(huffington post) – Boy Scouts End Ban On Gay Adults

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Boy Scouts End Ban On Gay Adults

Vote allows religiously affiliated scout groups to set their own LGBT policies.
Lydia O’Connor Associate News Editor, The Huffington Post
The Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to lift a long-established ban on gay adults  as employees and volunteers within the organization. The BSA’s full executive board voted 45 to 12 in favor of the change, effective immediately. The vote came after the National Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution earlier this month stating that “no adult applicant for registration as an employee or non-unit-serving volunteer, who otherwise meets the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America, may be denied registration on the basis of sexual orientation.
“BSA President Robert Gates, the former secretary of defense, had called for an end to the ban. “For far too long, this issue has divided and distracted us,” Gates said in a video released Monday. “Now it’s time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of scouting to be a force for good in the community and in the lives of its youth members.”The resolution, which allows previously removed leaders to reapply for their positions, lifts the BSA’s across-the-board ban on gay leaders, but allows religiously affiliated troops to determine their own policies regarding LGBT adults, as scout units are chartered by other non-profits to which the BSA licenses its intellectual property.“Finally, hardworking and devoted gay adult leaders can serve openly and honestly in Scouting without fear of rejection or retribution,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the advocacy group GLAAD. “Today’s historic vote will strengthen Scouting and sends a message of acceptance that will resonate for years to come, as future Scout leaders are judged by their ability to lead and not their sexual orientation.”Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said the vote “is a welcome step toward erasing a stain on this important organization.” He added: “Including an exemption for troops sponsored by religious organizations undermines and diminishes the historic nature of today’s decision. Discrimination should have no place in the Boy Scouts, period.”“There are differences of opinion, and we need to be respectful of them,” Michael Harrison, a businessman who led the Boy Scouts in Orange County, California, who supported the resolution, told The New York Times this week. “It doesn’t mean the Mormons have to pick a gay scoutmaster, but please don’t tell the Unitarians they can’t.”The Mormon church quickly issued a statement saying that it was “deeply troubled” by the vote and that its “century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined.””The Church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints statement said. “However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.
“Zach Wahls, an Eagle scout and executive director of Scouts for Equality, told The Huffington Post earlier this month that the resolution was imperfect, but a major step.“It’s better than it was,” Wahls said, adding, “I honestly thought we were in for a 10-year wait.

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(reuters) – Bobbi Kristina Brown autopsy sheds little light on bathtub mystery

An initial autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown on Monday found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, who died on Sunday after sustaining irreversible brain damage in January.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Georgia said Brown, 22, had no previously unknown medical conditions that would have contributed to her death.

It also said it has issued subpoenas to help gather documentary information on her death, and would conduct additional tests that are expected to take several weeks.

Brown, the only child of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died at an Atlanta-area hospice where her family had placed her a month ago after giving up hope she would recover. She died six months after an unexplained incident that left her unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home.

“Krissy was and is an angel. I am completely numb at this time,” Bobby Brown, in his first comments on his daughter’s death, said in a statement issued by his lawyer.

“My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable. We thank everyone for the prayers for Krissy and our family as we mourn my baby girl,” he added.

The Medical Examiner’s office had said earlier that efforts to determine what happened to Brown in January would be “challenging” given the time gap between the bathtub incident and her death. She was found face down in the bathtub by her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, and a friend on Jan. 31.

A $10 million civil lawsuit filed last month by the court-appointed conservator for Brown accused Gordon of causing her “life-threatening injuries” and of stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma.

No one has been criminally charged in the case, which has been referred to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for further review.

Brown’s death came three years after her Grammy-winning mother, who had battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel at age 48.

Entertainment news website Entertainment Tonight, citing an unnamed family source, reported on Monday that a funeral for Brown was expected in Atlanta this week. It said her body would then be taken to New Jersey to be buried alongside her mother in Westfield. Representatives of the family have released no details on funeral arrangements.

(The story has been refiled to fix spelling in headline, Bobbi instead of Bobby and add statement from father Bobby Brown in paragraphs five and six)

An initial autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown on Monday found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, who died on Sunday

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(The Intelligencer: Bucks County | Montgomery County) – Verizon workers vote to authorize strike, if necessary 

Verizon workers in nine states – including Pennsylvania and New Jersey – have voted to go on strike if necessary over a dispute about a new contract, a union official said at a rally Saturday.
“Our members are clear and they are determined,” said Dennis Trainor, an official with the Communications Workers of America union. “They reject management’s harsh concessionary demands.”

At the rally in New York, the CWA announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers who voted in a recent poll backed strike action if required. A contract that covers 39,000 workers represented by the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers expires at midnight on August 1.
The contract covers employees the nine states from Massachusetts to Virginia who work for Verizon’s wireline business, which provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS Internet service.
The unions say the telecom giant is demanding that workers sharply increase their health care contributions and make concession on pensions.
Verizon spokesman Rich Young said that the company had made the unions “a solid proposal that recognizes the changing communications landscape and offers a path toward success.”
Many of the aspects of the contracts that were set “decades ago” were no longer relevant in an industry that was facing increased pressure and structural change, Young said. He also said that the company had been training non-union employees to take on additional roles to ensure that there was no disruption to customers in the event of a strike.
The contract also affects wireline workers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, as well as Washington, D.C.
About 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike in August 2011 for about two weeks.<

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Verizon workers in nine states – including Pennsylvania and New Jersey – have voted to go on strike if necessary over a dispute about a new contract, a union official said at a rally Saturday.

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(NBC News) – Capsized Boat Found in Search for Boys Missing Off Florida Coast –

An overturned boat was found Sunday belonging to two teenage boys who went missing while fishing off the Florida coast two days earlier, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 19-foot white single-engine boat that Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, took out off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, Friday, was found about 67 nautical miles off the coast near Daytona Beach, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann. There was no sign of the boys on the boat, according to the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard spokesman said one life vest was found in the hull of the boat, but the boys’ families did not know how many life vests were originally on board or if the boys would have been wearing them.

The Coast Guard has anchored the boat where it was located, and crews are searching the area off Daytona Beach, which is about 200 miles north of Jupiter, for the teens.

“This provides us an intelligent view of the currents in the area, which helps us dictate where we are going to put our personnel,” Lehmann said. “Our priority is finding these boys.”

Austin and Perry were last seen buying $110 worth of fuel at 1:30 p.m. and reported missing at about 5 p.m., according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard and numerous other agencies have covered nearly 14,500-square nautical miles in their search for the boys, and the families of two teenage boys offered a $100,000 reward Sunday for anyone who helps to bring them home safely.

Image: Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen after they did not return from their fishing trip in the vicinity of Jupiter, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard

“We think clearly that people want the boys rescued without money,” but “there is a little extra incentive beyond the norm,” Perry’s stepfather Nick Korniloff told reporters. “We’ll do anything to get our children back.”

