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Exclusive: Pentagon's budget plan funds 404 Lockheed F-35 jets - sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department plans to buy 404 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets over the next five years, a net decrease of 5 to 7 percent from last year's plan, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday.
The orders will amount to about $40 billion in new revenue for Lockheed, the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, and engine maker Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp .
Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam
over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.
Riot police clashed with demonstrators in Amsterdam as supporters of the anti-Islam group PEGIDA tried to hold their first protest meeting in the Dutch capital.
Only about 200 PEGIDA supporters were present, outnumbered by police and left-wing demonstrators who shouted,
"Refugees are welcome, fascists are not!"
Dutch riot police detained several people as officers on horseback intervened to separate the two groups of demonstrators.
It was not immediately clear how many people were detained.
Twitter deletes 125,000 Isis accounts and expands anti-terror teams
is collaborating with western governments in its fight against Islamic State.
The social media company is relying on a mix of human judgment and technology, developing teams of specialists in the US and Ireland that comb through thousands of suspect accounts.
Dallas police announce criminal investigation of Manziel
Dallas police announced late on Friday.
"Today the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016," the police said in a statement.
"A criminal investigation into the incident, in which
is the listed suspect, has been initiated.
The return of the dogs of war: what's it like to be a soldier for hire?
“I’d rather not know,” says Stephen Friday, who spent 12 years in the British army before becoming a private military contractor (PMC) in 2008, working in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first time he ever shot somebody, and knew about it, “was as a PMC.
The firefights were a lot closer, a lot more personal.” It was also more dangerous.
As a soldier, he had once come under fire for seven hours in Baghdad, but as a PMC, “I would say it was worse.
When you’re in the army, you’ve got an army behind you.
As a PMC, you can’t call for back-up, you can’t call fire missions in.
Certainly my worst incidents were as a PMC rather than in the military.”
He was shot at by snipers, survived a handful of roadside bombs and a grenade attack, and once a bullet lodged in the bulletproof glass of his vehicle, inches from his head.
Saudi won't dare send troops to Syria: Iran
The Sunni-ruled kingdom, Iran's regional rival, has said it could "contribute positively"
if the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Syria decided on ground action.
But Major General Ali Jafari, commander of the Guards, said such a move would amount to suicide for Saudi Arabia.
"I don't think they would dare do that...
If they do, they will inflict a coup de grace on themselves," he said, according to Fars news agency, a media outlet close to the Guards.
"They thought that through support and financial aid they could make gains in Syria but the recent victories by the resistance front have disrupted all of their calculations," Jafari said.
Report: Ex-commanding officer drank with Navy crew, harassed women
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former commanding officer could be dismissed from the Navy over numerous misconduct allegations after a night of heavy drinking with his crew while he was in charge of the guided missile cruiser the USS Anzio.
Officials relieved Capt. Brian K. Sorenson of command in September, according to a report from the Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1X8C89F). On Thursday, the newspaper obtained a report from the Navy on its investigation.
According to the report, Sorenson was drunk in public, used alcohol and had personal firearms aboard the Anzio, created a hostile work environment, used indecent language, sexually harassed female officers and misused government vehicles.
Maurice White: The Audacity Of Uplift
All that is solid melts in the presence of funk. Maurice White — the prolific songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, bandleader, organizer and conceptualist at the helm of multi-platinum act Earth, Wind & Fire who transitioned on Thursday at 74 after a 25-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease — gifted us with years of optimistic, exuberant music that could instantly evaporate your frown into thin air.
Made up of top-shelf musicians like White, guitarist Al McKay, percussionist Ralph Johnson and keyboardist Larry Dunn, Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is the black music ensemble as a constellation of individual shining stars, each grooving together in the worshipful service of happy feeling.
I've always thought of EWF as more than just a musical act — it's the concept of a band as a sensual rhythm machine.
Pope's sex abuse panel tells survivor to take a time-out
a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission.
Peter Saunders, a British advocate for victims, had been highly critical of the Vatican's slow pace of progress in taking measures to protect children and punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests.
He had also wanted the commission to intervene immediately in individual cases, rather than just craft long-term policies to fight abuse.
Bones found 37 years ago linked to missing Sonoma County girls
Two sets of bones found off Highway 20 near Willits nearly 37 years ago have been identified as the slain remains of a pair of teenage girls missing from Forestville since 1978, Mendocino County sheriff's officials said.
For nearly four decades, the two cold cases -- the missing girls and the discovered bones -- remained unsolved and unconnected, waiting for technological advances to correct the mistaken belief that the bones were those of a male and a female.
This week, the families of 15-year-old Kerry Graham and 14-year-old Francine Trimble joined Sheriff Thomas Allman as he announced
that the remains were the missing girls.
"We had largely resigned ourselves to never knowing why they disappeared," said Will Walsh, Francine's uncle.
Fast-growing motorcycle group is largely for law enforcement
It also embraces the regalia and traditions of outlaw biker gangs — a choice that has provoked deadly clashes with other groups.
