(EW.com) – Legends of Tomorrow: Get your first look at Hawkgirl and Hawkman

The Legends of Tomorrow are coming to life.

On Friday, a new image provided the first look at Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), who will both first appear onArrow and The Flash before moving on to the spin-off.

Hawkman, a.k.a. Carter Hall, is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian Prince who is fated to be reborn throughout time along with his soulmate, Kendra Saunders. Like Kendra, Carter can access the powers of the Hawk God, Horus, transforming him into a winged warrior. Hawkgirl, meanwhile, is known for being one of DC Comics’ first female superheroes. On the show, Saunders will be starting to learn that she’s been reincarnated over and over again — and that wings sprout out of her back when she’s provoked. Get more scoophere and here.

Legends also stars Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory, Heat Wave), Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm), and Franz Drameh (Jay Jackson), whose disparate band of heroes and villains are brought together by Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) to defeat immortal threat Vandal Savage.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is slated to debut midseason on The CW.

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(washington post) – Cuba pardons more than 3,500 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis visit

The Cuban government said it plans to pardon 3,522 prisoners over the next 72 hours as a “humanitarian” gesture ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to the island beginning next week.But the announcement appeared to rule out pardons for at least some of the dozens of inmates that rights groups consider political prisoners. Convicts serving time for crimes against “national security” would not be eligible for release, said the statement in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

Those receiving pardons will include inmates over age 60 or under 20 with no prior convictions and prisoners whose terms are nearing an end, as well as women, the infirm and foreigners whose countries will accept their repatriation.

The amnesty, ordered by the State Council, the Cuban government’s supreme body, will not extend to those serving time for homicide, rape, drug trafficking and other serious offenses in Cuba such as “cattle rustling,” according to Granma.

The government issued similar amnesties prior to previous papal visits. Nearly 3,000 inmates received pardons before Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in 2012, and Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998 prompted the release of several hundred others.

Francis will arrive in Havana on Sept. 19, and Cuban dissident groups have urged the pontiff to intervene with the Castro government to secure the release of jailed activists.

Amanda Duran, a member of the island’s illegal-but-tolerated Cuban Commission for Human Rights and Conciliation, said the group was trying to determine whether any of the 71 inmates on its list of political prisoners would be eligible for the amnesty.

“The phone lines are very congested right now,” she said.

The Vatican has not confirmed whether the pope will meet with Castro opponents during his four-day, three-city tour of the island before arriving Sept. 22 in the United States.

The timing of the Cuban government announcement is notable, as U.S. and Cuban diplomats commence bilateral talks Friday in Havana that mark their first formal meetings since the two nations reopened embassies.

A statement issued by the State Department said U.S. negotiators would meet with Cuban officials “to discuss next steps in the normalization process and schedule dates for future discussions on shared priorities.” The statement said the U.S. delegation did not plan to enter into “extensive discussions” in Friday’s talks.

Nick Miroff is a Latin America correspondent for The Post, roaming from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to South America’s southern cone. He has been a staff writer since 2006.

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(the week) – 10 things you need to know today: September 11, 2015

1.

Senate Democrats clear path for Iran deal

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican resolution seeking to reject the Iran nuclear deal. The Democratic filibuster ensured that the landmark deal between Tehran and six world powers, including the U.S., would take effect with no need for Obama to veto a GOP vote of disapproval. House Republicans passed a bill saying Congress had more time to consider the Iran deal because the administration has not shared information on secret deals it cut with Tehran, but the White House says there are no such documents. [The New York Times, The Washington Post]

2.

Obama orders U.S. to accept 10,000 Syrian migrants in next year

President Obama has decided that the U.S. will take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the coming fiscal year, the White House announced Thursday. So far, the U.S. has only accepted 1,500 Syrian migrants since the country’s civil war began in 2011. Refugee advocates and some lawmakers said Obama’s move does not go far enough to ease the humanitarian crisis as a wave of refugees flees Syria and other countries, most of them bound for Europe. Religious groups have called on Obama to accept 100,000 Syrians. [Reuters]

3.

U.S. marks 14th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Americans will observe the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Friday with ceremonies in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The White House, like many other places in the U.S., will observe a moment of silence Friday morning. On Friday night, two giant towers of light will rise in Lower Manhattan, the 13th installation of the “Tribute of Light,” an ephemeral memorial representing the Twin Towers destroyed in the 9/11 attack. [The New York Times]

4.

Joe Biden discusses his future with Stephen Colbert

Vice President Joe Biden gave an emotional interview to Stephen Colbert on Thursday night’s Late Show, saying he’s not sure he and his family arecapable of giving “110 percent” to a presidential campaign so soon after the May death of Biden’s son, Beau. “I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there,” Biden said. The vice president added that he needed to keep moving forward because he would be letting down his son “if I didn’t just get up.” [Politico]

5.

Field set for next week’s Republican presidential debate

CNN has unveiled the lineup for the next Republican presidential debate, which the network will host next Wednesday night at the Reagan Library. The 11 candidates who made the cut, based on 14 recent polls, are Donald Trump; Ben Carson; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.); former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.); Gov. John Kasich (Ohio); Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.); and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who made a strong showing in a second-tier debate after failing to make the first main debate. [CNN]

6.

Flight 93 memorial dedicated

The Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center was dedicated Thursday on a Pennsylvania hill overlooking the site where the United Airlines jet crashed, killing 33 passengers and seven crew members during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Passengers on Flight 93 found out about the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and rushed the cockpit. The terrorists crashed into a field instead of Washington, D.C. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the memorial center captures “the real honor of the 40 and what they did.” [USA Today, The Associated Press]

7.

GOP lawmaker in Michigan resigns after affair with colleague

One of two socially conservative Michigan lawmakers tainted by an extramarital affair and cover-up attempt resigned early Friday as his colleagues debated whether the pair should stay in their jobs. Republican Rep. Todd Courser resigned, effective immediately. He has admitted sending an outlandish phony email to GOP activists claiming he had been caught with a male prostitute — a ruse meant to make news of his affair with Rep. Cindy Gamrat seem less believable. Lawmakers later voted to expel Gamrat. [The Associated Press, CBS News]

8.

Opposition tries to chip away at Singapore’s ruling party’s dominance

Singapore voters went to the polls Friday in the island nation’s most hotly contested general election ever. The long-ruling People’s Action Party’s is expected to win, but opposition parties are contesting all 89 seats in parliament for the first time since independence in 1965. Singapore’s status as an international financial hub have made it rich, but opposition politicians are hoping to take advantage of complaints over high property prices and a widening wealth gap. [Reuters]

9.

Venezuelan opposition leader sentenced to prison

A Venezuelan judge on Thursday sentenced opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to 13 years and nine months in a military prison for “inciting violence” and other charges. The harsh sentence was likely to worsen tensions in the already deeply divided South American nation. The government of President Nicolas Maduro has said it wants to improve relations with the U.S., but the treatment of Lopez is considered likely to be an obstacle to any diplomatic overtures. The U.S. said it was “deeply troubled” by the sentence. [The Washington Post, Reuters]

10.

Officers’ trial over Freddie Gray’s death stays in Baltimore

A judge ruled Thursday that the trials of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray would remain in Baltimore, despite extensive local publicity and heated emotions over the case. Defense lawyers had argued that the intense scrutiny the case had received would make it impossible for the officers to get a fair trial, but Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams disagreed. “The citizens of Baltimore are not monolithic,” he said. “They think for themselves.”

[Reuters]

 

(CNN) – China is dumping U.S. debt

New York (CNN Money) — It’s no secret that China is the largest holder of U.S. debt.

So should Americans be concerned that China has started dumping some of its Treasury holdings?

After all, it raises serious questions about whether China will keep lending Washington money to help finance the federal deficit in the future.

But right now, China is selling because it’s in dire need of cash. Recently, it unleashed multiple moves to support its markets and prevent its currency from a freefall, while at the same time trying to stimulate the economy.

China yanks record sum from war chest

China owned $1.3 trillion of U.S. Treasuries as of June, making it the biggest holder of U.S. debt.

But China’s foreign-exchange reserves plunged by a record $94 billion in August, according to the country’s central bank, leaving it with a war chest of $3.6 trillion. Analysts say it’s very safe to believe a big chunk of that decline occurred due to a reduction in U.S. Treasury holdings.

The selling and the potential that China will not be buying U.S. debt in the near future raises questions on its potential to increase America’s borrowing costs.

Some of this might already be happening, at least at a small scale. When stock markets are turbulent, investors usually rush to the safety of U.S. Treasurys and yields fall. However, despite August’s extreme stock volatility, rates on Treasurys actually rose slightly in late August.

Part of that move is likely due to Wall Street betting the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates next week. But market participants also suspect the unusual action in the bond market was driven by China dumping Treasuries.

China is raising lots of cash

This time, Beijing is cutting its Treasury holdings out of a weakened position as it tries to stave off more declines in its currency. China is also propping up its stock market, which lost half its value in the span of just a few months this summer.

“Capital outflows have skyrocketed in China and the yuan is under intense selling pressure. The only thing they could do is sell Treasuries to buy their own currency,” said Walter Zimmerman, chief technical analyst at United-ICAP.

China isn’t trying to sink the U.S. economy

There have long been concerns that China could sink the American economy by unloading its gigantic holdings of Treasuries, sending borrowing costs skyrocketing.

Thankfully, those doomsday fears don’t appear to be at play here yet.

“If China’s U.S. Treasury stock is a nuclear bomb, moderate sales to offset selling pressure on the yuan are unlikely to set off an explosion,” Michael McDonough, chief economist at Bloomberg Intelligence, wrote in a recent report.

But moves could raise borrowing costs here

Still, China’s sales could make Treasury yields higher than they would normally be. That’s of concern because Treasury rates are used as a benchmark that set the cost of borrowing for items like credit cards and mortgages.

While it’s “not the end of the world,” SkyBridge Capital senior portfolio manager Troy Gayeski said higher yields could lead to a “slowdown in the housing recovery.”

What’s key is how much cash China ultimately needs to raise to defend its currency and stock market. No one, not even China, knows that figure.

China may go on a U.S. debt diet

So far, the American bond market seems to be taking the China move in stride.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is currently sitting at 2.22%, about unchanged from a month ago.

Demand for U.S. debt is healthy now especially when compared to the ultra-low, or even negative rates in other economic powerhouses like Germany and Japan.

Policymakers in Washington should hope that trend continues. Now that China’s economy is in disarray, America might not be able to count on its No. 1 lender to gobble up U.S. debt like in the past.

“China’s surplus is slowing. That gives them less firepower to accumulate Treasuries,” said Thomas Urano, managing director at Sage Advisory.

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(guardian) – Siri interrupts White House press briefing

Apple’s Siri interrupts a question about the intricacies of Barack Obama’s Iran policy on Thursday during a White House press briefing. The iPhone’s personal assistant beeped its question-acknowledgement tone as a journalist asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest if Obama is disappointed at not getting Republican backing for the Iran nuclear agreement. Siri then buts in, saying ‘Sorry. I’m not sure what you want me to change’

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(daily mail) – Downtown Los Angeles, CA car chase turns into restaurant standoff

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‘I just heard a man screaming ‘Get down! Get down!” : Armed carjacker shot dead by SWAT team who stormed restaurant where he was holding diners hostage after high speed car chase in California

  • SWAT teams entered building from front and back and shot gunman dead
  • Victim has not been named but was involved in high speed car chase
  • Using a gun, he stole a car and was pursued by police cars and helicopter
  • Carjacker drove dangerously between heavy traffic and skipped red lights 
  • Diners recalled how gunman entered restaurant and demanded medicine 

After using a gun to steal a car, the man, who has not been named, was involved in a high speed chase before abandoning the vehicle and entering the Chris and Pitt restaurant.

He reportedly fired twice into the air, terrifying customers before he allowed the women and children to leave the building.

Following a one hour stand off in which a police negotiator attempted to end the stalemate, SWAT teams entered the building from the front and back and shot dead the armed gunman.

Armed police wait for their orders before several SWAT teams enter the building and shot the gunman

Armed police wait for their orders before several SWAT teams enter the building and shot the gunman

Shocked and confused, the hostages from the restaurant sit on the curb after the diner was stormed by SWAT

Shocked and confused, the hostages from the restaurant sit on the curb after the diner was stormed by SWAT

Recalling the moment the gunman entered the restaurant, one customer described the terrifying scene.

‘We were eating dinner and I just heard a man screaming ‘Get down! Get down!” customer Stella Aguilera, out of breath and near tears, told KCAL-TV.

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(CNN) – Carly Fiorina will appear in top-tier CNN Reagan Library debate –

Story highlights

  • Thursday marked the close of the two-month window for determining eligibility based on averages of national polls
  • 11 candidates will appear in the 8 p.m. debate, and five candidates will appear at the 6 p.m. event

Washington (CNN)The stage is set for the CNN Reagan Library Debate next week in California, with Carly Fiorina joining 10 other leading Republican presidential candidates at 8 p.m. ET.

Thursday marked the close of the two-month window for determining eligibility based on averages of national polls. The results were based on 14 polls including interviews with more than 6,000 potential Republican primary voters. The top 10 candidates overall — plus Fiorina, whose average support places her within the top 10 in polls conducted after the first debate held August 6 — have all qualified for the 8:00 p.m. debate next Wednesday in Simi Valley. The remaining five candidates will appear during an earlier debate beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The overall rankings based on an average of all qualifying polls for the 16 candidates who met the requirements for participation are:

1) Donald Trump: 23.929

2) Jeb Bush: 11.500

3) Scott Walker: 9.429

4) Ben Carson: 8.929

5) Ted Cruz: 6.286

6) Marco Rubio: 5.643

7) Mike Huckabee: 5.571

8) Rand Paul: 4.714

9) John Kasich: 3.214

10) Chris Christie: 3.143

11) Carly Fiorina: 2.229

12) Rick Perry: 1.814

13) Rick Santorum: 1.214

14) Bobby Jindal: 1.057

15) George Pataki: 0.529

16) Lindsey Graham: 0.471

The rules for inclusion were amended late last month so that any candidate who made the top 10 in an average of polls conducted after the Fox News/Facebook debate held on August 6 would also be included in the later debate. Fiorina is the only candidate to move from the bottom six to the top 10 in that post-debate average. Here are the averages for qualifying polls conducted after the August 6 debate and released by September 10:

1) Donald Trump: 27.8

2) Ben Carson: 14.0

3) Jeb Bush: 9.2

4) Ted Cruz: 7.4

5) Scott Walker: 5.6

6) Marco Rubio: 5.4

T-7) Carly Fiorina: 4.4

T-7) Mike Huckabee: 4.4

9) Rand Paul: 3.2

10) John Kasich: 3.6

11) Chris Christie: 2.8

12) Rick Perry: 1.08

13) Rick Santorum: 0.8

14) Bobby Jindal: 0.56

15) George Pataki: 0.44

16) Lindsey Graham: 0.28

Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, who participated in the August 6 debate, did not meet the criteria for inclusion in next Wednesday’s debate. Candidates were required to average 1% support in any three polls released during the two-month window. Out of the 14 polls released during that time, Gilmore had 1% support in only one poll.

he post-debate polls were also used to determine the order that the candidates would appear on stage. Trump will anchor the center of the stage for the 8:00 p.m. debate, flanked by Carson to his right and Bush to his left. Walker, Fiorina, Kasich and Christie, in that order, will stand to Bush’s left, while Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee and Paul will appear to Carson’s right.

