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Why Nazis And White Supremacists Are Putting The Fear In Middle Tennessee This Weekend

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 10:06

― In post-Charlottesville America, any large gathering of racists and fascists becomes both spectacle and specter.

After getting locked in a convenience store cooler a man decides to stay and drink beer

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 09:48

There are worse places to get trapped than a walk-in cooler filled to the brim with bottles of beer, but very few people would stay there voluntarily.  A very lucky unlucky 38-year-old man in Wisconsin decided to take advantage of the binge drinking possibilities, according to police. The man’s name was not released but police said he made a stop at Kwik Trip convenience store Tuesday to buy some beer but got stuck in the cooler when it was locked at 11:50 p.m.   SEE ALSO: HOPii is an all-in-one personal brewery that fits on your countertop Temperatures can reach 32 degrees, but still the man weathered on for a cold brew. Image: Via giphyWhen the workers reopened the walk-in cooler the next day, the man left the store without paying for an 18 ounce bottle of beer and three cans of malt liquor. He also knocked over a stack of 30-packs breaking open three cases.  Police gave the man a misdemeanor citation for retail theft. I guess you could call this a missed hopportunity. h/t: USA Today WATCH: Grab your piece of video gaming nostalgia with one of these awesome console reboots

Ranking The Best TV Shows You Can Stream Online Right Now

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 08:47

You’ve got free time to kill, and you want to spend these rare moments with a TV show, but you’ve got a ton of options on a handful of streaming platforms.

Why North Korea and America Could Be on the Road to War

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 07:41

The United States and South Korea are continuing to urge North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, but it is unclear how Washington intends to achieve that goal. Pyongyang has little incentive to give up its nuclear arsenal and Washington has offered little in the way of carrots that would encourage the Kim regime to do so. “Behind me to the north, an oppressive regime that shackles its people, denying their freedom, their welfare and their human dignity in pursuit of nuclear weapons in the means of delivery, in order to threaten other with catastrophe,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said, speaking at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on Oct. 27.

They Were Homeless In California. Then The Fires Came.

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 07:00

It’s 2:00 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon and Fernando Gomez doesn’t know where he and his one-year-old daughter will sleep tonight.

New York police officers 'charged with raping handcuffed teenager in their van'

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 06:47

Two New York police officers have been charged with allegedly raping a handcuffed teenage girl in their van. Officers Eddie Martins and Richard Halls are accused of having sex with the 18-year-old after arresting her in south Brooklyn. Both men have been indicted on first-degree rape charges after a week-long hearing which culminated with a grand jury vote on Friday, The New York Post reported.

‘One Way We Push Back Against Evil Is Through the Leaders We Elect’

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 06:00

Last Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted out an endorsement of a “great book” by “a wonderful man”: A Place Called Heaven, a new work on the afterlife by Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist church in Dallas. Jeffress is a member of Trump’s informal council of evangelical advisors and has backed many of the president’s controversial decisions, including war of words with North Korea. “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,” Jeffress said in August.

The Lack Of Women Leaders Is A National Emergency

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 05:45

There have been so many horrifying stories about male predatory behavior since the Harvey Weinstein story broke earlier this month, but one quote has truly stood out.

