Month: August 2018

Multiple fatalities confirmed after bus crashes on NM highway

Greyhound said the bus traveling from Albuquerque to Phoenix was carrying 47 passengers.

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Eagles player responds to Fox News

Eagles player responds to Fox News

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz criticized Fox News for its use of an image of him praying before an NFL game to report on President Trump’s cancellation of the team’s White House visit.

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Former CIA chief: Trump news conference ‘treasonous’

Former CIA Director John Brennan called President Donald Trump’s performance at Monday’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin “nothing short of treasonous.”

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Veteran news anchor dies at 64

Ed Schultz, former host of MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show,’ has died at the age of 64.

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Ex-Fox News analyst: Trump echos Stalin

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters talks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about Trump’s attack on the media.

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Fox News host calls out Trump’s inconsistency

CNN’s Don Lemon and Jim Acosta praise Fox News’ Neil Cavuto for calling out President Donald Trump for his repeated inconsistent claims and false statements.

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Yorkdale mall locked down after reported shooting News

Yorkdale mall locked down after reported shooting News

Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre was locked down after gunfire rang out at the popular north-end mall Thursday afternoon.
Police received “a number of 911 calls” shortly before 3 p.m. ET Thursday reporting a shooting, Supt. Rob Johnson told reporters at the scene Thursday evening.
Investigators have determined that an altercation broke out between two groups of men in the southeast corner of the mall, he said. At one point, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired at least two shots.
The men fled the scene, he said. Earlier, police tweeted that they were seeking two men in their 20s, one of whom may be carrying a handgun.
Mall closed for the day “We are in the process of interviewing witnesses and looking for evidence,” Johnson said.
No one was injured as a result of the gunfire, he said. However, two people were treated for minor injuries trying to flee, he said.
Earlier, paramedics said they transported one person to hospital for a medical issue unrelated to gunfire.
The mall tweeted that it would be closed until Friday morning.
“Yorkdale is secure and we are co-operating with police to safely evacuate the centre,” the mall said. “We expect to open as scheduled tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.”
Johnson said officers helped employees get back into the mall to retrieve their belongings, and help managers lock up their stores for the night.
Police are helping patrons leave the mall and are not letting anyone in. The mall will be closed for the rest of the day. (Paul Borkwood/CBC) CBC News videographer Mary Webster was in the mall when she heard a loud bang, followed by a second. Patrons huddled in the back of the Roots store while someone set off an emergency alarm.
“People were crying,” Webster reported from the scene.
Mall staff asked patrons to file into a hallway and then escorted them out through an underground parking lot, she said. Some patrons left all of their belongings behind.
‘Was just a lot of chaos’ Alexis Uiga and her daughter Samantha were having coffee together in the mall when they heard the shots.
“We thought it was a balloon or something popping, it just didn’t register what it was,” Uiga told CBC News.
Once they heard another shot they realized what was happening and hid under a ledge, she said.
@CP24 @CBCToronto moment shooting at yorkdale mall happened inside Tesla. pic.twitter.com/E2TJywS9Kn
— @ShaunWinston “I had a little girl who got separated from who she was here with and she was just clenched on to me and another woman and her son were falling over me,” Alexis said about the scramble to take cover.
“It was just a lot of chaos then everything just went quiet and that was it.”
Alexis said all that was going through her mind was to protect her daughter and the strangers around her.
“I can’t describe it. I never thought I’d have been in the middle of a shooting,” she said, adding all you can really do is “take cover, be quiet and just hope that you can get through it and get back home to your loved ones.”
Alexis Uiga and daughter Samantha were having coffee in the mall when they heard gunshots. (Paul Borkwood/CBC ) Another mall patron, Connie Chen, said she was “really terrified” when she heard two shots.
“It was like a firecracker,” she told CBC Toronto. “We saw people running and we started to run. The first sound was really loud.”
Natasha Narine, an employee at the MAC cosmetic store, said the mall was “very crowded” because it’s the last week before school “and everybody is back to school shopping.”
Police have cordoned off the mall entrances and are evacuating the building. (Mary Webster/CBC) In a statement, Mayor John Tory said “people should not have to worry about gun violence,” no matter where they are in the city.
“There are too many guns available to criminals in the city and I am determined to end that with the help of our police and our government partners,” he said. “I am relieved that there are no reports of injuries from gunfire and I hope that remains true.”
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Donald Trump: Google’s news service is rigged against me | US news | The Guardian

US president claims ‘Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good’

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Clock changes: EU backs ending daylight saving – News