In the earlier debate, Perry will stand center stage, with Jindal and Graham to his left and Santorum and Pataki to his right.

The overall average includes results from a Fox News poll released July 17; a Washington Post/ABC News poll released July 20; a CNN/ORC poll released July 26; a Quinnipiac University poll released July 30; a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released August 2; a Monmouth University poll released August 3; a Fox News poll released August 3; a Bloomberg Politics poll released August 4; a CBS News poll released August 4; a Fox News poll released August 16; a CNN/ORC poll released August 18; a Quinnipiac University poll released August 27; a Monmouth University poll released September 3; and a CNN/ORC poll released September 10.

Source: Carly Fiorina will appear in top-tier CNN Reagan Library debate – CNNPolitics.com

 

(SFGate) – Brian Williams to debut on MSNBC on Sept. 22 –

Brian Williams Photo: Brad Barket, Associated Press

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Brian Williams, the beleaguered former anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News,” will start in his new position at the cable news network MSNBC on Sept. 22, an NBC News spokesman said Thursday.
Exact details about what Williams would be doing once he returns were not disclosed.
In February, NBC suspended Williams for six months without pay. The move came after the former anchor of NBC’s evening newscast was found to have fabricated his experience in a helicopter attack in Iraq.
In his new role, Williams will work as an anchor of breaking news and special reports at MSNBC. The position, which is a demotion and carries a salary cut, is a humbling blow for Williams. Before the controversy, he was one of the country’s most prominent and respected broadcast news journalists.
Williams was an MSNBC anchor from 1996 to 2004. The network, which has suffered sharp ratings declines, is trying to revive its fortunes by shifting from its left-leaning, opinion-based coverage to more hard news during the day.

Source: Brian Williams to debut on MSNBC on Sept. 22 – SFGate

(steelers.com) – Steelers at Patriots (NBC) Final NE 28 PIT 21

Game Preview: Steelers at Patriots (Week One)

A closer look at the Steelers’ 2015 season opening game at New England.

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) at New England Patriots (0-0)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Site: Gillette Stadium (66,829), Foxborough, Mass.
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
TV Coverage: NBC-TV (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11)
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst), Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio: Westwood One Sports
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Boomer Esiason (color analyst), Ross Tucker (sideline)

A LOOK AT THE COACHES
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 82-46 (.641)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 82-46 (.641)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/fi ve years

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
Overall regular-season record: 211-109 (.659)/21st season
Regular-season record with New England: 175-65 (.729)/16th season
Playoff Record/Years: 22-9/13 years

STEELERS NATION HD RADIO
Steelers Nation Radio is a 24-hour/day HD radio station dedicated specifically to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It can be heard on www.steelers.com, the offi cial Steelers app or the iheart app on your smartphone and at 102.5 WDVE HD2.

A daily schedule of what is on Steelers Nation HD Radio is available at www.facebook.com/steelersnationradio.

STEELERS KICK IT OFF IN PRIMETIME
The Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off the NFL’s 2015 regular season schedule in the League’s annual primetime kickoff game on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the New England Patriots. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11).

Pittsburgh will be making its third appearence in the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game since the League began the debut of the season in this format in 2002.

The Steelers have won each of their previous two primetime kickoff games, both at Heinz Field, defeating the Miami Dolphins, 28-17 on Sept. 7, 2006, and the Tennessee Titans, 13-10 (OT), on Sept. 10, 2009.

STEELERS KICKOFF WEEKEND BY THE #S
2-0: Pittsburgh is 2-0 in the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game since the debut of the season format in 2002.

2: The number of times Pittsburgh and New England have squared off in Week One since the regular-season series began in 1972, with both teams splitting the Kickoff Weekend series.

12-1: Since 1960, Pittsburgh is 12-1 on Kickoff Weekend when a Steelers running back rushes for 100 yards or more.

16-1-1: The Steelers are 16-1-1 in Week One games since 1940 when the team scores 30 or more points.

33-43-365: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger owns Steelers Kickoff Weekend records since 1960 for the most completions (33), passing attempts (43) and passing yards (365) – the fi rst two during the team’s 2009 opening day 13-10 win over Tennessee and his yardage total in last season’s Week One 30-27 win vs. Cleveland.

41: The number of wins the Steelers have on Kickoff Weekend – the most among AFC teams in Week One action.

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STEELERS-PATRIOTS SERIES HISTORY
Series History: Series began in 1972
Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 14-9
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 10-6
At New England: Steelers lead, 4-3
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Patriots won previous meeting
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 3, 2013 at New England
New England 55, Pittsburgh 31
Postseason Series: Patriots lead, 3-1
Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 23, 2005 in Pittsburgh
New England 41, Pittsburgh 27
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

Pittsburgh and New England will kickoff the NFL’s 2015 regular season this week on Thursday Night…the two teams have met 23 times in regular season seris history, with the Steelers owning a 14-9 advantage over the Patriots…Pittsburgh holds a one game edge in road games against New England (4-3)…the Steelers and Patriots will meet in a Kickoff Weekend game for the third time in series history and have split each of the previous two Week One match-ups (Sept. 3, 1979, W, 16-13 at New England OT and Sept. 9, 2002, L, 30-14 at New England).

THE LAST TIME VS. NEW ENGLAND
New England 55, Pittsburgh 31
Nov. 3, 2013
Gillette Stadium (68,756)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Steelers fell to the New England Patriots, 55-31, at Gillette Stadium.

New England scored the first 14 points of the contest, both touchdowns coming on passes. Late in the first quarter, QB Tom Brady found WR Danny Amendola for a 34-yard score, and early in the second quarter, he found TE Rob Gronkowski for a 19-yard touchdown.

K Shaun Suisham’s 30-yard field goal midway through the second quarter gave the Steelers their fi rst three points of the game.  Late in the second quarter, K Stephen Gostkowski’s 20-yard field goal extended the Patriots’ lead, 17-3.

Right after the two-minute warning, QB Ben Roethlisberger found WR Antonio Brown for a 27-yard touchdown pass to pull within a touchdown, 17-10. But New England marched 77 yards on nine plays on their ensuing drive to extend their lead to 24-10 at halftime.

Pittsburgh scored 14 straight points after halftime. The first score was set up when S Troy Polamalu forced a fumble that was recovered by LB LaMarr Woodley. Five plays later, Roethlisberger found WR Jerricho Cotchery for a 20-yard score. And early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger and Cotchery hooked up again for an eightyard touchdown to tie the game, 24-24.

New England would outscore the Steelers 31-7 the rest of the game. Gostkowski made a 32-yard fi eld goal, Brady and WR Aaron Dobson connected on a 17-yard touchdown and RB Stevan Ridley scored on a fi ve-yard run to extend the lead, 41-24. Roethlisberger and Cotchery connected again for a six-yard score to cut the lead, 41-31, but it would be the closest the Steelers would get.

Brady and Dobson connected for an 81-yard touchdown pass, and RB LaGarrette Blount scored on a fi ve-yard run to give New England the 55-31 victory.

STEELERS-PATRIOTS CONNECTIONS
Former Steelers/Patriots
• Steelers S Ross Ventrone spent time on the Patriots’ practice squad and active roster in 2011.

Family Connection
• Pittsburgh S Ross Ventrone is the younger brother of New England Asst. ST coach Ray Ventrone.

Area Connections
• Pittsburgh WR Tyler Murphy (2011-14) attended Boston College.
• New England Asst. ST coach Ray Ventrone was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and is a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School.
• Patriots RB Dion Lewis (2009-10) and DL Jabaal Sheard (2007-10) both played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Connections
• Steelers HC Mike Tomlin and Patriots DL coach Brendan Daly and WR coach Chad O’Shea worked together on the Vikings’ staff (2006).
• Pittsburgh RB coach James Saxon also worked alongside Daly in Minnesota for two seasons (2012-13).
• Saxon was on staff in Miami with Patriots OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo for two years (2009-10).
• Steelers Asst. HC/DL coach John Mitchell and WR coach Richard Mann were both coaches on Patriots HC Bill Belichick’s staff (1991-93), when he was the HC in Cleveland.
• Pittsburgh OC Todd Haley worked with Belichick in New York, when they were both on the Jets’ staff (1997-99).
• Haley was on staff at Arizona, while New England DL Alan Branch was a Cardinal (2007-08).
• Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams was a Carolina Panthers teammate of Patriots WR Brandon LaFell from 2010-13 and RB Tyler Gaffney in 2014.
• Steelers LB Arthur Moats was a teammate of Branch in Buffalo (2013), along with Patriots TE Scott Chandler (2010-13) and LB Chris White (2011-12).
• Steelers QB Mike Vick was teammates with Patriots S Patrick Chung and CB Bradley Fletchner for one season in Philadelphia (2013).
• Vick also played with New England RB Dion Lewis for two years with the Eagles (2011-12).
• Pittsburgh CB Antwon Blake played with New England CB Derek Cox for one year in Jacksonville (2012).
• Steelers DT Cam Thomas was also a teammate of Cox’s for one season in San Diego (2013).

College Connections
• Pittsburgh RB DeAngelo Williams played at Memphis with New England K Stephen Gostkowski for three seasons (2002-04).
• Pittsburgh DE Cameron Heyward (2007-10),LB Ryan Shazier (2011-13) and CB Doran Grant(2011-14) all played at least one season with New England CB Nate Ebner (2009-11) at Ohio State.
• Steelers G David DeCastro manned the offensive line at Stanford for two years with Patriots OL Cameron Fleming (2010-11). DeCastro also played with Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney (2009-11) and CB Jordan Richards (2011) while at Stanford.
• Steelers S Robert Golden and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski were teammates at Arizona (2008-09).
• Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert was teammates with Patriots DL Dominique Easley at Florida for one year (2010).
• Steelers S Shamarko Thomas was teammates with Patriots DE Chandler Jones at Syracuse for three years (2009-11).
• Pittsburgh G Ramon Foster played at Tennessee with Patriots LB Jerod Mayo for three seasons (2005-07).
• Pittsburgh QB Landry Jones was teammates with New England DL Geneo Grissom at Oklahoma for two seasons (2011-12).

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1ST QUARTER
None
2ND QUARTER
TD

(11:16) (Shotgun) 12-T.Brady pass short right to 87-R.Gronkowski for 16 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

PAT

3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.

TD

(4:06) 12-T.Brady pass short middle to 87-R.Gronkowski for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN. NE 87-Gronkowski 15th career multi-TD game.

PAT

3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.

FG

(:07) 8-J.Scobee 44 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.

3RD QUARTER
TD

(10:43) 12-T.Brady pass short left to 88-S.Chandler for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

PAT

3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.

TD

(6:48) 78-A.Villanueva reported in as eligible. 46-W.Johnson left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

PAT2

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(9:24) 12-T.Brady pass short left to 87-R.Gronkowski for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. NE 12-Brady 23rd career game with 4+ TD passes, tying Brett Favre for 3rd most all-time. NE 12-Brady 396 career TD passes, tying Drew Brees for 4th most all-time. NE 87-Gronkowski 3rd career 3-TD game.

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(:07) (Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass short left to 84-A.Brown for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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(politico) Trump on Fiorina’s face: I made those comments as an entertainer – POLITICO

 

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Donald Trump didn’t mean any harm when he criticized fellow GOP 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s face. He says he was just being the showman he is.
“Many of those comments are made as an entertainer because I did The Apprentice and it was one of the top shows on television,” he told Greta Van Susteren on Thursday night. “Some comments are made as an entertainer and as everybody said, as an entertainer is a much different ball game.”

Trump who is leading in Republican polls has said comments that would have buried many other candidates.
A Rolling Stone story Wednesday illustrates a scene where Trump watches Fiorina come onto the TV screen.
“’Look at that face!’ he cries. ‘Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!’ The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. ‘I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posed ta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?’”
On Thursday night, he reiterated what he told CNN earlier — that the face comments were actually about her persona.
“We’re really talking about not a physical thing, we’re talking about the persona. This is a women that gets tremendous publicity,” he said. “I don’t know why…her past doesn’t go along with the publicity she’s getting.”
But it didn’t take long before he was back on his favorite punching bag: Jeb Bush. “When somebody knocks me like Jeb Bush or anybody else, I at least decide that I think it’s appropriate to fight back.”
Van Susteren pointed out this wasn’t his first time saying controversial comments about women.
Trump responded that he was leading with women, and many other groups.
“I’d like to say that nobody understands and nobody wants to do more for women,” Trump said, a favorite line of his. “My wife was talking to me and she said you cherish women you really have to talk about it a little bit more.”
Trump also addressed his spat with Dr. Ben Carson. Earlier Thursday he said Carson, who is the first person to successfully separate conjoined twins, was an “OK doctor.”
Trump backtracked a bit, saying he’s sure some people will disagree with his views.
“I’m sure he’s a good doctor, I think that he’s overrated as a doctor,” Trump said.
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(pennlive.com) – Inside the new Flight 93 visitor center in Somerset County 

There is a hard truth engrained within the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville.

On one hand, there is the beauty of the natural landscape itself, the rolling hills that are part and parcel of the land north of Somerset. There is also the artistry of the memorial, which, over the last 14 years, has slowly risen out of the earth. Every detail here is carefully choreographed, from the monuments to the manner in which visitors interact with the land. And there is the terrible truth of what happened here, a knowledge that is inescapable as one walks the grounds.

It is beautiful and horrible all at once.

This truth is at the core of the new National Park Service welcome center – which will open Thursday – in the heart of the Flight 93 Memorial. From the outside, its angled planes rise from the slowly rolling hill, a study in modern architecture that still feels strangely organic.

Sneak peak at the Flight 93 National Memorial new visitor's centerGordon Felt explains part of an exhibit at the new visitor center at the Flight 93 National Memorial, near Somerset, Pa., which opens tomorrow, Sept. 10, 2015. Felt lost his brother, Ed, on Flight 93. Mark Pynes | mpynes@pennlive.com

Inside, soft light fills a long space. The effect causes the walls and ceiling to melt from one’s perception, leaving only 10 large panels, set in rows that mirror the seating of an airplane.