Oxford Muslim convert 'Jihadi Jack' charged with being member of Isil

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 04:53

A man from Oxford who converted to Islam and travelled to Syria has been charged with being a member of islamic State.  Jack Letts, 21, dubbed "Jihadi Jack", was arrested by Kurdish forces in northern Syria after fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) stronghold of Raqqa.  A statement from the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS) - a self-declared autonomous region - said Mr Letts had been taken to a prison in Qamishli, Rojava, northern Syria. Letts travelled to Syria in 2014 - having earlier converted to Islam while at school in Cherwell - and is understood to have been captured in May 2017. He was pictured with long hair and beard in Isil territory in Syria holding his index finger up to the sky, an Islamic gesture used by Isil as a symbol of their cause.  John Letts and his wife Sally Lane arrive at Westminster Magistrates Court in June 2016 Credit: SWNS He married in Iraq and now has a child. In a conversation with the BBC in June from his prison cell, he said he hired a smuggler to help him escape the caliphate by motorbike before walking through a minefield into Kurdish territory. Letts says he doesn't want anything to do with Isil.  "I hate them more than the Americans hate them," said. 'I realised they were not upon the truth so they put me in prison three times and threatened to kill me." His parents have denied he went to Syria to fight with Isil, and started a petition to protest his innocence.  Foreign Office minister Rory Stewart asserted last week that the only way to deal with British Isis fighters in Syria would be “in almost every case, to kill them”. Mr Letts’ parents, Sally Lane and John Letts, criticised Mr Stewart for “arbitrarily [calling] for extrajudicial killings on uncharged British citizens”, adding that the minister appeared to be “supported by Downing Street”.  The couple are awaiting trial following claims that they funded terrorism by sending money to their son - charges which they deny.

EU warns 'more cracks' in bloc as Spain dissolves Catalonia's parliament after it declares independence

