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  Sen. Bob Corker Not That Excited About The Leading Republican To Replace Him   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:53:34 -0400

Sen. Bob Corker Not That Excited About The Leading Republican To Replace HimRetiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) could muster up only lukewarm praise for



  Suspect in Ocala, Florida school shooting: ‘I want to be put away’   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:23:46 -0400

Suspect in Ocala, Florida school shooting: ‘I want to be put away’As students around the country rallied against gun violence on Friday, one student was injured in a shooting at a Florida high school. The suspect spoke to local NBC reporter Matt Lupoli.



  Felony Charges For Father Of Toddler Who Shot Pregnant Mom   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:05:16 -0400

Felony Charges For Father Of Toddler Who Shot Pregnant MomThe father of a 3-year-old girl who accidentally shot and injured her pregnant



  Trump says lawyer Michael Cohen won’t ‘flip’   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:21:38 -0400

Trump says lawyer Michael Cohen won’t ‘flip’The president in Saturday morning tweets blasted the New York Times over a report that said the president’s longtime personal attorney Michael might be willing to cooperate with federal investigators.



  A New Book on Leonardo da Vinci Studies All of His Paintings and Sketches   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:22:59 -0400

A New Book on Leonardo da Vinci Studies All of His Paintings and Sketches



  'Overwhelmed' Letter Carrier Allegedly Held Onto 17,000 Pieces Of Mail   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:48:31 -0400

'Overwhelmed' Letter Carrier Allegedly Held Onto 17,000 Pieces Of MailAn "overwhelmed" New York City postal worker stashed more than 17,000 pieces



  Korean Air boss apologises as hot-tempered daughters resign   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:35:36 -0400

Korean Air boss apologises as hot-tempered daughters resignKorean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho on Sunday apologised for the "immature" behaviour of his two daughters and said they would both immediately resign from their company posts following separate controversies. Cho Hyun-min, the younger daughter who is marketing executive at the South Korean flag carrier, is under police investigation for assault after she was accused of throwing water into a man's face at a business meeting. Four years ago her older sister Cho Hyun-ah made global headlines for angrily kicking a cabin crew member off a plane after being served macadamia nuts in a bag rather than a bowl -- an incident quickly dubbed "nut rage".



  U.S. calls China, Russia, Iran, North Korea 'morally reprehensible' on rights   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:28:20 -0400

U.S. calls China, Russia, Iran, North Korea 'morally reprehensible' on rightsBy Lesley Wroughton and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday labeled China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as "morally reprehensible" governments that it said violated human rights within their borders on a daily basis, making them "forces of instability." In releasing the State Department's global human rights report for 2017, acting Secretary of State John Sullivan also singled out Syria, Myanmar, Turkey and Venezuela as nations with poor human rights records. Improved human rights in Uzbekistan, Liberia and Mexico were global "bright spots," Sullivan added.



  Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:09:00 -0400

Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.The most likely scenario is that the F-22/F-35 hybrid will remain in the realm of fantasy. Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo’s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter.



  At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:17:32 -0400

At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security ChangesFour young protesters and a police officer were killed in increasingly violent



  Avoid romaine lettuce, CDC warns, amid E. coli outbreak   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:01:25 -0400

Avoid romaine lettuce, CDC warns, amid E. coli outbreakThe warning stems from romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona and shipped across the country, the with CDC telling grocery stores, restaurants, and consumers not to eat the lettuce unless they can be certain it didn’t come from that area.



  Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:17:34 -0400

Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shootingFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A gunman carried a shotgun in a guitar case and opened fire Friday in a Florida high school, wounding one student before he was arrested on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said.



  FAA Orders Emergency Engine Inspections After Deadly Southwest Accident   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:44:51 -0400

FAA Orders Emergency Engine Inspections After Deadly Southwest AccidentThree days after a fatal accident on a Southwest Airlines flight involving a



  European agency orders expanded Boeing 737 engine checks after accidents   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:32:43 -0400

European agency orders expanded Boeing 737 engine checks after accidentsPARIS (Reuters) - The European Aviation Safety Agency on Friday ordered emergency checks on some Boeing 737 jet engines, followed by regular inspections, in response to two Southwest Airlines engine blowouts including a deadly accident earlier this week. The order expands a previous European directive, issued in response to the 2016 incident, and was issued in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, making mandatory a fresh recommendation from engine maker CFM International. CFM is jointly owned by General Electric and France's Safran. ...



