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|RFK Jr. Seeking New Investigation Into His Father's Assassination
Robert Kennedy Jr. had a three-hour prison meeting in California with his
POSTED MAY 27, 2018 3:16 AM
|Flake: Joe Arpaio isn't a 'paragon of the rule of law'
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R) tells Chuck Todd that Vice President Pence's kindness, but disagrees with him about Sheriff Joe Arpaio, during an exclusive interview with Meet the Press.
POSTED MAY 27, 2018 2:42 AM
|Venezuela releases imprisoned American Joshua Holt
Sen. Bob Corker helped broker the release of Holt and his wife Thamy, who were accused of stockpiling weapons and held for two years without trial. They returned to the U.S. on Saturday.
POSTED MAY 26, 2018 11:48 AM
|Commemorating veterans over Memorial Day weekend
On Memorial Day weekend, towns and cities across the United States and around the world, commemorate veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made.
POSTED MAY 27, 2018 2:10 PM
|AMBER Alert Issued for New York Toddler After Mom's Body Found Stuffed in Bag in Woods
Police in western New York are searching for a missing 14-month-old boy whose mother’s dead body was found in the woods, stuffed in a plastic bag
POSTED MAY 26, 2018 2:25 PM
|Border Patrol Alters Account Of Guatemalan Woman's Death
U.S. immigration authorities have altered their account of the Border Patrol's
POSTED MAY 26, 2018 9:26 PM
|University of Southern California president to step down in wake of scandal
(Reuters) - The president of University of Southern California is resigning after criticism over the school's handling of complaints that a campus health clinic gynecologist sexually abused his patients during pelvic exams, the school said on Friday. C.L. Max Nikias will step down after serving as the school's president for nearly eight years, the university's executive committee of the board of trustees said in a statement. "President Nikias and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees have agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president," committee chairman Rick Caruso said.
POSTED MAY 26, 2018 3:56 AM
|Landslide Yes vote as Ireland referendum repeals tough abortion laws – what happens next?
Ireland’s prime minister hailed the "quiet revolution” which delivered an overwhelming victory in favour of repealing its strict abortion laws on Saturday in a poll that marked voters' steady drift away from the grip of the country's conservative Catholic roots. The country voted 67 per cent in favour of reform and 33 per cent against in a landslide victory for the pro-choice Yes campaign. "We have seen the culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland over 20 years," Mr Varadkar said, as he waited for the votes to be counted in Dublin. "It's been a great exercise in democracy and the people have said we want a modern constitution for a modern country, and that we trust women to take the right decisions about their own healthcare." Even Ireland's rural and conservative areas backed reform, with County Roscommon and the town of Longford returning Yes votes. The majority of Irish voters have backed changing the country's abortion law Support for reform was so widespread that the No campaign conceded defeat several hours before the referendum count was finished. "The people of Ireland weighed it in the balance and it came down on one side. I obviously would have preferred if they had come down on the other," John McGuirk, communications director for the "Save the 8th" campaign, said on Saturday. Dr Peter Boylan, a leading member of the Yes campaign and former Master of the National Maternity Hospital, said they were "relieved and vindicated." Thousands forced abroad for terminations Since it was passed in 1983, an estimated 170,000 Irish women have had to travel to England for terminations. Those who have the procedure done illegally at home risk up to 14 years in prison. However, the pro-life No campaign has warned that the government's alternative, unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks, is "too extreme." Young and old packed the streets of Dublin on Friday as they lined up to cast their vote following a tense and divisive campaign which has forced the country to grapple with its deeply held Catholic convictions. One of the victims of Ireland's abortion policies referenced by the Yes campaign was Savita Halappanavar, died in hospital in Galway aged 31 when she was refused an abortion during a miscarriage. Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, said she repeatedly asked for a termination but was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat. Irish PM urged reform President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina cast their votes in Dublin on Friday morning. Around two hours later Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, a vocal advocate for repeal, voted in the city. "I always get a little buzz from voting, it just feels like it is democracy in action," Mr Varadkar said after emerging from the polling station at Castleknock. "Not taking anything for granted of course, but quietly confident - there's been good turnout across the country so far and hoping for a Yes vote tomorrow. "Obviously, I would be encouraging everyone to come out and vote, a high turnout would be to the advantage of the yes campaign." He urged voters not to be distracted by the sunny weather and exercise their democratic right. Yes campaigners hug one another as the count in the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment concerning the country's abortion laws takes place at the RDS centre #HomeToVote campaign boosted turnout For several days at Dublin airport, activists had gathered in the arrivals lounge, clapping and cheering as they greeted Irish expats returning from as far away as Los Angeles, Hanoi and Nairobi to cast their vote. One group of well-wishers held large “welcome home” banner. Another unfurled a sign which said: “Thank you for making the journey so other women don’t have to.” Tara Flynn, a 48-year-old Yes voter, who had to fly to the Netherlands for an abortion 11 years ago, said: “It’s a vote to say, I don’t send you away anymore," referring to women who are forced to go abroad for terminations. Since Thursday, fleets of cars driven by volunteers have been ferrying voters from the airport to polling stations across the country. Many used social media to offer lifts, with Molly O’Cathain posting a photograph on Twitter of her car with a sign in the window that read “Repeal Mobile". Over 3,000 Irish women have UK abortions per year What happens next? In a No vote scenario, nothing would have changed. But the Yes victory means the eighth amendment will be repealed. Then, Irish lawmakers will get to work transferring the government's proposals into law. Mr Varadkar has urged lawmakers to vote through the new legislation, whichever way they voted in the campaign.
POSTED MAY 26, 2018 1:58 PM
|The Parkland students stopped a huge corporation from donating to the NRA
The Parkland students are continuing to advocate for gun control, one issue at a time, and their efforts are creating real change. The latest proof of that is Publix, a supermarket chain found based in the southeastern United States. After boycotts and protests on Friday, the grocery store has publicly announced it will stop making political contributions, including those for Florida gubernatorial candidate and proudly vocal "NRA sellout" Adam Putnam. It's all thanks to Parkland'sDavid Hogg and his peers, who spearheaded a protest against the chain with a successful "die-in" at one of the store's locations. SEE ALSO: Parkland activists had breakfast with the Waffle House hero and they were all thrilled "Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout," Hogg tweeted on Tuesday in his call to arms to boycott Publix. Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout. That is why I am calling on everyone to stop shopping at Publix until they pull their endorsement of Putnam publicly. Publix is supporting the inaction after pulse, strozier, Douglas, liberty city. Don’t support an NRA sellout — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 23, 2018 Just a few days later on May 25, students — in partnership with an organization birthed out of the Parkland shooting, Change The Ref — led the protests in Coral Springs, Florida inside and outside the store, with chalk outlines in the parking lot to commemorate the lives lost during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Early this morning @davidhogg111 teamed up with @ChangeTheRef to create an art instillation outside of @publix in protest of the corporation and their support of Adam Putnam. 17 chalk outlines in multiple parking spots were drawn and wrapped in caution tape. #msd #neveragain pic.twitter.com/043cC2o6kA — Emilee McGovern (@EmileeRose) May 25, 2018 Inside, people staged a "die-in," lying on the floor of two local Publix stores on Friday. Additionally, Hogg put out a call for 12-minute die-in's to occur in various locations that afternoon as well. Together we can do anything. Together the young people will win by choosing love. pic.twitter.com/TRrfTJL2Wb — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 26, 2018 Guac’s parents Manuel and Patricia lied down together at “die in “ protest to Publix’s contributions to pro-NRA Adam Putnam’s campaign #ChangeTheRef #MarchForOurLives #parklandstrong pic.twitter.com/dYZSd6u9M7 — Change the Ref (@ChangeTheRef) May 25, 2018 The action worked, and Publix released a statement announcing that its donations to political candidates would cease. "We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community," the statement read, according to Tampa Bay Times. "We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping experience for our customers. We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve." The corporation and its leaders have donated $670,000 to Putnam specifically over three years, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. Hogg is also asking Publix to donate $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, though it's not clear if that's going to happen. I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again. — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 24, 2018 WATCH: These celebs brought their star power to March for Our Lives
POSTED MAY 27, 2018 1:48 PM
|Mystery 'Wolf-Like' Animal Reportedly Shot In Montana, Baffles Wildlife Officials
Montana wildlife officials are puzzled by the carcass of wolflike animal they
POSTED MAY 26, 2018 1:40 PM