Hall-of-Fame NFL player Joe Namath, who is Korniloff’s neighbor and said he has known Perry for 10 years, also appealed to the public for help.

“We’ll keep on looking until we find them,” the Super Bowl-winning quarterback said. “We’re all praying. … The good Lord’s gotta help us out.”

Korniloff said the teens would have never been allowed to boat to the Bahamas alone. Austin’s mom, Carly Black told NBC affiliate WPTV she’s holding out hope that the boys are alive.

“I just want them home. I know he’s coming home. I just want him home now,” she said.

Perry’s mother, Pamela Cohen echoed that she is confident the boys will be found. “We wholeheartedly believe that they are out there and alive,” she said.

NFL legend and family friend Joe Namath also joined in the plea for help finding young boaters, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen.

Source: Capsized Boat Found in Search for Boys Missing Off Florida Coast – NBC News

(Defense.gov) – Carter Thanks Troops in Iraq for Helping Nation’s Future

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to troops in Baghdad, July 23, 2015, during a weeklong trip to the Middle East that also includes stops in Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

By John D. Banusiewicz
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 – Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with service members in Baghdad yesterday, thanking them for their sacrifices and underscoring the role they play in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.

Carter noted that he was in the midst of a weeklong trip in the Middle East region and that he had been meeting with “important people” in several regional capitals.
“You’re the most important people to me,” he said, “and I just want you to know that. … You are why I wake up every morning. You’re what I’m thinking about every day. It’s you –- you [and] your families.”
The secretary told the service members that he appreciates them serving in Iraq while their families wait back home.
Contributing to World Security
“I don’t take it for granted that it’s uncomfortable here, that you put yourself in harm’s way, and that you’re doing that for your fellow citizens of the United States,” he said. “Because our first job is to protect our people and our country, but also, because of who we are, we contribute to the security of the wider world. And it is a big world out there, and we have responsibilities all over it.”
Because it is the world’s most powerful and influential power, Carter said, other nations want to work with the United States — “because they like us, because they like who we are and what we stand for and the way we conduct ourselves.”
That’s a compliment, he added, but it’s also a big burden.
“The Middle East is an important place in the world,” he said. “It’s not the only important place in the world, but it’s a very important one to our country and to world security, and Iraq is an important part of the Middle East.”
The campaign against ISIL will succeed, Carter said, “because civilization always wins over barbarism.”
If beating ISIL once was all there was to it, he told the U.S. service members, they could do it. But that’s not the issue, he said.
Keeping ISIL Beaten
“The defeat we need to give to [ISIL] is a lasting defeat — a defeat that sticks,” he said. “And that can only be done if we’re supporting the people who live here. … To keep them beaten requires the capable, motivated forces here in Iraq, and that requires the support of the Iraqi people.”
The United States can help, enable, train, equip and support the Iraqi security forces in beating ISIL, Carter said.
“But we can’t substitute for them. … We can’t keep them beaten,” he added. “Only the people who live here can keep them beaten.”
The campaign is headed in the right direction, Carter said. “If it were only up to us, it would be more straightforward, but it’s not,” he added. “We have to work with, by, and through them. And that’s what we’re doing. And that takes some time, and it takes some effort, but that’s what it takes to make victories stick when we have victory.”
The secretary told the troops he had spoken with Iraqi leaders earlier in the day, and they understand that and are committed to it.
“So we hope that they can deliver that,” Carter said.

Source: Defense.gov News Article: Carter Thanks Troops in Iraq for Helping Nation’s Future

(WTTE FOX28) – Hillary Clinton Confident About Proper Handling of Emails

Sean Rowe

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information.
Clinton spoke briefly Saturday about the email matter after a Democratic gathering at the Madison County Historical Complex in which she stressed her commitment to a variety of issues, including her support for pre-kindergarten education and abortion access. Reporters raised the topic of the email during a brief news conference.
“I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received. What I think you’re seeing here is a very typical kind of discussion, to some extent disagreement among various parts of the government, over what should or should not be publicly released,” she said.
The front-runner for her party’s nomination said she wanted the information in question to be made public as soon as possible and suggested there was confusion over the issue.
“I think there’s so much confusion around this that I understand why reporters and the public are asking questions, but the facts are pretty clear. I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time,” she said.
Intelligence investigators told the Justice Department in a letter this week that secret government information may have been compromised in the unsecured system she used at her New York home during her tenure as secretary of state.
Asked if the Justice Department should investigate, Clinton said: “They can fight over it or argue over it. That’s up to them. I can tell you what the facts are.”
In addition to alerting the Justice Department to the potential compromise of classified information, the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community sent a memo to members of Congress indicating that “potentially hundreds of classified emails” were among the 30,000 that Clinton had provided to the State Department.
The office said it also raised that concern with FBI counterintelligence officials and was recommending changes in how the emails are being reviewed and processed for public release. The State Department is reviewing 55,000 pages of emails with the goal of releasing all of them by Jan. 29.
The intelligence inspector general, I. Charles McCullough, and his counterpart at the State Department, Steve Linick, said that McCullough’s office found four emails containing classified information in a limited sample of 40 emails.
Whether the Justice Department would investigate the potential compromise the intelligence inspector general highlighted was not clear. The referral to the Justice Department does not seek a criminal probe and does not specifically target Clinton.
In its letter to congressional oversight committees, the inspector general’s office said that it was concerned that “these emails exist on at least one private server and thumb drive with classified information and those are not in the government’s possession,” Andrea Williams, a spokeswoman for McCullough, said earlier this week.
The letter said none of the emails was marked “classified” at the time it was sent or received but that some should have been handled as such and sent on a secure computer network.
Clinton has said she used the private server at her home as a matter of convenience to limit her number of electronic devices.
Source: Hillary Clinton Confident About Proper Handling of Emails – WTTE – WTTE FOX28

(reuters) – Suspect fatally wounded after shooting at Florida trooper: authorities

A suspect died from a gunshot wound on Saturday after he allegedly shot at a state trooper, who stopped to help the driver of a broken down vehicle along a northern Florida highway, authorities said.

The unidentified man fired several rounds from a handgun at a Florida Highway Patrol trooper along Interstate 75 in Micanopy, Florida, 15 miles (24 km) south of Gainesville, the Alachua County Sheriff said.

The trooper was uninjured during the incident that unfolded at about 8:30 a.m. local time, Alachua County Sheriff spokesman Art Forgey said.
Responding police surrounded the suspect in dense woods near the highway before he was fatally wounded. It was not immediately clear whether the gunman shot himself or was shot by police, according to Forgey.

Forgey said the shooter was associated with the broken down vehicle, but did not know whether he was the driver or a passenger.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately known, Forgey said.

The highway was shut down for several hours as police searched for the shooter in the woods.