Each panel tells a part of the story of this place. From the opening panel that depicts Sept. 11, 2001, as “just a typical day,” to the events that took place aboard Flight 93 – the conflict between the passengers, crew and the terrorists who were attempting to turn the aircraft into a flying bomb.

“One of the hardest parts of this, at least for me, is this is a conflict that is still going on,” said Ed Root, whose cousin, Lorraine Bay, was a senior flight attendant on Flight 93. “This is a story that is still going on.

“We feel it does tell the story,” he continued. “It answers a lot of questions, and hopefully it also raises a lot of questions about what happened here.”

The second panel visitors encounter is a timeline of the events of that day, and the all-too familiar live news broadcasts that dominate many people’s memories of the crash in Somerset County and attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

It is a powerful experience; to watch again as the towers fall in New York, to hear the breaking news out of Washington, D.C. It can be overpowering. And yet it is necessary to Gordon Felt, whose brother, Edward, was a passenger. The broadcasts serve to remind those who lived through the events of what took place, as well as explain the gravitas of the situation to a new generation of Americans who learn about Sept. 11 in history class.

It has been two years since ground was broken on the new $26 million center and 14 years since Flight 93 slammed into these hills.

“It may seem like its been a long time,” said Root, “but when you look at it in the scope of history, it has happened remarkably fast.”

Felt offered another viewpoint: “For us, our sacred ground is the [impact site]. Which is why it was so important for us to protect that first and then work on the visitors’ center,” he said.

Sneak peak at the Flight 93 National Memorial new visitor's centerGordon Felt, who’s brother Ed was a passenger on Flight 93, gives a tour of the new visitor center at the Flight 93 National Memorial, near Somerset, Pa. The new center opens to the public tomorrow, Sept. 10, 2015. Mark Pynes | mpynes@pennlive.com

Both of the men – along with others who lost loved ones when Flight 93 crashed – were involved in the design of the welcome center.

Those lost on the flight are remembered throughout the center: a wall features their names and photos, and a seating chart shows their places on the flight. Every piece of information, Root said, was deliberated over, with sometimes agonizing decisions having to be made.

For example, included in the seating chart are the names of the terrorists who were on board the aircraft. It is a small, but not inconsequential detail, especially for those whose loved ones were on the flight.

“As a family member, I don’t want to know their names,” said Root. “I don’t want to even acknowledge them as human.

“But it’s history. The fact that it’s history has to trump emotion. … That’s the line you have to walk.”

Two of the panels detail not only the plane’s flight path, but also its final moments in the air through written descriptions of the voice data recorded in the cockpit during the struggle for control of the plane. It also includes audio of phone calls made by passengers on the flight.

The final moments and phone calls are set against a backdrop that shows the view of the interior of the aircraft, looking up the central aisle toward the front of the airplane.

“Some people thought it would almost be too much,” Root said. “But we felt it was needed. This really shows you … if you’re in the back of the plane, that moment.

“It makes you ask yourself: ‘What would you have done?'”

The second-to-last panel is a tribute to the temporary memorial that was erected on the site in the days, months and years after 9/11. It includes mementos left behind by visitors.

“For some reason, this memorial, people wanted to stay connected,” Felt said. “They left little things behind.”

Felt was asked if he misses the makeshift memorial that was created by those early visitors.

“I do, but I love this memorial,” he said. “The temporary memorial will always be in my heart.”

At the end of the welcome center, a curious window is cut into the otherwise smooth walls of the building. It projects outward in a glass triangle, cut with two slanted support bars, which at first appear to be a curious touch.

It is only when you stand back that you realize what it is – a rendering of a cockpit, looking out from the hilltop of the welcome center towards the plane crash stretching out below.

The effect is unsettling, to say the least. And it brings home – at least for the moment – the final seconds of that fateful flight.

The memorial of Flight 93 is full of these small details. It is only when you step back, or take a moment to pause, that their meaning, their full purpose comes into view – a series of shocks that can almost overwhelm a visitor, but one that leaves an indelible impression of what happened that sunny day near Shanksville.

Source: Inside the new Flight 93 visitor center in Somerset County | PennLive.com

(Telegraph) – Russian 5-year-olds dig tunnel under nursery fence ‘to buy Jaguar’

The two boys reportedly used toy spades to dig a tunnel under their nursery fence in their premeditated escape plan

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The two unnamed youngsters used sand spades to dig their way under this fence to escape from their nursery in Magnitogorsk.  Photo: The Siberian Times

A pair of five-year-old Russian boys dug a tunnel under their nursery fence in a plot to buy a luxury car, reported AFP.

While out on a supervised group walk around the nursery grounds, in the city of Magnitogorsk in the Urals region, the children disappeared, according to the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

Using toy spades from the sandpit they were able to dig a passage under the nursery fence and then embarked on a two kilometre journey to a luxury car showroom.

When a female driver asked why the unaccompanied children were there, they replied they wanted to buy a Jaguar but didn’t have any money.

She put the children in her car and then drove them to the police station.

Their absence was only noticed after they had been missing for half an hour.

Chelyabinsk regional interior ministry confirmed the boy’s escape from the nursery to AFP and said, “We don’t have any details yet, we can only confirm the fact itself” and added it took place several days ago.

Local education authorities fired the supervisor in charge at the time of the incident and gave the acting head a warning.

“This is considered a very serious violation,” said the head of the pre-school department of Magnitogorsk, Olga Denisenko, told Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The children’s parents haven’t filed any complaints against the nursery.

Source: Russian 5-year-olds dig tunnel under nursery fence ‘to buy Jaguar’ – Telegraph

(reuters) – Exclusive: U.S. to shift 50 staff to boost office handling Clinton emails

 

Exclusive: U.S. to shift 50 staff to boost office handling Clinton emails

The U.S. State Department plans to move about 50 workers into temporary jobs to bolster the office sifting through Hillary Clinton’s emails and grappling with a vast backlog of other requests for information to be declassified, officials said on Tuesday.

The move illustrates the huge administrative burden caused by Clinton’s decision to use a private email address for official communications as secretary of state and a judge’s ruling in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that they be released.

Clinton on Tuesday for the first time apologized for her use of private email, telling ABC News: “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that.” The news channel reported the comment before broadcast of the full interview at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The extra staff will not work on the monthly, court-ordered release of Clinton emails, which are being handled by about 20 permanent, and 30 part-time, workers, officials said. The new staff will fill in for those workers and may also handle other Clinton FOIA requests.

 

The front-runner to be the Democratic presidential candidate in the 2016 election has been heavily criticized since it emerged in March that she used the private set-up rather than a government-issued email address.

 

In a notice to employees on Sept. 2, the State Department advertised for people with skills in coordinating and assessing FOIA requests and deciding if information may be declassified and released to the public.

The notice, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, is entitled “Enhancing Transparency: Immediate Detail Opportunities At State” and calls for workers to apply for reassignment for 9 to 12 months. Applications are due on Thursday and the agency plans to make selections by Sept. 18.

Hillary Clinton says she’s sorry

In addition to filling in for workers pulled from their normal duties to handle the crush of work from the Clinton emails, officials said the extra staff would help the department grapple with a surge in FOIA requests more generally, related litigation and a huge backlog of information requests.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he was naming Ambassador Janice Jacobs to serve as the State Department’s “transparency coordinator” to help the agency respond to FOIA and congressional requests more efficiently.

The agency had an overall backlog of 10,045 FOIA requests at the end of fiscal year 2014 on Sept. 30, up about 15.8 percent from the previous year, according to its FOIA reports.

 

(Additional Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Christian Plumb)

(Business Insider) – Why the ‘s’ iPhone is always the best one to buy 

 

Since the first iPhone came out in 2007, production has followed a predictable schedule: Every two years, Apple has given its new iPhone — the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 — major upgrades, like increasing the size and resolution of the screen, and changing the shape and design of the phone.

In the intervening years, or the so called “s” years, the phones have gotten incremental internal upgrades, like faster processors, increased stability, and some iterative features, like improved cameras and the addition of a fingerprint sensor.

You could say that these “s” phones — the Phone 3GS, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, and as of Wednesday, the iPhone 6s — are less revolutionary, and more evolutionary.

But they’re also the best phones to use.

I’ve owned every iPhone since the 3GS, and looking back, I’ve liked the changes in the “s” models the most.

That sentiment remains true for the iPhone 6s, which Apple announced Wednesday.

The iPhone 6s looks nearly identical to the iPhone 6 on the outside, but it includes a significantly better camera, a display that can detect the difference between a normal and deep tap, and a new Rose Gold colour, among other features.

The camera in the iPhone 6s is by far the best camera Apple has ever made — and it will be enough of a reason by itself to convince people to upgrade. This is first time in years that Apple has increased the number of megapixels from 8 to 12, which means that images will look much crisper on bigger displays.

There’s also a cool new feature in the iPhone 6s called “Live Photos,” which essentially turns static images into short videos, like animated GIFs.

Deep pressing on the iPhone 6s display to get more info about a museum in Maps.

Perhaps the biggest addition to the iPhone 6s is the new display technology Apple calls “3D Touch.” It’s going to change the way I interact with apps by letting my press deeper to access quick shortcuts and navigate without having to make a bunch of finger taps.

The iPhone 6s is just another example of how Apple methodically iterates on its existing smartphone design every other year.

Sure, we got a flashy new hardware design with the iPhone 4, but the iPhone 4s introduced Siri, which remains an incredibly important Apple product — and a tent-pole feature of the new Apple TV.

The iPhone 5 increased the device’s screen size, but the iPhone 5s included the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which completely changed the way I unlock my iPhone, and on the iPhone 6, the way I pay for things.

The iPhone 6s has been reinforced to make it less susceptible to bending, according toleaked parts that YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger obtained in the weeks leading up to the Apple event.

That may not seem like a big deal, and Apple didn’t address it during its media event on Wednesday, but considering that I accidentally bent my iPhone 6 twice, it’s a design change I welcome. Without theBendgate controversy surrounding the iPhone 6, Apple may never have tweaked the design of the iPhone 6s.

I like the “s” iPhones because they build on the design from the previous year and give Apple an opportunity to iterate with refinements and new features that didn’t make it into the previous year’s model. 3D Touch would have been great on last year’s iPhone 6, but it builds on the larger screen Apple introduced with the 6 and makes it even better.

As of September 25 (or September 12 if you want to pre-order), you’ll have the choice of paying a bit more money for the iPhone 6s instead of the current iPhone 6. If you’re on the fence, go with the “s” model. It may not look much different on the outside, but like most good things, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

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(USA Today) – Job openings hit record high in July

Employers advertised 5.8 million jobs, up from 5.3 million in June and the highest on records dating to 2000, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The previous high was 5.4 million in May. Professional and business services added 122,000 openings; trade, transportation and utilities, 73,000; and leisure and hospitality, 69,000.

The number of hires slipped to 5 million from 5.2 million, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. As the unemployment rate falls to near-normal levels, many employers are struggling to find workers —  a dilemma some economists attribute to  mismatches  between the skills of unemployed workers and employers’ needs.The jobless rate was 5.3% in July and dropped to 5.1% last month.

The number of people quitting jobs declined by 43,000 but remained at a solid 2.7 million. Quits typically indicate a healthy labor market in which workers feel confident enough to leave one job for another.

And in a sign that leverage is shifting to employees, there were just 1.4 unemployed workers for each job opening in July, down from 6.7 workers per opening in 2009.

Despite the tightening market, growth in average hourly earnings has remained modest, though it ticked up to 2.2% annually in August from 2% in June, perhaps signaling a coming acceleration. Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, expects annual wage growth to increase to about 2.5% by the end of the year.

The Federal Reserve is seeking signs of faster wage growth as it considers raising its benchmark interest rate for the first time  in nearly a decade at its policy meeting next week.

Wednesday’s report “might just take the (Fed) one step closer to raising rates at next week’s policy meeting,” RDQ Economics wrote in a note to clients.

Labor reported Friday that employers added a solid 245,000 jobs in July, revising up its previous estimate by 30,000.

Source: Job openings hit record high in July

(TribLIVE) – Macy’s to close 35 to 40 stores 

 

NEW YORK — Macy’s says it will close 35 to 40 stores in early 2016, or as much as 5 percent of its namesake department stores.

Macy’s said Tuesday it hasn’t selected all of the stores that will close. It expects the locations will have about $300 million in combined revenue. The company says employees who work at the closing stores may be offered positions at nearby locations, and workers who are laid off will be offered severance benefits.

Employees of Pittsburgh area stores said Tuesday they had no knowledge of the closings or declined to comment, referring questions to the company’s corporate offices in Cincinnati. Macy’s began liquidating its Downtown store in July and plans to close it this month.

The Cincinnati-based company says it closes a few underperforming stores every year. The company runs 770 Macy’s stores and has closed 52 locations during the past five years while opening 12.

Macy’s and other retailers are looking for new ways to boost their sales as middle-class customers try to keep their spending down, looking for deals and doing more of their shopping online. The company is preparing to open six lower-priced Macy’s Backstage stores later this year and intends to open more of them in 2016.

Over the last few quarters Macy’s has been hurt by the strong U.S. dollar, which has cut into spending by tourists, as well as a labor dispute that slowed down ports on the West Coast. The company reported $28.11 billion in revenue in 2014, up less than 1 percent from the year before.

Macy’s is getting ready to test selling goods online in China through a joint venture with a retailer based in Hong Kong.

Macy’s Inc. runs the Bloomingdale’s chain, and earlier this year it bought upscale beauty retailer Bluemercury. It has a total of 885 locations.

The company plans to experiment in consumer electronics and open Best Buy shops inside 10 of its stores in November.

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(BBC News) – Kayla Mueller murdered by IS, says Yazidi former sex slave

US hostage Kayla Mueller was murdered by Islamic State militants, and not killed in a coalition airstrike as IS claims, a former captive has said.

According to a Yazidi woman who escaped after being held as a sex slave – one of thousands of women and girls enslaved by IS.

Two Yazidi eyewitnesses have also told the BBC that Ms Mueller was used by the IS leader himself as one of his personal sex slaves.

The BBC’s Paul Wood and cameraman Fred Scott report from northern Iraq.

Source: Kayla Mueller murdered by IS, says Yazidi former sex slave – BBC News

(KRQE News 13) – Albuquerque school restricts cheer uniform from campus dress code


 

 

Parents of cheerleaders at La Cueva High School aren’t happy with administrators. They say their girls were told they can’t wear their cheerleading outfits on campus for game days.

