Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer.
The military panel at Fort Bragg reached the finding late Sunday concerning Maj. Mathew Golsteyn.
Army Special Forces Command spokeswoman Maj. Allison Aguilar said Monday that if the decision is upheld by a review board Golsteyn would be discharged under honorable conditions allowing him to keep nearly all veteran's benefits.
Marilyn Mosby: 'I'm Not Conflicted About Charging The Freddie Gray Cops. I Did the Right Thing.'
There's no back-pedaling happening here.
In an interview with Vogue, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby made it clear that she meant every single word she uttered at her press conference in May, when she announced the charges her office would bring against the six officers who arrested and detained 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
A detainment that resulted in Gray's death and sparked outrage about police brutality in African American communities.
It was a tense moment, but Mosby described how she was cool about it and was more concerned with getting the job done.
"I don't think I felt the weight of the case stepping up to that podium," Mosby admitted to Vogue. "I was thinking: 'I’m doing the right thing.'"
Benghazi Emails Put Focus on Hillary Clinton’s Encouragement of Adviser
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters last month that the memos about Libya she received while secretary of state from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime adviser whom the Obama administration had barred her from hiring, had been “unsolicited.”
But according to officials briefed on the matter, email records that Mrs. Clinton apparently failed to turn over to the State Department last fall show that she repeatedly encouraged Mr. Blumenthal to “keep ’em coming,” as she said in an August 2012 reply to a memo from him, which she called “another keeper.”
All or part of 15 Libya-related emails she sent to Mr. Blumenthal were missing from the trove of 30,000 that Mrs. Clinton provided to the State Department last year, as well as from the 847 that the department in turn provided in February to the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
FBI investigating a series of arsons at black churches
Last week six fires hit black churches in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and Tennessee.
Three have been ruled arsons and the others are still under investigation. "They're being investigated to determine who is responsible and what motives are behind them," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told BuzzFeed News. No one has been hurt in the fires, but many of the churches were completely destroyed.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also assisting local authorities in the arson investigations.
J Britt Johnson, an FBI spokesman in Atlanta, said the agency is investigating whether the arson at God's Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia, was a hate crime.
US TV network NBC fires Donald Trump over Mexico comments
US TV network NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump over "recent derogatory statements" that the veteran businessman made about immigrants. NBC said the company would now not be airing the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that are co-owned by Mr Trump. Responding to the announcement, Mr Trump said he would consider suing NBC. Earlier this month, he accused Mexicans of adding drugs and crime to the US as he announced he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination. "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we are getting," he said in his speech on 16 June.
Puerto Rico governor says US territory 'can't pay $72bn debt'
Puerto Rico's governor has said the US territory cannot pay its $72bn (£45bn) debt and is close to defaulting ahead of emergency talks with legislators. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla admitted the island was close to an economic "death spiral", in an interview with the New York Times. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the US government was not contemplating a federal bailout. The self-governing US commonwealth has been in a recession since 2006. Mr Garcia Padilla is expected to air a pre-recorded televised address later on Monday after meeting with legislators to discuss a $9.8bn budget.
Greek debt crisis: Is Grexit inevitable?
Months of negotiations on a deal have collapsed and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called a referendum for 5 July, asking Greeks to reject reform proposals from the IMF and EU, which he says are against European values.
North Carolina prison worker accused of helping killer escape
(CNN)Another convicted murderer escaped from prison, with the help of a correctional officer with whom he was having sex, authorities say. This time the drama unfolded in North Carolina. Kristopher McNeil, 29, serving a 14-year sentence for second-degree murder, scaled the wall of Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton early Sunday. Residents recognized him Sunday night from his photo in media reports and called authorities, who picked him up as he walked along Highway 52 near the Davidson and Forsyth county line. McNeil is being taken to Central Prison in Raleigh, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Drugs, money, love and cell phones: How prison guards go bad On Monday, Polkton police charged correctional officer Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, with having sex with an inmate, providing an electronic device to an inmate, harboring a fugitive and aiding and abetting a fugitive. Her bond is set at $500,000. She had been a food service worker at Brown Creek since December, the Department of Public Safety said.
