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  • Sharing “fake news” in Ireland could soon be illegal, with $10k fine attached

    12/18/2017 5:29:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 17, 2017 07:09 AM | Frances Mulraney
    An Irish politician has brought forward a new bill to the Dáil (Irish parliament) which will attempt to legislate to prevent the spread of fake news stories and articles in Ireland. The groundbreaking proposals were brought forward by opposition party Fianna Fáil in the wake of the influence of bots and fake new articles in politics overseas, especially in the 2016 US Presidential election and the Brexit referendum in the UK. There are concerns that although fake news has not been used so far to influence political debate in Ireland, even in the particularly intense 2016 general election, that this...
  • 6 Killed, 14 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    12/18/2017 4:48:37 AM PST · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 12/17/2017 | Staff
    Six people are dead and at least 14 more have been wounded in shootings across Chicago this weekend, according to police. The weekend's first fatality occurred at around 3:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the 5600 block of South Emerald Avenue in the city's Englewood neighborhood, authorities said. A 20-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man were sitting in a car when a person in a dark-colored Audi opened fire, striking both victims, according to police. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police, and the man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot...
  • From Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris to 10,000 teenage girls: 'Speak up' (barf alert)

    12/18/2017 5:06:07 AM PST · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/15/2017 | Sonali Kohli
    Female politicians are used to finding themselves in rooms full of men. But on Friday, two of the nation’s most prominent political women got the chance to address 10,000 girls. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) shared their experiences and offered advice to the young women in middle and high school at the annual Girls Build L.A. leadership summit in downtown Los Angeles. Girls Build is a program of the nonprofit L.A. Promise Fund, which aims to help students throughout L.A. County reach academic, personal and professional success. Both Harris and Clinton encouraged the young women to find issues...
  • ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is Hollywood’s Greatest Insult to Italian-Americans

    12/17/2017 9:06:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 16, | Steve Cuozzo
    I’ve hated “Saturday Night Fever” since the first time I saw it in 1977. It’s the only Hollywood movie that offends me as an Italian-American. Sure, it’s “iconic” — but that debased term is now used for every pizza joint that closed because of a rent hike. I admit that I love the pulse-pounding opening sequence where John Travolta prances under the 86th Street tracks in Bensonhurst to the beat of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” Who doesn’t? But the next 116 minutes make my blood boil. Movies about Mafia gangsters, which some Italian-Americans grumble about, rarely bother me. The...
  • Homeless Man Finds $354K in Room at Paris Airport

    12/17/2017 8:48:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KRON4 ^ | December 17, 2017
    French police say a homeless man found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave the complex with 300,000 euros ($354,000). Two police officers, who are not allowed to speak publicly on the case, said Thursday that video surveillance showed the man looking in the trash and leaning against a nearby door.
  • Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska

    12/17/2017 6:27:00 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 106 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 17, 2017 | Yereth Rosen
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska. Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanour assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed. The records indicated all the charges involved domestic violence. It is not clear whether he entered a plea to the charges. His legal troubles have prompted his mother in the past to question the support available for military veterans like...
  • Child Rapist Sentenced To No Jail, So Victim's Boyfriend Takes Him Out

    12/17/2017 3:33:46 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 66 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 17 December 2017 | HollyMatkin
    Brittany Monk's rapist received just 5 years of probation for repeatedly sexually assaulting her when she was a child. Baton Rouge, LA – A Louisiana man said he is “not sorry” that he murdered a man who raped his girlfriend when she was a child, because he believed that the justice system “failed” her. Jace Crehan, 23, admitted to having stabbed and strangled Robert Noce Jr., 47, less than two weeks after Noce was convicted for sexually assaulting Crehan’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Brittany Monk, the New York Daily News reported. A jury found Crehan guilty of the July 4, 2015 second-degree...
  • Cops: Jealous Boyfriend Set Strip Joint Fire

    12/17/2017 3:17:32 PM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 12/14/2017
    14--A West Virginia man charged with torching a strip club told police that he set the blaze because he did not want his girlfriend to continue dancing at the establishment, court records show. According to police, Creio Chance Bishop, 21, yesterday attempted to burn down JB's Gentlemen's Club in Huntington. The 3:30 AM fire damaged the club’s front door, air conditioner, surveillance camera, siding, and an exterior wall. Investigators allege that Bishop watched the fire burn from across the street and even yelled at a passerby to mind his own business when the witness appeared to be dialing 911. Bishop...
  • Bazooka handed in at San Francisco gun buyback event

    12/17/2017 8:25:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 69 replies
    abc7news.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2017
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- People gave up 271 guns during a weapons buyback in San Francisco Saturday. The buyback was held on Howard Street in the South of Market Area when police showed off this military-grade bazooka. Officers also collected handguns, shotguns, and high-powered rifles. A community leader believes San Francisco took a big step toward being less violent with the event.
  • Military stateside allowances to rise only .7%

    12/17/2017 3:32:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to 956,000 service members living off base in the United States will climb modestly Jan. 1, an average of only 0.7 percent or $10 a month, as an allowance-dampening formula enters its fourth year. Actual BAH increases for individuals will vary widely based on where they are assigned, pay grade and whether they have family. But military folks assigned to 128 of 301 of military housing areas will see no housing allowance increase in 2018 because local BAH rates will fall. Thanks to a rate protection rule, no current recipients will see their BAH...
  • Wreaths put on veterans' graves as part of nationwide event

    12/17/2017 3:21:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Cemeteries are usually places of reflection, but on rare occasions even that solemnity can be added upon. That was case Saturday morning as hundreds gathered at Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery for the annual Wreaths Across America Day. In coordinated ceremonies happening simultaneously in more than a 1,200 cemeteries across the nation, fallen or missing veterans were honored for their service and sacrifice. In Sierra Vista, that ceremony took the form of the 107th Civil Air Patrol Squadron placing wreaths on the memorials to each branch of the armed services while delivering a message on what the...
  • City residents may soon be able to register to vote online

    12/16/2017 8:55:02 PM PST · by EinNYC · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 16, 2017 | Khristina Narizhnaya and Anna Sanders
    City residents may soon be able to register to vote online under a City Council bill signed Saturday by Mayor de Blasio. Voters would enter their information in an online portal or mobile app, which would then be printed onto a registration form with an electronic signature and delivered to the city Board of Elections.
  • Mother is arrested after 6-year-old son with 'severe developmental disabilities' is found by...

