Florida ex-teacher gets 22 years for sex with three students
"I wish I could go back and remove what I have done," a tearful Jennifer Fichter, 30, said in court Thursday, according to WFTS.
"I hate what I have done. I wish I could go back and think about (the victims) before me."
But the parents of the victims remained unforgiving.
"It hurts," one mother told the court. "I saw myself losing my son before my very eyes and there was nothing I could do to reach him."
Nigeria President Buhari condemns Boko Haram's 'heinous' attacks
Nigeria's president has described as a "heinous atrocity" the latest wave of attacks by Boko Haram militants that left more than 150 people dead. Muhammadu Buhari also called for a faster deployment of a regional military force to fight the Islamists.
The gunmen have been launching attacks on remote villages in the north-eastern Borno state since Tuesday, targeting people attending evening prayers.
Mr Buhari - who was sworn in in May - sees fighting Boko Haram as a priority. According to Amnesty International, at least 17,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since 2009, when Boko Haram launched its violent uprising to try to impose militant Islamist rule.
From Syria to Bosnia: Isis and its affiliates around the world
Screengrab from a video released by Isis allegedly showing a member destroying parts of a frieze at the ancient Iraqi town of Nimrud. Photograph: Handout/EPA Isis has all but ended centuries of coexistence in Iraq with its hounding of minorities, emptying the plains of Nineveh of its Christian population and attempting to enslave and starve thousands of Yazidis. It has also destroyed artefacts and historic sites that are part of the ancient heritage of the Assyrian empire.
Isis now controls roughly half of Syria’s landmass and the city of Raqqa is the capital of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Territories held include most of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor provinces in the north-east and east of the country, areas around the cities of Aleppo and Homs (including the historic city of Palmyra), as well as parts of southern Damascus, where it recently seized the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.
IS affiliate in Egypt claims rocket attack on Israel
The affiliate, which calls itself Sinai Province, said it had acted in retaliation for what it says is Israeli support for the Egyptian army.
Israel said two rockets landed in the south of the country, causing no casualties or material damage.
At least 17 Egyptian soldiers and 100 IS militants have died in fighting in northern Sinai since Wednesday.
The clashes were triggered by a co-ordinated mass assault of IS militants on the town of Sheikh Zuweid.
Greece debt crisis: Mass rival rallies over bailout vote
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was greeted with huge cheers when he told supporters to vote "No" to the terms of an international bailout. But those attending another huge rally nearby warned a "No" vote would see Greece ejected from the eurozone.
A Greek court earlier rejected a challenge to the legality of the referendum and it will go ahead. Greece's current bailout programme ran out on Tuesday.
All week banks have been shut, with limits imposed on cash withdrawals.
22 Massachusetts towns will build their own gigabit internet service
WiredWest has gained the support of 22 Massachusetts towns for a municipal broadband effort that will give them all fiber optic service.
It won't be the cheapest option, but it'll be much faster than the pokey DSL, fixed wireless and satellite data that residents have had to settle for in the past.
It'll start at $49 per month for 25Mbps speeds, with 100Mbps and a lightning-quick 1Gbps respectively available for $79 and $109 per month.
Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
MEXICO CITY — A Mexican human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected drug cartel members after they surrendered.
The documents, shared with The Associated Press, appear to be the first evidence that soldiers involved in the June 30, 2014, killing of at least 12 civilians in a rural area west of Mexico City could argue they had been following orders.
They also indicate that high-ranking military officials knew immediately that something had gone wrong, according to the report from the Miguel Agustin Pro human rights center
At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes
Up to 33 people are missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said.
Vegetable trader Reynante Manza, 45, cried as he recounted how the 33-tonne vessel suddenly rolled to one side as it reversed course shortly after backing out of the pier of Ormoc, pulling down his wife and many others under the water.
"It rolled while attempting to turn around swiftly. I am alive because I jumped overboard as soon as it happened," Manza told reporters.
Just a small section of the boat's underbelly, surrounded by rescue boats, was visible above water by late afternoon, according to an AFP photographer. It bobbed above the waves a mere 200 metres (656 feet) from the shore, journalists on the scene said, much closer than the one-kilometre (half-mile) estimate made by local disaster officials earlier
DHS scales back deportations, aims to integrate illegal immigrants into society
The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials.
In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of America’s 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.