  R. Kelly's Lawyer, Publicist And Assistant Flee From Singer Amid Scandals   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:40:51 -0400

R. Kelly's Lawyer, Publicist And Assistant Flee From Singer Amid ScandalsSinger R. Kelly's scandals may be too much for the people he employs. Since



  Iran ex-prosecutor jailed months after sentence: media   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:16:07 -0400

Iran ex-prosecutor jailed months after sentence: mediaA former Iranian prosecutor has finally been taken to prison months after being sentenced over the death in custody of a protestor, the judiciary's news agency said Sunday. The delay in starting Saeed Mortazavi's two-year sentence had caused anger and ridicule in recent weeks, with mocked-up "Wanted" posters appearing for the notorious former prosecutor online and around Tehran. The former chief prosecutor for Tehran was sentenced last year over the death of a protester who had been jailed for taking part in the mass protests over alleged election-rigging in 2009.



  GOP strategist says Cohen investigation 'could be the end of (Trump's) presidency'   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:35:28 -0400

GOP strategist says Cohen investigation 'could be the end of (Trump's) presidency'The "This Week" Powerhouse Roundtable debate the week in politics, including the legal issues facing President Trump.



  Macron begins Trump charm offensive with Fox News interview   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:46:30 -0400

Macron begins Trump charm offensive with Fox News interviewTouting “a very strong personal relation” with Donald Trump, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Sunday began an ambitious charm offensive intended to strengthen US commitments in Syria and Iran while heading off threats of a transatlantic trade war. Prior to his departure for an official state visit to Washington, Macron likened himself to Trump in an interview with Fox News Sunday, a venue with a wide following among Trump supporters and likely to be watched by the president himself.



  My Son Suddenly Stopped Talking And I Wasn't Sure If He'd Ever Speak Again   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:30:46 -0400

My Son Suddenly Stopped Talking And I Wasn't Sure If He'd Ever Speak AgainAt the age of 3, my son suddenly stopped speaking ― for hours, then days, then