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago, Bernard Orr)

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A suspect died from a gunshot wound on Saturday after he allegedly shot at a state trooper, who stopped to help the driver of a broken down vehicle along a northern Florida highway, authorities said.

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(OnPolitics) – Trump still tops Republican polls |

 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Phoenix on July 11, 2015. (Ross D. Franklin, AP)
>Even after a week of attacks over his criticism of John McCain, Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican Party presidential field, a new CNN/ORC poll says.Trump, at 18% among Republican and GOP-leaning voters, leads Jeb Bush at 15% and Scott Walker with 10%, the survey says.The many other Republican candidates are in single digits.“Trump’s backing has climbed 6 points since a late-June poll, while support for Bush and Walker has not changed significantly,”
CNN reports.Two other NBC News-Marist polls also show Trump doing well in the early contest states of Iowa and New Hampshire.The billionaire leads in New Hampshire with 21%, followed by Bush at 14%, and Walker at 12%.Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, leads in neighboring Iowa with 19%, followed by Trump at 17%, and Bush at 12%, according to the NBC-Marist survey.Reports NBC News:The polls were conducted July 14-21 — so before and after Trump’s controversial comments belittling John McCain’s war record on July 18. And they suggest the comments didn’t affect Trump in Iowa (he was at 16% before the comments and 18% after), but they did hurt him in New Hampshire (26% before, 14% after).In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, Trump said voters are simply tired of ineffectual politicians.
“This is more than me,” Trump said. “This is a movement going on. People are tired of these incompetent politicians in Washington that can’t get anything done. They can’t make deals. They can’t do anything.”Despite his momentum, most Republicans do not see Trump actually winning the GOP Republican nomination next year — 31% expect Bush to be the nominee, while 22% believe Trump will be. Another 14% predict a Walker nomination.
CNN reports that poll was done after Trump “earned rebukes from Republican leaders over his comments about Senator John McCain’s military service.”
Source: Trump still tops Republican polls | OnPolitics

(Fox News) – At least 120 killed as Saudi-led airstrikes target Yemeni residential area

The aftermath of a Saudi-led air strike on Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on 20 July. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

(AP)SANAA, Yemen –  Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit a residential area in a quiet Red Sea town in Yemen, killing at least 120 people in the deadliest strike against civilians since the March offensive began, security and medical officials said.Hours later, the coalition unexpectedly announced that it would start a five-day humanitarian pause on Sunday, just before midnight.The airstrikes late Friday hit workers’ housing for a power plant in Mokha, flattening some of the buildings to the ground, the officials said. A fire erupted in the area, charring many of the corpses, including children, women and elderly people.Wahib Mohammed, an eyewitness and area resident, said some of the bodies were torn apart by the force of the blast and buried in a mass grave on Saturday. Some of the strikes also hit nearby livestock pens, he said. Human and animal blood pooled on the ground of the surrounding area.The deadly strike highlights growing concerns that the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes are increasingly killing civilians as they continue to target Shiite rebels known as Houthis.”It just shows what is the trend now of the airstrikes from the coalition,” said Hassan Boucenine of the Geneva-based Doctors Without Borders. “Now, it’s a house, it’s a market, it’s anything.”He added that many of the workers had families visiting for the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Mokha, populated largely by fisherman, had a reputation as one of the safest places in the country embroiled in war, said Boucenine.Saudi officials could not be reached for comment, and the government’s official media did not issue a statement about the deadly strike. Over the course of the war, rights groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have expressed concern that the Saudi-led coalition is violating laws of war and not doing enough to prevent or minimize civilian casualties.It is not clear why the workers’ housing was hit. Yemeni security officials said the closest Houthi outpost to Friday evening’s strike is at least 5 kilometers (3 miles) away. Four airstrikes hit the residence after Saudi-led coalition planes launched dozens of missiles on positions of Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies in the surrounding area. The strikes in the area continued Saturday as dozens of families fled, security officials and eyewitnesses said.A military official said the coalition had been given incorrect coordinates. He denied that the coordinates had come from anyone in the district and said he called the coalition to inform them of the high number of civilian casualties.All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.Boucenine, of Doctors Without Borders, said the hospital in Mokha had closed weeks prior due to a lack of medical supplies and staff. Some of the injured died en route to the hospital in the city of Hodeida, 180 kilometers (112 miles) north. The provincial capital of Taiz was inaccessible due to ongoing fighting. Boucenine said the hospital confirmed 44 fatalities, though he expected the actual toll was significantly higher.Deif Allah al-Shamy, a Houthi leader, called Friday’s strike “an ugly crime and a flagrant violation of human rights.”Houthi rebels have also been criticized by rights groups for causing civilian casualties. Houthis and their allies randomly shelled a town earlier this week outside of Aden after losing control of some the port city’s neighborhoods, killing nearly 100 people, Doctors Without Borders said.Since March 26, at least 1,693 civilians have been killed in the Yemen fighting, with 3,829 wounded, the U.N. said earlier this week. It says civilians have been killed by mortar fire and ground fighting though “the majority of the casualties are reported to have been caused by air strikes.”The fighting in Yemen pits the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is now in Saudi Arabia.The U.N. human rights office said in a statement this week that “since 17 June, there has been further destruction of civilian infrastructure, with at least 36 buildings, including hospitals, schools, court houses, power generation facilities, and communications institutions partially or totally damaged.”Less than a day after the deadly strike, the Saudi-led coalition announced it will start a five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen on Sunday just before midnight.The statement, carried on Saudi state media Saturday, said the pause came as a result of a request by Hadi to Saudi’s King Salman.It said the coalition will cease military operations, but that it will respond should Houthi rebels or their allies conduct any military actions or movements.The truce is intended to give pause to months of punishing fighting in the war-torn impoverished Gulf nation and allow for the dispersing of much-needed humanitarian aid.

The previous humanitarian pause, which was announced earlier this month and was expected to last until the end of the holy month of Ramadan, never truly went into effect as both sides blamed each other and civilian deaths continued.

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(The Kansas City Star) – Judge: US violates agreement in detention of immigrant kids

Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center.

LOS ANGELES A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice’s current system of detaining children with their mothers after they have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border violates an 18-year-old court settlement.The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in California is a victory for the immigrant rights lawyers who brought the case, but its immediate implications for detainees were not yet clear. The ruling upholds a tentative decision Gee made in April, and comes a week after the two sides told her that they failed to reach a new settlement agreement as she had requested.The 1997 settlement at issue bars immigrant children from being held in unlicensed, secure facilities. Gee found that settlement covered all children in the custody of federal immigration officials, even those being held with a parent.Peter Schey, executive director of the Center for Human Rights and one of the attorneys who brought the lawsuit, said federal officials “know they’re in violation of the law.””They are holding children in unsafe facilities. It’s that simple,” Schey told The Associated Press. “It’s intolerable, it’s in humane, and it needs to end — and end sooner rather than later.”Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas said Saturday that her agency was reviewing the order.The new lawsuit was brought on by new major detention centers for women and children in Texas that are overseen by the U.S. government but are managed by private prison operators. Together, the centers have recently held more than 2,000 women and children between them after a surge of tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America, most of them mothers with children, many of whom said they were fleeing gang and domestic violence back home.The Justice Department had argued it was necessary to modify the settlement and use detention to try to deter more immigrants from coming to the border after last year’s surge. The department said it was an important way to keep families together while their immigration cases were being reviewed, but the judge rejected that argument in Friday’s decision.Gee gave the Department of Justice one week to show cause why she should not enter an injunction that would require the government to comply with the ruling within 90 days.But since the tentative ruling in April, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has vowed to make the facilities more child-friendly and provide better oversight.

