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India police patrol ahead of construction of temple on bitterly contested site

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 23:38

India police patrol ahead of construction of temple on bitterly contested sitePolice have been ordered onto the streets of an Indian town where Hindu groups will next week begin building a temple on a site contested by Muslims for decades in a dispute that has sparked some of the country's most bloody communal violence. The Supreme Court of India ruled last year that Hindus, who believe the site in the northern town of Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, a physical incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, be allowed to build a temple there. Hindus say the site was holy for them long before the Muslim Mughals, India's most prominent Islamic rulers, built the Babri Mosque there in 1528.


Hurricane Isaias slams Puerto Rico, could hit Florida on weekend

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 23:22

Hurricane Isaias slams Puerto Rico, could hit Florida on weekendThe storm will bring “potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides” to Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean, forecasters said.


A Louisiana woman who planted seeds from a mysterious package says she's not worried. But the USDA is, and it's asking people not to plant these unknown seeds.

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 23:10

A Louisiana woman who planted seeds from a mysterious package says she's not worried. But the USDA is, and it's asking people not to plant these unknown seeds."Then we saw the post saying don't plant them. I mean, I'm not scared about it, I'm not worried about it, but I guess people are," Aucoin told WAFB.


Two pilots killed when air tankers collide

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 23:00

Two pilots killed when air tankers collideThe planes had been dispatched to help battle the Bishop Fire, a 14,000-acre blaze burning on federal land.


Two pilots dead after firefighting planes collide while battling Nevada Fire; NTSB investigating

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 22:57

Two pilots dead after firefighting planes collide while battling Nevada Fire; NTSB investigatingTwo airplanes have collided while battling a 500-acre wildfire in southeastern Nevada, according to authorities.


Ignorance turns to outrage as cancel culture comes for Norwegian flag at Michigan B&B

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 22:37

Ignorance turns to outrage as cancel culture comes for Norwegian flag at Michigan B&BOwners of bed and breakfast in Saint Johns, Michigan removed Norwegian flag after passers-by mistook it for Confederate flag; reaction from Princeton professor Robert George.


Ghislaine Maxwell: court unseals documents related to dealings with Epstein

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 21:39

 court unseals documents related to dealings with Epstein* Cache of papers unsealed on Thursday night * Maxwell has been charged with involvement in Epstein crimes * Ghislaine Maxwell trained underage girls as sex slaves, documents allegeA cache of documents in civil litigation against the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was unsealed on Thursday night, including early 2015 correspondence with her longtime confidant Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier and convicted sex offender.The documents stem from a 2015 civil action brought against Maxwell by the Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who has claimed that Maxwell lured her into Epstein’s orbit at 15 years old, under the guise of offering work as a masseuse. They include personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell as well as information from a discussion between Giuffre and her lawyer.Many documents in this case have been subject to an intense legal battle. Maxwell’s attorneys in the civil suit had argued to keep many records under seal, maintaining previously that “this series of pleadings concerns [attempts] to compel Ms Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life”. The documents, they argued, are “extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media”.Judge Loretta Preska ruled in Manhattan federal court on 23 July to unseal them, however, saying: “The court finds that the countervailing interests identified fail to rebut the presumption of public access.”Documents involving Maxwell’s deposition have not been released yet, as her lawyers are appealing their unsealing.Federal authorities arrested Maxwell on 2 July and charged her for allegedly participating in Epstein’s sex trafficking. Maxwell, daughter of the late publishing baron Robert Maxwell, pleaded not guilty on 14 July. Maxwell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. Her lawyers have said she “vigorously denies the charges” and is “entitled to the presumption of innocence”.The documents released on Thursday help shed light on Maxwell and Epstein’s personal relations. In one of the personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell, Epstein wrote on 25 January 2015: “You have done nothing wrong and i woudl [sic] urge you to start acting like it. Go outside, head high, not as an esacping[sic] convict. go to parties. deal with it.”The exchange followed a request from Maxwell, who was romantically linked to Epstein, to be distanced from his dating life.Some of them also relate to previous claims of Giuffre, such as former President Bill Clinton riding on Epstein’s plane, and allegations about the lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz, who had worked as Epstein’s attorney, has repeatedly denied misconduct. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.During brief questioning about Bill Clinton, the documents show Giuffre said she saw the former president on Epstein’s island. Representatives for Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Clinton has distanced himself from Epstein, and in a 2019 statement a spokesperson said: “President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York.”The documents also show that Giuffre was asked in an interview whether Epstein ever bragged about the age of any girls with whom he had sexual relations. “Yes, he did. He did all the time,” she said. “The worst one that I heard from his own mouth was this pretty 12-year-old girls he had flown in for his birthday. It was a surprise birthday gift from one of his friends and they were from France,” she alleged.Epstein told her powerful people owed him favors, Giuffre claimed, according to the documents. “Lots of people owed him favors from what he told me … That’s why I believe he does so many favors in the first place.”Giuffre was also asked whether Britain’s Prince Andrew – whom she has claimed she had sex with as a teenager at Epstein’s behest – would have information about the financier.“He would know a lot of the truth,” she said.Prince Andrew has vehemently denied allegations of misconduct.Maxwell met Giuffre at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in south Florida, where the then teen was working as a locker-room attendant.In the civil lawsuit, which has since been settled, Giuffre claimed that Maxwell had defamed her, by stating that she was a liar for accusing Epstein and Maxwell of sexual impropriety.An extensive collection of documents in this suit was also unsealed last August. They featured both bombshell claims, and denials that world leaders participated in Epstein’s alleged sex ring. These filings were disclosed shortly after Epstein’s arrest last July. Epstein killed himself in jail last August.Maxwell is being held in jail pending trial, which is scheduled for next July.