The school says three girls were taken to detention, or what the school calls the “bear cave” last Friday, for wearing their uniforms. They were asked to change before they could return to class.

The district’s dress code states students can’t wear “short shorts or skirts” and that “low cut shirts” are off limits. It also says principals like La Cueva’s have the right to implement stricter dress codes.

The school’s athletic director, Leeann Moses, said shorts and skirts have to extend lower than a girl’s fingertips as she’s holding her arms to her side, and that all shirts must have sleeves. So according to the school’s dress code, the girls uniforms are too revealing.

“We wear spandex under them which is like pretty much wearing shorts under our skirts,” Junior Varsity Cheerleader Ashlyn Villanueva said. “We could wear our shells with long sleeve shirts, but not our skirts.”

The girls are allowed to wear their uniforms at games, just not in the classroom. Some parents told KRQE News 13 that it makes no sense if the district considers extracurricular activities an extension of APS, yet their children can’t wear APS approved uniforms on campus.

The school said the girls can wear their uniforms to school as long as they wear sweats under their skirts and long sleeves under their tops.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Football season means long Friday nights and game days celebrated at high schools around the state, but some students at La Cueva say game days at their schools just aren’t as fun.
Source: Albuquerque school restricts cheer uniform from campus dress code | KRQE News 13

(CBS) – Arizona authorities investigate 9 freeway shootings

PHOENIX —Arizona Department of Public Safety officials were investigating two more car shootings Tuesday along Interstate 10 in Phoenix, but it’s unclear if they’re related to four other incidents of shots being fired at moving vehicles on the freeway since late last month.

DPS also is investigating three other shootings of bullets or projectiles at vehicles in recent days on the Loop 202 freeway, State Route 51 and another Phoenix-area highway, but details weren’t immediately released.

“This is a priority for our department,” DPS Director Frank Milstead said at a news conference. “Ten days, nine incidents. This is a real and continuing threat to Arizona motorists.”

The state Silent Witness program quadrupled the reward Tuesday to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters.

There’s been one reported injury — a 13-year-old girl who was cut by shattered glass. But Milstead said that if the incidents continue, “it’s just a matter of time before there is a tragedy.”

Authorities have been asking for the public’s help in tracking down suspects in the incidents.

“I don’t know if this is a copy-cat crime or multiple people partaking in this kind of insanity,” Milstead said.

The incidents began in the late morning of Aug. 29 when two vehicles were struck in a half-hour span on I-10 between 19th and 59th avenues and a third vehicle was hit on I-10 near 16th Street late that night. A fourth vehicle was shot on Aug. 31 around 4:25 a.m. near 14th Avenue and I-10. On Tuesday, a Phoenix police sergeant’s personal vehicle had a passenger window shattered while driving to work around 5:20 a.m. on eastbound I-10 between 35th and 43rd avenues, according to DPS officials who said the sergeant wasn’t injured. DPS didn’t immediately provide details on the other Tuesday incident, but Milstead said it occurred at about the same time in the same area.

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(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) – Cement truck crash brings rush-hour traffic to standstill on Parkway West 

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Morning traffic on the Parkway West outbound was backed up for miles during rush-hour and many hours later following a crash near the Carnegie exit, state police said.

Traffic was jammed for about five hours from Carnegie back through the Fort Pitt Tunnel to the Parkway East near Grant Street following the crash, which occurred shortly after 6 a.m.

The crash involved a cement truck smashing into a barrier. No injuries were reported.

Traffic snarled inbound parkway commuters as well as those traveling in on Interstate 279, where it was backed up to the Bellevue exit.

Also, certain Port Authority bus routes were experiencing delays.

Workers repairing the barrier later had to stop traffic on the Parkway West for a few minutes, PennDOT officials said.

State police said Parkway East and Parkway West traffic was moving again by 11 a.m.

Source: Cement truck crash brings rush-hour traffic to standstill on Parkway West | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(whitehouse.gov) – Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Lets Talk About the Budget

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President recognized Labor Day by highlighting the economic progress our country has made, and underlining what needs to be done to continue that growth. Our businesses have created 13.1 million new jobs over the past five and a half years, the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in seven years, and seventeen states across the country have raised the minimum wage. The President stressed that to continue this progress, Congress needs to avoid a government shutdown that would hurt middle-class Americans and pass a responsible budget before the end of September. The President emphasized that Congress should not play games with our economy, and instead pass a budget that invests in our middle-class and helps those who work hard and play by the rules to get ahead.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, September 5, 2015.

(USA Today) – British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas; put out with two minor injuries

Firefighters enter a plane that caught fire at McCarran International Airport Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Photo: John Locher, AP)

Fire broke out Tuesday on a British Airways flight at the Las Vegas airport, but it was put out with only a couple of minor injuries, according to McCarran International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying the plane’s left engine caught fire and the crew aborted its takeoff. Passengers exited using the emergency slides and were awaiting buses back to the terminal.

Flight 2276 – a Boeing 777-200 with 275 seats – was scheduled to take off about 4 p.m. Pacific time, bound for London’s Gatwick Airport when the incident happened, according to the airport’s Twitter feed.

The fire was put out by 4:22 p.m., according to the airport. By that point, all passengers were off the plane and awaiting buses to the terminal, the airport said.

Witness Paul Berberian, who shot a video of the plane, told CNN, “The whole thing kind of played out in the course of just a few minutes.”

The plane was carrying 159 passengers and 13 crew members, and two were transported for minor injuries, the airport said.

 

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(politico) – Hillary Clinton says, ‘I’m sorry’

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After refusing in recent days to explicitly apologize for her use of private email while secretary of state, Clinton offers up a mea culpa.

It was an apology that made many of Hillary Clinton’s closest supporters bristle.

“At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions, but there are answers to all these questions,” Hillary Clinton told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in an interview last Friday, when asked whether she should apologize for the email controversy dogging her campaign. “I take responsibility and it wasn’t the best choice.”

The classic “I’m sorry your feelings are hurt” response left many Clinton insiders fuming that the statement felt more like an insult than an apology — leading a growing chorus of advisors and donors to rachet up the pressure on Clinton and her campaign over the long weekend to take the apology a step further, multiple sources close to the campaign said.

Even operatives on her campaign admitted the apology on Mitchell’s show had not helped put the issue to bed.

“It wasn’t getting it done,” said a source inside the campaign.

On Tuesday, in a taped interview with ABC News’ David Muir, Clinton finally relented, delivering a straightforward, no-strings-attached apology.

The email set-up was “a mistake,” she said, “I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.”

“I do think I could have and should have done a better job answering questions earlier,” she added.

Her remarks came during her third sit-down interview in recent days. The full ABC interview is set to air on Tuesday evening, but the network released Clinton’s one apologetic line in advance.

Tuesday’s change in direction followed an interview with the AP, in which Clinton again refused to apologize, on the lawyerly grounds that “what I did was allowed.” The decision to make a clean apology, a source said, was finalized Monday night.

The language of the question Clinton answered on ABC also differed from the one posed by Mitchell, who asked if Clinton “wanted to apologize to the American people for the choice you made.” That language was seen as heavy-handed by some Democrats, and asking for too much from Clinton.

“Though she can’t say it, HRC clearly went private because she didn’t want folks fishing around in personal email, and it boomeranged,” former Obama advisor David Axelrod tweeted after the interview. “She was right to admit mistake and take responsibility, but also wise to refuse the invitation to “apologize to American people.”

The new ABC News interview allowed her to apologize fully, without so explicitly beggin pardon from the entire country.

Privately, Clinton allies have been seething as the campaign has struggled to overcome the email controversy, with many blaming the fumbling response on the candidate herself. The hope was that the ABC News interview Tuesday night would provide what was necessary for the campaign to turn a corner.

The apology was the kind of reversal she never made in 2008, when on matters large and small Clinton showed off a real aversion to saying the word, “sorry.” That year, she consistently declined to apologize for her vote to authorize the war in Iraq — a move that eventually cost her in the Democratic primary.

Clinton’s shift to a more contrite response to the email story comes as evidence is mounting that the controversy has dragged on her poll numbers and favorability ratings, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to surge and Vice President Joe Biden keeps alive the speculation of his own White House run.

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(NBC News) – Homeowner Catches Burglar Camping Out, Selling Belongings Online

by Tim Stelloh

Ed Saurs pulled into the driveway of his two-story home on a quiet suburban street in Puyallup, Washington, just after 12 p.m. last Tuesday. Saurs, 58, was there for a business meeting — he was putting the longtime family home up for sale — but he immediately noticed something odd.

The Chevy truck in his driveway didn’t belong to his real estate agent, and through the open front door of his house he could see a young man who he didn’t know standing in the front hallway. So Saurs, a retired Air Force loadmaster, approached him.

“I asked: What are you doing in my house?” Saurs told NBC News. “He said, ‘I’m here to buy the microwave.’ I said, ‘My microwave is not for sale.'”

Saurs discovered that in the couple of weeks that he’d been in Olympia, where he and his wife live full time, someone had broken into his home, slept on a mattress on the floor and undertaken an astonishingly brazen heist, a burglary so casual it could have been an online date: The Saurs’ family belongings — an iPod, a lawnmower, a table saw, the microwave — were currently for sale on Craigslist and another classifieds site, offerup.com.

IMAGE: Craigslist ad As Saurs talked to the confused would-be customer, he saw someone in the kitchen — a white man with a beard and a baseball cap who appeared to be in his mid-20s. “He peered around and saw me coming,” Saurs recalled. “I ran out the side and chased him.”

When the apparent thief hopped over a four-foot wooden fence, Saurs thought better of giving chase. He went back inside to survey the damage, dial 911 and get debriefed by the customer, who showed him the online advertisements and told him what he could about the man trying to hawk Saurs’ microwave.

Gone was the refrigerator Saurs installed a couple of years before, during a kitchen remodel. Gone was the washer and dryer and the convection oven and the tool chest and his 84-year-old father’s set of golf clubs. In total, Saurs estimated that several thousand dollars’ worth of items were stolen. But that was hardly the point.

“We’ve got 25 years of memories here,” he said. “Christmases. My daughter was married in the backyard. … To cap it off with a violation like this? It doesn’t sit real well.”

A neighbor caught the man’s escape on a surveillance camera, and Pierce County sheriff’s detectives collected fingerprints from a water bottle left next to the mattress where the burglar was sleeping, as well as drug paraphernalia that he left behind, Saurs said.

So far, he’s heard nothing.

 

(reuters) – At least four people dead in small plane crash in Colorado mountains

Rescue teams in Colorado were working to recover the bodies of at least four people who died in a small plane crash in a rugged area of the Rocky Mountains, federal and local officials said on Monday.

The twin-engine Cessna 310-H went down around 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday in a remote section of the San Juan Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain range, the National Transportation Board said.  NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the agency had reports that five people on board had died.

The San Juan Sheriff’s office said at least four people were killed.

Rescue teams from the Colorado National Guard and San Juan County had spotted the wreckage and were working to recover the bodies from the remote, mountainous area above the town of Silverton, in southwestern Colorado.

The Denver Post reported the crash site was at an elevation of about 11,600 feet (3,536 meters).

An NTSB investigator was due to arrive at the scene on Monday, Knudson said.It was not yet known where the plane had originated or its final destination.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Source: At least four people dead in small plane crash in Colorado mountains | Reuters

(CBC) – Receptionist with no medical training glues boy’s eye shut during procedure

ulia Vavatsikos is outraged that a receptionist with no medical training was the one who applied medical glue to her son’s eyelid. (CBC)

Private medical clinic says doctor was performing ‘crucial medical task’ of holding boy

By Rosa Marchitelli, CBC News

​The mother of a three-year-old Quebec boy is going public after a receptionist with no medical training at a private clinic accidentally glued her son’s eye shut while trying to seal a small cut on his eyelid.

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“I thought I was going to faint. I got emotional, I got scared. I was angry. I didn’t know what to do. My son was screaming he was trying to open his eye … it was very, very, scary,” Julia Vavatsikos told Go Public.

On Canada Day, Vavatsikos took Vincenzo (Vinnie) to a private medical clinic called Clinique Médicale Privée Jean-Pierre Savaria et Associes located near their home in Blainville. The clinic has since changed its name to LeBlanc & Savaria Clinique Médicale Privée.
JThe family cat had scratched Vinnie’s eyelid. It was a small scratch, but his mom wanted to make sure everything was OK.

Dr. Jean Therrien was the only doctor working and decided the cut could be sealed with medical glue. He called a colleague into the room to help.

“I thought because it was Canada Day that maybe the clinic was short-staffed, and that he [the colleague] was either a nurse or medical student,” Vavatsikos said.

“The doctor was holding my son and kind of holding his eye and then the co-worker applied glue. He kind of missed and he glued my son’s eye shut.”

That co-worker was not a nurse or a medical student. Go Public has confirmed he was a clinic receptionist — a part-time employee with no medical training.
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“My son was yelling, ‘Mommy, mommy.’ He couldn’t open his eye and also the doctor looked like he was panicking. He was trying to open my son’s eye with water and his fingers, he was even swearing at that point. I’ve never met any doctors that swear. At that point, I knew something was really wrong,” Vavatsikos said.

Therrien then told Vavatsikos she needed to take Vinnie to an emergency room, where medical staff were waiting for them.
‘Nurse couldn’t believe it’

“The first nurse [we saw] couldn’t believe it. She said first of all, they try to avoid using glue because things like this could happen especially on places like an eye. But if they have to do it, the nurses aren’t allowed. It has to be a doctor or a specialist. At that point I was even more frustrated,” Vavatsikos said.

An ophthalmologist was called in to cut the boys eyelashes and carefully pry the eye open.

Vavatsikos said she decided to tell her story to warn others and to make sure the doctor is held accountable.

“I don’t want any other kid, adult, baby to go through that — to go through what my son went through. He was absolutely traumatized. I think the doctor needs to know what he did wasn’t right. He might as well have asked me to put glue on my son’s eye.”

Go Public made many attempts to contact Dr. Therrien and the receptionist. Neither returned messages.
Clinique Medicale Privee Dr. Jean-Pierre Savaria et assoc.

The private medical clinic where the incident happened in Blainville, near Montreal. (CBC)

We did put our questions to Dr. Marie-Andrée LeBlanc, one of the owners of the private clinic. LeBlanc confirmed the receptionist was the person who applied the glue, while the doctor performed what Leblanc called the “crucial medical act of holding the boy in place.”

LeBlanc said the incident happened when the boy suddenly moved while the glue was being applied.

In a brief statement to Go Public, LeBlanc said Therrien is an experienced physician with more than 30 years in the field.
Doctor has no history of misconduct

Therrien is licensed to practise in Quebec and Ontario. The organizations that oversee doctors in those provinces say he has no history of professional misconduct and has never been disciplined.