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 03:23

The EU's most senior official warned that "more cracks" were emerging in the bloc on Friday after the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain, plunging the country into political and economic turmoil. Madrid swiftly responded to the vote by dissolving the Catalan parliament and dismissing Carles Puigdemont as president of Catalonia and his entire government.  Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, announced that regional elections would be held in December and said the unprecedented act of imposing direct rule on the regional was needed to "recover normality". The national police may be deployed to bring Catalonia under Madrid's control. The shock decision to declare independence poses potentially the greatest threat to the EU's unity since Brexit, and is likely to fuel support for separatist movements in Ireland, Scotland and the Basque Country. Rajoy dissolves Catalan parliament and calls snap election 00:44 "[The EU] doesn't need any more cracks, more splits ... we shouldn't insert ourselves into what is an internal debate for Spain, but I wouldn't want the European Union to consist of 95 member states in the future," warned Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, on Friday evening. The crisis marks the first time that a region within an EU member state has broken away from the bloc, though movements demanding more independence exist in several countries. People celebrate after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, 2017 Credit:  PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU Catalans cheered, hugged and drank Cava Thousands of pro-independence activists clapped and cheered in the streets of Barcelona as the votes were counted, before breaking into a spontaneous rendition of Catalonia's regional anthem. Many drank from bottles of Cava, a sparkling wine produced in Catalonia, as they waved the region's red-and-yellow flag and hugged each other. But in Madrid, the senate reacted by granting sweeping powers to Mr Rajoy which will allow him to impose direct rule over the rogue region. “I have dissolved the parliament of Catalonia and on December 21 there will be elections in that region,” he said. “I have decided to call those free, fair and legal elections to restore democracy. We never wanted to reach this situation.” Protesters shouts slogans during a rally outside the Catalan Parliament, in Barcelona He earlier said: "Spain is a serious country, a great nation, and we are not going to watch while a few individuals try to liquidate our constitution." The beleaguered prime minister held a crisis cabinet meeting on Friday evening, as the United States, France and Germany reiterated their support for a united Spain. Pido tranquilidad a todos los españoles. El Estado de Derecho restaurará la legalidad en Cataluña. MR— Mariano Rajoy Brey (@marianorajoy) October 27, 2017 Theresa May also rejected the independence vote and said it was crucial that unity in Spain was upheld. “The UK does not and will not recognise the Unilateral Declaration of Independence made by the Catalan regional parliament. It is based on a vote that was declared illegal by the Spanish courts," she said. "We continue to want to see the rule of law upheld, the Spanish Constitution respected, and Spanish unity preserved." Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said Madrid "remains our only interlocutor" following the independence vote. "I hope the Spanish government favours force of argument, not argument of force," he said. Catalan leader faces arrest A senior Spanish official said the justice ministry was now pursuing rebellion charges against those responsible for the vote, including Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. Under Spanish law, rebellion can be punished with up to 30 years in prison, with shorter penalties if the act of rebellion doesn't lead to violence. The Catalan resolution, which Madrid has dismissed as illegal, was passed by 70 votes to 10 and caused shares in Spanish companies, particularly Catalan banks, to drop sharply. CaixaBank, Spain's third largest lender, fell by around five per cent while Sabadell, the country's fifth largest lender, fell roughly six per cent. All public services to be controlled by Spain Mr Rajoy's powers were granted to him under Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, which is designed to prevent the country's 17 regions from breaking away. It is understood that a new leadership structure will now be imposed on the region’s Mossos d’Esqudra police force, whose current chief, Major Josep Lluís Trapero, is already facing a judicial investigation for alleged sedition. Madrid may also assume power over the region’s finances, including taxes and all public spending approved by Catalan officials. All Catalan public services will be subject to direct control from Madrid, potentially including the public broadcaster TV3, which has been accused of bias towards the pro-independence government. Madrid moves to suspend Catalan government 01:04 Speaking after the vote, Fernando Martínez-Maíllo, chief spokesman for Mr Rajoy's Popular Party, said the Spanish government would "proceed in a matter of hours to restore legality in Catalonia with the application of Article 155." Calls for mass civil disobedience But the main secessionist group in Catalonia, the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), called on civil servants to refuse orders from the Spanish government in an act of "peaceful resistance". Roughly the size of Belgium, the wealthy Catalan region accounts for about 16 per cent of Spain's population and a fifth of its economic output. Resentment towards interference from Madrid has been fermenting for years, and earlier this month sparked an independence vote deemed illegal by the central government and the courts. While fiercely protective of their language, culture and autonomy - restored at the end of the 1939-1975 dictatorship of Francisco Franco - Catalans are deeply divided on independence. Catalan authorities said 90 per cent voted "Yes" in the unregulated October plebiscite but turnout was only 43 percent as many who oppose a split boycotted the referendum. People react as they watch on giant screens a plenary session outside the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona That vote was marred by violence, with more than 850 people injured by Spanish police who deployed to stop Catalans from voting. The EU was fiercely criticised for its slowness in condemning the violence, despite its track record of taking a hard line against crackdowns on democracy in the Middle East and Asia. Spanish flag taken down in Girona Local reporter Maria Garcia posted the following video on Twitter, which shows that the Spanish flag has been removed from Girona's town hall. Després de treure la bandera espanyola de l'ajuntament, ara han tret la de la seu de la Generalitat a Girona— Maria Garcia (@MariutGarcia) October 27, 2017 How much support is there for independence in Catalonia? Carmen Calvo, a former minister and the party’s chief negotiator with the Rajoy government on the terms of Article 155, said “Puigdemont can still call elections within the law”. Mr Puigdemont was expected to call snap elections on Thursday, but finally decided that he lacked “guarantees” that would allow a ballot to be held without repression from Spain’s authorities. How Catalonia is so important to Spain The ruling Popular Party does not need the votes of socialist senators to trigger the application of Article 155, but Mr Rajoy has been at pains to seek broad support. PSOE negotiated the terms of the social powers being invoked, but then said that snap elections should mean a stay on direct rule being imposed. The centrist Ciudadanos, which leads opposition to Catalan nationalism in the region’s parliament, has pledged its support to the government. The signing and celebrating outside Parliament of #Catalan independence seekers realise independence declaration is going ahead ...— Gavin Lee (@GavinLeeBBC) October 27, 2017 The Left-wing Podemos, the only national party to support a legal referendum in Catalonia, opposes both the imposition of Article 155 and any unilateral declaration of independence. Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias said on Thursday that “elections in Catalonia will not resolve the problem, but they will make it more difficult to apply [Article] 155 and provide more time to seek dialogue”.