    12/16/2017 1:34:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Dec. 16, 2017 | Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Mother is arrested after 6-year-old son with 'severe developmental disabilities' is found by child services weighing just 13 POUNDS A mother has been arrested and charged with child abuse after child services found her six-year-old son weighing just 13 pounds. Andrea Caldwell, from Memphis, Tennessee, was arrested on December 8 when an employee with the DCS conducted a routine visit to the boy and discovered he was severely underweight and neglected. The 32-year-old has been charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect. Her son was born with severe developmental disabilities that require a GI and feeding tube, according...
  • Two men charged with leaving Middletown mother of 9 after fatal overdose

    12/15/2017 11:51:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    local12 ^ | Dec. 16, 2017 | staff
    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKRC) - Middletown Police have signed warrants for the arrests of two men believed to have been with a mother of nine when she overdosed, and left. Jim Boyer, 63, and Keith Boyer, 32, face charges of abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, nine counts of child endangering and petty theft when they are arrested. Police took them into custody Friday afternoon. Police were called to the home of Jamita Sanders, her husband and children Wednesday evening. She had died from a heroin overdose with her children in the home. Their ages range from 14-years-old to just...
  • VIDEO: Seattle PD Gunfight Earns Suspect More Holes Than Swiss Cheese

    12/15/2017 5:17:35 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 20 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 15 December 2017 | HollyMatkin
    Seattle, WA – Seattle police have released three videos that showed a man firing his gun at civilians and officers on Monday prior to a fatal officer-involved shooting in Magnuson Park. Kyle Gray, 24, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died Tuesday morning, the Seattle Patch reported. Police said Gray committed an armed robbery at a Forever 21 store in the Northgate Mall at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, The Seattle Times reported. When the store manager confronted Gray and an unnamed female suspect, Gray brandished a handgun and the manager backed away. According to a statement on the Seattle Police...
  • Couple adopts seven brothers and sisters who were split up in three separate foster homes

    12/15/2017 4:47:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    KFOR ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2017
    A Florida couple just became a family of nine after adopting seven children - all brothers and sisters and all at once! Sofia and Dashoan Olds said they always knew they might adopt some day, according to Today. The Olds said once they saw a news story about the siblings, it just felt right to adopt. "I like to say I felt like it was a calling. Honestly, when I saw that picture, it was automatic.""There was no question, if they allow us to adopt these children, we will do it," said Sofia. "I like to say I felt like...
  • Davis police investigating relationship between teacher, student [tr][ok]

    12/15/2017 2:15:20 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 15 replies
    KFOR ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2017 | BILL MISTON
    Court records show a Cassandra Renae White, 34, and a 16-year-old boy, filed for a marriage license in Cleveland County on December 13, which was signed off by the teen’s father. A 16-year-old can be married with parental consent. The next day, Thursday December 14, White was no longer employed by the Davis Public Schools. Davis Police officers showed up at the Cleveland County Courthouse Thursday to look into the marriage license filing, as a part of the investigation. News 4 is not naming the teen, as he is the potential victim of a sex crime. Under Oklahoma law, a...
  • The Welsh Fish and Chip Shop Selling Battered Christmas Dinner

    12/15/2017 12:21:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 15 DEC 2017 | Tyler Mears
    Christmas dinner is getting a battering in HirwaunA fish and chip shop has started selling a battered Christmas dinner and it’s getting a mixed reaction from customers. Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips in Hirwaun is serving up Christmas dinner with all the trimmings - but deep fried in batter. The unusual dinner includes battered jumbo pigs in blankets with smoky bacon; battered Brussels sprouts and battered turkey and stuffing meatballs. To finish off with something sweet, the High Street chip shop - which has won a number of awards - is also serving up battered Christmas puddings and mince pies....
  • World’s steepest funicular line opening in Switzerland

    12/15/2017 11:05:11 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 57 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 15, 2017 | | By Reuters
    ZURICH – Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world’s steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts. Swiss President Doris Leuthard will officially open the $52.6 million project running from Schywz to the mountain village of Stoos, which lies 4,300 feet above sea level in central Switzerland. The barrel-shaped carriages adjust their floors so passengers can still stand upright even as they climb towards the Alpine plateau at inclines of up to 110 percent.
  • Teen Punched at Planned Parenthood Says ‘I Love You’ to Attacker

    12/15/2017 10:41:52 AM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | Katie Yoder
    We all know we should “turn the other cheek.” Few of us ever do. That’s why the reaction of one pro-life teenager to a woman who punched her in the face outside an abortion clinic is extraordinary. On Monday, Students for Life of America published a video of 15-year-old Purity Thomas recalling how a woman punched her as she stood holding a pro-life sign outside a Planned Parenthood clinic. While conservative media have thoroughly covered the Dec. 2 incident, the liberal media – who claim to champion women’s rights – have remained largely silent. In the new video, Purity, president...