics.

Chozenn debuted the song recently, and it has even been played on radio already. However, many say that Chozenn has gone a bit too far.

chozenn.jpgIn his defence he stated: "Naturally, this song will provoke emotions, but this move of God shows anything bad can become good. I am not an escapist I strongly oppose escapism, The harsh reality social media, and television as poisoned the minds of our Children. Rape, molestation, early pregnancy and so much more is sadly what is happening to our youth, Music is powerful, the core agenda is to target our youth and provide an option to what they're hearing, in our taxis, buses, supermarkets, communities and surprisingly our homes. Reggae and Dancehall is Jamaica's authentic sound to the beat as it captivates the mind effortlessly. As a minister of the Gospel in these last days, we have to use wisdom and tap into our culture and invade it positively. However, while we marvel men God gets all the glory, we use songs and methods like these to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord works in a mysterious way this is another way he is using me (Chozenn) to share his word radically. I refuse to accept that this general is lost, If you are not a Christian while reading this you, yes you! I am praying for you to accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you are saved and overly critical and deeply religious it's not for you but don't be quick to Judge God will be back to Judge the hearts of Men. I love you all and I am praying for this nation and world." [HOSEA 4:6]

Dovey Magnum - Bawl Out (Audio)

Chozenn - BAWL OUT [Jesus Name]





trump-kim-peace-talk-coin.jpgUS President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming tremendous anger and open hostility from the North.

He said it was possible a meeting could still take place but warned North Korea against committing foolish acts.

The summit aimed to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and would have been the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader.

Doubts had emerged on both sides whether the talks would take place.

Trump's announcement marks a fresh twist in the turbulent relationship between himself and Mr. Kim.

Meanwhile, a commemorative coin to mark the occasion is still available for purchase, the White House says. The coin bears the images of Tump and Kim and the year, 2018, and also the words 'peace talks'.





Shocking footage from China shows a woman biting down on a man's tongue, refusing to let go until police use what appears to be pepper spray on her. According to witnesses, the man had attempted to break up with her, sparking the bloody incident.

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpg(AFP) -- President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said the blocking of Trump critics -- which prevent them from seeing and interacting with the president's tweets -- violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the constitution's First Amendment.

In a 75-page opinion, the New York federal judge said the users "were indisputably blocked as a result of viewpoint discrimination" and that this was "impermissible under the First Amendment."

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

The lawsuit contended that because Trump uses Twitter for a variety of policy announcements, his Twitter account is "a designated public forum" that cannot exclude people due to their political views.

The judge acknowledged that even though the president has certain free speech rights, he cannot violate the rights of other Twitter users.

"While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president's personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him," she said in her opinion.

Buchwald stopped short of accepting the request for an injunction against Trump and his social media aide, Dan Scavino, who was also named in the complaint, saying she expected the White House to abide by her "declaratory" ruling.

"Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the president and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional," she wrote.





donald-trump.jpgUnited States President Trump portrayed some immigrants crossing into the country illegally as "animals" while speaking Wednesday at a White House event targeting California's sanctuary city policies.

"We have people coming into the country, who are trying to come in, and we're stopping a lot of them, but we're taking people out of the country, you wouldn't believe how bad these people are," Trump said in reference to alleged gang members. "These aren't people. These are animals."

That broad-brush assertion itself is jarring, but not uncommon for Trump. In fact, it's just the latest instance in which Trump has sought to dehumanize those he considers undesirable. After a man angry over losing his job opened fire on a former office rival on Aug. 24, 2012, on the sidewalk outside the Empire State Building, Trump wasted little time rendering his judgment.

"Terrible tragedy at the Empire State Building today. We must have fast trials and death penalty for the animals," Trump tweeted. The gunman, however, was killed by police at the scene.

In fact, Trump often uses the word "animal" when advocating for swift capital punishment of those accused of crimes, as was the case with an Oklahoma man suspected in the murder of a female co-worker in September 2014. Alton Nolen, 33, was found guilty of the crime three years later and was sentenced to death.

In a May 11, 2015, tweet, Trump demanded to know why there weren't protests "in favor of the two young police officers gunned down in Mississippi by two deranged animals" at a traffic stop. He demanded the death penalty for the four suspects, one of whom, the suspected shooter, was later found dead in his cell while awaiting trail. The other suspects are now serving prison time for lesser charges.

In the first debate of 2016 Republican presidential primaries, moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump about using the term "disgusting animal" to describe women, which gave the candidate the opportunity for a memorable retort.

In effect, that response epitomizes Trump's threshold for calling others an "animal": The word applies when he says so.

After he was elected president, Trump delivered a speech to Long Island law enforcement officers in which he extolled the virtues of violent policing when dealing with MS-13 gang members.

"I was reading one of these animals was caught explaining they like to knife them and cut them and let them die slowly because that way it's more painful. And they enjoy watching that much more," Trump said.

At a July campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump returned to his portrayal of undocumented immigrants as "animals."

"And you've seen the stories about some of these animals. They don't want to use guns, because it's too fast and not painful enough," Trump said, adding, "And these are the animals we've been protecting for so long. Well they're not being protected anymore, folks."

Following reports that the Syrian government had again used chemical weapons on its own people, Trump turned on Bashar Assad, giving him a new nickname.

Trump's sweeping judgment has long been incredibly swift for a man in his position. Of course, that's a quality his supporters often cite as distinguishing him from normal politicians. But it's also easy to find examples of when that impulse has been shown to be faulty.

When five black and Latino teenagers were accused of raping a white woman in Central Park in 1989, Trump took out full page ads in the city's daily newspapers demanding that the death penalty be reinstalled to deal with the suspects.

"I no longer want to understand their anger. I want them to understand our anger. I want them to be afraid," Trump wrote of the accused. "How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits?"

Fourteen years after their conviction, DNA evidence exonerated the young men and they were released from prison. To this day, Trump has never apologized to the men known as the Central Park Five.





penis-transplant.jpgA team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum.

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.

They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions.

The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March.

It is the first surgery on a combat veteran injured on duty and the first to transplant a complete section of tissue including the scrotum and surrounding abdominal area.

Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations.

"While extremity amputations are visible and resultant disability obvious," said Dr WP Andrew Lee, head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, during a telebriefing on Monday, "some war injuries are hidden and their impact not widely appreciated by others."

Dr Lee called genitalia wounds an "unspoken injury of war".

"In a 2014 symposium co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins titled 'Intimacy After Injury', we heard from the spouses, families, and caregivers of these wounded warriors about the devastating impact of genitourinary injuries on their identity, self-esteem and intimate relationships," he said.

The soldier, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in a statement released by the university: "When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal like finally I'm okay now."

His injury was the result of stepping on a hidden bomb in Afghanistan.





More scrutiny for travellers to the US

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(AFP) - Travellers through US airports will face more intense security inspections this summer, including being asked to take food items out of their bags before they are X-rayed.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday materials that could make it hard to read the X-rays of bags will have to be removed from carry-on luggage, similar to existing requirements for computers and other large electronics.

Security officials say extremist organisations like the Islamic State group continue to seek ways to attack civilian airlines.

TSA is undertaking the move to stay ahead of the evolving threat, said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

"In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travellers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine," they said.

"Travellers are encouraged to organise their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving."

TSA said the new procedures are already being implemented and said it might increase the wait in airport screening lines.





starbucks.pngIn a press conference Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he regrets comments he made after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks this week, acknowledging that they only made the situation worse. "I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law and not that they didn't do anything wrong. Words are very important," he said. The two men were arrested after a store manager called the cops when they refused to leave the store. Ross then claimed that he wasn't aware that it was normal for people to spend a prolonged period of time in Starbucks without making a purchase, and said he believed the officers did not know that as well. "This is apparently a well-known fact with Starbucks customers," he said. "Not everyone is aware that people spend long hours in Starbucks and aren't necessarily expected to make a purchase." The coffee chain will close all its stores on May 29th for "racial-bias" training.





starbucks.pngThe two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing say they were there for a business meeting that they had hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward Thursday morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America" to publicly share their story for the first time.