Image copyright Getty Images The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions “believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen”.
The Commission’s proposal requires support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law.
In the EU clocks switch between winter and summer under daylight saving time.
A European Parliament resolution says it is “crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime”.
However, the Commission has not yet drafted details of the proposed change.
In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. That would be “a sovereign decision of each member state”, Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein explained on Friday.
He stressed that the proposal was “to no longer constrain member states into changing clocks twice per year”.
The UK is one of the 28 nations, but is due to leave the European Union in March 2019. Any change would be unlikely to happen before then.
Mr Winterstein rejected a suggestion the proposal could cause particular difficulties in Ireland: “I don’t see the link between our quest which is undiminished, to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, and our proposal, which will come in due course, to no longer constrain member states into changing clocks twice per year.
“One pertains to the internal market once adopted, the other initiative is to ensure the Good Friday Agreement and other safeguards remain in place.”
The Commission warns that unco-ordinated time changes between member states would cause economic harm.
In the public consultation , 84% of 4.6 million respondents called for ending the spring and autumn clock change.
By far the biggest response was in Germany and Austria (3.79% and 2.94% of the national population respectively). The UK’s response was lowest – 0.02% – but few Italians took part, either (0.04%).
Read more on the world’s time controversies: Changing clocks: a waste of time? How time zones confused the world How do countries swap time zones? Why daylight saving time riles the US Why do many dislike Europe’s daylight saving time? Some studies cited by the Commission point to adverse health impacts from the clock changes.
“Findings suggest that the effect on the human biorhythm may be more severe than previously thought,” it says.
Clocks go forward by an hour on the last Sunday in March and switch back to winter time on the last Sunday in October.
Finland called for daylight saving to be abolished EU-wide, after a petition gathered more than 70,000 signatures from citizens calling for such a change.
The EU made the spring/autumn clock change the rule in all member states in 1996, based on the argument that it would reduce energy costs. But the Commission says the data on energy-saving is inconclusive.
There is also no reliable evidence that the clock changes reduce traffic accidents, the Commission says.
What are the EU’s current time zones? There are three standard time zones:
Three states apply GMT (the UK, Ireland and Portugal) 17 have Central European Time, which is GMT+1 Eight have Eastern European Time, which is GMT+2 The current seasonal clock changes are controversial partly because there is a big difference in daylight hours experienced by Scandinavia and by southern Europe.
Nordic countries have long, dark nights in winter and short nights in summer. The pattern in the south is more even across the seasons.
There are anomalies too. For example, neighbours Portugal and Spain are in different time zones, as are Sweden and Finland.

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New York renamed ‘Jewtropolis’ in map hack – BBC News

New York renamed ‘Jewtropolis’ in map hack 30 August 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Screenshot Image caption The renaming of New York City was an act of vandalism, said Snapchat, which is investigating the matter New York City was briefly renamed “Jewtropolis” in mapping software used by social media site Snapchat and others.
The company called it an act of “vandalism” and said it worked with its partner Mapbox to “get this fixed immediately”.
In a statement, Snap said the defacement was “deeply offensive”.
Mapbox called it an act of “hate speech” but added that the issue had been resolved “within an hour”.
“Our team deleted and removed that information,” the firm said in a blogpost .
It added that the “malicious edit” was made by an unnamed source that attempted “several other hateful edits” which were not successful.
The firm explained that its AI system flags more than 7,000 map changes a day, which are sent for human review.
A “human error” in the manual part of the review process led to the incident, it explained. Snapchat apology
Screenshots on social media showed that other apps had also been affected.
Snap Map allows users to discover content in specific locations, including sporting events and news.
A screenshot of the vandalised map was shared with the Snapchat Support Twitter account.
And Snap thanked the user who had shared it for alerting it to the problem.
In a statement, Snap told BBC News: “Snap Map, similar to other apps, relies on third-party mapping data from OpenStreetMap, which has been subject to vandalism.
“This defacement is deeply offensive and entirely contrary to our values. And we want to apologise to any members of our community who saw it.”
OpenStreetMap has also issued a statement condemning the edit.
It said the act had been carried out a month ago, but there had been a delay in processing the data involved, which had prevented the public from seeing the offensive phrase until now.
“There is ongoing work within the OpenStreetMap community to develop better quality assurance tools, to detect and deal with this sort of issue faster,” it said.
“Unfortunately human error in their processing pipeline led to this incident.” Related Topics

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Anti-Semitism row: Frank Field resigns Labour whip – BBC News