Exonerated former death row inmate appointed to crime lab
Anthony Graves, 49, who was finally set free in 2010 after spending 12 years on death row and 6 more behind bars for the killing of a woman, her daughter and her four grandchildren, is going to help manage a crime lab for Houston-area law enforcement agencies, the Houston Chronicle reported.
City officials appointed Graves to the board of the Houston Forensic Science Center on Wednesday, according to the local newspaper.
Graves’ shocking case displayed prosecutorial misconduct by a district attorney who has since been disbarred, and the father of three told NBC News he’s ready to take on the new challenge.
One-Third Of Congressional Districts Could Be Affected By Supreme Court Ruling
On the final day of the Supreme Court's term on Monday, they will issue a ruling that could affect as many as one-third of congressional districts — possibly dramatically remaking the partisan makeup of the next Congress ahead of the 2016 elections.
The case at hand, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting, was brought by the Arizona legislature to try to be able to redraw their congressional districts.
Argentina judge orders asset seizure of Falklands oil firms
Tierra del Fuego judge Lilian Herraez ordered the authorities to seize boats and other assets worth $156m.
Argentina claims sovereignty of the islands, which it calls the Malvinas. The oil companies named in the case are not based in Argentina and it is not clear how the measure will be implemented.
A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'
But increasingly he seems to be just letting it fly. During his standup routine at the White House Correspondents' dinner earlier this year, President Obama came right out and said it.
Well, almost. "After the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, 'Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?' And I said, 'Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.'"
The audience started to get the joke.
And then the president continued: "Take executive action on immigration. Bucket. New climate regulations.
Bucket, it's the right thing to do."
Add to that list: Normalizing relations with Cuba and pushing through trade legislation by teaming up with Republicans and taking on unions. That's no joke.
Beyond policy, Obama seems more willing lately to just say it like he sees it. Take last week when he shouted down a heckler at a White House reception.
"Hold on a sec," Obama began.
You know what?
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah.
No, no, no, no. Hey, listen, you're in my house. ...
You're not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this. No.
Shame on you, you shouldn't be doing this."
Tunisia attack: Tributes for dead as British tourists fly home
Tributes are being paid to victims of the Tunisia beach attack which left 38 dead, including at least 15 Britons. No British victims have been officially identified but the names of some were confirmed by friends and family.
It comes as the relatives of others still missing since the gun attack near Sousse desperately await any news of their loved ones. More than 1,000 British tourists have returned to the UK, while it is thought 2,500 more could fly home on Sunday.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff
NASA commentator George Diller confirmed that "the vehicle has broken up."
Pieces could be seen raining down into the Atlantic Ocean over the rocket's intended trajectory.
More than 5,200 pounds of cargo, including the first docking port designed for NASA's next generation crew capsule, were aboard.
The failure deprives the International Space Station of a crucial resupply mission after a Russian cargo rocket failed in April.
Kuwait government says mosque suicide bomber was Saudi national
The Ministry named the attacker as Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen Al-Gabbaa.
The terrorist group ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the attack, had identified the bomber as Abu Sulieman al Muwahid -- probably the man's nom de guerre.
The bomb ripped through the Al-Sadiq mosque during Friday prayers -- a time when, more than other, mosques are packed with worshipers.
It was the worst terrorist attack Kuwait had seen in years, and one of three that took place on three different continents Friday.
Greece debt crisis: Eurozone refuses bailout extensionEurozone finance ministers have rejected a Greek request to extend a bailout programme beyond 30 June. A Eurogroup statement said Greece had broken off negotiations over a new bailout deal "unilaterally". Late on Friday, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras called a surprise referendum for 5 July over the terms of any new deal. Greece has to pay €1.6bn (£1.1bn) to the IMF on 30 June. Without new funds, there are fears Greece may leave the euro and its economy may collapse. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Greece would still try to secure a bailout deal that could then be put to a referendum.
Scores of partygoers injured in fire at Taiwan water park
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 200 people, authorities said. An accidental explosion of an unknown powder set off the fire near the stage in front of about 1,000 spectators, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command center.
Wang said 83 people had serious injuries and 131 others have light injuries. Taiwan's Central News Agency reported the fire at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City near the island's capital was quickly brought under control. Video showed rescue workers and bystanders carrying burned and injured people on their backs, in inflatable boats and on stretchers to get medical treatment.