  How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:40:10 -0400

How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?After a racial incident that garnered national attention last weekend, Starbucks has required racial-bias training for all its employees. This move has the potential to positively impact America, but the company has an uphill climb. Here's what happened. On April 12 a patron at a Philadelphia Starbucks captured a video of two black men being arrested, seemingly for doing nothing. The store manager called the police, saying the men had not bought anything and refused to leave. It turns out they'd only been in the store for two minutes and were waiting for a friend to order. The video quickly went viral, getting millions of views on Twitter and YouTube.  Starbucks first issued a terse, three-sentence apology that immediately sparked more backlash. Then, on Tuesday, the company said it would close all 8,000 of its nationwide stores on the afternoon of May 29, and give mandatory racial bias training to its 175,000 employees. SEE ALSO: The largest protests in American history are happening now. Expect them to get bigger. Considering the nearly ubiquitous place that Starbucks holds in America, experts agreed that such a training could have a wide-reaching social effects. If it's handled correctly.  @Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci — Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018 The challenges and opportunities of anti-discrimination training  In their press release announcing the training, Starbucks said that in the weeks before May 29, it would develop a program that promised to address "implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome." The release also listed a number of notable people who would assist in developing the program, like former Attorney General Eric Holder and NAACP President Sherrilyn Ifill. However, experts agree that it's a long road between one afternoon of training and an impactful change in behavior. And some were critical that it took a viral incident for Starbuck to address the issue, calling it reactive instead of proactive.  "I think that anytime that you do racial-bias training, being proactive is the best approach," Matthew Kincaid, founder of Overcoming Racism, a consulting organization that trains corporations and schools on eliminating racial bias, said. "They should invest in doing this as part of the onboarding training. They are acting reactively rather than doing something proactively and creating a culture."  Kincaid said that many employees might be turned off by the mandatory nature of the training, and may feel like they're getting blamed for something that happened in another store.  Many also question the efficacy of taking just five weeks to develop a plan for so many employees, and wonder about the consistency of such a broad training.  "The quality control is the question," Dr. Bryant Marks, Morehouse College psychology professor and founding director of The National Training Institute on Race & Equity, said. "I don't know how they're going to standardized the experience." Starbucks to Close All U.S. Stores for Racial-Bias Education | Starbucks Newsroom He said the best way to train so many people at once would be through video, but that might have an adverse effect on engagement. He added that it's better to have a trained professional lead a video than a sub-par leader initiate a live session, but either way, he said, it would be tough for the company to make sure the message was received equally by everyone. All agreed, however, that if Starbucks is committed to educating its employees on bias and discrimination, the company will have to be in it for the long haul. "This would have to be the beginning of an ongoing body of work." Marks said. "One training is good for raising awareness, but it's only the beginning of changing a culture. " The debate on implicit bias training On top of Starbucks' decision to provide training is the question of the type of training it plans to provide. The implicit bias program that Starbucks is enacting, the company hopes, would target biases that people act upon without active awareness. Implicit biases include things like associating black people with "criminality" or mischaracterizing the age and size of black people.   But there's an ongoing debate among psychologists and sociologists about the ability of this type of training to actually affect people's behavior. There are even some studies that say implicit bias training has an "often weak" result. Marks approves of Starbucks' approach toward implicit bias training, because the situation that arose seems to have been caused specifically because of the Starbucks manager's unconscious bias towards to the two men. Though, of trainings, he said that what's most needed is a skilled leader.  "Any trainer worth their salt is going to acknowledge the levels on which bias can occur," he said. Starbucks could have chosen other forms of training. Kincaid's Overcoming Racism program, for instance, specializes in training that helps inform people how to act on their behavior rather than merely pointing out that they have it. "Racial-bias training helps us understand and recognize the biases that we have, but it doesn't help us promote actions," Kincaid said. "Anti-racism training helps us act against a system that ultimately hurts all of us. People understanding bias makes people more aware of that, but it doesn't change the system and people's thoughts and action." His consultation consists of understanding not only a specific person's biases, but also understanding the underlying systemic bias and how to personally address it. Starbucks would not offer Mashable further clarification as to how the company determined the best and most consistent course of action for the training.  Kincaid believes that a single training could not illicit the type of change that Starbucks claims to want to make. A shift in the company's culture would be needed, not only externally to customers, but also internally, regarding staffers' attitudes toward each other. And it will take some time. "I don't believe that anti-racism or racial-bias training actually changes people's behavior in the long term," Kincaid said. "What does change people's behavior is changing the culture of an institution. When we belong to organizations, we adapt to the culture of that organization. I think Starbucks has to be very thoughtful about the policies that make this a place where something like this could happen." But according to Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, what happened in Starbucks "wasn't just racist, it was anti-black." She thinks whatever training happens should address that specifically.  "Not all trainings are created equal," she said. "And not all trainings are going to do the thing you want them to do. What is key is having an important conversation on historical anti-black racism." This has been a very public affair for Starbucks, and one thing is sure: The ramifications of the company's decision is something others are keeping an eye on. "I think the incident has a lot of CEOs across the country giving some deep thought to their training and their culture," Dr. Marks said. "And I think it's a watershed moment that could have a lasting impact." Starbucks as America's problematic third place In sociological disciplines, there is the notion of a "third place." The idea is that you have a place at home and a place at work, and a healthy civic system would have a third place where people can gather and constructively interact, like a church or the shopping malls of yore.  Many have thought for a while that Starbucks has become America's third place; it's a semi-neutral gathering place where people meet and interact. In fact, the company says on their website that it hopes to be a "third place between work and home." It would be hard to argue that the coffee chain has not made progress toward this goal, what with the number of stores, convenient locations, and relatively low-priced offerings.  But that's only part of the story. As Cullors said, "For a lot of us, the way we know gentrification is happening is a Starbucks comes to their community." Even in real estate terms there's something known as a "Starbucks Effect," meaning that proximity to a Starbucks raises value on homes. Historically working class or poorer neighborhoods are the ones that tend to feel this effect, with those raised values driving people out of their established communities.  Also Starbucks has stated they want to create a “community” atmosphere & purchases aren’t required to sit, use WiFi, etc. Employees have been on Twitter for days confirming this. — Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) April 19, 2018 Many, including Cullors, believe that the company should be more engaged with the communities they enter. Starbucks should put money into building up those neighborhoods, serving as a part of rather than a symbol against them. The arrest of two black men only served to underscore this divide between what Starbucks wants to create and the reality of its place within some communities. Still, some are finding positives in the event. Cullors thought it was important that the woman who took the original video was white. "She was protesting what was happening," she said. "There's something about bearing witness, and in that witnessing disrupting what you're seeing. It was an amazing ally moment. We need more of that from white people." Even though this training might be a public relations reaction to bad press, it's still a chance for a company that wants to be an integral part of American lives to positively impact its employees and customers.  But Starbucks needs to follow through on its intentions. "Starbucks could become a conduit for this conversation, but it has to be in the heart of Starbucks and not something that comes with negative press," Kincaid said. "This work is being done, there are those out here who are having the conversation proactively. I really hope that this incident can be used to elevate the many warriors in this battle against racism all across the country."



  Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:45:49 -0400

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing MyanmarBIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.



  Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For Wearing Masks   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:59:04 -0400

Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For Wearing MasksNEWNAN, Ga. -- A heavily militarized police force of some 400 officers



  Southwest giving passengers $5,000 checks on accident flight   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:24:44 -0400

Southwest giving passengers $5,000 checks on accident flightSouthwest Airlines Co confirmed Friday it has sent $5,000 checks to passengers aboard a flight that made an emergency landing this week after an engine failed, killing a passenger. The airline confirmed news reports from passengers it had sent the checks along with $1,000 travel vouchers. The CFM56 jet engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport with 149 people on board.



  NASA Releases Astounding Video Of The Lagoon Nebula To Celebrate Hubble's Birthday   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:08:14 -0400

NASA Releases Astounding Video Of The Lagoon Nebula To Celebrate Hubble's BirthdayEver wanted to zoom near that central bulge in the Milky Way in the



  German neo-Nazis mass for festival on Hitler's birthday   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:29:17 -0400

German neo-Nazis mass for festival on Hitler's birthdayHundreds of neo-Nazis were massing Friday on Adolf Hitler's birthday for a two-day festival in a remote eastern German town where citizens and anti-fascist groups staged spirited counter-protests. Many of the mostly male right-wing extremists wore T-shirts with slogans such as "Keepers of the Race", "White is my favourite colour" and "Adolf was the best" while the event was guarded by a group called "Aryan Brotherhood". Hundreds of armoured police ringed the site of the "Schild und Schwert" (Shield and Sword, or SS) festival near the Polish and Czech borders that was expected to also attract eastern European extremists.



  Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's home   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:05:25 -0400

Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's homeALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist and say the protests will continue.



  Trump aide urges Congress to pare back bipartisan spending deal   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:22:36 -0400

Trump aide urges Congress to pare back bipartisan spending dealBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress needs to consider rolling back the spending deal that U.S. Republicans brokered with Democrats last month, because lawmakers voted to enact the $1.3 trillion legislation without reading it, an aide to President Donald Trump said on Sunday. White House legislative director Marc Short said the spending bill, which ran to more than 2,000 pages, was rushed into place to avoid a government shutdown.



  Iran rejects US rights report as 'biased'   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:51:06 -0400

Iran rejects US rights report as 'biased'Iran rejected the latest US human rights report as hypocritical on Saturday, saying it was "biased by political objectives". "Iran considers the annual report by the US State Department and in particular allegations raised about human rights in Iran as absolutely biased by political objectives, which depicts a distorted and unrealistic image of our country's situation," said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi in a statement on the ministry website.



  Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shooting   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:42:20 -0400

Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shootingDiante Yarber was driving the Ford Mustang when Barstow police officers shot in the vehicle and killed him.



  39 Spinach And Artichoke Recipes Beyond Dip   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:09:00 -0400

39 Spinach And Artichoke Recipes Beyond Dip



  10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring Sale   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:23:13 -0400

10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring SaleIt's probably the only time of the year when spending too much money on beauty



  Syrian rebels withdraw from enclave northeast of Damascus   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:42:48 -0400

Syrian rebels withdraw from enclave northeast of DamascusBy Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels began withdrawing from an enclave northeast of Damascus on Saturday and will go to northern Syria, state TV and a rebel official said, in a surrender agreement that marks another victory for President Bashar al-Assad. The withdrawal will restore state control over the eastern Qalamoun enclave, some 40 km (25 miles) from Damascus.



