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Trump stopped calling for 'very meaningful background checks' on guns after talking to the head of the NRA
News ImageTrump spoke with the NRA chief, Wayne LaPierre, multiple times, according to several news reports published earlier in August.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 02:57:10 -0400
A man walked into a sheriff's office and said he killed his daughter that day, police say
News ImageA North Carolina father told a dispatcher that he was there to turn himself in for murder. The victim was his 15-year-old daughter.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:07:10 -0400
CNN Pundits Bodyguard Charged with Assault after Removing Reporter Covering Her Speech
News ImageCNN pundit April Ryan's security guard has been charged with assault after he forcibly removed a local New Jersey reporter from an event at which Ryan was delivering a speech.Charlie Kravotil, editor ofNew Brunswick Today,claims that Ryan's bodyguard, 30-year-old Joel Morris, approached him during Ryan's speech at The Heldrich Hotel on August 3 and stole his camera after he refused to stop filming.A video of the incident shows Kravotil, who secured press credentials for the event, following Morris into the lobby of the hotel to retrieve his camera. After the local journalist reclaimed his camera, Morris grabbed his arm, placed it behind his back, and shoved him out of the hotel.Morris has been charged with harassment, assault, and theft in connection with the incident.Kravotil says he was invited to the event and was allowed to film for roughly two hours before Ryan took the stage to deliver a speech, at which point Morris stole his camera but allowed other people in the room to continue filming. He called on Ryan to apologize for the incident in a Monday tweet.Shes been silent about the unacceptable and illegal behavior of her bodyguard, Joel Morris, and we are still waiting for her comment on this unfortunate incident, Kravotil said in a video posted to Twitter. Maybe now that there are criminal charges, we might hear something from her. I hope, sincerely, that she does comment and I hope she does condemn this. This is unacceptable. . . . In our country, we have freedom of the press.Ryan is a vociferous critic of President Trump and routinely disparages him for his rhetorical attacks on the press, even authoring a book on the subject last year entitled Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:59:00 -0400
School workers who used Sharpie to color in black teens hair in Texas are being sued
News ImageA federal civil rights lawsuit was filed on Sunday against a Texas school district and three officials after they took disciplinary action for a students haircut, court documents say.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:23:43 -0400
Girlfriend of U.K. Consulate Worker Says China Has Detained Him
News Image(Bloomberg) -- China has detained an employee of the U.K. consulate in Hong Kong during a trip to the mainland, according to his girlfriend, in a case that threatens to further strain ties between Beijing and London.Simon Cheng, 28, was reported missing after failing to return from an Aug. 8 meeting in the adjacent city of Shenzhen. The Hong Kong police said it has launched a missing person investigation and was keeping close contact with Chinese authorities. News site HK01 first reported Chengs disappearance.Simons disappearance and detention without reason will create panic among investors and entrepreneurs all over the world, said Annie Li, Chengs girlfriend. I call on relevant authorities in the mainland to release Simon as soon as possible and restore confidence of foreign investors and the public.The incident comes at a sensitive time for the U.K. and China, which has accused the British government of meddling in its former colony by defending the rights of pro-democracy demonstrators. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab spoke with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Aug. 9 to discuss concerns about the situation in the city and the protests there, the foreign office said in a statement that made no mention of Chengs case.Diplomatic SpatConcerns about the safety of foreign diplomatic staff operating in China have increased since Michael Kovrig, a global security analyst on leave from the Canadian foreign service, was detained in December and later accused of espionage. The move came amid a spat between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a Chinese executive accused of sanctions violation in the U.S.The U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office said Tuesday it was providing Chengs family with support and seeking information from authorities in Hong Kong and Guangdong, the southern Chinese province which includes Shenzhen.Cheng was concerned about his safety as he prepared to pass through immigration on his return home to Hong Kong, according to text messages shown by Li. Passing through. Pray for me, he told his girlfriend.China has stepped up border controls near Hong Kong as authorities seek to prevent the financial hubs unrest from spreading. Travelers into China are being asked to unlock their smartphones so Chinese agents can examine their chats and social media, Bloomberg News reported last week, citing a person familiar with the procedure.Read more: China