Charleston's Black Leaders Want To See Justice As Much As Forgiveness
Two days after Dylann Roof allegedly murdered nine African-Americans during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., family members of the victims confronted Roof in a bond hearing. "I will never talk with her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again.
But I forgive you," said the daughter of 70-year-old victim Ethel Lance.
Police Issue 'All Clear' At Washington Navy Yard
And there's no evidence of any victims today," District Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a news conference.
The U.S. Navy also confirmed there was no sign of a shooting. "All personnel OK," the Navy said in a tweet.
"Follow-on NCIS investigation ongoing."
The report that came in at 7:29 a.m. ET resulted in a lockdown/shelter-in-place at the Navy Yard.
How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water
It's easy to take clean, safe water for granted. It just flows out of taps continuously — even in drought-ridden California. But for hundreds of millions of people around the world, clean water is a luxury.
In many places, even patients in hospitals and kids at school don't have water that's safe to drink.
Now, an unlikely partnership of an outdoor equipment manufacturer and a global health NGO is trying to change that. They've engineered a clever device that can make chlorine from just water, salt and a car battery.
It's called the SE200 Community Chlorine Maker, and it uses technology developed by the military for water purification in remote areas.
Islamic State militants 'destroy Palmyra statues'
The Islamic State group has published photographs of militants destroyingwhat it says are artefacts looted from the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria. Six statues are shown being hit with sledgehammers while a crowd looks on.
The jihadist group said the statues had been seized from a smuggler, who was pictured being whipped as a punishment.
Meanwhile, the UN's cultural agency has said antiquities plundered by IS from sites in Iraq and Syria have ended up with collectors in the UK. Syria's antiquities director Maamoun Abdelkarim said on Thursday the IS group had destroyed a 2,000-year-old statue of a lion from the Palmyra ruins.
Mr Abdelkarim called the destruction of the three-metre (10ft) statue, known as the Lion of al-Lat, "the most serious crime [IS has] committed against Palmyra's heritage."
California law decried after black woman's 'lynching' arrest
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn't charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace.
They charged her with felony lynching.
No one was killed or even hurt in the demonstration. But the 20-year-old woman was booked under a 1933 section of the California penal code that applies the word "lynching" to the crime of attempting to seize someone from police custody.
While the offense was later downgraded to something more conventional, the use of the lynching charge incensed many community leaders and led California lawmakers to unanimously vote to strike the term from the books. The measure won final approval last week and is now before Gov. Jerry Brown.
A Tennessee store put up a "no gays allowed" sign — and it's totally legal
Jeff Amyx, a baptist minister who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies, told WBIR 10 News that he put up the sign because he's religiously opposed to gay and lesbian couples, and that he has no intent of taking the sign down.
20 Years Ago, Mount Zion AME Was Set On Fire. Last Night, It Burned Again
Mount Zion is the latest in a string of black churches in the South that have gone up in flames since nine people were killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
Tuesday's fire is especially poignant, and painful, for many. Twenty years ago, the same church was burned to the ground by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
DOJ subpoenas airlines over keeping ticket prices high
Washington (CNN)The Justice Department has sent subpoenas to several major airlines as part of an investigation into "possible unlawful coordination" to limit capacity increases, and thereby keeping ticket prices high, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The department sent civil investigative demand letters to airlines on Tuesday, Justice spokeswoman Emily Pierce said.
At issue is whether different airlines are coordinating to keep capacity -- the number of seats available on planes -- stable, having the effect of keeping ticket prices high.
Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, US court rules
In a 2-1 vote, the court said Apple broke antitrust laws when it entered an e-book market then dominated by Amazon. Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston said the price-fixing meant Apple "found an easy path to opening its iBookstore".
"While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values," Apple said. "We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps."
The US Justice Department said publishers involved in the conspiracy included Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster.
The department said that the price collusion meant that some e-book prices rose from $9.99 to up to $14.99.
Court Revives Defunct NSA Mass Surveillance Program
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved a government request to renew the dragnet collection of U.S. phone metadata for an additional five months—a timeframe allowed under the Freedom Act, a newly enacted surveillance reform law that calls for an eventual end to the mass spying program exposed by Edward Snowden two years ago.
Distraught people, Deadly results
It was not yet 9 a.m., and Gary Page was drunk. The disabled handyman had a long history of schizophrenia and depression and, since his wife died in February, he had been struggling to hold his life together.