Biden, Bernie forces clash during convention meeting

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 21:09

Biden, Bernie forces clash during convention meeting"Disgusting, disturbing, unacceptable," said Nina Turner, Sanders’ former campaign co-chair.


Afghanistan: At least 17 killed in Eid car blast

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 20:22

 At least 17 killed in Eid car blastThe explosion came on the eve of a ceasefire declared by the Taliban during the festival of Eid.


Chicago mayor pulls out of roundtable to avoid being on same stage with Minneapolis mayor, sources say

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 19:49

Chicago mayor pulls out of roundtable to avoid being on same stage with Minneapolis mayor, sources sayCHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pulled out of a virtual roundtable hosted by Crain's Chicago Business to avoid appearing on the same digital stage as Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been a lightning rod for criticism after the police killing of George Floyd, sources told The Chicago Tribune. Lightfoot had been scheduled to join political consultant David Axelrod "and the mayors of ...


‘George Floyd All Over Again’: ICE Guard Drove Knee Into Detainee

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 19:00

 ICE Guard Drove Knee Into DetaineeAn Immigration and Customs Enforcement guard at an immigration jail in Virginia knelt dangerously on the upper back of a man already bleeding from his head, two detained men who said they saw the disturbing incident told The Daily Beast. “It was like seeing George Floyd all over again,” said one detainee, whom The Daily Beast will call Glenn. Since the incident on Monday, July 13, the detained men said that they have not seen the beaten man, identified as 31-year old Carlos Rivas Monsano. “Right now, we don’t know where he is,” a second detainee, whom The Daily Beast will call Jerry, said on Monday. A third detainee gave a similar account. ‘They Put Us in Here to Let Us Die’: ICE Prison Sees Outbreak of Coronavirus—and Guard ViolenceIn a statement to The Daily Beast, ICE said it was investigating what is said to have happened to Rivas. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reviewing the incident. ICE takes very seriously, allegations of misconduct in our detention facilities. We hold our personnel and contractors to the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior,” an ICE spokesperson said. “When we receive a complaint, we investigate the matter thoroughly to determine its veracity and to ensure that the comprehensive standards, which ICE is required to follow under various national detention standards, are being strictly maintained.” The violent episode occurred at ICE’s Caroline detention facility, a 336-bed correctional center located on but independent of the Army’s Fort AP Hill base near Bowling Green, Virginia. Not far from Caroline is another ICE prison that has suffered both a COVID-19 outbreak and several recent incidents of guard violence. That prison, ICA Farmville, has occasionally transited detained people through Caroline, prompting detainee concerns about the coronavirus that are said to have sparked what happened to Rivas. Beginning around 8pm on July 13, ICE officials informed around 25 individuals held in Caroline’s Block—called “TE,” short for “Timber Ridge East”—that a quarantine was forthcoming. All three detainees told The Daily Beast there had been widespread dissatisfaction in Block TE about what they considered insufficient information provided about ICE measures to prevent the spread of the virus inside. Concerns on the evening of July 13 included whether Block TE would quarantine together; whether detainees would receive personal protective equipment like masks; and the distribution of bleach and other cleansing products to disinfect bathrooms. But detainees appeared to ignore or dismiss the quarantine announcement by a female officer, who summoned her superior, whom the detainees described as possessing an intimidating demeanor. The superior officer, said to be a lieutenant called a meeting in a first-floor common area and instructed Block TE detainees to listen to the female officer. Rivas, seated on a chair, loudly yelled “No” before adding, in Glenn’s paraphrase, “We're tired of all the politics that happen here, it’s bullshit.”The lieutenant approached Rivas and informed him he would be handcuffed for that outburst. Rivas refused an order to stand but did not otherwise physically resist. The lieutenant, described as much larger than the slight Rivas, picked Rivas up and threw him to the floor. On the way down, Rivas’ head slammed against the wall and began bleeding. Jerry, who said he was seated five feet away from Rivas, said, “it was like they hugged him and then threw him to the ground.” With Rivas bleeding from his head on the ground, Glenn and Jerry said, the lieutenant knelt on Rivas’ upper back. A third account differed slightly. One detainee, whom The Daily Beast will call Doyle, said another guard knelt on Rivas’ head while the lieutenant sat on Rivas’ back in a straddle position. Neither Glenn nor Jerry’s account included that. All three detainees’ accounts said the lieutenant lifted Rivas’ right arm skyward in what appeared to be a painful contortion. With his free hand, he punched Rivas in the face multiple times, accelerating Rivas’ bleeding from his head. Another guard, all three said, grabbed Rivas’ legs at the ankles while Rivas yelled “He’s hitting me!” Unlike George Floyd’s May 25 slaying by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Rivas did not lose consciousness. The longest any detainee said the lieutenant knelt on Rivas’ back was four minutes, less than half of the eight minutes and 48 seconds Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s head. But the lieutenant “was on top of him like the police officer was on top of George Floyd. His knee is on Carlos’ spinal cord,” Glenn said. Horrified Block TE residents screamed for the guards to let Rivas go and get him help. Instead, a rush of guards entered the room and formed a line separating them from their colleagues restraining Rivas. All three detainees said they were armed with pepper spray but did not use it on the detainees.Guards picked the bleeding Rivas off the floor and carried him out of the first-floor room. Bloodstains were said to be visible on the ground outside Rivas’ room 14. Detainees were told to return to their rooms, where other guards interviewed them about what they saw. Glenn opted for silence. “They manipulate everything you say,” he explained. According to all three, approximately seven of the 25 witnesses were sent to The Hole, or solitary confinement. The detainees understood that to be witness intimidation. Rumors abound about what happened to Rivas. Some said they believed he was taken to the infirmary or a nearby hospital. It is unclear if he has legal representation. All three said they had not seen or heard from him since the July 13 incident. “They didn’t need that level of force,” said Jerry, who put what happened to Rivas in the context of dorm-wide fright about coronavirus.A captain returned to the scene with a doctor, Jerry said, “and the doctor gave us the response we were looking for. The doctor said ‘we’re putting you in quarantine, we’re not saying you have to leave your unit.’ Put your mask on and maintain a distance of six feet from one person to the other. From the first time, if they had given us that answer, we wouldn’t have had a problem. We just want answers.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