After Vavatsikos and Go Public contacted the Collège des Médecins du Québec, the organization launched an inquiry into the incident. At the time of publication, no decision had been made and Therrien was still working at the clinic.

The incident raises serious concerns for Dr. Saideh Khadir, a physician and spokesperson for the Quebec arm of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and an advocate for public health care.

“I was really sad because it’s something that could have been prevented if it was done correctly. This kind of act of gluing a laceration should be done strictly by doctor and a qualified one when it comes to the eyes. This being done by receptionist is unacceptable.”
Dr. Saideh Khadir

Dr. Saideh Khadir from the Quebec arm of Canadian Doctors for Medicare says studies show the quality of care suffers at private medical facilities. (CBC)

She said a record number of private clinics have opened up in the last few years, especially in Quebec where doctors who opt out of the public system can charge whatever they want.

Khadir said when profit is involved, cutting costs is always a consideration.

“There is more risk. You can decide to hire someone that is less qualified to cut edges short. It’s something that’s really concerning,” she said.
Not effort to cut costs, clinic says

Leblanc denied that’s the case at her private clinic. She said the decision to staff one doctor on Canada Day was not an effort to cut costs, but that statutory holidays are usually less busy.

Since the incident, Vinnie has seen another ophthalmologist, who said the boy will likely not have any long-term problems with his eye.

Vavatsikos was charged $150 for Vinnie’s visit, but the money was refunded by the clinic.

 

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(CNN.com) – Illinois Labor Day parade: Car plows into crowd injuring 11

By Holly Yan and Dave Stewart, CNN

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A 2-year-old suffered a skull fracture; 10 others have been released from the hospital

Report: The police chief and ambulances were already in the parade

(CNN)A driver careened into Labor Day parade crowd in Illinois, fracturing the skull of a 2-year-old child and injuring 10 others.Investigators haven’t determined why the 61-year-old driver plowed into the crowd Monday morning, Officer Tom Kirby of Westville Police Department said.”She never stopped,” one witness told CNN affiliate WICS. “It’s just too scary to see anything happen like that.”The 2-year-old child with a fractured skull was taken to a trauma center in Champaign, Kirby said. The child’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

All of the other 10 injured have been released from the hospital, the officer said. They include three other children, ages 4, 10 and 13.

Ambulances that were participating in the parade had to suddenly change course and transport the injured to the hospital, The News-Gazette newspaper reported.

“That was the good part about it — that they were there for the parade,” Westville Police Chief David Booe told the paper. Booe was also in the parade.

The driver was not seriously injured. Police are investigating why she slammed into the crowd, including whether she may have had a medical issue or a mechanical problem.

This year’s Westville Labor Day Parade was billed as one of the parade’s biggest with more than 200 entries — about 50 more than most years.

“Our parade has grown crazy this year for some reason,” organizer Darren VanDuyn told The News-Gazette.

Thousands of spectators had lined the streets of the small eastern Illinois community, about 150 miles south of Chicago, when the crash occurred.

Source: Illinois Labor Day parade: Car plows into crowd – CNN.com

(CNBC) – Here’s how China slowdown will hit your state’s economy

 

Workers stack sockeye salmon fillets after being vacuum packed to be frozen at the Alitak Cannery on Kodiak Island, Alaska. (File photo).

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Workers stack sockeye salmon fillets after being vacuum packed to be frozen at the Alitak Cannery on Kodiak Island, Alaska. (File photo).

If you export to China, the latest headlines are not good news.

After a decade of rapid growth, China’s appetite for goods and raw materials from the rest of the world appears to be slowing. And that’s left companies and countries that sell to China wondering just how badly their orders may shrink.

On Tuesday, Beijing reported that China’s giant manufacturing sector contracted at the fastest pace in three years. A separate private survey of smaller firms showed the factories slowing to the weakest pace in more than six years.

The slowdown is hitting China’s biggest suppliers and major trade partners hardest. In August, exports from South Korea tumbled by nearly 15 percent—the most in six years.

For U.S. exporters, China represents the third-largest market—behind Canada and Mexico—accounting for $120 billion worth of goods last year. But that trade represents only 7 percent of U.S. exports—or less than 1 percent of total gross domestic product, according to economists at Wells Fargo Securities.

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“Even when indirect effects are considered, the United States simply does not seem to have significant economic and financial exposure to China,” they wrote in a recent note to clients.

But that impact varies widely from one U.S. state to another, with West Coast states more heavily reliant on Chinese markets.

Among the most dependent states: Washington, which sold roughly 20 percent of its exports to China last year, or nearly $10 billion worth of goods. Airplanes, the state’s largest export by far, made up the bulk of the state’s sales to China.

California exported some $16 billion to mainland China last year, with computers and electronics accounting for nearly 28 percent of the total. Texas was the third-largest exporter to China, with nearly $11 billion worth of products that included chemicals, computers and machinery.

Alaska, which exports a smaller volume of goods, last year sent a bigger share—some 28 percent—to China. Roughly half of Alaska’s $1.5 billion in exports to China last year consisted of seafood.

U.S. farm states are also big exporters to China, which is the biggest for American agricultural products. Some 20 percent of all U.S. farm exports are sold to China, which bought $30 billion worth of foods products in fiscal year 2014, including soybeans, distillers’ grains, hides and skins, tree nuts, coarse grains, cotton and beef, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

While the total impact of Chinese exports is a relatively small share of U.S. GDP, sales have grown faster than any other trading partner on the last decade—nearly tripling between 2005 and 2014. U.S. exports Canada rose 47 percent growth and exports to Mexico roughly doubled.

Source: Here’s how China slowdown will hit your state’s economy

(USA Today) – Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4M

< Baltimore City police officers lift activist Kwame Rose off the ground while arresting him during a demonstration at the Inner Harbor September 2, 2015 in Baltimore.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)[/caption]

The city of Baltimore has reached a $6.4 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man black man who died in April after suffering a neck injury while in police custody.

The settlement is expected to be approved Wednesday at a meeting of the city’s Board of Estimates, which oversees city spending, the mayor’s office said.

“The proposed settlement agreement going before the Board of Estimates should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “This settlement is being proposed solely because it is in the best interest of the city and avoids costly and protracted litigation that would only make it more difficult for our city to heal.”

The mayor’s office said the city would pay $2.8 million to Gray’s family in the fiscal year that began July 1, with the balance being paid in the following fiscal year.

Last week a judge ruled that the six police officers charged in connection with Gray’s death can be tried separately.

The six officers have pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from false imprisonment to involuntary manslaughter. Gray died of a severe neck injury after being handcuffed and restrained inside a police vehicle April 12.

Gray’s death triggered widespread protests, accompanied by looting and arson in Baltimore, and prompted a national outcry.

Source: Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4M

(boston herald) – Queen Elizabeth II set to become longest reigning UK monarch

This is a April 20, 2006 file photo of Queen Elizabeth II sitting in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace in London looking at some of the cards which have been sent to her for her 80th birthday. (Fiona Hanson/PA, File via AP)

LONDON — She has lived longer than any of her predecessors, seen a dozen prime ministers come and go, and presided over six decades of British history — from war with Germany to the death of Princess Diana and terror attacks on London.

Now Queen Elizabeth II is set to become the longest reigning monarch in British history. On Wednesday, she beats the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria — 63 years and 7 months — more than a century ago. Only four other British kings and queens have reigned 50 years or more.

“You have to be a certain age to remember a time when she wasn’t the queen,” said royal historian and commentator Hugo Vickers.

The only monarch most living Britons have ever known, Elizabeth has been the constant heart of British life since she came to the throne as a young woman aged 25.

Much has changed since then. When she married Prince Philip in 1947, Britain was still in the grips of post-World War II austerity — the couple’s wedding cake had to be made from ingredients sent as wedding presents from abroad. In 1953, when she was crowned in Westminster Abbey, television was a novelty and British colonies were still dotted around the world. By the 1990s, the empire had all but vanished.

Elizabeth is the last generation of British royals to be educated at home, and the first monarch from the country to have sent an email (1976) or a tweet (2014). She has worked with 12 British prime ministers — from Winston Churchill to David Cameron, who was not even born at the time of her coronation — and continues to carry out public engagements and travel at age 89.

While Elizabeth is instantly recognizable and held in endearing regard by her subjects, her personality and views remain an enigma to most. As constitutional monarch she must keep mum on political affairs, and only rarely does she let her thoughts be known. Days ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, she remarked that she hoped voters would think “very carefully about the future.”

Some argue that reticence and neutrality form part of her appeal.

“She is above politics and when you have a change of government that’s quite reassuring to know,” Vickers said.

Stephen Daldry, director of the royal-themed play “The Audience,” recently captured the queen’s paradox: “You know, she is the most invisible visible public woman in the world,” he said.

Her public speeches are dignified, modest and often dry.

“We are reminded here of our past, of the continuity of our national story and the virtues of resilience, ingenuity and tolerance which created it,” she said during the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, which marked 60 years of her reign. “I have been privileged to witness some of that history and, with the support of my family, rededicate myself to the service of our great country and its people now and in the years to come.”

Palace officials say there will be no fanfare on Wednesday, when Elizabeth officially becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Officials say the queen wanted the occasion to be a low-key affair, and that the day will be “business as usual.” Elizabeth is expected to be staying in her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, and will take a steam train journey from Edinburgh with Prince Philip to open the new Borders Railway.

Born April 21, 1926 in London, the queen was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York and was known as young Lilibet to her family. It seemed at the time unlikely that she would become queen — that is until Edward VIII, her uncle, unexpectedly abdicated in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth’s father reluctantly became King George VI, and she was the heir when he died in 1952.

Even before that, as early as her 21st birthday, Elizabeth had dedicated her life to Britain and the Commonwealth.

“There is a motto which has been borne by many of my ancestors — a noble motto, ‘I serve’,” she said.

Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip has endured for almost 70 years, longer than that of any other British monarch and outlasting the unions of three of her four children. In 1992, notoriously branded the “annus horribilis,” Prince Charles separated from Princess Diana, and Prince Andrew separated from his wife Sarah Ferguson. Princess Anne was divorced in the same year.

Diana’s death in 1997, which prompted Elizabeth to abandon royal protocol to publicly mourn her troublesome ex-daughter-in-law, marked one of the only low points in the queen’s reign. Today, there is little doubt about her popularity: In 2012, a million people braved the rain and sang “God Save the Queen” as they marched to the gates of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

“The British by and large really rather love her and certainly respect her enormously,” Vickers said. “She has given this country an extraordinarily subtle and quiet stability.”

Source: Queen Elizabeth II set to become longest reigning UK monarch

(CBS Pittsburgh) – Police Investigating Deadly Shooting In Hill District «

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man was shot and killed in the Upper Hill District late Sunday night.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Sunday. Police say one of their very own heard multiple gunshots in the area.

“One of our Zone 2 police officers was patrolling the area. He was out of his vehicle speaking to a resident nearby and actually heard the gunshots and came in the direction of what he heard and called that in,” Pittsburgh Police Spokesperson Sonya Toler said.

The officer discovered an adult male lying in the street on McNeil Place near the intersection of Webster Avenue.

He had been shot at least one time.

 

 

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(Washington Post) – 1 dead, Cuomo aide shot during West Indian Day festivities


Mayor Bill de Blasio, foreground, makes his way along Eastern Parkway in the Brooklyn borough of New York as he takes part in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (Tina Fineberg/Associated Press)
By Jonathan Lemire | AP
NEW YORK — The West Indian Day Parade, a rollicking, colorful celebration of Caribbean culture, music, style and food, rolled through New York City’s streets Monday but, once again, was marred by pre-dawn violence that left one man dead and an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in critical condition.

Cuomo identified his wounded staffer as Carey Gabay, a first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corporation. Gabay was walking with his brother near the Brooklyn parade route at 3:40 a.m. when he was caught in the crossfire between two gangs, according to police officials.

The pair had been walking back from a pre-parade party celebrating West Indian Day.

A bullet struck Gabay, 43, in the head. Cuomo said Gabay is a Harvard-educated lawyer who had worked as an assistant counsel to the governor.

“I’m the governor of the state of New York, and there’s not a thing I can do,” Cuomo told reporters after he visited Gabay’s family at Kings County Hospital. “There’s not a thing I can say, and there’s nothing I can do. And sometimes it just hurts.”

Gabay’s condition remained critical on Monday night following surgery, according to a governor spokeswoman.

No arrests have made been, police said. The shooting was one of several outbursts of violence in the neighborhoods surrounding the parade, which included the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man at 2 a.m. near Grand Army Plaza.

Bloodshed before or after the West Indian Day celebration has become a sadly familiar part of the parade routine. Last year, a recent parolee opened fire into a crowd of revelers, killing one man and wounding several others. And in 2013, a 1-year-old boy sitting in his stroller was killed by a bullet meant for his father.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton dismissed talk of scuttling the pre-parade festivities — which center on a surreal midnight march known as J’Ouvert — and said the New York Police Department was working with local leaders to make the event safer. There was a heavy police presence along the route, and several NYPD helicopters hovered overhead.

 

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(The Guardian) – David Cameron’s limp action on refugees puts Britain outside the EU 

David Cameron’s limited promise of only 4,000 places a year for Syrian refugees provides a glimpse of the impotence of Britain’s future role in world affairs outside the EU.

His Commons promise to take 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years is at the bottom end of expectations. It stands in sharp contrast to the French pledge of 24,000 places over the next two years. As the Labour MP and father of the house, Gerald Kaufman, angrily pointed out: “The Germans took in 10,000 refugees in one day.”

Cameron has deliberately spurned taking part in a much bigger EU scheme to resettle those in the camps in countries neighbouring Syria. He has also rejected playing any part in the expected EU request this week to relocate the estimated 160,000 refugees who have made it across the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece or through the Balkans to Hungary.

With more than 4 million Syrians already living in UN camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey it is hard to see how Britain’s own-brand resettlement scheme can make any significant difference to the situation.

It will undoubtedly make a world of difference to the few thousand who are lucky enough to be named each year by a British official as among the most deserving of sanctuary in the UK. But all the signs are that Cameron is set to repeat the same mistakes made when the UK’s vulnerable persons relocation scheme, as it is officially known, was set up in January last year.

One major reason why only 216 people actually arrived in Britain by the end of June this year under the scheme was the difficulty of finding councils willing to host them. This was not due to any lack of political will. Big cities such as Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow were only too willing to help.

But the Home Office was only willing to guarantee funding for the refugees for one year while they have been given resettlement rights in Britain for five years.