According to a report on Yahoo! the 23-year-old entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood April 12 when a barista asked them whether they wanted to order anything. They declined and told her they were just there for a quick meeting, they said.Nelson said he immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

Then they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager, they said.

"I was thinking, 'They can't be here for us,'" Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "We have meetings at Starbucks all the time."

They didn't think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

"It was just, 'Get out, you have to leave. You're not buying anything, so you shouldn't be here,'" Nelson told "GMA."

They said they calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person for whom they were waiting. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

"It's a real estate meeting. We've been working on this for months," Robinson said. "We're days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can't do that? You're not doing that."

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. Both men were later freed and the charges they were facing -- trespassing and disturbance -- were dropped that night.

An onlooker, Melissa DePino, captured the incident on video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times online and prompted protests outside the coffee giant's location on Spruce Street.

DePino, a 50-year-old writer and mother of two, told ABC News a Starbucks barista shouted from behind the counter at the two men to make a purchase or leave.

"They were sitting quietly minding their own business, and waiting for their friend to come," she said in an interview Sunday.

Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.

"There was no reasoning," he said. "They had nothing. They just kept using 'defiant trespassing' as their excuse for putting us behind bars."

The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment this morning. But Philadelphia's (BLACK) Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said in a video testimonial released Saturday that his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong."

"I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do," Ross said.

The police commissioner also accused the men of being disrespectful to the officers and said that both were given several chances to leave, but they refused.

"On three different occasions the officers asked the two males politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing," he said. "Instead the males continued to refuse as they had told the employees and they told the officers they were not leaving."

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson released a statement last Saturday night apologizing to the two men on behalf of the company.

"The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values," Johnson said in the statement. "Creating an environment that is both safe and welcoming for everyone is paramount for every store. Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome -- the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did."

In an interview Monday morning on "GMA," Johnson said he will order managers to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias."

"I'll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible," he said. "They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store."

A Starbucks spokeswoman subsequently confirmed to ABC News that the store manager who called police no longer works there.

The next day, Starbucks announced in a statement that it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for the afternoon of May 29 to train its staff on how to avoid "racial bias" in an effort to prevent "discrimination in our stores."

Stewart Cohen, the attorney representing Nelson and Robinson, said his clients have met face to face with the Starbucks' CEO, but it's not enough.

"Starbucks holds itself open as a place for people to meet and to have public conversations; those are words from their website," Cohen said on "GMA" this morning. "The apologies are fine, but what we need to do is have some action by Starbucks with respect to this situation.

"There has to be real and meaningful discussions," he added. (ABC News' https://www.yahoo.com/gma/men-arrested-starbucks-were-business-meeting-hoping-change-114103068--abc-news-topstories.html)





Be aware! If you are a black man, don't just sit in Starbucks waiting on a friend...you could get arrested.

A video showing Philadelphia police officers handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks store has gone viral and incited allegations of racism, but the police commissioner insists his officers did "absolutely nothing wrong."

Author Melissa DePino tweeted a video on Thursday showing officers escorting two black men out of a Starbucks in Center City as bystanders questioned why the men were being arrested.

"The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything," DePino wrote on Twitter. "They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing."

DePino told local news outlet Billy Penn that the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday and that a friend of hers shot the video.

The clip shows a man in a vest questioning why an arrest is taking place. Lauren A. Wimmer, defense attorney for the pair who was arrested, told BuzzFeed that the man in the vest is Andrew Yaffe, a friend who was meeting the men at Starbucks. She declined to give the names of her two clients.

"What did they get called for?" Yaffe asks an officer in the video. "'Cause there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?"

Another voice can be heard saying, "They didn't do anything. I saw the entire thing."

Wimmer told BuzzFeed that a white female manager at the store had asked the pair to leave when they came in and did not order anything. According to Wimmer, the men said they were waiting to meet someone, and the manager called the police.

Philly Voice pointed to a second, longer video uploaded to YouTube that shows an officer telling Yaffe that the other two individuals were being arrested for "trespassing." Yaffe calls what the officers are doing "discrimination."

Ben Waxman, a spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told HuffPost that the two men were released at 1:30 a.m. Friday. He said the DA will not bring charges against them.

"We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed," Waxman said.

The Philadelphia Police Department did not reply to a request for comment from HuffPost, but Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a Facebook Live video posted Saturday afternoon that the officers "did absolutely nothing wrong." They responded to the scene, he said, after receiving a 911 call reporting "a disturbance" and "trespassing."

Starbucks employees told the responding officers that the two men had asked to use the restroom, Ross said. Employees said they told the pair that the restroom was only for paying customers and asked them to leave, and the pair allegedly refused. The men allegedly told the employees to go ahead and call the police.

According to Ross, police "politely" asked the pair to leave several times and they continued to refuse and behaved rudely toward the officers. The officers, he said, did everything right.

"They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen," the commissioner said.

"As an African-American man, I am very aware of implicit bias," Ross added, noting that all officers in the police force receive "implicit bias training."





martina-big-chest-enhancement.jpgmartina-big-as-white.jpgA formerly blonde ex-air hostess with 32S breasts who decided to 'become black' says she is now 'a true African woman' after being baptised under a new Swahili name.

German glamour model Martina BIG, 29, spent more than £50,000 on breast enhancements, with her chest said to be the biggest in Europe.

Yet those body enhancements were not enough for the German glamour model as she bizarrely decided to 'become black', vowing to get 'darker and darker and see what the limits are.'

fter undergoing radical tanning injections in the US, the naturally light-skinned and blonde ex-flight attendant from the German Eifel region dramatically changed her skin tone with three melanin boosting injections last year.

Martina BIG has now flown to the Eastern African country of Kenya for the next step in her quest to 'become a black woman'.

She said: 'One of my Kenyan friends told her pastor about my transformation to a black woman and told him how much I wanted to become a true African woman.'

martina-big-now-black-photo-2.jpgmartina-big-now-black-photo-1.jpgThe pastor invited Martina into his church in the city of Nyeri, where she was baptised under the new name of 'Malaika Kubwa', which in the local Swahili language means 'big angel'.

Martina said: 'I'm so happy and proud to be a real African woman.'

She said she was 'surprised how many people know me in Kenya' and that people on the street and in the hotels stopped her all the time for selfies.

According to Martina, who visited Kenya together with her German fiancee Michael, she is becoming 'more African' by the day.

Martina said: 'Recently, I had been asked several times, whether I noticed that also my facial features become more and more African.

'Since this change is so slow, I did not notice it at first. But after comparing myself to several photos from last year, I also see this change.

'I'm very happy about it and hope that this change will continue. It's such a great feeling to become more and more African.'

Martina added that she 'knows for sure' that any children she has 'will be also African black.'

The German society figure has previously claimed that her hair had become 'naturally African'.





jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AFP) -- Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.

Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around 50 million euros (about US$62 million).

"A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.

"The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery" of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects -- two in Argentina and three in Russia.

The drug, of "very high purity," was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. "We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive," Bullrich said.

The minister said Russian security service agents "came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation", which took more than a year.

The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery"

Meanwhile, social media has been asking pertinent questions of the Jamaican police: "JCF are you looking? This is how you set traps and capture the drug dealers. Not by anouncing every drug find to the media and calling it a dent in the drug trade."

Another user wrote: "Maybe we need the JCF to take note of how to handle sensitive information and how to track them down. They can start with putting tracking devices in the bags of rice which it is claimed that the residents send to the gun men who are hiding in the hills after fleeing August Town. The JCF must remember that these are smart criminals because they listen to the news and know what and when to expect the police."





Outpouring of tributes as Billy Graham dies at 99

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billy-graham.jpgThe Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer's son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation's best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.

His death was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Graham spread his influence across the country and around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of radio, television and advanced communication technologies.

Tributes are pouring in from across the world for Graham, who was a confidant and advisor to several presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush.





Florida shooter denied bail

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florida-shooter.jpgFlorida (AP): Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been denied bail in connection with the shooting at a Florida High School on Wednesday that left 17 people dead.

