Ukrainian pilot blamed for MH17 'kills himself'

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us A Ukrainian pilot falsely accused by Russia of shooting down the MH17 airliner has reportedly taken his own life.  Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn, an SU-25 attack jet pilot, shot himself at home in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv on Monday, local media reported.  Voloshyn, 29,… Read More

NBC/WSJ Poll shows trouble for GOP in key suburban districts

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us President Trump’s job approval is up to 43 percent in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, but Republicans are seeing their 2018 prospects worsen. Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us

Vladimir Putin wins re-election for fourth term

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us The result of Russia’s presidential election was known before any ballots were cast, with the only variable how many citizens would show up to cast votes. Many in the opposition abstained from voting, instead observing polling places for irregularities. Full Story Here Yahoo… Read More

Report: Trump made senior WH staff sign non-disclosure agreements

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor Ruth Marcus explained her reporting on secrecy agreements President Donald Trump forced employees to sign in an attempt to prevent leaking. Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us

Teen girl home, man in custody after both located in Mexico

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania teenager who was missing for almost two weeks along with the 45-year-old man who frequently signed her out of school without her parents’ permission was returned home and the man was in custody after the two were… Read More

Turkish forces and Syrian allies drive Kurds from Afrin

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us By Dominic Evans and Lisa Barrington ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive… Read More

Report says Facebook security chief to leave

The New York Times says Facebook’s chief information security officer is leaving in August . The newspaper, citing current and former employees it did not name, said Alex Stamos will leave after a disagreement over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading misinformation. It… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19, 2018 7:39… Read More

Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Republican legislative leaders in Pennsylvania to block a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state. The practical impact is the 2018 elections are likely to be held under a map much more… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March… Read More

Trial opens in 2014 slaying of teacher caught in South Side gang shooting

Clashing attorneys on the first day of a murder trial Monday both described Betty Howard, a special education teacher fatally shot four years ago in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, as “a pillar of the community.” The agreement ended there, though. In opening statements, Assistant State’s Attorney… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19, 2018 7:39 pm… Read More

Cubs opening roster could come down to minor-league options

Finalizing the opening day roster might not be as urgent for the Cubs as the need for insurance during the season. That’s what manager Joe Maddon conveyed Monday as the Cubs try to finalize their roster by their final Cactus League game Sunday. “When it gets down to the very end, there might be… Full… Read More

Cambridge Analytica CEO appears to talk about election bribes, sex workers on video

A British television station broadcast video Monday apparently showing the head of the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, talking about using bribes, traps involving sex workers and other unethical tactics to swing elections around the… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19, 2018 7:39 pm Support Us

Facebook’s rules for accessing user data lured more than just Cambridge Analytica – Washington Post

Washington PostFacebook’s rules for accessing user data lured more than just Cambridge AnalyticaWashington PostSAN FRANCISCO — Facebook last week suspended the Trump campaign’s data consultant, Cambridge Analytica, for scraping the data of potentially millions of users without their consent. But thousands of other developers, including the makers of games such …Facebook Is Pummeled by User-Data… Read More

Brother of Accused Florida School Shooter Arrested for Trespassing – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalBrother of Accused Florida School Shooter Arrested for TrespassingWall Street JournalZachary Cruz, the brother of Nikolas Cruz, leaving the courtroom after his brother’s arraignment on March 14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP. By. Jon Kamp. Jon Kamp. The Wall Street Journal. BiographyJon Kamp · @jon_kamp · Jon.Kamp@wsj …Brother of Parkland shooting… Read More

A Senate Vote Could Spoil the Saudi Crown Prince’s Arrival in Washington

The Senate will push this week to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen, potentially cutting off intelligence, materiel and midair refueling assistance to the Kingdom’s forces, just as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in Washington for a two-week visit of the United States. The vote, which may come… Read More

Amazon reportedly looks at acquiring some Toys R Us retail space

The online giant isn’t interested in maintaining the Toys R Us brand, but has considered using the soon-to-be-vacant spaces for its own purposes, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Full Story Here Seattle Times Front Page March 19, 2018 7:38 pm Support Us

Tennessee House OKs TennCare work requirements push

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee House has passed legislation aiming to require certain able-bodied TennCare recipients to spend 20 hours a week working, volunteering or attending school. The House’s favorable vote Monday came hours after Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he would sign the legislation. It first needs Senate approval. The bill by… Read More