Cooking with fire and a dip in the outdoors at the new Thames Lido

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 01:00

‘When the air is heavy, the scent of fresh bread reaches the pool, and swimmers can smell the scallops, too.’ Chef Freddy Bird is describing the scallops he roasts with sweet herbs and garlic butter in his wood-fired oven, and the sourdough loaves baked on site every day for his restaurant at Bristol Lido. While plates of charred black figs with burrata drenched in date molasses, spiced flatbreads and whole roast hake are served to lunchtime tables dappled in autumn sunlight, swimmers in bright caps make gentle laps around the pool outside. Later, a group of them come in for afternoon tea, wearing warm towelling robes and slippers. ‘This is a place to relax in,’ says Bird. ‘People quickly fall into the Lido way of life. It’s infectious.’ The place in question – Clifton’s renovated Victorian baths, where one can swim, sauna, eat tapas and sip a glass of fino sherry, not necessarily in that order – was saved from demolition by developer Arne Ringner in 2006, but not before a wrecking ball had gone through one of its walls. I sit by the pool when the cover is taken off at 6.45am and have a coffee. It’s blissChef Freddy Bird In 1850, a swim and the use of two towels cost one shilling; in the 1930s people gathered there to exercise and exchange gossip. By the time Ringner began the £2.3 million renovation project, it had been abandoned for almost 20 years, with locals campaigning against the land being turned into flats. A post shared by Lido Spa & Restaurant (@lidobristol) on Sep 6, 2017 at 4:39am PDT Now, with Bird in charge of the kitchen and general manager Mark Thwaites overseeing the spa, the Grade II*-listed building has been back in operation for nearly a decade. And this week the team celebrate the opening of their new project, Thames Lido in Reading, where the 24-degree water shimmers above the same cobalt-blue Italian tiles as Bristol’s and the kitchen has at its heart another element – fire. Thames Lido has a raised, heated pool that enables diners and swimmers to be on the same level Credit: Andy Sewell At the restored King’s Meadow baths, Bird coaxes perfectly roasted grouse from the ferociously hot, domed wood ovens, and chars sweetcorn on a bespoke grill whose shelves can be moved around to allow cooking over or directly on hot coals. He has been a private chef, catered for films on location, and worked at Bristol’s Bordeaux Quay and at The Square in London. But it was at Moro, the restaurant run by Sam and Sam Clark, that Bird developed his passion for fire and a cuisine that draws on the dishes of Spain, north Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. Chef Freddy Bird in the kitchen of the new Thames Lido Credit: Andy Sewell ‘We were encouraged to eat and try everything,’ he explains. ‘You become more intuitive when cooking over flames and you learn not to hide the distinct flavour it brings.’ Bird’s menus at both lidos major on earthy Moroccan spices, fresh herbs and fire-licked vegetables, not to mention the meat he learnt to cook growing up in Bristol. ‘Dad had a big vegetable garden, and kept ducks and chickens. Our snacks in front of the telly were chicken livers and fried parsnips held in newspaper.’ Having helped to deliver his neighbour’s lamb aged nine, Bird received his reward in the form of lamb chops. ‘I built a barbecue and cooked them all straight off. I was into it from day one.’ Mushrooms are foraged just hours before being cooked at the Lido Credit: Andy Sewell What Bird is not into, as it happens, is swimming. ‘I love water and like surfing and sailing, but lengths and laps not so much!’ Which is rather fitting since fast-paced lane swimming and tumble turns are not encouraged at the lidos. Both pools are raised above ground level – a design decision made, explains Ringner, to put those dining and having a dip on the same plane. Both have been projects of preservation. Anything worth stealing or damaging had duly been so in the 40 years the Thames Lido had been left unused, but the structure of the 1902 ladies’ swimming baths was intact and Ringner has restored nearly everything, including the decorative but weatherbeaten bargeboards. ‘Like many Victorian buildings, the beauty is all above eye level,’ he says. Throughout the build many observers told him the pool tiles should be turquoise (‘or, in the modern fashion, black’) and assumed the vibrant ice-cream shades of the building’s colour scheme ‘must be an undercoat’, but Ringner has persevered with a building that is beautiful to be inside. Opposite the barrel changing rooms with their curtains in deck-chair stripes, the restaurant’s glass walls can open fully on warm days. ‘I like to sit by the pool when the cover is taken off at 6.45am and have a cup of coffee,’ says Bird. ‘It’s bliss.’ With the water dulling the sounds of the city and a skyline of trees the only sign of the world outside, it’s a unique experience only enhanced by the smell of just-baked bread. Thames Lido, Napier Road, Reading, RG1 8FR (0118 207 0640) Charcoal-grilled black figs, burrata, date molasses and za’atar flatbread Credit: Andy Sewell You can buy very good za’atar from Middle Eastern shops, but the difference in picking your own thyme from the garden is well worth the effort. Make as much as you like – any leftovers are great for dipping with bread and oil or sprinkled over fresh cheese at breakfast. SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS For the flatbread 25g dried yeast 375-400ml lukewarm water 600g strong white bread flour For the za’atar ratio of two-thirds dried thyme (use a dehydrator if you have one or alternatively dry in a very low oven) to one-third sumac warm, toasted sesame seeds (not to exceed a quarter of the total mix) For the figs and burrata good-quality olive oil (we use Arbequina at the restaurant), for drizzling 6-8 black figs, ideally so ripe the skins are almost desperate to burst 2 burrata 2 generous dstspn date molasses 1 tbsp chopped pistachios a pinch of pul biber (Turkish pepper flakes) METHOD Get a barbecue ready with white-hot coals – you can use a griddle pan at a stretch, but you won’t get the charcoal flavour. To prepare the flatbread, sprinkle the yeast over the water and leave to bloom for 5 minutes. Then combine with the flour and salt in a food mixer on a medium speed for around 5 minutes. Set the dough aside to prove in a warm place for an hour. Combine the dried thyme and sumac for the za’atar. While the sesame seeds are still warm and have released their oil, toss with the thyme and sumac, then season with fine sea salt. Brush the grill bars of the barbecue or hot griddle pan with a little oil and char the whole figs, turning regularly until they collapse. Set aside under foil to keep warm. Divide the flatbread dough into four and roll out to about ½cm thick. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with za’atar and place the flatbread directly on the grill bars over a fierce heat, or in a dry griddle pan. As the bread starts to bubble, turn it over and cook on the other side. It will probably need no more than 45 seconds each side, depending on how hot the coals or griddle are. To serve, rip open the burrata on a platter to reveal their creamy middles and then tear over the figs. Season with fine sea salt. Drizzle with the date molasses, a little more olive oil, chopped pistachios, a touch more za’atar and a pinch of pepper flakes. Serve with the warm flatbread. Ox cheeks slow-cooked in Pedro Ximénez, with mashed potato Credit: Andy Sewell SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 2 ox cheeks, cut in half oil, for cooking 2 carrots, roughly diced 1 stick celery, roughly diced 1 large onion, roughly diced 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 sprig rosemary 1 star anise 300ml Pedro Ximénez 2 litres good-quality fresh chicken stock (ideally made with a bonus pig’s trotter or two) 4 Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and evenly sliced 100-150g butter cream, to loosen finely chopped chives METHOD Lightly season the ox cheeks and brown them all over with a little oil in a casserole dish. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Pour a little more oil into the dish and add the vegetables. Cook over a low-medium heat for about 15 minutes until soft and caramelised, then add the garlic, rosemary and star anise. After a couple more minutes, pour in the Pedro Ximénez. Make sure the ox cheeks and vegetables haven’t ‘caught’ on the bottom while cooking – if they do, transfer everything to a new pan. Cook to reduce the Pedro Ximénez by three-quarters, then add the stock and let this reduce over a medium heat until you are left with about a third of the liquid. Check the seasoning. Pass the mixture through a sieve. Discard the vegetables, rosemary and star anise, and reserve the liquid. Preheat the oven to 150C/gas mark 2. Return the ox cheeks to the casserole dish and cover with the strained sauce. Place a circle of parchment on top and put the lid on. Cook in the oven for 2½-3 hours.The cheeks should be tender and ready to fall apart and the sauce beautifully glossy. If it isn’t, very carefully remove the cheeks, reduce the sauce to a glossy consistency on the hob, then return the cheeks to the pan. For the mash, boil the potatoes until tender, drain and allow to steam dry in the pan. Press them through a potato ricer and stir in seriously unhealthy amounts of butter and cream. Serve the ox cheeks on top of the mash with a giant pool of sauce. Sprinkle with finely chopped chives. Roast hake, wild mushrooms, fino, parsley, garlic and jamón Credit: Andy Sewell I have a fantastic forager who picks wild mushrooms hours before we serve them in the restaurant. If you are wary of picking the wrong type, try to buy when they are in season in the UK. I use a mix of chanterelles, ceps, deceivers and parasols. SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS oil, for cooking approx 800g hake fillets (180-200g per person) 4 very large handfuls mixed wild mushrooms splash extra-virgin olive oil big knob of butter 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 spring onions, sliced 150ml fino sherry, plus a little to finish the dish (drink the rest as you cook) 100ml fresh chicken stock 2 tsp chopped chives 2 tsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 1 small handful jamón (serrano ham or pata negra), finely chopped METHOD Preheat the oven to 220C/gas mark 7. Heat a little oil in an ovenproof pan and, when hot, add the fish skin-side down. Cook for 2-3 minutes – don’t be tempted to move the fish – then transfer the pan to the oven. It needs a further 6(ish) minutes. Meanwhile, in a very hot, large pan, fry the mushrooms in a little extra-virgin olive oil. You want the mushrooms to fry and colour, not stew. If necessary, cook in batches. Once coloured all over, season well with salt and black pepper, and add a little butter and the garlic. Next, add the spring onions and deglaze with the fino, cooking to reduce the liquid by two-thirds. Add the stock and reduce the liquid by about a third. Drop in a good knob of butter and agitate the pan until it has emulsified in the sauce. Throw in the chives, parsley and the jamón with a splash of fino. Serve in a shallow bowl with the fish on top.

