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Samuel L. Jackson Shreds 'Mothaf***a' Donald Trump Over Armed Teachers Idea

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 01:59

Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson has torn apart President Donald Trump’s idea to arm some teachers in a bid to prevent school shootings.

Toomey: 'Not Going to Solve All Problems' to Pass Toomey-Manchin Gun Bill

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 01:30

Republican Senator Pat Toomey (Pa.) tells Chuck Todd that his gun legislation wouldn't have stopped the Parkland, Florida shooting, during an exclusive interview on Meet the Press.

From News to Shoes: How big is big tech?

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 00:57

In a world where modern communications technology is ubiquitous, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon play an enormous role in every facet of American life.

Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 00:40

Bank of America, the second-biggest U.S. bank by assets, said its request to makers of the military-style weapons was in line with those taken by other financial industry companies to help prevent deadly gun rampages. "An immediate step we're taking is to engage the limited number of clients we have that manufacture assault weapons for non-military use to understand what they can contribute to this shared responsibility," the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank said in a statement. It did not name the clients who make assault rifles.

Donald Trump Fundraises Off Parkland Shooting Tragedy, Touts His 'Safer Schools'

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 23:57

A Donald Trump and Mike Pence “weekly newsletter” laments the horror of the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people, then ends with a “contribute” button so people can give money ... to Trump and Pence.

The Latest: Sheriff: Lawmaker's letter 'riddled' with errors

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 22:36

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the backlash against the National Rifle Association after a deadly school shooting in Florida (all times local):

Suspect in killing of Filipina maid interrogated in Lebanon

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 22:25

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities in Beirut are interrogating a man suspected in the death of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait, security and judicial officials said Saturday.

Facebook Finally Yanks Virtual Reality Shooting Game At CPAC, Apologizes

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 21:08

A tone-deaf Facebook finally pulled a controversial shooting virtual reality game demonstration from the Conservative Political Action Conference.

New US tax law brings Buffett's firm $29 billion

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 20:40

Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, received a stunning $29 billion last year from the US government, thanks to a new tax law that massively lowered corporate tax rates. In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffett explained that the company's net gain of $65.3 billion in 2017 was only partly due to his employees' efforts. "Only $36 billion came from Berkshire's operations," he wrote.

Woman Stabbed to Death With Hunting Knife at Public Library, Police Say

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 19:34

A man attacked a woman from behind at a public library near Boston on Saturday and stabbed her repeatedly with a hunting knife

Canadian Skier Arrested for Allegedly Driving the Wrong Car While Drunk Near Olympic Village

