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Church members indicted in teens' beatings and death
for their alleged involvement in the death of a 19-year-old
and the beating of his younger brother during a 14-hour "counseling session."
Seven of the defendants,
including the teenagers' father and the church's pastor,
were charged with second-degree murder counts.
Previously, the most serious charge had been manslaughter.
All eight were charged with manslaughter,
kidnapping and assault in relation to Lucas Leonard's death and faced kidnapping and assault charges in relation to the injuries to his 17-year-old brother, Christopher.
Petrobras scandal: Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested
One of Brazil's richest businessmen and a top senator have been arrested as part of the sweeping corruption probe into state oil giant Petrobras. Andre Esteves was arrested at his home in Rio de Janeiro. Documents were seized both from there and from the bank he heads in Sao Paulo.
At the same time, the leader of the governing Workers Party in the Senate, Delcidio Amaral, was also arrested.
Both men are accused of obstructing the course of the investigation.
Mr Esteves is Brazil's 13th richest man, worth an estimated $2.5bn (£1.7bn), while Mr Amaral is the first sitting legislator to be detained in scandal.
Muslim forced off plane as US anti-Islam rhetoric rises
After passing through regular security checks at Newark Liberty International Airport on her way to a holiday in Istanbul, Kameelah Rasheed was called for further questioning by customs officers. She was later allowed on the United Airlines flight, but eventually forced to leave the aircraft ahead of take-off to be interrogated by an FBI agent.
The 30-year-old Muslim American told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that the two-and-a-half-hour ordeal a day earlier has left her traumatised and unable to consider flying anymore.
Kunduz bombing: US attacked MSF clinic 'in error'
The investigation found that the crew of the AC-130 gunship mistook the clinic for a nearby government building that had been seized by Taliban.
At least 30 civilians were killed in the 3 October attack, amid a campaign to retake Kunduz from Taliban forces.
MSF said the report demonstrates "gross negligence" by the US military.
The group said the incident constituted "violations of the rules of war" and reiterated calls for an "independent and impartial investigation into the attack".
Shortly after the incident, the medical charity
disputed initial US justifications for the attack,
which said US forces had struck the hospital because they had come under fire in the area.
The US military later
admitted that the strike was a mistake and launched an investigation.
Thousands in Washington to spend Thanksgiving in dark, cold
SPOKANE, Wash. — Thousands of households around Washington state's second-largest city faced a cold, dark Thanksgiving, worsening more than a week of misery for those who lost power when a windstorm devastated the electrical grid. About 11,900
customers still lacked electricity early Wednesday, and crews were working around the clock to make repairs as temperatures plunged and winds were expected to pick up.
Scott Morris, the chairman of Avista, the region's largest utility, estimated that some 5,000 customers will not have power to bake turkeys and pumpkin pies Thursday.
When she felt threatened at work, another battle began inside a federal agency that should be setting the standard for fair treatment.
This report includes some strong language.
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Somalia's Al-Qaeda branch warns members against joining IS
Nairobi (AFP) - Somalia's Shebab fighters have warned they will "cut the throat" of members who shift allegiance from Al-Qaeda to Islamic State, amid reports some factions have already been punished for doing so.
"If anyone says he belongs to another Islamic movement, kill him on the spot," top Shebab official Abu Abdalla, said in a radio broadcast Monday.
"We will cut the throat of any one... if they undermine unity." The Shebab, East Africa's long-time Al-Qaeda branch, is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, which is protected by 22,000 African Union troops.
California regulators cut antiterror spending for power plants
A new state law mandating that utilities take steps to protect power plants from terrorist attacks is being held hostage in a fight between the California Public Utilities Commission and legislators over the agency’s $5 million legal tab in corruption investigations.
The Legislature slashed $5 million from the utilities commission’s budget this year, angry that regulators had hired outside lawyers as federal and state investigators probed allegations of official influence-
$4.9 million settlement reached in death of mentally ill homeless man
LOS ANGELES — Closing the books on a case that sparked debate about how police deal with the mentally ill, the city of Fullerton on Monday agreed to settle a civil case involving the death of a homeless man who died in an altercation with officers.