He briefly appeared in a Florida court today to answer to 17 counts of first degree murder.

Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 rifle used in the assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The orphaned 19-year-old is said to have participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group.

As the criminal case against the suspect took shape, the leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.

Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that he did not know Cruz personally and that "he acted on his own behalf" and is "solely responsible for what he just did."

The group wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. Jereb said his organisation holds "spontaneous random demonstrations" and tries not to participate in the modern world.

He also said Cruz had "trouble with a girl" and that he believed the timing of the attack, on Valentine's Day, was not a coincidence.





Fidel Castro's son commits suicide

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castro-son.jpgThe 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has committed suicide in Havana.

Cuba's state media say Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found dead Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.

State television said he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital admission.

Castro Díaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union.

Popularly known as "Fidelito", he was the first-born son of the former president, who died in November 2016.

At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.





32 hospitalised following Brooklyn fire

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(AP) -- The Fire Department of New York says 32 people have been taken to hospitals -- some with serious injuries -- following a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building.

The FDNY says two of the patients were transported with potentially life-threatening injuries.

The Daily News says residents in pajamas watched from the street as firefighters tackled the blaze. It was reported around 11:40 pm Sunday in Cypress Hills and brought under control about an hour later.

Two firefighters were among those requiring medical attention.





operation-penis-whitening.jpgMore than 100 men a month have been making a pilgrimage to a clinic in Thailand which offers a penis whitening procedure.

The Lelux Hospital in Bangkok began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago, and now has three to four clients per day.

The much-hyped procedure, a laser treatment of the groin, has left the public both baffled and alarmed, but the clinic says they have more inquiries than ever.

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment +2

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment

'These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,' Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelax Hospital told AFP.

The procedure got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.

'We have to be careful because it's a sensitive part of the body,' Bunthita said, adding most clients are aged between 22 and 55, with many from Thailand's LGBTQ community.

The whitening service costs around £480 for five sessions.

'I think it's a good market to enter so we offer the ultimate body treatment to our clients, either men and women,' Bunthita said.

Whitening and bleaching treatments are particularly sought after in Thailand, where skin-whitening ads have caused outrage and accusations of racism.

'The obsession... people nowadays can't embrace their own skin color,' said one Facebook user in response to the Lelax Hospital's images.

Another user Parin Ruansati posted: 'Oh god... what ever happened to the world?'

Another simply questioned; 'Why not?'.





Trump tries to ban release of explosive book

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgOne of Donald Trump's personal lawyers demanded on Thursday that a publisher cancel next Tuesday's release of an explosive book about the president and his White House.

California attorney Charles J. Harder, known for representing pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, puts 'Fire and Fury' - columnist Michael Wolff's book about the Trump White House - under an even sharper magnifying glass.

Harder demanded publisher Henry Holt and Co. 'immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,' including excerpts and summaries.

'Your publication of false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract,' he wrote.

Representing the Trump Organization, the president's private company, Harder has already accused former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, of breaching a confidentiality agreement, saying legal action was 'imminent.'





Wicked nurses squash newborn's face and giggle

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wicked-nurse-squashes-baby-face-photo-1.jpgA group of Saudi nurses who filmed themselves laughing while squashing the face of a newborn baby hospitalised with an infection have been fired.

The baby's parents became aware of the shocking treatment by the nurses after footage emerged online and was shared on social media.

The video shows one of the nurses grasping the baby by its neck and forehead and cruelly squashing the helpless infant's face as her colleagues giggle

Three members of staff at a maternity hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia, were soon identified and tracked down.

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Abdulhadi Al-Rabie, Taif Health Affairs spokesman, said: 'The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place.'

The nurses, who have not been named, were immediately suspended after they were tracked down.

Their medical licenses have now been revoked and they are banned from practising nursing in other health departments.





Blue Whale: 96 inches

Elephant: 72 inches

Giraffe: 40 inches

Walrus: 25 inches

Roberto Cabrera: 18 inches

Pig: 18 inches

Argentine blue-bill lake duck: 17 inches

Average human: 5 inches

Chimpanzee: 3 inches

Gorilla: 1 inch





big-organ-man-photo-2.jpgRoberto Esquivel Cabrera, 54, from northern Mexico, has an 18.9inch penis

He stretched it using weights and it is now thought to be the world's biggest.

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Now Jonah Falcon branded his rival a cheat for manipulating his penis' length

big-organ-man-photo-1.jpgFalcon, from New York, has a 13.5inch penis and labeled Cabrera 'disgusting'

Doctors who have examined Mr Cabera say that the majority of his manhood is actually foreskin, and that the penis underneath only extends six or seven inches.

As a result the Guinness Book of Records refuses to recognise his 'achievement', and the current record rests with US actor Jonah Falcon, whose penis was 9.5 inches flaccid and 13.5 inches when erect.

Medics have urged him to have a reduction so he will be able to function normally and have children, but he has refused.

'He'd rather have a penis bigger than the rest of the people,' Dr Jesus David Salazar Gonzalez said.

'In Latin culture whoever has the bigger penis is more macho. It's something that makes him different to the rest of the people and makes him feels special.'

Mr Cabera added: 'I am famous because I have the biggest penis in the world. I am happy with my penis, I know nobody has the size I have.'

The sheer size of Mr Cabrera's penis causes him a number of health problems, including frequent urinary tract infections because not all his urine escapes his lengthy foreskin.

While he keeps his colossal member wrapped in bandages to escape chaffing.

He is also unable to sleep chest down and has to put his penis on its own pillow to escape discomfort during the night.

And an active sex life is off limits for him as his penis has too much girth to have intercourse.





Terror in New York

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new-york-terror.jpgA man is being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City's main bus terminal.

"Terrorists won't win," Mayor Bill de Blasio said after a blast at the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan during the morning rush hour on Monday.

The suspect, named as Akayed Ullah, 27, was wounded when a "low-tech explosive device" strapped to his body blew up in an underpass, officials say.

They say four other people suffered minor injuries.

A photo circulating on social media shows a man, said to be Akayed Ullah, lying on the ground with his clothes ripped and lacerations on his upper body.

Mayor De Blasio said he was believed to have acted alone. Police quoted by US media say he is of Bangladeshi origin and lives in the New York borough of Brooklyn.

Media captionNYC police commissioner: 'Suspect has burns and wounds to body'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "This is New York. The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom.

"We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbour and that makes us an international target."

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The explosion occurred at about 07:30 (12:30 GMT). Andre Rodriguez, 62, told the New York Times: "I was going through the turnstile. It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running."

Another eyewitness, Alicja Wlodkowski, told Reuters news agency that she had seen a group of about 60 people running. "A woman fell. And nobody even went to stop and help her because the panic was so scary," she said.

Nearby subway stations were evacuated, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal temporarily shut.

It is the biggest and busiest bus terminal in the world, serving more than 65 million people a year.





US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgPresident Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process.

The president said the US would support a two-state solution, if approved by both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the decision by saying the US could no longer be a peace broker.

He earlier warned of "dangerous consequences" through a spokesman.

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Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had "judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

The president said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a historic day, and Israel was profoundly grateful to President Trump. Jerusalem contains sites sacred to the three major monotheistic faiths.

East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but is not internationally recognised as part of Israel.

The US decision comes despite vocal opposition in the Muslim world, even among US allies.

But moving the embassy fulfils a campaign promise and appeals to Mr Trump's right-wing base.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "nothing more or less than a recognition of reality", the president said.

"It is also the right thing to do," he added.





obama-and-kids-tweet.jpgTwitter may be considered President Donald Trump's domain, but it is actually his predecessor who appears to be better at leveraging the platform -- and with less effort.

Former President Barack Obama's tweet reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was the most-liked tweet of 2017 and in Twitter history, according to Twitter's year-in-review, released on Tuesday. The tweet, sent from Obama's personal @BarackObama account, quotes Nelson Mandela's 1994 autobiography: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." It was also the second-most retweeted tweet of the year. (The most retweeted was about chicken nuggets.)