Amazon Stock Surge Makes Jeff Bezos Richest Man On Earth

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 00:09

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is now the richest person on the planet after a bounce in company stock value floated his net worth to a massive $93.8 billion by the end of business on Friday.

The Latest: Doomed sailboat had communications failures

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:53

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of two women lost at sea since May (all times local):

Trump: It's 'Commonly Agreed' Clinton, Not Me, Colluded With The Russians

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:30

According to President Donald Trump, it’s “commonly agreed” that Hillary Clinton, not Trump, colluded with the Russians.

Report: First Charges Filed In Mueller's Russia Probe

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 20:43

A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., reportedly has approved the first charges in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, CNN said Friday evening.

Las Vegas Shooting Victims Are Turning To GoFundMe For Help With Medical Bills

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 19:00

In a nation politically incapable of preventing mass shootings, and where the right to quality affordable health care is not guaranteed, online fundraising sites are filling the gap to help pay for very expensive U.S. medical bills, like in the case of many survivors of the Las Vegas massacre.

15 Seriously Awesome Steak Sandwiches

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 18:28

Rosy White House tax cut forecast clashes with independent analysis

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 18:13

By David Morgan and Saqib Iqbal Ahmed WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The White House promoted President Donald Trump's tax cut plan on Friday with a forecast of faster U.S. economic expansion and wage growth, as independent analysts said the plan would swell the budget deficit and provide little spark to the economy. Weeks and possibly months of debate lie ahead for a project that Trump promised to tackle in his 2016 election campaign. In September, he unveiled a rough framework for cutting taxes.

Virginia's GOP Governor Hopeful Takes Aim At Voting Rights Again

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 17:45

Ed Gillespie, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, launched another highly misleading ad on Friday targeting the practice of restoring voting rights to former felons who have completed their sentences.

American who 'regretted' joining IS gets 20 year sentence

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 16:52

A 27-year-old American who joined the Islamic State group in Syria and later claimed he escaped and fled into the hands of Kurdish troops after a "bad decision" was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday. Mohamad Jamal Khweis left his job driving a bus for disabled people in northern Virginia in December 2015 to travel to IS's stronghold of Raqa. "The evidence at trial demonstrated that Mohamad Khweis is an unpredictable and dangerous person who was radicalized towards violent jihad," said Dana Boente, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.