These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Field: We must deal with ‘local Labour thuggery’ Veteran Labour MP Frank Field has quit the party’s group in Parliament, saying the leadership is becoming “a force for anti-Semitism in British politics”.
The Birkenhead MP also blamed a “culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation” in local parties.
A month ago he lost a confidence vote in his constituency party, after siding with the government in Brexit votes.
Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for hurt caused by anti-Semitism in the party and pledged to stamp it out.
A Labour Party spokesman said: “Jeremy Corbyn thanks Frank Field for his service to the Labour Party.”
But a Labour source claimed “Frank has been looking for an excuse to resign for some time.” A guide to Labour Party anti-Semitism claims
Mr Field, a Eurosceptic who is among a handful of Labour MPs to back the government in some Brexit votes, says he will remain as a member of the party, but will quit the Labour whip in Parliament – which means he will not be subject to the parliamentary party’s disciplinary procedures.
The Labour Party says it is not possible to resign the whip and remain a party member, but Mr Field told BBC Radio 4’s PM he hoped to stand as a Labour candidate at the next election, but would otherwise stand as an independent Labour candidate. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Birkenhead voters react to local MP Frank Field’s decision to resign the Labour whip
In a letter to chief whip Nick Brown, he said the anti-Semitism row in the party was reason enough to resign, suggesting the leadership was “becoming a force for anti-Semitism in British politics”.
“The leadership is doing nothing substantive to address this erosion of our core values. It saddens me that we are increasingly seen as a racist party.”
Mr Field has been a Labour MP since 1979 and is a specialist on welfare issues. He had a spell as welfare reform minister after Tony Blair became prime minister in 1997, but his brief to “think the unthinkable” ended with his resignation a year later.
Since then he has been a backbencher, and has chaired the Commons Work and Pensions Committee for the past three years. Image caption Mr Field said he expected Jeremy Corbyn to lead the party into the next election Analysis, by John Pienaar, BBC deputy political editor
Perhaps the biggest question raised by Frank Field’s resignation from Labour’s group at Westminster is: Will there be more?
Could this even be the beginning of a much wider schism, taking some of the significant minority of Labour MPs who oppose Jeremy Corbyn, not just over the issue of anti-Semitism but wider political issues including Europe, over the edge?
The stresses and strains in the party over anti-Semitism, over Europe and in particular the idea of a fresh referendum – a so-called People’s Vote – on Brexit will dominate Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool in late September.
Talk of a new centrist grouping in politics has been rumbling for months. But those dissident MPs have, so far, been deeply reluctant to translate their private dissent into open insurrection.
They say it’s about deep-rooted loyalty. Their enemies say it’s a lack of nerve. Both loyalty and nerve will be tested in the coming days and weeks.
Last month, Mr Field lost a confidence vote by his constituency party after voting with the government over Brexit plans.
In his letter to Nick Brown, Mr Field complained that intimidation and intolerance were now “sadly manifest within my own Constituency Labour Party” and referred to a complaint he had made “on a specific bullying issue” going back 18 months that, he said, “no decisive action” had been taken on.
He said he intended to remain MP for Birkenhead, as an independent Labour MP, adding: “Few events would give me greater pleasure than to apply to the Parliamentary Labour Party for the whip.
“But great changes in the leadership’s stance on the issues outlined in this letter will need to take place before I will be able to do so.” Jeremy Corbyn apologises for hurt caused by anti-Semitism
Later he told BBC News that his decision was intended as a “wake-up call to the Labour Party” and he had not spoken to other Labour MPs about it: “It is not part of a wider plot, Jeremy will see us into the next election.”
Asked if he was “jumping before being pushed” following the confidence vote, he replied: “No, they’re 30-odd people who voted against me… the idea that 30-odd people could decide the fate of what will be the choice that Labour Party voters get next time is absurd.”
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson described Mr Field’s resignation as a “serious loss to the party” which “reflects both the deep divisions in the party and the sense of drift engulfing us”.
He added: “It is a major wake up call. We cannot afford to lose people of such weight and stature.”
But backbench Labour MP Chris Williamson told BBC Newsnight: “He’s obviously lost the confidence of his members and he’s now getting his excuses in, it seems to me, and throwing around grotesque slurs that have no basis in reality – and that is a very regrettable end to Frank’s long career in the House of Commons.”
And Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon said Mr Field should face a by-election. He tweeted: Skip Twitter post by @RichardBurgon Politicians who are elected as Labour MPs by their constituents and who then leave the Labour Party should do the right and respectful thing and call a by-election straight away. They should ask for their constituents’ consent to continue to represent them on a different basis. Report End of Twitter post by @RichardBurgon
Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Pickles was among Conservatives who praised Mr Field, writing on Twitter: “Massive blow to Labour. Well respected in Parliament and by the public.”
Labour has been dealing with a row about the extent of anti-Semitism within the party for more than two years.
A 2016 inquiry, carried out by Shami Chakrabarti, concluded that while the Labour Party was not overrun by anti-Semitism, there was an “occasionally toxic atmosphere”.
Recently, the focus has been on a new code of conduct the party has adopted on anti-Semitism, with critics concerned that it does not go as far as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s guidelines.
Earlier this month, Mr Corbyn again apologised for hurt caused to Jewish people by anti-Semitism in his party and admitted Labour had been too slow in dealing with disciplinary cases.
Mr Corbyn also stressed that people who hold anti-Semitic views “have no place in the Labour Party” and said people who use “anti-Semitic poison” are not his supporters, nor do they speak for him or the party. Related Topics

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Wonga collapses into administration – BBC News