Trump was the year's most tweeted-about world leader and most frequently mentioned US elected official, but none of his individual tweets broke through among the most-liked or most-retweeted messages.

Another tweet from Obama reacting to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) brain cancer diagnosis in July was the third most liked tweet of the year, behind a message from pop singer Ariana Grande:

And two more of Obama's tweets from the end of his term, from the @POTUS44 account archive of his Twitter activity as president, were also among 2017's most retweeted messages.

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Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe--not in my ability to create change, but in yours. 11:52 PM - Jan 10, 2017

@POTUS44

It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.

9:09 AM - Jan 20, 2017





matt-lauer-fired.jpgMatt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Lauer was not immediately reachable for comment. An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment about the details of the allegation against him.

Reporters for The New York Times had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times.

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of sexual misconduct.

The torrent began when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been suspended or removed from projects after allegations against them became public. And other prominent journalists, including Mark Halperin of NBC and Michael Oreskes of NPR, have been fired or suspended from their jobs.

The firing of Lauer removes one of the most recognizable personalities on television, and at a time when morning news programs are increasingly important to network news divisions.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





ganja-image-5.jpgSoon-to-be legal recreational marijuana sales in Canada could bring up to C$1 billion (US$800 million) annually into government coffers, an official said Friday.

"If the market is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400,000 kilos (440 tons)... then the tax impact of that would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of C$1 billion," said MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has been tasked with overseeing the setup of the new regime.

"That's a very high estimate, in my opinion," he added, stressing that the actual size of the recreational pot market is not yet known.

Ottawa is scheduled to legalise cannabis next July after having already permitted its use for medical care.

One of the major considerations in the country's cannabis taxation policy is to keep costs low enough to undercut the illicit pot market.

The authorities have proposed a 10 per cent excise tax on marijuana in addition to applying sales taxes of up to 15 per cent, with amounts varying across jurisdictions.

The proceeds would be split with the provinces, which have announced a patchwork of public and private sector retail sales for cannabis.





A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to "screw" with him, or he will "get in big-a-- trouble." It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

"Don't smile at me, man, OK? That's how people like you get shot," the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. "I got a bet. I bet by the time you're 21, somebody's gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me -- the one that does it."

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher's statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was "outraged" that the incident occurred.

"You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child," April Carr wrote on Facebook. "Well it happened to mine and we will get justice."

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Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr's son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was "no back and forth" or "disrespectful" banter between her son and his teacher.

"He's in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say 'you people,' it's an outright racist statement -- no covering it up," Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she's had "plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he's out," which includes being "respectful at all times." He is in the gifted programme, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with "all the shootings" going on in the country, she "can't afford" to take the teacher's comments lightly.

"I have to take it as seriously as it sounded," she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

"This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from," Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.

According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

US 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here.

The ruling that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status, according to the Washington Post.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida -- home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

But the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.





church-shooter.jpgThe mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 - including a two-year-old child - has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It's still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.

San Antonio police raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child. Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people - including the shooter- have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.





26 killed in deadly Texas church shooting

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At least 26 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.

The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'.

Witnesses said a man 'in full gear' walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

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First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.

Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.

Special agents from ATF's Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA woman has been arrested in the US after allegedly locking her children, aged two and five, in the boot of her car while she went shopping.

US media report that Tori Castillo, 39, is facing child abuse charges and the children are now with their father.

Onlookers in the car park instructed the five-year-old on how to open the boot from the inside, reports say.

Passersby had noticed the car shaking and noise coming from inside where it was parked outside a Walmart.

The incident happened on Thursday in Riverdale, Utah. It is not clear how long the children were in the boot.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





facebook-killer-steve-stephens.jpgSteve Stephens, the Facebook killer, killed himself about 90 minutes outside Cleveland during a high speed chase with cops in Pennsylvania.

Police in Erie, PA say Stephens' body was found inside his white Ford Fusion around 11:10 AM ET on Tuesday. The police were in pursuit of Stephens at the time after they responded to a tip that Stephens' car had been spotted in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.

Cops say Stephens' car came to a stop in the middle of the road near a former elementary school, and then he took his own life. He died on scene.





facebook-killer-stephens.jpgFacebook killer Steve Stephens was undone by McDonald's employees who ID'd him and made him wait a little extra time for his order so the cops could come and catch him.

Stephens went through the drive-thru at the McDonald's on Buffalo Road in Erie, PA when one of the workers recognized him. He ordered a 20-piece McNugget and a large fry ... but workers made it seem the fries weren't ready so they could buy time.

According to the restaurant's manager ... Stephens got his nuggets, but then said he had to go and he drove off without the fries. It was enough time for cops to get on his tail.

Stephens was involved in a high-speed police chase shortly afterward, before committing suicide in his car.

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chinese-cooking-dogs-in-jamaica.jpgCampaigners have called on Theresa May to ban the eating of dogs in Britain after claiming the disturbing practice is on the rise across Europe.

International canine welfare group, the World Dog Alliance (WDA), is launching a campaign in the UK this Autumn for a full ban on dog meat consumption.

Although the habit of eating canines is met with revulsion in most countries around the world, killing dogs to eat and consuming their meat is legal in Britain.

In a statement, the WDA said: 'The UK is the first country in the world which enacts the Animal Welfare Act. It is unfortunate to see dog meat consumption being legal in this nation. The WDA believes a legal ban on eating dog meat would allow the UK to continue to have a global leading role in the field of animal protection, especially after UK leaves the EU.

'Local citizens in the Western countries barely eat dog meat, but the WDA worries that dog meat consumption may be spread to UK with immigration. In the US, people who eat dog meat are mainly immigrants from Asia.'





trump-putin-s-poodle.jpgMedia outlets worldwide are mocking Donald Trump over his fawning summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin as the US President continues to face scathing criticism in his home country on all political sides.

The headlines went as far as calling the US President 'treasonous', 'weak' and labeled him an 'autocrat' following the 45-minute press conference with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday.

The UK's Daily Mirror newspaper slammed Trump as being 'Putin's Poodle' and Germany's Handelsblatt outlet called the meeting a 'summit of the autocrats'.

A headline on Spanish newspaper El Mundo read: 'Trump surrenders to Putin after humiliating Europe'.

The front page of Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti simply read: Trump 0 - Putin 1.

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French outlet Le Monde ran multiple headlines saying Trump's 'weakness in front of Putin' scandalized the Republicans and also said that Putin dominated the Helsinki match against Trump.

Back in Trump's hometown, the New York Daily News hammered him by implying that his refusal to condemn Putin was 'treason'.

The cover features a cartoon of Trump holding a shirtless Putin's hand as the US president shoots Uncle Sam on 5th Avenue in New York. It was a reference to Trump's claim back in 2016 that he could shoot someone 'in the middle of 5th Avenue' and still not lose supporters.

The backlash follows Trump's extraordinary embrace of a longtime US enemy by openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election to his benefit.

The White House has struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with Putin, and lawmakers in both major parties appeared shocked and dismayed with his suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.

Trump's decision to side with Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the US.





Social media tax takes effect in Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.

The tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip in a March letter that urged the finance minister to raise money "to cope with the consequences".

In addition to the usual data fees, social media users now must pay upfront a daily levy of 200 shillings or US$0.05 to access all social media websites.

Service providers, including regional telecommunications giant MTN, said in a joint statement Sunday that starting July 1 the levy would be charged on "Over The Top services," including access to websites such as Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. The tax will be deducted by service providers that will then pay to the government revenue service.

Many Ugandans are "bitter" because the tax "was brought in bad faith," said Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a prominent human rights lawyer.

"The reasons for it were anti-people, were anti-social, not development-oriented," he said Monday.





marijuana-photo-1.jpgU.S. health regulators have approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication from GW Pharmaceuticals on Monday to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.

The strawberry-flavored syrup is a purified form of a chemical in the cannabis plant -- but not the one that gets users high. It's not yet clear why the ingredient, known as CBD, reduces seizures in some people.

