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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Citizens for Legitimate Govt: USS Reagan crew can sue Japanese company over Fukushima nuclear disaster - court

 News Updates from CLG
23 June 2017
Previous edition: Breaking: London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties'
USS Reagan crew can sue Japanese company over Fukushima nuclear disaster - court --Up to 75,000 US citizens could have been affected by the meltdown[s] | 23 June 2017 | A federal appeals court has ruled that members of the US Navy can, in a US court, pursue their lawsuit which alleges that they were exposed to radiation while providing aid after the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan. On Thursday, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in favor of the sailors who were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation while providing humanitarian aid after an earthquake destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The ruling allows sailors, who were aboard the ship at the time, to pursue their lawsuit against the state-owned Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for misrepresented radiation levels in the surrounding air and water. The lawsuit alleges that TEPCO misled them about the extent of the radiation leak.
Pentagon accused of wasting $28M on 'forest' camouflage uniforms for Afghan army | 21 June 2017 | The Pentagon has reportedly spent 28 million dollars on "forest" camouflaged Afghanistan military uniforms rather than give them other patterns that cost nothing. The "forest" pattern that was selected by the Afghan Defense Minister is privately owned, whereas other camouflage schemes owned by the U.S. government are free. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, released a 17-page report on Wednesday, noting that "forests cover only 2.1% of Afghanistan's total land area" -- making the forest pattern highly ineffective in the desert nation.
'US coalition bombs randomly, hitting civilians rather than ISIS,' claim Raqqa refugees | 23 June 2017 | Civilian casualties from the US-supported operation to retake Raqqa are mounting daily, while those fortunate enough to survive and flee the ISIS-held city have accused the American-led coalition of "haphazard" bombardment allied to the indiscriminate use of white phosphorus...On Wednesday alone, US-coalition forcesconducted 14 strikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL [but still I-CIA-SIS]) "tactical units" in the area. But while the American-led coalition insists that it is targeting terrorist positions, civilians routinely end up dead or wounded. The US-led alliance is "haphazardly bombing everyone" in Raqqa, a woman who was brought into a hospital in Qamishli, a city in northeastern Syria, told RT's Ruptly video agency.
12 civilians killed in US coalition strike on Syrian village - state media | 20 June 2017 | At least 12 civilians have reportedly been killed after US coalition jets struck a number of targets in a village next to the Syrian-Iraqi border, eyewitnesses on the ground told SANA news. According to the report, the US-led anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL [but still I-CIA-SIS]) coalition has launched a series of air raids on Sunday night in Syrian Hasakah governorate. In one of the strikes, the jets struck Tel Hayr village near the Syrian-Iraqi border, killing 12 people, all belonging to one family, according to the Syrian SANA news agency’s sources. Last week, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria revealed that more than 300 civilians have died because of US-led air strikes in and around the city of Raqqa alone since March.
Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared its 'caliphate' in 2014 --ISIS accused American aircraft of destroying mosque, which US-led coalition denied | 22 June 2017 | Islamic State (IS) militants have [or the US-led coalition has] blown up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, the Iraqi military says, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site. It was from the same medieval mosque that the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled "caliphate" spanning parts of Syria and Iraq three years ago. The Iraqi military's media office distributed a picture taken from the air that appears to show the mosque and minaret flattened in the middle of the small houses of the Old City, the historic district where the militants are besieged.
North Korea Denies Responsibility in Warmbier's Death, Slams Washington | 23 June 2017 | North Korea has denied that it put deceased American student Otto Warmbier through cruel or torturous treatment during his 17-month detention in the country. Instead, the Hermit Kingdom is arguing that the US has orchestrated a "smear campaign" against them...A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that Warmbier was provided proper medical treatment during his stay. "The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the US in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well," he said.
Flint airport stabbing investigated as act of terrorism, FBI says | 21 June 2017 | The FBI is investigating astabbing at the international airport in Flint, Michigan, as an act of terrorism, the FBI said. An airport police officer was stabbed in the neck in the public part of the main terminal at Bishop International Airport Wednesday morning, CBS News has learned...Michigan State Police Lt. Dave Kaiser confirmed to CBS News the victim has been identified as Jeff Neville, a retired lieutenant with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. As of Wednesday evening, Neville was listed in satisfactory condition. FBI's Detroit field director David Gelios said Amor Ftouhi, a Canadian national, yelled "Allahu akbar" before stabbing the officer in the neck.