Wonga collapses into administration – BBC News

These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Alamy Payday lender Wonga has announced its intention to go into administration after losing its battle to stay afloat.
The company said in a statement that it had assessed all options and had decided that administration was the appropriate route.
It had already stopped accepting new loan applications as it fought to stave off collapse.
Its demise in the UK follows a surge in compensation claims amid a government clampdown on payday lenders.
Grant Thornton will be acting as administrators.
In a statement Wonga said: “Customers can continue to use Wonga services to manage their existing loans but the UK business will not be accepting any new loan applications. Customers can find further information on the website. I have a Wonga loan, will this be written off?
Unfortunately for you, the repayments will still have to be made.
Although this will be overseen by the administrators – in the short-term at least – there is no practical difference in the way that these payments are made.
A service will continue for anyone who needs help, and anyone struggling to repay can still get in touch, and can also contact debt charities such as Citizens Advice or StepChange for free advice.
Read more answers to your questions here
“Wonga’s overseas businesses continue to trade and are not part of this announcement.”
The City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said: “The FCA will continue to supervise Wonga once it is in administration and is in close contact with the proposed administrators with regard to the fair treatment of customers.
“Customers should continue to make any outstanding payments in the normal way. All existing agreements remain in place and will not be affected by the proposed administration. However, the firm is no longer able to issue new loans.”
Wonga, which was the UK’s biggest payday lender, had faced criticism for its high-cost, short-term loans, seen as targeting the vulnerable. Image caption James Ball was a Wonga customer
Among those who used its services at its height was journalist James Ball, now aged 32. He said Wonga made it easy to get a loan when he was young and prone to overspending.
But he said that it was also convenient for him to borrow when he was struggling with student debts and commuting costs among other bills.
“I am absolutely not looking for sympathy,” he said.
In 2014, the Financial Conduct Authority found that Wonga’s debt collection practices were unfair and ordered it to pay £2.6m to compensate 45,000 customers. What’s gone wrong with Wonga?
Since then, payday loan companies have faced tougher rules and have their charges capped.
This hit Wonga’s profits hard. In 2016, it posted pre-tax losses of nearly £65m, despite claiming its business had been “transformed”.
It continued to face legacy complaints and was forced to seek a bailout from its backers in August amid a surge in claims.
It was a huge fall from grace for Wonga, which in 2012 was touted to be exploring a US stock market flotation that would have valued it at more than $1bn (£770m). Analysis: Kevin Peachey, personal finance reporter
Wonga never considered itself to be a payday lender, preferring instead to describe itself as a maverick technology company that happened to sell loans.
Its technology was groundbreaking, allowing the smartphone generation to choose how much they wanted to borrow with the slide of a thumb.
That convenience, matched with a huge advertising campaign featuring amusing puppets and upbeat voiceovers, proved a hit. At the height of its success in 2013, Wonga had a million customers.
But Mick McAteer, founder of the not-for-profit Financial Inclusion Centre, said this demand was a bubble: “They were flogging [credit] and they created demand for it.”
In other words, some borrowers simply did not need to borrow from a payday lender, but were attracted towards these high-cost, short-term loans anyway. Read Kevin’s piece in full here
The collapse spells the end of a rags to riches to rags story of a company that was vilified for its conduct when lending to people who could not afford to repay.
The market has changed as a result of the FCA’s crackdown, and thousands of former customers have sought compensation.
Anyone awaiting compensation payments from Wonga is now likely to be in the queue for a payout from the sale of any assets.
Many have said they will not mourn the loss of Wonga.
Guy Anker, deputy editor of MoneySavingExpert.com, said: “Payday loans are hideously expensive and morally questionable products – and many have been mis-sold to vulnerable customers. They should only be seen as a loan of absolute last resort.
“So to have one fewer payday loan lender – and Wonga was a biggie – is positive for consumers, but of course is very sad for the staff who will have lost their jobs.” Related Topics

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Endangered olive ridley sea turtles found dead off Mexico – News

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Mexican navy sent a boat to investigate what may have killed the turtles Fishermen in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca have found about 300 dead sea turtles entangled in fishing nets.
The find comes just days after another 102 olive ridley turtles were found dead in neighbouring Chiapas state.
Olive ridley turtles, which lay their eggs on the beaches of a number of Mexican states between May and September, are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
The cause of their death is still under investigation.
‘Punk turtle’, put on endangered species list Sliced’ sea turtle found dead on Singapore beach It is not clear whether they got caught in the nets while still alive or were already dead when they became entangled.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The olive ridley turtles come to Mexico’s Pacific beaches to lay their eggs Experts say they could have been killed by harmful algae, fish hooks or could have suffocated while trapped in the nets.
Mexico banned the capture of sea turtles in 1990 and there are stiff penalties for anyone killing them.
A specialised federal attorney is investigating the case.

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Woman in deadly crash had brakes cut for crack pipe

U.S. news Woman in fatal car crash had brakes cut for crack pipe The suspect allegedly told troopers that he didn’t want to go to the store for a pipe, so he started “hacking away” underneath the vehicle. by Associated Press / Aug.30.2018 / 11:47 AM ET Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE
SCRANTON, Pa. — Police in Pennsylvania say a man who cut his girlfriend’s brake lines trying to get piece of pipe for crack smoking faces homicide charges after she lost control of the car, crashed into a tree and died.
John Jenkins, of Dunmore, is being held without bail in the Aug. 22 death of 38-year-old Tammy Fox.
A witness says the car was traveling about 60 mph and the brake lights flashed, but it never slowed down before the crash.
According to court documents, Jenkins told police Fox was “driving him crazy” because she was looking for a pipe to smoke crack in.
He allegedly told troopers he didn’t want to go to the store for a pipe, so he started “hacking away” underneath Fox’s vehicle to get something she could use.
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Clock changes: EU backs ending daylight saving – BBC News