Border Agents Probe Hong Kong Travelers DevicesIt wasnt immediately clear whether Cheng successfully crossed the mainland border and made it to the high-speed railway station staffed by mainland agents on the Hong Kong side. Also unknown was what, if any, diplomatic protections were available to Cheng.Hes employed by the U.K. Consulate General and works for Scottish Development International, a body that encourages companies to do business with and invest in Scotland. SDI said it was seeking further information, and that Chengs welfare was its priority.Immigration authorities told Li that Cheng was being held in administrative detention, though they dont know why or where he is being held in. Authorities can hold people for as long as 15 days under that process. He holds a British national overseas passport, the New York Times reported, which entitles him to consular representation but does not grant automatic rights to live or work in the U.K.Foreign ForcesChinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing Tuesday in Beijing that he wasnt familiar with the reports on Chengs disappearance.The Chinese government has said foreign forces are interfering in Hong Kong, and its envoy in London accused British politicians of behaving as though the territory was still part of the U.K. Liu Xiaoming said Hong Kong faces the gravest situation since the 1997 handover due to the unrest.The Hong Kong Immigration Department told Bloomberg News that the agency has reached out to the citys trade office in Guangdong seeking information about the case. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong confirmed it received the request, and said it would follow up with the agency.We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen, Foreign Office said.\--With assistance from Peter Martin, Iain Marlow, Dandan Li, Karen Leigh and Michael Sin.To contact the reporter on this story: Sheryl Tian Tong Lee in Hong Kong at slee1905@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at, Stuart Biggs, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:21:45 -0400
Authorities praised for handling of protests in Portland
News ImageAfter previous political rallies that ended in violence, police in Portland, Oregon, earned praise Monday from outside observers for using a natural barrier the city's Willamette River to keep dueling protesters apart during a weekend far-right rally and large counter-demonstration that included a subset of masked and black-clad anti-fascists. As the city returned to normal, Mayor Ted Wheeler called Saturday's dueling demonstrations a win for residents. Oregon's top federal prosecutor called the handling of the event a "definitive counterpoint" for those who on both sides who have criticized police after past protests for favoring one side or the other.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:29:22 -0400
Flight Logs Reportedly Link Prince Andrew to Alleged Jeffrey Epstein Victim Virginia Roberts
News ImageDuncan McGlynnFlight logs for Jeffrey Epsteins private jet reportedly suggest that Prince Andrew was in the same part of the world as Virginia Roberts Giuffre on at least three occasions.Giuffre alleges she was given to Andrew by Epstein three times.The flight logs for Epsteins luxury black Gulfstream jet are private, but the Daily Mail has obtained entries for March and April 2001, which show that Giuffre was flown around the world by Epstein, while Andrew was touring the globe himself, touching down in similar locations.Cross-referencing the flight details with official announcements made by the royal family and press reports from the time reveals a number of coincidences. Giuffre, then known by her maiden name Virginia Roberts, arrived at London Luton airport on March 9 along with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Hours later, a photograph of Andrew with his arm around Giuffres waist was taken in Maxwells flat.A month later, on April 9, the duke began an official visit to the U.S. in his capacity as chairman of the trustees of the Outward Bound Trust.The Court Circular, the official record of royal movements, recorded his presence in New York that day.The Mail says that the very same day, Giuffre also flew to New York. She and Epstein left his Palm Beach home to arrive in New York via Atlantic City. Giuffre has previously claimed that it was around Easter time in 2001 that her second encounter with Andrew took place. Easter fell the following Sunday, on April 15.Giuffre has previously said of this alleged encounter: A beautiful girl called Johanna Sjoberg, who worked for Jeffrey, was sitting on Andrews knee. Ghislaine guided me over to Andrew and I think he recognized me though I dont know if he remembered my name. We kissed each other on the cheek and Ghislaine placed me on his other knee.Roberts claims she was subsequently told to take Andrew for a massage, which she understood to mean she should have sex with him, which she claims she did.The Mail says the palace was specifically asked if he met Giuffre at this time, but they declined to answer.Giuffre has also said she was forced to have sex with Andrew at Epsteins home in the Caribbean. The flight logs show that Giuffre and Epstein left New York on April 11 for the U.S. Virgin Islands.On Easter Sunday, April 15, Andrew was in the Bahamas, The Telegraph, reportedquoting a royal courtier who said he was