That bright Saturday morning in March, something snapped. Page, 60, slit his wrists, grabbed a gun and climbed the stairs to his stepdaughter’s place in the Pines Apartments in Harmony, Ind.
He said he wanted to die. And then he called 911.
“I want to shoot the cops,” Page slurred to the dispatcher, prodding his stepdaughter to confirm that, yes, he had a gun. “I want them to shoot me.”
Minutes later, Page’s death wish was granted.
Two Clay County sheriff’s deputies arrived to find that he had taken a neighbor hostage.
They opened fire, striking him five times in the torso and once in the head. Page’s gun later turned out to be a starter pistol, loaded only with blanks.
Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV
The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest public health achievements possible.
It follows years of efforts to give pregnant women early access to prenatal care, testing and drugs to stop these diseases passing from mother to child. The WHO hopes other countries will be able to achieve the same.
Still She Rises: Misty Copeland Makes History With American Ballet Theatre
Copeland had previously been a soloist with the ABT, the premiere dance company in the U.S.
The promotion comes months after Copeland made another mark, performing the lead role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake alongside another African-American dancer, Brooklyn Mack of the Washington Ballet. She recently made her New York debut in the role.
Copeland, 32, didn't begin in ballet until she was 13, when she was persuaded to take a free class at a Boys & Girls Club that was being taught by Cindy Bradley of the San Pedro City Ballet.
Ku Klux Klan plans rally at South Carolina statehouse
Tempers flared today during counter-protests over the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state house in Columbia just as the Ku Klux Klan was announcing plans for a pro-flag rally in the capitol city. According to The Post & Courier, Klan member USA TODAY
The Ku Klux Klan plans to rally in July in response to calls to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina Statehouse grounds. "We will be at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., standing up for our Confederate history and all the southerners who fought and died against federal tyranny," an automated message on the Loyal White Knights's answering machine said.
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has issued a statement criticizing the rally.
Death toll rises to 86 after military plane crashes in Medan, Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)The death toll in the Tuesday crash of a military transport plane in Medan, Indonesia, has risen to at least 86, according to an Indonesian Red Cross official. Zukifli, the official, said 86 bodies had been recovered from the crash site.
The recovery operations continue and the number is likely to rise, said Zukifli, who uses only one name. Air Marshal Agus Supriatna, Indonesia's air force commander, said the C-130 Hercules initially took off from Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on Tuesday with 122 people aboard -- 110 passengers and 12 crew members.
But it is not certain how many people were on the plane when it crashed. It made two stops along the way to Medan, in Pekanbaru and Dumai.
Smoke rose among scorched buildings in Medan after the plane crashed near a residential neighborhood. Local television broadcast images of crowds gathering around the smoldering wreckage of the plane amid damaged buildings and a charred car.
Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer.
The military panel at Fort Bragg reached the finding late Sunday concerning Maj. Mathew Golsteyn.
Army Special Forces Command spokeswoman Maj. Allison Aguilar said Monday that if the decision is upheld by a review board Golsteyn would be discharged under honorable conditions allowing him to keep nearly all veteran's benefits.
Marilyn Mosby: 'I'm Not Conflicted About Charging The Freddie Gray Cops. I Did the Right Thing.'
There's no back-pedaling happening here.
In an interview with Vogue, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby made it clear that she meant every single word she uttered at her press conference in May, when she announced the charges her office would bring against the six officers who arrested and detained 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
A detainment that resulted in Gray's death and sparked outrage about police brutality in African American communities.
It was a tense moment, but Mosby described how she was cool about it and was more concerned with getting the job done.
"I don't think I felt the weight of the case stepping up to that podium," Mosby admitted to Vogue. "I was thinking: 'I’m doing the right thing.'"
Benghazi Emails Put Focus on Hillary Clinton’s Encouragement of Adviser
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters last month that the memos about Libya she received while secretary of state from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime adviser whom the Obama administration had barred her from hiring, had been “unsolicited.”
But according to officials briefed on the matter, email records that Mrs. Clinton apparently failed to turn over to the State Department last fall show that she repeatedly encouraged Mr. Blumenthal to “keep ’em coming,” as she said in an August 2012 reply to a memo from him, which she called “another keeper.”
