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Las Vegas sheriff, in emotional press conference, admits he's still searching for answers

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:31

In the nearly two weeks since Stephen Paddock rained gunfire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has become the face of the ongoing investigation.

Trump tears into Iran, leaves nuclear deal hanging

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:24

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump reignited the decades old US feud with Iran on Friday, vowing to confront the "fanatical regime" and throwing a landmark international nuclear agreement into doubt.

'Soldier of Allah' avoids terror charge due to Facebook settings

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:05

A self-styled “Soldier of Allah” who threatened to blow up a hospital escaped terror charges because of his Facebook settings. Leroy McCarthy, 22, a Muslim convert, described murdered soldier Lee Rigby as a "white coward who invades countries and rapes people" and said he planned to leave the UK to “join my people's cause". However, he could not be charged under the Terrorism Act because his profile was set to private, meaning he was jailed for just 18 weeks. Muslim convert Leroy McCarthy, who also uses the name Abdullah Mahmood, escaped being charged with terrorism offences Credit: Ben Lack The case led to calls for the law to be changed. David TC Davies, Conservative MP for Monmouthshire, a former serving police officer, said: "I think this worrying case highlights why the law needs to be changed to be further tightened up to prevent terrorist sympathisers and people encouraging violent acts from spreading their hate-filled messages whatever their Facebook settings are. “He clearly intended to encourage and incite acts and should face the full force of the law to do so." McCarthy, from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, who also uses the name Abdullah Mahmood,  published a series of offensive, anti-semitic and homophobic posts on the social media site. In one post, he alluded to blowing up Furness General Hospital (FGH), and stated: "They wouldn't be able to evacuate all of FGH's patients in time before at least one of the three explosions." Another comment said "We are all martyrs of the Lord." Muslim convert Leroy McCarthy, who also uses the name Abdullah Mahmood, who has escaped being charged with terrorism offences Credit: Ben Lack McCarthy, who has 14 months left on licence after being released from custody in June after assaulting his partner, added: “14 months then it's passport and off to join my people's cause. I cannot wait to turn my back on the UK.” He also posted: “"A few months left and all my brothers are free. All them months of planning and it will be like a belated bonfire night for all those involved." When he was arrested last Saturday, he asked police from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit  what had happened to freedom of speech and said that  "if he was going to bomb somewhere it would be the Trafford Centre". However, McCarthy’s Facebook settings meant he avoided terrorism charges on a legal technicality. In order to charge an individual with encouraging terrorism, prosecutors must prove that the statement was intended to be seen by the public. McCarthy’s profile was set to private, meaning the posts could only be seen by his 340 friends, so he could only be charged with an offence under the Communications Act. He pleaded guilty to publishing a message that was “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character” when he appeared this week at Furness Magistrates Court. Leroy McCarthy, who also uses the name Abdullah Mahmood, described murdered soldier Lee Rigby as a "white coward who invades countries and rapes people." Credit: Ben Lack Maureen Fawcett, defending, said: "He accepts the postings would have been grossly offensive and upsetting, but they were taken out of context. "He had fallen out with his sister who works at the hospital. "He has also never been abroad on a lads' holiday and he wanted to leave the UK to get his life back on track." Ms Fawcett said: "He has pleaded guilty today and the officers who have been with him actually thanked him for how open and frank he has been. "He reverted to become a Muslim when he was released from prison in 2015 and he is more peaceful since then. He had taken about 20 Valium on the day he posted these. "He was homeless and struggling to get by." McCarthy was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £115.

There's Something Horribly Familiar About The Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:37

The accusations of sexual assault and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein are sickening.

Hair Tips And Tricks That'll Help Your Locks Live Their Best Life

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:29

We’ve gathered some of our favorite hair hacks to inspire your home beauty routine.

Here's Why Some Black Women Aren't Here For #WomenBoycottTwitter

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:05

When Twitter temporarily suspended actress Rose McGowan’s account on Thursday (reportedly due to violating rules), some women on Twitter responded with a boycott.

Rose McGowan Says Harvey Weinstein Raped Her

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:54

Rose McGowan has now accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.