The British drugmaker studied the drug in more than 500 patients with hard-to-treat seizures, overcoming numerous legal hurdles to conducting research with cannabis.

FDA officials said the drug reduced seizures when combined with older epilepsy drugs.





Military bases in Texas and Arkansas will begin housing tens of thousands of migrant children caught crossing the border illegally as soon as next month, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The Pentagon began making preparations for the policy last month, The Washington Post reported. Health and Human Services representatives visited bases last week to review the facilities, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a military spokesman, said. Up to 20,000 beds at bases in the two states would house "unaccompanied alien children," another Pentagon spokesman told The New York Times.

"We have housed refugees," Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday. "We have housed people thrown out of their homes by earthquakes and hurricanes. We do whatever is in the best interest of the country."

The Obama administration rolled out a similar policy in 2014, temporarily housing 7,000 children in three military bases.

More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, which aims to prosecute those entering the country illegally.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week to stop the separations, and it was unclear whether the military bases also will house families.

"There's conflicting instructions being given," Michelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, told The New York Times. "It's another example of this administration making these big, bold policy announcements with no plan for how they are going to implement them."





A pervy gynaecologist who told a patient to bring sex toys to his surgery and wanted to give her porn has been struck off.

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed, 51, even asked the woman if she wanted sex after performing an intimate examination on her.

The married dad-of-two also stared at the patient as she undressed at his surgery in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire - warning her not to tell anyone because he would 'be in trouble'.

Ahmed was found guilty of a string of sexual misconduct offences, including touching the woman intimately without consent and asking if she felt like having sex while examining her.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) heard how the woman, in her 40s, went to the Princess Royal health clinic for advice about sexual health twice in August 2013 and January 2015.

She told how she had been left shaken and embarrassed Ahmed when quizzed her over her sex life, what sex toys she used and if he could look at them.

The woman said: 'He started behaving strangely when I told him I didn't have a boyfriend and he started asking about my sex life and if I was having sex with anyone.

'I said I am having sex with someone because I didn't want him to know I was on my own because I felt uncomfortable and worried.

'He went on to ask many sexual questions like what sexual positions do I do and which I like.'

The woman continued: 'He asked if I like licking and he pulled his tongue out and wiggled it.'

She said: 'I did not answer but I felt dirty.

'He asked me the same question again and I told him again I didn't understand. He then said again did I feel like I wanted to have sex whilst he was doing the exam. I did not answer.'

Ahmed from Bangladesh has since moved away from the UK - it is believed he currently lives in the U.S

The woman told how she saw Ahmed 'staring at me when I was putting my clothes back on'.

He would later access her medical records for her telephone number and ask her more inappropriate questions about her private life.

He also asked if he could install pornography on her home computer.

The patient said in her statement: 'He said it was Dr Ahmed, did I remember what we said earlier and was it okay for him to come to my house to put the porn on my laptop.

'I said I wasn't at home and I could feel he was shocked. He paused and he said it was alright, he could come this evening.

'I said I didn't feel that it was alright for him to come round to install porn and I didn't want that.'

Ahmed, failed to attend the medical tribunal disciplinary hearing and is now thought to be practising in America.

He was banned from the medical register for life.





dovey-magnum.jpgFemale artiste Dovey MAgnum scored a hit in the dancehall with the sexplicit song Bawl Out and now, gospel artiste Chozenn has chosen to ride di riddim with Christian lyrics.

Chozenn debuted the song recently, and it has even been played on radio already. However, many say that Chozenn has gone a bit too far.

chozenn.jpgIn his defence he stated: "Naturally, this song will provoke emotions, but this move of God shows anything bad can become good. I am not an escapist I strongly oppose escapism, The harsh reality social media, and television as poisoned the minds of our Children. Rape, molestation, early pregnancy and so much more is sadly what is happening to our youth, Music is powerful, the core agenda is to target our youth and provide an option to what they're hearing, in our taxis, buses, supermarkets, communities and surprisingly our homes. Reggae and Dancehall is Jamaica's authentic sound to the beat as it captivates the mind effortlessly. As a minister of the Gospel in these last days, we have to use wisdom and tap into our culture and invade it positively. However, while we marvel men God gets all the glory, we use songs and methods like these to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord works in a mysterious way this is another way he is using me (Chozenn) to share his word radically. I refuse to accept that this general is lost, If you are not a Christian while reading this you, yes you! I am praying for you to accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you are saved and overly critical and deeply religious it's not for you but don't be quick to Judge God will be back to Judge the hearts of Men. I love you all and I am praying for this nation and world." [HOSEA 4:6]

Dovey Magnum - Bawl Out (Audio)

Chozenn - BAWL OUT [Jesus Name]





trump-kim-peace-talk-coin.jpgUS President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming tremendous anger and open hostility from the North.

He said it was possible a meeting could still take place but warned North Korea against committing foolish acts.

The summit aimed to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and would have been the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader.

Doubts had emerged on both sides whether the talks would take place.

Trump's announcement marks a fresh twist in the turbulent relationship between himself and Mr. Kim.

Meanwhile, a commemorative coin to mark the occasion is still available for purchase, the White House says. The coin bears the images of Tump and Kim and the year, 2018, and also the words 'peace talks'.





Shocking footage from China shows a woman biting down on a man's tongue, refusing to let go until police use what appears to be pepper spray on her. According to witnesses, the man had attempted to break up with her, sparking the bloody incident.

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpg(AFP) -- President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said the blocking of Trump critics -- which prevent them from seeing and interacting with the president's tweets -- violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the constitution's First Amendment.

In a 75-page opinion, the New York federal judge said the users "were indisputably blocked as a result of viewpoint discrimination" and that this was "impermissible under the First Amendment."

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

The lawsuit contended that because Trump uses Twitter for a variety of policy announcements, his Twitter account is "a designated public forum" that cannot exclude people due to their political views.

The judge acknowledged that even though the president has certain free speech rights, he cannot violate the rights of other Twitter users.

"While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president's personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him," she said in her opinion.

Buchwald stopped short of accepting the request for an injunction against Trump and his social media aide, Dan Scavino, who was also named in the complaint, saying she expected the White House to abide by her "declaratory" ruling.

"Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the president and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional," she wrote.





donald-trump.jpgUnited States President Trump portrayed some immigrants crossing into the country illegally as "animals" while speaking Wednesday at a White House event targeting California's sanctuary city policies.

"We have people coming into the country, who are trying to come in, and we're stopping a lot of them, but we're taking people out of the country, you wouldn't believe how bad these people are," Trump said in reference to alleged gang members. "These aren't people. These are animals."

That broad-brush assertion itself is jarring, but not uncommon for Trump. In fact, it's just the latest instance in which Trump has sought to dehumanize those he considers undesirable. After a man angry over losing his job opened fire on a former office rival on Aug. 24, 2012, on the sidewalk outside the Empire State Building, Trump wasted little time rendering his judgment.

"Terrible tragedy at the Empire State Building today. We must have fast trials and death penalty for the animals," Trump tweeted. The gunman, however, was killed by police at the scene.

In fact, Trump often uses the word "animal" when advocating for swift capital punishment of those accused of crimes, as was the case with an Oklahoma man suspected in the murder of a female co-worker in September 2014. Alton Nolen, 33, was found guilty of the crime three years later and was sentenced to death.

In a May 11, 2015, tweet, Trump demanded to know why there weren't protests "in favor of the two young police officers gunned down in Mississippi by two deranged animals" at a traffic stop. He demanded the death penalty for the four suspects, one of whom, the suspected shooter, was later found dead in his cell while awaiting trail. The other suspects are now serving prison time for lesser charges.

In the first debate of 2016 Republican presidential primaries, moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump about using the term "disgusting animal" to describe women, which gave the candidate the opportunity for a memorable retort.

In effect, that response epitomizes Trump's threshold for calling others an "animal": The word applies when he says so.

After he was elected president, Trump delivered a speech to Long Island law enforcement officers in which he extolled the virtues of violent policing when dealing with MS-13 gang members.