Why do many dislike Europe’s daylight saving time?
Some studies cited by the Commission point to adverse health impacts from the clock changes.
“Findings suggest that the effect on the human biorhythm may be more severe than previously thought,” it says.
Clocks go forward by an hour on the last Sunday in March and switch back to winter time on the last Sunday in October.
Finland called for daylight saving to be abolished EU-wide, after a petition gathered more than 70,000 signatures from citizens calling for such a change.
The EU made the spring/autumn clock change the rule in all member states in 1996, based on the argument that it would reduce energy costs. But the Commission says the data on energy-saving is inconclusive.
There is also no reliable evidence that the clock changes reduce traffic accidents, the Commission says. What are the EU’s current time zones?
There are three standard time zones: Three states apply GMT (the UK, Ireland and Portugal) 17 have Central European Time, which is GMT+1 Eight have Eastern European Time, which is GMT+2
The current seasonal clock changes are controversial partly because there is a big difference in daylight hours experienced by Scandinavia and by southern Europe.
Nordic countries have long, dark nights in winter and short nights in summer. The pattern in the south is more even across the seasons.
There are anomalies too. For example, neighbours Portugal and Spain are in different time zones, as are Sweden and Finland. What is the situation in the UK?
The UK adopted Daylight Saving Time in 1916, along with many other nations involved in World War One, in order to conserve coal.
It followed years of pressure from William Willett , a great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin.
But the UK has had its own debate about time zones.
In 2011, the government proposed a three-year trial of moving to Central European Time, so the time would be GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer.
The change would have meant lighter evenings but darker mornings, and one of the arguments was that it would reduce accidents. But it was abandoned after opposition from Scotland and northern England, where some areas would not have seen daylight until 10am under the proposal.
Do you live in Scandinavia or southern Europe? What is your reaction to the proposals? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk with your views.
Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways: WhatsApp: +44 7555 173285

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Carl Bernstein: Trump attacks ‘degenerate’ Watergate reporter – BBC News

Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump CNN is being torn apart from within based on their being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake. Sloppy @carlbernstein , a man who lives in the past and thinks like a degenerate fool, making up story after story, is being laughed at all over the country! Fake News Report End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump
Mr Bernstein, a famed journalist who covered the Watergate scandal during the Nixon presidency, responded saying he stands by his reporting. Skip Twitter post by @carlbernstein . @realdonaIdtrump – I have spent my life as a journalist bringing the truth to light, through administrations of both parties. No taunt will diminish my commitment to that mission, which is the essential role of a free press. @CNN stands by its story, and I stand by my reporting. Report End of Twitter post by @carlbernstein
The story in question had quoted sources as saying that Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer, was ready to testify that Mr Trump was aware of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr and Russians who said they had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Who’s who in Russia-Trump inquiry?
Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, revealed on Monday that he was CNN’s source and has since recanted his statement.
CNN has stood by the story and Mr Bernstein, tweeting at the president: “Make no mistake, Mr President, CNN does not lie.” Skip Twitter post by @CNNPR Make no mistake, Mr. President, CNN does not lie. We report the news. And we report when people in power tell lies. CNN stands by our reporting and our reporters. There may be many fools in this story but @carlbernstein is not one of them. Report End of Twitter post by @CNNPR

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Human Interaction Is the Antidote to the Endless, Awful News Cycle

Human Interaction Is the Antidote to the Endless, Awful News Cycle

When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were tweaking our cold weather accessories, embracing pharmaceuticals to battle seasonal illness, and trying to add some positivity into our social media diets. Read more…

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News Analysis: A Chinese Empire Reborn

The Communist Party’s emerging empire is more the result of force than a gravitational pull of Chinese ideas.

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The Most-Read WIRED Transportation Stories of 2017

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Cooper slams Fox News Olympics column

Fox News executive editor John Moody wrote a column saying that the US Olympic Committee apparently wants to change the Olympic motto to “darker, gayer, different.” Fox News has since deleted the column.

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Trump misquotes Fox News in tweet

CNN’s Brian Stelter says President Trump is living in a “fantasyland” and gives an example of a misquoted statement from Fox News he sent out on Twitter.

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The Onion’s Las Vegas Shooting Headline Is Painfully Familiar

The Onion’s Las Vegas Shooting Headline Is Painfully Familiar

For the fifth time since 2014, the satirical website has published the headline: “‘No Way to Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens”

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House to Become Replica of Flood-Damaged Home After Katrina

In a dynamic before-and-after project, a nonprofit organization has partially restored a home ravaged by a catastrophic rush of floodwater when a New Orleans levee failed 13 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, re-creating two rooms to look like a …

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Agency Mistakes Plague GOP Candidate for Florida Governor

Once Florida’s presumed Republican nominee for governor, the state’s agriculture commissioner is struggling to shake off a series of mistakes by his agency while he works to rebound from the president’s endorsement of his rival.

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See How The Times Gets Printed and Delivered

The Times is printed at 27 locations and takes a trip — by truck or by plane, sometimes thousands of miles — to get to you. Timing is everything.

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How Northern Newspapers Covered Lynchings

They became more critical in the 1890s when activists like Ida B. Wells made lynching an international embarrassment.

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Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars

Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars

Alex Jones’ Infowars is a fake news-peddler. But Facebook deleting its Page could ignite a fire that consumes the network. Still, some critics are asking why it hasn’t done so already. This week Facebook held an event with journalists to discuss how it combat…

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BuzzFeed launches a new website for its real journalism

It’s not news at this point that BuzzFeed has a serious news organization — one whose reporting on Russia made it a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize this year. But it’s also a news organization whose stories are published alongside the social media friendly quiz…

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Fox News host diverges on Hillary Clinton

After weeks of Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson pushing for an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s involvement on the Uranium One deal, their Fox News colleague Shepard Smith dismantled the story.

