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Another Trump Court Pick Is Rated 'Not Qualified'

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:54

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s pick for an Alabama district court seat, Brett Talley, is “not qualified” to be a federal judge, says the American Bar Association.

Mother-of-five who encouraged terrorism on Facebook is spared jail so she can 'get back to her children' 

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:34

A mother-of-five who encouraged terror attacks on Facebook has been spared jail after a judge told her, "the sooner you get back to your children the better". Farhana Ahmed, 40, from north-west London, had been in custody since being charged over the 2015 social media posts while her home-schooled children, aged between six and 16, were cared for by relatives. Judge Christopher Moss QC sentenced her to a suspended term of two years after she pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism and three counts of disseminating documents. The judge was "moved" by a letter from her eldest son and told Ahmed: "In your exceptional case, the sooner you are returned to your children, the better for all concerned."  The court had heard how Ahmed had been a "prolific" contributor to a Facebook group, which described itself as a "pro-IS group, the purpose of it is to connect mawhideen brothers from different parts of the world and to help each other". She posted messages in favour of Isil Credit: Ed Willcox/Central She praised the Paris terror attacks and her posts included a speech by an IS spokesman and a link to an "extensive online library" of terrorist publications, the court heard. Ahmed used a fake name to encourage terrorism on the social media site between September and November 2015. Prosecutor Ben Lloyd said: "It is clear from the defendant's decision to join this group, and then by virtue of the material that she posted, that she shared the group's ideology and aims." Ahmed's posts had attracted a large number of followers. The British national travelled to Turkey with her husband Muhammed Burmal Karwani and their five children in November 2013. She and the children returned to Britain while her husband stayed behind and, when she tried to go to Turkey in August 2015, she was turned away by authorities, the Old Bailey heard. Mr Lloyd said: "It may be that following this, the defendant decided to begin her campaign on Facebook encouraging terrorism." The court heard Ahmed's behaviour was borne from a difficult period of her life, and she had now rejected extremism. The court heard she had been effectively a lone parent living in temporary accommodation and had "suffered at the hands of strangers". In mitigation, Hossain Zahir said his client was a "good mother" and was full of remorse. Judge Moss said her period in custody had already had an "extremely adverse effect on the children". He told Ahmed: "You have devoted your life, apart from this abhorrent behaviour, to the care of your children. "There is no realistic danger of you returning to the mindset evidence of your conduct of two years ago. "You want nothing more than to return to your family and your family want nothing more that to return to them. They have suffered greatly by your period in custody. Your case is in an entirely exceptional category." As she left the dock, Ahmed, who wore a headscarf, acknowledged the judge and quietly said "thank you". The prosecution offered no evidence on two terrorism-funding charges which related to thousands of pounds sent to Ahmed's husband, who has since been acquitted of terrorism offences in Turkey and returned to the UK. 

Seven Penn State Students Punished Over Fraternity Hazing Death

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:24

The punishments included expulsion

JetBlue wants to fly you on the volunteer experience of your dreams -- Here's how to enter

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:59

In the unfortunate yet current state of affairs, 2017 seems to be a year that presents a new and separate tragedy every month, be it an act of widespread violence, a natural disaster or political upheaval and hateful altercations between non-agreeing parties.

Richard Spencer Tries To Explain To A Black Journalist Why Slavery Was Good, Fails Miserably

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:39

White supremacist Richard Spencer came off looking like a supreme idiot during an interview with a black British journalist.

Starbucks Is Bringing An Italian Bakery Chain To The U.S., And It Looks Magical

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:58

Starbucks is launching an Italian café chain in the U.S., marking the first time in the brand’s history it will feature food baked onsite.

Friend says Rand Paul does not know what prompted attack

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:53

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul does not know why a longtime neighbor tackled him in his yard and broke five of his ribs, sidelining him from the Senate, a close friend of the lawmaker said Tuesday.

Leading bump stock maker briefly makes product available again

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:36

The company had paused sales in early October when their product came under scrutiny, but on Tuesday they were available online briefly. Bump-stock devices like the ones used by the gunman in last month’s Las Vegas massacre briefly went back on sale from the US’s leading manufacturer after a five-week hiatus in the shooting’s aftermath on Tuesday. The devices, accessories that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates, went back on sale at 11am ET on Tuesday on the Slide Fire website, but by 2.30pm sales had again been halted to “replenish inventory”.

Texas Church Shooter Escaped From Behavioral Health Facility In 2012

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:05

The Texas church shooter who killed dozens of people on Sunday once escaped from a behavioral health facility and made death threats to military officials, adding to a growing list of questions about why he was able to purchase a gun.

Scantily Clad Thief Admits to Stealing From Uber Driver's Tip Jar: 'It Made Me Relevant'

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:26

The driver didn't report the incident to cops, according to the NYPD, but the video was posted online.

Lebanon's Hariri visits UAE as home crisis escalates

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:59

By Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's outgoing prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, made a brief visit to the United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday despite a deepening crisis back home and a rise in regional tensions triggered by his surprise resignation. Hariri announced his resignation on Saturday during a visit to his ally Saudi Arabia and has not yet returned to Lebanon.

Bodies Of 26 Female Teenage Migrants Found In The Mediterranean

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:27

The latest search and rescue operation in the stretch of sea separating Libya and Italy highlights some of the brutal treatment that female refugees and migrants are subjected to.

Mortal tomcats! Photographer snaps flying felines in kung fu poses

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:18

Hisakata Hiroyuki, a talented photographer from Japan, has managed to snap a group of mortal tomcats in a variety of high-flying kung fu poses. Using his own rapid-fire reactions, he photographs the lovable cats flying through the air, their legs and paws outstretched, like something out of an action movie. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.

'He Was Terrified.' Man Charged With Walmart Killings Had 'Demons' in His Head, Sister Says

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:09

The stepsister of a man charged with the fatal Colorado Walmart shooting said he has been tormented by voices in his head since taking LSD

Zimbabwe's Mugabe widens purge, clearing wife's succession path

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:17

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's sacking of his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa was part of a wider purge, state media said on Tuesday, in a clear out analysts say is meant to neutralize any resistance to the political rise of his wife, Grace. Mugabe sacked his long-time ally Mnangagwa on Monday for showing "traits of disloyalty", abruptly removing a favorite to succeed the 93-year-old leader and boosting the likelihood of Grace Mugabe becoming his next deputy and potential successor. State television ZBC said the purge went beyond removing Mnangagwa, 75, as half of the ruling ZANU-PF's national provincial executives separately met and passed resolutions expelling supporters of the former vice president on Monday.

Inmate asks Arkansas high court to halt upcoming execution

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:09

An Arkansas inmate scheduled to receive a lethal injection this week asked the state's highest court Monday to halt his execution amid his attorneys' claims that he doesn't understand why he is to be put to death.

Iran says Saudi claims on Yemen 'contrary to reality'

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:25

Iran on Tuesday dismissed accusations by Saudi Arabia's crown prince that it had launched a "direct military aggression" after a missile fired by Tehran-backed Yemeni rebels was intercepted near Riyadh. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking by phone with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, said "the allegations by Saudi officials were contrary to reality and dangerous", a foreign ministry spokesman said. Zarif also slammed "provocative actions by the Saudi government in the region", spokesman Bahram Ghassemi added.

Michigan Police Troll ‘Stranger Things’ Fans With Jail Warning Tweet

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 07:12

“Stranger Things” fans in Michigan have an added incentive not to get themselves arrested this week.