CNA reported witnesses as saying the fire spread quickly after the colored powder was blown into the air. It wasn't clear if the colored powder was part of a performance. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim: Officials
FONTAINES-SUR-SAONE, France — The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling terrorist attack took a "selfie" photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday. French investigators were working to confirm the identity of the recipient, but weren't able to immediately confirm media reports that it was an unspecified person now in Syria, where the radical Islamic State group has seized territory, the security officials said.
NASCAR chairman wants Confederate flag eliminated at races
SONOMA, Calif. — Calling the Confederate flag an "insensitive symbol" he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the sport will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events.
"We want to go as far as we can to eliminate the presence of that flag," France told The Associated Press on Saturday. "I personally find it an offensive symbol,
so there is no daylight how we feel about it and our sensitivity to others who feel the same way.
Huge crowds for Berlin Gay Pride after historic U.S. ruling
The crowds were a riot of colour under grey skies, with many demonstrators in costume -- including US embassy staffer Tim Standaert, who painted his torso blue with an enormous red heart as he waved a rainbow-hued Stars and Stripes flag.
"We are all different, we are all the same," was the theme of this year's march, which comes a day after the landmark Supreme Court ruling that all 50 US states must carry out and recognise same-sex marriages. Germany introduced civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in 2001, but they do not have the right to marry and are still also forbidden from jointly adopting children.
In Saudi Arabia, An Uphill Fight To Out-Shout The Extremists
The sectarian violence raging on its borders hit home in May, when militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State or ISIS launched two suicide attacks on mosques in Saudi's eastern province, targeting the country's minority Shiite population.
The kingdom was shaken by the attacks, which killed two dozen people — and prompted an unusually open debate about homegrown extremism.
Some gay marriage opponents balk, while couples rush to wed
CINCINNATI (AP) — With the mayor of Dayton declaring "you are now husband and husband," the wait for Ohio to allow same-sex marriage ended for a gay couple in the city just as it is ending for couples across the last states with bans on such unions — even if the opposition isn't over.
Some couples rushed to marriage license bureaus and even wed Friday within hours of the Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country including in the 14 remaining states with bans. Steadfast activists who say traditional marriage is defined as a man and a woman vowed to defend rights of religious objectors and to try to battle back politically.
There were also scattered holdouts, with some officials in those states contending they needed more time and legal direction before complying with the 5-4 ruling.
How Key Republicans Helped Obama To Biggest Week Of His Second Term
With his eulogy Friday for the slain pastor and parishioners of "Mother Emanuel" AME Church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama concluded the most shining week of his second term. The president praised the leadership of South Carolina for its response to the Charleston killings, especially their decision to take down the Confederate battle flag that has long flown either on or next to the state Capitol in Columbia. "By taking down that flag, we expressed God's grace," the president said. "For too long, we've been blind to past injustices."
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — The Confederate flag has been temporarily removed from in front of the South Carolina Statehouse. An unidentified black woman was about halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. Instead, she continued up and removed the flag before returning to the ground. The woman and another man who had entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag were arrested. The flag, which is protected by state law, was raised again a short time later. A rally by flag supporters was scheduled for later Saturday. Calls for removing the flag have been renewed since nine black churchgoers were killed in what police characterized as a racist attack at a Charleston, South Carolina church last week
Bitter dissents in gay marriage case lay bare deep divide in high court
Justice Anthony Kennedy almost always votes alongside his fourconservative colleagues on the Supreme Court. But when he doesn’t, it’s often in big, transformative cases, like Friday’s gay marriage decision. His defection clearly has made his conservative peers hopping mad.
Each of the four conservative justices in the minority wrote his own dissent, a sign that their disappointment and anger at the decision striking down gay marriage bans could not be combined into one response.
Police Shoot, Kill Escaped N.Y. Convict
Hundreds of officers are following leads on the possible whereabouts of escapee David Sweat, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday night, but it's unclear right now whether the two men were hiding out together.
A customs and border patrol team found Richard Matt following a report of a gunshot fired at a camping trailer, the Associated Press reports. Matt was discovered with a shotgun, State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said at the news conference Friday, and was shot and killed after being "challenged" by law enforcement.
Vandals target Confederate monuments in half-dozen states
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan "Black lives matter" on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings.