  Colin Kaepernick Receives Amnesty International's Highest Honor For Activism   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:30:50 -0400

Colin Kaepernick Receives Amnesty International's Highest Honor For ActivismAmnesty International on Saturday named former San Francisco 49ers quarterback



  Man jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitas   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:15:22 -0400

Man jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitasA former youth offenders’ centre employee in Texas has been convicted of stealing more than $1.2m (£860,000) worth of fajitas. Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was jailed for 50 years after authorities discovered he was ordering the Mexican food to the Darrel B Hester Juvenile Detention Centre in Cameron County and selling it on for personal profit. Suspicions were raised after a driver from a food company called the centre’s kitchen to tell them an 800-pound (363kg) delivery of fajitas had arrived.



  No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:55:14 -0400

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth headLONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for — he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.



  Tweeters Furious Over Trump Calling Mar-a-Lago The 'Southern White House'   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:24:12 -0400

Tweeters Furious Over Trump Calling Mar-a-Lago The 'Southern White House'Twitter was incensed Saturday after Donald Trump used Barbara Bush's funeral



  Australian dog receives police honours for keeping lost child safe   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:38:49 -0400

Australian dog receives police honours for keeping lost child safeA deaf and partially blind dog that kept a lost three-year-old girl safe in Australian bushland overnight was awarded police honours Saturday after leading rescuers to the child. Emergency services began a search on foot and from the air for Aurora Friday after the young girl wandered off into bushland on a rural property in Queensland state. Seventeen-year-old blue heeler Max stayed with the child through a rainy night before leading family and rescuers to her Saturday morning after more than 15 hours in the wild.



  Arizona Republicans seek law change in case John McCain seat in play   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:00:21 -0400

Arizona Republicans seek law change in case John McCain seat in playJohn McCain, a six-term Arizona senator, was diagnosed last summer with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Arizona lawmakers are debating legislation that would keep John McCain’s Senate successor off the ballot in November’s midterm elections, should the seat become open before the end of next month. The bill, which could come up for a vote this week, would change the state’s process for replacing members of Congress who resign or die in office.



  Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:46:07 -0400

Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentencesThe driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges. James Bradley, 61, could have faced the death penalty in the case, considered one of the deadliest human smuggling incidents in modern U.S. history. "This was the equivalent of torture," U.S. District Judge David Ezra told Bradley when he handed out two concurrent life sentences at a court in San Antonio.



  Jeep Wrangler Scrambler Pickup Caught In Motion On The Highway   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:08:03 -0400

Jeep Wrangler Scrambler Pickup Caught In Motion On The HighwayExpected to arrive in showrooms in about a year from now.



  13 Billboards Call Out How Much Money Politicians Got From The NRA   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:21:46 -0400

13 Billboards Call Out How Much Money Politicians Got From The NRAOn the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting in



  Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on possible nuclear deal pullout   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:09:38 -0400

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on possible nuclear deal pulloutMargaret Brennan sat down with Iran's top diplomat for an interview to air Sunday on "Face the Nation"



  When Calling the Police Is a Privilege   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0400

When Calling the Police Is a PrivilegeThe call was brief, and had the relaxed feel of someone making a reservation at a restaurant. “I have two gentlemen at my cafe who are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” the manager of the Starbucks told the 911 dispatcher. She calmly gave her address, and after being reassured that law enforcement would be on the way shortly, she thanked the dispatcher and hung up. The call, of which audio was released by the Philadelphia police department, lasted roughly 20 seconds.



  Palestinians want independent probe of Israeli Gaza killings   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:49:27 -0400

Palestinians want independent probe of Israeli Gaza killingsUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians said Friday they want the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish a commission to carry out an independent investigation of the Israeli military's killing and wounding of Palestinians during protests in Gaza.



  J. K. Rowling Mocks Donald Trump With Magical 'Harry Potter' Taunt   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:50:44 -0400

J. K. Rowling Mocks Donald Trump With Magical 'Harry Potter' TauntJ. K. Rowling cast a spell over Twitter with her latest diss of Donald Trump.