Cameron made clear in the small print of his statement that this funding situation has yet to improve. Yes, the money is to come from the international aid budget, but its rules only allow the government to fund the reception of refugees in the UK and that means it cannot last more than 12 months.

As the Local Government Association was quick to warn after Cameron’s statement, councils must not be left to pick up the pieces again “when the funding runs out and the world’s attention has moved on”. The home secretary and the communities secretary have been given a week to thrash out a solution in the midst of the toughest public spending squeeze for a generation.

But the existing scheme not only suffers from funding problems – it is also one of the most bureaucratic refugee resettlement schemes in the world.

While the EU’s resettlement programme relies on a nomination from the UN high commissioner for refugees, Britain’s operates complex criteria which Cameron has indicated are about to become even more complicated.

The existing scheme is designed to give priority to those who are victims of sexual violence or torture or are too elderly or disabled to live in the camps. Cameron made clear that he wants to expand those priorities to include orphaned children, Christians and Yazidis. No doubt it will be a few more days before the official review of these criteria is completed, further delaying the arrival of anybody under the scheme.t

In his Commons statement, Cameron made much of how Britain did not need to take part in the EU’s programmes to provide international protection, saying they could only operate within the Schengen border-free zone.

But as Ireland, which also has an exemption from EU asylum programmes, has shown by volunteering to take 1,800 Syrian refugees over the next two years, it is perfectly possible to take part in that coordinated European response if Cameron wanted to.

The UNHCR has called for an end to Europe’s fragmented response to the refugee crisis. France and Germany seem to recognise that a joint European approach is the only way to match the scale of that crisis. In a key test of European solidarity, when Germany is saying it cannot be expected to act alone, Britain has decided once again to sit it out on the sidelines.

As the French president, Francois Hollande, put it on Monday: “It’s true that Britain is not in the Schengen area … but that doesn’t absolve it from making an effort in terms of solidarity,” making clear there would be a price to be paid when Britain in turn demands ‘solidarity’ over reform of the EU.

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(politico) – Joe Biden 2016: Labor day speech in Pittsburgh shows union support for potential White House bid

Organized labor wants Joe Biden to run

VP would need union support but it’s not the movement he remembers.

PITTSBURGH – If Joe Biden runs for president, he can count on the kind of union workers who came here to march next to him on Labor Day: white, ethnic, from families that have been paying local chapter dues for generations.

The problem for Biden: there are fewer and fewer of those union workers left, here or anywhere else.

 It’s a movement now that’s less male and far less Italian, Polish, or Irish than when Biden got started in politics in the 1970s. It’s one that cares about immigration reform as much as trade. And it’s one that’s highly conflicted about a potential contest between the vice president and Hillary Clinton.

Biden rallied this industrial crowd by talking about his roots, the need for labor to build the middle class, and the longest walk up the stairs any father ever has to make to tell his family he’s lost his job. “I’m mad. I’m angry. These are the people I grew up with,” Biden said, criticizing Republican policies that he says have hurt labor nationwide.

But thinking about union workers as the kind of people he grew up with in the 1940s is outdated, and that’s something Biden will struggle with if he runs for president.

“We would hope that Vice President Biden, should he intend to run, and others should really make a concerted effort to reach out to women of color,” said Kimberly Freeman Brown,former the executive director of American Rights at Work.

The potential contest between Biden and Hillary Clinton is dividing organized labor. Many union leaders aren’tthrilled with Clinton, but they’re not convinced Biden will run, and they’re trying to stay away from the speculation to avoid antagonizing her or hurting him — and damaging their already declining influence in the process.

Even the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, who is such a Clinton supporter that she serves on the board of the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA, declined comment on the possibility of a Biden campaign.

Among the people who sat along the half-mile parade route here on Monday, Clinton hasn’t penetrated much. The former secretary of State’s campaign had no presence in Pittsburgh, not even to match the scattered hand-made Bernie Sanders signs waved at Biden. (“I love you Joe, but I’m voting for Bernie,” read one, to which Biden responded, “He’s a good man.”)

Toward the end of the route, Biden turned back to march with the Steelworkers behind their banner, and they briefly rewarded him by chanting “Run, Joe, Run!”

It lasted about a minute.

When the parade ended at the United Steelworkers headquarters building, Biden went inside for a private meeting with USW President Leo Gerard as 150 union workers rallied inside.

But away from the streets of Pittsburgh, organized labor looks very different.

“The membership has changed dramatically over two decades and it mostly has to do with the decline of private-sector unions and the survival of public-sector unionism. Women and people of color are overrepresented in the public sector,” said Ruth Milkman,a labor expert at the CUNY Graduate Center. “The movement is not homogenous, union members of different types are distributed very differently over different industries and different individual unions.”

Rallying these increasingly disparate groups around a campaign is a critical task for any Democrat who wants the nomination — organized labor can still deliver the volunteers any successful contender needs on the ground in the most important battleground states, including here in Pennsylvania. For Biden, it’s especially important, as he would need union support to catch up organizationally in early states, particularly Iowa.

And that’s why the possibility of Biden’s entry is motivating union leaders to see what concessions they can squeeze out of him in advance — like a clear ‘no’ on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal that President Barack Obama’s trying to get through.

“If you’re not against the TPP, very candidly, people may still vote for you, but they’re not going to work for you,” said Jack Shea, the president of the AFL-CIO local Allegheny County Labor Council.

Biden’s not an obvious alternative to Clinton on this score: he’s been a major advocate for the deal, integrally involved in helping Obama get enough Democrats in the House and Senate on board to get fast-track authority approved in June.

Asked whether he sees a difference between Clinton’s and Biden’s TPP positions as he marched with Biden, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka—who had talked with Biden about the campaign over lunch at the Naval Observatory a week and a half ago—just smiled.

“That’s an issue that our members will take into account,” he said.

The other thing fueling Biden buzz among union workers is the same thing fueling it among everyone else — the sense that Clinton’s in trouble with an email controversy that will certainly drag at least into the start of primary season.

“It’s safe to say that there are some folks who are probably concerned about the current state of affairs with Hillary and the theory of potential implosion,” said Amalgamated Transit Union President Larry Hanley, who wasn’t in Pittsburgh. “And some of those folks might view Biden as safe harbor.”

Having the vice president take on Clinton, Hanley said, “would enrich the race.”

The Clinton campaign, while taking care not to look like it’s engaging with Biden, has been stepping up its response, accelerating its rollout of union support.

But the union workers who showed up here on Monday still love the vice president. And he loves them, grabbing the cap handed to him USW’s Gerard and pulling Trumka in for a bear hug, calling out local union heads, and getting the crowd going by attacking “trust fund babies” and a tax code that’s created two Americas.

“Without question Joe Biden has, throughout his career in various different ways, been a friend and ally of the labor movement,” said Charles J. Wishman, secretary-treasurer of the Iowa AFL-CIO. “If he gets into the race, and that’s a big if at this point, but if he does, I think people are still open to listening to all different kinds of messages and would be willing to listen to what he has to say.”

They’re a little more skeptical in Nevada, where he’d be hoping to crack the early state that for now seems most solid for Clinton by leaning back on old ties with some of the stronger labor unions there, and where Biden’s advisers believe he’d run strong.

“We have plenty of time to make up our mind about what an endorsement process looks like,” said Yvanna Cancela, political director for Nevada’s Culinary Workers Union Local 226. “Despite the kind of buzz and what seems like a very early start to the election, it is still more than a year away. We have time to hear from our members and hear from candidates as the field narrows or expands.”

Along the parade route, Biden started running. Then he stopped. Then he was running again, almost sprinting to catch up. Then he was back to taking his time.

The vice president’s staff at points seemed overwhelmed, trying to balance reporters craning in for every word with a boss determined to live up of every moment of what was the first and maybe last retail politicking stop of his coy pre-campaign.

“Just makes me feel like I’m home,” Biden said, as he started marching down Liberty Avenue here Monday.

Toward the end, he looked up at the reporters penned in on the back of a flat-bed truck, wondering why they were locked in.

“I’m dangerous,” Biden said with a grin. “I’m dangerous.”

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(LA Times) – Obama adds another worker benefit: paid sick leave

President Obama plans to use Labor Day to announce a new step toward increased benefits for workers — ordering companies that do business with the government to provide paid sick leave for their employees.

The move, which Obama plans to announce with labor leaders in Boston, adds to a series of executive actions Obama has taken and comes as Congress resists legislation to change labor conditions and pay to cover all private-sector workers.

Obama’s executive actions directed at the labor market, which many Republicans see as excessive use of presidential authority, have been designed to boost worker pay and benefits. White House economists say that will lead to higher productivity in an era of stagnant wages, while nudging private companies and Congress to join in updating work conditions.

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“We have to do better, and we can do better,” White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said on a call with reporters. “While we’re waiting for Congress to do their job, President Obama is doing what he can.”

This latest order will require companies that have federal contracts to let workers accrue up to seven days of paid sick leave each year.

The action will provide coverage for as many as 300,000 workers whose jobs do not currently provide paid sick leave and many others with limited paid time-off benefits. It will begin in 2017.

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation without a federal family-leave law that guarantees workers can receive pay while taking time to care for themselves and loved ones. Current federal law mandates that companies provide leave, but does not require that it be paid.

Some states have paid-leave laws, but an estimated 44 million private-sector workers — about 40% of the private workforce — have no access to paid time off when they or a family member fall ill.

Over the last year, Obama has used his executive authority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for workers in companies that contract with the federal government, expand overtime pay protections for all private-sector workers, and guarantee federal employees up to six weeks of paid leave with the arrival of a new child.

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Labor Secretary Tom Perez said it’s time to shelve notions about America’s working families that were set in the “Leave it to Beaver” era and modernize the workplace to keep the United States competitive with other global powers.

“Other countries have done it, and they see the benefit,” said Perez, who has toured the country collecting stories of workers who suffered hardships, including a bus driver who brought her sick child with her on the bus rather than risk losing pay with time spent at home.

The administration would not provide an estimate of how much the new benefit will cost companies. But officials cited studies showing costs can be outweighed by the benefits of employee retention and worker satisfaction. Business groups tend to contest such estimates.

Obama plans to use his speech to call on Congress to pass legislation that would require all companies with 15 employees or more to offer up to seven days a year of paid sick leave.

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Congress is unlikely to budge. Both the House and Senate are controlled by Republican majorities that resist such workplace interventions in favor of a hands-off approach that allows wages and benefits to be set by the marketplace.

Republicans are critical of Obama’s use of executive actions and have not looked favorably on his efforts to work around the legislative branch on workplace matters and other issues.

Instead, Republicans have passed bills, with support from some Democrats, to do away with regulations that businesses say hamper growth. Those have mostly been panned by the White House.

Obama chose Massachusetts for the announcement after voters there overwhelmingly approved a measure that provides workers at sizable companies up to 40 hours a year of paid sick leave. It went into effect July 1. The president plans to join union leaders Monday at a breakfast sponsored by the Greater Boston Labor Council.

The White House has had strained relations with organized labor this year as Obama pushed a free-trade agreement with Pacific nations that most unions opposed out of concern it would cause U.S. jobs to be sent overseas. But Monday’s announcement will draw labor support.

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(indiatoday) – Mystery fireball illuminates Bangkok sky

This Monday morning wasn’t the usual boring start of the week for most of the Bangkok commuters.

 

Mystery fireball. Photo: Sputnik/Twitter

A mystery fireball that illuminated the Thai capital sky on Monday morning forced everyone who witnessed it to share their thoughts about the same on social media. The object, thought to be a meteor, briefly flared up before dying out.

Footage from dashcam clearly shows a fast moving illuminated object diving towards the ground. Thrilled commuters posted various photos and videos of the mysterious object, which seemed to be like a shooting star.

According to local media, the Bangkok Planetarium said there were no reports of a meteorite landing.

 

 

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(market watch) – The 10 cities with the most horrific traffic

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You’re wasting more hours of your life sitting in traffic than ever before — and that’s not going to improve anytime soon.

In 95 of the 100 largest cities in America, traffic congestion worsened from 2013 to 2014, according to a study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, a research institute that develops solutions for transportation problems, released this month; that’s compared to worsening traffic conditions in just 61 of the 100 cities from 2012 to 2013. “The national congestion recession is over,” the study authors conclude.

Cities with the worst traffic

 

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Data for the study came from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the individual states, and the study methodology is described in detail here.

This is thanks in large part to the fact that the U.S. economy has added more than 9 million jobs since the recession began, which means more people are now commuting to work. The unemployment rate was just 5.3% in July compared to 7.3% at the end of 2008.

The congestion problem isn’t going anywhere anytime soon either: A report by the U.S. Travel Association found that commuters on many cities highways will soon experience Labor Day-like gridlock — Labor Day is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year — on the average day of the week. Some already are: “Within many cities, already almost every day is like Labor Day,” says Erik Hansen, who managed the study, referencing the summer holiday that traditionally generates the nation’s worst traffic jams.

Millions of Americans waste more hours of their lives in traffic than they did three decades ago: Those traveling during peak travel hours will spend an average of 42 extra hours each year on the road (up from 18 in 1982) thanks to traffic, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute report revealed. That’s 6.9 billion hours for commuters on the whole — “more than the time it would take to drive to Pluto and back, if there was a road,” the authors note.

What’s more, in cities with more than one million people, commuters experienced an average of 63 hours of extra travel time each year. And in some cities, that’s even worse. Here are the 10 cities in which residents waste the most hours of their lives sitting in traffic:

1. Washington, D.C.

Commuters in our nation’s capital spend an average of 82 hours extra a year on the road thanks to traffic gridlock, making this the most congested city in America. This extra drive time costs the average auto commuter $1,834 per year (this number was calculated using a combination of the value of the travel delay — estimated at $17.67 per hour per person — and the average cost of gas in the state).

2. Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim

The L.A. area comes in a close second when it comes to traffic congestion: Residents there spend an extra 80 hours a year in the car and $1,711 thanks to clogged roadways.

3. San Francisco and Oakland

Auto commuters in the Bay Area are wasting an extra 78 hours of their year in traffic — and that’s costing them $1,675. That may make working for some of the more high-profile tech companies (ahem, Facebook and Google) in the area even more appealing, as many provide you with swanky buses to get to and from the office.

Read: Could tech shuttles solve Bay Area’s transit problem?

4. New York and Newark

While the New York metro area ranks No. 4 in terms of the extra hours per year spent commuting (74), it ranks No. 2 in terms of what that costs residents ($1739).

5. San Jose, Calif.

Though it’s not an exceptionally large city, it has outsized traffic congestion: Commuters here waste 67 hours in traffic at a cost of $1,422 per commuter each year. It’s one of only two cities in the top 10 that has fewer than three million residents.

