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Were they hacked? US Navy to investigate whether BOTH warships that crashed were victims of cyber attack

Were they hacked? US Navy to investigate whether BOTH warships that crashed into much larger merchant vessels with deadly results were the victims of a cyber attack --Admiral says Navy will 'consider' possibility that crashed ships were hacked | 22 Aug 2017 | A top admiral has said that the US Navy will 'consider' whether two fatal collisions this summer could have been the result of a cyber attack. Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said on Monday that there were 'no indications right now' that the two ships were hacked, but added investigators 'will consider all possibilities'. The shocking possibility emerged as the Navy ordered a broad investigation into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet.

Trump says US troops will remain in Afghanistan as rapid exit would leave 'vacuum' for terrorists

Trump says US troops will remain in Afghanistan as rapid exit would leave 'vacuum' for terrorists --'We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq,' President Trump says | 22 Aug 2017 | Donald Trump vowed to maintain America's military commitment in Afghanistan, sustaining America's longest war and reversing his previously staunch resistance to the US engagement there. In his first first nationally-televised prime-time address since January, the President laid out a vision short on concrete details, but strong on rhetoric - saying that US troops "will fight to win" in Afghanistan, as well as putting pressure on Pakistan to crack down on terrorist sanctuaries near its borders and calling for further help from India. While multiple reports earlier in the day that Mr Trump was ready to commit as many as 4,000 more troops to the country, the President pointedly declined to state specific details about troop totals.

Full Transcript and Video: President Trump's Speech on Afghanistan

Full Transcript and Video: President Trump's Speech on Afghanistan | 21 Aug 2017 | President Trump addressed the nation on Monday from Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Va., to lay out his military plans for Afghanistan. Following is the full transcript of those remarks, as released by the Federal News Service. [Click here for video.]

Tehran demands US pay $245mn to Iraq-Iran war chemical weapons victims

Tehran demands US pay $245mn to Iraq-Iran war chemical weapons victims | 21 Aug 2017 | An Iranian court has issued a ruling demanding that the US pay $245 million to more than a dozen victims of chemical attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein's forces during the Iran-Iraqi war of 1980-1988...The war that began in 1980 and lasted eight years left an estimated 1 million people dead, according to Reuters. Washington already knew about Iraqi chemical attacks in 1983, but took no action against the violations of international law, Foreign Policy reported, citing a classified memo.

200-Acre Campo Brush Fire Prompts Evacuations, Road Closures

200-Acre Campo Brush Fire Prompts Evacuations, Road Closures --Officials are evacuating the Mountain Warfare Training Camp Michael Monsoor in Campo. | 21 Aug 2017 | (San Diego County, CA) A growing 200-acre brush fire burning in Campo has prompted nearby evacuations as the flames threaten structures. The fire, dubbed the Eclipse Fire because of the day it happened, broke out Monday around 2 p.m. near Royal Willie Road and La Posta Road. The fire is 5 percent contained. The fire is threatening the Campo Indian Reservation, authorities said.

Trump approves sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, senior official says

Trump approves sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, senior official says | 21 Aug 2017 | President Trump has signed off on sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, ahead of his address to the nation Monday night, Fox News has learned. Trump is set to unveil his strategy for Afghanistan, becoming the third commander-in-chief to attempt to stabilize the war-torn country and forge a victory in what is now America's longest war...The Pentagon was awaiting a final announcement by Trump on a proposal to send in nearly 4,000 more U.S. troops, on top of the 8,400 in the country. [I thought Trump campaigned on getting out of Afghanistan? Apparently, the CIA's poppy fields and opium routes will continue to be protected.]

US man charged with plotting to bomb Texas Confederate statue

US man charged with plotting to bomb Texas Confederate statue | 21 Aug 2017 | A 25-year-old man who allegedly planned to blow up a Confederate statue in Houston, Texas has been arrested, authorities said on Monday, as debate raged in the United States over what to do with the nation’s Civil War-era symbols. Houston authorities said they arrested Andrew Schneck, who at the time was toting highly volatile chemical compounds used in bomb-making on Saturday, near the statue of a Confederate soldier. A judge ordered him held in custody pending a court hearing, which has been set for on Thursday.

'Y'all are not black!' Kendall Jenner is accused of 'cultural appropriation' on Twitter simply for using a TAN EMOJI

'Y'all are not black!' Kendall Jenner is accused of 'cultural appropriation' on Twitter simply for using a TAN EMOJI --Kendall used a fist emoji in the tweet, leading to several users accusing her of cultural appropriation by using an emoji that didn't match her skin tone perfectly | 21 Aug 2017 | Supermodel Kendall Jenner, 21, was hit with a barrage of anger after her celebration of a recent magazine cover featuring her and her sisters and mother rubbed users the wrong way. The reason for the stink? A tanned fist emoji that Kendall tacked onto the end of her Tweet, reading: 'Sister power...girl power.' She wrote the words and the emoji alongside the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, which features her with her sister Kylie Jenner, half-sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and their mother Kris Jenner all wearing neutral-toned ensembles. 'Oh nah, why Kendall put her emoji as a darker skin tone?' wrote one user in response to the tweet.

