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Canada wildfire: Much of Fort McMurray 'could be destroyed'
The officials in Alberta province say the blaze that has gutted some 1,600 structures is expected to rage out of control through the rest of Wednesday.
A state of emergency has now been declared in the province. The evacuation was the largest in Alberta's history.
So far there have been no reports of injuries.
The blaze broke out south-west of the city on Sunday. Firefighters appeared to have a measure of control by Tuesday until a drastic wind shift overwhelmed them.
"Bad news does not get better with time," said Scott Long, executive director of Alberta's Emergency Management Agency.
"It is a possibility that we may lose a large portion of the town," he added.
N Carolina law 'violates civil rights' says US
The law invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people.
It also requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
The governor's office must confirm by Monday that they will not implement the law, the Justice Department said.
Governor Pat McCrory passed the controversial law, House Bill 2, last month amid protests.
The law has sparked a huge backlash, with many musicians cancelling concerts and businesses pulling out of the state.
Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence
of Manhattan to become one of the state’s most powerful and feared politicians as speaker
of the New York Assembly, was sentenced on
Tuesday to 12 years in prison in a case that came
to symbolize Albany’s
culture of graft.
The Infamous Lynching Site That Still Stands in Mississippi
In June 1966, a black civil rights worker in Clarke County, Mississippi, met a fresh recruit at the local bus station. He loaded up John Cumbler, a white college student from Wisconsin, and took him for a ride. He drove south toward Shubuta, a small town of seven hundred located at the southern end of the county. Just north of town, John Otis Sumrall turned left onto a dirt road. Pocked with puddles, the route wound past a few clusters of cabins before narrowing into a densely wooded corridor. It seemed a road to nowhere, or at least nowhere one might want to go. A fork in the road revealed the Chickasawhay River, and a rusty bridge.
The steel-framed span loomed thirty feet above the muddy water. At the far end of the hundred-foot deck, the forest swallowed up a dirt road that used to lead somewhere. Years of traffic rumbling across the bridge had worn parallel streaks into the deck, and heavy runner boards covered holes in rotted planks. Metal rails sagged in spots. Still, the reddish-brown truss beams on either side stood stiff and straight, and overhead braces cast shadows on the deck below. On that rusty frame, between lines of vertical rivets, someone had painted a skull and crossbones and scribbled: “Danger, This Is You.”
“This,” Sumrall announced to Cumbler, his new recruit, “is where they hang the Negroes.”
“The way he said it,” Cumbler remembered, “it could have happened a hundred years ago, or last week.”
Now closed to traffic, the Hanging Bridge still stands. In 1918, nearly a century ago and just five weeks after Armistice Day, a white mob hanged four young blacks—two brothers and two sisters, both pregnant—from its rails. This was several days after their white boss turned up dead.
As States Expand Gun Rights, the Police Join the Opposition
GULFPORT, Miss. — Guns in bars. Guns in airports. Guns in day care centers and sports arenas. Conservative state lawmakers around the country are pressing to weaken an array of gun regulations, in some cases greatly expanding where owners can carry their weapons.
But the legislators are encountering stiff opposition from what has been a trusted ally: law enforcement.
In more than a dozen states with long traditions of robust support for gun ownership rights, and where legislatures have moved to relax gun laws during the past year, the local police have become increasingly vocal in denouncing the measures.
Chinese police patrol in Italy to make tourists feel safer
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Monday that the aim is to make Chinese tourists feel safe and noted that it's the first time China
sent police to Europe for such a project.
Starting Tuesday, two Chinese uniformed policemen will patrol with Italian counterparts in Rome, while two others will patrol with Italian police in Milan.
For the second week, the Chinese will switch cities.
The Chinese, who speak Italian, received training from Italian officials in Beijing. Three million Chinese tourists visit Italy annually. Italy has scarcely drawn on its relatively-new immigrant communities for police officers.
Sick-out by teachers shuts nearly all Detroit public schools
DETROIT — Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday after the teachers union urged members to call out sick following a weekend announcement that the district wouldn't be able to pay its teachers starting this summer. District spokeswoman
Michelle Zdrodowski said in an email Monday morning that 94 of the district's
97 schools would be closed for the day.
About 46,000 students are enrolled in the district's schools.
The move by the Detroit Federation of Teachers was announced Sunday, a day after Detroit Public Schools' transition manager said the district would have no money to continue paying teachers this summer without further funding from the state.
"There's a basic agreement in America: When you put in a day's work, you'll receive a day's pay,"
Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey said in a statement.
"DPS is breaking that deal. Teachers want
to be in the classroom giving children a chance to learn and reach their potential.
Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by business groups to a trendsetting Seattle law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, leaving in place a lower court's decision to uphold the ordinance.