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(wthitv.com) – Detective assigned to guard Lee Harvey Oswald looks back on JFK assassination

WARWICK, RI (WPRI) — As John F. Kennedy was training at Newport Naval Station at the start of World War II, a young Texan was also training with the Navy, never imagining his path would cross with JFK during one of the most tragic weekends in American history.

Kennedy would marry at Newport’s Hammersmith Farm, which would later be nicknamed “The Summer White House.” While JFK’s political star was rising, Elmer Boyd, who’s now 87 years old, rose through the ranks of the Dallas Police Department. Boyd recently visited Rhode Island for the reunion of the U.S.S. Bailey,and looked back at that day when JFK’s life ended, and countless conspiracy theories began.

“I was working a murder case,” Boyd said, adding that his job was to guard accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. In fact, Boyd was always to Oswald’s left, except for one violent moment that was seen live across the country.

“It wasn’t a federal case yet,” Boyd said, referring to the hours after the assassination. “But we knew it was a big deal, and we were determined to get the facts.”

Boyd was engaged in the security preparations leading up to the president’s visit, but as it would be today, the Secret Service made the key decisions. So, he couldn’t shed any light on why the president’s limousine was not protected during the motorcade with a specially made plastic bubble top. It would later be reported that the enclosure was not bullet proof, but the decision not to use it would fuel a few conspiracy theories.

Elmer Boyd, on Oswald’s left, in November of 1963.

Boyd pointed out that a Dallas newspaper ran an extensive article on the morning before the assassination about how the social issues of the era provoked some Texas tension for the president. But Boyd said those concerns were not reflected in the Secret Service briefings in the days and hours before the shots were fired at Kennedy around 12:30 in the afternoon on November 22, 1963.

As Boyd and some 19 other Dallas detectives worked the case, the first shocker came from across town where Boyd’s friend and fellow officer J.D. Tippit was shot to death, with Oswald put in cuffs for that homicide.

“We had at least two real good witnesses to the Tippit shooting,” Boyd said. “They said Oswald shot him across the hood of the car. Then, after he fell, [Oswald} went around and shot him again. And he reloaded his pistol and took off running and that’s when he went to the theater and got caught.”

For detective Boyd, the facts surrounding the Tippit shooting would trump Oswald’s series of denials over the next two days.

“I was assigned to get him in and out of the jail for the police, FBI and Secret Service to talk to him,” Boyd recalled. “And I was there for 70 to 80 percent of the interrogations.”

And during the dozens of times Oswald was walked between the numerous investigators and his cell, Boyd was there, listening to the responses to the media from the former Marine, and Russian defector. One quote stands out to this day.

“He said I hadn’t shot anybody. They’re trying to make a patsy out of me,” Boyd said.

But when asked if he believed Oswald, the tall Texan was short.

“No,” Boyd said. “No, I didn’t.”

While Oswald was hammered with questions from local and federal investigators, Boyd listened and tried to make sense of it all. But he said at times, the suspect talked in circles.

“Well, he would talk to you about anything, except shooting the president,” Boyd said. “The rest of the time, he was as cool as he could be. He would give you an answer. It wasn’t always the truth, but he would answer you.”

Boyd’s assignment kept him going around the clock, until about 3:30 in the morning on November 24. “They sent me home,” he said. “To get some rest.”

But like the rest of the nation, he was watching as Oswald was transported from the police station to the county jail. Boyd was on a couch, observing history with his father-in-law.

“There’s a scuffle,” the broadcaster said as order turned to chaos in grainy black and white. “Oswald has been shot. Oswald has been shot.”

Boyd doesn’t recall the emotions he felt watching his colleagues deal with skirmish that followed the gunfire, but he knew who the gunman was.

“I said that looked like old Jack Ruby. And sure enough it was. I knew him. He was a nightclub operator.”

To hear that he was somehow connected to organized crime and a conspiracy to silence Oswald, the self-proclaimed patsy, didn’t make sense to Boyd.

“He wasn’t a big mafia thing like they tried to make him out to be,” Boyd said with a slight grin. “We knew him as just a club owner. He had even made us sandwiches as we investigated the assassination. But we told him we were fine and he gave them to the news people.”

After Oswald was shot to death, Boyd and his partner were assigned to guard Ruby.

“First thing he said, ‘are y’all mad at me?’” Boyd recalled. “[My partner] told him, ‘no Jack. I’m not mad at you, but what you did was a terrible thing.’”

Jack Ruby fires what would be a fatal shot at accused assassin Oswald.

Then, a shocker from the man who was so familiar with police, he would make them a platter of sandwiches.

“He said ‘if you and Mr. Boyd had been with [Oswald], I might not have shot him,’” Boyd said. “I think about that. I just wonder, you know. Was it true? I think Ruby wanted to be a hero. That’s what I think.”

Boyd didn’t talk about the case in public for about 40 years, saying he just wasn’t that kind of guy. But as the theories about various plots grew in number and depth, he said he couldn’t help but noticed that so many others were offering what he knew was false information.

“Every time I’d read the paper, my partner would call and we would say, did you see that? Did you hear that?” Boyd said. “And we’d agree. Well, that just didn’t happen.”

As someone who was dialed in to the investigation for those terrible two days in November of 1963, and for the weeks that followed, Boyd’s opinion grew clear.

“I don’t think it was a conspiracy,” he said. “Now, like I said, I don’t try to change anyone else’s opinion. But I don’t think it was a conspiracy.”

Boyd, who turns 88 in September, is sad to say that he is one of only two Dallas detectives out of the 20 who investigated the assassination, who are still alive.

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(NBC News) – Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Hotel Fire Leaves Two People Injured 

One person was hospitalized after the blaze was sparked on a pool deck of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.
A fire erupted Saturday on the pool deck of a Las Vegas hotel, sending thick smoke billowing high above The Strip.

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation and one of them was hospitalized after the blaze was sparked on a pool deck of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, Clark County Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan told NBC News.

The fire torched trees and cabanas at the Bamboo Pool on the west side of the hotel, but made little impact inside the building, according to the department. The Cosmopolitan said in a statement that “proper evacuation procedures were used.”

