Islamic State: Iraq minorities 'threatened with eradication'
A report details summary executions, forced conversions, rape and other abuses suffered by minorities.
Such acts are tantamount to war crimes, and in some cases, genocide, it argues. Iraqi minorities face a "threat to their existence", said the Institute of International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), one of the groups involved.
Focusing on Iraq's Christian, Kaka'i, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi populations, the report looks at their plight after the fall of Mosul to IS in June 2014, a key point in the rise of a group that now controls swathes of the country.
CPAC 2015: GOP White House contenders unite against Hillary Clinton
But while they're gathering at a convention center just outside of Washington, D.C., their minds — and rhetoric — are focused squarely on the White House and on attacking Hillary Clinton, the most likely Democratic nominee in 2016.
This year's CPAC marks the unofficial kickoff of the battle for the conservative vote among GOP presidential contenders. For some, like Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, the event will be a homecoming, a return to their most ardent and loyal supporters.
For others, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, CPAC represents a lion's den, full of activists skeptical of his conservative chops and wary of his presidential aspirations.
Eric Holder: I'm worried about lone wolf attacks
Washington (CNN)Shortly after the ISIS recruit known as Jihadi John was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi of London -- outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed, "Anyone involved in the killing of American citizens will be held accountable. It doesn't matter where you are, we will find you. We will hunt you down."
"Whether it's through the use of our military or the use of our law enforcement capacity, if you harm Americans it is the sworn duty of every person in the executive branch to find you and hold you accountable, and we will do that," he said.
No charges yet for pickup driver in train crash 'mistake'
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Investigators on Thursday were trying to determine why a pickup truck driver mistakenly turned onto railroad tracks before a crash that derailed a California commuter train, and prosecutors said they would await more answers before deciding to file charges.
"We know a mistake was made," said Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board, the agency leading the investigation. "We want to figure out why."
'Jihadi John': The bourgeois terrorist
(CNN)This is how top national security reporters Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman of the Washington Post, who broke the story that Mohammed Emwazi has been identified as the notorious ISIS terrorist known as "Jihadi John," describe him: "a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming."
Boehner defends Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday challenged an assertion by the Obama administration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations.
"The president's national security advisor says it's destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress. I couldn't disagree more," Boehner said at his weekly news conference.
Australian researchers unveil world's first 3D printed jet engine
Engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm are making top-secret prototypes for Boeing Co, Airbus Group NV, Raytheon Co and Safran SA in a development that could be the savior of Australia's struggling manufacturing sector.
Marriott said Amaero plans to have printed engine components in flight tests within the next 12 months and certified for commercial use within the next two to three years.
Long investigation likely in 70-car pileup on Maine highway
Police say the pileup on Interstate 95 began in Carmel and Etna at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when the vehicles became entangled in chain-reaction crashes caused by snow and speed.
State police say the crash was the biggest in Maine in more than 15 years. Lt. Sean Hashey says investigators may never determine exactly how the events unfolded because of how many vehicles were involved.
He did not rule out the possibility of criminal charges.
Adrian Peterson to be Reinstated: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction
The Pro Bowl running back, who missed the final 15 games of the 2014 season and was under an indefinite suspension after being charged with child abuse, had his ban overturned in court and will be eligible for reinstatement.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports originally reported the news and clarified that Peterson is not yet officially reinstated.
ESPN's Jim Trotter provided more details:
Police fired 17 times at Mexican orchard worker in Washington shooting
(CNN)Seventeen times. That's how many shots police in Pasco, Washington, fired at Antonio Zambrano-Montes when they killed him after he allegedly hurled rocks at them. Of those, five or six rounds struck the former orchard worker, according to the investigative team looking into the incident.
Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican national, was shot on February 10, in a case that has sparked local protests and anger at what some say is another example of police brutality and excessive force against an unarmed man who is a minority.
Police have alleged that Zambrano-Montes was throwing rocks at cars and trucks when he was confronted by officers.
Dumping subway trains into the ocean ... in a good way
(CNN)Usually dumping metal into the ocean is a bad thing, but for once throwing disused items into the sea is working out for the greater good. Over 2,500 New York subway cars have been used to create an underwater reef for crustaceans and fish in the Atlantic.
Over a period of three years, photographer Stephen Mallon of the Front Room Gallery captured images of the carriages being put in place, and his photos now are being shown in a solo exhibition in New York.
"I had read about the subway cars being dropped into the Atlantic but I thought the project was over," said Mallon.
"Then in 2007 I was scouting for another shoot and saw the barges being loaded up."
ISIS militant 'Jihadi John' identified, U.S. officials say
(CNN)A man with a British accent seen in ISIS videos showing the beheadings of Western hostages was identified Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner, according to two U.S. officials and two U.S. congressional sources briefed on the matter.
The Washington Post earlier reported that Emwazi is "Jihadi John," citing one of Emwazi's close friends.
A Muslim-led human rights advocacy group in London, CAGE, which had contact with Emwazi over alleged "harassment" by UK security services, also said in a statement there were "some striking similarities" between 26-year-old Emwazi and the man seen in execution videos holding a knife.