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A Facebook Bug, Election Meddling, and More Security News This Week

Election meddling reports, an abundance of bugs, and more of this week’s top security news.

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Fox News: Moore staff roughed up crew

Two Roy Moore campaign staffers clash with photojournalists from Fox News at a rally in Alabama.

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Mislabeling leads to recall of popular blood pressure medicine

Mislabeling leads to recall of popular blood pressure medicine

Health news Mislabeling leads to recall of popular blood pressure medicine Accord Healthcare recalled its hydrochlorothiazide after a lot of the product was found to actually contain a heart failure drug, the FDA said. by Shamard Charles, MD / Aug.29.2018 / 8:53 PM ET Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE
A pharmaceutical company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of a popular blood pressure medication, hydrochlorothiazide, after a lot of the company’s product was found to be mislabeled, the Food and Drug Administration said this week.
The labels of the Accord Healthcare bottles say they contain 100 12.5-milligram tablets of hydrochlorothiazide, but they actually contain 100 25-milligram tablets of spironolactone, a drug used to treat heart, liver and kidney failure, the FDA said in a statement issued Monday . Accord Healthcare’s hydrochlorothiazide tablets. Accord Healthcare
Accord does not believe that other lots of hydrochlorothiazide are involved in the mix-up, the FDA said, adding that Accord learned of the error after a pharmacy alerted the company. The recall does not affect hydrochlorothiazide sold by other drug companies.
Spironolactone is commonly used to treat fluid retention, or edema, in patients with heart, liver and kidney failure. The drug is also frequently used to help control high blood pressure and increase potassium in the blood. Common side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, leg cramps, headache, and difficulty having an erection.
The FDA said spironolactone could increase potassium levels in some patients, potentially leading to life-threatening situations. Taken in large doses, spironolactone, sold under the brand names Aldactone and CaroSpir, can cause arrhythmia. Patients who experience racing heart or chest pain are encouraged to see their doctors immediately. Related Health Many U.S. drugs are made far from home. That scares these experts.
No injuries have been reported, the FDA said.
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5-milligram tablets are light orange to peach-colored, round and printed with an H on one side and a 1 on the other.
Patients whose pills do not match that description should return them to the pharmacy or doctor who issued them, the FDA said. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE

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Panasonic to move Europe headquarters from UK to Amsterdam – BBC News

Panasonic to move Europe headquarters from UK to Amsterdam 30 August 2018 Share this with Whatsapp Image copyright Getty Images Panasonic will move its European headquarters from the UK to Amsterdam in October as Brexit approaches. The aim is to avoid potential tax issues linked to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, said Panasonic Europe’s chief executive Laurent Abadie. In the run-up to March 2019, a number of multinational firms have said they plan to move jobs out of the UK. Several Japanese financial companies have said they intend to move their main EU bases away from London. Panasonic’s decision was driven by a fear that Japan could start considering the UK a tax haven if it cuts corporate tax rates to attract business, Mr Abadie told the Nikkei Asian Review newspaper. If Panasonic ends up paying less tax in the UK, that could render it liable for a bigger tax bill in Japan. At-a-glance: the UK’s four Brexit options Mr Abadie told the Nikkei Asian Review that Panasonic had been considering the move for 15 months, because of Brexit-related concerns such as access to free flow of goods and people. Panasonic Europe later issued a statement confirming that it was transferring its regional headquarters from Bracknell in the UK to Amsterdam from 1 October. It said it was doing so for several reasons, including “improved efficiency and cost competitiveness”. It said “fewer than approximately 10” people would be affected out of a staff of 30. “No Panasonic UK business operations will be affected by the EU headquarters move,” the statement added. In 2016, the UK government pledged to cut corporation tax to encourage businesses to continue investing in the UK after the Brexit referendum. Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016, but with less than a year to go, the UK and the EU are struggling to reach consensus on the terms of the exit. Japan is a major investor in the UK, where more than 800 Japanese companies employ more than 100,000 people. However, financial firms including Nomura, Sumitomo Mitsui and Daiwa have already said they will no longer maintain their EU headquarters in London. More on this story

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Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all cats – BBC News

Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all cats By Kelly-Leigh Cooper BBC News 29 August 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some local residents in Omaui are complaining about the ban and vowing to defy it A small village on the southern coast of New Zealand is planning to implement a radical plan to protect its native wildlife: ban all domestic cats.
Under the initiative, proposed by Environment Southland, cat owners in Omaui will have to neuter, microchip and register their moggies with local authorities.
After their pet dies, cat lovers in the community will then not be allowed to get any more.
It sounds extreme, but it may be something more communities should be considering: after all, cats are responsible for the death of billions of birds and mammals each year – and, according to some, it is all our fault.
Dr Peter Marra, the head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre, has authored journals and books on the issue.
Contrary to preconceptions about him, he insists he is not anti-cat or against cat ownership.
“Cats make wonderful pets – they’re spectacular pets! But they shouldn’t be allowed to roam outside – it’s a really obvious solution,” he told the BBC.
“We would never let dogs do that. It’s about time we treat cats like dogs.”
In Omaui, officials say the measure is justified because cameras have shown roaming cats preying on birds, insects and reptiles in the area. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand and Australia have linked certain extinctions with prolific hunting by cats
“So your cat can live out its natural life at Omaui happily doing what it’s doing. But then when it dies, you wouldn’t be able to replace it,” bio-security operations manager Ali Meade explained .
Under the plan, anyone not complying would receive a notice, before officials would remove the pets – but only as an “absolute last resort”.
The initiative is part of the regional council’s proposed regional pest management plan, which was opened for consultation on Tuesday. ‘Rarest kittens on earth’ rescued
John Collins, chairman of the Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust, championed the ban to protect “high-value” nature reserves there.
‘We’re not cat haters, but we want our environment to be wildlife-rich,” he said, the Otago Daily Times reports . How big a problem are cats?
The debate about cat populations and local eco-systems is not unique to Omaui.
Conservation scientists have long warned about the impact of feral and outdoor cats on the global eco system – and they’ve been ranked among the 100 worst non-native invasive species in the world. Image copyright Tim Romano/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Instit Image caption Dr Marra believes cat-owners need to take more responsibility for their animals
Dr Marra says 63 species extinctions around the world are now linked to the booming cat populations. The problem is exacerbated in areas with very sensitive eco-systems, like New Zealand.
“It sounds extreme,” he says. “But the situation has got out of control.”
He believes cat-lovers around the world need to embrace a “different mind-set” toward the animals. He believes they should be adopted where possible, then neutered and exercised at home using toys, or in a controlled environment – for example, on a leash.
“This predicament is not the fault of cats – it’s humans’ fault,” he insists.
Because of their popularity on social media and in memes, the global pet population shows no sign of abating.
“They are just cute – everything about them, which makes this whole thing more difficult.”
Accurate estimates are hard to ascertain, but in the US there are about 86 million pet cats – roughly one in every three households. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Picture-perfect pusses dominate memes and social media – but are also predators when outside
Unquantifiable amounts live stray or feral, meaning huge casualties in the environment.
It is estimated that as many as four billion birds and 22 billion mammals are killed by cats in the US every year.
Even in the UK, populations are on the decline, and experts blame cats. The Mammal Society says that about 55 million birds are falling casualty each year. ‘Natural-born killers’
It’s not the first time cats have been painted as a menace in New Zealand – a country boasting a feline in almost half its households.
They’re a hot issue in Australia too, where feral and outdoor cats are blamed for millions of native species’ deaths every night.
The nation has been funding grassroots culling initiatives since 2015 , boasts the world’s largest cat-proof fence and has even considered introducing a national curfew for domestic cats.
Councils and state governments have been taking the cat problem into their own hands – forcing cats to stay indoors at night, implementing household quotas and mandatory identification and neutering.
Nevertheless, initiatives against felines remain controversial. Last year animal rights groups laid particular scorn at one Queensland local council who were offering $10 bounties for feral cat scalps. Image copyright PETA Image caption PETA Australia paid for billboards to warn of the risks after the local bounties were announced
In Omaui, residents told local media they were “shocked” and “hoodwinked” by the proposed ban and have vowed to resist it.
Nico Jarvis, a local resident who says her three cats help combat rodents in her house, compared the proposal to a “police state”.
”It’s not even regulating people’s ability to have a cat. It’s saying you can’t have a cat,” she told the Otago Daily Times .
Paw Justice, a New Zealand-based non-profit that focuses on animal abuse, posted about the plan on Facebook, questioning the evidence behind it.
Cat-lovers on the group’s Facebook page reacted angrily to the news and pointing out that poisons, cars and humans also damage native species.
Local residents have until the end of October to register their submissions to Environment Southland’s plan. You may also like:

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Asian Games: Gold for rickshaw-puller’s daughter in heptathlon | Asian Games 2018 News – Times of India

JAKARTA/KOLKATA: All night, her jaw throbbed with pain. It was so excruciating that Swapna Barman considered pulling out on the final day of the Asian Games heptathlon , where she trailed Wang Qingling of China. The gum infection — too many chocolates, she said — made the task of 32 points seem a mighty ordeal.
On Wednesday, the 21-year-old daughter of a rickshaw-puller and a tea-picker won India’s first heptathlon gold in the Asian Games, working her way through the seven events spread out over two days. Barman, with a bandage on her jaw and her now-famous 12 toes encased in special shoes, took on the pain and Qingling during the last three events of the heptathlon — long jump , javelin and 800m.
She had completed the other four events — 100m hurdles, high jump , shot put and 200m — on Tuesday. For the Rajbongshi girl from Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, winning has always been a journey through pain.
Her feet would not fit into regular shoes, but she had to squash her toes in, the pain exacerbated when she landed after jumps. The family struggled to fund her sports training, until scouts spotted her and she picked up scholarships, including sponsorship from Rahul Dravid .
Cricket physio Gloster had helped Swapna
Swapna’s father Panchanan Barman has been bedridden after suffering two strokes, and her mother works as a maid and a tea-picker. Barman herself has battled injures, chronic back pain, physiotherapy sessions, and the aching jaw in Jakarta.
But injury remained a part and parcel of her career. Swapna at one stage even thought of leaving the sport after being down with severe back pain. In October last year, Swapna had consulted John Gloster, the physiotherapist who worked with the Indian cricket team and who played a major part in helping Sachin Tendulkar recover from his back pain. Although Gloster suggested surgery, Swapan decided to delay it and aim for her much-cherished Asian Games medal.
The pain had struck early. As a youngster, her rickshaw-puller father Panchanan Barman father bought her a sports shoe for the first time after she was selected for her school team (Kaliaganj High School) in Kaliaganj outside Jalpaiguri. But that caused her a lot of discomfort as her toes would get pinched. Later she opted for a bigger-sized shoe and slowly got used to that.