The fire was extinguished about 45 minutes after it was reported at about 12:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET), according to NBC affiliate KSNV. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the hotel statement.
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(The Washington Post) – Kurds fight the ISIS group while being bombed by Turkey – 

By Vivian Salama
BAGHDAD — Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Friday and Saturday in what were the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013.

The strikes in Iraq targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, whose affiliates have been effective in battling the Islamic State group.

The Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become a major part of the war against the Islamic State group, with Kurdish populations in both countries threatened by the militants’ advance. Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish Kurds took part in cross-border operations to help rescue tens of thousands of displaced people from the minority Yazidi group from Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain in August last year and they continue to fight in cooperation with one another against the Islamic State group in areas along the Iraq-Syria border.
They have been somewhat effective in limiting the expansion of the Islamic State militants across northern Iraq but there are concerns that Turkish airstrikes on the PKK could jeopardize Kurdish positions.

WHO ARE THE KURDS?

The Kurds are an ethnic group with their own language and customs whose nomadic past led to their modern-day dispersal across several countries, mostly Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. Sunni Muslims make up the vast majority, but there is a sizeable Shiite population, particularly in Iran.

After the collapse of the Ottoman and Qajar empires and the subsequent creation of these modern states, Iraq, Iran and Turkey each agreed to oppose the creation of an independent Kurdistan, making them the largest stateless minority group in the world. With nearly 25 million people living in five countries, they continue to push for self-rule.

WHAT IS THEIR ROLE IN TURKEY?

Turkey is home to an estimated 15 million Kurds, about one-fifth of the country’s population of 76 million. Most are Sunni Muslim.

The PKK has fought a three-decade war, initially for independence and later for autonomy and greater rights for Kurds. The conflict with the PKK has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984.
Turkey and its U.S. and European allies consider the PKK — which has Marxist origins — a terrorist organization for killing civilians in urban bombings.
In 2012, Turkey launched secret talks with the PKK’s imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, to end the conflict. The talks were made public in 2013 and the PKK declared a cease-fire a few months later.

Kurds accused Turkey of not doing enough to help Syrian Kurds during the battle against Islamic State militants over the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani, prompting violent clashes and straining the fragile peace process.

Tensions flared again after an Islamic State suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday killed 32 people. Kurdish groups held the Turkish government responsible, saying it had not been aggressive in battling the Islamic State group.

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party, the People’s Democratic Party, said the strikes on the PKK in Syria and Iraq amounted to an end of the two-year-old truce. It called on the government to end the bombing campaign and resume a dialogue with the Kurds.

Turkey views Kurds in Iraq as an ally but is suspicious of Syrian Kurds who are affiliated with the PKK. Ankara is worried that Kurdish gains in Iraq and in Syria will encourage the aspirations of its own Kurdish population.

WHERE DO THEY STAND IN IRAQ?

Five million Kurds have their own government in Iraq’s semi-autonomous north and have significant representation in the central government with several key posts including the presidency, which is allocated to Kurds. They currently represent about 20 percent of Iraq’s population, making them the largest ethnic minority.

There are two main Iraqi Kurdish factions: The Kurdistan Democratic Party is led by Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan is led by former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. The factions fought a bloody war for power over northern Iraq in the mid-1990s, before agreeing to a power-sharing deal that ended the fighting in 1998.
The Iraqi Kurdish militia, known as the peshmerga, has been a major force in repelling the Islamic State group’s onslaught in recent months, with nearly a dozen countries rushing to its aid with weapons and training in the absence of genuine support from a strained Iraqi military.

The United States has been one of the most ardent protectors of Iraqi Kurds for over a generation, helping establish and enforce a safe haven in northern Iraq to protect them from Saddam Hussein. After the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials sought to give equal power to Kurdish politicians even in navigating the delicate rivalry between the factions.

WHERE DO THE KURDS STAND IN SYRIA?

Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Syria, making up more than 10 percent of the country’s pre-war population of 23 million people. They are centered mostly in the impoverished northeastern province of Hassakeh, wedged between the borders of Turkey and Iraq.

The Kurdish Democratic Union party, or PYD, is the most powerful political force among Syria’s Kurds. The party is a deeply secular, and affiliated with the PKK. The People’s Protection Units, known by its Kurdish acronym YPG, is the main Kurdish fighting force in Syria.

Since Syria’s civil war began, the Kurds have made unprecedented gains, strengthening their hold on the far northeast reaches of the country and carving out territory where they declared their own civil administration in areas under their control. They have demonstrated a surprising resilience in their fight against Islamic State group militants in Kobani, pushing them out in January with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes. More recently last month, they ejected the Islamic State group from their stronghold of Tal Abyad along the border with Turkey, robbing the IS of a key avenue for smuggling oil and foreign fighters.

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Associated Press writers Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed to this report.
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(TheBlaze.com) Wild Animal Found Roaming NYC Streets Has Police Asking ‘What’s Next?’

USWild Animal Found Roaming NYC Streets Has Police Asking ‘What’s Next?’

The alligator, dubbed CockadoodleQ, died just 12 hours after being rescued. WABC-TV reported that it was likely an illegal pet that was released once it got too big for the owner to take care of.

“We have no knowledge of the conditions CockadoodleQ had lived in prior to his arrival that contributed to his death,” the ACC said in a statement. “Exotic animals such as alligators are illegal to have as pets in New York City.”

Witnesses told WABC that they believed the alligator could have been dropped off, or it could have come from the sewer or river. The alligator was found 50 feet from the Harlem River.

“He was pretty feisty,” Deputy Inspector Chris Morello told the New York Daily News.

Police said they believed the alligator was looking for water when they found it crossing the street.

“Some people were very surprised. They’ve never seen an alligator, never seen a reptile of that size let alone here in the city street,” Eddie Perez, a witness, told WABC.

An animal rescuer told the New York Daily News that the alligator appeared to have been one- or two-years-old.

Last week police rescued nine boa constrictors and an alligator from a Brooklyn residence, resulting in one arrest.

WABC reported that New York City’s health codes prohibit people from owning alligators as pets.

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(WISH-TV) – Angie’s List to make changes after grading system flaw discovered | 

 

The changes come after an I-Team 8 investigation uncovered a flaw in the system that allows contractors to retain positive grades for work they complete, but doesn’t always penalize them when consumers pay in advance and the work is never started.

Here’s how it works:

Angie’s List allows paying members to review contractors, companies and even physicians by giving them letter grades and written comments.

The I-Team 8 investigation examined hundreds of pages of reviews from various contractors and found that in some cases, customers were indicating that work was never done even though some paid money in advance for services. Angie’s List says those reviews should have been considered “work done.”

Why is that significant?

Because Angie’s List ranks contractors by letter grade and gives more weight to those letter grades based on completed projects. So if customers are paying money in advance and no work is ever done by a contractor, those reviews aren’t counting as much – allowing contractors to hold onto inflated grades they perhaps did not earn.