Man charged with terrorism-related murder in London van attack | 23 June 2017 | A man suspected of driving a van at Muslim worshippers leaving a London mosque has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder, British police said on Friday. Darren Osborne, 47, is accused of plowing the rented vehicle into the group in Finsbury Park in the early hours of Monday morning. One man died at the scene and another 11 were injured.
Belgian troops kill 'terrorist' bomber in Brussels train station | 20 June 2017 | Belgian troops shot dead a suspected suicide bomber in Brussels' central train station on Tuesday but there were no other casualties, in what authorities were treating as the latest terrorist incident in Europe. The man set off a small explosion at the city's Central Station, prosecutors said, and was then shot by one of the routine military patrols active in Brussels since attacks more than a year ago. They declined comment on witness accounts that the man had shouted Islamist slogans first.
Champs Elysees locked down after 'armed' attacker rams car into police van | 20 June 2017 | A 31-year-old man on a jihadist watchlist rammed a car loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees but inflicted no casualties, in the latest of a string of attacks in Paris. The assailant died in the incident, although investigators offered no immediate details about the cause...The attack -- which occurred just a short distance from where a jihadist shot dead a police officer two months earlier -- was carried out by a man [identified as Adam Dzaziri] who had been on France's security watchlist since 2015 over ties to "the radical Islamist movement", sources close to the probe said.
Paris attack: Champs-Elysees driver had explosives and rifle, was flagged for extremism | 19 June 2017 | A suspect who tried to attack security forces on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris Monday afternoon -- when he rammed his car into a police van -- had a rifle and explosives in his vehicle, French investigators said. The attacker died shortly after the incident, the French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said...Authorities discovered a gas tank and an AK-47 rifle in the attacker's car, Fox News confirmed. The man had been flagged by investigators earlier for extremism, French police said.
Johnny Depp jokes about killing Donald Trump in Glastonbury appearance --Depp asks, 'When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?' | 23 June 21017 | Johnny Depp joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury. The actor received a rock star welcome during the event at Cineramageddon - a drive-in cinema on the Somerset site..."When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" he asked in reference to the death of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. "I want to qualify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time," he added.
Edwardsville, IL, man charged with threatening to assassinate President Trump | 21 June 2017 | An Edwardsville, Illinois, man posted on Facebook that he wanted to assassinate President Donald Trump, and is now facing federal charges. Joseph Lynn Pickett was charged for threatening the president of the United States on June 15. U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Vincent Pescitelli said Pickett threatened to "take the life of, to kidnap, and to inflict bodily harm" against Trump on Facebook, according to a criminal complaint filed with the charges.
Caught on tape: Dem official says he's 'glad' Scalise got shot | 23 June 2017 | A Nebraska Democratic Party official was removed from his post on Thursday after an audio recording surfaced of him saying he's "glad" House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got shot last week. Phil Montag, now-former co-chair of the state party's technology committee, was recorded saying he wishes Scalise, R-La., were "dead." "His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to [expletive] kick people off [expletive] health care. I'm glad he got shot," Montag said in the audio recording. "I wish he was [expletive] dead."
Police considering manslaughter charges in Grenfell Tower fire investigation | 23 June 2017 | The fire that swept through Grenfell Tower in West London last week started with a faulty fridge freezer, and the outside cladding failed safety tests, police say. Speaking to reporters at Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack confirmed the force will consider manslaughter charges as part of its inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire..."If I find out that individuals or organizations committed offences, I must be in a position to prosecute without prejudice to any proceedings," said McCormack.
End $14 billion S.C. nuclear plant project, pay customers back for overruns, critics say | 22 June 2017 | Critics of SCE&G's [South Carolina Electric & Gas] over-budget and behind-schedule nuclear expansion project are asking state regulators to stop the utility from spending more m-ney to build two atomic reactors -- and they want the power company to pay customers back for cost overruns. With the future of the project already in doubt, Friends of the Earth and the S.C. Sierra Club requested Thursday that the state Public Service Commission hold a hearing on the wisdom of continuing the 14 billion construction job, which is now 2 billion-3 billion over budget. The PSC later agreed to hold a hearing Aug. 14.
Yellowstone grizzly bears to lose Endangered Species protection | 23 June 2017 | Grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park will be stripped of Endangered Species Act safeguards this summer, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Thursday in a move conservation groups vowed to challenge in court. Dropping federal protection of Yellowstone's grizzlies, formally proposed in March 2016 under the Obama administration, was based on the agency's findings that the bears' numbers have rebounded sufficiently in recent decades. Lifting the bears' protected status will open them to trophy hunting outside the boundaries of Yellowstone park as grizzly oversight is turned over to state wildlife managers in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho...