  Queen marks 92nd birthday with star-studded Commonwealth concert   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0400

Queen marks 92nd birthday with star-studded Commonwealth concertQueen Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday on Saturday with a star-studded, Commonwealth-themed charity concert featuring Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and Shaggy. The monarch took to the stage herself at the end of the show at the Royal Albert Hall, where her son and heir Prince Charles led the crowd in a birthday "hip hip hip hooray".



  China's foreign ministry welcomes North Korea nuclear test halt   Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:14:34 -0400

China's foreign ministry welcomes North Korea nuclear test haltChina's foreign ministry said on Saturday it welcomed a move by North Korea to halt nuclear and missile tests, which it said would help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and promote denuclearization. "The Chinese side believes that North Korea's decision will help ameliorate the situation on the peninsula," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website. "China welcomes this." North Korea's state media said earlier on Saturday the country would immediately halt nuclear and missile tests and abolish a nuclear test site in a bid to pursue economic growth and peace on the Korean Peninsula.



  A Festive New Toile and Other Top Additions to the Showrooms   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:07:08 -0400

A Festive New Toile and Other Top Additions to the Showrooms



  Smallville actress Allison Mack arrested in New York sex trafficking case   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:42:38 -0400

Smallville actress Allison Mack arrested in New York sex trafficking caseAn actress who starred in the US television series Smallville has been arrested on charges of sex trafficking. Allison Mack, 35, was accused of recruiting sex slaves for a self-help guru and helping to brand them with his initials. Mack featured in Smallville, a show about Clark Kent's childhood in Kansas before he becomes known as Superman, which ran from 2001 to 2011. The actress played Chloe Sullivan, one of the main character's best friends  She later became involved with a group called Nxivm - pronounced Nexium - which was promoted as a mentorship organisation for women with courses costing up to $5,000. The leader of the group was Keith Raniere, 57, who called himself "Vanguard" and presented himself as a guru to the stars. Prosecutors alleged that Mack was a "slave" of Raniere and recruited other female "slaves" for him, at times holding them down while a symbol bearing his initials was burned into the victims with a cauterising pen. At a brief hearing in a New York court Mack pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking. Actress Allison Mack attends the WB Network's 2002 Summer Party at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on July 13, 2002 Credit:  Robert Mora/Getty Richard Donoghue, the prosecutor, said in a statement that Raniere had, over two decades, established Nxivm in Albany, New York and it had centres in the US, Mexico, Canada and South America. He said it was a pyramid scheme in which participants were encouraged to recruit others in order to rise in the system. Within Nxivm there was a secret society called "DOS" which was an acronym for a Latin phrase, loosely translating as "'Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions". It was also known as "The Vow". Those who were part of The Vow were referred to as "'slaves" and "masters".   Keith Raniere was arrested in March Credit: Youtube Mr Donoghue said: "Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Other than Raniere, all members were women. Mack is one of the women in the first level of the pyramid. "The victims were exploited, both sexually and for their labour, to the defendants' benefit." He said up to 50 women were recruited and forced to have sex with Raniere. They were placed on extreme diets and subjected to "readiness drills" in the middle of the night, which meant they were "seriously sleep-deprived:. On joining the secret society they had to provide "collateral" like naked photographs which could be sued used against them if they left, prosecutors said. Assistant US Attorney Moira Kim told the New York court: “Ms Mack was one of the top members of a highly organised scheme which was designed to provide sex to Raniere. "Under the guise of female empowerment she starved women until they fit her co-defendant's sexual ideal, and she targeted vulnerable women." Mack was due to appear in court again on Monday in another attempt to get bail. Nxivm has denied being a cult, and described itself on its website as being guided by "humanitarian principles that seek to empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human". It attracted some high profile followers and during Mack's court hearing it was revealed she recently married a former Battlestar Galactica actress, the New York Post reported. Sean Buckley, a lawyer for Mack, said: "The allegations contained in the indictment are only that, allegations." Raniere was arrested last month in Mexico and charged with sex trafficking. He is being held without bail. Raniere, on the group's website, has denied "abusing, coercing or harming" anyone. Marc Agnifilo, a lawyer for Raniere, has said he is "confident" the allegations will be disproved.



  2,000-HP Nissan Qashqai Becomes Fastest SUV In The World: 237.8 MPH   Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:31:05 -0400

2,000-HP Nissan Qashqai Becomes Fastest SUV In The World: 237.8 MPHIt has dethroned the 230-mph Toyota Land Cruiser.