President Trump risks blindness as he peeks at solar eclipse without his glasses from White House terrace

President Trump risks blindness as he peeks at the solar eclipse without his glasses from the White House terrace with Melania, Barron, Ivanka and cabinet members including Jeff Sessions | 21 Aug 2017 | The total eclipse of the sun on Monday was a family affair for President Trump, who viewed the the action from the terrace of the White House alongside First Lady Melania and their son Barron. President Trump also invited a few co-workers along for the event, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and his daughter Ivanka also joining the group. In his initial excitement however, President Trump made the mistake at looking up at the sun without glasses, and quickly cast his eyes down as he was blinded by the light. He then looked up at the sun a second time. At that point one of the aides standing below the balcony shouted out: 'Don't look.'

The total solar eclipse is sweeping across the United States

The total solar eclipse is sweeping across the United States | 21 Aug 2017 | The sky darkened. The temperature dropped. And suddenly, where the sun should have been was instead a black circle surrounded by a halo of light -- a gleaming diamond ring in the morning's night sky. The total eclipse hit the coast of Oregon at 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time, stunning the crowd in the tiny coastal town of Newport into an eery, brief silence...From there the shadow of the total eclipse zipped East across America at the screaming speed of 2,100 mph. It traversed a 3,000-mile path, cutting through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and will reach Charleston, S.C. at 2:49 p.m. Eastern time.

Texas university removes 'white supremacy' statues from campus

Texas university removes 'white supremacy' statues from campus | 21 Aug 2017 | The University of Texas at Austin removed four statues tied to the Confederacy from its campus on Monday, saying they had become symbols of white supremacy at a time of protests and fierce debate about race and the legacy of America's Civil War. The president of the University of Texas at Austin, Greg Fenves, said that the "horrific displays of hatred" on show in Virginia had shocked and saddened the nation...Baltimore took down four Confederate monuments last week.

Spanish police shoot dead suspected Barcelona attacker

Spanish police shoot dead suspected Barcelona attacker | 21 Aug 2017 | Spanish police on Monday shot dead a man they suspect was the Islamist militant who drove a van into a Barcelona crowd last week, killing 13 people. Ending a five-day manhunt, police tracked 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub to a rural area near Barcelona. They said they shot him after he held up what appeared to be an explosives belt. Police gave few details of the incident in Subirats, saying they had called in a bomb squad to approach the man's body after gunning him down.

Moon blots the sun out of the sky in historic US eclipse

Moon blots the sun out of the sky in historic US eclipse | 21 Aug 2017 | Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the midday sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century. The shadow -- a corridor just 60 to 70 miles (96 to 113 kilometers) wide -- came ashore in Oregon and then began racing diagonally across the continent to South Carolina, with darkness lasting only about two to three minutes in any one spot...Scientists said the total eclipse would cast a shadow that would race 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) through 14 states, entering near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 1:16 p.m. EDT, moving diagonally across the heartland over Casper, Wyoming, Carbondale, Illinois, and Nashville, Tennessee, and then exiting near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:47 p.m. EDT.

Russian air force destroys over 200 ISIS terrorists heading for Deir ez-Zor, Syria - MoD

Russian air force destroys over 200 ISIS terrorists heading for Deir ez-Zor, Syria - MoD | 21 Aug 2017 | The Russian air force has destroyed a large column of Islamic State militants, vehicles and large caliber weapons heading to the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, the Russian defense ministry has said. "The Russian Air Force destroyed another large column of ISIS fighters that was heading to the area of the city of Deir ez-Zor, where international terrorists are trying to regroup and equip their last base in Syria," the statement says...The strike on the terrorist column destroyed around 20 SUVs armed with large-caliber weapons and mortars. Russian jets have also taken out a number of armored vehicles, including tanks, the ministry added.

Five sailors injured, 10 missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship

Five sailors injured, 10 missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship | 20 Aug 2017 | Ten U.S. Navy sailors were missing and five were injured after the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker three times its size collided near Singapore early Monday. American and Singaporean ships and helicopters launched a search-and-rescue mission after the pre-dawn collision at the entrance to one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. This was the second time in two months a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet's home port of Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision at sea. Seven sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship south of Japan in June.