The law, which took effect in April 2015, requires businesses in Seattle with more than 500 employees nationwide to raise their minimum wage to $15 by 2018.
Smaller companies have until 2021 to do so. Seattle was the first major U.S. city to commit to such a high basic wage amid pressure from unions and workers' rights groups.
Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons' voting rights
RICHMOND, Va. — Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.
Republicans argue the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority with a clear political ploy designed to help the campaign of his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the important swing state this fall.
"Gov. McAuliffe's flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia and the rule of law must not go unchecked,"
Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment said in a statement.
He added that McAuliffe's predecessors and previous attorneys general examined this issue and concluded Virginia's governor can't issue blanket restorations.
Man who served 10 years for '64 NYC killing cleared of crime
At the request of a prosecutor, a judge vacated the conviction of 81-year-old Paul Gatling for the 1963 shooting death of Lawrence Rothbort. In doing so, the judge apologized and Gatling hugged his crying ex-wife and a friend.
"There's a lot of water gone under the bridge, but the bridge is still standing," Gatling said after the court proceeding.
The prosecutor asked that the conviction be vacated after Gatling, a retired landscaper, asked the prosecutor's Conviction Review Unit to look into his case. "Paul Gatling repeatedly proclaimed his innocence even as he faced the death penalty back in the 60s," Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said.
Kenya officials: Death toll of collapsed building up to 20
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan rescuers continued searching for survivors Sunday of a residential building in a low income area that collapsed Friday, as officials said the death toll has risen to 20 and 73 people remain missing.
Japheth Koome, the police chief for Nairobi, the capital, confirmed the death toll.
Authorities had initially said the building had six stories but it emerged that the ground and first floor had sunk following heavy rains.
The building, next to a river, had been declared unfit for human habitation by Kenya's National Construction Authority but was not torn down.
Bribe-taking officers in the county government are responsible for allowing contractors bypass building codes, Nairobi governor Evan Kidero said. He vowed to fire those responsible. The building's owner obeyed police orders and turned himself in for questioning, Koome, Nairobi's police chief said.
Washington DC chemical leak after CSX freight train derails
At least nine cars
of the CSX freight train overturned near
Rhode Island metro station early on Sunday.
The DC fire department said sodium hydroxide,
also known as
lye and caustic soda, is leaking from one car.
There would be no evacuation of nearby residents,
it added. No injuries have been reported.
The cause of the derailment is unclear.
Sodium hydroxide is a corrosive chemical that can irritate and burn the skin and eyes.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control,
while sodium hydroxide
is not combustible
contact with moisture or water it may generate
enough heat to ignite combustible substances.
CSX said the
train had three locomotives and a total of
175 cars - nearly half
of them empty,
the rest carrying
France labour unrest: Clashes erupt at May Day march
Trade unions used the traditional march to protest against a proposed labour law to be discussed by parliament.
Police responded with tear gas when youths began throwing missiles, bringing the march to a standstill.
France has seen two months of unrest over the reforms. Several police officers
were injured during countrywide protests on Thursday.
The proposed law,
to be debated in parliament on Tuesday,
would remove some of the protection workers enjoy against being laid off,
in an attempt to encourage businesses to hire more people.
Germany AfD conference: party adopts anti-Islam policy
Delegates at a party conference adopted a ban on minarets, the call to prayer and the full-face veil, saying Islam was "not part of Germany".
A delegate who called for more local dialogue with Muslim groups was booed.
The start of the conference in Stuttgart on Saturday was disrupted by clashes and hundreds of left-wing protesters were detained.
Meanwhile, hackers published the addresses of more than 2,000 AfD members on a left-wing website.
Formed three years ago, AfD achieved gains in three state elections in March, after campaigning against Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to accept a million migrants in 2015.
Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and other established parties have ruled out going into coalition with AfD.
President Obama Has His Last Laughs At 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner
If the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner is "nerd prom," Mr. President is the class clown.
In his final run as comedian in chief at the event on Saturday evening, President Obama closed his speech with "Obama out," and a mic drop before receiving a standing ovation from Washington's bigwigs and Hollywood.May 1, 2016
That's right, Obama pulled a Kobe Bryant in a nod to his own retirement from correspondent dinners, and soon the White House.
In his roasting session, the president united celebrities, journalists, politicos and his potential successors by taking them down. Known for his comedic timing and one-liner delivery, Obama didn't disappoint.
He likened Hillary Clinton to an aunt who couldn't figure out how to use Facebook, and called Bernie Sanders "comrade," poking at his Democratic socialist status. And of course, Donald Trump, his main farce fodder at 2011's event:
Voters' dilemma: What happens if it's Hillary vs. Trump?
Justin Schoville accomplished a rare feat for a protester at a Trump event: He managed to get himself thrown out – three times – just before Donald Trump’s maiden foreign policy address at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on Wednesday.