Spurred by Amazon, Airbus reportedly weighs building A330 cargo model

Interest from Amazon and UPS in a freighter version of the A330neo could rekindle a competition between Airbus and Boeing as the global air-cargo market rebounds from a decadelong slump, people familiar with the matter said. Full Story Here Seattle Times Front Page March 19, 2018 7:38 pm Support Us

The Latest: DA: Prosecutors properly handled Weinstein case

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Time’s Up calling for a probe into the Manhattan District Attorney’s office (all times local): 8:40 p.m. The Manhattan district attorney’s office says a review of how prosecutors handled a 2015 sex abuse case against Harvey Weinstein will show the investigation was handled properly. New York’s governor on… Read More

Johns Hopkins nurses eye unionizing over staffing, benefits

BALTIMORE (AP) — Organizers say nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital are overworked and underpaid compared with counterparts elsewhere and could form a union. The National Nurses United collective bargaining director for the mid-Atlantic region, Corey Lanham, tells The Baltimore Sun that nurse turnover at the hospital is high because of short staffing and declining benefits.… Read More

Armed with Cinderella hoops story, UMBC chases trademarks

CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Riding on its historic men’s basketball upset, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is seeking to fetch related trademarks. Attorney Darren Heitner consulted with athletic director Tim Hall before filing an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “UMBC Retrievers,” ”Retriever Nation” and “16 over 1.” He told The… Read More

Justin Timberlake, DC mayor promote ‘March for Our Lives’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Timberlake has teamed up with the mayor of the nation’s capital for a social media video promoting the upcoming “March for Our Lives.” WTOP-FM reports the video was posted on Timberlake’s social media accounts Monday and features Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and Timberlake speaking in support of the march. Timberlake said… Read More

Aum cult members face execution for Tokyo subway gas attack

TOKYO (AP) — Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows any day now for a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes. But when is uncertain. Such is the secrecy that surrounds Japan’s death penalty system. Tuesday marks 23 years since members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult… Read More

License suspended for psychiatrist with sex offense record

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The only Delaware psychiatrist barred from seeing minors has had his medical license suspended amid allegations of prescribing opioids to patients without proper documentation and exchanging guns and weapons with patients. The Delaware Department of State announced Monday the 60-day suspension of 69-year-old Gregory Villabona’s medical license and controlled substance registration.… Read More

Florida to replace Confederate statue in US Capitol

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s governor has ordered a statue of a Confederate general at the U.S. Capitol to be removed and replaced with one of an African-American woman. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill (SB 472) making that step official Monday. The bill removes a statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith and replaces… Read More

Bill aims to shield assault victims from retaliatory lawsuit

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate decided Monday that courts should postpone any slander lawsuits filed against people who allege they’ve been sexually assaulted. Sen. J.P. Morrell, the New Orleans Democrat who sponsored the bill, said wealthy perpetrators of sexual misconduct often use defamation lawsuits to try to prevent rape victims from being… Read More

US-South Korean military exercises to begin April 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a potentially pivotal moment of diplomacy with North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday that annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that had been postponed for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will begin April 1. In a brief statement, the Pentagon said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart, Song Young-moo, agreed… Read More

Watch live: Bernie Sanders hosts a town hall on inequality

Join Sanders from 7pm ET as he convenes a discussion on inequality with Elizabeth Warren, Michael Moore and more guests Watch live as Senator Bernie Sanders hosts a town hall on inequality in America. Sanders has said: “The issue of oligarchy and wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time. It… Read More

Norwegian minister faces no-confidence vote after terrorism post

Justice minister Sylvi Listhaug accuses opposition of putting terrorists’ rights above security A social media post by Norway’s justice minister accusing the opposition Labour party of putting terrorists’ rights above national security has triggered a no-confidence vote that could bring down the country’s minority government. A majority of MPs in parliament back Tuesday’s scheduled vote… Read More

How to troll the left: understanding the rightwing outrage machine

Recent events on US college campuses illustrate how the right has fine-tuned its formula for pushing progressives’ buttons How do you make a speech at a provincial liberal arts college into national news? As it turns out, the basic requirements are simple: a shareable video, provocation and persistence. For the past few months, this recipe… Read More

Putin 4.0: as Russian president prepares for fourth term, what next?