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Nolte: Someone Tell Carl Bernstein the Cover Up’s Worse than the Crime

Breitbart: Nolte: Someone Tell Carl Bernstein the Cover-Up Is Worse than the Crime Nolte: Someone Tell Carl Bernstein the Cover-Up Is Worse than the Crime Brad Barket/Getty Images for The New Yorker 28 Aug 2018 CNN’s Carl Bernstein, the man made co-famous through his historic Watergate reporting, lied to us — to all of us. And he is now engaged in a cover up to protect this lie. I am not even talking about his fake news about the Trump Tower meeting, which I will get to in a bit — I am talking about a flat-out, provable lie.
In a July 27 piece of very fake news Bernstein co-wrote with CNN anchor (and former Obama official) Jim Sciutto and researcher Marshall Cohen, Bernstein declaratively informs us , “Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.”
That statement is a lie, a proven lie, a bald-faced lie, because we now know for a fact that Lanny Davis did NOT decline to comment. What’s more, Davis was a CNN source for that steaming pile of very fake news.
In other words… the anti-Trump Carl Bernstein did not only spread fake news, the anti-Trump Carl Bernstein published a straight-up lie in his fake news, reported something he knew was not true.
Let’s back up a bit…
On July 27, Bernstein and his two CNN co-conspirators dropped the bombshell that President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, would testify that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
If true, this of course would be a very big deal because the president has denied any foreknowledge of the meeting involving his son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, various campaign officials, and some Russians (one of whom has deep ties to high-level Democrats with names that rhyme with Mobama, Fillary, and Heinz Ketchup).
Nevertheless, even to those of us who see the Trump Tower story as the golden snipe in the snipe hunt that is the Russian collusion hoax, Trump lying about such a thing would still be a pretty big deal.
And Bernstein and Co. were certain Trump lied, and Bernstein wanted you to be certain, because Bernstein now had Trump right where he wanted him after sources-sources-sources with knowledge told Berstein…
By Cohen’s account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.
And then Bernstein’s sources-sources-sources with knowledge told Bernstein…
Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.
And Bernstein swears on a stack of Bob Woodward’s best-sellers that those sources-sources-sources were not Lanny Davis…
Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.
Except…
Lanny Davis was CNN’s source, and we know this because Davis burned himself and admitted he was the source.
Which begs the question: Why did Bernstein lie? Why Did Bernstein tell us Davis was not the source when Davis was the source?
Personally, and this is just one man’s informed opinion, I think CNN just gets off on lying, on hoaxing the public. After all, it was a pretty dumb thing to lie about, unless you are just into lying, and CNN seems to enjoy lying, well, just because.
Anyway, we also know Bernstein’s Trump Tower story is fake news because Bernstein’s source himself — the aforementioned Lanny Davis — has admitted the story is not true , and since the entire story is about what Michael Cohen says Trump knew and Lanny Davis is Michael Cohen’s attorney, there is simply no way for Bernstein and CNN to defend the story. (And this is why Bernstein and CNN cannot hide behind the shield that other sources back up the story, as CNN’s chief conspiracy theorist Brian Stetler is attempting to do .)
If that is not enough to convince you the story is fake news, while under oath, Cohen told congress he knew nothing about Trump’s foreknowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.
This seems like a good time to recap:
1) Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame told us sources told him Michael Cohen would testify that Trump knew in advance of the Trump Tower meeting.
2) Carl Bernstein, who was played by Dustin Hoffman in the movie (which had to be a tad humiliating when the other guy is played by Robert Redford), told us Lanny Davis was NOT his source.
3) NONE of this is true (except the Dustin Hoffman being humiliating thing).
4) And now, just like a certain president who dug in and denied all wrongdoing, even as all the president’s men were exposed and publicly shamed, Bernstein is standing by his story.
As Breitbart’s Matt Boyle reports , CNN’s refusal to retract this very fake news, even after their own source (who is also the horse’s mouthpiece) has admitted it’s not true, is having a very damaging effect on CNN’s morale.
How could it not?
CNN blew this story bigly, CNN’s own source has recanted, the defenses have all crumbed, and CNN’s still stands by it ?
Meanwhile, one of my sources (who is not Lanny Davis) informs me that ever since his story fell apart, the 74-year-old Bernstein sits in a dark corner of the CNN break room swilling soy milk and muttering “I am not a fake news crook.”
RETRACTION: That stuff about Bernstein in the break room is a lie ( I do, however, stand by my reporting that Lanny Davis was not my source).
See how easy it is to issue a retraction when you are not a fake news crook with an enemies list filled with the name TRUMP?
Does no one love Tricky Carl enough to explain to him that the cover up is always worse than the fake news crime?
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