Despite Criticism, Arkansas Passes Religious Freedom Bill
Despite criticism and protests, Arkansas legislators passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to the one passed by Indiana.
Asa Hutchinson had previously vowed to sign the bill into law, but all the controversy in Indiana may affect his decision.
Citing unnamed state Capitol sources, the paper reports that "particularly with the increasing volume of media coverage and corporate backlash around the similar law in Indiana, the governor has real concerns about the law's impact on economic development, sources say."
Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default
WASHINGTON — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume.
The "debt strike" sentiment is catching on.
Calling themselves the "Corinthian 100" — named for the troubled Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operated Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech before agreeing last summer to sell or close its 100-plus campuses — about 100 current and former students are refusing to pay back their loans, according to the Debt Collective group behind the strik
Tasteless tweets by newly named 'Daily Show' host draw fire
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Trevor Noah was declared the new host of "The Daily Show," complete with the blessing of the exiting Jon Stewart, graphic tweets targeting women, Jews and Middle America are causing a social media backlash.
By Tuesday, Trevor Noah was a trending topic on Twitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful — and unfunny.
Roseanne Barr was among those calling out the 31-year-old South African comic, who has an international following and two million Twitter followers.
Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.
The Arkansas proposal now goes to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has said he will sign it. Pence defended the Indiana law as a vehicle to protect religious liberty but said he has been meeting with lawmakers "around the clock" to address concerns that it would allow businesses to deny services to gay customers.
Nigeria's Buhari wins historic election landslide
ABUJA (Reuters) - Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies.
As the scale of this weekend's electoral landslide became clear, President Goodluck Jonathan called Buhari on Tuesday to concede defeat to the opposition leader, Buhari's camp said, an unprecedented step that should help to defuse anger among Jonathan's supporters
The photographer who broke the internet's heart
Those sharing it were moved by the fear in the child's eyes, as she seems to staring into the barrel of a gun.
It wasn't a gun, of course, but a camera, and the moment was captured for all to see. But who took the picture and what is the story behind it?
BBC Trending have tracked down the original photographer - Osman Sağırlı - and asked him how the image came to be.
Jay Z promotes 'artist-owned' music streaming brand
At an event in New York on Monday, Madonna, Beyonce, Kanye West, and 13 other performers announced they had become co-owners of Tidal. The service launched last October,
but was recently bought by rapper Jay Z. It is hoping to compete with the likes of Spotify, Deezer and Google Play.
However Tidal offers 25 million music tracks, fewer than the 30 million offered by many rival services.
As well as a standard subscription for $9.99 a month, Tidal offers a "high fidelity" option for $19.99, which claims to deliver better sound quality.
9 Ind. CEOs call for changes to 'religious freedom' law
INDIANAPOLIS — A who's who of central Indiana corporate leaders called on Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders to reform the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act so it can't be used to "justify discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity."
The one-page letter was released Monday afternoon after being hand-delivered to Pence, the state's House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President David Long, all Republicans.
The nine CEO signatories head some of the state's largest employers, including Eli Lilly, Anthem and Indiana University Health. They are part of a coalition of businesses that has lobbied against the controversial RFRA legislation, marking one of the most active and heated political lobbying campaigns that Indiana businesses have ever undertaken on a social issue.
Stanford University investigating 'troubling' cheating allegations
A Stanford University provost is urging faculty members to talk to students about academic dishonesty after a "troubling number" of cheating allegations surfaced in one class, prompting the school to open an investigation.
"Among a smattering of concerns from a number of winter courses, one faculty member reported allegations that may involve as many as 20 percent of the students in one large introductory course," Stanford Provost John Etchemendy said in a letter sent to faculty members last week.
Ferguson mayor: It's not fair Justice Department report focused on race
Police union leaders and city .officials in Ferguson, Missouri, have continued to kick back against a damning report from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) that revealed routine violation of black residents’ constitutional rights, as the city prepares to negotiate a settlement with the federal government.