The father of Kelly Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia and died after an altercation with police, reached a $4.9 million settlement Monday, according to his lawyer.
Officials announced the settlement after a special closed-session Fullerton City Council meeting let out, the morning that opening statements in the civil suit were set to begin in Santa Ana.
City Attorney Richard Jones would not confirm the amount until it had been approved by the city's insurers.
In Mexico, fear as victims vanish at hands of police
The 36-year-old taco vendor cried out in pain at every bump on the pitch-dark highway to the city of Iguala.
Hang on, his cousin Armando implored, just 10 more minutes to the hospital.
Then suddenly, the interior of the car lit up like a flare.
Armando de la Cruz Salinas was blinded by the spotlight trained on them from a Guerrero state police truck on the shoulder of the road.
He continued to drive slowly through the thick night, but collided with another state police truck parked in the middle of the highway with its lights out.
A stocky man wearing a dark state police uniform with black steel-toed boots opened the front passenger door and pulled Carlos' sister out of the car.
He threw her up against the trunk, handcuffed and frisked her. A passing ice truck paused, but when the officer yelled, "it's not your problem," it pulled away.
Jamar Clark: Five people shot at Minneapolis police protests
None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident on Monday night, and police on Tuesday said they had arrested one man.
Regular protests have taken place since Jamar Clark was shot by police 10 days ago. Police deny he was handcuffed. Police use of force against African Americans has been an ongoing issue.
Protests have been held nationwide for more than a year after a series of incidents, some of them fatal.
The shooting of the five protesters happened about a block from a Minneapolis police station that has been the site of demonstrations for about a week.
A witness told the Associated Press news agency that three mask-clad people, who "weren't supposed to be there", showed up at the protest site.
They soon left and were followed by a few protesters to a street corner, where the masked men began firing.
The shooting on Monday has prompted Clark's brother to call for an end to the protests "out of imminent concern for the safety of the occupiers".
Jeff Bezos' rocket lands safely after space flight
into outer space
and then landing upright upon its return to earth.
In the past,
rockets were disposed of after launching space craft into outer space.
Reusable rockets would substantially reduce the cost of space flight.
Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) founder Bezos started
his space company,
Blue Origin, in the hopes of using his New Shepard rocket to carry tourists into space.
"Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts -- a used rocket," Bezos said.
"Full reuse is a game changer, and we can't wait to fuel up and fly again."
Bezos, in an interview with CNN, said current space flight is inefficient -- as if airlines discarded 747 jets after each cross-country flight.
Chicago cop charged with murder in killing of black teen
CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times was charged with murder Tuesday, just a day before the deadline a judge set for the city to release a squad-car video of the killing that officials fear will spark unrest.
The state's attorney's office said in a statement that Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 20, 2014, killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
City officials and community leaders have been bracing for the release of the video, fearing an outbreak of unrest and demonstrations similar to those that occurred in Baltimore, Ferguson, Missouri and other cities after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody.
The judge ordered the dash-cam recording to be released by Wednesday after city officials had argued for months it couldn't be made public until the conclusion of several investigations.
Some community leaders said there was no doubt that the
Cook County state's attorney only brought charges
because of the order
to release the video.
Putin calls plane's downing by Turkey 'stab in the back'
Turkey said it hit the plane after it repeatedly violated Turkey's airspace and ignored 10 warnings.
Turkey and Russia exchanged bellicose language after the downing of the plane, raising fears in the international community that the brutal Syrian conflict could spiral into something much wider.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the downing of the Russian plane would have "serious consequences for Russia's relationship with Turkey." The shooting down of the plane, Putin said, "represents a stab in the back by the terrorists' accomplices.
I can't describe what has happened today in any other way.
Our plane was downed over Syrian territory by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 jet.
Dad, Awaiting Heart Transplant, and His Family Lose Everything in House Fire
They rushed home to Peachtree City, about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta, but by the time they got there, smoke was pouring out of the house so thick that they couldn’t even see it.
Three of their four kids had been home at the time.