Putin has emerged from his third term stronger than ever, but it is unclear where he goes from here That Vladimir Putin will be reelected has never been in doubt. What the Russian president’s fourth term, sometimes referred to as Putin 4.0, is likely to bring is a more open question. The past six years… Read More

US-South Korean military exercises to begin April 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a potentially pivotal moment of diplomacy with North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday that annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that had been postponed for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will begin April 1…. Full Story Here AP- Latest Politics March 19, 2018 7:38 pm Support Us

What are opioids and what are the risks?

Donald Trump is to announce plans to tackle the opioid crisis. What are they and why are they a problem? Full Story Here BBC News- World March 19, 2018 7:38 pm Support Us

3/19: CBS Evening News

Austin bomber “taunting” law enforcement, expert says; 75 percent of kids who live in homes with guns know where they’re stored. Full Story Here CBS News- Latest March 19, 2018 7:38 pm Support Us

Students return to Miami school where bridge collapse killed six

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us Students returned to Florida International University on Monday for their first day of classes since a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed last week and killed six people including a student at the school. The meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private… Read More

China names former missile force commander defense minister

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday appointed a former missile force commander as its new defense minister amid lingering concerns over the goals of its rapid military modernization. Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us

The Latest: Bermuda police say body found near fort

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The Latest on the American student reported missing in Bermuda (all times local): Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appointed to second 5-year term

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us BEIJING (AP) — China’s ceremonial legislature appointed Premier Li Keqiang, the No. 2 leader of the ruling Communist Party, to a second five-year term Sunday and approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency with sweeping powers. Full Story Here… Read More

Nigeria skips African summit in blow to free trade deal

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will not attend the African Union summit in Rwanda this week, an official statement said Sunday, in a blow to plans to launch a major free trade treaty across 54 countries. The meeting in Kigali is intended to formally… Read More

NKorean diplomat heads to Finland for talks with US, SKorea

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean diplomat who handles North American affairs was heading to Finland on Sunday for talks with the United States and South Korea. Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us

Winning ticket sold as U.S. Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us This is one of the biggest pots in the multi-state U.S. lottery’s history, after 19 straight drawings failed to produce a grand prize winner. The winning numbers were 22, 57, 59, 60, 66 and Powerball 7. The grand prize winner has the choice… Read More

McCabe firing could lead to a test of America’s political system

Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us A path to conflict may have been set in motion now that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Full Story Here Yahoo News March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us

Prominent men accused of sexual misconduct

Since sexual misconduct allegations exploded against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, dozens of women have accused other high-profile men. The global prevalence of #MeToo continues to highlight the magnitude of this problem. See our full coverage and read more about the movement’s biggest… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us

Highland Park’s Ravinia district revival efforts full of renewal, setbacks

Highland Park residents frustrated by the slow pace of renewal in the Ravinia business district had cause for optimism in January. The city was moving closer to improving the district’s safety and ambiance with new street lighting, a top priority among property owners. The city awarded a contract… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19,… Read More

Trump prepared to hit China with $60 billion in annual tariffs – Washington Post

Washington PostTrump prepared to hit China with $60 billion in annual tariffsWashington PostPresident Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against Chinese products, following through on a longtime threat that he says will punish China for intellectual property theft and create more U.S. jobs. The tariff …Trump prepared to… Read More

Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz’s brother arrested for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsFlorida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz’s brother arrested for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolNew York Daily NewsZachary Cruz, 18, was arrested for trespassing on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas campus in Parkland, Fla. Monday. (Broward County Sheriff� Office). BY Elizabeth Elizalde. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:19 PM. The… Read More

UN rights chief: Syria siege involved ‘war crimes’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief told an informal meeting of the Security Council Monday that the Syrian government’s five-year siege of the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta has involved “pervasive war crimes,” use of chemical weapons and starvation as a weapon of war. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein… Read More

Philanthropist Allen announces discovery of USS Juneau

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced that wreckage of a sunken military ship on which five brothers died in World War II has been discovered in the South Pacific. A spokeswoman for Allen confirms wreckage from the USS Juneau was found Saturday off the coast of the Solomon Islands.… Read More

Trump wants more traffickers put to death. Can he do that?