"I was reading one of these animals was caught explaining they like to knife them and cut them and let them die slowly because that way it's more painful. And they enjoy watching that much more," Trump said.

At a July campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump returned to his portrayal of undocumented immigrants as "animals."

"And you've seen the stories about some of these animals. They don't want to use guns, because it's too fast and not painful enough," Trump said, adding, "And these are the animals we've been protecting for so long. Well they're not being protected anymore, folks."

Following reports that the Syrian government had again used chemical weapons on its own people, Trump turned on Bashar Assad, giving him a new nickname.

Trump's sweeping judgment has long been incredibly swift for a man in his position. Of course, that's a quality his supporters often cite as distinguishing him from normal politicians. But it's also easy to find examples of when that impulse has been shown to be faulty.

When five black and Latino teenagers were accused of raping a white woman in Central Park in 1989, Trump took out full page ads in the city's daily newspapers demanding that the death penalty be reinstalled to deal with the suspects.

"I no longer want to understand their anger. I want them to understand our anger. I want them to be afraid," Trump wrote of the accused. "How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits?"

Fourteen years after their conviction, DNA evidence exonerated the young men and they were released from prison. To this day, Trump has never apologized to the men known as the Central Park Five.





penis-transplant.jpgA team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum.

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.

They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions.

The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March.

It is the first surgery on a combat veteran injured on duty and the first to transplant a complete section of tissue including the scrotum and surrounding abdominal area.

Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations.

"While extremity amputations are visible and resultant disability obvious," said Dr WP Andrew Lee, head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, during a telebriefing on Monday, "some war injuries are hidden and their impact not widely appreciated by others."

Dr Lee called genitalia wounds an "unspoken injury of war".

"In a 2014 symposium co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins titled 'Intimacy After Injury', we heard from the spouses, families, and caregivers of these wounded warriors about the devastating impact of genitourinary injuries on their identity, self-esteem and intimate relationships," he said.

The soldier, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in a statement released by the university: "When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal like finally I'm okay now."

His injury was the result of stepping on a hidden bomb in Afghanistan.





More scrutiny for travellers to the US

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(AFP) - Travellers through US airports will face more intense security inspections this summer, including being asked to take food items out of their bags before they are X-rayed.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday materials that could make it hard to read the X-rays of bags will have to be removed from carry-on luggage, similar to existing requirements for computers and other large electronics.

Security officials say extremist organisations like the Islamic State group continue to seek ways to attack civilian airlines.

TSA is undertaking the move to stay ahead of the evolving threat, said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

"In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travellers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine," they said.

"Travellers are encouraged to organise their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving."

TSA said the new procedures are already being implemented and said it might increase the wait in airport screening lines.





starbucks.pngIn a press conference Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he regrets comments he made after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks this week, acknowledging that they only made the situation worse. "I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law and not that they didn't do anything wrong. Words are very important," he said. The two men were arrested after a store manager called the cops when they refused to leave the store. Ross then claimed that he wasn't aware that it was normal for people to spend a prolonged period of time in Starbucks without making a purchase, and said he believed the officers did not know that as well. "This is apparently a well-known fact with Starbucks customers," he said. "Not everyone is aware that people spend long hours in Starbucks and aren't necessarily expected to make a purchase." The coffee chain will close all its stores on May 29th for "racial-bias" training.





starbucks.pngThe two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing say they were there for a business meeting that they had hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward Thursday morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America" to publicly share their story for the first time.

According to a report on Yahoo! the 23-year-old entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood April 12 when a barista asked them whether they wanted to order anything. They declined and told her they were just there for a quick meeting, they said.Nelson said he immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

Then they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager, they said.

"I was thinking, 'They can't be here for us,'" Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "We have meetings at Starbucks all the time."

They didn't think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

"It was just, 'Get out, you have to leave. You're not buying anything, so you shouldn't be here,'" Nelson told "GMA."

They said they calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person for whom they were waiting. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

"It's a real estate meeting. We've been working on this for months," Robinson said. "We're days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can't do that? You're not doing that."

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. Both men were later freed and the charges they were facing -- trespassing and disturbance -- were dropped that night.

An onlooker, Melissa DePino, captured the incident on video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times online and prompted protests outside the coffee giant's location on Spruce Street.

DePino, a 50-year-old writer and mother of two, told ABC News a Starbucks barista shouted from behind the counter at the two men to make a purchase or leave.

"They were sitting quietly minding their own business, and waiting for their friend to come," she said in an interview Sunday.

Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.

"There was no reasoning," he said. "They had nothing. They just kept using 'defiant trespassing' as their excuse for putting us behind bars."

The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment this morning. But Philadelphia's (BLACK) Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said in a video testimonial released Saturday that his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong."

"I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do," Ross said.

The police commissioner also accused the men of being disrespectful to the officers and said that both were given several chances to leave, but they refused.

"On three different occasions the officers asked the two males politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing," he said. "Instead the males continued to refuse as they had told the employees and they told the officers they were not leaving."

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson released a statement last Saturday night apologizing to the two men on behalf of the company.

"The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values," Johnson said in the statement. "Creating an environment that is both safe and welcoming for everyone is paramount for every store. Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome -- the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did."

In an interview Monday morning on "GMA," Johnson said he will order managers to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias."

"I'll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible," he said. "They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store."

A Starbucks spokeswoman subsequently confirmed to ABC News that the store manager who called police no longer works there.

The next day, Starbucks announced in a statement that it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for the afternoon of May 29 to train its staff on how to avoid "racial bias" in an effort to prevent "discrimination in our stores."

Stewart Cohen, the attorney representing Nelson and Robinson, said his clients have met face to face with the Starbucks' CEO, but it's not enough.

"Starbucks holds itself open as a place for people to meet and to have public conversations; those are words from their website," Cohen said on "GMA" this morning. "The apologies are fine, but what we need to do is have some action by Starbucks with respect to this situation.

"There has to be real and meaningful discussions," he added. (ABC News' https://www.yahoo.com/gma/men-arrested-starbucks-were-business-meeting-hoping-change-114103068--abc-news-topstories.html)





Be aware! If you are a black man, don't just sit in Starbucks waiting on a friend...you could get arrested.

A video showing Philadelphia police officers handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks store has gone viral and incited allegations of racism, but the police commissioner insists his officers did "absolutely nothing wrong."

Author Melissa DePino tweeted a video on Thursday showing officers escorting two black men out of a Starbucks in Center City as bystanders questioned why the men were being arrested.

"The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything," DePino wrote on Twitter. "They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing."

DePino told local news outlet Billy Penn that the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday and that a friend of hers shot the video.

The clip shows a man in a vest questioning why an arrest is taking place. Lauren A. Wimmer, defense attorney for the pair who was arrested, told BuzzFeed that the man in the vest is Andrew Yaffe, a friend who was meeting the men at Starbucks. She declined to give the names of her two clients.

"What did they get called for?" Yaffe asks an officer in the video. "'Cause there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?"

Another voice can be heard saying, "They didn't do anything. I saw the entire thing."

Wimmer told BuzzFeed that a white female manager at the store had asked the pair to leave when they came in and did not order anything. According to Wimmer, the men said they were waiting to meet someone, and the manager called the police.

Philly Voice pointed to a second, longer video uploaded to YouTube that shows an officer telling Yaffe that the other two individuals were being arrested for "trespassing." Yaffe calls what the officers are doing "discrimination."

Ben Waxman, a spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told HuffPost that the two men were released at 1:30 a.m. Friday. He said the DA will not bring charges against them.

"We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed," Waxman said.

The Philadelphia Police Department did not reply to a request for comment from HuffPost, but Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a Facebook Live video posted Saturday afternoon that the officers "did absolutely nothing wrong." They responded to the scene, he said, after receiving a 911 call reporting "a disturbance" and "trespassing."

Starbucks employees told the responding officers that the two men had asked to use the restroom, Ross said. Employees said they told the pair that the restroom was only for paying customers and asked them to leave, and the pair allegedly refused. The men allegedly told the employees to go ahead and call the police.

