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Breaking:London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties' --Metropolitan Police say one person has been arrested --London Ambulance has sent "a number of resources" to the scene | 18 June 2017 | A vehicle has hit pedestrians in London's Finsbury Park, causing "a number of casualties," according to authorities. The city's Metropolitan Police said officers were called just after midnight Sunday to an incident on Seven Sisters Road. "There has been one person arrested," who authorities believe was the driver, police said. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said it is "too early to say" if the collision is a terror incident.
Finsbury Park Mosque: 'Several hurt' as van hits pedestrians | 19 June 2017 | Several people have been injured after a van struck a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque in what police have called a "major incident". One person was arrested following the collision near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road. Officers were called at 00.20 BST and remain at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said a van "intentionally" ran over worshippers.
Syrian army plane attacks ISIS; US-led coalition shoots it down | 18 June 2017 | The US-led coalition has downed a government warplane in southern Syria, the Syrian army and coalition have announced in separate statements. The Syrian military added that the plane's pilot is now missing. According to the Syrian statement, the plane was carrying out operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) [which is why the US shot it down] in the countryside around Raqqa when it was targeted, leading to a crash and the loss of the pilot, who is currently missing. "This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab army and its allies are advancing in the fight against ISIS terrorists who are being defeated in the Syrian desert in more ways than one," the statement read.
Russian airstrikes kill 2 ISIS commanders, thwart major attack on Deir ez-Zor - military | 17 June 2017 | Russian military intelligence has exposed an Islamic State plan to mount a major attack on the city of Deir ez-Zor in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It added that preemptive strikes to prevent the attack resulted in some 180 terrorists killed, including two commanders. The concentration of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL [but still I-CIA-SIS]) forces near the besieged Syrian city was noticed by Russian surveillance drones in early June, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Seven U.S. soldiers wounded in insider attack at Afghan base - official | 17 June 2017 | At least one Afghan was killed and seven American soldiers were wounded in an "insider attack" at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a U.S. military official said. A spokesman for the U.S. military command in Kabul said earlier comments by an Afghan official that Americans had been killed were incorrect...In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said an Afghan commando loyal to the militant group had opened fire on foreign "invaders", killing four and wounding four others.
4,000 more US troops to be sent to Afghanistan - report | 16 June 2017 | Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is reportedly set to announce an increase of about 4,000 US troops in Afghanistan. Most of the US boots on the ground will train or advise Afghan forces, but some will battle both a resurgent Taliban and Islamic State. The Associated Press reported Thursday evening that the Pentagon will deploy nearly 4,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, based on information from an unnamed administration official. The Trump administration official told AP that an official announcement may come next week.
Missing sailors found dead in damaged US destroyer following collision near Japan - Navy | 18 June 2017 | Several sailors who went missing in Saturday's collision between the American destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a merchant ship off the coast of Japan have been found dead in the wreckage of the damaged part of the destroyer, the US 7th Fleet has confirmed. In total, seven US sailors were declared missing in the incident and three more were injured, including the commander of the ship, Bryce Benson. The bodies are being transferred to the US Naval Hospital Yokosuka for identification.
Seven sailors missing, three injured after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with container ship off Japan | 17 June 2017 | Seven sailors are missing and three injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided early on Saturday morning with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay in Japan, the U.S. Navy said. The Japanese Coast Guard said the destroyer was experiencing some flooding but was not in danger of sinking, while the merchant vessel was able to sail under its own power. The U.S. Navy said in a statement the USS Fitzgerald, an Aegis guided missile destroyer, collided with a merchant vessel at about 2:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT), some 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, a rare incident on a busy waterway.
Top North Korean Nuclear Negotiator Secretly Met With U.S. Diplomats --Talks were aimed at freeing U.S. prisoners, establishing diplomatic channel | 18 June 2017 | For more than a year, American diplomats have held secret talks in Pyongyang and European cities with North Korea's top nuclear negotiator, hoping to free U.S. prisoners and even establish a diplomatic channel to constrain North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. The official dispatched by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- Madame Choi Sun Hee -- is well known to U.S. officials, fluent in English and is believed to have direct access to Mr. Kim. That raised expectations that the government eventually might engage with the Trump administration about the future of Pyongyang's weapons efforts. So did the agreed release this month of 22-year-old American prisoner Otto Warmbier, until it emerged he was in a coma.
North Korea Claims Otto Warmbier Sought Regime Change | 18 June 2017 | A North Korean official said that Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student released by North Korea last week in a coma after a 17-month detention, was "not an ordinary citizen of America" and was punished because he had sought to overthrow North Korea's government. The public comments suggest that North Korea is unlikely to back down from claims that Mr. Warmbier, 22 years old, was an agent of entities in the U.S. seeking to undermine the North Korean state, nor from the position that Mr. Warmbier had committed crimes that merited the harsh sentence that he received in January last year. Mr. Warmbier was sentenced by North Korea to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a Pyongyang hotel on behalf of a Methodist church in Virginia and a secret society at the University of Virginia, with the knowledge of the Central Intelligence Agency.