The push for greater use of the death penalty is just part of a sweeping plan that includes stiffer penalties for drug peddlers as well as expanding access to treatment and recovery efforts. Full Story Here Seattle Times Front Page March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us

Kentucky community honors police officer killed on duty

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered to honor the life of a Kentucky police officer killed while on duty. The funeral for Pikeville police Officer Scotty Hamilton was Sunday afternoon, news outlets report. The 35-year-old was shot on March 13 in the Hurricane community of Pike County. Hamilton and state police Trooper Matt… Read More

It’s daffodil time in Skagit County

Fields of golden daffodils in full bloom offer a great background for photographs. Full Story Here Seattle Times Front Page March 19, 2018 7:24 pm Support Us

Physician, 78, sentenced on Medicaid fraud, drug charges

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — A 78-year-old physician who pleaded guilty to health care fraud and drug charges will pay nearly $1 million in restitution and forfeiture, in addition to other penalties. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia announced Monday that Gurcharan Singh Kanwal was sentenced last week to two years’ probation… Read More

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to child sex charge in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware teacher has pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor into engaging in sexual activity. U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss announced Monday that 37-year-old Joshua Rutherford entered his plea Monday. He was initially charged with two counts each of seeking child pornography and attempted inducement of a minor… Read More

Former state transportation auditor pleads guilty to charges

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Department of Transportation audit director Chris Wedor has pleaded guilty to identity theft and forgery but is not expected to serve time behind bars. KCNC-TV reports that Wedor pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to one count of felony identity theft and one misdemeanor count of forgery. Wedor was fired in December… Read More

Man gets 10 years in prison for USPS letter carrier assault

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a postal worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland announced that 21-year-old Idialyon Helm was sentenced to the prison term Monday, followed by three years’ supervised release, for forcibly assaulting a United States Postal… Read More

Mahmoud Abbas: US ambassador to Israel is a ‘son of a dog’

In comments to Palestinian leaders, Abbas also accused Hamas of a bomb attack last week targeting prime minister Rami Hamdallah The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has labelled the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a “son of a dog” during a scathing attack on Donald Trump’s policies. “The US ambassador in Tel Aviv is a… Read More

Wide range of drugs affect growth of gut microbes, study says

It’s not just antibiotics that affect our microbes – a quarter of drugs designed to act on human cells do so too A wide range of drugs from cancer therapies to antipsychotics affect the growth of microbes that are found in our gut, researchers say, highlighting that it is not only antibiotics that can have… Read More

President Trump expanding his legal team

President Trump is expanding his legal team and is adding veteran DC attorney Joe diGenova. Full Story Here ABC News- Top Stories March 19, 2018 7:23 pm Support Us

Cubs’ David Ross upstaged by son on 41st birthday

David Ross gained plenty of attention for his cult hero status on the Cubs’ 2016 World Series title run, and he expanded his fame by performing on “Dancing With the Stars” shortly after his retirement. But Ross, a special assistant with the Cubs, isn’t the only member of his family with entertainment… Full Story Here… Read More

NBA coaches address stresses of job in support of Tyronn Lue

Fred Hoiberg has a couch in his Advocate Center office on which he occasionally will try to snag a 20-minute nap. The pursuit is a nod to the stresses and demands that engulf NBA head coaches, a fact underscored Monday when Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue became the second coach this season to take… Full Story… Read More

Supreme Court denies GOP request to block new Pa. congressional map – The Hill

The HillSupreme Court denies GOP request to block new Pa. congressional mapThe HillThe Supreme Court on Monday refused an emergency appeal by Pennsylvania Republicans to block the implementation of a new court-ordered congressional map, a decision that all but assures that new district lines that make several races more competitive …Supreme Court refuses to stop… Read More

Facebook Is Pummeled by User-Data Blowback – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalFacebook Is Pummeled by User-Data BlowbackWall Street JournalThe backlash comes as Facebook and other big internet firms are under scrutiny for how Russia manipulated their platforms before and after the 2016 presidential election. Above, displays of social-media posts at a House panel hearing in November. Photo …Cambridge Analytica: Five things to watchThe HillCan… Read More

#Pizza4Protesters: community backs students over gun control walkout

Crowdfunding drive launched after Pennsylvania school gave 225 students detention Wellwishers have been crowdfunding to send pizza to 225 students at a Pennsylvania school who were given detention for taking part in protests against school shootings. Students at Pennridge high school took part in a national school walkout on 14 March against the wishes of… Read More