The Iron Order club insists it is a law-abiding, charitable brotherhood of family men who just like to ride.
$153 million in Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking fees, documented
$153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.
In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address.
The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner,
collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.
The analysis was made at a time when Hillary Clinton has been under scrutiny for her ties to Wall Street, which has been a major focus of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail. "What being part of the establishment is, is in the last quarter, having a
super PAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street, that throughout one's life raised a whole lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests," Sanders said at Thursday's Democratic debate hosted by MSNBC.
Beyond Flint: In The South, Another Water Crisis Has Been Unfolding For Years
It's not simply Flint that has bad water. The Michigan city, which has grabbed headlines recently for its rampant water contamination, is joined in that dubious distinction by another town, much farther south: St. Joseph, La.
"It's just a given fact that at some point during the week, you're going to have brown or yellow water," says resident Garrett Boyte.
Boyte says there have been problems with the water there for a decade,
but it's only in the past few weeks that St. Joseph has gotten any media attention. "What's happening here in St. Joseph got the attention it's gotten because Flint
has made water a public issue," he says.
"And what I try to tell people is, this isn't just happening in St. Joseph or in Flint.
It's happening in Louisiana, it's happening in Kentucky and Tennessee and Mississippi and in areas of poor and disenfranchised communities across the country."
The cause of the dark water in St. Joseph seems to be a broken pipe in the community's aging system. While local officials have said it's not dangerous, the break in the pipe could be a warning.
Who's funding this pro-Ted Cruz super PAC?
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)A super PAC spending millions of dollars to bash Ted Cruz's Republican rivals is shielding the names of many of its top donors and strategists, accepting and directing donations through a particularly high number of hard-to-trace companies, new documents reveal.
Stand for Truth, Inc., an emerging player in the orbit of often clashing constellation of pro-Cruz super PACs, recently pledged to air more than $4 million in television ads to back Cruz in Iowa and South Carolina.
Super PACs can accept unlimited contributions but are required to disclose their financial backers.
The twist here is that Stand for Truth has accepted more than $1 million in donations from corporations or limited liability companies, whose funders are difficult to uncover, meaning the original source of the campaign cash is hidden. While corporations can make donations to super PACs, an LLC allows individual donors to steer cash through easy-to-register, self-owned organizations.
Taiwan earthquake: Rescuers in frantic search for missing
Some 30 people are still missing from the 17-storey block, one of several buildings that collapsed in Tainan city when the magnitude 6.4 quake struck. Among the dead was a newborn baby.
Nearly 500 people were injured, at least 92 of whom remain in hospital. President Ma Ying-jeou has promised an "all-out effort" to rescue people.
More than 800 soldiers have joined in the rescue effort, with the help of hi-tech equipment and rescue dogs.
Shelters would be set up for those who have lost their homes in the city of two million people, the president said when he arrived in Tainan.
The 17 storeys of the Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex, home to at least 256 people, crumpled down on each other as the quake took hold just before 04:00 (20:00 GMT on Friday). Television pictures showed rescuers frantically trying to reach people trapped in the rubble, using ladders to climb over piles of debris.
‘Survivor’ Alum Michael Skupin Charged With Child Porn
In all, the 54-year-old was charged with six counts of possession of child sexually abusive materials, along with five counts of larceny by conversion, and one count of racketeering- conducting a criminal enterprise.
Skupin is accused of taking part in running and promoting a Ponzi scheme.
According to the attorney general, an investigation was opened on Skupin when victims from his alleged Ponzi scheme contacted a local news reporter.
Feds: Dearborn Hts. man supports ISIS, planned attack
FBI says it's been tracking him since May, that he threatened attacks against police and church in support of ISIS
A 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man threatened terror attacks in support of ISIS with targets including police and a Detroit church with up to 6,000 members, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, has not been charged with any terrorism crime.
Syrian refugee numbers soar at Turkey border
The governor of the Turkish border province of Kilis said 35,000 refugees had reached the border area -
up from an estimated 20,000 on Friday.
Turkey says it is prepared to help the refugees
but the frontier remains shut.
They are fleeing a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held
positions near the northern city of Aleppo.
In the past few days, the Syrian army
- backed by Russian air strikes
- has made a series of gains around Syria's largest city.
In other developments: About 120 fighters on both sides were killed around the town of Ratyan, north of Aleppo, on Friday,
the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says
Syrian FM Walid al-Moualem warns the country will resist any intervention and the aggressors would be sent home "in coffins",
in a what is seen as a reference to Saudi Arabia's statement that it may join such an operation
200 million women and girls live with female genital mutilation, says U.N.
(CNN)They covered her face and laid her down.
Her genitals had been mutilated.
Agnes, now 14, underwent the procedure in Cote D'Ivoire. But the practice is by no means limited to that one country, or even to just a few.
At least 200 million women and girls in 30 countries now live with female genital mutilation, according to a new UNICEF report published in time for Saturday's International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, as the practice is often abbreviated.