In response to this finding, Angie’s List conducted an internal audit within the past 90 days and discovered that this is happening in almost 1 out of every 100 cases, according to Angie’s List spokeswoman Cheryl Reed.

“Let me be clear, reports where money exchanged hands are intended to be ‘work done’ reports,” said Angie’s List Founder, Angie Hicks, during a recent sit-down interview with I-Team 8.

Hicks, who co-founded Angie’s List with CEO Bill Oesterle, says she is willing to make changes and plans to add a pop-up window and additional follow-up emails to help guide consumers when they make reviews. Additional emails will also be sent to anyone who provides a “C” grade or lower to a contractor or company, regardless of whether work was completed or not.

Within 10 days, Angie’s List says it will:

  • Making that policy more clear
  • Reach out a second time to offer help to consumers who have a bad experience
  • Review its records to see if there are other cases that were mistakenly marked “work not done.”

One of the businesses examined during I-Team 8’s investigation was Carmel-based Green Frog Restoration, which was given a “C” by Angie’s List under the roofing category – that ranking including five “F” grades in the past year and one “A” from 2013.

Despite five “F’s,” Green Frog Restoration was showing it had a “C” ranking from Angie’s List. The same company was given an “F” ranking by the Better Business Bureau.

Barbara Duke knows what grade she would give the Green Frog Restoration. When asked, she said: “The F.”

Duke and her husband, Robert, said they were contacted by Green Frog Restoration, who asked if they could fix their roof, siding and shed following a hail storm. The Dukes said they agreed and signed a contract, turning over an insurance check worth $10,000.

“They come and got the check and then we didn’t hear anymore from them,” said Barbara Duke.

Barbara says she calls the company once or twice a week but no one answers. No one answered the door when I-Team 8 showed up at the Carmel business office listed as the company’s address. Our repeated phone calls were also not returned. An office manager at the business complex said she had not seen the tenants in a month.

Randy White also lost money to Green Frog Restoration.

“Whatever grade is below F, that’s what Green Frog should get,” White told I-Team 8 by phone.

When I-Team 8 notified Angie’s List that both White and the Dukes had paid money in advance but never received services, a spokeswoman confirmed that there were other similar instances and said that the company’s rating should be a “D.”

This isn’t the first time Angie’s List methods have been questioned. A federal lawsuit filed earlier this year alleged that contractors and companies can improve their position by paying advertising fees on the website. Angie’s List sought to have that case thrown out and a spokeswoman denied the assertions, saying that contractors and companies who advertise are held to a higher standard and are required to give discounts. Spokeswoman Cheryl Reed did not dispute, however, that discounts offered by the highest-rated companies are often at the top of Angie’s List.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Angie’s List plans to make significant changes to its review online system in the next 10 days.

Source: Angie’s List to make changes after grading system flaw discovered | WISH-TV

(The Alpena News) – Obama arrives in Kenya to open two-nation Africa visit

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — President Barack Obama has opened a two-nation tour of Africa focused on deepening economic and security partnerships with the continent and its people.

Obama landed in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Friday.

His father was Kenyan and the trip amounts to a homecoming of sorts for Obama, who is expected to spend time with family.

Obama’s agenda for Saturday includes co-hosting a U.S.-sponsored business summit and a meeting with Kenya’s president, followed by a news conference and a state dinner.

He’ll address the Kenyan people on Sunday before departing for Ethiopia.

Obama meets Monday with Ethiopia’s president and prime minister, holds a news conference and attend a state dinner.

He addresses members of the African Union on Tuesday before heading back to Washington.

 

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(SpaceRef) – NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 July 2015 – 

 

All six Expedition 44 crew members gathered inside the Zvezda service module for a crew greeting ceremony with new crewmates (front row from left) Kimiya Yui, Oleg Kononenko and Kjell Lindgren. In the back from left are Mikhail Kornienko, Gennady Padalka and Scott Kelly. Credit: NASA TV.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) joined their Expedition 44 crewmates when the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft and the International Space Station officially opened at 12:56 a.m. EDT.

Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos, as well as Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos welcomed the new crew members aboard their orbital home.

The crew will support several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science — research that impacts life on Earth.

Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yiu are now the 217th and 218th people to board the International Space Station. This is the first visit for both Lindgren and Yiu, and the third for Kononenko.

Lindgren, Kononenko and Yui will remain aboard the station until late December. Kelly and Kornienko, who have been aboard since March 27, will return to Earth in March 2016 at the end of their one-year mission. Padalka, who also has been aboard since March 27, will return to Earth in September, leaving Kelly in command of Expedition 45. Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth in March 2016 with Expedition 46 after 342 days in space.

You can follow the crew’s activities in space on social media. Follow space station activities via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Follow Twitter updates from Kjell Lindgren, Kimiya Yui, and Scott Kelly, and follow Kelly on Instagram.

To join the online conversation about the International Space Station on Twitter, follow the hashtag #ISS. To learn more about all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/connect.

On-Orbit Status Report

43 Soyuz (43S) Launch/Dock: 43S launched at 4:02 PM CDT today and docked at 9:46 PM CDT. Hatch opening occurred at 11:56 PM CDT. With the arrival of Kjell Lindgren, Kimiya Yui and Oleg Kononenko the ISS returns to 6-crew operations. Following crew ingress, the ISS Safety Briefing will be performed to familiarizes the newly arrived crew with potential hazards and safety measures. The crew will also review emergency actions, roles and responsibilities and response to depressurization, fire and toxic events.

Fine Motor Skills: Kelly and Kornienko performed their Flight Day 120 session of Fine Motor Skills today. In this experiment crew members perform a series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet. The investigation is the first fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth’s gravity. The goal of the experiment is to answer how fine motor performance in microgravity trend/vary over the duration of a six-month and year-long space mission; how fine motor performance on orbit compare with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance trend/vary before and after gravitational transitions, including the periods of early flight adaptation and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

Space Headaches: Yui and Lindgren will perform their first Space Headaches questionnaire following their arrival on ISS. They will complete the questionnaire daily for their first week on orbit then once per week for the remainder of their mission. Headaches can be a common complaint during spaceflight. The Space Headaches experiment improves the understanding of such conditions which helps in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improve the well-being and performance of crew members in orbit. This can also improve the knowledge of similar conditions on Earth.

Russian Segment (RS) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: Kelly gathered and transferred US tools in preparation for RS EVA #41 currently planned for August 10. Battery maintenance for Rechargeable EVA Battery Assemblies (REBA), Helmet Lights (HL), and Pistol Grip Tools (PGT) started last week will conclude this Friday.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are were completed unless otherwise noted.

Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (morning)
Morning Inspection. RSS 1, 2 Reboot / r/g 7437
Laptop RS1(2) Reboot / Onboard Computer System (БВС)
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 9277
FINEMOTR – Experiment Ops
Replacement of SM Unit 800А АБ Module 3. Checkout of air duct sealing screws r/g 9395
Replacement of SM unit 800А Storage Battery Module No.3 – assistance / SM IVA
Fine Motor Skills – Experiment Ops / See OSTPV for Procedure
VEG-01 PLANT – Plant Photo
WRS Water Sample Analysis
TEPC Transfer
Replacement of SM unit 800А Storage Battery Module No.3 – assistance / SM IVA IMF
Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) – EVA Battery Assembly (REBA)
CALCIUM. Experiment session 10. / r/g 9396
Gathering US tools to support RS EVA
Transfer of Urine from RS/USOS EDV-U and brine from EDV-US to ТГК 425 (Aft) Rodnik БВ2 Tank r/g 9394
Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position / Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System (СКДС)
USOS EVA tools Transfer to support RS EVA
Medical Locket Kit Audit / r/g 9386
Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Battery Recharge Terminate
Start BSA Battery Charge
Closing USOS Window Shutters
Physical Fitness Evaluation (on treadmill)
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
TOCA Data Recording
Soyuz 717 ODF Procedures
Closing USOS Window Shutters
ISS HAM RADIO Power Down
Review Hatch Opening from MRM1 and Arrival of Expedition 44 TV Coverage procedure.
MERLIN – Desiccant Swap
Scheduled Maintenance of Compound Specific Analyzer- Combustion Products (CSA-CP)
Activation of Soyuz 716 (MRM2) Gas Analyzer
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
Closure of window shutters 6,8,9,12,13,14
СОЖ Maintenance
CONTROL. Switching Indicator-ISS P/L measuring modes
CQ outfitting after arrival
OTKLIK. Hardware Check
MPEG2 Multicast Test via Ku-band (Activation/Deactivation of TV data and MPEG2 Multicast controls)
Preparation of ТК 717 for Docking to MRM1
Comm Config before ТК 717 docking
Monitoring Soyuz 717 Rendezvous with ISS (MRM1)
Activation of MPEG2 Multicast TV Monitoring
Activation of mpeg2 multicast video recording mode
Video recording of capture and retraction through DC1 EV2 hatch during Soyuz 717 docking to MRM1
Switch MRM1 PEV – ТК to ELECTR CONTR position
Closing Applications and Downlink of MPEG2 Multicast video via OCA
Gathering exercise equipment
ТК 717 – MRM1 Interface Leak Check
Start Drying 2 space suits
Comm Reconfiguration for Nominal Ops after 717 Docking
Respiratory Support Pack Checkout
HABIT – Hardware activation
Hardware Setup in SM for Expedition 44 Arrival TV Coverage from SM
VEG-01 PLANT – Plant Photo
Equipment Setup in MRM1 for Hatch Opening TV Coverage from MRM1
JRNL – Journal Entry
Soyuz-MRM1 Hatch Opening TV Coverage of Expedition 44 Arrival
Soyuz-MRM1 Hatch Opening ‘
TV Coverage of Expedition 44 Arrival
Handover of the 3rd space suit and gloves for drying in ТПК 716
Closing Applications, Deactivation of camcorders and TV data monitors
Drying the 3rd spacesuit in ТК 716 – start
Safety briefing after ТК 717 docking
Photo of a scuff mark left by Active Docking Mechanism probe on the MRM1 Passive Mechanism Receiving Cone
Video downlink via OCA of capture and retraction during Soyuz 717 docking to MRM1
Handover of Expedition 43 Crew
Termination of Suit 1,2 Drying (ТК 717)
Installing the 1st pair of gloves for drying (ТК 717)
Download docking cone internal surface photos to OCA
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
ТК 717 Deactivation (without GA deactivation)
Terminate drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the second pair (ТК 717)
ТК 717 Deactivation (without GA deactivation)
SHD1ST – Survey Completion
Terminate drying the second pair of gloves (ТК 717)
Stowage of the 1st and 2nd space suits and gloves after drying
Terminate the 3rd suit drying, start drying the 3rd pair of gloves (Soyuz 716)
Terminate drying the 3rd pair of gloves (ТК 716)
Handover of the 3rd space suit and gloves after drying in ТК 716
Stowage of the 3rd suit and gloves in TK 717 after drying
Closing USOS Window Shutters
Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (evening)
Completed Task List Items

None
Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

OPM execution
Soyuz docking operations
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 07/25: Crew off duty following 43S Docking
Friday, 07/24: Lab RPCM R&R, JAXA PCG install, Emergency Roles & Responsibilities review
Saturday, 07/25: Crew off duty, housekeeping
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – Off
Vozdukh – Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – On
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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(POLITICO) – New York Times alters Clinton email story

By DYLAN BYERS 7/24/15 4:58 AM EDT
The New York Times made small but significant changes to an exclusive report about a potential criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department email account late Thursday night, but provided no notification of or explanation for of the changes.The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation “into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.”That clause, which cast Clinton as the target of the potential criminal probe, was later changed: the inspectors general now were asking for an inquiry “into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state.”The Times also changed the headline of the story, from “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email” to “Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account,” reflecting a similar recasting of Clinton’s possible role. The article’s URL was also changed to reflect the new headline.As of early Friday morning, the Times article contained no update, notification, clarification or correction regarding the changes made to the article.One of the reporters of the story, Michael Schmidt, explained early Friday that the Clinton campaign had complained about the story to the Times.“It was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them,” Schmidt said.Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, said in an email that Clinton always followed “appropriate practices.”“Contrary to the initial story, which has already been significantly revised, she followed appropriate practices in dealing with classified materials. As has been reported on multiple occasions, any released emails deemed classified by the administration have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were transmitted,” Merrill said.The inspectors general request comes after their assessment that Clinton’s private email account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” The Times’ report notes that it is not clear whether the contents of the emails were marked as classified by the State Department when then-Secratry of State Clinton sent or received them.Clinton’s use of a private email account at the State Department has been a subject of intense scrutiny by both the media and Republican adversaries for months. No news outlet has been more aggressive in its coverage of that issue than the Times.The Times’ report also includes the following error: It states that a hearing in Washington about the State Department’s refusal to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests had taken place on Monday. That hearing took place last week.UPDATE (2:12 p.m.): The Times issued the following correction on Friday:”An earlier version of this article and an earlier headline, using information from senior government officials, misstated the nature of the referral to the Justice Department regarding Hillary Clinton’s personal email account while she was secretary of state. The referral addressed the potential compromise of classified information in connection with that personal email account. It did not specifically request an investigation into Mrs. Clinton.”

Source: New York Times alters Clinton email story – POLITICO

 (ABC News) – The Latest: Silent 911 Call Alerts Police to Oklahoma Deaths

 

The latest on the stabbing deaths of an Oklahoma family (all times local):
The latest on the stabbing deaths of an Oklahoma family (all times local):

4 p.m.