on holiday with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, and their daughters.The Bahamas is a two-hour flight from Epsteins island near St. Thomas. There are no records suggesting that he visited the island. The palace declined to comment.Giuffre previously claimed Andrew was there for one night.She said she flew to the island with Epstein and Maxwell and that seven Russian girls who didnt speak a word of English arrived with a modelling agent. The girls were told to pose topless in provocative positions for photographs, then we were told to assemble in a big cabana When I walked in, Andrew and Jeffrey were seated in chairs. Jeffrey directed us with hand gestures to start undressing and then we were instructed to start kissing and touching each other.Jeffrey and the prince were laughing and then I stripped and I performed a sex act on Andrew. There was a dinner the next day and then Andrew was gone.The flight logs will heap new pressure on Andrew to explain his relationship with Epstein.On Sunday, the publication of images of Andrew answering the door and waving off guests from Epsteins New York home in December 2010 prompted the duke to issue a public statement, saying: The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epsteins alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.Inconveniently for the palace, however, it is impossible to square the noble sentiments of this statement with the fact that Andrew clearly maintained a close friendship with Epstein after he had served his 18-month prison sentence for soliciting a minor for prostitution. If soliciting a minor for prostitution is not the exploitation of a human being, then it is hard to know what is. And not only did he go for stroll with Epstein in Central Park, he was apparently more than happy to stay at his house.The images of Andrew inside Epsteins house directly contradicted a statement made to The Daily Beast by the palace that Andrew had not stayed at any of Epsteins homes since the pictures in Central Park were taken.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:46:04 -0400
Tourists who stole sand from beach in Sardinia could face up to six years in prison
News ImageA pair of tourists face up to six years in prison after allegedly stealing a large quantity of sand from the pristine beaches of Sardinia. The French couple were found to have nearly 40kg (90lb) of fine white sand in the boot of their car. The vehicle was stopped during a routine check by border police as the tourists were preparing to board a ferry in Porto Torres, on the north coast of the island, bound for Toulon in France. The sand was found in 14 large plastic bottles and had been taken from a beach near Chia in southern Sardinia. The couple told police that they had no idea they were breaking the law, but they now face between one and six years in jail. The island has battled for years to stop tourists from pinching its sand, shells and pebbles, which are prized as souvenirs or in some cases, for indoor aquariums. WWF has run a campaign against 'beach thieves', reminding tourists that taking sand from Sardinia's shoreline is a crime To try to stop the pillaging, some locals have taken on the role of self-appointed guardians of the beaches. If they see tourists taking sand or shells, they ask them to return the material. If that does not work, they call the police or national park rangers. One of them, Pina Careddu, told an Italian newspaper on Monday that visitors sometimes become rude and aggressive when challenged. A family of Germans were filling up some bottles with sand. I recorded them on my phone so they couldnt deny it. The father came towards me in a threatening manner. But in the end he tipped the sand back onto the beach, Mrs Careddu, 58, told Corriere della Sera. Dubbed the granny sheriff of the Sinis peninsula, on the west coast of the island, she is strict even with her grandchildren. They say, Nana, cant we take some pebbles home to play with? And I say no, if everyone did that, soon there would be no beach left.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:04:40 -0400
Rescued migrants disembark as Italy justice probes Salvini
News ImageEighty-three migrants rescued at sea by the Open Arms disembarked early Wednesday from the charity rescue vessel in Italy's Lampedusa island, television images showed, after Italian justice ordered they be brought ashore. The boat had spent six days anchored off Lampedusa before a local prosecutor ordered their disembarkment amid a probe of far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for forbidding their entry to port. Salvini, who may be out of a job on Wednesday after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned in protest at the League leader's bid to bring the government down, has forbidden all NGO rescue boats from entering Italian ports.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:52:51 -0400
Women 'absolutely terrified' of Donald Trump giving Afghanistan deal to the Taliban
News ImageThe Trump administration's haste to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan could risk the progress on Afghan women's rights since 2001: Our view
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:39:18 -0400
Sen. McSally calls out Omar and Tlaib, talks bill to define domestic terrorism as federal crime