Last Friday, Ferguson mayor James Knowles III told the Huffington Post that while the report had “merits”, he believed it also placed too much of an emphasis on race relations in the city.
“Regardless of the merits of a lot of the things that happened in the report, I think it’s unfortunate that the Department of Justice always tried to narrow it down to race,” Knowles said.
Marathon bombing jurors see carnage photos, prosecutors rest
BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.
But Tsarnaev's lawyers began their defense by quickly trying to show that his older brother was the mastermind of the plan to detonate pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the famous race.
One of the first witnesses called by the defense was a data analyst who said Tsarnaev's cellphone was being used in southeastern Massachusetts — where he was attending college — while pressure cookers were being purchased north of Boston more than two months before the bombing
Aaron Hernandez trial: Fiancée drops bombshell that could have sprung former NFL star
His fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, had offered up a series of implausible stories about why on Hernandez's command she disposed of a box fromtheir home (which the prosecution alleges contained the murder weapon) the day after Lloyd's body was found.
Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin. Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?
"I did," she testified. And what did it smell like?
"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."
It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.
He had been acquitted in 2012 of taking envelopes stuffed with money from a US-based supporter.
However, a retrial was ordered after the emergence of recordings in which he referred to receiving the money.
States Are Divided by the Lines They Draw on Immigration
“That is one of the big advantages of this state,” said Ms. Rosas, 31, whose 4-year-old daughter, an American citizen, has severe allergies.
“If I have to rush her to the hospital,” Ms. Rosas said, “having a license, I don’t have to worry that I will be stopped by police and reported.”
Life is very different for Camila Trujillo, a Colombian immigrant living in Katy, Tex.
Since Texas requires a Social Security number for a license, Ms. Trujillo, 21, drives to college and work without one.
Defense tests accusers' credibility as Philly drug cops face trial
The indictment says the six officers on trial deployed the same violent methods as those they locked up — beating people, breaking into their homes and even dangling one dealer over a high-rise
balcony to get information — while seizing more than $500,000 in cash and many kilos of cocaine for themselves between 2006 and 2012.
Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya.
"We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any external interference," Putin said in the letter.
Air Canada plane touched down short of runway, lost landing gear
(CNN)An Air Canada jet touched down short of the runway at an airport in Halifax early Sunday, hitting an antenna, severing a power line and losing its landing gear before skidding to a stop. The aircraft, an Airbus A320, touched down about 1,100 feet short of the runway, said Mike Cunningham, a regional manager of air investigations at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. From there, it hit an antenna array that's part of the airport's landing system and severed a power line.
That caused "significant damage" to the plane and cut off power to Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia, he said.
The plane skidded for another 1,100 feet on its belly before coming to a stop. Investigators haven't determined yet what caused the accident,
Cunningham said. The plane's so-called black boxes are on their way to engineers for analysis,
he said, and dozens more investigators are set to arrive at the crash site Monday.
Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men's Final Four
We've got a Final Four. Michigan State and Duke will join Kentucky and Wisconsin in Indianapolis next Saturday night. In Syracuse, N.Y., Michigan State and Louisville traded leads all game. As the clock wound down, the Spartans led by one point, 65-64. But they missed their chance to extend the lead when freshman Marvin Clark Jr. missed two free throws with 22 seconds to go. But just seconds later, they fouled Louisville forward Mangok Mathiang, who made one free throw to tie the game, but couldn't hit the second. Overtime wasn't as close.
Arab League agrees to create joint military force
The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, analysts say. A 10-nation, Saudi-led coalition is currently carrying out air strikes against rebels in Yemen.
The strikes are in support of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who fled after gains by the Shia Houthi rebels.
Iran nuclear talks: World powers seek deal in Lausanne
The US secretary of state and German and French foreign ministers have all cancelled their travel plans in a final push for an agreement.