'CIA’s Cherry Bomb': WikiLeaks #Vault7 reveals wireless network targets | 15 June 2017 | The latest WikiLeaks Vault7 release reveals details of the CIA's alleged Cherry Blossom project, a scheme that uses wireless devices to access users' internet activity. The Cherry Blossom program also provides a means to perform software exploits on particular 'targets', meaning the hacker can take advantage of vulnerabilities on the target's device, according to a WikiLeaks press release...No physical access is required to implant the customized Cherry Blossom firmware on a wireless device as some devices allow their firmware to be upgraded over a wireless link.
Suspected jihadists attack spa in Mali's capital, 2 dead | 18 June 2017 | Suspected jihadists attacked a hotel res-rt Sunday in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. About 30 people managed to escape though at least two people were killed as the assault continued into the evening, authorities said. Gunfire first rang out at the Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako in the late afternoon, according to a security official with the U.N. mission known as MINUSMA. "I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the site," said Modibo Diarra, who lives nearby. I learned that it was a terrorist attack."
Official: More Hanford nuclear accidents likely after back-to-back emergency evacuations --The Hanford site has produced up to 70 percent of the plutonium for the U.S. nuclear arsenal since it was established in World War II. | 15 June 2017 | Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press. Adding to the likelihood of more nuclear mishaps accidents at the sprawling Hanford Nuclear Reservation is inadequate government funding to quickly clean up the millions of gallons of toxic nuclear waste at the site, said Doug Shoop, who runs the department's operations office at Hanford.
Group says Georgia nuclear plant costs rise to $29 billion | 15 June 2017 | A clean energy group that has opposed a nuclear project in Georgia estimates the plant's cost has soared to 29 billion in the wake of the b-nkr-ptcy of the half-finished plant's contractor, Westinghouse Electric Co, a unit of Toshiba Corp. Sara Barczak of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) said the new estimate adds 9 billion to its projected cost of the Vogtle project, which has been beset by delays and billions of d-llars of cost overruns. SACE based its latest estimate on a report last week by two utility consultants to the Georgia Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, including Southern Co's Georgia Power.
At least 58 feared dead in London tower fire, PM May admits failings | 17 June 2017 | At least 58 people are feared to have died in the fire that engulfed a London tower block this week, police said on Saturday, as Prime Minister Theresa May admitted that the response from the authorities had not been good enough. With anger mounting over the government's handling of the blaze, May met residents from the Grenfell Tower and vowed to personally oversee the recovery as protesters gathered to demonstrate in the streets around her residence for a second day...If the number [of deaths] is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two.
Representative Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting | 17 June 2017 | U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, showed further improvement days after being shot by a man who opened fire on lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said in a statement on Saturday. Scalise's condition was upgraded to "serious," from "critical" after undergoing another surgery on Saturday, according to a statement from Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip early on Wednesday at a baseball field in a suburb of Washington.
Georgia Republican congressional candidate is sent white powder with a note saying 'resist the fascist takeover' through the mail --Envelopes with white powder were delivered to Karen Handel and four of her neighbors in Roswell, Georgia, on Thursday --Notes in the envelopes called the GOP congressional candidate a 'dirty fascist c***' | 16 June 2017 | A suspicious note with white powder was delivered to the home of Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel. Georgia police confirm they are now investigating a total of five calls after Handel and her neighbors received envelopes containing a powdery substance and a note labeling her a 'dirty fascist' on Thursday. According to Roswell Police spokesperson Lisa Holland, police received a call around 1:30pm that someone had received an envelope in a mailbox that contained an unidentified powdery substance in the suburban neighborhood of Roswell. The note read:
Your neighbor Karen Handel is a dirty fascist c*** but I'm sure you already knew that. Take a whiff of the powder and join her in the hospital you Bourgeoisie [sic] motherf******. RESIST THE FASCIST TAKEOVER!!!!! STRING UP THE COLLABORATORS!
One of the LAPD cruisers allegedly stolen by cadets was driven more than 1,000 miles, sources say | 16 June 2017 | The Los Angeles police cadets suspected of stealing three cruisers and leading officers on wild car chases this week had made themselves unauthorized police uniforms and had driven at least one of the stolen patrol cars more than 1,000 miles, according to police sources. Investigators are trying to determine what the teens were doing with the vehicles as well as where they went. Police said one of the cars went missing in late May. Detectives want to figure out whether the vehicle was stolen once or repeatedly taken and returned without detection, which would raise even greater concerns about how the LAPD tracks its cars.