The report says 70 million more victims than previously thought have undergone the "violent practice."
The exact number remains unknown.
"In every case FGM violates the rights of girls and women," said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta. "We must all accelerate efforts -- governments, health professionals, community leaders, parents and families -- to eliminate the practice."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz,
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio,
Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Diamond worth $28K replaced with fake at Ga. jewelry store
A man who identified himself as Mike Lynch came to D. Geller & Son in Smyrna, Georgia to look at jewelry about 1 p.m. on Monday, Sara Smathers, marketing coordinator for the store told INSIDE EDITION.
He worked with one of the store’s sales associates, looking at 2-carat emerald cut diamonds.
Nearly 200 images released by US military depict Bush-era detainee abuse
Bruises, reddened marks and bandaged body parts featured in nearly 200 images of US detainee abuse that the Pentagon was forced to release on Friday, the result of a court battle that has lasted more than a decade.
While the American Civil Liberties Union – which has fought for the publication of the photos of Bush-era torture in Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2003 – hailed the belated disclosure, it pledged to keep fighting for approximately 1,800 more images the Pentagon continues to withhold, which it believes documents far more graphic detainee torture.
The photos are part of a cache relevant to investigations of detainee abuse at two dozen US military sites around Iraq and Afghanistan, and perhaps Guantánamo Bay. Many showed detainees in states of undress having their bodies inspected, with rulers and coins held up for comparison and placement of injuries.
In November, Ashton Carter, the US defense secretary, cleared the way to release 198 of the images after a federal judge rejected longstanding government attempts to suppress the entire cache.
China group to buy Chicago Stock Exchange
The purchase by Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group is the latest U.S. investment made by China and would give the country a foothold in the vast American stock market.
Louisville to self-impose a postseason ban
The school informed the team’s players in a meeting early Friday afternoon, a source close to the program told The Courier-Journal.
"It's reasonable to conclude that violations have occurred in men’s basketball program in the past," school President James Ramsey said during a news conference Friday to announce the sanctions.
Why are the Taliban rejecting ISIS advances in Afghanistan?
The Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic group currently at war with Afghanistan’s government, said that it would prevent IS from establishing itself in the central Asian republic,
while ridiculing the militant group.
“We’ve used all reasonable chances and options for peace efforts, but apparently those people are not rational, and reconciliation and talks with them is not possible," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said via email, according to Bloomberg.
Mujahed called IS “a scruffy and uncouth production of nations in the Middle East” made up of “well-known robbers and kidnappers” that does not belong in the Afghan community.
Islamic State, which maintains the majority of its activity to the west in Iraq and Syria, has seen its influence in Afghanistan grow since 2014, according to a December report by the Congressional Research Service.
Barbara Bush Throws Shade At Donald Trump
But the former first lady did have some advice for him in an interview with CBS's Norah O'Donnell that aired Friday morning.
"He's got the same values that America seems to have lost. ... He's almost too polite," Bush said.
Iranian commander mocks Saudi offer to intervene in Syria
Saudi Arabia's fresh public willingness to send ground troops into Syria is drawing ridicule from the kingdom's chief regional rival. The commander of Iran's revolutionary guard on Saturday mocked Saudi Arabia's declaration that it is prepared to commit ground troops to fight ISIS in war-torn Syria.
Racism... in any profession
destroys lives on all sides
Israeli response to any and all criticism
the exact same
Trump, a bully that has never been disciplined correctly
Accepting the appearance of
is... a Leadership Trait
Japan brings a totally different perspective to this issue
America, Europe, or China
The fact that Japan, for the first time in 70 years.., recently..., voted to act against agression as a nation..., in itself...
adds a different perspective for
North Korea to consider.
has opted to get involved and one can only wonder how Japan's response to North Korea's lauch of a rocket, will look.
Japan putting its military on alert...
isn't the normal response, and perhaps we all have to actually consider what it means when a nation put its military on the alert.
Not sure if any other nation has done so, but I will say this...
North Korea must consider this new dynamic.
The Coss... will have to stand tall after all...
Dozens of Woman
has accused Bill Cosby of drugging them, and then having sex with them,
while they were incompasitated, and unable to defend themselves.
No Pudding is going to taste so good that a jury will ignore dozens of woman who all tell the same type of
We all have to look into our own mirror daily, and...
if and when one has ever done a thing that has harmed the heart of another....
the correct response is to
"immediately" ask for forgiveness, and reassure the individual that you sincerely will never do it again.
can only be achieved when you mend all wounds
that you are responsible for.
AHHH... Only $675k... Pocket Change... Jesus
Hillary and Bill
if she is elected to
President of the
United States of America...
Now lets see...
Has either one of these two Clinton's ever been caught in lie before?
Has either of these two Clinton's have a history of poor judgment, or a background in stabbing other's in the back?
not only has Hillary been caught up in her own web of deciet, and she has finally been forced to admit that she has taken huge sums of money from the banking industry...
She expects those who simply trust her, to lead this nation...
Who would allow Bill Back?
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