Trump’s firings signal hawkish turn on North Korea and Iran

Recent dismissals shows the president is gaining confidence in his foreign policy instincts, and surrounding himself with allies The end, when it comes to a job in the Trump administration, can be messy and brutal. The secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was fired while returning from a gruelling Africa tour not long after the death… Read More

Flamingo raft floating down L.A. River gets the car chase treatment

A giant, inflatable flamingo raft carrying three men inched down the Los Angeles River on Monday, carried by the slow current of rainwater captured in the basin. It could’ve been a scene from any lazy river at an amusement park, but in true L.A. pursuit fashion, helicopters hovered overhead. Police,… Full Story Here LA Times… Read More

Over 40 Business Groups Sound Alarm Over China Tariffs

Trump’s First Year: Bloomberg’s Jodi Schneider reports on global finance chiefs being unusually blunt in warning that the U.S. had put the international trade order at risk as President Donald Trump pushes ahead with his “America First” agenda by imposing steep tariffs on steel and aluminum. Schneider speaks on Trump’s First Year: Bloomberg’s Jodi Schneider… Read More

Fear mounts in Austin after fourth bombing this month

The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took an even more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire. Police and federal agents said that suggests… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March… Read More

Brother of Parkland shooting suspect arrested for trespassing on school grounds

Authorities say the brother of the teen charged with killing 17 people at a Florida school has been arrested for trespassing at the same school. A Broward Sheriff’s Office report says 18-year-old Zachary Cruz was arrested Monday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19, 2018… Read More

Fiery crash kills driver in Crete Township

An unidentified male was killed in a fiery crash at 2:15 a.m. Monday on Burrville Road in Crete Township, according to the Will County coroner’s office. The victim was driving eastbound on Burrville about a quarter mile east of Cedar Lane when he left the roadway and struck an object, causing the… Full Story Here… Read More

Uber suspends self-driving car tests after pedestrian death in Arizona

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle — an accident that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology. The crash Sunday night in Tempe was the event many in the auto and technology industries… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune… Read More

Mississippi bans abortions at 15 weeks, earliest in the nation – CNN

CNNMississippi bans abortions at 15 weeks, earliest in the nationCNN(CNN) With a swipe of a pen Monday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that prevents women from getting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. His state, effective immediately, now holds the distinction of having the earliest abortion …Mississippi Governor Signs Nation’s Toughest… Read More

Nikolas Cruz’s brother arrested, accused of trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Sun Sentinel

Sun SentinelNikolas Cruz’s brother arrested, accused of trespassing at Marjory Stoneman DouglasSun SentinelZachary Cruz, 18, was arrested for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Monday afternoon, officials said. (WSVN / courtesy). Tonya AlanezContact Reporter · Privacy Policy. Zachary Cruz, the brother of the man who killed 17 students and …EXCLUSIVE: Parkland school shooter’s brother… Read More

China’s radical plan to limit the populations of Beijing and Shanghai

Two Chinese megacities implemented population caps last year – and official data shows the policy might already be having an effect In the weaving alleys of Shanghai’s Laoximen district, swathes of residential buildings sit empty. The historic area in the heart of the city is being slowly demolished, and many residents have already abandoned it,… Read More

Body of missing Australian woman found in frozen Canadian lake

Alison Raspa, 25, went missing after leaving the ski resort town of Whistler in November The body of a missing Australian woman has been found in a partially frozen lake at a Canadian ski resort almost four months after she disappeared. Alison Raspa, originally from Perth, was reported missing from the Alpha Lake area near… Read More

Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo

Andrea Bruce’s prize-winning images from India, Haiti and Vietnam document the deeply sensitive issue of open defecation, which affects 1.1 billion of the world’s poorest people Photographs: Andrea Bruce/NOOR/Eyevine One of the biggest issues at the intersection of sanitation, poverty and global health, open defecation has also long been one of the hardest to represent… Read More

For Newest Lawyer, Trump Picks Fierce Critic of Mueller’s Probe

Donald Trump is adding lawyer Joseph diGenova to the legal team defending him in Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling, after the president lashed out at the special counsel over the weekend. Full Story Here Bloomberg- Politics March 19, 2018 6:53 pm Support Us

Is staff turnover much higher under Trump?