News ImageRepublican Sen. Martha McSally weighs in on the Israel trip turmoil in Congress and her push to have domestic terrorism defined as a federal crime after the latest mass shootings.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:46:09 -0400
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Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:56:00 -0400
A Florida man fed a kinkajou. The next morning, the 'super aggressive' exotic creature attacked him
News ImageA Florida man was attacked by a kinkajou, a raccoon-like carnivore native to the rain forests of Central and South America.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:32:43 -0400
Iran Warns U.S. Against Seizing Oil Tanker Headed to Greece
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Iran warned the U.S. against apprehending a supertanker carrying the Middle East countrys oil and said it couldnt be clear on the ships ultimate destination, leaving the fate of the vessel uncertain as it sailed into the Mediterranean Sea from Gibraltar, where it had been detained.The tanker, formerly called the Grace 1 and re-named the Adrian Darya 1, was signaling Kalamata, Greece -- at least for now -- with an arrival date of Aug. 26, according to tanker-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg at 5:25 p.m. London time. It had previously been showing an arrival date of Aug. 25.The vessel left Gibraltar Sunday night after being detained there since early July, when British forces seized it on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions. The U.S., which has sanctions against Iran, is seeking to prevent anyone from doing business with the ship.Iranian Crude Tanker Leaves Gibraltar Waters: What Happens Next?U.S. sanctions mean Iran cannot be very transparent about the destination of the tanker, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said at a press conference in Helsinki. He said the U.S. is trying to bully others from purchasing our oil and that he hopes the release of the vessel will de-escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf.A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.The incident is one of several in recent months that have strained relations between Iran and the West, following the U.S. reinstatement of sanctions on the Islamic Republic last year. Iran has maintained that the ships original detention on July 4 was unlawful. The Persian Gulf state continues to hold a U.K.-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero. Aggression in the region has threatened shipping in recent months in the Strait of Hormuz, the worlds most critical waterway for oil supplies.The U.S. surely cant seize the Iranian tanker and, if it does, it would pose a threat to international maritime security, Irans Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said. Iran warned the U.S. via diplomatic channels, including Switzerland, against interfering with the tanker, in international waters, Mousavi said at a news conference in Tehran. Swiss diplomats serve as interlocutors between the U.S. and Iran.Destination UnclearIts not known where the Iranian vessel is ultimately headed. Greek authorities havent received formal notification that the vessel intends to head to a port in the country, according to a spokesman for Greeces coast guard. Kalamatas port usually serves pleasure craft like sailboats and cruise ships, data compiled by Bloomberg show.The waters off Kalamata could be a possible location for ship-to-ship cargo transfers, according to two vessel brokers without specific information about the tankers plans. A ships destination is entered manually into its Automatic Identification System and is picked up by vessel-tracking. The destinations can be altered multiple times on the same journey.Gibraltar rejected an attempt by the U.S. to block the Iranian supertanker, saying that EU regulations dont allow it to seek a court order to detain the vessel.U.S. ComplaintA complaint unsealed in Washington stated that Oil Tanker Grace 1, all petroleum aboard it and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture, according to a Justice Department statement. The statement alleges a scheme to unlawfully access the U.S. financial system to support illicit shipments of oil from Iran to Syria in violation of U.S. sanctions, money laundering and terrorism statutes.Gibraltar last week released the vessel, after the government said Iran had provided assurances that the ship would not sail to a destination sanctioned by the EU. In response, the U.S. said it was gravely disappointed with Britain, and it warned that ports, banks and anyone else who does business with the vessel or its crew might be subject to sanctions, according to two administration officials.(Updates vessels estimated arrival date in second paragraph, request for comment in fifth. An earlier version of this story included an incorrect spelling for a port official in Kalamata, Greece.)\--With assistance from Serene Cheong, Anthony DiPaola, Alex Longley, Julian Lee, Paul Tugwell, Kati Pohjanpalo and Nick Wadhams.To contact the reporters on this story: Brian Wingfield in London at;Arsalan Shahla in Tehran at;Verity Ratcliffe in Dubai at vratcliffe1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaric Nightingale at, Brian Wingfield, Rachel GrahamFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:58:54 -0400
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