Kurdish and Iraqi troops in Kirkuk standoff amid fears of new violence

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:13

Kurdish and Iraqi government forces have squared off south of Kirkuk after rushing troops and armour to the oil-rich city two weeks after the country’s Kurds voted for independence from Baghdad. Peshmerga forces massed about 20 miles from Kirkuk’s southern limits on Friday after units loyal to the central government took positions on the city’s approaches, prompting fears of fresh violence in one of the most bitterly contested corners of Iraq.

Another Trump Campaign Tie to Russia Exposed

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:02

Rachel Maddow looks at the many ways that Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been shown to be connected to Russian oligarchs and interests, including NBC News' discovery of an additional $26 million loan.

People on Social Security Will See Their Checks Go Up in 2018

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:27

Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year

Middle East Showdown: 5 Iranian Weapons of War Israel Should Fear in a War

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:20

An Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities wouldn't go unanswered. Editor’s Note: Please see previous works from our “Weapons of War” series including: Five NATO Weapons of War Russia Should Fear, Five Russian Weapons of War NATO Should Fear, Five Chinese Weapons of War America Should Fear, Five American Weapons of War China Should Fear, Five Japanese Weapons of War China Should Fear, Five Best Weapons of War from the Soviet Union and Five Taiwanese Weapons of War China Should Fear.

Senator Demands Investigation Into Puerto Rico Response

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:14

In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, the senator pushed for an evaluation of whether the administration "is selectively disclosing or manipulating data."

Japan's Kobe Steel scandal spreads, 500 firms affected

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:45

Japan's Kobe Steel admitted Friday that a snowballing falsified data scandal had affected around 500 customers, more than twice as many as initially thought. More than 30 foreign customers were affected, including Boeing, Airbus, General Motors, Tesla, German automaker Daimler and PSA of France, according to Japan's leading Nikkei business daily. The new estimate comes as Kobe Steel's battered stock fell almost nine percent to finish at 805 yen ($7.20), down more than 40 percent since the start of the week after it admitted falsifying strength and quality data for a string of products -- a practice it said may have started a decade ago.

Melania Trump displays 'masculine' gesture upon greeting Trudeaus at White House, says body expert

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:39

President Trump and Melania Trump hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife at the White House on Thursday, and one of the first lady's movements raised some eyebrows.

Turkey deploys troops to Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:20

Turkey announced Friday it had deployed scores of soldiers in Syria's jihadist-controlled Idlib province in a bid to stop the fighting there. The deployment also appeared to be aimed at preventing the expansion of Syrian Kurdish militia backed by the United States, but considered by Ankara to be "terrorists". Over 100 soldiers, including special forces, and 30 armoured vehicles entered the northwestern Syrian region, Turkey's Hurriyet daily reported on Friday.

Anti-LGBT pamphlets handed out at Values Voter Summit Trump spoke at

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:02

People who attended the Value Voters Summit that President Trump addressed on Friday said they were greeted with anti-LGBT pamphlets that were reportedly distributed at the event.

The Real Danger of Refusing to Certify the Iran Deal

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:30

Scuttling the nuclear deal leaves America with less leverage than it had when it negotiated the JCPOA in the first place. President Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and dangerous. By all accounts—including that of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), America’s European allies, the U.S. intelligence community and Trump’s national security team—Iran has complied with the restrictive terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and significantly rolled back its nuclear program, while subjecting itself to the most intrusive inspections regime in the world.

How Medieval Fake News Brought Down the Knights Templar

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:00

If there were ever such a thing as a post-truth era, it began 710 years ago, at dawn on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, in the kingdom of France.

Kenya's Odinga says October poll would be illegal

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:52

By Karin Strohecker LONDON (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday his withdrawal from a presidential election rerun scheduled for Oct. 26 meant the poll had been "canceled" and there should be fresh nominations for a new vote. Odinga said that based on a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, Kenya's Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) now had 90 days to accept new nominations following his withdrawal this week from the rerun against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Trump Becomes First Sitting President To Address Anti-LGBTQ Event

Top Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:39

President Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit, an event sponsored by the Family Research Council, a group known for its anti-LGBT views.


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