Authorities have identified two adults who were among five family members stabbed to death in a suburban Tulsa home as well as an 18-year-old family member who is one of two brothers suspected of the killings.

Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday the dead include parents David and April Bever. Calhoun says 18-year-old Robert Bever is one of two teenagers being held pending charges being filed in their deaths. Three other victims and two family members who survived the attack have not yet been identified.

Calhoun says the brothers are suspected of stabbing to death their parents, a sister and two brothers. Police say the children are a girl approximately 5-years-old and boys approximately 7- and 12-years. A 13-year-old sister was wounded in the attack while a 2-year-old girl was uninjured.

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2:30 p.m.

Authorities say the stabbing deaths of five members of a Tulsa-area family by two family members “is the worst single criminal event in Broken Arrow history.”

Broken Arrow police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday that 16- and 18-year-old brothers are suspected of stabbing to death their parents, a sister and two brothers. Police say the children are a girl approximately 5-years-old and boys approximately 7- and 12-years old. A 13-year-old sister was wounded in the attack and is hospitalized while a 2-year-old girl was found in the family home uninjured.

No names have been released.

Calhoun said the suspects are being questioned by investigators.

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12:40 p.m.

An Oklahoma state medical examiner has arrived at a Tulsa-area home where five members of a family were found stabbed to death.

Coroner’s vans also arrived early Thursday afternoon at the home in Broken Arrow to remove the bodies that were found about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Two bodies that lay covered in the yard were the first to be removed; they were placed in green body bags and placed in the van.

Police responding to a wordless 911 call found the bodies, in addition to a 13-year-old girl with stab wounds and a 2-year-old girl who was uninjured. The 13-year-old girl is hospitalized in stable but serious condition.

Two male teenagers are in custody. Police say they and the victims are related.

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12:15 p.m.

Police say officers couldn’t initially get into a Tulsa-area home after receiving a 911 call, but forced their way in after hearing moans from inside.

The bodies of five people were later found at the home. A 2-year-old girl found inside the home was uninjured.

Broken Arrow police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday that officers were unable to enter the home when they arrived Wednesday night. But after hearing moans, they forced their way in and found a 13-year-old girl who survived the stabbing attack. They pulled her outside.

Calhoun says the girl is now hospitalized in stable but serious condition.

He says officers re-entered the home and pulled two more victims to the lawn because it wasn’t immediately clear whether they were dead or if the attacker was still inside. The bodies of three other victims also were found inside the home.

Two teenagers are in custody. Police say they and the victims are related.

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10.20 a.m.

Authorities say a 13-year-old girl who was wounded in the fatal stabbing of five of her family members at their Tulsa-area home is in stable but serious condition.

Broken Arrow police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said the girl remains in a hospital after surgery Thursday. She was taken there in critical condition following the Wednesday night stabbing.

Calhoun says a 2-year-old girl who was found uninjured in the home is in state custody.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Investigators at the scene can be seen entering and leaving the home.

Police found the victims about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday following an “open 911” call in which someone dialed for help but didn’t speak. Two teenagers who police say are also a part of the family are in custody.

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9:25 a.m.

Authorities say it could take some time before they release the names of five family members who were found stabbed to death in their Tulsa-area home.

Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper said Thursday that police are working to notify next of kin, but noted that the five dead and the two teenagers in custody are all members of the same family. A girl who was found in critical condition with stab wounds and another juvenile found uninjured in the home are also members of the family, but the specific nature of the relationships has not been released.

Police found the victims about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday following an “open 911” call in which someone dialed for help but didn’t speak. Cooper says police traced the call to the address where the victims were found.

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7:45 a.m.

Authorities say five people were found stabbed to death in a Tulsa-area home following an “open 911” call in which someone dialed 911 but didn’t speak.

Sgt. Thomas Cooper says police traced the call about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to the address where the victims were found. Two male relatives aged 18- and 16-years were arrested soon after.

Cooper said Thursday that the dead includes adults and children and that they are all related, but he didn’t explain how. He says a girl also found at the home was in critical condition with stab wounds and that another juvenile found there who was not injured is in state custody.

He says an investigation of the home could take all day and that the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation is assisting.

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7:05 a.m.

Police in Oklahoma say five members of a family were found stabbed to death in their Tulsa-area home and that two teenage relatives are in custody.

Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper says police were called to a home late Wednesday and found five people dead from stab wounds. A girl survived with wounds, and another child in the home was not harmed.

Cooper said at the scene Thursday that the suspects are boys aged 16 and 18.

He says they fled the home before police arrived but that a tracking dog trailed them. He says the victims and the detained teenagers are related.

Cooper also says Broken Arrow typically only sees one or two homicides every couple of years.

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3:45 a.m.

Police in eastern Oklahoma say five people have been found dead and two teenagers were taken into custody.

In a news release, Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper says officers were called to an address Wednesday night around 11:30 p.m. for an unknown problem.

When they arrived, Cooper says officers found the five deceased victims and a child who was still alive and was brought to the hospital in critical condition. Another child was found unharmed.

The news release says a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, who are both related to the victims, were taken into custody.

The news release calls the case a homicide investigation. No other details were immediately available.

Broken Arrow is southeast of Tulsa.

7:45 a.m.

Authorities say five people were found stabbed to death in a Tulsa-area home following an “open 911” call in which someone dialed 911 but didn’t speak.

Sgt. Thomas Cooper says police traced the call about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to the address where the victims were found. Two male relatives aged 18- and 16-years were arrested soon after.

Cooper said Thursday that the dead includes adults and children and that they are all related, but he didn’t explain how. He says a girl also found at the home was in critical condition with stab wounds and that another juvenile found there who was not injured is in state custody.

He says an investigation of the home could take all day and that the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation is assisting.

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7:05 a.m.

Police in Oklahoma say five members of a family were found stabbed to death in their Tulsa-area home and that two teenage relatives are in custody.

Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper says police were called to a home late Wednesday and found five people dead from stab wounds. A girl survived with wounds, and another child in the home was not harmed.

Cooper said at the scene Thursday that the suspects are boys aged 16 and 18.

He says they fled the home before police arrived but that a tracking dog trailed them. He says the victims and the detained teenagers are related.

Cooper also says Broken Arrow typically only sees one or two homicides every couple of years.

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3:45 a.m.

Police in eastern Oklahoma say five people have been found dead and two teenagers were taken into custody.

In a news release, Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper says officers were called to an address Wednesday night around 11:30 p.m. for an unknown problem.

When they arrived, Cooper says officers found the five deceased victims and a child who was still alive and was brought to the hospital in critical condition. Another child was found unharmed.

The news release says a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, who are both related to the victims, were taken into custody.

The news release calls the case a homicide investigation. No other details were immediately available.

Broken Arrow is southeast of Tulsa.

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