According to Ross, police "politely" asked the pair to leave several times and they continued to refuse and behaved rudely toward the officers. The officers, he said, did everything right.

"They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen," the commissioner said.

"As an African-American man, I am very aware of implicit bias," Ross added, noting that all officers in the police force receive "implicit bias training."





martina-big-chest-enhancement.jpgmartina-big-as-white.jpgA formerly blonde ex-air hostess with 32S breasts who decided to 'become black' says she is now 'a true African woman' after being baptised under a new Swahili name.

German glamour model Martina BIG, 29, spent more than £50,000 on breast enhancements, with her chest said to be the biggest in Europe.

Yet those body enhancements were not enough for the German glamour model as she bizarrely decided to 'become black', vowing to get 'darker and darker and see what the limits are.'

fter undergoing radical tanning injections in the US, the naturally light-skinned and blonde ex-flight attendant from the German Eifel region dramatically changed her skin tone with three melanin boosting injections last year.

Martina BIG has now flown to the Eastern African country of Kenya for the next step in her quest to 'become a black woman'.

She said: 'One of my Kenyan friends told her pastor about my transformation to a black woman and told him how much I wanted to become a true African woman.'

martina-big-now-black-photo-2.jpgmartina-big-now-black-photo-1.jpgThe pastor invited Martina into his church in the city of Nyeri, where she was baptised under the new name of 'Malaika Kubwa', which in the local Swahili language means 'big angel'.

Martina said: 'I'm so happy and proud to be a real African woman.'

She said she was 'surprised how many people know me in Kenya' and that people on the street and in the hotels stopped her all the time for selfies.

According to Martina, who visited Kenya together with her German fiancee Michael, she is becoming 'more African' by the day.

Martina said: 'Recently, I had been asked several times, whether I noticed that also my facial features become more and more African.

'Since this change is so slow, I did not notice it at first. But after comparing myself to several photos from last year, I also see this change.

'I'm very happy about it and hope that this change will continue. It's such a great feeling to become more and more African.'

Martina added that she 'knows for sure' that any children she has 'will be also African black.'

The German society figure has previously claimed that her hair had become 'naturally African'.





jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AFP) -- Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.

Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around 50 million euros (about US$62 million).

"A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.

"The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery" of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects -- two in Argentina and three in Russia.

The drug, of "very high purity," was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. "We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive," Bullrich said.

The minister said Russian security service agents "came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation", which took more than a year.

The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery"

Meanwhile, social media has been asking pertinent questions of the Jamaican police: "JCF are you looking? This is how you set traps and capture the drug dealers. Not by anouncing every drug find to the media and calling it a dent in the drug trade."

Another user wrote: "Maybe we need the JCF to take note of how to handle sensitive information and how to track them down. They can start with putting tracking devices in the bags of rice which it is claimed that the residents send to the gun men who are hiding in the hills after fleeing August Town. The JCF must remember that these are smart criminals because they listen to the news and know what and when to expect the police."





Outpouring of tributes as Billy Graham dies at 99

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billy-graham.jpgThe Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer's son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation's best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.

His death was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Graham spread his influence across the country and around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of radio, television and advanced communication technologies.

Tributes are pouring in from across the world for Graham, who was a confidant and advisor to several presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush.





Florida shooter denied bail

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florida-shooter.jpgFlorida (AP): Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been denied bail in connection with the shooting at a Florida High School on Wednesday that left 17 people dead.

He briefly appeared in a Florida court today to answer to 17 counts of first degree murder.

Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 rifle used in the assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The orphaned 19-year-old is said to have participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group.

As the criminal case against the suspect took shape, the leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.

Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that he did not know Cruz personally and that "he acted on his own behalf" and is "solely responsible for what he just did."

The group wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. Jereb said his organisation holds "spontaneous random demonstrations" and tries not to participate in the modern world.

He also said Cruz had "trouble with a girl" and that he believed the timing of the attack, on Valentine's Day, was not a coincidence.





Fidel Castro's son commits suicide

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castro-son.jpgThe 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has committed suicide in Havana.

Cuba's state media say Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found dead Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.

State television said he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital admission.

Castro Díaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union.

Popularly known as "Fidelito", he was the first-born son of the former president, who died in November 2016.

At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.





32 hospitalised following Brooklyn fire

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(AP) -- The Fire Department of New York says 32 people have been taken to hospitals -- some with serious injuries -- following a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building.

The FDNY says two of the patients were transported with potentially life-threatening injuries.

The Daily News says residents in pajamas watched from the street as firefighters tackled the blaze. It was reported around 11:40 pm Sunday in Cypress Hills and brought under control about an hour later.

Two firefighters were among those requiring medical attention.





operation-penis-whitening.jpgMore than 100 men a month have been making a pilgrimage to a clinic in Thailand which offers a penis whitening procedure.

The Lelux Hospital in Bangkok began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago, and now has three to four clients per day.

The much-hyped procedure, a laser treatment of the groin, has left the public both baffled and alarmed, but the clinic says they have more inquiries than ever.

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment +2

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment

'These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,' Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelax Hospital told AFP.

The procedure got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.

'We have to be careful because it's a sensitive part of the body,' Bunthita said, adding most clients are aged between 22 and 55, with many from Thailand's LGBTQ community.

The whitening service costs around £480 for five sessions.

'I think it's a good market to enter so we offer the ultimate body treatment to our clients, either men and women,' Bunthita said.

Whitening and bleaching treatments are particularly sought after in Thailand, where skin-whitening ads have caused outrage and accusations of racism.

'The obsession... people nowadays can't embrace their own skin color,' said one Facebook user in response to the Lelax Hospital's images.

Another user Parin Ruansati posted: 'Oh god... what ever happened to the world?'

Another simply questioned; 'Why not?'.





Trump tries to ban release of explosive book

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgOne of Donald Trump's personal lawyers demanded on Thursday that a publisher cancel next Tuesday's release of an explosive book about the president and his White House.

California attorney Charles J. Harder, known for representing pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, puts 'Fire and Fury' - columnist Michael Wolff's book about the Trump White House - under an even sharper magnifying glass.

Harder demanded publisher Henry Holt and Co. 'immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,' including excerpts and summaries.

'Your publication of false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract,' he wrote.

Representing the Trump Organization, the president's private company, Harder has already accused former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, of breaching a confidentiality agreement, saying legal action was 'imminent.'





Wicked nurses squash newborn's face and giggle

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wicked-nurse-squashes-baby-face-photo-1.jpgA group of Saudi nurses who filmed themselves laughing while squashing the face of a newborn baby hospitalised with an infection have been fired.

The baby's parents became aware of the shocking treatment by the nurses after footage emerged online and was shared on social media.

The video shows one of the nurses grasping the baby by its neck and forehead and cruelly squashing the helpless infant's face as her colleagues giggle

Three members of staff at a maternity hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia, were soon identified and tracked down.

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Abdulhadi Al-Rabie, Taif Health Affairs spokesman, said: 'The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place.'

The nurses, who have not been named, were immediately suspended after they were tracked down.

Their medical licenses have now been revoked and they are banned from practising nursing in other health departments.





Blue Whale: 96 inches

Elephant: 72 inches

Giraffe: 40 inches

Walrus: 25 inches

Roberto Cabrera: 18 inches

Pig: 18 inches

Argentine blue-bill lake duck: 17 inches

Average human: 5 inches

Chimpanzee: 3 inches

Gorilla: 1 inch





big-organ-man-photo-2.jpgRoberto Esquivel Cabrera, 54, from northern Mexico, has an 18.9inch penis

He stretched it using weights and it is now thought to be the world's biggest.

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Now Jonah Falcon branded his rival a cheat for manipulating his penis' length

big-organ-man-photo-1.jpgFalcon, from New York, has a 13.5inch penis and labeled Cabrera 'disgusting'

Doctors who have examined Mr Cabera say that the majority of his manhood is actually foreskin, and that the penis underneath only extends six or seven inches.

As a result the Guinness Book of Records refuses to recognise his 'achievement', and the current record rests with US actor Jonah Falcon, whose penis was 9.5 inches flaccid and 13.5 inches when erect.