Boston 'Free Speech Rally' cut short as conservative activists leave counterprotesters behind

Boston 'Free Speech Rally' cut short as conservative activists leave counterprotesters behind | 19 Aug 2017 | Conservative activists cut short a planned rally in Boston on Saturday as thousands of counterprotesters chanted anti-Nazi slogans and waved signs condemning white nationalism. The Boston Police Department announced on Twitter that the event, billed as a "Free Speech Rally," had ended around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon saying "demonstrators had left the [Boston] Common." ...Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans said in late afternoon there had been 27 arrests, most for disorderly conduct, along with a few for assaulting police officers.

Man stabbed after haircut gets him mistaken for a neo-Nazi

Man stabbed after haircut gets him mistaken for a neo-Nazi | 19 Aug 2017 | This Colorado man is avowedly not a neo-Nazi. But he believes his long-on-top, buzzed-on-the-sides haircut got him mistaken for one -- and nearly stabbed to death by a confused anti-fascist. Joshua Witt, 26, escaped his brush with hairdo-doom with a defensive slice to the hand and three stitches. "Apparently, my haircut is considered a neo-Nazi statement," he told The Post Saturday, as his account on Facebook garnered 20,000 33,500 shares.

Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night

Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night | 20 Aug 2017 | President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House said on Sunday, with a modest increase in U.S. troops possible. A White House statement said Trump's 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Tuesday) speech from Fort Myer, Virginia, near Washington, would "provide an update on the path forward for America's engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia." [Hopefully, the path forward will be *disengagement.*]

3 vans linked to Barcelona terror attack suspect located, Spanish police say

3 vans linked to Barcelona terror attack suspect located, Spanish police say | 20 Aug 2017 | Three rental vans linked to the suspected driver in the deadly Barcelona terror attack were located Sunday, prompting a massive manhunt in northeastern Spain for members of an extremist cell who police believe had planned to carry out "one or more attacks with explosives" in the Spanish city. The vans were rented using a credit card bearing the name of Younes Abouyaaquob, the 22-year-old Moroccan native still on the loose who is believed to be the driver who carried out Thursday's terrorist plot in the city's Las Ramblas popular tourist attraction, a police official told The Associated Press.

Armed police evacuate Nimes railway station in France after claims of roaming armed men - before officers reveal it was a false alarm

Armed police evacuate Nimes railway station in France after claims of roaming armed men - before officers reveal it was a false alarm amid fears of a new European terror attack --Police said station was evacuated so they could check 'suspicious behaviour' | 19 Aug 2017 | Armed police have evacuated Nimes railway station in France after reports of 'suspicious behaviour.' Initial reports said three armed men got off a train from Paris at Nimes station, where they opened fire. However, police later suggested the station was evacuated so they could check reports of 'suspicious behaviour.' A transport police spokesman said earlier this evening: 'Avoid the area around the station of Nimes.'

Traveler, USC's mascot, comes under scrutiny for having a name similar to Robert E. Lee's horse

Traveler, USC's mascot, comes under scrutiny for having a name similar to Robert E. Lee's horse | 18 Aug 2017 | When Richard Saukko galloped his chalk-white Arabian horse named Traveler around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum almost 56 years ago, it was supposed to be a one-time stunt. Instead, the brief performance before USC kicked off its season against Georgia Tech turned into one of college football's iconic traditions. A succession of white horses named Traveler have followed -- Traveler IX debuts this fall...But during a rally earlier this week to show solidarity in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., a USC campus group linked the name to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, whose favorite horse was Traveller. At the rally, according to the student newspaper the Daily Trojan, Saphia Jackson, co-director of the USC Black Student Assembly, asked students not to be quiet, and reminded that "white supremacy hits close to home" and referenced the name of the Trojans mascot.

Barcelona terror cell 'dismantled' but manhunt continues

Barcelona terror cell 'dismantled' but manhunt continues | 19 Aug 2017 | The terror cell behind Spain's deadly twin attacks has been "dismantled", but the hunt for suspects continues, authorities say. In a news conference, interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said the cell comprised 12 young men..."The cell has been completely dismantled," he told reporters. However, the hunt for the man suspected of driving the van into people in Barcelona - 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub - continues.

Boston University student who attended 'Unite the Right' rally said he was forced to leave school after being bombarded with death threats

Boston University student, 18, who attended 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville said he was forced to leave school after being bombarded with death threats --Nicholas Fuentes, 18, said Charlottesville was a 'preservationist' rally, and not racist | 19 Aug 2017 | An 18-year-old college student who participated in the 'Unite the Right' demonstrations in Charlottesville last week says he was forced to leave school after receiving a deluge of death threats. Nicholas Fuentes said he decided to abandon his studies at Boston University after being threatened for his views, telling Fox News that he does not feel safe at the campus. A Boston University spokesperson confirmed that the Political Science major had left the college earlier this week...'The picture the media keeps using is of one person with a Nazi flag, there were more than one thousand there who didn’t have Nazi flags,' Fuentes said.