President Donald Trump surpassed the staff turnover rates of previous White House teams – in his first year. Full Story Here BBC Front Page March 19, 2018 6:53 pm Support Us

Five things to know about Nevada, Loyola’s opponent in the Sweet 16

This is the Sweet 16 matchup nobody predicted. No. 11 seed Loyola (30-5) will face seventh-seeded Nevada (29-7) on Thursday in Atlanta in the South Region, which is without its top four seeds. The Wolf Pack were ranked in the Associated Press poll eight times this season, including the last six,… Full Story Here Chicago… Read More

Democrats reject immigration deal as budget deadline nears

Capitol Hill Democrats have rejected a White House bid to extend protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in funding for President Donald Trump’s long-sought border wall as Washington talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill hit a critical stage on Monday. … Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19, 2018… Read More

Students mobilize, plan marches in shadow of gun violence – Newsday

NewsdayStudents mobilize, plan marches in shadow of gun violenceNewsdayIn Huntington, organizers of a rally set for Heckscher Park said more than 1,400 students from more than 60 schools have expressed interest in attending, with 2,500 indicating interest via the group’s Facebook page. (Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz). By …Another voice: A longshot bid on banning assault riflesTampabay.comStudent… Read More

Executives at Cambridge Analytica Tout Entrapment Tactics on Video – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalExecutives at Cambridge Analytica Tout Entrapment Tactics on VideoWall Street JournalIn response to an undercover television report, Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Alexander Nix said, ‘I deeply regret my role in the meeting.’ Photo: Christian Charisius/DPA/ZUMA Press. By. Rebecca Ballhaus. Rebecca Ballhaus. The Wall Street Journal …Can Facebook be trusted with your personal info?… Read More

Malka Leifer to stay in jail in Israel while awaiting extradition outcome

Former Melbourne principal and alleged child sexual abuser to remain behind bars after appeal against releasing her to home arrest upheld Former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer, who is accused of child sex crimes, will remain behind bars after a successful appeal against her release to home detention in an Israeli court. An Israeli judge… Read More

Experts reach for the stars to fight slavery as satellite pictures tell all

Researchers target further breakthroughs after using space imaging to estimate number of bonded labourers in south Asia’s ‘brick belt’ It has been used to identify suspected weapons sites, monitor troop movements, and chronicle war damage and allegations of genocide. Now, however, satellite imagery is being used to tackle one of the developing world’s most persistent… Read More

Europe sharply divided over Vladimir Putin’s re-election

Poland and Georgia warn of growing Russian threat while populists in Italy seek closer ties European reactions to Vladimir Putin’s re-election have been sharply divided: some politicians see it as necessary to try to repair a difficult relationship; others argue Russia under Putin has irreversibly turned away from western liberal values and international norms; and… Read More

South Africa Braces for First Ratings Verdict of Ramaphosa Era

South Africa will probably escape a junk assessment from Moody’s Investors Service this week in the first such verdict on the country’s creditworthiness since Cyril Ramaphosa came to power. Full Story Here Bloomberg- Politics March 19, 2018 6:38 pm Support Us

South Africa Tax Chief Threatens Legal Action Over Job

South African Revenue Service Commissioner Tom Moyane will seek a legal interdict against Cyril Ramaphosa if the president does not stop trying to remove him from the tax agency, according to people familiar with the matter. Full Story Here Bloomberg- Politics March 19, 2018 6:38 pm Support Us

Bridgegate Prosecutor Fishman Gets Crisis Job at Arnold & Porter

Paul Fishman, New Jersey’s former top federal prosecutor, has joined Arnold & Porter, where he will lead the law firm’s crisis management and strategic response team, according to a statement by the firm. Full Story Here Bloomberg- Politics March 19, 2018 6:38 pm Support Us

Trump calls for death penalty to ‘get tough’ on drug pushers

Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic. The scourge has torn through the rural and working-class communities that in large numbers voted for… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19, 2018 6:23 pm Support… Read More

A second female Chicago cop files sex discrimination lawsuit since last week

After acing an aptitude test three years ago, veteran Chicago police Officer Maureen Bresnahan thought she was well-positioned for a promotion to the department’s elite Bomb Squad, even though the 11-member unit hadn’t included a woman for years. But her superiors had other ideas, a federal lawsuit… Full Story Here Chicago Tribune March 19, 2018… Read More

Poorest priced out of justice by legal aid rules, says Law Society

Study finds low-income families cannot afford representation due to freeze in means test threshold Some of the poorest families in England and Wales are being denied legal aid because they cannot afford the financial contributions they are required to make, according to the Law Society. A study commissioned by the body that represents solicitors criticised… Read More