The graffiti reflects the racial tension that permeates post-Ferguson America, more than a week after a white man was accused of shooting and killing nine black congregants at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
Michael Allen, a lecturer in American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis, compared the vandalism to the toppling of statues in Russia at the end of the Soviet empire.
"If the monuments are strong statements of past values, defacing them is the easiest and loudest way to rebuke those statements," Allen said. Confederate symbols including the rebel battle flag have been the subject of resentment for years.
The anger boiled over after last week's massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The suspect, Dylann Roof, posed in photos with the Confederate flag.
Baltimore leaders question police warning on day of Gray funeral
BALTIMORE — City leaders questioned Thursday why the Baltimore Police Department issued a public warning, on the morning of Freddie Gray's funeral, that gang members had teamed up to "take out" police officers.
Police announced on April 27 a "credible threat" that the Bloods, Crips and Black Guerrilla Family had joined together to target officers, but other law enforcement agencies concluded within hours that they couldn't verify the claim, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
"I knew all along it was a bunch of baloney," City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said. "They owe the council and the public an explanation for why they put this false information out there."
Mexicans bash Trump pinata, call him imbecile
Few presidents of Mexico have managed to unite the country in the way Donald Trump did after he launched his U.S. presidential bid last week with a string of broadsides against America's southern neighbor. "Imbecile", "racist", "absurd" and "ignorant" were some of the less vulgar words used by prominent Mexicans about Trump after the flamboyant real estate magnate described migrants from Mexico to the United States as drug-runners and rapists.
Trump's provocative comments, including a pledge to build a "great wall" on the U.S. southern border paid for by Mexico, were the latest in a series of swipes against a country where he has become more famous for controversies than boardroom success.
Democrat "1832" & Republicans "1854" It's time for a party that represent the 100%
IT IS TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PARTY TO BEGIN
Arrogance Disposition of
Supreme Court Justices
invalidates their effectiveness
The American Party has just begun
Charles Cotton is the epitome of what is
wrong with America
Consistency in "Cops Lying" and inconsistency in State By State Legal Adjudication
Historically Harsh & Unjust Legal System
A valid Water Movement Systemused to mitigate Drought, Flooding & Wildfires
Saudi's Silence created their current extreme circumstances
Now..., just as the rest of the world has begun to realize that there aren't any rationalizing with the radicals....
Saudi Arabia is also finding their kingdom
Saying nothing while others suffer will eventually cost you the same suffering by the same individuals whom
inflected pain on others that you chose not to defend.
Equality minus the restrictions because you are "X"
under every category for any circumstances.
4 years ago, opened the door to equal rights when he, during an interview, said that he had evolved to understand and accept gays as equals with the equal right to love and get married.
Since that moment,
a movement began, and it was Obama's Presidential words that removed the conscious constraints surrounding the throats of so many other elected officials not strong enough to admit their true thoughts regarding gay rights.
America has set yet another measure for every nation around the world to acknowledge and mimic.
Every Individual should be under one and only one category and that category is called a
Former Ukrainian President was once called
"an extremely stupid man"
by one of his own people and his subsequent actions that sent Ukraine down a spiraling path of destruction that lead to the annexing of part of his own nation after he fled to the arms of Russia's Putin,
is now finally accepting responsibility for his criminal acts and actions,,,
the place that I believe he ought to be is in
an extremely abusive jail.
I find it interesting how leaders of all nations protect criminal leaders of other nations by not calling them
So..., When has the V. A. actually done the right thing for vets?
and 75 years later, yet another outlandish discovery of the
unscrupulous experiments conducted on those who served voluntarily.
once again, it isn't the V. a. that has made promised and avoided actually carrying them out....
it is the human beings who sit in the seats of power representing the V. a. and they bring personification of
human flawed character to the forefront when
we speak of the V. a. as being
"All Fucked Up".
Inexcusable to learn that the human abuses took place 75 years ago immolate the same degree of human abuses that take place in these days with the manipulation of scheduled appointments that lead to death for neglect for some vets.
Bottled Water... and Ecoli... "WHAT?????"
It kind of defeat the purpose when paying for water in a bottle with the expectation that the water is less germs than tap water,
actually ends up being the water that causes one extremel sick.
Perhaps its poetic justice for the many people
who choose to spend money on bottled water when tap water
is free anywhere but out of your own tap.
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