London's Metropolitan Police declined to confirm the reported identity. CNN has been unable to confirm the reporting.
"We have previously asked media outlets not to speculate about the details of our investigation on the basis that life is at risk," said Commander Richard Walton of the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.
Qatar knocks U.S.-led coalition on ISIS
In particular, these officials say the training of moderate rebels needs to be accelerated and expanded. To date, Qatar has trained some 600 fighters.
Training is also underway in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The U.S. is still in the process of vetting moderate rebel groups.
In Case of L’Oréal Heiress, a Private World of Wealth Becomes Public
The real-life drama, set in an Art Moderne mansion in Neuilly-sur-Seine, an exclusive town west of Paris, features a cast that includes long-serving chambermaids, cooks and butlers who tended to one of the world’s richest women, whom they call “Madame.”
UN experts: Yemen ex-president allegedly amassed billions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh is alleged to have amassed assets worth between $32 billion and $60 billion, most believed to have been transferred abroad under other names, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Wednesday.
The experts, who monitor U.N. sanctions ordering all countries to freeze the assets of Saleh and two Houthi rebel leaders, said the ex-president's assets are believed to include property, cash, shares, gold and other valuable commodities in at least 20 countries.
Abused, imprisoned Vietnamese slave away in UK's cannabis farms
Once they arrive in Britain, the youngsters are kept as virtual prisoners by their traffickers and forced to tend to cannabis plants in houses rigged with complex heating systems and high-powered lights to pay off their debt, which can be as much as 30,000 pounds ($46,000).
Up to 2.7 million people consume more than 1,000 tonnes of cannabis with an estimated street value of 5.9 million pounds every year, according to the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit.
What Net Neutrality Rules Could Mean For Your Wireless Carrier
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on broad new rules to enforce the principle of net neutrality — the idea that Internet providers should treat all traffic on their networks equally.
Ukrainian POWs dig out bodies of comrades killed at airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian POWs in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk began a task Wednesday that strained their hearts as well as their muscles: digging through the rubble to retrieve the bodies of fellow soldiers killed last month in the bitter battle for the city's airport.
Associated Press journalists saw at least four bodies being carried out of the once-glittering, now-obliterated Donetsk airport terminal. A Ukrainian official said seven in all were retrieved.
Rebel representatives said many more soldiers were still buried under the collapsed building, but provided no figures. One captive soldier saw two friends being pulled out of the rubble, as the facility's twisted steel beams and smashed cement walls were being sawn into pieces and towed away.
One captive soldier saw two friends being pulled out of the rubble, as the facility's twisted steel beams and smashed cement walls were being sawn into pieces and towed away.
"I recognized them from their clothing. They were my friends," said the man, a member of the Ukrainian army's 90th brigade who identified himself only as Sasha.
‘American Sniper’ guilty verdict draws brisk, blunt reactions from Texans
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The next batch of Chris Kyle memorial ball caps won’t arrive at the Grand Entry Western Store here until mid-March, but a waitlist for them already stands at nearly 100 pre-orders. “We have people calling every day or coming in the store,” said Sierra Jones, an employee of the clothing store.
Man charged in Colorado Springs bombing denied bond
A federal magistrate on Wednesday denied bond to a man accused of bombing a building that houses the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP, although he has not been charged with targeting the civil rights group, prosecutors said.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Watanabe ruled that Thaddeus Murphy is a danger to the community, poses a flight risk, and ordered him held without bail until the case is resolved, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.
Murphy, 44, was arrested last week and confessed to federal agents that he assembled and planted the homemade device out of "rage" toward his former accountant who once had an office in the building, court documents showed.
Murphy denied targeting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, but federal authorities said they are still investigating whether the bombing was a racially motivated crime.
Conn. students in court after arrests linked to 'Molly' overdoses
MILFORD, Conn., Feb 25 (Reuters) - Three students from Connecticut's Wesleyan University were released on bail on Wednesday and ordered to return to court next month on charges linked to an incident in which a dozen students were hospitalized for overdosing on the party drug MDMA.
Eric Lonegran, 21, of Brazil; Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Maryland; and Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20, of Luthersville, Maryland, did not enter pleas during a Wednesday court appearance and Superior Court Judge Leo Diana ordered them to appear on March 3 at Superior Court in Middletown, Connecticut.
Chicago 'black site': former US justice officials call for Homan Square inquiry
Two former senior Justice Department officials are calling on their colleagues to investigate a secretive warehouse used for interrogations by Chicago police and likened to a CIA “black site” facility.
Sam Bagenstos, who during Barack Obama’s first term was the Justice Department’s No 2 civil rights official, said that the Guardian’s exposé of the Homan Square police warehouse raised concerns about “a possible pattern or practice of violations of the fourth and fifth amendments” that warranted an inquiry.
Without hate crime, US limited in prosecuting Zimmerman
MIAMI — The Justice Department's decision to not prosecute a civilian neighborhood watch volunteer for a hate crime in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager is not necessarily a harbinger of how it will rule in two other high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers, legal experts say.
AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder
MIAMI — The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago. Speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday before the third anniversary of her 17-year-old son's death, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder. "He took a life, carelessly and recklessly, and he shouldn't deserve to have his entire life walking around on the street free. I just believe that he should be held accountable for what he's done," Fulton said.