Medics have urged him to have a reduction so he will be able to function normally and have children, but he has refused.

'He'd rather have a penis bigger than the rest of the people,' Dr Jesus David Salazar Gonzalez said.

'In Latin culture whoever has the bigger penis is more macho. It's something that makes him different to the rest of the people and makes him feels special.'

Mr Cabera added: 'I am famous because I have the biggest penis in the world. I am happy with my penis, I know nobody has the size I have.'

The sheer size of Mr Cabrera's penis causes him a number of health problems, including frequent urinary tract infections because not all his urine escapes his lengthy foreskin.

While he keeps his colossal member wrapped in bandages to escape chaffing.

He is also unable to sleep chest down and has to put his penis on its own pillow to escape discomfort during the night.

And an active sex life is off limits for him as his penis has too much girth to have intercourse.





Terror in New York

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new-york-terror.jpgA man is being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City's main bus terminal.

"Terrorists won't win," Mayor Bill de Blasio said after a blast at the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan during the morning rush hour on Monday.

The suspect, named as Akayed Ullah, 27, was wounded when a "low-tech explosive device" strapped to his body blew up in an underpass, officials say.

They say four other people suffered minor injuries.

A photo circulating on social media shows a man, said to be Akayed Ullah, lying on the ground with his clothes ripped and lacerations on his upper body.

Mayor De Blasio said he was believed to have acted alone. Police quoted by US media say he is of Bangladeshi origin and lives in the New York borough of Brooklyn.

Media captionNYC police commissioner: 'Suspect has burns and wounds to body'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "This is New York. The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom.

"We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbour and that makes us an international target."

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The explosion occurred at about 07:30 (12:30 GMT). Andre Rodriguez, 62, told the New York Times: "I was going through the turnstile. It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running."

Another eyewitness, Alicja Wlodkowski, told Reuters news agency that she had seen a group of about 60 people running. "A woman fell. And nobody even went to stop and help her because the panic was so scary," she said.

Nearby subway stations were evacuated, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal temporarily shut.

It is the biggest and busiest bus terminal in the world, serving more than 65 million people a year.





US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgPresident Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process.

The president said the US would support a two-state solution, if approved by both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the decision by saying the US could no longer be a peace broker.

He earlier warned of "dangerous consequences" through a spokesman.

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Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had "judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

The president said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a historic day, and Israel was profoundly grateful to President Trump. Jerusalem contains sites sacred to the three major monotheistic faiths.

East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but is not internationally recognised as part of Israel.

The US decision comes despite vocal opposition in the Muslim world, even among US allies.

But moving the embassy fulfils a campaign promise and appeals to Mr Trump's right-wing base.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "nothing more or less than a recognition of reality", the president said.

"It is also the right thing to do," he added.





obama-and-kids-tweet.jpgTwitter may be considered President Donald Trump's domain, but it is actually his predecessor who appears to be better at leveraging the platform -- and with less effort.

Former President Barack Obama's tweet reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was the most-liked tweet of 2017 and in Twitter history, according to Twitter's year-in-review, released on Tuesday. The tweet, sent from Obama's personal @BarackObama account, quotes Nelson Mandela's 1994 autobiography: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." It was also the second-most retweeted tweet of the year. (The most retweeted was about chicken nuggets.)

Trump was the year's most tweeted-about world leader and most frequently mentioned US elected official, but none of his individual tweets broke through among the most-liked or most-retweeted messages.

Another tweet from Obama reacting to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) brain cancer diagnosis in July was the third most liked tweet of the year, behind a message from pop singer Ariana Grande:

And two more of Obama's tweets from the end of his term, from the @POTUS44 account archive of his Twitter activity as president, were also among 2017's most retweeted messages.

@POTUS44

Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe--not in my ability to create change, but in yours. 11:52 PM - Jan 10, 2017

@POTUS44

It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.

9:09 AM - Jan 20, 2017





matt-lauer-fired.jpgMatt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Lauer was not immediately reachable for comment. An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment about the details of the allegation against him.

Reporters for The New York Times had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times.

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of sexual misconduct.

The torrent began when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been suspended or removed from projects after allegations against them became public. And other prominent journalists, including Mark Halperin of NBC and Michael Oreskes of NPR, have been fired or suspended from their jobs.

The firing of Lauer removes one of the most recognizable personalities on television, and at a time when morning news programs are increasingly important to network news divisions.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





ganja-image-5.jpgSoon-to-be legal recreational marijuana sales in Canada could bring up to C$1 billion (US$800 million) annually into government coffers, an official said Friday.

"If the market is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400,000 kilos (440 tons)... then the tax impact of that would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of C$1 billion," said MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has been tasked with overseeing the setup of the new regime.

"That's a very high estimate, in my opinion," he added, stressing that the actual size of the recreational pot market is not yet known.

Ottawa is scheduled to legalise cannabis next July after having already permitted its use for medical care.

One of the major considerations in the country's cannabis taxation policy is to keep costs low enough to undercut the illicit pot market.

The authorities have proposed a 10 per cent excise tax on marijuana in addition to applying sales taxes of up to 15 per cent, with amounts varying across jurisdictions.

The proceeds would be split with the provinces, which have announced a patchwork of public and private sector retail sales for cannabis.





A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to "screw" with him, or he will "get in big-a-- trouble." It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

"Don't smile at me, man, OK? That's how people like you get shot," the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. "I got a bet. I bet by the time you're 21, somebody's gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me -- the one that does it."

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher's statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was "outraged" that the incident occurred.

"You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child," April Carr wrote on Facebook. "Well it happened to mine and we will get justice."

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Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr's son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was "no back and forth" or "disrespectful" banter between her son and his teacher.

"He's in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say 'you people,' it's an outright racist statement -- no covering it up," Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she's had "plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he's out," which includes being "respectful at all times." He is in the gifted programme, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with "all the shootings" going on in the country, she "can't afford" to take the teacher's comments lightly.

"I have to take it as seriously as it sounded," she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

"This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from," Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.

According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

US 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here.

The ruling that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status, according to the Washington Post.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida -- home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

But the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.





church-shooter.jpgThe mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 - including a two-year-old child - has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It's still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.

San Antonio police raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child. Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people - including the shooter- have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.





26 killed in deadly Texas church shooting

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At least 26 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.

The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'.

Witnesses said a man 'in full gear' walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

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First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.

Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.

Special agents from ATF's Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA woman has been arrested in the US after allegedly locking her children, aged two and five, in the boot of her car while she went shopping.

US media report that Tori Castillo, 39, is facing child abuse charges and the children are now with their father.

Onlookers in the car park instructed the five-year-old on how to open the boot from the inside, reports say.

Passersby had noticed the car shaking and noise coming from inside where it was parked outside a Walmart.

The incident happened on Thursday in Riverdale, Utah. It is not clear how long the children were in the boot.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





facebook-killer-steve-stephens.jpgSteve Stephens, the Facebook killer, killed himself about 90 minutes outside Cleveland during a high speed chase with cops in Pennsylvania.

Police in Erie, PA say Stephens' body was found inside his white Ford Fusion around 11:10 AM ET on Tuesday. The police were in pursuit of Stephens at the time after they responded to a tip that Stephens' car had been spotted in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.

Cops say Stephens' car came to a stop in the middle of the road near a former elementary school, and then he took his own life. He died on scene.





facebook-killer-stephens.jpgFacebook killer Steve Stephens was undone by McDonald's employees who ID'd him and made him wait a little extra time for his order so the cops could come and catch him.

Stephens went through the drive-thru at the McDonald's on Buffalo Road in Erie, PA when one of the workers recognized him. He ordered a 20-piece McNugget and a large fry ... but workers made it seem the fries weren't ready so they could buy time.

According to the restaurant's manager ... Stephens got his nuggets, but then said he had to go and he drove off without the fries. It was enough time for cops to get on his tail.

Stephens was involved in a high-speed police chase shortly afterward, before committing suicide in his car.

Source:TMZ





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