The kids all made it out safely, though their youngest, Jaylen, spent some time in the emergency room.
The 11-year-old had rushed back into the house in an attempt to save his father’s medicine.
Jaylen knew that the medical supplies in the house were keeping his dad alive, and he thought that without them, his dad would die.
Racially charged battle among N.Y. jurors ends with chaotic mistrial
Some of the other jurors — the remainder were black, Latino and Asian — said Juror No. 7 was a racist who argued that the black defendant must be guilty because a black district attorney indicted him.
STASI: WHAT'S YOUR SKIN COLOR OR GENDER?
IT'S NO LONGER A SIMPLE QUESTION
Keno Roberts, 36, was charged with killing his 3-year-old stepson, Jordan Rogers, on Oct. 20, 2011.
After being held without bail for four years on Rikers Island, the jury acquitted him of murder earlier this month.
Man in prison for 16 years in LA's 'teardrop rapist' case has conviction tossed
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County judge Monday threw out the conviction of a man who has spent 16 years behind bars for three sexual assaults his attorneys say were committed by a serial rapist still on the loose.
DNA tests last year on evidence from one of the attacks excluded Luis Lorenzo Vargas, 46, as a suspect and pointed instead to an unidentified man who has been dubbed the "teardrop rapist" wanted in dozens of sexual assaults, the attorneys said.
The California Innocence Project at the California Western School of Law in San Diego noted in court documents that prosecutors argued at trial that the same suspect must have committed all of the attacks linked to Vargas.
"The evidence now shows the prosecution's case against him was demonstrably false," the innocence project's lawyers wrote, saying it "points unerringly to Vargas' innocence."
Mali and neighbours in mourning as siege hotel yields clues
Mali Monday started three days of national mourning for the victims of the jihadist siege at a luxury hotel that left 19 people dead in the capital Bamako, with neighbouring Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea joining in a show of solidarity.
The investigation was "following several lines" with no certainty about the number and nationality of the perpetrators of the attacks, which have been claimed by two separate jihadist groups. Gunmen went on the rampage at the Radisson Blu hotel from early morning on Friday, shooting in the corridors and taking 170 guests and staff hostage.
The assault, which ended when Malian and international troops stormed the building, left 19 people dead, including 14 foreigners, as well as two attackers, according to a "definitive" report by the government.
The victims included six Russians, three Chinese, two Belgians, an American, an Israeli, a Senegalese and a member of the Malian special forces.
The UN peacekeeping force in Mali, MINUSMA, however spoke of 22 fatalities, including two attackers.
European press responds to 'unprecedented' Brussels events
Papers are much concerned with reflecting what seems to be a rising tide of fear on the continent.
Some commentators question the readiness of the authorities to deal with the threat posed by violent extremists.
In an article headlined "Relief and astonishment in Brussels in the wake of [police] operations" the Belgian Le Soir expresses the dramatic impact the "unprecedented" action is having on the country.
"One thing is certain: the lockdown paralyses Brussels and gradually the whole country in a climate of anxiety," it says. "The 'lockdown' of a city for a long period as a precaution against a terrorist threat is unprecedented, not only in Belgium."
The paper also accuses the authorities of creating "horrible confusion" by way of contradictory statements on the situation.
25K Syrian refugees to Canada to fly in from Jordan: envoy
Canada's ambassador to Jordan confirmed on Monday that the desert kingdom will be the starting point for the journey of 25,000 Syrian refugees which the country will welcome from next month. Citing a leaked document, Canadian media last week said the government was planning to fly in 900 Syrian refugees daily from Jordan to Montreal and Toronto, starting from
From there they would be transported to two military bases in Ontario and Quebec, where they would be temporarily housed, the reports said, giving a total cost of Can$1.2 billion ($900 million) for the operation over six years.
Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too
As we launch into Thanksgiving week, consider this: Research shows that feeling grateful doesn't just make you feel good. It also helps — literally helps — the heart. A positive mental attitude is good for your heart. It fends off depression, stress and anxiety, which can increase the risk of heart disease, says Paul Mills, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Mills specializes in disease processes and has been researching behavior and heart health for decades.