Arab Spring aftermath: Revolutions give way to violence, more unrest
(CNN)It wasn't supposed to turn out like this.
It was supposed to usher in an end of violence and heavy-handed government tactics, just like it ushered out entrenched leaders.
In short, it was supposed to mean a brighter future.
Not more instability, not more violence, not fewer freedoms.
But that's what happened, even if the level of unrest hasn't been even or universal.
Some countries, such as Jordan, instituted reforms without really roiling their societies.
Others, such as Iraq, never saw a popular uprising, but have seen burgeoning violence.
And now, Yemen is on the brink of civil war as it battles a rebel group that has overthrown the government and seized parts of key cities.
Here's a look at some countries that were part of the Arab Spring, and what's happened since.
How it began:
Yemen has been turbulent for years, with widespread poverty and swaths of the Arab nation out of the central government's control or, worse yet, in the hands of terrorist groups such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Still, for 33 years, it had stability at the top, in the form of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Taraji Henson apologizes to police officers after racial profiling claims
The Glendale Police Department released dash cam video of the encounter Friday, which contradicted her son's claims.
Police released the footage after Henson commented
about the alleged profiling in an Uptown Magazine interview published last month.
In her interview, the star of the hit television show "Empire" said her son, Marcell Johnson, 20, was racially profiled in Glendale and at the University of Southern California, where she accused campus police of stopping him for "having his hands in his pockets."
Is a male nurse worth $5,148 more than a female nurse?
Only about half of that difference can be explained by factors like education, work experience and clinical specialty.
That leaves a $5,148 annual salary gap that effectively discriminates against women,
who make up the vast majority of the nursing workforce, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Question about Michael Brown leads to beating on St. Louis light rail train
It was the start of an assault, police said.
The second man, who was white, didn't want to answer the question.
Then the first man, who was black, boxed him in the face.
Two more African-American men joined in the beating, according to a police report about Monday's incident.
It was caught on surveillance cameras on the MetroLink train and a passenger recorded it with a cell phone and posted the video online.
It has gone viral.
Police confirmed to CNN that the online images came from the attack.
The victim, 43, was commuting home when a young man in a red T-shirt and cap walked up to him. The victim asked not to be named in media reports.
The man asked to use the victim's cell phone. He declined, and the young man sat down beside him.
James Bond star Sir Roger Moore denies racism towards Idris Elba
He gave an interview to French magazine Paris Match.
It says he was asked about Elba succeeding Daniel Craig.
The veteran actor was quoted as saying the next 007 should be "English-English".
Those comments initially drew criticism from some online but he's insisted the quotes were "lost in translation".
In the magazine, the quote appears under the title "Idris Elba: le prochain Bond?", translated as "Idris Elba: the next Bond."
The quote that appears below, when translated into English, reads: "Several years ago I said Cuba Gooding Jr would make an excellent Bond, but that was a joke.
Wiggly words on immigration policy from 2016 GOP contenders
Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue.
In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as "a real trial for me." Others, too, have shifted on the matter.
In 2013, Walker said it "makes sense" to offer a way to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. Early this month, however, he said he no longer supports "amnesty."
Syria crisis: Idlib 'captured by Islamist groups'
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Ahrar al-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and Nusra Front groups had taken the city on Saturday. Idlib is only the second provincial centre to fall into rebel hands, after Raqqa was seized by Islamic State (IS).
Charles Barkley: Final Four should be moved from Indiana because of new law
Barkley believes the state should not be allowed to host big sporting events such as the Final Four next week in Indianapolis.
Barkley is serving as an analyst FOR the NCAA tournament again this year for CBS/Turner. He issued a statement about the law to Sports Illustrated on Friday.
Information collected by investigators suggests the co-pilot who was in control of the Germanwings airplane when it crashed, killing all 150 people on board, was acting deliberately, the prosecutor said Thursday.