“Trump is a fascist, we are a democracy!” he shouted, during his second forced exit from the hotel lobby.
Just a day before, Mr. Schoville, a research analyst in Bethesda, voted for Bernie Sanders in the Maryland primary. But if the race comes down to Mr. Trump vs. Hillary Clinton, he says he would vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, even if it might help elect Trump.
“I can’t in good conscience give my support to Hillary Clinton. She represents the establishment, the 1 percent, and her policies, I think, will only deepen the problems that have caused Donald Trump to rise in the first place, he says. In most typical presidential elections, voters like Scoville might already have sighed and reluctantly thrown their support behind Mrs. Clinton. Presidential primary races were all but over before the cherry trees blossomed along the Potomac. This year, however, the capital is deep into the azalea season and the passions among voters and activists backing the underdogs are still blazing.
San Francisco chief releases racist texts, orders training
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's police chief said that he has ordered that all officers finish an anti-harassment class within the next month amid a racist texting scandal that has rocked the department already dogged by fatal shootings of unarmed minority suspects. Flanked by religious and minority community leaders at a San Francisco press conference, Chief Greg Suhr also released more transcripts of racist and homophobic text messages first made available to The Associated Press along with inflammatory and inappropriate images found on former officers' cellphones.
It's the second texting scandal since 2014 in a department that is attempting to diversify its officers to reflect the San Francisco culture and population. The department of 2,100 was led by an Asian-American woman and a black man before Suhr took over five years ago. About half the officers are white, roughly reflecting the white population in San Francisco. Asians make up a third of the city population, but account for about 16 percent of the officers.
Close to 9 percent of its officers are black, exceeding a city population of 6 percent, Suhr says he has no plans to resign and Mayor Ed Lee says he supports the chief.
U.S. Navy commander sentenced to prison in wide-ranging bribery scandal
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A high-profile U.S. Navy commander who pleaded guilty to accepting paid travel, prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for classified information was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison.
Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, who was born in Cambodia during the Vietnam War and gained media attention for his rise to captain of a U.S. Navy destroyer, is the latest high-ranking officer to be sentenced in the $30 million bribery scandal.
In all 10 people have been charged in the case and nine have pleaded guilty, including Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis, known to friends as "Fat Leonard," who prosecutors say paid some $500,000 in bribes to Navy officials.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Wednesday what he called "poisonous" anti-Israeli propaganda in the West which he compared to Nazism, in remarks on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Leicester City win Premier League title after Tottenham draw at Chelsea
Kim Jong-un Seeks to Cement Power at First North Korean Congress in 36 Years
When Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, arrives at the seventh congress of the governing Workers’ Party on Friday, he will essentially be attending his own coronation. Meeting for the first time in a generation, the congress — in theory, the country’s highest decision-making body — will cement his status as supreme leader.
3 Mayor Candidates
3 Different Perspectives
I fell in love with Prince’s Music
in 1979 And today…
I feel Lost in Love
Obnoxiously Flawed & Corrupt F.B.I Commission
and suffice it to say that, "No Human Being" comes within a high fraction of a percent closer to being perfect,
in all his/her acts and actions.
However..., what the F.B.I's Investigative Commission has concluded for the past 10 years is...,
not only has their system of training F.B.I agents netted perfection, to the extent that no F.B.I agent has been found to have been at fault for any shooting,
everyone of their
Human Being F.B.I Agents,
are also perfect... in their conduct as
This is as about
"real and accurate" as suggesting that the bible is correct in as it suggests that the heavens and the earth, were all created in 7 days, some 7500 years ago.
Here's what I suggest:
Remove every individual who sit on the F.B.I's investigative commission board for the past 10 years....,
have a new diverse and fair team of independents with areas of expertise..., review all the past 10 years claims, and I will bet you my last dime..., that at least 25% of all allegations will be found to have been valid complaints against these F.B.I agents.
Good Old Boy System Strikes Again.
Good Old Boys "within" Good Old Boy Hollywood Industry
Within the Racist & Bigoted Hollywood Industry,
However, the deep
"Sub Republican Good Old Boy Hollywood Group" is suffering from the same reference to non relevance as the root Hollywood Good Old Boy Republican Party.
The Conservative Values are now considered
outdated, bullying, bigoted & racist
values that the American Melting Pot
no longer "have to acquiesce" too.
The majority of all Americans,
are now those who believe in fair and equal treatment for all and the conservative disposition continue to fight, kicking and screaming,
as they are forced deeper and deeper into the obsolescence.
Relegated to State Level Leadership as Governors,
have provided the type of State Level "un - wanted" leadership in the anti gay laws that have caused nations around the world to speak out against and loath.
States and State's Citizens will suffer so long as republican values are the voice of the nation.
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