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of former president Lee Myung-bak

Lee accused of accepting £7.4bn worth of bribes from South Korea’s national intelligence agency and prominent businesses Prosecutors in South Korea have requested an arrest warrant for the former president Lee Myung-bak on charges of graft, embezzlement and abuse of power, making him the fourth former leader to face criminal charges. Lee, who was president… Read More

Is the way we think about overpopulation racist? | Fred Pearce

Half the world lives in urban areas, yet environmental concerns about megacities often focus on developing economies. But consumption is as important as population It is just 50 years since the publication of Paul Ehrlich’s book The Population Bomb galvanised the global discussion on overpopulation. Published in 1968, his million-selling Malthusian polemic suggested that over-breeding… Read More

Stocks fall as tech companies drop; Facebook takes a beating

Facebook stock plunged Monday to its worst loss in four years, leading a rout in technology companies that helped drag down the major U.S. stock indexes. The social media company’s stock fell following reports that Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign, improperly… Full Story Here LA Times March 19, 2018… Read More

Supreme Court turns down gerrymander appeal from Pennsylvania’s GOP

The Supreme Court refused Monday to block a new election map for Pennsylvania that gives Democrats a chance to win four or more congressional seats in November. The justices turned down a second and final appeal from Pennsylvania’s Republican leaders, who defended the gerrymandered districts that… Full Story Here LA Times March 19, 2018 6:23… Read More

Chargers sign former Dolphins center Mike Pouncey

The Chargers addressed one of their more subtle needs this offseason, signing former Miami center Mike Pouncey to a two-year deal. Pouncey, who visited with the Chargers after being released in a cost-cutting move by the Dolphins, is a former first-round pick who started in all 93 games of his… Full Story Here LA Times… Read More

Gordhan Plans Sweeping Changes for South Africa’s State Firms

Extensive changes are in the offing at South Africa’s troubled state-owned companies as new Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan moves to tackle their many management and financial failings. Full Story Here Bloomberg- Politics March 19, 2018 6:23 pm Support Us

U.S. Seeks Alliance Against China in Tariff Relief Talks, Source Says

The Trump administration is pressing countries to ally with the U.S. in pushing back against Chinese trade policies in exchange for relief from American tariffs on steel and aluminum, according to a European official. Full Story Here Bloomberg- Politics March 19, 2018 6:23 pm Support Us

Navy Weighs Buying Two More Costly Carriers in One Big Contract

The U.S. Navy is exploring whether it can achieve significant savings in parts and labor by buying its next two aircraft carriers together instead of individually, the service’s top weapons buyer said. Full Story Here Bloomberg- Politics March 19, 2018 6:23 pm Support Us

Mississippi now officially has the country’s earliest abortion ban

With the stroke of a pen, Mississippi has signed its place in history with the strictest abortion restriction in the United States. Now, it will have to prove the law can stand up in court. On Monday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant followed through on his promise to sign into law a bill that bans nearly… Read More

‘Our generation was raised around schools being shot up,’ says Stoneman Douglas survivor – Sun Sentinel

Sun Sentinel‘Our generation was raised around schools being shot up,’ says Stoneman Douglas survivorSun SentinelStudents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School participated in a live Q&A session hosted by Twitter. Phillip Valys. Privacy Policy. Stoneman Douglas survivor Cameron Kasky remembers the exact moment — amid the panic of an active gunman on campus …Teenage activists… Read More

5 Ways to Defend Science in 2018

There’s been incredible progress in science in recent years, from driverless cars to genetic editing, but the scientific community has also faced significant obstacles recently. From the withdrawal of federal funding for epidemic response and research to the decision by the United States to leave the Paris Agreement on climate change, scientists are faced with… Read More

Russian voters go to the polls – in pictures

Russians on Sunday went to the polls in a presidential election likely to result in the re-election of Vladimir Putin to a fourth term in office. About 109 million Russian citizens have the right to vote – in 100,000 polling stations in the Russian Federation and also in 145 foreign countries Continue reading… Full Story… Read More

The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control?

Projections suggest cities will swell at an astonishing pace – but whether that means our salvation or an eco-disaster is by no means certain The 1960 street map of Lagos, Nigeria, shows a small western-style coastal city surrounded a few semi-rural African villages. Paved roads quickly turn to dirt, and fields to forest. There are… Read More