LAPD cadets stole police cars and may have impersonated officers, chief says | 15 June 2017 | The Los Angeles Police Department has long hailed its cadet program as a successful partnership between police and the city's young residents...But on Wednesday night, three of those cadets crossed paths with city police officers in a way that LAPD officials surely hoped would never happen -- when they became suspects. Racing through the streets of South L.A. in a pair of stolen police cruisers, three teenage cadets led LAPD officers on car chases that ended in separate crashes, Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday afternoon. The chases sparked an investigation that revealed some of the cadets may have also stolen a bulletproof vest, two stun guns and two police radios, the chief said.
Outrageous censorship demand that must be fought: Sandy Hook families threaten legal action against NBC News over Alex Jones interview | 16 June 2017 | Several of the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School [alleged] shooting have threatened legal action against NBC if it airs Megyn Kelly's interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has called the 2012 massacre [drill-gone-live] a hoax. In a letter to NBC News executives obtained by the Los Angeles Times, a law firm representing the families says the network is inflicting harm on them by presenting the views of Jones, a right-wing Internet radio host and founder of the website Infowars, even though the network knows claims they are false.
Starbucks Customer Says She Was Mocked for Wearing a Donald Trump Shirt | 17 June 2017 | A North Carolina woman said that she was mocked by employees at a local Starbucks for wearing a T-shirt with an image of President Donald Trump. Kayla Hart said that she walked into one of the chain's Charlotte stores donning the shirt and was laughed at by a cashier who took her order, according to local affiliate Fox 46. Her order was then labeled with the phrase "Build a Wall," a reference to Trump's campaign promise, she said. "They shouted out build a wall and shoved a drink at me and then all the baristas in the back started cracking up laughing," she told the station.
Trump cancels Obama's policy to let millions of illegals stay because their 'dreamer' children are U.S. citizens --Trump abruptly canceled policy on Thursday night - ending litigation over it after Supreme Court let Texas federal court block on it stay in place | 16 June 2017 | The Trump administration announced that it is cancelling an Obama-era policy to allow millions of illegal-immigrant parents of children born in the United States to stay in the country. The 2014 policy, known as DAPA, for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, aimed to help the families of so-called 'dreamer' children stay together free from the threat of deportation. It was never implemented after 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block it...the Department of Homeland Security announced it was rescinding the policy with the support of the Justice Department.
Trump Reverses Pieces of Obama-Era Engagement With Cuba | 16 June 2017 | President Trump announced on Friday that he was reversing crucial pieces of what he called a "terrible and misguided deal" with Cuba and will reinstate travel and commercial restrictions eased by the Obama administration in an attempt to obtain additional concessions from the Cuban government. During a speech in Little Havana, the epicenter of a Cuban exile community that enthusiastically supported him in last year's election, Mr. Trump said he was keeping a campaign promise to roll back the policy of engagement begun by President Barack Obama in 2014...After the speech, he signed a six-page directive that ordered new travel and commercial restrictions while leaving in place some key Obama-era measures that eased sanctions.
Protests over Minnesota police shooting result in 18 arrests on freeway | 17 June 2017 | A protest on a Minnesota freeway over the acquittal of a police officer in the slaying of black motorist Philando Castile resulted in the arrest of 18 demonstrators early on Saturday, state police said. The arrests came hours after St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty on Friday of second-degree manslaughter in 32-year-old Castile's July 2016 shooting death in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. Protesters held a peaceful demonstration on Friday at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul and then about 1,500 converged on Interstate 94 in the city, blocking the freeway, a Minnesota State Patrol spokeswoman said in an email statement.
Minn. officer acquitted of manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile during traffic stop | 16 June 2017 | The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury Friday, a decision that came nearly a year after the encounter was partially streamed online before a rapt nation in the midst of a painful reckoning over shootings by law enforcement. Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled over Castile in Falcon Heights, a suburb near Minneapolis and St. Paul, and the officer later said he thought Castile matched the description of a suspect in a recent robbery. The stop quickly escalated. The jurors in the case had been deliberating since Monday, and the verdict was announced on Friday afternoon after about 27 total hours of deliberation, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.
Southwest braces itself for record-shattering, week-long heat wave with temperatures of up to 123 degrees across the region | 17 June 2017 | When bracing for 120 degrees, it's all about the water. Drinking it, splashing in it to stay cool, and drinking it some more...That's what officials were urging and residents were planning Friday as a potentially record-shattering heat wave started enveloping the Southwest United States, threatening to bring temperatures of more than 120 degrees to parts of Arizona and California next week. Officials warned of excessive heat across southern portions of Arizona and Nevada, and throughout the 450-mile length of California's Central Valley.
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