Two dead, eight wounded in knife attack in Finland

Two dead, eight wounded in knife attack in Finland | 18 Aug 2017 | A man with a knife killed two people and wounded eight others in a stabbing rampage in a market square in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said. Police shot the suspected attacker in the leg and arrested him. A witness told Reuters she had seen a man stabbing a woman and other people sobbing at what they had seen after running away in terror.

President Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves post

President Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves post --Steve Bannon parts ways with his boss - but vows to keep fighting for the President's agenda from outside the White House. | 19 Aug 2017 | President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. Mr Bannon was a key adviser to the property tycoon during last year's election campaign and has been a contentious presence in the White House. He pressed Mr Trump to follow through with his campaign promises, but also clashed with some of the US President's closest advisers, including son-in-law Jared Kushner.

One American killed in Spain attacks

One American killed in Spain attacks | 18 Aug 2017 | The State Department announced Friday that one American was among the 14 people killed in a pair of deadly terror attacks in Spain. The assaults -- in Barcelona and Cambrils -- wounded more than 100 others, and one U.S. citizen was also among that count, officials said...The news comes as a fourth person was arrested on Friday in connection with the terror attacks.

Why Did a State Trooper Try to Stop Medics From Performing CPR on Heather Heyer?

Why Did a State Trooper Try to Stop Medics From Performing CPR on Heather Heyer? [Because: The Deep State needed a martyr to foment hate and anger against Trump, so when he's removed in a coup, most people won't 'object.'] | 15 Aug 2017 | As a queer, non-binary, anarchist, critical care RN/street medic who was the first responder for Heather Heyer, initiating CPR and, with a team of amazing bystanders, facilitating resuscitation until EMS arrived, I feel a compelling need to tell our story. When we heard the car crash into our march, I was about 20 feet away from Heather, and I responded immediately to the screams for medics...I was horrified to discover, after two minutes of intense, exhausting chest compressions, that a state trooper had forcibly removed the EMT assisting me in resuscitation, as well as other bystanders ready in line for the next round of compressions. The EMT told the state trooper that we were actively resuscitating a patient, but the state trooper physically removed him from the scene anyway. I had to yell for other bystanders to come assist with compressions, and two people courageously responded, despite the threats of the state trooper. The state trooper then began yelling at me to leave my patient...He continued yelling at me to leave, and would not back down until I screamed that I'm a critical care nurse, I do CPR frequently, we have a patient without a pulse or respirations, and we will NOT stop CPR. He then began screaming that I could stay, but the other bystanders assisting CPR had to leave (they didn't), and he did not stop until a firefighter arrived and took over chest compressions.

Sandy Hook Parents Want to See Evidence

Sandy Hook Parents Want to See Evidence --Newtown has filed a motion for summary judgment, asking the court to dismiss the case. | 18 Aug 2017 | Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in their Sandy Hook Elementary School classrooms are asking a judge for access to state police evidence to determine whether a substitute teacher, also killed during the massacre, had access to a key that could have locked her classroom door. Newtown schools officials and teachers who were in the Newtown school on Dec. 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza [allegedly] killed 26 people, including 20 first-graders, have testified in depositions that each classroom had an emergency kit including a card that contained a spare key to lock the classroom door...In his motion seeking access to the state police evidence, attorney Devin W. Janosov notes that even though evidence logs show that police did recover plastic red emergency response folders from the back of [substitute teacher] Lauren Rousseau's and Victoria Soto's classrooms they don't indicate any keys were found in them...Janosov argues that it is necessary to physically inspect the evidence to see if keys are in the folders.

Armed protesters spotted in downtown Durham

Armed protesters spotted in downtown Durham --Durham Mayor says protesters were reacting to rumors of a KKK march | 18 Aug 2017 | Demonstrators, some armed, took to the streets of downtown Durham Friday after rumors began circulating of a KKK march. City and county officials said no permits for any march have been issued and there is no confirmation of a rumored march at 4 p.m. Friday morning, at least two protest groups converged on each other outside of the Old Courthouse. ABC11's crew on the scene saw several protesters armed with guns, axes and other weapons.

White House: John Kelly, Steve Bannon Agree Today Is Bannon's Last Day

White House: John Kelly, Steve Bannon Agree Today Is Bannon's Last Day | 18 Aug 2017 | White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement on Friday confirming that White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his position in the White House. Bannon joined then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign in 2016. He was brought on staff at the White House as Chief Strategist at the beginning of the Trump Administration. His departure comes shortly after several other White House officials have left.

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