U.S. Bioterrorism-Detection Program Is Unreliable, Report Finds
A government watchdog says the Department of Homeland Security can't say for sure whether its system to detect a biological terror attack actually works. In a report released Monday, the Government Accountability Office says the BioWatch system has issued dozens of false alarms since its introduction. It recommends that Homeland Security, which oversees the system, hold off any upgrades until the department can be sure of BioWatch's current capabilities. The BioWatch system was implemented in 2003, two years after five people died and 20 others were sickened by letters containing anthrax spores.
Emanuel meeting ministers to discuss police shooting video
CHICAGO — Amid concerns about possible unrest, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invited ministers and community activists to City Hall on Monday to discuss the upcoming release of a video that shows a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager last year. Seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times. Police have said he refused to drop a knife.
There is growing concern in the community about what could happen when people see the incident for themselves.
A judge last week ordered the police department to release the police car dashcam footage by Wednesday.
Two ministers invited to meet with Emanuel said they think the mayor will solicit their help in preventing the kind of unrest seen in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after the killings of young black men by police in those cities.
"We are assuming he is going to ask us to call for calm," the Rev. Marshall Hatch said.
Emanuel's office characterized the meeting as something "we regularly do on important topics." But Hatch and the Rev. Ira Acree said it is a rare occurrence and shows the mayor is concerned there might be violence.
$21M Hatton Garden jewel heist biggest 'in English legal history,' lawyer says
London (CNN)Four men went on trial in London Monday for the audacious heist of £14 million ($21.2 million) worth of gems, jewelry and cash from a safe deposit company in the city's diamond district, described by a prosecutor as "the largest burglary in English legal history."
Thieves struck the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.
over the four-day Easter holiday in April, gaining access through an elevator shaft before using a drill to bore through a 6-foot-thick wall and enter the basement vault, investigators said at the time.
Three of the accused -- William Lincoln, 60; John Harbinson, 42; and Carl Wood, 60 -- are charged with conspiracy to burgle
Physical altercation breaks out at Trump rally
The altercation took place between a black protester and a half-dozen white attendees, according to CNN.
So many worshipped in America
were supporters of racism
Hidden within is Terror
in the Hearts of Barbarics
Racism Ignored by Campuses
will now cause
College Financial Problems
Explainable Evilness or is it Mental Flaw
" The warrant says the lone survivor, Cynthia Johnson, heard gunshots before Hudson returned alone to the campsite, chased her husband and daughter into a travel camper and shot them "
Is it true evil in a person who is capable of killing in this way?
And if so,
does it mean that we should be aware of this type of evilness in some human beings?
is this type of killing capabilities the result of a flaw in ones brain that allows a person to consider the thought of killing in this manner and then in fact, carrying out the act of killing a group of people whom one does not even know?
this is a scary person and one has to consider that this individual has done something of this nature before.
Say it ain't so, Corruption within the top Religion
We are all "Human Beings" first
as being people of honesty and honor.
The Reality is all human beings are capable of all of the same types of sin, and I'd say that it has been to often that those cloaked in the cloth of a religion use their perceived honesty and honor
to manipulate and maneuver in acts and actions that would otherwise be construed as
flawed or poor behavior.
Theft, Corruption, Coercion
within the Vatican represent what we already have suspected long ago with respect to those who actually sit in the seats at the top of the Catholic Church.
Ignoring the many... perhaps hundreds of pedophilia incidents around the world can only be done by a religious leadership
that is capable of
stealing, lying, and coercion.
Good... but say that behind closed doors
In your homes, in your community, in your nation,
Muslim non radicals must identify those who are radicals, and by doing so, you remove their hiding places and their ability to melt into the groups who seek refuge outside of your own nations.
isn't what a mother want to hear after her child is a victim of radical muslim's flawed decision to kill others simply because that person or that family does not worship the koran.
It is the Muslim obligation to act against the Muslim radicals to the extent that the radicals are not safe among you once you have a inkling that your loved one has chosen to join the
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