4 Republican senators 'not ready to vote' for health care bill | 22 June 2017 | Senate Republican leaders unveiled what they called a "discussion draft" of their long-awaited health care bill, a part of the party's ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Four Republican senators have already come out in opposition to the Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, jeopardizing its passage. Critics on both sides of the aisle said the bill, which was drafted behind closed doors by a small group of Senate leaders and committee staffers, has been shrouded in secrecy.
Senate GOP releases ObamaCare repeal bill with deep cuts to Medicaid | 22 June 2017 | Senate Republican leaders on Thursday released a draft of their long-awaited ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill ahead of a high-stakes vote expected next week. The measure includes deep cuts to Medicaid and fundamentally reshapes that program from an open-ended government commitment to a system of capped federal payments that limit federal spending. The Republican measure phases out the federal funding for ObamaCare's expansion of Medicaid, which has provided coverage for about 11 million people in 31 states.
Trump just sold us all out on dr-g pricing | 21 June 2017 | The New York Times reports that the Trump White House is about to put out an executive order on dr-g pricing, and it looks as if the whole thing were basically written by big pharma...According to the report and similar reporting from Kaiser Health News and Politico, a draft executive order includes nothing to curb prices...Nothing for the American people; everything for the American corporations...If you were hoping that the populist Trump from the campaign trail would keep some of the promises he made to his base, you can stop now.
Republican aligned with Trump wins South Carolina House seat | 20 June 2017 | Republican Ralph Norman won a special election Tuesday to fill the South Carolina congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, battling to a victory closer than many expected to replace the new White House budget director. "It's a good win, and we're excited," Norman, a real estate developer who aligned himself with President Donald Trump, told The Associated Press. Norman, who celebrated his 64th birthday on election night, defeated Democrat Archie Parnell with 51 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Parnell had roughly 48 percent of the vote.
Handel thanks Trump for support in key GOP win | 20 June 2017 | (Roswell, GA) The Latest on Georgia's 6th District Congressional race: 10:40 p.m. ET: Republican Karen Handel is thanking President Donald Trump for supporting her victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which keeps a key seat in the party's hands. Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday. Trump tweeted his congratulations to Handel on her "big win," saying "we are all very proud of you." Handel also referenced the recent shooting of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was wounded when a gunman sprayed rifle fire on a baseball field where members of Congress were practicing for a charity game. The shooter had railed against Trump on social media.
Republican Karen Handel defeats Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District | 20 June 2017 | President Trump's hopes of steadying his presidency and his agenda on Capitol Hill were given a lift Tuesday when a Republican won a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs. Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, retaining a seat that has been in GOP hands since 1979 after a grueling, four-month campaign that earned the distinction of being the most expensive House race in history.
Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina sex offender social media ban | 19 Jan 2017 | The Supreme Court has struck down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites. The justices ruled unanimously Monday in favor of former Durham resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction for violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use.
Deadly Portugal wildfire 'had criminal origins', fire chief claims | 21 June 2017 | A fierce wildfire that killed 64 people in Portugal over the weekend has been brought under control, officials have confirmed. Police say a rare mix of low humidity, powerful winds and extremely high temperatures fanned the flames. The fire, which erupted on Saturday and spread with breathtaking speed, is the country's deadliest natural disaster in decades. Although officials have said a dry lightning strike sparked the forest fire, the head of the nation's volunteer firefighters has said he suspects the blaze has "criminal origins".
Holcomb fire near Big Bear now 65% contained | 23 June 2017 | (Big Bear Lake, CA) Firefighters have made progress overnight in battling the Holcomb fire north of Big Bear Lake resulting in 65 percent containment of the wildfire that consumed more than 1,500 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The latest information from Friday morning has the blaze at 1,516 acres or a little more than 2 square miles, which is slightly less than numbers released Thursday night, according to Anna Bribiescas, spokeswoman for the USFS.
Holcomb Fire Grows to 850 Acres | 19 June 2017 | (San Bernardino, CA) A large wild fire burning near Big Bear has grown to almost a thousand acres since 3 p.m. Monday. Reports of the fire came in at 3 p.m., according to fire officials. Several roads have been closed as a result of the fire including Van Dusen Road, Holcomb Valley Road East is closed at Highway 18...The San Bernardino County Fire Department, Cal Fire, Baldwin Lake Fire Department and the Big Bear Fire Authority are assisting the U.S. Forest Service with the firefighting efforts.
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