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 15:49

The three allegedly got into a car by a bar while intoxicated

UN approves 30-day ceasefire to end deadly bombing in Syria’s Ghouta

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 14:31

The United Nations on Saturday passed a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire across Syria, but Western diplomats said they were sceptical the Syrian regime would actually end its ferocious assault on the rebel-held suburb of Eastern Ghouta.  After days of intense negotiations, Russia agreed not use its veto to scuttle the UN security council resolution, which calls for a halt to fighting as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of the wounded from besieged areas.  The unanimous passage of the resolution was hailed by Western diplomats, who had pushed hard for a deal amid a week of intense Syrian regime bombing of Eastern Ghouta. Hours before the vote, the civilian death toll climbed above 500.   Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, castigated Russia for days of delays which slowed the passage of the resolution. “In the three days it took us to adopt this resolution how many mothers lost their kids to the bombing and the shelling?” A picture taken on February 20 shows smoke plumes rising following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region Credit: ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images It remains to be seen what impact the deal crafted in meeting rooms at the UN’s New York headquarters in New York will have on the ash-filled streets of Eastern Ghouta. Mrs Haley said the US was “deeply sceptical the regime will comply” with the ceasefire and called on Russia to pressure Assad’s forces to respect it. Russia demanded that the resolution not include a specific time for the ceasefire to go into force. The text instead reads that it should begin “without delay”, making it unclear when the fighting would actually stop. The ceasefire does not extend to terrorist groups such as the Islamic State or al-Qaeda. Both Russia and the Syrian regime accuse large swathes of the Syrian rebels of being al-Qaeda members, giving themselves a broad license to continue strikes.    “Russia used this loophole in previous agreements to continue bombing indiscriminately,” said Elizabeth Tsurkov, a research fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, an Israeli think tank. Members of the United Nations Security Council vote for ceasefire to Syrian bombing in eastern Ghouta, at the United Nations headquarters in New York Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz One Western diplomat said they feared the exemption on al-Qaeda might render the resolution “worthless” but that they were still hopeful its passage at UN would compel Russia to at least reduce the violence in Eastern Ghouta.   “The people are happy but they do not trust the regime and its allies,” said one man in Eastern Ghouta, after hearing the news from New York. The council had been due to vote on Friday but the vote was delayed. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, tweeted her frustration, demanding a vote, as the discussions continued late into Friday afternoon. Unbelievable that Russia is stalling a vote on a ceasefire allowing humanitarian access in Syria. How many more people will die before the The Security Council agrees to take up this vote? Let’s do this tonight. The Syrian people can’t wait.— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) February 23, 2018 More than 500 people have been killed since the assault began Sunday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. New air strikes on the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Saturday took the civilian death toll from seven days of devastating bombardment to more than 500. A Syrian rescuer helps a man at the site of Syrian government bombardments in Douma Credit: HAMZA AL-AJWEH/AFP “This is about saving lives,” said Sweden's UN Ambassador Olof Skoog. "UN convoys and evacuation teams are ready to go. It's time for the council to come together and shoulder its responsibility to urgently avert a situation that is beyond words in its desperation,” he said. Russia is one of five permanent members of the Security Council that can veto a draft resolution. It has done so repeatedly throughout Syria’s civil war, torpedoing numerous efforts to stem the bloodshed even as its air force carries out bombing runs on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a close ally. Russia had described civilian testimonies from the embattled area as “mass psychosis” earlier in the week, and blocked a UN Security Council vote.  Ghouta dispatch On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote a joint letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling for an immediate truce in Eastern Ghouta. “France and Germany condemn in the strongest possible terms the deliberate and indiscriminate attacks against civilian populations, including very large numbers of children, and against civil and medical infrastructure in clear violation of the most fundamental international humanitarian law,” it read. The letter included a condemnation of the attacks on Damascus by opposition fighters inside Eastern Ghouta, but ended with a call for Russia to “assume its full responsibilities”. In a statement released Friday, the European Union called for an immediate ceasefire and access for aid trucks, citing a “moral duty” to protect civilians. Damascus (South West Syria) territorial control map "The European Union is running out of words to describe the horror being experienced by the people of Eastern Ghouta," the bloc said. US president Donald Trump said Russia and Iran's behavior in Syria was a 'disgrace'. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also spoke out Friday. "Russia and Iran must stop the regime," he said. Turkey, Iran and Russia are co-signatories on the de-escalation agreement. Mr Cavusoglu said the offensives in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib were "contrary" to the agreements negotiated by the three countries. How Russia's secret mercenary army came up against the US in Syria Eastern Ghouta is the last holdout of Islamist and opposition fighters near the capital. The densely populated area has been under siege since April 2013 and has become synonymous with civilian suffering – either through starvation and lack of access to medical supplies, or under intense aerial bombardment. On Friday, helicopters dropped barrel bombs on homes in the Hamorieh neighbourhood, and warplanes strafed the residential neighbourhood of Ein Tarma. According to Save the Children, more than 70 per cent of buildings in Ein Tarma have been destroyed or damaged. Infrastructure across Eastern Ghouta has sustained heavy damage, and some areas have not had water or electricity for two years. Twenty-two hospitals and clinics have bombed since Sunday. Medical charities have accused the Syrian government of deliberately targeting healthcare facilities, which is a war crime. Hala, 9, receives treatment at a makeshift hospital following Syrian government bombardments on rebel-held town of Saqba, in Eastern Ghouta  Credit: AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said 13 hospitals it supports have been destroyed or damaged this week and that medical staff were struggling to cope with repeated mass-casualty influxes. The latest surge in violence in Eastern Ghouta is thought to be the first phase of an assault that will eventually include ground troops and will follow the same arc as Syrian government forces’ battle for east Aleppo. In Aleppo, the population was starved and endured weeks of air raids, after which ground troops moved in and fought block by block until the entire area was back under government control. Surviving civilians and militants were then bussed to Idlib province, one of the last areas of Syria still controlled by anti-government forces.

Former RNC Chair Fires Back At Claim He Was Only Hired Because He Was Black

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 14:10

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele blasted Friday a leading conservative’s speech that claimed that he had only been hired because he is black as “painfully stupid.”

Red Cross: 21 Staffers Resigned or Fired in Sexual Misconduct Cases Since 2015

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 14:05

The Red Cross joins the list of charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct

United Airlines, Hertz and MetLife Among Companies Cutting Ties With the NRA

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 14:01

The announcements come following Twitter's trending hashtag, #BoycottNRA.

CDC Wants $400 Million to Build a New Lab for the World's Deadliest Germs

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 13:46

The agency disclosed its plans for a new lab on Friday

Cow Who Escaped Slaughter And Swam To Island Dies After Recapture

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 13:13

A cow in Poland celebrated as an icon of freedom for her dramatic escape from slaughter has died from stress after being recaptured.

Artist Ai Weiwei’s journey following refugees takes him to Puerto Rico

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:06

Artist and activist, Ai Weiwei bears witness to what occurred in the island after Hurricane Maria.

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Is Bringing Home a Dog From PyeongChang

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 11:20

Kenworthy also brought stray dogs to the United States when he was in Sochi

FBI carries out largest coordinated sweep of elder abuse in history

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 11:07

The Justice Department announced a roundup of 200 people nationwide charged with targeting older Americans, cheating them out of a total of more than half a billion dollars.