U.S. State Department official arrested on suspicion of seeking sex with minor -CNN
(Reuters) - A senior U.S. State Department official was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of soliciting sex from a minor after talking online with a detective posing as the child, officials and media said.
Police from Fairfax County, Virginia arrested Daniel Rosen in his home in Washington D.C., CNN reported, citing police.
The network said Rosen was talking online with a detective who was posing as a minor.
Deputy on restricted duty after dragging woman in courthouse
The incident was caught on video Monday morning. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel questioned the conduct of Deputy Christopher Johnson and said the agency's internal affairs unit would investigate.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1D7D9mv ) reports that attorney Bill Gelin recorded the deputy dragging 28-year-old Dasyl Jeanette Rios down a third-floor hallway. The woman sobbed and pleaded with the deputy. She had just been declared mentally incompetent during a trespassing and criminal mischief case.
Pill taken before, after sex may prevent HIV
Truvada contains HIV treatment drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine, and is made by Gilead Sciences in California. In the study Truvada was taken up to one day before sex and the two days after.
Paris police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists over drone
A spokesman for prosecutors said there was "no relationship for the moment" between the arrests and mysterious drone flights over the city at night.
Al-Jazeera said the journalists had been "filming a report on the city's recent mystery drones".
Top Obama adviser calls Netanyahu visit 'destructive'
National Security Adviser Susan Rice's comments are the White House's strongest criticism of the visit.
Benjamin Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner in what is seen as a rebuke to Mr Obama's Iran policy.
U.S. charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State
U.S. authorities said. One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where authorities said he was attempting to board a flight to Turkey on his way to Syria.
Another defendant, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, of Uzbekistan, had previously purchased a ticket for a March flight to Istanbul, said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn.
Top Panama judge Moncada pleads guilty to corruption
Moncada was suspended from his post in October when he came under investigation by Panama's Congress.
He also pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and was sentenced to five years in detention. Moncada was appointed by former President Ricardo Martinelli, who himself faces a corruption probe.
As part of the deal struck with prosecutors, Moncada will hand back two apartments worth a total of $1.7m (£1.1m) he had bought since coming to office.
Georgia to execute its 1st female prisoner in 70 years
The state is scheduled to snap that 70-year streak on Wednesday.
Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 47, was convicted in a February 1997 murder plot that targeted her husband in suburban Atlanta.
Gissendaner was romantically involved with Gregory Owen and conspired with the 43-year-old to have her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, killed, according to court testimony. Owen wanted Kelly Gissendaner to file for a divorce, but she was concerned that her husband would "not leave her alone if she simply divorced him," court documents said.
Islamic State 'abducts 90 Christians in Syria'
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 90 men, women and chil
Some Assyrians managed to escape and made their way east to the largely Kurdish-controlled city of Hassakeh.
US Marine who vanished in Iraq gets 2 years in prison
The judge at Camp Lejeune, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, ruled that Cpl. Wassef Hassoun was guilty of deserting when he disappeared in 2004 and 2005. Hassoun was also convicted of causing the loss of his service pistol.
His sentence amounts to two years and five days, but he'll get credit for approximately eight months he spent in pretrial confinement. Hassoun also will have his rank reduced, lose his pay and receive a dishonorable discharge as part of the sentence.
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Giuliani, a lesson in Poor Character
A 20 Year Plan
Indigency status mandates "no jail"
for misdemeanor offenses
Movies, reflect the existing disposition of this nation even if its "Racist"
The Pain View of Ones Mirror Yields Silence in the reflection of Guilt
More than 20 Years of Muslim Radical Destruction
Every Muslim/Arab Entity, 5 years ago, absolutely demanded that any western nation, remain out of any Muslim Nation's affairs.
3 Months after the Arab League demanded that no western nation intervene in the initial Arab Spring issues in Syria, it was the Arab League that requested UN Sanctions
be imposed on Syria after Assad gave them the "middle finger".
3 plus years later, Qatar is finally saying something!!!!
Interesting how the perspectives change when it happens
Another Outrageous Shooting by Police Officers
3 Police Officers fire 17 Bullets into Antonio Zambrano-Montes who was accused of throwing a rock at the officers...,
can you say "equal force"....
Another SOP process by the local police department and you, by now, knows the entire process and how it will eventually play out.
The only way to change this groundhog day style of justice system is to change the Mayor, Police Chief, District Attorney,
and then every police officer who is accused of any type of abuse.
The Vikings can just "Kiss It", Peterson won't be back
Then the NFL piled on with arbitrary punishment by Roger Goodell, the half wit NFL Commissioner who gets $35 plus Million per year.
I hope that Adrian Peterson can land on a team that can capitalize on his truly rare talent and go on to have a good next half of his career.
Can you say "Car Engine".... "PRINT"....
it is such a huge mystery to get a new transmission or a new engine for your my car and I can imagine the day when I can actually order a
"Printed Engine", have it installed, all for less than $1k.
If this were the case, I wouldn't ever change the car that I have today, meaning, no more Car Payments.....
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