6. Boston

As anyone who’s sat (and sat) on I-90 or I-93 knows, it’s slow moving in Boston. Indeed, Bostonians waste 64 hours a year in traffic gridlock at a cost of $1,388.

7. Seattle

In rainy Seattle, commuters who travel during peak times are forced to spend an extra $1,491 a year (in extra gas costs and the cost of lost time) thanks to gridlock as well as 63 additional hours in the car.

8. Chicago

Residents of the Windy City spend an average of 61 extra hours in the car each year at a cost of $1,445.

9. Houston

Houston ties with Chicago in terms of the number of wasted commuter hours each year (61), though residents there spend a little more in terms of gas costs and the costs of their lost time than in Chicago ($1,490 vs. $1,445) because of it.

10. Riverside and San Bernardino

This is the fourth metro area in California to make this list, and one of only two cities with fewer than three million residents to make it (the other was San Jose). Commuters here waste 57 hours a year and spend $1,316, thanks to traffic gridlock.

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(USA Today) – Las Vegas Police: Gunman Ambushed Officers

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(NY Daily News) – A gunman opened fire and ambushed two Las Vegas police officers sitting in their cars on Sunday afternoon.

The two cops were headed to a disturbance call at a 99 cents store on Tropicana and Nellis Boulevards at approximately 12:12 p.m., Sgt. John Sheahan said. The gunman fired several rounds at the cops sitting at a red light.

One officer was shot in the hand from the surprise attack. Police chased the shooter down, arresting him in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

The injured officer went to University Medical Center Trauma for his hand wound. He is expected to recover.

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(CNN)A man with a semiautomatic handgun ambushed two officers who’d stopped their patrol car at a traffic light in Las Vegas on Sunday, police said.

An officer who was shot in the hand was being treated at a hospital, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan said. He was in good condition.

Police haven’t released the identity of the suspect, who was later arrested by the officers.

The officers were in a marked patrol car, police said, responding to a disturbance call at a local business.

“They were ambushed on the way to that call,” Sheahan said.

Undersheriff Kevin McMahill praised the officers, saying they showed “remarkable restraint” when they took the suspect into custody.

“These officers are going out there and being attacked while they are sitting in a police car, and we didn’t fire a single shot back at him,” he told CNN affiliate KSNV.

McMahill said his department has changed the way it deploys officers, sending out two-officer units “because of the narrative of violence against police across the country.”

“We are certainly working on pins and needles,” he told KSNV. “(That is) part of the reason we doubled them up. So we have two officers available immediately whenever an incident occurs.”

(pioneer news) – Scientists Report Discovery of Oldest Galaxy Yet Known

Just this week, a team of researchers out of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has reported the discovery of a new galaxy—which they call EGS8p7—estimated to be in the distant space “neighborhood,” and has been estimated to be about 13.2 billion years old. Scientists say, then, that this universe must be about the same age as the universe—born about 600,000 years later than the Big Bang.

“We report the discovery of Lyman-alpha emission (Lyα) in the bright galaxy EGSY-2008532660 (hereafter EGSY8p7) using the Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration spectrograph at the Keck Observatory,” explains the study researchers. Furthermore, the research paper adds, “Redshift results from the Doppler effect, the same phenomenon that causes the siren on a fire truck to drop in pitch as the truck passes.”
Galaxy EGS8p7 as seen from the Hubble Space Telescope
Galaxy EGS8p7, as seen from the Hubble Space Telescope (wide and top right) and Spitzer Space Telescope (inset, bottom right), taken in infrared. Credit: I. Labbé (Leiden University), NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech

In addition, NASA Hubble astronomy post-doctoral scholar Adi Zitrin comments, “If you look at the galaxies in the early universe, there is a lot of neutral hydrogen that is not transparent to this emission. We expect that most of the radiation from this galaxy would be absorbed by the hydrogen in the intervening space. Yet still we see Lyman-alpha from this galaxy.”

Of course, this is just a new discovery so much more research is necessary before reaching any conclusions. At the same time, scientists know that data from this galaxy will certainly provide us with new insights into the evolution of our solar system.

Zitrin concludes, “We are currently calculating more thoroughly the exact chances of finding this galaxy and seeing this emission from it, and to understand whether we need to revise the timeline of the reionization, which is one of the major key questions to answer in our understanding of the evolution of the universe.”

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(daily mail) – ‘Sasquatch’ found in Maine! Graffiti artist who had spray painted Bigfoot around small coastal town tracked down and charged

  • Freeman Hatch, 36, charged with criminal mischief and drug possession 
  • Residents of Kennebunk, Maine, had seen his alleged graffiti for a year
  • Police appealed for help from populace after historical sign defaced
  • Hatch had previously posted pictures of Sasquatch on his social media 

Though the search for the real Sasquatch continues, police have tracked down the graffiti artist behind a number of spray-painted sightings of the mythical creature in coastal Maine.

Police in the town of Kennebunk grew tired of graffiti featuring Bigfoot and charged Freeman Hatch, 36, with counts of criminal mischief and possession of drugs.

He’s due in court in November after more than a dozen images of the beast began popping up over a year ago on the sides of businesses, in the street and on a historical sign.

Freeman Hatch, 36 (right), has been charged with criminal mischief and drug possession__Police say they found the man behind Sasquatch graffiti (left) that had been appearing in the coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine

Freeman Hatch, 36 (right), has been charged with criminal mischief and drug possession after police accused him of being behind Sasquatch graffiti (left) that had been appearing in the coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine

More than a dozen of the stenciled graffiti tags had appeared in the small town of 10,000, though police appealed for help after a sign about Kennebunk history was defaced

More than a dozen of the stenciled graffiti tags had appeared in the small town of 10,000, though police appealed for help after a sign about Kennebunk history was defaced

Police Chief Robert MacKenzie says the Sasquatches defaced public and private property and cost ‘time and money to repair or replace.’

Authorities grew particularly upset after one of the eight-inch-tall yetis could not be fully removed from a sign about the town’s history, according to WCSH.

They said the sign could cost $500 to replace.

After reaching out for tips on social media, police found enough evidence in Hatch’s home to charge him with the graffiti based off of a Bigfoot silhouette popular online.

Sasquatch is the folkloric beast thought by some people to roam the forests, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

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(MSNBC) – As MSNBC Makes Big Changes, Only One Scenario Remains for Brian Williams

brianwilliamsAs you may have heard, MSNBC has seen some big (and warranted) changes in 2015. Add it all up, and every program that existed from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT as recently as six months ago no long exists.

The alterations are swift: A national correspondent (Kate Snow) and a political director (Chuck Todd) will be joining and rejoining, respectively, the 19-year-old cable network. Morning Joe will occupy 25 percent of live (or plausibly live) programming per day. Opinion-based programming––at least after the morning show and before primetime––has been cleared away as a more traditional news focus takes it place. But of all the moves made by NBC President Andy Lack over the past six months, the most significant is Al Sharpton‘s move to Sunday mornings, thereby vacating the 6:00 PM timeslot on weekdays. And with most of the chess pieces now in place, the elephant in the room (See: Williams, Brian) appears to finally have a home: 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

In the end, it only makes sense to give Williams his own program instead of simply having him on standby for breaking news stories, a la Shep Smith at Fox. Because while Shep will jump into the network’s opinion programming at 5:00 PM (The Five) or in primetime (particularly whenBill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity are in tape) when warranted, he still owns his own hour at 3:00 PM with Shepard Smith Reporting.

Know this: You don’t reportedly pay someone in the $10M/year range to only work a few times per month. And in the case of Williams per a must-read piece by the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple back in June (Title:Will Brian Williams have anything to do at MSNBC?), the highly-compensated anchor would likely only be called upon (maybe) a handful of times per month. And with seasoned pros like Snow coming on board and more-than-capable anchors like Tamron Hall, Thomas Roberts, and Jose Diaz Balart already there, it’s doubtful they would be preempted to make way for Williams, as such a scenario would not only be somewhat insulting to them, but an awkward date for viewers at home.

Instead, all signs point to Williams serving as a bridge between Todd (5:00 PM) and Chris Matthews (7:00 PM) at 6 in the east. Primetime––particularly the vulnerable 8:00 PM slot––has been offered up in some media circles as a possible home for Williams, which he occupied on MSNBC in the pre-Olbermann days up until 2002 with The News with Brian Williams. But that was a different time… a time when a good chuck of the audience didn’t already get their news on their phones, computers and tablets during the day in the dominant way they do now. And by the time 8:00 PM rolls around and the network and local newscasts complete, most folks know the basic meat of big stories of the day (who, what, when, where)… what many are looking for is perspective and analysis on those stories, particularly when the tremendous (and often ridiculous) theatre that is the race for the White House dominates the news cycle.

In the end, it appears the only true home–and true value–for Brian Williams at MSNBC is at 6:00 PM EDT.

Big changes with some fairly big NBC names in Kate Snow and Chuck Todd are coming. But the biggest name of them all still needs to be assigned.

Brian Williams, solely a breaking news anchor sitting around in a bullpen waiting to be called to the mound? Don’t think so.

Host of an hour-long traditional news program to set the table for the network’s editorial page in prime?

By all appearances, this is the only scenario left that makes sense.

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(eagle radio news) – Syria Condemns Any UK Military ‘Interference’

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Syria has accused the UK of “interference” following reports the Government is seeking to persuade Labour MPs to back airstrikes in Syria.

The Syrian foreign ministry has sent two letters to United Nations chiefs objecting to “brazen standpoints” taken by British officials and accusing the UK of a “colonialist” agenda, according to state news agency SANA.

It comes after Chancellor George Osborne acknowledged that a comprehensive plan is needed to tackle the refugee crisis “at source”.

He has said that means dealing with the “evil” regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad as well as Islamic State fighters.

And, speaking on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show, he described the UK’s rejection of a previous vote on military intervention in Syria in 2013 as “one of the worst decisions the Commons has ever made”.

However, several opposition politicians have told Sky News they are wary about the prospect of military action.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Murnaghan programme she is sceptical about the “efficacy” of airstrikes, given the complex nature of the conflict in Syria.

“I believe the only long-term sustainable solution here, not that it is easy or that it can be delivered quickly, is a political and diplomatic one,” she said.

Her comments were echoed by Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, who asked where the global diplomatic effort had been in getting world powers together to address the conflict.

Both women said they would accept Syrian refugees into their own homes as part of a wider housing initiative.

An estimated 250,000 people have been killed during Syria’s four-and-a-half year conflict and a further 11 million have fled their homes.

Sky News understands that the Government is currently preparing to accept at least 10,000 people from camps on the Syrian border.

The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will take “thousands more” refugees, following fierce public pressure over the UK’s response to the migration crisis, although he is yet to announce an official figure.

Number 10 is keen to demonstrate that, given stinging criticism from elsewhere in the EU, the UK is “pulling its weight”.

According to Mr Osborne, Britain will fund the influx by dipping into its international aid budget.

Some of the UK’s £12bn-a-year foreign aid budget will now be offered to local councils to help them house refugees at home, he said.

David Cameron will be pressed on precisely how many refugees the UK will take and what support local authorities will receive when Parliament returns on Monday.

More than 40 councils across the UK have so far stated their willingness to offer sanctuary to Syrian refugees.

Speaking on Murnaghan, Mrs Cooper welcomed the Government’s promise to help those fleeing persecution in Syria.

But she said the UK should not take refugees exclusively from camps on the Syrian border and should also house those who have already made it to Europe.

She also called for more to be done to help the vast number of unaccompanied Syrian children, saying the UK should bring back its “tradition of compassion and support” seen during the Kindertransport rescue effort in the Second World War.

Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall was more scathing in her criticism, accusing the Prime Minister of making the UK look “uncaring and impotent” compared to other EU countries likeGermany, which is expecting some 800,000 asylum applications this year alone.

She urged the Government to accept tens of thousands, rather than thousands of refugees.

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(USA Today) – Shark bites kayaker off Malibu coast

A kayaker fishing off a beach near Malibu, Calif., was bit Saturday by a shark and needed to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The kayaker, identified as Dylan Marks, 29, was fishing with a friend Saturday afternoon and dangling his feet in the water when a hammerhead shark bit his right foot about two miles off shore, according to KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.

Kyle Hudgins, who was fishing with Marks, told KNBC-TV that the pair saw the hammerhead shark just before it dove under water. A few minutes later, Marks felt the bite.

“He put his foot up on the kayak and he said, ‘Oh, dude. I just got bit!'” Hudgins said.

The wounded kayaker flagged down a fishing boat that was nearby and got onboard, where he was able to control the bleeding, according to the Associated Press. Lifeguards paddled to the boat and accompanied the kayaker back to shore.

Marks underwent surgery and was in good condition.

The incident comes exactly a week after a shark — possibly a great white — bit a large chunk from the long board of a surfer, 175 miles up the coast off Morro Strand State Beach. That person was uninjured.

There were 52 shark attacks off U.S. waters last year, though only six fatalities from the predators have occurred the past decade, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History, which tracks shark attacks. The vast majority of last year’s attacks — 28 — came off Florida’s coast, according to the museum.

Despite many more swimmers in the water and repeated reports of shark attacks in California, the risk of individual attacks off that state’s coast has dropped 91% the past six decades, according to a recent study led by Stanford University researchers.

The decline in actual risk may be due to factors such as a drop in the white shark population off California’s coast and a shift in white shark spatial distribution in response to growing populations of seals — a favorite prey, according to the report.

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Last month, a man in his late 60s was attacked by a shark off Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. It was the seventh shark attack in North Carolina this year. In mid-June, two teenagers lost limbs in separate attacks.

Having so many shark attacks take place so close in time and locale is extremely rare. Fortunately, the victims survived, and good people everywhere wish them swift and thorough recoveries.

With every shark encounter broadcast over social media in photos and comments, it’s easy for mainstream media to harvest them for round-the-clock coverage. People may think that sharks — in rapidly increasing numbers — are prowling virtually every beach, just waiting to feast on human flesh.

While “man-eating sharks” may seem like a widespread threat to health and safety, shark attacks are extremely unusual. You have a one in 11.5 million chance of being attacked by a shark in the United States.

Far more mundane things are more fatal. For example, more than 15,000 people died while cycling between 1990 and 2009.During that period, only 14 died from shark attacks. Even lightning strikes are more lethal — killing about 40 people annually.

Despite the astronomical odds of ever running afoul of sharks, public officials often overreact after attacks such as those in North Carolina. In fact, authorities there announced that sharks observed “acting aggressive,” including swimming within 100 feet of shore, would be euthanized.

 

(The Washington Post) – Sarah Palin would like to be energy secretary — but not for long 

Sarah Palin thinks she would make a great secretary of the U.S. Energy Department because as a former governor of Alaska she knows a thing or two about “oil and gas and minerals.”