FBI says errors discovered in more than two-dozen wiretap applications were mostly minor

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 18:59

FBI says errors discovered in more than two-dozen wiretap applications were mostly minorThe agency said its review of 29 applications to obtain wiretaps on U.S. citizens had only minor, mostly typographical errors.


Dr. Anthony Fauci issues strong warnings to 4 states experiencing 'slight increase' in percentage of positive tests

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 18:19

Dr. Anthony Fauci issues strong warnings to 4 states experiencing 'slight increase' in percentage of positive testsDr. Anthony Fauci warned the governors of four U.S. states that they need to get new infections under control. If they don't, they could experience a situation similar to what has happened to some states in the South that are battling a dramatic new surge in infections. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke to "ABC News" during a 35-minute ...


WE charity scandal - A simple guide to the new crisis for Trudeau

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 17:42

WE charity scandal - A simple guide to the new crisis for TrudeauHow a multimillion-dollar scheme to help students embroiled Trudeau and his family in controversy.


Pompeo warns of UN sanctions if Iran arms ban ends

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 17:19

Pompeo warns of UN sanctions if Iran arms ban endsSecretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday gave his clearest indication yet that the United States would seek to force UN sanctions on Iran if an arms embargo lapses. Russia and China, two of the Permanent Five nations that enjoy veto power on the Security Council, want the UN embargo on selling conventional weapons to Iran to end on October 18 as laid out under a 2015 resolution. Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States would introduce a resolution to extend the embargo "in the near future" which "we hope will be met with approval from other members of the P5."


The astronauts who flew SpaceX's Crew Dragon to the space station are set to come home on Sunday. Watch their fiery return flight live.

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:45

The astronauts who flew SpaceX's Crew Dragon to the space station are set to come home on Sunday. Watch their fiery return flight live.On Saturday and Sunday, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship will make its return trip to Earth. Here's how to watch that journey live.


US frowns upon Iranian supermarket in Venezuela's capital

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:21

US frowns upon Iranian supermarket in Venezuela's capitalU.S. officials frowned upon the opening of an Iranian supermarket in Venezuela's capital, saying Thursday that any presence of Iran in the Western Hemisphere is "not something we look very favorably on.” Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael Kozak told journalists in a call that the opening of the market shows this is like an alliance of “pariah” states. “I would be surely surprised if Venezuela is able to obtain much benefit from Iran,” said Kozak in his response to a reporter's question about the supermarket.


Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:16

 No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s deathSt. Louis County’s prosecutor announced Thursday that he will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid a renewed and intense national conversation about racial injustice and the police treatment of people of color. Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell's decision marked the third time prosecutors investigated and opted not to charge Darren Wilson, the white officer who fatally shot Brown, a Black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9, 2014. A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November 2014, and the U.S. Department of Justice also declined to charge him in March 2015.


Fact check: Joe Biden didn't take a knee upon seeing a flag; he was talking to a child

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:09

 Joe Biden didn't take a knee upon seeing a flag; he was talking to a childWhile visiting his childhood home this month, the presidential candidate kneeled to talk to a child. It's false to say he "took a knee" for the flag.


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