Bronx Science Teacher in Child Pornography Case Told Students ‘You’re a Big Deal’
A trophy case framed in brass, set inside a wall near the entrance to the Bronx High School of Science, testified to the triumph of the school’s debate team. So did classroom 203, the de facto debate headquarters, where the sunlight danced off a collection of plaques and trophies.
The dynamic force behind that success was a teacher and coach named Jon Cruz, who transformed the debate team from a relatively modest club to a juggernaut that had nearly 300 members.
Somalia hotel attack: Diplomat, others killed
Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)Gunmen detonated bombs and sprayed people with bullets as they raided a hotel in Somalia's capital late Friday afternoon, killing a Somali diplomat and at least five other people in an attack claimed by Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab, officials said.
Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari,
Somalia's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, was among those killed in the attack at the the Makka Al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu,
the Somali government said.
The attack began around 5 p.m. when a car bomb exploded at the hotel's entrance, according to witness Aden Hussein
, who said he was meters away from
the hotel when the blast happened.
Gunmen then went inside the hotel, shooting people, Hussein said. One of the attackers, wearing a belt with explosives, blew himself up inside the hotel, police Capt.
Ahmed Abdi said A few hours after the assault began, state-run media reported that security forces stormed the building and killed the remaining assailants. The attackers killed at least six people, Abdi said.
The hotel, which is along a highway leading to the country's presidential palace, is popular with lawmakers, journalists and business people.
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Arab Spring demanded a government in non governmental nations
Defy, then justify, and finally
How & What they are doing
The Power of Young Black Athletes can
Sometimes, the word "IDIOT"
is the appropriate word to describe someone
Cowardly Attack of a old man by this cop
in what could only be considered the most
cowardly attack on a human being that one could ever imagine by a man in a
Obviously, local police department didn't charge
him, so, it has to be the
which leads me to ask
"What does it take to cause a police department to charge one of their own"?
We see it everyday,
cowards attack others who they have advantage over, and in this case, a cowardly skinny black punk attacks an innocent white man in an environment that was totally unfair to the white man.
For more than 150 years, blacks have been bullied around by whites in the same type of circumstances, in which white men always had the advantage in the circumstance in which the white man attacks the black man.
I say the above to say that
don't have a skin color, nor do they have a ethnic predisposition, or nor do they all come from a specific religious ideology.
A Coward is a person that only fights when they can win based on having the elements of surprise... or having the larger numbers or the biggest weapons.
This act by this black man is a cowardly act
and should be considered a
Find this guy and charge him with fullest extent of the law.
Apology... to little, to late, and unacceptable
is an acceptable act when the act of apologizing is carried out as soon as it is known that ones acts and/or actions has caused another human being
psychological, emotional or physical harm.
When one's act or actions, known to have harmed another human being, renders no act of an apology for days, or months, a subsequent apology can be still acceptable and consciously considered timely.
a year, or years after a known act or action gone un apologized for is no longer an act or action that can be construed as an act of a mistake,
an act of non truly malicious intent,
an act of possible human error.
An Act or Action that caused a human being pain for years is outside of the realm of acceptable apology.
An Act or Action gone un apologized for for years was a
act of malicious intent and should be treated as such.
Mal Behaved Friends stopped only by stern friends
Israeli's continued development of land in the disputed area ensured that no agreement were possible.
Many have claimed that Israel has created the perfect method to not agree while appearing to insist on negotiations...
and during these decades, "Every American President" has pinched their nose while they supported Israel's continued contradictory behavior.
This President has chosen to hold Israel's Netanyahu at his word and mirrored his response based Netanyahu's flawed behavior by challenging this President on American Soil.
an American President's mere words have caused Israel to change it's behavior, which proves that
it takes the closes friends to stop flawed behavior because so long as the friend condones flawed behavior in a friend,
flawed behavior will continue.
In this instance, American Presidents have condoned flawed behavior for 47 years.
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