But she would not stay in the job for long if she were tapped to lead the agency by Donald Trump, who has said that he would “love” someone like Palin to serve in his administration if he is elected.

“I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby,” Palin said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that aired Sunday.  “And if I were head of that, I would get rid of it. And I would let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their space.”

“So, you know, if I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job. But it would be — it would be really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro-responsible development to be in charge,” Palin said. She touted her knowledge of “oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use, instead of relying on unfriendly foreign nations for us to import their resources.”

[Sarah Palin would be welcome in a Trump administration, the billionaire says]

Palin, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, also took a swipe at President Obama, who visited Alaska last week and chronicled the trip with photos on Instagram that he took himself. Palin dismissed the trip as “pretty much a tourism jaunt, really” because he did not push back on what she called “messages” being sent by Russia and China. For instance, the Pentagon confirmed last week that a group of Chinese naval vessels had transited U.S. territorial waters near Alaska.

“How about while he was up here, he had, as a president, carried a big stick, instead of a selfie stick. He could start publicly berating these countries that are sticking it to us with the messages that they are sending,” Palin said.

Vanessa Williams is a staff writer at The Post. Contact her atVanessa.Williams@washpost.com.

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(Fox News Latino) – Rally race car goes off course, kills 6 in northwestern Spain


Six people were killed and 16 others injured when a race car went off the course and into a crowd while competing in the A Coruña Rally in northwestern Spain, Civil Guard spokesmen told EFE.

The accident occurred at 7:39 p.m. Saturday on the stretch of the course in the town of Carral.

The car hit 22 racing fans who were watching the competition from the side of the course.

Paramedics treated the victims, but six people – three women, a girl and two men – were pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured, including four children, were transported to hospitals.

Civil Guard transit officers, emergency services personnel and municipal police responded to the accident, treating the victims and assisting relatives.

Paramedics had been assigned to the race, but additional ambulances were dispatched to the accident scene by emergency services officials.

There was total chaos at the accident scene as relatives of the victims tried to help them, eyewitnesses told EFE.

More than 130 cars were entered in the A Coruña Rally, which is one of the races on the championship circuit in the northwestern region of Galicia.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is from Galicia, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. EFE

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(paste) – 10 Metal Albums For People Who Don’t Like Metal 

A lot of people don’t like metal. And that’s ok. Metal isn’t supposed to be easy. In fact, its roots come as a reaction against that very thing. But talking to people who think they despise heavy metal is often just as difficult. Most people know about Metallica and Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, but they’re what’s considered mainstream.

Introducing your easy listening friends to metal doesn’t have to be an exercise inGreen Eggs & Ham-level obsession with you chasing them around while clutching your collection of Deicide or Pig Destroyer records. Just as in the case of Sam I Am, sometimes trying something new can and often results in what’s a literally life-changing experience. We picked out 10 gateway records that could convert even the non-metal listeners.

1. Deafheaven, Sunbather
Although Deafhaven’s full-length debut Roads to Judah dropped in 2011, the San Francisco group has since become one of the most engaging metal bands since that time when Alcest actually sounded like black metal. With 2013’s Sunbather, Deafheaven took that very influence, framing it within compositional nods to “totally unmetal” artists/bands such as Johnny Marr, The Edge, and My Bloody Valentine. The vocals are most definitely harsh and the black metal foundation is ever present, but Sunbather primarily works so well due to the fact that that otherwise abrasive ferocity is carried by way of an unrelenting beauty and atmosphere. While the word “beauty” often results in the unfortunate gag reflex of many a metalhead concerning Deafheaven, it’s the selling point of one of today’s most captivating bands, metal or not.

2. ISIS, Panopticon
All stupid terrorist jokes aside, ISIS remains one of the most influential groups not only for their metal cohorts but for a litany of non-metal artists who take their strides from the band’s ornate-meets abrasive stylizations. Despite being disbanded since 2010, Boston’s post-metal giants have continued to make waves, even leaving on the high note that was their best album with 2009’s Wavering Radiant. But it was 2004’s Panopticon that marked the biggest shift in ISIS’ history, as the band employed a wider range of possibilities with what their music could accomplish rather than sticking to one particular (in this case very sludgy) brand of heavy. Just under an hour long, Panopticon is, much like its namesake, a complex and beautiful sonic journey, rendering scenes as psychologically rooted as they are physiologically concerned. It’s that combination of the abstract and the palpable that came to be the definitive characteristic of ISIS, and it began here.

3. Mastodon, Crack the Skye
One of the reasons that the hugely successful and (mostly) bearded Mastodon have become the new whipping boy for metal’s most cross-armed crybabies is likely the very thing that gives the Atlanta-based foursome an appeal to non-metal minded audiences. After three concept albums so multifarious that even Peter Gabriel would tear up, the group upped the ante and released Crack the Skye in 2009. The plotline is about as logical as your entire 70s prog collection. But it’s that same prog rock influence, which had continually growing throughout each previous Mastodon release, that came to a brilliant head on Crack the Skye. Both clean vocals (no yelling, softies) and also harsh vocals (avert your ears, softies) come packaged with some of the genre’s most astounding guitar and rhythm work since the mid-‘80s.

4. Opeth, Blackwater Park
Aside from chocolate, ABBA, and that cool movie about the vampire kid, the Scandinavian middle finger known as Sweden has given the world one of the most important metal bands of the last 20 years in Opeth. The group started in 1990 in Stockholm, but the band’s debut album Orchid served a necessary precursor to what would come with 2001’s Blackwater Park. The quintessential metal album of the 21st century so far, Blackwater Park not only raised the standard for the band who created it but for the genre and culture that would come in its wake. Even with Opeth’s much more cuddly recent efforts, the band’s most timeless and groundbreaking effort is largely so because of the band’s perfectly achieved balance between some of the most devastatingly harsh death metal vocals and the jarringly beautiful melody lines sung throughout by near-mythically versatile vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt.

5. Pallbearer, Sorrow and Extinction
A more recent example of metal’s less aurally difficult acts, Little Rock’s Pallbearer arrived on the radar of many non-metallers almost right out of the gate. Their songs are long but not overly so; they’re are ornate without falling under the weight of their own compositional structure. It’s pop slowed down to a crawl with a healthy dose of atmospheric, Pink Floyd-inspired psychedelia. For any metal band to have pop appeal is like some fiction out of the early ‘90s (cough), but alas, 2012 not only saw that very thing but from a doom metal band no less. It’s a testament not only to Pallbearer’s individual members’ abilities as songwriters but also to the evolving fanbase of a genre that’s far less the oddball in the crowd than it used to be.

6. Pinkish Black, Pinkish Black
Sure to gain the ire of metal purists for not being metal enough (or whatever the hell it is this week), Fort Worth’s Pinkish Black released its full-length debut in 2012 to immediate acclaim. In addition to the well-deserved praise, the duo’s music managed to be just as unsettling as nearly anything else considered extreme. Trading blast beats, shredding riffs, and indecipherable vocals for keyboards and a set of drums, Pinkish Black invokes a devastatingly heavy atmosphere that speaks as much to Joy Division as it does Popol Vuh. Born from some genuinely gruesome circumstances that directly influenced their moniker, Pinkish Black’s most powerful asset is their deliberately subdued presentation of all that makes heavy metal the force it is, and also proof that the paths to dark music are many, all with their own singular definition of what the word “heavy” can mean.

7. Royal Thunder, Crooked Doors
Released just this year, Crooked Doors is positively infectious for a straight up hard rock record. The band’s transition from its first to second records was a natural one with vocalist Mlny Parsonz (Mel Parsons) belting out her lines with a range that would make Grace Slick proud. Crooked Doors doesn’t require much patience on the part of the listener. From start to finish, the album kicks into a ‘70s hard rock edge with a punk rock ethos courtesy of Parsons’ singing which varies from graveled sneering to stratospheric melodic lines in the refrains. Not just one of the year’s best metal releases but one of its finest examples of no frills, no gimmicks, and no bullshit rock ‘n’ roll.

8. SubRosa, More Constant Than the Gods
One of 2013’s best metal releases came by way of Salt Lake City’s SubRosa. A five-member multi-instrumental force, the band’s sheer depth of sound is something to behold. While the use of orchestral instruments, specifically in this case the violin, is nothing new to heavy metal or “extreme music”, SubRosa’s implementation is not simply an exercise in arbitrary timbre. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any other heavy metal band whose use of otherwise delicate instrumentation is even remotely as commanding as SubRosa’s. Active since 2005, More Constant Than the Gods is the group’s third album and handily their best. Similar to Pallbearer, SubRosa is quintessentially a gateway band, giving listeners a glimpse into the too often overlooked versatility in heavy metal.

9. Torche, Meanderthal
Released in 2008 on the now (sort of) defunct Hydra Head Records—one of the most highly respected experimental music labels of the last decade—Meanderthalwas an immediate anomaly in the metal world. The music is some of the heaviest on this entire list but the vocals are clean and actually quite pleasant. Singer/guitarist Steve Brooks pairs his baritone against a backdrop of doom metal on speed. Often referred to as “sludge” or “stoner” metal, Torche is modern metal’s answer to Van Halen or Cheap Trick in many ways. The music is fun. Metal is fun. You may actually find yourself smiling while headbanging. Stranger things have happened. For many previously uninitiated metalheads, Meanderthal still remains the standard gateway to what would become a gloriously loud journey into heavy metal.

10. YOB, Clearing the Path to Ascend
Eugene, Ore.’s YOB formed in 1996. It was the same year that Tool, one of the most well-known crossover metal bands released the masterpiece known as Ænima. The connection doesn’t stop there, though. Years later, the two bands would tour together with YOB opening for the mighty Tool and their cult-like legions of fans. Having YOB open was no flippant choice on the part of Tool who, like many other globally recognized names, could have just as easily gone with a run-of-the-mill act or some slightly less well known act. Even that moment of pride doesn’t come close to YOB’s greatest triumph to date. That moment came just last year with Clearing the Path to Ascend, a four-track journey into some of modern metal’s most emotionally charged and unwaveringly gorgeous moments of the last several years. Mike Scheidt may very well be the most versatile vocalist in the metal game today, easily switching from bottomed-out growls to stratospheric vocalizations as tenderly vulnerable as they are definitively unassailable. Of its four tracks, no song perfectly captures the band’s unshakeable distinction among its peers as does the album’s closer “Marrow”. It’s just one of the many reasons you’re likely to hear this band’s name much more often in the near future.

Source: 10 Metal Albums For People Who Don’t Like Metal :: Music :: Lists :: Paste

(The Washington Post) – The Latest: Pope Francis asks faithful to shelter refugees – 

Refugees and migrants take part in a protest demanding the authorities to let them go to Athens and continue their trip towards Northern Europe, at the port of Mytilene, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Earlier many of them confronted the police as they attempted to get onboard a ship bound to Athens’ port of Piraeus. (Santi Palacios/Associated Press)
By Associated Press September 6 at 6:32 AM
BERLIN — The latest news as countries across Europe cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees. All times local (CET):

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12:30 p.m.

Pope Francis is asking faithful throughout Europe to shelter refugees fleeing “death from war and hunger.”

Francis said Sunday that the Vatican’s two parishes are taking in two families of refugees. He gave no details as he addressed tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.

Francis said it’s not enough to say, “Have courage, hang in there,” to the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are on the march toward what he called “life’s hope.”

He called on every Catholic parish, convent, monastery and sanctuary in Europe to shelter a family, and asked bishops throughout Europe to urge their dioceses to do the same.

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11:30 p.m.

Israel’s prime minister says his country is not indifferent to the plight of migrants and refugees flooding Europe, but that Israel is too vulnerable to absorb them.

Benjamin Netanyahu bemoaned the “human tragedy” of the victims of Syria’s civil war and said Israel has aided them in various ways. But he added that Israel is too small a country, both geographically and demographically, to provide a haven for a large influx of migrants.

Israel runs a field hospital on its border with Syria and has taken in wounded Syrians, but has stopped short of opening the borders to its longtime enemy.

Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog says the country should take in a limited number of Syrian asylum seekers amid the current refugee crisis in Europe.

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10:45 p.m.

Authorities in Cyprus say they have rescued 114 people believed to be refugees fleeing war-torn Syria after their fishing boat issued a distress call some 46 miles (74 kilometers) off the east Mediterranean island nation’s southern coast.

Cyprus police said Sunday that all 114 people, including Palestinians from Syria, are in good health. They include 19 women, 30 children, 5 infants and 60 men.

A merchant vessel notified Cyprus’ Search and Rescue Center late Saturday that the refugees’ 60-foot (18-meter) fishing boat was in trouble.
The refugees were transferred to the southern port of Larnaca for health and identity checks.

Police said three men, including a 28-year-old believed to be the boat’s captain, have been arrested and are being questioned.

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10:00 a.m.

French mayors are offering to house refugees amid increasing concern for Syrians and others fleeing war and seeking haven in Europe.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Sunday that several dozen mayors have offered to help in recent days, and convened a national meeting to organize refugee housing on Sept. 12.

France is trying to speed up the process for seeking asylum and to better welcome refugees, as the numbers coming to Europe this year have soared. Many asylum seekers in France have no place to live and sleep in make-shift camps, from Paris to Calais.

A grassroots French group arranging private housing for refugees has also seen a spike in offers in recent days, after the widely viewed photo of a drowned Syrian boy helped raise public awareness.

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9:30 a.m.

On the Greek island of Lesbos, police have used batons to beat back a demonstration by some 300 migrants chanting “Athena, Athena” as they tried to come out of the port area. Several of the protesters were injured in the clash, with one taken away unconscious by an ambulance.

The migrants, mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, say that local authorities on the Aegean island are not processing them quickly enough so they can continue their journey to western Europe. They also complain that authorities on Lesbos are not offering them any help and that they are fast running out of money.

The clashes early Sunday were the third in as many days between migrants and police. The demonstration on Sunday was led by Afghans.

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9:15 a.m.

Thousands of migrants and refugees have arrived by train and bus in cities across Germany overnight.

Police say a special train with 570 people on board arrived in the Thuringian town of Saalfeld late Saturday. More than half of them were taken onward to Dresden, where a school for German army officers has been cleared to provide temporary shelter for 350 newcomers.
Trains also took migrants to Hamburg in the north and Dortmund in the west of the country, while buses brought more than 300 people to the capital Berlin.

Thousands more people, mainly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing war and persecution, are expected to arrive in Germany and Austria from Hungary on Sunday.

The refugees were allowed to leave Hungary Saturday after the country opened its borders with Austria.

Source: The Latest: Pope Francis asks faithful to shelter refugees – The Washington Post

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