All or part of 15 Libya-related emails she sent to Mr. Blumenthal were missing from the trove of 30,000 that Mrs. Clinton provided to the State Department last year, as well as from the 847 that the department in turn provided in February to the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
FBI investigating a series of arsons at black churches
Last week six fires hit black churches in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and Tennessee.
Three have been ruled arsons and the others are still under investigation. "They're being investigated to determine who is responsible and what motives are behind them," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told BuzzFeed News. No one has been hurt in the fires, but many of the churches were completely destroyed.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also assisting local authorities in the arson investigations.
J Britt Johnson, an FBI spokesman in Atlanta, said the agency is investigating whether the arson at God's Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia, was a hate crime.
US TV network NBC fires Donald Trump over Mexico comments
US TV network NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump over "recent derogatory statements" that the veteran businessman made about immigrants. NBC said the company would now not be airing the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that are co-owned by Mr Trump. Responding to the announcement, Mr Trump said he would consider suing NBC. Earlier this month, he accused Mexicans of adding drugs and crime to the US as he announced he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination. "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we are getting," he said in his speech on 16 June.
Democrat "1832" & Republicans "1854" It's time for a party that represent the 100%
IT IS TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PARTY TO BEGIN
Arrogance Disposition of
Supreme Court Justices
invalidates their effectiveness
The American Party has just begun
Charles Cotton is the epitome of what is
wrong with America
Consistency in "Cops Lying" and inconsistency in State By State Legal Adjudication
Historically Harsh & Unjust Legal System
A valid Water Movement Systemused to mitigate Drought, Flooding & Wildfires
Forgiving doesn't void the wrong doing
to forgive does not nullify or void that actual act of wrong doing and therefore the full brut of the law must continue it's course to satisfactorily seek and attain
There are some wrongs that are wrongs that human beings cannot forgive.
Those with dark hearts ought not benefit from the willingness of some to forgive...
in fact, it is the act and actions of non forgiveness that ought to cause the dark hearts to think.
Quietly we creep.... silently we revert back to the wrongs
SSSSSHHHHHHHHH..... don't say this loudly.... we need to keep this on the low low.
When we see the acts and actions by our elected officials appearing to act in the faith of the citizens...
what we are really observing is a facade that lasts as long as it takes to back door any actual act that was used to fool the citizens into believing that "good action" was taken.
Just wait a few months then pass amendments to change the law back to what it was that caused the citizens to demand the removal of all elected officials.
If you close your eyes.... they will commit theft
If you turn the other cheek.... the will do it again
If you say nothing.... nothing will change.
Playing by their rules equals huge scrutiny
now that we have new skin color and new genders in these roles acting in the same manner as all of their predecessors......
we see how the good old boy behave when their designed system is wielded by the new ones.
Control over all equals huge power and now that new people are sitting in the seats of power....
"should we be more concerned"
or should we be encourage that perhaps the new ones will wield the power in a way that may be construed as
so long as your following the law and the rules....
doing the right thing ought not be your response because your actions will be guided by the law and the rules.
The Epitome of "I follow my own rules"
Hillary Clinton's long history of constant conflict is based on hers and her husband's unwillingness to follow the rules of any kind.
The constant refusal to be part of the team as appose to being the one that refuses to follow all the rules established for others have place both Clinton's in circumstances that caused them to
"Lie & Deceive".
Poor judgment by Bill placed him in front of a microphone having to admit a lie about receiving fellatio from a intern, and it was this most embarrassing acquiescence that reverberates to this day.
For Hillary, poor judgment placed her in the position to admit her actions as being wrong when voting in favor of authorizing former president Bush authorization to take this nation into war.
Now we have Hillary representing her refusal to follow the rules associated with simple emailing state's business via the states network with a callous mis judgment of convenience.
It is this demand for convenience that has cause so much attention and the person that she was directed not to hire has now been outed as one of her good outside sources with regards to foreign matters even as Hillary intimated that his advise was initiate by him and not solicited by her...
Personality Development increases when interacting more people
Think about a bowl of marbles with the understanding that all of the marbles are contacting one another and what you will begin to understand is that when human beings are constantly contacted by a large number of people, each person adjusts to the many different people that the person is connected too.
The same analysis can be assigned to how a person's personality either grows or how a personality remains limited in the ability to get along with many different types of people.
In sports, every child on a team adjusts to the many personalities that each team has... thereby ensuring that a child personality adjusts to the many types of people that he/she will interact with all their long lives.
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